Make friends with the Memorial Park

If park life appeals to you then you might be interested in a new group being set up to help look after the Memorial Park in Whaley Bridge.

High Peak Borough Council is looking for enthusiastic volunteers interested in forming a Friends of the Memorial Park group to step forward.

A meeting is taking place on Tuesday 3 March at 7.30pm at the White Horse public house on Buxton Road in Whaley Bridge and everyone is welcome.

Councillor Godfrey Claff, executive member with responsibility for parks, said: “We know from the recent work we’ve carried out in the Memorial Park just how much it is valued by the local community and the keen interest many people share with the Council in seeing it well maintained and enjoyed by residents and visitors.

“To capitalise on this enthusiasm we’re looking to establish a Friends groups to be involved in organising events and activities in the Park as well as practical projects and fund raising. If you think this is something you’d like to be part of then please get in touch with us.”

The park was created in 1920 to commemorate the loss of 108 men in the First World War. It provides a pleasant link between residential properties and the town’s shops and schools.

A project to restore the war memorial, improve the entrances, install a new bridge and play equipment and maintain woodland and wildlife habitat including new planting to reflect original features was completed last year with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund.

Anyone interested in joining the Friends group can email sally.curley@highpeak.gov.uk or paul.evans@highpeak.gov.uk or call Sally on 07970 416229 or Paul on 07880 882668.

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