Opening of Furness Vale Community Post Office and Shop

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Dec 9th saw the opening of a Post Office Outreach Counter operated by Tim Boothman (Postmaster of Chapel-en-le-Frith) at Furness Vale Community Centre, close to the bus stop, station and with local free car parking availability nearby.

The Counter will provide full Post Office services including Euros and will be open on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1.30 – 4.30pm. During the Post Office opening hours there will be a cafe and a small shop for the convenience of clients and the general public to meet, rest and chat. There is disabled access to the building from the car park and disabled facilities within the building.

Derbyshire Deaf and Hearing Support Group will be holding a Drop in session once a month offering advice or simply a chat/support with a signing person and displaying aids to support hearing impairment. As time goes on there might be other support groups interested in holding Drop-ins.

Volunteers interested in helping with the running of the shop and the cafe are encouraged to get in touch or pop along to see what is involved.  Contact Susanne Lomas on 01663 744764 with any enquiries or further information.

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Church Services Over Christmas

Nativity scene as performed at the recent Christmas Light Switch-On

Nativity scene as performed at the recent Christmas Light Switch-On

Sunday 21st December 2014

10.30am
 Uniting Church
Methodist, United Reformed & Baptist
Morning Worship
11.00am
Sacred Heart, Whaley Lane
Roman Catholic
Mass
 2.30pm
Fernilee Church
Methodist, United Reformed & Baptist
Nativity Service
 2.30pm
Kettleshulme Church
Methodist, United Reformed & Baptist
Afternoon Worship
 5.00pm
Uniting Church
Methodist, United Reformed & Baptist
Carol Service for All Ages
 6.30pm
St James, Taxal
Church of England
Service of Nine lessons and Carols
 6.30pm
Good News Church, Old Road
Evangelical Alliance
Carol Service with Refreshments afterwards
 6.30pm
St Marys, Disley
Church of England
Carols by Candlelight

Christmas Eve , Wednesday 24th December 2014

 4.00pm
Holy Trinity
Church of England
Christingle Service
 5.00pm
Uniting Church
Methodist, United Reformed & Baptist
Reflective Communion Service
 6.30pm
Kettleshulme Church
Methodist, United Reformed & Baptist
Nativity Service
 6.30pm
St Johns, Furness Vale
Church of England
Carols by Candlelight
11.15pm
St Marys, Disley
Church of England
Midnight Communion
11.30pm
Holy Trinity
Church of England
Midnight Eucharist
11.30pm
Whaley Hall
The Community of the King of Love
Midnight Mass, followed by sherry and mince pies
11.40pm
Sacred Heart, Whaley Lane
Roman Catholic
Carols before Mass
11.45pm
Fernilee Church
Methodist, United Reformed & Baptist
Carols & Readings to welcome Christmas day with mine pies from 11.15pm

Christmas Day, Thursday 25th December 2014

12.00am
Sacred Heart, Whaley Lane
Roman Catholic
Midnight Mass
 8.00am
St Marys, Disley
Church of England
Holy Communion
 9.30am
St Johns, Furness Vale
Church of England
Family Communion
9.30am
Disley Methodist Church
Roman Catholic
Christmas Day Mass
10.00am
St James, Taxal
Church of England
Family Eucharist
10.00am
Uniting Church
Methodist, United Reformed & Baptist
Christmas Day Service
10.30am
Good News Church, Old Road
Evangelical Alliance
Christmas Day Service
11.00am
St Marys, Disley
Church of England
Family Communion
11.00am
Sacred Heart, Whaley Lane
Roman Catholic
Christmas Day Mass
12.00pm
Whaley Hall
The Community of the King of Love
Service and Emmanuel the great bell will ring out to proclaim Christmas

 

With love from the Rose Queen Festival

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John Pritchard, chair of Whaley Bridge town council, centre in the picture, congratulates recipients of grants from the Rose Queen Festival committee.The grants, ranging from £50 to £150 raised at last summer’s carnival, went to youth-related organisations in the town. A total of £1,400 included items such as a bike shed at Taxal and Fernilee school, help to pay for an entertainer at Uniting Church toddler group, replacement of the 1st Taxal Scouts’ camping equipment, and instrument repairs for Whaley Bridge Band. There were special grants of £200 for the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which supplied a Hurricane flypast on carnival day and £150 to parade favourites the Billerettes.

The presentations followed a children’s disco in the Bowling Club. Festival chair Tim Mourne urged people to help encourage candidates for Rose Queen at next year’s 40 the anniversary of the event to come forward.

Christine’s white Christmas at the church tree festival

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Four year old Christine from Furness Vale was excited to see the bauble she had decorated at Bridgemont Nursery. It helped to make the nursery’s all-white tree one of the star exhibits at the annual Christmas Tree Festival in Holy Trinity church, Whaley Bridge. The festival attracted many visitors, including Santa Claus with a real life reindeer on one of the three days.

Rose Queen’s disco time for kids

The Whaley Bridge Rose Queen children’s Christmas disco, now a firm fixture in the calendar, takes place on Friday evening (12 Dec) at the Bowling Club.

Entry is free for all children under 12. The disco runs from 6pm-8.30pm, with party games, prizes, and a goody bag for every child. Hot dogs will also be on sale.

At 8.30pm, the annual presentation of donations to local youth organisations, totalling £1,400 from the proceeds of this year’s carnival, will be made by Cllr John Pritchard, chair of Whaley Bridge Town Council.

The committee has started the search for a Rose Queen for next year, the 40th anniversary since the festival was reformed in 1975. For further details, contact
Tim Mourne, chairman, on 01663 734930.

