Archive for the ‘2009’ Category

Exclusive photos of the B5056

Some exclusive photos have been sent into showing the landslip, rediscovered mile stones, ongoing repairs near the original traffic lights and what looks like road widening!


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Well the last couple of weeks has seen some freezing snowy weather, not the nicest time to be working on a building site, and certainly not on the roof.    When the temperatures are suitable the block work continues to grow, with some of the walls, both internal and external being built and insulated.   The scaffolding was erected last week to enable the roof  joists to be positioned.   The priority from next week is to continue the block work.


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Parwich to Tissington

On Christmas morning 23 hardy sorts met on The Green and walked over to Tissington and were welcomed by 7 non walkers with coffee, gluvine and nibbles, so giving them the strength to stagger back to Parwich for their Christmas Dinner.


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As we reach the end of the year, here’s a look back at 2009’s photographic bird sightings, as captured by our ace snapper John F-S.

Our thanks to John for keeping us supplied with snaps throughout the year – and indeed to all who have sent in their photos. Please keep ’em coming!



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There is a wonderful display of Christmas trees in the Church, decorated by the different societies, groups and individuals in the village.  An enormous amount of effort has gone into this and if you haven’t already been in to have a look, please do.

Remember it is the Crib Service on Thursday at 4pm, everyone is extremely welcome.
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Barbara & Ann’s tree – Twas the night before Christmas.

The Memorial Hall Committee’s tree, recycling the wooden roof shingles as the base of the decorations, which then represent the different groups that use the hall.

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Pink snow.

Just before sunset this afternoon, the freshly fallen snow took on an eerie pink glow. Here are a selection of images which capture that moment.

Click on each image to enlarge it, and click on “Continue Reading” to view the rest of the gallery.


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Thank you to our local Peak Park Ranger for this update on the maintenance of the Weather Way, a fantastic footpath along an ancient holloway going south up from Alsop Lane onto the Flatts.  If you don’t know it, it is well worth a visit. (Click here to find out more about some of the ancient routes near by.)

Photo by Rob F taken in 2000, after the previous restoration

Peak Park Rangers and volunteers have been out recently to try and clear Parwich footpath number 36 that runs south from Flaxdale Holding. This was repaired several years ago but had become overgrown and rather quagmirey.

We cut back much of the tree growth to discover the path is actually quite wide, but we left enough young saplings to form a hedge at the top of the sunken route. We also installed some new wider gates to make it a little easier to get through this area.

About 15 volunteers came out to help with the work and we used the excuse of burning the brash to enjoy a hot baked potato or two in the fire at the end of the day.

Despite this work the path still remains wet (though perhaps this isn’t surprising given the recent wet Autumn). We’ll be keeping an eye on the water level on this path and hopefully improve the drainage at the bottom of the path in the summer when conditions improve.

If you would like to help with conservation tasks like this in the Parwich area feel free to contact me at with your contact details. I’ll give you a call next time we are heading in the Parwich direction.

Merry Christmas to you all

Lynn Burrow
Area Ranger
Peak District National Park

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Simon our postman will be doing his round for the last time on 2nd January after 11 years delivering the post to the people of Parwich. We could not have wished for a more dedicated and helpful person to deliver our mail. Through rain, snow and shine, Simon has always looked after us with a smile and a wave. We will be very sorry to see him go.

It was wonderful therefore to have the opportunity this afternoon to thank him and his wife Barbara.


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Our thanks to Kevin “Magnus Pyke” S, for providing the following article.

Radon is a radioactive gas which is produced in the Earth’s crust from the breakdown of radioactive uranium. Certain parts of the country are prone to the release of radon from the ground, and the Derbyshire Dales have been designated as a radon affected area.

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Radon in the soil and rocks mixes with air and rises to the surface, where it is quickly diluted in the atmosphere. Concentrations in the open air are very low and do not present a problem.

However radon that enters enclosed spaces, such as buildings, can in certain circumstances reach quite high concentrations. This can be a problem because it is a colourless, odourless gas which consequently goes unnoticed.


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After years of honing set plays and individual passing skills the Parwich Ladies Netball Team have finally reached the dizzying heights of CHAMPIONS OF THE LEEK INDOOR WINTER LEAGUE!!!!!!

The season has been one of nail biting end to end matches with great athleticism and stamina being demanded from all players. The post baby tummies have been replaced with 6 packs. Explosive muscle power in the legs has resulted in some very shapely calves. Excessive use of over head and chest passes has caused a certain pertness in the bosom which can only be of benefit for the dress choice for the prize giving ceremony!

