Archive for April, 2008

Day 4, everything has to be finished and part of the team worked until 11pm last night, rumour has it that the bottle of port helped! This morning I just concentrated on the background, thousands of camomile heads. The photo below shows the use of various leaves to form part of the hills in the centrepiece and then primulas picked from gardens to create the folds in the gown.

This evening it was time to put up all the well dressings, however just as the tractor was loaded, it broke down and the heavens opened, not only with rain but hail. Would the boards survive once raised vertically?

The pictures really do not do justice to the nailbitting agonising as we watched the men lift the 5 sections into place. Stephen was up the tree with ropes and the others were either on the ground or in the trailer. Fingers inevitably squashed various bits of clay and this wasn’t helped by the hail which unfortunately caused further saturation and meant that some of the petals & leaves slipped. When we create the dressings we work from bottom to top, so that the petals are rather like feathers on a bird and any rain will just run down the petals & drip off, but if the boards are flat when it rains then it just soaks in. Using spare flowers we filled the gaps and stood back in the near darkness and proudly admired our painstaking work.

Don’t forget the Well Dressings are open from tomorrow, with the blessing commencing at 11am.

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In the papers 30th April 2008

I have spotted two articles this week’s Ashbourne News Telegraph relating to our area, as well as the darts report, but do let us know if there are more. Firstly there is a report on the planning decision by the Peak Park Authority to reject the application for an extension to Station Road Farm. The article focuses on the placing of planning policy above individual circumstance, though it does not mention that the Committee had the discretion to allow such an extension if they saw fit, and that it was a close fought decision. Also it describes the building as a cottage, not mentioning that fact that it is the only remaining working small holding in the Parwich Conservation Area. (See also our report and the minutes of the Planning Committee of 18th April when they come on line).

Secondly congratulations are due to Ballidon’s Felicity Edmeston who is near to qualifying for the British Development Squad senior endurance team. There is a good photo in the paper of Felicity and her horse Floriferouz. “Following wins last year in 50-mile and 75-mile competitions she recently finished 11th in a 75-mile competition at Sangatte, France, and later this year will be facing her first 100-mile ride.” Felicity will be organising an endurance ride at Biggin on Saturday 17th May, with some nine classes, starting on Hartington Moor between 9 and 11am. All the best wishes for Felicity, especially as a recent accident to her horse has delayed Alice Beasley’s start to this year’s Dressage season.

Finally there was an article that attracted my attention, though not directly related to our villages (yet?), namely that Ashbourne Radio will appear on the airwaves at 96.7fm from Monday 26th May. (Their web address is, though the site does not seem to be on-line yet.)

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This post is an update to the planning application post listed earlier this month. Information has been sourced from the search facility on the Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA) website.

There no new planning applications for Parwich, Pikehall and Alsop-en-le-Dale. There is one new application for Ballidon:

  • Ballidon Quarry – Non-Compliance with condition 5 of planning consent NP/DDD/0905/0907 to permit the retention of existing powders plants until 31/12/08 to enable the full commissioning of the new replacement powders plant.
    ID No: NP/DDD/0408/0367, 17-Apr-08.
    Status: registered, awaiting decision.
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A final decision has been reached for three of the applications in Parwich:

  • 5 – 8 Rathborne Croft – The removal of existing timber framed single glazed windows and their replacement with PVCu double glazed units.
    ID No: NP/DDD/0208/0178, 25-Feb-08.
    Status: granted conditionally, final decision.
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  • 2 – 11 Smithy Close – The removal of existing timber framed single glazed windows and their replacement with double glazed.
    ID No: NP/DDD/0208/0175, 25-Feb-08.
    Status: granted conditionally, final decision.
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  • Station Road Farmhouse Dam Lane – Construction of extension.
    ID No: NP/DDD/0208/0103, registered 06Feb08.
    Status: refused, final decision.
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The status of the remaining active applications remains unchanged, as follows: (more…)

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Don’t forget about the Peak District National Park Authority’s Open Meeting next week, 4pm to 7-30pm Tuesday 6th May at the Memorial Hall.  The Environment Group are currently preparing their comments on the Authority’s draft Parwich Conservation Area Appraisal, but they copied to us the following email sent to Sue Adam (

To Sue Adam (Peak District National Park Authority)

The Environment Sub-Group of the Parwich Village Action Group have asked me to contact you. As a group we have looked in detail at the draft Conservation Area Appraisal document. Overall we felt it is a well researched and positive document. We have some comments which are currently being circulated amongst our members for any corrections/editing/etc, but we hope to get them to you next week.

In relation to the Public Meeting next week we wondered if there was to be included any presentation to villagers as a group rather than only informal chat to individuals. (more…)

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What to do this weekend?

This weekend there are lots of local events to choose from & if you plan carefully you can do everything.

Thursday to Wednesday – Tissington Well Dressings – Food is served at The Stables and certainly over the weekend lunches and Teas are also in the Village Hall (I speak from experience when I say that these cakes are good).

Thursday to Monday – 10am-4pm  – Bradbourne flower festival & ‘affordable art’ show with refreshments provided.  The artists include national & local people.  Our own Ruby Hickmott, will be showing some specialist pieces and more of her artwork can be seen at the end of the month in Parwich as part of DART.  The flowers in the church I am sure will be impressive, it is rumoured that the men are also having a go.  The event is to help raise funds to replace All Saints’ chancel roof.  So come along, enjoy a great day out, visit this delightful Saxon church, remember to admire the views towards Parwich & you may pick up an art bargin – the next Damien Hirst!

Sunday – 3.30 – Parwich Methodist Chapel – Everyone is invited to the final service with refreshments being served afterwards.  All future services will be held in Parwich Church.

Bank Holiday Monday – Tea & Cakes at Alsop Church – 11am – 4pm.  The cakes last month were delicious, looking forward to sampling again.

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Don’t forget tonight’s illustrated talk organised by the Horticultural Society:

The English & Their Gardens
by Danny Wells
7-30pm Wednesday 30th April
Parwich Memorial Hall

All Welcome

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Here are a few words forwarded to us by Patti Beasley who is organising the PR for next weeks launch. The text of the Project Parwich letter is posted further down.

Hello Everyone – well by now you should all have received a letter, cheerfully delivered by Jane Harris and hopefully also seen the posters dotted around the village, inviting you to come to the launch of Project Parwich on May 7th.

While you are being plied with alcohol and enough nibbles to stop you from getting too tipsy we shall be explaining all about this exciting Fun and Fund Raising venture. It will be our opportunity to show that as always Parwich folks can rise to the occasion and get stuck in by having a great time while we raise money.

Don’t worry that (more…)

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