Monday, February 19, 2018
Town Events

Managing director Peter McCabe, chairman and group financial director Dianne Morley and group operations director Ian McAllister.

The borough of Oldham has received a major boost after a company with 90 employees relocated its business to Chadderton.

Forward thinking is an essential ingredient for companies who want to capitalise and thrive.

That’s why the PP Group, – one of the UK’s leading independent profiling and processing companies’ has brought together its businesses from St Helens, Manchester and Salford after acquiring premises at Drury Lane in Oldham.

The investment in the six and a half acre site means the business will continue to grow with aims to add even more staff in the next few years.

Steven Hughes, QHSE Director for the group, was clearly delighted as they welcomed customers to their new site at the PP Group’s official open day: “We’ve invested a lot of time, money and effort into this new site and we are bringing the business to Chadderton explained Steven. “Today is the open day where we’ve invited lots of our customers we just want to share what we done on this site.”

The move means that the long-term outlook is bright. “From our point of view we’ve got good people, we invest in good people and we are going to be here for a very long time to come,” said Steven.

The new premises have been well received by all those who work for the PP Group and Steven added: “It gives us space; professionalism and driving on to the site the first impressions are ‘wow’ so it gives the ‘wow factor’ and it also gives us long-term security.”

Managing Director Peter McCabe agreed and said the Group is already prospering having moved everyone to one site: “We can see and feel the benefits of having everyone under one roof.”

Peter added: “We have brought four companies into Oldham we have got a head count of 90 and aim to add another 10 to 20 over the next two years.”

There are currently three bays in operation but there are plans to open a fourth bay in the next 12 months, which will add a further 40,000 square feet of manufacturing.

The PP Group has been in operation for more than 40 years and Steven is excited about the company’s prospects and hopes that one day he can enjoy looking in from the outside: “One of my
ambitions is to walk past here in 40 years time, with my grandchildren, and say ‘look they are still at it, they are still there working away’ and I’m sure everybody feels that as well because what we all want is long-term security for everybody including more and more employment for the people of Oldham. That is very important to us.”

The Group use local training providers and have a very good apprenticeship scheme, with succession planning a key to its longevity.

A small independent company the move has been in the pipeline for more than three years but all that planning and investment looks well spent with the future looking  very bright.



The Mayor of Greater Manchester has announced that he will cut the proposed Mayoral precept by £1 for Band D properties.  This means that the precept for the average Greater Manchester household, in Band B, would fall from £7 to less than £6.30.   

After an assessment of the finalised tax base figures from Greater Manchester’s local authorities and reassessing reserves in the Fire and Rescue Service budget, the Mayor has been able to reduce the Mayoral general precept that will be part of each household’s Council Tax bill.

The funds raised will support the Mayor as he works across Greater Manchester to meet the challenges of tackling congestion, rough-sleeping and the major rewrite of a homes and jobs plan to reduce the amount of green space taken for development.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham said: “I’ve been clear throughout this process that, along with Greater Manchester’s 10 Leaders, we will do everything we can to keep residents’ Council Tax bills as low as possible while protecting essential services.  That is why, after receiving the final tax base figures from districts and reassessing reserves in the Fire and Rescue Service budget, we have been able to cut the proposed Mayoral precept.

“I recognise that it is a big ask for people to pay anything more, especially in these difficult times.  I hope that today’s decision shows that we have done everything we can do keep bills as low as possible but also achieve our vision to make Greater Manchester one of the best places in the world.”

In the past nine months, Greater Manchester has secured more than £250 million of extra funding from the Government. This money has only been offered to Greater Manchester because it is a Mayoral Combined Authority. Areas without one, like West Yorkshire and the East Midlands, have missed out.

This additional money includes:

  • £243m Transforming Cities Fund
  • £3.8m homelessness trailblazer funding
  • £1.8m Social Impact Bond to help those homeless people most in need
  • £2m from the Mayoral Capacity Fund

That means that for the less than a £6.30 charge per household, the Mayor, working with our Combined Authority council leaders, have brought in additional funding worth £208 per Greater Manchester household.

The initial Mayoral precept proposals were discussed and agreed in principle at January’s meeting of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, ahead of the final budget-setting meeting on 20 February. At the January meeting, GMCA also approved its transport and general budgets.  You can read the reports here and the news release here.



