Thursday, June 29, 2017

After consistently strong rating performances in our first two seasons, the only online, daily up-dated website that brings visitors the latest local news, has expanding its regional reach.

Over the relatively short time from its inception in November 2013, Hyde Community Matters has developed from a Hyde centred glossy 24page ‘Community News Magazine’ thorough to December 2014 when we took the project online to become a daily up-dated online community news site, which to date has attracted well over 370,000 visitors, – all eager to read the local news; – and that number is still growing!

Now, in response to a number of requests to cover news and events from our friends in neighbouring towns and villages, we are pleased to announce that we have gently expanded our news coverage to provide a more comprehensive reader service by covering good news, events and achievements from individuals, communities and businesses, from a little further afield – no longer exclusively covering one town, but the whole of Tameside and the surrounding regions, and by doing so, we’re better placed to support our local advertisers growing development needs.

“Of all our current partners we spoke with, Karen Dorney of Hyde’s Paper Tulips understands the success and potential of our in-depth local news coverage; and as the owner of Tameside’s premier craft emporiums and organiser of monthly Artisan Markets, she is uniquely positioned to back our expansion, as it encourages potential customers from much wider areas,”

“While continuing to put our readers at the heart of everything we do; we are committed to continue to cover in-depth local news articles, showcase local events, shout about schools and student achievements and profile specialist real-life features that celebrate those individuals who have achieved success, shown courage against the odds, or people who are making a difference within our local communities.”

To reflect these changes, we have changed the name to one that better echo’s the new site’s expanded content.

Visitors to the old site,, will automatically be redirected to the new site,

“Our aim is still to provide the best online news specifically to our close communities, by offering a convenient, one-click, local source of timely daily up-dated news, where visitors come first for information and advice, local businesses place their adverts and community groups put us at the top of their list when promoting their up-coming events.”


We believe that this online expansion marks a return to real local news, giving readers the chance to learn more about what’s going on in their immediate area and to read (and write) news stories about what matters to them. We are therefore looking for ANY VOLUNTEERS from the different areas, (who’d like to see their work in print) so that we can have a ‘person on the ground’ who is in closer touch in identifying local happenings and who would become the main point of contact for local people; – promoting the work of local community organisations, voluntary sector groups and businesses, along with arts, school successes, sport and cultural activities that are taking place in their area.


  • Budding or experienced reporters, with access to email, who wish to gain experience or give back to their local community
  • To find and root out stories of particular interest to people in their area
  • To write, research and interview for those stories, to build content on the website.
  • We also need a ‘Social Media’ savvy person to place local stories and events on Facebook & Twitter etc’ to drive site traffic.

This is a great opportunity for local budding and experienced journalists to hone their writing skills.

This wider reader appeal also adds a much more expansive opportunity for local advertisers to reach a vastly expanded audience, and by widening our readership, we plan to gradually introduce extra relevant categories like jobs, motoring, housing, and domestic services, among other localized topics.

So, if you would like to become a volunteer local correspondent, or are a forward thinking Community Group, Local Business, School, Sports Club, Faith Group or Charity organisation and have stories you think are newsworthy, want to publicise your events, achievements, or wish to advertise to a growing local audience, please contact us directly by email:

Local Community Matters is a not-for-profit community trust, run by volunteers all of whom have strong links to the towns and people surrounding Tameside.



Davis Blank Furniss – the Glossop & Manchester based law firm – is further strengthening its Residential Conveyancing department following the announcement of a new appointment.

Robert Parkinson has joined the firm from Cyril Morris Arkwright Solicitors in Bolton. He has also previously worked at Glassbrooks in Lytham. Robert completed his law degree and LPC qualification at UCLan.

His new role includes handling the sales and purchases of both freehold and leasehold properties, patient advising on buying a council house, sale remortgaging of residential property, about it transferring ownership as well as shared ownerships.

Richard Hamilton – head of property at Davis Blank Furniss – commented: “We are delighted to welcome Robert to the practice and I’m sure he will be a valuable addition to the team.”

Whilst Robert added: “I’m really excited to be joining Davis Blank Furniss and I’m now looking forward to helping further grow both our client base in Manchester and across the North West.”


Speaking in the lead up to Remembrance Day, diagnosis Greater Manchester Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd has paid moving tribute to servicemen and women past and present.

Tony said: “Remembrance Day is a time for each of us to reflect on and share the personal stories and memories that bind us still to those who gave their lives for the liberty of others.

“We remember loved ones lost, caries
respect our heroes still doing their duty, obesity
and honour those who have returned to us, having made huge sacrifices for our rights and freedoms.

