Saturday, December 15, 2018
Town Events

Individuals, artists, groups, charities and business start-ups with an idea to benefit the Mossley community are being invited to share it at the next Mossley SOUP evening.

Mossley SOUP events aim to bring people together to promote, fundraise and support local projects that benefit the people of Mossley. The seventh Mossley SOUP evening is planned for Thursday 7 February 2019 at Emmaus Mossley and the organisers are searching for four project ideas to share on the night.

Your project idea can be about anything – from youth related, sports or environmental – to something creative or a new business start-up. The only criterion is that the project idea must be of benefit to the Mossley community.

At Mossley SOUP events, attendees donate £5 in return for food, entertainment, the opportunity to hear four project presentations, a vote and a contribution to the winner’s pot. Each presenter has four minutes to share their idea and answer four questions from the audience. The project presenter to secure the most votes goes home with all of the money raised at the door to carry out their project.

Previous Mossley SOUP dinners have raised winner’s pots of between £545 and £1,200 but all of the projects presented have benefitted in some way. This includes increased public awareness, new volunteers, donations of materials and other financial support.

To present your idea at the next Mossley SOUP dinner you will need to complete a short project proposal before Thursday 17 January. To submit a proposal online visit


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



The annual Gee Cross Christmas tree festival launches next week at Hyde Chapel and will be open to visitors from Friday 14th December – Sunday 16th December 2018.

Many of our readers will no doubt recall the wonderful Gee Cross Christmas tree Festival that was held for the first time last year.  It was so magical that the organisers decided it is held again this year and it really is worth a visit.

There will be over 30 Christmas trees on display decorated by local community groups, children’s groups and businesses, including GX Brabyns Neighbourhood Watch, which is currently being worked on by some of their members.

The Hyde Chapel location of the church is ideal for this event and people from all around the area are invited to walk around and admire the trees.

This year’s theme is “Countries of the World” and we have China. There will be a raffle (for adults and children ) with some amazing prizes donated by local businesses , an adults and children’s Tombola , a children’s quiz and on the Saturday some lovely musical interludes.

There will be refreshments available throughout the festival, so please go along join the festivities and vote for your favourite tree.

The festival will cumulate in the Nativity service to be held at Hyde Chapel on Sunday 16th at 6.30pm which will feature a live donkey!

The festival is open during the following times:

3.00-4.30 pm Friday 14th December 

10.00-4.00pm Saturday 15th December

1.00-4.00pm Sunday 16th December 

 A warm welcome will be extended to everyone who wishes to attend

Three formerly homeless people supported by Emmaus Mossley have completed an upholstery training course and their first finished pieces are now on sale.

The trio completed a one-week training course, funded by the Emmaus UK Companion Training Fund and delivered by NFS Upholstery is Stalybridge. Each trainee began their course by making and covering a small foot stool and then each chose a different type of chair to upholster.

Alex McGorrin was one of the three members of the Emmaus Mossley community who completed the upholstery training course.

Alex said: “The course has given me loads of new skills and given me a lift. I’m now in the workshop more often, bringing furniture back to life.”

All the finished upholstered pieces are now on sale at the Emmaus Mossley Second-hand Superstore. They include a high winged-back reading chair, chaise-longue and matching footstool, and an armchair with matching footstool.

Alison Hill, Director of Emmaus Mossley, said: “Helping our community members to use, develop and gain skills to enable them to progress in their lives is what Emmaus is all about. We’re delighted with the training delivered and glad that our trainees have already been able to put their skills to good use on a variety of projects.”

Following on from the course, trainees Alex and Pete upholstered a chair that was used for ‘Are You Sitting comfortably’ – an art installation by Emma Turner that was exhibited as part of the recent International Arts & Homelessness Festival in Manchester. Furniture items have also been repaired and upholstered for sale in the Emmaus Mossley Superstore.

