Archive for March, 2013

Hello Possums,

helecopterAre we all enjoying the Easter break? Of course we are. Lots of excitement as the air ambulance arrived in the village recently, to whisk Barbara’s mother off to hospital. We wish her a speedy recovery.

dogThere is nothing like a crisis for the galvanization of ‘esprit-de-corps’ among the good folk of Parwich, as the recent effort by the ‘Bonio First Responders’, who sprang into action to rescue the day, as a four-legged guest at John and Marion’s holiday cottage will testify. Due to the adverse weather, supplies could not be replenished from outside the village, but a combined effort soon resolved the emergency. Well done. (more…)

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Our Weatherman in the Village says:

The cold weather continues this week, but thankfully no further significant snow is forecast. There is a glimmer of hope that towards the middle of April temperatures will gradually climb to more seasonal values, but it looks like it will be a slow process.

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Y-Not Festival 2013


The annual Y-Not Festival returns to Pikehall on Friday 2nd August, and runs until Sunday 4th August.

As two of last year’s acts – Jake Bugg and Bastille – have since topped the UK albums chart with their debut releases, this is clearly a great place to spot up-and-coming talent. Acts are still being added to the line-up, which already includes The Cribs, The Horrors, The Enemy and Ash. Further down the bill, perennial festival favourites Naymedici and King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys are making welcome returns – and who knows, maybe Hazel B and The A52s will be rocking the acoustic tent again?

Tickets, which are for the full weekend only, can be bought from the official festival website – but if you’re 12 or under, then congratulations: you can get in for free!

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Signs of Spring

Entries closed midnight 31/3/13

Click here to see:

Judging, by our own John FS, will take place tomorrow. So far (2pm), with only one entry, he will have a very easy job judging the children’s section. There are prizes for the best overall photograph, the best children’s entry and the most amusing entry.


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What’s on Where this Week
Day Time Event Location
Sun 31st 1am The clocks will go forward 1 hour ..
Sun 31st Easter Sunday
Sun 31st 9.30am Easter Praise Parwich Church
Sun 31st 1.30pm Easter Egg Hunt & Raffle Legion
Sun 31st 7.30pm Easter Praise Alsop Church
Mon 1st Bank Holiday – Easter Monday
Mon 1st 11-4pm Tea & Cakes in the Churchyard Alsop Church
Thu 4th Grey bin and food caddy collection Parwich
Thu 4th 11am to 1pm Evie’s Artistic Session
More info: 390488
Memorial Hall
Sat 6th 3pm Grand National + sweepstake Legion
Sun 7th 6.30pm Evensong Parwich Church

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Clocks go forward

Don’t forget to put your clocks forward by one hour tonight. At 1am Sunday 31st March British Summer Time begins.

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The chestnut avenue planted to celebrate the Queen’s coronation is now gone, but for one tree; let us hope that the Parish Council are able to find a suitable alternative that will survive all the tree diseases that now threaten. Thank you to John F.S. for this photographic eulogy:




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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.

Here is the current list of properties for sale or rent in our area, correct as at March 30th 2013.

Smithy LaneFernlea HousePikehall Lane
Creamery LaneChurch WalkThe Square
Mount PleasantEnd CottageMouldridge Grange
Meadow View

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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PARWICH.ORG reached its fifth birthday this month.

In that time, we have:

  • written 5,880 blog posts
  • published 4,821 comments
  • posted over 7,000 photos
  • received over 1,000,000 page views

Happy Birthday, PARWICH.ORG!

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More is appearing through the snow, and there is still time to enter the photography competition. Each person can enter up to three photographs.



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easter 2013

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Don’t forget to book your seat

Harrogate 2013

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Tom nominated for Olivier Award

Tom Chambers has been nominated for ‘Best Actor in a Musical’ in this year’s Olivier Awards for his role in Top Hat. The results will be announced on the 28th of April.

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Duck race 2013

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There is still time to enter. Entries from children especially welcome.


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Have you seen this man?

To: Accommodation providers, farms and campsites
Derbyshire Police are concerned for a missing person, Mr. Wesley Fowke, who was last seen on 1st March in the Birmingham area but is known to have camped in the Derbyshire area in a tent. He may also stay at a Bed & Breakfast or Guest House in the area.
He is described as a white male, aged 47 years, approx. 6ft tall, stocky build, bald head, with a distinctive American accent. He tends to wear a green military (foreign force) type jacket, tight fitting black beanie hat, jeans or trousers and well worn walking boots.
If Mr. Fowke has stayed at your premises or if you know his whereabouts, can you please contact Derbyshire Police on 101 – quote incident number: 358 of 13.3.13.

