Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, rolled up his sleeves this week to show off his cupcake decorating skills at an event marking Red Nose Day 2017 in Parliament.

Masterchef presenter Gregg Wallace took on the role of judge as more than 60 parliamentarians of all parties competed to win first place in the Maltesers® and Sainsbury’s Red Nose Day Parliamentary ‘Bake a Million’ competition. The competition, which was organised by Maltesers® in partnership with Sainsbury’s was held to celebrate this year’s Red Nose Day which took place on Friday 24th March.

The winning cake decorators chose a nominated Comic Relief project to which Maltesers® and Sainsbury’s will make a donation. MPs were also encouraged to share pictures of their creations on a social media platform of their choice with the hashtag #bakeamillion. For each cake photo uploaded, Maltesers® donated £5 to Comic Relief, towards their £1million total contribution.

Mr Reynolds said:“Sadly I wasn’t the winning baker on this occasion, but it was lovely to take part in a fun event for a brilliant cause! I hope all the schools and workplaces across Tameside who celebrated Red Nose Day also had a great time being funny for money for Comic Relief. Well done all of you.”

Mr Reynolds also attended a Red Nose Day celebration in Hattersley Hub, alongside local volunteers and Councillors Janet Cooper, Gill Pete and Jim Fitzpatrick.

Jonathan said:“This was a great event with lovely goods on sale and a great community feel.

My wife is also very happy as I managed to win a voucher to get her nails done in the raffle –so a special thank you from me to all the generous local businesses who donated!”




NADINE COYLE is asking glasses wearers in Hyde to prove their specs appeal and be in with a chance of winning £10,000 cash.

Nadine, of the multi-platinum, multi-award winning girl group Girls Aloud, took part in a special photo shoot to launch Specsavers’ annual search for the Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2017.

Proud specs wearers from across Hyde can enter the competition, as long as they are aged 16 and over. Finalists will attend the star-studded awards ceremony in London, with one overall victor claiming the coveted title and the five figure prize.

Nadine, who was crowned Best Specs Newcomer at the 2016 Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards, says: ‘I realised I needed glasses to drive and read last year and I’ve been building up my specs wardrobe ever since. I’ve been experimenting with some fab new optical styles, such as cat’s eyes and transparent frames. I can’t believe what I’ve been missing for all these years!

‘I was thrilled to win the newcomer award last year, so it’s a real honour to help with the search to find the 2017 Spectacle Wearer of the Year.’

Diane Wood store director at Specsavers in Hyde says: ‘We’re asking all glasses wearers in the area to pucker up and share their best selfie. Not only is it perfect opportunity to showcase their personal specs style to the country, each entry helps raise funds for anti-bullying charity Kidscape.’

The competition has raised more than £400,000 for Kidscape over the past six years.

Nadine Coyle continues: ‘I’m so proud to be involved with a campaign that raises funds for such a great cause. Kidscape does an incredible job to help stamp out bullying. As a mum myself, I understand how important it is for children to grow up without fearing bullies or abuse.’

The competition has five age categories – 16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-59 and over 60s – plus a Facebook favourite voted for by the public. A winner from each category will win a VIP makeover and the opportunity to mingle with celebrities at the awards in London in October.

£1 will be donated to Kidscape for each entry made.  The money raised will help to support the charity in providing training, support and advice for children, parents, schools, and those who may be affected by cases of bullying and abuse in the UK.

To be in with a chance of scooping the biggest accolade in the specs-wearing world, glasses wearers can enter the competition online at www.specsavers.co.uk/loveglassescomp.


Now, with only a few weeks to go to April 22nd and with only a very few tickets left, the final countdown has begun to this year’s Purple Ball of Hope.

This special charity evening will be hosted by, Jan and Derek Lord who are busily completing the final arrangements to this important annual event; held in memory of Jan’s mother Beryl Wainer who sadly passed away in September 2012 after being diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer.

