Archive for May, 2008

The hawthorn blossom is certainly spectacular this year, as can be seen in these photos sent to us by Mike Goulden (taken from Pasture Lane towards Rainster Rocks on Friday 30/5/08).

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The last allotments in Parwich went at the end of the Second World War.  However, a few people have expressed an interest in again finding a place locally to grow some vegetables.  It could be an unused part of someone’s garden or part of a field.  If anyone has any land that they would be happy for others to use (rent could be in kind: vegetables or a bit of gardening) or if you also want to find somewhere yourself in or around Parwich please email parwich@hotmail.co.uk and we will pass the information on.

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Our 500th comment was left on PARWICH.ORG this morning – and for anyone interested in the issues relating to the history and future of the Spar shop, it’s a must read.  Our thanks to Stuart, for taking the time and trouble to leave such a detailed and informed analysis.

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Ideas for Sunday

Stanton in the Peak Open Gardens – 1-5pm with 20+ gardens open, cream teas, plant & craft sales.  This is a small estate village on a steep hillside with some stunning panoramic views.  There are twisting roads & paths by which you can explore some hidden gardens.  £3 per person, all funds go to the British Heart Foundation & the Village Fund.  It is within 20minutes of Parwich, between Birchover & Bakewell.

Sunday evening – Quiz night at the Sycamore – 7.45 for a prompt 8pm start.  This quiz has been organised by Don & Audrey for Project Parwich.  It’ll be a real good fun evening, a mix of questions & a chance to catch up with friends & neighbours.  Raffle Prizes will be gratefully received so look through your cupboards for any unwanted gifts or an odd bottle or two.

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Brassington Tour

For more details contact Andrew Robinson tel 202 or Peter Trewhitt tel 287

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Thank you to Chris Elton for pointing out a press release on the Communities and Local Government website. Hazel Blears, Communities Secretary, speaking to the National Association of Local Councils in Eastbourne on 21st May praised Parish Councils, saying:

We are seeing a new era of modern ‘parish power’. It’s high time we got away from stereotypes that parishes are sleepy, out of touch operations. Parishes are about local democracy in action and I’m proud to be strengthening their arm.

As the smallest unit of local democracy, their small size belies the big impact they can have. The truth is new parishes can revive democracy, and modernise communities by putting more power into local people’s hands. That’s why we are boosting the power of parishes, devolving more power from central and local governments to local people.

Our forthcoming Empowerment White Paper will herald a significant shift of power, giving people a real say over the local issues that matter to them – schools, hospitals, police and housing. We need to learn from the best, and many parish councils are past masters at giving local people a voice. (more…)

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We have just expanded our “Photographs” page to include almost all the original images that have appeared on PARWICH.ORG to date.

Click here to take a look, and then click on each image to enlarge it.

New images will be added to the top of the page on a fairly regular basis, so it’s worth checking back from time to time. There’s a permanent link to the Photographs page in the ELSEWHERE ON PARWICH.ORG section, over on the right hand column. You can also get to it via USEFUL INFO and the Site Map.

We’re always delighted to receive your photos, so do please keep sending them in.

Oh, and don’t forget the online jigsaws! They’re great stress relievers!

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