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2015 has been a good year for Glossop Judo Club’s star Eric Ham.

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Already this year Eric has won four Medals on the IJF Junior World tour winning Bronze Medals in Italy, Poland and Romania as well as a Gold Medal in Portugal. On the back of these results the talented fighter was selected to represent Great Britain at the European Junior Championships in Austria and although returning empty handed more than held his own against Europes best fighters.

After a long year competing all over Europe last week it was confirmed Eric would be part of the Great Britain team travelling to Abu Dhabi next month for the Junior World Championships. Over 600 fighters from around 100 different countries will converge on the IPIC Arena for the final event of the year.  As the premier event of the year Eric will be up against the worlds best Junior (under 21) fighters, and although only 18, will be looking to finish the year off on a positive note. To top that off Eric also received a last minute call up to represent his country at his first Senior European event. In what will be great preparation for the Junior World Championships Eric will compete in the European Open which will be held at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow this coming weekend.

Eric now trains at the British Judo Centre of Excellence in the Midlands and is part of a small group of fighters training full time but still remains an integral part of the club at Glossop. Classes at the club are open to anybody from age five with Judo being a great sport for overall fitness, co-ordination and discipline. For further details visit

Nathan – High Peak Karate Champion

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

In Autumn 2014 , Nathan Smith , then aged 10 , decided to follow in his big sisters footsteps and take up Martial Arts , something he had always had an interest in through watching his sister train since he was 2 years old , but had  never quite had the confidence to take up .  After a chat with the head coach, followed by a free trial, he  joined local Glossop based club, Evolution Martial Arts , run by 4th Dan,  Sensei Kelly Buxton .

Kelly has a string of world titles under her black belt and had recently set up the club after returning from a short break to start a family.  The club has a friendly, family focus and Nathan soon made lots of new friends and gained his first belt after training hard three times a week .  Nathan is in great hands with Kelly, current World Champion and his sister, junior coach, Megan (16) who both inspired him and passed on their skill and techniques.  After a couple of local small inter-club competitions , Nathan , now 11, was recently entered into the Revolution, High Peak, karate and kickboxing Championships held  at Chapel- en – le – Frith.  Despite it being a huge competition , Nathan took it in his stride and managed to secure a Gold 1st Place trophy in points sparring and a bronze 3rd Place medal in light continuous sparring .  Nathan was delighted with the result , which  now makes him the current High Peak champion in the novice category.

He said , ” Sensei Kelly is a really great coach and I tried to remember everything she had taught me when I went onto the mats, even though I felt nervous .  I think my good fitness  level really helped me too , I’ve trained hard all over the summer holidays and it seems to have paid off.  I feel really proud of my achievement and am looking forward to my next competition ”

Nathan’s mum Jane said , ‘I’m incredibly proud of Nathan’s achievement. Being a member of Evolution has not only improved his fitness and focus levels, but has also increased his confidence and self esteem greatly . I would recommend giving it a go to any child looking to take up a new activity “.

Evolution Martial Arts is based in the heart of Glossop ( behind Fig Creative ) and has a full programme of classes for all ages and abilities from age 5 to adult .  For further information , contact  Sensei Kelly Buxton on  07428 758455 or find them on Facebook ( evolution martial arts )

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 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.

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

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


Glossop Juniors and Glossop North End Community Day

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Glossop Juniors are Derbyshire Sports Club of the Year

Monday, November 17th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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


Allez Glossop – ready to welcome the Tour de France

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Road closures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shuttle Bus

Before the race

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

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

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

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

After the race

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

Frequently asked questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Painting the town….yellow!

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


application-pdf Information For Residents

application-pdf Information For Businesses

This information has been provided on High Peak Borough Councils website

Hadfield Pole Vaulter is selected for the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Monday, June 16th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hadfield hosts Tour de France info event

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Walking Football Tournament

Monday, May 12th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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.