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, welcome to New Mills Town Council websiteWed, 1st April 2015



UPDATED 31st March 2015


Outcome of Employment Tribunal

Following a recent Employment Tribunal hearing brought against New Mills Town Council by two former employees, the judgment of the Tribunal is that:

1. The complaints of unfair dismissal by both claimants fail and are dismissed.

2. The complaints of breach of contract by both claimants fail and are dismissed.

3. The Remedy Hearing provisionally arranged for Wednesday 2nd September is cancelled.

Town Hall Closure 

The Town Hall will be closed from Tuesday 21st April to Thursday 23rd April inclusive, due to removal of asbestos from the cellar. As a result, the Council Offices, Registrar Office and Citizens Advice Bureau will be closed. The library will remain open. 

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Job Vacancy - Minute Taker

New Mills Town Council are looking to recruit a part time minute taker. Working from New Mills Town Hall and reporting to the Clerk as Line Manager, the work involves attending meetings, taking notes as well as recording meetings digitally, and the preparation of draft minutes offsite.

The role will entail:-

  • Attending New Mills Town Council meetings in the evening once a month
  • Attending any extraordinary meetings and committee meetings as required by Council
  • Taking notes at the meeting
  • Recording the meetings digitally on Council equipment for accuracy
  • Preparation of the draft minutes of meetings offsite, for approval by Council

The qualities, experience and skills required are:-

  • Accurate and concise approach to detail
  • Sound administration and communication skills
  • Good IT skills
  • To be willing to attend any training
  • Be able to work to deadlines
  • To be able to be an integral part of a small team, which include Officers, Staff and Members of Council

Please send your CV and covering letter, including email address and telephone number which will be treated confidentially, by Monday 6th April 2015 for the attention of :-

Lesley Bramwell, Town Clerk, New Mills Town Council, Town Hall, Spring Bank, New Mills, High Peak, Derbyshire, SK22 4AT.

Tel - 01663 743434            Email - clerk@newmillstowncouncil.org.uk

Rate of pay will be within the NALC / SLCC scales and pro-rata to the number of hours worked.

Interviews will be held week commencing Monday 13th April 2015.


Next Council Meeting

The next Council Meeting will be held on Monday 13th April 2015 at 7.30pm in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Spring Bank, New Mills. Members of the public and the press are invited to attend. 


New Mills Heritage and Information Centre Awarded Accreditation

Following many months of preparation, gathering information and an enormous amount of hard work by a very willing and able group of volunteers and members of various partnerships, New Mills Town Council are pleased to report that the Council's Heritage and Information Centre has been awarded the Accreditation Scheme for Museums and Galleries in the United Kingdom. Particular thanks has to go to the outgoing Secretary of the Management Committee, for the enormous amount of time that this project has taken. The Accreditation Scheme is the UK standard for Museums and Galleries. It defines the standards and good practice for helping museums to be the best they can be, now and in the future. Congratulations to all those involved.



New Mills Town Council will mark the anniversary of the First World War, which claimed the lives of 205 New Mills men, by displaying a genuine German First World War machine gun, a unique relic of conflict.

The machine gun will be placed on permenant display in the Town Hall foyer, but before that happens, the council have decided to make it available for public viewing at the Town Hall between 1.30pm and 3.30pm on Monday 4th August. The viewing will be followed at 7.30pm by a service at St. George's Parish Church, which will mark the start of the Great War.


During a recent reorganisation of its archives, staff at New Mills Town Council discovered a World War One German machine gun. Investigations have revealed that this machine gun is a MG 08/15 made in Berlin in 1917. The machine gun came to New Mills in May 1919, together with a wheeled field gun; both weapons bore the scars of war and were presented to the town as war trophies. Following the war, the allied forces found themselves with a huge cache of captured enemy weapons. The British authorities decided to allow towns, villages and cities throughout Britain the opportunity to apply for these weapons as trophies of war and allocated them on the basis of numbers of enlisted men. New Mills had a particularly high percentage of men serving with a figure of over 1,000, from a population of less than 8,000, serving by mid 1917. In recognition of this, the Urban District Council were presented with two remarkable weapons. Both weapons were displayed in the Town Hall. The field gun was sadly sent for scrap in the 1920s, but the machine gun was displayed at the library for a time, before it was decide that it too should be scrapped. Fortunately, that never happened and it was found in the archive. 



New Mills World War One Commemoration

The Great War started on 4th August 1914 and ended on 11th November 1918, a total of 52 months. During that period, New Mills, a town with a population of around 8,000, lost 205 men who were killed on active service, a terrible toll of nearly 4 men a month. Of the number of men, physically or mentally injured there is no accurate record, but it would be safe to assume the figure would be far greater. Local men and their families made great sacrifices and the Town Council and its partners will recognise these sacrifices by -

  • Installing notice boards at key points around the parish. The boards will carry a list of casualties and other World War One information and wherever possible on the anniversary of the death of a local serviceman, a biographical piece about the casualty will be posted on the board.
  • To mark the centenary of the Great War, to illustrate its horror and the bravery of the men of both sides who fought in the trenches of Flanders and elsewhere, the machine gun will go on permenant display in the Town Hall foyer.
  • New Mills Town Council have agreed that over and above any national commemoration, the town will honour the sacrifice of those New Mills men who were killed, those men who were wounded and of the local families who suffered and gave so much, by undertaking to continually fly the Union Flag* at the Town Hall from the 4th August 2014 until the 11th November 2018 as a mark of respect and appreciation.
  • As a further mark of respect, all the council's official paper will carry the image of a red poppy, the universally recognised symbol of remembrance, from 4th August 2014 until 11th November 2018.
  • A number of special church services will take place at key moments in the war. The first on Monday 4th August will take place at 7.30pm at St.George's Parish Church and will mark the outbreak of war 100 years ago.

* Except during national days such as St. George's Day, when we would fly the appropriate flag, or in the event of the flag needing to be lowered as a mark of respect.


CCTV Installed at High Lea Park

New Mills Town Council have installed ten infrared, high definition CCTV cameras to cover most of the park and all of the parks buildings. Images will be recorded and reviewed by the police where necessary. The Council were reluctanct to take this action but felt it necessary to protect the park and it's responsible users, after recent sustained acts of vandalism and anti-social behaviour.




DCC have been busy fixing potholes all over the County's roads, following the severe wet winter weather. They have so far this year repaired nearly 8,000 potholes, and will continue to do so. If you do spot a pothole, it can be reported on-line using the following link



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New Mills is in the High Peak of Derbyshire and has a population of just over 10000.  Local authority services are provided by Derbyshire County Council, High Peak Borough Council and New Mills Town Council and part of the town’s 2000 hectares (5000 acres) are within the Peak District National Park.

New Mills is home to various businesses, but most famously Swizzels Matlows located on Albion Road has been producing Love Hearts and Drum Stick Lollies in New Mills since 1940. 

New Mills lies where the rivers Sett and Goyt join to become one of the principal tributaries of the River Mersey.  The rivers flow through the town in a spectacular gorge, the Torrs which is the home of the Millennium Walkway and the Archimedean screw.  The Peak Forest Canal also passes through the town.

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