Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Town Events

As the festive season rapidly approaches, nothing spells the start of the ‘Christmas Holidays’ more than Glossop’s fabulous Christmas Artisan Market and the town’s big Christmas Lights Switch-on.

The small and historic Derbyshire town of Glossop has held an Artisan & Craft Market for over 30years, and this year there’s no exception. Featuring a wide range of stalls this popular Christmas Market is the ideal place to find those perfect Christmas gifts, stocking fillers and delicious goodies for Christmas hampers and quirky personal gifts that you’ll not find in the High Street shops!
Considered by many to be one of the best towns for atmosphere, entertainment and fabulous bargains, Glossop’s Annual Artisan Christmas Market on Saturday 23rd of November which runs from 9.00am till 8.00pm 30 stalls entertainment and with a bar from 9am until 7pm. On top of that the indoor market will also be open until 7pm. and as usual it will coincide with the town’s Christmas lights switch on Norfolk Square, which is planned to start at 7.00pm. So, you can celebrate the town’s Christmas Light switch-on at the end of a fun filled day of festivities in and around the Market Square.

Over the years, Glossop’s Artisan & Craft Market signals a dazzling start to the town’s Christmas holiday event. And with the annual Christmas Light switch-on; one of the most exciting events held in the town centre, as well as a festive indoor market and food stalls.

On Saturday 23rd November, shoppers will be treated to an array of music throughout the day, while parents can treat the children and take ‘selfies’ at the markets ever popular Santa’s Grotto.
Adding to the festive atmosphere, throughout the day the Howard Town brewery will be running a full bar, offering a wide range of seasonal and traditional drinks and mulled wine; with the Artisan Market event culminating at 7.00pm with Christmas and festive songs from the 30 strong ‘League of Ladies’ WI Choir, who’ll be closing the annual event at 8.00p.

With over 30 stalls from local Businesses, Artisans, Crafters and makers offering hand-made gifts, rural crafts, festive décor, and local produce, cakes, pies, specialty local beers and ciders, gift bags and hampers – plus the added attraction of the town’s Christmas Lights switch-on, Glossop is the place to be!

This annual community Christmas event which typically attracts thousands of local residents and families is the ideal place for Glossop town people to spoil themselves and their loved ones with good food and great gifts, not to mention the Lights switch-on and a fantastic selection of entertainment and attractions on offer.

The Dementia Cafe, on the second and fourth Friday of every month, very quickly became an important part of Willow Wood’s Dementia service, and is always extremely well attended.

Both those living with Dementia and their carers find it a huge support, not only from our wonderful team of Nic, Sandra, Emma and volunteers Eric and Pam, but from each other. As carer Kath said, “If I’m up in the middle of the night and struggling to cope, I’ll put a message out on our What’s App group. It’s almost inevitable that someone else will be in the same situation and we’ll end up laughing together. It’s a great support to know you’re not alone”.

Every cafe has a theme, or a special guest, and on Friday 13 September, volunteer Pam arranged for the Manchester Camerata to visit. The orchestra, themselves a charity, have their own ground-breaking Dementia programme ‘Music In Mind’, and really connected with the group.
Playing the clarinet, flute and cello, Lynne, Aine and Nancy played a number of tunes which soon had the audience singing along, while Heather distributed tambourines, finger cymbals, bells and more to encourage audience participation in the music-making. It finished with a song, jointly written by the group and audience.

The next Dementia Café is on Friday 27 September between 1-3pm. If you or a loved one is living with Dementia you’ll be very welcome; just drop in, there’s no need to book.


Tameside Rotary Club hosted their 9th Tameside Beer Festival on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th September at Stalybridge Civic Hall.

Fabulous entertainment with singer Eric Barrow, Spindrift, Steve Wilson and The Cornelius Crane, Phoenix Brass Hoppers, Bridget and Elisabet, Tameside Community Voices, Miseley Brothers and Steely Don.

Wonderful curries as always from Delights of India, Cakes from Eclectic Cakes by Kirsty, Wines from Carham Wines who all gave a donation.
£8000 was raised to be split 3 ways between Friends of Tameside Young Carers, Willow Wood Hospice and Tameside local charities.
Our Civic Mayor Leigh Drennan visited us on the Saturday and Jonathan Reynolds MP was in the mood for a pint on Friday after lots going on in Parliament!

