Archive for March, 2011

Fury over sale of plane crash wreckage on eBay

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Remains of a plane which crashed on the moors above Glossop, killing everyone on board, have been put up for sale on online auction site eBay. The B29 Superfortress, nicknamed Over Exposed as a tribute to its photo-reconnaissance work during the war, crashed at Higher Shelf Stones on November 3 1948, killing all 13 members of the crew. The plane, on a routine flight from Lincolnshire to the United States Air Force base near Warrington, is thought to have crashed while descending through cloud. Bits of wreckage are still scattered across the moors but are classed as Ministry of Defence property. Aircraft enthusiasts say to remove them is illegal and to try and sell them is a desecration.

The bag of remains was put on eBay with a starting bid of £9.99. Peak Park ranger Peter Jackson said: “It’s a desecration. Thirteen men died there and it should be left there as a memorial to them. I’ve walked these hills from being a teenager and I’ve seen the remains diminish over the years. “It’s a poignant place for a lot of people and it’s a shame people take things but I think it’s a desecration to try and sell it.” He said: “More and more trophy hunters are accessing the moorland these days and recovering such items. “We don’t condone it and I am quite disgusted with this. “I don’t think it’s right to sell stuff, it’s like grave robbing.”

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Win Free Home Insulation

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

High Peak households have been offered an unmissable chance to get toasty warm while saving money hand over fist.

The Borough Council has joined forces with Apex Carbon Solutions to stage a prize draw featuring free home insulation for one lucky customer that has a free home energy survey carried out as part of the popular Warmstreets scheme intended to reduce energy bills, keep people warm and shrink the area’s carbon footprint.

Running from Monday, March 21 to Friday, May 6, the promotion will open the door to free loft and/or cavity wall insulation to a value of around £300, depending on the findings of the survey.

Prize draw aside, all private householders and tenants are eligible for a generous grant, requiring either no contribution towards insulation costs or as little as £99. The typical cost of the householder contribution for cavity wall insulation is just £149.

More than 540 free or discounted loft and cavity wall insulation measure have been installed across High Peak and Staffordshire Moorlands since Warmstreets started 12 months ago. Together, these households will save nearly £80,000 on their fuel bills while reducing Co2 emissions across the borough by about 800 tonnes.

To book your free home energy survey, call 0845 450 4967.

Local vets nominated for the oscars!

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Victoria Vets on Victoria Street have been nominated for the Pet Plan Vet Practice of the Year. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Oscars of the Vet World’, they are highly regarded within the veterinary industry and it is an honour to be nominated. and we feel very honoured to have been nominated.

These awards are now in their 12th year, and prizes will be awarded at the Pet Plan Award Ceremony 2011 at the British Small Animal Veterinary Conference later this year.

The winners will be announced on 31st March.

Purse chains and property marking on offer for Glossop shoppers

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Free purse chains and property marking is on offer to Glossop residents this Saturday (March 26, 2011).

Officers will be based in the Co-op store on Norfolk Street between 10 and 4pm to offer shoppers crime prevention advice.

They will also be giving out free purse chains and are able to security mark any smaller portable items such as mobile phones, music players, sat-navs and cameras.

PC Rob Valentin of the Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Property marking will help us to return items should they be lost or stolen and also acts as an excellent deterrent to an opportunist thief.

“Please come along and see us this Saturday and help us to keep your personal property safe.”

Find out more about your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team by logging on to|. You can also contact them by calling 0345 123 33 33 or by emailing|.

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Friday, March 18th, 2011

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Derbyshire Fire and Rescue are looking for Volunteers

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

DERBYSHIRE Fire & Rescue Service are keen to recruit volunteers to work with their officers in carrying out home fire safety checks (HFSCs) and delivering safety messages to the public in a varied range of settings.

The unpaid roles could be particularly suitable for young people who wish to help in their community and gain a working knowledge of the role of community safety officers within the fire and rescue service, right through to people who have retired and are looking for some opportunities to get involved in their local area.

Volunteers should be at least 16 years of age and there is no upper age limit to apply, and should be from the Glossop or New Mills areas. Application forms are available from Buxton Fire Station and the closing date is 1 April 2011.

Thousands of Tameside and Glossop smokers do it in secret

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Nearly 15,000 smokers in Tameside and Glossop are doing so in secret according to a new poll for National No Smoking Day (9th March). The new national poll reveals 30% of smokers are secret smokers.

