Monday, June 18, 2018
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The Saddleworth Air Cadets are celebrating a decision that will allow them to remain in operation for the foreseeable future.

In May of this year the continuation of the 2200 Saddleworth Detached Flight group was put into question with cadets and parents being told that the unit would be disbanded in July. Cadets would be given the choice of moving to one of the three other local squadrons- 2200 Oldham SQN 247 Ashton SQN and 1855 Royton SQN.

Adjutant, CI Alison Clowes, said: “Despite the news they were given, the cadets did as they do best putting in sterling performances at competitions, public events and in their projects.”

This Monday a public meeting was held with the Wing Commander and a decision made to keep the unit open to give them the opportunity resolve their current staff shortage and to reach squadron status. This must occur within the next two years.

Alison commented: “In order for this to happen we must recruit a number of Cadet Forces Adult Volunteers in the immediate term, initially in the form of Civilian Instructors but with uniformed positions being available in time, in the form of either Royal Air Force Air Cadet Commissioned Officers or Senior Non Commissioned Officers. The organisation will provide an initial training package and welcomes skills from a diverse background, with a minimum age of 20 to join in a volunteer role.”

The unit is also required to double their current cadet numbers from 20 to 40 and to retain this number for a period of time.

The minimum age for joining is 12 as a year 8 secondary school student. The organisation offers young people fantastic opportunities in a wide range of activities, such as UK and oversees camps on RAF stations, leadership and team working development, inter-squadron sports competitions, aviation training and a whole host of other prospects.

Alison continued: “The cadets still have a busy diary ahead of them with many exciting activities and events coming up.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for their enduring support over time and we look forward to seeing you all soon.”

If you are interested in joining the Cadets or volunteering with them contact: Sgt Howard or CI Clowes through the Saddleworth Air Cadets Facebook page or email or



Following last year’s ceremony, in which the boroughs of Oldham and Tameside were heavily represented, a number of clubs and individuals from the same areas have been shortlisted in numerous categories at this year’s event.

Reporter and Chronicle contributor, Geoff Garnett, has been nominated in the Lifetime Achievement category, along with AFC Oldham chairman Peter Bird.

Curzon Ashton director Donna Hamilton, who has devoted hours of her life to the club in a number of positions, has been shortlisted in the Volunteer of the Year category, alongside Ashton United secretary and groundsman, Andy Finnigan.

Donna was  instrumental in helping to organise and coordinate the juniors’ trip to Madrid last year, while Andy is regularly at Hurst Cross preparing the pitch for match day or carrying out admin work.

Meanwhile, Holly Espie, who is now a coach at Bolton Wanderers Ladies, has also been shortlisted in the Coach of the Year category. Holly joined Bolton in May but had previously guided Curzon Ashton’s Under 16s to the league title.

The Manchester Grassroots Awards is taking place at The Midland Hotel on Friday, July 13th 2018.

Ironically, with the sun beating down on Tameside, it seemed a strange time for a dedicated group of Ashton United supporters to embark on a mammoth bike ride across the borough to raise money for a new’ frost cover’ for their Hurst Cross pitch.

On Sunday, May 27, Dave Robinson, Nigel Hall and Andrew Evans began their adventure at Hurst Cross and made the journey to Mossley’s Seel Park, before venturing to Stalybridge Celtic’s Bower Fold and then onto Hyde United’s Ewen Fields.

On a beautiful sunny day, the trio then peddled to the Butchers Arms, Droylsden, before heading to Curzon Ashton’s Tameside Stadium and then back to Hurst Cross.

As of Tuesday morning (12th), the trio had raised £680 towards a £1,300 target. Those wishing to contribute or find out more information can contact Andrew on Twitter: @bigdogsevo

The Robins can look forward to competing in the National League North next season, after claiming promotion via the Evo-Stik Premier playoff final in May.

Jody Banim’s side will be competing against former Football League sides such as Stockport County and York City, as well as town rivals Curzon Ashton.

Friends of Celtic Stalybridge Celtic are delighted to launch the Friends of Celtic scheme. This fundraising scheme is a great way for Celts to support the club they love whilst also being in with a chance of some fantastic prizes.

