Monday, February 19, 2018
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Climbing is a fantastic way to have some fun and a great form of exercise. But seeing as we’re still in the grip of winter; indoor climbing present a warm and safe, exciting, energetic challenge, even for people who have little experience. 

So, last week 79 North Tameside Beaver Scout​s from 7 Beaver Scout Colonies in Droylsden and Ashton took to conquering the range of safe, fun and accessible adventure facilities at the Sky High Climbing Centre, in Droylsden.

​The Beavers had a great time experiencing the Clip ‘n Climb, Caving and Bouldering, High Ropes and the iPlay Zone. Then, after short rest, they tucked in to juice, pizza and cakes.

​ Jo Moores, ADCB, Assistant District Commissioner Beavers, gave a huge thanks on behalf of the Beavers, to all the staff who expertly supervised the event and also to the fabulous Beaver l​eaders, their assistants and p​arent ​helpers for all their hard work, making it a fantastic event for the Beaver Scouts.

Beaver Scout Jack said, “It was great fun but the high bits were scary!”

If you would like to help Beaver Scouts 6 to 8 year old girls and boys grow to great heights in their lives then contact 07931765120 or go to  



During the February half term, many children across Greater Manchester will be spending more time in the kitchen.

But whether they’re lending a hand or simply seeking a snack, it’s important to make sure that they know the hazards of a hot hob and the dangers that come with being in a kitchen.

As part of the national fire safety campaign, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is encouraging parents and carers to make any kitchen activities a chance for children to learn about cooking safety.

Alison McDonald, Prevention Service Support Manager at GMFRS said: “There are lots of creative and fun ways to teach children about cooking fire safety. It’s vital that they know what to do if the worst should ever happen.

“Why not take the chance to pass on some tips and guidance on fire safety in the kitchen? Testing your smoke alarms is a great way to show children the correct way to minimise the risks from fires in your home.

“Young children are admitted to hospital every day because they’ve been burned or scalded in the home; a hot drink can scald a small child or baby even 15 minutes after it’s been made, so keep them out of reach of children”

“In Greater Manchester between 2014/15 and 2016/17, 67 per cent of all accidental dwelling fires in Greater Manchester started in the kitchen. The top three sources of ignition for those accidental fires are the cooker (51 per cent), the grill/toaster (14 per cent and a separate ring/hot plate (11 per cent).

“It is essential that we reduce this amount even lower and make sure that cooking in the home is done safely. It is crucial to remember to never leave anything unattended when in the kitchen, whether that’s your food or your children!”

A recent report from the Home Office similarly concluded that: “Cooking appliances were the source of ignition in 49 per cent of accidental dwelling fires and 50 per cent of non-fatal casualties in accidental dwelling fires in 2016/17, and was by far the largest ignition category. In contrast, in 2016/17, there were only 9 per cent of accidental dwelling fire-related fatalities where the source of ignition was cooking appliances.”

Safe and Well visits are FREE home visits delivered by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service staff to prevent fires and improve wellbeing for householders. Visits might include the fitting of free smoke detection and fire risk reduction equipment, fire safety advice, or signposting to other help and advice. To book a visit, call 0800 555815 or book online.

Here are some top tips for staying safe in the kitchen:

  • Take care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking. Take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk.
  • If a pan catches fire, don’t take any risks – Get Out, Stay Out, and Call 999.
  • Double check the hob is off when you’ve finished cooking.
  • Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob.
  • Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing – this can easily catch fire.
  • Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking.  Keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach to keep them safe.
  • Take care with electrics – keep leads and appliances away from water and place grills and toasters away from curtains and kitchen rolls.
  • Keep your equipment clean and in good working order.  A build-up of fat and grease can ignite a fire.
  • Don’t cook after drinking alcohol.
  • Hot oil can catch fire easily – be careful that it doesn’t overheat.
  • Never throw water on a chip pan fire.
  • In the event of a fire, have an escape plan in place.
  • Don’t take risks by tackling a fire. Get out, stay out and call 999.
  • Make sure you have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home and test them regularly.

