Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Town Events

The annual Cub Scout 5 a side football competition was held on Saturday 9th February at Droylsden Academy. The teams were made from all 8 Cub Packs from Droylsden and Ashton area.  

The competition was organised in an initial round-robin event with the top two teams going forward to the final knock out stage.

The four teams in the final knockout stage were 6th Ashton (Ford), 2/1st Hurst, 3rd Ashton and 250th Manchester. The winners were 6th Ashton (Ford) Pack. The team members Sam, Josh, Eddie, Nathan, Marshall, Micah, Xander and Ryan were elated at winning.

Assistant District Commissioner (Cubs), Gill Cummins thanked Paul Dean, who referred all the matches for his hard work. Paul said it was a pleasure to do and thoroughly enjoyed the matches and the enthusiasm of the Cubs taking part.

District Commissioner, Andy Morton, said it was great that each Pack was represented and took part in very sportsmanlike behaviour. Each game was hotly contested with each team member giving their very best to win.

If you would like to help young people fulfil their ambitions in Scouting contact: Alan Fish at alan.fish@ntscouts or 07931 765120

Situated at the heart of Hyde, XYLE More Than Coffee is not only a great place to enjoy great coffee, traditional and speciality teas, breakfasts, with specialist snacks, delicious afternoon teas and a tempting array of homemade sandwiches, cakes and scones – all available throughout the day, but it also provides the community with a range of events geared to make XYLE their first choice for social and community meetings.

Although today’s fast moving technological world has inflicted a dramatic change on modern society, Cafes are still a place that people use to meet and connect and build upon each other’s ideas. That’s why XYLE have embarked on a series of community events that encourage people; both young and old to come together, have fun and be inspired in a myriad of ways.

This month you are invited to XYLE’s Tea Room to join ‘Smashing Craft Workshops’ and ‘Made with Love by Jenny’ for afternoons and nights of Craft Making and Zippy Zappy who are also hosting their fun-filled afternoon events.

Friday 01.02.19 New Venue Launch Night – upcycling fabulous wine bottles to light 7-9pm

Thursday 07.02.19 Mandala Style Slate Placemats 7-9pm

Wednesday 20.02.19 Family Fun with Decoupage 1-3pm

Friday 01.03.19 Crafty Prosecco Night – make your own charm bracelet 6.30-8.30pm

Friday 08.03.19 Hand Sewn Felt Decorations 12.30-2.30pm

Friday 15.03.19 Delightful Dreamcatchers 10.30-12.30

Thursday 21.03.19 Nifty Needle felting for Mother’s day 10.30-12.30

Friday 29.03.19 Crafty Prosecco Night Delightful Dreamcatchers 6.30-8.30pm

Friday 05.04.19 Sensational Silk Painted Suncatchers 10.30-12.30

Friday 26.04.19 Crafty Prosecco Night – fantasy moon jewellery 6.30-8.30pm


Zippy Zappy are doing the following Valentine pot painting events

Friday 08.02.19 Tiny Tots 1pm

Saturday 09.02.19 Tiny Tots 10.30am/Juniors 11.30pm and 1.45pm

Sunday 10.02.19 Tiny Tots 12.15/Juniors 2pm


Made With Love by Jenny are doing the following adult and children’s workshops

Thursday 28.03.19 Mother’s Day Gift Making (adult)

Saturday 30.03.10 Mother’s Day Card Making (children)

Saturday 30.04.19 Easter Craft & Egg Hunt (children)

Friday 19.04.9 Easter Craft & Egg Hunt (children)

Join in the fun at XYLE and discover a great way to spend time with a group of friends and create new ideas.


You can find XYLE COFFE at: Unit 3 Manchester Road Retail Park, Manchester Road, Hyde, SK14 2 BD 0161 366 1037 www.xylemorethancoffee.com


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Outstanding performances from Hyde Community College’s Year 8 boy’s team saw the team win the Tameside Schools Indoor Athletics Championships, earlier this week.

Jonathan Beeden, Head of Physical Education said, “At Hyde Community College we believe our wide range of team sports and athletic programmes are a very important part of the college curriculum.

Our emphasis on sport and fitness provides all our students with many experiences and plays a vital part in the development of our young people. Our sport athletic program strives to provide our student-athletes with an educational and memorable experience while enjoying the fun, teamwork competitive friendships and high standards of sportsmanship that come from participating in high school sports.

Our coaches give many hours of their time; not only to work with our own students, but offer their coaching and guidance to many local primary schools that look to the college to facilitate their own sporting activities that they may find difficult to organise at their own premises.”

Hyde Community College students, through achieving high standards and winning trophies across many sporting disciplines, has resulted many students maintaining that winning and positive attitude in the classroom, on the playing fields, and when out in the community.


