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  • Muddlealong have been helping the Ukraine appeal

    23 April 2022 Muddlealong have been helping the Ukraine appeal

    Muddlealong have just forwarded some of their completed items to the Ukraine appeal.

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  • New Season at Crich Tramway Village

    04 March 2022 New Season at Crich Tramway Village

    Crich Tramway Village reopens to the public on 12th March. This item provides some background detail, including news of three trams which will feature this season and an indication of the main events planned for 2022.

    Comments: 0

  • Calling for music volunteers

    30 January 2022 Calling for music volunteers

    Crich Area Dementia Friends are seeking people who would be willing to volunteer to help out at the monthly music sessions.

    Comments: 0

  • Tuesday Club Menu for February 2022

    29 January 2022 Tuesday Club Menu for February 2022

    An opportunity to get together every Tuesday for a two course meal and a chat with friends and neighbours at The Glebe Field  Centre, Crich.

    Comments: 0

  • Now it's Popalongs!

    19 January 2022 Now it's Popalongs!

    Find out more about the Popalong and Popalong Babies groups.

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  • Paediatric First Aid Course

    14 January 2022 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.

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  • A Christmas Journey - Follow the Star!

    14 December 2021 A Christmas Journey - Follow the Star!

    Join with the Christmas Story as it unfolds in windows around Crich from 15 December to 29 December.

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  • Children's Christmas Holiday Activities

    08 December 2021 Children's Christmas Holiday Activities

    CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS: HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN IN THE CRICH AREA

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

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  • Only two days until the Crich Christmas Fair

    25 November 2021 Only two days until the Crich Christmas Fair

    Only two days until the Christmas shopping opportunity at the Crich Glebe Field Centre Christmas Fair.

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  • HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester visits Crich Tramway Village

    21 October 2021 HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester visits Crich Tramway Village

    HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester visited Crich Tramway Village on 20th October. On this special members day for the Tramway Museum Society, the Duke met members, toured the exhibition hall and took a tram ride.

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Muddlealong have been helping the Ukraine appeal

by Linda Philo

lady with hand knitted blanket

Muddlealong have just forwarded some of their completed items to the Ukraine appeal.

As our Muddlers finish items they bring them to the Chapel, where we have our meetings, and where we store them untill we have a good amount to donate.

Luckily we had a lot stored, due to COVID when we couldn’t send them on.

So Margaret (one of our Muddlers) piled them into her car and took them to a collection point in Belper, to be forwarded to Derby and onwards to Poland to help with the Ukraine crisis.

It was all newly finished knitted items:-

                *15 single bed size blankets

                *17 metre square blankets suitable for shawls or for children.

                *26 children’s jumpers and 1 cardigan

                *14 hats

                *5 hat and scarf sets

                *4 scarves

I had recently taken quite a lot of items to Derby Royal Hospital – 2 large bags of metre square blankets used for knee or shoulder blankets and a lovely large bag of Twiddlemuffs. 

This time I took them to the Macmillan Unit, but I vary donations between that ward and the dementia and end of life care wards.

Muddlealong meet in Crich Wesleyan Chapel on Chapel Lane on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday afternoon of each month, 2pm-4.30pm. New members are always welcome :-)

Lynne Field

 

New Season at Crich Tramway Village

by Geoff Brown

LPTB 1622, the largest class of tram in the UK used in London between 1912 1nd 1940

Crich Tramway Village, home to the National Tramway Museum, re-opens after winter maintenance on Saturday 12th March 2022.

After a difficult couple of years, the popular visitor attraction managed to open for some time during 2020 and 2021, though operating under government Covid-19 guidelines, which meant limited access to some of the facilities. 

Now that the pandemic restrictions have been lifted, all the facilities will be open, though with continued measures to maintain high levels of hygiene.

The team at Crich look forward to launching refurbished tram, Newcastle 102, into service later in the season following further checks. 

LPTB 1622 is the only remaining working example of the largest class of tramcars from anywhere in the UK, and will be running complete with waist panel adverts, similar to those it would have carried in London between 1912 and 1940.

London United tram 159
London United tram 159

Another popular London tram, London United Tramways 159, originally built to an elegant Edwardian design to appeal to the fashionable West London districts of Hampton Court, Hammersmith and Wimbledon in 1901, has required some maintenance, but should join the operating fleet after final adjustments.

Engineering Manager, Graeme Wigglesworth, said:

“The Workshop and Facilities Teams have worked tirelessly over the winter on the maintenance and refurbishment of the trams, track, overhead line and general infrastructure, and we are ready to welcome new and returning visitors to Crich Tramway Village from 12th March.”

Newcastle 102 tram
Newcastle 102 tram

There is an exciting programme of special events for the 2022 season, which sees the return of popular favourites, such as ‘Memories of the 1940s’, ‘Great British Seaside’ ‘Classic Motorcycle Day’ ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’ and ‘Steampunk Weekend’, plus new events such as ‘Dinosaur Day’ and a weekend dedicated to ‘Yarn Bombing’. The ever popular ‘Tram Day’ on 17th September, features many of the operational trams running, and offers the chance to experience the return trip into the beautiful Derbyshire countryside from a variety of trams, each with their own distinctive interiors and ride experience. For more information, please visit: www.tramway.co.uk

Article provided by Amanda Blair. Photos by Peter Whiteley

 

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.

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: www.tramway.co.uk

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!

  • Muddlealong have been helping the Ukraine appeal

    23 April 2022 Muddlealong have been helping the Ukraine appeal

    Muddlealong have just forwarded some of their completed items to the Ukraine appeal.

    Comments: 0

  • New Season at Crich Tramway Village

    04 March 2022 New Season at Crich Tramway Village

    Crich Tramway Village reopens to the public on 12th March. This item provides some background detail, including news of three trams which will feature this season and an indication of the main events planned for 2022.

    Comments: 0

  • Calling for music volunteers

    30 January 2022 Calling for music volunteers

    Crich Area Dementia Friends are seeking people who would be willing to volunteer to help out at the monthly music sessions.

    Comments: 0

  • Tuesday Club Menu for February 2022

    29 January 2022 Tuesday Club Menu for February 2022

    An opportunity to get together every Tuesday for a two course meal and a chat with friends and neighbours at The Glebe Field  Centre, Crich.

    Comments: 0

  • Now it's Popalongs!

    19 January 2022 Now it's Popalongs!

    Find out more about the Popalong and Popalong Babies groups.

    Comments: 0

  • Paediatric First Aid Course

    14 January 2022 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.

    Comments: 0

  • A Christmas Journey - Follow the Star!

    14 December 2021 A Christmas Journey - Follow the Star!

    Join with the Christmas Story as it unfolds in windows around Crich from 15 December to 29 December.

    Comments: 0

  • Children's Christmas Holiday Activities

    08 December 2021 Children's Christmas Holiday Activities

    CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS: HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN IN THE CRICH AREA

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

    Comments: 0

  • Only two days until the Crich Christmas Fair

    25 November 2021 Only two days until the Crich Christmas Fair

    Only two days until the Christmas shopping opportunity at the Crich Glebe Field Centre Christmas Fair.

    Comments: 0

  • HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester visits Crich Tramway Village

    21 October 2021 HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester visits Crich Tramway Village

    HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester visited Crich Tramway Village on 20th October. On this special members day for the Tramway Museum Society, the Duke met members, toured the exhibition hall and took a tram ride.

    Comments: 0

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