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BBC Springwatch presenter to launch new conservation project

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

BBC Springwatch and Radio 4 natural history presenter to be among the special guests launching two new volunteer led wildlife surveys in the heart of the Peak District.  Brett Westwood will lead the event to launch the English Snow Hare Survey; and the Big Moss Map which are being run by the Moors for the Future Partnership’s Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Community Science’ project.  Volunteers will play a unique role in collecting important data across the Peak District and South Pennines to identify how these species may be affected by the changing climate.

Among those who have expressed support for the project and its aim to encourage people to become Citizen Scientists are Sir David Attenborough and the ‘Urban Birder’ David Lindo (the man behind this year’s hunt to find Britain’s national bird) who said “As far as I am concerned, the only way to really get conservation messages out there is to encourage volunteers to participate in citizen science. Exactly what you guys will be doing.”

The launch is being held the Hathersage Memorial Hall, Derbyshire, on Wednesday 30th September 2015 from 11 am until 1 pm.  A light lunch and refreshments will be served.
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Glossop resident to give first performance as the Northern Chamber Orchestra’s NEW Principal Oboe

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Glossop resident and top, professional oboist, Kenny Sturgeon, gives his first performance as the Northern Chamber Orchestra’s newly-appointed Principal Oboe at the opening concert of the new Macclesfield Heritage Centre season on Saturday 26 September at 7.30pm.  Kenny and the orchestra will be joined by Stockport-born international violinist, Jennifer Pike, who will perform the magnificent Mendelssohn Violin Concerto.  She performed this great work, aged 12, to win the BBC Young Musician competition back in 2002 and Jennifer is now recognised as one of today’s most dazzling violinists, acclaimed for both her technique and her interpretative flair.

Kenny Sturgeon has won many prizes and received several high-profile awards, and highlights in his already impressive career include having had the great privilege of performing with the European Union Youth Orchestra (whilst being a post-graduate student at the Royal College of Music) under the legendary conductor, Vladimir Ashkenazy.  Since graduating and pursing his freelance career, Kenny has performed with almost all of the Orchestras in the UK and Ireland.  He has appeared on many CD recordings and radio broadcasts for Classic FM and Naxos and has also performed at the BBC Proms on several occasions.

The Dazzling Diversions concert on 26 September in Macclesfield will also feature the orchestra’s new Principal Cello, Jennifer Langridge.  NCO’s Artistic Director, Nicholas Ward commented: “I am delighted to have two such outstanding musicians joining us at the NCO.”

Kenny Sturgeon commented: “It’s an absolute privilege to be invited to become a part of one of the UK’s most dynamic ensembles and I’m very much looking forward to starting in September.  I have really enjoyed performing with the NCO and always enjoy how exciting the concerts are, and how well supported the orchestra is by the Cheshire audiences. I’m particularly looking forward to the opening concert of the 2015/16 season.  Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro is such a great piece to start the series, full of dazzling virtuosic flair for the whole orchestra and exhilarating for the listener, and Beethoven’s 7th Symphony really is one of my favourites in the entire repertoire.”

The NCO’s Dazzling Diversions concert at Macclesfield’s historic Heritage Centre also features Beethoven’s glorious Symphony no 7 – an amazing piece with astonishing, rhythmic drive; the famous Overture from Mozart’s much-loved Marriage of Figaro and a contemporary piece, Diversions, by David Ellis (the NCO’s former Artistic Director), recorded by the orchestra in 2014 and warmly received by critics.


NCO’s Macclesfield concert season has been sponsored by Manchester Metropolitan University’s Faculty of Education, one of the UK’s leading, internationally recognised centres for teacher training and professional development.  The Northern Chamber Orchestra is the ‘Orchestra in Residence’ at MMU.


Tickets for Dazzling Diversions and all NCO’s concerts at Macclesfield Heritage Centre are available from the NCO Box Office:

0161 247 2220; from Macclesfield Visitor Information Centre, 01625 378123; Congleton Tourist Information Centre, 01260 271095, from the Silk Museum Shop at the Heritage Centre and On The Door.  Tickets are

priced: £16 Auditorium, £13 Balcony, £7 students, 18s & under FREE.

Find out more by visiting NCO’s new website at

A Little Night Music at Buxton Opera House

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Present Company is delighted to bring this iconic Stephen Sondheim musical to Buxton Opera House for a second time. The first occasion was in 1988 when Jean Gemmell gathered singers together to present the show as part of a Sondheim Celebration Bank Holiday weekend. Since that debut Present Company has performed 70 other musicals, operettas and operas for over 300 performances during the intervening 27 years, giving hundreds of singers an opportunity to show off their singing skills on stage and providing pleasure to the thousands of people who have watched.

For the audience, Stephen Sondheim’s  A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC has everything:  first love . . . last love . . . puppy love . . . sex (a little) . . . pistols at dawn . . . spectacle and above all style, not forgetting the hit song: “Send In The Clowns”

Jean Gemmell, who celebrates more than fifty years as a director, has again brought together some of the best amateur singers and actors from the East Midlands  expressly to create a new production of the show. “A Little Night Music” is a musical with no chorus which requires performers of real acting calibre, with vocal technique of operatic quality, who can also dance!  Little wonder it is rarely tackled. At its premiere, the New York Times reviewer wrote:

“At last a new operetta! . . . heady, civilised, sophisticated, enchanting.

The music is a celebration of waltzes . . . the lyrics are breath-taking . . .

Good God!  An adult musical.”


About the Cast


Laura Brookes is thrilled to be playing the Swedish actress Desirée Armfeldt. Laura joined Present Company (as Laura Orton) for “Beauty and The Beast”, then played Eliza in “My Fair Lady”, Maria in “The Sound of Music” and last year Rose in “Aspects Of Love”. Laura lives in Shepshed.



David Lovell plays the lawyer Frederik Egerman who re-kindles his liaison with Desirée after seeing her again when taking his new young bride to the theatre. David joined Present Company last year to play George in “Aspects Of Love”. David lives in Leicester, where he has sung many leading roles in operettas and in musicals and regularly “frocks up” as the Dame in The Little Theatre’s annual pantomime.



Alice Hands sings Anne Egerman, Frederik’s 18 year old wife in a marriage that has yet to be consummated. This is Alice’s debut with Present Company. She lives in Nottingham and works in the Box Office of the Theatre Royal.



