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Tuesday, 30 October 2007

A Big Thank You

We'd like to say a sincere 'thank you' to:

  • All the people who signed the petitions, including the people of Chapel-en-le-Frith and Whaley Bridge, and the visitors to our village.

  • All the people who put up posters (and then took them down again in July, to keep the place tidy).

  • All the people who wrote letters to DCC.

  • The politicians who looked at the evidence and spoke up in support of the campaign. (High Peak Borough Council and its staff; Chapel-en-le-Frith Parish Council and its staff; Whaley Bridge Town Council; Barrie Taylor; Andrew Bingham; Tracy Critchlow; Tony Bingham and Steve Sharp).

  • Plain Talk Print in Glossop, who printed leaflets for us, and Staley's Dailies in Chapel-en-le-Frith, who helped to distribute them for us, both at no cost.

  • The governors and staff at nearby schools (Taxal & Fernilee; Kettlehulme; Chinley)

  • The people from the Plain English Campaign in Combs, who produced T-shirts, balloons and the DVD which gave people a real sense of what life in our valley is like.

  • The other organisations who backed us. (Peak District National Park Authority; Derbyshire Rural Community Council; and the Methodist Church)

  • Tom Levitt MP, who came to the school, and then asked questions of DCC.

  • The staff at DCC (in particular, Dee Hill and Dave Molyneux), who were very helpful in answering our many questions.

  • Prof. Chris Woodhead (former Chief Inspector of Schools, now University of Buckingham) for advice on the subject of educational standards.

  • The print and broadcast media who helped to keep the campaign visible. (Louise Bellicoso and everyone at Buxton Advertiser; Glossop Chronicle; High Peak Radio; Dave Guest at BBC North West; David Andrew at Primary Review; Derbyshire Times; Nicola Winship at Best of Buxton)

  • And perhaps most of all ... thanks to those who thought we could and should win, and never faltered in that opinion.

1 comment:

Colin Hardwick said...

Seriously well done to all the campaign team. A huge effort I know, but the results speak for themselves. The village is very much indebted to the committee. Thank you all very much indeed.