Sunday, April 21, 2019
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The 2nd Dukinfield Beaver Colony built a model railway and exhibited it at the RailRoad 2019 being held at Astley Sports College, Dukinfield. 

As part of their planned badge work training the 24 Beaver from the 2nd Dukinfield Colony designed and built a model railway over 4 weeks. The first week was asking what the Beavers would like on their model. Each Beaver drew a picture of what they would like to be included. Suggestions included tents, trees, unicorns and sheep. The second week the built the model which included a castle, a campsite, an enchanted forest and of course a railway. The third week they painted the model. While they were working away on the layout parents and other adults were making some of the fantasy models on 3D printers, these included unicorn sheep and flying pigs.

 The final week was painting the animals and assembling the model ready for the show.

Each Beaver was awarded their Builder Badge for the work they all put into the model. Torin, one of the Beavers, said he made the flying pig but liked the catapult best. Minue, another Beaver said she made the unicorn sheep and enjoyed making the model.

Zoe Howart-Lowe, the Beaver Leader, said it was great fun and she enjoyed it as much as the Beavers. She said they were going to make a bigger and better model for next year.


If you would like to help young people achieve their potential in Scouting please contact Alan Fish at or phone 07931 765120. 


The Government has announced new legislation to overhaul divorce and reduce family conflict.

Divorcing couples will no longer need to blame each other for the breakdown of their marriage following an announcement by the Justice Secretary David Gauke.

The proposed legislation will update the 50-year-old divorce law which has been shown to exacerbate conflict. The current laws are excessively harsh and demand that the Petitioner proves fault as a ground for divorce: unreasonable behaviour; adultery; desertion or to prove a period of separation to show that a marriage has broken down irretrievably.

At present, a small minority of cases are defended, which is a practice misused by abusers choosing to contest a divorce to continue their coercive and controlling behaviour.  The new legislation will bring an end to defended divorces.

The new proposals for changes in the law will include: –

  • Retaining the irretrievable breakdown as the sole ground for divorce.
  • Replace the requirement to provide evidence of fault with a requirement to provide a statement of irretrievable breakdown.
  • Retaining the two-stage legal process currently referred to as decree nisi and decree absolute.
  • Creating the option of a joint application for divorce, alongside retaining the option of one party being able to initiate the process.
  • Removing the ability to defend a divorce.
  • Introducing a minimum timeframe of 6 months, from the petition stage to the final dissolution [20 weeks from the petition stage to decree nisi; 6 weeks from decree nisi to decree absolute].

The 20 week timeframe is designed to allow the parties to have a meaningful period of reflection and the opportunity to change their minds.  The 20 week period will also enable couples to reach agreement on practical arrangements in the future.  The new legislation will enable divorcing couples to separate with dignity and less conflict.

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Davis Blank Furniss has promoted property lawyer Jennifer Smith to partner and Lewis Thompson, private client solicitor, to associate solicitor.

Jennifer joined the firm in 2013 and handles all aspects of commercial and residential property, including commercial property sales and acquisitions, advising on business tenancies for landlords and tenants, and sales, purchases and re-mortgages of residential properties.

Lewis Thompson was appointed in March 2017 and works in the firm’s Glossop office. He specialises in all areas of private client work including Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Trusts, Court of Protection matters and Probate.

Also, Charlotte Tyrer has been admitted as a solicitor in the Family and Private Client Departments following the successful completion of her training contract.

Kate Oldfield – managing partner – said: “Both these promotions are incredibly well deserved. Jennifer and Lewis have worked extremely hard and have shown tremendous commitment and energy to our clients and are central to the firm’s future. We are also delighted that Charlotte is continuing her career at Davis Blank Furniss and I have no doubt that she will be an outstanding addition to the team.”

Jennifer added: “Being promoted to partner is a real milestone in my career, but my focus will continue to be on adding value to my team, the wider business and our clients.”


The Ceremonial Mayor of the City of Salford, Councillor Ronald H Wilson, and Mayoress, Pat Wilson, joined staff, volunteers and patients from St Ann’s Hospice to celebrate a very special anniversary in the organisation’s history.

The special birthday gathering took place at the charity’s Little Hulton hospice site in Salford, to mark 40 years since the building opened.

Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive of St Ann’s, explained: “In April 1979, we opened the doors of our second hospice site in Little Hulton and started caring for patients there.  The opening was the result of a huge Greater Manchester-wide fundraising appeal, which led to the amazing local community raising a massive £600,000 for the second St Ann’s hospice site.

 “Our Heald Green hospice had already opened in 1971, and Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne, came to officially open the Little Hulton hospice site in May 1979, welcomed by many of our staff, volunteers, patients and families.

