Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Stalybridge Celtic FC v Buxton FC saw the Stalybridge Celtic Foundation hold the second of six designated Charity Days, this time for Ashton-under-Lyne based, Reuben’s Retreat.

The Evo-Stick League fixture at Bower Fold, saw staff and volunteers, take over Stalybridge Celtic FC for the afternoon, which they certainly did!

Starting nice and early with a friendly U7’s fixture between AFC Stanley and Tintwistle Athletic JFC, with Tintwistle Athletic winning 6-1, before both sets of players led the First team out onto the hallowed turf for the first half.

Mascot, Rue the Gnu and staff, ventured into the Sponsor’s Lounge before kick-off, to give a short presentation on the work that they do to our Corporate Guests, before undertaking a ‘Bucket Collection’ and holding a raffle to win a signed Stalybridge Celtic FC 2018/19 Home Shirt.

During half time, we held a sponsored Penalty Shoot out, for ten parents and children to raise money for Reuben’s Retreat, which kept our substitute Goalkeeper, Aidan Winterbottom busy for fifteen minutes solid!

Lindsay Smith, Community Fundraiser said, “ We raised £308.93 and still counting, with more sponsorship to come in. Everyone seemed to enjoy the day, especially the children, penalty shoot out takers and even our Rue the Gnu!

This amount is wonderful for Reuben’s Retreat as this money will help make a difference to the families that we support.

Thank you once again for everything, it was really appreciated.”

Mike Smith, Stalybridge Celtic’s Community Development Officer added, “We are thrilled to have helped and supported a great charity in Reuben’s Retreat, spreading awareness of the work they do and helping to raise valuable funds for them, we hope we can continue to work with them throughout the course of the season.”

“Our next designated charity fixture will be held on Wednesday 26th December (Boxing Day) versus Hyde United FC and will be in aid of Willow Wood Hospice.”

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Friends of Guide Bridge, Hattersley, Glossop and Hadfield Railway Stations jointly organised the remembrance of the end of World War One in a unique way.

SSAFA Tameside Divisional Secretary Daniel Millan a Royal Signal Veteran he re-enacted a WW1 Captain Millan with Private Chris Saxon and Private Daniel Leah, all three gentlemen wore authentic WW1 uniforms and were very realistic in their roles.

The Soldiers were welcomed at Guide Bridge Railway Station by Bill Pennington a member of the Woodend Heritage Railway Group and Friends of Guide Bridge Railway Station. Cllr David McNally said “These Soldiers reenactment was a good reminder of the sacrifices of so many for our today”. They were joined by Niall Williams of the Friends of Glossop who accompanied the Soldiers on all the Railway routes, first stop was Hattersley Railway Station where Mary Allen greeted them, Mary represented the Friends of Hattersley Railway Station. Local school children had painted the pebbles for the poppy paths. Mary is also a SSAFA Tameside Caseworker She joined the Soldiers on their next journey to Glossop Railway Station.

Crowds lined the Glossop Railway Station and cheered the Soldiers.

Members of the prestigious Chethams School of Music, who performed music from the period, their famous Musical Director John LeGrove mesmerized the audiences. Once more the three Soldiers travelled on train to their last stop Hadfield Railway Station. They marched smartly to the Hadfield Cenotaph where poet Paul Marsh recited poetry.

Daniel Millan said he was very humbled and honoured to have participated and thanked all the organisers for all their hard work at this unforgettable event. While Christina Howard SSAFA Tameside PR said everyone involved in this joint event had far exceeded beyond magnificent, the organisers had created a moving tribute to all who served in the Great War,


Motiv8, a Greater Manchester programme to help people overcome barriers to get back on track, has won the ‘Care and Support Provider of the Year’ category at this year’s national, prestigious 24 Housing Awards for the work they do to support people across Greater Manchester.

Motiv8 supports some of the most vulnerable people in Greater Manchester to improve their health and well-being, self-confidence and employability skills and move them closer to employment.

The project is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund and supports people to overcome multiple, complex needs and move them closer to training and work.  The programme has already supported over 2,000 people to get back on track.

New Charter Homes, part of the newly formed Jigsaw Group, is leading the Motiv8 programme with support from four other Manchester Athena housing providers – Stockport Homes, ForViva, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group and Bolton at Home. Manchester Athena is a partnership of 15 social landlords across Greater Manchester, who work together to deliver employment and health programmes across the region.

The 24 Housing Awards were founded in 2013 with the aim of celebrating the very best that the housing sector has to offer and the Awards have become a celebration, reflection and recognition of the UK housing sector and its professionals whose job it is to provide a vital resource to some of the most vulnerable people in the country.

Kerrie Pryde, Assistant Director of Commercial Services for Jigsaw Group, said: “We were up against some strong competition at this prestigious event which was attended by over 500 UK housing professionals. We are absolutely thrilled that the work that we are doing has been recognised and follows success in the Housing Heroes Awards earlier this year. This is a very much a team effort with our partners delivering the service locally across Greater Manchester.  Our approach, through Motiv8, is a tailored, personal one that is adapted to suit the needs of our clients and it is very rewarding to see the difference we can make when people are supported to receive the help they need.”

To qualify for Motiv8 support you need to be aged 25 or over, live in Greater Manchester and have the right to remain and work in the UK. You must also not be involved with any other training or employment. You can either contact Motiv8 direct or be referred through an agency.  The programme encourages referrals from people who are under-represented in the labour-market such as ex-offenders, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups, ethnic minorities and migrant communities as well as people who have, for a variety of reasons, lost their way.

To find out more about Motiv8 and the eligibility criteria for the programme, please visit their website or call 0161 331 2048 or email  You can also follow them on Twitter @Motiv8GM.


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

The Vintage Christmas Market event, taking place on Saturday 17 November, will launch Emmaus’ Christmas display and include a range of festive stalls for all tastes and budgets. Available at the event 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, one of the people who lives and works at Emmaus Mossley, said: “I am really looking forward to the Christmas event and seeing all the happy, smiling faces who visit us at this time of year.”

In addition to the Christmas-themed stalls, the Collectables Room will be open and Santa will be visiting Emmaus’ Second-hand Superstore from 2pm. To help get you in the Christmas spirit, Lucie’s café will serve lots of festive food and drinks throughout the day.

Hazel Hodkinson, Retail Manager at Emmaus Mossley, said: “This year we are keen to promote the idea of ‘a pre-loved Christmas’ – reusing perfectly good quality items instead of buying new ones. Whether you are looking to decorate your home, find unique presents at a great price or looking for additional dining chairs, Emmaus Mossley has the lot!”

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.

The Vintage Christmas Market will take place on Saturday 17 November from 9am to 4:30pm at Emmaus Mossley, Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley OL5 9AH. Emmaus has limited space for external stall-holders but if you are interested in booking a stall please email

On the day Emmaus Mossley will also host a lantern making workshop at 1pm for the upcoming 12 Days of Mossley Christmas event. The workshop is free to attend and open to all ages but children must be accompanied by adults. Lantern makers will need to commit to taking part in the 12 Days of Mossley Christmas event on 24 November.

To find out more or support Emmaus Mossley head to If you would like to get involved or donate an item, please call 01457 838608 or visit the store.



This time of the year when the nights are drawing in and the temperatures are dropping, our thoughts always turn to the unfortunate people who sleep on our streets.

Hyde Rotary with the support from schools and churches in Hyde collect and collate harvest festival every year.

This year the club have collected over 2,500 non-perishable items ranging from soups, beans, spaghetti, tinned tomatoes, tuna and toothpaste and brushes. Last Saturday club members Barry Carey and Alan Oldham delivered the items to Life-Share Manchester, The Wellspring, in Stockport, Infinity Initiatives, in Ashton, Sandwich Angels, in Hyde and three independently organised Hyde food-banks.
Karen Dorney, the President of Hyde Rotary said, “Statistics recently released suggest that the homeless population in Manchester and Tameside has doubled in the last twelve months, one of our guiding principles in Rotary is to “find ways to improve the quality of life for people within our community” I would like to think that my club with the help from the hard working volunteers from local  churches and schools has gone some way to help improve the lives of our homeless community.”

For more information about Hyde Rotary Club Please contact Karen on: 07825 148140

This November sees the 100th anniversary of the end of The First World War. The GX Brabyns Neighbourhood Community Group will be marking the event with tributes displayed throughout Gee Cross.

100 large poppies will line a route from The Millennial Stone, off Stockport Road to the entrance of Werneth Low Visitor Centre, which leads to The Cenotaph. The poppies will be on display from 3rd to 17th November, for those wishing to follow the route along Stockport Road and across Spring Avenue to Higham Lane. People can spot these on lamp posts and trees leading to the Visitor Centre. All monies donated to buy a poppy for the lamp posts will be donated to the Royal British Legion.

