Archive for January, 2013


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This Saturday night, there is a barn dance in the memorial hall. It is a fundraising event for Help for Heroes and RBL.

Tickets are £10 and include a BBQ.

Tickets are available from the behind the bar at the Legion, or from Ed and Nia. They will also be on sale on the night.

It will be a fabulous evening, so please join us.

– Nia L

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Stream Management Update

This week Derbyshire Dales District Council, on behalf of the Parwich Parish Council, have been carrying out general maintenance on the sections of the watercourse that are the responsibility of the Parish Council. They will be back to restore the grass at the Sheep Wash and level out the ruts in the overgrown area beyond the football pitch.

The Parish Council is aware that County are also looking at the various culverts in the village.

Parwich Parish Council.

Contact details –

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Cleaner Wanted

I’m looking for a reliable  cleaner for a few months over February, March and April. 
If you are interested,  please call Debbie Webster on 390568.

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Something new on the menu at Arc Leisure Matlock

Applications are being invited to run the café at Derbyshire Dales District Council’s Arc Leisure Matlock as the landmark attraction nears half a million visits.

Arc has gone from strength to strength since opening to the public in August 2011 and being officially unveiled by London Olympics mastermind Sebastian Coe KBE a couple of months later. The facility currently attracts as many as 6,000 visits in a single week.

Chairman of Derbyshire Dales District Council’s Communities Committee Councillor Mrs Carol Walker said: “This is an incredible opportunity for an established or start-up business that understands what regular visitors to Arc Leisure Matlock want to see on the café’s menu.”

For further details call Dave Turvey on 01629 761224 or email

Closing date for applications is 28 February.

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The heating system is still not working, so Wednesday’s class is cancelled. Arnold is hopeful that the problem will be sorted within the next couple of days. So hopefully classes will run next week.

Keep logging onto the blog for latest news. I will post an update on Sunday.

Thank you for your patience.


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The first detailed policy review in 10 years of public car parks across the Derbyshire Dales begins soon.

And Derbyshire Dales District Council – which operates 33 pay and display car parks throughout the Dales – will be inviting local people and traders to give their views on the way ahead.

The first opportunity will be at the District Council’s latest series of Area Community Forums in February, at Shirley Community Space (St Michael’s Church) on Monday 4th, Wirksworth Memorial Hall on Monday 11th and Bakewell Agricultural Business Centre on Monday 18th. All start at 7pm.

A formal consultation programme will follow in March and April, including focus groups with traders, residents, disabled users, town and parish councils and tourism and stakeholder organisations.

Feedback will also be available by post and online.

Every household in the Derbyshire Dales currently receives a free car park permit enabling them all to park free of charge at every District Council car park before 11am and after 4pm every day of the week.  For the past five years the District Council has also made parking free after 2pm for everyone throughout December to encourage people to shop locally. (more…)

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If you missed last night’s BBC1 Inside Out programme on our area, you can watch it again – for the next 7 days only – by clicking this link. There’s a little bit about us at the start of the programme, and then the main feature begins at around the 11 minute mark. Plenty of familiar faces!

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Suttons Seeds

A big thank you to Mike R for creating a second opportunity to order discounted seeds from the Suttons catalogue:

With the snow keeping me in doors these last two weeks, my mind has been giving attention to planning the garden for this year. As a paid up member of the Horticultural Society I have been wondering why my Suttons Seed catalogue has not arrived. A visit to my neighbour across the road reveals that the catalogues were given out at the AGM in the Autumn and there are no catalogues left. Further the P&DHS order has already been placed with Suttons and it is too late to include any order from me through the P&DHS!

The good news is that after talking to the organisers at Suttons this morning, they have confirmed to me they are willing to receive an order direct from me on the same terms as the P&DHS and a catalogue is being sent to me by return.

So, if there are any other Parwich gardeners in the same situation as me, puzzling why they have not been given a Suttons Seed catalogue this year, I would be more than willing to help out if they want to contact me and tell me their requirements.

