Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Town Events

A fitness enthusiast has returned from the British National Taekwondo Championships with a silver medal.

Ikrah, who attends Canon Burrows Church of England Primary School in Ashton, placed second in her category at the prestigious event on Saturday, October 27.

After convincingly beating her opponents in the quarter-finals and semi-final, Ikrah narrowly missed out on the gold medal.

Following her success, the school released the following statement: “We are really proud of her achievements and pleased that she demonstrates our fantastic sporting values in her competitions.”

Such was the impact of Ikrah’s achievement; she was later invited to Tameside Mayor’s Parlour as a guest of Commonwealth Boxing Champion Stacey Copeland.

Stacey, who is currently out of action with an arm injury she picked up when winning the Commonwealth title, tweeted: “Thank you to the Civic Mayor of Tameside for inviting me to the Mayor’s Parlour to receive a certificate in recognition of winning the Commonwealth title, even more special to share it with my family and friends. It means a lot to have support from my home town, thank you!”

While out of action, Stacey has been a regular host on BBC Radio Manchester and even presented her own sporting feature on ITV Granada Reports.


Friends of Guide Bridge, Hattersley, Glossop and Hadfield Railway Stations jointly organised the remembrance of the end of World War One in a unique way.

SSAFA Tameside Divisional Secretary Daniel Millan a Royal Signal Veteran he re-enacted a WW1 Captain Millan with Private Chris Saxon and Private Daniel Leah, all three gentlemen wore authentic WW1 uniforms and were very realistic in their roles.

The Soldiers were welcomed at Guide Bridge Railway Station by Bill Pennington a member of the Woodend Heritage Railway Group and Friends of Guide Bridge Railway Station. Cllr David McNally said “These Soldiers reenactment was a good reminder of the sacrifices of so many for our today”. They were joined by Niall Williams of the Friends of Glossop who accompanied the Soldiers on all the Railway routes, first stop was Hattersley Railway Station where Mary Allen greeted them, Mary represented the Friends of Hattersley Railway Station. Local school children had painted the pebbles for the poppy paths. Mary is also a SSAFA Tameside Caseworker She joined the Soldiers on their next journey to Glossop Railway Station.

Crowds lined the Glossop Railway Station and cheered the Soldiers.

Members of the prestigious Chethams School of Music, who performed music from the period, their famous Musical Director John LeGrove mesmerized the audiences. Once more the three Soldiers travelled on train to their last stop Hadfield Railway Station. They marched smartly to the Hadfield Cenotaph where poet Paul Marsh recited poetry.

Daniel Millan said he was very humbled and honoured to have participated and thanked all the organisers for all their hard work at this unforgettable event. While Christina Howard SSAFA Tameside PR said everyone involved in this joint event had far exceeded beyond magnificent, the organisers had created a moving tribute to all who served in the Great War,


The phrase “old soldiers never die, they just fade away” comes from an old army ballad which was popular with British soldiers during World War I, but for one old Hyde soldier, Private 65538 – David Orford, of The Cheshire Regiment, who sadly lost his life during that awful conflict; the current residents at the house where he was born, will not let his memory simply fade away, and have erected a floral tribute to ensure that his sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Samantha Clayton takes up the story, “David was born in 1878 in our house 58 Oldham Street, Hyde SK14 1LL which adjoins our business Nemo Auto Ltd, which was established in 1974 the building was previously a Dairy, where his father, also called David, was a Dairyman with his own milk round.

Having learned of David’s history and the fact that our premises had been home to one of Hyde’s fallen heroes, we have made 710 poppies to represent the 710 men from Hyde who died in WW1 and displayed them on the front of our business, along with a beautiful metal soldier silhouette and the history of David Orford.

Over the last few days, we have been overwhelmed with the response from the Hyde Community and further afield after posting some pictures on our Facebook page.

Hyde Community Facebook now has it displayed as their main picture on their site, and we have received over 3000 likes and comments from people sharing, which is an amazing response!”

Samantha concluded,”we are so happy that people appreciate our tribute to David and the other fallen men of Hyde and have been overwhelmed at the amount of people who have been stopping to look and take photographs of our floral tribute.

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Hundreds of people dialled 999 over the weekend as Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service worked through one of their busiest periods of the year.

With calls peaking at one a minute at the height of the night GMFRS met the demands of Bonfire night with hundreds of firefighters working tirelessly to keep Greater Manchester safe.

The majority of the calls received were accidental fires, as stray rockets veered onto an unplanned route or overzealous parents built their bonfire slightly too high.

While firefighters worked hard to protect the communities they live in, unfortunately a minority of people launched attacks on them.

The worst attack came at 3.49pm, as crews were called to a fire on Sequoia Street, Manchester. On arrival firefighters were met by a group of youths who set upon them. While no injuries were sustained, a piece of wood hit an officer in the head.

