Just a few photos to give a flavour of some of the things I’ve seen during the last month or so.
Armed forces day is an annual event seeking to recognise the contribution that the armed forces, there families and those organisation supporting our armed forces make.
In the High Peak, this year there was not a specific armed forces day event, but the council hosted a flag raising ceremony in Buxton and Glossop.
You can see pictures from the event event on Flickr by clicking here
Whilst we were there for the event, I met a David Marsden who’s Great Grandad – George Edwin Allen is remembered on the Glossop Cenotaph.
As you can see from the front page with my picture of David and the Mayor on, although his relative George had moved from the area to Blackburn where David resides – but due to his local connection he is only remembered on the Glossop Cenotaph, rather than his adopted home.
With the move and the tragic events in the David’s grandfathers family and life, he has never had contact with the Glossop side of his family, and as per the article if any of them are still about in Glossop, please get in touch and I’ll pass your details on.
Glossop and District Round Table 2017 Charity Presentation : It was great to once again cover the charity presentation evening of the Glossop and District Round Table, which also included a presentation from and on the work of the Glossop Mountain Rescue and the Buxton Air Cadets.
The event was another fine example of the work done by volunteers to improve and enhance our local area, with donations been made to the Glossop Mountain Rescue, Age Concern Glossop, Jericho Cafe, Crossroads a number of other organisations across the area.
If you’re a representative of one and the groups pictured and can make use of an ‘unbadged’ copy of one of the pictures, please get in touch
You can view pictures from the event below and more on Flickr at : https://flic.kr/s/aHskUQU3g5
Monday 13th February, was one of those occasions where the various hats combined in a good way, with a ceremony that took place in Glossop Cricket Club to induct Peter Matthews JP as a freeman of the borough of the High Peak.
The ceremony was the follow up to a motion at the council in October, which was proposed by the leader of the council and seconded by myself, to propose that Peter becomes a freeman of the borough.
Peter was first elected as a councillor to the Glossop Borough in 1964, and served as Mayor of Glossop in 1969.
Peter became a Magistrate in 1969, a role he held for over 36 years until his retirement, including been chair of combined High Peak bench, and upon his retirement in 2005 he was placed on the supplementary list of magistrates and retains the title of Justice of the Peace.
In 2007 he became an independent member of the Council’s standards committee, becoming chair of it in 2008 – a role he held until the change of the 2011 local government act which created the role of the Independent Person, a role he continues to hold to this day using his experience to guide the council’s standards committee.
The event fitted nicely into the theme / feel from the weekend which had been all about local democracy, and Peter been a prime example of the public / civic service and involvement that we need to encourage more of.
There’s a few photos from the event below, with more at : https://flic.kr/s/aHskNW3v79
Last weekend (10th / 11th February), I once again had the opportunity to both attend of cover Notwestminster.
Notwestminster is a great weekend of talking, listening and learning on issues around local democracy, held at the excellent Media Centre in Huddersfield.
It starts off with a day of local democracy experiments on the Friday, followed later on by an evening of education and entertainment with Notwesmtinster PechaKucha, and then the main event of workshops, lighting talks and the ideas bazar on the Saturday.
PechaKucha, if you’ve never heard of it, is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images for 20 seconds each, with the presenter talking along as the slides advance automatically. Last Friday’s presentations themed to tie into Notwestminster, covered the history of local authorities, community information, using digital in local planning and more, not quite as unusual as one of last years offerings which looked at the missing parts of the Godfather trilogy.
I’m also showing a little bit of vanity with some of the feedback from the event as below :