Archive for September, 2010

Some more on road safety

Road safety is an issue raised by our readers at regular intervals, as illustrated by the post last Saturday, which has attracted a lot of interest and comments sharing the author’s concerns.  Here are a couple of earlier posts on the same topic:

It is great to see the increases in children playing out and in cycle use, and a majority (73%) of parwich.org readers support the idea of a 20mph speed limit in the village.

The Village Action Group raised the idea of the Parwich roads as a shared space (pedestrians having priority) including a 20mph speed limit with the Peak Park who are supportive of the idea.  (These ideas grew out of the traffic survey undertaken in preparation for the new Memorial Hall planning application.)

Parwich Parish Council regularly discuss roads and footpaths at their monthly meetings.  So look out for details of the next meeting.

Coincidently one of our readers has sent in these notes from a recent National Speed Awareness course: (more…)

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Thank you to Lynne Burrow, Area Peak Park Ranger, for information relating to a voluntary restriction for motor vehicles on Gallowlow Lane, south of Mininglow over the winter and the erection of drive with care signs on Green Lane near Pikehall. It also explains how the action being taken on these lanes links to wider work that the National Park is carrying out to address problems caused by motor vehicle activity in the Peak District, which may also be of interest. The restriction/signs refer to motor vehicles and not pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders:

Issues relating to Green Lanes near Parwich.

The use of the Peak District landscape by 4x4s, quad bikes, trail bikes and other motorsport enthusiasts is one area that often arouses strong emotions. Concerns often centre around motorsports causing:

  • Damage to the landscape
  • Noise disruption to residents
  • Potential safety issues for other users, like walkers or cyclists.

The National Park understands these concerns and are working with all the agencies involved to try to resolve problems that may arise. We are working on a variety of areas. Two of these are: (more…)

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Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

Applications are invited for the role of Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer to Parwich Parish Council.

The successful applicant will be required to provide professional support and guidance in respect of all aspects of the Council’s work including acting as the Council’s Responsible Financial Officer.

Salary Scale LC1 point 15. £8.34 per hour. The post is for 16 hours per month – primarily working from home.

For further details please contact
Karen Wigley – Clerk to Parwich Parish Council
Cliff Cottage
Alsop Road
Parwich
Ashbourne
Derbyshire
DE6 1QN
Tel: 01335 390 253
email: ppccl@fsmail.net

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Odd Fellows Race Night

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Get set for digital

Thank you Martin for the following information:

The TV Digital Switchover in Parwich is due on 17th August 2011

This means in order to watch TV from this date you would need either:

  • A Freeview set top box (they start from £20) and possibly a new aerial + your old telly
  • Or a TV with Freeview built in
  • Or a satellite dish + a Sky Freesat box or Skybox (£150+, or a subscription) + your old telly.

To receive High Definition (HD) TV, you would need a TV that is HD ready + a HD set top box.

For further information click on

http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/postcodechecker/main/display/basic/de6+1qb/NA/0/NA

Added 30/9/10. Thank you to Mike G for pointing out that the Parwich switch over is in two parts: the first on 17th Aug 2011 involves BBC2 analogue being switched off, and the second on 31st Aug 2011 when all the other analogue channels are switched off.

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It’s Back!

The authors of Parwich Heights have been indisposed over the Summer. One took a villa in Tuscany and had a fling with a tempestuous Italian painter. Another became a stowaway in a merchant vessel that survived terrible storms in the Indian ocean. Yet another retired to her scottish castle and composed her magnum opus – concerto for bagpipes and orchestra.

But the summer is at an end and duty tugs at the heartstrings of each of our creative dream weavers. The demands of an expectant public cannot go unheeded for ever. The next instalment of Parwich Heights is about to be published!  The hour has been chosen: midnight on Friday October 1st. No queueing outside bookshops is necessary – the Parwich Heights website will suffice.

If you need to refresh your memory on the story so far, click on the image below.

Prepare yourself for an epic read!

