Tuesday, February 19, 2019
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Micklehurst Cricket Club has secured £1,726 at the latest record-breaking Mossley SOUP community crowdfunding dinner. 

On Thursday 7 February, more than 220 diners packed in to Emmaus Mossley for the seventh Mossley SOUP event, sponsored by Tameside Rotary. The group that secured the most votes on the night was Micklehurst Cricket Club who were pitching for support for their Junior section.

Jonathan Forrester from Micklehurst Cricket Club said: “It was great to have been invited to present at Mossley SOUP. Everybody involved needs praise for what they are doing.

“When I was asked to present for Micklethurst Cricket Club I was a bit apprehensive but I really needn’t have been. On the night the money raised could have gone to any one of the four groups and I’m sure nobody would have complained.

“For us, these funds will allow us to compete with other local clubs with the juniors and hopefully ensure cricket is played up at Micklehurst Cricket Club for many years to come.”

Along with Micklehurst Cricket Club Junior Section, the three other projects appealing for support were Ethical Education Enterprise CIC, Milton Forest School Cabin and Mossley Heritage.

Diners donated £5 each in return for soup, live music, presentations from four local projects and a vote for their favourite project. Each of the four project presenters had four minutes to share their idea, followed by four questions from the audience.

Along with entrance donations and £100 donated by Tameside Rotary, the winner’s pot included funds raised through a raffle with prizes donated by Alan & Vivs English Fish & Chips, Body & Mind Therapy Centre, Dinnerstones, Donkeystone Brewery and The Pet Care Company.

Four freshly made soups were prepared by local volunteers Rory Callaghan from The Allotment Café and Gordon Collinge with ingredients and bread donated A Taylor & Son Family Butchers, local vegetable suppliers Diane and Neil and JW Buckley’s Bakery.

In addition to the four project presentations, Mossley SOUP diners enjoyed live music and a guest talk from Michelle Phillips from Mossley Social Club for Disabled Adults, winner of the fifth Mossley SOUP.

Project ideas are being sought from individuals, artists, community groups, charities and new business start-ups for the next Mossley SOUP event in July 2019.

For more information, to submit a proposal and for details of future Mossley SOUP events, head to http://bit.ly/MossleySOUP.



Friday evening (15th) saw the presentation of 54 top awards to Beaver and Cub Scouts in Dukinfield. 

32 Beaver Scouts were awarded their Chief Scout Bronze Award certificates. These were eight Beavers from 8th Stalybridge, four from 5th/7th Dukinfield, eight from 5th Stalybridge, seven from 2nd Dukinfield and five from 2nd Stalybridge.

22 Cub Scouts were awarded their Chief Scout Silver Award certificates. These were seven Cubs from 5th Stalybridge, three from 5th/7th Dukinfield, ten from 2nd Dukinfield and two from 2nd Stalybridge.

The Chief Scout Bronze and Silver Awards are the highest that can be earned in the Beaver and Cubs Sections of the Scout Association’s progressive Chief Scout Awards scheme.

Beaver Scout Samuel, who got his Bronze Award, said he liked cooking marshmallows best and the worst was making ‘slime’ as it stuck to his fingers. The game he enjoyed best was Duck, Duck – Goose. Samuel’s mum said she was really impressed he had got his awards so quickly but was not surprised as he had worked hard.

Cub Scout Mateo, from 5th/7th Dukinfield Pack, said he liked making crispy bacon at camp on an open fire. His proud grandparents said they were very pleased with Mateo’s achievement. They also said he helps around the house with skills he had learnt at Beavers and Cubs.

Video messages were received from Tim Kidd, Alex Peace-Gaddy and Hannah Kentish from Scout Headquarters in Gilwell congratulating all the Beavers and Cubs on their achievements.

Suzanne Meadowcroft, ADC Beavers, said ‘All the Beavers achieved their awards while having loads of fun. Well done on their achievement.’

Steve Holloway, County Commissioner said he was very pleased of their achievements and they did themselves and their Leader proud.

If you would like to help young people achieve their potential in Scouting contact Alan Fish on alan.fish@ntscouts.org.ukon on 07931765120 

Last Monday saw the Regional Finals of the National League Trust U11’s Cup 2019 take place at Power League in Stockport.

