Glossop and Longdendale Archaeological Society meeting

Presentation by Isabelle Heyerdahl-King and Lauren McIntyre : 'Why bones are so useful and informative in an archaeological context'. Tuesday 4th February, 7.30pm. Members £1, visitors £2.50, new member / annual subs £5.   Please note new venue - The Bluebell Wood, Glossop Road, Gamesley. There is a bar in the function room where drinks/snacks can be purchased.

Suspended prison sentence for dangerous driving on Snake Pass

Samsuzzaman Syed, aged 25, of Weaverham Close, Longsight, pleaded guilty to driving a Ford Focus dangerously on the Snake Pass A57 road in June 2013. The court described his behaviour as "a prolonged course of bad driving, disregard for road conditions and other road users" and said that he had caused an accident "by aggressive driving and inappropriate attempts to overtake". 

Suspended prison sentence for man who threatened to burn house down

Luke Leslie Turner, aged 18, of Queens Drive Glossop, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words to another person and damaging a wooden fence. The court was told that Turner made serious threats of violence and had threatened to burn the victim's house down. he was sentenced to 9 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, order to complete 50 hours of unpaid work and to pay £280 in surcharges and costs.

Suspended prison sentence for Glossop man with CS gas

Kyle Mark Karl Fielding, aged 18, of Litton Bank, Glossop, pleased guilty to possessing a canister of CS gas, contrary to the Firearms Act of 1968, at High Peak Magistrates Court. The court said that although the weapon was not functional he intended to use it to cause fear, even in self defence, which may have resulted in more serious consequences. He received a prison sentence of 6 weeks, suspended for 12 months, ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work and to pay costs and surcharges totalling £165.  The CS spray was ordered to be destroyed.

Glossop councillor criticised over Schumacher coma jibe

A Glossop councillor was slammed  for a Twitter joke about the seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher, who has been in a coma since a skiing accident on December 29th. On his Twitter account @WubeyOneKenobi Councillor Waude, the Labour HPBC councillor for Howardtown tweeted "Wanted: handsome prince to kiss ‪#Schumacher‬ awake". A Glossopian who asked not to be named contacted the Glossop Gazette within minutes of the tweet being published.

Merseybank Nursing Home fails to meet all CQC standards

Merseybank Care Home in Hadfield failed to meet any of the standards required by the Care Quality Commission in their latest inspection dated 15th January 2014. According to their report improvements are required in standards of treating people with respect, providing suitable care, caring for safety and protecting them from harm, standards of staffing and standards of quality and suitability of management.

Glossop is fare dodging hotspot says Northern Rail

Norther Rail say that fare dodging between Glossop and Manchester Piccadilly is the worst in Derbyshire. The line is already notorious as the "skankiest" line going into Manchester, where the chance of lost property being found and returned is negligible. That Glossopians are reluctant to pay for train tickets for the journey to town will come as little surprise to many commuters. Norther Rail's full press statement is below.

Big jump in vehicle crime and burglary in November

According to police figures burglary cases in the "north section of the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales" including Glossop, Hadfield, Tintwistle, Gamesley, St John's, New Mills and Hayfield jumped from 13 cases in November 2012 to 27 cases in November 2013. Vehicle crime in the area rose from 16 in November 2012 to 23 in November 2013.

Council set to make massive budget cuts

Plans for making cuts to Derbyshire County Council’s budget in 2014-15 are due to be considered at a Cabinet meeting this week (Tuesday 28 January). Reductions in Government grants, inflation and greater demands on areas of the budget for adult social care and vulnerable children mean the county council needs to cut £157m from its budget by 2018.

High Peak marks Holocaust Memorial Day

High Peak is commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day which takes place on Monday 27 January. This is the day for everyone to remember the millions of people killed in the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur and honour the survivors of these regimes.

Homestart say they will continue to help families

Four Home-Start charities in Derbyshire that have been subject to funding cuts from Derbyshire County Council say they can, and will, continue to support families. Trustees and senior staff from Home-Starts in Amber Valley, South Derbyshire, Erewash and High Peak met on Wednesday (23rd January) to discuss the future of their support for families with young children.  The meeting followed a decision by Derbyshire County Council to end a £212,000 contract with the group.

Conservative Blasts Disingenuous Leader of DCC Over Cuts to Family Services

Conservative Councillor Barry Lewis, Shadow Cabinet member for Children and Young People blasted recent comments by Labour Leader Anne Western in which she expressed her “disappointment” at removing funding from the charity Homestart due to Government cuts. The charity Homestart works with a significant number of families throughout the County delivering important services that help support them through difficulties and equip them with the skills and strategies to prevent them turning to the County Council and other services, thus saving a cost to the taxpayer.

