Friday, October 19, 2018

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!”




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

Pictured L to R Gee Cross Fete Chair Alan Oldham, Hyde Rotary President Karen Dorney Presenting the cheque to Elaine McConnell Event Community Fundraiser at The Hospice.

The Gee Cross Fete held as usual on Sam Redfern Green on a very sunny Sunday in July was a huge success!

The sun shone down on the community as they turned out in force to the annual event where family fun and entertainment flowed throughout the day.

The popular village Fete, which is organised by The Hyde Rotary Club, raised a fabulous £7,400.00 has now been equally divided between Hyde Rotary Club and Willow Wood Hospice.

Speaking after the figures were released, Hyde Rotary President, Karen Dorney, said, “… in conjunction with the Hospice, the planning for this annual event starts in January with the committee meeting every month leading up to the event. As you can imagine; an event this size takes an awful lot of planning and time to book the entertainment, plan the field and to book the stall holders. So on behalf of the club, I would like to thank the committee for giving up their time.

This year we raised a lot of money that will not only support Willow Wood but will also enable the Hyde Rotary to help fund local charities within our own community.”

Hyde Rotary and Willow Wood would like to thank all the sponsors of the event, which include: The Gee Cross Conservative Party. All the Programme sponsors and local business who donated raffle prizes, Hyde United Football Club, The stall holders, All the Entertainers ,Joshua Littlehales from Tameside Radio, Jake Kelly, the Scouts and Guides, Holy Trinity Church and anybody else we may have missed.

The event next year will be held on Sunday 23rd June 2019



A team of formerly homeless people supported by Emmaus are gearing up for a charity football match against a team from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Tameside.

The Emmaus Vs GMP Tameside Charity Football Match will take place on Sunday 21 October at Seel Park in Mossley. The family-friendly event will also include local club mascots, a penalty shoot-out challenge, charity raffle, inflatable assault course, axe throwing, archery and face painting. All of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Homelessness Fund.

The match is being organised by GMPs Tameside Division with support from Emmaus Mossley, Mossley A.F.C and Oldham Athletic Community Trust.

Players taking part in a previous Emmaus Charity Football Match-at-Seel-Park

PC Steve Naylor from Greater Manchester Police, said: “Homelessness is a big issue in Tameside and something we come across on a daily basis which is why we are passionate and happy to support such a worthwhile cause. This is why myself and other officers from Tameside have given up our own time to help organise and take part in the event.”

Some of the great raffle prizes have been donated by Active Tameside, Cineworld, Nando’s, Hollywood Bowl, Indian Ocean Restaurant, Manchester City FC, Manchester United FC, Oldham Athletic FC, Salford City FC, The Broadoak Hotel, The White Hart, Tranquillity Cosmetics and the Village Hotel in Ashton.

Paul Hett Limited in Hyde has donated the winner’s trophy and player of the match award. Jigsaw Homes has sponsored the event, by supplying the inflatable activities from Jalmac Leisure, and One Adventure Droylsden are supporting the event with activities on the day. St John’s Ambulance will also provide first aid support on the day.

The Emmaus team consists of formerly homeless people who are now supported by Emmaus communities in the North West. Emmaus communities support formerly homeless people by providing them with a home and work in a community setting. Each Emmaus runs different social enterprises, providing work and development opportunities whilst generating income to sustain the work of the charity.

Harry Barlow, Community Leader at Emmaus Mossley, said: “Our Emmaus team are looking forward to playing at Seel Park again and taking on the players from GMP Tameside. This event is a great way for the community to come together for a fun afternoon to raise awareness and funds to help tackle homelessness.

“I would like to give massive thanks to GMP Tameside, Mossley AFC, Oldham Athletic Community Trust and all of the businesses who have donated raffle prizes to support this event.”

The Emmaus Charity Football Match will take place on Sunday 21 October from 1pm at Mossley A.F.C, Seel Park, 11 Market St, Mossley OL5 0ES. Entertainment for all ages will be on offer throughout the day as well as food, drinks and a charity raffle. Admission will be £5 and free for under-16s.

For anyone who can’t make it on the day but would like to support the event you can donate online at

To find out more or support Emmaus head to


Determined daughter Rachael Thompson is set to scale new heights when she undertakes the challenge of a lifetime by trekking to the Everest Base Camp.

Rachael is setting off on the adventure to raise funds for a charity close to her heart.

The 34-year-old, from Padfield near Glossop, explained: “Everest has always been on my bucket list. I love a challenge and this is the ultimate one for me.

“But I have decided to use this chance to raise awareness of the importance of kidney research to help with transplants, dialysis, medication etc and to raise as much money as possible.

“I have funded the trip myself and 100 per cent of all donations will go straight to the charity.”

Rachael explained that her father, Lee Thompson, 64, a retired chartered building surveyor for High Peak Borough Council, has benefitted from receiving a new kidney just weeks ago.

“I know the importance of such kidney research, and I would like this to be my way of contributing and saying thanks,” she said.

Her father’s treatment has been a long journey spanning back years to initial diagnosis at Tameside Hospital in 2011.

As his kidneys failed he was twice placed on the transplant list – but the average waiting time is three years and eight months before a match is found.

Lee’s kidneys made a slight recovery following medication over the years and he came off the transplant list, only to be advised he would ultimately require a transplant.

Fortunately, after going back on the list he waited only 20 days before a match was found and underwent the operation on September 28.

He has since been discharged from hospital but his recovery will take many months and he will be constantly monitored.

Lee has received care and treatment at Stepping Hill and the Manchester Royal Infirmary renal unit, which carries out more than 200 transplants every year.

“The staff and team of the MRI renal unit were amazing,” said Rachael.

“My dad has nothing but praise for their professional and selfless attitude to their work.

“Without the help of Kidney Research UK none of this would have even been possible, so I’m raising money to help fund further research.

Lee and Rachael

“Whilst my dad was in hospital I spoke to a few people who underwent a similar procedure and each and every one of them are beyond grateful for their donors, and without the selfless act of donors and their families my dad and others would not have had this second chance.”

Rachael, who works at Glossop’s Tesco Pharmacy added: “At first everyone thought I was silly for trekking to Everest Base Camp as I have Raynauds disease, but now they are happy and supportive, even more so because I’m doing it also to raise awareness and money for Kidney Research UK.”

Raynauds disease can cause some areas of the body, like fingers and toes, to feel numb and cold in response to cold temperatures.

Rachael has been busy training for the challenge, as she puts it, ‘in her own back yard’.

“I have always loved being outdoors but my love for the hills probably started properly only about four years ago,” she says.

“Since then I spend most of my spare time hiking somewhere. My training ground for my trek is my own back yard… Bleaklow, Kinder, Black Hill, The Great Ridge and many other areas within the Peak District. I have scaled Snowdon and explored The Lake district. If there’s a hill then I’ll climb it.”

Rachael will embark on the challenge in two weeks time and is attempting to raise as much money as possible for the charity.

If you would like to support her effort she has set up a just giving page which can be found at


Volunteer Wayne at the recent Willow Wood volunteers' party, along with fellow volunteer Angie.

This week is Hospice Care Week, and Willow Wood would like to mark the occasion with some words from volunteer Wayne.  Wayne was inspired to volunteer after we cared for his mum, and his words illustrate perfectly how our care for our community results in our community caring for us.

“Approximately twelve months after the passing of my Mum in Willow Wood, I began volunteering for the Hospice. There was never any doubt in my mind that this was what I would eventually hope to do as my Mum, myself and my family were so wonderfully cared for, both during Mum’s illness and after her death. I could think of no better way to say ‘thank you’ and, no matter how indirectly, to help the hospice just a little in the continuation of its wonderful work for the people of Tameside and Glossop.

The work I do is varied and always personally satisfying. I have assisted in a number of outside and internal events, the Midnight Walk, various aspects of the annual Light up a Life event and the Summer and Winter Fetes, to name just a few. I also undertake deliveries to local schools and businesses and, whilst doing so, it comes across to me so many times how loved and valued Willow Wood really is.

Raising money for the Hospice is clearly of vital importance. It currently costs around £2.5m annually to maintain free services to Tameside and Glossop residents. I have raised funds by raising sponsorship for my participation in the Morecambe Bay Walk and the IKEA Abseil. I am also presently trying to raise sponsorship for ‘The Ton of Love for Willow Wood’ event.

The perception of Willow Wood as a gloomy or morbid place is completely wrong. The atmosphere is strikingly positive and happy. I have made a lot of friends and I love working here (which is more than I could say during the course of my normal working life!)  I hope I can volunteer for as long as I’m able, because whatever I can do for the Hospice will never compare to what the Hospice has done for me.”

Wonderful words from a wonderful volunteer.


Willow Wood offer their sincere thanks to Wayne and all their many hundreds of volunteers, supporters and fundraisers who show their care for Willow Wood in so many ways.




On Friday 19th October, ‘Elvis’ will enter the building, as Elvis impersonator, Robert Morris, offers an exciting tribute to the king. 

An impressive repertoire of ground breaking Rock-n-roll hits, Movie songs and multi-million selling number one hits from yesteryear will be convincingly delivered live in a true Elvis style that’s sure to have you dancing and shaking those hips in the isles!

This promises to be a fantastic fun night of pure breathtaking entertainment with all proceeds going to help fund the vital services that the volunteer members of Blood Bikes Manchester provide to the community.

This fundraising event will be hosted at the Denton West Club, Grosvenor Street, Denton M34 3WN


Tickets are £5 and are available by contacting:


You can also book your tickets behind the bar at the Denton West Club.

Alternatively you can speak to one of our volunteers at one of our events or pay on the door.

So, make a date to listen to ‘The King’ at the ‘Night of Elvis’ on Friday 19th October from 7.30pm with show starting at 8pm – but hurry as numbers are limited!

Paul Redfern, speaking on behalf of the Blood Bikes Manchester volunteers said, “We held this show 2 years ago and made £500 at a different venue, and hopefully we are aiming to do this again or even increase it!”