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Do you need any oil?

Janet from the Sycamore is ordering oil, if you need some please let her know on 390212 by 3pm tomorrow (Thursday).

She has managed to get it for just under 60 pence per litre.

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Grand National at the Legion

grand national 2013

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20mph speed limits

Given we are currently focused on our local roads (though speed has not been the main issue over the last few days), it seemed timely to create this post in response to Living Streets‘ new campaign (see their press release below) to persuade Councils to move faster on creating more 20 mph speed limits.

In January of this year the Department of Transport issued new guidance giving Councils more freedom to create 20 mph zones. Road safety is a topic that is periodically raised here on the Blog and with Parwich Parish Council. Previously there has been some local support for creating such a zone in Parwich; the Peak Park Authority would potentially support this, but historically the County Council has been resistant to schemes in villages such as Parwich.

Does the new government guidance give us a chance to raise this again? Is this also an issue for Alsop en le Dale, Ballidon and Pikehall? Will ‘part night’ street lighting impact on what are safe speeds? What are your thoughts? (more…)

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Road conditions for Wednesday

After mammoth efforts from locals and Highways, it seems that the A roads and bus routes near by are now passable, though care may need to taken.

However it is still dropping well below freezing at night and forecast to remain cold at least to the weekend. Not all side roads are passable, so do leave comments if you have any updates or if there is more drifting.

Visit Buxton Weather or Derbyshire County Council websites for updates on the higher routes further north.

Wednesday 10am – snowing again. 3pm – but roads are OK.

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We have received the following notice from the Parish Council:



County Councillor, Mr S Spencer kindly attended the March Parish Council meeting and provided some information regarding public transport in Parwich and a transport scheme for 16-21 year old people.

Following the recent tendering process for public transport at Derbyshire County Council, the parish council has been advised that public transport in Parwich has been subject to very little change and school transport will remain the same for the next 18 months. It was reported, however, that usage is vital for the future of public transport in Parwich.

The parish council was also informed of a scheme called ‘Wheels to Work’ which is aimed at young people, aged 16-21 years of age, and involves a motorcycle loan scheme to enable young people to get to work.

If you are interested in finding out more about the ‘Wheels to Work’ scheme or specific public transport timetables for Parwich then please visit Derbyshire County Council’s website or or call 01629 580000 for information.

Please also see the attached timetable for the 102 Ashbourne-Parwich service with effect from 2nd April 2013 and information regarding the 411 ‘school days only’ service.

Mrs Hampson
Parwich Parish Council


411 bus service poster102 bus service poster

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This afternoon’s Primary School Easter Service at St Peter’s Church has been cancelled.

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Thanks also due to Tarmac

A big thank you to Tarmac

It was Ballidon Quarry, (Lafarge Tarmac) the quarry manager Carl Young that asked for help with clearing the snow on Saturday morning as no one else could get in, so I accessed over the fields and dug a way out, he did say that if it would help the village and others around he had no issues with me clearing a way through to Parwich, good effort by all as mentioned yesterday on the blog, but from reports last night we have little to contend with compared to the Newhaven area and beyond.


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A little more sunshine is all that is needed here. All entries for the photography competition are welcome.


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An Ode To The Gritter

Gritter, oh gritter, how we long for you!
The snow is a beautiful icy-blue
The drifts are impressive, the surfing sublime
Even though Parwich is nowhere near a coastline
But we need to get out and back to work
Mind you, a day off is a really welcome perk
The wind howls, the fire’s stoked up
The Horlicks (aarghh) comes out for a hot, steaming cup
A few memorable days when Nature rules our lives
Until the exhausted gritter arrives ….
Some roads are now open (not yet the A515)
And it’s all back to normal, to the treadmill of life
No more scraping of shovels, no more gaiters and boots
No more shop shelves empty of foods
Let’s be honest, we’ll miss the snow
Thank you gritter, see you in 10 months or so.

– by Saskia T

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Our thanks to M.Lowndes for pointing us in the direction of this witty and wonderful piece of film, shot on the A515 at Newhaven on Monday afternoon. We have been advised that conditions have once again deteriorated since then.

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Ongoing Road Conditions

Now, on Monday evening, the road from Parwich to the B5056 is passable with care, and the B5056 south to Ashbourne is also clear. We understand it is possible to get to the A515 through Alsop en le Dale, however we have not had any current reports of conditions on the A515 (Buxton Weather report there are still closures on the A515).

With the temperature again well below freezing and the possibility of more drifting, please keep on adding comments on road conditions, especially first thing Tuesday morning.

