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Local Community Invited to Comment on Regeneration Proposals for Woods Mill Area in Glossop

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Local land owners, Glossop Land Limited and Lofthouse Developments Limited, are each preparing complementary planning applications proposing the regeneration of the Woods Mill area on the edge of Glossop Town Centre and invite the local community to have their say on the emerging proposals.

Glossop Land Limited, the majority landowner, has been promoting the regeneration of the Woods Mill area for many years in partnership with the Regeneration Team at High Peak Borough Council. A draft masterplan has been prepared by a specialist team of architects, surveyors, planners and highways consultants that responds to the Council’s aspirations for the site and wider market conditions. Once finalised, this draft masterplan will form the basis of two planning applications for the redevelopment of the area.

The local community is invited to view the draft masterplan at Bradbury Community House on Market Street in Glossop on Monday 28 July 2014 between 2pm and 7pm. The draft masterplan will be on display together with further information about the emerging proposals. Members of the design team will be available to introduce the proposals in further detail, answer any questions and invite feedback.

Mick Ryan of Glossop Land Limited said:

“The draft masterplan proposals have taken great time and effort to assemble and we have now prepared a mixed-use development scheme that we think can successfully deliver the regeneration of this under-used site. We now invite local people to express their views on the draft masterplan at the public exhibition so that they can be taken into account in the forthcoming planning applications. We look forward to discussing the scheme further at the exhibition”.

Click here to read the public consultation leaflet.

Alzheimer’s Society Workshops available for Dementia Carers in Glossop

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Do you care for someone with dementia?

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

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

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


What is the Carer Information and Support Programme?

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

The workshops aim to provide you with information and support.

Topics will include:

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


Who will be there?

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

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


About Alzheimer’s Society

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


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

Join our journey of discovery in Old Glossop

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

If you’ve got a passion for the past and a love of where you live then join us next week for the launch of an exciting new visitor attraction sharing stories of life in Old Glossop as it developed from an agricultural settlement to a textile town.

Members of High Peak Borough Council and the Glossop Heritage Trust will share their knowledge of the area as they accompany guests on a guided walk along the Old Glossop Heritage Trail on Tuesday 22 July and everyone is welcome to come along.

The walk, which will last around 90 minutes, takes in many of the significant sites and buildings which tell the story of the area and chart its development to the present day.

Councillor Godfrey Claff, executive member for regeneration at the Council and one of the key people involved in instigating the project, said: “I’m delighted that we are now formally launching this exciting new addition to the area’s attractions.

“It has been a fantastic project involving local school children, residents who have generously shared their memories and stories with us, and our local history and heritage groups whose input has been invaluable.

“I know that everyone who walks the trail will find something to fascinate and engage them and it’s something that people will visit again and again.”

The walk, which is a free event supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, starts from the Corn Mill car park at Manor Park at 7.30pm and will be followed by refreshments.

Glossop Heritage Trust were among a number of local organisations and volunteers who worked with Audio Trails the company appointed by the Council to create the trail which is made up of interpretation panels and heritage plaques charting the town’s notable historic events, sites and key buildings. There is also an audio trail and activity sheet developed with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund Sharing Heritage programme.

Designed to appeal to children and adults, the interactive trail is a family-friendly learning activity which will also help support local businesses by encouraging repeated visits to the area by both Glossopdale residents and visitors.


More information is available from the website

If you’d like to join in next Tuesday call the Council’s customer services team on 0345 129 7777 – booking isn’t essential but will be a big help to organisers.

Police appeal for witnesses following serious crash in Derbyshire

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious road traffic collision on the A57 Snake Pass yesterday.

The incident occurred at around 5.10pm between the Snake Summit and Ladybower Inn.

A red Honda CBR 600 had been travelling from the direction of Glossop and a grey Skoda Yeti from the Ladybower direction when they crashed in an area known locally as Rowlee Farm.

The rider of the Honda, a 24-year-old man from Leeds, was airlifted to Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, having sustained extensive serious injuries and remains in a critical condition.

Two passengers in the Skoda are also being treated for serious injuries.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or either vehicle beforehand is asked to contact Derbyshire Police on 101.

Repairs to Shelf Brook in Manor Park due to start

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Watercourse repairs to Shelf Brook in Glossop’s Manor Park are set to begin shortly.

The work has been commissioned by High Peak Borough Council and will be carried out by Bethell Construction Ltd. The scheme includes underpinning and repairs to the river walls, repointing bridges and enabling works to ensure a safe working environment during construction.

The work is due to be begin this month and is expected to be completed by mid-September.

Councillor Tim Norton, executive member for corporate services at the Council, said: “These are essential works that need to be completed and the Council is working with the Friends of Manor Park, the bowling club, operators of attractions and the shop to make sure disruption is kept to a minimum.

“The park will remain open but access to some areas will be restricted as the work progresses. I’d like to thank people for their understanding and patience during this period.”

Trust on board to secure future of Glossop’s heritage halls

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

An ambitious project to return Glossop’s heritage Halls back into community use has moved a step closer following the agreement to work in partnership with a local social enterprise.

A strategy for the renovation of Glossop Town Hall, the Market Hall and the Municipal Buildings, which are owned by the Borough Council, and Victoria Hall which is held in trust, is being developed jointly by High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council.

Discussions are underway to look at the future of these important buildings and Glossopdale Trust is now working in partnership with the Councils on the proposals for the Town Hall, Market Hall and Municipal Buildings.

Councillor Caitlin Bisknell, Leader of the Borough Council, said: “We know from public consultation that we have carried out that local people value these buildings as assets to Glossop and want to see them returned to community use.

“Now that we have formally agreed closer working with both the County Council and the Glossopdale Trust we can collectively focus our efforts on a new future for these buildings which will see them used for the benefit of local people for generations to come. I look forward to being able to share our proposals with everyone in due course.”

Duncan Wright from Glossopdale Trust said: “Our vision is that these buildings return to being a cultural and commercial centre for Glossop, owned and managed by and for the benefit of the community of Glossopdale now and into the future. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Councils, and on behalf of the Glossopdale community to make this vision a reality.”

County and Borough councillors visited the Halls recently and were briefed on the latest developments including the engagement of specialist consultants to assess the condition of Glossop Halls and Victoria Hall.

It is expected that the results of this assessment will be available in September.

Councillor Bisknell added: “We had an interesting and informative visit and now await the outcome of the condition assessment so that we can move forward with this exciting project.”

Councillor Anne Western, Leader of Derbyshire County Council, said: “I am delighted that we’ve now got Glossopdale Trust on board. The future of the buildings is important to the future of Glossop and we share the vision of the Trust and High Peak Borough Council that they need returning to full public use.”

Hadfield firm shortlisted for national award

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Hadfield based TH Plastics has been shortlisted for a national industry award.  The Graphite Way firm is a finalist in the 2014 Plastics Industry Awards (PIAs) supplier partnership ancillary machinery category, the same category in which it triumphed in 2011 and 2012.

TH Plastics supplies, installs and supports ancillary machinery in the plastics industry, and develops UK distribution partnerships with world class manufacturers.

This year’s shortlisted entry relates to the company’s work for leading construction product manufacturer, Naylor Drainage Ltd.

TH Plastics created for the firm an in-house plastics recycling solution, simultaneously increasing Naylor’s green credentials and decreasing its costs.

Said TH Plastics’ managing director, Lee Thomas:  “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for our partnership with Naylor Drainage.

“We are tremendously proud of the partnerships we develop with our customers, and are always pleased when these achieve recognition.”

The winners of the PIAs will be announced at a gala dinner at London’s Hilton on Park Lane on 24th October, and will be hosted by TV comedian, Al Murray Pub Landlord.

Councils pledge partnership to drive growth and prosperity

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Ambitious plans for economic growth, jobs and business opportunities and training and apprenticeships in the High Peak have been given the formal backing of the area’s two leading councils.

The leaders of Derbyshire County Council and High Peak Borough Council have signed a growth and prosperity concordat setting out a framework for a strong and committed partnership approach to improving services for residents and delivering the economic growth the borough needs.

High Peak Leader, Councillor Caitlin Bisknell, said: “The future of High Peak is best served by being part of Derbyshire and working in close partnership with the County Council and other partners to get the best for our communities.

“We need more affordable houses to address the need for decent homes. We need more investment to support older and vulnerable people so that they can live longer, fulfilled lives in their own homes or, if necessary, in the right places when this is no longer possible.

