Archive for April, 2020

Buff Cochin cockerel 1 year old free to good home.
Telephone Julie S  07837411119

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Church Meets on Sunday

A congregation from Parwich and surrounding villages will be gathering between 1730 and 1800 to say Evening Prayer together using words from the 1662 Prayer Book and hymns.

  • 1730 bring your own tea/coffee & cake for a chat if you wish
  • 1800 service starts

Contact Rev Carollyn on or 664132 or Andrew C on or 390684 for info on how to join in via computer, tablet and phone (including landline) and accessing the words.

We hope to see and hear you.

Andrew C

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Blue Bin Wednesday

Don’t forget just blue bin. No green bin or food caddy collection.

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On a walk this morning over Bletch Brook I heard a cuckoo calling, I must admit it’s the first for a very long time in this area I have heard.

David S

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Hartington Cheese

Due to the lock down caused by the Corona Virus and the closure of Hotels, Restaurants, Pubs, Shops, Food Fairs, Hartington Creamery based at Pikehall has lost over 80% of its sales. Many locals bought our cheese from Hartington Cheese Shop, which has  temporarily closed. We wish therefore, to make as many previous customers (and potential new customers) aware that we are as a food business still operating and our cheese can be bought locally at Tissington Butchers, or on-line through our website.
Any enquiries please ring 390308
Robert Gosling
Update: Now available at the shop/Sycamore

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Parwich Conundrum

Which way to turn asks Martin C

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The foodbank collections on a Friday from the bus shelter has been cancelled until further notice. Many thanks to those who donated for your support and generosity. Parwich donated a total of 21 bags of groceries over a 3 week period (7 + 11 + 3) which will have been a great help to those in need of assistance.

You can still donate to the foodbank via various collection points in Ashbourne. These are at M&S, Sainsbury’s & Co-Op. Thank you. L.B.

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VE Day Celebrations

Stand in your front gardens and join in the celebrations..

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Family Fun

Thank you to John L for sending in this sweet picture of a new family having fun in the sun.

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Oil Price Very Low

The oil price is down again, maybe as low as it will get?

The Oil Club price is  0.1856 per litre , Bradbourne & Parwich Heating Oil Club

However Boiler Juice have a rate of 0.1686 , must be ordered by Sunday. New users can get a £10 discount on first order, there’s a few referral codes going around, here’s mine


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Saskia’s Good News Stories

No ‘good news’ stories? Well, I certainly have one: whilst clearing out one of my storage units in the pantry (a once-in-a-lifetime-activity for me), I came across a small tin of mushy peas, use-by date: March 2003. I don’t like mushy peas. Needless to say the contents were flushed down the toilet … but I’m really pleased with the extra space in my unit, thanks to Covid19.

Now a more serious good-news story: I like this invisible benefit of less air pollution as a result of Covid19, clear(er?) skies, less traffic, birdsong is more obvious. I also keep wondering if the village can continue with some of the ‘silver linings’ of Covid19, e.g. the positive joint activities, like the Lester Lowe orders, that save numerous individual car journeys (= air pollution). I also like the idea of a village collection point for (small and light) parcels once life is back to normal. I know it’s been discussed in the past, but it would save the numerous delivery vans trundling through the village. I myself had 2 (small and light) parcels delivered over the past few days, one by the postie (fine – no problem), the other one by a separate delivery van. I would have been more than happy to collect it from a collection point in the village, thereby avoiding the delivery van having to drive up to my house. Have you had some similar thoughts and ideas as a result of the Covid19 lockdown?

And lastly another good news story: I’m delighted to hear that a certain DT is supporting trials to cure Covid19 patients by zapping people with a good dose of UV light and rinsing their inners with disinfectant. I’ve already been out in the sun (a lot), so that’s fine for the UV, and have a bit of Dettol left that I can use for my inners. (Please don’t try this at home).

Saskia T

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St George’s Day Service


St George window, St Edmund’s Church, Fenny Bentley


Remember St George’s Day this Sunday 26 Apr at 6pm via Zoom.  We may not be able to parade round the village but we can join together singing hymns from the usual service in St Peter’s while still at home.  To join in (your singing will be muted so it’s not heard by anyone else!) please contact Rev Carollyn on 664132 or Andrew C on 390684. All technologies welcome including landlines.

