Archive for April, 2009

Junior Tennis

Due to the poor response to last week’s tennis sessions we have decided to change the format.

From 10am – 11am the courts will be available for the 7 -11 year olds to come and play with help from 3 of our older juniors (Alex, Will and Catherine). The cost will be £1 per session. From 11am to noon the courts are available for the senior Juniors to play and the cost for this is also £1.

If there is sufficient interest then coaching will be made available on 6th, 13th, 20th June and 4th 11th 18th July.

This will cost £18 up front for all 6 sessions or £4 per session on a turn up basis.

If you are interested please can you let Nia know ASAP as the coach needs to be booked. (Alternatively  email your name and contact details to, clearly indicating that it for forwarding to the Tennis Club.)

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Local Roads

Local roads have been feature in both yesterday’s Stunner and our local Police newsletter. Are the problems on the A515 and the B5056 related?

The Stunner: Series of crashes sparks new wave of safety worries – a string of crashes along the A515 between Ashbourne and Alsop-en-le-Dale has led to more calls for safety improvements.

PC Paul Cooper: Many people have commented on problems with the Temporary Traffic lights along the B5056. If they do not seem to be working correctly please let us know so we can call out the contractors. (Ring either Police Non Emergency 0345 1233333 or Call Derbyshire 08456 058 058) Some of the problems have been because they have had diesel stolen from them. If anyone is seen acting suspiciously near to the lights, or if any vehicles are parked nearby, please let us know so we can check them out.

Is this increase in incidents on the A515 between Fenny Bentley and Alsop-en-le-Dale just chance, or does it relate to an increase in HGVs following the raising of the low bridge at Fenny Bentley, or is the new 50mph speed limit a factor? Alternatively are the so called ‘temporary’ traffic lights on the B5056 resulting in more local traffic using this stretch of the A515?

Until the Highways (Derbyshire County Council) have a solution for the subsidence on the B5056 more vehicles will have to use the A515 and the awkward exits from Tissington and Alsop-en-le-Dale. Even when Highways decide on proposals for the B5056, things will necessarily get worse before they get better. What are your thoughts?

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Please pass this message on to any keen young footballers in the area:


Mayfield Panthers under 11s (boys in the 2008/9 school year 6 or 5) are currently scouting for new talent for their September under 12s football team.   We are just coming to the close of a very successful 2008/9 season playing 9 a side but will play 11 a side from this September.  We are based and train in Ashbourne, and play our matches on Sunday afternoons in the Burton Junior Football League.  Training will be available from FA qualified coaches and ex-professional players.   If you are interested in coming for a trial or know anyone who would be, please email (marked F.A.O. Lynne) or call Lynne on 474 with your details and we will get in contact with you to arrange a trial.

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Tea & Cakes – Bank Holiday Monday


Monday sees the second Tea & Cakes in the Churchyard at Alsop-en-le-Dale, everyone is welcome anytime between 11am – 4pm.  Let’s hope the weather is as good as it was at Easter.  There is always a delicious array of cakes, which can be enjoyed whilst admiring the view.  

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Your views are needed

Give your views on future Peak District landscapes – The deadline for comments is May 15th.

How should we ensure that the Peak District National Park’s treasured landscapes are maintained and enhanced for future generations to enjoy? (more…)

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This week’s Stunner

Ashbourne News Telegraph seem to be publishing their on-line e-newspaper earlier on Wednesdays but, if you prefer paper in your newspaper, go to Janet in the Sycamore for today’s edition.

p.1 – Is Ashbourne ready for a French Connection? Ashbourne is going to be asked whether it would like to be twinned with the French town of Soisy-sur-Seine in Northern France.  Does anyone in Parwich know the town?  Would Parwich then be twinned with a village five miles outside Soisy only reachable by a road liable to imminent collapse?  Does the outlying village have its own band?  Is it named after a local A road?


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Traffic signs of Parwich #18 and #19

Here’s another double sign, located on Smithy Lane on the way out of the viilage. Firstly, is it useful to indicate the right hand junction? And secondly, is it necessary to warn drivers of the impending Z-bend?

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School newsletter.

Please click to enlarge.

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Film Night – Friday

With wonderful photography of the Australian countryside, this Romantic epic film is set in northern Australia at the beginning of World War II, where an English aristocrat inherits a cattle station the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn stock-man to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country’s most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbour only months earlier.  A truly enjoyable film.

australia2PG 12  – Friday 1st May  – 7.45pm

Parwich Memorial Hall
Free Entrance

  • Refreshments . Raffle
  • Big screen
  • Silent projection
  • Hi Fi Sound
  • Special hi-fi headphones for those with hearing difficulties, please ask.

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May’s Newsletter from PC Ian Cooper

police-safer-neighbourhood-logo Update from your local Officer         May 2009


Over the past month we have had more incidents than in recent months, with some thefts, damage, and suspicious prowlers. The A515 has also seen a few Road Traffic Collisions.

