High Peak MP Andrew Bingham will be pulling on his hiking boots again this year to raise money for a deserving local charity.
The active local MP, who has done four previous ‘High Peak Hikes’ for charity over the years, will take advantage of the summer Westminster recess to walk over 60 miles during the August Bank Holiday week to raise money for High Peak Women’s Aid.
High Peak Women’s Aid has supported families experiencing domestic abuse across the High Peak for 35 years. They support up to 400 women, men, children and young people every year, working with them to overcome current difficulties and contributing to improvements in their overall safety and wellbeing.
The five day hike will see Andrew start from the Snake Pass, walk to Glossop, then head south through Hayfield, New Mills and Whaley Bridge, to Buxton, then head north again to Peak Forest, down through Winnats Pass into Castleton, through Hope and Bamford, before finishing on the Snake Pass again five days later.
East Midlands MEP Emma McClarkin is hoping to join Andrew on the hike, as she has accompanied him on the previous four charity hikes.
“I really enjoy walking, and we live in one of the best places in the country to go walking, so I’m looking forward to doing this hike and raising money for High Peak Women’s Aid.
“I’m hoping to beat the total we raised on the last hike, so I’d ask people to please sponsor me. We are working out some sponsorship packages for companies too, so if any local businesses want to get involved I would urge them to contact the constituency office so that we can raise as much money as possible for this fantastic local charity.”
People can sponsor Andrew at www.justgiving.com/HighPeakHike2014
A unique new post office, housed in a community run pub and café in Bamford, was opened by Andrew last Friday.
The Post Office has been relocated from another village site to the Anglers Rest in Bamford, a community hub which was bought and taken over by the over 300 local people in November 2013.
Andrew was instrumental in pushing the previous owners, Admiral Taverns, into the deal, which resulted in the Bamford Community Society taking over ownership of the Anglers Rest.
Ben MacIntyre, a director of the Bamford Community Society, said:
“This is a really important day both for the village and for the Anglers Rest.
“When we started on this project we had a vision of a business that was really at the heart of the community, run for the benefit of both local people and to attract new visitors to the area. The relocation of the post office is a major part of these plans and we are delighted that we were able to save this crucial service for future generations.
“The Anglers Rest is already a much loved village asset and bringing the Post office into the building is another way to ensure that it remains relevant and accessible to the whole community.”
Andrew Bingham, MP for the High Peak and a key supporter of the project, officially opened the Post office at a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 14. He said:
“I'm delighted to be officially opening the new Post Office in the Angler's Rest. I'm very pleased to have been able to help the Bamford Community Society in overcoming various obstacles on the road to this, and I'm sure they will make a great success of the Post Office here.
"The people of Bamford have really come together to make this work, and with a pub, cafe and now the Post Office all located here, it really is the heart of village life once again."
Adrian Wales, Regional Network Manager said:
"We are delighted to be supporting the Community Society to modernise the Post Office and set up the community café. It a great initiative that I’m sure will be valued and supported by customers and residents who will also benefit from new extended opening hours. It’s a great example of how Post Office branches play a pivotal role at the heart of local communities and we wish them every success.”
High Peak MP Andrew Bingham has this week announced a ‘UK Music Skills and Schools’ event for local schools, which he is organising in association with UK Music, the body which oversees the UK music industry.
Andrew’s efforts in pushing for the event, to be held at Glossopdale Community College on 20 June, mean that it will be only the second to be held, following the successful first event in Liverpool earlier this year.
The action packed day will see year 10 students from secondary schools across the High Peak come to Glossopdale to talk to experts and music executives about jobs in the industry and the skills employers are looking for now and in the future.
The UK Music Skills and Schools programme has been designed to give young people the chance to learn about the many different career paths in the music industry. It covers everything from song-writing and promotion to management and A&R. UK Music is committed to helping people who want a job in the music industry get the advice and appropriate skills to help them fulfil that dream.
UK Music will be calling on well known names to come to Glossop and talk to pupils about their experiences in the music industry.
“I’m delighted to be organising this event at Glossopdale Community College, and I want to sincerely thank them for agreeing to host it. I’ve written letters to all the secondary schools in the High Peak, inviting them to send year 10 pupils along for the day, and we’ve had a good response already.
“This will be only the second Music Skills and Schools day that UK Music have helped organise, and I hope it’ll be an incredibly useful day for pupils who are studying Music for their GCSEs.
“I know that UK Music are busy talking to people about running the various workshops, and we’re even hopeful of getting a member of JLS along to talk about his experiences in the industry.”
Andrew popped into Bradbury Community House last Friday, to help them celebrate their 20th Anniversary.
The local MP spoke to members of the many voluntary groups which use the centre, who were also there to celebrate the anniversary.
Speaking afterwards, Andrew said:
“Bradbury Community House is such a fantastic place for the local community, and it was really heart-warming to see today the enthusiasm all the different groups have for it.
“The trust and all the volunteers who help to run it deserve huge amounts of praise; the work they do for the community is absolutely invaluable. The building has been a central part of Glossop life for 20 years now, and I hope it continues to be so, in the safe hands of the trust, for many more years to come. I would urge any local groups or organisations looking for meeting rooms or venues for events in Glossop to give Bradbury House a call.”