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FIREFIGHTERS are calling on people to keep an eye on their cooking and make sure their smoke alarms are working following two kitchen fires.

Crews from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service were called to the fires in Manchester and Salford on Thursday night.

In Manchester, firefighters from Gorton and Philips Park attended an incident at 8.51pm at a terraced house on Parkin Street where the occupier had fallen asleep after putting a pan on the stove.

Due to a working smoke alarm the man woke up and called 999.

The fire was out on arrival but the man was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation by ambulance crews while firefighters ventilated his house.

In Salford, two crews from Salford were called to an incident at 11.30pm in a terraced house on Kerrera Drive where the occupier had left a grill pan unattended.

The occupier was alerted to the fire by their working smoke alarm.

A specialist trauma technician gave the occupier first aid and advice on cooking safety.

Firefighters were on scene for approximately 30 minutes and made sure the fire was out using a thermal imaging camera.

Paul Etches, Head of Prevention at GMFRS, said: “These incidents highlight how important it is to keep an eye on your cooking at all times and to make sure your smoke alarm works.

“It only takes a second for a fire to start and if left unattended the consequences could be severe.

“Never leave your cooking unattended and make sure you have a working smoke alarm on each level of your home.”

If your pan catches fire when cooking:

  • Don’t panic and don’t take risks
  • Don’t move the pan
  • If it’s safe to do so, turn off the heat – but never lean over the pan to do so
  • Leave the kitchen, close the door behind you, get everyone out and don’t go back inside
  • Call 999

For more information on cooking safety visit the GMFRS website

The streets of Manchester will be a hive of activity this April as thousands of local people – and bees – take on a 10km moonlit challenge in support of a local charity.

St Ann’s Hospice’s flagship fundraising event, the Manchester Midnight Walk, is back for its thirteenth year, and will take place on Friday 26th April. The event starts and finishes at Manchester Cathedral, and this year, walk organisers are encouraging as many people as possible to embrace its bee theme.

Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive of St Ann’s explained: “The Manchester Midnight Walk has pulled in crowds every year since it began and it has a real party atmosphere. Every year, many participants come along in fancy dress, and we’re encouraging that again this year too, by inviting people to come along as bees.

“The Midnight Walk is famous for its yellow and black colour theme, so it seems fitting to have as many bees as possible buzzing around the city centre to raise money for our patients. Don’t worry if fancy dress isn’t your thing though, please do still come along and join us – we’d love to see as many people there as possible.”

The walk has raised more than £2million since it began thirteen years ago, and the money raised helps St Ann’s to continue providing their specialist care to local patients and their families.

One family member who will be there this year is Emma Jeffries, who will be walking with her friends to support the hospice. She said: “We’ll be walking in memory of my mum Yvonne who died in St Ann’s Hospice on Christmas Day. Mum was only at St Ann’s in Heald Green for two days, but we want to raise money for the hospice because of the way they looked after our family in such difficult circumstances.

“The care and dignity the staff showed to my mum was amazing, and we were looked after so well as a family during her time there, and after her passing too. The whole team was amazing.

“I’m going to be raising money to give something back, and I’m proud to support such a fantastic cause.”

The walk starts at midnight, and participants will take on a 10km loop which starts and ends at Manchester Cathedral. Warm up entertainment starts at 9pm, with music, disco and refreshments available before the walk begins.

Interested walkers can sign up to take part in the 10km moonlit stroll now, by visiting the website or calling 0161 498 3631. A special early bird rate is available for keen walkers who book their place early.

Eamonn added: “It’s so heart-warming to see so many Mancunians and Salfordians gathered together in support of the hospice, as they pass some of our most loved local landmarks to raise money for others. We start and finish at the beautiful Manchester Cathedral again this year, and we are really grateful for their support and help with our fundraising. I’m looking forward to seeing as many people as possible there on the night.”

Many walkers take part in memory of lost loved ones, whilst others join in simply for a night of fun and fundraising.