The defence of Sarah (the long legged blonde), Nia (the aging mother of 4) and Alex (the bouncy night nurse) have gelled to become a formidable force. Only the Leek Hockey Club Girls caused pain to the threesome as they dared to take on the blocking techniques.

Sandra (the speedy over head Queen) continued to whizz from end to end bringing defence and attack together despite her variations in hair arrangements.

The shooters Jannette (who really can get it in from anywhere!) and Ruth (the most versatile player ever) have been named as THE BEST SHOOTERS IN THE LEAGUE. For every 100 shots at least 95 were guaranteed goals. Those that missed were put down to interference from the rowdy crowds that gathered to watch our performances.

WA is the position played by Wendy (the most graceful and gentle player ever) and she calmly fed the ball into Ruth and Jan without ever looking flustered in the 4 months of play.

People of Parwich – you are privileged to have such sporting excellence in your midst. The team are now carbo loading for a month before taking on All Comers next year.

A big Thank you must go to the staff at Leek for organising and umpiring the League. Also on the occasions we have needed to play reserves we are indebted to Jo (from the Pink Ladies) and Pip ( who sponsors us) for managing to just fit in and play our game.

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Photo Diary Week 10

The floor slab continues to grow; the layer that you can see in JF-S’s photo, forms part of the radon proof barrier. 

Work will be continuing on site tomorrow until early afternoon.

On Tuesday, work will commence at 8am.  This is to allow time for the concrete to be inserted onto the floor slab and set.  The school have been informed about this earlier start and Wildgoose will provide a traffic marshal to ensure the safety of both pedestrians and vehicles. (more…)

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So, haven’t we seen enough of it lately? Why do we want to start collecting the damned stuff? It’s everywhere, after all!

There is nothing new about rainwater harvesting; it was even done in pre-Roman times. However, in the UK we are far behind mainland Europe for collecting rainwater. Around 400 new rainwater harvesting systems installed per year in Great Britain – compared to over 50,000 each year in Germany.

In the UK, we are complacent about our water. It’s cheaper than in many other countries, and only 22% of domestic properties are metered. Despite our wet weather, the UK is still classified as having insufficient water. (Believe it or not, Madrid and Istanbul have more water available per person than London.) The demand for water has been constantly rising, whilst availability is dropping. An October 2008 report by the Environment Agency warned that Britain’s rivers, which provide 70% of our water, will drop by 10-15% in volume within 40 years.

Water conservation therefore needs serious consideration. It has been suggested that households need to reduce water consumption by a third, and rainwater harvesting could play a significant role in achieving this target.

Of the 150 litres of water that each person uses daily, between 30% and 50% does not necessarily have to be of drinking quality. On average, 50 of the 150 litres are merely used to flush the loo.

In the UK, mains water is cleaned to drinking water standards – but as we’ve just seen, we don’t drink most of it. Energy is used to clean water to a much higher standard than we need for washing, garden watering and toilet flushing. Collecting and using rainwater for some of these functions can save both energy and money.

Rainwater harvesting systems, like the one currently being installed in the new Memorial Hall, collect rainwater from the roof and store it in large tanks. This water can then be used for non-drinking applications, such as flushing the loos.

It’s also worth pointing out that the government now offers 100% tax relief to business owners under the enhanced capital allowance scheme, whenever rainwater harvesting systems are installed.

– Kevin S.

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This week the floor slab has starting being laid and should be finished by next Friday.  The rainwater harvest tank has been positioned and when fully installed will take most of the rainwater from the roof and it will be used to flush the toilets.  The photo shows the tank being lowered into its new home – and this is the only time it will be seen.  Work will be continuing tomorrow until early afternoon.


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Angela Dodds

Angela Dodds died recently in Belgium where she has lived for a number of years.  Angela spent her childhood in Parwich, her family living at Hallcliffe from the 1940s to the 1960s.

The Dodds family were an important part of village life and are still remembered by many locally with affection.  Angela’s parents, Major Dodds and Lady Crompton-Inglefield, are buried together in Parwich Churchyard beneath the chestnut tree near the east end of the Church.

Our sympathy and best wishes goes out to all her family.

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Ball Race

This afternoon saw the Ball Race to raise funds for next year’s St George’s Day Parade and associated festivities.

