Festive Feel To Buxton Community Open Day

16 December 2010

Buxton Community Day

Our students and staff really enjoyed welcoming members of our community into the University...

Dr Peter Dewhurst, Dean of the University of Derby Buxton.

Buxton Community Day

The University of Derby Buxton invited its neighbours and Buxton residents to enjoy festive food, drink and beauty, and a traditional Christmas carol service during the Community Day at the town's iconic Devonshire Dome.

Visitors were treated to free beauty and hair treatments, were given tours of the 18th century Grade II listed building, and watched as sports students gave martial arts demonstrations and public services students practised their marching drills.

Audiences gathered to watch cookery demonstrations from the University's award winning chef-lecturer Robert Stordy. Robert cooked a festive menu including a pan fried escalope of turkey with cranberry and port wine sauce, sprouts with pancetta and sweet potato fondant.

Clarice Nadin said: "The demonstration was fantastic, I'll definitely try the recipe at home, or my husband will!"

The police service, fire service and many of Buxton's charity and volunteer organisations were also on hand to raise awareness of current issues and talk to the community about volunteering opportunities.

Dr Peter Dewhurst, Dean of the University of Derby Buxton, said: "Our students and staff really enjoyed welcoming members of our community into the University, and it was the perfect opportunity to launch Project 2012 - our pledge to complete 2,012 hours of volunteer work in the Buxton community by the start of the London Olympics in 2012."

Throughout Project 2012, Buxton students will be undertaking a variety of volunteering opportunities that will use and enhance their skills. For example, hospitality students will be volunteering as hostel wardens, and sports students will be volunteering to take part in the YHA's Breaks4Kids scheme that allows children who might not be able to afford a holiday a summer getaway.

Dr Dewhurst added: "I must thank everyone who came along, such as dignitaries, representatives of local organisations, students, staff and members of the local community, for making the day such a great success."

The festive event ended with a traditional carol service; with school children from Fairfield Endowed Junior School and Fairfield Brass Band providing accompanying voices and music.

The day was organised by staff and students from Dome Event Management. For more information, please visit ww.thedomeeventmanagement.co.uk

For more information please contact Press & PR Officer Joanna Colburn on 01332 593004 or 07775 036988, or email j.colburn@derby.ac.uk

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