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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

Community Walk poster

Continued need for Crich Community Pantry

by Linda Philo

Crich Community Pantry

THANK YOU to all those who have topped up the Crich Community Pantry over the past weeks, it has sorely been needed by families and individuals.

With the glut of Harvest from our gardens coming in we are also receiving Runner Beans, Cucumbers, Potatoes, and Courgettes. I am sometimes asked for cooking instructions or hints!

One family told me; "This [the pantry] makes a difference to us, especially while the kids are on holiday. It pads out our meals meaning we can just about get by."

If you can't give anything like tins, packets or fresh produced but want to help just pop some money in through the Vicarage door marked pantry. It'll make a difference.

Rev Ian Whitehead

Dawn's Meals

by Linda Philo

Dawn Harper in her kitchen cooking meals

Many of you will have heard about Dawn Harper’s mammoth efforts to provide good, wholesome food for isolated people in our community throughout the pandemic.  This still continues.

ASDA logo

Just before Christmas she made an application for funding to Asda’s ‘Feeding Communities’, the plan was to create and deliver Christmas dinners. 

Due to receiving so many applications, Asda were overwhelmed with requests, there was a delay in the confirmation.  However, after Christmas we heard that we had been successful but then had to give this a bit of a rethink... February isn’t the right time to deliver Christmas meals!

Dawn came up trumps again and contacted families in the community who would benefit from a sizeable hamper, all the contents purchased from Asda.  Asda themselves were incredibly supportive throughout the whole process and enabled Dawn to order online and have the food for the hampers delivered. 

These were gratefully received, and Dawn received several kind comments such as... ‘This has made such a difference to our family during this difficult time’ and ‘We would just like to say  thank you to Dawn for organising this!’

A big Thank you to both Dawn and ASDA!

Dawn Harper Menu

Dawn is now pleasing other people in the community, by providing a take-away breakfast and lunch menu from her cafe at the back of the Red Lion Pub, Fritchley, DE56 2FT

All food is freshly cooked to order using quality ingredients served Tuesday to Friday between 9.00 am and 1.30 pm. Delivery can also be arranged.

Pre order if possible please by telephoning or text Dawn on 07791 559394. Payment by cash or card.

Crich Patients Participation Group and Covid-19 Mutual Aid leaflet

by Andrew Auld

Cover image of the Crich Patients' Participation and Crich Mutual Aid newsletter

This newsletter has been produced by the Crich Patients' Participation Group and Crich Area Mutual Aid and has been delivered to all households in the catchment area of the Crich Medical Practice. It has information about vaccinations, prescriptions deliveries, ideas for keeping fit, cheerful and healthy during the last weeks of winter and an update from the Crich Area Dementia Friends.

You can download a pdf of the leaflet below.

Help Fill Crich Area Community Pantries this Christmas

by Linda Philo

South Wingfield and Crich Area Community Pantries were set up during the first lockdown to allow residents to share food and household items with others at a time of need.

Poster Help Fill Crich Area Community Pantries this Christmas

This Christmas we face deeper uncertainty and potential struggle so why not spread some Christmas cheer in your neighbourhood and add a couple of additional items to your shopping basket to put into the Community Pantry. 

The four pantries are located at:

Crich Vicarage

Bullbridge outside the Canal Inn

South Wingfield opposite the school

Fritchely outside the community hall

Give what you can, take what you need

Suggested items:

Tinned meat and fish, tinned savoury pies, long life milk and fruit juice, tinned puddings and custard, pasta, rice and instant mash, tinned tomatoes, tinned vegetables, soup, pasta sauces, tinned fruit, teabags and instant coffee, cereals, jam, biscuits or snack bars, toilet rolls, shower gel, shampoo and soap, tooth brushes and toothpaste, nappies, sanitary products

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