Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Town Events

A group from Tameside will be ‘reaching for the stars’ as they prepare to launch the UK’s biggest ever rocket on Monday (11 September).

Starchaser Industries, based on Dunkirk Lane in Hyde, are scheduled to launch their ‘Skybolt 2 Research Rocket’ from Otterburn, Northumberland at 10:30am on Monday morning.

Standing at over 8 meters (27 feet) tall the reusable, British-made rocket, will pave the way for manned tests of Starchaser’s planned ‘Space Tourism rocket’.

The project is in collaborations with the Science and Engineering Faculty of the University of Chester and will test vital electronic systems and the bespoke parachute recovery system to ensure the rocket returns to earth intact.

Other payloads will include a science project from Sheffield Hallam University, commercial cargo and a number of video cameras.

In addition, a stuffed toy dog called Sam will also be launched for Morecambe Bay Primary School, whose pupils will be there to watch and cheer him on.

Starchaser Managing Director Steve Bennett said: “There are millions of people who’d like to take a trip to outer space and a successful flight of Skybolt 2 will take us another step closer to making this a reality.

“And as part of our Educational Outreach Programme, Skybolt 2 will go on to inspire many thousands of youngsters as it will tour schools following the launch”

Professor Nick Avis, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Knowledge Transfer at the University of Chester, and Provost of the University’s Thornton Science Park, added: “The University of Chester is delighted to support Starchaser and to collaborate on this research project – which is already sparking inspiration for the Faculty of Science and Engineering’s undergraduate projects at Thornton Science Park. Steve and his team already work with us engaging young people and encouraging them to pursue Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subject areas.

“Our students have the opportunity to undertake industrial placements as part of their degree programmes at companies such as Starchaser Industries and we look forward to continuing our close partnership with them on their future ambitious projects.”​

Although designed to fly more than 100 km to the edge of space, the maximum altitude for this first flight of the rocket has been limited to 4000 feet, to avoid interfering with commercial air traffic and to ensure a safe landing within the Otterburn Danger Area.


There was a special royal guest in Tameside on Monday afternoon as Prince Harry paid a visit to the new-look Ashton Old Baths. 

His Royal Highness had a look around the iconic landmark on Stamford Street West during a trip to Manchester to see the work of a number of projects and organisations.

Arriving just before 1:30pm, the Prince was greeted with warm cheers from an excited crowd and spent a few moments speaking to Civic Dignitaries before having photographs taken with local people.

On visiting the iconic building, Prince Harry said: “He was very pleased to see so many people turn up to see him at Ashton Old Baths and he was very happy to see that the council had transformed such an characteristic Tameside building into a magnificent working space for so many people.”


GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s new state of the art Bury Training and Community Safety Centre has hosted its first ever open day.

More than 300 excited children and parents explored the state of the art facilities last Friday (September 1).

Tours took place through the day and showed children what it’s like to be a firefighter and see first-hand what firefighters are faced with every day when looking after Greater Manchester.

Children got to take part in activities including listening to real-life emergency calls in the simulated control room as well as taking turns to spot hazards in a home and seeing the horrendous consequences of fire.

GMFRS’ dog team were also at the open day along with Greater Manchester Police.

Geoff Harris, GMFRS Director of Prevention and Protection, said: “We are very proud of this new facility. The centre will help to educate young people about the risks of fire and how they might keep themselves safe.

“We are thrilled to open our doors to the public and we hope that this open day is the first of many. In the meantime, we’re looking forward to welcoming schools into the centre over the coming months.”

People who came along also found out about the wide variety of skills firefighters have – including delivering CPR to people who’ve suffered a cardiac arrest.

Sara Harris from North West Ambulance Service, who works alongside Transformation Project Support Officers Jim Bridge and Paul Duggan, spent the day teaching people how to do CPR and use a defibrillator.

If you’d like to find out more about the Bury Training and Community Safety Centre, including how to book a school visit, visit our website:

Willow Wood have two fantastic sales coming up in September, so be sure to put these dates in your diaries: Thursday 7 to Saturday 9 for an all new Fashion Sale with everything half price or less, and Monday 11 to Saturday 16 September for a ‘End of Summer Sale’ with prices as low as 25p!

The Fashion Sale is being held at Willow Wood’s Distribution Centre, located just off Oldham Road, Ashton, on Langham Street, OL7 9AX.

A stunning outfit for the End of Summer Sale

This massive space will be overflowing with brand new clothes for men, women and children. Debby Ashley, the Willow Wood shop manager who is organising the sale said “Whatever your style there’s sure to be something to interest you. We have labels as diverse as Eastex, Betty Jackson, Monsoon, Joanna Hope, BooHoo and Lipsy to name but a few – and they’re all marked down to at least half the marked price.”

There are some stunning accessories too, handbags, shoes, scarves and costume jewellery will all be on display and all will be at least 50% off the original marked price. And if your bedroom needs an update there are brand new bedding sets, again at half price.

While you are at the sale, there will also be the opportunity to have a look round the other items held at the Distribution Centre. Although all pre-loved there are some fantastic bargains to be had on furniture, books, records, toys and more.

If you really have a nose for a bargain, you’ll want to visit our Denton Shop, situated on Stockport Road, from Monday 11 September onwards. Summer clothes for men, women and children will all be priced at just 25p each! That’s amazing value!

Shoes and handbag – just £1 each!

Shoes and bags will be priced at just £1, and if you’re a bit of a bookworm you won’t want to miss the book sale where there’ll be 10 books for just £1. Toys will also be in the sale, again priced at an incredible 25p.

Full addresses and directions to the Distribution Centre, the Denton Shop and our other seven shops can be found by visiting the shop page on our website, You’ll also find links to our Amazon shop, our specialist record shop at the online retailer Discogs, and our eBay shop where we currently have some wonderful items ranging from a vintage writing bureau to a Radley handbag.


Young people in Hattersley are set to receive free football coaching, thanks to a new community project supported by Peak Valley Housing Association.

City in the Community, Manchester City’s foundation, delivers the Kicks programme to young people aged 11 to 24 years, and aims to use the power of football to engage young people at risk of crime and antisocial behaviour, and direct them to more positive actions.

Those who sign up will also get the opportunity to work towards FA accredited certificates and receive help to apply for local apprenticeships and work opportunities.

The project in Hattersley has been made possible thanks to Peak Valley, who have funded the sessions through their value for money (VFM) savings made last year.

And now the housing association, which has more than 1,500 properties in Hattersley and Mottram, is ploughing the money back into the community, in the form of a series of projects to benefit local people.

The sessions, all led by qualified FA coaches, will run from the Ken Ward Sports Centre every Friday between 8pm – 9pm.

Sam Cooper, Community Investment Officer for Peak Valley, said: ‘Tenants have been telling us that they wanted us to help put on activities for the youth so we are pleased to welcome community football back to Hattersley’.

This Friday (8/9/2017) marks the second ‘new beginning’ of 12th Ashton’s Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

The first group was originally restarted by Ken Marks in 1979 but unfortunately their HQ was demolished to make way for a new social housing development on Knowle Avenue Ashton four years ago.

Now, the revived Scout group will be meeting this Friday in the new Richmond Street Community Centre ( ) starting at 6.00pm for the Beavers, with Cubs at 7.00 and Scouts at 8.00pm.

Alan Fish from the Scouts said, “This has been a long hard journey of nearly four years, getting a building and the services for it, which we couldn’t have done without the help of many funders including Tameside Council and New Charter Housing.

We are now looking for more leaders to run the various sections, along with supporters to help the 12th Ashton Scout Group on their Friday night meetings.”

Scouting is for girls and boys from 6 to 14 years at 12th Ashton, so if you or your child is interested in joining a fun filled troop which will help them reach their full potential, then bring them along to the opening night this Friday 8/7/2017.

Scout Leaders will be on hand to answer any questions about Scouting and the roles that you could possibly help with. We are also looking for supporters who maybe can’t do every week as Leaders, but who might be able to help out now and again in a section, or help manage or fundraise.

Supporters are needed to manage every Scout Group so it can survive.

If you want any further information about Scouting contact:                               Tel: 07931765120 or go to: Alternatively, just call in on Friday at the Richmond Street Community Centre, Roy Oldham Sports Village, Richmond Street, Ashton, OL7 9HG. 

The autumn return of this popular biannual event will see Hyde Town Centre once again brimming with thousands of pounds worth of classic and vintage cars from yesteryear.

For this event, Hyde Town Team has collaborated with Local Garage ROSEMOUNT MOT & SERVICE CENTRE who will be sponsoring the day and judging the entrants.

Over the years, visitors have loved the atmosphere created by the vintage vehicle extravaganza, which is organised by Hyde Town Team volunteers, who have again invited the Tame Valley Vintage and Classic Car Club, to make a welcome return for the 4th year running.

The carefully created vintage fun starts at 10.00am on Saturday 9th September and it’s expected that up to 25 British classic & international thoroughbred cars, motorcycles and other vehicles will be on display on the civic square and where you can buy or order your ‘Classic Car Event’ commemorative tee-shirts from the Town Team’s Gazebo.