Christmas tree festival fun weekend

Whaley Bridge’s Christmas tree festival, this weekend in Holy Trinity church, Buxton Road, promises festive fun in a spectacular setting, starting on Friday night. (12 Dec)

Dozens of trees, decorated by local organisations and businesses, will turn the church’s nave into a sparkling wonderland. From 6pm-8pm, there will be mince pies and mulled wine, a visit from Santa, a chance to be photographed with a real reindeer, plus singing and handbell ringing from children.

On Saturday, 10am-4pm and Sunday, 11am-4pm, there are further opportunities to see the trees as well as buying gifts at a ‘pop up market’. Santa will make a second visit on Saturday afternoon.

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Organisers of Lantern Parade say “A Massive Thanks Whaley!”

Lillies Field of LightAfter two weeks of preparation, hours of work by dozens of children and adults, contributions from more than twenty volunteers and considerable dedication by the principle organiser Orchard Road resident, Keith Hufton, Whaley Incline was transformed into a marvellous festival of light last Friday.

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An estimated 350 people took part in last Friday’s Lantern Walk from Chapel Road, along Old Road and down Whaley Incline, many carrying lanterns they had made at workshops, school or at home.

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Organiser Keith has asked us to pass on his thanks:

“Wow! What a great turn-out and amazingly positive comments from people who took part. The whole town was buzzing. Big thanks to Jaine and Simon, Liz Hufton and Bethan, John Morten, Brian Woolley, Claire Humphries, the W3 catering crew, Lucy Twigg, Jon Goldfinch, Chris Tetley, Whaley Forge, Marc Knowles, Chloe and all the wonderful friendly volunteers that helped from across the community, and  local businesses that have helped: the lovely people at Stanways & Hallows for batteries and lights, Ian and Drinkwaters crew and Neil at Longden and Jones.” Continue Reading »

‘Six Sixes’ book author to reveal all about historic Sobers cricket ball at Whaley Bridge Bowling Club

Cricket enthusiasts with a particular interest in the history of the game, and those who enjoy a good investigative story,  will be in for a treat if they attend an event being held at Whaley Bridge Bowling Club next week. (Tuesday 2nd Dec 7.30pm)

The author of a book investigating the controversial sale of a ball supposedly hit for an historic six sixes by West Indian legend Garry Sobers in Swansea in 1968 will be speaking at a meeting of the High Peak Cricket Society – along with John Parkin, the batsman standing at the other end during the famous over.

Grahame Lloyd’s illustrated talk – including an interview with John Parkin – takes place at the Whaley Bridge Bowling Club in Buxton Road (SK23 7HX) (opposite the Cock Pub) at 7.30pm on Tuesday 2nd December 2014. All are welcome and non-High Peak Cricket Society members can attend the meeting at a cost of £2 . If you would also like to enjoy a hotpot supper for a modest fee please contact the Secretary, Bob Wood, on 01663-732866 or highpeakcs@btinternet.com in advance so thathowzat cover visual2 the numbers can be planned.

The Duke & Son ball was sold for a world record £26,400 by Christie’s in 2006 but in Howzat? The Six Sixes Ball Mystery, freelance broadcaster and journalist Grahame Lloyd proves that it wasn’t the one bowled to Sobers by Malcolm Nash at St Helen’s because it was the wrong make.

 

The actual ball used in the over was manufactured by Stuart Surridge and BBC TV footage confirms Nash’s assertion that it was the only one he bowled – not the last of three as claimed by Christie’s – during the Glamorgan versus Nottinghamshire county championship match.

“I used the same ball for all six deliveries,” says Nash, “and it was charred, scarred and Continue Reading »

Whaley children have a starry surprise for Santa

Children in Whaley Bridge have been preparing a surprise for Santa Claus, who arrives this Friday night (Friday, 28 Nov) by narrowboat at the Canal Basin for the Christmas lights switch-on.

For the last few weeks, they have been making lanterns of all shapes and sizes, with the help of mums and dads. One dad, Lucas Jones, helped his daughters Eve, 9, and Lily, 7, along with their friend Jessica, 8, to construct a giant star (see picture). They held it up triumphantly, the tissue paper over the cane frame still wet from layers of glue.

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On Friday night, they will spring their starry surprise on Santa. The children will walk in procession with their lanterns lit, starting at 5.15pm from Old Road outside Nimbus Antiques, and then going down the Whaley Incline. This is the former Cromford and High Peak railway line, now a walkway between Old Road, near the Shepherd’s Inn, with the Canal Basin.

Santa arrives at 6pm, then walks to his grotto in Footsteps drop in centre. The Christmas tree lights, in the Jodrell car park, will be switched on at 7pm. Carol singing by the crowd will be accompanied by Whaley Bridge Band.

Whaley Cenotaph service back after two year gap

Whaley Bridge people renewed their link to the Cenotaph in Memorial Park, which could not be used for the last two Remembrance Sundays because of a major refurbishment.

Local organisations, including the Royal British Legion, placed wreaths on the memorial, later admired by many people.

The Rev Margaret Jones, priest in charge of the parish of Whaley Bridge, conducted the service. Earlier she had told congregations at other services of her moving visit to the ceramic poppies display at the Tower of London.

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Wreath laying at the Memorial in Whaley Bridge Memorial Park

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We will remember them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Kettleshulme remembers at village Memorial Hall

One of the smaller gatherings in the area was at Kettleshulme. The village’s dead of two wars are commemorated outside the Memorial Hall. The Rev Keith Sandow, minister of Whaley Bridge Uniting Church Partnership, read their names and Laurie Walton, principal cornet player of Whaley Bridge Band, played the Last Post. Continue Reading »