Saturday, December 15, 2018
Music Matters

It’s quite clear that music plays a very important part in the life of Hyde Community College and that many musically talented students perform in a wide range of ensembles and musical choirs, jazz, rock and other musical genres within the faculty.

Tomorrow evening, (Thursday 13th December, 2018) all that talent will come together to perform in their Winter Concert which has been planned by Lillie Clayton (Y10) who has done a fantastic job organising this year’s event.

The running order is as follows: (Click on the image)

Please support the school and these extremely talented young musicians. Tickets are available from the school’s main reception and all money raised will be donated to a local food bank.

The Town Centre collaboration between Hyde Town Team, Tameside Markets and The Clarendon Square Shopping Centre, is delighted to announce details of their exciting ‘Christmas Shopping Event’ for all the family to enjoy on Saturday 8th December 2018.

You can expect to find traditional Christmas stalls selling locally made crafts, handmade gifts, local produce and delicious seasonal food! There will also be mulled wine, Christmas trees and lights, live entertainment, fitness displays, dancing and children’s activities for the little ones!

The event starts at 10.00am with festivities continuing until 3.00pm. The event will be officially opened at 10.30am by The worshipful the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Denise Ward and our local MP Jonathan Reynolds.

Father Christmas with his helpers will take pride of place in the indoor market’s themed Grotto.

There will be a variety of entertainment taking place throughout the day, filling the town centre with the sound of festive music. There’ll also be Craft Stalls, Fabulous food & Mulled Wine, Bar, Dancers, Choirs, a guest appearance by BJORN the BEAR, Solo Artists, Face Painter and local Rock Band – NARROW MARGIN.

Blood Bikes Manchester and Specsavers staff; assisted by Hyde United’s ROARY the TIGER will be on hand to point out the visibility problems that can be encountered whilst winter driving and the Hyde Town Team will be running a Grand Raffle with great prizes, a ‘Guess the Price’ competition, where you could win a child’s electric ride-in car and a fabulous Tombola stall.

The team have also arranged for a couple of very cool walk-around Christmas characters for both the indoor and outdoor markets; helping everyone to get in the festive mood.

In addition you’ll also be able to stock up on all your Christmas Shopping from regular market vendors, so you can pick up your usual fruit and vegetables, fresh turkeys, beef joints, Christmas savouries and mince pies from retailers in The Clarendon Shopping Centre and the indoor Market Hall, which will be open from 8.30am for you to pick up those special gifts and Christmas bargains.

To make sure shoppers do not miss anything, a Town Centre Christmas events guide with full musical listings will be available to pick up in stores?

Jonathan Reynolds said: “Christmas is a great time of the year and it is also a vital trading period for our local Town Centre retailers.” He went on to say, “Once again the Town Team, with the help and cooperation with The Clarendon Square Shopping Centre and Tameside Markets have lined up an outstanding programme of events and performers. The line-up has something for people of all ages and will attract shoppers and visitors who want to take part in the fun.”

Cllr Denise Ward, said: “This Christmas Shopping Event in Hyde will mark a 17 day countdown to Christmas in the Town Centre and with the announced support programme of live entertainment to get everyone feeling festive, it’s no wonder that this Hyde Town Centre event is expected to attract a large number of shoppers looking for those special gifts and purchases.”


A local carnival arts organisation has risen like a phoenix from the ashes after a catastrophic mill fire destroyed 15 years’ worth of work.

Global Grooves lost hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of giant puppets and hand-printed costumes when their storage warehouse at Ray Mill in Stalybridge burned to the ground in March.

But now the charity is back and stronger than ever as it announces plans to turn its current home – The Vale in Mossley – into a £1million carnival arts hub.

The project will create Tameside’s first high quality and accessible arts centre, providing exceptional facilities for local and international artists, audiences, young people and communities from Greater Manchester and beyond. Phase one is due to open to the public in spring 2020.

Arts Council England has contributed £490,000 to the project through Small Capital Grant funding.

A centre of excellence for carnival in the north, Global Grooves’ new facility will be just the second building dedicated to the development of carnival arts in England. The UK Centre For Carnival Arts opened in Luton in 2009.

