Friday, October 19, 2018
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A new residential nil rate band (RNRB) was introduced on April 6 2017 enabling you to pass, on your death, an additional allowance to be used against the value of property passing to direct dependents on top of the individual inheritance tax allowance of £325,000.

The starting allowance was £100,000 and this increases incrementally by £25,000 each year in April up to £175,000 in 2020 and thereafter in line with the Consumer Prices Index.

Currently, anything under £325,000 is exempt from inheritance tax. Anything above this figure is subject to a 40 per cent tax bill. This will depend however, on any lifetime gifting and planning you may have in place.

This figure can effectively be doubled for couples, as two people’s allowances are available. This means they can currently pass on death, property & assets to the value of £900,000 without incurring inheritance tax. The sum will rise incrementally to £1m by 2020/21.

To qualify for the new residential nil rate band, individuals will need to ensure their residence goes to direct descendants – children, step-children, adopted children, grandchildren or foster children.

It is important for anyone affected by these new provisions to review their wills, particularly if their current ones include discretionary trusts, as a significant number of wealthier families will lose out on the benefit.

At present, it is possible to effect a Deed of Variation, which must be done within two years of the date of death, although this can only be used if none of the beneficiaries are minors.

It may all sound complicated, but a specialist trusts & estates solicitor will be able to work out exactly how much of a person’s estate is exempt from inheritance tax.

If you need any advice in relation to the above, or any other family matters, please contact us on: 0161 330 6821

NB.The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.

Stalybridge Celtic Foundation are pleased to take delivery of two clothes recycling bins at Bower Fold, supporting one of our six adopted charities for the 2018/19 season, Reuben’s Retreat.

The bins are easily accessible at the ground, one situated in between the Main Entrance and the Middle Gate, with the other right outside the Turnstiles near the Social Club.

We welcome donations of any unwanted children’s or adult clothes and shoes, all shapes and sizes, so if you are coming up to the Match, going to the Gym or just passing, you can drop them off anytime of the day and night.

Mike Smith, Community Development Officer, said,We are delighted to help and assist Reuben’s Retreat with this request and hope that our supporters and the general public, can donate any clothing they no longer require. We also look forward to welcoming staff and volunteers from Reuben’s Retreat to Bower Fold on Saturday 3rd November 2018 for their designated Charity Day at Stalybridge Celtic FC, where they have lots of activities planned!”

For more information contact Reuben’s Retreat on:

Twitter: @ReubensRetreat or Telephone: 01457-680023




Specsavers Hyde Director Diane Wood (left) & Laura Haig, optical consultant (right)presenting a cheque to Elaine McConnell, community engagement and corporate fundraiser at Willow Wood Hospice.

Hyde based optician and audiology centre, Specsavers, who recently celebrated their 2nd year operating from their new premises on Market Place, Hyde, visited Willow Wood Hospice, to present them with a cheque from their birthday fundraising event.

By way of celebrating with their many customers, friends and visitors, Specsavers staff worked with other local businesses to provide birthday themed food for the event, arranged special anniversary discounts, free gifts and organised fun and entertainment with the help of a ‘ten foot lady’ accompanied by the Hyde United mascot Roary.

But the Specsavers ‘fun for all the family’ birthday event also had a serious side, with the aim of highlighting the need to raise funds for charities. A fun day was had by all – underpinned with the serious message.

“Seeing the amount of support we got from people both inside and outside the store all coming together and donating was amazing” said, Diane Wood, Director of Specsavers Hyde.

On the day they raised £151.03 which we are delighted to donate to Willow Wood Hospice.

Elaine McConnell, community engagement and corporate fundraiser, said, “It currently costs around £2.5m annually to maintain free services to Tameside and Glossop residents and local businesses, individual donations and fun events like the Specsavers Birthday celebration – which raise money for the Hospice is of vital importance.”





A poignant parade of silent soldiers will lead eleven days on remembrance events across Tameside next month.

To commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War, the silent solider silhouettes will stand on look out on the bridge at Portland Basin in Ashton on November 1st.

They will then be deployed to posts across the borough’s nine towns, in line with memorial events and activities that will take place every day until Remembrance Day on November 11th.

