Friday, July 20, 2018
Town Events

Tameside Rotary distributed ‘Dictionaries for Life’ to year six pupils at St. Georges’ C of E Primary School, Hyde, at their School Assembly last month.

Building on that event, members of Tameside Rotary then had the pleasure of giving each year six pupil at Audenshaw Primary School, a dictionary at their Assembly on 13th July.

It’s often said that if you know 2,000 words in English you have the basic linguistic knowledge to have most situations covered, but with the use of an age appropriate dictionary, pupils can quickly develop learner autonomy. Once a pupil learns how to use a dictionary effectively, it promises to open a whole new world of successful self-guided study by offering a handy resource for researching different meanings, examples of use and standard pronunciation.

Dictionaries4Life are a Rotary International initiative and are specially produced for year six aged pupils.

Last week’s presentation brings the number of schools throughout Tameside; whose year six pupils have received a dictionary to eight.

Tameside Rotary are delighted to be part of this project and are happy to have been able to purchase and distribute 270 dictionaries to young people in Tameside during the last four years.


As part of their mission to build strong links within the local community, residents and staff of Hyde Nursing Home look forward to welcoming visitors, friends and neighbours to their ‘Car Boot & Summer Fayre’ on Saturday 28th July 2018.

                                                                                            According to the Cambridge Dictionary the word ‘Fayre’ is an old fashioned spelling of fair; used to describe a traditional public event where goods are bought and sold and where there is entertainment; – and that is exactly what will be on offer at the nursing home on the day!

There’ll be something for all of the family to enjoy with, Home Baking, a raffle, Refreshments, Bottle Stall, Barbeque, Tombola, Hook a Duck, Bouncy Castle and plenty more.

Everyone is welcome to join in the fun – don’t miss out!
​                                                                                                                                                                         The event promises to be a really great family fun affair, with staff, residents and people getting involved to generally have a good time!

Booking is still open for stall holders at the Car Boot at £5.00 per space, but hurry as there’s limited space available.

For more information, please call: 0161 367 9467 or email:

Hyde Nursing Home can be found on: Grange Road South, Hyde, Tameside, Greater Manchester, SK14 5NB.

So, mark the date in your diary – Saturday 28th July 2018 from 12 noon till 4pm

AFTER three weeks of firefighting on moorlands across Greater Manchester, the hard work of fire crews, the military, mountain rescue and many other partners, along with a much-needed spell of rain, means that Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is now scaling back its resources at incidents in Tameside, Bolton and Denshaw. 

The last three weeks has been one of the busiest periods that GMFRS has ever experienced with hundreds of its firefighters and officers responding to multiple wildfires and working day and night to bring them under control in extremely challenging circumstances.

GMFRS’ Interim Chief Fire Officer, Dawn Docx, said: “Crews have done a fantastic job over the last few weeks and thanks to their efforts and the support of other agencies, fire and rescue services and the military, we were able to make a significant impact in putting the fires out over the past week. But the arrival of rain has been warmly welcomed and has certainly helped to speed up the process of extinguishing the last pockets of flames.

“There is still a significant amount of work to be done at three ongoing moorland incidents as we continue to dampen down and then pack away miles of hose reels, so crews will remain at the incidents for another week or so and therefore we would ask the public to continue to avoid the area while we finish our work.

“Until firefighters are confident that there is no chance the fires can reignite, they will remain at each scene, continuing to dampen down. But we are now able to scale back our resources at the incidents and slowly return to business as usual.”

The first incident began on the evening of June 24 when crews tackled a fire on the moors in Tameside. The fire reignited the next day and rapidly escalated, with Greater Manchester Police declaring it a major incident on the evening of Tuesday, June 25 and evacuating a number of residents from their homes in Calico Crescent.

The fire continued to spread across the dry ground as firefighters battled to contain the flames. Support was drafted in from fire and rescue services across the UK, helicopters were deployed and soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Scotland (4 SCOTS) arrived on Thursday, June 28 to provide support.

That same day, a fire broke out on Winter Hill and crews from GMFRS joined Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service to fight the fire. The incident escalated and was declared a major incident by police on Saturday, June 30.

On Saturday, July 7 GMFRS were called to tackle a further moorland fire in Denshaw and at its height, 20 firefighters from GMFRS, supported by crews from neighbouring fire and rescue services, worked to contain the fire.

As of Friday, July 13, GMFRS had four fire engines by day and three by night at the Tameside incident, with three by day and one by night at the Denshaw fire. GMFRS currently has three appliances by day and three by night at Winter Hill along with additional appliances from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.

CFO Docx added: “Once again, we would like to thank all our partner agencies, volunteer organisations, other fire and rescue services, the military and members of the public, for their work, dedication and support during this incredibly busy time.”

Air quality in the areas affected, have greatly improved and pollution levels are low. A spokesperson for Public Health England said: “People should now be able to enjoy usual outdoor activities in areas where there is no visible smoke, but whilst fire-fighting continues and weather conditions vary there may still be spikes of poor air quality.

