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Paediatric First Aid Course

by Linda Philo

Poster advertising Paediatric First Aid Course

Popalong Babies, Crich Medical Practice Patients Participation Group and Derbyshire Toy Libraries have come together to organise a paediatric first aid course for parents and carers. This will take place on:

Poster advertising Paediatric First Aid Coures

When: Tuesday 15th February

Time: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon, attendees must arrive 10 minutes before for a prompt start

Where: Fritchley Village Hall, Chapel Street, Fritchley, DE56 2FR (behind the Congregational Church). Parking available in the village square.

Cost: £20 per person, to be paid in advance.

Discount: Thanks to Crich Medical Practice Patients Participation Group, Patients of Crich Medical Practice are eligible to receive a discounted rate of £10 per person, to be paid in advance.

Booking: To register your interest, please click on this link note: your booking isn’t confirmed until payment has been made.  Payment details will be sent to you upon receipt of your completed registration form. The Course requires a minimum of 6 people in order to run.

Note: First Aid kits will be available to buy for £11.99 on the day, so please bring cash if you would like to make a purchase.

Further information: If you need any further information ahead of booking your place, please email

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.

Children's Christmas Holiday Activities

by Linda Philo

poster advertising Children's Christmas Holiday Activities


We are delighted to say that we have organised more activities for children aged 5 to 13 during theupcoming Christmas Holidays.

We have received funding from Derbyshire County Council through the Department for Education’s, Holiday, Activity and Food (HAF) Fund. This means that children who receive pupil premium do not have to pay for any of the activities or for the food

Holiday Clubs

Three days of Holiday Clubs will be run by Premier Education at South Wingfield Primary School on Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th January 2022 from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm for £5 per child per day.

Premier Education have been running Clubs for us for over a year now. We have had some brilliant feedback from the children who have attended the Clubs. The children do a range of things at the Clubs. These include art and craft, acting, general games, some sport and lots of outdoor fun.

Any child from, aged 5 to 12 years old, can attend. Lunch and snacks are provided.

We are organising a minibus which will pick up children from different places in the area – Fritchley Primary School, Crich Carr School, Lea Primary, Crich Market Square and Wessington - to take them to the Clubs. The minibus will do the return journey to the same places in the afternoon. There are 15 places on the bus, so please book a place early.

In order to book a place for your child, please go to or click on the link below to go straight to the booking page for each venue.

Parents of pupil premium children, please use code WJM/100 to book for free. We will check with the school that any bookings made using this code are children who qualify for pupil premium funding.


Please indicate if you would like your child to have a seat on the minibus to and from the Club.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact James Jennison, Area Manager, Premier Education.

Adventure Day at Lea Green

We are delighted that we have been able to book another Adventure Day at Lea Green Outdoor Activities Centre. This will be on Friday 7th January 2022 from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm. This is for children aged 6 to 13 years old for £10 per child.

As with the Holiday Clubs, the Adventure Day will be free for pupils who receive pupil premium, as will lunch and snacks during the day. We will also be running a minibus to pick up and drop off children from the same places as for the Holiday Clubs.

To book a place for your child or children please ring or email the staff at the Glebe Centre in Crich, who are managing the bookings. The staff would prefer the bookings to be made by email, if possible.  The email address is but, if you are not able to email, the telephone number 01773 857894.

When you send in your email please include the following information:

  • The name(s) of the child(ren)
  • Their dates of birth
  • The school they attend
  • Whether the child is entitled to pupil premium
  • Home address
  • Your name
  • Your contact number
  • If you would like your child to have a place on the minibus
  • Any medical issues that the child(ren) may have
  • Any other issues that the staff at Lea Green need to be aware of

The staff at the Glebe Field Centre will confirm whether your child(ren) have a place.

The email address is and the telephone number 01773 857894.

Don’t forget to let the staff know if you would like a place for your child/children on the minibus.

Booking for the Holiday Clubs and the Adventure Day, for children who receive pupil premium, opens on Wednesday 1st December 2021.

We do hope that your children will be able to join in, at least, some of these activities. We are sure that they will have lots of fun and you might enjoy a bit of peace after a busy Christmas!

With best wishes

Crich Patients’ Participation Group and Glebe Field Centre

Only two days until the Crich Christmas Fair

by Andrew Auld

There are only two days to go until Crich Christmas Fair! The wine is ready to mull and the decorations are up! And if you've been wondering how you could have a 'greener' Christmas this year, we can help!

If you are local you could walk to the fair. Just follow the arrows from the Market Place to The Glebe Centre. No carbon emissions there!

Then, all of the stalls are being run by local Derbyshire businesses. We have cakes from Belper, bath bombs from Riddings, pottery from Fritchley, cider from Ashover, home made mince pies from The Glebe ....the list goes on. The furthest business away is Crafty You Crafty Me, based in Hilton. So there won't be many carbon miles involved in getting the exhibitors to the fair.

And finally, all of the stallholders make their own, unique gifts and don't wrap them in a load of plastic packagaing. We even have Belper toy library selling second hand good as new toys. So, remember to bring your own bags to put those presents in when you buy them!

There is just one snag though - Father Christmas will be putting in an appearance and opening the fair. I wonder how many sleigh miles he will have to do?!

Crich Christmas Fair

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!

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