Saturday, September 22, 2018
Town Events

Mark Explorer Scout and Tina Howarth counting the money raised.

Following their successful ‘Fashion Show’ 3rd Ashton Scouts were busily counting their fund raising cash.

Staged at The Broadoak Hotel in Ashton, it certainly seems that many 3rd Ashton Scout families will be the best dressed people in Ashton following the sartorially elegant show.

On the night which featured a wide range of amazing apparel and accoutrements, the event raised a sensational sum of £241.00 which will go to 3rd Ashton Scouts and Explorer Scout Mark to help support him in his attempt to raise the £3495.00 needed to enable him to go to the 24th World Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia North America in 2019.


The event organiser, 3rd Ashton Group Scout Leader, Tina Howarth said,” It was a very successful evening and everyone who came had a fabulous night, I would like to thank everyone who came to support 3rd Ashton Scouts and Mark at the Jamboree, and I would also also thank Neil and his staff at the Broadoak for making it a fabulous night.

If you could help Mark and 3rd Scouts to raise funds or help other Scout Groups like 2nd Ashton and 12th Ashton, as they are very short of Adult Helpers, then please get in touch.

Speaking at the show on behalf of the Scouts, Alan Fish said, “Throughout the Scout movement we are in desperate need of recruiting more Adult Supporters to help our young people to be better citizens in all our communities. We have all the training you may need to support you, we just need you!”

Please contact: or telephone him on: 07931765120 to find one of the over 40 Scout groups in Tameside near to you.

Or for more information on Scouting, please visit:



Homelessness charity Emmaus Mossley is celebrating Recycle Week 2018 – 24 to 30 September – by hosting a series of workshops and demonstrations leading up to their Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Day.

The Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Day event will take place on Saturday 29 September, featuring displays of reclaimed items and inspiration for reusing old items within the home. The event will include a sale of great value pre-owned, up-cycled and vintage products, stalls outdoors and the official launch of a new project space at Emmaus.

Hazel Hodkinson, Shop Manager at Emmaus Mossley, said: “Reducing household waste and giving items a second (or third, or fourth) life is a big part of what the Emmaus Mossley social enterprise is all about.

“Our Recycle Week activities will culminate in a day-long event where we will officially launch a new space containing a host of salvaged products and materials at low prices that may otherwise have been sent to landfill.”

Now in its 15th year, Recycle Week is a celebration of recycling, organised by WRAP under the Recycle Now brand. The aim of the week is to encourage the public to recycle more, by demonstrating the benefits of recycling items from all around the home. This year’s focus will be on plastics under a theme of ‘Recycling. We do. Because it matters!

Companions – formerly homeless people who live and work at Emmaus – with staff and volunteers will prepare the superstore with unique displays and inspiration to present the best of what Emmaus Mossley has to offer.

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 and vintage wares.

The ‘Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Day’ event will take place on Saturday 29 September from 9am at Emmaus Mossley, Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley OL5 9AH. A selection of food, drinks and cakes will be available throughout the day along with poetry and live music.

In the run up to the event Emmaus Mossley will be running a poster competition for local young people and an Up-cycled Wedding Dress Competition. The winners of both of these contests will be announced at the Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Day event.

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.


XYLE HYDE, the towns flagship Artisan Coffee House are inviting everyone to call in on Friday 28th September 2018 – between 9.30-1.30pm to enjoy locally blended coffees as well as their handcrafted, artisan cakes, all expertly prepared by their highly trained baristas, staff and team members in order to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care.

To launch XYLE’S participation in The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning with a swing, Tameside Radio will be on hand at the Manchester Road Retail Park venue where they will be broadcasting live from 10am until 1.00pm from their Outside Broadcast vehicle.

The whole team at XYLE invite you and your family to come along and support this fantastic charitable event, which will also be attended by The worshipful the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Denise Ward, who will be supporting the event from 12.00noon until 1.00pm.

Justine Power-Rawson, XYLE’s Retail Brand Executive said, “All the proceeds from any coffee’s and delicious, specially baked Artisan/Macmillan cakes, sold during this event will be donated to this very worthy cause.”

