Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Town Events

The fans went wild in both the BBC studio and the Tigers Social Club on Monday evening, as BBC2 broadcast the FA Cup 1st round draw live .

WATCH: Hyde United Football Club have been drawn at home to MK Dons in the FA Cup first round.We spoke to club director Pete Ainger, who was delighted with the draw.

Posted by Tameside Reporter on Monday, October 16, 2017

Hyde United, who have worked hard to get themselves into round one for first time in 23 years, will entertain League One MK Dons

The first round will take place over the weekend of 3-6 November 2017, with winning clubs receiving £18,000 from The FA’s prize fund.

Hyde United are predicting a sell-out crowd at Ewen Fields on Saturday 4th November – Kick off 3.00pm and hope the entire town will get behind the community owned football club and cheer them through to the next round.

The draw was conducted by former FA Cup winners Dean Saunders and Kelly Smith.

Plans have been unveiled for a new multi-million pound ‘Wellness Centre’ at the heart of Denton.

The brownfield development, on the former Oldham Batteries site next to the new Denton link road, is part of Tameside Council’s £20m pledge to improve the provision of sports and leisure facilities across Tameside.

The Wellness Centre will be the flagship development of the programme and will include a 25 metre pool, a smaller 17m x 8m pool and spa facilities.

The 25m pool will be designed to Sport England specification, complete with seating for 150 people to allow viewing for local aquatic competitions.

A ten pin bowling alley will also be incorporated into the building, alongside wellness consultation rooms, soft play facilities and a flexible community room for use by local residents.

In addition to that, there’ll also be a fitness centre, including activity studios, a community gathering space and a cafe.

The entire centre will be designed to be a dementia friendly environment and will include safe cycle storage.

The site of the former Oldham Batteries has been vacant since it was closed in 2012 and has been prioritised for development by the council as a brownfield site.

A public consultation on the plans is now underway and runs until Sunday 5 November 2017.

The plans can be viewed online at or at the public exhibitions.

They take place on Monday 16 October 10am – 3pm at Ashton Market Hall, Market Street, Ashton and on Friday 20 October 2017 2pm – 7pm at the Denton Festival Hall, peel Street, Denton.

Comments can also be made via email to or by phone to 0800 298 7040.

As many of us across Tameside and beyond prepare to celebrate a season of joy, happiness and goodwill to all; let’s pause a moment and reflect on the lyrics expressed in the Band Aid song:

There’s a world outside our window …that’s a world of dread and fear

And for many people across the region, homelessness means they are living in a world of dread and fear – there will be no Christmas celebrations for them this year!

It’s a sobering fact that every day 150 families in Britain become homeless, and it’s been estimated by leading charities that more than 3,000 people are currently homeless across Greater Manchester.

These figures also suggest the number of people sleeping rough in our region has increased, with a considerable rise in the last year.

That’s why, members of Hyde Rotary Club will once again devote their time to appeal, collect and distribute unwanted warm clothing and other items to the homeless this coming winter.

On Saturday 4th November between 10.00am-3.00pm members from Hyde Rotary Club will take a stall on Hyde’s Artisan Market, where they will be collecting unwanted coats, jumpers, toiletries, socks, blankets, tents, sleeping bags, and rucksacks for the homeless in Tameside, Stockport and Manchester

Speaking on behalf of Hyde Rotary, Kevin Maddox said, “Rough sleeping – and homelessness in general – has been the source of growing concern throughout Greater Manchester over the last couple of years, and although it’s up to others to solve the underlying problem, Hyde Rotary are focusing on practical and immediate humanitarian help by offering aid to keep them warm.”

“So, please clear out those cupboards and drawers, dig out your unwanted warm clothing and other items and help us to keep some of the homeless warm this winter. Be thankful for everything you have, and spare a thought for those less fortunate.”

Hyde Rotary will be manning their stall on Saturday 4th November between 10.00am until 3.00pm, on Hyde Market, please bring what you can and help them keep a homeless family warm this winter.


Your Tax Shop opens in Ashton-under-Lyne. Staff including proprietor Yvonne Cookson and partner Fiona Heyes.

Local company, ‘Your Tax Shop’ has been shortlisted in numerous categories for two prestigious industry awards – The British Accountancy Awards, which is internationally recognised as celebrating the best companies operating within the accountancy sector in the UK, and locally, they are nominated in four categories in ‘The Pride of Tameside Business Awards’ which are designed to celebrate the outstanding work of businesses from different sectors and inspirational individuals from across our region.

