Monday, July 22, 2019
Town Events

This coming Saturday (27th JULY 2019) Hyde Civic Square will come alive to the ‘sound of sirens’ when Hyde Town Team, in conjunction with Greater Manchester Police, Hyde Police Cadets, GMFRS, Blood Bikes Manchester, NHS North West Ambulance – First Responders, Be Well Tameside; health & Safety in the working environment training company, Mediskills and members of The Royal Navy Lifeboat Institution, will be demonstrating their skills and outlining their services, to shoppers and visitors at Hyde’s annual Blue Light Day.

The event which runs from 10am until 3:00pm is free to attend and is intended to give town centre shoppers, visitors and the local Hyde community the opportunity to meet men and women from the frontline teams and receive advice on various security and safety matters.

Following on from the huge success of last year’s event, Julia Harrison, Chair of Hyde Town Team, told how the team are really pleased to be hosting this; our town’s fourth ‘Blue Light Day’ which is designed to be a fun, yet a serious way for the communities of Hyde to meet face to face with members of our local emergency services.

Highlights of the day will include: various demonstrations from the emergency services. Staff from the police, NHS first responders, Fire & Rescue, Blood Bikes Manchester, and first aiders, part of the Mediskills nursing team, who will be carrying out demonstrations of CPR and defibrillator use, as well as free basic health surveillance tests. This year we have arranged for the RNLI to exhibit and there’ll also be an actual NHS ambulance for the kids to explore and even a few ‘paramedic outfits’ that they can dress up in to really become part of the day!

NHS personnel from ‘Be Well Tameside’ will also be on hand carrying out free blood pressure and cholesterol tests.

It is also hoped that Police dogs and the GMFRS Fire Service dog will also be there too!

GMP have arranged for a mobile Police Station, where Neighbourhood Watch & PCSO’s will be explaining the benefits of community involvement, whilst GMFRS will be demonstrating the impact of driving while under the influence drink or drugs in a specially adapted VW van. The simulation device within the van demonstrates in a safe way how driving under the influence of drink or drugs effects drivers. The simulator demonstration causes confusion, visual distortion, slowed reaction times and lack of coordination.

Training officers from Hyde’s Price’s Trust Team will be talking about their community involvement programmes as well as regular Firefighters who will be advising on domestic fire prevention schemes including the booking of free fire alarm installations.

There will be demonstrations throughout the day by NHS Ambulance Service –first responders and paramedics, who deal daily with critical live-saving situations and the Blood Bikes Manchester; a group of volunteer bikers who save lives by transporting essential medical items, including blood, plasma, platelets, biological samples, x-rays and medical notes between hospitals and healthcare institutions daily.

Officially opening the event will be Chief Superintendent Neil Evans; Territorial Commander for Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside along with Phil Nelson, Group Manager for Stockport & Tameside GMFRS, also in attendance will be The Worshipful the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Councillor Leigh Drennan and volunteers from the Town Team.

There will be face painting for the kids, a fun competition to win a Morrisons Family Hamper & the Town Team’s Grand Raffle will be drawn. And all this will be covered throughout the day by Tameside Radio’s Outside Broadcast team.

Chief Superintendent Evans said: “This promises to be a fantastic event and is a great opportunity for members of the public to meet their local emergency services and our partner agencies.

It gives us an opportunity to talk about safety with people from all areas of our local communities including children from the local schools, disabled, the elderly and members from all Hyde’s community groups. It’s also an ideal occasion where local issues can be shared and discussed with the emergency services in a relaxed environment”

Phil Nelson added, “The Blue Light Day in Hyde is a great opportunity for residents to see the important work all the emergency services do in and around the town. I’m really pleased to be joining them for what is set to be a fantastic event with lots of entertainment and a serious message about how the police, fire, ambulance and the other emergency services work in a genuine and close partnership to keep our communities, workers and visitors safe.”

Stalybridge & Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds said, “I am always proud to support this annual Town Team event with its message of helping people across our community integrate with members of the emergency services. And I’d like to thank the emergency services for being willing to support the event, for the fun aspects and obvious enjoyment that they’re putting into it, as well as the serious messages.”

The worlds of music and medicine will combine for a glittering charity concert at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on Sunday, October 20 (7.30pm).

The occasion will bring back happy memories for Dr Huw Purssell who plays the cello in the acclaimed European Doctors’ Orchestra.

The concert is raising funds for St Ann’s Hospice where Huw was on placement several years ago during studies at medical school.

The orchestra is made up of European medics who voluntarily use what little spare time they have performing charity concerts at different Europe-wide locations twice a year.

