Archive for December, 2008

Bleak outlook for Hartington cheese makers

The advertiser reports this week that the Competition Commission has finished its provisional investigation into the takeover of Hartington cheese factory.  It concludes that with out Long Clawson Dairy takeover, Dairy Crest’s Blue Stilton factory would close down anyway, shortly after Christmas – it has been making a loss for years.    The downturn in the factory’s profitability has been partly put down to a decline in the quality of cheese going back to 2001 when expensive new equipment was brought into the site, they lost customers like Sainsbury’s.  The Hartington Creamery was founded in 1870 and has been used for the production of Stilton since 1900.  

The Commission has invited the public to have their say on the finding, please email before January 9th.

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It had its ups, it had it downs – but life in Parwich during 2008 was rarely uneventful. On the downside, we lost the Spar shop, the Methodist chapel and the direct bus service to Derby, and much of the village was battered by freak floods. On the upside, we gained a shop in the pub, a refurbished hard play area, a replica tympanum and a beautiful new stained glass window in the church, half a million quid’s worth of Lottery money for the Memorial Hall, nearly £8000 for the primary school, a national award for the Sycamore, prime time TV success for a Parwich lad… oh, and can we mention this very website, which launched in March?

To help us look back on the past twelve months of village life, here’s a month-by-month reminder of some of the main events. We’re splitting it into two parts, starting with the period from January to June. (more…)

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new-years-eve-midnight-300Come along and join in the New Year’s Eve Parties – there are three in the village tomorrow.

Memorial Hall – from 8pm.  Stepping Stones are holding a family party night with buffet.  Pay on entrance – £6 adult, £3 child.  Please bring your own drinks.  Everyone of all ages are welcome.

Parwich Legion from 8pm – Karaoke & free buffet.  Come and welcome the New Year in.

The Sycamore – Entertainment with DJ Will” and a light buffet

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The Old Coach House, Tissington

Open all week until Sunday 4th – 10.30am – 5pm for teas, coffees, light lunches and afternoon teas.  From January 8th it is open Thursdays to Sundays.

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This Week’s Stunner

This week’s Stunner may only be a very slim edition, but as usual there is plenty of  Parwich-related content to read about.  Due to technical problems at Burton on Trent they are not sure when the paper will be on-line, that is why the usual links we put on are not available.  Links now available.  Why not read the whole paper, click here for the  on line version.

Page 2.  “Cash harvest for schools’ growers”.  Parwich Primary School kept up the village’s current streak by attracting the highest figure in the area, scooping £7860 to grow their own fruit & veg.  Their slice of the £510,000 will be invested in tools, a greenhouse, propagators, plants & seeds.

Page 3.  “Credit crunch?  Not here, say retailers”.  Ashbourne appears to be avoiding the worst of the economic doom & gloom with many traders reporting a successful Christmas.  New managing director of Bennetts, Simon Ingham said it was “too early” to say for sure how well they did over Christmas.

Page 6 & 7.  “Speech day awards for QEGS high-flyers” 

Page 8.  “May’s legacy ends its 10-year blessing”.  May Heathcote of Bradbourne left all her money to benefit the community,  the trust set up in her name has awarded nearly half a million pounds & has now completed their job.  A number of organisations in Parwich benefited from this trust, including The Over 60’s Club, Parwich Youth Club, Parwich Crown Green Bowling Club and Parwich First Responders.

Page 9.  “Army officer plans new manoeuvres”.  Simon Ingham a former army officer, now living in Parwich is the new managing director of Bennetts, he will also oversee the company branches in Derby and Bakewell.  He is keen to support local businesses, charities, artists and designers and will have specific 10% sales of which 5% will be passed on to charity, benefiting the whole community.  Speaking about Parwich he said “Parwich is a beautiful place,  I enjoy living and working here and really enjoy the countryside”.

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Blowing our own trumpet...Thanks to the triple-whammy of a) the Big Lottery Fund grant, b) the cheeky Advent Calendar pages and c) Tom’s Strictly Come Dancing victory, PARWICH.ORG has enjoyed a record month in terms of visitor numbers, with over 20,000 page views (and counting).

This beats our previous record of just over 15,000 page views in July, when the excitement of Wakes Week also sent the stats sky high. Interestingly, the week following Wakes remains our busiest week to date, by the merest of whiskers.

Perhaps this goes to show us what tabloid newspaper editors have known for a long time: that nothing “sells” like sauciness, sportiness, success and celebrity!

We’d be surprised if these extraordinary figures were ever matched again in the future… but then again, as 2008 has shown us time and time again, you never quite know what’s lurking around the corner…

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Answers to Another Brain Teaser.

Lots of people have looked at this brain teaser published on Saturday, but I’m not sure how many of you got the correct answers.  All the answers are to do with pounds, shillings & pence and the sum of the answers comes to 32 pounds, 7 shillings and 81/2 pence.  Be sure to say the answers out loud, it all becomes so obvious! (more…)

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