*To register please call the hospice on 0161 498 3631 or visit

*Early Bird fee of £16 or £13 for groups of five people or more is available until 28th February 2018. Following that date, the Standard Adult Fee of £21 applies for those aged 18 and over. The Youth Fee for walkers aged 11-17 years (walkers must be aged 11 or over) is £11, with Previous Walkers at £16, and Groups (five people or more) fee of £16 per person.






A local hospice has opened its fifteenth charity shop in Greater Manchester, and is appealing for volunteers to support its work.

The St Ann’s Hospice Trading Company has added a new shop to its portfolio of fourteen high street and online outlets by opening a brand new store on Stockport Road in Ardwick.

The specialist furniture shop will sell a range of new and pre-loved furniture items, electrical goods, white goods and homeware. The shop will be offering 10% discount for students on donated items.

Amanda Brooks, Head of the St Ann’s Hospice Trading Company, said: “Our furniture shop in Ladybarn is always incredibly popular, especially with students and landlords, and so we’re really excited to open this shop in Ardwick where it is surrounded by a great local community.

“All our shops are really busy community hubs – so busy in fact that we really need some extra support from willing volunteers! We need volunteer drivers, drivers mate and shop assistants to help us out.

“It’s vital we recruit volunteers so that we can provide our services, and there’s such a wide range of roles for people to support us with we’re hoping there’s something that will appeal to everyone. We need help with everything from serving customers to collecting and delivering furniture and also help with our newly launched house clearance service.

“We give full training and support, and we’d be keen to hear from anyone aged 16 and over who thinks they might be able to help out – even for a few hours a week. Every small contribution makes a huge difference to our patients.

“Our house clearance service is proving really popular, so if you are moving, downsizing, or just have a garage or unit that you want help clearing, we can support you with that as well. We’re urging as many people as possible who may have items to donate to get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.”

St Ann’s Hospice cares for people from across Greater Manchester from its three sites in Heald Green, Little Hulton and the Neil Cliffe Centre in Wythenshawe Hospital, as well as out in the community and in the places people call home.

As well as the shops, the hospice’s Trading Company runs the online eBay and Amazon outlets, and a hospice lottery.

*The shop is open now. Anyone interested in supporting the hospice by volunteering in the new Ardwick shop should collect an application form from the new shop at: 164 Stockport Rd, Ardwick, Manchester M13 9AB, call 0161 477 7839 or go to:



A group of runners of all ages have completed a 5k fun run through Mossley to help Jennifer Gregory’s fundraising appeal for homelessness charity Emmaus.

Jennifer, aged 35 and from Mossley, is fundraising for Emmaus UK as she gears up to take on the London Marathon on Sunday 28 April 2019.

On Saturday 16 February, more than 50 people set off from Emmaus Mossley to complete the 5k route of the Emmaus Fun Run organised by Jennifer and her friends. Each participant donated money to take part and in total more than £350 was raised towards Jennifer’s fundraising appeal.

Jennifer said: “The fun run couldn’t have gone any better. Everyone seemed to have a great time, from the children running with their parents to the tail walker and her dog, as well as the speedier serious runners.

“It was really special that some Emmaus companions participated along with staff from the charity. On the day we raised more than £350 pounds which brings my fundraising total to £900 so far! Huge thanks to everyone who took part and to all the people who have supported my Emmaus fundraiser!”

Emmaus Mossley supports 26 formerly homeless people by providing them with a home and work in a community setting. The charity is one of 29 Emmaus communities across the UK, supporting more than 800 people who have experienced homelessness.

Eddie, a community member at Emmaus Mossley and one of the runners who took part, said: “I took it easy but it was a good day and a great turn out with a variety of all ages supporting the event. It helped that the weather was not too hot and not too cold.

“I did a marathon in 1983 so I know what Jennifer is in for! She’s dedicated and training well so I’m sure she’ll do fine. Everyone at Emmaus wishes her well and is very grateful for her fantastic support.”