Emmaus Mossley supports 26 formerly homeless people by providing them with a home and work in a community setting. The charity runs a social enterprise in Mossley, selling donated and up-cycled furniture, household goods, clothes, bric-a-brac and vintage wares.

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.

World COPD Day fell on Wednesday 21 November, and Willow Wood used this day to raise awareness both of the condition, and awareness of the fact that we can help those who have the condition.

Many of you may not know what COPD is: it is in fact an umbrella term, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which describes a number of lung conditions.  These include bronchitis, emphysema and refractory (non-reversible) asthma, all of which make breathing more difficult as they progress.  Symptoms can vary, but include breathlessness, frequent coughing, tightness in the chest, and wheezing.

It can be a very debilitating condition, and as it progresses leads to a lower quality of life.  Many can end up needing oxygen to help them breathe.  However, Willow Wood can help people self-manage and take some control back.  A first step in this direction could be by joining our O2 cafes, which meet on Mondays or Wednesdays.

We can provide both physiotherapy and complementary therapies; physiotherapy can help both with exercise and with breathing techniques, while our complementary therapies aid relaxation, and thus a better quality of sleep.   Emotional support can be a huge benefit; making friendships and talking to others with COPD can open up new horizons and make you feel so much more positive.

Our highly trained staff and volunteers are always on hand should you need further support, and they will also help you understand and manage the condition.  The more you understand your symptoms and treatments, the better able you are to cope with any flare-ups, possibly reducing the need for a hospital visit.

Some members of the O2 café have been coming for many months now, like Janet who said “I’ve been coming since October 2017, and I love it.  It’s my day out in the week and the support I get is fantastic.”   Lorraine agrees, “Everyone says how much happier I am now, I really think I wouldn’t be here without Willow Wood – I was ready to go. Initially, I didn’t want to come, I was shaking, but it’s helped me so much I couldn’t do without it now.  I even cancel other appointments if they clash with the O2 café.”

If you feel that you may benefit, please ring 0161 330 1100 and ask for the START Clinic.



To help Christmas go with a swing, XYLE More than Coffee have introduced a regular social event for ‘Elderly Ladies Who Lunch’ at their flagship outlet in Hyde – and by the initial reaction from guests who booked into their first Christmas themed event; a dozen lively ladies from Hyde Central Methodist Church, claimed that the afternoon cream tea they enjoyed at XYLE is now set to become a regular event for this group of friends, who love to meet up for luncheon, doll up, and chat with other ladies.

The ladies began to celebrate their ‘Christmas in style’ with their friends, with a special Festive sweet and savoury afternoon tea where they enjoyed a selection of themed treats, which included chef inspired Christmas Sandwiches, Pigs in Blankets, followed by a variety of Petits Fours; a delicious twist on a Christmas favourite – Frangipane topped Mince Pies and delicious Cakes and Jellies, accompanied by a perfectly blended selection of loose leaf teas and barrister prepared coffees. They all agreed it was a palatable success!

This exclusive XYLE festive menu will be available until 24th December.

Set in XYLE’s Coffee House, the beautifully decorated separate Tea Room offers a relaxed afternoon tea experience where you can indulge in an extensive selection of delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with jam and clotted cream, and a range of delicious artisan cakes and dainty pastries, accompanied by locally sourced loose-leaf teas, barista prepared coffees, or on occasion, a glass of prosecco!

Justine Power Rawson, XYLE’s Retail Brand Executive said, “Our aim is to make XYLE the first choice destination, not only for barista style coffees and artisan cakes, but also for breakfasts, brunch and afternoon tea events for individuals and groups in a sophisticated yet relaxed atmospheretreat yourself to a much deserved afternoon.treat yourself to a much deserved afternoon treat yourself to a much deserved afternoon”

For party bookings, please contact: 0161 366 1037, message us via Facebook or e-mail

XYLE More Than Coffee & Tea Room is open from: 7.30am till 6.00pm – Monday to Saturday and from 10.00am till 4.00pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays. The coffee shop stays open later on Monday to Friday when there are studio activities happening.



