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)

Over a Dozen Respond to the Bat Signal

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 lasWBCG sealt 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.”

The next dates are:

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)

Mon 12 Sept – either a 19.15pm emergence survey or a 06.20am pre-dawn survey (to be decided nearer the time)
Anyone wanting to get involved should contact Nev on 07920 253075 or at clarkenev@gmail.com.  The group also have their canal clean up this Sunday and indeed the first Sunday of every month from 12 noon till 3pm.  New volunteers are always welcome and you’ll get a drink and probably chocolate from the experience.


FoWBs put the Pressure on the Petal to Storm to First Prize

Friends of Whaley Bridge Station won first prize for their fancy dress at last weeks’  Whaley Bridge Carnival parade for the second time.  Why not get down to their gardening session on Sunday and show how much you care.  They’ll be there from 10am till noon.  You’ll even get a cuppa and a nice natter.

cert Rose Queen

Hello, Whaley Bridge! Runners take a 5.8 mile Waltz

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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

Don’t rain on our parade!

It didn’t, but royalty just missed a soaking

Mayor and mayoress meet Whaley’s royalty

Mayor and mayoress meet Whaley’s royal

Whaley Bridge’s Rose Queen Festival was lucky – it didn’t rain on their parade. One of the best processions in recent years got round the town in dry weather, cheered on by big crowds.

In the marquee ‘palace’: visiting royalty greet hosts

In the marquee ‘palace’: visiting royalty greet hosts

But as visiting royalty and Whaley Bridge’s  own entourage – Princess Seren, nine and Rosebud Katie, with Kiera Jade,  a ‘personality’ rosebud and Bethany, a petal – reached the Bowling Club for the ‘court of queens’, a short, sharp shower arrived.  A marquee was hurriedly converted into a mini palace where the young royalty and their expensive dresses kept dry as queens from around the High Peak greeted their hosts.

Scouts and guides recreate Major Tim’s space adventure

Scouts and guides recreate Major Tim’s space adventure

Festival chair Tim Mourne was delighted with the day: “The new committee has worked very hard.  I was particularly pleased with the support we received from the village, entering into the spirit of the festival.  One of the best for years. We’ve already started planning next year.”

High Peak mayor George Wharmby and his mayoress Jean visited the festival.  They met the royalty and later joined the procession in Coun David Lomax’s 1937 Morris 8.  It attracted a lot of cheers.


Whaley Bridge Rose Queen Carnival Saturday 25th June

Whaley Bridge Rose Queen carnival takes place  on Saturday 25th June and the procession starts from the canal basin at 1pm and ends up at the bowling club where the field events are.

The Carnival Committee urgently needs to recruit judges for different things such as fancy dress, houses, lamp posts, pubs etc.

With new committee members and the past committee members helping behind the scenes we are making this day a special one to remember with more field events and more people wanting to be part of the procession.

If you want to help, please print and complete the form below marked with details of how you can help, and with contact details on the back and leave it with the Village Kitchen:




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Whaley Bridge Canal Group will be commencing a series of surveys that will help us gain an understanding of how many bats and of what type are using the Transhipment Warehouse.  Batman



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.


They will be meeting at Pear Tree Cafe at 7pm (get there early as it has to start on time) on Wednesday 25th May.  Georgina has kindly agreed to open up and serve complimentary tea and coffee.  Glyn Stewart, the Canal and River Trust’s ecology expert in this area will give a talk on bats and what to look for, give training on how to use the equipment.  Volunteers will then split into pairs at around 8pm/8.30pm  and position themselves inside the shed and be let loose with the ray gun.


This needs to be done for about ninety minutes.  Please don’t take in too sharp an intake of breath 🙂  think of what will be be achieved by this.  At least ten people are required to make it work, as it’s such a large building and we have to cover all of it,  including the cracks that may not be immediately visible to the naked eye.  They may not enter by where we think is obvious and unless we eliminate the impossible, whatever remains remains, remains possible and we will be asked about it in any planning application.

Please let Nev Clarke know if you can attend on Wednesday as he needs to firm up numbers.  He can be contacted on 07920 253 075 / 01663 735 284 or at clarkenev@gmail.com

They’re planning one survey a month until the end of October, maybe more if people are willing.  The idea is to throw in a couple of dawn surveys as well, which Nev is assured are a magical experience.


Whaley Water Weekend 2016 is here soon!

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Whaley Bridge Water Weekend takes place on Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June 2016

If you want to join the team you’d be most welcome! As little or as much time you can give would be appreciated.
Lots of opportunities to soak up the atmosphere and help-from stewarding, helping on the free boat rides,  hospitality to the performers, tent erectors, bringer downers and tidy uppers/recyclers.
Giving a lovely smile to the many who come to enjoy the  family fun free music event of the year is one of the most enjoyable parts of the event!
Led into Zeppelin is our headline act on Saturday night. Don’t miss it!
Remember everyone it’s a pirate theme this year. (Adults (please do!) and children alike)
Our catering team will be dolled up with their sea-legs on,  dishing out the famous Whaley burgers in ship-shape and Bristol fashion.
   The Transhipment warehouse will be open to the public with pirate themed decorations and a model of the railway and Transhipment.

Contact- Zara Clarke- Volunteers Co-ordinator- 07809867135


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