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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

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

Crich Rocks 2 "Before the Flood"

by Linda Philo

Poster for Crich Rocks 2

Crich Rocks 2 "Before the Flood" Guided Walk

Sunday 23 May 2.00pm Crich Market Place

Dr Andy returns with Crich Rocks 2 “Before the flood!”

On Sunday, 23 at 2pm Andy will be leading us on a 3,5 mile walk from the marketplace.

This will probably take a leisurely 2.5-3 hours as Andy brings alive the ground under our feet. Andy’s specialist subject...

Well-behaved dogs and their humans welcome.

The picture of the coral fossil Andy found behind the Tramway on the first walk we did, Crich Rocks, just before the first lockdown in 2020.

And of course there is the opportunity to slake your thirst and support local hostelries with your business too after!


Hope to see you there!

October Half-term Holiday Activties

by Linda Philo

Poster advertising half term holiday activities

Following the success of our summer programme of activities which saw almost 90 children attending play, sport, art and nature sessions we are pleased to be able to offer another programme for the autumn half term holiday. These activities are for children who are registered with Crich Medical Centre and includes those who go to South Wingfield and Holloway surgeries.

Holiday club – Wednesday 28, Thursday 29 and Friday 30 October

Premier Education will again be running a 3-day holiday club on Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th and Friday 30th October. This time it will be at The Briars.

The days will be filled with games, art and craft activities.

If you are interested in attending please register your interest with James at  for further details.

The cost for each child will be £5 per day. Please note, this is slightly more than in the summer when the price was per family.

child with blackberry stained hands

Online Family Nature Challenge – Monday 26 October 2020

In addition, to the Holiday Club, we are absolutely delighted that Claire Teeling, from Grow Outside, is arranging an exciting opportunity for families.

Please see this message from Claire: 

"We were looking forward to seeing you in person for our half-term workshop, however to keep us all safe we've decided to come to you!

We're going online so we can come together to offer a day of interactive fun. We'll start off by sending you a secret link to a surprise challenge which you can complete throughout the day, and we'll invite you to visit the dedicated Facebook page to show us how your beautiful creations are looking and see how everyone else is getting on.

You'll have the chance to meet everyone else at the end of the day when we all come together through Zoom to show off our masterpieces!

We can't say too much or we'll ruin the surprise but we can tell you that the more people we get to join us the lovelier your community will look and the more fun we'll all have!

Register by Friday 23rd October through


Please register your interest for both activities quickly as places are very limited.


Crich Patient Participation Group (6th October 2020)

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