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NEW Forest School at First Steps Nursery, Furness Vale

Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

A more traditional way of life is behind the decision for nursery owner Sheila Worthington to develop her Forest School at the First Steps Nursery at Furness Vale.

National Park staff go that extra mile

By Susan Hampshire on Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Peak District National Park staff are going the extra mile to raise money for vital conservation work by tackling the 10 mile Dambusters race on Saturday June 30 around Derwent and Howden Reservoirs. Part of the money raised will go to the Mend our Mountains campaign started by the British Mountaineering Council in an effort to raise £1million for National Park footpath restoration work from the Cairngorms to Dartmoor. Choosing which footpaths would be repaired was hard enough. The next challenge was the fundraising. It was this thought that led Tia Crouch, senior research and monitoring officer at Moors for the Future Partnership, to decide to enter the Dambusters 10 mile race. `‘My family and I often visit the reservoirs and moors of the Peak District to spend time together in a peaceful place. When I heard about the Dambusters run, I thought the challenge would be a brilliant opportunity for the three of us to get fit together and raise money for a good cause. I’ve never really run before so training has been hard, but as a family we’re really enjoying it, with my son Leo, who’s four, cycling alongside me and my partner.’ Employees of the moorland conservation partnership and other staff in the Peak District National Park Authority will be running to raise funds for Cut Gate track repairs and also for The Great Ridge, which runs from Mam Tor to Lose Hill in the Hope Valley. Sarah Fowler, Chief Executive of the Peak District National Park Authority said:"The Peak District National Park is important to so many people. As the original national park, it was founded on fierce public belief that access to this special place should be open for all. The Mend our Mountains campaign reflects the phenomenal will today to ensure access to these special places is as sustainable as possible, safeguarding this access for future generations. The improvements to the Cut Gate path will help protect an iconic route across the moors of the Peak District National Park.’ The race organiser, Peakrunners, is kindly donating half of the Partnership participants’ race entry to the BMC campaign and staff will be pestering friends and family to donate to the campaign as well. If you have ever, like Tia, been mesmerised by the beauty and uniqueness of the Peak District National Park, please donate to the Mend our Mountains campaign and help to keep it special for many years to come. If you want to know more about healing the landscapes you love, visit the Mend our Mountains website Runners will start at 9:30am on 30th June 2018 at Fairholmes near Ladybower Reservoir, passing the south end of Cut Gate path. Why not come and support them? There will be an opportunity find out more about just how vital the moors are, as well as fun activities and a chance to talk to the people involved.

Jane goes to the Royal Wedding

By Dianne Boardman on Monday, 18 June, 2018

“I couldn’t believe it when an official Royal Invitation to Harry and Meghan’s wedding dropped through the door,” said Jane Godfrey. “My son Jack, who is the Manchester Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for this year, had received a phone call asking if we wanted to go and he tried to keep it a secret from me, but even when he let it slip I didn’t believe him, so I was totally amazed when I opened it.”

The new Glossopdale School at Hadfield

Monday, 18 June, 2018

The new Glossopdale School at Hadfield will open its doors to pupils in the coming weeks when Year 7 and 8 students will be the first to receive lessons in the state of the art buildings.

Derbyshire Open Arts in Hayfield

By Amanda Barton on Monday, 18 June, 2018

Friday evening on a bank holiday weekend, and the village of Hayfield is awash with colourful bunting. It’s not just the extra lie-in that villagers are celebrating; Hayfield is playing host to the Derbyshire Open Arts event, with shops, houses, farms and pubs hosting works of art from around twenty local artists.

Poems help raise money for Mental Health Charities

Monday, 18 June, 2018

Young New Mills poet Isabelle Kenyon has compiled a collection of poems to raise money for mental health charities.

So far, sew good!

Monday, 18 June, 2018

So far, sew good! Quilters are putting their sewing skills to good use.

Partington Theatre One-Act Play Festival

Monday, 18 June, 2018

The week-long highly regarded Partington Theatre One-Act Play Festival gets under way in July.

Thank you for the Memories

Sunday, 17 June, 2018

Ninety-six-year-old farmer Geoff Morten from Whaley Bridge has written his fifth book. Thank you for the Memories follows young Geoff the butcher’s boy on his delivery rounds among the local farms and villages during the 1930s.

Festival of Fiction coming to Marple

Monday, 11 June, 2018

A host of classic storybook characters from Alice In Wonderland, tales of Beatrix Potter and other famous authors will be on parade at this month's Marple Carnival which has the theme 'Festival of Fiction'.