Archive for March, 2010

Severn Trent claim form

Our thanks to Andy Larkin for providing us with a high resolution scan of the Severn Trent claim form, suitable for printing out.

Please click here to access the form.
If you wish to save it to your computer, please right-click on the link and select “Save As”.

Note: The form is too big to display in full size on most computer screens.

Severn Trent’s reference for the letter is Fcr 7446.

Update: Thanks to Martin C for providing an alternative version in PDF format. You may find this easier to print out.

For more information, please refer to our earlier post on water compensation.

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This week’s Stunner

This week’s (31st Mar 2010) Ashbourne News Telegraph is available in the Sycamore or on-line.  Click on the image of the front page to access the paper on-line.

Recently the folks of Parwich, Alsop, Ballidon and Pikehall seem to have had a low profile in the news with the exception of the sports pages.  This week seems no exception:

  • p.2 The Ashbourne Breast Cancer Walk is at Carsington Water on Saturday 8th May.  For more information see www.abcw.co.uk.
  • p. 2 Parents should shortly receive notification of places for children starting primary school in the autumn.  Parents who applied on-line can view their response at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/admissions.
  • p.5 Attendance figures for Derbyshire Schools have improved and are better than the national average.
  • p.6  Dog walkers in the Peak District are asked to keep the dogs on a short leash to protect wild life, lambs and calves during the breeding season.
  • p.6 In a national survey Derbyshire is the fifth highest region for unfaithful partners, with Devon coming top. (more…)

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If you would like a hard working, efficient and reliable cleaner to make your life easier and keep your house sparkling clean, a local cleaner is looking for more clients in the Ashbourne area and surrounding villages. She currently cleans three houses in Parwich so references can be given if needed. Email the blog, leave a comment on this post or call Lynne on 474 for more information.

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This film will be shown in the Church next Wednesday.

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Water compensation

Martin C writes:

On the back of the letter that we received from Severn Trent re. the water repairs on Saturday, there is a form for claiming compensation if they don’t restore services by the stated time.

Could we encourage people to claim, and then give the money to the people who were flooded? I know of at least two – they had turned taps on and forgotten about them, and then had floods during the night after the water was restored and overflowed the basins. (I suspect the water pressure is higher now than it was before.)

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Some discount vouchers for Alton Towers were given out a few weeks ago via the school. If anyone has any vouchers that they do not want, could they please contact Rebecca on 318.

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Again the builders have been working 7 days a week, with 6 guys in today.  This week has seen the completion of the main roof, which is fully tiled and has two solar panels on the rear.  The small structure in the middle of the roofline, when finished will be the ventilation system for the hall, and will be placed in situ by crane.

The carpenters have finished the floor for the high level storage above the hall, this area is designated for items such as scenery flats, costumes etc for future stage productions (calling all thespians, get your thinking caps on). 

The plasters have been prepping the hall ready for plastering this week.   Plumbing, electrical work and further insulation continues, as does the external pointing on the stonework.

Thanks to Ben & JF-S for the photos.

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The next meeting of Parwich Parish Council is Tuesday 30th March at 7-30pm in the Cricket Pavilion at Parson’s Croft. This is the April meeting, but is early to avoid clashing with the holiday weekend.

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 (2nd Mar 2010).

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

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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

0.0

1007.8

1013.8

12.9

0.3

Mon 22nd

1.3

1011.0

1008.5

9.8

6.0

Tue 23rd

6.3

1013.7

1007.8

11.3

-1.1

Wed 24th

4.0

1004.1

1002.1

12.3

6.9

Thu 25th

13.0

998.8

995.5

13.9

8.5

Fri 26th

6.3

998.2

999.3

11.3

5.2

Sat 27th

0.0

1003.2

1006.7

12.2

4.7

Total

30.9

Average

12.0

4.4

Not such a sunny week, but the buds are swelling and the daffodils are showing a little more.

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Ordering Oil

Don & Audrey are going to be placing an oil order in the next 10 days, they have the  small tanker for deliveries.  If you would like to join in with their group order, please ring them on 773.

