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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


Five arrested on suspicion of drugs offences

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Police have arrested five people on suspicion of drugs offences following two warrants in Glossop.

At around 8am on Friday, 24th April officers executed a warrant at a property on Hague Street in Glossop.

Once inside, a rucksack containing a suspected Class B Drug was discovered outside a window at the rear of the property, along with drugs paraphernalia and mobile phones.

It is believed that the electricity meter at the property had also been bypassed.

Two men, aged 26 and 31-years-old, were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs and abstracting electricity. Both have been bailed pending further inquiries.

On the same day, police executed a warrant at a property on Gladstone Street in Glossop which saw a quantity of suspected Class B drugs, mobile phones and cash being seized by officers.

A man and a woman at the address were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs and have since been bailed pending further investigations.

A 20-year-old woman was arrested at the same address after handing over a small quantity of suspected cannabis to attending officers. She was later issued with a penalty notice for possession of Class B drugs

If you have any information relating to suspected drugs activity or criminality in your area, call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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

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.

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.

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.

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

Friday, March 13th, 2015

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

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

- conduct home fire safety checks

- provide and install smoke alarm

- conduct security checks

- provide and install security equipment

- offer energy efficiency advice

- advice on fall prevention

- conduct practical DIY tasks –

For example:-

- changing light bulbs

- securing carpets and rugs

- removing and hanging curtains

- checking stair rails are secure and appropriate

- path and door access clearance.

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

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

The categories and winners were:

Operative of the Year:

Winner             Colin Summers

Runner up        Michael Curtis

Provider of the Year:

Winner              Mediquip

Runner up       South Derbyshire Community Volunteer Service

Going beyond the call of duty:

Andy Street

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service Special Recognition:

Metropolitan Countywide Service

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

For more information about the Handy Van service visit

Information appeal following Glossop bike thefts

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Police are appealing for information after a child’s bike and a moped were stolen, and then later recovered, in Glossop.

Between 3.15pm and 5.35pm on Saturday, 7th March, offenders stole a black and red coloured Derbi X-Race moped from outside a property on Surrey Street, Glossop.

The bike was later found abandoned on a pathway leading from Surrey Street to Spire Hollin with damage caused to the ignition.

On the same day, a pink and white coloured Muddy Fox mountain bike was stolen from the side of a property on Elm Grove in Glossop between 3pm and 5.45pm.

The mountain bike was also recovered a short time later on a pathway close to Surrey Street following police patrols.

Anyone with any information about the thefts is asked to contact PC Andrew Prince on 101, quoting crime number 9549/15.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

More big names heading to Glossop

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Man hospitalised after Glossop house fire

Friday, February 13th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Monday, January 19th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Appeal after burglary in Glossop

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Officers are appealing for information following a burglary in Glossop.

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

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

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

M&S Glossop supports Bare Necessities Food Bank Christmas Appeal

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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


The Oakwood is sowing the seeds for success

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

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

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

Inside The Oakwood

Inside The Oakwood


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

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

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

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

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

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

View the full gallery of the new Oakwood here:

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


Glossop’s Tesco helps boost Bare Necessities Foodbank

Friday, November 28th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, November 17th, 2014

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

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

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

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

If you would like to donate, please visit

Man wanted in connection with serious sexual assault in Glossop

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Police have issued a photograph of a man that is wanted in connection with the sexual assault of a woman in Glossop.

On Tuesday, January 21 at 11.45pm, a 17-year-old girl was raped by a man at a property on Henry Street.

Police would like to trace Muharrem Denmarku (23) in connection with this crime. Originally from Albania, his last known address was in Manchester.

He is described as white with an Albanian accent, stocky build, short brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone that knows the whereabouts of this man is asked to contact Derbyshire police quoting crime number 7523/14.

To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



Glossop Gives Thanks for St Christopher’s Trust

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

A thanksgiving service for St Christopher’s Trust was attended by over 110 people.

Held on Thursday, May 1  at St James’ Church,  Hollincross Road, Glossop, the service gave thanks for the Trust’s 60 years of providing housing, care and support for adults with learning difficulties.

Vicar of Whitfield Andrew Hargreaves and Tony Wilkinson, chairman of the Trust, addressed the service. It was followed by a delicious afternoon tea.

The inside of the church was decorated for the day by Trust residents and other service users.

Celebrations to mark the anniversary will continue with a number of events planned to take place later this year.

For more information on St Christopher’s Trust, visit

Go camping in Wales for The Winnie Mabaso Foundation

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Glossop based charity The Winnie Mabaso Foundation is holding a North Wales camping week to raise funds for its South Africa projects.

The weekend, which is a joint venture with the Creative Arts School Trust (CAST), is to be held at Bach Wen Farm and Cottages near Gwynedd on Friday 23rd to Monday 26th May. Proceeds from the event will be used by The Foundation and CAST to fund their work in South Africa. The Glossop charity, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, concentrates its work on the settlement of Finetown where it has built an orphanage, a preschool, runs a Granny’s Club and provides scholarships for local children.

The Wales outing will include football, kite-flying, den building, bike riding and much more. Live music will be provided too, by the likes of Red Sky July, Garron Frith, Rob Halligan plus Sharks And Bears.

For more details on the weekend, The Winnie Mabaso Foundation or to sign up to the trip, contact Lisa Ashton via their Facebook group or on

New firefighter strikes to hit Glossop

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service has announced that new strike action is to be taken by Fire Brigade Union (FBU) members during May.

The industrial action will affect services across the county, including Glossop, and the strike dates are:

- Friday 2nd May 12pm – 5pm

- Saturday 3rd May 2pm – 2am

- Sunday 4th May 10am – 3pm

As with previous strikes, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service will continue to provide an emergency response service but at a reduced level.  As a result, they are calling upon Derbyshire communities to take extra care and endeavour to prevent further emergencies from occurring during periods of industrial action.

Gavin Tomlinson, Area Manager and Spokesperson, said: “Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service will still be responding to 999 calls albeit at a reduced level.  Once again we are asking members of the public to take extra steps to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in their home and to take extra care when driving on the roads during times of industrial action.”

All details relating to strike dates and times can be found on the Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service.



Glossop company to hold Great Brew Break for Royal Voluntary Service

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

A Glossop based social enterprise  is to raise funds for the Royal Voluntary Service by hosting a “Great Brew Break” at its Glossop base.

Digital Outreach, which was founded by Age UK, CSV and CEL Group to support vulnerable audiences during the Digital Television Switchover, has invited local organisations to join their team for tea and games on Tuesday 29th April. The event, to take place at their Chapel Street base, is part of a week of Royal Voluntary Service “Great Brew Break” events happening nationwide between 28th April and 4th May.

The Royal Voluntary Service supports over 100,000 older people each month to stay independent in their own homes and runs services such as Good Neighbours (companionship), Meals-on-Wheels and Books-on-Wheels.

Allison Czerwinka of Digital Outreach said: “We are thrilled to be able to support Royal Voluntary Service to deliver older people’s services here in Glossop and the surrounding area. We don’t get together often enough as a team to share a cup of tea and a chat or to get to know our neighbouring organisations – so what better reason.”

To find out more about “Great Brew Break”, visit the Royal Voluntary Service’s website, or call 0845 608 0122.

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.

High Peak residents asked to share views on local policing

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

High Peak residents have been asked to complete an online survey with their views on local policing.

The survey asks people living in “B North areas, such as Glossop Town Centre, Hadfield and Tintwistle, Gamesley, St Johns, New Mills and Hayfield, to  rate the level of policing in their community. It also gives residents the opportunity to raise issues for their local Safer Neighbourhood teams to focus on.

The police hope the surveys will help them shape local policing efforts by highlighting how the teams are perceived, how they are performing and how they can improve. They may also help police create targeted policing plans and help the Safer Neighbourhood Teams tackle the most pressing problems.

The form can be completed by visiting To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101.

Appeal for witnesses to serious Snake Pass collision

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a serious collision on the A57 Snake Pass on Wednesday 16th April.

At about 10:40am, the collision occurred, near to Hagg Farm, between Glossop and Bamford.

A blue Ford Fiesta, which was travelling towards Ladybower, left the offside of the road and collided heavily with a mature pine tree down an embankment.  The driver and front seat passenger were uninjured but two 17-year -old rear seat passengers, suffered serious injuries.   They were taken to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.

The road was closed until 4:50pm while an investigation into the cause of the collision was carried out and the vehicle was recovered.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or the vehicle beforehand is asked to contact the police on 101.

Image courtesy of Andrew Loughran.

