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Community Walk with foraging expert Brendan McDowell

by Linda Philo

poster describing Community Walk

As part of the BBC's CountryFile Ramble, Active Crich for Everyone have organised a Community Walk with foraging expert Brendon McDowell. 

Fusion forager AKA Brendan McDowell is a Forest School leader, community grower, creative facilitator, mushroom enthusiast and forager. As a nature lover Brendan's passion is to teach and inspire people to engage with the natural world. From learning to grow and cook vegetables and mushrooms, to searching out wild plants and fungi for food and craft.

Join the gathering on Sunday 10 October, 2.00 pm at the corner of Top Hagg Lane, Fritchley.

We will take a gentle stroll through Fritchley Meadows and into the woods and back and anticipate that the ramble will take around 2 hours.

The event is free of charge, however, donations to Children In Need are welcomed.

The ground is uneven and therefore unsuitable for wheelchairs and prams. Please wear suitable weather appropriate clothes and shoes.

If you have any questions please contact

Community Walk poster

Volunteers needed for Crich Youth Club

by Linda Philo

Crich Youth Club logo

Would you like to help young people in our community? 

In June, 23 young people attended a consultation event and gave an over whelming thumbs up to holding a weekly youth club at The Glebe. We will be kicking off the Youth Club in October and the club will be run by a mix of paid youth workers & volunteers. 

If you’re over 18 and would like to find out more about being be part of the friendly and dynamic volunteer team, join us on September 23rd at Crich Glebe Field Centre from 7.30 – 9pm for our CYC Volunteer evening.  We’ll update you on our plans, provide information on the process and answer any questions you have. 

We look forward to seeing you there.

For more information email us at

Autumn Community Art Share

by Linda Philo

display of artworks at the Community Art Share 2020

The Autumn Community Art Sharing organised by Art Share Crich is just around the corner. The event is taking place on the weekend of 16th & 17th October at The Glebe Field Centre.

It promises to be an event for the whole community to enjoy, with art works made by members of the community, displayed alongside professional artwork by local artist collective ArtStand, who are holding an exhibition and art sale at the same time.

The event is free of charge, suitable for the whole family and refreshments will be available.

Saturday, 16 October from 11.00 am to 5pm

Sunday, 17 October from 10:30 am to  5pm

If you would like to share your art at the event please send a photo or description of your work to Clare Limb with a brief explanation of how it made you think or feel when you made it.

All artforms welcome, including craft work. 

Please ensure that your work is suitable for a family audience.

Meal delivery service draws to a close

by Geoff Brown

Dawn Harper with the volunteer drivers for the meal delivery service

At the start of the first Covid lockdown Dawn Harper, a professional caterer from Fritchley, started preparing hot meals for some of the more vulnerable people in the parish. These included members of the Luncheon Club who could no longer meet at the Glebe and others who were having to isolate due to health issues which could have exacerbated the impact of the Covid virus. During the busiest period she was cooking over 30 hot two-course meals a day. These were willingly delivered to the homes of the recipients by a team of volunteer drivers, ably coordinated by Cathy Bowness. The volunteers had originally come forward through the Crich Area Covid 19 Mutual Aid initiative.

Nearly 18 months on as the restrictions lift, she has still been providing meals twice weekly for a small group of older people who are largely housebound and/or living alone. A magnificent effort carried out quietly and efficiently by a dedicated group of people. But she has now decided to stop the service and focus on other ventures.

To celebrate, and by way of a busman’s holiday, Dawn once again went into catering mode and hosted a barbeque for the drivers and their partners. This was hugely appreciated by all and allowed a long awaited social where several of the volunteers were able to meet each other for the first time!

Dawn can be seen second from the left, with Cathy on the far right of the picture.


Crich Brass looking for new members!

by Linda Philo

close up of a trumpet

Crich Brass are looking to recruit brass players of all ages and abilities. Whether you are an experienced brass player or simply have a desire to learn something new they provide a warm welcome and can even supply you with an instrument and tuition Free of Charge!

The group rehease on Tuesday evenings from 7,00 pm at Fritchley Village Hall.

If you would like to book the band for an engagement please call 07796 801001 or email

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