Archive for December, 2009

Exclusive photos of the B5056

Some exclusive photos have been sent into Parwich.org showing the landslip, rediscovered mile stones, ongoing repairs near the original traffic lights and what looks like road widening!

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New Year’s Day Get Together

Why not pop along to Church sometime tomorrow between 11am and early pm,  for a few minutes or a couple of hours.   A chance to catch up on the New Year’s news and gossip with some delightful music playing in the background.   If you have any food or drink that you want to use up, (the diet regime starts  tomorrow – so it’s a good chance to remove all that wicked temptation) bring it along and share with others.  If your cupboards are bare, then pop along for a bite in exchange for a donation to help the Church.

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Well the last couple of weeks has seen some freezing snowy weather, not the nicest time to be working on a building site, and certainly not on the roof.    When the temperatures are suitable the block work continues to grow, with some of the walls, both internal and external being built and insulated.   The scaffolding was erected last week to enable the roof  joists to be positioned.   The priority from next week is to continue the block work.

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Work on repairing the B5056 at the landslip just north of the Bentley Fenny Bentley is to start on Monday 11th January. Here is the County Council’s update:

I can confirm that the start date for the Fenny Bentley landslip works is 11 January 2010. Along with nearly all civil engineering contractors and suppliers the Contractor for the works shuts down for a fortnight at Christmas, returning to work on 4 January. During his first week back he will be busy mobilising the plant, equipment and materials required on site. He will also have to arrange his site accommodation, mess and welfare facilities.

Regards,
Brian Martin
Senior Project Engineer

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Parwich to Tissington

On Christmas morning 23 hardy sorts met on The Green and walked over to Tissington and were welcomed by 7 non walkers with coffee, gluvine and nibbles, so giving them the strength to stagger back to Parwich for their Christmas Dinner.

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Refuse Collection

Green bin on Thursday and the black rubbish bin on Saturday.

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This Week in the Stunner

The Ashbourne News Telegraph can be bought at The Sycamore or viewed on line.

p1. Festive lights a let down

p2. Boxing Day Hunt hit by frozen ground – although unable to hunt the hounds proved to be popular with the crowds.  John Rawlings  made a guest appearance, he will be hunted down in the new year at Chatworth and Netherton.  John lives in Parwich as do his parents Peter & Mary.

p9, 11 & 12 – Photos of some of QEG’s students at speech day including some Parwichians – well done to all.

p17-21 – Includes a round up of  2009

Do let us know if we have missed anything.

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We have a large quantity of VCR (as opposed to DVD’s) movies available to anyone who might want them. Feel free to cherry pick the ones you want, the rest we can take to a charity shop. Some titles include: Alladin, Lion King, Fantasia, Peter Pan, 101 Dalmations, Jungle Book, Bambi, Sleeping Beauty, Pinnochio, Lady & the Tramp.

There are some grown up movies too, some of which are: Chicago, Bend it like Beckham and Shawshank Redemption.

Also available for free: a basic pine single bed (and mattress if you wish – the mattress has always had a protector on it) which was originally the bottom part of a set of bunk beds. Please note, one of the slats is broken, however it can either be fixed, or just not used it has never caused the user any sleepless nights!

Ring Debbie W on 568

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As we reach the end of the year, here’s a look back at 2009’s photographic bird sightings, as captured by our ace snapper John F-S.

Our thanks to John for keeping us supplied with snaps throughout the year – and indeed to all who have sent in their photos. Please keep ’em coming!

February.

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A warm welcome to Andy, our new Vicar.

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A hungry bird.

A fieldfare enjoying the last of the crab apples.

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There’s a Christmas Quiz tonight (Sunday December 27th) at Parwich Royal British Legion, with Bill Whitfield. The quiz starts at 8pm, and all are welcome.

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Weather readings for Christmas week.

Last week’s readings:

Rainfall

in mm

Pressure

in Mb am

Pressure

in Mb pm

Temperature in ºC

Max

Min

Sun 20th

1

995.8

994.0

2.6

-5.5

Mon 21st

1

989.4

987.6

2.0

-3.2

Tue 22nd

1

987.2

990.2

2.0

-6.0

Wed 23rd

0

992.5

992.4

1.3

-1.1

Thu 24th

4

991.8

990.8

1.3

-1.1

Fri 25th

3

999.9

999.4

3.7

-1.3

Sat 26th

1

999.6

997.9

5.2

-1.2

Total

11

Average

2.58

-2.42

With temperatures dropping below freezing point every night this week, Parwich’s White Christmas was assured.  But now that things seem to be warming up at last, how long will it be until those last patches of snow finally disappear?

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New Year’s Day

Now that Christmas is “over” why not celebrate  not only the  New Year, but the new decade in the Church.   

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“Whole new ball game for John.”

Thanks to Matt H for alerting us to this story (and photo) in the current edition of the Ashbourne News Telegraph.

