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Join CHICKS for an evening of stargazing and discover the stars at our wonderful Daleside retreat in deepest ‘darkest’ Derbyshire! Suitable for all the family, the evening will be hosted by local Astronomer’s Patrick and Joanne Poitevi, who in their spare time run Scopes4SEN. They have donated 3 telescopes and lots of resources for CHICKS children to use. They will share their vast knowledge of the solar system with you in our dining hall. We will also serve delicious complimentary homemade soup made by our resident cook Emma to help keep you warm, along with tea, coffee and hot chocolate.
Weather permitting we will be able to walk up to our hill top where you will have access to our telescopes and more insights from Patrick and Joanne.

please register for tickets using this link: https://stargazingchickscharity.eventbrite.co.uk

Alternatively please give CHICKS a call on 07525 277 985 or in the office on 01335 350525.

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Join CHICKS for an evening of stargazing and discover the stars at our wonderful Daleside retreat in deepest ‘darkest’ Derbyshire! Suitable for all the family, the evening will be hosted by local Astronomer’s Patrick and Joanne Poitevi, who in their spare time run Scopes4SEN. They have donated 3 telescopes and lots of resources for CHICKS children to use. They will share their vast knowledge of the solar system with you in our dining hall. We will also serve delicious complimentary homemade soup made by our resident cook Emma to help keep you warm, along with tea, coffee and hot chocolate.
Weather permitting we will be able to walk up to our hill top where you will have access to our telescopes and more insights from Patrick and Joanne.

please register for tickets using this link: https://stargazingchickscharity.eventbrite.co.uk

Alternatively please give CHICKS a call on 07525 277 985 or in the office on 01335 350525.

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Katy at Village Games says “the teacher says it is very much free style and will be adapted to the participants which turn up however saying that is aimed more at the parents and children (mummies and daughters dancing together etc) rather than an experienced dancer, however that’s not to say we could not introduce a further session, should there be the interest in the village.”

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Encore Reuse is a furniture recycling charity based in Ashbourne and they are in need of your good quality unwanted furniture, electrical’s and bric-a-brac. They take:

  • sofa’s, armchairs & beds (must have fire safety labels attached)
  • wardrobes
  • tables & chairs
  • bookcases
  • TV stands
  • display units
  • office furniture
  • garden furniture
  • bedside cabinets
  • bureaus
  • chest of drawers & dressing tables
  • books
  • utensils, crockery & glassware
  • pictures & decorative housewares
  • working electrical items ( PAT tests are carried out on site)

How do I donate items?

You can either drop them off at Henmore Trading Estate Warehouse on Mayfield Road, Ashbourne (Mon-Fri 9.00-4.30 or Sat 9.00-2:30) or arrange free collection of larger items by telephoning Encore Reuse on 01335 300907.

You can also visit Encore Reuse or their adjoining upcycling shop Vintage Green to view/purchase their low cost furniture.

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More than 200 children have tackled a series of challenges to mark the end of the academic year. The now annual Operation Red Rabbit day is organised by the Rev Dr Andy Larkin for youngsters in the parishes of Alsop-en-le-Dale, Fenny Bentley, Parwich, Thorpe and Tissington.

The Ashbourne News Telegraph has published a report on the recent Operation Red Rabbit event, complete with a slideshow. Click here to read it.

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The Ashbourne News Telegraph have published an article about Ben Laycock (formerly of this parish), who is entering this year’s London Marathon in order to raise funds for Kith & Kids, an Autism charity.

Click here to read the article, and visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BenLaycock77 to find out more and make a donation.

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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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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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Courtesy of the Tom’s Barn blog, here’s a handy guide for thirsty walkers in search of a pint at The Gate, presented by Marion F-S.

Please click here to read the original post.

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Now in its 7th year, Y Not is a festival whose annual growth is perpetual. Like a fine wine, it matures with age, and Y Not is now indelibly marked on the summer festival calendar; it’s no longer the tiny gathering in the Peak District that it once was.

