Saturday, December 15, 2018
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Students from Denton Community College were invited to accompany members of the Denton Town Twinning Association to Denton’s twin town of Montigny le Bretonneux on Friday 9th November 2018.

The visit to commemorate the centenary of the end of the first world war ‘Le Centinaire de la Grande Guerre’ also involved representatives from Kierspe, Germany and Marostica, Italy.

The town of Montigny had been given the great honour of collecting the flame from the grave of the ‘Unknown Soldier’ in Paris and returning with this as part of a number of commemorative Armistice events.

Denton Community College Headteacher, Greg Rule, explained, “Students accompanied representatives from the town to the Arc de Triomphe to collect the flame on Saturday 10th November. Upon returning to the town hall at Montigny, student Tilly Arkinstall spoke to over 300 people (in French) about her Great Grandfather’s experiences in the trenches at the Battle of the Somme.”

On Armistice Day the students were part of the parade through Montigny le Bretonneux and laid a wreath at the town cenotaph on behalf of the people of Denton.

If you’re going to be alone on Christmas day and would like some company, then book your place at CURZON ASHTON FC where they’re organising a Christmas Breakfast at the Tameside Stadium

Starting at 10.00am and lasting until 1.00pm, the Directors and volunteers at the big-hearted football club are providing a fabulous cooked breakfast; absolutely FREE for those who are hungry or lonely on Christmas Day, followed by some entertaining games and fun activities inside the ground.

For those who wish to attend, but may not have the mobility to get there, the club have secured the services of a number of local helpers who have volunteered to pick and drop them off home afterwards.

Andy Cheshire, Curzon Ashton’s Community Development Manager said, “We are the only place in Tameside open on Christmas morning, so we really hope we can reach the most vulnerable with this community initiative.”

So, book your Christmas morning at CURZON ASHTON for your FREE hot Christmas breakfast, lively entertainment and good company as well as transport to and from the event.

If you know someone who may be interested, encourage them to book their place early by calling Andy Cheshire on: 07914015532                      or email:

Curzon poster – Christmas comforts at CAFC-1

You can download and send this poster to all your contacts. Simply click on the image.

A Hyde veterinary practice is warning of the risks of buying pets as Christmas presents, without finding out about their specific requirements, after research revealed more than a quarter of people have bought pets on a whim.

White Cross Vets says it’s more important than ever to carry out in-depth research into both the suitability of a pet and also where it is coming from, with an increasing number of pets being sold illegally by unscrupulous breeders on the internet.

This follows research from veterinary charity PDSA and YouGov, which surveyed more than 4,600 dog, cat and rabbit owners in the UK and revealed that 24% did no preparatory work before bringing a pet into their home.

Mike Robinson, from White Cross Vets in Hyde, said: “Although people usually buy pets with the best intentions, owning a pet can be a big commitment for many years, so getting it wrong can be disastrous. The good news is that there’s a pet to suit almost every environment, but it’s vitally important that people take their time and research what species and breed suits both their home and their lifestyle.

“We’d also never recommend buying a pet on the back of a current trend. Otherwise the reality is that an unsuitable pet will inevitably end up lonely, unhappy, overweight or stressed. It’s a difficult situation for the owners to find themselves in, when they realise that they are unable to meet a pets’ needs.

“Another concern with people not researching what they’re buying, is that it’s highly unlikely that they will look into the provenance of where or who they are buying from. There is currently a huge range of pets for sale on the internet and estimates suggest that 1,000 new online pet adverts appear every day, with this soaring in the run-up to Christmas. The reality is that lots of these will be from illegal puppy farms and unscrupulous breeders, and many of those pets will suffer health problems and be kept in harrowing conditions, so it’s essential this market isn’t fed further by unwitting buyers.”

Mike added: “Anyone buying a pet should generally check to ensure they are lively, alert and not showing any signs of illness or injury. It’s important to see kittens and puppies interacting with their mothers in the place they were born and raised. The breeder should also provide relevant paperwork that also shows they have been microchipped.