The rain stopped and the sun came out just at the right time.  Some 500 balls were raced down Pump Hill, with the first three winning their owners prizes.  Then all adjourned to the Legion for a barbecue.  For more photos    (more…)

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Simon’s retirement

As most now know Simon is retiring from the Postal Service.  He has been delivering our letters for the last 11 years, always with a friendly smile and often going well beyond the call of duty.

You can still leave your messages and a donation for his present at the Shop in the Sycamore or with Martin and Jean at Gibbons Bank.

The presentation will follow the Methodist’s Xmas Concert in St Peter’s at 2.30pm on Sunday 13th December, when there will be mince pies and refreshments.   Every one is welcome either for the concert and mince pies, or just for the mince pies afterwards.

Please could you let Martin or Jean (tel. 529 know if you would like to attend so that they can make sure there are enough refreshments for you!

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Yesterday the steel frame began to be erected, by tonight it should all be up and we will be able to see the outline of our new hall.


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After The Gold Rush.

Thanks to Kevin S. for the following report.

NOTE: There are a couple of videos of Saturday night’s screening – complete with live organ accompaniment and audience laughter! – at the end of this post. Click “Continue Reading” to access them.

The number of cars parked around the green suggested that something very different and special was awaiting us, as we walked to St Peter’s last night to watch The Gold Rush, with organ accompaniment by Christopher Harrison. There were plenty of familiar faces sitting in the pews, but there were very many new faces too. It soon became apparent that the plethora of enthusiastic visitors had come from film clubs around Derbyshire, having heard about last night’s unique event.

The rapturous applause for Christopher’s accompaniment on organ and piano, and for the sound effects created by Martin and Arnold, were clear testament to a remarkable evening. What’s more, over £200 was raised for the church restoration fund.

The atmosphere of the darkened church, the excellent silent film and Christopher’s witty organ playing combined to magical effect. Oh, and there were great nibbles (from local cooks) and wine (courtesy of Waitrose) during the interval too.


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Well here is a picture in of our son and Parwich’s newest resident (well if no one has moved in since the 1st), Samuel Frank Harrison. He was born at 06:45 on the 1st November in the Royal Derby Hospital weighing in at 8lbs 10oz. I am very pleased to say that both he and Gill are doing great and Sam is now back up to his birth weight.

Best regards Matt, Gill, Izzy and Sam Harrison

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Thank you to Caroline Colvin for sending us the following.

I read on that you are gathering information on the people named on the war memorial and have read with interest details already posted. I believe the following information relates to the THOMAS HADFIELD named on the war memorial and may also be of some interest:

poppiesPte THOMAS HADFIELD, Lincolnshire Regiment, died 15/07/1917. Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, Belgium.

THOMAS was the son of Isaac and Sarah Ann (née Kirkham) Hadfield who lived at Lenscliffe, Parwich.

Thomas seems to have worked as a railway flagman before joining the army. He joined up to 6th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, in August 1914 (reg. no. 10594), and served for a total of two years 323 days before he was killed in action (place unknown) on 15/16? July 1917. (His documents state he was 28 years old on joining the army in 1914, although this does not tie-in with his age on various other documents, census records etc.)


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A big thank you to all the volunteers, adults and children who turned out this afternoon to clear the bog garden and stream. In less than two hours the job was complete, many thanks to Pete for his work in the mini digger.  Thank you to Ben for these photos.
Clearing the bog area 003 Lots more photos (more…)

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How fortunate we are.

Yesterday was the perfect autumn day – a combination of blue skies, a delightful village and a great walk which followed the route of the Parwich Panoramic Five to Alsop and back to Parwich.

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Fungi on Parwich Hill.

Here are some photos of fungi growing on Parwich Hill today. Can anyone name them?


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Photo Diary end of Week 6

There is a photo of the first block that was laid as part of the Memorial Hall build, on a rather wet and miserable November day.

6.11.09 - First Block

Apologies from Wildgoose about the drilling that might be happening tomorrow.  Unfortunately there have been a few problems with the drilling and a piece of the equipment is now wedged at the bottom of the 100 metre hole, as a result another hole is going to have to be drilled. This problem has created a slight delay, so as agreed before the building commenced, time could be made up on a Saturday. 


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Tonight’s Bonfire + More Photos

A fun evening (photo by John FS)

bonfire night

Added on the 6th Nov: Enigma solved + more photos

The picture below will put Kevin out of his misery. (more…)

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3.11.09 - DrillingThe drilling team hope to finish their work by early to mid next week.  Today the first hole has reached a depth of 80 metres, only another 20 to go.  If you have not seen the two men drilling, it is a filthy job.  Water goes in as they drill and as the drill powers down, spray goes everywhere!  For a full explanation about ground source heat pumps click here.

