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Councillors want to hear your Christmas Grumbles

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

This coming, Saturday (28th November) will see the latest and last of this year’s Glossopdale Labour Councillors Shopper’s Surgery.

Taking place from 10.00am until 11.30am in the central Glossop location of the Glossop Market Arcade, the shopper’s surgery will feature High Peak Borough Councillors Damien Greenhalgh and Godfrey Claff who represent Howard Town, Graham Oakley from Whitfield, Nick Longos from Padfield, Bob Mckeown from Hadfield South, Ed Kelly from Hadfield North and Anthony Mckeown from Gamesley, and with his other ‘hat’ on Glossop and Charlesworth County Councillor Damien Greenhalgh.

This month’s surgery has no particular set theme, and the councillor’s will be happy to answer any questions, comments and concerns that locals have.

Cllr Anthony Mckeown commented ”Our shopper’s surgery is somewhere where you might be passing on a Saturday morning, and if you have a grumble, comments, questions or query, please let us know and where we can together we can fix those grumbles.”

Don’t forget if you are not about on Saturday morning councillors aren’t just available at surgeries – please still get in touch, you can see contact details for Labour Councillors by visiting our website at or alternatively (for all borough councillors) on the borough council’s website at, and for county councillor’s at

Central Methodist Church Cafe

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

In September 2008 Central Methodist Church (next to the ambulance station) established their Oasis Café in order to serve the community, in particular the many people in Glossop who would appreciate a regular visit to a special and friendly place where they could eat good food, enjoy company and know that they wouldn’t be expected to move on as soon as they had finished their drink or snack. Seven years later and after serving 21,000 adults and 2,000 children, the café is still going strong.

It runs from 10.30am to 2pm each week on a Wednesday with an extensive menu of snacks, drinks (with free refills), home-made cakes and weekly specials and for the second time has received the Food Standards Agency five-star accolade.

It is a non-profit making venture, with the low prices maintained because the rota of around 30 staff is made up entirely of volunteers who find that they get just as much out of the venture as they put in.

If you don’t feel like a chat, a selection of newspapers is available, or you can take part in the free activities organised by the café, including an IT support room where scores of people have been supported by experienced volunteers through all stages of computer familiarity, at a pace to suit themselves. You don’t even have to bring a computer – they are provided if you don’t have one of your own. These sessions are funded by the café as are regular sessions of armchair aerobics led by a skilled trainer.

Oasis has recently been redecorated and an outdoor play and leisure area developed for use when it’s fine, and when it isn’t, there’s an indoor children’s play area where parents can oversee their children playing with a range of toys.

So, if you haven’t been to Oasis, why not give it a try?

Residents encouraged to put their questions to the cyber experts this lunchtime

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Residents across the county are invited to log online this lunchtime and put their cyber safety questions to the experts.  As part of the recently launched Protect Yourself Online campaign, web users across the county are being encouraged to take part in two virtual surgeries.

The first is set to take place between 12noon and 1pm today (Tuesday, November 10), with the second going live between the same times on Thursday, November 12.  The surgeries will be hosted on the Derbyshire Constabulary website to give people the opportunity to speak to top cops and online experts about any issues that concern them when heading online.  Officers from the Digital Media Investigation Unit will be joined by the force’s Digital PCSO, Shevani Raichura, to answer any questions, offer cyber safety advice and also point people in the right direction for further support.

The Protect Yourself Online initiative, which launched last month, aims to raise awareness of the online dangers posed by cyber criminals. The campaign will see officers across the county teaming up to keep Derbyshire residents safe from harm, anti-social behaviour and criminal activities online.  As part of the campaign, a dedicated web hub has been launched on the force website where people can easily pick up advice, information and support on a range of topics. This includes child sexual exploitation (CSE), social media safety, fraud and scams.

For helpful information and advice, visit the dedicated Protect Yourself Online web hub at:

Derbyshire Cadets celebrate victory in national Iron Team Challenge

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Young cadets across Derbyshire are celebrating after huge success at a national competition.  Eight cadets from Derby, Chesterfield and Buxton Divisions made up the Derbyshire Constabulary team and took part in the Iron Team Challenge alongside 15 other teams from the Metropolitan Police.  During the challenge, the team took part in two separate competitions. The first saw the group work as a team and use their initiative to undertake tasks and solve problems. The Derbyshire cadets came in fourth place in this content.

The second competition was to assess the cadets on their positivity in the face of adversity and saw them undertake duties including keeping a fire alight and building a good shelter using tarpaulin and their team working skills. The county’s team came out on top in this competition.  Team members were honoured for their achievement by Inspector Barry Doyle, who oversees policing in the Buxton North Policing Section, at a special cadets meeting at Glossopdale School on Thursday, November 5.

PCSO Jack Barlow from the Glossop Town Centre Safer Neighbourhood Team was involved with the competition and said: “This is an unbelievable achievement for Derbyshire cadets and one they should be incredibly proud of. We really do need a trophy cabinet to showcase all of the awards they have received recently for their tremendous work.  Nathan Todd, who is a cadet in Buxton Division, was a great captain and led the team to victory. There are over 4000 cadets in the Metropolitan Police and just 75 in Derbyshire and this achievement shows our cadet’s commitment and their passion for their role.  I would urge local young people who are interested in becoming cadets to visit our website to find out more.”

The Derbyshire cadet scheme aims to promote an understanding of policing amongst young people, to encourage a spirit of adventure and good citizenship, to support local policing priorities through volunteer activities, and to inspire young people to have a positive impact on their communities.  As well as learning the ins and outs of policing, cadets will also be required to volunteer some of their time in the community, tackling tasks set by the force to help address local issues such as vehicle crime and burglary.

To find out more about the cadet scheme visit and to speak to a member of your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101.

You can also follow @GlossopSNT on Twitter to keep up to date on policing in your community.

Buxton and Glossop officers team up in support of Intoxicated No ID

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Police in Buxton and Glossop are teaming up in support of a newly launched Intoxicated No ID campaign to encourage people to think carefully about their ID.  As part of the Intoxicated campaign, the Buxton Licensing Team have been working closely with Safer Neighbourhood officers to promote the importance of people carrying valid identification to prevent underage drinking in the towns.  The Intoxicated No ID initiative sees officers working closely with pubs, clubs, and off-licences in Buxton and Glossop as part of a pilot scheme to encourage people to apply for a CitizenCard.  The card is an approved form of identification, carrying the PASS hologram, which shows a person’s date of birth and photograph.

