Archive for September, 2009

The next meeting of Parwich Parish Council is 7-30pm Tuesday 6th October in the Pavilion at Parsons Croft.  Click here to access the Agenda as a pdf.

As always the first 10 minutes of the meeting are available for questions and comments for the public, who can also observe the remainder of the meeting.  This is particularly relevant at present if people want to pass on any concerns relating to roads.

The Parish Councils audited accounts for the year ending 31st March 2009 are now available for inspection.  Click here to find out how to see the year’s annual return.

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Bob Matthews Quiz

Bob Matthews 2009
Click poster to enlarge

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How well do you know your pubs?

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Here are some Derbyshire and Staffordshire pubs signs,  obviously the one above has a very large clue on the sign, but how many of the others can you locate. (more…)

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Hartington Surgery Patients Group AGM

Thank you to Parwich Parish Council for passing on the following notice:

Hartington Surgery Patients Group
20th Annual General Meeting
will be held on
Monday 9th November 2009 at 7-30pm
at the Surgery, Dig Street, Hartington

all patients welcome

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Temporary Closure on B5056 at Longcliffe

Please note that in addition to the closure at Fenny Bentley there will a further planned temporary closure of the B5056 at Longcliffe.  The closure will probably be for one day sometime late next week, when we have more detailed information we will pass it on.  This will be by Curzon Lodge, north of the crossroads at Longcliffe.

Highways are in contact with the local quarries and lorries will be diverted towards Brassington at the Longcliffe crossroads, then along Manystones Lane over Carsington Pastures and onto the Via Gellia (A5012) by Ryder Point.

Added 1st Oct 2009: the closure will be for longer than expected see post above.

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This week in the Stunner

ANT 30 SepIt’s a quiet week for stories of local interest this week in the Stunner.  Available as always online or in the Sycamore, I could only find one local mention – of an application for planning permission for a lean-to in Pikehall.

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Abstinence Week: what would YOU give up?

According to Wikipedia: “Abstinence is a voluntary restraint from indulging a desire or appetite for certain activities that are widely experienced as giving pleasure.”

Now that our Memorial Hall fund-raising drive is reaching its final stages, perhaps it’s time to think once again about ways in which we can help to raise additional funds for the project.

With this in mind, here’s one possible idea: a sponsored “Abstinence Week”, in which some of us will pledge to give up some of our favourite indulgences, in return for donations (from friends, relatives, colleagues, and anyone else outside the village who might be feeling supportive) to the building fund.

For example: if you enjoy a drink, then why not give up alcohol for a week? Or if you’re a smoker, could you be persuaded to give up tobacco for seven days? For younger people, how about pledging to stay away from sweets and fizzy drinks?

There are loads of other possibilities. Ladies could spend a week “au naturel“, without using make-up or other beauty products. Gentlemen could go without shaving. Internet addicts could refrain from surfing the web. Telly addicts could switch off their TV sets. Game players could shut down their Playstations or Xboxes. Or perhaps users of “colourful language” could promise not to swear!

These are just a few suggestions. But before we commit to organising anything, we’d like to hear from you.

If you had to give something up for a week, what would you choose? Please let us know in the comments box!

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Jane with Rick, the site manager
29.09 - Jane & Rick
Portacabins in place 29.9.01 - Portacabins

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Logs Available

LogsAs a result of the removal of an ash tree at the Memorial Hall, there are now some logs available. They are tucked just past the old substation on the right hand side in the corner, outside of the cage. Please help yourselves, donations always welcome. Thanks Ben.

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Marble fire surround for sale

fire surround

A solid marble fire surround and hearth

£50

For details and sizes please call 01335 390339

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Now in its fourth year, the annual Beyond Limits sculpture exhibition in the grounds of Chatsworth House offers the chance to view some major pieces of work in imaginative and sympathetic settings. Featuring works by Antony Gormley, Henry Moore, Marc Quinn, Richard Hudson and many others, the exhibition runs until 1st November.

