Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Music Matters

Hyde Rotary’s New Year will get off on the right note when they raise the curtain on an event featuring live music from ‘The Prohibition Swing Club’ – who’ll be playing swing music from the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s in the nostalgic style of a western swing band, and by contrast, ‘The Ragin Cajuns’ will perform the authentic, emblematic Cajun music born in the deep south of Louisiana!

The Ragin Cajun’s







This fabulous afternoon and early evening concert of musicianship, dance and food, will be hosted on Sunday 25th February between 3.00pm until early evening at The Oakland’s Hall, Beech View, Hyde, where they guarantee you an afternoon to remember, especially if you like to dance or listen to live music, and appreciate real quality showmanship.

Tickets are priced at £10.00 (no concessions) or £90.00 for a table of ten.

This is going to be a very popular event and Hyde Rotary would suggest you book your tickets in advance by calling our sponsors: Nemo Motors Hyde 07786631947 or collect your tickets from Paper Tulips on Market Street in Hyde.

All profits from the event will go to: ‘The Winnie Mambaso Foundation’ based in South Africa.

To see on of the bands who’ll be performing on the day, click on the YouTube link.


We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our contributors, advertisers and every one of our readers a very merry Christmas, and a peaceful and prosperous New Year! 

Thank you all for another wonderful year and for maintaining your loyalty to Local Community Matters; making us Tameside’s most popular free to access, daily up-dated, community news site.

We have always believed it’s the good news and success stories that emanate from within our great communities that makes us so special and sets us aside from the rest, so we really wanted to wish everyone out there all the joy, peace, great memories and a successful New Year.

To date we’ve been read by over 500,000 total visitors, so it’s been quite a busy year for us, consequently we’ll be taking things a little bit easier over the next few days, but don’t worry, we’re already planning for 2018 which is on-target to being our biggest year since we took our local community news project online.

We’d also like to say a special festive thank you to everyone who supports the site. Our team of regular reporters, people who send us their community stories, users who spread the word and of course everyone who uses the site.

In the coming year we look forward to reaching and publishing many more ‘successful milestones’ with you.

Thank you and Merry Christmas!

From all at Local Community Matters

With the festive period edging nearer and nearer, the pantomime season is in full swing and a special performance of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ are coming to Romiley. 

JB Productions will be bringing the popular classic to The Forum Theatre on Compstall Road, starting tomorrow (Friday).

The performances will be taking place on:

Friday 15th December – 7.15pm
Saturday 16th December – 7.15pm
Sunday 17th December – 4.30pm
Thursday 21st December – 7.15pm
Saturday 22nd December – 7.15pm

The traditional with a fun filled version of the cherished fairy tale Snow White is performed in the very best of British tradition – a fabulously funny family pantomime – suitable for ages!

Tickets are £10.95 for adults and £5.95 for children. To book, call 07979 788760.


Hyde Chapel, Knott Lane, Gee Cross are hosting their TREE FESTIVAL this coming weekend.

Come along, make new friends and show your support for the different community groups that have worked so hard to create this beautiful festive event.

Opening times are:

Fri 15th Dec 1.00 to 5.00

Sat 16th Dec 10.00 to 4.00

Sun 17th Dec 10.00 to 12.00

The theme is ‘Our Community’ and various organisations will be placing decorated trees.

Hazel Hopper, speaking about the event said, “We are delighted that so many groups are coming together to celebrate with us at this wonderful time of year, and shows the goodwill, vitality and diversity of the people who serve the people our neighbourhood.

There will also be a super raffle, gift stall and cake stall.

Admission £1 adults, children free.

Everyone is welcome to join us at any time and also accept their ‘open invitation’ to join them at their the Carol Service at 2.30 Sunday 17th Dec with the Denton Band.

The lights are being dimmed and stage is being set for a spellbinding evening of musical delight at Hyde Community College, as a number of the extremely talented and musically gifted students prepare to perform at their Winter Concert, on Thursday (7th December).

The annual show – will showcase a range of talent from across the school, including musical ensembles and solo performances.

The show starts at 6.00pm, and will feature a rich array of musical talent and a variety of acts by individuals and groups.

Refreshments will be available and you can pay on the night – £1.00 per head.

The show will finish at approximately 7.30pm.

As always, there’s something for everyone and the school look forward to extending the warmest of welcomes to parents, students, visitors and members of the community.

Stephen Anthony, Head of Music at Hyde Community College said: “This seasonal concert is a great chance for the whole school and community to come together and share in what promises to be a great evening of musical entertainment.”

Get there early! The auditorium can seat 150 so don’t delay!


After 4 months of careful planning, the Hyde Community Events team are all getting rather excited at the prospect of staging the Hyde Spectacular Christmas Lights Switch-on.

This year’s event, which coincides with the Christmas themed Artisan Market, on Saturday 25th November, will be a full day of fun family entertainment which will feature over 15 variety acts that will perform throughout the day from the centrally located, high visibility stage area.

Tameside Radio 103.6 will also be doing an outside broadcast from the event on the Mark Andrews show that goes out 10.00am till 2.00pm with the radio stations popular professional and excellent presenter Louise Croombs  live on-stage from 2.00pm till 5.00pm to compère the event, with the popular, charismatic local celebrity Justin Moorhouse; stand-up comedian, radio DJ and actor, switching-on the lights under the watchful eye of the Civic Mayor at 4.00pm till 4.15pm followed by the arrival of that fine old gentleman – Father Christmas!

To add to the impact of what promises to be a spectacular day of Christmas Shopping from a large number of craft & artisan producers, there will also be a grand raffle with profits carried forward to fund future events planned for 2018; and a  number of small fairground rides, hot street-food, Tweed’s licensed bar, a mouth-watering hog roast, as well as burgers, hot-dogs etc’ and Santa’s Grotto situated in the inside market

The Hyde Community Events Team, which comprise principally of volunteer members of Hyde Town Team & Hyde Town Council; namely Cllr Kinsey, Clare Rowbottom, Joanne Rowbottom, Andrew Richardson, Karen Dorney, Cllr Betty Affleck and Hyde Rotary’s Kevin Maddox, have worked tirelessly to deliver this new switch-on event and stated: “We couldn’t be more pleased that this entire Christmas Lights programme has been so enthusiastically welcomed and supported by so many of the town’s retail community and also that Justin Moorhouse accepted the invitation from us to help get Christmas Switch-on party started in Hyde. The event is set to be the biggest and best Christmas lights switch-on event we’ve had in the town for many years and to have such local support and a popular TV personality doing the honours will be fantastic.”

Speaking on behalf of the Town Team, Julia Harrison said, “It’s great to see so many organisations and local businesses come together to bring the Christmas lights switch-on event together, and judging by the town’s building atmosphere, it’s going to be a fantastic day out for all the Hyde community.

Karen Dorney, who organizes the town’s monthly Artisan Markets concluded by saying,” We want as many people as possible to enjoy a unique experience that will be memorable for visitors, residents and regular local shoppers alike; hopefully creating great family fun images to be shared in the press and on social media that will continue to keep raising Hyde’s retail profile right across the borough.”


10.20-10.40 ROSCOE McCABE
10.40-10.50 ARTSync
11.30-12.00 BLAZE CHEER
12.00-12.20 LATITIA GRAY
12.50-13.00 ARTSync
13.50-14.00 BREAK
14.00-14.30 SPINDRIFT
14.40-14.50 ARTSync
14.50-15.10 DANCE GALLERY


Throughout the Christmas Artisan themed Market and Switch-on event the Hyde community events team will be on site – all be wearing florescent jackets and lanyards. There will also be a number of stewards on duty.

Hyde might well be a small Tameside town, but this year it will be bursting with big Christmas charm.





Following months of planning and auditions via YouTube, Hyde Rotary Club, held their ‘Search for a Star’ competition last Friday night at Oakland’s Hall.

Eleven Contestants, who travelled from towns throughout the North West to enter this prestigious competition, took to the stage in the hope of becoming the next big singing sensation.

Organisers booked the judges Barbara Dignan from Oldham Community Radio, Katie Stelfox Singer and artist agent and the nights sponsor Vicky Gaunt, who provided the three trophies and cash prize of £100.00.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        After two hours of non-stop entertainment, brilliantly compèred by the debonair ‘James Bond’ look-a- like Andrew Richardson, the judges added their own personal critique after each performance and the scores were adjudicated.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The standards were very high, but at the end of the show the winner was Mottram based Roscoe McCabe, in second place was the very talented Letitia Gray from Moston, and in third place was Stacy Southward from Gee Cross.

The winners will now be invited to sing at the Hyde Christmas Light Switch on event that is being held on Saturday 25th November in the market square.

Following the evening’s entertainment, ‘Search for a Star’ – organiser Kevin Maddox said, “It was a great privilege to help organise this event, especially with all the monies raised going to my chosen charity, The Christie. It took a lot of time and effort with Katie and I screening all contestants’ videos over a two month period before eventually choosing our final ‘Search for a Star’ line up.”

We will be presenting our cheque to The Christie for £523.00 that was raised on the night from entrance fee and the raffle.

Lovers of musicals are in for a treat as Willow Wood volunteer Mike Styan has once again organised the eagerly-awaited ‘Enchanted Evening’ at Stalybridge Methodist Church.

The show, on Friday 29 September features leading lights from the local Amateur Operatic scene, including Amy Turner, Sarah Thewlis, Samuel Maurice, Craig Wright and David Noble, who between them will be performing some of the best loved songs from musical theatre.

This will be the fourteenth show Mike has organised – a testament to its popularity.  The ticket price has been maintained at just £7 yet again, and Mike said “I’ve still got a small number of tickets left so if you’re interested in attending please ring me on: 07751 272763 to book, as there may not be any left on the door”.


As we head towards the end of summer; with increasingly dark evenings closing in, there is one exciting new event to look forward to – and it’s not just another ‘karaoke’ competition!

With only two weeks to go before Hyde Rotary Club put on their grand charity ‘Search for a Star’ performance, the club’s Kevin Maddox has announced that the contestant line up still continues to grow with the addition of many high quality acts, singers and songwriters – with several travelling from towns right across the North West to compete in this prominent event.

“Hosted at the prestigious Oaklands Hall, in Godley, Hyde, the compère for the evening will be local DJ & MC Mr Andrew Richardson and leading the panel of expert judges, will be celebrity judge Buzz Hawkins, of ‘The Bradshaws’ fame, Barbara Dignan, from Oldham Community Radio,  Singer Songwriter, Katie Stelfox and the event sponsor, Vicky Gaunt.

Tickets are reasonably priced at £5.00 per head with all profits from the night being donated to The Christie, a charity close to all our hearts.”

Advance tickets can be purchased from: Oaklands Hall through Matteo or Margaret Sassanelli on: 0161 367 7770 or from Karen Dorney at Paper Tulips, Market Street, Hyde on: 0161 637 5253

Kevin added his sincere thanks to Tameside Radio who have been ‘plugging’ the charity event and a special thanks to radio presenter Louise Croombs, who will be giving away two tickets on Weds 20th Sept on her show between 7.00am till 11.00am

With all contestants having been vetted using YouTube videos; the night promises to showcase a fantastic artistic line up in an intense competition which will feature top performers. The artist line up to date includes: Teah Brown, Alana Rose, Georgia Ridehalgh, Rosco McCabe, Scott Binns, Porteya Maloney,  Dario, Paul Aldred, Stacy Southward, Kyle, Ebony,  Mauritzo,  and  Jasmin, to name but a few.
                                                                                                                   Kevin speaking on behalf of Hyde Rotary Club said, “We would like to thank our sponsor Aidan Gaunt, Family and agent Katie Stelfox for helping to put this programme together.  All we need now is the support of the people of Tameside. So please, book your tickets today; invite your friends, family and neighbours and support our last event before we embark on our annual tour of the area with the Rotary Club Christmas sleigh.”


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