PC Sandra Barlow from the Buxton Licensing Team said: “We have a good working relationship with staff at pubs, clubs and off-licences in both Buxton and Glossop who have all been really supportive in previous campaigns, including Intoxicated No Sale and Intoxicated No Entry.  We work closely with the staff to offer support and education, alongside promoting the Challenge 25 policy when entering a premise, serving or selling alcohol. This latest scheme is to work alongside this to promote the valid ID card.  Many people use passports or driving licences as proof of age but these can easily be misplaced on a night out. We want to minimise the risk of passports getting stolen to prevent fraudulent activity from taking place, so are encouraging people to sign up to the CitizenCard which is currently half price at £7.50 and is free to university students.”

Officers from the Buxton and Glossop Town Safer Neighbourhood Teams are heading out in the community delivering information packs and applications forms to businesses to hand out.  The scheme is currently being piloted in the High Peak with the intention of rolling it out forcewide in the near future.

For more information call 101 or email the Buxton Licensing Team at:

Police appeal to public to help trace Glossop car vandals

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

The Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team is appealing for information after car tyres were slashed in the town.

Sometime between 7.45pm on Wednesday, October 21 and 8.50am the following morning, vandals used a sharp instrument to slash the nearside front and back tyres of a blue Nissan Micra.

The vehicle was parked along Surrey Street, Glossop when the incident took place.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact PCSO Rachael Blackley on 101, quoting crime number 45607/15 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

To speak to the Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team call 101 and follow the team on Twitter: @GlossopSNT

Cars damaged in Glossop

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Police are appealing for witnesses after a number of cars were damaged in Glossop. On Saturday, October 24 at around 6.40am a man was seen walking down Tredcroft Street trying to open car doors.  A number of calls were received from residents on the street reporting that their cars had been damaged.  The man was described as wearing a dark coloured hooded top with the hood worn up and fawn coloured trousers.  Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Peter Burgess on 101 quoting crime reference number 46048/15.

To report crime anonymously ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Remembrance Sunday – 8 November 2015

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Services will take place at the Cenotaphs in Buxton, Glossop and Hadfield and all are welcome to attend.

The service at the Cenotaph on the Slopes will be attended by the Deputy Lieutenant, Michael Hall, and the Mayor of High Peak Councillor Stewart Young. The service will be conduced jointly by Rev John Hudghton and Rev Andrew Parker. All those wishing to attend are asked to arrive by 10.45am. At the conclusion of the service a procession will form under the direction of the Parade Marshall, Mr Paul Glover, and process to the Conservatory at the Pavilion Gardens were tea and coffee will be served. Music will be provided by Fairfield Band.

The service will take place at the Cenotaph. A parade to the Cenotaph will leave the Market Place at 10.50am. The service will be attended by the Deputy Lieutenant, Mr David Holtom, and the Deputy Mayor of High Peak Councillor Colin Boynton. It will be conducted by Father Gregory Tobin and Rev Norman Shaw. Following the service, the procession will re-form and proceed to the Market Ground. Refreshments will be available at Bradbury Community House. Music will be provided by Glossop Old Band.

Those attending the service in Hadfield are invited to join former High Peak Mayor Councillor Pat Jenner at a morning service at St Andrew’s Church at 10am conducted by Rev Felicity Walters. Following the church service, those attending will walk to the Cenotaph for the service at 10.50am which will be conduced by Rev Walters and Rev Helen Stubbs. Refreshments will then be served in the Community Room, Hadfield Hall, Hadfield.

Hospice supporter goes that extra mile – or 131 miles to be exact

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Hospice supporter Ian McClure has gone that extra mile for Willow Wood. Throughout October he has run just over four miles a day or in other words the equivalent of 5 marathons in just 31 days!

Ian said “In 2003 we went through the very sad experience of losing our mum, Mary McClure, to breast cancer, though before she passed away she wanted to spend the last few weeks of her life in the Hospice. The care the Hospice showed to my mum and the support they gave to my family will always be appreciated and never be forgotten. Their care helped to make an awful situation the best it could have ever been and more, we are forever grateful “

Ian continued ”Like the Hospice, my mum was amazing and always put others first, so I want to try and give a little back. So for the month of October I challenged myself to run every day, the plan being to run a minimum of 4 miles each day… legs permitting! Thankfully they lasted”

John Fellowes, Head of Fundraising said “The personal challenges people set themselves to raise vital funds for the Hospice never ceases to amaze everyone at the Hospice. We are very grateful to Ian and we hope that he can now take a few days to recuperate – goodness knows he’ll need it”

If you would like to help Ian raise even more vital funds then he has a Justgiving page which you can find at or he has also set-up a text facility which is even easier! Just text MUMC65, followed by your chosen donation to 70070.

If you have been inspired by reading Ian’s amazing story and you would like to set yourself a personal challenge and help the Hospice at the same time then get in touch with the fundraising team at Willow Wood by either email to or by ringing them on 0161 330 7788

Strictly returns to Willow Wood

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Following hot on the heels of Carol Kirkwood, Katie Derham and Peter Andre, 20 local dancers are already perfecting their Waltz, Cha-Cha-Cha and dance routines, all hoping to become Willow Wood’s “Strictly for Willow Wood” Dance Champions for 2015.  With 10 couples currently in training, preparations for the big finale night are now well in hand.  After months of practice and no doubt the odd stumble, everything will come to a dramatic culmination on Saturday 5th December at Dukinfield Town Hall when the couples will perform in front of a panel of judges and one lucky couple will be presented with the Willow Wood Glitter Ball trophy which was won last year by Sharon Collins and Pete Woodward.

“Strictly” coordinator Lisa Stafford said “Over the last few months our novice dancers have been taking lessons from local experts. All are now perfecting their routines and putting the final touches in an effort to impress the panel of Judges and the audience. Right from the word go their overwhelming enthusiasm has been infectious and our dancers have put a lot of hard work into their preparation and they are taking everything very seriously”  Dot Birchfield Promotions and Events Manager for the Ashton under Lyne based Hospice said “Last year the standards were incredible and I can’t wait for this years spectacle, I am sure it will be another great success. From what I have already seen at rehearsals, the judges will have a difficult task ahead of them”  Dot continued “The standards are incredibly high and I think the audience and judges alike will be hugely impressed. Apart from our brilliant panel of judges, Jean Griffiths, Tracy Rontree, Scott Lees, John Wood, the audience will also be involved in voting for their favourite routine on the evening”.

