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Community Walk with foraging expert Brendan McDowell

by Linda Philo

poster describing Community Walk

As part of the BBC's CountryFile Ramble, Active Crich for Everyone have organised a Community Walk with foraging expert Brendon McDowell. 

Fusion forager AKA Brendan McDowell is a Forest School leader, community grower, creative facilitator, mushroom enthusiast and forager. As a nature lover Brendan's passion is to teach and inspire people to engage with the natural world. From learning to grow and cook vegetables and mushrooms, to searching out wild plants and fungi for food and craft.

Join the gathering on Sunday 10 October, 2.00 pm at the corner of Top Hagg Lane, Fritchley.

We will take a gentle stroll through Fritchley Meadows and into the woods and back and anticipate that the ramble will take around 2 hours.

The event is free of charge, however, donations to Children In Need are welcomed.

The ground is uneven and therefore unsuitable for wheelchairs and prams. Please wear suitable weather appropriate clothes and shoes.

If you have any questions please contact active.crich@gmail.com

Community Walk poster

Crich Rocks 2 "Before the Flood"

by Linda Philo

Poster for Crich Rocks 2

Crich Rocks 2 "Before the Flood" Guided Walk

Sunday 23 May 2.00pm Crich Market Place

Dr Andy returns with Crich Rocks 2 “Before the flood!”

On Sunday, 23 at 2pm Andy will be leading us on a 3,5 mile walk from the marketplace.

This will probably take a leisurely 2.5-3 hours as Andy brings alive the ground under our feet. Andy’s specialist subject...

Well-behaved dogs and their humans welcome.

The picture of the coral fossil Andy found behind the Tramway on the first walk we did, Crich Rocks, just before the first lockdown in 2020.

And of course there is the opportunity to slake your thirst and support local hostelries with your business too after!

Win-win

Hope to see you there!

Amber Valley & Erewash Autumn Footprints Walking Festival

by Linda Philo

dog on a footpath

photo by Geoff Brown

Autumn Footprints 2020 - Walks in Amber Valley and Erewash in Derbyshire

Unfortunately organisers of the Autumn Footprints Walking Festival have confirmed that the usual event will not take place this year, however, they have collected some of the previously produced walk leaflets and posted them on line for the public to enjoy.

Walking is great for both mental and physical health - so why not see what is on your doorstep.

Log onto www.autumnfootprints.co.uk to download the leaflets from their homepage. For more walks around Crich see the Walks section of the Crich Standard website.

The festival is jointly organised by Erewash Borough Council; Amber Valley Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council, several parish councils, community groups and Groundwork.

autumn footprints logo

FREE Kids Summer Activities

by Linda Philo

poster advertising Children's Summer Activities

Thanks to the wonderful response to the fundraising appeal, the following children's summer activities are now FREE of charge!

Children’s nature connection activity sessions in Fritchley.

Calling all children aged 5-12! Come and enjoy lots of exciting activities and experience the outdoors in a brand new way! We will be using our senses of touch, smell, hearing and sight to discover elements of your local green space that you’ve never even noticed before. We also invite you to bring your imagination to help us weave stories, create woodland characters and follow your own ideas. You will be able to take your creations home with you, along with skills and ideas for new adventures that you can carry on at home throughout the holidays and share with your friends and your grown-ups!
 
With a ratio of seven children per leader and a maximum group size of 14, we are able to give every individual the attention and support they need to follow their own inspiration and tailor the session so that your child enjoys a completely unique experience that they will love!
 
Monday 17th and 24th  August, morning (9-12) or afternoon (1-4) sessions.
Age range 5-12 - parents are not required to attend.
Cost: £15 per child and £10 per sibling (up to two siblings) NOW FREE of charge due to the success of fundraising
Contact claire@growoutside.co.uk or 07960 249816 for bookings or more information. Due to small group sizes, places are limited.

Sarah Poplar’s physical activity

All the sessions below will begin week commencing 10th August for 3 weeks on Tuesday and Thursday each week and will take place on the field at Fritchley (behind the school).

Rise and Shine – 9.30 to 10.15
This is group is aimed at 5 to 7 year olds and will get your child jumping around to start the day.
Boot camp 1 – 10.30 to 11.15
This more strenuous session is aimed at 8 to 10 year olds.
Boot Camp 2 – 11.30 to 12.15
Another workout for 11 to 13 year olds.
Cost £2.50 per child  NOW FREE of charge due to the success of fundraising
Contact Sarah Poplar on 07875342201 for more information and to book a place.

Popalong

This is a fun play session for children aged 0--4 years.

Outdoor activities suitable for toddlers including dry sand play, bubbles and chalk, ride-on toys, slide and small climbing frame, toys, cars, farm animals, kitchen, work bench, dolls etc. There will also be story time and a safely distanced song time –one singer (with actions for all!)

There is no charge for this activity

Dates: Friday 21st and Friday 28th August 10am -12midday
Venue : Crich Wesley Chapel, Chapel Lane (off the Common) Please park on The Common
Contact Details for booking : Lynda Gray 07890 688021
jimlynda.gray@btopenworld.com

Summer Holiday Activities are here!

by Andrew Auld

Summer Holiday Activities

The Mutual Aid group has discussed the need to support families and children during the pandemic, as well as providing services for older people. Since we wound down the general helpline, a group of members of the Crich Patients Participation Group and others have been working to put together some activities over the summer to go some way towards helping families whose holidays have been cancelled, who would normally attend events that aren't taking place or who simply can't afford to get away.

At last we are able to announce the promised activities for children over the summer holidays. This is for children who are registered with Crich Medical Centre and includes those who go to South Wingfield and Holloway surgeries.
Have a look below and see what will interest your child or a child you know – details of how to register are included under each activity.

Of course, we have to keep you and your family safe so here are a few things to be aware of:
  • You must register for a place, we can’t accept anyone who turns up on the day
  • You will need to provide contact details for tracing should anyone become ill
  • If your child or a family member is ill or has a temperature we ask you not to attend
Some of the activities are free and for others there is a small charge – if you have any issues concerning payment please mention this to your activity coordinator when you book. The cost of this programme is subsidised through the fundraising efforts and kindness of local people and provider organisations are giving their services at reduced rates or free of charge. We are very grateful to everyone who has contributed money, time and skills to enable us to provide activities to support the children and families of the area.
 

Children’s nature connection activity sessions in Fritchley.


Calling all children aged 5-12!

Come and enjoy lots of exciting activities and experience the outdoors in a brand new way! We will be using our senses of touch, smell, hearing and sight to discover elements of your local green space that you’ve never even noticed before. We also invite you to bring your imagination to help us weave stories, create woodland characters and follow your own ideas. You will be able to take your creations home with you, along with skills and ideas for new adventures that you can carry on at home throughout the holidays and share with your friends and your grown-ups!
 
With a ratio of seven children per leader and a maximum group size of 14, we are able to give every individual the attention and support they need to follow their own inspiration and tailor the session so that your child enjoys a completely unique experience that they will love!
 
Monday 17th and 24th  August, morning (9-12) or afternoon (1-4) sessions.
Age range 5-12 - parents are not required to attend.
Cost: £15 per child and £10 per sibling (up to two siblings) NOW FREE of charge due to the success of fundraising
Contact claire@growoutside.co.uk or 07960 249816 for bookings or more information. Due to small
group sizes, places are limited.


Sarah Poplar’s physical activity


All the sessions below will begin week commencing 10th August for 3 weeks on Tuesday and Thursday each week and will take place on the field at Fritchley (behind the school).

Rise and Shine – 9.30 to 10.15
This is group is aimed at 5 to 7 year olds and will get your child jumping around to start the day.
Boot camp 1 – 10.30 to 11.15
This more strenuous session is aimed at 8 to 10 year olds.
Boot Camp 2 – 11.30 to 12.15
Another workout for 11 to 13 year olds.
Cost £2.50 per child NOW FREE of charge due to the success of fundraising
Contact Sarah Poplar on 07875342201 for more information and to book a place.


Popalong


This is a fun play session for children aged 0--4 years.

Outdoor activities suitable for toddlers including dry sand play, bubbles and chalk, ride-on toys, slide and small climbing frame, toys, cars, farm animals, kitchen, work bench, dolls etc. There will also be story time and a safely distanced song time –one singer (with actions for all!)

There is no charge for this activity

Dates: Friday 21st and Friday 28th August 10am -12midday
Venue : Crich Wesley Chapel, Chapel Lane (off the Common) Please park on The Common
Contact Details for booking : Lynda Gray 07890 688021
jimlynda.gray@btopenworld.com

 

Premier Education Holiday Club

We are hoping that the Premier Education holiday club will run during the weeks commencing 17th and 24th August. The club will be held in Crich at the Glebe Field Centre. It will run from 9.00 – 3.30 Monday to Friday and will be open to children aged 5 – 13 (Years 1 – 8).

If we are successful in accessing funding then the cost of the club will be £5 PER FAMILY per day or £20 for the entire week. This effectively means for families with more than one child, that after the first child all siblings are completely free.

The holiday club will not be solely sport focused with opportunities to take part in dance and drama, art and crafts, games and much more.

It will operate on a ‘bubble’ basis as schools have done, on lower coach:child ratios than normal (1:15). Bubbles will be organised each week and children will be grouped based on ages.

As it will be operating on a bubble basis, once a bubble has been created and reached its capacity of 15 children they cannot introduce new children to the bubble for health and safety reasons. Therefore we will require children to attend a minimum of 3 days in any one week. Though there is no requirement to attend both weeks, children are of course more than welcome to attend both weeks.

If you have any further questions about this please don’t hesitate to contact James on the email address below.

James Jennison, Premier Education  jjennison@premier-education.com
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