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  • Christmas Hamper Appeal

    21 November 2020 Christmas Hamper Appeal

    Help St Mary's Church to provide Christmas hampers to local families who have been struggling in this difficult year.

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  • Young musicians invited to join Music Centre

    12 November 2020 Young musicians invited to join Music Centre

    The South East Derbyshire Music Centre is inviting young musicians from Erewas and Amber Valley to join its groups.

    Comments: 1

  • MESSAGE TO DERBYSHIRE RESIDENTS FROM DERBYSHIRE’S PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR

    07 November 2020 MESSAGE TO DERBYSHIRE RESIDENTS FROM DERBYSHIRE’S PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR

    Message from Derbyshire's Director of Public Health about the lockdown and urging all of us to stick to the rules and keep one another safe.

    Comments: 0

  • Crich Parish Council Grants for community organisations - last chance for applications

    23 October 2020

    Last chance to apply to Crich Parish Council for a grant for 2020-2021.

    Comments: 0

  • People's Voice Survey - Covid19

    23 October 2020 People's Voice Survey - Covid19

    Derbyshire County Council wants to find out what the pandemic has meant for you and your community so far. Your views and experiences are important. Take part in the People's Voice Survey.

    Comments: 0

  • New restrictions for parts of Derbyshire - update from DCC

    15 October 2020 New restrictions for parts of Derbyshire - update from DCC

    Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire and Erewash will enter the ‘High’ covid local alert level after a surge in coronavirus cases

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  • Extra Hours at Crich Tramway Village

    12 October 2020 Extra Hours at Crich Tramway Village

    Crich Tramway Village is to open for an extra hour (until 6.30pm) from October 28th to 30th to provide an opportunity to see and ride on the trams in darkness during the half-term week. The venue is also opening over the weekend of 6th - 7th November.

    Comments: 0

  • Crich Area Community Art Sharing success

    12 October 2020 Crich Area Community Art Sharing success

    The weekend of 10th-11th October saw the culmination several months of artistic activity with the Crich Area Community Art Sharing exhibition at the Glebe Field Centre. This was the first event of its kind, borne from the recognition that many people engaged their creative talents as one way to occupy their time during the Covid-19 restrictions.

     

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  • October Half-term Holiday Activties

    07 October 2020 October Half-term Holiday Activties

    Following the success of our summer programme of activities which saw almost 90 children attending play, sport, art and nature sessions we are pleased to be able to offer another programme for the autumn half term holiday.

    Comments: 1

  • The community art sharing weekend is finally here!

    05 October 2020 The community art sharing weekend is finally here!

    On Saturday 10th October (12 - 5pm) and Sunday 11th October (10.30 - 5.00) there will be the first ever Community Art Sharing at the Glebe Field Centre.

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Churches news

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. deirdreofford@gmail.com

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)

Fritchley Chuch to re-open on 2 August

by Linda Philo

Fritchley Congregational Church and Village Hall

Fritchley Church is reopening on Sunday 2nd August at 2.30pm.

It will be a quiet opening with all COVID precautions being followed. Come along and support us. All welcome

Please bring your face covering.

For the Love of Scrubs

by Linda Philo

Sandra Maycock assembling scrubs

Article by Jan Rowland / Photography by Geoff Brown

TV, during lockdown, has featured endless tales of how communities and individuals have pulled together to ease the unexpected difficulties Covid-19 has presented us with. One of these features showed Sandra Maycock from Fritchley telling us about Derbyshire Scrubs: an organisation set up in less than 10 weeks to provide scrubs for whoever needs them in the central Derbyshire area.

materials laid out on a table

On a Thursday morning in mid May I popped into the Fritchley Congregational Chapel to meet Sandra and her friend Sue to see what Derbyshire Scrubs is all about. I was met with rolls of brightly coloured material and tables full of pattern pieces in numerous piles waiting to be matched up and sorted into packs. These would then be sent out to a hundred plus home sewers to be skilfully transformed into scrubs for medical, nursing and care home staff. They were a pleasant change from the blue or green scrubs we usually see and featured all the colours of the rainbow we currently acknowledge as a sign of gratitude to the NHS.

scrubs patterns

Sandra originally became involved through the original organisation called For the Love of Scrubs which first rallied those with sewing skills to provide kit for our overstretched NHS, but shortly afterwards she was asked to take on an organisational role, along with about 10 others, with the newly named Derbyshire Scrubs.