The man responsible for turning up Ash Wednesday’s Shrovetide ball is in fact Matt’s uncle: John Harrison, who (along with Matt’s late father and aunt Christine) was born and lived for many years in Ballidon.

John is also responsible for making the balls for each year’s Shrovetide matches, spending about 15 hours on the construction of each ball.

There’s more on next year’s Shrovetide matches here and here.

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PARWICH.ORG WISHES ALL OF ITS READERS A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

Our final pair of drawings are from Jake E and Jacob B. A big thank you to all of our artists!

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If you’d like to see all this year’s windows, and all 45 drawings, on one page, then please click here.

CHRISTMAS JOKE TIME!
How do you make opening your Christmas presents last longer ?

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Christmas Quiz – The Final One

  1. Why is Creamery Lane, so called?
  2. Which Parwich house was a YHA youth hostel in the 1930s?
  3. Daisy Bank Farm was initially developed soon after 1838 in order to hire out horses. What were these horses used for?
  4. Put the following shopkeepers at the old Parwich Shop in the correct chronological order: Goulden, Wibberley, Birds, Lowes, Slater
  5. Whose effigy was burnt on Parwich village green in or shortly after 1911 following a church service?
  6. What do the following Parwich deaths have in common: Richard, Geoffrey Bunbel’s man in 1281, Mrs Elizabeth Dakeyne in 1807 and Miss Mary Roe in 1807?
  7. The Rev Beetham, thought to be vicar of Parwich in the 1770s, following a run in with some unruly parishioners took as text for his sermon “And I caught certain of them and smote them and plucked off their hair and made them swear by God”. What village celebration provided the setting for this fracas?
  8. What in Parwich opened in 1982 and closed in 2000?

Thank you to Parwich & District Local History Society for these questions taken from some of their previous Quizzes.

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2009 Advent Calendar – Day 24.

Just two more windows to go! To mark Christmas Eve, here are a couple of suitably Santa-themed drawings, from the pens of Joshua G and Agnieszka K.

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CHRISTMAS JOKE TIME!
How does Good King Wenceslas like his pizzas ?

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There is a wonderful display of Christmas trees in the Church, decorated by the different societies, groups and individuals in the village.  An enormous amount of effort has gone into this and if you haven’t already been in to have a look, please do.

Remember it is the Crib Service on Thursday at 4pm, everyone is extremely welcome.
Click to enlarge any picture.

 

Barbara & Ann’s tree – Twas the night before Christmas.

The Memorial Hall Committee’s tree, recycling the wooden roof shingles as the base of the decorations, which then represent the different groups that use the hall.
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2009 Advent Calendar – Day 23.

To view Ben P’s lively drawing and Tamara D’s seasonal greetings, please click on the window below.

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CHRISTMAS JOKE TIME!
What happened to the man who stole a calendar at Christmas?

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Refuse Collections

Our collections will be a day early this week, weather permitting.

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Suspicious looking character, lurking!!

Hear no evil                           See no evil                            Speak no evil

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The Stunner

Parwich features a little bit more in this week’s Ashbourne News Telegraph. As always it can be bought from The Sycamore shop or viewed online.

p2 – Parwich Postie makes his last delivery  A lovely article about the service held in the Church for Simon last Sunday with a super picture of Simon, Martin and Bertie.

p3. Clothing store scoops world first – This refers to Pachacuti who have become the first retailer in the world to be given a new classification by the World Fair Trade Organisation.  Two Parwichians – Glynis D and Sue P help to run this very popular establishment.

P10. Creative talent shines through at the Nativity’s.  Parwich Primary School’s Christmas production was ‘Sparkle’, the story of a star chosen from all the others to be the Star of Bethlehem, guiding the shepherds and kings to the birth of Christ.

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2009 Advent Calendar – Day 22.

Our resident art critic says:

“Today, Parwich Primary School presents two boldly contrasting images. Note the effective use of bright colours from Kirsten B – whereas the subtle restraint of Charlie S’s more monochromatic palette is most soothing to the eye.”

We think he likes them!

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CHRISTMAS JOKE TIME!
How do you know if Father Christmas is a werewolf in disguise ?

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There’s a lovely Nativity scene from Lauren M on today’s window – while in Will E’s picture, Santa and the Snowman are feeling the heat!

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CHRISTMAS JOKE TIME!
What’s the slogan for the Eskimo lottery ?

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Pink snow.

Just before sunset this afternoon, the freshly fallen snow took on an eerie pink glow. Here are a selection of images which capture that moment.

Click on each image to enlarge it, and click on “Continue Reading” to view the rest of the gallery.



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Severe weather warning for Derbyshire.

From the Met Office site:

Heavy Snow from 1200 Sun 20th to 2200 Sun 20th.