The duo along with help and assistance from their team of dedicated helpers, family and friends aim to beat last year’s figure of just under £6000 and this year raise the magic figure of £7,000 in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK, for research and in the hope of raising awareness and the profile of one of the most underfunded yet devastating diseases.

The evening will be compèred by ITV Granada presenter Paul Crone – a long-time supporter of the appeal and who also will be hosting the fabulous live auction, and Big surprise raffle. Paul will be joined by singer Rick Moorhouse who will be serenading  the guests during the fabulous four course meal alongside the headline act for the evening Throb Lovelace and the Pitts.  Another year and another great line up at The Purple Ball of Hope.

This promises be a fantastic evening at a wonderful venue, with dinner, dancing, a charity auction, a BIG surprise raffle and live entertainment – all the glamour of ‘Las Vegas’ in a top hotel and all in aid of a very good cause!

“The evening of the 22nd April 2017 will be our fourth year of holding The Purple Ball of Hope in memory of my dear and wonderfully inspiring mum and we are on a mission to beat our previous year’s charity total. The event for 2017 was sold out within 48 hours of our 2016 event which goes to show what a fabulous night we had.” said Charity Ball organiser Jan Lord.

The Purple Ball of Hope will take place in the aptly named ‘Inspiration Suite at the Village Hotel, Ashton, where their aim is to achieve their £25,000 target.

Jan told us, “With little time to spare the team are continuously looking for donations towards the auction prizes. This year we are also asking for donations of wine, spirit or bubbly to add to our raffle and help to raise loads of cash.”

Any businesses or individuals wishing to donate please register on their contact page: jan@purpleballofhope.co.uk or visit: www.purpleballofhope.co.uk

“Our aim is to secure and raise as much as we can from activities and donations prior to the Purple Ball and on the evening.”

Prizes can be left at: The Waxing Station, Stalybridge. Guide Bridge MoT and Service Station and Tameside Radio, Cavendish Street, Ashton-under-Lyne.

“Every single donation will be greatly appreciated no matter how small, as every life is precious!”



Held in the magnificent surroundings of Oakland’s Hall, Hyde Rotary Club celebrated their ‘Annual Charter Dinner’ and awards ceremony on Friday evening.

The Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Philip Fitzpatrick joined Hyde Rotary members and friends to celebrate the Hyde Rotary Club’s 80th anniversary at a special Charter Dinner to mark this significant milestone.

Assisted by local and national dignitaries, including Cllr Andy Kinsey, Cllr Maria Bailey, Rotary District Governor, Stan Bowes and Rotary Club members from Tameside and Stockport Lamplighters Rotary Clubs, Cllr Fitzpatrick toasted the octogenarian Club, paying a particular tribute to their 80 years of successful fundraising and fellowship.

The Hyde Rotary Club was founded in 1937 and raises thousands of pounds each year for a number of national and international charities.

However, over 80years, the Hyde Rotary has changed considerably since the club’s formation.

Although all the members are extremely proud of their heritage, the club is now made up of both men and women, who meet weekly and enjoy a very active social life, members work on behalf and within the community, and organise such events as the Gee Cross Fete; The Father Christmas Sleigh, and other charitable community events, where all profits from these activities are donated to local community projects every year.

The District Governor, Stan Bowes, presented President Kevin Maddox with an 80th Charter Certificate, which comes from RIBI in the states. states.

Speaking to us after the evening’s activities and fabulous celebratory dinner, Club President, Kevin said, “This is my second term as president of this wonderful club; especially one that is so steeped in history and tradition!

I am so proud to be President in this our 80th year, and tonight, it was my pleasure to welcome all our guest and friends and the unforgettable guest speaker ‘The Chester Town Crier’ Mr. David Mitchell, who certainly kept everybody royally entertained.”

And with that, he raised his glass for another 80 successful years for the Rotary Club’s success here in Hyde.

