Darley Abbey Day, 8 May 2021

Darley Abbey Day – the last Darley Abbey Day was in 2017, and you can look at https://www.stedsandstmatts.co.uk/darley-abbey-day-2017 to remind yourself of the fun we had.  Opening in church, lunches, cream teas, Scarecrow Trail, Open Gardens, The Village Attic Trail, Baking and Photographic Competitions, Cricket Match, Evening BBQ/Live Music, Bike Registration, Home Safety, Open Church with refreshments (remember the cream teas), ‘Bell Boat’ on the river, paddle boarding, toddler footie, and much more. We didn’t hold one in 2019 as it was the Church Bicentenary, so planned one for 2020. For some reason that didn’t happen.

It will happen on Saturday 8 May 2021, but obviously in a very different way to what we wanted. The country will only be in Stage 2 of Lockdown reopening, so we will not even be able to meet in groups outdoors. We await further information as to whether we can do anything in St Matthew’s.

Over the last year the World Heritage Site and Community Association have been working with Constella OperaBallet. Spin a Tale of Darley Abbey, Past, Present & Future will be presented by Constella OperaBallet as a virtual and participatory programme celebrating the heritage of Darley Abbey, commissioned by the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. From In March and April there will be a series of online and interactive opportunities involving song, dance, theatre and design and we are inviting the community to take part! These activities will culminate in a vibrant collection of video recordings of ‘Moments’ around the village, made by Constella’s internationally renowned artists in collaboration with the local community, Deda and Derby University. On 8 May 2021, in partnership with Darley Abbey Day 2021, the videos will be released to the public alongside a trail of oversized bobbins and bunting made by local residents, threaded throughout the village. There will also be locally produced Darley Abbey Day virtual and real activities - all Covid Safe. Watch this space! 

Their first event is “Requiem”. They write: “At Darley Abbey Church, there are a considerable number of memorial paving stones which have been laid in memory of young infants who died. Today, these stones act as a solemn reminder of the high infant mortality when the cotton mills were active in the 19th century. It can be easy to overlook these memorials so we will be paying our tribute by capturing some filmed footage of the stones to be accompanied by the Introit from Faure’s Requiem. We are inviting singers to take part in this video, by submitting audio recordings made from home in self-isolation.” For more details, and to get involved, click on the pdf

This letter was sent by Janet of DACA on 2 March 2021 and outlines the different ways Village organisations can get involved. 

This is the first poster, issued 6 March.

Spin A Tale Bunting Making - help to create the longest strand of bunting possible for Darley Abbey Day 2021 on 8th May!

We’re inviting you to take part in a project to create the longest strand of bunting possible, inspired by the history of Darley Abbey! This is part of Constella OperaBallet’s ‘Spin A Tale’ commission, and will be installed throughout Darley Abbey from 8th May 2021, to celebrate Darley Abbey Day, and the rich heritage of the village. Spin a Tale 2021 is the final major arts commission for the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Great Place Scheme – find out more and register for the online event here:

Spin A Tale 2021

To take part in creating your own unique bunting, download these worksheets which will guide you through a range of simple creative techniques that you can use to decorate your bunting flag(s).  Please use the template we have created to make sure everyone’s bunting is the same size. You can make as many bunting flags as you can and be as creative as you want – help us to make this as colourful and inspiring as possible! When you've finished them, please take or post them to Sarah Brentnall, Darley Abbey Village Stores, 7 Abbey Lane, Darley Abbey, Derby, DE22 1DG

Here is a Bunting poster, issued 11 March.

Here is the Call to Artists letter issued 18 March.

This poster about a song-writing session on 8 April arrived on

27 March, so we apolgise for the short notice.

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