Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Town Events

Hyde United FC is a long established football club built on uniquely strong local community bonds, which has, since it became community owned, introduced many excellent family friendly and local school sports initiatives as well as delivering educational opportunities via their academy system.

Kicking off at 3.00pm this Saturday, (20th January 2019) Hyde United FC will be home to Witton Albion FC in what promises to be a really close game of football, the Directors of the club are pleased to announce that Admission for kids will once again be free, when accompanied by an adult!

Please come along and enjoy a day of live football at Ewen Fields.


PARENTS attending with KIDS : £5.00

Come along to the concessions turnstile, give your name and the school your child attends.


If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to get fit, Willow Wood’s Back to the Fitness on Sunday 3 February is a great way to kick start your new regime.

Held at Astley Sports Village, so you’ll have no problems in parking, Back to the Fitness is two challenges in one day.  First up is the 80s themed Zumbathon, so dig out those leg warmers.  Fluorescent head and wrist bands are included in the price ensuring you’ll all look the part as you show off your best moves.  It’s a great aerobic workout and burns up to 600 calories per hour, so the routine will really help you shape up for Spring.

Continuing through the decades there’s a 90s Clubberthon challenge in the afternoon with all your favourites club classics.  Glow sticks are included and it’ll be a real high energy workout.

If you really want to look the part, you can order a limited edition T shirt like our lovely fundraising assistant Charlotte is wearing.  You’ll have to be quick though, we’ve only got 250 of them.

Both the challenges are two hours long with a fee of £6 each.  If you’re fit enough to handle two, they’re discounted to just £10 for both the 80s Zumbathon and the 90s Clubberthon.

These fun and fantastic events are fundraisers for Willow Wood; the entry fee just covers the cost of the day and we’re relying on your support to help us continue our loving care for the people of Tameside and Glossop.

If you don’t feel you could raise much in sponsorship, why not take one of our fundraising cards?  They’re a really easy way to raise funds for us and with a cash prize to the winner, friends and colleagues can easily be persuaded to hand over £2 each.  As a special thank you for taking part, we’re offering a refund of the entry fee to everyone who raises £100 or more.

It’s really easy to sign up.  Just go to our website, to find out more, and to register online, quickly, easily and securely. 


If you are an existing trader looking for great opportunities or a new business looking for your first location, then Glossop Indoor Market offers you a great opportunity to trade in a great, long established and traditional location.  

What’s more, with both the indoor trading hall and outdoor stalls undergoing refurbishment, there’s no better time to lease one of the currently available stalls.

The current business scheme in Glossop’s Indoor Market provides support to new start-up traders who are looking to start their business in the area. This initiative is to encourage new traders offering currently under-represented products.

The indoor market now benefits from a busy, intimate atmosphere, where there is everything you could ever need; all served by very friendly stall owners selling excellent produce.

Over the years, the small Derbyshire market town of Glossop has an impressive start-up record. Many who chose to start their businesses by taking advantage of a stall within the towns Indoor Market, used the Indoor Market as a starting point before moving on to larger premises on the high street.

Currently, there are a range of stalls available, including non-food retail, food retail and other units. 

These vary in size from 60 (sqft) to 170 (sqft) with rents available from £160 per month to £260 per month, with no Legal fees and flexible monthly payment plans and Agreements.

Glossop Indoor Market, is a fine example of a typically British market where local retailers have come together in a space to offer a unique shopping experience for even the most hard to please. From Fine Art original artwork to Coffee and Cakes, Fresh and Processed Meats to Bakery and Retro-Sweets; Printed Clothing and Confectionary and a wide range of British and Continental Cheeses; there’s bound to be something to satisfy the most discerning shopper.

That’s what makes Glossop Market the ideal place to begin entrepreneurial journeys.

For further information: email

There’s no doubt that people of all ages who volunteer, provide their time and efforts for a wide variety of reasons. For some its pure altruism, others for social contact, personal interests, and emotional needs. But whichever the reason the primary motivation is that volunteers want to help others.

The Helping Hand Charity shop based in Hyde, offers a variety of opportunities for volunteering. There you will be helping a lot of people whilst also gaining new skills, meeting new people and having the satisfaction of knowing you are making a difference.

If you would like to work in a relaxed and friendly shop along with other volunteer friends, then The Helping Hand Methodist Church Charity Shop could be the answer!

They are open from10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday. And there’s Free Tea & Coffee, (bring your own biscuits).

The shop offers a relaxed, friendly social work place, where what you do makes a difference. They’ll provide all the training you may need and there are no performance targets

The Charity is committed to providing donated goods at the lowest price possible to those most in need from our communities. In fact the average cost of every item sold since January 2013, has been only £1.31!

