Saturday, December 15, 2018
Town Events

As the festive season rapidly approaches, nothing spells the start of the ‘Christmas Holidays’ more than Glossop’s fabulous Christmas Artisan Market and the town’s big Christmas Lights Switch-on.

The small and historic Derbyshire town of Glossop has held an Artisan & Craft Market for over 30years, and this year there’s no exception. Featuring a wide range of stalls this popular Christmas Market is the ideal place to find those perfect Christmas gifts, stocking fillers and delicious goodies for Christmas hampers and quirky personal gifts that you’ll not find in the High Street shops!

Considered by many to be one of the best towns for atmosphere, entertainment and fabulous bargains, Glossop’s Annual Artisan Christmas Market on Saturday 24th of November and runs from 9.00am till 8.00pm and as usual it will coincide with the town’s Christmas lights switch on Norfolk Square, which is planned to start at 7.00pm. So you can celebrate the town’s Christmas Light switch-on at the end of a fun filled day of festivities in and around the Market Square.

Over the years, Glossop’s Artisan & Craft Market signals a dazzling start to the town’s Christmas holiday event. And with the annual Christmas Light switch-on; one of the most exciting events held in the town centre, as well as a festive indoor market and food stalls.

On Saturday 24th November, shoppers will be treated to an array of music throughout the day, while parents can treat the children and take ‘selfies’ at the markets ever popular Santa’s Grotto.

Adding to the festive atmosphere, throughout the day the Howard Town brewery will be running a full bar, offering a wide range of seasonal and traditional drinks and mulled wine; with the Artisan Market event culminating at 7.00pm with Christmas and festive songs from the 30 strong ‘League of Ladies’ WI Choir, who’ll be closing the annual event at 8.00pm.

With over 30 stalls from local Businesses, Artisans, Crafters and makers offering hand-made gifts, rural crafts, festive decor, and local produce, cakes, pies, specialty local beers and ciders, gift bags and hampers – plus the added attraction of the town’s Christmas Lights switch-on, Glossop is the place to be!

This annual community Christmas event which typically attracts thousands of local residents and families is the ideal place for Glossop town people to spoil themselves and their loved ones with good food and great gifts, not to mention the festive lights switch-on and a fantastic selection of entertainment and attractions on offer.

New Charter Homes and Aksa Homes; part of Jigsaw Homes Group have been awarded a gold rating for its environmental performance, after being assessed by a national environmental benchmarking group, SHIFT (Sustainable Homes Index for Tomorrow).

The accreditation measures the environmental work of organisations in the housing sector and assesses key areas that they need to deliver in.

According to the report, the organisations were recognised for their sustainability projects such as carbon literacy training for all staff and installing electric vehicle charging points at offices.

Different categories have looked at the environmental impact of all of the housing associations’ work, including new build and day to day office practices, existing property works and future plans for remaining environmentally friendly.

Danny Vose, Head of Asset Management for Jigsaw Group said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to gain the gold rating from SHIFT and are really pleased to be recognised so highly for our awareness of the environment that we work in.

“We understand that, now more than ever, all companies need to recognise the impact that they have on the environment but particularly so in the case of building work. We work hard to have only a positive impact on the communities that we work and develop in, so we’re delighted to be recognised so highly by a national body.”

For more information, visit or Twitter @JigsawHG.



The Addams Family has been disturbing and amusing people for about 80 years and has proved to be remarkably durable.

Beginning as a simple cartoon, the family has survived TV series and several film adaptations.

Inevitably a Broadway musical had to follow in 2010, and now High Peak audiences can enjoy a lively production at the New Mills Art Theatre.

Described as a comedy, the themes are dark – but in the end it is a love story.

New Mills Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society have assembled a talented cast of 22 for this ambitious show which opens tonight (Wednesday).

Gomez (Ian Tyler) and Morticia, his wife (Emma Taylor) have been married for 25 years. They vowed never to keep secrets, but when their daughter, Wednesday (Harlie Farmer), falls in love with an ‘ordinary’ boy, Lucas Beineke (Harry Bloor), Gomez proves deceitful.

Along the way we are treated to some lunacy from Uncle Fester (Robbie Carnegie), conspiracy from Grandma (Beverley Eaves) and Pugsley (Connor Wyse) and craziness from Alice Beineke (Jane Eastwood) and husband Mal (Stewart Bowden).

Performances are at 7.15pm with the play running until Saturday, when there’s also a matinee at 2.15pm.

Tickets, £14 and £12 (concessions), can be booked at or Booking fees may apply. You can also order by calling 07597 642673;  emailing or on the door.

Hyde Rotary have currently been focusing on planting purple Crocus bulbs as part of a national campaign to wipe out polio across the world.

The planting started at Hyde Leisure Centre and continued on the grass embankment facing Tesco Express, Gee Cross, to celebrate World Polio Day on the 24th October.

