Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Town Events

Local policing is to be bolstered by more than 300 additional police officers as part of plans to tackle increasing and complex crime across Greater Manchester in the face of Government cuts.

Proposals to increase the policing element of the council tax have been backed by the Police and Crime Panel [today/this week], and follows a public consultation, where 59% of people who had their say backed the increase of £24 per year for a Band D household.

Speaking at the Panel meeting, Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester Bev Hughes made it clear that the additional £18m raised through the council tax increase will be invested in improving the local police service.

That means that in the coming year we will:

  • Recruit 320 additional police officers to strengthen neighbourhood teams and policing of the transport network.
  • Continue to improve the 101 non-emergency service
  • Increase the grants to local authorities to fund community safety initiatives
  • Invest in new approaches to tackle serious violent crime and violence against women and girls.

Deputy Mayor Bev Hughes said: “I want to thank Panel members for supporting this proposal, and also to the communities of Greater Manchester for backing their local police service. I also want to be clear that this has been a difficult decision to make. However, in light of the Government’s continued failure to fund Greater Manchester Police fairly, we have been left with very little choice to ask residents to pay a little more to ensure we can keep our communities safe.”

Cllr Tamoor Tariq, Chair of the Police and Crime Panel said: “Our police officers continue to go above and beyond every day to keep us safe, as resources have shrunk and crime has gone up. Yet the Home Secretary has failed to follow through on promises to back our police. Despite repeated calls from myself as Chair of the Panel we have had nothing more than warm words with very little action.

“The Panel and I have supported the council tax proposals put forward by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, but we do so with heavy hearts and a renewed plea to Government to fairly fund our police without local taxpayers bearing the brunt.”

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “I am pleased that we will have able to move some way towards the 7,000 officers I believe we need to police Greater Manchester. I am grateful for the support we have had from local people who are being asked to pay more for policing. The additional officers will be a welcome boost and provide a proactive policing team working across Greater Manchester and support neighbourhood policing.”

Around 80% of GMP’s budget comes a central government grant, but this funding has been cut by £250m since 2010, resulting in the loss of 2,000 police officers and 1,000 police staff. This is against a backdrop of increasing crime and complex demand such as cybercrime, child sexual exploitation and human trafficking. In December, the Government badged a £15m increase in the police grant as investment in local policing, when it reality it will merely cover the police pension shortfall.

Bev Hughes added: “Time and time again the Government has shamefully passed the financial burden of local policing onto local taxpayers, at a time when threat levels are severe and crime continues to rise. Whilst our plans to strengthen officer numbers is good news, we are still a long way off mitigating the cuts – and damage – caused by this Government’s disregard for public safety.”

The increase of £24 will take the annual bill for policing for a band D home from £174.30 to £198.30.

Band B is the average Council Tax Band in Greater Manchester. For these properties the police precept would be £154.24 per annum, which is the equivalent of £2.97 per week – an increase of 36p per week.

The Mayor is responsible for setting the budget for policing, the fire service and other mayoral functions, which local people contribute to through a part of their council tax bills called the mayoral “precept”.

You can read more information about the proposed precept for the fire service and mayoral functions here. These plans will go to a special meeting of Greater Manchester Combined Authority on 15 February.


Touch Solicitors and staff from Dr Kershaw’s are skydiving to raise funds for patient care by skydiving from over 10,000ft on 16th February!

On Valentine’s Weekend, lead nurse for community services Lindsey Harper and digital marketing apprentice, Kate Noble will be ‘Falling for Kershaw’s’ as they skydive from over 10,000ft with Touch Solicitors to raise funds for patient care at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice in Oldham.

Taking the leap from Touch Solicitors is Basit Maqsood, 23, and mum-of-two, Trusha Hirani, 37. The pair decided to support the Oldham Hospice after Capital Appeals Fundraiser, Lisa Buckley visited them. Basit said: From there we kick started the idea of doing something absolutely insane for a good cause. So we decided it would be a good idea to jump out of a plane. Dr Kershaw’s does an amazing job at supporting so many families at a very difficult time. Even the thought of losing your loved ones can be very distressing.”