For a seasonal amount of £50 your name will be listed on a dedicated ‘Friends of Celtic’ page in the match day programme, as well as listed on the official website. But, you also have the chance to win some fantastic prizes.

There will be a draw made at the end of August with three fantastic prizes:

  • 1st Prize – Match day hospitality for 8 in the Sponsors Lounge
  • 2nd Prize – Match day hospitality for 4 in the Sponsors Lounge
  • 3rd Prize – Match day hospitality 2 in the Sponsors Lounge

If this isn’t enough, the club will also run a second draw in January with the same three great prizes on offer.

Whether you run a business, are a lifelong Celt, or simply wanting to support your local side, every Friend of Celtic will be making a huge impact on our club.

Commenting on the initiative, Celtic COO, Syd White said: “This is an excellent way to raise much needed funds to ensure we can support our manager Simon Haworth. You will be permanently mentioned in the match day programme and on the website for the 18/19 season as a ‘Friend of Celtic’ to say thank you for your donation. Not forgetting the match day hospitality draw. Your support, as ever, is much appreciated”.

If you want to get involved, simply send a cheque payable to ‘Stalybridge Celtic FC’ to the club address, including your details.

Email for bank details

Phone 0161 338 2828 – Speak to Syd White, or any board member

Alternatively you ca contact the clubs official Twitter account @stalycelticfc

Or contact Shaun Bishop on / 07443435034



Sir Steve Redgrave

The team at Specsavers in Hyde are raising awareness this Diabetes Week (11 June – 17 June) as, according to research, over 4,300 people in Tameside are at risk of losing their sight due to diabetes.

Olympic rower Sir Steve Redgrave CBE is joining forces with Specsavers and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to warn of the risks of blindness linked to the condition.

The campaign follows Sir Steve admitting that losing his sight is one of his biggest worries – as his diabetes means he is up to 20 times more likely to lose his sight than those without the condition.

Sir Steve says: ‘Going blind is, unfortunately, a very real threat for me. Until I was diagnosed with the condition, I was totally unaware of its implications on sight and having lived with diabetes for more than 20 years now, I can’t stress enough the importance of regular eye tests at your opticians and check-ups at the nearest diabetic screening programme.

‘Since being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I’ve learnt how important it is to get regular eye checks to detect signs of diabetic retinopathy, which can cause blindness.  The eyes are a window to general health so visiting your optician should be part of your routine for staying fit and healthy.’

Sophie Castell, Director of Relationships at RNIB, said: ‘Sadly, all too often, people with diabetes can lose their sight due to complications. Yet with early detection through regular eye tests and specialist diabetic eye screening followed by timely treatment, sight loss due to diabetic retinopathy can be prevented. We’re so grateful for the support of Specsavers’ staff across the country as they take part in their row-a-thons to mark Diabetes Week and look forward to hearing how they get on.’

Research supported by RNIB reveals that London, Manchester and Liverpool are among the UK cities at greatest risk of blindness due to diabetic retinopathy.

Nina La Rosa, ophthalmic director at Hyde says: ‘Many people are unaware that eye tests are not only critical for your eyes, but your wider health too.

‘At Specsavers, we offer digital retinal photography for free as part of a standard eye test for customers aged over 40. This takes a detailed picture of the back of your eye and the microcirculation of blood – helping to highlight indicators of diabetes that need addressing alongside the diabetic eye screening programme.’

For further information on Diabetes Week, please visit:

Ashton powerlifter Jo Whiteley has returned from the Raw Powerlifting World Championships in Calgary with three bronze medals.

The 47-year-old, who lives in Hadfield but trains at Olympic Gym in Ashton, competed in all three powerlifting lifts: squat, bench press and deadlift.

Jo, who has racked up a string of impressive achievements during her short time in the sport, managed to squat 187.5kg on her second attempt, therefore claiming a competition personal best of 7.5kg, and also bench pressed 92.5kg on her third attempt to claim a 5kg competition personal best.

Jo was unable to break a personal record in the deadlift category, instead pulling 190kg on her third and final attempt.

Following the competition, which took place at the Rally Pointe Centre, Jo said:

“I didn’t manage any lifetime PBs, but did claim a few competition PBs and a chest full of medals, so I can’t complain too much.

