Archive for May, 2012

Fundraiser for Alex Kaiser

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

 

 

Alex Kaiser know to many around Glossop died last month, his girlfriend Sarah is leading a charity bike ride in his memory.  Sarahs friend Jenna has written to us with an update.

Alex and Sarah were due to get married on the 7th July in a beautiful ceremony up on Sarah’s family farm on the outskirts of Bristol. They had spent months planning everything down to the finest detail; all the invitations were handmade and it was going to be somewhat of a ‘mini’ festival wedding. They had been together for the last 6 years and were totally 100% head over heels in love and planning the rest of their life together – their honeymoon was going to 3 months spent travelling the world. They were the perfect couple.

On the weekend of the 28th April Alex went away mountain biking in South Wales (which was one of his many passions), and he tragically fell asleep and never woke up. We believe that he suffered from Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), which is a heart muscle disease that makes the electrical impulses in the heart vulnerable to some dangerous and potentially fatal heart rhythms. Alex had a very very minor history of this but nothing that was a worry to any of us – so when we found out he had passed away it was a huge huge shock to all of us, something that we still cannot comprehend now.

Watching my best friend go through the emotions of trying to come to terms with what she has lost has really – for once in my life – has left me speechless. There are no words that can comfort her at the moment, and I think this is probably one of the saddest things I have ever had to contend with.

However – with every bad situation you must try to pull something positive out of it – so, in his memory and to raise money in his honour, 30 of us have taken on the challenge of cycling a 185 mile round trip from Manchester (where Alex was from) to Bristol to raise money for two very worthwhile charities that dedicate their time to helping fight the disease which took my wonderful friend away from us. Mountain biking was a huge part of Alex’s life and he would spend hours (much to the annoyance of Sarah) fiddling around with his prized’ bikes in their flat, taking bits apart, getting oil everywhere and then putting it all back together again.

Instead of the wedding that was meant to take place on July 7th, we are now holding a big memorial service where we will toast his short but fantastic life and celebrate the all round amazing person that he was.

We are planning to set off on July 5th from Manchester, and then cycle for the next 3 days – arriving back into Bristol at the farm and memorial service on July 7th. We have a target of £20,000 and in less than 26 hours we are already at over £5,000.

You can find out all of the details here – and laugh at all the 38 nutcases that have agreed to take part, look at the route we are taking, find out about the charities taking part and understand more of their story;

http://www.thekaiserchallenge.com/

jenna.knight@lucidonline.co.uk
Website http://thekaiserchallenge.com
Message

I wanted to get in touch about a possible story – 3 weeks ago my best friend Sarah tragically lost her fiance, 7 weeks before they were due to get married.

Alex and Sarah were due to get married on the 7th July in a beautiful ceremony up on Sarah’s family farm on the outskirts of Bristol. They had spent months planning everything down to the finest detail; all the invitations were handmade and it was going to be somewhat of a ‘mini’ festival wedding. They had been together for the last 6 years and were totally 100% head over heels in love and planning the rest of the their life together – their honeymoon was going to 3 months spent travelling the world. They were the perfect couple.

On the weekend of the 28th April Alex went away mountain biking in South Wales (which was one of his many passions), and he tragically fell asleep and never woke up. We believe that he suffered from Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), which is a heart muscle disease that makes the electrical impulses in the heart vulnerable to some dangerous and potentially fatal heart rhythms. Alex had a very very minor history of this but nothing that was a worry to any of us – so when we found out he had passed away it was a huge huge shock to all of us, something that we still cannot comprehend now.

Watching my best friend go through the emotions of trying to come to terms with what she has lost has really – for once in my life – has left me speechless. There are no words that can comfort her at the moment, and I think this is probably one of the saddest things I have ever had to contend with.

However – with every bad situation you must try to pull something positive out of it – so, in his memory and to raise money in his honour, 30 of us have taken on the challenge of cycling a 185 mile round trip from Manchester (where Alex was from) to Bristol to raise money for two very worthwhile charities that dedicate their time to helping fight the disease which took my wonderful friend away from us. Mountain biking was a huge part of Alex’s life and he would spend hours (much to the annoyance of Sarah) fiddling around with his prized’ bikes in their flat, taking bits apart, getting oil everywhere and then putting it all back together again.

Instead of the wedding that was meant to take place on July 7th, we are now holding a big memorial service where we will toast his short but fantastic life and celebrate the all round amazing person that he was.

We are planning to set off on July 5th from Manchester, and then cycle for the next 3 days – arriving back into Bristol at the farm and memorial service on July 7th. We have a target of £20,000 and in less than 26 hours we are already at over £5,000.

You can find out all of the details here – and laugh at all the 38 nutcases that have agreed to take part, look at the route we are taking, find out about the charities taking part and understand more of their story;

http://www.thekaiserchallenge.com/

Alex was from Manchester, but had made firm roots in Bristol and his death sparked a lot of media interest;

http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/Bristol-mountain-bike-rider-Alex-Kaiser-dead-van/story-15969723-detail/story.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-17908231

Our aim is to raise as much as possible for our two charities and we want to do as much local press as possible.

Please get in touch if you would be interested in covering the story.

Thanks
Jenna

Jenna Knight • 0207 631 1991 | 07769974024
Head of Online PR
Lucid Online, 4th Floor Bentinck House, 3- 8 Bolsover Street, London, W1W 6AB
www.lucidonline.co.uk

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Man injured by cyclist on pavement – Police had been warned of cycle dangers

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

A man was hit by a cyclist riding on the pavement as he stepped out of a doorway on High Street West today.  The man suffered a leg injury and suspected broken nose. Two pedestrians stopped to help but the cyclist continued along High Street West towards Dinting Arches.

Incidents of cyclists causing a hazard by riding on the pavement in Glossop have increased, mainly adults commuting and travelling at the same speed they would do on the roads.  The pavement narrows in places meaning the cyclists are travelling at speed inches away from peoples doors. There have been concerns about people being injured stepping out of their homes into the paths of cyclists for some time. Promises were made by the police for cameras to monitor the situation that never came.

A local resident contacted Derbyshire Police on their non emergency line 2 weeks ago asking for action and despite being told Glossop police would be involved. No contact has been made.

A resident said “It makes you wonder if  Glossop police feel tackling cyclists is not glamorous enough for them”   While I am sure there are more pressing  issues at times, but today a man has been injured and children or the elderly could be next.

Officers in Glossop investigate reports of children being approached by men

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Officers in Glossop are investigating two reports where children have allegedly been approached by two men.

At present the incidents are not being linked and officers are keeping an open mind and enquiries are ongoing. On one occasion a white transit van was seen.

Parents are asked to remind their children of the ‘stranger danger’ message and report any incidents to both their school and to Glossop police.

Inspector Clark from Glossop Police Station said: “I want to reassure parents and the public that we will investigate any reports of this nature. We will be working closely with schools in the area and will increase our police presence at the relevant times to re-assure the public.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Derbyshire police using the non-emergency number 101.

To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Buxton’s favourite building launches stylish new website

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Buxton’s much loved Dome is celebrating its successful rejuvenation with the launch of www.atthedome.co.uk – a website every bit as fresh and welcoming as the building itself. Created by leading design agency FIG Creative, the new, easy-access portal is colourful and informative, giving a taste of the experience visitors to this fabulous building can expect.


The Dome past and present

Built in the late 18th Century, the Grade II* Listed Devonshire Dome has always moved with the times. Used originally to stable the Duke of Devonshire’s horses before becoming a hospital throughout wartime, a £20 million restoration completed in 2005 transformed it into its current incarnation – the Buxton Campus of the University of Derby.

It is now home to the University, Buxton College of Further Education, and a vibrant commercial enterprise of Spa, Hair and Beauty Salons, a Fine Dining Restaurant, Café, and Events At The Dome.

The Duke could barely have imagined the range of businesses now housed under the Dome’s majestic roof and neither, perhaps, could visitors to the Dome’s old website…

At The Dome’s Business Development Manager, Christine Sweetmore recalls: “We’d evolved so much our website was no longer doing justice to the diverse interests we represent. We needed to showcase the services we offer, generate traffic to the site and above all inspire people to find out more by coming to the Dome to see for themselves.”

The team had already worked with FIG Creative on a rebranding project for Buxton College and were confident they understood their requirements. Christine wasn’t disappointed: “The design is outstanding – much stronger than we’d imagined. It’s crisp, bright, friendly and informative and faithfully reflects what the Dome of today has to offer its visitors.”

Everything under one roof

So what exactly goes on under that iconic Domed roof…well, it’s one of the premier banqueting venues in Derbyshire with its hugely popular fine dining restaurant, an indulgent spa, health and beauty salons and a fashionable café.

The University and College’s hospitality and culinary arts, hair and beauty therapy and spa management students put their first class training into practise each day in these world class facilities. This emphasis on students’ experiential learning gives visitors the unique opportunity to experience the very latest in beauty treatments using Elemis products and sample the food of some of the country’s most promising young chefs at reasonable prices.

The Dome’s outstanding architecture, unique setting and considerable capacity mean its events business is blossoming too. From conferences and corporate events through to traditional weddings and civil ceremonies, it offers gravitas that few venues can compete with.

Buxton pushes for progress

The launch of the Dome’s new website is just part of a growing local desire to revitalise Buxton as was recently demonstrated by the Buxton Crescent project, which is expected to start this summer.

Martin Duncan, FIG Creative’s Business Development Director, works with SME businesses across the region. He has high hopes for both the Dome and Buxton: “The Dome represents a genuine local success story that combines education with business to provide a unique facility for the local community. This among other projects in Buxton can only add to its attraction. ”

Glossop: Friendly, Safe, and a Popular Place to Raise Children

Monday, May 21st, 2012

The Manchester Evening News have just carried out a really interesting survey on attitudes of people living around Grater Manchester and Glossop comes out very well.

More Glossop and Macclesfield residents said they considered neighbours as friends more than anywhere else. It was also where the highest percentage of people said they felt safe

It also proved the most popular place to raise children and achieved the highest rating oveall as a good place to live.

 To read the survey in full click here

Big Jubilee Lunch 2012

Monday, May 21st, 2012

St James and St Luke’s churches with Glossop Army Cadet Force, in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubille, warmly invtite you to

The Diamond Jubilee Big Lunch
Sunday 3 June 2012
Army Cadet Field, Fauvel Road, Glossop
12.30 – 3.30pm

Free entry – bring a picnic and come and enjoy the celebrations with live music, competitions, games stalls and lots lots more.

You are also warmly invited to worship with us at 10.30am at St Luke’s church followed by the planting of a commemorative tree by George Wharmby, Chairman of Derbyshire County Council and Jean Wharmby, Glossop South County Councillor.

Wartime play visits Glossop!

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Planet Rabbit Productions hit the road again with their hit play of 2011 – nostalgic comedy BLITZ BRIDE.

Visiting Glossop’s Partington Theatre, Henry Street, on Sat 26 May at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £7.50 full price, £6.50 conc. Available from the theatre, or at www.planetrabbit.co.uk or 07986 122300 or on the door.

BLITZ BRIDE:
It’s wartime Britain and ATS girl Ruby is set to wed Henry, although sooner than planned, (if Henry and her Dad, Arthur, have anything to do with it), for Ruby to avoid a posting abroad! Stationed away from home it is left for her mother, Peggy, and her heavily pregnant best friend, Nancy, to organise the lot. Based on true anecdotes and full of nostalgia, laughs and a wartime sing song. A one-act play lasting approx 1 hour 15 mins. This production was nominated for Best Production at the Buxton Festival Fringe in July 2011.

Audience comment from last year:
“OUTSTANDING!!! As good as, if not better than, West End shows I have attended. Superb cast & characters!!”

For more information please see www.planetrabbit.co.uk

Local Athletes Receive a Boost

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

TWENTY one talented High Peak athletes have been awarded grants totalling £4,500.

The bursaries of between £150 and £400 were awarded by the Podium sports partnership to help the rising stars meet training and competition costs.

What is more, all the recipients have been given free access to swimming pools and fitness gyms run by DC Leisure for the Borough Council, which is a Podium partner.

Grant-aided athletes include 18-year-old Glossop pole vaulter Katie Byres, who is waiting to hear if she has made the Great Britain athletics squad for the London 2012 Olympics.

Katie jumped 4m 36 in the French Elite Pole Vault Tour in January, breaking the national junior record and putting her fourth on the UK all-time women’s list.

Other recipients include 20-year-old swimmer Russell Smith, from New Mills, who won a silver medal at the British Championships in the 50m breaststroke, and competed in the Olympic trials last month.

Bamford-based skiing brothers James and Robert Machon, aged 21 and 19 respectively, are both aiming for the 2014 Winter Olympics. James hopes to win the British Championships for a fourth year running in 2012 while Robert recently triumphed in the University Slopestyle title at the Castleford Snow Zone.

Bursaries were also awarded to Stephen Brunt (archery), from Buxton; Marsie Henderson-Hirst (archery), from Buxton; Jack Massey (boxing), from Chapel-en-le-Frith; George Bloor (golf), from Chapel-en-le-Frith; Ben Higgins (golf), from Buxton; Judith Browne (ice hockey), from Glossop; Abigail Walker (judo), from Glossop; Eric Ham (judo), from Hadfield; and Rhiannon Baldwin (judo), from Glossop.

