In the show’s 127-year history the annual Dog Show CRUFTS has seen many milestones, from the show being postponed during the First and Second World Wars, to its first televised showing to the nation by the BBC in 1950.
This year, there were 27,000 dogs taking part, with just under 21,000 in breed judging, leading towards the Best in Show finale.
That of course was over three weeks ago, but yet another milestone reached at the show was the success of the ‘Northern Rally Obedience Team’ which is still very much in the minds of the members of NAABTS and The Greenfield Dog Training Club.
This is the third year running that the popular and ever growing Rally Obedience has featured at Crufts and each year the Northern Rally Team has moved up in the loadings, and this year they reached their highest achievement when they came 2nd..
The award for 2nd place was for the whole team rather than individuals. However the single award for Best Rally Obedience Bitch for 2018 went to – Welsh Sheepdog, Nanhoron Gloria’s Ginger owned by Denise Byrne, who also showed her other Welsh Sheepdog bitch, Nanhoron Elsi Peabody on the Northern team.
Another club member, Chris Schwartz also worked a superb round with a tiny Schnauzer called Bisley.
Proud owner Denise said, “We all received rosettes and a medal making it a day to remember for all of us. Also one of our dogs from NAABTS won Dog of the Year (Bitch) in Rally Obedience, amassing the most points at the top level (Level 6) in 2018.
Denise concluded, “I am extremely happy and still a bit shocked. Both my dogs put it together on the day and produced really good rounds, but I’m made up and enormously pleased for the whole team!”
A bar in Ashton is hoping to raise £1200 to buy a defibrillator for the Old Street area of town.
Paul and Zoe Bradley opened ‘Heavenly’s Bar,’ named after their daughter, back in October at 8 Old Street after an extensive refurbishment.
Paul, who also owns Paul’s Barbers in St Michael’s Square, explained: “On Christmas Eve, a chap next door but one from here passed away after a heart attack. Just before that, a lady had a heart attack at The Shubar, but thankfully she pulled through.
“It got me thinking; the nearest defibrillator to here is on Ashton Market but the Market Hall closes at 5pm. The nearest one after that is in IKEA. We’re open until midnight so it makes sense for us to have one for this end of town.”
A large plastic bottle has been placed on the bar, to which customers have been generously donating.
Ashton St Peter’s councillor, Joyce Bowerman, is backing the fundraising efforts. “Well done to Zoe and Paul for coming up with the idea to raise money for the defibrillator, to the benefit of Ashton,” she said.
“It’s a necessary piece of equipment that saves lives and it’ll be really useful to have one in this part of Ashton.”
When the funds have been raised, the defibrillator will be installed and registered with the ambulance service, but Paul doesn’t plan to stop there.
He said: “When we’ve raised enough for one defibrillator, we’re going to carry on and attempt to raise money for another one. Then we can perhaps install one at Loco Pizza, as they’re always open until the early hours of the morning.”
Plans for a new ‘state of the art’ £9m college building for students to learn the tools of the construction trade have been given the green light.
Tameside College has been given permission to demolish existing ‘poor quality’ buildings on the original Ashton-under-Lyne site and replace them with a brand new ‘construction skills centre’.
The project has been backed by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority which last April agreed to invest £3.3m in its development – a third of the total cost.
Some £71m has been earmarked by the combined authority for investment into skills between 2017 and 2021.
At a meeting last Wednesday morning, the borough’s planning committee unanimously backed the plans.
The new building will be able to house the majority of trade workshops under one roof, which are currently split across different buildings at the Beaufort Road campus.
These consist of carpentry and joinery, painting and decorating, electrical, plumbing and gas departments.
The officer report recommending approval of the application states that the intention is for the site to become the ‘primary focus’ for technical skills.
“Overall, it is considered the proposed design and its use of high quality materials as indicated will enhance the area by significantly regenerating the site,” it adds.
“This in turn would have a very positive benefit upon the character and appearance of the campus.
“It also considered that the proposal would contribute significantly towards the regeneration of the Beaufort Road campus creating a modern teaching and learning environment for future students.
“The development is aligned with council’s economic and social aspirations of raising attainment within the borough and will contribute directly to the Vision Tameside strategy.”
The two-storey skills centre is the first step of the college’s master plan to replace the older buildings with ‘high quality’ facilities.
The buildings to be demolished are the Portland building, refectory, Elysium, and Ryecroft.
It is intended to coincide with the completion of the new Advanced Skills Centre – part of the Vision Tameside development – in the town centre, which would see fewer students using the Beaufort Road campus.
