Sunday, June 16, 2019
Town Events

What better excuse could there be for dressing in style, getting together with your best girl friends for a Prosecco reception, a delicious lunch, and the opportunity to win some cash with a flutter on the horses than Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot? And if you book for the Willow Wood Ladies’ Lunch then it doesn’t matter whether the sun shines or not, as you’ll be in the comfort of the Best Western Smokies Park Hotel.

The Ladies’ Lunch has long been a popular fixture of the Willow Wood calendar, and this year falls on Thursday 20 June.  Elaine McConnell, event organiser said: “Ascot is very much a social occasion, and we follow that tradition as we welcome our guests at 12noon with a glass of Prosecco and time to mingle and chat with friends before taking our seats for a three-course lunch.  That’s followed by the excitement of placing your bets with our team of bookies before each race is screened live.

“There’s time between the racing for the ladies to celebrate any wins, as the cash prizes are paid out there and then.  It really is a fantastic atmosphere – and there can be quite a few corks popping as the winners are toasted!”

Everyone rises to the spirit of the occasion by dressing in their most stylish outfit – and, of course, a hat or fascinator.    Prices have once more been maintained at £39.50, which is great value for such a wonderful day.  Tickets can be booked online at, or collecting a leaflet from the Hospice reception or any of our shops.

Elaine said, “We’re also looking for raffle prizes and would welcome any contributions.  These would, of course, be acknowledged in the programme and seen, therefore, by over 200 guests on the day”.

If you could donate a prize please contact Elaine by ringing 0161 330 7788 or emailing


Remember the swinging sixties? Or just love the music? Whichever way, one of our wonderful supporters George Hansford is organising a fantastic show supporting not only Willow Wood, but two other local hospices too!

This coming Friday, the Special Sixties Show will be at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in Oldham.  It’s a great line-up, with The Merseybeats, famous for songs such as the million selling “I Think of You”, and “Don’t Turn Around’.  The Fourmost who reached the top ten with “Hello Little Girl” and “A Little Loving” are also appearing and Mike Pender, the original voice of The Searchers, completes the bill.  His voice was the one on maybe their best-known hits, “Needles and Pins” and “Don’t Throw Your Love Away”.

Tina Pringle, community fundraiser said: “It should be a fantastic show, and it’s really good value at just £22 per ticket.

I’d like to thank George for organising this on behalf not just of Willow Wood, but also Springhill and Dr Kershaw’s Hospices who will also benefit from the event.”

So if you’re a sixties fan and fancy reliving a few musical memories tickets can be purchased from, or the Queen Elizabeth Hall box office, 0161 770 4083.

Willow Wood is pleased to announce that the champion fundraiser in our 20/20 Challenge is the Ashton based ‘Your Tax Shop,’  Between February and the end of April the team of accountants flung themselves into a flurry of fundraising and raised the wonderful amount of £1,740.82.

They were presented with a beautiful glass trophy and certificate from Willow Wood chairman, Pat McCloskey during the awards evening which was held at Stalybridge Celtic Football Club on Wednesday 8 May. Partner Yvonne Cookson said: “We’re delighted to win, and so happy that these funds will help support such a fantastic local charity.”

Elaine McConnell, corporate fundraiser said: “I can’t thank Your Tax Shop and the other 19 local teams enough.  Together, they’ve raised over £7,000 for Willow Wood – and that’s with some funds still to come in and any Gift Aid claimed on the sponsored events

“The runners up were Stalybridge Archery Club who raised £1,204 with a 24 hour sponsored arch-a-thon, and I must mention the Crafty Crafters who brought in £1,040 with the sale of their pet snuggle mats. However, we’re deeply grateful to all the teams for everything they did to raise vital funds.  We’ll be repeating the challenge next year and hope even more teams will take part.”

Full details of the Challenges and donations raised are on the Willow Wood website,


The new Greater Manchester’s Mayor’s Charity has been launched by its Patron, Andy Burnham, at a speech in central Manchester.

Focussed on raising money for the issues people care about in Greater Manchester, the independent charity will initially look at helping to reduce homelessness. One of the projects it will support is Bed Every Night, set up to help deliver the Mayor’s ambition to end the need for rough sleeping in our city region.

The charity has taken over from the Mayor’s Homelessness Fund, launched two years ago as the Mayor took office. More than £640,000 has been raised, with £96,000 given out to support Bed Every Night and help people get off the streets. Any unallocated money from the Mayor’s Homelessness Fund has now been transferred to the charity and the fund closed down.

The charity’s Trustees come from of a mix of public and private sector backgrounds with a blend of skills, who represent the community which the Charity hopes to serve. Together, they will share the responsibility for governing the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity and directing how it is managed and run.

Capital and Centric’s CEO, Tim Heatley, will chair the Trustee Board alongside a board that includes retired athlete and sports charity founder Diane Modahl, Manchester Methodist Central Hall’s Minister, Rev. Ian Rutherford and PWC Partner, Jane Forbes.

Tim Heatley said: “I’m very pleased to be appointed Chair of the new Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity which will play a key role as the city-region comes together to tackle homelessness.

“While this is our initial focus, and particularly supporting Bed Every Night, we will also set out to tackle social issues and support vulnerable members of our community. I’m looking forward to working with our fantastic trustee board and harnessing their skills and expertise as we face these big challenges head on.”

Charity Patron, Andy Burnham, added: “In Greater Manchester we don’t walk by on the other side.  It was people here who demanded that as a city-region we tackled the issue of homelessness and rough sleeping head on, and we have.  But I know people want to do more and this Charity will now give us all a focal point where we can direct our efforts and make a real difference.

“Greater Manchester’s A Bed Every Night scheme has been a real success with more than 1,400 individuals supported off the streets in just half a year.  Around 480 people, more than a third, have also been assisted into more secure accommodation.  The Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity will now play a vital role in helping this work progress to its next stage.”

Find out more on the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity’s new website, which has gone live today, at

Talking about dying, and about our own funeral can be quite an uncomfortable subject, but it’s something that will happen to us all. 

Research shows that only about a third of us have thought about our funeral or made a will, and even fewer have thought about their end of life care or organ donation.  As part of the national Dying Matters Awareness Week, Willow Wood will be holding a Death Café between 11am-3pm on Wednesday 15 May, in their own coffee bar at the PAD in Stalybridge.

Staff nurse Gill Wills and Willow Wood Counsellor Sarah Ellenbogen will be there throughout the day, and to help stimulate discussions will be handing out free slices of Death by Chocolate Cake!  Gill said: “We’ll be asking people how they’d like to be remembered, what songs they like playing at their funeral, who has been their inspiration in life, and other questions about life, death, grief and more.  We’ll be using special Dying Matters cards which will hopefully prompt some debate and make people think about a topic that can often be left until it’s too late.”

Sarah agreed: “It’s never too early to talk about this, and few of us know how a parent, sibling or partner would their funeral to be arranged.  It can be difficult to broach the subject with a loved one, but we’re confident that the Death Café can help.  It’s a very light-hearted approach about an inevitable part of life.”

Gill and Sarah will also be happy to discuss aspects of Willow Wood care that may help you or your family.  There will be information about our care and remembrance events such as our Butterfly Memory Release, which can help celebrate and commemorate the lives of your loved ones.


Don’t forget, that Glossop’s Artisan Market will be open again this Saturday (11th MAY 2019) and will continue to offer a fabulous range of goodies from local artisans – designers, craftsmen, foodies, artists, and many more crafted items every 2nd Saturday of the month.

Based on Glossop’s outdoor market ground, this is your opportunity to see firsthand the variety of talent on offer and to purchase an original item or gift for you, your friends and families.

The Glossop Artisan Market starts at around 9am and finishes around 4pm.

This regular event has proved to be an ideal platform for local Artisans to display and promote their products, with many of the Artisans attending on a regular basis.

And once you’ve discovered the bargains outdoors, you’ll be knocked out by what you can find from our fantastic regular indoor traders.

If you’re a local trader who would like to get involved, either in the Artisan Market or indeed taking a stall indoors, you can contact: Colin Deeley on: 07794 768495 or email:

For more information, please visit their Facebook page:

Marking another milestone in building Hyde’s sustainable retail offering, Hyde Town Team are proud to announce the return of their ‘Meet the Market’ Event – a special one day programme, designed, entirely subsidized and developed by members of Hyde’s volunteer Town Team to introduce local retailers and organisations directly to the shopping community.

This event, which will be staged on Saturday 18th May 2019 on Hyde’s Market Square, gives all the participating Businesses, Retailers, Stall Holders, Non-profit organizations and Community Groups another unique opportunity to ‘get out in the fresh air’ – away from their traditional premises and present their products and services to Hyde’s Saturday shoppers from open air, pre-booked Market Stalls, a Grand Marquee and pop-up Gazebo’s.

The purpose of the ‘Meet the Market Day’ is to enable shoppers and visitors to connect and directly talk with local Hyde businesses who will be set up to ‘get up close and personal’ with their customers; so that they know exactly what they’re about and exactly who they are buying from.

Visitors to this year’s ‘Meet The Market Event’ will see Demonstrations and Presentations, be invited to participate in free Tastings, find out more about community groups and enter Competitions, – oh, and there’s a little sprinkling of Live Music and Entertainment to add to the occasion from the very talented Music Students from Hyde Community College and a local children’s Face Painter.

Hyde Town Team Chair, Julia Harrison said, “The generous support of community members, local businesses and organisations helps Hyde; as a small Market Town, to survive in today’s ever changing retail environment and by combining shoppers loyalty with businesses generously sponsoring and supporting these town centre events, show a shared commitment to sustaining an and energising Hyde as a traditional market town. “I would like to thank all our participating retailers, the organisations and community groups that have supported us thus far. And without the work of our ‘busy bee’ volunteers, this returning event, purposely designed to advance economic development, neighborhood vitality, and community building, wouldn’t be taking place.

So please make a date to visit Hyde Market on 18th May 2019 Pick up your BIG PRIZE RAFFLE TICKETS and take part in this unique shopping day.


The St. George’s Day Parade for North Tameside Scout District commenced on Old Street Ashton and proceeded to the Albion Church. The parade was led by the St John Brass Band.

The civic mayor, Councillor Denise Ward, was joined in the parade by Councillors Dave McNally and Joyce Bowerman, they were followed by nearly 400 members of the Scouts from Ashton and Droylsden.

The theme of the service was Community and Harmony. The service was led by the Rev. Edward Inglis. The District were joined at the service by three past District Commissioners Jack Millin, Derek Casey and Ken Marks.

The service was designed by members of the 3rd Ashton, St James’s, Scout Group. The 3rd are celebrating their 110th birthday this year. Part of the service was given over to a brief history of how the group started at Christmas 1908 after 6 lads met under a street light on Cowheel Lane, Ashton. They then went to their Sunday school teacher to ask him to start the troop. Early activities included a week’s camp in Blackpool for 45p, being cycle messengers in both world wars between Ashton Town Hall and the Barracks on Mossley Road, and holding a garden party with special guest Frankie Howard, who was made an honorary member of the Group.

Long service awards were presented to Susan Frankish, 30 years, Sam Burgess, 15 years, Michael Symes and Amanda Kinsey, 10 years, Andrew M’Claren, Maureen Longley and Richard Curtis, 5 years. Wood Beads were presented to Richard Willis. Finally Explorer Belts were presented to Jack Bailey and Christopher Hall.

During his address Rev. Inglis stressed the importance of the role of leaders to help the young people in their care take a full and active part in their local, national and international communities, by teaching them the skills of life.

After all sections had renewed their Promises, District Commissioner, Andy Morton, thanked all who attended and took a full part in the service.

If you would like to help with your local Scout Group contact Alan Fish at or contact by phone on 07931 765120

The traditional Derbyshire market town of Glossop will host their second Artisan Market of the season on the 11th May 2019.  It will run from 9am to 4pm on the outdoor Market, offering produce from over 25 talented craft vendors – some local and others from further afield. 

Glossop’s monthly Artisan Market has been praised by many regular retailers throughout the town, who regularly see customer numbers expand tremendously on the back of the event. That’s because the wide variety of Artisan Traders complement those regular retailers in the indoor market, which cumulates to offer shoppers and visitors a truly great atmosphere.

On the day shoppers will see everything from wood carvings, soft furnishings and tailor made clothing, handmade jewellery, artisan glassware, delicious food, crafted beers and much more.

Colin Deeley, Glossop Market’s Superintendent, said: “Glossop’s Artisan Market is the ideal place to go if you’d like an enjoyable, fun-filled shopping experience -with plenty of opportunities to buy imaginative gifts for your family – or even to treat yourself to a unique item or indulge in some tasty high quality home-made food products.”

The second Glossop Artisan Market of the year opens on Saturday 11th May 2019, between 9am and 4pm and will continue throughout the year on the second Saturday of every month at Glossop’s Outdoor Market right up to Christmas. 

“Entry as always is free so why not come along and see what’s on offer?”

And after you’ve filled your shopping bags with bargains – why not drop into one of Glossop’s many cafés for coffee and cakes; try a beer at one of the town’s micro-pubs or go for a full blown delicious meal!

If you can’t make it to one of Glossop’s Artisan Market events – 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:

Or visit their Facebook page:


Homelessness charity Emmaus Mossley is going inter-galactic next month for a special sci-fi and fantasy themed charity event on Saturday 4 May.

The ‘Emmaus May The Fourth Be With You Day’ is being organised by community members of Emmaus Mossley who all share an interest in science fiction and fantasy films, TV shows, games and culture.

Fleet Admiral McVittie, one of the people supported at Emmaus Mossley, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming all forms of life in accordance with Starfleet directives. We are particularly looking forward to meeting the alien known as Pierre whom we understand to be friendly.”

The event will include a visit from two giant puppets from Global Grooves, a fancy-dress competition with prizes for kids and adults, a rocket building workshop with Manchester Museum, a sci-fi and fantasy quiz, Star Trek Online taster sessions and futuristic food and drinks.

Emmaus Mossley supports 26 formerly homeless people (companions) 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 and vintage wares.

Hazel Hodkinson, Retail Manager at Emmaus Mossley, said: “This is the first of our events to be entirely organised by Emmaus Mossley companions. As well some great fun-filled activities, our Secondhand Superstore will be stocked full of bargain toys, memorabilia, retro games, books, comics and DVDs, all with a sci-fi and fantasy theme. This event promises to be a great day for all ages to enjoy whilst supporting our charity.”

The ‘Emmaus May The Fourth Be With You Day’ will take place on Saturday 4 May from 10am at Emmaus Mossley, Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley OL5 9AH.

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.