If you would like to learn more about Jennifer’s fundraiser and donate, visit


To find out more or support Emmaus Mossley head to If you would like to get involved or donate an item, please call 01457 838608 or visit the store at Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley OL5 9AH.



On Valentine’s Day last year, Willow Wood launched its first ‘Ton of Love’, asking people to raise just £100 for the Hospice funds, any way they could.

This concept really captured people’s imagination, and on Tuesday 12 February this year, the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Denise Ward, unveiled a plaque in the reception of Willow Wood showing that the Ton of Love had raised the grand total of £20,744 over the year.  That’s an amazing figure, and a tribute to Willow Wood’s supporters who organised so many events and activities to raise the sum.

Cllr Ward also unveiled a huge photo montage with pictures of everyone who took part forming a huge heart.  This will stay in Willow Wood’s reception for a full year, so that everyone can see who supported us this way.

Chris Hayden, event organiser said: “Our community really showed their love for us in so many ways.  We’re so grateful to everyone who took part, and all the many different ways they raised funds.  There was a sponsored tattoo and sponsored haircut, a dog show, a quiz night, a comedy night, a team who drove from Mossley to Benidorm in three days, cakes bakes, leg waxes, swimming and cycling challenges – far too many to list them all, but each one appreciated so much.

“And this year, we’re doing it all over again.  Starting on 14 February, Valentine’s Day, we’re asking our supporters to do anything and everything to raise funds for Willow Wood.  If you’ve got a place in the Great Manchester Run, why not raise sponsorship while you’re running.  If you’ve always thought you’d like to do a wingwalk or a skydive, check out our Bucket List Challenges on our website.  If you go running every morning why not ask family and friends to sponsor you for each mile you run until you’ve reached a total of 100.  And of course, we’ll be repeating the photo mosaic next year as well.”

This year, Willow Wood’s running costs are over £2.5million, and 79% of that has to be raised from the community.  That means it costs over £6,800 every single day to provide specialised, loving care for the people of Tameside and Glossop.

If you feel you’d like to be part of Ton of Love, go to our website, to find out more.



AN AWARD-winning social entrepreneur is to spearhead a drive to increase opportunities for young people across Greater Manchester.

Rose Marley, Director of Rose Marley Management and CEO of the award-winning Social Enterprise, SharpFutures has been appointed to work with brands and businesses to offer young people across Greater Manchester with a rich variety of opportunity.

This project forms a core element of Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham’s commitment to open up the city by providing free bus travel to 16 to 18-year-olds.

The Opportunity Pass, which is subject to approval by Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), aims to halt a decline in bus use by young people and stimulate an increase in patronage. Removing barriers to transport will help young people access education, employment, training and socialising which, in turn, supports the future prosperity of Greater Manchester. As well as free bus travel, it will also provide direct access to a range of opportunities for young people available in the city-region.

Andy said, “Rose brings a wealth of experience in delivering extraordinary projects across Greater Manchester. Combined with her passion for enabling young people to fulfil their potential, she is the ideal person to bring this initiative to life.”

Rose, who will work with the Youth Combined Authority to develop the initiative, said: “At the heart of this project sits the message that there’s an abundance of opportunities for young people across Greater Manchester. Encouraging them on to our buses opens up the chance to access jobs, education, and culture. The message to young people – our emerging workforce – is clear – Greater Manchester is a place rich in opportunity where you can build sustainable careers and live fulfilling lives.

“Greater Manchester’s business community is already right behind us providing some exciting opportunities for when we launch.”

The plans for the pass will be considered by GMCA at the special budget meeting on 15 February and 29 March. Rose has been appointed by Transport for Greater Manchester, who will be responsible for the administration of the pass if approved by GMCA.