Information sought after Glossop milk thefts

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Police are appealing for information after bottles of milk were stolen from a Glossop home.

On Friday 12th April, the milk was stolen from an address on Pikes Lane, Glossop. This is the latest in a line of similar incidents, with the police also now aware of the previous incidents. Enquiries have been made in the area but no-one has been identified as responsible.

Anyone with information is asked to contact their local neighbourhood policing team on 101.

Increased patrols following Glossop allotment thefts

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Glossop Police are to head out on increased patrols following a number of thefts from allotments in Whitfield, Glossop.

Officers from the Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team will be heading out on targeted patrols following two recent incidents. Between 6pm on Friday 11th April and 9:30am on Saturday 12th April, offenders forced entry into a shed at an allotment on Gladstone Street, Glossop. A red Mantis cultivator was taken from the property.

This followed an incident overnight between Tuesday 8th April and Wednesday 9th April when offenders attempted to gain entry to a garden shed at another Gladstone Street allotment. No items were taken from the premises.

As well going out on the patrols, officers are encouraging residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. They will also be speaking to people about the steps that they can take to improve their security to deter criminals.

Police have released the following advice for residents:

- Invest in shed security kits

- Keep valuables inside and secure

- Install security lighting around sheds and garages;

- Fit high-quality padlocks on all shed and garage doors;

- Do not leave garden tools or other items outdoors, as these could be used to break through doors or windows;

- If your outbuilding has windows, consider reinforcing them with wood to deter thieves;

- If you store bikes or high-value lawn mowers in your outbuilding, install a fixed post inside that you can chain them to, and consider keeping bikes indoors;

- Keep tools in a locked box and in your house where possible;

- Fit a shed alarm;

- Mark your property with a UV pen or products such as SmartWater, and register valuables for free on the secure website These can help police trace the owners of recovered stolen property.

Anyone with any information about the incidents is asked to call PCSO Sarah Walsh on 101.

Vigilance urged after Glossop car key thefts

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Police in Glossop area are urging residents to secure their property after a number of car key thefts.

Derbyshire Police have noted an increased number of incidents in the north of the county, where residents have left their properties insecure and offenders have stolen car keys, before then stealing cars.

Sgt Christopher Simcock from Glossop CID said: “Residents are often leaving doors unlocked and their car keys near to the door on work surfaces or hooks. Offenders are then entering properties and taking the keys and then stealing cars.

“We would advise the public not to leave keys near to windows or doors. Keys can easily be hooked through letterboxes and open windows. Also to keep doors locked at all times, even when you are in the house.”

Anyone seeking further crime prevention advice is asked to contact their local Safer Neighbourhood team using the non-emergency number 101.

Cigarettes stolen during Glossop supermarket burglary

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Police are appealing for information after three people wearing face coverings broke into the Glossop Co-op store and stole cigarettes.

At approximately 1:11am on Tuesday 8th April, a burglary took place at the Norfolk Street branch of Co-op. The offenders gained entry by forcing open the outer shutters. Once they were inside, they forced open and damaged the gantry that contained cigarettes. Cigarettes were stolen and the three offenders were seen to leave the store at 1.14am.

All three offenders were wearing face coverings but it is believed that they were all male.  The first offender was wearing a blue top, black tracksuit bottoms with a grey stripe and was carrying a white bag.

The second suspect had a two-tone grey and blue hooded top, dark tracksuit bottoms with a blue stripe and grey trainers. The third was wearing dark clothing and was holding a bar around 3ft in length.

Anyone with information, or who knows who is responsible for this crime, is asked to contact Glossop CID, on 101, or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Paralympian & Olympic biker launch Peak District Cycling Festival

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

The 2014 Peak District Cycling Festival has officially launched, with the help of a triple gold medal winning Paralympian and an Olympic mountain biker.

Paralympic cyclist Anthony Kappes returned to the saddle, alongside a new, special co-pilot in the shape of Olympic mountain biker Annie Last,  to launch the programme of more than 100 events which are to take place throughout the Peak District from April to October. The event comes as the popularity of cycling continues to be as strong as it ever has been and David James, Chief Executive of Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, said: “Cycling is going to be huge for the Peak District tourism destination throughout the spring, summer and beyond, thanks to everything from major international events to gentle, have-a-go family cycle rides.”

Paralympian Anthony, who grew up in Chapel-en-le-Frith, said he was “delighted to support the summer of cycling” and commented that, “whether you’re a complete beginner or have plenty of experience, there’s excellent cycling on everything from relaxing trails and quiet roads to more demanding upland routes – and the scenery is so varied and beautiful.”

Annie Last, who competed at London 2012, said that: “The Summer of Cycling is a brilliant opportunity for everyone to get on their bike and get involved. Cycling’s good for both the head and the heart – as well as the very best way to get around.”

Glossop residents will get their chance to take part in, or simply get involved as spectators, on Sunday 7th September when a Criterium race takes place in the town. The races usually take place over short courses on closed off streets.

One of the festival’s showpieces will be the first-ever L’Eroica Britannia, a  three-day event which blends fun with fitness and a festival atmosphere for visitors of all ages. Taking place from 20th to 22nd June 2014, the Italian-inspired occasion, whose name means “the heroes” – will be one of the highlights of the summer.

Organisers were inspired by the L’Eroica festival which involved cycling with regular stops to sample local meats, cheese, olives and wine. The Peak District tailored version will focus on local cheeses, pies, beer and wine. Thornbridge Brewery in Bakewell will be brewing a special L’Eroica beer, combining Peak District water with ingredients from Tuscany.

On Sunday 6th July, Peak Districters will get the chance to witness the world’s greatest cyclists as the Tour De France nips into the Peak District National Park. Departing from York, competitors will pass through Holmfirth and Holme, go over of Holme Moss before descending to Woodhead. They will then ride through Langsett and Bradfield to finish in Sheffield. Derbyshire County Council are planning events to coincide with the occasion, details are to be announced soon.

For full details of what’s in store, plus more information about Peak District cycle routes and upcoming events, visit

Glossop Man Races to Raise Mountains of Cash

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Local man, Alastair Cowell, 41, is running the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 13, in support of Mountain Rescue England and Wales.

Alastair, who works in the construction industry, is an active member of the Glossop Mountain Rescue Team and will be running the marathon alongside five other members from other Mountain rescue teams across the country.

Avid viewers can look out for the Alastair as he’ll be running with the Mountain Rescue flag on his back too.

If you would like to support Alastair, donations can be made via his page at All donations will be shared around the teams that make up the Mountain Rescue organisation with a target of £10,000.

Glossop bank manager to take on midnight charity walk

Monday, March 31st, 2014

A Glossop resident is taking on a charity walk in aid of a hospice which cared for a family friend.

Carole Shaddock, joint manager at Lloyds Bank in Glossop, is taking part in the Manchester Midnight Walk, organised by St Ann’s Hospice, on Friday 20th June. Her husband, Nigel, will join her and more than 2,000 fellow walkers in the 10k walk through Manchester city centre.

A friend’s mother spent her final days at St Ann’s Hospice which provides free care to adults with life-limiting illnesses, their families and carers. Carole’s father Gerry Sheppard and her father-in-law Ronald Shaddick both died of cancer, while Carole has also been treated for breast cancer.

Speaking about the walk, Carole said: “”St Ann’s is such a good cause and I really enjoyed taking part in the walk two years ago. There’s a great atmosphere and it’s good fun. I know how much they rely on fundraising to provide care”.

Carole, who moves to the Glossop Branch in April, has been with bank for 31 years and Lloyds Bank have promised to match the amount she raises and so Carole will be putting collection tins in the branch for any customers who may want to donate.

The 10k walk starts at midnight from Manchester Central which opens at 9 pm for entertainment.

Registration costs £18, with an early bird fee of £15 before Friday, April 4. The rate is £15 for past walkers and a fee of £10 for walkers aged 11 to 17. To register go to or call the St Ann’s fundraising team on 0161 498 3631.

Vote for Glossop’s most improved shop front

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Glossop locals are being asked to vote for their favourite new-look shop front to mark the end of the Glossopdale Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) fund.

The THI, which was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council, was set up in 2007 to regenerate the area by restoring key buildings and improving the look of the town. High Peak Borough Council say the scheme has created almost 40 new jobs in Glossop and that as a result, 73% of people, compared to 50% previously,  now describe Glossop as “attractive or “very attractive”.

Now, local residents can have their say of which of the twenty six buildings restored during the trust’s duration, is the most improved shop front in Glossop. Of the twenty six, there were twenty-one commercial buildings that received grant funds to help with the repair or restoration of traditional architectural features. The other five have been improved independently of the grants programme but incorporating the traditional design principles.