“We also need to maximise the benefits by giving all our residents the opportunity to get involved through jobs and apprenticeships and encouraging local suppliers. This shared programme of work will help achieve that and we are committed to delivering it together.”

The concordat sets out four key priorities centered around increasing the resources for promoting growth; investing in people so that they can benefit from a growing economy; sharing property assets to improve town centre services; and providing better services to older and vulnerable people.

Key projects to deliver these priorities include:

  • Reaffirming the commitment to work together on Buxton’s Crescent project and securing the town’s place as England’s leading spa town;
  • Investing in the library at Victoria Hall in Glossop and planning for the transfer of the Town Hall, Market Hall and Municipal Buildings to the community;
  • Developing a growth fund to support investment to unlock projects such a s the Ferro-Alloys site in Glossop;
  • Agreeing an employment charter asking developers in the High Peak to recruit local unemployed people, take on apprentices and use local suppliers;
  • Establishing a partnership with health and social care to improve support for older and vulnerable people to help them stay in their homes longer.

Councillor Anne Western, Leader of Derbyshire County Council, added: “This is a wide-ranging and exciting programme of work which we want to see implemented as quickly as possible.

“We will now be developing an activity schedule stating what we will do and by when and will meet regularly to keep a close check on progress. Updates on progress will be reported to both councils and to our residents and communities.”

Pump House Live is excited to announce 4 afternoons of live music in July

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

After an incredibly successful series of gigs on top of the Pump Room roof in 2013, the shows are returning this year, bigger and better, and with a new name – ‘Pump House Live’. They will take place on the 13th, 19th, 26th, and 27th July and we are delighted to confirm the following artists have been added to the bill:

The Retrospectives – Energetic punk and new-wave three-piece from Sheffield

Electroshock Therapy – Psychedelic garage rock from Stoke-on- Trent

Arkham Karvers – Reggae and Ska five piece from the North-West

Daisy Chain – No nonsense Rock ‘n’ Roll from Buxton

IF YOU LIKE TO DANCE - Alternative pop act based in the North-West of England

The Fireline – Four piece from Sheffield taking influence from Joy Division and Belle & Sebastian

The Fontaines –  Four-piece indie blues outfit hailing from Sheffield


Last year the gigs were seen as a welcome addition to the Buxton Fringe Festival program, with hundreds of people flocking to the slopes to see artists perform in the sunshine. The Pump Room roof was the perfect setting, with the beautiful backdrop of the Crescent and natural amphitheatre of the slopes making it an ideal gig venue. This year will be bigger and better, showcasing the best local talent as well as drawing bigger names from the surrounding area. Situated right in the heart of the town centre, it promises to show Buxton at its finest – not something to be missed.

Buxton Crescent was completed in 1789, having been designed for the Duke of Devonshire. It housed a hotel, shops, lodges as well The Assembly Rooms, which has been described as the ‘social-heart of 18th century Buxton.’

The Pump Room was built opposite just over 120 years later. Originally built as a place in which people could pay to access the spring waters, it later became a Micrarium, a place for the public to study micro-organisms, plant life and geological specimens through microscopes.

Fast forward 120 years to July 2014, and it is the roof of this building which becomes the stage for the ‘social-heart’ of 21st century Buxton!

Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre appoint new Chief Executive

Monday, June 30th, 2014

High Peak Theatre Trust, the charitable Trust that operates the Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre, are delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Glinn as the organisation’s new Chief Executive. He will take up his role in September 2014.

Simon comes to Buxton after more than 11 years in Liverpool. He joined the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic as Executive Director (Liverpool Philharmonic Hall) in March 2003. He is part of a Directorate team led, since 2008 by Chief Executive Michael Eakin, that manages the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Chief Conductor, Vasily Petrenko and its associated ensembles; an extensive learning programme; and, managed by Simon Glinn, the Grade II* listed Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. The Hall is the home of the Orchestra and one of the UK’s premier arts and entertainment venues, presenting one of the most diverse and high quality concert hall programmes in the country. It is currently undergoing a multi-million pound refurbishment prior to re-opening in November 2014, in this its 75th Anniversary year.

Clive Beattie, Chairman of High Peak Theatre Trust commented

‘We are delighted to welcome Simon to Buxton and to the Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre. He has an enviable track record in developing both buildings and organisations, alongside establishing programming and artistic relationships with a range of world-class performers and companies. He joins the organisation at a pivotal moment in our history and I and the Board look forward to working with him and supporting him in the development of his exciting vision for the future.

‘I would also like to take this opportunity to extend our thanks to freelance Arts Consultant, Stella McCabe, who has been working with the team as Interim Chief Executive since January this year. Her experience, hard work and dedication have enabled the organisation to make great progress during her time here, perfectly positioning us for Simon’s arrival.’

Simon, who takes up his post in early September, said: ‘After more than 11 very happy years at Liverpool Philharmonic, I am delighted to be joining the team at High Peak Theatre Trust. Buxton Opera House is one of the country’s most beautiful theatres, a stunning example of Frank Matcham’s work. There is so much potential to position the venue at the heart of the UK theatre industry and I am excited to lead the team in Buxton, a town that prides itself on its festival programme.’

Allez Glossop – ready to welcome the Tour de France

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Road closures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shuttle Bus

Before the race

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

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

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

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

After the race

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

Frequently asked questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Painting the town….yellow!

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


application-pdf Information For Residents

application-pdf Information For Businesses

This information has been provided on High Peak Borough Councils website

Man wanted in connection with serious sexual assault in Glossop

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



Man saved by Glossop Mountain Rescue

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Glossop Mountain Rescue Team were called out toTorside Clough last night at around 22.15 to assist a 38 year old male who was unable to continue his walk on the Pennines Way due to fatigue and dehydration.

The man was located on Clough Edge at Torside Clough where he was given fluids.

Members of the team walked the man to the team’s 4×4 ambulance which was at Glossop Low shooting cabins.

11 Glossop Mountain Rescue team members took part and stood down at 23.05.

Find out more about Glossop Mountain Rescue at

Antarctic Veterans to Celebrate Reunion Dinner at The Old Hall Hotel, Buxton

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

The Old Hall Hotel in Buxton is to host a celebratory dinner on Saturday 21st June to mark the 30 year anniversary of a very special Antarctic expedition in which 26 British servicemen spent 18 months on a successful trip to the notoriously inhospitable Brabant Island to carry out scientific work and a number of exploratory firsts.

The 1983 – 84 expedition was a huge success, so much so that on return from Antarctica in 1985 the expedition patron, His Royal Highness Prince Charles invited the brave adventurers to Kensington Palace to meet them in person and to hear how the group planned and executed a range of daring activities including crossing the Southern tip of the ocean in a canoe, a geographical study of the island and overwintering in tents without a base hut – the first team to do so since the infamous Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men in 1912-14.

30 years on, the veterans, who are now aged between 51 and 76, will be coming together with their families to enjoy a trip down memory lane and remember their exciting adventure and achievements. Expedition leader, Commander Chris Furse RN, OBE, will be hosting the dinner which has been sponsored by Pussers Rum, the original supporters of the trip. The Old Hall team have been busy preparing a special dinner menu for the guests to enjoy, which has been inspired by the range of foods on offer in Antarctica.

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

Last chance to have say on High Peak ward boundaries

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Time is running out for local people to tell the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England what they think of proposals for new council ward boundaries across High Peak.

The public consultation closes on 24 June 2014.

The Commission’s draft recommendations propose that High Peak Borough Council should have 43 councillors in the future, the same as the current arrangements. The proposals mean those councillors would represent fifteen single-member wards, eleven two-member wards and two three-member wards across the borough.

Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are keen to hear local views about our boundary proposals before we finalise them in September.

“We want to make sure ward boundaries across High Peak reflect the identities and interests of local communities as well as delivering electoral fairness for voters.

“This is your last chance to have your say before we finalise the recommendations.”

Local people can have their say directly by visiting

The full recommendations and detailed maps are also available on the Commission’s main website at

The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible in order to develop final recommendations for High Peak. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or email by 24 June 2014 to The Review Officer (High Peak), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, Layden House, 76-86 Turnmill Street, London, EC1M 5LG or email:

Follow the Commission on Twitter: @LGBCE




Gee Cross Fete a huge success

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Glossop Mountain Rescue Mission

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

The Glossop Mountain Rescue Team was called out on the evening of June 5, for a lady in her 20′s suffering from chest pains after walking from Broadbottom to Combs Edge.