Greater Manchester Police were called to help ensure firefighters could do their work at the small incident.

Jim Wallace, Chief Fire Officer, condemned the youths who created unnecessary incidents and attacked his members of staff on an already busy night and had a strong message for those who had turned on firefighters trying to keep communities safe.

Jim said: “Our message is clear: we won’t tolerate attacks on our firefighters of any description or of any nature. It is unacceptable behaviour and those responsible should be ashamed. Our firefighters do a fantastic job in often difficult circumstances and it is shameful that anyone would put them into unnecessarily dangerous situations.

“While thankfully this time no-one was hurt on this occasion, any minute spent at unnecessary incidents could stop us from saving someone’s life elsewhere.

“Thank you to everyone who went to an organised display and celebrated safely and to our firefighters who have once again done an incredible job in protecting the people of Greater Manchester. We never want to stop anyone enjoying themselves, we just want to make sure you’re safe.”

In the run up to November 5, traditionally the busiest night of the year for fire and rescue services, GMFRS campaigned for people to attend organised bonfires and fireworks displays with the vast majority heeding these warnings and enjoying the night.


The first mention of a public war memorial for Hollingworth was in March 1919 at a meeting of the General Purposes Committee of Hollingworth UDC. A War Memorial Committee was set up to raise money by public subscription to both provide a ‘Welcome Home Fund’ for returning veterans and a war memorial to those who had lost their lives.

A meeting in February 1926 resolved that the war memorial should be erected on Wedneshough Green, Hollingworth. The memorial was unveiled on Sunday 14 March 1926 in a ceremony led by Lieutenant Colonel Sir JP Rhodes, BART DSO. It was erected at a cost of approximately £350, the money raised entirely by public subscription, including house to house collections, donations and the proceeds of social events.

During 2018 Hollingworth War Memorial has benefit from a restoration grant in response to an application by The Friends of Hollingworth community group who received £26,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its village-wide ‘Lest We Forget’ project.

The project focused on the complete renovation and re-dedication of the War Memorial on Mottram Moor as well as a variety of community-led heritage activities to commemorate and remember the fallen soldiers of the village.

Marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, the inter-generational project will enable local people to come together to preserve and to pass on the memories and heritage of the people who lived through the First World War.

This Sunday; (11th November 2018) with Remembrance Sunday falling on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War – as the nation falls silent and the clocks strike 11am, it is envisaged that thousands of people will turn out across the region to commemorate Remembrance Sunday, to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women involved in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

Motiv8, a Greater Manchester programme to help people overcome barriers to get back on track, has won the ‘Care and Support Provider of the Year’ category at this year’s national, prestigious 24 Housing Awards for the work they do to support people across Greater Manchester.

Motiv8 supports some of the most vulnerable people in Greater Manchester to improve their health and well-being, self-confidence and employability skills and move them closer to employment.

The project is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund and supports people to overcome multiple, complex needs and move them closer to training and work.  The programme has already supported over 2,000 people to get back on track.

New Charter Homes, part of the newly formed Jigsaw Group, is leading the Motiv8 programme with support from four other Manchester Athena housing providers – Stockport Homes, ForViva, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group and Bolton at Home. Manchester Athena is a partnership of 15 social landlords across Greater Manchester, who work together to deliver employment and health programmes across the region.

The 24 Housing Awards were founded in 2013 with the aim of celebrating the very best that the housing sector has to offer and the Awards have become a celebration, reflection and recognition of the UK housing sector and its professionals whose job it is to provide a vital resource to some of the most vulnerable people in the country.

Kerrie Pryde, Assistant Director of Commercial Services for Jigsaw Group, said: “We were up against some strong competition at this prestigious event which was attended by over 500 UK housing professionals. We are absolutely thrilled that the work that we are doing has been recognised and follows success in the Housing Heroes Awards earlier this year. This is a very much a team effort with our partners delivering the service locally across Greater Manchester.  Our approach, through Motiv8, is a tailored, personal one that is adapted to suit the needs of our clients and it is very rewarding to see the difference we can make when people are supported to receive the help they need.”

To qualify for Motiv8 support you need to be aged 25 or over, live in Greater Manchester and have the right to remain and work in the UK. You must also not be involved with any other training or employment. You can either contact Motiv8 direct or be referred through an agency.  The programme encourages referrals from people who are under-represented in the labour-market such as ex-offenders, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups, ethnic minorities and migrant communities as well as people who have, for a variety of reasons, lost their way.

To find out more about Motiv8 and the eligibility criteria for the programme, please visit their website or call 0161 331 2048 or email  You can also follow them on Twitter @Motiv8GM.


Homelessness charity, Emmaus Mossley, is inviting supporters to a Vintage Christmas Market at their Second-hand Superstore this November.

The Vintage Christmas Market event, taking place on Saturday 17 November, will launch Emmaus’ Christmas display and include a range of festive stalls for all tastes and budgets. Available at the event will be a wide selection of vintage and retro decorations, secret Santa gifts, presents for under a fiver and lots of reusable Christmas trees.

Gary, one of the people who lives and works at Emmaus Mossley, said: “I am really looking forward to the Christmas event and seeing all the happy, smiling faces who visit us at this time of year.”

In addition to the Christmas-themed stalls, the Collectables Room will be open and Santa will be visiting Emmaus’ Second-hand Superstore from 2pm. To help get you in the Christmas spirit, Lucie’s café will serve lots of festive food and drinks throughout the day.

Hazel Hodkinson, Retail Manager at Emmaus Mossley, said: “This year we are keen to promote the idea of ‘a pre-loved Christmas’ – reusing perfectly good quality items instead of buying new ones. Whether you are looking to decorate your home, find unique presents at a great price or looking for additional dining chairs, Emmaus Mossley has the lot!”

Emmaus Mossley supports 26 formerly homeless people by providing them with a home and work in a community setting. The charity runs a social enterprise in Mossley, selling donated and upcycled furniture, household goods, clothes and vintage wares. All the proceeds from the Vintage Christmas Market will support the people who live and work at Emmaus.

The Vintage Christmas Market will take place on Saturday 17 November from 9am to 4:30pm at Emmaus Mossley, Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley OL5 9AH. Emmaus has limited space for external stall-holders but if you are interested in booking a stall please email

On the day Emmaus Mossley will also host a lantern making workshop at 1pm for the upcoming 12 Days of Mossley Christmas event. The workshop is free to attend and open to all ages but children must be accompanied by adults. Lantern makers will need to commit to taking part in the 12 Days of Mossley Christmas event on 24 November.

To find out more or support Emmaus Mossley head to If you would like to get involved or donate an item, please call 01457 838608 or visit the store.



Proud winners of the RISING STAR AWARD – in the recent Pride of Tameside Business Awards, Manager, Amy Booth and the staff at ABC Nursery in Hyde have been busy teaching and getting the children in their care involved to help them to understand what Remembrance Day is all about.

Amy explained, “At ABC Day Nursery we like to have outdoor adventures whatever the weather, so this year we went outside to learn about Remembrance Day.  We took a variety of art materials to a local woodland area, where we set about making our very own poppies.

We made beautiful plastic poppies by safely cutting a bottle in half, painting it red and then placing a small black dot in the middle before sealing the poppy to make it water proof. Then we hung the poppies on our nursery fence by the front door for all to see.

When we finished making our colourful creations, we gathered round to learn all about Remembrance Day and why it is a part of British heritage and culture. We read a poem called ‘Poppy, Poppy What Do You Say?’ by T’Prang to help us understand what the poppy represents.

Amy concluded, “ We had a lovely day learning all about Remembrance Day and we are looking forward to dressing the children in red on Friday 9th November”



Get down to Glossop’s Artisan Market this Saturday (10th November) where you’ll find an impressive array of individual stalls, brimming with a wide range of local and handmade crafts and products, which will help you to get your Christmas shopping started in style.

Open from 9.00am till 4.00pm with the emphasis on local quality and talent. Glossop’s Artisan Market regularly features some of the very finest artisan crafters and talented designers from around the region who will present visitors with a fabulous array of unusual; and sometimes ‘quirky’ – definitely distinctive and inspiring must have hand crafted items. Come and enjoy this pre-Christmas Artisan Market that will be packed to the rafters with lots of amazing Handmade Creations.

Situated adjacent to the iconic indoor Market Hall, right in the heart of the bustling town centre, you can taste the culinary delights, and talk directly to the very craftsmen and craftswomen that combine to make this small Artisan Market tick!

As many Glossop shoppers and visitors may remember, last year, the incredibly kind and generous people of Glossop donated what they could to help, the then 11-year-old Ollie, get to the F.E.W. Wado Kai European Karate Championships in Sardinia; where young Ollie did England and everyone proud by returning home with the silver medal.

In recognition of all his hard work and determination throughout the year resulted in Ollie getting selected to represent England twice, in both the All-Nations (Formally WORLD) championships and in the European Championships.

The All-Nations Championship is the pinnacle event for a Wado Kai Karateka. The competition took place in August, and Ollie felt incredibly proud and honoured to have the opportunity to lead the England squad out in the opening ceremony. He was also delighted that he managed to get to the quarter finals.

Next month, Ollie competes in the F.E.W. Wado Kai European Championships in Dublin and he is determined to represent his country, Glossop Wadokai Karate Club, and town with honour.

His hard work and training schedule are relentless, along with numerous build-up competitions leading up to this prestigious event.

