Day Skipper and Yachtmaster courses at Toddbrook Sailing club

Toddbrook Sailing club will be running RYA Day Skipper and Yachtmaster theory courses on Wednesday evenings in October and November. If you are interested , then please get in touch with Clare or James on the numbers shown.

The club are also running sailing courses through the summer. Have a look at their website for further details.

If you fancy an adult or family taster session on Toddbrook reservoir, with its wonderful views and wildlife, then these are running on Sunday mornings from June to September.

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Memorial Park flies the flag for High Peak

Whaley Bridge’s Memorial Park in the High Peak has been named one of the very best in the UK – and that’s official.  (Thursday 23 July 2015).

The park is among a record-breaking 1,582 parks and green spaces to receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of quality.

A Green Flag is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

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Councillor John Haken, executive councillor at High Peak Borough Council responsible for parks and leisure, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that the Memorial Park has been awarded a Green Flag by Keep Britain Tidy.

“This award recognises and rewards the best parks in the country and it means that residents and visitors to the High Peak can be certain that they are enjoying one of the highest quality green spaces.

“It’s been quite a year for the park which just a few weeks ago celebrated completion of a major project to restore the park’s original layout and landscaping features. I’m thrilled for the Friends of the Memorial Park who devote their own time to keeping the park the very special place that it undoubtedly is.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager, Paul Todd, said: “We are celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme. All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Award.”

The announcement of this year’s Award winners comes in the same week that thousands of people up and down the country are enjoying Love Parks Week (24 July to 2 August), an annual celebration of our country’s fantastic green spaces and the community groups that bring them to life.

The Memorial Park was created in 1920 to commemorate the loss of 108 men in the First World War. It provides a pleasant link between residential properties and the town’s shops and schools.

High Peak Borough Council won funding of £478,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund for a major project to restore the park’s original layout and landscaping features.

The work has also seen the war memorial restored, the entrances improved, the installation of a new bridge and play equipment and enhancements to woodland and wildlife habitat including new planting.

Summertime visitors to Whaley Bridge churches

It’s reunion time for old friends of Whaley Bridge parish this month. Next Sunday (19 July) missionary family Jason and Tracy Day will be joining the congregation at Holy Trinity church at the morning service. Tracy, from Whaley Bridge, and Jason from Marple work with the Church Missionary Society in Thailand. They previously worked for three years in Nepal.
Tracy is a former nurse at Stepping Hill Hospital. In the 90s, when she was a trainee, Marion Lacey, now a churchwarden in the parish was her ward sister.
A week later, on Sunday 26 July, the 161st Manchester scout group will visit St James’ church, Taxal for their annual service.. The group, known as Jodrell’s Own, has made its summer camp in Whaley Bridge for over 100 years. Members will march from the campsite below St James’, where two years ago they celebrated their centenary.
The name Jodrell’s Own recognises the help the scouts were given many years ago by Lt Col Ramsden-Jodrell, from the then biggest landowning family in the area.

Whaley sets itself £5,000 charity target

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Banging for Burkina: Sue Mellor on the carnival float

Members of churches in Whaley Bridge have set themselves a target to raise £5,000 for an African charity as part of Christian Aid. They are working hard to give a better life to people in Burkina Faso, one of the smallest and poorest countries in the continent.

Already, the fund stands at over £3,000. Thermometer-style promotion boards outside the Uniting Church and Holy Trinity are reminders to the public of progress.

On Sunday, 12 July, a joint service of the two congregations, at 10.30 am in the Uniting Church, will hear first hand accounts of Christian Aid’s projects from Joel Payne, a regional co-ordinator with the charity.

At the recent Rose Queen carnival, Sue Mellor, a pastoral worker with the Anglican parish, displayed an African drum to publicise the appeal. Children on the Churches Together float gave the drum some loud bangs.

Several other churches are supporting Burkina Faso. The EU has matchfunded the Burkina project, which would turn the Whaley Bridge effort into £25,000.

Laughter filled local derby boosts Whaley Bridge session

When you think of football’s great derby matches, red-blooded affairs such as Liverpool versus Everton, City versus United or even Derby County versus Nottingham Forest, come to mind, but its fair to say when the local Walking Football group in Whaley Bridge challenged their hosts Whaley Bridge Town Council to a game there was slightly less tension and a good deal more laughter than is usually associated with contests between local sides.


High Hopes – WBTC Councillors (in white) prior to the match against the Corinthians.


Walking Football has been growing in popularity with older men ever since a Barclays television advertisement featured the slowed down version of the beautiful game. The Whaley Bridge session, which takes place on the town’s state of the art 3G pitch at the top of Memorial Park on Wednesday afternoons, kicked off in March and numbers of men being drawn by the chance to play football again are rising steadily. When local hostelry The Drum and Monkey offered to sponsor a playing kit for the group, organiser Mick Owen challenged the Town Council, who have also been very generous with their support, to a friendly match. “We are lucky to have such a well maintained and well appointed pitch to play on and the Town Council have helped us with marketing and recruitment. High Peak Borough Council are supporting the sessions and Councillor Jim Perkins joined us for the afternoon but it was an unlooked for bonus when Chris Bennett at the Drum offered to help us buy some playing kit so we wanted to say thank you to all our supporters by putting this game on.”


