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Bus from Uttoxeter Races on NYE?

Does anyone know who organises the bus back from Uttoxeter Races on New Years Eve?

If so, please can you let Sue G know on 390037 / 07894 751620.

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Connect Bus Funding!

Click this link to read the news about the continuation of the local bus service.

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DDDC December Parking

Free parking for 13th year throughout December

In anticipation of lockdown restrictions easing, Derbyshire Dales District Council is reintroducing free parking across the district for a month from 1st December.

In a scheme designed to boost trade, for the 13th year in a row it will be free to park in any District Council pay and display car park after 2pm throughout December.

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Derbyshire Dales District Council’s car parks remain open during the coronavirus outbreak for the benefit of local residents who are working from home or making essential visits as set out by Government.

However, on Tuesday evening (24 March) the council put up clear signage asking motorists if they needed to be there and to follow current Government coronavirus measures (poster attached).

Parking charges will be suspended temporarily until further notice.

A full list of service changes due to the coronavirus outbreak is being updated regularly at



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Missing Man Hole Cover

Please be aware there’s a man hole cover missing on the way to Ashbourne by Keepers Cottage, just before the Bentley Brook.

Thanks to Karen W for the info

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Pikehall Tractor Run

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Pikehall Tractor Run

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Pikehall Tractor Run

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I am working in Matlock but am finding the journey very difficult. When we moved here some weeks ago, my employer was going to provide transport, but that fell through. Does anyone regularly travel to Matlock who would like a contribution towards petrol in exchange for lifts? I work shifts (days 0800 to 2000, nights 1930 to 0800) and would ideally like to keep my current job.

Alternatively I would be interested in any work more local to Parwich; I have experience in bar/catering, management, admin (some years ago), customer service and am currently working as a Support Worker.

Lauren Saunders
Tel. 0772 023 6227 (signal issues so texts more reliable than calls)

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Please Reduce Your Speed

Polite plea to reduce speed

I would like to put out a plea to all drivers in the village to reduce their speed, especially now the summer has started.Like other grandparents, I shall be looking after my grandchildren occasionally over the summer holiday period. Whilst most drivers are very considerate, some drive at an irresponsible speed. 

As DCC hasn’t accepted the village’s request for a 20 m/h zone, there’s nothing to stop us from adopting this on a voluntary basis.

Saskia T

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Where’s Stan?

A misty start for this hot air balloon flying over the village. Thank you David G for sharing.

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Train Ticket

I have an anytime day return train ticket from Derby to Birmingham for this Tuesday (8th January) that I no longer need. If anyone wants it please call me on 203.



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Fallen Tree at Hilltop Farm

Road up to hilltop farm now clearish but watch the mud.

John Peel with chainsaw and Stuart and Betty cleared the tree on the road now need a tractor with a front shovel to clear the mud to the side

Too heavy for us to move but road cleared

Stuart Chambers


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New recycled surface for Tissington Trail during winter closure

A 1.4 mile section of the Tissington Trail we be closed temporarily from 7 December 2018, to allow surfacing and improvement works to take place.

The Peak District National Park Authority confirmed the section involved will run from the Thorpe Car Park, and end at Spend Lane Bridge. Works are expected to be completed by the end of February 2019.

The closure will see re-surfacing – including the use of 100% recycled, WRAP (Waste Protocols Project) approved aggregates, a widening of the route to support its multi-user status, and associated ditch and drainage works. The temporary closure will also allow tree safety management to take place.

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A Sad Event

Our beloved family pet has late this afternoon been hit by a car. What is frustrating is that the person driving did not stop. Fortunately Petra died instantly.
Could I please ask all those passing through the village to slow down, as it’s not only animals that I’m thinking about but children too. Just because it’s a 30 zone does not mean you drive at 30mph and or above!
Alex Sutton

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We just don’t know… but every second counts.

It’s great to see so many people enjoying Wakes tonight, but please spare a thought for anyone requiring urgent assistance.
It was difficult for me to drive through the many parked cars tonight due to inconsiderate parking.
An ambulance would struggle and a fire engine could not get through.
This made me think tonight as I was due to join Sue responding for the ambulance service.
Please consider parking when publicising or arranging any large scale events.
Thank you
Helen P

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Vintage Cars

A few of the cars coming through the village yesterday on the vintage car rally. Photos by Alan Shenton

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When driving back into the village, I noticed that the traffic cone in the pothole between the Wigley’s and the Pikehall turning, has been smashed into pieces.

