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Glossop Man Races to Raise Mountains of Cash

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Local man, Alastair Cowell, 41, is running the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 13, in support of Mountain Rescue England and Wales.

Alastair, who works in the construction industry, is an active member of the Glossop Mountain Rescue Team and will be running the marathon alongside five other members from other Mountain rescue teams across the country.

Avid viewers can look out for the Alastair as he’ll be running with the Mountain Rescue flag on his back too.

If you would like to support Alastair, donations can be made via his page at All donations will be shared around the teams that make up the Mountain Rescue organisation with a target of £10,000.

Glossopdale Food Bank wins Lottery Bid

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Bare Necessities, the Glossopdale Food Bank has been successful in its bid for funding from the Big Lottery Fund to support a part time co-ordinator for the next five years.

The bid was submitted in partnership with the Buxton Food Bank with whom Bare Necessities will share approximately £20,000 per year.

The Chair of Bare Necessities, Maggie Mooney, said “It’s really good news that we have received this funding from the Big Lottery Fund as it will help us to extend our provision of emergency food parcels across Glossopdale over the next few years. Our main concern, as always, is to make sure that those individuals and families who find themselves experiencing extreme difficulties, are helped temporarily with emergency food.”

But Maggie also added, “The funding is going to be very helpful but it does not include money for additional food for those in crisis. We still need to fundraise for donations of food and money and it’s important that we keep this up. We are heartened by the generosity of our local communities who have been so generous in giving food and money to the Food Bank since it started in 2012.

“We also appreciate the donations given by local businesses and organisations. Without all of this, together with the good-will of our volunteers, our Food Bank would not exist.”

Cllr Dave Wilcox, Chair of Derbyshire County Council said, “It’s great news that we’ve got additional funding for a part time worker for the next five years, but all of us know that the true success will be when we don’t need to have a Food Bank in Glossopdale. Until that happens we will work hard to make sure that those in need have access to food parcels.”

Dave went on to say that “Christmas is going to be such a difficult time for many people and those who are having to choose between heating or eating will undoubtedly feel the pressure. Our Food Bank is going to be one of the many helping services ready to lend a hand.”

If you would like to volunteer for or donate to Glossopdale Food Bank, please see


Local group soldier to victory to make the Eggheads toast!

Friday, November 8th, 2013

A Glossop man was part of a triumphant team that took on BBC2’s Eggheads – and won!

Kitchen designer Mark Slater appeared on the popular BBC quiz show this week along with fellow brainiacs Mark Haywood, Gary Hutchings, Stuart Jamieson and Tony Dagnall.

Despite the two Marks, Stuart and Gary failing to win their individual rounds, Tony – a volunteer coordinator for Trafford Carers – refused to crack under pressure and successfully beat the five-strong panel of quiz champions, seeing the show shell out a cool £41,000.

The group – along with reserve player Chris Wrighton, an accountant – met years ago at the networking group BNI and travelled up to Glasgow in March this year to film the show.

Mark was pitted against Who Wants to be a Millionaire winner Judith Keppel in the Sports round, and admits that losing to her saw him “take a right ribbing” off his friends.

Daphne, Kevin, Pat and Dave made up the remaining challengers, whom Mark says were all “really nice, and they were thrilled for us when we won, which was lovely”.

The show can still be viewed on BBC iPlayer for the next three days at

Glossop youngsters offered chance to win Little Mix Sketch Santa competition

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

A competition has launched offering High Peak youngsters a unique opportunity to create a Christmas card design for a brand new charity card pack starring chart-toppers Little Mix….but you need to be quick as the contest closes on 14th October 2013!

The Sketch Santa competition was launched nationwide by ITV’s Daybreak and is supported by Hallmark – who have recently opened a new store on Glossop High Street – and offers children aged 6 – 16 the chance to have their drawings brought to life as a Christmas card. The winning design will be modelled by Little Mix and featured in a limited edition pack of cards. What’s more, the lucky winner will be announced on national TV.

Sold as an official product for ITV’s Text Santa appeal, the special packs will be available nationwide from and selected Hallmark stores later this year. Each pack sold will see a portion of the proceeds donated to the ‘Text Santa’ appeal, which in turn supports six worthy charities based in the UK.

To enter the art contest, children are asked to create a Santa-based design inspired by what Christmas means to them. Entries must be original, creative and drawn on A4 paper in a portrait setting.

Tamsyn Johnston Hughes, Sketch Santa Judge and Campaign Manager for Hallmark (the card and gift specialist helping to create and print the winning design), said:

“When it comes to penning that winning design, I’d concentrate on two things. Firstly, make sure you base your design on what Christmas means to you as that personal touch will show through in your artwork. Secondly, remember the critical role that Christmas cards play in our festive traditions, they’re kept in the hearts of our homes and are used to decorate mantelpieces, windowsills and walls. As such, your design will need to stand out in this setting.

The ‘Text Santa’ appeal aims to raise awareness and donations for UK charities that make a difference to people’s lives. For 2013, the six chosen charities set to benefit from funds raised include: Age UK, Barnardo’s, Beat Bullying, British Heart Foundation, CLIC Sargent and Help the Hospices.

Full details of the competition, entry forms and guidelines can be seen at

One17 Bakers rolls out a sweet deal with Barclays

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Barclay’s Bank will swap one kind of dough for another this week, as Glossop-based One17 Bakers tempt customers with a selection of tasty treats.

One17’s head baker Frank will be whisking up a mouth-watering selection of goodies to sell to morning traders, with all proceeds going to local charity High Peak Women’s Aid.

With an assortment of breads, cakes and savoury pastries, as well as family favourites such as Gingerbread Men, Chocolate Chip Cookies and – fittingly – Millionaire Slices, One17 Bakers will surely have something to tickle your taste buds.

One17 Bakers’ Jane Cooper will be laden with freshly baked goods at Barclays Bank, 1 High Street, Glossop on Friday, September 20th from 9.30am until they run out, so even if you don’t leave the bank with a full wallet, you’ll leave with a full belly!


Manor Park Bonfire details revealed

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

This year’s Manor Park bonfire is to feature live music, a children’s firework display and a “happy hour” on the funfair rides.

Gates will now open at 4pm for the event on Saturday 2nd November with the festivities starting at 5pm with the commencement of “happy hour” during which all the rides will cost £1.

At 5:15pm, a childrens’ entertainer will take to the stage and is down to perform for half an hour before the children’s firework display commences at 5:45pm.

This year, organisers Glossop & District Round Table have teamed up with Glossopdale Trust, the brains behind Bankswood Music Festival and as a result there will be two live music performances. Taking place 6:00pm and 6:45pm, they will last half an hour each with the acts to be announced shortly.

The Manor Park bonfire will be lit at 6:30pm and the main event, the firework spectacular will explode into life at 7:15pm.

Other entertainment on the night will include a fire breather and a craft market.

Advanced tickets will be available to buy at schools & shops for £5 adult, £3 children/concessions & £15 Family (2 adult up to 3 children). Details of exactly where these will be purchasable from will be revealed shortly.

On the gate tickets are this year priced at £8 adult, £4 children/concessions and £20 for a family.

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Glossop High Street bags a new store

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Glossop High Street’s newest store, Embellish, will open its doors to the public on Bank Holiday Monday.

Embellish – situated at 58 High Street West – is owned by Darren Miles and his partner Sharon Asher and will stock the latest lines of luxury bags, designer fashion jewellery, accessories, gifts, cards and homeware.

Featured brands include Fiorelli, Claudia Canova, Lettuce, Carrie Elspeth, Luna London and fair trade homeware label, Namaste.

Darren, who originally hails from Woodley, has over 20 years’ retail experience, and has spent the last 10 years working as a joiner – something that came in very handy as it meant Darren was able to do most of the refurbishment himself.

Sharon has 30 years’ experience as a housing officer, so it’s quite a change of direction for her, but one that she’s relishing. After 2 years of running a successful side-venture together hosting jewelry parties, the pair decided to bite the bullet and set up their own store. They chose Glossop due to its bustling High Street and independent feel.

The store’s official grand opening takes place on Saturday, September 7th from 9am – 5.30pm, and will include champagne and canapés.

Darren also plans to have three qualified nail technicians in the salon upstairs by the end of the year, offering manicures, gel and acrylic nails, plus Shellac and other treatments.

One-17 Bakers sweeten up Glossop High Street

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Glossop High Street has welcomed its newest business today as One-17 Bakers opened their doors for the first time.

Although the official opening was planned for August 3, new owners Jane and Frank Cooper found there was so much interest from residents that they had to open earlier than planned to satisfy demand – and appetites.

“As far as appearances go, it is a shop in progress,” says Jane, “but it is spanking clean and welcoming so come on down whenever”.

Shop hours are planned for 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 4pm on Saturdays, and will supply a range of delicious home cooked cakes and pastries, aiming to bring a mix of sweet and savoury direct to Glossop.

The ‘official’ opening day is still planned for August 3, from 9am to 4pm. Samples will be given out from 2pm to 4pm and (weather permitting) there will be live music from bluegrass band Walton’s Mountain Sniffle Group.

Jane – originally from Philadelphia – is new to Glossop and keen to meet as many friendly faces as possible. The new bakery – located at 117 High Street West – was previously Alice Rose, so is perfectly kitted out for creating tasty treats and will surely be whetting the appetites of Glossop for years to come.

Hadfield hosts Auction of Promises in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Local resident James Peel will host an Auction of Promises to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The auction takes place on Friday, 7th June from 7.30 at St Andrew’s Church, Church Street, Hadfield. There will be an entry fee of £5.

So far, over 30 ‘promises’ have been made for services including as an evening’s babysitting, or a week’s worth of ironing. There’s also singing lessons from a classically trained opera star, tickets to see the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the opportunity to drive a race car around a professional race track.

The full list of promises can be seen here and you can donate to James’ Just Giving page to support him in his quest to cycle from London to Paris here

Produce market appeal for buskers

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

The organisers of Glossop’s local produce market are appealing for buskers to play at their monthly meetings.

In an attempt to boost the popularity of the market which runs every second Saturday of the month, those who promote the event want buskers to play whilst the market is running.

Local musicians are asked to put their names forward to play at the markets in return for free food and the contents of a donation pot which will be passed around.

Run by High Peak Borough Council on the outdoor Market Street stalls, the market gives people the chance to experience locally produced food, drink, arts and crafts.

Any musicians interested can contact Pam Alderton on Facebook or visit the market’s Facebook page.

16 year old Glossop star nominated for music award

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Alex McKown, a sixteen year old Blues musician from Glossop, has been nominated for a British Blues Award.

This is the third time that Alex has been nominated for the under 25′s award category, having also been chosen in 2011 and 2012, and the final decision comes down to a public vote. In 2012, after his second nomination, he received a letter from the Houses of Parliament congratulating him on his achievement.

This new boost is just one of a few highlights of a busy 2013 for the youngster who recently featured on a compilation CD, called “The Cream of Electric Blues”.

Speaking about this latest good news, and his plans for the rest of the year, Alex said:

“It is fantastic to be nominated once again since the profile is great and this year I am playing at the Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival and later in the year I have my own gig at Buxton Arts Centre.”

Voting opens on May 8th and anyone wishing to vote for Alex, who was interviewed last year by Glossop Life,can do so by going to

Photo courtesy of Joe Pickering Photography.

Craft Fair

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Bradbury Community House, Market Street, Glossop is holding a Craft Fair on Saturday 23rd March from 10am to 2pm.

Admission is free and refreshments will be available.

Tables £8 Bookable in advance

For more information please call 01457 860007

Free employers event planned for Glossop

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

An acclaimed business mentor is due to speak at an employers  lunch planned for High Peak businesses  in Glossop next month.

Graham Dobbin, Business Growth Mentor for Perception and former director of Business Network International (BNI) will give a presentation on business potential in 2013 at the event being hosted by High Peak Borough Council on Friday March 1.

The free event, to take place at the Glossop Cricket and Bowling Club, is for small to large employers in the north of the borough and will include opportunities to meet informally with both the council’s executive member and service manager for regeneration as well as key training and apprenticeship providers and business support organisations.

Councillor Godfrey Claff, High Peak Borough Council’s executive councillor for regeneration, said: “We hope that the event will be a chance for a range of business sectors to meet with us and our partners to talk about their recruitment and training aspirations, learn more about services and wage incentives on offer and to share their experiences of doing business in the area.

“I am really pleased that we have managed to get such an acclaimed business speaker to come along as we think he will prove illuminating and thought provoking.”

Guest speaker Graham Dobbin said: “We all know these are challenging economic times but, taking time to consider how we approach what we do every day and spot the opportunities that surround us in business is an important part of survival and growth. I am looking forward to sharing my experience in Glossop next month.”

High Peak Borough Council is working with Fig Creative to manage event bookings and marketing. Booking is essential. Please request a place by emailing

Youth film night in Whitfield

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Youngsters are being offered a real Halloween treat – the chance to see a big Hollywood Horror movie!

High Peak Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team are hosting a screening of Woman in Black which stars Daniel Radcliffe in his first film since the end of his role as Harry Potter. The film will be shown at Pure Vibes in Whitfield on 31st October – the night of Halloween.

The film which is rated 12A follows his battle with a murderous ghost in a remote mansion, will start at 7:30pm with doors opening at 7pm. The entrance fee will  be a bargain £1.

The screening is a ticket only event and they can be bought from Pure Vibes, St Philip Howard Catholic School, in St Mary’s Road, Glossop, Glossopdale Community College or at Glossop police station, on Ellison Street.

There will also be free transport available for anyone travelling to the screening from Hadfield, Simmondley and Gamesley.


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 or 07986 122300 or on the door.

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

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.

Dick Gaughan plays Glossop Labour Club

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Dick Gaughan

Scottish folk singer Dick Gaughan plays Glossop Labour Club in Chapel Street on Saturday, November 6 at 8.00pm. Tickets £12 on 01457 862265.