The construction skills centre would cover 2,749sqm, and would link to the Victoria building through a mezzanine.
Mrs Emma Turner with Malakai Wigley Davis Semra Karaman Ryan Booth and William Howard
Last week, the staff and pupils at Bradley Green Primary Academy in Newton, Hyde wanted to play their part in creating cleaner and brighter surroundings around their area by taking part in the Great British Spring Clean – part of the ongoing ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ campaign.
The campaign calls on #LitterHeroes to help improve the environment on their doorstep.
With the help of local housing association Jigsaw Group and their CleanCare team, the pupils rose to the challenge and collected 40 bags of rubbish which included an old kitchen sink! The litter was then sorted so that it could be recycled and safely disposed of by the CleanCare team.
Councillor Peter Robinson also joined the children on the day to raise their Green Flag in recognition of the school’s Eco status as part of the largest environmental schools programme in the world, Eco Schools. The scheme is designed to give power to pupils by increasing their environmental knowledge in order to improve the school environment amongst other things.
By meeting these criteria a school was awarded the ‘Green Flag’ status.
Vicky Cameron, Head Teacher at Bradley Green comments “We’re proud of the fact that we’ve been an eco-school for over 10 years and have retained our Green Flag status. This links us closely with the community in which many of our children live, so by taking part in campaigns like this, we hope the children will see the bigger impact and continue their learning in the wider environment. ‘
The event was organised by Emma Turner, who as well as being a nursery teacher, is the eco-coordinator for the school. “It’s great to see the children involved in activities like this and really making a difference to their community”.
She added “As well as learning about the environment, and global issues, they also develop as individuals, cultivate a team spirit and realise the responsibility they have to the planet for future generations.”
The most fantastic and most fun fundraising event is coming back to Tameside on Sunday 2 June: yes, it’s the Willow Wood Bubble Rush!
Suitable for all ages, the Bubble Rush has four bubble stations, where the highly trained bubble specialists will be pumping out huge swathes of brightly coloured bubbles for you to revel in. And its double bubble for the Willow Wood Bubble Rush – whilst others have a 5k route through the bubble stations, by holding it at Dukinfield Rugby Club’s grounds our bubblers have to go around twice, so they get eight goes through the bubbles! Double Bubble indeed!
It really is great fun, and since the bubbles are environmentally friendly and coloured with food colourings it’s perfectly safe for even babies and toddlers. And with under two years of age going free, it is the perfect day out for all the family.
Although the Bubble Rush starts at noon, we’ll be asking everyone to sign in on the day from 10am. With music to accompany the event, a mass warm-up, merchandise stalls and refreshments available you’ll have a fantastic time. The registration fee includes a commemorative T shirt and a colourful medal and is great value at just £10 for 3-15 years and £20 for adults.
Chris Hayden, event organiser said: “The atmosphere was brilliant last year, and will be even better this year – we’ll be having more stalls, more food and more fun. It’s not a race, so just enjoy your time in the bubbles. Last year we had over 1,200 registered bubblers, and we are expecting even more this year, so if you want to be sure of your place register now.
“Although the Bubble Rush is great fun, it is a fundraiser for the Hospice, and the registration fee only covers the cost of putting the event on. We need £6,800 each and every day to provide our care to the people of Tameside and Glossop, so we do ask that you try your hardest to raise funds for us.
“Having said that, we do know just how difficult it can be to raise sponsorship so why not order one of our free fundraising cards when you register. At just £2, your friends and colleagues will be happy to have a go – and they could win a cash prize, while we’ll get £100 with every completed card.
Just go to www.willowwood.info and sign up now. You really will have the best time at the Bubble Rush.”
PICTURE BY CHRIS BULL Hospice CEO Eamonn O’Neal with actress Sally Lindsay at last year’s Manchester Midnight Walk
With only one month to go until this year’s Manchester Midnight Walk, you can almost hear the sound of cheesy disco tunes and the buzz of excitement as thousands of local people embrace the event’s Manchester bee theme and warm up for a night of fun and fundraising to support a local charity.
St Ann’s Hospice’s flagship fundraising event is back on Friday 26th April, and will be starting and finishing at Manchester’s iconic Cathedral, thanks to the support of the team there.
The event, which is sponsored by Betfred, is celebrating its thirteenth year, and has raised over £2million for the hospice since its launch.
