Campaign forces new vote on greenfield houses plan

The campaign against controversial plans to build over 100 houses on a greenfield site near the boundary of the Peak District national park in Whaley Bridge has forced a new vote from High Peak borough councillors.

Whaley Bridge Matters (WBM), now into its second year in the fight against developer Gladman’s plan for 107 homes on the site between Macclesfield Road and Linglongs Road, is taking legal advice in advance of a meeting of the Development Control Committee on Monday 16 February.

The committee has been forced to hold a new vote on the plan after a legal challenge to their decision last autumn. WBM representatives are expected to be given a short time to make their views known at the February meeting.

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Whaley Bridge campaigners against building plan at a key meeting last summer

Francesca Read, a member of the campaign, said: “We have succeeded in getting the committee to rethink their earlier vote, which we always argued was unsound. We have been shown the draft of their new report, which still recommends approval, but believe that this report is also open to significant challenge and are consulting with our legal team.”

WBM was set up in January 2014 after the building plans became public just before Christmas, 2013. Members and supporters have been donating to a new fighting fund to obtain expert advice, including a detailed legal assessment of the latest HPBC report.

Francesca said: “People have been incredibly generous. This is a campaign which caught public imagination in Whaley Bridge. Since then we have appeared in the local media and national and regional newspapers and TV.

“We hope that, given a second chance to consider this application, the committee make the right decision for the future of Whaley Bridge by protecting this beautiful site from development”.

For further information, visit http://whaleybridgematters.squarespace.com

Café Church is coming to Whaley Bridge

The parish of Whaley Bridge is bringing a new dimension to Sunday: Café Church. Starting from next Sunday (8 February) in Holy Trinity on Buxton Road, Café Church is for ‘people who don’t regularly attend church’.

The Rev Margaret Jones, priest in charge of the parish which also includes St James’, Taxal, said: “Café Church will allow people to experience church in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, over a cuppa and cake. We will discuss topics important to life today, and there will be things for the children to do.”

Holy Trinity, which has chairs instead of pews, is easily adaptable to a ‘café setting’, as happened at the recent Christmas Tree Festival.

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Holy Trinity at the Christmas tree festival, now to host Café Church

Café Church will be on a Sunday afternoon, alternating with Messy Church, a family session of fun and worship, which is now in its third year.

New Whaley Babies Group

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ShopFront Grant Scheme goes Live !

Whaley4Wards, the regeneration subcommittee of Whaley Bridge Town Council, have created a trial scheme to help shop owners, tenants and landlords in the conservation area of Whaley Bridge to access a small grant which is available for anyone who would like to improve the external appearance of their premises.

All applications for funding must be received by 31st January 2015, although applications may be considered after that date if funds allow. All works funded must be completed by 31 March 2015.

The commercial centre of Whaley Bridge lies within a conservation area. Within this area, the appearance of shop fronts and the pavement area in front of them, has a considerable impact and influence on the character of the town. They are an essential element of the wider streetscape. A shop front designed with respect given to the architecture of the building and character of the surrounding area can add charm and vitality, making it attractive to shoppers and visitors alike.

For a high definition map of the Conservation area , see link below.

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Sounding the Horn: New Tenor Horn for Whaley Bridge Training Band

Ray Wild (right) and Matt Shaw (left), Musical Director of Whaley Bridge Band with the new Tenor Horn

Ray Wild (right) and Matt Shaw (left), Musical Director of Whaley Bridge Band, with the new Tenor Horn

Thanks to the generosity of three local organisations, tenor horn player Ray Wild of Whaley Bridge Training Band has a brand new instrument.

Donations from Whaley Bridge Rose Queen Festival, Whaley Bridge Town Council and the congregation of the Unitarian Chapel, King Edward Street Macclesfield  have funded the purchase of a shiny new tenor horn for Ray, who has been playing with Whaley Bridge Training Band for the last few years as a “mature” learner.  His first public performance with it was at the Band’s annual Christmas concert at Whaley Bridge Bowling Club and he has nothing but praise for it.  “I can’t believe the difference. The tone is wonderful and I’m now in tune with the rest of the band.  It’s a whole new experience, my playing has improved so much already and I’ve only had it a few weeks!”

Good quality brass instruments don’t come cheap, as Sheila Walton, Chairman of Whaley Bridge Band and Musical Director of the Training Band well knows.  “We desperately needed a new instrument for Ray,  the old one was really holding him back. Without these donations we could not afford to buy one, and I cannot give thanks enough to Whaley Bridge Rose Queen Festival, the Town Council and King Edward Street Chapel for their support.”

New Year honour for James Dunlop of New Horizons

Whaley Bridge resident James Dunlop, who chairs the committee running the charity canal narrowboat New Horizons, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List.

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James Dunlop MBE with committee member Sue Woodgate on the New Horizons

New Horizons, which provides canal trips for disabled people, is a frequent visitor to the canal basin at Whaley Bridge. It visits the Water Weekend every June, raising substantial amounts of money that go towards the boat’s running costs.

Ulster-born Mr Dunlop has been a trustee and chair of the Stockport Canal Boat Trust since 1998. He is a former factory director at the McVitie biscuit works in Stockport.

The 70ft long narrowboat, a familiar sight on the Macclesfield and Peak Forest canals, was commissioned by Prince Charles 33 years ago with his famous words: “A canal boat trip is the nearest a disabled person can come to a walk in the countryside.”

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New Horizons is a regular visitor to Whaley Bridge, seen here during the Water Weekend

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.

www.furnessclub.co.uk

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.