Archive for October, 2009

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Through the swirling mists emerged a figure, a friendly witch ready to welcome all the vampires and ghosts to her haunted home.  Fearsome spiders and their webs dance over the ghoulish gate illuminated by the witches pumpkin.
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Then THEY arrived!! (Lots of scary pics) (more…)

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A52s Halloween

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Horticultural Society AGM

AGM notice 2009

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Horticultural Society Subs Due

The annual subscriptions of £2 for Parwich & District Horticultural Society are now due.  This is still a fantastic bargain, for only £2 you get:

  • the opportunity to order at discount seeds, onion sets, seed potatoes and much more through the Suttons Seeds catalogue
  • subsidised trips to gardens and nurseries and horticultural talks
  • cheaper entry cost to our annual Flower and Vegetable Show
  • free refreshments at our AGM and Social Evening
  • and much more

Either give your subs to the Teasurer Ben Bennett or bring them along to our Annual General Meeting at 7-30pm Friday 6th of November in Parwich Church.

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Derbyshire County Council are holding a public meeting about the B5056 closure at 7pm on Tuesday 17th November at Tissington Village Hall. Our Councillor, Simon Spencer, will be at the meeting.  We will post any further details as they become available.

If you have anything you want us to pass on to the County Council before the meeting or are unable to attend and have points you want raising, please add comments below.  Alternatively those of us in Parwich Parish can pass our thoughts on to the Parish Council for next week’s meeting, either by emailing or attending the public session at the start of the meeting.

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The next Parish Council meeting is on Tuesday 3rd November at the Pavilion on Parson’s Croft.  The public can address the Council at the start of the meeting and can attend, but not participate in, the remainder of the meeting.

To see the agenda click here, and to see the unapproved minutes of the previous meeting click here (these minutes will be approved or amended as appropriate on Tuesday).

At the Parish Council Liaison meeting attended last week we were verbally told that the open meeting regarding the B5056 is planned for Tuesday 17 November 2009 at Tissington but have not yet received anything confirming these details yet.

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Photos on the Blog

It is great that people are willing to share their local photos.  Indeed our photo archive pages are our most viewed pages, so including these photos is our most popular feature.

We have some valued regular contributors and some one-off contributors such as the post below.  We are happy to get photos from both.

We can be fairly flexible with the format and file size, but for the best results, when the photos are viewed in full screen, please send in images 800 or more pixels wide.  We can always make them smaller, but we can’t make them larger.

Although it is partly inevitable because of the larger Parwich population, we tend to get photos with a Parwich bias, so we would also welcome any of Alsop, Ballidon and Pikehall and the surrounding countryside.

Keep those photos coming.

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An Autumn Walk

Thank you to the person who sent in these great photos, but modestly requested we did not publish their name:

I enjoyed a lovely walk round Parwich last Friday and thought you might like to share some of the photos I took.  I think you are so fortunate to live in such a pretty village and have such a supportive community.

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This Week in The Stunner

get_imageThis week The Stunner seemed rather thin and there is certainly not much to report about Parwich.  As always you can buy the Ashbourne News Telegraph in the pub or view it online.

p2.  Bid to build brand loyalty in Ashbourne – Ashbourne needs to showcase its most renowned assets and adopt a clear-cut identity to maximise the town’s marketing potential.

p3. Roadworks in and around Ashbourne – Resurfacing around Brailsford from Monday 2nd November for a month between 9.15am & 4.30pm.  More resurfacing in Clifton Road between the A52 roundabout and the mini roundabout on Station Road, road closures will happen in the New Year, but we will update you nearer the time.  Replacement of the pavement in Cockyane Avenue should already have begun.

p6. Plan to fight winters worst – We needn’t worry about ungritted roads this winter, Derbyshire County Council have it all in hand, they’ve drafted in high tech monitoring equipment, problem solved!!

p39. Darts – Parwich Legion lost to the White Hart 6:3, but T Edge did get a 98 double start for the Parwich Legion who are 7th out of 10 in Division 4.

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Memorial Hall Build update

This week, week 5, has seen the completetion of the footings with the steel bolts in place ready for the main steel structure.  Tomorrow a specialist company will start drilling 3 bore holes approximately 100 metres deep for the ground source heat pump, which will then heat the new hall.    The Marshalls have completed the new substation and what a great job they have done.

