Archive for September, 2008

Bob Matthews Quiz – 9th Oct

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Shrub Sale

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A quiet anniversary.

Officially speaking, PARWICH.ORG is not much more than six months old – but strictly speaking, we’re a little older than that.

Exactly a year ago today, with no fanfare and no publicity, the very first test post appeared on this blog. It was a modest piece, which simply linked to a 1975 news feature on the notorious “Red House Raid” that had recently re-surfaced on the web.

Although four more posts appeared on the same day, this was followed by two months of “radio silence”, while we went away and discussed the pros and cons of running a village blog.

Would people read it? Would they contribute to it? Would there even be enough to write about?

As we could only find two other village blogs in the country – neither of which were being regularly updated – we could only hazard a guess, and take a leap of faith into untested waters.

Twelve months, 775 posts and 1,026 comments later (not to mention the 50+ “static” pages elsewhere on the site), it does rather look as if the experiment has paid off. And so, if you’ll allow us a brief moment of self-congratulation…

Happy Birthday to us!

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Click on newsletter to download as pdf, which is easier to read and can be printed out more easily

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Click here for more information on the two stationary engines

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We received the following warning today:

Residents should be extra vigilant and report suspicious activity, following a distraction burglary which took place at a property in Kniveton, Ashbourne, at 1500hrs on 27/9/08.

A male called at the property to ask for some water for his car and stole a wallet. Description: white male, aged late 30′s, bald head, clean shaven, wearing jogging type clothing. If you have seen anyone matching this description or have any information, please call 0845 164 1644, quoting crime no: 60599/08.

Avoid ‘sneak-in burglaries’ by ensuring that doors are locked, especially whilst you are out or in the garden.

Thank you
Trisha Mellor,
Community Information Officer, Buxton Police Station

  • If you have any information relating to incidents contact 0845 164 1644.
  • Derbyshire Constabulary can be contacted on 0845 123 33 33, or in an emergency 999.
  • Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Indian Summer?

What wonderful weather we have had over the weekend. Here are a few photos taken from Parwich Hill on Sunday afternoon to prove it’s not always lashing it down! Click on each picture to see it enlarged.

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The Mystery of the Disappearing Swan

When we first moved to the village we were intrigued by the swan that always was present on the water on the left-hand side of the B5056   between the Bentley Brook & Bradbourne Mill.  It obviously didn’t take us that long to suss out that it was plastic, albeit pretty realistic looking.  Visitors who came to stay often would remark on it.  But when did it disappear?  Was it the recent flood-waters that washed it away?  If so, where is it now?

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A tea time visitor

Just wanted to send you a photo of our little visitor who comes to share his/her tea with the cats most evenings.

Best regards
Robert and Cheryl

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Last week’s weather

 

Rainfall

in mm

Pressure

in Mb am

Pressure

in Mb pm

Temperature in ºC

Max

Min

Sun 21st

0

1024.3

1024.7

18.4

5.5

Mon 22nd

0

1022.9

1022.6

14.1

10.9

Tue 23rd

0

1023.2

1022.2

16.2

9.1

Wed 24th

0

1022.2

1024.6

18.2

9.4

Thurs 25th

0

1027.5

1029.1

17.8

11.9

Fri 26th

0

1030.2

1030.4

17.2

8.7

Sat 27th

0

1028.0

1027.4

18.0

3.7

Total

0

 

Average

17.1

8.5

Sadly the rain free days (15 so far) are due to end next week.

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Misdirected mail.

A letter addressed to Mrs J Bolton and a package addressed to Mr S Woods have been delivered to Creamery Cottage during the week. Neither the letter nor the package look like junk mail, and so we are keen to pass them on to their rightful owners.

All information gratefully received! Our phone number is 503.

- Mike A.

Update #1: Julie B has been successfully traced; thanks to Lyn and Jane for the info.

Update #2: The package has also now been claimed; thanks to those who passed the message on.

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Tom Chambers in this week’s papers

As part of our VOTE FOR TOM campaign, here is a round up of the various articles we have found on Tom in the last week.  Unfortunately you can’t vote for Tom this week as the male celebrities are not competing again until 4th October.

The Derby Evening Telegraph is certainly doing Tom and Strictly Come Dancing proud.  They even have a Vote for Tom section.