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Quiz on Thursday

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October Film Night

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Tom in OK Magazine

There is an interview with Tom Chambers and Gethin Jones on the OK magazine website.  Also the feature contains several recipes: celebrity gossip and sexy food photos.

From the 19th of November to the 1st January Tom is appearing in White Christmas in the Sunderland Empire.  This is a great theatre from the heyday of Music Hall.

Rumor has it that there may be a coach trip being organised from Parwich to see White Christmas, so if you are interested watch this space or speak to Stuart.

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Parwichian in today’s Daily Telegraph.

Telegraph readers might be interested to know that there is a feature on Kevin S’s company Petscreen on page B6 of today’s business section, complete with a colour photo.

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Andrew Robinson 1937-2010

To all our friends in Parwich,

How can I find words to thank you for all the love and comfort that you have shown to Andrew during his illness, and now to me and my family as we face life without him.

Your wonderful cards, phone calls and offers of help brought Andrew much happiness and encouragement as I took them into hospital each day. He just loved Parwich, and all of you, and our years of retirement here were some of the happiest of our lives.

It was so comforting that he knew of the love that surrounded him. We just wish that he could have seen everyone at work in the Church getting ready for the funeral service. Thank you for all the beautiful flowers and foliage you brought from your gardens, and all the time and skill you gave so freely to make the Church look so beautiful. My family and I found it very moving to see you all at work and hear the shared memories of Andrew’s life here.

And now the healing goes on as I receive your loving messages of sympathy. Two passages in the Bible were very special to us – Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life; they who believe in me shall never die” and “Nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”.

Rachel Robinson

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Works on water supply due

There is likely to be an interruption to the water supply to Parwich this week for ‘essential maintenance of the water main’ (Severn Trent ref Fcr 8344).  The notice I received (on the Green) stated the following times:

  • Wednesday 29th September: from 8am to 6pm

Do let us know (via parwich@hotmail.co.uk or in a comment below) if you have different days or times, and how large an area is involved.  Not everyone seems to have got a letter.  If your water is cut off beyond the notified times or you are not give 48 hours notification of scheduled work you may be entitled to compensation.  Severn Trent can be contacted  on tel. 0800 783 4444, for more information.

While the water supply is disrupted Severn Trent say not to try to use any mains water, including flushing toilets and hot water.  So you will need to set up emergency supplies.  One option for flushing toilets is to fill the bath in advance with cold water and then use buckets to flush the toilet.  Do you have any other useful tips?

PS Be careful not to leave any taps turned on during the interruptions.  In the past several local households were flooded as a result of this with the water coming back on at higher pressure.

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For Andrew

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The September weather was perfect for the landmark official opening of the new Memorial Hall. The sun shone down, setting the facility off perfectly as people began to arrive for the opening ceremony.

Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for an account of the event.

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October events at the Legion.


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The real thing

Despite rumours that their tribute band the B52s were stepping in, everyone was ecstatic when the real A52s took the stage last night.

As our roving photographer commented:

What a professional looking lot.  And you’re never too young to start!”

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Weekly weather stats

Here are last week’s readings:

 

Rainfall

in mm

Pressure

in Mb am

Pressure

in Mb pm

Temperature in ºC

Max

Min

Sun 19th

2.7

1013.5

1011.5

16.7

9.6

Mon 20th

1.8

1009.4

1012.7

19.5

12.2

Tue 21sh

0.0

1017.1

1018.8

19.4

6.7

Wed 22nd

6.3

1016.2

1014.2

19.1

8.5

Thu 23rd

1.3

1010.3

1007.3

17.7

13.1

Fri 24th

2.2

1006.2

1015.8

13.6

9.9

Sat 25th

0.0

1012.6

1020.9

13.9

2.5

Total

14.4

 

Average

17.1

8.9

Our weatherman on the hill predicts:

Autumn is here – a cooler week, temperatures 8C to 12C rain at times, with Thursday looking the best day at the moment.

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Pilates Taster session for 11+

There has been interest shown from some of the yonger residents in the village for their own Pilates session, already 6 are coming along.  So spread the word amongst yourselves and for further info ring Rebecca on 318 

A free taster class will be held on Wednesday 29th September from 7.30 – 8.30pm.