The Town Centre collaboration between Hyde Town Team, Tameside Markets and The Clarendon Square Shopping Centre, is delighted to announce details of their exciting ‘Christmas Shopping Event’ for all the family to enjoy on Saturday 8th December 2018.

You can expect to find traditional Christmas stalls selling locally made crafts, handmade gifts, local produce and delicious seasonal food! There will also be mulled wine, Christmas trees and lights, live entertainment, fitness displays, dancing and children’s activities for the little ones!

The event starts at 10.00am with festivities continuing until 3.00pm. The event will be officially opened at 10.30am by The worshipful the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Denise Ward and our local MP Jonathan Reynolds.

Father Christmas with his helpers will take pride of place in the indoor market’s themed Grotto.

There will be a variety of entertainment taking place throughout the day, filling the town centre with the sound of festive music. There’ll also be Craft Stalls, Fabulous food & Mulled Wine, Bar, Dancers, Choirs, a guest appearance by BJORN the BEAR, Solo Artists, Face Painter and local Rock Band – NARROW MARGIN.

Blood Bikes Manchester and Specsavers staff; assisted by Hyde United’s ROARY the TIGER will be on hand to point out the visibility problems that can be encountered whilst winter driving and the Hyde Town Team will be running a Grand Raffle with great prizes, a ‘Guess the Price’ competition, where you could win a child’s electric ride-in car and a fabulous Tombola stall.

The team have also arranged for a couple of very cool walk-around Christmas characters for both the indoor and outdoor markets; helping everyone to get in the festive mood.

In addition you’ll also be able to stock up on all your Christmas Shopping from regular market vendors, so you can pick up your usual fruit and vegetables, fresh turkeys, beef joints, Christmas savouries and mince pies from retailers in The Clarendon Shopping Centre and the indoor Market Hall, which will be open from 8.30am for you to pick up those special gifts and Christmas bargains.

To make sure shoppers do not miss anything, a Town Centre Christmas events guide with full musical listings will be available to pick up in stores?

Jonathan Reynolds said: “Christmas is a great time of the year and it is also a vital trading period for our local Town Centre retailers.” He went on to say, “Once again the Town Team, with the help and cooperation with The Clarendon Square Shopping Centre and Tameside Markets have lined up an outstanding programme of events and performers. The line-up has something for people of all ages and will attract shoppers and visitors who want to take part in the fun.”

Cllr Denise Ward, said: “This Christmas Shopping Event in Hyde will mark a 17 day countdown to Christmas in the Town Centre and with the announced support programme of live entertainment to get everyone feeling festive, it’s no wonder that this Hyde Town Centre event is expected to attract a large number of shoppers looking for those special gifts and purchases.”


Now established as one of Hyde’s oldest and best traditions – Hyde Rotary Club’s Santa Claus’ annual sleigh route has become a series of ‘practice runs’ around the town before the elderly gentleman departs on his busy night – delivering presents to children around the world!

This year the Rotary Club’s Christmas Sleigh, steered as tradition demands by Father Christmas, will be setting off touring of the various districts in Hyde between December 1st and the 22nd.

Helped by the Rotary Club members and volunteers, Father Christmas and his helpers will be visiting various locations, including the town’s supermarkets and superstores in the run up to the festive celebrations, where they will be handing out Christmas cards and sweets.

The club will be asking you to spare your change as they collect to continue to fund fantastic causes, help support local projects and assist many worthy charities in your area in community projects throughout the year, it also gives the children the opportunity to come out and ask Father Christmas for those last minute Christmas presents; – and if you’re lucky, have a picture taken with Father Christmas.

Hyde Rotary President, Karen Dorney, said, “I would like to encourage residents and children to come out on to the streets this festive period and get involved in the Christmas spirit and donate to our collection to help support the many local projects we will be supporting next year.

Please note routes are subject to weather, road conditions and the number of helpers on each day and night.

