Sunday, 25 December 2011
Thursday, 8 December 2011
Official opening of the fantastic display is tonight (8 December) with further details here
The Torrs Hydro tree is a collaborative project which has been designed and created by pupils and staff from New Mills School working with local artist Amanda Whewell and using recycled materials including wood and washers collected from the Torrs Hydro site. Hidden within the tree are messages, thoughts, secrets and prayers. Our tree reminds us of the rich textile heritage of the area and looks forward to a sustainable future.
Sunday, 30 October 2011
If any proof was needed of the amount of fish in the water around the Hydro our little friend here captured on film by David King is seen fishing regularly at the bottom of the weir.
Big thanks to all those who have sent in ideas on how to spend £500 - we will keep 'the lines open' for another week before putting it to the vote.
Sunday, 16 October 2011
Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Thank you to everyone who came along on Saturday for the Hydro Open day and added to the Railing Wrap - its great seeing so many people in the Torrs.
The central woven panel of the railing wrap is now complete but there is still space amongst the knotting and wrapping for more messages and memories to be added.
If you would like to add to it you can take along your own piece of fabric or look out for the bags of bits that will be left out at various times over the next few days..
Archie is just waiting for some more rain, but with a mini 'New Mills' heatwave for the next few days I think it will be October before he is spinning again !
Friday, 23 September 2011
Monday, 12 September 2011
Saturday, 10 September 2011
As part of this years New Mills Festival 'Archie' is having his railings wrapped, knotted and woven using recycled textiles. Art students from New Mills School Business and Enterprise College are working with local artist Amanda Whewell to 'wrap the railings' down at Torrs Hydro and over the next week the site will gradually be transformed.
Anyone can join in creating this installation by visiting the Hydro at the following times where Amanda will be on site iwth everything you need to join in, all you need is to bring yourself ! :
- Wednesday 14 September 2pm - 6pm
- Thursday 15 September 10am - 12pm
The 'railing wrap' forms part of the 'Woolly Wander' trail where artists, local community groups, individual knitters and crafting communities everywhere have collaboratively created the ‘Woolly Wander’: a knitted trail on the streets of New Mills. The whole town is dressed with woollies... look out for the main installation, the car cosy !!
Tuesday, 6 September 2011
With summer looking like it is about to disappear we are now able to properly test the fixes to 'Archie' that have taken place since the storm damage earlier in the year - fingers crossed that everything continues to go well.
Wednesday, 29 June 2011
Sponsored by key businesses in the co-operative sector and co-ordinated by Co-operatives UK, the national trade association for co-operatives, Co-operatives Fortnight ran for the first time in 2010. In its first year, over 160 events were held, 70,000 people got involved online, 2.3 million people were engaged overall and 43 million people heard about it from the media.
Co-operatives across the UK are gearing up for the second Co-operatives Fortnight, from June 25 to 9 July 2011, which aims to show how co-operative help to build a better world by giving everyone a share of the profits and an equal say.
At the centre of this is a petition calling for government action to narrow the gap between rich and poor in the UK.
Friday, 24 June 2011
Sunday, 12 June 2011
Next steps are to get a clean bill of health for the weir and to start recommissioning Archie.
Watch this space for further updates.
Thursday, 2 June 2011
Saturday, 14 May 2011
Tuesday, 1 March 2011
A short summary from the United Itilities drought report for 2010
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
Fortunately for our shareholders the weather was so much better than 7 days previous when Torrs Hydro was all but washed away in the horrendous storms that have left the Hydro and site looking decidedly worse for wear.
As well as the formalities expected in any AGM - finances, operational reports, voting etc - there was some lively debate prompted by our shareholders and also an excellent talk from Matthew Rhodes of Encraft
The AGM was followed by tours of the site given by the Directors..
Friday, 11 February 2011
Last weekend saw the heaviest rains in New Mills for over two years and with the rains came flash floods down at the Hydro - as you can see from the pictures what is normally our 'intake is completely blocked and will need excavating, there is also damage to the sluice gate which would stop normal Operations also.
The Directors are working with our insurers to bring about a swift resolution to the situation, but any river works will have to wait until 15 March due to the fish breeding season.