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  • Art Share and ArtStand unite for Autumn Community Art Sharing, Exhibition and Art Sale

    10 October 2021 Art Share and ArtStand unite for Autumn Community Art Sharing, Exhibition and Art Sale

    The weekend of 16th & 17th October sees the welcome return of the Autumn Community Art Sharing presented by Art Share Crich at The Glebe Field Centre.

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  • Community Walk with foraging expert Brendan McDowell

    21 September 2021 Community Walk with foraging expert Brendan McDowell

    As part of the BBC's Country File Ramble campaign, Active Crich for Everyone have organised a Community Walk with foraging expert Brendon McDowell. 

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  • Crich Parish Council update

    11 September 2021 Crich Parish Council update

    Read the actions that came from the recent meeting of Crich Parish Council

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  • Helped needed to tidy up St Mary's Church Yard

    11 September 2021 Helped needed to tidy up St Mary's Church Yard

    There will be a work party day – open to all comers with their garden tools – on the morning of 30 October.

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  • Volunteers needed for Crich Youth Club

    09 September 2021 Volunteers needed for Crich Youth Club

    Would you like to help young people in our community? 

    In June, 23 young people attended a consultation event and gave an over whelming thumbs up to holding a weekly youth club at The Glebe. We will be kicking off the Youth Club in October and the club will be run by a mix of paid youth workers & volunteers. 

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  • Continued need for Crich Community Pantry

    09 September 2021 Continued need for Crich Community Pantry

    THANK YOU to all those who have topped up the Crich Community Pantry over the past weeks, it has sorely been needed by families and individuals.

    Comments: 0

  • An Exhibition of The Royal Family Tree

    08 September 2021 An Exhibition of The Royal Family Tree

    An exhibition of the Royal Family Tree designed and complied by Grange Genealogy will be held at All Saints Church Hall, South Wingfield

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  • Autumn Community Art Share

    06 September 2021 Autumn Community Art Share

    The Autumn Community Art Sharing organised by Art Share Crich is just around the corner. The event is taking place on the weekend of 16th & 17th October at The Glebe Field Centre.

    Comments: 0

  • Meal delivery service draws to a close

    02 September 2021 Meal delivery service draws to a close

    Dawn Harper, who has been providing cooked meals for older and more vulnerable people throughout the Covid pandemic has stopped the service as life returns to 'normal'.

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  • Crich Brass looking for new members!

    31 August 2021 Crich Brass looking for new members!

    Crich Brass are looking to recruit brass players of all ages and abilities. Whether you are an experienced brass player or simply have a desire to learn something new they provide a warm welcome and can even supply you with an instrument and tuition Free of Charge!

    Comments: 0

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Charity news

Continued need for Crich Community Pantry

by Linda Philo

Crich Community Pantry

THANK YOU to all those who have topped up the Crich Community Pantry over the past weeks, it has sorely been needed by families and individuals.

With the glut of Harvest from our gardens coming in we are also receiving Runner Beans, Cucumbers, Potatoes, and Courgettes. I am sometimes asked for cooking instructions or hints!

One family told me; "This [the pantry] makes a difference to us, especially while the kids are on holiday. It pads out our meals meaning we can just about get by."

If you can't give anything like tins, packets or fresh produced but want to help just pop some money in through the Vicarage door marked pantry. It'll make a difference.

Rev Ian Whitehead

Community Group Grants 2021/22 - now open for applications

by Linda Philo

Community Group Grants 2021/22 - now open for applications

Community Group Grants 2021/22 - now open for applications

Each year the Parish Council sets aside a small fund to help local community groups within Crich Parish.

The Council is aware that this has been another difficult year for all community groups, with Covid-19 continuing to impact on activities and funding. If you run a community group, or belong to one, have you considered applying for a grant – it might make a little difference to what you can do going forward?

Perhaps there is an item that your group would like but cannot afford, perhaps you need help with running costs, or you want to organise a Covid-19 safe activity? – a Parish Council Community Grant could be the answer.

Closing date 31 October 2021

Find out more and how to apply

 

The Berlin wall, trams and Crich Tramway museum

by Geoff Brown

Berlin Tramways (BVB) No 223 006-4 seen at Crich Tramway Museum

Information & photos courtesy of Crich Tramway Museum.

