— Whaley Bridge researcher and writer Gillian Mawson, is writing a book about the astonishing influx of child evacuees from occupied Guernsey into the Stockport area, including Disley, and the High Peak.  Gillian, a researcher at Manchester University, stumbled across a newspaper cutting three years ago.  It told the amazing story of the flood of school children from Guernsey who came to Stockport in  the summer of 1940, sailing out of the island on 20 June only days before the German invaders arrived.  More than 1,200 bewildered youngsters reached Stockport by train on a wet day.

Gillian Mawson: the story 'has taken over my life'

The local newspaper, telling the story, was published on 28 June 1940, the day the Luftwaffe was bombing  Continue Reading →

Progress report on Shallcross ‘Greenway’

Work is coming on well on the  ‘greenway trail’ on  Shallcross incline in Whaley Bridge.  The site of the pioneering industrial rail service  the Cromord and High Peak Railway s expected to be opened in its new form  in November,  giving off-road access to walkers,  horse riders and cyclists (but not motor cyclists).

Looking uphill - the hard surface path under autumn trees

Local children have already been Continue Reading →

Fun Day shows how Memorial Park will change

MORE AND MORE PEOPLE now know what Whaley Bridge’s Memorial Park will look like in a couple of years’ time. The Fun Day on Sunday (25 Sept), organised by High Peak borough council in partnership with Friends of Memorial Park, was well attended – especially in the afternoon, when summer sunshine returned.   It  was a showcase for plans to improve the park as part of an ongoing nearly half a million pounds  project.

One view of Whaley Bridge park -beautiful.


Many people met the new Continue Reading →