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, welcome to New Mills Town Council websiteMon, 24th November 2014




UPDATED 19th November 2014


Christmas Light Switch On - Friday 29th Novmber 2014

The annual Christmas light switch on will take place at the Town Hall, Spring Bank, New Mills on Friday 29th November from 6.00pm. There will be Carols from St Mary's School and New Mills Band, Santa's Sleigh, a snow machine, candy floss and drinks stalls, free candles and free mince pies / gingerbread courtesy of Bako Northwest. Barry Jarvis from High Peak Radio will compere the event. All are welcome to attend.

Please note - Spring Bank will be closed from Dyehouse Lane to The Pride of the Peaks from 6pm until 7pm. At 7pm, the section from Dyehouse Lane to Hall St will re-open, the section between Hall St and the Pride of the Peaks will remain closed until midnight.   


Car Park Closure - Sunday 23rd November

The Town Hall car park will be closed on Sunday 23rd November due to essential repairs to the Town Hall flag pole.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.



World War One Exhibition at New Mills Heritage Centre

New Mills Heritage Centre are delighted to have been asked to keep their World War 1 exhibition on display for longer. The exhibition will now run until Christmas.

If anyone has material they think will be of interest, there is still time to have it included. "We would love to have material about New Mills women who volunteered for the nursing and ambulance services in World War 1. We would also like to include something about the 'Wiper's Times'".

Many recruits from New Mills enlisted in the Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby) Regiment. It was men from the regiment led by Capt. Fred Roberts and Lieutenant Jack Pearson who discovered the printing press in a bombed-out building in Ypres and used it to start this satirical news sheet of the trenches. If any readers have relations who were involved in this escapade, the curators at the Heritage Centre Museum are waiting to hear from you.

New Mills Heritage and Information Centre on Rock Mill Lane, New Mills is open Tuesday to Sunday 10.30am to 4pm.


Next Council Meeting

A full council meeting is to be held on Monday 8th December at 7.30pm in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, New Mills. Members of the press and the public are invited to attend.




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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