Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Willow Wood Winners weekly lottery has been restructured so that from Friday 1 September there will be an additional 10 winners every week – that’s over 500 more members of our community who will be receiving a Willow Wood cheque every year!

Diane Austin-Hughes, Willow Wood’s lottery manager, said “It’s got to be worth just £1 a week to enter.  Where else would you get the chance to win one of 40 cash prizes each and every week, and to know that your money is going to help local people?  Those weekly payments really add up and help us to improve the quality of life for so many of our patients and support their families through some difficult times”.

The Willow Wood Winners first prize will remain at £1,000 and as Diane said “It’s not a life-changing amount, but it is a great feeling to win it.  One recent winner used the cash for a ticket to Australia to see family, another to have a new bathroom fitted, and I really love phoning them up each Friday to hear their reaction to the news.”

It’s so easy to join, just go to and follow the link on the homepage to set up your direct debit, or ring the lottery office on 0161 330 1133.  Good luck!


Photo: Diane with support worker Mark Hill

The Kids-Com Car Boot Sale is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever!  Yes, Willow Wood is holding another table top sale of anything and everything to do with babies, toddlers and children.

Sunday 24 September sees this community car boot sale coming to Astley Sports Village, a great location.  Easily accessible, it has free car parking and is big enough to hold up to 60 stalls.  The sale runs from 10am to 12 noon and refreshments will be available.

Chris Hayden, organiser of the event said “We all know just how expensive it is to bring up a family, and children shoot up so quickly that clothes and shoes can be barely worn before they’re outgrown.  Kids-Com Car Boot is a great way to recoup some of your costs – and help the environment by recycling goods at the same time

“And it’s not just clothes.  Pre-loved games, toys, books, DVDs, baby gear – any children’s items – can be bought and sold.  It’s private sellers only, we can’t accept traders”.

Pitches are £10 and must be pre-booked, either online at:                                              or by ringing 0161 330 7788.

With entry on the day at just £1 (under 16s are free) it’s a great way to kit out your kids!



With the X Factor due to make a comeback on our Saturday night TV viewing, this year Hyde Rotary and professional Singer and Agent, Katie Stelfox are offering you the opportunity to see ‘Rotary Search For a Star’ live when they stage their own version of the popular competition which is to be held at Hyde’s Oakland’s Hall on Friday 29th September, with curtain up at 7.30pm.

The evening promises to offer a high quality show where you will be able to enjoy the singing stars of the future with acts who have appeared in the UK Open Mic competition travelling from as far as Preston to enter this prestigious competition.

A panel of four musically qualified judges, which will include a ‘local celebrity’ – will review and pass on constructive advice after each act has performed, ably assisted by our compère Andrew Richardson.

All profits raised will go to local charities and Hyde Rotary would like to thank the event sponsor Aidan Gaunt Family Funeral Directors, who will be supplying the trophies and cash prize.

Tickets for this event are priced at £5.00 (no concessions) and are available from: Oaklands Hall, Beech View, Godley, Hyde. Tel: 0161 367 7770 – Paper Tulips, Market Street, Hyde. Tel: 0161 627 5253 or from Alan Oldham on: 07931 523273

Stalybridge Celtic FC are pleased to announce that they will be offering FREE match day tickets for all of their Evostick League home fixtures at Bower Fold, for the 2017/18 season, to members of our superb armed forces via ‘Tickets for Troops’.

Tickets for Troops provide free tickets to members of the Armed Forces for a variety of sporting, musical and cultural events. The service offers serving personnel and those medically discharged from the forces since 2001, the well-deserved opportunity to enjoy an event of their choice with their friends and families.

Ten tickets will be available per game for current and ex-servicemen from the Army, RAF and Royal Navy.

To claim your ticket, you must book through

The site requires you to register prior to booking with personal details including Rank, Base, MOD number, Date entered service, etc, so make sure you have it all to hand.

Ex-Serviceman and Royal Signals WO2, Arthur Smith

Robert Lupton, Tickets for Troops – ‘Firstly, many thanks for the kind offer of tickets for our servicemen and women. The Evostick League looks to be a very exciting league this season. The North West has a large percentage of current and ex-service personnel, and we hope that Stalybridge Celtic FC can benefit from this kind gesture within you local community’.

