Archive for April, 2010

Tomorrow – Bulk Rubbish

Tomorrow is Bulk Rubbish Collection day for Parwich  9-10.45am.

The van will stop in the normal places.
Sycamore Cottages 0900 – 0920
Village Green 0925 – 0945
By old shop, village top 0950 – 1010
Croft Avenue 1015 – 1045.

The next collection date for Parwich, will be on Saturday 3rd July.

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UK TV premiere for Fakers.

Back in 2004, an unknown young actor called Tom Chambers made his movie debut in Fakers, a comedy crime caper set in London’s fine art world.

Six years on, Fakers receives its first UK TV screening on Bank Holiday Monday (May 3rd), at 23:50 on BBC1.

It’s a fun movie with a few celebrity cameos (Rula Lenska, Art Malik, Larry Lamb) along the way, and well worth catching.

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School Newsletter 28

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Week commencing 26 April 2010.

It is not in a bowlers nature to complain! However, we are not having much luck – either on or off the green. We only have the bare minimum of players and quite a few have been, and still are, either ill or suffering from back, knee, and other orthopaedic problems. So please – if you can walk or even crawl, you would be a most welcome addition to the Club. Anyway, enough whinging and excuses; we did not do very well this week!

Tuesday League – Away to Whitworth Park.

Still no wins after four matches. We only won one game to Whitworth’s three. The resulting points tally was 72-55. That puts us about fourth from bottom. The only way is up?

Next match: Home to Matlock Park, 6th May, 6.30 ish. Please come and support us.

Thursday League – Away to Lafarge, Hope.

Although we again did not win, the ride up to Hope and Castleton is worth it. A nice lunch and then a game of bowls can’t really be bad, even if we lose.

At the time of playing the match, believe it or not, we were third in the league. Although not winning, we have had a good aggregate score. Unfortunately this week we lost all three doubles games. We redeemed ourselves a little by winning the singles games 4-2. However the total scores finished up 135-110 to Lafarge.

Next match: Home to Matlock Park, 6th May. 1.30 ish.

We are having our first internal Club competition this Sunday at 2.00 pm.

Again, although it’s a Bank Holiday, we will be on the Green on Monday at around 6.30. Everyone is most welcome.

– John B.

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Martin C has recently uploaded a three-part video of last year’s parade, featuring some high-flying camera work from Mike H in the bell tower (in Part 1), the church service (in Part 2) and some interviews with the participants (in Part 3). The total playing time is just over 25 minutes.

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The Annual Open Meeting will be held on Tuesday 18 May 2010 in Parwich School at 7.00pm.

This is an opportunity to hear the reports of the Parish Council and organisations in the village.

District Councillor Simon Spencer and PCSO Kate Cleveley have been invited. Everyone is welcome.

Please contact Karen on 253 if you would like your group to be added to the agenda, or for further information.

This week’s Stunner

Here’s our pick of this week’s stories of local interest. You can read the full newspaper online, browse the week’s main news stories, or buy a copy from Janet at the shop.

Page 5:Outstanding across the board at pre-school.

Many congratulations to Parwich Stepping Stones, who have been given an “outstanding” review by Ofsted. Stepping Stones were awarded the highest possible grade in every one of the 17 categories.

Tracy Marshall, chair of the school committee, said: “The committee has put in an exceptional amount of hard work in to achieving this standard and thoroughly deserve it, especially so as we have recently undertaken a mammoth task of moving premises within the last 12 months.”

On the Stunner’s Twitter stream (@AshbourneNews), the paper tweeted that Stepping Stones was “the first in the area I’ve ever seen get outstanding grades across the board. Incredible!”

Pages 20-21: “Celebrating St. George.”

A splendid two-page photo spread on Sunday’s celebrations.

Page 22: There’s a reminder for Saturday’s May Day concert in St Peter’s Church, featuring the Essentially Brass Quintet and organist Christian Cartwright. Call 529 for tickets.

