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Crown Green Bowling opens to the public in Manor Park

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Dinting Cricket Club to give youngsters a chance to shine

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Dinting Cricket Club is offering youngsters at several local schools the chance to get free cricket mentoring from fully qualified coaches.

The Simmondley Lane club has signed up to the Chance To Shine scheme which provides coaches for youngsters during their school time - allowing them to improve their skills whilst boosting interest in the sport for the future. Dinting’s investment in the programme means that free sessions will be held for pupils at Dinting C of E Primary School, Simmondley Primary School and Gamesley Community Primary School. These cricket sessions are expected to commence in the second week of April.

The sessions are open to all children who study at the schools and they are free to those who attend. Those who enjoy the sessions, or any other local youngsters interested in cricket,  are then welcome to join junior training at Dinting Cricket Club, which starts on Tuesday 15th April, between 6pm and 8pm, and costs £2.50.

Dinting Cricket Club sees the move as a crucial way to keep youngsters interested in cricket. Investing in youth cricket has paid off for them in the past, with two junior members currently playing for Derbyshire County Cricket Club. Several other young members are training with the High Peak team and the Senior 1st team has won the Derbyshire & Cheshire Cricket League three years on the run.

Having invested heavily in the Chance To Shine scheme, the club is now looking for a new, main sponsor to back its senior and junior sides.

For more information on the school sessions or Dinting Cricket Club, contact Dan Carter on 07703190709. You can also keep up to date with Dinting Cricket Club on their website, on Facebook or by following them on Twitter.


Glossop youngsters make waves in Southampton

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

It was plain sailing for two Glossop youngsters this weekend, as they captained their way to success at the PSP Southampton Boat Show in Southampton.

Glossopdale Community College student Joshua Harbut, 16, finished third at the Honda Youth RIB Challenge, which challenges participants to navigate a course using their cornering, control and reversing skills.

Joshua reached the event after winning the North West Regional Final in just 59 seconds – the second fastest time scored throughout all regions this year.

With both his grandfather and father having a keen interest in sailing, it looks like Joshua has soaked up their knowledge to navigate his way to the top. Joshua’s father, Nathan Harbut from Complink UK says, “I’m so proud of Josh. He did brilliantly and it was fantastic to watch.”

Lauren McGlashan, 10, has only been sailing for a year, and only driving RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats) since the summer but she cast away the competition with ease.

Both Joshua and Lauren have been having extra training from Glossop Sailing Club which has helped massively in honing their skills.

If you are interested in taking up sailing, please call 01457 854054 or visit

First Peak District Cycling Festival approaches

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Tomorrow marks the first day of the inaugural Peak District Cycling Festival.

The event promises a fun and inclusive way for all the family to enjoy the joy of cycling. The official launch at Baslow Village Hall is tomorrow, Saturday 7th September, and will be The Only Way Is Up British Cycling Breeze event for women. Event patron and cyclist Annie Last will cut the ribbon at 10am, sending the riders away on an 18 mile ride.

The nine day festival will also feature Slicks ‘n’ Nobblies Peak Cyclo Sportive, which will include three road and two off road rides. Designed to be enjoyable for all, regardless of cycling ability, entries are still being taken for the event which sets off from YHA Castleton on Saturday 7th.

It includes the “slick” races for road bikes which will take place over 30,55 and 70 miles and also the off road “nobblies” which take place over 45 miles and also over an easier 25 miles.

Other highlights include the Errwood and Fernilee night ride in the Goyt Valley on Tuesday 10th September and there is also the Carsington Water Charity Day which will include family friendly rides, walking, sailing and raft racing.

One of the festival’s biggest draws will be the Thornbridge Bike Fest at Thornbridge Outdoors, Great Longstone. The residential weekend will feature plenty of cycling activities, demonstrations, stands, workshops and evening entertainment.

David James, Chief Executive of Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, spoke about what the festival hopes to achieve:

“That this new Festival will persuade more people to incorporate cycling in their everyday lives – using their bikes to travel to work and get to the shops, as well as taking to two wheels during their leisure time.”

To book onto any of the sixty events being held and to a video introduction with Annie Last, visit thePeak District Cycling Festival website.

Free Derby County coaching for Glossop kids

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Free football sessions are to be held for Glossop children this summer.

The weekly events at Whitfield Recreation Ground have been organised by Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team (GSNT) and Derby County in the Community. Sessions will run every Monday from 10am to noon and from 1pm to 3pm, for the next few weeks.

The football will be run by trainers from Derby County FC and the events will be regularly attended by GSNT members who will speak to attendees about staying safe and the consequences of anti-social behaviour.