Cash strapped councils to pour millions into Buxton luxury hotel

Derbyshire County Council has announced that it will "lend" £5 million to developers who plan to create a 79 bedroom luxury hotel at Buxton Crescent. DCC and High Peak Borough Council had already committed £2 million to the project. No details of when the loan is due to be repaid and at what rate of interest are available. The news come shortly after DCC announced that they were ending their £220,000 a year contract with the charity Homestart and revealed a four year plan to slash their overall budget by £157 million.

Improving conditions at Glossop Swimming Pool

Work to replace the unit that provides heating for Glossop Swimming Pool’s main hall will take place next month. The work starts on Monday 3 February and will finish on Sunday 16 February. The pool will remain open to the public whilst the work is carried out but all swimming lessons during this two-week period are cancelled. This includes group lessons, one-to-one lessons and school swimming lessons. Lessons will resume as normal from Monday 17 February.

Tintwistle weather the storm

AFC Dronfield Woodhouse 2-2 Tintwistle Villa
Hope Valley Premier League – Saturday 25th January, 2014
Tintwistle Villa drew 2-2 away at Sheffield based AFC Dronfield Woodhouse in a contest that was played in atrocious weather conditions. The opening stages of the game were greeted by dark black skies, hail, sleet, strong winds, thunder and lightning storms which limited the ability of both sides to play any meaningful free flowing football.
Tintwistle persevered in the challenging conditions and took the lead following a surging run with the ball from full-back, Luke Boon, deep into the opposition half where he played a clever pass into the path of forward Ronnie Dixon who coolly finished underneath the onrushing keeper.

Thieves strip lead from two Hadfield schools

Police appealed for witnesses after metal thieves caused extensive damage to two junior schools in Hadfield after stripping lead from classroom roofs. Offenders targeted St Charles Roman Catholic Primary School, in The Carriage Drive, and St Andrew’s Junior School, in Hadfield Road. The thefts, which took place between 4pm on Friday, January 24 and 7am on Monday, January 27, saw thieves remove lead flashing from buildings at both sites.

Old Glossop’s heritage bringing generations together

An exciting new project to tell the story of Old Glossop from Saxon occupation through to the early 1900s is bringing together the generations. High Peak Borough Council has appointed the award-winning company Audio Trails to develop the official heritage trail for Old Glossop to encourage people to explore, investigate, discuss and think about what is unique and important about the town’s history.

Two Glossop men charged with attempted murder and kidnap

Antony Leonard, 25, of Mouselow Close, Hadfield and Michael Sierotko, 24, of Sunlaw Street Glossop have been charged with the attempted murder of Neil Hazelwood, and conspiring to kidnap and blackmail him. Mr Hazelwood disappeared from his home in Whitefield in September last year, sparking a police hunt. He was found in Holmfirth with gunshot sounds to his chest. The accused pair will appear before magistrates in Bury on 5th February

Bingham says exile from Glossop is "proportionate response"

Changes to immigration law mean that non EU spouses (or children) of UK citizens cannot come to the UK unless the U.K. citizen is a full time carer or earned £18,600 in the last full tax year (more for children). Tens of thousands of families have been kept apart by the controversial new regulation which came into force in 2012. For them the choice is exile from U.K. or permanent separation from their spouse or children. "Glossop is my home and my parents are very elderly. I think forcing me to live outside the U.K.on the basis of how rich I am is tyranny" said the exiled editor of the Glossop Gazette.

Police to stamp out anti social behaviour in Gamesley

Officers from Gamesley and St Johns Safer Neighbourhood Team will be focusing on stamping out anti-social behaviour in the area. The team will be targeting the issue for the next three months after residents raised concerns at pop-up shops. The drop-in surgeries give residents the opportunity to help set policing priorities for their community and to be kept in the loop about police operations and campaigns. To tackle the issue, officers will be heading out on high-visibility patrols to identify groups taking part in anti-social behaviour (ASB) to combat the crime around local shops.

"Quite distressed" heifer escapes from abattoir in Glossop

A heifer that escaped from the abattoir of J W Mettrick & Son in Glossop and headed for the moors in a frantic bid for life was eventually recaptured at Chunal and returned to the slaughterhouse this morning (January 8th 2013). A spokesperson for Derbyshire Constabulary said "We had several calls from members of the public about a cow/bull on the loose at around 7.45am today. Sightings were at Princess Street, Chunal Hill, Pikes Lane and Slatelands Road. Apparently it was quite distressed. Eventually it found its way into a field by jumping over a wall and headed towards moorland. Once it was off the road and no longer causing any public safety issue police were no longer involved."