An auction was held to sell a 2012 Beer Glass. Although we only raised £5. 50. (plus an additional £10 from the kind gentleman that bought it once he received the glass) … we very much plan to build on new ideas and initiatives like these in our future Beer Festivals.

As well as Rotarians, we had lots of ‘extra’ volunteers who we would like to thank.
We would also like to whole-hearted thank all our customers, for their generous heart. You gave generously, acted beautifully and the atmosphere was perfect. Thank you!

For more details see www.TamesideRotaryClub.com or Facebook Page Tameside Rotary Club.

It’s just over a week now until the Willow Wood Midnight Wander – but there’s still time to join one of the best loved sponsored walks in the area.

It’s so easy, you can register online at www.willowwood.info or pick up a form from any of our shops or the Hospice reception. And this year, the whole family can join in! Yes, it’s no longer a ladies’ only walk, it’s open to everyone, men, women, boys and girls – you can even bring your dog!

The walk itself will set off from the Astley Sports Village at midnight, but the fun will start much earlier. There’ll be music to listen to, merchandise to buy, and refreshments to enjoy. Then, at around 11.45pm there’ll be a mass warm-up to get you ready for the start of the Midnight Wander itself at, you’ve guessed it, the stroke of midnight.

We’ll have a couple of our volunteer photographers taking photos before and after, and at strategic points along the route, so make sure you’re not only wearing your specially designed Midnight Wander T shirt, (included in the registration fee), but feel free to wear as much pink as possible. Our Hospice reception gift shop is currently selling a large selection of pink products including flashing head bands, flashing cat ears, pink wigs, pink tutus – we’re even going back in time with pink leg warmers and headbands! And if we’re unfortunate enough to have rain in the weather forecast, you’ll be able to buy a pink poncho!

Marshals will be situated at strategic points along the route to ensure you’re headed in the right direction, and they’ll also help stop any traffic to ensure safe crossing at busy junctions. In addition, a number of North West Bike Marshals will also be in attendance to ensure your safety.
There’ll be a very welcome hot sandwich waiting on your return from the 10k walk, along with a specially designed Midnight Wander medal to thank you for your support on this sponsored event. And Willow Wood will welcome every pound you manage to raise; just £20 will pay for an inpatient’s daily meals; £25 will pay for a half hour complementary therapy session, while £75 would pay for full hour of all the START Clinic’s services.

Please join with family and friends to take part in this most fun fundraising event. Join online at www.willowwood.info now, and you’ll have Willow Wood’s sincere thanks.


Willow Wood are proud to announce that the well-known, and well-loved, local celebrities Mark Llewellin and Jane Hodson will be donating their services as Master and Mistress of Ceremonies at the forthcoming Willow Ball.

Mark is a patron of the Hospice and has hosted a number of fundraising events at Daisy Nook Garden Centre, where he juggles his directorship with after-dinner speaking, hosting events and writing. Jane is also no stranger to Willow Wood, they were co-hosts of the Ashton Variety Show, produced and directed by Mark at the sadly missed Tameside Hippodrome. They have worked together for 27 years after meeting while working on a radio documentary and have delighted audiences ever since as after-dinner speakers, broadcasters and more.

The Willow Ball is being held at the Best Western Smokies Park Hotel on Saturday 5 October, with the wonderful Andy Powell and His Swing Band as the headline entertainers. This eight-piece band will be playing a mix of classic American standards together with more up-tempo hits to get everyone on the dance floor.

Elaine McConnell is the organiser of the Ball and said “I can’t tell you how much we’re all looking forward to the evening. It’s a celebration of Willow Wood’s 20 years here at the heart of our community, and we’d love as many of our supporters as possible to join us for an amazing night out. As well as the Andy Powell Band we’ll be having a number of other guests – we can’t tell you who they are, as we don’t want to spoil the fun!

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank local businesses Your Tax Shop who have taken out the Platinum Sponsorship Package and the Liz Pollard Consultancy for their Bronze Sponsorship. By making these fantastic donations, they are ensuring that more of the proceeds will come back to Willow Wood where they will be used to care for our patients and their families.”

Whether you would like to book two tickets as a special night out with a partner, or a table of ten as a thank you to clients or colleagues, Elaine urges you to book early. “We’ve already sold around half of the tables, so please don’t leave it too late.”

