Parwich is now the proud owner of its very own static defibrillator!! Thanks to Lottery funding, Waitrose and local charities and the organisational efforts of Martin C, on behalf of Parwich First Responders, villagers will have this kit at their disposal to use in the event of a heart attack when there are no First Responders available to assist.
How does it work? As always the first step will be to dial 999. If there is no First Responder to be dispatched the caller will be advised that they can get our static defibrillator and given instructions how to operate it. This equipment can then be used until such time as an ambulance arrives.
How will I know what to do? The defibrillator will “talk” you through what you need to do. However, training for the entire village will be provided (hopefully at the end of September) to ensure that you are confident to use it. Parwich First Responders strongly recommend that you attend this training so that you know exactly what to do to save the life of a loved-one at what will be a traumatic time.
Remember: the earlier chest compressions followed by use of a defibrillator (if appropriate) are started, the better the outcome for the patient.
Please watch this space for further information. We also hope to deliver information to each household.
As a number of people in Parwich, we have an LPG boiler, and have had mixed experiences in getting it serviced every year. There seem to be fewer qualified engineers around locally who can offer this, but I wonder if anyone has a good reliable LPG engineer recommendation they could offer?
We are moving to Creamery Lane at the end of the month, I wondered if anyone has had experience of using a “Vodafone Sure Signal” device in their homes to boost the reception for Vodafone or Orange mobiles (currently no signal at all). We are aware that we will get a good 02 signal in the house but as we all still have existing contracts with Vodafone and Orange, I am investigating to see if we can avoid having to have two contracts each for the next year!!
We have contacted customer services at Royal Mail delivery and discovered there has been an incident in the Alfreton area whereby post has been wilfully delayed by an employee. Some of the mail concerned was for DE6 and may explain why certain items of post we were expecting have not arrived.
Apparently the mail has been recovered and will be posted out. That is all I can tell you but maybe might explain why others in Parwich have not received expected mail.
Is anyone else having problems with their e-on electricity bills? I received, this lunchtime, an electric bill for the last quarter, based apparently on actual readings, that amounts to well over twice the normal charges for the full year. This would mean I have increased my consumption some eight fold. This is for a one-roomed cottage, in a very mild winter, when I had been away for nearly four weeks of that time. A near neighbour reports they are currently in dispute with e-on in a similar situation.
This means that our Grey bin and food caddy collection this week is on Wednesday as normal, but that next week’s recycling (Green bin, Blue bin and food caddy) collections are a day later on Thursday 26th April. Local collection days are shown on our Diary page here at parwich.org.
Encore Reuse is a furniture recycling charity based in Ashbourne and they are in need of your good quality unwanted furniture, electrical’s and bric-a-brac. They take:
sofa’s, armchairs & beds (must have fire safety labels attached)
tables & chairs
chest of drawers & dressing tables
utensils, crockery & glassware
pictures & decorative housewares
working electrical items ( PAT tests are carried out on site)
How do I donate items?
You can either drop them off at Henmore Trading Estate Warehouse on Mayfield Road, Ashbourne (Mon-Fri 9.00-4.30 or Sat 9.00-2:30) or arrange free collection of larger items by telephoning Encore Reuse on 01335 300907.
You can also visit Encore Reuse or their adjoining upcycling shop Vintage Green to view/purchase their low cost furniture.
A number of people on the local exchange received a mystery phone call in the early hours of this morning. At approximately 2.20am their phones rang until answered, but they then were greeted with approximately 20 seconds of silence before the line went dead.
1471 responded with ‘we do not have the caller’s number’. So far we are aware of six local numbers involved (the numbers are not consecutive, the last three digits ranging from the 200s to the 600s). Interesting that all seemed to be rung around the same time. Any answers to this mystery?
Updated 3.15pm: although not every one got this night time call, a significant proportion of Parwich seemed to have been woken.
Somewhat belatedly here is an update on the situation re. the ‘bring’ recycling point at the Sycamore Inn. The general recycling here has now been removed.
Following a reader request we ran an on-line poll here at parwich.org on this ‘bring’ recycling point, to which some 78 individuals responded, with a large minority (45%) in favour of retaining some form of central recycling point in Parwich (click here to see our report in pdf format). This report was sent to the Parish Council, who were supportive of the need to retain some form of central recycling point in Parwich (click here to see their response posted here at parwich.org).