So, once again Ollie is appealing for your help.

Please can you help to give him the best chance possible by supporting the ‘tombola’ at the Glossop Outdoor Market on Saturday.

For further information regarding the hidden gem which is Glossop Market, please contact: Colin Deeley on: 07794 768495 or email:

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At the awards ceremony, held at Dukinfield Town Hall, more than 300 people enjoyed a glittering ceremony which showcased the huge depth of talent, ingenuity and business enterprise that is expanding throughout the local business community.

Hosted by broadcaster Andy Crane the awards this year saw winners emerge from a wide spectrum of business segments which covered 24 categories.

Recognising just a few who have had outstanding business credentials and have been acknowledged as consistently going from strength to strength was:

YOUR TAX SHOP – Who were also honoured to be shortlisted for an impressive five awards in some strong categories amongst other talented and hardworking individuals. The company ended up winning the Corporate Social Responsibility award!

Yvonne Cookson, taking up the story said, “Our three boys, Danny, Josh and Kieran, were all nominated for Apprentice of the Year and we are so proud of them all to be shortlisted in such a competitive category. The awards were well underway, and it was time for Apprentice of the Year to be announced. Andy Crane explained that this category had been so hard to judge and announced that there would be two winners. We heard Danny’s name being announced as one of the winners and we were all overwhelmed with happiness and so proud

We are all so proud and honoured to have been shortlisted for the awards let alone winning two of them. It is so fantastic to be recognised for all our hard work and commitment, and it is encouraging to know that we are doing a fantastic job as a team.”

Having recently won 2 other prestigious awards at this year’s Iris Customer Awards (IRIS small firm of the year 2018 and Client Excellence firm of the year 2018) the 2 partners Yvonne Cookson and Fiona Heyes were also shortlisted for Practice Manager of the year and Accountant of the year.

Yvonne added, “Our new additions now have ‘pride of place’ on our office shelf!”

For more information call: Your Tax Shop on: 0161 339 5689



Local Law firm BROMLEYS was recognised by being crowned Professional Services Business of the Year at the ceremony.

The professional services business honour is the second accolade for Bromleys in consecutive years at the awards. In 2017, the firm won the corporate social responsibility prize.

Bromleys’ latest honour also follows its success at the 2018 Manchester Legal Awards, where it was named small law firm of the year.

During the past 12 months, the firm has also retained Investors in People Gold status and the Law Society’s Lexcel quality mark and Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditation.

Bromleys is a three-partner firm based in Ashton-under-Lyne which provides legal services to individuals, families and businesses across Tameside and Greater Manchester.

It has a 57-strong team which has been boosted by a series of key appointments to cater for a growing number of instructions.

Bromleys has also launched the Tameside Women in Business networking forum and has increased its sponsorship of Curzon Ashton FC for this season.

The judging panel said: “Bromleys Solicitors are consistent, excellent performers who have this year shown exceptional growth while achieving the Investors in People Gold award. They are a beacon of the borough.”

Bromleys’ senior partner Mark Hirst said: “It’s a real honour to be recognised for the excellence of our service in a highly-competitive field. This accolade acknowledges the expertise, dedication and commitment of our team to the business and wider Tameside communities.

“Awards such as this make everyone at Bromleys realise just how much their efforts are appreciated and how they make a difference for all of our clients. It is a real boost for everyone at the firm.”

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There was also more ‘Pride of Tameside’ success for MATTHEW ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS as once again they took the Export Business of the Year Award.

For the second year in succession, Hyde based Matthews Environmental Solutions has been voted Export Business of the Year by the Pride of Tameside Awards judges.

Despite record-breaking export achievements in 2017 the company has continued its worldwide success that has seen sales of its internationally renowned industrial waste incinerators, plus its pet cremators and human cremators expand to over 150 countries and across all seven continents.

From the protected icy climate of Antarctica to the heat of tropical deserts and from busy city locations to the most remote island outposts, Matthews Environmental Solutions has been stamping the name and the reputation of Hyde well and truly onto the global map.

The Judges highlighted that Matthews Environmental Solutions are an extremely impressive business with strong financial performance. Constantly innovating they now export worldwide, having vastly increased their recent growth with huge future growth potential.

Many of these installations are customised and bespoke designs that range from the small 60L/day sewage sludge incinerators that are protecting the delicate Antarctic environment, up to the colossal 5000kg/hr animal remains incinerator plant designed and engineered for the Holy Mina Waste Treatment Facility at Makkah in Saudi Arabia.

A delighted Elliott Jones, Business Development Manager, said,“We are proud of all our achievements, but especially proud of our export success at such a challenging time for international trade.”

For further information about why Matthews Environmental Solutions is the Pride of Tameside with a worldwide reputation, check out the company’s website: