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The Christmas Story

by Claire Ganthony

Happyland Christmas story

All Infant children attending the parish schools were gifted a copy of this Happyland Christmas Story at the end of term. 

You can watch the video of the story here: Happyland Christmas Story

The Angel Gabriel has appeared!

by Geoff Brown

The angel Gabriel, created by Crich Willow Weaving Group, at the Bulling Lane - Coasthill juncton

The Crich Willow Weaving Group came together during the first lockdown and started to create a number of artistic pieces (see previous news items relating to the Art Sharing Project). Within a few months of distanced outside working, they agreed to jointly create an uplifting piece for the village.

The Angel Gabriel was the inspiration of their teacher Mogs, with all of the group delighted to contribute. Gabriel now graces the planter on the junction of Bulling Lane and Coasthill as you head up from Crich Market Place.


Some of Crich Willow Weaving Group with the sculpture of the angel.
Some of the Crich Willow Weaving Group with the Angel. Photo: Annette Love.

In daylight the Angel is impressive enough, but is then inspiringly lit after dark.

There has been a huge reaction, with many villagers stopping to take a look. The group commented that:

We are delighted if  folks are enjoying the Crich Angel

In January it is hoped that The Angel will find a permanent home in the church.

The planter will then be planting with bulbs by Jordan James to carry on cheering us through the winter.

Look out for more about the Crich Willow Weaving Group in the next edition of Crich Standard

Carol service at St Mary's - Sunday 20 December. 6:30pm

by Andrew Auld

Nativity scene

The Carol Service will be very unusual this year because we are having a carol service without being allowed to sing them! However, the readings will be the traditional ones and the carols will be the old favourites but presented in very different ways, but you will all be able to join in without actually singing!!

In order to ensure social distancing YOU MUST BOOK YOUR PLACE either by emailing or phoning 01773 853722. You will need to give us your phone number and the exact number of people in your bubble, so seats can be safely allocated. Bubbles should be limited to 6. If your group is more please book as two groups. Places will only be available from December 6th to the 13th. The service is at 6:30pm on Sunday 20 December.

The conduct of the service will comply with Covid Regulations, including the wearing of masks, and details will be explained to you when you book. All arrangements and services are liable to alteration if circumstances change.

Wesleyan Chapel Update

by Claire Ganthony

Crich Wesleyan Chapel

Crich Wesley Chapel is open for its 3pm service every Sunday afternoon. This includes a traditional Methodist service with recorded hymns (which we aren’t allowed to sing out loud at present!) projected onto the screen. There is often a ‘sharing’ time with a dramatized Gospel reading. Refreshments served at the end.

For CHRISTMAS There will be a Carol service on Sunday 20th December at 3pm.

Due to the current Coronavirus guidance and restrictions, Popalong Baby & Toddler group is not meeting at present. We normally meet every Friday in term-time 9.30-11.30am. If you would like to find out more about coming along to this friendly group once we begin to meet again, please contact Lynda Gray on 07890 688021 or by email at

Popalong Babies group is currently meeting by Zoom, and go for walks together. o find out more or book, contact Serena Hancox

Let's Light Up Crich Parish this Christmas!

by Linda Philo

Let's light up Crich Parish this Christmas banner

Things are going to be rather different this year but as usual local people are brimming with ideas to brighten our long winter nights, here are a few:

poster of Christmas activities

Grand Light Up - 5th December

Let’s go to town and decorate the outside of our homes for an extended period this year, we propose a grand light up on 5th December.

Let’s chase the winter night away, break with tradition and keep them on throughout January.

Christmas Wreaths

Christmas wreaths - the more the merrier! Share photos of your creativities with everyone on the Community Facebook pages.

Doorstep Carols poster

Doorstep Carols - 16th December, 6.00 pm

Stop Press: Please note change of Radio Station. Carols can now be heard on Radio Nottingham on 95.1FM. Please tell your neighbours!

We're asking the whole parish to get behind this event to raise some much-needed Christmas cheer this year!

With Fritchley Green and Crich Market Place carol singing cancelled, there's a risk that Christmas 2020 could be very quiet.

So let's all make a noise on our doorsteps on Wednesday, December 16th at 6.00 pm and join our neighbours in singing Christmas carols - staying in household bubbles of course and obeying the restrictions in place.

The carols will be broadcast on Radio Nottingham 95.1 FM to help us all stay in time and carols sheets and simple sheet music are available to download.

We'd love you to help by organising your own street and encouraging friends and neighbours to sing and play along. Click here to see how to get involved.

Nativity scene

Follow The Star - 19th to 24th December

From 19th -24th December look out for the Christmas Journey – Follow the Star! in windows and tableaux around Crich.

Follow the Star as the Three Kings set out to find the Christ-child, from Crich Wesley, along the Common, up Bowns Hill to St Mary’s porch. Centuries before this, his birth was foretold by the prophets (Scout Hut). The Angel Gabriel came to Mary (Bower Close, Jeffries Lane) and to Joseph (Crich Chase).

They had to travel to Bethlehem (Market Place) where a host of angels told a group of shepherds on the hills, and they rushed to find the newborn Christ-child tucked up in an animals’ feeding trough (Market Place).

We would love for you to join in and create your own windows to depict the Star, or an angel, or anything from the Christmas Story! Or perhaps decorate your fences or nearby lampposts with stars.

Pick up a bag containing a guide-booklet and activities from The Telephone Box in the Market Place.


St Mary's Church Carol Service - 20th December

The carol service at St Mary’s on 20th December will be a little different this year and is to be ticketed to ensure we can keep everyone safe. Keep your eyes on this website for information about tickets.

Christmas Eve - 24th December, 6.00pm

On Christmas Eve let’s welcome Santa by ringing bells outside our homes at 6pm. Light a candle in your window and let’s join together to sing Silent Night then watch out for fireworks on The Tors, they should be visible to most of us from our doorsteps or gardens.

If anyone knows of any other local events or have any ideas, please share them with Crich Standard and other social media.

We really hope you enjoy joining in with these activities. Remember to observe social distancing and obey the restrictions in place to keep everyone safe.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year
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