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Man hospitalised after Glossop house fire

Friday, February 13th, 2015

A Glossop house fire has resulted in a 51 year old man being hosiptalised, Derbyshire Police have confirmed.

The man was taken to hospital on Thursday, 12th February at approximately 4.30pm, after the house on Ashton Street, Glossop, was engulfed in flames.

A police spokesman said: “A 51-year-old man was taken to hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and smoke inhalation. He is still in hospital but is in a stable condition.

“No one else was in the property at the time of the fire.”

Both the police and the fire service have launched an investigation to establish the exact cause of the fire.

A spokesman for the Derbyshire fire service said: “One domestic property in a row of detached houses was affected by fire and smoke on both floors.”

The firefighters used breathing apparatus, plus a hose reel and Cobra lance power water jet to extinguish the blaze.

Anyone with information about the Glossop house fire are urged to contact the police on 101.


Busy Time for Glossop Mountain Rescue

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

The Glossop Mountain Rescue team were called at midnight on Tuesday, 10th February to search for a lost walker from Tameside.

The walker spent many hours trying to correct a navigational error in the thick fog before calling for advice. The uncertainty of his location made it difficult to talk him off the moor and a search was instigated involving 13 Glossop team members, a dog from the Kinder team and second dog from the Oldham team.

Police air support was unavailable due to the low cloud base. After two hours, one of the search sections located the hiker having seen the flashes of his torch and heard his whistles.  The hiker was well equipped and this was a major factor in the rapid conclusion of the search. Team members made it home at 4am  to grab a couple of hour sleep before getting up for their various day jobs.

This is the latest in a busy period for all the Peak District teams with more than 10 incidents being logged since Friday.

Can You Spare an Hour?

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Now that all the New Year’s Resolutions have been broken and ‘Dry January’ has ended perhaps it’s time to stop punishing yourself and look for something that you will actually enjoy doing!

Here’s an idea. Why not do something really valuable and positive and become a befriender with Community Companions?  All they ask is that you commit an hour a week to someone who is on their own and would appreciate your friendship and support.  It could be visiting someone to have a chat, enjoying a cuppa, sharing a game of Scrabble or going for a gentle stroll.

Their dedicated team of volunteers make a huge difference to the lives of local people in just one hour a week.

Befriender Naomi visits Jim on her day off each week and Jim says that having his befriender visit each Monday “gets my week off to a really good start.  So if you can spare an hour – that’s all people need!”

Naomi says “To anyone thinking of getting involved I’d say don’t hesitate – it doesn’t take up too much time and it’s one of the things I look forward to the most in my week.  I find it very rewarding”.

To see how much of a difference an hour a week can make to someone living on their own, please take a few minutes to watch the Community Companions film ‘Can you spare an hour?‘ and keep your eyes open for their ‘Spare an hour’ posters and postcards coming to a place near you!

If you CAN SPARE AN HOUR and want to  share your hobby with someone else then please call Community Companions on 01457 865722 or call in for a chat with one of the team at the Volunteer Centre on High Street East in Glossop.

Community Comapnions volunteers with the Spare an Hour campaign posters

Community Comapnions volunteers with the Spare an Hour campaign posters


Building work to commence on Reuben’s Retreat

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Charity on target to open Phase One in May 2015

Following two years of intensive fundraising, the much-anticipated first building work will start on Monday,9th February on the facility which will become Reuben’s Retreat.

The extensive property, situated in 1.63 acres in the Peak District, is being renovated into a place where whole families can go and receive respite care as well as bereavement counselling.

Phase One of the build will take 10 weeks to complete, and covers what will become the bereavement counselling support centre. It will hold two counselling suites, office space, a function room and upstairs living space which will be used for staff and visitors.

Award-winning builders City Build were appointed to undertake the work following a tender process, and a team of 10 interior and exterior design and build volunteers have donated their skills, talents and energy to help bring the plans together.

Donations have also been received from generous local businesses to help furnish the centre including a kitchen donated by TKC, granite by Universal Granite, a boiler from Gas Care, Crown paint from Ace Decor, wallpaper from Eclipse Wall Coverings, flooring from Manchester Flooring Company, furniture from Halo Furnishings in partnership with John Lewis and sanitaryware from Methven.

Reuben’s Retreat was set up by parents Nicola and Mike Graham following the sad loss of their son Reuben, aged 23 months in August 2012. Reuben fell ill while on a family holiday in Devon. His parents took him to A&E expecting it to be nothing serious but scans revealed a rare and aggressive brain tumour. He was immediately transferred to hospital in Bristol but sadly never regained consciousness and passed away a week later in his mother’s arms.

The family were determined that Reuben’s death would not be in vain and wanted to help other families who had lost a child, or who have a child with life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses, by creating a place of solace and comfort as well as happiness. Reuben’s Retreat will be somewhere families can relax, recharge, remember and start to rebuild their lives.

Nicola Graham, Reuben’s mummy and founder of Reuben’s Retreat, said: “Looking back two and a half years I couldn’t have imagined where we would be today, ahead of schedule. It’s amazing to be starting the building work and making Reuben’s legacy a reality. There are so many families out there who suffer like we do, and to be able to help them find a new kind of ‘normal’ is so important. We have already helped over 100 families, but we will be able to help so many more once we have the physical retreat up and running.

“There is no other facility like Reuben’s Retreat in the whole of the North of England, offering all the services we will eventually offer. Once Phase One is completed we have funds to run that for two years but we need to raise another £2 million to take on the big build to renovate the entire facility. We anticipate the building will fully open its doors in two to five years – and of course the sooner the better. We’re so grateful for all the support we have had and continue to have. The kind donations from businesses and the fundraising and time and skills donated by our wonderful volunteers – we couldn’t do it without any of them. We’re so very grateful. It’s a big job we’ve taken on, and we’re looking to expand our team, but volunteers and fundraisers are so, so important to us.”

The charity is asking businesses and local people who feel they could volunteer their time or skills, or products suitable for the retreat, or who could help with fundraising to get in touch via the website


Glossop Mountain Rescue Mission on Bleaklow

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Glossop Mountain Rescue were called out  to search Bleaklow on Saturday, 7th February.

The team were called out at 3.10pm to search for a male and female from Nottingham, who had become lost on Bleaklow Moor.

The couple were quickly located at the trig point at Higher Shelf Stones, and were treated on scene for the effects of the cold. they were able to walk off to Snake Summit and taken to Glossop Mountain Rescue’s base at Glossop PoliceSstation for a debrief.

The team was stood down at 5.10pm.

Police appeal after Glossop robbery

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Police are appealing for information after a robbery at a house in Glossop.

On Wednesday, 15th January at 10.30pm a woman answered the door at her house on Woodhead Road. A man forced his way in and demanded that she handed over her jewellery. A second man then entered the house.

The men searched the house and left via the back door. They were seen to leave in a silver car which may have had smashed windows.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Glossop CID using the non-emergency 101 number, quoting crime reference number 2017/15.

To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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.


Appeal after burglary in Glossop

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Officers are appealing for information following a burglary in Glossop.

Sometime between 11.00pm on Sunday, December 28 and 10.55am on Monday, December 29, thieves broke into premises on Charlestown Road and stole a quantity of cash and a large quantity of alcohol.

Anyone with any information about the burglary is asked to contact PC Parker at Glossop Police Station on 101, quoting crime numbers 54821/14.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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.

The Oakwood is sowing the seeds for success

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Publican brothers, Thomas and Rick Lee, have welcomed back customers to The Oakwood in Glossop following a complete refurbishment by Robinsons Brewery.

The local favourite, situated on High Street West, was closed for four weeks whilst Robinsons’ award winning in-house design team transformed the pub from its tired former look into a contemporary meeting place which celebrates cask ale and the emerging craft beer market.

Inside The Oakwood

Inside The Oakwood


Originally called The Surrey Arms Hotel, the pub dates back to 1844 however the current site is from a reconstruction in 1878 when The Oakwood was rebuilt with grander gothic style architecture. Brewery records date back to 1880 when John Gardener Sykes claimed a leasehold of the land from Edward George Lord, the 1st Barron Howard of Glossop. The tavern was purchased by William Robinson in 1920 to become part of the Robinsons estate and renamed The Oakwood in 1991. Since the purchase by the brewery over 4 million pints of ale have been served to its many regulars.

The design, which was sympathetic to the building’s Victorian features, has completely transformed the interior and created a bohemian space that is full of character and intrigue. A new palette of soft creams and light greys mix beautifully with the brand new dark wooden back bar which now towers up to the high ceiling of the grade 2 listed pub. Roaring open fires create a warm and inviting atmosphere whilst quirky furnishings such as grandfather clocks and unique copper top bar are guaranteed to be a popular talking point.

The pub, which often lends its walls to displaying the work of local artists, will continue to be a hub for the arts community with live music, poetry evenings and theatrical performances.

A brand new menu now offers a great range of snacks, created using fresh locally sourced ingredients, including homemade soups, nachos and, of course, The Oakwood’s famous burger menu including the ‘Hot Mother’, a 6oz beef patty doused in fiery homemade hot sauce – certainly not for the faint of heart!

Thomas Lee, tenant of The Oakwood said: “The opening weekend was tremendous success. We were the talk of the town and it was great to welcome back our customers. The comments and remarks from people were amazing and overwhelmingly positive. The changes have given the pub a new lease on life whilst maintaining the original features that drew people to The Oakwood in the first place! Rick and I cannot wait to see what the future will hold.”

Alan Chapman, Business Development Manager for Robinsons Brewery said: “The Oakwood is famous for a being community hub for the arts in Glossop. The pub’s regulars are colourful and creative and we finally have a pub that reflects the diverse community that surrounds it. From the antique grandfather clocks to the towering bar area, this is a pub that Glossop can be proud of. I cannot commend the work of our design and retail marketing team enough. It’s been a real team effort and I know that the Oakwood will flourish for many years to come!”

View the full gallery of the new Oakwood here:

The Oakwood is now open from midday Tuesday to Sunday, serving award-winning Robinsons cask ales, craft beer and delicious bar food. For more information visit: and like the pub on Facebook:


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 Juniors are Derbyshire Sports Club of the Year

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Glossop Juniors carried on their winning streak as they were awarded the Derbyshire Sports Club of the Year at the Roundhouse, Derby.

Having being awarded the High Peak Club of the Year award a couple of weeks earlier by local Councillor, Caitlin Bisknell, the club was delighted to be receive its second award in the 25th anniversary year of delivering junior football in the High Peak Region.

The club were represented at the awards by some of the volunteer team for responsible for its transformation: Martin Taylor, Chairman; Dave Rowlinson, Vice Chairman and manager of the under 14s; Craig Jackson, Kit & Facilities, and manager of the under 13s & under 16s; Roger Clegg, Chair of the Football Development Committee, manager of the under 17s & coach for the under 13s; Natalie Mills, School Liaison Officer and manager of the girls under 9s; and Ben Mills, PR Co-Ordinator and manager of the under 10s. All enjoyed the evening which saw them meeting other nominees, plus special host Derby County Manager, Steve McLaren.

Vice Chairman Dave Rowlinson who collected the PKF Cooper Parry sponsored award for Club of the Year said The last 12 months have been breathtaking for this club both on and off the pitch. We have some of the most fantastic volunteers who have bought into our 5 Year Plan, with coach and player development at the forefront of everything we do. The future of this club is bright, which is wonderful news for all our players, parents, supporters and volunteers, plus the community in which we live”.

The committee already have a number of exciting plans for the year ahead to help develop both the players and their contribution to the community. Glossop Juniors would like to thank all its volunteers, committee members, managers, coaches, players, parents, sponsors, Derbyshire FA and Derbyshire Sport for all their support.

For more information on forthcoming events, plus other club news, please visit or follow them @glossopjuniors on Twitter.


Christmas starts with a Silent Night

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

This Christmas sports fans, carol singers and choirs all over the country will help communities to remember a remarkable World War 1 event. Peace broke out in the trenches. There was no fighting for 24 hours. Enemies sang the much-loved Christmas carol, Silent Night, then they ventured out across No Man’s Land to exchange gifts – some even played football.

To mark the centenary of the 1914 Christmas Truce, Glossopdale Trust invites you to join together for a community carol singing event in Norfolk Square, Glossop. It will be a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Christmas as the tree lights are switched on at 5pm and festivities in the town begin. Christmas starts with a Silent Night on Saturday 29 November from 3.30pm.

A variety of local performers will be helping us to make it an occasion to remember – old, young, professional, amateur, singers, musicians, puppets and more…including the traditional visit of Santa on his sleigh.

Please see for more information.

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.

Dark Peak’s Aircraft Wrecks Commemorated

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

In a touching ceremony on Sunday, Peter Jozefczyk honoured the fallen airmen who lost their lives in crashes in the Peak District.

Speaking of the event he said -

“I invited people to attend the ceremony through a page I manage on Facebook called Dark Peak Aircraft Wrecks, eleven people turned up at Snake summit on what I would describe as a cool and windy morning!