There will also be a sea of poppies on the Remembrance Cross in the grounds of Hyde Chapel and a display at Holy Trinity School created by the pupils.

Volunteers from GX Brabyns Neighbourhood Community Group recently spent time clearing up the grounds of the churchyard, giving the Remembrance Cross much needed loving care. 300 home-crafted poppies, made from recycled plastic bottles, will be displayed alongside a silhouette of a lone soldier to represent one of the 710 local men who lost their lives in the Great War; some of whom are buried in the chapel grounds.

Chris Gee,  Chair of the GX Brabyns Neighbourhood group, said, “ We have been overwhelmed by all the support from the local community. People have been collecting and dropping off plastic bottles for weeks and a group of volunteers have been busy making and painting over 400 poppies for the remembrance display. A couple of talented members of our community have produced an amazing silhouette soldier which will take pride of place. There are also many people who have volunteered to help set up the poppy trail and the display.”

Local businesses will also be displaying their own tributes throughout the village too.

Jane Williams, Secretary of the group added “It’s going to be quite beautiful and emotional to see the various tributes created around the village in remembrance of the 710 men of Hyde and others that were lost and have suffered during various conflicts. We’d like to thank all those who have made donations towards the lamp-post poppies, including Hyde Rotary Club. We’d also like to thank councillors Phil Chadwick & Ruth Welsh for their support, and Tameside Council for their assistance in getting this together”.

At 10.45 am on 11th November, a bugler will play the Last Post during the remembrance service at Hyde Chapel. There will also be a service at the Cenotaph on the Low at 12 noon where there will be a display of 710 rocks decorated by the local community and organised by Hyde War Memorial Trust in remembrance of each of the 710 men.

To read more about the lost men buried in the chapel you can visit the website:

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A football match between a team of formerly homeless people and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Tameside has raised £2,018 for the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Homelessness Fund.

On Sunday 21 October, more than 500 people turned out to support the Emmaus Vs GMP Tameside Charity Football Match at Seel Park in Mossley. The Emmaus team, which included former professional footballer Andy Ritchie and staff from Oldham Athletic, mostly consisted of formerly homeless people who are now supported by the charity.

Andy said: “It was wonderful to see so many people turn out at Seel Park to support a fantastic cause and help to raise a tremendous amount that will go a long way.

“The match was a very competitive one and the Emmaus team did themselves proud, I loved being back out on the pitch. Congratulations to Greater Manchester Police who were the winners on the day.”

The match was organised by GMPs Tameside Division with support from Emmaus Mossley, Mossley A.F.C and Oldham Athletic Community Trust (OACT). The game was played in good spirits with GMP Tameside taking the win with a score line of 8-2.

PC Steve Naylor from Greater Manchester Police, said: “What a fantastic day! Thanks to everyone who made it all possible, to all the generous businesses who donated raffle prizes, Mossley AFC for providing the venue, OACT for securing the services of Andy Ritchie, Andy himself and Chief Constable Ian Hopkins for presenting the awards.”

“I want to thank and congratulate all of the lads from each team who put on a great show. Most of all, thanks to everyone who took time out, on a rainy Sunday afternoon, to come down and support the event. Without you, the day wouldn’t have been half as much of a success as it was.”

The Emmaus team included people who live, work and are supported by Emmaus Mossley and Emmaus Leeds. Emmaus communities support formerly homeless people by providing them with a home 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.

Darren Bateman, companion of Emmaus Mossley and team captain of the Emmaus XI, said: “I really enjoyed the game, getting on the score sheet and playing alongside Andy Ritchie. I thought both teams did really well and I would like to congratulate the GMP Tameside team on their win.

“Massive thanks to all the people and businesses who supported the event and special thanks to the people at GMP Tameside, Mossley AFC and OACT for making it happen.”

The family-friendly event included GMP mascots Constable Cub and Wolfie, OAFC’s Chaddy The Owl and Stockport County’s Vernon Bear. An under-eights youth tournament took place with teams from Clarksfield and Glodwick FC, Denton Youth, Dukinfield Tigers and Springhead Reds, with Springhead running out winners after a nail biting penalty shootout.

