Links & Thanks


Natural England

Amber Valley Borough Council

Belper Town Council

Mansfield Building Society

Derbyshire County Council

Awards For All

Foundation Derbyshire

Futures Housing Group

The Herbert Strutt Charity, Belper

Belper Historical Society

Belper Poetry Circle


John Fineran – for design of the logo.
John was an artist, writer and designer.

Andrew Fender – for website design 2015.
Andrew is a freelance website designer.

Penny Thompson – for the map of Belper.
Penny is a local artist.

Bridge Street, Belper

Co-operative Society
Belper Branch

The Belper Pub Company
Long Row, Belper

Barrie Price of James Beresford & Sons
Monumental Masons and Memorial Specialists
Bridge Street, Belper


Arts Derbyshire mini-site

Beth’s Poetry Trail ‘arts organisation’ profile pages on ArtsDerbyshire

The Friends of Belper River Gardens

Derwent Valley Mills – World Heritage Site

Belper Unitarian chapel

Amber Valley Tourist Information

Belper Poetry Circle

This was Beth’s first group in Belper. Having belonged to poetry groups before she moved to Belper, she determined to start one here. It began in 1993, and meets in the Strutts Community every first and third Tuesday afternoon of the month. If caters for all who want to read, listen to and appreciate poetry.

The group concentrates on a subject or a poet at alternate meetings. There is an annual outing to a place connected to a poet, and also a Christmas social event. The group is now run by a small committee.

Poetry People

Began life as Belper Poetry Lovers’ Club in 1999, in response to an evening led by Beth Fender during 1998 Poetry Week. It now meets on the third Monday evening of the month at Belper Cottage Project.

Anyone interested in reading and/or writing poetry finds a welcome and lots of encouragement. The meetings have included workshops, finding out more about established poets, visits, visitors and themed evenings.

There is a social event, at New Year, and the group has enjoyed ‘literary’ walks. The group has run several successful poetry and music evenings in support of various causes. It has also self-published two poetry books, and produced a poetry video about Belper.

There is a group coordinator and treasurer, but members often volunteer to run an evening or help organise an event.

For information on either poetry group, contact Glen Mulliner on 01332 840360.