It didn’t just involve recruiting sewers either: there was material to source and it couldn’t just be any old material; it had to weigh between 120 and 150 grams/square metre, had to be 65% polyester 30% cotton and had to be washable at 60 degrees Centigrade. Then a pattern had to be sourced and David Nieper of Alfreton provided this as well as cutting out the first 174 metres of fabric. Then it was time to start cutting out by hand. Tracey, another member of the group and an ex textile employee cut patterns out and it wasn’t long before the group found a Derby couple with their own (currently closed) clothing factory offered to cut the material on an industrial scale.

The cut out pieces then find their way to Fritchley and other hubs via a posse of volunteer drivers (although I suspect Sandra herself has done quite a lot of ferrying to and fro), where the sorting into kits takes place. Added to the pattern pieces are tapes, bindings and labels to be added to the completed scrubs. So far Sandra estimates that around 10 000 metres of material has been and is still being turned into vital clothing for hospital staff.

Sandra assembling scrubs at Fritchley Village Hall

Funding for the whole exercise has come from many sources. Sandra was pleased to receive funding from friends and people in our locality and through Rotary Amber Valley, as well as Trevor Ainsworth of Derbyshire County Council.

People in the group also set up Just Giving pages which all in all raised in the region of £9000. A further £2500 worth of fabric has been donated through Chris Evans and his family’s fundraising efforts through Virgin Radio.

I think if you’d suggested to Sandra 10 weeks ago that she’d be organising the distribution of these sorts of funds and organising the number of individuals that she has, she’d probably have had a good laugh but she admits that it’s been “a great learning curve and I’ve met lots of lovely people on the way” and that the skill mix of volunteers is amazing, even down to a lady with stock control experience creating spreadsheets to show exactly where scrubs are distributed. Maybe a few CEOs might like to copy her style!

thank you card

Sandra has been thrilled to receive a thank you card on behalf of the group from William Tucker, Lord Lieutentant of Derbyshire, which reads:

Dear Sandra

Words cannot adquately express the gratitute I feel when I think about the incredible support and service you have given throughout the COVID-19 CRISIS.

I want to thank you wholeheartedly for all you have contributed.

Please pass my sincere thanks to all those involved with the Derby and Burton 'For the Love of Scrubs' Facebook group.

William Tucker

Easter Weekend from our churches

by Andrew Auld

Stations of the Cross montage

Easter is such an important weekend for Christians. It is the time to contemplate the trial, death and resurrection of Jesus. Normally, it is a time for church-going Christians to come together perhaps more often than the regular once a week service on a Sunday. And it is a time for families to celebrate the surprise and the joy of the first Easter Sunday.

This Easter, as we all know, we can't mark this important Christian festival in the same way as normal - together with our families. However, our churches are working hard to bring church into our homes and let us hear the messages of the Passion of Christ in our isolation.

St Mary's Crich and All Saints South Wingfield are posting services and prayers daily on the CSW Digital Church Soundcloud site. The services are normally available by 12pm each day and there are evening prayers and contemplation.

Ian Whitehead, vicar of the parishes, is posting regular videos on the CSW Digital Church YouTube channel, including this message for Good Friday about finding the surprising things to cheer us at this strange time.

Chris Hand, Minister at Crich Baptists is regularly posting sermons and thoughts for the day on the online sermons page of the Crich Baptist Church website. He is also reaching out to children who he normally regularly sees in our local schools through his School Assembly videos.

Here is his latest 'Thought for the day' about feeling Christ's touch at a time when our normal contact with others is reduced.

