Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Hospice Chaplain Eddy Inglis and Community Events Fundraiser Elaine McConnell in the Willow Wood multi-faith prayer room

If you have taken part in Willow Wood’s annual Light Up A Life before, and attended a dedication service, you will know what a wonderful occasion it is.  It is a celebration of everything that Willow Wood stands for – love, care, compassion and the ability to live your life to the full. 

If you haven’t heard of Light Up A Life before, Elaine McConnell, community events fundraiser explains “It’s a wonderful way to remember loved ones.  It’s open to everyone, not just those touched by Hospice care, and gives you the opportunity to reflect and remember those who are always in your heart.

“By making a dedication all names will be inscribed into our beautifully designed Books of Memories and you are invited to attend one or both of the celebration carol services.  With a brass band, children’s choir and, of course, the dedication of the Tree of Lights, these services can bring comfort at this very special time of the year”.

The Book of Memories takes pride of place in our multi-faith prayer room and will be available for viewing from 1 December this year and throughout 2018.  Many people find it a real comfort to be able to view this on birthdays, anniversaries or other occasions throughout the year.  Seven other Books of Memories will be placed throughout Tameside and Glossop from 1 December until Twelfth Night.

The two dedication services, one in Norfolk Square, Glossop and the other at the Albion Church, Ashton are very moving and often quite emotional, but at the same time joyous and uplifting.  A light will also shine in remembrance on the Tree of Lights at both Norfolk Square and in the Albion Church, and these symbols of everlasting love and affection will begin to glow at the culmination of the services.

Eddy Inglis, chaplain of Willow Wood said “Every year, so many people come to me after the service to let me know just how much it means to them.  Light Up A Life brings comfort and a sense of peace and joy.  It doesn’t matter what faith they follow, or if they are religious at all – Light Up A Life, like Willow Wood, is here for everyone.”

For more information or to take part, pick up a dedication leaflet from any of the Willow Wood shops, download one from our website or ring 0161 330 7788 to have one sent out to you.




Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, has signed a letter calling on the Football Association to fill empty seats at England matches with free tickets for schoolchildren.

The letter, signed by a cross-party group of 128 MPs was drafted by Shadow Sports Minister, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan and sent to FA Chair Greg Clarke.

It states that the 28,000 empty seats for the recent England game against Slovenia represent ‘28,000 lost opportunities to inspire England stars of the future’.


Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde and a lifelong football fan said: “The FA does some good work in communities across the country, but there is more to be done.

“There are dozens of schools in our local area that would welcome the opportunity to send children to Wembley Stadium to see England play.

“It took me until my thirties to have the opportunity to visit Wembley, and I would have dearly loved that chance as a soccer obsessed child. Every seat the FA allows to go unfilled is a wasted opportunity to give a child from Tameside an unforgettable day.”

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Sports Minister said: “This letter represents agreement from a large cross-party group of MPs, that where they can foresee large blocks of empty seats at Wembley – they need to commit to giving these to schools across the country.”

“The 28,000 empty seats at Wembley represent 28,000 lost opportunities – for many young children across the country, seeing England play live at Wembley is a distant dream. The FA can turn this dream into a reality.”

As part of this year’s Restart a Heart Day, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham visited Harrop Fold High School in Little Hulton to participate in CPR training alongside pupils.

The annual European Restart a Heart Day aims to create a nation of lifesavers and improve survival rates for out of hospital cardiac arrests. There are around 30,000 cardiac arrests every year in the UK and less than one in ten survive.

Andy brushed up on his CPR skills and led a class demonstration with the help of volunteers from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and North West Ambulance Service (NWAS). With the use of CPR kits and mannequins, volunteers are working collaboratively to deliver CPR training to schools and colleges across the North West today.

Speaking to the Year 8 class at Harrop Fold, Andy highlighted the importance of learning the lifesaving skill, CPR. He said: “If there is one thing young people should learn during their time at school, it’s how to respond in an emergency situation and have the ability to perform CPR. That’s why I’m really pleased to be here at Harrop Fold supporting Restart a Heart Day.

“The more people that are trained in giving CPR and feel confident to step in and help someone suffering from a cardiac arrest the better – and it’s thanks to the likes of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and North West Ambulance Service that even more people will today become life-savers, including myself.”

