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Romans to Invade Hadfield…Again

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Romans, Reservoirs & Railways


Buxton Folk in May

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chinese Travel Buyers Tour Peak District

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Chinese travel buyers checked out some of the Peak District and Derbyshire’s top tourism highlights during a whistle-stop tour coordinated by national tourist board VisitBritain.

The 20-plus delegation got a bird’s eye view of breathtaking countryside from cable cars at The Heights of Abraham in Matlock Bath and enjoyed exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of Chatsworth and Haddon Hall during their closed season on Friday, 27th February.

The party – among 260 travel buyers from 40 countries who attended VisitBritain’s brand new, flagship ExploreGB event at Ascot Racecourse on February 25th and 26th – also dined and stayed overnight at Breadsall Priory Marriott Hotel, Derby.

The flying visit is part of a week-long fact-finding tour of key British destinations, including Yorkshire, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and London – and is just one of a number of VisitBritain hosted trips showcasing the country’s finest attractions, accommodation and activities until March 6th.

Latest figures from VisitBritain reveal that China is Britain’s 30th most important market for the volume of visits, and 13th for the amount spent by visitors. In 2013, Chinese tourists made 196,000, or 0.6 per cent, of all overseas visits to Britain, and spent £492 million pounds.

“China is one of Britain’s fastest growing visitor markets, so we were delighted that VisitBritain chose to include the Peak District and Derbyshire in – and worked in partnership with us to arrange – one of its escorted itineraries after ExploreGB,” said Jo Dilley, Director of Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, the area’s official tourist board.

“More and more Chinese visitors are coming to the Peak District and Derbyshire – including students at surrounding universities in Manchester and Sheffield, who are often visited by friends and relatives – and Chatsworth has already signed up to VisitBritain’s Great China Welcome Charter, as one of the country’s leading Chinese-friendly tourism businesses.

“We hope that this brief visit has given Chinese travel buyers an informative and interesting insight into the wide range of attractions, accommodation and activities that are available in our unique and accessible area – and that they will encourage more Chinese visitors to come and discover more of its many delights in the future.”

Charlie Li, Deputy Manager China for VisitBritain, added: “The Peak District and Derbyshire has everything that Chinese tourists are looking for – including heritage, culture and countryside, plus interesting literature and film links – so this was an ideal opportunity to showcase its assets to our key travel buyers.

“I’m sure they will all be considering how to build the area into their British itineraries to bring more Chinese visitors here as the market develops and grows.”

Film crews set to take to the streets of Glossop

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Police and partners are teaming up over the coming months to create a film aimed at highlighting the dangers of ‘sexting’.

The feature film will follow the lives of a young couple who find themselves in an unfortunate situation after they share illicit images over text message and social media.

Glossop officers will be teaming up with Stockport College and Len Howarth, who first thought up the concept, throughout the film project.

‘Betrayal’, which aims to raise awareness of the serious consequences of sharing such images, will be piloted in Glossop secondary schools later this year. The film will be delivered in eight parts to allow for a class discussion sessions alongside police and partners. The filming will be overseen by Tutor Andrew Percival and will star students from Stockport College as part of their coursework.

Filming will begin next month and will feature High Peak locations including areas around Glossop, Hadfield Police House and unused council buildings in Chapel-en-le-Frith. Inspector Barry Doyle of the Buxton North Safer Neighbourhood Policing Teams said: “This will be a great opportunity for local schools to work with Stockport College and other agencies in a project to target the misuse of social media.

“I am looking forward to working with the team from Stockport to produce this film and would like to thank them, and Len, for their support to raise awareness of a very important issue”

Len Howarth added: “It is fantastic to see that my idea is now coming to life and will hopefully save some young people from getting involved in this sort of crime.

“I am also very proud to know that both the media and drama students are getting hands on experience to help with their course work, whilst helping to make a big difference to others.

“I am hoping that the film will help to make a difference the same as my previous project ‘Malicious’ which has been rolled out to schools in the Stockport and Manchester areas and has been picked up by many agencies.”

The film follows previous work between Greater Manchester Police, Stockport College and Len Howarth, where the film ‘Malicious’ was created to break down barriers between police and the local community. Peter Fahey, Chief Constable at Greater Manchester Police, awarded Len for his work with the local community following this project.

Andrew Percival, programme leader for Foundation Degree TV Production at Stockport College, said: “We’re all incredibly excited about the start of filming on ‘Betrayal’ – to be entrusted with such a high-profile project whilst still student programme-makers is a mark of the trust in which our collaborators hold us after the “Malicious” project two years ago.

“From the point of view of the students themselves, seeing all their hard work and planning begin to materialise before their eyes is incredibly rewarding. There are few more exciting creative relationships than that between a director and their principal actors on a set – it’s great to witness the creative synergy as the drama unfolds. But this project represents much more than that – it’s a chance for us to make a difference and influence the lives of others – what student of television production wouldn’t leap at that?”

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

Information appeal following alleged assault in Glossop

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Police investigating an alleged assault in Glossop are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

A public order incident is believed to have taken place between two groups along High Street East in Glossop.

The incident, which is believed to have taken place at around 9.30pm on Saturday, 31st January, resulted in one man being treated at Tameside Hospital for a laceration to his face.

Anyone with any information about the alleged assault is asked to contact PC James Kennedy on 101, quoting crime reference number 4411/15.

To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

More big names heading to Glossop

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

New Mills Youth Centre to host open night for budding Dragons

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Two of the country’s youngest entrepreneurs will be heading to New Mills on Friday, 27th March 2015. Tommy Rose and Ben Towers have found success through their entrepreneurial work and are now set to inspire the young people of the High Peak.

The pair will be speaking at New Mills Youth Centre as part of a open night to showcase the services on offer within the centre. On the night there will also be an exhibition by local young photographer Alannis Barnes who will be curating a display of local photos she captured during the many community events held within New Mills.

The night provides an opportunity to showcase the talents of young people whilst also providing some inspiration to local youngsters whom have their own business aspirations. The night is being put on by local social enterprise 4 All of Us and the High Peak Youth Team who are working together to support young people in the region through opportunities such as business, music, film and sport. The two organisations hope the open evening will provide an opportunity for local residents and young people to see what services are available in the area.

Speaking about the event, Director of 4 All of us , Scott Buckler said; ” There is a wealth of local talent among the young people of the High Peak and we wanted to drive forward some inspiration from two young men who have been there and done it. Ben is an award winning entrepreneur who is travelling up from London as he has been so inspired by the event.

It also provides a great opportunity for the Centre to showcase its services to the public.”

The open night takes place on Friday, 27th March at 7.30pm -9.30pm at New Mills Youth Centre, Longlands Road, New Mills where there will be complimentary light refreshments and food available as well as the chance to present your business ideas to both Ben and Tommy.

Tickets are FREE, however with limited space they do require a confirmation of attendance which can be made via Scott Buckler at or by calling 01663 746043.

For more information about 4 All of Us, please visit


A Flourishing Friendship – Glossop pub gets refreshing refurb

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

The Friendship pub, Glossop, has reopened following a complete transformation courtesy of Robinsons Brewery and tenant Sarah Ozdemir.

The Arundel Street pub, located a stone’s throw away from the bustling High Street, is the second of Robinsons’ Glossop pubs to receive a refurbishment within the last 3 months as the Stockport based brewer continues to invest in its 300 strong pub estate.

 “It was certainly time for a change” said Sarah Ozdemir, tenant of The Friendship. “The old look was rustic but very dark and could seem potentially uninviting; the complete opposite of the welcome we give our regulars! After meeting with the design team, we knew that the pub would be refurbished tastefully whilst keeping its original charm.”

The Friendship Glossop

The refurbishment, which took just 3 weeks to complete, has taken the once dark pub and illuminated it with new industrial style mood lighting and a carefully chosen colour palette to complement the pub’s original oak wood panelling.

The bar area now feels much larger thanks to a new furniture layout including high tables, comfy seating and bentwood stools. Talking points can be found everywhere as local history pictures adorn the walls along with vintage letters and other carefully selected bric-a-brac items including old glass bottles, ceramic jars and books.

The focal point of the pub is undoubtedly its unique circular bar, which has been re-finished incorporating a new bar top with studded steel wrap detail. With a tiled beer board identifying the various beer colours and a bar which now boasts five hand pulls, serving a rotating range of Robinsons’ award-winning cask ales, The Friendship is sure to continue to be a favourite spot amongst cask ale enthusiasts.

Towards the back of the pub, the previously ailing pool room has also been transformed with feature wallpaper depicting old ink quills and the toilets have not been forgotten either; receiving new flooring and timeless wall tiles.

