Grants for World War One community projects

High Peak Borough Council are inviting ‘not for profit’ groups to apply for grants for World War 1 commemorative projects:-


They have made £20,000 of grant funding available to be allocated in small grants (maximum £500 or more by exception) to support local community organisations, Town and Parish Councils to deliver local centenary projects.

What can the grant be used for?

This £20,000 fund is to support local, small scale World War 1 (WW1) Centenary community projects such as those which bring cultural, sporting, recreational, health, environmental, intergenerational, heritage or educational benefits to the local community. Continue Reading »

Paying respects to the World War I heroes on Centenary night

_merged_picsWhaley Bridge people are being invited by the local branch of the Royal British Legion to attend a candle vigil, between 10pm-11pm at the  Cenotaph in Memorial park on Monday 4 August, the centenary of the start of World War I.

“The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”  Words spoken by Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary in August 1914.

Everyone in the UK is invited to take part in LIGHTS OUT by turning off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on Monday, August 4– leaving only a single light or candle for this symbolic act of reflection and hope, to mark the 100th Anniversary of the date Great Britain entered the First World War.

You can take part in this national moment of reflection at the newly refurbished Cenotaph in Whaley Bridge Memorial Park.  Members of the Royal British Legion will be holding a candle-lit vigil around the Cenotaph to mark the Centenary between 10pm and 11pm on 4 August 2014.

You can bring your own candle or a special Centenary Candle, available from your local Marks and Spencer. All profits from the sale of Centenary Candles will support serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans of all ages and their families.

Come and join the event at the Memorial Park in Whaley Bridge and pay your respects to all those who sacrificed their lives during this conflict.

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Candles will be lit and extinguished at 11pm. People are asked to bring a candle or torch.

Earlier in the evening, there will be another commemoration of the centenary. Muffled bells for mourning will ring out from St James’,  Taxal, from 7pm.

Mystery of the poppies in the park as Centenary approaches

USERS of Whaley Bridge’s Memorial Park are mystified by the sudden flowering of red poppies on a grassy bank in front of the Cenotaph, only days before the centenary of the start of World War I.

The distinctive white Cenotaph was controversially unavailable for Remembrance Day services last year and in 2012, because of extensive work in the park.  After restoration, it was rededicated in May.

A few scattered red poppies were first noticed in mid-July.  Since then, they have increased, to the amazement of walkers in the park.

Park ranger Paul Evans said: ” We can only assume that disturbance of the soil when the memorial was brought back has somehow awakened seeds in the ground.  Maybe years ago,someone planted red poppy seeds as a personal tribute, and they have been dormant in the ground, but not flowering until now.”

Local people have asked Paul not to cut the grass until the poppy flowering season is over.  Regular users of the park say they have never seen poppies there before.

The park was given to the people of Whaley Bridge in the 1920s by the Jodrell family, local landowners.

Arson in the park robs children of zip wire thrill

Teenage arsonists are suspected of damaging one of the newest attractions in the recently renovated Memorial Park, Whaley Bridge. After part of the equipment was set on fire, children from three to 12 years have been robbed of a thrilling ride on a zip wire.  It may be mid-August, before the attraction can be reopened. Access to the zip wire was from a metal stage and a ramp.  The badly burned ramp has been taken away for repair or replacement.  Park ranger Paul Evans  says this will cost ‘hundreds of pounds’.

Park ranger Paul at the zip wire: the fire was at the platform, near where Paul is standing

Park ranger Paul at the zip wire: the fire was at the platform, near where Paul is standing

Mr Evans added: “A group of youths were bent on damaging our beautiful, brand new play area, created at great expense.  Younger children are now being disappointed when they can’t go on the zip wire.”

Police are investigating the act of vandalism that has spoiled the summer fun for countless children, and left ratepayers footing the bill.

The park was fully reopened in the spring after a makeover costing hundreds of thousands of pounds.  This has included landscaping and improvements to pathways, as well as the children’s play area. Children and youths from other areas are using the park, which is run by High Peak Borough council.

New allotments take shape – ready to rent by autumn?

John Swift takes a break in the wheelbarrow, as Martin Thomas, second left,  standing, draws up plans. Also in picture,  volunteers Mick Ridgway, Dave  Dusgate and Michael Darby

John Swift takes a break in the wheelbarrow, as Martin Thomas, second left,
standing, draws up plans. Also in picture, volunteers Mick Ridgway, Dave
Dusgate and Michael Darby

Councillors and volunteers, working in the intense heat at the newly restored section of the aptly-named Sunnybank Allotments near Memorial Park, are hoping that they will be complete and ready to rent by the autumn.

Cllr John Swift – dubbed ‘the foreman’ by the team – got a work party together to map out where the new allotments will go. Cllr Martin Thomas, Vice-Chair of Whaley Bridge Town Council, was responsible for putting the fourteen allotments, each 100 metres square, into the final map.  Ultimately these will join the existing allotments, which, with harvest festival levels of vegetables and fruit are reaching late summer maturity.

Cllr Swift says the site is an all day ‘sun trap’.  There is a waiting list of about 20 people at the town council offices in the Mechanics’ Institute.

Work began on the overgrown site last year.  The then council chair Anne Winter supplied tea and biscuits to the 15 volunteers who removed trees,  organised brushwood clearance, drainage and a water supply, which will have taps at three points when the allotments are completed.

Cllr Swift said: “The soil was heavy clay in most parts, with some areas very fertile.  The site will soon be able to live up to its name Sunnybank. Who knows what fruit and veg will be possible?”

For details about rents and availability, contact the town clerk at the Mechanics’ Institute, 01663 733 068.

Information appeal following fire in Whaley Bridge Memorial Park

High Peak-20140716-00458Police are appealing for information after a suspected arson attack causes damage to the Memorial Park in Whaley Bridge

Sometime between 2pm on Tuesday, July 15 and 8.45am on Wednesday, July 16, a fire was started in the Memorial Park on Wheatsheaf Road in Whaley Bridge.

The small fire caused damage to the wooden ramp of the zip-wire in the children’s play area.

Officers believe that this is the second time a fire has been started in the park. On the first occasion, no damage was caused.

Anyone with any information about the incident or who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area is asked to contact PC Ellen Barlow on 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

To report a crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Future of Furness Vale Post Office and Village Store

The Community of Furness Vale is acting urgently to find a way of retaining the facilities provided by the Village Store and Post Office after it closes on August 1st.

Although time scales are so tight, there is a great sense of determination to relocate to the Community Centre to provide essential daily items for the convenience of the Community with as little break in service as is possible.

Negotiations are currently taking place with the Post Office regarding options to provide future Post Office services.

With your support the future for Furness Vale looks bright.  Donations of help/volunteering/ gifts of financial support are much needed to help make this happen.

Contact Linda Hill (Treasurer) 07850 173549  or Susanne Lomas 01663 744764.

Furness Films Autumn Programme

Sept to Dec 2014

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.

DCCT Summer Leaflet 4 HR-2

Also on the 3G , throughout  summer, and all year round,  Continue Reading »

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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