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Removal Recommendation Please

Can anyone recommend a good reliable local professional removal firm, used to narrow lanes and local conditions? We are hoping to move soon after New Year – about 400 yards to another Parwich address… so no long distance involved but plenty of manoeuvring delicate and or heavy stuff round awkward corners and up and down stairs!
We have heard one or two horror stories so are anxious to avoid another!
Thank you. Please leave a message on the blog, or ring us on 519
John and Marion Fuller-Sessions

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Good Ideas Wanted for Waste

Do you have a great idea for helping to reduce waste in your community or business?

If so, Derbyshire County Council want to hear from you.

We want to help local groups and businesses bid for a share of £800,000 from Government to help set up innovative projects to prevent materials going to waste.

Grants of up to £25,000 could be made available through the Waste Prevention Fund for projects which help reduce wastes such as food, textiles, paper and board, plastics, electronic and electrical equipment, furniture, building and demolition waste and healthcare and chemical waste.

To qualify for funding, projects will need to be new and not yet tried elsewhere. This could involve developing new services, or new products to deliver existing services in a different way.

We would decide which bids to take forward and would work in partnership with the relevant groups or businesses to bid for funding and − if successful − help to deliver the projects.

Councillor Dean Collins, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said:

“Derbyshire is a hive of business innovation and we want to focus some of that original thinking to look for new ways of helping residents and businesses to reduce waste.

“We are facing difficult financial times and need to cut our budget by £157 million by 2018. Sending waste to landfill costs the us £19 million a year which could be better spent on other services.

“Cash is available for projects which can help reduce waste, working in partnership with us. So if you’ve got an idea, call us on 01629 539776 or 01629 539787, email or find out more at”

Proposals would need to be agreed with us by 16 January 2015 and bids submitted to Government by 6 February 2015. Grants need to be spent by 31 December 2015.

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Buses at Risk

There has been a run on the Derbyshire County Council  questionnaires seeking our views on the kind of bus service  we would like serving our community.  The authority is closely examining routes and timetables to make savings.

The first 25  questionnaires placed in the Pump bus shelter have all gone. I have placed some more in there.

The consultation closes next Sunday but the mobile library will take  completed forms on Monday. Alternatively,  hand them in at the Ashbourne library or place through the letter  box (above the trough)  at Church Cottage, The Green, and we will hand them in.

Please tell friends or neighbours who might want to compete the questionnaire.


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Free eMagazines

eMagazines available free of charge at our libraries

Residents can now read free digital copies of their favourite magazines on their computer, smart phone or tablet following Derbyshire County council’s launch of a new service.

More than 90 eMagazines are now available free of charge through DCC’s library service. Popular titles like BBC Good Food, New Scientist, Marie Claire, Best, Hello, BBC Top Gear and Men’s Health are amongst the eMagazines on offer along with specialist magazines on subjects including photography, arts and crafts and cycling.

The eMagazines can be read in the library on a computer, or on a home laptop or PC, smart phone or tablet. Borrowers need to be a member of the library service – which is free to join − and then they can create an eMagazines account. They download the titles that they want to read and there is no limit to the number of titles selected.

There are no loan periods or returns so once the magazine is downloaded it can be kept for as long as the borrower wants and then deleted.

There is also the option to be emailed when the next issue of the magazine is available. All of this can be done from home but anyone needing help to sign up can get help in their local library.

Our Deputy Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Ellie Wilcox, said:

“This is an excellent new venture by our libraries and already proving very popular. I’m impressed by the range of magazines on offer and as they are free to download people can save quite a lot of money.”

“I’m sure that most people will find something that they like and they can download it in the comfort of their own home or while on the move onto their phone or tablet. It is perfect for a bus or rail journey.”

Residents can find out more about the eMagazine service at their local library or sign up online (opens in a new window)

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Ashbourne Leisure Centre Update

Opening date for £60,000 leisure centre upgrade

A £60,000 upgrade of the fitness suite at Derbyshire Dales District Council’s Ashbourne Leisure Centre is to be unveiled on schedule. From this coming Monday, 1 December, existing and new members will be able to use the new facility – an extension of the centre’s former fitness suite, featuring new equipment – followed by an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday 5 December.

The District Council successfully won the upgrade funding from Derbyshire County Council’s ‘Aiming High Fund’ to create an inclusive fitness centre of excellence, giving better access, equipment and environment for people with varying disabilities. A condition of the grant meant the funding had to be spent and the project completed by the end of December this year – and work started on 10 October.

It’s a welcome boost for the District Council following a blaze at the Ashbourne centre at the end of July. Investigations by experts and insurers means the centre’s pool will remain closed until the new year. (more…)

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As of 11pm Wednesday 5th November, our recent poll, here at, indicates that some 19% of respondents use the Vodafone mobile network and of these 90% have no mobile reception at all. Also it would appear that Vodafone reception is poorer than other networks, though only three individuals (9%) reported an adequate signal. (NB. If you do have a good signal, do share which network you use.)

A majority of respondents (91%) are in favour of local participation in the Vodafone Rural Sure Signal programme. (Click here for information on the scheme.) To move this forward, it needs volunteers to identify a site for the required unit and to liaise with Vodafone and with the Parish Council(s). The Blog Team would be happy to support anyone taking this on.

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Terry P would like to let people know about the potential impact neighbouring trees can have on household insurance:


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