Thursday, June 29, 2017
Animal Matters

Vintage cars, handmade crafts, artisan bakers, dog show, climbing wall, Punch & Judy and children’s rides – yes, there was fun for all ages at Hollingworth’s Festival on the Green last weekend! 

Glorious sunshine bathed this year’s village event which took place on Wedneshough Green.

Among the festivities Arnfield Brass Band belted out traditional music whilst acoustic covers band ‘The Wednesday Club’ and Glossop community music project ‘’Let’s Sing’ completed the live musical element.

With lots of pop-up stalls housing crafts, artisan bakers, there were also bouncy castles, slides and lots of fabulous food on offer, backed up by circus skills, pony rides, a climbing wall, an African drum workshop, the ubiquitous ‘Punch and Judy’ and a classic car show.

For dog lovers and owners, there was also a Fun Dog Show courtesy of the Tameside and Glossop branch of the RSPCA.

The annual festival which was revived in 2006 after a gap of nearly 30 years seems to gain in popularity year on year as more villagers and visitors from across the borough to turn out to show their support for this fun-filled family event.

For more information, regarding next year’s show, please contact: Mary Jessop on 01457 764299

or e-mail: mary.jessop@hotmail.co.uk

 

After consistently strong rating performances in our first two seasons, the only online, daily up-dated website that brings visitors the latest local news, has expanding its regional reach.

Over the relatively short time from its inception in November 2013, Hyde Community Matters has developed from a Hyde centred glossy 24page ‘Community News Magazine’ thorough to December 2014 when we took the project online to become a daily up-dated online community news site, which to date has attracted well over 370,000 visitors, – all eager to read the local news; – and that number is still growing!

Now, in response to a number of requests to cover news and events from our friends in neighbouring towns and villages, we are pleased to announce that we have gently expanded our news coverage to provide a more comprehensive reader service by covering good news, events and achievements from individuals, communities and businesses, from a little further afield – no longer exclusively covering one town, but the whole of Tameside and the surrounding regions, and by doing so, we’re better placed to support our local advertisers growing development needs.

“Of all our current partners we spoke with, Karen Dorney of Hyde’s Paper Tulips understands the success and potential of our in-depth local news coverage; and as the owner of Tameside’s premier craft emporiums and organiser of monthly Artisan Markets, she is uniquely positioned to back our expansion, as it encourages potential customers from much wider areas,”

“While continuing to put our readers at the heart of everything we do; we are committed to continue to cover in-depth local news articles, showcase local events, shout about schools and student achievements and profile specialist real-life features that celebrate those individuals who have achieved success, shown courage against the odds, or people who are making a difference within our local communities.”

To reflect these changes, we have changed the name to one that better echo’s the new site’s expanded content.

Visitors to the old site, www.hydecommunitymatters.com, will automatically be redirected to the new site, www.localcommunitymatters.com

“Our aim is still to provide the best online news specifically to our close communities, by offering a convenient, one-click, local source of timely daily up-dated news, where visitors come first for information and advice, local businesses place their adverts and community groups put us at the top of their list when promoting their up-coming events.”

A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR LOCAL BUDDYING AND EXPERIENCED JOURNALISTS

We believe that this online expansion marks a return to real local news, giving readers the chance to learn more about what’s going on in their immediate area and to read (and write) news stories about what matters to them. We are therefore looking for ANY VOLUNTEERS from the different areas, (who’d like to see their work in print) so that we can have a ‘person on the ground’ who is in closer touch in identifying local happenings and who would become the main point of contact for local people; – promoting the work of local community organisations, voluntary sector groups and businesses, along with arts, school successes, sport and cultural activities that are taking place in their area.

WHAT WE NEED:

  • Budding or experienced reporters, with access to email, who wish to gain experience or give back to their local community
  • To find and root out stories of particular interest to people in their area
  • To write, research and interview for those stories, to build content on the website.
  • We also need a ‘Social Media’ savvy person to place local stories and events on Facebook & Twitter etc’ to drive site traffic.

This is a great opportunity for local budding and experienced journalists to hone their writing skills.

This wider reader appeal also adds a much more expansive opportunity for local advertisers to reach a vastly expanded audience, and by widening our readership, we plan to gradually introduce extra relevant categories like jobs, motoring, housing, and domestic services, among other localized topics.

So, if you would like to become a volunteer local correspondent, or are a forward thinking Community Group, Local Business, School, Sports Club, Faith Group or Charity organisation and have stories you think are newsworthy, want to publicise your events, achievements, or wish to advertise to a growing local audience, please contact us directly by email: roger@localcommunitymatters.com

Local Community Matters is a not-for-profit community trust, run by volunteers all of whom have strong links to the towns and people surrounding Tameside.

 

On Saturday 10th December from 11.00am till 3.00pm, melanoma you can come along to Hyde’s Market Square and give a warm, medications pre-Christmas welcome to two of Santa’s mystical flying chauffeurs!

As we approach the busiest time of the year for the jolly old gentleman and his highly skilled team of toy makers, pulmonologist Santa often gives a few of his hardest working elf’s a couple of days off from their festive workshops, to give his magical reindeer a pre-Christmas Eve ‘test flight’- to make sure they are fit enough to pull his loaded sleigh and speed his way to deliver toys and presents to well behaved children around the world.

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This year, Hyde Town Team have arranged with Santa’s Christmas envoy to host two of Santa’s reindeer to support local shop sales, and add that magical touch to your Christmas Shopping in Hyde Town Centre.

Seeing real live reindeer really does add the Christmas spirit to festive shopping, because nothing says Christmas like real reindeer.

So, make a date to shop at Hyde on Saturday 10th December from 11.00am till 3.00pm

Two dogs from Stalybridge have wagged home to victory as Westminster Dog of the Year.

Clinton and Kennedy are the beloved pets of Jonathan Reynolds, pills the Member of Parliament for Stalybridge & Hyde. The labradoodles travelled down to parliament to participate in the prestigious contest organised by The Dogs Trust and The Kennel Club.

The competition saw around twenty canine comrades of MPs and Peers battle it out to be named Westminster Dog of the Year – arguably the most sought after title in politics.

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Jonathan Reynolds MP said:

“I’m thrilled by Clinton and Kennedy’s veterinary victory. They have been much loved members of my family for nearly nine years and are brilliant with our four children. In particular, no rx they are the very best friends of my eldest son Jack, life who has autism. The Labour Party has had a bit of a rrrrough time lately so it was nice to see a rare Labour win!

“It was a bit surreal to take them to the House of Commons and the BBC studios. I’m relieved they behave themselves paw-fectly!

“I want to say a huge thank you to Sharron, our dog groomer, based on Ridge Hill Lane, for giving them a top notch hair cut before their big day. They looked fabu-woof!

“I also wanted to thank all my constituents for voting for Clinton and Kennedy. I can often be seen out walking Clinton and Kennedy round Cheetham Park, Stalybridge Country Park or Hurst Clough. I am usually asked what breed they are –they are labradoodles, their mum was a Labrador and their dad was a poodle. I am also asked about their unusual names. Yes, they are named after American Presidents, but no, I won’t be naming any future dogs after Donald Trump!”.

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Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said; “The serious side of this competition is about MPs getting together with the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust to promote responsible dog ownership and develop a partnership on dog welfare issues.”

It’s also largely an unknown fact that Jonathan’s family pets actually talk and he often gets asked if he’ll allow them to help out local farmers whilst he’s out walking them on the surrounding moors.

Once having helped to herd a flock of sheep into a holding pen, they told the farmer that: “All 40 were accounted for.”

“But I only have 36 sheep,” said the farmer.

“I know,” said the smart Labradoodles. “But our master is a Labour MP so we rounded them up!”

 

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Tougher sentences for irresponsible dog owners have been welcomed by region’s Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner.

Speaking as the Sentencing Council announced new guidelines to reflect a change in the law back in 2014, treat which increased the maximum sentence for a fatal dog attack from two to 14 years, obesity
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“Harsher punishments for irresponsible dog owners is something I have campaigned for so this is another welcome step to ensure that people are held to account for the actions of their dog.

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dogs can be loyal, loving companions and the vast majority of dog owners are responsible. But there are those who have no regard for the safety of other people or their pets, and refuse to keep their dog under control. We’ve seen the tragic consequences of this in Greater Manchester, with the death of Jade Anderson in 2014, and numerous attacks since.

“But we know that prevention is better than cure and the government still needs to go further with a focus on prevention and education, so authorities can deal with irresponsible dog owners before a tragedy happens.”

The guidelines cover offences where a dog injures or kills a person or where someone possesses a banned breed of dog.

The harsher sentences also cover offences where a dog injures an assistance dog – with an average of ten attacks of this nature every month.

