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.”

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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.

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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]


July 2, 2011
2:00 pmto9:00 pm

A bonanza of family, classic and contemporary Western films. Come for one or stay for all three!

2pm – 3.45  Rango (PG) 2011

4.30 – 6pm  High Noon (U) 1952

7pm – 9pm  3:10 to Yuma (15) 2007

Venue: Uniting Church, Whaley Bridge

Whaley Bridge can dance

June 18, 2011
2:00 pmto6:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon of film, traditional country dancing and a chance to have a go.

2pm   Traditional Country Dance Performance

4pm   Film – Morris: A Life With Bells On (12)

Venue: Uniting Church, Whaley Bridge