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Rhymes and Lines update

by Andrew Auld

Crich Area Community Arts Sharing Project is trying to collect together your writing to share with the community in print and digitally. ‘Rhymes and Lines’ could be any sort of writing – it doesn’t have to be poetry – try songs, prayers, essays, or what about short stories?

Try the “What if...” approach. Take an episode that happened, nearly happened or could have happened to you, then “What if...” something else had happened and take it from there.

Or try the chemistry experiment approach. Take two unlikely people and mix them together in a controlled environment and what would happen?

Be inspired by what's going on around you –interactions, movements in the natural world in your gardens, out on your walks: a first snowdrop, a buzzard being mobbed by crows, the scent of a fox. There’s also lots going on inside you: strong feelings, distant memories, plans.

Keep within 500 words so be ruthless with your editing and keep to places and types of people you know well.

Send to by end of March.

Christmas dinners and hampers distributed to older people.

by Geoff Brown

Christmas dinner, cooked by Dawn Harper for older people on their own for Christmas.

Today saw the delivery of plated festive meals to older members of our community who will be on their own for Christmas.

Dawn Harper, who has been cooking hot meals for vulnerable and isolating people throughout the first lockdown and again since November, was anxious that her regular clients should not miss out at Christmas. With some local funding coming available from the family hampers appeal, Dawn and Cathy Bowness have masterminded the production and delivery of complimentary hampers to a number of people and pre-cooked Christmas dinners to others who they knew would be on their own for Christmas day. Over thirty people have benefitted. Delivered by a small team of regular volunteers, the hampers and meals were well received by all. 

Thanks are due to Dawn and Cathy for the tremendous amount of work and organisation that has gone in to this community project. The service also helps to maintain regular contact with some of the people who may normally attend the Crich Luncheon Club at the Glebe, but who have been unable to meet for most of this year.

The Angel Gabriel has appeared!

by Geoff Brown

The angel Gabriel, created by Crich Willow Weaving Group, at the Bulling Lane - Coasthill juncton

The Crich Willow Weaving Group came together during the first lockdown and started to create a number of artistic pieces (see previous news items relating to the Art Sharing Project). Within a few months of distanced outside working, they agreed to jointly create an uplifting piece for the village.

The Angel Gabriel was the inspiration of their teacher Mogs, with all of the group delighted to contribute. Gabriel now graces the planter on the junction of Bulling Lane and Coasthill as you head up from Crich Market Place.


Some of Crich Willow Weaving Group with the sculpture of the angel.
Some of the Crich Willow Weaving Group with the Angel. Photo: Annette Love.

In daylight the Angel is impressive enough, but is then inspiringly lit after dark.

There has been a huge reaction, with many villagers stopping to take a look. The group commented that:

We are delighted if  folks are enjoying the Crich Angel

In January it is hoped that The Angel will find a permanent home in the church.

The planter will then be planting with bulbs by Jordan James to carry on cheering us through the winter.

Look out for more about the Crich Willow Weaving Group in the next edition of Crich Standard

Wesleyan Chapel Update

by Claire Ganthony

Crich Wesleyan Chapel

Crich Wesley Chapel is open for its 3pm service every Sunday afternoon. This includes a traditional Methodist service with recorded hymns (which we aren’t allowed to sing out loud at present!) projected onto the screen. There is often a ‘sharing’ time with a dramatized Gospel reading. Refreshments served at the end.

For CHRISTMAS There will be a Carol service on Sunday 20th December at 3pm.

Due to the current Coronavirus guidance and restrictions, Popalong Baby & Toddler group is not meeting at present. We normally meet every Friday in term-time 9.30-11.30am. If you would like to find out more about coming along to this friendly group once we begin to meet again, please contact Lynda Gray on 07890 688021 or by email at

Popalong Babies group is currently meeting by Zoom, and go for walks together. o find out more or book, contact Serena Hancox

Mobile library - changes to visiting times in Crich Parish

by Geoff Brown

Picture of a Derbyshire County Council mobile library

Derbyshire County Council library service has two mobile libraries, based at Buxton and Long Eaton, serving around 150 communities across the county. These communities are visited once every four weeks and the mobile libraries offer a range of services for everyone including fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children, large print books, books on tape and books on CD as well as a selection of local studies books and information.

The mobile libraries have a lift for wheelchair users and people with mobility problems.

They visit Crich and Frtichley on Tuesday mornings. The Council have indicated that the times are changing slightly for the winter period starting week commencing 14th December and running through until March 2021. There will be no service over the Christmas and New Year weeks (commencing 21st and 28th December.

For Crich and Fritchley, the libraries will be visiting as follows:

Fritchley, The Green: 10.00 - 10.25 am

Crich, Market Place: 10.30 - 10.50am

Crich, Culland View: 11.00 - 11.20am

Crich, Cliff Inn car park: 11.25 - 11.40am

The visiting dates during this period will be: December 15th, January 26th and February 23rd.

For full details see the Derbyshire Mobile Library web-site.




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