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Children at Crich Church of England Infant School have an unusual piece of science equipment thanks to funding from Rolls-Royce. The steam engine, which is worth more than £300, was demonstrated by school governor Reverend Horlock.
Headteacher Julie Kirk said they thought it would be useful to show the children the difference between modern and old toys. It will also be used as part of science and history projects. Miss Kirk said: “It will be really good to let the children see what it is they’re learning about.”
The engine will now join many other toys of yesteryear in the school museum.
On Monday 5 November, hundreds turned out to enjoy the local village bonfire and fireworks display. Thanks to all of the support, a significant amount has been raised to go towards next year's Crich Village Fête. If you want to give some feedback to the Fête committee about the event, why not log on to the facebook page and share your views.
Here are a few photos of the night. If you have any of your own that you would like to see in the next edition of CACN, send them to email@example.com.
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As reported in the previous issue of CACN, Barbara Swift is walking part of the Great Wall of China as a fundraising event on behalf of Arthritis Research. Barbara has now finished her walk but she sent her blog back to us here at CACN online - read it here.
You can also leave messages of congratulations for her on the facebook page.
If any reader would like to support her walk there is a sponsor form in the Crich Chemist where she works. You can also sponsor her online by going to: www.justgiving.com/barbaraswift. All the money raised will go to Arthritis Research.
A few of the scarecrows on parade throughout the village.
The Scarecrow Trail was most successful and popular raising £1003 for Crich Church Choir. A huge “thank you” to all who created the scarecrows and to those who supported the event financially.
The Headteacher of Crich Infant School retired at the end of last term after working at the school for 25 years, sixteen of them as Headteacher.
Children, staff, parents and governors attended a ‘Yard Party’ at the school to bid Mrs. Stinson farewell. She was presented with a garden bench as a token of appreciation from staff, parents and governors.
"Thank you for choosing this school for your child and thus allowing me to share precious time with them.
"I have enjoyed ‘almost’ every minute of the many years I have spent at this school and feel privileged to have been its Head teacher and teacher.
"I have been very fortunate to have worked with many wonderful, caring and hard working staff.
"I leave ‘my’ school with happy memories and wish everyone at Crich the very best for the future."
Photos: J Andrews & A Farley
Thankfully the weather held off and it turned out to be a lovely afternoon. The fete committee using some of its funds to buy a day’s sunshine was money well spent!
The event was opened by Barbara Haslam who has been very active in village life. She was the cub leader for a great many years, a receptionist at the doctors, school governor and parish councillor. Barbara still sings in the Church Choir.
The attractions included a display by the Fly Ball Dogs, our own village Egyptian Dancers and fire twirling. Music was provided by Crich Brass Band. There was also a flypast by a Lancaster bomber.
As well as entertainment there were many stalls where local organisations promoted and raised money for their cause.
A huge “Thank you” to the Village Fete Committee for all their hard work in putting together such an enjoyable community event.
Garry Maggs, Roger Bode, Phil Dolby, Paul Sayles, Joyce Sayles, Trish Howard and June Chorley please take a bow.
St. Mary’s Church, Crich held its second annual local schools 5-a-side football competition at Lea Green Sports Centre on Thursday January the 9th.
A great evening was had by all and congratulations go to this year’s winners from South Wingfield (pictured).
Other schools in the competition were:
Amber Valley Borough Council have a most useful site at: http://www.ambervalley.gov.uk
You can see information about your property, look at local planning applications that may affect you and see the actual plans, see which trees have preservation orders on them, check refuse collection details, check the weather and much more.
There are also so lots of interesting facts and figures about our parish.
Adrian Worthy and Michelle Redfern of the Jovial Dutchman married at St Mary’s on the 1st September. The reception was at the “Memory of China” followed by evening entertainment back at the Jovial Dutchman.
They wish to thank everyone who attended their wedding for making the day so special for them and were appreciative of all the best wishes and gifts from so many friends and customers.
Why do people go to Bali, Acapulco or Las Vegas to be married when everything can be performed to perfection in Crich? That was the view of the many guests who came from all over the country and beyond to our daughter’s wedding at the beginning of September. Very few had been to this part of the country before and not only were they clearly impacted by the beauty but mightily impressed by the warmth and efficiency of all the local individuals and agencies that seemed to be part of a concerted community matrimonial service.
First was the visiting photographer who framed his hands around St.Mary’s and exclaimed how the building just lent itself to photos. Then the bells rang out, the choir led, the flower arrangements bloomed and the sun almost shone. The reception was at the Tramway Village and here again everyone was bowled over by the commitment of the staff under Alison, some of whom must have done a 15 hour shift that day. Their smooth professionalism, warmth, patience and engagement not to mention the decorated trams, the extraordinarily delicious food and astounding views captivated the guests.
But all the surrounding service too was frequently remarked upon – everything from manicuring to police bollards to organ grinding, the good nature of the taxi drivers, the luxurious local accommodation with hosts who insisted on driving guests to the venue, the interest and conversation in the local pubs, cafes and shops. Good times were being had in the Jovial Dutchman as well, where Adrian and Michelle were celebrating their own wedding. And finally the PITZ who rocked everyone into pulsating oblivion at midnight.
As the visitors repaired to homes from Bournemouth to Barcelona and beyond, they took with them some very positive impressions and a determination to return with family and friends to see more of Crich and its surroundings.
A SIX-year-old boy from Crich has planted a tree in the National Forest as a reward for his family’s efforts to be greener.
Fred Parker planted the tree in his name at the Sence Valley Country Park in Leicestershire after explaining that he helped his granddad compost kitchen waste.
Jerry Sykes, information officer for East Midlands Homes, who ran the competition, said: “We ran the competition as part of the Emerald Project which is our campaign to promote our environmental policy and raise awareness of green issues among our residents.
"Given the choice of planting an oak, ash or birch whip – which is just a tiny tree – Fred and our other competition winner both chose oak, and then selected a suitable spot to plant it. There are only two planting sessions a year so over the course of the day there were hundreds of people arriving to add to the burgeoning forest.
"Both boys enjoyed the session and are looking forward to going back to the forest in the future to see how the trees are growing.”
Pre-School celebrated eighty-five years since Disney was founded on Thursday 16th October by inviting the children to dress up as a Disney character. They enjoyed a party-style snack time and even the teachers joined in the fun by dressing up!!
Anyone wanting to put their child’s name on the waiting list for Pre-School should contact Jeanette Dachtler on 01773 856784 as soon as possible – it is never too soon.
We now have a village bakery again thanks to Andrew Auld and Roger Bode who have taken over Allsop’s old bakery and transformed it into a specialist bakery, delicatessen and café.
Andrew and Roger issued a survey in CACN to residents to find out what they would like from the business, and locally sourced, quality products came up tops. As a result bread, cakes, pizzas, pies, quiches, hot and cold snacks and soups will be made from scratch at the bakery, and will contain no additives or preservatives.
Mr Auld said: “We are really excited and making lots of progress. It is all go at the moment.”
Natasha Wild from Crich Junior School has won a National Primary School Competition. The children had to paint something they would like to see and Natasha painted a picture of a girl looking down at some dragons hatching out of an egg.
She has to attend an awards ceremony in London and also wins a trip on the London Eye and a three-course meal.