  • Saturday 20th Sept ’08: Is Holby City’s Tom dancing on air or just sleep walking? (click here to see article)
  • Saturday 20th Sept ’08: Family & friends all cheering for vistory (click here to see article)
  • Monday 22nd Sept ’08: Tom Chambers dances his way into next round … (click here to see article and video)
  • Monday 22nd Sept ’08: What the judges said (click here to see article)
  • Monday 22nd Sept ’08: She’s the one (click here to see article)
  • Tuesday 23rd Sept ’08: We go behind the scenes at Strictly Come Dancing with Tom’s Dad … (click here to see article)
  • Wednesday 24th Sept ’08: Star’s unofficial website is shining bright (click here to see article)
  • Thursday 25th Sept ’08: Pictures of Tom Chambers prove he was always destined to be a star … (click here to see article & slideshow)

The Ashbourne News Telegraph

  • Wednesday 24th Sept ’08: Tom has magic in his hips says judge (click here to see article)

The Sunday Mirror:

  • Sunday 21st Sept ’08: Strictly Come Dancing favourite Tom Chambers says: ‘I’ll wed the girl I met at school’ (click here to see article)

The Matlock Mercury

  • Tuesday 23rd Sept ’08: Dad’s insight into Strictly Tom’s success (click here to see article)

Do let us know of any items/papers we have missed.

Click here to see a list of the Tom Chambers related posts at PARWICH.ORG

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Funds raised

An amazing £450 has been raised so far for the Macmillan Cancer Support, at today’s coffee morning.  It was a super morning with lots of goodies to buy & a very resplendent looking raffle.  Thank you to everyone who supported this event and to Sandra & Rebecca for organising it.

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Pirate Night at the Legion


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Friday 26th September

Biggest Coffee Morning in the World
for Macmillian, Cancer Support

at Sandra C’s

9am – noon

                Cake Stall & Raffle,

with prizes and cakes gratefully received.

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October Film


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Well, postponing the previous date because of bad weather was certainly prescient, as we had the worst rain on record and a lot of people were too busy clearing up to have much time for any buying or selling.  However a new date is now planned:

Parwich Snail Trail Garden Gate Sale

This will hopefully go ahead on Saturday 25th October

So please keep everything you were going to sell and
pray for a good day!

More details to follow.

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Tennis Club Notice

Nia, even though Colin B is definitely wrong in suggesting you are unbalanced, it took me a little while to interpret your email about night becoming day.  I hope this makes sense:

Parwich Tennis Club‘s regular Club Night is moving to

Sunday Afternoons at 2pm

Starting this Sunday (28th September) the weekly club drop-in sessions are on Sunday afternoons from 2pm.  Anyone is welcome to come to play and check out the Club.

Hope to see lots of you there.

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Workshop/garage fire

Unfortunately the fire brigade had to be called to Parwich again.  Late this afternoon (Wednesday) three fire engines attended a workshop/garage fire by Dodd’s Hill.  Fortunately no one including the dogs was hurt.

Commiserations and best wishes from all at PARWICH.ORG to the K family and especially to Philip.

Let us hope that having had three call outs (the first being a false alarm), we won’t be needing them again for a while.

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Any information on the Calladine family?

We have received two emails from Sandra Yould in Australia, who is researching the Calladines of Parwich and Alsop:

I just googled Parwich and found your site. May I congratulate you all. It’s great – I even had a play with the jigsaw puzzles! (My husband’s CALLADINE ancestors lived in Parwich and many are buried there. We actually visited the lovely village for a day in 1999.)

and secondly

now that you have offered it would be nice if you could say something about a ‘down under’ cousin seeking information on the Calladines of Parwich and Alsop.

My email address is sandyyd@tpg.com.au

So if you have any information on the Calladines of Parwich and Alsop do add a comment below or contact Sandy Yould.  For more information on our local history see Parwich & District Local History Society.

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Our local PCT (Derbyshire County NHS Primary Health Care Trust) are holding an open event to give out information and find out about what people want in relation to NHS Dentistry provision (£450,000 to be spent) and the planned new Ashbourne (£20 million) health complex including the new hospital that will replace St. Oswald’s Hospital:

1pm to 4pm Saturday 11th October
Ashbourne Leisure Centre, Clifton Road

Copies of the PCT’s questionnaire on what people in the Ashbourne area want from NHS dentistry can be obtained at this event or downloaded from their website.

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The Stunner 24/09/08

Here are some items from this week’s Ashbourne News Telegraph that might be of interest:

  • p.3 “Tom has magic in his hips says judge”. (Click here for the text of their article on Tom Chambers in Strictly Come Dancing.)
  • p.5 Best wishes to PARWICH.ORG contributor Heather H who is currently with QUEGS in Northumberland competing in the 2008 Fieldfare Keilder Challenge final.  Do let us know how you get on Heather.
  • p.9 At various locations on Friday the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning will be taking place to raise money Macmillan Cancer Support.  In Parwich all are welcome to School View between 9 and 12am (for more details see post on this site).
  • p.21 Article on the Sycamore Inn’s winning Best Pub in the Midlands and National Best Community Pub (read our post), with a photo of Janet.  There will also be a feature on this in Thursday’s Derby Evening Telegraph.
  • p.21 Photo of the 12th July wedding of Alan Walker and Emma Bradbury that took place at Alsop Church.
  • p.28 Pirate Night on Saturday at Parwich Legion (see poster on this site for more details).
  • p.45 Darts results: the Sycamore won 7-2 against the Red Lion; the Shant won 7-2 against the Legion; and the White Hart won 6-3 against the Legion ‘B’ team.

