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As the festive season rapidly approaches, nothing spells the start of the ‘Christmas Holidays’ more than Glossop’s fabulous Christmas Artisan Market and the town’s big Christmas Lights Switch-on.

The small and historic Derbyshire town of Glossop has held an Artisan & Craft Market for over 30years, and this year there’s no exception. Featuring a wide range of stalls this popular Christmas Market is the ideal place to find those perfect Christmas gifts, stocking fillers and delicious goodies for Christmas hampers and quirky personal gifts that you’ll not find in the High Street shops!
Considered by many to be one of the best towns for atmosphere, entertainment and fabulous bargains, Glossop’s Annual Artisan Christmas Market on Saturday 23rd of November which runs from 9.00am till 8.00pm 30 stalls entertainment and with a bar from 9am until 7pm. On top of that the indoor market will also be open until 7pm. and as usual it will coincide with the town’s Christmas lights switch on Norfolk Square, which is planned to start at 7.00pm. So, you can celebrate the town’s Christmas Light switch-on at the end of a fun filled day of festivities in and around the Market Square.

Over the years, Glossop’s Artisan & Craft Market signals a dazzling start to the town’s Christmas holiday event. And with the annual Christmas Light switch-on; one of the most exciting events held in the town centre, as well as a festive indoor market and food stalls.

On Saturday 23rd November, shoppers will be treated to an array of music throughout the day, while parents can treat the children and take ‘selfies’ at the markets ever popular Santa’s Grotto.
Adding to the festive atmosphere, throughout the day the Howard Town brewery will be running a full bar, offering a wide range of seasonal and traditional drinks and mulled wine; with the Artisan Market event culminating at 7.00pm with Christmas and festive songs from the 30 strong ‘League of Ladies’ WI Choir, who’ll be closing the annual event at 8.00p.

With over 30 stalls from local Businesses, Artisans, Crafters and makers offering hand-made gifts, rural crafts, festive décor, and local produce, cakes, pies, specialty local beers and ciders, gift bags and hampers – plus the added attraction of the town’s Christmas Lights switch-on, Glossop is the place to be!

This annual community Christmas event which typically attracts thousands of local residents and families is the ideal place for Glossop town people to spoil themselves and their loved ones with good food and great gifts, not to mention the Lights switch-on and a fantastic selection of entertainment and attractions on offer.

Homelessness charity, Emmaus Mossley, is inviting supporters to a Vintage Christmas Market charity sale at their Second-hand Superstore this November.

The Vintage Christmas Market, taking place on Saturday 16 November, will launch Emmaus’ Christmas display and include a range of festive stalls for all tastes and budgets. There will be a wide selection of vintage and retro decorations, secret Santa gifts, presents for under a fiver and lots of reusable Christmas trees.

Gary Barton, one of the community members at Emmaus Mossley, said: “Our Christmas events are always great fun and I really enjoy seeing supporters, fellow companions, volunteers and staff getting in the festive spirit. There’ll be lots on offer for all ages throughout the day including a special visit from Santa.”

Emmaus Mossley supports 26 formerly homeless people by providing them with a home and work in a community setting. The charity runs a social enterprise in Mossley, selling donated and upcycled furniture, household goods, clothes and vintage wares. All the proceeds from the Vintage Christmas Market will support the people who live and work at Emmaus.
In addition to the Christmas-themed stalls, the Collectables Room will be open and Santa will be visiting Emmaus’ Second-hand Superstore. Lucie’s Café will be serving seasonal food and drinks throughout the day, and they’ll be a few limited external stall holders too

Hazel Hodkinson, Retail Manager at Emmaus Mossley, said: “Christmas-time can create a lot of waste and consumption but here at Emmaus we’re keen to promote reuse and celebrate second-hand.

“Our Vintage Christmas Market is the perfect opportunity to source a wide variety of pre-loved decorations, affordable gifts, festive fare and materials for those who enjoy creating handmade gifts.

