Things to do in the summer school holidays.

Now that the Summer holiday is starting in earnest, you may be looking for things for the kids to do during the day.

One possible activity is the Summer Holiday Football Coaching Sessions being held up at Whaley Bridge’s 3G artificial grass pitch,  by the Derby County Community trust. These sessions are taking place throughout the summer on dates shown on the poster below. Please contact them on 01332 667575 to book and for more information.

Derby County community trust also provide football training sessions throughout the year in conjunction with the local schools.

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New Access to Proposed Housing Estate Raises Safety Fears

Campaigners fighting controversial plans for a 107 homes estate in Whaley Bridge have learned that a second access road is being considered for the greenfield site, on a triangle between Macclesfield Road and Linglongs Road.

Members of the residents’ group Whaley Bridge Matters have been given 14 days by High Peak Borough Council planners to respond to ‘revisions’ to the developers’ plans.  The final date for submission is Friday 18 July.  Group chairman, Kevin Worthington, protested that residents may be away on holiday and asked for the 14 day cut-off to be extended to 28 days. Senior planning officer Jane Colley turned down the request, but said that people who had been away on holiday could send in their views later.  She revealed that the plan, with any revisions, is expected to go to High Peak’s development control committee on 4 August.

The change to the plans would mean a one-way vehicle entry point into the estate off Macclesfield Road, further down from the Midshires Way using a gap between existing houses which was previously only planned to be a pedestrian access point.  Campaigners say the pedestrian walkway at this location is particularly dangerous as the footpath is narrow with poor visibility down Macclesfield Road due to the blind bend. Children from a new estate would be crossing the busy road at this point. Continue Reading »

Robert’s Africa charity begins at home

 l to r:  Jean  Oldbury, Robert Brown, Kelly Slater

l to r: Jean Oldbury, Robert Brown, Kelly Slater

Local fundraisers in Whaley Bridge are helping a Christian charity run by Robert and Helena Brown, which is making life better for people thousands of miles away in Africa.  Jean Oldbury, left and Kelly Slater each presented £100 to TOMM (The Olive Medical Mission) in Uganda.  Jean is one of the team running the open church scheme at St James’, Taxal – the donation came from money left by weekend visitors to the church.  Kelly, 25, took part in a 10K charity obstacle course run in Warwickshire.  She works in her mother’s fashion shop on Market Street, just doors away from where Robert has just moved his footcare business.
In the autumn, five students from the University of Derby Buxton will be flying out to the mission with Robert and Helena. The students, on a health and social care course, are busy raising money for their fares and accommodation in Uganda.  The will help to “freshen up the place and do some general repairs.”
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City Scouts start second century with Taxal camp

An inner city Scout group from Manchester, which celebrated its 100th birthday last year, starts its second century with a camp at Taxal, Whaley Bridge, later this month.

The 161st Manchester group is known as Jodrell’s Own, because of its links over nearly a century with the former Whaley Bridge landowning family. A chance meeting with Lt Col Ramsden Jodrell during World War I, when he offered them a campsite near the river Goyt,  led to the historic link.

Last summer,  the colonel’s grandson, Michael, who had been an honorary member of the 161st Manchester since boyhood, passed on  the presidency to his son Henry.

Jodrell’s Own will hold their annual service in St James’ church, Taxal at 11am on Sunday 27 July.

Information about the group and it’s history from the Scout leader Darren Doran on 07780 978 361.

Children bringing World War I history to life

Year Six pupils at Taxal and Fernilee primary school have been researching the history of World War I since Easter.

Now, the results of their work have gone on exhibition in the meeting room at the Mechanics’ Institute, Whaley Bridge.
The 27 pupils in Mrs Sue Lonsdale’s class all helped put the exhibition together. It includes a mass display of paper poppies, poems written by the children, and some information about local soldiers whose names are on the recently refurbished Cenotaph in Memorial  Park. The children researched on the internet and one boy discovered that his great great grandfather had been killed in the war and is buried in Belgium.
A lifelike mini version of a trench, constructed from cardboard and papier mâché,  is made more realistic with plasticine rats and lots of tiny, hessian sandbags.