Mike Smith, Community Development Officer, Stalybridge Celtic Foundation – ‘It’s great that we can make these tickets available for members of our armed services who work so hard to keep us all safe, we look forward to seeing some of them throughout the season and hope they all enjoy their visit to Bower Fold’.

A Hattersley car boot sale has raised more than £800 for the We Love Manchester Fund.

The special event took place on Tesco’s car park of Stockport road, recently (30th July) attracting dozens of Hattersley and Mottram residents.

Those attending got the chance to pick up a bargain, and try their luck on in the prize tombola, while the youngsters got to ‘hook a duck’ and take part in a lucky dip.

The fundraiser was hosted in partnership with Peak Valley Housing Association and Tesco Extra Hattersley.

More than 40 sellers hired pitches on the day, and the money raised will now be donated to the We love Manchester emergency fund in aid of the 22 victims who lost their lives in the Manchester terrorist attack in May.

Sonia Heaton, Community Champion from Tesco Extra Hattersley said: “This is another example of the great community spirit in Hattersley. Residents and local businesses working together, we really wanted to contribute some fundraising to show our support to those affected by the terrorist attack”

Sandra Harrison of Peak Valley Housing Association added: “It was a great event! We have a great working relationship with Tesco and jointly we are already putting together plans to do more projects.

On Wednesday the 9th August, a number of young people from Hyde Team17 & Stockport Team 23 attended an event in recognition of teenagers who have successfully turned their lives around. 

The event, at Hyde’s Grafton Centre, was attended by Prince’s Trust Programme Executive, Gill Lysons and Senior Officers from GMFRS, who came together with friends and proud family members to mark the occasion and celebrate in their successes and shine a spotlight on some amazing young people, who bravely shared their individual stories, in an effort to inspire and motivate others.

The GMFRS Prince’s Trust team managers awarded certificates of achievement to all the team members who had used their experience gained on the Prince’s Trust course to overcome issues and barriers and develop new skills to improve their future prospects.

It was a pleasure to hear of the transformation that many of these young individuals had achieved whilst on the 12 week course.

Some told of their low self-esteem and a lack of confidence which led them through a cycle of school and employment problems. Others had encountered tribulations which had stemmed from emotional issues and thrown up huge life challenges. Nearly all stated that before enrolling on The Prince’s Trust scheme they had little confidence in themselves, no real ambitions for the future and believed they would never amount to anything.

However, since being part of the group, they had gone from withdrawn individuals all lacking confidence, to a group of self assured young men and women with the ability to inspire others.

Whilst attending course, all mentioned the residential period where they took part in a number of activities which required them to work as a team. They also spoke enthusiastically about their work experiences during placements in live working environments, fundraising activities and their community projects.

The young people involved in the programme were: Robert Connolly, James Crowther, Samantha Gray, Gabrielle Grindrod, Daniel Lindley, Elizabeth McCann, Emily Oldham, Dominic Saxton-Williams, Matthew Thomond, David Wilson, Edward Finn, Amy Tilzey, Gillian Mellor, Jamie Ashall, Raja Ahmed Saveel, Chris Marsden.

The Team Leaders were: Mike Dixon & Ashling Long along with Team Managers, Emma Sercombe and Tim Dibble.

The Personal achievement certificates were presented to the Team members who had taken part by the Director of Emergency Response, Dave Keelan for Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service, and the closing speech was given by Paul Starling, GMFRS Borough Manager Stockport & Tameside.

Recruitment starts now for the next Prince’s Trust Team 18 starting on Monday 25th September 2017.

To register your interest, contact GMFRS on 0800 555 815 or contact Emma Sercombe, Team Manager on 07973 966 407 for more information.


When you pop your change from a round at your local, or after paying for your newspaper into the countertop charity can, do you ever wonder what it means to the charity. Well, if the can is for Willow Wood it means a great deal.

All those odd pennies really do add up. In the last financial year alone the total raised from our green collecting cans was just 45p short of £23,225, an amazing sum. To put it into perspective that would pay for over 88 hours of loving care for our patients and their families – care that is so vital to our community.

