Archive for July, 2011

To tweet or not to tweet?

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

To tweet or not to tweet’ that is the question being discussed at Wednesday’s 4Networking breakfast at Glossop Rugby Club 8am – 10am. Find out how your business can benefit from using twitter from Helen Duncan, MD of First Impression, local creative design and marketing company. For just £10 payable on the door you can come and network with other local businesses so bring your business cards. To find out more about 4networking visit and to book on for Wednesday’s breakfast simply call 01457 857111 or email

Olympic “Year to go” celebration sports activity

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Village Games High Peak Glossopdale Community College and St. Philip Howard Sports College are co-ordintatng a day of sports activity to highlight aht is just one year to go to the London 2012 Olympics.

The first part of the day offers Paralympics & Inclusive activities particularly suitable for children, young people & adults with disabilities and additional needs. (12-2:30pm – St. Philip Howard) – Boccia, Rebound Therapy & Trampolining, Football, Parachute Games & Various activities

The day then switches to Glossopdale Community College (3-5:30pm) for Team Games, Flag Making & family activities – including golf, athletics, football & more

Everyone is then invited to take part in an Olympic Marathon Walk (5:30pm) from Glossopdale Comm College back to St. Philip Howard displaying their flags made during the afternoon. This will arrive at St Philip Howard at 6:15pm.

The final part of the day (6-8:30pm) will be a fun sport based event offering the chance to take part in trampolining, sailing simulators, bungee run, penalty shot power test, table tennis, family treasure hunt and more. At 8pm, there will be a closing ceremony with dance and cheer displays, awards ceremony (from events throughout the day) & special guests including the Mayor and Mayoress of High Peak.

The theme of the day is to bring the Olympic & Paralympic experience to the High Peak and give people the chance to try Olympic sports and find out what is available on their doorsteps to take part in on a regular basis. The event is being heavily supported by local sports clubs, High Peak Community Housing, High Peak School & Sport Partnership working together as part of the Peaks and Dales Olympic Legacy Team (PADOL) which the 3 leading organisations are also part of more information can be found on the weblink:

Help raise the next generation of guide dogs

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Puppy Walkers are urgently needed in the area to help raise the next generation of guide dogs and get more blind and partially sighted people out and about.

Puppy Walkers take a young pup and would-be guide dog into their home from six weeks of age until the dog is just over a year-old. Their role is to familiarise the youngster with the things it will come across in everyday life when it’s working as a guide dog.

Guide Dogs Puppy Walking Manager Sue Richardson said: “Puppy Walkers do crucial early work with would-be guide dogs, such as taking the puppies on public transport and getting them used to being around people and other dogs. The dogs are socialised and have the best possible chance of making it as a guide dog.

“Puppy Walkers are fully supported by Guide Dogs and it’s a very rewarding role. We need volunteers to help us continue producing the dogs that change the lives of blind and partially sighted people.”

To become a Puppy Walker call 0845 371 7771 or e-mail:

Dark Nights’ Folk Gigs @ The Globe Inn

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

The second season of gigs organised by Sara of Goblins in the Ginnel, showcases the absolute best that high quality folk music has to offer, with profits going to the Multiple Sclerosis Society (Tameside and Glossop branch). Gigs begin on Sat 17th September with Bella Hardy, who has also played the Royal Albert Hall, a fantastic fiddle player and vocalist from Edale – promoting her latest album which has had 4 star reviews from the national press. The following gigs run from October through to March, with a varied array of folk musicians, often seen at National and intenational festivals. All gigs doors open 7:30pm, music starts 8:15pm – loads more info at

Images released following robbery in Hadfield

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Police in Glossop have released images of a man who robbed a shop in Hadfield.

The incident happened just after 1.30pm on Wednesday, July 13 at D&D Newsagents in Railway Street.

A man entered the shop, threatened staff with a knife and demanded cash. A 73-year-old shop worker and the owner of the store tackled the man, who made off with cigarettes.

He was last seen running down Pingot Lane, towards the Moorlands estate.

The robber is described as white, in his late teens or early 20s and around 6ft 2in or 6ft 3in tall wearing a pair of dark blue jeans, with distinctive markings on the back pockets.

He was also wearing dark grey padded jacket with a hood and a baseball cap. His face was covered up.

Detective Sergeant Phil Bateman said: “This was a nasty offence where an elderly person was targeted in a local family shop in the middle of the day and we would like to praise the bravery those in the shop for the way they tackled the offender and gave chase to him.

“The CCTV shows the offender wearing distinctive clothing; however witnesses have described the clothing as looking darker than the footage shows. It was also a warm day, so the clothing he was wearing may have looked out of place.”

DS Bateman added: “We would like to speak to anyone who may have seen this man or someone wearing similar clothing in the area that day.”

A 16-year-old male was arrested and questioned by officers in connection with the incident. He has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information should contact Derbyshire police on 0345 123 33 33 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police target pavement cyclists in Glossop

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Police in Glossop are targeting cyclists who ride irresponsibly on pavements in the town.

It is after residents and local businesses say there have been an increased number of cyclists using the pavements on High Street West, and that it is putting safety at risk.

The Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team (SNT) will be carrying out regular patrols to the area and advising cyclists of the dangers.

Officers are also warning that anyone found riding their bike on the pavement could face an on the spot fine of £30.

PC Julian Gallagher of the Glossop SNT said: “It can be dangerous to cycle on footpaths and pavements, especially in an irresponsible manner. There are risks to both cyclists and pedestrians and people should avoid riding along the pavement whenever possible.

“While a cyclist might feel confident that they are not posing a risk, not all pedestrians will agree and for some people, especially those that are more vulnerable, seeing a bike coming towards them may make them feel nervous or off balance.”

PC Gallagher added: “There are also a number of driveways and carparks along that stretch of the road, and houses which open straight out onto the footpath.

“This increases the risks for people stepping out of their homes and also for cyclists, who may not expect vehicles to be reversing out onto the road.”

To contact the Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team call 0345 123 33 33 or email|.

Police warn of telephone scams

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Local police have warned than a man is contacting residents purporting to be from a bank and asking for bank or credit card details. He is using various mobile phone numbers and many excuses to try to obtain card details, saying the bank are issuing new bank cards, there has been a technical fault, etc. He also appears to be targeting elderly people and ‘sometimes’ says his name is Mr. Robinson.

Another phone scam is a male purporting to be from Sky, who has contacted residents saying the Sky insurance subscription has run out and asking for bank details or asking if they were a Sky account holder, which he should know if he was calling from Sky..! When questioned, he hung up. Always ask for the caller’s details so that you can contact Sky directly to check them out if you wish to.

Please make elderly/vulnerable residents aware. If they receive any similar calls, ask them not to give out any personal bank or credit card details.

Glossop plastics company recognised for their carbon reduction solutions

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

T H Plastics in Glossop has been nominated as a finalist inthis year’s Plastics Industry Awards.

T H Plastics have been recognised for their innovative solutions for plastic processors that reduce Co2 emmissions and create more profit for the company. A great acheivement.

Ready Teddy Go!

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Glossop’s best-dressed teddies will be vying for prizes as part of a feast of family fun on Sunday (July 17) running from 2pm to 4pm at the children’s play area in Howard Park.

Staged by the Friends of Howard Park, the celebration will give youngsters a chance to learn circus skills, have their faces painted and take part in art and craft sessions.

But the highlight for many will be the judging of the best-dressed bears, to be carried out at 3pm – as long as the tots remember to bring along their bruins in their glad rags! Said Friends chairman Gerard Riley: “This looks set to be a great afternoon of fun – so come down to Howard Park and don’t forget to bring your teddy bear”.

Public to have say on Glossop Regeneration

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Community leaders have vowed to carry out major public consultation this autumn to help shape plans to breathe new life into two iconic Glossop buildings.

The pledge was made by High Peak Borough Council at Thursday’s (July 7) meeting of Glossop Vision Board, a partnership set up to manage the Glossopdale Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI).

Consultation findings will be used by the council and its partners to develop a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for money towards the refurbishment of Town Hall and Market Hall.

The council is also to ask the HLF for extra funding towards shop front improvements and the repair of town centre buildings.

New money would bolster the five-year THI launched by the borough and county councils with the HLF to regenerate Glossop by investing in its heritage.

Running to next March, the programme has already funded successful projects including a town centre repaving scheme and a facelift for the recently-opened High Street West Subways shop, and discussions are underway with the owners of the terraced properties along Victoria Street between Lloyds Bank and the entrance to Howard Town Mill.

However, draft schemes for the Town Hall and Market Hall had to be put on hold because of the abolition of the East Midlands Development Agency and limits on the money available under the THI.

Ian Huddlestone, executive councillor for regeneration, said: “Although we can’t guarantee a successful Lottery bid for Town Hall and Market Hall funding, we’re confident a good case can be made.

“And we’re grateful to the HLF for its support of heritage regeneration work in the High Peak to date, including the successful THI programme in Glossop”, he paid tribute.

At Thursday’s meeting, borough councillors Graham Oakley, Garry Parvin and Colin Waude were elected as the authority’s new representatives.

Cllr Huddlestone said they were appointed because of their commitment to securing inward investment in Glossop and because of their determination to realise the board’s potential.

As ward members for Whitfield, Old Glossop and Howard Town respectively, they were also responsible for the wards on which the THI and potential extra funding would have most impact.

At the meeting, the borough council strenuously denied that electrical wiring in Market Hall was unsafe, pointing out that services in all its buildings were inspected and tested regularly to ensure full compliance with legislation. Market Hall was no exception, having last been tested less than a year ago.

Police seek information on suspicious man in Tintwistle

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Police in Glossop are appealing for information after a suspicious incident in Tintwistle last week.

A 20-year-old local woman was walking to work along a pathway between West Drive and New Road, at around 5.45am on Thursday, July 7, when she was approached from behind by a man.

He grabbed her shoulder and turned her around but the woman pushed him away and he ran off.

Nothing was stolen during the incident and the man did not speak.

He is described as about 5ft 9in tall and was wearing a dark hooded top, with the hood pulled up. He had a dark fringe and was wearing glasses.

