Bugs and Bowls Amongst the Fun in University's Events Programme

6 May 2011

Dawn Chorus

The Dawn Chorus on Sunday 8 May marks the beginning of the community summer events programme

The University of Derby is encouraging people to get active this summer with its brand new programme of community events.

This year's programme includes a range of fun and informative activities from bat walks to bowling matches. New projects are also being planned, with community IT classes and an exhibition about Markeaton Brook in the pipeline.

The programme gets off to a flying start this Sunday 8 May with a Dawn Chorus around Derby's West End, led by University scientist Dr Graham Rowe. The walk will start at 5am outside the University's Markeaton Street site, by the mill pond.

Diary dates

Other activities in the programme include:

  • Saturday 14 May, 10am - 12pm: A bug's life under the microscope - insects for beginners' workshop, at the University's Kedleston Road site

  • Thursday 19 May, 7pm - Ashbourne Road community meeting, at Ashbourne Road Methodist Church

  • Friday 20 May, 7.30pm - Bat walk and moth watch, starting at the Derby West End Bowls Club, Markeaton Street

  • Bowls taster sessions - a chance to try the sport, hosted at the Derby West End Bowls Club on Markeaton Street:

Tuesday 7 June: 12noon - 2pm and 6pm-8pm, Wednesday 15 June:  12noon - 2pm and 6pm-8pm ,Tuesday 21 June: 12noon - 2pm and 6pm-8pm.

  • Thursday 14 July, 6.30pm - Markeaton Brook through the ages: a community consultation event about a new exhibition planned to celebrate this important waterway. Held at the University's Markeaton Street site

  •  Wednesday 17 August, 5.30pm - Community Bowls Match Challenge, at the Derby West End Bowls Club.

The University is also working in partnership with Derby West End Bowls Club to hold IT classes for community members.

For more information, call the University of Derby Community Relations Team on (01332) 591945 or visit our website: www.derby.ac.uk/community

For more information about this news release and the University of Derby's Community Events programme, please call Luke Foddy on (01332) 591945 or email l.foddy@derby.ac.uk

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