The first Glossop Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Concert Against Female Genital Mutilation took place last night, and raised exactly £100 which went straight to Amnesty International's END-FGM campaign.
Ten local artists are lined up for the 2013 Derbyshire Open Arts Event on bank holiday weekend 25th - 27th May
Police are appealing for witnesses after the owner of a cat discovered their pet had been seriously injured with several rifle pellets. The Siamese cat’s owner lives in the Shirebrook Park area of Glossop and called police after the animal returned home with a number of wounds. It was X-rayed by a vet and found to have a total of 16 small pellets lodged under its skin, possibly from a shotgun-type weapon.
The developers of Howardtown Mill have responded to a critical letter we published earlier in the week, saying that "As part of High Peak and Derbyshire Council’s stringent planning requirements, we undertook an extensive public and highways consultation process". Read the letter below
The Conservative and Liberal Democrat votes in Glossop & Charlesworth collapsed in the Derbyshire County Council elections, whilst UKIP's proportion of the vote remained almost unchanged from 2009. In contrast Labour performed extraordinarily well, with both candidates gaining a significantly larger proportion of the vote than in 2009. There were no Green Party candidates in 2009, but the single candidate this year put his party into 4th place, well ahead of the Liberal Democrats.
A Glossopian/Iranian percussionist will be centre stage at a one-world gig organised by Community Arts North West and RNCM to celebrate Refugee Week on June 22.
A press release from DCC on Monday makes no mention the rises in cabinet members' allowances reported in a Derbyshire Conservative press release that arrived at the weekend, but confirms that the new Chairman of DCC is Etherow councillor Dave Wilcox. Glossop & Charlesworth councillors become deputy cabinet members for Children & Young People (Damien Greenhalgh) and Health & Communities (Ellie Wilcox). The full press release is reproduced below
Newly elected local Councillors Ellie Wilcox and Damien Greenhalgh have met with High Peak Women's Aid Services Manager, Pam Whittle, to discuss the new Harmony Project. The Harmony Project is the new service run by High Peak Women's Aid, offering accommodation and support to women aged between 16 and 24, who have been affected by domestic abuse.
The dangerous and poorly planned pavement layout between Domino Pizza and Marks and Spencer at Howardtown Mill has been featured several times in the Glossop Gazette, but not deemed worthy of news coverage elsewhere. The design includes a huge sign that entirely blocks the pavement, pavements that are impossibly narrow and areas of tactile paving that guide visually impaired people directly into obstacles. The situation will be exacerbated today when Whetherspoon open a brand new pub at Howardtown.
The following letter to the Glossop Gazette from Simon Waters, a civil engineer with 25 years of experience, is the latest in a series we have received from planners, civil engineers, pedestrians and other concerned residents about the dangerous state of pedestrian access into and within the Howardtown Mill Development. We have asked the developers to comment and will publish any response we receive.
At the first full council meeting of the newly elected Labour controlled DCC, members voted remove the right of backbench councillors to question cabinet members on decisions, and to pay cabinet members more money.
Pub operator JD Wetherspoon is to open its new pub in Glossop on Tuesday, May 21, with the creation of 40 new jobs. The company has spent £1 million re-developing the outlet on the site of the disused factory building, in Howard Town Mill, Victoria Street.
HIGH PEAK WOMEN'S AID is a dynamic and evolving voluntary sector agency, providing Domestic Abuse services to adults, children and young people. We are now seeking to recruit a Young Women's Domestic Abuse Accommodation Support Worker to join our team. You will work in our accommodation base for young women 16 to 24 years who are experiencing abuse in their intimate relationships. You must have proven ability to engage with young women and provide an accommodation focused support package.
Commander Chris Hadfield will return to Earth tomorrow, after nearly 5 months on the International Space Station. The 53 year old, from Sarnia, Ontario, is the first person with local ancestry ever to leave the Earth, possibly the first person ever to take a guitar into space, and certainly the first to ever record a song whilst orbiting the Earth. Commander Hadfield even took a picture of Hadfield from 200 miles up!
