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Laura Stansfield, the head of Tameside law firm Bromleys’ Wills, Probate and Planning for the Future department, is blazing a trail after becoming a fully- accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly.

She is the only Tameside-based member of SFE, which is a national association of independent lawyers who are acknowledged as experts in dealing with the legal issues faced by older clients.
Laura acts for clients across Tameside as well as beyond the borough in areas including Saddleworth, Manchester, Wilmslow, Altrincham and Alderley Edge.

As part of the process to become a fully-accredited member of SFE, Laura passed rigorous assessments and received specialist training in working with older and vulnerable clients and understanding their needs.

Her areas of expertise also include lifetime planning, drafting wills and powers of attorney, inheritance tax planning, succession planning for business owners and arrangements for future care.
Laura said: “The SFE accreditation shows that an independent body recognises that my clients receive the best-possible expert service.

“SFE membership also demonstrates that I have a real breadth of experience, enabling me to advise on unusual situations and circumstances.”

Mark Hirst, senior partner of Bromleys, said: “Laura’s achievement is excellent news for her, the firm and our clients. “It sets her apart from her peers and recognises that she has the expertise to deal with any eventuality and put in place the right processes to ensure the well-being of our elderly clients, providing peace of mind to them and their families.”

Stalybridge Celtic Foundation (Charity Number 1173057) are pleased to announce the sponsorship of a new playing kit for one of our adult PAN-disability teams, Stalybridge Celtic Blues.

Ahead of the new Cheshire East Ability Counts League season, the Blues, who won the League One Division of the league last season, will be competing in a new strip, courtesy of the Dukinfield and Stalybridge Rotary Club.

Stephen Gilligan, President of The Rotary Club of Dukinfield and Stalybridge said ‘The Rotary Club of Dukinfield and Stalybridge is proud to sponsor the Stalybridge Celtic Blues this season and wish them the best of luck in the season ahead. Our members will try to get along to as many games as possible this season to cheer on the blues and look forward to a long relationship with the Stalybridge Celtic Community team.’

Stalybridge Celtic Foundation, Community Officer, Mike Smith – ‘We are very grateful to the Dukinfield & Stalybridge Rotary Club for a terrific gesture to sponsor our Blues Team in their games next season, they look very smart indeed, a massive thank you to Stephen and Judi for making it happen’

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St Ann’s Hospice is thanking local people for their support after two summer events raised thousands of pounds for the charity.

The hospice’s annual summer fairs in Little Hulton and Heald Green have become a popular addition to the annual calendar for local families, and this year’s events raised more than £7,000 to help St Ann’s care for local patients.

Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive of the hospice, said: “What an amazing show of support and generosity from our local communities once again. We can’t thank everyone enough for their support and we hope they had fun, picking up a bargain, and joining in with some of the many activities on offer at the fairs. We were helped out on the day by more than 70 volunteers too, who selflessly gave up their time to make the events such a success. We couldn’t do it without them.

“We’re approaching our 50th birthday soon, and it’s amazing to think that we’re only still here, caring for thousands of patients every year, thanks to those people in the local community that offer us their unending support. We simply wouldn’t be here without the generosity of everyone who gives money, time and kindness to St Ann’s, and we never take that for granted. Thanks very much for everything you do for our patients and their families.”

The hospice provides care for people with a range of life-limiting illnesses from its three sites in Heald Green, Little Hulton, and The Neil Cliffe Centre in Wythenshawe Hospital, as well as via a range of community and outreach services.

It is one of the largest and oldest hospices outside of London, having been supporting local patients for almost fifty years.

*For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.sah.org.uk

Clinical assistant Emma Craigmyle would like to share her story of why she took part in the 2014 Midnight Wander for Willow Wood, and why she’s raising funds by doing it again in 2019.

“I’ve worked at Willow Wood for seven years now, and feel very proud and privileged to do so. It’s an amazing place; I work every day with our patients and their families, and know just how our services can help and support in so many ways.

“However, although we do not make a charge for any of our services, it does cost £7,340 every single day to provide our care and we only have funding for around 21% of that figure. That’s one reason why I, together with my partner Chris, have signed up for the Midnight Wander again. The other reason is that we had a really good time, it honestly was great fun!

“The thought of walking 10k through Tameside at midnight may seem a little daunting, especially after working during the day, but the support from the other walkers really buoys you up. We were chatting, and laughing, sharing stories about why we were walking and every one was different. Yes, some were walking in memory of a loved one who benefitted from our care, while others may not have had a personal experience, but knew of the work we do in the community. And we met some groups who were just having a great night out! It’s an excuse to wear outrageous accessories, have your face painted, do something you wouldn’t normally do and raise money for an amazing charity all at the same time.

“If you’ve any reservations about being out and about during the early hours there’s no need to worry. Willow Wood have marshals along the route, they have drivers at the front and bringing up the rear, so you know you’re totally safe and well looked after. There are also first aiders – it’s all covered!