Just go to www.willowwood.info where you can book online, easily, quickly and securely.

Photo: The wonderful Mark Llewellin and Jane Hodson

A team of ex-professional footballers and formerly homeless people supported by Emmaus Mossley are gearing up for a charity football match against Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Tameside.

The Emmaus Vs GMP Tameside Charity Football Match will take place on Sunday 8 September at Seel Park in Mossley. Taking part in the game will be former professional players Daniel Nardiello and Guy Branston, and Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.
The charity match is being organised by GMPs Tameside Division with support from Emmaus Mossley, Mossley A.F.C and Oldham Athletic Community Trust. The family-friendly event will also include local club mascots, inflatable activities, charity raffle and face painting. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Great Manchester Mayor’s Homelessness Fund.

Harry Barlow, Community Leader at Emmaus Mossley, said: “We’re all looking forward to the rematch and bringing the community together for an enjoyable day for a good cause. Helping people less fortunate than ourselves is a big part of the Emmaus ethos and a real motivation for the players taking part.

“I would like to thank everyone for their continued support of Emmaus Mossley and all the people and organisations who are supporting this charity match.”

The Emmaus team will consist of formerly homeless people who are now supported by the charity, staff members and special guests. Emmaus communities support formerly homeless people by providing them with a home, support and work in a community setting. Each Emmaus runs different social enterprises, providing work and development opportunities whilst generating income to sustain the work of the charity.

PC Steve Naylor from Greater Manchester Police, said: “Following the success of last year’s charity match, myself and Harry felt we had to do it again, but this time even bigger and better. We have increased the number of activities on offer and increased the youth tournament to eight teams, in the hope that we can raise even more funds for such a worthwhile cause.

“Homelessness is still a recurring issue for many people throughout Manchester, including here in Tameside. I have visited a Bed For A Night shelter myself and can see the great work they are doing to help people who find themselves out on the streets. For this reason, my colleagues and I at GMP

Tameside are happy to give our own time to support the event.”

The Emmaus Charity Football Match will take place on Sunday 8 September from 2pm at Mossley A.F.C, Seel Park, 11 Market St, Mossley OL5 0ES.
Entertainment for all ages will be on offer throughout the day as well as food, drinks and a charity raffle. Admission will be £5 and free for under-16s.

To find out more or support Emmaus Mossley head to www.emmaus.org.uk/mossley. 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.

St Ann’s Hospice is thanking local people for their support after two summer events raised thousands of pounds for the charity.

The hospice’s annual summer fairs in Little Hulton and Heald Green have become a popular addition to the annual calendar for local families, and this year’s events raised more than £7,000 to help St Ann’s care for local patients.

Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive of the hospice, said: “What an amazing show of support and generosity from our local communities once again. We can’t thank everyone enough for their support and we hope they had fun, picking up a bargain, and joining in with some of the many activities on offer at the fairs. We were helped out on the day by more than 70 volunteers too, who selflessly gave up their time to make the events such a success. We couldn’t do it without them.

“We’re approaching our 50th birthday soon, and it’s amazing to think that we’re only still here, caring for thousands of patients every year, thanks to those people in the local community that offer us their unending support. We simply wouldn’t be here without the generosity of everyone who gives money, time and kindness to St Ann’s, and we never take that for granted. Thanks very much for everything you do for our patients and their families.”

The hospice provides care for people with a range of life-limiting illnesses from its three sites in Heald Green, Little Hulton, and The Neil Cliffe Centre in Wythenshawe Hospital, as well as via a range of community and outreach services.

It is one of the largest and oldest hospices outside of London, having been supporting local patients for almost fifty years.

*For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.sah.org.uk

Clinical assistant Emma Craigmyle would like to share her story of why she took part in the 2014 Midnight Wander for Willow Wood, and why she’s raising funds by doing it again in 2019.

“I’ve worked at Willow Wood for seven years now, and feel very proud and privileged to do so. It’s an amazing place; I work every day with our patients and their families, and know just how our services can help and support in so many ways.

“However, although we do not make a charge for any of our services, it does cost £7,340 every single day to provide our care and we only have funding for around 21% of that figure. That’s one reason why I, together with my partner Chris, have signed up for the Midnight Wander again. The other reason is that we had a really good time, it honestly was great fun!