There promises to be events for all ages and interests, including hidden toy soldiers, pop-up poppy gardens and doves of peace.

Tameside Council Executive Member responsible for culture, Cllr Leanne Feeley, said: “The 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War is a landmark opportunity to pay tribute to those who fought and sacrificed their lives for their country and reflect on how local communities and families were affected.

“The Cultural Services team has planned both a vibrant programme of events – from the fun to the poignant – to appeal to all ages and give everyone an opportunity to join in remembrance.”

You can get involved by taking your own pictures and posting on social media with the hashtag #TamesideRemembers.

After November 1st, silent soldier silhouettes will be placed around the following places:

  • Hyde – outside the town hall
  • Dukinfield – outside the town hall
  • Denton – outside the town hall
  • Mossley – George Lawton Hall
  • Audenshaw – Ryecroft Hall
  • Stalybridge – by the war memorial
  • Hollingworth – by the war memorial
  • Droylsden – outside the library
  • Ashton – Ashton Parish Church.


The full schedule of events is as follows:

A full list of remembrance services and parades:

The Greggs Breakfast Club Programme was established in 1999 to help primary school children get a nutritious start to their school day.

That’s why housing association New Charter Homes, now part of Jigsaw Homes Group, has teamed up with Greggs Foundation to fund a new healthy breakfast club which is run by Millbrook Primary School in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester.

New Charter Homes has funded the club with the Greggs Foundation to give children as young as four the best start to their day.

The morning sessions will run every day for two years at the school. Greggs will donate fresh bread daily from a local store and the funding will also help to buy cereal, fruit, toasters and crockery for the club.

The school is in an area where New Charter Homes has invested heavily in the community to support families and, through the club, it hopes to encourage children to attend school on time and give them the best start to their day.

This is the second breakfast club New Charter Homes has supported in the last 12 months with Lyndhurst Primary School in Oldham opening in January. A third club already seeing success is Silver Springs Academy, also in Stalybridge which has been running for the past four years.

The Greggs Foundation has over 450 breakfast clubs across the UK, providing nutritional food and fun activities to set children up for their day ahead. Having a good breakfast and a morning routine helps improve children’s concentration levels throughout the day.

Emma Wilson, Group Director of Neighbourhoods at Jigsaw Group said: “Teaming up with Greggs Foundation to offer children in our communities a healthy start to their day shows our commitment to do more good in the societies we serve, making a real difference to our customers.

“The breakfast clubs are part of this and as well as giving children the best start to the day, we hope they will bring the community back into schools.”

Head teacher, Elizabeth Turner said that school had already seen a big difference in the short time they have been running the breakfast club. She said: “Children are calmer and ready for their days learning after breakfast club. It gives children a healthy and nutritious breakfast and a chance to tune in to the day ahead. Parents are also giving breakfast club the thumbs up. All in, it’s all a great way to start the day!”




Fire chiefs are calling for people to stay safe this bonfire period, and only use fireworks safely and responsibly.

The calls come following what could have been a very dangerous incident in Ashton-under-Lyne on Sunday, October 14. Crews were called to the incident in the St Peters Area of Ashton at 20.41, and on arrival found smoke coming from an upstairs bedroom.

When they reached the bedroom, firefighters quickly realised a firework had come in through the window and burnt the bed. They used a hose reel to make sure the fire was completely out, and that there was no danger of it spreading.

Group Manager for Stockport and Tameside, Phil Nelson, said: “This is an incident that could have been easily avoided if people weren’t being irresponsible and firing fireworks at each other. Fireworks are explosive devices, not toys, and should be treated as such.

“On this occasion no one was hurt, but, that doesn’t take away from how serious this could have been. A family was inside that house, with small children and they were needlessly put in harm’s way.

“Luckily the house had working smoke alarms so the occupants were quickly alerted to the fire, and were able to get out the house.

“We want everyone to enjoy this period of the year, but please, do it safely. We don’t want any injuries, or needless fires, and this sort of behaviour will quickly lead to them.”

For more safety information, please visit the safe4autumn website and if fireworks are a nuisance in your area phone crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Davis Blank Furniss – the Glossop based law firm – will be holding its annual Lasting Powers of Attorney Week from Monday 5th to Friday 9th November at its Ellison Street office.

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) enables you to appoint a trusted friend, relative or professional to make decisions about your finances, property and personal welfare in the event that you are in an accident or you develop an illness that leaves you unable to make such decisions for yourself.

The week long promotion includes both types of LPA: the first covers your property and financial affairs; and the second your personal welfare and health. Special fixed prices for the week start at £150 plus VAT.

Lewis Thompson – solicitor in the Private Client team at Davis Blank Furniss – said: “LPAs are incredibly important. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, more than 1 million people in the UK will have dementia by 2025. That is a scary yet very real statistic which is why we must all plan ahead to ease the potential burden on our loved ones. However, what people often overlook is that they are not just useful for the elderly but also for younger people who may unexpectedly and suddenly become incapacitated through accident or illness.

Lewis added: “Losing your mental capacity is not a nice thing to think about but we want our LPA Week to make people stop and really consider that by arranging an LPA now, you protect yourself and those you care about and avoid costly legal proceedings down the line.”

 For more information – or to make an appointment during the Davis Blank Furniss LPA Week 2018 – please email:





4 Explorer Scouts, Jack, Michael, Christopher and Phil, based in Droylsden took part in the Explorer Belt Challenge his summer finished the Challenge over the weekend by giving a presentation about their adventures completing it.

The Explorer Belt is a challenge of a lifetime. They have to complete a 10 day expeditionthat brings real understanding of a different country. This involves planning and training as part of a small team, travelling through another country completeing a self selected major project and ten smaller projects. The team have to complete a self-sufficient expedition travelling for at leaset 50 hours, walking and using public transport, whilst keeping to a strict budget. They have on their return to England make a public presentation of their exeriences, so that others may learn from their endeavours, promoting international scouting and understanding.

The teams major proect was to understand at least 10 different types of bridges used in Holland, while the smaller projects included visiting a local firetation, seeing how cheese was made visiting a shoe factory and visiting a working windmill used to pump water from the canals to the rivers. During their travels they also visited Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Delpht,Schiedom, the Hook of Holland and the Hague.

They met many Dutch people during their travels, getting to know many and learning about Dutch life and traditions. They stayed with some families and met local Scout leaders.

Phil said he mostly enjoyed meeting the local people and sharing meals with them. Chris said he made some good Dutch friends and is still in contact with them. Mike said the worst part was breaking his nose while playing football and having to go to hospital, while Jack said the worst for was the night they slept on the beach.

Steve Ticle, the County Co-ordinator for the Explorer Belt, said The team experienced the spirit of Explorer Belt. They were one of the best teams, engaging with local people and were a great tribute to Scouting.

If you would like to help young people achieve their potential contact Alan Fish on or phone on 0161 339 5901

Mossley SOUP winners-Lewis Robinson, Paul Dowthwaite and Lawrie William from Mossley Skatepark Development

More than 150 diners helped to make the latest Mossley SOUP community crowdfunding dinner the most successful one yet.

On Thursday 4 October, the sixth Mossley SOUP event, sponsored by Harold Stock & Co Solicitors, took place at Emmaus Mossley. The project that secured the most votes on the night, Mossley Skatepark Development, took home £1,216, raised from donations on the door, raffle and event sponsorship.

Louis Robinson, presenter of Mossley Skatepark Development, said: “Sharing our project at Mossley SOUP was nerve-wracking but, with the support of Lawrie and Paul, I was able to speak from the heart and we got our message across.

“Getting the skatepark improved will benefit BMX, scooter and skate riders of all ages for years to come. I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who took part and supported this SOUP event.”

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.

Louis shared Mossley Skatepark Development along with Lawrie Williams and Paul Dowthwaite from Friends of Mossley Park. Other project presenters were Angie Taylor with Mossley Community Centre’s Deep Freeze, Sam Clayton sharing Mossley Lumberjack Challenge and Phil Brooke from Slimmin’ Without Women.