She added, “In addition to the coffee morning, XYLE will also be holding a Tombola with some great prizes on offer. The team will attempt to cycle 60 miles in the coffee shop – which is like cycling from Hyde to York, as well as running a super Hamper Raffle, a Spin the wheel competition and hopefully demonstrating a sponsored fitness programme. Again, all proceeds raised will also go to Macmillan Cancer Care to help fund the work of the wonderful Macmillan nurses.”

A spokesperson from the Quest Media Network, who operate Tameside Radio commented, “Our flexible outlook towards local broadcasting and programming, coupled with the local press and online coverage places us in a unique position whereby we can service the needs of our community and listeners. And we hope to meet you all on the day to support XYLE’s participation in this National annual event.”

XYLE is positioned between The Food Factory and the giant B&M store on the Manchester Road Retail Park – so mark the date in your diaries: Friday 28th September 2018 XYLE- Macmillan Coffee Morning.

THE MAYOR of Greater Manchester has welcomed the announcement that a trouble-shooter is to be appointed by Government to deal with the rail chaos affecting the North of England.

Following a year of dismal performance by rail operators across the North following the bungled introduction of a new Spring timetable and multiple delays on major rail infrastructure projects, Andy Burnham and other Leaders across the North, last month called for a single individual to be appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport to take charge of the situation.

At a Transport for the North (TfN) Partnership Board meeting in Sheffield today (Thursday 13 September) the Department for Transport (DfT) consented to this proposal and announced that Richard George will be appointed. Mr George was Director of Transport for LOCOG – the organising committee for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Andy said: “The intolerable situation on our region’s railway network has to end – it has caused too much stress and suffering for passengers relying on public transport to get them to where they need to be on time and in comfort.

“The Secretary of State said in the Spring that fixing this mess was his number one priority, but we have seen little evidence of improvement, and performance levels of Northern and TransPennine Express services remain not good enough.

“That is why last month Leaders from across the North called for a troubleshooter to be appointed as a voice for the long-suffering passenger; to take command, bang heads together and get things fixed. I am pleased that the Government has finally taken this significant step, an acknowledgment that efforts up to this point have proved inadequate.

“It is now crucial that Government ensure this trouble-shooter starts work promptly – passengers deserve to see a dramatic improvement as quickly as possible. It is crucial that this individual is given all necessary powers to make a significant and lasting impression and is able to put this chaos to an end.”

At the meeting in South Yorkshire it was also announced that an enhanced compensation package will be put in place for regular travellers affected by this Spring’s timetable fiasco – previously compensation was only available to season ticket holders.

“More passengers will be able to claim compensation thanks to this morning’s meeting,” Andy confirmed. “I have repeatedly said that a package which remunerates only annual season ticket holders is insufficient given fewer people in the North travel by train on such tickets, compared to other parts of the country. It was vital therefore that Government agreed to a better package of compensation and I am pleased to say that today it did.

“Earlier today the Department for Transport (DfT) also announced an extension of their Delay Repay 15 policy to Northern services, allowing passengers to claim for journey delays of just 15 rather than 30 minutes. It is now important that DfT work with Transport for the north (TfN) to communicate their new and improved offer to passengers as soon as possible.”

Additionally, the Mayor made it clear in the meeting that a failure to improve reliability on the railways should result in the most serious of sanctions for rail operators.

“The chaos travellers have experienced this year on the railways has been completely unacceptable and must never be allowed to happen again.

“I have received assurances from operators Northern and TransPennine Express that the current situation will improve by Christmas and significantly by next May.

“The Government and their new trouble-shooter must be seen to monitor this situation closely and, if services do not improve as promised, then all options should be considered including removal of franchises.

“I make no apologies for speaking up on this issue week in, week out, for many months in an effort to improve this situation on behalf of train travellers across Greater Manchester. There is much more still to do and Government do need to abide by today’s promises, but perhaps finally we can now see some light at the end of the tunnel.”

