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Now it's Popalongs!

by Linda Philo

lady and her baby and young son

Popalong meets at the Wesleyan Chapel and welcomes new families. For those new to the area, Popalong is a Baby and Toddler Group (0 to 3 years) where mums, dads, grandparents or carers can meet up with others and relax while little-ones play, babies wriggle, stare or sleep, enjoy refreshments and join in the singing with Martyn on his guitar. The group is very friendly and supportive, especially to families new to the area. The session is from 9.30 - 11.30am and we meet during term time. For more information contact Lynda on 01773 857921 or

Popalong Babies also meets at the Wesleyan Chapel but on Mondays from 10am to 11-30 and welcomes first time mums and mums-to-be. Popalong Babies supports infants  0-18 months and their mums and provides a range of activities and group support.  For more information contact Serena Hancox 07719818112 or Elizabeth Brierton 07851202980 or

Covid guidelines are followed as we want to keep all safe and well. Please contact the leaders before popping in, as at present an eye is being kept on numbers. Pre-booking is essential for the Monday Popalong Babies Group where places are limited. 

A Christmas Journey - Follow the Star!

by Linda Philo

Poster describing the Christmas Journey activity

Join in with the Christmas Story as it unfolds in windows around Crich from 15 December to 29 December.

There will be stopping places around Crich telling the Christmas Story, culminating at St Mary’s for the Nativity scene. Each stopping place will be linked with a Christmas carol. 

Guide books can be picked up from the telephone kiosk in the market place and at the end of the journey, craft bags can be collected from St Mary’s Church porch between 10.30 am and 6.00 pm.

Exciting update on St Mary's Church Yard!

by Linda Philo

St Mary's Church, Crich

Amber Valley Borough Council, who have been responsible for the maintenance of the ‘closed churchyard’ since the early 90s, have promised that the whole churchyard will be cut within the next few weeks. A churchyard is termed ‘closed’ because there is no more space for burials available. Burials now take place in the adjacent burial ground, below the churchyard. Crich Parish council are responsible for the maintenance of the burial ground.

St Mary’s PCC are excited to be in the planning stages of a sustainable maintenance plan, which will be carried out in cooperation with AVBC. The PCC hope the new plan for this special place can encourage biodiversity and the enjoyment and safety of all churchyard users.

We would love to know the views of those in our community who visit the churchyard and would like to invite you to come and talk to us during the afternoon session of the work day between 2-4pm.

The work party day – open to all comers with their garden tools – will be held on the morning of Satuday 30 October from 9.00 am and an afternoon session from 2.00 pm.  As it is Half Term on that day, children (supervised by their adults) are very welcome to join in!

Helped needed to tidy up St Mary's Church Yard

by Linda Philo

St Mary's Church

If you follow Crich Community Facebook chatter, then you will know that there has been quite a lot of comment on whether or not the grass is too long in St Mary’s churchyard. 

St Mary’s PCC are talking to Amber Valley Council about the matter of who is responsible for managing the churchyard. 

Meanwhile, there will be a work party day – open to all comers with their garden tools – on the morning of Satuday 30 October from 9.00 am and an afternoon session from 2.00 pm.  As it is Half Term on that day, children (supervised by their adults) are very welcome to join in!

Continued need for Crich Community Pantry

by Linda Philo

Crich Community Pantry

THANK YOU to all those who have topped up the Crich Community Pantry over the past weeks, it has sorely been needed by families and individuals.

With the glut of Harvest from our gardens coming in we are also receiving Runner Beans, Cucumbers, Potatoes, and Courgettes. I am sometimes asked for cooking instructions or hints!

One family told me; "This [the pantry] makes a difference to us, especially while the kids are on holiday. It pads out our meals meaning we can just about get by."

If you can't give anything like tins, packets or fresh produced but want to help just pop some money in through the Vicarage door marked pantry. It'll make a difference.

Rev Ian Whitehead

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