Along with £100 donated by Harold Stock & Co Solicitors, additional funds were raised through a raffle with prizes donated by Alan & Vivs English Fish & Chips, Cabbage, Dinnerstones, Doodle Pots, Friends of Egmont Street, Mossley Home Improvement, Restor8 Design Solutions, Station Brew Café and The Allotment Café.

Four freshly made soups were prepared by local volunteers Rory Callaghan and Gary Barton with ingredients and bread donated A Taylor & Son Family Butchers, local vegetable suppliers Diane and Neil, JW Buckley’s Bakery and Coop Mossley.

In addition to the four project presentations, Mossley SOUP diners enjoyed live music from Jon Mambo and Mark Coupe, and a guest talk from Symon Randall of Mossley Town Team Stewards, winners of the fourth 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 February 2019.

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

Photo credit Allan Bentley

Two children (4-7) playing with sparklers at night
WITH just three weeks left until Bonfire Night, Firefighters are asking members of the public to go to organised fireworks displays to enjoy a safe and fun Guy Fawkes Night.

The plea comes as Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and its partners, launch the 2018 Treacle campaign to keep people safe from fires and injuries, and prevent anti-social behaviour.

To mark the launch of the campaign, Elton Primary School were invited to the Bury Safety Centre and given a special, Guy Fawkes Night focused tour.

Following their tour the school children got to speak to a real fire safety expert in Watch Manager Steve Wilcock, from Bury Fire Station. Time quickly passed as the children fired a volley of questions at Steve, ranging from the best way to dispose of sparklers to whether all firefighters had to be bald – needless to say they left the centre with smiling faces and bags of knowledge.

Paul Etches, Fire Service Head of Prevention and Protection, said: “We want everyone to stay safe and have a fun Guy Fawkes Night, which is what this time of year is all about.

“However, it’s also around during the autumn months that we typically see an increase in deliberate fires, firework injuries and anti-social behaviour. That’s why we’re working with partners across Greater Manchester to try to get our safety messages out there.

“We want everyone to enjoy this time of year, but more importantly, to enjoy it safely. We are working hard to prevent all of these incidents and accidents and, so I would urge everyone to go to our safe4autumn website and read our advice on how to stay safe and share this information with your children.”

Inspector Natasha Evans, GMP Force Lead for the Treacle Campaign, said: “We want people to have fun and enjoy themselves on Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night, but we are urging them to behave responsibly and respect others, as inconsiderate actions carry consequences.

“If behaviour gets out of hand and causes distress to anyone then we will take firm action. We treat all incidents seriously and I would remind people to report any antisocial behaviour during this period via our LiveChat facility on the GMP website or by calling 101 if they don’t have internet access.”

North West Ambulance Services Sector Manager for Greater Manchester, Pat McFadden said: “Bonfire Night is a huge highlight in the year, it’s a chance for everyone to get together, have lots of fun and enjoy the fireworks.

“Unfortunately, the evening also brings lots of dangers and it’s important to look out for these and make sure that you don’t end up needing help from us or our emergency service colleagues.

“We advise people to attend organised events where possible as these are often safer, not to mention less expensive (and they usually have the best displays!).

“If you are using your own fireworks, just take some time to think about safety – be sure to follow the instructions and if you’re in charge of the fireworks, it’s best to lay off the alcohol until after they’ve finished.

“More often than not, the firework related injuries we see at this time of year can be easily avoided by taking a little bit of extra care.”

The Treacle Campaign is multi-agency initiative which runs from October 15, the day fireworks legally go on sale in the UK, and is aimed at preventing, tackling and protecting against anti-social behaviour, criminal damage and harm reduction during the Halloween and Bonfire period across the region. The Treacle period is the busiest time of the year for GMFRS who responded to over 2323 incidents in the three-week period last year.

Every year as part of the Treacle campaign GMFRS also run a fireworks amnesty which allows anyone to safely give up or report a firework which could be dangerous. If you have or know of a dangerous firework, call the firework amnesty on 0800 555 815 and GMFRS will arrange for someone to collect the firework for you.

For more information about the Treacle Campaign and to find your local organised fireworks display visit the Safe4Autumn website –