“I’m looking forward so much to taking part in the Midnight Wander again, I really can’t say enough just what a great night it is. Please think about joining Chris, me, and hundreds of others on Friday 20 September, and help us make a real difference to the lives of so many in our community. I’m lucky; I’m privileged to be allowed into our patient’s lives and help them through difficult times. But you can help them too, please sign up for the Midnight Wander online at: www.willowwood.info now, and help us continue to care.”

 

White Cross Vets, which has practices is Hyde and Sale, is warning pet owners to look out for the symptoms of a deadly dog poison which is on the rise this summer, and is caused by ingesting toxic blue green algae.

Vet Mike Robinson from White Cross Vets in Hyde, which is part of the Independent Vetcare group, said: “There has been a significant increase in blue green algae cases this year across our practices – and its seems to be happening earlier than other years too – which may be due to the spells of very warm and very wet weather we have had. These cases are usually extremely rare, so it’s a big concern, as it can be deadly if not treated.”

Blue green algae blooms can appear as green or greenish-brown scum on the surface of water and can contain toxins that are very harmful to dogs. Even a small amount from a contaminated lake, river or pond can have a severe impact if a dog swallows it or even licks their fur after a swim.

Mike added: “It’s nasty and difficult to diagnose with 100% certainty – the only way to do that is with a post mortem – but the symptoms include everything from vomiting and diarrhoea, to drooling, disorientation, breathing trouble, seizures, blood in faeces, tremors, dizziness and a lack of muscle use. These can start to appear almost immediately, or develop over a few hours, depending on the type of toxin ingested. If left untreated, it can result in neurological problems, liver issues and death.”

Signs warning about the dangers of blue green algae are becoming more common and can be seen in several local parks and popular walking spots. Mike said: “The best advice is to keep your dog out of the water and on leads during walks near water and be vigilant. We would encourage owners to act fast if they suspect their dog has swallowed any contaminated water.

“Although vomiting helps get rid of the toxins from their stomach, we would also treat the dog with IV fluids to flush through toxins and give them an activated charcoal feed to bind any toxins left in the intestines.

“Fast treatment normally results in a full recovery, so we want to make sure dog owners know about the dangers and symptoms of this toxic algae.”

Willow Wood is constantly updating its fundraising calendar to bring the best, the most fun, and the most challenging events to Tameside and Glossop.

One such event is the Firewalk, which has had many calls for its return since Willow Wood’s last in 2013.

Chris Hayden, event organiser said: “It’s probably the shortest sponsored walk we’ll ever hold at just 20 feet long, but is certainly one of the most challenging. We’re hoping for at least 50 people to put their best foot forward and join us on Sunday 27 September, and would be de-lighted to get even more bright sparks joining us to make it a roaring success. We’re holding it at Stalybridge Fire Station, but hope that doesn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm!”

In fact, the Firewalk being held jointly with the Fire Brigade, who are putting on a Fun Day starting at 5pm. There’ll be fairground rides, music, stalls, refreshments, a mini fire engine, a fire parade pump and lots more, with all proceeds from the Fun Day going to the Fire Fighters Charity, a very good cause.

Chris said: “Before the Firewalk commences at 7.30pm, all participants must attend an inspirational seminar, led by the organisers, Time4Change. We’ve all been told from a very early age not to touch fire, and you really have to overcome years of conditioning to take that first step onto a bed of embers burning at around 800o. However, the seminar really can be life-changing. Let’s face it, if it can inspire you to walk on burning ashes, what else will it fire you up to do?”

The registration fee is just £25, however, because of the nature of the event it is only open to those aged 16 years and over. Willow Wood is hoping that every participant will raise a substantial amount in sponsorship, and to make it easy has a Firewalk fundraising card available. As Chris said: “It’s like the football cards, but we receive £100 from each one, with a prize of £20 to the lucky winner.

Using them makes fundraising hassle-free, and helps raise the £7,340 it takes every day to continue our care for the people of Tameside and Glossop.”

If you’d like to take part, please go to www.willowwood.info to register online quickly, easily and securely.

 

GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) continues to fight a large-scale fire at a commercial unit on Oxford Street East in Ashton-under-Lyne, more than eight hours after first being called to the incident.

Three multi-storey buildings containing a number of small local businesses are involved in the fire, with 15 fire engines and approximately 70 firefighters engaged in extinguishing the flames from ground level and from above using jets.

Water drawn from the local supply has been supplemented from the nearby Ashton Canal while electricity to 50 local properties has been affected, with power unlikely to be restored before the morning.

The fire is contained to the three mill buildings on Oxford Street East. However, local residents on Gibson Terrace have been evacuated as a precaution and are being supported by Tameside Council to move to a place of safety.

Paul Etches, Area Manager for GMFRS, said: “Crews continue to work exceptionally hard to bring this major fire under control. Throughout the evening firefighters from 10 fire engines had been making steady progress, but at around 9pm a third building on the site caught fire and that necessitated us calling upon a further five crews from across Greater Manchester.

“Parts of all the buildings affected have collapsed and we continue to fight the fire in sectors, allowing us to focus on specific pockets of the blaze in a concerted effort to get the whole incident under control.

“As a precaution I’d encourage anyone living or working locally to keep your doors and windows closed. Please also keep the area free of traffic to allow emergency service vehicles quick and straightforward access to the scene.

“GMFRS will be here through the night, working to get on top of the situation and keeping local people safe and reassured. We will be here until this fire is out.”
Stockport Road, the A6017 between Guide Bridge railway station and St Peter’s Church, is closed to traffic and will likely remain so into the morning.

Public Health England further advise the local population that risks to health from the Ashton incident are low, however because any smoke is an irritant, it can make people’s eyes and throat sore.

People with asthma and other respiratory conditions may be particularly susceptible to the smoke and should carry and use their medication (such as inhalers) as usual.

A team of seven riders and three volunteers from Bromleys took part in this month’s Willow Wood Mini Manc Bike Ride, raising more than £200 for the Tameside hospice.

Senior partner Mark Hirst, partner Paul Westwell and financial controller Rob Johnson undertook the gruelling 48km route while solicitors John Longworth, Martin Blaylock and Rachael Frankland, along with Rachael’s partner, completed the 16km course.

Meanwhile, marketing associate Carol Parker, receptionist and marketing assistant Lauren Taylor and receptionist Jill Lomas were on hand at The Limekiln Café in Dobcross, Saddleworth, to give out much-welcomed energy drinks and snacks to the riders.

The Mini Manc event took place on Sunday July 7, starting and finishing at the Tameside Cycle Circuit on Richmond Street, Ashton-under-Lyne.
Paul and John were the first across the finishing line on their respective routes.
Comprising four routes in total, the event was once again held in partnership with the Tour de Manc, a charity run by volunteers which uses cycling to raise money for good causes.

Bromleys is a long-standing supporter of Willow Wood through its membership of the Business Connexion networking forum and staff fundraising events.

Paul Westwell said: “We have taken part in this event since it began in 2015 and are delighted to have done so again this year. It’s well-organised and everyone can get involved, regardless of ability.

This was another great team effort from Bromleys and we are proud to continue our support for Willow Wood.”

 

Sunday the 11th AUGUST 2019, promises to be a great day out for all your family, friends and neighbours’ when Hyde United Football Club open their gates to welcome in the community to experience the very best in exciting activities for everyone to enjoy

With the gates opening at 12.00pm you will find an abundance of incredible events and activities on offer.
Sponsored by ‘BEE-GINNING’ – the club’s staff, players and management will all be in attendance for the event, and will be participating in many of the ‘Fun Family Events. You might even get a chance to meet ‘ROARY’ the Hyde United Mascot.
The following activities will be happening on the day:

Funfair Rides for children under 11years
• A variety of stalls
• Food from the Buffet Bar
• Adult First-team player appearances and for selfies and autographs
• Mini-football tournaments
• Lots of Football Skill Challenges.
• Inflatable football Darts
• PENALTY shoot out
• FOOTBALL golf
• HEAD tennis
• Speed-kick football
• Face Painting for the kids
• …and much more.

The ground will open at midday and its FREE ENTRY to everybody.

The Social Club will also be open after the event for those wishing to watch the first Manchester United game of the season against fierce rivals Chelsea. (KO: 16:30)

Make sure everyone keeps this date free! SUNDAY 11th AUGUST from 12.00pm till 4.00pm. EWEN FIELDS STADIUM, HYDE

Glossop’s popular monthly Artisan Market maybe small in comparison to some of those who feature in lager towns, but nevertheless the town’s speciality market event is one not to be missed.

Staged on the town’s Market Square on the 2nd Saturday of the month, the event offers a fun filled, bargain hunters paradise, where many carefully selected local food producers, artists and craftspeople gather in one place to bring you their fabulous artworks and a huge variety of home-made products; and once you’ve sampled the unique and sometimes quirky items on sale, you can pop right in to the indoor market for other culinary delights that include sweets and treats, chocolate, cakes, artisan and speciality breads, home-made jams, chutney and pickles and fresh and cooked quality meats and pies.

Also, in the indoor market you’ll find all the traditional vendors there too; selling everything from, Fine Art and one-off tee-shirts, to antiques, toys and games, hardware products, contemporary furnishings, haberdashery, beauty products and gifts.
If you’ve been abroad recently, just remember the atmosphere you experienced in one of the lovely continental markets you may well have visited in some small traditional village; where local residents all support their local producers. Where it’s hard to resist that delicious mix of foods as well as a fine selection of bespoke crafts and local products for you to choose from and enjoy. …Well Glossop Market is the quintessential English equivalent!

If you believe in ‘Shopping Local ‘and want to see more enterprising individuals and local producers flourish, make sure you pay a visit to Glossop’s monthly Artisan on Saturday the 10th August. You’ll be glad you did!
If you can’t make it to Glossop’s Artisan Market August event next week – There’s a thrice-weekly covered market in the Market Hall next to the Town Hall every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

For further information regarding the hidden gem which is Glossop Market, please contact: Colin Deeley on: 07794 768495 or email: colin.deeley@highpeak.gov.uk
Or visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GlossopMarket