Archive for the ‘2012’ Category

Based on our current readership stats, we are expecting PARWICH.ORG to welcome its one millionth visitor before the end of 2012. The most likely date looks like being Saturday December 29th.

Will YOU be our historic millionth visitor? To find out, keep a close eye on the stats box, which we are temporarily moving to the top of the right hand column.

Anyone sending us a screenshot showing us the magic number will win a lifetime’s free subscription to the blog!

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Watch Out For The Puddles!

You might have noticed that there has been a raindrop or two in our area over the last 24 hours. There are some pretty big pools of water on the roads so we advise taking extra care. There is a particularly big ‘puddle’ on the way out of the village just before the Ballidon turning that may be challenging for some cars.



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Festive Fun!

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The Winster Guisers will be at the Sycamore at around 8.30 pm and then at the Parwich Legion at 9.00 pm (Friday December 14th).

The Winster Guisers perform at various venues around the White peak villages of Derbyshire throughout the Christmas period bringing a traditional mix of colourful drama and festive cheer to an unsuspecting public. Guising is a local tradition better known around England as Mumming. The dictionary tells us that a ‘mummer’ is one who ‘masquerades’ in a folk play usually at Christmas whilst a ’Guiser’ is a person in disguise.

Winster Guisers Dec12

The characters enter as follows, the Enterer-in, dressed in formal attire, sets that stage for the ‘conflict’ between St. George, a noble champion dressed in Red and riding a hobby Horse, and the Black Prince of Paradise. St George is victorious and the King of Egypt then berates him for killing his son. An old woman then calls for a doctor and a Quack Doctor enters with his potions to cure the dead prince. This is done by ‘uplifting’ a pint of beer from a member of the audience and is drunk in one swallow by the prone prince. A departure from the narrative now occurs as a devilish Beelzebub enters followed by Little Johnny Jack, with his wife and family on his back, and then Little Devilly Doubt. The climax of the ‘show’ is the appearance of the Groom and the Horse, a real horse’s head operated by a concealed Guiser, who captivates with his antics. A final song rounds off the performance and a welcoming beer is then supped by all to bring good luck to all those present.

Over the last quarter of a century the Guisers have become well known and liked visiting traditional hostelries and houses on a regular basis. Refreshment is taken to bring ‘good luck’ to the hosts and a collection is taken for Charity.

(The above information has been taken directly from the Winster Guisers’ web site)

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According to details on the PDNPA website, planning permission has been granted for two wind turbines at Hill Top Farm, each at a tower height of 24.5m, with a further 9m rotor radius. This is smaller than the originally rejected proposal, which measured 48.4m from base to blade tip. Note also that this is a time-limited consent, which expires after 25 years.

Click here to read the letter of notification, and click here for links to all the publicly available documentation.

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The newly decorated British Legion threw open its doors to host its first Christmas Fayre. Mother Nature obliged with a rain-free, starry night. Guests were greeted in the forecourt by a wonderful candlelit stall of Christmas greenery and decorations by Bill and Ann . Inside the aroma of mulled wine and home baked mince pies permeated the air. Stalls were set up all around the ground floor with some wonderful wreaths, made by Delia, hanging from the balcony. The new dimmable lighting system could be adjusted to show off the many talented offerings from participants and lowered at the end of the evening providing a convivial atmosphere for socialising. All in all, a triumph for those who have worked so hard to give us such a welcoming venue in the village.

If you missed the event, or wish to contact the participants, links to some of the email addresses or phone numbers are given above each photo.

1. Bill and Ann at Leatherbritches Nursery (077137432295).


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Donald A G Sheilds D L

A service of thanksgiving

for the life of


will be held at

St. Peter’s Church, Parwich

at 2pm on Monday 10th December 2012

All the Team here at PARWICH.ORG extend our sympathy to Mrs Sheilds and her family. She and Donald have supported our community unfailingly over the last 30 years plus that they have lived in the village.

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pub is the hub

Janet and Steve were in London this week (don’t ask Steve about his shirt) for the ‘10 Years On‘ celebrations of Pub is the Hub, an organisation promoting rural pubs initiated by HRH the Prince of Wales. They were very happy to receive recognition at these celebrations for the Sycamore’s role in the local community.