Details for all the improved properties, including before and after images, will be available at from noon on Friday 4th April when voting opens. Those looking to take part can also vote at Glossop Municipal Buildings where all the information will also be displayed.

Godfrey Claff, executive member for regeneration at the Borough Council, said: “This has been a truly fantastic scheme for Glossop. It’s been very successful in bringing new businesses and jobs to the town as well as restoring some of our historic buildings and improving public areas in the centre.

“Just as importantly, residents are pleased with the results and that’s why we want them to help us celebrate the conclusion of the project by nominating their favourite new shopfront.”

Voting closes at midnight on Friday 11th April and the winner will be announced after Easter. The owner of the winning property will receive a hamper from local delicatessen Praze Fine Foods and there will be a prize draw for voters with one randomly drawn person also winning a hamper.

Two titles and number one ranking for Glossop judo star

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Glossop based judo competitor Eric Ham has won two titles and gone to the top of the British junior rankings, all in the past month.

The 16 year-old Hadfield resident, who trains at Glossop Judo Club, bagged three medals during the past three weeks – fighting in “Junior” events, which are aimed at Under 21 competitors, whilst still eligible to compete in the Under 16′s “Cadet” events.

The first of Eric’s medals came at the English Junior Open, where despite being the second youngest in the group, Eric won all of his contests in style before beating the country’s number one ranked competitor in the final.

Eric then flew to Portugal for the European Cup, where he became one of only five cadets to win a medal. Having fought his way past Europe’s highest rated junior fighters, he was eventually beaten in the final by a Canadian entrant.

Following these trips, Eric travelled to Belfast winning all of his fights with maximum scores to add the Northern Ireland Junior title to his growing collection of domestic titles.

These results have seen Eric shoot up to Number One on the British Junior Ranking List. He is now due to go back into training before  competing as part of the European Cadet World Tour series with events in Portugal and Romania followed by competitions in Spain, Czech Republic and Poland. This block of competitions will finish with the European Cadet Championships due to be held in Athens, Greece at the beginning of July.

To keep up to date with Eric’s progress, you can visit his blog.

Glossop branch of Derbyshire Building Society to close

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

The Glossop branch of Derbyshire Building Society is one of ten branches which will be closed later this year as part of a rebranding exercise.

Nationwide Group, which runs the Derbyshire outlets, is carrying out a plan to ensure that all building societies that it owns are all under the Nationwide brand. With this in mind they have taken the decision to close ten Derbyshire branches, rebrand ten others as Nationwide outlets and “integrate” seven Derbyshire Building Society branches into close-by Nationwide ones.

The Glossop branch, on High Street West, is expected to close in winter 2014, on an as yet unspecified weekend. Nationwide say that all customers will be able to access their accounts from Nationwide branches on the following Monday and will be receiving correspondence on the decsion in the coming months. The ten branches that are to close are: Glossop, Ashbourne, Bakewell, Belper, Clay Cross, Littleover, Oakwood, Shirebrook, Sinfin and Staveley.

Branches in Allenton, Beeston, Borrowash, Burton, Derby East Street, Mansfield, Mickleover, Nottingham, Sutton in Ashfield and Swadlincote will be rebranded as Nationwide Building Society.

Nationwide claims that under the new system, Derbyshire Building Society customers will have access to 27 local branches and 700 across the country. Nationwide’s Chief Operating Officer, Tony Prestedge said of the decision: “We have made considerable improvements to our range of products and services, and are now in a position to ensure our members under the Derbyshire brand can have full access to the benefits our other members already enjoy.

“It is a logical step to integrate our businesses under one unified, strong, and nationally recognisable brand.”

Nationwide has also addressed any possible concerns regarding people’s job stating that the company “aims to retain as many employees as possible, with redeployment to other branches in the network or across the wider business”. They also said that “where redeployment is not possible, employees will receive training, support and advice on future opportunities. No employees are being put at formal risk of redundancy today”.

Nationwide Building Society merged with Derbyshire in 2008, when at the height of the financial crisis, Derbyshire Building Society became unable to function on its own.


Man cautioned over indecent exposure in Glossop

Monday, March 24th, 2014

A man has been interviewed in connection with indecent exposure in Glossop town centre.

At around 8:40am on Sunday 15th March , a 33-year-old woman was running along High Street East near Glossop Leisure Centre when a man exposed himself to her.

A 24-year-old man has been interviewed and subsequently cautioned by police. Police say that Local Safer Neighbourhood officers will carry out patrols in and around the area to offer reassurance to members of the public.

To report a crime call Derbyshire police on the non-emergency number 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency. To report a crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Glossop to host regional premiere of Steve Peat film

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Glossop is to host the regional premiere for a documentary about one of the world’s most iconic cyclists.

Don’t Back Down charts the life and career of Steve Peat, who over the past twenty three years has been competing at the very highest level in downhill mountain bike racing. Using archive footage, photos and interviews with Steve, his family and friends the film charts his journey from humble Sheffield beginnings to being a respected sporting icon.

The film’s screening will take place at The Partington Theatre on a special night hosted by the Peak Film Society. Doors will open at 7pm, with the film at 7:30pm.

Tickets are £9 or £7 for under 17s and tickets are available from High Peak Cycles.

Image courtesy of Iain Harper.

Glossop volunteers wanted for bumblebee climate change survey

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Volunteers are being sought to take part in a survey which aims to monitor climate change by surveying three types of bumblebee.

Bees are seen as a vital indicator of how climate change is affecting nature and so a Community Science Project is being run by the Moors for the Future Partnership and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Volunteers will be trained up in how to carry out the survey, which is to be done on routes including Kinder Scout, Holme Moss, Snake Summit and the Eastern Moors. They will be asked to examine the Bilberry bumblebee, Tree bumblebees and Red-tailed bumblebees.

Speaking about the benefits of the scheme, Gareth Roberts, Project Manager said:  ”By volunteering you have an opportunity to meet new people and have fun while out on the moors. You will be able to learn new skills, play a vital role in ensuring the success of the project, and feed into national climate change initiatives.”

To help people get started, several Bumblebee Survey Training Days are being held across the Peak District. These are to equip surveyors with the skills they to need do the surveys in their spare time and also so they can then teach people to join them.

The training days are free and open to all will last approximately three to four hours, they will be held on various dates with the Glossop session being held at 10am on Saturday 17th May at Bradbury Community House.

The full sessions list is:

Saturday 5th April at 10am: Moorland Discovery Centre, Longshaw Estate

Sunday 6th April at 1pm: Dore Old School, Dore

Saturday 12th April at 10am: Chapel Hall, Holme, 10am

Sunday 27th April at 10am: Longdendale Environmental Education Centre, Longdendale

Sunday 4th May at 10am: Meerbrook Village Hall, near Tittesworth Reservoir

Sunday 11th May at 1pm: Greenfield Methodist Church, Greenfield, near Dovestones Reservoir

Saturday 17th May at 10am: Bradbury Community House, Glossop

Sunday 18th May at 10am: St John’s Community Centre, Penistone

Anyone attending a training event is asked to bring a picnic lunch, a drink and to make sure they have warm, waterproof clothing and sturdy walking boots.

Places are limited and anyone would like to attend any of the training events is asked to please contact to book. For more information about how to get involved in this or any other Community Science Projects visit


CCTV released after dog abandoned in Glossop

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to trace after a dog was abandoned in Glossop.

At around 1:10pm on Friday 31st January, an Alsatian was tied up behind the Beehive Inn on Hague Street, Glossop. Officers were alerted by a member of the public at around 8pm when the dog had still not been collected and the RSPCA were called out.

RSPCA inspector Gilly Howard said: “Fortunately this dog was spotted and taken in by a caring member of the public, who has now given her a new home.

“If not, she could well have been there all night.”

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PC Sean Moss from Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team added: “Anyone with any information about the incident or recognises the man in the CCTV images is urged to contact police to help with the RSPCA investigations.”

Anyone with information, or who recognises the man, is asked to contact PC Sean Moss on 101 or alternatively, call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

G52 pamper day offers food for thought

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014


The ladies of G52 in Gamesley recently held a pamper day to offer local ladies the opportunity to relax and receive pamper treatments for nails, hair and skin.

Bucks Fizz and nibbles were provided whilst a demonstration took place, showing the ladies how to make face masks from inexpensive, everyday ingredients such as green beans, yoghurt and cucumber.

After the demonstration, the treatments on offer – hand massages, manicures, eyebrow coloring and a cleansing face mask – were available to be tried out.

