Grants to local organisations


The Town Council invites requests from local organisations for grants and donations.

Please apply in writing giving details of your project together with supporting financial information and recent accounts.

All grant recipients will be required to provide a short article for the community website ( giving information about their organisation and how the grant will be spent.

Requests must be received by 30th September 2015

                        To:   Whaley Bridge Town Council

                                Mechanics Institute

                                Market Street

                                Whaley Bridge

                                High Peak SK23 7AA

                               Tel: 01663 733068


Support Memorial Park in the vote for Green Flag ‘favourite’

Is Whaley Bridge Memorial Park your favourite park?  Vote for us at

You can get involved & vote for your favourite park in the annual People’s Choice awards.

To vote simply go to , select East Midland’ on the interactive map, zoom in and find Whaley Bridge Memorial Park & click the ‘vote for this site’ button.

The vote will open on 1 September and close at noon on 30 September. The winner of the People’s Choice award will be announced in October.

#MyFavouritePark @GreenFlagAward

Green Flag Award

Vacancy for the post of Town Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer



28 HOURS PER WEEK, SALARY LC2 SCP 35 to 38 (£22,837 to £24,805)

Whaley Bridge Town Council is seeking an experienced and forward looking person for the part-time post of Town Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer, to play a key role in the management and development of the Council. Continue Reading »

This Girl Can – Sail !

Toddbrook Sailing Club based on the beautifully scenic Toddbrook reservoir overlooking Whaley Bridge, are running several 1 day ‘Start to Sail’ courses in August and September.  If you’ve always fancied having a go, but never got round to it, then this could be your opportunity.


Toddbrook sailing club are currently completing work on their new clubhouse, funded via a 50K lottery fund grant which was received in 2013. It should be completed this summer. They are also applying for a further grant to upgrade their changing facilities, and they will find out if they have been successful in September this year.

The club is expanding their activities and offer a wide range of courses and activities. On Sunday morning or afternoons, they run  adult and family taster sessions , so if you fancy a interesting Sunday, then contact the club and go along.

The club website is

Contact details for the Start to Sail course are below:

This Girl Can:SAIL
1 Day Start Sailing Courses
for women and girls
Toddbrook Sailing Club
• Sat August 15th 11.00am -4.00pm
• Sat Sept 5th 11.00am -4.00pm
• Sun Sept 6th 11.00am -4.00pm
Cost: £20 including lunch
Contact: Jane
Tel: 0161 427 1721

FoWBs New Garden Now On Track



Frienimage-92ee509a49ed6b7648275f0e1fccd683ec3fad0a1ebde95a45dd3eb64a677b04-V (1)ds of Whaley Bridge Station were awarded £90 from the town council to improve the land in between the Jodrell and the Buxton bound platform.  They greatly appreciate the funds and support in making the station look bright and welcoming.



First moorland-themed apps launched – and they are free to download

MoorPLANTS - a guide to moorland plants of the Peak District and South Pennines


First moorland-themed apps launched – and they are free to download

Free Apps

Discovering more about the beautiful moorland landscape, its wildlife and vegetation is now much easier thanks to four new free smartphone apps.

The apps are the first moorland-themed identification guides that have been created to help visitors learn about the uniqueness, beauty and importance of the Peak District National Park and South Pennine moors.

The free apps provide a useful field guide looking at plants, moss, wildlife and some of the landscape features found on moorland.

Available to download on iOS and Android, on smartphones and tablets, or even as a printable pdf, the new apps have been created as part of the Moors for the Future Partnership’s MoorLIFE project.

MoorMOSS, MoorPLANTS, MoorSIGHTS and MoorWILD have been designed with the Peak District and South Pennines in mind, but will be useful on moorlands across the UK.

MoorLIFE Project Manager Laura King said: “We produced the apps so that people can learn more about the wonderful landscapes that we have worked on to restore to their former glory.

“Thanks to the EU funding we’ve completed conservation works to protect 2,500 hectares of moorland, that will increase the numbers of plants, and sphagnum mosses that you’ll be able to spot out on the moors.

“And we hope that you’ll have more chances to see more wildlife as our works improve these vital habitats.”

The Apps have been developed in conjunction with Natural Apptitude.

Director David Kilbey said: “We’re interested in building apps and contributing to projects that both help the environment and enrich people’s experience of it.

“The four apps that we produced with Moors for the Future really met these objectives and provide a fantastic resource for people wanting to learn more about the fascinating and beautiful Peak District National Park.”

These handy new apps, which will work without a phone signal, help you identify and learn about things you come across on the moors.


MoorMOSS – looks at Sphagnum mosses found in the Peak District and South Pennines. It focuses on the various species of moss, lichen and liverwort you are most likely to see.

MoorPLANTS – a guide to ferns, flowering herbs, shrubs, trees and grasses. The app provides text descriptions and photo galleries to help you identify the interesting plants which are found in the area.

MoorSIGHTS – gives you a feel for some of the types of landscape features you are likely to encounter on a walk across the moors. With text that covers key features and a photo gallery for each entry, some of the mysteries and gems of these moors will be explained.

MoorWILD – focuses on the birds, insects, mammals and reptiles found on the moors. With the text and photographs provided you will soon be putting names to the animals that make our moors unique.

Among the species covered are those that are being surveyed as part of the Moors for the Future Partnership’s Heritage Lottery-funded Community Science Project.