So if you have ever put your change into one of our cans, or if you have one in your shop, pub, restaurant or reception, please pat yourself on the back; you are helping us maintain our specialised services to the people of Tameside and Glossop.

If you do have a business and would like to support us in this way just give the fundraising department a call on 0161 330 7788. That’s all you have to do. One of our volunteers will then bring a can out to your premises and will call round to collect and bank the money on a regular basis. We can also provide cardboard loose change boxes for your home if you’d like to support us and keep your mantelpiece free of piles of pennies at the same time!

Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes – could one of our roles be the perfect fit for you?

There are over 600 volunteers currently giving freely of their time and their skills in every department of Willow Wood, from counselling to catering, from therapists to typists and from computer support to choir members.

Two areas where we really need additional team members at the moment are for weekend retail and café staff.   Don’t worry if you’ve never worked in these areas before as full training will be given and you’ll always be working with other members of Willow Wood’s team.

Think you could spare us a few hours each week? Either ring our volunteer and community manager, Mandy on 0161 330 1100 or go to our website, and download a volunteer application form from our volunteer page.

We’d love to welcome you as a member of Team Willow Wood.

The Tameside Stadium will be ringing to the rafters on Saturday 2nd September when Curzon Ashton are holding a FREE community day before kick off against fellow high flyers Salford City FC in their home league fixture.

The day which has been organised in partnership with Tameside’s emergency services and the British Legion, is been planned to run from 12.00noon to kick off at 3.00pm.

The fun-filled event aims to bring the local community together to enjoy a range of activities, including: Floating Archery (from One Adventure), Face Painting, Police Horses, A shooting Range, Football Games from GMFRS, Bouncy Castle (kindly donated by The Engine Room), Demonstrations from the Emergency Services and a variety of stalls promoting the activities of local community groups.

Andy Cheshire, Community Development Manager at Curzon Ashton said, ‘The community fun day will give all Tameside families the opportunity to enjoy a range of fun-packed activities absolutely free of charge. We have worked hard over the summer to get as many people to come along to our matches as possible and support the highest ranked team in Tameside and this is another initiative to encourage people to pay us a visit’.

So, make a date in your diaries for Saturday 2nd September – when everyone in the local Tameside community and beyond is invited to come down and enjoy a footballing day out and some quality fun time with their families.

The autumn return of this popular biannual event will see Hyde Town Centre once again brimming with thousands of pounds worth of classic and vintage cars from yesteryear.

For this event, Hyde Town Team has collaborated with Local Garage ROSEMOUNT MOT & SERVICE CENTRE who will be sponsoring and judging the entrants.

The vintage vehicle extravaganza, which has been organised by Hyde Town Team and the Tame Valley Vintage and Classic Car Club returns for its 4th year on Saturday 9th September and it’s expected that up to 25 cars, motorcycles and other vehicles will be on display on the civic square.

Rosemount MOT & Service Centre will also be on hand in the sponsor’s area to offer FREE advice and hand-out discounts on anyone pre-booking MOT’s and Services.

As many of Hyde’s local residents know, Rosemount is much more than just an MOT Centre. The owner Nick Hartley and his team, offer a one stop solution to a wide range of motoring needs. From Motor cycles and the smallest of family cars to the largest of builders vans such as a Luton box, or a Mercedes Sprinter, Rosemount MOT Centre has the experience, workshop capacity and mechanical capability to cater for them all. They can even test the largest Motor Homes!

Neil Openshaw Chair of Hyde Town Team said, “The previous shows have been a great success and have been growing in popularity year on year. That’s why we decided to put on two classic car events again this year to enable visitors who may have missed the spring show to see again the cars our parents, grandparents and great grandparents’ used to drive! Hopefully, the weather will be kind and offer us a sunny September when visitors will also be able to visit all the shops and attractions our town centre have to offer.”

Vehicles will be judged during the show by  Rosemount’s owner Nick Hartley and Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Hyde & Stalybridge, who will present the prizes, with one proud owner picking up the prestigious ‘Car of the Show’ Trophy.

The event starts from 10am and lasts until 3pm with Tameside Radio’s Outside Broadcast crew reporting live from the show at various times throughout the event.

Entry in the show is free!

More information can be found online at: