Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Town Events

Homelessness charity Emmaus Mossley has celebrated the difference local volunteers make to their organisation and thanked them as part of this year’s Volunteers’ Week, which runs from 1-7 June.

On Monday 3 June, volunteers from Emmaus Mossley celebrated with staff and beneficiaries at a special thank you meal at the Allotment Cafe in Mossley. The event was supported by the Action Together Volunteers’ Week Activity Fund to recognise the contribution of all Emmaus Mossley volunteers.

David Kniveton, aged 51 and from Denton, is one of 33 local volunteers who give their time on a weekly basis at Emmaus Mossley.

David said: “I came here volunteering in the Emmaus workshop as it’s a worthwhile cause and helps other people. It’s always nice to do a job, not for monetary gain, but to benefit people. I really enjoy being part of the team of volunteers at Emmaus who give their time and skills to help others in need.”

Emmaus Mossley supports 26 formerly homeless people, known as companions, by providing them with a home and work in a community setting. Along with the weekly volunteers who help in the Secondhand Superstore, the charity has 11 volunteer trustees as well as occasional volunteers, local fundraisers and professionals who give their time.

Alison Hill, Director of Emmaus Mossley, said: “Volunteers’ Week is a fantastic opportunity to thank the dedicated people who support our charity as volunteers. It’s also a chance to recognise the voluntary efforts of our companions who give their time and skills in many ways. These local solidarity actions include helping with canal maintenance and supporting community events as stewards.

This year, with the kind support of Action Together, we have been able to bring our volunteers, trustees and community members together to acknowledge the massive contribution these people make to Emmaus Mossley and the wider community.”

During Volunteers’ Week, charities across the UK will also be holding events to thank their volunteers and celebrate the power of volunteering. Last year there were over 600 events across the country, from award ceremonies to tea parties and barbecues.

There are 1,167 voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises in Tameside, the majority of these are small, volunteer led groups, with an estimated 34,000 volunteers. Action Together estimates that collectively, Tameside volunteers give 83,400 hours each week.

To find out more or support Emmaus Mossley head to www.emmaus.org.uk/mossley

If you would like to get involved or donate an item, please call 01457 838608 or visit the store at Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley OL5 9AH.

 

Now firmly established as one of the most popular Artisan Markets of the region, Saturday 8th JUNE 2019, will see many of the area’s best Crafters and Artisans descend on the quaint market town of Glossop to set up for business on the monthly Artisan Market.

The greatly admired Glossop outdoor Artisan & Crafters Market, will consists of over 25 of the very finest, specially selected, Artisan traders, all selling a wide selection of high-quality authentic goods, hand-made crafts, artworks and specialty food lines – all with a huge emphasis on all that is good, all that is local, ethical and original.

So come along to Glossop’s Artisan Market which takes place every 2nd Saturday in the month up to Christmas and join the throng of vibrant, insightful and industrious creative’s on Saturday 8th JUNE 2019 – many of whom will be demonstrating their goods for the first time.

And after you’ve finished filling your bags with bargains, try dropping into one of the towns many pubs, bars, cafés and tea rooms for a glass of wine, fine cask beers, coffee and cakes, afternoon tea, or a full blown delicious meal from one of the town’s numerous restaurants many who specialize in a diverse variety of authentic dishes!

If you can’t make it to one of Glossop’s Artisan Market events – 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

One of Willow Wood’s most popular events is returning on Thursday 20 June, but this year our Royal Ascot Ladies Lunch will be held in the lovely surroundings of the Best Western Smokies Park Hotel.

Elaine McConnell, event organiser, explains: “Every year, our Ladies Lunch is over-subscribed and we hate to disappoint people by turning them away.  We decided, therefore, to move to a larger venue so that even more ladies could enjoy a wonderful day with us.”  And it really is a great day out – all the fun of going to Royal Ascot, but without the fuss and expense of the travel.

Ladies Day at Ascot is one of the most stylish events in the social calendar, and Willow Wood’s Ascot Lunch certainly keeps to that tradition.    It’s a wonderful opportunity to dress in your best outfit complete, of course, with a hat!  The ladies gather at 12 noon for a Prosecco reception, before a delicious three course meal is served.  Then, it’s down to the serious business of studying form before placing your bets – or alternatively, just choosing the horse with the name you like the best!

Elaine said: “Our bookies keep everything running smoothly.  The races are screened live, and there’s plenty of time between each race to place your bets and, if your horse comes in first, to collect your winnings.  It really is great fun, and can be very exciting as the horses reach the final furlong.  There’s always an amazing atmosphere, with lots of laughter, lots of cheering and, I have to say, there can be quite of lot of champagne too!”

Tickets have once again been maintained at just £39.50, and if a friend is celebrating this summer, can make an ideal present.  Although the ladies are seated at tables of ten, couples or smaller groups will be combined.

In addition, Studio-G will be taking photos to commemorate the day, and there will be a raffle with some wonderful prizes.

Tickets can be booked online by going to www.willowwood.info, alternatively booking forms can be collected from the Hospice reception or any of our shops.

 

 

 

A Mossley runner has completed her first marathon and raised more than £2,600 for homelessness charity Emmaus.

Jennifer Gregory, aged 35 and from Mossley, took part in the London Marathon on Sunday 28 April and completed the course in an impressive time of 4 hours 22 minutes. Jennifer, a member of the Greenfield Greyhounds Running Club, applied to take part for Emmaus because of her own experience of the charity.

Jennifer said: “It was an honour to run for a charity that is so close to my heart. Emmaus is special in Mossley and throughout the UK to the people who visit the staff and the companions. The support I’ve been getting over the months from the community has taken the edge of the gruelling training plan. I ran through some awful weather but I’ve actually been so moved by everyone’s kind words.

“The crowds on the day were out of this world, as you’d expect on the world’s most famous race, and the conditions were perfect which meant I enjoyed every bit of it. To run with other supporters of Emmaus was also pretty special. The whole experience for me has been amazing and I’ve even inspired my husband who’s entered the ballot for next year!”

Emmaus Mossley supports 26 formerly homeless people (known as companions) 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.

Paul Barnes, one of the companions at Emmaus Mossley, travelled to London to cheer Jennifer on.

Paul commented: “It was good to go down and show our appreciation for what Jennifer has done in support of Emmaus Mossley. The London Marathon is a huge event and it was quite manic but we’re just very grateful for Jennifer’s kind support.”

Jennifer trained for months leading up to the marathon, building up her stamina and completing more than 400 miles. As part of Jennifer’s fundraising efforts she also organised a 5K fun run in Mossley with more than 50 people taking part.

Alison Hill, Director of Emmaus Mossley, said: “We are all extremely grateful that one of our regular supporters has been inspired to take on a huge fundraising challenge in support of our charity. Jennifer is a real inspiration to members of our Emmaus Mossley community and other supporters looking to go the extra mile to help people in need. Very well done and huge thanks to Jennifer, along with all the people who donated to her fundraiser.”

To find out more or support Emmaus Mossley head to www.emmaus.org.uk/mossley.

If you would like to get involved or donate an item, please call 01457 838608 or visit the store at Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley OL5 9AH.

 

 

On the same day that the iconic recording artist, Madonna put on a ‘less than convincing, sometimes off-key performance’ at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, music students from Hyde Community College, stole the show at the recent ‘Meet the Market’ event in the Cheshire town of Hyde.

The young students performed songs and music across many differing musical genre, to the obvious delight of weekend shoppers.

Town Team event organiser, Harvey Beeley said, “All you have to do is listen to the music being made by these college students to realise that their musicianship and musical talent is extremely high and we are really lucky and grateful that they were able to perform to the crowd today.”

Earlier this year, Hyde Community College launched their own record label ‘Hyde CC Records’ and is now giving bands, musicians and vocalists a professional and accessible place to lay down their tracks and record and release music.

Head of Music at Hyde Community College, Mr Stephen Anthony said: “Everything is set-up ready for bands, soloists and vocalists to lay down tracks, and make a record and we can accommodate 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 was the alt-rock ‘New revolution’ who are now on track to release their very first debut EP.

Having achieved limited exposure before hand, since, the band from Hyde Community College has suddenly found themselves with hordes of new fans after their songs and clips of their performances were featured on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrI4xrl9fqo

 

Justin Moorhouse is offering local comedy fans the opportunity to enjoy a hilarious night out and raise funds for a great cause when he brings his critically acclaimed tour show, Northern Joker, to Dukinfield next month!

The local funny man is a one of Willow Wood’s patrons and will be donating his usual fee to Hospice funds – a fantastic boost for our coffers!

And what can guests expect from the show?  Well, these days Justin’s not certain about anything apart from his uncertainty – Brexit looms, it appears the Cold War is being rebooted and that’s before we begin to worry about what’s happening in America…closer to home he’s starting to feel redundant as a parent. One kid is leaving home, the dog is getting older and needs fewer walks, and the youngest kid hits thirteen and cancels the family subscription to The Beano.

One thing we can all be sure of though, is there will be lots of laughs!

The show takes place at Weymouth Villa Function Suite, Old Road, Dukinfield on Saturday 1st June.  Tickets are priced at £14 with a limited amount for people on Jobseekers Allowance at a mere fiver!  You can book now at justinmoorhouse.com with 07874 152 338 being the number for any queries.

For many businesses, new start-up companies and organisations, getting face-to-face with customers and decision-makers is sometimes a major challenge.

This was recognised by Hyde Town Team volunteers last year, when they introduced this new promotion into their event calendar. Based on the success of that inaugural event, last Saturday saw Hyde’s Market square host hundreds of new shoppers and visitors, who interacted with all the participating businesses, non-profit organizations and community groups; once again offering a unique opportunity for those enterprising businesses to ‘get outside’ and present their products and services to Hyde’s Saturday shoppers from open air, pre-booked, Town Team subsidized, Market Stalls and Gazebo’s.

Speaking to Cllr Denise Ward, The Worshipful the Civic Mayor of Tameside, who officially visited the show, Town Team members give details why they had decided to entirely fund the day for both new and regular stall holders on the day and explained the purpose behind ‘Meet the Market Day’ which was to enable shoppers and visitors to connect and talk directly with local Hyde businesses who had set up specifically to ‘get up close and personal’ with their customers; so that they could get to know exactly what they’re about, introduce their new offerings and services, and for shoppers to learn who they are buying from.

Visitors to Hyde’s ‘Meet The Market Day’ event saw demonstrations and presentations, and were invited to participate in ‘free tastings’, find out more about new and established retailers, market traders, organizations and community groups, and introduced to new upcoming offers and enter competitions, – oh, and there was more than a little sprinkling of ‘Live’ Musical Entertainment’ added to the occasion by some very talented Music students from Hyde Community College, who certainly helped to create a very warm, happy atmosphere that swilled the already higher than average visitor numbers.

Hyde Town Team Chair, Julia Harrison said, “The introduction of this new event last year was to demonstrate Hyde Town Team’s continued collaboration with the town’s retailers, and again, this year we were delighted to see many new and existing businesses and organisations that operate within the Hyde Community, exhibiting on the day.”

She continued, “After many ‘transformations’ over the years, geographically, Hyde Market still remains at the heart of the town. And despite all the changes it has been subject to over the years, it’s the people of Hyde themselves whose unfailing loyalty to the town makes it vital that Hyde Market should try to regain the local importance it once enjoyed. And hopefully with events like today; and with the towns retailers’ continuing to play their part in attempting to keep the market prosperous; especially in the face of today’s retail technology and with online shopping continuing to rise, we can go some way to achieving that goal!”

Speaking with Ellie, who runs ‘Flowers from Ellie, in Hyde’s Indoor Market, she said, “Interacting with customers by email and social media is fine; it certainly has its place, but talking to a customer face-to-face makes it so much easier to encourage them to buy and this event for me has been a great opportunity to shine as a business owner and turn casual shoppers’ into loyal customers.”

 

Another newcomer to the ‘Meet the Market’ event, added, “By combining shoppers loyalty with businesses, generously sponsored by dedicated volunteers who organise these town centre events, shows a shared commitment to sustaining and energising Hyde as a traditional market town.”

Rounding up, Julia said, “I would like to thank all our participating retailers, the organisations and community groups that have supported us again this year and hope that they will join us again at next year’s ‘Meet the Market’ event.”

