Archive for October, 2008


There were some very scary creatures prowling the streets of Parwich this evening! If you were brave enough to  open your door, you were highly likely to be confronted by a monster, a witch or a vampire! Well done to all who transformed into creepy creations. We were all very very spooked!

If you have any creepy pics, email them to and we’ll put them here on the ‘gruesome gallery’!

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Trick or Treat Take 32

In my heart of heart I don’t really like Halloween, it’s not so much Halloween but the Trick & Treating, it’s yet another Americanism that we have adopted.  However the effort put in by all the callers tonight was amazing from Witches to Devils, Bin Laden to Skeletons – well done to you all.  We had 32 youngsters call, and it was a pleasure to see them all.  Admittedly they were scary, but all had a smile and a thankyou.  I made up 28 bags of sweets and I’m sorry that the final group had to share – I’ll do better next year.  

The youth of Parwich do us proud.

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Trick or Treat

Come ‘Trick or Treating’ with PARWICH.ORG

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Select which you want by clicking above.  (If you have enjoyed this you might want to consider giving us a treat by making a small donation to Project Parwich.)

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Planning surgery in Parwich

Are you thinking about making a planning application but want to informally discuss the issues with the Peak Park Planners? Is it difficult for you to arrange to meet Officers during office hours? Then this is for you:

Peak District National Park Authority Planning Surgery
5pm to 8pm Wednesday 12th November
Parwich Memorial Hall

This is the second in a series of surgeries planned across the Park. For more information and to book a slot phone the Peak District National Park Authority Customer Services team on 01629 816200.  (more…)

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Happy Halloween

Tomorrow the 1st November is All Saints Day, making the 31st of October ‘All Saints or All Hallows Eve’; this has been elided to give us the name Halloween.  The 2nd of November is All Souls Day when we remember all who have died, but most particularly our departed friends and family.

There are a wide range of customs liked to these festivals including: visiting family graves at this time, to decorate with flowers or lighted candles; watching over family graves through the night; taking food to the graveyards for a family picnic but with provision also being made for the needs of the dead; or leaving food out in your own home for any deceased relatives who make use of the this time of year to visit their old haunts.

Aspects of these grew out of older pagan traditions, including the Celtic Samhain, the night of the 31st October when it was believed that the doors between this world and the next were open so that the dead could return during the hours of darkness.

An associated British tradition is the telling of ghost stories and tales of the supernatural.  There are a number of local ghost stories: there are the various ghosts of highwaymen on the A515, usually Dick Turpin, associated with the old Newhaven Inn and the Bull i’the Thorn; there are ‘the things that go bang’ in the night at Hallgates in Parwich; there is the mysterious horseman at Two Dales Barn; there is the mysterious beast of Carsington (sightings started in the 1990s); and even UFOs over Minninglow.  Do feel free to add your ghost stories as comments below, or email them to to be made into separate posts.  (more…)

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Dawn over Parwich

Thank you Mike G for this photo taken last Saturday:

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Parish magazine now online

The November magazine for the parishes of Parwich, Alsop, Fenny Bentley, Thorpe and Tissington has just been printed – and for the first time it is now available online by clicking here.

There are usually a few spare copies of each month’s magazine in the respective parish churches, and in the Sycamore Inn in Parwich – or to have it delivered to your door each month (cost £5 per annum) contact Andrew Robinson on 390202.


The magazine covers both church and general community matters for the five parishes and is well worth reading regularly.  Contributions are welcome and can be emailed to me by 20th November for the December/January issue.


For a number of years Professor Young very ably edited the magazine, and when he stepped down I took over on what was always intended to be a temporary basis.  Obviously a new editor will now be needed – any offers?  The work is now made much easier by the fact that the great majority of contributions are sent by email.  The editor has a certain amount of scope for creative input, under the general oversight of a committee of people from the various churches (which, however, has not met for a very long time!).  Contact me if you would like to know more and could perhaps help in this way.


Christopher Harrison

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Halloween Party on Saturday

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Have you made a will?