For updates to the schedule follow our journey on Facebook, Rotary Club of Hyde


Hyde Rotary Club Christmas Schedule 2018

Week One

Saturday 1st December ASDA Hyde 11.00am-3.00pm

Saturday 8th December B&M Manchester Road 11.00am-3.00pm

Monday 10th December Godley Hyde 6.30pm-8.30pm- Oakland’s Drive, Beech View, Firethorn Drive, Hazelwood Close, Walnut Close, Acer Close, Almond Way, Mottram Road, St Pauls Road, St Michaels Road, Crossbridge Road, St Giles Drive

Tuesday 11th December Godley Hyde 6.30pm-8.30pm-High Street, Carlton Road, Sheffield Road, Barmhouse Estate Fountain Street

Wednesday 12th December Gee Cross Hyde 6.30pm-8.30pm- Foxholes Road, Auburn Ave, Coronation Ave, Brookes Ave, Grovernor Road, Berkley Close, Freshfield Ave, Fawley Ave

Thursday 13th December Newton Hyde 6.00pm-8.00pm- Talbot Road, Bradley Green Road, Harbour Farm Road, Hickenfield Road, St Marys Road, Duke Road

Friday 14th December Hyde 6.30pm-8.30pm James North Estate, Mansfield Road, Grange Road South, Walker Lane, Lumb Road, Market Street, Dowson Road, Green Street, Bradbury Street, Thornley Street, Haughton Street

Saturday 15th December Morrison’s Hyde 11.00am-3.00pm

Week Two

Monday 17th December Newton Hyde 6.30pm-8.30-Barnfield Road, Hillary Road, Everest Road, Harris Drive, Welch Road, Danby Road, Victoria Street

Tuesday 18th December Gee Cross Hyde 6.30pm-8.30pm Rowbottom Street, Ralph Ave, School Lane, Gloucester Road, Sandringham Road, Windsor Road, Frogmore Ave, Knott Lane, Woodfield Ave, Waverley Road, King Edward Road, York Road, King Edward Court,

Wednesday 19th December Hattersley Hyde 6.00pm-8.30pm Underwood Road, Pudding Lane, Wardle Brook Ave, Paignton Ave, Honiton Ave, Hattersley Road West, Field Farm Road, Sgt Mark Stansfield Way, Hattersley Road East.

Thursday 20th December Newton Hyde 6.30pm-8.30pm Ferndale,St Marys Gardens Chestnut Grove, Talbot Road, Victoria Street, Glyden Close, Townley Fold, Pentland Way, Early bank Road, Lasells Fold

Saturday 22rd December Tesco Hattersley 11.00am-3.00pm

A last word from Karen, “From everyone at Hyde Rotary, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.”


After the successful launch in Hyde of the Tweed Tap bar, Tweed 2 has now opened its doors on High Street East in Glossop. Although the new bar has been open for less than three weeks it has already become a popular spot not only for lovers of real, locally brewed ales, but also for couples and groups of both men and women who appreciate the pleasant surroundings the friendly atmosphere and the fine choice of drinks available.

Tweed 2 is literally a couple of doors up from the Norfolk Arms traffic lights and it has been developed by the husband and wife team of Kevin and Gaynor Clegg. Kevin, who is a builder, has designed and constructed the inviting interior of these most impressive premises, while the day-to-day running of the bar is in the capable hands of Gaynor who comes from an experienced licensee background.

Tweed 2 is open every day (except Tuesday). On Monday, Wednesday and Thursday the opening times are 2.00pm until 10.30pm. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday it is open from 12 noon until 10.30pm.

The many exclusive attractions of this new bar are apparent the moment you step through the doorway. Not only is it superbly appointed with pleasant surroundings and comfortable seating, but the splendid array of drinks available will be more than enough to suit every taste.

