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HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester visits Crich Tramway Village

by Geoff Brown

HRH The Duke of Gloucester with other VIPs at Crich Tramway Village

On Wednesday 20th October, HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester paid a visit to Crich Tramway Village, where he is Patron.

Also in attendance were special guests, the HM Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire Mrs Elizabeth Fothergill CBE and Consort Mr Fothergill, Mayor of Amber Valley, Councillor David Taylor, and Consort Mrs Valerie Taylor.

Two Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets, Cadet Colour Sergeant Claudia Gration and Cadet Staff Sergeant William Stelfox saluted the Duke of Gloucester on arrival and departure.

Ian Rigg, Lead Instructor at the museum, shows the Duke how to drive a tram.
Ian Rigg, Lead Instructor at the Museum, shows the Duke how to drive a tram.

The special day focussed on Tramway Museum Society members and offered them a chance to find out more about the latest projects and future plans.

Tramway Museum Society Chairman, Karen Rigg and President Ian Ross, along with Crich Tramway Village General Manager, Dr Mike Galer, met the party on arrival and HRH the Duke of Gloucester officially launched the latest tram restoration project, Newcastle 102, by driving it from the Workshop out onto the track.

After meeting some of the members, the Duke also toured the Exhibition Hall, which hosts a Century of Trams exhibition and an exhibition about History Maker, Michael Holroyd Smith, before taking a further tram drive on Liverpool 869.

Karen Rigg said: “We were very pleased to welcome our Patron to the Museum once again and delighted that he launched our recent restoration project”.

Dr Mike Galer stated: “We were thrilled to offer this special day for our members and take the opportunity to share our future plans”.

Crich Tramway Village closes for winter maintenance after Sunday 31st October and will re-open on 12th March 2022. For details please visit:

Copy provided by Crich Tramway Village

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

Volunteers needed for Crich Youth Club

by Linda Philo

Crich Youth Club logo

Would you like to help young people in our community? 

In June, 23 young people attended a consultation event and gave an over whelming thumbs up to holding a weekly youth club at The Glebe. We will be kicking off the Youth Club in October and the club will be run by a mix of paid youth workers & volunteers. 

If you’re over 18 and would like to find out more about being be part of the friendly and dynamic volunteer team, join us on September 23rd at Crich Glebe Field Centre from 7.30 – 9pm for our CYC Volunteer evening.  We’ll update you on our plans, provide information on the process and answer any questions you have. 

We look forward to seeing you there.

For more information email us at

Autumn Community Art Share

by Linda Philo

display of artworks at the Community Art Share 2020

The Autumn Community Art Sharing organised by Art Share Crich is just around the corner. The event is taking place on the weekend of 16th & 17th October at The Glebe Field Centre.

It promises to be an event for the whole community to enjoy, with art works made by members of the community, displayed alongside professional artwork by local artist collective ArtStand, who are holding an exhibition and art sale at the same time.

The event is free of charge, suitable for the whole family and refreshments will be available.

Saturday, 16 October from 11.00 am to 5pm

Sunday, 17 October from 10:30 am to  5pm

If you would like to share your art at the event please send a photo or description of your work to Clare Limb with a brief explanation of how it made you think or feel when you made it.

All artforms welcome, including craft work. 

Please ensure that your work is suitable for a family audience.

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