On arrival at the crash site I tied a wreath to a large section of the wreckage, I then said a few words about the B-29 and the history it made during its active service from filming the A bomb tests over the Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific and the Berlin airlift. I said that this service was for all the other airman and service troops killed in the Peak District from between the end of the First World War up to mid Sixties. I also paid tribute to Ron Collier who worked so hard to have two books published about the aircraft crashes in the Dark Peak, finally I read part of Laurence Binyon’s ‘For the Fallen’ followed by a minutes silence.”

Image from Dark Peak Aircraft Wrecks’ Facebook page

Hadfield Firm Scoops National Plastics Award for the third time!

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Hadfield-based plastics ancillary firm TH Plastics, which provides solutions to help plastics manufacturers increase profits and become more environmentally friendly, has won a national Plastics Industry Award for the third time at a gala event in London on Friday evening.

TH Plastics fought off stiff competition to win the coveted ‘Supplier Partnership: Ancillary Machinery’ award 2014 after winning the same award in 2011 and 2012, and being shortlisted in 2013 – an amazing result for this market-leading Derbyshire business.

TH Plastics won the award for designing and developing a unique solution for its customer, Naylor Drainage. The bespoke solution featured a new regrind pelletizing system, water-cooling and material handling systems that improved Naylor’s green credentials, removed transport costs associated with outsourced recycling and allowed the company to improve and control the quality of its recycled product via the elimination of any risk of cross-contamination.

Lee Thomas, Managing Director at TH Plastics, says: “The entire team here at TH Plastics is thrilled with our win at what is considered the premier awards event in the plastics industry.

“This award demonstrates our commitment to achieving customer service excellence as well as our ability to truly transform businesses with our award-winning solutions.”

For further information about TH Plastics please visit:

The Soup Seller appeals for local help

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

The Soup Seller, a much-loved addition to Glossop’s High Street West, is calling on urgent local support so that it can continue trading in the town centre.

Launched in 2012, the café has developed a loyal following due to its homemade hearty soups, lovingly-made cakes and an ethical, ecological approach to both food and business. But despite its fans, high business rates, competition from big chains and the soaring cost of fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and utilities have resulted in this local eatery struggling for survival.

Rather than give up hope and admit defeat, The Soup Seller’s founder, Jenny Kieras, has hit on a novel – and very community-driven – way to raise money and stay on the high street.

Jenny is calling on local businesses and people to take part in crowd-funding, a process which allows fans to pledge and donate money in exchange for rewards from The Soup Seller.

Jenny said: “We are asking anyone who loves our soup, or who wants to support a truly local business, to pledge money in exchange for meals, soup recipes, soup travel mugs and even invites to our seasonal tasting sessions. Our food is made from proper, locally-sourced ingredients and everything is made from scratch and with lots of love. We want to extend our business and give back to the local community. We’d like to donate our organic compost to people who grow their own vegetables and we’d even like to host events for local children to learn about food and where it comes from.

“As it stands, if we don’t generate the funding required. We’d have to close altogether which would be heart breaking. So, if you’d like to take part in this community venture, please donate by November 11th and Save our Soup!”

The Soup Seller, located at 73 High Street West, sells lovingly-created sandwiches, cakes and homemade soups from locally-sourced ingredients, as well as Fairtrade coffee and proper tea.  Everything, even the stock used for the soups and the pesto – is made from scratch by Jenny and her team. The venue also plays host to The Mama Café, and is children, baby and breast-feeding friendly.

The Soup Seller’s Crowd Funding initiative has a deadline of November 11th 2014. Proper food fans can Save our Soup by visiting to pledge small or large gifts to keep this fabulous local business open. The Soup Seller will be closed temporarily from week commencing October 27th.

Funding for growth in High Peak

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Creating new jobs and work space are at the heart of a new regeneration initiative being launched in the High Peak.

High Peak Borough Council has approved the principle of creating an investment fund for regeneration projects in the borough and is now looking for suitable projects to support. No financial figure has been allocated but the Council is interested in investing in projects that will promote growth and jobs.

The ‘fund’ can support private or public sector projects which are commercially viable and which will create new jobs or workspace. Funding can be in various forms such as equity investment in the development of start-up employment units, loan funding to help enable a significant expansion or relocation of business, or investment to bring forward mixed use development schemes.

The initiative will be formally launched at business breakfast briefings at the Palace Hotel in Buxton on Thursday, 6th November and at Glossop Cricket Club on Tuesday, 11th November where further details will be available.

Council Leader Councillor Caitlin Bisknell said: “We’re delighted to be launching this initiative to support projects to deliver job opportunities and workspace across the High Peak.

“It’s aimed at projects and schemes which might not otherwise proceed but which will have a real impact on jobs and growth in the borough – a key priority for the Council. With that in mind, we’re making an initial call for projects and we will work with applicants to bring forward suitable schemes as soon as possible.”

Councillor Godfrey Claff, executive member for regeneration, added: “The Council already has measures in place to support businesses and to make sure they have information about, and access to, other funding streams and training opportunities.

“The ‘Growth Fund’ complements this. It will provide a real focus to bring forward the best projects to benefit our residents.”

Further details are available on the Council’s website – – and at the business breakfast meetings in Buxton and Glossop in early November.

The breakfast briefings are taking place between 7.30am and 9.30am in both Buxton and Glossop. To book a place at either event visit the website


Glossop Arts Project Provides Nourishment for the Soul

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Dig out your warmest coat and batten down the hatches as the nights draw in. Winter is coming and whilst many are awaiting the idea of ‘cosying up’, others face the looming prospect of social isolation, Seasonal Affective Disorder, reduced mobility, and a peak in depression and anxiety. Glossop is nothing if not proud of its sense of community. A developing outlook towards inclusiveness and a growing richness in cultural diversity has manifested an embrace of the broad demographic of inhabitants, neighbouring nestled in the gateway to the Dark Peak.

It is the very quality of Glossop’s increasing artistry that may provide the greatest benefit to not only our seasonal outlook, but also a sustainable improvement in prosperity. Engagement in a stimulating creative activity has been proven to produce positive moods and to reduce stress, particularly for people experiencing mental or physical health problems. Art can provide an integral benefit to well being and can promote the prevention of disease. Enabling us to manoeuvre through a landscape of escapism with a physical and mental synchronicity that cultivates communication and validation in a supportive environment has a demonstrative impact on the well being and empowerment of communities. Communities just like Glossop.

This November sees the launch of a brand new art for well being project in Glossop. Glossop Arts Project (GAP) aims to work with participants experiencing long-term health conditions to provide an accessible and insightful introduction to artistic creativity. Each year, tens of millions of people experience debilitating mental and physical distress and disabilities. GAP will facilitate artistic workshops to enhance self-esteem, aid social interaction and increase general life satisfaction. The MS Society, Glossop VIP (Visually Impaired) Group, St Christopher’s Trust and Charles Street Mental Health Project have already engaged in a series of kinaesthetic taster sessions featuring a range of sensory arts activities, with visibly noticeable positive results.

A series of workshops available throughout November will centralise a collaborative partnership between GAP and Glossop based music company Carrot Productions to produce a display of festive artwork that will feature at an acclaimed live orchestral production of The Snowman at Chester Cathedral in December. The workshops will be designed to improve skills and build self-confidence whilst participating in an exciting coactive project.

Arts make a profoundly important contribution to well being through immeasurable therapeutic values. The opportunity to engage body and mind in creativity develops fine and gross motor skills and improves cognition and critical thinking by exercising the left side of the brain. GAP offers nourishment for the soul, and in a sensitive and nurturing environment, participants from every walk of life will benefit from this holistic arts experience.


For more information and to book your workshop place visit

To book tickets to The Snowman visit


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

Soup Seller ‘Cooks Up’ New Business Scheme

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Local business The Soup Seller is taking unusual steps to raise funds and bring ‘Soup for the Soul’ into the wider community.

Owner Jenny Kieras has turned to internet fundraising site to help raise money to prevent them from closure.

Crowdfunding is an alternative means of funding that gives individuals the opportunity to promote their ideas and ask those who believe in them to donate towards it in return for an exchange of services or goods.

Says Jenny, “When the Soup Seller opened, it was intended to be the first stepping stone of a bigger journey. We’ve learnt a lot so far but now we need to take the next step and make things not only better but bigger. We believe passionately in making ‘Proper Food’ from simple, local ingredients, not because it’s trendy but because it makes sense.

“We’ve spent all our money opening and improving our little shop but we need to spread our reach further and make our mission clearer, or we face imminent closure.”

The Soup Seller already makes all their own soups from scratch, composts all organic waste and recycles all packaging waste, but wants to give back more to the local community.

“We want to give homemade compost to those that grow their own fruit and veg. We want to give seeds to local schools and community projects to encourage them to set up veg patches which we can then use to make fabulous seasonal soup”, says Jenny.

“We would also like to develop a recipe book and run cooking classes showing people how they can make soup for themselves at home.”

Outside help is critical to this mission, as says Jenny “making ‘Proper Food’ properly costs more, and we are very conscious not to pass this on to customers as it should be accessible to all, but now we’re struggling to survive, let alone thrive”.

Donators can pledge from as little as £10 to up to £1000, and each pledger will receive a Soup Seller reward in return, from food hampers, meals, recipe cards and Soup Seller merchandise.

They have already raised over £2000 of their £15000 target, which they hope to reach by November 11th. Find out more about The Soup Seller at or donate to their mission at

Simmondley schoolgirl’s super achievement

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

To celebrate Gas Safety Week 2014 – September 15- 21, the Gas Safe Register (formally known as Corgi) ran a competition calling upon registered gas safe engineers to get their families involved.

Kids aged between four and 12 were invited to submit drawings of what they think a gas safety hero should look like along with a short story which depicted their relative or family friend- a gas safe registered engineer – keeping the community or a particular family gas safe.

The drawing had to capture the spirit of Gas Safety Week and showcase the great work registered gas safe engineers do to keep the nation gas safe.

Lee Turton, an engineer of Glossop’s Gas Care UK Green Energy was keen to participate and enrolled his seven year old daughter Ruby Turton from Simmondley Primary School.

Ruby made her dad the hero in her story and came up with Freddie the Flame. He was staying at Mrs Shaw’s house and became very poorly and turned yelllow, a change from his usual healthy blue colour. A worried Mrs Shaw remembered she hadn’t had her boiler serviced for a long time, so called Gas Care in Glossop and booked her boiler in for a service with Lee. Freddie began to feel well again and returned to his healthy blue colour.

There were more than 40 entries and at the beginning of Gas Safety Week the Gas Safety Register announced Ruby had finished second, which meant Ruby had her drawing and story turned into a comic illustration. During Gas Safety Week, Ruby’s story was used to promote gas safety across the nation.

Find out more about Gas Safety Week at

Ruby Turton's winning story for Gas Safe UK

Ruby Turton’s winning story for Gas Safe UK


Young Judo star from Glossop heads for European Championships

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Glossop Judo Club star Eric Ham will this week fly out to Bucharest, Romania as part of the Great Britain Junior Judo team to compete in the 2014 European Championships. Eric, aged 17, will be the youngest member of the ten strong British team who travel out to Romania looking to add to the 35 medals they have won between them so far this year. More than 400 of Europe’s strongest Judoka will represent forty countries at this year’s championships.

Eric who is currently the number one ranked Junior (under2 1) in Great Britain, despite still only being a cadet (under 18), has just completed an intensive six week preparation programme at the British Judo Centre of Excellence in Walsall.

Selection for this event was secured following Continental Open and European Open medal successes in Portugal and Panama. Eric was one of two cadet selected for the Junior European Championships in Romania. This follows on from the Cadet European Championships held in Athens in June where Eric finished in ninth place. A good result may see Eric selected for the World Championships later this year in Maimi.

Eric trains at Glossop judo club. Further details can be found at

Police investigate incident involving 12 year old girl

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Police in Glossop are investigating an incident involving a 12-year-old girl and are appealing for witnesses.

On Sunday, September 14 at 5pm a 12-year-old girl was walking along a footpath between New Road and West Drive when a man jumped over a gate from Tintwistle allotments.

As the man landed on the floor he put his arms around the girl, the girl then pushed his arms away and she ran off.

The man was described as 20-years-old and was wearing a black hooded coat with a white zip, trainers and a baseball cap which was red on the front.

Police would like to end rumours that there have been similar incidents in the area recently. A report was received that two 10-year-old boys had gone missing from their home in Tintwistle on Saturday, September 13. The boys were found safe and well by police near to their home. They told officers that they had been chased by a man, however this proved to be a man that was helping to locate them.

Anyone with information on the incident on Sunday is asked to contact Glossop police using the 101 number.

2014 “Quite a year” says Hadfield’s TH Plastics

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Hadfield based plastics industry ancillary solutions design, supply, installation and support provider, TH Plastics, is undertaking a recruitment drive, as it expands its team in order to accommodate growing demand from across the industry.

Michael Mills has been appointed as the Graphite Way firm’s northern sales engineer, joining the company from plastic purging firm, Aqua Purge, where he was area technical sales manager for nine years, having previously worked for plastic moulder Patterson and Rothwell and also Service Mouldings.

He is soon to be joined at TH Plastics by a further sales engineer who will take responsibility for the southern region, and also by two new engineers.  Once appointed, the three new staff will bring TH Plastics’ team to 17.