Local volunteers gave their time to help make the day a success. Beauty experts in the area also supported G52 by giving their time and expertise.

The event was another example of how G52 bring women from the community of all ages together through low cost activities. G52 hold events 52 weeks of the year.

For more information on G52 and future events, ring 01457 858035

Guide Dogs fundraising group celebrate 25 years

Monday, March 17th, 2014

A group of fundraisers have celebrated 25 years of supporting Guide Dogs for the Blind and raising more than £445,000 for the charity.

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Bakewell fundraising group, that spans from Glossop to Ashbourne, marked their silver anniversary on Saturday 15th March, at their Annual General Meeting.

The astounding amount they have raised has come through the efforts of collecting at fairs, fetes and supermarket collections. The Guide Dogs for the Blind Bakewell fundraising group was set up by Maurice Eccles in 1988 as a way of thanking Guide Dogs for giving him his first assistance dog Breaker. A handful of the original branch members are still actively fundraising for the charity.

Dorothy Daybell, one of the group’s founding members, said:  ”It’s been an amazing few years and we’re fortunate to have the support of the community. People are surprised by how long we’ve been running but if you feel you can do something to help you have to do it.”

Mandy Rafferty, Guide Dogs community fundraising manager, added: “This is an incredible achievement and without the support of our fundraisers we wouldn’t be able to deliver our services. We receive no government funding so the work our volunteers do is vital in enabling us to ensure people with sight loss remain mobile and independent.”

Situated in Bakewell the branch covers areas from Glossop to Ashbourne and new members are always welcome. To find out how you can get involved, contact Mandy Rafferty on 07881269578 or by email to

G52 offers food for thought

Monday, March 17th, 2014

G52 is a group of women who do their best to bring the community together by holding low cost events for all ages throughout the year.

One of the many aims of the group is to us fresh fruit and vegetables that would otherwise become part of a landfill. The group collect any unbought food from Smithfield marked every Thursday.

Matt Black, a notes poet and Paula Moss, a professional photographer, were linking a visit to G52 with a collaborative piece of artwork they are undertaking together with Life Lines, a long term project they are both involved in. They spent their time at G52 looking at the meaning of “Diversity” within Derbyshire and how the current economic changes are affecting people.

During their visit they accompanied Pat Javanaud from Derbyshire County Council Adult Education to Smithfield Market, where they were shown how food, which would otherwise be wasted, is brought back to Gamesley and issued to local people.

The fresh food project runs on a Thursday afternoon and is open to all.

In addition to the fresh food, there is always freshly prepared soup or another meal made from the ingredients available to the public.

A recipe is given to people and volunteers explain how simple the sample meal is to prepare, giving tips and advice.

Matt and Paula found the experience of their visit to G52 and their discussions with the volunteers enlightening and they themselves sampled the delicious green bean soup that was on offer during their visit.

Matt intends to use his experience to create a poem around the issue of diversity, economics and food wastage. This, along with the photos taken by Paula on the visit will go towards the piece of collaborative work they are undertaking.

The volunteers at G52 said they had enjoyed the visit and chatting to both Matt and Paula.

Glossop RNLI branch in search for new volunteers

Friday, March 14th, 2014

The Glossop branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is on the look out for new volunteers.

Although Glossop is a way inland from the sea, the area still has a dedicated RNLI branch and they are looking to boost the amount of volunteers that they currently have. Each year, those giving up their time organise a range of fundraising events to raise money which helps RNLI lifeboat crews carry on saving lives at sea.

Volunteering for the RNLI is a great opportunity to make new friends and learn new skills whilst raising vital money for the RNLI’s operations.

Anyone who is interested, can apply online at or call 0300 300 9902 for more information.


Laptops, cash & jewellery stolen in Glossop burglary

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Burglars made off with a high value stash of items after burgling a house in Glossop.

Offenders broke into a house on Overdale Drive between 7:30am and 7pm on Monday 3rd March, gaining entry through the side door. They helped themselves to an Apple Macbook, an Acer laptop, cash, a Sony camcorder and a Garmin satellite navigation device. The thieves also grabbed jewellery, such as a Gucci ladies’ watch, several Pandora bracelets, charms and and rings –  including an 18ct white gold diamond cluster ring.

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information relating to the break-in to contact them on the non-emergency number, 101, quoting crime reference 8994/14.

Appeal after car damaged in Glossop

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Police Officers are appealing for information following criminal damage to a vehicle in Glossop.

Between 5:30pm on Friday 7th March and 7:30pm on Saturday 8th March, offenders smashed the window of a Ford Focus which was parked under the railway bridge on Arundel Street, Glossop. The offenders failed to gain access to the car.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Biker dies after head-on Snake Pass collision

Monday, March 10th, 2014

A 62-year-old motorcyclist has died after his bike was in collision with a car on the A57 Snake Pass, close to Glossop.

The incident happened at about 11:20am on Sunday 9th March when a black Kawasaki motorbike travelling from the direction of Glossop collided with a Citroen C4 Picasso which was travelling the other way. The rider, from Manchester, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. The road was closed shortly after the collision and was reopened again at 3:50pm.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or either vehicle before the incident to contactDerbyshire Constabulary’s collision investigation unit, on 101, quoting incident number 316 of 9th March.

Appeal after bicycle stolen from Glossop Town Centre

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Police are appealing for information after a bike was stolen after being left insecure in Glossop Town Centre.

The Black custom built BMX bike was taken from outside a fast food outlet on Wren Nest retail Park, Glossop at approximately 7:25pm on Wednesday 26th February. A male was seen taking the bike and the suspect is described as a white man, wearing a hooded zip up top and possibly jeans. A search of the area was carried out at the time of the incident but the BMX was not located.

Anyone with information or who knows where the bike is located now, is asked to contact PC Kenyon on 101.

Information sought after child’s scooter stolen

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Police are appealing for information after a child’s scooter was stolen in Glossop.

The JD child’s micro-scooter was taken from near an electricity sub-station on from Shirebrook Drive, Glossop during the day on Wednesday 26th February.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact PC Valentin on 101,  quoting the crime reference number CR/8262/14.

Irish festival for St Patrick’s Day in Glossop

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

An Irish festival is to be held in Norfolk Square to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

The event is set to take place between 12pm and 4pm, on Saturday 15th March, the closest Saturday to St Patrick’s Day on Monday 17th. It will feature traditional Irish music, food, crafts and will give residents a chance to mingle and soak in the Irish festive atmosphere.

There will be handmade original goods available throughout the day, with foods such as Irish Soda Bread on sale. The full entertainment programme is currently being compiled, but organisers have already revealed that one feature of the day will be a Limerick competition. Organisers say, limericks should be about something associated with Glossopdale area: a building, a shop, a person, a hill or even a feeling. It’s open to all ages, with under 18s asked to write their name and school on their limerick.

On the day, there will also be plenty of entertainment for the kids with a Dizzy McWhooshy leprechaun treasure hunt sure to be a hit. There will be six leprechauns hidden around Norfolk Square – with a prize for the clever, young ones who find all six.

The festival is being organised by Good Things,  the community and social arm of the Glossop RC Churches. Part of the aim is to help raise funds for the second Holly and The Ivy Festival which is set for 29th November in 2014.

Appeal after attempted car theft on Glossop’s High Street East

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Police are appealing for people to come forward after the attempted theft of a car on High Street East, Glossop.

At around 12:50am on Thursday February 12th,  a man attempted to steal a Land Rover Defender whilst it was parked up, but the suspect was disturbed interfering with the ignition cowling system he ran towards Manor Park Road junction. The suspect is described as a male, in his early twenties and wearing a dark hoody.

Police are urging anyone who seems something suspicious taking place, to ring 999 so that they can check it out.

Anyone who may have information on the attempted theft, is asked to call 101.

Aled Jones becomes ambassador of Glossop’s Winnie Mabaso Foundation

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Singer and Broadcaster Aled Jones MBE has agreed to become an ambassador for the Glossop based Winnie Mabaso Foundation.

The charity was set up 10 years ago by Glossop resident Lisa Ashton MBE after she visited the South African settlement of Finetown and met Winnie Mabaso, a local woman who was caring for the area’s Aids orphans. Since then the Foundation has built an orphanage and food kitchen, offers scholarships and runs a Granny’s Club, all in Finetown.

Aled said: “I am honoured to become an ambassador for this amazing charity who I have long since supported – particularly in this their 10th year. Seeing the difference they are making in the community where they are based inspires me and I am over the moon to support them in this way.”

The singer becomes the Foundation’s third high-profile supporter, alongside trustees Olympian Jonathan Edwards and actor David Morrissey.

On March 21st, whilst out in South Africa, Founder Lisa and Glossop business owner Tracey McCullough will be abseiling down to 103 metres high Orlando Towers in Soweto, to raise funds. You can support them in that feat by visiting their Just Giving page.

Glossop teenage judo star to represent England in tournaments

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

A Glossop based teenage judo fighter is to represent England at three upcoming tournaments abroad.

Eric Ham, who trains at Glossop Judo Club, has been selected to compete for England in the first World Junior Tour event to be held in Portugal, which takes place in Coimbra on 15th & 16th March. Later in the year, he will represent England at tournaments in Romania & Czech Republic. This is the first Junior National selection for Eric,  showing just how fast the Glossop fighter is developing.

In further good news for Eric, in his own age band, Cadet (Under 18) he has a clear lead on the European Cadet Championship qualification ranking list. This means that with one event left to go it is impossible for him to be overtaken which could secure him a place to represent Great Britain at this year’s Championships to be held in Athens, Greece.

Eric balances his fighting and training at the British Judo Centre of Excellence with studying at college. This is an expensive juggling act and so, Eric is always looking for local companies or individuals to assist in any way they. Those interested can view his log at



Willow Wood to hold Easter Sunday balloon flight remembrance service

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Willow Wood Hospice are offering people the chance to join an Easter Sunday service at which hundreds of balloons are to be released into the skies over Tameside and Glossop.

The balloons will lift into the air on Easter Sunday, 20 April 2014 from Mottram Church. with the actual launch at 12.15pm just after a short ceremony of blessing and remembrance by the Reverend James Halstead. It gives families the chance to commemorate the memory of a loved one, whilst also helping the hospice to raise valuable funds. Willow Wood which is based in Ashton under Lyne, and has a shop in Glossop, provides palliative care to local people with life threatening illnesses, with most of its funding coming from public donations.

Hospice Matron, Karen Vallantine, explains “Memories are often about the times loved ones have spent together and the balloon release symbolises many different things to many different people. It is an occasion when we can release tender thoughts of our loved ones on this very special day in the year”.

Those wishing to commemorate a loved one are asked to visit the hospice website at or ring the Hospice on 0161 330 7788.  They will either send you details or indeed take your dedication over the phone. In return, Willow Wood will send you a special ribbon on which you can write your own personal message.  Each ribbon will then be mounted onto a “Memories” panel at Willow Wood where it will be available for viewing throughout the following month.

Speaking about 2012′s balloon release, Head of Fundraising John Fellowes said: “Last year the grounds outside of Mottram Church were full of emotion as the Rev James Halstead gave a short blessing just before the commemorative balloons were released. The mass of hundreds of balloons then carried the thoughts, prayers and loving memories of loved ones over the local hills and into the blue sky as they rose high above the landscape.”

For more information visit the Willow Wood Hospice website or call 0161 330 7788.

Glossop based Afghanistan war veteran to tackle charity skydive

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

A Glossop based army veteran is to take on a skydive to raise funds for the charity which is helping him to overcome Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Mark Dawson served for thirteen years as a Corporal with the Royal Army Medical Corps before being discharged from the army suffering from PTSD. He’s been fighting the effects of the illness with the help of Combat Stress, and is to take on a 10, 000ft tandem jump on 7th May in Maidstone to raise funds for the charity.

Having spent thirteen years in the army, Mark found it difficult to cope with the mental damage caused by things he had seen during his time as an army medic. He contacted Combat Stress who allocated him a Combat Stress Community nurse. Last August, he attended a six week intensive PTSD program where Combat Stress helped him to learnt coping strategies which are used to fight the nightmares, flashbacks, emotional numbing and relationship problems which can often be caused by PTSD.

Without their help Mark believes his recovery would have been much more difficult, and so he is keen to raise as much money as possible to help with their work. It’s the first time he will have ever taken on a skydive and he told that:

“I am quite nervous but I’ve always wanted to know how it feels to fly/fall through the air. I’m sure it will be sheer fear followed by euphoria”.

Mark has a fundraising target of £400, with half of that required so that he cover the costs of the skydive. The rest of the money will go directly to Combat Stress.

Since being discharged from the army, Mark has been trying to build a life outside of the military and has retrained as a photographer. As well as working with two military charities, Dig-In and Walk With The Wounded, he is also working as a full-time freelance photographer.

You can donate to Mark’s cause on his Do It For Charity Page and you can also find him on Facebook.


Simmondley New Road to be closed for two weeks

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Simmondley New Road in Glossop is to be closed for two weeks – to allow electricity cable works to be carried out by Derbyshire County Council.

The road closure will be in place between 24th March to 7th April, from Simmondley New Road’s junction with Simmondley Lane to its junction with High View. The following alternative route has been suggested by Derbyshire County Counci: “via Simmondley Lane – Pennine Road – Simmondley New Road (to point of closure) and Vice Versa”.

The road will re-open as soon as the work is finished, which may be before the advertised date.

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Suspect arrested over Glossop and Hadfield motorbike thefts

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

A man has been arrested in connection with theft after three motorbikes were taken from areas of Glossop and Hadfield.

The motorbikes were taken overnight between Wednesday 29th January and Thursday 30th February. The first incident took place on Queen Street, Hadfield where a motorbike and chain were taken from outside a property.

During the same night, a moped was a stolen from a public car park on Winster Mews and another was taken from a garden on Thorncliffe Road, Hadfield.

The man arrested has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Following the thefts, Police will be heading out on targeted patrols and are aencouraging residents to remain vigilant and to report suspicious activity. Derbyshire Police have also released the following advice which they urge bike owners to take:

- Buy an alarm, immobiliser and secondary locks such as a disc lock, U-lock, chain or cable lock.

- Always use the steering lock on your vehicle.

- When out in public, park your motorcycle where it can be seen or in spaces that have stands for you to secure your bike to

- Try to cover your vehicle and if possible use ground anchors or a garage

- Avoid leaving your helmet, gloves or other possessions on the machine

- Put security markings on as many parts of your bike as possible

If you saw anything suspicious, have any information on the above incidents, or CCTV nearby; you are asked to call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

Witnesses sought after Glossop High Street bag snatch

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Police are searching witnesses following the theft of a handbag in Glossop.

At around 6:30am on Saturday 8th February, a woman had her handbag stolen as she walked along High Street West, Glossop. The victim was walking past Bay Tree Book store when the offender snatched the bag and drove off in a small, black, hatchback vehicle.

Witnesses or anyone with information on this incident are asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Appeal for witnesses after Glossop moped theft

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Police are appealing for witnesses after a ’63 registered Baotian moped was stolen from Glossop.

The moped was parked on High Street West near to the Subway shop at around 9:30pm on Friday 7th February. It was later found abandoned with no fuel on Spire Way, Old Glossop.

Anyone who witnessed two people driving around on the moped without helmets or who has  any CCTV nearby, please contact PC 2757 Hodnett at Derbyshire Police on 101 quoting crime number: 5444/14.

Police appeal after vehicles damaged in Glossop

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Police are seeking witness and information following damage to vehicles in Glossop.

On the evening of Friday 31st January, offenders damaged the wing mirror of a red Fiat Punto parked on Princess Street, Glossop.  Officers are appealing for witnesses to the crime, which took place at around 10.45pm, to get in touch.

Police would also like to speak to witnesses to an incident which took place sometime between 5pm on Friday 31st January and 10am on Sunday 2nd February. Offenders stole the glass from the wing mirror of a silver coloured Peugeot 206 that was parked on Tredcroft Street, Glossop.

Anyone with any information about the above crimes should contact PCSO Sarah Walsh on 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

Police warning over Glossop cold caller

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Police are advising Glossop residents to be extra vigilant after receiving reports of a man calling at houses looking for gardening work in the local area.

Reports say that he had been going door to door and giving extortionate quotes for small gardening jobs, after approaching elderly or vulnerable residents.

Anyone who has concerns about a cold caller or who requires any advice, is asked to contact Derbyshire Police on 101, the non emergency number.

Can you help Matthew find a job?

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

A 22 year old’s determination to find himself a job, has captured the hearts of the members of a Glossop Facebook group.

Matthew Jordan, from Charlesworth, has mild learning difficulties and a stammer, but has battled against them and is a friendly, sociable and hardworking person. Having enrolled on a Stockport College course to help him gain independence, he is now determined to find himself a job.

Matthew’s mission to find himself work has been received with a heart warming response from Glossop locals. After posting on a Facebook group, Matthew received an overwhelmingly positive response with people offering to cover his wages for a trial and lots of people pointing him towards places where he can find advice, or even work.