Look out for the next Hyde Town Team organized event, when the town Market Square will host ‘The Summer Classic & Vintage Car Show. (JUNE 15th from 10.00am till 3.00pm)

 

 

 

What better excuse could there be for dressing in style, getting together with your best girl friends for a Prosecco reception, a delicious lunch, and the opportunity to win some cash with a flutter on the horses than Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot? And if you book for the Willow Wood Ladies’ Lunch then it doesn’t matter whether the sun shines or not, as you’ll be in the comfort of the Best Western Smokies Park Hotel.

The Ladies’ Lunch has long been a popular fixture of the Willow Wood calendar, and this year falls on Thursday 20 June.  Elaine McConnell, event organiser said: “Ascot is very much a social occasion, and we follow that tradition as we welcome our guests at 12noon with a glass of Prosecco and time to mingle and chat with friends before taking our seats for a three-course lunch.  That’s followed by the excitement of placing your bets with our team of bookies before each race is screened live.

“There’s time between the racing for the ladies to celebrate any wins, as the cash prizes are paid out there and then.  It really is a fantastic atmosphere – and there can be quite a few corks popping as the winners are toasted!”


Everyone rises to the spirit of the occasion by dressing in their most stylish outfit – and, of course, a hat or fascinator.    Prices have once more been maintained at £39.50, which is great value for such a wonderful day.  Tickets can be booked online at www.willowwood.info, or collecting a leaflet from the Hospice reception or any of our shops.

Elaine said, “We’re also looking for raffle prizes and would welcome any contributions.  These would, of course, be acknowledged in the programme and seen, therefore, by over 200 guests on the day”.

If you could donate a prize please contact Elaine by ringing 0161 330 7788 or emailing elaine.mcconnell@willowwood.info.

 

Remember the swinging sixties? Or just love the music? Whichever way, one of our wonderful supporters George Hansford is organising a fantastic show supporting not only Willow Wood, but two other local hospices too!

This coming Friday, the Special Sixties Show will be at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in Oldham.  It’s a great line-up, with The Merseybeats, famous for songs such as the million selling “I Think of You”, and “Don’t Turn Around’.  The Fourmost who reached the top ten with “Hello Little Girl” and “A Little Loving” are also appearing and Mike Pender, the original voice of The Searchers, completes the bill.  His voice was the one on maybe their best-known hits, “Needles and Pins” and “Don’t Throw Your Love Away”.

Tina Pringle, community fundraiser said: “It should be a fantastic show, and it’s really good value at just £22 per ticket.

I’d like to thank George for organising this on behalf not just of Willow Wood, but also Springhill and Dr Kershaw’s Hospices who will also benefit from the event.”

So if you’re a sixties fan and fancy reliving a few musical memories tickets can be purchased from www.ticketmaster.co.uk, or the Queen Elizabeth Hall box office, 0161 770 4083.

Willow Wood is pleased to announce that the champion fundraiser in our 20/20 Challenge is the Ashton based ‘Your Tax Shop,’  Between February and the end of April the team of accountants flung themselves into a flurry of fundraising and raised the wonderful amount of £1,740.82.

They were presented with a beautiful glass trophy and certificate from Willow Wood chairman, Pat McCloskey during the awards evening which was held at Stalybridge Celtic Football Club on Wednesday 8 May. Partner Yvonne Cookson said: “We’re delighted to win, and so happy that these funds will help support such a fantastic local charity.”

Elaine McConnell, corporate fundraiser said: “I can’t thank Your Tax Shop and the other 19 local teams enough.  Together, they’ve raised over £7,000 for Willow Wood – and that’s with some funds still to come in and any Gift Aid claimed on the sponsored events

“The runners up were Stalybridge Archery Club who raised £1,204 with a 24 hour sponsored arch-a-thon, and I must mention the Crafty Crafters who brought in £1,040 with the sale of their pet snuggle mats. However, we’re deeply grateful to all the teams for everything they did to raise vital funds.  We’ll be repeating the challenge next year and hope even more teams will take part.”

Full details of the Challenges and donations raised are on the Willow Wood website, www.willowwood.info.