Police appeal after big burglary on Royle Avenue

Police are appealing for information after burglars made off with a large haul of items from a house in Glossop. The offenders broke into a property in Royle Avenue and stole a large amount of antique jewellery. This included a Star of David pendant with a bark finish, and a Victorian 18ct gold wedding ring attached to the chain. A gold Gypsy ring with a 1ct diamond was also stolen, as was an unusual gold Masonic ring with blue enamel on one side compass and the letter ‘G’ engraved on it, and the initials ‘M.W’ on the reverse.

Sexual health in Glossopdale

Residents are to be asked for their views about sexual health services as part of a Derbyshire County Council review.
The council wants to make sure current services meet local people’s needs and will also use feedback to help plan future provision.
Services currently on offer are:
* Contraception services including emergency contraception
* Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
* Sexual health promotion, information and advice and HIV prevention

Tintwistle Villa back to winning ways

Bakewell Town 0-1 Tintwistle Villa
Hope Valley Premier League – Saturday 28th December, 2013
Tintwistle Villa recorded a 1-0 win away at Bakewell Town on a crisp winter’s afternoon thanks to a goal from striker Ronnie Dixon in his first game for the club of the season.
Villa started the brighter of the two sides with strike pairing Pool and Dixon combining well in the opening stages. Despite a number of chances to take the lead, the best of which fell to Ricky Lowrey, Ronnie Dixon and James Pool, the scores remained level at half-time.

The Glossop Gazette's Corrie Web of Passion

To celebrate the end of 2013 the Glossop Gazette has compiled an elaborate web showing the sexual relationships between Coronation Street characters. The Coronation Street Web Of Sex links almost all the characters, regardless of age or sexual orientation. Only six current characters are not entangled in the web; asexual Norris Cole and mad Mary Taylor are the only celibate characters on the street, Haley and Roy Cropper are the only couple not snared in the web of sex and Emily Bishop the only surviving character whose past liaisons cannot be linked to the main web. Because of space and time restrictions it wasn't possible to list all the partners of any of the Barlows, Audrey, Dev, Nick, Steve or Lianne, but you can add them yourself if you really want to. 

Glossop retailers sign up to stop thieves

Shops across Glossop and New Mills have signed up to a market reduction initiative in a bid to crack down on thieves in the area. The scheme, which is ran by Derbyshire officers and assisted by High Peak Community Safety Partnership, sees second-hand retailers helping to stop the sale of stolen property. The initiative involves retailers signing up to a voluntary code of conduct to make it harder for thieves to unload stolen property in shops across Glossop and New Mills.

Information appeal following service station burglary in Glossop

Police are appealing for information after a Glossop service station was broken into and cigarettes were stolen.At around 2am on Thursday, December 12 offenders gained entry in to the Brookfield service station. Thieves forced their way through the metal shutter and glass door before stealing cigarettes and fleeing the scene.

Have your say on local healthcare

Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) invite you to help influence what your healthcare services will look like in the future. We want to hear your thoughts on what healthcare services you think currently work well in Tameside and Glossop, what services you feel need to be improved and what you think local healthcare priorities should be.

Councillor makes move on Howardtown pavements but warns "we are very much at the mercy of the developers"

In October 2013 the Glossop Gazette received a press release from High Peak Access Group. We delayed publication hoping to get confirmation of the meeting the statement said was being organised. We wrote to HPBC and the developers, asking if they could confirm that the meeting had been agreed, but neither has replied yet (December 16th). We also wrote to HPBC and DCC councillor Ellie Wilcox about Howardtown, and received the following reply last week.

Press statement from High Peak Access re. Howardtown Mills

High Peak Access is a voluntary group that works to improve access for disabled people in the High Peak.  High Peak Access had some concerns about disabled access into and around the new Howard Town Mill development in Glossop.  Dave Bennett (Deputy Chair of High Peak Access) together with other members of High Peak Access, met Councillor Ellie Wilcox (the Council’s Lead Member for Disability Issues) on site to show her some of the practical difficulties arising from the layout. 

Limit the harm and reduce deaths caused by illicit powders and pills

A website has been launched in Derbyshire to allow people who use drugs such as cocaine, m-cat and ecstasy to be aware of the risks and often dangerous content of illegal white powders and pills.
This initiative came from a multi-agency approach after the deaths of numerous young people within Derbyshire who died after taking illegal white powders and pills.

