Have your say on the future of Whaley Bridge

Whaley Bridge to the Future is a working party to discover if residents of Whaley would like a Neighbourhood plan.

If you have a spare 5 minutes here is a survey we would love you to complete:
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/H3JSJ7F

These questions are being asked because Whaley Bridge has the opportunity to shape its future through the “Neighbourhood plan”. This is something that was introduced in 2011 by the Localism Act and is organised by local people guided by the views of those who live here. Other towns have successfully put plans in place for example Chapel-en-le-Frith and Disley. We would like to know if you think this is a good idea and what, if anything, you would like to see for Whaley in the future. Continue Reading →

Annual Town Meeting Report

The annual Whaley Bridge town meeting was held on the evening of 27 April at which a presentation was given to David Johnson who is retiring as Caretaker of the Mechanics Institute, after many years.

WBTC Chair, Rodney Gilmour, thanks David Johnson (right) for his long and faithful service as Mechanics Institute Caretaker

Reports were received from:

County Councillor Alison Fox: here

Borough Councillor Andrew Fox:

Borough Councillor David Lomax: here

Borough Councillor John Pritchard: here

Town Council Chair Rodney Gilmour: here

No report was received from the Community Police

 

 

 

 

Whaley Bridge Art Group Annual Exhibition

WHALEY BRIDGE ART GROUP will be holding their ANNUAL EXHIBITION IN WHALEY BRIDGE UNITING CHURCH on SATURDAY 30th JUNE 10.00am-5.00pm, last entry 4.30 pm

Free entry to the exhibition

Paintings for sale and refreshments

The Irene Osborn Challenge Trophy will once again take place in her memory.

This year the topic is ‘An Urban Scene’

Visitors to the exhibition will be asked to vote for their favourite entry.

Last year, ‘Portrait of a Famous Person’ was won by Sue Wilson who portrayed Michael Portillo:

The Art Group has been running since 1996 and has a membership of 30 artists. We meet Monday afternoons 1.30-4.00pm in the Uniting Church Schoolroom. Some weeks there are tutorials by visiting artists and we sometimes have visits to other galleries.

At present we have a full group but anyone interested may put their name on our waiting list.

 

Vacancy for Reserve Caretaker at Mechanics Institute

Relief Caretaker required

The Whaley Bridge Mechanics Institute is a Registered Charity and provides a community building with rooms for hire, a reading room and the Town Council’s office.

We are looking for an efficient and reliable Relief Caretaker, to cover for leave or sickness of our main Caretaker (including some weekends and evenings). The Relief Caretaker therefore has a zero-hours contract, and may work for only a few weeks per year; the main Caretaker normally works 15 hours per week.

The successful candidate must be able to work alone but also as part of a small team. The main job purpose is to provide high standards of cleanliness, security and maintenance of the Mechanics Institute and the role includes setting up of rooms as necessary. A competitive per-hour rate will be offered

The Mechanics Institute is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Any offer of Employment will be subject to receipt of a satisfactory DBS Disclosure Form.

Application forms are available from the Mechanics Institute, or please contact townclerk@whaleybridge.com by Wednesday 9 May.

Whaley Bridge Mechanics Institute, 27 Market Street, Whaley Bridge, SK23 7AA

Tel: 01663 733068  

 

 

 

Police offer reassurance following social media rumours of gangs stealing dogs in New Mills, Chapel and Whaley Bridge

Our local Safer Neighbourhood officers are reaching out to reassure the public following rumours of gangs stealing dogs in the New Mills, Chapel and Whaley Bridge area on Facebook.

Photos of vans have been circulating on the social media site alongside claims that dogs are being stolen, but they aren’t aware of any reports to police of dog thefts in the New Mills, Chapel and Whaley Bridge over the last few weeks.

PCSO Tracy Jones of the Whaley Bridge Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Understandably, the posts are making people feel quite concerned but we haven’t had any reports to the police of this nature, where dogs have being stolen in the New Mills, Chapel and Whaley Bridge during the past few weeks.

“Having your dog stolen would be extremely distressing though, so if you are a pet owner and feel worried about your dog being stolen then there are some simple measures you can take from keeping your home and garden secure, not leaving your pet tied up and unattended.

“Ensure your dog is microchipped, and your registered details are up to date, and when in public that your dog is wearing a collar and ID tag.”

PCSO Jones added: “If think your dog has been stolen, check with any family or friends who have access to see if they have taken the dog out, and then call the police. You should also report any suspicious activity to us.”

“If you have lost your dog, or have found a dog, call High Peak Borough Council as they keep a record of all dogs lost and found.”

To report your dog as lost to High Peak Borough Council, call 0345 129 4870. You can find out more information about their dog control service on the website, www.highpeak.gov.uk.

To report suspicious activity, or a stolen dog, call 101 the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police, except in an emergency when a crime is being committed, then the number is 999.