Minimum age: 11 years. 

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Tomorrow – Have your say

Residents can meet with their local safer neighbourhood policing team to discuss issues and set priorities at a meeting to be held on Monday 27th September at 7.30pm at Kniveton School.

Meetings are held every three months to bring together the police, local councils and other agencies who work together to addressing the concerns of the communities they serve.

There will also be a chance to meet local officers and to get an update on what they have been targeting during previous months.

If you cannot make the meeting but have something you would like to raise please call 0345 123 33 33 or email ashbourne.neighbourhoods@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk.

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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 Parwich Church
Sunday 2.30pm Methodist Service Parwich Church
Sunday 7pm Harvest Festival Alsop Church
Monday 7.30pm Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team Meeting – Setting Priorities Kniveton School
Wednesday 6.30pm Pilates Memorial Hall
Wednesday 7.30pm Pilates – Free taster night for young people – 11+ Memorial Hall
Saturday 8pm Race Night with the Oddfellows Parwich Legion
Sunday 6.30pm Evening Prayers Parwich Church

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Today – Everyone is invited

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We have received the following message from Sue H:

I sit in our kitchen and listen to the whoosh of cars or the great clanking of tractors that are simply going too fast. (For the most part lorries and vans approach at a much more acceptable speed). I can’t say whether vehicles are actually breaking the speed limit but they are certainly driving too fast to be safely under control. I really fear for a serious accident at some point. There have already been 2 kittens killed on the road and I hate the thought that at some point it could well be a child. We have 9 youngsters along this stretch, some of whom are old enough to be road savvy but others who will just be starting to venture out on their own.

Perhaps drivers are not aware that they are already in the village when they come down from Townhead. Or perhaps they think that they have already left all civilisation once past the Hall on their way up through Parwich Dale. Nobody seems to take notice of the existing “school” sign. I seem to remember someone mentioning Brassington’s idea for slowing down traffic at entry points to the village: white road markings and white fencing to give the impression of the road narrowing. Is this something we should be considering? Or what about setting a 20 mph limit through the village? Maybe this would be the only way to make people more responsible in their driving.

What do you think….?

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Harvest Supper Snaps

Thank you to JF-S for sending in these photos, which show the Harvest Supper and Auction on Monday night. The event raised £350 which will go to The Padley Centre in Derby.  Click on any photo to enlarge.



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School newsletter #3

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Andrew Robinson

Andrew’s loss is strongly felt by the Community of which he has been such an active participant.  Our sympathy goes out to Rachel and their family.

His funeral is at 1-30pm on Monday 27th September in St. Peter’s Church, followed by refreshments in the Memorial Hall.

Members of the parish will be decorating the Church, so if you have any flowers or Autumn foliage (including berries) from your gardens, please bring them to the Church on Saturday or on Sunday morning and leave them in the buckets provided near the entrance.  If in doubt about what to bring contact Jean C or Helen P.

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Demotion or promotion for Parwich band?

This week’s Stunner has a couple of Parwich references; on p.5 there is a photograph of Janet behind the bar, accompanying an article on the 2011 Good Beer Guide which includes an entry on the Sycamore Inn.

Also on p.7 there is a short article about this Saturday’s official opening of the new Memorial Hall, including a concert by the B52s.  Does this mean that the Highways Agency has down graded the band, or have they changed their name to fit in with the Memorial aspect of the Hall?

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Race Night at the Legion

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Harvest Collection

Thanks to all those who helped in any way to make last night’s Harvest Supper such a success. I am pleased to say that £350 was raised to support the work of the Padley Centre in Derby. In addition £106 was collected on Sunday at our Harvest Festival Service for flood relief in Pakistan.

Thank you to Helen who send this comment in.

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Harvest Supper Tomorrow

Tickets are still available for the harvest supper, but please do ring Martin C (529) as soon as possible.

If you are able to help set up the hall, please come along about 2ish.

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Parwich were represented by 4 runners in the Ashbourne half marathon and fun run.  Bertie L the 6th boy to finish the fun run, just ahead of Izzy P who was the third girl to finish.

In the half marathon Sue P was only a few minutes ahead of Graham J, he was running his first half marathon and has never run more than 10 miles.  Both runners finished in less that 1 hour 50 minutes, on what is considered a tough course, going up a number of hills near Thorpe and Blore before finishing back at the rugby ground.

Well done to everyone – a great morning.

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Parwich artist Esther Tyson will be showing six paintings at a prestigious exhibition sponsored by The Society of Wildlife Artists. The theme of the exhibition is ‘The Natural Eye’. The picture below is one of those that will be available to see first hand.

The exhibition will run from 22nd September to 2nd October at The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1. Click on this link for more information.

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Autumnal Weather

Here are last week’s readings:

 

Rainfall

in mm

Pressure

in Mb am

Pressure

in Mb pm

Temperature in ºC

Max

Min

Sun 12th

0.0

1017.5

1024.3

18.7

10.1

Mon 13th

0.0

1024.3

1019.4

16.4

7.9

Tue 14th

7.6

1014.3

1011.7

17.5

14.7

Wed15th

1.3

1011.5

1012.8

14.0

8.0

Thu 16th

0.9

1011.8

1013.6

16.8

10.4

Fri 17th

0.0

1014.2

1019.2

15.2

5.2

Sat 18th

0.4

1019.9

1017.6

14.3

3.7

Total

10.3

 

Average

16.1

8.6

Our weatherman on the hill predicts:

A reasonable Autumn week to come, with the possibility of a wet day on Thursday.

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What’s on Where this Week

What’s on Where this Week
Date Time Event Location
Sunday 10am Harvest Festival with St Peter’s & Methodists – Andy Larkin & Tim Morris Parwich Church
Sunday 11.15am Holy Communion Parwich Church
Monday 6.30pm Harvest Supper Memorial Hall
Wednesday 6.30pm Pilates Memorial Hall
Saturday 2pm Official Opening of the Memorial Hall followed by Cream Teas Memorial Hall
Saturday Disco & The A52s
to celebrate the Opening of the Hall
Memorial Hall
Sunday 9.30am Holy Communion Parwich Church
Sunday 2.30pm Methodist Service Parwich Church
Sunday 7pm Harvest Festival Alsop Church

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I am not a Parwich resident but have very close ties with!!! I have two free tickets for Alton Towers tomorrow, sadly we can’t use them.

Thanks Melanie W

(contact details removed pm Sunday)

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Colin Keyworth‘s band Breaking Poynt are playing tonight (Saturday 18th September) at the Bentley Brook Inn from aproximately 9-30pm onwards.

Click on both the links above hear and see the band on-line.

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Hi, I have two tickets – paddock and grandstand pass – to the Renault World Series for this Sunday at Silverstone,with racing, plus meeting the stars (eg Greg Mansell, Nigel’s son) and other motor sport events.  Tickets for pick up only at home.

Paul B

(contact details removed pm Sunday)

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New stock now in, including:

  • winter pansy
  • winter viola
  • primulas
  • heathers
  • a large selection of ‘pick your own’ loose spring bulls (daffs, tulips, alliums etc.)

Bill also has handmade oak tubs and ½ oak barrels.

There’s lots more, so why not call in, everyone is welcome and locals are often treated to tea/coffee and a biscuit!

For enquiries / more info call Bill on 390571 / 07713 743295.

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School newsletter #2

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Pilates for the young!

We have received the following message from Rebecca:

Apologies to the existing Pilates exercisers who are young in mind if not in body, but there is interest from some of the younger residents in the village in setting up their own session.

A free taster class will be held on Wednesday 29th September from 7.30 – 8.30pm.

Minimum age: 11 years.
Maximum age: could be controversial – I feel I’m on dangerous ground here!

If you are interested, please spread the word amongst yourselves, on Facebook etc, as the class will need to be large enough to be viable.

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Reflections on Love

JF-S

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