Emma Craigmyle shows Dan Kennerley what’s to come, while Wayne Robinson looks on!

What better way to celebrate St Valentine’s Day than by pledging to raise £100 for what is possibly the best-loved charity in Tameside and Glossop – Willow Wood Hospice?

Yes, we’re asking you to share your love with us, and to raise at least £100 over the year.  You can do this any way you want – one of our fantastic volunteers Wayne Robinson has just turned 70 and has decided to celebrate by getting his first tattoo! As he said “I’ve secretly always fancied a tattoo, and decided that if I don’t do it now I never will.  I’ve been inspired to have the Manchester bee, and am asking people to sponsor me – once I’ve reached my target the money will go straight to Willow Wood and I’ll go under the needle!”

Volunteers Joanne and Chris Hinds (Pictured left) have committed to raise a Ton of Love by organising various events throughout the year, including another of their very popular quizzes at Curzon Ashton FC on 23 February. Joanne said “We hope to get well over the £100, that’s just the starting point.  We’re raising funds in memory of my auntie, Beryl Hand and to recognise the commitment and care given by all staff and volunteers.

And brave member of staff Dan Kennerley has committed to having his legs waxed, actually at Willow Wood Hospice! “I’m even going to have this filmed for the Willow Wood Facebook page, please watch it – it might move you to sponsor me!”

There are many ways to raise these funds.  You can take inspiration from the examples above or come up with your own way.  What about £100 for 100k? Start totalling up the distance you cover at your spin class, add up your lengths at the pool or from your morning jog – you’ll soon get there!

Organise an afternoon tea, a garden party, a gunge the boss day.  Do a dress down Friday at work or your own bake-off challenge.  Take part in a marathon, a 10k, a Tough Mudder, there are many to choose from.

Whatever you do for us, we’d love to hear about it and will help in any way we can.  To join in with Ton of Love please contact Chris Hayden on 0161 330 7788 or – let’s spread the love throughout the whole of Tameside & Glossop.

If you’d like to sponsor Wayne or Dan please go to their sponsor pages: or  and tickets for the Quiz are available by ringing Joanne on 07772 786704



The annual cultural extravaganza that is the Chinese New Year is fast approaching – and, with it, comes a host of fabulously colourful music and dance routines staged in Manchester’s City Centre. The highlight of this fantastically popular annual cultural extravaganza is the Chinese New Year Parade.

This year it is the year of the dog! And, as legend has it, people who were born during the years of the dog are known for their loyalty and honesty.

Now with the Manchester celebrations just around the corner and the city boasting the third-largest Chinatown in Europe, Manchester’s festivities, will be among the biggest outside Beijing.

As tradition dictates, as well as the traditional dragon parade, food and drink will play a major part in the festivities. So, make sure you try out the fantastic range of Chinese street food or book in at one of Manchester’s renowned Chinese Restaurants to truly immerse yourselves in the flavour of the occasion.



Chinese New Year takes place on Friday February 16, 2018, with multi-faceted events taking place throughout the Town Centre and Chinatown from Friday to Sunday February 18th when the celebrations will culminate with the stunning dragon parade, accompanied by traditional lion dancing, martial arts displays, food stalls, a funfair with over 20 rides on Charlotte street, and a spectacular fireworks display at 6pm.

On Sunday February 18th, the order of the day will be:

12pm: Martial arts and dance displays in Albert Square

12.30pm: Dragon appears in Albert Square

1pm: Dragon parade marches from the town hall to Chinatown

1.30pm: Dragon parade arrives in Chinatown NCP car park to firecrackers and New Year addresses from VIPs and community leaders.

2pm – 5pm: Lion and Unicorn visit and bless all of the businesses on Chinatown – some businesses will be setting off Chinese firecrackers when visited by the Lion and the Unicorn

Chinese New Year is a series of festive events that anyone can enjoy. Each year, more and more spectators flock to Manchester’s Chinatown to marvel at the colourful festivities – so chose your day and get there early!

North Tameside District Cubs held their annual 5 a side football competition at Droylsden Academy, with 9 Cub packs from across Droylsden and Ashton taking part in a highly competitive competition.

