Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Town Events

With the economy growing at its lowest rate, wages stagnating and inflation pinching our purses, this year everyone is looking for ways to make Christmas giving cost less.

Why spend a fortune on shopping around for new Christmas gifts and fashion wear when it’s quite possible that we have exactly what you want.

Here at The Helping Hand Methodist Charity Shop, our prices are unlike the turkey – trimmed to the absolute minimum, across the entire range of giftware, toys, fashion and winter wear and other pre-loved items, all prepared especially for you by our great team of volunteers.


Take look inside. You’ll find rows of fabulous dresses, jackets , footwear and children’s outfits to buy for parties and Christmas day, and it’s easy to find brand new items and gift sets too. In fact, buying from us is just as easy as buying from high priced High Street stores!

Choosing Christmas gifts at The Helping Hand is a win win situation all-round!  You get to make a contribution to a good cause as well as picking up some great bargains at this expensive time of year.


Fancy a spot of serious volunteering with an organisation that puts people first?

Why not pop-in or call us and give it a try, we have one of the friendliest teams around, all dedicated to providing the best and cheeriest customer experience in town. Put volunteering to the test with a trial period of volunteering, you can give us as much or as little time as you like, whether it’s 1 hour or a full week, we’d welcome your offer.


On behalf of all at The Helping Hand Charity Shop, we would like to say ‘Happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year’ to all our customers including all those who donate much needed goods and who support us in so many other ways, not forgetting those companies and organisations who supply and help maintain our equipment and premises.

Thank you also to Local Community Matters for their support and assisting with and publishing this and many other past articles.

We will never forget those past volunteers of the church and community who have given of their time and expertise in making the shop such a huge success. Many have permanently retired, but many have used the retail experience and guidance to successfully move on into the workplace, finding much needed jobs and a career to support their families.

To all we say ‘Thank You.’

You can find The Helping Hand Methodist Church Charity Shop at 57 Market Street, Hyde SK14 2AB

or telephone: 0161 637 5152


Hyde Chapel, Knott Lane, Gee Cross are hosting their TREE FESTIVAL this coming weekend.

Come along, make new friends and show your support for the different community groups that have worked so hard to create this beautiful festive event.

Opening times are:

Fri 15th Dec 1.00 to 5.00

Sat 16th Dec 10.00 to 4.00

Sun 17th Dec 10.00 to 12.00

The theme is ‘Our Community’ and various organisations will be placing decorated trees.

Hazel Hopper, speaking about the event said, “We are delighted that so many groups are coming together to celebrate with us at this wonderful time of year, and shows the goodwill, vitality and diversity of the people who serve the people our neighbourhood.

There will also be a super raffle, gift stall and cake stall.

Admission £1 adults, children free.

Everyone is welcome to join us at any time and also accept their ‘open invitation’ to join them at their the Carol Service at 2.30 Sunday 17th Dec with the Denton Band.

As we count down the days to Christmas, everybody is rushing around in a Christmas frenzy; but that’s no reason to miss out on welcoming the ‘Big Man’ to your neighbourhood.

Year upon year, children and adults alike delight in meeting the man himself – giving the children a perfect opportunity to make those last minute present requests.

This year Father Christmas, sitting onboard the Rotary Club of Hyde’s Christmas Sleigh will be setting off on their tour of the various districts in Hyde between December 11th and 23rd.

Father Christmas we will be visiting various locations supermarkets and superstores in the run up to the festive celebrations ably assisted by the Rotary Club members and volunteers.

In exchange for a small donation, Santa’s elves will be handing out Christmas cards and sweets to help support their local projects throughout the coming year, it also gives the children the opportunity to come out and have their a picture taken with Father Christmas.

Hyde Rotary Club President Alan Oldham said, “I would like to encourage residents and children to come out on to the streets this festive period and get involved in the Christmas spirit and donate to our collection to help support the many local projects we will be supporting next year.”

Make a note of Santa’s Christmas Tour 2017

Week One

Monday 11th December Hyde 6.30pm-8.30pm James North Estate, Mansfield Road, Grange Road South, Walker Lane, Lumb Road, Market Street, Dowson Road, Green Street, Bradbury Street, Thornley Street, Haughton Street

Tuesday 12th December Godley Hyde 6.30pm-8.30pm-High Street, Carlton Road, Sheffield Road, Barmhouse Estate Fountain Street

Wednesday 13th December Gee Cross Hyde 6.30pm-8.30pm- Foxholes Road, Auburn Ave, Coronation Ave, Brookes Ave, Grovernor Road, Berkley Close, Freshfield Ave, Fawley Ave

Thursday 14th December Newton Hyde 6.00pm-8.00pm- Talbot Road, Bradley Green Road, Harbour Farm Road, Hickenfield Road, St Marys Road, Duke Road

Friday 15th December Godley Hyde 6.30pm-8.30pm- Oakland’s Drive, Beech View, Firethorn Drive, Hazelwood Close, Walnut Close, Acer Close, Almond Way, Mottram Road, St Pauls Road, St Michaels Road, Crossbridge Road, St Giles Drive

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December B&M Manchester Road Hyde 11.00am-3.00pm

Monday 18th December Newton Hyde 6.30pm-8.30-Barnfield Road, Hillary Road, Everest Road, Harris Drive, Welch Road, Danby Road, Victoria Street

Tuesday 19th December Gee Cross Hyde 6.30pm-8.30pm Rowbottom Street, Ralph Ave, School Lane, Gloucester Road, Sandringham Road, Windsor Road, Frogmore Ave, Knott Lane, Woodfield Ave, Waverley Road, King Edward Road, York Road, King Edward Court,

Wednesday 20th December Hattersley Hyde 6.30pm-8.30pm Hattersley Road East, Camborne Road, Warble Brook Ave, Field Farm Road

Thursday 21st December Newton Hyde 6.30pm-8.30pm Ferndale, Chestnut Grove, Talbot Road, Victoria Street, Glyden Close, Townley Fold, Pentland Way, Early bank Road, Lasells Fold

Saturday 23rd December Tesco Hattersley 11.00am-4.00pm


Please note routes are subject to weather, road conditions and the number of helpers on each day and night.

For updates to the schedule follow our journey on Facebook Rotary Club of Hyde





The free mixed men and women walking football we wrote about a few weeks ago begins next Thursday 14th December. Organised by Tameside Striders, these one-hour sessions that are open to women over 50 and men over 65 begin at 10am and take place at Denton Youth Football Club on King Street, which is just off Stockport Road facing the old Police Station and alongside Crown Point South Industrial Park. There is ample free parking and the games are played on artificial turf so you do not require any special kit – just a pair of trainers, plus joggers or jeans and a comfortable top.

You don’t have to have any previous football experience or ability because the emphasis of this non-contact, walking pace sport is good open-air fun while you increase your level of activity and gain fitness. Participation and enjoyment are far more important than winning.

The first four sessions for each newcomer will be FREE OF CHARGE and thereafter there will be just a £2 weekly fee.

A number of experienced walking footballers will be on hand to guide the newcomers and to help everyone settle in and enjoy the experience of this non-contact walking pace sport.

If you are interested in joining in these free mixed gender walking football sessions just turn up at King Street any Thursday before 10am or log onto the Tameside Striders website: www.tamestriderswalkingfootball.org.uk. Alternatively you can email: alartic@googlemail.com.  

Business students at Tameside College are raising money and awareness for the British Lung Foundation (BLF) with a Christmas themed stall in Ashton’s market square.

The students are running the stall for two weeks in the run up to Christmas to learn vital communication, confidence and entrepreneurial skills.

They are selling a range of Christmas gifts and treats including Santa hats, sweets, drinks, handmade calendars and Christmas cards as well as hosting a tombola competition.

The students are also handing out BLF information leaflets to raise awareness of the charity.

