Mappleton bluebells

Photos by David G

Calling Local Artists

Derbyshire County Council have sent the following:

Be inspired by Derbyshire Open Art Competition

Artists and aspiring artists are being urged to enter our annual Open Art Competition.

The competition has been running successfully for 33 years and is open to amateur and professional artists, including children. The resulting exhibition is supported by Tarmac Lafarge and the Friends of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery. Entries for the competition must capture an essence of why Derbyshire is special. The subject could be a landscape, a view of the artist’s home town, local people, representations of local legends or still life. Entrants can use most mediums, including oils, acrylics, watercolours, drawing, print, collage, manipulated digital imagery or three-dimensional work. The closing date for the competition is Saturday 13 June 2015. Our Museums Manager Ros Westwood said:

“Every year I look forward to seeing the entries in our competition and I am always impressed by the high standard. “The exhibition has been attracting a wide audience for over 30 years and I expect the same this summer. “I am delighted that we buy the winning entry to add to our art collection at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery which makes it available to view beyond the dates of the exhibition.”

Prizes totalling £2,400 – including a £750 first prize – are on offer along with the opportunity to display work at our Museum and Art Gallery in Buxton. Prizes will be announced at the preview evening on Friday 26 June 2015. Artists can submit up to two works which must be handed in between 10am and 4.30pm on Friday 12 June or Saturday,13 June 2015, to the Museum and Art Gallery on Terrace Road in Buxton. An independent panel of judges will select the winners of 11 prizes, including one for sculpture and also for work by artists under 22 and under 17. Visitors to Buxton Museum will also have the chance to choose their favourite while the exhibition is on − the Visitors’ Choice will be announced on 4 August 2015. This year the Visitors’ Choice Prize, supported by the Friends of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, is awarded in memory of Peter Low who was a key member of the Friends for many years. The rules and entry form can be found on our Derbyshire Open Art Competition page. For more information tel: 01629 533540 or email: The judges’ selection including the winning pieces will go on display at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery from Saturday 27 June until Friday 11 September 2015.

Thank you John F-S for this video clip (and for rescuing me from my struggles to upload it to YouTube):

Visitor Comments

A holiday cottage owner passed these visitor comments on to us:

Were it not for life’s constraints, we would move to Parwich like a shot. It is an idyllic village, lovely to look at, with friendly residents and abundant tranquillity. …… My favorite thing is opening the bathroom window wide to see ewes and lambs grazing right outside in the meadow. …………… We were made so welcome by the congregation of St. Peter’s Church, and we feel a part of the life in Parwich already (though at quite a distance). – visitors from Syracuse, NY.

Sssshhh Don’t let everyone know.

Open the Safe – Week 12

ots W12 8May15

Just in case you had missed it, this Thursday (7th May) sees a general election. In our Constituency (Derbyshire Dales) the candidates are:

  • Andy Botham (Labour)


    Andy was born and raised in Matlock, where he still lives with his family. Working for East Midlands Trains and an elected union official, he has been county councilor for Matlock since 2013.


  • Ben Fern (Liberal Democrats)


    Ben, who turns 23 this month, is the youngest person ever to fight our constituency and is the grandson of a former Headmaster of Parwich School, John Leslie Fern, who also was a Liberal county and district councilor. His grandmother Margaret Fern was a native of Tissington. (Note. Ben had contacted with information on his nomination as Liberal Democratic candidate some time ago. Sorry Ben that we have only just got round to posting anything.)


  • Patrick McLoughlin (Conservative)


    Patrick has been our MP since 1986 (initially for the old constituency of West Derbyshire, and now for Derbyshire Dales) and is a Privy Councilor and Secretary of State for Transport. He will be well known to many of our readers through his constituency work. (Note. Patrick has worked for improved rural broadband in Derbyshire Dales and been a long standing supporter of


  • Ian Wood (Green Party)


    Ian, a former lawyer, currently works as a freelance journalist. He lives with his family in Bakewell. His statement on the Green Party website includes “I would wish to see efficient enterprises – for example, those conducted by Derbyshire farmers – succeed against unduly subsidised continental ones”. He is Press Oficer for the Derbyshire Green Party.

  • Amila Y’Mech (Humanity)

    Amila Y'Mech

    Amila lives in Crich. The information Amila provide Democracy Club’s CVs includes “I am a truck driver, a musician, a therapist, a designer and builder of geodesic domes, an author, and the founder of an ecological and personal growth community, Elysian Fields, which has land and for which planning permission is now being applied.” He has two children.


  • John Young (UKIP)

    John Young

    John was born and raised in Derbyshire, now living in Idridgehay. He has worked in local and national government in Public Health, setting up a consultancy assisting industry in regulatory compliance and the process of tendering for government work.


See also Democracy Club CVs for Derbyshire Dales and Your Next MP: Candidates for Derbyshire Dales. We have tried our best to identify links for all the candidates, but if you are aware of any further locally relevant links do add them as a comment below.

A Visitor’s Perspective

Thank you to Pym Mumford from America for emailing us these photos she took of our St. George’s Day Parade whilst staying at Croft Cottage:


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