Sarah said: “The transformation is incredible. I love that the designers have incorporated our history, such as keeping our Victorian lantern outside the front door, it really adds charm to our little pub. The hard work everyone from the brewery has put in has been fabulous and the support we received from the Retail Marketing Team and our Business Development Manager, Alan Chapman, has been world class. We’re so proud of the new Friendship and can’t wait to welcome customers old and new!”

The Friendship Glossop

Alan Chapman, Business Development Manager for Robinsons Brewery, said: “The Friendship has been given a new lease of life! The design has enabled Sarah and her team to expand their business to offer a greater range of drinks and provide a food offering – a menu of delicious Pieminister pies – for the very first time. We can’t wait to see The Friendship continue to flourish!”

Man hospitalised after Glossop house fire

Friday, February 13th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Busy Time for Glossop Mountain Rescue

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

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

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

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

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

Can You Spare an Hour?

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community Comapnions volunteers with the Spare an Hour campaign posters

Community Comapnions volunteers with the Spare an Hour campaign posters


Building work to commence on Reuben’s Retreat

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Charity on target to open Phase One in May 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Glossop Mountain Rescue Mission on Bleaklow

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

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

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

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

The team was stood down at 5.10pm.

Appeal for info of Tintwistle Bomber Crash

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Sgt William Allen Love was one of the passengers in the tail turret of the Lancaster Bomber PA411 which crashed into the Tintwistle hillside in 1948.

Sgt Love was ejected from the turret very forcibly by the impact (the tail section broke off in the impact) and catapulted through the Perspex canopy to land heavily close by. He was reported to be still alive when the first would-be rescuers arrived on site a few minutes after the crash, but sadly, he died soon after from his injuries.

Barry Love from Worcestershire, found out about his great uncle’s demise only recently when trying to discover what had become of him (Sgt Love was the youngest of three brothers who all enlisted with Bomber Command in WW2), and a friend unearthed the story online.

Since then, Barry has managed to fill in a few more gaps and details, and as a result, he intends to visit the site for the first time later this year, to do some closer investigation and to lay a wreath in memory of the entire crew.

If anyone has any further details about Sgt Love or his flight, please get in touch with Barry at

PA411 tail mem


Derbyshire public to pay more towards policing in face of austerity cuts

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles has had his plans to increase the amount of council tax local people pay towards policing in 2015-16 by 1.99% sanctioned by the Police and Crime Panel.

The 1.99% increase in the precept will generate about £1m per year. This, said the Commissioner, would make a vital contribution in the face of a £5.4m reduction in the Government’s funding settlement that brings Derbyshire’s slice down to £100.400m. The total budget for the Force for 2015-16 is £161.635m.

Although raising the council tax element that goes towards policing will help the Force to balance its budget this year, Mr Charles forecasts that continuing austerity cuts will make current officer numbers unsustainable and create tough challenges in protecting the current level of service in the future.

Warning that the Force is likely to have fewer officers in the next four years than in the 1980s, he said: “Our financial position is managed very well, and in the past this has resulted in little noticeable impact on the quality of response our communities receive. But we simply cannot maintain this position forever.”

He spoke of his concerns about the effect of cuts on tackling emerging threats to public safety such as cybercrime and internet-based grooming – both of which require significant resources to investigate.

While the force was working hard to minimise the risks on public safety, the Commissioner said that the financial situation would also inevitably result in fewer staff, changes to roles and fewer police buildings.

“But despite these current difficulties Chief Constable Mick Creedon and I remain totally committed to shaping a service that will deliver the best performance possible.”

Although some of the Commissioner’s reserves will be used by the Chief Constable to cushion the impact of any staff and officer reductions, the Police and Crime Panel heard that these reserves would also be needed for investment in future crime detection needs, including advanced technology.


Glossop Mountain Rescue called out for Kinder mission

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

For the second time in three days, Glossop Mountain Rescue’s Kinder search plan was used to help locate two missing walkers on Kinder Scout.

The call out came just as the Glossop team were having their monthly first aid training. The team split into a number of search sections and deployed to the Northern edge area of Kinder Scout, in some very challenging weather to track two overdue hill walkers who had been following a circular route around Kinder.

The group had become separated from a third member at about 3.30pm, somewhere near Crowden Head. Their companion made his way off the hill to Edale and raised the alarm when he became concerned that they had not made it down to the valley before dark.

The informant met with one of the Edale team leaders before a joint search with Buxton, Glossop and Kinder teams was initiated. The missing men were located by members of the Edale Mountain Rescue at the bottom of Grindsbrook, tired, wet and cold but otherwise safe and well.


Derbyshire residents asked to speak up on plans to increase council tax

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Residents in Derbyshire are being urged by Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles to let him know their views on his intention to increase the council tax for policing by a small amount.

The Commissioner is proposing an increase of £3.39 per year for a Band D property. Amounting to slightly less than a 2% increase, this would bring in about £1million per year and go some way towards filling this year’s expected budget gap.

“Anything less than this would result in a greater reduction in police officer numbers and effect the level of service that Derbyshire Constabulary is able to provide – something that nobody wants to happen,” he said.

“Put simply, we find ourselves between a rock and a hard place. If we seek an increase that’s higher than 2% the Government has said this will trigger a local referendum, which is not something I am prepared to do at this time.

“If we stick to within the Government’s ‘under 2%’ limit we will raise around £1m. However, this will not prevent the need for difficult decisions including the likelihood of some reduction in police officer and staff numbers and in the number of buildings used by Derbyshire Constabulary.”

He continued: “Every year since 2010 the government grant – which funds two-thirds of policing in Derbyshire – has been cut. Disappointingly, we are facing similar treatment this year. To try to offset this, I have been working with Chief Constable Mick Creedon to identify savings and balance the budget. Much progress has been made but we still expect a shortfall.”

Despite the cuts in recent years, recorded crime used in Government statistics has continued to fall in Derbyshire. “This is quite remarkable and is thanks to the dedication of our police service,” the Commissioner commented.

“However, there is clear evidence that digital and cyber-crime – which is not included in the statistics – is increasingly significantly. This is an area of crime that we clearly need to deal with, but more funding is crucial to help reduce the number of victims.”

Policing in Derbyshire in 2015/16 will cost around £169m and around one-third of the total funding comes from the policing element of the council tax.

The Commissioner is keen for as many council taxpayers as possible to respond to his short on-line survey by Sunday, 25 January. Questions invite views on whether the tax should be increased by more or less than 2%, whether it is ‘about right’ or whether it should be reduced.

To access the survey, go to: or call the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on 0300 122 6000 for an alternative means of providing your views.

Police appeal after Glossop robbery

Friday, January 16th, 2015

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

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

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

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

To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Fig Creative to host Start-Up Business Surgery

Friday, January 16th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Views sought on plans for a combined Derbyshire authority

Friday, January 9th, 2015

High Peak residents and businesses are being urged to have their say on groundbreaking proposals to create a combined authority for Derby and Derbyshire.

Councillor Caitlin Bisknell, Leader of High Peak Borough Council, explained that a proposed combined authority would allow all ten Derbyshire councils to work together more closely to help create jobs, attract investment, improve transport and speed up decision-making.

It would also allow closer working with neighbouring authorities such as Manchester and Sheffield, especially on transport and economic development projects.

Councillor Bisknell said: “What is being proposed is aimed at supporting economic growth – and making sure that High Peak’s voice is heard. It definitely does not mean the end of High Peak as a borough, in fact I see it as giving the Council and its residents a stronger voice at the table, not just in Derbyshire but with our neighbouring cities too.

“We’re at the stage now where we need to know what residents, businesses, partners and other stakeholders think as we move towards finalising the proposal so please have a look at the website and let us know what you think.

“The consultation runs until Friday 23 January and it’s important that we hear from as many people as possible.”

More information is available on the website – – and internet users can share their opinions by completing an online form. Alternatively, you can visit your local library and ask staff to help you complete a combined authority questionnaire.

Appeal after burglary in Glossop

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Officers are appealing for information following a burglary in Glossop.

