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Fashion show to raise funds for Crossroads Derbyshire

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

blouseLocal ladies will be able to shop until they drop once again this year at Fig Creative’s charity fashion show.

The event, which is being held at Glossop Cricket Club on Monday 23rd November at 7pm, aims to raise much needed funds for local charity Crossroads Derbyshire, a voluntary organisation dedicated to helping those suffering from domestic abuse. 

With the help of Shop2Drop Ltd, there will be the opportunity to purchase high street fashion items with up to 75% off the retail price. For more information about the event, please contact Hatty McShane-Smith on 01457 857111. Tickets are £5 and will be available from Bay Tree Books & Gifts and Fig Creative. 

Crossroads Derbyshire is Fig’s nominated charity for 2015 and the fashionable fundraiser will add to the £250 already raised this year following the recent Fig Bake Off. For more information about Crossroads, please visit

Helen Duncan, Managing Director of Fig Creative says: “Last year’s event for Community Companions raised an incredible £650 so we’re keen to run this fun event again and offer the ladies of Glossop a chance to bag some fantastic bargains at the same time. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Glossop Cricket Club for their generous donation of a venue.”


Fig’s last call for Syria Relief donations

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Since announcing that its offices on High Street West, Glossop are to be used as a donation drop off point for Manchester-based charity Syria Relief earlier in September, marketing agency Fig Creative has been flooded with donations from the local community following an urgent appeal for items to help those displaced by the conflict in Syria.

Managing Director Helen Duncan decided to open up Fig’s offices as a drop off point after hearing that lots of local people wanted to help, but were unable to travel to the nearest drop off point in located at New Smithfield Market in Manchester.  

Helen comments: “We heard about Syria Relief’s pleas for donations to take within their convoys, which go out directly to help refugees and we just wanted to do something to help. We opened up one of our offices earlier this month and since then, we’ve been absolutely inundated with donations from our local community. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has donated so far. We are accepting donations until Friday 2nd October so there’s still time for people to help if they can.”   

Suitable donations include clean undamaged clothing for men, women, girls, boys and babies (separated into donation type in a bag and labelled), clean paired shoes (fastened together), new undergarments, blankets, culturally neutral toys and books, school items, stationary and unused medical equipment.  

Donations can be dropped off between the office hours of 9am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday. For further information, visit or call us on 01457 857111. 

For further information, please contact Alison Parsons at Fig Creative on 01457 857111 or

The last of the English snow hares

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

A major citizen science project will be launched in the Peak District and South Pennines this autumn to gather more information about the enigmatic snow hare, and how this species is being affected by a warming climate.  This area is the only place in England where this animal – whose fur turns white in the winter for camouflage – is still found in any number.  However, more information is needed to find out how this cold-loving species is responding to our increasingly mild and wet winters with less snow.

The Community Science project, run by Moors for the Future Partnership and funded by the Heritage Lottery, will rely on volunteers to recording their hare sightings.  Sarah Proctor, Project Manager said: “Involving local communities gives us the best chance of collecting large amounts of data about our only upland specialist mammal.  The aim of the project is to provide a wide range of opportunities for people to collect valuable information about how our uplands are changing, whilst also inspiring people to take an interest in moorlands and look at them a bit closer”.  Sarah added, “There are loads of ways to record your sightings of the snow hare, its coat colour and whether there is snow on the ground when you saw it – through our website, by picking up one of our postcards, or by using our new ‘MoorWILD’ smartphone app, which is free to download.”  Snow hares – also called mountain hares – are a UK Priority species, and are well suited to living on cold and exposed hilltops. As the UK’s most south-easterly population, English snow hares are likely to be the first to feel the effects of our warming climate.

Community Science started in 2013 initially focussing on moorland birds, butterflies and bees, but is now being expanded to include studies into mammals and the vital peat-forming Sphagnum moss.  The man behind this year’s hunt to find Britain’s national bird, David Lindo, has given his backing to the campaign and said: “As far as I am concerned, the only way to really get conservation messages out there is to encourage volunteers to participate in citizen science. Exactly what you guys will be doing. It is people like you that help to create the cornerstones of our increasing knowledge of the natural world.”

To find out how more about the project and how you can get involved go to:

About Snow Hares:

Snow hares (Lepus timidus) are the UK’s only native lagomorph – the others – brown hares and rabbits were introduced species.  In England they were once widespread, but died out about 6000 years ago. They were reintroduced to the Pennines about 150 years ago, and there are now thought to be approximately 5000 individuals in England’s last remaining population. The mountain hare is listed in Annex 5 of the EC Habitats Directive (1992) and is a UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) priority species.

In Scotland the snow hare is more abundant, but 2013 research by the BTO has indicated numbers had declined by 43 per cent since 1995.

Volunteer Information Awareness Session

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Fancy getting involved more in your local community?  Crossroads Derbyshire (formerly High Peak Women’s Aid) will be hosting an awareness session for anyone looking to spare a few hours to help their local community on Wednesday 30th September at Glossop Labour Club from 1-3pm

There are opportunities to get involved in Crossroads Derbyshire ( formerly High Peak Women’s Aid) in many different ways as a volunteer committing to a few hours each week and we are also looking at setting up a ‘Friends of Crossroads Derbyshire’ group to enable people with less time to be involved and assist with fundraising , publicity, helping out at events etc.  For more information please contact Lynne Cardwell on 01457 856675.

Listen while you hike with personal guided Peak District walks

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Walkers visiting some of the Peak District’s most dramatic locations can now have their own virtual guide to bring the landscape to life thanks to a series of audio trails created by moorland restoration experts, Moors for the Future Partnership.  Two of the trails take in tours of Black Hill and Bleaklow, close to communities across Tameside and Glossop, providing a guide these stunning moorland locations.

There are four audio trails – produced by the MoorLIFE project, one of the largest moorland conservation projects in Europe – available and free to download to smartphones, MP3 players or computers, along with a route map that shows where to stop and listen to each track.  Ramblers can use them as self-guided walks, packed with facts about the history of the area, wildlife to look out for and the vital conservation that has been completed on these moorlands.

Debra Wilson, MoorLIFE communications officer, said: “These four trails are a fantastic way of getting close to some of the UK’s most dramatic landscapes along the Pennine Way, where conservation works to protect 2,500 hectares of moorland has just completed – and of learning how essential these uplands are.

“Walkers should be aware that the upland terrain can be challenging, so suitable clothing, a map and compass and good navigational skills, are all essential.”
The nine-mile Black Hill route takes walkers past Laddow Rocks where they can discover flora and fauna and listen to examples of birdsong.

The Bleaklow trail takes in Torside Castle and Bleaklow Head, with lively historical background about the construction of the Woodhead railway line and tunnel and their effect on the landscape.

The four trails add to Moors for the Future’s growing family of countryside guides. Some are short and easy-going, others more challenging, covering sites from Black Hill to Win Hill, Bleaklow, Edale, Surprise View, Hathersage, Stanton Moor, Kinder Scout, and more – so there is something for everyone to enjoy.


But of course, you don’t even have to be out and about to enjoy them.  If you’re sitting at home in a comfortable armchair, listening to the trails can bring a taste of the wild moors directly into your sitting room…
All 17 audio trails are downloadable via the Moors for the Future Partnership website at


Cycling on the pavement tops new policing priorities following meeting with local residents

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Safer Neighbourhood officers in Glossop have set new policing priorities to work towards after a meeting with local residents.

Officers from the Glossop Town Centre Safer Neighbourhood Team recently held a priority event to meet members of the public and hear their thoughts on local issues then used community feedback to set new priorities to work towards for the next three months.

PC Julian Gallagher from the Glossop Town Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “After speaking with local residents about what issues mattered to them the most in the community, a number of people raised the issue of people cycling on pavements which resulted in the priority being created. “Residents spoke to us about adult cyclists going along pavements at speed and colliding with people coming out of terraced houses, as well as street furniture, mainly on High Street West.

“Next week enforcement begins on High Street East with Driver Offence Reports being issued which, if not challenged by a court case, will attract a £50 fine.”

In addition they will be working to prevent criminality in and around the derelict buildings of Glossop by stepping up patrols to gather intelligence about where anti-social and nuisance behaviour is taking place, and at what times of day.

Officers will be engaging with those found to be causing anti-social behaviour (ASB), trespassing on, or vandalising derelict buildings. They will speak to offenders to advise them about the impact that their behaviour has on others living in the area and on the buildings. They will also be taking positive action against any repeat offenders including issuing fixed penalty notices.

Maintaining and improving communication between the public and local officers is also on the agenda for the team. They will be heading out and about in the local community to meet members of the public and speak to them about issues and concerns.

They are also set to visit local shops and businesses to meet owners and staff with the view of working towards revitalising the Shopwatch system in the town and establishing a successful scheme like Buxton’s Retailers Against Crime (BRAC). The projects aims to bring together retailers, security officers, the police, local authority, property managers and other businesses in the local area, to work together to prevent retail related crime.

Local people are being encouraged to contact the Safer Neighbourhood team on 101 if they have any issues or concerns they would like to discuss.

People can also follow @GlossopSNT on Twitter to stay up to date with local policing in their community.



Update: Missing boy in Tintwistle found safe and well

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

 A 7-year-old boy who went missing from the Tintwistle area this morning has been found safe and well.

Jason Cuthbert who went missing from the Arnfield Fly Fishery in Tintwistle has now been found safe and well after walking off from the site.

Officers would like to thank everyone who shared the appeal to help find him.


Police appeal to find 7-year-old boy in Tintwistle

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Police are appealing for information to help find a 7-year-old boy who has gone missing from the Tintwistle area this morning.

Jason Cuthbert was at the Arnfield Fly Fishery in Tintwistle with his parents when he went missing around 11.40am.

Officers are urging anyone who may have seen the boy to get in touch.