Craig Arme sings Henrik Egerman, Frederik’s 19 year old son, who has fallen hopelessly in love with his step-mother. For Present Company, Craig has previously sung the roles of Marcel “Aspects Of Love” and Perchik “Fiddler On The Roof”.


Jon Morris sings Count Carl-Magnus the dragoon whose current mistress is the actress Desirée Armfeldt. Jon last sang Cornelius in Present Company’s “Hello, Dolly!”. Jon lives in Derby and is a singing teacher.


Rachael-Louise Bray sings Countess Charlotte, the wife of Carl-Magnus and a school friend of Anne Egerman. Rachael’s major roles for Present Company have been Maisie “The Boy Friend”, Jacqueline “Me And My Girl”, Gretel “White Horse Inn”, Tzeitel “Fiddler On The Roof” and Giulietta “ Aspects Of Love”.   Rachael lives in Chesterfield.


Bryony Gilbert (née Thompson) has been a member of Present Company for sixteen years, primarily as a dancer. She sang Fay in “The Boy Friend”, Minnie in “Hello, Dolly!”, Jenny in “Aspects Of Love” and now Bryony sings another teenage role, as Frederika Armfeldt, Desirée’s 13 year old daughter. Bryony lives in Doveridge.


Liebeslieders  Stephen Sondheim included in this musical a group of five singers whose role is to set the scene and comment upon the action on stage like a Greek Chorus. The singers taking these parts are: Andrew Lockwood, Richard Potts, Sarah Potts, Judith Hanson and Susan Dooley. Of these, both Richard Potts and Judith Hanson appeared in Present Company’s original production in 1988, although not both the same parts. Andrew lives in Chesterfield. Richard, Sarah and Susan live in Nottingham, Judith lives in Derby.


Box Office

Tickets          Thursday – Saturday  (7.30pm)  £15.00, £17.00, £19.00

Saturday Matinée  (2.30pm)   £13.50, £15.50, £17.50


Senior Citizen /Disabled /Group 8 or more            £1.50 off    (not Dress Circle)

Children 3 -15 /Student /JSA /Income Sup.           Half Price  (not Dress Circle)

Matcham Card /Buxton Breaks                             12% off (Thursday Half Price)


Box Office   01298 72190

or online:  

About Present Company

Regular visitors to Buxton Opera House since 1988, when they kicked off with Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Present Company performers have delighted audiences in recent years with: The Boy Friend, The Sound of Music, White Horse Inn, Hello, Dolly! The Merry Widow and Aspects Of Love. The aim has been, and still is, to deliver ambitious musicals, new and old.

If you require further details, more visuals or would like to interview the Artistic Director Jean Gemmell or one of the principal performers please contact me by email or by telephone: 01332 781816



Remembering Aaron Charity Events

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

August 10th, 2015 marks three years since Aaron Sullivan from Hadfield sadly lost his battle with cancer.

Over the last 3 years, charity fundraisers have been organised in his name to raise money for the charity that treated him – the Young Oncology Unit within the Christie Hospital.

The first fundraiser on August 11, 2012 was meant to be a chance for Aaron to do something in the last chapter of his life. Unfortunately he passed away a day before the event so the money went to his charity and a memorial bench instead.

The second event on the anniversary of Aaron’s death raised £3,010.30. Last year, an amazing £4,216 was raised overall a weekend of events.

This year, a weekend of scheduled events has been organised to once more raise funds for this vital cause.


Remembering Aaron Charity Events

Friday 7 August. The Oakwood. 7:30pm til late

Featuring Maybe Frank and Amy Griffiths. £4 entry

Saturday 8 August. Glossopdale (Hadfield site) SK13 2DA. 1pm – 5pm.

Live entertainment from Tim’s Band, Maybe Frank and more. Live DJs: George Clubb, Lee Allen and more. Dance acts including The Latin Dance Company and more. Football tournaments: Adults and Junior. Tintwistle Athletic BBQ, Raffle, Tombola, Facepainting, Stalls, Bouncy Castles and much more.

After the event why not head off to Club HQ for the official after party where there is a comedy night lined-up with Glossop’s very own comedian Graham Elliott, plus special guest Josh Deegan.

Entry is free, but a donation would be appreciated. 7:30pm til late.

Bursary for Buxton Opera House’s ‘Young Company’

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Young performers and theatre enthusiasts still have time to get financial help of up to £400, in order that they may join Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Art Centre’s acclaimed youth theatre ‘Young Company’, for the next academic year.

As part of the theatre’s commitment to remove economic barriers to the arts, bursaries for the coming year will be allocated to up to six young people aged 5 to 25, opening up opportunities including participation in the ‘Young Company’ productions (both on and off stage) access to workshops and talks and meetings with the professional cast members and production teams which visit Buxton Opera House.

Bursary applications are welcomed until up to two days before the next youth theatre audition to be held on Tuesday 11 August 2015 at the Pavilion Arts Centre.

Those wishing to find out more, check eligibility or apply for the ‘Young Company’ Bursary Scheme can Pat Russell at Buxton Opera House Tel: 01298 72050 or download an application pack from Buxton Opera House website

The Buxton Spa Prize 2015– Over 100 artists entered

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Over 100 artists and guests attended The Buxton Spa Prize awards event and exhibition launch at The Green Man Gallery on Thursday 16 July. The extensive exhibition featured work by over 100 artists of all ages and abilities who painted the town in the open air (en plein air) during May and June.. The prize which was successfully launched in 2014 aims to raise the profile of artists and their work and further enhance Buxton’s national reputation as a centre for arts and culture. The exhibition of the artist’s work which can be purchased, open until the 31 August at The Green Man Gallery, Hardwick Hall behind Buxton Museum.

Inspired by similar competitions in Bath and Bristol, The Buxton Spa Prize has Children’s Prize, 11 – 17 year old Buxton Spa Teen Prize, The Buxton Spa Young Persons Prize for those aged 18 – 25 and an open category with a first prize of £5,000 from the Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust. The Harold Riley Sketchbook Prize which generated great interest in 2014 and will be repeated this year with a prize of £2000.

The Prize judges leading UK ‘en plein air’ artists Ken Howard RA OBE and Pete ‘The Street ‘ Brown and Chairman of Visit England, Penelope, Viscountess Cobham CBE. competition with a chance to win £5,000.

The winners were as follows:

The Buxton Spa Prize 2015 sponsored by The Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust, The University of Derby & No 6 Tearoooms.