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

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

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Glossop Catholic Churches make big preparations for Christmas

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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

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

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


M&S Glossop supports Bare Necessities Food Bank Christmas Appeal

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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


Glossop Juniors and Glossop North End Community Day

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Glossop’s Chimney Coming Down

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Oakwood is sowing the seeds for success

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

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

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

Inside The Oakwood

Inside The Oakwood


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

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

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

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

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

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

View the full gallery of the new Oakwood here:

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


Glossop’s Tesco helps boost Bare Necessities Foodbank

Friday, November 28th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

The Perfect Gift from Ruben’s Retreat

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

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

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

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

Products are available to buy online at

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

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

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

For any further information, please contact Becki at

Santa’s schedule! From the Glossop Mountain Rescue Team

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Thursday, 27th November

Gamesley Festive Market 17.30 – 20.00


Saturday, 29th November

Christmas Lights Switch On 15.30 – 18.00


Saturday, 6th December

Glossop Garden Centre: 10.00 – 16.00


Tuesday, 2nd December  

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


Thursday. 4th December

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


Monday, 8th December  

Shaw Lane, Meadowfield Close, Shawfield Road, Oakfield Road, Thorncliffe Road, Green Lane, Lower Barn Road, Spring Tavern Estate.


Wednesday, 10th December

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


Friday, 12th December  

Simmondley Lane, Foxlea, Brockholes, Valley Road, Hunters Lane, Green Lane, Greenbank, Meadowbank, Storth Meadow Road, Simmondley New Road, Pennine Road, Longmoor Road, Werneth Road, Bowland Road,


Monday, 15th December  

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


Wednesday, 17th December

Sheffield Road, Queen’s Drive, Shirebrook Park.


Friday, 19th December  

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


Saturday, 20th December

Norfolk Square 10.00 – 16.00

Buxton Crescent’s future secured

Monday, November 24th, 2014

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has today awarded further funding towards a major project to conserve Buxton’s iconic Grade I listed Georgian Crescent – one of the first purpose built hotels in the country.

HLF will provide £11.3million, in addition to the major grant already allocated, to secure the long-term future of the Crescent which was built by the fifth Duke of Devonshire as the centrepiece of this famous spa town.

The extra money is essential to unlock the major regeneration plans and follows various unforeseen cost increases and delays including legal difficulties and the loss of funding from other sources. It will pay for extensive repair and restoration works to stop the structural deterioration of the building so that a thermal spa and hotel can be created. This will bring the building back into use for the first time since 1992, attracting many more people to the town and in turn providing a huge boost to the local economy.

The flagship £46 million development is also being funded by High Peak Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, English Heritage and developer Buxton Crescent Hotel and Thermal Spa Co Ltd.

Councillor Caitlin Bisknell, Leader of the Borough Council, said: “This is exactly the news everyone has been hoping and waiting for. This is an extremely important moment for the town. I know many people have fond, personal memories of the former hotel and baths and are anxious to see the buildings restored. It’s been a long time coming but it really does now feel like all the hurdles have been cleared and I look forward to work starting in the New Year.”

The innovative plans, supported by HLF, also include an interactive visitor centre, tearoom and heritage experience in the Grade II listed Pump Room – open to the public free of charge – as well as enabling public access and interpretation of the Assembly Rooms.


This will complement the transformation of the historic Crescent which will include:

•      A 79-bedroom, 5-star spa hotel incorporating the neighbouring natural baths

•      A state-of-the-art thermal, natural mineral water spa

•      Six specialist, boutique shops


Derbyshire County Council’s Leader Councillor Anne Western said: “This is great news for this wonderful building, Buxton and the surrounding area and we are very grateful for the support that the Heritage Lottery Fund has shown.

“Once we secure the final funding we can get on and bring new life to the Crescent. Once the works have been completed and the building is open for business this will mark a new beginning for Buxton. The economic benefits will be felt for many years to come and an iconic building will have been saved for future generations.”

Developer Trevor Osborne added: “The restoration of the Crescent is the cornerstone of the heritage-led regeneration currently helping to revitalise the High Peak so this is the best possible news we could have received. We’ve chosen our contractor, Vinci, who carried out the first phase and the enabling works so have a proven track record in this field. Subject to securing the final piece of the funding jigsaw we’re all set to go in the New Year – it’s an exciting time for the scheme and the whole town.”

Vanessa Harbar, Head of HLF East Midlands, said: “Buxton is a gem of the Peaks and the perfect example of how heritage can help to regenerate a whole town and give it a new sense of purpose. The Crescent is the final piece in the puzzle, rejuvenating a precious example of Georgian architecture and creating a base for people from all over the world to explore Derbyshire’s treasures.”

In 2013, HLF announced new research showing that heritage-based tourism is worth £26.4bn to the UK economy – £5.8bn higher than the previous estimate published in 2010.

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

Monday, November 17th, 2014

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

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

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

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

If you would like to donate, please visit

Glossop Juniors are Derbyshire Sports Club of the Year

Monday, November 17th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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


Willow Wood Light’s Up A Life

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Willow Wood Hospice is once again giving the local people of Glossopdale the opportunity to celebrate the lives of loved ones who, for whatever reason, are not with them this coming Christmas period.

The Hospice’s annual “Light up a Life” campaign has just been launched and as in the past, a Tree of Lights will shine out over Norfolk Square in the heart of Glossop. All dedications received will be inscribed in a Book of Memories which will be available for viewing at the Municipal Buildings, Glossop between December  1st until the end of the Christmas season. A further book will remain at Willow Wood throughout 2015.

To mark your dedication a commemorative card can be sent to you in memory of your loved ones and you are warmly invited to attend their Celebration Carol Service which will be held on Tuesday, 9th December at 6pm  in the Market Arcade, Glossop.

This year the Hospice will be delighted to welcome to the service the Dinting Primary School Choir and the Glossopdale Community band. Hospice Chaplain Rev. Eddy Inglis will be dedicating the Tree of Light in the presence of the Deputy Mayor of High Peak, Councillor Lynn Stone.

People wishing to dedicate a light can do so by visiting the Hospice web site at and following the link. Alternatively people can ring the Hospice on 0161 330 7788.


Christmas starts with a Silent Night

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

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

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

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

Please see for more information.

Glossop Juniors score top award

Monday, November 10th, 2014

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

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

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

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

Old Glossop gears up for Christmas

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dark Peak’s Aircraft Wrecks Commemorated

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

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

Speaking of the event he said -

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

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

Image from Dark Peak Aircraft Wrecks’ Facebook page

Hadfield Firm Scoops National Plastics Award for the third time!

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

For further information about TH Plastics please visit:

The Soup Seller appeals for local help

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funding for growth in High Peak

Friday, October 24th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Glossop Arts Project Provides Nourishment for the Soul

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

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

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

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

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

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


For more information and to book your workshop place visit

To book tickets to The Snowman visit


Dickinson’s Real Deal comes to Buxton

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, see

Soup Seller ‘Cooks Up’ New Business Scheme

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Glossopdale Enterprise Awareness needs your help

Friday, October 10th, 2014

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

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

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

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


Opportunity for Local Businesses in the High Peak – £1,500 Grant for Employing an Apprentice

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Derbyshire businesses which employ fewer than 1000 employees and which haven’t employed an apprentice in the last 12 months, may be eligible for an Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) Grant  from the Derbyshire Adult Community Education Service.

Grants are for £1500 per apprentice under the age of 25 and each business may claim the grant for up to ten apprentices.

Derbyshire Adult Community Education Service is the largest provider of training courses for adults across Derbyshire.  Their highly professional team of assessors are able to support local businesses to deliver training to apprentices.

If you’re not ready to employ an apprentice just yet, there are other training opportunities available, including free English and Maths courses, and they can also develop bespoke training to meet your needs.

They are also looking for high quality work placements to support their Traineeship Programmes to help young people gain the skills and experience they need to get on to an apprenticeship or into a job.  If you would be interested in providing work placements for trainees please get in touch with Barbara Foat on 01663 746897 (ext 35) or at

A free seminar will be held on November 13th for local businesses to attend to find out more about the scheme. Click here for details.

Advocacy Day – Helping older people to speak up

Monday, October 6th, 2014

On Tuesday 14th October from 10am to 4pm, Eccles Fold Day Care Centre on Manchester Road, Chapel-en-le-Frith, will host an advocacy awareness day. This event is being organised by Peaks and Dales Advocacy (PADA), a small charity based in Buxton.

Advocacy Day is a free event, open to all older people in the High Peak area and anybody who wants to accompany them. The aim is to explain what advocacy is and how it may be able to help people.

There will be stalls about a range of issues relevant to older people, plus speakers including Kieran Hickey from Derbyshire County Council, who will give a talk at 11am. The Eccles Fold bistro will be open, serving snacks and light meals throughout the day. They will also provide free tea, coffee and cake.

Ronny Worsey, an Advocacy Co-ordinator at PADA, says: “Many older people are in a vulnerable position, due to not having reliable friends and family nearby. When problems arise, such as disputes with neighbours or their doctor, they can feel intimidated and struggle to speak up. Advocates are independent and we don’t give advice or try to impose an opinion. We’re there to help vulnerable people express their feelings and ask for what they want, not what other people think is best for them.”

