Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Willow Wood’s two ‘Light Up A Life’ dedication services have now taken place and, as always, were both uplifting and emotional as hundreds gathered to remember loved ones.

For the first time this year the Book of Memories has been available online, and many in our community have left messages of love and remembrance.   The Book will remain open for the rest of this year and throughout 2019 so that dedications can be revisited at other special times, such as birthdays and anniversaries.

We know that this will bring comfort to many: indeed, by leaving the Book open dedications can be made at significant dates throughout the year.  It’s also good to know that as you remember your loved ones, you are at the same time helping those who need our care.  A £10 gift will pay for a patient’s meals for one day, £25 will pay for an hour of complementary therapy and £50 would gift a full half hour of nursing care in our in-patient unit.  What a wonderful way to honour that unique and special person.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped and supported ‘Light Up A Life’ this year, and we invite you to view your dedications by visiting www.willowwood.info .

Diners at the Amaani restaurant, during a recent ‘Foods around the World’

So, as we say farewell to 2018, the invariably cold month of January always seems a dark and dismal time after the parties and celebrations of New Year.  That’s why it’s good to have something different to look forward to, and Willow Wood’s latest FOODS AROUND THE WORLD – IN TAMESIDE & GLOSSOP which takes place on 30 January 2019, certainly fits the bill.

For the latest stop on our culinary cruise we’re visiting South Africa, with a very tasty meal at the Cask & Kitchen in Glossop.  There’ll be Biltong nibbles on arrival, skewers of Boerewars (spiced farmer’s sausage) and Pap (cornmeal with a tomato and onion sauce) as a starter and then a choice of Bobotie (fruity Cape Malay curry) or Oxtail Potijie (slow roasted Afrikaans stew).

Elaine McConnell, event organiser, said: “I do love organising the ‘Foods around the World’ trips.  They always have such a great atmosphere and this one should be really special.  Few of us have probably been to South Africa, so it’s an opportunity to sample their distinctive dishes, and at just £22 per person it’s a very affordable treat.”


If you’d like to be part of this gastronomic journey you can book online at www.willowwood.info, or contact the fundraising department on 0161 330 7788 or fundraising@willowwood.info.



Well known for bringing annual Christmas cheer to our streets at this time of the year, Hyde Rotary President, Karen Dorney, visited the Oakdale School in Dukinfield earlier this week to present headmistress Tina Tray with a cheque for £250.00.

There were squeals of joy from the children as the funds were handed over as it was announced that the funds will be used to buy Christmas presents for the children who have special needs.

The presents will be handed to the children when Father Christmas visits the schools Christmas party on Friday 14th December.

Speaking on behalf of all the members of Hyde Rotary Club, Karen said, “Knowing that this donation will bring real joy to local children, is incredibly uplifting.”

It’s hard to believe December is here already, and at such a busy time of the year it’s very easy for the odd thing to slip your mind. We’d like to remind you to return your tickets into the Willow Wood Christmas Draw as soon as possible to ensure you’re in with a chance to win £5,000.

The draw will take place on 20 December, and all tickets must be in by 17 December at the latest. With another 12 cash prizes up for grabs as well, it’s certainly worth having a flutter. And if you haven’t got tickets, or it’s not convenient to get to a post box just log onto our website and play online! It’s easy, it’s quick and it’s totally secure.

Emma Craigmyle, clinical assistant said “With every £1 ticket you buy you’ve got another chance to hit the jackpot. Not only that, but you’ll know that every penny coming back to Willow Wood helps us continue our care for local people.

Why not go to www.willowwood.info now and have a go. You might not win the £5,000, but you’ll certainly win our gratitude.”


If you are looking to start the Christmas festivities early, there are just a couple of tables left for the Willow Wood ladies only Winter Wonderland lunch on Wednesday 12 December, so if you’d like to treat your mum, sister or best friend to an early Christmas present don’t leave it too long to book.

It’s going to be a fabulous occasion, and the imposing surroundings of Oaklands Hall, Hyde will make a suitably grand backdrop for your best party dress. The afternoon starts in style with a glass of Prosecco, followed by a delicious three course lunch. To really get you in the party mood, there’s some wonderful entertainment – it really is going to be a lovely afternoon.

You might even be able to finish off your Christmas shopping as we’ve arranged for a pop-up shop stocked with gorgeous clothes, handbags and accessories plus indulgent Body Shop toiletries.

Tickets are just £32 each and you can book online at www.willowwood.info, quickly, easily and securely.

Alternatively, ring our fundraising office on 0161 330 7788 or drop us a line at fundraising@willowwood.info. We look forward to seeing you there!

