Sunday, August 19, 2018

Last Thursday saw the Stalybridge Celtic Foundation work in partnership with the National Citizens Service via The Challenge Manchester, to deliver an ‘Open Day’ for Celtic Juniors players from U7’s to U11’s.

Prior to the event, we hosted two sessions at Bower Fold, to meet 10-12 Young People who are part of the government backed NCS programme, working with The Challenge. These meetings were to find out about each other’s organisations and plan the logistics’ for the day


The third visit was to deliver the Open Day, free of charge, to up to sixty Celtic Junior players. Those who attended took part in a ‘Skills Challenge’ which included a Penalty Shoot Out, Dribbling, 1 v 1 matches, and shooting amongst others, followed by a football tournament.

Each participant received a Certificate and a FREE £5 Fresh Air Football match ticket, for a 2018/19 Evo-Stick League Home fixture at Bower Fold.

Our thanks go to the NCS volunteers who did a fantastic job in arranging the day, also to Garry, Mike and Sarah from the juniors for helping out and also Pete Dennerley, who facilitated the initial meeting with the NCS, a good job all round folks!

For more photographs from the day, visit our Facebook page at Stalybridge Celtic Foundation.



If you love beer, beer and more beer, then the Tameside Beer Festival will be right up your street!

With over 36 Real Ales to choose from, there’s plenty of choice and at only £3.00 per pint, the chance to try something new will not break the bank, – whatever your favourite tipple!

The popular festival will be taking place at: The Civic Hall, Stalybridge

Organised by Tameside Rotary, the club has brought together a selection of expert producers as well as a number of modern, micro-breweries who will be serving a wide selection of not only beer, but other alcoholic beverages, and providing live musical performances and delicious homemade food.

Visitors will be able to try out a range of award-winning beers, refreshing ciders and wines from Carham Wine, alongside local food from Carr’s the Bakers, Curries from the Delights of India and live music.

This year’s festival will take place on Friday 7th & Saturday 8th September 2018 from 12.00noon till 11.00pm

Admission by programme or by paying £3.00 on the door with all profits distributed to a range of charities.


Hyde based optician and audiology centre, Specsavers, recently celebrated their 2nd year operating from their newly expanded premises on Market Place.

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.

“To see 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.

A fun day was had by all – underpinned with the serious message. On the day they raised £151.03 which will be donated to Willow Wood Hospice.

Homelessness charity Emmaus Mossley is appealing for fashion designers, home crafters and thrifty up-cyclers to take part in a competition to transform a wedding dress.

The redesign competition will make use of unsold wedding dresses donated to Emmaus Mossley. Rather than sending them to landfill, the charity is appealing for creative designers, students, local businesses and individuals to showcase their skills and make use of the dresses in new ways.

Hazel Hodkinson, Retail Manager at Emmaus Mossley, said: “Like many other charity shops, we have found ourselves harbouring a collection of beautiful donated wedding dresses. Most have only been worn once and some are brand new with their labels showing price tags of several hundred pounds.”

“We want to give these dresses a second life by calling on our creative supporters to transform them into new garments or up-cycle them into something completely different. The competition will hopefully showcase these beautiful fabrics in imaginative ways and give them a life beyond one day of use.”

All entrants will be allowed to pick their gown free of charge on the condition that the finished piece is returned to Emmaus Mossley by 21 September.

All entries will be displayed and photographed at Emmaus Mossley during Recycle Week 2018 – 24 to 30 September. The items will then be offered for sale with all the proceeds going to support Emmaus Mossley.

The winner, announced at the Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Day on Saturday 29 September, and will receive a £50 voucher to spend in the Emmaus Mossley Second hand Superstore.

To learn more and register your interest in taking part in the competition visit


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 about Emmaus Mossley head to 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.



An amazing 980 local Post Code Lottery players are celebrating winning a share of £3 Million in July’s Postcode Millions draw in Dukinfield.

The lucky winners who play with the full winning postcode, SK16 5AX, took home the top prize of £305,674 each!

Mother of three Lorna only signed up to play in June. She was one of the lucky winners who took away £305,674.

Lorna said, “When that big cheque came out I was literally shaking, it’s such a huge amount of money and it’s so surreal to think that I’ve won. I’ll need to have a sit down and think about what I’m going to do with it. It’s my 50th birthday in September so I’d like to visit America as I’ve never been. My dad and brother have also recently moved to Norfolk so it might be nice to move closer to them.”

By playing People’s Postcode Lottery, Lorna is also helping to support charities and there’s one in particular that means a lot to her.

She said, “We adopted our dog Oscar from Dogs Trust last year and I’ve always wanted a pet. He has made such a huge difference to our family and I’m so happy that I get to support the charity by playing People’s Postcode Lottery.”

Lorna’s neighbour Julia also scooped £305,674. She signed up to play last month too when her dad, who also plays, urged her to have a go.

She said, “I’m so grateful to my dad for telling me to play. This is all a bit surreal, but really exciting. I have no idea what to spend the money on, but I’ll probably go on holiday to Florida next year. It was just unbelievable when the last letter of the winning postcode was revealed to everyone and I realised it was mine.”

