Local MP Andrew Bingham has this week received support for his hike from two local hotels, who will be providing him with accommodation as he undertakes his 60 mile hike around the High Peak in aid of High Peak Women’s Aid.
Andrew will be staying at The Royal Hotel in Hayfield on the first night of his hike, and at The Old Hall Hotel in Buxton on the second night.
Lisa Davies, from The Royal Hotel in Hayfield, said:
“The Royal Hotel Hayfield is delighted to support Andrew in his annual charity walk, this year in aid of High Peak Women’s Aid. We wish him a good night’s sleep with us, clement weather out on the trail and no blisters whatsoever!”
Sally Burton, from The Old Hall Hotel in Buxton, said:
"The Old Hall Hotel is proud to be sponsoring Andrew Bingham again, for his High Peak Charity Hike in aid of High Peak Woman’s Aid."
"We are guessing he will take 170,000 steps during his 60 miles around the constituency, and we can assure him of a good night’s sleep to rest his feet."
"We'd like to wish him good luck, and we hope he raises lots of money for High Peak Women’s Aid."
“I’m very grateful to both The Royal Hotel and The Old Hall Hotel for providing me with overnight accommodation as I do my charity hike. Both Sally and Lisa have been really supportive of the walk, which is in aid of High Peak Women’s Aid, and it’ll be great to arrive at such good hotels after long days of walking.”
Gamesley Bowling Club marked its 20th anniversary by inviting local MP Andrew Bingham to join club members as part of their regular Open Night on Monday 28th July.
The MP, who admitted he had bunked off school to play bowls as a lad in Chapel-en-le-Frith, brushed up on the finer points of the game known as “chess on grass” with Club Secretary John Hulston who said:
“The twentieth anniversary is very important to us and as well as a series of events through the summer we wanted to have one special evening of celebration. The club was opened by Councillor John Francis who has now sadly passed away so we thought asking the MP, who is known for being 'sporty', would be a fitting nod to the past.”
Also joining the celebrations was Councillor Anthony McKeown, deputy leader of High Peak Borough Council, which built the bowls club as an asset for the community of Gamesley. Twenty years later the club competes in four different leagues with men’s, women’s and mixed teams and is keen to expand.
Secretary Hulston added:
“We have the capacity to accommodate more bowlers and are keen to recruit existing players, people who have tried the game before but never taken it up and complete beginners.
“In the last few weeks with the weather being so pleasant we have seen nearly a dozen new faces, all beginners, learning the rudiments and having a great time into the bargain.”
The club has also benefitted from 'the Games effect' as people inspired by the Commonwealth Games Lawn Bowls have been drawn to the Melandra Castle Road club.
“They were a bit surprised to find that our green isn’t flat when they turned up,” explained Hulston, “But apparently they felt it was close enough and enjoyed learning the ropes.”
Anyone wishing to give bowls a try can ring John on 07871 935255, come along to the Open Night any Monday or just pop their heads in when they see him mowing the green one afternoon.
Andrew has this week spoken of his delight at the Government's decision not to force Chapel-en-le-Frith Primary School to become an academy.
Following robust representations and lobbying from Andrew on behalf of parents, teachers and governors of the school, the Government announced their decision this week in a letter to the governors.
"I'm absolutely delighted that, following a concerted effort by myself and everyone involved with the school, Chapel Primary School will now be able to move forward with their plan to improve, without the upheaval which would be caused by forcing them to become an academy.
"Whilst I am in favour of academies, as being an academy allows schools to have greater control of their own budget and frees them from the shackles of the Local Authority, I strongly believe that becoming an academy should be a choice the school makes themselves at a time of their choosing, and only if they feel that is what is best for their school.
"I hope that the school can now concentrate on the future without any more uncertainty."
High Peak MP Andrew Bingham helped organise a fantastic day for local secondary school pupils last week, as they got an inside look at the Music industry at Glossopdale Community College.
The action packed day was arranged in association with UK Music, the body which oversees the UK music industry. It saw 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 was designed in conjunction with Glossopdale Community College to give young people the chance to learn about the many different career paths in the music industry. It covered everything from song-writing and promotion to management and A&R, in a bid to help pupils who want a job in the music industry get the advice and appropriate skills to help them fulfil that dream.
One of the Ambassadors for UK Music was none other than Oritse Williams from boy-band JLS. He wowed students and teachers alike as he joined in with the workshops. Also present was BBC 6Music's Chris Hawkins, Music Producer Steve Levine, and others from the industry.
At the end of the day, once all the workshops were over, the pupils were treated to a performance from up-and-coming band The Lottery Winners.
"I'm delighted with how the event went, and I want to thank everyone who made it possible - UK Music, Glossopdale Community College, the other schools who came along, and the industry professionals who gave up their day to inspire pupils from across the High Peak.
"We live in a fantastic part of the world, but we are rural, we're caught between Manchester and Sheffield and things like this always seem to happen in the cities. One of the parts of my job is to make sure that we are not left behind, we get these opportunities and actually we've done really well because this is only the second time in the whole country that this kind of event has happened."