Overnight on Saturday 14th March 2009, damage was caused to some fencing at a farm between Tissington Village and the Ford. The damage appeared to be a deliberate act rather than accident damage. Damage, in the form of graffiti, occurred between 24th and 30th March 2009 in Fenny Bentley. The bus shelter seat, speed limit signs and bridge were sprayed with grey and black painted ‘tags’. Thorpe has also been the location for further damage, with a Vauxhall Cavalier car being scratched whilst parked on Church Lane, sometime between 11th and 13th April 2009. If anyone has seen anyone acting suspiciously in these areas, around these times please let me know. (more…)

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Congratulation to Jonathan Chadfield who completed the London Marathon on Sunday in 4 hours 18 minutes.  He was raising money for the Isle of Man Hospice.  He said to his Mum,

The last few miles, I’ve never known pain like it.

Of course his Mum, Sandra, is doing the Moonwalking Marathon for Breast Cancer in May.

Julie Goodwin, whose parents Margaret & Roy live in the village, also ran the London Marathon, finishing in 3 hours 46 minutes. Julie was raising funds for bowel cancer and Fair Play Special Needs Youth Club.

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Video of the Church Fete

Here is some footage from the Church Fete last Sunday. Didn’t we have a lovely time….and wasn’t the weather kind. Great to see the village out in force practising for Wakes!

Many thanks to Mike G for his camerawork and Martin C for his production skills.

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We’ve added a permanent page to this site, which shows contact details and term dates for Primary School. (These currently stretch as far ahead as July 2010.)

Click here to view the page.

In the future, you’ll be able to find it in the “Elsewhere on PARWICH.ORG section” on the right hand side of this page (it’s listed under “Primary school term dates”), or alternatively via the main Site Map, or via our permanent INFO page.

(Everyone has their favourite way of navigating the further reaches of this site, and we like to provide alternative routes!)

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Parwich Village Action Group has issued its 2009 update.

Click here to access it as a pdf.

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Church Group Magazine

A reminder to the people who have the magazine delivered that their subscription is now due.  Could those that have not renewed already, pay the person who delivers their copy.  The magazine is a bargain at £5 per year.

The magazine serves the parishes of Alsop-en-le-Dale, Fenny Bentley, Thorpe, Tissington and Parwich.  If you want a copy, they are available in each of the churches. Alternatively, they will be accessible electronically here each month.

Apologies for the delay in putting the March and April issues on-line.  They can be accessed by clicking on the relevant month below.

The May issue should be available at the weekend.

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The Parwich Odd Fellows set in motion a very successful day. A big thank you to everyone, including the organisers, especially Mick Edge without whose vision, ideas and determination, the day would not have happened, all the helpers and those who came along and supported the day. 

The morning’s march by the Odd Fellows and the Derbyshire Dales Cyberscouts, led by Doveholes Brass Band, followed the route of the Wakes March, though with fewer refreshment stops!!  The Cyberscouts (including beavers, cubs and scouts) were particularly smartly turned out for their first parade in Parwich. It was very well supported and by the time the Church was reached for 11am there were more people than pews.

Andrew took the service of celebration: rousing hymns with the organ and brass band, dedication of two new kneelers commemorating the British Legion and Norman Edge; and the dedication of the four new banners for the Cyberscouts. Andrew’s address drew on St. George, the Good Samaritan and Jesus as examples of the importance of service to our communities.

The march continued around the village, finishing at the Memorial Hall for lunch and the chance to enjoy some live music.

The celebrations continued into the afternoon with the Church Fete. The afternoon was interspersed with Winster Morris Dancers  and the well-known band  the A52s.


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What’s on Where this Week

 Sorry I’m late this week.

What’s on Where this Week

Date Time Event Location
Monday 6pm Introduction to Bowling
Come and find out more.
Bowling Club
Monday 7.30pm Memorial Hall Committee Meeting – to confirm plans Parwich Lees
Tuesday 8pm Memorial Hall Committee Meeting – to confirm plans Memorial Hall
Tuesday 7.45pm AGM of the PCC Parwich Church
Wednesday 6pm & 7.15pm Pilates Memorial Hall
Friday 7.45pm Main Film Memorial Hall
Saturday 9am-10.45am Saturday Morning Rubbish Collection Parwich
Saturday 10.30-10.45am Saturday Morning Rubbish Collection Ballidon
Sunday 2pm Open Singles Competition Bowling Club

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Thank you from the Jaguar Drivers

A thank you from members of South Staffs Jaguar Drivers.

The 26th April turned out to be a glorious Spring day for us all. Our members enjoyed some wonderful driving in their classic cars and a most enjoyable afternoon at Crich Tramway Village.

Members have asked me to express their delight at passing through Parwich and being held up by your Brass Band procession, not a hindrance but a bonus.

We try to enjoy our vehicles without inconvenience to others, and I enjoyed returning to the village in the evening for just one drink in the garden of The Sycamore.

Wishing you well.
Jaguar Drivers Club UK.

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Cricket on Parson’s Croft

Thank you to JF-S for the following photos, which were taken at Parwich’s first match of the season (against Elton):

four runs


a good knock


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tennis2The Annual President and Chairman’s tournament will be held on Monday 4th May at the courts at Parsons croft.  It is open to anyone over 11yrs in the village and surroundings- not just members and is generally a fun packed afternoon of tennis, socialising and alcohol.tennis1

Entry is £1 and a plate of food (for the post tournament party….)

Please arrive by 1pm. We have racquets to lend should they be needed.

The Wimbledon ticket draw will also be made during the afternoon for paid up club members.

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Traffic signs of Parwich #16 and #17

Our seemingly never-ending series continues (well, there are a LOT of traffic signs in Parwich!) with a look at two more School signs. Motorists entering the village through Smithy Lane will see both of these signs as they approach The Square.


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Weekly weather summary



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cyberscounts-11Next Event – Saturday 2nd May at Alsop-en-le-Dale – interested in joining ring Mandy on (778)

All sections of the 1st Derbyshire Dales Cyberscouts were made most welcome in the stunning grounds of Chatsworth Estate for their April meeting. The day was opened by Group Scout Leader, Tim Polkinghorne, with the now routine Investiture and Moving Up ceremonies followed by badge awards in recognition of new skills and/or knowledge gained by members. The event was filmed by the Scouting Association with a view of showing footage of the day’s activities across the country to other scouting groups. The intention is to raise awareness of how traditional scouting can be achieved and delivered in a different way to weekly meetings, as Cyberscouts meet only 9 times a year on a Saturday at various locations across Derbyshire. (more…)

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Here are a couple of photos of this morning’s St George’s Day Parade lead by the Odd Fellows and the Cyberscouts.  This afternoon’s events start at 1-30pm on the Green with Winster Morris Men, the the Church Fête and the A52’s fresh from their world tour.  More photos and a report will follow.


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Church Fete

The Church Fete tomorrow will be a super fun event, with lots of activities, games, stalls and teas happening throughout the afternoon.  Of course one of the ‘highlights’ will be the infamous famous A52’s who have just flown in from a gig in Mexico and will be rounding off their tour, tomorrow, on The Green at Parwich.

Apart from a chance for us all to have a super day tomorrow, there is a serious theme behind the fete.  Our Church needs urgent repairs and over £20,000 is required to safely maintain this building.  It really doesn’t matter whether or not you are a churchgoer, none of us would like to see the closure of one of the centre pieces of our community – so come along and enjoy Sunday’s events.

If you have any bric-a-brac/second hand goods please either bring them to:
Today – To Ben’s, 1 Croft Avenue
Sunday from 1.30pm – The Green 
Sunday morning – if dry – leave them on Sunday in tidy pile near the beech tree on The Green

Things already donated – quality rugs, books, bookcase, 3 Edwardian chairs (a restoration project), lampshades (including new M&S ones), ocassional lamps, tools etc.

All cakes and home-made produce can be taken today to Andrew & Rachel’s, Church Farm, Creamery Lane, brought to Church in the morning or to the Cake Stall in the afternoon.

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Notice For LPG Users

From the 13th April 2009 all bulk domestic LPG customers, that are supplied LPG via a bulk tank, can switch their LPG supplier along with their tank. If you are an existing LPG customer you will be advised by your existing supplier when you will become eligible to switch.
When you switch supplier, you have the choice of transferring the ownership of the tank from your existing supplier to the new supplier (assuming that your existing supplier legally owns the tank) or you can request a new tank to be installed.

To find the details of domestic bulk LPG suppliers in this area, click here and type in your post code. 

If you decide to switch then you should contact your existing supplier, and/or the new supplier in writing to request that your existing contract is terminated. Please be aware that a new supplier is not obliged to accept a new customer and they may have a number of reasons why they cannot offer to supply you.

Let us know if you have pricing details from local suppliers and tell us whether they provide good (or bad) service. We can share the information on this site for comparison purposes.

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The A52s played a triumphant warm-up gig at El Gringo Stadium in Mexico City last night. Their song is ready.


Time for the lads to head home now. Next stop….the Green!

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Traffic signs of Parwich #15

Instead of examining every individual speed limit sign in the village, let’s take one example and ask a more general question. Do you agree that 30mph is the correct speed limit for Parwich, or would you prefer to see it lowered to 20mph?

Now let’s look at the same signs from the opposite side. Is this the right place to increase the speed limit to 60mph, or should the speed limit only be lifted once all the remaining buildings have been passed? Or perhaps you think that a lower limit should apply all the way to Alsop, thereby including the houses at Parwich Lees?

Finally, and for the completists among you, here are a couple of signs that we won’t be polling: (more…)

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Come and join in the next Over 60’s Mystery Trip on Tuesday 12th May. They will meet onthe Green at 6pm.  If you are interested in joining in ring Alan on 279.

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Sandra and Rebecca would like to thank everyone who very generously supported their coffee morning to raise money and sponsorship for taking part in the London Moonwalk. They collected a massive total of £440.30 in the morning in donations, sponsorship, cake stall and raffle.

All the proceeds are going to breast cancer projects supported by the Moonwalk. Together with sponsorship already collected they are getting dangerously close to reaching their target at which they promised to post a picture of them in their decorated bras in which they will walk a full marathon length circuit around the streets of London, starting at Midnight on May 16th.

Here is a picture of them taken just before they polished off all the left-over cakes and biscuits.

Sandra & Rebecca

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Park Life

During the Blog Team’s meeting with representatives of the Peak Park Authority in January, they were very supportive of what we have been trying to achieve here at PARWICH.ORG and keen to promote other communities to to follow suit.

Following this up, John Fern (Head of Communications for the PDNPA) is visiting Parwich this afternoon to meet again with members of our Team.  He is writing an article on PARWICH.ORG and taking photographs to appear in the next issue of the Authority’s magazine ‘Park Life’.

If you have any thoughts on how community blogging in the Peak Park can be developed leave a comment below.  Alternatively John Fern can be contacted on and as always we can be contacted on

Some developments are already in the pipeline.  Following a couple of meetings with our Team, Alstonefield have developed their own interactive site using Blogging software which is due to be launched on 1st May (see  Also after his January visit to Parwich Jim Dixon the Cheif Executive of the Peak District National Park Authority has set up his own Blog (see

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Near Brailsford – just off the A52.

SUNDAY, 26 APRIL, 11 am to 4 pm

Unusual Plants for sale from many leading specialist nurseries and R.H.S. Exhibitors

The Gardens at Culland Hall are also open – Parkland setting with wide terraced lawns and areas designed as rooms, white garden, colour theme borders, 19th century walled kitchen garden, woodland walk, hot border and much more.

Refreshments available all day – Entrance £3.50; children FREE; FREE car park!

All profits to The Mid-Derbyshire Association for Mobile Physiotherapy


This is a lovely plant fair. Last year we had plants that were being “launched” at Chelsea! So good to get the jump on fellow gardeneners… There is a fine collection of rare plants and trees on the grounds and thanks to the lovely recent weather, the garden is coming along nicely, so there should be lots to see!

Also, they have a fine collection of rare breed chickens and lovely Lleyn and Jacob sheep.

It is worth noting that Mobile Physio covers the southern Dales, including our own Parwich. I’m sure you’ve seen Beverley’s van in the village over the years offering free physiotherapy to the housebound.

Thanks to Debbie for this information.

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All lost in a supermarket…

The lads still haven’t found their way to Parwich Village Green.

This photo shows them popping into an Aldi in Barcelona to ask directions. A sultry individual with a curly lip showed them where to find the frozen peas and explained the secret of rock ‘n’ roll.

a52s-supermarket-copy_1067x800Time is running out for the fab three. They better get back before they forget how to play their songs!

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Coffee Morning – from 9-12 – Thursday!

Come along and support Sandra & Rebecca’s coffee morning tomorrow at Knob Hall.  They are both raising funds for Breast Cancer in preparation for their sponsored Moonwalk marathon in London in May.

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If there is anyone out there who likes playing on tractors? We need someone to chain harrow and roll our paddocks. The tractor is a small hobby tractor and easy to drive. Changing the implements on the back does need a bit of strength. It could be suitable for an older teenager (with parental permission) after school and weekends or anyone that has a few hours to spare over the next two weeks. Pay according to age.
Please contact Patti or Brian Beasley on 206.

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It’s The Stunner!

In this week’s Stunner (available in the pub as well as on-line):

p.1 Mystery surrounds land slip highway: an article and photo echoing our previous posts and comments on the state of the B5056 at Fenny Bentley.  The slip was probably caused by the floods last summer but will be difficult and expensive to fix since the hillside is made of slippery shale.  Derbyshire County Council will shortly be investigating the cause and extent of the slip following which they will be looking at when to carry out the work.  They do not rule out closing the road whilst the work is being carried out.

Read on for more local news…


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St George’s Day Quiz at Sycamore

There’s a St George’s day QUIZ being held tomorrow Thursday 23rd April (which is St George’s Day!) at the Sycamore.

Please come along!

Start time is 8.00 for 8.30.

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Film Night – Friday 1st May


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