Halloween Children’s Disco at Whaley Club Friday 28th October from 6pm


Whaley Bridge Community Fireworks on 5th November from 6pm


Five Years of Floral Creations !

This Saturday 8th October, FloralCreations in Whaley Bridge will have been open for a wonderful five years. !

Hayley Barton, who owns the shop, which is located in Whaley Bridge just next to the arched  Railway Bridge and opposite Stanways electrical, will be celebrating at the shop on the day and would like to thank all her customers old and new who have helped to make the last five years so successful.

Why not take the opportunity to visit the shop this Saturday and join in the celebrations. You can also visit them online at http://www.floral-creations.net/clipboard01


FloralCreations specialize in wedding flowers and Funeral flower arrangements, and also have a range of gifts for all occasions.


Time to book Coffee Mornings


PARTY PARTY In the Park ! Sat 24th Sep 12am-6pm

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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Extreme Wheels doing some sky riding!

What a surprise! A vintage summer in Whaley Bridge

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?  plums

long carrots

In the children’s section, one entrant made their own edible gold and silver Olympic medals.

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.

victoria and flowersSisters 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.


Best in Show: Dahlia display by Cedge Heathcote


Whaley Bridge Annual show and Bake-off ! Sat 3rd Sep

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.

Some Stunning Colours from the 2011 Show

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)

Admission to the show is FREE.  :-)

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 .

Interested in helping at Whaley Bridge Brownies?

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 (clarkezarajane@gmail.com)

Whaley Waves the Flag Again

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 asseGreen Flagss 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.

Walter Menzies, chair of the Manchester & Pennine waterway partnership, said: “We’re delighted that both the Peak Forest and Macclesfield Canals have been awarded with Green Flags.11406729_843863445649376_1878441911038792734_n

“They are w397479_585841088118281_1018783280_nonderful 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 whaleycanal@gmail.com



Progress in Levelling Furness Vale Playing Field and fundraising Coffee Morning


Levelling done, next drainage (photo credit Terry Watson)

Levelling done, next drainage (photo credit Terry Watson)