“It’s so important to remember the sacrifices of all those who have served and continue to serve their country. Greater Manchester is a proud, multicultural city, and in this time of remembrance our diverse communities across Greater Manchester unite in our commemoration.”


Yesterday, Tony and his deputy Jim Battle laid wreaths at the City of Manchester Police War Memorial at Lloyd Street Police Station in Manchester Town Hall.

Tony and Jim are also attending services across Greater Manchester in order to lay wreaths and honour heroes from our armed forces.

Tony will join the Jewish community of South Manchester in their civic and Remembrance service, and in Bolton, Remembrance Sunday will be marked by a procession of civic leaders, a two-minute’ silence at 11am, followed by a service and the laying of wreaths at the cenotaph in Victoria Square.

Jim Battle is also attending a service organised by Greater Manchester Police at Sedgley Park today, Friday 11 November.
Everyone needs furniture. But not many independent furniture stores succeed, so what’s made Hyde’s Providence Furniture store so successful?

While there is no single answer, this site
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such as offering value and outstanding customer service. A strict rule, which has seen Hyde’s Providence Furniture still forging ahead after 37 years.

Providence Furniture was founded in 1979 by Nigel Broomhead and Peter Edwards who have been close friends since meeting at school in Hyde in 1967. So, on leaving education it seemed only natural that they were destined to start up in business.

From humble beginnings…

In the early days, reproduction furniture was the main vogue of the day and seizing the opportunity they opened a small unit at Hyde’s Providence Mill, from where they built up a strong customer base by successfully delivering competitively priced, high quality furniture. From those humble beginnings they now progressed to a vast, packed, showroom which is probably the largest independent furniture showroom in Tameside.


Today, they have expanded their range to offer just about every aspect of high quality wooden furniture and upholstery from renowned manufacturers and suppliers who have all been selected for their design, high quality and craftsmanship

As Nigel told us, “These days, solid oak is a particular speciality, and we have a mindboggling choice for the lounge, dining room and bedroom, together with a vast array of quality upholstery with a particular rise in the sale of recliner armchairs. swivel-chairs

We asked Peter to put in plain words their formula for success over the last 37 years and his take on the future. “Basically, he said, he puts their business success down to offering choice and price; “you have to know and understand the community in which you set up your business. You have to understand their needs, desires and aspirations. That knowledge then guided our choice of merchandising, advertising and competitive pricing.”

Nigel added, “Added value is vital too! – To offer value, you need to understand the products you are selling. Value never goes out of style whether times are tough or whether there is a boom. But added value is much more than ‘the price’ – outstanding customer service is also part of our understanding of value. What our customers experience in our showroom counts for as much as what they buy. – It’s that personal service that sees many of our customers coming back to us year after year.”


We asked how, in this age of technology, whether furniture buying patterns have changed?

To which Peter said, “The internet is here to stay, so you have to keep prices keen, but anyone who’s serious about staying ahead of the game, must embrace technology. That’s why we have introduced a virtual tour to our website, which allows customers to view our showroom on line, area by area at their own pace from the comfort of their own home, effectively bringing the showroom to them.

So as well as viewing our huge array of fine furniture customers can move around and view a huge display of home decor ideas and giftware, making the whole experience as pleasurable as possible.

But we are well aware that to successfully compete we always need to offer that little bit extra. That’s why all our furniture is delivered free of charge, including those bulky wardrobes and beds.”

Home delivery …it’s all part of the service.

As anyone who has had unfortunate experiences with ‘self-assembly furniture’ will confirm, problems are inherent.

That’s why home delivery forms a very important part of Providence Furniture’s business ethic. This FREE service (within a radius of 25miles) not only ensures that our customers’ furniture items arrive in first-class order, but guarantees that items are set-up in exactly the right place, to the customers complete satisfaction.

Providence Furniture is open 7 days a week and customers are always assured of a warm and friendly welcome from either Nigel or Peter who are nearly always available to assist you in the showroom.

Even after 37years they still enjoy the personal ‘hands-on’ approach and are always happy to see customers both old and new.


Providence Furniture, Providence Mill, Alexandra Street, off Croft Street, Hyde, Cheshire SK14 1DX

Tel: 0161 366 6184 or email: or

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On Friday September 30th, sickness hundreds of homes, otolaryngologist schools, church & community groups and offices all across the country will be doing their bit for cancer support and one high street bank in Hyde is no exception.

Following their charitable efforts last year; once again the lovely ladies from The Royal Bank of Scotland will be doing their bit by joining in with this popular charitable initiative, and they are calling on all their customers to join in and do their bit too.

Clare Davis, RBS Hyde’s Bank Manager, said: “Macmillan is a charity that is close to the hearts and with two and a half million people currently living with cancer in the UK, means that coping with the effects of this dreadful disease and the effects of its treatment, touches the lives of many of our customers and colleagues, which is why we’re determined to make this year’s event our most successful yet.”

