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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

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!

W3 2016

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


Adoption of High Peak Local Plan


Notice of Annual Town Meeting


The Queen’s Birthday Beacon at the Whaley Cricket Club

Clear skies and an enthusiastic crowd enjoyed the the Queen’s Birthday Beacon last Thursday.

Audit Notice

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Celebrating HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday


Furness Vale COGS Field Day – 21 May, 12 noon – 6 pm, at Lodge Farm Field, Calico Lane

Furness Vale Field Day 2016

Come and celebrate with us – improvements finally beginning!

With work starting on the field at Yeardsley Lane, we have to thank local resident and generous supporter, Nigel Marshall, for allowing us to use his land at Calico Lane, off Station Road (map to follow) as a temporary venue for our annual Field Day.

In addition to showcasing several ever-popular Live Bands and a first visit from Walthew House VIP steel band, there will be the usual mixture of Bouncy Castle; BBQ; Bar; Children’s Activities; many and varied stalls and, of course, our popular Dog Show.   This year we can enjoy refreshments ‘chez Nigel’, afternoon teas provided by Friends of Furness Vale Station. See our timetable for further information on activities.

It’s been a long and challenging journey, but we are delighted that we have now taken on the lease of the field and, at last, the vision of the community for its transformation can begin.   The drainage and landscaping is being funded by Sport England, Bernard Sunley, Fields in Trust, local and county councils and our own fundraising.

We are also thrilled to have been chosen for the top award of £12,000.  in Tesco’s Bags of Help grant scheme.   Thanks to all those who voted for us.  This funding will provide picnic tables, flower beds and other environmental features.


FIELD DAY EVENT (Free entry)

Lodge Farm Field, Calico Lane

MAY 21st  2016

12 noon – 6pm 

  • Live Bands – various styles
  • Walthew House VIPs Steelband
  • BBQ
  • Refreshments tents (Beer/tea/coffee)
  • Stalls (Dealers, tabletop sales, charity, local organisations)
  • Family games (PAS) at 1pm
  • Facepainting
  • Children’s entertainments
  • Dog Show at 3pm
  • Huge Raffle
  • Information tent – all about COGS

Dog Show starts 3pm (register before 2.30pm at info tent)

Enquiries or to book stalls ring 01663 744764

 COGS (Community Organising Green Space) Furness Vale  Registered Charity No 1154212

Take part in consultation


Bus services

under threat

Local residents are being asked their views on proposals to stop paying for local bus services and community transport to help us deal with the biggest budget cuts in our history.


Take part in our transport consultation.

By 2020, the funding we get from central government is expected to be more than a third less than in 2010.

This means we need to review what we spend on paying for local bus services which don’t carry enough passengers to be run commercially (subsidised buses).

We’re also reviewing the amount of money we give to Derbyshire’s six community transport schemes to run Dial-a-Bus (DAB) ‘shopping buses’.

We’re already scaling back on our support for DAB services meaning that from this year we will fund one of these trips a week for every community, town or village, to a nearby town centre or supermarket. Some areas currently have several services a week.

But we are now putting forward further proposals to help save £4.4m on transport costs.

The new proposals are to:

  • Withdraw all county council funding for subsidised buses from October 2017. This means that unless they can be run commercially they will stop.
  • Withdraw all county council funding for DAB services from October 2017. This means that unless they can be funded from elsewhere they will stop.
  • Provide some funding – £1.3m – for a new Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) service. This could be used by passengers currently using subsidised buses and those using DAB.
  • Provide a new Door-to-Door Plus service for people who currently use DAB but would be unable to use the proposed DRT service.

DRT services would have to be booked. Passengers then turn up at a named location, on a specific day and at a given time. The drop off point is usually a nearby town.

Councillor Dean Collins, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said:

“We are facing unprecedented cuts and must review all our services, particularly those, like subsidised buses and community transport, that by law, we do not have to provide.

“We know from previous consultations that public and community transport is vital to helping people get out and about, enabling them to maintain their independence and wellbeing, but unfortunately, the fact is, we just don’t have the money to continue funding these services to the level we have previously, so we need to look at running things differently.”

Following previous consultation, from 1 April 2016, the Gold Card flat-rate return fare will increase from £2 to £3 after 67 per cent of Gold Card holders who responded to a proposal to raise the fare indicated they would be prepared to pay the higher price.

Originally it had also been proposed to withdraw funding for aCTive Travel journeys to healthcare services but these will now continue until 2020, using money from reserves.

Councillor Collins added:

“We do listen to residents’ feedback. This is why, although they could be run by a different operator, we are continuing with transport to healthcare for the most vulnerable, because it was clear from the original consultation that these were vital services for people who would have no other way of getting to essential appointments.

“No decisions have yet been made on these latest proposals and I would encourage people to take part in this new consultation so we are well aware of the public’s view of our plans.”

The consultation will run for eight weeks until Sunday 24 April 2016.

Take part in our transport consultation.

Printed copies will also be available from local libraries and community transport schemes.

The Kinder Children’s choirs

The Kinder Children’s Choirs will be holding a concert at Whaley Bridge Uniting Church on the 23rd April 2016 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 or £3 for people in full-time education and may be obtained from ‘Over The Road’ (the church shop in Whaley Bridge) or by emailing Carol Reid

The Kinder Children’s Choirs of the High Peak have been one of the major success stories of the cultural life of Derbyshire since their formation in 1991 by their conductor Joyce Ellis. Famously, auditions are not required to join the Choirs; neither are children precluded for reason of cost, with bursaries being given when needed.  The organisation embraces a holistic approach promoting traditional familial values, personal development and responsibility of its young members.


The choirs perform regularly in a wide variety of venues including cathedrals and national concert halls, as well as all over Derbyshire.  Highlights of this last season include a concert for H.R.H. Prince Edward at Chatsworth and concerts in Normandy.  2016 is the 25th Anniversary of the choirs.  Exciting events are planned including concerts in special and beautiful venues such as Buxton Opera House, Buckfast Abbey and Exeter Cathedral.