Apart from a “sparkling” reception, a delicious hot buffet, there will also be a great programme of entertainment throughout the evening which will be jointly compered by Nigel Griffiths and Martyn Preston. DJ’s throughout will be Bob and Jason Worthington who will keep everyone up to date with the scores and then provide the music for people to dance the night away. With performances from Dobcross Brass Band and the Janice Hughes School of Dance the evening is bound to go with a “swing”

If you would like to be at this great Hospice event tickets are now available by ringing the Appeals office on 0161 330 7788 or by emailing the fundraising team at  but hurry tickets are selling fast.

Derbyshire residents encouraged to put their questions to the cyber experts

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Residents across the county are invited to log online and put their cyber safety questions to the experts.  As part of the recently launched Protect Yourself Online campaign, web users across the county are being encouraged to take part in two upcoming virtual surgeries.  The surgeries will be hosted on the Derbyshire Constabulary website to give people the opportunity to speak to top cops and online experts about any issues that concern them when heading online.

Officers from the Digital Media Investigation Unit will be joined by the force’s Digital PCSO, Shevani Raichura, to answer any questions, offer cyber safety advice and also point people in the right direction for further support.  The surgeries are set to take place on the force website between 12noon and 1pm on Tuesday, October 10 and Thursday, October 12.

The Protect Yourself Online initiative, which launched last month, aims to raise awareness of the online dangers posed by cyber criminals. The campaign will see officers across the county teaming up to keep Derbyshire residents safe from harm, anti-social behaviour and criminal activities online.

As part of the campaign, a dedicated web hub has been launched on the force website where people can easily pick up advice, information and support on a range of topics. This includes child sexual exploitation (CSE), social media safety, fraud and scams.

For helpful information and advice, visit the dedicated Protect Yourself Online web hub at:

Bonfire Night Safety

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Whilst Bonfire Night can be a colourful spectacular, fun celebrations can soon turn to disaster if safety precautions and advice is not followed.

Despite there being numerous organised displays to choose from, many people still choose to hold their own private bonfire party at home.  A few simple precautionary safety measures can help ensure that everyone stays safe and enjoy the celebrations without injury or harm.

  • Keep fireworks in a closed metal box and take them out one at a time.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on each firework. Read the instructions by torch light and not a naked flame and always buy fireworks from a reputable source.
  • Light fireworks at arm’s length using a safety firework lighter or fuse wick – Stand back after lighting.
  • NEVER go back to a firework once lit, it may go off in your face.
  • Collect used fireworks with care, douse with water and bury them or place in a metal container.
  • Keep children away from fireworks and bonfires.
  • Keep pets indoors.
  • Take care with sparklers – young children should not handle these.
  • NEVER throw fireworks.
  • NEVER keep fireworks in your pocket.
  • Keep a bucket of water handy.

If you must light a bonfire, follow these safety tips:

  • Site the bonfire well away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and shrubs and well away from your fireworks
  • Before lighting, make sure there are no animals hiding inside.
  • Be careful when building the bonfire, so it does not collapse once lit.
  • Don’t burn foam filled furniture, aerosols, tins of paint, or bottles.
  • NEVER use flammable liquids – paraffin or petrol – to light the fire.
  • Keep everyone, especially children, away from the fire.
  • In case of emergency, keep buckets of water, a garden hose of a fire extinguisher ready.
  • When the party is over, pour water on the embers before leaving.


Group Manager Paul Hawker said: “We all know that fireworks can be great fun if handled responsibly, however, accidents can and do happen. Last year the Service saw a 44% increase in the number of emergency calls during the bonfire night celebration period.  An out of control bonfire or a stray firework can soon lead to disaster. I would therefore encourage everyone wanting to enjoy the festivities, to attend an organised display where they can relax and enjoy the spectacle safely and without risk.”

For more information about keeping safe outdoors, please visit 

Derbyshire residents clued up on online safety following recent roadshows

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Residents in Chesterfield, Alfreton and Swadlincote have been picking up tips on how to stay safe online after chatting to officers at a cybercrime roadshow.  Detective Sergeant Karl Rowley was joined by Digital PCSO Shevani Raichura to chat to passers-by, answer questions and offer online safety advice at recent pop-up shops.  The information stalls were held at busy libraries in Chesterfield, Alfreton and Swadlincote as part of a wider Derbyshire County Council event to bring partner agencies together.  The officers visited Chesterfield Library on Saturday, October 24, Alfreton Library on Monday, October 26, and on Wednesday, October 28 they spoke with visitors at Swadlincote Library.

Digital PCSO Raichura said: “The events were a fantastic opportunity to head out on the road to chat to residents, offer advice and introduce myself as the Digital PCSO for Derbyshire.  “All three of the events had a great turnout and it was brilliant to see so many people, from the young to old, taking an interest in cybercrime and realising the importance of protecting yourself online.  I was being asked questions on a range of subjects from setting strong passwords and how often you should change them, open tabs and looking out for scam emails. I was also asked for safety tips following the recent Talk Talk issue that we see in the news today.  We also took along some computer equipment and lay them out of the table for visitors to guess where the part went and its function. It was a fantastic conversation starter and youngsters were particularly keen to test their knowledge.”

For information, support and advice for staying safe online, visit the newly launched Cybercrime web hub. This can be found by visiting:

Follow PCSO Shevani Raichura on Twitter for the latest online safety tips: @DigitalPCSO

Derbyshire residents encouraged to protect their details following Talk Talk cyber-attack

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Police are issuing advice to encourage residents to protect their personal details following recent cyber-attack to the phone and broadband provider, Talk Talk.  Talk Talk has recently been the victim of a cyber-attack on their website commonly referred to as DDoS – distributed denial of service attack. This has led to hackers accessing Talk Talks servers and stealing personal data, which could affect over four million customers.  Although it is currently unknown exactly what data has been stolen, Talk Talk has stated that there is a chance that fraudsters could have taken personal details such as customer’s names, addresses, date of birth and email addresses.  Telephone numbers, Talk Talk account information and customer’s credit card and banking details may have also been accessed.

Following the incident, residents in Derbyshire are being encouraged to be vigilant to potential scam emails that may appear in their inbox, and to monitor their bank accounts for any unusual activity as it may be linked to the work of fraudsters.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has released their top tips around protecting your details from similar scams. Advice includes:

  • Be wary of any emails claiming to be from Talk Talk asking for additional information such as passwords even if they are able to tell you specific account details – this is most likely a phishing email and sent to gain access to your account;
  • If you have opened an email attachment please ensure you change the passwords for all your bank, email and online shopping accounts;
  • As well as emails, be wary of any telephone calls claiming to be from Talk Talk that ask for additional information or want to gain remote access to your computer. Again they may tell you specific details about your account. If you get such a call do not give any details, terminate the call, use a separate telephone line/mobile phone and call Talk Talk back on one of their known numbers to ascertain if the call is genuine.

