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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.

Crown Green Bowling opens to the public in Manor Park

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

The lower bowling green at Manor Park Bowling Club is now available for public bowling. From 10am until 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays, non-members will be able to try their hand at Crown Green Bowling.

A modest charge is to be made for the use of the green with bowls and equipment provided within the charge. In addition, the green will also be available at the same times on most public holidays starting with Good Friday (April 18th).

Lawn bowls is a precision sport and a low impact, therapeutic form of exercise.

Health professionals recommend playing bowls, particularly for older people, as it provides a number of health benefits, including improved fitness and co-ordination, enhanced mental wellbeing and because it’s a great way to boost social contact.

Club members will be available during the opening hours to provide advice and guidance if required.

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 Man Races to Raise Mountains of Cash

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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

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

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

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

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


CCTV released after dog abandoned in Glossop

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to trace after a dog was abandoned in Glossop.

At around 1:10pm on Friday 31st January, an Alsatian was tied up behind the Beehive Inn on Hague Street, Glossop. Officers were alerted by a member of the public at around 8pm when the dog had still not been collected and the RSPCA were called out.

RSPCA inspector Gilly Howard said: “Fortunately this dog was spotted and taken in by a caring member of the public, who has now given her a new home.

“If not, she could well have been there all night.”

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PC Sean Moss from Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team added: “Anyone with any information about the incident or recognises the man in the CCTV images is urged to contact police to help with the RSPCA investigations.”

Anyone with information, or who recognises the man, is asked to contact PC Sean Moss on 101 or alternatively, call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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

Arrest made after Hadfield police discover suspected drugs

Monday, March 17th, 2014

A girl has been arreste after police discovered suspected Class B drugs whilst on patrols in parts of Hadfield.

The discovery was made by officers from the Hadfield and Tintwistle Safer Neighbourhood Team who were out on patrol to speak to youths about anti-social behaviour in the area following complaints from the local community.

An officer became suspicious when talking with a group of youths and carried out searches under the Misuse of Drugs Act.  A 17-year-old girl from the Manchester area was arrested on suspicion of possessing Class B drugs and has been bailed pending further investigations.

Sergeant Phil Booth from the Hadfield and Tintwistle Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Unfortunately the anti-social behaviour of a minority can tarnish the reputation of the majority of law abiding young people.

“These searches and subsequent arrest show that police are targeting those responsible in order to combat the problem for local people.

“The public can help us to crackdown on this type of crime by sharing information and reporting any anti-social behaviour to police.”

Patrols have recently been stepped up in Station Road, Lambgates and the Ehlinger Avenue area, as they have been noted as anti social behaviour hotspots.

To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood Team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

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.



Laptops, cash & jewellery stolen in Glossop burglary

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Burglars made off with a high value stash of items after burgling a house in Glossop.

Offenders broke into a house on Overdale Drive between 7:30am and 7pm on Monday 3rd March, gaining entry through the side door. They helped themselves to an Apple Macbook, an Acer laptop, cash, a Sony camcorder and a Garmin satellite navigation device. The thieves also grabbed jewellery, such as a Gucci ladies’ watch, several Pandora bracelets, charms and and rings –  including an 18ct white gold diamond cluster ring.

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information relating to the break-in to contact them on the non-emergency number, 101, quoting crime reference 8994/14.

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.

Irish festival for St Patrick’s Day in Glossop

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

An Irish festival is to be held in Norfolk Square to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

The event is set to take place between 12pm and 4pm, on Saturday 15th March, the closest Saturday to St Patrick’s Day on Monday 17th. It will feature traditional Irish music, food, crafts and will give residents a chance to mingle and soak in the Irish festive atmosphere.

There will be handmade original goods available throughout the day, with foods such as Irish Soda Bread on sale. The full entertainment programme is currently being compiled, but organisers have already revealed that one feature of the day will be a Limerick competition. Organisers say, limericks should be about something associated with Glossopdale area: a building, a shop, a person, a hill or even a feeling. It’s open to all ages, with under 18s asked to write their name and school on their limerick.

On the day, there will also be plenty of entertainment for the kids with a Dizzy McWhooshy leprechaun treasure hunt sure to be a hit. There will be six leprechauns hidden around Norfolk Square – with a prize for the clever, young ones who find all six.

The festival is being organised by Good Things,  the community and social arm of the Glossop RC Churches. Part of the aim is to help raise funds for the second Holly and The Ivy Festival which is set for 29th November in 2014.

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

Police warning over Glossop cold caller

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Police are advising Glossop residents to be extra vigilant after receiving reports of a man calling at houses looking for gardening work in the local area.

Reports say that he had been going door to door and giving extortionate quotes for small gardening jobs, after approaching elderly or vulnerable residents.

Anyone who has concerns about a cold caller or who requires any advice, is asked to contact Derbyshire Police on 101, the non emergency number.