Bring your children along on Saturday the 15th of December to the Helping Hand Charity Shop on Market Street, Hyde, where SANTA will be visiting WITH A GIFT FOR EVERY CHILD* This December, children are invited to meet Father Christmas at one of the town’s most successful charity retail outlets.

For £1.00*, each child will meet Santa, and receive an early Christmas gift!

But selling good quality previously loved items, books, clothing and toys, is just one aspect of the great works that the Helping Hands Charity offers. For instance, they support students from both Tameside and Whitebridge Colleges, along with candidates from Job Centre Plus many other organisations and the community.

They also provided work experience placements for many candidates from all walks of life.

The charity is a registered ‘Disability Confident’ organisation and provides opportunities to those seeking to gain first-hand experience and training related to the retail industry. Many others benefit from ‘volunteering’ in a relaxed social working environment for a few hours a week.

Since its inception, many of the charity’s volunteers have been recognised for their work in and for the community, receiving awards, recognition and financial donations from a variety of sources including Amphorea Packaging of Hyde, the Rotary Club of Hyde, Job Centre Plus and Age UK Training. And for that they say a big, genuine ‘Thank you to all.’

If you think you too have something to offer, volunteers are most welcome to join our team and will experience working in a warm and friendly environment.

Donations too are also always welcome; our remit from the Methodist Church is to sell items at the lowest possible price to the community which means that our shop is most popular as a source of excellent value, high quality, spotlessly clean products. Our team to date have steam cleaned in excess of 45000 clothing items.

The average cost of all items sold since 2013 to date is a mere £1.30.

At The Helping Hand, they are proud of what has been achieved and the reputation they have gained during the last 6 years. They follow a robust recycling policy. And are ‘Disability Confident’ registered with the Department for Work and Pensions. They have worked with ex-offenders, and continue to work with both Tameside and Whitebridge Colleges.

They have held ‘Fashion Shows’. Worked alongside, and with the Hyde Town Team. Organised guided tours of major retailers. Taken part in carrying out mock work interviews for year 11’s with JCP and local colleges. Provided after dinner speeches and presentations to many organisations throughout Greater Manchester. Delivered courses of retail development training to in excess of 90 candidates and have helped more than 25 of those candidates to move into employment.

So, if you are looking for a worthwhile cause, come and introduce yourself to the Helping Hand team, bring your children, grandchildren nephews and nieces to visit Santa on Saturday 15th December. The event runs from 11:00am to 3.00pm      

From all at Helping Hands, we wish you, A Peaceful and extremely Happy Christmas.


Individuals, artists, groups, charities and business start-ups with an idea to benefit the Mossley community are being invited to share it at the next Mossley SOUP evening.

Mossley SOUP events aim to bring people together to promote, fundraise and support local projects that benefit the people of Mossley. The seventh Mossley SOUP evening is planned for Thursday 7 February 2019 at Emmaus Mossley and the organisers are searching for four project ideas to share on the night.

Your project idea can be about anything – from youth related, sports or environmental – to something creative or a new business start-up. The only criterion is that the project idea must be of benefit to the Mossley community.

At Mossley SOUP events, attendees donate £5 in return for food, entertainment, the opportunity to hear four project presentations, a vote and a contribution to the winner’s pot. Each presenter has four minutes to share their idea and answer four questions from the audience. The project presenter to secure the most votes goes home with all of the money raised at the door to carry out their project.

Previous Mossley SOUP dinners have raised winner’s pots of between £545 and £1,200 but all of the projects presented have benefitted in some way. This includes increased public awareness, new volunteers, donations of materials and other financial support.

To present your idea at the next Mossley SOUP dinner you will need to complete a short project proposal before Thursday 17 January. To submit a proposal online visit http://bit.ly/MossleySOUPapply


Mossley SOUP is organised by local resident volunteers with support from Mossley Town Council, The Mayor of Mossley and Emmaus Mossley. For more information and for details of future SOUP events head to http://bit.ly/MossleySOUP.



Three formerly homeless people supported by Emmaus Mossley have completed an upholstery training course and their first finished pieces are now on sale.

The trio completed a one-week training course, funded by the Emmaus UK Companion Training Fund and delivered by NFS Upholstery is Stalybridge. Each trainee began their course by making and covering a small foot stool and then each chose a different type of chair to upholster.

Alex McGorrin was one of the three members of the Emmaus Mossley community who completed the upholstery training course.

Alex said: “The course has given me loads of new skills and given me a lift. I’m now in the workshop more often, bringing furniture back to life.”

All the finished upholstered pieces are now on sale at the Emmaus Mossley Second-hand Superstore. They include a high winged-back reading chair, chaise-longue and matching footstool, and an armchair with matching footstool.

Alison Hill, Director of Emmaus Mossley, said: “Helping our community members to use, develop and gain skills to enable them to progress in their lives is what Emmaus is all about. We’re delighted with the training delivered and glad that our trainees have already been able to put their skills to good use on a variety of projects.”

Following on from the course, trainees Alex and Pete upholstered a chair that was used for ‘Are You Sitting comfortably’ – an art installation by Emma Turner that was exhibited as part of the recent International Arts & Homelessness Festival in Manchester. Furniture items have also been repaired and upholstered for sale in the Emmaus Mossley Superstore.

Emmaus Mossley supports 26 formerly homeless people by providing them with a home and work in a community setting. The charity runs a social enterprise in Mossley, selling donated and up-cycled furniture, household goods, clothes, bric-a-brac and vintage wares.

To find out more or support Emmaus Mossley head to www.emmaus.org.uk/mossley. If you would like to get involved or donate an item, please call 01457 838608 or visit the store at Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley OL5 9AH.

GREATER Manchester has been honoured as an ‘Innovator of the Decade’ for its work to make sure pets are looked after at times of emergency.

The RSPCA has announced that the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities Civil Contingencies and Resilience Unit (CCRU) have won its most prestigious award, the Innovator of the Decade. The unit is one of just two organisations in the whole of England and Wales to ever be given the accolade.

The award is recognising the work that has been done to ensure that pets and animals are among the priority considerations during an emergency response thanks to Greater Manchester’s use of the pioneering 3Ps during evacuation and shelter planning: People, Pets, and Possessions.

In Greater Manchester a Strategic Multi-Agency Pet Evacuation Plan has been developed, giving guidance to all responding agencies on what they need to consider in relation to pets during a major emergency, including identifying space for pets in rest and evacuation centres and giving guidance for dealing with lost and left pets.

The need for a proper plan for animals in case of an emergency was highlighted in June 2012 when a large explosion seriously damaged a number of homes in Shaw in Oldham, sadly killing toddler Jamie Heaton and leading to the evacuation of nearly 250 properties.

As the explosion had taken place during the day, many residents were at work and the pets had been left behind, as people returned home, they gathered at the cordon worried about their pets and some even considered going through the cordon to get their animals.

The council started a detailed spreadsheet with a variety of information, including the details of any pets left in properties which was then used throughout the process of rescuing pets from homes and reuniting them with their owners. All the pets, including dogs, cats, hamsters, tortoises, ferrets and terrapins, were rescued and returned to their owners thanks to this method.

The incident highlighted that during emergency evacuations pets could be overlooked and that the approach across Greater Manchester for pets was varied and inconsistent, emergency services also had little plans in place for what to do. The 3Ps now ensure that pets are at the heart of our emergency response.

Kathy Oldham, Greater Manchester’s Chief Resilience Officer said: “People’s pets are very often part of the family so it is only right that at times of emergency, we look out for them as well. When people are forced to leave their homes it can be extremely stressful and making sure their pets are included in our planning can help to make things that little bit easier for people.

“It is a real honour for Greater Manchester to be given this award and we will continue to work hard to put animals at the heart of the work we do.”

The 3Ps was highlighted during the Wing Fat wholesale company fire in October 2017, which evacuated many properties. One couple with a dog attended a rest centre and could not stay with family and friends. The tactical officer from the local authority and the reception centre manager went out of their way to find the couple a pet friendly hotel and arrange transport for them.

Staff from the Unit attended a Winners Reception in London yesterday (Tuesday, November 27) to collect their award.

Rachel Williams, senior parliamentary advisor for the RSPCA, said: “The Innovator of the Decade judges wanted to recognise the unit for the 3Ps contingency planning work as they are still, so many years after the tragic gas explosion that inspired it, the country-leaders in this area.

“Their proactive approach to recognising and promoting animals in their contingency planning work is unmatched – and has a clear and tangible effect on both animal and human welfare.”

World COPD Day fell on Wednesday 21 November, and Willow Wood used this day to raise awareness both of the condition, and awareness of the fact that we can help those who have the condition.

Many of you may not know what COPD is: it is in fact an umbrella term, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which describes a number of lung conditions.  These include bronchitis, emphysema and refractory (non-reversible) asthma, all of which make breathing more difficult as they progress.  Symptoms can vary, but include breathlessness, frequent coughing, tightness in the chest, and wheezing.

It can be a very debilitating condition, and as it progresses leads to a lower quality of life.  Many can end up needing oxygen to help them breathe.  However, Willow Wood can help people self-manage and take some control back.  A first step in this direction could be by joining our O2 cafes, which meet on Mondays or Wednesdays.

We can provide both physiotherapy and complementary therapies; physiotherapy can help both with exercise and with breathing techniques, while our complementary therapies aid relaxation, and thus a better quality of sleep.   Emotional support can be a huge benefit; making friendships and talking to others with COPD can open up new horizons and make you feel so much more positive.

Our highly trained staff and volunteers are always on hand should you need further support, and they will also help you understand and manage the condition.  The more you understand your symptoms and treatments, the better able you are to cope with any flare-ups, possibly reducing the need for a hospital visit.

Some members of the O2 café have been coming for many months now, like Janet who said “I’ve been coming since October 2017, and I love it.  It’s my day out in the week and the support I get is fantastic.”   Lorraine agrees, “Everyone says how much happier I am now, I really think I wouldn’t be here without Willow Wood – I was ready to go. Initially, I didn’t want to come, I was shaking, but it’s helped me so much I couldn’t do without it now.  I even cancel other appointments if they clash with the O2 café.”

If you feel that you may benefit, please ring 0161 330 1100 and ask for the START Clinic.



New members are the lifeblood of any organisation and Hyde Rotary Club, although it was formed over 80years ago; and have maintained a steady increase in numbers, is still no exception.

Last Thursday evening, a delighted Karen Dorney, Hyde Rotary’s current President, inducted their newest member Mr David Oldham into the fold.

Karen said, “David has a vast amount of experience in voluntary community work. He has been a member of Glossop Round Table for a number of years and has chaired numerous committees; he also dedicates time to Hyde’s favourite support unit, Sandwich Angels, and we all look forward to David working with us in support of our community in the years to come.

The club are delighted that David has decided to join our growing Rotary Club in Hyde.”

With the announcement of our annual Christmas Sleigh round programme, there has never been a better time to be a member of the one of the most successful community clubs in Tameside.

Karen in her welcoming speech concluded, “We have an exciting future ahead and with your help, we can make sure that future a successful one.”


Now established as one of Hyde’s oldest and best traditions – Hyde Rotary Club’s Santa Claus’ annual sleigh route has become a series of ‘practice runs’ around the town before the elderly gentleman departs on his busy night – delivering presents to children around the world!

This year the Rotary Club’s Christmas Sleigh, steered as tradition demands by Father Christmas, will be setting off touring of the various districts in Hyde between December 1st and the 22nd.

Helped by the Rotary Club members and volunteers, Father Christmas and his helpers will be visiting various locations, including the town’s supermarkets and superstores in the run up to the festive celebrations, where they will be handing out Christmas cards and sweets.

The club will be asking you to spare your change as they collect to continue to fund fantastic causes, help support local projects and assist many worthy charities in your area in community projects throughout the year, it also gives the children the opportunity to come out and ask Father Christmas for those last minute Christmas presents; – and if you’re lucky, have a picture taken with Father Christmas.

Hyde Rotary President, Karen Dorney, 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.

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


Hyde Rotary Club Christmas Schedule 2018

Week One

Saturday 1st December ASDA Hyde 11.00am-3.00pm

Saturday 8th December B&M Manchester Road 11.00am-3.00pm

Monday 10th 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

Tuesday 11th December Godley Hyde 6.30pm-8.30pm-High Street, Carlton Road, Sheffield Road, Barmhouse Estate Fountain Street

Wednesday 12th 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 13th December Newton Hyde 6.00pm-8.00pm- Talbot Road, Bradley Green Road, Harbour Farm Road, Hickenfield Road, St Marys Road, Duke Road

Friday 14th 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

Saturday 15th December Morrison’s Hyde 11.00am-3.00pm

Week Two

Monday 17th December Newton Hyde 6.30pm-8.30-Barnfield Road, Hillary Road, Everest Road, Harris Drive, Welch Road, Danby Road, Victoria Street

Tuesday 18th 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 19th December Hattersley Hyde 6.00pm-8.30pm Underwood Road, Pudding Lane, Wardle Brook Ave, Paignton Ave, Honiton Ave, Hattersley Road West, Field Farm Road, Sgt Mark Stansfield Way, Hattersley Road East.

Thursday 20th December Newton Hyde 6.30pm-8.30pm Ferndale,St Marys Gardens Chestnut Grove, Talbot Road, Victoria Street, Glyden Close, Townley Fold, Pentland Way, Early bank Road, Lasells Fold

Saturday 22rd December Tesco Hattersley 11.00am-3.00pm

A last word from Karen, “From everyone at Hyde Rotary, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.”