Archive for March, 2009

Panto Postponed.

We are sorry but the panto is being postponed due to lack of time – never fear we will be back, ready to christen the new stage next year.

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Wednesday – A Garden Talk.

horticultural-talk1 Another Community Event – Everyone Welcome – Come &  listen to this excellent Royal Horticultural Speaker whose garden has been featured on the BBC.

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As a team we have decided to keep our eyes open for any credit Crunch Busting Ideas – basically anything that might save you money.   So if you come across anything in the area that might help someone save some pennies.  These ideas may cover eating out, so include places like Derby (lunch ideas), Buxton, Bakewell etc., they may be savings on food or an incredible holiday or flight deal – just email them into – but don’t forget to include where these offers can be found – in which newspaper or on which website.

An excellent source of offers is to register with the Martin Lewis Money Saving website, you will receive an email every Wednesday & you can click on the Restaurant section to find out which eatery will save you the most money.

Here are a couple to get us going. (more…)

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Bertie Linnell – the young blonde hooligan – has for the last year been the Captain of Ashbourne Rugby Club U9 team. Yesterday he lead them to the final of the NLD (Notts, Leics and Derbys – for the non sporting types….) competition. Unfortunately they were then defeated by West Bridgeford but Bert has consistently been man of the Match and we may have found an outlet for his energies!

bertie-11Ashbourne RUFC  says “The Under 9’s travelled to Newark to participate in the Notts, Lincs & Derbys Cup to take on the best teams from across the three counties. Most of the opposing teams are from much bigger and more established clubs, but Ashbourne displayed maximum quality, effort and determination to come away with a well-deserved runners up spot.

The defeat in the final cannot disguise what was a fantasic achievement by the team to be recognised as the second best Under 9’s team from across the three counties of Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire.

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Hartington Hares


Can anyone get a picture of some boxing hares?

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School newsletter.

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Weekly Weather Update

Last week’s weather readings…



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Can any local kids identify where these birds have been snapped?


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At Andrew Robinson’s request, John Fuller-Sessions has put together a splendid photographic catalogue of the stained glass windows inside St. Peter’s Church.

There are 41 images in total. Some are of the full windows, and some are detailed close-ups.

As the images look best in “full-screen” mode, we have loaded them into a slideshow on Flickr.

Please click here to view the slideshow – which will look even better if you press F11 on your keyboard before clicking the link. (When you’ve finished viewing, simply press F11 again.)

You can select individual images for viewing by clicking this link – or alternatively by starting here, and clicking each “next image” in sequence.

Lastly, all of these images have been archived on our ever-popular PHOTOS page – which is now once again up to date with all of our recent photography.

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Parwich double darts triumph!

Two matches were played by our Parwich darts teams on Friday night (The Sycamore and The Legion); both in the Hartington and District Darts League. The Legion came fourth in Division 1 and the Sycamore won Division 2. (more…)

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What’s on Where this Week

What’s on Where this Week

Date Time Event Location
Tuesday 6-8pm Bunny Drive – PTA Fundraiser School
Tuesday 7.30pm First Responders Training Evening Memorial Hall
Wednesday 7.30pm Horticultural Society Talk
‘A Shady Place’ by Stuart Dixon
Memorial Hall
Wednesday 7.30pm Memorial Hall Committee Meeting The Sycamore
Thursday 7pm Parishioners Annual Open Meeting with the Council Memorial Hall
Thursday 7.30pm Council Meeting Memorial Hall
Friday 9.15am Parwich School Easter Service
Everyone Welcome
Parwich Church
Friday 7.45pm Main Film Night Memorial Hall

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Film Night – Friday Night

film_large_poste-2 * Big Screen

*Silent Projection

*Hi Fi Sound

*Special hi-fi headphones for those with hearing difficulties, please ask.



Daniel Craig returns as 007 in this electrifying follow-up to the critically acclaimed CASINO ROYALE.

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Spring is here… sort of!

The clocks have moved forward… the lambs are gambolling in the fields… but oops, is something wrong with this picture…?