TH Plastics continues to build a name for itself within the plastics sector, and has recently been shortlisted for a Plastics Industry Award for the in-house recycling solution it created for construction firm Naylor Drainage.

TH Plastics has developed a series of UK distribution partnerships with world-class manufacturers, including Moretto, Campetella and CMG.

Lee Thomas, managing director at TH Plastics comments:  “2014 is shaping up to be quite a year, with a number of significant contracts underway and more due in the second half of the year.  The team is eager to maintain this momentum and our reputation for unsurpassed quality, and to this end, we are expanding both our sales and engineering divisions.

“I am delighted to welcome Michael to the team.  I worked with him previously and know him to be a hard-working sales engineer who puts his customers first and foremost in every respect.”

TH Plastics works in partnership with customers to develop ancillary solutions designed to ensure optimum production efficiency, minimising costs, energy consumption and waste and enhancing product quality.  All systems are developed to integrate seamlessly into existing customer systems.

Glossop Landlady in bid to help Manchester Dog’s Home

Friday, September 12th, 2014

A Glossop landlady is collecting items to donate to Manchester Dog’s Home which was recently subjected to a horrifying arson attack.

The Grapes Pub on High Street West, Glossop (opposite Fig Creative) is accepting items such as dog beds, blankets, towels, leads, collars, dog food and treats and dog toys (not soft toys) and cash donations, and landlady Pauline will be making regular runs to the donation site at the north Manchester police headquarters.

People can drop items off with bar staff, or deposit them in the black plastic bins which will be left outside the pub during closing hours.

You can donate directly to Manchester Dog’s Home by texting MDOG57 followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070, or visit the Just Giving page at

There are also other local collections happening at Pets at Home, Victoria Vets, Snobby Dogs, Tesco and Tameside Elite Boxing Academy.

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

Allez Glossop – ready to welcome the Tour de France

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

On Sunday 6 July stage two of the Tour De France Grand Depart sweeps into Derbyshire and the Peak District on the A6024 near Holme Moss before following the A628 Woodhead pass towards Sheffield.

The riders are expected to enter Derbyshire around 3pm with the 150-strong vehicle procession, known as the caravan, running through beforehand at about 1pm.

Some temporary road closures will be put in place to prepare for the race and provide safe access for residents, businesses and visitors to Glossop and Hadfield.

The map below shows the road closures and routes to the race site for spectators and there’s more information about road closures, shuttle bus services and answers to some frequently asked questions below.

You will be able to travel around but the area will be very busy so please think about any journeys you will be making and plan them in advance, as journey times will be slower than usual.

Residents will also be able to access many of the roads that are closed for spectator / through traffic, by having the leaflet below on display on your car dashboard.

We’re expecting up to 40,000 spectators to line the Derbyshire stretch of the route so if you are thinking of watching the race, plan ahead carefully how you are going to get there and give yourself plenty of time.

Car parking will be limited so if you can walk or cycle you are strongly advised to do so.

If you want to enjoy the spectacle and spirit of the race you can watch all the action live at the big screen event in Manor Park. High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council will join Glossop Arts and Leisure Association (GALA) at the Carnival day in the park on Sunday 6 July. Family friendly entertainment will be on offer and you can celebrate the Tour de France in Derbyshire.

There’s also lots more advice about what you’ll see, what to take with you and how to get there here so check it regularly for the latest updates.

Road closures

Yorkshire is hosting Le Grand Depart as part of this year’s Tour de France and a short stretch comes into Derbyshire at Holme Moss and around Woodhead on Sunday 6 July. Because there will be around 40,000 spectators there will be travel disruption in the Glossop area – Glossop, Hadfield, Tintwistle, Charlestown, Padfield, Charlesworth and Simmondley will be extremely busy.

That is why we are putting in a one way system around Glossop, closing certain roads and preventing parking on some roads, to try and keep disruption to a minimum and local and spectator traffic moving – otherwise there would be gridlock.

Roads will be reopened as soon as possible – the one way system is expected to be removed around 2pm. This is a once in a lifetime event and a good opportunity for local people to be part of a world-class race taking place on their doorstep.

New Road, Bank Lane, West Drive and West Street in Tintwistle closed at junctions with the A628 just after midnight, Sunday 6 July. This is to stop Tour de France spectator traffic from parking. Access is for residents, businesses, buses, emergency vehicles and official event traffic only.

A57 closed at Woolley Bridge from 2am to approximately 8am, Sunday 6 July. This is so the one way system and other road closures in and around Glossop can be put in place. The road will reopen at around 8am to allow spectator traffic through. Access during the road closure is for residents, businesses, buses, emergency vehicles and official event traffic only. Remember to display your Allez Glossop/Hadfield newsletter on your dashboard.

There will be no access, including for residents, to High Street East, Norfolk Street and Victoria Street from the A57 High Street West, Glossop, from 2am, Sunday 6 July. Access to High Street West from the east and south of Glossop will be via a diversion along Norfolk Street, Talbot Road, North Road, Fauvel Road, Arundel Street. High Street West will remain open at the west end up to the Norfolk Street, accessible via Primrose Lane. Roads will be reopened and diversions lifted once spectator traffic has cleared, likely to be late evening, Sunday 6 July.

B6105 Woodhead Road closed at junctions with Padfield Main Road and A628, from 6pm, Friday 4 July. Access is only for residents, businesses and emergency vehicles. The road will reopen, northbound, from around 7am, Sunday 6 July, for spectator parking. No access to the B6105 from the A628 between 4 and 6 July. Spectator traffic will leave the B6105 southbound towards Glossop. Roads will reopen once spectator traffic is cleared, roads are cleaned and barriers removed. This could be around midnight. Permits will be issued to residents and businesses affected by these closures.

A57/A628 closed eastbound at Mottram Moor near to junction with A6018 (Stalybridge Road), from 11am, Sunday 6 July. Access is only for residents, businesses, buses and emergency vehicles. Limited spectator traffic will be allowed through for parking, from around 8am. A628 at junction with Old Road closed 1am, Sunday 6 July. Permit system in place for affected residents and official vehicles.

Shuttle Bus

Before the race

A shuttle bus service will run from three pick up points to transport spectators near to the race route.

Tintwistle to Crowden – pick up at Manchester Road and West Drive. Drop off at entrance to campsite and outdoor centre, Crowden.  7am to 12.30pm.

Hadfield to Crowden – pick up at Glossopdale Community College, Newshaw Lane (cricket ground) and Waterside, Woolley Bridge Road. Drop off at entrance to campsite and outdoor centre, Crowden. 9.30am to 2pm.

Hadfield Station to Crowden – pick up at station car park. Drop off at entrance to campsite and outdoor centre. 10.15am to 12.15pm.

After the race

All buses will run from Crowden to Tintwistle and Hadfield, dropping off at the same pick up points, from around 3.45pm, until approximately 6.45pm.

Frequently asked questions

Q. I am very confused about the road closures. I’m not sure where I can or can’t go?

A. Be reassured that if you are a local resident you will be able to get access to your property or business and you will be able to get around the Glossop area. It will be very busy however and it will take you longer to travel about but there will be plenty of signs around the area advising you which routes to take and road closures will be marshalled. Apart from emergency vehicles and buses no traffic will be allowed through the short length of road closure at the east end of High Street West (meaning no access on/off High Street West from Victoria Street, High Street East, or Norfolk Street). Access to High Street West from this point will be via the short diversion route using Talbot Road, North Road and Arundel Street. For high vehicles the diversion is via Dinting Road, Shaw Lane and the A57.

Q. How am I expected to get to and from work/to the shops/to visit with all these road closures?

A. If you live locally and need to travel to and from work, to the shops or to make a visit, you will be able to by displaying a residents’ newsletter on your dashboard. If you live on a road which requires a special permit to gain access please contact Derbyshire County Council on 01629 533190.

Q. I usually park on the street outside my house but a sign has appeared saying I will be towed away if I do. Where am I supposed to park?

A. On-street parking is for anybody, providing there are no parking restrictions. While it is usual for local residents who do not have driveways to park directly outside their house, there is no legal right to be able to do this. Clearway and towaway signs have been put in place to stop Tour de France spectator traffic parking on residential streets and potentially blocking driveways and roads. We appreciate it may be inconvenient but most of these signs apply just to Sunday 6 July. Local residents are advised to park in nearby side roads from the evening of Saturday 5 July. Traffic restrictions will be lifted as soon as possible, once it is safe and roads are reopened.

Q. I have an Allez Glossop/Hadfield residents’ newsletter to put on my dashboard. Can I use it as a parking pass?

A. Your Allez Glossop /Allez Hadfield newsletter is not a parking pass. It enables you to get through some of the road closures to get access to your home, business, work and to other places like the shops or places of worship. If you are a Blue Badge holder, have a family member who has reduced mobility or are a car driver with restricted mobility, then please contact Derbyshire County Council on 01629 533190.You cannot use this newsletter to park where there are clearway/ towaway signs.

These signs need to be enforced otherwise spectator traffic will try and park on residential streets causing greater inconvenience and more congestion to what will already be a very busy area.

Q. I live on the B6105. How am I supposed to get to my house/business if the road is closed?

A. Residents or businesses, including pre-booked customers, on the B6105 Woodhead Road north of Padfield, New Road Tintwistle , Waterside, some areas of the A628 east of Tintwistle and the A6024 will be issued with special permits to enable them to get vehicle access to their properties or businesses. People working in connection with the Tour de France event will also be given permits to enable them to carry out their duties. Permits will be sent out to people affected by these road closures. These permits will allow access through the road closure points up to 10am on Sunday 6 July but they do not permit parking on these roads.

Q. It seems to me that some road closures will be more strictly enforced than others. Why is this?

A. Roads need to be closed to prepare the race route and to manage the huge numbers of spectator traffic that is expected. If we did not close roads and put in a one way system, Glossop would become gridlocked. The way to keep traffic moving is to put traffic controls such as road closures in place to help minimise congestion. ‘Soft’ road closures are those that allow for access to properties, and for people to travel for work or other necessary journeys. They are also closures that may be lifted at certain times to allow for spectator traffic to move and get parked up. They tend to be further away from the actual race route. ‘Hard’ road closures are ones where access is more restricted. They are the ones on the race route and some roads connecting directly to the race route. A special permit is needed to travel beyond key road closure points on these roads.

Painting the town….yellow!

To mark the occasion many shops and businesses will be decorating their windows or having Tour de France themed displays. If you’d like to get involved and dress your business the logos and posters below can be downloaded for use.


application-pdf Information For Residents

application-pdf Information For Businesses

This information has been provided on High Peak Borough Councils website

Man wanted in connection with serious sexual assault in Glossop

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Police have issued a photograph of a man that is wanted in connection with the sexual assault of a woman in Glossop.

On Tuesday, January 21 at 11.45pm, a 17-year-old girl was raped by a man at a property on Henry Street.

Police would like to trace Muharrem Denmarku (23) in connection with this crime. Originally from Albania, his last known address was in Manchester.

He is described as white with an Albanian accent, stocky build, short brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone that knows the whereabouts of this man is asked to contact Derbyshire police quoting crime number 7523/14.

To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



Go camping in Wales for The Winnie Mabaso Foundation

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Glossop based charity The Winnie Mabaso Foundation is holding a North Wales camping week to raise funds for its South Africa projects.

The weekend, which is a joint venture with the Creative Arts School Trust (CAST), is to be held at Bach Wen Farm and Cottages near Gwynedd on Friday 23rd to Monday 26th May. Proceeds from the event will be used by The Foundation and CAST to fund their work in South Africa. The Glossop charity, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, concentrates its work on the settlement of Finetown where it has built an orphanage, a preschool, runs a Granny’s Club and provides scholarships for local children.

The Wales outing will include football, kite-flying, den building, bike riding and much more. Live music will be provided too, by the likes of Red Sky July, Garron Frith, Rob Halligan plus Sharks And Bears.

For more details on the weekend, The Winnie Mabaso Foundation or to sign up to the trip, contact Lisa Ashton via their Facebook group or on

Seeking advice urged as part of Allergy Awareness Week

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Locals are being urged to get advice if they are experiencing symptoms which they think may be caused by an allergy.

This week, 28th April to 4th May, is Allergy UK’s Allergy Awareness Week and as spring is the time of year when most allergies appear, experts from NHS England want to make people aware of the help that is available.

Common allergic disorders include asthma, eczema and hay fever where symptoms can include sneezing, wheezing, coughing, skin rashes and shortness of breath.

Dr Raj Patel, Medical Director from NHS England (Greater Manchester), said common symptom”We would urge all those living with these conditions to prepare for the spring and summer months by visiting their pharmacy and ensuring they have full supplies of relief medication.”

Dr Patel also added: “If you experience persistent symptoms and you think you may have an allergy, tell your GP about the symptoms you are having, when they happen, how often they occur and if anything specific seems to trigger them.”

NHS England is also reminding patients who have suffered a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to carry adrenaline medication everywhere they go and to wear a bracelet or medallion which can advise people how to help.

New firefighter strikes to hit Glossop

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service has announced that new strike action is to be taken by Fire Brigade Union (FBU) members during May.