I wonder whether anyone has a spare cone to replace the broken one until this big pothole has been fixed. I will also report it (again) to DCC.

Saskia T


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Joined Up Travel

Derbyshire Connect on track with station link

A flexible bus service is extending its coverage area to allow passengers to make onward journeys by train.

DCC fund the Ashbourne Derbyshire Connect bus service which has been operating in the wider Ashbourne and Wirksworth areas for just over a year.

From Tuesday 3 April it will be extended to offer trips to Cromford and Matlock Bath − including the railways stations in both locations.

Connect services need to be booked at least two hours in advance of travel but they are more flexible than conventional bus services that have designated destinations and scheduled travel times. There is no fixed timetable, so pick up times, routes and destinations can be planned to suit the needs of where passengers have stated they want to travel to and from on booking.

Councillor Simon Spencer, our Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said: “We launched this service as a pilot last February to test out the kind of journeys passengers wanted to make. After feedback from our customers we have decided to review and extend the area where the bus runs and it will now cover the railway stations. The benefit of the bus running further afield means that passengers will now be able to connect with the train, as well as other conventional bus services, allowing for onward travel to other nearby towns and cities.”

Ashbourne Derbyshire Connect is for any kind of passenger, of any age and for any type of journey. It also provides group travel. The bus is fully accessible and able to carry passengers in wheelchairs. Plus it has room for buggies and bikes.

The service runs 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am to 7pm Saturdays. There are no Sunday or bank holiday services.

Journeys are bookable, by telephone, between seven days and up to two hours in advance of travel, by calling 01335 342951, by email, 24 hours in advance, at: or by texting details of journeys to be made to 07946 365256.

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Road Updates


Road to Longcliffe on Wednesday before the storm hit

Debyshire County Council have updated the latest situation with snow clearing efforts and closures.

Nearest to Parwich they report the following roads are still closed.

A515 Buxton to Newhaven
A5012 Via Gellia (Pikehall to Newhaven)

please click on their site for updates Derbyshire County Council

PLEASE keep sending us information on the state of local roads, suitability of driving for those without 4×4 and we will keep the Blog updated.



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Grit Bins

Refilling of most grit bins is the responsibility of the Highways Authority, Derbyshire County Council. Anyone seeing a bin that needs refilling can call them using the phone number on the bin or make a request via their website. The bin can be identified by a number on it or from a map on the website.

It does no harm if more than one person reports the same bin.
It is possible that there will be delays in refilling bins during the current weather.

I have checked the following.
Creamery Lane triangle and the School have plenty.
Pump Hill and Kiln Lane were empty and I have left some of the bags held by the Parish Council for pavement clearance to provide some cover until they are refilled.
The bin at the top of Creamery Lane near Barn cottage is filled by the Parish Council and has two unopened bags of grit by it.
The bin on Smithy Close is the responsibility of Waterloo Housing.
The bin at the telephone exchange is the responsibility of BT and is for their own use.
Please note that the grit in yellow bins is for use on public roads only.
Andrew Martin

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To all those who tried to dig us out of the snow drifts this evening, a big thank you, and especially to Phil K for bringing Sue and I home safely
Tony A.

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Prolonged Road Closure


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Snow Drifts

Just to let everyone know that the bent is as good as blocked, only passable with extreme difficulty in four by fours. There is one abandoned car nearby, unfortunately mine! TONY A

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The A515 is looking treacherous, this photo was taken at Biggin, image courtesy of Buxton Weather Watch


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Winter Sheep

Thank you John L from Bradbourne for advising.


