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  • New telephone helpline for people suffering distress or anxiety during the Coronavirus pandemic

    06 April 2020 New telephone helpline for people suffering distress or anxiety during the Coronavirus pandemic

    Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has launched a new telephone based support line for local people who are experiencing increased distress or anxiety during the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

    Comments: 0

  • Easter Cheer

    05 April 2020 Easter Cheer

    All households in our community are being encouraged to create an Easter window display to brighten the day of those passing by. It can be as simple or elaborate as you like, the idea is just to spread some happiness.

    Comments: 0

  • Supporting Families through the Coronavirus Crisis

    04 April 2020 Supporting Families through the Coronavirus Crisis

    Crich Area Covid19 Mutual Aid volunteers are there to support everyone in our community.

    Comments: 0

  • Exercising Scandi Style

    03 April 2020 Exercising Scandi Style

    While we have just an hour of freedom outside, you might be weighing up the best use of your time for health and fitness. If you are an outdoors person, you might find Nordic walking offers you the perfect solution. It was originally a summer training regime for cross-country skiers.

    Comments: 0

  • Gentle Yoga classes continue at home

    02 April 2020 Gentle Yoga classes continue at home

    Bev Lomax, the yoga teacher who runs the very popular weekly gentle yoga sessions in Crich is preparing some 5 minute videos for the community to access free of charge.

    Comments: 0

  • Tend to your spiritual needs...

    29 March 2020 Tend to your spiritual needs...

    Links to online services, music and prayer to help you and your family through this time of trial

    Comments: 0

  • Crich Fête postponed

    28 March 2020 Crich Fête postponed

    The organising committee of Crich Fete have reluctantly decised to postpone this year's event scheduled for July 11th. This is due to the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 situation.

    Comments: 0

  • Crich Monument Race 2020 - postponed

    28 March 2020 Crich Monument Race 2020 - postponed

    Crich Monument Race, due to be held on July 11 2020, has been postponed due to coronavirus pandemic.

    Comments: 0

  • Helpline leaflet

    23 March 2020 Helpline leaflet

    Leaflet with helpline number now available online as a pdf. Download it here.

    Comments: 0

  • Coping with social distancing

    22 March 2020 Coping with social distancing

    Advice on coping with social distancing. Look after yourselves.

    Comments: 1

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Parish Council news

Extension to Crich Burial Ground consecrated

by Geoff Brown

Bishop Jan McFarlane starts the ceremony with children from Crich Infants School

On Thursday 6th February, the Bishop of Repton, The Right Reverend Jan McFarlane, led an historic ceremony to consecrate an extension to the burial ground at St. Mary's Church. The petition for the consecration was presented by Councillor Richard Walsh from Crich Parish Council.

Accompanied by the Diocesan Registrar and supported by members of the Church, Crich Parish Council, the public and (most importantly) the children from Crich CofE Infant School, the Bishop led a procession around the boundary of the cemetery extension.

Bishop Jan McFarlane leads the procession around the boundaries of the new part of the cemetery

At each corner of the extended area, the Bishop made a sign of the cross during which statements of the consecration were read by the registrar.

During the procession, psalms were read. At the end of the service a silence was observed, during which all present were encouraged to appreciate the peace of our rural environment. Finally prayers were said.

At the end of the ceremony everybody was invited to retire to the church for tea and cake. Very civilised!

Parish Councillor Vacancies for Crich Ward

by Linda Philo

Bowns Hill, Crich

If you care about Crich, and would like to help keep it a great place to live and work, why not become a Parish Councillor?

We have two immediate Councillor vacancies for Crich Ward.

No prior experience needed, just a positive outlook, willingness to work as part of a team, and a drive to be a voice for your local community.

We will support you in your new role, and expect you to undertake training so you are effective in that role. You will also need to be comfortable working electronically.

If you are over 18, live locally and feel you can make a real change, why not put yourself forward? Contact our Parish Clerk, Carolyn Jennings, to find out how to apply and check eligibility details.

Want to know more first? Speak to one of your Parish Councillors or call the Clerk for a chat on 01773 853928. We are waiting to hear from you!

Closing date for applications – Friday 28th February 2020

Severn Trent Water meets with residents regarding sewage smells on Bowns Hill

by Geoff Brown

View of Bowns Hill looking up the hill

On 3rd February two representatives from SevernTrent Water met with concerned residents who have suffered intermittent sewage smells in the Bowns Hill area of Crich since last summer. The meeting, organised by Crich Parish Council, was attended by about twenty members of the public.

Severn Trent explained the main sewage and surface water network in Crich and how drainage from new developments links into their network. The problem is widely assumed to be associated with the new Devonshire Gardens development off Roes Lane, from which fowl water is pumped into the main system via a junction at the top of Bowns Hill. However, until the development is complete and the new sewage network is adopted by Severn Trent, they have no jurisdiction over it and any issues should be addressed by the developers.

Since being made aware of the problem, Severn-Trent have undertaken a number of procedures including sealing man-holes, cleaning the fowl-drain down Bowns Hill, undertaking a full CCTV survey of the drain and monitoring smells through the use of odour-loggers installed at various points. It was acknowledged that there have been problems, peaking in the summer months.

Picture of maps used to explain the waste water network in Crich

Severn-Trent indicated that they are taking the issue seriously and are working with the developers to understand any issue and advise them on recommended actions. They also undertook to engage with the Amber Valley Environmental Health team and the Amber Valley Planning team. Residents were encouraged to notify them of any problems going forwards.

All who attended the meeting were anxious to point out that the new residents of Devonshire Gardens were welcome in the community and were in no way being implicated as part of the problem.