To view a selection of images from this year’s exhibition: (more…)

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Telephone directory deliveries will be taking place in will be taking place in out area from 6th October over a 2-3 weeks period. Whilst delivery agents are advised not to leave these directories on view from the street, it is likely there will be instances of books being left outside which may be seen as a sign that a property may be empty. If you go on holiday or are away consider having an arrangement with a trusted neighbour to keep an eye open for these signs to help protect your property.

Sent by RINGMASTER COMMUNITY MESSAGING – Buxton Police Station

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Macmillan Coffee Morning – Thank You

Sandra and Rebecca would like to thank everyone who baked cakes, donated raffle prizes and came to their Macmillan coffee morning. Also thanks to those who could not come and sent donations. We raised a fantastic £305! If you missed it, there is still time to give us your donations to this worthy cause which may well help us or someone we know suffering from cancer in the future.

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Autumn in Parwich

Thank you to Mani for the following selection from his holiday snaps.

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Dry weather continues

Last weeks readings:

Rainfall

in mm

Pressure

in Mb am

Pressure

in Mb pm

Temperature in ºC

Max

Min

Sun 20th

0

1017.4

1021.3

18.3

8.7

Mon 21st

0

1019.8

1017.8

16.9

5.0

Tue 22nd

0

1016.9

1016.0

20.2

11.6

Wed 23rd

0

1019.1

1021.3

16.0

10.2

Thu 24th

0

1020.6

1023.2

16.8

7.4

Fri 25th

0

1022.3

1022.0

14.2

4.3

Sat 26th

0

1021.0

1022.3

18.2

10.3

Total

0

Average

17.2

7.0

No rain since September 3rd and non likely before Saturday 3rd October.  Are stand pipes a posibility?

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Congratulations to Cassie and Dan

Thank you to JF-S for this gorgeous photo of Cassie and Dan and congratulations from all of us at the blog.

Cassie and Dan

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Congratulations and best wishes

wedding

All of us here at PARWICH.ORG extend our best wishes to both of today’s happy couples.

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Emi in the garden

Emi

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OFT report on ‘cover pricing’

A recent Office of Fair Trading (OFT) report was pointed out to us by several local residents and had already been drawn to the attention of Parwich Parish Council and the Memorial Hall Committee. Although there appear to be no negative implications for the Memorial Hall rebuild, we felt it was important to report in full.

On Tuesday of this week the OFT issued a press release entitled ‘Construction firms fined for illegal bid-rigging’ summarising the completion of a three and a half year investigation.

They fined some 103 construction companies mainly for ‘cover pricing’, that is where companies entering competitive tendering submitted deliberately high bids to ensure an agreed company gained the contract. There were also a number of instances where building firms successfully gaining the contract, paid cash sums to ‘unsuccessful’ competitors, by means of false invoices. The events reported took place between 2000 and 2006.

A significant number of companies co-operated with the OFT investigation and consequently had their fines reduced by between 35 and 65%. It is recognised in the Report that these practices have been widespread in the industry.  Indeed the OFT had evidence relating to a considerably larger number of companies nationally, but chose to focus their investigation on the East Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside.

The report further states that the companies fined may now have more reliable procedures in place than other companies not subject to investigation. The OFT and OCG (Office of Government Commerce) advise that the named companies should not be excluded from bidding for public projects on the following grounds:

  • The Parties have received significant financial penalties appropriate to the infringement findings in the Decision
  • It would be wrong automatically to assume that construction companies that are not named in the Decision have not also been involved in bid rigging
  • As a result of the OFT’s investigation, the Parties can be expected to be particularly aware of the competition rules and the need for compliance and, if anything, are more likely to be compliant
  • Many of the Parties have cooperated fully with the OFT’s investigation and a significant proportion have taken measures to introduce or reinforce formal compliance programmes and to ensure that their staff are aware of their competition law obligations.

