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Yesterday we completed the 54 mile cycle from London to Brighton to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Research Centre. We would like to thank everyone that has supported us – you definitely helped in those last few miles when our legs were getting tired! If anyone else would like to donate then you can do so through our JustGiving site or call us on Parwich 273.

Thank you once again!
Robert, Catherine and Anne B

Click here for their JustGiving site (

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Thank you David G for these early morning photos taken today:



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Our apologies to the “Ugliest or More Deformed Vegetables”, as these flatly refused to stay in focus for the camera. If anyone has a photo of these fine specimens, we should be delighted to upload it!

Full results: (more…)

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Great the good weather continues:



Photos by David G

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Death of a Former Resident

Our dad Peter Harris who lived in the village for a number of years passed away suddenly at home on August 18th. His funeral is at St Oswalds church Ashbourne on friday 30th august at 10.30am. His wife Caroline and daughters Pennie, Philippa and Katie and Chloe welcome anyone to the church to pay their respects and ask that you wear black and white as a symbol of his love for Derby County

Pennie Bradbury

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The Nottingham band Alaskan Faction, who performed on the BBC Introducing stage at this year’s Y Not Festival, have just released a new track called “You & I” (free download here). All the video footage for this track was shot at Y-Not, and eagle-eyed viewers may even spot a quick name-check for Parwich in the first few seconds!

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After the Panoramic Five, August is normally a quiet news month for us, so we are taking the opportunity to address some important questions that may have got missed, so let us know of any further vital issues that you want raising.

The last 18 months has seen record levels of page hits here at, but we can not be complacent.


The above map shows where in the World people are looking at the Blog. It is heartening that we are no longer proscribed in China and we might be big in Vanuatu and the Northern Mariana Islands, however it is extremely worrying that no one in Greenland, Svalbard, Cuba, Haiti, Turkmenistan, Somalia, Madagascar, Mozambique and much of west and central Africa has visited (more…)

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1. Stamp out bovine crime, tag all cows.

Bovine Criminal


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Field barns are an important feature of the White Peak landscape that surrounds our villages. As patterns of land holdings have changed (the village farm houses serving scattered fields are now gone, replaced by larger farms with houses and farm buildings on the land being farmed) and farming methods have improved, these fine buildings have become redundant, with many falling into disrepair. Here are some of the field barns that can be seen around Parwich Hill (just these local photos by Peter T):

A new book entitled “Field Barns of the Peak District” by Sheila Haines celebrates these buildings and challenges us to find new uses for them before they are irreparable ruins. would welcome any further photographs of the barns in our local parishes, perhaps to created a gazetteer and photographic record of those in Parwich, Eaton & Alsop and Ballidon.

For more information on Sheila Haines’ book (more…)

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Following his bumble bee photos, David G has further immersed himself in the garden safari experience (click on each photo to enlarge):  (more…)

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The avenue of chestnuts at Nether Green was planted for the Queen’s Coronation, as well as the cherry trees given to each member of the WI, only a few of which remain (there is one outside Hallcliffe on Church Green), and the now very fine copper-beech also on the Green. This was part of a wave of tree planting for decoration rather than utility starting in the 1950s and 1960s.

Nearly everyone that knew these chestnuts was sad when, in ones and twos, they had to be cut down because of disease. The Parish Council undertook a very well advertised poll of the village in January and February of this year to decide what to do next. There was strong support for replanting an avenue of trees (see Parish Council Minutes for March of this year: “The results were: 13 votes for no replacement trees, 3 votes for trees only on the Nethergreen side and 37 votes for an avenue of trees on both sides.“).

It has been resolved to replant in September, with the Peak Park reimbursing the Council for the cost of the actual trees, but not the cost of the work. The Peak Park insist that the one surviving chestnut tree remain. From subsequent Minutes I am not sure if the new avenue is to be Alder, as initially resolved, or Lime trees, as advised by the Peak Park’s tree officer.

What follows is very much my personal view and does not in any way reflect the opinions of the Blog or the Blog Team, further it is in no way intended as a criticism of the Parish Council, who have put a lot of work into striving to reach the right decision for the Village:

I hesitate to raise again the issue of the avenue of trees at Nether Green, it having been clearly decided by a community vote. Having voted myself for the trees to be replanted on both sides of the road, I was at the time strongly in favour of the avenue being replanted. However over the intervening months, I have found myself increasingly valuing the open space left by the loss of the chestnuts. Several people have also said the same to me, and that it is a return to the open views so characteristic of the Village as seen in old photographs, prompting me to write this.


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Senior results.

Please click here for the full placings and time-sheets in PDF format.

Junior results.

Junior Time-sheets 2013

Last year’s (2012) results can be seen by clicking here.