The Nottingham Post have published an excellent – and very detailed – review of last weekend’s Y-Not festival. Click here to read it.

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Our thanks to the @ashbournepeople Twitter account, for alerting us to their photo galleries of this year’s PP5 race.

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Avril B writes:

Earlier today, 2.15pm to be precise, Parwich featured on the BBC1 programme ‘Escape to the Country’ when it came to look at Fernlea House for sale, and there were shots of the village, too.

If you want to see the programme, it should be on BBC iPlayer for the next few days.

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Alsop resident Natasha Astara is a qualified acupuncturist, with over six years of experience and practice, including traditional Chinese medicine and Five Element.

You can contact Natasha on 01335 390705 / 07816 601782 or via tashspirit@hotmail.com. Her website is here.

Details have also been added to our directory of local businesses and services.

Reminder: If you are a resident of our area, we can add details of your own independent local business or service to our directory – and if you have a website, we can also link to it from the LOCAL BUSINESSES section on the right hand column of the blog. These services are provided to you free of charge.

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The Parwich race gets a big thumbs up. This would make an ideal first fell race.

Daz H, who finished in second place at the Parwich Panoramic Five, has written a most appreciative blog post about the event.

Please click here to read it.

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Spotted in the news: an informative write-up of the Hill Race in the Ripley & Heanor News, and a curious tale of painted sheep in the Stunner, furnished with quotes from Parwich’s Ben Chadfield.

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Congratulations to John and Marion F-S, who have been awarded a Peak District Environmental Quality Mark for Tom’s Barn and Douglas’s Barn.

Click here for the full news story, and click here for Marion’s report of the awards ceremony on the Tom’s Barn blog.

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In last Saturday’s Burton Mail, there was a lengthy and informative feature on Hayley Powell and her blacksmithing skills.

Click here to read the article, and click here for Hayley’s website.

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The Rev. John Charles Cox (1844-1919) was perhaps one of the most influential English local historians of the nineteenth century. Anyone studying early modern Derbyshire quickly comes across his work. He published dozens of books, including calendars of local records, a four-volume history of Derbyshire churches, and a detailed study of All Saints, Derby.

A brief biography of Reverend Cox – who was born in Parwich – has just been published on the “Mercurius Politicus” blog. If you have an interest in our local history, then it’s well worth a read.

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One of the things which makes Parwich special is the creativity of so many of its inhabitants. That creativity can take on many forms, including visual arts, crafts, design, the written word… and in the case of Alexandra Webster, a highly individual approach to photography, which makes much use of non-digital mediums such as pinhole photography, disposable cameras and photograms.

A varied selection of Alexandra’s work can now be viewed on Facebook (although you don’t have to be a registered member to access the pages). Click here for the front page, and click here for the individual galleries.

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Businesses of all sizes in the Peak District are being given a strong new voice with the creation of a group to promote the area as a place to do business.

Called Business Peak District the group will be led by a wide range of representatives from the business community. It will represent all businesses in the area covered by the Peak District National Park and the High Peak, Staffordshire Moorlands and Derbyshire Dales districts or boroughs.

All businesses are being invited to join an event to find out about the group and its plans at Thornbridge Hall, near Great Longstone, on Monday 16 May, 5-8pm.  It doesn’t matter how big or small your business is.  Maybe you are even thinking of starting a new business.

The group hopes to: (more…)

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Visit Britain: video of Parwich

There are some delightful images of Parwich and the surrounding countryside at the start and end of this Visit Britain video, which focuses on the holiday accommodation provided at Uppermoor Farm.

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“End of an era for Don”

Just in case you missed it in the printed version, here’s a link to the Ashbourne News Telegraph’s recent feature on former Parwich publican Don Keyworth, who recently announced his retirement from performing as a country singer.

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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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If you’re an Archers fan, then the newly launched Ambridge village blog might be of interest. But has the Ambridge blog team been taking inspiration from PARWICH.ORG, we wonder?

