Articles from June 2011

20 years on – what should Whaley Bridge be like?

How would you like Whaley Bridge to change?  What do you value about the community where we live?  Now you can have your say at a Community Conversation from 7pm-9.15pm on Thursday 7 July at the Bowling Club, 43 Buxton Road, Whaley Bridge.  (There’s plenty of car parking,)


Rose Queen Carnival 2011 – a jolly good show

Whaley Bridge’s Rose Queen Festival put on a good show – as they always do – for 2011. They even managed to dodge most of the showers, although the drizzle set in  late in the day. (more…)

Whaley Bridge Well Dressing – Childrens Activity Day

The 12th Whaley Bridge Well Dressing begins today(18th June 10am -4pm) with a childrens day, where youngsters can learn the art of welldressing and take home a mini well dressing that they create themselves. It being held indoors in the marquee in the canal basin, so its a perfect activity whether raining or not.


Cameras out at the Canal Basin

There were noticeably more cameras around at the Water Weekend after the announcement of a photographic competition timed for the launch of W3.  Organiser Tony Whittle, a local businessman and art photographer. had an exhibition of some of his award-winning pictures  in the Mechanics’ Institute over the weekend.   He urged photographers to get their cameras out for W3:   “Use your eyes.  We live in a beautiful place – be inspired by that. There are wonderful pictures everywhere.”


Looking back on W3 2011

THERE was hail on the Saturday, frost on the cars early on Sunday, then continuous rain for the rest of the final day – but Whaley Water Weekend 2011 was still being called  “the best ever.”

It was  a lovely evening for the opening Friday Acoustic Fest and mostly dry  on Saturday when hundreds of people took the free canal boat trips.  It was clear and dry for Saturday Night Live – another fest with local rock bands.


Whaley Bridge Well Dressing is in its 12th Year.

Whaley Bridge Welldressers started welldressing in the Millennium.  Welldressing, a Derbyshire custom, is a thanksgiving for the gift of water, of which we have an abundance in Whaley!  This year the Whaley Bridge Welldressing celebrates the hundredth anniversary of Whaley Bridge Primary School and its Enhanced Resource. 

The First Whaley Bridge Well Dressing in the Millenium

Welldressing starts on the weekend of 18/19 June in the big, white marquee in the Whaley Bridge Canal Basin, next to the Transhipment Shed, 10.00a.m. – 4.00 p.m..

Saturday 18/Sunday 19 June:  Childrens’ Event:  Mini-welldressings for children to make and take home.  Children can choose a design and be taught our welldressing techniques.  Lots of fun for a small charge of £2.  Nice and dry in the marquee !

Sunday 19 June:  See the clay being thrown onto the welldressing boards by our dedicated potters.

Monday 20 – Friday 24 June:  Come and watch our team of welldressers in the marquee transform the bare clay into a floral phantasy.  See our secret techniques!  Have a go yourself.  Join us and become a welldresser!  During this week welldressers, both large and small, are at work in schools, pre-schools and churches in the town.

Saturday 25 June:  Your last chance to see the welldressing before erection during the weekend of the Whaley Bridge Rose Queen Festival.

Sunday 26 June:  Erection of Welldressing and  Welldressing Blessing, 2.30 p.m. Tom Brad’s Croft, Whaley Bridge Canal Basin, attended by Churches Together in Whaley, Whaley Bridge Rose Queen, Retinue and Festival Committee, Whaley Bridge Band, Whaley Bridge Primary School Choir and Town Councillors.  Everyone welcome.

26 June – 3 July:  Daylight hours, Welldressings on Display throughout the Town.  See signs at Tom Brad’sCroft.

The Whaley Bridge Well Dressers are always looking for new volunteers to help with the organization, the well dressing and the moving of the heavy well dressings into position. If you would like to get involved, then please contact Dorothy on 01663 733490.

A small welldressing starts life during last weeks Whaley Water Weekend as petals are pressed into the damp clay.

June is bustin’ out all over Whaley

 JUNE sees the start of a month of fun in Whaley Bridge, as the three big outdoor events of summer come one on top of another.

The Water Weekend starts on Friday evening, 10 June, with an acoustic fest from 6pm.  Then follows a busy programme of boat trips, music, dancing, and more.  See more details in the other posts and visit

Whaley Bridge Welldressing, which has become a major fixture, starts its preparations on Saturday 18 June,  completing for the blessing at 2,30pm on Sunday 26 June at the Canal Basin.

