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FREE Kids Summer Activities

by Linda Philo

poster advertising Children's Summer Activities

Thanks to the wonderful response to the fundraising appeal, the following children's summer activities are now FREE of charge!

Children’s nature connection activity sessions in Fritchley.

Calling all children aged 5-12! Come and enjoy lots of exciting activities and experience the outdoors in a brand new way! We will be using our senses of touch, smell, hearing and sight to discover elements of your local green space that you’ve never even noticed before. We also invite you to bring your imagination to help us weave stories, create woodland characters and follow your own ideas. You will be able to take your creations home with you, along with skills and ideas for new adventures that you can carry on at home throughout the holidays and share with your friends and your grown-ups!
With a ratio of seven children per leader and a maximum group size of 14, we are able to give every individual the attention and support they need to follow their own inspiration and tailor the session so that your child enjoys a completely unique experience that they will love!
Monday 17th and 24th  August, morning (9-12) or afternoon (1-4) sessions.
Age range 5-12 - parents are not required to attend.
Cost: £15 per child and £10 per sibling (up to two siblings) NOW FREE of charge due to the success of fundraising
Contact or 07960 249816 for bookings or more information. Due to small group sizes, places are limited.

Sarah Poplar’s physical activity

All the sessions below will begin week commencing 10th August for 3 weeks on Tuesday and Thursday each week and will take place on the field at Fritchley (behind the school).

Rise and Shine – 9.30 to 10.15
This is group is aimed at 5 to 7 year olds and will get your child jumping around to start the day.
Boot camp 1 – 10.30 to 11.15
This more strenuous session is aimed at 8 to 10 year olds.
Boot Camp 2 – 11.30 to 12.15
Another workout for 11 to 13 year olds.
Cost £2.50 per child  NOW FREE of charge due to the success of fundraising
Contact Sarah Poplar on 07875342201 for more information and to book a place.


This is a fun play session for children aged 0--4 years.

Outdoor activities suitable for toddlers including dry sand play, bubbles and chalk, ride-on toys, slide and small climbing frame, toys, cars, farm animals, kitchen, work bench, dolls etc. There will also be story time and a safely distanced song time –one singer (with actions for all!)

There is no charge for this activity

Dates: Friday 21st and Friday 28th August 10am -12midday
Venue : Crich Wesley Chapel, Chapel Lane (off the Common) Please park on The Common
Contact Details for booking : Lynda Gray 07890 688021

Children's Summer Holiday Activities

by Linda Philo

Poster advertising summer activities

We are very pleased to announce that Crich Patients’ Participation Group in partnership with Premier Education and other providers are looking to host Summer Holiday Activities for children in Crich and the surrounding areas.

At present this is only an idea, and we are looking at accessing funding to make it more financially viable for parents. Whether the activities will run or not is dependent on whether we can access the funding and sufficient interest from parents.

We are very aware of the impact Covid19 and the school closures have had on many children, and feel that this provides a great opportunity for children to engage with other children and increase their confidence, social skills, fitness and general wellbeing before they return to school in September.

Although most of the activities will be held in Crich we are eager to welcome children from surrounding villages; for example, South Wingfield, Fritchley, Whatstandwell, Lea, Holloway and Dethick.

In addition to the Holiday Club being hosted by Premier Education there will also be some ad hoc activities for families during these weeks which will include things like sports, games, story telling, gardening, forest schools and more.

Confirmation of activities, days and times will be announced here on the Crich Standard website and Facebook page as soon as we have them so please keep checking back.

Premier Education logo

Premier Education Holiday Club

The Premier Education holiday club will run during the weeks commencing 17th and 24th August. The club will be held in Crich at the Glebe Field Centre. It will run from 9.00 – 3.30 Monday to Friday and will be open to children aged 5 – 13 (Years 1 – 8).

If we are successful in accessing funding then the cost of the club will be £5 PER FAMILY per day or £20 for the entire week. This effectively means for families with more than one child, that after the first child all siblings are completely free.

The holiday club will not be solely sport focused with opportunities to take part in dance and drama, art and crafts, games and much more.

It will operate on a ‘bubble’ basis as schools have done, on lower coach:child ratios than normal (1:15). Bubbles will be organised each week and children will be grouped based on ages.

As it will be operating on a bubble basis, once a bubble has been created and reached its capacity of 15 children they cannot introduce new children to the bubble for health and safety reasons. Therefore we will require children to attend a minimum of 3 days in any one week. Though there is no requirement to attend both weeks, children are of course more than welcome to attend both weeks.

As the holiday club is only a proposal at this stage we are very much looking for feedback from parents who would access this opportunity for their children so that we can get an idea of viability. If you would be interested in your child(ren) attending this please register your expression of interest by emailing James Jennison on the contact email below. When doing so please include the number of children, age of child(ren) and number of days you would like your child(ren) to attend.

If you have any further questions about this please don’t hesitate to contact James on the email address below.

James Jennison, Premier Education

Exercising Scandi Style

by Linda Philo

Rachel Jennings with nordic walking poles

by Rachel Jennings from Qi to Health

While we have just an hour of freedom outside, you might be weighing up the best use of your time for health and fitness. If you are an outdoors person, you might find Nordic walking offers you the perfect solution. It was originally a summer training regime for cross-country skiers.

It’s almost the midpoint between walking and running: 25% more aerobic than walking and burning 46% more calories; it’s also supportive to the joints and exercises the arms, core and shoulders more.

So you can go faster and get fitter quicker (if that’s your goal!).

Many physios and rehab specialists recommend it as it’s suitable for all ages and kind to arthritic joints.

I learned about 10 years ago in Allestree park and now I have a dog, have trained her to come along too (Don’t laugh, I know not all dogs will do this, although you can get belts..)

I recently researched buying poles for a friend and discovered that Decathlon do a basic pair of adult poles for£19.99 and children’s for £14.99. 2 people I know now have these and love them.

Usually you’d have a 10 minute lesson, but it’s very easy to learn and this video tells you the basics.

Check out this Intro to Nordic walking and you’ll soon be striding round Crich with a big grin on your face too.

Gentle Yoga classes continue at home

by Linda Philo

Gentle Yoga class at The Glebe

Bev Lomax, the yoga teacher who runs the very popular weekly gentle yoga sessions in Crich is preparing some 5 minute videos for the community to access free of charge. The videos demonstrate some gentle exercises that people can do in their homes to maintain and promote their mobility. 

The videos will be uploaded to the Crich Standard YouTube Channel on a regular basis. If you would prefer to receive these videos by email please contact

You can read more about the class here, which will restart at The Glebe once the corona virus lockdown has been lifted. New participants are always welcome.

Videos from The Falls Prevention Programme by Age UK for Derby and Derbyshire can also be accessed here Falls Prevention programme.

Crich Monument Race 2020 - postponed

by Andrew Auld

Crich Monument Race - runners at the start line

Dear fellow Runners.

What challenging times we have upon us, and although I’m sure this won’t come as a surprise - I wanted to update you on the plans for this years Crich Monument Race.

We have been advised by UK Athletics and the Trail Running Association, that all race licences will be suspended until June - so along with the current advice from the Government and Public Health England we have taken the decision to postpone our event.

I’m sure that you will all have a lot more on your minds than this at present, but rest assured we will be back and we will once again be able to enjoy our fabulous course and event.

In the meantime - please do continue to enjoy your running - solo - and keeping a safe distance from others out and about, and we will update you once we have a firm date for the race.

If you would prefer not to wait, and would like to cancel your place, we would fully understand - please contact us directly.

Yours in Running

The Crich Monument Race Team

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