Jason is described as white, around 3 or 4ft tall, with dark medium brown hair brushed forward. He was wearing a dark coloured top, grey trousers and multi-coloured trainers.

Anyone with any information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 276 of 6th August.

Remembering Aaron Charity Events

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Remembering Aaron Charity Events

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

Featuring Maybe Frank and Amy Griffiths. £4 entry

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

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

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

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

Creative bunch get their bake on and raise £250 for local charity

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

The new series of the Great British Bake Off is back on our TV screens this week, but a team of marketers, web designers and PR specialists from Glossop agency Fig Creative have already had their ‘bake on’ for a number of weeks thanks to a weekly baking challenge that has helped raise £250 in aid of local charity Crossroads Derbyshire. It’s the second year in a row that the creative team has whipped up a scrumptious range of cupcakes, scones, cookies, tarts and sponge cakes for the ‘Great Fig Bake Off’ in aid of Crossroads, which supports women facing domestic violence in Glossop and the High Peak.   

Over the last 13 weeks, an estimated 234 individual pieces of cake have been devoured as two Fig staff members donned their aprons and flexed their baking muscles each Monday and went head-to-head in a blind bake off. The cakes were then sampled by the rest of the team, with the winning baker going through to the next round. 

At the grand final last week, talented web developer Rachael was victorious and won the baking battle with a delicious batch of cupcakes, but the real winner was Crossroads Derbyshire, who received a cheque for £250. The Glossop-based charity provides confidential advice and support to anyone facing domestic violence in Glossop, the High Peak and the North Dales. 

Pam Whittle, of Crossroads said: “We’re very grateful to the Fig team for all their hard work over the last three months and delighted with how much has been raised for Crossroads. It’s a fantastic idea to raise funds and also a good excuse to eat delicious cake! The money will be used to support our current services, which rely on donations such as this every year. Now that grants are being cut, it’s particularly important to help keep services going.” 

Fig’s Managing director Helen Duncan said: “The standard of baking has been excellent again this year, I was very impressed with the team’s creative talents and it was just brilliant to be able to raise so much money for this vital charity which does so much great work in our community and beyond.” 

For further information about Crossroads, visit












Have you ever wanted to run your own magazine?

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

The publishers of Glossop Life are seeking a new owner to take over the reins of the town’s much loved magazine. Celebrating positive events and good news from across Glossop and the surrounding district, Glossop Life has announced that an opportunity has become available to buy the successful magazine and as such, is seeking new editorial direction from this Autumn.

Glossop Life has received a fantastic reception from the people of Glossop following its launch in 2010 thanks to its mix of uplifting stories, interviews with local people, competitions, historical articles, practical features and coverage of charitable events in the town. Glossop Life’s most notable issues featured interviews with broadcasters Andy Crane and Terry Christian, Coronation Street actress Julie Hesmondhalgh and politician Edwina Currie.

Editor Helen Duncan, who launched the A4 glossy magazine to provide a voice for Glossop businesses and the community, has decided to solely concentrate on her main role as Managing Director of Glossop marketing agency, Fig Creative.

Helen said: “I launched the magazine because I wanted to produce something that would promote the positive aspects of Glossop and the surrounding area, and create an effective platform to promote local business.

“However, as my company has grown, it has become impossible to devote the time and attention that the magazine requires. So, I have decided the best thing for the magazine is to offer the baton on to someone that loves Glossop as much as I do and shares my passion for this vibrant town.”

Helen adds: “We are currently seeking a buyer for the publication, an abridged version due in September will be our final issue. However, I do feel that this would be a fantastic business opportunity for somebody to run either as a part time venture or as a bolt-on to an existing business, and I’m hopeful that the right person will come forward.

“I would like to take this opportunity to say thanks to everyone in Glossop who has supported the magazine with great comments and feedback, the advertisers and businesses who have contributed, and all of the community organisations who we covered with articles and stories.”

Interested parties should email for further information.



Glossop Guild launches their new programme of events

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Glossop Guild launches their new programme of events


Glossop Guild, who promote themselves  as being “for enquiring minds” have just launched their autumn and spring programme of talks.

The topics include “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”, “Enjoying and understanding Opera” and “ Four local rivers”.

As with previous years there is a mix of evening courses and day events, intended to suit even the busiest of schedules.  They have also increased the number of day time events.  Alongside the termly film days, there are 3 day schools and 3 day time courses.

On Monday 7th September Dr Sue Clarke will be explaining the “Scientific aspects of Fragances” at the Labour Club on Chapel Street.  The talk will start at 7:30pm and will finish at 9:30pm and entry for members is £3 and £4 for guests.  For more information or to book please contact Diana on 01457 853906 or email


Dates for your diary
Monday 28th September – The Autumn Term starts (but please book well before then so that we can ensure all courses can run.)
Monday 7th December – Members evening with buffet and a visiting speaker.
Monday 11th January 2016 – Spring Term begins
Monday 25th April – AGM with visiting speaker Libby Lane, the Bishop of Stockport.


The latest issue of the Glossop Guild brochure can now be viewed here.

Glossop law firm launches new ‘At Home Service’ for elderly and housebound

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Davis Blank Furniss – the Glossop based law firm – is this week launching a free home visit service for elderly and housebound people in the town who need to access legal advice and services.

The new service, which will run for an initial three month trial period, will be headed up by Martyn Gee – head of Davis Blank Furniss in Glossop – and is designed to help anyone who is unable to visit a solicitor’s office in person. The main legal advice on offer will be focussed on Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Property matters. Appointments will last for approximately 30 minutes, but longer meetings can be arranged if necessary.

Martyn Gee said: “The firm has been in Glossop for decades so we are acutely aware that there are many vulnerable people living in our community. Accessing legal advice can be daunting at the best of times, but when you are housebound or incapacitated the prospect of venturing out can be overwhelming. The aim of this new initiative is to relieve that angst and to give something back.”

Anyone interested in booking a free appointment with Martyn Gee should all 01457 860606.

Bursary for Buxton Opera House’s ‘Young Company’

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

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

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

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

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

High-flying guide dog owner raises £1,000 for charity

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

A high-flying guide dog owner from Glossop raised more than £1,000 for charity by taking on the fastest zip line in the world.  Kevin Crompton, who is registered blind and relies on his guide dog to get around,  reached speeds of up to 100mph as he took on the zip line above the Penrhyn slate quarry in Snowdonia, in Wales to raise the cash for the Guide Dogs charity.  Kevin, who works at Housing & Care 21 in Oldham, was joined for the challenge by his son Sam and Kevin’s colleagues Amanda Gidman and Howard Burgess.  He said: “It was an absolutely fantastic experience, it was like flying!  Most importantly we are delighted to have raised such a great amount for such a worthy cause. We initially set a target of £500 but we had so much support we’ve now raised over £1,000.  As someone who has a guide dog I see first-hand how important this charity is.”

Kevin and the team are still raising funds, which can be donated at

If you would like to find out how you can fundraise for Guide Dogs please visit or contact or 0870 600 23 23.
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GK Wilson Landscape Services helps Perennial launch legacy campaign

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Perennial’s show garden at the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park – which was built by Glossop’s Gareth Wilson of GK Wilson Landscape Services – marks the launch of a new legacy fundraising campaign, highlighting how vital gifts in wills are to the charity. Sponsored by Glendale and designed by Gardening World Cup 2014 Best in Show winner Paul Hervey-Brookes, the Perennial Legacy Garden brings together a team from across the horticulture industry, working together to show support for their trade charity. The garden aims to inspire people to think about their own legacy and the difference their help can make to the lives of others.

GK Wilson Landscape Services

Perennial has a long history of helping horticulturists – in 1839, the custodians of Britain’s great estates came together to start pensions for their sick, injured and elderly gardeners. Perennial was born and today is the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping people who work in horticulture, and their families, when times get tough. Reflecting this heritage, the show garden is based on elements of a large English country estate, featuring long herbaceous borders, a pavilion and a separate walled working garden with gardener’s bothy and nursery beds. The planting palette is a rich tapestry of traditional and contemporary herbaceous perennials, taking its inspiration from long mixed borders such as those at Arley Hall and Upton House.

GK Wilson Landscape Services

A large proportion of Perennial’s work is funded by the generosity of those who remember Perennial in their will. Legacy donations make up over half of Perennial’s voluntary income, playing a vital role in ensuring the charity is able to continue providing support for those who have nowhere else to turn.

Anita Bates, Director of Marketing and Development at Perennial says: “Perennial was established by the owners of the country houses of Great Britain to look after the gardeners who worked tirelessly to plant and maintain the estate gardens. Our show garden reflects that tradition of support and we hope it will highlight our continued need for legacy income in order to help all those who work in the UK’s horticultural community today. Paul has done a fantastic job in creating a celebration of this tradition and a garden that is as inspirational today as it would have been in the 19th Century.”

“The garden is a huge team effort bringing together a top designer, a great sponsor, quality suppliers and landscapers. It will also bring home why it is in the interest of everyone working in this industry that Perennial is here, to provide a safety net if ever they should need it. But it’s not just horticulturists that support Perennial.  We have a long history of help from garden-loving members of the public, many of whom have chosen to leave us a gift in their will to help continue our work.”

Andy Corcoran, Managing Director at Glendale, says: “Glendale is committed in its support for Perennial and it’s a real pleasure to make our mark on this wonderful show garden at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. Our support involves the donation of 2,000 plants and five trees which will be planted in the garden, and we’re looking forward to seeing them blossom as part of the finished project. Representatives from Glendale will also be working in the garden so it really will have the Glendale stamp.

“It’s our aim to help horticulturists in need through our long-term association with Perennial and hope the Perennial Legacy Garden serves as a reminder that those who care for the green spaces of modern Britain are not always as visible as the gardens, parks, landscapes and sportsgrounds they meticulously maintain.”