If you would like to find out more about Hyde Rotary, please email: kevinmaddox55@hotmail.com


Things you may not know about the Helping Hand Methodist Church Charity Shop

The shop was founded by the church in 2013 with the express intention of providing low cost donated goods to the community, in particular to those who are experiencing hard times. It was also charged with providing funds to support the six Methodist churches of Hyde and Denton. It was handed the responsibility of providing a service or some form of measurable benefit to the local community in the form of what is termed as an ‘Outreach Programme’.

For such a small shop all this was a big ask!

Our volunteers, some from the community and others from the six churches rose to the challenge, applying existing skills, experience and qualifications to create a training environment from which at least 12 people have left and successfully entered into the work arena with a variety of companies.

What are the results 4 years since this challenge was made?

You may be astonished to know that since opening in January of 2013 it has provided a social work place producing excellent results for in excess of 140 people.


  • 50 Work Experience candidates from Job Centre Plus completing an 8 week course of retail training.
  • 3 Candidates from Age UK Training completing our retail training course.
  • 1 Candidate from the Young Offenders Programme completing community service.
  • 2 Young people completing their Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme for work in the community.
  • 2 Candidates with a social needs background.
  • We currently have in excess of 35 people who either volunteer, or are currently completing a retail training course.
  • We have our own Pastor who visits the shop regularly and is always available for a confidential chat or meeting to either volunteers or customers.
  • We are approached on many occasions by other organisations and charities with the aim of considering us as a source of valuable training skills.
  • We liaise with and provide speakers for functions and meetings to organisations, meetings and groups including the Department for Work and Pensions, job Centre Plus, Department of Health, local schools and colleges as well as small ladies and men’s social groups.

And finally

The average price of the number of items sold since 2013 is only £1.38.

10 year old Eve modelling a pre-owned ‘One Direction’ T shirt

Our volunteers have steam cleaned over 30,000 items of fashion clothing that have been sold to date at an average price of only £2.03.

So, next time you’re having a good clearout, would you consider us when you have unwanted items that are still usable and in reasonable condition, so that we can sell them on to benefit others.

People are our most valuable asset. Volunteers usually work morning or afternoon or both on any day(s) Monday to Saturday.

Do you want to volunteer and play a part in what we do?

If you are interested in any of the above please contact Harvey on 07841-614646 between the hours of 10.0am to 4.0pm Monday to Friday. Or call into the shop Open 10am to 4pm) and leave your name and contact details.

Please call in and we will arrange for an informal chat about what we do and what you would like to do.


Tel: 0161-637-5152       email: helpinghand57@outlook.com

Charity Reg No. 1150558


The ritual of Hyde Rotary’s homage to The Last Night of the Prom’s is now firmly established as a fantastic gala night where hundreds of Hyde’s Promenaders’ gather to celebrate something very British.

Once again this year, the Rotary Club of Hyde is proud to present their version of The Last Night at the Prom’s, which will again be held at the magnificent Oakland’s Hall, Hyde, on Saturday 22nd April @7.30pm.

This veritable feast of music promises something for everyone with the popular Denton Brass Band playing two sets and returning this year by popular demand, the audience will be entertained by celebrated soprano,    Ms Sarah Kinsey as part of what has become the most famous night in Hyde Rotary’s music calendar.

Tickets are priced at £10.00 (NO CONCESSIONS) and refreshments, proms hats and flags can be purchased on the night.

But you’ll have to hurry as tickets for this popular gala music event are going rapidly!

So don’t delay. Get your tickets today – from Oakland’s Hall on: 0161 367 7770, Paper Tulips in Hyde: 0161 627 5253 or from Alan Oldham: 07931 523273

All profits on the night will go to the Tameside Macmillan Unit


Hyde-based Davies Sports, the leaders in supplying sports equipment to the education sector, no rx are announced as an Official Partner of the Tour of Tameside for 2017 and 2018.

The multi-day running event that was brought back to Tameside in 2015 is proving a great hit with the biggest businesses in Tameside and Davies Sports joins New Charter and Kerry Foods in supporting the biggest community focussed sporting event of the year.

