Archive for August, 2011

Green & Black Bin Collections this week

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Pilates – Teacher needed

Unfortunately due to a lack of a teacher the pilates classes on Wednesday night due to start Sept 7th will be cancelled at least for the forthcoming term. Hopefully a teacher will be found and the classes can continue in the winter. 

The Over 60’s afternoon class will continue as normal, but the first class date is still to be confirmed

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Thursday 6.30pm

It is one month to the evening since I began training to scuba dive! I’m back at the pool side with Eileen, and we are about to finish off confined water 4 and 5. I feel calm and collected…?! On the cards tonight is the hover; I imagine Tom Cruise at the end of his line, but it doesn’t quite work out like that…

Heather is also going for her open water 3 and 4 on Sunday, and we are to do most of the skills together this evening.

We enter the pool with a giant stride. My mask is less tight, because I’ve been wearing a hood. (I leave it as is, in the hope that I have less of a mark on my face when we finish.) Making sure I hold the mask firmly as I hit the water, it remains in place and no water is leaking in… cool. We buddy up for a 5 point descent and all is well. I have to remember: part of ‘sorted’ is to elevate and equalise.

I’ve struggled a little with buoyancy this evening. Even with my BCD empty of air, my body wants to float and it’s difficult keeping both knees on the tiles. We watch Eileen do the hover, and then it’s my turn. In my attempt I turn turtle and hover upside down. Feet in the air and totally un-Cruise like; what is going on?! I can just see myself – what a picture! Hover complete and finally into an upright position (with help), I kneel on the bottom.

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Tea & Cakes at Alsop

Tea & Cakes are being served in the churchyard at Alsop between 11am – 4pm tomorrow (Monday). It is the final one in 2011 so 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: 21st to 27th August

Here are last week’s readings:

Rainfall

in mm

Pressure

in Mb (am)

Pressure

in Mb (pm)

Temperature in ºC

Max

Min

Sun 21

0.9

1013.4

1015.8

22.8

12.3

Mon 22

0.0

1019.0

1019.9

22.7

9.8

Tue 23

0.9

1018.4

1014.7

20.7

11.9

Wed 24

0.9

1015.0

1014.1

21.6

9.7

Thu 25

9.4

1011.8

1012.0

20.4

9.0

Fri 26

9.1

1010.1

1008.2

14.1

8.7

Sat 27

0.4

1009.6

1014.4

18.0

9.1

Total

22.0

Average

20.0

10.08

Our weatherman on the hill says:

Mainly cloudy with sunny periods and very little rain for the next few days.

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What’s on Where this Week
Day Time Event Location
Sunday 9.30am Holy Communion Parwich Church
Sunday 11.15am Mattins Alsop Church
Sunday 2.30pm Methodist Service Alsop Church
Monday 11-4pm Tea & Cakes in the Churchyard Alsop Church
Thursday 6-7pm Circuit Training Memorial Hall
Friday –
Sunday
9-6.30pm Chatsworth Country Fair Chatsworth
Saturday 2.30pm Strongman Competition Nethergreen
Sunday
8-11am
2pm
3pm
Horticultural Fruit & Veg Show
Staging of Exhibits
Show opens for viewing
Presentation and Auction of Exhibits
Memorial Hall
Sunday 6.30pm Evensong Parwich Church

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Missing Cat

Our small coffee coloured cat has gone missing.  She has no collar although she is chipped.   If you have seen her anywhere, please let Lynne from White Meadow House (the Red House) know on 474.  Thank you.

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BBQ at the Legion tonight

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Parwich Bowls Club update

We have been having a fair amount of success of late.  This week we had mixed fortunes: winning one match, but losing the other.

Tuesday league.

23 August – Away – Bakewell.

Bakewell were ahead of us in the league and we always do not play well on their green. The green is long and thin, not the usual square. Anyway, we managed to win three out of the four games and came out winners at 71 to 46. Because of this handsome win, we have overtaken them in the league and have moved up to fifth place. Next week, the penultimate match of the season: we are away to the top of the league!

Next match: 30 August – Away – Hathersage.

Matlock Thursday Friendly League.

Again, Whitworth Park are a strong team – and so it proved in the match. We only managed to win one of the three doubles, and we shared the six singles three each. The result was therefore 125 to Whitworth and 115 to us. Not a bad score, considering we lost.

Next match: 1 September Away – Lafarge, Hope.

– John B.

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This exciting film tells the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.

Over the next 127 hours, Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. A visceral, thrilling story, that will take an audience on a never before experienced journey and prove what we can do when we choose life.

Directed by Danny Boyle (of Slumdog Millionaire fame), starring James Franco, nominated for several Oscars.

Web links at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/127_Hours

In the warm and comfortable Parwich Memorial Hall
Friday 16th September 7.45PM
Free Entrance. Refreshments. Raffle.
Silent projection. Hi Fi Sound.
Special hi-fi headphones for those with hearing difficulties, please ask.

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Any events to go in the Parish Magazine?

If you have any events in September or October that you would like including in September’s Diary page in the Parish Magazine, please let me know by Sunday.  Either email me directly or at parwich@hotmail.co.uk.  Thanks Jane

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Families, residents and holidaymakers are invited to join a guided cycle ride to celebrate 40 years of the Peak District National Park Authority’s Tissington Trail.

This free event on Tuesday August 30th will explore the history of this popular traffic free trail – one of the first of its kind in the UK when it first opened in 1971.

The ride will be led by national park staff and is suitable for people of all ages whether new to cycling or experienced pedal-pushers.

One of the highlights of the tour is a visit to the Hartington signal box.

The ride starts at 11am. Meet at Parsley Hay cycle hire centre (SK17 ODG for satnavs). There is no need to book, people can bring their own bike or hire one from the cycle hire centre.

Property Manager, Abi Ball, who manages the Tissington Trail, said: “This year, visitors will be able to see conservation management in action, as for the first time sheep grazing will take place on the sides of the trail.”

The sheep will graze at Fenny Bentley Cutting and Parsley Hay Cutting from late summer and over winter, eating this year’s grass growth and helping to control the spread of scrub, for the benefit of next year’s wild flowers, such as orchids, bistort, knapweed and cowslips.  Both cuttings will be fenced to keep the sheep in. This work has been funded by the SITA Trust which supports projects that make lasting improvements to the natural environment and community life.

Click here for a Brief history of the Tissington Trail.

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PARWICH.ORG joins Facebook

If you’re a Facebook user, then please consider “liking” the Facebook page for PARWICH.ORG. This will send links to all new blog posts to your Facebook News Feed.

Updated: Here’s the link: http://www.facebook.com/parwich

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Wednesday.

Caught the Castello early this morning, then the chain ferry, and made my way to Studland. A short walk to the beach: lovely, calm and not many people!

Damon and Jim pulled into the car park five minutes later. We walked down to the beach for a recce, as neither have dived Studland before, then returned to the van to don our gear. It’s a longer walk to the beach all togged and weighted, and thankfully it’s downhill!

We discuss the dive ahead and make our way to the water. I have a real problem to begin with: my BCD isn’t tight enough (I’m a bit weak with the straps) and I keep turning turtle. It takes a while to sort it out, then we make our way out to look for eelgrass.

Being new to diving, the possible loss of control in buoyancy whilst drawing could be a real problem. I am mindful of this and remain a meter above the grass throughout the dive. I’m surprised by the abundance of small snakelocks anemones. They are attached to stems of grass: all healthy, and all like little children’s sunshines. The grass is cleaner, with some darker areas and some lighter.

I keep the boys in sight at all times. Damon looks back now and then, to check I’m still there, and sits cross-legged hovering above the grass – show off! If only it was so easy. I struggle to cross my legs out of water, never mind in the water! And the last time I hovered, it was upside down?!

I make two drawings of Damon as he leads the way. The 300lb paper no longer works; it’s breaking up as I draw. The 425lb holds up well and holds the graphite for the duration. There is a dark shore crab (not as large as the Brownsea crabs) and little sand fish. Damon and Jim see snails, but we don’t come across the seahorses.

The sun sends rays through the water as we swim toward shore. Damon’s computer reads 2.5m and Jim’s going one better, at 2.8m with a 50 minute dive. It’s been good to finally see the environment I hope to work in. I thoroughly enjoyed it – even the walk back to the van, which warmed me up!

Coffee and Green & Blacks white chocolate… cool!

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It is only two weeks to the Horticultural Show and this year is extra special, as it is the 60th show. By clicking on the picture below you can find out about each class, so you still have plenty of time to get organised, try out your recipes, give your veggies some extra TLC and practise your flower arranging. This year sees the return of the popular men’s classes, with a different theme, and the extremely popular photography class is also back.

Don’t forget that entries are open at 8am and close at 11am on the morning of the show.

The show opens to the public at approximately 2:00pm
with trophies and prizes to be presented at 3:00pm.

Auction of exhibits will take place after the presentations.

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Weather Stats: 14th to 20th Aug

Here are last week’s readings:

Rainfall

in mm

Pressure

in Mb (am)

Pressure

in Mb (pm)

Temperature in ºC

Max

Min

Sun 14

0.0

1007.5

1011.4

18.7

10.3

Mon 15

0.9

1018.2

1019.6

21.3

5.4

Tue 16

0.4

1016.6

1017.4

21.0

12.0

Wed 17

0.0

1020.0

1019.8

19.6

6.3

Thu 18

0.4

1019.2

1017.1

18.2

8.1

Fri 19

0.0

1017.9

1018.7

20.3

8.8

Sat 20

0.0

1018.2

1016.9

21.2

12.8

Total

1.7

Average

20.1

9.1

Our weatherman on the hill says:

A changeable week to come with average temperatures and showers, but a wet day on Tuesday.

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What’s on Where this Week
Day Time Event Location
Sunday 10am Family Service Parwich Church
Sunday 11.15am Holy Communion Alsop Church
Thursday 6-7pm Circuit Training Memorial Hall
Saturday 6.30pm BBQ at The Legion Parwich Legion
Sunday 9.30am Holy Communion Parwich Church
Sunday 11.15am Mattins Alsop Church
Sunday 2.30pm Methodist Service Alsop Church

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Parwich Bowls Club

We have had a different couple of bowling weeks. Each year the Thursday League stops the normal league games and takes part in the Greenaway Charity Tournament. Parwich has had quite a lot of success in the match over recent years. Last year a member managed to win the ‘plate’ competition. This year we did not manage to win in either ‘pool’, although one player got knocked out in the semi final. Anyway the Greenaway was the winner, on the day the League players raised in excess of £1100 for the Charity.

Tuesday League – 9 August – Away – Bradwell

We were behind Bradwell in the league by 4 points. And although we did win three out of the four games we lost heavily in the fourth game. The final result was Bradwell 63, Parwich 66, meaning we were still behind Bradwell by one point!

Tuesday League – 16 August – Home – Wirksworth

We had one of our best results of the season winning all four games and very convincingly. The final score was Parwich 84 (the maximum) Wirksworth 46. This result has given us three wins on the trot and lifted us to fifth in the League. With only three matches to go before the end of the season let us hope our good form continues.

Next match 23 August – Away – Bakewell

Matlock Thursday Friendly League – 18 August – Home – Matlock Park

The good form in our Tuesday league matches carried over this week to the Thursday League. Although we only won one game in the doubles the scores were reasonably level at the end of them. We more than made up the deficit in the singles however, winning all six games for the first time this season. The final score was a resounding 141 to 103 win to Parwich.

Next match 25 August Away – Whitworth Park

We have a Club competition this Sunday. We start on the ‘green’ at 10.30 in the morning. If you fancy a meander down we will be pleased to see you.

John B

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This year’s successful Parwich Panoramic Five race raised £571.42 – up over 25% on last year.  As in previous years, all profits will go to the Memorial Hall. 

An enormous thanks go to all who took part and helped make it a great evening.

 Thanks Graham

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Car theft from centre of village!

Thank you to Cheryl for this information.

Just to let you know that John Webster had his 4×4 stolen from in front of his house last night – right in the middle of the village!! Please warn people to be extra vigilant with their vehicles and maybe get some extra security such as steering wheel locks as this appears to be happening more and more.

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Strongman Competition Returns

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Sunday afternoon.

We had a group in over the weekend, so Vic and I took the landy down to the clock tower with all the bags and went to meet the boat. As the guys readied to leave, Shep (the skipper) spotted me and shouted over “Est, it’s a perfect time to snorkel!”

Oh heck, he’s right. The water’s pretty clear and the sun is in just the right position for a good look around. I’ve no excuse, even though my gear is at the Villa.

Decision made, I walk two students back to base with a short guided tour, pick up my box of bits (snorkel, mask, fins, wetsuit, hood, gloves, boots, towel) and make my way back to the castle jetty.

The harbour is crammed. There are speeding boats, jet skis, sailing boats and fishing boats, all running back and forth in the channel. I’m standing at the top of the steps looking at the swell as it comes in between the two jetties and up toward me.

Do I really want to go in there? I don’t feel nervous, but I’m a bit apprehensive about the depth and these waves. I sit a while and watch.

Shep has done a second run to Sandbanks in this time.
“Working yourself up to it?!”
How true!

The question is: do I really believe I’m getting in? I’m already talking myself out of it.

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Keith P writes:

Half the houses for sale in Parwich are currently registered with the online estate agent Housesimple. One has already sold, subject to contract.

Nowadays, 80 to 90 per cent of houses are viewed by buyers online through portals such as Rightmove, Primelocation, Fish4homes, Zoopla and others, and this is changing the face of estate agency. Local estate agents are no longer the first port of call for a buyer; the internet is.

But if you want to put your house on the best internet sites, you can’t do so without going through an agent, which Housesimple will do for you. Local estate agents also put the houses on their books on Rightmove and Primelocation. The difference is in the price.

A house selling for £300,000 might have a local agent’s fee of £4,000. A house at £700,000 may attract a fee of £8,500 or more. On Housesimple, the fee is £425 + VAT in total, which is why half the properties in the village have now opted for the internet estate agent.

Who knows, you might even sell your house to someone else in the village. What’s the point in paying agents many thousands of pounds to do that, when you can get just about the same exposure for very little?

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What’s on Where this Week
Day Time Event Location
Sunday 9.30am Holy Communion Parwich Church
Sunday 11.15am Holy Communion Alsop Church
Sunday 2.30pm Methodist Service Parwich Church
Wednesday Digital Switchover for Parwich
Thursday 6-7pm Circuit Training Memorial Hall
Saturday all day Ashbourne Agricultural Show Osmaston
Sunday 10am Family Service Parwich Church
Sunday 11.15am Holy Communion Alsop Church

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Here are last week’s readings:

Rainfall

in mm

Pressure

in Mb (am)

Pressure

in Mb (pm)

Temperature in ºC

Max

Min

Sun 7

5.4

1004.7

1005.4

19.4

10.4

Mon 8

0.0

1006.3

1013.1

18.5

8.2

Tue 9

0.0

1019.0

1024.7

19.1

9.4

Wed 10

11.2

1019.9

1015.7

20.2

7.7

Thu 11

4.9

1008.6

1009.6

18.4

13.2

Fri 12

0.4

1011.5

1008.8

18.1

13.7

Sat 13

1.3

1006.0

1006.8

20.0

14.9

Total

23.2

Average

19.1

11.1

Our weatherman on the hill says:

A week of moderate temperatures with some rain on Tuesday and cloudy with sunny periods most days.

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Digital Switchover – next Wednesday!!!

Thank you to Martin for sending in a reminder about the switchover to Digital TV next Wednesday, 17th August.

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

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

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

For further information click on

A Freeview aerial can be fitted for a cost of £80 from Edge aerials (I can recommend them) for £80.   One can try the old analogue aerials first to see if they will pick up Freeview broadcasts from our relay transmitter.  Martin C.

To read the comments from earlier posts on Digital TV click here.

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Mr Bill Whitfield, of Leatherbritches Nursery, has very kindly judged the baskets for us again. He looked at 29 baskets altogether and it was quite a task for him to decide which one to put in 3rd place.  Here are the three winners.

Michael Hart, Secretary of the Horticultural Society.

First prize – Two of Jack Cundy’s three splendid baskets. (Main Street) (more…)

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The following post covers all the different types of Renewable Energy discussed at last month’s sustainability meeting, as well as drawing together additional information and links to other official sites. There is a lot of detail included, so do use the Index to find the information that is relevant to your own situation.

Twenty four people  attended the meeting, which was extremely informative and produced some probing questions about the facts behind renewable energy (RE): the pros, cons and implications for individuals and communities.

The meeting, which had been set up by Robert Gosling, was as a result of comments and returned questionnaires from his own open meeting in May. John Youatt who used to be a planner for PDNP led the meeting, more recently he has been assisting Sustainable Youlgreave.

Jim Dixon, Chief Executive of Peak District National Park Authority has kindly said that when our community holds any future meetings he will be pleased to attend or send the right people to help.

Index

1. Solar & PV Panels
a. PV Panels
b. Solar Panels
2. Feed in Tariffs and Renewable Heat Initiatives
3. Rent your roof
4. Heat Pumps
5. Wind Power
6. Biomass Heating
7. Anaerobic Digestion
8. Hydro Power
9. Planning Regulations

1a.  Solar & PV Panels

Please click on this link to find out about the new government proposals regarding PV Feed in Tariffs – announced October 31st 2011.

Solar thermal or hot water panels and, solar electric (photovoltaic or PV), what does this mean?

Solar thermal is the capture of heat into fluids in tubes placed on roofs transferred to a storage tank. Solar electric or photovoltaics (PV) is the conversion of sunlight and daylight (refracted sunlight) into direct electric current (DC), through silica cells in panels on roofs or on the ground. ‘On-grid’, the current is then converted into alternating current (AC) at 240v, to be used on site, with any spare sold to the national grid at a guaranteed price. ‘Off grid’, the direct current can be fed to batteries, eg on a remote building such as a field barn or a remote road sign.

How does it work in practice?
A Company with a certificate installs approved panels or a heat pump for you. A Government-backed contract guarantees you a price, currently 43.3p for every kilowatt hour you generate and 3.1p on top of that for every kilowatt you sell back to the grid. (more…)

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Saturday is the final day for bulk rubbish collection for Ballidon.  The van will stop by the houses between 10.30 – 10.45am.

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Although a bit of a distance from our area and not on a direct transport link from Parwich, the following press release from the Peak Park Authority might be of interest to some of our teens:

11 August 2011 – Keen teens needed to bring moorland lore to life

Young people are invited to act out scenes from moorland history to help create a short film in a free five-day drama workshop (August 22-26).

The Moor Memories Project has been recording the recollections of people who lived, worked or walked on the Peak District moors as far back as the 1930s to create a unique archive of moorland life.

Now young people aged 11-16 are invited to re-enact those stories in drama and film-making sessions with professionals from the Point Blank Theatre Company.

The drama workshops will brings scenes like this to life – Peak District National Park warden Ken Drabble and a friend rescuing a sheep in 1955.

Moor Memories Project officer Julia Shergold explained: (more…)

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A Pastoral Scene

This photo comes from a book called Derbyshire part of the series, King’s England, written by Arthur Mee and published by Hodder and Stoughton in 1937.  It shows the back of Orchard Farm in the left hand corner, with a view that is somewhat different today.  The photo appears to have been taken close to the track on Monsdale Lane that says “Unsuitable for motors”.   Thank you to JF-S for finding this gem.

If anyone has any old photos of Parwich, maybe we could borrow them, scan them and put them on the blog.

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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 CottageThe SquareSpenedge
Sycamore CottagesRathbone 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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Wednesday evening.

At Swanage pier, I have my second open water dive. Damon is my instructor for the evening and Jim is my buddy for the skills. I’m nervous as we approach the floating jetty, but as Damon pulls on his fin, the strap comes away. My mind is focused on his fixing it, and then on trying to stand solid as he leans on my shoulder for balance while donning his fins… so much so, that I’m calm and ready to take the first skill.

Damon steps off the jetty first. All’s well and he signs “OK”. I step over to the edge. “It’s a flippin’ long way down there”, Jim is happy to inform me that at only a metre “it’s not!” Right gloves heal on reg, fingers on mask, while left hand holds down any dangly bits. I step off the jetty, go under and surface. OK, but with a little water in my mask. Jim’s turn.

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