Mike R. tel 390433

NB If you don’t have a catalogue, you can see what is available on-line at the Suttons website, but to get the discount don’t order on-line, rather speak to Mike. Existing orders are not effected by this.

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Stream / Pond Management

On Tuesday & Wednesday this week, Derbyshire Dales District Council on behalf of Parwich Parish Council will be carrying out maintenance work on the Millennium Pond, Sheep Wash and on the sections of the stream that the Parish Council is a riparian owner.

Work is likely to commence from 8.15am.

Parwich Parish Council –

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The parish council has been advised that chestnut trees at Nethergreen are diseased and pose a risk. Two of the trees are due to be felled early in 2013.

The parish council would like to receive opinions from Parwich residents regarding future proposals at the Nethergreen area, over a period of 4 weeks, from 7th January 2013.

The three options are:
1. No replacement trees at Nethergreen
2. Trees just on one side at Nethergreen
3. Avenue of trees on both sides of the road at the Nethergreen area


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Monday Pilates Cancelled

Sadly there will not be a class on Monday (28th) as the heating system has failed again.  I am hopeful that it might be working by Wednesday. I will keep you updated.
Sue P

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The Big Thaw

The rate at which the snow has been disappearing is quite remarkable. Impassable roads yesterday morning are now perfectly driveable. This does mean the melting ice, coupled with the overnight rain, have left quite a bit of water to drain away. This picture shows the icy puddle just down by the Ballidon turning:


This however has to be seen to be believed. Tissington Ford reached 3 feet and caused the sign showing the depth to swivel round. No problem for Andy’s Defender however. Watch and wonder at this piece of video:

Don’t try this at home!

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This Business Peak District event is for local employers interested to find out more about Work Place Pensions, HMRC “Real Time” Information, Broadband, Personnel (HR).

Where? – Ashbourne Leisure Centre, Clifton Road, Ashbourne DE6 1DR
When? – Wednesday 30 January 1.00 – 17.00pm

What?You may not want to but you know you have to… It’s arriving to your business soon … Come and find out all about Work Place Pensions, HMRC “Real Time” Information, Broadband, Personnel (HR) top tip.


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Our Weatherman in the Village says:

It looks like we’ve seen the last of the snow for a while, but we certainly got a lot. I didn’t manage to measure the total depth (did anyone record it?) but it looked over a foot to me. On that subject, of course the rain gauge will only measure liquid water so although the measurements were zero for most of the week, it doesn’t mean there was no precipitation.

The coming week looks like being relatively mild, windy and unsettled generally. After a week of difficult driving conditions, it will make a pleasant change.

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Thank you David how encouraging, your cheque is in the post.

Splendid news for the economic woes of Ashbourne, a real shot in the arm for local commerce. The impending arrival of … Wait for it … drum roll please maestro, … … … – ’The 99 pence store’ – guaranteed to revive the most jaded of market towns. The sheep drovers will return, the ancient cobbles will once again ring with the clatter of horses hooves, the market will become a magnet for buyers from far and wide, the ancient ale houses will overflow. Actually joking apart the town was so quiet on Thursday the traffic warden ticketed his own car.

Thank goodness the bins have finally been emptied, one more week and I think ours would have become scheduled ancient monuments and most likely would have been investigated by the ‘Time Team’ in years to come.

A wee bit further afield three Colombians, who attempted to rob a store at 2.00 in the morning, were forced to abort the raid (more…)

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Open event organised by Peak District partnership

Log on to benefits of high-speed broadband at Ashbourne community event

6 to 8pm Wednesday 30th January

Ashbourne Leisure Centre


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Inside Out

Inside Out

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What’s on Where this Week
Day Time Event Location
Sun 27th 9.30am Holy Communion Parwich Church
Sun 27th 11.15am Mattins Alsop Church
Sun 27th 2.30pm CANCELLED Methodist Service Parwich Church
Mon 28th 10am
/ 10.07am
Bus to Bakewell
arrives Bakewell 10.40, leaves 13.35
Sycamore Cottages
/ Alsop Church
Mon 28th 4pm School Governors Meeting
Mon 28th 6.15pm CANCELLED Pilates for intermediates Memorial Hall
Mon 28th 7.30pm BBC1 Inside Out East Midlands Sycamore
Tue 29th 9am PTA meeting School
Wed 30th Green bin, Blue bin and food caddy collection
plus Grey bin collection for properties missed due to snow
Wed 30th
CANCELLED Pilates for Beginners
General Beginners Class
Beginners Class for Men
Memorial Hall
Thu 31st 9 to 11.30am Parwich Toddler Group Memorial Hall
Thu 31st 11am to 1pm Evie’s Artistic Session
More info: 390488
Memorial Hall
Fri 1st 7.30pm Classical Music in the Dales Highfields School
Sat 2nd 2pm Celebration of Life Service
Mr Ray Williams
Parwich School
Sat 2nd 7pm Fundraising Barn Dance & Supper Memorial Hall
Sun 3rd 11am Mattins Parwich Church

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Snow Bunny

The following pictures are of Heather H’s pet rabbit Coriander as she investigated the snow on Saturday morning. Click on any of the images to open a slide show.

Send us in pictures of your pet if you think they should be famous!

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Last of the snow?

A fair dollop of snow landed on Parwich last night, adding to the unmelted layer already on the ground. The morning saw many residents reaching for their shovels.

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At the time of writing (5.30pm on Saturday) the Parwich weatherlink (kindly made available by Graham & Amanda) says the temperature is 1 degree celsius. We are expecting a bit of a thaw mixed in with rain over the next few days. The village’s fondant icing appearance is likely to change.

Have we seen the last of the snow? Probably not. There is still plenty of time for more of the fluffy stuff. In the meantime, enjoy the warmer temperature!

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Methodist Service Cancelled

Thanks to Val K for letting us know that the Methodist Service for scheduled for tomorrow 27 January,has been cancelled

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We were chuffed to see that the mighty Derby Telegraph picked up on our igloo-building story from last week. Click on this link to see the story online.

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Pilates classes will run as normal from the week beginning Monday 28th January, as the heating has been fixed in the Memorial Hall.

UPDATE: Monday’s class has been cancelled.

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Road conditions this weekend

Following Friday night’s heavy snowfall, how are the roads in and out of Parwich? Please share any information you might have.

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School Newsletter #10


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Bins updated!!

A further message from DDDC has just arrived:

For the avoidance of doubt, not every property in the Dales gets a double collection next  week: only those properties where collections have been missed to date.
So, the many  Dales residents who have been lucky enough to have their usual collections  through the snow will just get their regular collection next  week.

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We have received this from Deryshire Dales this morning:
Derbyshire Dales  bin collections update:
To enable us to catch up with this week’s missed bin  collections caused by weather disruptions, please note we will be collecting  food, household waste and garden waste AT THE SAME TIME next week, from Monday  28 January, on residents’ normal  collection day.
So, as a one-off, if we have missed bins because of the  weather, we’re asking residents please to leave out food,  household waste and garden containers together next week.
  • Properties that did not receive a recycling collection on   Monday 21 January because of snow should get a collection this   weekend.
  • Any recycling collections not possible this weekend will   be completed on the next scheduled recycling day.
  • Any other recycling collections missed this week will now   be completed on the next scheduled   collection day.

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Looking to Buy Oil?

I am planning to buy some heating oil in the next couple of weeks – Peak Oil have quoted me 62.9p per litre for 2000 litres, but if I can increase my order to 3000 litres, the price will drop to 60.9p.  Anyone want to join in?

Martin C

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Next week’s Inside Out

Inside Out

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Young Voices

Parwich Primary School has reluctantly decided to withdraw from the Young Voices Concert tomorrow evening. Please open this letter for further information regarding refunds for purchased tickets/t-shirts.

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Are you having a new year clear-out? 

Don’t throw out your old electricals. Donate them to Encore Re-use – Ashbourne’s furniture reuse project.