We hope lots of people will join us on the day to have fun, bag some bargains and support give their support to Emmaus Mossley.The Vintage Christmas Market will take place on Saturday 16 November from 9am to 4:30pm at Emmaus Mossley, Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley OL5 9AH

Emmaus Mossley will also have a Christmas Pop-up Shop at The Weavers Factory in Uppermill on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December.
To find out more or support Emmaus Mossley head to www.emmaus.org.uk/mossley. If you would like to get involved or donate an item, please call 01457 838608 or visit the store at Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley OL5 9AH.

Law firm Bromleys has been honoured at the Pride of Tameside Business Awards for the third year running.

The firm won the Professional Services Business of the Year accolade for the second consecutive year, having also picked up the Corporate Social Responsibility prize at the 2017 event.

More than 300 people attended this year’s awards ceremony at Dukinfield Town Hall which was hosted by TV and radio presenter Andy Crane.
In their citation, the judging panel said of Bromleys: “The judges were impressed with how this business has looked at what they need to do to be top of the game and are doing it successfully.
“The entry displayed great commitment to Tameside by doing everything right.”

Bromleys, a four-partner firm based in Ashton-under-Lyne, provides legal services to individuals, families, business owners and partnerships across Tameside and Greater Manchester.
The latest accolade adds to Bromleys’ awards success over recent years. In addition to honours at the Pride of Tameside Business Awards, Bromleys was named Law Firm of the Year – Small at the 2018 Manchester Legal Awards.

The firm has also retained Investors in People Gold status and the Law Society’s Lexcel quality mark and Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditation.
Bromleys is heavily involved in the Tameside community. It sponsors Curzon Ashton FC, runs free legal surgeries at venues across the borough and has a referral system with Tameside Council and Citizens Advice to give more people access to legal advice.

The firm also set up the Tameside Women in Business networking forum.
Senior partner Mark Hirst said: “I am exceptionally proud of the dynamic team we have at Bromleys. To gain recognition at this prestigious event for three consecutive years is a clear demonstration of the quality of our work and solidifies our reputation as an accessible, caring and efficient provider of legal services.
“It also underlines our commitment to the local community and we are proud to play our part in helping businesses in the area to grow and prosper.”

Faye Howard, from Walkden, organised The Howard Charity Gala for the last three years to raise money for St Ann’s Hospice after the care her mum, Mel, received when she was a patient there.

Mel was diagnosed with lung cancer and attended St Ann’s Hospice in Little Hulton initially as a day care patient before her condition deteriorated and she became an inpatient where she died aged 52 in December 2016.

The fundraising event, in her memory, took place at Albert’s Worsley on Saturday October 12. Tickets were £35 and include a BBQ buffet, entertainment from a saxophonist and DJ, plus there was a super raffle and auction to raise even more money on the night.

This year the special event took place four days after Mel’s 55th birthday, so the event was be even more poignant and she will be the toast of family and friends at the gala to celebrate her life.

It’s not just Faye, who has been fundraising for St Ann’s, her dad, Paul, has taken part in many different sporting events over the year which has contributed to their total.

Faye said: “The care my mum received at St Ann’s was truly amazing, it was really personal to her and the doctors and nurses really tailored everything to her needs and wishes. As a family we were all made to feel welcome and we were able to stay over in one of the family rooms.

“The last two events have been really great nights and everyone really gets behind raising money for St Ann’s. Last year the DJ even managed to auction off a tin of beans for £45! I think we’ve already raised over £10,000 from the gala and sporting events and our target is to raise £20,000, as we want to be able to help pay for a day of care.”

For more information about The Howard Charity Gala email Faye at: thcg17@outlook.com

Willow Wood has partnered with the registered charity Homeless Friendly to ensure that they can reach out and care for even more in our community.

Head of Clinical Services, Karen Vallantine said: “It’s a terrible statistic, but the average life-expectancy of a homeless person is just 47 years of age, and the number of homeless dying on the streets has risen by 25% in the last five years alone.

