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.

Concern grows for missing man

Police searching for a man who has gone missing from the High Peak are extending their appeal to the North West.

Steven O’Riordan was last seen by his family at 5.30pm on Monday, May 30 in Whaley Bridge.

He has health issues and police are concerned for his welfare. Officers believe he may have travelled
to the North West of the country because he often attends a gym in Manchester and he has friends in the area.

Mr O’Riordan (28) is 5ft 11ins and slim. He has shoulder length, wavy, light brown hair which is sometimes worn in a pony
tail, and he is normally clean shaven. It is not known what he was wearing on the day he went missing but he may be carrying a rucksack.

Derbyshire police are liaising with neighbouring forces as part of the missing person inquiry.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call police on 0345 123 33 33.

Please open the link below to view a photograph of Steven.

LINK [Buxton_Steven_ORiordan.pdf]

Chapel and Whaley SNT

On Tuesday 26th May, Chapel and Whaley Safer Neighbourhood Teams attended the Derbyshire Constabulary Annual Achievement Awards Ceremony, as one of the 6 teams nominated for Safer Neighbourhood Team of the year.

They narrowly missed out with a team from Derby winning the trophy.

The Teams would like to thank all those people who nominated them for the Award and hope that with your support they could be nominated again next year and maybe even win.

Opportunistic thief

Shoppers are asked to ensure that their purses and wallets are secure whilst out shopping, following several reports of purse thefts from handbags over the past few days.

These thefts are believed to have taken place at supermarkets in Buxton and Chapel-en-le-Frith.

Please be extra vigilant and ensure that handbags are closed whilst browsing so that the opportunist thief cannot
take your purse.

Thank you.

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.