To help himself learn valuable skills, Matthew has been volunteering one day a week at Stepping Hill Hospital where he makes drinks for admissions patients.The nurses at the hospital have taken a liking to his work, and often say they miss him when he is not there.  In a bid to gain lots of skills, he has also done lots of other volunteering work in dog grooming parlours, in kitchens and spent some time stacking fruit and vegetables at the greengrocers in Charlesworth.

If you think you can help Matthew then you can contact him on Facebook, where he posted his appeal for work.



Willow Wood Hospice release 15 year anniversary events list

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Willow Wood Hospice has unveiled details of a number of its 2014 events – as it celebrates 15 years of caring for the Tameside and Glossop community.

The Ashton Under Lyne hospice was founded in 1999 and has since provided caring, compassionate palliative care to lots of residents suffering with life threatening illnesses. As ever, a large proportion of their budget will come from donations and so fundraising is as important as always. Their 2014 calendar contains some of their regular favorites such as the Midnight Wander, scheduled for the 11th July. They’ll also be turning up the heat with The Firewalk on October 12th and the ever popular Gee Cross Fete will be held on Sunday 15th June.

On Easter Sunday, April 20th, the hospice will launch hundreds of balloons all dedicated to someone special and 1000s of plastic ducks will again set of on their travels down the Huddersfield canal on June 8th. Despite a battle with the weather in 2013, Brass on the Grass will return on Sunday 14th September in Stamford Park.

Head of Fundraising, John Fellowes reflected on the 15 year anniversary by saying:  ”As we look back on the last 15 years it is without doubt that we couldn’t have achieved anything had it not been for the continued and unfailing support of the local people. It is because of our local communities really taking us to heart that we have been able to care for thousands of local people when they needed us the most. Really by just saying thank you it doesn’t seem sufficient but I hope that our services speak for themselves.”

Many people like to help out the hospice by hosting their own events and fundraisers. If you’ve got an idea then the Hospice fundraising team can be reached on 0161 330 7788, they have a wealth of experience and are there to help.

Speak of how people can contribute, John added: “Volunteering your time is as equally as important as making a donation. Perhaps you can shake a bucket, find homes for collecting tins or join the fundraising crew and help us sell merchandise at the varying community events throughout the year.”

To learn more about the hospice and their fundraising events, visit their website or join them on Facebook.

Appeal after two Glossop burglaries

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Police are appealing for information after two burglaries took place in Glossop.

One burglary occurred at a property on Uplands Road where a door was forced open to gain entry to a property between 1pm on Friday 31st January and 2.53am on Saturday 1st February. A television, tool box and Xbox consoles were stolen. The incident has been given the crime number: 4772/14.

Also, between 1pm and 3pm on Saturday 1st February, a burglary occurred at a property on John Street. The front door was forced open to gain entry and the incident has been given crime number: 4991/14.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious or has any information or CCTV nearby, is asked to contact Glossop CID on 101 quoting the relevant crime number.

Glossopdale Foodbank faces highest demand since commencement

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Statistics for December 2013 show that Glossopdale Foodbank provided 1287 meals for families and individuals within Glossopdale.

This is the largest figure recorded since the start of the food bank almost two years ago. With such high demand being placed on the food bank it becomes even more important that they receive much needed support.

The public can help in many ways, either by cash donations, cheques (made payable to Glossopdale Foodbank), set up a standing order or by supporting local events such as trolley collection days. Further information on other events throughout the year can be found at

The next trolley collection day is due to take place at Aldi, Arundel Street, Glossop on Saturday, February 8th.   Volunteers will be available to chat to the public and answer any questions they may have.

If you require further information or know anyone in need of help from the food bank then please contact 01457 858035.

Vigilance urged after attempted Charlesworth quad bike theft

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Police are urging Glossop residents to be vigilant after three men tried to steal a quad bike from a Charlesworth barn.

At around 4.50pm on Saturday 25th January, three men were disturbed at a farm on Long Lane, Charlesworth, while in the process of stealing a quad bike and Stihl saw from a barn.

When they were disturbed they left the items near to the scene and ran away.

The only description offered is that one was wearing a black hoody and another was wearing a grey hoody. All of them are believed to be young men aged in their late teens to early 20′s.

If any residents nearby witnessed these men in the area or have any information or local CCTV, they are asked to contact PC 582 Bould at Derbyshire Police on 101 quoting crime number: 3501/14.

Local children & Glossop’s mayor get messy at the opening of Pico Lounge

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Glossop’s newest all-day café/bar, Pico Lounge has thrown open its doors with the help of some very special guests.

A group of children from North View Day Nursery joined Loungers’ Executive Chef Theo Guy in a cookie decorating competition to mark the opening of Pico Lounge, emphasising its family friendly credentials.  Glossop’s Mayor, Councillor Tony Kemp was also in attendance to judge the most beautifully decorated cookie.

The new venue, located at Howard Town Mill, was opened by south west based group Loungers.  Antony Doyle, operations manager of Loungers, said:  “We’ve had great fun with the children this morning.  Glossop is the perfect area for our Lounge concept.  There’s already a thriving and vibrant community and we’re really looking forward to playing our part.”  

Loungers has invested £450k in transforming  the Howard Town Mill unit into a cosy, retro home-from-home, in the eclectic style much loved by Lounge aficionados.  Glossop was chosen as a key location due to its diverse demographic and 25 jobs have been created for local people.

The menu features everything from authentic tapas, spicy peri-peri chicken breast burger to wild boar and apple sausage and mash…and there’s an ever changing specials board.  Children are well catered for with their very own kids’ menu.

Police search for man after Glossop jewellery shop theft

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man stole jewellery from a Glossop jewellers and then ran through Glossop town centre.

At around 1:35pm  on Saturday 18th January, a man entered a jewellers shop on High Street West, Glossop. He asked to view two white gold and diamond rings using the shop’s eye glass. Whilst viewing the rings he edged away from the counter to stand under the light and then ran out of shop taking the rings and eye glass with him. He ran up High Street West heading towards Costa Coffee, past the Co-op and then passed the front of Glossop Train Station on Norfolk Street.

The man has been described as white, aged in his late 20’s to early 30’s years, over 6ft tall, of slim build, with very short cut dark hair. He was wearing clean smart sports clothing, a darkish sweatshirt top, dark coloured jogging bottoms and black and red trainers.

As police enquiries continue, any witnesses, anyone with information and owners of CCTV near to these locations are asked to contact DC Graham Barrick at Glossop CID on 101, quoting crime number: 2470/14.

Glossop trumpeter to bring cheer to Macclesfield event

Monday, January 20th, 2014

A prize winning trumpeter from Glossop is to take the soloist’s spot in an upcoming performance in Macclesfield.

Glossop’s Tracey Redfern, will be taking the soloist’s spot at the Northern Chamber Orchestra’s Trumpet Cheer concert at Macclesfield Heritage Centre on Saturday 8th February. The event kicks off at 7:30pm and Tracey will be playing Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto, a crowd pleasing piece regarded as one of the toughest to master.

Tracey, who has performed with the London Mozart Players, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Camerata Scotland, said of the news: “It’s a treat to play Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto with the NCO and I’m really looking forward to letting the trumpet take the limelight, which is not often the case in a chamber music concert!”.

As well as Tracey’s star turn with Trumpet Concerto, there will also be several other performances during the Trumpet Cheer concert. Beethoven’s Symphony no 2, Grieg’s melodic Lyric Pieces and and Arriaga’s Los Esclavos Felices will also be performed.

Tickets for the concert at Macclesfield Heritage Centre on Saturday 8 February 2014 are available from the NCO Box Office on 0161 247 2220. You can also purchase them from Macclesfield Visitor Information Centre on 01625 378123 and on the door. They are priced at £16 Auditorium, £13 Balcony, £7 students & unwaged, 18s & under free.

Glossop fraudster jailed after stealing thousands of pounds‏

Monday, January 20th, 2014

A Glossop woman has been jailed for 16 months for stealing thousands of pounds from her employer.

Rachel Murphy, of King’s Court in Glossop, was sentenced to 16 months in prison by Derby Crown Court on January 13th after pleading guilty to fraud by abuse of position between August 2010 and November 2012.

The 32 year-old stole the money whilst working as a financial administrator at Gamesley Early Excellent Centre. Murphy paid herself high wages each month than she should have,  made purchases on a company credit card and took money rather than paying it into the company account.

Her fraud was only discovered when she was on sick leave and the person brought into cover her noticed the discrepancies and reported it to the management.

Detectives believe that she managed to steal thousands of pounds before she was exposed.


Glossop Swimming Pool burglary CCTV images released

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Police have released CCTV images of three men they want to trace in connection with a  burglary at Glossop’s swimming pool.

Between 7pm on Sunday 5th January and 8am on Monday 6th January offenders stole cash, watches, car keys and jewellery from Glossop Victorian Swimming Pool on Dinting Road. They had gained entry by forcing open the main entrance and damaged property as they searched for items to steal.











Anyone with information, who may have seen someone acting suspiciously or who recognises the men in the CCTV images is asked to call Derbyshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Can you help out Glossop’s guide dogs?

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

A new group of fundraisers are searching for a volunteer treasurer to help keep the branch’s accounts running smoothly.

The recently formed Glossop branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind need a volunteer who is able to count, bank and account for any monies raised on a regular basis. They’ll be volunteering as part of a team of fundraisers who are helping to generate valuable income for the guide dogs charity.

Ideally, they’ll able to do basic maths and handle money confidently. The Glossop branch are aiming to find a  treasurer who has good organisational skills and can work well in a team.

David Clough, Guide Dogs volunteer consultant, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for someone to make a difference to their community. They’ll have the opportunity to build experience, meet people and help support Guide Dogs.”

As well as being on the hunt for a treasurer, the group are still looking for fundraisers who would be able to help and assist with planning, organising and delivering events.

If you would like to find out more about the role please contact David Clough, Guide Dogs volunteer consultant, on 07785 433265, email or visit

Two Glossop men charged with attempted murder and kidnap

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Greater Manchester Police have charged two Glossop men with the attempted murder and kidnap of a Manchester man.

Anthony James Leonard, 25, of Mouselow Close, Hadfield  and Michael Thomas Sierotko, 24, of Sunlaw Street, Glossop, have both been charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to kidnap and conspiracy to blackmail. This is relation to an incident at 12.30pm on Sunday 8th September 2013, when police were informed of a concern for the welfare of a 28-year-old man who had failed to return to his home in Whitefield, Bury.

A short time later the man was found in the Holmfirth area of West Yorkshire area with a gunshot injury. He was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries and has since been discharged.

The two men charged are due to appear before Bury Magistrates on 5 February 2014.

Police warning after mobile phone theft in Glossop restaurant

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Police are reminding people to avoid leaving mobile phones unattended on bars or tables after an phone was stolen from a restaurant.

An iPhone was taken from a table in a restaurant on High Street West, Glossop between 5pm and 5.30pm on Saturday 11th January.

Anyone with information or CCTV in the area is asked to contact PC 2313 Salt at Derbyshire Police on 101 quoting crime number: 1529/14.

Police called as bull runs through Glossop streets

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Police were called out this morning, 8th January, after a bull was spotted running around the streets of Glossop.

Several members of the public called the police at around 8am this morning, after they noticed the bull. The animal, which was said to be in an apparently distressed state, was spotted on Princess Street, Chunal Hill, Pikes Lane and Slatelands Road.

Police stayed involved with the incident until the bull found its way off the roads and instead wandered into a field close to Chunal. The owners of the bull are now in the process of tracking it down in the field.

There are no reports of injuries or damage caused by the animal.

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Glossop consultation over public health lifestyle services

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Glossop residents are to be given the chance to speak their minds about plans to reorganise public health lifestyle services.

The event on Monday 13th January between 2.30pm and 4.30pm at  Bradbury House, is one of several being held by Derbyshire County Council who are inviting people to discuss the way these services are provided. The events will focus on new proposals to offer people one point of access for help to lose weight, stop smoking and lead more active lifestyles.

The plans revolve around teams of  ”wellbeing workers” providing a range of advice and support, whilst helping people get support from other services.

Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Dave Allen said: “We’re interested to hear from anyone who has an opinion about local lifestyle services, not just people who’ve used them in the past.

“At the heart of these plans to reorganise services is our aim to get help where it’s needed most. We know there is a direct link between poverty and poor health, which is why we need an approach that can adapt to meet local priorities and be accessible to everyone.”

Events are running from the 9th to the 16th January and there will also be meetings in Alfreton, Buxton, Chesterfield and Swadlincote. You can also fill out an online questionnaire about the proposed new approach on the Derbyshire County Council website.

To register for an event or find out more, contact Drusilla Vaughan on 01629 537663 or via email at

Electrical cable works lead to two Glossop road closures

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Two Glossop roads are to be closed to allow work to be done on electricity cables.

Derbyshire County Council have released warnings stating that Hollin Cross Lane and Cliffe Road , both in Glossop, will be closed for a duration during February whilst electric cables work is carried out.

Cliffe Road will be closed for three weeks, from Monday 3rd February to Monday 24th February. It will be closed from its junction with Cross Cliffe to its junction with Morley Street. Derbyshire County Council have provided the following alternative route for motorists:  Cliffe Road (from point of closure) – Highfield Road – Gladstone Street – Victoria Road (A624) – High Street East (A57) – Milltown – Cross Cliffe and Vice Versa.

Hollin Cross Lane will be closed for a period of one week, from Monday 3rd February to Monday 10th February. The closure will run from its junction with Charlestown Road (A624) to its junction with James Street. The recommended alternative route is: via Hollin Cross Lane (from point of closure) – Duke Street – St Mary’s Road – A624 (Victoria Street/Charlestown Road) and Vice Versa.

Derbyshire County Council apologises for the inconvenience these works may cause and says that access will be maintained where reasonably possible.

Anyone needing further information should contact Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190.

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Sponsored balloon race raises £500 for Community Companions

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

A sponsored balloon race has raised £500 for Glossop based Community Companions.

850 balloons were released from Glossop North End‘s Surrey Street home on Saturday 21st December, before North End’s home game against Bootle FC. All the balloons had been sponsored with the funds generated, given to Community Companions – the organisation is operated by the Volunteer Centre and its team of 45 volunteers provide transport, befriending and help with shopping to local people who struggle to live independently due to disability, poor health or age.

A good crowd, of around fifty people, was present to see Glossop North End captain Lincoln Adams release the mass of balloons, and now the balloons which travel the furthest will land their sponsor a prize. A Google Nexus 7” tablet has been donated by and prize vouchers have been donated by Mettrick’s Butchers, the Glossop branch of Tesco, the Partington Theatre and Sainsburys in Denton.

A prize will also be given to anyone who finds a winning balloon and returns the attached tag to the Volunteer Centre by the 1st February. The winners will be announced on the 6th February.

The event was organised by the Volunteer Centre’s fundraising group which helps generate funds for projects such as Community Companions. Although it receives  Big Lottery, Derbyshire County Council and Tameside and Glossop CCG funds, Community Companions still needs to raise £1000 a year to be sustainable.

To learn more about Community Companions, visit their website or contact Manager Margaret Winterbottom on 01457 865722 or

Haul of jewellery stolen during Glossop house burglary

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Police are appealing for information after a large amount of items – including rare jewellery – were stolen during a burglary in Glossop.

Offenders gained entry to a property on Royle Avenue, between 10am on Tuesday 31st  and 3pm on Friday 3rd January,  by smashing through a back window. Once inside they helped themselves to a Star of David pendant with a bark finish and an 18 carat gold Victorian wedding ring attached to a chain. They also stole a gold Gypsy ring with a 1ct diamond and an unusual gold Masonic ring with blue enamel on one side and the letter ‘G’ engraved on it, and the initials ‘M.W’ on the reverse.

Lots of other items were also taken, including: Cash, gold watches, tie pins, bracelets, 24ct gold Krugerrands (gold coins), perfume, silver jewellery, a digital camera,  a passport and a DVD player.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Steven Leatherbarrow, said: “Some of the antique jewellery was passed down through the family and holds a lot of sentimental value; the victims are understandably devastated by their loss.

I would urge anyone who has any information or may know the whereabouts of the items to get in touch.

“I’d also appeal to anyone who might have seen anything suspicious, no matter how insignificant it might have seemed, to call police or Crimestoppers anonymously.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Glossop residents warned after attempted key theft

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Police are urging Glossop residents to avoid leaving keys near door locks after an attempted keys theft.

A resident on Sunningdale Drive, Glossop, disturbed someone trying to hook the front door keys through the letterbox with a metal rod at 5.30am this morning, Friday 3rd January. The occupant managed to retrieve the keys and the offender ran away before they could formulate a description of them,

Anyone who saw something suspicious or who has any information or CCTV nearby, contact Glossop CID on 101 quoting crime number: 325/14.