Bakewell Town 2-3 Tintwistle Villa
Hope Valley Premier League – Saturday 11th May, 2013
Tintwistle Villa made the long journey to face Bakewell Town on Saturday and turned in an “exceedingly good” performance which saw them come away with all three points.
Newly elected DCC councillors Damien Greenhaigh and Ellie Wilcox confirmed that Glossop's library will stay at Victoria Hall. " It's an exciting time for Victoria Hall and the library within!! We are very happy to reaffirm our pre-election pledge to retain and improve the library service in the Victoria Hall. We want the work that is carried out to secure the future of the library and community use of the building for another 125 years.
Celebrating the Hadfield and Padfield Heritage Trail, the celebrations start at noon on Sunday at Hadfield Station car park. With lots of attractions, music, a bouncy castle, craft stall etc there is plenty for all the family. Don't miss it!
Another example of bad police parking has won a reader a pair of tasty Manx kippers. The latest picture, taken on Monday afternoon in Hadfield, shows a police car parked over a disabled ramp and blocking the pavement.
Police are hunting for a thief who siphoned diesel from a lorry. At some time between 6pm on Monday, April 22 and 5am the following morning, a thief approached a lorry which was parked in a lay-by on Woodhead Road, just before Tintwistle. They removed the fuel cap and siphoned diesel from the tank.
At 1.15pm yesterday a Vauxhall Meriva left the A57 Snake Pass a mile east of the Snake Inn, went through a fence and ended up 150 yards down an embankment into a field. The driver, a male aged 43 from London, was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary by air ambulance. He was due to be kept in overnight for observations.
Issue 9 of Glossop Gazette has been published and is available as a free download
It's Local Produce Market this Saturday from 9am until 4pm at Glossop Outdoor Market. The market will be packed with stalls selling locally produced food and artisan products and is well worth a visit.
“The Haunting” is showing at the Partington Players Theatre on Henry Street from now until Saturday 11th May. Set in an ancient manor house on a lonely moor, two men discover a dark story hidden in the library. The year is 1865, and the secret they unveil is not for the faint of heart.
5 Star Villa
By Steve Exley
Tintwistle Villa 5-0 Dove Holes
Hope Valley Premier League – Saturday 4th May, 2013
A large chunk of Glossop's final fragments of ancient woodland were lost over the winter, as work on the extension to the Carpenter factory at Dinting got underway. Rumours suggested that the timber removed had a value of close to £100,000, but its value to the local environment was much greater.
Council tightlipped on Edward Partington Portrait.
High Peak Borough Council have refused to divulge any further information about the picture by John Singer Sargent of the 1st Baron Doverdale, aka Edward Partington, which used to hang in the Mayor's Parlour of the Municipal Buildings until 1974 and was recently "rediscovered" in the Town Hall.
Rory, the Greater Manchester Police dog that escaped from its Glossop handler’s home and attacked several people in the town is still confined to kennels pending the outcome of the Derbyshire Police investigation into the incident, which ocurred in February.
Derek Yalden, the High Peak's best loved zoologist died on the 5th February. He studied many aspects of the ecology of the area and made important contributions in many other areas. He had been President of the Mammal Society since 1997.
High Peak Borough Council’s executive member for regeneration, Godfrey Claff, denied that there was a problem with the pavements at Howardtown Mill and blasted the Glossop Gazette for “dreaming up” issues such as whether councillors votes should be recorded
The surprise announcement at the weekend that the Moon and Sixpence Pub would be closing came as a shock to many of Glossop's music lovers. The team that has run the Bernard Street pub for the last eight years had turned it into one of Glossop's premier music venues.
Despite United Utilities' best efforts to clear the fat clogging the sewers below Tesco, the rancid stench persisted, forcing the mega store to dig up its entire floor and replace all the drains.