The woman was located by Greater Manchester Police helicopter behind Moorside Farm, Higher Chisworth, and was treated on the scene by NWAS paramedics. She was later taken to Wythenshawe hospital in the Police helicopter.

Manchester235 donation gives Glossop boy new lease of life

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Manchester235 has teamed up with CHIPS, a charity which aims to provide independence and mobility to disabled children, to donate a specialised powered wheelchair to nine-year-old Taylor Fretwell.

Living in Glossop, Taylor suffers from cerebral palsy. Initially reluctant to accept he needed a wheelchair, following a trial at his assessment centre, Taylor is now looking forward to the positive changes the wheelchair will make in his life.

CHIPS was founded on behalf of the Casino and Gaming Industry, in order to raise funds to purchase specialised powered wheelchairs for youngsters with varying disabilities.

Thanks to the Casino and Gaming Industry, CHIPS has raised over £1,000,000 and has presented over 400 wheelchairs to youngsters.

The wheelchair was presented to Taylor by Manchester235 Venue Director Justin Carter, and Marketing Manager James Kundi.

Justin Carter said; “The Gaming Industry as a whole has really embraced CHIPs and the work it has done to provide wheelchairs for so many children. At Manchester235, we’re delighted that our support has resulted in the provision of a wheelchair for Taylor. It’s a real honour to meet him today and present him with it. Hopefully it will have a significant impact on his everyday routine and enable him to enjoy life with his friends.”

Taylor’s parents, Gemma and Andrew Fretwell, said; “This wheelchair is going to have huge impact on Taylor’s life and we can’t wait to see him using it. Simple things such as his journey to school and playing with his friends will all become much easier, he is now excited about going to school, which is a massive positive for us! We’re extremely grateful for the support we’ve received from both CHIPS and Manchester235.”

Director of CHIPS Charity, Linda Lindsay said: “It is so important for CHIPS that our donors see the results of their donation and we try to ensure that the recipient is local to where the funds have been raised. CHIPS would like to thank Manchester 235 for its generosity.”


Over 600 objections to Gypsy site in Glossop

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Over 600 objections to the proposed gypsy-traveller have been made to the Peak District Park Authority. Plans have been submitted to demolish the former Water Works next to Glossop Golf Club and create hard standing for caravans for occupation by Gypsy-travellers.

Two meetings of residents were held recently, the minutes of the meetings shown here

The development falls under Charlesworth Parish Council who did not object to the application. A number of people on Facebook say they intend to go to the next parish council meeting  next Wednesday at 7.30pm at the primary school on Town lane.

Objections must be made to the Peak District Park by Friday the 20th June.

Hadfield Pole Vaulter is selected for the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Katie Byres, a 20-year-old Pole Vaulter from Hadfield, has today been chosen to represent England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which will be held in Glasgow from July 23rd – August 3rd.

“I am so pleased and excited to go to the Commonwealth Games. It is my first senior England vest and it is a real honour to represent my country. When I was eight I was in the stadium watching at the Manchester Commonwealth Games and I cannot believe that I am now going to be there as an athlete. Vaulting in Glasgow will be an amazing experience as hopefully the crowd will get right behind you.”

“I have made a lot of changes this year. I moved to train at Loughborough. I changed my coach and am now coached by Kate Dennison who won Bronze at the Commonwealths in Delhi four years ago. Unfortunately I was injured in the indoor season but being selected is a real boost to my confidence.   I have been working really hard and am now looking towards the summer. I am aiming to jump well and be in great shape for the Commonwealths”.

Katie’s parents Andy and Louise were extremely proud of Katie. They said:

“We are so excited for Katie and very proud of her, she has worked really hard since September when she moved to train at Loughborough with a new coach. It has not been easy but being selected for England at the Commonwealth Games in July is a fantastic reward and she can go into the games with confidence”.

Following the 2004 Athens Olympics, Katie was inspired to take up Pole Vaulting. The legacy of the Manchester Commonwealth Games made this possible, as she had the opportunity to get involved in various athletic events at Sport City, where she trained until last September.

Katie was first recognised internationally in 2009 hen she was chosen to represent Great Britain at The European Youth Festival following a string of victories at age group and senior levels. She has gone on to compete at the European Junior Championships, the Youth Olympic Games, European Juniors and the World Junior Championships. In 2012, she made her senior debut for Great Britain at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul.

Katie’s personal best jump of 4m 52 is currently the third highest jump ever by a woman under 20 and is also the third highest jump ever by a British woman.  She is currently training at the High Performance Athletics Centre in Loughborough and is coached by Kate Dennison, a former UK record holder in the Pole Vault.

Volunteer Knowledge Bank Signs Up 22 Community Volunteers in Week One

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

High Peak Volunteer, a campaign that launched last week to coincide with National Volunteer Week, is already two-thirds of its way to target, recruiting 22 community volunteers to a new initiative ‘The Knowledge Bank’.

Glossop social enterprise, Digital Outreach and Glossop Volunteer Centre, joined forces to source 30 volunteers that could offer their skills and knowledge pro bono to charitable organisations across the High Peak.

Jude Palmer, managing director of Digital Outreach, says: “The response from the local community has been fantastic, but we still have lots of places to fill. The key is to really think laterally about your skills and how they might benefit a local charity.”

A number of the volunteers came along to Glossop Volunteer Centre’s Celebration Event, on June 5th, to find out more and sign up.

Jude continues: “Once people thought about what they enjoyed doing, they could see how they could apply it through the volunteer Knowledge Bank. If you are a drama teacher, for example, your skills would be very beneficial to charities preparing a funding presentation, helping them to grow their confidence. Another attendee worked in the tourism industry and is able to offer help and ideas for fundraising events, providing advice and information about locations with the best accessibility and suitability.

“The great thing about the Knowledge Bank is that you don’t have to commit to a regular activity. One volunteer is already the chair of a local charity, but is willing to offer time over a cup of tea to help anyone with advice about setting up or running a charity – or even about becoming a trustee.

“Volunteering to share your enthusiasm might be exactly what someone needs to help break down their barriers to getting started.”

The Knowledge Bank is looking for people with all skills and experiences to provide some of their time on a monthly basis to support and help charities in the community. Everyone has something valuable to offer and this initiative hopes to be a flexible way for people with existing commitments to be able to give something back.

Communities depend on having a strong, vibrant voluntary sector and the campaign aims to help as many voluntary organisations as possible with specific, focussed support. People are not always aware of the role volunteers play in their everyday lives and it is important to preserve and help grow these services.

Janice Imrie, Volunteer Co-ordinator at Glossop Volunteer Centre, adds: “It has been great to see the registrations for the Knowledge Bank coming in – and we hope it will continue to grow and grow – well beyond 30 members. Sometimes, it can just take a little imagination for people to understand how valuable their knowledge is to charities, and we hope that people will continue to sign up and help our community to thrive.”

Any individuals or businesses that want to find out more information can visit:, or contact to sign up. Alternatively, arrange for someone from Digital Outreach & Glossop Volunteer Centre to come down and speak to your staff or colleagues about the opportunities available. All Knowledge Bank volunteers can specify how much time they think they can volunteer and they will be paired up with requests from charities via the Volunteer Centre.

Calls now cheaper to local Council

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Anyone calling High Peak Borough Council will now only pay a local rate following changes to the contact numbers.

The old 0845 prefix has been replaced with 0345 making it cheaper for people to get in touch.

Councillor Anthony McKeown, executive member for community services at the Council, said: “This small change will benefit everyone who calls the Council because they will only pay a local rate charge regardless of where they are calling from.

“This same local rate also applies to call made from mobiles with many mobile packages including 0345 numbers and part of your minutes allowance.

“We’ve updated the contact details on our website and, to keep costs down, will refresh branding as and when it needs replacing or updating.”

Residents can also call 01298 28400, which is free on many inclusive calls packages, if they prefer.

40% increase in turnover and across the board expansion at Fig Creative

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Glossop based Fig Creative design and marketing agency last quarter generated a 40% increase in turnover and underwent expansion across every department, reflecting the continued growth in demand for its successful Marketing Partner programme.

The Devonshire Dome, the commercial arm of the University of Derby, electronic airflow control and monitor manufacturer and consultant TEL, air conditioning distributor TF Solutions and HD Sharman gutter-lining manufacturer have all become Fig Marketing Partners this spring.