The industrial action will affect services across the county, including Glossop, and the strike dates are:

- Friday 2nd May 12pm – 5pm

- Saturday 3rd May 2pm – 2am

- Sunday 4th May 10am – 3pm

As with previous strikes, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service will continue to provide an emergency response service but at a reduced level.  As a result, they are calling upon Derbyshire communities to take extra care and endeavour to prevent further emergencies from occurring during periods of industrial action.

Gavin Tomlinson, Area Manager and Spokesperson, said: “Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service will still be responding to 999 calls albeit at a reduced level.  Once again we are asking members of the public to take extra steps to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in their home and to take extra care when driving on the roads during times of industrial action.”

All details relating to strike dates and times can be found on the Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service.



Glossop company to hold Great Brew Break for Royal Voluntary Service

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

A Glossop based social enterprise  is to raise funds for the Royal Voluntary Service by hosting a “Great Brew Break” at its Glossop base.

Digital Outreach, which was founded by Age UK, CSV and CEL Group to support vulnerable audiences during the Digital Television Switchover, has invited local organisations to join their team for tea and games on Tuesday 29th April. The event, to take place at their Chapel Street base, is part of a week of Royal Voluntary Service “Great Brew Break” events happening nationwide between 28th April and 4th May.

The Royal Voluntary Service supports over 100,000 older people each month to stay independent in their own homes and runs services such as Good Neighbours (companionship), Meals-on-Wheels and Books-on-Wheels.

Allison Czerwinka of Digital Outreach said: “We are thrilled to be able to support Royal Voluntary Service to deliver older people’s services here in Glossop and the surrounding area. We don’t get together often enough as a team to share a cup of tea and a chat or to get to know our neighbouring organisations – so what better reason.”

To find out more about “Great Brew Break”, visit the Royal Voluntary Service’s website, or call 0845 608 0122.

High Peak Borough Council seeks views on new homes and businesses plan

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

High Peak Borough Council is seeking public views having published its draft Local Plan which allocates sites for new homes and businesses to be built up to 2031.

Before the plans are submitted to an independent planning inspector, The Council is seeking public views on the draft plan and is sending a leaflet to explain the process to all 38,000 households in the Borough. The plan explains how new jobs will be supported and how the environment will be protected within the new sites.

Comments on the draft plan need to be received by the Council between 23rd April and 6th June 2014. All responses must be made on the Government’s form provided on the Council’s website and all the comments will be sent to the Government Inspector.

The draft plan, the supporting evidence and consultation responses will then be available for inspection at all libraries in High Peak and at the Council’s offices at Buxton Town Hall and Glossop Municipal Buildings as well as the Council’s website.

Easter Sunday call to Kinder Scout for Glossop Mountain Rescue Team

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Glossop Mountain Rescue Team were one of five rescue outfits to be called out to assist a family lost on Kinder Scout over the Easter break.

Volunteers from the Glossop, Kinder, Edale and Buxton were called out at 21:15 on Easter Sunday to assist in the search for a family of four, who had become lost on Kinder Scout. After the call was received, the mountain rescue Incident Controller called the family back, but lost mobile phone connection before any useful information was passed. A major search was launched after several attempt to call the family failed.

Facing winds of 30mph and poor visibility, The Kinder and Glossop rescue teams searched the west and north of Kinder whilst the Buxton and Edale Teams covered the south and east of Kinder. Two Search and Rescue Dogs were also called out. Both police and RAF helicopters were requested, but the conditions prevented their attendance.

During the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday, the Derby Mountain Rescue Team were called into help. Whilst they were preparing to join, Glossop Team’s Dog Handler located the family on the Northern Edge of Kinder Scout. As a result, the Derby team were sent with rescue equipment onto Snake Road.

At 5am, the family were located and were found to be cold but unhurt. They were fed energy foods and led off the mountain by the rescue teams. Around 80 rescuers from five teams, were involved with the operation.

High Peak based music agency launches

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

A Glossop professional jazz musician has launched an agency specialising in supplying musicians for weddings, functions, events and parties in the High Peak and surrounding areas.

High Peak Music has been set up by Gavin Barras to help meet the demand for live bands and musicians at weddings and private events. Gavin, a professional double bass player for over ten years,  intends to use his professional contacts to supply musicians for events in the High Peak, Manchester, Sheffield, West Yorkshire and Cheshire areas. The business officially launched on Sunday 13 April at a wedding fayre hosted by The Venue at Wimberry Hill in Glossop.

The groups available for hire range from swing bands, motown and funk bands, to solo harpists, flamenco guitarists, singers, a ceilidh band and specialist vintage style acts.

Gavin commented: “music is such an important part of any event, I offer a personal service for people choosing live entertainment, and only supplying locally based professional musicians also keeps the service affordable for clients.”

One of the most in-demand jazz double bass players in the North West, Gavin is a member of a variety of different ensembles and performs throughout the country on a regular basis. Based in Glossop, Gavin also teaches guitar and bass guitar to budding musicians in the local area.

For more on High Peak Music, visit their website, follow them on Twitter or like them on Facebook.

High Peak residents asked to share views on local policing

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

High Peak residents have been asked to complete an online survey with their views on local policing.

The survey asks people living in “B North areas, such as Glossop Town Centre, Hadfield and Tintwistle, Gamesley, St Johns, New Mills and Hayfield, to  rate the level of policing in their community. It also gives residents the opportunity to raise issues for their local Safer Neighbourhood teams to focus on.

The police hope the surveys will help them shape local policing efforts by highlighting how the teams are perceived, how they are performing and how they can improve. They may also help police create targeted policing plans and help the Safer Neighbourhood Teams tackle the most pressing problems.

The form can be completed by visiting To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101.

Appeal for witnesses to serious Snake Pass collision

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a serious collision on the A57 Snake Pass on Wednesday 16th April.

At about 10:40am, the collision occurred, near to Hagg Farm, between Glossop and Bamford.

A blue Ford Fiesta, which was travelling towards Ladybower, left the offside of the road and collided heavily with a mature pine tree down an embankment.  The driver and front seat passenger were uninjured but two 17-year -old rear seat passengers, suffered serious injuries.   They were taken to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.

The road was closed until 4:50pm while an investigation into the cause of the collision was carried out and the vehicle was recovered.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or the vehicle beforehand is asked to contact the police on 101.

Image courtesy of Andrew Loughran.

High Peak Borough Council ask businesses for recycling services views

Monday, April 14th, 2014

High Peak Borough Council is considering introducing a recycling service for trade waste customers and wants local views to help shape it.

To ensure the system meets the needs of businesses, HPBC is asking local businesses to provide information about the types of waste they produce and what currently happens to that waste.

To help businesses provide the information,  a simple online survey has been set up and is available at The survey must be completed by Friday 16th May.

Businesses without internet access can call 01298 28400 (extensions 4413 and 4435) to speak to a recycling promoter who will complete the online survey on their behalf.

Recorded crime in Derbyshire rises for first time in 10 years

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Recorded crime in Derbyshire has risen for the first time in ten years, according to official Derbyshire Police statistics.

The latest figures, which reveal the end-of-year figures for the force, show that recorded crime rose by 2% in 2013/14 compared to April to March 2012/13 – an increase of 1,094 offences.

Although the number of offences reported by the public increased, the figure is 15% lower than it was two years ago.

Within the figures released it was revealed that, the amount of crimes of violence reduced by 6.5% from 9,820 to 9,177 while shoplifting and non-domestic burglaries rose by 17%  (848) and 19% (787) respectively.  Vehicle crime (which includes theft of and from vehicles) rose by 9% (470) and domestic burglary rose by 2% (51).

Derbyshire’s Chief Constable, Mick Creedon, said: “We knew that crime could not fall forever, especially in light of the tough economic times the country as a whole, and especially some parts of the north of England is going through. It is significant that the increase in offences classed as stealing is well over 2,000 crimes, and the majority of these are of very low value.

Chief Constable Creedon, also added that the reduction in police budgets has led to “hundreds less police officers, police staff and big reductions in other partners’ staff numbers”, which made “it more and more difficult to carry out the preventative and diversionary work that can make such a difference to levels of crime”.

Within the statistics, it was revealed that the number of people reporting allegations of rape had risen by 25%, this the Chief Constable said was a positive aspect as it shows ”more people have shown confidence in reporting allegations of rape” and that “while we continue to strive to reduce crime, this rise in reports of sexual offences is a positive indication of the public’s growing levels of confidence with the police service and how we deal with these most difficult cases.”

Discussing crime statistics as a whole, he said that they,  ”need to be put into context” as  ”they are a record of those crimes that the public choose to tell us about and which are defined by a national standard.  Chewing gum stolen from a supermarket or a minor scratch to an unattended parked car is a recordable crime, whereas a drunk driver in an unlicensed, un-roadworthy and uninsured car, talking on a mobile phone whilst speeding the wrong way on a one way pedestrian street is not.

“I ask the public which is the more serious in terms of risk and potential harm?”

For crime prevention advice, or to get updates from your local area, visit the Derbyshire Police website.


Vigilance urged after Glossop car key thefts

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Police in Glossop area are urging residents to secure their property after a number of car key thefts.

Derbyshire Police have noted an increased number of incidents in the north of the county, where residents have left their properties insecure and offenders have stolen car keys, before then stealing cars.

Sgt Christopher Simcock from Glossop CID said: “Residents are often leaving doors unlocked and their car keys near to the door on work surfaces or hooks. Offenders are then entering properties and taking the keys and then stealing cars.

“We would advise the public not to leave keys near to windows or doors. Keys can easily be hooked through letterboxes and open windows. Also to keep doors locked at all times, even when you are in the house.”

Anyone seeking further crime prevention advice is asked to contact their local Safer Neighbourhood team using the non-emergency number 101.

Cigarettes stolen during Glossop supermarket burglary

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Police are appealing for information after three people wearing face coverings broke into the Glossop Co-op store and stole cigarettes.

At approximately 1:11am on Tuesday 8th April, a burglary took place at the Norfolk Street branch of Co-op. The offenders gained entry by forcing open the outer shutters. Once they were inside, they forced open and damaged the gantry that contained cigarettes. Cigarettes were stolen and the three offenders were seen to leave the store at 1.14am.

All three offenders were wearing face coverings but it is believed that they were all male.  The first offender was wearing a blue top, black tracksuit bottoms with a grey stripe and was carrying a white bag.

The second suspect had a two-tone grey and blue hooded top, dark tracksuit bottoms with a blue stripe and grey trainers. The third was wearing dark clothing and was holding a bar around 3ft in length.

Anyone with information, or who knows who is responsible for this crime, is asked to contact Glossop CID, on 101, or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Several Mountain Rescue teams called out to Bleaklow

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Several local mountain rescue teams, including Glossop Mountain Rescue Team (GMRT), were called out to rescue a mountain biker on Bleaklow.

The mountain biker had become lost whilst out on Bleaklow on Monday 7th April, and had called for assistance. Initially, both Edale and Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team (WMRT) were searching for the lost rider before they requested assistance from GMRT at 20:25pm and also requesting a search dog from Oldham Mountain Rescue.

Later that evening, WMRT located the man who was described as tired from his ordeal, but otherwise okay.

This was GMRT’s second call out in a matter of days, coming after they assisted Kinder Mountain Rescue Team with helping out a young male who had suffered a back injury.

Image courtesy of Glossop Mountain Rescue Team.

Police target online vehicle crime in bid to Stamp out Fraud

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Derbyshire Police have issued advice to help stop residents from falling victim to online vehicle fraud.

As part of their Stamp out Fraud initiative, Detectives have teamed up with Derbyshire County Council and Derby City Council and are to offer advice and raise awareness of different types of fraud to protect people living in Derbyshire.

The move comes after recent statistics from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Get Safe Online, showed that fraudsters stole an estimated £17.8 million from victims of online vehicle fraud in 2013.

According to recently released figures, fraudsters used the following methods to steal their victim’s cash:

- Part or full payment for the vehicles and then loss of contact with the “seller” accounted for nearly half (49%) of frauds

- More than a third (37%) of cases involved the payment of a deposit rather than the full amount

- Bank transfers (58%), fake eBay Invoices (14%) and fake Google Payment Systems Invoices (12%) offering non-existent “buyer protection” for the transaction were the most commonly cited payment methods

- Some victims paid funds to holding accounts on the basis that funds will be held until the buyer has received the goods and is satisfied with them.

In response to the findings in the report, Detective Inspector Rob King, Head of the Derbyshire Economic Crime Unit, advised people to remember that “if a deal looks too good to be true then it probably is”.  He also urged people to “always meet face to face with the seller and inspect the vehicle and its documentation including the log book, MOT certificates and service history, before handing over any money”.

Other advice Derbyshire Police have issued includes:

- Pay for the vehicle when you physically collect it from the seller. Never send money abroad or to a “payment protection” service

- Check the mileage appearing on the milometer matches its service history and old MOT certificates. On analogue milometers, ensure the numbered barrels line up. Check the general condition matches its age and supposed mileage

- View the vehicle at the seller’s home and check the address is the same as the one listed on the registration document (V5C). Ensure that the seller is the recorded keeper; otherwise they may not be legally entitled to sell the vehicle.

