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Dawn's Meals

by Linda Philo

Dawn Harper in her kitchen cooking meals

Many of you will have heard about Dawn Harper’s mammoth efforts to provide good, wholesome food for isolated people in our community throughout the pandemic.  This still continues.

ASDA logo

Just before Christmas she made an application for funding to Asda’s ‘Feeding Communities’, the plan was to create and deliver Christmas dinners. 

Due to receiving so many applications, Asda were overwhelmed with requests, there was a delay in the confirmation.  However, after Christmas we heard that we had been successful but then had to give this a bit of a rethink... February isn’t the right time to deliver Christmas meals!

Dawn came up trumps again and contacted families in the community who would benefit from a sizeable hamper, all the contents purchased from Asda.  Asda themselves were incredibly supportive throughout the whole process and enabled Dawn to order online and have the food for the hampers delivered. 

These were gratefully received, and Dawn received several kind comments such as... ‘This has made such a difference to our family during this difficult time’ and ‘We would just like to say  thank you to Dawn for organising this!’

A big Thank you to both Dawn and ASDA!

Dawn Harper Menu

Dawn is now pleasing other people in the community, by providing a take-away breakfast and lunch menu from her cafe at the back of the Red Lion Pub, Fritchley, DE56 2FT

All food is freshly cooked to order using quality ingredients served Tuesday to Friday between 9.00 am and 1.30 pm. Delivery can also be arranged.

Pre order if possible please by telephoning or text Dawn on 07791 559394. Payment by cash or card.

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.

Help Fill Crich Area Community Pantries this Christmas

by Linda Philo

South Wingfield and Crich Area Community Pantries were set up during the first lockdown to allow residents to share food and household items with others at a time of need.

Poster Help Fill Crich Area Community Pantries this Christmas

This Christmas we face deeper uncertainty and potential struggle so why not spread some Christmas cheer in your neighbourhood and add a couple of additional items to your shopping basket to put into the Community Pantry. 

The four pantries are located at:

Crich Vicarage

Bullbridge outside the Canal Inn

South Wingfield opposite the school

Fritchely outside the community hall

Give what you can, take what you need

Suggested items:

Tinned meat and fish, tinned savoury pies, long life milk and fruit juice, tinned puddings and custard, pasta, rice and instant mash, tinned tomatoes, tinned vegetables, soup, pasta sauces, tinned fruit, teabags and instant coffee, cereals, jam, biscuits or snack bars, toilet rolls, shower gel, shampoo and soap, tooth brushes and toothpaste, nappies, sanitary products

Community Pantry Christmas Fundraiser

by Linda Philo

Community Pantries

Crich Area Community Pantries are raising money to provide Christmas vouchers for families in the area who will benefit most from food, clothes and toys at this time of year.

Click Here To Donate

Funds will be used to purchase Tesco shopping vouchers for around 60 children attending local schools (Crich, Fritchley and South Wingfield). 

Please give what you can by Friday 11th December. 

Thank you for making a difference to local lives.


by Andrew Auld

NHS panel in Crich Market Place kiosk

Hello, I’m Dean Wallace and as Derbyshire’s Director of Public Health it’s my job to protect the health and well-being of everyone in the county.

For the past few months, a huge part of mine, and my team’s work, has been to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in our communities.

But despite all of our best efforts, confirmed cases have continued to rise across the county, as they are nationally, resulting in the Government’s new national lockdown.

The new rules, now in force until December 2, mean you should:

  • Stay at home except for specific reasons such as work (if you cannot work from home) education, essential shopping or to care for others
  • Not mix socially with anyone outside of your household or support bubble inside or outside although you are allowed to meet one other person outdoors for exercise
  • Nurseries, schools, colleges and universities remain open
  • Non-essential retail, pubs, bars, restaurants, gyms, hair salons, entertainment and leisure venues should close although take-aways and click-and-collect services can continue

For more details of the restrictions now in place visit

The rate at which the number of cases continues to rise across Derbyshire is alarming with more people in hospital now than at the peak of the first wave.

I would urge everyone to abide by these new rules. If we don’t, many more people will die.

And if anyone is under the illusion that they’re not at risk, then I’m here to tell them that they’re wrong. We all have a duty to do everything it takes to stop the spread of this highly contagious virus.

I understand another ‘lockdown’ is frustrating but it is necessary to try to stop community transmission. This virus thrives on people being together so for a while we must remain apart to try to stop it in its tracks.

So I implore everyone in Derbyshire to do the right thing to protect themselves, their loved ones and their friends. There has never been a more important time to summon our famous Derbyshire Spirit.

I’d also like to remind everyone to keep doing what they have been doing for the past few months – washing their hands regularly, staying apart and wearing a face covering if they do need to leave their homes for specific reasons.

And if you develop symptoms – a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a change to your taste or smell – you should self-isolate immediately and book a test.

It is vitally important that you do not leave your home while you wait for your results or if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace because you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

If we all act now to lower infection rates across Derbyshire we can perhaps avoid an even longer lockdown and make sure we go back to the lowest possible local alert level so that we can start to do some of the things we love again.

If you’d like more information, to find out how and when to get a test and how to access support visit

Thanks for taking the time to read this. Stay safe.

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