Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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A Fire Engine turned up at Richmond Street Community Centre (RSCC) in Ashton this week – not to fight a fire, but to carry out fire safety with the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts that meet at the centre on Friday nights.

It did cause a bit of a shock for the RSCC treasurer Ken Marks, who was calling in for the rent!

Ken said, “I first thought RSCC was on fire when I turned up and saw the fire engine, but then saw the Scouts with the fire hoses.”

Amanda Clarke, Beaver Leader had arranged the visit as part of the Safety badge which also covers road safety, water safety, home safety, stranger danger and fire safety.

The Scouts learnt a lot from the firemen about fire dangers and safety, but the best part for the Scouts was having ago with the hose pipes.

One of the troops mothers texted Amanda after the Scout night saying her son had a brilliant time and sent her thanks to all the Leaders and firemen for the night and making her son’s year.

Apparently he had said on his way home,” I had the best night ever, I am sure my muscles have grown using the hose pipes!”

Scouting is not just about tying knots, but also helps to keep our young people safe and be aware of the ever changing dangers in the world.

If you would like to join or help Scouting contact alan.fish@ntscouts.org.uk 07931765120 or go to www.gmescouts.org.uk and learn how to be safe in all our communities.



With the economy growing at its lowest rate, wages stagnating and inflation pinching our purses, this year everyone is looking for ways to make Christmas giving cost less.

Why spend a fortune on shopping around for new Christmas gifts and fashion wear when it’s quite possible that we have exactly what you want.

Here at The Helping Hand Methodist Charity Shop, our prices are unlike the turkey – trimmed to the absolute minimum, across the entire range of giftware, toys, fashion and winter wear and other pre-loved items, all prepared especially for you by our great team of volunteers.


Take look inside. You’ll find rows of fabulous dresses, jackets , footwear and children’s outfits to buy for parties and Christmas day, and it’s easy to find brand new items and gift sets too. In fact, buying from us is just as easy as buying from high priced High Street stores!

Choosing Christmas gifts at The Helping Hand is a win win situation all-round!  You get to make a contribution to a good cause as well as picking up some great bargains at this expensive time of year.


Fancy a spot of serious volunteering with an organisation that puts people first?

Why not pop-in or call us and give it a try, we have one of the friendliest teams around, all dedicated to providing the best and cheeriest customer experience in town. Put volunteering to the test with a trial period of volunteering, you can give us as much or as little time as you like, whether it’s 1 hour or a full week, we’d welcome your offer.


On behalf of all at The Helping Hand Charity Shop, we would like to say ‘Happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year’ to all our customers including all those who donate much needed goods and who support us in so many other ways, not forgetting those companies and organisations who supply and help maintain our equipment and premises.

Thank you also to Local Community Matters for their support and assisting with and publishing this and many other past articles.

We will never forget those past volunteers of the church and community who have given of their time and expertise in making the shop such a huge success. Many have permanently retired, but many have used the retail experience and guidance to successfully move on into the workplace, finding much needed jobs and a career to support their families.

To all we say ‘Thank You.’

You can find The Helping Hand Methodist Church Charity Shop at 57 Market Street, Hyde SK14 2AB

or telephone: 0161 637 5152


Hyde Chapel, Knott Lane, Gee Cross are hosting their TREE FESTIVAL this coming weekend.

Come along, make new friends and show your support for the different community groups that have worked so hard to create this beautiful festive event.

Opening times are:

Fri 15th Dec 1.00 to 5.00

Sat 16th Dec 10.00 to 4.00

Sun 17th Dec 10.00 to 12.00

The theme is ‘Our Community’ and various organisations will be placing decorated trees.

Hazel Hopper, speaking about the event said, “We are delighted that so many groups are coming together to celebrate with us at this wonderful time of year, and shows the goodwill, vitality and diversity of the people who serve the people our neighbourhood.

There will also be a super raffle, gift stall and cake stall.

Admission £1 adults, children free.

Everyone is welcome to join us at any time and also accept their ‘open invitation’ to join them at their the Carol Service at 2.30 Sunday 17th Dec with the Denton Band.

As we count down the days to Christmas, everybody is rushing around in a Christmas frenzy; but that’s no reason to miss out on welcoming the ‘Big Man’ to your neighbourhood.

Year upon year, children and adults alike delight in meeting the man himself – giving the children a perfect opportunity to make those last minute present requests.

This year Father Christmas, sitting onboard the Rotary Club of Hyde’s Christmas Sleigh will be setting off on their tour of the various districts in Hyde between December 11th and 23rd.

Father Christmas we will be visiting various locations supermarkets and superstores in the run up to the festive celebrations ably assisted by the Rotary Club members and volunteers.

In exchange for a small donation, Santa’s elves will be handing out Christmas cards and sweets to help support their local projects throughout the coming year, it also gives the children the opportunity to come out and have their a picture taken with Father Christmas.

Hyde Rotary Club President Alan Oldham said, “I would like to encourage residents and children to come out on to the streets this festive period and get involved in the Christmas spirit and donate to our collection to help support the many local projects we will be supporting next year.”