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What’s on Where this Week

What’s on Where this Week
Date Time Event Location
Sunday 9.30am Palm Sunday
Holy Communion with Andy Larkin
Parwich Church
Sunday 11.15am Mattins Alsop Church
Sunday 2.30pm Parwich Methodist Service Parwich Church
Monday 6-8pm PTA Easter Bunny Drive Parwich School
Tuesday 7.30pm Parish Council Meeting The Pavilion
Wednesday 6pm & 7.15pm Pilates Parwich School
Thursday   School Closed – Staff INSET day  
Thursday 7.30pm Holy Communion Alsop Church
Friday 8pm Quiz Night Parwich Legion
Saturday   Vicky Lambert Singing (60’s) Parwich Legion
Sunday 11am Easter Sunday
Holy Communion with Andy Larkin
Parwich Church
Sunday 11.15am Holy Communion Alsop Church

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Where is our Water?

Water was switched off  in Parwich today.  Seven Trent switched on the water at 2pm, but unfortunately the water has not reached the village yet.  Seven Trent are currently driving around the village trying to find the problem/leak.  They will do everything they can, as soon as they can but………..

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Tits Talking

“ I wonder what the council tax is for this place?” JF-S.

Update: Please click here to listen to the tits in full song (but sadly not in conversation). Our thanks once again to Alan Burbidge of WSRS for providing the sound file.

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Thank you to the people who contacted the Parish Council regarding the overflowing dog bin on Kiln Lane. This is a new bin, which had been overlooked on collection. Please contact 01335390253 to report any problems.

Karen

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Fair on the Green

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School newsletter 26


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Also there will be events on the Village Green and elsewhere in the afternoon, so put this date in your diary.

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Hi following our posting last week regarding has ‘Anyone Found a chocolate and cream cat?’ – as some of you may have noticed by our subsequent comment we found Sasha but she’s been quite badly injured.

She’s back home now, and we’ve borrowed a puppy crate from the vets, but as she needs to be in there for approximately 6 weeks were wondering if anyone has a crate that we can borrow. The crate needs to be large enough for her bed, litter tray and food and water bowls. If anyone has one that we could borrow for this period of time that would be great.

Regards
Keeley

Emails to parwich@hotmail.co.uk will be forwarded

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Tweet tweet tweet…

No, PARWICH.ORG hasn’t signed up to Twitter! This “tweeting” is of an altogether more traditional kind. Kevin S. explains further:

We have been very lucky on this blog to have some excellent bird photography, supplied by John F-S and several other local snappers. Having recently met Alan Burbidge, Vice Chairman of the Wildlife Sound Recording Society (WSRS), I realised there could be a great opportunity to attach recordings of bird song to relevant photos on the blog.

The WSRS is a group of about 300 members who are interested in recording sounds from nature, thus helping to further the appreciation and understanding of animal language.

Their website has a lot of information about how the recordings are made, numerous articles about bird song and a section where recordings can be heard. The quality of these recordings are amazing. I particularly liked the European Tree Frogs and Eider Ducks.

Alan has kindly supplied us with a couple of recordings, which we have linked to a couple of John’s photos. To listen to them, please click on each picture.

In the future, we will try to link relevant recordings to other photographs as they appear on the blog.

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Skills Celebration Day

Skills Celebration Day
St Peter’s Church, Parwich
Bank Holiday Monday 3rd May 

It dawned on us recently how blest our village is with individuals with the most extraordinary range of talents and interests – from painters, through quilters, potters, bee keepers, metal detector researchers, meteorologists, caterers, flower arrangers, to record producers! – sometimes skills quite hidden from view.

We would like to put on a day in the church celebrating some of our talents and interests – and maybe arrange lessons in these skills in the future.

Do you have an interest/talent/knowledge that you would like to share & celebrate with us? Or maybe someone you know? Maybe another member of your family?

Do please contact us – and help us celebrate the amazing diversity of human interest and enquiry.

Jean and Martin Compton 390529  or martin@orchidserve.com

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50 empty wine bottles with screw tops are needed for one of stalls at the Fair on the Green on April 25th. If you have any empties, could you either leave them at the pub recycling bin, or at Mick Edge’s House. Thanks.