Alison Clark, director north, Arts Council England said: “This award will give a new home to carnival arts in the North West and is great news for carnival which makes such a huge contribution to festivals and public celebrations.  Centres like this are also so important to artists and communities and we are pleased to be able to support it.”

Arts and learning centre The Vale, on Micklehurst Road, was launched on a shoestring as a social enterprise in September 2015. Five partner organisations, including Global Grooves, put in £35,000 of their own money in order to open Vale Mill up to the public.

The Vale offers a year round programme of live music, film showings, theatre, workshops and family activities but despite it’s popularity, access to the mill is compromise. Currently, the only entrance is via a steep external staircase and some spaces are rudimentary and not completely weather proofed. The new centre will be fully accessible and finished to a high standard.

Sarah Maxfield, area director north, Arts Council England, said: “The Arts Council’s Small Capital Grants help to ensure that organisations have the right buildings and equipment so that they can continue reaching new and broader audiences, to ensure that everyone is able to access arts and culture. I am proud to see that in this round of funding we have been able to give £3.6 million to support 11 organisations from across the north to achieve their ambitions to improve how they deliver arts and culture to our communities.”

Global Grooves was founded in 2003 by friends Holly Prest, Eraldo Marques and Leon Patel after they met at a community music project in Mossley, aged just 13. Since then, Global Grooves has inspired people all over the globe to take part in carnival-style events, working in the Gambia, Brazil, New Zealand, Singapore, and Trinidad & Tobago. Now a National Portfolio Organisation, Global Grooves performs regularly to audiences of over 45,000 and has worked with thousands of participants around the world.

Global Grooves CEO, Leon Patel, said: “Global Grooves has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a world class arts facility in Tameside – the first in the borough – consolidating all our activities in one place, catalysing a borough-wide engagement with arts and carnival, and building a locally-rooted, internationally connected, resilient and sustainable arts organisation”.

“We will create accessible new spaces in which audiences and participants will mix with most dynamic artists and ideas from around the globe, to learn, imagine, create, grow, and share breath-taking carnival arts here on the edge of the Pennine hills.”


On Friday 19th October, ‘Elvis’ will enter the building, as Elvis impersonator, Robert Morris, offers an exciting tribute to the king. 

An impressive repertoire of ground breaking Rock-n-roll hits, Movie songs and multi-million selling number one hits from yesteryear will be convincingly delivered live in a true Elvis style that’s sure to have you dancing and shaking those hips in the isles!

This promises to be a fantastic fun night of pure breathtaking entertainment with all proceeds going to help fund the vital services that the volunteer members of Blood Bikes Manchester provide to the community.

This fundraising event will be hosted at the Denton West Club, Grosvenor Street, Denton M34 3WN


Tickets are £5 and are available by contacting:


You can also book your tickets behind the bar at the Denton West Club.

Alternatively you can speak to one of our volunteers at one of our events or pay on the door.

So, make a date to listen to ‘The King’ at the ‘Night of Elvis’ on Friday 19th October from 7.30pm with show starting at 8pm – but hurry as numbers are limited!

Paul Redfern, speaking on behalf of the Blood Bikes Manchester volunteers said, “We held this show 2 years ago and made £500 at a different venue, and hopefully we are aiming to do this again or even increase it!”  




As the annual Gee Cross summer Fete approaches, we thought a quick up-date was needed so you can organise your diaries.

There’s nothing nicer on a summer’s day than to attend a traditional village fete, and the Gee Cross fete is one of the best, drawing hundreds of locals and visitors alike to Sam Redfern Green, for what has become the village’s biggest day of the year.

The popular fete, organised by members of Hyde Rotary and Willow Wood Hospice, raises crucial funds for both Willow Wood Hospice and the Rotary Club of Hyde; to enable them to carry out their local charity work and vital community service.

The fete, which is always well attended, will be packed full of activities and entertainment for all tastes and ages, and this year it will be particularly special as it’s the 25th anniversary of the Gee Cross village fete.

As always, it’s held on the Sam Redfern Green and opens at 11am on Sunday 1 July 2018 with a church service. The entry fee has once more been retained at £3 for adults and accompanied children are free, which represents great value for a really great family day out.

Circus Sensible are old favourites at the Fete, and they’ll once again be delighting the crowds inside the Marquee. DJ Jake Kelly will ensure that the atmosphere never flags and Roscoe McCabe and the Freedom Singers will also be keeping the audience entertained.

There’s a great mix of singing and dancing in the main outside arena, with the Dance Gallery, Freedom Dancers, Stockport Rock Choir, BomBomb Fitness and Base Performing Arts, guaranteeing a mix that won’t fail to entertain. Presenters from Tameside Radio will be completing the programme with a musical mix of summer hits and old favourites.

In addition, there are craft stalls, tombola’s, raffles, classic cars, children’s rides and much more. Refreshments will be available all day, including a licenced bar. It really is a great day out for all the family.

And if you need another reason to visit the Gee Cross fete, remember that all proceeds will be divided equally between Hyde Rotary and Willow Wood, so you know that you’ll be supporting two great organisations that in turn, support your local community.



While millions of people around the world were watching Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle on Saturday, shoppers in Hyde Town Centre were treated ‘royally’ to a musical event, showcasing the musical talents of students from Hyde’s Community College.

As the music rang out across the market square there developed a fabulous community spirit as people gathered in the sunshine to appreciate the young singers and musicians who enthusiastically put on a ‘market square’ show that covered a wide variety of genres.

The musical event was organised by volunteers from the Hyde Town Team, in conjunction with Teachers and Students from Hyde Community College and Tameside Markets Managers

Deputy Headteacher, Paul Thompson said, “Last year, the response from residents, shoppers and visitors was great, and the atmosphere brilliant, so we wanted to put this on again; …and we were not disappointed!”

Head of Music at the college, Mr Stephen Anthony, said, ““Playing live is one of the things our students have always loved; it’s such a wonderful experience. It’s a time when musicians and singers get to connect with people, and we are grateful to the Hyde Town Team for their invaluable time and effort they put in to make our annual musical event happen.”


Hyde Town Team is a totally independent group of volunteers who are dedicated to creating vibrant, sustainable events that capture the imagination of the visiting public and boost the appeal and encourage more shoppers to visit Hyde’s Town Centre.

Harvey Beeley, a member of the Town Team said, “The team try to provide innovative and exciting trading environments for traders and stimulating events for the visiting public, blending retail opportunities with fun, ‘education’, entertainment and originality. That’s why our next ‘market square’ event will be a ‘Retail Event’ which is scheduled to take place on Saturday the 23rd June 2018. The event will consist of a number of conventional ‘High Street’ names breaking with tradition by taking their offerings to the shopping public.”


With just few days to go until the Royal Wedding, students from Hyde Community College are asking the people of Hyde to celebrate the big day by joining in with their ‘Royal Wedding Music Party’ on Hyde’s Market Square.

As millions of people from all around the world tune in to watch the pomp and pageantry of the Royal Wedding, a talented group of music students from Hyde Community College will be getting the party started in their own inimitable way.

Running from 11.00am till 1.00pm on Saturday 19th May the lunchtime celebratory concert promises to bring an outstanding musical performance to Hyde shoppers by introducing local student soloists, duo’s, rock bands and ensembles and will feature several singers and instrumentalists, including Brass, Strings and Electric Guitars & Drums from the college music department, giving them a great opportunity to experience the thrill of ‘live performance’.

Head of Music at the college, Mr Stephen Anthony, said, ““Playing live is one of the things students have always loved; it’s such a wonderful experience. It’s a time when musicians and singers get to connect with people. Yes, it’s a great experience to work in a studio and music workshops where they try to create, but where you actually get to perform in front of an audience; it’s one of the most rewarding experiences that live performers hold above everything else, and that’s why we are so grateful to the Town Team volunteers and Hyde’s Market Managers for giving our music students the opportunity to learn more about this vital aspect of the music industry.”

Deputy Headteacher, Paul Thompson said, “Our annual outdoor music performances have proved to be a great way to showcase our students’ talents, build their confidence, and bring our community together. Saturday the 19th May is going to be a fun-filled event that always appeals to our students, their supporting families, friends and shoppers alike; and to perform on a day of national celebration is truly fantastic!”

*All funds raised on the day, are being donated to the Elliott Fernandez charity appeal. Elliott was a former student who lost his brave battle with Rhabdomyosarcoma retroperitoneal, which is a form of soft tissue cancer very rarely found in teenagers. 


Jubacana is a young people-led music and performance outfit, which takes inspiration from the rhythms of Brazil, Africa and South-Asia, but with a UK twist.

Now, thanks to a £25,000 grant from Youth Music, the project will be able to involve even more youngsters. Plans are already afoot to put on a number of performances in Oldham and beyond, to work with international artists and even to make a professional recording of their unique global sound.

Established in Manchester in 2014, Jubacana made the move to Oldham last year. The group has already played at high profile events including RHS Tatton Flower Show, Manchester Day, Liverpool and Manchester Pride, Festival Oldham and the Celebrate Festival.

Holly Prest, who grew up in Greenfield, is director of Jubacana. She said: “I took part in out-of-school music activities all through my teenage years and it has made me who I am. I made friends for life from communities I otherwise wouldn’t have mixed with, grew in confidence and eventually learned the leadership skills to run projects of my own.

“Jubacana is about sharing and taking pleasure in dancing and making music as a group. It is also very much about giving every member memorable experiences and life skills.

“This grant will enable us to expand our reach throughout Oldham, mentoring young musicians and future leaders to help give them the best possible chance in life. We are seeking young people with no experience to learn brand new skills, as well as those with experience of South Asian percussion instrument playing.”

18-year-old Shariq Ali Ashraf, (Pictured above) an A-Level student from Chadderton, has been performing with the group for two years. He said: “Jubacana is different to everything else I’ve ever done.

“It gives me loads of creative freedom and has introduced me to lots of new musical styles – both through the music we play together and sharing music with new friends I have made.

“I would recommend it to everyone. You don’t need to be able to play an instrument, just to have a love of music and to want to do something different”.

From this month, the group will be running taster workshops in schools and youth groups around Oldham. There will be a summer school in August and partnership plan is already in place with a young people’s percussion groups from Glasgow and Brazil. A programme of guest tutors has been put together, to bring additional skills and experience to the group.

Young people aged 8-18 are invited to join Jubacana. No experience is necessary and you don’t have to have your own instrument. The group is also looking for singers, songwriters, other instrumentalists and dancers of every kind.

They meet every Friday from 6-7.30pm at The Old Museum on Greaves Street.

For more information, you can contact  or visit their Facebook page at


Sunday 20th May, will see hundreds of local Hyde parishioners taking part in the traditional Whitsuntide ‘Procession of Witness’, a tradition which dates back more than 200 years, to unite local communities.

Accompanied by The Deputy Mayor of Tameside, the Clergy and parishioners from Flowery Field Church, Rosemount Trinity Methodist Church and St Mary’s Church, Newton, will march to the traditional sounds of the Tintwistle Brass Band, in a colourful procession in celebration of their faith.

They will set off at 2.30pm from Old Road, turning up Lodge Lane into Hyde Park entrance where organist, Michael Holmes will be playing the music for a United Service at the Bandstand at 3.00pm.

Music Students from Hyde Community College will be putting on the style, on Saturday 19th May, 2018, when they tune-up for a outdoor musical performance on Hyde’s Market Square in celebration of ‘The Royal Wedding’

For years, music classes have been the ‘poor relation’ when it comes to school curriculums; typically, they’re the last courses to be added, and the first courses to be cut. But not at Hyde Community College!

As a forward looking collage; the Senior Management Team has recognised the positives that ‘music’ can bring to the overall academic standards of the school, as well as greatly enhancing individual students’ understanding and achievement in non-musical subjects.

The students will open up their Musical tributes with 10 different acts at 11.00am and with one interval will close their show at 1.00pm.

Mark the date in your diary Saturday 19th May and let’s all make a point of giving them a warm Hyde Community welcome.