Archive for June, 2011

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Fashion Show & Sale

Last few tickets remaining for the Stepping Stones Pre-School fashion show and sale will be available to purchase from the Stepping Stones Pre-school cake stall at the Wakes village market this Saturday. If you can’t make it on Saturday and require tickets please call Gill on 731.

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Road works next week?

Some people have received notification of upcoming road works in Parwich next week.  A Parish Council rep is discussing with the County Council having the work delayed until after Wakes Week.

We will post more information about what is planned and when it will be happening as soon as possible.

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Pilates Cancelled Tonight

Pilates has been cancelled tonight as Georgie has hurt her back.

Also Pilates for the Over 60’s has been cancelled next Wednesday afternoon, because of Wakes Week.

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To stay up to date with all Wakes activities, keep checking PARWICH.ORG or the Wakes Notice Board on The Green.

This post contains the full programme of the whole week’s events, so that you don’t need to miss anything.

The Blog Team will endeavour to cover as many events as possible during the week, but if you have photos of any of the activities please email them into and we may use them.


Saturday is the first day of Parwich Wakes week, and there is a full programme of events starting from 9.45am.

9-45am – Odd Fellows Procession (starting at Sycamore Inn)
The march continues to Parwich Hall, Pool Croft and then…

11amChurch Service (at Parwich Church – all welcome)

Odd Fellows Procession continues after the Service to Croft Avenue, Nethergreen House and The Fold… (more…)

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A last reminder from Delia:

Many of you have already ordered your red rose buttonholes for the parade on Carnival Day, but if anyone would like one who has not yet ordered, then please let me know by 7pm on Thursday 30th June.

Thank you,
01335 390758 / 07773 487882 /

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We have two tickets available for two events at Buxton Festival that we are now unable to go to. They are a talk by Dame Ellen MacArthur on 9th July at 10.30am and a talk by Will Hutton on 17th July at 10.30.  Each ticket costs £10.00; offers considered! 

Please let us know if you would like them by phoning 07767 426107.
Thank you very much,

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Wanted: tombola prizes

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Weather stats: 9th to 25th June

On this lovely day here are last week’s readings:


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Temperature in ºC



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Our weatherman on the hill predicts:

Two hot days Sunday and Monday with rain on Monday,then cooling down but remaining mainly dry and some sunshine.

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Jane Harris moved to Ashbourne last week, after 36 years in the village. With her ex-husband Peter she had her three children Penny, Phillipa and Katie.  She has always been a vital and active member of the community.  In the early years when her children were small she always worked enthusiastically in any activities that involved her children, ran stalls for school events, helped out at Guides and Brownies and was always ready to volunteer whenever help might be needed.

Jane has battled against continuing ill-health with stoicism and cheerfulness.  As a single parent her children and then grandchildren have been the hub of her life, but she still found the energy to run the bar at the British Legion, to be a school govenor and to take her role as Parish Councillor and then Chairman of the Parish Council very seriously.  When there was no-one to clean the village toilets, she kept them open for two years by cleaning them voluntarily – typical of Jane’s community spiritedness.  One of her great achievements has been her energetic involvement in the building of the new Memorial Hall and despite her many commitments she would still find time to deliver leaflets and newsletters to keep everyone informed. 

Jane Harris will be greatly missed, although surely she will be a regular visitor to the village.  Best Wishes to Jane for her new life in her new home.

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10-Week Programme Starting 6pm June 28th Leisure Centre
Then every Tuesday 6-7pm

  • New to running?
  • Want to get back into training after a layoff?
  • Want to get past the walk-job stage?
  • Why not join our 10 week beginners programme?

Running is a great way to get and keep fit in its own right or to be able to enjoy other sports. However many people are intimidated by ‘proper runners’ in all the gear or give up after aches and no-one to run with…!

Ashbourne Running Club (ARC) is an inclusive club catering for all abilities but recognise that a bridge is needed between occasional jogging and running regularly for enjoyment. We have successfully put on our walk-run beginners programme every couple of years and aim to get everyone to a level where they can enter the Ashbourne 3.5 Mile Fun Run on 11th September.

