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The Happy Valley web site celebrates 22 years of service in summer 2018 – it was one of the first million or so web sites available in 1996; today there are literally billions of sites. I, Tim Boddington, started out with a couple of dozen pages, now there are around 1,000, with many users accessing the site every day. The technology has moved on tremendously over the years, both in the method of displaying pages and the programming languages and techniques for writing them. All the pages are now dynamic, created on demand from a database, and capable of being maintained online, at the desk, or on the road via smart phone or tablet, so enabling instant update.

Thank you very much for using the Happy Valley web site, please keep coming back! I hope it provides you with the information you seek. If you would like additional information to be made available here please let me know, or send it to the webmaster for inclusion!

Tim Boddington, January 2018.


Happy Valley – the future is here …

Your webmaster is noticing the passage of the years! (I admit to being somewhat over 70.) I recognise that there is a need to hand over to someone younger and brighter and I am delighted to say that just such a person has come forward! He is Neville Bester who already provides the Bollington Outdoors  web site. Neville has also written and published two popular walks books, one each for the Vale Inn and the Poacher’s Inn.

Neville and I are taking the opportunity, as a part of the handover, to transfer the Happy Valley website to modern web development technology using the very popular WordPress (WP) content management system (CMS). Started in April 2017, this work will take two to three months after which the new site will replace the existing site, but retaining the same address. Once that has happened, further development will take place with Neville adding new pages and reorganising some of the existing pages. I will further develop the history pages. WordPress provides the ability, for the first time on the Happy Valley site, to have multiple editors, each limited by the security system to managing their own pages, and there will be opportunities for some groups and individual contributors to have, and maintain, their own pages. More on this once the facility becomes available.

Many thanks for using the Happy Valley web site!
Tim Boddington, Webmaster Emeritus, April 2017.


WordPress has arrived …

What you are now looking at is the brand new Happy Valley website, written using WordPress!

Tim and I have transformed the old Happy Valley website into what you see now. The content has been copied across and updated, and the look and feel is much improved.

The menu at the top of the page has been improved, providing easy access to a ‘What’s On’ page, a Contact form (send us any comments, and tell us about any errors or omissions that you spot), a site map, our Privacy Policy, and a useful search function. The whole website now has a common look and feel, so we hope you will find it easy to use.

WordPress also automatically provides the ability to view the Happy Valley website on a smart phone or tablet computer, which makes it handy for use when out and about.

Welcome to the future!

Neville Bester, November 2017.