The fun starts at 9pm with BBC broadcaster Phil Trow hosting the main stage to get the crowd ready. There’ll be a Zumba warm up to kick-start the walk, and the fabulous Throb Lovelace & The Pitts will be showing off their best moves as they play cheesy disco hits to get everyone in the mood.
The route for the 10km sponsored walk, which sets off from the cathedral at midnight, takes in many of Manchester’s famous landmarks, and all finishers will receive a special goodie bag and medal to thank them for taking part.
Organisers are urging anyone wishing to enter and join in the fun to do so quickly, as places are booking up fast.
Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive of St Ann’s said: “We’d love anyone who is still thinking of taking part to sign up to join us on the night. It is such a fun event, with a real party atmosphere, and we are always tremendously grateful to everyone who turns out to support the hospice in this way.
“The event is real testament to the power of local people, from our local community, getting together to do something amazing for others. All of the money raised really does make a huge difference to the lives of our patients, and just as importantly, those who take part always tell us how much they enjoyed the experience.
“Some walkers join us to walk in memory of lost loved ones, whilst others simply join for a night of fun in our amazing city. Whatever your reason, please do come along. I can’t wait to see you there.”
*To register, or find out more, please visit www.mmwalk.org.uk, call the hospice on 0161 498 3631 or email email@example.com
Homes in Greater Manchester are being offered an exclusive green energy deal, backed by renewable electricity generated in the North West of England.
The tariff, which is limited to the first 1,000 homes to apply, is from Octopus Energy, one of the UK’s fastest growing suppliers, and can save a typical Greater Manchester home £272 a year.
Residents can access the deal, which is backed by Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), at www.gmgreen.energy.
Green energy experts Big Clean Switch, who negotiated the tariff for the GMCA, say the Octopus deal combines low cost green energy with the supplier’s award winning customer service. Octopus is the only UK energy supplier to have been named as a Which? recommended provider for the last two years running.
Every unit of electricity used by homes on the tariff will be matched by power generated at a wind farm in the North West of England – High Power Wind Farm in Wigton, Cumbria.
The exclusive deal is only available until 17 April, and is timed to coincide with the launch of a five-year Environment Plan for Greater Manchester at Mayor Andy Burnham’s Green Summit, which took place yesterday at the Lowry Centre.
Councillor Alex Ganotis, Green City-Region Lead for Greater Manchester Combined Authority said:
“Our five year Environment Plan sets out our vision for a green Greater Manchester and the urgent actions we all need to take to help achieve this. Clean, renewable energy is an essential part of this plan and something we can all act on now. This exclusive green energy tariff makes it easy, accessible and affordable for everyone to switch today and play their part in greening Greater Manchester.”
Big Clean Switch Managing Director Jon Fletcher said: “This tariff gives residents of Greater Manchester an easy way to buy green energy that is both affordable and supports the region’s growing renewables industry.”
As well as all 10 Greater Manchester local authorities, a host of other organisations from across the city including football clubs, universities and businesses are backing the Greater Manchester Big Clean Switch campaign, the first of its kind in the UK.
The sweet sound of music is in the air at Hyde Community College now that the school have launched their own record label ‘Hyde CC Records’ and is aiming to provide bands, musicians and vocalists with a professional and accessible place to lay down their tracks and record and release music from their talented students.
Students are able to book recording sessions with Head of Music, Mr Anthony or Mr Garlick and can record & release their own music.
Mr Garlick said: “Everything is set-up ready for bands, soloists and vocalists to make a record and we can do anything from solo acoustic to full rock bands. We want our students to be able to come in here and feel comfortable.
One of the first bands to take advantage of this facility is the alt-rock ‘New revolution’ who plan to release its very first debut EP later this year. But first, they’re giving a taste of the project with a brand-new single, “Lovebird Scumbag” You can listen to the song below:
New Revolution is a young rock band from Hyde Community College, who are currently making a name for themselves in the local area. The band have been together for less than a year but have already started writing, recording and releasing their own music.
With members as young as 12 years old, the band is doing remarkably well! They rehearse every lunchtime in the Music Department and are constantly writing and performing new songs.
The band got the bug for performing and making music following a school concert. Since then the band have competed at a local Battle of the Bands, at the fabulous Pop Cafe in Hyde and represented the school further afield in Manchester too. The band exudes a fantastic energy and passion for music.
The band have taken full advantage of the school’s new record label, Hyde CC Records’ and have started to record and release their own music. The music can be heard by searching ‘New Revolution Hyde Music Department’ on YouTube.
New Revolution are certainly a band to look out for in the future.