“We’ll be celebrating in lots of different ways this year to mark this special 40th anniversary, and we were pleased to welcome the Mayor and Mayoress to St Ann’s to kick start our activities.  It’s a very exciting few years for the hospice as we’re ramping up to the 50th birthday of St Ann’s as a whole in 2021 – it’s a real privilege that our team is in a position to ensure the hospice remains fit for purpose and able to provide care for patients and their families well into the next century too.”

St Ann’s Hospice is one of the oldest and largest hospices outside of London, and staff care for patients with life-limiting illnesses from their three sites in Heald Green, Little Hulton and the Neil Cliffe Centre in Wythenshawe Hospital.  The hospice also runs a variety of community and outreach services, as well as providing training and support in palliative and end of life care to other organisations and health care professionals.

Eamonn added: “Though hospice care has changed so much since the hospice first opened, our ethos and values remain the same.  I’m proud to be part of a team that is committed to providing truly holistic care, treating each patient as an individual and responding to their own personal needs and wishes.

 “As we look back at what has gone before, and plan ahead to ensure St Ann’s remains fit for future generations of patients and families too, we never lose sight of the core values that make us what we are. Thanks so much to everyone in the local community for the support they’ve given the hospice over almost half a century.  We simply couldn’t care for our patients without you.  Thanks so much for all you do for us.”

For more information on St Ann’s, or to make a donation, please visit


As Easter approaches, a local charity is inviting people from across Greater Manchester to join them in a range of fundraising activities to help the patients it supports.

St Ann’s Hospice, which provides care for patients from its three sites in Heald Green, Little Hulton and The Neil Cliffe Centre in Wythenshawe Hospital, as well as via a range of outreach services, has developed a special free fundraising pack full of Easter tips, hints and ideas.

Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive of St Ann’s Hospice, said:  “Our fundraising team have put together a huge raft of ‘egg-cellent’ ideas to help raise money for our patients this year.  From quizzes, activity sheets and egg hunt ideas, to fancy dress days and baking challenges, there are lots of ways local people can have fun, help us out, and really make a difference to the lives of the people we support.

“It’s fitting that so many people choose to support us at Easter as we always make a real effort to ensure our hospice sites are decorated with amazing art, and that there are lots of cakes and treats for our patients and visitors to enjoy.    Our creative therapists often work with patients on special Easter artwork or crafts too – in fact, the whole hospice is a hive of activity, and it’s great to be part of it.

“If you don’t have time to take part in one of the special activities from the pack, perhaps you could consider donating the price of an Easter Egg or two to the hospice instead?  A donation of £8.55, for example, would pay for meals for one of the patients on our wards for a whole day.  Any donation, however large or small, really does make a difference to the people we care for, so thanks very much in advance for your support.”

To request a free Easter fundraising pack, or discuss your ideas for supporting St Ann’s, please contact the hospice team on 0161 498 3631. 

You can also make a donation by visiting


Staff at Ageas Insurance Ltd are organising a works night out at the Manchester Midnight Walk.

Six underwriters from the company’s base in Spring Gardens, Manchester, will join hundreds of other walkers in the moonlit 10km city centre stroll on Friday, April 26.

The walk is staged by St Ann’s Hospice, the firm’s chosen charity for two years, as part of Ageas’ national support for Hospice UK.

Employee Michelle Hamer, from Withington, took part in the walk in 2017. She said: “It’s an amazing atmosphere and we had so much fun and met lots of people from all walks of life.

“You don’t have to wear fancy dress and the event raises money for such a good cause. A friend is a patient at the hospice and they’ve given them their dignity back and provided help and support for family and friends.”

Colleague Andy Campbell dived into a shark tank at Sea Life Manchester last year as part of the group’s fundraising efforts.

Fellow Ageas staff Zoe Carr, Malcolm Etchells, Yvette Pitts and Sarah Butterworth are undertaking the walk, with Michelle’s friends Danielle Kelly and Ascia Alam.

* To sponsor them go to

The walk starts and ends at Manchester Cathedral and is sponsored by Betfred. Musical entertainment is from 9pm, three hours before the walk. Refreshments are available.

Interested walkers can sign up by visiting or call 0161 498 3631.

Two staff members at Bromleys Solicitors have qualified as mental health first-aiders as the firm enhances the wellbeing services it offers to its team.

Associate solicitor Laura Stansfield and legal cashier Hailie Applegate undertook a two-day Mental Health First Aid course with training provider St John Ambulance.

Mental Health First Aid, which was launched in England by the Department of Health in 2007, is a training scheme which teaches people practical skills to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue in a non-judgmental and confidential way, and to offer advice and guidance on where they can seek the right support.