Sunday the 9th September saw hundreds of people enjoying Tameside Hospital’s Community Open Day as the hospital opened its doors to share some of its wide ranging health work alongside a variety of charities and organisations.

As well as an opportunity for a wealth of health organisations, groups and charities to showcase their own community contributions and educational support work, it was also a chance for the hospital to ‘give something back’ to local residents too.

As Tameside Hospital Chief Executive Karen James explained: “The community day has been running for the last three years and is a fantastic opportunity to involve all of the community in what we do and also to make it a fun day for them as well, as they have been very supportive of us.

“Also of course it allows us to get some key health messages across at the same time.”

Providing one of those key messages was Victoria Hamlett, programme officer at Tameside Council Population Health, who has been highlighting the importance of being smoke free and of smoke free environments.

“We want events across Tameside to become smoke free to showcase that smoking is no longer the norm and to reduce smoking behaviour, plus highlight that if it’s a family and children’s event then smoking is really no longer acceptable anymore and ultimately we can create as many smoke free spaces as possible,” said Victoria.

Naturally the hospital community day was a smoke free zone.

However, Victoria revealed that 15,700 residents and visitors had attended a smoke free event this last year which is more than double the number for the previous year.

“It does show that people do want to go to smoke free events and that they are more likely to go because they won’t be around smoking behaviour and the children won’t be either,” she added.

Be Well Tameside was also providing advice and support for residents who want to kick the habit.

They were among a wide range of groups and educational organisations and support groups showcasing their work, all housed in giant marquee at the rear of the hospital.

The Polonez Manchester folk dancers encouraged visitors to step out on the dance floor to give it a go themselves.

Among the entertainment was a Bollywood dance workshop plus a chance to give Polish folk dancing a go with the Polonez Manchester dance troupe, while Hattersley Junior Brass Band were among a number of groups providing live music, alongside Tameside music services jazz collective.

While there were free fairground rides and face painting for the youngsters – and a Star Wars Storm trooper kept everyone under control.

There was also a cookery demonstration, providing some useful quick and easy steps to rustle up some speedy but above all healthy meals, and members of the public could also have a go at making their own free smoothies by pedalling on a bike to blend up their own drinks.

And as the Tameside History Festival continues all month there was an exhibition dedicated to the history of the hospital site and buildings and 70 years of the NHS.

Residents could also enjoy another opportunity to turn back time by glancing through the pages of history in old Tameside Reporters and enjoy the Reporter’s nostalgic display of photographs from yesteryear.



Ashton’s Town Team and Tameside Markets staged ‘Ashton Town Centre Heritage Day’ on the Market Ground and Market Street today, as part of the National Heritage Weekend held each September across the country.

The event is also part of this month’s Tameside Heritage Festival and saw the return of Ashton’s legendary Black Knight.

The annual Heritage Days provide the public with an opportunity to discover their local history and culture and a Blue Badge Guide was on hand to talk about the town’s history.

A vintage photo display provided a glimpse back at the past, including old photos from past pages of the Tameside Reporter, which visitors enjoyed immensely, some even recognising themselves in the pictures.

There was plenty of amusement too provided by ‘Sailors Beware’ of Hyde (the Hyde branch of the International Laurel & Hardy appreciation society ‘The Sons of the Desert’) who were there with their Laurel and Hardy look-a-likes and who provided plenty of fun and entertainment for shoppers in Ashton Market with their song and dance routines.

Local writers the Williams brothers were on hand signing copies of their back catalogue of local history books; including ‘The Knight Rides Out’ which explores and examines part of Ashton’s heritage that is ‘The Black Knight’.

Signed copies of ‘Market, To Market’ (The story of Ashton’s ancient market) were also available to buy.

The Royal British Legion, Scouts and a World War One soldier completed the line-up.

Although our main picture shows Deputy Mayor of Tameside Cllr Leigh Drennan battling with ‘Stan Laurel’ from ‘The Sons of the Desert’ as the Black Knight and Ashton councillors Joyce Bowerman and Bill Fairfoull look on, the real battle was against torrential rain.