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



Willow Wood Hospice release 15 year anniversary events list

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Willow Wood Hospice has unveiled details of a number of its 2014 events – as it celebrates 15 years of caring for the Tameside and Glossop community.

The Ashton Under Lyne hospice was founded in 1999 and has since provided caring, compassionate palliative care to lots of residents suffering with life threatening illnesses. As ever, a large proportion of their budget will come from donations and so fundraising is as important as always. Their 2014 calendar contains some of their regular favorites such as the Midnight Wander, scheduled for the 11th July. They’ll also be turning up the heat with The Firewalk on October 12th and the ever popular Gee Cross Fete will be held on Sunday 15th June.

On Easter Sunday, April 20th, the hospice will launch hundreds of balloons all dedicated to someone special and 1000s of plastic ducks will again set of on their travels down the Huddersfield canal on June 8th. Despite a battle with the weather in 2013, Brass on the Grass will return on Sunday 14th September in Stamford Park.

Head of Fundraising, John Fellowes reflected on the 15 year anniversary by saying:  ”As we look back on the last 15 years it is without doubt that we couldn’t have achieved anything had it not been for the continued and unfailing support of the local people. It is because of our local communities really taking us to heart that we have been able to care for thousands of local people when they needed us the most. Really by just saying thank you it doesn’t seem sufficient but I hope that our services speak for themselves.”

Many people like to help out the hospice by hosting their own events and fundraisers. If you’ve got an idea then the Hospice fundraising team can be reached on 0161 330 7788, they have a wealth of experience and are there to help.

Speak of how people can contribute, John added: “Volunteering your time is as equally as important as making a donation. Perhaps you can shake a bucket, find homes for collecting tins or join the fundraising crew and help us sell merchandise at the varying community events throughout the year.”

To learn more about the hospice and their fundraising events, visit their website or join them on Facebook.

Glossopdale Foodbank faces highest demand since commencement

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Statistics for December 2013 show that Glossopdale Foodbank provided 1287 meals for families and individuals within Glossopdale.

This is the largest figure recorded since the start of the food bank almost two years ago. With such high demand being placed on the food bank it becomes even more important that they receive much needed support.

The public can help in many ways, either by cash donations, cheques (made payable to Glossopdale Foodbank), set up a standing order or by supporting local events such as trolley collection days. Further information on other events throughout the year can be found at

The next trolley collection day is due to take place at Aldi, Arundel Street, Glossop on Saturday, February 8th.   Volunteers will be available to chat to the public and answer any questions they may have.

If you require further information or know anyone in need of help from the food bank then please contact 01457 858035.

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.

BBC zombie show films in Glossop Cemetery

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

A BBC zombie show is using Glossop Cemetery to film scenes for the its new series.

In The Flesh” a supernatural BBC Three show, in which zombies are rehabilitated back into society, is currently filming at Glossop Cemetery. This is the second time that the show has used a Glossop location - in October, Glossopdale Community College was used with staff and students drafted in as extras.

The lead role in the show is played by 23 year-old Luke Newberry who portrays Kieren, a zombie who is treated and brought back into society. The second series of the show is also to star new cast member Emmett Scanlan who is best known for his part as Brendan Brady in Channel 4′s Hollyoaks.

Set in the fictional Roarton, the new series is scheduled to air later in 2014 and there will be six episodes in the new series.

Image courtesy of University of Salford.

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.

Image courtesy of BBC/Wikipedia.



Glossop trumpeter to bring cheer to Macclesfield event

Monday, January 20th, 2014

A prize winning trumpeter from Glossop is to take the soloist’s spot in an upcoming performance in Macclesfield.

Glossop’s Tracey Redfern, will be taking the soloist’s spot at the Northern Chamber Orchestra’s Trumpet Cheer concert at Macclesfield Heritage Centre on Saturday 8th February. The event kicks off at 7:30pm and Tracey will be playing Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto, a crowd pleasing piece regarded as one of the toughest to master.

Tracey, who has performed with the London Mozart Players, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Camerata Scotland, said of the news: “It’s a treat to play Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto with the NCO and I’m really looking forward to letting the trumpet take the limelight, which is not often the case in a chamber music concert!”.

As well as Tracey’s star turn with Trumpet Concerto, there will also be several other performances during the Trumpet Cheer concert. Beethoven’s Symphony no 2, Grieg’s melodic Lyric Pieces and and Arriaga’s Los Esclavos Felices will also be performed.

Tickets for the concert at Macclesfield Heritage Centre on Saturday 8 February 2014 are available from the NCO Box Office on 0161 247 2220. You can also purchase them from Macclesfield Visitor Information Centre on 01625 378123 and on the door. They are priced at £16 Auditorium, £13 Balcony, £7 students & unwaged, 18s & under free.

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.


Glossop consultation over public health lifestyle services

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Glossop residents are to be given the chance to speak their minds about plans to reorganise public health lifestyle services.

