Apprenticeships available – Derbyshire Constabulary

Derbyshire Constabulary have some apprenticeships available:

Recruitment is now open for the latest group of police staff apprentices starting in September 2019.

Based at our headquarters site in Ripley, the ten Business and Administration Apprentices will each be assigned to different teams across the organisation.

As well as being able to gain experience within a busy public sector organisation, apprentices will also work towards a number of different qualifications.

Earlier this month, as part of National Apprenticeship Week, we showcased some of our current apprentices, who spoke about their experiences. You can find out more on our website:

For more information, or to access the application, please visit

If you have any questions about the apprenticeship, please contact the training provider directly, and not Derbyshire Constabulary – their contact details can be found by using the link above.

The closing date for applications is April 30 2019.


Lamppost Poppies – Thank you!

Many people will have noticed the large lamppost poppies which went up throughout Whaley Bridge and Furness Vale on the 31st October to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1, and to remember those who lost their lives in conflict then and since.


The project was organized by Whaley4Wards and 110 poppies were sponsored in total.  These poppies were sponsored by individuals and businesses for £10 each, raising a massive £1100 for the Royal British Legion to carry on their work.To put this sum into context, 36 parish councils took part in a RBL lamppost poppy scheme last year in Derbyshire, raising £4223 in total.

Thank you very much to all the sponsors who are listed HERE.

The £1100 raised has now been paid to the Royal British Legion, and the receipt is below ,alongside a letter of thanks from the Royal British Legion.

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Litter Pick This Saturday !

Whaley 4 Wards are organizing a general litter pick this Saturday (10th Nov). It is primarily to tidy up prior to Remembrance Sunday and will focus on the Memorial park area and Bridgemont war memorial. Some of us will also visit Furness Vale Memorial and ensure the area there is tidy. We will however use the opportunity to do a general cleanup around Whaley. Volunteers would be very welcome to help – gloves, bags  and litter picker sticks will be provided. Please ensure you have good footwear.

If you can’t make it to our session, then you can still contribute if you want by doing a quick local 10 minute clear up in your own area. Every little bit that gets done makes a difference. If you need bags or gloves or want to borrow a litter picker, then just get in touch.

We will be meeting at the Whaley Bridge Bowling Club car park at 12pm and will work till around 2pm. You are welcome to drop out at any time – dont feel you have to committ to a full 2 hrs.

For any further details contact Jon Goldfinch – Chair Whaley4Wards  Tel: WB 733067

Lamppost Poppies


This year, 2018, is the centenary of the end of the First World War.

To commemorate this centenary and to remember all those of the British Armed Forces who have fought and died in conflict then and since, and all those who have fought and died alongside them,  large poppies will be erected on lampposts throughout the centre of Whaley Bridge and Furness Vale.  The poppies will be put in place on the 31st October, and will remain in place until the 22nd November, centred around Remembrance Sunday on the 11th November.

Whaley4Wards have been able to organize this project through the kind sponsorship of individuals and businesses, each of whom has sponsored poppies for £10 each.

The response has been overwhelming and  every one of the  110 poppies has now  been sponsored. Every penny of the £1100 raised will go to the Royal British Legion to enable them to continue to carry out their work. A receipt for this money will be published here once it is received.  

110 poppies should make quite a spectacular display!

Please contact Chair of W4W Jon Goldfinch on or 01663733067 if you wish to sponsor any remaining poppies. If anyone wishes to help put the poppies up, then we will be meeting in the Bowling Club car park at 4pm on the 31st Oct. We will form teams of 2 and one of you will need a step ladder so please bring one along if you have one.

Thank you so much to the Sponsors who have supported this project so far and are listed below :

Click HERE to see list of Poppy Sponsors  or scroll down

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Remembrance Day 2018 – Lamp post Poppies

Remembrance Day on 11th November this year marks the centenary of the ending of the First World War. To mark this we are through the Royal British Legion obtaining a number of large poppies, which can be affixed to lampposts.

We are inviting individuals , businesses and organizations to sponsor a poppy for £10 each. Every single penny raised will go to the Royal British Legion.

Sponsored poppies will be put up throughout Whaley Bridge and Furness Vale for a short period of time from the 1st November to the 22nd November, and should make a really striking display. If you would like to sponsor a poppy, please contact the Chair of Whaley4Wards, Jon Goldfinch on or 01663 733067.

We will provide receipts and publish a sheet indicating sponsors and money raised, to which you can have your name or business added if you wish.

This project is being managed by Whaley4Wards , the regeneration advisory group to Whaley Bridge Town Council, with assistance from Tony Gunner of the Goyt. W4W propose and implement small volunteer led regeneration projects around the four wards of Whaley Bridge – Taxal, Fernilee, Yeardsley and Furness Vale. Recent projects include the painting of the Jodrell Rd play equipment, painting of the Canal St Railings, bench repairs, litter picking, design/installation of interpretation panels and shopfront grants, amongst many others. If you have ideas for potential regeneration projects around the town, or wish to become involved, please make contact via the details above.


Volunteers wanted !

Whaley4Wards will be preparing and painting the railings on Canal St from around 10am tomorrow morning – Sat 7th July.

If anyone would like to come along and help you would be very welcome.We will be finishing well before the England match at 3pm ! People can drop in and drop out as they wish.

We are going to do the stretch running from the Corner of Canal St down to the bus shelter.

Whaley4Wards is a volunteer group committed to carrying out small regeneration projects across the 4 wards of Whaley Bridge which improve the Town and make it an even nicer place to live. We welcome anyone who wants to join.

On Sun 15th July from 10.30am we plan to repaint the childrens play equipment in the Jodrell road play area. We will finish well before the World Cup Final at 4pm . If you would like to spend an hour helping, then your help would be very much appreciated.

Jon Goldfinch –

Incline Litter Pick Sun 19th Nov 11am. Meet at Shepherds Car Park, Old Rd.

The more volunteers we have , the quicker we can get the job done!

This is the first of a series of litter Picks that Whaley4Wards hope to do around Whaley Bridge and Furness Vale.

If you know somewhere which needs a good litter pick, then get in touch via the number on the form or via email at , and we can arrange to target it next !