However, that didn’t stop the Black Knight touring the Old Town, visiting businesses and entertaining youngsters – and the young at heart – along the way.

The heritage event is one of just scores of various tours, exhibitions and more taking place all around the borough planned not just for this weekend – but the entire month.

Turning back the pages of history… Reporter editor Nigel Skinner chats to the World War One soldier as they look back at Reporter pages and pictures from the past.


Bromleys Solicitors Wellington Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester. Pictured Mark Hirst

Law firm Bromleys has been shortlisted for a hat-trick of accolades at the 2018 Pride of Tameside Business Awards.

Bromleys is a finalist for the professional services business of the year and the medium business of the year awards, and for the corporate social responsibility honour which it won in 2017.

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner at Dukinfield Town Hall on Thursday, October 25. The awards ceremony will be hosted by broadcaster Andy Crane.

Mark Hirst, senior partner at Bromleys, said: “This is a great achievement for each and every member of the team, and reflects the tremendous progress which the firm has made over the past 12 months.

“The awards recognise the great strides made by businesses of all sizes and nature across Tameside, and to be shortlisted by our peers in three categories is a tremendous boost.

“All of the nominations are well-deserved, and we are looking forward to an enjoyable evening celebrating the successes of Tameside businesses.”

Bromleys is also in the running for an honour at the 2018 LFS Conveyancing Awards. Its property team is a finalist in the national contest for excellence in conveyancing services.

Earlier this year, Bromleys was crowned small firm of the year at the Manchester Legal Awards.

RAIN did nothing to stop the proud members of The Tame Valley Vintage and Classic Car Club from supporting Hyde’s Town Team biannual Classic Car event on Saturday.

After hours of continuous rain, the Vintage & Classic Car Show; held on the town’s Civic Square was awash with water, which quite understandably had a dramatic affect on the expected visitor numbers that the popular show, normally attracts.

However, the show still managed to stick to its tradition of bringing some of the very best Classic Vehicles into the heart of the town.

Roger Bamford, speaking on behalf of the Town Team said: “Even though it is raining, nearly everyone has managed to get here and our sincere thanks go out to all the owners and club members for their continued support. It is always a really good show –featuring some lovingly restored and cherished vehicles.”

“Nonetheless, with the weather putting the brakes on the number of expected vehicle entries, there was still plenty of ‘indoor’ shopping and market stall bargains to be had.”

The show was judged by jointly by Jonathan Reynolds MP and the Deputy Mayor Cllr Leigh Drennan who despite his 6’4” stature, managed to squeeze himself into a vintage Alvis in order to experience what driving a car of yesteryear would have been like!

Councillor Drennan; who represents the Ashton Hurst ward, said, “It’s brilliant to see the range of Vintage and Classic cars that are on display, considering the poor weather. In presenting these commemorative trophies to the proud owners, I must say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who has organised and those people that regularly support these town events. They too deserve our recognition for their amazing voluntary work within Hyde.

Jonathan Reynolds added, “I too want to particularly congratulate the Hyde Town Team volunteers; they all show the huge difference voluntary work makes in Hyde! Our borough, neighbourhoods and local communities are truly enriched and strengthened by the amazing voluntary work undertaken by so many committed individuals and groups.”


Do you live in Tameside and have a few hours to spare each week? If so, Tameside Scout Groups would love to hear from you!

Many Scout groups are short of Leaders, Adult Helpers and Supporters who give their time freely in order to give our young people better chances in life.

12th Ashton Scouts is due to close in about 4 weeks and 2nd Ashton is not far behind due to the shortage of Leaders and Adult Volunteers.

12th Ashton Scouts will start again on 7th September with an open night for new people to come along to see for themselves what is involved in being a Volunteer in Scouting. The 2nd Ashton Scouts open night will be 10th September.