It is organised and supported by ARC and led by club member Mark Allen who is a Level 3 Registered Exercise Professional (REP).

Don’t worry if you can’t make all 10weeks, just come when you can….

Why not bring your friends and give it a try? Look forward to seeing you at the Leisure Centre on Tuesday 28th June at 6pm.

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Parwich Bowls Club

A much better result in one league, but not so good in the other!

Tuesday league – 21 June – Home – Matlock Golf Club.
A lot better consistency this week against a team who we very often struggle against.  The outcome this match however was never in doubt after the first two games which we won convincingly.  The next two games we shared one each with the final match score being 79 to Parwich and 57 to the Golf Club.  With this result we moved up to third in the league.  Believe it or not that brings us to the half way point in the league with the reverse fixtures starting next week.

Next match 28 June – Away – Matlock Golf Club.

This is a lovely venue to play at, although we never do very well!  Today’s match was no exception.  We were soundly beaten in the three doubles games and although we shared the six singles games three each unfortunately our points scored in the games we lost were much less than Bradwell’s.  The match result therefore gave us our lowest score of the season.  Final score was 94 to 137.  We had dropped down to fifth in the league following last weeks low score and unfortunately we fall even further after this week.

Next match 30 June – Home – Baslow A.

A club competition this Sunday, ‘open doubles’.  The weather forecast looks good, so what could be better than rolling a few ‘woods’ around on a Sunday afternoon.  Great.

Don’t forget Monday nights 6.30.
John B

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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 2.30pm Methodist Service
Chapel Anniversary
Parwich Church
Monday 6.30pm Bowls Club Practice Night Bowling Green
Wednesday 2pm Pilates for the Over 60s Memorial Hall
Wednesday 6.30pm
Pilates followed by
Pilates for the Youth
Memorial Hall
Thursday 2.30pm Parwich Children through the Decades School
Thursday 6-7pm Circuit Training Memorial Hall
Friday .. School Closed – INSET Day Primary School
. . Saturday 2nd – Friday 8th
Wakes Week
Saturday 9-10.45am Saturday Morning Bulk Rubbish Collection Parwich
Saturday 9.45am Wakes Saturday
Oddfellows Parade
starts from The Sycamore
Saturday 10.30-10.45am Saturday Morning Bulk Rubbish Collection Ballidon
Saturday 11am Oddfellows Service Parwich Church
Saturday 11am-4pm Village Market & Entertainment The Green
Saturday 6pm for 6.15pm Fancy Dress Parade & Carnival assemble at School steps
Saturday 7.30pm Hog Roast & Entertainment
Ilkeston Band until 8.30, then Chris Houlihan
The Green
Sunday 10.30am-noon Club Tennis Tennis Courts
Sunday 11am Campsite “Songs of Praise” Service Parsons Croft, Church if wet
Sunday 12 noon Fun and Games with the Campers Parsons Croft
Sunday 6pm Treasure Hunt assemble on The Green
Sunday 8pm Wakes BBQ British Legion

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Baby Swallows

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Flaxdale Garden & Art Exhibition 18th June – A big thank you

Mike & Gill R would like to thank all those who visited our gardens and the exhibition of paintings on Saturday and helped to make it possible to contribute over £900 towards the charity, Derwent Rural Counselling Service. We could not have achieved this without the very generous support of the many helpers who gave their time both before the event, baking cakes and chocolate brownies, supplying books, bric a brac and plants for sale, distributing leaflets and posters, donating prizes for the raffle, lending us a ‘Burco’ boiler, and on the day welcoming visitors at the gate, serving refreshments and running the stalls and helping Gill in the exhibition. We must also add a special thank you to Jane B and the ‘blog’ for posting notices and timely reminders and pleas for help with bric a brac and a boiler. The weather was not kind to us, so in the circumstances we did well to welcome over 70 visitors who were so generous in their appreciation of the gardens and paintings and their giving to the charity. You have all helped in such a good cause, thank you so much, Mike & Gill.

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Congratulations to John and Marion F-S, who have been awarded a Peak District Environmental Quality Mark for Tom’s Barn and Douglas’s Barn.

Click here for the full news story, and click here for Marion’s report of the awards ceremony on the Tom’s Barn blog.

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Sue H writes:

Parwich First Responders will be having a stall on Wakes Saturday (July 2nd). There will be biscuits to buy and the dollies on which to practise resuscitation skills. We hope people will come and have a go.

We are very interested in getting younger members of the community involved in volunteering with us – you can train from the age of 18. Please feel free to come and talk to us to find out how you can get involved.

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Open Gardens: a thank you

On behalf of the Horticultural Society, Nia would like to thank everyone who was involved in making last Sunday’s Open Gardens such a successful event, raising over £1400 on the day.

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A free guided walk through wildflower-rich hay-meadows, and the chance to search for the elusive “Ratty”, is on offer on Monday July 4th in the Bletch Brook Valley, between Parwich and Tissington.

Peak District National Park ecologists and experts from the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust will lead the walk, looking out for rare species including the water vole, known as “Ratty” in Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows. One of the UK’s most threatened species, the water vole has disappeared from 90 per cent of sites it occupied over the last 60 years. But it does survive in pockets of the Peak District National Park – including the Bletch Brook Valley.

The two-hour walk starts from two meeting places, both at 6.30pm on July 4: outside the Sycamore Inn in Parwich, and in front of Hand’s Well in Tissington. There is no need to book. Dogs should be on leads. If you have any questions, please call 01298 84992.

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Pilates for Parwich

In this week’s Ashbourne News Telegraph, there’s a feature on the work of “Parwich Fit 4 All”. Here’s a copy of their original press release.

Parwich Fit 4 All are celebrating a grant of £500 from the John Weston Fund, administered by Derbyshire Community Foundation, to help subsidise Pilates exercise classes in the village.

For many years there has been a self-funding adult Pilates class and the participants were keen to extend the benefits to the younger and older residents of the village. Parwich Fit 4 All was established last year to apply for funding to subsidise classes for 11-18 year olds and Over 60’s. 

Initial donations came from the Parwich and District Horticultural Society, Parwich United Charities and a grant from the Derbyshire Dales CVS Health Development Fund. The John Weston grant, together with a private donation, will enable the classes to run for the rest of the year. 

The teachers are both trained by the Pilates Foundation UK. Georgie Barnes, who teaches the teenagers, specialises in equine and sports specific Pilates. ‘ I really enjoy teaching the kids Pilates, helping them to obtain better propreception and core stability, relating to their specific sports’ Georgie says. 

Tricia Durdey, the Over 60’s teacher, runs classes in Ashbourne and Wirksworth and has considerable experience of teaching older people and running ‘Falls prevention’ classes. She says ‘I love working with my group of women. They are so enthusiastic and work very hard to improve strength, posture and fitness. I noticed a difference after only a month of working together. I know many of them feel the benefits too – from increased mobility, physical confidence and balance, to diminishing ‘bingo wings’!

 After their class, the Over 60’s enjoy a chat over tea and cake provided by Val Kirkham of Catering4Parwich.

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Operation Red Rabbit

Operation Red Rabbit is the 2011 Peak Five schools’ fun day. Exclusively for the children of Fitzherbert and Parwich primary schools, and offered free of charge thanks to the generosity of several local sponsors, the day will include exciting craft and sports activities, suitable for all primary aged children.

Hosted in the grounds of Tissington Hall and other nearby locations, the event will take place during the school day on Wednesday 13th July 2011.

Please click here to read Andy Larkin’s letter of invitation to parents, which also contains full instructions for the day.

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School newsletter 30

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Tomorrow’s evening classes for Pilates have been cancelled because Georgie is away. Next week, 29th June, it is all back to normal.

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Feeling pretty!

Here’s a clip of the Terra Nova School Staff Choir, performing a well-known selection from West Side Story on Sunday afternoon.

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Courtesy of JF-S, here’s our second gallery of photos, starting with the Children’s Horticultural Show and continuing with photos of the Open Gardens.


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A group of Belgian bikers – members of the Belgian BMW Club – paid a fleeting visit to Parwich as part of their Midlands and North Wales 2011 tour.

Nearly forty enthusiasts from Flanders, on more than twenty motor bikes, took a look at the village and church.

Pictured are some of them posing outside St Peter’s Church on Sunday morning, while vicar Andy Larkin led Matins.

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Thanks to Ed L for sending us a photo of this prize-winning choir, captured in concert at the Drummond residence yesterday afternoon.

Please click to enlarge.

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This year, eighteen Parwich gardens opened their doors to visitors – and with the rain thankfully holding off, this turned out to be another very successful event.

As well as the various horticultural delights, villagers and visitors alike got to enjoy the splendid children’s show in the Memorial Hall, along with delicious cream teas and a plant sale. Elsewhere, the Flaxdale art exhibition and bric-a-brac sale continued for a second day, as did Lewis Noble’s open studio. The school held an open day, Hayley Powell staged a blacksmithing display at The Barn, The A52s played a gig at Rookery House, and a talented vocal troupe, Terra Nova School Staff Choir, staged impromptu recitals at various locations round the village. The day finished with a Father’s Day barbecue at the Legion, while the Horticultural Society laid on a “thank you” buffet for weary and grateful exhibitors at the hall.

Hot off the presses, here’s a gallery of all eighteen gardens, accompanied by Lynette and John’s colourful and creative signage. As always, these photos will look so much better if they are enlarged; click on each image for a bigger version.

1. Brook Close Farm

2. Pond Cottage

3. Cosheton


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There’s an additional visual treat in store for visitors to this year’s Open Gardens, as Lynette C and John H have created a wonderful array of numbered signs for each participating garden. We’ll be displaying the full set on the blog in due course.

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Thank you to Rebecca for identifying this colourful caterpillar…

I know what this is from bitter experience, a mullein moth, or will be, but not in my garden as I have declared war on them. If you want to see what they do to verbascum leaves pop by.

The following information comes from the Gardeners World website

The mullein moth, Cucullia verbasci, lays its eggs on verbascum, buddleia and figwort at the end of spring. Shortly after, from late spring to midsummer, the caterpillars demolish the foliage. Bad infestations can actually strip a plant. They then hide in the soil to pupate.

Solution Organic
The bright yellow and black caterpillars are easy to spot as they crawl across the leaves, and can be picked off by hand.

The moment you spot an infestation, spray them with bifenthrin or pyrethrum. If the plants are in flower, spray in the evening, so pollinating insects aren’t affected.

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Weather Stats: 12th to 18th June

Here are last week’s readings:


in mm


in Mb (am)


in Mb (pm)

Temperature in ºC



Sun 12






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Sat 18











Our weatherman on the hill says:

The Jet Stream is overhead, low pressure is in charge. It looks as though the weather will follow the same pattern as the week just gone.

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What’s on Where this Week
Day Time Event Location
Sunday 10-4pm Lewis Noble Exhibition The Studio
Sunday 10am Family Service Parwich Church
Sunday 10.30am-noon Club Tennis Tennis Courts
Sunday 11-4pm Cullen Hall Plant Sale & Open Garden Brailsford
Sunday 11.15am Family Society Service Alsop Church
Sunday 2-6pm Open Gardens & Children’s Show, plus Open School day Parwich
Sunday 6pm Father’s Day BBQ
Legion opens from 3pm
Parwich Legion
Monday 6.30pm Bowls Club Practice Night Bowling Green
Wednesday 2pm Pilates for the Over 60s Memorial Hall
Wednesday   No Pilates this evening Memorial Hall
Thursday 6-7pm Circuit Training Memorial Hall
Sunday 9.30am Holy Communion Parwich Church
Sunday 10.30am-noon Club Tennis Tennis Courts
Sunday 2.30pm Methodist Service
Chapel Anniversary
Parwich Church

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Parwich Bowls Club

Oh dear not at all good this week. Two losses.