The Corinthians pile on the pressure……. …and yes, everyone was walking…


After a nervous start the team of politicians adjusted to the challenge of playing football without breaking into a run but the regular players – all men of a certain age who value the regular exercise, the time spent with like-minded peers or the break in their daily routine – were soon put under pressure and local radio personality Barry Jarvis captaining the side was forced to make tactical changes and urge his men on to slightly more effort. With some idiosyncratic refereeing decisions assisting the Town Council, the match finished as it started with smiles on everyone’s faces, a rousing celebration from the Town Council’s quite remarkable cheerleading squad and nobody very certain who won.


The Cheerleaders -fr to bk – Stephanie Raybould-Town clerk, Cllr Anne Winter, Rev Margaret Jones


Men who want to try Walking Football should call Mick Owen on 07944 605508 or just turn up on a Wednesday at 2pm (12am from 29th July) . Groups wishing to hire the 3G pitch should use the contact and booking form on or ring Jon Goldfinch on 01663 733067
For more details contact Mick on 07944 605508 or on
1 Whaley Bridge’s 3G pitch is available to hire from Whaley Bridge Town Council at

2. WellFit CIC host Walking Football sessions in the High Peak at Whaley Bridge on Wednesdays at 2pm (12am from 29th July) and at Glossopdale Community College, Newshaw Lane, Hadfield on Thursdays at 11am.

3 WellFit CIC is a not for profit social enterprise based in the High Peak offering physical activity sessions aimed at raising wellbeing at an individual and community level. We are funded by grants, donations and fund-raising.

From waggiest tail to most loveable, Whaley’s best pets

Whaley Bridge’s Rose Queen season came to a fun end as the family Pet Show attracted dozens of pets and their owners. Dogs are definitely favourite pets, and three of them got to show their unique appeal: the waggiest tail, the look that melts the judge, and then best of the best.

Waggiest tale rosette went to Minnie, a 12 year old beagle, shown by Mrs Debbie Raper.

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Minnie with Debbie Raper shows off waggiest tail

The show’s unique award, ‘pet the judge would most like to take home’, was won by Charlie, an eight month old English springer spaniel. He was shown by Mrs Sarah Whelan and her daughters Amy and Lucy.

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Loveable Charlie, shown by the Whelan family


The best in show award is competed for by winners in all the classes. It was won by Lily, a two year old Sheltie, shown by Antonia Mills, nine. The family has had Lily from being a puppy. This was her first show.

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Lily the Sheltie, shown by Antonia Mills


Christmas treat: the Rose Queen organisers will be running their traditional disco for youngsters, along with a presentation evening of cash awards to local charities, in the Bowling Club on Friday 11 December.

Memorial Park ‘Roaring 20s’ Event Today!


Double Celebrations in Whaley Bridge


Carnival15-112Carnival Saturday in Whaley Bridge is always a hard act to follow, but this year’s Well Dressing ceremony on the Sunday was indeed worthy encore.  In celebration of 150 years of making music in Whaley Bridge, the Well Dressing features the Brass Band in a glorious tribute of gold, silver and blue.


Designed by local artist Rosemary Wignall, the 2015 Whaley Bridge Well Dressing showcases brass and percussion instruments framing the Band’s famous “Bridge” logo.  Chair of Whaley Bridge Well Dressers, Carol James, said “We are delighted  to join Whaley Bridge Band in celebrating their landmark 150 years.  The small but dedicated team of “dressers” have given their all over the last week to produce this magnificent display, and I would like to convey sincere thanks to everyone involved.”

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The day Princess Diana crowned us Whaley Bridge royalty

Old friends Pamela Cass and Victoria Plant went to enjoy the Whaley Bridge Rose Queen Festival last weekend, and ended up sharing jokes and a drink, as they recalled the day they were crowned by Princess Diana as Rose Queen and Rose Princess.

That was 25 years ago in 1990, when Diana visited the High Peak. Two weeks ahead of the festival, while Diana had stopped at the canal basin for a breather, she met Pamela and Victoria and performed the mini coronation..

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Spanning the years: Pamela with 2015 royalty, Katie Fairs, left, and Seren Adlington

Pam, then 16, was working at Swizzels in New Mills. She remembers her sunflower yellow, full length dress, which mum had spotted in a charity shop. “Diana asked me what the carnival was about, and I said it raised money for youth charities. She then placed the crown on me and said she was not used to putting a crown on a girl’s head.”

Victoria, 13 at the time, and part of Pam’s entourage, also received a crown. She recalls: “Diana said to me, Welcome to being a princess!”


Crowned heads of Whaley: Pamela, left, with Victoria

Pamela and Victoria were part of one of the biggest crowds in recent years, who enjoyed the 40th annual event in warm sunshine. Pirates were much in evidence, filiing the float of 1st Taxal Scouts in the parade. Brothers of carnival royalty enjoyed brandishing their toy swords at the High Peak mayor and Whaley Bridge’s council chairman.

Elsewhere in the parade, Buxton’s Billerettes also celebrated their 40th anniversary, long established as favourite entertainers in Whaley Bridge. There was a brief interlude when a World War II Hurricane fighter flew over the site, before moving on to a series of other flypasts. The biggest anniversary – 150 years – also made the most noise. Whaley Bridge Band was in top form as they led the parade round the town.

Tim Mourne, chairman of the organisers, said: “Thanks to all who took part in the parade and made it a joyful summer day. And thanks to the generosity of public giving to the collection, which will help young people in our community.”


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Family Park Fun Run -Sat 4th July