Janet Gosling, Landlady of the Sycamore Inn

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We have received the following message from Carl:

As you may or may not be aware we are currently redecorating the Legion and as part of this I would like to seek out any photos that people may have, that have been taken in the Legion over the years (inside or outside). If you would be happy to donate them or pass them to me to be to be copied, I can assure you they will be well looked after.

The plan is to display them (in a specifically designed frame and cover) in the club on a permanent basis. I do have some already showing the Mummers play in the 80s and some of the Wakes BBQs. There have been so many characters and events over the years in the Club I think it would be nice to remember them this way.

If you have any photos please feel free to call in the Club (photo’s in a marked envelope) or call in and see me at Orchard View – it would be useful to discuss the photos with you to establish who is on them and when they were taken etc.. I look forward to seeing what photos are out there!!!

The redecorating will be coming to an end at the end of this week, in time for the Fezziwigs Christmas Fayre on Sunday 9th Dec, which I hope you will be able to attend. Thank you for all your patience over the last 3 weeks whilst we have had dust sheets and paint tins everywhere.

Carl Wilton
Chairman of Parwich Royal British Legion Club

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It was Saturday.  The sun was out. The ice had melted. All systems were go! Miguel & Roberto – two top Parwich cyclists – decided to pedal over to Hartington.

Having huffed and puffed their way to the village, they were sorely in need of coffee and calories! Both were bowled over by the fantastic Hartington Village Stores which has had new owners since last January.


The shop is well stocked, offering a meat/deli counter, local specialities, puddings and drinks as well as normal everyday groceries. Laura and Rob were very friendly, keeping the Parwich Cycling Team up to speed with the England/All Blacks score and providing fantastic freshly ground coffee.

The stores was built in 1836 and still retains the feel of an old fashioned grocers. Apparently it survived being blown up by a leaking gunpowder barrel which lifted the roof as high as the top of the church!


Refuelled with a fine huntsman’s pie, Miguel and Roberto found the chug back up to Parwich almost easy!

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This weekend sees an exhibition of Esther Tyson‘s work in the Memorial Hall.  It includes paintings of birds and woodland locally, work drawing on her diving off the Dorset coast and work from her recent time in Nepal.  Thank you to John FS for the photographs taken at last night’s opening.

You can still get along this afternoon or tomorrow (see poster for times). For more photos (more…)

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Our roving photographer took a short walk along the High Peak Trail to the Neolithic Burial Chambers up on Minninglow Hill. The low sun and clear air provided a magnificent vista as can be seen in the following photographs.


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– JF-S.
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In Memoriam: Those Who Served.

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Three more from the lens of JF-S:

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We have uploaded extra-large, high-resolution versions of these photos of yesterday’s Bonfire Night, in the hope that you will enjoy clicking, enlarging and zooming in; the level of detail is pretty amazing, once you get in close!

All photos are courtesy of JF-S. Fans of John’s bird photography might also enjoy his Flickr photostream, where he posts as “swallowclicker”.


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Missing Ram Returns

The missing ram Gary (or is it Bary?) was spotted this afternoon by Joanne J. Although somewhat taken aback by the size of the tup, this intrepid detective secured him in the garden of Hallcliffe until Sandra C was able to attend the identity parade. He has now been taken back into custody.

Asked for an explanation of events Bary (or is it Gary?), replied with a sheepish “no comment”. It was noted however that whatever he had been tup to over the last few days had left him somewhat lame. Is he pulling the wool over our eyes or do ewe know where he has been?

Sandra would like to thank Joanne, Paul and Caroline for their help.

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The acclaimed wildlife artist Esther Tyson is staging an exhibition of recent work in our stunning modern Memorial Hall. Esther lives in Parwich, and the exhibition presents an opportunity for the local community to see her work, as well as serious collectors of wildlife art.

Esther studied at Carlisle College of Art and the prestigious Royal College of Art. She has exhibited in galleries in London and all over the country. She has also received many accolades and awards for her work.