As Marketing Partners, the clients receive a comprehensive marketing service on a retained basis, benefitting from Fig’s expertise across a range of disciplines, including copywriting, PR, social media, graphic design, web design, SEO and email marketing.

Fig Creative’s latest recruitments take its team to 17 people.

Cheryl Harrison is Fig’s new account manager, working alongside established manager Tom Lay to handle the Marketing Partner portfolio.  She has 13 years’ experience in marketing and joins Fig from the housing sector.

Kevin Burns fills the new role of digital account executive, employing experience gained in city centre consultancies in the planning and execution of effective social media campaigns for Fig’s clients.

Launched two years ago, the company’s thriving PR department has expanded, with the appointment of experienced account executive Alison Parsons, who has worked in the discipline for 14 years, both in in-house and consultancy roles.

Meanwhile, Fig’s graphic and web design departments have also grown to each comprise a three-strong team.

Said Helen Duncan, the managing director of Fig Creative, which has just been shortlisted for the CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing) Northern Awards 2014 in the Northern Agency of the Year category:   “Since Fig launched its Marketing Partner programme two years ago, we’ve been delighted with the way it’s taken off, and the difference it’s made to our business has been considerable.  The team’s doubled in size, as have our premises which we have now twice extended.

“The range of clients we have on board is extremely varied, including business-to-business and business-to-consumer accounts, and organisations ranging from tiny start-ups to larger, well- established organisations.  This makes for a tremendously stimulating workload for our team, but most importantly, the programme really benefits our clients’ businesses.  We’ve seen some spectacular results, as clients’ profiles have been raised in their respective industries, their businesses have grown, and several have won major awards.”

Fig Creative belongs to the Recommended Agency Register (RAR).  For more information, visit or call 01457 857111.

Commissioner listens as young people share their experiences of crime

Friday, June 6th, 2014

More than 100 youngsters and community volunteers turned out to give their views on policing and youth justice issues as part of a youth engagement project.

The event, held at Derbyshire Constabulary headquarters on Thursday (5 June), formed part of Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles’ wider youth consultation to capture the voice of the younger generation on community safety.

Delegates discussed a host of topical policing issues including the use of Stop and Search, Restorative Justice and E-Safety and were asked to complete the Commissioner’s feedback survey which asks youngsters detailed questions about their experiences of crime including cyber bullying and records their perspective on Stop and Search tactics and the use of community remedies.

Commissioner Charles said: “I’ve made it clear that I intend to reach all corners of our community to find out what it is that makes people feel safer and how we can address their crime concerns. The younger generation has an important voice to be heard as a disproportionate number of young people fall victim to crime. I want to ensure we listen and learn from their experiences so that we can develop services that better meet their needs in the future.

“The young people that attended the event were very forthcoming with their opinions and I would like to thank them for sharing their views with me.”

Council helps Glossop recover after bus crash

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Leading members of High Peak Borough Council have praised the quick response to the crash in Glossop which has enabled residents return to their homes and businesses to begin trading again within days of the accident.

A tow truck pulling a bus crashed into shops on Victoria Street at around 6pm on Tuesday 20 May affecting three flats and eight businesses.

Since the accident, High Peak Borough Council has been working to support residents and businesses, and to make buildings safe.

Council Leader, Councillor Caitlin Bisknell, said: “Thankfully no-one was seriously hurt as a result of the accident but it has, of course, impacted on local residents and people who operate businesses from premises on Victoria Street.

“The Council has been working with partners to protect public safety and to assist those people directly affected by the incident. The response on the night was fast and effective with council staff working in partnership with the emergency services and, in the days following, we have continued to be available to offer support and advice to those in need as the town recovers and returns to business as usual.”

The Council’s housing, regeneration, building control and health and safety teams have all been involved in responding to the crash and offering assistance to those affected.

Councillor Anthony McKeown, executive member for community services, said: “We’ve been working closely with the residents who were displaced to help them get back into their homes as soon as possible and to provide temporary accommodation in the meantime.

“Their flats are now habitable and residents have returned. I’d like to thank them for their understanding, and the private landlords involved for their quick response, during this period.”

The majority of the businesses are also now trading again either from their original premises or from temporary alternative accommodation.

Executive member for regeneration, Councillor Godfrey Claff, welcomed their pro-active approach to recovery saying: “The positivity displayed by all the businesses and their willingness to consider all options in the short term has been fantastic.

“We were able to help most businesses start trading again with a couple of days of the accident and we remain available to those requiring support. The next stage is to restore the buildings affected and we’ll continue our close liaison with building owners and tenants throughout this process.”

The Council can be contacted on 01298 28400.

Listening to community voices in Buxton

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Changes to the way people register to be eligible to vote and information about the local credit union are on the agenda at next week’s Community Voice meeting in Buxton.

Jointly organised by High Peak Borough Council and Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales, the meetings take place three times a year and aim to bring together active community and voluntary organisations and other key agencies to collectively address local issues and influence major plans.

Councillor Caitlin Bisknell, Leader of the Council, said: “Community Voice meetings play a key role in making sure local people are involved in shaping and influencing local issues, initiatives and plans.

“We got some big topics on the agenda next week and, as always, I look forward to hearing the views and ideas of groups and organisations that are active in Buxton.”

Other items include an open discussion session and the opportunity for groups, such as Transition Buxton and Buxton Town Team, to highlight their work and network with other community organisations.

The meeting takes place on Thursday 12 June between 6.30pm and 8.30pm at The Dome, University of Derby, Buxton and groups and organisations are invited to attend.

Hadfield hosts Tour de France info event

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

With just weeks to go before Derbyshire and the Peak District welcome the Tour de France, people in Hadfield, Padfield and Tintwistle are invited to come and find out more about the event.

The area plays host to stage two of the world’s most watched cycle race on Sunday 6 July when the racing cyclists will sweep into Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park on the A6024 near Holme Moss before following the A628 Woodhead Pass towards Sheffield.

A public information session, jointly hosted by Derbyshire County Council, High Peak Borough Council and the Peak District National Park Authority, is taking place between 4pm and 7pm on Thursday 12 June at Hadfield Hall on Railway Street in Hadfield.

Staff will be on hand to answer questions from residents and businesses and provide further information about traffic and travel arrangements, what people can expect on the day and how they can get involved in enjoying the spectacle.

Residents will also be able to pick up leaflets giving them access to many of the roads which will be closed for the event and there will be information for local businesses about how they could benefit.

Keep up-to-date with the latest advice on the best place to watch the race and what to expect on the day at or check our Facebook page Allez Glossop, Allez Hadfield.

Matlock Photographer of the Year 2014

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Local photographers are invited to enter their pictures taken in Matlock this year for the annual Matlock Photographer of the Year competition which is now open for entries.

Matlock residents are invited to put forward their photographs once again and the theme for 2014 is ‘Remembrance’

We invite you to be as creative as you can with the theme, the picture should be taken within Matlock and submitted to us by August 31st and we can provide copies of the judging criteria to help you along even more

If you are looking for a little help or inspiration you can get first hand advice from local photographer Jonathan Christian at the Saturday Unplugged Photowalk on June 26th from 10am and you can book your free place by phoning (01629) 583042.

Entries can be submitted by email to or paper copies can be delivered or sent to The Imperial Rooms.  The competition closes on August 31st and the judging will take place the following week.

Winners will be invited to a special presentation at Matlock Town Council and their picture will be used on websites and in Matlock Town Council publications.

For more information on the Matlock Photographer of the Year or Saturdays Unplugged from Matlock Town Council, please contact us on (01629) 583042 or see our website

Glossop Judo Club fighter selected to represent Great Britain

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Glossop Judo Club fighter Eric Ham has had quite a busy last few months. After a long four month qualification period Eric finished top of the British ranking table for this years European Cadet Championships. This good form has been rewarded with news that he has been selected to represent Great Britain at this years Championships due to be held in Greece next month. Europes elite fighters will converge on the Olympic Arena in Athens for the showpiece cadet event of the year.

The Hadfield Fighter is currently ranked number 1 in Great Britain at the Junior (under21) age band despite being only 16 and still only a cadet (under 18). His recent run of form has seen him selected to represent England at cadet events in Portugal, Romania and the Czech Republic. His best form has been at the older junior age band winning a Bronze Medal in Portugal and a fifth place finish in Spain.

Next week will see Eric make the 11,000 mile round trip to South America to compete in the Panama Continental Open where he will compete in both the Cadet and Junior events. Eric will be looking to pick up valuable world ranking point with one eye on the Junior European and World Championships later this year.