Self-confessed adrenaline junkie, Trusha is hoping to inspire her daughters Mahi, 8, and Vidhi, 6, saying: “I just want to show them that there is nothing in this world you can’t do”. Hoping to walk to the plane Top Gun-style, Basit is yet to tell his mum he’s doing the skydive: “and I’ve got a fear of heights! But when I’m in the situation I’ll love it, I will just crack on.”

Reaching new heights from Dr Kershaw’s Hospice, nurse Lindsey Harper, 44, is looking forward to “crossing something off the bucket list to raise vital funds for our wonderful hospice!” Leading the Nursing Times award nominated service, Dr Kershaw’s Hospice at Home, Lindsey said: “When I’ve seen anyone doing a skydive my first thought has always been “I would love to do that”, the experience looks absolutely amazing, although I do think I will feel quite nervous on the day.”

The Hospice at Home service provides patients and their families with the appropriate level of additional care required, to ensure the patient has the support they need to remain in their own home if this is their preferred place of care and to prevent any unnecessary admissions to the hospital.

Joining Lindsey from Dr Kershaw’s is digital marketing apprentice, Kate Noble, 21, who is looking forward to doing something completely out of her comfort zone and raising money for patient care as Dr Kershaw’s celebrates its 30th year.

To support the skydive, please go to links below:

Trusha Hirani & Basit Maqsood: https://business.facebook.com/donate/1088172598041108/

Lindsey Harper: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lindsey-harper2

Kate Noble: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kate-noble-drkershaws



Four varied projects that aim to benefit the Mossley community are seeking support at the next Mossley SOUP event on Thursday 7 February.

Mossley SOUP aims to bring the community together to promote, fundraise and support local projects that benefit the people of Mossley. For a donation of £5, diners receive soup, bread, hear four project presentations and then vote for their favourite idea.

Each presenter will get four minutes to share their idea and an opportunity to answer four questions from the audience. The winning project idea receives all of the money raised on the night to carry out their project.

The seventh Mossley SOUP dinner, sponsored by Tameside Rotary, will take place on Thursday 7 February from 6.30pm at Longlands Mill on Queen Street, home to Emmaus Mossley.

Tameside Rotary members who attended the last Mossley SOUP community crowdfunding dinner in October 2018 were so impressed by what they saw that they offered to become the sponsor for the forthcoming event.

Dennis Hilton, member of Tameside Rotary, said: “It was fantastic to see so many Mossley folk enjoying a great night out whilst generating much needed funds that will benefit the local community and we feel privileged to be able to support this very worthwhile initiative.”

The event will also include guest speakers, live music and a raffle with prizes donated by Alan & Vivs English Fish & Chips, Alphin Cycles, Dinnerstones, Donkeystone Brewery and Body & Mind Therapy Centre.

Past Mossley SOUP dinners have raised between £545 and £1,216 for each of the winning projects. All of the projects that have been presented at Mossley SOUP have benefited in some way. This includes increased public awareness, new volunteers, donations of materials and other financial support.

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 http://bit.ly/MossleySOUP.



Tameside Rotary Club are pleased to announce that Santa has now collected and counted his money and very generously has given it to Tameside Rotary for distribution to worthy causes.

Tameside Rotary would like to take this opportunity to thank all who helped make this year’s collection so successful. We raised just under £5,500.00!

The Tameside Rotary Club provides can offer funding to support people in the Tameside area. They also donate funding for charity and community group projects.

If you are a charity or community group who are looking for urgent funding, then please go to our website to complete a simple application form for our consideration. Closing date 15th March.

If successful, the lucky recipients will be invited to our Presentation Evening on Tuesday 11th June at the Village Hotel in Ashton.

