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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

Exciting update on St Mary's Church Yard!

by Linda Philo

St Mary's Church, Crich

Amber Valley Borough Council, who have been responsible for the maintenance of the ‘closed churchyard’ since the early 90s, have promised that the whole churchyard will be cut within the next few weeks. A churchyard is termed ‘closed’ because there is no more space for burials available. Burials now take place in the adjacent burial ground, below the churchyard. Crich Parish council are responsible for the maintenance of the burial ground.

St Mary’s PCC are excited to be in the planning stages of a sustainable maintenance plan, which will be carried out in cooperation with AVBC. The PCC hope the new plan for this special place can encourage biodiversity and the enjoyment and safety of all churchyard users.

We would love to know the views of those in our community who visit the churchyard and would like to invite you to come and talk to us during the afternoon session of the work day between 2-4pm.

The work party day – open to all comers with their garden tools – will be held on the morning of Satuday 30 October from 9.00 am and an afternoon session from 2.00 pm.  As it is Half Term on that day, children (supervised by their adults) are very welcome to join in!

Art Share and ArtStand unite for Autumn Community Art Sharing, Exhibition and Art Sale

by Linda Philo

Clare Limb holding up her painting of Crich Quarry

The weekend of 16th & 17th October sees the welcome return of the Autumn Community Art Sharing presented by Art Share Crich at The Glebe Field Centre.

Alongside this there will be for the second year running an Exhibition and Art sale by artists in the ArtStand collective.

The two groups were so pleased with the success of their joint event last October,  that they have decided to do it all over  again  this year but this time even bigger!

Art Share Crich will be sharing artwork from local schools, art and craft groups and members of the community along with work that was created by people who attended the Get Creative and Have Fun workshops held at The Crich Tramway Village this summer and were inspired by the beauty and character of Cliff Quarry. Prizes will also be awarded by international wildlife photographer Andy Parkinson, and artists Irene Brierton and Denise Cliffen, to the artworks which best capture the essence of The Cliff Quarry.

The event will celebrate everyday creativity of the people who live and work in the Crich Area and aims to inspire more people to take up arts and crafts as a way of improving their wellbeing, especially in relation to recovery from the pandemic.

Clare  Limb, who is part of Art Share Crich, took part in one of the summer workshops ran by artist Denise Cliffen. Clare found it to be an uplifting experience ‘the beauty of the quarry and the Stand on top of the cliff really awakened my creativity and  improved my general sense of happiness’

During the event there will be live music by local writer, poet and musician Martyn Offord, who will be sharing his songwriting art with attendees throughout the weekend.

The ArtStand exhibition and Art Sale will include work by locally based  artists there will be a chance to  purchase art by the artists as well.

Poster advertising Artstand and Artshare exhibition

A number of new local artists who have recently joined ArtStand.

Including professional artists Irene Brierton who produces beautifully detailed animal studies in watercolour. Frances Daunt; whose use of local maps as a background to her work is highly original. Jonathan Amos Landscape and Portrait photography at its finest - look out for his more abstract work though. Denise Cliffen: wonderfully atmospheric landscapes drawn in amazing detail using pastel crayons.

There will be work to see and buy from other locally based artists who love to create including

Margaret Sutton - our local Potter who produces both functional and highly decorative pieces that would look fantastic in any home. Sue Zmarzty  - Felt Artist - who is fascinated by big cats and loves to celebrate wild animals using wool and fabric. Cheryl Porter - a  Teaching Assistant in one of our local schools, who loves doing art with the children. Her work has an essence of fantasy and an expressive quality. Ian Whitehead, who besides being our local vicar, is a talented crafts person  who turns and makes wonderfully colourful fountain pens and pencils on his lathe. David Hunns, who creates expressive landscapes in watercolour, acrylics and oils and Helen Tomlinson who produces a range of crafts that may help solve that Christmas present problem.

All those participating are local and live within a few miles of Crich Stand. The work for sale is unique, as you have the chance to buy original artwork direct from the artist. This means you avoid the gallery commission’s!

We look forward to meeting you on 16 or 17th October. There will be a creative cafe available which we hope will be a great place to meet for a coffee and chat and possibly doodle!

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

Community Walk poster

Helped needed to tidy up St Mary's Church Yard

by Linda Philo

St Mary's Church

If you follow Crich Community Facebook chatter, then you will know that there has been quite a lot of comment on whether or not the grass is too long in St Mary’s churchyard. 

St Mary’s PCC are talking to Amber Valley Council about the matter of who is responsible for managing the churchyard. 

Meanwhile, there will be a work party day – open to all comers with their garden tools – on the morning of Satuday 30 October from 9.00 am and an afternoon session from 2.00 pm.  As it is Half Term on that day, children (supervised by their adults) are very welcome to join in!

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