The purple crocus signifies the purple dye painted on the child’s finger when they have been vaccinated against Polio. Recent statistics released suggest that since Rotary started their Vaccination programme in 1985 polio has been eradicated in 99% of the world. Today only three countries still have new cases of Polio, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Hyde Rotary call upon voluntary groups to lend a hand planting the 5000 bulbs each year, and this year International and Foundation chairperson Maureen Clayton enlisted the help of 8 participants from the Community Payback Scheme. Before the planting started Maureen briefed the helpers on their task for the day and explained to them the meaning behind the Crocus planting.



A fitness enthusiast has returned from the British National Taekwondo Championships with a silver medal.

Ikrah, who attends Canon Burrows Church of England Primary School in Ashton, placed second in her category at the prestigious event on Saturday, October 27.

After convincingly beating her opponents in the quarter-finals and semi-final, Ikrah narrowly missed out on the gold medal.

Following her success, the school released the following statement: “We are really proud of her achievements and pleased that she demonstrates our fantastic sporting values in her competitions.”

Such was the impact of Ikrah’s achievement; she was later invited to Tameside Mayor’s Parlour as a guest of Commonwealth Boxing Champion Stacey Copeland.

Stacey, who is currently out of action with an arm injury she picked up when winning the Commonwealth title, tweeted: “Thank you to the Civic Mayor of Tameside for inviting me to the Mayor’s Parlour to receive a certificate in recognition of winning the Commonwealth title, even more special to share it with my family and friends. It means a lot to have support from my home town, thank you!”

While out of action, Stacey has been a regular host on BBC Radio Manchester and even presented her own sporting feature on ITV Granada Reports.


Friends of Guide Bridge, Hattersley, Glossop and Hadfield Railway Stations jointly organised the remembrance of the end of World War One in a unique way.

SSAFA Tameside Divisional Secretary Daniel Millan a Royal Signal Veteran he re-enacted a WW1 Captain Millan with Private Chris Saxon and Private Daniel Leah, all three gentlemen wore authentic WW1 uniforms and were very realistic in their roles.

The Soldiers were welcomed at Guide Bridge Railway Station by Bill Pennington a member of the Woodend Heritage Railway Group and Friends of Guide Bridge Railway Station. Cllr David McNally said “These Soldiers reenactment was a good reminder of the sacrifices of so many for our today”. They were joined by Niall Williams of the Friends of Glossop who accompanied the Soldiers on all the Railway routes, first stop was Hattersley Railway Station where Mary Allen greeted them, Mary represented the Friends of Hattersley Railway Station. Local school children had painted the pebbles for the poppy paths. Mary is also a SSAFA Tameside Caseworker She joined the Soldiers on their next journey to Glossop Railway Station.

Crowds lined the Glossop Railway Station and cheered the Soldiers.

Members of the prestigious Chethams School of Music, who performed music from the period, their famous Musical Director John LeGrove mesmerized the audiences. Once more the three Soldiers travelled on train to their last stop Hadfield Railway Station. They marched smartly to the Hadfield Cenotaph where poet Paul Marsh recited poetry.

Daniel Millan said he was very humbled and honoured to have participated and thanked all the organisers for all their hard work at this unforgettable event. While Christina Howard SSAFA Tameside PR said everyone involved in this joint event had far exceeded beyond magnificent, the organisers had created a moving tribute to all who served in the Great War,


The phrase “old soldiers never die, they just fade away” comes from an old army ballad which was popular with British soldiers during World War I, but for one old Hyde soldier, Private 65538 – David Orford, of The Cheshire Regiment, who sadly lost his life during that awful conflict; the current residents at the house where he was born, will not let his memory simply fade away, and have erected a floral tribute to ensure that his sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Samantha Clayton takes up the story, “David was born in 1878 in our house 58 Oldham Street, Hyde SK14 1LL which adjoins our business Nemo Auto Ltd, which was established in 1974 the building was previously a Dairy, where his father, also called David, was a Dairyman with his own milk round.

Having learned of David’s history and the fact that our premises had been home to one of Hyde’s fallen heroes, we have made 710 poppies to represent the 710 men from Hyde who died in WW1 and displayed them on the front of our business, along with a beautiful metal soldier silhouette and the history of David Orford.

Over the last few days, we have been overwhelmed with the response from the Hyde Community and further afield after posting some pictures on our Facebook page.

Hyde Community Facebook now has it displayed as their main picture on their site, and we have received over 3000 likes and comments from people sharing, which is an amazing response!”

Samantha concluded,”we are so happy that people appreciate our tribute to David and the other fallen men of Hyde and have been overwhelmed at the amount of people who have been stopping to look and take photographs of our floral tribute.

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Hundreds of people dialled 999 over the weekend as Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service worked through one of their busiest periods of the year.

With calls peaking at one a minute at the height of the night GMFRS met the demands of Bonfire night with hundreds of firefighters working tirelessly to keep Greater Manchester safe.

The majority of the calls received were accidental fires, as stray rockets veered onto an unplanned route or overzealous parents built their bonfire slightly too high.

While firefighters worked hard to protect the communities they live in, unfortunately a minority of people launched attacks on them.

The worst attack came at 3.49pm, as crews were called to a fire on Sequoia Street, Manchester. On arrival firefighters were met by a group of youths who set upon them. While no injuries were sustained, a piece of wood hit an officer in the head.

Greater Manchester Police were called to help ensure firefighters could do their work at the small incident.

Jim Wallace, Chief Fire Officer, condemned the youths who created unnecessary incidents and attacked his members of staff on an already busy night and had a strong message for those who had turned on firefighters trying to keep communities safe.

Jim said: “Our message is clear: we won’t tolerate attacks on our firefighters of any description or of any nature. It is unacceptable behaviour and those responsible should be ashamed. Our firefighters do a fantastic job in often difficult circumstances and it is shameful that anyone would put them into unnecessarily dangerous situations.

“While thankfully this time no-one was hurt on this occasion, any minute spent at unnecessary incidents could stop us from saving someone’s life elsewhere.

“Thank you to everyone who went to an organised display and celebrated safely and to our firefighters who have once again done an incredible job in protecting the people of Greater Manchester. We never want to stop anyone enjoying themselves, we just want to make sure you’re safe.”

In the run up to November 5, traditionally the busiest night of the year for fire and rescue services, GMFRS campaigned for people to attend organised bonfires and fireworks displays with the vast majority heeding these warnings and enjoying the night.


The first mention of a public war memorial for Hollingworth was in March 1919 at a meeting of the General Purposes Committee of Hollingworth UDC. A War Memorial Committee was set up to raise money by public subscription to both provide a ‘Welcome Home Fund’ for returning veterans and a war memorial to those who had lost their lives.

A meeting in February 1926 resolved that the war memorial should be erected on Wedneshough Green, Hollingworth. The memorial was unveiled on Sunday 14 March 1926 in a ceremony led by Lieutenant Colonel Sir JP Rhodes, BART DSO. It was erected at a cost of approximately £350, the money raised entirely by public subscription, including house to house collections, donations and the proceeds of social events.

During 2018 Hollingworth War Memorial has benefit from a restoration grant in response to an application by The Friends of Hollingworth community group who received £26,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its village-wide ‘Lest We Forget’ project.

The project focused on the complete renovation and re-dedication of the War Memorial on Mottram Moor as well as a variety of community-led heritage activities to commemorate and remember the fallen soldiers of the village.

Marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, the inter-generational project will enable local people to come together to preserve and to pass on the memories and heritage of the people who lived through the First World War.

This Sunday; (11th November 2018) with Remembrance Sunday falling on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War – as the nation falls silent and the clocks strike 11am, it is envisaged that thousands of people will turn out across the region to commemorate Remembrance Sunday, to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women involved in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

Motiv8, a Greater Manchester programme to help people overcome barriers to get back on track, has won the ‘Care and Support Provider of the Year’ category at this year’s national, prestigious 24 Housing Awards for the work they do to support people across Greater Manchester.

Motiv8 supports some of the most vulnerable people in Greater Manchester to improve their health and well-being, self-confidence and employability skills and move them closer to employment.

The project is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund and supports people to overcome multiple, complex needs and move them closer to training and work.  The programme has already supported over 2,000 people to get back on track.

New Charter Homes, part of the newly formed Jigsaw Group, is leading the Motiv8 programme with support from four other Manchester Athena housing providers – Stockport Homes, ForViva, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group and Bolton at Home. Manchester Athena is a partnership of 15 social landlords across Greater Manchester, who work together to deliver employment and health programmes across the region.

The 24 Housing Awards were founded in 2013 with the aim of celebrating the very best that the housing sector has to offer and the Awards have become a celebration, reflection and recognition of the UK housing sector and its professionals whose job it is to provide a vital resource to some of the most vulnerable people in the country.

Kerrie Pryde, Assistant Director of Commercial Services for Jigsaw Group, said: “We were up against some strong competition at this prestigious event which was attended by over 500 UK housing professionals. We are absolutely thrilled that the work that we are doing has been recognised and follows success in the Housing Heroes Awards earlier this year. This is a very much a team effort with our partners delivering the service locally across Greater Manchester.  Our approach, through Motiv8, is a tailored, personal one that is adapted to suit the needs of our clients and it is very rewarding to see the difference we can make when people are supported to receive the help they need.”

To qualify for Motiv8 support you need to be aged 25 or over, live in Greater Manchester and have the right to remain and work in the UK. You must also not be involved with any other training or employment. You can either contact Motiv8 direct or be referred through an agency.  The programme encourages referrals from people who are under-represented in the labour-market such as ex-offenders, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups, ethnic minorities and migrant communities as well as people who have, for a variety of reasons, lost their way.

To find out more about Motiv8 and the eligibility criteria for the programme, please visit their website or call 0161 331 2048 or email  You can also follow them on Twitter @Motiv8GM.