Archive for May, 2011

This morning we had plenty of volunteers working on the design, some carried on the positioning of the camomile heads, which has meant we are well ahead of ourselves. Today sees the start of the main board. Margaret has drawn the picture onto paper and then Helen transfers the design onto the clay. Helen and her Mum will then spend the next two days creating the wonderful focal point for this well dressing.


I begin adding some of the colour to the boards that surround the main design. The petals we are using this year are mainly carnations and some hydrangeas.  Petals are placed on the clay starting from the bottom, overlapping and working upwards, so that a tiled effect is created.  If it rains then the water is more likely to run off, instead of getting trapped in the petals.



The petal design below should give you a clue as to what Yew Tree Well Dressing is all about.

Day one, click here
Day three, click here

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Toddler & Teddy Bear Picnic

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Can You Help Out?

Sue H has passed us the following request:

I have just taken on an allotment and can’t dig it all in one go! Does anyone have any old carpet or black plastic to spare or to borrow? My number is 334.

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Bungalow For Sale

A 2 bedroom, detached bungalow has just been put up for sale in Parwich. “Spenedge” on Monsdale Lane has a good sized garden and parking for several cars.

P.O.A. 01335-390773 (Don & Audrey).

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Deutzia Blossom

Mike G

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At noon today, nominations for our parish council were published by Derbyshire Dales District Council. Unless anyone withdraws their candidature by noon tomorrow, this is our new council; 6 of the 7 seats were filled.

  • Jane Bennett
  • Robert Bunting
  • Stephen Dale
  • Caroline Healy
  • Nia Linnell
  • Raymond Walker (aka Badger)

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The design is drawn onto paper, pricked out and then outlined with a metal pointer on the clay, so it is easy for us to see where to outline in coffee beans and black knobs.

The coffee beans are always positioned with the rounded edge facing outwards. This year we had to outline more in coffee beans because the black knobs or alder cones were unusually large. Once this has been finished we started filling out the background and this year we are using thousands,  of camomile flower heads, and they are tiny.

The effect is certainly dramatic. (more…)

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Tea & Cakes at Alsop

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

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Weather Stats: 22nd to 28th May

Here are last week’s readings:

Rainfall

in mm

Pressure

in Mb (am)

Pressure

in Mb (pm)

Temperature in ºC

Max

Min

Sun 22

1.3

1009.5

1016.3

18.5

6.9

Mon 23

2.8

1014.1

1014.1

15.4

6.8

Tue 24

0.0

1020.6

1025.0

20.2

4.4

Wed 25

0.0

1022.9

1015.4

17.3

4.9

Thu 26

1.8

1004.8

1008.2

15.6

9.0

Fri 27

0.4

1015.1

1016.0

13.8

8.3

Sat 28

0.0

1011.1

1009.8

19.8

8.5

Total

6.3

Average

17.23

6.98

Our weatherman on the hill says:

A less windy week to come, with high pressure building. A little rain is possible, and though temperatures on the low side feeling warmer without the strong winds.

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What’s on Where this Week
Day Time Event Location
Sunday & Monday 11-5pm Derbyshire Open Arts Festival All over Derbyshire
inc. Parwich
Sunday 10.30am-noon Club Tennis Tennis Courts
Monday 11-4pm Tea & Cakes in the Churchyard Alsop Church
Monday 6.30pm Bowls Club Practice Night Bowling Green
Wednesday 6.30pm
7.30pm
Pilates followed by
Pilates for the youth
amended date for evening class this week
.
Memorial Hall
Thursday -Wednesday . Tissington Well Dressings Tissington
Thursday 11am Ascension Day Service Tissington
Thursday 6-7pm Circuit Training Memorial Hall
Sunday 10.30am-noon Club Tennis Tennis Courts
Sunday 6.30pm Evensong Parwich Church

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Major Benjamin Ingham has sent us this latest post having recently returned to Afghanistan following 2 weeks rest and recuperation. Ben says it was great to return to Parwich and was delighted to receive positive comments on his posts to us.

Summer is finally upon us and over the space of a few weeks the heat has risen considerably.  Summer also marks the arrival of ‘fighting season’ when the insurgent fighters return to Afghanistan from their winter bed-down locations, usually within the security of the mountains and valleys hills of the Pakistan border region.  Eager to demonstrate their intent to continue the insurgency campaign the rise in attacks increases considerably and, therefore, no coalition camp is exempt from increased security measures.  The only time you are not within arms distance of your issue rifle is when you are in the gym or running within the relative security of the camp perimeter.  Unfortunately, a rifle does little to deter the insurgents from mounting IDF (indirect fire) attacks against us.  Additionally, in a separate attack the tragic death of 7 US members of camp came as a great loss.

