Archive for July, 2012

New Pilates classes for the Autumn

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Thanks to Debbie W for sending us this report…

What an amazing weekend Trev and I had. We had tickets to see the Olympic Tennis, but as the friends we were staying with live at Box Hill, managed to “catch a freebie” and roll up to watch the road race on Saturday.

From our vantage point, the riders went past eight times – then we legged it back to our friends as quick as we could, to catch the end of the race. The people behind us had a stop watch, so we were keeping track of the splits. It was really exciting.

The atmosphere was wonderful – the crowds were happy, everyone well behaved, the police were just fab – I can’t say how impressed I was with the whole thing. I was so proud to be British – even though American by birth.

The next day we went to the tennis. Again, so well organised. Saw quite a few soldiers helping with security and made a point of thanking them – they actually seemed to be enjoying themselves, I think many people were also expressing their gratitude to them.

Andy Murray, for all his grumpy reputation, was really gracious to the crowd and spent AGES signing autographs for children after the match – longer than any other player we saw by far. Boys: Maria Sharipova is very tall, and very beautiful in real life. This does not, however, make up for her funny little squeaks and squeals.

We thanked heavens for the roof on centre court, as the heavens certainly did open on the day.

I urge anyone able to catch a glimpse of the Olympics, either by “catching a freebie” or buying a ticket, to do so. It really is something special. All weekend Trevor and I just kept saying “We are so lucky to be doing this!”


To scroll through Debbie’s gallery in full size – including an exclusive Andy Murray action shot! – please click on any thumbnail image.

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Another Pile of Pooh!

Lo and behold! Again a pile of dog faeces in exactly the same place as the last two ‘sightings’ on Creamery Lane near the small green!

I had become quite optimistic after my last ‘doggie-fouling’ blog post when the problem appeared to have stopped, even wondering whether the Parwich blog includes some canine readers who’d passed the message on to their fellow 4-legged friends.  Alas, my optimism was unfounded.

Whose dog was allowed to wander around between approx. 4 and 5 pm on Monday afternoon?

Please, please take responsibility for your dog and do not allow them to roam around unaccompanied or at least tidy up after them.

Thank you.

Saskia T

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Mike’s funeral

Sue and David have asked us to post the following information:

Monday 30th July

The cortège will leave the Rathbone Flats at 2-45pm
if any vehicles wish to follow on

The Service will be held at 3-45pm
at Markeaton Crematorium in Derby
(click here for address and link to map)

Whether you can make the journey to Derby or not,
please everyone, from the village and beyond, do come along to a short “Farewell” in the Memorial Hall starting at 5.30pm
There’ll be a bit of “pub grub” (but no quiz)
and a glass or two for a final toast.

We very much look forward to seeing you all.

Family flowers only, but a small donation to
the Border Collie Trust in Staffordshire would be appreciated.

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Olympic Tales

In addition to our correspondent from the Olympic Media Centre, it has been suggested by several people that it would interesting to get accounts from residents of Alsop, Ballidon, Pikehall and Parwich who visit the London 2012 Games.

If you want to share your experiences having visited the Games, including any photos, do email the Blog Team at or add comments to the various Olympic posts as they appear.

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Present and Future

Taken through the lens of JF-S’s camera.

Click on any photo to enlarge.

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What’s on Where this Week
Day Time Event Location
Sunday 10am Planning Subcommittee 1 Croft Ave
Sunday 10-11.30am Let their be light – Summer Party Memorial Hall
Sunday 11.15am Holy Communion Alsop Church
Monday 3.45pm
Mike Goulden’s Funeral
& Wake
Memorial Hall
Monday 6.30pm Bowls Club Practice Night
Newcomers Welcome
Bowling Green
Tuesday 7pm Pilates-Parwich Fit 4 All
New day for this week only
Memorial Hall
Thursday Green Bin Collection Parwich
Friday-Sun Y-not Festival Pikehall
Sunday 6.30pm Evensong Parwich Church

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