The garden’s designer, Paul Hervey-Brookes says of his only UK show garden this year: “I am really pleased with how well everything has come together as we have built this garden and we hope visitors will enjoy it. I am proud to be working with Perennial and helping raise awareness of the incredible work they do to help horticulturists – it is vitally important particularly for those in our industry to support the charity so it can continue to help those most in need.”

Further support and materials for the garden are being provided by Rolawn, Travis Perkins, Readyhedge, Bulldog Tools (Rollins Group Ltd), Wotmix cement, Bradstone and Haddonstone. The garden has been built by Cheshire based contractor GK Wilson Landscape Services.

GK Wilson Landscape Services

For further information about Perennial and its legacy campaign visit

The Buxton Spa Prize 2015– Over 100 artists entered

Friday, July 24th, 2015

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

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

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

The winners were as follows:

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

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

The Crescent by Rob Wilson

An Evening Stroll on Broadwalk by David Pilgrim

An Evening Stroll on Broadwalk by David Pilgrim

One Morning in June by Michael Ashcroft

One Morning in June by Michael J Ashcroft


























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

  • Julie Cross


The Buxton Spa Young Artists 2015

Georgina Watson & Sophie Hall


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

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


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

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


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

Hadfield firm shortlisted for national award.

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Hadfield based TH Plastics has been shortlisted for a national industry award.  The Graphite Way firm is a finalist in the 2015 Plastics Industry Awards (PIAs) supplier partnership ancillary machinery category, the same category in which it triumphed in three out of the last four years.


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

This year’s two shortlisted entries relate to the company’s work for manufacturers BPI Polythene and Maxell Moulding Services, who produce polythene products and moulded plastic components respectively.

TH Plastics created for BPI an upgraded material handling system for its Rhymney plant, and helped Maxell to relocate its operation to new premises in Telford.

Said TH Plastics’ managing director, Lee Thomas:  “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for two partnerships this year.


“2015 is shaping up to be another great year.  Last year, we enjoyed a 50% increase in turnover, and so far in 2015, we’ve recruited five new members of staff to help meet growing demand.”

The winners of the PIAs will be announced at a gala dinner at London’s Hilton on Park Lane on 9th October, and will be hosted by TV comedian and actor, Alan Davies.


Press enquiries:

Sarah Walker,, 01457 857111

Tom Lay,, 01457 857111

Teenager arrested in connection with Charlesworth burglary

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Police have arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection with a burglary in Charlesworth.

At around 2.30pm on Tuesday, July 7, officers were called to the Long Lane area of Charlesworth following reports of three teenagers acting suspiciously in the area.

Upon police arrival, the teenagers ran off, dropping a laptop behind them.

One of the boys, a 15-year-old, was arrested on suspicion of burglary in connection with a break-in at a property on Long Lane in Charlesworth. He was also arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.

The youth was interviewed and later bailed pending further investigations. Enquiries are ongoing to trace the others who were seen running away from the Long Lane area.

Police are encouraging residents to continue to be vigilant and to report suspicious activity to them straight away so that they can stop a crime from happening and catch offenders in the act.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Constable Carl Buckley on 101, quoting crime number 28628/15.

Alternatively, you can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Buxton’s star studded pantomime line up revealed

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brabyns Preparatory School’s Superheroes Save the Day!

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

 Children in the Reception class at Brabyns Preparatory School in Marple, recently enjoyed a special Superhero Day, embarking on a mission to save their Headteacher.

The boys and girls aged four and five took part in the theme day as part of their Superheroes topic, which also coincided with the theme of this year’s Marple Carnival.

The day began with a ransom note and a photograph and video message from the Green Goblin, explaining that Headteacher, Mr Sanders, had been kidnapped and was being held prisoner. The children would have to embark on special challenges in order to find and release him.

The challenges covered all areas of the curriculum including physical challenges with the school’s PE Specialist, a literacy challenge, a maths challenge and a tactile challenge.

The final challenge was a scientific one – the children worked together to release the key to the cupboard where Mr Sanders was hidden, by melting the block of ice it was encased in.

With lots of team work, turn-taking and communication, Mr Sanders was saved in the nick of time.

Mr Sanders said: “Theme days such as this, provide a great opportunity to enrich our normal timetable and build upon the specialist teaching that our children receive each day. Role play situations also help the children to apply their learning and consolidate their skills in a range of different areas of the curriculum. Reception did a fantastic job and I would like to thank them all, for saving the day!”

To find out more about Brabyns Preparatory School, visit


Serving the Nation – BBQ for Heroes 2015

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Police appeal after would-be thieves attempt to break in to Hadfield garage

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Officers are appealing for information after would-be thieves attempted to gain entry into a garage in Hadfield.

Sometime between 9am on Friday, June 5 and 8.30am the following morning, offenders gained entry into the garden of a property on Lambgates in Hadfield, Glossop.

They attempted to force open a garage door in the garden, causing damage, however failed to gain entry.

Anyone with any information, or who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the Lambgates area, is asked to contact PC David Collier on 101, quoting crime number 23750/15.

Anyone with information can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Buxton set for goosebumps with The Woman in Black

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Keep up-to-date with waste collections in High Peak

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Annual waste collection calendars are being delivered to all High Peak households from this week.

Residents are advised to keep a look out for the calendar our crews will be leaving under the lids of black bins once they have been emptied on collection days for the rest of the month.

The calendar includes collection dates for the coming year as well as details of this year’s Christmas recycling collections and information on items that can be recycled via High Peak Borough Council’s recycling scheme.

And, for the first time, information on what to do with bulky or electrical items is included in the leaflet which, in response to comments from residents, contains more pictorial information this time.

Councillor John Haken, executive member for the environment at the Council, said:

“Delivery of the calendars starts this week and all households should have received theirs by the end of the month. As well as details of collections, they also include helpful information about our collection services for residents to refer to throughout the year so they can make sure they are not throwing away items that could be reused or recycled.”

Residents whose black bin collections will be affected by Christmas Bank Holidays will be notified of amended arrangements closer to the time via a sticker on their bins.

Full lists of what can be recycled in each of the bins, together with collection dates, are available at


HPBC Media Release Contact: Carolyn Sanders – Media Relations Manager

Press Office: 0345 129 7777 ext 4691 or 07595 270937



Accident blocks A624

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

A road traffic accident this morning (11.0612015) occurred on the A624 between Hayfield and Chinley, causing delays.

Local commuter Andrew Elliott says, “I was driving towards Chinley at about 9.20am this morning when I heard something and noticed in my rear-view mirror that a red car, two back, had run into the back of the car immediately behind me, a Land Rover-type vehicle.”

On Andrew’s return, he found that the A624 was blocked, and a police car and ambulance were heading towards the direction of the accident.

The road is now thought to be operating normally. Any witnesses should call the non-emergency number 101.

Glossop people can dance with Olympic’s choreographers

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Anyone aged 10 and over from Glossop has until Friday, 12th June, to sign up to dance with the team that choreographed the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games, as part of a spectacular light and movement event on The Quays.

Boy Blue Entertainment, the dance company that made heroes of hundreds of dancers at the centre of Danny Boyle’s London Olympic Games opening ceremony, is urging people from Glossop to join one hundred other dancers in a mass-participation ‘street dance’ as part of the Mini Burble finale on Saturday, 18th July at MediaCityUK.

Commissioned by Quays Culture, a constellation of 300 giant balloons will be lit by individual LEDs and unfurled to create a remarkable, giant illuminated floating sculpture of changing colours controlled by the public via iPad devices.

Dancers from all around the region will then take their places and groove along to a newly commissioned urban soundtrack, as the sculpture moves with the breeze, offering dancers and spectators the experience of a lifetime.

Anyone over the age of 10 from Glossop is invited to take part, with no prior experience necessary. Their dancing skills will be refined by the Boy Blue experts in exchange for nothing more than their time, asking them to attend a once a week rehearsal for six weeks. To sign up, or for more details, people are urged to email before Friday, 12th June 2015.

Laura Broome, Programme Manager for Quays Culture, says: “After bringing hundreds of ordinary people together in a remarkable celebration of our culture at the 2012 Olympics, Boy Blue has made The Quays their next stop. Our taster workshops this past weekend were a big hit, with local people captivated by Boy Blue’s incredible energy and a sneak peek into the fresh new choreography – and the call out for people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities to join the team and make Mini Burble an unforgettable night is still open. The event will be free to participate in and free to attend, offering the thrill of live performance to everyone from across Greater Manchester – but it’s your last chance to get involved!”

Mini Burble will take place from 14 – 18 July as part of a festival of events happening on The Quays. Designed, developed and installed by London-based artist team, Umbrellium, the appearance of the sculpture on MediaCityUK will be its first trip to the north of England, having been deployed previously in Dubai, Hong Kong, Paris and Barcelona.

For more information about opportunities to take part, rehearsal dates and locations as well as information about any age and health considerations visit the Mini Burble Dance Community Facebook page


Campaign launched to promote textiles jobs to people in Tameside

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

A pop-up teashop will appear in Ashton Market Hall, Market Street in Ashton-under-Lyne on 26 th and 27th June from 9am – 5.30pm, designed to promote textiles jobs to local people. The drop-in workshop will include the chance for the public to meet employers and chat to people from the industry over a cup of tea and slice of cake. Not only will visitors be able to find out first-hand what a job in a textiles business is really like but they will have the opportunity to get involved in the ‘have -a -go’ factory and create something to take away with them.

It is one of six ‘Textiles Teashops’ to spring up around Greater Manchester throughout the summer in a new drive led by the Alliance Project, part of  New Economy, to attract textile workers from Greater Manchester back into the industry.

