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Christmas Hamper Appeal

by Andrew Auld

Christmas food box image courtesy of the guardian website

St Mary’s Church is going to provide Christmas hampers for some of the local families who have been struggling lately. Donations of special Christmas food and treats can be left in St Mary’s on Sunday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. These will be collected on each of these days. Or they can be left with us at 74 The Common, 01773853722.

If you want to contribute but need donations to be collected please let me know and I will arrive at your doorstep. Otherwise make a financial contribution via the church treasurer BACS sort code: 40-52-40 account no: 00019984 with reference ‘Hampers’.

Let’s pull together and shine light and love into homes who most need it.  And please continue supporting the Community Pantry.

Deirdre (Offord)

Young musicians invited to join Music Centre

by Geoff Brown

Flyer for S.E. Derbyshire Music Centre

The following message has been received from Luke Stanley, Chair of the South East Derbyshire Music Centre. They are looking for more people to join their groups, a great opportunity for all the budding young musicians and singers out there. If anybody wishes to learn more or to join them, start by visiting their website:

My name is Luke, I'm writing in my capacity as Chair for South East Derbyshire Music Centre (SEDMC). We're a local charity who provide a space for young people in Amber Valley and Erewash to make music.

Usually we have 200 members who take part on Saturday mornings in one of our many musical ensembles, ranging from Orchestras, chamber ensembles, guitar fusion groups to choirs and to people of all musical ability. But we're more than just about making music, we also provide a fun space for young people to be together and make friends! 

It's safe to say that 2020 has been a bit of a challenge, but despite this, we were still able to put on a "virtual Concert" showcasing performances created during lockdown, culminating in a version of "sing" which you can see here:

We've now been able to re-start our efforts and have turned to virtual methods to once again, make music and are hoping to create another virtual christmas concert later in the year.



Extra Hours at Crich Tramway Village

by Geoff Brown

Illuminated tram at Crich Tramway Village

Text and photos supplied by Crich Tramway Village.

Crich Tramway Village will open for an hour longer from Wednesday 28th to Friday 30th October and is opening for an additional weekend on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th November 2020.

The venue will stay open until 6.30pm (last admissions 5pm) with trams running up to 6pm on the three days in October, to enable visitors to have the unique experience of riding trams in the dark.

On the additional weekend in November, the Village will be open from 10am – 5.30pm. (last admissions 4pm).

Marketing & Business Development Manager, Amanda Blair, said:

“Unfortunately we can’t run our Starlight event, which would normally include illuminations and activities, this year, but we want to give visitors the unique experience to ride on the trams in the dark, which is why we have selected 3 days in October during most schools’ half term. We recommend visitors bringing torches if they wish to take the Woodland Walk.

We would normally end the season on Sunday 1st November this year, but we have decided to offer an additional weekend, as we were closed for over three months due to Covid-19.
We’re hoping that the weather is kind, and that people will make the most of the last weekend before the winter shut down for essential maintenance.”

Illuminated tram at Crich Tramway Village

Covid-19 guidance measures are in place and pre-booking admissions tickets is not required, although visitors will need to book a timed ticket for tram rides on arrival. There are no tram stops on the tram journey, to help ensure social distancing and the safety of passengers, volunteers, and staff.

A Covid-19 Crich Tramway Village guidance sheet, which describes what visitors can expect, can be downloaded from the website:

In line with other venues, the indoor soft play area will remain closed and the numbers in indoor areas such as the shops and on the trams will be limited. Card and Contactless payments are preferred, and full-priced tickets can be purchased online at least 24 hours in advance.

For those who prefer not to take tram rides, special day rates without tram rides are available, and these are payable on arrival. For further information please visit or if you have a query, please email:

FREE admission to Crich Tramway

by Linda Philo

Glasgow Tram

Community Day on Sunday 11th October 2020

FREE admission to anyone living within 5 miles of Crich.

Open 10am – 5.30pm (last admissions 4pm). Visitors need proof of residency via utility bill, driving licence etc. The tickets can be for up to 2 adults and 3 children from the same household.

We are also operating an extra weekend (normal payment applies) this year on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th November 2020 open 10am – 5.30pm (last admissions 4pm)

Girl and ticket inspector on a Tram

Lifeline awarded to Crich Tramway Village

by Geoff Brown

Two trams on the line at crich Tramway Village

Article and pictures provided by Crich Tramway Village

Crich Tramway Village, home to the National Tramway Museum, near Matlock has been thrown a lifeline through three main sources of funding to help it survive the current and future challenges faced by the national Covid19 crisis.

All the Museum’s collections are designated as being of National importance and as an educational charity, it depends on income from visitors to continue to operate and to maintain its fleet of vintage trams and artefacts.

This income has been severely affected since lockdown, and the organisation was forced to request help from Tramway Museum Society members and the public and apply for much needed funding.


Family wearing face coverings while visiting Crich Tramway Village

The museum is delighted to announce that it has been successful in securing an award from the National Lottery Heritage Fund (The Fund) of £250,000 in emergency funding AND £25,000 from the Amber Valley Borough Council's Local Authority Discretionary Grant fund.


Commenting on the grants and support from the public, Crich Tramway Village’s General Manager, Dr Mike Galer said:

“This money, along with the generous support funding of £41,000 from a member and public appeal, will go a long way in ensuring we are able to continue to stay open for the remains of the summer season and survive the winter ahead." 

"We are very grateful to all those who donated money or have paid for entrance since we have re-opened; your help and loyal support is much appreciated." 


Tram on the line at Crich Tramway Village

“We also wish to say a big thank you to all those National Lottery players who have helped to create vital emergency funding and to Amber Valley Borough Council for local support."

“Over 11,000 people have returned to us for a great day-out since we re-opened on the 11th July and we hope to welcome many more people in the months ahead. Stay safe."

Crich Tramway Village continues to open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and weekends, as well as the Bank Holiday Monday on 31st August 2020, with Covid19 guidelines in place to help visitors, volunteers and staff to stay safe. 

For further information and up-dates, please see the website: You can also send enquiries to:

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