“Exposure to any smoke should be minimised, and when spikes occur in the affected areas people are advised to remain indoors and keep windows and doors closed and keep medication with you.”

England Blind footballer Brandon Coleman has praised Grow the Game and Stalybridge Celtic Foundation following the award of a £3,000 grant from The FA.

The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots disability football in Stalybridge, has paved the way for Stalybridge Celtic Foundation to create a third adult PAN-disability team to compete in the 2018/19 Cheshire East Ability Counts monthly league.

Brandon said: “I am delighted that Stalybridge Celtic Foundation has been awarded a Grow the Game grant. The club has worked extremely hard with Cheshire FA and the Football Foundation to give more local players living with a disability the opportunity to get involved in the game.”

“Playing disability football from a young age not only provides a number of physical, mental and social benefits, but gives players the best chance to develop skills and achieve their potential. It is fantastic to see this money flowing down to the grassroots of the game and I wish Stalybridge Celtic Foundation the very best of luck for next season!”

Grow the Game is a programme funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. It awards grants to grassroots football clubs that wish to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.

This year, £1,500 was made available for clubs looking to create new female and disability football teams to help towards the costs of FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; football kit and equipment.

Mike Smith, Community Development Officer, Stalybridge Celtic Foundation said: “We are delighted to have been awarded a Grow the Game from the Football Foundation to enhance our Disability Football provision. The funding will go towards creating a new disability football team, to play alongside the Stalybridge Celtic Blues and Whites in the Ability Counts League. We now have thirty five players in the squad, and the introduction of a third team will give everyone more game time and raise participation levels.

Our thanks go to the Football Foundation and Paul Kelsall and Adam Doyle from the Cheshire FA”


Pictured Shuhaney and her mum, Dr Vik Tanna PHF and Hyde Rotary Past President, Alan Oldham

As many Hyde Residents know,’The Rotary Club of Hyde’ raise hundreds of pounds throughout the year, to donate much needed funding to many worthy causes, charities and individuals within the community.

Two of their most popular, successful and high profile fund raising events occur when they take their Christmas sleigh out to visit the four corners of the town or set up their stand at the annual Gee Cross Fete.

The money they raise, not only helps a wide range of charities; as the following story illustrates; they also give hope to individuals in need too. A typical case was when they recently supported a young lady who required urgent medical treatment.

Rotarian Dr Vik Tanna PHF took up the story. “Shuhaney is a bright and bubbly young girl who lives in Dukinfield and studies at Hyde Community College.

Unfortunately she has been diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia, which means she has stiff, paralysed legs, so she cannot stand or walk, and needs help for many daily activities.

Recently, she has been offered a new spinal operation by surgeons at Pendlebury Hospital to 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 she will be able to walk again within a year.

Unfortunately, the operation 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.”

The Rotary Club of Hyde considered Shuhaney’s case, and decided that they too would support her, and presented her with a cheque of £1,000.00 at a special meeting in late June.

If you would like to help this young lady, you too can support her appeal online by clicking her ‘Just Giving Page’ called ‘Help Shuhaney Walk.. 

You can also read her full story on her ‘Just Giving Page’ too. Click on: ‘Help Shuhaney Walk’. 

NB. On behalf of all at Local Community Matters, we wish Shuhaney well and hope her operation leads to a successful recovery.




A new initiative to redistribute leftover paint is being launched in the social enterprise at homelessness charity Emmaus Mossley.

Emmaus Mossley is now stocking ReColour, a quality water-based emulsion, which is produced by the Community RePaint network. Managed by non-profit organisation Resources Futures, Community RePaint – which is sponsored by Dulux – will provide the paint in a number of colours to be sold at affordable prices in the Emmaus Mossley Second hand Superstore in Tameside.

Martin Pearse, Community RePaint Network Manager, said: “We are really proud of our ReColour paint. It allows the network to divert even more leftover paint from the waste stream and provides more paint to help brighten local communities, which are the two core aims of the network. It’s great to be teaming up with Emmaus Mossley to make ReColour available to residents in Greater Manchester.”

Community RePaint schemes divert leftover paint from the waste stream by collecting and redistributing it into local communities. ReColour is produced from leftover, reusable paint which is remanufactured into 20 standard colours and has social, economic and environmental benefits.

As well as preventing a valuable resource from going to waste, they support those in need by supplying affordable paint for individuals, groups and charities and providing volunteering opportunities and training placements within their local community.

Alison Hill, Director of Emmaus Mossley, said: “We are delighted to become a seller of ReColour and offer our supporters good quality tins of paint at great prices. Emmaus Mossley now stocks five litre tins in a range of 20 colours, all priced between £10 and £12.”


Emmaus Mossley supports 26 formerly homeless people by providing them with a home and work in a community setting. The Emmaus Mossley Secondhand Superstore not only generates an income to help sustain the charity, it also offers work and training opportunities to people supported at Emmaus.

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.





Willow Wood’s annual Summer Fete takes place this Saturday, 14 July and with it comes the popular Butterfly Memory Release where hundreds of beautiful living butterflies will fly free into the heavens before coming to rest in the hospice gardens.