- Check that the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is the same as that on the V5C. This number is commonly found on the chassis, on the windscreen or on the floor by the driver’s seat. Check that this has not been tampered with.

- Get a car history check to find out whether the vehicle has been recorded as stolen, written off, scrapped or is subject to outstanding finance.

For more advice around fraud, visit the Stamp out Fraud website.

If you think that you have been a victim of this type of fraud call 101, the non-emergency for Derbyshire police. To report a fraud call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit

Paralympian & Olympic biker launch Peak District Cycling Festival

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

The 2014 Peak District Cycling Festival has officially launched, with the help of a triple gold medal winning Paralympian and an Olympic mountain biker.

Paralympic cyclist Anthony Kappes returned to the saddle, alongside a new, special co-pilot in the shape of Olympic mountain biker Annie Last,  to launch the programme of more than 100 events which are to take place throughout the Peak District from April to October. The event comes as the popularity of cycling continues to be as strong as it ever has been and David James, Chief Executive of Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, said: “Cycling is going to be huge for the Peak District tourism destination throughout the spring, summer and beyond, thanks to everything from major international events to gentle, have-a-go family cycle rides.”

Paralympian Anthony, who grew up in Chapel-en-le-Frith, said he was “delighted to support the summer of cycling” and commented that, “whether you’re a complete beginner or have plenty of experience, there’s excellent cycling on everything from relaxing trails and quiet roads to more demanding upland routes – and the scenery is so varied and beautiful.”

Annie Last, who competed at London 2012, said that: “The Summer of Cycling is a brilliant opportunity for everyone to get on their bike and get involved. Cycling’s good for both the head and the heart – as well as the very best way to get around.”

Glossop residents will get their chance to take part in, or simply get involved as spectators, on Sunday 7th September when a Criterium race takes place in the town. The races usually take place over short courses on closed off streets.

One of the festival’s showpieces will be the first-ever L’Eroica Britannia, a  three-day event which blends fun with fitness and a festival atmosphere for visitors of all ages. Taking place from 20th to 22nd June 2014, the Italian-inspired occasion, whose name means “the heroes” – will be one of the highlights of the summer.

Organisers were inspired by the L’Eroica festival which involved cycling with regular stops to sample local meats, cheese, olives and wine. The Peak District tailored version will focus on local cheeses, pies, beer and wine. Thornbridge Brewery in Bakewell will be brewing a special L’Eroica beer, combining Peak District water with ingredients from Tuscany.

On Sunday 6th July, Peak Districters will get the chance to witness the world’s greatest cyclists as the Tour De France nips into the Peak District National Park. Departing from York, competitors will pass through Holmfirth and Holme, go over of Holme Moss before descending to Woodhead. They will then ride through Langsett and Bradfield to finish in Sheffield. Derbyshire County Council are planning events to coincide with the occasion, details are to be announced soon.

For full details of what’s in store, plus more information about Peak District cycle routes and upcoming events, visit

GNE Juniors awarded FA Charter Standard Community Club Status

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Glossop North End Juniors have been granted an FA status which is designed to recognise high quality work in club football.

The club has been awarded the FA Charter Standard Community Club status, just as they begin their 25 Year celebrations and finalise the details of a link up with a Premier League club. The FA status recognises and rewards high quality levels of provision in club football and it is awarded to clubs that are well run, sustainable and that give paramount important to child protection, quality coaching and safety.

Achieving the new status means that GNE Juniors join a group of 21 Charter Standard Community Clubs across Derbyshire. Liam Rooney, Senior Football Development Officer for Derbyshire County FA, told the club: “It is a great achievement to gain this award as this is the pinnacle of the FA Charter Standard Club Scheme”.

Dave Rowlinson, Vice Chairman, said: “This is fantastic news for everyone involved with the club; players, parents, coaches and all our committee members who have worked so hard to achieve the Community Club status.”

With the new status confirmed,  the club which delivers weekly footballing opportunities to over 300 boys and girls across 19 teams,  is turning its focus towards to fulfilling its ambitious five year plan.

The club is “committed to a number of key projects, all focussed around player and coach development to ensure they provide players with a safe and enjoyable pathway from an under 5 age group through to open age football”. Key areas within that plan include adding to the age group ranges for girls teams, new Futsal sides and supporting the FA on all its skills, equal opportunities and respect initiatives. In the past few months, a new club management committee has been formed, as has a football development committee which will oversee all the football related aspects of their plan. Their is also a new Fundraising Committee comprising of parents and supporter.

Chairman Martin Taylor commented: “As we entered our 25th year of junior football in the Glossop area, we knew we had look to the future and build on the excellent footballing standards we have set ourselves over recent years and also provide the right structure for growth.”

For more information on Glossop North End Juniors, visit their website, or follow them on Twitter.

Dinting Cricket Club to give youngsters a chance to shine

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Dinting Cricket Club is offering youngsters at several local schools the chance to get free cricket mentoring from fully qualified coaches.

The Simmondley Lane club has signed up to the Chance To Shine scheme which provides coaches for youngsters during their school time - allowing them to improve their skills whilst boosting interest in the sport for the future. Dinting’s investment in the programme means that free sessions will be held for pupils at Dinting C of E Primary School, Simmondley Primary School and Gamesley Community Primary School. These cricket sessions are expected to commence in the second week of April.

The sessions are open to all children who study at the schools and they are free to those who attend. Those who enjoy the sessions, or any other local youngsters interested in cricket,  are then welcome to join junior training at Dinting Cricket Club, which starts on Tuesday 15th April, between 6pm and 8pm, and costs £2.50.

Dinting Cricket Club sees the move as a crucial way to keep youngsters interested in cricket. Investing in youth cricket has paid off for them in the past, with two junior members currently playing for Derbyshire County Cricket Club. Several other young members are training with the High Peak team and the Senior 1st team has won the Derbyshire & Cheshire Cricket League three years on the run.

Having invested heavily in the Chance To Shine scheme, the club is now looking for a new, main sponsor to back its senior and junior sides.

For more information on the school sessions or Dinting Cricket Club, contact Dan Carter on 07703190709. You can also keep up to date with Dinting Cricket Club on their website, on Facebook or by following them on Twitter.


Glossop bank manager to take on midnight charity walk

Monday, March 31st, 2014

A Glossop resident is taking on a charity walk in aid of a hospice which cared for a family friend.

Carole Shaddock, joint manager at Lloyds Bank in Glossop, is taking part in the Manchester Midnight Walk, organised by St Ann’s Hospice, on Friday 20th June. Her husband, Nigel, will join her and more than 2,000 fellow walkers in the 10k walk through Manchester city centre.

A friend’s mother spent her final days at St Ann’s Hospice which provides free care to adults with life-limiting illnesses, their families and carers. Carole’s father Gerry Sheppard and her father-in-law Ronald Shaddick both died of cancer, while Carole has also been treated for breast cancer.

Speaking about the walk, Carole said: “”St Ann’s is such a good cause and I really enjoyed taking part in the walk two years ago. There’s a great atmosphere and it’s good fun. I know how much they rely on fundraising to provide care”.

Carole, who moves to the Glossop Branch in April, has been with bank for 31 years and Lloyds Bank have promised to match the amount she raises and so Carole will be putting collection tins in the branch for any customers who may want to donate.

The 10k walk starts at midnight from Manchester Central which opens at 9 pm for entertainment.

Registration costs £18, with an early bird fee of £15 before Friday, April 4. The rate is £15 for past walkers and a fee of £10 for walkers aged 11 to 17. To register go to or call the St Ann’s fundraising team on 0161 498 3631.

Vote for Glossop’s most improved shop front

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Glossop locals are being asked to vote for their favourite new-look shop front to mark the end of the Glossopdale Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) fund.

The THI, which was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council, was set up in 2007 to regenerate the area by restoring key buildings and improving the look of the town. High Peak Borough Council say the scheme has created almost 40 new jobs in Glossop and that as a result, 73% of people, compared to 50% previously,  now describe Glossop as “attractive or “very attractive”.

Now, local residents can have their say of which of the twenty six buildings restored during the trust’s duration, is the most improved shop front in Glossop. Of the twenty six, there were twenty-one commercial buildings that received grant funds to help with the repair or restoration of traditional architectural features. The other five have been improved independently of the grants programme but incorporating the traditional design principles.

Details for all the improved properties, including before and after images, will be available at from noon on Friday 4th April when voting opens. Those looking to take part can also vote at Glossop Municipal Buildings where all the information will also be displayed.

Godfrey Claff, executive member for regeneration at the Borough Council, said: “This has been a truly fantastic scheme for Glossop. It’s been very successful in bringing new businesses and jobs to the town as well as restoring some of our historic buildings and improving public areas in the centre.

“Just as importantly, residents are pleased with the results and that’s why we want them to help us celebrate the conclusion of the project by nominating their favourite new shopfront.”

Voting closes at midnight on Friday 11th April and the winner will be announced after Easter. The owner of the winning property will receive a hamper from local delicatessen Praze Fine Foods and there will be a prize draw for voters with one randomly drawn person also winning a hamper.

£20,000 worth of council grants for World War One projects

Friday, March 28th, 2014

High Peak Borough Council is offering grants of up to £500 to High Peak groups organising World War One commemoration events.

Any “not for profit” community organisations, such as community groups, charities, social enterprises and parish councils, will be available to apply for a grant. Amounts up to £500 will be provided for events which “ bring cultural, sporting, recreational, health, environmental, intergenerational, heritage or educational benefits to the community”.

Leader of High Peak Borough Council, Councillor Caitlin Bisknell, said: “We know that there will be many groups who will be making arrangements for local events and projects that mark this pivotal period in our country’s history.

“We want to support organisations and communities across the High Peak with their plans and we’re now inviting applications for grants which will help with the cost of events and projects to remember and commemorate the lives and sacrifices of all those who lived during this time.”

Application forms can be obtained by visiting the High Peak Borough Council website or from your local councillor. There is no deadline for grants, but any interested groups are urged to get their applications in with time to spare before their planned event. Details of any events that go ahead with the help of the grants, will be placed on the council’s website.

Completed applications should be emailed to or posted to him at High Peak Borough Council, PO Box 136, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 1AQ.


Two titles and number one ranking for Glossop judo star

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Glossop based judo competitor Eric Ham has won two titles and gone to the top of the British junior rankings, all in the past month.

The 16 year-old Hadfield resident, who trains at Glossop Judo Club, bagged three medals during the past three weeks – fighting in “Junior” events, which are aimed at Under 21 competitors, whilst still eligible to compete in the Under 16′s “Cadet” events.

The first of Eric’s medals came at the English Junior Open, where despite being the second youngest in the group, Eric won all of his contests in style before beating the country’s number one ranked competitor in the final.

Eric then flew to Portugal for the European Cup, where he became one of only five cadets to win a medal. Having fought his way past Europe’s highest rated junior fighters, he was eventually beaten in the final by a Canadian entrant.

Following these trips, Eric travelled to Belfast winning all of his fights with maximum scores to add the Northern Ireland Junior title to his growing collection of domestic titles.

These results have seen Eric shoot up to Number One on the British Junior Ranking List. He is now due to go back into training before  competing as part of the European Cadet World Tour series with events in Portugal and Romania followed by competitions in Spain, Czech Republic and Poland. This block of competitions will finish with the European Cadet Championships due to be held in Athens, Greece at the beginning of July.

To keep up to date with Eric’s progress, you can visit his blog.

Glossop branch of Derbyshire Building Society to close

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

The Glossop branch of Derbyshire Building Society is one of ten branches which will be closed later this year as part of a rebranding exercise.

Nationwide Group, which runs the Derbyshire outlets, is carrying out a plan to ensure that all building societies that it owns are all under the Nationwide brand. With this in mind they have taken the decision to close ten Derbyshire branches, rebrand ten others as Nationwide outlets and “integrate” seven Derbyshire Building Society branches into close-by Nationwide ones.

The Glossop branch, on High Street West, is expected to close in winter 2014, on an as yet unspecified weekend. Nationwide say that all customers will be able to access their accounts from Nationwide branches on the following Monday and will be receiving correspondence on the decsion in the coming months. The ten branches that are to close are: Glossop, Ashbourne, Bakewell, Belper, Clay Cross, Littleover, Oakwood, Shirebrook, Sinfin and Staveley.

Branches in Allenton, Beeston, Borrowash, Burton, Derby East Street, Mansfield, Mickleover, Nottingham, Sutton in Ashfield and Swadlincote will be rebranded as Nationwide Building Society.

Nationwide claims that under the new system, Derbyshire Building Society customers will have access to 27 local branches and 700 across the country. Nationwide’s Chief Operating Officer, Tony Prestedge said of the decision: “We have made considerable improvements to our range of products and services, and are now in a position to ensure our members under the Derbyshire brand can have full access to the benefits our other members already enjoy.

“It is a logical step to integrate our businesses under one unified, strong, and nationally recognisable brand.”

Nationwide has also addressed any possible concerns regarding people’s job stating that the company “aims to retain as many employees as possible, with redeployment to other branches in the network or across the wider business”. They also said that “where redeployment is not possible, employees will receive training, support and advice on future opportunities. No employees are being put at formal risk of redundancy today”.

Nationwide Building Society merged with Derbyshire in 2008, when at the height of the financial crisis, Derbyshire Building Society became unable to function on its own.


Blue Peter gardener reopens Willow Wood Hospice gardens

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Willow Wood Hospice‘s gardens have been officially reopened by Blue Peter Gardener Chris Collins.

The event took place on Thursday 20th March and alongside Chris Collins, Tameside’s Mayor and Mayoress Councillor John Kitchen and Shirley Kitchen, were in attendance. The event followed a major refurbishment programme which took nine months to complete and became possible after the Department of Health awarded a £165,000 grant to the hospice which provides palliative care to local residents with life-threatening illnesses.

The new garden has been designed to offer peace and tranquility to the patients at the hospice with extensive changes taking place. A large pond has been removed, additional lighting has been put in place and it has been made more accessible to wheelchair users. There has also been a number of colourful and fragrant flowers, plants and trees added. These according to Dr Mike Tapley, Willow Wood’s Medical Director,  will improve “the therapeutic value of the garden” and offer “a tranquil setting for those in need of peace and quiet and a place for reflection”.

Special guest, Chris Collins, said: “It is a big honour for me to attend and open the new garden at Willow Wood Hospice . I am fortunate to be aware of the amazing work that is being undertaken there and the positivity of those all involved bring to this special place”.

Many of the plants used in the  new look garden were donated by the Association of Professional Landscapers, and were previously part of an award winning garden at 2013′s RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park.  Karen Houlston, Chief Executive of the Ashton under Lyne based hospice, added: ”The work undertaken really has enhanced the services that we are able to offer to our patients and their relatives who visit the hospice every year”.

For more information on Willow Wood Hospice, their services or on how to get involved, visit their website.



Glossop to host regional premiere of Steve Peat film

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Glossop is to host the regional premiere for a documentary about one of the world’s most iconic cyclists.

Don’t Back Down charts the life and career of Steve Peat, who over the past twenty three years has been competing at the very highest level in downhill mountain bike racing. Using archive footage, photos and interviews with Steve, his family and friends the film charts his journey from humble Sheffield beginnings to being a respected sporting icon.

The film’s screening will take place at The Partington Theatre on a special night hosted by the Peak Film Society. Doors will open at 7pm, with the film at 7:30pm.

Tickets are £9 or £7 for under 17s and tickets are available from High Peak Cycles.

Image courtesy of Iain Harper.

Glossop volunteers wanted for bumblebee climate change survey

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Volunteers are being sought to take part in a survey which aims to monitor climate change by surveying three types of bumblebee.

Bees are seen as a vital indicator of how climate change is affecting nature and so a Community Science Project is being run by the Moors for the Future Partnership and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Volunteers will be trained up in how to carry out the survey, which is to be done on routes including Kinder Scout, Holme Moss, Snake Summit and the Eastern Moors. They will be asked to examine the Bilberry bumblebee, Tree bumblebees and Red-tailed bumblebees.

Speaking about the benefits of the scheme, Gareth Roberts, Project Manager said:  ”By volunteering you have an opportunity to meet new people and have fun while out on the moors. You will be able to learn new skills, play a vital role in ensuring the success of the project, and feed into national climate change initiatives.”

To help people get started, several Bumblebee Survey Training Days are being held across the Peak District. These are to equip surveyors with the skills they to need do the surveys in their spare time and also so they can then teach people to join them.

The training days are free and open to all will last approximately three to four hours, they will be held on various dates with the Glossop session being held at 10am on Saturday 17th May at Bradbury Community House.

The full sessions list is:

Saturday 5th April at 10am: Moorland Discovery Centre, Longshaw Estate

Sunday 6th April at 1pm: Dore Old School, Dore

Saturday 12th April at 10am: Chapel Hall, Holme, 10am

Sunday 27th April at 10am: Longdendale Environmental Education Centre, Longdendale

Sunday 4th May at 10am: Meerbrook Village Hall, near Tittesworth Reservoir

Sunday 11th May at 1pm: Greenfield Methodist Church, Greenfield, near Dovestones Reservoir

Saturday 17th May at 10am: Bradbury Community House, Glossop

Sunday 18th May at 10am: St John’s Community Centre, Penistone

Anyone attending a training event is asked to bring a picnic lunch, a drink and to make sure they have warm, waterproof clothing and sturdy walking boots.

Places are limited and anyone would like to attend any of the training events is asked to please contact to book. For more information about how to get involved in this or any other Community Science Projects visit


G52 pamper day offers food for thought

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014


The ladies of G52 in Gamesley recently held a pamper day to offer local ladies the opportunity to relax and receive pamper treatments for nails, hair and skin.

Bucks Fizz and nibbles were provided whilst a demonstration took place, showing the ladies how to make face masks from inexpensive, everyday ingredients such as green beans, yoghurt and cucumber.

After the demonstration, the treatments on offer – hand massages, manicures, eyebrow coloring and a cleansing face mask – were available to be tried out.

Local volunteers gave their time to help make the day a success. Beauty experts in the area also supported G52 by giving their time and expertise.

The event was another example of how G52 bring women from the community of all ages together through low cost activities. G52 hold events 52 weeks of the year.

For more information on G52 and future events, ring 01457 858035

Guide Dogs fundraising group celebrate 25 years

Monday, March 17th, 2014

A group of fundraisers have celebrated 25 years of supporting Guide Dogs for the Blind and raising more than £445,000 for the charity.

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Bakewell fundraising group, that spans from Glossop to Ashbourne, marked their silver anniversary on Saturday 15th March, at their Annual General Meeting.

The astounding amount they have raised has come through the efforts of collecting at fairs, fetes and supermarket collections. The Guide Dogs for the Blind Bakewell fundraising group was set up by Maurice Eccles in 1988 as a way of thanking Guide Dogs for giving him his first assistance dog Breaker. A handful of the original branch members are still actively fundraising for the charity.

Dorothy Daybell, one of the group’s founding members, said:  ”It’s been an amazing few years and we’re fortunate to have the support of the community. People are surprised by how long we’ve been running but if you feel you can do something to help you have to do it.”

Mandy Rafferty, Guide Dogs community fundraising manager, added: “This is an incredible achievement and without the support of our fundraisers we wouldn’t be able to deliver our services. We receive no government funding so the work our volunteers do is vital in enabling us to ensure people with sight loss remain mobile and independent.”

Situated in Bakewell the branch covers areas from Glossop to Ashbourne and new members are always welcome. To find out how you can get involved, contact Mandy Rafferty on 07881269578 or by email to

Glossop RNLI branch in search for new volunteers

Friday, March 14th, 2014

The Glossop branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is on the look out for new volunteers.

Although Glossop is a way inland from the sea, the area still has a dedicated RNLI branch and they are looking to boost the amount of volunteers that they currently have. Each year, those giving up their time organise a range of fundraising events to raise money which helps RNLI lifeboat crews carry on saving lives at sea.

Volunteering for the RNLI is a great opportunity to make new friends and learn new skills whilst raising vital money for the RNLI’s operations.

Anyone who is interested, can apply online at or call 0300 300 9902 for more information.


Teenage boy attacked by group of youths in Glossop

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Glossop Police are appealing for information after a teenager was attacked by a group of four youths.

The 16 year old was walking in Whitfield Cross at around 5:30pm on Tuesday 4th March when he was approached by a youth who punched him in the face. The victim fell to the floor and was then kicked by three other youths, before the group ran off towards Uplands Road.

The boy suffered minor injuries and required hospital treatent.  The offenders were wearing dark clothing and trainers, with one wearing light blue footwear.

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to call Derbyshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.



Biker dies after head-on Snake Pass collision

Monday, March 10th, 2014

A 62-year-old motorcyclist has died after his bike was in collision with a car on the A57 Snake Pass, close to Glossop.

The incident happened at about 11:20am on Sunday 9th March when a black Kawasaki motorbike travelling from the direction of Glossop collided with a Citroen C4 Picasso which was travelling the other way. The rider, from Manchester, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. The road was closed shortly after the collision and was reopened again at 3:50pm.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or either vehicle before the incident to contactDerbyshire Constabulary’s collision investigation unit, on 101, quoting incident number 316 of 9th March.

Hadfield ‘bowled over’ by Derbyshire Community Foundation grant

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Hadfield Bowling Club have been ‘bowled over’ after receiving a grant of £1000 courtesy of Derbyshire Community Foundation, to put towards the upgrade and refurbishment of the bowling pavilion. The recent refurb has made a big difference to members and visitors, and has seen a number of improvements such as new flooring and new tables and chairs.

 The club is over 100 years old and enjoys picturesque views of the High Peak, which makes it a very pleasant place to relax and enjoy a spot bowling.

 New members of any age – male or female – are very welcome. The club is holding a free Open Day on Sunday, April 13th between 11am and 3pm at Hadfield Bowling Club, Paradise Street, off Bank Street, SK13 1BA.  If you would like to give crown green bowling a try please come along. There are a number of bowls which you can use and members will be on hand to give instruction.

 Anyone wanting information on Hadfield Bowling Club, please contact the club secretary, Ian Wightman, on 01457 863046.

For more information on the Derbyshire Community Foundation, please visit

TV’s Julia Bradbury backs Peak District Walking Festival

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

TV presenter Julia Bradbury is encouraging Peak District residents to get walking, by backing the 2014 Peak District Walking Festival.

Julia, best known for presenting the BBC’s Countryfile, has pledged her support to persuade visitors and residents to explore the Peak District’s beautiful and protected landscapes during the Peak District Walking Festival which will take place between 26th April and 11th May.

During the festival more than 90 events will take place and with events ranging from easy one-mile village trails to longer, more demanding routes across rugged countryside, there will be something for everyone. Bookings are now being taken for the guided walks, some of diverse themes as aircraft wrecks, industrial heritage, and wildlife, whilst others are relaxing strolls taking in cream teas and real ales.

Speaking about the festival, TV’s Julia said: “It’s especially significant to me that the Festival’s taking place in the Peak District, which I consider to be ‘home ground” and she added, “my father was born here, and I’ve been enjoying walking in this beautiful area since I was six years old.”

David James, Chief Executive of Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, the area’s official tourist board said:

“Many of the walks are free, and you don’t have to be a hardened hiker to join in the fun – there are plenty of easy options to suit people of all ages, fitness levels and interests”.

Full details of events during the Peak District Walking Festival, including details of how to book, are now available in a printed programme, which can be ordered online or downloaded online, and can be picked up at tourist information centres and visitor centres.

Clare’s Law launches in Derbyshire

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

A scheme which enables people to check the police record of their partners has been launched in Derbyshire.

Clare’s Law which came into action on Monday 3rd March has been launched this week as part of a national focus on domestic abuse from 4th March to 8th March. The scheme, which is to be rolled out nationally,  is named after Clare Wood, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend George Appleton in Salford in 2009 – Clare had been unaware of his previous history of violence against women.

The scheme works in two ways:

A right to ask: This is where information is disclosed following a request from a member of the public.

A right to know: This is where police make a decision to disclose details when they receive information to suggest a person could be at risk.

Those wishing to request a disclosure of information on a partner can do so by calling the non-emergency number 101, speaking to a police officer or visiting a local police station. Speaking about the national adoption of this new system, Detective Superintendent Andy Stokes, Head of Public Protection said: “This is a national scheme that we hope will provide people with the information they need to make informed decisions about their relationships and to take relevant action.

“When dealing with domestic violence it is crucial that police and other agencies are made aware and can provide early intervention to help the victims.”

Alan Charles, Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire, said that, when it comes to domestic violence, ignorance is definitely not bliss, it’s downright dangerous” and that “this law will help people to make an informed decision, based on known facts, about their relationship which will in turn save people from harm.”

Further information and useful phone numbers can be found on the Derbyshire Constabulary website If you wish to report an incident to the police and it’s not an emergency situation ring 101. Always ring 999 in an emergency.

Winners of sponsored Community Companions balloon race announced

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

The prize winners have been announced by the organisers of the Community Companions sponsored balloon race.

850 balloons were released from Glossop North End’s Surrey Street, with entrants paying a sponsorship fee and helping to raise £500 for Community Companions. The organisation is operated by the Volunteer Centre and its team of 45 volunteers provide transport, befriending and help with shopping to local people who struggle to live independently due to disability, poor health or age.

No balloon tags were returned to the Glossop Volunteer Centre by the closing day on the 1st February 2014 and so the winners of the race were then instead chosen using a specialist iPhone app,  which churned out the winner and four runner-up prizes.

Mrs Joan Hart of Charlesworth received the first prize of a Google Nexus tablet from the sponsor’s representative David Brereton of and the runners up were:

L Bayley – Stalybridge – £20 Tesco voucher

J Broady – Glossop – £15 Mettrick’s voucher

C Bridge – Stockport – £10 Sainsbury’s voucher

P McConnell – Glossop  -  2 Partington Theatre tickets

The Community Companions fundraising committee would like to express grateful thanks to all those people who sponsored a balloon and of course to the prize givers.