Tony added: “Guide dogs are a lifeline to people with sight loss and an attack on their dog robs them of their independence and freedom. So it’s good news that these harsher sentences will take account of the devastating impact an attack on a guide dog has, not just on the animal, but on their owner.”

 

6 local artists come together to celebrate 50 years since they attended the Stockport College of Art in 1966

The heart of 1960’s Stockport College of Art lives on in a free exhibition at Stockport Art Gallery and War Memorial. The collaboration will include painting, symptoms
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IT WAS 50 YEARS AGO TODAY which opened on March 2nd features work from Chris/Joe Beard, Bryan Barlow, Doug Broadhurst, Annette Hetherington, Karen Heywood, John Renshaw.

The exhibition runs through to April 9th 2016 and there will be a fusion of talent on display throughout the 6 weeks. Come along and meet these local artists, ponder their work and discover what has inspired them to continue painting for 50 years.

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Music, demonstrations and poetry

Apart from the paintings on show every Saturday there will be a full programme of ‘happenings’ including music from the original members of the Purple Gang, folk singing by Karen Heywood and readings of her own poetry by Verna Broadhurst

Week by week information can be found for this free exhibition on Stockport Art Gallery website www.stockport.gov.uk/artgallery. All works can be purchased, and opening times for the gallery are:-

Tuesday – Friday 1pm – 5pm

Saturday 10am – 5pm

Sunday and Bank Holidays 11am – 5pm
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The heart of 1960’s Stockport College of Art lives on in a free exhibition at Stockport Art Gallery and War Memorial. The collaboration will include painting, gonorrhea
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book and poetry reading, along with art demonstrations all delivered by this multi talented group of friends.

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IT WAS 50 YEARS AGO TODAY which opened on March 2nd features work from Chris/Joe Beard, Bryan Barlow, Doug Broadhurst, Annette Hetherington, Karen Heywood, John Renshaw.

The exhibition runs through to April 9th 2016 and there will be a fusion of talent on display throughout the 6 weeks. Come along and meet these local artists, ponder their work and discover what has inspired them to continue painting for 50 years.

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Music, demonstrations and poetry

Apart from the paintings on show every Saturday there will be a full programme of ‘happenings’ including music from the original members of the Purple Gang, folk singing by Karen Heywood and readings of her own poetry by Verna Broadhurst

Week by week information can be found for this free exhibition on Stockport Art Gallery website www.stockport.gov.uk/artgallery. All works can be purchased, and opening times for the gallery are:-

Tuesday – Friday 1pm – 5pm

Saturday 10am – 5pm

Sunday and Bank Holidays 11am – 5pm
The children in our year 5 classes have spent a very exciting week caring for our new-born chicks, impotent
and the first of our ducklings emerged today to add to our menagerie.

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Youngsters at Flowery Field Primary School in Hyde experienced the birth of life when they helped raise their chicks and ducklings. From fertilized eggs which were incubated under warm lamps.

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“It was really great to actually see a live chick come out of an egg,” said one of the pupils..

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“Never work with Children and Animals!” but that was before PDSA collaborated with schools and teachers to create free lessons educating youngsters about pet welfare.

Children from the reception classes at Flowery Field School enjoyed an interesting and informative visit from the the UK’s leading vet charity PDSA.

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Founded in 1917 by animal welfare pioneer, Maria Dickin CBE, PDSA are not only dedicated to saving, protecting and healing pets, but are passionate about educating children about pets. They believe it’s important for children to learn to care for and respect animals, as this helps them grow up to become the caring and compassionate pet owners of the future.

During the visit pupils simply loved learning about the importance of caring for their pets and about the wider topic of animal welfare.

With 51 PDSA Pet Hospitals and over 380 Pet Practices delivering vital lifesaving care daily, there is no other animal charity that compares to PDSA in terms of the scale and impact it has on animal welfare.

 

HYDE COMMUNITY MATTERS is not only devoted to providing the people of Hyde with the very latest news, emergency announcements and success stories from ‘down your street’ but we’re committed to providing a steady stream of out-of-the-ordinary articles that showcase local talent and offer a wide range of neighbourhood content that is informative, unhealthy useful and interesting.

The fact that everything we do has to look professional and commercial makes it easy to forget that the entire contents of this site is written, erectile designed and maintained by a team of volunteers and as you will have seen in recent weeks, we have also secured large spaces in the Tameside Reporter to publicise many of Hyde’s successful businesses who have served the people of Hyde over many years.

