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Secretary Mrs S. Taylor
During September there was an Open Evening at the Glebe Field Centre when well-known local historian Maxwell Craven gave an illustrated talk on Derby Town Houses. It was a fascinating insight into 18th century society in our county town and the clues that can be found today about Derby’s rich architectural legacy.
During the talk the new sound system to help the hard-of-hearing was tried out.
The evening was brought to a most satisfactory conclusion with bread and cakes provided by The Loaf – the new Crich bakery and deli – thanks to the new owners Andrew and Roger.

If you are organising a talk and want to use the WEA lapel mike and amplifier please let the Glebe know beforehand or email to arrange for it to be available.


English Castles: Medieval to modern

Tutor – Rod Pearson
The evolution of the English castle from medieval times to today. We will briefly review castles from earliest times before we move on to the ways in which castles evolved in response to changing demands for security and defence of the realm. Topics include the Henrican forts, castles built for gracious living, the ravages of the English Civil War, and the structures built for the modern era. It is hoped that there will be a day visit to a castle. Details of transport and admission costs (if appropriate) will be discussed during the class session.
10 Mondays, starting 23 February 2009, 1.30–3.00 p.m., at the Glebe
Contact Sylvia Taylor 01773 853468 or email


WELCOME to THE LOAFphoto of Andrew and Roger

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.”



Caring enough to raise money to help people with cancer

Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning

CHARBS ran their 7th Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning at the Glebe Centre, Crich on the 26th September. A good crowd attended and as it was advertised as a BRING and BUY Coffee Morning many people turned up with wonderful cakes, biscuits and pies, and items for the White Elephant Stall.
Your support enabled us to raise a wonderful £580.11
This includes £85 from the Popalong Mother and Toddler Group. They couldn’t get to the Glebe so they ran their own “mini” Coffee Morning at the Wesley Chapel on Chapel Lane in Crich.
Our thanks go to the Glebe for allowing us to use their hall for the Coffee Morning, and to everyone who contributed to the morning by helping on the day, Bringing-Buying, making cakes and just being there.

CHARBS Macmillan Summer Prize Draw

The CHARBS Summer Prize Draw, which we have been selling tickets for since May, was drawn at the Coffee Morning, and all the prizes have now been distributed. The main prizes were a weekend break in the Yorkshire Dales, a portable DVD player, and a Dambusters helicopter flight over Derwent Dams for which Pennine Helicopters kindly gave us 25% discount and £100 cash. There were fifteen other prizes kindly donated by local companies, theatres and cinemas. Our thanks goes to all these and to Ripley Printers for the tickets.
The profit after expenses was an astounding £1,201.
A full list of prize winners is posted in the Glebe Centre, Crich.

Autumn Quiz evening with pie and pea supper

We had our very popular Autumn Quiz evening with pie and pea supper at the Wesley Chapel, Crich in November. Thank you to everyone who supported us.


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.




Pleasure boat on the Cromford Canal, Hag Tunnel in 1912: Hugh Potter

The five miles of the Cromford Canal between Cromford and Ambergate lie within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. This is the longest length of canal within a UK World Heritage Site and we are pleased to have this opportunity to invite visitors from far and wide to discover it.
All events are free and there is ample parking at Cromford Wharf, as well as a good local train service from Derby and the frequent Transpeak bus service from Manchester and Nottingham.
Further details from or from –
Pat Morriss on 07989 282291.


WI logoPresident Liz Parkinson welcomed members to the October meeting of Fritchley Women’s Institute, held in the Congregational School Room. Jerusalem was sung and then apologies were received from four members. Secretary Jill Holley read the Minutes of the previous meeting and these were agreed and signed and then correspondence dealt with. On the 22 September several members went on a walk organized by Ros Durbin and everyone who had taken part agreed what a great day it had been. One member had attended the Autumn Council Meeting at the Assembly Rooms where the main speaker was Gloria Hunniford and the report will be read at the November meeting.
Our speaker for the evening was then introduced. Graeme Walker gave us the history and technology of Caldwell’s Mill at Rowsley. John Cauldwell had four sons and three daughters and originally worked at Amber Mill. In 1874 he moved to Rowsley where he started the Mill which previously had been the site of a corn mill and saw mill. With the help of his sons he gradually improved the business and he also continued to run his farm. Eventually his sons took over but after their father’s death in 1891 the sons split up and went to different parts of the country to other mills. The sisters who had no active part in the Mill then had to take the brothers to court to get a share of the estate, and one sister, Sandy, took over the running of the Mill until it closed. In 1974 the Arkwright Society stepped in to help with the centenary celebrations. A book about the history of the Mill was put together and the Society provided guides to take visitors around the Mill. Graeme gave a description of the types and grades of flour that are milled today and brought a selection of the flours for members to purchase. Graeme was thanked by Liz Parkinson. Refreshments were then served. The pickles and preserves stall was well supported.
The next meeting on the 12th November will be the AGM. The stall will have a Christmas theme and the competition will be a “Favourite Christmas Photograph”.


East Midlands Trains has announced exciting plans for a new direct service between Whatstandwell and Nottingham as part of its new timetable, which will be introduced on Sunday 14 December. The new timetable will offer some of the biggest improvements on the network in several years, with new services, more trains on key routes, faster journey times, better connections and a more regular service across the whole network.
Here’s how passengers from Whatstandwell will instantly benefit:
Through trains from Matlock – Derby – Nottingham
The new timetable will provide through train services between Whatstandwell and Nottingham, via Derby on weekdays and Sundays. During the morning and evening weekday peak commuter times, trains will run hourly between Whatstandwell and Nottingham. The frequency will then be reduced to one train every two hours throughout the rest of the day. The new Saturday service between Whatstandwell and Nottingham will start in Summer 2009, providing a much-needed link in readiness for the busy summer season.
Copies of the new timetable will be available from Friday 14 November at East Midlands Trains’ stations and on the website, Passengers can also register to receive their own personalised timetable when full details are released in November. Register now on
1) From 14 December, through services between Whatstandwell and Nottingham will run on weekdays and Sundays only. Through services between Whatstandwell and Nottingham will run on Saturdays from May 2009. The Saturday service will not start until the summer because of the rebuilding of Derby station which is being undertaken by Network Rail.
2) East Midlands Trains operates high speed long-distance services from London St. Pancras to Sheffield, Derby and Nottingham and regional services between Nottingham and Derby – Lincoln – Cleethorpes – Skegness, and between Derby and Crewe – Matlock and Norwich and Liverpool.
“The start of our December timetable will mark the start of a new era in train travel for passengers from Whatstandwell. Our direct trains through to Nottingham will make it easier than ever before for people to link with other cities in our region.”