Wills serve many purposes over and above ensuring your worldly goods end up going where you want them to.  They affirm our relationship to the world, and are an opportunity for us to have positive consequences even when we have died.  Not least we would know a lot less about local and family history with out them.

Frighteningly 60% of the British population have not made a will.  If you have a will, is it up to date? The charity Will Aid is launching November as ‘national make a will month’.

Participating solicitors give their time for free to make up new wills or to up-date existing wills.  The testator (the person whose will it is) is then asked to make a donation to the Charity, which supports various other organisations, including actionaid, the British Red Cross, Christian Aid, Help the Aged, NSPCC and Save the Children.

Ms Ann Weaver of the Ashbourne branch of Flint Bishop is one of the participating solicitors, however you can click here to find out about other participating solicitors.


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Get well Allie!

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Post Card from China

Hi Team

I am sitting here in my hotel room in Guilin, South West China on a hot and very humid afternoon, and it seems a small miracle that I can log on and catch up with all the news from home. I can see the famous steep sided mountains poking up up through the mist and hear the sound of Chinese drummers and protesters – someone always seems to be protesting here.

We wake to the sound of Chinese music and the sight of hundreds of workers of all ages doing their morning Tai Chi and then I log on to see beautiful Autumnal shots of Parwich and news of ‘Strictly’ – surreal.

Anyway, love and fond thoughts to you all,

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This week’s News Telegraph

Local items are a little thin in this week’s Ashbourne News Telegraph, not even mention of Tom or Debbie:

  • p.6 Planning application to move the garage and build an extension at Catlow in Parwich.
  • p.7 Feature with photograph on last week’s Indian music presentation in Parwich School.
  • p.31 Gardener’s Cottage is indicated on Bagshaw’s advert as under offer, so the Parwich property market has not completely stalled.

Here are some other items of possible interest: (more…)

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Caravan Security Alert

For residents with caravans, please be aware of the following incident reported to the Police.

Between 25-26th October, offender(s) forced entry to a caravan and disconnected the alarm box causing damage. They also damaged the front hitchlock area in an attempt to steal the caravan but may have been disturbed.

This caravan was stored at farm premises in Kniveton, Ashbourne. Please check the security of your caravans.

Report any suspicious incidents to the Police.

Thank you.
Trisha Mellor
Community Information Officer, Buxton Police Station

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Parwich & District Local History Society are organising two related events: a trip to see Sir Gawaine & the Green Knight, staged by the New Perspectives Theatre Company, and a walk to Lud’s Church, the Green Chapel in the story.

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Last night’s ‘It Takes Two’

Tom was interviewed on last night’s ‘It Takes Two’.

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Have your say on the allocation of Derbyshire Constabulary’s budget in relation to their priorities for 2009/10 by going along to one of their four consultation meetings in Derby, Chesterfield, Ilkeston or Buxton.

Our nearest meeting is:

7pm Monday 8th December 2008
The Dome, University Campus, Devonshire Road, Buxton, SK17 6RY

If you want to go along representing PARWICH.ORG let us know on as our membership of the Ringmaster scheme means you could reclaim some expenses.


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Dappled autumn light.

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Here are the results of our recent poll. Thanks to all who participated.

Key findings:

  • Only 10% of respondents believe that the Peak District National Park Authority adequately represents the views and needs of its residents.
  • 88% of respondents favour the introduction of directly elected members onto the PDNPA’s board.

Detailed findings:

1. Do you live in the Peak District National Park?

  • Yes – 83% (40 votes)
  • No – 17% (8 votes)

2. Does the Peak District National Park Authority adequately represent the views and needs of its residents?

  • Yes: strongly agree – 0% (0 votes)
  • Yes: mostly agree – 10% (5 votes)
  • Unsure/undecided – 27% (14 votes)
  • No: mostly disagree – 43% (22 votes)
  • No: strongly disagree – 20% (10 votes)

3. Should some or all of the Peak District National Park Authority’s board be directly elected by residents of the Park?

  • All members should be directly elected – 40% (20 votes)
  • Some members should be directly elected – 48% (24 votes)
  • Unsure/undecided – 2% (1 vote)
  • No members should be directly elected – 10% (5 votes)


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In contrast to the fairly dry week reported, this week started with 20mm of rain overnight from midnight to 8.00am with the possibility of ground and air frost coming up.