If you think you have been a victim of this type of email you should report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or by visiting the website at:

For further advice and information on protecting yourself from fraud, visit the dedicated Stamp out Fraud in Derbyshire webpage at:

Derbyshire Constabulary logs into national campaign to set urban fraud myths straight

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Do you know your fraud fact from fraud fiction? Derbyshire Constabulary is teaming up with Action Fraud and the City of London Police to launch its Urban Fraud Myths campaign to let you know the truth about fraud and cybercrime.  Urban fraud myths are everywhere, which if believed often leave people in danger of becoming a victim of fraud and cybercrime.

For the next 13 working days, the campaign will be showing the darker side of fraud by identifying common myths and letting people know the reality of these myths and possible ways to avoid falling into the fraudsters trap.

Day one of the campaign kicks off with a well-known dating fraud myth; many people believe that those joining dating websites are vetted before they are allowed to have a membership; however this is very rarely the case. The reality is that most dating websites allow people to sign-up to the website without vetting checks, which means that fraudsters are able to use the website to target people online and defraud them.

In the last financial year 3,543 people reported that they had been a victim of dating fraud to Action Fraud, with a total financial loss of £33,650,491. Dating fraudsters are often particularly convincing and if the person also thinks that they have already been vetted by the dating website, it makes it even easier for the fraudster to manipulate their victim.

On the thirteenth day of the campaign we will be looking at charity fraud and whether it is always safe to make charitable donations to street collectors or via charity mailing. In reality, most collections are genuine but we ask that people question whether the charity is registered. In 2014/15, 1199 people reported charity fraud to Action Fraud, with a number of people saying that they wished they had found out more about the alleged charity, before they had made a contribution.

Urban Myths such as those about dating and charity fraud will be debunked throughout the course of the campaign; all with the aim to bring people’s attention to these kinds of myths and provide them with the alternate reality. People should feel empowered to protect themselves from becoming a victim of fraud and cybercrime and this campaign should help people to feel confident to do this.  There are plenty of other myths out there and police are teaming up with Action Fraud to help people to discover the reality about fraud and cyber crime before it is too late. Action Fraud will therefore be inviting people to share some of the myths that they have come across and any questions that they may have about them, using the hashtag #UrbanFraudMyths.

Police National Coordinator for Economic Crime, Commander Chris Greany who will be overseeing the campaign said: “There are a number of misconceptions around fraud and cybercrime which often leave people vulnerable. This campaign will help to shatter these misconceptions and provide the public with a clearer picture, helping them to challenge possible urban myths and stop fraudsters in their tracks.

Detective Inspector Rob King, Head of the Derbyshire Constabulary Economic Crime Unit, added: “This campaign is a fantastic opportunity for us to team up with our partners at Action Fraud and the City of London Police to promote the messages of fraud and cybercrime nationwide.

“Fraudsters are continuously finding new ways to convince their victims to part with their hard-earned cash, leaving the person upset and embarrassed, often with empty pockets. We hope by sharing information and shattering these myths, we can help to break stereotypes and show how everyone can be vulnerable to fraud.  The more information people have about the realities of fraud and cybercrime, the more we can all take steps to stop ourselves from falling into a cyber criminal’s trap.”

Find out when Santa will visit you this Christmas.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Yes, yes, we all know that Santa visits us all on Christmas Eve, but he is coming to find out what all the children want this Christmas.  Have a look at when he will near to you and pay him a visit.

Thursday, 26th November -  Gamesley Festive Market 17.30 – 20.00

Saturday, 28th November Community Carol Singing and Christmas Lights Switch On

Tuesday, 1st December Hadfield Railway Station, The Moorlands, Malvern Rise, Platt Street, Post Street, Temple Street, Padfield Main Road, Brosscroft, Bankbottom, Waterside, The Croft, Peter Street, Goddard Lane, New Road, Conduit Street, West Drive, Manchester Road, Old Road.

Thursday. 3rd December Hadfield Railway station, Railway Street, South Marlow Street, Queen Street, Stanyforth Street, Kiln Lane, Station Road, Bank Street, Chapel Lane, Ridings Road, Merseybank Road, Etherow Way, Watkin Avenue, Wharncliffe Close, Hadfield Road, Higher Barn Rd, Green Lane, Newshaw Lane, Church Street.

Saturday, 5th December Glossop Garden Centre: 10.00 – 16.00

Monday, 7th December Shaw Lane, Meadowfield Close, Shawfield Road, Oakfield Road, Thorncliffe Road, Green Lane, Lower Barn Road, Spring Tavern Estate.

Wednesday, 9th December Turnlee Drive, Turnlee Rd, Woodlea Road, Moorside Close, High Meadows, Brooklands Drive, Howards Meadow, Earls Way, Overdale Drive, Primrose Lane, Brookside, Longclough Drive, Primrose Lane, A57 High Street West, Shrewsbury Street, Surrey Street, Edward Street

Friday, 11th December Simmondley Lane, Foxlea, Brockholes, Valley Road, Hunters Lane, Green Lane, Greenbank, Meadowbank, Storth Meadow Road, Simmondley New Road, Pennine Road, Longmoor Road, Werneth Road, Bowland Road,

Tuesday, 15th December North Rd, Spire Hollin, Dinting Rd, Heath Road, Talbot Road, Fauvel Rd, Howard Street, Charles Street, Fitzalan Street, Norfolk Street, Lord Street, Hall Meadow Road, Church Street, Manor Park Rd, High Street East.

Thursday, 17th December Victoria Street, Hollin Cross Lane, Hadfield Street, Summer St, Shaw Street, St. Marys Road, Mount Street, Princess Street,Pikes Lane, Queen Street, Sunlaws Street, Tredcroft Street, John Street, Duke Street, Hadfield Place, Charlestown Road, Whitfield Avenue, Whitfield Cross, Gladstone Street, Wood Street, Kershaw Street, King Street.

Saturday, 19th December Norfolk Square 10.00 – 16.00

Tuesday, 22nd December Sheffield Road, Queen’s Drive, Shirebrook Park

October 2015 Shopper’s Surgery – Put your questions to local councillors

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

This coming Saturday (31st October) will see the latest Glossopdale Labour Councillors Shopper’s Surgery, following on from last month’s 4th anniversary since the ‘Shopper’s Surgeries’ started.

