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Energy saving advice from Citizens Advice

by Andrew Auld

Save money this winter

Are you worried about energy bills this winter?

Citizens Advice are here to help...

By taking small steps you could make big savings:

  • Check if you’re eligible for discounts, grants or support
  • Switch your energy tariff or supplier and get the best deal
  • Save money this winter while keeping your home warm
  • Contact our Adviceline to find out more and to book a free energy advice appointment.

Call: 0300 456 8390

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

Local crime and policing survey

by Andrew Auld

From Hardyal Dhindsa, Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire.

One of the Commissioner’s key roles is to consult with members of the public and we are always aiming to get views from a representative section of the population of Derbyshire. In previous years we have been able to work face to face and meet many partners, residents and service providers, however this year due to the current COVID 19 situation we are not able to engage in this way and are seeking your help by sending this out to as many people as possible so can obtain the views of RESIDENTS OF DERBYSHIRE.

The questions cover a variety of issues regarding crime where residents live and their opinions on local and regional policing.

The survey should take about 4 minutes to complete, please click the below link to be redirected to the survey.

Mobile library - changes to visiting times in Crich Parish

by Geoff Brown

Picture of a Derbyshire County Council mobile library

Derbyshire County Council library service has two mobile libraries, based at Buxton and Long Eaton, serving around 150 communities across the county. These communities are visited once every four weeks and the mobile libraries offer a range of services for everyone including fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children, large print books, books on tape and books on CD as well as a selection of local studies books and information.

The mobile libraries have a lift for wheelchair users and people with mobility problems.

They visit Crich and Frtichley on Tuesday mornings. The Council have indicated that the times are changing slightly for the winter period starting week commencing 14th December and running through until March 2021. There will be no service over the Christmas and New Year weeks (commencing 21st and 28th December.

For Crich and Fritchley, the libraries will be visiting as follows:

Fritchley, The Green: 10.00 - 10.25 am

Crich, Market Place: 10.30 - 10.50am

Crich, Culland View: 11.00 - 11.20am

Crich, Cliff Inn car park: 11.25 - 11.40am

The visiting dates during this period will be: December 15th, January 26th and February 23rd.

For full details see the Derbyshire Mobile Library web-site.




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.



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