Archive for February, 2012

St George’s Day Parade

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Make Up Masterclass – Postponed to March 30th

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Almost 50 motorists have been stopped for not wearing a seatbelt or for using their mobile phone while driving following a road safety check in Ashbourne.

They were found during the latest Operation Safedrive day, a partnership campaign to ensure drivers are road safe and legal.

The checks place on Friday, February 17 at Ashbourne Fire Station on Park Road, thanks to the support of Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, who are the lead on road safety.

During the checks the team, which included police officers and PCSOs from both CREST (Casualty Reduction and Enforcement Support Team) and the areas local Safer Neighbourhood policing teams, issued a mixture of warnings and fixed penalty notices to:

• 44 drivers for seatbelt offences
• 14 for driving while using a mobile phone
• 11 people for driving vehicles with tyre defects
• 2 motorists were asked to remove their vehicles window tinting because it was found to be below legal visibility levels.
• 1 for number plate offences
• 1 motorist for their manner of driving (more…)

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Council Tax Freeze by DDDC

Click below to read DDDC’s press release

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Community Forum next week

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All friends and neighbours of Don and Audrey Higgins are invited to a small gathering at the Legion, tomorrow night, Tuesday February 28th at 8pm, everyone is welcome to join us in wishing them well for the future.

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Accommodation wanted

We have received the following request:

I have recently returned to the UK after spending 25 years in Europe and am looking for lodgings in the Parwich area, after falling in love with the place.

I am employed by a charitable organisation and am based in Derby: as I cannot afford to rent a property on my own I wondered if you know of anybody who would house share or take in a lodger. I am a pretty versatile person and would slot into any household, share tasks and help – on the proviso that I can have a room with ensuite facilities.

I am 49 years of age, I don’t smoke and my one and only daughter is studying at university in Spain ( although I would like her to be able to stay with me during her uni breaks).

You can contact me by email

Sue D

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June Bank Holiday Weekend
Derbyshire Open Arts
2nd,3rd, 4th and 5th June

Derbyshire Open Arts is a not for profit open arts event that takes place in various venues across Derbyshire. The event takes place annually in the Spring Bank Holiday. Each year over 100 Artists and Craftspeople display their work in separate venues and invite the public to view and purchase work as well as take the opportunity to meet to the visual arts professionals and find out more about what they do, as well as taking in the beautiful Derbyshire scenery over the weekend. Free brochures with maps will be available to download or from libraries, tourist offices or from the artists themselves nearer the time.


Ashbourne Festival
22nd June – 8th July
Now in its thirteenth year, the Festival follows after the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and embraces the excitement of the Olympic torch passing through the town on its way to London for the opening of the July games.

Once again this festivals aims to bring you perennial favourites, familiar faces and well chosen internationally famous artists. Coming on 23rd & 24th June is Streetfest, the best street theatre in the East Midlands. The Open Art Exhibition will be held in the Town Hall from 23rd-28th June.

Ashbourne Tourist Information Centre is the main ticket vendor but there is an online ticket service for principal events through WeGotTickets.


Buxton Festival 7th – 25th July

Welcome to Buxton Festival, a summer celebration of the very best opera, music and literature, at the heart of the beautiful Peak District.

This year will be our 34th Festival, and as always, we continue to bring you top quality productions with artists and speakers of world-wide reputation. Our varied programme of rarely performed opera, wonderful music and engaging literary events offers something for everyone.

Y not Festival – August 3rd – 5th
One weekend a year, the gorgeous Peak District countryside becomes home to the Y-Not Festival. Y Not is the Small Fresh & Loud music festival, with a fantastic atmosphere and a history of live acts to rival the very best.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg…  We always put together a varied and electric range of music, from country folk, to indie rock and everything else in-between.

At Y Not you can see great live music, quench your thirst with one of a huge selection of local ales and ciders (or cocktails!) or watch the sunrise from your campfire. Whatever you want from a festival you will find it here and have a fantastic weekend…

So why not?

Early Bird Tickets already sold out – Book here for regular tickets.

Wirksworth Festival – 7th – 23rd September
with the Arts Trails Weekend – Sat 8th & Sun 9th

The fantastic opening weekend when art takes over the town.The whole town becomes a gallery with more than 170 artists and makers showing their work in private homes, historic building, gardens, shop windows and churches.  A great chance to buy affordable art, meet the artists and take a peek at some of Derbyshire’s best interiors!

With contemporary fine art exhibited throughout the historic market town, unique and inspiring contemporary craft and design and exciting dance, drama, music and performance events, the spectacular Opening Weekend invites you to join us for the day and stay long into the evening.

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Rannoch’s Quiz Night

Ring Rannoch, Nia or Ed on 661 to book your table.

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Weather Stats: 19th to 25th Feb

Here are last week’s readings:


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Our weatherman on the hill says:

A rather cloudy week with a little rain mid-week and not much sign of frost, Atlantic pressure to remain high bringing “warm” air for the next few days.

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Fun at the feeder

Upstairs Downstairs

Race You


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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 Parwich Church
Monday 7pm Pilates-Parwich Fit 4 All Memorial Hall
Wednesday 3pm Pilates for the Over 60’s
including tea & cakes
Memorial Hall
Thursday Green Bin Collection Parwich
Thursday 3:45-6pm Informal Open Evening School
Thursday 6pm Circuit Training Memorial Hall
Sunday 11am Mattins Parwich Church

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Hazel B Releases Video has a scoop!

We would like to reveal the new video by Parwich-based singer-songwriter Hazel B. Hazel is performing her song Mountain.

Remember where you saw it first!

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New Electrician in the Village

All work undertaken from extra sockets & lights to complete rewires, CCTB and intruder alarms.

Fully qualified with 20 years experience.  Ring for a quote anytime – I’ve just moved into the village so haven’t got a landline yet.

Carl McCabe 07528 421655

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Open Gardens 2012

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Tree experts at the Peak District National Park Authority are urging national park residents to contact them before starting any tree work on their property.

Trees are an important feature in the villages and countryside throughout the national park for the environment and wildlife as well as aesthetic reasons.

Tree conservation officers Dave Goodwin and Dave Frost are concerned at the recent and widespread increase in illegal tree cutting around the national park. Fines of up to £20,000 can be incurred for damaging or illegally removing trees.

The cause of the problem is believed to be the demand for firewood which has risen due to the increase in energy prices.

Trees can be protected by law if they are in conservation areas and by tree preservation orders, planning conditions and the Wildlife and Countryside Act. This means that permission is needed before any work on a tree can be carried out.

Dave Goodwin said: “We want to encourage good tree management and care and retain trees in our villages with minimum fuss and maximum encouragement. In some cases we are able to help with grants towards the work.

“Sadly some important and attractive trees have been disfigured or completely lost simply because people have failed to contact us before the work is done.”

The officers have written to all parish councils in the national park calling for their help in raising awareness with residents of the need to contact the tree conservation officers before any tree work is started.

Dave Frost said: “Over the past few months we have had to take people to task where illegal tree work has been done and it could have been avoided if people had contacted us first.”

To contact the Authority’s tree conservation officers telephone 01629 816200 or email


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Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

Caroline H writes:

We held a village meeting last week to plan for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations on Tuesday 5th June.

The plan is to have a tea party starting at about 4.30 by Nether Green, a paper boat race and games on the Green, a village photograph and to finish in the evening with a torch lit procession.

Jubilee mugs will be available at tea time for all of the village children aged under 16 and we have ordered some extra ones which can be bought on the day.

We thought it would be really fun and atmospheric to have a musical accompaniment to the procession and we would welcome a volunteer to do this. Please can anyone who is willing to do this contact me.

Parwich is also joined in to the national beacon lighting and this will take place on Parwich Hill between 10 -10.30pm the evening before, on Monday 4th June.

Lets hope the weather doesn’t let us down for all of this!

If you have any more suggestions, do let me know.

Caroline (378)

Please click here to read the minutes of the last planning meeting. These also contain a proposed timetable of events.

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Apologies for the error on the Calendar, this meeting is a Committee Meeting not the AGM.

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Avril B writes:

Earlier today, 2.15pm to be precise, Parwich featured on the BBC1 programme ‘Escape to the Country’ when it came to look at Fernlea House for sale, and there were shots of the village, too.

If you want to see the programme, it should be on BBC iPlayer for the next few days.

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Puppies for sale

For sale: 4 boy Pedigree Yellow Labrador Puppies.
6 weeks old, ready in two weeks.
Up to date with worming and injections.
Contact Tracey F for more information: 0777 275 8470

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Weather Stats: February 12th to 18th

Here are last week’s readings:


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Temperature in ºC



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Our weatherman on the hill says:

Becoming milder through the week, a little rain on Wednesday, and temperatures into double figures by Thursday.

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My left side and my right side

By JF-S. Please click to enlarge.

And here’s “one that got away”:

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Lent Lunches start on Thursday

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Horticultural Society Meeting
Thursday 23rd February
Memorial Hall

Everyone Welcome

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Intermediate Pilates Tomorrow

Intermedate Pilates is on as usual on Monday evening  7-8 pm in the Memorial Hall.
Many thanks Sue

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Whats on Where this Week – 19th February

What’s on Where this Week
Day Time Event Location
Sunday 10am Family Service Parwich Church
Sunday 11.15am Holy Communion Alsop Church
Monday School Term Begins Parwich School
Monday –
Half Term for QEGS QEGS
Tuesday &
2pm Shrovetide Football Ashbourne
Wednesday 7.30pm Ash Wednesday Holy Communion Alsop Church
Thursday 12.30pm – 2pm Lent Lunch Rachel R (202)
Thursday 3.45pm – 4.45pm After-School Tennis Taster Session Tennis Courts
Thursday 6pm Circuit Training Memorial Hall
Thursday 7.30pm Horticultural Society Meeting
Committee only
Memorial Hall
Saturday 8pm 1980s night (with disco) Legion
Sunday 9.30am Holy Communion Parwich Church
Sunday 11.15am Mattins Alsop Church
Sunday 2.30pm Methodist Service Parwich Church

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Dodgy ATM’s

Police are advising people to be extra vigilant after suspicious devices have been placed on two ATM’s (cash machines).

Between 6.30pm and 6.45pm on Tuesday 14th February, a device was placed on the ATM at a store at Granby Croft, Granby Road, Bakewell. While the person reporting this incident went inside the store to alert staff, the device was removed by the offender/s. Incident no: 509 of 14.2.12.

Just before 6.30pm on Wednesday 15th February, three men were seen acting suspiciously at a bank ATM, The Quadrant, Buxton. One of the men had placed a plastic object over the slot on the machine and then removed it when disturbed by a customer. Description: three men of Eastern European appearance, about 6ft tall, aged 40-50 years, well dressed. They headed towards the alley at the side of Pizza Express. Incident no: 573 of 15.2.12.

Crime prevention advice:

• Members of staff at premises with cash machines should check ATM’s regularly.

• Members of the community should check ATM’s carefully and avoid using them if there is a device on the machine or if anyone is acting suspiciously nearby. These offenders tend to maintain observations on the ATM during this type of incident.

• Report any suspicious activity around ATM’s to the bank or store and call Derbyshire police.

Anyone with information or CCTV near these locations should call 101, quoting the above incident number.

Thank you.

Trisha Mellor, B Division Community Information Officer,

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Change in Bus Frequency

Thank you to Heather and Carl W for letting us know that as from 25 March 2012, the 8.14 bus to Ashbourne and the 16.05 return will only run on schooldays. This means that during school holidays, the earliest bus to Ashbourne will be at 9.53 am and if you want to return in the afternoon you wtll have to catch the 14.47 or wait for the 18.15. The service will continue as normal during school term times.

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History Society AGM tomorrow

The Annual General Meeting of the Parwich & District Local History Society will be held at

7.30pm on Thursday 16th February 2012

in Parwich Memorial Hall

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David Allingham

Lynda K writes:

For anyone who knew David Allingham, who owned the Bentley Brook Inn for 28 years, he passed away peacefully last week at his home on Anglesey.

The funeral was today (Tuesday Feb 14) at the church where they were married at Great Bowden.

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We have received the following message from the Villages:

Firstly we would like to apologise for making our goodbyes in a less personal manner than we would have wished. We had hoped to host a Farewell drinks get-together but recent predicaments have meant we find ourselves challenged just to deal with our move. Once we are sorted out we hope to address the matter. We will be in Bakewell temporarily whilst we explore our next bolt holes both locally and in London, so hope to bump into familiar faces regularly. Our family has enjoyed a wonderful 12 years in Parwich and we feel sure that the new owners of Shaw Lane House (Charles & Judith Bailey) will feel the same.

Enclosing our warmest good wishes.

Stephen, Nadica, Archie & Louis Village


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Preparations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
Wednesday 15th February – 7.30pm
Memorial Hall

Everyone is welcome to attend so that we can plan together how to make this a memorable and enjoyable village celebration.

Here are the initial ideas from the first meeting held on 3rd January regarding the celebrations will be held on the extra Bank Holiday on Tuesday 5th June. (more…)

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Fish & Chips on Friday

Place your order by 7pm on Wednesday!

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Visibility: three metres. Exposure protection: wetsuit, hood and boots.

I’ve discarded my gloves today, as they make drawing a little more cumbersome. The sun is shining. My buddy and I make our final checks, wade into the water and dive.

The visibility is very good and within the first ten minutes I spot a pipefish! It’s only the second I’ve seen in as many weeks. I signal Shep and he spots it, just as I get his attention. I find it unexpectedly unnerving initially; with its head out of sight, it’s like a snake in the grass!

We watch it for a while, then move on… another! We pass an area of weed and Shep spots two more.

It has been one of the best dives to date: one hour and twenty-five minutes of incredible sea life, good visibility and warm waters.

Everything was right, and we really thought we would see the illusive seahorse today. But no… still no horses.

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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
Church WalkThe SquareMonsdale Lane
Sycamore CottagesRathbone CroftSmithy Close
Pikehall EquestrianPikehall 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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Lost: Pet Dog

Update: Jake has been found, and he is happy to be home!

We’ve been informed that Natalie S has lost her dog, and is desperate to find him.

Jake, who went missing on Sunday lunchtime, is a brown Staffordshire terrier (Grindle).

He has no collar on at the moment, and he has a white front foot.

Any information would be greatly received.

Please call Natalie on: 0797 143 6565.

Our thanks to Katy W, for passing us this information at Natalie’s request.

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No Zumba on Wednesday

Please note there will be no Zumba this Wednesday as the class is no longer running.

(To avoid confusion, there will be a Pilates class tomorrow – Monday Feb 13)

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