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Dawn of a new era as High Peak Orchestra appoints esteemed Maestro

By Matthew Corrigan on Sunday, 20 August, 2017

For more than fifty years the High Peak Orchestra (HPO) has been a popular fixture on the classical music scene. Formed in its present guise in 1978 (the orchestra was originally established as the North West Co-operative Orchestra three years previously), the HPO has delighted concert goers ever since, with regular performances three times a year. July 8 saw the Whaley Bridge-based musicians entertain a packed St John's church at the Buxton Festival Fringe, with a programme that included Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1 and the Overture from Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel.

Glossop Arts Project

By Dianne Boardman on Sunday, 20 August, 2017

Sonja Quirk and Clare Isherwood were picking their children up from school and chatting in the playground about how they’d like to use their training and degrees to give something back to the community. Sonja is a Social Worker and Clare has a degree in Art so they were sure that between them they could set up a group to help physically and mentally disabled adults and promote social inclusion. The seed for the Glossop Arts Project was sown.

A labour of love

By Sheila Armstrong on Sunday, 20 August, 2017

FOR those wanting to enjoy some quiet reflection amongst nature the sunny garden at Blythe House Hospice is a leafy oasis which is loved by both patients and staff alike.

Neil Stafford Round the World Yacht Race

By Matthew Corrigan on Thursday, 17 August, 2017

A Whaley Bridge man is about to embark on a gruelling challenge as he joins the crew of a racing yacht for a 40,000 mile race around the world.

A fascinating insight into the history of canals

By Diane Inglis on Tuesday, 08 August, 2017

Working on canals more than 100 years ago was a hard life usually associated with men, but a fascinating talk by a local canal enthusiast shows how women and children played their part too.

Berlie and Blue John

By Amanda Barton on Tuesday, 08 August, 2017

Berlie Doherty is an award-winning children’s author who has published over sixty books. She is a familiar face in the High Peak where she gives talks in bookshops, libraries and schools.

Woodhead Railway Heritage Group

By Matthew Corrigan on Tuesday, 08 August, 2017

A far-sighted plan to reopen the Dinting Railway Centre could herald the start of a revolution in preserving the area's rich rail heritage.

Anniversary Celebrations mark Hayfield’s Role in the battle to gain public access to the Countryside

By Sheila Armstrong on Tuesday, 08 August, 2017

HAYFIELD'S historic role in the battle to gain public access to local moorland was remembered in a weekend of celebrations to mark the 120 anniversary of the permanent opening of the Snake Path and 85 years since the Kinder Scout Mass Trespass of 1932 .

Peter Matthews JP, Freeman of the Borough

By on Sunday, 06 August, 2017

As ‘a person of distinction who has rendered eminent service to the Borough’, Peter Matthews JP from Simmondley has become a Freeman of the Borough of High Peak. At a ceremony earlier this year,, in the presence of family, friends, councillors, the Mayor and Mayoress and the High Sheriff of Derbyshire, he was admitted to the register of Freemen. The award marked over 50 years of public service. As Council Leader Tony Ashton noted, ‘Peter has given exemplary service as an elected councillor, a former mayor of Glossop and one of the longest-ever serving magistrates in Derbyshire.’

Marple swimming club

By Diane Inglis on Monday, 31 July, 2017

Marple Swimming Club has been part of the town’s history for 84 years and has been the training ground for a number of champions.

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