Thursday, April 2, 2020
Town Events

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.

The sporting calendar this year has once again been full-on with a wide range of sporting opportunities available to pupils from Primary Schools throughout Hyde.

Last week saw the final tournament of the Hyde School Sports competitions for the 2018/19 academic year.

The tournament was a Sports Festival, in a mini ‘athletics style’ format that had, running, jumping and throwing events.
Each participating school had a team of 8, (4 girls and 4 boys) and the aim was to score as low as possible (winning team got 1 point, 2nd 2 points and so on).

Some of the events on show were the standing long jump, javelin throw and many different sprint and relay races.

In a close fought competition, it was Flowery Field that managed to come out on top, scoring over 30 points less than their closest rivals.

This now concludes the tournaments for this year, a year that has seen over 800 children take part in competitive sports such as Ultimate Dodgeball, Football, Volleyball, Athletics, Handball, Basketball and many more.

Kay Hawke, who organises many of the Hyde Schools Sporting Events, said, “This year’s high participation rate reflects the enthusiasm our children have for their love of sport, with many of them taking advantage of our after-school clubs; the success they have had across the range of competitive sporting events and the way the children have embraced the opportunity to take part in new sports, was fantastic. Well done everyone!”

Parents and staff from all our schools have recognised what a great achievement it has been to get so many children, not just taking part in sport, but learning the life skills that team competitions allows them to do.

As ever all these events could not have been run without the staff and the Sports Leaders from Hyde Community College, who deserve a very big thank you from all our young sports people of the future.

This coming Sunday, (14th JULY 2019) Hyde United’s Walker Lane ground will host a fun-filled, family-fun Charity Football Match in support of CALM, the Campaign Against Living Miserably.

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.

Organised by James Clayton, who lost his best friend to suicide 2 years, is, with friends and family, the aim is to raise funds and raise mindfulness among the communities, that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health issue at some stage in their lives, and also to make men between the ages of 25 and 50 who maybe suffering deep depression in silence, aware that there is someone there to listen and help them.

Entry to the ground is: £1 for children & £2 for adults on the turnstiles, with all the money raised on the day going to help CALM keep their phone lines open.

Sponsored jointly by Onward Homes & MediaCo, the Charity Event will run from 12.00pm till 5.00pm with the actual Football Match featuring: Lee’s United vs Chappy Athletic kicking off at 2.00pm. with both teams going ‘hell for leather’ to pick up the Lee Randall Memorial Trophy.

Visitors on the day will also be treated to a whole host of other activities, including,

*The appearance of Tom Cassell AKA ‘Syndicate’
*SLBC FIFA Tournaments UK will also be there, come along show how good your skills are on FIFA.
* There’ll be lots of stalls with people selling their amazing products
*Evolution Smart – Brian Mcmanus will be showing off his smart car repairs business,
* Bulldog Valeting & Detailing
* There’ll be a fun ‘Beat the Goalie@ penalty shootout, competition.
* Face painting by Regan Brierley
* With a live band the Rubber Ducks playing from 3pm in the social club
* The bar & cafe will also be open for refreshments


The organisers of Mossley SOUP are appealing for local residents to support their latest community crowdfunding dinner on Thursday 4 July.

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 project idea to secure the most votes receives all of the money raised on the night to carry out their project.

The eighth Mossley SOUP dinner, sponsored by The Pet Care Company, will take place on Thursday 4 July from 6.15pm at Longlands Mill on Queen Street, home to Emmaus Mossley.

Projects presenting and appealing for votes on the night will be MERA (Micklehurst Estate Residents Association), Mossley Hollins Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, The Exploration Emporium and YOU. The event will also include guest speakers, live music and a raffle.

Past Mossley SOUP dinners have raised between £545 and £1,726 for each of the winning projects. All of the projects that have been presented at Mossley SOUP have benefitted 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 local businesses and Emmaus Mossley.
For more information and for details of future SOUP events head to

Hyde Town Team would like to say a massive thank you to all the school children that got involved with the Dinosaur model making competition which took place in April.

Sponsored by Philip Harris the UK largest suppliers of science equipment to schools and colleges, the judges found it extremely difficult to pick the winning entrant as there were so many incredible dinosaur designs to choose from.

Speaking on behalf of the Hyde Town Team, Roger Bamford said, “We were delighted by the enthusiasm and were impressed by all the creative entries we received.”

However, there had to be a winner and the judges decided that 5year old Amelia from Bradley Green Primary Academy, should win the day, and take the £100 voucher for science or school equipment back to her school.