The event on Monday 13th January between 2.30pm and 4.30pm at  Bradbury House, is one of several being held by Derbyshire County Council who are inviting people to discuss the way these services are provided. The events will focus on new proposals to offer people one point of access for help to lose weight, stop smoking and lead more active lifestyles.

The plans revolve around teams of  ”wellbeing workers” providing a range of advice and support, whilst helping people get support from other services.

Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Dave Allen said: “We’re interested to hear from anyone who has an opinion about local lifestyle services, not just people who’ve used them in the past.

“At the heart of these plans to reorganise services is our aim to get help where it’s needed most. We know there is a direct link between poverty and poor health, which is why we need an approach that can adapt to meet local priorities and be accessible to everyone.”

Events are running from the 9th to the 16th January and there will also be meetings in Alfreton, Buxton, Chesterfield and Swadlincote. You can also fill out an online questionnaire about the proposed new approach on the Derbyshire County Council website.

To register for an event or find out more, contact Drusilla Vaughan on 01629 537663 or via email at

Electrical cable works lead to two Glossop road closures

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Two Glossop roads are to be closed to allow work to be done on electricity cables.

Derbyshire County Council have released warnings stating that Hollin Cross Lane and Cliffe Road , both in Glossop, will be closed for a duration during February whilst electric cables work is carried out.

Cliffe Road will be closed for three weeks, from Monday 3rd February to Monday 24th February. It will be closed from its junction with Cross Cliffe to its junction with Morley Street. Derbyshire County Council have provided the following alternative route for motorists:  Cliffe Road (from point of closure) – Highfield Road – Gladstone Street – Victoria Road (A624) – High Street East (A57) – Milltown – Cross Cliffe and Vice Versa.

Hollin Cross Lane will be closed for a period of one week, from Monday 3rd February to Monday 10th February. The closure will run from its junction with Charlestown Road (A624) to its junction with James Street. The recommended alternative route is: via Hollin Cross Lane (from point of closure) – Duke Street – St Mary’s Road – A624 (Victoria Street/Charlestown Road) and Vice Versa.

Derbyshire County Council apologises for the inconvenience these works may cause and says that access will be maintained where reasonably possible.

Anyone needing further information should contact Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190.

Image courtesy of Freefoto.

Sponsored balloon race raises £500 for Community Companions

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

A sponsored balloon race has raised £500 for Glossop based Community Companions.

850 balloons were released from Glossop North End‘s Surrey Street home on Saturday 21st December, before North End’s home game against Bootle FC. All the balloons had been sponsored with the funds generated, given to 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.

A good crowd, of around fifty people, was present to see Glossop North End captain Lincoln Adams release the mass of balloons, and now the balloons which travel the furthest will land their sponsor a prize. A Google Nexus 7” tablet has been donated by and prize vouchers have been donated by Mettrick’s Butchers, the Glossop branch of Tesco, the Partington Theatre and Sainsburys in Denton.

A prize will also be given to anyone who finds a winning balloon and returns the attached tag to the Volunteer Centre by the 1st February. The winners will be announced on the 6th February.

The event was organised by the Volunteer Centre’s fundraising group which helps generate funds for projects such as Community Companions. Although it receives  Big Lottery, Derbyshire County Council and Tameside and Glossop CCG funds, Community Companions still needs to raise £1000 a year to be sustainable.

To learn more about Community Companions, visit their website or contact Manager Margaret Winterbottom on 01457 865722 or

Haul of jewellery stolen during Glossop house burglary

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Police are appealing for information after a large amount of items – including rare jewellery – were stolen during a burglary in Glossop.

Offenders gained entry to a property on Royle Avenue, between 10am on Tuesday 31st  and 3pm on Friday 3rd January,  by smashing through a back window. Once inside they helped themselves to a Star of David pendant with a bark finish and an 18 carat gold Victorian wedding ring attached to a chain. They also stole a gold Gypsy ring with a 1ct diamond and an unusual gold Masonic ring with blue enamel on one side and the letter ‘G’ engraved on it, and the initials ‘M.W’ on the reverse.

Lots of other items were also taken, including: Cash, gold watches, tie pins, bracelets, 24ct gold Krugerrands (gold coins), perfume, silver jewellery, a digital camera,  a passport and a DVD player.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Steven Leatherbarrow, said: “Some of the antique jewellery was passed down through the family and holds a lot of sentimental value; the victims are understandably devastated by their loss.

I would urge anyone who has any information or may know the whereabouts of the items to get in touch.

“I’d also appeal to anyone who might have seen anything suspicious, no matter how insignificant it might have seemed, to call police or Crimestoppers anonymously.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

WellfitCIC programme expands to Hadfield, Whitfield and Simmondley

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

The social enterprise aimed at getting people active, WellfitCIC, has been extended to cover more of Glossopdale.

The group, run by Mick Owen, currently offers its activities in Gamesley but is to expand to provide services to residents of Hadfield, Whitfield and Simmondley. WellfitCIC Gamesley was born out of a project funded by Cottage Lane surgery which aimed at getting some of their inactive patients to become more active. The scheme focuses on the social and fun side of physical activity and their activities include sports such as walking football. The extended WellFit programme will include new Easy Fit sitting exercise sessions and “very easy walks”, which are to be provided by High Peak Walks for Health, a key partner in the new programme.

High Peak councillor Chris Webster who is a Board Member of the Derbyshire Health and Wellbeing Board and attended the WellFit launch at Glossopdale Community College said of the group’s methods:”The WellFit approach which encourages people rather than cajoles them and emphasises the social side is exactly the kind of intervention we need to address the health inequalities we see across Derbyshire and in Glossop.”

Andrew Bingham MP for the High Peak said: “I helped Mick and the team launch the Glossop Gentlemen FC walking football project back in November of 2012, so I was pleased to be invited back and see the progress they have made.

“I am always delighted to support local initiatives and I hope to come back in another year and learn that the new arrangements for public health in the High Peak have recognised the need for neighbourhood level solutions such as WellFit.”

The new WellFit Glossop programme can be seen at on the Well Fit Glossop website, which launches on 1st January or people can ring Mick Owen on 07944 605508.

Reassurance given after serious Glossop fire

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service are to give fire safety advice in Norfolk Square after a fire in Whitfield.

Firefighters will be present in Norfolk Square from 11am until 1pm on Thursday 19th December, to discuss fire prevention and safety advice with any concerned members of the public. It comes after a man was left in hospital in a critical but stable condition, after a fire at a Whitfield flat during the evening of Sunday 15th December.

As well as their Norfolk Square presence, DFRS has also released the following advice, with some of it specific to the Christmas period:

- Ensure you have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home

- Check your smoke alarm weekly

- Never remove batteries from your smoke alarm – ensure you buy extra batteries for those Christmas toys

- Don’t cook after a drink or two – over 50% of all house fires start in the kitchen

- Don’t get distracted – with family, friends and relatives all coming to visit, it is easy to lose sight of simple fire safety practice – stay vigilant

- Have a pre-planned and practiced escape route – ensure all guests know of this plan

- Ensure all cigarettes are put out, right out.

- Ensure ash trays do not overflow

- Ensure candles are out before leaving the room

Investigations into the Whitfield fire are ongoing, but it is believed to have been started accidentally.

For more fire safety advice and information, visit the DFRS website.

Derbyshire Building Society Food Collection for Bare Necessities

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Customers at the Derbyshire Building Societies across Glossopdale  were asked to fill a shoe box with food and bring it to the branches for donation to food banks.

Bare Necessities Food Bank were not only lucky enough to receive the kind donations of the customers and staff from the Glossop branch but also those from the Bakewell branch.

Mary Jessop volunteer stated “ This type of generosity is fantastic.  At a time when more and more people are struggling with the choice of heating or eating and with families feeling additional pressure particularly at this time of the year to provide presents for their children it is really great to be able to add to our food store and provide a little extra cheer to those who find themselves in need”.

Bare Necessities Food Bank extend their thanks not just the Derbyshire Building Society staff and customers but all those who have donated to Bare Necessities over the last 12 months.

Further information  is available by calling 01457 858035


Christmas and New Years Eve firefighter strikes announced

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Glossop will be hit by firefighter strikes on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve after Fire Brigade Union (FBU) members voted in favour of industrial action.

The bouts of industrial action, by FBU represented officers, will take place on the following dates:

Tuesday 24th December, 7pm until midnight

Tuesday 31st December, 6:30pm hours until 12:30am on Wednesday 1st January 2014

Friday 3rd January 2014, 6:30am hours until 8:30am

As with other recent firefighter strikes, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service will continue to provide an emergency response service but at a reduced level. With that in mind, they are calling upon residents to extra care and to be do all they can to avoid emergencies occurring.

Area Manager Gavin Tomlinson, spokesperson for DFRS, said: “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 this time.

“Fire can start for a variety of reasons, from cooking being left unattended, to electrical faults or candles being placed too close to furnishings and Christmas decorations.  It is therefore essential that everyone ensures that they have a working smoke alarm fitted on every level of their home, to provide vital early warning of a fire and give occupants crucial time to escape.

“I would ask anyone who is attending or organising a Christmas or New Year’s Eve party to stay vigilant and help ensure that everyone stays out of harm’s way and parties safely this festive season.  If your party involves fireworks, please ensure they are dealt with responsibly.”

For fire safety advice and strike news, visit the Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service website.

Sponsored balloon competition in aid of Community Companions

Monday, December 16th, 2013

The sky over Glossop will be filled with balloons this weekend, as 850 are released as part of a sponsored balloon race.

The 850 balloons will be released from Glossop North End‘s (GNE) Surrey Street home on Saturday 21st December, at 1pm before Glossop North End take on Bootle FC. All of the balloons have been tagged and the one which travels the furthest will bag its sponsor a prize. The event has been organised by the Community Companions fundraising committee and the proceeds will go directly to the project. Money raised will be used to help fund activities which include providing shopping helpers and companions to local vulnerable and elderly people.