Taking place from 10.00am until 11.30am in the central Glossop location of the Glossop Market Arcade, the shopper’s surgery will feature High Peak Borough Councillors Damien Greenhalgh and Godfrey Claff who represent Howard Town, Graham Oakley from Whitfield, Nick Longos from Padfield, Bob Mckeown from Hadfield South, Ed Kelly from Hadfield North and Anthony Mckeown from Gamesley, and with his other ‘hat’ on Glossop and Charlesworth County
Councillor Damien Greenhalgh.

The ‘shopper’s surgery’ has no set theme, and the councillor’s will be happy to answer any questions, comments and concerns that locals have.

Cllr Anthony Mckeown commented ”What ever the issue, we’re happy to take your comments, questions and queries, and if we don’t know the answer – we will find someone that does.”

He added “However if you are not about on Saturday morning don’t forget that councillors aren’t just available at surgeries please still get in touch – but even if you don’t have an issue to raise feel free to call and say hello if you’re passing on Saturday morning.”

The councillors hold the surgery in the central location of the Glossop Market Arcade as it’s someone where you may be passing whilst out on a Saturday rather than you having to go somewhere special, and in additional too been available for your questions this month, they will also have details on making sure you’re on the electoral register along with information on the recent and forthcoming changes to the 394 Glossop to Stepping Hill Bus service.

You can see contact details for Labour Councillors by visiting our website at or alternatively (for all borough councillors) on the borough council’s website at, and for county councillor’s at

Gamesley and Fairfield Bonfire Night

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

HighPeak Borough Council has been working with several voluntary groups in Fairfield and Gamesley to complete the final preparations for their neighbourhood bonfire events.

The Fairfield bonfire will be held on Tuesday 3November at Granby Road playing fields, Granby Road, Fairfield, Buxton between 6.00pm and 8.00pm. Entrance fees are £1 for adults and 50p for children.

The Gamesley bonfire event will take place on Thursday 5 November on Melandra Castle Road to the rear of Winster Mews shops between 6:00pm and 8:00pm.

For further information please contact the Council’s Dave Longbone on 0345 129 8075.


Derbyshire’s first Digital PCSO takes to the ranks

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Derbyshire Constabulary’s first Digital PCSO has taken to the ranks as a county-wide cybercrime initiative is launched.  Shevani Raichura joined the force in October 2014 as a Safer Neighbourhood officer in Littleover, Abbey and Normanton, before taking on the role of Digital PCSO for Derbyshire.   Similar to a traditional police community support officer, PCSO Raichura will be working closely with communities to offer advice, promote safety messages and reduce vulnerability, however all of it online.

Digital PCSO Shevani Raichura said: “I’m extremely proud to be taking on the role of Derbyshire Constabulary’s first digital PCSO and I am looking forward to all the new challenges that it may bring along the way.  As technology changes and becomes more influential on our everyday lives, it can often see cybercriminals using it for ways it wasn’t originally intended or designed, particularly on social media sites.  I am committed to reaching out to our online communities to offer advice and support around how they can improve their security to enjoy the internet safely. I will also be increasing our online visibility in order to fight cybercrime more effectively, along with hosting online surgeries to answer any questions Derbyshire residents may have.”

A dedicated cybercrime Twitter account has recently been launched on the social media site which will see PCSO Raichura sending daily messages to offer online security advice and support.  Over coming months, Shevani is also set to host virtual surgeries alongside her colleagues in the Digital Media Investigation Unit. This will see top cops and online experts taking to the hot seat to answer questions from Derbyshire residents.  For the latest online safety messages follow PCSO Shevani Raichura on Twitter: @DigitalPCSO

For cybercrime prevention advice, information and support, visit the dedicated Protect Yourself Online web hub: Here you will find information on a range of topics from CSE, social media safety and fraud.

Residents encouraged to protect their pensions following recent scam

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Police are offering advice to encourage Derbyshire residents to protect their pensions from fraudsters.  The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has been alerted to a pension scam whereby people are investing their hard-earned savings into non-existent property developments abroad.  The scam sees cold callers targeting members of the public, particularly those aged between 50 and 60-years-old, to persuade them to release and transfer their pension early.

The fraudsters purport to be from a legitimate pension company and promise their victims quality investment opportunities such as hotel developments or property in Cape Verde.  Often, the cold calling ‘pension companies’ involved are neither regulated nor qualified to give financial advice and classify themselves as a ‘trustee’, ‘consultant’ or an ‘independent advisor’ and offer exceptionally high return rates for investors.

There are simple but effective tips for protecting yourself against pension fraud. This includes:

  • Ensure that you request that the risks and growth rates are explained and that you fully understand them before transferring your pension;
  • Remember, if the offer seems too good to be true then it generally is. Don’t be
  • Check whether the pension arrangement company is registered with the FCA. Registered companies can be checked using the FCA register online at:

Further advice can be found at:

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud, contact Action Fraud by calling 0300 1232040 or by visiting the website at  For more information and advice on protecting yourself from fraud, visit the dedicated Stamp out Fraud in Derbyshire page at:

Charlesworth residents urged to boost security following thefts

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Residents in Charlesworth and Glossop are being urged to protect their property from thieves following theft of tools and high value bikes in the area.  A black Harley Davidson motorbike was stolen after thieves forced their way into a garage on Marple Road in Charlesworth. The incident took place between midnight on Thursday, October 15 and 10am the following morning.  Offenders made off with three high value bikes after using tools to force open the garage door at a property on Tomwood Rise in Charlesworth.  Two black and white Cube Acid mountain bikes and a red coloured Specialized mountain bike were stolen from the address sometime between 6pm on Thursday, October 15 and 9am on Saturday, October 17.  Power tools and a valuable mountain bike were also stolen from three garages in the Charlesworth area overnight on Thursday, October 15. These took place along Lee Vale Drive and Long Lane.

Officers from the area’s Safer Neighbourhood team are also urging motorists, particularly tradespeople, to consider the security of their vehicles after power tools were stolen from vans in Glossop and Charlesworth over the last week.  The incidents took place on Long Lane in Charlesworth and Totley Gardens, High Street West and Pikes Lane in Glossop.

Inspector Barry Doyle, who is in charge of policing in the area, said: “Over the last week we have received a number of reports from residents in Charlesworth and Glossop of high value items being stolen from garages and vans.   “We are appealing to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in those areas, or who may have been offered second hand power tools or bikes, to contact us so that we can bring those responsible to justice.  “I would like to encourage residents to consider the security of their own sheds, garages and vehicles to prevent them from becoming targeted by thieves. This includes using a good quality lock, suitable to the strength of the door and security marking all valuable to make belongings much less attractive to thieves.  “For added security, consider a shed or garage alarm and use a heavy duty bike chain to further secure the bike.”