The apps also provide information about the work carried out by the Moors for the Future Partnership within the MoorLIFE project and how that is helping to restore and preserve these moorland habitats which are of European importance.

To find out more or for links to download MoorAPPS go to





MoorLIFE is a €6.7 million project that has protected 2,500 hectares of active blanket bog by carrying out conservation works on bare and eroding peat in the South Pennines Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and Special Protection Area (SPA).  The five-year project is co-funded by the European Union’s LIFE+ Programme and delivered by the Moors for the Future Partnership. Led by the Peak District National Park Authority, MoorLIFE project partners also include the Environment Agency, Natural England, National Trust, United Utilities and Yorkshire Water.

Healthy peat moors:

  • provide good quality drinking water – 70% of our drinking water comes from these landscapes. Damaged peat erodes into the reservoirs so that water companies have to spend more money cleaning the water for consumption.
  • provide a unique habitat for a wide range of wildlife.
  • absorb and store carbon – peat is the single biggest store of carbon in the UK, storing the equivalent of 20 years of all UK CO2 emissions and keeping it out of the atmosphere.
  • potentially help reduce the risk of flooding.


Media contact: Debra Wilson, MoorLIFE communications officer. 01629 816586


For more information about our moorland conservation techniques and Moors for the Future Partnership projects please visit our website

Day Skipper and Yachtmaster courses at Toddbrook Sailing club

Toddbrook Sailing club will be running RYA Day Skipper and Yachtmaster theory courses on Wednesday evenings in October and November. If you are interested , then please get in touch with Clare or James on the numbers shown.

The club are also running sailing courses through the summer. Have a look at their website for further details.

If you fancy an adult or family taster session on Toddbrook reservoir, with its wonderful views and wildlife, then these are running on Sunday mornings from June to September.

Hint – click on photo to see more detail…


Memorial Park flies the flag for High Peak

Whaley Bridge’s Memorial Park in the High Peak has been named one of the very best in the UK – and that’s official.  (Thursday 23 July 2015).

The park is among a record-breaking 1,582 parks and green spaces to receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of quality.

A Green Flag is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Green Flag logo

Councillor John Haken, executive councillor at High Peak Borough Council responsible for parks and leisure, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that the Memorial Park has been awarded a Green Flag by Keep Britain Tidy.

“This award recognises and rewards the best parks in the country and it means that residents and visitors to the High Peak can be certain that they are enjoying one of the highest quality green spaces.

“It’s been quite a year for the park which just a few weeks ago celebrated completion of a major project to restore the park’s original layout and landscaping features. I’m thrilled for the Friends of the Memorial Park who devote their own time to keeping the park the very special place that it undoubtedly is.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager, Paul Todd, said: “We are celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme. 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 Award.”

The announcement of this year’s Award winners comes in the same week that thousands of people up and down the country are enjoying Love Parks Week (24 July to 2 August), an annual celebration of our country’s fantastic green spaces and the community groups that bring them to life.

The Memorial Park was created in 1920 to commemorate the loss of 108 men in the First World War. It provides a pleasant link between residential properties and the town’s shops and schools.

High Peak Borough Council won funding of £478,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund for a major project to restore the park’s original layout and landscaping features.

The work has also seen the war memorial restored, the entrances improved, the installation of a new bridge and play equipment and enhancements to woodland and wildlife habitat including new planting.

Summertime visitors to Whaley Bridge churches

It’s reunion time for old friends of Whaley Bridge parish this month. Next Sunday (19 July) missionary family Jason and Tracy Day will be joining the congregation at Holy Trinity church at the morning service. Tracy, from Whaley Bridge, and Jason from Marple work with the Church Missionary Society in Thailand. They previously worked for three years in Nepal.
Tracy is a former nurse at Stepping Hill Hospital. In the 90s, when she was a trainee, Marion Lacey, now a churchwarden in the parish was her ward sister.
A week later, on Sunday 26 July, the 161st Manchester scout group will visit St James’ church, Taxal for their annual service.. The group, known as Jodrell’s Own, has made its summer camp in Whaley Bridge for over 100 years. Members will march from the campsite below St James’, where two years ago they celebrated their centenary.
The name Jodrell’s Own recognises the help the scouts were given many years ago by Lt Col Ramsden-Jodrell, from the then biggest landowning family in the area.

Whaley sets itself £5,000 charity target

sue mellor, christian aid

Banging for Burkina: Sue Mellor on the carnival float

Members of churches in Whaley Bridge have set themselves a target to raise £5,000 for an African charity as part of Christian Aid. They are working hard to give a better life to people in Burkina Faso, one of the smallest and poorest countries in the continent.

Already, the fund stands at over £3,000. Thermometer-style promotion boards outside the Uniting Church and Holy Trinity are reminders to the public of progress.

On Sunday, 12 July, a joint service of the two congregations, at 10.30 am in the Uniting Church, will hear first hand accounts of Christian Aid’s projects from Joel Payne, a regional co-ordinator with the charity.

At the recent Rose Queen carnival, Sue Mellor, a pastoral worker with the Anglican parish, displayed an African drum to publicise the appeal. Children on the Churches Together float gave the drum some loud bangs.

Several other churches are supporting Burkina Faso. The EU has matchfunded the Burkina project, which would turn the Whaley Bridge effort into £25,000.