“Squats didn’t go well. I was knackered by the time I had wrestled my knee sleeves on as it was so hot and sticky in the warm up. Last warm ups of 160kg and 170kg were slow and felt heavy. I dropped my opener slightly to 177.5kg for confidence. Took a while to get the start command due to soft knees on all my squats, so that’s something to work on.

“It wasn’t pretty and I got a red for depth from the centre Referee but my opener went. 187.5kg for my second was a bit of a grinder and again got a red for depth from the centre chair. I then went for a European record of 192.5kg on my third but it stuck halfway up and I couldn’t quite grind through it. There’s always next time, though, and I still got a bronze medal though.

“Bench was the best of the lot! I nailed all three lifts and took the bronze again.”

A harsh critic of herself, Jo said she was disappointed with her overall performance but still thanked those who helped her along the way. “I thought (hoped) my squats and deads would better” said Jo.

“Heat, nerves and travelling take their toll. Still, four medals were better than I thought I would do.

“It’s back to the drawing board, and there are things to work on, as always. I’m going to enjoy a bit of a holiday now and let the niggles settle before picking up training again.

“Thanks to Rana Singh for expert handling on the day, Joe for everything, Tom for awesome coaching, and everyone else for their support. Special thanks to Tracy O’Callaghan for being lovely but also pushing me hard to be the best that I can be.”


For most people, spending 30 years with their local Mountain Rescue Team is no stroll in the park. But for one Mossley man, it’s just like playing golf! That’s why he has been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

51-year-old Mick Nield has been awarded an MBE for services to Mountain Rescue and to the community in Greater Manchester.

Mick, a self-employed builder, first volunteered with Oldham Mountain Rescue Team in 1988 and spent 25 years as Team Leader. He stepped down from that role last year but is still involved with the team as Chairman.

He said he was humbled by the honour. “The letter had been sat on the side for a couple of days; I’d not seen it,” he said. “It was marked ‘Cabinet Office’ and I thought ‘What the hell is this?’

“I had to read it twice; it was such a shock! It’s a privilege and an honour and I’m humbled.”

Mick will travel down to Buckingham Palace to collect his MBE in the coming months with his wife, Trisha, and two daughters, Georgia and Robin.

Speaking about why he joined the team thirty years ago, Mick said: “Mountain Rescue is a voluntary organisation and it was about putting something back into the sport that I was involved in. I was an adventure scout and then an adventure scout leader.

“A couple of the other leaders used to be in the team at some point. One day I decided to go up and see what it was about, and I’m still involved thirty years later! You put in what you can. It’s a hobby at the end of the day. It’s just like playing golf to me.”

Mick’s first job was quite the baptism of fire, as OMRT were called in to help with the search after the Lockerbie bombing.

“Lockerbie happened just before Christmas and as the search areas got bigger, they realised it went over the east coast,” Mick recalled. “The seven teams in the Peak District were called into the search. We went up to the east side of the county and were based at Bellingham. We were given areas to search. There was a lot of stuff found; we were finding body parts, passports, ID cards but we helped each other through it.”

It’s that unity and camaraderie that Mick says is the biggest reason he has volunteered with OMRT for so long. “It’s the team and the mates; it’s one big family,” he said. “Oldham team has got something special. It’s like football teams; people always joke that their team is better than the other and it’s the same with mountain rescue teams!

“I’d pitch our team in any competition but we are top class at looking after each other. The comradeship that we have is second to none and that’s what makes people stay.”

It’s not just each other that OMRT draw support from. The team has seen an increase in profile and public support over the past thirty years. Mick said: “Over the years, the support from the public has been brilliant. The community round here feel like the team are theirs. We’ve just had an open day for our new operational base and the numbers that turned up were fantastic.”

Mick has seen big changes in his three decades with the Mountain Rescue Team in technology, equipment and an increase in callouts. But he says the biggest change has been the added bureaucracy. “There is a lot of paperwork,” Mick said.

“In the past we did a job, went to the pub and that was that. Now, there are reams and reams of paperwork. Once the Team Leader has done a job, he’s got to get all that paperwork in and have it prepared in case we’re summoned to a coroner’s inquest or something like that. You’ve got to ensure everything is in place.”