For further details, please contact Ronny or Peter at the PADA office:  01298 79539

or email:

Calling all brass players!

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Glossop Band are looking forward to exciting times ahead under the direction of Jon Davies and are looking for a few players to strengthen the ranks.  The band are recruiting a principal cornet, Eb an Bb bass, 1st horn and trombone to join our progressive non competition band (right now) for good rehearsals and social. We envisage we shall be competing again next year but need a few players to do so.

The band are based in the centre of Glossop and a short distance from the train station and rehearse once a week on a Tuesday night 8-10pm (with a short break for refreshments!). The standard of the band is very very good, (the last time the band competed they were championship section and all the key players remain) but we need a few to get back to where we want to be.

All applicants shall be treated with the strictest of confidence. If you are a good player and fancy a crack at winning a few pots we are the band for you. Contact

Derbyshire County Council libraries and offices now accepting donations for local foodbanks

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Foodbanks across the High Peak and beyond are grateful to Derbyshire County Council which has given the green light for food collection boxes to be placed in its libraries, offices and other public buildings. When people visit their local library or council building they can take a donation of food that will be used to help people in crisis in their local area.

Paul Bohan, High Peak Foodbank Coordinator said “This is community partnership working in action. People can donate in their local library in the knowledge that the donation will go to their local foodbank in Buxton, New Mills or Glossop”.

High Peak Foodbank is working with local communities to set up emergency food provision in other areas like Chapel en le Frith/Whaley Bridge and the Hope Valley. “We want to make sure that if anyone in the High Peak has a crisis situation that leads to food poverty, help is available nearby” said Paul.

Lizzie Walton, Buxton Foodbank Coordinator said “The sort of food we need includes things like tinned meat, vegetables and puddings, and also UHT milk, pasta sauce and other items that have a long shelf life. It’s great that the libraries are supporting foodbanks in this way, we hope people will be generous!”

Libraries in Tideswell, Buxton, Whaley Bridge, Bakewell and Chapel donate to High Peak Foodbank in Buxton; New Mills and Hayfield libraries donate to Helping Hands Foodbank in New Mills and Glossop library gives to Bare Necessities (Glossopdale) Foodbank.

To see a full list of Derbyshire County Council food donation points visit foodbanks

Win up to £25,000 with the Reuben’s Retreat Unity Lottery

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Local charity Reuben’s Retreat is offering people the chance to win up to £25,000 by playing their Unity Lottery.

Playing the Unity Lottery in aid of Reuben’s Retreat is a simple way to support them. 50p of every £1 you play is donated to Reuben’s Retreat – the other 50p goes into the prize fund and covers administration costs.

For every £1 you play, you’ll receive a unique 6-digit lottery number that is yours for as long as you keep playing. You can sign-up to enter the weekly draw for as little as £1 per week.

3 digits in the correct place wins £5
4 digits in the correct place wins £25
5 digits in the correct place wins £1,000
6 digits in the correct place wins £25,000

To start playing simply visit and complete the online direct debit form.

If you would like to donate directly to Reuben’s Retreat, please click here 


Autumn is make up or break up time

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Autumn is make up or break up time for relationships in Glossop, according to a new survey by collaborative law group, HOTpod.

According to the new findings by the High Peak group of solicitors, mediators and counsellors, over three quarters of people will consider putting off a relationship break up to get through summer events, such as holidays and bank holiday barbeques and attending summer weddings causes half of us to examine our own relationships more.

Kirsty Morbey, Glossop-based solicitor and HOTpod member, explains: “We see a surge in family law enquiries in September and October. As people get back into the work/school routine after the distractions of summer events, they’re faced with the prospect of ‘cosying up’ for the winter and it prompts them to make relationship decisions.”

The survey also confirmed that 72% of people would contemplate ending a relationship when faced with the prospect of spending winter at home with a partner they have doubts about.

Patricia Banister MBE, Glossop-based counsellor and HOTpod member says: “Autumn is a very busy time for relationship counselling and it’s common for couples, on the verge of separation, to find difficulties coping with agreements regarding the family home, children and even pets. These issues are stressful, especially in addition to the emotional pain and it’s important for people to realise that these issues can be resolved in a collaborative manner, without needing to go down the court route.”

HOTpod is a group of solicitors in the Glossop, Oldham and Tameside areas, which offers services to aid a collaborative approach to separation via discussion with specialist advisors, without the need to go to court.

For further information or to arrange a free consultation please visit

Simmondley schoolgirl’s super achievement

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find out more about Gas Safety Week at

Ruby Turton's winning story for Gas Safe UK

Ruby Turton’s winning story for Gas Safe UK


Young Judo star from Glossop heads for European Championships

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

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

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

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

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

Police investigate incident involving 12 year old girl

Monday, September 15th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, September 15th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Glossop Landlady in bid to help Manchester Dog’s Home

Friday, September 12th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Would you like to help The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association?

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association is currently looking for volunteers in our area who’ll take on the role of collection box co-ordinator, a vitally important function with the association.

Matt Freeman of the association explains “Our co-ordinators are right at the heart of our fundraising efforts, and help us to spread the word about the work we do.

Being a collection box co-ordinator is really easy to fit into your daily lifestyle and can be planned around work and family commitments. We’ll just ask you to get out and about in your local area, placing our iconic dog-shaped boxes in local shops and businesses. Then, after a few months, we’ll need you to go back, empty the boxes, and send us the funds. By volunteering, you’ll have a great opportunity to meet people in the community, whilst having the satisfaction of knowing you’re playing a central role in helping Guide Dogs to raise funds needed to support people who are blind or partially sighted. In fact, our co-ordinators often tell us they’re pleasantly surprised at the amount of money collected in our boxes, even during tough economic times.”

If you’d like to apply, or just find out more, email the East Midlands office at, or call 08453 727 424. There’s also plenty of information on the Guide Dogs website, at

Woman takes part in charity walk to raise money for Willow Wood Hospice

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

A woman is set to walk 100 miles in a week to raise funds for Willow Wood Hospice.

Halina Pruchnicki, of Portsmouth, will make the 100-mile walk over a week from Eastbourne to Winchester to raise fund for the facility, which cared for her son Luke, before he died on May 7th of this year. Luke trained at Royal Northern College of Music as a counter tenor. Whilst voice was his first subject, he was also a gifted pianist. He loved Manchester and later moved to Hadfield, where he became a popular member of the community around Hadfield and Glossop. Luke’s sister Sophie her partner Rick and two nieces remain in the Hadfield area.

Halina will be setting off from Eastbourne on September 8th, the 4-month anniversary of his passing, and will attempt to complete the 100-mile walk to Winchester within a week. She had a hip replacement in March 2013 and hopes the journey will inspire all of those who have undergone similar operations.

Halina is attempting to raise £3,800 for Willow Wood Hospice, £100 for every year of his life.


If you would like to make a donation to Halina’s cause, you can contribute to her Just Giving text donations by texting LUCA75 £2 to 70070.

You can also donate online by going to

The Old Hall Hotel and Discover Buxton tours to unveil Buxton’s historic past

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Two of Buxton’s most historic buildings will be throwing open their doors this September to allow visitors to step back in time and discover the secrets that lie behind some of the town’s most treasured heritage sites. The Old Hall Hotel and Discover Buxton are to host free talks and guided tours during Heritage Open Days, a national celebration of local heritage within the community.

History will be brought quite literally to life at The Old Hall between Thursday 11th and Friday 12th September, when the hotel will open its doors to the public with local author Pat Chapman offering a unique insight into the building’s historical past. Built in 1674 by the Earl of Shrewsbury on the sanction of Queen Elizabeth 1st to provide accommodation for Mary Queen of Scots during her house arrest, the Old Hall is thought to be England’s oldest hotel. Today guests can enjoy a luxurious stay in Mary’s Bower, the infamous Queen’s former residence which boasts exquisite furnishings within its grand 4 poster bedroom.

The tours, which are bookable by arrangement with the Old Hall, will allow visitors to see the very room where Mary Queen of Scots was kept prisoner. The Queen’s favoured lady in waiting, Mary Seton, will be recreated by an actor from the Discover Buxton team, who will be in full Tudor dress.

Discover Buxton will be leading tours at the Grade 1 listed Assembly Room of the famous Crescent, where the grandeur of Georgian life will be recreated with a talk by Director of Discover Buxton tours ,Netta Christie on the 13th and 14th of September at 2pm. The exclusive visit is a unique opportunity to hear the intriguing stories of this fascinating and turbulent era, where periwigs were the height of fashion and the spa town was fast becoming the place to be amongst high society.