Dukinfield’s Kids Planet Day Nursery is over the moon after raising more than £1,000 for charity.

Glossop-based Mummy’s Star has now received donations of £1036.55 raised as part of the Christmas festivities held at the nursery in December.

The money raised at the nursery’s Christmas fair, which included a Santa café, tombola, slime making and caricature artist, was added to funds previously donated at the nursery’s Christmas nativity at Dukinfield Baptist Church.

The charity, the only one of its kind in the UK and Ireland, is dedicated to supporting women and their families affected by cancer during pregnancy or within 12 months after giving birth.

Lucy Butterworth, Acting Nursery Manager at the Dukinfield nursery on Jeffrey’s Drive, said: “We’re absolutely over the moon to have raised this amount of money for such a wonderful charity.

“A massive thank you goes to all of our families and friends who have given so generously.”

On receiving the cheque, Mummy’s Star Information and Support Worker Tracey Derbyshire said: “We are so touched by the fundraising that has been done by the team at Kids Planet Dukinfield.

“As a small charity, we are able to stretch this kind of money so far so that many families can be supported through the traumatic time they experience when diagnosed with cancer.

“Thank you to both the staff team and all the parents who contributed.”

For more information about Mummy’s Star you can visit www.mummysstar.org.


HYDE UNITED FC will be hosting MATLOCK TOWN FC on Saturday 9th February 2019 and for the third week running are inviting all young primary school children to watch the game FREE of charge.

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, the Tigers will play Matlock Town FC in what promises to be a really close game of football, and once again, in an effort to introduce the game and show the clubs development to a local audience, 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.

Willow Wood’s first Back to the Fitness was held on Sunday 3 February, and what a great success it was.

Made up of two challenges in one, an 80s themed Zumbathon and a 90s themed Clubberthon the event, at Astley Sports Village, attracted over 160 participants and with the florescent head and wrist bands or glow sticks included in the registration fee was a riot of colour, music, fitness and fun.

The Zumbathon in full swing

Chris Hayden, organiser of the event said: “The atmosphere was incredible, and so many people have told me they can’t wait for the next one.  We will definitely be repeating it.  Thanks to everyone who came along and made it such a wonderful occasion and thanks to Astley Sports Village for their support and assistance.

“This is just one of the many fundraisers we hold throughout the year, and will help raise the £6,800 we need each and every day to continue our care.  Why not look at our events diary to see if there is anything you’d like to be part of?  Just go to www.willlowwood.info – we have such a variety there’s sure to be something for you.”


Willow Wood’s 20/20 Challenge had its official launch on Friday 1 February, and with 22 teams already signed up, there’s certainly going to be some friendly rivalry as they all aim to raise the most in funds for the Hospice and win the coveted trophy.

The teams, made up of local businesses, schools, clubs and groups were handed their £40 starter fund by Elaine McConnell, organiser of the Challenge and are already sharing some amazing fundraising ideas.

Paul Carney, of Stalybridge Archery Club, revealed that they are planning a 24 hour sponsored arch-a-thon – a very different fundraiser!  Lisa Bradley from the Ashton under Lyne branch of Nationwide and her team are already organising a cake bake and hamper raffle, and the very first fundraising event for the 20/20 Challenge will be taking place on Saturday 16 February when Body Shop consultants Gemma and Joanne will be holding a pamper afternoon and afternoon tea at the Oasis Centre in Haughton Green.  St Damiens School are organising a Dragons’ Den Challenge

Full details of this, and all the other 20/20 Challenges as they are finalised, can be found by going to www.willowwood.info.

Elaine said: “I’m absolutely thrilled by the response.  And, of course, we’re hoping that more teams will take up the Challenge over the next three months – it’s going to be great fun!  If you’ve got some ideas already please sign up on the 20/20 page on our website, but please contact me if you want to talk anything through or need further information.  Just ring fundraising on 0161 330 7788, I’d really love to hear from you.”


THE MAYOR of Greater Manchester has welcomed official figures showing the total number of people sleeping rough has fallen substantially for the first time in eight years in the city-region.

Andy Burnham, who has pledged to end the need for rough sleeping by 2020, said: “Tackling rough sleeping in Greater Manchester remains a huge challenge – our approach can always improve but I am confident that for the first time in a long time real progress is being made. We are helping people turn their lives around and in many cases saving them.”

Official government figures published today (Thursday 31 January) show that on the night of the national rough sleeper count last November all 10 Greater Manchester boroughs’ figures combined showed 241 people sleeping outdoors, a reduction of 37 over the last 12 months. In eight of the boroughs numbers have either stabilised or fallen.