PCSO Rick Bowman, from the team, said: “The scheme is a great way for local youngsters to get involved with a fun activity.

“It’s open to boys and girls and is intended to cut anti-social behaviour issues over the summer by offering young people a diversionary activity to take part in.

“The more people that take part, the better so if you know someone who would be interested, send them along.”

For more information, call Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101.


Bank helps out with fundraising calorie challenge

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

The Glossop branch of Barclays are to help out a local social enterprise with their drive to raise funds.

The bank have agreed to match the £1,500 total that WellFit CIC are hoping to raise with their “Great Glossop Calorie Burn.” The event, taking place on the 27th July, aims to raise the money by getting Glossopians to take part in a collective effort to burn 150,000 calories. Each participant will collect sponsorship for the amount they burn off through the exercises they choose to do.

It is all part of an effort to allow WellFit’s Gamesley branch to continue providing their services until the end of the year. Their crown green bowls, walking and walking football sessions have been a major success since they were introduced and have helped people escape inactivity.

So far much of the group’s funding has come from council grants and this new initiative is to make them less reliant on such forms of income. WellFit Gamesley coordinator Mick Owen explains:

“In order to be less dependent on this kind of handout we came up with the idea of asking local sports people to do a session of their favourite activity to help people for whom a little light exercise is the first step on the road to a happy, healthier life.

“Every £100 we raise will keep the programme of sessions – which are mainly, it must be said, attended by older, less robust people – running for another week. £1500 will see the project safe for 15 weeks and Barclays generous support will mean we can keep going till the end of the financial year.”

In addition to the sponsorship money, funds will also be raised through allowing participants to pay to have their exact calorie count calculated. A grand raffle will also be taking place at The Bluebell Wood pub on the evening of 27th July.


Glossop North End reveal new backroom staff

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

New Glossop North End manager Chris Willcock has unveiled the coaches that will make up his backroom staff.

His assistant manager will be Lee Donafee who coaches with Everton and Stoke City. He is a UEFA licensed coach and previously played under Willcock at Winsford United.

Three coaches will also join Chris at GNE and they are: Steve Murphy who is also an UEFA licensed Everton coach, Mike Langhorn who has previously worked with Willcock at Ramsbottom United and Dave Young who joins the staff having recently retired from playing with Mossley.

Young will be juggling his coaching commitments with running a business and raising his three children, but told Glossop North End’s website: “As soon as Chris asked me I wanted to do it… I couldn’t say no. I wanted to get involved because of the club. ”

He also told them that his duties will include “a bit of scouting, a bit of coaching and signing on as cover.”

New manager Chris, who has previously managed Winsford United, Woodley Sports and Stocksbridge Park Steels, says he has expects “high standards” and will be disappointed if they finish outside the top four in the North West Counties Football League Premier Division.

Celebrity cricket match raises over £10,000

Monday, June 10th, 2013

A celebrity cricket match organised by High Peak MP Andrew Bingham has raised over £10,000.

The match played on the 2nd June at Buxton Cricket Club was held in aid of the Air Ambulance service for Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland and was attended by over seven hundred people.

Speaking after the game, MP Andrew said: “I’m so pleased that thanks to the generosity of everyone involved and everyone who came along on the day, we’ve raised such an incredible amount.”

Sponsored by Buxton Mineral Water, it was an MPs and celebrities v Emmerdale All Stars XI affair and was won by the MPs and celebrities team. Batting first in the twenty overs each way game the MPs and celebs team posted a total of 146 runs. In reply the soap opera team could only manage 91 runs, leaving winning captain Bingham to lift the trophy.

Playing alongside MP Andrew were CBBC presenter Barney Harwood, Glossop’s Adam Corbally, former England international cricketer Paul Nixon and Glossop resident Lenny Allsop who won Pro-Pak Man of the Match award for his efforts with both bat and ball.

The team from the Yorkshire soap were captained by Matthew Wolfenden who plays David Metcalfe.

Other taking part for the soap team included: Chris Chittell who plays Eric Pollard, Bhasker Patel who plays Rishi Sharma and Tony Audenshaw who is better known as Bob Hope. They also had help from former county cricket Ashley Metcalfe.

To view pictures from the game, visit Andrew’s Facebook page.

Hadfield hosts Auction of Promises in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Local resident James Peel will host an Auction of Promises to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The auction takes place on Friday, 7th June from 7.30 at St Andrew’s Church, Church Street, Hadfield. There will be an entry fee of £5.

So far, over 30 ‘promises’ have been made for services including as an evening’s babysitting, or a week’s worth of ironing. There’s also singing lessons from a classically trained opera star, tickets to see the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the opportunity to drive a race car around a professional race track.

The full list of promises can be seen here and you can donate to James’ Just Giving page to support him in his quest to cycle from London to Paris here

Glossop judo teenager to represent Great Britain

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

A fifteen year old judo star from Glossop is to represent Great Britain at the upcoming European Cadet Championships.

Eric Ham, who trains with Glossop Judo Club, has been chosen as part of the squad who will compete in Tallinn, Estonia from the 21st to 23rd June. The event attracts teams from all over Europe, all with fighters hoping to become European champion.

The road to selection has been long for Eric, who has had to take part in three month’s worth of qualification events and also had to contend with nine weeks out with a knee injury which required an operation. His last competition was at the European Cadet Cup in the Czech Republic where he finished seventh.

Speaking about the news, Eric’s coach and father Geoff Ham said: “to be selected to represent Great Britain is a great honour both for Eric and the club. He is determined to reach the very top of the sport and this call-up is the result of many years of hard work.”

Glossop Judo Club lessons are held at St. Philip Howard School in Glossop on Mondays and Thursdays. For further information visit their siteEric is also looking for a sponsor and anyone interested can find out more about him on his website.


Managerial duo leave Glossop North End

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Glossop North End managerial partnership Garry Brown and Paul Williams have left their roles at the club.

The pair, who took over the running of first team affairs in December, have vacated their post after what the club described in a statement as a season ”which did not fulfil the expectations of the Club or its supporters”. The club also said they “wish to record their thanks to Garry and Paul for their hard work”.

The two men took over the team just before Christmas when manager Paul Colgan stepped down and Glossop North End finished the season in 13th place in the North West Counties Premier Division. The club are now seeking a new manager and are welcoming applications from anyone with a “proven capability of developing a successful team at Step 5 of the National League System or above”.

Interested parties are asked to contact Football Secretary Stewart Taylor by e-mail at or by post to: Mr Stewart Taylor, Football Secretary, Glossop North End AFC, Surrey Street, Glossop, SK13 7AJ.

The closing date for applications in Monday May 20th.


Glossop judo star features at European competition

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Eric Ham, a fifteen year old judo fighter, has come seventh in a competition featuring European champions.

A regular trainer with Glossop Judo Club, Eric has only just returned to full fitness after three months out with a knee cartilage injury but put in a respectable performance at the European Cadet Cup. The event, held in the Czech Republic, attracted entrants from 22 nations and Eric fought hard against well established fighters to claim his seventh placed finish. The result sees him sit just outside the top twenty in the European rankings and hoping for a place in the Great Britain team which will compete at the European Cadet Championships which are to be held in Estonia, this June.

In a busy week, Eric also succesfully gained himself black belt status. An impressive feat considering that in judo you can only enter for black belt status once you turn 15 and it is rare to suceed at such a young age. As a “-55kg” fighter, it is reasonable to assume that those fighting against Eric in his black belt exam would be around 30kg heavier than himself.

For more information on Glossop Judo Club, visit their website.

Funding boost for Gamesley community sports group

Friday, March 1st, 2013

WellFit Gamesley is celebrating after securing three separate sources of funding.

The project which aims to promote a healthy lifestyle among Gamesley residents got its most major first windfall when it confirmed a sponsorship deal with health consultancy QFI consulting. The partnership will provide WellFit with enough backing to keep it going until the end of May.

Explaining their decision to work with WellFit, QFI director Helen Gibb said:

“QFI is very keen to support community projects. Much of our commercial work is in the health and social care setting and we see so often the immeasurable value to patients of having the opportunity and facilities to keep themselves fit and healthy at home.”

A £1000 grant from the Derbyshire Community Foundation, which was paid for using Comic Relief money, has also been secured and will be used to help the group to continue its three main activities – walking football, round the houses strolls and EasyFit chair exercise sessions.

Debyshire County Councillor Jean Wharmby has also used £400 of Councillors’ Initivatives Fund money to give £400 to WellFit after taking part in and enjoying one of their sessions.

Having made sure the short term future is secured, Mick Owen who runs the Gamesley arm on behalf of WellFit’s owners Glossop based social enterprise WellFit Health & Wellbeing CIC, spoke about the need to convince people of the long term viability of the sessions:

“We completed a pilot with Cottage Lane surgery which clearly shows that participants value the opportunities it represents and are happier and feel healthier for taking part. The surgery has confirmed the health benefits coming from the project and we are now trying to make the case for continued funding and to develop the offer into other GP surgeries in Glossop.”

For more information on the sessions available, ring Mick Owen on 07944 605508





Councillor Jean Wharmby pledged £400 to help with the group’s activities. Having been impressed by the fun nature of a session she joined, Councillor Wharmby used the councillor’s initiative fund to donate the sum.


Glossop North End confirm new joint managers

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Glossop North end have confirmed First Team Coach Paul Williams and Assistant Manager Garry Brown will take up the manager’s role on a joint basis.

The new appointments have been confirmed just a day after the club announced the departure of former manager Paul Colgan. In a statement on their website, GNE say the move comes following “a recent review into the future direction of the club.”

They also go on to say: ”Paul and Garry will continue to work closely with our highly respected physiotherapist Stacey Webster to ensure that the football club continues to develop on the field alongside all of the other activities expected of a club of the nature of Glossop North End.”

As well as confirming the new managerial team, the club have announced that Francis Egan, who has coached teams in the area has joined as part of management team and will also fill the role of goalkeeping coach, following the departure Kevin Jelley.

Speaking of Fran’s appointment, the club said on their website he is a: ”qualified football coach (UEFA B), holds FA qualifications in football psychology and has a deep and wide knowledge of the local football scene.”

The first game for the new-look backroom staff is Saturday’s game away against Winsford United, who sit one place above Glossop in 9th.



Local Athletes Receive a Boost

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

TWENTY one talented High Peak athletes have been awarded grants totalling £4,500.

The bursaries of between £150 and £400 were awarded by the Podium sports partnership to help the rising stars meet training and competition costs.

What is more, all the recipients have been given free access to swimming pools and fitness gyms run by DC Leisure for the Borough Council, which is a Podium partner.

Grant-aided athletes include 18-year-old Glossop pole vaulter Katie Byres, who is waiting to hear if she has made the Great Britain athletics squad for the London 2012 Olympics.

Katie jumped 4m 36 in the French Elite Pole Vault Tour in January, breaking the national junior record and putting her fourth on the UK all-time women’s list.

Other recipients include 20-year-old swimmer Russell Smith, from New Mills, who won a silver medal at the British Championships in the 50m breaststroke, and competed in the Olympic trials last month.

Bamford-based skiing brothers James and Robert Machon, aged 21 and 19 respectively, are both aiming for the 2014 Winter Olympics. James hopes to win the British Championships for a fourth year running in 2012 while Robert recently triumphed in the University Slopestyle title at the Castleford Snow Zone.

Bursaries were also awarded to Stephen Brunt (archery), from Buxton; Marsie Henderson-Hirst (archery), from Buxton; Jack Massey (boxing), from Chapel-en-le-Frith; George Bloor (golf), from Chapel-en-le-Frith; Ben Higgins (golf), from Buxton; Judith Browne (ice hockey), from Glossop; Abigail Walker (judo), from Glossop; Eric Ham (judo), from Hadfield; and Rhiannon Baldwin (judo), from Glossop.

The other recipients were Holly Rogers (kickboxing), from Buxton; Jake Hutchinson (lacrosse), from Birch Vale; Dominic O’Connor (rugby union), from Glossop; Danielle Blinco (shooting), from Buxton; Hannah Davies (shooting), from New Mills; David Voorheis (shooting), from Buxton; Abbie Wood (swimming), from Buxton; and Joel Leighton (water polo), from Hope Valley.

A civic reception was thrown for the athletes in Buxton Swimming and Fitness Centre on Tuesday (May 1) when borough council leader Caitlin Bisknell joined forces with Anthony McKeown, executive councillor for community services; Mark Warburton, DC Leisure contract manager; Cllr George Wharmby, chairman of Derbyshire County Council; his consort, Cllr Jean Wharmby; and Cllr Carol Hart, chair of Derbyshire Sport; to congratulate the guests of honour on their achievements.

Cllr McKeown said: “While the next few weeks will be all about our current athletes as they take part in the Olympics, without a focus on the next generation, that enthusiasm and legacy from the Olympics will be lost, which is why the Podium funding and support to the next generation is so important.

“Within the High Peak, there is a breadth and depth of sporting talent which, with our support through schemes such as this, can go on to achieve great things on the national and international stage whilst their dedication to their chosen sport makes them marvellous role models for young people in our communities”.

Managed by Derbyshire Sport, Podium is backed by the county’s sport and business scheme ICON, with money raised from the scheme used to support local athletes through Podium. The borough council is one of more than 40 Podium members.