Marie Hodgkinson with her handcrafted cards at a previous Summer Fete

The Summer Fete has some lovely stalls, and as event organiser Elaine McConnell said “We have more stalls than ever before with a great mix of accessories, delicious cakes and chocolates, ladies’ clothes, toys, cushions and more.  There are handcrafted gifts and cards, so if you are looking for something a bit different for a present you may well find it here.  And if you just want to treat yourself to some stylish earrings or a statement necklace there’ll be some lovely costume jewellery.”

Doors open at 11am, and refreshments will be available all day.  You’ll be able to sip Pimms in the garden, enjoy lunch in our restaurant, have a burger from the barbie, or just relax over a coffee and cake.

The Willow Wood Summer Fete is a great day out with admission just £2, although if you have dedicated butterflies in memory of loved ones you will receive complimentary entrance.  Elaine said, “Our Butterfly Memory Release really is one of the highlights of our year, and this year we have 700 beautiful butterflies to set free in our gardens.  If you wish to remember someone in this way there is still time to dedicate your butterfly online, and you will receive a lovely printed memento of the day inscribed with their name.  We do know that most of you prefer to come along to see your butterfly take flight, however, please be assured that if you are unable to attend one of Willow Wood’s team of staff and volunteers will respectfully release them on your behalf.”

Online booking is still available by going to the Willow Wood website,, until 12 noon on Friday 13 July.  If any butterflies are still available you will be able to dedicate them in memory of your loved ones at the Fete, although we do advise that you book beforehand in order to avoid disappointment.


Photo: Marie Hodgkinson with her handcrafted cards at a previous Summer Fete

Photo: Two lovely butterflies in the Willow Wood garden.


Gregory and Ford Cub packs from 6th Ashton Scout Group took part in a ‘pack versus pack’ rounder’s match at King Georges Park in Ashton​

The C​ub’s wanted to make the most of this glorious weather and having the Ashton Park on their doorstep seemed to be the perfect venue to hold the event.

Throwing down a ‘tongue in cheek’ gauntlet, the youngsters of Gregory pack had sent Ford pack a menacing video, challenging them to a rounder’s match with the losing group having to buy everyone an ice cream….So really there were no real loser’s, at all – ha-ha!

Ford pack did however take the win with the score being Ford 27- Gregory 19. The cubs had a great night and we had a fantastic turn out, we look forward to more inter-pack competitions and challenges especially if they involve sunny evenings and ice creams in the park!

​Danielle, Hyde Cub Scout Leader from Gregory Pack,​said, “I know we lost, but all the Cubs thought it was a great night.”

Alan Fish commented, “We are very short of everyday adult supporters; they don’t have to be scout members, just local people that are willing to help out; – like running a game of rounder’s!”

If you are interested contact or 07931765120 or go to to find out more information about Scouting and your nearest Scout Group.


The ever popular Glossop Working Mums’ and Ladies Networking Group is pleased to announce that Ruth George – MP for High Peak – will be the guest speaker at its next event which is taking place on Thursday 19th July at Glossop Cricket and Bowling Club.
Ruth, who has been in Parliament for nearly 12 months, will be discussing her career and how she balances this with also being a wife and a mother of school-age children.

Kirsty Morbey, partner at law firm Davis Blank Furniss and organiser, said: “Ruth’s story is fascinating and many women will empathise with her busy and multi-dimensional life so we’d encourage people to come along and meet her and to also network with other local women in business. 

Kirsty added: The group is also a great opportunity to meet new business contacts and friends, over a cup of coffee, in a relaxed and informal environment.”

Event Details
Venue: Glossop Cricket & Bowling Club, North Rd, Glossop SK13 7AS
Date: Thursday 19th July
Times: 10am to 11.30am
Cost: £5.00 (payable on door) which includes refreshments

The Capacity Explorers Team at Action Together provides information and support to build the capacity and sustainability of voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations throughout Tameside, Oldham and the surrounding area.

Their aim is to strengthen voluntary and community action by supporting their members in their work within various sectors of the local community.

Community Development Officer, Michaelle Lukanu explained,Over several months, the Community Explorers Team at Action Together have listened to what our members were saying about the possibility of creating more opportunities to network locally, and as a result, we have organised a series of monthly Community Explorers gatherings; the first gathering started in June and others are planned to take place on a regular basis up to November 2018.

The purpose of these gatherings is to enable Voluntary, Community, Faith & Social Enterprise (VCFSE) sector groups and organisations within the local community to connect with each other in order to find out what each other are doing; what else is happening in their area and how Action Together can be of support to them.”

By using local knowledge, skills, networks and connections of assets in the community, VCFSE groups and organisations are then better able to raise awareness of the on-going experiences and issues that affect local people. It is also an opportunity to develop a closer working relationship between VCFSE groups and public sector organisations to offer a coordinated approach to support locally.

For further information, please contact:

Action Together
95-97 Penny Meadow, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 6EP
12 Manchester Chambers, West Street, Oldham OL1 1LF
Tel: 0161 339 2345. Email: