Saturday, December 15, 2018

HYDE UNITED FC will once again play host to over 70 of the towns’ oldest residents at their annual Christmas party.

The club’s traditional OAP’s Christmas Party will be taking place this year on 16th December in the Tigers Social Club at Ewen Fields.

As well as the usual belly-busting three-course Christmas lunch, sickness the elderly Hydonians will be suitably entertained with a musical act, more about offering a chance to sing-a-long to a variety of well-known Christmas songs and old favourites, and if they’ve been very good ‘old boys and girls’ they may well be visited by Santa, as he takes some time out from his busy pre-Christmas schedule!

Community Director, Joe Kitchen who organizes these Christmas events said, “ On behalf of everyone involved with Hyde United; – the town’s community owned football club, we hope to once again to play our part in making this Christmas period a little more special for our pensioners.

A group of Hyde Businesses have come together to raise money for local homeless organisation Infinity Initiatives in support of Greystones, dosage the homeless charity, through a cheeky charity calendar.

The calendar now on sale from Paper Tulips and other Hyde retailers, feature a fun group of very brave ladies from local craft based businesses who collectively now call themselves “The Crafty Girls of Hyde”

Over the last few weeks, the ladies have stripped down in front of the lens to produce a calendar girl’s style, naked calendar.

A different business appears every month with ladies from the business posing along with strategically placed craft supplies, in photos shot on location at local business venues.

Karen Dorney, owner of Paper Tulips was the driving force ‘behind’ the project who ‘unveiled’ at the launch, the reason it came into being.


Speaking to a lively audience at the press launch about the Crafty Girls calendar venture, she said, “We really wanted to do something to help Infinity Initiatives. The work that they do locally around homelessness and homeless prevention is extremely important and we thought it was vital; to not just raise money but to make a bold statement to highlight awareness of the work they do. The calendar was an idea we started just 4 weeks ago and it snowballed to include 20 of our local Artisan Crafters.”

There are an estimated 1000 homeless children in Greater Manchester living in emergency accommodation right now according to one media report and last year the number of people sleeping rough rose by an estimated 50% across Greater Manchester. Talking about the work they do, Gemma Clayton, Director of Infinity Initiatives says, “Sadly homelessness is a growing problem across the UK. Our work covers the practical side of providing shelter, food and clothing but also a lot of what we do is prevention, working with hard to reach families, providing debt advice, skills workshops and courses on independent living. Primarily, our aim is to help people to get their lives back on track and ensure that it’s is sustainable.”

The team have set a sales target of £7000 and they’re well on the way because so far, the Crafty Girls have raised £1,300 to cover the production of the calendar and this has largely been through the generosity of around 30 local businesses. The calendar is now on sale on the website, Paper Tulips and in some local shops, costing £7.50 with all proceeds go to Infinity Initiatives homelessness projects.

Speaking about the calendar project, Gemma Clayton added, “We cannot thank the Crafty Girls of Hyde enough for putting together the calendar project. This support from local business is fantastic to see and I hope we can build on this positivity to provide opportunities for some of the people we work with. The money raised will enable us to keep helping local people and will go towards preventing people from ending up on our streets.”

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President of the Hyde Rotary Club, Kevin Maddox, presented a cheque to Infinity Initiatives for £250.00 in support of the homeless charity.

After a year of fundraising for a number of charitable causes including the recent grocery and blanket collections in Hyde on behalf of the homeless in Manchester, Stockport and Ashton, the President of Hyde Rotary, Kevin Maddox attending the press launch of The Crafty Girls of Hyde, calendar; took the opportunity present a cheque for £250.00 to Gemma Louise, Director of Infinity Initiatives, who works closely with the Greystones Homeless Charity Ashton.

The Crafty Girls of Hyde calendar has been produced to support the Milestone project.

Kevin explained that after Gemma, who had visited the club in November to talk about the Milestone project, our members wanted to give their full support to Gemma in her new initiative.

Kevin said after the presentation, “I just love giving money and support to individuals in our community, who’ve identified a niche and set up an organisation to help and support people who live in our society who desperately need help, support, advice and incentives to survive within these difficult times.”