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.
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."
High Peak MP Andrew Bingham has been appointed as a Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Defence Minister Mark Francois. Andrew has been appointed just before the summer recess, as part of the final parts of the Government reshuffle.
“It is a huge honour to be asked to do a job by the Prime Minister and, whilst it is just in a very minor role as a PPS, I am pleased to be asked to help out in this small way.
"Given my rebellious nature over the last four years, I was very surprised to be asked. The Defence department is a hugely important one, and I'm looking forward to working with Mark, who I have known for several years and get along well with. I spent two years as part of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme (AFPS), which gave me a fascinating insight into forces life and the challenges it presents, so to be now involved through the Minister will be a great honour.”
The role of a PPS, which isn't salaried, is mainly to act as a Minister's contact with backbench MPs, occasionally stand in for the Minister in exceptional circumstances, and to generally support the Minister in their duties.
“I have always said I would never seek higher office, but if offered I would consider it. Given the gravity of the department I felt that accepting the role would - in a small way - help me to further support those in the armed forces, many of whom I met during my time on the AFPS. However, I want to reassure residents of the High Peak that I will still work the way I have since being elected. Putting the High Peak first is - and always will be - my mantra as I endeavour to do the best I can for our area and my fellow local residents.”
High Peak MP Andrew Bingham is this week celebrating securing a victory for local Mountain Rescue teams.
The hard-working MP - who has consistently championed the work that Mountain Rescue Teams do – rallied the support of other colleagues with an interest in Mountain Rescue Teams and wrote to the Chancellor shortly after the Budget announcement earlier this year, to ask him whether money from the use of LIBOR fines could be used to support Mountain Rescue personnel, as well as personnel from other emergency services.
Andrew received a reply to his letter last week, in which the Chancellor stated:
"I can confirm that the sum of funding announced at Budget will be available to support Mountain Rescue personnel and their dependents who are injured, suffering ill-health, or bereaved, as a result of active service for the public."
"I'm absolutely over the moon that, following my letter, the Chancellor has agreed to extend this funding to Mountain Rescue personnel. They are all volunteers, and do amazing work to help people who get into difficulty in areas where the normal emergency services can't reach.
"When I heard the original announcement in the Budget about the use of LIBOR fines, it talked about Emergency Services, including the coastguard and others, but not Mountain Rescue teams. I subsequently wrote to the Chancellor to request that MRTs were added to the list of services which would benefit, and I am delighted that he has agreed."