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Access to The Common from Crich Market Place to be closed in January

by Geoff Brown

Picture of Crich Market Place looking towards The Common

Crich Parish Council have passed on a notification from Derbyshire County Council about another planned road closure in the centre of Crich. Access to and from the Common from Crich Market Place will be closed between Januay 4th and 22nd 2021. This is to facilitate further gas main relpacement.

Chadwick Nick Lane will also be closed to through traffic.

Residents close to the closure and the schools will be notifed individually.

For further details, see the Derbyshire County Council roadworks website.

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

by Andrew Auld

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 a very difficult year for all community groups, with Covid-19 impacting heavily 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.

Obviously, there are a few rules around applying, but they are simple and straightforward.

When considering applications for grants to be awarded in January 2021 the Parish Council will be guided by the following criteria:

  • The group must serve Crich Parish community and must not be run for gain.
  • The working of the group must involve a degree of self-help.
  • The group must have an open membership policy.
  • At least 50% of members must live in Crich, Fritchley, Whatstandwell, or Wheatcroft.
  • The group must be able to demonstrate the need for financial support as shown by the presentation of current Accounts or a Financial Statement. Out of date Accounts or Financial Statements cannot be accepted. Bank statements cannot be accepted.
  • Applications must be made in writing using the official application form.
  • Grants will only be considered if the application has been made in the prescribed way; is complete, includes current Accounts or a Financial Statement, and has been submitted to the Parish Clerk by Friday 30th October 2020. Incomplete and/or late applications cannot be accepted.

When you complete the application form for 2020/2021 please do so in anticipation that your group will be able to carry out your planned activities, and it is on this basis the Council will base its decision when making the awards. Due to the current situation we have extended the deadline for completion of the application form and accompanying documents by a month.

The application form is attached here, or can be obtained on request from the Clerk – Carolyn Jennings by e-mailing

People's Voice Survey - Covid19

by Andrew Auld

Derbyshire People's Voice Survey logo

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is still affecting many aspects of our lives here in Derbyshire.

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. This is a joint survey between Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council, and they want to hear the voices of all our residents.

Complete the online survey here.

Information given by you in this survey will help them understand more about the things the Council can do to support Derbyshire through the challenges of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Thank you for taking the time to answer this survey.

This questionnaire may also be available in other formats. If you require a different format please email:

Extension to Crich Burial Ground consecrated

by Geoff Brown

Bishop Jan McFarlane starts the ceremony with children from Crich Infants School

On Thursday 6th February, the Bishop of Repton, The Right Reverend Jan McFarlane, led an historic ceremony to consecrate an extension to the burial ground at St. Mary's Church. The petition for the consecration was presented by Councillor Richard Walsh from Crich Parish Council.

Accompanied by the Diocesan Registrar and supported by members of the Church, Crich Parish Council, the public and (most importantly) the children from Crich CofE Infant School, the Bishop led a procession around the boundary of the cemetery extension.

Bishop Jan McFarlane leads the procession around the boundaries of the new part of the cemetery

At each corner of the extended area, the Bishop made a sign of the cross during which statements of the consecration were read by the registrar.

During the procession, psalms were read. At the end of the service a silence was observed, during which all present were encouraged to appreciate the peace of our rural environment. Finally prayers were said.

At the end of the ceremony everybody was invited to retire to the church for tea and cake. Very civilised!

Parish Councillor Vacancies for Crich Ward

by Linda Philo

Bowns Hill, Crich

If you care about Crich, and would like to help keep it a great place to live and work, why not become a Parish Councillor?

We have two immediate Councillor vacancies for Crich Ward.

No prior experience needed, just a positive outlook, willingness to work as part of a team, and a drive to be a voice for your local community.

We will support you in your new role, and expect you to undertake training so you are effective in that role. You will also need to be comfortable working electronically.

If you are over 18, live locally and feel you can make a real change, why not put yourself forward? Contact our Parish Clerk, Carolyn Jennings, to find out how to apply and check eligibility details.

Want to know more first? Speak to one of your Parish Councillors or call the Clerk for a chat on 01773 853928. We are waiting to hear from you!

Closing date for applications – Friday 28th February 2020

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