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Please find details of the proposed road closure for Bradbourne Road, Unnamed Section Of B5056 From Horsley Farm To White Meadows Farm Fenny Bentley, currently planned for 12th February for 3 weeks for resurfacing work. This is the stretch from the Tissington ford to the Bentley Brook.
You can view the order on this link
For any queries please email, for the attention Elaine Coope or call 01629 538516

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Please find details of the proposed road closure for Bradbourne Road, Unnamed Section Of B5056 From Horsley Farm To White Meadows Farm Fenny Bentley, currently planned for 12th February for 3 weeks for resurfacing work. This is the stretch from the Tissington ford to the Bentley Brook.
You can view the order on this link
For any queries please email, for the attention Elaine Coope or call 01629 538516

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DCC sent the following:

Our Derbyshire Connect service − which operates in Ashbourne, Wirksworth and their surrounding villages − will run for an extra two hours for passengers wanting to go late night Christmas shopping in Ashbourne.

The service usually runs from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday. But on Friday 8 December 2017, it will operate until 9pm, to allow passengers to pick up presents and enjoy the street entertainment at the town’s annual festival.

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Thanks to DDDC for the following information:

For the 10th year in a row, Derbyshire Dales District Council is encouraging people to ‘shop local’ this Christmas by introducing free parking across the district from 1st December.
The free parking from 2pm throughout December comes on top of residents’ parking concessions that allow local people to park free every day of the year up to 11am and after 4pm.
This means Dales residents have free parking for 21 hours each day over the festive period, which helps local people and local traders.
Free parking extends to midnight each day and motorists are reminded not to leave anything valuable in their vehicles as the lead up to Christmas can also be a choice time for thieves.

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Keep an Eye on your Landrovers


We received a report yesterday that a Land Rover Defender 90 XS in Black of registration
YC65 HEV was stolen from a property in Flagg near Bakewell.

The vehicle was stolen some time between 2100 hours on 11th September and 0600 hours 12th September 2017.

The vehicle was fitted with one of the police discounted back2you trackers. We were initially able to make a link towards the South of the county, but unfortunately, as the tracker was not charged, we soon lost contact with it.

This alert is to respectfully serve as a reminder:

-It is worth purchasing a tracker for your farm/agricultural vehicle. We were able to initially make a link to an area.

-If you have purchased a tracker, please ensure that it is activated and regularly charged in the event of a theft to maximise our opportunities of recovery and identifying the offender(s)

-Thirdly, Land Rover Defenders and quad bikes are still being targeted by thieves. Please continue to think about security, considering good locks, CCTV, trackers, adequate lighting, alarms etcetera and also please keep reporting suspicious visitors to your farm premises or in the general area.

If you require any further help or advice, please contact the team either on 101 or via our dedicated rural crime team inbox:

Together we can beat Rural Crime.

Many Thanks

The Rural Crime Team


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Transport for Early Drinkers

Beer festival special offer from Derbyshire Connect bus service

Real ale-lovers travelling to Ashbourne beer festival are being offered a special fare on Derbyshire’s new, flexible bus service.

Derbyshire Connect is a bookable bus service rather than a conventional timetabled one. It takes passengers to and from their chosen pick-up points and destinations on their preferred days and times.
The beer festival takes place at Ashbourne Town Hall from 21 to 23 September 2017. Travellers to the festival will pay a special £1 single fare, instead of the usual £2, up to 7pm on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Derbyshire Connect runs weekdays from 7am to 7pm and Saturdays 8am to 7pm. There is no Sunday service. It was launched on a 12-month trial basis in the Ashbourne and Wirksworth areas in February, as far north as Hartington.
The 15-seater bus is fully accessible for passengers in wheelchairs. It can also carry bikes for people who do not wish to make return trips.
Derbyshire Connect bookings can be made by emailing or tel: 01335 342951.

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Gold Card Changes

Derbyshire Dales District Council have sent us the following information:

Gold Card application changes in Ashbourne and Bakewell
A new processing system means leisure centres in Ashbourne and Bakewell will not be able to deal with Gold Card applications after 25 September.

Ashbourne Leisure Centre and Bakewell Pool, both operated by Derbyshire Dales District Council, do not have compatible technology.

Gold Card application forms can however be obtained from the libraries in Ashbourne and Bakewell or downloaded at and posted to Gold Card, Derbyshire Dales District Council, Town Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3NN. New applications can also be made in person at the Town Hall.

Existing Gold Card holders who have a query about their card can call the District Council on 01629 761199 and can renew their card online at

The Gold Card is Derbyshire County Council’s travel, discount and library card for older people and people with certain disabilities, enabling free off-peak travel on local buses throughout the whole of England, together with discounts at around 700 shops and other local businesses. Gold Card holders can also use community transport dial-a-bus services.