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The Stunner

You can buy the Ashbourne News Telegraph from the Pub or read it online.  As always do let the team know if we have missed something.

p1, 24 & 25 – Welcome home – The passion and the pride at the return of the 2nd Battalion Mercian Regiment as they marched through Ashbourne.

p2 – New Waitrose opens to a Jazz band – the new store is officially classed as a convenience store, as opposed to a supermarket, the first one to be opened in Derbyshire.

p3 – New heritage display boards to be unveiled on Saturday with music from the Bill Bailey Band.

p6 – Free flood alerts when river rises – People in Derbyshire affected by flooding will receive free alerts by the Environment Agency, that should include approximately 24,000 properties.

p6 – Police Officers receive awards for their work in townPC Ian Cooper, who used to be our community officer, was awarded this commendation for saving a man’s life.

p18 – New book examines days out with a hint of folklore – The author Denis Eardley writes that Parwich was mentioned in the Domesday Book and how the Romans had a presence in the area because of the ‘attractive’ mineral deposits.  Pottery fragments have been found in the region and the name itself is thought to be derived from Roman orgins.

p28 – Ready to stage Annie – A photo of Amy G who is part of the cast of this talented group of youngsters from Stagecoach Uttoxeter who will be performing Annie this weekend.

p47 – Parwich Legion lost in dominoes to Wheel Wanders in the Ashbourne Darts League, Division 4.

p48 – Victory served on a plate for U10’s – Ashbourne U 10’s came home with the NDL plate after taking on the best in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire.  Bertie L broke down the blindside to score an excellent try in the corner.

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Tomorrow – Tennis Club AGM

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Film Night – April 16th

Parwich Church on Friday 16th April at 7.45pm. Free Entrance. Certificate 15.

WINNER OF 6 OSCARS, INCLUDING BEST FILM, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Screenplay

This low budget highly-rated film is an intense portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs in the heat of combat.  This film is a riveting portrait of the courage under fire of the military’s unrecognised heroes: the bomb squad who volunteer to challenge the odds and save lives in one of the world’s most dangerous places. (more…)

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Alsop Hall – a historical query.

We have received the following enquiry from A. Jackson, regarding the history of Alsop Hall.

I have a query about Alsop Hall and the family that resided there.

I recently bought two books, both with inscriptions on the inside. The first (called Lost Gip by Hesba Stretton) has the following inside: “To John, from Mrs Heald, Alsop Hall, Derbyshire“. Could you tell me anything about both these names? Probably written around the 1900s (due to the age of the book).

The second book I believe to be from the same place, as they were purchased from the same stall, are the same age and by the same publisher. The second is inscribed: “Awarded to Jane Lamb for lessons and attendance in the year 1900.” Again (although the books may in fact not be linked), could anyone tell me anything of this Jane Lamb?

I realise family histories are hard to track, but I’m intrigued to know something of these three people: John, Mrs Heald and Jane Lamb.

I look forward to hearing from you!

If you are able to assist with this enquiry, please leave a comment or e-mail the blog team: parwich@hotmail.co.uk.

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Lent Lunch tomorrow – Wednesday

Tomorrow is the final Lent Lunch of the year. There are lots of good reasons for coming along:

  • to meet Jo & Andy in their new home
  • to have lunch prepared for you – lots of lovely bread & cheese etc
  • to relax for an hour or so
  • to come along and meet friends and neighbours for a natter
  • to help the much needed repairs in the Church
  • So pop along tomorrow, Wednesday to the Vicarage between 12.30-2pm for Lent lunch. Everyone, including children are welcome.

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    Caroline Rodgers (headteacher of the primary school) and I (Lynne Goldsworthy, chair of governors of the primary school) were taken on a tour this lunchtime of the building site that is very fast turning into the new village memorial hall.  The space and facilities that the school will be able to use really amazed and excited both of us.  The hall will benefit the village school children hugely and, as we were walking round the site, we were already planning what we could do with the space. 

    One of the most obvious uses will be as an indoor sports facility for the children – they will be able to use it for indoor badminton, 5-a-side football, basketball, hockey, netball, gymnastics, dance etc. etc.   The school will also be able to use it as an extended learning facility, for assemblies, for end of term productions, the list is endless. 

    The teaching staff will be visiting the hall shortly to enable them to start planning for its use.  Governors of the school will also be invited to have a look around to see what a fabulous facility this will be for the school.  We will be the envy of all the other village schools in the area and are very excited about being able to start using the hall as early as next term!

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    Equinox 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

    1023.5

    1022.4

    12.2

    3.3

    Mon 15th

    0.0

    1020.2

    1017.6

    9.1

    3.5

    Tue 16th

    0.0

    1017.7

    1016.2

    13.1

    -1.0

    Wed 17th

    0.0

    1012.6

    1012.7

    13.9

    4.2

    Thu 18th

    0.9

    1009.3

    1002.7

    13.0

    6.7

    Fri 19th

    6.7

    1005.1

    1003.9

    13.7

    5.8

    Sat 20th

    7.2

    998.4

    999.8

    11.9

    7.7

    Total

    14.8

    Average

    12.4

    4.3

    Certainly this week has been more spring like, and the sun is keeping us warm today on the vernal equinox.  The day and night are equal length but not for long as the days are lengthening at their fastest at this time of year.

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    Update On B5056 Landslip Work

    Many thanks to Dave R who has provided some photos of the construction works at the B5056 landslip site as taken this Sunday. The line of piles has been connected by a concrete ground beam with a reinforced concrete retaining wall on top.

    It looks like progress is being made.

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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
    with Andy Larkin
    Parwich Church
    Sunday 11.15am Holy Communion Alsop Church
    Wednesday 12.30-2pm Lent Lunch The Vicarage
    Andy & Jo
    Wednesday 6pm & 7.15pm Pilates Parwich School
    Thursday 3.30-6pm Open Evening Parwich School
    Thursday 7.45pm Tennis Club AGM The Sycamore
    Friday 1pm Stepping Stones Pre School AGM
    Everyone Welcome
    Bradbourne Village Hall
    Sunday 2am British Summer Time begins
    Clocks go forward & we gain an extra hour of sleep
     
    Sunday 9.30am Palm Sunday
    Holy Communion
    with Andy Larkin
    Parwich Church
    Sunday 11.15am Mattins Alsop Church
    Sunday 2.30pm Parwich Methodist Service Parwich Church

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    Car for sale

    FOR SALE

    Peugeot 206 Coupe Cabriolet Automatic (in Black) FM02 MXL

    • Only 23,300 miles. One owner from new, kept in garage, 1.6 petrol engine, about 38 mpg.
    • Equipped with Immobiliser/alarm and remote double deadlocking, electric roof and windows, power steering, ABS brakes, air conditioning and CD/ stereo radio.
    • The auto gearbox has four speeds and a ‘sports’ setting. The roof lowers into the boot in just over 20 seconds.
    • A good reliable car with an open air option.

    The price is £4,250 o.v.n.o. including 12 months MOT plus Road Tax paid to end February 2011.

    Call Avril on 01335 390500

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    Pleasant pheasant

    Spotted in Dorothy’s garden waiting for the daffodils:

    Beautiful plumage the Parwich Purple!

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    An idea for Parwich?

    Following on from the recent blog discussions on the speed of some traffic in the village, one of the Blog Team was struck by the installation pictured below which can be found at the entrances to Brassington.

    Would a measure such as this be a good idea for Parwich? Do you think it would have an effect on people driving into the village?

    Comments please!

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    The suspense has been almost unbearable, but now the long days waiting are over.

    Instalment Six in the epic work of romantic fiction Parwich Heights has been forged by our next authoress – Barbara Heartland.  Click on the book cover for an avid read!

    If you would like to try your hand at an instalment of Parwich Heights, drop a quick email to parwich@hotmail.co.uk. You can write a paragraph, a page or a whole chapter! A friendly member of the blog team will allocate you an instalment and check with you that you are not too busy at the time. It’s a great way to develop your creative writing skills and you can use a pseudonym if you don’t want to be mobbed by the world’s press. Set your creativity free!

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    Final Lent Lunch on Wednesday

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    Stepping Stones AGM

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    School newsletter 25


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    We’ve not seen our cat Sasha since early yesterday evening, which is unusual as she is generally never far from the house – and never misses breakfast!
     
    She is a long haired birman, with a chocolate face, ears and legs, and a lighter coffee coloured body.  She’s extremely friendly and approachable and is wearing a collar with a name and identity tag with our contact details.  If anyone has spotted her, could you please call me on 07515 702265.
     
    Thanks for your help – Keeley

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