Sunday, January 20, 2019

After consistently strong rating performances in our first two seasons, the only online, daily up-dated website that brings visitors the latest local news, has expanding its regional reach.

Over the relatively short time from its inception in November 2013, Hyde Community Matters has developed from a Hyde centred glossy 24page ‘Community News Magazine’ thorough to December 2014 when we took the project online to become a daily up-dated online community news site, which to date has attracted well over 370,000 visitors, – all eager to read the local news; – and that number is still growing!

Now, in response to a number of requests to cover news and events from our friends in neighbouring towns and villages, we are pleased to announce that we have gently expanded our news coverage to provide a more comprehensive reader service by covering good news, events and achievements from individuals, communities and businesses, from a little further afield – no longer exclusively covering one town, but the whole of Tameside and the surrounding regions, and by doing so, we’re better placed to support our local advertisers growing development needs.

“Of all our current partners we spoke with, Karen Dorney of Hyde’s Paper Tulips understands the success and potential of our in-depth local news coverage; and as the owner of Tameside’s premier craft emporiums and organiser of monthly Artisan Markets, she is uniquely positioned to back our expansion, as it encourages potential customers from much wider areas,”

“While continuing to put our readers at the heart of everything we do; we are committed to continue to cover in-depth local news articles, showcase local events, shout about schools and student achievements and profile specialist real-life features that celebrate those individuals who have achieved success, shown courage against the odds, or people who are making a difference within our local communities.”

To reflect these changes, we have changed the name to one that better echo’s the new site’s expanded content.

Visitors to the old site,, will automatically be redirected to the new site,

“Our aim is still to provide the best online news specifically to our close communities, by offering a convenient, one-click, local source of timely daily up-dated news, where visitors come first for information and advice, local businesses place their adverts and community groups put us at the top of their list when promoting their up-coming events.”


We believe that this online expansion marks a return to real local news, giving readers the chance to learn more about what’s going on in their immediate area and to read (and write) news stories about what matters to them. We are therefore looking for ANY VOLUNTEERS from the different areas, (who’d like to see their work in print) so that we can have a ‘person on the ground’ who is in closer touch in identifying local happenings and who would become the main point of contact for local people; – promoting the work of local community organisations, voluntary sector groups and businesses, along with arts, school successes, sport and cultural activities that are taking place in their area.


  • Budding or experienced reporters, with access to email, who wish to gain experience or give back to their local community
  • To find and root out stories of particular interest to people in their area
  • To write, research and interview for those stories, to build content on the website.
  • We also need a ‘Social Media’ savvy person to place local stories and events on Facebook & Twitter etc’ to drive site traffic.

This is a great opportunity for local budding and experienced journalists to hone their writing skills.

This wider reader appeal also adds a much more expansive opportunity for local advertisers to reach a vastly expanded audience, and by widening our readership, we plan to gradually introduce extra relevant categories like jobs, motoring, housing, and domestic services, among other localized topics.

So, if you would like to become a volunteer local correspondent, or are a forward thinking Community Group, Local Business, School, Sports Club, Faith Group or Charity organisation and have stories you think are newsworthy, want to publicise your events, achievements, or wish to advertise to a growing local audience, please contact us directly by email:

Local Community Matters is a not-for-profit community trust, run by volunteers all of whom have strong links to the towns and people surrounding Tameside.


A community volunteer has told how he was inspired to support victims of hate crime after his friend was subjected to homophobic abuse.

Robbie Stone, aged 24, has been a Village Angel – a team of volunteers who offer help and support to those in need in Manchester’s Gay Village every weekend – since 2015, after he saw first-hand the horrific impact of hate crime.

His friend was helped by the Village Angels after being subjected to a violent homophobic attack in the Gay Village, which left him with a broken jaw.

Seeing the effect this incident had on his friend, and the invaluable help and support he received through the LGBT Foundation and other agencies, Robbie decided to become a Village Angel himself, giving up his own time to help vulnerable people and support victims of crime.

Robbie said: “I believe that it is important to stand up to hate crime as everyone is born equal and no one deserves to be a victim of hate crime. We need to challenge the opinions of people who carry out hate crime and try to educate them as to why it is wrong.”

Robbie was speaking out during Hate Crime Awareness Week, a Greater Manchester-wide week of action to raise awareness, challenge perceptions and promote tolerance and respect.

As part of the week, the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office is working with voluntary agencies and local communities to promote Greater Manchester’s network of independent reporting centres. The LGBT Foundation is one of hundreds of centres where you can report incidents in complete confidence, without speaking directly to the police. Victims of hate crime can also get help and support to help them cope and recover from what’s happened.

To report hate crime and find out what’s happening in your area to tackle it, visit You can also report it by calling police on 101.

Get involved in the conversation on social media by following #westandtogether

Davis Blank Furniss – the Glossop based law firm – will be holding its 2017 Lasting Powers of Attorney Week from Monday 6th to Friday 10th March at its Ellison Street office. A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) enables you to appoint a trusted friend, relative or professional to make decisions about your finances, property and personal welfare in the event that you are in an accident or you develop an illness that leaves you unable to make such decisions for yourself. The week long promotion includes both types of LPA: the first covers your property and financial affairs; and the second your personal welfare and health. Special fixed prices for the week start at £220.00.

Laura Johnson, private client solicitor at Davis Blank Furniss, commented: “LPAs have become increasingly popular over the past few years and we have seen a sharp rise in the number of clients wanting them. We know the process can seem complex, but it really isn’t, so the aim of our LPA Week is to reassure people and also help them make sure their interests and long-term futures are protected.” For more information – or to make an appointment during the Davis Blank Furniss LPA Week 2017 – please email:



Davis Blank Furniss – the Glossop & Manchester based law firm – is further strengthening its Residential Conveyancing department following the announcement of a new appointment.

Robert Parkinson has joined the firm from Cyril Morris Arkwright Solicitors in Bolton. He has also previously worked at Glassbrooks in Lytham. Robert completed his law degree and LPC qualification at UCLan.

His new role includes handling the sales and purchases of both freehold and leasehold properties, patient advising on buying a council house, sale remortgaging of residential property, about it transferring ownership as well as shared ownerships.

Richard Hamilton – head of property at Davis Blank Furniss – commented: “We are delighted to welcome Robert to the practice and I’m sure he will be a valuable addition to the team.”

Whilst Robert added: “I’m really excited to be joining Davis Blank Furniss and I’m now looking forward to helping further grow both our client base in Manchester and across the North West.”