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A successful night

Harvest Supper on Monday night was an evening enjoyed by almost 60 people, there was good food, good wine (as long as you brought your own) and good company.  A lot of work had been put into the event and we were very grateful to all those who donated salads, jacket potatoes & crumbles and those who helped in any other way.  There was as always a very successful and entertaining auction, once we know how much was raised we will update this blog.

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Parwich on Wikipedia

At long last, Parwich has joined Alsop, Ballidon and Pikehall in having its own entry on Wikipedia. The page only contains fairly basic information at present, but this will doubtless be added to in due course.

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Stuart and Rosemary Chambers went to support Tom Chambers (aka Dr Sam Strachan of Holby City) at the BBC studios,  Sheppards Bush in London for the Saturday Show and the results show on the Sunday 21st September.

 

At 4.30pm, having been in rehearsals since 9am, Tom is looking surprisingly relaxed – but maybe not.

 

Tom was a bundle of nerves as he and Camilla, his gorgeous Danish dance partner, were ‘first out of the trap’.  We were delighted but so nervous for him too, a very live audience with demanding judges!

Rosemary and I were joined by three prominent members of the Holby City cast, Michael Spence, Daisha and Maddy Young, they were so supportive.  Maddy and Michael gave some superb off camera tv interviews which we should see over the next few weeks.  The cast of Holby City will attend the show as regularly as they can, maybe we’ll see Michael Spence dancing in 2010.

We had such a great time in the BBC bar before and after the show, chatting until near midnight with other contestants in particular a hot favourite being Rachel Stevens of S Club 7. I can’t tell you how exciting and exhilarating it was, gorgeous dresses to look at and lots of other celebrities to meet and see – a bbc bar to use too – I would recommend the evening to anyone, try and get a ‘wild invitation’ via the bbc.co.uk Strictly Come Dancing website.  It’s a long day and it’s true you do see more on the TV but the vibrant atmosphere of a live show with the movement of boom cameras, technicians and all the contestants… Fantastic.

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Photos have been added to this post (Tues 23rd Sept)

Thanks to Val S for another literary masterpiece as well as champion tennis player.

I knew I was in trouble when I woke to the sound of Cher from my bedside radio….yes I KNOW our love won’t pay the rent but neither will it get a tennis tournament and end of season BBQ organised…..

Glynis (aka Drummond G) called, she’ll get rolls, beer and stuff, the Linnells are on sausages (obviously) and Colin B is organising the tennis; I get to clean and scrub two rusty dirty barbeques and plan some stuff for the annual dinner, my cup overfloweth.

All ready by 1pm. 24 highly motivated players were confronted by yet another cunning competition format, this time devised by Colin B……….And when I’m sad, you’re a clown …….. ….24 players – 3 Drummonds, 3 Smiths, 3 Linnells, 3 Beesleys, 2 Coates, 2 Yarletts, 2 Watsons, a single Fentem, a Chadfield (well done Sandra!) a Bunting, the vicar, a bloke called Richard and me – making 12 couples…I got you to hold my hand……

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Parwich School PTA AGM

PTA Anual General Meeting
6pm Tuesday 23rd September
at Parwich Primary School
all parents welcome

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Alternative Film Night – Tuesday

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Parwich Primary School Staff are organising a

‘Curry and Quiz’ night

on Friday 17 October from 7.30pm.

In the Memorial Hall

 
Tickets will cost £6.00 each (over 16’s only) and are available from Mrs Black and Mrs Wilkinson.

 
The event is to raise money for an Indian Music Workshop in school.

 
A raffle will be held on the night and you are invited to bring your own drinks and glasses.

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Peak Park Authority Community Visits

The Peak District National Park Authority are planning a series of visits to Peak District villages.  The first visit will be to Hartington on 30th September, when the Chair, Narendra Bajaria, and the Chief Executive, Jim Dixon, will be meeting members of the Hartington community.  Parwich is included in the list of villages to be visited, but we do not have a date yet.  If you want to be involved in the visit contact John Fern, head of communications, on 01629 816356 or emailing john.fern@peakdistrict.gov.uk.

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2008 Most Promising Young Farmer

As well as the Sycamore Inn’s award, last week also saw a young Parwich man receiving well earned recognition.  At last Friday’s Ashbourne Young Farmers’ dinner dance, Ben C. was named as ‘the Most Promising Young Farmer of the Year’.

