Archive for February, 2010

The next meeting of Parwich Parish Council is Tuesday 2nd March at 7-30pm in the Cricket Pavilion at Parson’s Croft (so wrap up well). As always the first ten minutes of the meeting are open to comments and questions from members of the public, who may also attend but not participate in the remainder of the meeting.

Click here to see the Agenda for this meeting.

Click here to read the unapproved Minutes of the previous meeting (2th Feb 2010).

Click here for the dates of all the 2010/2011 meetings.

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Insurance Problems?

Relatively recently we had a post on the insurance problems following the ‘flooding’ in 2008 and on the Environment Agency website classification of village homes at risk of flooding.  A village resident discussed the matter with a Nottingham based insurance broker who felt that there may be benefits in exploring a collective solution.  The broker suggested holding a local surgery and if there was interest trying to get cheaper insurance by taking a number of households together to potential insurers:

We have been speaking to Parwich resident recently about his household insurance, and he has been telling us all about Parwich. We feel that we have just the right set up to be able to deal with the insurance needs of home owners in Parwich.

We have done some research and have a good understanding of the geography of Parwich and the surrounding areas. We have already spoken to several insurers who are keen to work with us to provide insurance cover for the village.

Our approach is different to other household insurance providers in that the cover is bespoke to your requirements and we provide a very personal service at a competitive price.

When we review the home insurances of lots of our clients we very often find their cover to be inadequate. Most people are either under insured, or are insured through policies that exclude risks that are key to their home, their precious belongings and their families so its always worth a review.

We are happy to visit clients in a surgery type arrangement or individually so please contact myself (contact details below) or Bryan Elliott on 07824 566556 or via e-mail at belliott@wilorg.com . We look forward to hearing from you.

Charlotte Prow
Managing Director
The Wilson Organisation
cprow@wilorg.com
0115 942011107976 570724

Wilsons is an independent family owned business providing Insurance and Financial advice to businesses and individuals throughout the UK. Should you wish to find out more about us please visit our website at www.wilorg.com.

Please indicate how you feel about these ideas to see if it is worth organising a meeting or surgery in the village.  (In the poll below you can indicate more than one preference):

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Weekly Weather Stats

Last week’s readings:

Rainfall

in mm

Pressure

in Mb am

Pressure

in Mb pm

Temperature in ºC

Max

Min

Sun 21st

6.7

999.8

996.5

4.3

-4.0

Mon 22nd

0.4

995.4

995.1

2.7

-5.5

Tue 23rd

0.0

1000.1

998.2

2.2

-0.8

Wed 24th

1.8

995.1

993.9

6.3

0.1

Thu 25th

4.9

993.7

985.6

6.8

2.7

Fri 26th

10.3

987.0

996.6

4.3

-0.1

Sat 27th

0.4

998.4

995.1

8.8

-1.2

Total

24.5

Average

4.4

-0.8

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New Member Of The A52s Plays Gig!

The A52s would like to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who turned up for the gig in the Legion last night and especially to Social Sec Carl. It was an evening of great fun.

The band’s sound was enhanced greatly by the addition of ace guitarist Wyatt, who joined the group for a few numbers!

Well done Wyatt – you played very well!

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What’s on Where this Week

What’s on Where this Week
Date Time Event Location
Sunday 9.30am Holy Communion
Rev’d Andy Larkin
Parwich Church
Sunday 11.15am Mattins Alsop Church
Sunday 2.30pm Methodist Service Parwich Church
Tuesday 7.30pm Council Meeting The Pavilion
Wednesday 6pm & 7.15pm Pilates Parwich School
Thursday 12.30-2pm  Lent Lunch Rock House
Pauline & Denis
Thursday 8-9pm Open Meeting
Parwich Memorial Hall
Parwich School

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          Latest Update from your
          Safer Neighbourhood Officer
          February 2010

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.Dear Resident

February has been cold and snowy, but I feel spring is on its way….the daffodils and snowdrops are fighting their way through.

In Ashbourne town centre the annual Royal Shrovetide Football took place; all went well, with not too many injuries or issues of anti-social behaviour. The crowds were good humoured and the Police and Shrovetide Committee all worked well together to deliver a fun two days in the town.

Back to more mundane issues now….mud on the highways and lanes of our villages! There have been several ‘calls for service’ from members of the public regarding farm vehicles leaving mud, silage and slurry during ‘muck spreading’ time, this is a rural community and to expect clear, spotless roads is not feasible, but if the drivers of the tractors could just make sure that they do not leave too much mess, I believe this would satisfy members of the public. The most calls we have received have been around the Fenny Bentley A515 stretch.

A dead badger was found on the road between Gag Lane and Rakes Lane on the 19/2, this was discovered by Police whilst on duty. If anyone does find a dead badger on the road (they can be rather large) please could you inform DDCC or Call DERBYSHIRE they are a hazard for traffic especially when it is dark. (more…)

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Photodiary Week 22

It has been a busy week on site, and fortunately the weather has warmed up as the week has gone on.  This has helped speed up the stonework and we now have two teams doing this work. 

The roof timbers on the kitchen, foyer, meeting room and toilets are finished and await the final steel roof.

The first photo, below, is looking from inside the hall, towards the internal doors that open onto the foyer. The second from the foyer into the bar store cupboard on the left, the toilets and the cleaning cupboard on the left.  The disabled toilet is not shown from this angle. (more…)

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“One, two, three, four…….”

The A52s have been practising hard, trying to work out the difference between their augmented, suspended and diminished chords.

They think they’ve cracked it and are looking forward to playing for you at The Legion this evening, starting around 8.30pm. Admission free!

The band will be in full 5-piece configuration and will be featuring Bongo Rob on drums at this gig. He used to play in a Metallica covers band, but will try and tone it down a bit for this gig!

Click here for more information on the band.

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Tissington Ford

Thank you to Andy for this warning sent at lunch time today:

Just to let you know that the Tissington ford is now above the “1” level on the depth indicator. Folk in Tissington consider that to the limit for getting a two wheel drive car through safely.

Regards,
Andy.

Though with the drier afternoon it should be going down.

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School newsletter 26


Please click to enlarge.

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Blockage On The Alsop Road

We have received an email at 6.30pm on Thursday that a tractor’s trailer has partially overturned near to Parwich Lees which is causing congestion and may even cause the road to be closed.

Add more info in the comments section if you know more.

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Vouchers for Schools

Active Kids vouchers are now being issued in Sainsbury’s stores.  Parwich School are participating and would grateful receive any vouchers you get.

Parwich Primary School are also collecting the following:

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“A Tug of War”

A new video clip from Andy Larkin:

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A52s on Saturday at 8.30pm

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A Henry Moore in Parwich

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Lift to Ashbourne – can you help?

Can you help?

Would anyone be willing to give me a lift to Ashbourne, Tuesday to Friday mornings.  I need to be in Ashbourne before 8.30am, that is why the bus is no help.  I am willing to pay for the priviledge.  Please give me a ring on 691.  Thanks Sharon.

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History Society AGM tomorrow

Parwich & District Local History Society

AGM

7-30pm Thursday 25th February 2009
St Peter’s Church

Refreshments will be served in the Church and the meeting will be followed by an adjournment to the Sycamore Inn

All welcome, especially potential new members!

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The White Peak

On the way to Alstonefield.  JF-S.

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This week in the Stunner

Available online or in the Sycamore, the Stunner has the following stories this week – further down, coverage and photos of the dance festival at QEGs which the juniors from school took part in a couple of weeks ago.

Waitrose announces opening details of new Shawcroft Store – opening on 18th March, the new store will create 35 new jobs.

The Whys and Wherefores of our decision – the game’s officials have come under fire for allowing a ball to be goaled when there was no official in place to validate it. (more…)

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Lent Lunch Tomorrow

The first Lent Lunch this year will be held at Church Farm, Creamery Lane, tomorrow, Thursday, 25th February from 12.30 – 2pm. You will be most welcome – Donations in aid of the Church Fabric Fund.

Andrew and Rachel 202

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View from Highway Lane

Please click to enlarge. Thanks once again to Mike G, for providing this splendid snowscape!

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A scam to be aware of.

An Ashbourne resident was recently subjected to a simple yet effective scam whilst out shopping at Tescos in Uttoxeter. Payment was made for items at the cigarette kiosk and two different cards were used. The resident then went to the car park, placed her handbag on the passenger seat and the other items purchased in the boot. The car was then locked and the trolley returned to the nearby trolley park.

On returning to the car and unlocking it, a female of eastern European appearance suddenly appeared by her side and asked for directions, waving a road map about. These were given before getting in the car and driving off. Fortunately, the resident went immediately to the petrol station and on paying for her fuel noticed that the two cards she had used in Tescos were missing from her purse. The cards were cancelled but whilst doing so, the offenders were taking several hundred pounds from the accounts using the cash machines on site.

It is believed that the female asking for directions was a distraction whilst an accomplice entered the car from the passenger side and removed the cards from her purse. Everything else was left, giving the offenders more time to use the cash machines before the theft was discovered. They must have been stood nearby when the cards were used and noted the PIN numbers as they were put in.

Please be extra vigilant.

Thank you.  PC 1288 Bointon, Ashbourne Police Station

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Update your events

Parwich Calendar from March onwards is looking rather empty.  Tomorrow I will be updating the diary for March and April, sending it to the printers ready for next month’s Parish Magazine.  If any society, group or individual has an event planned, please email the details in to me at parwich@hotmail.co.uk or ring me on 665.  Thanks Jane

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A Lamb ‘on’ Sheep’s Clothing

Thanks JF-S

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Thank you to Parwich Parish Council for passing on this information.

For more details and a link to on-line registration click here. If anyone from our area is attending the Conference and would be willing to do a report for PARWICH.ORG do let us know via parwich@hotmail.co.uk (also anyone wanting to car share could let others know via the Blog).

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Photos of Sunday’s snow.

“Just for the record… in case anyone has forgotten”, says our photographer.  Please click to enlarge…



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Weekly weather stats

Last week’s readings:

Rainfall

in mm

Pressure

in Mb am

Pressure

in Mb pm

Temperature in ºC

Max

Min

Sun 14th

0.0

1016.2

1013.0

7.5

2.9

Mon 15th

6.3

1008.6

1002.3

4.8

0.7

Tue 16th

2.2

996.6

994.4

4.8

0.3

Wed 17th

0.4

998.8

999.6

1.0

-4.4

Thu 18th

0.4

1001.5

998.2

2.1

0.1

Fri 19th

3.6

999.0

1000.8

4.0

-0.5

Sat 20th

0.0

1002.1

1002.8

4.8

-1.2

Total

12.9

Average

4.15

-0.30

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Vacancy for part-time groom

We have a vacancy for a part time groom/yard person. The hours are four hours on Wednesdays and Sundays.  The vacancy is to cover someone on sick leave for about four months but could possibly be for longer.

The job involves mucking out stables, rugging up horses and leading them in and out to fields. The applicant would need to be confidant handling large horses. The ability to smile in the face of adversity, snow, wind and rain would be welcome. The upside is a good sun tan in the summer.

If you are interested then please phone for more details.  Alice Beasley 390206

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Can you help?

Can anyone help? I’ve had 6 Memorial Hall tables in my office since December 09! 3 large and 3 small. I borrowed them after the Christmas Church Fete, and then used them in January, but unfortunately it would appear they no longer have a home! Do you have space in your garage or shed where they could go till the Memorial Hall is completed? I would be most grateful as it is a bit of tight squeeze at our place!

Thanks Debbie

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Lent Lunch – Thursday

The first Lent Lunch this year will be held at Church Farm, Creamery Lane, this Thursday, 25th February from 12.30 – 2pm. You will be most welcome – Donations in aid of the Church Fabric Fund.

Andrew and Rachel 202

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Snow, not again

If you are out and about today, please could you let the blog team know about road conditions.  Has anyone managed to leave the village yet, if so, on which road?

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What’s on Where this Week

What’s on Where this Week
Date Time Event Location
Sunday 10am Joint Family Service with St Peter’s and the Methodists Parwich Church
Sunday 11.15am Family Service and Baptism
Rev’d Andy Larkin
Alsop Church
Monday   School Term Begins  
Thursday 12.30 – 2pm Lent Lunch
donations for the Church Fabric Fund 
Church Farm
Andrew & Rachel’s house
Thursday 7.30pm History Society AGM
followed by a social gathering in the Pub
Parwich Church
Saturday 8.30pm The A52s Parwich Legion
Sunday 9.30am Holy Communion
Rev’d Andy Larkin
Parwich Church
Sunday 11.15am Mattins Alsop Church

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It’s in folks!

The next exciting instalment of Parwich Heights has been lovingly crafted by our ever growing team of novel-writers. This weeks episode has been created by Thomas Hardley, a local author of great renown.

We have even created a little website to display Parwich Heights in its full glory. Click here to become enthralled!

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Bulk Rubbish Collection – Tomorrow

Just a quick reminder than tomorrow is the bulk rubbish collection, so if you have anything you need to get rid of, this is your chance – the van will stop in the normal places.

Remember, use it or lose it!

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

The timetable from April 2010 has not been released, so we do not know when our next collection will be.

Ballidon’s next collection will be on March 20th.

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Week 20 & 21 – Photodiary

The weather continues to be our enemy, with stoning and block work only happening when the temperature is suitable.  However, lots of jobs are still continuing.  All the block work is almost to roof level, this means that the woodwork for the roof over the foyer and toilets is being put in place.  All the internal walls are in situ, so it is now recognisable as a main hall with meeting room, toilets, kitchen and foyer.    The first photo shows the end wall of the kitchen block, nearest the Legion and has been built by Phil and his brother John from Longnor.  The other photo is looking down on the kitchen and shows the meeting room; the gap where it is angled will be glass doors opening onto the patio.

Thank you to Robert (Site Manager) for these photos.

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Oil co-operative: an update from Debbie.

Hi all,

I have been ringing around the oil companies today trying to find out about minimum orders, discounts to be expected on orders, etc.