  • 1st – Rob Wilson – The Crescent
  • 2nd – David Pilgrim - Evening Stroll on Broadwalk
  • 3rd – Michael J Ashcroft - One Morning in June
The Crescent by Rob Wilson

The Crescent by Rob Wilson

An Evening Stroll on Broadwalk by David Pilgrim

An Evening Stroll on Broadwalk by David Pilgrim

One Morning in June by Michael Ashcroft

One Morning in June by Michael J Ashcroft


























The Harold Riley Sketchbook Prize 2015 sponsored by the Harold Riley Trust

  • Julie Cross


The Buxton Spa Young Artists 2015

Georgina Watson & Sophie Hall


The Buxton Spa Teen Prize 2015  sponsored by Buxton and Leek College

  • 1st Prize: Charlie Collins, 16
  • 2nd Prize: Ceri Davis, 15
  • 3rd Prize: Carys Walters, 15


The Buxton Spa Children’s Prize 2015 , sponsored by Buxton and Leek College

  • 1st Prize: Emily Potter, 8
  • 2nd Prize: Alice Cochrane, 10
  • 3rd Prize: Angus Grey, 6


Sponsors of the prize include the Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust, Riley Archive, Buxton and Leek College the University of Derby and Vision Buxton. For further details visit or email

Buxton’s star studded pantomime line up revealed

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

This year’s pantomime at Buxton Opera House brings together two well-known TV actors who have never previously performed at the venue.

Aladdin will star James Holmes, who will play Widow Twankey.  He will be familiar to viewers as camp restaurant-owner Clive Evans in the award-winning comedy series Miranda.  Also starring is Kelsey-Beth Crossley, who will take the role of Princess Jasmine.  Best known for playing the character of Scarlett Nicholls in Emmerdale for five years, Kelsey also appeared on the BBC’s popular singing competition The Voice last year.

Both actors are looking forward to meeting audiences at the Opera House this Christmas.  James Holmes has previously worked as a stand up comedian and is thrilled to be playing Dame for the first time.  He says: I’ve always wanted to do panto – it’s like a rite of passage – and I’ve been looking at iconic Coronation Street characters like Betty Turpin for inspiration.”

Kelsey-Beth Crossley admits that she loves panto so much she always gets the ‘Panto Blues’ in January: “I love the fact that the cast has as much fun as the audience during the show. I have a brilliant time when I’m in panto – so much so that I get upset when it’s all over.”

Buxton’s Christmas show is becoming one of the most popular seasonal events in the Midlands, with audiences travelling far and wide to enjoy a pantomime performance in the picturesque town, with its Grade II* listed Opera House.

Aladdin, a co-production between Buxton Opera House and CTP Pantomimes (formerly Channel Theatre Productions) runs from Saturday 12December to Saturday 2 January. Tickets are currently on sale from £17.50 – £22.50. To buy tickets or for more information call the Box Office on 01298 72190 or book online at

Serving the Nation – BBQ for Heroes 2015

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Help for Heroes (H4H) is asking the great British public to turn their BBQ’s in to an opportunity to fund raise for wounded, injured and sick service personnel, veterans and their families.

The ‘BBQ for Heroes’ campaign takes place during 15 – 31August 2015, however if this isn’t convenient you are feel free to choose a date that is.

Whether you invite friends over for a BBQ in your garden in exchange for a donation, or arrange a bigger community event, it all makes a difference to the support H4H can provide.

A free fundraising pack will be sent to every BBQ for Heroes event organiser to help make each event a success.  The packs include H4H wristbands, lapel pins, collecting boxes, bunting, balloons and a BBQ for Heroes banner.

Emma Parry, CEO & co-founder, Help for Heroes: “H4H is all about ‘doing your bit’ and this event is a wonderful example of people rallying support and having a great deal of fun while they raise money. The money you raise is needed, it is being used and it is hugely appreciated.”

H4H offers comprehensive support to those who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses in the line of duty. This is provided through grants to individuals, other charities and organisations, capital build projects and four Recovery Centres across the UK which offer support for life. The money raised by the hugely generous public has been used to support the wounded, but there is still so much more to do. Soldiers, sailors and airmen who are injured today will still need our support tomorrow and in the days that follow, for the rest of their lives. They are still battling and H4H will not let them battle alone.

To register or for more information visit or call 01980 846459.


Buxton set for goosebumps with The Woman in Black

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

If things that go bump in the night send shivers down your spine, then prepare to be truly terrified by Buxton Opera House’s latest performance, The Woman in Black.

After celebrating its 25th year on the West End, The Woman in Black arrived in Buxton last night as part of a major UK tour. Starring Matt Connor (Doctors, Hollyoaks, Coronation Street) and Malcolm James (The Bill, Brookside, Heartbeat), the two actors put on stellar performances in a gripping theatrical exploration of terror.

Utilising minimal stage props, spine chilling sound effects and a great deal of imagination, the play has been adapted for the stage by late playwright Stephen Mallatratt, and is skilfully directed by Robin Herford.

Based on the novel by Susan Hill, the play tells the story of Arthur Cripps who, as a junior solicitor, found himself far away from home to attend the funeral of one of his clients, Alice Drablow. Alone in her hard to reach house, he finds himself amidst ghostly goings on and witnesses a horrifying vision of a wasted woman, dressed in black. Tortured by the remote house and unable to find anyone willing to speak, Arthur begins a journey to unlock the secrets of the woman in black and her horrifying story.

The Woman in Black is at Buxton Opera House until June 20th. Tickets are available from

Calling young performers!

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre Young Company (YC) is a true success story. Since its inception in November 2014 young performers have collaborated with the National Theatre Connections Festival and appeared at The Lowry in Salford and also performed with English Touring Opera, to mention a few just a few recent highlights.

Young Company is now recruiting for performers between the ages of 12 to 25 to become members of the group and take part in some exciting new projects. The intake workshops will be held on the evenings of Wednesday 24th and Friday, 26th June 2015.

Those selected at the auditions will start rehearsals in September 2015, working towards a live main-house production in 2016. During the 10-month period performers will work with industry professionals who will impart all the necessary skills needed to produce an outstanding level of production. Not only will participants receive training in performance, but also backstage and marketing.

