Archive for May, 2013

Thank you Gill H for information on this fund raising event for Biggin Pre-school, now attended by a number of children from our area:

Biggin Pre-school are holding an SOS fashion show on Saturday 1st June at Biggin Village Hall. Starts 7.30pm tickets priced at £3.00.

Since our pre school closed last year this is one of our local pre schools.

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June Film Showing

2013 June Film


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Photo by JF-S.


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Our Weatherman in the Village says:

After a brief return to wintery conditions on Thursday and Friday, we’ve ended up with a glorious Bank Holiday weekend. Unfortunately this spell looks like it will break later today (Monday) and the rest of the week looks unsettled. There is a possibility that the weather will turn more settled again for next weekend. Fingers crossed…

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Hello Possums.

Everybody having a good bank holiday weekend?

Yet another nail biting climax to the Eurovision song contest, Ireland floundered without the dynamic duo Jedward. Talent scouts are, as we speak, scouring nursing homes in search of G.B’s entrant for next year. Germany has invaded Denmark, and the Russians said “Ve vos vladiwell robbet“.

As you will have gathered by now Peter T, Weedkiller’s illustration executive without portfolio, has gone A.W.O.L. He left a red herring in the form of his old sandals on the doorstep to put us off the scent, but a note to the milk lady, cancelling his semi skimmed yaks’ milk and passion fruit yogurt, gave him away. We also discovered a strange note for the newsagent saying ‘No nuts for a fortnight‘, we couldn’t quite figure that one out. He has however been spotted in a hangout for the avant-garde in Morecambe, wearing a false beard and a beret, eating a jacket potato and swigging Absinthe. We will keep you posted.


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Just a reminder that

the Legion will be open from:

4 pm today (Bank Holiday Sunday).

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Visit this beautiful Norman church.
Tea & Cakes are being served in the churchyard at Alsop, 11am – 4pm tomorrow (Monday).
Please come along and support this event, in aid of Alsop Church. Stunning views, delicious cakes, not to be missed.

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BBQ at Pub this afternoon


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The bookworms of Parwich Book Club celebrated their 21st birthday this weekend, with a very special cake. Here’s to many more years of happy reading!


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A charity event is taking place at Hill Top Farm on Friday 21st June, in aid of the East Midlands Air Ambulance: a service which demonstrated its importance to our community earlier in the year.

The main attraction is a live band, Purple Cloud of Funk, who perform a wide range of well known covers. You can find out more about them on their Facebook page, and you can hear samples of their music on their official website.

“We are lucky to get local band Purple Cloud of Funk”, says Robert Gosling, “as they were on Radio 1 a couple of weeks ago!”

There will be a bar and a burger van, and camping is even available for those who might need it!

Tickets are £6 in advance and £7 on the door. For tickets and information, please contact one of the numbers shown on the flyer below.

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Derbyshire Dales District Council have made their new waste collection calendar available for download. This covers the period from May 30th to December 18th 2013.

Please click here to view it.

You can also find a link to this document on our INFO page, on the SITE MAP, and in the ELSEWHERE ON PARWICH.ORG section of the sidebar to your right. Weekly details are also published on our DIARY page, and on the weekly “What’s On” posts.

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What’s On Where: May 26th to June 2nd

What’s on Where this Week
Day Time Event Location
Sun 26th 9.30am Holy Communion Parwich Church
Sun 26th 11am to 5pm Derbyshire Open Arts Weekend:
Gillian Radcliffe & Ruby Hickmott open studios
Sun 26th 11.15am Holy Communion Alsop Church
Sun 26th 2.30pm Methodist Service Parwich Church
Sun 26th 3.30pm BBQ Sycamore
Sun 26th 4pm Bank Holiday early opening Legion
Mon 27th 11-4pm Tea & Cakes in the Churchyard Alsop Church
Mon 27th 11am to 5pm Derbyshire Open Arts Weekend:
Gillian Radcliffe & Ruby Hickmott open studios
Mon 27th afternoon Complimentary refreshments at Sycamore Sycamore
Tue 28th 6.30pm Matlock Tuesday Bowls League: home vs Buxton Park B Bowling Green
Wed 29th 12.30pm Ladies Group: Trip to Dunge Valley Gardens from Village Green
Thu 30th Grey bin and food caddy collection Parwich
Thu 30th 10am Toddler Group Memorial Hall
Thu 30th 11am to 1pm Evie’s Artistic Session
More info: 390488
Memorial Hall
Sun 2nd 10am to 12am Tennis Club Sessions: all welcome Tennis Courts
Sun 2nd 6.30pm Evensong Parwich Church

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School Newsletter 18

This week’s newsletter also contains details on how to apply for free school meals and other education benefits. This can be done online, at

Please click on either image to download the full newsletter.