The campaign, launched by Coronation Street stars Jennie McAlpine and Sair Khan, aims to promote the sectors fantastic careers opportunities, with immediate vacancies for sewing machinists, weavers, cutters, textiles operatives and samples machinists as well as supervisory, management and professional positions.  The industry is offering retraining for those re-entering the sector and a range of fashion and textiles apprenticeships are available for those interested in joining the sector.  

The Greater Manchester textiles industry currently employs 11,300 people, generating £650 million for the local economy.  This is set to rise and textiles employers estimate the creation of 400 new jobs each year over the next decade including 150 sewing machinist vacancies per year. This is a result of an increase in demand for British made products and the need to rejuvenate the regions textiles workforce in order to meet this demand. 

Tameside textiles businesses are part of this regeneration.  Textiles manufacturing in Tameside is worth an estimated £50 m (Oxford Economic GMFM). There are clusters of firms in Ashton St Michaels, Dukinfield, St Peters and Ashton-u-Lyne.  Stalybridge is also steadily growing, and looking to develop its workforce.

Ian Mitchell, Managing Director of Tibard, one of the leading British manufacturers of chef whites, hospitality clothing and bespoke uniforms, based in Dukinfield said ‘Like manufacturers in many parts of the country, we are struggling to attract experienced staff as well as a new generation of textiles workers. The growth opportunity is there, but for us to take advantage of it we need a pool of local skilled people or enthusiastic young people who are willing to learn.”

Lorna Fitzsimons, Director of the Alliance Project said:  “We know that people who worked in the industry in the 80s and 90s have the skills we desperately need in order to compete with the global market. The Alliance Project is reaching out to local communities through the Textiles Teashop roadshow to identify people who have the relevant skills but are not currently working in the industry or using all of their skills. We also want to raise awareness of the sector’s revival, highlight current employment opportunities and progression routes and help people access jobs.  We look forward to meeting those interested in returning to the industry as well as school leavers and other young people who would consider a career in this sector.”

Philip O’Hara from Northern Employment Services Ltd, who are sponsoring the event said: “Established in 1993, Northern Employment Services Ltd have been providing permanent, interim, contract and temporary recruitment solutions to clients and candidate alike throughout Greater Manchester and the North West. Whilst servicing the “Textile” sector has always been a part of Northern Employment’s make up, the last 3 years have seen their “Textile” representation become almost 25% of their business, reflecting the growth in the sector and the success of repatriating textile manufacturing back to the UK. Working in partnership with The Alliance Project for 2 years, the opportunity to support the “Textiles Teashop Roadshow” was a foregone conclusion in the search for such latent skills whereby the demand for such outweighs the available talent. Northern Employment Services have high hopes for the campaign to identify such candidates and thereafter marrying them with clients in need, further enhancing the growth of the “Textile” spiritual home”.

The ‘Textiles Teashops’ roadshow will take place in six locations across Greater Manchester throughout June and July.

For more information on the Textiles Teashop roadshows including locations and dates visit 

Calling young performers!

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

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

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

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

How to Apply:

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

June Surgery – Share Your Grumbles

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Newly elected Padfield Councillor Nick Longos is inviting Padfield residents to join him for his first councillors surgery, which is taking place on Wednesday, June 3rd.

The surgery will be taking place in the Laughing Badger Galley at 99 Plat Street Padfield, and will have no specific focus, with Cllr Nick being happy to hear of any local residents’ concerns.

Cllr Nick Longos said “As your newly elected local councillor, you may have that one issue, concern or grumble that you want to get off your chest, and my surgery on Wednesday is the perfect opportunity.”

The surgery runs from 11.00am until 12.00 noon and locals are welcome to call in and just meet and have a chat even if they don’t have a particular issue to raise with the councillor.

Councillor Longos further commented “Whilst I’m new and finding my feet, don’t forget that councillors aren’t just available at surgeries and if you can’t attend my surgery I still want to hear from you and there’s a variety of ways you can get in touch – you can view those ways by going to my local party website at  for further information.”

Glossop’s Richard the Brave conquers education fears

Monday, June 1st, 2015

A 36 year-old father of two from Glossop is celebrating after making the brave leap into education.

Richard Tymon’s move has enabled him to become a freelance photographer, and secured the Hadfield student a foundation degree from a UK Top 10 Lancaster University, by studying in Blackburn.

“I’d worked in retail for 17 years and worked for some big names including Next and Mamas and Papas. I was working in store manager roles and you get sucked into that lifestyle. I never saw myself as being able to get qualifications” Richard said.

Richard enrolled on the foundation degree in Photographic Media, giving up his job in retail. He chose Blackburn College as the tutors could see how much potential he had and were prepared to give him the chance of starting the course with few formal qualifications.

“I watched my brothers get their qualifications and move up in life and I wanted to too. I’d done photography in my spare time so knew it was what I wanted to do but have learnt so much since starting the course.

“If I’ve one piece of advice for adult learners it’s be brave – don’t be afraid to do it and make it happen. I strongly recommend Blackburn College. I travelled from Glossop to study the course because the tutors told me they knew I had it in me to do the foundation degree and encouraged me all the way.

“I’ve been able to gain a huge amount of work experience through the course. Tutors at Blackburn College have hooked me up to work with local agency Source Creative, BCW Engineering in Burnley, Blackburn-based Daniel Coletta Chocolat and Darwen company Bowland Trading. I am now earning money from my photography even though I’m still studying.”

Richard’s work with Bowland Trading has seen him photograph 12 new machines and design company catalogues. The quality of the finished product was so strong the company has started to employ Richard on a freelance basis.

John Harrison, Head of School of Art and Society at University Centre at Blackburn College said: “We’re immensely proud of Richard. We realise it’s not always easy for adults to return to education and we try to make that transition as easy as possible. This year we even have over 20 new qualifications designed with adults in mind that enable them to get a Lancaster University degree in 4 years – these foundation entry courses have an in-built practice year to help adults with few formal qualifications or experience to get up to speed.”

Richard is now progressing onto a one-year BA (Hons) Photographic Media (Top Up) degree in Blackburn, approved by Lancaster University.

Glossop mum takes on The 5795 Challenge

Monday, June 1st, 2015

The 5795 Challenge is the brain-child of Glossop mum and cake designer, Helen Thornhill.

In 2014 Helen ran The London Marathon raising funds for the Winnie Mabaso Foundation, a UK based charity supporting vulnerable and orphaned children in South Africa.

This year she’s decided to up the pace and has set herself and two friends – Jenny Chapman and Anne Williams – the challenge of running the Air Mile distance between Manchester and Johannesburg to raise funds once again for the Foundation, and in particular their orphanage, Ilamula House – a home for 20 abused, neglected and orphaned girls aged from 2-14, many of whom are HIV positive.

Helen says “Why do I do it?  Because I can!  Children have a right to be loved, feel safe and happy.  If I can make a small difference to even one child in South Africa then all these miles will have been worth it.”

This extraordinary team are running every day to reach their target with Helen committed to covering  a staggering 3000 miles personally, with Jenny and Anne clocking up the additional 2795 between them.

The Winnie Mabaso Foundation is encouraging its followers to support these phenomenal women by ‘running a mile for Winnie’ and posting ‘selfies’ on the Foundation’s social networking sites (facebook, twitter, instagram).  Chinley Primary School, Dinting Primary School and Gorse Hall Primary School have all responded to the challenge and will be taking part, whilst broadcasters Aled Jones and Clare Balding have also shown their support by running their mile for Winnie. Winnie 2The team have so far covered 2712 miles which is 425 hours of running!

If you are keen to get involved and would like to run a‘mile for Winnie’ you can come along to Glossop Rugby Club on Saturday, 20th June from 12.30pm where you can join others running their mile as well as celebrating all things South African.  All ages welcome and there will be BBQs lit if you’d like to bring your own meat or picnic. BBQ packs will be available at £5 each, which order beforehand. There is a licensed bar and rugby will be shown on the big screen.

Alternatively,  you can join in by running your mile for Winnie in your own time and share it with the Foundation.

Helen will be joining the founder and CEO of The Winnie Mabaso Foundation, Lisa Ashton MBE on a trip to Johannesburg in December where she will be completing the final mile of the 5795 Challenge with the girls who reside at Ilamula House and supporters of the Foundation in South Africa.

Further information is available from Lisa Ashton, MBE on 07944 140958 or

Glossop designer in prestigious New York awards

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Glossop’s Jen Hamley, founder of handbag start-up Jennifer Hamley, England is one of five finalists in the unisex work bag category of the Independent Handbag Designer Awards in New York City on June 17th. handbag awards

The design, created especially for the awards, provides solutions to hectic modern lives.  With many sections and pockets, a removable table/ipad case, an inclusive multi-tool, shopping bag, and USB power pack amongst other features.

The category, ‘Stand Out and Look Great Work Bag’ is sponsored by and featured on   Her design is currently featured on, and will later feature in InStyle magazine.

Jen, who grew up in Glossop, says about the nomination “I’ve been inspired all my life by fashion and design, especially the glorious eccentricity of designer and fellow Glossop girl, Vivienne Westwood.  I’m thrilled to have been recognised for my talents so early on in my journey, the nomination is a dream come true.”

You can vote for Jen’s bag here:

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Roadworks Force Snake Pass to Close for 2 Weeks

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Major roadwork repairs to the retaining wall on the A57 Snake Pass in Derbyshire will result in it closing for a fortnight at the beginning of June.

From Monday, 1st June to Sunday, 14th June 2015, the road will be closed to all vehicles. There will no access to any traffic from Sheffield to Glossop.

The road will be closed from the junction of the A57 with the A6013 Ashopton Road, to the junction with Hurst Road in Glossop.

A signed diversion route – A6013 – A6187 – B6049 – A623 – A6 – A615 – A624 – A57 – will be in place.

Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure, Councillor Dean Collins, said: “We’d like to apologise for any inconvenience while the Snake Pass is closed, but we cannot carry out this essential work without closing the road.”


Looking for office space in Glossop?

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Glossop Business Centre on High Street West in Glossop may be able to help.

They currently have a 3 roomed office  to let with its own brew area, toilet and storage space. Avaialbe on a 12 month contract the office is furnished and has high speed internet connectivity.  Glossop Business Centre has CCTV, intruder alarm and a door access system.

If your are intersted in renting an office in Glossop you can contact the business centre directly on 01457 842553 or for more details visit their website for information on Office 1.

office to let in Glossop

Office to rent in Glossop


National survey into crime in rural areas welcomed by Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

A national survey into crime in rural areas has been welcomed by Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles.

The chance for people living or working in rural areas of Derbyshire to give their views in a national survey about crime and policing in the countryside has been welcomed by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles.

With wildlife crime high on the Commissioner’s agenda, he hopes that people will fill in the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN) survey that is being launched on Wednesday, 20th May.

The survey is the largest ever into crime and anti-social behaviour in rural areas generally as well as on farms. It will be open until Wednesday, 24th June.

To take part, visit:

Earlier this week Commissioner Charles spoke of his delight at the numbers of nationally trained wildlife police officers in Derbyshire having now reached 36.


Borough and Parish Election results 2015

Friday, May 8th, 2015

The following results have been declared:

GAMESLEY WARD – Elected candidate ANTHONY MCKEOWN (Labour Party)

DINTING WARD – Elected candidate JEAN WHARMBY (The Conservative Party)

HADFIELD NORTH WARD – Elected candidate EDWARD KELLY (Labour Party)

HADFIELD SOUTH WARD – Elected candidates BOB MCKEOWN (Labour Party) and EDWARD SIDDALL (Labour Party)

HOWARD TOWN WARD - Elected candidates GODFREY CLAFF (Labour Party) and DAMIEN GREENHALGH (Labour Party)

PADFIELD WARD - Elected candidate NICHOLAS LONGOS (Labour Party)

HAYFIELD WARD – Elected candidate PETER EASTER (The Conservative Party)

TINTWISTLE WARD – Elected candidate PATRICK JENNER (Labour Party)

WHITFIELD WARD – Elected candidate GRAHAM OAKLEY (Labour Party)

ST JOHN’S WARD – Elected candidate GEORGE WHARMBY (The Conservative Party)

OLD GLOSSOP WARD - Elected candidates JAMIE DOUGLAS (Conservative Party) and PAUL HARDY (Conservative Party)


High Peak retains Conservative seat

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Andrew Bingham MP retained his seat within the High Peak at yesterday’s election, putting the Conservative party ahead for another term.

With 45% of the votes, Bingham won by 10% – his nearest competitor was Labour councillor Caitlin Bisknell.  UKIP received 11% of the total votes, polling third.

The High Peak MP, who is from Buxton, has been a Member of Parliament for the High Peak in Derbyshire since winning the seat at the 2010 general election.


Conservative – Andrew Bingham (elected) – 45% (22,836 votes)

Labour – Caitlin Bisknell – 35% (17,942 votes)

UKIP – Ian Guiver – 11% (5811 votes)

Liberal Democrats – Stephen Worrall – 5% (2389 votes)

Green Party – Charlotte Farrell – 4% (1811 votes)


How will Glossop and the High Peak vote in the general election?

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

With just days until the nation goes to the poll booths for the general election, we ask how you will be voting.  Will you be re-electing Conservative candidate Andrew Bingham, Labours’ Caitlin Bisknell, Charlotte Farrell from the Green Party, Stephen Worrall of the Liberal Democrats or Ian Guiver and UKIP. Perhaps you’re still undecided.

This poll of High Peak voters may give an early indication of the outcome. Register your vote on our exclusive poll and then find out how others have voted.

You can find the poll here

Charlesworth pupils team up to tackle speeding vehicles near their school

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Charlesworth pupils team up to tackle speeding vehicles near their school

Police have been teaming up with youngsters from Charlesworth School to target speeding motorists in the area.

PCSO’s Anne Gribbon and Jack Barlow from the Gamesley and Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team visited the school on Friday, 24th April to carry out speed checks in a bid to remind drivers of the importance of safe and considerate driving.

The officers were joined by Key Stage 2 pupils, ageing from 7 to 11-years-old, during the afternoon to carry out checks along Glossop Road and Long Lane in Charlesworth following reports of speeding vehicles close to the school.

The youngsters each had a turn of using the mobile speed detection device to identify drivers who were breaking the 30mph speed limit. The rest of the group noted down the passing vehicles and their speed, and also conducted their own traffic survey for use in class.

PCSO Anne Gribbon from the Gamesley and St Johns Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Initiatives such as this are a great way to highlight the importance of abiding by the speed limit, particularly on roads close to schools, along with educating the children on issues around road safety.

“We do receive reports of motorists speeding along Glossop Road and Long Lane and we are continuing to work with local residents and pupils here at the school to carry out Community Speed Watch to target the problem.

“The children seemed to really enjoy themselves during the afternoon, using the speed gun, noting down traffic problems, and even trying on our hats.”

Miss Paula Denton, from Charlesworth School added: “I would like to say a big thank you to the police community officers that came to visit us; the children enjoyed it very much.

“They were eager to ask the officer’s lots of questions about speeding and different aspects of law and the officers were very good with them.  The children found using the speed gun really good fun and as we walked back to school they told me what speeds they had recorded, ranging from 18mph to 37mph.

“As part of our outdoor education we have been looking at the type and frequency of village traffic. The roads around the village main crossroads are becoming more dangerous as there is no safe crossing point without our lollipop lady.

“Allowing the children to use the speed camera really gave them an insight into how fast people are travelling through the village. By recording how fast and how much traffic comes through the village in ten minutes we hope to raise their awareness of just how busy these roads are.”

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

For the latest policing news in your community, you can also follow the team on Twitter: @GamesleySNT


Police Community Support Officer presented with award

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

A Police Community Support Officer has been presented with an award for serving the communities of Hadfield and Glossop for 33 years.

Brian Buller who is currently a serving PSCO in Glossop was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award at a ceremony at police HQ on Thursday, 22nd April.

Brian joined the Special Constabulary in 1982, six years later he also became a traffic warden in and around the towns of Hadfield and Glossop.

He continued the roles for the next 17 years and in 2005 became a PCSO in one of the first intakes that the force employed.

Chief Constable Mick Creedon said: “Brian has been described as ‘Mr Glossop’, he always has time for everyone and is full of enthusiasm. In a population of 40,000 there are few people who do not know Brian!”

Glossop’s Teenage Market is on the Hunt

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

For more information or to register, please visit

Large Fire in Glossop

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is currently in attendance at a factory fire on Dinting lane Industrial Estate, Glossop.

Six fire engines and one aerial ladder platform (ALP) are in attendance at the scene; Derbyshire’s Glossop, New Mills, and Buxton (ALP), supported by four engines from Greater Manchester.

Incident Commander, Station Manager Paul Hawker said: “We are currently dealing with a large scale factory fire involving a quantity of paper and cloth.

“Due to the large amount of smoke coming from the fire, I would advise local residents to keep windows and doors closed to avoid any discomfort”.

It is anticipated that firefighting operations will continue into the early evening and will conclude with a full investigation into the cause of the fire.

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Glossop North End “Thankful” for Town’s Donations

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Glossop North End Director Mick Wray said this week he was “ever thankful” for Glossop’s generosity for their now legendary match against St Helens Town, into which every one of the 592 supporters got in for free.

After a winning streak which saw GNE reach the final of the FA Vase at Wembley, the club lowered ticket prices for the home game against the Merseyside team to just £1. The players – who are currently sitting pretty at the top of the North West Counties Premier Division – clubbed together to put £50 on the gate so that the first 50 supporters could get in for free.

After this, a fan pledged another £10, another took the total to £80 and soon enough, donations were flooding in from all over Glossop, raising just over £600 in total, and allowing every supporter to enjoy the 4-0 Glossop victory free of charge. “The place was buzzing,” said Mick.

Mick dropped into Fig Creative – who donated £50 to the cause –  this week and told us just how thankful he was to the town and the community, and how the whole squad are looking forward to the FA Vase final, which is taking place on Saturday, 9th May and will see The Hillmen take on North Shields at Wembley.

We’re sure you’ll join us in wishing the players, the staff and everyone involved in the club the very best of luck. #VivaGNE

Mick Wray and the rest of Glossop North End AFC would like to extend thanks to the following for their donations:

The GNE squad

The gaffer, Chris Willcock

Anonymous x 3

Stewart Richardson

1 Stop Plumbing

JRS Taxis

Snobby Dogs


The Friendship

Window Options and Conservatories

Fig Creative

Karl Thompson at Test Driving School

Wellfit Health

The Hoolievan/Team Sambuca

The Pint Fairies

Club HQ

The Corner Cupboard



Busy days for Glossop Mountain Rescue

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Glossop Mountain Rescue team have had a busy spell in the last few days.

Derbyshire Police asked the team to be prepared to search for a missing person on Wednesday night, but fortunately the person was located by a police unit just before the team was dispatched from base.

On Thursday evening the team was asked to assist the ambulance service with a male at Werneth Low who had a suspected fracture to his ankle. The casualty was treated by Glossop Mountain Rescue members alongside NWAS HART team, then, just as we were about to return to base, the team was re-tasked to Romiley for what was reported as an unconscious 30 year old mountain biker. Due to nature of the mans location we were able to drive our land rover quite close to the scene of the accident where a NWAS paramedic was already on site treating the casualty for suspected spinal injury. The team was able to put the casualty into a vacuum mattress and carried him by stretcher to a waiting air ambulance, he was eventually taken to nearby Wythenshawe hospital.

