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PARTY IN THE PARK ! Sat 22nd July from 1pm

Featuring live music, food and fun for the kids, as well as refreshments and entertainment for the grown-ups, this year’s Party in the Park looks set to be bigger and better than ever !

It’s free entry for all, and starts from 1pm.  on Sat 22nd July.

If you are interested in joining the Friends of The Memorial Park group, and in volunteering in the park or participating in any of the events they run, please visit their Whaley-Bridge-Memorial-Park facebook page : https://en-gb.facebook.com/Whaley-Bridge-Memorial-Park-119442508158140/




Dry Stone Walling Classes in Whaley Bridge

Following the success of last years classes, the Friends of Whaley Bridge Memorial Park are arranging two more, 2 day dry stone walling classes in the park this year. As well as learning the basic of building dry stone walls, which will give you the confidence to tackle projects of your own, these courses leave a long lasting legacy in the park, and even if you never do any stone walling again, you will be able to take great delight in pointing out to your children and grandchildren the bit of wall that you helped to build! It’s great fun and extremely rewarding. Two separate weekend courses are planned on 18/19 Feb and 25/26 March with Steve Clifton from the DrystoneWalling Association.

If it’s one of those things you’ve had at the back of your mind to do, or you know someone who would love it, then now is your opportunity ! The cost is £70 for 14 hours of expert tuition, which includes lunch. You learn a skill, have a load of fun and at the same time leave a legacy in the park for your next generation to enjoy.

To Book, email walling@whaleypark.co.uk or phone 07884 973315

Tip – to see the poster below in greater detail, just click on it.


Squash Players Wanted !

With 3 squash players from Whaley Bridge already playing at a local Squash Club, based at the Disley Amalgamated Sports Club in Disley, the first and second teams are looking for new players of both sexes and all ages to provide additional depth to the squads.

Whether you are an expert or a relative beginner, the club offers an opportunity to practice, train and improve on various team nights and the opportunity to play in both second and first teams. Squads are mixed sex and mixed ages. Matches are played on a Thursday evening from 7pm, and you can turn up to training nights  on Tuesdays or Sundays as you wish.  DASC have one squash court at the moment, but plans are underway to reinstate another which is currently used for other activities. The court is bookable throughout the week, so games with other players can easily be arranged as you wish.

Squash is a superb game to be involved with and we have a really varied set of people from all backgrounds involved, which makes it a great social experience too.

The teams play in the North West Counties Squash League, with the second team (Disley 2) playing in the Division 5 South area and the first team (Disley 1) playing iin the Division 4 South East area. Individual and team progress can be monitored on the web here . It’s helpful to have transport, but lifts can generally be arranged if required.

If you’d like to get involved, please email Jon Goldfinch on cllr.jong.wbtc@googlemail.com .



Five Years of Floral Creations !

This Saturday 8th October, FloralCreations in Whaley Bridge will have been open for a wonderful five years. !

Hayley Barton, who owns the shop, which is located in Whaley Bridge just next to the arched  Railway Bridge and opposite Stanways electrical, will be celebrating at the shop on the day and would like to thank all her customers old and new who have helped to make the last five years so successful.

Why not take the opportunity to visit the shop this Saturday and join in the celebrations. You can also visit them online at http://www.floral-creations.net/clipboard01


FloralCreations specialize in wedding flowers and Funeral flower arrangements, and also have a range of gifts for all occasions.


PARTY PARTY In the Park ! Sat 24th Sep 12am-6pm

This weekend sees a repeat of last years highly successful Party in the Park, run by High Peak Borough Council and the Friends of Whaley Bridge Memorial Park.

It is being held this Saturday 24th Sep, in the Whaley Bridge Memorial Park by the Wheatsheaf Road entrance (SK23 7JA) from 12am  through to 6pm.

There will be live music, a Childrens Fun Run and at the skatepark, professional outfit Extreme Wheels will be present,  showing just how far bikes and body can be pushed !

Back at the Wheatsheaf road entrance, there will be refreshments, bar , inflatables, a treasure hunt, face painting and much more.

Entrance is free, so come along and enjoy and support our wonderful Park and the volunteers who help to make this event happen. Take a walk up around the reservoir and take in the views while you are here. Why not book a meal in one of the local restaurants for the evening?

Parking is available at the top of Park Road by the football pitches, Whaley Bridge  SK23 7DJ. It’s then a short walk through the park to the Wheatsheaf Rd area.

Hint – Click on photos to get higher resolution.



Extreme Wheels doing some sky riding!

Whaley Bridge Annual show and Bake-off ! Sat 3rd Sep

This is a superb local show , held annually at the Whaley Bridge Bowling Club. As well as the traditional entries including flowers, giant onions, tomatoes, leeks and carrots and so on , you can get your Bake-Off hat on and submit cakes, scones, pies ,preserves,chutneys and a variety of other produce. There will also be entries for Arts and Crafts, Photography and Painting. There is even a section for home-made wine! Nearly 100 different sections in all.

And of course, there is also a childrens section, with 11 different categories, sponsored by the Whaley Rose Queen festival.

Some Stunning Colours from the 2011 Show

There are Cream teas on the day, a tombola and a raffle. The Bar at the Bowling Club is open too. It’s all indoors so a great place to be if the weather doesn’t oblige.

If you want to enter your own vegetables , jams ,wines or anything else into any of the 83 different categories or 11 childrens categories, then you need to look at the  rules and all the categories and classes which are found HERE.

Then you need to fill in the simple entry form which is found HERE.

Entry forms and your produce  must be brought in and returned to the Hon Secretary at the bowling club not later than 10.30am on Saturday morning (3rd Sep). There is a 10p charge per entry (free for children)

Admission to the show is FREE.  :-)

Perhaps one of the most exciting parts of the day is the CHARITY AUCTION at the end, where you have the opportunity to bid for many of the goods on show. It takes place at around 4pm after the prize presentations and really is good fun.

This is a great local event to come along and support. The Giant Onions have to be seen to be believed !

For further details please contact Mr C Heathcote on 01663 733466 or Mrs G Slater on 01663 733140 .

Easter Egg Hunt in the Park- 3pm 27th March

If the kids fancy a spot of sleuthing in the park on Easter Sunday, then why not pop down to the Whaley Bridge Memorial Park on Easter Sunday (27th March) at 3pm, and join in the fun!

All welcome. The event is being run by the Uniting Church.

To see the poster in higher resolution, just click on it.Easter Egg Hunt

UPDATE: Drystone Walling Course

Note from Simon Booth:

Due to the adverse weather, the course for the 5th/6th March has been postponed till the 19th/20th March.

The course for 12/13th goes ahead as planned.

Places still remain for the course now planned for 19th/20th.


For all those who have fancied a go but never had the opportunity, here’s the chance to learn how to do dry stone walling, with instruction from Steve Clifton from the Drystone Walling Association. The courses will provide beginner & some intermediate level instruction and will result in the restoration/repair of the wall adjacent to the play area which forms the boundary between the park and Todbrook Reservoir land. Please contact Simon Booth on 07884973315 or simon@whaleybridge.co.uk to book your place.

It’s a two day course with dates on 5th/6th March and 12th/13th March. Beginner and some Intermediate level instruction.

(click on poster below to see higher resolution)