StoryHub Today: Wednesday 16th December (Group 2)

Student journalism from the University of Derby. Reporting by James Frith, Lotus Gregory, Alzbeta Kardova, Michael Rooney, Matt Price and Dan Ross.

Students’ first COVID experience

With universities across the country having to adapt their education delivery due to the Coronavirus, students are having to make adjustments to the way they learn. But how are these changes affecting them both educationally and mentally?

James Frith speaks to students and the Student Union President from Derby University to find out more.

Gym closures and the effects on its members

Gym closures have been prevalent during both lockdowns, causing disappointment from gym chains and their patrons alike. Gym-goers feel over-looked by the government as they’re missing out on a key factor of their wellbeing.

Lotus Gregory spoke to an avid gym-goer and PureGym’s press office about their take on this.


Pubs: Should they open or close?

A key areas of debate in this pandemic is around pubs and restaurants. Should they remain open or close?

From Derby, Daniel Ross brings this report.

COVID and its impact on the Student theatre sector

The education sector has been hugely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in the student unions being forced to adapt. The Union of Students at the University of Derby had to move online, cancel events, and even close facilities.

Alzbeta Kabrdova spoke to the union’s welfare officer and a theatre society member about how they have been managing during the pandemic.

Charities VS COVID

Over the last ten months, charities have had to change the way they work to abide by social distancing and lockdown measures. Some organisations in Derby have struggled to help as many people in need as normal and are hoping the new year will bring more opportunities to continue their work.

Lotus Gregory spoke to Derby County Community Trust and the Padley centre about how they feel about the future of charities in a pandemic.

Hertfordshire moving into tier 3

Starting today, parts of Hertfordshire moved into the highest tier of COVID restrictions. Therefore, all theatres, cinemas, bowling alleys and other indoor leisure venues must stay closed in Broxbourne, Hertsmere, Three Rivers and Watford. Whilst, pubs and restaurants can only offer takeout and delivery services.

Michael Rooney speaks to Alexandra Wood, a Saville Row tailor with a store in Hertfordshire to see how she is navigating the different tiers.

Christmas Trees in Derby

Christmas trees haver been appearing in and around Derby and locals have been asked to get involved in decorating them.

The project’s been organised by Derby City Council.

James Frith has been speaking to those involved.