Until this week, we have been extremely fortunate with the weather, but the puddles in this photo taken yesterday show the rain that had fallen, this doesn’t include today’s deluge. 

3.11.09 - Clearing

Martin C has sent in a video of the drilling – what a drenching!!

Martin has created his own “channel” at YouTube and by clicking here  you can view thumbnails of all his videos.   By using the icons just below the video clip you can alter the volume and watch in full screen size.

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A name from the War Memorial

Hopefully this is only the first in a series of posts letting us know something more about the people behind the names on the War Memorial in St. Peter’s Churchyard.

(Jack) Brunskill Lowes (1912 to 1944)

Thank you to Alan for sharing this information on his father who died on active service on the India Burma boarder during the Second World War.

Brunskill and AlanJack Lowes was born in 1912 and spent his early childhood in Workington on the Cumbria coast. His father apparently abandoned the family, resulting in his mother putting her three children into the workhouse. Jack was aged 11years, his brother Thomas aged 9 years and their sister Elizabeth aged 3 years. Elizabeth died of pneumonia within three weeks of admission to the workhouse.

Jack and his brother were moved to an orphanage near by where he remained until aged 14 years, when he was sent to be a farm labourer.

Obviously Jack had his sights on the wider world and aged only 16 years he joined the Lancashire Fusiliers. (more…)

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This week, drilling begins for the installation of the Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) for the new Memorial Hall.  Without wishing to bore you (sorry) with too much technical information about GSHPs (and I could, I really could), I thought this would be a good time to provide a little background about what they are and what they do.

The new hall has been designed to maximise energy efficiency.  To this end, renewable energy will be used, as opposed to burning fossil fuels such as coal or oil.  The GSHP provides a way of heating the hall by making use of the renewable energy stored in the ground.  As such, it is now regarded as one of the most energy efficient ways to heat buildings.

So how does it work?  A GSHP works a bit like a fridge, but in reverse.  If you hold your hand at the back of your fridge, you will feel heat coming out.  That is because the fridge is effectively pumping heat from inside the fridge to the outside air, thereby making the inside of the fridge cold.  A GSHP works by pumping heat that is stored in the ground into the water pipes of the building’s heating system. 

In order to do this, pipes are sunk deep into the ground, usually up to 100 metres down – hence the drilling this week.  When the system is completed and operational, water is circulated through these pipes to extract heat from deep underground. which is then used to heat the hall.

GHSPs provide constant heat to a building with low running costs. An oil-fired boiler would cost considerably more to run, and electric heating would be at least three times as expensive.

There are no hazardous gas emissions, no flammable oil, LPG or gas pipes, no flue or chimney and no unsightly fuel tanks. GSHP systems have absolutely no site emissions. There is no need for regular servicing or annual safety checks and maintenance is very low.

For these reasons, GSHPs are becoming increasingly popular within the Peak Park.  Over Haddon’s new village hall will use a GSHP for its heating, for example.  The Peak Park has also installed GSHPs in the new Moorland Centre in Edale, the new cycle hire centre at Parsley Hay, and at the Bushy Heath Farm training barn in Tideswell.

Our GSHP has been financed by a generous grant from the Peak District National Park Authority Sustainable Development Fund.

Click here to see photos and video footage of the work actually taking place in Parwich.

– Kevin S.

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Through the swirling mists emerged a figure, a friendly witch ready to welcome all the vampires and ghosts to her haunted home.  Fearsome spiders and their webs dance over the ghoulish gate illuminated by the witches pumpkin.
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An Autumn Walk

Thank you to the person who sent in these great photos, but modestly requested we did not publish their name:

I enjoyed a lovely walk round Parwich last Friday and thought you might like to share some of the photos I took.  I think you are so fortunate to live in such a pretty village and have such a supportive community.

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Our thanks to Martin C for these four superb videos – more of which can be found, in their full widescreen glory, on Martin’s YouTube channel.


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Retirement of Simon our Postie

As some of you may be aware Simon has already take his well-earned retirement and is just filling in until early January, when his replacement will take on his round.


Simon has been serving the village for the last 11 years and we felt we wanted to do something to say thank you and good retirement (more…)

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Two years  ago we had a lovely party in the Hall to celebrate our daughter’s 40th birthday. (Balloons by Christine and David Goldstraw.) Cheers John F-S.
Memorial Hall Memories

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Thank you Sandra for emailing these memories of the building of the old Memorial Hall:

Following on from my recent comment here are some of my memories of the Memorial Hall.