David Sedgwick, from Philip Harris told us, “We were delighted to sponsor this fun competition as it not only introduced children to an early science project, but it also encouraged children to think creatively and young Amelia’s Dino’ model showed real imagination.

Amelia’s teacher Ms Lucy Blackshaw, added,”It has been wonderful to be part of this community event. The families all supported their children in creating some incredible Dinosaur models, discussing the shapes they used and carefully considering their colours choices, whilst thinking about the types of Dinosaur they were making. Well done to all the entrants!”

Echoing Ms Blackshaw’s comments, Vicky Cameron, reiterated, “As Principal, it’s great that so many families have got involved in another Hyde Community Event!”



Encl: Photo: 5 year old Amelia with David Sedgwick and Teacher, Lucy Blackshaw and Bradley Green Academy Principal, Vicky Cameron.


Generously sponsored by Specsavers Hyde, the biannual Classic & Vintage Car Event held on Saturday 15th June 2019, was blessed by a ‘sunny window’ in what can only be described as a very wet June week, when Hyde’s Market square again hosted over 20 cherished vehicles.

With a wide range of classic cars on display, hundreds of Hyde shoppers, visitors and their children took the opportunity of a welcomed break in the weather to meet the owners, who were more than happy to talk about their cars. Some even let the children sit in them!

Organised entirely by the hard working volunteers who make up the Hyde Town Team, the vehicle extravaganza has been hailed as one of Hyde’s most popular town centre events; and when weather permits, normally attracts 25 plus vehicles.


Also on the day; and aided by the fun antics of ‘Roary’ the Hyde United mascot, staff from Specsavers were on hand in the sponsor’s gazebo offering FREE optical advice and to hand-out money-off eye test vouchers, together with a large selection of ‘ branded freebies’ and balloons to everyone visiting their stall.

Neil Openshaw, Vice Chair of Hyde Town Team said, “The previous shows have been a great success and have grown in popularity which has attracted more and more visitors year on year. That’s why the team decided to put on two classic car events every year. It not only helps Hyde’s retailers and stallholders with increased sales, but it also enable those visitors who may have missed the earlier event to see again the cars our parents, grandparents and great grandparents’ used to drive!”

The classic vehicles were judged during the show by Diane Wood, Director of Specsavers Hyde, who also presented the prizes, with one proud owner picking up the prestigious ‘Car of the Show’ Trophy.

Neil also, pointed out the return of their next town centre attraction which will be ‘The Blue Light Event’ (27th JULY 2019) where hopefully, the weather will once again be kind by offering a sunny late July weekend, when Hyde town centre will welcome all the ‘Blue Light’ services.

“The Blue Light Event this year will offer Tameside townsfolk the change to meet the courageous men and women who keep us all safe and respond effectively to everyday emergencies in a family fun day of dynamic displays. Visitors will also be able to visit all the shops, cafés and browse all the market stalls and attractions Hyde town centre has to offer.”




Last week (11th June 2019) Tameside Rotary Club held their annual ‘Night of Cash’ which saw many local charities, voluntary groups, and community associations all benefit from the money raised by the club during their highly successful ‘Santa Sleigh’ Christmas tour of the area.

With The Mayor and his consort in attendance, over 30 local charities and organisations received cheques of various denominations to help them continue their vital works within the community.

Among those who attended; Susan Wilson received a cheque on behalf of Tameside Hospital league of Friends, who will use their gift to buy a new toaster. Also in attendance were Joyce Bowerman and Cath Lee, who will use their award to put on a ‘Meat & Potato Pie Supper’ at St Peter’s Community Gathering.

Mike Barlow attended from ‘The Shed’ and they will use the money to provide cooking classes to single men who don’t know how to cook well, and this will not only help them cook, but also encourage them think of healthy options when cooking too.

Tameside Concert Society also received money from Tameside Rotary and members of the club look forward to hearing one of the many weekly recitals currently being sponsored by them at Hyde Town Hall, when they perform on Friday 21st July at 1pm – a fabulous musical event, where everyone is welcome.

Drawing the proceeding to a close, Tameside Rotary President, Cliff Hall thanked everyone for attending the annual ‘Cash Awards’ presentation and looked forward to welcoming many more charities and community groups, who will hopefully benefit from next year’s event.



Willow Wood are proud once more to be joining forces with Hyde Rotary to bring the Gee Cross Fete back to the Sam Redfern Fields, Gee Cross, on Sunday 23 June.

