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Today’s rain is a suitable reminder that the Flood Agency advise preparing in advance of any flooding rather than during it! The Parish Council has provided sand and sandbags in the store at the base of the Sycamore flagpole. These are available to anyone who feels they would be helpful. If you think you might need sandbags please feel free to fill and take some any at time. Then you will have them if you need them. They work best if they are about two thirds full.

The Clerk also has a small number of “floodsax’ provided as a free sample. These are easier and lighter to store. They can be quickly deployed at the base of a door where they swell up to reduce any ingress of water. These are also best collected in advance, so if you would like one please contact the Clerk on or 01335 216238 or call round at Fernlea.

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Rainbow over Parwich

Thanks to Stuart C and Martin C for capturing last night’s rainbow

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Another Lovely Morning

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Glorious Sunday Sunset

Thank you to Alex S for this fabulous sunset snap

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Does anyone know what the road conditions are like up to the A515 and then on to Buxton?  I am driving up for my vaccination just after lunch.

Thank you

Patti B

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Misty Frosty Morning

Click on image for full size picture

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In view of the recent weather this information from Derbyshire County Council may be of interest –

At the Liaison meeting scheduled for Monday 30th March 2020, commencing at 6pm, at County Hall, Matlock, the Economy, Transport and Environment Department will be presenting information on the subject of flooding.

The council would like to draw your attention to the information currently available on our website Reporting flooding

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Wet, Wet, Wet

Thanks to Richard T for some of these photos

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Managing Flood Water

The Parish Council has sent us the following useful information-

The recent rain and flow from springs has prompted the Parish Council to review the measures in place to manage the risk of flooding in the village.

Our lead flood authority is Derbyshire County Council and reports of flooding problems can be made to them here. Reporting flooding emergencies.


Useful information is also available available on the Parish Council’s own website here. Advice on flooding. This includes the availability of sand bags in the village.


Finally, like Derbyshire County Council, the Parish Council would like to take the opportunity to remind all land and property owners with watercourses of their responsibility for keeping them clear enough to allow the free flow of water. Watercourses include man made ditches as well as natural brooks and streams. Debris can be removed and bank vegetation cut back, but the watercourse should not be altered. If there is a watercourse on the boundary of your property you are responsible up to the middle of it. For more in formation see the government site Owning a watercourse.


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Flooding – ‘live’ map

Following the recent flooding and disruption in Derbyshire you may be interested in the website below, which provides “live” updates of the latest river and groundwater flow and levels across the UK.!Map



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Flood Alert

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency.

Flood Alert in force: Upper Dove.

Flooding is possible for: Low-lying land and roads between Izaak Walton and Rocester on the River Dove and between Carsington Dam and Mayfield on the Henmore Brook.

Be prepared.

Heavy rain is forecast in the River Dove catchment overnight (Thursday the twentieth of September). This may result in river levels rising further in this area and there may be flooding to low lying land and roads. We expect the rain to continue throughout tomorrow (Friday the twenty-first of September) and for river levels to remain raised, however no flooding of properties is expected and Environment Agency staff are monitoring the situation. Take care near areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions and the GOV.UK website. We are currently monitoring the situation.

To check the latest information for your area

* Visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast:

* Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 208015.

* Follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.

* Tune into weather, news and travel bulletins on local television and radio.

Sandbags and sand are available at the Sycamore if required

Andrew Martin – Parish Council

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The drought continues

July 2018 – The Millenium pond has completely dried up, the photo compares the pond to this time last year. Not good timing for the Baby Moorhens who are currently on the pond finding what few puddles there are.

Who has picked blackberries before in July?!


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Operation FireWatch underway in the Peak District National Park

The Peak District National Park Authority has implemented Operation FireWatch in collaboration with the Moors for the Future Partnership.Staff from the National Park, partner organisations and volunteers are in place at moorland vantage points throughout the National Park to look out for fires.

The hot, dry weather means that ground conditions on the moors are extremely dry and the risk of fire is high.Residents and visitors are asked to be extra vigilant to help prevent moorland and grassland fires.

Sarah Fowler, chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “With the hot weather set to continue over the next few days, the risk of further fires is a real concern.We have implemented Operation FireWatch to keep a close eye on conditions on the moorlands and we are urging everyone to get involved by doing everything they can to help prevent fires starting.

“We have put fire risk warning notices at moorland access points to remind everyone of the dangers but we need people enjoying the moors to observe a few basic rules:

“Leave your barbecues and fire-pits at home. Don’t drop cigarette ends or matches. Take glass bottles and litter home with you. Don’t light fires or barbecues on or near moorland. Report fires immediately to the fire service by phoning 999.”

Fire-fighters have been tackling an extensive moorland fire in the north-west of the National Park, near Stalybridge, Tameside, since Monday (25 June) – some 2,000 hectares of moorland habitat has been destroyed. Working with fire-fighting team and other partners and moorland managers, the National Park Authority is providing staff, vehicles, supplementary equipment, logistics support and local access expertise in the hard to reach places.

Sarah Fowler added: “As we have already seen this week at Tameside, in these dry conditions moorland fires spread very quickly and are devastating to the landscape, lethal for wildlife and a threat to people and homes.

“It’s breeding season for nature at this time of year on the moorlands; we have birds nesting on the ground – plover, curlew and lapwing, insects such as the bilberry bumblebee, mountain hare and other mammals, and reptiles like the tiny common lizard. Many of these species are rare or under threat – it’s vital that we all do what we can to protect them and prevent any more fires breaking out.”

The fire at Tameside is the third moorland fire in the Peak District National Park in 2018. In May, around 40 hectares of moorland were destroyed at the Goyt Valley and five hectares of moorland were damaged by fire at Big Moor, near Baslow.

The Peak District National Park Authority and Moors for the Future Partnership are working closely together with partners, including moorland owners and managers, to assess the long-term risk of wildfires on the moors as part of a shared long-term vision for resilient, sustainable moorlands in the National Park.

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Upper Dove Flood Alert

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency. 

Flood Alert in force: Upper Dove.
Flooding is possible for: Low-lying land and roads between Izaak Walton and Rocester on the River Dove and between Carsington Dam and Mayfield on the Henmore Brook.

Be prepared.
Watercourses within the Upper Dove catchment, including the Henmore Brook are rising in response to overnight and this morning’s rainfall. We will see that levels will continue to rise throughout this morning and may remain high for the remainder of today (Monday 2nd April). There may be flooding to low lying land and roads in the area. Remain vigilant as further rain is expected throughout today, which may lead to further flood risk. We will continue to monitor river levels in this location. At the time of this statement, no flooding of properties is expected and no warnings are expected to be issued. Take care near areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions and the GOV.UK website.

To check the latest information for your area
* Visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast:

* Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 208015.

* Follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.

* Tune into weather, news and travel bulletins on local television and radio.

What you should consider doing now

* Monitor local water levels and weather conditions.

* Get ready to act on your flood plan if you have one.

* Move your car or other vehicles to higher ground, if it is safe to do so.

* Prepare a flood kit of essential items including a torch with spare batteries, mobile phone and charger, warm clothes, home insurance documents, water, food, first aid kit and any prescription medicines or baby care items you may need.

* Check that you know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water mains supplies.

* In rural locations, farmers should consider moving livestock and equipment away from areas likely to flood.

* Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. 30 cm of fast-flowing water can move a car and 6 inches can knock an adult off their feet.

* Flood water is dangerous and may be polluted. Wash your hands thoroughly if you’ve been in contact with it.

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Road Conditions

The Police are warning motorists to take care on the roads and not to travel on any higher routes. Locally, with a number of crashes yesterday and more snow overnight, the A515 between Newhaven and Buxton is closed this morning.

Also take care on Alsop Lane as the increased traffic due to the temporary closure of the B5056 has churned up the verges with cars getting stuck in the mud when attempting to pass other vehicles. This will be compounded by the muddy areas being hidden by the snow.

For official information check the County Council website:

and for more local information check the Buxton Weather Watch Facebook page:

Do add comments on any local road conditions, any problems and what is passable.

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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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Snow Clearing

Thank you to Paul J for these photos he took this morning

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Feed the Birds!


A lot of hungry Blackbirds in our garden today. Hang on that’s not a Blackbird!

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A515 closed due to jackknifed lorry

At 6am the A515 by Alsop en le Dale was reported closed, because of a jackknifed lorry. See

If you have any updates or are aware of any other problems on the roads do add a comment below.

(7.15am, since our posting this the County Council has removed mention of the A515 closure from their update.)

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Snow Warning

The following snow warning has been issued from Buxton Weather Watch

Amber warning for heavy and disruptive snow still in affect for Buxton and the Peak District.
Scheduled to start Friday 29th morning between 3 and 5am currently. Rush hour could be challenging in the morning. 10 to 15cms expected.

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Road Conditions

Though no roads seem to be currently reported closed, with snow still on the ground and icy conditions, do take care on the roads.

Below are some useful links for these snowy conditions, but if you know any others please add them as a comment below. Also if you are out driving do share your experiences of the local road conditions.

Roads – Derbyshire County Council

Roads – Derbyshire Constabulary

Also useful regular updates on roads to the north of us at the Buxton Weather site

School Closures

Weather Forecast

Note: Tonight temperatures are forecast to drop well below freezing.

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Gritting Routes

Derbyshire County Council have sent some useful information about preparations for bad weather. This includes an interactive map which shows the date and times gritting took place.

Details about all their bad weather services can be seen here 

Interactive map link for individual gritted road details.

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From Dubai to Parwich

My three pooches were all born in the deserts of Dubai and they’ve only seen snow a couple of times. Looks like they are happy to switch sand for the cold stuff!

Caroline G

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Mist rolling up the valley

Photos from Creamery Lane by Peter T



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Clear Skies

This afternoon saw clear skies but as the temperature drops watch out for foggy patches and icey roads. Photo taken from Creamery Lane.


And another lovely image taken this evening, presumably from further up the Hill, thank you Martin C.img_1199


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Ice Warning

Just a word of caution, the first icy patches of the season are starting to build in places between Bradbourne Mill and the Bentley Brook, also as go out of the village from Pits Lane.   As the forecast is for a continued cold snap, they could get quite nasty.

Cheryl W

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Deliveries Delayed

Deliveries in DE 6 could be delayed.
Truck about 100m downstream from road. A gentle reminder of the power of Mother Nature. Lynette C


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Update: The brook has burst it’s banks as has the Millenium Pond. Alsop Road isn’t passable at the point below.

Thanks you to Rona C for letting us know that Dam Lane is flooded outside Veronica’s. Please let us know of any other problems


Thank you Alexandra S for this photo of the same place

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Super Moon

Clear skies permitting there will be a super moon on Monday 14th November 2016.

The moon will be the closest to Earth it’s been since January 1948. It will appear bigger than it has for almost 70 years. The next time the moon is closer will not be until 2034.

During the event, the moon will appear up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than an average full moon.

Lets hope for clear skies above Parwich.


Photo: Lynn C

Further Reading: The Mirror

Further reading: The Independent



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September Equinox

This superb photo from David G beautifully captures a typical sunny September morning.


Today at 3:21pm is the September Equinox.

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What a storm!

Hope everyone is ok after the storm? Parwich seemed to take such a battering. Take care on the roads, lots of localised flooding.

Thank you David G for this image taken at 6:04pm


Thanks you also Richard T for sending this map which shows lightning strikes in the region during the storm in the hour before 7.10pmthumbnail_img_1633

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Bank Holiday Balloon

Thank you to early risers Caroline G and David G, for spotting this hot air balloon flying over the village.


Photo by Caroline G

Photos by David G


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Red Sky at Night…

Lovely red skies last night over Parwich.


Followed by a misty morning this morning. Is the end of summer in sight?


Photos by David G.

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This week sees the peak of the annual Perseid meteor showers:

The 2016 Perseid meteor shower will peak overnight on Aug. 11 and 12, 2016. The meteor shower appears to radiate out of the constellation Perseus in the northern sky.

See for more details. So check the weather forecast, wrap up warm and enjoy the show (especially on Thursday and Friday nights).

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I wandered lonely as a cloud…

Lovely early morning skies over Parwich again this morning, thank you David G


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A beautiful start to the day

Thank you David G for sending in these beautiful sunrise photos, 5:15amIMG_1754

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Evening Sun…

on the hottest day of the summer so far


Thanks to David G for these pictures.

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A Sunny Start …

… to the hottest day of the year so far.

With temperatures in Parwich approaching 30°C at midday and possibly getting higher, make sure you have your sun block on.



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