Although it took a while to track him down, I finally managed to meet up with another Parwich villager, Nettle (Jonathon or Larry) Foden, for a brew and a chat.  Tucked away in a small compound in the bowels of one of the largest, dustiest military camps in Afghanistan, over 2500 thousand miles from Parwich, we swapped tales of village life and our respective military experiences to date.  We had originally made contact through Parwich.org but had we walked past one another in uniform I am sure we would never had recognized one another.  Although he has spent a majority of life within the military, on numerous operational deployments, Nettle is still passionate about Parwich and village life in general.  Despite us both being ‘outsiders’ we agreed that him having spent 40 years and me 30 years living in Parwich that we could almost categorise ourselves as Parwich ‘locals’. We marked the occasion with a photo for Parwich.org and a promise to meet again when the opportunity arose.

Over the last few weeks I have been making a concerted effort to try and put on some weight.  The change of location, monotony of the same meals, irregular working hours and heat and general stress had all taken their toll on my eating habits and I have been steadily losing weight for the last 3 months.  For the first time in many years I have been able to see my ribs and the arrival of a homemade fruitcake was gladly received which, between the members of the office, was quickly devoured – thanks Mum!

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As well as the usual fortnightly newsletter (which can be enlarged by clicking the image below), Parwich Primary School has some additional documents to share this week.

Please click here for the minutes of the most recent PTA meeting, which took place on Monday May 23rd.

Please click here for the school uniform order form (in a printer-friendly PDF format), and here for the price list from Price and Buckland.

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An unusual view of a swallow yesterday – JF-S

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Parwich Bowls Club

Two good wins this week.

Tuesday league

24 May – Away – Wirksworth:

The green at Wirksworth is probably the biggest in the league and is very difficult to play on, however, we had one of our best wins against them this week. We managed to win three games to their one giving us an overall score of 80 to 66. This has put us up to third in the league.

Next match 31 May – Home – Bakewell.

Thursday Friendly league

26 May – Away – Matlock Park:

Following on from the great win last week against Tideswell we kept up our winning ways with a win in the Park. We were short of players because of holidays but we won the doubles games and did really well in the singles. The overall score was 126 to Parwich 110 to Matlock. We had managed to climb a couple of places following last weeks win so this result could move us up another place, although we are still in the bottom half of the league.

Next match 2 June – Home – Whitworth Park.

The friendly match against Ashbourne Park was very enjoyable. They are a nice bunch of people. We are having another friendly this Sunday against the other Ashbourne club at home this week. The informal game starts around 2.00pm

Don’t forget Monday nights 6.30.

John B

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Derbyshire Open Arts is an event that takes place in various venues across Derbyshire this weekend.

There will be over 100 Artists and Craftspeople displaying their work in separate venues. The public are invited to come along and enjoy the art and talk to the artists themselves, in many instances it is possible to purchase pieces as well. Details of participants and their venues can be found on line or brochures are available on the day from exhibiting artists.

This year there are two artists from Parwich exhibiting at the Arts Festival.

Dana Venetiarose will be exhibiting her work for the first time in the Memorial Hall, and Ruby Hickmott‘s work will be on show at 4 Church Walk.

Click here to view Ruby’s website.

Click here to visit Dana’s website (with additional works here and here).

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Pilates

Alterations to June Evening Pilates classes only.
There will be classes in half term next week, Wednesday 1st and the following 8th, but not 15th and 22nd June, when Georgie is away; so the next classes will be 29th June.

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Lesley Bott has sent this email in.

A black and white cat appeared at the buildings on my field around 3 ½ weeks ago. It was (and still is) in good condition and is friendly and obviously used to people. (Been someone’s pet.) I have been feeding it for the last 3 weeks or so, after it had been there for a couple of days.

I think the cat is a female and is quite a big cat and unevenly marked. (Black splodge over one eye.)

Please could you give me a call on 390554 if you know whose it is?

P.S. It is not the cat that has recently appeared on the ‘lost’ posters around Carsington. That one is back with its relieved owner.

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THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD
This great, classic film starred Errol Flynn as the swash-buckling and daring hero, with Olivia de Havilland as Maid Marian, and with Basil Rathbone. It won 3 Oscars including Best Film score for the marvellous music by Erich Korngold. With a budget of $2 million, it was the most expensive film made to date, and one of the first to use the Technicolor process.

Now newly re-mastered from the original print, the superb costumes and sets look stunning; not a film to be missed!

Certificate U

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Sent in by Cheryl W

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Trip to Harlow Carr

A great day was had at RHS Harlow Carr at Harrogate. Thank you to JF-S for taking the photos, which show some of the group enjoying a tour of the gardens. A big thank you to Rebecca for organising the trip on behalf of the Horticultural Society.