Esther is renowned for work that reflects her intense passion for lengthy study of wild life in its natural habitat. The work she produces evokes a powerful image of the very essence that she experiences in her observations. The exhibition will feature a wide variety of her work, from her local Derbyshire countryside to the mountains of Nepal and recent underwater studies in Dorset.

The exhibition takes place in Parwich Memorial Hall on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November 2012, from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free, and all are welcome!

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Parwich Parish Council

Advisory notice

After taking professional advice from the forestry department of the Peak District National Authority it has been decided that two diseased chestnut trees will be felled shortly. The diseased trees are located near the bench at Nethergreen.

On recommendation from the Peak District National Park Authority lime trees will be planted at this location by way of replacement.

Mrs S Hampson
Clerk to Parwich Parish Council
24th October 2012

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Rosie’s christening

Rosie Elizabeth Conway was christened at St Peter’s this morning. Here she is, heading for the reception after the ceremony, accompanied by proud grandparents, aunt and uncle.

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Golden October morning

After a misty start, we enjoyed a fine autumn morning in Parwich, full of “Golden October” colour. Here are some pictures, snapped by Kevin S.

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Mike H writes:

A friend of mine has a rather hair-raising hobby – his idea of a weekend jaunt is to take his microlight for a spin. A couple of weekends ago Howard decided that he was going to take off from Leicestershire and head north-west to take a look at the beautiful village of Parwich (as I keep telling him about it!). Ace photographer Mark was also on board and was able to take some interesting snaps from above. I thought you might be interested to see them…


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Hayley on TV

Parwich’s Hayley (of Forever Forged) can be seen this week on BBC2’s Paul Martin’s Handmade Revolution. The programme started yesterday (Monday 8th October), and you can see Hayley and her metal “handmade” sign in the opening shots. She will then be appearing on the programme with Paul on Wednesday 10th at 15.40.

Remember, you can always catch up via the BBC iPlayer.

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Graham J writes:

Darren Holloway, a local runner who was runner-up in the Parwich Panoramic 5 in 2011, tragically died this weekend whilst taking part in the Ian Hogson Fell Race in Patterdale, Cumbria.

Darren was only 42, and he was a bit of a local hero to all of us who tried to run a bit. He was second in Parwich behind Chris Nicoll in our 2011 run, and third this year, when I had the privilege of presenting him with trophies for that, and for best Over 40’s veteran.

Daz always had something nice to say about Parwich in his blog “Laid Back Fell Runner”. Not only was he seriously fast; he was a lovely man and true gentleman, who loved the sport and the mountains with a passion. He will be sadly missed by all of us who only remember seeing his smiling face on the start line, and his heels thereafter.

– Graham J.

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An American in Parwich

Thank you to Nancy C who sent us these fascinating photographs of Harry Trager, an American soldier who spent time in Parwich, at the then Red Cross Hospital (also known locally as the Care Centre) after breaking his leg in a fall from a train in October 1942.  These pictures are shown with the permission of  Harry Trager’s granddaughter, and more information and photographs can be see at the Blog US Army Railway Units of the Past.

Sgt. Roby Bradshaw, Pfc. Harry R Trager and Commander Diana Hardy

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Here at PARWICH.ORG we though it would be worth highlighting this section from this week’s Parwich Primary School Newsletter in case there are any of our readers who do not normally read the Newsletter that may be able to help:

When we are planning teaching and learning in school we try to ensure that the resources and materials we use will engage and excite the children and encourage them to want to learn and develop new skills. And that got me wondering what skills and talents do we have in the community that we could bring into school?

Mike H and Lesley G supported the development of the garden, Peter T and Ian P led a ‘History of Parwich’ day, Robert S supported our sports teams, Fraser H enabled the development of the ‘Celebration Garden’ and enabled us to purchase the orchard and the willow tunnel, Helen P led a series of sessions with the Health and Safety Laboratory and taught us about Japan and Reverend Larkin leads the ICT Club.

But what other hidden gems are out there amongst our parents, grandparents, friends and families? What could you offer either as a one-off workshop or a series of sessions, perhaps we could offer something to you?

Please do contact school if you are able to get involved:
01335 390245

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Thank you to Jane B for spotting this new musical phenomenon:

Four youngsters from Parwich could be the latest band to emerge from this small village, which already has a history of launching successful new musicians. The four, who still have to come up with a band name were heard to be practising on the corner of Croft Avenue and Creamery Lane, singing “We will, we will rock you”, using improvised instruments.

Eat your heart out Queen!

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Next Thursday (October 11th) will be the last week of bin collections under the old regime.

Next Wednesday (October 10th), households in Parwich should be receiving their new containers. We will be keeping our existing grey and green bins, but we will also be welcoming three exciting new pieces of kit into our homes. Let’s meet them, shall we?

1) A full-sized blue bin, which replaces the old blue box and blue bag. The main part of the bin is for glass and plastic bottles, cans, and beverage cartons. An additional removable “basket insert” will sit inside the bin, to hold paper recycling.

For some households, i.e. those that don’t have room for an extra full-size bin, existing blue boxes and bags will be retained.

Larger amounts of cardboard, i.e. those that won’t fit inside the “bin within the bin”, should be flattened and left on the street, next to the bin. Don’t just put them in the main part of the bin, though! This would be a hideous mistake!

2) A small plastic “caddy”, to hold food waste (including tea bags). This will be kept indoors, probably in your kitchen. Special liner bags will be provided, or you can just scrape your food waste straight into the caddy. Warning: don’t use any other plastic bags as caddy liners! You will get into terrible trouble if you do!

3) A larger kerbside caddy, that gets put out for weekly collection. When your indoor caddy fills up, just tip it into the larger caddy. You don’t have to empty the special liner bags; you can just tie them up and plonk them in.

The new collection regime starts on Wednesday October 17th. All Parwich bin collections will be on Wednesdays from that point on – unless it’s a Bank Holiday week, which will mean a Thursday collection instead.

For Alsop and Ballidon, it looks as if Wednesday will be your new collection day as well. For Pikehall, it’s probably going to be Thursdays instead. To check, follow this link and enter your post code. This will give you the first few collection dates, plus your own calendar to download. Note that the new regime doesn’t start until you’ve received your new bins, which does contradict some of the earliest dates on the main results page. (I’ve pointed this out to Derbyshire Dales, so they might correct this.)

Kerbside food caddies will be emptied every week. All the other bins will be emptied every fortnight. Yes, that includes your regular grey bin – but the theory is that you’ll be recycling so much stuff in your other bins, that there will hardly be anything left to put in your grey bin.

The fortnightly cycle will be: regular grey bins one week, green and blue bins together on the other week.

Please click here to download your new collection calendar.

We will also mark each collection day on our DIARY page, and on the weekly “what’s on this week” posts. We will also keep a link to the collection calendar on our INFO page.

For more information, go to, or ring the waste hotline: 01629 761122.

Derbyshire Dales are holding a number of roadshows, where you can get further advice from actual human beings, rather than websites and leaflets. However, none of them are coming anywhere near Parwich! But for those of you who are as “passionate about waste” as the council hopes you’ll be, here’s a link to the roadshow timetable, just in case you fancy making a special journey.

Still confused? (Or still not confused enough?) Then how about watching this special instruction film, put together by the good people at Derbyshire Dales District Counci?

(Sadly, it’s only eight and half minutes long, so some of the finer points of “best practice” may be somewhat glossed over.)

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Thank you to Kevin S for these great photos of this afternoon’s celebrations at the Memorial Hall marking the unveiling of Hayley Powell’s new sculpture ‘The Dance of Life’:

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Parwich Memorial Hall has commissioned a sculpture by local artist blacksmith Hayley Powell. Everyone will know her cuckoo by the Cuckoo Gate in Monsdale Lane (if not go and have a look).  Here is a reminder of the unveiling of this in 2006 at a village picnic, that was very well attended despite a clash with the Wimbledon Men’s Final:

Hayley made the cuckoo sculpture when still an A-level student at QEGS; she has since then taken her degree and is now working full-time as an artist and blacksmith (trading as Forever Forged based at Claymills Victorian Forge near Burton on Trent).

Here are some more recent photos of Hayley and her work.


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We have received the following message from Heather H, who successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania this summer:

I just wanted to let you know how my trip climbing Mount Kilimanjaro went. It was just about the hardest thing I think I’ve done, but I had such an amazing time! As you know, before I could go I had to raise £2450. Many of you supported me by coming to my coffee morning, Swiss evening, buying biscuits and bread and thanks to your generosity I exceeded my target.

So here’s a bit about my trip and a few photos if you’re interested! One of the first things we did after arriving was to visit one of the schools that Childreach International is helping to fund. We had a brilliant day playing and singing with the children.

We set off on the climb the next day and the whole thing lasted 6 days – 4½ days up, 1½ back down. We started out walking through humid jungle… (more…)

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Proof that there is more than one pot of Gold in yonder hills and dales around Parwich…

– Saskia T

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Thanks to Cheryl W for this photo, which was taken at 7.30am this morning.
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Some Tour of Britain Photos

Thank you to Jane B for the following; on a ‘Blog free sabbatical’ but still thinking of us:

Five of us cycled to Alstonefield to support the event and there was a good number from Parwich. Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish were in the chasing group as they came up the hill into Alstonefield, just completing the King of the Mountains climb.



Cyclists have just left A515 coming down Green Lane to the River Dove, they looked like dots on the horizon (more…)

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For those of you that enjoyed the Tour de France and the Cycling during the Olympics, the Tour of Britain Cycle Race is coming through the Peak District on Monday 10th September. The timings below are approximate. It is a chance to see Olympic Time Trial champion Bradley Wiggins and his Sky team-mate Mark Cavendish who are both competing in the event.

37.9km Ashbourne 11:13
51.1km SKODA KoM, Alstonefield (Cat.1) 11:30
57.9km Warslow 11:39
65.3km SKODA KoM, Morridge (Cat.1) 11:48

The first Category One SKODA King of the Mountains climb of 2012 takes the race into the Derbyshire Dales, with a steep opening through the village of Turnditch before levelling off considerably towards the top at Cross o ‘th Hands.

After descending into Ashbourne, a short, steep unclassified climb leads towards the Peak District National Park, followed up by a long, main road drag after Fenny Bentley that runs parallel to the Tissington Trail, a former railway line now popular with cyclists and walkers.

A left fork takes Stage Two down to the River Dove via a fast descent, with the route crossing the river before climbing instantly on the SKODA King of the Mountains climb of Alstonefield that takes the race into Staffordshire.

Tree-lined at the bottom the climb begins gently but steepens as it turns away from the Dove into a constant gradient. The summit comes in the attractive Peak District village of Alstonefield with the views opening of the countryside opening up as the race levels off heading towards Hulme End and the Manifold Valley.

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Here are the full results from this year’s Horticultural Show.
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Our round-up starts with the cups and trophies. Individual winners in each class can be found further down in this post.

The Harry Hopkinson Memorial Cup, for the best floral entry exhibit: Helen Pitts.


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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.

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Full results for this year’s Horticultural Society Flower and Vegetable Show will be posted later today. In the meantime, please click “Continue Reading” and then click on any picture to start viewing the gallery. Photos are courtesy of John F-S and Kevin S.


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Patti B writes:

Fame at last. Your obsessed dressage correspondent has finally made it and has reached the dizzying heights of a photo on page 33 of Hello! Magazine. A smallish picture, on the bottom left of the page.

Actually – don’t let’s get carried away – it’s my medal cake that’s in the magazine. (That must have been the guy so rudely elbowing me out of the way to take a photo – only my good manners prevented me from giving him an equally rude mouthful – good job I didn’t!)

Still, it was a lovely surprise and I shall be giving away autographs at some future obscure event for an indescribably huge fee! I can also be seen helping to serve lunch in Parwich Memorial Hall every other Monday, so come along and join the fun – great food for just £5.

Patti B

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Please find attached some piccies of where I was working, just in case you wonder what I have been doing for the last few weeks….. Val S

My Olympic role was to manage a team of 10 staff who had to get information on events from the sports’ organisers and venues to journalists at the Main Press centre (MPC) so that they could write about, or commentate on, Olympic events.

My desk was in the centre of the newsroom behind what were effectively 3 walls of shelves – known as ‘the press pigeon holes’. At the back of me was a wall of the building, so I was effectively penned in – but there were doors! (more…)

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