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police-safer-neighbourhood-logo       Update from your Safer Neighbourhood Officer
       November, 2009


Since the 22 September there has not been a great deal to report on the area. On the 5 October an isolated building at a company on Alsop Road Parwich had an attempted entry, nothing was taken all contents remained intact. Later in the month on the 19 October several rocks were taken from a wall at Newton Grange, still under investigation.

Sometime between 3.45pm, on Thursday 22nd October and 8 am on Friday 23rd October 2009, an orange flashing beacon has been taken from the edge of the FitzHerbert Primary School Car Park, on School Close, Fenny Bentley. The beacon was there to help people clearly see the edge of the ongoing building works, and was on hire. The school will still have to cover the cost of its loss. If anyone has any idea as to its whereabouts please let me, or the school, know. If it simply reappears it would be a big help. (more…)

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Our thanks to Martin C for these four superb videos – more of which can be found, in their full widescreen glory, on Martin’s YouTube channel.


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Tom on Waterloo Road

In the build up to Waterloo Road, Tom Chambers has had a number of TV appearances, including this interview on yesterday’s Paul O’Grady Show:

Tom is also due to appear on tomorrow morning’s BBC Breakfast TV (Wednesday 28th Oct), and (more…)

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Water Power

This is probably not relevant to our area unless the new owners of Bradbourne Mill have any ideas, however someone might be interested in the workshop next month on small scale hydroelectric schemes.


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Halloween Party At The Legion

A52s Halloween

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Congratulations to Peter Harrison

It is good to hear about the successes of former residents, and the Rev Christopher Harrison must be very proud of his son, Peter, gaining a scholarship to Clare College, Cambridge.  Well done!

Peter has been awarded the organ scholarship at Clare, to begin next autumn. He will be reading maths and physics alongside this.

It was of course very useful, in previous years, having a village church with a freely accessible organ on which Peter could practise, and he played for services on several occasions both at Parwich and other churches in the group. He also received a good training in church music by being in the choir at St Oswald’s church, Ashbourne.

Over the past four years at Winchester he has been taught by Malcolm Archer, who was previously director of music at St Paul’s Cathedral, and also by Paul Provost, who was organ scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge. In Nottingham Peter now plays for some services at St Mary’s, and also sometimes sings in St Mary’s choir.

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The Peak District National Park Authority start today their public consultation on their new Core Strategy for the Local Development Framework.  This is the policy document that is used to inform their planning decisions.  The focus of this consultation is on their website, where there is an on-line survey, with various background and ‘preferred option’ documents.

Assimilating all the information and implications of such consultations can be hard work.  Anyone who wants to help summarise the information to ensure as many people as possible are aware of what is being proposed, please let us know either by commenting below or emailing   Also sharing comments on the process often helps others clarify their views so please do add your own comments or email them in to create further posts.

It is important that as many Park residents as possible have their say if we are to influence future planning decisions.  The Authority does not always recognise the level of self-employment and the number of small businesses in communities such as ours.  Although it is important to preserve our beautiful scenery and fine old buildings it is also important we ensure the Authority recognises what is required to ensure our communities continue to flourish.

Also increasingly the Authority is relying on the internet for their public consultations, so do let anyone you know, who might want to comment but is not on-line, about this consultation.

For the Authority’s full press release (more…)

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The web pages here at PARWICH.ORG for the Parwich Village Action Group have been updated, along with links to the 2004 Village Management Plan and the previous surveys and reviews that it is based on.

The Management Plan has aims relating to:

The Plan is due for revision, especially given all the changes in the Village over the last five years.  Also the Peak District National Park Authority are keen that we look at our community taking the lead in developing a Management Plan for the Parwich Conservation Area, following on from last year’s Appraisal by the Peak Park Authority.  Parwich Parish Council also supports looking at this.

We are keen for more people to be involved in the Village Action Group, but also we are keen for suggestions as to how we should establish what village residents see as the current priorities.  We are reluctant to undertake yet another questionnaire, and would welcome ideas for alternative ways of gathering people’s views.

Peter Trewhitt (outgoing Chair)

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Does anyone want a girls’ Next Desk? It is made of light wood effect veneered chipboard with 3 drawers down one side with pink and lilac fronts? The top is slightly loose as one of the fixings is lost, but its only a problem when you try and move it.