Stuart Hall has pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court to 14 counts of indecently assaulting 13 girls aged 9 to 17. The crimes took place from 1967 to 1986. Hall admitted the offences last month, but they could not be revealed due to reporting restrictions. He was granted bail until his sentencing on 17 June. Stuart Hall grew up in Glossop and lived here until the 1970s.
Labour regained control of Derbyshire County Council, gaining 18 seats from the Conservatives (lost 13), Liberal Democrats (lost 4) and one from an independent councillor.
Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire are holding a series of meetings "to meet and greet residents and deliver formal presentations about the role of the PCC, local policing performance and current crime trends. The Chair of your local Community Safety Partnership will also be in attendance". The meetings will be held in Buxton, Chesterfield, Ilkeston, Bolsover, Derby, Ripley, Ashbourne, North Wingfield and Swadlincote, but no meeting is scheduled for Glossop.
An order granting police the power to move on nuisance groups in parts of Hadfield has been extended until October. The order was brought in after complaints from members of the public about anti-social behaviour by groups of people gathering on the streets. It gives all uniformed officers including PCSOs the power to move groups of two or more on from an area.
With over 100 cars already booked in and glorious sunshine predicted for the weekend, Glossop Car Show in Manor Park on 18th May promises to be a spectacular event. A few cars will be parked outside the Norfolk Arms this Saturday from 10am until 2pm, and booking forms will be available for last minute entries.
Let your baby boom on a budget at NCT New Sale on May 4th. Cash-strapped parents and parents-to-be can find all the top quality baby clothes, toys and equipment they need at an upcoming NCT Nearly New Sale, and save around 70% on what they would cost brand new.
Woman by the Sea inspired by Wallace Stevens poem The Idea of Order at Key West, part of Ghislaine Howard's new exhibition Poetry Passion and Painting which opens at The Wendy J Levy Gallery on Friday the 3rd May and runs until the 24th May.
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of affray following an incident in Glossop.
Police were called just before 2.30am on Sunday, April 28 to Victoria Street to reports of a group of people fighting on the street.
For the first time in High Peak area the new Hypnotension™ programme is available to help people with high blood pressure. This will be offered from April 2013 by a certified Hypnotension™ practitioner Masha Bennett, who is a Glossop based psychotherapist and hypnotherapist
Derbyshire police told us "A police officer has been arrested as a result of a criminal allegation by a member of the public. We can confirm his house was searched and that inquiries into the allegation are continuing".
Parents are being urged to help keep the number of measles cases in Derbyshire low by making sure their children get the MMR vaccination. There have been just two cases of measles in the county this year but public health professionals are urging parents to check their child’s vaccination records and take urgent action if they are not up to date.
Glossop's premier clairvoyant will be performing all manner of geomancy, chiromancy and astrology, as well as curing common diseases of children and sheep, at Glossop's Medieval Market on April 28th 2013 from 12 noon til 6pm.
Police are on track to tackle criminals in and around Glossop – that’s the message from British Transport Police and Derbyshire Constabulary.
During the next month officers from both forces will be out and about between Manchester and Glossop to tackle issues on trains and at stations between the two areas.
Tesco's figures show that annual profits plummeted to just below £2 billion, the first fall in profits from Glossop's biggest and most local shop in 20 years, just a month after announcing that it did not have space to sell the Glossop Gazette. The Glossop store, which is still experiencing problems with foul smells in the pasta aisle coming from fat-blocked sewers, has recently secured planning permission for a hand car wash in its car park.
PARENTS of youngsters at two Glossop schools have been urged to act as the eyes and ears of enforcement officers by reporting dog walkers who fail to clean up after their pet. High Peak Borough Council has sent letters to St. Luke’s and Simmondley Primary Schools, asking parents to call time on lazy dog owners who cannot be bothered to bend their back and scoop the poop.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a BMX bike with distinctive colouring was stolen by thieves who broke into a shed. The bike has a black frame and green wheels and was taken from the shed at a property in Riber Fold, Gamesley. Offenders broke into the shed between 1am on Sunday, April 7 and 10.30am on Monday, April 8.