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We have received the following press release from Derbyshire County Council.

Derbyshire Connect services to be rolled out countywide

Community transport users will continue to receive life-line services as Derbyshire Connect buses are rolled out countywide.

We have pledged to continue supporting Dial-a-Bus (DAB)- style ‘shopping’ buses and aCTive Travel journeys to healthcare appointments.

These services are for people unable to use conventional transport because of mobility difficulties or because they live in areas − usually rural − where public transport is limited.

A new Derbyshire Connect service has been trialled in the Ashbourne and Wirksworth area since February. Contracts to operate the service across the county have now been awarded and will start in October − continuing to take people to supermarkets, shops, banks and medical appointments at hospitals, clinics, the doctors, dentists and opticians.

Councillor Trevor Ainsworth, our Cabinet Support Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said:

“This is great news for community transport users. We are aware that there have been concerns among some passengers that their services were ending because funding was being withdrawn. This is not the case − funding is being provided in a different way.”

Councillor Ainsworth added:

“We know how important getting out and about is for people to retain their independence and we are clear on our commitment to continue to support the most vulnerable, particularly in rural and isolated communities, ensuring they have the same opportunities as they currently have, to travel to vital services.”

Funding for DAB and aCTive Travel services is currently provided by the council to the county’s six community transport schemes through grants.

Following a legal challenge, which makes it more difficult to provide funding in this way, the new Derbyshire Connect services will be run under contract.

Ashbourne Community Transport, based in Ashbourne, won the contract to provide shopping buses to cover the Derbyshire Dales, High Peak and South Derbyshire.

Community Transport for Town and County (CT4TC), based in Chesterfield and Ripley, will run shopping buses in Amber Valley, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Erewash and North East Derbyshire.

South Derbyshire Community Volunteers Service, based in Swadlincote, will provide journeys to medical appointments in South Derbyshire and in the south of the Derbyshire Dales.

Ashbourne Community Transport, Erewash Community Transport, based in Ilkeston, and Community Transport Swadlincote will run services to healthcare appointments in Amber Valley and Erewash.

And CDGi Training Limited − a specialist healthcare transport provider based in Eckington – will put on aCTive Travel services in Bolsover, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire.

Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport, based in Bakewell, The Bureau − Glossop’s voluntary and community network – New Mills Volunteer Centre and Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales, based in Ashbourne and Buxton, will take passengers to medical appointments in the High Peak and north Derbyshire Dales.

Like the current DAB and aCTive travel services, the new Derbyshire Connect services will still need to be booked but will continue to run door-to-door with passenger assistants on hand to provide extra assistance, where necessary.

Councillor Ainsworth said:

“These new Derbyshire Connect buses will offer better value for money − around £7 per passenger to run compared to an average £16.57 for the current service − and provide a more customer focused service. Gold Card holders will also be able to travel for free − currently they have to pay − and in the longer term we expect them to develop into more flexible services to meet the needs of a wider range of customers.”


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Dales residents invited to have their say on parking review

Derbyshire Dales District Council is asking local people for their views on possible changes to its car parking policy.

The council undertook a detailed parking policy review in 2013 when a number of changes were approved and implemented.

Other recommendations were put on hold for further consultation and this process has now started, giving people an opportunity to have their say on the possibility of charging for some existing free car parks and revising charges for season tickets.

The free car parks in question are Ashbourne’s Cokayne Avenue, Cromford’s Market Place and Lime Yard, Matlock’s Edgefold Road and Wirksworth’s Canterbury Road and North End. (more…)

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Bus Service Extended

The Connect bus service has been extended and now runs from 7.00 am – 7.00 pm Monday- Friday and 8.00 am – 7.00 pm on Saturday. Details of this announcement can be found here Hours extended

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Y Not Road Closure

Whilst on the subject of road closures/restrictions here’s some more –



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Derby Dales District Council are encouraging as many people as possible to complete the Rural Services Network survey on living in a rural area. Follow this link for more information and to complete the survey.

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Is this your car?

A silver, Toyota car alarm is relentlessly beeping in the memorial hall ND14 – battery will be flat soon.

Alex S

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