The contractors for our new Memorial Hall, Wildgoose Construction Ltd were cited by the OFT as being involved is some 7 cases, between April 2001 and July 2003. However, they had stopped this practise some time before the start of the OFT investigation. Wildgoose, though fined, had their total reduced by 50% (the second largest reduction) as a result of their co-operation in the investigation.

The OFT report gives us no grounds to doubt either Wildgoose’s current trading practices or their conduct in relation to our project. Indeed the OFT goes further saying those companies who co-operated with their investigation are now likely to have more reliable policies for public tendering. (more…)

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Update from County Council on B5056

Last weekend we received a letter from County Councillor Chris Jackson, Cabinet Member for Highways & Transport.  The letter, sent to the relevant Parish Councils and residents along the B5056, gives an update on the County Council’s position on the landslip on the B5056 at Fenny Bentley.  Today we got permission from Cllr Jackson to reproduce the letter in full, so click here to see it in pdf format.

The letter summarises the history of the landslip and indicates

the preferred option, which will provide the least risk of further road movement, is the provision of a reinforced concrete masonry faced retaining wall supported on piles extending below the slip plane.

The time-scale is

Subject to Cabinet Members approvals and the securing of funding, it is expected that the design and contract document will be completed by early to mid-October, followed by a required tender period of four weeks with tender evaluation and acceptance a further two weeks.  It is expected that it will take the successful contractor some four weeks to mobilise his operations. … … … .  Whilst it may be possible that the design, procurement and mobilisation programme could be reduced by a few days, it is unlikely that works on site will commence before the New Year.

At this time, the anticipated contract period is approximately 20 weeks, but this could well be influenced by the vagaries and uncertainties of the climate during the winter months. (more…)

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nuthatch

Thank you to John FS for this picture of a nuthatch

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Macmillan

Sandra and Rebecca invite you to a Macmillan coffee morning on Friday 25th September at School View from 9am – 12 noon.

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Horror

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Thank you John FS for this close up of a feeding butterfly

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Top tip for anyone with a log burner

If you have a log burner and have bought yourself a briquette maker to make firelighters out of old newspapers, here is my top tip.  Drying them out in the top oven of the Aga is inadvisable as they may dry out more quickly than you think and then spontaneously set on fire as you open the oven door, giving you quite a surprise and smoking the whole house out and making your hair and clothes smell as if you have been in a house fire.

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This week in the Stunner

ANT 22 09You can see the Ashbourne News telegraph online or buy it in the Sycamore.

p.2 – Parwich soiree helps churches: the concert held in the church on Saturday raised more than £500 for St Peter’s Church in the Village and St Peter’s Church Choir from Nottingham.

p.2 – Dance Summer School: Who can spot a local girl who took part in the Ashbourne School of Dance’s annual summer week (photo courtesy of Ashbourne News Telegraph).

Dance Summer School

p.11 – Landslip repair work is ready to begin – a massive engineering project will soon be ready to start.  The work on the B5056 at Fenny Bentley is reported to be due to start shortly after Christmas.  Do we believe that the road will re-open next year?

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New Policing Arrangements

In the October Police Newletter you will read about the changes in policing for our area. The Command Team have decided to move PC Ian Cooper to Ashbourne, where there is a higher level of Crime and Antisocial Behaviour. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Ian for his support and work in our area, especially with his proactive help to Parwich.org.

We would like to welcome Police Community Support Officer – PCSO Kate CLEVELEY who will now be covering our area and look forward to seeing her in the village.

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police-safer-neighbourhood-logo                            Update from your local officer

 

 

Just a few bits to report this month, which includes some good news, and some slight changes to the Police Staff covering the area. We have also had our Safer Neighbourhood Team Governance meeting/Community Forum, which again saw a good attendance with representatives from a number of villages.

Incidents – (more…)

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Does anyone one have surplus plums?

Does anyone have any plums that are surplus to needs? I am very keen to make some plum jam and would be happy to give a pot to plum providers!