Police team up to tackle criminals heading to Glossop

Derbyshire police officers teamed up with British Transport Police in a bid to crack down on travelling criminals in the area. Police headed out on plain clothes patrols to tackle would-be criminals on trains between Glossop and Guide Bridge, Tameside. The team patrolled the trains and carried out stop searches to prevent anti-social behaviour and drug use to keep local residents and commuters safe.

Memories of Old Glossop needed

Wanted - volunteers to take a trip down memory lane in Old Glossop ! The Old Glossop Heritage Trail will include an audio trail, and the Council is looking for residents or former residents with memories of Old Glossop, or stories which have been passed down to them, and who would be willing to record them for posterity. Interviews, which can be done in peoples' own homes, will take up to an hour, and will be kept as a permanent digital record for future generations with clips being used for the audio trail.

M&S refuse interview request with Glossop Store Manager

Marks and Spencer have refused a request from the Glossop Gazette for an interview with their Howardtown, Glossop store manager. In response to the request their PR firm said "if you do contact the store manager she will simply refer you to the PR contact, which is myself, as we deal with all the media in the area. We respond on behalf of the store and the company as a whole".

Glossop officer heads back to class to tackle online safety

Police headed back to class to chat to students about staying safe and online dangers.
An officer from Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team visited Saint Philip Howard Catholic School on Tuesday, December 10 to run hour-long sessions around online protection.
PC Julian Gallagher took centre stage in the Year 10 PSHE class to engage with the youngsters around issues such as sexual exploitation, cyber bulling and the consequences of shoplifting.

Borough Council and MEP Elections looming

With just five months until the European Elections, the Glossop Gazette turns the limelight on our elected representatives. Over the last 14 months we have asked them a lot of questions. Some councillors and MEPs have never replied, and many of the ones that used to reply when the Gazette was in print stopped doing so when we left the dead tree press. Their answers to a variety of questions about Glossop (and Europe) are essential reading for anybody planning to use their vote on Thursday 22nd May 2015.

Glossop Gazette Grinch brings Howardtown Christmas misery

The Glossop Gazette, the most moaning newspaper in town, is teaming up with Kim Jong Un to ruin Christmas for everybody with non-stop complaining about the pavements at Howardtown Shopping, Glossop, reserving special contempt for the paths between Victoria Street and Marks and Spencer.

Not a single complaint about Marks & Spencer Howardtown Pavements


 Marks and Spencer, who have over 1000 stores in over 40 countries, issued a  statement about their pavements at Howardtown Glossop: An M&S Spokesperson said: “We always value customer feedback, in this instance there have been no complaints or concerns raised about access to our Glossop store.”

Councillors on Howardtown -2

On 21st December 2012 we asked: "Nobody wants to take responsibility for pedestrian and disabled access at Howardtown Mill. HPBC blame DCC, and DCC blame HPBC. Do you think this is satisfactory, and where does it leave local pedestrians and disabled people?"

Councillors on Howardtown -1

On 23rd November 2012 we asked: "Are you aware of problems with pedestrian and disabled facilities at Howardtown Mill? How did it happen and what can be done to fix it?"

Councillors on Howardtown -4

On 9th December 2013 we asked: 1. Do you accept that HPBC are in any way responsible for the shambolic and dangerous pavements at the Howardtown Mill development and what action, if any, you have taken to improve the situation?

Councillors on Howardtown -3

On 20th May 2013 we asked: 1. Do you think there is a problem with the pavements between Dominoes and Marks and Spencer at Howardtown, and does HPBC have any responsibility for the situation?

Glossop Club Acoustic - December 17th

The final session of the year for Glossop Club Acoustic takes place next Tuesday December 17 from 8pm onwards. Again the venue is The Queens Arms in Old Glossop.  Acts featured on the night include singer guitarist Robert Smith, charismatic cult showman Banjo Dave, The Dave Forward Duo and Cold Flame guitarist Rob Barnes. Admission is free and there will be a free buffet provided by the venue for all who turn up on the night.

Security reminder after cars are broken into in Glossop and Hadfield

Police in Glossop are appealing for information and reminding motorists about vehicle security following a number of thefts in the area. Two cars in Hadfield and seven cars in Glossop were targeted sometime overnight between Tuesday, December 3 and Wednesday, December 4. In Hadfield, a Smart Car parked on South Marlow Street was broken into, and a jacket was stolen from a Nissan Micra on Church Street.