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Legion Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival
at Parwich Royal British Legion Club
8pm Tonight (Sunday 26th October)

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Alternative Film on Tuesday Evening

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To find out more (more…)

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Austin and Tom’s rivalry hots up

Both danced the Viennese Waltz, but Austin pushed Tom into second on tonight’s Strictly Come Dancing with the judges’ scores.

However this is only half the final score.  The outcome will be revealed on tomorrow’s Show at 7-15pm on BBC1.

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Tom’s week in the papers

This evening Tom and Camilla are dancing the Viennese waltz on Strictly Come Dancing starting at 6-35pm on BBC1. As always come along to the Sycamore Inn to enjoy the programme on the big screen and chip butties, along with the rest of the village.

Voting tonight will begin after the dancing at approximately 8-05pm and the lines will stay open up to 9-30pm.

With the judges placing him in joint first last Saturday and his wedding on Sunday, Tom certainly had plenty of column inches this week: (more…)

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Garden Gate Sale postponed

The Snail Trail Garden Gate sale due to happen today has had to be postponed to the Spring.

Our sincere apologies to those who have come along to Parwich expecting it to be on.

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Clocks go back tonight

Don’t forget to put your clock back by one hour tonight!

At 0200hrs (or 2am BST) on Sunday 26th October 2008 the clocks go back one hour, as we return from British Summer Time to God’s Time (at least nearly God’s Time, as the correct local time should be a little later than GMT).

To find out more about why this happens see these two links:

National Maritime Museum

British Summer

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Parwich Parish Council are developing their own web-pages to be created in conjunction with PARWICH.ORG. They would like to include photographs of the village, particularly those associated with the facilities under their umbrella such as the sports facilities, the greens and the children’s play area. Also photos including people and activities will be more interesting on the site than just empty greens or sports areas.

If you have any photographs they could use, please email them to (marked for the attention of Peter T) or directly to the Parish Council’s Clerk, Karen Wigley on

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School News – No. 8

All teachers, students and their families have an excellent half-term

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2008 Poppy Appeal

Today sees the launch of the Royal British Legion’s 2008 Poppy Appeal:

The Royal British Legion provides financial, social and emotional support to millions who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces, and their dependants. Currently, nearly 10.5 million people are eligible for our support and we receive thousands of calls for help every year.

The Legion was founded in 1921 as a voice for the ex-Service community and over 380,000 members continue to ensure that this voice does not go unheard. Although the needs of ex-Service people have changed over the years, we are still there to safeguard their welfare, interests and memory. British service people are in action around the world every day of the year.

Locally you can get your poppies at the Parwich Legion Club or the Sycamore Inn.  Alternatively you can click here to make a donation online(more…)

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Jean Allen, of Croft Avenue, who lived for many years at Woodeaves, just outside Fenny Bentley, has shown me some splendid photos of people from Alsop en le Dale dating back to the 1920s. Her father, Charlie Allen, was stationmaster at Alsop when the trains still ran on that line. These provide a remarkable glimpse of Alsop church and parish, from a time when there was a Sunday School and choir!

See them below, or click here (which includes a full screen option) –

I have also uploaded onto Youtube some photos from our link diocese in India, Patna, which date from the late 1800s. These were shown to me earlier this month by the Bishop of Patna, Philip Marandih, and show scenes from the early years of the Christian missionaries among the Santal tribe in the village of Taljhari. Click here to see them.