Anyone with any information about the incidents is asked to contact the Glossop or Gamesley Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team or to pick up further crime prevention advice call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

Police launch dedicated cybercrime web hub to help residents stay safe online

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Derbyshire Constabulary has today launched a campaign aimed at raising awareness of the online dangers posed by cyber criminals.  The countywide ‘Protect Yourself Online’ initiative will see officers across the county teaming up to keep Derbyshire residents safe from harm, anti-social behaviour and criminal activities online.  As part of the campaign, a dedicated web hub has been launched on the force website where people can easily pick up advice, information and support on a range of topics. This will include child sexual exploitation (CSE), social media safety, fraud and scams.

Over the coming months, officers from the Digital Media Investigation Unit, alongside the force’s Digital PCSO, will be taking to the hot seat as part of a virtual surgery.

The surgery, which will be hosted on the force webpage, will give web users the opportunity to speak to top cops and online experts about any issues that concern them. The team will be on hand to offer advice and point people in the right direction for further support.  Over the coming week, officers will also be hosting cybercrime pop-up stalls as part of a wider event to promote a safer Derbyshire. These will take place between 10am and 3pm at Chesterfield Library on Saturday, October 24, Alfreton Library on Monday, October 26 and Swadlincote Library on Wednesday, October 28.

Digital Media Coordinator, Detective Sergeant Karl Rowley said: “Cybercrime is one of the most significant threats to the UK which sees criminals exploiting the internet to commit a range of offences including child abuse images and online fraud.  “Whether you are updating your social media accounts, online banking or chatting to your friends on webcam, technology plays a big part in our everyday lives so it is important to stay safe.  “As part of our cybercrime safety strategy, we will be working to raise awareness of the dangers posed by online criminals to help residents to stay safe and enjoy using the internet safely.”

For helpful information and advice, visit the dedicated Protect Yourself Online web hub at:

Derbyshire Constabulary committed to take action against cyber criminals

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Officers across the force are committed to tackling cybercrime to keep Derbyshire residents safe from harm, anti-social behaviour and criminal activities online.  As more children and young people head online and share information over social networking sites, there is the potential risk of increasing issues such as child sexual exploitation (CSE) and explicit images being shared on the web.

Police are working to tackle the issue known as sexting to minimise the increased risk to children online. Sexting involves young people taking and sharing sexually explicit images of themselves, often through social media channels such as Snapchat, KIK and Instagram.

Over the last year, the force’s Digital Media Investigation Unit has been committed to tackling these issues online to keep residents, particularly those most vulnerable, safe from cybercriminals.

The team has been working closely with Derby University to promote the key messages of staying safe online, with the force’s Digital Media Coordinator, Detective Sergeant Karl Rowley, presenting a number of workshops to highlight cybercrime trends and safety messages to schools across the county.  Visits have also been carried out at schools across Derbyshire with local Safer Neighbourhood teams chatting to pupils, parents and teachers to offer top tips and raise awareness of online dangers.

Officers have been working to offer support and advice to businesses to help them to further protect themselves from falling victim to fraud, scams and cybercrime. Talks have been given to specialised groups, including input at recent Chamber of Commerce and Neighbourhood Watch meetings to boost cyber security and safety knowledge.  As police work to boost cyber security to help members of the public stay safe online, officers have also been taking part in training to increase their knowledge of the support that they can offer to residents and businesses across Derbyshire.

To date, this has seen 128 frontline investigators completing a specialised training package last year, with another training package being launched last month to continually boost knowledge on the increasing threat posed by cybercriminals. The training package was launched by the College of Policing with the modules being designed and tailored by Derbyshire’s digital media co-ordinator.

With officers continually investigating and increasing their knowledge into the world of cybercrime, Derbyshire Constabulary is set to launch a dedicated campaign aimed at encouraging residents to protect themselves online.

The hunt is on for life saving moss

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

A special moss which helped save lives during both World Wars is now being mapped for the first time – and the public is being urged to help.  Those stepping out onto the moorlands of the Peak District and South Pennines can now take part in a unique project to make a map of where Sphagnum moss is found.  ‘The Big Moss Map’ will help scientists and conservationists in their efforts to save the region’s blanket bog habitat.

Sphagnum – whose antiseptic properties dramatically increased the survival rate of injured soldiers when they used it as a wound dressing during the First World War – is now seen as a vital weapon in the war against climate change.

Peatlands – predominantly made up of Sphagnum moss – store vast amounts of carbon. Globally they store more carbon below ground than plants do above ground. Healthy peatlands continue capturing and locking in carbon from the atmosphere whilst their surfaces are protected by a blanket of plants including essential Sphagnum mosses.

Since the industrial revolution much of the region’s Sphagnum – a plant very sensitive to atmospheric pollution – has died out. The Moors for the Future Partnership is working to conserve healthy peatlands and reintroduce Sphagnum moss. ‘The Big Moss Map’ will provide a picture of where Sphagnum is at the moment and in the future will show where it is increasing or decreasing, as volunteers continue adding to the map.  The scheme is being co-ordinated by the partnership’s Community Science project, and is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Sarah Proctor, Project Manager said: “When we are talking about blanket bog and the surrounding moorlands we are really thinking about areas with and without Sphagnum moss. Creating ‘The Big Moss Map’ gives us all an opportunity to get out and about and build a picture of how the moors of the Peak District and South Pennines are changing, whilst spreading the word about Sphagnum”.

Free training is available for those who would like to know more about the project or practice their Sphagnum-spotting skills. Volunteers can submit their sightings of the moss online or by post. A free smartphone app called ‘MoorMOSS’ is also available to help people identify the mosses they encounter.

BBC Springwatch presenter Brett Westwood said: “This is an exciting project. I’m very impressed with the scale of the work achieved and the vision for the moors. We need more visionary projects of this magnitude.”  Healthy peat bogs are important wildlife habitats, a vital store of carbon, help provide high quality drinking water, slow down surface run-off and help to reduce flooding.  To find out more about the project and how you can get involved go to:

Spellbinding Classical Music on Offer

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre is offering a series of top-class music events during the Autumn/ winter season.  Each month The Pavilion Gardens offers the chance to see some of the most talented classical musicians in the country during an hour-long lunchtime concert. Entitled Coffee Concerts, the next performance from The Lowry Brass Quintet is scheduled in for 12th Nov, offering a musical medley of tuba, horn, trombone and trumpet. Following which (9 Dec) a very special Coffee Concert will welcome the joint leader of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, violinist James Clark to take to the stage with principal cellist Jonathan Aasgaard. The concert marks the second performance of the society’s residency in Buxton. Ensemble 10/10 the contemporary arm of Liverpool Philharmonic will open the residency (3 Nov), performing the world premiere of a new work by Nigel Osborne.