  • Read more about the proposals for free bus travel for 16 to 18-year-olds and wider bus reform
  • Find out more about the Youth Combined Authority
  • Rose Marley is CEO of SharpFutures, an award winning, Greater Manchester social enterprise that supports diverse young people into Creative, Digital and Tech.
  • As COO of The Sharp Project and Space Studios Manchester since inception to 2016,  Rose held key responsibility on delivery of the iconic developments.
  • Under Rose Marley Management, Rose was also event director for Manchester Together, last year’s globally broadcast choir-led memorial concert which marked the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena tragedy.
  • She also featured in MEN’s Top 100 Women list and is currently nominated for Institute of Directors, Director of the year for Social Enterprise.

Fourteen primary schools battled it out to become Tameside Basketball Champions at Astley Sports College last week.

Organised by Tameside School Sports Partnership, the event was an exciting affair and was fiercely contested between all the schools involved. However, despite their best efforts, only two teams could progress to the Greater Manchester Winter School Games in March.

Hollingworth Primary School netted first spot and retained their crown for another year, while Our Lady of Mount Carmel came a close second. Both schools will go on to represent the borough in basketball at the Winter Games next month.

Geoff Oldfield, TSSP Games Organiser, said he was delighted with the quality on offer and can’t wait to watch both schools battle it out to become Greater Manchester champions in March. “It’s been a fantastic event, although it’s been hectic from start to finish” he said.

“The standard of basketball has been great, although the heats were a little bit hit and miss. However, the cream always rises to the top and the players were really good today. It’s been really entertaining.

“It’s difficult to rank the competition in comparison to the other events we’ve held. It’s got its own atmosphere; it’s fast and furious; and it’s difficult to referee. I think all the officials did a great job. I’d say it’s one of the better competitions because it’s all action.

“Hollingworth have done really well at the Winter Games in the past. They won the basketball event in 2017 and came in the top ten last year. It’s been a great effort by both schools to secure their place at the Winter Games and we wish them well.”

The Winter Games will once again be taking place across Sports City on Tuesday, March 19. The event is held every year and caters for as many as 20 competitions in 12 different sports, ranging from indoor athletics, boccia and handball, to lacrosse, netball and rugby league.

While excitement is building ahead of the event, schools in Tameside will have the chance to impress in a few more competitions over the next few weeks. Geoff said: “We’ve got volleyball event coming up, as well as one or two festivals. It’s a chance for the kids who wouldn’t normally represent their schools to play and have some fun. It delights them and their parents when they come and play.”


Micklehurst Cricket Club has secured £1,726 at the latest record-breaking Mossley SOUP community crowdfunding dinner. 

On Thursday 7 February, more than 220 diners packed in to Emmaus Mossley for the seventh Mossley SOUP event, sponsored by Tameside Rotary. The group that secured the most votes on the night was Micklehurst Cricket Club who were pitching for support for their Junior section.

Jonathan Forrester from Micklehurst Cricket Club said: “It was great to have been invited to present at Mossley SOUP. Everybody involved needs praise for what they are doing.

“When I was asked to present for Micklethurst Cricket Club I was a bit apprehensive but I really needn’t have been. On the night the money raised could have gone to any one of the four groups and I’m sure nobody would have complained.

“For us, these funds will allow us to compete with other local clubs with the juniors and hopefully ensure cricket is played up at Micklehurst Cricket Club for many years to come.”

Along with Micklehurst Cricket Club Junior Section, the three other projects appealing for support were Ethical Education Enterprise CIC, Milton Forest School Cabin and Mossley Heritage.

Diners donated £5 each in return for soup, live music, presentations from four local projects and a vote for their favourite project. Each of the four project presenters had four minutes to share their idea, followed by four questions from the audience.

Along with entrance donations and £100 donated by Tameside Rotary, the winner’s pot included funds raised through a raffle with prizes donated by Alan & Vivs English Fish & Chips, Body & Mind Therapy Centre, Dinnerstones, Donkeystone Brewery and The Pet Care Company.

Four freshly made soups were prepared by local volunteers Rory Callaghan from The Allotment Café and Gordon Collinge with ingredients and bread donated A Taylor & Son Family Butchers, local vegetable suppliers Diane and Neil and JW Buckley’s Bakery.