Huw, from Heaton Mersey, said: “Music is a way of relaxing in any career but certainly with the pressures of the medical profession. A lot of doctors want to play in the orchestra but because we’re all so busy we can’t attend every concert.

“We rehearse intensively for three days and then perform on Sundays. I’m really looking forward to the concert in Manchester. It is an epic programme in a fantastic hall for an incredible cause.

“I spent four weeks at St Ann’s in Little Hulton and it’s a lovely place and I could see the important work they do. Since then I’ve had a lot of dealings with St Ann’s through patients with palliative diagnoses at the hospitals in Salford and Wigan where I’ve worked.”

Huw, who has played the cello since the age of eight, currently works as a Gastroenterology Registrar at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and moves to the Royal Oldham Hospital in September.

Tickets priced £22.50, including booking fee, are available from The Bridgewater Hall (

The concert, celebrating the human spirit, opens with Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, followed by Brahms’ Song of Destiny and Symphony No. 7 “Leningrad” by Shostakovich. The orchestra will be accompanied by the St George’s Singers.

Organisers are looking for sponsors to cover venue hire costs so that all ticket monies go directly to the hospice.
Sponsorship inquiries should be made to Clare Henderson at St Ann’s. (Tel: 0161 498 3631 or email

Friday 20 September sees the return of probably the biggest and best loved sponsored walk ever held in Tameside – the Willow Wood Midnight Wander.

As any of the thousands of local people who’ve taken part will testify, the atmosphere has always been amazing; it’s as much a great night out as it is a fundraiser for the Hospice. Whether you’re walking as a family or with friends you’ll join the cheers as the countdown reaches midnight and the walk begins.

It’s 10k, or around 6 miles but the other walkers will keep your spirits up all the way around the route which starts and finishes at Astley Sports Village. There are no age restrictions this year so if your children want to walk with you, they’ll be very welcome. And of course, men and boys can join in too.

There’ll be a real party atmosphere at the Sports Village with music, refreshments, face painters and merchandise. As always, there’ll be a mass warm up before the walk to ensure everyone is raring to go. And when walkers return to the centre they’ll be presented with a specially designed medal and a very welcome hot breakfast bap.

T shirts are also included in the registration fee; pink of course. And we’re expecting to see plenty of pink accessories as well – feather boas, tutus and Stetsons are always popular additions to the Wanderers outfits!

If you’d like to be involved in this fantastic fundraiser but don’t feel you could take part in the walk itself, Willow Wood do need volunteers for the event, particularly marshals along the route. Chris Hayden, event organiser said: “Our volunteer marshals are essential to the success of the Midnight Wander. Positioned at strategic points, they can direct the walkers, stop traffic to allow them to cross the road, and be our eyes and ears along the route.”

“If you’d like more information about volunteering on the day please contact me on: or 0161 330 7788. And if you’d like to register for the Midnight Wander just go to and register online – it’s quick, it’s easy and it’s totally secure.”

Photo: The very first Midnight Wander begins.

The ancient custom of ‘Well Dressing’ is a village community event that is all but unique to villages in Derbyshire and The Peak District, and is still to this day celebrated by villagers’ in order to give thanks for their consent supply of drinking water.

Following in this tradition which was set down many years ago, the ‘Blessing of the Wells’ was first started in the Gee Cross Village in the 19th century as a way to give the mill workers a day out and to part with their money in the Grapes Hotel.

Today it’s more ceremonial as crowds of people visit the Well Dressing events which has become a great family event, celebrating the dressing of the wells, whilst following the brass bands that create the traditional festive atmosphere.

Last week, Hyde Rotary’s new President, Vicky Gaunt, visited The Hyde Chapel as preparations were in progress in for this year’s well dressing, where she presented the ladies of the WI with a cheque for £250.00. During her visit, Vicky saw first-hand the ladies painstakingly creating by hand the main display board, which depicts and celebrates 50 years since the first man, Neil Armstrong, and Buzz Aldrin stepped on the moon. They were both Americans, their spaceship “Apollo 11” was launched by NASA from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

Vicky commented, that she was inspired by watching these this incredible art form being kept alive by this group of dedicated volunteers, and looked forward to seeing the finished design in all its glory this coming weekend.

Vicky was told that the preparations for the event started weeks ago by the WI, with local groups and schools also participating; not only in helping create the theme, but also playing their part in this colourful family event as it moves around the village; visiting each of the 3 wells, accompanied by a traditional brass band.

You can visit and take part in this age-old custom on Sunday 14th July in the Gee Cross Village, with the dedication at 2.00pm following parade.