Chris Mahady, Managing Director of Davies Sports said “We’re delighted to be working with Sports Tours International on the iconic Tour of Tameside. We passionately believe in everyone getting active regardless of age or ability. The Tour of Tameside offers a great opportunity for every level whether that’s completing the full 4 day Tour, being part of the Relay, stepping up to the Schools Challenge or taking part in the family events. It’s sure to be an inspirational event and we wish all the participants the best of luck including my colleagues from Davies Sports”.

Davies Sports supply quality equipment and resources for all ages and abilities. They work closely with sport, PE and education experts to help develop each participant’s potential, giving the foundation for a lifetime of activity.

Kevin Harmer, UK Events & Sponsorship Manager at Sports Tours International said; “Davies Sports and the Tour of Tameside share very similar key objectives, those being passionate about inclusion for all in sport and using sport to help build a mentality of health and wellbeing for the future. We are extremely pleased to have them on board for this years event and also in 2018!”

The 2017 event will begin with Stage 1 the ‘X-Trail 10k’ on Thursday evening the 15th of June in Daisy Nook and Park Bridge Country Parks in Ashton before moving onto Stage 2, on Friday evening the 16th of June, the infamous ‘Hell on the Fell’ in Copley, Stalybridge will take place.

Stage 3 is Saturday morning the 17th of June where runners will take on the 13.1 mile ‘Hero Half Marathon’ along the Longendale Trail before the final day, Stage 4 on Sunday the 18th of June where the Tour will finish with the classic ‘Dr Ron 7’ (formerly know as the Hyde 7 and now named after the founding father of the Tour of Tameside Dr Ron Hill MBE) – a seven mile road run where many friends and family will line the route to welcome the competitors home.

The Tour recognises that not all runners wish to run all four days back-to-back, so Sports Tours International have again opened up ‘Single Stage Entries’ for those wishing to run one, two or three of the individual days. The option encourages beginners and those who wish to run shorter to still become a part of the Tour of Tameside.

To enter the Full Tour or any of the Single Stages of the Tour of Tameside 2017, please visit www.touroftameside.com or call 0161 703 8161 to secure your place.

For all the latest news and updates follow on Twitter @touroftameside






 The Annual Hyde Rotary Club Community Awards, were presented to individuals and organisations within our community at the Oakland’s Hall Hyde last Thursday.

Each year, Rotary Club members are asked to nominate individuals or organisations who had the vision to not only improve the quality of life in Tameside, but who also help their fellow human beings in their hour of need.

The Rotary Club uses this prestigious awards ceremony as a platform to recognize the wonderful work that is happening in our region.

President Kevin Maddox, said, “Every year we present these prestigious awards, however last year was a exception, as we did not have nominations that fulfilled the strict Rotary International criteria, conversely this year, I am pleased to say that our members nominated individuals who not only work endless hours, sometimes for no financial reward, but are important and respected members of our community.”

In identifying the positive efforts that are being made in the community, Kevin presented awards to: Gemma Clayton from Infinity Initiatives based in Ashton under Lyne. Gemma and her team offer a advocate and support service  for people who suffer with drug, alcohol , solvent abuse and homelessness (in conjunction with Greystones) they offer a 24hr help line and sometimes work without any financial reward.

Natalie Cooke from Finding Rainbows based in Denton offers a parent counselling support service for bereaved parents of a child who have suffered a loss from her small office in Haughton Green Natalie set up this support network following her own personal experience. And the final nomination was presented to Andrew Richardson the administrator and founder of the Facebook Page – Hyde Past & Present.

“Over the last twelve months Andrew has built up the site to 8,500 members who all contribute to make Hyde a better place to live. Andy has also arranged litter picks, the multi cultural places of worship visits and is the compère at the annual Gee Cross Fete; giving his time free of charge.

