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The Christmas Story

by Claire Ganthony

Happyland Christmas story

All Infant children attending the parish schools were gifted a copy of this Happyland Christmas Story at the end of term. 

You can watch the video of the story here: Happyland Christmas Story

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)

Professional Artist Jo Hassan supports the community during lockdown

by Linda Philo

Jo Hassan

Professional Artist, Jo Hassan, has recently moved to Crich. 

multiple images of Jo's work

As the Covid-19 Pandemic has taken hold, Jo was keen to share her skills and experience to support our local community during lockdown.

So she decided to set up a Facebook Page and Instagram Account to act as a useful and easily accessible resource. CREATIVink was born! 

drawing of Jo smelling a flower

CREATIVink IS AN ARTY ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND, with free ideas, techniques and inspiration for kids, families and individuals looking to be creative. 

Jo believes passionately in the power of creativity to support ourselves during challenging times. "Losing ourselves in drawing, colouring and writing is an excellent way to destress, plus its fun too," she says.

Having battled with a chronic health condition the past ten years, she knows from experience how tough it can be feeling isolated, helpless and unsure what the future holds. 

stage one of drawing some bugs

Monday to Friday, she posts mini-projects requiring a minimum of resources.  No previous experience is required either, so it's win win!

Some weeks will involve techniques and others will be ways to apply these skills in making games, gifts and other activities.

"At the moment we are focusing on arty stuff but later we will be exploring creative writing too." 


multiple images of Jo's work

"Although many of the projects are opportunities to have creative fun, they are also useful for homeschooling.

"As a former primary school teacher so much of what I share will be activities I have previously used when teaching kids within a real-life classroom."

Join Jo's arty adventure playground CREATIVink on Instagram or Facebook 

Easter Cheer

by Linda Philo

poster advertising the Easter Art Trail

Some of you may have spotted some rainbows, or maybe even a bear or two, displayed in windows throughout our area while out on your daily walk, run or cycle. Now, as Easter approaches, the challenge is on to take things a step further!

All households in our community are being encouraged to create an Easter window display to brighten the day of those passing by. It can be as simple or elaborate as you like, the idea is just to spread some happiness. 

Spread the word, let's celebrate Easter together even though we will be stuck in our homes and away from our wider families and friends.

Extension to Crich Burial Ground consecrated

by Geoff Brown

Bishop Jan McFarlane starts the ceremony with children from Crich Infants School

On Thursday 6th February, the Bishop of Repton, The Right Reverend Jan McFarlane, led an historic ceremony to consecrate an extension to the burial ground at St. Mary's Church. The petition for the consecration was presented by Councillor Richard Walsh from Crich Parish Council.

Accompanied by the Diocesan Registrar and supported by members of the Church, Crich Parish Council, the public and (most importantly) the children from Crich CofE Infant School, the Bishop led a procession around the boundary of the cemetery extension.

Bishop Jan McFarlane leads the procession around the boundaries of the new part of the cemetery

At each corner of the extended area, the Bishop made a sign of the cross during which statements of the consecration were read by the registrar.

During the procession, psalms were read. At the end of the service a silence was observed, during which all present were encouraged to appreciate the peace of our rural environment. Finally prayers were said.

At the end of the ceremony everybody was invited to retire to the church for tea and cake. Very civilised!

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