Snow showers will become frequent and heavy at times during today, these showers merging into longer periods of snow at times. Accumulations of 5 to 10cm of snow are expected, with 15 to 20cm possible over higher ground. There is also the potential for some drifting, mainly over higher ground, in fresh to strong westerly winds.

If you have any information on current driving conditions, then do please share them with us in the comments box.

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Christmas Quiz – Part 8

  1. What was the exact title of John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s 1971 Christmas single?
  2. The Christmas Star (Poinsettia) originated from… a. Cuba, b. China, c. Mexico d. Brazil
  3. Which Wallace & Gromit movie, set at Christmas and first aired on 24 December, won the 1995 Oscar for best Animated Short Film and which recurring character was introduced in the movie?
  4. In which country does Joulupukki, the Yul Goat, bring the presents?
  5. Which cartoon family have a dog called Santa’s Little Helper?
  6. Four of the top five teams at the 2006 ClauWau, the Santa Claus World Championships, came from the host country, Switzerland. The other team was from… a. Japan, b. Jamaica, c. Holland, d. Kenya
  7. In what year did Band Aid release their record “Do They Know It’s Christmas?“? (Mike A definitely knows this one)
  8. In Dickens ‘”Christmas Carol“, how many children does Bob Cratchit have and what’s the name of the youngest?

Those who went to the History Society Quiz will have a decided advantage as these questions were used in one of its general konowledge sections.  So if you were there, hold back a day or so before revealing the answers.

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White Christmas?

Last weeks readings:

Rainfall

in mm

Pressure

in Mb am

Pressure

in Mb pm

Temperature in ºC

Max

Min

Sun 13th

0

1024.2

1022.0

9.9

1.1

Mon 14th

2

1019.3

1014.7

8.8

4.7

Tue 15th

2

1011.5

1014.2

2.9

2.8

Wed 16th

4

1010.1

1005.8

4.1

1.6

Thu 17th

1

1007.8

1013.1

3.1

0.3

Fri 18th

0

1013.4

1015.9

0.9

-2.8

Sat 19th

0

1010.9

1003.3

1.4

-6.1

Total

9

Average

4.4

0.2

Another sunny Sunday, perhaps the cold snap will last long enough for a White Christmas?

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What’s on Where this Week

 

Don’t forget the Christmas Carol Service, today at 4pm, at St Peter’s.

What’s on Where this Week
Date Time Event Location
Sunday 4pm Joint Carol Service
with St Peter’s & Parwich Methodists
Parwich Church
Monday   INSET Day for Teachers Parwich School
Monday 7pm Carol Service Alsop Church
Christmas
Eve
4pm Crib Service Parwich Church
Christmas
Eve
11.30pm Midnight Mass Thorpe Church
Christmas
Day
11.15am Holy Communion Alsop Church

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Today, let’s take a look at Reuben G’s and Tarun L’s Christmas artwork. Please click on the door to reveal the window.

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CHRISTMAS JOKE TIME!
Whose job is it to give Santa a hard time at Christmas ?

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A hungry bird.

Spotted in the church grounds this afternoon:

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Apologies from our on-line weather station (the links are always displayed in the weather section of the right hand column):

Those of you who have a keen interest in live local weather readings will have noticed a problem with our Parwich weather station data over the past few weeks. Intermittent problems with the hardware have led to some data being unavailable for periods of time, and the station is presently down. We think we have now located the source of the problem, and hope to have the station up and running again shortly.

In the meantime please accept our apologies for the incomplete data – especially over this extreme weather period. I can tell you the temperature in Parwich dipped to around -6 degrees C overnight, and the cold spell looks to continue into next week. Might we be in for a white Christmas?

Thanks.

As always we will have our weekly weather summary from our Weatherman on the Hill tomorrow.

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Luke W R and Sophie P: today it’s your turn to supply our Advent Calendar images. Please click on the door below to reveal them.

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CHRISTMAS JOKE TIME!
Why should you be careful at Christmas ?

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Congratulations to one of our team, Mike A, whose part time music reviewing has resulted in this latest article in today’s Guardian newspaper about the 25th anniversary of Band Aid’s Do they know it’s Christmas.

As well as his own blog, Mike has written a number of features for the Nottingham Evening Post and the Guardian;  it is good to see his writing getting recognition.  Click here to read his article.

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Tom’s TV interviews

There have been a number of TV interviews with Tom recently, including the following clip from Wednesday’s This Morning:

Thank you to Stuart for letting us know he is also on tonight’s  One Show at 7pm on BBC 1.

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Mani and Iris from Germany send their Christmas Greetings.  They most recently were here in September and wanted to be remembered to everyone they know:

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Film on tonight

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With just seven days to go until Christmas, here are our next pair of images – supplied today by Elizabeth B and Leoni M.

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CHRISTMAS JOKE TIME!
Why was Cinderella such a bad football player?

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“Thanks for trying, but you’ll have to do better than this”  JF-S

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