Archive for July, 2011

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Friday, 5pm.

Panic is irrational. Though kitting up when instructed, it was far too soon and sitting in a wet wet-suit for half an hour on a cold overcast evening wasn’t a good start. Already shivering, and the unexpected entry plan just about finished me off.

We had our briefing. Listening to what Lee had to do for the end of his open water put my head in overload. Lou and Eileen would be concentrating on his efforts; Lou would move between Lee and myself; Steve (the Dive Master) would keep an eye out for me. This again conspired against my rational thought. To my mind I’m hearing: one or the other will keep an eye on me, but they are watching how Lee progresses, so they will be distracted and that is when things can go wrong…

Next, we trudge to the pier where we are to step off the floating jetty. A boat pulls in just as we arrive. A quick change of plan and we are stepping off the back of this boat, just like stepping off the edge of the pool. But my head is crowded. I stand on the edge of the platform, don’t want to bang the tank as I step off. 3,2,1 – go. A giant stride (with a helpful shove, once I step out) and it is OK.

I surface and I’m too buoyant. I need to let air out of my BCD, but I don’t; I feel unbalanced and my feet are up. I feel like I did when I first got in the pool with an oversized BCD. My weights feel unbalanced and I am starting to panic. I won’t signal OK. I don’t thrash around in panic, but mentally I’m freaking out. Tears fill my eyes. Lou is facing me the whole time, but I am not able to verbalise how I feel, and why I feel panic. I can write it here, after the fact. She is calm and helps me work through it. It takes so long to calm down. I want out, but I won’t let myself, not after the age it’s taken to get in! (more…)

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Major Benjamin Imgham writes:

Before sitting down to write this article, I took a minute to reflect on the last six months. There is no doubt that it has gone exceptionally quickly, but having only completed half of my tour there is the pervasive sense of disappointment in missing out on so much back in the UK. Despite the wonders of technology and the ability to receive emails in seconds, Skype and satellite telephone, there are times when the contact only heightens the feeling of being disconnected from the real world. Whilst being away, two new additions to the Ingham household have appeared in the form of the twin girls Alice and Charlotte, but equally we have lost two family members: the dogs Tyro and William. Being away, I have been unable to share the delight of watching the nephews and nieces grow up, but I have also avoided the pain of loss. The key question is: ‘do the benefits of deploying for a year outweigh the significant sacrifices?’

At this time it is impossible to answer the question. But as we reach a significant tipping point in the conflict against the insurgency within Afghanistan, it is evident that the coalition forces play a role in the prevention of the spread of global terrorism through the disruption of the terrorist network and safe havens. I am pleased that I am contributing to the campaign.

The last month has also been marked with a few highlights in terms of getting ‘out and about’. The first occasion was to a location within the far eastern side of the country, to conduct an assessment of some of the Pakistan and Afghanistan border observation posts. The journey, by helicopter, took us across some spectacular landscapes that would not look out of place on Mars. Red and grey treeless mountains weathered by centuries of wind and rain and baked for years of seemingly endless scorching summers rose out from the barren, dust-ridden deserts. The occasional river, a shocking turquoise blue with cultivated banks, formed a small ribbon of vivid colour set against an otherwise lunar landscape. Small hamlets nestled within the inhospitable terrain, interconnected by thin tracks that looked like a lattice of spider webs when viewed from above. The absence of roads, telephone or electricity pylons and no obvious signs of economic development indicate that those individuals living within these rural areas lead a medieval, subsistence, existence. It was during this trip that we landed in a small outpost where the remnants of an old British fort still doggedly stood, a sharp reminder of our inauspicious colonial past in the region, which was marred by defeat. An American Infantry Battalion ran the outpost and the irony of western soldiers back in the same location 200 years later was not lost on us. (more…)

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Weather stats: 24th to 30th July

Here are last week’s readings:

Rainfall

in mm

Pressure

in Mb (am)

Pressure

in Mb (pm)

Temperature in ºC

Max

Min

Sun 24

0.0

1013.3

1012.6

21.7

8.4

Mon 25

0.0

1011.4

1014.1

22.9

9.4

Tue 26

0.0

1014.8

1018.7

22.8

9.5

Wed 27

0.0

1021.9

1022.9

20.2

12.1

Thu 28

0.0

1022.7

1022.4

24.4

9.6

Fri 29

0.0

1023.8

1024.3

19.0

12.3

Sat 30

0.0

1024.0

1021.7

24.2

6.7

Total

0.0

Average

22.2

9.7

Our weatherman on the hill says:

The barometer is set to fall and the weather will become warm, humid, with the risk of thunder storms.

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What’s on Where this Week
Day Time Event Location
Sunday 10.30am-noon Club Tennis Tennis Courts
Sunday from 6pm Summer Party at the Legion
BBQ – 6.30pm & Music – 8pm
Memorial Hall
Monday-
Friday
Lewis Noble Art School Parwich
Tuesday from 6.30pm Parwich Panoramic 5
Fell Race
Children’s race from 6.30
adults – 7.15pm
Sycamore Inn
Thursday 6-7pm Circuit Training Memorial Hall
Friday-
Sunday
. Y-Not Festival Pikehall
Saturday 7.45-8.30am Saturday Morning Bulk Rubbish Collection – Final One Alsop
Saturday . Manifold Valley Show Ilam
Sunday 6.30pm Evensong Parwich Church

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PARWICH BOWLS CLUB

The poor form continues! We have not won a match for ages now.

Tuesday league
26 July – Away – Whitworth Park.

I suppose if there is such a thing as a good loss this may possibly be considered one! Whitworth Park are second in the league and we were not looking forward to the match. Although we only won one game out of the four we did get quite good points from the other games. In the end we lost 69 to 61 not a bad result. Unfortunately our next match is against Matlock Bath and they have a very good team.

Next match 2 August – Home – Matlock Bath.

Matlock Thursday Friendly League.
28 July – Home – Bradwell.

We again lost all the doubles games 63 to 36, however, the singles games came to our rescue. In four out of the six games we managed to win and the two other games we only closely lost. The points were 81 to Parwich and 58 to Bradwell. Total match score therefore was a close loss 117 to 121.

Next match 4 August – Away – Tideswell.

John B

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Calling all young people between the ages of 7 and 16

Would you like to have fun, make new friends and make a play in a week?

Would you like you like to work with theatre professionals and learn some great skills?

Would you like to build your confidence and enjoy being creative?

If this sounds good to you,
why not come along to a whole week of drama at
Parwich Memorial Hall.

22nd – 26th August
10am – 4pm

Please contact Jen for more information
or to book your place (places are limited)
£120 for the whole week!

07713 643598
info@storymoves.co.uk
http://www.storymoves.co.uk/

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The Parish Council are looking for some kitchen base units for the Pavillion, which were ruined as a result of flooding last winter.  So if you are replacing your kitchen or have a few units tucked away in a garage and you no longer need them, please let one of the Councillors know or email The Blog on parwich@hotmail.co.uk

Thank you

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Parwich Parish Council

The Parish Council had their first meeting last Tuesday.  All agendas will be posted on the blog in advance of the meetings and the Minutes will also go online once they have been ratified at the following meeting.  The next meeting is on Thursday 8th September at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall Meeting Room.

Parish Councillors
Chair – Caroline Healy
Vice Chair – Robert Bunting
Badger (aka R Walker)
Jane Bennett
Stephen Dale
Nia Linnell

 

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Wednesday evening.

51 minutes is not bad for my first open water dive. I was (not literally!) holding my breath the whole time, waiting for the dive to be over. Is this good for a first dive? It’s not exactly the Red Sea or the Indian Ocean, but there is a certain macabre charm about the murky depths.

First the briefing, then we kitted up.

On my first ‘try dive’ with Matt, he said that setting up the tank, the buoyancy control device (BCD) and the regulators would become easy. I wasn’t convinced, but now it’s the one skill I’m most confident with.

With fins in hand, we walked over to the steps… and down, one by one, holding the guide rope to steady myself. Standing in the water we donned fins, inflated the BCD, walked backwards and then sat back, in the sea. Done.

I’m getting nervous again, writing this!

We get to our position under the jetty. Lou must have decided against a buoyancy check, because she indicated straight away the 5 point descent. It took me a while to get under the water, even with deflating my BCD; it seems that when you’re uneasy, your lungs are packed full of air and this keeps you buoyant. I’m now weighted to the hilt and given a helping hand in the form of a tug from Lou below. I’m sinking, equalizing my ears as I go and trying to breath slowly, hoping to fool my brain into feeling calm…

We begin to fin. I hold tight to Lou’s hand. I’ll probably cut off her circulation before long, but it’s a huge comfort.

It is so alien down there; the light is a cool green and everything has a grubby feel, possibly due to the sand and the algae. A crab is my first sighting; they are also the creatures I have found remains of on the shore at Studland. This spiny spider crab is covered in algae and is massive! It’s walking along the sea bed below me. The next is a Cuckoo wrasse, although not with the colours in the book; I saw pale and darker browns. I remember stripes from head to tail and a little iridescence in the stripe under torch light… My mind is concentrating on breathing rather than good observation.

The visibility is poor, thick with sediment hanging in the water. From nowhere, a dark shape appears before us… a pillar. Slowly we pass by, and before long the next ominous shape looms. At this depth I’m in limbo, neither able to see the ground nor the reassuring light from above. Here is obscurity. There is a shimmer of light caught in the flanks of bass and small mackerel, but no other life. I shudder. I am feeling the cold and I signal Lou.

Five minutes more?

We arrive at the Tompot Blenny’s pillar. Lou places a stone in its hole and we wait. A moment later the stone is propelled out and I see it drop from the ledge. Repeat… I see the stone, I see the stone fall from the edge, but I don’t see the Blenny. We move on.

A five point ascent goes well and I surface, holding high my snorkel rather than the buoyancy control device with low-pressure inflator on my BCD. Fool! We flip onto our backs and have an agonizing swim from the end of the pier back to the steps. I can see how exhaustion can kick in; we rest for a moment, then continue.

Back on dry land, and relief that my first sea dive went well in their eyes. My memory will be: “keep going, just a bit longer; you’ll be back on land in thirty minutes.” Does it sound bad? It was an experience; I am glad I’ve done it… but I was lost, had no idea of my bearings and felt claustrophobic.

Thursday evening, Rockley Park.

Two hours in the pool with Steve. He is calm and methodical and it helps. Step by small step, mask clearing… and almost there?

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Weather Stats 17th to 23rd July

Here are last week’s readings:

  Rainfall

in mm

Pressure

in Mb (am)

Pressure

in Mb (pm)

Temperature in ºC
Max Min
Sun 17 11.7 994 993 15.9 11.2
Mon 18 10.3 993 999 15.5 11.7
Tue 19 2.2 1001 1007 18.9 10.8
Wed 20 0 1008 1009 17.4 10.7
Thu 21 2.2 1011 1018 21.5 12.3
Fri 22 2.7 1017 1018 18.1 10.0
Sat 23 0.4 1016 1016 19.6 5.6
Total 29.5   Average 18.12 10.33

Our weatherman on the hill says:

Rising pressure should bring a sunnier  and warmer week with the possibility of a little light rain midweek, but no heatwave.

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On Sunday 24th July – 1-3pm
Vintage and modern tractor rally
Admission Free – Car Park – £2

On the field behind the Chapel
Chapel Lane, Tissington.
Four or five vintage lorries
………………………………….Horse and cart rides.
………………………………..Refreshments and a raffle.
………………………………….Proceeds to Tissington Chapel fund
…………………………………and St. Marys Church.

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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 1-3pm Vintage & Modern Tractor Rally Tissington
Sunday 2.30pm Methodist Service Parwich Church
Monday 6.30pm Bowls Club Practice Night Bowling Green
Monday 7pm Parochial Church Council Meeting Parwich Church
Tuesday 7pm Parish Council Meeting Memorial Hall
Tuesday First Responders Training Memorial Hall
Thursday 6-7pm Circuit Training Memorial Hall
Sunday 10.30am-noon Club Tennis Tennis Courts
Sunday from 6pm Summer Party at the Legion

BBQ – 6.30pm & Music – 8pm

Memorial Hall

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Plant fair at Osmaston

Tomorrow (Sunday) at Osmaston Park, there will be a summer plant fair, featuring “quality plants from highly respected specialists and growers offering herbaceous perennials, alpines, shrubs, climbers, cottage garden favourites and lots more”. The event will bring together many of the top Midland and Northern plant nurseries.

Entry is £2.oo, parking is free, and the event runs from 11am to 2pm. Click here for a map.

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Parwich Bowls Club

Not a good week at all. We lost in both leagues. Unfortunately we do not seem to be able to put a consistently good run of wins together in either League.

Tuesday league – 19 July – Home – Ashwood Park.
Up until this season Ashwood Park have always been at least a top half of the table team and we have always struggled against them. They have been at the bottom of the league for some time and on their green earlier this season we beat them convincingly, however, when we played them this week they played to their usual high standard. If we carry on playing like this we will be at the bottm. We only managed to win one game and ‘comfortably’ lost the match 72 to 58. We had slipped to mid table, but with this result we are sure to drop into the bottom half.

Next match 28 July – Home – Bradwell.

Matlock Thursday Friendly League – 21 July – Away – Matlock Golf Club.
The Golf Club are always extremely competitive, even in the ‘Friendly League’ and this week proved no exception. They are third in the league and this weeks result will keep them there. We did not win any of the three doubles games and although we won four out of the six singles games some of our losses were quite heavy. We only scored 69 points to their 68. This made the overall match score a win for the Golf Club 131 to 111.

Next match 26 July – Away – Whitworth Park.

John B

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Tissington Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team Steering Group Meeting Minutes

Tuesday 12 July – 7.30pm –  Bradbourne Village Hall

Sgt Edwards (SE) opened the meeting and thanked all present for their attendance. The minutes were also read out.

Priority Profile/Issues for Tissington SNPT
Parking at Tissington – Road markings are now in place and are having a positive result within the village. The issue is now resolved.

Parking at Kniveton School –  Another site meeting will be held on the 19 July 2011 at 3.30pm with all interested parties. This is due to an objection raised by member of the public. (Kate Cleveley – KC)

Community Speed Watch – This is ongoing at Mappleton village. In the past month two vehicles were sent warning letters regarding their speed. (more…)

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Tom is in the news this week, on Saturday evening, 23rd July, Tom is special guest on live The National Lottery Draw and he is also in Hello Magazine, talking about his new show, Top Hat .

Tom Chambers and Summer Strallen star in Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ legendary Hollywood hit of the 1930s. One of the greatest dance musicals of all time, Top Hat receives its world premiere live on stage at Milton Keynes Theatre, before setting off on a UK tour.

Tom Chambers, Strictly Come Dancing winner and Holby City heartthrob, plays Jerry Travers, the famous American tap dancer who arrives in London to appear in his first West End show. Travers meets the irresistible Dale Tremont, the girl of his dreams, played by Summer Strallen (triple Olivier Award nominee and star of Love Never Dies, The Boy Friend and Hollyoaks) and follows her across Europe in an attempt to win her heart with his wonderful song and dance routines.

Irving Berlin’s celebrated score features such classics as Cheek to Cheek, Let’s Face The Music & Dance, Isn’t It A Lovely Day To Be Caught In The Rain and Top Hat, White Tie & Tails.

Beautiful sets, lavish costumes and sensational dancing will sweep you off your feet in this stunning new musical comedy.

The tour begins on 16th August and reaches Salford Quays on September 28th for 12 days

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Leaflets have been dropped off at every house informing everyone that the Saturday Bulk Rubbish finishes on Saturday 27th August. This means that Alsop get their final collection on 6th August and Ballidon on 13th August, but there will be no further collections in Parwich.

From Monday 1st August NO cardboard can be put in the green bin, it has to be placed in the Blue Bag along with newspapers etc. The Green Bin is for garden and kitchen waste, and it will be inspected before being emptied.

Bulky items can be disposed of at the Recycling Centres at Ashbourne  or the new centre at Northwood, Darley Dale.

To read the leaflets click on the photos.

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Parwich Parish Council

Crookbank Farm, Lane Head,
Tideswell, Buxton,
Derbyshire, SK17 8RB

01298 872000

lesleybramwell50@hotmail.com

AGENDA FOR THE MEETING TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY 26th July 2011.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
At the START of the meeting ten minutes will be made available for members of the public to ask questions or comment on Parish Council matters.

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Spotted in the news: an informative write-up of the Hill Race in the Ripley & Heanor News, and a curious tale of painted sheep in the Stunner, furnished with quotes from Parwich’s Ben Chadfield.

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Pilates has now finished until September. Unfortunately because of a serious back injury a few years ago, Georgie has decided that she can no longer run the evening Pilates sessions, so the committee are now looking for a replacement teacher.

Thank you to everyone who has supported Pilates this year.

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Weather Stats: 10th to 16th July

Here are last week’s readings:

Rainfall

in mm

Pressure

in Mb (am)

Pressure

in Mb (pm)

Temperature in ºC

Max

Min

Sun 10

2.7

1016.7

1018.3

21.8

6.7

Mon 11

0.0

1018.2

1021.7

23.3

9.3

Tue 12

0.0

1021.0

1022.2

19.8

12.3

Wed 13

0.0

1020.8

1021.9

17.7

9.8

Thu 14

0.0

1020.6

1020.1

23.7

6.0

Fri 15

0.0

1018.1

1015.5

22.4

10.5

Sat 16

8.1

1002.7

996.3

19.7

12.7

Total

10.8

Average

21.2

9.6

Our weatherman on the hill says:

Continuing cloudy, showery, some heavy, with average temperatures.  There is sign of improvement after mid-week.

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What’s on Where this Week
Day Time Event Location
Sunday 10am Family Service Parwich Church
Sunday 10am Ashbourne Highland Gathering The Rec, Cokayne Ave, Ashbourne
Sunday 10.30am-noon Club Tennis Tennis Courts
Sunday 11.15am Holy Communion Alsop Church
Monday 6.30pm Bowls Club Practice Night Bowling Green
Monday 7.30-9pm AGM – Parwich Memorial Hall Management Committee Memorial Hall
Wednesday 1pm School Year 6 leavers production: Strictly Come Dancing Fairytale / PTA family afternoon Memorial Hall / cricket pitch
Wednesday 2pm Pilates for the Over 60s Memorial Hall
Wednesday No Evening Classes until Sept
Please read the link

Cancelled
Thursday .. End of TermINSET Day today Primary School
Thursday 6-7pm Circuit Training Memorial Hall
Sunday 9.30am Holy Communion Parwich Church
Sunday 10.30am-noon Club Tennis Tennis Courts
Sunday 11.15am Mattins Alsop Church
Sunday 1-3pm Vintage & Modern Tractor Rally Tissington
Sunday 2.30pm Methodist Service Parwich Church

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Bowling Weekly

By a quirk in the fixtures computer we played Chatsworth in both Leagues this week. Inevitably the results in each match were very different.

Tuesday league

12 July – Away – Chatsworth.

Some matches although they are lost are still really excellent, this was one such match. The venue at Chatsworth helps. Anyway we only managed to win one game out of the four played in the Tuesday League, but they were all close games. In the end we lost 83 to 73. Sometimes when you win you do not get as many points. The match, however, was really enjoyable. We had dropped to mid table in the League. Let us hope this score will allow us not to drop any further.

Next match 19 July – Home – Ashwood Park.

Matlock Thursday Friendly League.

14 July – Home – Chatsworth.

For some time we have not been playing well in the doubles games in the Thursday League. This week, we won all three games very convincingly. We also managed to win 4 out of the six singles games. The overall result was therefore a resounding win 139 to 94. This will hopefully stop us dropping any further down the table.

Next match 21 July – Away – Matlock Golf Club.

John B

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Balloon Launch

On Thursday 14th July 2011 at 2.15pm 150 Royal Blue Balloons were released celebrating 150 years of education at Parwich Primary School. Many thanks to those people that purchased a balloon and helped make the afternoon such a fantastic success.

Caroline Rodgers, Headteacher.

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The coach was completely full as we set off to Felley Priory Garden, situated a few miles from Heanor.  The weather was kind, and a pleasant morning was spent by all wandering through the 2.5 acre garden.  There were some very unusual plants but luckily the gardener was on hand to help identify any that were not labelled.  Although the rose garden had clearly suffered from the very dry weather, the newly planted White Garden was delightful.

The perennial herbaceous borders were full of colour and there were opportunities to take time to sit and enjoy the surrounding.  Lunch was simple but tasty, although competition from a second coach party seemed to stretch the cafe’s capacity!  However, everyone managed to eat, shop at the nursery and be ready to leave at 1.30pm for our onward journey.

We approached Hebb’s Farm with a little trepidation, as a previous group had given poor feedback.  Hebb’s Farm is the private garden of Stuart Dixon, who has previously spoken to the Horticultural Society.  Our fears proved groundless.  The garden was lovely, with even more unusual plants and some more familiar ones.  There were lots of places to sit and enjoy the different areas, and for those of us who have a permanent plant wish-list – the plants were all clearly labelled, note books and pencils were put to good use. 

Stuart Dixon was a great host, very approachable and happy to share his knowledge and experience, it was a garden with a lot of soul. The afternoon was made complete by delicious scones and a cup of tea served by Stuart’s wife.

I think it is safe to say, “A good day was had by all”.

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Thank you to Glynis for this report, with photos taken by Marion F-S

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It’s Gotta Go!

Avril is selling her Peugeot 206 coupe cabriolet which she’s had from new and is in very good condition. Its only done 26,500 miles (!) and has been kept garaged. Its automatic with a 1.6 litre engine that does about 39 miles to the gallon. MOT’d until 18th March 2012, it also has road tax paid until February 2012.

Yours for £3,100, not a high price for such a low mileage car with a retractable electric roof. By the way, both car and roof have been completely reliable.

You can see it by calling Avril or Keith on 01335 390500 or calling at Fernlea House opposite the Village Hall.

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Vintage & Modern Tractor Rally

On Sunday 24th July – 1-3pm
Vintage and modern tractor rally
Admission Free – Car Park – £2

On the field behind the Chapel
Chapel Lane, Tissington. 
Four or five vintage lorries 
………………………………….Horse and cart rides.
………………………………..Refreshments and a raffle.
………………………………….Proceeds to Tissington Chapel fund
…………………………………and St. Marys Church.

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Wednesday 13th July saw Operation Red Rabbit, the 2011 Peak Five School’s Fun Day swing into action. A full school day of activities for the children of Parwich and Fitzherbert Primary Schools, organised by our local churches. The day was generously sponsored and supported by many local individuals and businesses. Thank you to all of you of you for helping create such a lovely day. For the full story and lots more photos see the church website.  Rev’d Andy Larkin



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Dorset: day four.

More Theory, and a very long day. I crammed the last section, and I was still late leaving. Review #5, an exam and a further written examination: done and passed. My brain is fried! 

I’m staying at The Villa on Brownsea Island, in Poole harbour. Walking back along the board walk, I saw deer in the edge of the marsh and a tern whilst waiting at the jetty. I’m tired… will write more tomorrow.


Rockley Park and my first confined dive.

Tomorrow is tonight and I dislike diving intensely! I fought back tears in the pool; it’s tough. Almost drowned at the bottom, trying to clear my mask; coughing and spluttering at two and a half meters is not funny. On surfacing, I’m emotional. Lou asks me if I want to continue with the course, “because you don’t seem to be enjoying it”… (more…)

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As in previous years, it would be great if parents/families could please bring along donations of party food for everyone to share.

If you are wondering what to bring, this may give you some idea. If you could bring a couple of items from the list, enough for your own children/family (or maybe a little more!) and then everyone shares, it should work out OK!

Sandwiches – Crisps etc – Veg sticks/salad – Cocktail sausages or other savouries – Cakes – Biscuits – Fruit

All hot drinks and soft drinks will be provided by the PTA.

If you have any questions, please ask Sam L (477), Sally P, or Mandy N.

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Y-Not Festival 2011

Update: Click here for previews of all this year’s acts.