The pet show boy: Bert is Whaley’s top dog

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Owner Annie shows off Bert’s rosette, watched by judge Natalie Bowers

Bert, a black Labrador, won the top rosette at Whaley Bridge’s annual pet show. Dozens of pets ranging from a chameleon, a snake, a spider, a rooster to rabbits, guineapigs, cats and many dogs entertained a big crowd at the Bowling Club arena.  The show was organised for the Rose Queen Festival committee by Fernmoss pet shop.

Rose Queen chairman Tim Mourne said: “The show was a great success.  Thanks to all the owners who brought their pets.”

Tanks for the memory – kids’ WW1 tribute AND a WW2 Hurricane

It was carnival day fun all the way as Whaley Bridge Rose Queen festival avoided the rain on Saturday – but in the run up to the World War 1 centenary there was still time for tributes to Britain’s wartime heroes. Two highlights drew applause from the crowds: a life size and very lifelike WW1 tank in the parade, filled with children from Buxworth primary school, and then a flypast from an RAF Hurricane fighter.


Buxworth Primary Schools’ superb tank !

The tank, built in wood by a Chapel engineering company, was a replica of one of the early British models in 2015, that eventually changed the course of World War I. In the Whaley parade, it was towed by Buxworth man Jack Hardman’s vintage steamroller, also built in 2015, before the world’s first tank was built. The roller, too, has a WW1 history: it was used in forestry work, carrying wood planks, destined for the trenches in France. Continue Reading »

An hour’s extra fun at Rose Queen Festival (guaranteed!)

Whaley Bridge Rose Queen Festival on Saturday (28 June) will have an hour’s extra fun – and that’s guaranteed. There will also be a Hurricane at 2.30pm ! The parade, the town’s biggest event of the year, starts from Canal Street at 1pm, one hour earlier than in previous years. As Tim Mourne, the new chair of the festival says: “Our packed day goes on as usual till late afternoon, so that earlier start gives everybody an hour’s extra fun. All we want now is a repeat of the fabulous weather from last year!”

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Hoping for another sunny day: Rose Queen and retinue last year

After two years, retiring Rose Queen Annabel Wilde, 14, will be saying farewell to the festival, but with a place of honour in the float, near the head of the parade. With her will be Princess Amelia Carden-Howe and her sister Harriet, a Petal and attendants Sophie and Oliver Edwards and Jessica Carter, with her sister Millie. Continue Reading »

Polish children visiting twin town Whaley Bridge

A group of 22 Polish children and five adults is visiting Whaley Bridge this week. The children are from a primary school in Tymbark, which is twinned with Whaley Bridge.

The Polish party is staying at Whaley Hall, where a welcome evening was held. A walk up Kinder Scout with some of Taxal & Fernilee primary school children, along with a visit to Poole’s Cavern with another class from the school, were among highlights of their programme.

On Friday (26 June) the visitors will be at Taxal & Fernilee school all day, sharing lessons with local pupils. The Polish children will be performing regional dancing, for which they have won several competitions at home.

The party, whose visit has been organised by Taxal & Fernilee teacher Denise Gregory, travels home early on Saturday. They will miss Rose Queen carnival day by hours.

Made in Whaley Bridge – Man United fan club is 14

Astonishingly, it is 14 years since David Rhodes of Whaley Bridge set up the High Peak branch of Manchester United fans. After a disappointing season at Old Trafford, the local fans are glad to have the anniversary year to celebrate, In the picture, seated, are the three officials: in the centre, chairman David Rhodes, whose vision set up the club; Alan Gowling, left, president, a United striker in the 70s, who also lives in Whaley Bridge; and right, Keith Udale, treasurer from Marple.

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Officials, seated: centre, chairman David Rhodes, left, president Alan Gowling, right, treasurer Keith Udale

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