Publication of the Names of the Candidates for the Elections on 7th May

High Peak Borough Council has today published the names of the candidates which have been nominated to stand for election in the General Election to Parliament and in the Borough Council Elections which take place on 7th May 2015.

The list of candidates for the Westminster Parliamentary elections is: here

The list of candidates for the Whaley Bridge Ward of High Peak Borough Council is here

Meanwhile no vote will be held for the Town Council as none of the seats were contested. The existing councillors were re-elected unopposed, with the addition of Zara Clarke (Labour Party) who has been elected unopposed for Fernilee Ward, in a previously vacant seat, formerly held by Linda Leather. The official notice is here.

The last date for registration if you wish to vote is 20th April. You can register here, but you will need your National Insurance number to do this.


Annual Town Meeting 15th April 7.30 pm

Each year, in April or May, Whaley Bridge Town Council holds the Annual Town meeting, in addition to the normal town council meeting. The meeting is held downstairs in the Mechanics Institute and the public are very much encouraged to attend.  The meeting summarizes developments and progress over the past twelve months, and provides an opportunity for the public to ask questions and comment.

There are progress reports from the Town Council Chair, the Police Safety Neighbourhood Team, the County Councillor and the HPBC Councillors.

The Agenda for the meeting to be held at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 15th April is here, and attached are the minutes of last year’s meeting.

Whaley Bridge Annual Community Award 2015


Guidance Notes here

Nomination Form here

Easter Service Invitation

The churches of Whaley Bridge Uniting Partnership warmly invite you to join them in their Easter services:
Maundy Thursday – April 2nd 2015
7pm – Service of Shadows with Holy Communion at Whaley Bridge Uniting Church (2 hour service)
Good Friday – April 3rd 2015
10am – Churches Together in Whaley Bridge Service at Whaley Bridge Uniting Church
Easter Sunday – April 5th 2015
10.30am – Morning Worship with Holy Communion at Whaley Bridge Uniting Church
2.30pm – Afternoon Worship with Holy Communion at Fernilee Church
2.30pm – Afternoon Worship with Holy Communion at Kettleshulme Church
All are welcome to receive Communion

Whaley house plan voted through again (but it still isn’t over!)

Over 14 months into the fight against controversial plans for houses on a greenfield site in Whaley Bridge, campaigners at a meeting of High Peak Borough Council’s planning committee witnessed, for a second time, a vote in favour of the plan, 7-2.

But it still isn’t over! At the meeting, the council announced yet another public consultation, over 35 days, after they failed to properly consult the public earlier in the process. The council stated that, should any material issues be raised by the public during this consultation, the application would need to be sent back to the development control committee yet again for them to reconsider and vote again!

The campaigning group Whaley Bridge Matters (WBM) is now taking the fight into a 15th month. More than 30 WBM members and residents crowded into Chapel en le Frith town hall on Wednesday 11 March), to witness the latest battle against developer Gladman’s plan to build up to 107 homes on the green fields between Macclesfield Road and Linglongs Road.

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Craft Session at Uniting Church: Whaley Bridge Babies & Toddler Group

Celebrating their fourth week since formation and with it being Mother’s Day on Sunday, Whaley Bridge Babies & Toddler Group is organising a craft session to create cards and gifts for mums and grandmas.

It tales place this Friday 13 March, 9.30am-11am at the Uniting Church, Buxton Road, Whaley Bridge, all are welcome and just drop in anytime.

£2 per family, tea and toast included.

The group was set up by Katie Tyreman and Louise Gough to allow new mums in Whaley Bridge and the surrounding areas a place to meet for a chat. Each week the group organises sessions such as Baby Yoga, Jabber Jacks, crafts and sessions from the local health visitors team.

Back to the 70s as Rose Queen Festival hits 40th anniversary

Whaley Bridge’s big summer event, the Rose Queen Festival, celebrates its 40th anniversary on Saturday 27 June. Organisers, looking back to 1975 when the festival was first taken over by a village committee to launch the new era, want people to celebrate the vivid spirit of the 70s  pop, fashions, extraordinary stories, the start of modern sports heroes.

Tim Mourne, who was re-elected as chairman at the recent annual general meeting, said: “We can see some wonderful entries in the parade this summer, inspired by the 70s. Think of all the pop stars and fashions. We are working on the idea of a 70s disco some time on carnival day. We are also inviting former royalty from those early years to get in touch, and tell us their stories and memories.”

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Dads, granddads and councillors – get fit with walking football!

Dads, granddads and local town councillors are being invited to join a

game of ‘walking football’ in Memorial Park, Whaley Bridge, and

experience the fitness and fun idea that is sweeping the country.
The group plays every Wednesday at the all weather

pitch near Whaley Bridge FC’s ground in the top part of the park. The signed

entrance is off Macclesfield Road, turning into Park Road. Get togethers will

take place weekly on Wednesdays at the same time.
The sessions, supported by High Peak Borough Council and Whaley Bridge

Town Council, are organised by WellFit Health and Wellbeing. Director Mick

Owen has been running well supported games for the past year in the

Glossop area. Last October, a promotional tour with a travelling game took in

Buxton, Bradwell, Whaley Bridge and Glossop.


walking footie

Walking football: getting fit and keeping well, using those old football skills

Mick says: “It makes people feel happier and healthier. We have

evidence that people who come to us enjoy an increase of wellbeing.

Between January and June last year, 40 per cent had improved feelings about

Anyone coming on Wednesday should wear casual clothing and footwear

such as astroturf trainers.
While Mick was distributing posters in Whaley Bridge, a visitor from Blackpool

stopped to discuss walking football which he plays and enjoys in the resort.
Walking Football developed slowly through the Extra Time programme

initiative by Sport England and the Football Association. It is now widespread,

with support from such top clubs as Manchester City,

Final word from Mick Owen: “Women have more places to go and do thing

Men like the link with football and are enjoying Walking Football all over the

country. Come on, men of Whaley Bridge, and have a good time while

keeping fit and healthy.”

Whaley flies the flag for the Commonwealth


Special committee meeting to be held to consider Whaley Bridge planning application

A special meeting of the Development Control Committee of High Peak Borough Council will be held on the 11th March 2015, 1.30pm at Chapel-en-le-Frith Town Hall, Market Street, Chapel-en-le-Frith to consider planning application HPK/2014/0119 – Proposed outline planning permission for up to 107 dwellings including landscaping and public open space at Land at Linglongs Road, Whaley Bridge

All previous comments made by local residents will be presented to the Planning Committee

If you wish to make any further observations, please ensure that these are submitted in writing no later than midday on Friday 6th March 2015. This will allow time for staff to assimilate and respond to any new information received thereby enabling the Development Control Committee sufficient time to all consider your comments.

You are respectfully asked to comply with this request to assist with preparations for the committee meeting. Any comments received after this date will still be accepted but there is a risk that they may not be fully considered by the Development Control Committee. Please note that all comments received will be made public.