“By signing the pledge with Gail Sutcliffe of Homeless Friendly we are sending the message that all our patients will be treated with dignity and compassion. Our staff have already commenced training with Gail, and we are looking at all our policies and procedures to ensure they meet the needs of the homeless.”

 

The organisers of Mossley SOUP are appealing for local residents to support the town’s latest community crowdfunding dinner on Thursday 24 October.

Mossley SOUP aims to bring the community together to promote, fundraise and support local projects that benefit the people of Mossley. For a donation of £5, diners receive freshly made soup, bread, hear four project presentations and then vote for their favourite idea.

Each presenter will get four minutes to share their idea and an opportunity to answer four questions from the audience. The project idea to secure the most votes receives all of the money raised on the night to carry out their project.

The ninth Mossley SOUP event, sponsored by Premier Automotive, will take place on Thursday 24 October from 6.15pm at Longlands Mill on Queen Street, home to Emmaus Mossley. As well as the four short presentations, the event will also include guest speakers, spoken word poetry, live music and a raffle.

Past Mossley SOUP dinners have raised between £545 and £1,726 for each of the winning projects. All of the projects that have been presented at Mossley SOUP have benefitted in some way. This includes increased public awareness, new volunteers, donations of materials and other financial support.

  

Mossley SOUP is organised by local resident volunteers with support from local businesses and Emmaus Mossley. For more information and for details of future SOUP events head to http://bit.ly/MossleySOUP.

Hospice Care Week this year is from 7 – 13 October, and this year the national campaign has the theme of ‘This is what it takes’, focusing on the stories behind the care.

And what better way to celebrate the care given by our wonderful Willow Wood community than to tell the story of Pat, a volunteer who has been with us from day one.

“I’ve been involved with Willow Wood from the very beginning. The first public meeting to discuss raising funds to build a Hospice for Tameside and Glossop was on 28 April, 1993 at Dukinfield Town Hall and our very first fundraising event, a Sequence Ball, was held just four weeks later.

We had a small but very committed team of volunteers, and the Sequence Ball became an annual event running until 2013. Frank, my husband, and I also began to organise monthly Coffee mornings. Initially these were at our house and they are still going now, although they long since moved over to Willow Wood itself. I still attend, although don’t do as much baking now! They are always very well attended, and last year raised over £10,000 towards the Hospice’s running costs. Frank and I also set up the Festival of Christmas Music, which again is a very popular event, and sells out every year.

The fundraising continued and I even once organised a car boot sale – never again! I’ll do almost anything for Willow Wood, but that was not my cup of tea at all! However, it was a very proud moment when, after five years of fundraising, I was present at the laying of the foundation stone in April 1998. We raised £2million to build the Hospice and now in 2019, our twentieth anniversary year, the running costs will be over £2.6million – our fundraising has to continue.

For many years I served on the Board of Trustees for Willow Wood until I decided to take a bit more of a back seat and retired from that position.

I’m still a volunteer receptionist though and greet patients and visitors every Thursday afternoon.

I was very honoured in 2016 when I attended a Buckingham Palace Garden Party as the longest serving female volunteer. It was a wonderful occasion – even the sun was shining! That was the year that the whole volunteer team was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, equivalent to the MBE for an individual.

I am very proud to have been part of Willow Wood for so long. It really is special, and although there have been many changes over the past twenty years one thing will never change: my commitment to such a wonderful place.”

If you’d like to follow Pat’s example and volunteer for Willow Wood, please go to: www.willowwood.info to find out more and apply online.

The first Hyde School Sports tournament took place last week at Hyde Community College with Basketball the sport being hotly contested by teams brimming with budding Michael Jordan’s – whose name and reputation is legendary around the world.

The primary schools from Hyde took along squads of 6 keen children ready to dribble their way to the title.
It was a mixed tournament where both boys and girls battled it out against each other in 8-minute matches, carefully refereed by the Hyde Community College Sports Leaders.

Throughout the games, there were plenty of 3-point shots on show and great dribbling.

Following the league format competition where each school played each other, it was Flowery Field who were the victors who didn’t lose a game and only had 1 basket scored against them in the whole tournament – Gee Cross played spectacularly and came second.

Kay Hawke, speaking after the games said, “A big ‘Well done’ to all the children who showed great teamwork and respect towards the other teams.”

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North Tameside’s Scout Canoe Centre container at the rear of Oxford Park on Pottinger Street Ashton which has been there many years was broken into on Wednesday the 25th September around 5.00pm.

An old Scout rang Alan Fish and said ‘all the tents were strewn around Oxford park and surrounding streets and he had put some back into the centre with the canoes. ‘

The Canoe Centre Manager, Ken Severs went down and he fitted a temporary lock, it looked as nothing was taken it was just vandalism.
The following evening Alan Fish received calls from the Active Tameside centre in Oxford park and the fire and rescue service that said the container was on fire.

Alan said, ‘It was a terrible to see all the fire damaged canoes, surf boards, helmets, bouncy aids and many tents.’ The fire officer said, a local resident said, ‘One of the gang of girls and boys was called Daniel and she was appalled at the damage they had done!’
The canoes were used by various Scout groups just to have a canoe up and down the canal and all that equipment has now been lost and one less activity the Scouts can do to gain the canoeing experience.

About one hundred tents were actually collected from a music festival, as now a days people don’t take their tents home when the festival finishes, these were in the process of being sorted into complete tents with the correct poles, and would have been given to Scout groups.
Alan went on to say after the fire I put a call out to Leaders who could come down and help clear the site to make it safe.

As Scouts is a team operation, ten leaders answered the call for help and offered to help, the site was cleared within a couple of hours.
The future of the centre will now need to be looked at, firstly the Scouts are hoping to get a hopefully, free skip or truck to take all the burnt equipment to the tip, then the container will need a clean and repaint.

Then work on grants will then start to replace the canoes and safety equipment for the Scouts to gain experiences of canoeing on the canal again.
It is a very sad world we live in today; Scouting was set by Baden Powall over a hundred years ago to help young boys to be better citizens in all our communities and yet some young people for a laugh, want to destroy that aim which was for them as well.

If you would like to help young people, don’t tell Baden Powell, it now includes girls, the contact: alan.fish@ntscouts.org.uk 07931765120 or go to: www.ntscouts.org.uk

Staff and volunteers from a local charity have been honoured at a special event in the city centre.
The St Ann’s Hospice event, which was held at the offices of one of their supporters Eversheds Sutherland, celebrated a year of achievements at the charity.

Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive of St Ann’s, explained: “I’m so proud to be part of a team that consistently provides such outstanding care and support to local patients and this event was a way of thanking just some of the people who make that possible.

“There’s an army of more than 700 local people who volunteer with the hospice, and we simply couldn’t continue to care for patients from our communities without them. The event saw us present some of our volunteers with special awards for achievements, and for their fabulous long service to the organisation. Some have been volunteering with us for as long as 40 years, which is such incredible dedication. We’re hugely grateful.”

In addition to awards for long service for volunteers, staff were also presented with accolades for their service milestones, as well as a range of awards which were presented by the hospice’s Chair of the Board Professor Jackie Oldham, to those who have gone above and beyond in upholding the hospice’s values over the last year.

The hospice, which is one of the oldest adult hospices outside of London, is approaching its 50th anniversary in 2021. It provides care to patients from its three sites in Little Hulton, Heald Green and the Neil Cliffe Centre in Wythenshawe Hospital, as well as via a range of community and outreach services.

Eamonn O’Neal, added: “As one of the oldest hospices in the country, we’re consistently evaluating, evolving and developing our services to ensure we can continue to provide care for the next fifty years too. That’s never been so important, and it was great to gather together with colleagues to celebrate the achievements of the year gone by and look ahead to the next exciting phase in St Ann’s history.”

For more information about St Ann’s, please visit www.sah.org.uk