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Please Sponsor Colin

Colin Beesley is doing a 10km run at Larwood, Worksop on 9th May to raise money for an all terrain wheelchair for our friend’s nephew Benjamin. Benjamin is 10 years old. He suffers form Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a chronic degenerative disorder that occurs in about 1 in 3500 male births. Benjamin can still walk short distances but for anything else he needs a wheelchair. His NHS one will only operate on smooth flat surfaces which rules out a lot of the activites he still enjoys.
You can either sponsor Colin directly, by contacting his agent Rebecca (390318), or online at Just Giving .  This final link goes straight through to Ben’s page.  Thanks for your support

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Tennis Club Social Afternoon

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This year’s Y-Not Festival takes place from July 30th to August 1st, at Mouldridge Lane in Pikehall. Although some acts are yet to be announced, this year’s line-up is looking stronger than ever, with more nationally recognised acts than ever before.

The Futureheads will be headling on Friday night, while The Subways and Los Campesinos! top the bill on Saturday night. Other acts include Turin Brakes, OK Go, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Kid British, Daisy Dares You, Darwin Deez, Little Comets, Rox and Twisted Wheel.

For more information, and to order tickets online, visit the official festival site. A full weekend ticket costs £55, or £41 if you’re between 10 and 15 years old. Under 10s can visit free of charge. Day tickets cost £24 (Sunday), £29 (Friday) and £31 (Saturday).

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A recent poll here at PARWICH.ORG, although only attracting a small number of responses, indicates nearly 40% of people  were still undecided on who to vote for.  Since then the final list of candidates in Derbyshire Dales for the May 6th General Election has been announced.  We have a choice between seven:

  • Ian Guiver (UK Independence Party) – Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire
  • Patrick McLoughlin (Conservative Party) – Quarndon, Derby
  • Joe Naitta (Liberal Democrats) – Mickleover, Derby
  • Josh Stockwell (Green Party) – Wirksworth, Derbyshire
  • Colin Swindell (Labour Party) – Elton, Derbyshire
  • Nick The Flying Brick (Official Monster Raving Loony Party) – Kirk Ireton, Derbyshire
  • Amila Y’mech (Humanity) – Atlow, Derbyshire

The polling station in Parwich is to be at the Sycamore Inn this time, with Janet receiving her official training at Matlock Town Hall this afternoon.  (Click here for the full list of Derbyshire Dales polling stations.)

So far there seem only to be posters up locally for the sitting MP, Patrick McLoughlin, in and around the village, which might suggest it remains a safe Conservative seat.  I have received leaflets for the Conservatives, Labour, Liberals and UKIP so far. 

More about each candidate: (more…)

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Delays on the Alsop Road

Thank you to Sue H for giving this information.

There are significant delays on the Alsop Road by Swiss Cottage, near Parwich Lees.  Delays can be as long as 15 minutes.  So if you are in a hurry or have an appointment then it may be best to go via Bradbourne.  Kerbing is being replaced and it has been suggested that work should be finished by the end of the day – but we do not have any official information.  Please keep us updated.

Latest Update
The workmen are coming back tomorrow to tarmac up to the kerbing – and intend to be finished tomorrow. Take care in the meantime round the corner as there are cones out which means the road is even narrower than usual at this point


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School governor post available

A post has recently become available for a new “community” school governor at Parwich Primary School.  If anyone within the community would be interested in becoming involved, please contact Lynne Goldsworthy (chair of governors) on 474 by Tuesday 11 May for more information.

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May Day Music this Saturday

Click here to book on-line.

Click here to find out more about Essentially Brass and Christian Cartwright.

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This morning’s St. George Parade started at the Legion, with the Parwich Odd Fellows (also supported by members of the Loyal Cavendish Lodge and their banner), the Cyberscouts and the Cadets all led by Doveholes Brass Band.

The procession made it’s way (via Parwich Hall) to the Church for a rousing service.  All the hymns could be belted out, and were: “Guide me, O thou great Redeemer”, “Jerusalem”, “I vow to thee, my country” and “Onward Christian Soldiers”.  The Vicar, brandishing a sword, gave an address on St. George as a Christian knight.

After the service the Parade continued on round the village before adjourning to the Legion.

Thank you to the Parwich Society of St. George for organising this event.  For more photos (more…)

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More great weather

Last week’s readings:


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A week of fantastic weather, though though this afternoon saw a heavy shower during the St George’s Day Fair.

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From the Vicar

“A huge thank you to all who worked so hard to make the St George’s day service and Fair on the Green such a success today. Thanks also to all who turned out to support the event, I hope you all had a fantastic day. It’s great to see the community come together.”


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This afternoon saw the very successful Fair on the Green, fundraising for the Church Restoration.  There were lots of people enjoying a really fun afternoon.  It was super to see Andy, our new vicar, prominent in the fundraising effort – Well done Andy and everyone else for organising a super afternoon.  Further thanks to all involved in this morning’s events.

Below is a random selection of shots, taken by Jane & JF-S.



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What’s on Where this Week

What’s on Where this Week
Date Time Event Location
Sunday 11am-4pm Open Gardens & Spring Plant Fair in aid of Mobile Physio Cullen Hall
Sunday 11.15am Mattins Alsop Church
Sunday   St George’s Day Events  
  10.15am St George’s Day Parade
with the Oddfellows, Cyberscouts & Cadets
From the Legion & then through the Village
  11am United Service with Parwich Methodists & St Peter’s Parwich Church
  1pm BBQ & Refreshments Parwich Legion
  1-4pm Church Fayre on the Green
in aid of
Church Restoration fund
The Green
Monday 9-11am PTA Coffee Morning 3 Rathbourne Court
Mandy’s House
Wednesday 6pm & 7.15pm Pilates Parwich School
Saturday 9-10.45am Saturday Morning Bulk Rubbish Collection Parwich
Saturday 7.30pm Essentially Brass Quintet & Christian Cartwright, Organ
in aid of the Church Restoration fund
Parwich Church

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Come along and support the Pre-School Quiz at the Legion tonight.
Any prizes that you wish to donate will be gratefully received.

Everyone Welcome.

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Culland Hall – Open Garden – tomorrow


Date for 2011 is Sunday 19th June – click here for more details

Also today  Parwich Open Gardens 2011 from 2-6pm – click here for more details


Culland Hall
Open Garden & Spring Plant Fair
Sunday – 11am-4pm
£3.50, children free
In aid of ‘The Mid-Derbyshire Association
for Mobile Physiotherapy’

Near Brailsford with excellent signage from the A52 and plenty of parking.
Refreshments available all day.

For any further details, please click here to read an earlier post

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Last night our celebrations of St George’s Day got under way with a successful Quiz at the Sycamore Inn.  Although today is the actual feast day (see our previous post on the history of St. George), the main events are on Sunday with the Odd Fellows Parade and the Church Service in the morning and the Fair on the Green in the afternoon:

Programme for Sunday 25th April

  • 9-15am Legion open for people to gather
  • 10-15am Odd Fellows, Cyberscouts & Cadets Parade starts at the Legion
  • 11-00am St. George’s Day Service in St. Peter’s Church
  • 1-00pm BBQ & Refreshments at the Legion
  • 1-00 to 4-00pm Fair on the Green inc stalls, refreshments and live music

Celebration of St George’s Day is a recent revival, so do share your thoughts on what the day means to you or how the day used to be marked in the past.  Any photographs of the celebrations (old or new) can be sent to for inclusion in our reports of the events.

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Week commencing 19 April 2010.

Mixed fortunes this week, but at least we broke our duck in terms of wins in one league.

Tuesday League – Home to Hathersage.

We have yet to win in this league and although we won two games and Hathersage won two, the points totals meant that overall we lost 62 to 81.

Perhaps we can try and console ourselves by thinking we have been playing the best teams so far! Hope springs eternal.

Next match – Away – Whitworth Park – 27 April.

Thursday League – Home to Bakewell.

Not only did we break our duck in terms of wins, but a new member played for the team for the first time. Perhaps he brought us luck. Bakewell are top of the league. Although we lost the Doubles games 2-1, we won the Singles games 5-1. Combining the points for all the games we won by 138 to 123. A great result.

Next match – Away – Lafage, Hope – 29 April.

Come and join us for a practise next Monday night 6.30pm ish.

John B.

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Greetings from New Zealand

PARWICH.ORG continues to attract readers from accross the World:

Good afternoon

Just wanted to tell you how delighted I was to discover your blog. I found it referred to in the Tablet, and was enchanted to read such a vibrant newsy website. I loved Sandra C’s lambs (I live in Masterton, where there are many large sheep farms, or stations as we call them). I loved also the tug of war homily of Andy Larkin.

Thank you for showing what a small community can do when it sets its mind to it.

Mike Kelly

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The Environmental Quality Mark has been awarded to the Bluebell Inn and to Hoe Grange Farm and to Bent Farm.  Congratulations to all three  (more…)

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Home Sheep Home?

Two weeks ago, one of Ben C’s sheep had three lambs. Mum couldn’t produce enough milk for them all, so Sandra C took two of the lambs into her care. A disused kitchen cupboard was filled with straw and the lambs took up residence in the kitchen. An intensive programme of feeding began.  In the beginning, Sandra and Ben fed the lambs every two hours day and night.

Two weeks later, both lambs are doing well…and the feeding is down to just (!) four times a day.

Luckily, Jasper the family dog has been very tolerant and can be found playing with the gambolling sisters.

In another month, these lambs will be ready to leave the house and head for the fields. In the meantime, we think we’d be hard pressed to find two cuter household animals in all of Parwich!

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School newsletter 27

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Jack Russell Missing

A Jack Russell Bitch – white, tan & black – missing since Tuesday. Have you seen her?
Please contact Rob Gosling on 01335 390249 or 07968 12447

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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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Fair on the Green

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This week in the Stunner

Available online or in the Sycamore, the Stunner has the following stories of local interest this week:

p.1 – Ash Cloud forces school to close – QEGs has been forced to shut for some of this week because teaching staff are stuck abroad.

p.2 – Spreading out the daffodils to flower – a story about Dorothy’s fabulous daffodils.

p.27 – May Day concert with top music – a concert will be held in Parwich on 1 May at 7.30pm in the church featuring the Essentially Brass Quintet and Christian Cartwright on the organ.

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Parwich Primary School PTA is holding a coffee morning on Monday morning from 9-ish am (i.e. after school drop off) until 11-ish am at 3 Rathbone Croft (778).  Phoenix Cards will be available for sale as well as cakes and local produce.  Any donations of cakes, produce etc will be gratefully received.  We would like as many people as possible to come and support this school fund raiser!

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Fair on the Green

If you would like to make something for the home produce stall or have anything for a tombola, book stall or bric a brac then please bring them to Dam Farm or Church Farm. Thank you!

Remember the Church Fair this Sunday on The Green 1-4pm.

Lunchtime Rolls, Teas & Homemade Cakes in the Church.

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QEGS Rugby Shirt

I have a size small QEGS rugby shirt, still in very good condition, if there is a year 7 or 8 boy who would like a spare, or a Parwich Primary School boy who will be at QEGS next year.  THIS ITEM HAS NOW BEEN SNAPPED UP!

Debbie 568

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Latest Update from your
Safer Neighbourhood Officer

March/April 2010


Dear Resident

March and April has been fairly quiet regarding incidents, but nevertheless a few more have occurred since the last newsletter, so below is a brief update.

On 14/3 it was reported that an aggressive dog was on the Tissington Trail, the caller, quiet rightly was concerned for the safety of trail users. After a bit of digging regarding previous complaints, the owner of the dog was advised and the DDDC Dog Warden was informed.

A female was arrested for possession of cannabis and dealt with via a formal cannabis warning on Dovedale car park. She was discovered by an Officer on routine mobile patrol, she had walked there from Ashbourne, this was on 20/3 at approximately 1.30am

A vehicle was stolen from Thorpe area; Staffordshire Police dealt with the incident as it was on the Staffs side of the River Dove, but passed details to Derbyshire Police for observations. This is a fine example of both Constabularies working together. The theft took place on 28/3 and was reported at 19.41hrs by the owner. Enquiries are ongoing and hopefully to a successful conclusion.