Of course the well stocked bar includes the full range of hand-pulled award winning craft beers locally brewed by Tweed, including Hopster, IPA, Black Shire Stout and Gold, but it also includes the famous Tweed lager, plus guest craft ciders

Equally impressive though is the mouth-watering selection of flavoured gins, the ‘top-shelf’ whiskeys, brandies and other spirits as well as an excellent choice of wines, including of course prosecco.

With a generous discount on beers for CAMRA members the new Tweed 2 is without doubt going to become a major attraction in Glossop town centre.

Tweed 2, High Street East, Glossop SK13 8DA



Willow Wood’s ‘Light Up A Life’ dedication services bring comfort to many in our community as we celebrate the lives of loved ones with carols, readings, brass bands and choirs.  It is also a wonderful opportunity to view the dedications in our Book of Memories.

However, so many people attend and want to view the Book that you may not feel you have long enough to take it in.  If you would like to spend a little more time with your memories, then visit our multi-faith prayer room where the Book of Memories will stay throughout the Christmas period and then for the whole of 2019.

Our ‘Light Up A Life’ stars, inscribed with your dedication, will be proudly displayed on the two trees in our prayer room from 17 November until Twelfth Night.

Please be assured that if you have chosen our online Book our staff and volunteers will write and hang the stars to ensure that every single dedication is in place.  You may come along to Willow Wood at any time to view these.

However, as we transform our lovely gardens into our magical Garden of 1,000 Lights from 20 November, why not take advantage of our open evenings every Tuesday and Thursday until 20 December.  

There will be festive refreshments available, and as well as perusing your dedication you will be able to walk round the beautifully illuminated gardens and enjoy a hot chocolate or winter cocktail along with a delicious home-made mince pie.

Willow Wood has to raise £2.5million to maintain and develop our services and we have a wide-ranging calendar of fundraising events. Two very different events being held in the next couple of weeks are our Kids.Com Car Boot Sale and the Festival of Christmas Music.

Sunday 25 November sees our last indoor car boot sale of the year at Astley Sports Centre.  All pitches are already sold out, and it’s the ideal place to pick up a pre-loved bargain – just in time for Christmas!  As the name suggests, it’s aimed at children of all ages, and there will be books, toys, DVDs, clothes and more, all at bargain prices.

The following Sunday, 2 December sees the ever-popular Festival of Christmas Music, in the impressive surroundings of the Albion Church, Ashton.  Organised by a committed team of volunteers, this will feature the Accord Choir and the Ashton-under-Lyne Brass Band.  Admission is by programme, available at the Willow Wood reception and both the Ashton and Stalybridge Hospice shops.

At just £5 including a cup of tea or coffee and a mince pie it’s a wonderful way to start the festive season.


For further information on Light Up A Life or the Garden of 1,000 Lights, please visit our website, which will give you full details of these and our other fundraising events


Lyceum Theatre Oldham, located in the heart of the town, is hosting a Craft Fair on Saturday 8 December, 12 noon – 4pm, following the success of last year’s event.

The popular local amateur theatre has a history of raising funds through its performances and sharing its profits with local and national charities, as well as putting profits towards refurbishing its front of house areas in the basement venue on Union Street.

Small local businesses and talented individuals have been hand-picked for its second fund-raising Christmas Craft Fair to give customers a chance to buy locally-made and sourced gifts, sweet treats and Christmas decorations, providing inspiration for unique presents and treats. Stalls will include cakes, wax melts, Christmas wreaths, bath bombs and much more.

Oldham Music Centre’s Chamber Orchestra, based in the same building, will be playing at 12 noon and a choir will perform at 1pm. And of course, Santa will be in his grotto all day granting wishes and taking note of Christmas lists.

The bar will be open serving mulled wine, mince pies, coffee and tea, a quiet haven to sit and relax after you’ve finished shopping! And there will be a mega-raffle to win prizes donated by the stalls and tickets to Lyceum productions.

There’ll also be an opportunity to have a look round the theatre and to meet many of the volunteers who keep the theatre running.