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Arts Trail 2017

Posted by diana b on March 27, 2017 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

There is going to be another Arts Trail - quite something seeing there is only a very small number of people organising it. To make it feasible, there is not going to be an entry charge for visitors. This means that there is no need for a trail guide. Given our very compact area, everyone will be able to wander around, spot the balloons/bunting marking venues and discover what is waiting inside.

Hosting a venue is fun - and pretty easy. It involves clearing a room (or two if you want to), allowing the exhibitor access to set up, then you can either chat with visitors/ exhibitor or go do your own thing. If you would like to know more/ chat with someone who has done it, then email Mary on the address below. If you would like to be a host, please download this form and return to Mary.

The Arts Trail will be publicised across Derbyshire and we hope artists and crafters have a successful weekend - if you would like to exhibit work for sale, please contact Mary [email protected]

As always, Six Streets residents can decide to have a pop up cafe - maybe  to raise funds for a charity, a teenager going on an adventure, the PTFA or ... No permission needed, though Six Streets can offer advice.


Posted by diana b on March 27, 2017 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The Spring/Summer newsletter has been delivered to the core area and you can read all about Arts Trail 2017, Picnic in the Park, Walking Together, At Homes, Playing Out and, of course, Easter ... here

The form to complete and return (with correct money) to 19 Statham St asap is in the newsletter along with the health and safety stuff we have to do for the council permission.

Book Festival

Posted by diana b on March 21, 2017 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (1)

Derby Book Festival is gearing up for its 3rd year. There are always some free events - especially for children. If you haven't received a leaflet, check  out the website

Sheila Cash

Posted by diana b on March 13, 2017 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Sheila was a long term resident of White St and took part in Six Streets events like Hallowe'en, Street Sale and Playing Out. She was known to dog walkers as well, especially on Sturgess Fields.

Sheila died suddenly on Feb 23rd and her funeral is this Wed at the crematorium (Markeaton Hotel afterwards).It is family flowers only but if you wish to donate to Just for Dogs, that would be appreciated. Sheila used to volunteer for them and their dogs came from there.

Bill, her husband, is remembering the 59 years since they first began courting and would like all who knew her to come along for 10.40am (main chapel)

Bunny Needed!

Posted by diana b on March 9, 2017 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (1)

Have you ever wanted to be a 6ft white rabbit waving to 130 children in the park? (non speaking role)

No? Then that is only because you don't know how much fun it is!

please email [email protected] if you are available on the morning of Easter Sunday - April 16th.

Offers of help giving out eggs and supervising the races (not competitive so very relaxing job) also welcome


Craft Fair Stalls

Posted by diana b on March 6, 2017 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

on behalf of Friends of Markeaton Park

We are holding 2 Craft Fairs in the spring

Sunday 9th April

Sunday 21st May

(details on calendar)

We have some spare stall space and wondered if someone from the 6 streets area is interested in taking the opportunity to sell crafts/goods.

Anyone interested needs to contact Mel Bayes on 07875 998247 or 01332 552949

Many Thanks

Linda Proud

Looking for a challenge?

Posted by diana b on March 6, 2017 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Are you a multi tasker with time to spare on Thursday evenings? Would you like something totally different from the 9 to 5 grind?

If so, there is a great opportunity available as 35th Derby Scouts are looking for a Beaver Leader.

See poster

Street that shares

Posted by diana b on March 3, 2017 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi I saw some information on social website" target="_blank">Nextdoor about a charity initiative to increase neighbourliness and perhaps appear on TV! Sounded like the kind of scheme Six Streets should support... So if you think your street would be up for it, then we can help you.

Ideally a small group of people from same Street will run with this.

The charity Hubbub is searching for one street in the UK to take part in a pioneering project called ‘The Street that Shares’.

The ambition is to help households in the street save money, declutter their homes and build stronger connections with their neighbours. The street will be provided with support, equipment and funding to help neighbours share tools, skills, surplus food and transport with the intention of cutting bills and building community spirit..

Neighbours on the street will use Nextdoor to help coordinate their efforts.

Results from the street will be shared with other communities, including through Nextdoor, encouraging them to replicate the best bits and avoid some of the pitfalls. There is a strong possibility that the street will be featured in a documentary on national TV.

Hubbub is looking for one street with people from a mixture of backgrounds, where there is some communal space to place things like a community shed and there is some existing community activity.


Smart Water

Posted by diana b on March 1, 2017 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)
Neighbourhood Watch have information on buying Smartwater at discount. The details are on Facebook. If you decide to buy then not only is it a deterrent but also increases chances of getting your stuff back

Email and phone scamming

Posted by Ian on February 21, 2017 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)


Thought I would share my own stupidity with you  - why let it go to wast when you might benefit/have a laugh!


I know about email and phone phishing scams and read about victims with breathless amazement, but of course regard myself clued up. Then last week broke both cardinal rules of staying safe… I gave my card details over the phone to a cold caller and clicked on an email link offering me money!


The caller was our veg box deliverer chasing payment - in my defence it was the third time they had called and weren’t actually asking for payment over the phone but I offered to pay by card. It was a genuine call but the fact is I gave my card details over the phone to a cold caller - all a scammer would have needed was a bit of innocuous info on our order (like watching which houses the van delivers to?) and a ‘nice’ telephone manner…


After being off sick and still not feeling great, was piling through a massive backlog of emails and saw one from HMRC (just done tax return in Jan), saying a review calculated I was owed a couple of hundred refund. Unlikely I thought, but it has happened in the past so I clicked on a link to check the details - I was saved by BT/Safari browser/Macafee, one of which flagged the link as dangerous at which point I realised what, in my distracted state, I had done. I’m comforting myself that I wold have become suspicious at a phishing site wanting bank details etc but even clicking the link was very stupid!


What I take away from my close shaves is what made me vulnerable. The call was not unexpected and made sense so I believed it and dropped sensible caution (I should have thanked them and paid online as normal).


The email was obviously dodgy but tired, with a cold, and in a ‘pilling through stuff’ mood I chose to try to deal with the email rather than read it and pause. Had I done so, allowing myself a moments internal dialog, the small voice that had already said it was not believable might have got a proper hearing.


So, smart-ass with background in computing and psychology forgets basic scamming safety.


Can’t remember what I went upstairs for sometimes too - now what’s that about…