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Calling All Bakers, including mini Bakers !

If you fancy having a go at making a gingerbread house, then Whaley Bridge Uniting Church would love you to get involved in their gingerbread house competition on the 19th December.

Just make and bake your house and take it along to their Gingerbread Festival on the day. There is a £50 prize for the most creative homemade gingerbread house!

It’s open to groups, families and individuals.

For more details and contact details for the entry form, see the picture below.


6-A-Side Football League Kicks off in Whaley Bridge

6-A-SIDE Football League comes to Whaley Bridge’s own 3G pitch!

If you’re competitive and like your football, then why not get a team together , and join the new 6-a-Side Football league starting in Whaley Bridge , from 19th October. Play under floodlights on one of the best 3G surfaces in the country – Fieldturf’s ‘Revolution’ 40 mm artificial grass surface. With rubber infill and an artificial grass surface, it’s good on your knees, and good for your game.

SoccerSixes are starting a new 6-a-Side football league on the Whaley Bridge 3G surface on Monday evenings for 2 hours from 7.30pm. Begins 19th October.

Anyone can get a team together and enter. A referee is provided on the night to referee the matches.
Teams should be 18+, but 16, 17 yr olds can enter a team as long as one of their playing players is 18+.
Soccer Sixes are Football Association affiliated, and manage leagues all over the country.

A match fee of £26 is payable by each team on the night. There is no joining fee. Teams can cancel at any time with two weeks notice. Continue Reading →

Heritage weekend at St James’, Taxal

One of the High Peak’s hidden gems, St James’s church at Taxal, will be open over the weekend (Sat 12, Sun 13 Sept) as part of the national Heritage Open Days.
Visitors can learn about the church, accompanied by a nice cup of tea. On Sunday, the more adventurous can join a Heritage Walk, with Sunday Strollers, starting at the church at 2pm and be back in time for afternoon tea at 4pm. The church will be open each day from 1-4pm.
There will be a display of heritage items, and information about the church, with activities for children.

This Girl Can – Sail !

Toddbrook Sailing Club based on the beautifully scenic Toddbrook reservoir overlooking Whaley Bridge, are running several 1 day ‘Start to Sail’ courses in August and September.  If you’ve always fancied having a go, but never got round to it, then this could be your opportunity.


Toddbrook sailing club are currently completing work on their new clubhouse, funded via a 50K lottery fund grant which was received in 2013. It should be completed this summer. They are also applying for a further grant to upgrade their changing facilities, and they will find out if they have been successful in September this year.

The club is expanding their activities and offer a wide range of courses and activities. On Sunday morning or afternoons, they run  adult and family taster sessions , so if you fancy a interesting Sunday, then contact the club and go along. Continue Reading →

Day Skipper and Yachtmaster courses at Toddbrook Sailing club

Toddbrook Sailing club will be running RYA Day Skipper and Yachtmaster theory courses on Wednesday evenings in October and November. If you are interested , then please get in touch with Clare or James on the numbers shown.

The club are also running sailing courses through the summer. Have a look at their website www.toddbrooksailingclub.co.uk for further details.

If you fancy an adult or family taster session on Toddbrook reservoir, with its wonderful views and wildlife, then these are running on Sunday mornings from June to September.

Hint – click on photo to see more detail…


Laughter filled local derby boosts Whaley Bridge session

When you think of football’s great derby matches, red-blooded affairs such as Liverpool versus Everton, City versus United or even Derby County versus Nottingham Forest, come to mind, but its fair to say when the local Walking Football group in Whaley Bridge challenged their hosts Whaley Bridge Town Council to a game there was slightly less tension and a good deal more laughter than is usually associated with contests between local sides.


High Hopes – WBTC Councillors (in white) prior to the match against the Corinthians.


Walking Football has been growing in popularity with older men ever since a Barclays television advertisement featured the slowed down version of the beautiful game. The Whaley Bridge session, which takes place on the town’s state of the art 3G pitch at the top of Memorial Park on Wednesday afternoons, kicked off in March and numbers of men being drawn by the chance to play football again are rising steadily. When local hostelry The Drum and Monkey offered to sponsor a playing kit for the group, organiser Mick Owen challenged the Town Council, who have also been very generous with their support, to a friendly match. “We are lucky to have such a well maintained and well appointed pitch to play on and the Town Council have helped us with marketing and recruitment. High Peak Borough Council are supporting the sessions and Councillor Jim Perkins joined us for the afternoon but it was an unlooked for bonus when Chris Bennett at the Drum offered to help us buy some playing kit so we wanted to say thank you to all our supporters by putting this game on.”