The website address for application forms is www.tamesiderotaryclub.com

Visitors to Willow Wood were surprised earlier this week when Santa popped round to make a late Christmas delivery.

During their annual Christmas collection, Tameside Rotary was given some foreign coins along with £5,500 in donations, which have been earmarked for local good causes. Members of Rotary decided to add their leftover holiday money to the pot and pass this across to Willow Wood.  As Santa himself said, “Willow Wood does such a great job helping people and I’m very pleased to make this special trip!”

Anthony Lord, head of income generation was very pleased to receive the donation from Santa and John Moon from the Rotary Club saying, “Most people have some leftover holiday currency taking up space in drawers or an old wallet.  Why not follow Rotary’s example and drop this off at Willow Wood.  We’d be very grateful to receive it, and it will go towards the £6,800 we need every day to care for our patients.”

If you’re involved with a local charity or organisation and would like to apply to Tameside Rotary for funding please go to their website, but applications for this year do need to be in before 15 March.  And if you’d like to find out more about Willow Wood go to www.willowwood.info.



As it comes into its 30th year of saving, adopting and caring for vulnerable animals of all shapes and sizes, Haywill Animal Rescue desperately needs donations.

Their appeal comes after the charity’s main sponsor was forced to stop donating £500 a month due to personal circumstances – an amount that was vital to the self-funded initiative and those it supports.

The shelter not only rescues vulnerable animals from homes and farms, but has also been providing “animal-assisted therapy” to those with special needs, mental health issues, disabilities and behavioural difficulties for eight years.

Their roster currently boasts cats, dogs, pigs, sheep, chickens, ponies, guinea-pigs and even turtles and terrapins who are looked after by the Haywill team, with some going on to be adopted by members of the public.

Over the Christmas period, Glossop’s Aldi Superstore generously donated their leftover vegetables that would have otherwise gone to bio-waste, but that supply has since run out.

Founder and Special-Needs Teacher Lynn Haydon-Williams, 58, said that the rescue is a lifeline for both people and animals, but is struggling under the financial strain.

Lynn, who also has degenerative disc disease added that the shelter is what keeps her going, admitting she’s a “soft-touch” when it comes to animals in need.

She said: “This place helps me, but it also keeps a lot of people who come here going too… it’s a real labour of love.

“We really need sponsors, general donations and even kind donations of things like fresh fruit and vegetables, bedding, horse feed and hay bales.

“Even if you can’t give money, we would love to have those who want to volunteer, there’s something for everyone here. If you can DIY, make a website or want to muck in, we care about what you can do – not what you can’t.”

If you would like to donate to Haywill Animal Rescue or find out more, you can visit their website at: https://www.haywillanimalrescue.co.uk/default.html or email: lynn@haywillanimalrescue.co.uk


Entering its sixth successive year, the popular event is taking place on Sunday, July 14 from 10am.

The race, which starts and finishes at Mossley AFC’s Seel Park ground, with ‘Grandstand Views’ for spectators, is an undulating and picturesque course and takes runners from Upper Mossley, around Lower Mossley and Greenfield with beautiful views of the stunning, countryside around Mossley and Saddleworth.

Entry has been priced at £17 for unaffiliated runners, and £15 for UK Athletics affiliated members.

All runners must be 15 years old or over.

267 runners took to the streets for last year’s event.

Mossley Running club, which won Club of the Year at the 2017 Pride of Tameside Sports Awards, had 76 members take part on Sunday, while the Hyde Village Striders were also out in force with 11 runners, and the Greenfield Greyhounds had six representatives.

However, it was American-born Evan Holland who crossed the finish line first in 34.12, while Michael Mannings, who represents Oldham and Royton Harriers, came second in 35.13, and Royton Road Runner Rob James placed third after finishing in 36.05.