Julia’s mum and dad, Jean and Ian, also won at the event, picking up a cheque for £2,217. Ian said, “I said you need to get in it. We won £10 about four times since we signed up just over a year ago.”

The remaining 980 winners scooped between £2,217 and £6,651.

People’s Postcode Lottery Presenter Matt Johnson said, It has been an incredible day here in Dukinfield, the biggest event we have ever done! It is brilliant to be able to celebrate with everyone who has won today.”

32% of the ticket price goes to charities. To date, players have raised over £320 Million for more than 4,000 good causes. This prize was part of a draw promoted by the Postcode Global Trust.

One local charity which has been supported by our players is the bereavement support group Finding Rainbows. The group received £2,600 in 2017 to support parents who have lost a baby or a child and to offer information, advice and guidance to the extended family.


Despite the blustery weather threatening to bring an abrupt end to the glorious summer heatwave, for many visitors and shoppers visiting Hyde on Saturday, activity on the Market Square was quite literarily buzzing!

This was the third, and possibly the largest and best attended annual ‘Blue Light Event’ which raised hundreds of pounds for a number of local charities and organisations.

Organised entirely by the stalwart volunteers who make up Hyde’s Town Team, the highly interactive show brought together many ‘front line’ services and community volunteer groups, and presented an ideal opportunity for the men and women in the emergency services to introduce themselves in a fun-filled relaxed environment to the general public.

On show were officers from: Greater Manchester Police and local PCSO’s, Police Cadets, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, volunteer members from Blood Bikes Manchester, NHS Foundation Trust, Be Well Tameside, Managers from GMFRS Prince’s Trust Team, health & Safety in the working environment training company, MEDISKILLS, POLICE CAR UK– a charitable organisation run by retired police officers, Members of the GMP Mounted Division and the Glossop Mountain Rescue Team.

Officially opening the event was Chief Superintendent Neil Evans; Territorial Commander for Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside, along with The Worshipful the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Councillor Denise Ward.

Phil Nelson, Group Manager for Stockport & Tameside GMFRS was also due to attend the popular event, but unfortunately had to cancel at the last minute due to him having to attend the scene of a domestic fire which had resulted in a tragic fatality.

Chief Superintendent Evans said: “This was a fantastic event offering us a great opportunity to meet members of the public and for them to meet members of their local emergency services and our partner agencies.

It’s given us an opportunity to talk about safety with people from all areas of our local communities including children from the local schools, disabled, the elderly and members from all Hyde’s community groups in a relaxed environment”

Cllr Denise Ward, Tameside’s Mayor, on touring the stands and talking to the volunteers from the Town Team added, “The Blue Light Day in Hyde is a great opportunity for residents to see the important work all the emergency services do in and around the town. I’m really pleased to be joining them today for what is a fantastic and well organised event.

She went on to say that although the show was bursting with a variety of entertainment, it tells and underlines a serious message about how the police, fire, the NHS, ambulance service and the other emergency services work in a genuine and close partnership with volunteer forces to keep our communities, workers, shoppers and visitors safe; and not forgetting those vital charities who are here today that also need our continued support!”

* Hyde Town Team is always looking for volunteers to help out and get involved in a variety of events that promote the town centre.

If you are interested, please contact: Julia Harrison by email:  




Community members from homelessness charity Emmaus Mossley have raised more than £1,000 for Oldham Mountain Rescue Team (OMRT).

Formerly homeless people supported by the charity (known as companions) and staff members from Emmaus Mossley had set themselves the challenge of a 15k cycle ride and 10k run to raise funds for OMRT.

Matt Neild, Team Leader at Oldham Mountain Rescue Team, said: “Huge thanks to everyone at Emmaus for their efforts over the past few weeks in support of Oldham MRT. The money that has been raised will be a massive benefit as get all the equipment tidied and repaired following our extensive work to help tackle the recent moorland fires.”

A team of eight completed a 15k cycle ride around Saddleworth on Sunday 17 June and a group of six Emmaus runners completed the Mossley 10k on Sunday 15 July. The people who took part in the run received weekly training and support from members of Mossley AFC Running Club.

Paul Barnes, companion at Emmaus Mossley, said: “I was a bit nervous but excited at the start of the Mossley 10k and then relieved when I finished it. I couldn’t have done it without the help and encouragement of Mossley AFC Running Club.

“I love that we have raised so much for Oldham MRT for all the work they do locally, especially with the recent moorland fires. Thank you to everyone who has supported us.”

Emmaus Mossley supports 26 companions by providing them with a home and work in a community setting. The concept of solidarity, getting involved in volunteering and helping groups in need, is a central ethos of Emmaus and a motivation for the companions who completed the OMRT fundraising challenge.

Alison Hill, Director of Emmaus Mossley, said: “I am so proud of everyone who has taken part in the solidarity fundraising activities for Oldham MRT. As well as the personal achievements of completing the challenge they have also hit their fundraising target with the generous donations from Emmaus Mossley supporters.

