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Crich Patients Participation Group and Covid-19 Mutual Aid leaflet

by Andrew Auld

Cover image of the Crich Patients' Participation and Crich Mutual Aid newsletter

This newsletter has been produced by the Crich Patients' Participation Group and Crich Area Mutual Aid and has been delivered to all households in the catchment area of the Crich Medical Practice. It has information about vaccinations, prescriptions deliveries, ideas for keeping fit, cheerful and healthy during the last weeks of winter and an update from the Crich Area Dementia Friends.

You can download a pdf of the leaflet below.

Chilly Challenge

by Claire Ganthony

homeless person on uk street

Every January in Derbyshire, Scouts hold an event called "Chilly Challenge." In non-lockdown times, our 1st Crich Scouts would hike to a camp site and camp for a cold weekend, sometimes under canvas and sometimes in an equally cold hut.

The regular Scout campsites are all unavailable for camping this year in January (due to COVID-19) so the members of our local Scout group will be completing their Chilly Challenge weekend at home this year. It will all be happening next weekend 30 to 31 January 2021!

As the Scout leaders planned the weekend with the youngsters, one of the young people suggested that we get their friends and families to sponsor them, not for Scout funds but for the homeless. The rest of the members thought this was a great idea. These young folk really want to make a difference!

Bill Caine, one of our Scout leaders, has set up a Go Fund Me page for the charity Crisis. It's a charity well known for its work in supporting homeless people.

Please support our local youngsters as they make a difference to the lives of homeless people. They would be so encouraged if they reach the set goal of £500!

If you would please visit the Go Fund Me page and donate a small amount in support of for our 1st Crich Scouts in their "Chilly Challenge" weekend, we would be very grateful.

Christmas Hamper Appeal

by Andrew Auld

Christmas food box image courtesy of the guardian website

St Mary’s Church is going to provide Christmas hampers for some of the local families who have been struggling lately. Donations of special Christmas food and treats can be left in St Mary’s on Sunday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. These will be collected on each of these days. Or they can be left with us at 74 The Common, 01773853722.

If you want to contribute but need donations to be collected please let me know and I will arrive at your doorstep. Otherwise make a financial contribution via the church treasurer BACS sort code: 40-52-40 account no: 00019984 with reference ‘Hampers’.

Let’s pull together and shine light and love into homes who most need it.  And please continue supporting the Community Pantry.

Deirdre (Offord)

Young musicians invited to join Music Centre

by Geoff Brown

Flyer for S.E. Derbyshire Music Centre

The following message has been received from Luke Stanley, Chair of the South East Derbyshire Music Centre. They are looking for more people to join their groups, a great opportunity for all the budding young musicians and singers out there. If anybody wishes to learn more or to join them, start by visiting their website:

My name is Luke, I'm writing in my capacity as Chair for South East Derbyshire Music Centre (SEDMC). We're a local charity who provide a space for young people in Amber Valley and Erewash to make music.

Usually we have 200 members who take part on Saturday mornings in one of our many musical ensembles, ranging from Orchestras, chamber ensembles, guitar fusion groups to choirs and to people of all musical ability. But we're more than just about making music, we also provide a fun space for young people to be together and make friends! 

It's safe to say that 2020 has been a bit of a challenge, but despite this, we were still able to put on a "virtual Concert" showcasing performances created during lockdown, culminating in a version of "sing" which you can see here:

We've now been able to re-start our efforts and have turned to virtual methods to once again, make music and are hoping to create another virtual christmas concert later in the year.



Extra Hours at Crich Tramway Village

by Geoff Brown

Illuminated tram at Crich Tramway Village

Text and photos supplied by Crich Tramway Village.

Crich Tramway Village will open for an hour longer from Wednesday 28th to Friday 30th October and is opening for an additional weekend on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th November 2020.

The venue will stay open until 6.30pm (last admissions 5pm) with trams running up to 6pm on the three days in October, to enable visitors to have the unique experience of riding trams in the dark.

On the additional weekend in November, the Village will be open from 10am – 5.30pm. (last admissions 4pm).

Marketing & Business Development Manager, Amanda Blair, said:

“Unfortunately we can’t run our Starlight event, which would normally include illuminations and activities, this year, but we want to give visitors the unique experience to ride on the trams in the dark, which is why we have selected 3 days in October during most schools’ half term. We recommend visitors bringing torches if they wish to take the Woodland Walk.

We would normally end the season on Sunday 1st November this year, but we have decided to offer an additional weekend, as we were closed for over three months due to Covid-19.
We’re hoping that the weather is kind, and that people will make the most of the last weekend before the winter shut down for essential maintenance.”

Illuminated tram at Crich Tramway Village

Covid-19 guidance measures are in place and pre-booking admissions tickets is not required, although visitors will need to book a timed ticket for tram rides on arrival. There are no tram stops on the tram journey, to help ensure social distancing and the safety of passengers, volunteers, and staff.

A Covid-19 Crich Tramway Village guidance sheet, which describes what visitors can expect, can be downloaded from the website:

In line with other venues, the indoor soft play area will remain closed and the numbers in indoor areas such as the shops and on the trams will be limited. Card and Contactless payments are preferred, and full-priced tickets can be purchased online at least 24 hours in advance.

For those who prefer not to take tram rides, special day rates without tram rides are available, and these are payable on arrival. For further information please visit or if you have a query, please email:

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