On the same day a little earlier there was a RTC (road traffic collision) in the car park of the Dog and Partridge ph. There were no injuries.

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) contacted the Police to inform us that two young boys had fallen from the quad bike. They had been picked up by a kind local farmer who had taken them to his farm at Pikehall. One boy had a head injury and both were in shock. They were eventually taken to Chesterfield Hospital. Neither was wearing crash helmets, both boys were advised accordingly by the Paramedics treating their injuries. It is vital that all quad bike users wear the appropriate equipment, as this will protect them and hopefully prevent serious injury. The incident took place on private land. Many thanks to the farmer who helped the emergency services. (more…)

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Week commencing 12 April 2010

As mentioned last week both our matches were away to Chatsworth and even if we don’t play very well and lose we still enjoy some lovely venues for our games.

Anyway, although we enjoyed ourselves at Chatsworth we unfortunately lost both the matches. The Tuesday evening team won two games and lost two, but on points count back we lost the match 73 to 60. In bowls matches ‘points mean prizes’

Similarly the Thursday team narrowly lost 135 to 131. A really good effort.

Even though we have yet to win a match we are not bottom of the leagues we play in. In the Tuesday league there are 12 teams. At the moment we are fourth from bottom.

The Thursday league has the same number of teams and we are fifth from the top.

As the saying goes it’s not the winning, but the taking part that counts. If we had some more players we may be able to do even better.

Speaking of which it was really nice to see a new face on the green on Monday night. It would be even nicer if we saw some more. Don’t forget, Mondays 6.30pm for an hour or so. You’ll love it.

John B.

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With less than three weeks to go until the General Election, the political parties are campaigning ever more vigorously for your votes. But have you already made your mind? Or have you decided not to vote at all?

If you live in our area, and if are registered to vote in the Derbyshire Dales constituency, please let us know how you’re feeling in our poll. If we get a good enough response, then we may run a few more election-related polls between now and May 6th.

IMPORTANT! If you live outside our area, or if you are not registered to vote in Derbyshire Dales, then please do not vote in our poll.

As a reminder, we have candidates standing from the following six parties: Conservative, Green, Labour, Liberal Democrat, Monster Raving Loony and UK Independence.

If there is enough local interest, we are also happy to compile a list of your questions, to submit to our six candidates. We had some success with this during last year’s European elections, and would expect an even better response this time round, as the issues are a good deal “closer to home”. So please let us know whether or not you think this would be a good idea!

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Yesterday I was commenting to JF-S about the beautiful blossom on one of his trees which we couldn’t identify. Later in the day he sent me a photo; I challenged him to photo some other trees and plants and within no time at all they were emailed in and here they are. Your challenge is to help identify all 14. Answers in the comment box please.


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Blowing our own trumpet....Although PARWICH.ORG is primarily written for the benefit of our local residents, we have also noticed a steady trickle of interest in our site from further afield. Over the last couple of years, more and more people have started setting up so-called “hyperlocal” community websites to cover events in their own areas, and many of them have taken a good look at what we have managed to achieve in Parwich.

Last weekend, around a hundred “hyperlocal” bloggers and other interested parties gathered together in Leeds, for the second annual “Talk About Local Unconference“. (The event was called an UN-conference, due to its relatively informal nature.) Mike A from the blog team attended the event, and met many other people from other areas of the UK who have set up successful local websites of their own.

The day ended with an awards ceremony – or rather, an UNawards ceremony! – in which PARWICH.ORG was named the winner of “The UnTourist Board Award, for a site that attracts visitors to a place”. As PARWICH.ORG has never won an award before – and who knows whether we ever will again? – we’re rather chuffed, and very grateful to the Talk About Local judging panel for thinking so kindly of our efforts.

And as if this wasn’t enough, we have also been selected by the widely read American site as one of their top ten “cool hyperlocal blogs”. In fact, we’re the only British site to make the list! Once again, we’re very pleased to be recognised in this way.

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This year Open Gardens will be on Sunday 20th June, 2-6pm.  If you are willing to open your garden this year, please ring Dot H on 456 by the beginning of May or email and we will forward your emails.

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