It ended in a very close final between 2nd/1st Hurst Pack and 339th Droylsden Pack, with the 339th Droylsden Pack emerging as winners.

Lindsey Neglia, 339th Assistant Cub Scout Leader said, “The Cub team worked very well together, encouraging and supporting each other throughout the competition”.

The winning 339th Cub team consisted of Harrison, Riley, Bobby, Erin, Harry, Jack and Archy, who were trained by Michael and Paul who all had trained hard to win the Cubs 5 a side competition.

Tony Hoskin the District Cub Scout Leader said, “It was a great day, made even better by the enjoyment and sportsmanship of the Cubs.”

Amanda Clarke, Group Scout Leader from the newly formed 12th Ashton Scout Group at Richmond Street Community Centre said, “Our Cubs did ‘great’ and enjoyed themselves; considering it was their first attempt at competing in a District event.”

Assistant District Commissioner – Cubs, Gill Cummins, thanked Dominic Mayhew, Explorer Scout, for doing a great job as the referee throughout the afternoon. She added the feedback from the Cubs and Leaders was very positive and proof that the work and support from the District Team and Scout Active Support (SAS) have been well worth the time and effort they’d put in to the event and went on to thank the District and SAS support for all their hard work.

Trophies & medals were presented to 339th Droylsden Pack (Feature picture) as winners and to 2nd/1st Hurst Pack, (Pictured above) who finished the tournament as runners up.

If you would like to support Scouting as a Leader or support events like this on the SAS team then contact Or Tel: 07931765120    Visit:



A local charity which grants terminally ill adults their dying wish of marrying their partners have announced that they are holding a fundraising ‘Dream Makers Ball’ in April this year in aid of ‘Gift of a Wedding’

Gift of a Wedding is a local UK charity recognised and valued for the work they undertake – providing completely free wedding services to people diagnosed with terminal illnesses, regardless of age, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

The charity was created, established and launched in 2013/14 by Patricia Harrison who has since been joined by professionals from the wedding, medical and charity sectors who came together to further enhance the distinctive non-profit organisation.

Victoria Wright, Events Volunteer at ‘Gift of a Wedding’, said “We hope that as many people as possible will support us by attending the ‘Dream Makers Ball”

“On the evening of 14th April 2018, we will be hosting our first-ever charity ball at Radisson Blu Edwardian – Manchester  and we are asking local businesses to kindly donate items which will be used for raffle and auction prizes. Our aim is to have a fun yet informative evening spreading the word of what we do and raising funds for the charity to continue doing what we do.”

She went on to say, “These are early days for the function, but if the initial feedback and pledges of support are anything to go by, then we’ll definitely make plans to make it an annual fixture. Over the next few years, we hope to encourage and develop further support from our wonderful local public and the business community in raising both funds and the profile of our unique charity.”

Patricia Harrison, speaking about the ‘Gift of a Wedding’ charity, added, “Not all of the wishes we receive are big things, most are quite simple, in my experience getting involved in the planning and looking forward to a special event can provide a fantastic relief from painful procedures and therapies associated with terminal illness. It is so heart-warming to see how amidst such dark times a special day can bring a ray of light!”
The Dream Makers Ball is on 14th April 2018 takes place in the centre of Manchester at the 5 star Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel.

Ticket price £65 per person, with details of sponsorship packages available – email:

There will be a drinks reception from 6.45pm then the 3 course meal will be from 7.30pm and a live band and disco until 12.30 – 1.00am 

Hosting this fabulous night of celebration, will be television weathergirl, Emma Jesson who will be conduct and compare lots of fantastic auction prizes.

If you want to know more about ‘Gift of a Wedding, then please visit their website:

Save the evening of 14th April 2018 for the social event of the year, where the charity aims to raise very much needed funds for a fantastic cause!

Stalybridge ‘Good Samaritan’ Angela Wild was greeted by pop star Peter Andre, family, friends and a crowd of hundreds of cheering neighbours, after her home was given a makeover as a treat for her charity and community service.

The singer and presenter – whose biggest hit is ‘Mysterious Girl’ – fronts the show 60 Minute Makeover, where homeowners are nominated for DIY experts to give their house a new look in their absence.

The English-born Australian singer, songwriter, businessman, presenter and television personality was on hand with a film crew to capture Angela’s surprise on her return.