Glossop Judo club trains every week at St Philip Howard School. for further details visit

Glossop And Woodhead Teams On Helicopter Rescue

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Two Peak District Mountain Rescue Teams were called out to assist the pilot and two passengers of a helicopter downed high above the Woodhead Pass on May 29.

The three businessmen travelling to Huddersfield to watch the Rugby League match between Huddersfield Giants and Widnes had to be rescued by the Mountain Rescue teams as their helicopter had to make an emergency landing on the remote moors of the Northern Peak District, high above the Woodhead Pass.

The pilot was forced to make the emergency landing when the visibility become so poor it was no longer safe to continue
Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team received the initial call and, because the exact location of the downed helicopter was unknown combined with the poor weather conditions, decided to call for help from Glossop.

Rescuers were able to contact the pilot of the helicopter by mobile phone and then used a smartphone app, specifically developed for Mountain Rescue Teams, to pinpoint their exact location.

Once the exact location was known, rescuers were at the helicopter in 40 minutes.

The pilot and his two passengers were found safe and well, albeit cold. The rescuers provided warm dry clothing for the men and walked them off the hill to safety.

Woodhead MRT Team Leader Keith Wakeley said ‘Thankfully we don’t get called out to downed aircraft very often. The poor visibility was a real issue but thankfully we were able to use our own technology to locate the helicopter quickly.

“As you can imagine the men weren’t dressed for a cold wet day on the hills and it was important we got to them as quickly as possibly.”

Man charged with rape in Glossop

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Man is charged with rape in Glossop.

Detectives have charged a man with rape of an 18-year-old girl as she was walking home in Glossop.

The victim was walking in a church yard off Church Street, on Monday, May 26, when she was assaulted by a man.

The victim suffered serious facial injuries during the incident and was later treated at Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Stefan Hague (24) of Quarry Close was charged today (Friday, May 30) with rape and will appear at North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates Court tomorrow (Saturday, May 31).

Police appeal for witnesses after woman is sexually assaulted in Glossop

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted as she was walking home in Glossop.

The 18-year-old victim was walking in a church yard off Church Street, near the Duke of Norfolk school, when she was assaulted by a man.

The victim suffered serious facial injuries in the incident, which took place at about 3am on Monday, May 26, and was later treated at Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Police cordoned off parts of the area to assist with the investigation and want to hear from anyone who might have information in connection with the incident.

Detectives also want to speak to a man who was seen on Church Street South shortly before 3am the same morning. He was wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans and trainers.

Anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting incident 130 of May 26.

You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Local butcher Mettricks on Call the council BBC1 3rd June 2014

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

It’s been quite the journey in the development of the Stalybridge shop, originally starting trade at the local farmers markets we began to gain a loyal customer base, seeing members of the Stalybridge community returning to us on a monthly basis.

November 2012 we opened our pop up shop on Melbourne St, as winter hit the weather certainly got the better of us and we decided to move in to our temporary Melbourne St shop, trading Fridays and Saturdays. After a year of building our business and reputation in Stalybridge we then decided to make Mettricks Butchers in to fully fitted shop providing Stalybridge with what we currently have to offer in Glossop & Hadfield.

After a chaotic few months we opened our doors in December 2013 just in time for the festive period

Customers new and existing expect the best from a butcher like Mettricks, our reputation and guaranteed quality is what our customers want, so far we have had great feedback from the Stalybridge community and are to thank for our success so far, the BBC have documented our journey and will be airing our story on Tuesday 3rd June.

Serious assault in Old Glossop

Monday, May 26th, 2014


glossop police cordon

The area around the church in Old Glossop is cordoned off following an assault

Derbyshire Police are currently investigating a report of a serious assault on a female which happened around 0300hrs on Monday 26th May in Glossop.  As a result there are areas which are currently cordoned off to assist with the investigation these included the Church Yard in Old Glossop also School House, Church Street leading to Manor Park Rd.


Derbyshire Police are looking to identify a male sighted on Church Street South, Old Glossop shortly after 0300hrs he is described as wearing a white tee shirt, blue stone washed jeans and trainers.  The assistance of the public is requested to identify this male who may be a witness or to eliminate him from the enquiry.


Anyone with any information are requested to ring 101.




Runaway Truck Collision – Exclusive Video Footage

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 have exclusive footage of the runaway recovery vehicle minutes before it collided into a number of buildings on Victoria Street.

Victoria Street remains closed to road users after a recovery vehicle that was towing a broken down bus collided with a number of businesses in Glossop and became embedded.

The incident occurred Tuesday, May 20th at approximately 6pm with the recovery vehicle becoming wedged between a lamppost and Lloyds TSB. The bus collided with a taxi company and Chinese takeaway and remains embedded in the shop fronts.

No one was seriously injured as a result of the collision, although a passenger in the recovery vehicle was taken to Stepping Hill Hospital after suffering minor hand injuries.

The collision is suspected to have caused a gas leak, which has affected a number of businesses who are based close to the incident.

Victoria Street remains closed between the junction with the A57 High Street East, High Street West and Turnlee Road and diversions are still in operation.

Both the recovery vehicle and the bus remain on the site of the incident as a result of suspected structural damage caused to the affected buildings.

Derbyshire Police have asked anyone with information about the collision to contact them on 101.


Fig Creative Shortlisted For Regional Marketing Award

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Fig Creative design and marketing agency has been shortlisted for the CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing) Northern Awards 2014 in the Northern Agency of the Year category.

The regional industry accolade comes shortly after the Glossop agency announced expansion across every department, as it adapts to continuing growth in demand for its Marketing Partner programme.

The CIM Northern Awards scheme is designed to recognise and reward insight, creativity and success in the northern marketing industry, and the results will be announced in June.

Fig Creative has enjoyed a successful first half of 2014, acquiring a fleet of new Marketing Partners, including the Devonshire Dome (the commercial arm of the University of Derby), electronic airflow control and monitor manufacturer and consultant TEL, air conditioning distributor TF Solutions and HD Sharman gutter-lining manufacturer.

Fig’s Marketing Partners receive a comprehensive marketing service on a retained basis, benefitting from the agency’s expertise across a range of disciplines, including copywriting, PR, social media, graphic design, web design, SEO and email marketing.

Said managing director, Helen Duncan:  “We’re delighted to be shortlisted for this prestigious regional marketing award, which recognises the valuable contribution we have made to our clients’ businesses.

“It is particularly gratifying to be pitted in the shortlist against some really high profile Manchester agencies, demonstrating that marketing expertise is definitely not confined to the city centre.”

Fig Creative belongs to the Recommended Agency Register (RAR).  For more information, visit or call 01457 857111.

Glossop Cartons Shortlisted For Sales And Marketing Award

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Glossop Cartons, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of carton board packaging solutions, has been shortlisted for a prestigious Sales and Marketing accolade at this year’s Derby Telegraph Business Awards.  The company was shortlisted for the award following a series of forward-thinking marketing and PR campaigns in collaboration with High Peak marketing agency Fig Creative, who created a unique integrated communications plan which packs plenty of punch.

Following the hugely successful ‘Packaging Superheroes’ campaign launched in 2013 to announce Glossop Cartons’ commission of the world’s first Highcon Euclid digital cutting and creasing machine, the company’s profile and reputation has further strengthened thanks to a series of innovative sales and marketing initiatives designed to set the company apart from its competitors and position the company as an industry front runner.

In the past two years, the company’s presence at exhibitions including Packaging Innovations in London and Birmingham has proved highly successful for the market-leading company, generating an abundance of leads throughout the three shows. All leads from the show were followed up by the sales team to build long-term relationships and many of these have been converted into sales with several more on the horizon.

Working closely with local marketing agency Fig Creative, a blanket of high profile editorial coverage in a variety of targeted business and industry media titles has helped the company reach an estimated 600,000 people per year. Glossop Cartons has also utilised social media to its advantage, interacting with its customer base and enabling two-way communication to effectively listen and engage with its customers.

Jacky Sidebottom-Every, sales director at Glossop Cartons, comments: “I’m naturally delighted that our sales and marketing efforts have been recognised for this award and thrilled with the success we have enjoyed this year which has resulted in an increase in both turnover and profits. As a result of this we have been able to reinvest in even more new machinery such as the recent purchase of the Lamina FA, which will impact positively on our processes and further improve the high level of service that we can offer our customers.”

Helen Duncan, managing director at Fig Creative comments: “The creation of the ‘Packaging Superheroes’ to launch the Highcon Euclid was just the tip of the iceberg for Glossop Cartons’ marketing strategy. We ensured that strong on-target messages were woven into every aspect of the marketing activity to communicate the company’s passion for innovation and delivering the best possible customer service.”

The Derby Telegraph Business Awards aim to recognise businesses which have enjoyed continued growth despite the recent economic downturn, and celebrate those who have demonstrated creative marketing strategies with an innovative approach to ultimately boost sales.

The results will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony at Derby College’s Roundhouse on June 18th 2014.

For further information visit

Le Tissier Cup Success

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

With teams coming from across the country, the sun cracking the flags, golden goal extra time winners, penalty shoot-outs and one of the famous Charlton brothers playing, the Le Tissier Cup – billed as a festival of walking football held at Glossopdale Community College – had everything a tournament organiser could wish for except a home victory. After a morning involving six teams battling out on the college’s state of the art artificial turf pitch, the plaudits actually went to a side from Rotherham called the Mature Millers and the Charlton in question was neither Jack nor Bobby but Tom, the spitting image of the balding Manchester United man but so tight was the final against Grimsby’s Ancient Mariners only a tense penalty shoot out could determine which team would have the Le Tisser Cup presented to them by Councillor Jean Wharmby, herself no slouch at the slowed down version of the beautiful game.

Walking Football is being used all over the country by organisations such as Age UK and the National Stroke Association to help motivate men to add physical activity to their weekly routine and when Glossop-based social enterprise WellFit CIC, which works with inactive people using sociable, low-impact exercise sessions, realised the participants at their Thursday morning Just Play sessions wanted to test their mettle against other walking football groups, finding other teams was no problem. “We simply asked the FA’s network of adult participation development officers to contact groups in their part of the country” explained WellFit director Mick Owen. “We had apologies from groups in Surrey, Peterborough and Newcastle upon Tyne who felt it was a little far to come but Chesterfield, Rochdale, Rotherham, Grimsby and Blackpool were all keen and with the college’s football development coordinator Leanne Pace backing the concept by recruiting some of the college’s young leaders getting the Le Tissier Cup up and running, well walking with purpose, was really straightforward.”

And if you’re wondering why the trophy was called the Le Tissier Cup it was named as an homage to Southampton and England star Matthew Le Tissier who has been dubbed “the greatest walking footballer England has produced”.

Anyone, man or woman, young or old, who would like to give this novel version of the beautiful game can join the WellFit Walking Football group on Thursday mornings at 11am or give Mick Owen a call on 07944 605508. Full details can be found at

Treat Yourself to a Slice of History this Spring Bank Holiday

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information or to book visit or call 01298 22841

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service to recruit reserve firefighters

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

In 2013 the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) balloted its members regarding industrial action in respect of an on-going dispute with the Government on Pension Reform.

Since the 2013 ballot, several periods of industrial action have taken place.  Utilising Reserve Firefighters recruited last year, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority has satisfied its legal obligation under the Fire & Rescue Service Act 2004 and the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and ensured it has been able to continue to provide an emergency response throughout any local industrial action.

In order to maintain these contingency arrangements during any protracted periods of industrial action, DFRS has taken the decision to recruit further reservist Driver/Pump Operatives and Fire & Rescue Operatives to add to its pool of available recruits.

Anyone interested in becoming a Reserve Firefighter can call our dedicated phone lines on 01332 777012.  Phone lines will be open from 0830 to 1700 hours on:

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Friday, 23 May 2014

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

For more information regarding this recruitment process and FAQ’s please visit

Youth United Derbyshire is launched

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Youth United Derbyshire is proud to announce its launch.

Youth United is a national network of organisations working together to increase access to the opportunities offered to young people.  The Youth United network aims to increase the number of adult volunteers supporting member organisations; increase the number of young people engaged in their communities through cadet schemes and attract funding to make better use of resources.

In Derbyshire, the Scout Association; the Army Cadet Force, the Sea Cadets, the Boys’ Brigade, the Volunteer Police Cadets, the Fire Cadets and the RAF Air Cadets have joined forces to establish ‘Youth United Derbyshire’ which aims to follow the aims and objectives of the national Youth United initiative, with a local approach to increase accessibility to uniformed cadet schemes in Derbyshire.

A dedicated Youth United Derbyshire website will signpost people to:

  • Information regarding all of the member organisations
  • How you can get involved
  • Events taking place

Chair of Youth United Derbyshire, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service, Group Manager Steve Helps said “Derbyshire has a wealth of fantastic cadet schemes available to young people.

“Youth United Derbyshire is a great initiative that aims to give young people greater access to the cadet schemes of our uniform services, which in turn will help them to develop personally and socially as young adults.”

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Fig Creative: new team members recruited to handle expanding Marketing Partner programme

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Glossop based Fig Creative design and marketing agency has this spring undergone expansion across every department, as it adapts to continuing growth in demand for its successful Marketing Partner programme.

The Devonshire Dome, the commercial arm of the University of Derby, electronic airflow control and monitor manufacturer and consultant TEL, air conditioning distributor TF Solutions and HD Sharman gutter-lining manufacturer have all become Fig Marketing Partners this spring.

As Marketing Partners, the clients receive a comprehensive marketing service on a retained basis, benefitting from Fig’s expertise across a range of disciplines, including copywriting, PR, social media, graphic design, web design, SEO and email marketing.
Cheryl Harrison is Fig’s new account manager, working alongside established manager Tom Lay to handle the Marketing Partner portfolio. She has 13 years’ experience in marketing and joins Fig from the housing sector.

Kevin Burns fills the new role of digital account executive, employing experience gained in city centre consultancies in the planning and execution of effective social media campaigns for Fig’s clients.

Launched two years ago, the company’s thriving PR department has expanded, with the appointment of experienced account executive Alison Parsons, who has worked in the discipline for 14 years, both in in-house and consultancy roles.

Meanwhile, Fig’s graphic and web design departments have also grown to each comprise a three-strong team.

Said managing director, Helen Duncan: “Since Fig launched its Marketing Partner programme two years ago, we’ve been delighted with the way it’s taken off, and the difference it’s made to our business has been considerable. The team’s doubled in size, as have our premises which we have now twice extended.

“The range of clients we have on board is extremely varied, including business-to-business and business-to-consumer accounts, and organisations ranging from tiny start-ups to larger, well- established organisations. This makes for a tremendously stimulating workload for our team, but most importantly, the programme really benefits our clients’ businesses. We’ve seen some spectacular results, as clients’ profiles have been raised in their respective industries, their businesses have grown, and several have won major awards.”

Fig Creative belongs to the Recommended Agency Register (RAR). For more information, visit or call 01457 857111.

Road Closures In Glossop During Tour De France

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

The Tour de France sweeps in to the High Peak on Sunday 6 July as part of part of Stage 2 of the Grand Départ Yorkshire from York to Sheffield.
The riders will enter Derbyshire at Holme Moss and there will be major road closures both on the A6024 and A628 Woodhead Pass as well as diversions around Glossop. Derbyshire County Council will be sending out more details soon.

Great Manchester Run 2014: Superdad running for his ‘hero’ son

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

A doting dad will become his son’s very own superhero when he takes part in the Great Manchester Run dressed as Captain America.

Ryan Williams, 36, is raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, which has supported his family since two-year-old Cadellin was diagnosed with the condition at two weeks old.

The costume was Cadellin’s four-year-old sister Anwen’s idea.

Ryan, who grew up in Ashton and Stalybridge and now lives with his family in Glossop, said: “Anwen asked me about the famous Marvel superhero recently because they were talking about the movie on TV.

“I told her that he was a brave person who protected people and she said: ‘Perhaps he could help us to look after Cadellin.’ The idea came from there.”

Ryan, a communications manager at Manchester’s Co-operative Group, added: “My son is a hero to me. He’s only two but the way he takes his condition in his stride is really inspiring, and competing in the Manchester 10K run will help me to show how proud we all are of him.”

Ryan aims to raise at least £500 for the charity, which supports patients and their families as well as funding vital research to develop better treatments.

He also hopes to raise awareness of the condition by taking part in the 10k race on Sunday, May 18.

The life-shortening disease is caused by a faulty gene carried by more than 2m people in the UK.

Most have no idea but, if two carriers have children, there is a one in four chance their child will have the condition.