This year’s Y-Not Festival takes place between Friday August 5th and Sunday August 7th, on Mouldridge Lane in Pikehall. There are three stages this year, and a line-up which includes Maximo Park, Feeder, The Go! Team, Jamie Woon, Viva Brother, New Young Pony Club, Art Brut, The Rifles, Miles Kane, Beardyman, Dananananaykroyd, The Duke Spirit, Wolf Gang and Benjamin Francis Leftwich.

Update: all tickets have sold out.

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Properties for sale or rent

IMPORTANT: These details have been updated elsewhere. Please click here for our most recent property round-up.

Fernlea HouseMouldridge LanePikehall Lane
Bluebell CottageSpenedgeSycamore Cottages
Rathbone CroftPikehall Farm

The list will be updated again next month. Until then, you will be able to find it on the INFO page, via the SITE MAP, and in the ELSEWHERE ON PARWICH.ORG section on the right hand side of this page.

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150th Anniversary Balloon Launch

REMINDER: the balloon launch takes place tomorrow (Thursday), so this is your last chance to buy tickets!

Continuing with their 150th anniversary celebrations, Parwich Primary School are holding a Balloon Launch.

On Thursday 14th July, starting at 2pm, each of the fifty children will launch a balloon to celebrate education at Parwich Primary School.

Each Parwich Primary School child will be given a balloon, free of charge, to release on the afternoon. However, everyone else needs to purchase one!

This means that the school has 100 balloons to sell, to make this event a success!

Each balloon can be bought for a minimum donation of £2.

To be in with a chance to win, all you have to do is:

1. Click here to open the order slip, then print it off. Parents will already have received paper versions of the slip.

2. Fill in the slip, completing your details for the label as you want them to appear.

3. Turn up on Thursday July 14th at 2pm, to be part of a fab afternoon, with hope for a clear day.

4. Look forward to your balloon travelling the furthest, so you’re in with a chance of winning a first prize of £25, a second prize of £15, or a third prize of £10.

Anyone can purchase a balloon and there is no limit to the number you are permitted to buy.

All money raised goes towards our ‘Celebration Garden’ which will begin to take shape during September and October and will provide an amazing outdoor learning environment for all our children.

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The Big Butterfly Count

As this year’s Big Butterfly Count is about to get underway, here is some more information about the project, which might appeal to anyone with an interest in nature conservation.

The Big Butterfly Count is a nationwide survey, which aims to help in assessing the health of our environment. 10,000 people took part last year, counting 210,000 butterflies and day-flying moths across the nation.

According to the Big Butterfly Count’s website:

Butterflies react very quickly to change in their environment, which makes them excellent biodiversity indicators. Butterfly declines are an early warning for other wildlife losses. That’s why counting butterflies can be described as taking the pulse of nature. The count will also assist in identifying trends in species that will help plan how to protect butterflies from extinction, as well as understanding the effect of climate change on wildlife.

This year’s count runs between 16th and 31st July.

To take part, simply count butterflies for fifteen minutes during bright (and preferably sunny) weather, at any time between 16th and 31st July. This can be done anywhere: gardens, fields, school grounds and so on. You also should try to identify the species of each butterfly you see.

Then register your findings on the Big Butterfly Count website: http://www.bigbutterflycount.org/

The website contains all the information that you will need about the Big Butterfly Count – including an illustrated chart, which you can print off and use while you’re counting.

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Dorset: day two.

I found my way to the medical centre over in Parkstone with one minute to spare. Blood pressure, pulse, heart and lungs. The result: fit for diving, with no restrictions. The Doc examines guys that dive to a depth of 200m – and here I am, thinking 2m is too deep!

There was light mist this morning and drizzle the rest of the day. I took a detour via Studland on my return, but didn’t stop. There are National Trust car parks everywhere, which makes things expensive on the ‘recce’ front.

On to the B&B and more study. The dive manual, chapter 4… and an afternoon nap?! I must be tired.

This evening I was invited to a bbq at the PADI centre. I met Eileen, the instructor who will be teaching me tomorrow evening, and chatted with a couple of ladies.

I need an Ordnance Survey Map, National Trust membership, and to work out where I can store my materials on the mainland to make it easier traveling back and forth to the island…

Dorset: day three.

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