A North West survey found that only 43 per cent of people would feel confident giving CPR to a stranger, and just 22 per cent were able to identify the two signs of a cardiac arrest – which are when someone is not breathing or not breathing normally, and that they have collapsed and are unresponsive.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) warns that a lack of public knowledge of CPR could be costing lives as new research from the University of Warwick also finds that those who have been trained in CPR are three times more likely to perform it.

Restart a Heart Day is the largest ever CPR training event of its kind, and a number of services including; BHF, Resuscitation Council (UK), St John Ambulance, British Red Cross, GMFRS, NWAS and all the UK NHS ambulance services and fire and rescue services are working together to train more than 150,000 young people across the UK.

At the same time, schools and colleges across Europe are also taking part in their own training sessions as part of Restart a Heart Day – which is a fantastic opportunity for young people to learn the skill that which will ultimately save someone’s life.

The fans went wild in both the BBC studio and the Tigers Social Club on Monday evening, as BBC2 broadcast the FA Cup 1st round draw live .

WATCH: Hyde United Football Club have been drawn at home to MK Dons in the FA Cup first round.We spoke to club director Pete Ainger, who was delighted with the draw.

Posted by Tameside Reporter on Monday, October 16, 2017

Hyde United, who have worked hard to get themselves into round one for first time in 23 years, will entertain League One MK Dons

The first round will take place over the weekend of 3-6 November 2017, with winning clubs receiving £18,000 from The FA’s prize fund.

Hyde United are predicting a sell-out crowd at Ewen Fields on Saturday 4th November – Kick off 3.00pm and hope the entire town will get behind the community owned football club and cheer them through to the next round.

The draw was conducted by former FA Cup winners Dean Saunders and Kelly Smith.

Alan Fish presenting Lisa Spencer her Camp Permit.

Lisa Spencer, Beaver Scout Leader at 2nd Ashton Scouts received her Camp Permit to take Scouts to camp following the successful running a group camp at Boarfold Scout Camp.

The nights away permit scheme is an internal assessment scheme designed to ensure that all those leading nights’ away events for young people within Scouting, have the skills, experience and personal suitability to do so.

Friday night started with getting all the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts getting all their gear into their dormitory’s ready for the weekend and finished off with games and videos last one to sleep was around 2.00am.

Saturday started early at 7.00am with a, not planned fire drill, when the fire alarm went off, all the sleepy kids went outside in their pyjamas.

Following breakfast it was a hike round the campsite which did involve a bit of gorge sliding down the steep bit and plenty of mud, also a bit of sheep herding which all failed as all the sheep disappeared in all directions into the woods.

They practised knots by building a bamboo framed house and went off into the woods to collect fire wood to barbecue their tea and have a camp fire. It was then off to an early sleeping bag following the shortage of sleep on Friday and a busy Saturday doing activities, only to be woken at 2.00am by a faulty fire alarm.

Sunday morning there was a bit of a problem getting some people up for breakfast and more activities but the day went well.

The camp finished off with the investiture of two Beavers, Jack and Arthur and a Scout, Philip by Camp Leaders Lisa Spencer.

Alan Fish presented Lisa with her Camp Permit for running a great camp over the weekend, including the well practised unplanned fire drills. Alan Fish said, “Lisa did very well in organising a great camp as I assessed her throughout the camp”.

Lisa said, “It has been a big test for me which started months ago but I have enjoyed organising the camp and getting my permit, and next time I would need more Leaders or parents, the only bit I didn’t like was the lack of sleep. I must thank Lucy Bray Scout Leader for her catering for the camp even baking buns and cake.”

Elliot, a cub said, “The best bit was collecting firewood in the woods and the worst bit was the hike and gorge sliding mud, but I am coming to the next camp!”

If you would to help young people at camp or at a Scout meeting night contact 07931765120



A special needs school in Dukinfield has joined forces with a hair salon to produce a piece of artwork that is on display in the salons front window.

Oakdale pupils have produced a stunning piece of artwork that is proudly displayed at the Just Hair salon in Mottram.

Salon owner Joanne Miles said: “It’s brilliant. They’ve done a really good job. I think the window looks really good and I’m really pleased with it.”

One of the pupils who helped with the display is seven-year-old Taylor Sweeney and his mum Nicky, who works at the school, said: “I’m so chuffed and so is the school.”

“The school couldn’t believe it when I said Joanne was wondering whether they would like to help with the display.”

Autism affects around 700,000 people in the UK and this display coupled with the school’s link to the Arts Award will hopefully raise awareness.

Linda Lester, head teacher at Oakdale, said: “We are thrilled that there is a display of children’s art work at Just Hair as this has allowed us to celebrate the creativity, pleasure and enjoyment that has resulted in such interesting and beautiful pieces of artwork.”

“And thanks to Just Hair we have been able to show the local community how much our children are able to achieve.”

The school is also working towards their Arts Award and so creating the display has come at a great time: “Oakdale is a primary school for children with severe and complex needs and we have participated in the Arts Award for a number of years now” explained Ms Lester.

“Involvement in the Art Awards has given children greater opportunities to create and participate in a wide range of art forms, learn new skills and then share what they have achieved with others”.

Art is a wonderful way for pupils to demonstrate and thanks to Just Hair these talented pupils have been given the perfect opportunity to showcase those talents.


Plans have been unveiled for a new multi-million pound ‘Wellness Centre’ at the heart of Denton.

The brownfield development, on the former Oldham Batteries site next to the new Denton link road, is part of Tameside Council’s £20m pledge to improve the provision of sports and leisure facilities across Tameside.

The Wellness Centre will be the flagship development of the programme and will include a 25 metre pool, a smaller 17m x 8m pool and spa facilities.

The 25m pool will be designed to Sport England specification, complete with seating for 150 people to allow viewing for local aquatic competitions.

A ten pin bowling alley will also be incorporated into the building, alongside wellness consultation rooms, soft play facilities and a flexible community room for use by local residents.

In addition to that, there’ll also be a fitness centre, including activity studios, a community gathering space and a cafe.

The entire centre will be designed to be a dementia friendly environment and will include safe cycle storage.

The site of the former Oldham Batteries has been vacant since it was closed in 2012 and has been prioritised for development by the council as a brownfield site.

A public consultation on the plans is now underway and runs until Sunday 5 November 2017.

The plans can be viewed online at or at the public exhibitions.

They take place on Monday 16 October 10am – 3pm at Ashton Market Hall, Market Street, Ashton and on Friday 20 October 2017 2pm – 7pm at the Denton Festival Hall, peel Street, Denton.

Comments can also be made via email to or by phone to 0800 298 7040.

Ahead of National Hate Crime Awareness Week, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Bev Hughes has called on communities to stand together once again against hate.

This call for unity comes after figures from GMP show there has been a significant increase in reports hate crimes taking place in communities across Greater Manchester.

In the past three years reporting has risen by nearly 55%, from 3,099 reports in January 2014 to 5,639 reports in January 2017.

This is largely due to increased confidence amongst those who have experienced hate to come forward, driven by significant work that has been done by police, partner agencies, and communities themselves to encourage victims to report hate. However, events such as the Brexit vote and the aftermath of the terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena saw spikes in hate crime incidents.

Bev said: “Nobody should live in fear about being persecuted for who they are or what they believe. Here in Greater Manchester we take a zero tolerance approach to all forms of hate crime. That’s why we have one of the highest reporting rates of hate crime in the country. But we know it’s just the tip of the iceberg and many, many people who have been subjected to abuse or violence because of who they are still suffer in silence.

“That’s why it’s so important that we have awareness weeks like this. It shines a light on these dreadful crimes, give victims a voice, and shows that Greater Manchester will stand together against hate.

For more information about what police, local councils and other organisations are doing about hate crime in your area, as well as how to report it, visit

Greater Manchester has set out plans to develop a world class approach to fire safety, as work continues to reassure thousands of local residents following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

A feasibility study into the retrofitting of sprinklers in residential high rises, a consistent Greater Manchester approach to fire safety, and a call for the fire and rescue service to be consulted at all stages of a building’s life cycle, are part of the proposals put forward by Greater Manchester’s High Rise Task Force to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

The Task Force was set up by Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham following the Grenfell Tower tragedy to provide fire safety reassurance to thousands of local residents living in high rises across the city-region.

The proposals come as Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) completes the inspection of more than 500 residential high rises in Greater Manchester, to ensure they comply with fire safety regulations. Fire officers have been working with housing providers, local authorities and the private sector to ensure all buildings receive the right fire safety advice and residents feel safe in their homes.

Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett, who is leading the Greater Manchester High Rise Task Force, said: “Since the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, Greater Manchester has taken swift action to reassure all our residents their homes are safe as quickly as possible. This is thanks to the commitment of the fire and rescue service and support from housing providers and local authorities who all share a common goal in prioritising the safety and care of local people.

“As we continue to ensure the safety of our residents, we are also working to make sure our voice is heard nationally and that steps are made so that a tragedy like Grenfell never happens again. In Greater Manchester, that means developing a world-class approach to fire safety which places the expertise of our fire and rescue service at its heart.”

Councillor David Acton, Chair of the Fire Committee said: “The Grenfell Tower tragedy marks a defining moment in relation to fire safety in high rise buildings across the country, and it is clear that there have been conflicts and confusion around fire safety legislation and building regulations. That is why we are proposing a Greater Manchester standard of fire safety, putting the safety of buildings and those living and working in them at the centre.

“In particular, we believe that the case to fit sprinkler systems in high rise flats, as part of a package of fire safety measures, has been overwhelmingly made. There is clear evidence that sprinklers can be effective in stopping fires spreading and putting them out, ultimately saving lives. As part of the work of the Task Force we will be exploring the retrofitting of sprinklers in existing blocks by undertaking a feasibility study.”

Evidence from the National Fire Chief’s Council shows that sprinklers are the most effective way to ensure that fires are suppressed or even extinguished before the fire service can arrive, with research also showing that in both converted and purpose built flats sprinklers are 100% effective in controlling fires.

Paul Dennett added: “Greater Manchester has not shied away from addressing the fire safety challenges highlighted following the Grenfell Tower tragedy but we also need Government to step up and provide the funding and resources we need to swiftly and effectively carry out this work, particularly around the replacement of cladding systems and retrofitting of sprinkler systems. Public bodies and emergency services are already struggling as a result of budget cuts and austerity; Government needs to act now to remove any barriers to keeping people safe.”

The Task Force includes landlords of tower blocks across the city region in both private and public ownership, as well as representatives from every local authority in Greater Manchester and other specialist officers who can offer support to ensure every high rise is safe.

Residents are also being offered a Safe and Well visit from GMFRS to talk about health and wellbeing, crime prevention as well as fire safety advice.

The work of the Task Force will inform a Greater Manchester response to the national public inquiry into the fire at Grenfell Tower.  This will look at a wide range of issues, including consideration of sprinkler systems and the level of resource that the Fire and Rescue Service has following the cuts of recent years.

Greater Manchester will also be submitting evidence to the Government’s independent review of building regulations and fire safety, which will highlight concerns and conflicts in existing legislation.


To arrange a free Safe and Well visit for you and your family, simply call 0800 555 815 to book a visit or fill in the online form at   

Tuesday the 10th October, saw 8 school teams, made up from 65 children from the Hyde Primary School cluster, compete in the incredibly popular ‘Ultimate Dodgeball’ competition.

The Dodgeball tournament, which was hosted at Hyde Community College, has become a universally appealing sport that virtually everyone can play. – If you can catch, throw or dodge then you can play Dodgeball.

Tournament coordinator, Kay Hawke, said, “As you can imagine the games bring out a mixture of skills, fused with excitement and frenzy and it was fabulous to see so many children thoroughly enjoying themselves at the tournament. Dodgeball is a fantastic way to get children active and helps in the development of team-building and tactical thinking. In Dodgeball, every team member is important.”

Kay went on to say, “A big ‘thank you’ must go to the 11 Sports Leaders from Hyde Community College that assisted with the smooth running of the tournament with their expert refereeing and who set a fabulous example to the younger children in gamesmanship and team play.”

“Also, on behalf of the Hyde Schools cluster, we must say a big thank you to all those spectators who supported the event.”

As for the eventual winners; well that honour went to the boys and girls from Flowery Field who sailed through the tournament without losing a single game, with Bradley Green running a close second.

The next tournament to be held is the Volleyball tournament for KS2 on 14th November – and the children can’t wait!