You can let me know in a comment below or phone me on 378

Thanks very much

Caroline H

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At the last Parish Council meeting (held on September 8th), PC Cooper presented various pieces of information regarding various traffic concerns.

Following the concerns raised at the open meeting, a speed survey was carried out. Statistically, the speed and the number of incidents reported do not highlight a problem.

The Parish Council would like to make people aware of the need to report any concerns.

PC Cooper’s report: (more…)

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Wanted: bed restorer.

Debbie W writes:

I’m wondering if anyone in Parwich knows of anyone able to professionally restore an old cast iron bed?

If you can help, please leave a comment or contact Debbie directly on 568.

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How about fencing?

A Parwich fencer has told us that lungelocal fencing club “3 Blades Fencing” would like to inform local people of a new beginners class for all would be fencers, or anyone simply interested in trying something new, gaining new skills and keeping fit at the same time.

3 Blades Fencing Club meet at Ashbourne Leisure Centre Every Tuesday and have a new beginners class starting over the next couple of weeks. Please contact info@3bladesfencing.co.uk or see their website for more information.

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Meet Wildgoose Construction, tomorrow

builders of the New Memorial Hall

Tuesday 22nd September
7pm
in the Memorial Hall

An excellent opportunity to find out about the building programme and their communications process.

Everyone is Welcome

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It was good to see Tom and Camilla making a special guest appearance on last night’s Strictly Come Dancing, dancing a typically fun-filled routine to “If They Could See Me Now” from the musical Sweet Charity. Fast forward to 3:55 to start watching them.

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Martin C writes:

We had a very successful evening. With an audience of over 110, we raised over £500. £100 will go to St Peter’s Choir in Nottingham (who are raising funds to build a new organ
for their church), and the rest will go to the Parwich St. Peter’s Restoration Fund.

Patti B writes:

This really was a very enjoyable evening. We are very lucky to have had such excellent musicians and choristers in our tiny village. If they had been performing in London, we would have had to pay a small fortune for tickets. As it was, our tickets even covered a glass of wine and nibbles. Thank you to everyone that organised and helped.

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The Bride arrives at Church

With all best wishes to both the Bride and Groom following yesterday’s wedding:

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TRAFFIC ALERT

The Newhaven – Pikehall road is shut at the moment (5.30pm on Sunday) because of an accident and there is total chaos there so avoid it!

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Harvest Celebrations at St Peter’s

Harvest Lunch

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Weekly Weather Stats

Last weeks readings:

Rainfall

in mm

Pressure

in Mb am

Pressure

in Mb pm

Temperature in ºC

Max

Min

Sun 13th

0

1025.4

1024.7

18.2

6.9

Mon 14th

0

1024.8

1023.5

17.4

10.3

Tue 15th

0

1021.0

1021.1

18.4

10.1

Wed 16th

0

1020.7

1021.4

17.0

10.0

Thu 17th

0

1020.3

1019.2

13.5

9.6

Fri 18th

0

1015.8

1014.7

17.8

10.6

Sat 19th

0

1013.1

1012.9

18.6

10.5

Total

0

Average

17.3

9.7

What a fantastic fortnight.

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A mystery villager seems to have interfered with the nice smooth concrete painstakingly smoothed out by workmen who are constructing the new substation. A team of crack investigators have been working to determine who might have done such a dastardly deed. DNA evidence has been taken, the area has been checked for fingerprints and CC camera footage from around Parwich has been examined. All to no avail.

If anyone has any idea who the identity of this individual may be, please let us know. Click on ‘continue reading’ to see the evidence…..

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Temporary Blockage of Smithy Lane

Message from Mike and Sue H:

Our LPG tank is due to be replaced on Thursday 24th September, probably in the morning. This requires lifting gear and the road by our house is narrow. The Smithy Lane route in and out of the village will in all likelihood be temporarily blocked whilst this is done.  We are sorry for the inconvenience.

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