Workshop course

Take part in the Derbyshire Village Wire Carving Workshop and contribute to the community artwork

Wire carving workshop at St Anne’s Church, Ambergate on 18-19 June 2022.

The walk-in event will take place at St Anne’s Church, Ambergate, on June 18-19, 2022, from 10am-4pm.

Artists Heidi Luker and Lise Bennett have been funded by the National Lottery and Arts Council England to work collaboratively on the research and development project, Ambergate Wireworks – The Part They Played.

In co-production with Derby’s Museum of Making, the project will explore how Ambergate Wireworks (Johnson & Nephew Ltd) changed the course of communications technology, engineering, warfare and agriculture across the world through a immersive setup.

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Attractions for all ages in Holmlea Garden, Ambergate, which will be open to the public on the weekend of 18 and 19 June 2022.

During the weekend workshop, attendees will learn about wiring jobs and hear from former employees or their families about their memories of working there.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust will attend the event to talk about its Derwent Connections forest creation project.

Refreshments will be available.

Over the same weekend, the owners of Holmlea, in Derby Road, Ambergate, will open their garden to the public to raise money for charities supported by the National Garden Scheme.

The garden includes a riverside walkway, herbaceous borders, gravelled garden and vegetable patch.

Children are welcome as there is plenty for the youngest to see and do.

Holmlea Garden will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is £4 for adults, free for children.

Visitors can pay locally or book in advance online at All proceeds from admissions, refreshments and plant sales are donated to nursing and health charities supported by the program.

Bill and Tracy Reid, owners of Holmlea, said: “We are delighted to be working with the team at ‘Ambergate Wireworks – the Part they Played’. It has been fascinating to learn about the history of spinning as we are relatively new to Ambergate, and as you may be able to tell from some of our garden features we are interested in our industrial heritage . We really hope that both events will attract visitors to our part of Derbyshire and of course help us raise even more money for the National Garden Scheme.”