“The debut EP builds on the band’s early work”, Mr Garlick said, “which incorporates their raw, energized sound, with streetwise lyrics. Overall, I think they have really come together as musicians and songwriters and are able to get a good mix of everyone’s differing influences into this new record.”
The bands latest releases can be heard on YouTube by searching ‘Hyde CC Records.’
The new studio is proving to be popular in school with students already booking time to record. The label has had a helping hand from industry experts and is now being promoted far and wide on social media. A musician from the band ‘Curse of Lono,’ currently on tour in the USA said: ‘The record label has clearly lit a fire in all those involved. This is exactly the kind of thing that needs supporting, encouraging and nurturing.’
A very proud Head of Music, Stephen Anthony commented on the emphasis that Hyde Community College puts on encouraging the schools raw musical talent, “We find that students who take-up music, whether it be singing or playing an instrument, teaches them discipline, self-belief, and the importance of hard work. It gives them confidence. As Head of Music, the joy is seeing students play together, or play on a stage. They blossom, and that confidence spills over into every part of their lives.”
“Working with New Revolution has been great,” says Stephen, “They’re skilled and competent, I’m sure they will take their songwriting and musicality to the next level.”
A long-serving volunteer from homelessness charity Emmaus Mossley has been recognised with a national Emmaus Hidden Heroes Award, run in partnership with Room to Reward.
Volunteer Keith Joint, aged 73 and from Mossley, was nominated for the Lifetime Achievement award by fellow community members at Emmaus Mossley. Nominees are put forward based on their commitment, dedication and determination to go above and beyond to increase the positive impact of Emmaus communities. Winners are then selected by an independent judging panel.
Keith said: “I was totally taken aback and surprised to have received this Emmaus Hidden Heroes Award. I’ve had a warm, glowing feeling since I got the news and it’s just nice to know that I’m appreciated.”
Keith has volunteered tirelessly for Emmaus since 2010, giving his time on two days per week, primarily in the wood workshop but also helping with maintenance and building improvement works. His furniture repairs alone have brought back into use 1000s of items, saving them from landfill and generating considerable revenue for Emmaus.
Emmaus UK has teamed up with Room to Reward to offer Emmaus companions, volunteers, trustees and staff the opportunity to be recognised by their peers and win a two-night break to reward them for the work they do for Emmaus.
Room to Reward was created to say thank you to “Hidden Heroes” – the inspirational people who do so much in the name of charity. Winners are awarded a two-night bed and breakfast hotel stay for themselves and a guest at a choice of hotels throughout the UK and Europe.
Alison Hill, Director of Emmaus Mossley, said: “Keith is one of the longest serving volunteers at Emmaus Mossley and is a stalwart of our community. His dedication to Emmaus Mossley is truly inspirational and for such a humble and modest gentleman, it is fantastic that his efforts have been recognised with an Emmaus Hidden Heroes Award.”
Emmaus Mossley supports 26 formerly homeless people by providing them with a home and work in a community setting. The charity is one of 29 Emmaus communities across the UK, supporting more than 800 people who have experienced homelessness.
Seven young people, aged 16-25, are currently taking part in a 12-week team programme with the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Prince’s Trust programme at Hyde Fire Station. Part of the programme involves a community project, with the group deciding themselves to help the Droylsden Water Adventure Centre.
Team Manager Sarah Quinn explained: “The team had to research in the area to see what they could choose as their project. This was put forward as one of their options.
“They chose the Water Adventure Centre because of the range of young people that access this centre. One member of the group had accessed the centre before and she was grateful of the help she got while she was here, so she said that she wanted to give something back.
“It needed to be self-funded so the young people did a bag-pack as ASDA in Hyde, which raised £460. Everything that has been done, we’ve paid for ourselves.”
Over a fortnight, the team renovated the path to improve disabled access down to the water, painted all the wooden benches and canoes and renovated the meeting room in the lock cottage, making it brighter and more inviting for people who use the centre.
“We’ve just finished now,” Sarah added. “It’s took blood, sweat and tears and a few little arguments along the way but they can see that with planning and hard work, you can achieve anything. That runs through any aspect of their life, including gaining employment.”
The 12-week team programme also involves a five-day residential trip, three team challenges and a fortnight’s work placement. There is also ‘Next Steps’, which involves things like CVs and interview techniques to help get the young people into employment.
The GMFRS Prince’s Trust runs all across Greater Manchester, with three programmes in each area every year. The current programme finishes on April 18th, with the next one starting in May.
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