Managing director Peter McCabe, chairman and group financial director Dianne Morley and group operations director Ian McAllister.

The borough of Oldham has received a major boost after a company with 90 employees relocated its business to Chadderton.

Forward thinking is an essential ingredient for companies who want to capitalise and thrive.

That’s why the PP Group, – one of the UK’s leading independent profiling and processing companies’ has brought together its businesses from St Helens, Manchester and Salford after acquiring premises at Drury Lane in Oldham.

The investment in the six and a half acre site means the business will continue to grow with aims to add even more staff in the next few years.

Steven Hughes, QHSE Director for the group, was clearly delighted as they welcomed customers to their new site at the PP Group’s official open day: “We’ve invested a lot of time, money and effort into this new site and we are bringing the business to Chadderton explained Steven. “Today is the open day where we’ve invited lots of our customers we just want to share what we done on this site.”

The move means that the long-term outlook is bright. “From our point of view we’ve got good people, we invest in good people and we are going to be here for a very long time to come,” said Steven.

The new premises have been well received by all those who work for the PP Group and Steven added: “It gives us space; professionalism and driving on to the site the first impressions are ‘wow’ so it gives the ‘wow factor’ and it also gives us long-term security.”

Managing Director Peter McCabe agreed and said the Group is already prospering having moved everyone to one site: “We can see and feel the benefits of having everyone under one roof.”

Peter added: “We have brought four companies into Oldham we have got a head count of 90 and aim to add another 10 to 20 over the next two years.”

There are currently three bays in operation but there are plans to open a fourth bay in the next 12 months, which will add a further 40,000 square feet of manufacturing.

The PP Group has been in operation for more than 40 years and Steven is excited about the company’s prospects and hopes that one day he can enjoy looking in from the outside: “One of my
ambitions is to walk past here in 40 years time, with my grandchildren, and say ‘look they are still at it, they are still there working away’ and I’m sure everybody feels that as well because what we all want is long-term security for everybody including more and more employment for the people of Oldham. That is very important to us.”

The Group use local training providers and have a very good apprenticeship scheme, with succession planning a key to its longevity.

A small independent company the move has been in the pipeline for more than three years but all that planning and investment looks well spent with the future looking  very bright.



Hyde based incineration and cremation technology specialists, Matthews Environmental Solutions, has won the prestigious Greater Manchester Business Award 2018 for BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (10 – 50 employees). In doing so the company beat off strong competition from a host of top organisations representing the best of Manchester’s most successful businesses.

What greatly impressed the panel of judges was the company’s remarkable record of international sales success that has seen substantial and steady export growth for all their many products throughout countless countries and across every continent. They also noted the company’s outstanding technical achievements including design innovation and product development along with engineering excellence and outstanding international customer support together with an unwaivering commitment to environmental responsibility and employee development.

Matthews Environmental Solutions, which is an important member of a $2b global group, has put Hyde and Tameside firmly on the world map for its ranges of specialist waste incinerators, pet cremators and human cremation technology, together with its acclaimed bespoke solutions that are individually designed to overcome the most taxing waste disposal problems, wherever in the world they occur.

The company has been operating in Hyde for over 35 years and enjoys a global reputation for outstanding British craftsmanship.

Business Development Manager, Elliott Jones, commented: “We had a thoroughly enjoyable night at the awards where it was great to see the diversity and success of Greater Manchester Business particularly in the face of the dreaded Brexit! Winning the medium Business of the Year award is a great achievement for the company made possible only thanks to the hard work, skill, and commitment of our small but dedicated team. We have operated within the region for a great many years and are proud to continue Manchester’s reputation for engineering excellence.”

If you would like to know more about why Matthews Environmental Solutions is Greater Manchester’s BUSINESS OF THE YEAR, why not check out the company’s website:


Ashton Sixth Form Principal, Anton McGrath has spoken of his pride in the college and its high-flying students.

The college has been ranked the seventh highest achieving in the North West by The Sunday Times.

Parent Power, The Sunday Times Schools Guide 2018, identifies the highest-achieving schools and sixth form colleges in the UK, ranked by their recent examination results.

“It just shows that the work we are doing here is really benefitting students in Tameside and the surrounding areas,” he commented.

“We feel that things are flying here at the moment and this is just another sense of recognition for us.”

He was keen to praise the work carried out by his team to make sure that students achieve their goals and fulfil their potential.

“We take students from a wide range of schools, both inside and outside of Tameside.

“Some of the students may have had a bit of a tough time and maybe have modest GCSEs, but when they come to this college we work really hard with them. We want them to realise their potential.

“Something my teachers are really great at doing is tapping into students’ natural ability, giving them the confidence to fly and hopefully aim for the top universities, the top careers, the top apprenticeships, which is what they are capable of achieving.”

This year five students from the college have received offers from Oxbridge, making it 17 students in the last three years.

Mr McGrath was thrilled and also keen to point out that the college is anything but an exam factory and their aim is to prepare students for the future.

“Around 90-95 per cent (including apprenticeships) of our students are going on to positive destinations, either university, or into higher level apprenticeships or higher level work.

“In the end that is why we are here, to make sure we provide the conditions for great learning so that students can get good qualifications, that we provide wrap around care and also enrichment opportunities, so that when it comes to that race, which is really what it is when they leave the college, they are well placed to be successful.”


The Mayor of Greater Manchester has announced that he will cut the proposed Mayoral precept by £1 for Band D properties.  This means that the precept for the average Greater Manchester household, in Band B, would fall from £7 to less than £6.30.   

After an assessment of the finalised tax base figures from Greater Manchester’s local authorities and reassessing reserves in the Fire and Rescue Service budget, the Mayor has been able to reduce the Mayoral general precept that will be part of each household’s Council Tax bill.

The funds raised will support the Mayor as he works across Greater Manchester to meet the challenges of tackling congestion, rough-sleeping and the major rewrite of a homes and jobs plan to reduce the amount of green space taken for development.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham said: “I’ve been clear throughout this process that, along with Greater Manchester’s 10 Leaders, we will do everything we can to keep residents’ Council Tax bills as low as possible while protecting essential services.  That is why, after receiving the final tax base figures from districts and reassessing reserves in the Fire and Rescue Service budget, we have been able to cut the proposed Mayoral precept.

“I recognise that it is a big ask for people to pay anything more, especially in these difficult times.  I hope that today’s decision shows that we have done everything we can do keep bills as low as possible but also achieve our vision to make Greater Manchester one of the best places in the world.”

In the past nine months, Greater Manchester has secured more than £250 million of extra funding from the Government. This money has only been offered to Greater Manchester because it is a Mayoral Combined Authority. Areas without one, like West Yorkshire and the East Midlands, have missed out.

This additional money includes:

  • £243m Transforming Cities Fund
  • £3.8m homelessness trailblazer funding
  • £1.8m Social Impact Bond to help those homeless people most in need
  • £2m from the Mayoral Capacity Fund

That means that for the less than a £6.30 charge per household, the Mayor, working with our Combined Authority council leaders, have brought in additional funding worth £208 per Greater Manchester household.

The initial Mayoral precept proposals were discussed and agreed in principle at January’s meeting of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, ahead of the final budget-setting meeting on 20 February. At the January meeting, GMCA also approved its transport and general budgets.  You can read the reports here and the news release here.



In today’s industrial climate, it’s more important than ever to make sure that our education system gives young people the skills and knowledge they need to get jobs; and give employers the skilled workforce they need in those jobs.

Up until relatively recently, the era of apprenticeships was largely regarded as a relic of history! Somewhere along the line our politicians decided to economize and scale education. Given the time-intensive and intimate nature of apprenticeships, they sought to train more people at once within a streamlined curriculum. And as we moved more and more towards hands-on practical learning into the classroom, we compromised the intense hands-on knowledge that happened in the workshop. We traded experiential learning for a more standardized, but less potent education.

Increasingly, technology is at the heart of everything we do, and is integral to the success of our economy, but there is a shortage of once abundant practical skills across the UK workforce.

Skilled job creation and career development is an incredibly important part of our industry.

Quite rightly new technology apprenticeships have been recognised as a vehicle for graduates to access emerging technologies, but it has also been highlighted that British companies should simultaneously be addressing the shortage of legacy skills and realise the importance of continuing to invest in tailored apprenticeship schemes to develop much reduced practical skills, across all industries, but especially in the construction sector.

Hyde based PG Fabrications Ltd is a company that believes in investing. Not only in their own business, but in the future of the UK steel fabrication industry. That’s why they took on a number of young apprentices during the year, to work alongside experienced craftsmen to work on several vital local projects

Growth through experiential learning

Adam Chalmers, Skills Development Coach with the Growth Company, at Tameside College, outlined the apprenticeship pathway that one apprentice successfully embarked on with the company.

“Keenan Karim initially signed up to a level 3 advanced apprenticeship with the Growth Company in January 2016. Since then he has been working at PG Fabrications whilst attending Tameside College one day a week to complete his level 2 in fabrication and welding and is now nearing the completion of level 3 City & Guilds and by working alongside experienced craftsmen at PG Fabrications, he is gaining the skills required and providing the evidence for his NVQ in the workplace where he is putting his skills into practice. Keenan is also undertaking Maths, English and ICT lessons to ensure he is well equipped to take him forward in his future career.

PG Fabrications Managing Director, Pete Garcia explained, that the combination of experienced colleagues, who have finely honed their skills over many years, and apprentices with raw talent who are eager to learn, means we have an increasingly diverse workforce, essential given the continuously evolving nature of our sector.


Pete added, “It was also significant that many of our most experienced colleagues expressed a desire to pass on the skills and expertise they had gained over the years to younger members of staff who were just starting out in theirs.”

If companies don’t take steps to fill these skills gaps, they could find themselves with serious issues when their current staff move on or retire.

Peter went on to say, “The valuable relationship between local colleges, local authorities and ourselves has helped the company to ensure our workforce has the skills and approved systems to help move their various projects forward. Our aim is to prepare our apprentices for a meaningful and productive career in whatever aspect of the metal industry they choose.”

Education through experience is pivotal when on your path to your dream job.

“Working closely with time served, fully qualified engineers on actual domestic, industrial and large local authority projects have been essential in achieving this, and enables us to meet growing local needs.”

Keenan, who is currently working on a large gate and railing program for a local authority explained how the company, together with his course tutors, provided him with on-the-job experience, in welding and exposure to many aspects of the steel fabricating industry in a structured a totally hands-on training program. He went on to say that ultimately his ambition is to become a competent steel fabricator with the prospect of progressing to fully skilled in all aspects of working in metal construction.

Pete Garcia finally remarked, “It’s hugely fulfilling to see these young people learning and developing, and to see how each individual brings their own distinct qualities to the tasks we set. Knowing that we are actively contributing to tackling the skills shortage within our industry by training apprentices to become technically skilled steel fabricators of the future, encouraging them to think creatively and develop their skills alongside highly qualified and experienced engineers, makes me very proud.”

“With so many short and long-term benefits to hiring apprentices, maybe it’s time for you hire one and realise the advantages for your own company.”



Power of Attorney

The latest government backed scheme offers a partial refund for each Power of Attorney registered and applies to both Lasting Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Attorney.

Refunds can be claimed online by the Donor or the Attorney or by telephone if the Donor has passed away, does not have a UK bank account or a Deputy has been appointed to act by the Court of Protection.

Refunds must be paid to the Donor. The amount of the refund depends on when the fees were paid as follows:-

  • April – September 2013 – £54
  • October 2013 – March 2014 – £34
  • April 2014 – March 2015 – £37
  • April 2015 – March 2016 – £38
  • April 2016 – March 2017 – £45


Interest can be claimed at 0.5%

The Ministry of Justice has advised that the process could take up to 12 weeks for refunds to be issued.