Christopher Harrison

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Tom’s dance partner, Camilla, was interviewed on this evening’s East Midlands Today.  Camilla and Tom are rehearsing for Saturday’s show whilst he and Clare are on honeymoon.  Click on the photo below to see the clip:

Click on photo to see interview with Camilla

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Conference on Living Upland Landscapes on 24th and 25th November at Loosehill Hall.   For more details see the Moors for the Future website or (more…)

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Race Night on Saturday

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Tom on East Midlands Today

For those of you who missed this evening’s programme, and those like Stuart who can not get BBC East Midlands, click on the photo (link up dated 23/10/08) to see the interview with Tom whilst on honeymoon:

click on the photo to see the interview with Tom Chambers

Thursday’s East Midlands Today (6-30pm on BBC 1) will have an interview with Tom’s dance partner, Camilla.  Also let’s hope Clare is to have a full, uninterrupted honeymoon, at an unpublicised location, after Strictly Come Dancing is finished.

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Parcel Scam

Please be aware of a scam which is in circulation again.

A parcel delivery company post a card through the letterbox, stating that you need to ring a telephone line to enquire about a parcel that needs to be delivered. However, when you ring the telephone number, you are automatically charged a premium rate for the call. There is obviously no parcel.

Any similar calls or concerns, please contact PhonePayPlus (ICSTIS) on 0800 500 212, the regulatory body for premium rate calls.

Thank you – Derbyshire Ringmaster

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It’s Wednesday; it’s the Stunner

When I was about 10 my grandfather said when you get older time speeds up.  I did not take him seriously, but though I still have 30 years to reach the age my grandfather was when he made this remark, it can’t be Wednesday again already, can it?  Well, if not my Ashbourne News Telegraph has come early.

Here are the items related to our immediate area:

  • p.4 A full page feature on Tom, Strictly and his wedding. (Click here to read the article.)
  • p.5 A short article on the Poll here at PARWICH.ORG on Local Democracy in the Peak Park: a survey.
  • p.53 Darts & Dominoes league table positions, with the Legion and the Sycamore standing 4th in Darts div A and div B respectively and the Legion 4th in Dominoes div A.  Is four our lucky number?

Here are some further items that might be of interest:  (more…)

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More to look out for in the media

As well as the Credit Crunch on Wednesday’s Breakfast TV, there is more to look out for.

Thank you Stuart for letting us know that Rosemary is being interviewed on the Radio Derby breakfast show (7-30am onwards on Wednesday) and that Tom is being interviewed on East Midlands Today (6-30pm on BBC1 Wednesday), possibly including some further Parwich clips. We will add the link when the TV programme comes online, as well as links to any ‘It Takes Two’ clips.

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Credit Crunch impact on Peak Villages

Thank you to Lynne G for sending this in.

I was watching BBC breakfast just after 7.20 this morning when they were doing a series on how people are coping with the credit crunch (it’s probably one of those items that gets repeated a few times through the whole programme). They said that tomorrow (Wednesday) the item will be coming from the Peak District where they will be seeing how small villages are coping with the credit crunch. Could be interesting – let’s hope they decide to come to Parwich!

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Over priced alarm system warning

A home security company has been contacting residents in the area. Although this is a legitimate company, they use high pressure selling techniques and often sell over-priced alarm systems to elderly people that are sometimes too complicated to use. They also sell long term warranties, ie. a 20 year warranty, for maintenance on the systems.

Always obtain several quotes. Even if the visit is solicited, householders have 7 days cooling off period. If you do go ahead, do not let work start straight away and don’t sign anything to say that work can commence before the cooling off period is over. Thank you.

Derbyshire Ringmaster.

If you have any information relating to incidents please contact 0845 164 1644. Derbyshire Constabulary can be contacted on 0845 123 33 33, or in an emergency 999. Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111. If you have any problems with ringmaster please contact your nearest Community Information Officer.

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Tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday 2-45pm) an Indian Music presentation is to take place at Parwich Primary School.  Parents are welcome to attend.

Also, as the fund raising Curry & Quiz Evening had to be cancelled, please think about making a donation to the School to help with the cost of the presentation.

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