Andrew C

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Parwich VE Day Celebrations

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Springtime Cheer

Thanks to Viv H for these photos this evening on Parwich Hill – early purple orchid and meadow saxifrage. Even in these bleak times nature gives us much to enjoy.

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St George’s Day Dragon Hunt

Don’t forget to put up your dragon’s for St George’s Day. Dougie and Lily’s is breathing fire on West View.

Lucy M

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Thank You

Thank you so so much to everyone who’s donated fabric and pillowcases, I’ve just dropped the second batch of scrub bags off for Royal Derby Hospital. This drop of 65 bags brings the total to 101 scrub bags donated so far!

Thank you all again, Rosie

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Bird ID Please

I have been visited by this bird in my garden at Gibbons Bank over the
last 2 days- it sits very still for a long time. Can anyone identify it?

Martin C

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DDDC digital exercises


Targeting exercise during the coronavirus lockdown

Exercise videos targeting every age group and fitness level are being posted online daily by Derbyshire Dales District Council’s sports development team.

There are family videos too where children can join mums and dads to do simple exercises to encourage family activities together.

The videos can be watched on the sports development team’s Facebook page at and on their YouTube channel at

A District Council spokesperson said: “Exercise and wellbeing are so important during the coronavirus lockdown and we’ve recorded a range of short 10 minute videos focusing on different parts of the body such as legs, upper body, abdominals and waist.

“We also have workouts suitable for those new to exercise, some chair-based workouts and strength and balance exercises suitable for older adults.

“In the coming days and weeks we will also be adding stretch and relax routines and exercises at your desk.”

Staff members also go live each week with a strength and conditioning class and a total body workout

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Parish Council Minutes

Click this link to read the

minutes of the meeting of Parwich Parish Council held on the 15th April 2020.

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Today’s Church Service

Today’s service is at 1800 hosted by Rev Carollyn is a Songs of Praise – an informal service of readings, prayer and traditional hymns.  Hosted on Zoom it’s now also accessible from via ordinary phone where you will be able to participate as well as hear!  Please contact Carollyn on or 664132 for access information.  Andrew C

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Just to keep everyone in the loop the Parwich Carnival and Recreation Committee are not going to make any decisions on the Wakes Programme up until the last minute! We will follow all of the government guidelines around COVID-19 and depending on the situation Wakes may look a little different this year but if we are permitted then we will work closely with the Odd Fellows, Legion and Sycamore and we are are hopeful that some sort of programme can be achieved. It’s a watch this space scenario and if we are allowed with the help of the Community we will do the best we can to make it the best we can.

Stay safe and well
Parwich Carnival and Recreation Committee

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Little Bit Of Sunshine

Thanks to David G for the colourful picture of the sun yesterday and then today’s stunning sunrise.

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FOUND: Golden Lab

A male golden lab has arrived at the pub with no owner in sight. He’s a biggish lad and has no collar on.

Jane and Kirsty are keeping him safe, please go and collect him asap.

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Good News Stories

Here at the Blog we would like to hear your good news stories. We have heard about Alan S celebrating his birthday, do you have something to celebrate?

Let us have your news and photos to spread a little cheer in our community in these difficult times.

Blog Team

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Happy Birthday to Alan S!

It can’t be much fun having a “BIG” birthday at this time but Carol, and all his friends in Parwich, would like to wish Alan a very happy 70th birthday – despite the restrictions, we are sure he will make the most of it! Have a great Birthday Alan!

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Free Compost Bin

The bin is available from the driveway at Rowan Cottage, free to anyone who wants it. It is 1m diameter at the base, approximately 0.8m high

Andrew C

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Missing Shopping?

Angela R has had her Waitrose shopping arrive this morning along with three extra bags full. If you’ve had a Waitrose delivery and some is missing please contact Angela on 519. If no-one claims it she will drop it off for the food bank collection tomorrow.

