Archive for January, 2011

Thumbs up for Chapel Walk Pledge

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Local Councillors have secured a pledge from High Peak Borough Council
to maintain Chapel Walk, a vital route to services for local residents.
The Walk has been long neglected with issues including overgrown bramble
and littering. Cllr Vicki Mann, who has long campaigned for the walk to
be maintained, is delighted with the outcome. “Chapel Walk is an
essential walk to school route and was an overgrown mess, damaging
fencing and being intimidating to use at night. The Walk now looks a
thousand times better and the twice yearly maintenance will ensure it
stays that way.

The walk has been subject to remedial work to remove trees and shrubs,
which has opened up the footpath, and stopped the damage to residents’
fences. Local Resident Denis Chappell said ” I’m thrilled that this walk
has been cut back ,it’s long been a blight on the area and it’s finally
fit to be used”. Edward Siddall, Chair of friends of Chapel Lane Park
reported “Now the hard work has been done, it will be easier to keep the
walk tidy and maintained. In addition to HPBC’s maintenance, the FOCLP
pledge to undertake tidy ups and bulb planting to keep the walk looking
attractive and suitable for the whole community to use.

If anyone is interesting in joining Friends of Chapel Lane Park and
getting involved in improving the area, please contact Edward Siddall on
07921071776 or Edward Siddall or on Facebook Friends of Chapel Lane Park

Councillor Victoria Mann, Bob McKeown Edward Siddall, and local resident Dennis Chapel

Councillor Victoria Mann, Bob McKeown Edward Siddall, and local resident Dennis Chapel

Cash machine robbers jailed

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Three men have been jailed for breaking into a shop and dragging the cash machine out with a rope.

Tony Lees, Ryan Daly and Joseph Pike were sentenced at Derby Crown Court on Monday, January 24.

The trio were charged with burgling a house in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, taking an Audi A4 from the property and then burgling Manor Stores, in Manor Park Road, Glossop.

Lees (25), of Demesne Drive, Stalybridge, was sentenced to six years for burgling Manor Stores, two years for burgling the Holmfirth house and four months for taking the car without consent, to be served concurrently. He asked three other offences to be taken into account.

Daly (21), of Broadway, Stockport, was jailed for three years for the shop burglary, 18 months for the house burglary and four months for taking the car, to be served concurrently.

Pike (20), of Sand Street, Stalybridge, was sentenced to four years in a Young Offender Institution for the Manor Stores burglary, 18 months for the house burglary and four months for taking the Audi, also to be served concurrently.

Police were called to the shop at 2.40am on Tuesday, July 27 2010, after residents reported a break-in at the store. They discovered the group had reversed the Audi into the shop front, tied a rope around the cash machine and dragged it from the building.

They then drove along a farm track and unloaded the machine into another car. Officers searching the area found the three on the farm track and arrested them.

Detective Chief Inspector Tracy Lewis said: “These three committed a catalogue of crimes that night, burgling someone’s home, stealing their car and then causing significant damage to a shop.

“Lees, Daly and Pike were caught quickly and brought to justice. I am pleased with these sentences and I hope they act as a deterrent to anyone thinking of getting involved in crime.”

Glossop meditation classes

Friday, January 28th, 2011

New Glossop meditation classes
Tuesdays 7-9pm, Bradbury Community House, Market Street, Glossop

£5 per class, Beginners welcome – no need to book

Samudra Buddhist Centre – 01298 79777 or www

Important health information for the local communities.

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Two new health campaigns are being launched in the local area, details are as follows…

The first is a long term campaign, “Choose Well”. This campaign is intended to get people to use the NHS service most appropriate to them. Each year millions are wasted on unnecessary visits to A&E, while many visits to GPs could also more efficiently be seen to elsewhere, such as in pharmacies.
Find out more about this campaign here.

The second is much more short term, the Expert Patient Programme which helps people with long term conditions. We are still looking for people with conditions like severe asthma, bronchitis, multiple sclerosis etc, to make use of this valuable course. The Tameside course starts next week on February 2nd, and one in Glossop later in the month.
Find out more about this campaign here.

Monthly folk club in Charlesworth ready to go

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Following the recent success of the folk night at The Grey Mare in Charlesworth featuring Cold Flame band members Rob Barnes and Jo Atherton, landlords Gordon and Julie Robinson are pleased to announce details of a new monthly folk club session for the High Peak area. The plan is to introduce acoustic music in the popular Charlesworth pub on the first Thursday of every month starting this week.

Headlining the inaugrial event this Thursday February 3rd is Glossop singer guitarist Neil Fisher who will be playing songs from his recently recorded new solo album Chordwainer which can be heard on Neil’s website which also features info on Neil’s varied musical career which has spanned more than twenty five years.

Supporting Neil on the night will be Rob Smith.The young Hadfield guitarist used to play in local indie rock band – The Affliction of Margaret but following the breakup of the band last year has now decided to go solo.

There will also be an open mic opportunity which has already attracted some interest from amateur musicians in the area.Just turn up with an instrument. Pa and lighting will be supplied by the venue.

Admission is free with the live music starting at 9pm.
Anyone wanting to perform at the monthly music session regardless of either age or experience please contact Gordon and Julie on Glossop 853828.

Neil Fisher headlining the Grey Mare Folk night on Feb 3rd.

Squash star trains Glossop hopefuls

Friday, January 21st, 2011

One of the UK’s top squash players spent three hours training members of Glossop Leisure Centre’s Junior Squash Club on Tuesday, January 11.

Ranked 14th in the country, Derbyshire-based Kirsty McPhee led 17 youngsters in a session comprising intense fitness training, skills tuition and match practice techniques.

Now, Kirsty is to run a monthly leisure centre training camp for what is Derbyshire’s second largest squash club junior section.

Meanwhile, leisure centre resident coach Steve Hough will continue the regular Tuesday and Saturday evening coaching sessions for the youngsters.

The Glossop facility is managed by DC Leisure, which runs all High Peak’s leisure centres under contract to the Borough Council.

Jean Wharmby, Executive Councillor for Social and Community Development, said: “We’re delighted that a player and coach of Kirsty’s calibre has agreed to lead regular sessions at the leisure centre. The availability of such expertise will undoubtedly raise standards among our young squash players and may well encourage others to take up this exciting sport and to lead healthy lifestyles”.

Local band JEM, provide entertainment for fundraiser

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Local music group are the main attraction at a fundraiser to pay for a tour for the under 12 rugby team.

The fun night, billed as “music you can dance to” will be held at Glossop Rugby Club on the 28th January. 8pm – Late.

Tickets are £5 and can be bought from The Corner Cupboard on High Street West or 07747 845970.

Thinking of starting up in business?

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Get the best start, drop into a FREE start up in business surgery on Thursday 27th January 10am until 12.00 at Glossop Business Centre.

Business Link’s start up business adviser will be on hand to help you with any queries you may have about your new business and access to free courses. There will also be other professionals from HMRC, Marketing, Banking, IT and Accountancy to help with any questions you may have about your new business.

Helen Duncan, MD from First Impression who has organised the drop in surgery said, “We hosted this drop in surgery last year and had a great response. I urge anyone who is thinking of starting a business to call in. Where can they get access to all these professionals on a one to one basis in one room? This is a great opportunity to get to talk to organisations face to face and a positive step to get your business up and running. They’ll be armed with lots of leaflets, samples and first hand information to get their business off to a good start as well as an opportunity to network over a cup of coffee. We’ve worked with many new businesses in and around the High Peak area and would encourage anyone to come along, even if their business is only an idea at the moment! They’ll even come away with a FREE start up business guide.”

Glossop Business Centre is opposite the Grapes pub at 174 High Street West, Glossop SK13 8ER and any queries can be directed to 01457 857111.

If you can’t make the drop in session download our start up in business free guide here

Glossopdale school told to improve

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Glossopdale school has been told it must improve following its latest Ofsted inspection. In a recent inspection the College was judged as inadequate.

