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A Christmas Journey - Follow the Star!

by Linda Philo

Poster describing the Christmas Journey activity

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

There will be stopping places around Crich telling the Christmas Story, culminating at St Mary’s for the Nativity scene. Each stopping place will be linked with a Christmas carol. 

Guide books can be picked up from the telephone kiosk in the market place and at the end of the journey, craft bags can be collected from St Mary’s Church porch between 10.30 am and 6.00 pm.

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

Helped needed to tidy up St Mary's Church Yard

by Linda Philo

St Mary's Church

If you follow Crich Community Facebook chatter, then you will know that there has been quite a lot of comment on whether or not the grass is too long in St Mary’s churchyard. 

St Mary’s PCC are talking to Amber Valley Council about the matter of who is responsible for managing the churchyard. 

Meanwhile, there will be a work party day – open to all comers with their garden tools – on the morning of Satuday 30 October from 9.00 am and an afternoon session from 2.00 pm.  As it is Half Term on that day, children (supervised by their adults) are very welcome to join in!

Autumn Footprints Amber Valley and Erewash Walking Festival

by Linda Philo

Poster advertising Autumn Footprints walking festival

Autumn Footprints Amber Valley & Erewash Walking Festival

The Autumn Footprints Festival offers a great choice of 29 guided walks from 11th - 26th September 2021. Sixteen days of enjoyable walks and informative talks with something for everybody of all abilities.

Set in picturesque Derbyshire, the festival takes place in an area known for its natural beauty and superb scenery. Popular with both novice and experience walkers wanting to enjoy the beautiful colours of autumn and the area's fabulous views, undulating countryside, industrial heritage and attractive towns and villages.

Led by knowledgeable local volunteers and staff keen to show off their patch, you will discover a wide variety of walks to explore local heritage, natural history and wildlife. The routes take in walks alongside rivers and canals, as well as through open countryside, towns and villages.

A walk around Crich Stand and up to the Shuckstone is planned for Tuesday 21 September. Starting point Crich Market Place at 10.00 am. Finish 12.30 pm. Book your place

All walks are FREE OF CHARGE. However, there may be a parking charge (see symbols on individual walks). You must book to join the walks this year, details on how to book will be listed in each walk description. Please go to the website for more details

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