Around two thirds of the estimated 49,000 smokers in Tameside and Glossop will cover up the smell by using breath fresheners, mints and mouthwash or by brushing their teeth, while others used perfume or aftershave to disguise the smell. One in three of these secret smokers are young smokers, aged 18 to 24. Two fifths (42%) are adults who keep their smoking a secret from their own parents.

Overall, nearly half of smokers (43%) keep their habit a secret because their parents or family don’t like it or wouldn’t approve and a third opt to have a cigarette at a party, on a night out or while popping to the shop. A quarter (27%) feel embarrassed and 22% feel stigmatised by their smoking.
Vishnee Sauntoo, of No Smoking Day, said: “This is the perfect time for secret smokers who want to quit to make that leap and give up. Today quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for your health.

“Research shows that the majority of smokers started the habit when they were young, so it’s crucial to reach young people before it develops into a habit and the effects of smoking – ill health, as well as the damage it causes to skin, hair and teeth – kick in.”

“We are encouraging people to visit our We Quit website, where they can find more information about how to stop and can speak to fellow quitters.”

Lianne Kenyon, Smokefree programme manager for NHS Tameside and Glossop says “This poll shows widespread secrecy around smoking. People in Tameside and Glossop ashamed to be seen smoking as they know it is bad for them but they still feel unable to stop. But they should know that they are not alone. Our Smokefree team is here to help them if they just call 0161 366 2000. With our help, they are four times as likely to succeed.”

The YouGov survey of more than 4,000 people of all ages across Britain showed that one in eight of those surveyed who wanted to give up, planned to do so on No Smoking Day.

One in five people in the UK currently smokes and 63% of these want to quit.**

Director of Smokefree North West, Andrea Crossfield commented:

“No Smoking Day is a great opportunity for everyone who wants to stop smoking to take the next step to a healthier and richer life for you and your family. There is lots of free support available including our successful NHS Stop Smoking Services where you are 4 times more likely to quit.”

Help tomorrow take shape – 2011 Census: 27 March 2011

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) carries out a census to find out more about the people who live in England and Wales and about the make-up of local neighbourhoods.

The next census will take place on 27 March 2011. ONS will be sending out questionnaires for around 25 million households to complete, asking about work, health, national identity, citizenship, ethnic background, education, second homes, language, marital status and so on. The answers will be turned into statistics used to build a picture of today’s society.

Why should this matter to you?

Census population statistics are really important in understanding people’s needs and making sure all communities get the services they need where they live.

It’s simple. If the census can’t see you, the organisations responsible for delivering the services you need won’t be able to see you either. In discovering and understanding communities, the census could make a very real difference to people’s lives. The census needs to include everyone, everywhere – and that’s why everyone has to take part.

What will you need to do?

Just answer a few questions about yourself and the people who share your household with you on census day, 27 March 2011.

Whatever you tell the census will be in strictest confidence and will only be used to produce statistics. ONS will not share your personal information with any other government department or organisation.

You’ll be able to do it online. Or by post. But you must do it. If you need help and advice, you will be able to find everything you need online and on the census helpline from 4 March 2011.

The census needs everyone to take part in helping tomorrow take shape – and this will be your chance to make a difference.

For more information, visit

Five Glossop pubs caught selling to underage customers

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

An undercover police-led operation to find pubs in the Glossop area selling alcohol to underage customers has discovered five breaking the law.

Officers joined forces with Derbyshire County Council’s trading standards team and High Peak Borough Council’s Licensing department to carry out the operation with the help of young volunteers who posed as customers.

The volunteers, two 16-year-old girls, visited seven premises and were served alcohol in five of them.

Inspector Gareth Meadows, who is in charge of policing in the Glossop and New Mills areas said: “It is disappointing that five out of the seven premises visited during this operation sold alcohol to underage volunteers.

The intelligence-led operation took place on Saturday, February 26 in the town centre, Old Glossop and Charlesworth areas.

Those staff that were caught serving the alcohol were issued with an £80 fixed penalty notice and the venues may now have their licences reviewed.

Insp. Meadows added: “The majority of pubs in Glossop have high standards, with many licensees taking part in an active Pub Watch scheme and we are pleased that, while two of the seven pubs which were visited were members, neither of them broke the law.

For more information on Pub Watch or to become a member please contact Sgt. Barry Doyle on 0345 123 33 33 or email

New after school club

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Local play centre, Mr Clown’s Fun Zone has launched an out of school club. Director Barbara Grafton told “We heard from many parents that as their children got older they were less happy about attending the after school club at their nursery – it simply wasn’t cool”.

“That gave us the idea of creating an out of school club fro children from 4-11 that was cool. We have continous provision activities that includes arts and crafts, constructive and imaginitive play and of course use of all our existing play facilities”. The club is OFSTED registered and qwill be under the management of fully trained and qualified staff with CRB clearance.

Mr Clown’s will also be operating a holiday club from 8am to 6pm during the school holidays with keeep fit classes, football, days out and arts and crafts.

School Performance Tables Published

Monday, March 7th, 2011

The latest school performance tables are available on the Department of Education website. The local schools are listed below.

Glossop families wanted by children’s BBC

Friday, March 4th, 2011

The Children’s BBC contacted to ask us to help find a Glossop family to feature in the brand new TV series “I WANT MY OWN ROOM!”

CBBC are looking for children aged 9 – 12 who need more space – kids who need room to practise their hobbies, kids who need a place to play, kids who don’t want to share a bedroom – whatever the issue “I Want My Own Room!” is coming to the rescue.

The show will help children find space within their home (or garden) by redesigning the layout of a room, swapping the use of rooms, or taking over underused areas. With the help of an interior designer, the kids will be in control of their makeover – it might mean turning your garage into a dance studio, your spare room into a pirate ship, or building a treehouse in the garden.

Any children aged 9 – 12 who would like to apply for the show should download an application form from the CBBC website.

If you are successful why not drop us a line here at and tell us all about it.

Plans take shape for Town Hall

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Glossop people are to have their say on major plans to revitalise a landmark building.

The pledge was made this week by High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council, which are to join forces to breathe new life into the Town Hall following decades of under investment.

The ambitious project proposes:

- Opening discussions with the County Council to see if the library can be accommodated within the Town Hall complex
- Installing a lift to bring the Town Hall in line with the Disability Discrimination Act and make the first floor available for some form of community use
- Refurbishing the Market Hall.

The exciting prospect of a new lease of life for an iconic town centre building is more good news for Glossop, following last December’s announcement that a £7m retail and leisure project to transform the Howard Town Mill site was back on track.

The County Council has earmarked £2m towards the potential library relocation while the Heritage Lottery Fund has committed £615,000 through the Glossopdale Townscape Heritage Initiative programme.

Substantial funding from the Borough Council from the sale of surplus assets including its Chinley site will increase the total investment package to a hefty £4.5m.

Borough Council Leader Tony Ashton said: “The development of these proposals is a major step forward in meeting the aspirations of townspeople who told us they wanted to see viable community uses for the town centre’s landmark public buildings. This message came across loud and clear during our recent Design and Place-Making workshops.

“The project will complement £2.6m of works to preserve and enhance historic commercial buildings in the town centre through the Glossopdale Townscape Heritage Initiative funded partly by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Derbyshire County Council.

“Although it’s too soon to be talking about precise timescales, I can say that the two councils are totally committed to exploring options to revitalise the Town Hall.

“The improvements will look to end years of under investment in the Town Hall and will give Glossop the town centre community space it so desperately needs”, he explained.

Tony Kemp, the Borough’s Executive Councillor for Regeneration, added: “It’s been frustrating that it has proved so difficult to bring forward a scheme to bring back the Town Hall and associated buildings into active and vibrant use by the community.

“We’ve had two attempts over the past four years to draw in external funding and been thwarted on each occasion, despite the quality of the bids. There are just so many schemes chasing limited cash while, as a small borough, we couldn’t hope to finance a full repair and restoration on our own.

“So I’m really appreciative of our County colleagues’ promised help and support in moving this challenging – but very important – project forward. Our recent Design and Place-Making workshops reinforced just how important a solution is to the local community, and we’ll be carrying out further major public consultation on the detail of the proposals after the council elections on Thursday, May 5. We want to ensure we take full account of people’s aspirations for the town centre’s iconic public buildings as we finalise the plans”.

The transformation of the Howard Town Mill site was thrown into doubt in 2009 when previous developer B & R Developments went into administration. But new developers Peveril Securities and Real Estate Development Partnerships have pledged to have a new-look site up and running by September or October.

Pub chain Wetherspoons has signed up for 7,000 sq. ft. of space while Travelodge proposes to take space in the mill itself for a 62-room hotel. Other high street names will be revealed in the near future. The project will also include a landscaped, 140-space car park on adjoining land owned by the Borough Council.