Well done Ben from all at PARWICH.ORG.  This is especially significant as you were up against others who had the advantage of living on a family farm.

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Nearly 1,000 comments

It is positive to see so many people adding comments.  As well as approaching 80,000 hits, the number of comments so far is in the 980s.  Who will make the 1,000th comment?

Don’t forget the more comments you add to the site and the more new posts you email to parwich@hotmail.co.uk the more this site will reflect the interests and needs of everyone connected with Alsop, Ballidon, Parwich and Pikehall.

Also do let us know if you have any ideas for more supporting pages, or if any further local groups that want their own pages here at PARWICH.ORG.

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This Friday (September 26th) sees Parwich participate again in the largest coffee morning in the world.  It is of course the annual coffee morning for Macmillan, Cancer Support.  Please join in at Sandra C’s anytime from 9am-noon.  Cake Stall & Raffle, with prizes and cakes gratefully received.

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Harvest

What a delightful service it was today at the Harvest Festival, a joint event with St Peter’s Church and Parwich Methodists.  The church was beautifully decorated, every window sill full of autumn fruits and vegetables. 

Harvest Supper.  The produce will be auctioned tomorrow night at the Harvest Supper.  We are delighted that all the tickets have been sold.  We look forward to seeing you at 6.30pm in the Memorial Hall.  Any further produce, fruit, veg, flowers and cakes will be gratefully received because we are a little short of things for the auction.

Thank you to Martin C for sending in these photos.
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Last week’s weather – 21st Sept ’08

To quote our weather man: “Now we have a drought? Stand pipes next?”

 

Rainfall

in mm

Pressure

in Mb am

Pressure

in Mb pm

Temperature in ºC

Max

Min

Sun 14th

0

1022.6

1023.9

15.4

9.5

Mon 15th

0

1022.2

1025.1

15.9

9.4

Tue 16th

0

1022.7

1021.9

14.4

9.9

Wed 17th

0

1021.5

1022.3

15.3

9.7

Thurs 18th

0

1021.3

1021.8

18.4

6.0

Fri 19th

0

1021.6

1025.8

20.0

9.1

Sat 20th

0

1026.4

1026.4

19.6

9.1

Total

0

 

Average

17.0

9.0

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First Dance

(To view this clip in full-screen mode, click on this video a second time – then select “watch in high quality” – then click on the “full screen” icon in the bottom right hand corner of the playing window.)

Tom and Camilla were the first to take the floor on this evening’s Strictly Come Dancingwith a ChaCha.  The judges’ score of 28 puts them currently in second place behind Austin Healey and Erin Boag, however to make sure they are not in the dance off they still need our votes.  The results will be announced on the Sunday show at 8pm.  (more…)

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Denise’s Sponsored SkyDive!

Congratulations to Denise, and thank you to the Professor for sending this in:

She’s Done It! Denise’s Sponsored SkyDive! She’s a Star!

If you cast your minds back to July, many of you will have filled in Sponsorship Forms for Denise’s Skydive in aid of the Derby City General Hospital Breast Cancer Clinic.

On 19 July we went out to Langar airfield (between Nottingham and Grantham – and the home of the British Parachute Schools Skydiving Centre). The winds blew and blew, and if a jump had been made Denise would probably have landed in the Netherlands. We waited all day, and eventually returned disconsolate (to drown our sorrows in a pub in Markeaton).

Since then a combination of dreadful weather and domestic problems intervened to make a jump impossible, but on Tuesday 16 September we were told that Wednesday weather would be ideal – we should get there as early as possible. So we turned up at 10.30 – only to find mist and a very low cloud-base which would make tandem jumps for starters unsafe. The day went on and on.

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Tom Chambers is featured on page 3 of today’s Derby Evening Telegraph.

Stuart said Tom wants to succeed on the show to make people in the county proud.

He said: “He really wants to help put Derbyshire on the map and everyone should get behind him.”

Patti, who lives in Parwich, has known Tom since he was at school and is certain the village will back him all the way.

She said: “When Holby City first started we all watched the show in the pub.  He may be on TV but he’s still our Tom.

“If he goes right to the end, and I think he ought to, I’m sure the village will have a fantastic party.”

Extra copies of the paper are on sale at the Sycamore.

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£170 raised at Coffee Morning

An amazing £170 was raised at the Church Kneeler Coffee Morning today, this also included the sale one of the kneelers.  It was disappointing to see so few people supporting a village event, but for those there it was a lovely opportunity to catch  up with friends.  Thank you especially to Helen & Ian who opened their home up despite the damage caused by the floods, and thank you to all who donated, supported and helped.

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