It was great how everyone worked together to raise funds. We children were involved in concerts which took place in the old Institute (a tin shed!). These concerts were put together by Evelyn and Elsie, two village ladies who put a lot of time and effort into them. It was great fun taking part in these shows for adults and children alike.

I also recall walking past the site on my way to school and seeing the builders Tyler and Coates a local building firm from Ashbourne who had been given the job of building this exciting new hall for us with joy of joys!! ……. Inside Toilets!

We were very fortunate to have Sir John Crompton-Inglefield living at Parwich Hall at the time and he very generously matched our fund raising pound for pound so the village only had to raise half the amount needed. That is not to say it was an easy task, it seemed an awful lot of money in those days.  So I can understand why people are sad to see the old hall go, myself included. We have very happy memories of the good times we had there: our wedding reception, birthdays, pantomimes, dances to name but a few.

Hopefully the next generations of villagers and children will have as much fun as we did, in a facility which has been built to today’s standards and which will provide a warm and safe environment for all their activities. The word warm certainly strikes a chord with me, as one who has stood many hours at events over the years in that bloomin freezing kitchen!!

Finally I do sincerely hope that when the new Memorial Hall has been built and has been re-dedicated to the fallen (as it will be), that people will feel as proud of it as we did all those years ago and if not then at least acknowledge that it has been another remarkable achievement for a small village.


The minute books of the Memorial Hall management committee go back to before the start of the building work and the early entries make fascinating reading.  The old Memorial Hall was built at a cost of £6,000 by the Ashbourne firm Tyler & Coates.  The village raised half this sum and Sir John Crompton-Inglefield provided the rest.  (more…)

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Thank you Patti for the following:

Whilst I was writing the post ‘In celebration of a village wedding’ to thank the lovely people whose help towards the wedding was so greatly appreciated, it made me reflect on how lucky we all are to live in our wonderful village and I would like to share my own, very personal thoughts with readers of our village blog.

Our village is worthy of all those and other complimentary comments that visitors often make. Nature has provided us with a beautiful backdrop but it does take people and the community to provide the heart and the soul of the village. Parwich is the way it is today because over the generations scores of people have given their time and money to contribute to the general welfare of the community at various times.

We have had formal groups such as The Parish Council, the Parochial Church Council, The Village Action Group, Memorial Hall Committee and the Wakes Committee who work on behalf of the entire community and smaller groups and individuals who contribute to things they are interested in such as Historical, Horticultural, Women’s Institute, Mothers Unions, Scouts, Brownies, Guides, football clubs, and theatrical groups just to illustrate a few.

We have had groups whose campaigns have resulted in buildings and structures that we can all use such as public housing, hospitals, care centres, bowling greens, and sports pavilions and memorials halls. Not all of these groups or buildings are still here today but in their time served a purpose relevant to the community at that time.

A village is a living community that only survives by responding to its changing needs. However without the selfless, generous contributions that we all make, however small and unsung, we would not have this picture book village that makes such an enviable backdrop for our children’s weddings.

Patti Beasley

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In celebration of a village wedding

Hasn’t it been a wonderful autumn for weddings, and today the Blog was sent the following:

What a beautiful village!” “I thought villages like this existed only in novels”, “What a wonderful church – it’s so well looked after”. “How lucky you are to live here.” “Isn’t everyone so friendly?” “What an idyllic setting for a wedding.

These were just some of the comments that our guests (from all over the world) made when they came to Cassie and Dan’s wedding. They are right, it is a wonderful church and village but it takes many (unseen) hands to make a happy occasion such as this.

Even Christopher Harrison found the most beautiful apposite poem about a wedding surrounded by green fields, called ‘Epithalamium’ by Francis Warner, to use in his address at the wedding.

So with the help of the blog may we say thank you to our particular unsung heroes, who worked so hard to help make the church beautiful for Cassie and Dan’s wedding. We make no apology for some very flagrant advertising for some of our local craftsmen and women who deserve our support. (more…)

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“Con Trails” over Parwich

The number of aeroplanes over Parwich has gone up dramatically over the last ten years or so, but fortunately they are generally too high to be over intrusive.  Also occasionally, as in these photos taken by Mike G this morning, they create a great skyscape.



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Thank you to Martin C and to Rob (Wildgoose) for this video – something to add to the history of Parwich.

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Some young supporters of the project, enjoying the demolition.
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Photos by Kevin S. Please click to enlarge.

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