60 years ago, on the morning of the 13th of August 1961, the inhabitants of Berlin awoke to find that two thirds of their city had been isolated from the rest by the tearing up of roads, blocking of railway lines and the erection of barbed wire fencing along the 97-mile border the western sector shared with the German Democratic Republic and the 27 miles that divided West and East Berlin. Within 4 days the barbed wire would be replaced by a concrete wall. 

Initially the inhabitants on each side of the Wall were unable to visit or even telephone each other. From the mid 1960’s West Berliners were allowed to visit their relatives in the East at Christmas. In 1971, following negotiations by the four occupying powers the restrictions were relaxed. 
Even then those in the East could only cross to the West for work, important family events and if they were pensioners or deemed no further use to the State. In the first two cases the existence of relatives in the East provided insurance that travellers to the West would return.

It is believed that in the 28 years of the era of the Wall about 5,000 people managed to escape to West Berlin, although at least 140 people died in the attempt. The restrictions on East Berliners travelling to the West were revoked on the 9th of November 1989 and reunification of Germany followed the following year. To those who visited Berlin in the 28 years of the Wall it was an interesting city to say the least.

 

Berlin Tramways (BVB) tram No 223 006-4 showing the access lift for disabled people
Berlin Tramways (BVB) tram No 223 006-4 showing the access lift for disabled people. Photo by Paul Abell.

In 1996 a refugee from Berlin arrived at the National Tramway Museum at Crich in Derbyshire. It was an East Berlin “Rekowagen” or rebuilt tram which had been built in 1969. Since arriving at the museum, Berlin Tramways (BVB) No. 223 006-4 has been equipped with a lift to enable people with impaired mobility to enjoy a ride on its demonstration tramway. To mark the 60 years since the building of the wall, the National Tramway Museum will be displaying its Berlin tram at the museum on the 13th of August between 10.00 and 17.30. Volunteers will be on hand to tell the story of the tram and what Berlin was like in those years of the Wall and to operate it for those booked on the Access Tram.

Crich Tramway Village hosts training for police search dogs and their handlers

by Geoff Brown

Police dogs Indy and Ziggy with handlers Dean and John at Crich Tramway Village

Derbyshire Police dog handlers and their search dogs have been using Crich Tramway Village as a training ground.

The dog handlers are assessed for their ability before undergoing training to handle dogs.  The dogs typically spend around two weeks with their handler before undertaking a search course of six weeks. 

The dogs live with their handlers and will often serve for 8 – 10 years in the police force, depending on the breed and agility of the dog.

Asked why Crich Tramway Village provided a good training ground, PC Dean Allen said:

“It is a live venue with people around and plenty of places to search.  It is a recreation of the real world.”

Springer Spaniels are known for their intelligence, and for being alert, attentive and active, so it is no surprise that Indy, the 2- year- old brown and white Springer Spaniel and Ziggy, the 2½ year old brown Sprocker Spaniel have just completed their courses with flying colours.  The excitable pair posed for photos with Trainer PC Dean Allen and handler PC John Ashmore at Crich Tramway Village, before undertaking their important roles in searching for drugs, cash, firearms and ammunition.

The police force also use German, Dutch and Belgian Shepherds for other police activity.

Amanda Blair, Marketing Manager at Crich Tramway Village said:

“We’re delighted to be able to offer a venue for police dog training.  Our exhibitions provide a range of indoor areas, whilst the Woodland Walk is a challenging outside search area”.

The venue is currently open to the public Saturdays to Thursdays from 10am but will be open on Friday 4th June for the school half term.  For further information, please visit: www.tramway.co.uk or email: enquiry@tramway.co.uk

Information provided by Crich Tramway Village

 

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Crich Tramway Village Prepares to Open Exhibitions

by Geoff Brown

Crich Tramway Village exhibition hall

With the government’s proposed Step 3 roadmap out of lockdown planned from 17th May 2021, Crich Tramway Village is planning to open its indoor exhibitions and Workshop viewing gallery.