The Corinthians pile on the pressure……. …and yes, everyone was walking…


After a nervous start the team of politicians adjusted to the challenge of playing football without breaking into a run but the regular players – all men of a certain age who value the regular exercise, the time spent with like-minded peers or the break in their daily routine – were soon put under pressure and local radio personality Barry Jarvis captaining the side was forced to make tactical changes and urge his men on to slightly more effort. With some idiosyncratic refereeing decisions assisting the Town Council, the match finished as it started with smiles on everyone’s faces, a rousing celebration from the Town Council’s quite remarkable cheerleading squad and nobody very certain who won.


The Cheerleaders -fr to bk – Stephanie Raybould-Town clerk, Cllr Anne Winter, Rev Margaret Jones


Men who want to try Walking Football should call Mick Owen on 07944 605508 or just turn up on a Wednesday at 2pm (12am from 29th July) . Groups wishing to hire the 3G pitch should use the contact and booking form on www.whaleybridge.com or ring Jon Goldfinch on 01663 733067
For more details contact Mick on 07944 605508 or on mickowen@talktalk.net
1 Whaley Bridge’s 3G pitch is available to hire from Whaley Bridge Town Council at www.whaleybridge.com

2. WellFit CIC host Walking Football sessions in the High Peak at Whaley Bridge on Wednesdays at 2pm (12am from 29th July) and at Glossopdale Community College, Newshaw Lane, Hadfield on Thursdays at 11am.

3 WellFit CIC is a not for profit social enterprise based in the High Peak offering physical activity sessions aimed at raising wellbeing at an individual and community level. We are funded by grants, donations and fund-raising.

Whaley Bridge Burkina Faso Project – Sponsored Walk Monday 4 May 2015

Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries on earth. In recent years, communities have been blighted by devastating flooding followed by relentless drought. Many people hand animals have died and thousands are desperately poor.

Whaley Bridge can do something to improve life for many people.

If we raise money, women will be given goats, which will breed, providing meat and kid goats to sell at market. These families will be able to eat better and create some income to send children to school. They will also undertake to give some goats to their neighbours and liberate more families from poverty.

Also, farmers who have watched their crops shrivel away under the blazing sun, can now be shown how to use family waste to retain moisture in the soil, and how to sow vegetable seeds in horse-shoe shaped troughs which conserve water in harsh conditions.

But it is even better than this…

The UK charity Christian Aid has won a bid for match-funding from the European Aid Fund. We have pledged to raise £5,000 and the EU will match-fund by four times!

£25,000 goes a very long way in Africa…

Please join us for a Sponsored Walk

Raising money for Burkina Faso should be a walk in the park. How many laps can you do?

May Bank Holiday Monday May 4th in the Memorial Park, Whaley Bridge, 9am to 12 noon

Starting from Wheatsheaf Road access bridge (Under 14’s must be accompanied by an adult)

Sponsor forms available from ‘Bella’s Coffee Shop’ and The Church Shop ‘Over the Road’

Bored…start with this Canoeing and KAYAK Course… £50 for 6.5 hours of sheer fun.

Your chance to get very,very wet under expert tuition in one of the most wonderful and scenic locations in the High Peak.

Choose May23rd or May 30th.

Start with this here in Whaley Bridge. If you like it, why not go on for White Water canoeing  on our nearby rivers …or  learn how to sail and perhaps go on to become an extreme sailor . It’s all up to you – get your initial grounding here and then just go for it..

Peak Paddlers are running 2 one day BCU 1 * courses at Toddbrook Sailing Club.
• expert tuition – qualified and experienced coaches
• learn skills
• try out different sorts of canoe and kayak.
• advice on what sort to chose
• buoyancy aids will be provided and wet suits are available to borrow should you wish.
Included in the bargain £50 price is a season’s associate membership of TSC for canoeing and sailing – so you can paddle your own canoe on Toddbrook, enjoy a sailing taster session or join in any of the sailing activities using the club’s sailing boats.
Associate membership of TSC is normally £30 and is required by any person canoeing or kayaking on Toddbrook reservoir.
First course: Saturday May 23rd 10.00am – 4.30pm
Second course: Saturday May 30th 10.00am – 4.30 pm
Places are limited. £20 deposit. Apply to:
0161 427 1721
NB These courses are for adults and older teenagers. Further courses may be run for children subject to interest.