Aled Jones becomes ambassador of Glossop’s Winnie Mabaso Foundation

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Singer and Broadcaster Aled Jones MBE has agreed to become an ambassador for the Glossop based Winnie Mabaso Foundation.

The charity was set up 10 years ago by Glossop resident Lisa Ashton MBE after she visited the South African settlement of Finetown and met Winnie Mabaso, a local woman who was caring for the area’s Aids orphans. Since then the Foundation has built an orphanage and food kitchen, offers scholarships and runs a Granny’s Club, all in Finetown.

Aled said: “I am honoured to become an ambassador for this amazing charity who I have long since supported – particularly in this their 10th year. Seeing the difference they are making in the community where they are based inspires me and I am over the moon to support them in this way.”

The singer becomes the Foundation’s third high-profile supporter, alongside trustees Olympian Jonathan Edwards and actor David Morrissey.

On March 21st, whilst out in South Africa, Founder Lisa and Glossop business owner Tracey McCullough will be abseiling down to 103 metres high Orlando Towers in Soweto, to raise funds. You can support them in that feat by visiting their Just Giving page.

Glossop teenage judo star to represent England in tournaments

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

A Glossop based teenage judo fighter is to represent England at three upcoming tournaments abroad.

Eric Ham, who trains at Glossop Judo Club, has been selected to compete for England in the first World Junior Tour event to be held in Portugal, which takes place in Coimbra on 15th & 16th March. Later in the year, he will represent England at tournaments in Romania & Czech Republic. This is the first Junior National selection for Eric,  showing just how fast the Glossop fighter is developing.

In further good news for Eric, in his own age band, Cadet (Under 18) he has a clear lead on the European Cadet Championship qualification ranking list. This means that with one event left to go it is impossible for him to be overtaken which could secure him a place to represent Great Britain at this year’s Championships to be held in Athens, Greece.

Eric balances his fighting and training at the British Judo Centre of Excellence with studying at college. This is an expensive juggling act and so, Eric is always looking for local companies or individuals to assist in any way they. Those interested can view his log at



Willow Wood to hold Easter Sunday balloon flight remembrance service

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Willow Wood Hospice are offering people the chance to join an Easter Sunday service at which hundreds of balloons are to be released into the skies over Tameside and Glossop.

The balloons will lift into the air on Easter Sunday, 20 April 2014 from Mottram Church. with the actual launch at 12.15pm just after a short ceremony of blessing and remembrance by the Reverend James Halstead. It gives families the chance to commemorate the memory of a loved one, whilst also helping the hospice to raise valuable funds. Willow Wood which is based in Ashton under Lyne, and has a shop in Glossop, provides palliative care to local people with life threatening illnesses, with most of its funding coming from public donations.

Hospice Matron, Karen Vallantine, explains “Memories are often about the times loved ones have spent together and the balloon release symbolises many different things to many different people. It is an occasion when we can release tender thoughts of our loved ones on this very special day in the year”.

Those wishing to commemorate a loved one are asked to visit the hospice website at or ring the Hospice on 0161 330 7788.  They will either send you details or indeed take your dedication over the phone. In return, Willow Wood will send you a special ribbon on which you can write your own personal message.  Each ribbon will then be mounted onto a “Memories” panel at Willow Wood where it will be available for viewing throughout the following month.

Speaking about 2012′s balloon release, Head of Fundraising John Fellowes said: “Last year the grounds outside of Mottram Church were full of emotion as the Rev James Halstead gave a short blessing just before the commemorative balloons were released. The mass of hundreds of balloons then carried the thoughts, prayers and loving memories of loved ones over the local hills and into the blue sky as they rose high above the landscape.”

For more information visit the Willow Wood Hospice website or call 0161 330 7788.

Free CANparent event to showcase support for working parents

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

A free event in the High Peak will show employers the benefits of providing employees access to parenting support.

The government offers parenting classes to all parents, step-parents, grandparents and carers of children aged 0-6 in the High Peak. Using the CANparent scheme it is offering free taster sessions to employers, which will show just how employees taking the sessions can be of benefit to the business.

A free session will be taking place at The Palace Hotel, Buxton between 1pm and 3pm on Friday 14th March. The event is being held by High Peak CVS who have been working to raise awareness of parenting support among parents and carers in the High Peak. They are also able to help any companies wishing to implement this benefit to their employees.

Research shows that UK employers offering parenting support report positive feedback from employees and that work-family support policies have a positive impact on job satisfaction, commitment and staff retention.

To reserve a place at the event or find out more, contact High Peak CVS on 07905 289578 or email

Glossop based Afghanistan war veteran to tackle charity skydive

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

A Glossop based army veteran is to take on a skydive to raise funds for the charity which is helping him to overcome Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Mark Dawson served for thirteen years as a Corporal with the Royal Army Medical Corps before being discharged from the army suffering from PTSD. He’s been fighting the effects of the illness with the help of Combat Stress, and is to take on a 10, 000ft tandem jump on 7th May in Maidstone to raise funds for the charity.

Having spent thirteen years in the army, Mark found it difficult to cope with the mental damage caused by things he had seen during his time as an army medic. He contacted Combat Stress who allocated him a Combat Stress Community nurse. Last August, he attended a six week intensive PTSD program where Combat Stress helped him to learnt coping strategies which are used to fight the nightmares, flashbacks, emotional numbing and relationship problems which can often be caused by PTSD.

Without their help Mark believes his recovery would have been much more difficult, and so he is keen to raise as much money as possible to help with their work. It’s the first time he will have ever taken on a skydive and he told that:

“I am quite nervous but I’ve always wanted to know how it feels to fly/fall through the air. I’m sure it will be sheer fear followed by euphoria”.

Mark has a fundraising target of £400, with half of that required so that he cover the costs of the skydive. The rest of the money will go directly to Combat Stress.

Since being discharged from the army, Mark has been trying to build a life outside of the military and has retrained as a photographer. As well as working with two military charities, Dig-In and Walk With The Wounded, he is also working as a full-time freelance photographer.

You can donate to Mark’s cause on his Do It For Charity Page and you can also find him on Facebook.


Derbyshire firefighters sent to help fight flooding in the South

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service has been lending firefighters and equipment to brigades battling the severe flooding in Southern England.

On 11th February, a specialist water rescue team was sent to help Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service with their emergency response duties after flooding in the Upper Thames area of the county.

This follows on from a high volume pump (HVP) being leant to Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service in January to assist them with the pumping of flood water that has been affecting the region for several weeks.

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service, Response Group Manager David Hutchinson said that the assistance Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is providing “comes under nationally agreed mutual aid protocols that are in place to provide additional support at larger national incidents”.

He also said: “Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service recognises the challenges being faced by our emergency service colleagues in the South of England, alongside the distress and anguish being caused to residents of affected areas. We are therefore keen to join the emergency response teams working in those areas, providing assistance and expertise to help alleviate the pressure on all concerned.”

Simmondley New Road to be closed for two weeks

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Simmondley New Road in Glossop is to be closed for two weeks – to allow electricity cable works to be carried out by Derbyshire County Council.

The road closure will be in place between 24th March to 7th April, from Simmondley New Road’s junction with Simmondley Lane to its junction with High View. The following alternative route has been suggested by Derbyshire County Counci: “via Simmondley Lane – Pennine Road – Simmondley New Road (to point of closure) and Vice Versa”.

The road will re-open as soon as the work is finished, which may be before the advertised date.

Image courtesy of Freefoto.

Warning over Derbyshire residents targeted by imposter cold calls

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Cold calling imposters appear to be targeting Derbyshire residents with calls in which they pretend to be from the Citizens Advice Bureau.

The cold callers are ringing homes and offering to help people with Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) and it appears that Derbyshire residents in particular are being targeted.

Emma Hagger, Chief Officer of Derbyshire Districts Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) said: “We would like to stress that no genuine CAB adviser, or anyone connected with the CAB service, would ever phone or text someone out of the blue.

“If you are cold called or get a text from someone saying that they are from the Citizens Advice Bureau and asking you about PPI it is almost certainly a scam. Make sure you do not give or confirm any personal information and report the call immediately to the consumer helpline on 08454 04 05 06.”

In general, Trading Standards advise that personal information should never be given to anyone who has cold called you – especially bank details.

Anyone wanting free, confidential, independent and expert advice can contact Citizens Advice Bureau on one of the following numbers:
- Derbyshire Districts Citizens Advice Bureau on 0844 375 2712
- North East Derbyshire Citizens Advice Bureau on 0844 848 9800
- South Derbyshire Citizens Advice Bureau on 01283 210109

If you discover a scam, you can call CAB on 08454 040506.

Appeal after Hadfield man robbed by knife carrying thief

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Police are appealing for information after a man had money stolen from him by two men with a knife.

At 8pm on Saturday 8th February, a man was walking along an alley way on Mersey Bank Road when he was approached by two men.

One of the men demanded money and was holding the knife. The victim handed over cash and jewellery.

The man with the knife was described as white, 26 years-old, of medium build and 6ft tall. He was also described as having a strong Manchester accent and was wearing a grey tracksuit with the hood worn down and a dark brown peaked cap.

The second man was described as 6ft 2ins tall, white, 26 years-old with a skinny build and long dark hair. He was wearing a black nylon jacket and dark clothing.

The two men then walked off in the direction of Hadfield Road.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Chris Simcock at Glossop CID using the non-emergency 101 number. To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

New home businesses advice guide from High Peak Borough Council

Monday, February 10th, 2014

High Peak Borough Council (HPBC) has released a new guide for residents on how to effectively start up a home run business.

With 2.1 million home based businesses now active in the UK, HPBC decided to commission an experienced business consult to create the guide which is called Box Room Business. It is a simple, plain English guide which provides advice and thoughts on issues entrepreneurs and start up home businesses, should consider.

Councillor Godfrey Claff, executive member for regeneration, said: “I’m really keen to support local people who have ideas for starting up or growing their own business in the High Peak.

“This new guide is a great idea and I’m sure it will give our talented residents the confidence to back their ideas for setting up home businesses by giving them relevant and useful information about what’s involved.”

The guide is available online, at, and those without internet access can request a paper copy by calling 0845 129 7777.

Keeping your dog safe is snow joke this winter

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Wintry and freezing conditions are set to create snow in Derbyshire, which can cause havoc for dog owners. The charity Guide Dogs for the Blind, which helps people with visual impairment across the country, has outlined 10 top tips for keeping your dog safe in the wintry conditions.

  1. Know where your dog is. If you leave your dog to run free for too long, you increase the risk of them falling through ice-covered ponds, or breaking bones through sliding on ice. Dogs can lose their sense of smell in the snow and become disorientated, so it’s important to make sure you know where they are.
  2. Never free run your dog near water or icy ponds which may put you or your dog in danger in freezing conditions
  3. Stay close to home. It’s important not to go on walks that are too long, in case your dog gets too cold. They might have thick coats, but dogs are still at risk of frostbite and hypothermia, especially on their ears and feet.
  4. Some short-haired breeds, such as greyhounds and whippets, may benefit from a dog coat when the weather drops below freezing.
  5. Watch where you’re walking! Ice and snow could hide dangerous objects that could hurt your dog’s feet.
  6. Whistle your dog back to you on regular occasions so the dog always knows where you are.
  7. Check their paws. The salt used to grit roads and pavements can be harmful to paws, if your dog is licking his paw’s try washing them off.
  8. Take care of your dog. Consider buying a high-visibility jacket for your pet, so that they can be seen in the dim winter light. Make sure also to have a first-aid kit to hand in case your dog does get caught up in a scrape.
  9. Take care of yourself! It is easy to overlook your own safety, but this is equally important in the icy conditions.
  10. Keep yourself warm, and make sure you are wearing sturdy footwear, so that you can stay in control of your dog on the ice.

Matt Freeman, a volunteer for Guide Dogs for the Blind, said: “As the weather closes in at this time of year, it is vital for all dog owners to keep an eye on the health of their pet, so they can continue to safely enjoy spending time together. At Guide Dogs we know how important the companionship and help of a dog can be to people, as our work helps to provide over 4,000 visually impaired people with the independence they may otherwise lose.”

Guide Dogs for the Blind receives no government funding and the lifetime cost of a Guide Dog is £50,000.  To help support Guide Dogs for the Blind contact or 0845 372 7424 or visit

Join in Silent Saturday in aid of the Winnie Mabaso Foundation

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

High Street business Praze Fine Foods are to host a “Silent Saturday” as a fundraiser for Glossop based charity the Winnie Mabaso Foundation.

Praze Co-Owner, Tracey McCullough, will serve customers in silence for six hours during the Silent Saturday, which is set for Saturday 15th February between 10am and 4pm.

It’s all in aid of the Winnie Mabaso Foundation, run by Glossop resident Lisa Ashton MBE, which helps provides shelter, education and comfort to orphans in South Africa. The charity has been active since 2004 and in that time has built an orphanage in the settlement of Finetown whilst also providing scholarships, taking over donated clothes and providing food.

