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Amber Rock Development - New Residents' Group Formed

by Geoff Brown

Picture of Crich Quarry

Further to the item posted on 9th March relating to the Amber Rock holiday resort proposed for Crich Quarry, this application is shortly coming up for planning consultation.

A local group called Residents Opposed to Amber Rock (ROAR) has been formed to to capture, manage and properly develop the points being made by those concerned about the proposal.

They can be contacted through their Facebook page  

or by email on

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.

Appeal to support summer activities for children

by Andrew Auld

Summer Holiday Activities

From Crich Patients Participation Group

Dear friend,

I am writing to you to ask for your help in financing a local project in Crich and the surrounding villages which seeks to address the issues for children arising from the current pandemic. A small group of us as part of Crich Patient Participation Group have organised a programme of activities for children over the summer holiday.

The idea grew from discussions in the Mutual Aid 19 Support Group that some of us were members of. In essence, it was noted that although quite a lot had been organised, both locally and nationally, to support adults, and particularly those with specific health vulnerabilities, not much had been put in place for children and young people. This was despite the clear acknowledgment that the pandemic and the associated lockdown was having a detrimental impact upon a disturbingly large number of children’s emotional and physical well-being. This was really brought home to me when two parents of children at a local school said that their five year olds were showing signs of depression.

We had a quick check and could not find anything organised in the local area for children and young people during the summer. In light of this, we have been working to bring together a programme of activities. Our hard work over the last 3 weeks has resulted in the following activities ready to go:

  • gymnastics
  • rise and shine groups
  • story telling
  • healthy eating picnics 
  • gardening and Forest School activities
  • a boot camp

Read more here:

We hope that the centrepiece of the programme will be two weeks of Holiday Camps, organised by Premier Education, of sport, physical and creative activities. Premier Education is a national organisation who work with many of the local schools and I am aware are highly regarded. I am delighted to say they have agreed to run the two weeks “at cost”. We were really thrilled when the Glebe Community Field Centre agreed to host the Holiday Camps for four days per week. I have provisionally booked The Briars Educational Centre for the two days that The Glebe was unable to accommodate the camps.

Our major focus now is trying to secure funding to meet the costs of the programme. We have submitted bids to a number of sources but because our project has been developed at great speed some of these are not open to us. We are seeking donations from local people and businesses who have the flexibility to authorise a donation at speed as the programme begins on 10th August.

We are clear that these activities are open to all the children and young people in the area served by the Medical Practice and we would love to be able to reach vulnerable children.

Anything you can do to assist us will be incredibly gratefully received and we will ensure you are acknowledged in our media communications. As you can appreciate our timescales require a very short turn around so I would be very grateful if you could contact us by the end of this week.

Email Corinne Clemson for bank details of the Crich Patients Participation Group to make a donation.

You can read more details in this earlier post.

Crich Tramway Village Re-Opens

by Geoff Brown

Three trams at Crich Tramway Village

Information provided by Crich Tramway Village

Crich Tramway Village, home to the National Tramway Museum, will re-open to the public from Saturday 11th July 2020, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and weekends initially.

The venue has been closed since 20th March due to the Covid 19 pandemic, but with the latest government advice and loosening of some restrictions, intends to open with guidelines and social distancing in place.

Social distancing, hand sanitizing, PPE for staff, screens at information points and tills, take-away catering service, and one-way directional guidance with no interactives in exhibitions, are some of the measures which the management team have implemented.

The trams, which are crewed by a team of volunteers, will be limited, and face coverings should be worn as per the national guidance for public transport.

Members of the public will need to book a timed ticket for tram rides on arrival, and there will only be one stop for getting on and alighting the trams, to help ensure the safety of passengers, volunteers and staff.

Trams waiting outside the Red Lion pub at Crich Tramway Village

General Manager, Dr Mike Galer said:

The measures we have in place follow the guidance of the government, local authority and Public Health England.  VisitEngland has approved our measures via their ‘Good To Go’ standard. We hope our visitors understand that there will be restrictions on our normal offering, and we appreciate their patience in these difficult times.

Many of our regular visitors are keen to return, and we look forward to welcoming them and new visitors from 11th July.  We have produced a ‘Covid 19 Crich Tramway Village guidance’ sheet, which describes what visitors can expect and this can be downloaded from our website:

line with other venues, the indoor soft play area will remain closed and the numbers in indoor areas such as the shops and on the trams will be limited. Card and Contactless payments are preferred and full-priced tickets can be purchased online. For those who prefer not to take tram rides at the moment, special day rates without tram rides have been introduced, and these are payable on arrival. For further information please visit or if you have a query, please email:

Surprise VE Day tea for residents in lock-down who have hot lunches organised through the Crich COVID-19 Mutual Aid Group

by Geoff Brown

Dawn Harper with lunches and teas ready for delivery, outside her house decorated for VE Day

Since the beginning of the lock-down, residents of the parish who have had to self-isolate have been able to take advantage of having hot lunches delivered to their homes during the week.This was the brainchild of Dawn Harper who was in the process of setting up a new catering company from her home on the edge of Fritchley when the coronavirus pandemic began.

Dawn Harper Catering was set up to provide hot and cold buffets for any occasion, but with the downturn in demand at just the wrong time, Dawn took the opportunity to provide high quality meals, on a non-profit basis, for those needing them during the crisis. The meals are cooked fresh daily and delivered ready-plated.

This has proved to be hugely successful and she now regularly provides over 30 hot lunches each day to people who are universally grateful. And very impressed!

One of the volunteer drivers who help deliver meals to vulnerable people in lock-down in the parish.

Each day, the meals are delivered by a team of volunteer drivers who had registered with the Crich COVID-19 Mutual Aid Group, ably coordinated by Cathy Bowness.

On VE Day parish residents were encouraged to have tea in their front gardens whilst socialising (from a distance) with their neighbours. Dawn thought it would be a great idea to provide a complimentary tea to all of her regular ‘clients’ who may not otherwise be able to celebrate the day. And so an extra layer of logistical complexity was triggered as the team rushed to source appropriate patriotically themed plates, serviettes, flags and stickers.

Grateful recipients of the meals

And it worked a treat!  The clients were thrilled to receive their bonus tea and the feedback was really positive. Many members commented on how touched they were that team had gone to the extra trouble.

A fantastic effort from all involved, resulting in the continued development of strong bonds between the recipients, Dawn, Cathy and the volunteer drivers. One resident of Whatstandwell, who had been in the Royal Navy during the war, was keen to show his deliverer (from a distance) his impressive haul of medals. Very fitting.

It looks like the service will continue until things start to return to normal, at which point Dawn can return to her original plan and cater for other functions and hopefully lead a slightly less frantic life! Through this project she has demonstrated her considerable abilities!

Two of the special teas alongside a grateful resident's war medals.

Pictures provided by Cathy Bowness

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