The highlight of the three-dates will be a concert with RLP Orchestra directed by ‘artist in residence’, violinist and conductor Julian Rachlin (27 November). The orchestra, which is the longest surviving in the UK, will fill the Opera House with two spellbinding pieces by Mozart and Mendelssohn.  Classical music lovers can also mark New Year’s Eve in their diary as the Annual Gala Concert returns at the end of the year with the British Philharmonic Orchestra performing orchestral favourites from opera, ballet and film.

Whilst in the New Year (8 January) Northern Chamber Orchestra, which has accompanied the Buxton Festival since 1996 visits Buxton Opera House for A Viennese Gala, performing pieces from composers like Strauss, Lehár, Stolz and Liszt.  For tickets or more information please contact Buxton Opera House Box Office on 01298 72190 or visit 

Cybercrime is getting personal – Police log on to support national campaign

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Police in Derbyshire are teaming up to support a national campaign aimed at encouraging web users to protect their personal details from cybercriminals.  The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has revealed that UK residents lost £268million to cybercrime in the last 12 months alone, with many frauds going unreported.  Today (Monday, October 19) marks the launch of a dedicated action week to encourage people to think about the personal information they post online.

Throughout Get Safe Online Week, Derbyshire Constabulary will be tweeting daily advice to encourage residents to protect themselves from cybercrime, and Safer Neighbourhood teams across to the county will be heading out on the beat to offer advice.  In a specially commissioned survey by Get Safe Online, 21 per cent of cybercrime victims believe they were specifically targeted by fraudsters, more than a third had been left feeling vulnerable as a result, and more than half think it’s becoming much easier to fall victim to an online crime.  The study also showed how more than a quarter of victims had been scammed by phishing emails or ‘vishing’ phone calls. These are much more targeted scams whereby fraudsters piece together information found online, including from social media sites, to manipulate victims into sharing confidential information such as online account details.

Victims were also targeted by fake tax rebate emails, identity theft and phone, tablet or laptop hacking.  Digital Media Coordinator, Detective Sergeant Karl Rowley said: “Cybercrime is one of the most significant threats to the UK which sees criminals exploiting the internet to commit a range of offences, one of them being online fraud.  “Despite these risks, the Get Safe Online survey highlights how people are still not taking steps to protect themselves when surfing the web, such as not setting strong passwords, having public social media accounts and not connecting security software to their laptops or phones.  “Throughout Get Safe Online Week our residents will be able to pick up simple, yet highly effective, steps to help them to stay safe online. This includes using the highest security settings on your social media accounts and never disclosing your confidential details when you are contacted by an email or on the phone.”

Tony Neate, Chief Executive of Get Safe Online, added: “As we spend more of our lives online, our digital footprints inevitably get bigger. Sadly, that means opportunist fraudsters will use information about us to make their scams more believable and difficult to detect.  “Being online offers so many great opportunities for everyone and we would never discourage anyone from enjoying and benefiting from them. However, we do urge people to take precautions so they don’t make themselves vulnerable to underhanded scammers.  “The results of our survey show that cybercrime is getting much more personal so this Get Safe Online week we’re calling for people to be aware of this and take the small steps to keep themselves safe. Don’t let the criminals win!”
Get Safe Online is an educational website dedicated to protecting people from harm on the internet, by providing easy-to-understand information about online security.  If you think you have been a victim of cyber‐enabled economic fraud (i.e. where you have lost money) you should report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 20 40 or by visiting  For general advice on how to stay safe online go to

Urgent Appeal

Friday, October 16th, 2015

A couple are in need of your help.

Emma met her Australian husband Peter in England they soon fell in love and Emma soon found herself in Australia. They married and Emma gained her Australian citizenship. They have had three beautiful children together. However their younger two Children Alfie, who is 4 and Elsa who is 1 have the genetic condition Albinism. Elsa has a severe impairment and cannot see anything in certain light. The children cannot be in the sun without extreme protection as they have a dangerous risk of skin cancer. They decided the best decision for their family would be to move back to the UK to a little town called Glossop to be with Emma’s family.

Unfortunately it is proving extremely difficult for Peter to get his Visa. The requirements are for Emma to earn a minimum amount before he can live in the UK with his wife and Children. Emma cannot work due to Elsa needing one to one support and has absent seizures. They are struggling so much right now living under one roof at a family members house they don’t even have their own space. They have managed to support themselves for the duration they have been in the UK  and the costs of Solicitors fees have been unbearable. The cost to apply for Peters Visa is £650 initially, plus solicitors fees, which they don’t have. As a result they are appealing for donations to help support them in getting Peter’s Visa and the continual trips to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, where the children go for tests.

Emma and Peter have attempted to appeal to the Children’s commission and appeared on BBC R5 fighting for their family to stay in  the UK however so far their attempts have failed.  Please help support this wonderful family.

Please visit read their story, a campaign set up by Emma’s Sister Kayleigh.


National award for Hadfield’s TH Plastics

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Hadfied firm, plastics industry ancillary solutions design, installation and support provider, TH Plastics, has won a national award.  The Graphite Way firm this weekend (9th October 2015), won the supplier partnership ancillary machinery award in the annual Plastics Industry Awards.  The award was for the company’s recent work with based precision moulded plastic component manufacture and packaging firm, Maxell Moulding Services.

Maxell appointed TH Plastics to relocate its Telford factory to nearby premises this spring, and to design, test, install and maintain a bespoke ancillary solution that would facilitate an increase in operational efficiency and a reduction in energy consumption.  TH Plastics installed a brand new, energy efficient cooling system with new water pipework feeds throughout the plant.  The new solution integrated existing equipment with new machinery and pipework.  The introduction of the new solution contributed greatly towards a 40% reduction in energy consumption across the entire site.

Rapid growth continues at Hadfield firm

Monday, October 12th, 2015

The rapid growth of plastics industry ancillary solutions design, installation and support provider, TH Plastics, continues this autumn, with the creation of two new positions at the Graphite Way, Hadfield firm.  Rick Collins, formerly the company’s South East sales manager and with over 20 years’ experience in sales and marketing, has been promoted to become TH Plastics’ first sales and marketing manager.