How to Apply:

All applicants must hold Young Company membership at the time of applying. To register for an audition slot, simply complete the online form available at The deadline for applications is: Friday, 19th June 2015. Young Company auditions will take the form of a group workshop and participants will be asked to take part in a series of group exercises. YC: Acting will involve some text based work and improvisation. YC: Musical Theatre will involve some singing, dancing and improvisation work.

Glossop’s Teenage Market is on the Hunt

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

An opportunity for Glossop’s young entrepreneurs to try out new business ideas is  looking for young creative traders and talented performers to take part.

The Teenage Market gives young people who are already trading online, a chance to trade at their local market. It also inspires young people who have never considered the idea of trading on a market the chance to have a go.

The first ever Teenage Market is coming to Glossop on Saturday, 9th May and is looking to connect with Glossop’s population of young people by providing a free platform for them to be entrepreneurial, try out a new a business idea and sell creative products.

If you are aged 12 – 25 you can register to take part either as a trader or performer. It’s free to participate, and the Teenage Market will take care of your insurance and help with a table/gazebo. All they need is budding young business men and women to provide lots of enthusiasm, great products, performances or services to help make this a great event.

If you make things and would like to try and sell them, then register now to become a trader. If you want to raise your profile or practice performing in front of crowds then register now to become a performer whether it’s as a dancer, singer or circus act.

For more information or to register, please visit

Glossop Girl Steals the Show in Mind The Gap

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Former Glossopdale pupil, Bethany Southworth, is taking centre stage in a new production in Liverpool this weekend.

Bethany, who is 18 years old, was a keen member of her school’s musical performances and played Fantine in Les Miserables and Kelsi in High School Musical.

Following that, she became a member of Rachael’s Voices choir and the Glossopdale Community College Wind Band, as well as performing solo at Glossop’s The Moon and Sixpence, The Globe and The Oakwood.

After Bethany completed her A-levels, she ventured to Liverpool to take part in the HNC Musical Theatre class at The City of Liverpool College, which saw her write the songs and scenes for upcoming musical Mind The Gap with other class members.

The song she performs in the show – Don’t Pity The Busker – was written by Bethany herself.,

An aspiring songwriter, Bethany will moving on to study a Pop Music Composition degree at University of Hull in September.

Mind The Gap will be shown at The City of Liverpool College’s Arts Centre this weekend. Please see below for further details.



22nd & 23rd April 2015

2pm Wednesday Matinee

7pm Wednesday & Thursday

 ‘The gap between fate and reality is a matter of seconds’

Ever wondered what might have happened if you’d missed that train or made that bus? The City of Liverpool College’s HNC Musical Theatre students are doing just that in their brand new musical ‘MIND THE GAP’ which explores the ‘what ifs’ and could ‘have beens’ on 7th July 2005.

As we near the tenth anniversary of Britain’s worst ever terrorist attack the HNC Musical Theatre students explore the events with fresh eyes. Cast member Caitlyn Mccarron explained “We were all about 8 when 7/7 happened so it didn’t directly impact our lives, as young adults we are more aware of its wider impact and exploring the stories has given us a real insight into the human cost of the tragedy and this is what we’ve explored in the show.”

The students have been involved in every aspect of the show from set design and marketing to devising the script and composing the songs.  Like the majority of the cast Jake Gardner didn’t have a lot of song writing experience at the start of the project; “It was initially very daunting to think we were going to write a musical from scratch but we are so proud of what we’ve achieved and cannot wait to share it with the public!”

The musical will premiere at The City of Liverpool College’s Arts Centre on 22nd & 23rd April. Tickets costs £5 and £3 for concessions.  For information about how to book tickets ring 0151 252 4312 or email


Romans to Invade Hadfield…Again

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Local heritage and archaeological groups are joining forces on Saturday, 14th March to bring a free and exciting fun family day to Hadfield’s St. Andrew’s Church from 10am to 4pm.

The theme is ‘Romans, Reservoirs & Railways’ and will cover everything you want to know about the Romans at Melandra Roman Fort to the building of the world’ first purpose built water storage facility and the construction of the Woodhead Tunnel and railways of the valley, so come along and meet the experts.

There will be displays, films and lots of fun children’s activities to develop their archaeological skills or  try out train driving on the model railway.

A ‘Roman Army’ will begin to invade during the day as the children’s coloured in Roman soldiers will be suspended around the hall – a reminder of the 500 Roman soldiers once stationed at Melandra.

Hot bacon muffins will be served until lunchtime and refreshments will be available all day at this one off opportunity to catch up with your unique and important local heritage.

The organisers of this event are the Hadfield, Padfield & Tintwistle Heritage Group and Glossopdale & Longdendale Archaeological Society (GLAS).

Participants will include Friends of Hadfield Station, Glossop Heritage Trust, Glossop & District Model Railway Club where visitors can try out their driving skills, and the Woodhead Tunnel informationwill be presented  by Val and Alan Rowell.

Romans, Reservoirs & Railways


Buxton Folk in May

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Buxton Opera House is offering something completely new to the town, Buxton Folk in May, a month-long programme of live music from some of the best folk artists in the country, together with talented folk musicians from High Peak.

The celebration of folk will start on the bank holiday weekend (Friday, 1st May) with a gig from the young fiddle septet, FRIGG. The group gained acclaim after dazzling at Celtic Connections and Cambridge Folk Festivals with their hip-twitching Finnish tunes and feisty Norwegian detours.

Running over Saturday 2nd & Sunday, 3rd May will be Big Session in Buxton (the brainchild of Oysterband, based on the band’s very successful Big Session Festival which started in 2005 at Leicester’s De Montfort Hall). The event offers a true celebration for all the senses, growing out of the spirit of after-hours music sessions between artists and festival goers.

Melodeon wizard Simon Care starts the Big Session off on Saturday afternoon at 4pm in The Old Clubhouse, Buxton. Following which Oysterband plus folk legend June Tabor, and Blair Dunlop will be in concert at the Opera House at 7.30pm; to round off bank holiday Saturday, local musicians will perform back in The Old Clubhouse (from 11pm).

Big Session in Buxton continues on Sunday morning (3rd May, 11am), with a guided walk around the beautiful spa town of Buxton, led by renowned rambler and Oysterband frontman John Jones. Afterwards walkers can join John and his band members at 12.30pm, for an afternoon of live music back in The Old Clubhouse.

Buxton Folk in May carries on the following weekend with Altan (Saturday 9th), sure to get audiences up on their feet with their Irish reels and jigs, performed together with sensitive and touching old Irish songs. Other events include Celtic Fiddle Festival on Sunday 10th, which sees three of the finest folk violinists in the country perform. Merrymouth (Friday 22nd), led by Ocean Colour Scene songwriter Simon Fowler, will also entertain with a joyful mix of piano, cello, trombone, clarinet, muted trumpet and double bass.

Buxton Opera House is offering a special offer on tickets for Big Session in Buxton: session events are completely free to ticket holders of Saturday night’s Opera House concert Oysterband & June Tabor, and Blair Dunlop

For more information or to buy tickets for Buxton Folk in May visit or call the Box Office on 0845 127 2190.

More big names heading to Glossop

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

More famous names are heading to Glossop as The Commercial Inn on Manor Park Road continues to fill up their summer events calendar.

Saturday, May 9th will see ex-brother Beyond and Worlds Apart singer Nathan Moore take to the stage for a night of nostalgia and great pop hits. Having performed all over the world under the Stock, Aitken & Waterman label, he has since managed a raft of musical talent including Steps star Lisa Scott Lee and Pop Idol contestant, Hayley Evetts. More recently, in January of this year, Nathan participated in The Voice and is looking forward to entertaining the crowds once more.

Bringing the laughs on August 15th will be Benidorm star Crissy Rock. Having thrilled customers with her show in 2014, Crissy returns to The Commercial for another night of fun, gags and rip-roaring tales about her life as an award-winning actress, comedienne and author.

Pub owners Anthony and Leanne Parker are committed to bringing a star-studded line up to Glossop and hope that this will be the start in a long line of familiar names.

To find out more information about the pub at or get in touch on 01457 852071.

Fig Creative to host Start-Up Business Surgery

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Glossop-based marketing company Fig Creative is helping to support the success of local start-up businesses by hosting a free business surgery where entrepreneurs can get practical advice to help launch their own businesses.

Taking place on Wednesday 28th January at Fig Creative’s offices on High Street West, the event will see a number of professionals on hand to offer advice and answer any questions from attendees about starting a business, whether it’s about grants, getting a website, bank accounts and HMRC registration or insurance liabilities.

In attendance will be Helen Pakpahan from High Peak Borough Council, Graham Elliott from Ridge Insurance and Becky Marsden from Fig Start, as well as a number of other local professionals from various sectors and organisations.

Helen Duncan, MD from Fig Creative said: “We’ve hosted a ‘starting up in business’ drop in session every January for the past six years and it always gets a good response. It’s not very often you can find all the industry experts you need in one room to answer all your questions so it’s a great opportunity.”

Helen added: “There are so many things you need to think about when you are starting up in business, suddenly you have lots of hats to wear and it can be very daunting, so getting the best local advice is critical to the best start.”

The free event takes place on Wednesday 28th January between 9am and 11am and anyone interested can drop in without making an appointment to ask the experts about a variety of subjects from VAT and tax implications to drawing up an effective business plan. Attendees can also pick up Fig Creative’s free High Peak Business Start-up Guide at the event or request a copy by calling 01457 857111 if they can’t make the session.

For more information about Fig Creative, visit or call 01457 857111.


Glossop Catholic Churches make big preparations for Christmas

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Parishioners from All Saints and St Mary Crowned, Glossop’s two Catholic Parishes, are working together to make Christmas extra special this year.  They have been busy coordinating their efforts and pooling their resources over the last few weeks.  There has already been a successful Christmas Fair at Bradbury House and a Christmas Party in the newly-refurbished Parish Hall on St Mary’s Road.  At the Victorian Fair in Old Glossop some parishioners were selling Irish Coffees and on each Sunday of Advent there has been sung candlelit Evening Prayer.

This is all leading up to the celebration of Christmas. There will be three Christmas Masses: 6pm on Christmas Eve at St Mary’s (preceded by a carol service at 5.30pm) and on Christmas morning there will be Mass at St Mary’s at 9.30am and at All Saints at 11am.

Fr Greg Tobin, Parish Priest, said, “The Christmas Eve Mass, in particular, is always very well attended as that is when many families come.  Musicians and singers from both parishes are working hard together to plan the music and the Nativity Story will be acted out by children in the parishes. Everyone is warmly invited to join us in celebrating this important Christian feast.”


M&S Glossop supports Bare Necessities Food Bank Christmas Appeal

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Finance and Operations Section Manager from M&S Glossop, Michael Holliday, was more than willing to support the Bare Necessities Christmas appeal.

The store went all out, highlighting items from the Christmas Wish Shopping List around the store, while volunteers from Bare Necessities spoke to customers explaining who benefits from the appeal.

The Bare Necessities volunteers also had valuable help from the 2nd Glossop Scouts, Cubs and Beavers who were carrying out bag packing at the store to raise funds for their group.

Both customers and staff were extremely generous with their donations. In many cases, these included specialist items such as chocolate biscuits and treats for children. These were in addition to the staple foods which provide food parcels relied upon by families who find themselves in food crisis.

Bare Necessities volunteer Joy Hallsworth said “on behalf of all at Bare Necessities I would like to thank not just the staff and customers of M&S, but all who have donated to Bare Necessities during the last twelve months. One would hope that the need for emergency food parcels would no longer be necessary but there is no sign of the demand letting up. In fact, local families are still struggling to make everyday decisions on how to provide enough food  for their children and dependents whilst meeting the ever increasing cost of living expenses ‘Eat or Heat’”.

If you or anyone you know needs help or you wish to volunteer, then please ring 07928786828 or visit our website at


Glossop Juniors and Glossop North End Community Day

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

On December 13th, Glossop Juniors will celebrate their 25th anniversary and are calling for all associated with the club to join them this Saturday to celebrate the year’s success. 2014 has been a very successful year for the club, and has seen them be awarded both the High Peak Club of the Year and Derbyshire Sports Club of the Year.

To celebrate this fantastic achievement , all Glossop Juniors’ players, managers and coaches are invited to take part in a commemorative photograph during half time at Saturday’s match between Glossop North End AFC v Ashton Athletic. Both awards will also be presented to Glossop Juniors representatives.

Glossop North End are on a great run in the North West Counties Premier League and are gunning for promotion boosted by support from Glossop Juniors, who are now turning out in force to support the senior club.

All Glossop Juniors players are asked to wear their kits, training coats or GNE colours. Kick off is at 3pm and Glossop Juniors players will be given free admission to the game.

For more information on forthcoming events, plus other club news, please visit

Glossop’s Chimney Coming Down

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Glossop’s chimney is finally set to come down as part of a scheme to provide affordable homes on the former Ferro Alloys site.

High Peak Borough Council has announced a deal with Equity Housing Group and housing developer Westleigh Partnerships Ltd to build 44 houses on the Surrey Street site.
It has been a long held ambition of the Council to redevelop this site and it has been working hard behind the scenes with the site owner for a number of years.
Council Leader, Councillor Caitlin Bisknell, said: “This is a very important and welcome development for Glossop and shows the Council’s determination both to bring brownfield land; back into use and to provide affordable homes for local people. Demolishing the chimney will remove a blot on the landscape and an unwelcome hazard from the town.”

Earlier this year the Council supported Equity in an application to the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency for funding for the houses. This was approved in the summer and Equity entered into partnership with Westleigh Partnerships Ltd to build the homes.
An exchange of contracts has now taken place between Ferro Alloys and Westleigh Partnerships Ltd who will purchase the site for development.

Glossop councillor and executive member for regeneration, Councillor Godfrey Claff, said: “This development will mean a great deal to Glossop residents. The smelting plant and the chimney have been an environmental blight on the town for around 80 years and to finally see it go will, I think, be celebrated all over the town.

“And to replace it with affordable homes, which are so badly needed in Glossop, is a great achievement. I am really proud of the role the Council has played in bringing this about. This site has been very problematic and to get this far has taken patience and perseverance.
“Of course it is still early days in the development of this project. Plans have yet to be submitted and they have to go before Development Control Committee. It will be up to them whether or not they are approved.”

Last week Westleigh Partnerships Ltd distributed a leaflet to nearby residents describing the proposed development and asking for their comments.

Glossop’s Tesco helps boost Bare Necessities Foodbank

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Staff at the Tesco in Glossop have this week given a big boost to local foodbank, Bare Necessities.

Since Tuesday, November 25, staff at the store have helped collect items donated by generous shoppers, which is to be given to Bare Necessities to help feed the families who need it most in the Glossop area.

Staff even completed a trolley dash in-store, with the proceeds being donated to the charity too.

Bare Necessities is an independent charity, set up to provide emergency provisions to families and individuals in food crisis, in the Glossopdale area. If you would like to donate, or volunteer, please visit the website at or call on 07811 684282.

The donation stand will be running until Saturday, November 29th. All dry and tinned food items would be gratefully received.

The Perfect Gift from Ruben’s Retreat

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Glossop-based charity Ruben’s Retreat are offering the perfect gift this Christmas.

Their online shop has all manner of Christmas items available to buy, with all proceeds going to wards the fantastic local charity.

From Christmas cards and pens, to bags, brooches, cuff links and the sweatshirts and hoodies that have become a familiar site around the town, there’s a range of items to buy for this fantastic cause.

Products are available to buy online at

Reuben’s Retreat are also hosting the second prince and princess party on Sunday, December 14th from 12pm – 4pm at The Village Hotel in Ashton-under-Lyne.

There will be guest appearances from Father Christmas, plus a raffle, plenty of fun and games, lots of dancing, a tasty buffet and much more.

Tickets cost £12 and can be purchased online atwww.reubensretreat.ord/shop

For any further information, please contact Becki at

Glossop band Melandra hit all the right notes for Children in Need

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Glossop-based band Melandra raised a fantastic £184.68 for Children In Need by busking around the pubs of Glossop.

Nigel Barrow and Peak Health Clinic’s Phil Stock took to the bars on Friday 14th November armed with guitars and a bustling repertoire of hits to entertain the crowds with, and were warmly received.

They would like to sincerely thank the staff and customers of The Globe, The Friendship, The Commercial and The Queens Arms for their warm welcomes and generous contributions.

Children in Need raised a whopping £32,620,469 with donations still coming in.

If you would like to donate, please visit

Glossop Juniors score top award

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Glossop North End AFC Juniors had reason to celebrate recently as they were crowned the PFK Cooper Parry Club of the Year at the 2014 Derbyshire Sport Awards.

Held at the Roundhouse in Derby, the evening – which was hosted by BBC East Midlands Today’s Colin Hazelden – celebrated sports teams from around the county and awarded them for their hard work, commitment and achievements.

Glossop NE AFC Juniors have over 300 children – both boys and girls – playing football over more than 20 teams across various age groups. Not only that, but behind the scenes they’ve helped a number of their coaches and junior leaders achieve FA qualifications.

The Derbyshire Sports Awards are organised by Derbyshire Sport and recognise some of the county’s most committed and talented youngsters, volunteers, coaches, athletes, clubs and organisations.

Old Glossop gears up for Christmas

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Community groups in Old Glossop are planning a grand start to the Christmas season with Victorian festivities taking place in the streets. Local craftspeople and businesses will be selling unique and original gifts whilst entertainers provide music and dancing among the stalls.

“The atmosphere of Old Glossop village brings feelings of nostalgia for a bygone age, so what better place to host a Victorian Christmas event?” said one of the organisers Paul Bohan of High Peak Nightstop,

Running from 2-6pm on Sunday 7th December, expect to hear Glossop Christmas stories, live music and bell ringing, smell roast chestnuts, taste mulled wine and seasonal treats and see a candlelit tree, a crib and traditional dancing.

The ringing of bells at around 3.30pm will be followed by a lantern parade and carol service whilst the tree is decorated by local school children.

Councillor Garry Parvin said “Holding a community event around the Old Cross is really special, it’s been the centre of village life for centuries. We’re delighted so many groups are working together on the Christmas festivities.”

Entry to the event is free but there will be the opportunity to donate to help cover the costs. Any profits will be split between the foodbank to support local people in crisis over Christmas and Old Glossop Resident’s Association.

As the Victorian festivities finish, there will be a theatre production of ‘All is Calm’ at 6pm in Old Glossop Church. The play is a re-imagining of what might have happened in the events leading up to the extraordinary football match and spontaneous carol singing that happened on Christmas Day in the First World War trenches. Tickets are available from Bay Tree Books, Fieldings Jewellers and Wains.

Musicians, performers and entertainers who would be willing to take part in the event are asked to email or ring Paul Bohan on 01298 73313.

Dickinson’s Real Deal comes to Buxton

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Antiques expert and television presenter David Dickinson is coming to Buxton on Saturday to help make you rich!

Popular ITV show, Dickinson’s Real deal will be popping along to Buxton Pavilion Gardens and encouraging people to bring along their untold treasures.

If you have goods to sell, visit The Octagon Room from 9am – 5pm and you could soon be quids-in.

If your antique is of value, you can either take money for it there and then from an antiques dealer, or turn them down and try and make more for it at auction instead.

The show’s team of experts will look at every item brought along; if you are interested in selling your antiques or valuables bring them along for the chance of getting the Real Deal.

Doors are open between 9am and 5pm. Admission is free - you do not need to book an appointment or buy a ticket- simply turn up on the day, but please bring photographic ID and proof of address.

For more information, see

Glossopdale Enterprise Awareness needs your help

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Can you spare two hours to take part in mock interviews for Glossopdale students? 

Glossopdale Community College are asking for volunteers from local businesses to conduct mock interviews for fictitious jobs within your organisation on Tuesday, November 11th from 6pm -8pm.

The interview will last 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes of feedback to be given to the students about their skills and areas for improvement.

If you can help with this event, please contact Claire Dunkerley at or call 01457 862336.


Glossop girl makes the cut for hair charity

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

A Glossopdale student has undergone a stunning transformation, all in aid of a throwaway comment she made as a youngster.

Tabitha Ballington, 16, donated approximately 50cm of hair to The Little Princess Trust, a charity organisation which creates real-hair wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment.

Having had waist-length hair since she was 9 years old, it was a big change to make, but one she had been thinking about for a while. Says mum Laura Ballington, owner of Laura’s Coffee Lounge on Henry Street, Glossop, “When she was younger, she once said ‘when I’m older, I’m going to have all my hair cut off and give it to little bald children’, and then she went and did it”.

Says Tabitha, “my hair got quite annoying, so I Googled ‘hair donation’ and came across The Little Princess Trust and decided to do it”.

Hairdresser Samantha Whyatt from Arturos made the cut (and a great job she’s done too!), donating her fee to The Little Princess Trust too.

Tabitha admits there were tears, especially as the whole family came to watch – mum, dad and grandparents were all in attendance – but she’s already gelled with her new style, “it’s really great, I love it” she says. “I’d definitely do it again”.

Find out more about The Little Princess Trust at

Click here to watch the video.

Tabitha before

Tabitha before

Tabitha after

Tabitha after

Alzheimer’s Society Workshops available for Dementia Carers in Glossop

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Do you care for someone with dementia?

The Alzheimer’s Society Derbyshire are running five locally based workshops in Glossop to offer help and advice to people caring for dementia sufferers.

Based at Bradbury Community House, 10 Market Street, Glossop from 2pm – 4.30pm, the sessions run each Tuesday from September 2 until 30th September, 2014.

Places are limited, so early booking is advised. Call 01246 223366 for more information.


What is the Carer Information and Support Programme?

The  Carer Information and Support Programme is a series of workshops for people ca\ring for a family member or friend with dementia. It provides an opportunity for you to talk in a friendly and confidential environment about your experiences and the impact they are having on you.

The workshops aim to provide you with information and support.

Topics will include:

- what is dementia?
- how can you support and care for someone with dementia?
- the support services that are available
- planning for the future


Who will be there?

The workshops are run by Alzheimer’s Society staff and volunteers for groups of up to 12 people who care for a family member or friend with dementia.

Respite care during sessions may be available in your area. Please contact your local Alzheimer’s Society office for more information.


About Alzheimer’s Society

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and their carers. They offer suality services, fun research, advise professionals and campaign for improved health and social care and a greater understanding and awareness of dementia.


For more information about the Carer Information and Support Programme please contact your local Alzheimer’s Society office in Chesterfield on 01246 223366, or email

The war to end all wars

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Aged just 18, Darren Poyzer was on the Royal Navy’s front line during the Falklands Conflict of 1982. Now as he reaches his 50th year, he has written to deliver a genuinely unique, heartfelt and soul-searching WW1 Commemoration performance.

Described as an up close and personal, alternative to Pomp and Ceremony, The War To End All Wars charts Darren’s own story and, using a selection of self-penned songs landscaped by authentic video footage, pays breathtaking respect to the 100th anniversary of the start of The Great War.

Known and respected as one of the finest songwriters in the North West, he has performed live at many prestigious festivals and venues across the UK, including Glastonbury, Edinburgh Fringe, Acoustic Festival OF Britain and The International Guitar Festival of Great Britain.

Originally from Glossop and having spent his childhood in The Peak District, Darren makes a very special return to Buxton, having previously graced the Opera House stage in 2009.

The War To End All Wars is recommended for age 11 and upwards, supports Great War learning, and for Buxton Festival Fringe 2014 two performances are scheduled to take place at Underground Venues, Old Hall Hotel. The dates and times are: Sunday July 13th at 4pm, and Saturday July 26th at 4pm.

Advance ticket purchasing and more performance information, including song recordings and videos, can be found at

Gee Cross Fete a huge success

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

The annual Gee Cross Fete, organised jointly by the Rotary Club of Hyde and Willow Wood Hospice, celebrated its 21st year with another great success despite the unseasonal weather this year. Over the years this event has been ‘re-invented’ a few times but has kept its local family appeal, providing local charities and organisation an opportunity to meet the people of Hyde and it is estimated will have raised over £150,000.

The main attraction this year was the performances by Circus Sensible with their circus workshops being especially enjoyed. The fete included a large variety of stalls, games, a large raffle and entertainment throughout the day. The pony rides were a particular hit with younger children.

The fete opened with the traditional church service which was followed by displays from Dowson, Holy Trinity, Leigh St and Godley Schools. Performances by the Freedom Dancers and MCA were also enjoyed by the visitors. For the first time budding Mary Berry’s had the chance to enter the ‘Great GX Bake Off’ with the first prize being scooped up by Lynda Byrne. The event was honoured by a visit from The Mayor and Mayoress.

In a joint statement, Andy Williams from Hyde Rotary and John Fellowes, Head of Fundraising at Willow Wood said “Events like Gee Cross Fete take months of planning and the success of the event would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the continued support of the local community. Thankfully this year all the hard work culminated in a successful and enjoyable day for the 3000 people who attended and raised over £5000 which will benefit both Rotary charities and Willow Wood.

Finally the fete organising committee would like to thank everyone, to many to mention individually, who made the day possible. Everyone who volunteered their help both in the run up to the event to helping on the day, local firms and individuals who either donated a wide range of raffle prizes or advertised in the fete programme and of course to all of the spectators who attended played a huge part in making this community event again a success. However the organisers would like to thank the Werneth Conservatives and Millson Architects for their event sponsorship.

Bare Necessities’ Supermarket Collection a Huge Success

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Bare Necessities would like to thank the staff at Aldi Store in Glossop for their support on Saturday when a trolley collection was carried out.

Mary Jessop volunteer said “This is not the first time that Aldi have supported the foodbank and as on previous occasions the public were extremely generous with their donations. People of all ages supported the drive on Saturday, including Sandhya Krishnaturban (10) and Santosh Krishnaruban (8) from Tintwistle.  Also pictured are Betty and Terry Chaplin of Simmondley making their donation.

Despite recent news that states the economy is improving and families should be feeling better off the demand for emergency food parcels shows no sign of letting up in Glossopdale.

Changes to the welfare state and low income are still affecting the working people of Glossopdale so they are having to make difficult choices of how to spend their income.

With school holidays fast approaching the need for additional food will be greater, children who would normally receive a free school meal will miss out unless additional short-term help is provided by organisations like Bare Necessities.




Buxton’s first family festival promises summer of fun

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Buxton will be the place to be this August when a fantastic, fun-filled family festival transforms the town into a free holiday park.

Seventeen action-packed days are planned to launch the inaugural Buxton Family Festival with events ranging from bushcraft to circus shows – and everything in between.

The Festival, which is sponsored by High Peak Borough Council, runs from Friday 1 to Sunday 17 August and brings together events and workshops at eight venues around the town.

Terry Crawford, Visitor Services Manager at the Council, said: “We’re all really excited to be bringing such a fantastic programme of fun family activities and events to the High Peak this summer. The enthusiasm the venues have shown and their willingness to work together to deliver this festival has been key and I’d like to thank them for their ongoing commitment.

“We’re proud of the burgeoning reputation we’re building for our festival scene and this new programme will only enhance that and appeal to a wide audience. We can’t wait to welcome everyone to Buxton in August when it will effectively become a free holiday park for families to enjoy.”

Attractions range from art and craft workshops, markets and bazaars through to more physical activities such as canoeing and family climbing. Free activities such as trails, exhibitions and exploration will also run every day throughout the Festival.

Liz Mackenzie, from Vision Buxton, said: “Buxton and the surrounding area is a great place for families with loads of attractions for everyone and this festival complements that as well as being a reason in itself to visit us. I look forward to it becoming a regular event in our already packed events calendar.”

The full programme is available at Buxton Tourist Information Centre or you can download it at so make sure you get hold of your copy and start planning your free summer of fun!

Treat Yourself to a Slice of History this Spring Bank Holiday

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Buxton’s residents and crowds of bank holiday visitors are to be treated to a slice of history this Spring Bank Holiday Monday thanks to the Old Hall Hotel, who will be serving free samples of their popular Mary’s Cake in celebration of their most infamous guest, Mary Queen of Scots who famously stayed at the hall in the 16th century.

The Old Hall Hotel team will be offering a chance to enjoy free samples of their delicious new cake in the Pavilion Gardens from 10.30am, and everyone is invited to come along and try a piece of talented chef  Louise Padfield’s latest creation.

Since launching in March the cake has been such a firm favourite with the locals that Louise, who developed the secret recipe herself, has been struggling to keep up.

“It’s been absolutely crazy,” says Louise.  “We wanted to pay homage to our most famous resident by creating something as unique as she was, but we never envisaged that it would go down as well as it has done.  We’re looking forward to sharing the cake with even more Buxton visitors on Spring Bank Holiday.”

Mary’s Cake is akin to a Dundee Cake, however Louise says the recipe comprises an unusual combination of ingredients and is as ‘complex and colourful’ as Mary’s character.

“I was careful to consider the ingredients that were readily available in Mary’s time,” she says.  “I’d spent many hours perfecting the cake to ensure it was just right, however, there are certainly no cherries in this cake – the Queen didn’t appreciate the taste.”

The Old Hall Hotel in Buxton played host to Mary Queen of Scots from 1576 – 1578, when she was placed under house arrest upon the orders of Queen Elizabeth I.

Mary’s Cake is available now by the slice from the Old Hall Hotel’s wine bar, or during afternoon tea.

For more information or to book visit or call 01298 22841

The hidden dangers of hoarding – A DFRS awareness event

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Compulsive hoarding is a debilitating psychological condition that is only just beginning to be recognised and one that can lead to issues regarding the health, wellbeing and fire safety of all occupants of a hoarding property.

As part of the UK’s first ever Hoarding Awareness Week, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service has joined forces with partners from Telecare, Derby Homes, Derby City Council, NHS, Environment Protection, Housing Standards, Healthy Housing, Social Services and AGE UK to hold the countries first ever Hoarding Awareness Event on the 16 May 2014, from 10am until 3pm, at the Eagle Centre, Derby.

Officers and advisors from all of the partner organisations will be on hand throughout the event to offer advice and assistance to anyone attending who may have concerns for themselves, a friend, relative or neighbour.

hoarding awareness week

The focal point of the event will be a mock hoarder’s living room. It is hoped that this room will encourage people to talk about the issue and seek help and guidance where necessary.

Station Manager, Mat Lee said “Whether making a cup of tea, or sleeping in their own beds, these simple tasks can become impossible for hoarders because the spaces designed for living in have become storehouses.

“This event is a great opportunity not only for the fire service, but also our partners, to engage with the community and offer advice and assistance to anyone who may have cause for concern.”

Leaflets, displays and information boards will also be available for anyone wishing to take information away and seek advice anonymously.

Glossop Gives Thanks for St Christopher’s Trust

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

A thanksgiving service for St Christopher’s Trust was attended by over 110 people.

Held on Thursday, May 1  at St James’ Church,  Hollincross Road, Glossop, the service gave thanks for the Trust’s 60 years of providing housing, care and support for adults with learning difficulties.

Vicar of Whitfield Andrew Hargreaves and Tony Wilkinson, chairman of the Trust, addressed the service. It was followed by a delicious afternoon tea.

The inside of the church was decorated for the day by Trust residents and other service users.

Celebrations to mark the anniversary will continue with a number of events planned to take place later this year.

For more information on St Christopher’s Trust, visit

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.