The other recipients were Holly Rogers (kickboxing), from Buxton; Jake Hutchinson (lacrosse), from Birch Vale; Dominic O’Connor (rugby union), from Glossop; Danielle Blinco (shooting), from Buxton; Hannah Davies (shooting), from New Mills; David Voorheis (shooting), from Buxton; Abbie Wood (swimming), from Buxton; and Joel Leighton (water polo), from Hope Valley.

A civic reception was thrown for the athletes in Buxton Swimming and Fitness Centre on Tuesday (May 1) when borough council leader Caitlin Bisknell joined forces with Anthony McKeown, executive councillor for community services; Mark Warburton, DC Leisure contract manager; Cllr George Wharmby, chairman of Derbyshire County Council; his consort, Cllr Jean Wharmby; and Cllr Carol Hart, chair of Derbyshire Sport; to congratulate the guests of honour on their achievements.

Cllr McKeown said: “While the next few weeks will be all about our current athletes as they take part in the Olympics, without a focus on the next generation, that enthusiasm and legacy from the Olympics will be lost, which is why the Podium funding and support to the next generation is so important.

“Within the High Peak, there is a breadth and depth of sporting talent which, with our support through schemes such as this, can go on to achieve great things on the national and international stage whilst their dedication to their chosen sport makes them marvellous role models for young people in our communities”.

Managed by Derbyshire Sport, Podium is backed by the county’s sport and business scheme ICON, with money raised from the scheme used to support local athletes through Podium. The borough council is one of more than 40 Podium members.

Derbyshire Constabulary – Recruitment telephone lines open this week

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Derbyshire Constabulary is looking for new recruits for the first time in nearly four years.

The force is one of the first in the country to begin recruiting new police officers and is planning to take on 60 people to start training during 2013.

The last campaign generated a lot of interest from people in the Derby and Nottingham areas. This time the force is particularly keen to encourage applicants who would be willing to work in the Buxton or Glossop areas.

Chief Constable Mick Creedon said: “We also want to hear from women, young people, and people who are lesbian or gay or from an ethnic minority, all of whom are under-represented in our workforce at the moment.”

The recruitment department has 750 application packs and is asking people to telephone the team to request a pack.

The phone lines will be open on Wednesday 9, Thursday 10 and Friday 11 May, between 4pm and 8pm only. The lines will close as soon as all 750 packs have been issued.

More information about the recruitment campaign is available on the Derbyshire Constabulary website at www.derbyshire.police.uk

Application packs will only be available through the dedicated recruitment line on 0300 122 5999 between 4pm to 8pm on May 9, 10 and 11.

Girls are back in town!

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

The girls are back in town for the annual Midnight Wander for Willow Wood and this year the event is back on a Friday – the traditional night for a girls night out. For the sixth year running Ashton-under-Lyne based Willow Wood Hospice has launched the ever popular “Midnight Wander” and is hoping that the event will again be as successful as previous years.

John Fellowes Head of Fundraising said “We’ve moved the “Wander” back to a Friday, following last year’s Saturday trial, as we were told in no uncertain terms that Friday night is the traditional girl’s night out and who am I to argue with the girls! Another change for 2012 is we have listened to our “wanderers” and we will be going back to the “old” route”.

This annual Ladies only event, will start at midnight on Friday 13th July and will take in parts of Stalybridge, Ashton, Dukinfield and Hyde before returning to the start and finish point in Cheethams Park Stalybridge.

John continued by saying “and I would ask that any lady who may be superstitious not to worry and to be put off by the Friday 13th date – ladies will actually be walking on Saturday 14th
Hospice Matron, Karen Vallantine, who is hoping to do the Wander again this year, said “Last year, nearly 900 women took part raising over £70k to help us provide our specialist care to the people of Tameside and Glossop. This was a tremendous boost to our financial needs and I, and my nurses, are extremely grateful to everyone for their support.

Karen continued “The Midnight Wander is such a fun way of supporting the hospice and it would be wonderful if we could beat last year’s total but we can only do that if ladies sign up and walk with us on the night.”

Another change this year’s is the Registration fee has been reduced £12.50 and Budding Wanderers who would like to register can do so either on line at www.willowwood.info/midnightwander, by calling the Hospice Appeals Office on 0161 330 7788 or by picking up a registration form at any one of the hospice shops.

Finally John said “If you are thinking of doing a sponsored event this year then the Midnight Wander is the one for you. Apart from the absolutely sensational atmosphere on the evening, both at the start and all along the route, you will be joining hundreds of like minded ladies, many of whom are walking in memory of loved ones but all of whom are helping the Hospice provide vital care for local people.”

The event has attracted valuable support from Tameside Radio, Tesco’s, Tameside MBC, Northern Tool Hire, Challenger Site Services, Raynet Communications and Greater Manchester Police