“Generally, it’s puppies that are most likely to have been illegally bred and it’s vital that buyers do their homework, or else they could end up with a whole host of problems. For anyone that’s unsure about a breeder, The Kennel Club’s ‘Find a Puppy’ service offers details of breeders with registered pedigree dogs for sale and it lists Kennel Club Assured Breeders, who have been through a rigorous inspection process.

“A good way of avoiding illegal breeders is to consider adopting an older pet which can be very rewarding. Many will be already trained and are unlikely to require the same levels of supervision that youngsters need, but it is important to ask questions about their history and why they are being rehomed.”







Anyone wanting further information should call White Cross Vets or visit




It’s quite clear that music plays a very important part in the life of Hyde Community College and that many musically talented students perform in a wide range of ensembles and musical choirs, jazz, rock and other musical genres within the faculty.

Tomorrow evening, (Thursday 13th December, 2018) all that talent will come together to perform in their Winter Concert which has been planned by Lillie Clayton (Y10) who has done a fantastic job organising this year’s event.

The running order is as follows: (Click on the image)

Please support the school and these extremely talented young musicians. Tickets are available from the school’s main reception and all money raised will be donated to a local food bank.

Willow Wood’s two ‘Light Up A Life’ dedication services have now taken place and, as always, were both uplifting and emotional as hundreds gathered to remember loved ones.

For the first time this year the Book of Memories has been available online, and many in our community have left messages of love and remembrance.   The Book will remain open for the rest of this year and throughout 2019 so that dedications can be revisited at other special times, such as birthdays and anniversaries.

We know that this will bring comfort to many: indeed, by leaving the Book open dedications can be made at significant dates throughout the year.  It’s also good to know that as you remember your loved ones, you are at the same time helping those who need our care.  A £10 gift will pay for a patient’s meals for one day, £25 will pay for an hour of complementary therapy and £50 would gift a full half hour of nursing care in our in-patient unit.  What a wonderful way to honour that unique and special person.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped and supported ‘Light Up A Life’ this year, and we invite you to view your dedications by visiting .

Diners at the Amaani restaurant, during a recent ‘Foods around the World’

So, as we say farewell to 2018, the invariably cold month of January always seems a dark and dismal time after the parties and celebrations of New Year.  That’s why it’s good to have something different to look forward to, and Willow Wood’s latest FOODS AROUND THE WORLD – IN TAMESIDE & GLOSSOP which takes place on 30 January 2019, certainly fits the bill.

For the latest stop on our culinary cruise we’re visiting South Africa, with a very tasty meal at the Cask & Kitchen in Glossop.  There’ll be Biltong nibbles on arrival, skewers of Boerewars (spiced farmer’s sausage) and Pap (cornmeal with a tomato and onion sauce) as a starter and then a choice of Bobotie (fruity Cape Malay curry) or Oxtail Potijie (slow roasted Afrikaans stew).

Elaine McConnell, event organiser, said: “I do love organising the ‘Foods around the World’ trips.  They always have such a great atmosphere and this one should be really special.  Few of us have probably been to South Africa, so it’s an opportunity to sample their distinctive dishes, and at just £22 per person it’s a very affordable treat.”


If you’d like to be part of this gastronomic journey you can book online at, or contact the fundraising department on 0161 330 7788 or



We’re all familiar with the lyrics of the Christmas classic ‘Santa Claus is coming to town’ – well whilst on his annual tour of Hyde aboard the Rotary Club sleigh; the dear old gentleman did just that, and dropped in at XYLE More than coffee flagship Coffee Shop on the Manchester Road Retail Park, to say ‘Merry Christmas’ to the staff and customers in celebration of the Christmas season.

Enjoying a warming cup of ‘barista prepared’ coffee, Santa’ sat in the beautifully designed Tea Room where he was instantly surrounded by customers, staff and young children who joined him at the table.

Justine Power-Rawson, XYLE’s Retail Brand Executive, said, “We very much promote the idea of community spirit at XYLE and so we were delighted that Santa took time out from his busy schedule to call in for a coffee!”

