Friends of Conduit Street Playing Fields

The group aims to revitalise Conduit Street playing fields by involving the community of Tintwistle in creating a new recreational space.

Conduit Street Playing Fields is the only dedicated children’s play area and largest communal space in the village of Tintwistle in the High Peak. It is the centre of the village and a vital resource not only for the children but for all residents as a place to meet, play and enjoy the view.

In the summer of 2015 some of the playground equipment had to be removed on safety grounds, an event which highlighted how poor a state the playground had fallen in to. Times are hard at the moment and following a residents meeting with HPBC it quickly became apparent that for a better playground external funding was going to be vital.

To that end, the Friends group came in to being in September 2015 formed of a group of concerned residents. The aim of the group is to revitalise the playing fields by involving the whole community in funding, designing and delivering a new recreational space that the whole Village and its visitors can be proud of. None of the group has ever built a playground before but all care deeply about their village.

The group is lead by a committee but membership of the wider group is open to anyone with an interest in the playing fields, whether or not you are a resident of Tintwistle. Membership is free and the group are delighted to hear any suggestions and ideas. Offers of help are of course welcome too! The goal is not just to replace what has been lost, but to create something new that has something for everyone and reflects its surroundings.

The group are working in partnership with Tintwistle Parish Council and High Peak Borough Council and are building links with other local associations and community groups. 

If you would like to know more about the project of want to get involved then please email or visit our Facebook page -

People can support the project at

Oom Pa Pa!

The Friends of Conduit Street Playing Fields have raised an outstanding £454 towards the renovation of the Village Playground thanks to the generosity of Tintwistle residents and a sterling performance by the Arnfield Oompa Band.

People turned out in their droves for our Bavarian Night fundraiser and were treated to an authentic mix of Oompa music, games, bratwurst and of course a few steins to wash it down with. A raffle in the interval rounded off the activities.

Special thanks to the band who so generously donated their time and effort, to everyone who donated a raffle prize, to Tintwistle Conservative Club for hosting the event and to the hardworking volunteers who sold hot dogs and raffle tickets. Every penny raised will go in to the renovation project.

Oom Pa Band

Update August 2016

The group continues to be well supported with a core committee of 8 plus numerous additional volunteers from the Village and beyond.

We have recently launched a JustGiving page which is generating additional funds and we had a successful stall at the recent Children’s Gala (the highlight of Tintwistle’s social calendar) which raised valuable extra revenue.

Applications have been made to the Tesco Carrier Bag Fund and Veolia Environmental Trust Grant, both of which have been successful at the first stage. We are now applying for the second stage which will hopefully result in some funding. If successful, we stand to raise £8-12k from the Tesco fund and £40k from Veolia. We realise the competition for these grants will be tough but success at the initial application stage has given us confidence. We are currently seeking letters of support from other local organisations to support the second Veolia bid.

Our Surveymonkey Survey has now closed after attracting 103 responses, the analysis of which is being used to support the grant bids.

Our next full committee meeting will be in mid-September and we will be considering future events. 

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