Netta Christie of Discover Buxton comments: “We’re very excited to be taking part in the Heritage Open Days and delighted to share Discover Buxton’s knowledge of this unique historic town – the events offer an opportunity to experience life as it existed from the late 1600’s until the late 1700’s.”

Sally Burton, Marketing Manager at the Old Hall added: “These special events are just the start of a new Mary Queen of Scots tour that we’ll be launching in conjunction with Discover Buxton from mid-September, providing a unique opportunity for guests to delve back into history and find out more about this exciting era.

“We will be open for morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner throughout the events and welcome visitors old and new to pop in to find out more about the hotel’s fascinating past and perhaps even try a slice of Mary’s cake, which we launched this year to pay homage to our most famous guest.”

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

For more information about Discover Buxton, visit or call 01298 79648

Pauline Alexander and Edwin Gallacher return to Glossop

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Pauline Alexander and Edwin Gallacher  will be returning to Glossop and performing as part of the Glossop Violins series of concerts on Thursday 4th September 2014 (8pm) with tickets priced at £7.

Pauline Alexander and Edwin Gallacher have a found a winning combination in an act that have found themselves in demand on the emerging folk scene.  The duo have only just been working together for over a year and in that time have been performing at festivals and folk clubs around the country.  Infact, they are just fresh back from a sell out show at the Edinburgh Fringe where guests were being turned away at the door as they couldn’t fit any more bodies in.  This might not be a surprise when you consider that the ‘ Wee Folk Club’ said “Pauline Alexander is one of the best Scottish singers on the Folk Scene today.” The duo were also honoured to have been shortlisted for the ‘Isambard Folk Award’  earlier this year

Pauline’s pure vocals are incredibly easy on the ear vocals have been said to have echoes of Eva Cassidy or Karen Carpenter.   Edwin’s guitar gives just the right level of ambience and subtly marries with Pauline’s voice beautifully.   Together they perform a blend of contemporary, easy listening and folk with an acoustic flavour.  In essence, they never have tried to be a folk duo, but have found a very appreciable ear with folk audiences.  However, they do believe that a good song is a song regardless of genre which might explain why their eclectic sets contain a bit of a bit of Beatles, Sting, Burns and folk to name a few.

New material is currently being worked on for a second album,  which is loosely based on a theme of hope and despair.   With a gig list that sees  Pauline and Edwin performing at clubs, festivals and radio shows further and further from Glasgow suggests they are ones to watch.

Upcoming Gigs

Thurs 4th Sept - The Globe Concerts, Globe Inn, Glossop, England

Thurs 11th Sept - Ceol Cholasa – Colonsay’s Music Festival, Isle of Colonsay, Scotland

Fri 12th Sept - Ceol Cholasa – Colonsay’s Music Festival Isle of Colonsay, Scotland

Sat 26th Sept - Cowane’s Hospital [Guildhall], Stirling, Scotland

Tues 4th Nov - The Star Folk Club, Admiral Bar, Glasgow, Scotland

Tues 26th Nov - Edinburgh Folk Club – Pleasance Cabaret Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland

Fri 5th Dec - Carlisle Folk & Blues Club Carlisle, England








“never miss an opportunity of hearing her … her voice is quite deluxe”.

Iain Anderson – Presenter – BBC Radio Scotland

” a very distinctive voice and songwriting style…a very talented young woman ”

Colum Sands – Presenter/Musician – BBC Radio Ulster

“simply stunning”

Jon Hollingworth – Arran Events – Arran Folk Festival

“a truly beautiful voice”

Jamie McGeechan (aka Little Fire) – Event Organiser / Musician

“Pauline is a wonderful talent … with one of the most beautiful voices in Scotland … .”

Lizzie Linton – Ayr Flower Show Entertainments

“voice of an angel”

Ciaran Dorris – Celtic Music Radio – Presenter/Musician

“best act at the globe 2013.”

Jamie Knowles – Glossop Violins Concerts

The Hairy Hikers – raising money for Community Companions @ Volunteer Centre Glossop

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Matt has just finished working at Community Companions to go off to University – his first thought when he was finishing was to do this Charity walk to raise money for our project!!

Matt Bowler and Daniel Mitchell aka The Hairy Hikers have set off on an epic 7 day hike 135 km (84 mile) backpacking trip. Starting at Bowness-on-Solway on the West Coast and ending at Wallsend on the East Coast they will be walking along Hadrian’s Wall in it’s entirety with nothing but what they are wearing, what’s in their bags (ie. boring dried food, sleeping bag, tent) and their rather poor hiking knowledge.

All this to raise money for Community Companions a brilliant Glossop charity which helps elderly, isolated and disabled people in Glossopdale. Every single penny helps them to continue helping people in Glossop.

You can make a donation at the Volunteer Centre in Glossop or online by following the link:

Glossop girl makes the cut for hair charity

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find out more about The Little Princess Trust at

Click here to watch the video.

Tabitha before

Tabitha before

Tabitha after

Tabitha after

Glossop solicitors waive will writing fee for The Christie

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

People in Glossop will have the opportunity to make or update their will for free next month as part of The Christie’s Make a Will Week, in return for a donation to the charity.

The Christie, the North West’s specialist cancer centre is encouraging people to make a will, with the support of more than 50 law firms from across the region including Aspinal Wright on High Street West in Glossop.

During The Christie Charity’s Make a Will Week, from the 15th-19th September 2014, participating solicitors will help people make or update a will for free, when usually it can cost anything up to £150 for a basic will, or more for more complicated wills.

According to the Office of National Statistics approximately half a million people die in the UK each year. If every person who passed away left £1,000 in their will to their chosen charity then UK charities would benefit from a £50 million windfall every year.  Last year alone, The Christie received almost £6 million from money left in wills.

Debra Kelly from Aspinal Wright in Glossop said: “We’re pleased to be involved in The Christie’s Make a Will Week again. Many people die without making a will, which could cause unnecessary distress to loved ones at an already difficult time.  It is also a good opportunity to support a worthy cause by helping cancer patients and their families.”

Legacy and research officer at The Christie Charity, Christina Whitham said: “It’s never too early to make a will and as life changes with getting married, having children, buying a house or retiring it often needs updating. Leaving a gift in your will, however big or small, to a cause close to the heart, makes a huge difference to charities.

Make a Will Week is now in its fifth year and is firmly established in The Christie Charity’s calendar, having raised nearly £50,000 to date. This money makes a huge difference to our patients, helping to fund research, treatment and extra support services. Over 50 solicitors are kindly taking part in this year’s Make a Will Week and we’re extremely grateful for them giving up their time and money for this important cause.”

To get involved visit for a list of participating solicitors or you can contact Christina Whitham on 0161 918 7424. The suggested minimum donation is £90 for a basic single will or £135 for a pair of basic ‘mirror wills’ which are ideal for couples.

Solicitors will offer a free, standard will writing and updating service on the understanding that supporters will make a donation and perhaps consider including a gift in their will to The Christie Charity.

Glossop Mountain Rescue Team Callout

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The team was called out on Sunday night at 11.20 pm, for a group of 11 teenagers who became lost whilst walking on Bleaklow Moor.the group was quickly located near to Glossop Low shooting cabins and were treated for the effects of the cold due to the lack of appropriate clothing and equipment! They were taken back to Glossop Police Station for a debrief about their ordeal.

Glossop Team were joined by the Woodhead Team and search dogs from SARDA, all stood down by 1.20 am Monday morning.

Deputy Commissioner steps out for charity with the High Sheriff

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa will be putting best foot forward on Friday (15 August) to support Derbyshire High Sheriff David Coleman’s charity walk.

The High Sheriff, a former Chief Constable, started his 222 mile walk of the entire county boundary on 1 August. His aim is to raise funds that will help divert young people from crime and anti-social behaviour and also support the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation.

Mr Dhindsa, who will be joining the walk at Grindleford Railway Station, said: “The High Sheriff is determined to bring much needed funds to two charities that are invaluable to Derbyshire and I shall be delighted to support him.”

The High Sheriff’s Fund asks people to donate whatever they can afford to support the voluntary sector in picking up the challenge of steering young people in the right direction. His other charity, the Mountain Rescue organisation, is also run by volunteers who are ready to assist the emergency services at any time and in all weathers.

Mr Dhindsa added: “The funds raised will support initiatives which contribute towards delivering the Police and Crime Plan, including the help provided in search operations by the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation.”

The Deputy Commissioner recently attended the 50th Anniversary of the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation to see first-hand the valuable work they do to rescue and protect those in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside.