Tuesday league

9 June – Away – Whitworth Park.

Really strange match this. Both teams won two games each, but we each had extreme highs and extreme lows in the games. As a result the match scores were very low for both teams. Whitworth just coming out on top 58 points to 55. Having been up to the giddy heights of second in the league and dropping to fourth, although we did not score many points we have still managed to stay fourth.

Next match 21 June – Home – Matlock Golf Club.

Thursday Friendly league.

16 June – Away – Matlock Bath.

As mentioned before this is a most peculiar green. Shaped a bit like a fifty pence piece and almost as small. Anyway we did very well in the double games. Winning two and only narrowly losing the third. Thank goodness we did for we ‘bombed’ in the six singles games, winning only one. Having said that because we managed to score heavily in the doubles we did get 111 points in all to 122 for Matlock. We had risen to fourth in the league, but this result will no doubt drop us a place or two.

Next match 23 June – Away – Bradwell A.

No friendly or club games this weekend, open gardens takes pride of place. Go along to see how much hard work has been put in.

Don’t forget Monday nights 6.30.

John B

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Weekend of Gardens & Art

This weekend sees two days packed with Gardens Open and Arts in Parwich , with cream teas, cakes and a BBQ.

Flaxdale Garden and Art Exhibition – 10am – 6pm

Lewis Noble Art Exhibition – 10am – 4pm

Lewis Noble Art Exhibition – 10am – 4pm

Opens Gardens & Childrens’ Horticultural Show – 2-6pm

Father’s Day BBQ at the Legion – 6pm, Bar open from 3pm

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Colin B says,

Our resident bee eating spotted flycatcher has found a good place to perch.

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On Tuesday 17th May Robert Gosling of Hill Top Farm organised an open exhibition regarding his proposals for a wind turbine to be located at his farm.  He originally sent a letter into explaining the reasoning behind this plan.  

This post is the reply from Robert Gosling to questions raised on and also to questionnaire responses.

1.  Can we see the other photomontage locations?

     We used a selection which gave a representative view.  All
     photomontages are below with the map showing the relative
     All photos in this section can be enlarged by clicking on them.

Map showing the location of the photomontages.


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If anyone has any suitable items that would otherwise go to a charity shop, we could put them on our bric-à-brac stall tomorrow.  Any unsold items will be sent to a charity shop. Do call us on 390433 if you can help.

Flaxdale Garden and Art Exhibition – Tomorrow –  10am to 6pm

Every year we make a great effort to try and get our gardens presentable for visitors to the village on Open Gardens day. This year we have decided to make the most of all our hard work and open our garden the day before Open Gardens day as well, i.e. on June 18th, to help raise funds for the DRCS, a local charity.

In the current climate DRCS (Derwent Rural Counselling Service) like many other charities, is finding it increasingly hard to make ends meet and risks having to cut the service it offers local people. We do hope you will be able to come, any time between 10am and 6pm to enjoy yourselves and at the same time enable DRCS to keep on with its good work supporting people in the area.

There will be an exhibition of original paintings by Gill, Gill Evans, Dorothy Littlewood, Evie Burlinson and Janis Castledine, who have all very kindly agreed to donate 25% of any sales to the charity. In addition we will have stalls for bric-à-brac, books and plants.  There will also be a raffle. (more…)

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Lewis Noble Exhibition This Weekend

Lewis Noble has sent us the following message:
I am holding an exhibition of my work in the studio this weekend, June 18-19th. You are all very welcome to come along! Anyone who wanted to get to the London show but couldn’t make it, now’s your chance.
The studio will be open from 10am-4pm both days and if you message me I will send you directions (if you don’t already know where I am). It should be a very busy weekend with the Open Gardens as well so I hope to see you there.

Rain Breaking Through

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