After staging the local phase of the Cup at Stalybridge Celtic FC, the club were confident of doing well with both the local Girls and Boys school teams.

The Girls competition started at 9.30am with Arlies Primary School (Stalybridge) representing the club, playing against schools representing Stockport County FC, Chester FC, Altrincham FC, Southport FC and Wrexham AFC.

A disappointing morning was to follow for the girls, who played well with great enthusiasm but lost all five fixtures, therefore not progressing to the Semi-Finals.

In the afternoon the competition was joined by Stalyhill Junior School (Stalybridge) for the Boys Cup.

After drawing with Stockport County FC, 2-2, the boys won their other fixtures (v Macclesfield Town FC, Altrincham FC and Curzon Ashton FC) to meet Chester FC in the semi-final, again winning that match and meeting Stockport County FC in the Final, winning 1-0 to be crowned Regional Final Champions!

Stalyhill Juniors will now attend the National Final (North) during March to win a place in the Grand Final on 11th May 2019 which will be held at Wembley Stadium prior to the National League Play Off Final.


Mike Smith, Community Development Officer at Stalybridge Celtic said, “Well done to everyone who pulled on a Stalybridge Celtic FC shirt, you did the club, school and yourselves proud. I felt for the girls as they played, despite losing, they kept going and always played with a smile….well done girls. Congratulations to Stalyhill Juniors, a great achievement in winning the Regional Finals, let’s hope you can get us all a trip under the Wembley arch on 11th May, in the Final!’



Children from 2 Tameside primary schools – St. James’, Hattersley, and Stalyhill Infants, Stalybridge – will be joining children from across the North West for an interactive performance of The Princess and the Pea by acclaimed children’s composer Sue Nicholls.

1,000 children, from Reception and Year 1 classes, will be re-telling this timeless story across 2 performances accompanied by live musicians and narrated by Storyteller, Ian Bamford.

The event has been organised by Tameside Music Service and their partners in the Greater Manchester Music Hub.

The event will be held on Thursday 28th February, 2019 10.10 am and 1.15 pm, at The Lighthouse, which can be found at 12 Centenary Park, Coronet Way, Eccles, Salford, Manchester, M50 1RE

The event organiser said “We are delighted by the huge response we have had and this is set to be an exciting event. The children have learnt so much about music and related activities in the build up to the occasion. What a fantastic occasion to celebrate all the pupils hard work by coming together to perform.”


All enquiries to: Patricia.Tremayne@bolton.gov.uk or Kate.Bevis@bolton.gov.uk


Greater Manchester has set out plans to improve equality in the city-region by launching the Greater Manchester Disabled People’s Panel.

Working side by side with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), the panel will bring a voice to disabled people and the opportunity to influence change.

In order to provide the panel with an active role in shaping and challenging policy, their initial focus will be on:

  • Championing new, improved standards of working with disabled people’s organisations
  • ‘Reflecting the seven needs of Independent living that is underpinned by the Social Model of Disability including information; Peer Support; Housing; Equipment; Personal Assistance; Transport; and Access
  • Benefitting all disabled people across Greater Manchester, irrespective of gender, race, ethnicity, faith, sexual identity or age.

The panel is also the first of its kind in the country to employ a full time lead that offers a formal partnership between disabled people, representative organisations and an elected Mayor.

Tameside Council Leader, Councillor Brenda Warrington, Greater Manchester portfolio lead for Equality said: “I’m incredibly proud that our city-region is developing this panel to ensure Greater Manchester is a region where no person is left behind.

“The panel will place the voice of disabled people at the heart of delivery across the city-region and show our commitment to improve standards of working with disabled people.

“By approving funding for the panel, the GMCA will show the rest of the country that Greater Manchester is the best place for everybody to grow up, get on and grow old.”

The initial funding for the board will run from February 2019 until March 2020, at which point the next steps of it will be reviewed.

For further information please contact the Communications and Engagement team on 0161 608 4092 or email: news@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk

Find us on social media @greatermcr

Stalybridge Celtic Foundation held their third of six designated charity days at Bower Fold last Saturday, for the visit of Witton Albion FC, with Kidscan UK, being the Foundation guests for the afternoon.

Alison and Bob along with Volunteers from the charity attended the game to raise awareness of the fantastic work they do, and also to raise valuable funds via a ‘Bucket Collection’ and a raffle to win a signed Stalybridge Celtic FC 2018/19 Home shirt.

A superb £418.88 was raised on the day.

Alison England, Fundraising Officer, Kidscan UK said, “Just a quick note to share the total we raised at Saturdays game, a super £418.88. We are delighted and so very grateful, see you next year!”

A massive thank you to everyone who donated on the day.


The next Charity Day is due to take place on Saturday 23rd March v North Ferriby United FC, where the Foundation will be joined by The Believe and Achieve Trust.




For the next few months, Willow Wood has secured an Ashton town centre discount shop selling clothing, shoes and bags all at incredible bargain prices.

The shop, situated at 11 Old Street, will be open from 10am to 3pm every day except Sunday and will sell all stock at £3 or less.  Every item is at a fixed price, for example adult coats and suits are £3, dresses £2, while knitwear, skirts, trousers, shoes and bags cost just £1.50 and tops £1.  And with all children’s wear at just 50p per item, you really will be able to pick up some massively discounted goods.

Sharon Hodgkiess, retail operations manager explained: “We have such wonderful community supporters who donate huge amounts of clothing every week, which means that our flagship Ashton shop at 74 Old Street is able to concentrate on higher end looks and brands, as well as brand new goods and homewares.    The new shop will concentrate purely on discount clothing and will be in addition to our monthly clearance sales at our distribution centre which are always so well attended by bargain hunters.”

Like all Willow Wood’s shops, the discount pop-up will be mainly staffed by volunteers, and Sharon said, “Our volunteer team are friends as well as colleagues, and with our expanding retail operation we always need more people to help.  If you feel you’d like more information on becoming a volunteer, why not call into your local shop and have a chat with the manager.  You can even try volunteering for a couple of hours to see if it’s for you.”

 Working with local schools, Sustrans volunteers have combined to help turn an abandoned old railway turntable in Godley into a wildlife haven and community event space.

The 70-foot diameter turntable is located on a one-mile, traffic-free path between Godley and Apethorn, now owned by Sustrans, a charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. It is part of the long distance Trans Pennine Trail and the National Cycle Network.

The turntable forms the perfect shape for an outdoor arena and has become a tranquil resting spot along the path surrounded by trees, grasses and wetland, home to a wide variety of plants and animals.

Last year, The Friends of the Trans Pennine Trail received £45,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the turntable, create a community space for performances and events, and a peaceful nature haven.

Volunteers have worked with the Sustrans team to clear vegetation and trees from the centre of the turntable and uncover parts of the original track and ash pits for the steam railway.

Now, they plan to work with local schools and the community to improve the habitat for wildlife and create information boards about the history of the old railway line.

Volunteer group coordinator, Peter Brocklehurst, said they would like to work closely with the local community to help create a space for everyone.

He said: “This year we’ll be helping to improve the habitat and attract local nature by building things like bat boxes, hedgehog refuges and bug hotels. It will be a fantastic practical educational opportunity and we’d really like to hear from local schools who would like to get involved with the project.”

The turntable was built in the early 1930s as part of the Woodhead railway electrification process, and was mainly used to carry coal and other types of freight.

During the war it was an important storage site and a bomb narrowly missed the turntable. A nearby pond is a reminder of the crater it left behind.

“After the railway closed in the 1960s the site was abandoned for 40 years and became overgrown, but the old brickwork of the turntable remains intact and there are several reminders of its railway past, such as tracks and channels where the waste ash was deposited.”

Volunteers plan to repair the wall, cover the base and install drains in the turntable, to allow the community to hold performances and events. They will also install benches and information boards about the history and nature of the area.


Minds Matter in Tameside and Glossop has been set-up for people who want to improve their wellbeing. It can help people with low level concerns about their mental wellbeing that are related to everyday life events.

They do this by looking at the wider issues that impact on a person’s wellbeing, such as money worries, relationship issues and social isolation, and by offering groups, courses and one-to-one support to address these issues, improve a person’s situation before they develop any more serious mental health issues.

Minds Matter consists of a team of Mental Wellbeing Practitioners, Peer Support Workers and Counsellors who can help manage and overcome personal difficulties. They are friendly and approachable, and will make sure that you’ll see the right person who can help you:

  • Address current problems
  • Gain a new understanding of your difficulties and develop new ways of coping
  • Make positive changes in your life
  • Talk about your difficulties in a non-judgemental and supportive environment.

Minds Matter believe that their support should be available at a place that suits their service users, and therefore they work out of locations such as libraries, community centres and children’s centres to make sure that this is the case.

They believe that it should be as easy as possible for people who need Minds Matter to access the service.

Service users can be referred via their GP, or they can self-refer by calling 0161 343 5748 or by attending one of our many drop-in group sessions.

Once you have been referred or got in touch, you will be contacted within one week, when a trained professional will have a conversation with you to work out the best service for you.

If they think you could benefit from help with social issues, they will work with you to identify the problematic areas in your life and help you to overcome any challenges you face.

Sometimes people might need a greater level of support. Minds Matter works in partnership with NHS services who can support individuals with psychological therapy if needed.

Minds Matter is commissioned by NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group, and work together in partnership with The Big Life group, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust and Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind.



Another record number of students at Ashton Sixth Form College have received offers from Cambridge and Oxford Universities.

The students, who have successfully secured offers, have completed one of the most competitive application processes in the world with the universities ranked the top two in the UK and worldwide.

The students who have received Oxbridge offers are currently supported by the well-established XL programme at Ashton.

The XL programme is dedicated to high achieving students and pushes them to achieve both academically and personally, providing students with specialist tutorials to stretch and challenge them.

Students also have access to a number of opportunities that further develop their skills and interests.

Damian Windle, XL Manager said: “Congratulations to our seven Oxbridge offer holders this year – equalling the college record.

“This achievement is testament to the hard work and effort that these students and the staff have put in. It is huge recognition of how being part of the XL programme can produce amazing opportunities such as these.”

XL students take part in mock interviews, Cambridge shadowing schemes, Oxbridge road shows, master classes, consultancy days and more.

The support sessions ensure the students applying to Oxford and Cambridge are given the best possible chance to succeed, alongside their outstanding academic record of achievement.

Ashton Sixth Form College is currently home to the Stewart Sutherland Centre for Philosophy and World Religions in partnership with Pembroke College, Oxford.

While at Ashton, students are able to take additional qualifications such as the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), developing their analytical and research skills and preparing for university-level thinking.

Plus a Realising Aspirations programme at Ashton allows students to experience lectures and seminars from leading professors in their chosen field in the first year of their A Level studies, alongside a wealth of enrichment activities including guest speakers, visits and trips.

The opportunities for students to build their profile and ensure they stand out to both universities and employers is constantly expanding.

The seven successful students are:

  • Vincent Allott, who attended Alder Community High School and is currently studying biology, chemistry, maths, physics and the EPQ. He has received an offer to study medicine at St Catherine’s College, Oxford University.
  • Maxim Burchill has received an offer to study classical archaeology and ancient history at Oxford University. He currently studies history, law, maths and the EPQ and began his education at Mossley Hollins High School.
  • Ronnie Ellison-Walsh began his early education at St Damian’s RC Science College. At Ashton he studies chemistry, geography and physics and has received an offer to study geography at Hertford College Oxford.
  • Ethan Prince has received an offer to study biochemistry (molecular and cellular) at New College, Oxford. He is studying biology, chemistry, maths and physics and began his early education at Droylsden Academy.
  • Esan Shafiq studies biology, chemistry, history and the EPQ. He studied at Great Academy, Ashton and has received an offer to study law at University College, Oxford.
  • Ben Speakman studies business, economics and geography, after beginning at Great Academy, Ashton. He has an offer to study geography at St John’s, Cambridge University.
  • Brent Norris studies biology, chemistry, maths and the EPQ at Ashton. He will be studying Veterinary Medicine at Robinson College, Cambridge. He began his high school education at Audenshaw School.