If you are interested in offering a Helping Hand, please contact: Harvey Beeley. Mobile: 07841-614646

You can also e-mail: or just call in for a chat with one of the volunteers.

You can find The Helping Hand Charity Shop, 57 Market Street, Hyde. SK14 2AB

MORE than 700 people previously sleeping rough in Greater Manchester have been helped into warm, safe and supported accommodation since November, thanks to the ground-breaking A Bed Every Night scheme.

Greater Manchester is the only region in the United Kingdom pledging this level of support this winter for those sleeping on the streets. A Bed Every Night is a concerted and co-ordinated drive across all 10 boroughs to accommodate every individual who wants and needs to come indoors.

Since A Bed Every Night accommodation opened across Greater Manchester at the start of November last year, 707 people have accessed services with 183 people indoors on the first Sunday night of 2019.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester said: “The fact that more than 700 people have been assisted into A Bed Every Night accommodation in a little over two months shows both the scale of the crisis we face but also the effectiveness of scheme.

“The numbers of people facing or experiencing rough sleeping in our city-region are simply unacceptable – it is a humanitarian crisis on our streets and something we have chosen to face full-on with A Bed Every Night.

“I want to pay particular tribute to all the organisations, staff and volunteers in the teams across all boroughs of our city-region who are working every single day and night to deliver on the ground. Without this level of commitment an ambitious campaign such as A Bed Every Night would simply not succeed – the people of Greater Manchester care for each other, as our progress here demonstrates.”

In addition to the 707 former rough sleepers helped indoors, the scheme is designed to act as a springboard for people into more secure and long-term supported accommodation. A Bed Every Night is the intended first step for many on a journey to a life permanently off the streets, and since its introduction 154 people have been assisted through the scheme and into their own living arrangements.

The number of beds available through A Bed Every Night and the variety of support on offer continues to grow. In Crumpsall a former children’s home has been repurposed with 30 spaces available in single and shared rooms.

Residents also have access to shared communal spaces and a kitchen where, alongside staff, they are encouraged to develop cookery skills and help feed others living in the building.

A Bed Every Night runs until the end of March. The public and business can continue to support by donating to the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s Charity via Monies raised through the Charity will be directed towards A Bed Every Night until the campaign’s end.

A supporter of homelessness charity Emmaus Mossley, has set a New Year goal of running the London Marathon in 2019 to raise funds for Emmaus.

Jennifer Gregory, aged 35 and from Mossley, is one of five fundraisers who will take part in the 2019 London Marathon in support of Emmaus UK. Jennifer, a member of the Greenfield Greyhounds Running Club, applied to take part for Emmaus because of her own experience of the charity.

Jennifer said: “As a person who lives in Mossley and is quite active in the community, I see how much good is done by Emmaus. The companions at Emmaus make it such a warm and welcoming environment, they also can be seen at events in our wider area and are actively involved in community projects.

“I spend a lot of time in Emmaus with my family and it’s a great place to go with young children that is affordable and fun! It’s a pleasure to try and help Emmaus to continue to help people in need. I want to try and raise as much as possible. If I can help to make sure someone is able to access a home and a purpose, and also welcome them into this community, then it’s going to be worth all the hard hours training.”

Emmaus Mossley supports 26 formerly homeless people (known as companions of Emmaus) by providing them with a home and work in a community setting. The charity is one of 29 Emmaus communities across the UK, supporting more than 800 people who have experienced homelessness.

Alison Hill, Director of Emmaus Mossley, said: “We are extremely appreciative of all our supporters, but Jennifer is definitely going the extra mile (or 26) to raise awareness and funds for Emmaus.

“It’s great to hear that Jennifer was inspired by her visits to Emmaus Mossley and the contributions made by our companions. We all wish her the best of luck for her training over the coming months and the London Marathon next April.”

If you would like to learn more about Jennifer’s fundraiser and donate, visit

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 at Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley OL5 9AH.


Last year, Willow Wood ran a very successful challenge where we asked local businesses to compete against each other to see who could be the most successful fundraiser.  In this, their twentieth anniversary year, they’re opening up the challenge to everyone in our community and expect to get many different teams and individuals joining the 20/20 Challenge.

Willow Wood’s event organiser, Elaine McConnell, explained, “We’ll be handing out two £20 notes on Friday 1 February, and we’re asking you to use your imagination and invest this to raise as much as you can for the Hospice over the next three months.   You could organise an afternoon tea at your church or social group; reinvest the profits and hold a family fun day.

Or how about sponsoring your boss to sit in a bath of custard or baked beans – that could be a very popular fun fundraiser!

