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Art Exhibition This Weekend

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News of Ballidon Church

Dear all

I’m delighted to say that the church at Ballidon has now been saved and repaired by a tiny charity called the Friends of Friendless Churches. We own nearly 50 churches which we have saved from demolition and decay, and there is now a page on our website about All Saints Ballidon:

Please do get in touch if you want to help at the church as a keyholder or to keep an eye on it for us – we are a very small charity relying on local people to help us look after these important buildings. And we need local contacts at Ballidon.

We also welcome new members – so if you are no longer local but want to support us, please consider joining us as a member!

Best wishes
Caroline Welch, Web Manager at Friends of Friendless Churches .

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We’ve been living at the Vicarage for the last few months, but sadly we’ll be moving out in June (the Diocese want to sell).

But we just wanted to say how welcome lots of people in the village have made us feel. 

And to tell you (though you all knew it anyway)  just what a fantastic place Parwich is.

 We’re not going just yet – but whilst we’ve been here we’ve been busy setting up a travel company. 

Don’t worry, this isn’t a sales pitch – it’s aimed at people from abroad travelling to the UK. 

But here’s a little blog that I’ve written that you might want to point people to.

I suppose it’s a bit of a love-letter to some of the land here-abouts.

Hope you like (but don’t worry if you don’t’).

 With best wishes


Stuart Gillis
Mob: +44(0) 7837 004298
Tel: +44(0) 1335 390040




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The recent poll here at indicates some 75% are in favour of the principle of 20mph speed limits in residential areas, with the following thinking it would be a good idea for our local villages:

  • Alsop en le Dale 76%
  • Ballidon 71%
  • Parwich 74%
  • Pikehall 70%

These are the results so far (recorded at 4pm Sunday 27th Sept).

We encourage people to respond directly to the Council (click here to see their consultation on line), but there is still time to also add your thoughts to the following polls or comment below. Our poll results up to midday Wednesday 30th September will be sent to the County Council that afternoon.

Do you think 20mph speed limits are a good idea in some residential areas?

Do you think a 20mph speed limit would be a good idea in our local villages? (more…)

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Derbyshire County Council’s consultation on the idea of 20mph speed limits in some (as yet unspecified) residential areas in the County ends next Wednesday (30th September). Click here if you want to find out more about the consultation or participate on line.

The Council plan to enter into further consultation with any neighbourhoods if they consider introducing specific schemes. However this is something that has been raised a number of times in the past both with Parwich Parish Council and here at, so what do you think?

We encourage you to respond directly to DCC’s consultation, but we will also forward any comments added to this post and responses to the polls below to the Council next Wednesday.

Do you think 20mph speed limits are a good idea in some residential areas?

Do you think a 20mph speed limit would be a good idea in our local villages?

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Ballidon Quarry Exhibition

Lafarge Tarmac are keeping the planning application display relating to Ballidon Quarry up from last week for a few more days:

We are intending for the exhibition to remain up until next Thursday 16th. Should any one wish to view on their own they are welcome to go up at any time. If the door is locked a key can be obtained from reception.

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Lafarge Tarmac, operators of Ballidon Quarry, are intending to make a planning application to the Peak District National Park to modify the existing restoration and development schemes at the Quarry with the intention of providing significantly enhanced restoration.

These proposals are reserve neutral and will not extend the end date of operation estimated at approximately 15 years.

An exhibition to illustrate these proposals will be held at Ballidon Quarry on Tuesday 31st March 2015 with Lafarge Tarmac staff being available to answer questions and explain the proposals in more detail. The exhibition will run from 16.30 to 19.30.

More information about this exhibition has been been circulated to those on the local Electoral Roll. Everyone is welcome to attend the exhibition. Click here to view the invite for the exhibition.

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Above, looking across the ridge and furrow of one of the Ballidon medieval open fields, towards one of Bradbourne’s medieval open fields close in to the village, and another up on Haven Hill. Below, the plough lines on the Parwich open field, the Wings, contrast the medieval elongated ‘s’ shaped ridge and furrow to the left with the dead straight ‘modern’ ridge and furrow created by steam ploughing. Photos by David G.

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Cleaner Wanted

Part time cleaner wanted for Ballidon farmhouse.

Tel: 07806621773,

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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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Parwich Parish Council, the Carnival and Recreation Committee & the Diamond Jubilee Planning Committee would like to thank everyone for their support and help in planning this event.

For more details please read on (more…)

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Parwich Parish Council, the Carnival and Recreation Committee & the Diamond Jubilee Planning Committee would like to thank everyone for their support and help in planning this event.

For more details please read on (more…)

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Click on the photos to enlarge them and enjoy the detail. Super photos by JF-S.

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Saturday is the final day for bulk rubbish collection for Ballidon.  The van will stop by the houses between 10.30 – 10.45am.

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Congratulations are due to Sir Richard FitzHerbert, who has been elected as the Conservative member for the Dovedale and Parwich ward of Derbyshire Dales District Council, with 594 votes against the Labour candidate’s 181 votes.

This ward encompasses the parishes of Eaton and Alsop, Fenny Bentley, Hartington Nether Quarter, Lea Hall, Mappleton, Newton Grange, Parwich, Tissington and Thorpe. Sir Richard replaces our previous councillor, Simon Spencer (also Conservative), who had won the seat uncontested in 2007.

As for the Carsington Water ward, which includes the parish of Ballidon and Bradbourne, this was held by Lewis Rose (Conservative), who won it uncontested.

Representation for Pikehall residents is more complicated, as Pikehall is split between five different parishes (Parwich, Hartington Nether Quarter, Ballidon/Bradbourne, Brassington and Elton). Residents will be represented as follows, depending on their parish:
– Parwich and Hartington Nether Quarter: Sir Richard FitzHerbert
– Ballidon/Bradbourne and Brassington: Lewis Rose
– Elton: Colin Swindell (Labour member for Winster & South Darley)

There were no Parish Council elections for Parwich, or for Ballidon/Bradbourne. In the Eaton/Alsop parish, the three candidates – John Bunting, Christopher Duffell and David Wainwright – were returned unopposed.

The Conservatives now hold 29 seats on the Council. Labour have 5 seats, the Lib Dems have 4, and there is one Independent member. Compared to the 2007 elections, the Conservatives have gained 3 seats, Labour have gained 1 seat, and the Lib Dems have lost 4 seats.

Full district council election results for Derbyshire Dales can be found here.
Town and Parish Council results can be viewed here.

You can also follow Sir Richard FitzHerbert on Twitter:

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Steve K from Leek recently visited All Saints at Ballidon and was disgusted that such an old place of worship (12th century & rebuilt in the 19th century) could be allowed to decay and deteriorate. He has contacted the diocese at Wirksworth and is saddened that no one seems to care.
If you have any news about any possible restoration work to the Church, please let Steve know, via PARWICH.ORG.

For more info about Ballidon on the blog click here.

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This service has now been withdrawn. For more details click here.

Saturday Morning Bulk Rubbish Collection 2011-2012

Date Time Location Village

March 5th
May 21st
July 2nd
September 10th
November 5th

February 4th
March 31st

9 – 9.20am
9.25 – 9.45am
9.50 – 10.10am
10.15 – 10.45am
Sycamore Cottages
Village Green
By old shop, village top
Croft Avenue
April 9th
July 2nd
August 13th
October 15th
December 3rd
March 17th
10.30 – 10.45am By the houses Ballidon
June 18th
August 6th
October 1st
December 17th
February 4th
March 31st
7.45am – 8.30am8.40 – 9.15am
Outside Alsop Church
Opposite No 1
Alsop Moor Cottages  
Alsop & Eaton

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Regular reader Helen K has spotted a featured “four churches walk” in today’s Guardian online travel section, which starts at Brassington, then takes in Ballidon, Parwich and Bradbourne. The walk is nine miles long, and the feature contains a link to a route map. Click here to take a look.

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Many thanks to Fiona H, who sent us the following snowy pictures from wild and woolly Ballidon Moor. Please click on each image to enlarge it.

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On Saturday, it is bulk rubbish morning for Ballidon from 10.30-10.45am.

Ballidon’s next collection day will be on Saturday July 24th.

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A combination of low humidity and clear skies over the weekend made for some beautiful lighting conditions in the early evening. Kevin S. took this shot of the Roystone rocks (near Roystone Grange, between Ballidon and Pikehall) at around 7pm yesterday. Please click it to enlarge.

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On Saturday, it is bulk rubbish morning for Ballidon from 10.30-10.45am.

Ballidon’s next collection day will be on May 29th

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A quick reminder of the times for the rubbish collection tomorrow.

8.40-9.15am – Alsop

10.30-10.45am – Ballidon

The next collection for Parwich will be on 20th February.

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“Whole new ball game for John.”

Thanks to Matt H for alerting us to this story (and photo) in the current edition of the Ashbourne News Telegraph.

The man responsible for turning up Ash Wednesday’s Shrovetide ball is in fact Matt’s uncle: John Harrison, who (along with Matt’s late father and aunt Christine) was born and lived for many years in Ballidon.

John is also responsible for making the balls for each year’s Shrovetide matches, spending about 15 hours on the construction of each ball.

There’s more on next year’s Shrovetide matches here and here.

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Tomorrow is Ballidon’s turn for the Bulk Rubbish Collection between 10.30am – 10.45am.

Next collection for Parwich is Saturday 4th July and Saturday 11th July for Alsop.

Use it, don’t lose it.

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All this week, The Guardian has been running a series of pull-out supplements entitled “Great British Walks”. Today’s supplement, which is themed around castles and churches, contains a step-by-step description of a walk from Parwich to Bradbourne and Ballidon, intended to take ramblers past three churches of Norman origin. The guide also recommends that walkers recover afterwards at The Sycamore, while stocking up on their groceries.

Following a request from the newspaper, the article is illustrated with photos from two of our local snappers: a detailed view of the stained glass inside St Peter’s (taken by John F-S) and an exterior shot of Ballidon Church (taken by Kevin S). Congratulations to both, for landing such prestigious freelance commissions!

Full route instructions can be downloaded and printed via this page, although free registration is also required.

Update: The article is also available via the Guardian website.

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On Tuesday 13th January the Peak District National Park on their visit to Parwich were represented by:

With for the second part of the afternoon there also being

The afternoon included visits to the Pub and the School, followed by a series of meetings in the Memorial Hall.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the visit and helped report back.  Here are our write ups of most of those sessions, and we will add reports on the remaining when/if they become available: (more…)

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November Fog

Looking at the lush summer photos provided by Mr & Mrs Lamb below, it is quite striking to see just how different our landscape can be across the seasons. These photographs were taken on Saturday afternoon around the church at Ballidon. Thank goodness for cosy fires and warm cups of tea!



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Although technically not in our area, Hoe Grange Farm is only a matter of yards beyond the Ballidon parish boundary.  Hoe Grange Holidays based at the farm, recently won two East England Enjoy Excellence Awards from East Midlands Tourism:

  • Access for All – Bronze
  • Website – Bronze

Of general interest is their website’s useful Local Events page, listing a good range of Peak District events, though unfortunately they do not link on to the relevant event websites.  Gold award winners in Derbyshire include Kedleston Hall (best Large Visitor Attraction), Buxton Festival (best Tourism Experience) and East Lodge Hotel at Rowsley (best Small Hotel).

Note.  Also we have a new holiday let in our area, The Roost in Parwich. (See the holiday cottage links in the righthand column on most pages.)

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The Peak District National Park Authority are developing management plans for unsurfaced rural routes.  None of our local routes are to be included in the first wave, but it is planned that Minninglow Lane will be considered relatively soon.  To find out more either go to or read their full press release below: (more…)

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It’s interesting to see that Alsop, Ballidon and Pikehall now have dedicated pages on Wikipedia. Will Parwich be far behind, one wonders?

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This is a two in one meeting. Firstly, it is your chance to share your concerns with Derbyshire Police & work together to resolve any problems. The aim is to try and do this by having Community Forums, one on each Beat. This is a further opportunity to influence how your area is policed. 

Secondly there will be a presentation by The Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership about their role and responsibilities, which includes Safety Camera operations (Speed and Traffic light cameras). 

The Tissington Safer Neighbourhood Team is only named like this because Tissington is in the centre of our area, which includes Mappleton, Thorpe, Fenny Bentley, Parwich, Bradbourne, Ballidon, Kniveton, Alsop en le Dale, and Pikehall. For this first Community Forum the venue will be at Tissington Village Hall because of it’s central location.

If you are interested in attending please click here for further details & to download the form which needs to be returned by July 4th.

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Monday – Mobile Library

Tomorrow the mobile library will be in Parwich and Ballidon.
3.30pm at Creamery Lane
3.40pm at The Green
4.20pm at Ballidon

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In the papers 30th April 2008

I have spotted two articles this week’s Ashbourne News Telegraph relating to our area, as well as the darts report, but do let us know if there are more. Firstly there is a report on the planning decision by the Peak Park Authority to reject the application for an extension to Station Road Farm. The article focuses on the placing of planning policy above individual circumstance, though it does not mention that the Committee had the discretion to allow such an extension if they saw fit, and that it was a close fought decision. Also it describes the building as a cottage, not mentioning that fact that it is the only remaining working small holding in the Parwich Conservation Area. (See also our report and the minutes of the Planning Committee of 18th April when they come on line).

Secondly congratulations are due to Ballidon’s Felicity Edmeston who is near to qualifying for the British Development Squad senior endurance team. There is a good photo in the paper of Felicity and her horse Floriferouz. “Following wins last year in 50-mile and 75-mile competitions she recently finished 11th in a 75-mile competition at Sangatte, France, and later this year will be facing her first 100-mile ride.” Felicity will be organising an endurance ride at Biggin on Saturday 17th May, with some nine classes, starting on Hartington Moor between 9 and 11am. All the best wishes for Felicity, especially as a recent accident to her horse has delayed Alice Beasley’s start to this year’s Dressage season.

Finally there was an article that attracted my attention, though not directly related to our villages (yet?), namely that Ashbourne Radio will appear on the airwaves at 96.7fm from Monday 26th May. (Their web address is, though the site does not seem to be on-line yet.)

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