GNE’s captain, Lincoln Adams, will be on hand to release the balloons and several prizes have been donated for those whose balloons travel the furthest. A a Google Nexus 7” tablet has been donated by and prize vouchers have been donated by Mettrick’s Butchers, the Glossop branch of Tesco, the Partington Theatre and Sainsburys in Denton.

Maggs Winterbottom, Manager of Community Companions, is thrilled that money is being raised in such an imaginative way: “Community Companions are a team of wonderful local volunteers who provide befriending, help with transport and shopping support for older and isolated people in and around Glossop. We are very grateful to and the other local groups for supporting this event.”

David Slack, a member of the fundraising group added: “This is an exciting way to raise money for this charity. Previous races have seen balloons travel as far a field as Germany and Norway! We have also checked that they are environmentally friendly.”

To find out more about Community Companions, which is operated by Glossop Volunteer Centre, visit their website.


Whitfield fire investigation begins

Monday, December 16th, 2013

An investigation has begun after a fire at a property in Whitfield last night.

Three engines from Glossop, Buxton and New Mills attended the blaze at a flat on Highfield Road in Glossop on Sunday 15th December, after receiving a call out at 7:37pm.

There was one casualty from the incident, who was given CPR by fire crews before being taken to hospital by ambulance.

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service confirmed investigators reconvened this morning at 10am, to attempt to discover the cause of the fire.

Derbyshire residents urged not to fall for Royal Mail email scam

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Police have warned Derbyshire residents to be aware of a scam involving fraudulent Royal Mail correspondence.

Detectives have received reports that offenders are circulating a malicious email which, fraudulently, claims to be from the Royal Mail. No cases have yet been found within Derbyshire, but police are keen to make people aware of the email’s existence.

The email says that the company has an item intended for the victim, and the recipient is then asked to open an attachment to fill out a form to receive their non-existent package. The email, which often has the subject header “Mail – lost/missing package”, is actually believed to contain a zip file that releases a virus when the attachment is opened.

Detective Inspector Rob King, Head of the Derbyshire Constabulary Economic Crime Unit, said: “From time to time we receive alerts from our fraud prevention partners alerting us to current and predicted trends of scams.

“Although we are unaware of any cases in Derbyshire it is really important for us to get the message out in to the public to raise awareness and prevent future victims of this type of fraud.”

Having been made aware of the scam, the Royal Mail has released the following advice:

Royal Mail will never:

- Send an email asking for credit card numbers or other personal or confidential information

- Ask customers to enter information on a page that isn’t part of the Royal Mail website

- Include attachments unless the email was solicited by a customer: E.g. the customer has contacted Royal mail with an enquiry or has signed up for updates from Royal Mail.

Anyone who believes they may have received this fraudulent email is asked to not open the attachment and instead report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit the webpage at

Officers in Glossop school visits over online safety

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Students at St Phillip Howard Catholic School have been given lessons by police on how to keep themselves protected online.

PC Julian Gallagher, from Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team, visited the school on Tuesday 10th December to run classes on a variety of issues which arise online. During PC Gallagher’s sessions at the school pupils discussed, and were given protective advice on, sexual exploitation, cyber bulling and also  the consequences of shoplifting.

Speaking about the visit, he said: “Visits like these are a great opportunity for us to work in partnership with schools and it was great to see such a positive response from the kids.

“We covered delicate issues such as sexual exploitation and cyber bulling as it is really important that we engage with the students about these topics.

“It helps to bring the topic to light by increasing awareness and gave the class the chance to chat in a safe environment and ask any questions.”

PC Gallagher’s busy day also involved a trip to Glossopdale Community College where he spoke during an assembly about the dangers online grooming can pose.

Any school or youth group workers who are interested in having some police input into their group contact can your local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101.


11 year old releases Christmas single in aid of Winnie Mabaso

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

An eleven year old boy has written a Christmas song which he has released in aid of Glossop based charity The Winnie Mabaso Foundation.

Liam Giddins, who has been playing guitar since he was seven, wrote the Christmas song “Ho, Ho, Ho” when he was just nine years old. The decision to use it to raise money for The Winnie Mabaso Foundation was made after Liam asked about selling the song and donating the funds to a charity.

When his mother, Nicola Chaplin, explained all about the work The Winnie Mabaso Foundation do supporting orphaned children in South Africa, Liam readily agreed. The foundation, which started in 2004 by Glossop resident Lisa Ashton MBE, has built an orphanage, a pre-school and provides vocational training courses in Finetown, South Africa.

Liam recorded the song this weekend (7th & 8th December) at the studio’s of musician and family friend Kevin Farrell. Downloading the song costs £1 and proceeds go to The Winnie Mabaso Foundation.

For more information on the charity visit their website and to download “Ho, Ho, Ho” visit Liam’s Bandcamp page.