Friday’s walk will go from Grindleford to Longshaw, Burbage Bridge, Stanage Edge and Cutthroat Bridge, finishing at Ladybower Inn. This walk takes in part of the county boundary route that it is hoped will be known as The High Sheriff’s Way.

Dentist tops poll for best shop front

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

It was big smiles all round when High Street Dental in Glossop was named top of the shops in a poll of the town’s residents.

Local people were asked to vote for their favourite new-look shop front earlier this year to mark the end of the Glossopdale Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) project which has seen the historic centre of Glossop undergo a transformation over the last seven years.

Twenty-one commercial buildings have received grant funding for the repair or restoration of traditional architectural features and a further five have been improved independently of the grants programme but incorporating the traditional design principles.

Councillor Godfrey Claff, executive member for regeneration at High Peak Borough Council, said: “We were delighted by the number of people who took the time to vote for their favourite improved shop front which shows just how much the work that’s been undertaken in Glossop is valued by those who live and work here.

“This project has delivered so much more than the improvements to the appearance of some of the town’s historic buildings and public areas which everyone can see and enjoy – it’s also resulted in almost 40 jobs being created and attracted new businesses to Glossop so the benefits are ongoing.

“I’m delighted that we’re able to conclude this investment in the town by inviting local people to get involved and I offer my congratulations to High Street Dental on being selected as Glossop’s favourite in the new look town centre.”

High Street Dental’s owners, Andrey Mirzoyan and Karine Sarkisyan, received a luxury hamper from Praze Fine Food. The runner up was Paul Holmes owner of 14 Ellison Street.

The THI, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council, was set up in 2007 to socially and economically regenerate the area by enhancing and restoring key buildings and improving the public realm.

The scheme, which ended on 31 December 2013, has also resulted in:

  • 73% of residents describing Glossop as “attractive” or “very attractive” – up 23% from 50% before the works were carried out;
  • Creation of 37 jobs in businesses attracted to the town with grant-aided projects;
  • Occupancy rates of 95% (at June 2013) compared with the national average of 88% at a time of national economic downturn and difficult trading conditions for high streets across they country;
  • £865,000 worth of shopfront repair and restoration works from  a grants budget of £355,000

Vanessa Harbar, Head of Region for the Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands, said: “The Heritage Lottery Fund has been really impressed with the success of the Glossopdale THI and the high quality outcomes it has achieved.

“The Borough Council has an excellent record in heritage-led regeneration in both Glossop and the wider borough. We congratulate everyone who has been involved in the project’s success and helping to ensure Glossop has a thriving future.”

Baldy Walkers’ epic Tesco trek for charity

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Two Tesco colleagues will be making the epic journey from Tesco in Glossop, Greater Manchester, to the company’s head office at Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, on foot this summer. The journey will take them over 200 miles, one week and to 11 Tesco stores at ‘pit stop’ points to complete and it’s all in aid of Diabetes UK. They will set off from Glossop on Friday 15 August and their next stop is the Whaley Bridge store, 10 miles away.

Known as the Baldy Walkers for their shared lack of hair, James Horner and Mike Hockey have already been fundraising by holding events in their local Glossop store as well as raising money through car boot sales. They will be supported by friends and family who will be following them with a motorhome, donated for the week by Glossop Caravans, where they will rest their heads at night in local campsites. When they set off from Glossop they will be collecting donations for Diabetes UK. People can also donate via their Just Giving page:

Hoping to raise £10,000, James, a Petrol Stattion Manager at Tesco Hattersley, said, “Diabetes affects so many people, friends, family and loved ones and Tesco is raising money for Diabetes UK, our national partner charity. Mike and I sat down and thought about what we could do that would make a big difference and we came up with this crazy idea, walking 200 miles and stopping at 11 stores. We’re hoping to raise £10,000 by the end and the support so far from the public, colleagues, friends and family has been amazing. We can’t wait to get crocking on our journey, and to collect donations.”

You can follow the Baldy Walkers on Twitter, @thebaldywalkers and view their full route via the Google Map at this address:

Buxton Adventure Festival/University of Derby 2014 Programme

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Buxton Adventure Festival tickets go on sale today from Buxton Opera House as organisers Heason Events reveal this year’s line-up of speakers and films.

The third Buxton Adventure Festival – supported by the University of Derby and Rab Outdoor Gear – takes place on Saturday 11th to Sunday 12th October at the Pavilion Arts Centre, part of Buxton Opera House in the heart of the Peak District, alongside the Great Peak District Fair and Buxton Beer Festival.

This year’s speakers include Emma O’Reilly – Lance Armstrong’s personal masseur who blew the whistle on the 7 times Tour de France winner; top climbers Tim Emmett and Shauna Coxsey; record-breaking fell runner Steve Birkinshaw; and Paralympic Silver Medalist and ground-breaking adventurer Karen Darke.

In addition to our speaker sessions we have also are proud to be screening the brand new Brit Rock Tour featuring top British adventure sports films and hosting a special Cyclists Question Time including British Cycling/Team Sky’s physiotherapist Phil Burt and nutritionist Nigel Mitchell and top performance coach Andrew Gillott.

Other highlights include a photography talk and workshop with Peak District pro Lukasz Warzecha; the Beeline Britain team on the first ever straight line journey from Lands End to John O’Groats; Peak District fell runner Nicky Spinks is introducing Scottish mountain marathon legend Charlie Ramsay; and Wild Running authors Jen & Sim Benson.

The weekend kicks off with a Young Adventurers triple bill including Danny Butler’s Extreme Mountain Bike Show; the Meek Family talking about their year of 100 outdoor adventures plus family-friendly films.  There’s also the Adventure Bites film loop running all weekend in the Studio Theatre.

There will also be free, family-friendly activities with the YHA and Derbyshire Village Games and High Peak Tri Club are running a children’s Aquathlon in Buxton Pool and Pavilion Gardens.

In association with BAF, the University of Derby will be running an Open Day for prospective students in the Devonshire Dome with free adventure activities open to the public including a Dry Tooling climbing competition; Slack-lining; 20m free-hanging ladder climb to the Dome roof; and an alpine skills workshop.

There’s also a chance to nominate the next generation of speakers in our University of Derby Young Adventurer of the Year competition.  The three top winners will each win an iPad.

Matt Heason, Buxton Adventure Festival Director said:  “The weekend will be celebration of cycling, running and climbing with inspirational speakers and outstanding films. This year’s programme is our strongest line-up yet.  The continued support from our sponsors The University of Derby and Rab, means we’re able to grow and the festival is becoming an established part of the Peak District events calendar that can realistically aspire to be as popular as its sister event, the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival.”

Professor Nick Draper, Head of Life Sciences at the University of Derby said, “We’re excited to be part of the growth of the Buxton Adventure Festival.  Adventure is a core part of our curriculum.  The real-world learning philosophy behind our outdoor leadership and sports performance courses at Oaklands Manor equips our students with the practical skills and experience they’ll need for a successful future.”

Dan Thompson, Rab Marketing Manager, said, “We’re really pleased to be involved again with Buxton Adventure Festival, as a brand with the Peak District on our doorstep we’ve been delighted over recent years to be part of the growth of this fantastic event. The festival’s inspirational speakers and films fit perfectly with our brand and our products that are designed for the most extreme conditions in the world.”

Borough’s ceremonial mace has WW1 connection

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

In the week that the world marked the centenary of the start of World War One High Peak’s ceremonial mace – presented to the borough in 1919 to commemorate victory and peace – has played a key role.

The mace, carried and displayed at meetings of High Peak Borough Council and civic and remembrance services, bears the inscription: “This MACE was presented to the Borough of Buxton by Mr and Mrs T Ryan of Sherbrook, Buxton in commemoration of Peace and Victory in 1919.”

It was most recently in use on Monday 4 August at a civic service at the war memorial on the Slopes organised by the Buxton branch of the Royal British Legion where its connection to WW1 was spotted by the Rev John Hudghton and mace bearer Peter Gort  from the inscriptions it bears.

High Peak Mayor, Councillor Alan Barrow, who attended that service said: “It was a moving event in remembrance of all those who served and fell in World War One and I was honoured to represent the High Peak at the service.

“It had particular resonance due to the link between the mace and the end of WW1 when it was presented by a Buxton couple to the town in 1919. I’d love to hear from any members of the Ryan family who are still in the borough today to talk about the history of this gift and to see whether they have any photographs or other memorabilia relating to this period.

“The mace is a beautiful object that has played a key role in Council and civic events for almost one hundred years and in these years of commemoration which mark the duration of WW1 its significance to the borough is heightened.”

The mace also bears the motto “Benendicte fontes Domino” which translates as “O ye fountains, bless ye the Lord” in reference to the healing springs for which Buxton is famous.

