Don’t rain on our parade!

It didn’t, but royalty just missed a soaking

Mayor and mayoress meet Whaley’s royalty

Mayor and mayoress meet Whaley’s royal

Whaley Bridge’s Rose Queen Festival was lucky – it didn’t rain on their parade. One of the best processions in recent years got round the town in dry weather, cheered on by big crowds.

In the marquee ‘palace’: visiting royalty greet hosts

In the marquee ‘palace’: visiting royalty greet hosts

But as visiting royalty and Whaley Bridge’s  own entourage – Princess Seren, nine and Rosebud Katie, with Kiera Jade,  a ‘personality’ rosebud and Bethany, a petal – reached the Bowling Club for the ‘court of queens’, a short, sharp shower arrived.  A marquee was hurriedly converted into a mini palace where the young royalty and their expensive dresses kept dry as queens from around the High Peak greeted their hosts.

Scouts and guides recreate Major Tim’s space adventure

Scouts and guides recreate Major Tim’s space adventure

Festival chair Tim Mourne was delighted with the day: “The new committee has worked very hard.  I was particularly pleased with the support we received from the village, entering into the spirit of the festival.  One of the best for years. We’ve already started planning next year.”

High Peak mayor George Wharmby and his mayoress Jean visited the festival.  They met the royalty and later joined the procession in Coun David Lomax’s 1937 Morris 8.  It attracted a lot of cheers.


Whaley Bridge Rose Queen Carnival Saturday 25th June

Whaley Bridge Rose Queen carnival takes place  on Saturday 25th June and the procession starts from the canal basin at 1pm and ends up at the bowling club where the field events are.

The Carnival Committee urgently needs to recruit judges for different things such as fancy dress, houses, lamp posts, pubs etc.

With new committee members and the past committee members helping behind the scenes we are making this day a special one to remember with more field events and more people wanting to be part of the procession.

If you want to help, please print and complete the form below marked with details of how you can help, and with contact details on the back and leave it with the Village Kitchen:




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Whaley Bridge Canal Group will be commencing a series of surveys that will help us gain an understanding of how many bats and of what type are using the Transhipment Warehouse.  Batman



It is vitally important that we carry out this study.  As well as being of great interest, it will be instrumental in any and all works and alterations to the building; For one we don’t want to disturb the habitat of the creatures who have made it their home but any planning application will be subject to a complete bat survey being undertaken, whether it comes to something as essential as repairing the roof or fitting new windows.


They will be meeting at Pear Tree Cafe at 7pm (get there early as it has to start on time) on Wednesday 25th May.  Georgina has kindly agreed to open up and serve complimentary tea and coffee.  Glyn Stewart, the Canal and River Trust’s ecology expert in this area will give a talk on bats and what to look for, give training on how to use the equipment.  Volunteers will then split into pairs at around 8pm/8.30pm  and position themselves inside the shed and be let loose with the ray gun.


This needs to be done for about ninety minutes.  Please don’t take in too sharp an intake of breath :-)  think of what will be be achieved by this.  At least ten people are required to make it work, as it’s such a large building and we have to cover all of it,  including the cracks that may not be immediately visible to the naked eye.  They may not enter by where we think is obvious and unless we eliminate the impossible, whatever remains remains, remains possible and we will be asked about it in any planning application.

Please let Nev Clarke know if you can attend on Wednesday as he needs to firm up numbers.  He can be contacted on 07920 253 075 / 01663 735 284 or at

They’re planning one survey a month until the end of October, maybe more if people are willing.  The idea is to throw in a couple of dawn surveys as well, which Nev is assured are a magical experience.


Whaley Water Weekend 2016 is here soon!

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Whaley Bridge Water Weekend takes place on Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June 2016

If you want to join the team you’d be most welcome! As little or as much time you can give would be appreciated.
Lots of opportunities to soak up the atmosphere and help-from stewarding, helping on the free boat rides,  hospitality to the performers, tent erectors, bringer downers and tidy uppers/recyclers.
Giving a lovely smile to the many who come to enjoy the  family fun free music event of the year is one of the most enjoyable parts of the event!
Led into Zeppelin is our headline act on Saturday night. Don’t miss it!
Remember everyone it’s a pirate theme this year. (Adults (please do!) and children alike)
Our catering team will be dolled up with their sea-legs on,  dishing out the famous Whaley burgers in ship-shape and Bristol fashion.
   The Transhipment warehouse will be open to the public with pirate themed decorations and a model of the railway and Transhipment.

Contact- Zara Clarke- Volunteers Co-ordinator- 07809867135


Adoption of High Peak Local Plan


Notice of Annual Town Meeting


The Queen’s Birthday Beacon at the Whaley Cricket Club

Clear skies and an enthusiastic crowd enjoyed the the Queen’s Birthday Beacon last Thursday.

Audit Notice

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Celebrating HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday


Furness Vale COGS Field Day – 21 May, 12 noon – 6 pm, at Lodge Farm Field, Calico Lane

Furness Vale Field Day 2016

Come and celebrate with us – improvements finally beginning!

With work starting on the field at Yeardsley Lane, we have to thank local resident and generous supporter, Nigel Marshall, for allowing us to use his land at Calico Lane, off Station Road (map to follow) as a temporary venue for our annual Field Day.

In addition to showcasing several ever-popular Live Bands and a first visit from Walthew House VIP steel band, there will be the usual mixture of Bouncy Castle; BBQ; Bar; Children’s Activities; many and varied stalls and, of course, our popular Dog Show.   This year we can enjoy refreshments ‘chez Nigel’, afternoon teas provided by Friends of Furness Vale Station. See our timetable for further information on activities.

It’s been a long and challenging journey, but we are delighted that we have now taken on the lease of the field and, at last, the vision of the community for its transformation can begin.   The drainage and landscaping is being funded by Sport England, Bernard Sunley, Fields in Trust, local and county councils and our own fundraising.

We are also thrilled to have been chosen for the top award of £12,000.  in Tesco’s Bags of Help grant scheme.   Thanks to all those who voted for us.  This funding will provide picnic tables, flower beds and other environmental features.


FIELD DAY EVENT (Free entry)

Lodge Farm Field, Calico Lane

MAY 21st  2016

12 noon – 6pm 

  • Live Bands – various styles
  • Walthew House VIPs Steelband
  • BBQ
  • Refreshments tents (Beer/tea/coffee)
  • Stalls (Dealers, tabletop sales, charity, local organisations)
  • Family games (PAS) at 1pm
  • Facepainting
  • Children’s entertainments
  • Dog Show at 3pm
  • Huge Raffle
  • Information tent – all about COGS

Dog Show starts 3pm (register before 2.30pm at info tent)

Enquiries or to book stalls ring 01663 744764

 COGS (Community Organising Green Space) Furness Vale  Registered Charity No 1154212