Glossopdale Food Bank wins Lottery Bid

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Drama planned to fund 2014 Glossop Inspire Festival

Monday, December 9th, 2013

The organisers of the Inspire Festival are to organise a drama as a way to raise funds for a 2014 event.

The first ever not for profit Inspire Festival took place in August this year, and now organisers would like volunteers to come forward and help produce a drama which will act as a fundraiser for a second event. Any money raised will be used to help keep the event free.

Volunteers who have an interest in drama, creativity, story building, sound and visual effects are being sought to help out with the fundraising event.  Currently at the development stage, the show is called The Riddle.

The performance, the script for which has been written by Mark Henderson, is according to organisers “forged from traditionalPeak District tales, but it asks questions about how we relate to the world around us – and to each other – in the 21st century.”

For more information visit the Inspire Festival website or contact Nicola Worswick on

Police increase patrols after Glossop car search thefts

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Police are to increase patrols and take several other crime prevention measures after a series of thefts from cars in Glossop.

Several cars have been searched or had items stolen from them over the past few weeks. The latest incidents saw cars searched over night between Wednesday 3rd December and 4th December whilst parked on Scotty Brook Crescent, Hurst Close and Hurst Crescent – where a SatNav was stolen.

In response to these incidents, Glossop Police are to conduct high visibility patrols of the affected areas to reassure residents and deter opportunistic criminals. Members of the Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team are also going to head out and chat with locals to reassure them about what can be done to keep their property and vehicles safe.

Speaking about theft prevention, Sergeant Trevor Steed who leads the Safer Neighbourhood teams for the Glossop area said: “Thieves are opportunists so if they see an unsecure car or valuables left on display they will try their luck. Remove any valuables from your vehicles and leave bags, loose change and sat nav holders out of view.

“If nothing is left in then nothing can be taken out so don’t give thieves the chance of an early present this Christmas.

“If you see anyone acting suspiciously around unattended vehicles then contact police straight away so that we can prevent a crime from happening.”

Officers will also be handing out crime prevention leaflets and have the following tips for Glossop residents:

  • Make sure your vehicle is properly locked and the windows are up before you leave it
  • Don’t leave anything on display, such as coats, wallets, loose change or bags
  • Park in well-lit areas or in a garage where possible
  • Remove rings from sat nav holders to deter criminals

If you believe you’ve seen someone acting suspiciously around a vehicle, call Derbyshire Police on 101. In an emergency, always call 999.

Further firefighter strikes announced

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Glossop is to face two more firefighter strikes this month as part of the ongoing pensions dispure.

The latest strikes by Fire Brigade Union members will take place between 6pm and 10pm on Friday 13th December and Saturday 14th December.

As with other recent firefighter strikes, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service will continue to provide an emergency response service but at a reduced level. With that in mind, they are calling upon residents to extra care and to be do all they can to avoid emergencies occurring.

Area Manager Kam Basi, spokesperson for DFRS, 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 this time.”

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue are also reminding people that if there is a fire they should never attempt to tackle it themselves, they should leave the building and call 999.

These latest strikes follow on from strikes taken in September, October and November.

For fire safety advice and information on the industrial action, visit the Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service website.

Glossop cars searched by thieves overnight

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Police in Glossop are advising motorists to make sure their vehicles are locked after several vehicles were entered in Glossop.

The incidents all happened overnight between Tuesday 3rd December and Wednesday 4th. A satellite navigation system was stolen from glove box of a Mazda car parked on Hurst Crescent, Crime number: 51314/13, and a Land Rover vehicle was searched on Hurst Close, crime number: 51342/13.

Meanwhile, the cowling was tampered with on a Fiat Stilo car parked on Surrey Street, crime number: 51335/13, and a holdall containing items was stolen from the boot of a Peugeot car parked on Heron Close. Some of these items were found discarded in the street. Police have given this incident the crime number: 51330/13.

Also during the night, someone entered a Hyundai car parked on Scotty Brook Crescent. Items were moved inside the vehicle but nothing was taken. This incident has the crime number: 51305/13.

Anyone who believes they saw anything suspicious, or has local CCTV, is asked to call Derbyshire Police on 101 and quote the relevant crime number.

Holly and the Ivy festival lights switch on is big success

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Thousands of visitors turned out in Glossop at the weekend for the Christmas lights switch on.

The lights switch on was named The Festival of the Holly and the Ivy for 2013 and was extended to take place from 3pm to 7pm. This longer time slot meant that a wide range of Christmas market stalls could be set up on Market Street, the market place, the indoor market and Norfolk Square.

This year it was down to the Glossop Midwifery Team to control the big switch on which, thanks to the dry weather, was very well attended. Earlier in the day, the large crowds had been entertained by a diverse selection of performers which included: big bands, solo singers, clog dancing and also an early sneak peek at this year’s panto from the Partington Players.

Other popular aspects of the day were the elf road crossing patrol and also the mulled wine which was such a favourite it was sold out by 6pm.

The Festival of the Holly and The Ivy was put together by a committee of volunteers who were drawn from Glossop Catholic Churches, Whitfield Parish, Friends of Glossop Market, Bare Necessities  Food Banks, Glossop Market Traders Federation and Glossop Community Radio. This year the group’s plans and efforts were funded by High Peak Council, Derbyshire Council and Good Things, which is the social and community arm of Glossop Catholic Churches. Next year, however,  they will be required to self fund the event and so, any businesses that wants to make a donation or anyone who would like to join the organising committee is asked to email

There will be fundraising events throughout 2014 to help fund the next Christmas event.

Photo courtesy of Anthony McKeown.

Glossop North End Juniors hoping to benefit from fundraising scheme

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Glossop North End AFC  Juniors are hoping to receive funding boosts thanks to a new initiative launched in conjunction with the Derbyshire FA.

The Derbyshire FA has signed up to the charitable platform Online Giving, on which you can purchase days out, events and experiences for a reduced price. For every purchase made on the site, a percentage is given to the organisation that you choose. Users who choose to buy from the Derbyshire FA page can specify which club they want to receive money from their purchase.

Original Giving is free to join and users can do so by visiting the Derbyshire FA Original Giving page. The registration form then allows you to specify which club you wish to help.

For more information on Glossop North End AFC Juniors visit their website.

Old Hall raises new cash for Children’s Air Ambulance

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Fashion enthusiasts at Buxton’s Old Hall Hotel have raised more than £1,000 for the Children’s Air Ambulance following the hotel’s second successful Fashion and Fizz night this year.

The event, which took place late in November, saw guests attend an evening of fine food and bubbly whilst being entertained by a raft of models showcasing the latest trends straight from some of Buxton’s best known outlets including Divine Trash, Minimo, Vintage Rose, Unique Feet and more.

“Following our first Fashion and Fizz night in the Spring, there was huge demand for the Old Hall Hotel to host another one and once again we are overwhelmed with the response.” comments sales and marketing manager Sally Burton.

“The Children’s Air Ambulance is an amazing charity, and requires a great deal of funding each and every month to keep going so we’re incredibly thankful to our guests who helped to raise £1,015.00 on the night.”

On the night, guests were treated to live music and a charity raffle including shopping vouchers for the Cavendish Arcade and luxurious hamper treats donated by businesses within the area.

The funds raised during the Fashion and Fizz night go towards an impressive £4,000 the hotel has raised this year so far for various causes, including Blythe House and the Christies Charity.

“Our fundraising efforts continue to be a tremendous success, and the guests here at the Old Hall Hotel are only too happy to get involved and support these worthy causes.” concludes Sally.

“We will continue to support local charities in and around the Buxton area, and we’re looking forward to more events and activities in the New Year.”

For more information on the Old Hall Hotel visit or call 01298 22841.

Glossop Mountain Rescue Team Santa tour dates revealed

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

The dates for Glossop Mountain Rescue Team‘s Santa tour have been revealed.

The traditional Christmas tour by Father Christmas and the rescue team is part of their fundraising efforts. As a volunteer organisation funded purely by public donations it’s an important way for the team to raise both money and awareness of their role.

During the next month, Santa will be touring the streets and also appearing at several Glossop business and events. For full details see below.

All residential Santa tours will take place between 7pm and 9pm. Street plans are as follows:

Tuesday 3rd December – Hadfield Railway Station, The Moorlands, Malvern Rise, Platt Street, Post Street, Temple Street, Padfield Main Road, Brosscroft, Bankbottom, Waterside, The Croft, Peter Street, Goddard Lane, New Road, Conduit Street, West Drive, Manchester Road and Old Road.

Thursday 5th December – Hadfield Railway station, Railway Street, South Marlow Street, Queen Street, Stanyforth Street, Kiln Lane, Station Road, Bank Street, Chapel Lane, Ridings Road, Merseybank Road, Etherow Way, Watkin Avenue, Wharncliffe Close, Hadfield Road, Higher Barn Rd, Green Lane, Newshaw Lane and Church Street.

Monday 9th December – Shaw Lane, Meadowfield Close, Shawfield Road, Oakfield Road, Thorncliffe Road, Green Lane, Lower Barn Road and Spring Tavern Estate.

Wednesday 11th December – Turnlee Drive, Turnlee Rd, Woodlea Road, Moorside Close, High Meadows, Brooklands Drive, Howards Meadow, Earls Way, Overdale Drive, Primrose Lane, Brookside, Longclough Drive, Primrose Lane, A57 High Street West, Shrewsbury Street, Surrey Street and Edward Street

Friday 13th December – Simmondley Lane, Foxlea, Brockholes, Valley Road, Hunters Lane, Green Lane, Greenbank, Meadowbank, Storth Meadow Road, Simmondley New Road, Pennine Road, Longmoor Road, Werneth Road and Bowland Road

Monday 16th December – North Rd, Spire Hollin, Dinting Rd, Heath Road, Talbot Road, Fauvel Rd, Howard Street, Charles Street, Fitzalan Street, Norfolk Street, Lord Street, Hall Meadow Road, Church Street, Manor Park Rd and High Street East.

