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Two doctors who met through a shared love of music will join their medical colleagues for a special concert in Manchester.
Rohan Shotton (Pictured) and partner Sophie Kreppel are members of the European Doctors’ Orchestra which plays the Bridgewater Hall on Sunday October 20 (7.30pm).

The concert is in aid of St Ann’s Hospice where Rohan was once on work experience as a sixth former at William Hulme Grammar School before attending medical school.

Finding time to practice is far from easy for them both because of the nature of their work.

Rohan is Oncology Registrar at cancer treatment centre The Christie, and Sophie is Intensive Care Registrar at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport.
Their schedule often prevents them from joining fellow doctors at the twice-yearly concerts.
Rohan, from Altrincham, said: “I used to push the tea trolley at St Ann’s in Heald Green and that taught me a lot about what a hospice can do for people, values which still apply today.

“St Ann’s is now enormously helpful to me professionally through my work at The Christie. We refer patients there and the two organisations are often in contact exchanging details on patient support.”
Rohan is chief percussionist with the orchestra and has performed in Essen, Rotterdam, Ljubljana and Budapest where he met Sophie, a double bass player.

Tickets for the St Ann’s concert are £22.50, including booking fee, and are available from The Bridgewater Hall (bridgewater-hall.co.uk).

The concert, featuring the St George’s Singers, is a dramatic and epic celebration of the human spirit. Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man will be followed by Brahms’ Song of Destiny and Symphony No. 7 Leningrad by Shostakovich.

Musicians each pay £180 to play at a concert, covering costs of a professional conductor and venue hire. It means all monies from ticket sales go directly to charities supported.

Anyone willing to sponsor the St Ann’s concert can contact Clare Henderson at the charity. (Tel: 0161 498 3631 or email chenderson@sah.org.uk).

Local Performing Arts school Take Part launches their new brand and celebrates the opening of their second venue in Glossop.

Lat weekend was the beginning of the new term for Take Part and this September it is extra special as we saw the introduction of the new brand identity including the new shortened Take Part name and the launch of their second venue at Glossopdale School, Glossop.

To celebrate, local children of all ages were invited to try out Take Part’s Performing Arts classes for free at both venues, New Mills School and Glossopdale School.

The Take Part performing arts school is the brainchild of founder Louise Coker who seeks to inspire High Peak residents of all ages with her love and enthusiasm for theatre and dance.

Louise explains why expanding the school to the wider community of Glossopdale comes at the best time for Take Part,

“Our 5-year anniversary this year presented a good opportunity for us to reflect on how we’ve made a transformational impact on local lives. We wanted our ‘Take Part in the Art’ brand to capture the sheer magic of performing arts  not just the art form itself but, as importantly, its effect on an individual’s wellbeing, confidence and resilience. Re-focusing our brand name ‘to ‘Take Part’ reinforces our belief that self growth may start with performing art but in fact supports participation in all aspects of life.

At the heart of Take Part’s new branding are the four key values that really epitomise what we help to develop in each individual: care (for themselves and those around them); share (a will to learn and progress); dare (to step outside their comfort zone); and prepare (for that upcoming performance and Life itself)!

We’re really looking forward to seeing all our students back for the new term, and to meeting with new parents and children at our open days in particular at our new Glossopdale venue.”

Interested parents are invited to contact:
07847 704 746 / info@wearetakepart.com/ https://www.facebook.com/wearetakepart/

Take Part is a performing arts school that connects motivation, emotional stability, positive mind-set and self awareness with health, energy and a sense of purpose. It aims to make a positive difference to participants of all ages across the High Peak.

The sound of classical music filled St Ann’s Hospice as patients and staff were treated to a live concert recital.

Representatives from the European Doctors’ Orchestra were providing a taste of what to expect when it performs at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, on Sunday, October 20 (7.30pm).

Their surprise visit to the day care centre at Heald Green promoted the orchestra’s autumn concert which will raise funds for St Ann’s.
Patient Brian Hughes said: “After listening to just a few members of the orchestra here, I’m sure it’ll be a fantastic concert. They’re brilliant musicians and it’s wonderful that doctors from across Europe are coming to Manchester to support patients like me.”