Reassurance given after serious Glossop fire

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service are to give fire safety advice in Norfolk Square after a fire in Whitfield.

Firefighters will be present in Norfolk Square from 11am until 1pm on Thursday 19th December, to discuss fire prevention and safety advice with any concerned members of the public. It comes after a man was left in hospital in a critical but stable condition, after a fire at a Whitfield flat during the evening of Sunday 15th December.

As well as their Norfolk Square presence, DFRS has also released the following advice, with some of it specific to the Christmas period:

- Ensure you have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home

- Check your smoke alarm weekly

- Never remove batteries from your smoke alarm – ensure you buy extra batteries for those Christmas toys

- Don’t cook after a drink or two – over 50% of all house fires start in the kitchen

- Don’t get distracted – with family, friends and relatives all coming to visit, it is easy to lose sight of simple fire safety practice – stay vigilant

- Have a pre-planned and practiced escape route – ensure all guests know of this plan

- Ensure all cigarettes are put out, right out.

- Ensure ash trays do not overflow

- Ensure candles are out before leaving the room

Investigations into the Whitfield fire are ongoing, but it is believed to have been started accidentally.

For more fire safety advice and information, visit the DFRS website.

Derbyshire Building Society Food Collection for Bare Necessities

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Customers at the Derbyshire Building Societies across Glossopdale  were asked to fill a shoe box with food and bring it to the branches for donation to food banks.

Bare Necessities Food Bank were not only lucky enough to receive the kind donations of the customers and staff from the Glossop branch but also those from the Bakewell branch.

Mary Jessop volunteer stated “ This type of generosity is fantastic.  At a time when more and more people are struggling with the choice of heating or eating and with families feeling additional pressure particularly at this time of the year to provide presents for their children it is really great to be able to add to our food store and provide a little extra cheer to those who find themselves in need”.

Bare Necessities Food Bank extend their thanks not just the Derbyshire Building Society staff and customers but all those who have donated to Bare Necessities over the last 12 months.

Further information  is available by calling 01457 858035


Christmas and New Years Eve firefighter strikes announced

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Glossop will be hit by firefighter strikes on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve after Fire Brigade Union (FBU) members voted in favour of industrial action.

The bouts of industrial action, by FBU represented officers, will take place on the following dates:

Tuesday 24th December, 7pm until midnight

Tuesday 31st December, 6:30pm hours until 12:30am on Wednesday 1st January 2014

Friday 3rd January 2014, 6:30am hours until 8:30am

As with other recent firefighter strikes, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service will continue to provide an emergency response service but at a reduced level. With that in mind, they are calling upon residents to extra care and to be do all they can to avoid emergencies occurring.

Area Manager Gavin Tomlinson, spokesperson for DFRS, said: “Once again we are asking members of the public to take extra steps to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in their home and to take extra care when driving on the roads during this time.

“Fire can start for a variety of reasons, from cooking being left unattended, to electrical faults or candles being placed too close to furnishings and Christmas decorations.  It is therefore essential that everyone ensures that they have a working smoke alarm fitted on every level of their home, to provide vital early warning of a fire and give occupants crucial time to escape.

“I would ask anyone who is attending or organising a Christmas or New Year’s Eve party to stay vigilant and help ensure that everyone stays out of harm’s way and parties safely this festive season.  If your party involves fireworks, please ensure they are dealt with responsibly.”

For fire safety advice and strike news, visit the Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service website.

Sponsored balloon competition in aid of Community Companions

Monday, December 16th, 2013

The sky over Glossop will be filled with balloons this weekend, as 850 are released as part of a sponsored balloon race.

The 850 balloons will be released from Glossop North End‘s (GNE) Surrey Street home on Saturday 21st December, at 1pm before Glossop North End take on Bootle FC. All of the balloons have been tagged and the one which travels the furthest will bag its sponsor a prize. The event has been organised by the Community Companions fundraising committee and the proceeds will go directly to the project. Money raised will be used to help fund activities which include providing shopping helpers and companions to local vulnerable and elderly people.

GNE’s captain, Lincoln Adams, will be on hand to release the balloons and several prizes have been donated for those whose balloons travel the furthest. A a Google Nexus 7” tablet has been donated by and prize vouchers have been donated by Mettrick’s Butchers, the Glossop branch of Tesco, the Partington Theatre and Sainsburys in Denton.

Maggs Winterbottom, Manager of Community Companions, is thrilled that money is being raised in such an imaginative way: “Community Companions are a team of wonderful local volunteers who provide befriending, help with transport and shopping support for older and isolated people in and around Glossop. We are very grateful to and the other local groups for supporting this event.”

David Slack, a member of the fundraising group added: “This is an exciting way to raise money for this charity. Previous races have seen balloons travel as far a field as Germany and Norway! We have also checked that they are environmentally friendly.”

To find out more about Community Companions, which is operated by Glossop Volunteer Centre, visit their website.


Whitfield fire investigation begins

Monday, December 16th, 2013

An investigation has begun after a fire at a property in Whitfield last night.

Three engines from Glossop, Buxton and New Mills attended the blaze at a flat on Highfield Road in Glossop on Sunday 15th December, after receiving a call out at 7:37pm.

There was one casualty from the incident, who was given CPR by fire crews before being taken to hospital by ambulance.

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service confirmed investigators reconvened this morning at 10am, to attempt to discover the cause of the fire.

Officers in Glossop school visits over online safety

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Students at St Phillip Howard Catholic School have been given lessons by police on how to keep themselves protected online.

PC Julian Gallagher, from Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team, visited the school on Tuesday 10th December to run classes on a variety of issues which arise online. During PC Gallagher’s sessions at the school pupils discussed, and were given protective advice on, sexual exploitation, cyber bulling and also  the consequences of shoplifting.

Speaking about the visit, he said: “Visits like these are a great opportunity for us to work in partnership with schools and it was great to see such a positive response from the kids.

“We covered delicate issues such as sexual exploitation and cyber bulling as it is really important that we engage with the students about these topics.

“It helps to bring the topic to light by increasing awareness and gave the class the chance to chat in a safe environment and ask any questions.”

PC Gallagher’s busy day also involved a trip to Glossopdale Community College where he spoke during an assembly about the dangers online grooming can pose.

Any school or youth group workers who are interested in having some police input into their group contact can your local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101.


11 year old releases Christmas single in aid of Winnie Mabaso

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

An eleven year old boy has written a Christmas song which he has released in aid of Glossop based charity The Winnie Mabaso Foundation.

Liam Giddins, who has been playing guitar since he was seven, wrote the Christmas song “Ho, Ho, Ho” when he was just nine years old. The decision to use it to raise money for The Winnie Mabaso Foundation was made after Liam asked about selling the song and donating the funds to a charity.

When his mother, Nicola Chaplin, explained all about the work The Winnie Mabaso Foundation do supporting orphaned children in South Africa, Liam readily agreed. The foundation, which started in 2004 by Glossop resident Lisa Ashton MBE, has built an orphanage, a pre-school and provides vocational training courses in Finetown, South Africa.

Liam recorded the song this weekend (7th & 8th December) at the studio’s of musician and family friend Kevin Farrell. Downloading the song costs £1 and proceeds go to The Winnie Mabaso Foundation.

For more information on the charity visit their website and to download “Ho, Ho, Ho” visit Liam’s Bandcamp page.

Drama planned to fund 2014 Glossop Inspire Festival

Monday, December 9th, 2013

The organisers of the Inspire Festival are to organise a drama as a way to raise funds for a 2014 event.

The first ever not for profit Inspire Festival took place in August this year, and now organisers would like volunteers to come forward and help produce a drama which will act as a fundraiser for a second event. Any money raised will be used to help keep the event free.

Volunteers who have an interest in drama, creativity, story building, sound and visual effects are being sought to help out with the fundraising event.  Currently at the development stage, the show is called The Riddle.

The performance, the script for which has been written by Mark Henderson, is according to organisers “forged from traditionalPeak District tales, but it asks questions about how we relate to the world around us – and to each other – in the 21st century.”

For more information visit the Inspire Festival website or contact Nicola Worswick on

Glossop police appeal for information after Mayflower Close burglary

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Police are appealing for information after a burglary at a property on Mayflower Close, Glossop.

A brick was thrown through a rear door of the property, which activated the security alarm at around 6.50pm and deterred the offender/offenders. It is believed the incident took place on Tuesday 26th November, whilst the occupant was away – nothing was taken.

Anyone with information or CCTV in the area is asked to contact Derbyshire Police on 101 quoting crime number: 51958/13.