Local MP Andrew Bingham has this week announced that Nestlé Waters will be the main sponsor of his charity Golf Challenge, in aid of the High Peak’s four Mountain Rescue teams.
Nestlé Waters is best known in the High Peak for producing Buxton Natural Mineral Water. They are the number one bottled water company worldwide and operate across 35 countries.
As the Healthy Hydration Company, Nestlé Waters regularly carries out research to help consumers better understand the important role of water and hydration for health, and actively supports education about it.
“I’m delighted that Nestlé Waters are sponsoring the Golf Challenge I’m doing. They have been very generous in supporting the challenge and the Mountain Rescue teams across the High Peak, who will all benefit from this.”
The Golf Challenge sponsored by Nestlé Waters, on Friday 1st July, will see Andrew playing a total of 63 holes of golf – nine holes on each of the seven courses in the High Peak.
Buxton Factory Manager, Charlie Roberts, said:
“We are very happy to support this challenge in aid of a fantastic local charity that plays such a vital, ultimately lifesaving role for our community and visitors to this beautiful area. We wish Andrew the best of luck and will be sure he is naturally pumped up and refreshed by Buxton as he goes!”
“I’m not a very accomplished golfer, but I hope to be able to complete the Golf Challenge sponsored by Nestlé Waters in daylight hours. 63 holes is quite an undertaking, but the Mountain Rescue is a great cause which relies solely on volunteers, and the job they do is much more taxing than anything I’ll do as part of this challenge.”
Other sponsors of the Golf Challenge are:
• Hope Construction Materials
• Avanti Conveyors
• Swizzels Matlow
• Hockerley Consult Ltd
• Lea Manufacturing
• The Old Hall Hotel, Buxton
• No.6 The Square Tearooms
• British Spirals & Castings
• Otter Controls Ltd
• Aggregate Industries
• Tarmac Cement
• Federal Mogul
• High Peak Business Club
• Glossop Business Network
People can take part in the High Peak Business Club Shot Challenge, to guess how many shots Andrew will take over the 63 holes. To have a guess, email
with your details and your guess. The closest guess will win a prize donated by Andrew.
High Peak MP Andrew Bingham experienced the challenges involved in delivering the post when he joined local postie, Paul Higginbottom, on his delivery round in Buxton on Friday 18 March.
Andrew is one of a number of local Members of Parliament being invited to go out with postmen and women across the UK to see the lengths Royal Mail goes to to deliver the post.
The purpose of the visits is to give Members of Parliament a unique insight into the challenges of delivering mail to every house and business in their constituency, six days a week.
Shaun Coram, Delivery Office Manager at Buxton, who briefed Andrew before he set off on his walk said:
“We’re delighted that Andrew Bingham MP is taking the time to experience the every day challenges faced by our delivery postmen and women.
“The visit gave us the opportunity to show Andrew how we are modernising and transforming the organisation. We are investing in new sorting and delivery equipment as we respond to the changing nature of the modern postbag. We are delivering more parcels and fewer letters than ever before and the tools for the job need to reflect that.”
“On my visit I found that postmen and women not only deliver the mail but play an important part in the local communities across the High Peak constituency.
“I joined local postie Paul Higginbottom who delivers mail to people in Buxton. This is the best way of getting an insight into the work involved in delivering the mail on a daily basis - they go out in all weathers, and I thank them for all the work they do.
“It also gave me the chance to chat to the staff at the sorting office, not just about the postal service but about a wide variety of issues.”
Royal Mail is currently transforming its operation, which means every part of the process from collecting, transporting, sorting and delivering the mail is being improved to increase efficiency.
Local MP Andrew Bingham has welcomed as ‘potentially transformational’ the new Northern franchise which takes over rail services in the High Peak from this Friday (1st April).
From 1st April, Arriva Rail North will take over the running of the Northern franchise from Northern Rail, having been announced as the franchise winner last December.
"When the franchise was awarded to Northern Rail in 2004, the franchise agreement that the then-government signed did not set challenging targets for growth or investment in the network. This resulted in very little incentive for the franchisee to make improvements and replace existing trains, such as the pacers.
"I am pleased to say that the new franchise agreement, which will come into effect this week, is very different. The Government has set challenging targets for investment and growth, which will see the network massively improved over the period of the franchise by the new franchise owner, Arriva Rail North."
Arriva will operate the Northern franchise from April 2016 until March 2025. They have committed to:
• the complete removal of all 'Pacer' trains within three years
• 281 brand new carriages across the network by 2020, with the remaining trains fully refurbished
• more seats and longer trains at peak times
• more than 2000 additional services across the network each week by 2019
• free wi-fi for all passengers by 2019
"I very much welcome these commitments, which amount to a total investment of £1billion over the franchise period. The Government really pushed the franchise bidders to commit to improvements and investment across the network, and this has resulted in Arriva Rail North's promise of substantial investment. Having read some of the details of the agreement, I believe that in five years’ time the network could well have been transformed from how it is today.
"I am already pushing for a meeting with Arriva Rail North, as I want to raise a number of issues with them across the High Peak. These issues include the frequency of services on the Hope Valley Line, the bad access at Chinley Station, and issues of overcrowding at New Mills and other areas.
“I don't expect things to change overnight, but I am impressed at the commitments Arriva have given for improving the service over the next four years."
On the Glossop/Hadfield line:
The current 3-car electric trains will be replaced by fully refurbished 4-car electric trains by the end of 2017. These in turn will be replaced in 2020 by brand new electric trains, also with four carriages, which will be able to carry even more passengers than the refurbished trains.
On the Buxton line:
There will be more frequent services between Manchester and New Mills Newtown by 2020 (2 trains per hour for most of the day).
There will also be faster journeys between Buxton and Manchester – with a maximum journey time of 55 minutes on the fastest trains (a saving of between 7 and 10 minutes). This will also benefit Furness Vale, Whaley Bridge, Chapel-en-le-Frith and New Mills Newtown.
Local MP Andrew Bingham brought the Transport Minister, Andrew Jones, to Glossopdale last Friday, to look at the traffic problems facing the area at first hand.
He stood with Andrew in the middle of Tintwistle to watch heavy goods vehicles thundering past, before heading down to the Gun Inn to see the traffic problems where the A57 meets the A628, and to talk to local residents, who had turned out to tell the Minister just how badly a bypass is needed.
Speaking after the visit, Andrew Bingham said:
"I was delighted that the Minister took up my invitation to visit the area to see the issues for himself. I showed him the problem of the HGVs thundering past houses in Tintwistle, before taking him down to Mottram where he met a number of local residents.
"They made clear to him the problems that the area faces and how urgent the need is, not just for the promised relief roads to be built as soon as possible, but also to extend the committed scheme to help the residents of Tintwistle. I felt he needed to understand not just the issue but also the sheer frustration felt by us all in and around Glossop with regards to the time this is taking.
"I was also pleased that Jonathan Reynolds was able to come along as well. We've worked side-by-side on this since first being elected, and sing from the same hymn sheet on the issue, so I very much appreciate him showing his support."
The visit came just a day after Andrew had spoken in a half-hour debate he'd secured in the House of Commons about the traffic problems. The text of the debate can be read here.