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halloweenHalloween in Parwich is usually very successful, with the youngsters and their parents normally only calling on homes where they are known.  The children make a real effort in their dressing up and the atmosphere is fun and non-threatening. If you are happy to have callers but you are not normally visited please put a lantern or somthing else very obvious in your window.

Remember to get those sweets ready!

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Autumn colour

Half an avenue is better than no trees at all

autumn colours

John F-S

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What’s on Where this Week

What’s on Where this Week

Date Time Event Location
Sunday 11.15am Mattins Alsop Church
Sunday 2.30pm Methodist Service Parwich Church
Thursday Horticultural Committee Meeting
Saturday 10.30-10.45am Saturday Morning Rubbish Collection Ballidon
Saturday Halloween

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Weekly weather round up

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At least the new Hall footings were dug before the worst of the rain.

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parwich film update

parwich film‘s 2009/10 season got off to a good start last night with the film The Young Victoria.  Some thirty people came along, quieting our worries that a change of venue would adversely affect numbers.  As Jane pointed out in her comment the film’s visuals fitted particularly well with the Victorian architecture of St Peter’s.

The projector worked well in the Church and the slightly smaller screen did not impair the visual impact of the film.  The sound quality was not perfect, but raising up the speakers on tables at the interval was a great improvement.  Hopefully this will sorted for our next regular film night.

Certainly sound quality will not be an issue for the next showing, which is a special one-off fund-raiser for the Church (Sat 14th November, apologies for confusion over the date in previous notices).  It is the silent film ‘Gold Rush’ starring Charlie Chaplin, and it will be accompanied by live organ music played by the Rev Christopher Harrison.

There will be no regular film night in November, with the next Friday night showing to be in December (date to be announced later).  Do let us know what films you would like to see this season, though it should be pointed out that the Exorcist and the Omen have already been suggested, and rejected.

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A good drink!

I like a drink with my nuts.

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Cheers John F-S.

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Poppy Appeal

British LegionDon H has started his annual poppy selling around the village, he is the official door to door representative.

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New Sherwood Foresters Memorial

SF ColourThis afternoon (2pm Central European Time, i.e. 1pm BST) sees the unveiling of a new Sherwood Foresters Memorial at the Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium.  To see photographs of the stone being carved go to the WFR Museum website.

This Project has been led by Major John Cotterill MBE Mercian Regiment, Mr Cliff Housley Regimental Historian and Mr Eddie Edwards BEM Assistant Curator/Archivist The WFR Museum (Sherwood Foresters Collection):

In the Great War 11,409 men of the Sherwood Foresters died on active service, the vast majority of them on the Western Front. Despite the counties of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire having made this great sacrifice the Regiment is unique in having no lasting Memorial anywhere in France or Belgium.

140,000 men served in the ranks of the Regiment’s 33 Battalions and of the 74 Infantry Regiments then in existence only three won more Victoria Crosses than the Sherwood Foresters in the war. Nine of the Foresters 10 Great War VCs were won on or over the Western Front.


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Don’t forget the clocks go back

British Summer Time ends tonight at at 2am (Sunday 25th Oct), when the clocks go back one hour, so 2am becomes 1am (Greenwich Mean Time).

Tomorrow we get an extra hour in bed and lighter mornings, but darker evenings.  The current system will continue to 2011, when the Government are reviewing it.  What are your thoughts on the clocks changing?

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2009 Poppy Appeal

British Legion

Yesterday saw the launch of this year’s Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.  You can donate on-line (click on the poppy above to go to the Royal British Legion website) or get your poppies locally at the Parwich Legion and the Sycamore Inn.

Obviously the memory of those who died in action is more to the fore this year as we are rebuilding the Memorial Hall, part of our community’s recognition of their sacrifice and a celebration of what they fought for.