We also forwarded it to our District Council, Sir Richard FitzHerbert, along with a request for further discussion of what action could be taken to enable some central recycling to continue in Parwich. He passed the information on to Heidi McDougall (Head of Environmental Services) asking her to respond on his behalf. She has sent a full email (the text of her response is reproduced at the end of this post), explaining reasons why it would not be possible to retain the then existing service at the Sycamore. The District Council is strongly stating that any problems residents have must be dealt with on a house by house basis. Residents can contact the waste helpline on 01629 761122 to discuss their own particular situation.
So far, despite the strong views last spring, there is no consensus on individual street lights with only small numbers voting, however on the overall poll there has been 39 votes with strong support for the idea of part night lighting (77%), with making all lights part night the most popular option (31%). Do continue to vote!
Placing it at the edge of your property on your green/recycling day collection (between 2 – 31 January). Trees should be no longer than 5 feet in length so it may be necessary to break/saw the tree into a manageable size. Please remove the decorations and plant pot.
Has anyone noticed broadband speeds dropping in the evenings recently? Last night, for instance, it was incredibly slow just to load up web pages. I am with TalkTalk.
Previously when this problem has been raised before it was a matter of which service provider you used. Have other readers noticed any change in their broadband?
(Note. I am using AOL TalkTalk at present but receive a very variable download speed, it varies by a factor of 1,000, between aprox. 2 or 3am, when there is a good speed and 8 or 9pm when it is virtually unusable. I plan to change providers when I move. It does seem to have got worse recently. Peter T)
Grey bins and food caddies will be emptied a day earlier on Christmas week (Tuesday December 24th), and recycling bins/food caddies will be emptied a day later on the following week (Thursday January 2nd).
Success of the household recycling collections means that Derbyshire Dales District Council are considering reducing the number of ‘bring’ recycling points. The sites under consideration for closure includes the one at the Sycamore Inn.
A council spokesman says:
Derbyshire Dales can probably now boast the top home recycling figure in the county thanks to local people recycling 8% more than at this time last year. Everything that can be recycled at bring sites can now be recycled at home.
We always anticipated the convenience of the household scheme would impact on our bring sites – that’s why we agreed to annually review the contract with H W Martin. To ensure the contract continues at no cost to Dales Council Tax payers it makes sense to close sites that require long travel distances or currently produce very low recycling yields.
We will of course clean and remove any screening from the sites that are scheduled to close and monitor each site to identify any potential fly-tipping issues.
What do you think about this in relation to the Parwich ‘bring’ recycling point at the Sycamore Inn? Do you still take any recycling to the containers at the pub? Do complete the poll below and add comments to this post.
How have you been effected by part-night street lighting so far? At the time, our Councillor, Simon Spencer, expressed a strong commitment to responding to any changes we felt were needed once we had experience of part-night street lighting. After Christmas, here at parwich.org, we will be offering readers a chance to have their say again. This will include polls on individual lights where our readers’ wishes were previously over ruled, and any other street lights that our readers have subsequently raised.
Let us know, using the comments facility with this post, about any street lights that you want to ask Derbyshire County Council to reconsider (be it part-night lights you feel should be on all night, or all night lights you feel only need to be on part-night) and we will include them in our review.
Reading on the blog that super-fast broadband will be here in the next ten years, would anyone know of a reliable broadband supplier at the moment with decent speeds? I am looking for a bundle with anytime calls. Look forward to any comments.
Thanks, Terry P.
Note: There was some previous discussion of broadband speed in February this year and, more relevant, of recommended providers in 2010, but things are likely to have changed since then.
A £27.67 million project to transform broadband speeds for thousands more businesses and residents across Derbyshire was announced today
Derbyshire County Council, which has spearheaded the Digital Derbyshire programme, has signed a contract with BT to make fibre broadband available to a further 88,000 premises across the county, bringing access to more than 95 per cent of homes and businesses by 2016. The project builds on BT’s existing commercial fibre deployment in the county.
The project aims to ensure that the remaining premises will also see an uplift in speed and deliver a minimum of 2Mbps or more to almost all homes and businesses, fast enough to use online services such as BBC iPlayer.
The council chose BT to work in partnership on its Digital Derbyshire programme after an extensive procurement process using the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) framework.
BT is contributing £12.87 million to the project while Derbyshire County Council is contributing £4.9 million. A further £7.4 million is coming from the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) funds as well as £2.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Openreach, BT’s local network division, will now begin the work on the ground with engineers surveying locations around the county and analysing the best way to roll out the network and to identify which areas of the county will be upgraded for fibre broadband. There will be a phased approach to the roll-out, with the first areas predicted to be upgraded in 2014.
Fibre to the Cabinet will be the main technology deployed. This can deliver wholesale downstream speeds of up to 80Mbps, and upstreamspeeds of up to 20Mbps. Fibre to the Premises technology − delivering ultra-fast wholesale speeds of up to 330Mbps − will also be deployed in certain areas and will be available on demand throughout the fibre footprint should local businesses want the ultra-fast speeds it offers.
We get a lot of information and press releases from the County and District Councils and the Peak Park Authority. Many are not of specific interest to our immediate area or are too general for parwich.org. However today there are few that may be of tangential interest to some of our readers, not enough to warrant separate posts, but perhaps worth a brief listing here:
Serco agreed to pay £75,000 to cover costs incurred by Derbyshire Dales District Council in tackling a series of problems with the launch of a new waste and recycling service. The good news is the new contract is now working well and, in addition to saving Dales Council Tax payers £385,000 a year, has increased recycling rates to almost 50% – one of the best figures in Derbyshire. Click here for more details.
Our Aga is broken and the engineers Phil suggested “Blakemore & Chell” but they don’t service electric Agas. Neither could/would they recommend anyone. Can anyone recommend a service engineer for electric Agas?
You can also find a link to this document on our INFO page, on the SITE MAP, and in the ELSEWHERE ON PARWICH.ORG section of the sidebar to your right. Weekly details are also published on our DIARY page, and on the weekly “What’s On” posts.
This email has been sent to the blog by Parwich Parish Council, the following appeared in a circular from Rural Action Derbyshire and provides information from a charity offering refurbished computers with some software and a warrenty for people in rural areas at a small cost.
Arthur Rank Centre – Computers for Rural People
Living in a rural area, whether on a farm miles from anywhere, or even in a country town, means spending time and money travelling about to get things done.
Email and Internet provide enormous opportunities when you can’t just pop round the corner to the shop or library etc, yet computers are usually expensive items, and few people want to buy one “just to see if one day it might be useful”. Once you have one and know how to use it, and appreciate what it can do, you don’t mind paying but that first step is often inhibited by the cost.
The Arthur Rank Centre is committed to supporting the rural community, and has set up the “Computers for Rural People” scheme to provide computers at very low cost to encourage people to take the first step. (more…)
Free caddy liners distributed across the Derbyshire Dales
The distribution of free compostable caddy liners to all 33,000 households across the Derbyshire Dales is set to be completed this week.
An annual supply of liners for residents’ kitchen food caddies was part of the agreement between Derbyshire Dales District Council and contractor Serco when a new recycling service was launched last autumn.Residents received an initial supply of the liners with their new recycling containers from October last year. From now on they will receive a free annual supply of 52 liners each year.
Additional liners can be bought online at www.caddyliners.com or from the District Council’s reception desks at the Town Hall in Matlock, Bakewell Agricultural Centre and the leisure centres in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and Wirksworth.
A District Council spokesperson said: “Local people might notice their annual supply of caddy liners differs from the initial supply as these have no printing on them, but they do comply with the strict compostable standards set by the recycling company.It’s important that only liners approved by the District Council are used to transfer food waste from kitchen caddies to kerbside caddies for the weekly collection. Alternatively, our message to residents is don’t use a liner at all; simply wash out your kitchen caddy after use.”
We would like to introduce our services. We have 12 wheelchair accessible vehicles available for hire for trips out etc. during the week, evenings and weekends. Our vehicles range from 12 seats to 16 seats. (more…)
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The final results for our Street Light polls have now been counted. It may be possible to still vote for several days, but these votes will not be included in the information sent to Derbyshire County Council (DCC).
PARWICH.ORG readers supported the general principle of ‘part night lighting with decisions being made on a light by light basis’. The poll results agreed with DCC’s proposals for 16 lights, did not reach any consensus for one light, and disagreed with the proposals for 16 lights.
There is a clear recommendation that more lights be part night than the County Council proposes, (more…)