It is made of silver or silver gilt and is 42.5 inches in length. The crown is surmounted by a ball and cross over the bowl and the bowl itself is decorated with a raised and coloured shield. An inscription under the crown reads “Glory be to God who giveth us the victory.”

Having historically been used as a weapon of war, the mace fell out of use and became a symbol of authority. By the end of the Tudor period, the ceremonial mace was fully fledged.

Any members of the Ryan family who’d like to contact the Mayor can do so via Julie Fawkes at the Council by calling 0345 129 7777 or emailing

Davis Blank Furniss Sees 55% Rise in Demand for Pre-nups but Warns of Risks to Clients

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Davis Blank Furniss – the Glossop based law firm – has reported a 55% rise in clients enquiring about prenuptial agreements over the past 12 months, but is warning potential users not to be complacent and to understand their potential pitfalls.

Although not legally binding in accordance with present legislation, the firm’s Family team says this isn’t putting clients off despite lawyers not being able to guarantee that the terms of a pre-nup will be mirrored in court orders.  A recent decision in the case of Radmacher v Granatino [2010] has, however, opened the door to pre-nups being upheld provided they are fair. Unsurprisingly, this has been another contributing factor in the upturn in demand for them.

It claims that clients need to be wary as a pre-nup could be a way for the financially dominant party to limit any damage they would otherwise suffer on divorce. The team also believes that it’s very important for family lawyers to ensure correct procedures are followed such as giving detailed written guidance; and carefully advising on the implications marriage has on finances and assets with, or without, a pre-nup being in place.

Anita Shepherd, head of Davis Blank Furniss’s Family team, commented: “Historically, pre-nups were considered ‘unromantic’ and a tool available only to celebrities and the super-rich.  However, they are now increasingly being used by a broader range of couples including those earning an average income and more so for spouses of retirement age on their second, or third, marriage who wish to ring fence assets for their children’s inheritances.

Anita added: Our prediction is that demand and interest in them will only get stronger but the onus is on us, the lawyers, to give accurate advice to ensure clients enter into them with their eyes open.”

Improvements at New Mills pool a splash hit

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Swimmers in New Mills have given the thumbs up to the extensive improvement work at the town’s pool.

It re-opened last week following a £320,000 investment programme, part funded by Sport England, to deliver a completely new ‘village-style’ changing area to replace the previous male and female changing rooms, a makeover of the pool hall and installation of new plant equipment.

And it seems the improvements have been warmly welcomed by those people using the new facilities who returned in their droves when the doors opened again on Monday 28 July with people having to queue to get into the pool on the first day.

Councillor Godfrey Claff, executive member with responsibility for sports and leisure at High Peak Borough Council said: “We’ve been delighted by the reactions of people to the work we’ve carried out at New Mills.

“This investment in improving sporting facilities has created a much more flexible changing ‘village’ where families and people with disabilities and their carers can change together whilst maintaining individual cubicles for those who prefer that.

“Feedback from customers has been very positive and the number of people making use of the pool since it re-opened demonstrates that our commitment to improving sporting facilities across the High Peak is paying off and encouraging people to become more active.”

Other benefits of the ‘village’ style changing facilities include:

  • Improved privacy through individual and family cubicles
  • All changing spaces and lockers will be available to everyone accommodating any proportion of male and female users
  • Parents will be able to share a cubicle with children of the opposite sex

Similar changing arrangements are in place at Buxton Swimming and Fitness Centre where they have also been very well received.

Fledgling Charity raises massive £1million in just 23 months

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Charity fundraisers at Reuben’s Retreat are celebrating today (1st August 2014) as their initial target of raising £1million pounds in just 23 months has been smashed – quite an accomplishment for a fledgling charity!

Reuben’s Retreat was launched in memory of Reuben Michael Graham who tragically passed away aged just 23 months old. Reuben had suffered with a very rare brain tumour which presented few symptoms and he sadly died in his mother’s arms just over a week after his diagnosis on 21st August 2012.

His parents Nicola and Michael Graham vowed that his death would not be in vain and while he was poorly had already began to create the concept of helping other parents like them. Reuben’s Retreat will be a place where families with children with life-limiting or terminal illnesses can go to relax, recharge and create memories. Reuben’s mummy set the highly-ambitious £1million target within 23 months as that is how long Reuben was with them and now her vision has been realised.

Nicola Graham comments:

‘Losing Reuben was and is the most torturous experience and we would of course give anything to have him back with us. This will never be the case and so we want to help others who find themselves in this horrendous situation by offering them support every step of the way. We want to help them enjoy the time they have with their children as well as offering much needed support for bereaved parents too.’

She continues:

‘Setting up the charity has allowed us to meet so many wonderful people and we are staggered by the support from our community, the travel industry (in which my husband works and where I worked) and indeed the whole of the UK. To smash £1million will enable us to complete the first phase of our retreat which we purchased with cash back in April. The first phase will house a bereavement , counselling service for parents and siblings and we hope to help families from across the UK.’

Fundraising activities have been taking place on a weekly basis for the past 23 months seeing people climb Mount Kilimanjaro, sell cakes, make pies, create works of art, impersonate Elvis and much more. In May nearly 300 runners took part in the famous Manchester 10K raising over £50,000 for the charity. The race was also ran by former Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh and her husband Ian Kershaw who are now proud patrons of Reuben’s Retreat. The single biggest donation to the charity has been a whopping £22,000 and several businesses and individuals have donated between £5,000 to £20,000 and the remainder has been in small increments.

Nicola says:

‘We have been bowled over by the support of the UK travel industry, their generosity and kindness has shown no bounds. In fact businesses from all over the North West too have lent their support.’

‘As well as big firms helping us, we are always touched by simple acts of kindness such as a little boy donating all his pocket money or children offering to wash cars to help raise cash…and let’s not forget the hundreds of loom band bracelets that must have been made to raise funds!’

Reuben’s Retreat is situated in the Peak District. The vast property will be renovated in four phases and therefore this initial target of £1million is just the first stage in the charity’s plans.

Nicola says finally:

‘Myself, Mike, Isaac and the whole of the team would like to thank everyone that has helped us reach our incredible first goal.  We experience firsthand the tragedy that is child loss.  A pain we have to live with each passing day.  We have been fortunate to be able to reach out and support a handful of families that walk in our shoes.  I know the difference we have made in a very short time and we are only just scratching the surface of what we will eventually be capable of.  We have proven time and again that this can be done and is all so achievable.  This is the just the beginning and I would urge everyone to share our story so that we can raise much needed funds again and again to finish our project.  My dream would be to bring my Son home, but this isn’t going to be… My vision is to make a part of the world better for those with #MISS in their hearts like we have.  And my goal is to open in the next 2-3 years and help hundreds of families.’

Glossop Mountain Rescue Team Callout

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Glossop Mountain rescue team were called out Wednesday at 4.40 pm , to back Woodhead team up for a what was reported as a 67 year old male who had fallen somewhere near to the Black Cloughs area ,on the northern side of Bleaklow.

On arrival at the old Woodhead station, the team was met by members of Woodhead team and crew from the Air Ambulance which had previously flown over the area, but had no joy in locating the reported casualty.

Because both team teams had limited information where the injured male may be, they had to formulate a search plan of all the Cloughs leading up onto the Bleaklow plateau, the Air Ambulance was tasked to sweep over a section of the moor before having to return to its base for fuel was low. After some more information the 67 year old male was located at the top of Shining Clough by one of the Glossop sections, with this information it was decided to request the use of a RAF Seaking, who was able to winch the injured walker and take him to Sheffield Nothern General Hospital for treatment for a lower leg injury.

Glossop team returned to base and stood down at 9.35 pm.

Credit Union comes to Buxton town centre

Friday, August 1st, 2014

With over one million members across Britain credit unions are proving a popular and safe way to save and borrow money.

And from this week High Peak Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council and Manchester Credit Union (MCU) are making it even easier for residents and people that work in the borough to get access to credit union services.

A new customer service point will be available between 1pm and 4pm every Wednesday from the reception desk in the Town Hall on the Market Place.

Councillor Caitlin Bisknell, Leader of the Borough Council, said: “It’s great news that this service is coming to Buxton Town Hall as it increases the places in the High Peak that people can join up and access credit union services.

“Credit unions make sense for so many reasons and are a safe, ethical and local alternative to banks, loan sharks or pay day lenders. We know the financial pressures faced by many in our communities and I’d encourage local people to find out more about how they can become one of over 600 members in High Peak already benefitting from membership of the credit union.”

As financial co-operatives, credit unions are founded on the values of self help and people helping other people. Their priority is to promote the financial wellbeing of members and not to make money for external shareholders.

Christine Moore, chief executive of MCU, said: “The thing that makes MCU special is that when you save you are also investing in the local community. Our services are available to everyone and you can join us safe in the knowledge that you’ll be joining over 15,000 other members which makes us one of the largest credit unions in the country.”

MCU offers a range of affordable financial services to its members including savings accounts and loans, a Christmas Club and current accounts.

Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for health and communities, Councillor Dave Allen, added: “We want to help people struggling with debt and low incomes to get back on their feet and credit unions can help them avoid the need to risk taking out short-term high-cost credit.

“MCU is a known and trusted credit union that is already making a real difference to the lives of many Derbyshire residents. We’re pleased to be jointly funding these customer services points with the Borough Council and I hope we see an increase in High Peak members as a result.”

MCU already operates customer services points in Fairfield, Gamesley and Glossop.

You can also join online at or email for more information.

Eight further days of FBU strike action announced

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service has received official notification that members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will participate in a further eight days of strike action.

Strikes will take place on the following dates and times:

  • Saturday, 9August 2014;  12pm until  2pm and 10.59pm until 11.59pm
  • Sunday, 10 August 2014; 12pm until  2pm and 10.59pm until 11.59pm
  • Monday, 11August 2014; 12pm until  2pm and 10.59pm until 11.59pm
  • Tuesday, 12 August 2014;  12pm until  2pm and 10.59pm until 11.59pm
  • Wednesday, 13 August 2014;  12pm until  2pm and 10.59pm until 11.59pm
  • Thursday, 14 August 2014;  12pm until  2pm and 10.59pm until 11.59pm
  • Friday, 15August 2014;  12pm until  2pm and 10.59pm until 11.59pm
  • Saturday, 16 August 2014;  12pm until  2pm and 10.59pm until 11.59pm

During times of industrial action, DFRS will continue to provide an emergency response service, albeit at a reduced level.

DFRS is once again calling upon Derbyshire communities to take extra care and endeavour to prevent further emergencies from occurring.  Communities are asked to provide the first wall of defence, protecting their loved ones from the risks of fire and taking responsibility for their own safety as outlined in the Services Community Contract.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Gavin Tomlinson said: “As we enter an extended period of FBU national strike action, it remains essential that members of our community stay vigilant and take extra steps to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out, and also take extra care when driving on our roads to lessen the chance of a road traffic collision.

“It is easy to become complacent when strikes continue to be announced, however when considering how easily a fire can start; whether it be cooking left unattended, an electrical fault, or a BBQ that has gone wrong, it becomes evident why communities should take that extra care.

“Everyone should have a working smoke alarm fitted on every level of their home, to provide vital early warning of a fire and to give occupants crucial time to escape.

“If you do have a fire, do not try to tackle this yourself, get out, stay out and call 999, we will respond.”

DFRS would like to reiterate that everyone needs to take extra care to prevent emergencies from occurring during the strike period, whether at home, travelling or whilst at work

All details relating to strike dates and times will be uploaded and amended as necessary on the Service website,   where you will also find a wealth of fire safety advice and information.

Contractor for Crescent construction work chosen

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

International contractor Vinci has been chosen to undertake the main construction work to restore Buxton’s iconic Crescent and convert it into a five-star spa hotel.

The £37 million transformation of the Grade 1 listed building and adjoining Grade 2 listed Natural Baths and Pump Room will deliver:

  • A 79-bedroom, 5-star spa hotel incorporating the neighbouring natural baths
  • A brand new visitor interpretation centre
  • A state-of-the-art thermal, natural mineral water spa
  • Seven specialist shops

This flagship project is being funded by High Peak Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and English Heritage and its developer Buxton Crescent Hotel and Thermal Spa Co Ltd.

Councillor Caitlin Bisknell, Leader of the Borough Council, said: “This is the news we’ve all been waiting for and moves this huge project to restore these locally and nationally important heritage buildings at the heart of Buxton onto the next exciting stage. The proposals will deliver facilities befitting Buxton’s aspirations as England’s leading spa town.

“We and our partners know just how much value local people and visitors place on the Crescent and so I’ve asked the developer Trevor Osborne and his team to share the plans and proposals at a public meeting in September.

“We’re also keen to harness that enthusiasm and support by establishing a ‘friends of Buxton Crescent’ group and I’d urge anyone with any interest in this Grade 1 listed building to join us at the Pavilion Gardens in September to find out more.”

Developer Trevor Osborne said: “Vinci has the experience to deliver such a high-profile project having successfully completed the first phase of development including constructing a basement between the Crescent and the culverted River Wye and a package of essential conservation and enabling works. We’re delighted to have them on board and are all eagerly anticipating construction work beginning in earnest.

“We’re now working on the programme of work with the Pump Room being given priority. More details of the plans and proposals will be available in September and I look forward to sharing them with local people.”

Internal features and stained glass windows at the Pump Room will be restored together with improvements to the stone steps and external surfaces. It will welcome visitors to enjoy refreshments, learn the history of Georgian Buxton and to take the water for which Buxton is so famous.

Councillor Anne Western, Leader of Derbyshire County Council, said: “Progressing the development of the Crescent and associated buildings is a key strand of the growth and prosperity concordat we and the Borough Council signed earlier this year so it’s great news that the main construction contractor is now in place.

“This project is vital not only to the High Peak’s heritage-led regeneration but these buildings have national cultural significance so to see them returned to sensitive, appropriate use is wonderful.”

The finalisation of contractual prices and programmes enables the partners to present a detailed request to the HLF trustees meeting in September.

The public meeting will take place in the Octagon at the Pavilion Gardens at 6pm on 10 September and all are welcome to attend.

Bare Necessities, the Glossopdale Food Bank will be extending its service to Tintwistle

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Bare Necessities , the Glossopdale Foodbank, will be extending its service to Tintwistle, thanks to a grant from Derbyshire County Council.  The Foodbank in Tintwistle will be supported by a monthly advice service provided by Citizen’s Advice Bureau. Tintwistle residents are invited to celebrate the launch of these two new community services at an event on 19th August.

Although Bare Necessities will set up the foodbank it is anticipated that in time it will be organised and run by volunteers within the Tintwistle community; some residents have already offered to help. Paul Bohan, High Peak Foodbank Coordinator said “Bare Necessities and its partner organisation, High Peak Nightstop and Foodbank will offer continuous support to the Tintwistle foodbank”.

The launch event will be at the Parish Council Offices from 10am to 12 noon on 19th August. It will be a family coffee morning with some entertainment, information about the foodbank and the chance to donate food items. “We hope Tintwistle residents will come along to find out how a foodbank works and bring a couple of food items to get us off to a fantastic start in their village at what promises to be a great celebration of community support.” said Mary Jessop, Bare Necessities committee member.

Bare Necessities workers will distribute information packs about support organisations that Tintwistle residents can access. These will go out in the weeks leading up to the launch. Tintwistle residents can get involved in the foodbank and help with the launch by emailing or ringing 07811 684282.

M&S begins guide dog journey

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Marks & Spencer in Glossop has taken the first step in helping a blind or partially sighted person become mobile and independent by committing to raise the £5000 needed for training a guide dog puppy.

What’s more they will be able to choose a name for their puppy, receive regular reports about its progress during its first year with its puppy walker and even get to meet it before it heads off to Guide Dog Training School.

Margaret Normanton, Store Manager at Marks & Spencer, says: ‘As part of our Plan A commitments, we wanted to find a local charity that really makes a difference to the community that our staff could get behind. When we heard about Guide Dogs’ Name a Puppy initiative we just had to take part.

‘It’s exciting to know that we are doing something that will change someone’s life and we are looking forward to getting started with our fundraising.’

Those who decide to Name a Puppy follow its progress by receiving:

  • A puppy birth certificate;
  • Personalised updates on its puppy training;
  • Photos at the start and end of training; and
  • The chance to meet their puppy.

Jo Berry from Guide Dogs, says: ‘Naming a Puppy is a really special thing to do and we are absolutely delighted that Marks & Spencer has chosen to concentrate its fundraising efforts on that.

‘It costs almost £50,000 to support a Guide Dog partnership from the birth of the pup to its retirement aged about 10. We don’t receive any Government funding for this service so without the generosity of public donations, we wouldn’t be able to support the 4,600 Guide Dog partnerships in the UK.’

Guide Dogs promises to supply every guide dog owner with a dog for as long as they need one. Some people may need six or seven dogs in their lifetime.

If you would like to find out how you could Name a Puppy call Jo on 07500993184 or email

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