Archive for January, 2012

Ten arrested as police target illegal drugs in Glossop and New Mills

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

glossop policePolice have arrested 10 people in the New Mills and Glossop areas during a 10 week long campaign to target illegal drug use and supply.

Response teams and Safer Neighbourhood officers worked alongside detectives during the operation, which started Monday, November 14 and finished on Sunday, January 22.

Six searches were carried out at properties in the area; four were in New Mills, one in Glossop and one in Gamesley. Officers recovered suspected Class A and Class B drugs, including cannabis, heroin, cocaine and amphetamine.

Detective Chief Inspector Tracy Lewis said: “The operation was set up to act on information gathered from the local community and target those suspected of involvement in illegal drug use and supply.

“Due to the recognised link between illegal drug activities and other offences such as burglary and car crime, we will always take positive action against drug dealers. The operation was all about helping to reduce crime in the area and to keep our area safe”

Inspector Gareth Meadows, local police inspector for the Glossop and New Mills areas said: “Classified drugs are illegal for a reason; they limit the lives and opportunities of those who take them and can have a harmful effect on the wider community. The only people who stand to benefit are those who sell them for their own profit.

“I aim to ensure that local people have the confidence that the police in Glossop and New Mills will act on information received about such criminals and take action.This operation has led to some good results and much of this success is due to intelligence the public has provided. I am grateful for this and would urge anyone with information to contact us.”

To contact Derbyshire police call 101, the non-emergency number or alternatively you can pass on details about crime anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Glossop Mountain Rescue Called Out

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

On Saturday 21st January at 18:09 the teams exercise was disrupted as the team were called to search Bleaklow for a male and female with a dog who had become benighted. The team requested assistance from Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team, 3 Search & Rescue Dogs and a police helicopter. The helicopter quickly located the couple in the Westend area of the Derwent and passed their location to the team. The missing couple were located and the female had suffered ligament damage to her knee and foot. She was evacuated to a waiting ambulance. All team members were off the hill by 3am.

Speedwell Bus Routes will Carry on

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012
Transport bosses promise Speedwell routes will continue. Passengers have been promised that services will continue after the bus company ceased trading. Hyde-based Speedwell ran bus routes in Oldham, Hyde, and Ashton-under- Lyne  as well as Glossop.
Bosses at Transport for Greater Manchester have now found other bus firms to take over the affected routes. They include the 341 Hyde, Mottram and Glossop service and the 343 Oldham, Mossley and Hyde service. Michael Renshaw, TfGM’s bus and rail director, said: “Our main priority in this instance is to ensure that all affected bus services continue to operate as normal for passengers, and that no further disruption is caused. “As such, I can assure passengers that we have acted swiftly in finding replacement operators to run these services on a temporary basis within a short space of time, and we will now take steps to ensure that appropriate longer-term contracts are awarded to replace Speedwell.” Click here for more transport stories Speedwell was established in 2002, but its owners had been operating services in Glossop and Tameside for about 20 years.
It is still unclear why Speedwell  ceased operating. No one from the firm was available for comment.
Christopher Bowles, chairman of Greater Manchester Bus Operators Association, said: “It is always sad when a local business providing a service to the public finds that they can no longer continue. “However, GMBOA is pleased that other bus operators have been able to support Speedwell customers by continuing to provide services with minimal disruption.”

Business Grant scheme Launch -£2500 to take on youth apprentice

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Derbyshire County Council are bringing their appentice roadshow to both Buxton and Glossop – the aim of these events is to explain what the funding is for and how to access it. If you are a local business considering an apprentice then put these dates in yiour diary.

DCC is hosting 2 events in High Peak on Thursday 09 February

09.00 – 11.00am Buxton Pavilion, St. Johns Rd, Buxton

13.00 – 15.00pm Bradbury House, Market Street, Glossop



Second arrest in connection with Glossop burglary

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Police have arrested a second person on suspicion of burglary in Glossop.

It is after a house on Kershaw Street was broken into on Tuesday, January 17.

Officers arrested a 28-year-old man from the local area on Thursday, January 19. A 22-year-old woman was arrested by officers on Wednesday, January 18

Both people have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information should contact Derbyshire police on 101, the non-emergency number or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Friends of Old Glossop School want your help

Monday, January 16th, 2012

The Derby Diocesan Board of Education have submitted a planning application to High Peak for the conversion of the former Duke of Norfolk school building to four flats. Friends of Old Glossop School are seeking to oppose this application in order to try to retain the building as an important part of local heritage and to find ways in which it can continue be used and enjoyed by present and future generations.As the Government is keen to point out heritage assets are a non-renewable resource. Once it is sold for housing a unique opportunity to preserve it will be lost.

FROGS are delighted that the Duke of Norfolk has agreed to be Honorary president of their group thus keeping an important historical continuity.

FROGS’ are asking you to support their initiative and are asking that you sign up on their on-line petition. The are about a third of the way towards their target 500 signatures. e links for the  petition, website and Facebook group are as follows:-

On-line petition:

Web site:

Facebook Group:

Why not circulate this story to other people you know, particuarly local residents and former pupils of Duke of Norfolk School.

Sweet 16 and a makeover for local marketing company

Friday, January 13th, 2012

012 marks sixteen successful years for Glossop marketing company First Impression, who are celebrating their coming of age with an exciting new look and the launch of their Marketing Partners Programme for local businesses.  Piloted with a handful of clients, the newly formed Fig Creative’s innovative partnership-based approach has already reaped serious rewards with one client experiencing a tenfold increase in income in under 12 months.

So what’s their secret? Fig Creative works in partnership with their clients, agreeing marketing objectives and spend over an annual period but spreading that cost on a monthly basis. In effect they become your retained virtual marketing department delivering agreed activities on   time and to budget, ensuring they have maximum impact on your bottom line.

In challenging trading conditions the benefits of the programme outweigh the investment involved:  it allows easy and accurate management of marketing spend, provides access to a team of marketing professionals with broad experience across a range of disciplines, gives focus and momentum to marketing activity and delivers tangible financial results.

On Tuesday 17th January from 11.00am to 3.00pm the team at Fig Creative invite businesses from around the region to an open day, where they can find out how the Marketing Partners Programme could move their business forward in 2012.

Helen Duncan, MD of the newly branded Fig Creative explains “We work with many local  companies, providing design, print and web services and we will continue to offer great quality for great value. But we know that no one marketing activity will transform a business, particularly in a challenging economic climate. Our new Marketing Partner Programme blends a variety of targeted marketing activities to give local companies the support they need to grow their businesses – without breaking the bank. And it really works, come and see our customer videos at our open day.”

The friendly Fig Creative team is now 7 strong and offers a full range of marketing services including branding consultancy, PR, design & print, copy writing and internet and social media strategy.

For further information including details about the open day contact the team at Fig Creative on 01457 857 111 or just drop in on the day between 11 – 3pm at 174 High Street West, Glossop, Derbyshire SK13 8ER.

Getting your business on track in 2012

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Help is at hand for budding entrepreneurs whose New Year resolution is to start their own business or get their tax return in on time.

High Peak Borough Council has lined up a string of free workshops for people considering self employment. The series starts in Glossop Municipal Buildings on Thursday, January 26 with a half-day session led by HM Customs and Revenues (HMRC).

Focusing on registering as self employed, setting up business records and paying tax, the event will be repeated in Buxton Town Hall on Thursday, February 2.


The series for start ups continues in Municipal Buildings on Wednesday, February 8 when HMRC delivers a popular “eligible expenses” workshop pinpointing expenditure that can be claimed as tax-deductible expenses.

For people who are already self employed and have to submit their tax return by the end of January, the council has squeezed in an event on Thursday week (January 19) to explain how to complete the return online. The practical session will include a step-by-step guide to the online pages.

 All events run from 1.30pm to 4.30pm, and places can be booked by calling customer services on 0845 129 7777.

Willow Wood takes over Staly Nightclub

Monday, January 9th, 2012

As part of their ongoing retail strategy to expand the Hospice’s shop outlets, Willow Wood has applied for planning permission to turn a former night club in Stalybridge into a new retail development. The new department style Hospice shop will open at the site, which is currently occupied by the former Pad night club on Shepley Street in Stalybridge, once planning permission has been granted.

Pat McCloskey, Chairman of Willow Wood Hospice, said “Since opening twelve years ago, Willow Wood Hospice has become a major health care provider in Tameside and Glossop and to continue to be at the forefront of our specialist service, it is imperative that we constantly review our income streams. This development is a direct result of our commitment to the people of Tameside and Glossop to ensure we provide the very highest levels of care to those in need of our care. ”

Trustee Phil Cowper said “The Hospice has recently carried out a complete review of our existing retail operation and have developed a 12 point action plan to ensure the future sustainability, growth and success of the Hospice’s retailing operation in order to safeguard future income generation. This new development will redefine what people can expect from a Hospice shop and will place us at the forefront of charity retailing in Tameside and Glossop.

John Fellowes, Head of Fundraising for the Hospice, said “Even though we are very excited about this new development in charity retailing I must emphasis that the plans do not involve any changes to our existing shop on Grosvenor Street, Stalybridge, indeed we have only recently entered into new lease arrangements with the landlords.

John continued “We hope to open the doors to the new shop in early spring 2012 and that when open it will bring a vastly improved shopping experience. The amount of extra space available means that we can stock a much lager range of items and put them into separate sections which will help customers find what they’re looking for.  Although the ground floor will house a huge display of quality furniture, the new store will also specialise in books and music, with other specialist themes coming on line in the near future.

John now wants people from throughout Tameside and Glossop to not only donate items for sale but to pop in and pick up a bargain to support this new retail outlet in Stalybridge. Once fully operational the new shop will make a significant contribution to the £2.1 million annual cost to run the Hospice and its services. 

In the meantime anyone who would like to register their interest in becoming a volunteer in this exciting new retail development is initially asked to contact John Fellowes either by email at or by phone at 0161 330 7788.

Busy day for Glossop Mountain Rescue

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Glossop Mountain Rescue Team were called out to two separate incidents onSaturday 7th January both involving male walkers lost just off the Snake road.


The first missing person was a 50 year old male from the Huddersfield area who was found quickly by the teams Search and Rescue Dog Toby and his handler just off the Snake Summit.

As the walker was being escorted to the team vehicle a call came in to search for a second missing person in the same area. However, before the search commenced, the second walker was picked up by a police vehicle further down the road. Both were safe and well and taken back to the team’s base in Glossop


Friday, January 6th, 2012

STREET cleaning teams pulled out all the stops to bag rubbish blown around High Peak towns and villages by gale force winds last week.

The Borough Council was up against it on Wednesday and Thursday (January 4 and 5) as storms played havoc with mountains of waste put out by households for recycling after the Christmas holidays.

While binmen battled to catch up on collections, the council’s Clean Team was rounding up litter plus paper and cardboard blown from blue kerbside recycling bags. The team managed to keep on top of its town centre street sweeping as well, although the emptying of some litter bins had to take a back seat until the winds had dropped.

Buxton and Glossop were particularly badly hit by wind-blown rubbish as the worst of the weather coincided with their recycling days.

Kerbside recycling rounds scheduled for Glossop Wednesday and Thursday (January 4 and 5) were running late but were expected to have caught up by Saturday (January 7).

To help clear the backlog, crews normally reserved for the collection of organic waste have been switched to the picking up of other recyclable materials. The Borough Council’s waste contractor, Veolia, was able to make the contingency arrangement because there is less garden rubbish to collect during the winter.

Glossop Mountain Rescue – December Call Outs

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Sunday 18th  December 2011     Ambulance assist Hollingworth

17:30 GMRT was called out in the evening when a 17 year old local male injured himself sledging after hitting a partly-obscured railway sleeper, breaking his left leg. Team members assisted the paramedics who were already on scene to carry the casualty a short distance to a very icy lane, where the team vehicle was waiting to transfer the casualty to an NHS ambulance on the road. 18:10


Fri 16th December 2011 Ambulance assist Etherow Country Park (stood down)

At 16:00 the team was called out to Etherow Country Park to assist KMRT search for an 80year old woman with dementia. The casualty was located before Glossop team arrived and GMRT was stood down at 18.20


Thursday 22nd December 2011  Ambulance assist

Glossop MRT was called out to Werneth Low at 17:30 in response to an ambulance request to transport a male casualty, who had recently been in hospital, from his home which was inaccessible by ambulance. After a short stretcher carry, the patient was transferred to the waiting ambulance for transfer to hospital.    At 18:30  the team was stood down.

Glossop woman injured in gliding accident in Australia

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Mary Neighbour, 80,  from Glossop woman has been seriously injured follwing a gliding accident in Australia.

Mrs Neighbour, a pilot with more than 50 years’ experience, narrowly avoided slamming into a home near Benalla, Victoria on Sunday night. Less than 100m from the home, Mrs Neighbour made a last ditch attempt to avoid crashing into the residence by swerving right and slamming into the ground.Homeowner Kylie Martin said, ” I thought she was going to make it over the house and then the closer she got I realised that she wasn’t.

”If she hadn’t turned… if she had hit the house, she wouldn’t be here today and we probably wouldn’t have been either,” Ms Martin said.

Mrs Neighbour was recovering at the Royal Melbourne Hospital after suffering a punctured lung and broken ribs in the crash.

Mr Gray said, ”She’s done a fairly heroic thing… to avoid injuring four innocent people.

”She put her life at risk to save others.”

He said it appeared the glider, had been caught in a down draft.

Mrs Neighbour attempted to land in a paddock behind the Goorambat home but did not make it and was forced to crash land nearby.

Gliding Club of Victoria spokesman John Switala said she was an extremely experienced pilot having flown more than 2500 hours.

”Mary’s a very experienced pilot, a very confident pilot and a very conservative pilot so we’re at a loss to understand why this happened.”

Photo: Peter Merkesteyn