Volunteers Sought to Steward the Lantern Parade for the Christmas Lights Switch-On

Volunteers are sought to  help steward a lantern parade down the Whaley incline (the old railway line running from the Shepherds arms  down  into the Canal basin)  on 28th November, the night of the Christmas lights switch-on, arriving in time to greet Father Christmas when he arrives at 6pm, at the Canal Basin.

If you are free on the 28th  Nov and able to give just an hour or so of your time in order to help make these events happen for the kids, then it would be wonderful.If you’ve never volunteered before then just give it a go.  There is a really good sociable group of people of all ages who help with these things but there are never quite enough of them!.

You dont need to miss the event – it can be as simple as donning a high viz jacket(supplied) and walking with your children and watching out at the same time for others.

A short meeting to finalise what volunteers would like to do is being held at 8.30 pm on Tuesday 25th November, at Footsteps (moved from the mechanics Institute).

Thank you.


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Whaley Cenotaph service back after two year gap

Whaley Bridge people renewed their link to the Cenotaph in Memorial Park, which could not be used for the last two Remembrance Sundays because of a major refurbishment.

Local organisations, including the Royal British Legion, placed wreaths on the memorial, later admired by many people.

The Rev Margaret Jones, priest in charge of the parish of Whaley Bridge, conducted the service. Earlier she had told congregations at other services of her moving visit to the ceramic poppies display at the Tower of London.

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Wreath laying at the Memorial in Whaley Bridge Memorial Park

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We will remember them.










Kettleshulme remembers at village Memorial Hall

One of the smaller gatherings in the area was at Kettleshulme. The village’s dead of two wars are commemorated outside the Memorial Hall. The Rev Keith Sandow, minister of Whaley Bridge Uniting Church Partnership, read their names and Laurie Walton, principal cornet player of Whaley Bridge Band, played the Last Post.

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Band presents cheque to local British Legion

Whaley Bridge Band chair Sheila Walton presented a cheque for £100 to John Cooke, chair of the local branch of the Royal British Legion, on Remembrance Sunday. The money was part of the proceeds of a World War I concert the band gave in the Bowling Club in October.

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Whaley Bridge Band presents cheque to the Royal British Legion

A vivid welcome from children of Kettleshulme school

There’s a new, vivid welcome in the entrance of St James’ primary school, Kettleshulme: a ceramic cross full of images and messages about the school’s place in the community, and the values and beliefs of this church school. The cross was the work of children from Years 5 and 6 – their ‘leaver’s project’ which has become a tradition at St James’.

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The school called in the services of artist Jane Dixon from Shropshire last summer. At a three day workshop with the 15 children involved, ideas were discussed, sketches examined and models made in clay for Jane to take back to her kiln to be fired and glazed, and eventually put together on the cross. There are images of fellow pupils, local people (the school has a tradition of helping in the community) and animals and wildlife all around in the rural setting.

The cross was blessed by the Rev Margaret Jones, priest in charge of Whaley Bridge parish and a governor at the school.

The children also designed ‘patchwork’ pots and mobiles in ceramic. School head Paul Quirk and teacher Hazel Hindle, who headed the project, were full of praise for the children’s work: “When they come back years from now, their cross will still be here.”

Furness Vale Post Office Counter Service

As from Dec 9th a Post Office Outreach Counter will be operated at Furness Vale Community Centre on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1.30 – 4.30 offering full Post Office services (except On Line Lottery and Bureau de Change).

There is disabled access to the building from the car park and disabled facilities within the building.  During the Post Office opening hours a small shop and cafe will be available for the convenience of clients and the general public.

Thanks are extended to the Post Office for their negotiations, mainly through Mr Steve White, to bring this service into Furness Vale after the closure of the old Post Office, it will be managed by Chapel en le Frith Postmaster Mr Tim Boothman.  A Consultation document is available at the Community Centre, The Soldier Dick and the Crossings to enable public to comment on the provision of the service.

The Community Centre Committee encourage residents of Furness Vale and neighbouring villages to use this facility and see it progress from strength to strength in the heart of the village.  Volunteers interested in helping with the running of the shop and the cafe are needed and they are welcomed to get in touch.  Contact Frances Footitt on 01663 747440 or Susanne Lomas on 01663 744764.

Remembering the Fallen: WW1 and its effect on Whaley Bridge and the surrounding area.

On Fri 21st and Sat 22nd November, 10am – 5pm, at the Uniting Church in Whaley Bridge, Whaley Bridge’s regeneration group, Whaley4Wards, with the help of many other local groups and individuals, are getting together to put on a commemorative exhibition covering aspects of life in and around Whaley Bridge and Furness Vale during the First World War period. The purpose of the exhibition is to remember those who lost their lives, and to provide an insight into how the war affected people living in Whaley Bridge and nearby. Various war artifacts from the period will also be on display to show things which would have been familiar to the soldiers at the front.

William Henry Jones from Whaley Bridge was one of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. He enlisted in August 1917, when he was just 18 and 1 month. Just 21 days after arriving in France in April 1918, he died from wounds received in action on 27th April 1918.


William Henry Jones

The exhibition will comprise an audiovisual display, pictures of the period from Chris Simpson, war memorabilia,  contemporary music,  school displays from Taxal and Fernilee,  Furness Vale,  Buxworth and Whaley Bridge schools, crafts, and a living history performance by actors who will talk through aspects of life during the war both from a soldiers perspective and from a general perspective, illustrating how attitudes to the war changed over the period. The event will also see the launch of several local history books of the period. The audiovisual display remembers those who lost their lives using photos and research by Julian Thompson. There will also be an archiving facility where people can bring along paperwork or other materials and have them scanned or photographed, without the material leaving their sight. The material does not need to be local in nature. Refreshments will also be available. Continue Reading »

Update on the Transhipment Warehouse Consultation

WTW_External_PerspectiveEarlier this year, many visitors to Whaley Water Weekend took time to call into the 1801 Transhipment Warehouse, at Whaley Bridge Canal Basin, to look inside this historic building and to study the illustrative ideas put forward by the Canal & River Trust’s Architects for possible future community use of this unique building.