Hoping to beat last year’s target, the staff have all dusted off their favourite recipe books and dug out their baking tins and are frantically practicing their icing skills.

All being well, their baking creations, supplemented by a few ‘shop bought items’ will be on offer to tease and appease your appetite with ample pots of coffee and orange juice to help the scrumptious delights go down!

So, make a diary date to sample an array of gorgeous homemade cakes and tasty buns, at the RBS coffee morning in the branch’s banking hall, between 10.00am – 4.00pm and do your bit for this needy charity.

It was thirty years this year, thumb July 1986 to be precise, emergency
since husband and wife Tony and Mary Gibbons first opened MG Domestic in Hyde. Since that date a lot has happened and Hyde has seen a lot of changes, approved
but one thing is certain – MG Domestic has established itself not only as a prominent Hyde based business, but it is widely acknowledged as being one of the best and most competitive retailers of domestic appliances across the whole of the North West.

The current showrooms on Market Street, just above the traffic lights at its junction with Union Street, are the company’s fourth premises – and interestingly every one of them has been on Market Street, Hyde.

When Tony and Mary opened their first store on the corner of Croft Street and Market Street their business plan was quite different from the sophisticated top-brand merchandise they sell today. Back in 1986 the business was built on selling reconditioned appliances. Tony would buy second hand cookers, washers and fridges etc then he would expertly repair and recondition them while Mary would painstakingly clean them before they went on display.


It was hard work but the shop’s reputation for only selling trustworthy and reliable products meant that in 1988 they had to move to larger premises just below the Borough Arcade. By this time the product range had changed to being approximately fifty percent reconditioned products and fifty percent new appliances. MG Domestic had also added gas and electric fires to their products.


By 1992 even this shop was becoming too small to allow the company to keep pace with its expanding displays and its growing number of customers. So one again they changed address and this time they moved directly across the road where they converted what had previously been health offices into modern new showrooms.

Then, ten years later, as the continued growth in business necessitated yet more space MG Domestic moved for the third time – and this time it was to their present spacious showrooms where today customers can browse through a stunning display that numbers over 500 major appliances including leading brands such as: Bosch, Neff, Belling, Rangemaster, Smeg, Hotpoint, Zanussi, Hoover and Samsung to name just a few.


Despite all these changes MG Domestic is still run by Tony and Mary, but they have now been joined by their son Steven and the rest of their staff.

Boasting its own convenient customer parking, this excellent showroom covers all types of domestic appliances, including: washers and dryers; cookers, ovens, hobs, hoods, range cookers and microwaves; fridges, freezers and fridge/freezers; sinks and taps plus an impressive range of small appliances such as kettles, toasters, mixers and vacuum cleaners.

The largest display in the region

If that list sounds impressive then wait until you actually visit the showroom and see for yourself the vast range of appliances on display that are all available for you to inspect at first hand. The choice is truly exceptional and in fact it is so comprehensive that it is reckoned to be the biggest and best in the region. Far bigger, for instance, than you would normally expect to see if you visited a branch of one of the major appliance retail chains.


The other factor that lifts MG Domestic above the national chains is of course their unique brand of personal service. On the company’s website they say: “The answer’s YES. Now, what’s the question?” It’s precisely because it is still first and foremost a family business that the people you meet and speak to are all totally dedicated to outstanding customer care, service and satisfaction. You won’t meet any slick salesmen. There is no pressure. You can wander round and inspect all the different makes and models at your leisure. But if you need any advice or you want to discuss the suitability or technical qualities of any appliance then it is available right there for the asking.

Exceptional value too

You may wonder whether a family firm based in Hyde can compete against the huge multi-branch national chains. The answer is a resounding YES THEY CAN! In fact they not only compete … but more often than not they beat them. MG Domestic is a member of Euronics – Europe’s largest independent buyers of domestic appliances. This affords the company not only access to the widest range of goods in the UK, but also to exclusive special deals and extremely competitive prices supported by reliable warranties that, as a independent store, MG Domestic is able to pass on to their customers.

… and exceptional service

Everything about the service at MG Domestic is personal and professional. You know you will get genuine advice from people who know appliances inside out. They will help you choose your perfect appliance and without any sales pressure they will show you what is the best product and the best price to suit your requirements and your budget.


Part of the service also includes delivery to any address within 25 miles of Hyde (although they have been known to deliver to customers’ homes in Yorkshire and even Wales). They also offer a professional installation service using only trusted, qualified and accredited plumbers, gas engineers and electricians. They will even take away your old appliance but because of the latest Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive there now has to be a charge for this service.

Over the past thirty years MG Domestic has become an important part of the Hyde shopping scene. Why not call into this truly impressive showroom and experience the incredible choice, value and service for yourself? If you can’t make it to the store then you can always check the stock and order online by going to the company’s website at:

MG Domestic is at 140-144 Market Street Hyde. Customer car parking is accessible at the rear of the store from Oldham Street. Telephone: 0161 368 3913.


Rainy conditions didn’t dampen the spirits of guests at the annual Zest summer picnic in Hattersley – the first of many events to mark the tenth anniversary of Peak Valley Housing Association (PVHA).

Members of the Zest Wellbeing Project and their families came along to Hattersley Community Garden for the picnic event, therapy which was funded by PVHA as part of their anniversary celebrations.

Based at Hattersley Hub, this web the Zest Wellbeing Project is a community group that helps local residents improve their situation by increasing confidence, medicine improving networking skills and providing access to volunteering opportunities.

Guests enjoyed a leisurely stroll through the Great Wood and along the Trans Pennine Trail, before returning to Hattersley Community Garden for sandwiches and cake.

The kids also got the chance to take part in a selection of outdoor games, which were provided for the event by the Tesco Extra superstore in Hattersley.

Sam Cooper, community investment officer at Peak Valley Housing Association, said: “The Zest Wellbeing Project has helped so many people in Hattersley and Mottram.

Residents dig in at Peak Valley Housing's picnic party

“So we thought it would be a fitting gesture to make the most of the summer – and the great surroundings of the area – to hold their annual picnic.

“It was great to see so many residents come along and, despite the rain, we are delighted that they enjoyed the day.”

The picnic was one of ten planned events to be hosted by PVHA this year to celebrate their tenth anniversary.

Other activities will include funding the set-up a Lego club this autumn, re-launching Hattersley and Mottram Boxing Club, and a big birthday bash due to be held in October.

The association was formed in 2006 when more than 1000 homes were transferred from Manchester City Council.

Since then, PVHA has worked with partners including Tameside Council, The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Barratt Homes, investing millions of pounds on existing and new homes, as well as Hattersley Hub and other community facilities.

For more information on the Zest Wellbeing Project, please contact Sam Cooper, community investment officer at Peak Valley Housing Association, on 0161 336 3933. 


Jane Knott, proud owner of The Owl's Hoot - Shabby Chic Craft Shop in Hyde

Since launching Hyde Community Matters, resuscitation almost 3 years ago; one of most rewarding aspects that give us great pleasure is meeting and sharing with our readers, information pills many success stories about local people who have decided to become the masters of their own destiny.

In Hyde there are many successful entrepreneurs and many more upcoming; ready to show the world their entrepreneurial spirit. One such lady is Jane Knott, shop who has not only opened her own craft workshop, but developed her particular slant of business, based on her passion, hard work and self-confidence to put into practice her skill and willingness to learn new things in the creation of ‘shabby chic’ furniture items.

Jane, another fledgling of the craft/workshop creator Karen Dorney of Paper Tulips, has built her business on a DIY decorating technique that is ideal for recreating fashionable family friendly home styling on a basic budget.

Jane has been renovating furniture in the ‘shabby chic’ style for a number of years and now having launched ‘The Owl’s Hoot’ she’s keen to share her hard honed skills with others who are looking to style their homes in their own shabby chic style. With upstairs fully fitted workshops, Owl’s Hoot customers can join one of Jane’s ‘hand’s on’ workshops to create their own bespoke items or simply browse the collection of refurbished furniture and accessories she has for sale.


Jane told us, “The basis of creating the Shabby Chic effect is basically, utilising old and sometimes unwanted furniture and re-painting it with two colours of specially manufactured paint and then gently rub off the top coat to allow the ‘shabby’ effect to shine through!

Nearly every household has some items of distressed furniture – and without all the hard graft of spending hours sanding and preparing the item for traditional painting, we simply give it a wash down with sugar-soap to clean the surface before applying the specially prepared paint.”

However, The Owl’s Hoot has much more to offer than specialist paints! Look inside and you’ll find a veritable ‘Aladdin’s cave of inspirational gifts, home décor and shabby accessories to help you achieve the appearance that you want, with an offering ranging from wall framed mirrors, distressed looking lamps, old signs, fabrics for cushions and curtains and much, much more.

Call in The Owls Hoot next time you’re in Hyde and browse and draw inspiration from a dedicated specialist supplier and restorer.

You can find ‘The Owl’s Hoot’at: 13 Clarendon Place, Hyde, Cheshire SK14 2ND

Call: 07894 856 436 or follow on Facebook.@theowlshoothyde Twitter @Owlshoot