How we can help

Should you have any concerns about this article or require legal advice relating to Powers of Attorneys please speak with our experts David Hilton, Sue Darlington or Susanne Furness

T: 0161 330 6821

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Emma Craigmyle shows Dan Kennerley what’s to come, while Wayne Robinson looks on!

What better way to celebrate St Valentine’s Day than by pledging to raise £100 for what is possibly the best-loved charity in Tameside and Glossop – Willow Wood Hospice?

Yes, we’re asking you to share your love with us, and to raise at least £100 over the year.  You can do this any way you want – one of our fantastic volunteers Wayne Robinson has just turned 70 and has decided to celebrate by getting his first tattoo! As he said “I’ve secretly always fancied a tattoo, and decided that if I don’t do it now I never will.  I’ve been inspired to have the Manchester bee, and am asking people to sponsor me – once I’ve reached my target the money will go straight to Willow Wood and I’ll go under the needle!”

Volunteers Joanne and Chris Hinds (Pictured left) have committed to raise a Ton of Love by organising various events throughout the year, including another of their very popular quizzes at Curzon Ashton FC on 23 February. Joanne said “We hope to get well over the £100, that’s just the starting point.  We’re raising funds in memory of my auntie, Beryl Hand and to recognise the commitment and care given by all staff and volunteers.

And brave member of staff Dan Kennerley has committed to having his legs waxed, actually at Willow Wood Hospice! “I’m even going to have this filmed for the Willow Wood Facebook page, please watch it – it might move you to sponsor me!”

There are many ways to raise these funds.  You can take inspiration from the examples above or come up with your own way.  What about £100 for 100k? Start totalling up the distance you cover at your spin class, add up your lengths at the pool or from your morning jog – you’ll soon get there!

Organise an afternoon tea, a garden party, a gunge the boss day.  Do a dress down Friday at work or your own bake-off challenge.  Take part in a marathon, a 10k, a Tough Mudder, there are many to choose from.

Whatever you do for us, we’d love to hear about it and will help in any way we can.  To join in with Ton of Love please contact Chris Hayden on 0161 330 7788 or – let’s spread the love throughout the whole of Tameside & Glossop.

If you’d like to sponsor Wayne or Dan please go to their sponsor pages: or  and tickets for the Quiz are available by ringing Joanne on 07772 786704



The annual cultural extravaganza that is the Chinese New Year is fast approaching – and, with it, comes a host of fabulously colourful music and dance routines staged in Manchester’s City Centre. The highlight of this fantastically popular annual cultural extravaganza is the Chinese New Year Parade.

This year it is the year of the dog! And, as legend has it, people who were born during the years of the dog are known for their loyalty and honesty.

Now with the Manchester celebrations just around the corner and the city boasting the third-largest Chinatown in Europe, Manchester’s festivities, will be among the biggest outside Beijing.

As tradition dictates, as well as the traditional dragon parade, food and drink will play a major part in the festivities. So, make sure you try out the fantastic range of Chinese street food or book in at one of Manchester’s renowned Chinese Restaurants to truly immerse yourselves in the flavour of the occasion.



Chinese New Year takes place on Friday February 16, 2018, with multi-faceted events taking place throughout the Town Centre and Chinatown from Friday to Sunday February 18th when the celebrations will culminate with the stunning dragon parade, accompanied by traditional lion dancing, martial arts displays, food stalls, a funfair with over 20 rides on Charlotte street, and a spectacular fireworks display at 6pm.

On Sunday February 18th, the order of the day will be:

12pm: Martial arts and dance displays in Albert Square

12.30pm: Dragon appears in Albert Square

1pm: Dragon parade marches from the town hall to Chinatown

1.30pm: Dragon parade arrives in Chinatown NCP car park to firecrackers and New Year addresses from VIPs and community leaders.

2pm – 5pm: Lion and Unicorn visit and bless all of the businesses on Chinatown – some businesses will be setting off Chinese firecrackers when visited by the Lion and the Unicorn

Chinese New Year is a series of festive events that anyone can enjoy. Each year, more and more spectators flock to Manchester’s Chinatown to marvel at the colourful festivities – so chose your day and get there early!