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The next trip is to Felley Priory Gardens and Hebb’s Farmhouse on Wednesday 13th July. Please book your tickets through Rebecca (318)

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Does anyone have a stair gate I could borrow for a short period until I can buy one?

Fiona H 01629 540320

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Jaguar XJS 4.0 ltr – Diamond Blue – Beige Hide.
74,690 Miles
Private Reg A4 PBD (Valued @ £500) included in sale of Car.
18 Service Stamps, All Handbooks & Tool Kits
Mechanically Sound, All good Tyres
It has a couple of small blemishes on the bodywork, but are easily dealt with.
Currently SORN, but will MOT for 12 months from sale
£3,750 o.v.n.o
Tel: 01335 390552

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Harlow Carr Tomorrow

Just a quick reminder to those people who have booked to go on the trip to RHS Harlow Carr, tomorrow.  Please meet on The Green at 9am.

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From yesterday (23/5/11), Newhaven Services are open from

8am to 8pm
Seven Days a Week

They are looking to extend what they sell in their shop and, if this experiment works, may stay open even later.  They are our nearest source of petrol and diesel.

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Masquerade Ball

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

A celebration of Parwich Primary School’s 150th anniversary 
all proceeds will be donated to the school.

A ticket only event, £20, are now available from Tracy Marshall, Sally Peat and Mandy Noble.

For more information, phone 552.

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

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Tits Nesting




Great photos from JF-S

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Parwich artist Esther Tyson is working on a project to immortalise the seahorses of Dorset in art – but first of all, she has to learn to swim underwater. Esther’s project diary continues below…

I have not been under water for six weeks, due to an inner ear infection. But now, rested, all is set!

The plan is to wade through the PADI Open Water Manual (along with DVDs), which will guide me through the theory of scuba diving and the safety aspects. Throughout this book there are mini-quizzes and knowledge reviews, all of which are to be completed by the start of the course.

Lou, who will be my instructor, has filled me in with the basic plan. The initial dives will be in the local pool, to learn a variety of scuba diving skills. These are called ‘Confined Dives’. They will last from four to six hours daily, over four days. The following two days will be open water sea dives. All the skills learned and practised in the pool will be assessed in the open water environment during these dives.

The first two open water dives will be at Swanage Pier (with a very early start!) These will take us to a depth of three to four metres. The last two open water dives will be in Vobster Quay in Somerset. This is an inland quarry with a depth of 37 metres (121 feet).

If all goes well, the following week will be down to Studland… and drawing seahorses!

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In last Saturday’s Burton Mail, there was a lengthy and informative feature on Hayley Powell and her blacksmithing skills.

Click here to read the article, and click here for Hayley’s website.

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We would like to thank Nia L for informing us that the new Parish Elections will be held on Thursday 23rd June. Notice of election was sent out by Derbyshire Dales and this notice should have been posted on the board on Wednesday 18th May.

As of 11am this morning, no notice has appeared. We have been told that the notice is currently being driven to the village and will be posted this afternoon.

The nomination forms must arrive at Matlock by midday on Thursday – by appointment only
or Ashbourne, tomorrow between 10am-1pm

Concern has been expressed to Derbyshire Dales at the short notice that potential new councillors have to access and return completed forms, due to the late appearance of the notice. Julie Booth, who is responsible for elections at Derbyshire Dales, assured us this morning that if anyone wishes to stand, they will do everything possible to help. Please make your initial request via their help line (01629 761267) and only ring Julie B (01629 761267) if further assistance is required.

We would like to hear from anyone who encounters any difficulties in receiving or submitting their papers. Currently Jane H (413) has one spare nomination paper.

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Originally scheduled for this weekend, the British Legion’s mini beer festival has been postponed. We will let you know when a new date has been confirmed.

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Amanda Beddows has sent us the following message:

I am one of two Parent Governors currently sitting on the Governing Body of Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, and would like to take this opportunity to let local parents know that, should they have any concerns or comments either as parents of children already attending the school, or about to commence their education there, that my responsibilities include raising pertinent issues to the school, voiced by parents, at regular meetings of the Governing body. In particular, I would welcome any questions parents may have regarding the current proposals to change the status of the school to an Academy Trust. Following consultation meetings with various authorities and parents, the Department of Education granted the school permission to proceed (last week) with the anticipated change taking place in August to maximise the financial benefits this is likely to incur.

In order for the process to commence, a vote in favour is required from the Governing Body, due to sit for this purpose on Tuesday May 24th. As a parent representative I would like to ensure that my vote represents the wishes of parents in the area as far as possible therefore I would welcome any comments any parents would like to make at this stage and also address any questions relating to the change in status which remain outstanding. Whilst I may be unable to answer some queries myself I am able to ask appropriate members of the Governing Body and Senior Management team on parents’ behalf. Any queries can be sent to me via email at home (amanda beddows at yahoo dot co dot uk) or work (php07ab at sheffield  dot ac dot uk) or by telephone (626) and treated in strict confidence.

Any other queries relating to more general issues are also welcome, discussion of these is likely to be postponed until after the emergency meeting next week and take place at the following full Governors meeting on June 20th. My particular interest as a member of the Staffing and Curriculum sub-committee is Science and Maths so any concerns or comments relating to the delivery of these subjects are very welcome.

Many thanks

Amanda Beddows, Hallgates

Note from The Blog Team: We have ‘disguised’ the above email addresses to stop automatic ‘harvesting’ of email details from our web page. Please remove spaces and replace each ‘dot’ statement with a real dot.

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Weather Stats: 15th to 21st May

Here are last week’s readings:

Rainfall

in mm

Pressure

in Mb (am)

Pressure

in Mb (pm)

Temperature in ºC

Max

Min

Sun 15

0.4

1020.6

1020.2

12.9

6.7

Mon 16

0.9

1018.1

1015.5

14.7

10.2

Tue 17

0.0

1015.6

1014.1

18.3

10.4

Wed 18

0.9

1010.3

1011.0

16.1

10.8

Thu 19

0.0

1016.7

1017.8

18.2

2.4

Fri 20

0.0

1016.4

1017.6

20.7

6.2

Sat 21

0.0

1019.3

1015.1

23.3

4.4

Total

2.2

Average

17.75

7.30

Our weatherman on the hill says:

Another dry week to come with the possibility of a shower later in the week.

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Spot the moth!

Cheryl W asks:

Please could somebody help us identify this beautiful creature photographed in our garden this morning. I’ve tried Google but there are just so many to look at I’ll be there all week! Thank you.


(Please click to enlarge)

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Bins available

We have two large green plastic compost bins up for grabs if anyone would like them. We also have two plastic rubbish bins, which might be suitable for someone wishing to store chicken or bird feed in. Let me know if you’d like them.

– Debbie W (568)

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Methodist Service Cancelled

Val K has sent us the message that unfortunately the Methodist Service at 2.30pm today has had to be cancelled.

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What’s on Where this Week
Day Time Event Location
Sunday 9.30am Holy Communion Parwich Church
Sunday 10.30am-noon Club Tennis Tennis Courts
Sunday 11.15am Mattins Alsop Church
Sunday 2.30pm Methodist Service
Cancelled
Parwich Church
Monday 6.30pm Bowls Club Practice Night Bowling Green
Wednesday 9am Trip to RHS Harlow Carr
Please book your ticket
Meet by The Green
Wednesday 2pm Pilates for the Over 60s Memorial Hall
Wednesday 6.30pm
7.30pm
Pilates for the youth, followed by adult Pilates – please note the swapped times for this week only. Memorial Hall
Thursday 6-7pm Circuit Training Memorial Hall
Friday .. Last Day of School today
School Half Term begins
Primary School
Saturday -Monday 11-5pm Derbyshire Open Arts Festival All over Derbyshire
inc. Parwich
Saturday & Sunday . POSTPONED: Mini Beer Festival Parwich Legion
Sunday 10.30am-noon Club Tennis Tennis Courts

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This year there are two artists from Parwich exhibiting at the Derbyshire Open Arts FestivalRuby Hickmott at 4 Church Walk and Dana Venetiarose at Parwich New Hall.

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Parwich Bowls Club

Mixed fortunes again this week. We had a reversal in fortunes in the two leagues we play in.

Tuesday league -17 May – Home – Bradwell.
Bradwell were only just behind us in the league, however, following this week they have overtaken us! We only managed to win one of the games although another was a very small loss. The score however reflected that Bradwell played a lot better than we did and we lost 61 to 73. We are now down to fourth in the League.

Next match 24 May – Away – Wirksworth.

Thursday Friendly league – 19 May – Home – Tideswell.
Not quite sure what we did right in this match, but it would be really good if we could repeat it or even bottle it for future matches. We managed to win all three doubles games quite comfortably and shared the six singles games three each. Even in the games we lost we only lost by the odd point. The result was that we had probably one of our best results in this league winning by 146 to 107. We were well down in the League, let us hope we have climbed a few places.

Next match 26 May – Away – Matlock Park.

On Sunday we have one of our friendly afternoon matches against Ashbourne Park on their green. It’s a good afternoon, but their green is very tricky.

Don’t forget Monday nights 6.30.

John B

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Tomorrow is Bulk Rubbish Day

Tomorrow is the bulk rubbish collection; the dustcart picks up at various points in the village. Remember if you leave rubbish to be removed, you must be in attendance when the wagon comes and load your rubbish, yourself. Don’t lose it, use it – even if you only have a small amount to get rid of.

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

Next collection date is Saturday 2nd July

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