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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.

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.’

Kinder Downfall 2017: An inspiring fell race over rugged Kinder Scout terrain

By Gabrielle Pickard-Whitehead on Tuesday, 09 May, 2017

At the same time the London Marathon got underway, the High Peak had its own exciting race, the notoriously challenging Kinder Downfall Fell Race.

New lease of life for new-look pub

By on Sunday, 26 February, 2017

The Roebuck situated in High Peak in the Peak District is experiencing a new lease of life following an investment of more than £164,000 with National Pub Company, Punch.

Hayfield Singers appoint award winning Musical Director

By Diane Inglis on Sunday, 19 February, 2017

High Peak based choir, Hayfield Singers, has appointed an award-winning pianist as its new Musical Director.

Bounce and Cheer

By Avril Marsh on Friday, 27 January, 2017

“We see lots of smiling faces coming in here,” says Emma Champion, at Glossop’s latest sporting enterprise. That’s hardly surprising, even the name - Bounce and Cheer Education - lifts the spirits.

Bugsworth Basin

By Stephen Middleton on Friday, 13 January, 2017

Bugsworth Basin once functioned as a sort of pulmonary artery pumping minerals around the body of an idea that has directly affected the lives of billions of people around the world for at least the last two hundred years; an idea that we have come to know as the Industrial Revolution. In this context its historical importance is commensurate with any castle, stately home or cathedral and similarly its structure is well worth preserving.

Haunting tales of the High Peak

By Amanda Barton on Monday, 07 November, 2016

Witchcraft, mermaids and ghostly lead miners are all to be found between the covers of a new booklet of short stories written by High Peak authors.

Volunteers in demand to help disabled riders

By on Wednesday, 07 September, 2016

Friendly, reasonably fit volunteers are in demand to swell the ranks of volunteers working with the Buxton-based Helen Atkin Riding for the Disabled (RDA) group.

Controversial plan to close Victoria Hall shelved

By Matthew Corrigan on Monday, 29 August, 2016

Council talks over Glossop's Victoria Hall Library have been suspended while a Lottery-funded feasibility study into the long-term viability of the building takes place.