Having a ball at Derwen College

Having a ball at Derwen College

Dancing at the Ball

What a ball!  Derwen College’s first ever charity Ball has been a huge success with partygoers enjoying the evening’s entertainment line-up. The event is part of the college’s 90th birthday celebrations and reflected the glamour of the 1920s dance era with swing music, Jazz Jive dance class, live music, feather boas and plenty of glitz.


Guests were welcomed with a glass of fizz in the Walled Garden and were served by the students as well as the Glitter Kittens on stilts! A fabulous setting to start off the evening.

As guests moved through to the marquee they were treated to a choreographed dance routine by the Creative Studies students, this was followed by a Jazz Jive dance class which got the whole party up and dancing. The entertainment continued for the evening and included live music, Ariel hoop, Taste of Derwen food platters, Liberty Pink compère and DJR kept the tunes coming. The evening also included an auction and thanks to Howdens, Shropshire Paddlesport, Owens Coaches, Leaf It To Us gardening team, Derwen @Ashdale House and the Real Catering Company for all their generous donations.Having a ball at Derwen College2

“The event has been an amazing success and we have really enjoyed being able to show off the college and welcome the local community, businesses, parents and our corporate partners to the Ball. This has been a great celebration as part of our 90th birthday and we would like to thank everybody for coming along, taking part and bidding in the auction” said Louise Keevil, Director of Corporate and Charity Services.

For information about forthcoming 90th birthday events including the college’s Birthday Week events in June see www.derwen.ac.uk.

Derwen College, Gobowen, Shropshire was founded in 1927 by Dame Agnes Hunt. Dame Agnes was a pioneer and visionary and her work 90 years ago was groundbreaking. As a college we remain groundbreaking within the field of specialist education providing independence and work-ready skills for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities. This year the college celebrates history whilst creating futures.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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