It causes the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, to be clogged with thick, sticky mucus, resulting in chronic infections and lung inflammation.

The condition directly affects around 10,000 people in the UK and only half of sufferers live to celebrate their 40th birthday.

To sponsor Ryan, visit

Walking Football Tournament

Monday, May 12th, 2014

While most people will know that football’s Premier League has finally reached a dramatic conclusion and be aware that the FIFA World Cup is just around the corner not quite so many will know that this week (Thursday 15th May) Glossop is hosting what may become one of the most prestigious competitions in soccer when local walking football outfit Glossop Gentlemen FC take on teams drawn from across the country to contest the Le Tissier Cup.

Named after Matthew Le Tissier, a man hailed as “the greatest walking footballer in England” the competition will see teams from Blackpool to Grimsby battling it out at Glossopdale Community College’s Hadfield campus in a competition organised by local social enterprise WellFit Health& Wellbeing CIC.

Tournament organiser and WellFit director Mick Owen explained the concept behind walking football: “Inactivity is as big a threat to health as smoking with lives shortened by up to five years just by people not moving enough. WellFit was set up to help local people add small amounts of physical activity to their daily or weekly routine and while many women have picked up on our chair-based exercise sessions, which we call EasyFit, and taken up walking on our Stroll & Natter gentle walks, we were struggling to engage many men. Walking Football, a version of football where rushing around and knocking people about is banned, has remedied that and our regular Thursday morning sessions on the college’s rubber crumb surface, which is perfect for older joints, have really taken off.”

In March the WellFit group, playing under the soubriquet of Glossop Gentlemen FC, took part in their first tournament at the FA’s prestigious training facility at St George’s Park near Burton on Trent and enjoyed it so much decided to host their own. So popular is the walking form of the beautiful game that groups are coming from Grimsby, Chesterfield, Rotherham, Rochdale and Blackpool to take part.

The Le Tissier Cup, a tongue-in-cheek hommage to the stylish Southampton and England star’s ability to be highly influential while not appearing to get out of breath, will be presented by Councillor Jean Wharmby who has been supportive of the WellFit programme and walking football in particular since its launch in 2012 and whose generous use of the High Peak Borough Council’s Councillor Initiative Fund enabled the trip to St George’s Park and Thursday’s tournament to take place.

Six people arrested following police drug strike in Glossop

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Six people have been arrested for suspected drugs offences following targeted police action in Glossop.

Three men were arrested on Saturday, April 26 after being seen acting suspiciously outside a property on Matlock Bank, Glossop.

Officers were carrying out patrols in the area at around 4.45pm when two men were allegedly seen to deposit a small bag of suspected drugs.

When the bag was retrieved by patrolling officers, one man fled the scene in a vehicle and the other was detained by police.

A 28-year-old man was arrested at the time of the alleged offence and a 22-year-old and a 31-year-old man handed themselves in to police later that day at Buxton police station.

On Wednesday, April 23, a Skoda Octavia was stopped by police on Shrewsbury Street in Glossop at around 3pm and suspected cannabis was found inside the vehicle.

A 25-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man, who were inside the vehicle at the time of the incident, were arrested on suspicion of possessing cannabis.

Police then carried out a warrant at an address on Shrewsbury Street and discovered suspected ketamine and cannabis. Cash was also recovered at the property.

The 25-year-old woman was further arrested on suspicion of possessing ketamine and the man on suspicion of possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

A 17-year-old boy was also arrested at the address on suspicion of possession of cannabis.

At around 12.45pm on Friday, April 11, police attended a property on Alder Close in Hadfield following reports from members of the public of suspected drug activity.

As officers attended the address, two men in a silver Vauxhall made an attempt to drive off the road, before leaving the vehicle and making off on foot. They were later arrested.

Officers retrieved a jacket containing cash and a parcel of suspected class A drugs. Two men, aged 24 and 20, were arrested on suspicion of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply. They have both been bailed pending further inquiries.

To report suspected drugs activity in your area contact police on the non-emergency number 101. To report a crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 111 555.

“You only die once”

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

As part of the national “Dying Matters Awareness Week – You only die once” campaign Willow Wood Hospice is hosting an Information day at the Coffee Bar, The Pad, Shepley Street, Stalybridge.

The event, which takes place on Tuesday 13th May, between 10.00am – 3.00pm, aims to get people thinking about, talking about and acting on what they want when they die.

Bereavement coordinator, Tina Smith, said  “We only get one chance to have our dying wishes met and unfortunately we see only too often the upset caused when grieving relatives are left to sort out loved ones desires. By taking the initiative and setting out what you want now, you can get on with living your life, knowing that when the time comes your loved ones will know what you wanted and be spared from having to make difficult decisions”

The idea behind the Hospice information day is to encourage local people to take five simple steps to make their end of life experience better, both for them and for their loved ones. Information on how to make things so much easier for relatives on matters such as how to make a will and who to see, recording your funeral wishes, planning for your future care and support or on how to register as an organ donor will all be available. Sometimes one of the most difficult subjects is how to tell loved ones of your wishes and help and advice will also be on hand. Even just having a chat with family, friends or colleagues about the importance of preparing for death can change perceptions and prevent a lot of upset.

If Tuesday’s information day is not convenient then the Hospice will be attending a similar event being held at Ashton Town Hall on Friday 16th May between 10.00am – 1.00pm.

Hospice shop reopens after major refurbishment

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Volunteers at a local Hospice shop have been celebrating the 20th anniversary of its opening by moving back into a totally refurbished shop.

The Market Street shop, which was the first Hospice retail outlet to open, helps raise vital funds for the Ashton under Lyne based, Willow Wood Hospice.

Since opening, the Hospice shop has been staffed by a dedicated team of volunteers and four ladies in particular have between them notched up 80 years!

Gwen Boon (92), Joan Brown (73) and Evelyn Hull (80) have worked in the shop for 20 years and were there on its opening day while Beryl Hambleton (80)  in her words started “week one, day 4”

Gwen, Joan and Evelyn had all answered an advert for volunteers placed in the Advertiser by volunteer shop manager Annette Brookes. And, as they say, the rest is history, Joan recalls the early days “Annette worked tirelessly and was an inspiration to each and every one of us. Of course there was no Hospice then and it was wonderful to see the pictures of the building taking shape, the first brick, the foundations – that really made us feel part of the development. Beryl took up the tale “ I remember going from shop to shop begging and borrowing coat hangers and carrier bags to help get things started knowing that every penny saved did help build the Hospice ! “ .

Shop Manager, Debbie Ashley said “I have had the pleasure of working alongside these four marvellous ladies for the past six years. “Their hard work and dedication to Willow Wood has been unrelenting and we are very grateful for their unfailing support. They are much loved members of the wider Hospice shop team who generously volunteer so much of their time to ensure we continue to raise as much money for the Hospice”

Hospice Chief Executive Karen Houlston said “These four ladies are themselves an inspiration and we are so fortunate to have such a loyal band of volunteers. They have been the true backbone of the shop and without them things could have been so different”

To mark the anniversary all the shop volunteers were invited to a buffet at the Hospice and Chairman, Pat McCloskey was on hand to congratulate everyone and to thank them for their dedication and hard work.

Glossop Gives Thanks for St Christopher’s Trust

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on St Christopher’s Trust, visit

Farewell to the Chief – CC Andy Trotter retires after 45-year career

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Andy Trotter, one of Britain’s most respected and experienced Chief Constables, is retiring after an eventful 45 year career.

Andy has led many high profile operations and been the police’s public face of major incidents as diverse as bombings, riots and train crashes as well as major public events such as London 2012, Notting Hill Carnival and many other royal and state occasions.

Joining the Metropolitan Police (MPS) cadets in 1969, Andy served in the Met, Kent Constabulary and for the past 10 years in British Transport Police (BTP) as Deputy, then Chief Constable, where he led its transformation into a highly effective and efficient force with a much enhanced reputation.

His first role was a PC working out of Marylebone Lane police station. He later transferred to Kent where he rose to the rank of Chief Inspector before coming back to the Met in 1992 where he soon rose to the role of Deputy Assistant Commissioner in charge of driving down all aspects of crime for south east then central London.

Andy was then made DAC Crime for the whole of London, where he introduced the highly successful Safer Streets campaign. In 2001 he was asked to take over public order and operations for the MPS as well as the command of City of Westminster, where he led a series of highly effective campaigns that dramatically cut crime on the streets of central London.