Man called Glossop crashes tank, twice

A man called Glossop attempted to drive a 1969 Chieftain Battle tank up a hill in Oregon, and managed to crash it twice. Jeffery Glossop, whose ancestry is undeniable, had no experience of driving tanks, but decided that the 50 ton war machine could be driven up a hill that his truck was unable to climb. Predictably he crashed it, twice. Luckily nobody was hurt in Mr Glossop's escapade, but over $1000 of damage was caused and he has been cited for reckless driving.

Bats of Glossop -10th December 2013, 7.30pm

Madiba's death treated with derision in Glossop?

A post on the Glossop Group Facebook page within hours of the announcement of the death of Nelson Mandela provoked outrage in some quarters, but was defended by a significant number as a harmless joke. A picture of British newsreader Sir Trevor McDonald with the caption "RIP Nelson Mandela" was accompanied by the comment "I was told that was my Uncle Benn". The post linked to a site with the headline banner "Welcome to Britain now "fit in" or fuck off".

Holme Moss - Road Closure

Work to repair a road in Holme Moss will start on Monday while Derbyshire County Council carries out emergency road repairs. The A6024 Holme Moss Road will be closed from 9-29 December between the A628 north to the county boundary. This is to allow temporary repairs caused by a landslip and diversions will be in place by the A635, B6106, A616 and A628.

Number of new houses to rise from 270 to 400 per year

High Peak Borough Council has voted to increase the number of housing sites in the area, according to a rival publication. A story in the Buxton Advertiser says the annual supply target for the High Peak will be raised from 270 homes per year to 400, quotes three local Labour councillors expressing their disappointment in the changes and includes a picture of eight local Labour councillors posing at Adderley Place, which  may be one of the new sites allocated for housing according to the article. 

Green Party – Political Point-scoring won’t solve the energy bill crisis

East Midland Green Party candidate in the European Elections, Katarina Boettge has accused both the Coalition and Labour of “political point-scoring” in the energy bill debate to duck the real problems. She claims that meaningful measures to address the problems of cold homes, fuel poverty, and soaring bills are being sidelined. As a result she claims that 1.5 million children are being brought up in cold homes and that more people in the UK are struggling to pay their energy bills than any other European country other than Estonia.

Glossop MEP says UKIP views are 'straight out of the Victorian era'

Liberal Democrat MEP for the East Midlands Bill Newton Dunn has launched a scathing attack on what he describes as "UKIP's sexist and patronising approach to women", following comments made by UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall over Nick Clegg's proposals to update the system of parental leave. Mr Nuttall, UKIP's Deputy Leader, claimed that "new mums can hardly breast-feed - as everyone knows is best - if they've gone back to work after a fortnight leaving dad in charge."

Extreme politics: Questions for Ivan Bell

Local character Ivan Bell, previously best known for his spell as an independent councillor on High Peak Borough Council, has announced his intention to stand as a UKIP candidate in the next Borough Council election. His recent posts on social media suggest he will bring with him the most extreme politics seen in Glossop since the 1930s. These include calling for an absolute ban on all immigration into the UK for five years, and support for extreme groups such as Stop Halal, which claims that halal meat funds terrorism. Glossop Gazette asked Ivan Bell the following questions:

Lucky escape as car crashes into house on Gamesley

Nobody was hurt when a car crashed into a house on Gamesley yesterday (4th December). The householder reported that the damage was "nowt that a builder couldn't fix". More updates soon

Police want Glossop to put home security at the top of their Christmas lists

Glossop residents are being urged to spruce up home security over Christmas to stop unwanted visitors from targeting their property. In recent weeks, police have been called to homes across the county where valuables including Christmas presents have been stolen.To help people deter burglars in the festive season, officers are reminding them of the security steps they should take.

Glossop motorists warned about copycat driving licence renewal sites

Glossop motorists are being warned about using websites that apply hidden charges for processing their driving licence applications after Derbyshire County Council received more than 20 complaints about companies charging up to £70 for unnecessary administration work.

Spate of thefts in Glossop

Police in Glossop are appealing for information after several cars had items stolen from them, and two cars were stolen after thieves gained access to an occupied house and took the keys.

Disappointing Villa suffer home defeat

Tintwistle Villa 0-3 Dronfield Woodhouse FC
Hope Valley Premier League – Saturday 30th November, 2013
Tintwistle Villa produced a poor display which saw them suffer a disappointing 0-3 defeat at their West Drive home ground on Saturday at the hands of visitors Dronfield Woodhouse FC.

Glossop Holly & Ivy Festival a resounding success

Throngs gathered last Saturday afternoon for Glossop's very first edition of the Holly & Ivy festival, which looks to become a 'full-grown" event for years to come. Norfolk Square, High Street, and the indoor and outdoor markets were positively bustling with visitors of all ages, eager to get their hands on tempting trinkets, stocking fillers, proper pressies, mince pies and other seasonal delicacies.

Where is the Glossop Gazette?

It was a mad summer at the Glossop Gazette, with eviction, court cases and all manner of other nonsense taking up our time, The icing on the cake came when one editor was ordered to leave the country or face deportation. Consequently the Glossop Gazette staff have temporarily relocated to the Philippines, which ceased to be the most dangerous country on Earth for journalists in 2010, having been superseded by Iraq.

Easton House still not sold - negotiations continuing

According to High Peak Borough Council, Easton House, the early 19th century home of Francis Sumner, which has been derelict for many years, has still not been sold and "negotiations are continuing". In May HPBC told us " “Easton House is currently on the market. We have received several bids and we’re currently evaluating those bids before making a decision". In late November they told us exactly the same thing. Negotiations over the sale of the building, which is rumoured to be beyond repair and may be demolished to make space for a new giant supermarket or housing estate have therefore dragged on for more than six months.

Glossop pulls together for Christmas Lights Switch On

The full strength of community feeling will be demonstrated at this year’s Christmas Lights Switch On with an afternoon of entertainment to suit all tastes on Saturday 30th November. The main stage will open up onto Norfolk Square with a smaller more intimate entertainment area near the Market. As well as this expect a few surprises as some performers take to the streets.

Teenagers attacked by man in black Corsa

At around 6.30pm on Saturday, November 23 two teenagers were crossing High Street East when they witnessed a collision between two cars. The driver of one of the cars, thought to be a black Vauxhall Corsa, got out and allegedly hit the two boys before returning to his car. The man is described as white, in his 20s, well-built, with light, spikey hair and wearing a blue and white striped shirt. One of the boys suffered swelling to his cheeks. Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

Darren Poyzer's The War To End All Wars - reviewed

What causes humankind's thirst for conflict? Local music legend Darren Poyzer knows the answer: madness. As we approach the centenary of the Great War, this former Falklands serviceman explores the impact of war on modern society. His show brings together film archive footage, audio and music. Although a dark subject, Poyzer's delivery is thought provoking and, most of all, touching. Glossop Gazette attended last weekend's performance at the 1st Dinting Scout Centre in Glossop.

Traffic chaos expected as Wooley Bridge closes for repairs

Woolley Bridge will be closed this Sunday (24th November) from 8am until 4pm. Massive traffic disruption is expected. Avoid the area at all costs.

Glossopdale Christmas Concert - 4th December

The Music Department of Glossopdale Community College will stage its highly popular Christmas Concert on Wednesday 4th December, in Hall 1 of the College's Talbot Road Site starting at 7pm. The concert will feature all of the college's highly acclaimed and award winning groups, including the Big Band, Wind Band, Samba Band, Training Band, Choirs, Flutz, String Orchestra and the Dark Peak Youth Orchestra all playing a wide variety of music including many of your festive favourites.

Government to blame for Local Plan confusion says Caitlin Bisknell

Changes to Government guidelines and decisions by planning inspectors are to blame for the confusion and delays around High Peak’s Local Plan, says Labour’s Caitlin Bisknell.
“In the last few weeks, never mind months, there have been so many changes that it’s not just that the goalposts have moved – we are now playing on a completely different pitch!"

Fire Service Consultation in Glossop, 22nd November

Press release from Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service below. As far as we can tell "transform" means slashing the costs of running Glossop Fire Station by 83%. More to follow.
"Following approval from the Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority (DFRA) in September this year, a consultation with stakeholders on proposals to transform Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service’s service delivery for 2022 and beyond commenced.

Tintwistle Villa pay price for failing to take their chances

Tintwistle Villa 2-2 Youlgrave United
Hope Valley Premier League – Saturday 16th November, 2013
Tintwistle Villa recorded a frustrating 2-2 home draw against visitors Youlgrave United at West Drive on Saturday, but were left to rue a number of missed chances which, on another day, could have seen Billy Higginbottom’s men take all three points.

Amnesty International craft fair - 16th November

The war to end all wars - Darren Poyzer, 16th November

Original songs and narrative with authentic WW1 footage. 7-30pm, Dinting Scout Hut

Tintwistle Villa suffer first home defeat of the season

Tintwistle Villa 1-3 Dove Holes
Hope Valley Premier League – Saturday 2nd November, 2013
Tintwistle Villa lost their unblemished home record with a 1-3 defeat at the hands of top of the table, Dove Holes at a blustery West Drive on Saturday.

Glossop and District Choral Society - 16th November

Glossop and District Choral Society’s concert on Saturday 16th November, 7.30 pm, at Glossop Parish Church of All Saints, Old Glossop – the perfect way to prepare for Christmas fun!

Appeal to trace driver after cyclist is hurt in collision in Hayfield

Police are appealing for information to trace a driver involved in a collision in Hayfield this morning (Monday, November 4). A Land Rover collided with a cyclist at around 9.45am on the A624 at Hayfield, near to the junction with Highgate Road. The driver of the Land Rover initially stopped at the scene, but left before officers could speak to him.

High Peak Borough Council investigating alleged parking permit misuse

A spokesperson for High Peak Borough Council said: ‘”We periodically issue car parking permits solely for the use of Glossop-registered indoor market hall and outdoor cabin traders only, for parking a vehicle on the Glossop council car park on market days. Following information received, we are looking at a claim of potential permit misuse in an ongoing investigation.”

Glossop enjoys extra hour of calm before the storm

The clocks have gone back all over Glossop, and folk are enjoying an extra hour in bed before what is predicted to be the biggest storm for years hits the town later today, with heavy rain and hurricane force winds predicted. There are risks of falling trees, buildings being damaged, flooding, travel disruption and disruption to power supplies. 

Worst traffic ever for Glossop

The journey from the west into Glossop along the A57 is the slowest it has ever been tonight (Friday), with a string of breakdowns and accidents exacerbating the heavy traffics. Glossopians are advised to catch trains whenever possible

Bingham speech slams Local Plan delay.

A speech by High Peak MP Andrew Bingham at a  backbench meeting about planning and housing supply at Westminister Hall yesterday gave strong support to HPBC's planning committee, currently fighting at least two public inquiries about recent refusals for major housing developments in Glossop, and having had their decisions reversed in four of the last five planning appeals, but slammed the Labour administration for the delay in producing a local plan that has caused the problems

Third of 999 calls not emergencies

Derbyshire police have released examples of inappropriate calls to police as a reminder to people when to dial 999 and when to call the non-emergency number. In one call a woman in her 40s called 999 because there was a spider in the house and her mum was out. The reminder comes on the second anniversary of the introduction of 101 as the number to call about issues that do not need an emergency response.

Child abduction hoax

This story has been suspended pending legal advice and will be republished on Monday PM

Child abduction hoax

An internet scare story from Glossop's Mummy Lunch Club about attempts made to snatch a child from Shirebrook Park was confirmed as hoax this morning. The story had also been posted to the Glossop Facebook page, along with a description of an incident involving a man and his vehicle at Shirebook Park. Both posts warned parents not to let their children out unaccompanied and to be on the look out for bald men in vans.

Man arrested over Hayfield fraud

A man has been arrested in connection with several thefts and fraud offences in the High Peak. The latest incident happened on Thursday, October 10, when a man entered the Old Butchers Shop, in Market Street, Hayfield and claimed to be collecting for a charity which supports deaf and dumb people. He attempted to steal a staff member’s mobile phone from the counter but she challenged him and he ran off.

Shamed ex-Glossopian stripped of OBE and rearrested in prison

Stuart Hall, currently serving a two and a half year jail sentence for 14 counts of sexual abuse against girls, has had his OBE stripped by the Queen, and has been rearrested in relation to alleged offences relating to two females, who were aged between 12 and 15 at the time of the abuse which was allegedly committed between 1974 and 1980 in Manchester and Derbyshire.

Glossop "at risk" groups urged to fight flu this winter

People who are offered a flu jab are being urged to have the vaccination and protect themselves this winter by Derbyshire County Council. Key groups include parents of two to three year old children, people aged 65 and over, adults and children with long term health conditions, and pregnant women.

Mounting concern over missing tortoise

George, a tortoise who has lived in Glossop for over 60 years has still not been found, sparking fears that the animal has been stolen or has wandered away in search of a hibernaculum. The tortoise went missing on Saturday from Sheffield Road/Thomas Street area. 

Break-in at Glossop North End

Thieves broke into Glossop North End clubhouse overnight, stealing items and causing damaged. The club described it as a "kick in the teeth" but that they would be ready for the League Cup match with maine Road at the weekend. More details to follow

Suspended prison sentence for man who beat woman

Luke Buckley, aged 28, of Victoria Street, Glossop received an 18 week prison sentence suspended for 12 months for assaulting a woman by beating and breaking her mobile phone. The court was told of a persistent violent assault on the woman in her own home that included grabbing her throat, punching her and spitting at her as well as breaking her mobile phone.

