Thursday, June 29, 2017

Put a big ring around Thursday 6th July if you want to witness a feast of ‘fun-day’ football as two sessions of soccer are staged at Hyde United’s Ewen Fields.

In the afternoon, the ground will swell to see guest teams battle it out for The BILL FOULKES over 60’s, 6v6 Memorial Trophy.

Kicking off at 3.00pm, the teams will comprise veterans from: Chaddy Park Veterans, Curzon Ashton Select, Middleton Legend and Seizan Kickers along with Guests Ex- Pro Star Players.

Then to cap off the day, a further friendly charity match has been arranged between Man City Former Players XI and the Japanese touring team, Seizan Kickers who are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a tour of the UK.

The kick off for this match has been set at: 7.00pm.

Players involved will include Peter Barnes (Capt), Colin Hendry, Les Chapman, Tony Barrass, Jeff Whitley & many more; who will compete in a fun-filled electrifying football match all in aid of Arthritis UK.

Admission to both events is by donation with all proceeds in aid of Arthritis Research UK

It may be the more traditional sports that spring to mind when thinking of Japan, and certainly sumo, karate and kendo have many participants and followers, but as with many aspects of Japanese culture, the modern game of football has many thousands of enthusiastic fans sitting alongside the more traditional sports.

Many football fans of a certain age may well recall England’s Gary Lineker winding down his career with Nagoya Grampus Eight in the early 1990’s and between 1988 and 1991, the Manchester United legend Bill Foulkes managed the Japanese side FC Mazda before he returned to England in 1992

So, make a date to get down to Hyde United FC on Thursday 6th July 2017 and be part of this feast of football.


As you get older, it becomes even more important to remain active if you want to stay healthy and maintain your independence. And now, thanks to a grant of £300 to Hurst Circle of Friends (HCoF) distributed by Tameside 4 Good (helping good causes) the older people of the Ashton community group are now feeling much better as they take part in keep fit sessions at Hurst Community Centre.

The grant was to pay for an instructor to provide the keep fit sessions over a 12 month period, and involving chairs, balls, scarves and stretchy bands, designed to keep everyone fit.

Elsie Humphries said, “I really enjoying going to the club; it gets me out of the house and I do feel much better by taking part in the keep fit program, thanks to the grant from Tameside 4 Good.

The HCoF meets every Thursday at Hurst Community Centre in Ashton from 1.00pm to 3.00pm but occasionally times do change.

The programme is as follows: first week games, the second is the keep fit session, third week is a trip out and on the fourth week they host a guest speaker.

If you would like to join in with the friends group, all the dates are on calendar or contact or 07931765120.



Gtr Mcr Libraries launch Big Ideas Generators at Oldham Library Pictured Brain Ashley Arts Council England - Kathy Settle Library Taskforce - Wendy Breakell Breaking Into Business - Neil MacInnes Head of libraries

Greater Manchester libraries are introducing a new initiative that aims to help people across the city region launch their own start-up businesses. 

The Big Ideas Generators project will deliver personalised one-to-one business information sessions to visitors at libraries across all 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester. Library visitors will also have the opportunity to attend ‘How to’ sessions and workshops to help them with their new business ventures.

The project is focused on reaching residents across the city region; particularly people currently under represented in the business world, such as women and BAME residents.

Participants will be able to develop ideas that could be turned into start-up businesses and provide the chance to learn about trading through courses on eBay and Etsy.

The libraries will become informal networking spaces enabling budding entrepreneurs to link up with each other and share ideas.

Local people will be given access to vital information and digital support to help turn their ideas into reality. Specialist training in skills such as 3D printing will also be on offer.

In March, Greater Manchester libraries were awarded £250,000 by Arts Council England as part of the Libraries Innovation Fund.  This funding will now be used to support the Big Ideas Generators project.

Sir Richard Leese, Deputy Mayor for Economic Growth and Business, and Leader of Manchester City Council said: “Our libraries are vital community hubs, where everybody, no matter their age or background, is able to access the latest information and technologies. This is an exciting opportunity to boost to our business community across the city region, and ensure local people are able to reach their full potential.”





It’s going to be a very busy few weeks for members of the Blood Bikes Manchester, with lots of activity driven to raise the profile of the vital service they provide to the community.

You can meet them on Saturday 17th June at Aldwinians Rugby Club where the club are holding their annual Fun Day.

On the day, the Blood Bikes Manchester will be displaying some of their fleet alongside their exhibition road show caravan, to raise public awareness of their service.

On Friday 23rd June from 10am till 4pm, the Blood Bikes Manchester will be out with their collection buckets at Morrison’s Denton, and the following day on Saturday 24th June the charity will be holding a coffee morning at 10am till 12noon in the Woodley Civic Hall, Stockport Rd, Woodley.

Come along and meet the Blood Bikes at any of the above venues and support a worthy charity.

Following last year’s successful event which saw over 1400 visitors to Hyde United’s Ewen Fields ground, The Rising Moon Motorcycle Club are once again playing host to one of the most popular events in Hyde’s Public Events Calendar.

This annual event is organised by members of the Rising Moon Motorcycle Club; a family oriented club that helps charities and community groups from around the Northwest, and this premier event is specifically in aid of their nominated charity, Blood Bikes Manchester, which is based in Hyde.

The show opens on Sunday the 18th June 2017 from 11am – 4pm at the Walker Lane Stadium Car Park, where, as well as the many Bikes’, Trikes’ and Scooters’ on display, will be Live Music, Food & Drink, plus Stalls, Trophies, a fabulous Raffle and wealth of family entertainment.

Entrance to the Bike Show is £2.00 (over 14’s – under 16’s MUST be accompanied)

Come and join us this July for the Gee Cross Annual Summer Fête. With children’s rides, music, outdoor food and drink and exhibitors selling a fabulous range of produce, it’s sure to offer a fantastic and entertaining fun-filled family experience.

The Summer Fete is one of Tameside’s annual events not to be missed! Taking place this year the Gee Cross Village Fête is on Sunday 2nd July, from 11.00am until 4.30pm – On Sam Redfern Green, Gee Cross and it promises to be bigger and better than previous years.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Taking part this year will be The Tame Valley Vintage and Classic Car Club, Craft Stalls, Circus Shows, Dance Troupes, Bands, Morris Dancers, Singers and a Mega Raffle.

On the green there will be Children’s Amusements, a Licensed Bar, Catering Facilities and not forgetting Woody the Willow Wood Mascot.

The Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Joyce Bowerman will be in attendance to officially open the fête at 12.00pm.

From craft, home ware, gifts and jewellery to plants and original artwork, this has to be one of the North West’s greatest days out for all the family, so please come along and support Hyde Rotary Club and their chosen charity Willow Wood, Hospice.


Last Thursday at the Oakland’s Hall, Hyde Rotary President, Kevin Maddox inducted two new members, to this popular Rotary Club.

Welcoming retired nurse Sheila Taylor and MRI nurse Karen Connolly to the grass-roots organisation, Kevin, speaking on behalf of the club said he would like to wish Karen and Sheila a long and successful experience in the Rotary family.

The new members were initially introduced to the thriving and active Rotary Club in Hyde by Karen Dorney, who, following the evenings proceedings, explained that having invited Sheila and Karen to a number of visits to the club and Rotary charity events over the last two months, they were both impressed and enjoyed the meetings and fellowship that the club had to offer.                                                                                                                                                                       Sheila said, “Karen invited me to the club meetings and I was so impressed with the work that the members do within the local community I just wanted to be part of it.”

Jonathan Reynolds, for the last 7 years was Member of Parliament for Stalybridge and Hyde, today got his first tattoo, as part of an initiative launched by a constituent in response to the Manchester terror attack.

Sam Barber, a tattoo artist from Stalybridge, launched the Manchester Tattoo Appeal this week to raise funds for the Crowdfounder appeal following Monday’s atrocity at the Arena. This Sunday and Monday, tattoo artists across Greater Manchester will give their time for free to tattoo thousands of Mancunians with a worker bee design, the symbol for Manchester.

Jonathan, 36, had his bee tattooed to his forearm at Sam’s studio in Drolysden this afternoon, to support the initiative.

Jonathan said: “When I read about Sam’s idea for the tattoo appeal, I thought it was perfect –a positive, unifying and brilliantly Mancunian response. Not hundreds but thousands of people from all parts of Greater Manchester have signed up – old, gay, straight, people of all faiths and none. We will bump into each other down the pub and in the supermarket sporting our worker bees for life. This is going to raise considerable funds for the appeal, but more importantly, it shows that when I city is knocked down, we get back up, we stand together, we do things our way and we will not be divided.

