Crich Stand

About Crich Standard

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Crich Standard aims to bring news and information to the communities that make up Crich Parish. Community organisations, Schools, Churches and businesses can use Crich Standard as a vehicle for promoting their news and events. Local businesses and service providers use the magazine and website to advertise their services and this in turn largely pays for the production of the magazine.

Crich Standard is run by volunteers and relies on an army of volunteer distributors across the parish to get the magazine through every letterbox.

It is impartial, apolitical and ecumenical.

If you wish to write to us or submit an article for inclusion in the magazine and online, please write to the Lead Editor -


If you live in the area and did not receive your magazine, please contact the Distribution Manager SallyBestwick on or, for Whatstandwell, Alan Briggs 01629 825682


If you or your company or organisation are interested in taking advertising space in the magazine, or sponsoring a page, contact the Advertising Manager Melanie Cooper or any Crich Standard committee member.

The Editorial Committee thank all Advertisers who have supported us and ask that you in turn give them your support in our area. Thank you.


The success of Crich Standard depends on money received by:

  • donations
  • advertising
  • fund raising
  • sponsoring pages

History of Crich Standard

Formerly Crich Area Community News

The Crich Area Community News was started in 1996 when it was thought a good idea to set up a free village magazine so that different organisations could communicate with the village and surrounding areas. A small informal group of interested people under the chairmanship of Derek Killingsley Smith set about this task with the simple mission statement: Aims to enhance and further the community spirit within the Crich Area.

As well as being founding chairman Derek Killingsley Smith was the honorary editor steering the magazine through its first formative ten years. In this he was fully supported by the CACN editorial committee.

Thanks to the efforts of the Editorial Committee, Fund Raisers, Advertisers, Proof Readers, Delivery Volunteers and Contributors the magazine now has a circulation of over 1700 and has developed from a few pages to typically 72 pages.

In 2006 CACN broadened out and went online thanks to Andrew Auld who is the webmaster for the magazine.

The latest evolution for the magazine came about in 2019 when the previous committee put down their pencils after many years of hard work on the publication. In particular, Peter Patilla was the sole editor for 12 years. He was supported by David and Vicki Billyeald, Ron Spencer, Brian Gibbons, Sue Worboys, Roger Phipp and Lucy Clarke.

Crich Standard was chosen by an almost all new committee as a fitting name to signal a complete relaunch of both the magazine and the website.


Current committee

The current Crich Standard Committee is:

  • Tony Mills - Chair
  • Stephen Woolley - Treasurer
  • Julie Woolley - Secretary
  • Siobhan Conroy - Advertising Manager
  • Sally Bestwick - Distribution
  • Vacancy - Lead Editor, Webmaster
  • Kate Fenton - Layout Editor
  • Karen Davies - Sub-Editor and Proofreader
  • Linda Philo, Claire Ganthony and Geoff Brown - Web editor
  • Dom Andrews and Geoff Brown - Writers/Reporters

We also have a number of amateur photographers who regularly take photographs for us and submit to the magazine and for online use.

If you have any enthusiasm or expertise you would like to bring to the magazine please contact us - we are not a 'closed shop'.

What else is on this site...

  • Directory


    A-Z of who is who and what is where including community organisations and local business listings and useful telephone numbers. You'll find the directory here.

  • Magazine features


    Read the feature articles from the latest edition of the magazine. Here you can also browse the archive of features we have published in the past.

  • Latest news


    Read all the latest from the Crich area including updates from local organisations, events, Parish Council news and much more. Keep up to date right here!

  • Local events


    View a calendar of all the local events. From dance classes to folk evenings, meetings to heritage talks, you won't miss a local event here!