On Friday evening at 9pm the team was called out for what was initially thought to be a lost 13 year girl lost on the moors above Glossop,it turned out that we were looking for a mother and son aged 32 and 13,the pair had set off earlier in the day from Meltham.

We requested Oldham team and SARDA dogs to be deployed too,has they were about to start in the search new information came into Glossop base and with the use of SARLOC technology they were pinpointed at Wain Stones on Bleaklow moor,a Glossop  section that went in from Snake summit were able to locate the pair quickly.they were treated at scene for cold, after a warm drink they were able to walk back to a Snake summit and taken to back to Glossop MRT base for a debrief,the team was stood down around 1.15 am.

1pm on Saturday the team were called for what was reported as a 17 year old girl who became unconscious following a fall near to John Track Well above Torside, the girl was part of a D of E group walking a section of the Pennine way. With the help of some passers by the team were able to locate and treat the 17 year old for suspected head and spinal injuries, she was taken by air ambulance to Sheffield Northern General Hospital, the team stood down at 4.30pm.

Reuben’s Retreat Readies for Summer Opening

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Reuben’s Retreat Readies for Summer Opening. Work continues apace at the hugely anticipated Reuben’s Retreat headquarters as dedicated workmen and volunteers build the first phase of this huge project.

In what was the old Woods Hospital, building work commenced to create Phase 1 of the Retreat once the first £1million was raised for the local charity. A bereavement and counselling centre will be the first element of this huge undertaking to open its doors and work is well on track to begin welcoming families as early as Summer.

Nicola Graham, Reuben’s Mummy and founder of Reuben’s Retreat comments:

‘We continue to be staggered by the generosity of people in the area and with their help, the first phase will open its doors in early Summer enabling us to help families in real need. As well as the amazing fundraisers, we have been helped by some brilliant local companies who are all working together to bring this phase to fruition. We cannot thank them enough.’

Local North West firms have been pulling together their resources to take on the mammoth project and they include Citibuild, Gas Care UK and A Plant Hire.

Nicola continues:

As well as these kind people on the ground, we are so very grateful for every person who gives their time to raise much needed funds to continue with each phase and it’s publications like Glossop Life that help us raise awareness every month. Fundraising and awareness is more crucial than ever and the main building requires at least £2million to renovate and make it ready for families. We envision Reuben’s Retreat to be fully open within three to five years.’

The opening date of the first phase will be announced very soon.

Glossop Girl Steals the Show in Mind The Gap

Friday, April 17th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



22nd & 23rd April 2015

2pm Wednesday Matinee

7pm Wednesday & Thursday

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

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

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

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

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


Busy times for Glossop Judo Club

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Glossop Judo Club have had a busy couple of weeks winning medals in three different countries. Two weeks ago High Peak Judo star Eric Ham, travelled over to Portugal for the first Junior European Cup of the year. Looking to start the European season off in style Eric continued the form he had shown recently winning all his contests to win his first Junior European Cup Gold medal. Last weekend Eric travelled to Italy for the second, and much more difficult, event of the season. Eric had some fine wins defeating fighters from Israel, Serbia, Italy and Poland before securing the Bronze Medal by defeating a strong opponent from Finland. Erics only loss was a narrow defeat do the double European champion from Azerbaijan.

With events approaching thick and fast the local youngster will look to continue his winning ways, and over the next few months, will travel to Lithuania, Austria, Berlin, Poland, Czech Republic and Spain, before the Great Britain team is announced for the European Championships in Austria and the September World Championships in Abu Dhabi. With one foot firmly on the plane recent results see Eric move up to number nine on the Junior World ranking list and number four in Europe. This is a fantastic achievement as this is the first year proper for the Hadfield seventeen year old in the Junior (under 21) age band.

One of the clubs rising stars, Jaime-Leigh Whitaker, last week cemented her place as Britains number one -40kg fighter winning the Sportif International up in Edinburgh. Her recent success has also seen her receive notice of selection to represent her country at the forthcoming Cadet European Cup in Romania.

Glossop Judo Club cater for all ages with classes for children aged five and over. Classes are held every week and are held at St. Phillip Howard school on St. Mary’s Road.

Eggs are not just for Easter says PCC

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Eggs are not just for Easter says PCC Alan Charles, Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, is calling Derbyshire residents to be vigilant to prevent egg thieves preying on nesting wild birds.

Echoing the National Wildlife Crime Unit’s (NWCU) Operation Easter, launched earlier this month, the Commissioner is reminding people to report any suspicious activity by ringing the Police on 101.

Operation Easter, run in conjunction with the police and other partner agencies, has been developed to target egg thieves by sharing intelligence across the UK to support enforcement action.

It is now nesting season for wild birds, with many having already laid their eggs and this is a national campaign to protect them against those criminals who want to steal the eggs or disturb the nests. However, by the very nature and location of the crime, it needs public support and help.

“Taking wild bird eggs is a serious crime,” said Mr Charles. “And, in some instances, it can have really serious consequences for the future of rare bird species. It’s also rather sad as many rare bird eggs, sometimes the whole clutch, are often stolen simply to be kept in secret collections.

“In Derbyshire we are lucky to have several species of rare and precious birds and, like many people, I would like to think that they will breed here for many generations to come. It is our collective responsibility to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police.”

Glossop girl competes for national ballroom dancing title

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Quick-stepping Glossop girl, Sophie Pownall, will be amongst the country’s top ballroom dancers when she performs in Blackpool this weekend.

The 18-year-old will be up against dancers from all over the country for the coveted title of Nationwide Medallist of the Year in the competition run by the International Dance Teachers’ Association.

Sophie, who began dancing ten years ago, earned her place at the final after winning the North West regional competition in February. She’ll be competing in five dances – Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Quick-Step, Tango and Fox Trot at the event in the Winter Gardens this Saturday and Sunday.  (April 18th and 19th)

And Sophie, who wants a career in International Relations, is combining her dancing with studying for A’Levels in German, French and Chemistry at St Bede’s College in Whalley Range.

Although Sophie first got into ballroom dancing after watching it on television she says she’s not a big fan of the BBC television hit series Strictly Come Dancing.

“As I’ve done more and more dancing I can spot all the mistakes on Strictly and it makes it quite hard to watch,” said Sophie, who lives in Glossop.

“I did first get into dancing after seeing it on television, though, and my best friend’s sister dances.

“This is the first thing outside school I’ve really stuck at and I’m really looking forward to going to university so I can compete the Super Dance competition which is run at Universities across the country,” added Sophie, who is hoping to study German, French and European Studies at Bath.

Headmaster at St Bede’s College, Richard Robson said, “Sophie has shown incredible commitment in combining studying and dance. We wish her all the very best for the weekend.”

St Philip Howard School To Become a Sponsored Academy

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

On 11th March 2015 the Department for Education (DfE) approved a proposal put forward by the Nottingham Roman Catholic Diocesan Education Service (NRCDES) to sponsor St. Philip Howard Catholic School as a Catholic Academy.

Neil Weightman, Assistant Director, NRCDES reports “NRCDES will now work with the School Governors and its Leadership Team within the Department’s timetable for opening the School as an Academy from 1st September 2015.  We are delighted to be able to work in this partnership, which includes staff, students and parents, to ensure that the actions already in place to raise standards are continued at a fast pace.  The whole local community will have a local Catholic school of high standards in which they can have confidence and be proud.   

The Diocese Education Service expect that significant improvements to the teaching and learning environment at St. Philip Howard Catholic Academy will be witnessed. Equally, they are committed to ensuring that the new Academy continues to welcome students from all communities, whether Catholic or not who wish to access a unique Catholic education in a smaller environment”.

At the St Philip Howard School last Ofsted monitoring visit the HMI Inspectors commented that:

“Leaders and managers have responded quickly to the recommendations set out in the section 5 (inspection) report. They have worked with external partners to devise a detailed plan of action to improve the school.”

“A number of immediate actions have been taken. These include the introduction of a behaviour management system and a new marking and assessment policy. During the visits to classrooms it was noted that teachers make good use of assessment information on students’ prior and current attainment and progress to plan lessons.”

“The school is calm and orderly. No low-level disruption was seen during the monitoring visit. Students were engaged and focused during the lessons visited.”

“Governors are knowledgeable and committed. They have a clear vision for the school and understand precisely what is needed to ensure that it is good or better.”

Mr Weightman added that “working in partnership with the Diocesan Education Service, St. Philip Howard Catholic Academy will continue this progress. The school has embarked on an improvement journey to become a ‘good’ and then an ‘outstanding’ academy which will offer an inclusive, personal approach to the education of its students.

Students at St. Philip Howard School are members of a caring and supportive community based on warm relationships and clearly understood values.  This approach will be maintained at St. Philip Howard Catholic Academy and every student will be known and valued as an individual and will be given every opportunity to achieve to their full potential”.

Martin O’Connell, Chairman of Governors, St Philip Howard Catholic School added the governors of St Philip Howard Catholic School would like to thank all the parents who came to the parents briefing just before our Easter break. It was very helpful for us to hear your views and heartening to be told that you as parents recognised the improvements we had already made and that these are benefitting the school. We are now in the period of consultation concerning the academy process and again want your help and support. We are improving and we are looking forward to an exciting period of rapid development to improve the education of all our children. The additional benefits and freedoms we will gain as an academy will help support the process of improvement. We are working in partnership with the NRCDES and the Local Authority and want you as parents to join us as active partners. This is an exciting time for us and I look forward to seeing you and hearing from you on Thursday, 7th May at 6.30pm at the school. If you are unable to attend this meeting please use the other ways of letting us know your views. We look forward to hearing from you”.

Glossop employee to be a reality TV Star!

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

A Glossop business has turned one of their employees into a reality TV Star!

Gas Safe registered engineer Lee Turton of Gas Care UK Green Energy, Hadfield is one of just a handful of tradesmen across the country to be televised in the brand new BBC1 programme- Cowboys and Angels.

Gas Care were delighted to be approached in September last year by the BBC to be one of their ‘Angels’ in the Cowboys and Angels series.

The programme will follow tradesmen including plumbers, electricians, roofers, locksmiths, drain specialists and pest controllers coming to the rescue on domestic emergencies.

The TV series will also hear from less fortunate homeowners who have fallen victims to cowboys who’ve taken all of their money and left nothing but devastation behind.

A Derbyshire Trusted Trader for many years, Debbie Wright Director of Gas Care says she is proud of the companies growing list of accreditations & now its upcoming TV appearances as ‘Angel’ tradesmen. It’s very exciting and rewarding for Gas Care after all of these years trading. We have always prided ourselves on customer care & it’s nice to see this being recognised by the BBC.

I can’t thank our customers enough who kindly agreed to take part in the filming which was carried out last October and November.

Everyone at Gas Care can’t wait to see our very own engineer Lee Turton on TV and see him rise to fame!

You can watch Cowboys and Angels, presented by Tommy Walsh on BBC1 at 11.45am from Monday, 13th April.

Lee’s first appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, 14th April.

Fig Creative shortlisted for prestigious marketing award

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015



Integrated marketing agency Fig Creative has been shortlisted for an esteemed marketing accolade within the B2B Marketing / Integrated communications campaign category in this year’s Prolific North Awards.   


The Glossop-based company, which offers a fully-integrated marketing partner programme delivered via its talented team of branding, digital, design and PR specialists, has been recognised following the roll out of a strategic communications campaign for air-conditioning distributor TF Solutions, which positions the Stockport company as the original ‘Ice Men’ and highlights the message that TF Solutions are the original air-con experts with vast experience within their field. 


Launched last year, the integrated campaign has differentiated the company’s offering in a notoriously conservative sector by delivering a series of profile-raising initiatives including targeted print advertisements, emailshots, PR and internal communications to drive a complete joined up campaign and reinforce the company’s brand messages to its core B2B audience. 


Helen Duncan, MD from Fig Creative said: “We’re thrilled to be nominated for this award and delighted that The Ice Men campaign has been recognised by our industry peers and judging experts at the Prolific Awards. Our team are a highly creative bunch of passionate professionals and this nomination is testament to their hard-working ethos and desire to make a positive impact on our client’s bottom line.”  


The winners will be announced on the 30th of April. 




Saving our Peak District peat bogs with slime.

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Walkers on Kinder Scout should not be alarmed to see spaceman-like figures spraying green slime all over areas of the Peak District moors.

They are part of a team of conservationists conducting scientific trials on the best way to

re-introduce sphagnum moss onto peat moors devastated by environmental changes over the past 150 years.

The reintroduction of sphagnum moss is key to rebuilding blanket bogs by preventing erosion and helping to:

-improve our drinking water quality

-reduce flood risk

-restrict wildfires

-mitigate climate change by storing carbon dioxide

-regenerate wildlife habitats.

The Moors for the Future Partnership is working with the Environment Agency and National Trust, as part of the Peatland Restoration Project, to pioneer these globally important trials on an 80-hectare site on Kinder Scout, the highest plateau in the Peak District National Park.

Damaged peat bogs have been termed “a climate time bomb”, as climate change is likely to increase the rate at which they break down.

Without their protective sphagnum based vegetation, lost during 150 years of atmospheric pollution and wildfires, bogs release more carbon into the atmosphere instead of storing it, send sediment downstream into our reservoirs, don’t hold back downpours that can flood our towns and countryside and increase the likelihood of more wildfires, accelerating the whole process.

Re-introducing sphagnum, and increasing the wetness of the bog, reverses that process, and the Kinder trials aim to establish the best way to do that over the next three to five years – providing evidence for use on other damaged sites worldwide.

The scientists are testing four different methods on the northern edge of Kinder Scout:

-SoluMoss – the “green slime” – an innovative technique developed with specialist firm Micropropagation Services which embeds sphagnum in strands of nutritious gel to be sprayed from a backpack.

-BeadaMoss – sphagnum embedded in thousands of gel-beads, a technique developed several years ago for Moors for the Future, scattered by hand.

-PlugaMoss – sphagnum cultivated as plug-plants for individual planting by hand.

-Hummocks – handfuls of wild sphagnum, collected sustainably from other sites and replanted by hand, a technique developed by the RSPB.

The partners are also leaving one patch untouched to see what nature does on its own, and assessing the cost-effectiveness of the different methods.

In addition they are trying to find the best source for sphagnum hummocks – using sites nearby, or from conifer plantations where it grows as a by-product, or from pristine healthy blanket bog on Sites of Special Scientific Interest elsewhere in the UK.

And on one site they are monitoring the effect of 35,000 sphagnum plug-plants on water run-off, measuring its impact on the flow and volume of storm downpours downstream.

The Moors for the Future Partnership is carrying out the work, funded by the Environment Agency, on behalf of the National Trust who care for the land.

These are key partners, although they are also working with the RSPB, United Utilities, Natural England and Yorkshire Water.

Matt Buckler, conservation programme manager for Moors for the Future, said: “These trials are the culmination of six years research and development with our partners. Together we are leading the way to establishing sphagnum moss, which is the key activity for sustainable moorland restoration in this country and many countries around the world.”

Jon Stewart, General Manager for the Peak District National Trust, said: “Kinder Scout is a National Nature Reserve and the site of a pioneering mass trespass in the 1930s that led the way to open access to the moors. It is fitting that it is pioneering once again as the site of these trials which are of global importance to moorland restoration.”

Mark Haslam, Environment Manager for the Environment Agency, said: “We hope the trials will provide vital scientific evidence on the best way to rebuild these lost eco-systems which have wide-reaching benefits for society. We believe that working with nature, along with man-made defences, will give us the greatest resilience to flooding, fires and climate change.”

And as for those walkers pondering the point of the space-suit clad figure with the backpack, they can look forward to views of green moors, vibrant with wildlife, instead of barren wastelands.

The Avengers ‘Uma Thurman Stunt double’ coaches Glossop Girl to fight for England

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

On Sunday, 22nd March 2015, Chapel- en- le Frith High School student, 15 year old Glossop girl Megan Smith, competed in the WKKC National Championship, held at the Richard Dunn Stadium, Bradford.

This was Megan’s first major competition event and she won a bronze medal in ‘Light Continuous Sparring’ and earned herself a place on the England team.

After a series of Squad training camps, Megan will fly with her England Team mates to The WKKC World Championships in Florida in November, to compete against some of the best and most experienced fighters in the world.

Megan has practiced Martial Arts since she was 5 years old but was never entered into competitive tournaments by her previous clubs, so this was a daunting debut fight with an amazing outcome for her and one she is extremely proud of.

As well as training hard three nights a week at Evolution Martial Arts in Glossop with Sensei Kelly Buxton ( 4th Dan) Megan also helps to coach the junior members in the club and hopes she can inspire some of the younger members.

Megan said, “I’m so proud to have the opportunity to represent not only Glossop, but also my country at such an amazing event. Since I started training with Sensei Buxton at Evolution, my skills and fitness levels have improved so much. Kelly and her success are a real inspiration to me. She’s a great coach and very funny too so we have a great laugh at the club”

Kelly Buxton nee Allen (4th Dan)  won Gold and Silver in the Kata  event at the National competition on Sunday thereby also qualifying to compete in the World Competition, and will be travelling to the event as Megan’s Coach and also as a competitor herself.

Kelly is the current WKKC International Champion 2014 and won the title after returning to competitive martial arts last year after a short break to start a family.

Before taking the break, Kelly held a string of National and International titles, with her biggest achievement being the WKA British, National and World Champion and also showcased her skill when performing as a stunt double for Uma Thurman in the  Hollywood block buster movie, ‘The Avengers’.

In November 2014  Kelly decided to form her own club and pass on her knowledge skill and experience to others, which was a great opportunity for Megan to receive World class coaching right on her doorstep, and one that has certainly paid off.

Megan, Kelly and all of the Evolution team will be working hard between now and November to seek sponsorship and donations to fund their trip to the Championships and are actively seeking support from individuals and local businesses.

If you are interested in flying the flag for Glossop and England in Florida while helping to raise the profile of your business both locally and in the USA, please contact Jane Smith at or call 01457 865895, to discuss sponsorship and donations. For further information about Evolution Martial Arts adult’s and children’s classes  in Glossop and Stalybridge, contact Kelly Buxton via, 07428758455, or visit their Facebook page Evolution Martial Arts

Brabyns Preparatory School enjoy World Book Day celebrations

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Children at Brabyns Preparatory School in Marple, enjoyed a day of literary activities to celebrate World Book Day.

Children across the school, aged two to eleven years, dressed as characters from their class-themed books: The Jolly Postman, The Gruffalo, Roald Dahl characters, Super Heroes and characters from well-known fables.

Each child received a World Book Day voucher and enjoyed attending an Usborne Book Fair.

Teaching staff also joined in the fun, spending the day in costume, whilst children who were away on the School’s annual Ski trip to the Alps also joined in, sharing their ‘extreme reading’ photos with friends and family back at home.

Headteacher, Mr. Lee Sanders, said: “It is always wonderful to see how engaged the children are with World Book Day celebrations, with so many colourful and imaginative costumes on show. Everyone enjoyed an actioned-packed day, celebrating our love of books and reading, with plenty of cross-curricular learning opportunities for all – even children on our Ski trip joined in the fun, in the Alps!”

To find out more about Brabyns Preparatory School, visit

Apprentice Star Nurtures Next Generation of Talent

Monday, March 16th, 2015

A former contestant on hit TV show The Apprentice has spoken out in support of apprenticeships and said he believes they are ‘the way forward for employers.’

Adam Corbally, who reached the final five of series eight of the show in 2012, made his comments at the close of National Apprenticeship Week, an annual celebration of apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

Adam has used his success on the show as a platform to launch a number of ventures.

He started one of them, Corbally Concierge, in 2014. Kiah Allsop joined the company in January as his personal assistant and began her Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship in February.

Adam said: “As an employer, I wanted to bring someone into the business who I could mould into my way of working – a blank canvass if you like.

“The last PA I had was very well qualified and experienced, so it was a bit of a step into the unknown for me, but it’s working out well so far.

“Kiah has been with me since January and she’s taken to it well. She is learning a lot and is starting to come out of her shell, so I’m happy with the progress so far.

“There are lots of young people out there who have never been in paid employment and many have lost their way a bit and it’s not a path I want to see them go down.

“But, speaking as an employer, it’s hard to give a job to someone who’s never been in the workplace before.

“I think apprenticeships are the way forward for many employers, because it gives them the option to take a chance on a young person and equip them with the skills they need to be a good employee.

“For the apprentices themselves, they get to learn how to do a real job, in a real workplace, while earning a real wage.”

Carole Harrison, Kiah’s training adviser at East Midlands Chamber – the Chamber of Commerce for Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire – said: “We’re really pleased with the progress Kiah has made so far.

“Apprentices play a vital role in helping businesses to develop the skills, knowledge and experience they need to grow and prosper – in Kiah’s case, it has certainly helped her to develop the confidence and other soft skills she needs to succeed in the workplace.

“The Chamber is a huge advocate of apprenticeships, which are a great way of equipping young people with the skills, attitudes and attributes they need to have long and successful careers in business.

“Today’s school-leavers are tomorrow’s business leaders, so it is crucial that greater emphasis is placed on apprenticeships to bridge the gap between education and the world of work.”

Rise in gun licensing fees is missing the target, believes Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Increases in firearms licensing fees announced by the Government today are a step in the right direction, says Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles. But he believes that the police budget will still be subsidising the service.

Mr Charles has strongly campaigned for increases that will enable the police to recover all the processing costs arising from their role in issuing the licences.

“Police forces are facing a continuing barrage of cuts to their budgets, yet they are having to absorb the costs involved in licensing firearms for recreation, sport or work purposes,” he said. “This is money that comes from the public purse and I really don’t see how this can be justifiable.”

The Association of Chief Police Officers has previously said that the licensing system costs the public an estimated £23.7m annually yet the police only recover about a quarter of this total in fees.

Today’s announcement means that fees will be increased on 6th April, which will be the first time since 2001. The increases will see the cost of a firearms certificate rise from £50 to £88 and a shotgun certificate from £50 to £79.50. Renewals of firearms certificates will go up from £40 to £62 and shotgun certificates from £40 to £49.

The changes being made are intended to allow police forces to recover the full cost of running the firearms licensing service once the on-line system that is currently being developed is operational. Ultimately, the aim is to end the current, unsustainable process for the police and in its place produce a more effective system that will benefit forces, licence holders and the general public.

Commissioner Charles commented: “I am pleased that the Government plans to work with the police to introduce the on-line system and that they intend to review it in a year’s time to assess whether costs are, indeed, being fully recovered. However, the safety of the public must be absolutely maintained when any new system is introduced.

“But recommendations from the Association of Chief Police Officers were that the cost of applying for a licence would need to almost double to help fund the administration process. Since the increases to be introduced next month are considerably less than that, I expect that further upward adjustments will have to be made – and hopefully sooner rather than later.”

Glossop Judo Club 10yrs old and still ‘throwing’ strong.

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Celebrating its Tenth year Glossop Judo Club continues to produce, England/Great Britain Team members, National Champions and a place for kids to enjoy some controlled ‘rough and tumble’ and exercise.

The idea of Coaches and parents Steve Phillips and Geoff Ham, Glossop Judo is a completely volunteer run club.

It has, on four occasions, been High Peak Sports Club of the Year and Derbyshire Sports Club of the Year-Runners Up twice. Geoff and Steve won the British Judo Association Volunteers of the Year award in the first year of opening, along with securing the Sport England Bronze Clubmark Award for the club.

The clubs’ top player, Eric Ham, has been British Champion four times, High Peak Junior Sportsman of the Year five times, Derbyshire runner up twice and in 2013 took the top award of Derbyshire Young Sportsman of the Year. Eric has also been presented with the Derbyshire Young Achiever Award. Past Judo player, Ryan Phillips was awarded the Derbyshire School Sports Association award for Sporting Achievement and 2007 Steve was awarded High Peak Performance Coach of the Year.

Since 2005, twenty-nine National Medals have been won and seven fighters have been selected onto the England Cadet and Junior National Squad. One player, Eric Ham, is also on the Great Britain Junior Squad.

Away from the Elite Judoka, Glossop Judo Club have provided the opportunity for over 600 children to try this Olympic sport, providing structured, disciplined fun activity for all age groups of both genders. The great thing about the club is that from the opportunities it provides, some of the children have progressed from never having stepped onto a judo mat, to becoming elite judoka and representing their country. Without the opportunities and coaching at Glossop Judo club they would never have realised their sporting potential.

Within the Community the club has helped raise over £14,000 for Charities such as the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Amy’s Retreat, the Stroke Association, the Alzheimer’s Society and the Christie Hospital. It also helps with the local schools’ Physical Education curriculum.

The club still struggles with funding, as many volunteer clubs do, gladly this year has seen some new sponsors come on board but the club still need further cash injections to ensure its future. Further sponsors would ensure the future of Judo within Glossop and the future of one of Glossop’s most successful sports clubs, benefiting the community and children of Glossop.

The club will be celebrating its tenth year at a presentation night to be held in March, where all the children and adult players, will receive a trophy.

Information in relation to Glossop Judo Club can be found at


Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service, New Vans for the Handy Van service

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service and Derbyshire County Council are proud to announce the launch of eight brand new vans for the Derbyshire Handy Van network.

The Handy Van Network provides practical support to help older and vulnerable people to live independently in their own home.  The new fleet will ensure that the dedicated team of operatives are on the road and ready to visit the homes of those eligible, to provide the following:

- conduct home fire safety checks

- provide and install smoke alarm

- conduct security checks

- provide and install security equipment

- offer energy efficiency advice

- advice on fall prevention

- conduct practical DIY tasks –

For example:-

- changing light bulbs

- securing carpets and rugs

- removing and hanging curtains

- checking stair rails are secure and appropriate

- path and door access clearance.

The brand new fleet of vans was launched at the 4th Handy Van Awards event, held at Fire Service Headquarters on Tuesday, 10th March.

The well attended event recognises not only the operatives who deliver the service, but also the providers who manage the networks throughout the county.

The categories and winners were:

Operative of the Year:

Winner             Colin Summers

Runner up        Michael Curtis

Provider of the Year:

Winner              Mediquip

Runner up       South Derbyshire Community Volunteer Service

Going beyond the call of duty:

Andy Street

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service Special Recognition:

Metropolitan Countywide Service

Speaking of Colin Summers, Handy Van operative of the year winner, one recipient of the service said: “Mr Summers always goes beyond the call of duty and his cheery outlook is a pleasure to see – non better”.

For more information about the Handy Van service visit

Davis Blank Furniss Announces Dates and Details of its LPA Week 2015

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Davis Blank Furniss – the Glossop based law firm – will be holding its 2015 Lasting Powers of Attorney Week from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th March at its Ellison Street office.

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) enables you to appoint a trusted friend, relative or professional to make decisions about your finances, property and personal welfare in the event that you are in an accident or you develop an illness that leaves you unable to make such decisions for yourself.

During this year’s LPA Week, the firm will be offering various discounts to anyone who wishes to put an LPA in place. Prices start at £240.00.

The week long promotion includes both types of LPA: The first covers your property and financial affairs; and the second your personal welfare and health.

Laura Johnson, private client solicitor at Davis Blank Furniss, commented: “Many people don’t even consider having an LPA, but we are all living   longer meaning that the number of us suffering from dementia is expected to increase year on year. If you do not have an LPA and you develop an illness – or have an accident that leaves you mentally incapacitated – then it will be extremely challenging and frustrating for your family and friends to ensure that your needs are met and that your financial affairs are kept in order.  Laura added: Our hope is that the LPA Week helps to raise awareness and really makes people think about their long-term plans.”

For more information – or to make an appointment during the Davis Blank Furniss LPA Week 2015 – please email

Fire on Arnfield Moor

Monday, March 9th, 2015

 At 7:34pm on Friday, 6th March 2015, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service was called to Arnfield Moor, Tintwistle following reports of a fire on the moor.

Firefighters from Glossop Fire Station made their way on foot onto the moor, following information that there was a group of young people who had become disorientated and trapped.

Thankfully the group were able to make their own way off the moor and to safety, guided by the fire service.

Due to the complexity of fighting moorland fires at night, firebreaks were put in place to contain the fire. Upon re-inspection at 7.00am on Saturday, crews were satisfied that the fire was out.

At present the cause of the fire is unknown.

Both Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service and Rangers from the Peak District National Park would like to remind people of the dangers of being on moorland at night.  Fire, however started, can spread quickly creating a dangerous and frightening situation.

The involvement of the public is a vital factor in preventing the damage which moorland fires can cause. Early reporting of a fire is essential and anyone seeing a fire should dial 999 to notify the Fire Service immediately.

Walkers can act as a useful fire watch and give early notice of the danger particularly if carrying a mobile phone. Accurate information on the location with map reference or bearing can save precious time.

People travelling by car can also keep watch and report smoke or fires in a similar way.

For more information about protecting the Peak District and preventing moorland fires, please visit

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