Doing a percentage discount based on size of order (my preferred method of discount) doesn’t seem to be an option so far – although I’m still ringing around. It would seem one is always going to have to ring around on the day before delivery to find out the price.

It seems to me that to obtain the biggest discount possible, we need to match like with like on the oil tank front. We probably need two co-ops rather than one.

People with tanks that are 6 wheel tank accessible and need to buy at least 500 litres minimum would be a good match on one co-op front.

People who have tanks with restricted access (ie are accessible only by a 4 wheel rather than 6 wheel vehicle) and/or need order less than 500 litres of oil would be a good match for another co-op.

The reason for this is the discount is based on delivering the most fuel in as few stops or ‘drops’ as possible. The cost to the oil company is not simply bringing the oil from the depot to the village, but every single stop takes time and therefore adds to the cost. So even if you have an accessible tank, if you only need 300 or 400 litres of fuel, you are adding a drop. If we get a co-op order of 10,000 or 15,000 litres, but there are 17 drops, we are not going to get any discount at all!

Another problem that has arisen in the past is that people say they need 500 litres, but don’t really – they perhaps need only 300 litres. So then the tanker has to go back to the depot with fuel still on board, and if that tanker needs to fill up with diesel for truckers or something, the whole thing needs to be emptied. That is why it is better for the smaller orders to all go together, rather than tacked on to the bigger orders.

The biggest discount is going to go deliveries of 10,000+ litres in 10 or less drops. You’ll probably save roughly 2p per litre, maybe a bit more or a bit less, depending on how far we can wear them down!

People who have 500 or less litres of oil delivered pay significantly more for their oil. The price for having 500 litres from Halso was £41.90 per litre vs £39.90 for 1,000 litres. This is before any discount.

So you can see why people with larger tanks going together, and people with smaller tanks going together makes bargaining with the oil companies easier, because you are comparing like with like.

I’m still getting information together, but thought it was worth updating everyone on what I had learnt so far.

I do need to order oil, and I would be interested to hear from people who do not have restricted access and need at least 500 litres of oil.

I may be giving out information that people already know – so sorry about that if I’m preaching to the converted – it was all new to me. Also, if you know anyone who is interested in the co-op but not online, please pass the message on to them.

– Debbie W.

LATEST UPDATE: For comparative prices, useful phone numbers and an offer to start an ordering group for anyone ordering 900+ litres at a time (with no access issues), please see these further comments from Debbie.

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This Week in The Stunner

As always you can buy The Ashbourne News Telegraph in The Sycamore or read it online.

p1,2,3 – Down’ards took the lead on the 1st day.  After a slow but arduous battle in the town centre the surprise goal came at about 6.30pm.  There was a dramatic break by 16 year old Adam Cundy, who scooped the ball in the darkness and left everyone dumfounded by his lightning pace as he charged for Clifton, before handing over to goal scorer, Kevin Clarke.

p1,6 – £2 million plan for new high-tech library. “Sooner than later,” quoted Cllr Lewer.

p17 – Art Exhibition looking for new artists to showcase their masterpieces.  This free exhibition will be held at Ashbourne Town Hall from Saturday 19th – Thursday 24th June.  If you are interested in participating please ring 348707 or email info@ashbournefestival.org

Please email in anything else that you think we should have included.

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Alsop Road improvements.

The comment that Cheryl put on yesterday about the mud that has been dragged onto the road is true, but fortunately the weather so far has not made an adverse impact.

The good news is that Derbyshire County Council have been along the Alsop Road filling many of the deepest edges with chatter.  True, it does look a bit of a mess, but at least we won’t have to hold our breath whilst pulling over for other vehicles: wondering how deep the holes are and the danger to our tyres.

Tuesday 9.30pm – Having just driven back from Kniveton, snow is settling on the roads. Please take care in the morning.  Hopefully the temperature will have warmed up and the snow will have gone, but in places it is wet, so this could present an additional problem with ice.  Keep the blog up to date.

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Well, well, well… what’s going on here then?

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Parwich & District Horticultural Society has altered its membership year to run with the calendar year.  Those who have already paid for 2009/10 will gain an extra few months as their next year’s subs will now not become due until January 2011.  The subs remain a fantastically cheap £2 per year.

Benefits of joining the Society include

  • discounted seed orders through Suttons
  • priority and subsidised places on trips
    This year they will include a visit to Wentworth Castle Gardens on Wednesday 16th June
    and to Ryton Organic Gardens Wed 14th July
  • reduced entry to the Annual Parwich Flower & Vegetable Show. 

Members will receive this year’s programme in the next few weeks.

If you have not already renewed your Membership for 2010 please post them through  Ben’s letter boxout (1 Croft Avenue).  New members can join by giving £2 along with their contact details to our Treasurer, Ben.

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