Some of the major restoration projects for the workshop at Crich Tramway Village are continuing and this requires re-organisation of trams in the main Crich depots.  These include London County Council 1 (Bluebird), Newcastle 102 and London Passenger Transport Board (LPTB) 1622 and Blackpool Brush Railcoach 298.

In addition, Cardiff Horsecar No. 21, which has been on loan to Crich for around 12 years, will be returned to The National Museum of WalesDerby 1 is going into store and Halle 902 will also be going into store after spending some time on loan in Blackpool. 

All these tramcar moves have provided an opportunity to refresh the display in the Exhibition Hall, enabling the recent acquisition, the 1913 Barnsley & District Combination Car (a vintage bus), to be displayed in the centre and tramcars Gateshead 5 and Southampton 45 to be more easily viewed.

Workshop Co-ordinator and Duty Engineer, Dan Heeley said:

The Vehicle Movement Plan was made after diligent consideration of the best moves possible for tram conditions, restoration and ultimately new and better displays for our visitors.  

After a difficult year in 2020, it is important that we move forward with restoration, for which we have received funds and assistance from our partners, including the Blackpool Railcoach Fund and The Tramcar Sponsorship Organisation for Blackpool 298.

Crich Tramway Village is currently open for outside spaces from Saturday to Thursday, and following the government’s roadmap to recovery intends to open the indoor exhibition spaces from 17th May 2021 Saturday – Thursday, with Covid-19 measures in place.  Please visit the website for opening days and times and Covid-19 guidelines: www.tramway.co.uk

 

  • Art Share and ArtStand unite for Autumn Community Art Sharing, Exhibition and Art Sale

    10 October 2021 Art Share and ArtStand unite for Autumn Community Art Sharing, Exhibition and Art Sale

    The weekend of 16th & 17th October sees the welcome return of the Autumn Community Art Sharing presented by Art Share Crich at The Glebe Field Centre.

    Comments: 0

  • Community Walk with foraging expert Brendan McDowell

    21 September 2021 Community Walk with foraging expert Brendan McDowell

    As part of the BBC's Country File Ramble campaign, Active Crich for Everyone have organised a Community Walk with foraging expert Brendon McDowell. 

    Comments: 0

  • Crich Parish Council update

    11 September 2021 Crich Parish Council update

    Read the actions that came from the recent meeting of Crich Parish Council

    Comments: 0

  • Helped needed to tidy up St Mary's Church Yard

    11 September 2021 Helped needed to tidy up St Mary's Church Yard

    There will be a work party day – open to all comers with their garden tools – on the morning of 30 October.

    Comments: 0

  • Volunteers needed for Crich Youth Club

    09 September 2021 Volunteers needed for Crich Youth Club

    Would you like to help young people in our community? 

    In June, 23 young people attended a consultation event and gave an over whelming thumbs up to holding a weekly youth club at The Glebe. We will be kicking off the Youth Club in October and the club will be run by a mix of paid youth workers & volunteers. 

    Comments: 0

  • Continued need for Crich Community Pantry

    09 September 2021 Continued need for Crich Community Pantry

    THANK YOU to all those who have topped up the Crich Community Pantry over the past weeks, it has sorely been needed by families and individuals.

    Comments: 0

  • An Exhibition of The Royal Family Tree

    08 September 2021 An Exhibition of The Royal Family Tree

    An exhibition of the Royal Family Tree designed and complied by Grange Genealogy will be held at All Saints Church Hall, South Wingfield

    Comments: 0

  • Autumn Community Art Share

    06 September 2021 Autumn Community Art Share

    The Autumn Community Art Sharing organised by Art Share Crich is just around the corner. The event is taking place on the weekend of 16th & 17th October at The Glebe Field Centre.

    Comments: 0

  • Meal delivery service draws to a close

    02 September 2021 Meal delivery service draws to a close

    Dawn Harper, who has been providing cooked meals for older and more vulnerable people throughout the Covid pandemic has stopped the service as life returns to 'normal'.

    Comments: 0

  • Crich Brass looking for new members!

    31 August 2021 Crich Brass looking for new members!

    Crich Brass are looking to recruit brass players of all ages and abilities. Whether you are an experienced brass player or simply have a desire to learn something new they provide a warm welcome and can even supply you with an instrument and tuition Free of Charge!

    Comments: 0

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