Following the presentations Kevin said tonight it’s been a great honour for me in my year as President to meet members of our community who are worthy of our Community Awards.


Previous recipients of this award include :  The Late Bill Tarmey (Jack Duckworth in Coronation Street) and Louise Croombs (Tameside Radio)


A new 24-hour public access defibrillator – aimed at saving lives in the event of heart attacks – has been unveiled in Hyde town centre, thanks to the determined efforts of dedicated members of Hyde’s Rotary Club.

Saturday 4th March, saw members of the Rotary Club unveil their publically accessible wall-mounted defibrillator, which is now situated on the wall at the side of the Well Pharmacy on Market Place – one of the busiest thoroughfares in Hyde town centre.

Performing the unveiling ceremony, during the towns popular monthly Artisan Market event, The Civic Mayor of Tameside, Councillor Philip Fitzpatrick said, “It’s always a pleasure to get involved with the Rotary Club in my home town and once again, as they have shown many times in the past, have raised and donated the money to fund a project to help the local community. Today, their generosity has been ably demonstrated by the members of the club by the purchase, and installation of this potentially lifesaving defibrillator.”

Yousef Munif, Interim Regional Divisional Manager at Well Pharmacy, who was also in attendance, said: “The health and wellbeing of our community is the key focus for the team here at Well Hyde, and we’re proud to be supporting the Rotary Club’s installation of defibrillators in the town.

“Following the successful installation of the defibrillator outside Hyde Town Hall, we are keen to support The Rotary Club’s campaign to add a further device in the area, located outside our store. The defibrillator will be easily accessible to all members of the local community for use in an emergency situation.”

“For those with an undetected heart condition, cardiac arrest is a real risk. A defibrillator can mean the difference between life and death, so Well Hyde is fully behind this important initiative.”

“Community Chair at the, Rotary Club Barry Carey who has chaired the committee for the last three years said, “Our club gets involved in lots of community fundraising efforts throughout the year, but it has taken two years to bring this vital project to fruition as we have had to negotiate with the Well Pharmacy and the owners of the Clarendon Centre. However, now we have now brought this life saving device to our town, we have done it in the hope it will never be used!”

Also in attendance during the day, Hyde Rotary Club would like to thank Geoff Holden from the Ambulance Service First Responders, who demonstrated to dozens of Hyde shoppers, how the equipment should be used in an emergency.


Plans to bring in compulsory sex and relationship education has been hailed a long-awaited victory for children and young people by Greater Manchester’s Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner.

Following a year of campaigning, Tony Lloyd has welcomed Education Secretary Justine Greening’s announcement that sex and relationship education will be made compulsory in all schools, with the curriculum to include broader teaching around consent, healthy relationships and respect.

Tony said: “This decision has been a long time coming, but I’m glad the government has finally listened to what campaigners, charities, politicians and – most importantly of all, young people themselves – have been crying out for.

“In order to equip our children with the knowledge they need to safely navigate the modern world, it’s vital that frank and age-appropriate information is made available to them. Children will always be curious and it is important for us to feed that curiosity with appropriate and accurate information.

“Social media and the internet are fantastic tools, but the growing online world means that our children are more easily exposed to complex issues and vast swathes of inappropriate and inaccurate content. And, while children may be streets ahead when it comes to technology, some lack the emotional maturity needed to make safe decisions.

“It’s no longer adequate to simply teach children about the biology of their bodies – this does nothing to help them form healthy relationships, understand issues of consent, or deal with the dangers of sexting and online grooming.”

Tony first wrote to the then Education Secretary Nicky Morgan on this issue back in March 2016, challenging the government’s rejection of MP’s calls to make sex education compulsory in schools. He has continued to apply this pressure throughout the last year, warning that the government’s archaic attitudes to sex education were putting children at risk.

Last year, Tony made funding available for the rollout of ‘Real Love Rocks’ to schools across Greater Manchester – a suite of learning resources put together by Barnardo’s to teach children about consent, healthy relationships and online safety.