Louise Nolan, practice manager at Bromleys, said: “These qualifications demonstrate our commitment to enhancing the services we provide to staff which focus on their well-being, and we are looking at ways to improve this further.”

Laura, the head of Bromleys’ wills, probate and planning for the future department, said: “Mental health is less the taboo subject that it used to be, but there is still very much a general lack of understanding and support.

“Our role is to help anyone who might have a problem and to be a first port-of-call.

“Through our training, we have been given resources that we can refer on, and guidance on how to help people seek the professional help they may need.

“We are not here to judge or diagnose, only to assist people.”

Hailie, who works in the accounts department, said: “I hate the thought of anybody feeling completely lost and like they have nobody to turn to, so when the opportunity arose I really wanted to be involved.

“Life can be overwhelming at the best of times. There are occasions when people feel unable to cope or they don’t know where to turn in a mental health crisis.

“We hope to be that ‘safe place’ for everyone at Bromleys, by giving advice regarding coping strategies for stress, signposting towards professionals or simply being a non-judgmental ear.”

Nationally, mental health issues cost employers an estimated £35bn a year in sickness absence, reduced productivity and substituting staff members who are off work, according to MHFA England

Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that, in 2016, 15.8 million work days in the UK were lost due to mental illness, while NHS England says approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health illness each year.

Hailie, (left) and Laura are pictured with their certificates.

Davis Blank Furniss and Capstone Financial Management to stage free Inheritance Tax & Estate Planning event

Glossop firms Davis Blank Furniss and Capstone Financial Management are joining forces to stage an exclusive evening event that will tackle the complex issues around Inheritance Tax and Estate Planning.

The event, which is free to attend, will take place at Glossop Golf Club on Thursday 25th April.

Topics will include how the value of a property can leave home owners vulnerable to inheritance tax and the ways you can plan to mitigate this tax.  Guests will also be given essential up-to-date information regarding Wills, Trusts, Lasting Power of Attorney and how they can be used to plan for later life care fees and reduce the potential worry for your family and beneficiaries.

Andrew Williamson – Executive Director at Capstone Financial Management – said: “Families are now paying more in inheritance tax than ever before so it is essential everyone knows the facts about what they can and can’t do in terms of their estate planning.”

Lewis Thompson – Associate Solicitor at Davis Blank Furniss – added: “Inheritance tax and estate planning are incredibly complex so our focus will be on cutting through the jargon and providing relevant information that guests can apply to their own situations.”

Places at the event can be confirmed by contacting Holly Smith on 01457 601 608 or via email: 

On Saturday 13th APRIL 2019, you can come face to face with a life sized dinosaur who’ll be lurking in the shops and stalls on the Hyde Town Centre Jurassic trail.

Organised by members of Hyde’s Town Team, together with Hyde Markets and The Clarendon Centre, and generously supported by Philip Harris – the UK’s leading science equipment supplier to schools and Colleges, together with assistance from The Tameside Reporter, this event has been created as part of a programme of events, designed to actively promote the Hyde Town Centre shopping experience through a wide range of tactics that help increase awareness of the varied range of retail outlets in the town centre and to encourage patronage of both the local indoor and outdoor markets stalls.

The huge dinosaur will be stalking the town, plus, visitors and shoppers can find out more about dinosaurs and their long lost relatives inside The Clarendon Centre at their fossil finding event.

Also on the day, children have been invited to show off their model making skills by entering their model dinosaurs in the Town Team/Tameside Reporter competition, where the winning entry will win a voucher for £100 courtesy of Philip Harris – making Hyde Town Centre on the 13th April the ideal playground for young palaeontologists.

Dinosaur are fascinating to kids and seeing one ‘close up and personal makes learning about Natural History fun and interesting. Bring your children along were they can discover and learn all about some of the amazing dinosaurs that once roamed the earth.






To celebrate and honour an incredible 20 years milestone of the Willow Wood Hospice’s care and commitment, the ‘Your Tax Shop’ team are hosting a Charity Car Wash on Sunday 7th April 2019, between 10am and 4pm, to raise as much funds as they can for the amazing local charity within Tameside. 

The team have decided to open the car wash within the hospice’s car park – which is really handy for the local community to come and have their cars washed; have a full valet or both.

Prices will start from only £5 and 100% of the funds raised will be donated to such a fantastic cause.

Each customer will also receive a complimentary air freshener and you can join the team inside for some refreshments while you wait!

Please join them support and raise money for a fantastic local charity while treating your car to a well deserved clean!

Get involved with our event on Facebook, we would love to see you there! Keep an eye on our socials as we’ll be sure to update everyone with what we’re up to throughout the course of the day!