“Thank you to all those who have donated to our appeal and to members of Mossley AFC Running Club for their kind support and training leading up to the Mossley 10k run.”

To find out more or support Emmaus Mossley head to:

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.



Stalybridge Celtic FC are pleased to announce that the Stalybridge Celtic Foundation will be supporting six local charities throughout the 2018/19 Evo-Stick League season.

Each of the six charities will have a dedicated home fixture at Bower Fold, to raise awareness of the work they do, including holding a ‘Bucket Collection’, pages in the Match Day programme, and basically taking over Stalybridge Celtic FC for the day!

We will also be offering our help and support for each organisation on non match days, helping with Social Media campaigns, supporting events, raffle prizes, etc.

Our six chosen charities are as follows (in no particular order) –

The Anthony Seddon Fund

Facebook: The Anthony Seddon Fund

Twitter: @tasfund


The Believe and Achieve Trust

Facebook: Believe and Achieve Trust

Twitter: @BAATameside


Willow Wood Hospice

Facebook: Willow Wood Hospice

Twitter: @willowwoodh


Reuben’s Retreat

Facebook: Reuben’s Retreat

Twitter: @ReuebensRetreat


Kidscan Children’s Cancer Research

Facebook: Kidscan UK

Twitter: @KidscanUK


Home Start HOST

Facebook: Home Start HOST

Twitter: @HomeStartHOST


Community Development Officer, Mike Smith – ‘The club are delighted to work with all six charities and be in a position to help and support each one wherever we can throughout the season.

Each charity was chosen for the fantastic work they do in Stalybridge and Tameside, and using the power of football, we can hopefully, put a little something back into the community by supporting them all.’

Please have a look at each of the charities websites and Social Media sites and see if you can help too!’

We will be holding a ‘Live’ FA Cup style draw in the next few days to match a fixture and Charity together, so stay tuned…


The AGM of Tameside Rotary was recently held at the Broadoak Hotel, Ashton when Rotarian Cliff Hall was installed as the new President.

Former President Yvonne Wainwright-Stringer handed over the chain of office to Rotarian Cliff, a former local government officer, who spoke about the need to continue the good work in the community and maintain support for local organisations. Recently over £4200 was distributed.

The Rotary will again undertake the Santa Christmas float collections and the Beer Festival where the chosen charities this year will the British Lung Foundation and Tameside Admiral Nurses in association with Dementia UK.

If you can sponsor a barrel of beer at the beer festival or are interested in joining Tameside Rotary you can contact them via the web site or on Facebook.


Shuhaney, a year 9 student at Hyde Community College has been diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy, which means she has stiff, paralysed legs, so she cannot stand or walk, and needs help for many daily activities.

Recently, Shuhaney has been offered a new spinal operation to be carried out at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust by consultant Neurosurgeon Miss Pettorini, to greatly relieve her leg spasticity, after which she will need intensive physiotherapy for many months to strengthen her muscles and improve her balance. The hope is that within a year she will be able to walk again.

Unfortunately, the operation, which is scheduled for this September, is not currently funded by the NHS. But hearing her plight, the Caudwell Children’s Charity has raised an appeal for Shuhaney to fully fund her operation and her prolonged rehabilitation.

For most young ladies, the thought of having their long luscious locks cut really short is enough to make them want to run a mile, but not Shuhaney, who said goodbye to her long hair while her fellow students, college staff and friends who had all sponsored her, cheered her on as she raised a huge £1000 in sponsorship on her final day of school to help raise funds to aid her treatment as well as helping others.

Shuhaney’s mum, Jaya, a full time carer for Shuhaney and her 7year old son Nimesh, who is also disabled, was also on hand to support her daughter’s brave challenge by helping with the cut, and commented that Shuhaney had told her that she had wanted to do something outstanding to celebrate her last day at the end of term and decided on having her long luxurious hair cut really short in order to highlight this debilitating condition. Shuhaney also told her ‘it would be great if the hair she’d had cut off could then be sent to a specialist wig maker for young patients who have lost their hair due to treatment.’

That’s where Natalie Hirst, an Ashton based freelance Hair & Beauty specialist who owns ‘Colour me Crazy’ came along to carefully cut Shuhaney’s long locks in such a way as to make Shuhaney’s 18” hair acceptable to ‘The Little Princess Trust’ a charity who provide real hair wigs free of charge to children and young people that have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.

Deputy Headteacher, Paul Thompson, commented that on the day, ‘as well as all the staff and visitors who’d generously agreed to sponsor Shuhaney, the college was also having a non-uniform day – each student had been asked to make a donation in return for not wearing their uniform.” He added that having raised £1000 he hopes that every penny of it will help Shuhaney reach her goal!

After the cut, the College’s Head Teacher, Andrea Radcliffe presented the college’s cheque to a very happy Shuhaney.

If anybody of our generous readers would like to add their support to this brave young lady, to help Shuhaney walk, please donate online at: