Archive for April, 2011

Two little princesses cut the cake

The following photos from JF-S show the memorable day unfolding.

The sentries lining the route                 The confetti on the ground

Royally decorated


The early birds got the best seats, but soon the Hall was packed

 
The first live screening of events on the big screen at the Memorial Hall via the new satellite dish

Lots more photos – click to enlarge (more…)

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May’s Film Night

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Today’s ‘This is Derbyshire’ & the ‘Derby Telegraph’  feature an article on Major Ben Ingham.  Senior reporter, Martin Naylor saw the orginal articles on PARWICH.ORG and followed up a report for the newspaper.

Taliban-fighting major who misses the clean air of home
A SOLDIER from Derbyshire has told of his “challenging, stressful but rewarding” role fighting the Taliban.

Major Ben Ingham has been keeping his family and friends up to date with his exploits in war-torn Afghanistan by sending regular emails and photos to his village’s website.

In his online dispatches to http://www.parwich.org, he tells how he is working at NATO headquarters in the capital Kabul.

The exact nature of the 37-year-old’s role is secret but his reports offer a fascinating insight into a soldier’s life in Afghanistan.

Click here to read the full report.

If you missed reading the orginal posts on the blog click on the links below.
A message to Parwich from Afganistan.
Another message from Afganistan – No2
Message from Afganistan – No3

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Royal wedding fireworks

Please click to enlarge.

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Prosurv scoop Award

Congratulations to Prosurv for winning The Sentinel Small Business of the Year Award sponsored by Stafford University.  Chris Price, one of  Prosurv’s directors was the very dedicated Project Manager for the Memorial Hall Project.

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To all tennis players (past, present and future!)

The tennis season is about to start in Parwich
with our first social event of the year
on Sunday 8th May 2011

If you are over 11 years old and can play tennis on a full size tennis court then this is your chance to come and take part in the opening social tennis event of Parwich Tennis Club’s Summer season. There will be lots of games for all and a handicap system to give everyone a chance of winning!

*Register on the day – £1 entry fee
* Be at Parwich Tennis Courts by 1pm
* Play will commence at 1.15 pm
* Finish around 5.30pm with refreshments and presentation of the trophies
* Players to bring a plate of food (call Tracey on 231 for suggestions)

Dust off your tennis shoes, search out your racquet and come and join us, you dont need to be a member to take part!

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Anyone for milk?

Poppy has gone out to grass and her milk yield has increased. Is there anyone who would like to try some raw Jersey milk? I call into the village every day to deliver milk to a group of stalwart Poppy milk drinkers but if anyone else would like to try it, please contact me on 01629 540320 or email the blog team. This is free – better than pouring the excess down the drain! Fiona

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Burglary in Alsop

Overnight on 26/27th April, offenders forced entry to several farm buildings in Alsop-en-le-Dale, near Ashbourne. Saddles and a hat have been stolen from the tack room. The offenders may have been disturbed during this burglary.

Anyone with information is asked to call 0345 123 33 33, quoting crime number: 21599/11.

Ensure that your premises are secure and report any suspicious activity to Derbyshire police.

Derbyshire Community Messaging, Buxton Police Station.

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Our Council has to have a maximum of seven Parish Councillors, with a quorum of three (which is the minimum number of Councillors that Parwich needs to carry out its function).

For Parwich to have no Council after May 9th, this means that less than three people submitted their candidacy for election; it may even mean that no-one chose to stand.

Derbyshire Dales District Council has said that a new election will be called, possibly by the end of July.  So on 9th May, the existing Parish Councillors officially retire and thereafter are not legally allowed to carry out any further Parish Council business.

During this interim period, any issues relating to the Parish must be directed to either the District or the County Council.

The new Notice of Election will be posted on the village notice board. We shall also request that it is sent to PARWICH.ORG, in order to reach the widest possible audience.

If between three and seven people choose to stand, then there will be no election and these candidates will be automatically elected. However, if the election is contested, i.e. with more than seven candidates, we will have an election. If an election does take place, these additional costs would have to be paid for out of the parish precept.

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Don’t forget the competitions – Best Dressed House and the Fancy Dress (more…)

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Bin Days this Weekend

Thank you to Derbyshire Dales for supplying this information.

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Tuesday – Annual Parish Meeting

This poster has come in from our Parish Council and we have been asked on their behalf to invite the relevant groups to send a representative and to supply a short report.

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Masquerade Ball

Find a mask and wear it well,
so your true identity no-one can tell.

This event is in celebration of Parwich Primary School’s 150th anniversary and all proceeds will be donated to the school.

This is a ticket only event – there will be no admittance on the door.

Tickets (priced at £20) are now available from Tracy Marshall, Sally Peat and Mandy Noble.

For more information, phone 552.

Update: You can also join a dedicated Facebook group for this event.

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Parwich Bowls Club

Although I bemoan the fact that we do not have very many members, the few we do have really do us proud. The past couple of weeks only serves to prove the point.

Tuesday league – 19 April – Home – Chatsworth.
The maximum points you can win in this league is 84. ( 4 x 21 ). We obviously try to win by as many points as possible, but there are some very good teams and therefore players in the league. Anyway we managed the top score beating our opponents by 84 to 53. This put us fourth in the league albeit after only two games.

26 April – Away – Ashwood Park Buxton.
We never do very well on this green and after the beautiful warm weather we have been having it was really quite chilly. However our team warmed up the green with another full house winning by 84 to 36. I am sure this is the best result we have ever had against Ashwood either home or away. I wonder where we will be in the league?

Next match 3 May – Home – Whitworth Park A.

Thursday Friendly league.
Having blown our trumpet over the results of the Tuesday team we are struggling somewhat in this league.

14 April – Away – Baslow.
A good team and a tricky green. Having said that we acquitted ourselves well. Although we lost all three doubles games we did share the singles games three each. The result however was 125 to Baslow 111 to us.

21 April – Home – Wirksworth A.
Another loss this week; but a creditable one. Wirksworth were only just relegated last year and have very good players. The score was 119 to 126.

Next match 28 April – Away – Chatsworth.

We had a really pleasant friendly game with Hazelwood. The hospitality was very nice.

Don’t forget Monday nights 6.30pm.
John B

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Tea & Cakes are being served in the churchyard at Alsop between 11am – 4pm today. Come along and support this event, in aid of Alsop Church. Stunning views, delicious cakes, not to be missed!

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Delightful News!

We are thrilled to report that Janet had a little baby girl just before 11.00am on Sunday morning!

Both mother and baby are doing well. When Steve returns from the DRI we’ll try and bring you further details of this wonderful Easter birth.

Update: Her name is Rosie, and she weighed in at 7 pounds and 4 ounces.

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Weather Stats 17th to 23rd April

Here are last week’s readings:

Rainfall

in mm

Pressure

in Mb (am)

Pressure

in Mb (pm)

Temperature in ºC

Max

Min

Sun 17

0.0

1021.8

1021.2

19.8

5.4

Mon 18

0.0

1020.3

1016.6

19.7

4.4

Tue 19

0.0

1014.2

1016.4

21.5

5.5

Wed 20

0.0

1017.6

1017.0

22.7

6.4

Thu 21

0.0

1016.0

1014.4

24.2

9.6

Fri 22

0.0

1011.5

1012.0

24.1

8.9

Sat 23

0.0

1011.9

1015.2

25.8

8.0

Total

0

Average

22.55

6.89

Our weatherman on the hill says:

A cooler, more seasonable week with white cloud, not much sunshine and very little rain over the next few days.

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What’s on Where this Week

What’s on Where this Week
Day Time Event Location
Sunday 9.30am Easter Day Family Service
& Holy Communion
Parwich Church
Sunday 11.15am Holy Communion
Easter Sunday
Alsop Church
Sunday from 1pm Grand Easter Egg Raffle
Easter Bonnet Competition
& Easter Egg Hunt
Parwich Legion
Sunday 2.30pm Easter Day Methodist Service Parwich Church
Monday 11-4pm Tea & Cakes in the Churchyard Alsop Church
Thursday 6-7pm Circuit Training Memorial Hall
Friday Refuse Collection
Green Bins
Friday all day Royal Wedding Day Celebrations
9.30am – Memorial Hall opens
10.30am – Parwich Legion opens
11am – Royal Wedding on the big screen
Refreshments served
12.45pm – Judging of Children’s Fancy Dress Competition
1pm – BBQ at Parwich Legion
2.30pm – Wedding Cake & Sherry
Evening Entertainment at Parwich Legion with Chris Houlihan
9pm – Fireworks on the hill
Memorial Hall
& Parwich Legion
Saturday Refuse Collection – Black Bins
Sunday 6.30pm Evensong Parwich Church

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Today at The Legion

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We have received the following introductory letter from one of our more distinguished subscribers:

Dearest Reader,

It gives me the utmost pleasure to present to you a further instalment of Parwich Heights, the striking work of romantic fiction penned by the collective contributions from readers of this virtual forum.

As you will no doubt be aware, my good friend Lady AgaSaga has kindly consented to bestow upon us the benefit of her fertile imagination. I believe she created this particular contribution from her private carriage on the Orient Express as she took her early Spring break to Venice.  You will no doubt find this latest instalment to be of the utmost fascination. I for one almost fell off my horse as the twists and turns unfolded before my eyes. I urge you therefore to situate yourself in a stable location before you commence to read.

I must, dear reader, conclude this epistle now as our regiment has much to prepare for a certain royal wedding. Please forgive my brevity. I can however commend this work to you and hope you find as much pleasure reading it as I did.

Earnestly yours,

Colonel Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins IV

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Click on the image to read this exciting addition to our collective literary masterpiece…

Our authors and authoresses have lots of fun writing Parwich Heights. Once completed, we hope to publish the novel as a physical book for sale locally. We even have grand ideas to create ‘The Parwich Heights Trail’ for people to visit the places that have inspired the book.

If you would like to try your hand at an instalment of Parwich Heights, contact one of the Blog Team or drop a quick email to parwich@hotmail.co.uk. You can write a paragraph, a page or a whole chapter and we won’t give you a draconian deadline! If you apply, 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. Let your creativity run riot!

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Click to enlarge these posters.

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Businesses of all sizes in the Peak District are being given a strong new voice with the creation of a group to promote the area as a place to do business.

Called Business Peak District the group will be led by a wide range of representatives from the business community. It will represent all businesses in the area covered by the Peak District National Park and the High Peak, Staffordshire Moorlands and Derbyshire Dales districts or boroughs.

All businesses are being invited to join an event to find out about the group and its plans at Thornbridge Hall, near Great Longstone, on Monday 16 May, 5-8pm.  It doesn’t matter how big or small your business is.  Maybe you are even thinking of starting a new business.

The group hopes to: (more…)

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Easter Sunday at The Legion

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Black Bins Tomorrow

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Quiz Night Tonight

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Steaming Craft Fair

Hayley Powell of Forever Forged would like to invite you to Claymills Steam In  at  Burton.

Many engines will be working the way they were in the Victorian days! The site will be buzzing with activity.

As well as being able to enjoy the steam engiines you will also be able to see her great display of new work, including her new garden range, as well as seeing her actually blacksmithing!

A fun day will be had by all!

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If you are hoping to attend the Royal Wedding Celebrations at the Memorial Hall, please could you return the invites (delivered last week) to Denis, Sandra or The Shop, to give them an idea about how many they will be catering for.  If you have mislaid the invite, just give them a ring or pop a note through their letter box.

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Ladybirds about

Tilly with her ladybird hat looking very much like summer is here.

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Work Wanted

Rannoch Linnell has been offered an amazing opportunity to go with 11 other boys and 2 teachers to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands for a month in summer 2012. Whilst on the Galapagos Islands he will be a volunteer working with a disadvantaged community, this may involve working with local children or helping in building projects. In Ecuador they will be trekking through the Andes, followed by a challenging hike through the Amazon Rainforest to work with local tribesmen.

The planning of the trip is done in co-ordination with the World Challenge organisation, but once abroad the teenagers have to organise everything themselves!

So, Rannoch needs to earn money to pay for the trip. He is willing to do almost anything; labouring, gardening, mowing, decorating, babysitting etc. He is available most Sundays and throughout the school holidays. Give him a ring on 661 or email ed_and_nia@yahoo.co.uk to discuss potential jobs and rates.

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I apologise for that lack of personal content in the latest article but hope that the article gives an insight into some of the difference between the people and culture of Afghanistan in comparison to our own. The longer I spend here the more evident it becomes that the differences in our respective ideologies are chasms apart and that what we, in the west, perceive as abnormal or dysfunctional is viewed totally differently though the eyes of an Afghan local. 

  Major Benjamin Ingham of the Royal Artillery.

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The spare time to sit and write is being rapidly eroded as the workload continues to mount. It is hard to define if we are making a significant improvement in the overall security of the country and my perspective, from within the headquarters, will differ greatly from the perspective of the typical infantry soldier out on patrol and moreover to the message being delivered by a western politician. Nevertheless, a rough timescale in which the Afghan Government will transition to control of its own Provinces has been set for 2015. By this stage it is hoped that we will have created an Afghan National Army and National Police Force, which will counter the insurgent threat that proliferates across the country. Additionally, the aspiration is to provide the Afghan Government with the skill set to correctly govern what appears to be an ungovernable, fragmented society. (more…)

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Pilates this evening

Don’t forget that despite the school holidays there will be Pilates tonight, adult and children’s class; as Georgie is away when we were due to start again on 4th May. Classes will resume after Easter on 11th May.

This does not effect the Over 60s group whose next class is 4th May.

Thanks
Rebecca

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As we are inundated with Bank Holidays over the next few weeks, we thought it might be useful to remind everyone about rubbish collection days.

This week Black Bins, Blue Boxes and Blue Bags will be collected as normal, on Good Friday.
Next week Black Bins will be a day later, on Saturday 30th April but
Green bins will be next collected next on Royal Wedding Day, Friday 29th.

This information has been confirmed by phone today with Derbyshire Dales and will go in the What’s on Where diary.

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Safer Neighbourhood Meeting

At our last meeting on Wednesday 6th April at Fenny Bentley Church a panel which included local residents and the Tissington Area Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team discussed various issues but at present there are no priority profiles selected for the area.

However, the team will continue to work with partner organisations to target the following issues:

1. Inconsiderate parking around Kniveton School.
2. Inconsiderate parking in Tissington.
3. Speed concerns in Mappleton.

Thank you to those residents who suggested priorities in our e-forum. If your issue was not selected as a priority an officer from your safer neighbourhood policing team will be in touch to discuss your concerns further.

Our next meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 12th July at Bradbourne Village Hall.

We hope to hear your views in the next round of E-forums which will open again towards the end of June.

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Goldfinches

Are these beautiful birds common in the village, or has JF-S got the monopoly of them? What is the secret of enticing them into your garden?

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Skeletons of women and children found buried during a 2 year community dig revealing crucial new evidence on Iron Age hill forts, the first discovery of its kind in Britain.

This grisly discovery, which will be of  interest  to many history buffs in Parwich, has been made at Fin Cop and sheds new light on Iron Age hillforts and the history of our ancient ancestors. The remains of women, babies, a toddler and a single teenage male have all been uncovered. This is the first time a selective massacre of women and children has been found on an Iron Age hillfort in Britain.

Archaeologists believe the people at Fin Cop died after the hill fort had been attacked and captured. The women and children died of flesh wounds that have left no trace on the surviving bones, and were then flung unceremoniously into the ditch at the foot of the hillfort. There are no remains of any adult males in the ditch suggesting the men at the hillfort were sold on as slaves or pressed into military service. So far only 10 metres of ditch, out of 400 metres, has been excavated and it is likely that hundreds of skeletons are still buried there.

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Royal Wedding Card Competition

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School newsletter 26

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Weather Stats 10th to 16th April

Here are last week’s readings:

 

Rainfall

in mm

Pressure

in Mb (am)

Pressure

in Mb (pm)

Temperature in ºC

Max

Min

Sun 10

0.0

1022.1

1021.8

19.7

3.3

Mon 11

0.0

1019.1

1020.6

16.3

5.0

Tue 12

0.0

1024.3

1026.5

15.2

3.5

Wed 13

0.0

1020.3

1017.5

11.1

0.7

Thu 14

0.0

1013.4

1014.7

14.0

0.7

Fri 15

0.0

1015.7

1015.8

15.5

4.4

Sat 16

0.0

1017.6

1020.3

18.7

5.0

Total

0

 

Average

15.79

3.23

Our weatherman on the hill says:

The drought continues – only 20.6 mm of rain since the beginning of March and another mainly dry week to come with some sun and reasonable temperatures.

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Thank you to JF-S for sending these photos in. Click on any photo to enlarge.

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Pilates Update for this Week

Despite the school holidays there will be Pilates this Wednesday evening, 20th April, adult and children’s class; as Georgie is away when we were due to start again on 4th May. Classes will resume after Easter on 11th.

This does not effect the Over 60s group whose next class is 4th May.

Thanks
Rebecca

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