Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Town Events

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: colin.deeley@highpeak.gov.uk
Or visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GlossopMarket

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 elaine.mcconnell@willowwood.info or you can go to our website www.willowwood.info to find out more or to book your tickets.”

Sixty kind-hearted volunteers raised more than £2,000 for a local charity, to help support hospice patients and their loved ones.

The supporters gave up their weekends to help St Ann’s Hospice raise funds at a series of collections in Manchester City Centre and Trafford Centre. They were joined by hospice mascot Stan, who was a big hit with passers-by.

Fundraiser Helen Taylor with Stan the hospice’s mascot

Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive, said: “So many local people donated to the hospice as part of these collections, and we were thrilled to have raised such a fantastic amount.

“We couldn’t have done it without the support of the selfless volunteers who gave their time to help us on the days, and I’d like to thank them very much for all they do for the hospice.”

The volunteers were also joined by members of local choirs who performed at the collections, including the Greater Manchester Rock Choir, the Manchester Survivors Choir, AKTheatre Arts (with soloist Emily Kate), and the Salford Community Choir.

St Ann’s Hospice supports people with life-limiting illnesses from across Greater Manchester 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. With around a third of their funding received from the NHS, the rest, equating to around £20,000 a day, is fundraised through a range of events, activities and trading initiatives.

Eamonn added: “Every day as I walk through our hospice buildings, I see the difference the care our patients and their families receive makes to their lives, and we can only do that because of the kind generosity of people in our local communities. Thanks again to everyone for their support of the hospice. It’s very much appreciated.”

For more information, or to make a donation to St Ann’s, please visit www.sah.org.uk or call 0161 498 3631.

 

August 1st is the day when blue light services from across Greater Manchester will come together to celebrate the annual emergency services open day.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) will be joined by other local emergency services including Greater Manchester Police (GMP), North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and partners from further afield.

Running for the ninth year the event, which takes place at intu Trafford Centre on Thursday 1 August, hosts a huge display of emergency vehicles, vintage appliances, a hydraulic platform and much more.

Over 15,000 people are expected to come together and find out more about their local blue light services. Attendees will have the chance to watch fantastic demonstrations, including chip pan fires and road traffic collision rescues, plus the opportunity to learn vital life-saving skills such as CPR.

The Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester, who is set to open the event, Bev Hughes said: “This event is not only a fantastic day out, but an opportunity for the Greater Manchester public to get an insight into the day-to-day roles of our incredible emergency services and how they work collaboratively.

“I’d encourage everyone to ask lots of questions and learn some fundamental skills that can help others in times of crisis.”

The free event will commence at 10am, with the opening ceremony taking place at 11am, and will close at 4pm.

This year’s Safe4Summer partnership campaign has launched with the primary aim to keep the young people of Greater Manchester safe and provide information to their parents and carers so we can all work together to achieve this.

As part of the Safe4Summer campaign there is a chance to win an iPad – please enter the competition here: https://www.gmconsult.org/gmfrs/a6684bd2/. Please note this is for children aged 5 – 16 years old.

Share your photos from the event by using the hashtag #999Day on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Hyde Town Team, who work tirelessly to boost town centre retail success to the community, have thanked everyone who backed their fourth annual ‘Blue Light Community Day’ which was held on Saturday 27th July 2019.

Editor of the onsite daily news portal, Local Community Matters’ (www.localcommunitymatters.com) and Town Team member, said, “…it’s an honour to be able to give back to the community in this way and produce a series of events that put a smile on so many faces! Our thanks go to everyone who came to the event and to all the contributors’, sponsors and supporters who helped us to put on this popular annual show.”

 

Keeping with the ‘first responders’ theme, the team; supported by Specsavers Hyde, held a fun competition to ‘guess the number of balloons’ that had been crammed into a vintage police Panda Car, in their effort to raise much needed funds to help the team host future events in the community. One lucky entrant won the huge family hamper which was generously donated by Morrisons, Hyde. ‘A big thank you to everyone who entered both the Town Team Raffle and the ‘Balloon’ competition, which together raised more than £500

 

The Town Team Raffle winners will be announced next week, after all the winning contestants have been informed.
Julia Harrison, Chair of the Hyde Town Team, added, “The feedback we have received from this event, from all the exhibitors and local shoppers and residents has been wonderful.”

“It’s been a big year for the Town Team and we’re now planning more events for next year and we’re starting to build more awareness of what we do and the difference we make. Thank you to everyone who supported us throughout the year, especially to those who donated – every penny will make a difference.”

As a veteran player, Callaway sales manager and twice Lancashire Amateur Champion, Martin Wild needs no introduction to the golfers amongst us. However, you may not know that he is a patron of Willow Wood Hospice, and a committed champion of hospice care.

Martin will be hosting a golf tournament on Friday 13 September as part of Willow Wood’s 20th Anniversary celebrations. Held at the very attractive wooded Ashton-under-Lyne Golf Club the course, which nestles in the foothills of the Pennines, does present quite a challenge. Martin said: “As well as providing a great day of golf, the tournament will raise much needed funds. I was shocked when I realised that, although it costs £7,340 every single day to provide its loving, specialised care, Willow Wood have to raise over 79% of that from their community. Having experienced at first hand the support, compassion and wonderful care given to patients and their families, I pledged to do whatever I could to help.”

Event organiser Elaine McConnell said: “I can’t thank Martin enough for hosting this tournament on our behalf, we’re all really looking forward to the day. We are offering hole sponsorships with advertising opportunities at each tee and anyone who would like to take this opportunity to advertise their goods or services should contact me direct on: elaine.mcconnell@willowwood.info – or ring me on 0161 330 7788.”

With refreshments on arrival and at the halfway mark, a delicious three course dinner, prize presentation and more, represents good value for £300 per four ball. There’ll be competitions along the way and a luxury raffle in the evening.

Online booking is available by going to www.willowwood.info, or alternatively contact: fundraising@willowwood.info or 0161 330 7788 for more information.

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 (bridgewater-hall.co.uk).

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 chenderson@sah.org.uk).

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: chris.hayden@willowwood.info or 0161 330 7788. And if you’d like to register for the Midnight Wander just go to www.willowwood.info 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.