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FREE Activities in Crich for Everyone

by Linda Philo

Activities in Crich for Everyone poster

Coming to your letterbox very soon... the 2020 spring fortnight of free taster sessions to tempt you out into the sunshine 

•Check out Park Fit and a Family Mile around the rec 

•Discover the geology of the village 

•Try Toddlercise! 

•Kick some ***at the Glebe 

•Super Power your parenting 

•Relax with chair yoga 

•Wander a new path 

•Sing your heart out 

•Play at Pilates 

•Craft a new hobby 

•Meet your inner Morris..

•Run off some steam

•Dance yourself dizzy 

•Mini Mile fun and games 

For more details, contact the ACE team via Facebook Twitter or email



New Yoga Classes at Sawmills Village Hall

by Linda Philo

Holistic Hatha Yoga with Sue logo

Yoga is an holistic practice that benefits the health and wellbeing of the mind, body and emotional (spiritual) aspects of our being. Often in life we can feel fragmented and unbalanced causing our bodies to feel strained and tired, our minds unable to think clearly and our emotional or spiritual self to feel unsettled, restless and even dissatisfied with our lives. Yoga helps to unite our entire being so that we feel whole and completed therefore improving not only our physical health but also our emotional and mental health.

Sawmills Village Hall Classes


Sawmills Village Hall, Ripley Road, Sawmills, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 2JQ

  • Located on A610 opposite Sawmills Village shop/post office
  • Car parking is available and free to those attending yoga lessons

Monday’s 10.30am to 12pm Sawmills

Hatha Yoga Class  

  • Suitable for beginners, all ages and abilities
  • Suitable for those over 12 weeks pregnant

Class Dates: 

  • Classes resume on 6th January 2020 

Tuesdays 2pm to 3.30pm Sawmills

Hatha Yoga Class  

  • Suitable for beginners, all ages and abilities
  • Suitable for those over 12 weeks pregnant

Class Dates: 

  • Classes resume on 7th January 2020 

New Class Starting 7 January 2020

Tuesdays 7pm to 8.30pm Sawmills

Hatha Yoga Class  

  • Suitable for beginners, all ages and abilities
  • Suitable for those over 12 weeks pregnant 

Wednesday’s 10.15am to 11.45am Sawmills

Zen Yoga moving practices and philosophy are combined together to create a slow and expressive form of practice.

  • This class is suitable for all ages and ability
  • This practice does have its own challenges providing deeper benefits.  

Class Dates: 

  • Classes resume on 8th January 2020

Wednesday’s 7pm to 8.30pm Sawmills

Vinyasa Yoga means moving with the breath. This means that postures are flowed together by a series of movements as you breath. 

This is a more energetic style of Hatha Yoga providing an aerobic style of practice that will increase both heart and breathing rates.

  • This class is not suitable for beginners
  • This class is currently suitable for people who attend either regular yoga or physical exercise class or a sporting activity

Class Dates: 

  • Classes resume on 8th January 2020


Taster Class: £8.00p per person per class

Sawmills Yoga Class Pass

If you like our classes and you would like to have a permanent place in our classes, why not become a member of our Sawmills Class by purchasing our Sawmills Yoga Class Pass for £2.00p 

Benefits of the Sawmills Yoga Class Pass: 

  • You pay £6.00p per class you attend
  • Ensures you have a permanent place in the class of your choice
  • You can attend any of our other classes if you cannot attend your usual weekly class and still pay £6.00p for that class
  • If it is more convenient for you, you can pay for your classes as a four week block price, for example: - £6.00p X four weeks prepayment = £24.00p 

What to wear/bring

  • It is best to wear loose comfortable clothing
  • Please bring a non-slip mat, ideally a yoga mat and a small blanket
  • Try not to eat at least 2 hours before a class
  • Last but not least — bring an open mind and heart 
  • Please click this link for our Data Privacy Notice

Website: Hatha Yoga with Sue


Telephone: 07722 520658

New Adults Dance Class at Crich Glebe Field Centre

by Linda Philo

dancing figures

Move in a relaxed environment to a great selection of irresistible music!

Crich taster sessions:

Mondays 14th and 28th October  8.15 - 9.15pm

Saturdays 9th and 23rd November 11am - 12 noon

Glebe Field Centre, Crich, DE4 5EU


reboot your body and mind

refresh your heart and soul

tune into yourself and lift your mood

express yourself!


Session fee is £5 (or 4 sessions for £15). No previous experience necessary, just the urge to shake off the everyday. Please wear comfortable layers of clothing and bare feet/very soft shoes

Still Moving sessions led by Ceri Royles, Community Dance Development. For more information and to book please email:

Results of the 10th Crich Monument Race

by Andrew Auld

Running the monument race

Final results from a fantastic tenth annual Crich Monument race have now been published. Download below. The race was run in good conditions and was won in an amazing record time of 39:15 by last year's record breaking winner Dan Haworth of Matlock AC. Dan's time, over a minute faster than last year, was all the more remarkable because of a slight change to the course over Crich Tors which added a few extra metres to the route.

First woman home, Eleanor Lunt of Long Eaton RC came in a time of 49:52.

A total of 242 runners completed the gruelling 11.3km race. As usual the race was excellently organised and thanks to the team of marshals keeping the runners safe and to all the support from the crowds enjoying Crich Fête.

Derwent Valley Cycle Way Cycle Safe Ride

by Andrew Auld

Cycle safe event advert

The Derwent Valley Cycleway is an aspirational project to create an off road cycleway between Derby and Baslow passing through the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and linking a number of significant population centres including Derby, Duffield, Belper, Cromford, Matlock Bath and Matlock. You can read more about the project on their website.

Strutt mill and cyclists in Belper, courtesy of Derwent Valley Cycle group
Cycling alongside Strutt Mill

The project group is holding a campaign ride on the morning of Saturday 18 May to support and put pressure on Derbyshire County Council to bid for money to create a safe off-highway cycle route from  Derby to Chatsworth alongside the river through the World Heritage Site.

Experienced riders will cycle from Derby University (who are giving it their support) through Allestree, and on to the A6 up to Matlock. The project group is hoping to recruit up to 500 experienced riders, but for a leisurely ride, not a race!

More information about how to register for the ride is on the Derwent Valley Cycleway website.

Possible route map courtesy of Derwent Valley Cycleway group
The possible route of the Cycleway

There will also be an alternative ride for families and inexperienced riders from Rowsley down to Matlock on the new cycleway that has been created, thus highlighting that although families and general visitors can cycle down this short section, they are unable to cycle to any of the attractions in the World Heritage Site.

The plan is to meet up at lunch time on the park at Matlock where organisers hope there will be a hog roast and a local pop group on the bandstand. They are also hoping to attract a series of stands from cycle suppliers, shops etc to add interest.

Hopefully TV and media will be there and organisers may ask everyone to wear a silly hat. If not for the ride (optional) then in the park. With prizes for the silliest hat.

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