The sporting calendar this year has once again been full-on with a wide range of sporting opportunities available to pupils from Primary Schools throughout Hyde.

Last week saw the final tournament of the Hyde School Sports competitions for the 2018/19 academic year.

The tournament was a Sports Festival, in a mini ‘athletics style’ format that had, running, jumping and throwing events.
Each participating school had a team of 8, (4 girls and 4 boys) and the aim was to score as low as possible (winning team got 1 point, 2nd 2 points and so on).

Some of the events on show were the standing long jump, javelin throw and many different sprint and relay races.

In a close fought competition, it was Flowery Field that managed to come out on top, scoring over 30 points less than their closest rivals.

This now concludes the tournaments for this year, a year that has seen over 800 children take part in competitive sports such as Ultimate Dodgeball, Football, Volleyball, Athletics, Handball, Basketball and many more.

Kay Hawke, who organises many of the Hyde Schools Sporting Events, said, “This year’s high participation rate reflects the enthusiasm our children have for their love of sport, with many of them taking advantage of our after-school clubs; the success they have had across the range of competitive sporting events and the way the children have embraced the opportunity to take part in new sports, was fantastic. Well done everyone!”

Parents and staff from all our schools have recognised what a great achievement it has been to get so many children, not just taking part in sport, but learning the life skills that team competitions allows them to do.

As ever all these events could not have been run without the staff and the Sports Leaders from Hyde Community College, who deserve a very big thank you from all our young sports people of the future.

This coming Sunday, (14th JULY 2019) Hyde United’s Walker Lane ground will host a fun-filled, family-fun Charity Football Match in support of CALM, the Campaign Against Living Miserably.

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.

Organised by James Clayton, who lost his best friend to suicide 2 years, is, with friends and family, the aim is to raise funds and raise mindfulness among the communities, that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health issue at some stage in their lives, and also to make men between the ages of 25 and 50 who maybe suffering deep depression in silence, aware that there is someone there to listen and help them.

Entry to the ground is: £1 for children & £2 for adults on the turnstiles, with all the money raised on the day going to help CALM keep their phone lines open.

Sponsored jointly by Onward Homes & MediaCo, the Charity Event will run from 12.00pm till 5.00pm with the actual Football Match featuring: Lee’s United vs Chappy Athletic kicking off at 2.00pm. with both teams going ‘hell for leather’ to pick up the Lee Randall Memorial Trophy.

Visitors on the day will also be treated to a whole host of other activities, including,

*The appearance of Tom Cassell AKA ‘Syndicate’
*SLBC FIFA Tournaments UK will also be there, come along show how good your skills are on FIFA.
* There’ll be lots of stalls with people selling their amazing products
*Evolution Smart – Brian Mcmanus will be showing off his smart car repairs business,
* Bulldog Valeting & Detailing
* There’ll be a fun ‘Beat the Goalie@ penalty shootout, competition.
* Face painting by Regan Brierley
* With a live band the Rubber Ducks playing from 3pm in the social club
* The bar & cafe will also be open for refreshments


The organisers of Mossley SOUP are appealing for local residents to support their latest community crowdfunding dinner on Thursday 4 July.

Mossley SOUP aims to bring the community together to promote, fundraise and support local projects that benefit the people of Mossley. For a donation of £5, diners receive soup, bread, hear four project presentations and then vote for their favourite idea.

Each presenter will get four minutes to share their idea and an opportunity to answer four questions from the audience. The project idea to secure the most votes receives all of the money raised on the night to carry out their project.

The eighth Mossley SOUP dinner, sponsored by The Pet Care Company, will take place on Thursday 4 July from 6.15pm at Longlands Mill on Queen Street, home to Emmaus Mossley.

Projects presenting and appealing for votes on the night will be MERA (Micklehurst Estate Residents Association), Mossley Hollins Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, The Exploration Emporium and YOU. The event will also include guest speakers, live music and a raffle.

Past Mossley SOUP dinners have raised between £545 and £1,726 for each of the winning projects. All of the projects that have been presented at Mossley SOUP have benefitted in some way. This includes increased public awareness, new volunteers, donations of materials and other financial support.

Mossley SOUP is organised by local resident volunteers with support from local businesses and Emmaus Mossley.
For more information and for details of future SOUP events head to

Hyde Town Team would like to say a massive thank you to all the school children that got involved with the Dinosaur model making competition which took place in April.

Sponsored by Philip Harris the UK largest suppliers of science equipment to schools and colleges, the judges found it extremely difficult to pick the winning entrant as there were so many incredible dinosaur designs to choose from.