The Rose Queen Festival is on Saturday 25 June, with the usual carnival parade and all the fun of the fair, and  the queen’s arena in the new site at the Bowling Club.

Friday 10 June and weekend – it’s W3

WHALEY BRIDGE’S famous Water Weekend (W3), which starts this Friday, has sent a challenge to local photographers: bring your cameras down to the event and then enter our exciting new photographic competition.

The contest, organised by local businessman and art photographer Tony Whittle, will be launched over the weekend with an exhibition of some of Tony’s award winning pictures in the Mechanics’ Institute.

Tony tells budding photographers, especially youngsters:  “Use your eyes.  We live in a beautiful place – be inspired by that. There are wonderful pictures everywhere.”

Tony Whittle and pictures: organising photo contest

Endless photo opportunities  are available at the Water Weekend, starting with the first event, an accoustic fest onstage at the Canal Basin from 6pm on Friday night.  Organiser Linda Simpson – former member of Magna Carta – is promising an  evening to remember:  “Bring a picnic and a picnic chair – and, just in case, wellies and a brolly!”

All day Saturday and Sunday, free boat trips and bustle around the canal – including the return of those photogenic meerkats – will give photographers more pictures.  Take a trip along the canal,  through the ‘green tunnel’ of trees, to get atmospheric shots,  Or watch the Powderkegs, Whaley’s own border morris dance group, open the Saturday session.

Whaley Band in ‘oompah’ mode on Saturday and conventional brass band uniforms on Sunday are further targets for the lens, as are Nightyear,  a boy rock band from Chapel., playing on Saturday night  Displays of canoeing by Peak Paddlers, BMX bikes by local teenagers could make yet more pictures.

Music by Acoustic Collective, High Peak Jazz Orchestra and Whaley Choir are Sunday highlights – and the glittering array if classic cars, by Hare and Hounds Classic Vehicles Association is sure to provide good camera shots. Or how about someone sinking their teeth into a Whaleyburger, the locally sourced beef, on sale over the weekend?

Punch and Judy, the children’s favourite, a paid for funfair, and endless stalls  are further ideas for that perfect shot that could win a prize.  Rules will be obtainable at the photo display in the Mechanics’ Institute.


Beryl Axcell, winner of Community Award, will be face painting at W3


Driver Nick Cullen welcomes Whaley Bridge people to the W3 shuttle bus, which will provide accessible transport for residents with mobility issues to join in the fun at the Water Weekend. Book a pick up time from your home for the Saturday or Sunday by calling 01298 23970 up to Friday, during office hours, to make arrangements.

Nick Cullen and the W3 Shuttle Bus - Free transport for those with mobility issues.

The service is offered through the Whaley Bridge Association’s  Whaley Way  project,  funded through the Big Lottery Fund in partnership with Buxton Volunteering Centre.

Furness Vale Field Day is another success

FURNESS Vale’s Field Day goes from strength to strength, with another wonderful village day in brilliant sunshine for the second year running.  There were many more tents than last year, including a large marquee which would have given shelter to many of the large crowd had it rained.

The big marquee was home to the local rock bands, who entertained noisily.  The Review met two of the groups:

  • Drugstore Cowboys  describe themselves as ‘odd rock’ .  The name is a pseudonym  – the original is Fantasist,  Under that name they have produced albums, currently available on   The group includes New Mills boy Rob Sutcliffe on bass and vocal, Seb Sweet on drums and vocal, Oliver Cordwell on guitar and vocals.

Drugstore Cowboys

  • Nightyear is a very young band, all students at Chapel High School:  Chris Griffiths, drums, aged 14; Jack Parker, guitar, 13; Ross Hartley, vocals and lead guitar, 15; Shane Carrington, bass, 16.

• Nightyear band from Chapel

Volunteers helping Community Organisation Green Space (COGS) braved eye-stinging smoke to cook hundreds of burgers, snapped up by the hungry crowd. In the High Peak Community Arts ‘yurt’ – a traditional round tent – Claire Mooney on guitar entertained children, writing an impromptu song including  their suggestions and singing it at the end of the session.

Terry Watson, chairman of COGS with Paul Hines, showed local people plans for the football area.The purpose of the Field Day is to raise funds to develop plans  for improving the playing field.  Currently it is owned by High Peak borough council, but Terry’s committee hopes one day to take it over.  With hoped-for Lottery funding, they see the future of the field guaranteed for sports and community leisure.

  • For information about the plans and how to help, contact Terry Watson on 01663 743 421