Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Hattersley car boot sale has raised more than £800 for the We Love Manchester Fund.

The special event took place on Tesco’s car park of Stockport road, recently (30th July) attracting dozens of Hattersley and Mottram residents.

Those attending got the chance to pick up a bargain, and try their luck on in the prize tombola, while the youngsters got to ‘hook a duck’ and take part in a lucky dip.

The fundraiser was hosted in partnership with Peak Valley Housing Association and Tesco Extra Hattersley.

More than 40 sellers hired pitches on the day, and the money raised will now be donated to the We love Manchester emergency fund in aid of the 22 victims who lost their lives in the Manchester terrorist attack in May.

Sonia Heaton, Community Champion from Tesco Extra Hattersley said: “This is another example of the great community spirit in Hattersley. Residents and local businesses working together, we really wanted to contribute some fundraising to show our support to those affected by the terrorist attack”

Sandra Harrison of Peak Valley Housing Association added: “It was a great event! We have a great working relationship with Tesco and jointly we are already putting together plans to do more projects.

On Wednesday the 9th August, a number of young people from Hyde Team17 & Stockport Team 23 attended an event in recognition of teenagers who have successfully turned their lives around. 

The event, at Hyde’s Grafton Centre, was attended by Prince’s Trust Programme Executive, Gill Lysons and Senior Officers from GMFRS, who came together with friends and proud family members to mark the occasion and celebrate in their successes and shine a spotlight on some amazing young people, who bravely shared their individual stories, in an effort to inspire and motivate others.

The GMFRS Prince’s Trust team managers awarded certificates of achievement to all the team members who had used their experience gained on the Prince’s Trust course to overcome issues and barriers and develop new skills to improve their future prospects.

It was a pleasure to hear of the transformation that many of these young individuals had achieved whilst on the 12 week course.

Some told of their low self-esteem and a lack of confidence which led them through a cycle of school and employment problems. Others had encountered tribulations which had stemmed from emotional issues and thrown up huge life challenges. Nearly all stated that before enrolling on The Prince’s Trust scheme they had little confidence in themselves, no real ambitions for the future and believed they would never amount to anything.

However, since being part of the group, they had gone from withdrawn individuals all lacking confidence, to a group of self assured young men and women with the ability to inspire others.

Whilst attending course, all mentioned the residential period where they took part in a number of activities which required them to work as a team. They also spoke enthusiastically about their work experiences during placements in live working environments, fundraising activities and their community projects.

The young people involved in the programme were: Robert Connolly, James Crowther, Samantha Gray, Gabrielle Grindrod, Daniel Lindley, Elizabeth McCann, Emily Oldham, Dominic Saxton-Williams, Matthew Thomond, David Wilson, Edward Finn, Amy Tilzey, Gillian Mellor, Jamie Ashall, Raja Ahmed Saveel, Chris Marsden.

The Team Leaders were: Mike Dixon & Ashling Long along with Team Managers, Emma Sercombe and Tim Dibble.

The Personal achievement certificates were presented to the Team members who had taken part by the Director of Emergency Response, Dave Keelan for Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service, and the closing speech was given by Paul Starling, GMFRS Borough Manager Stockport & Tameside.

Recruitment starts now for the next Prince’s Trust Team 18 starting on Monday 25th September 2017.

To register your interest, contact GMFRS on 0800 555 815 or contact Emma Sercombe, Team Manager on 07973 966 407 for more information.


When you pop your change from a round at your local, or after paying for your newspaper into the countertop charity can, do you ever wonder what it means to the charity. Well, if the can is for Willow Wood it means a great deal.

All those odd pennies really do add up. In the last financial year alone the total raised from our green collecting cans was just 45p short of £23,225, an amazing sum. To put it into perspective that would pay for over 88 hours of loving care for our patients and their families – care that is so vital to our community.

So if you have ever put your change into one of our cans, or if you have one in your shop, pub, restaurant or reception, please pat yourself on the back; you are helping us maintain our specialised services to the people of Tameside and Glossop.