The sketches have now been added to this site, and can be found at bottom of the page headed Reports & Studies listed above, or here.

These sketches are also on display in Whaley Bridge Mechanics Institute, Market Street, Whaley Bridge SK23 7AA.

At the time, we supplied a questionnaire and  received fantastic feedback that weekend, and here are some charts recording which ideas people supported, and were less keen on: Continue Reading »

Whaley Bridge campaigners’ legal move puts housing estate plan on hold

Legal moves by the campaign group Whaley Bridge Matters (WBM) have succeeded in putting on hold controversial plans for a 107 home estate on a greenfield site. Campaigners are hailing this as an opportunity for High Peak Borough Council planners to look again at the application, giving proper consideration to the strong arguments against it raised by the local community.

The council’s planning department has indicated that it is their intention to present a report to the Development Control Committee in December 2014 or January 2015, addressing points raised by WBM. This is the committee which, in August, voted to give outline planning permission for the estate on a site off Linglongs Road, close to the National Park boundary. Campaigners were prompted to consult lawyers, who challenged the legality of the council’s decision and failures in the processes they had followed.

Francesca Read, who addressed the Development Control Committee on behalf of WBM prior to the vote in August, said: “We welcome the rethink. It gives the council an opportunity to look again at the way they disregarded strong community feelings, how they failed to look adequately at valid points being raised by local people. The community feel they were just swept aside.”

The legal challenge included
* concerns about highways safety around the site, especially Linglongs Road and Macclesfield Road, citing the danger to pedestrians;
* the council’s failure to take account of material considerations, including the impact of the development on residents and the ability of the site to deliver so many houses; and

* the council’s failure to properly assess the merits of the application in light of public concerns. Continue Reading »

Firework Display in Whaley Bridge


  • The display will take place on Saturday 1 November at Whaley Bridge Bowling Club, with the launch taking place from the adjoining Primary School, by the kind permission of the Head, Mrs Walton. This year’s theme is “under the sea”.
  • The W3 catering team will be present selling ‘Whaley Burgers’.
W3 sausage team
  • A charity band night in aid of Headway (the brain injury association) will follow the Firework display, with four rock bands playing inside the Bowling Club.
  • Discussions are taking place regarding a short lantern walk from the Reservoir Road entrance of Memorial Park.
  • Lantern making workshops will be announced in due course – but preliminary dates for these are Sat 25th October and Wed 29th October, in the Mechanics Institute.
  • Tickets will available to purchase from Weds 9th October.
  • Please contact the fireworks committee if you can assist as a volunteer  by email to Whaleyfireworks@gmail.com

Arts Hub at Whaley Bridge Launch

whaley-arts-hub groupProfessional artists from Whaley Bridge who take part in Derbyshire Open Arts each year have formed a new group in the town based at the Pear Tree Café.

The Arts Hub will have a permanent display of work and a shop at the café in Canal Street and will also hold related events throughout the year.

They aim to showcase the local creative talent in and around Whaley Bridge and to develop a more vibrant arts scene in the town.

A launch event is being staged in the café, owned by Georgina Wilkinson, on October 24 from 2pm until 8pm.

To celebrate each artist will be providing their own unique interpretation on the theme of a pear. These will be available for sale as originals and as greetings cards.

The second event in store will be an Affordable Art Fair at the café on the weekend of December 5 and 6.

It was principally the idea of Tamsin Cunningham and Sarah Poynter but has developed since then with the input of others. The group also includes Helen Brocklehurst,  Andrea Joseph, Jill Kerr, Anna Massey, Lynne McPeake and Jill Petch, although there are plans for future growth.

Tamsin said: “During a series of meetings to discuss the success of Derbyshire Open Arts in Whaley Bridge, it became apparent that there was an opportunity to broaden its scope and to develop further the strong artistic community in the area.”

Arts Hub Launch

Martin Thomas, vice-chairman of Whaley Bridge Town Council, was invited to the meetings and is enthusiastically supporting it as he hopes that it will encourage other creative activities in the town.

“It was through Derbyshire Open Arts that I discovered a vibrant local community of amateur and professional artists working in a great variety of different media, producing interesting and thoughtful work to the highest standards,” he said.

“I very much welcome the formation of The Arts Hub. By collaborating together local artists can share resources, engage in joint publicity and have a shared platform for promotion.”

Be sure of a big surprise – teddies dropping by parachute!

If you go down to St James’ on Saturday, 27 September, you can be sure of a big surprise. Teddy bears on parachutes will be dropping from the 40ft tower of the ancient church at Taxal, to the delight of children and famIlies.

Last year 40 children brought along favourite teddies, all of whom survived the drop,before an impromptu ‘teddy bear picnic’ of tea and cakes.

Children bringing a teddy along will be given a square of material and string, and some guidance, to make their parachute. Dave Graham, a local potholder, will climb up the inside of the tower, then lower a basket on a rope to collect the teddies one by one. He will drop them into a waiting blanket below to be reunited with the owner.

One of the organisers Jean Oldbury said: “It’s a fun event, so we hope lots of children come along. We’ve never lost a teddy yet!”

The charge is £2 per child. The event lasts from 2-4pm. Last year part of the proceeds were sent to Manchester’s Royal Children’s Hospital