High Peak Youth Forum update
Jan14

High Peak Youth Forum update

The Youth Forums in the High Peak kicked off at the end of December and produced lively discussions with all young people getting involved. Some local groups are now showing interest in having young people on their committees / boards so the Youth Forums are a great opportunity for young people to gain the interest / confidence and skills to develop further, to represent young people in other places . The next online Youth Forum for...

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Flora and fauna – the tree creeper
Jan14

Flora and fauna – the tree creeper

Tree creepers are not rare but you don’t see them very often. That’s partly because they’re usually silent but more due to their secretive creeping up the rough bark of trees in search of spiders and larvae of insects hidden in the fissures of the bark. A treecreepers beak is perfectly designed for this: a fine curved pair of tweezers. I saw one in the garden the other day climbing a larch tree so I was on the lookout when I saw this...

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Major facelift for Archie
Jan06

Major facelift for Archie

If you have been down in the Torrs Riverside Park since 2008, you will have noticed Archie, sitting by the weir as the river Sett joins the Goyt. Archie is a reverse Archimedean screw hydro electric scheme owned and maintained by a local cooperative society called Torrs Hydro. In December 2020, Torrs Hydro embarked on an ambitious project of refurbishment and renewal of the plant with the aim of dramatically increasing the time it can...

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Kinder Mountain Rescue Team call out on Christmas Day
Jan06

Kinder Mountain Rescue Team call out on Christmas Day

Here’s a video from the Christmas day rescue. A lady had slipped on the ice and fractured her hip. They requested help from a Coastguard helicopter, but the weather conditions turned out to be too bad for it to get in to the casualty site. So it turned in to a mini epic stretcher evacuation in the snow. Rescuing someone when they really need help feels like the best way of celebrating Christmas. They still managed to get home in...

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Flora and fauna – the holly and the ivy
Dec22

Flora and fauna – the holly and the ivy

A favourite for our feathered friends Holly and ivy can be found all over our New Mills hedgerows and woodlands, some woudl even say it’s teh ivy that is holding New Mills together. Both plants are evergreen which led to beliefs that they were magical; in pagan times, they were used in winter festivals as a symbol of new life to come. Christian belief later linked the holly’s spikes to Jesus’ crown of thorns and the berries to...

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Clockwork cafe – bike bag
Dec15

Clockwork cafe – bike bag

Cycling – you’ll find the latest ‘bike bag’ in Clockwork Cafe with all the emergency maintainence bit’s you would ever need – pump, tools, WD40, oil, wipes – the cafe also provide free water bottle refills to keep you...

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