Thursday, August 17, 2017
Town Events

On Wednesday the 9th August, a number of young people from Hyde Team17 & Stockport Team 23 attended an event in recognition of teenagers who have successfully turned their lives around. 

The event, at Hyde’s Grafton Centre, was attended by Prince’s Trust Programme Executive, Gill Lysons and Senior Officers from GMFRS, who came together with friends and proud family members to mark the occasion and celebrate in their successes and shine a spotlight on some amazing young people, who bravely shared their individual stories, in an effort to inspire and motivate others.

The GMFRS Prince’s Trust team managers awarded certificates of achievement to all the team members who had used their experience gained on the Prince’s Trust course to overcome issues and barriers and develop new skills to improve their future prospects.

It was a pleasure to hear of the transformation that many of these young individuals had achieved whilst on the 12 week course.

Some told of their low self-esteem and a lack of confidence which led them through a cycle of school and employment problems. Others had encountered tribulations which had stemmed from emotional issues and thrown up huge life challenges. Nearly all stated that before enrolling on The Prince’s Trust scheme they had little confidence in themselves, no real ambitions for the future and believed they would never amount to anything.

However, since being part of the group, they had gone from withdrawn individuals all lacking confidence, to a group of self assured young men and women with the ability to inspire others.

Whilst attending course, all mentioned the residential period where they took part in a number of activities which required them to work as a team. They also spoke enthusiastically about their work experiences during placements in live working environments, fundraising activities and their community projects.

The young people involved in the programme were: Robert Connolly, James Crowther, Samantha Gray, Gabrielle Grindrod, Daniel Lindley, Elizabeth McCann, Emily Oldham, Dominic Saxton-Williams, Matthew Thomond, David Wilson, Edward Finn, Amy Tilzey, Gillian Mellor, Jamie Ashall, Raja Ahmed Saveel, Chris Marsden.

The Team Leaders were: Mike Dixon & Ashling Long along with Team Managers, Emma Sercombe and Tim Dibble.

The Personal achievement certificates were presented to the Team members who had taken part by the Director of Emergency Response, Dave Keelan for Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service, and the closing speech was given by Paul Starling, GMFRS Borough Manager Stockport & Tameside.

Recruitment starts now for the next Prince’s Trust Team 18 starting on Monday 25th September 2017.

To register your interest, contact GMFRS on 0800 555 815 or contact Emma Sercombe, Team Manager on 07973 966 407 for more information.


Hyde United Football Club is very pleased to announce that Specsavers Hyde are to become the new ‘Marketing Partners’ for ‘Roary’ the clubs Tiger mascot.

Made locally in Denton by master mascot makers FRENZY CREATIVE, Roary will be making his first official public appearance on the pitch at Hyde’s next home game on Tuesday, 15th August when they play Prescot Cables (7.45 kick off)

Roary will also be used to promote and market Specsavers Hyde in what the management call ‘a variety of novel ways.’

Specsavers Hyde director Diane Wood said, “As well as Hyde’s home games, he’ll be at events from the town’s popular monthly Artisan Markets to the Vintage Car Shows, Christmas festivities and special events in and around the town, and will represent Hyde United, together with Specsavers Hyde at community events, corporate days and will even make an appearance during school visits.”

Roary the Tiger will also be out and about around helping out the Town Team, especially at weekends, charity fundraising and during the school holidays, giving away prizes, stickers, have his photo taken with children or just wanting handshakes.”

Matthew Thornton, co-director at Specsavers added, “Roary’s likeness will also be showing up in competitions, and, the larger than life Roary will be spotted throughout the season at other community events all around the town where he’ll always be up for a photo’ selfie!

As part of Hyde United and Specsavers desire to interact with local schools by offering sporting advice and sight and hearing tests, Roary will join in with Hyde’s Football Academy to encourage sport participation and offering FREE entry to Hyde’s home games and promoting the clubs community involvement. So if you’d like to welcome Roary, the club’s new mascot, to your neck of the woods, Roary would be delighted to pay them a personal visit.

Pete Ainger, Hyde United’s Community General Manager, commented, “The club are absolutely delighted Specsavers Hyde have agreed to support the club in this way. “It will help us to market the team, the club, the Academy and the community facilities outside of matches, and also continue to provide some family fun and entertainment for the fans during homes games.”

– Wednesday, 27th September, 1-00pm to 3-00pm: Inspirations, a talk by Eva Thomas

– Wednesday, 25th October. 10-30am to 12-30pm: Informal Stitch & Chat session.

1-00pm to 3-00pm: Stitching Matters with guest speakers from the Altrincham Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild. Bring your own packed lunch, drinks provided.

– Wednesday, 29th November.  Christmas buffet lunch, followed by Quiz & Christmas activity

There is no meeting in December 2017.

The Glossop Branch meet at Glossop Cricket Club, North Road, Glossop SK13 7AS

Admission for members is £2-00, visitors’ £3-00.  This includes refreshments. Disabled access. New members will always be welcome.


For more information see their blog:


On Saturday, the 12th August 2017, Hyde Town Team will, be hosting their 2nd annual BLUE LIGHT EVENT, on Hyde’s Civic Square.

Among the many attractions, will be the Town Team’s ever popular TOMBOLA Stall.

However, although there will be some fantastic prizes up for grabs, the team are still seeking donations for their ever popular, ongoing fundraising stall. These donations can be in the form of cash, gift cards, vouchers, prizes, gifts and/or other in-kind donations that may be used for incentive-based prizes for the Tombola that will occur during this and future town centre events.

Your generous donations can be given to: Neil Openshaw at the event, or can be dropped in to Lee-Print: Shirley House, Oldham Street, Hyde, Cheshire SK14 1LJ  

Last year, hundreds of Hyde Shoppers and visitors turned out to show support for their community when the Town Team hosted their very first ‘Blue Light Day’ with all the monies raised helping to fund further events. This year, all the money raised on their Tombola Stall, will be going towards a fighting fund to create a fabulous, vibrant Community Christmas Market Extravaganza, combined with a fun-filled Christmas Lights Switch-on Event.

For our Tombola prize donations to date, we would like to thank all the Hyde based businesses that helped us: Love Bling, Vodafone, CSSC News, Amazing Nails, Sue Ryder, Salvation Army, Mint Menswear, O2, Bon Marche, Greggs, 526 Phones, Emma & Steele Hairdressing, Stafford Jewellers, and many more.

The Town Team would also like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the volunteers, who constantly give their time most generously.

Apologies to anyone accidently not named. If you helped in any way, they thank you.

If you can’t make this event, on Saturday the 12th August, the Hyde Town Team hope to see you at the many events they are planning to host throughout the rest of the year.


Keeping your children occupied during the schools summer break can be difficult and stressful, not to mention an expensive exercise for many local parents.

So, FREE entrance to the ‘MOVIE CLUB’ at Hyde’s Grafton Centre could be a handy experience the whole family

Selected from the top ten, from fairytale fantasies to animated favourites, we have picked a selection of spellbinding screen stories for children – ideal for children aged between 5 and 12 years, who MUST be accompanied by an adult!

With Drinks and Ice Cream available, the movie shows start at 10.00am till 12.00noon on:







Make sure you don’t miss out, take your seats early to avoid disappointment

The Grafton Centre, Grafton Street, Hyde, Cheshire, SK14 2AX

(Just behind the Bus Station across the motorway footbridge)


This Saturday (5th August) sees Hyde’s August Artisan Market pop up on the civic square with a wide diversity of stalls and even more fun and entertainment for the whole family.

Last month, Tameside‘s most vibrant  Crafters’ Market event attracted hundreds of visitors to the town to shop and enjoy all the quality artisan food stuffs, bespoke and quirky, original art, hand crafted items and delicious aromas from the hot street food.

Taking place from 9.00am till 3.00pm, the market will once again feature the return of many of the regions popular crafters and artists who over the last few months have really taken Hyde by storm with their Jewellery, Felt work, Handcrafted Wooden Lamps, Artisan Breads and Scrumptious Cakes.

Organised by Karen Dorney, of Hyde’s Paper Tulips in conjunction with the Hyde Town Team & Tameside Markets; confirmed that the range of artisan producers booked to take stalls will be even more diverse this time with talented traders offering local shoppers and visitors plenty of non-food items including Kieran Brookes; an extremely talented Artist whose favourite pieces include footballers and elephants and Colcanya who produces a range of beautiful wooden personalised cup mats – all that in addition to the vast array of talented traders who all but sold out at the last event.

Adding to the markets atmosphere and raising the shopping levels to fever pitch will be an hilarious new ‘street theatre’ piece called Person Birds, which is inspired by the traditions of bird display shows, fused with the madness of live science experiments.

This performance promises to really raises the bar of ridiculousness, with its colourful mix of comical life size birds, blended with fun and visual surrealism.

Come along and witness a very funny, very silly and very accessible blend of fun, frolics and street craft which we feel sure will appeal to families of all ages and all backgrounds.

The autumn return of this popular biannual event will see Hyde Town Centre once again brimming with thousands of pounds worth of classic and vintage cars from yesteryear.

For this event, Hyde Town Team has collaborated with Local Garage ROSEMOUNT MOT & SERVICE CENTRE who will be sponsoring and judging the entrants.

The vintage vehicle extravaganza, which has been organised by Hyde Town Team and the Tame Valley Vintage and Classic Car Club returns for its 4th year on Saturday 9th September and it’s expected that up to 25 cars, motorcycles and other vehicles will be on display on the civic square.

Rosemount MOT & Service Centre will also be on hand in the sponsor’s area to offer FREE advice and hand-out discounts on anyone pre-booking MOT’s and Services.

As many of Hyde’s local residents know, Rosemount is much more than just an MOT Centre. The owner Nick Hartley and his team, offer a one stop solution to a wide range of motoring needs. From Motor cycles and the smallest of family cars to the largest of builders vans such as a Luton box, or a Mercedes Sprinter, Rosemount MOT Centre has the experience, workshop capacity and mechanical capability to cater for them all. They can even test the largest Motor Homes!

Neil Openshaw Chair of Hyde Town Team said, “The previous shows have been a great success and have been growing in popularity year on year. That’s why we decided to put on two classic car events again this year to enable visitors who may have missed the spring show to see again the cars our parents, grandparents and great grandparents’ used to drive! Hopefully, the weather will be kind and offer us a sunny September when visitors will also be able to visit all the shops and attractions our town centre have to offer.”

Vehicles will be judged during the show by  Rosemount’s owner Nick Hartley and Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Hyde & Stalybridge, who will present the prizes, with one proud owner picking up the prestigious ‘Car of the Show’ Trophy.

The event starts from 10am and lasts until 3pm with Tameside Radio’s Outside Broadcast crew reporting live from the show at various times throughout the event.

Entry in the show is free!

More information can be found online at:

The Gee Cross annual Summer Fete on Sunday 2nd July was a huge success – with all the money raised being split equally between Hyde Rotary Club and Willow Wood Hospice.

Visitors to the event, which was organised by Hyde Rotary in conjunction with the hospice, were able to take part in a huge variety of events with stalls and fun rides, games and acts – in fact the fete had something for everyone – including music lovers, who were royally entertained by local talented artists.

Taking advantage of the great weather, this year’s event brought the community out in their droves and ensured that the fun and family friendly entertainment flowed flawlessly throughout the day.

The Gee Cross annual Summer Fete always raises significant sums for charity and this year was no exception with the fete raising £7,000.00 – a truly magnificent sum that will be equally divided between Hyde Rotary Club and Willow Wood Hospice.

Speaking after the figures were released, Hyde Rotary President, Alan Oldham, said, “In conjunction with the Hospice the planning starts in January with the ‘fete’ committee meet every month leading up to the event, – it takes an awful lot of planning and sometimes things don’t always go to plan; the unpredictable weather and last minute issues frequently challenge the organising team!”

“This year we raised a lot of money that will not only support Willow Wood but will also enable the Rotary Club of Hyde to help fund local charities within our own community.”

Hyde Rotary and Willow Wood would like to thank the main sponsors of the event: ASDA Hyde, The Gee Cross Conservative and Labour parties, our programme sponsors, local businesses who donated raffle prizes, Hyde United FC, the stall holders, all the entertainers, Gareth Cottrell, Andy Richardson, local Scouts, Guides, Premier Motors and anybody else we may have missed.

The event next year will be held on Sunday 1st July 2018

A key milestone at the Summers Quay development in Stalybridge, east Manchester was reached yesterday (Friday 28th July 2017) when local MP for Stalybridge and Hyde Jonathan Reynolds was invited to take part in a steel signing ceremony.

Summers Quay is a private “build to rent” regeneration development of 67 new homes in the centre of Stalybridge and is the first, and largest, private rented development to be undertaken by housing provider New Charter Group, through its commercial property arm, Cavendish Property Developments.

The steel signing, held to celebrate the final beam of the steel frame for the structure being put into place, was hosted by Cavendish Property Developments / New Charter Group and Rowlinsons Construction

Speaking at the ceremony Jonathan Reynolds MP said, “It’s an honour to be involved in marking this milestone in the Summers Quay development. The central location of this development makes it crucial to the continued regeneration of our brilliant, vibrant town. Stalybridge dearly needs a mix of new housing. These apartments will be quality, private rented accommodation delivered via a respected and responsible landlord. Cavendish Property Developments and New Charter Group are bringing a touch of luxury to canal side living. These new homes have it all -city centre style living, but with tremendous countryside views – and I know they will be in great demand.”

Tony Powell, Deputy Chief Executive at New Charter Group said,“Our private development arm Cavendish Property Developments has created a fantastic scheme here and we’re grateful to Jonathan Reynolds MP for helping us mark this milestone in what is its first ‘build to rent’ development.”

“This is also an opportunity to thank our contractor Rowlinson and our professional team who have worked hard to bring this scheme to fruition. The design, undertaken by Pozzoni, and the construction are outstanding and we’re grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to the mix of housing types available in Stalybridge. We’re creating a statement building here in Stalybridge and also contributing to what is a relatively new market for luxury private rental accommodation.”

Located at Armentieres Square in the centre of Stalybridge in Tameside, east Manchester, Summers Quay consists of 22 one bedroom and 45 two bedroom apartments as well as 244 sq m of commercial and retail space.

The scheme started on site in August 2016 with completion planned for spring 2018 and is viewed as the next best thing in city centre lifestyle renting, offering canal-side, urban living within a sub-urban setting.

Cavendish Property Developments was set up by New Charter Group in 2013 to carry out private rent, shared ownership and rent to buy and for sale residential development projects. Summer Quay is being delivered in partnership with Rowlinson Construction and Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council.