A recent study on volunteers has shown most Volunteers have made new friends, felt better well being by helping others. Many said, ‘It stopped their loneliness, and helped them in new skills, and Scouting looks good on their CV’. Remember, they are not just looking for Leaders, as they mainly need more Adult Helpers and Supporters, where they can and carry out simple tasks like ticking the register, or collecting the subs, playing a game, and if they have a skill like cooking or DIY they could even become the chef or help the groups’ to attain their DIY badges. Adult Supporters are people that support the Groups headquarters in being a chairperson, secretary, treasurer or a trustee to run a HQ – everything from fund raising to cleaning the headquarters.

12th Ashton meet on Fridays at Richmond Street Community Centre on Richmond Street on Crowhill Ashton OL7 9HG, starting at 5.30pm, with Beavers and Cubs at 6.45pm and 8.00pm with Scouts.

2nd Ashton meets on Mondays at West End Church Community Centre in Trafalgar Square, also starting at 5.30pm with Beavers, with Cubs at 6.45pm and 8.00pm with Scouts.

Anyone who is able to give their time to support; whether as a Leader, Supporter or an Adult Helper in any of the sections, are welcome to call in at anytime to learn about the many support roles you can get involved in. Any help you can give, either once a week or once every 2 months, would be a great help to Scouting.

Call in at 12th on Fridays or 2nd on Mondays, if you can’t make it or wish to help at one of the 40 Scout groups in Tameside contact 07931765120 or for more information about Scouting go to or look at Manchester TV recruitment and roles

Please, if you can, spare a few hours to help young people in Scouting in Tameside.


In this day and age, it might seem that eventually all our personal shopping will be done online. But whilst that may be true in some business sectors, for others who see themselves as essential service operators, engaging with their loyal customers face to face will stay forever.

Positioned between The Food Factory and the giant B&M store in Hyde, XYLE More Than Coffee will become the company’s flagship Coffee Shop incorporating Tea Room @ XYLE and will be the first, not only to showcase its entire culinary collection and beautifully blended beverages, but also houses a fully functioning Fitness studio, which offers a series of classes, including Zumba, Yoga and Pilates.

Easily identified by its distinctive signage fronting the 60-seater coffee shop. You can now get a great workout and have fun in a wide variety of classes, organised and hosted by fully qualified fitness and Pilates instructors in classes designed for all fitness levels.

Around 10 local trades people have been employed during the substantial refurbishing and building phase and already the XYLE team have recruited, trained and employed 15 local employees; all chosen for their effective and excellent customer service skills and are now all fully barista and hygiene level 2 trained and eager to prove their skills.

Step inside the high-end coffee shop and experience the distinctive decorative ambiance which was designed to reflect the shop’s location depicting industrial Manchester and the surrounding rolling hills. And the cosy environment of the quirky Tea Room – it’s like you’ve just travelled back in time. Everything about the space in XYLE More Than Coffee screams “quality”, harkening back to the golden days of traditional Coffee Houses and classical Tea Rooms.

Justine Power-Rawson, XYLE’s Retail Brand Executive, explained the concept behind this bold venture. “Our aim is to provide all our customers with a premium artisan coffee experience. Our blend of locally roasted coffee is expertly prepared by our highly trained baristas. A large proportion of our artisan cake offer is prepared on site and combined with high end artisan treats. Our food is nothing short of delicious – from our coffee shop offer to our beautifully presented high-tea. So if you’re looking for great coffee? Look for XYLE More Than Coffee!”

“The menu’s will continue to expand and change according to the seasons and will be sold via the XYLE branded stores and through our venture into the mobile coffee market in the future,” said Justine.

Although the term ‘barista’ originates from the Italian word for bartender, in today’s high-end coffee houses, it generally refers to someone who has been professionally trained in preparing artisan coffees, especially those with a high level of skill in making espressos, cappuccino’s and lattes. And once you’ve tasted the amazing coffee and locally blended Teas at XYLE More Than Coffee – that description is certainly not exaggerated.

XYLE MORE THAN COFFEE, Hyde – Call in today at: Unit 3 Manchester Road Retail Park, Hyde, SK14 2BD