Yvonne Cookson, Director and creator of ‘Your Tax Shop’ was delighted with the nominations. “For a relatively small, local business to be nominated for such prominent awards is amazing. In both the National and the Local events, we’re really up against some tough competition, but are extremely pleased that all the hard work and determination that our talented staff have put into building our straight forward, no nonsense approach to accountancy has been recognised with these nominations”

Your Tax Shop offer a range of services- from simple tax advice to tax returns, accounts, VAT, PAYE, CIS, limited company accounts and corporation tax. In fact whatever businesses and individuals need for anything business or tax related, they can help you. However, it’s their fresh and innovative approach to accounting that their clients have come to appreciate.

By moving away from the ‘stereotypical accountant’ perceptions; means that by cutting away all the unnecessary technical jargon and confusing the minds of business owners means they can really support their clients’ business growth, ensuring all their many and varied clients gain the maximum benefit from their financial arrangements and tax affairs are managed to save time and money.

Your Tax Shop has been shortlisted in the following categories:

British Accountancy Awards:

  • Independent Firm of the Year Scotland, N.Ireland & North, England
  • Outstanding Community Engagement and Contribution

The Pride of Tameside Business Awards:

  • Professional Services Business of the Year
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Apprentice of the Year – Chloe Lees
  • Apprentice of the Year – Kieran Ward
  • Apprentice of the Year – Joshua Thomas
  • Entrepreneur of the Year – Yvonne Cookson

To find out how Your Tax Shop could be of benefit to you, please contact:

Your Tax Shop – Accountants & Tax Advisors on: 0161 339 5689

Or visit:

For the first time, Hyde Town Team supported by Hope Education together with The Tameside Reporter Group and Active Tameside will be staging a Fun Themed Family Event – where school children can enter their prize carved pumpkins in the ‘Best Looking Pumpkin’ competition, with the winner picking up a £100 voucher to spend on much needed equipment for their school.

The winner will be picked by Angela Rayner MP – Shadow Secretary of State for Education and the Chair of Hyde Town Team, Julia Harrison, whose decision will be final.

Like most successful promotions, the mechanics are really simple. Therefore, we are asking schools to set a project for their pupils to first design a ‘scary pumpkin’

As part of the entry form, the children will be given a template of a pumpkin to create a scary face, and then simply carefully carve it and enter it into the competition

The Pumpkins’ will all be exhibited in a special ‘marquee’ erected on Hyde’s Civic Square on Saturday 21st October 2017.

You can carve it, paint it, dress it…! – The ‘pumpkin patch’ world is your oyster – and every entry gets a prize!

*There will be great foot tapping music to enjoy throughout the event plus lots of quality local produce, baking and spooky crafts. Come and join in the community spirit at Hyde Market on the Saturday 21st October 2017 – Bring entries along between 9.30am and 11.30am – Prizes given out at 1.30pm.

Think of Halloween for inspiration, and let your imagination run wild.

 To print off, simply click on the entry form below


Terms & Conditions:

  2. You must be under 14 to enter this competition.
  3. You must attend a Tameside school to enter this competition.
  4. You may submit more than one entry but only one entry will be picked as the winner.
  5. Inappropriate Content: Obscene, provocative or otherwise questionable content will not be considered and will be deleted. Hyde Town Team retains the sole discretion as to what constitutes inappropriate content.
  6. Rights: By entering the contest entrants agree to have their submitted name/entry displayed in the local press and on our website and for use at anytime for any purpose. We reserve the right to use any images at any time, without any fee or any form of compensation. We reserve the right to disqualify users without notice and for any reason.
  7. This competition ends on 21.10.2017. The winner will be announced at the outdoor event on Hyde Market and in the local press and other media.
  8. The winner will be picked by our sponsoring partner, Angela Rayner – Shadow Secretary of State for Education and the Chair of Hyde Town Team, whose decision will be final.
  9. This competition can only be entered by displaying your carved pumpkin in the competition marquee.
  10. If the winner does not contact us within a week the first prize will be passed on to the runner up.




The nights are drawing in, that autumn nip is in the air, and it’s the time when our children are deciding whether they’ll be a witch, a vampire, a ghoulie or a ghostie for Halloween.  A great place to show off their costumes this year will be on the Willow Wood Monster March and VIP Party – there are even cash prizes for the best dressed!

Starting at Dukinfield Town Hall on the afternoon of Sunday 29 October, there is a 5k sponsored walk setting off at 5pm, and every participant will receive a medal when they arrive back at the Town Hall.

There’s the chance to carry on the ‘fangtastic’ fun at the VIP party in the Jubilee Suite which will look suitably spooky as it is being dressed by Monster March sponsors, Rumour Entertainments.  You’ll be able to dance to a mix of all the Halloween classics like the Monster Mash, Time Warp, Ghostbusters, Werewolves of London and, of course, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, plus all the latest hits from local DJ Chris G.

Shop 4 Fancy Dress, based on Croft Street in Hyde are offering 10% discount on all Halloween costumes for those entered in the Monster March.  Event organiser Chris said “It’s a great offer, they have some fantastic costumes available.  Our thanks to them and to all our sponsors.

“Of course, if you’re handy with a needle why not visit your local Willow Wood shop?  They have all kinds of pre-loved clothes which you could customise so that you have a totally unique outfit.”

There’s even a two course supper included!  You’ll have worked up an appetite on the sponsored walk and a delicious warming hot pot (or veggie alternative) plus dessert will be very welcome.

Chris said “It’s a great event for families or for groups of friends and I can’t wait to see everyone in their Halloween finery.  We do have to limit the party numbers to 250, so please book as soon as possible to be sure of a ‘spooktacular’ time!  It’s easy to register; you can go online to or pick up one of the forms from any of our shops or Willow Wood reception. Alternatively, ring 0161 330 7788 and we can take details and payment over the phone”.


Stalybridge Celtic Foundation are pleased to be part of the Non-League Day celebrations on Saturday 7th October, when Matlock Town FC visit Bower Fold for an EvoStick League fixture.

We have invited over 2,000 local Primary School children to attend the game as part of our ‘£5 Fresh Air Football’ Ticket initiative, but this time it will be FREE, yes FREE, for 1 x Adult and 1 x Child to come along and cheer the team on to another three points.

Once they pass through the turnstile, they can collect our popular ‘Autograph Hunt’ sheets and try and get the ten signatures from the Manager, Players, Kit Man, Physio to Bower Badger…

School Assemblies have been carried out over the last two weeks at –

Arlies Primary

Buckton Vale Primary

Gorse Hall Primary

Millbrook Primary

Silver Springs Academy

St. Raphael’s Primary

Stalyhill Infants

Stalyhill Juniors

Wild Bank Primary

Children who are unable to attend v Matlock Town FC, can access our fixture v Barwell FC on Saturday 21st October, so they don’t miss out on the Free ticket offer.

Also as part of the Ticket Initiative, one of our Matlock Town FC/Barwell FC tickets, will get the ticket holder a FREE Happy Meal from McDonalds (Hattersley Restaurant Only and with purchase of a value meal), so lunch before and trip to Bower Fold for the match, all for Free!

Prior to Kick Off on the day, our over 60’s walking football team, Vintage Celtic will be playing a friendly fixture on the pitch at 2pm and our adult PAN-Disability team will be taking part in a Penalty Shoot Out during half-time.

Community Development Officer, Mike Smith, said – ‘We are looking forward to welcoming families from across Stalybridge to Bower Fold, as I told the children in all the assemblies, where they were all nice and quiet, they can come to watch the match and be as noisy as they like cheering Stalybridge Celtic on! Hopefully, it will be a good day, with a good crowd and three points – can’t wait!’


For more information on the Foundation visit or follow us on Twitter @CommunityStaly




Hyde community Action is running activities locally to bring women of different cultures together. The charity has immersed itself in events to help bridge the gap between the different religions and ways of life in Tameside.

At the end of Ramadan Hyde Community Action staff and volunteers hosted a workshop at Tameside Women’s Centre in Ashton about the Islamic holy month and the celebration at the end, Eid ul Fitr. This first workshop was a triumph and a small step towards building a more integrated neighbourhood.

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Hyde Community Action’s Ruhela spoke to the group about the Islamic traditions surrounding the holy month of Ramadan and one of the major celebrations of the Islamic calendar at the end of it.

The ladies attending had the opportunity to ask lots of questions, which was a real eye-opener for some. The feedback following the event was wonderful and there was a real sense of having taken positive steps towards a kinder and more tolerant world.