At this time of year, we tend to cast our minds to having a good old clear out. You’ll probably find that some of the things you want to get rid of are old electricals. Things that still work but perhaps you’ve replaced them with something more up-to-date. We tend to stick old, working electricals in a cupboard somewhere, up in the loft or stashed away in the garage. They sit there until they’ve become obsolete or worse still, eventually get thrown away.

Encore Re-use in Ashbourne is a furniture reuse charity that is crying out for good quality, working household electricals and appliances. Donate your vacuums, kettles, radios, microwaves, fridges, washing machines and other working items that you no longer use to the project and they will find them a new home.  Everything’s tested for safety before being sold from their showroom on Henmore Trading Estate on Mayfield Road at very reasonable prices. Families on low incomes, students or just people on the look-out for a bargain can benefit – anyone’s welcome. (more…)

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Monsdale in the snow

Thank you JB for these photos taken this morning:



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Waste Collection

We have received the following communication from Derbyshire Dales District Council:

By working yesterday (Sunday), crews managed to catch up with most of last week’s snow-enforced missed collections. Any remaining areas missed last week will get a “double” collection (household waste and garden waste) this week – these households should please leave out household and green waste containers, plus food caddies, for collection.

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Paul B’s Weedkiller Weekly #14

Hello snow persons, I hope you are all sitting comfortably in your igloos this morning. It looks like Parwich is peppered with giant white molehills. By the way, gentlemen – if you ever find yourself as a guest of an Eskimo family for the night, you will most likely be offered the delights of your host’s wife for the duration, and to decline is definitely bad form. The major stumbling block is being able to tell them apart, so beware.

Midlothian county council is to mark “Love Your Library Day” on Feb 2 by staging free pole dancing classes to encourage people to use the facilities. Derbyshire Dales will be joining in the initiative with their mobile library service. Interested parties are invited to come along to the library on its next visit to the village. Suggested attire: Lycra leotards and non-slip ballet pumps; ladies’ outfits to be advised.


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The parish council has been advised that chestnut trees at Nethergreen are diseased and pose a risk. Two of the trees are due to be felled early in 2013.

The parish council would like to receive opinions from Parwich residents regarding future proposals at the Nethergreen area, over a period of 4 weeks, from 7th January 2013.

The three options are:
1. No replacement trees at Nethergreen
2. Trees just on one side at Nethergreen
3. Avenue of trees on both sides of the road at the Nethergreen area


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Cheryl W reports:

Just to let you know that the road to Ashbourne are not good – even the A515 from the Bentley Brook (as at 8am)

Graham J reports (10:51):

Got to Harpur Hill (Buxton) this morning via Fenny Bentley in 4WD.

The A515 north is fine – well ploughed and gritted, but side roads are not that good in Buxton.

We have also received this update (at 8.20am) from Derbyshire Dales District Council:

It’s a pretty bleak picture in the Derbyshire Dales first thing Monday.

Some good news is that enough staff have somehow managed to get into our four leisure centres in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and Wirksworth, so all are open for business, but please be aware that parking could well be a problem. Staff at Arc Leisure Matlock have managed to clear the driveway up to the lower pedestrian entrance, but the main car parks are not accessible.

Our weekly Bakewell stallmarket has been cancelled but the Monday livestock market at our Agricultural Business Centre in Bakewell is apparently going ahead as planned.

So far as waste & recycling collections go, there’s no chance of our crews getting out onto the roads today. A supervisor has been out on today’s routes and it simply isn’t safe to do the collections, so we’ll be playing catch-up for the rest of this week. Our advice to residents is please leave your bins out and we’ll get to you just as soon as we can.

We’ll be posting regular updates on Facebook and Twitter.

For conditions in and around Buxton, the reports at are always helpful.

If you have any more information on road conditions and snow-related closures today, please let us know.

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School closed today

Parwich Primary School is closed today 21.01.2013 due to snow.

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AGM Club & Branch 2013

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