Dear Hyde Werneth Residents,

This year your Hyde Werneth Conservative team have been working hard to put Hyde Werneth first. From reporting our roads with potholes for repair, ensuring any fly tipping that has happened is reported and dealt with efficiently and more recently helping our residents who have faced issues from the works to install a new broadband network in our community. 

We have supported community events from all the community fairs, Hyde Bangladeshi Welfare association and the 40th anniversary of the Independence of Bangladesh, The Gee Cross Fete, Gee Cross Well Dressing, Peace Day, The Poppy trail to the Cenotaph on Werneth Low, Remembrance Sunday parades through our town, The Christmas Tree switch on in Gee Cross village. 

Not forgetting the upcoming events too, we have been invited to celebrate the Victory day of Bangladesh with the Hyde Bangladeshi Welfare association, we have been invited to the official opening of the Christmas tree festival in Hyde Chapel and we are also supporting Hyde Rotary who are visiting our communities with Father Christmas.

We would like to wish all our residents a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year.

Councillor John Bell

Councillor Ruth Welsh 

Councillor Phil Chadwick 

Paul Molloy 

The winter weather didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits at the Christmas Shopping Festival in Hyde last Saturday, (8th December 2018) However, as a result of the damp, somewhat chilly, windy conditions, participation was not as strong as envisaged, and organizers were forced to cancel certain aspects and re-plan the intended entertainment programme.

Nevertheless, the volunteer organizers’ which comprised Hyde Town Team, the management from The Clarendon Shopping Centre and officers representing Tameside Markets, who worked together to host this event, were determined the event was going on ‘rain or shine’ because rescheduling it would conflict with too many other Christmas events scheduled throughout the borough.

On the day, shoppers still experienced traditional Christmas stalls selling locally made crafts, handmade gifts, local produce and delicious seasonal food! There were also beers and mulled wine and a programme of live entertainment, fitness displays, dancing and children’s activities for the little ones!

Despite the weather, visitors and shoppers were entertained by choirs, soloists and dancers, who braved the wet conditions to sing and play to a crowd of 100+ who were out looking for bargains in Hyde’s indoor/outdoor market and the variety of High Street names and retail outlets housed within The Clarendon Shopping Centre.

Unfortunately, as the rain persisted, organizers were forced to cancel the last few performances.

The worshipful the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Denise Ward and local MP Jonathan Reynolds were on hand to open the proceedings and visited many of the stalls, met the entertainers and sampled the ‘prosseco’ before visiting Father Christmas in the indoor market’s themed Grotto.

Blood Bikes Manchester and Specsavers staff; assisted by Hyde United’s ROARY the TIGER were on hand pointing out the visibility problems that can be encountered whilst winter driving and the Hyde Town Team ran their popular Tombola as well as a Grand Raffle with great prizes, there was also a ‘Guess the Price’ competition, where one lucky winner collected a child’s electric ride-in car.


Davis Sports, a division of Hyde based Findel Education, are running a digital Active Advent promotion, themed around fun festive activity. 

The ‘Active Advent Calendar’ shows a series of winter themed games and lesson ideas, showing children participating in fun filled activities.

The videos, which can be opened daily, are short 15-30seconds in length and are designed to offer a range of activities which hopefully will encourage a little more physical activity for school children at this time of year, when children are being bombarded with all manner of sweet and chocolate consumption.

The videos with children were taken at The Heys Primary School in Ashton-under- Lyne showing them having fun with ideas taken from this #ActiveAdvent Calendar.

To open the fun-filled Christmas Advent Calendar, please click on:



Well known for bringing annual Christmas cheer to our streets at this time of the year, Hyde Rotary President, Karen Dorney, visited the Oakdale School in Dukinfield earlier this week to present headmistress Tina Tray with a cheque for £250.00.

There were squeals of joy from the children as the funds were handed over as it was announced that the funds will be used to buy Christmas presents for the children who have special needs.

The presents will be handed to the children when Father Christmas visits the schools Christmas party on Friday 14th December.

Speaking on behalf of all the members of Hyde Rotary Club, Karen said, “Knowing that this donation will bring real joy to local children, is incredibly uplifting.”