Creative arts given boost

CREATIVE activities bloomed in Blackwell thanks to a £1,000 grant from Derbyshire County Council. Nine different arts workshops were staged, including painting, jewellery, pottery and metalwork, co-ordinated by Blackwell Residents’ Action Group (BRAG).

The group’s chairman Katharine Childs said: “Many people who live here rely on public transport to get around. It’s much better to remove that barrier and bring activities into the village.”

Val Price, who learned metalworking skills, said: “I’ve had chance to do something completely different.” The fruits of the workshops will be exhibited in Blackwell Community Centre on Sunday, July 17, from 2pm to 4pm.