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Review of the Sycamore Inn

A blog called “Get to the pub.com” has published a lengthy and enjoyable review of the Sycamore Inn.
Please click here to read it.

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A fascinating article (“News on your doorstep”) in the current (10 April) edition of The Tablet talks about the ways that “citizen journalism” – and so-called “hyperlocal” blogs in particular – can help boost the identity of a community. The article makes special mention of PARWICH.ORG throughout, with particular reference to Andy Larkin’s recent series of videos. There are also several quotes from the blog team’s Mike A, who was interviewed by the reporter a couple of weeks ago.

The reporter has placed a copy of his article online, which you can read here. (You’ll need to scroll down a bit, to just past the cartoon.)

For the benefit of anyone who has visited the site in order to find Andy’s videos, here they are again:

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Oops, we nearly missed this one: here’s a recent feature in the Derby Evening Telegraph on Parwich’s John Rawlings, who talks about his work as a “human quarry” for the Four Shires Bloodhounds. A lengthy piece, which makes for fascinating reading.

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Spotted on the web: here’s a small gallery containing some lovely images of Parwich, taken by a visitor to the village at the end of August. Click on each image to enlarge it, and to read comments left by other viewers.

You can also view these images as a slideshow.

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The following news item was posted today by the Derbyshire Constabulory:

Campers looking to stay at Parwich this weekend for the last few days of the annual Wakes week (June 26, 27 and 28) are being advised to stay at authorised campsites.

Local residents have said they are concerned people may be tempted to pitch in unofficial areas such as the football pitch or in farmers’ fields.

PC Ian Cooper, of the Tissington and area Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Please stick to authorised campsites around the village and surrounding area as no camping will be allowed on the village football field or on private farmland without permission.

“Parents should also make sure that their youngsters are camping at suitable locations and with permission if necessary.”

To contact the team call 0345 123 33 33 or email ashbourne.neighbourhoods@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk

As of today, news bulletins from the Derbyshire Constabulory can also be found via Twitter, at twitter.com/derbyspolice.

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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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It’s great to see that Alstonefield have just gone live with their own community website, at http://alstonefield.org.

Like the Parwich site, this has been built using the WordPress blogging software. There’s a rolling “News” section on the front page, and a “Forum” section in which any registered users can effectively write and publish their own blog posts. The site also features a photo gallery, a “what’s on” calendar and a section dedicated to tourist information.

As members of the Parwich blog team took part in some of Alstonefield’s early planning sessions for the site, we’ve been looking forward to seeing the finished results, and we’re particularly excited to see another Peak Park village attempting a similar project to our own.

Congratulations on your launch, Alstonefield!

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An interesting documentary was aired on BBC Radio 4 on Easter Monday, in which Sir Richard FitzHerbert talked about the difficulties facing him as the owner of Tissington Hall. The 30-minute show is now available via the BBC’s “Listen Again” facility; please click here to access it.

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Live weather updates for Parwich.

Here’s a rather spiffing new facility: live Parwich weather conditions on the web, as broadcast from a weather station in the centre of the village.

We have added these links to a new WEATHER section on the right hand side.

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There’s a nice article about us in today’s Derby Evening Telegraph:
“Tom’s Strictly stint results in a record for village’s website.”

Copies of the newspaper are available in the Sycamore shop.
You can also click here to read the article online.

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This Week’s Stunner

This week’s Stunner may only be a very slim edition, but as usual there is plenty of  Parwich-related content to read about.  Due to technical problems at Burton on Trent they are not sure when the paper will be on-line, that is why the usual links we put on are not available.  Links now available.  Why not read the whole paper, click here for the  on line version.

Page 2.  “Cash harvest for schools’ growers”.  Parwich Primary School kept up the village’s current streak by attracting the highest figure in the area, scooping £7860 to grow their own fruit & veg.  Their slice of the £510,000 will be invested in tools, a greenhouse, propagators, plants & seeds.