Particular criticism in the report referred to the pupils’ poor progress in maths, disruptive behaviour and lateness interfering with learning and inconsistent lesson planning.

The senior management team were given a ‘notice to improve’ and told it must do more to bring up standards. It will be inspected again to make sure the leadership has acted on the advice.

The inspectors did acknowledge that work was already being done improve the school in these aras and praised the pupils’ smart appearance and their opportunities in the performing arts and the additional curriculum activities that are on offer to help meet a range of interests.

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Bridge death

Monday, January 10th, 2011

A man has died after a fall from Dinting arches.

Thirty-year-old Anthony Yates was found on the A57 close to the viaduct. Police were called to the scene around 11.30pm. Mr Yates was taken to Tameside Hospital where he died a short time later.

Police are not treating the death as suspicious.

Glossop drugs raid

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Six people including a 14-year-old girl, have been arrested following drug raids in Glossop.

Police raided two homes on Thomas Street on Thursday afternoon and discovered quantities of suspected cannabis and amphetamine.

Three men, aged 22, 23 and 24, one woman, 34, one boy, 16, and a 14-year-old girl were arrested on suspicion of drug possession with intent to supply.

Glossop section Inspector Gareth Meadows said the warrants had been conducted after local residents said they wanted police in the area to tackle drug abuse as a priority.

He said: “During the recent Have Your Say consultation events, held by the police to gauge public opinions on policing, residents said they wanted to see urgent action taken against drug dealers and drug users in Glossop.

“We are always grateful to the public for any information they can give us about drugs in the community and I would urge people to call police or Crimestoppers if they have any details they wish to pass on.”

They remain in police custody and are being questioned by officers.

Derbyshire Constabulary can be contacted on 0345 123 3333 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

New High Peak Advice Line Inundated

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

A new telephone advice line which includes out of hoursopening times, set up in the High Peak has been swamped with calls. The free, lottery funded service, which is run jointly by the Citizens Advice Bureau, Chesterfield Law Centre and Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centre, had been set up in response to huge demand for free advice from the public. Now the advice line itself is generating massive interest.
Adviceline Manager, Maxine Maybury said: ‘The recent economic troubles have created particularly difficult times for many people. Most advice agencies are open during office hours. We provide advice outside of these times, which is one reason for the strong demand. People who work or who cannot get into an advice centre in the day are contacting us in increasing numbers.’
We are confident that callers will now have a very short wait before their calls are answered and we will also be shortly introducing advice via email’.
The line is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2pm to 8pm and Saturdays 10am to 1pm. It takes calls on benefit and debt problems, housing issues, consumer problems as well as employment, legal and family issues.
Adviceline Derbyshire can be contacted on 08444 111308. Mobile callers should phone 0300 3300 650.

Teacher cleared over fight with neighbour

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

A teacher suspended from his job after a fight with his neighbour has been cleared by High Peak Magistrates court.

John Bradbury, 49 – head of technology at Harrytown Catholic High School in Stockport, was arrested by police after the incident with a neighbour, Wayne Farrell, 43.

The row saw both men trading blows outside Mr Bradbury’s home in Glossop, Derbyshire, on April 19 last year.

Both were charged with public disorder, but the matter has now been dismissed by magistrates.

A video of the incident was caught on security cameras and posted on YouTube, where it was seen by pupils at the school.

Stockport Council said the action had been a ‘neutral act’ during the criminal proceedings and the teacher would now be re-instated.

A spokesman said: “As a result of the court case being dismissed the suspension against the member of staff has been lifted and he should return to school in the near future.”

Stun Gun Robbery

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Three teenagers have been robbed on Spire Hollin after being threatened with what is believed to be an electric stun gun.

The group were walking along Spire Hollin in Glossop on New Years Day when they were approached by four men.

The robbers were described as black and aged in their late teens. One wore a knuckle duster and another produced a weapon which was described as looking like a Taser gun.

No-one was injured but the victims had their mobile phones taken.

Police have appealed for witnesses on 0345 123 33 33 or Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.