The hospice’s Creative Therapist Ruth Labrow said: “Music unites people and is important therapy for our patients. It’s something everyone can enjoy and as expected the orchestra were extremely popular. The music was evocative, relaxing and helps patients reminisce.”
Bassoonist Kevin O’Sullivan, from Wilmslow, added: “We were overwhelmed by the reception we got at St Ann’s and are thrilled that the entire proceeds from October’s concert in The Bridgewater Hall will go towards enabling the hospice to continue their wonderful work.”

The visiting ensemble also comprised: Huw Purssell (cello); Angelika Wieck and Elaine da Costa (violin); Jenny Merren (viola) and Alfred Pollard (oboe).

Tickets for the concert priced £22.50, including booking fee, are available from The Bridgewater Hall (bridgewater-hall.co.uk).

The concert, celebrating the human spirit, opens with Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, followed by Brahms’ Song of Destiny and Symphony No. 7 Leningrad by Shostakovich. The orchestra will be accompanied by the St George’s Singers.
The orchestra is made up of European medics who voluntarily use their spare time to perform charity concerts at different Europe-wide locations twice a year.

It’s just over a week now until the Willow Wood Midnight Wander – but there’s still time to join one of the best loved sponsored walks in the area.

It’s so easy, you can register online at www.willowwood.info or pick up a form from any of our shops or the Hospice reception. And this year, the whole family can join in! Yes, it’s no longer a ladies’ only walk, it’s open to everyone, men, women, boys and girls – you can even bring your dog!

The walk itself will set off from the Astley Sports Village at midnight, but the fun will start much earlier. There’ll be music to listen to, merchandise to buy, and refreshments to enjoy. Then, at around 11.45pm there’ll be a mass warm-up to get you ready for the start of the Midnight Wander itself at, you’ve guessed it, the stroke of midnight.

We’ll have a couple of our volunteer photographers taking photos before and after, and at strategic points along the route, so make sure you’re not only wearing your specially designed Midnight Wander T shirt, (included in the registration fee), but feel free to wear as much pink as possible. Our Hospice reception gift shop is currently selling a large selection of pink products including flashing head bands, flashing cat ears, pink wigs, pink tutus – we’re even going back in time with pink leg warmers and headbands! And if we’re unfortunate enough to have rain in the weather forecast, you’ll be able to buy a pink poncho!

Marshals will be situated at strategic points along the route to ensure you’re headed in the right direction, and they’ll also help stop any traffic to ensure safe crossing at busy junctions. In addition, a number of North West Bike Marshals will also be in attendance to ensure your safety.
There’ll be a very welcome hot sandwich waiting on your return from the 10k walk, along with a specially designed Midnight Wander medal to thank you for your support on this sponsored event. And Willow Wood will welcome every pound you manage to raise; just £20 will pay for an inpatient’s daily meals; £25 will pay for a half hour complementary therapy session, while £75 would pay for full hour of all the START Clinic’s services.

Please join with family and friends to take part in this most fun fundraising event. Join online at www.willowwood.info now, and you’ll have Willow Wood’s sincere thanks.

 

Willow Wood are proud to announce that the well-known, and well-loved, local celebrities Mark Llewellin and Jane Hodson will be donating their services as Master and Mistress of Ceremonies at the forthcoming Willow Ball.

Mark is a patron of the Hospice and has hosted a number of fundraising events at Daisy Nook Garden Centre, where he juggles his directorship with after-dinner speaking, hosting events and writing. Jane is also no stranger to Willow Wood, they were co-hosts of the Ashton Variety Show, produced and directed by Mark at the sadly missed Tameside Hippodrome. They have worked together for 27 years after meeting while working on a radio documentary and have delighted audiences ever since as after-dinner speakers, broadcasters and more.

The Willow Ball is being held at the Best Western Smokies Park Hotel on Saturday 5 October, with the wonderful Andy Powell and His Swing Band as the headline entertainers. This eight-piece band will be playing a mix of classic American standards together with more up-tempo hits to get everyone on the dance floor.

Elaine McConnell is the organiser of the Ball and said “I can’t tell you how much we’re all looking forward to the evening. It’s a celebration of Willow Wood’s 20 years here at the heart of our community, and we’d love as many of our supporters as possible to join us for an amazing night out. As well as the Andy Powell Band we’ll be having a number of other guests – we can’t tell you who they are, as we don’t want to spoil the fun!

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank local businesses Your Tax Shop who have taken out the Platinum Sponsorship Package and the Liz Pollard Consultancy for their Bronze Sponsorship. By making these fantastic donations, they are ensuring that more of the proceeds will come back to Willow Wood where they will be used to care for our patients and their families.”

Whether you would like to book two tickets as a special night out with a partner, or a table of ten as a thank you to clients or colleagues, Elaine urges you to book early. “We’ve already sold around half of the tables, so please don’t leave it too late.”

Just go to www.willowwood.info where you can book online, easily, quickly and securely.

Photo: The wonderful Mark Llewellin and Jane Hodson

A team of ex-professional footballers and formerly homeless people supported by Emmaus Mossley are gearing up for a charity football match against Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Tameside.

The Emmaus Vs GMP Tameside Charity Football Match will take place on Sunday 8 September at Seel Park in Mossley. Taking part in the game will be former professional players Daniel Nardiello and Guy Branston, and Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.
The charity match is being organised by GMPs Tameside Division with support from Emmaus Mossley, Mossley A.F.C and Oldham Athletic Community Trust. The family-friendly event will also include local club mascots, inflatable activities, charity raffle and face painting. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Great Manchester Mayor’s Homelessness Fund.

Harry Barlow, Community Leader at Emmaus Mossley, said: “We’re all looking forward to the rematch and bringing the community together for an enjoyable day for a good cause. Helping people less fortunate than ourselves is a big part of the Emmaus ethos and a real motivation for the players taking part.

“I would like to thank everyone for their continued support of Emmaus Mossley and all the people and organisations who are supporting this charity match.”

The Emmaus team will consist of formerly homeless people who are now supported by the charity, staff members and special guests. Emmaus communities support formerly homeless people by providing them with a home, support and work in a community setting. Each Emmaus runs different social enterprises, providing work and development opportunities whilst generating income to sustain the work of the charity.

PC Steve Naylor from Greater Manchester Police, said: “Following the success of last year’s charity match, myself and Harry felt we had to do it again, but this time even bigger and better. We have increased the number of activities on offer and increased the youth tournament to eight teams, in the hope that we can raise even more funds for such a worthwhile cause.

“Homelessness is still a recurring issue for many people throughout Manchester, including here in Tameside. I have visited a Bed For A Night shelter myself and can see the great work they are doing to help people who find themselves out on the streets. For this reason, my colleagues and I at GMP

Tameside are happy to give our own time to support the event.”

The Emmaus Charity Football Match will take place on Sunday 8 September from 2pm at Mossley A.F.C, Seel Park, 11 Market St, Mossley OL5 0ES.
Entertainment for all ages will be on offer throughout the day as well as food, drinks and a charity raffle. Admission will be £5 and free for under-16s.

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.

Bromleys Solicitors has agreed a deal to be the official home shirt sponsor of Curzon Ashton FC for the third season in a row.

The Tameside law firm’s logo appears on the royal blue shirts worn by the first team, who play in the Vanarama National League North. The shirts also feature an image of the Manchester worker bee on the back.

Curzon Ashton – nicknamed The Nash – play at the 4,000-capacity Tameside Stadium in Ashton-under-Lyne and are managed by Mark Bradshaw.
The first-team squad has been boosted by a dozen summer signings, including midfielder Isaac Sinclair, 18, son of former Manchester City and England star Trevor, and striker Callum Saunders, 23, whose father is former Wales international Dean.

Bromleys has increased its sponsorship for this season and senior partner Mark Hirst said: “Our firm is passionate about giving back to the community and we are proud to be supporting the club for the third year running.
“Curzon Ashton cannot survive on ticket sales alone. In order to attract key players, the club needs backing and investment from local businesses such as ourselves.
“It’s much more than just a football club. There is a real sense of community spirit about the place, with many volunteers giving up their time to help out.
“In addition, the club hosts a range of initiatives that cater for groups such as armed forces veterans, people with disabilities, the homeless and schools, and has a walking football programme. It is at the heart of the community and we are pleased to be playing our part in helping it to remain so.
“We wish the club all the best for the season ahead.”

 

Curzon Ashton commercial director Paul McHugh said: “We are absolutely delighted to be continuing our partnership with Bromleys Solicitors, which will see them be our official home shirt sponsor for the third year running.
“We hope to be as successful on the pitch as our partnership has been off it. With 12 new signings strengthening the first-team squad, it’s an exciting time for the club.”

The Bromleys-sponsored kit worn by the first team last season is being worn by the treble-winning under-18s for this campaign.

Stalybridge Celtic Foundation are once again pleased to offer the support of Stalybridge Celtic FC for five local charities throughout the course of the 2019/20 season at Bower Fold.

They will be handing over five of their Home fixtures this season to enable each charity to come along and raise awareness of the work they do in our communities and at the same time, raise valuable funds.

Last season the club helped to raise a fantastic £1,546.21 in total across the five charities.

This season the designated fixtures are as follows –
Saturday 5th October v FC United of Manchester (Reuben’s Retreat)
Saturday 23rd November v Buxton FC (Willow Wood Hospice)
Saturday 1st February v South Shields FC (Kidscan UK)
Saturday 14th March v Morpeth Town FC (The Anthony Seddon Fund)
Saturday 25th April v Matlock Town FC (Home Start HOST)

This site will bring you details of each day and what will be happening nearer each fixture.

For more information on our Community work follow them on Twitter @CommunityStaly or Facebook – Stalybridge Celtic Foundation
#upthebridge

A specialist team at law firm Bromleys which acts for vulnerable people has been shortlisted for a national accolade.
Bromleys’ 11-strong Court of Protection team acts for clients who lack the mental capacity to manage their own property and financial affairs due to reasons such as injury, illness or old age.

The team, headed by partner David Hilton, is a finalist at The British Wills and Probate Awards, which will be presented at a ceremony at The Belfry Hotel & Resort in Sutton Coldfield near Birmingham on Thursday, October 17.

The category recognises law firms that support the most vulnerable members of society by showing a compassionate and empathetic approach to client care and the highest standards of technical excellence.

David said: “Being shortlisted for this award is a great achievement for the team. It is the first year of the category and we have beaten off stiff competition from much larger firms to get this far. adding,“It recognises the continued hard work and efforts of the department, and bolsters our reputation as a leading Court of Protection specialist firm on the back of our most successful year to date.”

Bromleys’ shortlisting follows a string of recent awards successes for the firm, including being named professional services business of the year at the 2018 Pride of Tameside Business Awards and law firm of the year – small at the 2018 Manchester Legal Awards.

Bromleys was also shortlisted for private client team of the year at the 2019 Manchester Legal Awards.
In addition, Bromleys has retained Investors in People Gold status and the Law Society’s Lexcel quality mark and Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditation.

Supporters of St Ann’s have a brand new way of playing the hospice’s lottery, potentially winning thousands of pounds in prize money, whilst helping local patients and their families at the same time.

The hospice has announced that, for the first time since its lottery launched almost 25 years ago, supporters are able to purchase tickets in any of its fourteen shops around Greater Manchester. The team has also revamped the prize structure of the weekly lottery, meaning an increased prize pot for local people to potentially get their hands on.

Lottery Manager Trudi Ogden, explained: “The St Ann’s Local Lottery is one of the easiest ways people can show their support for our patients, with the added bonus that they might win a very special prize.

“We’re really excited to announce the new changes to the lottery which mean that in addition to our weekly jackpot of £2,000, we are also now offering a rollover prize of £1,000 a week, up to a maximum of £10,000, and other weekly prizes of £50 for four winners, and £10 for 30 winners too.

“We’ve also made it even easier for our supporters to purchase tickets. They can now simply pop into one of the hospice’s 14 shops around Greater Manchester to buy their weekly £2 ticket, in addition to being able to sign up online at www.sah.org.uk/lottery. The changes all hopefully mean it’s incredibly simple for local people to take part, and we’d love as many new players as possible to join in.

“It really is an easy way to support the hospice, and with lots of prizes to be won, there’s even more chance of winning. We can’t wait to see who our first lucky winners will be of this newly revamped lottery. We’re all really excited!”

St Ann’s Hospice is a charity which provides care for patients from across Greater Manchester from its three sites in Heald Green, Little Hulton, and The Neil Cliffe Centre, as well as via a range of community and outreach services. Its care is provided free of charge to patients, with the remaining costs of delivering care to thousands of people every year – totalling £20,000 a day – fundraised and brought in via a range of events and trading activities, including the hospice’s lottery.

For more information on St Ann’s or to sign up to play the hospice’s Local Lottery, visit www.sah.org.uk/lottery or call 0161 498 3642.