I’ll admit as a first-timer I was pretty nervous about getting it done –but it didn’t hurt as much as I’d feared, and Sam was brilliant at reassuring me. I’d like to thank her for her time and her wonderful idea. Stalybridge is proud of you and Manchester is proud of you. Good luck to everyone who has signed up! “.

Emma Meredith-Stone Clockwork, David Sharples Action Together Tameside 4 Good, Lorna Meredith Clockwork Director.

Richmond Street Community Centre (RSCC) in Ashton had a team building day run by David Sharples from Action Together and Lorna Meredith Director of Clockwork Nursery.

David explained the project is to get better team spirit in businesses by them carrying out a voluntary teamwork project in the community.

The project for the day at RSCC was painting, carrying out a few small repairs, tiling the kitchen and general cleaning; to which the Clockwork team got stuck in and completed most the jobs in the day.

Alan Fish from RSCC said, “We were told we were being assisted by a company that employed men! But as it turned out, the Clockwork Nursery is actually all ‘manned’ by women! – So my immediate thought was ‘we’ll never get all the jobs done!”

“But I was amazed when we got all the work done in the day, they were a credit to Clockwork and I had to eat my words, when I thanked Lorna and her fabulous team.”

“ The only job not completed was run by a man David, and his Clockwork assistant, Emma Meredith-Shone who said, “I loved doing the tiling so much that David and I are going back to finish it!”

One of the other team jobs was to paint some filler joint strips on the floor, and the team cry for the day was, ‘don’t tread on the grey lines’ which a few did causing the team to shout out the team cry.

Lorna Meredith from Clockwork Nursery said, “As a Company we are always looking at ways we can engage with local charities to help fundraise and support local community groups.  A team of 12 of our staff attended the ‘clean up’ at Richmond Street community centre on Saturday in conjunction Tameside 4 good and Action Together.”

“The girls got stuck in and worked really hard undertaking many cleaning and general DIY tasks to help the community centre volunteers get ready to open their doors.”

“Not only was this a fantastic team building opportunity with a great sense of achievement, it was also good for our Company to engage with local charity groups and support this much needed hub for the Ashton community.”

“We wish all involved with the project the very best of luck and hope that the centre will be used for many years to come as a valuable resource for the area.”

The RSCC is open and now looking much better following the Clockwork Nursery team day, if you would like to use the Centre for your group or a one off party or event contact the booking’s man at: or telephone on: 07930389877


Pictured behind the pitch-side board are first and second year scholars on the clubs BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport programme, along with Gaz Prendergast, Academy Manager & Hyde United FC's First team coach.

The recent reports regarding Everton winger Aaron Lennon who was detained under the Mental Health Act by police over concerns for his welfare, have highlighted ‘the elephant in the room’ which is the growing, yet largely delicate topic of teenage stress, mental illness and potential suicide.

Almost daily we hear reports that many groups of young people are experiencing such high levels of chronic stress, to the extent that it impedes their abilities to succeed academically, compromises their mental health functioning, and fosters risk behavior. Furthermore, this chronic stress appears to persist into their college years, and health experts warn that this situation, left unchecked, may contribute to academic disengagement and mental health problems among emerging adults. It may ultimately result in some taking their own lives!

However, it must be said that while the connection between suicide and mental illness is undeniable, not all mental illnesses result in suicide and more to the point, not all suicides are the result of mental illness.

What is certain however is that young men are more at risk of suicide because they are more reluctant to seek early help.

That’s why Hyde United FC and their Department of Education approved Football Academy have agreed a pitch side sponsorship deal aimed at raising the awareness of the vital work carried out by ‘The Samaritans’ in an attempt highlight the topic, and by highlighting the ‘taboo subject’ and raising awareness of this growing social epidemic. By launching the ‘Talk to us’ if things are stressing you out, campaign, at Hyde United’s Ewen Fields – together they hope to break down some of the barriers of mental illness and suicide.

Pete Ainger, Hyde United’s Community General Manager said, “We need to make it easier for young people to find help without feeling shame or stigma.”

A spokesperson from the Samaritans, said “We need to see a greater focus at local and regional levels on the co-ordination and prioritisation of mental health issues and suicide prevention activity, especially in areas with high socio-economic deprivation. During our many years as a leading suicide counselling charity, we know there are countless of highly stressed and depressed individuals who chronically fantasize about ending their own lives. Most of these conceal their pain and never discuss their dark thoughts openly. They may exist like this for years in quiet misery. Others make an attempt at suicide but somehow survive. For them, the attempt at suicide is really a desperate cry for help.