Rory is romping in new pastures says GMP

Greater Manchester Police tell us that Rory, the GMP police dog who escaped his Simmondley kennels and ran amok in Glossop biting people has been given a new life far away. In a statement Great Manchester Police said "Rory is no longer a police dog and is currently being used for breeding purposes outside of the GMP area".

Police appeal after Gamesley baseball bat robbery

On Thursday, October 10 at 7.40pm in the Grindleford Lea area of Gamesley three men, wearing masks and carrying baseball bats entered a house and made threats to the home owners. They were seen to run away by a female who is described to be in her 40s, of slim build and have a cockney accent.

Glossop to be rocked by at least two public inquiries

Disgruntled developers have succeeded in securing two public inquiries into High Peak Borough Council's Development Control Committee's decisions to refuse planning permission at Charlestown Works and Dinting Road/Shaw Lane, and the council could be faced with hefty bills if the Planning Inspector finds they have acted unreasonably. The inquiries are likely to focus on the lack of a ratified Local Plan for the Glossop area, which has been delayed for reasons which are currently unclear. HPBC's performance in recent planning appeals has been woeful, having lost four out of the last five cases.

Developer succeeds with public inquiry bid

Opponents of the major housing development planned in Dinting were delighted to read the headline on the front page of the Glossop Advertiser a couple of weeks ago. But delight turned to confusion as they read the story, which reported that the developer had succeeded in securing a public inquiry, following HPBC's refusal to grant them planning permission to build up to 93 houses on Dinting Road and Shaw Lane. The front page gaffe comes just weeks after the front page of the Glossop Advertiser had reliably informed readers that there was a train line between Glossop and Buxton.

Suspended prison sentence for Glossop man who beat woman

Andrew David Minor, aged 41, of Spire Hollin, Glossop, pleaded guilty to beating a woman in Lincolnshire and was given an 18 week prison sentence suspended for two years, together with fines and a restraining order. The magistrates said there were aggravating features; the defendant was drunk, children were present and it was a sustained attack in a domestic setting.

Ancient tortoise on the run in Glossop

A tortoise that has lived in Glossop without incident for over 60 years has escaped from a garden on Sheffield Road/Thomas Street. The owners are asking local residents to check their properties for the unconfined chelonian which is "brick sized". Another tortoise that escaped from further up Sheffield road yesterday was found safe and well under a shed.

Nine townies rescued from Bleaklow

Ill-equipped townies were rescued by Glossop Mountain Rescue last night after getting lost on Bleaklow. The group of 18 townies had visited Shelf to look at plane wrecks, and were amazed when the sun started to go down and no streetlights came on. With no torches, maps or compasses they became lost and disorientated,

Not picking up urine case is "unusual"

A retired Ministry of Justice legal advisor has branded the case of a Glossop man fined for not picking up urine "unusual".

Halloween with Pauline Alexander at the Globe

Pauline Alexander, the Glaswegian with  a voice like an angel, in her first English concert.

Fined for not picking up urine on Edward Street

A Glossop teenager was convicted of urinating on Edward Street at approx 1AM on 18th November 2012 and failing "to remove the urine from the land" contrary to the 1990 Environmental Protection Act. He was fined £260 and ordered to pay costs of £262.27 and a victim surcharge of £26.

Snake Pass A57 open after accident

The A57 east of Glossop Snake Pass road was closed due to an accident just after 4pm on 17th October 2013. The incident was a collision between two cars, a Peugeot van and a VW Golf, at 4.07pm.  One man was cut from the wreckage by the Fire Service and in total three people were injured, but none thought to be serious. 

Joint funding sought to save Victoria Hall

Council leaders have met to discuss ambitious plans to transform Glossop Library and Glossop Adult Education Centre into a multi-use community venue. Derbyshire County Council is hoping to secure a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant to develop both buildings into a ‘one-stop learning hub’ to support residents in the Glossopdale area.

Glossop Gazette editor safe after massive earthquake

Founder editor of the Glossop Gazette Sekki Tabasuares had a narrow escape from a 7.2 magnitude earthquake which claimed over 100 lives and destroyed many buildings on the Visayan island of Cebu this morning.

Police warning to St Luke's bad parking parents

Police are asking parents to be considerate to pedestrians, other road users and homeowners when parking near a Glossop school. In recent weeks, members of the public have complained about drivers double parking near St Luke’s C of E Primary School, in Spire Hollin, and blocking the road for other motorists.

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