Page 3.  “Credit crunch?  Not here, say retailers”.  Ashbourne appears to be avoiding the worst of the economic doom & gloom with many traders reporting a successful Christmas.  New managing director of Bennetts, Simon Ingham said it was “too early” to say for sure how well they did over Christmas.

Page 6 & 7.  “Speech day awards for QEGS high-flyers” 

Page 8.  “May’s legacy ends its 10-year blessing”.  May Heathcote of Bradbourne left all her money to benefit the community,  the trust set up in her name has awarded nearly half a million pounds & has now completed their job.  A number of organisations in Parwich benefited from this trust, including The Over 60’s Club, Parwich Youth Club, Parwich Crown Green Bowling Club and Parwich First Responders.

Page 9.  “Army officer plans new manoeuvres”.  Simon Ingham a former army officer, now living in Parwich is the new managing director of Bennetts, he will also oversee the company branches in Derby and Bakewell.  He is keen to support local businesses, charities, artists and designers and will have specific 10% sales of which 5% will be passed on to charity, benefiting the whole community.  Speaking about Parwich he said “Parwich is a beautiful place,  I enjoy living and working here and really enjoy the countryside”.

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This week’s Stunner.

As so often seems to be the case these days, there’s plenty of Parwich-related content in this week’s Ashbourne News Telegraph…

Page 1.What a turn-up for Shrovetide!” – Simon Spencer, who represents Dovedale and Parwich Ward on Derbyshire Dales District Council, will be turning up the ball for the Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football match on Shrove Tuesday, February 24th.

Page 4. Editorial comment: “Tom’s secret of success”. A veritable eulogy to our Mr. Chambers, which pegs him as “the kind of person that every mother would like their daughter to marry”…

Page 8. “Should Tom have won?” – a news piece announcing the opening of “what could be our most one-sided poll ever” on the Stunner’s website.

Page 8. “Tools stolen from garage” – report on last Saturday lunchtime’s theft of several hundred pounds worth of equipment from a wooden garage in Parwich.

Page 10.Public says Yes to Tom’s magic steps.” A detailed full-page article on last Saturday’s victory, featuring quotes from Stephen Conway at The Sycamore, the Revd. Christopher Harrison – and an interesting exclusive mini-interview with Tom’s mum Rosemary, which also contradicts some of this week’s national newspaper headlines…

Page 19.Lottery windfall for village halls.” Another full page feature, covering the Big Lottery Fund grants made to Parwich and Clifton. There’s also a colour photo of committee members Val S, Mike G-P, Brian B and Nick S.

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Parwich in the press.

We’re not quite sure how this happened – but a nice article appeared in today’s “Fenland Citizen” on the subject of last night’s Strictly Come Dancing shenanigans at the Sycamore, featuring lengthy quotes from Janet. Click here to read the article in full.

Meanwhile, Friday’s Derby Evening Telegraph included a article on the various changes planned for the Bennetts group of department stores, with extensive quotes throughout from incoming managing director – and Parwich resident – Simon Ingham. Click here to read the article in full.

Update: Thanks to Christopher Harrison for pointing us in the direction of this Press Association article on Parwich’s reaction to Tom’s win.

“We are all totally on cloud nine. It’s unbelievable. We are so happy for Camilla.” – Tom’s dad Stuart.

“Everyone was really happy for him when he won. It’s a close-knit community and everyone knows him.” – Janet, landlady of the Sycamore.

“People know him here as Tom and it’s strange to think of him as a celebrity because he’s so normal when he comes back to the village.” – Reverend Christopher Harrison.

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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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Parwich on Wikipedia

At long last, Parwich has joined Alsop, Ballidon and Pikehall in having its own entry on Wikipedia. The page only contains fairly basic information at present, but this will doubtless be added to in due course.

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Today’s Derby Evening Telegraph contains an article on the weekend’s flooding, with a particular focus on Parwich. Brian Foden, Janet Gosling, Dennis & Claira Evans and Irene Wilton are all featured, and there are some photographs to accompany the piece.

You can read the article online here.

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