World War I

  • Pte Albert Roberts, The Sherwood Foresters, Died 30/09/1915, aged 20yrs; YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Belgium
  • Pte Leonard Twigge, The Sherwood Foresters, Died 10/04/1916 aged 21yrs; ECOIVRES MILITARY CEMETERY, MONT-ST. ELOI, France
  • Pte Thomas Twigge, The Sherwood Foresters, Died 04/03/1917 aged 20yrs; THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, France
  • Sgt Fred Moorcroft, The Sherwood Foresters, Died 03/01/1918, aged 22yrs; PHILOSOPHE BRITISH CEMETERY, MAZINGARBE, France
  • Pte Herbert Steeples, The Sherwood Foresters, Died 16/08/1918; GRIMSBY (SCARTHO ROAD) CEMETERY, UK
  • Pte Robert Shipley, The Sherwood Foresters, Died 23/04/1917; ARRAS MEMORIAL, France
  • Pte Thomas Hadfield, Lincolnshire Regt, Died 15/07/1917: VLAMERTINGHE NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, Belgium
  • Pte Arthur Calladine, Rifle Brigade, Died 20/09/1917; TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Belgium

World War II

  • Pte Ronald Cotterill, R.A. S. C., Died 03/08/1943, aged 26yrs; ALSOP-EN-LE-DALE (ST. MICHAEL) CHURCHYARD, UK
  • Sgt Brunskill Lowes, Lancashire Fusiliers, Died 25/05/1944, aged 34yrs; IMPHAL WAR CEMETERY, India
  • Grdsn William Mace, Grenadier Guards, Died 06/08/1944, aged 32yrs: BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY, France
  • Tpr Robin Philips, Royal Armoured Corps, Died 17/08/1943; ALSOP-EN-LE-DALE (ST. MICHAEL) CHURCHYARD, UK
  • Pte Jack Steeples, The Sherwood Foresters, Died 24/04/1943, aged 23yrs; MASSICAULT WAR CEMETERY, Tunisia

See also the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.

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Retirement of Simon our Postie

As some of you may be aware Simon has already take his well-earned retirement and is just filling in until early January, when his replacement will take on his round.


Simon has been serving the village for the last 11 years and we felt we wanted to do something to say thank you and good retirement (more…)

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Dovedale Dash – Sunday 1st November

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Tie your laces up tight and get ready for this year’s Dovedale Dash – you can find more information by clicking this link.

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School Newsletter – Issue 8

Please click to enlarge, in printer-friendly PDF format.

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Saturday Morning Rubbish Collection

Tomorrow is the bulk rubbish collection; the dustcart picks up at various points in the village.   Remember if you leave rubbish to be removed, you must be in attendance when the wagon comes and load your rubbish, yourself.  Don’t lose it, use it – even if you only have a small amount to get rid of.

Sycamore Cottages                       0900 – 0920
Village Green                                 0925 – 0945
By old shop, village top                 0950 – 1010
Croft Avenue                                 1015 – 1045

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tennisThe Junior Tennis Tournaments are to be held tomorrow, Saturday 24th October 2009:

  • 11 years and under: start 9am at the courts; format to be decided based on how many enter
  • 16 years and under, boys and girls: start 11am at the courts

Don’t forget to return the trophies to Nia or bring them along on Saturday.

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Race Night this Saturday


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The school needs your boxes

uncle_samThe infants need lots of boxes for junk modelling and building things – cereal boxes, tea bag boxes, tubes from kitchen and loo rolls, egg boxes, cat food boxes – any other boxes you can think of.  Please either give them to someone you know who goes to school or pop them into school yourself.  Thank you.

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This week in the Stunner

ANT 21 OctAvailable online or in the Sycamore, the Ashbourne News Telegraph has the following stories of local interest:

P.1 – Tom goes back to school – Tom Chambers is back on prime time TV in Waterloo Road next week – see page 3 for full story including comment from our village school headteacher, Caroline Rodgers.

p.2 – Speed cameras out and about – this week police speed cameras will be in use on the A515 from Ashbourne to Alsop en le Dale.

p4. – Second wave of swine flu expected to hit county – health bosses are preparing for a second wave of swine flu as cases multiply across Derbyshire.

p.19 – Wedding album – a great photo of David and Julie (née Bradbury) Sherratt’s wedding.


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Friday’s Film in St. Peter’s Church



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More on Breaking Poynt

It is now some years since Don and Linda gave up the Sycamore and Colin moved out of Parwich, but the family, not so far away, still have strong links to the village.  So for those who want to know more about the band ‘Breaking Poynt’, here is a clip on YouTube:

See also:

We are always happy to hear about the sons and daughters of, and former residents of Alsop, Ballidon, Parwich and Pikehall, so do keep us updated.

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