Viewers can see for themselves when the show airs on Tuesday, February 13 at 7pm on the Discovery channel Quest Red (Freeview channel 38, Sky channel 162 and Virgin channel 215).

Angela has raised thousands for charity, including £40,000 for Willow Wood Hospice to thank them for the care given to her late mother-in-law Kathleen Wild and £10,000 for Breast Cancer Care, plus thousands for other local charities including Macmillan, The Anthony Seddon Fund and TOG Mind as well as helping elderly people in the community.

That’s on top of her work at Tameside Council, which includes supporting campaigns to end loneliness, Dementia Friends and Dying Matters.

After she organised fundraising events for flooding victims, friend Jane Peet decided it was time Angela was rewarded – nominating her for the show.

Husband Steve and neighbours helped with the organisation, while keeping Angela in the dark.

While the work took place in October, she was taken for a spa stay by friend Jo Hinds, a Willow Wood volunteer.

Family, friends and charity representatives including Macmillan Nurses, lined Springs Lane on their return, with Angela fearing there had been a major accident.

She said: “Peter Andre appeared and gave me a hug and asked ‘do you know what’s happening?’ and I said ‘I do now!’ Peter was just so genuine and really cared.”

The ‘I’m a Celebrity …’ veteran told Steve “what a wonderful person you have here” and commented as Angela made tea “you don’t stop do you?”

Even Archie, six, a boy with cerebral palsy who Angela helped buy an adapted trike for, was there and she was also presented with a card signed by everyone at Willow Wood in memory of her mother-in-law.

“It was quite emotional,” said Angela. “All the family were there.”

Angela was taken to her front room with her eyes closed. She said: “It was an absolute transformation. I had been mithering my husband about needing to modernise. I could not have asked for anything better. Everything is perfect.”

And a spare bedroom had been revamped into a charity room complete with computer table and chairs – which Angela is using to continue her charity work.

Angela added: “I was on a rollercoaster afterwards with people stopping me and asking about it. It’s nice to be recognised for what I’m doing but I don’t do it for rewards, I just want to help and support the community.”


Good causes thousands of miles apart will benefit from the bulk of the cash raised by the latest Glossop Jog.

At the annual presentation night, a cheque for £4,500 went to the ‘Winnie Mabaso Foundation’ which supports aid work in South Africa; while £1,500 was handed to ‘Heads Together’, the support group in Glossop for anyone who is living with the affects of a stroke or head injury.

Last October’s Jog raised £6,600. The remaining £600 being distributed to other local charities.

The latest amount takes the total raised by the Glossop Rotary Club since the annual sponsored event started in 1978, to £230,000.

The presentation night at Glossop’s Windy Harbour Farm Hotel was also a chance to acknowledge the part played by Glossopdale people in raising the money.

Duke of Norfolk Primary School pupil Lilly Tilleke, who for the second successive year raised £208, was given the Peter Wood Rotary Shield which goes to the Duke’s people coming up with the most sponsor money.

The Duke of Norfolk also retained the club’s Schools’ Shield for the school which raised the highest amount – this time it was £2,240.

Other awards went to Glossop hairdressers’ Team Arturo, the Glossop hairdressers who completed the most laps and were the non-school team who came up with the most money.

Framed certificates also went to local schools for entering teams and raising money.

These included: Duke of Norfolk’s, Glossopdale School, St James C of E, St Philip Howard, St Luke’s Primary, St Mary’s Primary, St Charles’ Primary, All Saints Primary and Hadfield Infants, with club president Karen Rigg presenting them.

Also receiving a certificate were Henry Street Harriers.

Gaynor and Barrie Powney, who has been organising the jog for years, thanked everyone who took part and those who sponsored them.


Tracy Gabbitas and Jennifer Banks as star crossed lovers Valerie and Kay in ‘Strife in a Northern Town’.

A hilarious two-woman comedy show featuring an array of funny characters inspired by Northerners is coming to Oldham. ‘Strife in a Northern Town’ is the story of a nameless working class city – and the plight of its inhabitants at the hands of a corrupt local council.

There’s Donna and Tracey who work at the local supermarket. Donna hates customers, but Tracey loves ‘em – especially round the back of the totes! And Kay and Val, who are star-crossed lovers. Val loves her pooches but Kay’s got a dog phobia, an allergy to cheese and a seething, armchair-bound mother, Maureen – who hates Clare Balding.

Receptionists Pepsi and Lulu work at the town hall. They’re ‘friendly enemies’. They’ve both got fiancés called Gary and lick ‘Weetabix’ for lunch so they can slim down into their wedding dresses.

When things start to go wrong for all of them, their seemingly unconnected stories come together in a hilarious, fast-paced tale of sex, death, corruption, friendship, family and Latvian cigarettes. And with just two female actors playing all these parts – and more – it’s a high-energy thrill ride with quick switches, laughter, mayhem and maybe even a tear or two, too.

The show made its debut in October last year at the Women in Comedy Festival in Manchester – where it was performed to packed houses and received critical and audience acclaim. It went on to be shortlisted in the Top 10 shows in the Best Show category of the 2017 Funny Women Awards – with the winner set to be announced in March 2018.

Actor, producer and writer of the show, Jennifer Banks said: “I originally wrote the script when I returned to my home town of Bradford a few years ago and I was angry with how the local government had let it slide so far into decline. There had been a giant hole in the town centre for over a decade, and scandal and cover up in the council.

“So this was really my pop at them, but in a funny way. And when I started writing the show I did a few improvisations with an actor friend from Wigan, who was working in a supermarket there. She told me loads of hilarious stories about her colleagues and two of them made it into the script! In fact, she’s one of them!”

Jennifer, who stars in the show alongside Manchester-based actor Tracy Gabbitas, added: “So that’s why it’s a nameless city – they’re characters you’d recognise from any town in the North.”

Jennifer is a student of the Cartwright Drama Studio in Chorley – set up by renowned playwright Jim Cartwright to bring more working class talent into the performing arts industry. “I’m not a drama school graduate,” said the actor. “All my performing and writing training has been done in and around day jobs to pay for the classes.”

“So I’m grateful to Jim for giving people like me a chance to train in an affordable way. I’m also grateful to Jim for setting up a brilliant talent agency and representing me – which has recently led to me landing a four-episode role in ‘Coronation Street’.”

‘Strife in a Northern Town’ is on Thursday 15 February at 7.30pm at Jackson’s Pit, off Barn Street, Oldham Town Centre, OL1 1HA.

Tickets are priced at £5 or £4 concessions and you can by them at:



A leading awards ceremony for teachers and schools is expanding to include Oldham.

The Educate Awards, founded by Kim O’Brien in 2012, is the largest education awards in the North West and celebrates every aspect of a schools’ curriculum, teaching and staff.

From inspiring teachers backed by superb support staff to innovative projects across the curriculum, the awards recognises the work of schools and colleges which are delivering outstanding education and helping students achieve their full potential.

Since launching in Liverpool in 2012, the awards have grown rapidly.

Now, following a record-breaking year in 2017, the Educate Awards is expanding in to Greater Manchester and will accept entries from all ten boroughs – including Oldham and Tameside.

Kim O’Brien says the expansion is due to unprecedented demand from schools to take part and be in with a chance of winning a prestigious award.

“Expanding our reach allows us to recognise yet more outstanding practice and shine a spotlight on the North West as a hotspot for innovative education,” she said.

In total there are 21 award categories, from Teacher of the Year, Career Aspiration, School Support Star of the Year and Outstanding Commitment to Sport.

Nominations are now open for the Educate Awards 2018, in association with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh.

With the entries independently judged and awarded by some of the leading names in education, business and media, the prestigious awards are highly respected throughout the region.

Kim added: “The Educate Awards is an important platform to celebrate education and give those working in schools who transform learning, the credit they deserve.

“We would love to hear about the teachers, support staff and exciting projects happening in schools in Oldham and Tameside.

“We are delighted to launch the call for entries for 2018 and are looking forward to celebrating another year of outstanding education in the North West.”

The awards are free to enter and open to all government funded and independent private educational establishments, including primary, secondary, further education providers and special needs schools.

The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday, June 24.

The shortlist will be announced prior to the awards ceremony and the winners will be revealed on November 16 at Liverpool Cathedral.

For further information including full details of how to enter, please visit: