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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

Stop press: Doorstep Carols change of Radio Station!

by Linda Philo

Doorstep Carols

We hope you are looking forward to joining in with the Doorstep Carols on Wednesday, 16th December at 6pm

Please note that there is a small change... Radio Derby have changed their schedule but we can still join in by tuning in to Radio Nottingham on 95.1 FM or BBC Sounds. 

Please tell your neighbours about the changes and lets make a great sound and spread some Christmas cheer.


Carol service at St Mary's - Sunday 20 December. 6:30pm

by Andrew Auld

Nativity scene

The Carol Service will be very unusual this year because we are having a carol service without being allowed to sing them! However, the readings will be the traditional ones and the carols will be the old favourites but presented in very different ways, but you will all be able to join in without actually singing!!

In order to ensure social distancing YOU MUST BOOK YOUR PLACE either by emailing or phoning 01773 853722. You will need to give us your phone number and the exact number of people in your bubble, so seats can be safely allocated. Bubbles should be limited to 6. If your group is more please book as two groups. Places will only be available from December 6th to the 13th. The service is at 6:30pm on Sunday 20 December.

The conduct of the service will comply with Covid Regulations, including the wearing of masks, and details will be explained to you when you book. All arrangements and services are liable to alteration if circumstances change.

Let's Light Up Crich Parish this Christmas!

by Linda Philo

Let's light up Crich Parish this Christmas banner

Things are going to be rather different this year but as usual local people are brimming with ideas to brighten our long winter nights, here are a few:

poster of Christmas activities

Grand Light Up - 5th December

Let’s go to town and decorate the outside of our homes for an extended period this year, we propose a grand light up on 5th December.

Let’s chase the winter night away, break with tradition and keep them on throughout January.

Christmas Wreaths

Christmas wreaths - the more the merrier! Share photos of your creativities with everyone on the Community Facebook pages.

Doorstep Carols poster

Doorstep Carols - 16th December, 6.00 pm

Stop Press: Please note change of Radio Station. Carols can now be heard on Radio Nottingham on 95.1FM. Please tell your neighbours!

We're asking the whole parish to get behind this event to raise some much-needed Christmas cheer this year!

With Fritchley Green and Crich Market Place carol singing cancelled, there's a risk that Christmas 2020 could be very quiet.

So let's all make a noise on our doorsteps on Wednesday, December 16th at 6.00 pm and join our neighbours in singing Christmas carols - staying in household bubbles of course and obeying the restrictions in place.

The carols will be broadcast on Radio Nottingham 95.1 FM to help us all stay in time and carols sheets and simple sheet music are available to download.

We'd love you to help by organising your own street and encouraging friends and neighbours to sing and play along. Click here to see how to get involved.

Nativity scene

Follow The Star - 19th to 24th December

From 19th -24th December look out for the Christmas Journey – Follow the Star! in windows and tableaux around Crich.

Follow the Star as the Three Kings set out to find the Christ-child, from Crich Wesley, along the Common, up Bowns Hill to St Mary’s porch. Centuries before this, his birth was foretold by the prophets (Scout Hut). The Angel Gabriel came to Mary (Bower Close, Jeffries Lane) and to Joseph (Crich Chase).

They had to travel to Bethlehem (Market Place) where a host of angels told a group of shepherds on the hills, and they rushed to find the newborn Christ-child tucked up in an animals’ feeding trough (Market Place).

We would love for you to join in and create your own windows to depict the Star, or an angel, or anything from the Christmas Story! Or perhaps decorate your fences or nearby lampposts with stars.

Pick up a bag containing a guide-booklet and activities from The Telephone Box in the Market Place.


St Mary's Church Carol Service - 20th December

The carol service at St Mary’s on 20th December will be a little different this year and is to be ticketed to ensure we can keep everyone safe. Keep your eyes on this website for information about tickets.

Christmas Eve - 24th December, 6.00pm

On Christmas Eve let’s welcome Santa by ringing bells outside our homes at 6pm. Light a candle in your window and let’s join together to sing Silent Night then watch out for fireworks on The Tors, they should be visible to most of us from our doorsteps or gardens.

If anyone knows of any other local events or have any ideas, please share them with Crich Standard and other social media.

We really hope you enjoy joining in with these activities. Remember to observe social distancing and obey the restrictions in place to keep everyone safe.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year

Young musicians invited to join Music Centre

by Geoff Brown

Flyer for S.E. Derbyshire Music Centre

The following message has been received from Luke Stanley, Chair of the South East Derbyshire Music Centre. They are looking for more people to join their groups, a great opportunity for all the budding young musicians and singers out there. If anybody wishes to learn more or to join them, start by visiting their website:

My name is Luke, I'm writing in my capacity as Chair for South East Derbyshire Music Centre (SEDMC). We're a local charity who provide a space for young people in Amber Valley and Erewash to make music.

Usually we have 200 members who take part on Saturday mornings in one of our many musical ensembles, ranging from Orchestras, chamber ensembles, guitar fusion groups to choirs and to people of all musical ability. But we're more than just about making music, we also provide a fun space for young people to be together and make friends! 

It's safe to say that 2020 has been a bit of a challenge, but despite this, we were still able to put on a "virtual Concert" showcasing performances created during lockdown, culminating in a version of "sing" which you can see here:

We've now been able to re-start our efforts and have turned to virtual methods to once again, make music and are hoping to create another virtual christmas concert later in the year.



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