Make a note of Santa’s Christmas Tour 2017

Week One

Monday 11th December Hyde 6.30pm-8.30pm James North Estate, Mansfield Road, Grange Road South, Walker Lane, Lumb Road, Market Street, Dowson Road, Green Street, Bradbury Street, Thornley Street, Haughton Street

Tuesday 12th December Godley Hyde 6.30pm-8.30pm-High Street, Carlton Road, Sheffield Road, Barmhouse Estate Fountain Street

Wednesday 13th December Gee Cross Hyde 6.30pm-8.30pm- Foxholes Road, Auburn Ave, Coronation Ave, Brookes Ave, Grovernor Road, Berkley Close, Freshfield Ave, Fawley Ave

Thursday 14th December Newton Hyde 6.00pm-8.00pm- Talbot Road, Bradley Green Road, Harbour Farm Road, Hickenfield Road, St Marys Road, Duke Road

Friday 15th December Godley Hyde 6.30pm-8.30pm- Oakland’s Drive, Beech View, Firethorn Drive, Hazelwood Close, Walnut Close, Acer Close, Almond Way, Mottram Road, St Pauls Road, St Michaels Road, Crossbridge Road, St Giles Drive

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December B&M Manchester Road Hyde 11.00am-3.00pm

Monday 18th December Newton Hyde 6.30pm-8.30-Barnfield Road, Hillary Road, Everest Road, Harris Drive, Welch Road, Danby Road, Victoria Street

Tuesday 19th December Gee Cross Hyde 6.30pm-8.30pm Rowbottom Street, Ralph Ave, School Lane, Gloucester Road, Sandringham Road, Windsor Road, Frogmore Ave, Knott Lane, Woodfield Ave, Waverley Road, King Edward Road, York Road, King Edward Court,

Wednesday 20th December Hattersley Hyde 6.30pm-8.30pm Hattersley Road East, Camborne Road, Warble Brook Ave, Field Farm Road

Thursday 21st December Newton Hyde 6.30pm-8.30pm Ferndale, Chestnut Grove, Talbot Road, Victoria Street, Glyden Close, Townley Fold, Pentland Way, Early bank Road, Lasells Fold

Saturday 23rd December Tesco Hattersley 11.00am-4.00pm


Please note routes are subject to weather, road conditions and the number of helpers on each day and night.

For updates to the schedule follow our journey on Facebook Rotary Club of Hyde





Walking football is on the rise in Tameside thanks to The Nash Amblers and Vintage Celtic.

Both sides – who represent Curzon Ashton and Stalybridge Celtic – have grown in size and appeal since they were first formed in 2016 and 2014 respectively.

What was once an outlet to lead a healthier lifestyle has rapidly become a favourite pastime for thousands across the country.

Alan Richards, who is regarded as the figurehead for the Nash Amblers, spoke to Reporter Sport about the evolution of walking football and where he sees the sport in the next five years. He said: “It’s an opportunity to reengage with a football, even if you’ve never played before and you’ve got no ability that you know of – you might even surprise yourself.

“The important thing is to give it a try.”

Alan sampled his first taste of walking football in 2016 and has never looked back.

He has since taken part in numerous competitions and has even enrolled on a referee course, to be carried out by the Manchester Football Association in January.

Alan’s love for the game is evident, although he understands that many people take part in the sport for the social and health reasons, rather than the competitive aspects. “There’s a great social side, as it gets people active and out and about” said Alan.

“We’re not here to attract good footballers. We welcome people of any ability, because we just want to get them off the couch and into the fresh air.

“If they’ve played before then it’s a bonus, but if they haven’t, then that’s great as well.”

In a bid to make the game as inclusive as possible, Alan’s other team, The Tameside Striders, have launched a mixed gender session on Thursday mornings.

Aimed at over 65 men and over 50 women, the sessions will be tailored for fun and enjoyment, with mini goals and no contact. Alan said: “We’ve called the new sessions ‘Denton Thursday’, which is a play on Sheffield Wednesday.

“The sessions will start on December 14, and the first four sessions will be free of charge, thanks to a grant from a housing company. It will give people a chance to see if they like it, and if they do, it will only cost them a couple of pounds per session following the free trial.”

For the more experienced player like Alan, walking football provides an opportunity to pit his wits against some of the best teams in the region.

At the start of December, the Nash Amblers returned from a competition in Heywood as runners-up, having gone unbeaten all day.

Alan has nothing but praise for the way in which the league has been run. He said: “It’s been a good, competitive league that is well run.

“Local man Bill Murney, who manages Vintage Celtic, does the lion’s share of the organising and it’s a good event that has attracted teams from as far as Wakefield, Blackpool and Fleetwood, so that speaks for itself really.”

You can keep up-to-date with the Nash Amblers on Twitter: @TheNashAmblers


The free mixed men and women walking football we wrote about a few weeks ago begins next Thursday 14th December. Organised by Tameside Striders, these one-hour sessions that are open to women over 50 and men over 65 begin at 10am and take place at Denton Youth Football Club on King Street, which is just off Stockport Road facing the old Police Station and alongside Crown Point South Industrial Park. There is ample free parking and the games are played on artificial turf so you do not require any special kit – just a pair of trainers, plus joggers or jeans and a comfortable top.