During her stint of silence, Tracey will only be allowed to interact with the customers using written response cards and if she does slip up, she’ll have to pay a £5 penalty fine towards the total. She is hoping to raise plenty of money for the charity in time for her visit to the orphanage at the end of the month. It will be a fun, but tough, challenge says her fellow Praze Co-owner,  Sarah Mitchell, who said: “the banter and often friendly “insults” exchanged between us and customers is a highlight of our week and I know some are looking forward to getting their own back, but they’ll have to pay for the privilege!”

Lots of friends, family and regular customers will be in attendance to show support, while founder Lisa will be helping out behind the counter. Speaking of her shift as shop helper, she said: “I’m looking forward to spending the day making new friends with the customers, although I am more than aware that I should be concentrating on cutting cheese & being uber cautious with the salami slicer!

Whilst out in South Africa , Tracey & Lisa will be taking on another fundraising challenge. They will be abseiling down to 103 metres high Orlando Towers in Soweto. You can support them in that escapade by visiting their Just Giving page.

For more information on the Silent Saturday, call Tracey or Sarah at Praze 01457 860916 or email

Can you help Matthew find a job?

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

A 22 year old’s determination to find himself a job, has captured the hearts of the members of a Glossop Facebook group.

Matthew Jordan, from Charlesworth, has mild learning difficulties and a stammer, but has battled against them and is a friendly, sociable and hardworking person. Having enrolled on a Stockport College course to help him gain independence, he is now determined to find himself a job.

Matthew’s mission to find himself work has been received with a heart warming response from Glossop locals. After posting on a Facebook group, Matthew received an overwhelmingly positive response with people offering to cover his wages for a trial and lots of people pointing him towards places where he can find advice, or even work.

To help himself learn valuable skills, Matthew has been volunteering one day a week at Stepping Hill Hospital where he makes drinks for admissions patients.The nurses at the hospital have taken a liking to his work, and often say they miss him when he is not there.  In a bid to gain lots of skills, he has also done lots of other volunteering work in dog grooming parlours, in kitchens and spent some time stacking fruit and vegetables at the greengrocers in Charlesworth.

If you think you can help Matthew then you can contact him on Facebook, where he posted his appeal for work.



Peak District Summer of Cycling events revealed

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

The first details of 2014′s Peak District Summer of Cycling event have been released.

Stretching from April to October, it comes off the back of the successful Peak District Cycling Festival which took place in September last year. Once again the event has been designed to be suitable to those of all ages and abilities.

One of the festival’s showpieces is expected to be the first-ever L’Eroica Britannia, a  three-day extravaganza which blends fun with fitness and a festival atmosphere for visitors of all ages. Taking place from 20th to 22nd June 2014, the Italian-inspired event, whose name means “the heroes” – will be one of the highlights of the Peak District Summer of Cycling.

Organisers were inspired by the original L’Eroica festival which involved cycling with regular stops to sample local meats, cheese, olives and wine. The Peak District’s version will focus on local cheeses, pies, beer and wine. Thornbridge Brewery in Bakewell will be brewing a special L’Eroica beer, marrying Peak District water with ingredients from Tuscany.

The main focus for L’Eroica Britannia will be Bakewell Showground, the starting and finishing point for three rides covering 30 miles, 50 miles and 100 miles. The Showground will host a three-day celebration of cycling, vintage fashion and cars, local produce and music.

On Sunday 6th July, Peak Districters will get the chance to witness the world’s greatest cyclists as the Tour De France nips into the Peak District National Park. Departing from York, competitors will pass through Holmfirth and Holme, go over of Holme Moss before descending to Woodhead. They will then ride through Langsett and Bradfield to finish in Sheffield. Derbyshire County Council are planning events to coincide with the occasion, details are to be announced soon.

Spring 2014 will also see Derby become a truly cycling friendly city with the launch of the Park Bikeworks in spring 2014. Facilities will include free parking for 150 bikes, showers, lockers, café deli, bike shop and physio department. Later in the year, a new state-of-the-art multi-use sports arena – including a 250 metres indoor cycle track – will be unveiled.

For full details of what’s in store, plus more information about Peak District cycle routes and upcoming events, visit

Picture: Cycling for all the family in the Derwent Valley, Peak District. Courtesy of



Group to mark International Women’s Day & raise Women’s Aid funds

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

A Hadfield community group is to celebrate International Women’s Day and raise money for High Peak Women’s Aid at the same time.

Walk The Wheel, run by Keli Tomlin, are to host two events to mark International Women’s Day. The first is a two hour workshop for women, “Being Woman”. This is to be followed by an evening event, “Honouring Woman” which will be open to all and will focus on how to share and honour the impact and energy of woman on our lives and our world.

All the profits from these events are going to High Peak Women’s Aid; a local charity that provides vital support for women in need and who are suffering from domestic abuse.

The events will take place at Walk The Wheel’s usual home, Hadfield Community Hall, on Saturday 1st March. The “Being Woman” event is between 5pm and 7pm, with “Honouring Woman” following from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. A ticket for both  both events cost £20 and is available to women, 16+ only. Tickets for just the evening session, open to all, are £5.

Booking is essential for this event. To book, contact Keli Tomlin or  07753346690.

Local buyers and producers get Peak District Trade Fair showcase

Friday, January 31st, 2014

A new event which unites local food and producers with regional buyers, under one roof, has been announced and will take place at Buxton’s Devonshire Dome.

The Peak District boasts lots of excellent food and drink producers and a diversity of artists and craftspeople but an increasing number of buyers from across the North West prefer to source merchandise from more local sources - in an attempt to minimise costs and environmental impact.

The new spring event will tackle that problem by giving both elements of the market a unique trading opportunity, while generating a boost for the Peak District’s economy. The newly formed Peak District Trade Fair  will take place at the Devonshire Dome on 14th March from 10am until 1pm.  Local food and drink producers, artists and craftspeople are invited to book a stand at the event, free of charge, and showcase their wares whilst buyers from across the North West are encouraged to visit the show, to see the best of what the region has to offer.

It has been has been created by a partnership which includes: High Peak Borough Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Visit Peak District, Business Peak District, the European Union and LEADER, which is the UK government’s rural development initiative

As well as orgainising the event, the partnership have also arranged a free Learn to Pitch event, designed to advise exhibitors on effective sales techniques to use at the Peak District Trade Fair and in their marketing efforts.

Learn to Pitch will take place at the Devonshire Dome on the morning of 14th February,  and will feature a successful local producer, who will offer his expert opinion on the best ways for local food and drink producers, artists and craftspeople to promote their wares.  He will share the limelight with a local produce buyer, who will give tips on what customers want and how best to meet their needs.

Jane Price from High Peak Borough Council said: ”The Peak District Trade Fair will, for the first time, bring together the best the region has to offer, providing local producers and North West buyers with a unique and very valuable trading opportunity.  The Learn to Pitch event will help exhibitors to learn to market their wares, and the benefit of this will last long beyond the fair itself.

“We are confident that the events will provide the local economy with a significant boost and look forward to them with great excitement.”

Exhibition space at the Peak District Trade Fair and places on the Learn to Pitch event are limited, so exhibitors and attendees are advised to book as soon as possible.

To book and for further details, visit the Peak District Trade Fair website.

Local children & Glossop’s mayor get messy at the opening of Pico Lounge

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Glossop’s newest all-day café/bar, Pico Lounge has thrown open its doors with the help of some very special guests.

A group of children from North View Day Nursery joined Loungers’ Executive Chef Theo Guy in a cookie decorating competition to mark the opening of Pico Lounge, emphasising its family friendly credentials.  Glossop’s Mayor, Councillor Tony Kemp was also in attendance to judge the most beautifully decorated cookie.

The new venue, located at Howard Town Mill, was opened by south west based group Loungers.  Antony Doyle, operations manager of Loungers, said:  “We’ve had great fun with the children this morning.  Glossop is the perfect area for our Lounge concept.  There’s already a thriving and vibrant community and we’re really looking forward to playing our part.”  

Loungers has invested £450k in transforming  the Howard Town Mill unit into a cosy, retro home-from-home, in the eclectic style much loved by Lounge aficionados.  Glossop was chosen as a key location due to its diverse demographic and 25 jobs have been created for local people.

The menu features everything from authentic tapas, spicy peri-peri chicken breast burger to wild boar and apple sausage and mash…and there’s an ever changing specials board.  Children are well catered for with their very own kids’ menu.

Buxton jewellery theft to feature on Crimewatch

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

The theft of thousands of pounds of precious metals and jewellery which occured in Buxton, is to feature on BBC One’s Crimewatch.

In this week’s Crimewatch, due to be broadcast at 9pm tonight (Wednesday 22nd Janaury) the family targeted will speak about their ordeal and parts of the offence will be reconstructed. The robbery happened at about 5:30pm on Tuesday 19th November when five men, armed with knives, burst into a house on Springdale in Buxton and held a man and three children captive.

The offenders searched the house and stole the family’s jewellery before forcing one of the occupants to drive to his place of work on Staden Lane Industrial Estate in Buxton in his white Mercedes. The three children, two aged 12 and the other aged eight, were tied up with cable ties and remained in the house with three of the offenders. Further property was then stolen before the suspects returned to the house where the man was reunited with the children.

The suspects, who were wearing balaclavas and dark clothing, drove off in the Mercedes and the other family car, a silver Toyota Rav 4.  Both these cars were found abandoned in Buxton. The Mercedes was found on Fernway in Harpur Hill in the early evening on Wednesday 20th November.  Officers later spoke to a witness who saw three Asian men acting suspiciously in the area.

The Toyota was discovered on Nursery Lane in Burbage on Thursday 21st November.

Three men were arrested in December in connection with the robbery and were released on police bail after being questioned.

A reward of up to £25,000 has been offered through Crimestoppers for information that leads to the arrest and charge of the offenders.

Anyone who has information can ring the police on 101, to be eligible for the reward call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or call or email Crimewatch.

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Glossop fraudster jailed after stealing thousands of pounds‏

Monday, January 20th, 2014

A Glossop woman has been jailed for 16 months for stealing thousands of pounds from her employer.

Rachel Murphy, of King’s Court in Glossop, was sentenced to 16 months in prison by Derby Crown Court on January 13th after pleading guilty to fraud by abuse of position between August 2010 and November 2012.

The 32 year-old stole the money whilst working as a financial administrator at Gamesley Early Excellent Centre. Murphy paid herself high wages each month than she should have,  made purchases on a company credit card and took money rather than paying it into the company account.

Her fraud was only discovered when she was on sick leave and the person brought into cover her noticed the discrepancies and reported it to the management.

Detectives believe that she managed to steal thousands of pounds before she was exposed.


Glossop Swimming Pool burglary CCTV images released

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Police have released CCTV images of three men they want to trace in connection with a  burglary at Glossop’s swimming pool.

Between 7pm on Sunday 5th January and 8am on Monday 6th January offenders stole cash, watches, car keys and jewellery from Glossop Victorian Swimming Pool on Dinting Road. They had gained entry by forcing open the main entrance and damaged property as they searched for items to steal.











Anyone with information, who may have seen someone acting suspiciously or who recognises the men in the CCTV images is asked to call Derbyshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Can you help out Glossop’s guide dogs?

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

A new group of fundraisers are searching for a volunteer treasurer to help keep the branch’s accounts running smoothly.

The recently formed Glossop branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind need a volunteer who is able to count, bank and account for any monies raised on a regular basis. They’ll be volunteering as part of a team of fundraisers who are helping to generate valuable income for the guide dogs charity.

Ideally, they’ll able to do basic maths and handle money confidently. The Glossop branch are aiming to find a  treasurer who has good organisational skills and can work well in a team.

David Clough, Guide Dogs volunteer consultant, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for someone to make a difference to their community. They’ll have the opportunity to build experience, meet people and help support Guide Dogs.”

As well as being on the hunt for a treasurer, the group are still looking for fundraisers who would be able to help and assist with planning, organising and delivering events.

If you would like to find out more about the role please contact David Clough, Guide Dogs volunteer consultant, on 07785 433265, email or visit

Two Glossop men charged with attempted murder and kidnap

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Greater Manchester Police have charged two Glossop men with the attempted murder and kidnap of a Manchester man.

Anthony James Leonard, 25, of Mouselow Close, Hadfield  and Michael Thomas Sierotko, 24, of Sunlaw Street, Glossop, have both been charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to kidnap and conspiracy to blackmail. This is relation to an incident at 12.30pm on Sunday 8th September 2013, when police were informed of a concern for the welfare of a 28-year-old man who had failed to return to his home in Whitefield, Bury.

A short time later the man was found in the Holmfirth area of West Yorkshire area with a gunshot injury. He was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries and has since been discharged.

The two men charged are due to appear before Bury Magistrates on 5 February 2014.

Police called as bull runs through Glossop streets

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Police were called out this morning, 8th January, after a bull was spotted running around the streets of Glossop.

Several members of the public called the police at around 8am this morning, after they noticed the bull. The animal, which was said to be in an apparently distressed state, was spotted on Princess Street, Chunal Hill, Pikes Lane and Slatelands Road.

Police stayed involved with the incident until the bull found its way off the roads and instead wandered into a field close to Chunal. The owners of the bull are now in the process of tracking it down in the field.

There are no reports of injuries or damage caused by the animal.

Image courtesy of Dok1.