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February 2018 - Derby's Finest held their first social event of 2018
This was a Gin Tasting Evening held at “Bar Soba” in Derby, which included a Pan-Asian food style tapas buffet.
Our guests were greeted with a craft Gin & Tonic before enjoying the amazing tapas buffet provided by Bar Soba.
Following the food Bar Soba did a Cocktail Masterclass for us and showed us how to make one of their popular cocktails. Everyone then had a chance to try their hand at making their own cocktail behind the bar, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.
A great evening was had by all and the raffle prizes were won by Sarah Gatford (Bouquet of Flowers) and Sally Walters (Bottle of Champagne).
September 2017 - Seven Restaurant
Our September event was held at Seven Restaurant, which is owned by one of Derby's Finest women, Helen Salloway.
There was drinks and nibbles, and was an opportunity for finding our more about about Derby's Finest.
July 12th 2017 - Derby's Finest scores a Sixty-five at second event!
Derby's Finest - a new group which celebrates and supports women who make a positive contribution to the county of Derbyshire - hosted sixty-five women at its second event on Wednesday 12th July at the Derbyshire County Cricket Ground.
The new networking group in Derbyshire, which launched in March 2017, with fifty ladies in attendance, pledged to seek out the unsung heroines of the county and to recognise their outstanding support and selfless contributions to their community.
The much anticipated second event welcomed sixty-five women from a wide range of organisations and businesses in Derbyshire, who watched the Women's World Cup match, when England beat New Zealand, whilst enjoying a two course lunch.
Jackie Clarke, Finance and Operations Director at Burn the Book Ltd in Derby said why she was attending the event: "I am very proud to have attended both events for Derby's Finest this year, as I have met some truly special women and I believe the group will grow from strength to strength."
Chief Executive of Derbyshire County Cricket Ground, Simon Storey spoke about the event: "We were delighted to host the second Derby's Finest event at the 3aaa County Ground. Whilst cricket is our focus, we want to encourage more women and girls across the county to lead more active, healthy lives. We hope that the opportunity to see the best female cricket players in the world inspires more women and girls locally to get more involved in their local Clubs and associations, whatever the sport."
Derby's Finest was formed in Spring 2017 by Claire Twells from Smith Partnership Solicitors, April Hurst from Derby College, Bev Crighton form the University of Derby and Amanda Strong from Mercia Image Print.
During the day the ladies also raised over £360.00 for its chosen charity for 2017 - Prostate Cancer UK.
Successful Derby-born fashion textile designer Saima Majid, who has worked for global brands Laura Ashley and Monsoon, has designed a scarf especially for Derby's Finest with a donation from every sale going to Prostate Cancer UK.
Derby's Finest was inspired by a feature in the Derby Telegraph - Inspirational 250 - which included some of the top female business leaders in the city and county.
Organisers now want to spread the membership wider across the local communtiy to reflect the diverse and important roles that women hold and the positive impact they make.
At the end of the event the Derby's Finest group were also asked to seek out other women within their community to join them at their next event, which was held in September 2017 at Seven on Pride Park.
March 30th 2017 - Derby's Finest Launched
Derby's Finest - a new group which aims to celebrate and support women who make a positive
contribution to the city - was officially launched with an event at Bondholder Derby College's
Engine Shed restaurant.
The group has been formed by Claire Twells from Smith Partnership Solicitors, April Hayhurst
from Derby College, Bev Crighton from the University of Derby and Amanda Strong from Mercia
Fifty women from a wide range of organisations and businesses attended the inaugural event to
hear about plans for future events and about the chosen charity for the year - Prostate Cancer UK.
The first event raised nearly £300 for the charity and the target is to grow this to thousands over the
Organisers now want to spread the membership wider across the local community to reflect the
diverse and important roles women hold and the positive impact they make in the city.
Claire Twells explained: "Our aim is to make Derby's Finest a group that celebrates, inspires,
encourages and supports women from across our local community.
"We were delighted with the response to the inaugural event and now want to widen the focus to bring together women from all walks of life in a wide range of roles.
"This diversity reflects the multi-facets to women's lives from at work, home and leisure with the commonality that we all make a difference to our local communities in many different ways."
April Hayhurst continued: "There are so many unsung heroines in our city and our pledge is to seek these women out, recognise their value and to celebrate their outstanding support and selfless contributions that have made an impact on people's lives - whether that is to an individual, a business, and organisation or a community."
Amanda Strong added: "We can all benefit from a strong support network, but it is particularly important that we work together to inspire and encourage the future generation of females to believe that they can achieve and thrive as an equal in all areas of society."