In addition to the four project presentations, Mossley SOUP diners enjoyed live music and a guest talk from Michelle Phillips from Mossley Social Club for Disabled Adults, winner of the fifth Mossley SOUP.

Project ideas are being sought from individuals, artists, community groups, charities and new business start-ups for the next Mossley SOUP event in July 2019.

For more information, to submit a proposal and for details of future Mossley SOUP events, head to



Friday evening (15th) saw the presentation of 54 top awards to Beaver and Cub Scouts in Dukinfield. 

32 Beaver Scouts were awarded their Chief Scout Bronze Award certificates. These were eight Beavers from 8th Stalybridge, four from 5th/7th Dukinfield, eight from 5th Stalybridge, seven from 2nd Dukinfield and five from 2nd Stalybridge.

22 Cub Scouts were awarded their Chief Scout Silver Award certificates. These were seven Cubs from 5th Stalybridge, three from 5th/7th Dukinfield, ten from 2nd Dukinfield and two from 2nd Stalybridge.

The Chief Scout Bronze and Silver Awards are the highest that can be earned in the Beaver and Cubs Sections of the Scout Association’s progressive Chief Scout Awards scheme.

Beaver Scout Samuel, who got his Bronze Award, said he liked cooking marshmallows best and the worst was making ‘slime’ as it stuck to his fingers. The game he enjoyed best was Duck, Duck – Goose. Samuel’s mum said she was really impressed he had got his awards so quickly but was not surprised as he had worked hard.

Cub Scout Mateo, from 5th/7th Dukinfield Pack, said he liked making crispy bacon at camp on an open fire. His proud grandparents said they were very pleased with Mateo’s achievement. They also said he helps around the house with skills he had learnt at Beavers and Cubs.

Video messages were received from Tim Kidd, Alex Peace-Gaddy and Hannah Kentish from Scout Headquarters in Gilwell congratulating all the Beavers and Cubs on their achievements.

Suzanne Meadowcroft, ADC Beavers, said ‘All the Beavers achieved their awards while having loads of fun. Well done on their achievement.’

Steve Holloway, County Commissioner said he was very pleased of their achievements and they did themselves and their Leader proud.

If you would like to help young people achieve their potential in Scouting contact Alan Fish on on 07931765120 

Last Monday saw the Regional Finals of the National League Trust U11’s Cup 2019 take place at Power League in Stockport.

After staging the local phase of the Cup at Stalybridge Celtic FC, the club were confident of doing well with both the local Girls and Boys school teams.

The Girls competition started at 9.30am with Arlies Primary School (Stalybridge) representing the club, playing against schools representing Stockport County FC, Chester FC, Altrincham FC, Southport FC and Wrexham AFC.

A disappointing morning was to follow for the girls, who played well with great enthusiasm but lost all five fixtures, therefore not progressing to the Semi-Finals.

In the afternoon the competition was joined by Stalyhill Junior School (Stalybridge) for the Boys Cup.

After drawing with Stockport County FC, 2-2, the boys won their other fixtures (v Macclesfield Town FC, Altrincham FC and Curzon Ashton FC) to meet Chester FC in the semi-final, again winning that match and meeting Stockport County FC in the Final, winning 1-0 to be crowned Regional Final Champions!

Stalyhill Juniors will now attend the National Final (North) during March to win a place in the Grand Final on 11th May 2019 which will be held at Wembley Stadium prior to the National League Play Off Final.


Mike Smith, Community Development Officer at Stalybridge Celtic said, “Well done to everyone who pulled on a Stalybridge Celtic FC shirt, you did the club, school and yourselves proud. I felt for the girls as they played, despite losing, they kept going and always played with a smile….well done girls. Congratulations to Stalyhill Juniors, a great achievement in winning the Regional Finals, let’s hope you can get us all a trip under the Wembley arch on 11th May, in the Final!’