Since the start of November the Mayor’s A Bed Every Night campaign has helped 1,236 people into safe, warm and supported accommodation. It is the basis of a commitment to provide a bed for every rough sleeper in Greater Manchester who wants and needs one every night of this winter regardless of weather or temperatures.

Andy said: “These figures from Government demonstrate that in Greater Manchester the tide is turning. This winter, through A Bed Every Night, we are the only city-region in the UK working to provide beds across all our boroughs to meet demand for accommodation and support. We think that since the official count the number of people on our streets has dropped still further.

“The fact that more than 200 people are still sleeping rough in our city-region in this day and age is completely unacceptable and there is still much work to do. This is a humanitarian crisis, not of our own making, and there is no easy solution.

“A Bed Every Night is both morally and economically the right thing to do. Research by Crisis shows someone sleeping rough costs the taxpayer £20,000 over the course of a year – someone being helped by our programmes costs roughly half that.

“We are leading the way on this issue in Greater Manchester – in contrast to many other cities’ and city-regions’ figures our numbers have declined over the past 12 months, the first time that has happened here since 2010. I call on Government to recognise the success of our strategy and adopt it as the nationwide approach to tackling rough sleeping.”

The national rough sleeper count takes place every year on one night in November, with local authorities up and down the country submitting data to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). Figures are independently verified and the MHCLG subsequently publishes nationwide data early the following year.

These figures give the best indication of the numbers of rough sleepers on our streets, but it is generally accepted that the actual number is likely to be higher. However, these figures provide solid evidence of a reduction, which is backed up by what we are seeing on the streets.

For example, the latest figures, relating to the early morning of Friday 16 November, demonstrate that the number of people sleeping rough in Salford decreased, with 26 individuals counted compared to 49 the previous year. On the same night, roughly 40 people were inside A Bed Every Night accommodation in the borough as the scheme, which launched at the start of November, started to make an impact on the streets.

City Mayor of Salford, Paul Dennett, also leads on Housing, Planning and Homelessness for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA). He said: “We’ve been working hard to reduce rough sleeping in Salford but it would not be possible without the support provided through the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the numerous local charities, churches, volunteers, partner organisations and help from the people of Greater Manchester. You are seriously all invaluable.

“We’ve had approximately 40 people in A Bed Every Night accommodation and with other support this has reduced our annual rough sleeping figure from 49 to 26.

“Rough sleeping and homelessness is symptomatic of a failing system; shocking government cuts have decimated local authority services. Welfare reform, especially the roll-out of Universal Credit, the bedroom tax, benefits being frozen since 2015, sanctions and welfare conditionality have all contributed to the significant exacerbation of inequality and poverty across Greater Manchester.

“In addition to this the chronic under-supply of truly affordable housing (council housing) over the last two decades and lack of properties replaced that have been sold under Right to Buy has created a housing crisis, which has fuelled homelessness and rough sleeping across Britain.

“The latest national rough sleeper count figures for Greater Manchester show that we’re making some progress but there is still so much more to do to fix the broken system in 21st century Britain.”

In Manchester the number of people counted as sleeping rough in November increased to 123 individuals. Cllr Sue Murphy leads on homelessness for the City Council, and said: “There is a greater awareness and visibility of rough sleeping in Manchester so we are not surprised that the official figure has gone up since last year as this tallies with our own ongoing data which shows that more people are on the streets than ever before.

“The headcount figure is a snapshot on one night only. However, we know that the figure for rough sleeping rarely remains static and our own most recent figure in January tells us that 65 people were on the streets which shows that more people are taking up the offers of temporary accommodation and support available to them.

“This data provides us with regular, reliable and up-to-date information to enable us to plan and respond to that need accordingly.

“We know this is a challenging situation but are working tirelessly to address these complex issues which lead to people sleeping rough in the first place. We have outreach teams as well as those from partner organisations on the streets, offering accommodation, help and support, and we are striving to strengthen this support offer all the time to help people stay off the streets, rebuild their lives and reduce homelessness.”

A Bed Every Night, supported by local authorities and supplemented by generous donations from Greater Manchester’s businesses and members of the public, is the first step off the street for many of the city-region’s homeless and is currently funded to run to the end of March.

Operating alongside the scheme is the existing Social Impact Bond (SIB) which has thus far secured independent living spaces for 223 of the city-region’s previously most entrenched rough sleepers.

Next month Greater Manchester’s work to end rough sleeping will go even further with the launch of a ground-breaking Housing First pilot, backed by £7.6 million of Government funding. Its aim is to provide additional support to a further 400 people over the next three years by establishing accommodation for people facing multiple needs and exclusion, including homeless people.


Rough sleeping figures per borough, 2010-18:

  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016


2017 2018 Change
Bolton 2 1 1 1 4 8 8 17 21 950%
Bury 3 9 3 10 0 9 3 10 3 0%
Manchester 7 15 27 24 43 70 78 94 123 1657%
Oldham 1 0 1 2 0 2 3 2 2 100%
Rochdale 5 5 8 6 17 2 12 8 3 -40%
Salford 4 11 10 7 14 16 26 49 26 550%
Stockport 1 0 4 3 7 9 10 10 7 500%
Tameside 9 7 0 2 7 14 19 43 36 300%
Trafford 3 1 2 2 2 1 2 5 3 0%
Wigan 6 11 15 13 7 3 28 30 17 183%
GM Total 41 60 71 70 101 134 189 268 241 487%

STAND together against hatred and prejudice – that’s the call to Greater Manchester people ahead of Hate Crime Awareness Week.

This year people from across Greater Manchester have shown their support to end hate crime by featuring in a video, reciting the Hate Crime pledge.

Shared across social media throughout the week the video calls on people from across the city-region to sign up to the promise at letsendhatecrime.com/promise . The promise reads:

Let’s End Hate Crime – the Greater Manchester Promise

I’m proud that Greater Manchester is a place where everyone is free to be themselves:  where no one should face violence, abuse or hatred just because of who they are, who they love, where they’re from, what they look like or what they believe.

If I see someone abused like this I won’t stand by. I’ll take a stand and: support them, challenge their abuser, if it’s safe; and report it.

I make this promise to stand up for a Greater Manchester where we all look out for each other, we all stick up for each other, and we all stand together.

By signing up to the Promise, people are able to come together and show hate crime will not be tolerated in Greater Manchester and that we’re united against it.

Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Bev Hughes said: “The people of Greater Manchester have shown the world how we stand together in solidarity against those who would seek to divide us, and in support of those who face violence or abuse because of who they are.

“Now that spirit is more important than ever. As communities across the country become fractured by Brexit, we must stand together as one, and show hate won’t be tolerated in our region.”

Chief Superintendent, Paul Savill, GMP’s Head of Local Policing and Criminal Justice said: “Hate crime destroys lives and divides communities and has no place in Greater Manchester.

“This week of awareness is a powerful example of what can be achieved when we stand together against hatred and discrimination and celebrate the proud diverse region that we live in.

“Everyone has the right to feel safe in their community and we all have a responsibility to make the changes we want to see.

“If you see it happen, report it. If it is safe to do so, challenge it. This behaviour will not be accepted.”

Councillor Nigel Murphy, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, said: “It fills me with pride to know that Manchester is a city which embraces people of all walks of life, no matter their religion, skin colour, where they are form or who they wish to love.

“The strength of Manchester has always stemmed from its people and I have faith they will get behind our message of support, challenge and report, and rid our city of the scourge of hate crime.” Hi Ross

Throughout the week there will be a dozens of activities and events across Greater Manchester to encourage people to learn more about hate crime and how to tackle it. A selection of some of the events taking place include theatre productions in Rochdale, ‘travelling’ to understand different cultures in Chorlton and celebrating the cultural diversity within the borough of Bury.

The awareness week will be launched on Monday, February 4 at the St. Thomas Centre in Ardwick, where the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime will set out the aims of the week – to promote diversity and community cohesion across Greater Manchester.

Hate crimes are acts of hostility, such as violence or verbal abuse, directed at someone because of who they are. It’s things like someone being spat at because they are black, or being called names because they are a Muslim and wear a headscarf, or being beaten up for being gay.

Reporting hate crime is easy – you can do it online at http://www.report-it.org.uk/home, call the police on 101 or, if you don’t want to speak to police, report it at one of dozens of independent reporting centres across Greater Manchester.

Chinese New Year this year falls on Tuesday, the 5th of February 2019. And according to the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac cycle, the Chinese year beginning in 2019 is the year of the Pig.

Chinese New Year is the most important annually recurring festival for people of Chinese ancestry all over the world. It has been celebrated for over 1,000 years – possibly much longer, and the traditions involved are deeply ingrained in Chinese culture. For many, it is also a religious holiday, full of prayers, offerings, and other acts of devotion.

Chinese New Year, also known as the “Spring Festival” in modern Mainland China, is China’s most important traditional festival, celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunar-solar Chinese calendar, which consists of both Gregorian and lunar-solar calendar systems.

In Manchester the New Year will be celebrated with colourful public events in and around Manchester city centre, where we are proud to boast a large Chinese community.

There will be a full programme of traditional activities ranging from big street parties, dragon dancing, fireworks and other performances.