You don’t have to have any previous football experience or ability because the emphasis of this non-contact, walking pace sport is good open-air fun while you increase your level of activity and gain fitness. Participation and enjoyment are far more important than winning.

The first four sessions for each newcomer will be FREE OF CHARGE and thereafter there will be just a £2 weekly fee.

A number of experienced walking footballers will be on hand to guide the newcomers and to help everyone settle in and enjoy the experience of this non-contact walking pace sport.

If you are interested in joining in these free mixed gender walking football sessions just turn up at King Street any Thursday before 10am or log onto the Tameside Striders website: www.tamestriderswalkingfootball.org.uk. Alternatively you can email: alartic@googlemail.com.  

A member of staff from Tameside College has been recognised by the Prime Minister for his efforts in encouraging young people to take part in the national citizenship service (NCS).

Brendan Laffey, engagement coordinator for NCS, visited the Ashton-based College to present the certificate to Sports Development Officer, Luke Podmore, which was signed by the organisation’s chief executive, Michael Lynas, and Prime Minister, Theresa May.

The national citizenship service is open for all 16 and 17 year olds and helps them to build skills for work and life. It runs throughout the summer, with participants taking part in a social action project, university style residential visit and an action packed outdoor activity.

Luke said: “I am honoured to receive this certificate. I am passionate about what I do so to receive a thank you for it is great. I never thought something like this would happen and it will definitely be framed on my wall. However I couldn’t do my work without the staff and students around me so thank you to them.”

Brendan said: “It’s great to see Luke being recognised for his achievements. He has dedicated himself to supporting NCS over the last few years and lots of students wouldn’t have taken part without him. He is a great role model for others and the gratitude from ourselves at NCS is well deserved.”

Business students at Tameside College are raising money and awareness for the British Lung Foundation (BLF) with a Christmas themed stall in Ashton’s market square.

The students are running the stall for two weeks in the run up to Christmas to learn vital communication, confidence and entrepreneurial skills.

They are selling a range of Christmas gifts and treats including Santa hats, sweets, drinks, handmade calendars and Christmas cards as well as hosting a tombola competition.

The students are also handing out BLF information leaflets to raise awareness of the charity.

Kasim Aslam, an ambassador for the BLF charity, is working with the students on the project and has been giving tips and advice on how to run the market stall and provide valuable information to the public.

The British Lung Foundation was founded in 1986 and promotes lung health, supports those affected by lung conditions and diseases and campaigns for cleaner air.

Tasiref Hussain, curriculum leader for business at Tameside College, said: “The students are doing very well with the organisation of the stall.

“They’ve put all their efforts into it and we’re hoping that they can help raise lots of money for the BLF. Hopefully they will also learn a lot from working with the public and managing a very complex event.”

Kasim added: “I’m thankful to the students and college for being involved with the Christmas market fundraising. I will be helping them with the project throughout so it will be good to see the finished product. I have every faith that they can raise lots of money for a great cause.”

For more information on Tameside College’s business and accounting courses, visit www.tameside.ac.uk or call 0161 908 6600.


Willow Wood’s Garden of Lights is now open and already thousands of people have visited to see the garden transformed into a ‘Magical Winter Wonderland’.

Opening hours are between 6-8pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays until Christmas and entrance is free, although any donations are gratefully accepted.  It really is a spectacular sight, and some families have visited more than once to enjoy a hot chocolate (with or without a cheeky tot of Baileys!), Irish coffee or mulled wine and, of course, a festive mince pie or two.

It’s an ideal way to meet up with friends in the run-up to the holiday season. The reception shop is open to buy Christmas cards or a ticket or two into our seasonal raffle.

With a top prize of £7,500 to be drawn on Wednesday 20 December it’s certainly worth a flutter!  There’s also a lovely selection of gifts available, so it could be a one stop Christmas shop.

We couldn’t have done this, however, without fantastic support from our wonderful community.  Our very grateful thanks go to everyone who has made a donation towards this spectacular show of lights and of course our own staff and volunteers who have put in so much time and effort to make this possible.

If you’re going to be alone on Christmas day and would like some company, then book your place at CURZON ASHTON FC where they’re organising a Christmas Breakfast at the Tameside Stadium

Starting at 10.00am and lasting until 1.00pm, the Directors and volunteers at the big-hearted football club are providing a fabulous cooked breakfast; absolutely FREE for those who are hungry or lonely on Christmas Day, followed by some entertaining games and fun activities inside the ground.

For those who wish to attend, but may not have the mobility to get there, the club have secured the services of a number of local helpers who have volunteered to pick and drop them off home afterwards.

Andy Cheshire, Curzon Ashton’s Community Development Manager said, “We are the only place in Tameside open on Christmas morning, so we really hope we can reach the most vulnerable with this community initiative.”

So, book your Christmas morning at CURZON ASHTON for your FREE hot Christmas breakfast, lively entertainment and good company as well as transport to and from the event.

If you know someone who may be interested, encourage them to book their place early by calling Andy Cheshire on: 07914015532                      or email: andy@curzon-ashton.co.uk


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