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NEW MILLS TOWN COUNCIL TO DISPLAY WAR RELIC
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 -
* 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.
Street Lighting Consultation
Derbyshire County Council are reviewing their Street Lighting Maintenance Policy due to budget cuts. To give your views on their new proposals, please complete the survey using the following link
Fun Day at High Lea Park
The Town Council have organised a Fun Day at High Lea Park to celebrate the completion of the installation of the new play equipment. The event will take place on Wednesday 9th July between 1pm and 3.30pm. Local schools have been invited to attend.
The event is entirely free and in addition to the new play equipment, we will be providing bouncy castles, a balloon race, balloon bending, face painting and a number of other games and entertainment.
DERBYSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL ( DCC )
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.
New Mills was designated as High Peak’s first fairtrade town in 2006. [+ read more...]