Meanwhile, Hyde Village Striders’ Vicky Wright retained her crown as the female winner after crossing the line in 39.03. She was trailed by Salford Harriers’ Kate Knox and East Cheshire Harriers’ Hayley Simpson, who finished second and third respectively in the female division.



 If you are in business you will know that making contacts is of vital importance, and a great way of doing this is to join a business networking group.  Willow Wood’s Business Connexions is the ideal way to link up with local contacts in many different sectors.

Members can enjoy a breakfast bap at the monthly meeting with the opportunity to showcase their products and services.  As well as forging those vital business links, there will be the opportunity to hear informative presentations on subjects as diverse as cyber-crime, health & safety, marketing, HMRC compliance and more.

The meetings, which start at 7.45am on the last Wednesday of every month, are only part of the many benefits of being involved with such a well-known local charity.  Willow Wood can help companies meet their corporate social responsibilities easily and ethically, as there are many different ways for staff to volunteer and work as part of a team.

Members are given priority sponsorship opportunities, and advertising at one of Willow Wood well-attended events is an easy way to reach your community.  Willow Wood has a very active social media presence with a proven record of reaching up to a quarter of a million people with just one event.  Imagine the benefits of your company logo and a link to your website being seen by so many.

But it’s not just about these, and the other real benefits to your business.  As Elaine McConnell, corporate fundraiser said: “Every penny of the Business Connexions joining fee of just £30 each month comes directly to Willow Wood, and is a real, sustainable way of helping us continue our care.  This financial year it will take £2.5 million to maintain our services and we need to raise 79% of this from within our community.  By joining you are really helping our patients and their loved ones receive the support they need.”

Willow Wood’s next Business Connexions meeting is on Wednesday 30 January, so why not book your place.  The first meeting is free and you will be under no obligation to continue.  Please contact Elaine on 0161 330 7788 or elaine.mcconnell@willowwood.info .



HYDE UNITED FC will be hosting MARINE FC on Saturday 26th January 2019 and for the second 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 Marine 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!

Schools can download the poster by clicking on: SATURDAY 26th INVITE

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.


Two friends from Ashton are running marathons, navigating freezing canals in a canoe and even climbing Mount Everest (albeit virtually) in a bid to raise £10,000 for disadvantaged children across Greater Manchester.

Ian French, 42, and Steve Reid, 39, have been balancing their busy lives by training tirelessly at the weekend, currently clocking 40 miles by canoe through Ashton canal in preparation for their challenge.

From the 27th of January they will be paddling day and night to cover the 167-mile route from Leeds to Manchester, hoping to cut through Liverpool starting on the 27th January.

Armed with an arctic tent and support vehicle, Ian and Steve have given themselves plenty of options to get to their destination on the 2nd of February – just in case the canals freeze over.

Ian, who last year also ran the Stockport and Manchester Half Marathons with his mate, said the charity is incredibly close to their hearts, being fathers themselves.

He said: “I have a little girl and Steve has sons, we’re both family men and luckily our children have all the support and finances to help them.

“Unfortunately some of these children in Manchester have no families or come from struggling backgrounds, so we wanted to do our little bit to help local kids.

The money stays in this area and will be to donated to children in our community who are dealing with issues such as poverty, abuse, neglect and short life expectancy, aiming to give them great experiences in life.”

The duo are also set to take on an 11 hour virtual climb of Mount Everest in March which will be followed by two full marathons in Manchester and Milton Keynes in April and May.

They already have had some support from businesses, such as Senior Aerospace in Poynton, who’ve paid the entry fee for all marathons, and from branded gear from Totally T Shirts in Stockport – but are appealing for further sponsorship to help them achieve their goal.

Ian added: “Whether you’re a big business who would like to sponsor us or simply a Joe Bloggs on the street who could spare £5, every little bit helps our cause.”

So far the pair have raised £2,081, but are still seeking donations.

If you’d like to help, you can give directly at: https://tinyurl.com/y6umeo3u or give Ian a call on: 07872418548