Police are appealing for information after a car was damaged while it was parked on a driveway in Hadfield. The owner of the car, a Citroen C1, was woken by the incident on Vale House Drive at around 1.20am on
Sunday, April 7. Nothing had been stolen from the vehicle.
Tideswell United 1-1 Tintwistle Villa
Hope Valley Premier League – Saturday 13th April, 2013
Tintwistle Villa earned a point from their visit to Tideswell United in a hard fought contest on a blustery day at the Tideswell Sports Complex.
The minimum wage in Glossop will rise by 12p per hour for the over 20s, and 5p per hour for those aged 18-20. Business Secretary Vince Cable also commented "there is worrying evidence that a significant number of employers are not paying apprentices the relevant minimum wage rate"
We asked all local candidates for the Derbyshire County Council elections on May 2nd:
1. Is the loss of 1,400 jobs an inevitable consequence of the savings that must be made in the DCC budget? How would your party's cuts differ from those of your opponents?
2. If you were on the DCC planning and control committee would you have approved the application to demolish the old St Lukes School and build a new library? If not please suggest an alternative.
3. Is immigration an issue in the DCC elections? If so, why?
Police are urging the public to be on the lookout for telltale signs of cannabis farms as part of a campaign to weed out the drug. Derbyshire Constabulary has launched its campaign to find cannabis farms that could have been set up in properties in your neighbourhood.
A moorland blaze near Woodhead Tunnel brought fire engines from five nearby stations and closed the A628 on Monday afternoon. The cause of the fire, which in typical moorland fashion ignited separate clumps of vegetation over a wide area, is not known. Conditions on the moors are very dry despite the recent snow and walkers and drivers are reminded to exercise caution. The road was reopened by 6pm last night.
Glossopdale’s Food Bank ‘BARE NECESSITIES’* held a very successful event at Pure Vibes (Ebenezer Street, Glossop) on Tuesday 9th April 2013. Forty people attended - a mix of older and younger adults.
Police are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary in Glossop. At around 6.50pm on Sunday, April 7 three suspects entered a house on Surrey Street by throwing a large stone through a patio window. The owner of the property described one of the suspects as a teenager having light brown/blonde hair and carrying a knife. The other two suspects were also described as teenagers and all were wearing black hooded tops and jeans.
A burst water main flooded County Hall in Matlock at the weekend, destroying computers and leaving a terrible smell at the heart of local democracy, according to the Derby Telegraph
Police are appealing for witnesses after a plastic sign fixed to the top of a car parked in Glossop was knocked off, causing damage to the vehicle. A group of people were seen running off towards Glossop town centre in the incident, which happened in Victoria Street at about 10pm on Friday, March 29.
A plan to build 44 houses and a car park at land north of Shepley Street was approved by a narrow, but undefined, margin at yesterday's (8th April 2013) High Peak Borough Council Development Control Committee meeting.
HPBC's Development Control Committee met in Chapel this afternoon to decide three major planning applications in the Glossop area. The editor of the Glossop Gazette (doubling as chairman of Glossop Bat Group) went along to report on the proceedings.
Derbyshire County Council Labour Group Leader Anne Western has confirmed that the planning application for a new Glossop Library “will not see the light of day” in the event of Labour being elected to run the County Council in May this year."
Only Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrats will contest both Glossop & Charlesworth seats in the upcoming DCC election, with the Green Party and UK Independence Party fielding one candidate each. In Etherow only Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat candidates are standing.
Glossop police have praised members of the public for reporting suspicious behaviour and helping them crack down on burglaries.
Glossop Gazette Issue 9 is going to print this week:
DCC elections - meet the candidates
Jomo Kenyatta in Glossop
The local plan - what does it mean?
Howardtown Pavements - what went wrong and who's to blame?