Office Olympics, chest waxing, sponsored bike ride, car wash, quizzes, concerts, there are no end of ideas, and we’re really looking forward to seeing what you can come up with.  Willow Wood can help by publicising your event on social media, and we’ll be able to provide sponsor forms, posters or raffle tickets should you need them.  There’ll also be a league table on our website, so you can keep up-to-date with what the competition is doing.

Last year’s winner of the business challenge was Kathryn Orange of the TFL Group, who raised £1,000.  She was very proud to receive her trophy from Elaine McConnell, who said, “Our sincere thanks to Kathryn, and to all the other companies who accepted the challenge in 2018.  They not only had fun, but found that taking part was great for staff morale.  Knowing that they were raising money for a local charity really motivated them to work together and all the businesses are very interested in taking part again – proof of how valuable they found the experience.’

It’s easy to sign up.  Just go to and you can register online.  Of course, you can join in with the 20/20 Challenge at any time before the end of April, but the sooner you start, the more funds you can raise.

As Elaine said; “If you have any queries at all, I’m always available for advice or help.  Just contact me on 0161 330 7788 or  I’m really looking forward to the start, there must be so many talented business brains in our community who will relish this fundraising challenge.”


It’s good news for one winner in postcode SK13 6JB in Glossop.

Their postcode got lucky in The People’s Postcode draw and they’ll soon be starting their New Year with a bang when they collect a thrilling £30,000 cheque in the Sunday Street Prize on Sunday 6th January 2019.

Congratulations to Glossop’s lucky winner!

People’s Postcode Lottery recently reached the landmark of having supported over 5,500 grassroots good causes around Great Britain, all thanks to the nation’s wonderful players.

Remember, 32% of the ticket price goes to charities and good causes.


Students from Denton Community College were invited to accompany members of the Denton Town Twinning Association to Denton’s twin town of Montigny le Bretonneux on Friday 9th November 2018.

The visit to commemorate the centenary of the end of the first world war ‘Le Centinaire de la Grande Guerre’ also involved representatives from Kierspe, Germany and Marostica, Italy.

The town of Montigny had been given the great honour of collecting the flame from the grave of the ‘Unknown Soldier’ in Paris and returning with this as part of a number of commemorative Armistice events.

Denton Community College Headteacher, Greg Rule, explained, “Students accompanied representatives from the town to the Arc de Triomphe to collect the flame on Saturday 10th November. Upon returning to the town hall at Montigny, student Tilly Arkinstall spoke to over 300 people (in French) about her Great Grandfather’s experiences in the trenches at the Battle of the Somme.”

On Armistice Day the students were part of the parade through Montigny le Bretonneux and laid a wreath at the town cenotaph on behalf of the people of Denton.

Willow Wood’s two ‘Light Up A Life’ dedication services have now taken place and, as always, were both uplifting and emotional as hundreds gathered to remember loved ones.

For the first time this year the Book of Memories has been available online, and many in our community have left messages of love and remembrance.   The Book will remain open for the rest of this year and throughout 2019 so that dedications can be revisited at other special times, such as birthdays and anniversaries.

We know that this will bring comfort to many: indeed, by leaving the Book open dedications can be made at significant dates throughout the year.  It’s also good to know that as you remember your loved ones, you are at the same time helping those who need our care.  A £10 gift will pay for a patient’s meals for one day, £25 will pay for an hour of complementary therapy and £50 would gift a full half hour of nursing care in our in-patient unit.  What a wonderful way to honour that unique and special person.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped and supported ‘Light Up A Life’ this year, and we invite you to view your dedications by visiting .

Diners at the Amaani restaurant, during a recent ‘Foods around the World’

So, as we say farewell to 2018, the invariably cold month of January always seems a dark and dismal time after the parties and celebrations of New Year.  That’s why it’s good to have something different to look forward to, and Willow Wood’s latest FOODS AROUND THE WORLD – IN TAMESIDE & GLOSSOP which takes place on 30 January 2019, certainly fits the bill.

For the latest stop on our culinary cruise we’re visiting South Africa, with a very tasty meal at the Cask & Kitchen in Glossop.  There’ll be Biltong nibbles on arrival, skewers of Boerewars (spiced farmer’s sausage) and Pap (cornmeal with a tomato and onion sauce) as a starter and then a choice of Bobotie (fruity Cape Malay curry) or Oxtail Potijie (slow roasted Afrikaans stew).

Elaine McConnell, event organiser, said: “I do love organising the ‘Foods around the World’ trips.  They always have such a great atmosphere and this one should be really special.  Few of us have probably been to South Africa, so it’s an opportunity to sample their distinctive dishes, and at just £22 per person it’s a very affordable treat.”


If you’d like to be part of this gastronomic journey you can book online at, or contact the fundraising department on 0161 330 7788 or