Archive for March, 2008

This evening the coordinating committee of the Village Action Group met.  Chair, Peter Trewhitt said “Despite our previous achievements, over the last year we have been in danger of being seen as the Village Inaction Group.  However that is to change“.  The committee have organised the following:

8pm Monday 21st of April
Sycamore Inn
A meeting of the Environment Group
This is an open meeting for all to discuss how we want to see the village environment be maintained and protected, also to specifically discuss our response to the Peak District National Park Authority’s appraisal of the Parwich Conservation Area

8pm Wednesday 21st May
Sycamore Inn
A meeting of the Affordable Housing Group
The movement to provided more affordable housing serving Parwich and the neighbouring hamlets has lost momentum.  If you need or may need in the future affordable housing or if you are interested in helping the cause, come along and have your say.

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Parwich Film wins Oscar


On Saturday night (29th March) there was a bash at the Whitworth Centre in Darley Dale to celebrate the work of Derbyshire Film. The project is finishing in its current form, having helped establish 12 local film groups including Parwich Film. Also various ‘Oscars’ were presented by Derbyshire Film to mark the occasion. Arnold, Sandra, Martin and Jean represented Parwich on the evening, and Arnold Chadfield received the ‘Oscar’ awarded to Parwich Film for Best Sound System.


Arnold and Martin with the ‘Oscar’ for Best Sound System


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All day Derbyshire breakfast

Yesterday, I met friends for lunch in Byways Tearooms in Bakewell. Inspired by Jane B’s ‘Well and truly replete’ post, I thought I would report back on the experience. I have been before, otherwise Byways is easy to miss, off the main street in Water Lane, and then up what seems quite a steep stairway. All the staff are efficient and friendly, and the couple who own it are local; Mr Swindell was brought up in Friden and has a brother and sister living in Parwich. The tearooms at the front retain their original Georgian panelling and character, but, with their mixture of different chairs and tables, they have not been over prettified. There is a newer larger room at the back as well.

The menu is straightforward, but the food excellent. Main meals range from All day Breakfasts, which I had to jacket potatoes and salads. Then there are sandwiches, cream teas and a good range of cakes. When talking later to Jane B about it, she said “Yes that is the place with the great tea, don’t they get a special blend from somewhere.”

Well, I was hungry and enjoyed my good Derbyshire breakfast, and, though it is not haut cuisine nor would they claim such, it is excellent food in relaxing and pleasant surroundings.

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‘Parwich’ as a Surname

I was ‘surfing the net’ looking at relevant links for the Parwich Film section, got sidetracked and came across a film director called Pete Parwich (not Big Pete and not Posh Pete, but Pete Parwich). The site for Nordic Film Days Lübeck in northern Germany (
) says the following about him:

After studying in Vienna and Dublin, Peter Parwich, born in 1969, found a credo in the words of his theatre teacher, George Tabori: “Humor is the absence of perfection.” Whilst this credo was a perpetual threat to the success of his studies in film directing at the Hark Bohm Institute, Hamburg, his present collaboration with the Schleswig-Holstein Film Workshop appears to have secured him in his mission to carry the Irish spirit out into the world.

‘So what’, you say. Well, I had been doing some research into the de Parwich family or families, possibly a junior branch of the Alsops of Alsop, who held land in Parwich in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Some locally orginating surnames like Alsop/Allsop/Allsopp/etc have spread and prospered, however, until now, I had not found Parwich occurring as a surname later than the fifteenth century, the latest occurrence being a Nottingham merchant. Is this Pete Parwich a descendant of the same family?

So if anyone knows of any other occurrences of Parwich as a surname do leave a comment, or email me at, or contact the Local History Society.

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Parwich on Facebook.

Those of you who are registered with Facebook might be interested in joining a group called “I come from a place called PARWICH“.

Aiming “to re-unite the people that spent their youth in the small village of Parwich”, the group currently has 35 members – most of whom are “ex-pats” – and is adminstered by Ben Laycock.

Note: if you’re not registered with Facebook, then you won’t be able to view the page.

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Direct Bus to Derby Stops

The direct bus service from Parwich to Derby that went every other Friday has been discontinued (as of 23rd March 2008). For the people that used the service this is a big loss. Now if people want to get to Derby by public transport (as well as to anywhere else) they have to change at Ashbourne. There is quite a good bus service from Ashbourne to Derby, but the Parwich bus does not always connect with it, potentially meaning that a 20 mile journey can take 3 hours or more, not ideal for a shopping trip or visiting friends and family in hospital. To commute to anywhere other than Ashbourne by public transport is an impossibility.

The 449 to Bakewell, which runs alternate Mondays continues as normal, which, unlike the Derby service, is not an essential journey for most of our bus users.

There have also been changes to who provides the 411 service to Ashbourne, so check for any timetable changes.

We are planning a section on the site covering transport links, so do let us know abut any public transport, taxi or other relevant information you have to share, or want to find out about. Also share any praises of or grips with the public transport serving Alsop, Ballidon, Parwich and Pikehall. Alternatively if you don’t use public transport tell us why not.

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Do post your comments!

We are getting lots of positive feedback on the site both in emails to the team and face to face. This is great, but we would be even more chuffed if you put your comments in the comments section under the relevant post or on the relevant page. This is a community website, but it will reflect the community more if as many people as possible leave their thoughts and ideas on the site.

You won’t be coerced into joining the team if you leave a comment, though we would welcome anyone who want to get more involved. You don’t have to have your name published with the comment, you can always use a pseudonym.

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