Speaking on behalf of the Hyde Town Team, Roger Bamford said, “We were delighted by the enthusiasm and were impressed by all the creative entries we received.”

However, there had to be a winner and the judges decided that 5year old Amelia from Bradley Green Primary Academy, should win the day, and take the £100 voucher for science or school equipment back to her school.

David Sedgwick, from Philip Harris told us, “We were delighted to sponsor this fun competition as it not only introduced children to an early science project, but it also encouraged children to think creatively and young Amelia’s Dino’ model showed real imagination.

Amelia’s teacher Ms Lucy Blackshaw, added,”It has been wonderful to be part of this community event. The families all supported their children in creating some incredible Dinosaur models, discussing the shapes they used and carefully considering their colours choices, whilst thinking about the types of Dinosaur they were making. Well done to all the entrants!”

Echoing Ms Blackshaw’s comments, Vicky Cameron, reiterated, “As Principal, it’s great that so many families have got involved in another Hyde Community Event!”



Encl: Photo: 5 year old Amelia with David Sedgwick and Teacher, Lucy Blackshaw and Bradley Green Academy Principal, Vicky Cameron.


Generously sponsored by Specsavers Hyde, the biannual Classic & Vintage Car Event held on Saturday 15th June 2019, was blessed by a ‘sunny window’ in what can only be described as a very wet June week, when Hyde’s Market square again hosted over 20 cherished vehicles.

With a wide range of classic cars on display, hundreds of Hyde shoppers, visitors and their children took the opportunity of a welcomed break in the weather to meet the owners, who were more than happy to talk about their cars. Some even let the children sit in them!

Organised entirely by the hard working volunteers who make up the Hyde Town Team, the vehicle extravaganza has been hailed as one of Hyde’s most popular town centre events; and when weather permits, normally attracts 25 plus vehicles.


Also on the day; and aided by the fun antics of ‘Roary’ the Hyde United mascot, staff from Specsavers were on hand in the sponsor’s gazebo offering FREE optical advice and to hand-out money-off eye test vouchers, together with a large selection of ‘ branded freebies’ and balloons to everyone visiting their stall.

Neil Openshaw, Vice Chair of Hyde Town Team said, “The previous shows have been a great success and have grown in popularity which has attracted more and more visitors year on year. That’s why the team decided to put on two classic car events every year. It not only helps Hyde’s retailers and stallholders with increased sales, but it also enable those visitors who may have missed the earlier event to see again the cars our parents, grandparents and great grandparents’ used to drive!”

The classic vehicles were judged during the show by Diane Wood, Director of Specsavers Hyde, who also presented the prizes, with one proud owner picking up the prestigious ‘Car of the Show’ Trophy.

Neil also, pointed out the return of their next town centre attraction which will be ‘The Blue Light Event’ (27th JULY 2019) where hopefully, the weather will once again be kind by offering a sunny late July weekend, when Hyde town centre will welcome all the ‘Blue Light’ services.

“The Blue Light Event this year will offer Tameside townsfolk the change to meet the courageous men and women who keep us all safe and respond effectively to everyday emergencies in a family fun day of dynamic displays. Visitors will also be able to visit all the shops, cafés and browse all the market stalls and attractions Hyde town centre has to offer.”




Last week (11th June 2019) Tameside Rotary Club held their annual ‘Night of Cash’ which saw many local charities, voluntary groups, and community associations all benefit from the money raised by the club during their highly successful ‘Santa Sleigh’ Christmas tour of the area.

With The Mayor and his consort in attendance, over 30 local charities and organisations received cheques of various denominations to help them continue their vital works within the community.

Among those who attended; Susan Wilson received a cheque on behalf of Tameside Hospital league of Friends, who will use their gift to buy a new toaster. Also in attendance were Joyce Bowerman and Cath Lee, who will use their award to put on a ‘Meat & Potato Pie Supper’ at St Peter’s Community Gathering.

Mike Barlow attended from ‘The Shed’ and they will use the money to provide cooking classes to single men who don’t know how to cook well, and this will not only help them cook, but also encourage them think of healthy options when cooking too.

Tameside Concert Society also received money from Tameside Rotary and members of the club look forward to hearing one of the many weekly recitals currently being sponsored by them at Hyde Town Hall, when they perform on Friday 21st July at 1pm – a fabulous musical event, where everyone is welcome.

Drawing the proceeding to a close, Tameside Rotary President, Cliff Hall thanked everyone for attending the annual ‘Cash Awards’ presentation and looked forward to welcoming many more charities and community groups, who will hopefully benefit from next year’s event.