Tom Baptist of the Briars - Nottingham Diocese Christian Youth Service - is regularly posting videos on the NDCYS YouTube channel and is also live streaming including this Good Friday, Stations of the Cross Live:

The Stations of the Cross are an ancient form of Christian devotion, inviting us on a virtual pilgrimage in Jesus’ footsteps, recalling and reflecting on key moments on his journey to the cross. Here is a podcast series led by the Archdeacon and Archbishop of Cantebury reflecting on five of the biblical stations of the cross.

However you celebrate Easter, whether a practising Christian or not, take time to reach out to your family and friends. Make some phone calls, connect using video chat, share some joy.

Easter Cheer

by Linda Philo

poster advertising the Easter Art Trail

Some of you may have spotted some rainbows, or maybe even a bear or two, displayed in windows throughout our area while out on your daily walk, run or cycle. Now, as Easter approaches, the challenge is on to take things a step further!

All households in our community are being encouraged to create an Easter window display to brighten the day of those passing by. It can be as simple or elaborate as you like, the idea is just to spread some happiness. 

Spread the word, let's celebrate Easter together even though we will be stuck in our homes and away from our wider families and friends.

  • Christmas Hamper Appeal

    21 November 2020 Christmas Hamper Appeal

    Help St Mary's Church to provide Christmas hampers to local families who have been struggling in this difficult year.

    Comments: 0

  • Young musicians invited to join Music Centre

    12 November 2020 Young musicians invited to join Music Centre

    The South East Derbyshire Music Centre is inviting young musicians from Erewas and Amber Valley to join its groups.

    Comments: 1

  • MESSAGE TO DERBYSHIRE RESIDENTS FROM DERBYSHIRE’S PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR

    07 November 2020 MESSAGE TO DERBYSHIRE RESIDENTS FROM DERBYSHIRE’S PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR

    Message from Derbyshire's Director of Public Health about the lockdown and urging all of us to stick to the rules and keep one another safe.

    Comments: 0

  • Crich Parish Council Grants for community organisations - last chance for applications

    23 October 2020

    Last chance to apply to Crich Parish Council for a grant for 2020-2021.

    Comments: 0

  • People's Voice Survey - Covid19

    23 October 2020 People's Voice Survey - Covid19

    Derbyshire County Council wants to find out what the pandemic has meant for you and your community so far. Your views and experiences are important. Take part in the People's Voice Survey.

    Comments: 0

  • New restrictions for parts of Derbyshire - update from DCC

    15 October 2020 New restrictions for parts of Derbyshire - update from DCC

    Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire and Erewash will enter the ‘High’ covid local alert level after a surge in coronavirus cases

    Comments: 0

  • Extra Hours at Crich Tramway Village

    12 October 2020 Extra Hours at Crich Tramway Village

    Crich Tramway Village is to open for an extra hour (until 6.30pm) from October 28th to 30th to provide an opportunity to see and ride on the trams in darkness during the half-term week. The venue is also opening over the weekend of 6th - 7th November.

    Comments: 0

  • Crich Area Community Art Sharing success

    12 October 2020 Crich Area Community Art Sharing success

    The weekend of 10th-11th October saw the culmination several months of artistic activity with the Crich Area Community Art Sharing exhibition at the Glebe Field Centre. This was the first event of its kind, borne from the recognition that many people engaged their creative talents as one way to occupy their time during the Covid-19 restrictions.

     

    Comments: 0

  • October Half-term Holiday Activties

    07 October 2020 October Half-term Holiday Activties

    Following the success of our summer programme of activities which saw almost 90 children attending play, sport, art and nature sessions we are pleased to be able to offer another programme for the autumn half term holiday.

    Comments: 1

  • The community art sharing weekend is finally here!

    05 October 2020 The community art sharing weekend is finally here!

    On Saturday 10th October (12 - 5pm) and Sunday 11th October (10.30 - 5.00) there will be the first ever Community Art Sharing at the Glebe Field Centre.

    Comments: 0

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