If you do have a business and would like to support us in this way just give the fundraising department a call on 0161 330 7788. That’s all you have to do. One of our volunteers will then bring a can out to your premises and will call round to collect and bank the money on a regular basis. We can also provide cardboard loose change boxes for your home if you’d like to support us and keep your mantelpiece free of piles of pennies at the same time!

Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes – could one of our roles be the perfect fit for you?

There are over 600 volunteers currently giving freely of their time and their skills in every department of Willow Wood, from counselling to catering, from therapists to typists and from computer support to choir members.

Two areas where we really need additional team members at the moment are for weekend retail and café staff.   Don’t worry if you’ve never worked in these areas before as full training will be given and you’ll always be working with other members of Willow Wood’s team.

Think you could spare us a few hours each week? Either ring our volunteer and community manager, Mandy on 0161 330 1100 or go to our website, and download a volunteer application form from our volunteer page.

We’d love to welcome you as a member of Team Willow Wood.

The Tameside Stadium will be ringing to the rafters on Saturday 2nd September when Curzon Ashton are holding a FREE community day before kick off against fellow high flyers Salford City FC in their home league fixture.

The day which has been organised in partnership with Tameside’s emergency services and the British Legion, is been planned to run from 12.00noon to kick off at 3.00pm.

The fun-filled event aims to bring the local community together to enjoy a range of activities, including: Floating Archery (from One Adventure), Face Painting, Police Horses, A shooting Range, Football Games from GMFRS, Bouncy Castle (kindly donated by The Engine Room), Demonstrations from the Emergency Services and a variety of stalls promoting the activities of local community groups.

Andy Cheshire, Community Development Manager at Curzon Ashton said, ‘The community fun day will give all Tameside families the opportunity to enjoy a range of fun-packed activities absolutely free of charge. We have worked hard over the summer to get as many people to come along to our matches as possible and support the highest ranked team in Tameside and this is another initiative to encourage people to pay us a visit’.

So, make a date in your diaries for Saturday 2nd September – when everyone in the local Tameside community and beyond is invited to come down and enjoy a footballing day out and some quality fun time with their families.

The autumn return of this popular biannual event will see Hyde Town Centre once again brimming with thousands of pounds worth of classic and vintage cars from yesteryear.

For this event, Hyde Town Team has collaborated with Local Garage ROSEMOUNT MOT & SERVICE CENTRE who will be sponsoring and judging the entrants.

The vintage vehicle extravaganza, which has been organised by Hyde Town Team and the Tame Valley Vintage and Classic Car Club returns for its 4th year on Saturday 9th September and it’s expected that up to 25 cars, motorcycles and other vehicles will be on display on the civic square.

Rosemount MOT & Service Centre will also be on hand in the sponsor’s area to offer FREE advice and hand-out discounts on anyone pre-booking MOT’s and Services.

As many of Hyde’s local residents know, Rosemount is much more than just an MOT Centre. The owner Nick Hartley and his team, offer a one stop solution to a wide range of motoring needs. From Motor cycles and the smallest of family cars to the largest of builders vans such as a Luton box, or a Mercedes Sprinter, Rosemount MOT Centre has the experience, workshop capacity and mechanical capability to cater for them all. They can even test the largest Motor Homes!

Neil Openshaw Chair of Hyde Town Team said, “The previous shows have been a great success and have been growing in popularity year on year. That’s why we decided to put on two classic car events again this year to enable visitors who may have missed the spring show to see again the cars our parents, grandparents and great grandparents’ used to drive! Hopefully, the weather will be kind and offer us a sunny September when visitors will also be able to visit all the shops and attractions our town centre have to offer.”

Vehicles will be judged during the show by  Rosemount’s owner Nick Hartley and Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Hyde & Stalybridge, who will present the prizes, with one proud owner picking up the prestigious ‘Car of the Show’ Trophy.

The event starts from 10am and lasts until 3pm with Tameside Radio’s Outside Broadcast crew reporting live from the show at various times throughout the event.

Entry in the show is free!

More information can be found online at:

The Gee Cross annual Summer Fete on Sunday 2nd July was a huge success – with all the money raised being split equally between Hyde Rotary Club and Willow Wood Hospice.

Visitors to the event, which was organised by Hyde Rotary in conjunction with the hospice, were able to take part in a huge variety of events with stalls and fun rides, games and acts – in fact the fete had something for everyone – including music lovers, who were royally entertained by local talented artists.

Taking advantage of the great weather, this year’s event brought the community out in their droves and ensured that the fun and family friendly entertainment flowed flawlessly throughout the day.

The Gee Cross annual Summer Fete always raises significant sums for charity and this year was no exception with the fete raising £7,000.00 – a truly magnificent sum that will be equally divided between Hyde Rotary Club and Willow Wood Hospice.

Speaking after the figures were released, Hyde Rotary President, Alan Oldham, said, “In conjunction with the Hospice the planning starts in January with the ‘fete’ committee meet every month leading up to the event, – it takes an awful lot of planning and sometimes things don’t always go to plan; the unpredictable weather and last minute issues frequently challenge the organising team!”

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

Hyde Rotary and Willow Wood would like to thank the main sponsors of the event: ASDA Hyde, The Gee Cross Conservative and Labour parties, our programme sponsors, local businesses who donated raffle prizes, Hyde United FC, the stall holders, all the entertainers, Gareth Cottrell, Andy Richardson, local Scouts, Guides, Premier Motors and anybody else we may have missed.

The event next year will be held on Sunday 1st July 2018

Curzon Ashton Football Club, in partnership with Infinity Initiatives and Greystones, are currently on week 3 in a 12 week pilot programme with the homeless. 

The multi-sport programme aims to engage the homeless of Ashton-under-Lyne, in an effort to increase their physical and mental wellbeing as well as giving them the opportunity to enjoy a range of sports provided by local sports groups.

With Curzon Ashton delivering some sessions, Ashton-under-Lyne Rugby Club, Ashton-under-Lyne Lacrosse Club and East Cheshire Harriers will also be involved.

Curzon Ashton’s Community Development Manager said, “This is a really great, local initiative to engage with the lads and based on its success, we hope to roll this out over a 12 month period.”


Portrait image of a group of aged people taken a snap out in the wild

Ambition for Ageing (A4A) is working with people in the Ashton Crowhill and Waterloo area to improve the lives of local people aged over fifty.

The project is being launched at Richmond Street Community Centre (RSCC) at their official Open Day’ which will be held this Saturday the 29th July from 11.00 to 3.00pm which will be carried out by The Worshipful the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Councillor Joyce Bowerman and her Consort Fred Bowerman.

The A4A project has already issued financial grants to the new Community Centre with the express intention of making it more accessible for older people and those who may have mobility issues, by installing a ramp, an access path with white lines, a disabled access to toilet with toilet alarm, coloured grab rails, better signs, pink and blue toilets for visually impaired and people with dementia, and a hearing loop.

Now the with the continued support of A4A, the Centre are looking for people and groups of over 50’s, with ideas and who wish to start up new community based activities at the Richmond Street Community Centre.

Already in the pipeline are plans to provide activities such as Curling, Health Walks and Archery.

Speaking on behalf of the Centre, Alan Fish said, “We continue to talk to as many people as we can in the community. Having these “age friendly” conversations helps us to invest in more activities to be run in RSCC, and more groups to get involved, and for more people to feel less socially isolated on their own.”

If you want to get involved, have any ideas like helping out at Scouts; perhaps not as a Scout leader or having to go camping, (but you could if you wished!) but to help with Scouts doing badges, like cooking or just generally helping out on a evening or behind the scenes as a secretary, treasurer, fundraiser, or a Supporter, then contact 07931765120

Alternatively, if you would like to start your own over fifties group; bingo, dancing or any other ideas like using the internet; you may be able to get support from A4A to set a voluntary group up at the Centre.

Visit: or contact or by ringing Ambition for Ageing on: 01613392345 or come along on Saturday to the open day.

You can also call in at the Volunteer Centre Action Together 95-97 Penny Meadow Ashton OL6 6EP for information about helping at Scouts and Ambition for Ageing enquires.

And last be not least, if you know of a grandparent, friend or neighbour who is alone tell them about the new centre or even better bring them along.


The Worshipful, the Civic Mayor of Tameside Councillor Joyce Bowerman was made President for local Scout groups by Alan Fish the Chairman of North Tameside District Scouts at their recent Annual General Meeting held at Ashton’s Jade Garden Chinese Restaurant.

Alan Fish asked the Mayor if she would she accept the role of President for the Scouts and receiving her agreement, presented her with a North Tameside black and red neckerchief and woggle, which she gladly accepted saying, “I think Scouting is a wonderful organisation for our young people in Tameside and will support it when I can.”

Following a one minute silence for Sheila Blanchard the wife of Philip Blanchard who was a Scout, and Leader and District Treasurer for many years, Alan Fish reported at the meeting that the seven Scout groups are doing OK, but some were struggling with finances and suffering from a general shortage of supporters and leaders to help their young girls and boys in Scouting.

The District Chairman Alan Fish was voted back on to the District Executive along with the Treasurer Noreen Duncalf, but just like the shortages experienced in the Scout Groups, there is now no District Secretary following Wendy Maguire’s resignation after many years service as a Supporter to North Tameside District.

Other reports from the district team were given and on the whole were all doing well with all their district activities and camps. The reports from groups were as follows:

  • 2nd Ashton Lisa Spencer told how her group was struggling for money for rent and very short of Leaders and Supporters, but scout numbers were going up, and they still managed to attend some camps and gain some badges.
  • 3rd Ashton’s Tina Howarth said they had a bad start to the year, but things are looking up now; attending many events and gaining badges, but still need some more Supporters and Leaders.
  • 6th Ashton’s Mark Lomas, said they were the biggest group in the district with over a hundred members was doing very well.
  • 2nd/1st Hurst representative, Stephen Longley said they too were short of Supporters and a few leaders, but on the plus side the group was working well and this year have had a new roof and floor fitted to their HQ.
  • 12th Ashton’s Alan Fish told of how they are rising from the ashes, when their HQ was demolished to make way for a new social housing project. They are now hoping to restart on the 29th July with an ‘Open Day’ at the new However, the group has no leaders or Scouts yet.
  • 250th Droylsden’s Christopher Sampson, told how their group celebrated its centenary this year and was thriving and taking part in many activities which raised an admirable £600 for Mind and were gaining many awards, but despite their successes they too are desperately short of Explorer Scout Leaders, even though some Explorers have gained a Queen Scout Award and DoE gold awards.
  • 339th Droylsden’s Gillian Cummins said, her group was just ticking over and could do with more help with their young people. She explained that they had been working with and learning about life for those people living with disabilities and learnt signing following a visit from a dog for the blind and have gained awards and badges.
  • 413th Droylsden’s Harry Frankish told about a big event in which the Scout group proudly took part, was they took part in the Remembrance Day parade at the Cenotaph in London; where they helped the veterans in wheel chairs. They have also been involved in many water activities.

The District Commissioner Andy Morton thanked all the groups for their reports and all their Supporters and Leaders for what they do for young people in Scouting. He also presented Gillian Cummins with her Wood Beads and Certificate for completing her training as an Assistant District Commissioner Cubs.

Alan Fish closed the meeting and thanked everyone for attending and invited everyone and the Mayor and her Consort to join them for a Chinese banquet, sadly though, the Mayor of Tameside’s budget could not afford to pay for everyone!

The County Commissioner for Greater Manchester, East Steve Holloway couldn’t make the AGM, but arrived at the Jade Garden Restaurant in Ashton to present Ken Marks, the Assistant County Commissioner for Tameside, with his certificate for completing his county training before joining with the Mayor and the other Leaders who all tucked in to the Jade Garden’s fabulous Chinese Banquet.

If you would like to help young girls and boys in Scouting as a Supporter or leader contact 07931765120 or

Or come along to the Open Day on 29th July 11.00 to 3.00pm at Richmond Street Ashton OL7 9HG