100 Club Draw

The HPCA 100 Club Draw took place recently for January and the winning numbers are: 1st prize - 100, 2nd prize - 57 and 3rd prize - 5.

Glossopdale Coffee Club

Graeme Shaw, who has been a volunteer with the Glossop Mountain Rescue Team for 30 years, told us that he feels privileged to do this unusual job.  At a moment's notice, his pager could call him away to go to the aid of someone in distress.  As soon as there is a call-out, all the stresses and worries of daily life disappear and everything focusses on the 'rescue' and he has rescued more than a thousand people.  He speaks to the people he rescues and their friends or family who were with them, but he has never met anyone who thought they would need the Mountain Rescue Service.  Please see the attached file for the full report.

100 Club Draw

The HPCA 100 Club Draw took place recently for December and the winning numbers are: 1st prize - 31, 2nd prize - 68 and 3rd prize - 52.

Glossopdale Coffee Club

Andrew Bingham MP began his talk to the Glossopdale Coffee Club on 12th December 2014 by saying that the General Election is only 150 days away, and that we all need to work hard to be sure of a successful result, not only to make sure that he is re-elected, but also that there is a Conservative majority in Government.

November Buxton Coffee Club

At the last Buxton Coffee Club of 2014, John Jones (known as JJ) gave an enthralling talk about his career in the Police.  He told us about when he was choosing what he wanted to do, and he drew up a list of possible careers, including lawyer, journalist, actor and of course the Police service.  He had gained a scholarship to RADA, but when he stuck a pin in the list of careers, it landed in the 'Police'.  He said that he had enjoyed every day of his 35 years and even though it is 19 years since he retired as a Detective Superintendent, he would go back tomorrow if he could.  He began in 1959 as a cadet in Birkenhead, where he served for 5 years before moving to London.

100 Club Draw

The HPCA 100 Club Draw for November took place last night (25th November) at Blackbrook, Combs and Whaley Bridge branch meeting and the winning numbers are: 1st prize 153, 2nd prize 66 and 3rd prize 67.

Glossopdale Coffee Club - November 2014

Jack Hanmer gave us a very entertaining talk, with musical accompaniment, about some of his favourite American composers.  He gave us a "potted" history of the USA, mentioning the Civil War, the Gold Rush, the abolition of slavery, the introduction of Income Tax, the Wright Brothers' first flight, the invention of the Morse Telegraph, the telephone and the electric phonograph which led to more people having access to music in their homes.

Life as a Churchwarden

Colin Boynton introduced the speaker at the October Coffee Club by reading one of his own poems entitled ‘True Friends’, which he said perfectly described Jean Luton, who was to speak about her life as a Churchwarden. Jean said that she was a Londoner, whose father was in the Royal Artillery and she had lived not far from where Lee Rigby was assassinated. She moved north to Grantham and then to Buxton, where she joined St John’s Church.

HPCA Portcullis Club Visit to the House of Commons

Twenty members of the HPCA Portcullis Club visited the House of Commons on Tuesday 28th October.  We were met by our MP, Andrew Bingham, who took us to Dining Room B where we had a superb 3 course lunch, accompanied by Mark Francois MP, Secretary of State for Defence with special responsibility for the Armed Forces.

Glossopdale Coffee Club

At the October meeting of the Glossopdale Coffee Club, Brendan Witteram, the Conservative Manager for Moorland Restoration, gave a most interesting talk about the 'Regeneration of the Moorland' and the work which has been carried out over the last 5 years.The geographical position of the Moors, with its surrounding centres of population, makes it the most visited area in the world, but that, together with the light pollution from the nearby cities, puts many pressures on the delicate eco system of the moors.  It is a special, protected area because of its bio diversity, its birdlife and particularly, its precious bog.