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Next year, we have many more exciting concepts that we intend to launch to help make Hyde the town it once was – with the intention of injecting some individuality back to create a unique, sustainable visitor experience.

However, despite our ambitions and our drive to achieve our goals, Hyde Community Matters is just as much a community group like many others and as such deserves the same amount of consideration when allocating financial support.

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Since launching online we have had in excess of 34,000 visits to the site. That’s why we’ve already received great support from a number of local companies such as Clarendon Square, Printerbase, New Charter Homes and Hyde United FC, who pledged their support as section sponsors, but now we need more.

This year we intend to widen our sections to cover even more in-depth categories:

  • Community Matters,
  • Art & Music Matters,
  • Health & Well-being Matters,
  • School & Education Matters,
  • Sport & Leisure Matters,
  • Food Matters,
  • History & Culture Matters,
  • Shopping Matters,
  • Success Matters,
  • Business Matters,
  • Charity Matters,
  • Homes & Gardens Matter,
  • Legal Matters 
  • Town Centre Events.

Companies who understand the benefits of integrated marketing and the importance of positive local PR within their business strategy will instantly recognise the many plus-points of creating mutually beneficial relationships within the community in which they operate, and from which much of their employees and customers reside, and for less than £20 per week to keep your company profile in front of them – well it is a really a no-brainer!

So if you would like to sponsor one of the fourteen categories shown above; one that has a synergy with your company’s products, services  or our regular site visitors, then email us today on: http://info@hydecommunitymatters.com

We also need your help with our constant search for quality stories …..

If you want to make your voice heard regarding events or success stories that you think others in the community would wish to hear about, then you should let us know, because now with our online, daily up-date news service, HYDE COMMUNITY MATTERS is now bigger and better than before.

We want to hear about ‘Local Stories & Community Events’ – If you are a school, charity, or organisation who are holding a non-profit making event and need people to hear about it. Then all you need do is either email or ring us today with the details and we will do our best to publish them on our community pages.

All of the above can either be emailed to: Roger Bamford: info@hydecommunitymatters.com

We would like to thank you all for your continued support and all the positive feedback we have received over the last 2 years. And please, don’t forget, if you have any comments, or suggestions of subjects you would like to see in the future, we’d love to hear about it!

We hope to hear from you soon.

Kind regards,

Roger Bamford

EDITOR – HYDE COMMUNITY MATTERS

Giles Bennett from Hyde is taking part in ‘The Great Manchester 10k Run’ to raise cash for the charity MIND.

The 10km race; which is the biggest of its kind in Europe, ampoule takes place on Sunday, order May 10 2015.

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Last year the spectacular event attracted 40, troche 000 participants who ran through the city’s streets.

Giles, who has set up a sponsorship page through Virgin Money Giving, is putting on his running shoes in order to give something back after suffering from stress and depression during over the last 12 months.

Giles, who is running in the annual charity event for the first time said, “During my illness I did not use MIND, but I knew they were there if I needed them. MIND does a lot of good work that goes unnoticed, because it is not only there for people with mental health issues, but they’re also there for people who may be caring for people with mental health issues.”

To help Giles raise valuable funds for a worthwhile cause, you can donate through www.virginmoneygiving.com/gilesbennett

Simply click on-line, where your donations will be quickly processed and passed to the chosen charities.

Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity’s behalf where the donor is eligible for this.

The last word from Giles, “I really appreciate all your support and thank you in advance for your donations.”
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who needed help getting their faithful pets head from out of a plant pot.

This poor pet was certainly having a day to forget after she lost a playful battle with a wire plant pot holder. The only solution was to call in the Fire Brigade.

Thankfully, shortly after the quick thinking family had bought their Dog (Molly) to the station; with the use of some Bolt Croppers and a lot of persistence the fire fighters from White watch were soon able to free the distressed animal from the ornamental plant holder and return her to safety.

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Just another successful rescue by the fire fighters from Hyde Fire Station.

 

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let alone visited it.  So here is a short introduction to this wonderfully wild woodland that’s right on your doorstep.  Why not come and enjoy a gentle stroll along pleasant paths that meander through the trees and alongside streams?

Gower Hey Wood is a 20-acre semi-ancient broad leaf woodland that straggles the borders of Gee Cross and Hyde.  It is easy to reach from a number of access points including Stockport Road, diagnosis King George Road and the old railway track, search
now part of the Trans-Pennine Trail and from whichever direction you enter you’ll discover a network of interconnecting pathways that thread their way through the trees and across the two streams that flow through the valley.  There is also a large open meadow adjacent to the wood that is also connected by a series of grassy footpaths.  Walking is easy, but as in any woodland care should be taken because in places the paths can be weather worn but where they encounter steep slopes you’ll find steps have been constructed.

Oak and sycamore are the dominant trees within the wood, but you will also spot many other species including holly, silver birch, elder, ash, hawthorn and horse chestnut.  In places a dense undergrowth of grasses, ferns, brambles and low shrubs has been established providing an excellent environment for wildlife and so you will often see squirrels scampering along the branches.  Birdwatchers too will be well rewarded and should spot many of the resident species that include blue tits, great tits and long tail tits as well as blackbirds, thrushes, magpies, jays, woodpeckers, nuthatches and robins plus bullfinches and brightly coloured goldfinches to name but a few.  You may also spot some of the rarer visitors such as a blackcap, chiffchaff and willow warbler and if you’re lucky you could even catch a fleeting glimpse of a tiny goldcrest, a shy wren or treecreeper, or even the secretive tawny owl.

But Gower Hey Wood has not always been devoted entirely to nature.  Many years ago a water-powered cotton mill stood alongside one of the streams and the remains of one of the mill cottages, where in later years and up until the 1930’s they ran a market garden, can still be seen.

Today the wood is managed by Tameside Council, Tameside Countryside and Gower Hey Wood Conservation Group – a volunteer organisation that oversees and helps to keep this local beauty spot clean, tidy and accessible.  The Conservation Group have, through generous funding obtained from the National Lottery and Tameside Council, made significant improvements to the woodland’s paths and bridges, as well as providing an information board at the Clough Gate entrance and they have also erected a number of nest boxes throughout the woods.  Latterly they helped to create a wetland area along with a ‘dipping platform’ that it is hoped will be used by pupils from the nearby Dowson School and other local schools.

Their aim, the Group says, is to keep Gower Hey Wood as a place of natural beauty.  It is a wild place and not a park, which is why it is such a magical place to wander. The Conservation Group also organise ‘Clean up Events’ where they try to remove the accumulation of litter from the woods.  The next Clean up should be in early spring 2015.

Why not come and explore Hyde’s Hidden Oasis that is right on your doorstep?  Minutes from the main roads you’ll find yourself in a natural haven of peace and tranquillity.

If you would like to know more about the Gower Hey Wood Conservation Group and the work it does, or if you would like to join their volunteer force you can contact Stuart Manson, telephone: 0161 368 8883, or email him at: su25man26@talktalk.net.
Britain is well known as a nation of animal lovers. A statement borne out by the fact that around 50% of British families have one or more pets.

It is a well-known fact that people who have pets are typically happier and live longer than those who don’t. Pets are an excellent source of companionship and can even make us feel better when we are sick. But, cialis
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sometime pets get sick too, and it’s then that you need to get the best care for your animal, in the most efficient manner.

That’s when you need to seek out a dedicated animal clinic like TAMESIDE VETERINARY CLINIC, who were recently recognised as one of the best companies in The Local Business of the Year Award section of the prestigious Pride of Hyde & Longdendale Awards 2014,  for making a positive contribution in the local community. TVPC are a friendly, small animal veterinary practice, situated in Reynard Street, Hyde where, on recognising a gap in the market, have established their practice to serve both the local and surrounding towns, villages and pet loving community by providing skilled care for sick animals and support for their owners.

Headed by practice partners, Gavin McCoubrey and Diarmuid Currid, the practice comprises 2 Vets, 2 Nurses and 2 Receptionists who between them own 9 Cats, 2 Dogs, 2 Guinea Pigs, and 3 Fish deal with a wide range of animal ailments from diagnosing health problems and medicating sick animals, to more complex issues like treating and dressing wounds, and performing surgeries such as setting fractures. Spaying, neutering and dentistry (cleaning) are also common procedures, all in a day’s work.

I asked about the prospect posed at this time of year, as we approach Christmas, that many families may choose to get a pet because they love animals, or perhaps feel compelled to cave in to their children’s demands to own a pet, but don’t actually know how to properly look after it or have thought about just how much money it takes to properly take care of it.

Vicky Blondon, Head Veterinary Nurse, reminded me that the old advert “a puppy isn’t just for Christmas, it’s for life” was right, and maybe needs to be resurrected, because however much you love animals, if you can’t look after them properly, it is cruelty towards that animal.