(Climate) change? Why change? Things are bad enough already

by Linda Philo

Placard saying There is NO Planet B

Lord Salisbury, 19th century aristocrat, politician and briefly Prime Minister, said something similar to the words above apparently referring to taxation. Little would he have known that simply adding the word ‘climate’ enables a powerful point to be made about the world in the 21st century.

Whatever any of us may think about Greta Thunberg addressing the United Nations, Extinction Rebellion bringing London to a standstill and governments setting targets for zero emissions in 30 years’ time, perhaps it is worth looking closer to home? Certainly many individuals are taking more and more personal steps to improve our environment in the end to slow and stop climate change. The science is confirmed and how we react as a nation, a community or as citizens of our country will literally shape the future.

For sure, we all have or know someone with solar panels on the roof, a hybrid car, a vegetarian diet, or who is just trying to use less fossil fuel. Sadly I don’t pass many environmental awareness tests, but I do seriously plan to improve!

That's why I’m pleased that Amber Valley Borough Council has declared a Climate Emergency, and in various conversations around the village I’ve been encouraged to learn of people’s increasing interest in the whole climate change and environmental awareness issue. Potentially there are many things that could be done, including getting involved in the Woodland Trust’s tree-planting days, the reduction or eradication of singleuse plastic and maybe even car-charging points in the village!

I am very sure that there are residents in the village with the skills, imagination and real enthusiasm to make a difference. If you are one of these people, young or old (or in between), and you might be willing to get involved, please send your contact details to environment@crichstandard. org and register an interest in the overall project. Your reaction will shape the next steps in the Climate Emergency challenge for Crich Parish.

We may not be able to change the world, but with some ambition and energy we can surely improve our Crich community environment! 

Tony Mills Chair, Crich Standard

Latest news from Crich Parish Council

by Andrew Auld

Canal reflections

Our co-opted councillors, Tony Mills and Kevin Holt, were formally appointed at our September meeting.

The planning application to build 71 dwellings at Woodside Farm, off the Common, Crich, has been amended. The number of dwellings has been reduced to 58 but the scheme still conflicts with the Crich Parish Neighbourhood Plan in several respects and the Parish Council has therefore lodged its objections.

Another day of training in the use of defibrillators has been held at the Glebe and we are grateful to the first responders for giving up their time to do this. The Fritchley defibrillator was deployed recently and it's good to know that it was there when it was needed.

We are still waiting for the Diocese to give us a date for the consecration of the extension to the Burial Ground. Apparently the reason for the delay is that the Bishop of Repton, who will conduct the consecration, is on sabbatical leave.

Severn Trent Water have been reporting to us regularly on their work to eliminate the sewage smell from the Bowns Hill area of Crich, and we thought that the problem had been eradicated. However, further complaints have been made and we are therefore taking up Severn Trent's offer to come and meet us to discuss the issue.

We have encountered problems this year with putting up the large Christmas tree in Crich Market Place because of a parked vehicle. The tree will therefore be going up later than usual.

Next summer we hope to extend the floral displays in the Market Place, in partnership with the local businesses.

The PLACE project has obtained funding for a youth shelter and another swing for the Recreation Ground.

The Parish Council has established a working party to look at climate and re-greening issues. It is hoped that this group will include the wider community in the longer term, given the overwhelming importance of climate change to all of us, especially our children and grandchildren. Initially the group is looking at planting trees and shrubs around the parish but will examine other possibilities beyond that.

Finally, I should like to wish all of our parishioners a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Cllr. Margaret Lane

Chair of Crich Parish Council

  • New telephone helpline for people suffering distress or anxiety during the Coronavirus pandemic

    06 April 2020 New telephone helpline for people suffering distress or anxiety during the Coronavirus pandemic

    Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has launched a new telephone based support line for local people who are experiencing increased distress or anxiety during the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

    Comments: 0

  • Easter Cheer

    05 April 2020 Easter Cheer

    All households in our community are being encouraged to create an Easter window display to brighten the day of those passing by. It can be as simple or elaborate as you like, the idea is just to spread some happiness.

    Comments: 0

  • Supporting Families through the Coronavirus Crisis

    04 April 2020 Supporting Families through the Coronavirus Crisis

    Crich Area Covid19 Mutual Aid volunteers are there to support everyone in our community.

    Comments: 0

  • Exercising Scandi Style

    03 April 2020 Exercising Scandi Style

    While we have just an hour of freedom outside, you might be weighing up the best use of your time for health and fitness. If you are an outdoors person, you might find Nordic walking offers you the perfect solution. It was originally a summer training regime for cross-country skiers.

    Comments: 0

  • Gentle Yoga classes continue at home

    02 April 2020 Gentle Yoga classes continue at home

    Bev Lomax, the yoga teacher who runs the very popular weekly gentle yoga sessions in Crich is preparing some 5 minute videos for the community to access free of charge.

    Comments: 0

  • Tend to your spiritual needs...

    29 March 2020 Tend to your spiritual needs...

    Links to online services, music and prayer to help you and your family through this time of trial

    Comments: 0

  • Crich Fête postponed

    28 March 2020 Crich Fête postponed

    The organising committee of Crich Fete have reluctantly decised to postpone this year's event scheduled for July 11th. This is due to the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 situation.

    Comments: 0

  • Crich Monument Race 2020 - postponed

    28 March 2020 Crich Monument Race 2020 - postponed

    Crich Monument Race, due to be held on July 11 2020, has been postponed due to coronavirus pandemic.

    Comments: 0

  • Helpline leaflet

    23 March 2020 Helpline leaflet

    Leaflet with helpline number now available online as a pdf. Download it here.

    Comments: 0

  • Coping with social distancing

    22 March 2020 Coping with social distancing

    Advice on coping with social distancing. Look after yourselves.

    Comments: 1

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