Monday, September 16, 2019
Town Events

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 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 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 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 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

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: 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.”


Sunday the 11th AUGUST 2019, promises to be a great day out for all your family, friends and neighbours’ when Hyde United Football Club open their gates to welcome in the community to experience the very best in exciting activities for everyone to enjoy

With the gates opening at 12.00pm you will find an abundance of incredible events and activities on offer.
Sponsored by ‘BEE-GINNING’ – the club’s staff, players and management will all be in attendance for the event, and will be participating in many of the ‘Fun Family Events. You might even get a chance to meet ‘ROARY’ the Hyde United Mascot.
The following activities will be happening on the day:

Funfair Rides for children under 11years
• A variety of stalls
• Food from the Buffet Bar
• Adult First-team player appearances and for selfies and autographs
• Mini-football tournaments
• Lots of Football Skill Challenges.
• Inflatable football Darts
• PENALTY shoot out
• HEAD tennis
• Speed-kick football
• Face Painting for the kids
• …and much more.

The ground will open at midday and its FREE ENTRY to everybody.

The Social Club will also be open after the event for those wishing to watch the first Manchester United game of the season against fierce rivals Chelsea. (KO: 16:30)

Make sure everyone keeps this date free! SUNDAY 11th AUGUST from 12.00pm till 4.00pm. EWEN FIELDS STADIUM, HYDE

Glossop’s popular monthly Artisan Market maybe small in comparison to some of those who feature in lager towns, but nevertheless the town’s speciality market event is one not to be missed.

Staged on the town’s Market Square on the 2nd Saturday of the month, the event offers a fun filled, bargain hunters paradise, where many carefully selected local food producers, artists and craftspeople gather in one place to bring you their fabulous artworks and a huge variety of home-made products; and once you’ve sampled the unique and sometimes quirky items on sale, you can pop right in to the indoor market for other culinary delights that include sweets and treats, chocolate, cakes, artisan and speciality breads, home-made jams, chutney and pickles and fresh and cooked quality meats and pies.

Also, in the indoor market you’ll find all the traditional vendors there too; selling everything from, Fine Art and one-off tee-shirts, to antiques, toys and games, hardware products, contemporary furnishings, haberdashery, beauty products and gifts.
If you’ve been abroad recently, just remember the atmosphere you experienced in one of the lovely continental markets you may well have visited in some small traditional village; where local residents all support their local producers. Where it’s hard to resist that delicious mix of foods as well as a fine selection of bespoke crafts and local products for you to choose from and enjoy. …Well Glossop Market is the quintessential English equivalent!

If you believe in ‘Shopping Local ‘and want to see more enterprising individuals and local producers flourish, make sure you pay a visit to Glossop’s monthly Artisan on Saturday the 10th August. You’ll be glad you did!
If you can’t make it to Glossop’s Artisan Market August event next week – There’s a thrice-weekly covered market in the Market Hall next to the Town Hall every Thursday, Friday and 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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A wonderful evening of glitz and glamour, the Willow Ball makes a welcome return – and this year, it’s coming home to Tameside!
Willow Wood is celebrating its 20th Anniversary, and invites supporter’s past and present to join with them to mark this very special occasion.

Held at the Best Western Smokies Park Hotel, the Ball, on Saturday 5 October, is certain to be a sell-out. Elaine McConnell, event organiser said: “We’re planning a fabulous evening of dining, dancing and more.

“The wonderful Andy Powell and his 8-piece Swing Band will be topping the bill. They’ll be playing all the best-loved Rat Pack numbers while we eat, and then more up-tempo numbers to get everyone on the dancefloor. We’ve got two further acts as well – but I’m afraid I can’t say who they are as that would really spoil the surprise!”

The evening will commence with a Prosecco reception before a delicious three course dinner is served. There will be a luxury raffle and dancing until the early hours, with both Andy Powell and a disco playing all the classic hits.

Elaine also commented: “We’ve been able to keep the tickets to a very reasonable £50, or £480 for a table of 10, as we see the Ball as a thank you to our supporters as much as a fundraiser. We wouldn’t be able to provide our care without the backing of our community, and we’re really looking forward to a wonderful night celebrating this milestone anniversary together.

“However, there are significant costs involved, and I’d like to thank Guide Bridge MOT who, as long-term supporters of the Hospice, have already committed to sponsoring the table decorations and providing a raffle prize. The generosity of people like Jan Lord and her team will ensure that our patients and their loved ones are able to gain maximum benefit from the evening.

“There are a wide range of sponsorship opportunities available, and I’d be happy to discuss these with you. We will be only too happy to acknowledge your generosity, unless, of course, you prefer this to remain private.

Contact me by phone at 0161 330 7788, email me at or you can go to our website to find out more or to book your tickets.”