Archive for August, 2012

Buzzards can be regularly seen and heard over Parwich, often being mobbed by other smaller birds. They have a very distinctive cry, rather like a “mew” of a cat. The RSPB says that they are our most common and widespread bird of prey.
Photos taken by JF-S (more…)

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Bowls, the penultimate week

With only one more match in each league left it looks like our Bowls Club has just about managed to survive another year. And although there has been a distinct lack of any kind of enthusiasm from the village the few souls who turn out every week have carried on regardless. Apart from Ron Twigg, Jack Cundy, the Sheffield Caravanners, the occasional tourist and the regular visitors from outer space, nobody knows where the bowling green is. Anyway having done really well the past couple of weeks all the wheels came off this week, apart from our Edith.

Matlock Tuesday League – Away, 28 August – Bradwell.
Do you know Bradwell had the audacity to let a teenager play for their team! Where will crown green bowls end up? They are third in the division and showed it. We were well and truly defeated. We did not win one game. However, Edith Rider, playing again with Rick Manning, nearly did a Houdini act. They were losing 15/5 and at one stage it was game point to Bradwell 20/10, but Edith and Rick came back and only just lost 21/20. Edith is close to being able to walk on water in a bowling sense that is. The final match score was a loss of 84 to 52.
Last match of the season – Home – Matlock Bath. – 4 September 5.30pm.

Matlock Thursday Friendly League – Away, Bakewell – 30 August.
Second in the division to Matlock are Bakewell and apart from being better than us their green is unbelievably tricky to play on. It’s not a conventional square green, but a long thin oblong. Enough of the excuses we lost really well! In the doubles games we scored fewer points than we did last week and trailed in 63/26, despite a gallant effort from Audrey Bunting partnered by Clare Evans. Again however the singles came a bit to our rescue, with the star Edith Rider showing us the way. We won by 83 to 78. As you mathematical geniuses will have calculated we lost overall by 141 to 109. This I am sure will keep Bakewell second in the division, but may drop us a place or two into the bottom half.
Last match – Home – Baslow – 6 September – 1.45pm.

Ashourne Bowls Club have again invited us to play indoor short mat bowls through the winter on Monday afternoons. Why not come along and have a go. It is expensive though, a £1 per week. Let us know if you want a lift. Starts 8 October, 1.30pm.

John B.

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The Horticultural Show is only 3 days away and this is the final class in our series featuring the Show, the Children’s Class.

Full Horticultural Show Programme

Photography Competition

Cookery & Kitchen Classes

Gentlemen Classes

Vegetable Classes

Floral Classes

For the entry form click here

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For those of you that enjoyed the Tour de France and the cycling during the Olympics, the Tour of Britain Cycle Race is coming through the Peak District on Monday 10th September.  The timings below are approximate.  It is a chance to see Olympic Time Trial champion Bradley Wiggins and his Sky team-mate Mark Cavendish who are both competing in the event.

37.9km Ashbourne 11:13
51.1km SKODA KoM, Alstonefield (Cat.1) 11:30
57.9km Warslow 11:39
65.3km SKODA KoM, Morridge (Cat.1) 11:48

The first Category One SKODA King of the Mountains climb of 2012 takes the race into the Derbyshire Dales, with a steep opening through the village of Turnditch before levelling off considerably towards the top at Cross o ‘th Hands.

After descending into Ashbourne, a short, steep unclassified climb leads towards the Peak District National Park, followed up by a long, main road drag after Fenny Bentley that runs parallel to the Tissington Trail, a former railway line now popular with cyclists and walkers.

A left fork takes Stage Two down to the River Dove via a fast descent, with the route crossing the river before climbing instantly on the SKODA King of the Mountains climb of Alstonefield that takes the race into Staffordshire.

Tree-lined at the bottom the climb begins gently but steepens as it turns away from the Dove into a constant gradient. The summit comes in the attractive Peak District village of Alstonefield with the views opening of the countryside opening up as the race levels off heading towards Hulme End and the Manifold Valley.

Thank you to Roberto Buntingo for bringing this to our attention.

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Pilates for Beginners

There has been a fantastic response to these classes, as a consequence the 6pm to 7pm class is now full and there is a waiting list.

There are places still available in the 7.15pm class. If you are thinking of attending, and still haven’t contacted me, please do so by Monday 3rd September.

Thank you for the initial support and enthusiasm its great.

Looking forward to seeing you all on the 5th September.

Sue Purvis, 373

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Terry P has asked us to pass on this warning:

Please would you inform your readers of the potential for an accident in the church yard under the horse chestnut tree, more commonly known as a conker tree.

The tree in question has more recently been dropping its branches without warning, and as you know the footpath runs underneath the tree.

What is more worrying is that it is coming up to conker collecting time for the children, so I would ask parents not to let their children under the tree. We certainly do not want any injuries to the little ones, or to anyone else for that matter.

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