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It has been brought to our attention that many of our most vulnerable residents A088AD78-FF63-4AF1-889C-9D70151E2792may be missing out on essential support because they haven’t responded to a recent NHS letter, delivered to them as they are classed as being clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus.

Unfortunately, as a district council, we have no way of knowing who these residents are. Worse, some are likely to be difficult to reach via our usual communications channels. It would be much appreciated therefore if you could spread the word in your communities.

We have today launched a campaign urging family and friends to register for support on behalf of people who have received the NHS letter – anyone can do this online at

We’re also again encouraging anyone not classed by their GP or hospital clinician as being clinically extremely vulnerable, but still needing support, to register for help via the County Council’s Community Response Unit or call 01629 535091 Monday to Friday 9amto 5pm and Saturdays 9am to 1pm.

You can share our Facebook campaign post here or re-Tweet our Twitter post here. We are also issuing this to our e-newsletter database and to local media.


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I think we will get blue bins collected on Thursday. No Green garden bins or food caddies.

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Lestor Lowe Delivery Clarification

Our Parwich delivery is a collective delivery to one point in the village. This reduces social contact for everyone, including the delivery driver, and enables one delivery charge to be shared amongst us all. If you want a delivery to be made to your own house then you will need to order separately and pay the delivery charge.

We have had a really good response for the delivery so any charge for the collective delivery should be small.

Fiona H


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Thank You!

Many thanks for Evas Easter egg, she’s very pleased with it! Much appreciated.
Cheers Jo  J

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Free Range Eggs

If you would like some free range eggs delivering to your local door step in these times of social isolation/distancing please get in touch. £1.25 per half dozen

Fiona H 191/

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Bin Collection Update

Bin collections update – Tuesday 14 April

A reminder that all waste collections are one day later than usual this week due to the bank holiday and our crews will be working this Saturday (18 April).

All household waste collections are again operating to schedule today.

Due to staffing and social distancing issues 3 of the usual 5 recycling rounds are operating today. Read more about today’s recycling rounds >> 

Please note that Serco aim to restart normal recycling collections from tomorrow (15 April) but do not currently have the resources to return for any collections missed already. They will collect additional recycling from tomorrow but please check how to present excess recycling so it is easily identifiable

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Rev Carollyn’s Easter Fire

Although our Churches are closed, the Vicar, the Rev Carollyn McDonald, is continuing her ministry as best as possible on line. Here is her start to Easter Sunday on the Group Benefice’s YouTube channel:

For more information or to subscribe to email updates contact the Vicar via email or go to the Peak Five Parishes website. Notice of collective Services conducted via Zoom are posted on the website.

For those on FaceBook there are also the Peak Five and Vicar’s Van pages you can follow.

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Firstly, thank you all so much for getting involved and helping to decorate our beautiful village for Easter, it’s been fantastic to see everyone’s creations whether they’ve entered the competition or not.

All the entries have been great, and it’s made Val and John’s job of judging them a real challenge. They’ve chosen their winners based on the love and effort put into creating them. The winners are:

Under 7’s: Doug and Lily

7 – 15’s: Eva Jones

15 up: Glynis D

Prizes will be delivered tomorrow!

Thank you to Val and John K for judging for us, and big thanks once again to everyone for joining in and making this very strange Easter a special one for us all.

Thanks and stay safe, Rosie

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Easter Comp Entry

Thank you to Rosie C for her entry into the Easter competition

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Lestor Lowe Delivery is On!

There has been enough interest to justify a Lestor Lowe delivery. Please place and pay for your order with Lestor Lowe and let them know that you would like to be part of the Parwich delivery which is coming to Nethergreen Farm. When it arrives I’ll contact everyone to come and pick up individually allowing for social distancing.

It is helpful to have an idea of who is ordering and a rough idea of what they are ordering as it helps in coordinating with Lestor’s and also with splitting up any delivery charge. So if you haven’t been in touch already and you place an order it would help me if you could let me know.

Lestor Lowe’s number is 01335 342472. I think they will be closed today (Easter Monday). You may have to persevere to get hold of them as they are very busy.

Estimated delivery date Wednesday 22 April. Orders in ideally by this Friday (17th)

Fiona 191/

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