Kasim Aslam, an ambassador for the BLF charity, is working with the students on the project and has been giving tips and advice on how to run the market stall and provide valuable information to the public.

The British Lung Foundation was founded in 1986 and promotes lung health, supports those affected by lung conditions and diseases and campaigns for cleaner air.

Tasiref Hussain, curriculum leader for business at Tameside College, said: “The students are doing very well with the organisation of the stall.

“They’ve put all their efforts into it and we’re hoping that they can help raise lots of money for the BLF. Hopefully they will also learn a lot from working with the public and managing a very complex event.”

Kasim added: “I’m thankful to the students and college for being involved with the Christmas market fundraising. I will be helping them with the project throughout so it will be good to see the finished product. I have every faith that they can raise lots of money for a great cause.”

For more information on Tameside College’s business and accounting courses, visit www.tameside.ac.uk or call 0161 908 6600.


If you’re going to be alone on Christmas day and would like some company, then book your place at CURZON ASHTON FC where they’re organising a Christmas Breakfast at the Tameside Stadium

Starting at 10.00am and lasting until 1.00pm, the Directors and volunteers at the big-hearted football club are providing a fabulous cooked breakfast; absolutely FREE for those who are hungry or lonely on Christmas Day, followed by some entertaining games and fun activities inside the ground.

For those who wish to attend, but may not have the mobility to get there, the club have secured the services of a number of local helpers who have volunteered to pick and drop them off home afterwards.

Andy Cheshire, Curzon Ashton’s Community Development Manager said, “We are the only place in Tameside open on Christmas morning, so we really hope we can reach the most vulnerable with this community initiative.”

So, book your Christmas morning at CURZON ASHTON for your FREE hot Christmas breakfast, lively entertainment and good company as well as transport to and from the event.

If you know someone who may be interested, encourage them to book their place early by calling Andy Cheshire on: 07914015532                      or email: andy@curzon-ashton.co.uk


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A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Alastair Sim, 1951

This isn’t meant to be a bah humbug article, but if there’s anyone reading this who’ve not yet lost their already fragile grip on sanity, brought on by those overly sugary nice Christmas songs that have been playing on never-ending loops, since the beginning of November, then all is not yet lost!

If you don’t want the hassle of shopping on the Christmas Markets; and want to avoid the massive queues for food and overpriced drinks, then why not visit the Four Kings Brewery instead on SATURDAY 9TH DECEMBER (1.30pm start) for their Christmas Open Day.

They’re serving great beers of their own and other selected craft breweries beers (lager also available), plus a Mulled Wine and a Christmas Cocktail Bar.

There’s also Hot Porter Winter Warmer Beer, and then to go with the drinks ‘Smoke & Flame’ their food partner, will be serving a delicious, mouth watering CHRISTMAS HOG ROAST!

Get your name(s) on the guest today to avoid disappointment.

Email them on: mailto:drink@fourkingsbrewery.com as it promises to be a festive day to remember!

The lights are being dimmed and stage is being set for a spellbinding evening of musical delight at Hyde Community College, as a number of the extremely talented and musically gifted students prepare to perform at their Winter Concert, on Thursday (7th December).

The annual show – will showcase a range of talent from across the school, including musical ensembles and solo performances.

The show starts at 6.00pm, and will feature a rich array of musical talent and a variety of acts by individuals and groups.

Refreshments will be available and you can pay on the night – £1.00 per head.

The show will finish at approximately 7.30pm.

As always, there’s something for everyone and the school look forward to extending the warmest of welcomes to parents, students, visitors and members of the community.

Stephen Anthony, Head of Music at Hyde Community College said: “This seasonal concert is a great chance for the whole school and community to come together and share in what promises to be a great evening of musical entertainment.”

Get there early! The auditorium can seat 150 so don’t delay!


Greater Manchester East Scout County held their Bi-Annual Presentation Evening at Hyde Town Hall on Wednesday 22nd November 2017.

The event saw nearly 60 Scouts and Explorer Scouts, along with their families, attended the evening where the awards were presented by Alex Peace-Gadsby, Chief Commissioner for England.

She said it was fantastic to attend such a large group of presentations. She added that the badge is a symbol of all the hard work carried out to achieve the award. She thanked the Leaders and Parents for their support and all the hard work put in week after week enabling the young people to enjoy and achieve the awards.

There were 36 Chief Scout Gold’s presented. This is the highest progression award that a Scout can gain while in the Scout Section, before going into the Explorer Section.

Thomas, a scout from 2nd Dukinfield, said he enjoyed getting the Athletics Badge and the Nights Away Badge best.

Mark from 3rd Ashton said he enjoyed the expedition best and wants to become an Astrophysicist when he leaves university. Connor from 5th Hyde Scouts said he enjoyed the water sports best.

10 Platinum and Diamond Awards were presented; these awards are ‘stepping stones’ on the way to achieving the Queen’s Scout Award.

Oonagh, Michael and Chris, Explorer Scouts from Droylsden said they enjoyed the volunteering best, helping the members of the Beavers and Cubs enjoy Scouting as much as they do.

Jack, who gained his Diamond Award, said he enjoyed the expedition best. He canoed from Ashton to Macclesfield in the rain, taking all his camping gear with him.

Molly said she enjoyed the expeditions, making jokes and having water fights.

Sophie said she enjoyed volunteering with a dance company, teaching dance to under 18s.

Jessica said she enjoyed her expedition, exploring the Dark Peak area. Michael’s mother said it was lovely to see all the young people’s hard work being recognised, she added the only down side was the washing when they returned from their expedition – you never knew what you would find at the bottom of the bags!

James Martin received the Queen’s Scout Award. James said that being in Scout has boosted his confidence and self-esteem. It allowed him to take an active and enjoyable part in a young person’s development from Beavers to Explorer Scout.

8 Explorer Belt Awards were awarded for an expedition in Normandy during the summer. Rachel said it was a great experience exploring part of Normandy and visiting some of the war graves.

Joyce Bowerman, Civic Mayor of Tameside, said she was pleased to attend with Fred and it was great to be able to wear her scout neckerchief.

It was great to see so many young people being presented with their richly deserved awards.

Linda Holt, the Mayor of Stockpot, said she was pleased to be part of recognizing the achievement of the young people after all their hard work.

Sir Peter Fahy, GME Scout President said it was great to see scouts growing and growing. Every award represents a remarkable achievement.

The final award of the evening was presented to Darah Burke, an Assistant Scout Leader with 6th Ashton Group. He was presented with the Bronze Cross. This is the highest award of the Scout Association for gallantry, granted for special heroism or action in the face of extraordinary risk. Darah was attending the concert at the Manchester Arena with his family, when the bomb exploded. Darah, his wife and daughter were all injured by the bomb.

After making sure they were safe, he went back into the Arena to help with treating the injured. At first he was the only medically qualified person dealing with them.

Darah received a standing ovation from all present.

If you think you would like to help and be part of the great Scouting experience, contact alan.fish@ntscouts.org.uk 07931765120 or www.gmescouts.org.uk.

Curzon Ashton are appealing to the local community to help with their Christmas toy collection.

The gifts will then be wrapped and delivered to a number of children who will be spending Christmas in Tameside Hospital this year, which hopefully will make their stay away from home a little easier.

CEO Natalie Atkinson said: “We are delighted to be giving back to the Tameside community again this Christmas; we know how much the children and their families appreciated your donations last year and hopefully we can put a smile on their faces again this Christmas.

“As many people from all across Tameside will know, being in hospital can be a very difficult time, especially at this time of year, but it’s especially hard for children and young people.  That’s why we’ve launched our Toy Appeal”

The club will be visiting the hospital on Thursday 14th December, and we would be grateful for any donations received before this date.

People wanting to donate can Bring their Toys/Games/Books, Puzzles etc’ to:


Tameside Stadium, Richmond Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL7 9HG

Telephone – Main Office: 0161 330 6033