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Crich Tramway Village Prepares to Open Exhibitions

by Geoff Brown

Crich Tramway Village exhibition hall

With the government’s proposed Step 3 roadmap out of lockdown planned from 17th May 2021, Crich Tramway Village is planning to open its indoor exhibitions and Workshop viewing gallery.

Some of the major restoration projects for the workshop at Crich Tramway Village are continuing and this requires re-organisation of trams in the main Crich depots.  These include London County Council 1 (Bluebird), Newcastle 102 and London Passenger Transport Board (LPTB) 1622 and Blackpool Brush Railcoach 298.

In addition, Cardiff Horsecar No. 21, which has been on loan to Crich for around 12 years, will be returned to The National Museum of WalesDerby 1 is going into store and Halle 902 will also be going into store after spending some time on loan in Blackpool. 

All these tramcar moves have provided an opportunity to refresh the display in the Exhibition Hall, enabling the recent acquisition, the 1913 Barnsley & District Combination Car (a vintage bus), to be displayed in the centre and tramcars Gateshead 5 and Southampton 45 to be more easily viewed.

Workshop Co-ordinator and Duty Engineer, Dan Heeley said:

The Vehicle Movement Plan was made after diligent consideration of the best moves possible for tram conditions, restoration and ultimately new and better displays for our visitors.  

After a difficult year in 2020, it is important that we move forward with restoration, for which we have received funds and assistance from our partners, including the Blackpool Railcoach Fund and The Tramcar Sponsorship Organisation for Blackpool 298.

Crich Tramway Village is currently open for outside spaces from Saturday to Thursday, and following the government’s roadmap to recovery intends to open the indoor exhibition spaces from 17th May 2021 Saturday – Thursday, with Covid-19 measures in place.  Please visit the website for opening days and times and Covid-19 guidelines:


Crich Patients Participation Group and Covid-19 Mutual Aid leaflet

by Andrew Auld

Cover image of the Crich Patients' Participation and Crich Mutual Aid newsletter

This newsletter has been produced by the Crich Patients' Participation Group and Crich Area Mutual Aid and has been delivered to all households in the catchment area of the Crich Medical Practice. It has information about vaccinations, prescriptions deliveries, ideas for keeping fit, cheerful and healthy during the last weeks of winter and an update from the Crich Area Dementia Friends.

You can download a pdf of the leaflet below.

Chilly Challenge

by Claire Ganthony

homeless person on uk street

Every January in Derbyshire, Scouts hold an event called "Chilly Challenge." In non-lockdown times, our 1st Crich Scouts would hike to a camp site and camp for a cold weekend, sometimes under canvas and sometimes in an equally cold hut.

The regular Scout campsites are all unavailable for camping this year in January (due to COVID-19) so the members of our local Scout group will be completing their Chilly Challenge weekend at home this year. It will all be happening next weekend 30 to 31 January 2021!

As the Scout leaders planned the weekend with the youngsters, one of the young people suggested that we get their friends and families to sponsor them, not for Scout funds but for the homeless. The rest of the members thought this was a great idea. These young folk really want to make a difference!

Bill Caine, one of our Scout leaders, has set up a Go Fund Me page for the charity Crisis. It's a charity well known for its work in supporting homeless people.

Please support our local youngsters as they make a difference to the lives of homeless people. They would be so encouraged if they reach the set goal of £500!

If you would please visit the Go Fund Me page and donate a small amount in support of for our 1st Crich Scouts in their "Chilly Challenge" weekend, we would be very grateful.

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.

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)

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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