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Only two days until the Crich Christmas Fair

by Andrew Auld

There are only two days to go until Crich Christmas Fair! The wine is ready to mull and the decorations are up! And if you've been wondering how you could have a 'greener' Christmas this year, we can help!

If you are local you could walk to the fair. Just follow the arrows from the Market Place to The Glebe Centre. No carbon emissions there!

Then, all of the stalls are being run by local Derbyshire businesses. We have cakes from Belper, bath bombs from Riddings, pottery from Fritchley, cider from Ashover, home made mince pies from The Glebe ....the list goes on. The furthest business away is Crafty You Crafty Me, based in Hilton. So there won't be many carbon miles involved in getting the exhibitors to the fair.

And finally, all of the stallholders make their own, unique gifts and don't wrap them in a load of plastic packagaing. We even have Belper toy library selling second hand good as new toys. So, remember to bring your own bags to put those presents in when you buy them!

There is just one snag though - Father Christmas will be putting in an appearance and opening the fair. I wonder how many sleigh miles he will have to do?!

Crich Christmas Fair

Celebrate 100 years at Crich Comrades Club

by Linda Philo

Poster advertising Crich Comrades Club 100 year anniversary celebrations

To celebrate the 100 years of the opening of Crich Comrades Club, the first date for your diary is Saturday 11 September 2021.

We have a full day of entertainment lined up, with a free buffet, and the bar will be open until 1am. If you fancy dressing up, period dress is optional.

1-00pm - 5-00pm - Old Time Music Hall, come and join us on a trip down memory lane to the golden age of the music hall.
7-00pm - 9-00pm - War Time Singer, Eleanor Rose Bowley
9-15pm till late - Disco​

As always, non-members welcome, please ask at the bar for membership details.

poster advertising Crich Comrades Club 100 year celebrations

Nottingham Trams Memorabilia Donated to the National Tram Museum

by Geoff Brown

Trevor Stocker and Ryan Breen hand over Nottingham Tram memorabelia to Amanda Blair of Crich Tramway Village

Nottingham Trams Limited., operators of Nottingham Express Transit (NET), has donated some tram buffers and old tram signs to Crich Tramway Village, home to the National Tramway Museum, near Matlock.

Trevor Stocker, Operations Manager at Nottingham Trams, said that passing on the signage to Crich has also strengthened links between Nottingham’s state-of-the-art tram network and the historic tramway.

“We’ve donated buffers that were originally installed at the Old Station Street tram stop and these are now in operation at the Glory Mine end of the preserved tram line,” he explained.

“The fact we have a number of employees volunteering at the museum in their spare time also reflects NET’s commitment to preserving our transport heritage, while delivering the best possible service to customers, both now and in the future.”

Trevor Stocker and Ryan Breen hand over Nottingham Tram memorabelia to Amanda Blair of Crich Tramway Village
Trevor Stocker and Ryan Breen hand over Nottingham Tram memorabelia to Amanda Blair of Crich Tramway Village

In addition, Ryan Breen, who works as a driver at Nottingham Trams and as a volunteer at Crich Tramway Village, believed that some old Nottingham Trams signage could be useful in future exhibitions at the Museum. Ryan explained

“The majority of the museum’s collection is from the first generation of tramways that almost all closed in the 1960s, and opportunities to preserve memorabilia from second-generation systems are, at the moment, very uncommon,”

The museum is now looking to feature the signs as part of a display to illustrate the history of trams in Nottingham, from the days of Nottingham Corporation Tramways to NET, filling a current gap in the history books. New Curator at the Museum, Kate Watts, said:

“It’s important that the museum continues to tell the national story of tramways by collecting items relating to the current systems in use. These signs from Nottingham (NET) are a welcome addition to the collection and the curatorial team are now planning how best to display them for visitors”.

JOB: Holiday Activities Fund Programme Manager

by Linda Philo


Job Advert – The Glebe Field Trust
Activities Fund Programme Manager
7th June-30th September | £17 per hour

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated, organised individual to be responsible for coordinating delivery of the Department of Education (DfE) funded Holiday Activities and Food programme in the Crich area from 7th June to 30th September 2021.

Advert for Children's Holiday Activities Fund Programme Manager

Working in partnership with the Crich Patient Participation Group, The Glebe Field Trust registered charity is seeking someone to manage the delivery of the programme in line with the DfE terms and conditions, ensuring all compliance and due diligence processes are in place to ensure it meets all required standards.

The Programme Manager will be expected to liaise with the local steering group to oversee implementation and delivery of the programme, develop a clear communication plan to help promote and advertise the HAF programme and ensure all communication on the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) offer for the holiday period is well coordinated through effective working with schools and providers.

The Programme Manager will also manage the budget and design and implement effective evaluation of the HAF programme and data collection in line with DfE data returns and GDPR requirements.

The Manager will gather the data returns from commissioned HAF providers and prepare a submission to Derbyshire County Council in line with the grant requirement.

To apply for the position please send your CV and a covering letter to Andrea Kemp c/o The Glebe Field Trust, Glebe Field Close, Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 5EU or via email to:

For more information or an informal conversation please call Andrea on 07917 634153.

Amber Rock Development - New Residents' Group Formed

by Geoff Brown

Picture of Crich Quarry

Further to the item posted on 9th March relating to the Amber Rock holiday resort proposed for Crich Quarry, this application is shortly coming up for planning consultation.

A local group called Residents Opposed to Amber Rock (ROAR) has been formed to to capture, manage and properly develop the points being made by those concerned about the proposal.

They can be contacted through their Facebook page  

or by email on

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