This traditional Village Fete is a great day out, with activities and entertainment to suit every member of the family.  Gates open at 10.50am, and the Fete commences, as always, with the traditional service between 11-11.30am.

There’s a packed schedule all the way through the day with a great variety of entertainment, both in the Big Top and outside in the main arena.  Two great local DJs, Phil Hamilton and Andy Stott will ensure the atmosphere never flags, and the live entertainment in the marquee includes Belle Vue Brass, Circus Sensible and local singers Roy Andrew and CJ Andez.  Spindrift will take us back to the 60s and 70s, and the entertainment continues with the CCMTT singers and dancers.

Belle Vue Brass will also perform in the main arena, where there will also be some wonderful performances from the Freedom Dancers, Bombomb Fitness (local burlesque dancers), Dance Gallery, ARTSync and our very own Willow Wood Choir.

There will be refreshments, a bar, bouncy castles, craft stalls, classic cars, raffles, tombolas, children’s rides and much more.  This year, for the first time, Scruffs Dog Show will be taking place during the Fete.

The entrance fee has been maintained at £3 for adults, with accompanied children admitted free.  It really is a lovely family day out.  And if you need another reason to visit the Gee Cross Fete, remember that all proceeds will be divided equally between Hyde Rotary and Willow Wood, so you’ll know that you are supporting two great organisations that, in turn, support your local community.




Glossop has long been known as a pioneering town when it comes to introducing traditional values and community events held in and around its long established outdoor market; and now you too can benefit by becoming a stallholder for a day, – For the introductory fee of £5.00.

Offering shoppers and the many visitors who regularly visit the small Derbyshire town, Glossop’s well-known Market Traders can always be relied upon to offer a varied and colourful choice of quality items in a unique and friendly atmosphere which is enjoyed by all those people who are not only looking for a bargain, but proper customer service, good products and friendly chat.

Now, having firmly established their monthly ‘Artisan Market’ they are launching a ‘Pre-loved Market’ where discerning bargain hunters will be able to browse and buy many pre-loved and re-cycled items, ranging from items of furniture, clothing, toys and games and a whole panoply of everyday necessities. And at £5.00 to hire a stall for a day, Glossop will be undercutting rival market forces on all the other market grounds throughout the local area.

Glossop Market’s Superintendent, Colin Deeley explained, “Ever mindful of the changing face of retailing, we are trying to utilise the long established traditions of the Market place by injecting different elements to our standard offerings; and by using all the facilities of the Market, we are acting as an incubator for new local businesses and start-ups – giving local people a helping hand from experienced traders; welcoming in entrepreneurs from the wider community, whilst giving our loyal shoppers something different too.”

The Pre-loved Market will be held every last Saturday of the month and will run from 9.00am till 4.00pm

To book stall on Glossop’s Pre-loved Market at the introductory price of £5.00 a day, please contact: Us on: 07903 113 029 or 0781 333 1585 – but hurry, as these places will be going fast!

For further information regarding the hidden gem which is Glossop Market, please contact: Colin Deeley on: 07794 768495 or email:

Find what you are looking for on one of the region’s best loved markets it really is a shopper and bargain hunter’s paradise!

There’s nothing nicer on a summer’s day than to attend a traditional Village Fete, and the Gee Cross Fete is one of the best.

Organised by, and raising funds for, Willow Wood Hospice and the Rotary Club of Hyde it’s always well attended and is full of activities and entertainment for all tastes and ages. This year will be our 26th year.

As always, it’s held on the Sam Redfern Green and opens at 11am on Sunday 23rd June, 2019 with a church service. The entry fee has once more been retained at £3 for adults and accompanied children are free, and that represents great value for a really great day out.

Circus Sensible are old favourites at the Fete, and they’ll once again be delighting the crowds inside the Marquee. DJ Keeley D will ensure that the atmosphere never flags and Spindrift and Catherine Cooper Music and Tuition (CCMTT) will also be keeping the audience entertained.

There’s a great mix of music, singing, and dancing in the outside main arena, with the Belle Vue Brass Band, Freedom Dancers, Willow Wood Choir, BomBomb Fitness and ARTSync guaranteeing a mix that won’t fail to entertain.

In addition this year we have the Scruffs Dog Show, craft stalls, tombola’s, raffles, children’s rides and much more. Refreshments will be available all day, including a licenced Gin bar and alcohol refreshment bar. It really is a great day out for all the family.

And if you need another reason to visit the Gee Cross Fete, remember that all proceeds will be divided equally between Hyde Rotary and Willow Wood, so you’ll know that you are supporting two great organisations that, in turn, support your local community.