The woman was shaken by the incident but not hurt.

Anyone with information or who may have seen anything suspicious should contact Derbyshire police on 0345 123 33 33 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Marketing Agency appoint Football Professional to move them up a league

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Creative design and marketing agency, First Impression, with branches in Glossop and Buxton have appointed former Accrington Stanley Commercial Manager Martin Edmundson to deliver the growing company’s medium to long term marketing strategy.

Martin, 25 from Manchester achieved one of the highest value commercial sponsorship agreements in Accrington Stanley’s history after securing a six figure deal for their playing shirt sponsorship, and was also the man behind the rebrand of the world famous football club’s emblem and new corporate identity. Martin led successful targeted marketing campaigns to the football club’s international database and increased revenue from targeted consumer and corporate sales activity. Accrington Stanley’s 2010/2011 season almost led to promotion to League One after reaching the League 2 play-off stages, a very different story to the bottom half of the table finishes in the seasons prior to Martin’s arrival.

First Impression are delighted to appoint Martin to the newly formed position as he plays a vital role in communicating the success of First Impression’s recent clients to the business community and trade press. Martin has a proven record in in leading national marketing campaigns for some of the largest brands in the UK such as; Pontins Holidays, The Horse and Bamboo Theatre and the National Football Museum since graduating with a BA (Hons) Management degree from UCLan’s Lancashire Business school in 2008.

Speaking on the new appointment, MD of First Impression, Helen Duncan commented “Martin has an impressive track record in developing brands and achieving focused marketing objectives. His ability and desire to deliver results will prove valuable for our new and existing marketing partners.”

First Impression aims to increase the number of marketing partners over the next year, delivering a range of marketing activities to achieve the specific objectives of their customers.

When commenting about his new responsibilities, Martin stated “First Impression work with some fantastic clients and I will be helping them with proactive marketing campaigns that will really make a difference to their business”

Glossop childrenswear company wins award

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Glossop based childrenswear design company sgt.smith has been received an award for its personalised dinosaur t-shirts.

sgt.smith was selected as the winner of the Best Gift for Children 2011 by online retailer during its inaugural small business Make Awards.

sgt.smith was founded in 2006 by Vicki Lockwood and has grown from a kitchen table business to a company employing six people. Its range for children is made up of personalised gifts which include the recipient name in the design of each t-shirt which is hand-printed.

Holly Tucker, co-founder of, said of the Personalised dinosaur t-shirt: “I have lost count of how many of these I have bought for my son and loved ones over the years! It never fails to delight both children and parents.”

The winners received a photo session with renowned photographer James Merrell and a wide-reaching marketing package through to enhance and promote their products.

Marie Curie is looking for Fundraisers in Glossop

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Group members can make an enormous difference locally by supporting Marie Curie’s Derbyshire Nursing Appeal, raising vital funds for the local Marie Curie Nursing Service, which provides free nursing care for people with terminal illnesses in their own homes.

The Glossop Fundraising Group will promote fundraising within the local community by organising fundraising activities and collections, encouraging new volunteers to help the charity, as well as supporting Marie Curie’s major fundraising campaigns such as the Great Daffodil Appeal and Blooming Great Tea Party.

To join your local volunteer Fundraising Group for Marie Curie Cancer Care, or to find out more about the group and other ways to support the charity, please call Derbyshire Fundraiser Laura Read on 0115 938 4827 or email

Where do you want to vote?

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

HIGH Peak Borough Council is to run the rule over all its polling stations to make it as easy as possible for people to cast their vote.

The review will make sure that the council is using the best locations and that its stations offer easy access for disabled voters.

Now, voters can have their say by e-mailing or writing to Electoral Services, High Peak Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, Glossop, High Peak, SK13 8AF.

What is more, electors can make themselves heard at a consultation meeting on September 8 and in the Board Room, Municipal Buildings, from 6.30pm to 8pm.

Tim Norton, executive councillor for corporate services, said: “We want local people and organisations to get involved in our polling station review. We’d particularly value the views of those who voted in the local elections in May”.

Details of existing polling stations will be available for inspection weekdays from Thursday week (July 21) to Wednesday, August 31, from 10am to 4pm, in the Electoral Services Office, Municipal Buildings.

Voters have until the end of August to comment.

New name at Howard Town Mill

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Peacocks, the clothing retailer is understood to have agreed terms on a unit at the Howard Town redevelopment.

Other confirmed tenants are M&S Simply Food store, Dominos Pizza and and a 62-bed Travelodge.

Glossop man charged with manslaughter

Friday, July 1st, 2011

A company director from Glossop was one of three pople charged with manslaughter following the death of an employee in May 2008. Steven Berry, 45, was attended by medics after falling through the roof of an industrial unit in Hyde and taken to Tameside Hospital where he later died.

Graham Couple from Glossop, Kevin Palliser from Shaw and Richard Wiliams from Clwyd have been charged with manslaugther by gross negligence.They have also been charged with failing to discharge the duty to which they were subject by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. All three men are company directors of Lion Steel Equipment Limited, which has been summonsed for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences.

They will appear before Tameside Magistrates’ Court on 2nd August.