During the past decade at BTP he led the drive to reduce crime with particular successes against robbery, cable theft and pick-pocketing.

Under Andy’s leadership, BTP has completely restructured to achieve his target of more than 200 extra front line officers to provide response, visibility and reassurance to the travelling public and rail staff.

Known for his calming and reassuring approach, Andy has also been the ACPO lead for media and social media for the past seven years and, this year, led the 2014 Strategic Command Course which develops and prepares the next generation of top police leaders for the challenges ahead.

Andy said: “I’m sad to be leaving BTP after 10 great years where the team has achieved so much.

“I’ve enjoyed nearly every day of my 45 years and have had the chance to do a wide range of jobs including covering the Toxteth riots, the miners’ dispute, huge central London demonstrations, the 7/7 bombings, the Olympics and, of course, policing the railways of England, Wales and Scotland.

“I’ve policed all walks of life, from the West End to rural villages and have been part of operations tackling a diverse range of incidents and events including serious and organised crime, football, horse fairs, fox hunts, Wimbledon and the London Marathon.

“In my various ACPO roles I’ve had the opportunity to lead national best practice as well as working with police forces from across the country. It has been a privilege and an honour to have served the public for so long and I will miss it.”

Chief Constable Trotter is a graduate of the LSE and has received commendations for crime operations, bravery and leadership. He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2000 and was appointed OBE in 2008.

Millie Banerjee Chair of the British Transport Authority, which appointed Andy in 2009, said: “Andy has been an exemplary Chief Constable whose leadership of BTP has achieved remarkable results during a demanding five years.

“Andy has forged strong relationships with the rail industry, secured the safety of passengers and reduced the threat of violence to rail staff.

“I am grateful for the work he has done to raise the profile of the Force and his contribution to policing in Great Britain, in particular during the Olympics and the riots of 2011.

“The Authority wishes Andy every success for the future.”

President of the Association of Chief Police Officers, Sir Hugh Orde, said: “Andy’s tireless dedication to policing has made great waves within the service, not only through his work at the helm of the British Transport Police, safeguarding those travelling on our rail networks and protecting transport hubs from harm, but by introducing the police service to social media and emerging methods of communication and investigation as the national policing lead for communications.

“He has also been a very visible face of the leadership for the service in times of crises, such as the 7/7 bombings and the riots in 2011.

“Andy has devoted more than three decades to policing, and as a member of the Association of Chief Policing Officers, has worked hard to bring the service into the world of 21st century public engagement.

“I wish him all the very best in his retirement.”

BTP’s cycling heroes gearing up for John O’Groats to Lands End charity effort

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

With the Tour de France coming to England later this year, British Transport Police’s own cycling heroes are gearing up for a remarkable two-wheeled adventure.

Starting on Saturday (3 May), an intrepid team of eight cyclists will travel from John O’Groats to Land’s End – a distance of nearly 1,000 miles – to raise money for Samaritans. And the eight-strong peloton will aim to complete the task in just nine days.

But they will not be on their own. The cyclists, led by Assistant Chief Constable Mark Newton, will have a sizeable support team following them on their journey, with help coming from BTP officers and staff giving up their own time to lend a hand. And leading the way for the support team will be a Routemaster double-decker bus which will be on hand at the start and end of each day in the saddle.

ACC Newton said: “The John O’Groats to Land’s End (JOGLE) route is a gruelling one, especially in such a short space of time, but we have all been training hard and are taking part to help a fantastic charity.

“Samaritans carries out tremendous work to help people in distress who often have nowhere else to turn.

“As a police force dedicated solely to working on the railway, we know only too well the human cost of those who feel they have no option but to harm themselves.

“Across Great Britain our officers are regularly called upon to intervene and help people who are distressed and trespass on the rail network.

“We have worked extensively with Samaritans to better equip our officers to deal with these incidents and to ensure those in distress are dealt with effectively and sensitively from the first contact with BTP.”

ACC Newton added: “Of course, in an ideal world, no-one would get to the stage of seeking to harm themselves and we hope the money raised through JOGLE will help Samaritans in providing the much needed support and ability to intervene.”

The JOGLE team sets off from Seaview Hotel, at John O’Groats at 8am on Saturday, 3 May, stopping off at Bonar Bridge, Fort William, Glasgow, Carlisle, Liverpool, Ludlow, Wincanton and Launceston, before finally arriving at Land’s End at about 6pm on Sunday, 11 May.

The challenge normally takes 12 days and is often ridden from South to North to allow for prevailing winds.

The BTP team, however, is riding north to south in very early May when there is still a chance of snow in the far North – all with the aim of raising £20,000 for Samaritans.

To help the team achieve its goal you can log on to to donate and you can follow the cyclists’ progress at by searching for BTP JOGLE.

ACC Newton added: “We have already received generous donations from a number of organisations, including First Group, Transport for London, Arriva, Vauxhall, Chiltern Railways, STM Security and LOROL, as well as friends, family and well-wishers.

“We still have some way to go to reach our target, but I have no doubt that through the efforts of the cyclists – and the generosity of our supporters logging on at – we will get there.”

Unnecessary 999 Calls During Industrial Strike

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) is once again urging members of the public not to make unnecessary 999 calls – particularly during periods of industrial action.

DFRS has received notification from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) that their members will take part in further national industrial action on:

Friday, 2 May 2014, noon until 1700 hours 

Saturday, 3 May 2014, 1400 hours until Sunday, 4 May 2014, 0200 hours

Sunday, 4 May 2014, 1000 hours until 1500 hours

Whilst DFRS will still be providing an emergency response service during these times, albeit at a reduced level, it is essential that members of our communities consider the need for a fire engine before making their call.

Acting Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Kam Basi, spokesperson for DFRS said “Whilst the industrial action is on-going, we will still be responding to 999 calls; however we are asking people to only call 999 if they really do need a fire engine.

“Our priority during times of industrial action is to respond to those priority calls where a life may be at risk or someone needs to be rescued.  If we respond to non-emergency calls then those most in need of our help could be at risk.

“A non-emergency call could be to someone who is locked outside their house, or where someone is stuck in a lift.  There are other agencies and organisations that can help in this instance.

Acting Assistant Chief Fire Officer Basi went on to say “We do find ourselves in an unusual situation where we must prioritise our calls for those who are most in need of our assistance.  However, I must emphasise that you should still call 999 in an emergency so that an experienced control room operator can deal with your situation.  You must not try to call your local fire station directly.”

For further fire safety advice/information and up to date information regarding proposed strike dates visit or follow us on Twitter (@DerbyshireFRS) or like us on Facebook.

Food fair at Glossop Labour Club a success for Bare Necessities Food Bank

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

A Spring Festival of Food was held last Saturday (24th April) at Glossop Labour Club.  The day was filled with stalls packed with cheeses, olives, breads, cakes, pies, meats, eggs, beer and morning coffee and a lunchtime soup kitchen was also provided.

For Bare Necessities, the Glossopdale Food Bank, the Food Fair had an added bonus, for instead of an admission charge, the organisers of the Fair asked that donations were made, either in cash or non-perishable food, for the Glossopdale Food Bank.  The Labour Club will also now have a food collection drum permanently based there.

The Food Fair was a great success and it really helped the Bare Necessities volunteers get the message across that some people in the local communities were really struggling to afford even basic foods.  Joy Hallsworth, one of the volunteers said “We are delighted that the Labour Club acted as a collection and donation point throughout the day and that it is so committed to the needs of individuals and families who are going through extreme difficulties.”  Barbara Taylor, another volunteer added “Bare Necessities relies entirely on donations from local people, businesses and organisations.  We know from our referrals that the need for emergency food has tripled over the past two years”.

Donations throughout the day amounted to £100 with  donations of food also given.  If anyone is interested in volunteering or would like to give a donation, please contact Denise Thompson, the local Co-ordinator at 

Go camping in Wales for The Winnie Mabaso Foundation

Monday, April 28th, 2014

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

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

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

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

Seeking advice urged as part of Allergy Awareness Week

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

New firefighter strikes to hit Glossop

Friday, April 25th, 2014

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

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

- Friday 2nd May 12pm – 5pm

- Saturday 3rd May 2pm – 2am

- Sunday 4th May 10am – 3pm

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

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

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



Glossop company to hold Great Brew Break for Royal Voluntary Service

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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

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

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

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

Easter Sunday call to Kinder Scout for Glossop Mountain Rescue Team

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

High Peak based music agency launches

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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