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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:


Derbyshire Mobile Library - visiting times in Crich and Fritchley

by Geoff Brown

Picture of a Derbyshire Mobile Library

Derbyshire County Council library service has two mobile libraries, based at Buxton and Long Eaton, serving around 150 communities across the county. These communities are visited once every four weeks and the mobile libraries offer a range of services for everyone including fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children, large print books, books on tape and books on CD as well as a selection of local studies books and information.

The mobile libraries have a lift for wheelchair users and people with mobility problems.

They visit Crich and Frtichley on Tuesday mornings. The Council have have updated their timetables for the the period 17th May to 23rd July. 

For Crich and Fritchley, the libraries will be visiting as follows, although these times have not changed from the last update we published.

Fritchley, The Green: 10.00 - 10.25 am

Crich, Market Place: 10.30 - 10.50am

Crich, Culland View: 11.00 - 11.20am

Crich, Cliff Inn car park: 11.25 - 11.40am

The visiting dates during this period will be: June 1st and June 29th.

For full details see the Derbyshire Mobile Library web-site.


Funding available for litter picking

by Andrew Auld

Keep Britain Tidy logo

Great British Spring Clean: 28th  May – 13th June 2021 – funding available

The Parish Council is able to support the Great British Spring Clean 2021 initiative by offering equipment funding to a local Community Group wanting to organise and co-ordinate litter picking in the Parish during 28th May - 13th June 2021.

If your Group would like to take a lead in organising Parish litter picking activities, please e-mail the details to the Clerk, Carolyn Jennings.

Your e-mail should include a brief outline of:

  • Your name and contact details
  • Community Group name
  • What you plan to do
  • When you plan to do it
  • Who will be involved
  • What equipment you need and how much it will cost
  • What your plans are for the equipment after the Spring Clean

This is the link to the Keep Britain Tidy website equipment shop.

Please do not purchase any equipment until your request has been considered and approved by the Council. Funding for equipment will be made on receipt of the supplier’s invoice.

Amber Rock Development - New Residents' Group Formed

by Geoff Brown

Picture of Crich Quarry

Further to the item posted on 9th March relating to the Amber Rock holiday resort proposed for Crich Quarry, this application is shortly coming up for planning consultation.

A local group called Residents Opposed to Amber Rock (ROAR) has been formed to to capture, manage and properly develop the points being made by those concerned about the proposal.

They can be contacted through their Facebook page  

or by email on

Crich Easter Journey

by Linda Philo

drawing of Bethlehem and three crosses

Come and visit the Easter Story - in gardens and windows around Crich!

Palm Sunday 28 March to Easter Monday 5 April

Easter Journey guide-booklets, activity-bags, palm crosses and Hope-together magazines will be available to collect from the Telephone Box in the Market Place.

This is for everyone to enjoy and think about the whole Easter story, not just children!

As well as craft activities, there is a short quiz for children with a mini-egg prize for completion. The eggs can be collected the weekend of Good Friday to Easter Monday (details in the booklet).

Stopping points will be outside the Scout hut, front-gardens in Bower Close, Chase View and The Common, a Market Place window, outside Wesley Chapel and the empty tomb outside St Mary’s.

Look out for the willow-angel up at St Mary’s, and a new willow construction at the Bulling Lane crossing.

The Easter Journey is being put together by members of St Mary’s, Wesley Chapel and others in the community, such as the Willow-Weaving group.

Please adhere to government social distancing guidelines.

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