There event also included a charity raffle, inflatable assault course, axe throwing, archery and face painting. Raffle prizes were donated by Ashton United FC, Active Tameside, Autograph Art, Cineworld, Nando’s, Heyrod Food and Floral, Hollywood Bowl, Indian Ocean Restaurant, Manchester City FC, Manchester United FC, Mossley AFC, Oldham Athletic FC, Salford City FC, The Broadoak Hotel, The White Hart, Tranquillity Cosmetics and the Village Hotel in Ashton.

Paul Hett Limited in Hyde donated the winner’s trophy and player of the match award for the charity match. Gee Dee Trophies in Shaw, Hyde Trophies, Treble Darts and Trophies in Oldham and H Perrigo in Droylsden supplied trophies and medals for the youth tournament.

Jigsaw Homes sponsored the event, by supplying the inflatable activities from Jalmac Leisure. One Adventure Droylsden supported the event with activities on the day and St John’s Ambulance provided first aid support.


For anyone who couldn’t make it on the day but would still like to support the event you can donate online at


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As well as the many local charities and community projects who gain financially from Rotary fundraising events, all the local Rotary clubs in the area also raise funds throughout the year to support international projects.

This year the clubs in Denton and Audenshaw, Dukinfield and Stalybridge, Tameside and Hyde joined forces; and with help from the district 1285 matching grant fund, they were able to support The Oakdale School Sensory Room Appeal in Dukinfield and the Oasis Relief Borehole Project in Lusaka, the capitol city in the landlocked country of Zambia in south-central Africa, where they required funding for a much needed borehole machine that would be used in a small village and would give the inhabitants access to fresh drinking water.

Oakdale School supports children with special educational needs, and earlier this year the local Rotary Clubs jointly presented the school with a cheque for £2,000.00 .

Accepting the grant on behalf of the school, Head teacher Tina Tray, said, “The funding will help the school to purchase an interactive music system for the sensory suite.”

Our picture shows the cheque Presentation at Stamford Golf club, to the Oakdale School representatives by Assistant Governor Swati Mukherjee and the club presidents from each of the four clubs.

If you would like to find out more about your local rotary club in the area visit the RIBI website 


The end of the First World War came with Armistice Day, which is now honoured with our Remembrance Day celebrations. Arms were laid down at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, an arbitrary moment chosen to end the four years of turmoil that had spread across Europe, but a moment that has become embedded in everyone’s consciousness since then.

However, this November 2018 Remembrance Day is particularly poignant as we celebrate 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1.

But as well as remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice during WW1 & WW2, our thoughts and prayers must also go out to all those service men and women who have lost their lives and been maimed in other conflicts around the world since WWI.

Heroes like former British soldier, David De Souza, who served as a private in 23 Pioneer Regiment before training as an engineer. After several tours in Northern Ireland, two tours of Bosnia under the UN and NATO, David returned to Iraq, working for 4 years in the private security sector, protecting clients including former Prime Minister Gordon Brown as they visited the country to rally British troops.

During his deployment in 2007, David, from Manchester, suffered a broken back, a severe head wound, and a brain haemorrhage that left him temporarily blind after he used his jeep to block the path of an assassin driving a truck laden with explosives while on protection duty in the war-torn country, and is still struggling to recover from the effects of his nightmare ordeal 11years on.

However, a few years ago, whilst still facing his many demons, David discovered a way to resolve much of his internal conflict through creativity, when he began to combine art with his engineering skills.

Hearing how art therapy has had much success in helping individuals who are experiencing emotional and psychological challenges, achieve personal well-being and improved levels of function; as a result of David’s horrific brain injuries, David’s physiologist discovered that his brain does not switch off from what his doctors call ‘operational mode’ and with his PTSD, found that in David’s case, every little issue is highlighted.

He explained that repression, or the brain’s attempt to send difficult thoughts straight into the unconscious supports clients in handling their trauma. This phenomenon is observed frequently in trauma victims, who claim to have no recollections of the disturbing events. That’s why many experts view art therapy as a way to tap into these unconscious thoughts and memories and bring them to the surface, so that individuals can heal and reconcile them.

David explained in his own words, that inspired by the poppy display at the Tower of London, he fell back on his metalworking skills and initially started fabricating metal poppies.

“After seeing the finished fabrications, I created four 8ft giant poppies and placed them in my local church, St Saviour, then invited all the children in the area to make their own poppies and place them next to mine; and they paid a pound for the privilege! Doing that helped raise £9000 for the Royal British Legion. Following that display I was inundated from people asking to have a miniature metal poppy and that’s how I started making them.”

He continued; my wife Lisa would then take stalls at local craft fairs where she would sell them, which is how my journey into painting came about. One day I visited a stall at one of the fairs at which a lady was selling paintings, and after having a conversation with her, I went straight out and purchased some oil paints and a canvas.”

“Once I’d put brush to canvas I found that I became more relaxed which allows my brain not to over think, I push away catastrophes and stop the tendency to hyper-vigilant; so painting keeps me calm.”

“Now, during the day I’m in the workshop fabricating all manner of flowers from poppies to roses and sunflowers, flower arches and remembrance benches, and in the evenings, I do my paintings. So you could say that my art is a 50/50 split from metal fabrication and oil paintings!”

Every Metal poppy that David sells or any painting he produces that has a poppy on it the Royal British Legion receives 10% as he has agreed a corporate partnership agreement with them; which mean David raises money for them all year round.

Anyone wishing to see more of David De Souza’s work, both ‘Oil on Canvas & metal sculpture work’ can do so throughout the month of November, where a wide range of unique artwork will be displayed at The Peoples’ Gallery in Stalybridge.

Gordon Clegg, representing the popular community gallery said, “We are delighted and deeply privileged to be able to bring David’s work to the people of Stalybridge and the wider Tameside area.

Describing David’s individualist creative work, he said, “David continuously adds new footage to his highly sort after collection, creating a highly personal and ever-evolving composite works of art. Some may say that there’s certainly a heavy novelty factor dominant in many of David’s works, but the bittersweet experiences behind the subject matter; the craft and technique is undeniable.”

Much of the work on display features dark to light shades of grey and this technique and its application are what distinguishes the subject matter from the conventional and allow us to see his work as a specific accomplishment rather than a mere silhouetted type!”

I asked David what his next goal was to be. Which he answered, “For inspiration I have visited the poppies around the country and the National Arboretum. I like to keep busy and my next inspirational trip will hopefully be Everest base camp!”

Call in to The Peoples’ Gallery and see firsthand the art of a very remarkable gifted artist and true ‘local hero’


A formerly homeless man, who is now supported by homelessness charity Emmaus Mossley, has helped to create a new street mural in the centre of Manchester.

Pete ‘Cookie’ Cooke, joined Emmaus Mossley as a companion in August 2018 after spending two years homeless – sofa surfing and sleeping rough on the streets of Manchester. With an interest in art, design and photography, Cookie was invited to help create the mural with over 30 other people who have experienced homelessness.

The production of the street mural was organised by With One Voice, the international arts and homeless movement founded by Streetwise Opera. Now named ‘The Doodle on Ducie Street’, the mural was officially unveiled on Tuesday 2 October and Cookie was given the honour of cutting the ribbon.


Cookie said: “Thank you to everybody who’s on the wall, in the wall and part of the wall. We’re all part of Manchester – the greatest city on earth – and this has been a massive team effort to make it happen.

The Doodle on Ducie Street

“Special thanks to all the partner organisations involved and thanks to lead artists Joel and Sharon who’ve been great throughout the project and encouraged us all to give our best.”

The creation of the mural was coordinated by New York artist and activist, Joel Bergner from Artolution, who specializes in co-created art to address critical issues related to armed conflict, trauma and social marginalization around the globe.

Joel added: “It’s been an amazing experience working with all of the participants here in Manchester. Cookie has been especially dedicated every single day. He came up with many of the initial ideas in the workshop and created many different paintings throughout the whole mural, that represented himself, his story and really giving hope for the future.

“This is what the mural is all about and it’s been great seeing everyone out here, contributing, sharing their stories and connecting with all of the other participants.”

The mural project, managed by With One Voice, was supported by Laing O’Rourke, Human Appeal, Bruntwood, HMG Paints and a number of homelessness charities across the city region.

‘The Doodle on Ducie Street’ mural has been created to launch the International Arts and Homelessness Summit & Festival that will take place in Manchester from 12th-18th November. The festival is open to the public and the programme is made up of rich, exciting arts events, co-created by people who are or have been homeless.

For more information and tickets to the summit visit


To find out more or support Emmaus Mossley head to 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.