Archive for November, 2009

So, haven’t we seen enough of it lately? Why do we want to start collecting the damned stuff? It’s everywhere, after all!

There is nothing new about rainwater harvesting; it was even done in pre-Roman times. However, in the UK we are far behind mainland Europe for collecting rainwater. Around 400 new rainwater harvesting systems installed per year in Great Britain – compared to over 50,000 each year in Germany.

In the UK, we are complacent about our water. It’s cheaper than in many other countries, and only 22% of domestic properties are metered. Despite our wet weather, the UK is still classified as having insufficient water. (Believe it or not, Madrid and Istanbul have more water available per person than London.) The demand for water has been constantly rising, whilst availability is dropping. An October 2008 report by the Environment Agency warned that Britain’s rivers, which provide 70% of our water, will drop by 10-15% in volume within 40 years.

Water conservation therefore needs serious consideration. It has been suggested that households need to reduce water consumption by a third, and rainwater harvesting could play a significant role in achieving this target.

Of the 150 litres of water that each person uses daily, between 30% and 50% does not necessarily have to be of drinking quality. On average, 50 of the 150 litres are merely used to flush the loo.

In the UK, mains water is cleaned to drinking water standards – but as we’ve just seen, we don’t drink most of it. Energy is used to clean water to a much higher standard than we need for washing, garden watering and toilet flushing. Collecting and using rainwater for some of these functions can save both energy and money.

Rainwater harvesting systems, like the one currently being installed in the new Memorial Hall, collect rainwater from the roof and store it in large tanks. This water can then be used for non-drinking applications, such as flushing the loos.

It’s also worth pointing out that the government now offers 100% tax relief to business owners under the enhanced capital allowance scheme, whenever rainwater harvesting systems are installed.

- Kevin S.

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A blog reader has told us that the BBC have reported this weekend (see article) that villagers in Somerset have converted their traditional red phone box into one of the country’s smallest lending libraries. Users deposit a book they have read and swap it for one they have not.   Should we try the same in Parwich? 

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We would like to see as many people as possible coming to support our Christmas bonanza on Friday 11 December – all welcome.  It starts at 1.30pm and finishes at 3.30pm. There will be lots of stalls including Lucky Dip, Raffle, Refreshments, Puppet Show, Cake Stalls and Name the Teddy’s Birthday.

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What’s on Where this Week

December 2009
Date Time Event Location
Wed 2nd 6pm & 7.15pm Pilates Parwich School
Sat 5th 9am-10.45am Saturday Morning Rubbish Collection Parwich
Sat 5th 8.30pm The A52s The Sycamore
Sun 6th 11am Mattins Parwich Church

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Last week’s weather obs.

Last weeks readings:

Rainfall

in mm

Pressure

in Mb am

Pressure

in Mb pm

Temperature in ºC

Max

Min

Sun 22nd

2

996.5

994.0

8.2

6.1

Mon 23rd

18

994.1

996.6

9.1

5.3

Tue 24th

7

1000.3

998.4

11.7

6.2

Wed 25th

2

993.4

996.5

9.5

4.9

Thu 26th

1

995.9

996.5

8.3

4.0

Fri 27th

2

993.7

997.1

7.7

1.3

Sat 28th

8

988.6

988.6

3.7

2.2

Total

40

Average

8.3

4.3

The unsettled weather with cooler temperatures continues.

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Saturday Morning Rubbish Collection

I don’t normally post this information so far in advance, but as it is getting dark so early, you may wish to get organised today,  for the rubbish collection next Saturday.  The next one is not until 20th February.

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The Wonders of the Blog!!

Is this “match” a first for the Parwich blog?

Thanks to the blog Millie the Guinea pig has moved to Birchover to start a new life with Ruby the Guinea pig, also recently bereaved. They found our posting on the blog by googling “Derbyshire guinuea pig” – the wonders of modern technology!

We are left with a hutch and a run if anyone wants them. The run is particularly solid having been passed to us by the Websters about 6 years ago, who were not its original owners! We don’t want any money for them.
Rebecca 390318

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Increase in scams – Police Advice

Derbyshire police have received a number of reports from residents relating to security companies contacting them by phone offering home security surveys, alarm systems and crime prevention advice, stating that they will be in your area shortly. If they mention that they are working for Derbyshire police, they are not.

Some companies use high pressure selling techniques once they visit your home. If you require any security advice, please speak to one of the Crime Reduction Officers at Buxton police station by calling 0345 123 33 33.  (more…)

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This week the floor slab has starting being laid and should be finished by next Friday.  The rainwater harvest tank has been positioned and when fully installed will take most of the rainwater from the roof and it will be used to flush the toilets.  The photo shows the tank being lowered into its new home – and this is the only time it will be seen.  Work will be continuing tomorrow until early afternoon.

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School newsletter – issue 12.

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The A52s Are On The Road Again

Parwich’s foremost indy rock covers band will play in The Sycamore on Saturday December 5th around 8.30pm. Click on this picture for more information.

This will be a special event as the band has recruited a new member: Stan The Bass Man, who will be providing the low notes on the night. Entrance fee: £45 £25 £10 £3 £0.

The band will be warming up on Wednesday 2nd December at The Big Acoustic evening. The event takes place in The Rendezvous, Matlock. Several artists will be playing that night.

Come along and have some fun!

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Mummers and Guizers: December 12th.

The Brothm Mummer and Guizers will be out again in force this year, on Saturday 12th December.

Times and places are approximate, but will roughly be as follows:

  • The Knockerdown Inn (Hognaston) 1.30pm
  • The Red Lion (Hognaston) 2pm
  • Smiths Tavern Ashbourne (2.45pm)
  • Ashbourne Market Square (and environs) 3.15pm

  • The Bentley Brook Inn 8pm
  • The Coach and Horses (Fenny Bentley) 8.30pm
  • The Blue Bell (Tissington) 9.15 pm
  • The Waterloo (Biggin-by-Hartington) 9.45pm
  • The Sycamore (Parwich) 10.30pm
  • The Bristish Legion (Parwich) 11.00pm

Money raised will go to charities to be nominated.

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This evening’s sky

From JF-S

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This Week in The Stunner

The Asbourne News Telegraph can be bought at The Sycamore or accessed on line by clicking on the picture.  If anything has been missed, do send in a comment.

p1. Lionel’s death still a mystery  Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Ashbourne jeweller Lionel Webster, who died last month; he spent his childhood in Parwich.

p1. Narrow escaped from flooding Stores at Waterside Park narrowly escaped a repeat of 2008’s floods after a gully opposite the retail centre blocked again, causing water to gush over the road and in to the car park. (more…)

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Angela Dodds

Angela Dodds died recently in Belgium where she has lived for a number of years.  Angela spent her childhood in Parwich, her family living at Hallcliffe from the 1940s to the 1960s.

The Dodds family were an important part of village life and are still remembered by many locally with affection.  Angela’s parents, Major Dodds and Lady Crompton-Inglefield, are buried together in Parwich Churchyard beneath the chestnut tree near the east end of the Church.

Our sympathy and best wishes goes out to all her family.

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Leatherbritches Nursery has new stock in for winter and Christmas. Items include:

Christmas Holly Wreaths
Christmas Holly Crosses (from £9.00)
Christmas Hyacinths Bowls (£3.50)
Christmas Trees – Rooted (2-5ft)
Ornamental Lanterns (from £4.00), light up with tealights and candles
A variety of Winter Plants

Call in (daily 10am-4pm)or phone Bill on 571 / 07713 743295.

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Home wanted for X Box and games

Does anyone want our X Box?  It is the old version not the 360, but still works fine.

I don’t think they make new games for it anymore, but we have quite a few games you could have with it, controllers etc.   We don’t want any money for it, just don’t want to throw it away.  

If no-one wants it, does anyone have any ideas what we could do with it?  I don’t think charity shops take electrical items.  I did try to join freecycle once but it was rather complicated and put me off.
Rebecca 318

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Update from your Safer Neighbourhood Officer
November/December 2009

During the month of November there have been several incidents to report. On the 5th the Derby Mountain Rescue Team were dispatched to Dovedale near to Lion Rock where a 16 year old female had fallen and sustained back injuries. The Air Ambulance was also in attendance. All was well and the injured party was taken to hospital.

It was reported on the 13th by a resident at Tissington that a white van was seen taking a ‘flash’ photograph of their farm and on the 14th another vehicle, this time a yellow van was reported visiting a farm at Fenny Bentley asking if they had any car batteries they could have. It is very important that all suspicious vehicles, enquiries are reported to the Police, we can then check them out and update the residents with the outcome.

On the 16th a vehicle (Corsa) was reported burnt out at Alsop Station, Alsop en le Dale. Police attended and found the car was completely destroyed. Enquiries are still ongoing and hopefully a result will be forthcoming and will be reported in next month’s newsletter. (more…)

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What’s on Where this Week
Date Time Event Location
Wed 25th 6pm & 7.15pm Pilates Parwich School
Sun 29th 11am Mattins Parwich Church

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Ball Race

This afternoon saw the Ball Race to raise funds for next year’s St George’s Day Parade and associated festivities.

The rain stopped and the sun came out just at the right time.  Some 500 balls were raced down Pump Hill, with the first three winning their owners prizes.  Then all adjourned to the Legion for a barbecue.  For more photos    (more…)

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Further power cut today?

A Parwich resident was told yesterday that a further power cut was likely this afternoon because there is still further work required to clear the tree(s) from our power lines.

However Central Networks (tel. 0800 056 8090) have no planned cuts on their computer system (10am Sunday morning) for our area, so are unable to confirm this.  If we hear more we will update this post.  If you hear more please add a comment or email parwich@hotmail.co.uk .

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Weather round up

Last weeks readings:

Rainfall

in mm

Pressure

in Mb am

Pressure

in Mb pm

Temperature in ºC

Max

Min

Sun 15th

0

1000.7

1001.4

11.5

3.9

Mon 16th

10

994.8

995.0

11.1

4.0

Tue 17th

1

999.8

1003.1

11.5

6.0

Wed 18th

12

997.3

1006.4

11.8

7.6

Thu 19th

0

1004.1

1003.6

13.4

9.5

Fri 20th

6

1000.6

1009.4

12.9

10.8

Sat 21st

6

1011.3

1001.2

12.5

3.8

Total

35

Average

12.1

6.5

We have been lucky to miss the worst of the rain and the mild temperatures have continued.  However the wind may be implicated in the recent power cuts.

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Simon’s retirement

As most now know Simon is retiring from the Postal Service.  He has been delivering our letters for the last 11 years, always with a friendly smile and often going well beyond the call of duty.

You can still leave your messages and a donation for his present at the Shop in the Sycamore or with Martin and Jean at Gibbons Bank.

The presentation will follow the Methodist’s Xmas Concert in St Peter’s at 2.30pm on Sunday 13th December, when there will be mince pies and refreshments.   Every one is welcome either for the concert and mince pies, or just for the mince pies afterwards.

Please could you let Martin or Jean (tel. 529 martin@orchidserve.com) know if you would like to attend so that they can make sure there are enough refreshments for you!

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Don Lowndes in 1974 video clip

Thank you to Paul Foot for pointing out there is an on-line video clip including a short interview with Don Lowndes in a 1974 TV feature on Shrovetide Football at the Media Archive for Central England.

Click here to see the video clip.

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Last night’s power cut & more

Part of our area experienced a power cut from about 1am last night/early this morning (Friday/Saturday).  It lasted between three and four hours if my central heating timer is to be believed.

Some of you may have slept through it, so you may want to check any electrical timers.

Added at 5-45pm on Saturday 21st – I guess you would have had to have been on holiday to have missed the second power cut today.  It rather renders the above redundant!

Added at 9pm on Saturday – Eon (?Central Networks) report the power cuts were due to trees interfering with the power lines supplying Parwich and Tissington.  There is a possibility that there will be a further power cut tomorrow afternoon.  Hopefully we will be able to post confirmation of this tomorrow morning.

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BBQ & Ball Race tomorrow

Ball_Race

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History Society Quiz on Thursday

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History Society Christmas Quiz

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Grant Award Presentation

On Tuesday Parwich Memorial Hall were delighted to receive a £10,000 cheque which was presented to Jane Harris, chair of Parwich Parish Council by Derbyshire County Councillors, Simon Spencer and Chris Jackson as part of the Derbyshire Aggregates Levy Grant Scheme (DALGS).   Official notification of this grant was received in late August.

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School Newsletter No. 11

click on the above letter to enlarge (pdf format)

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Anyone ordering oil?

Keeley B of Parwich (or are you technically Eaton & Alsop?) is about to place an order for oil (domestic) so if anyone wants to order at the same time in order to get a bulk delivery discount, please contact Keeley.

(Emails to parwich@hotmail.co.uk will be forwarded for those that have not already met Keeley.  Also parwich.org would like to say a belated welcome to the three Parishes.)

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Seed heads needed.

Glynis is looking for some chinese lanterns and honesty seed heads for the Christmas Tree Festival.  If you can help, please give her a ring on 561.

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WI AGM

The Parwich WI AGM is at

7-30pm Thurdsay 19th November
Sycamore Inn

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Public Meeting: Landslip on the B5056

Last night the village hall at Tissington was packed, with standing room only.  There were 5 representatives from Derbyshire County Council including the Highways Department, the Principle Engineer for Structure and the Senior Project Manager.  Our County Councillor Simon Spencer chaired the meeting with aplomb, allowing people sufficient time to pose their questions and air their grievances before either asking for a technical response from the Officers or promising to look into the issue and report back via letter.

The 8 properties sandwiched in the middle of the road closure near Woodeaves are clearly being badly effected at the moment.  They are faced with many inconveniences that make their journey at times impossible, because of current work at Horsley Farm landslip – the site of the original traffic lights just south of the Tissington Ford.

Impact for Parwich – a summary.

  1. Work should start  just after the New Year with an approximate 20 week time-scale.  The road may open slightly earlier, before work is fully completed with traffic lights.
  2. Alsop Lane to have the holes filled at the side where vehicles have to pass – sooner rather than later, this road to be salted in the winter and attention given to the verges in the early summer because of the dangers of visibility.
  3. Brackendale Lane from Bradbourne to be salted and the cycle route posts to be more visible in the summer months because of the increase in vehicles needing to pass.

If nothing happens shortly we would encourage individuals to ring Call Derbyshire 08456 058 058 to report and press for urgent work to be carried out before damage is caused to cars and also to email Cllr Simon Spencer (email simon.spencer@derbyshire.gov.uk ) .

The meeting in detail. (more…)

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This week in the ANT

Available online or in the Sycamore, the ANT has the following stories of local interest:

p.1 and pp.20-21 – a community school for 100 years.  Photos and stories from QEGs’ 100 year anniversary fun day.

p.2: More help needed for crazy New Year jump – Volunteers are being sought to help with the annual jump off Mappleton Bridge.

p.4: Carsington path gets the green light – Carsington reservoir’s circular path will finally become a constant walk around the water’s edge. (more…)

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Yesterday the steel frame began to be erected, by tonight it should all be up and we will be able to see the outline of our new hall.

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The Peak District National Park Authority is asking people to help choose a £5,000 legacy to mark the 60th anniversary of UK national parks legislation. On December 16 it will be exactly 60 years since the post-war Government voted to protect the country’s most precious landscapes with the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949. You must vote by December 11th. Please note that you can only click on “View the shortlist and vote for your favourite” once, so if you don’t vote then you will not be able to access it again, except on a different computer.

Peak District residents and visitors are being asked to vote for one of six projects to create a lasting reminder of the significance of national parks for people, for wildlife and for the nation’s heritage. The choices for the £5,000 legacy are: (more…)

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BBQ & Ball Race

Ball_Race

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Photo Diary Week 8

Goodbye
We are delighted to report that we have seen the back of the drilling, no offence to the drillers.   As you have probably gathered the last two weeks have not gone as smoothly as we all would have wished.  This was due to mechanical breakdowns and geological conditions.  The drillers have been extremely concerned about the intrusion of noise levels in the village and have been very considerate.  Real thanks must go to those living in close proximity to the site, and particularly to Simon, Tracey-Ann and their young family for their positive attitude throughout; especially last night when the drilling had to go on rather late.

Tomorrow the steel will arrive and by the end of the week we should see the outline of the new hall emerging.

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