Tuesday 6-30am Road out of Parwich to Red House all OK to travel, narrow in places with a little ice; to allow passing look for vehicles ahead and oncoming. DS

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Closing date

12pm (midnight) Sunday 31st March

The competition is open to all, for photographs taken within 6 miles of Parwich village and reflecting the title ‘Signs of Spring’. The title can be interpreted literally, for example spring flowers or lambs, or with lateral thinking, for example servicing the lawn mower or even a car spring in a pot hole. Click here to see the rules.

Entries so far are shown below (click on each photo to enlarge), but keep them coming in (email entries to


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Police say “Thank You”

Police are thanking mountain rescue teams and members of the community for their help during severe snowy conditions over the weekend.

It is as police continue to take a high number of weather related incidents, especially in more rural parts of the county, with the some of the worst affected areas being in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales. Heavy snowfall on Friday evening made many roads in the area impassable, including the A515 between Ashbourne and Buxton where dozens of motorists became stuck due to drifts and jack knifed lorries.Derby, Edale and Buxton Mountain Rescue Teams helped police to check that drivers were safe and offer assistance, along with a number of local farmers with tractors who worked with highways to clear as much of the road as possible.

The police helicopter was also called out to help a woman who had fallen and broken both of her wrists at Hartington, on Sunday, March 24, as vehicles were unable to get through. Crews transported a paramedic over to the woman, and then both the woman and the paramedic back to an ambulance.

Chief Inspector Tracy Harrison, from the force’s contact management department, said: “The heavy snow fall has meant a higher number of calls to police throughout the county, with numerous reports of motorists becoming stranded as they travelled through the Peak District.We would like to thank mountain rescue teams and all local volunteers for their valued assistance in helping to clear the roads and keep motorists safe, especially at a time when emergency services are stretched due to the volume of calls.”

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As an organiser, I can’t enter the Signs of Spring competition, but here is a photo to encourage more to enter.


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Plea for Bonios!

We have a guest staying in Tom’s Barn with her lovely but rather elderly dog, Lottie, who is diabetic and very partial to Bonios which form an integral part of her special diet. Unfortunately, her supply has come to an end and this is proving rather a crisis as Janet doesn’t have them in the shop and we can’t get our cars out onto the road, even if the road to Ashbourne was clear…

Trevor W has most kindly offered to buy some if he succeeds in getting to Ashbourne later today but meanwhile – and just in case he can’t get through –  does anyone have a spare box of Bonios we could borrow and replace when the weather and roads improve, please?
Please ring us on 519 if you think you could help out. Lottie would be eternally grateful, as would Jill her owner and of course, so would we too!

In hopes!

Marion F-S

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Memorial Hall Icicles

Photo by Kevin S. Please click to enlarge.


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Barbara L writes:

Because of the bad road conditions, Mum had to be taken to Hospital by air ambulance yesterday, as it was impossible to get an ambulance into the village.

I would just like to thank everyone out of the village who helped to get her to the air ambulance which landed in Bells yard. Now it is impossible to get into see her.

I must also say a big thank you to the paramedics who came to her – they were brilliant – and also to the doctor that came out. It had taken him three hours to get here from Belper.

Yesterday’s rescue service was provided by the Derbyshire, Leicester and Rutland Air Ambulance charity (DLRAA). If you would like to make a donation towards the vital work which they do, please visit their website. And if you would like to get involved within the village, Parwich First Responders are still short-staffed and desperately looking for new volunteers. Please ring Sue on 390334 or Patti on 390206.

Our thanks to Chris H for these photos, which show the helicopter landing yesterday.



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Here are some photos showing the valiant efforts being made to keep a road out of Parwich clear. Note that even with the snow plough going through, the road out of the village to the B5056 is only passable with great care and good clearance in a 4×4. There have now been several people in 2 wheel drive cars who needed to be towed out.







Although the snow plough clears a route through, the drifting quickly puts snow back on the road. If you leave the village be aware conditions may be much worse on your return.

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easter 2013

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Bunny Bingo cancelled

Tuesday evening’s Easter Bunny Bingo has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled for some time after Easter.

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Parwich Primary School Closed Today

We have received the following message:

Following advice from parents regarding road closures and snow drifts we have taken the decision to close school today (Monday 25th March) – we hope to reopen tomorrow.

Thank you

Caroline Rodgers

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Road Conditions

Thank you to everyone that has been keeping the Blog up to date on the changeable road conditions. With tonight’s temperatures well below freezing and the possibility of more wind, it is not certain what the Monday morning traffic will meet, so please keep the comments coming in.

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Parwich Hill looked spectacular this afternoon, as these photos by Kevin S demonstrate. Please click to enlarge.


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