“The thought of walking 10k through Tameside at midnight may seem a little daunting, especially after working during the day, but the support from the other walkers really buoys you up. We were chatting, and laughing, sharing stories about why we were walking and every one was different. Yes, some were walking in memory of a loved one who benefitted from our care, while others may not have had a personal experience, but knew of the work we do in the community. And we met some groups who were just having a great night out! It’s an excuse to wear outrageous accessories, have your face painted, do something you wouldn’t normally do and raise money for an amazing charity all at the same time.

“If you’ve any reservations about being out and about during the early hours there’s no need to worry. Willow Wood have marshals along the route, they have drivers at the front and bringing up the rear, so you know you’re totally safe and well looked after. There are also first aiders – it’s all covered!

“I’m looking forward so much to taking part in the Midnight Wander again, I really can’t say enough just what a great night it is. Please think about joining Chris, me, and hundreds of others on Friday 20 September, and help us make a real difference to the lives of so many in our community. I’m lucky; I’m privileged to be allowed into our patient’s lives and help them through difficult times. But you can help them too, please sign up for the Midnight Wander online at: www.willowwood.info now, and help us continue to care.”


GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) continues to fight a large-scale fire at a commercial unit on Oxford Street East in Ashton-under-Lyne, more than eight hours after first being called to the incident.

Three multi-storey buildings containing a number of small local businesses are involved in the fire, with 15 fire engines and approximately 70 firefighters engaged in extinguishing the flames from ground level and from above using jets.

Water drawn from the local supply has been supplemented from the nearby Ashton Canal while electricity to 50 local properties has been affected, with power unlikely to be restored before the morning.

The fire is contained to the three mill buildings on Oxford Street East. However, local residents on Gibson Terrace have been evacuated as a precaution and are being supported by Tameside Council to move to a place of safety.

Paul Etches, Area Manager for GMFRS, said: “Crews continue to work exceptionally hard to bring this major fire under control. Throughout the evening firefighters from 10 fire engines had been making steady progress, but at around 9pm a third building on the site caught fire and that necessitated us calling upon a further five crews from across Greater Manchester.

“Parts of all the buildings affected have collapsed and we continue to fight the fire in sectors, allowing us to focus on specific pockets of the blaze in a concerted effort to get the whole incident under control.

“As a precaution I’d encourage anyone living or working locally to keep your doors and windows closed. Please also keep the area free of traffic to allow emergency service vehicles quick and straightforward access to the scene.

“GMFRS will be here through the night, working to get on top of the situation and keeping local people safe and reassured. We will be here until this fire is out.”
Stockport Road, the A6017 between Guide Bridge railway station and St Peter’s Church, is closed to traffic and will likely remain so into the morning.

Public Health England further advise the local population that risks to health from the Ashton incident are low, however because any smoke is an irritant, it can make people’s eyes and throat sore.

People with asthma and other respiratory conditions may be particularly susceptible to the smoke and should carry and use their medication (such as inhalers) as usual.

A team of seven riders and three volunteers from Bromleys took part in this month’s Willow Wood Mini Manc Bike Ride, raising more than £200 for the Tameside hospice.

Senior partner Mark Hirst, partner Paul Westwell and financial controller Rob Johnson undertook the gruelling 48km route while solicitors John Longworth, Martin Blaylock and Rachael Frankland, along with Rachael’s partner, completed the 16km course.

Meanwhile, marketing associate Carol Parker, receptionist and marketing assistant Lauren Taylor and receptionist Jill Lomas were on hand at The Limekiln Café in Dobcross, Saddleworth, to give out much-welcomed energy drinks and snacks to the riders.

The Mini Manc event took place on Sunday July 7, starting and finishing at the Tameside Cycle Circuit on Richmond Street, Ashton-under-Lyne.
Paul and John were the first across the finishing line on their respective routes.
Comprising four routes in total, the event was once again held in partnership with the Tour de Manc, a charity run by volunteers which uses cycling to raise money for good causes.

Bromleys is a long-standing supporter of Willow Wood through its membership of the Business Connexion networking forum and staff fundraising events.

Paul Westwell said: “We have taken part in this event since it began in 2015 and are delighted to have done so again this year. It’s well-organised and everyone can get involved, regardless of ability.

This was another great team effort from Bromleys and we are proud to continue our support for Willow Wood.”