Meanwhile, the sales team has expanded, with the appointment of Andy Charlesworth as North West sales manager.  Andy joins TH Plastics from the lifting sector, where he accrued over 25 years’ sales experience.  The creation of the new roles follows TH Plastics’ recruitment earlier this year of five new staff.  The firm’s on-going expansion takes place against a backdrop of growing commercial success, with the company generating a 50% increase in turnover in 2014.

This year has already seen its completion of several projects, including an equipment upgrade for automotive technology manufacturer, Denso Corporation, and a plant relocation for precision moulded plastic component and packaging firm, Maxell Moulding Services.  Said TH Plastics’ managing director, Lee Thomas:  “With over 45 years of experience between them, Rick and Andy will both play a significant role in the continued growth of the business.”

Patrick Kielty Interview

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Patrick Kielty has been off making highly successful TV and radio shows for several years. But now he is returning to his first love: stand-up comedy, whilst at the same time creating a modern rulebook for love, life and happiness.  The star, who had his breakthrough alongside Ben Elton and Jo Brand on Comic Relief’s St Patrick’s Day Stand Up Special in 1995, is looking forward to going back to his routes with his brand-new show, “Help.”

Described by What’s On Stage as “still one of the funniest comedians you will ever see – TV has not tamed this man”, Patrick admits that stand-up gives him a buzz like no other.

“The thing is about comedy is that you can’t fake laughter. There’s an honesty in stand-up that isn’t in other forms. That means that when you do get a laugh, it gives you a real buzz!”

Patrick, who studied psychology at Queen’s University, Belfast, divulges what his new show ‘Help’ is all about. “I wanted to write a show about being happy. I’m 44. At that age, most performers are going through a mid-life crisis. But the funny thing is my life has gone the opposite way. ‘Help’ is about the opposite of a mid-life crisis.”  Patrick who got married nearly three years ago to Cat Deeley, his co-presenter on the very popular BBC1 talent show Fame Academy, continues. “In the warm-up shows, the audiences have been giving me very solid advice. In the last fifteen minutes, I hand the show over to them and at the end of every show, we agree on one piece of advice. I write it down and tell them, ‘That’s going in my book.’ It’s a self-help book by deed poll!”

In the past, Patrick has been known for more topical material, so “Help” represents something of a new direction for him. The comedian, who discusses such personal areas as his childhood and his marriage in the show, reflects that, “It does feel like a departure. A lot of the stuff I have done previously has had a political edge.”

He continues, “As a stand-up, you have to be honest enough to talk about what’s going on in your life. I hope audiences leave the show saying, ‘I’ve seen him on TV and heard him on the radio, but I didn’t realise that in his stand-up he lays it all out there.’

So far the audience reaction is, ‘Oh my God, I didn’t realise you’d be as personal as that. They have been very pleasantly surprised that I’ve been revealing as much as I have.”

But he emphasises that he will be unable to do his show alone – he will require your help and he urges us to bring our lovers, our advice and a crayon – and he guarantees to do the rest.

“Help” takes place at Pavilion Arts Centre on Friday 30 October at 8pm. Tickets are priced at £19.50. For more information or to buy tickets please contact Buxton Opera House Box, Tel 01298 72190 or visit

Glossop resident leads bassoons performing at Manchester Museum to mark International Bassoon Day

Friday, October 9th, 2015

A bevy of bassoonists will perform at Manchester Museum, at the University of Manchester, on Sunday 11 October between 2.00 and 3.00pm, to mark International Bassoon Day. Over 20 musicians are expected to attend, led by Rachel Whibley, a professional bassoonist from Glossop, who has worked extensively with many of the top UK orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, Hallé, RLPO, Northern Chamber Orchestra and Manchester Camerata. The bassoonists will show their passion for the deep-voiced woodwind instrument by playing music by Mozart in the Museum’s Living Worlds gallery, in a setting which includes many of the museum’s excellent collection of stuffed animals.

The bassoon was one of several instruments labelled as an ‘endangered species’ ten years ago, because not enough people were choosing to play it, and the situation has not improved since then. A gallery dedicated to exploring the connections between all living things therefore seems a highly appropriate place in which to launch a campaign to encourage more people to take up the instrument.

The performance at Manchester Museum is just one of many events taking place in the UK and across the world to mark International Bassoon Day. Other places in the UK where bassoonists are gathering on 11 October to celebrate their instrument include Aberdeen, Cambridge, High Wycombe, Manchester and York. Overseas events will be taking place in Chicago, Germany, Mexico, Moscow, Rotterdam, and Wellington New Zealand.

International Bassoon Day is the brainchild of the Principal Bassoonist of Manchester Camerata, Laurence Perkins, who will not be among the Manchester musicians on Sunday, but leading a performance on the steps of the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The International Bassoon Day launch marks the start of a three month campaign by Laurence to raise awareness of the instrument and encourage new young players to take it up. He is a passionate advocate of the bassoon and during his 40-year career as a soloist, orchestral player, teacher and chamber music musician, has made a number of critically acclaimed recordings. He explains why he feels compelled to undertake this project, which will see him presenting more than 50 free events – concerts and presentations – at around 35 universities, music colleges, music hubs and schools throughout the UK.

“The bassoon is one of the most versatile and characterful instruments in the orchestra, yet young people are not being given the chance to find that out. This is beginning to have an impact on UK orchestras as music colleges no longer have the applicants to study bassoon in sufficient numbers.”

Many musicians share Laurence’s concern. Among them is former bassoonist and Music Director of the Hallé Sir Mark Elder, who is lending his support to the project. Sir Mark said:

“My own experience of playing the bassoon was my passport into the rich world of music that is my life today. The bassoon has a versatile and characterful musical voice full of colour, expression, and – importantly to young ears – humour. It is also an indispensable part of the orchestra. I applaud this chance to encourage others to take up the bassoon and use it to discover music.”

Laurence’s campaign is also backed by:

  • The Royal College of Music, who will be holding their own concerts and masterclasses on the morning of October 11
  • The Royal Northern College of Music (where Laurence is a tutor), who are supporting his tour
  • The Musicians Union
  • Howarth of London
  • UK woodwind retailers

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, and Baytree Books for agreeing to sell tickets on our behalf.”


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

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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:

jen hamley logo

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.

If you have any photos please send them to us at

Thanks to Rainbow Puffle for the images.

fire in glossop

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