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The Legion will be open from:

4 pm

on Bank Holiday Sunday.

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Parwich Crown Green Bowls Club

Can’t claim two wins this week we were well and truly beaten on Tuesday night. Did great on Thursday though.

Matlock Tuesday League.
Away – 21 May – Chatsworth.

Again the weather was not kind to us nor was our ability on the green! We were short of players this week because of people on holiday. To cap it all we had 17 points deducted for completing the score card incorrectly. The league Secretary is a stickler for getting the card absolutely right, so a poor score became even poorer. We lost 81 to 54 less the 17! Edith and Rick however kept up their impressive winning run. Let us hope we fare better next week.

  • Next match – Home – Buxton Park – 28 May 6.30pm.

Matlock Thursday Friendly League.
Home – Matlock Bath – 23 May.

Even after last week’s good, but low score win, we still managed to retain third place in the Division. We again played really well this week. We were still short of players for this game and could only put a team of 10 together instead of the required 12. Ian and Audrey had a fabulous win 21 – 9 in the doubles helping us to a 57 -42 point advantage with the singles to come. We only lost one of the six singles games. This gave us an overall win 140 to 103. Hopefully with this resounding win we will stay in third place in the league. Next week we have to go north to Hathersage. Not sure at all if we will maintain our 100% winning record there.

  • Next match – Away – Hathersage – 30 May – 1.45pm.

We have a friendly game this weekend on Sunday at Ashbourne Park 2.00pm in the afternoon. These games are very enjoyable as it gives us a chance to play against teams who are not in our Leagues plus the afternoon tea the hosts provide is not bad either!!

John B.

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Parwich Tennis Club 2013

Tennis 2013

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DERBYSHIRE OPEN ARTS, 25th 26th and 27th MAY 2013

During the May Bank Holiday Weekend 25th, 26th and 27th MAY 2013, from 11am to 5pm, Gill Radcliffe and Ruby Hickmott will be exhibiting their paintings. We look forward to seeing you, Ruby at 4 Church Walk and Gill at Flaxdale House, so do pop in, we value your encouragement and support!


‘Poirot’. Watercolour by Gillian Radcliffe 17x22cms


‘Bullrushes at Carsington’. Oil by Ruby Hickmott 40×40 unframed

For full details of all the venues of Derbyshire Open Arts, see

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Celebrate a Summer of Sport at Carsington Water

 Carsington Water is the place to be on Saturday 8 June to celebrate a Summer of Sport.

Partners including Derbyshire Village Games and Derbyshire Dales District Council have organised a great day out for all the family, with fun activities including archery, Jiu-Jitsu, a fun run, football, cycling, golf, inflatables, barbecue and a host of other sport and craft activities.

The action runs from 10am to 2pm and entry to most of the activities is free of charge.

Local sports clubs are supporting the event, encouraging adults, children and families to try out a range of sports and other activities while providing information about the regular sessions they run across the district.

More details online at or contact Becky on 07909 443293, email

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Exhibition Preview tonight, 23rd May from 6pm to 8pmplease click here for invitation.


The latest show of new work by Lewis Noble starts tonight at the St. John Street Gallery in Ashbourne.

This group of paintings have all been made out in the landscape around Dovedale over the last month.

In addition, a large scale painting ’30 Days Hath September’ is on display. This was painted on location at Tissington last year but this is the first time it has been shown publicly.

The exhibition can also be viewed at

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Thank you to Hugh for letting us know about a new novel with Parwich connections:

I thought you might be interested to know that my son, Jasper has just published his first novel.

I am of course biased, but it is brilliant. It is a thinking person’s thriller, and a great page turner. It is set in Venezuela, where he spent many months of research, and it contains wonderful descriptions of that country and its people. Its main character, Harry Christmas, is a thoroughly disreputable, highly intelligent, impossible but irresistible, hopeless case. The book is the story of his flight to Venezuela pursued by the homicidal maniac son of a woman he has cheated on.

Michael Palin read it and wrote “Very funny very unpleasant yet very touching at the same time”.

It is called “A Bright Moon for Fools” and is available from Amazon, and is in Waterstone’s branches across the UK among other bookstores. It is published as an ebook and in hardback, by the Inside the Dog Press ISBN 978-0-9574681-0-8.


Click here for a full review.

Jasper Gibson is a writer, humourist and Creative Director of the satirical website, The Poke.

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Hello Possums,

Everyone in fine fettle? Good.

Seattle, Washington: Keen gardeners, from far and wide, flung off their clothes in celebration of the tenth anniversary of world naked gardening day. The organizer, Mark Storey, conducted a survey among members, and discovered that, funnily enough, gardening came a close second in the popularity stakes of unclothed activities. Just be jolly careful with those pruning shears girls.

Coronation Street is facing meltdown, after an effigy of Ken Barlow was defaced by vandals, whilst on display in a replica set of the Rovers Return at Madame Tussaud’s waxworks museum. I say “Bring back Ena Sharples, Minnie Caldwell and Martha Longhurst. Three milk stouts and a bit of juicy gossip about Albert Tatlock. There were no hanky-panky in them days, tha knows.”  (more…)

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Tennis Tournament on Saturday


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Public urged to have their say on final list of parking recommendations

Derbyshire Dales District Council has rejected suggestions for a charge to be imposed on its popular residents’ parking permit. Charging for the permit, which is sent out free annually to all 33,000 households in the Dales, is not among the recommendations as a new round of public consultation starts this week (21 May) on proposed car parking changes in the district.

But local people can have their say on whether a charge of £100 should be introduced for anyone wanting to buy a second permit or replace a lost permit.

Meeting last week, the Environment Committee decided on the options local people will be asked to comment on online from 21 May at and via questionnaires available from the reception desks at MatlockTown Hall, Bakewell Agricultural Business Centre and the District Council’s leisure centres in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and Wirksworth.

The recommendations are:

* Introduce the option of a half hour charge within short stay car parks

* Designate specific town centre car parks as short stay only

* Introduce a flat rate charge for evening / overnight parking from 6.00pm to 6.00am

* Increase parking charges to help keep pace with inflation

* Bring additional car parks into charge

* Offer, at a charge, a second or replacement residents’ free parking permit  (more…)

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Thanks to JF-S for this video.

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The children of Parwich School’s Eco Committee are holding a Coffee Afternoon in the Memorial Hall tomorrow between 2.30 and 4.30pm, do come along to support it.


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What’s on Where this Week
Day Time Event Location
Sun 19th 10am Family service + baptism Parwich Church
Sun 19th 11.15am Holy Communion Alsop Church
Mon 20th 10am
/ 10.07am
Bus to Bakewell
arrives Bakewell 10.40, leaves 13.35
Sycamore Cottages
/ Alsop Church
Mon 20th 6.15pm Pilates for intermediates Memorial Hall
Tue 21st 2.30pm Fairtrade Coffee Afternoon Memorial Hall
Wed 22nd Green bin, Blue bin and food caddy collection Parwich
Wed 22nd 6pm
Pilates for Beginners
(two sessions, both mixed)
Memorial Hall
Thu 23rd 9am to 11.30am Toddler Group Memorial Hall
Thu 23rd 11am to 1pm Evie’s Artistic Session
More info: 390488
Memorial Hall
Thu 23rd 1.15 pm for 1.45pm Matlock Thursday Friendly Bowls League: home vs Matlock Bath Bowling Green
Thu 23rd 6pm Circuit Training Memorial Hall
Fri 24th School breaks up today – half term Parwich School
Sat 25th 2pm Tennis Club: Open Afternoon Tennis Courts
Sat 25th to Mon 27th Derbyshire Open Arts Weekend:
Gillian Radcliffe & Ruby Hickmott open studios
Sun 26th 9.30am Holy Communion Parwich Church
Sun 26th 11.15am Holy Communion Alsop Church
Sun 26th 2.30pm Methodist Service Parwich Church

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eurovision 2013 keep calm poster

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School newsletter 17

This week’s newsletter comes with two extra attachments. Please click on each to open them.
School Uniform Order Form
Price & Buckland Price List

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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 May 17th 2013.

Smithy LaneFernlea HousePikehall Lane
Creamery LaneParwich 3 bedChurch Walk
The SquareMount PleasantMouldridge Grange

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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Could be tempting providence, but so far this year we have been playing really well. The weather however, has not been kind to us on quite a few match days. Tuesdays match was no exception.

Matlock Tuesday League.
Away – 14 May – Ashwood Park Buxton.

There were brass monkeys running round in packs on Tuesday night. It was freezing and throwing it down with rain. We start seasons quite well, but Ashwood have got off to an even better start. At the beginning of the match they were third in the division and we were about half way. We managed to share the four games, two each, with Edith and Rick playing their usual solid game and Dawn and Dot following suit. Our other two pairs unfortunately did not manage to win, although they kept trying. The final outcome was another win for us 67 to 62. This will hopefully keep us about half way in the division.
Next match – Home – Chatsworth B – 21 May 6.30pm.

Matlock Thursday Friendly League.
Away – Chatsworth B – 16 May.

Don’t let anybody else know, but before today’s match we were third in the league. The weather was a little kinder to us this afternoon. Having played our socks off in the doubles games last week, this week was unfortunately the complete opposite. Our pairs did not play badly, the opposition could do no wrong. We would have two or three bowls counting and the final ‘wood’ would come in form Chatsworth and take the shot. Before we knew anything we had lost the doubles 63 to 22. Not a true reflection of the games at all.

We do play quite well in the singles games and this week we excelled all our usual expectations. I have to say that you had to feel sorry for the opposition. Dawn won 15 to 0. Val won 15 to 1, Harry 15 to 5. The fight back was on! Although we only won one further game our point tally was 87 to us and 43 to Chatsworth. What a change around. The final score was therefore a win for us 109 to 106. We can’t keep this up can we?

Next match – Home – Matlock Bath – 23 May – 1.45pm.

No weekend matches this weekend, but if you fancy a go anytime give a member of the Club a call and we will meet up and ‘send a few down’.

John B.

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Fair Trade Coffee Afternoon

The children of Parwich School’s Eco Committee are holding a Coffee Afternoon in the Memorial Hall on Tuesday between 2.30 and 4.30pm, do come along to support it.


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Parwich Toddler Group

Parwich Toddler Group meets every Thursday in the Memorial Hall

9 – 11.30am.  £2.50 per family per session.

It is an informal, small friendly group with a variety of toys and activities for pre-school children, babies and their parents.

All welcome… Come along and join in the fun!

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Parish Annual Meeting 7.00 pm
Annual Parish Council Meeting at 7.30 pm

15May13 agenda poster

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This email has been sent to the blog by Parwich Parish Council, the following appeared in a circular from Rural Action Derbyshire and provides information from a charity offering refurbished computers with some software and a warrenty for people in rural areas at a small cost.

Arthur Rank Centre – Computers for Rural People

Living in a rural area, whether on a farm miles from anywhere, or even in a country town, means spending time and money travelling about to get things done.

Email and Internet provide enormous opportunities when you can’t just pop round the corner to the shop or library etc, yet computers are usually expensive items, and few people want to buy one “just to see if one day it might be useful”. Once you have one and know how to use it, and appreciate what it can do, you don’t mind paying but that first step is often inhibited by the cost.

The Arthur Rank Centre is committed to supporting the rural community, and has set up the “Computers for Rural People” scheme to provide computers at very low cost to encourage people to take the first step.  (more…)

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Go on, Open Your Garden!

Parwich Horticultural Society

Open Gardens & Children’s Show

Sunday 23 June 2013

There are so many lovely gardens in the village the Horticultural Society would like to encourage more to open this year. The greater the variety of gardens the better so whether you have a tiny patch or a huge expanse give it a go. Whether it is formal or cottage, unusual, artistic, fragrant, feng shui, wildflower or vegetable let it have it’s moment of fame!

We are looking forward to seeing YOUR garden this year!

open gardens

Tempted but uncertain? Ring Lesley on 390542.

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Photo by JF-S

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Free caddy liners distributed across the Derbyshire Dales

The distribution of free compostable caddy liners to all 33,000 households across the Derbyshire Dales is set to be completed this week.

An annual supply of liners for residents’ kitchen food caddies was part of the agreement between Derbyshire Dales District Council and contractor Serco when a new recycling service was launched last autumn.Residents received an initial supply of the liners with their new recycling containers from October last year. From now on they will receive a free annual supply of 52 liners each year.

Additional liners can be bought online at or from the District Council’s reception desks at the Town Hall in Matlock, Bakewell Agricultural Centre and the leisure centres in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and Wirksworth.

A District Council spokesperson said: “Local people might notice their annual supply of caddy liners differs from the initial supply as these have no printing on them, but they do comply with the strict compostable standards set by the recycling company.It’s important that only liners approved by the District Council are used to transfer food waste from kitchen caddies to kerbside caddies for the weekly collection. Alternatively, our message to residents is don’t use a liner at all; simply wash out your kitchen caddy after use.”

A wealth of information about waste and recycling in the Derbyshire Dales is available online at

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Flower Power

Celebrating flower power in the beautiful Dales

Flower power across the beautiful Derbyshire Dales is being celebrated through a new free publication.

‘Floral Dales 2013’ is a leaflet produced by Derbyshire Dales District Council, featuring dates and details of local well dressings, open gardens and flower festivals. The colourful guide is available from visitor information points across the Dales, including Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock Peak Rail and Matlock Bath. It is also free to view and download online at

Tissington Well Dressings, on now until 15 May, is the first of 26 well dressings festivals in Derbyshire Dales villages and towns between now and mid-September.

The guide’s ‘Hidden Gems’ section features a list of open garden weekends at private houses that do not normally open to the public, and there’s also a ‘Meet the Experts’ schedule of top gardeners who open their gardens as part of the National Gardens Scheme.

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