Answers to the questions dispelled some myths and went a long way towards breaking down barriers. Many of the questions centred around the hijab (head scarf) and the why, what, and when – and some were surprised to hear, that many Muslim women take it off at home, that it can be any colour and that it is related to different Muslim schools of thought, whether you wear a hijab or a niqab (full face veil).

Media makes a mess

The atmosphere on the day was very upbeat, and everyone made a real effort to find common ground. Everyone in the room agreed that the media has a big part to play in the growing xenophobia and that this makes living in a multicultural society more difficult than it needs to be.

In stark contrast to the negativity conjured up by the media, the ladies enjoyed themselves getting into the activities organised by Hyde Community Action. One of the charity’s Trustees, Liza, showed the ladies how to put on a hijab and Volunteers Salma and Farzana decorated many of the women’s hands with beautiful patterns in henna.

Food and fun

As with many of Hyde Community Action’s events, the highlight of the day was once again food. Some of the volunteers had been busy cooking dishes from their native Bangladesh which, as always, went down a storm.

More events are planned for the coming months, all with the aim of bringing communities closer together and raising awareness to continue to build strong ties in the local community.

The Hyde-based charity also provides training opportunities for women and has a full schedule of activities that combat health inequalities and social exclusion as well as promoting community cohesion. You can follow Hyde Community Action’s work on Facebook (, Twitter ( and their website (


Following months of planning and auditions via YouTube, Hyde Rotary Club, held their ‘Search for a Star’ competition last Friday night at Oakland’s Hall.

Eleven Contestants, who travelled from towns throughout the North West to enter this prestigious competition, took to the stage in the hope of becoming the next big singing sensation.

Organisers booked the judges Barbara Dignan from Oldham Community Radio, Katie Stelfox Singer and artist agent and the nights sponsor Vicky Gaunt, who provided the three trophies and cash prize of £100.00.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        After two hours of non-stop entertainment, brilliantly compèred by the debonair ‘James Bond’ look-a- like Andrew Richardson, the judges added their own personal critique after each performance and the scores were adjudicated.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The standards were very high, but at the end of the show the winner was Mottram based Roscoe McCabe, in second place was the very talented Letitia Gray from Moston, and in third place was Stacy Southward from Gee Cross.

The winners will now be invited to sing at the Hyde Christmas Light Switch on event that is being held on Saturday 25th November in the market square.

Following the evening’s entertainment, ‘Search for a Star’ – organiser Kevin Maddox said, “It was a great privilege to help organise this event, especially with all the monies raised going to my chosen charity, The Christie. It took a lot of time and effort with Katie and I screening all contestants’ videos over a two month period before eventually choosing our final ‘Search for a Star’ line up.”

We will be presenting our cheque to The Christie for £523.00 that was raised on the night from entrance fee and the raffle.

DB Garden Nurseries of Hyde are to supply hundreds of plants and will offer specialist horticultural advice in the creation of a permanent reminder of Manchester’s work ethic, resilience, creativity and togetherness, which has now been adopted as a symbol of solidarity among those affected by the Arena bombing.

A flowerbed will be planted in the shape of a bee, the icon of Manchester that became a symbol of strength following the Manchester Arena attack in May, is to be installed in Hyde Park.

Tameside Armed Services Community (TASC) has successfully applied for a grant to fund the project from ‘We Love Manchester’, the charity set up in the aftermath of the bombing. The veterans are keen to work with members of the community to cultivate the flowerbed.

Work will take place over the winter by specialist landscape and garden nursery company DB Garden Nurseries, who will give advice on the final design, planting and maintenance, leading up to the formal opening of the memorable flowerbed, in the spring of 2018.

Following the devastating terrorist atrocity during the Ariana Grande concert, the worker bee became Greater Manchester’s symbol in the days after the bombing. It embodied the determination to choose love over hate and not to allow terrorists to disrupt our way of life.

There’s no doubt that lots of people from the borough, especially many young people, were affected by the attack, and once completed, might find it helpful and therapeutic to spend time at the flowerbed.

TASC are happy to hear from individuals, youth groups, schools and anybody who would like to get involved in the project, or feels like they might benefit from it. For more information, you can e-mail:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact DB Garden Nurseries via telephone – 01613 683008 or find them on Facebook