Wednesday 18th December – Victoria Street, Hollin Cross Lane, Hadfield Street, Summer St, Shaw Street, St. Marys Road, Mount Street, Princess Street,Pikes Lane, Queen Street, Sunlaws Street, Tredcroft Street, John Street, Duke Street, Hadfield Place, Charlestown Road, Whitfield Avenue, Whitfield Cross, Gladstone Street, Wood Street, Kershaw Street, King Street.

Friday 20th December – Sheffield Road, Shirebrook Park , Manor Croft and Croft Manor

Santa’s will also be at the following places during the Chrismas period:

Thursday 28th November – 6pm to 8pm – Gamesley Festive Market

Saturday 30th November –  3pm to 7pm - Festival of the Holly and the Ivy (Glossop Christmas lights switch on)

Sunday 1st December – 10am to 4pm – Glossop Garden Centre

Saturday 21st December – 10 to 4pm – Norfolk Square

For more on Glossop Mountain Rescue Team, visit their website or Facebook page.

Image courtesy of Glossop Mountain Rescue Team.

Body found in search for missing policeman Tim Frohwein

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Police have confirmed that a body which was discovered at the weekend is that of missing Buxton man Tim Frohwein.

The body was found in the Goyt Valley on Saturday 23rd November and has since been identified as being Chief Inspector Tim Frohwein who has been missing since Sunday 17th November. Mr Frohwein was found on Grouse Moor by friends of his family who were out looking for him and who immediately notified officers.

Since Mr Frohwein was reported missing there have been searches by police, mountain rescue teams, friends and family.

Police do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances.


High Peak community groups receive police funding boost

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Several High Peak community groups have been received a boost in funding, thanks to the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The law allows police forces to claim back money which has been gained illegally by criminals and use it to fund good causes in the local area. The groups which will benefit from the money retrieved by local Safer Neighbourhood Teams are High Peak Women’s Aid, Tintwistle Youth Club, Hayfield Juniors Football Club and Hayfield Scouts.

Domestic abuse support charity High Peak Women’s Aid were awarded a cheque for £2650 to fund security for their new premises. Manager Pam Whittle, said: “We are really grateful for the money and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

“We want the women to feel safe, secure and protected when they visit us and we will be able to do this with the money funded by the police.”

Tintwistle Youth Club, which is used by lots of local youngsters, was given a boost of £600 which will be used to fund lighting. Club Volunteer Kerry Lester said of the POCA funding: “The money will make a massive difference and will benefit all the community not just the youth club, from the elderly art and craft clubs to the footballers on the field.

“We get most of the kids in the village here so it was really important that we have lighting installed to make it safe, especially during the winter nights.”

The other groups to receive money were Hayfield Juniors Football Club, who received £1000 which they intend use to purchase nets which will stop balls going into gardens, and Hayfield Scouts who are to use their £1000 to fund fire doors, skirting and the re-painting of vandalised areas.

All of the groups received their cheques from Inspector Jon Clark who said: “It is great to see money that has been earned illegally, being taken out of a criminals pocket and being awarded to well-deserved groups.

“It’s a great opportunity to award law-abiding members of the public money to help benefit the wider community.”


Police hunt for missing Chief Inspector from Buxton

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Police are searching for a Chief Inspector who has been missing from Buxton since Sunday.

Tim Frohwein, 48, has been missing from his Buxton home since around 1:30pm on Sunday afternoon and Police are becoming increasingly concerned as he is recovering from recent knee surgery. The last time he was seen, he was wearing a 3/4 length dark coat, pale blue shirt and brown jeans. He may also be carrying a walking pole. He is 6ft 3in, has dark hair and wears glasses.

It is believed that Mr. Frohwein was last seen at around 1:30pm on the Old Roman Road in Buxton. Speaking about the time of the Chief Inspector’s disappearance, Assistant Chief Constable Dee Collins said:

“We know at that time there were several off-road bikers and about 20 ramblers in the area and we are sure they will have seen Tim as he walked into the countryside.

“We have no idea which route he took so it is vital that we talk to people who saw him.

“This is completely out-of-character for Tim and as the weather has been so cold recently we are very worried about his welfare.”

In a statement released on the Derbyshire Constabulary website, Mr. Frohwein’s family said:

“We’d like to thank the police search team, and the Mountain Rescue volunteers for their ongoing efforts towards finding Dad. We would also like to thank those friends and family praying for his safe return.

“While these thorough searches are going on locally we would also like to appeal to the wider public to assist with any possible sightings or information that may help bring Dad home.

“In his job he used to be the one doing the searching, now it’s all been turned upside down.”

Extensive Police and Mountain Rescue searches have been carried out. Anyone who believes they can help with the Police investigation is asked to call 101.