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Committee Meetings 2018 – The Family Tree at 7.30 pm


10 January, 11 April, 23 May, 4 July, 8 August, 3 October, 14 November

If you are interested in joining the committee or would like to help out with the events then please come along or contact us via the website.


What’s been going on?


Bonfire Night 2017


The annual village bonfire event took place actually on the 5th last year and so was in competition with other community displays. Despite this the evening was a roaring success. The bonfire itself, put together by members of the village in Richard Hodgkinson’s garden (thanks as ever, Richard), and the larger than usual selection of fireworks combined to provide a lively and colourful display.

Mick and Christine of the Family Tree provided refreshments of hot dogs, hot chocolate and mulled wine which all went down well with those attending.

All in all a lovely village event which is popular with children of all ages from the area.


Carol Concert 2017


Our village Carol Concert this year was happily as popular as ever, with standing room only at Crich Carr School. There was a nice festive feeling with a mixture of Carols, a performance by Crich Community Choir and bible readings from the school children.

At the end of the concert the Social Club served up mince pies and sherry and Richard lead his traditional and popular sing-along with the children.

A great time was had by all. Thanks to everyone who helped out and attended


Winter Gathering 2017


Early in December the Social Club tried out a new event – the “Winter Gathering”. It was publicised with notices around the village and flyers (admittedly small ones!) through as many letter boxes as we could. In the early planning stages it started out as simply an opportunity for folks from the village to meet up and have a chat, catch up if you will, along with a little seasonal entertainment and refreshments. As it turned out there was something for everyone starting late afternoon and running on late into the evening.

The afternoon tea from 4.00pm was simply delicious with lots of tempting morsels freshly prepared by our hosts Mick and Christine at the Family Tree. Tea, coffee and sherry were also served along with a flute recital from two of our very talented young ladies of the village and an entertaining performance by Crich Community Choir.

Next up there was a Childrens’ Christmas Party with a marvellous magician, refreshments and even a little present from Santa for everyone. Although mainly aimed at the younger children of the village, the entertainer was a great success with all present.

Then from around 8.00pm there was live music, food, a small range of the more popular drinks and later on a disco. Even the writer found himself unable to resist throwing caution to the wind and trying out a few moves. Thought those days were long gone!!

It really was rather good with positive comments all round, including from folks from outside of Whatstandwell. Many of whom said they would come again if there was another organised in 2018. Well, keep an eye out in future issues of CACN as we think we may well try at least one more. It goes without saying that the event could not possibly have gone ahead without the involvement of Mick, Christine & Co at the Family Tree so a huge thanks to them and indeed to all who helped out in any way!


Dates for your diary in 2018


22 & 23 June 2018. Whatstandwell Festival


Following a successful trial last year, this annual event will again be held over two days. Commencing on Friday afternoon through the evening, then from early afternoon on the Saturday until late in the evening. The venue as usual will be at Hankin Farm where camping and caravan pitches are available for the adventurous. Watch out for our advertising boards nearer the time for the details, and of course the WSW Social Club website will be updated as more details of the entertainments on offer become known.


15 July 2018. Open Gardens


All proceeds from this event will go this year to the Peak District Mountain Rescue charity. Details of which gardens will be open are not yet finalised but watch the website later in the Spring for all the details. There will also be boards around the village giving details nearer the time. Last year’s was also held in July which was felt to be a nice time to see the gardens in their summer colours. And more chance of the weather being kind? Hope to see you there.