Mick has spent the past decade with Bob, the search dog he trained from a puppy. Bob is ten this week and is due to retire, but Mick is already working with a new search dog, Dave.

And while there’s sure to be more changes for Oldham Mountain Rescue Team over the next decade, Mick says the royal honour won’t change him. He said: “It’s surreal. I don’t think I’ll be one of them using the three initials after my name; I’m Mick, that’s it!

“I’m Mick the builder, with Bob and Dave! I’m humbled but I can’t emphasis enough that I wouldn’t have done it for so long if it hadn’t have been for the lads in the team.”


L-R: Kirsty Morbey, Sonio Singh and Caroline Bilous

Law firm Davis Blank Furniss has promoted corporate and commercial lawyer Sonio Singh to equity partner along with family lawyers Caroline Bilous and Kirsty Morbey who become partners.

Sonio joined Davis Blank Furniss in 2010.  He specialises in a diverse range of corporate finance and corporate recovery matters including mergers and acquisitions, reverse takeovers, buying and selling businesses, private equity and corporate governance work, company re-organisations and business start-ups. His clients include quoted companies, SMEs/OMBs, equity houses and high net worth individuals in a number of sectors including healthcare, logistics, retail and leisure.

Kirsty has worked at the Glossop office since 2013 whilst Caroline joined the team in 2016. They are both collaborative trained lawyers and act on behalf of clients seeking advice and assistance in relation to family matters including divorce, civil partnership dissolution, nullity, financial proceedings and children proceedings.

Kate Oldfield – managing partner of Davis Blank Furniss – said: “Sonio – along with Caroline and Kirsty – are first class lawyers and are key figures in the firm so their promotions are much deserved. All three promotions also reflect our continued commitment to developing talent from within the business.”

Sonio said: “DBF is a full-service law firm with a wide range of skill sets in a competitive marketplace.   I am delighted with this progression.  DBF has a clear vision for dynamic incremental growth.  I look forward to helping the firm deliver this strategy whilst also continuing to assist my institutional and entrepreneurial clients in achieving their aspirations via investment, acquisitions and tailored business advice.”

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Woody getting ready to sell some tickets for the World Cup Winners!

Will you be a World Cup Winner with Willow Wood? Enter the draw and you could win £2,000 or one of 49 other cash prizes.

Yes, Friday 13 July will be lucky for someone, as the Willow Wood mascot ‘Woody’ will pick the winning ticket at exactly 1pm and you’ll be able to hear this live on air, as Tameside Radio will be broadcasting the draw.

Tickets are just a £1, and can be bought at the Willow Wood reception; at any of their eight High Street shops, or online.

To have a chance of being a Willow Wood winner, just go to and follow the link on their home page and buy your tickets quickly and securely. You’ll also have the knowledge that as well as being in with a chance to win a cash prize, you’ll be helping Willow Wood continue their vital, specialised, loving care for the people of Tameside and Glossop.

Every single penny will go directly to the Hospice, where it takes over £6,800 every day to maintain their services, including their dementia service and START Clinic, where they help those with life-limiting illnesses to live their life to the fullest and, of course, our end-of-life care.

Willow Wood is at the forefront of Hospice care and they couldn’t continue to expand and develop their innovative range of services without the support of the community.

Thanks go to those who have already bought their tickets – and we wish them good luck with the draw!


Willow Wood staff Carl & Vicky showing just how to fill a bag for a fiver!

Willow Wood’s clearance sales have now become a regular monthly event, and are looked forward to eagerly by those fabulous Willow Wood supporters who have a real eye for a bargain.

Items on sale at their Distribution Centre, which is based on Langham Street, Ashton, OL7 9AX, range from furniture to fashion, toys to toasters, crystal to china and a whole lot more besides!  And bargain hunters can pick up a huge bag full of clothes for just £5 and with shoes and handbags from just £1. In fact, if you shop wise, the whole family can have new outfits in time for summer.

All their electrical goods on offer have been checked and certified as safe to use, and if you like to read or collect vinyl there are hundreds of books and records to choose from.

So, if you need a dining room table, games for the kids or just love a good deal make sure you’re at Willow Wood’s next clearance sale on Friday 22 June.

It starts sharp at 10am right the way through to 3pm.