This weekend sees a repeat of last years highly successful Party in the Park, run by High Peak Borough Council and the Friends of Whaley Bridge Memorial Park.
It is being held this Saturday 24th Sep, in the Whaley Bridge Memorial Park by the Wheatsheaf Road entrance (SK23 7JA) from 12am through to 6pm.
There will be live music, a Childrens Fun Run and at the skatepark, professional outfit Extreme Wheels will be present, showing just how far bikes and body can be pushed !
Back at the Wheatsheaf road entrance, there will be refreshments, bar , inflatables, a treasure hunt, face painting and much more.
Entrance is free, so come along and enjoy and support our wonderful Park and the volunteers who help to make this event happen. Take a walk up around the reservoir and take in the views while you are here. Why not book a meal in one of the local restaurants for the evening?
Parking is available at the top of Park Road by the football pitches, Whaley Bridge SK23 7DJ. It’s then a short walk through the park to the Wheatsheaf Rd area.
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There may have been plenty of rain this summer, but it has also been a surprisingly good vintage year as Whaley Bridge Show and Garden Society’s annual event demonstrated.
Who knew that such beautiful Victoria plums grew in Whaley? Or that the carrot roots grew to about a meter long, with onions as big as your head? And to complete the vintage image, so many people make their own wine?
In the children’s section, one entrant made their own edible gold and silver Olympic medals.
New resident of Whaley Bridge, Victoria Cooper, was impressed by the flowers which seemed to thrive in a wet summer. She works for Macmillan Cancer Support, and will be visiting the local Macmillan coffee morning in Java Gallery on Friday 30 September.
Sisters Niamh and Eliza Orritt, seven and five, won prizes for their flower arrangements in the children’s section.
The Garden Society welcomes new members. Contact Jane Gregson on 01663 734 132.
This is a superb local show , held annually at the Whaley Bridge Bowling Club. As well as the traditional entries including flowers, giant onions, tomatoes, leeks and carrots and so on , you can get your Bake-Off hat on and submit cakes, scones, pies ,preserves,chutneys and a variety of other produce. There will also be entries for Arts and Crafts, Photography and Painting. There is even a section for home-made wine! Nearly 100 different sections in all.
And of course, there is also a childrens section, with 11 different categories, sponsored by the Whaley Rose Queen festival.
There are Cream teas on the day, a tombola and a raffle. The Bar at the Bowling Club is open too. It’s all indoors so a great place to be if the weather doesn’t oblige.
If you want to enter your own vegetables , jams ,wines or anything else into any of the 83 different categories or 11 childrens categories, then you need to look at the rules and all the categories and classes which are found HERE.
Then you need to fill in the simple entry form which is found HERE.
Entry forms and your produce must be brought in and returned to the Hon Secretary at the bowling club not later than 10.30am on Saturday morning (3rd Sep). There is a 10p charge per entry (free for children)
Perhaps one of the most exciting parts of the day is the CHARITY AUCTION at the end, where you have the opportunity to bid for many of the goods on show. It takes place at around 4pm after the prize presentations and really is good fun.
This is a great local event to come along and support. The Giant Onions have to be seen to be believed !
For further details please contact Mr C Heathcote on 01663 733466 or Mrs G Slater on 01663 733140 .
WB Brownies starts again on Monday 12th September. They meet at 6-7.30 pm at the Uniting Church. Unfortunately there are no more places for new girls. However the Brownies would warmly welcome anyone who is interested in helping out in whatever way they can.
Alternatively, If you know someone who is undertaking their Duke of Edinburgh this is an ideal opportunity to gain some voluntary work experience. Please contact- Zara Clarke (email@example.com)
Following on from the award to our Memorial Park last year, Whaley has a share of a second Green Flag.
The Green Flag Awards are judged by an army of more than 700 green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.
Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, especially as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Awards.
“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 Green Flag Award.”
The seven mile length of the Peak Forest Canal is one of 239 parks and green spaces across the North West who today are proudly flying a Green Flag Award, after being judged to be some of the best in the country. It joins 26 miles of The Macclesfield Canal that has been awarded the Green Flag award for the second year running after it became the first ever canal to be awarded the prestigious accolade last year.
Both canals are managed by the Trust – the charity that cares for 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales.
“They are wonderful outdoor green spaces for all the family to enjoy and it’s great that they are being recognised alongside the likes of Hyde Park in London. It is a testament to the huge amount of work that everyone puts into looking after them, whether that is our teams, the people living or working along the waterway or our hundreds of volunteers. The awards also set new standards of excellence for our entire canal network.”
Whaley’s own, Nev Clarke who runs the local canal volunteer group was one of the hosts when the judges visited in June and also attended the award ceremony in Sheffield last week stated, “Feel very humbled at this moment. Lots of great work done all along the canal, by volunteers and CRT staff alike. Special and very personal thanks go to all those who have helped out in Whaley Bridge, you’ve done yourselves and the community proud.”
The next volunteer session is down at the basin on Sunday, August 7th, 12 noon till 3pm. Anyway who wants to help out in any way will be made most welcome, from litter picking to weeding, to installing tapping rails. For the more adventurous, the next bat survey is 5am the following Tuesday morning (9th August). Phone Nev for details on 07920 253075 or get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Whaley Bridge Canal Group held it’s second bat survey on Wednesday night. Glyn Stewart, one of the Canal and River Trust’s senior ecologists said after the event, “What a successful evening! Thanks to everyone for helping with the different aspects. In particular, I was really impressed with the quality of volunteers we had last night, they were really passionate about the survey and quick to learn.”
As Nev Clarke, leading the group and the surveys, has already said, “ 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.”
Mon 18th July – 21.10pm start time
Tues 9th August – 5.20am start time (pre-dawn survey – best chance of seeing bats enter or leave the building)
More than 100 runners took part in the 5.8 mile fell race, the Whaley Waltz, which runs alongside the Whaley Bridge Rose Queen Festival As soon as the parade has left the town centre, over 100 runners got ready on the main street.
Their route, with a 900ft ascent, took them to Taxal Edge and Windgather Rocks with its great views over the Cheshire Plain. Runners, returning through the park, had a chilly finish splashing through the River Goyt at Forge Road.
Men. 1 Chris Donnelly, 2 Martin Cliffe, 3 Julian Goodwin.
Ladies. 1 Hayley Ashby, 2 Faye Waterhouse, 3 Sarah Douglas.
Male vets. Aged 40 upwards – Dwayne Dixon; 50 – Paul Oakley; 60 – Steve Shaughnessy; 70 – Roger Ashby
Female vets. 40 -Anne Chinoy; 50 – Janine Ridgard; 60 – Jo Baker
Race organiser Mary Jones said: “We are very grateful to our sponsors The Bike Factory, AC Workwear, and Riverside Therapy Centre. All proceeds go to the Thomas Theyer Foundation.”
For more about the race and other events, visit the Goyt Valley Striders’ website www.goytvalleystriders.org.uk