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Calling for music volunteers

by Andrew Auld

Volunteers needed for monthly music sessions

Crich Area Dementia Friends are seeking people who would be willing to volunteer to help out at the monthly music sessions run at 2.00pm on the second afternoon of every month.

The role of the volunteers is relatively light - to help set up the room, serve some tea and cake after the music and then helping with the washing up.

The time commitment is approximately an hour and a half. There would be no need to attend every month, especially if we get a good number of volunteers.

If you think that you would be able to help, please contact Frances James on 01773 852692. Thank you.

Paediatric First Aid Course

by Linda Philo

Poster advertising Paediatric First Aid Course

Popalong Babies, Crich Medical Practice Patients Participation Group and Derbyshire Toy Libraries have come together to organise a paediatric first aid course for parents and carers. This will take place on:

Poster advertising Paediatric First Aid Coures

When: Tuesday 15th February

Time: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon, attendees must arrive 10 minutes before for a prompt start

Where: Fritchley Village Hall, Chapel Street, Fritchley, DE56 2FR (behind the Congregational Church). Parking available in the village square.

Cost: £20 per person, to be paid in advance.

Discount: Thanks to Crich Medical Practice Patients Participation Group, Patients of Crich Medical Practice are eligible to receive a discounted rate of £10 per person, to be paid in advance.

Booking: To register your interest, please click on this link note: your booking isn’t confirmed until payment has been made.  Payment details will be sent to you upon receipt of your completed registration form. The Course requires a minimum of 6 people in order to run.

Note: First Aid kits will be available to buy for £11.99 on the day, so please bring cash if you would like to make a purchase.

Further information: If you need any further information ahead of booking your place, please email

Children's Christmas Holiday Activities

by Linda Philo

poster advertising Children's Christmas Holiday Activities


We are delighted to say that we have organised more activities for children aged 5 to 13 during theupcoming Christmas Holidays.

We have received funding from Derbyshire County Council through the Department for Education’s, Holiday, Activity and Food (HAF) Fund. This means that children who receive pupil premium do not have to pay for any of the activities or for the food

Holiday Clubs

Three days of Holiday Clubs will be run by Premier Education at South Wingfield Primary School on Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th January 2022 from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm for £5 per child per day.

Premier Education have been running Clubs for us for over a year now. We have had some brilliant feedback from the children who have attended the Clubs. The children do a range of things at the Clubs. These include art and craft, acting, general games, some sport and lots of outdoor fun.

Any child from, aged 5 to 12 years old, can attend. Lunch and snacks are provided.

We are organising a minibus which will pick up children from different places in the area – Fritchley Primary School, Crich Carr School, Lea Primary, Crich Market Square and Wessington - to take them to the Clubs. The minibus will do the return journey to the same places in the afternoon. There are 15 places on the bus, so please book a place early.

In order to book a place for your child, please go to or click on the link below to go straight to the booking page for each venue.

Parents of pupil premium children, please use code WJM/100 to book for free. We will check with the school that any bookings made using this code are children who qualify for pupil premium funding.


Please indicate if you would like your child to have a seat on the minibus to and from the Club.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact James Jennison, Area Manager, Premier Education.

Adventure Day at Lea Green

We are delighted that we have been able to book another Adventure Day at Lea Green Outdoor Activities Centre. This will be on Friday 7th January 2022 from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm. This is for children aged 6 to 13 years old for £10 per child.

As with the Holiday Clubs, the Adventure Day will be free for pupils who receive pupil premium, as will lunch and snacks during the day. We will also be running a minibus to pick up and drop off children from the same places as for the Holiday Clubs.

To book a place for your child or children please ring or email the staff at the Glebe Centre in Crich, who are managing the bookings. The staff would prefer the bookings to be made by email, if possible.  The email address is but, if you are not able to email, the telephone number 01773 857894.

When you send in your email please include the following information:

  • The name(s) of the child(ren)
  • Their dates of birth
  • The school they attend
  • Whether the child is entitled to pupil premium
  • Home address
  • Your name
  • Your contact number
  • If you would like your child to have a place on the minibus
  • Any medical issues that the child(ren) may have
  • Any other issues that the staff at Lea Green need to be aware of

The staff at the Glebe Field Centre will confirm whether your child(ren) have a place.

The email address is and the telephone number 01773 857894.

Don’t forget to let the staff know if you would like a place for your child/children on the minibus.

Booking for the Holiday Clubs and the Adventure Day, for children who receive pupil premium, opens on Wednesday 1st December 2021.

We do hope that your children will be able to join in, at least, some of these activities. We are sure that they will have lots of fun and you might enjoy a bit of peace after a busy Christmas!

With best wishes

Crich Patients’ Participation Group and Glebe Field Centre

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

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