Click on the following links to see the photographs of this year’s event:

Competitors might also be interested in the up coming annual Bradbourne Fell Races on Sunday 25 August.

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Photos taken by Kevin S, who was also stewarding this section of last night’s race. Click on any photo for a full-screen slideshow.

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Photographs and full time sheets and the results for the Junior races will be posted here over the next day or so, but in the meantime here is the ‘stop press’:


The fifth annual Parwich Panoramic Five fell race took place successfully this fine evening. The overall winner came in in good time, though exactly a minute slower than last year’s.


Winner – Chris Patterson
Club: Ashbourne AC
Time: 34min 45sec

Chris was last year’s runner up and just missed his personal best on this course tonight by 11 seconds.


Runner up – Robert Donald
Club: Shelton Striders
Time: 35min 55sec


Third – Kenneth Malton
Club: Shelton Striders
Time: 36min 15sec


First Lady – Gaye Gamble
Club: Shelton Striders
Time: 43min 52sec


First Veteran (over 40) – Matthew Jones
Club: Ripley RC
Time: 36min 21sec


First Lady Veteran (over 40) – Lesley Crane
Club: Jog Derbyshire
Time: 44min 35sec


First Veteran (over 50) – Steve Storey
Club: Peniston
Time: 39min 12sec


First Lady Veteran (over 50) – Janice Clowes
Club: Ashbourne AC
Time: 50min 38sec


First Local – Jacob Buckley
Time: 43min 07sec

Click here for for last year’s (2012) results.

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Peter Rawlins

Peter passed away peacefully at home on 29 July 2013. His funeral will take place at St Peter’s Church, Parwich on Thursday 8 August at 2.00 pm. His family invite people to join them at the Coach and Horses at Fenny Bentley afterwards.

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Although temporarily derailed by a serious thunderstorm on Friday night, which caused power to all the stages to be temporarily shut down as a precautionary measure, this year’s sold-out Y Not Festival was once again a great success. Here are a selection of tweets and videos from the weekend.

Photo Gallery from Visit Peak District.
Photos on the Y Not Facebook page.


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Photos by David G.

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Best wishes to Hugh and Fanny Gibson as they leave their house in Parwich. For many years they have quietly supported so much in the Village: the Church, the old Shop, various Societies, Wakes, but also much more.

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The Great Levelling

Today saw the Fearless Four (Mick, Ian, David and David) brave record tempuratures and very heavy stones to start work on leveling parts of St. Peter’s churchyard and straightening the leaning gravestones. They made fantastic progress. The churchyard is looking really good with their and other’s hard work.

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Photos by Peter T

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The Horticultural Society trip to Coton Manor and Kelmarsh Hall:

Today 17 members and friends travelled to Northamptonshire and enjoyed these gardens at their blooming best. The weather was kind and the gardens were beautiful. If anyone has any suggestions for next years trips please let Glynis know.

Coton Manor

photo 1

Kelmarsh Hall

photo 2

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Definitely a case of  ‘making honey, while the sun shines‘. Thank you David G for these various bumble bee photos, I had not realised there are so many different types. Do look at the later photos too.



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Captions Please!


Thank you to David G for this photo (click on photo to enlarge). Can you suggest any captions?

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What a fantastic Wakes Week. A big thank you to the Carnival & Recreation Committee, the Oddfellows, the Legion, the Sycamore and everyone who works so hard every year to make it such a success. (And the weather was OK too!)

With all the great photos and results that have been coming in, it can be hard to find all that has been posted at, so here is a list of the 2013 posts (with links) in the order the events happened.

Also if you can fill any of the gaps in our reporting, please contact us via

Click here to see the full 2013 Programme

St Peter’s Day
Saturday 29th June:

Oddfellows Parade, Service & Dinner


Sunday 30th June:

Campsite ‘Songs of Praise’  (more…)

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Phillip Cooper

The team here at would like to extend our sympathy to Carol, Paul, Wayne and all Phil’s family. He leaves a large gap in the village and in the local farming community.

His funeral is at St. Peter’s Church, Parwich

2pm Monday 8th July 2013

The family invite  people to join them at Parwich British Legion Club afterwards.

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Busiest Day Ever

thumbs upYesterday (2nd July 2013) was our busiest day so far here at with a total of 6,438 page views. Wakes is always one of our busiest times, and this year is no exception, perhaps helped by the wet weather yesterday evening encouraging people to stay in on their computers. Thank you everyone for your support, but make sure you get out there and enjoy yourselves too.

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Wakes Underway

Wakes Week has got off to a great start with the Oddfellows Parade and the Carnival.




Chris is singing on the Green, the Fun Fair is underway and the Legion and the Pub are busy. Have a fun evening.


We have photos of the Parade and the Carnival, that will appear soon here on the Blog, but also keep sending us your Wakes photos.

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Saturday June 29th: Wakes Saturday.

Parwich Church is dedicated to St Peter, and Wakes Saturday is traditionally the Saturday nearest to St Peter’s day – June 29th. This year’s celebrations fall on St Peter’s Day itself.

On Wakes Saturday, the Parwich Branch of the Independent Order of Oddfellows holds its annual Club Walk around the village – as it has done for over 150 years.

9.45 am – Oddfellows’ procession – starting from the Sycamore.
11.00 am – Oddfellows’ Service – in St Peter’s Church. All welcome.
1.15 pm – Oddfellows’ Dinner – in the Memorial Hall.

11.00 am to 4.00 pm – Village Market on the Green.
Village and outside charity stalls offering a range of activities.

6.00 pm – Fancy Dress & Carnival – assemble at the School steps.
6.15 pm – Grand Fancy Dress Parade, led by the Ashbourne Band.

  • Pedestrian: 1 to 4 Years, 5 to 7 Years, 8 to 10 Years, 11 to 15 Years, Adults.
  • Pedestrian Groups: Under 10 Years, 10 to 15 Years, Adult.
    (A pedestrian group consists of two or more people and the age of the group is determined by the oldest group member.)
  • Pedestrian with Animals: All Ages.
  • Pedestrian Prizes: 1st £4.00, 2nd £3.00, 3rd £2.00
  • Vehicles & Floats (unrestricted) – Prizes: 1st £12.00, 2nd £6.00, 3rd £4.00

7.30 pm – Hog Roast & Entertainment.
Once again our evening Hog Roast with entertainment will follow the Carnival & Fancy Dress Parade. Stay behind after the Procession to enjoy a concert of Band Music by The Ashbourne Band (until about 8.30 pm) and then Chris Houlihan. Gazebos, tables and chairs provided.

Balls for our Ball Race will again be on sale throughout Wakes Week, priced at £1.00. Don’t miss out on the fun and the chance to win one of the FIVE prizes.

Sunday June 30th.


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Despite a rainy start to the day, Open Gardens stayed mostly dry, attracting more visitors than had initially been expected, and raising around £1100 in ticket sales, plant sales and cream teas. Seventeen gardens opened this year – up from eleven last year – and it was particularly good to see a number of new additions to the list of regular favourites.

If any of our readers is able to supply us with photos of the Childrens’ Show of paintings and plants in the Memorial Hall, we would delighted to share them. In the meantime, here is a small selection of photographs taken on the garden trail.

Please click on any photo to view the whole gallery in full-screen size.

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We have received the following in relation to the Legion:

A “very big” thank you to David S, Ian and Sandra, Cheryl and Bob, Ed and Bert, Alison and Shaun, Lucy B, Danni and Lee, Phil K, Esther, Anthony F and Rob and Emma, for helping to undertake a “Groundforce” style makeover of the British Legion garden and yard area.  All of you did an absolute sterling job and it is very much appreciated. 

Thanks to Emma, Rob and Lucy for reaching gastronomic delights with the amazing BBQ which they prepared for all the team.  Thanks also to Anthony for providing the trailer to remove all the debris..


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Part night steeet lighting has now been implemented, that is some of our street lights are turned off between midnight and 5-30am. We will give our readers opportunity to review this more fully at the end of the year when we have had chance to experience it during darker nights, however in the meantime you can use the comments facility at the end of this post to share your experiences so far  (good or bad).

The pattern of Parwich street lighting
the County Council planned to implement last month
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street light plan

Do let us know if there are any lights not as planned.

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Photo by JF-S.


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The bookworms of Parwich Book Club celebrated their 21st birthday this weekend, with a very special cake. Here’s to many more years of happy reading!


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Thank you to Hugh for letting us know about a new novel with Parwich connections:

I thought you might be interested to know that my son, Jasper has just published his first novel.

I am of course biased, but it is brilliant. It is a thinking person’s thriller, and a great page turner. It is set in Venezuela, where he spent many months of research, and it contains wonderful descriptions of that country and its people. Its main character, Harry Christmas, is a thoroughly disreputable, highly intelligent, impossible but irresistible, hopeless case. The book is the story of his flight to Venezuela pursued by the homicidal maniac son of a woman he has cheated on.

Michael Palin read it and wrote “Very funny very unpleasant yet very touching at the same time”.

It is called “A Bright Moon for Fools” and is available from Amazon, and is in Waterstone’s branches across the UK among other bookstores. It is published as an ebook and in hardback, by the Inside the Dog Press ISBN 978-0-9574681-0-8.


Click here for a full review.

Jasper Gibson is a writer, humourist and Creative Director of the satirical website, The Poke.

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Thanks to JF-S for this video.

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