Public buildings - past, present and future
Fire Service cough up for kippers
Spring Wildlife Roundup
The Glossop Exhibition
Glossop Stocks - Court reports
Shirebrook Crime Spree
Lots, maybe all, mobile phone networks were experiencing low or poor reception in Glossop today (Thursday). Earlier TV had also been down due to power problems at the transmitter. The failures are not thought tp be linked but no further details are available
Police officers patrolling rural routes around New Mills will be able to head further afield thanks to their newest piece of kit – an electric bike. The bike, from Peak District-based firm Juicy Bike, has an electric motor that allows faster acceleration and the ability to scale steeper routes quickly.
A chainsaw and leaf blower were stolen from the Miniature Railway in Manor Park Road, Glossop after burglars broke into a shed at the site.
Marks & Spencer have had another planning application refused, this time for illuminated signs on the mill building opposite their store. M&S's previous application for signage was also refused. They have now lodged another application, for a sign on their own building. None of the plans have suggested removing the M&S/Travelodge sign that currently blocks the pavement, forcing prams and pedestrians into the street.
The decision to permit or refuse the application to knock down the old St Luke's School and build a new library has been deferred until after the county council elections. This follows cancellation of yesterday's planning meeting because of snow.
Legislative changes mean that High Peak Borough Council's responsibility for fat blockages of sewers has passed to United Utilities. Although HPBC have been involved in identifying the source of deposits in the system between Tesco and High Street they told us that United Utilities are now the most appropriate organisation to take this investigation forward.
With just a few weeks until the deadline for nominations in the County Council elections on May 2nd, the Glossop Gazette looks at the recent boundary changes and reviews the results from past elections.
In a belated response to our question from Issue 2: Are you in favour of the plan to demolish Saint Luke's School and move the library from Victoria Hall to a new purpose built building? Julie McCabe, HPBC councillor for Simmondley answered " I have not had the opportunity to research the matter thoroughly so have no view at present".
Glossop Bat Group have objected to the new library plan, on the grounds that the hibernation survey required was not carried out at the right time of year and used unsuitable equipment. "In simple terms, the surveys carried out are analogous to looking for birds' eggs outside the breeding season and without actually looking in nests".
One of Glossop MEP's was photographed fast asleep at the European Parliament during a talk by Israeli president Shimon Peres today.
Between 3pm on Friday, March 8 and 10.15am on Saturday, March 9 burglars broke into to the house on Wiltshire Drive through a conservatory window. They stole a laptop and an iPad. Police are linking it to other burglaries in the area between Wednesday, March 6 and Thursday, March 7.
A Glossop resident has won a bin which helps families separate their recycling after winning a Derbyshire County Council competition.
Despite a string of promises to stock the Glossop Gazette dating back to November last year, retail giants Tesco today made the shock announcement that it would not be stocking the popular Glossop newspaper that is staffed, written and distributed by volunteers. "As you may know, the Glossop store is extremely tight for space and the listing is not justifiable given the alternative opportunities" said Matt Burghes, Tesco's newspaper buyer.
Three men who assaulted another man outside a pizza shop in Glossop leaving him with serious injuries have been jailed.
Wetherspoon have announced that their Glossop bar will be open on 21st May 2013, subject to licensing approval. The long-awaited development has been referred to as The Dead Bat, but according to Wetherspoon is will be called Smithy Fold.
An accident in Whitfield required the Fire Service to stabilise a vehicle to recover a person trapped underneath on Saturday afternoon on Whitfield Avenue. The condition of the casualty is not known and no further details are available
Emergency services were called to Firth Rixson in Old Glossop just before 8AM on 7th February 2013 after a man was injured when hydrochloric acid was spilt. A 51-year-old man suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital to receive treatment. The road was closed for a short period of time while the situation was assessed. The Health and Safety Executive is investigating.
United Utilities have confirmed that the "Tesco Stink" is due to fat blockage of drains. A foul sulphurous stench has been seeping through the floor of the pasta aisle of Glossop's Tesco store since at least mid January. Large numbers of air fresheners have been deployed to mask the smell.
Police in Glossop are investigating how a Greater Manchester Police dog escaped from its kennel whilst off duty and injured four people in Glossop last night (Thursday February 7).
Derbyshire County Council have received hundreds of comments from the public about their plan to demolish the old St Luke's School and build a new library. None of the comments appear to be in favour of the development. Some consultation responses have also been received.
Parents can be reassured school meals are free from horse meat thanks to stringent checks required by Derbyshire County Council. School meals provided by the authority’s school meals service use meat produced on two local organic farms.
Police investigating the Glossop dog attack incident have renewed their appeal for witnesses and issued an amendment to their earlier statement.
The Derbyshire Constabulary is looking for volunteers to become Special Constables.
The Special Constabulary is a force of trained volunteers, who work alongside local Safer Neighbourhood team constables and PCSOs.
Glossop’s newest PCSO said she is thrilled to be serving the community she has come to know so well – after spending 15 years on the police station’s front desk.
Bats have never been protected in Glossop, and High Peak Borough Council’s Development Control have systematically disregarded UK and European wildlife laws and ignored advice about protected species in development.
HPBC failed to ensure that risks to bats were properly assessed, accepted substandard bat surveys, ignored advice from the Environment Agency and consultants with respect to the need for bat surveys, lighting conditions or roost mitigation, and also ignored unambiguous evidence of roosts. In no instances did they insist on or even recommend any bat mitigation in development.
Major schemes like Howard Town Mill and every development in Glossop since bats were first protected in England in 1981 has been permitted regardless of the impact on bat populations. These very serious allegations were made to HPBC in July this year. The full text of the complaint, and High Peak Borough Council’s response, can be found here: HPBC and the Protection of Bats in Planning
Latest update: Glossop Bat Group's letter to HPBC
High Peak Borough Council told us "We have had two members of the public contact us in recent weeks about this issue. It has been established that the odour is due to blockages on the drainage system. United Utilities are aware of the issue and are currently dealing with it. The Team at United Utilities will take whatever action they feel is appropriate to resolve the problem. If further details are required it is recommended that United Utilities are contacted directly".
Hadfield's Carnival Committee have started to organise this year's free, fun, family friendly event which will be on Sunday June 9th. If you would like to have a stall or be involved in any way please ring Carol on 07749816679.
A grainy picture taken at Tesco last Monday night shows a police vehicle parked at right angles to the drop off point while the driver uses the cashpoint.
The number of crimes such as violence, theft and burglaries reported in New Mills and Hayfield have dropped.
The area’s Safer Neighbourhood team Sergeant, Greg McGill, revealed the latest stats at a meeting on Monday, January 28.
The Gamesley Rangers is a youth project with the initial aim of introducing work ethics to young people aged between 8 and 18 years old within their local community. The project organises a variety of community work-based initiatives that directly benefit the local neighbourhood and gives participating youths a sense of ownership and pride in their local community
Local residents are being urged by Derbyshire County Council to use grit wisely to make sure grit bins stay fuller for longer.
Both Marks & Spencer and J.D. Wetherspoon have been refused planning permission at Howardtown Mill in the last month, casting doubt on when Glossop’s Wetherspoons, which will not be called “The Dead Bat”, will be opened.
Following comments from Glossop’s Visual Impairment Group the Glossop Gazette conducted a survey of pavement A-boards on Glossop’s pavements last Saturday and found 78 of them, surpassing anything found in a UK wide survey conducted by the Guide Dogs Association last summer.
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Bats have never been protected in Glossop, and High Peak Borough Council’s Development Control have systematically disregarded UK and European wildlife laws
A Glossop group which hopes to start systematic eradication of pest plants from the town have reported that Japanese knotweed is rampant in every waterway in town except for Hurst Brook.