Spring is here?

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This is “Fly”. He makes friends with anyone he can persuade to play, throw & retrieve…


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“Are these vultures?”, asks Mike G…


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Please click here to open the agenda for the Annual Open Meeting (in PDF format).

Please click here to open the agenda for the regular Parish Council meeting, which follows the open meeting (also in PDF format).

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Stuart Dixon travels widely, sharing his love of the traditional English garden in “down to earth” talks to horticultural societies. He is a Royal Horticultural Society, Hardy Plant NCCPG & GCS and National Trust speaker, much of his knowledge and expertise being gained from the restoration of his own 18th Century garden at Hebb’s Farmhouse near Nottingham, which has been featured on BBC TV.  So come and enjoy an informative evening organised by The Horticultural Society – Another Community Event.

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Comments, please…

Mike G has sent in this photo of a pair of Pavo cristatus (Indian peacock and peahen) but what are they saying to each other?

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And another from John F-S:


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Another report from Parwich’s own sports reporter, Nia:

Yet again the ladies of Parwich (in the most flexible method of interpretation…) remain victorious in their conquest of the Leek Netball league. With Wendy swanning off to the sunshine, Olivia was drafted back onto the team but Jan seemed not to need any support in the D as she set a new 95% scoring record. (more…)

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Another photo from our wildlife photographer – John F-S.  The photo was taken at Ballidon Lane End but who knows what these birds are?


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Thank you to Cheryl for this photo of Oliver who can’t get enough of the blog…


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More pets of Parwich.

John F-S writes:

This is Boots, the Orchard Farm cat. She is beginning to show her age, like her owners. She came from Devon when Marion’s father came to live with us. She is quite small and has a lovely nature.

Boots in the sun

Do please keep sending us your pet photos! Click here for more information.

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Can you find it?

The Grumpy Old Man of Parwich? – JF-S.
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This week’s Stunner

Apologies for the late posting of this item due to forgetfulness on the part of the person responsible.  Unless I have missed things out, there is very little local news in this week’s edition.  As usual, you can buy the Stunner from Janet in the pub or read the e-edition online although at the time of publishing this post, the News Telegraph website was still linking to last week’s version.

p.6 – Trailer safety flaw led to suspension of licence – The owner of a tractor business in Alsop had his licence suspended for almost a week after failing to ensure his vehicles were safely maintained. (more…)

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Which supermarket do you go to?

Is it Sainsburys or Tesco?  If so, please collect any schools vouchers they offer you and either drop them in at Parwich Primary school or pass them on to anyone with kids at the school.  Every little helps and, if you’ve done a big shop, it helps even more!  Thank you.

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Final Lent Lunch – Tomorrow

This is the final Lent Lunch of the year and it is being held at John & Marion Fuller-Sessions – Orchard Farm.  Pop in anytime on Thursday 26th March from 12.30pm, with lunch finishing at 2pm.   (If you know that you are definitely coming let Marion know on 519 – but otherwise just pop in – there will be plenty of food!!) Enjoy a range of cheeses, pates and bread – more fun that making your own lunch. 

You don’t have to be a member of the Church to enjoy this lunch; it is a community event to raise funds for Church repairs (via a donation for the lunch). After all, we like seeing the Church in our village – so let’s help keep it in good repair.  Everyone is welcome, including children.

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There are 10 places available on the trip to Bridgemere Gardens on Tuesday April 14th.  The bus leaves at 9.30am from The Green and will leave the gardens at 5pm.  It is an Over 60’s event but adults of all ages are welcome.  For non member there is a £10 charge.  Please ring Alan L on 279 to secure your place.bridgemere-2

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This evening saw the AGM of the Memorial Hall Management Committee, with an excellent turnout, around 70 – so more chairs had to be found.  We were brought up to date with the current level of money raised, another £198,000 has been applied for through a range of grants and trust – we are awaiting news of these and there are more grants being applied for.   There was a vote of thanks to the committee for all their hard work with a spontaneous round of applause.  A few questions were asked and clarification given by the Chair – Mike GP.

Once the Chair and Treasurers reports had been read it was election time.   With no-one else wishing to stand the existing committee were re-elected – Mike GP, Amanda, Ed, Sandra & Janet.

The committee is swamped with work and it would be an enormous help if there were a few more offers of help to write letters and submit bids to different grant bodies.  It is not a difficult task, you will be given details of which grant to apply for, sample paperwork of other bids that have gone in & then you just have to write the bid to fit the grant criteria.  Nia & I are currently working on a bid with a group of 12-18 year old’s applying for funding available to the Youth.  Amanda wrote a letter last week to Dales Housing and they have just awarded the new build £1500 from their Community Fund.  So you see it is really worthwhile – can you spare a few hours to do the same – Ring Amanda 344.

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Pre School Event

On Monday morning the children of Stepping Stones Pre-School showed how much they appreciate us Mums (and Grandmas), by inviting us along and showcasing  their paintings of their Mums and telling us why they love us. 

(My special talent apparently, is making dinner. Thank you Wyatt x)

Then as if that wasn’t enough, they treated us to refreshments: homemade fairy and butterfly cakes and orange juice, all aided by their very special supervisors, Penny and Felicity.

The whole event left all of the Mums feeling very special, and quite rightly so!!!

– Tracy Marshall.

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Don’t forget – 8pm

Tonight is the AGM of the Memorial Hall Management Committee – 8pm in the Memorial Hall.  Come along and support the committee to ensure that the progress continues for the new build.

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Thank you to Denise and Alison for organising the School Quiz. Please click here for the questions and answers.  A big thank-you to the Prof for doing all the computing and sending it into the Blog.

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Special Bowling Session – Every Monday- 6pm to dusk.

571px-lawn_bowling_-_tim_mason1Starting Monday 6th April until the end of May, the Parwich club is holding 8 special weekly evening sessions to introduce the game to potential new players. If you would like to have a go, practice, receive some coaching, or just watch, have a chat and a hot drink please come to any of our Monday sessions at Parson’s Croft from 6pm until dusk. If you want to try but cannot make a Monday, phone John on 302 to arrange something to suit.

The Parwich Bowling Club offers a full programme of social and competition bowling to suit all skill levels and abilities, and will extend a warm welcome to new members who would like to join us to enjoy a summer of sport.

Some bowling facts. (more…)

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What is this?


Where did John find this?  What is it?
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School Newsletter

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Properties for sale or rent.

IMPORTANT: These details have been updated elsewhere. Please click here for our most recent property round-up.

PikehallHope CroftParwich Lees Cottage
LenscliffeSmithy Lane

The list will be updated again next month. Until then, you will be able to find it on the INFO page, and in the ELSEWHERE ON PARWICH.ORG section on the right hand side of this page.

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It is fantastic to see that over the past couple of weeks the fundraising for the new Memorial Hall has leapt up £50,000, including another £500 in the past couple of days. This is due to the hard work of the fundraising committee.


So don’t forget to come to AGM and hear the latest exciting updates on new build project. You need to vote to keep this successful Committee Team working on the Project!


1. Chairman’s opening remarks

2. Apologies for absence

3. Minutes of previous AGM

4. Matters arising

5. Reports:

  • Treasurer’s Financial Report
  • Chairman’s Annual Report

6. Election of committee members

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A male.

Hopefully this will help with the identification of the woodpecker – A male Great Spotted Woodpecker – JF-S

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What’s on Where this Week.

What’s on Where this Week

Day Time Event Location
Monday 11.30am Pre-School Mother’s Day Event Memorial Hall
Tuesday 8pm AGM of the Memorial Hall Management Committee Memorial Hall
Wednesday 6pm
Pilates Memorial Hall
Thursday 12.30-2pm Final Lent Lunch
Orchard Farm
Marion & John (519)
Thursday 7.30pm History Society’s
Archaeology of Bradbourne
Bradbourne Parish Hall

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