Rosemount MOT & Service Centre will be on hand in the sponsor’s area to offer FREE advice and hand-out money-off discounts to anyone pre-booking MOT’s and Services.

Neil Openshaw Chair of Hyde Town Team said, “The previous shows have been a great success and have been growing in popularity year on year. That’s why we decided to put on two classic car events again this year to enable visitors who may have missed the spring show to see again the cars our parents, grandparents and great grandparents’ used to drive! Hopefully, the weather will be kind and, for once, offer us a sunny September Saturday when visitors will also be able to visit all the shops, cafés and browse all the market stalls and attractions our town centre has to offer.”

The classic vehicles will be judged during the show by Rosemount’s owner Nick Hartley and Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Hyde & Stalybridge, who will present the prizes, with one proud owner picking up the prestigious ‘Car of the Show’ Trophy.

As many of Hyde’s local residents know, Rosemount is much more than just an MOT Centre. The owner Nick Hartley and his team, offer a one stop solution to a wide range of motoring needs. From Motor cycles and the smallest of family cars to the largest of builders vans such as a Luton box, or Mercedes Sprinters. Whatever you drive, Rosemount MOT & Service Centre has the experience, workshop capacity and mechanical capability to cater for them all. They can even test the largest Motor Homes!

The event starts from 10am and lasts until 3pm with Tameside Radio’s Outside Broadcast crew reporting live from the show at various times throughout the event.

Entry to this amazing family day out, as always is free!


This year marks a magnificent half century of entertaining success for Hyde Little Theatre and to commemorate the occasion of their Golden Anniversary the society are hosting a celebration dinner this Saturday 9th September at Oaklands Hall.

Around 80 society members, families and friends, plus guests from other local amateur dramatic and musical groups will be sitting down to a splendid banquet followed by music and dancing.

Hyde Little Theatre was established in 1967 when members of Hyde Light Opera Company broke away to form a new society to perform plays on a regular basis. Its first production 50 years ago was ‘Billy Liar’, which incidentally was re-staged at the beginning of this year as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations.

After steady growth throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s the society finally acquired its own headquarters building when it purchase the old (and rather derelict) Miles Redfern social club at the top of Market Street in Hyde and after many gruelling hours of toil by the members they finally moved into ‘Studio 9’ in April 1986.

Today ‘Studio 9’ is still the headquarters for Hyde Little Theatre and it includes well-appointed rehearsal rooms, a bar area, meeting and social facilities as well as storage space for all the society’s props and stage equipment.

The society stages three plays every year in February, April and June, plus of course a traditional pantomime that is always eagerly awaited in early December. This year’s pantomime, which runs from Monday 4th to Saturday 9th December is Dick Whittington.

Casting and rehearsals will commence shortly with details appearing on the society’s website: All productions are staged at the Festival Theatre, Corporation Street, Hyde.

For ticket information please telephone 0161 612 1666 or if you would like to become involved with Hyde Little Theatre why not pop into Studio 9 (it’s right next to Stoneacre) any Tuesday night after 9 o’clock.

You’ll be made more than welcome.



With the X Factor due to make a comeback on our Saturday night TV viewing, this year Hyde Rotary and professional Singer and Agent, Katie Stelfox are offering you the opportunity to see ‘Rotary Search For a Star’ live when they stage their own version of the popular competition which is to be held at Hyde’s Oakland’s Hall on Friday 29th September, with curtain up at 7.30pm.

The evening promises to offer a high quality show where you will be able to enjoy the singing stars of the future with acts who have appeared in the UK Open Mic competition travelling from as far as Preston to enter this prestigious competition.

A panel of four musically qualified judges, which will include a ‘local celebrity’ – will review and pass on constructive advice after each act has performed, ably assisted by our compère Andrew Richardson.

All profits raised will go to local charities and Hyde Rotary would like to thank the event sponsor Aidan Gaunt Family Funeral Directors, who will be supplying the trophies and cash prize.

Tickets for this event are priced at £5.00 (no concessions) and are available from: Oaklands Hall, Beech View, Godley, Hyde. Tel: 0161 367 7770 – Paper Tulips, Market Street, Hyde. Tel: 0161 627 5253 or from Alan Oldham on: 07931 523273

Stalybridge Celtic FC are pleased to announce that they will be offering FREE match day tickets for all of their Evostick League home fixtures at Bower Fold, for the 2017/18 season, to members of our superb armed forces via ‘Tickets for Troops’.

Tickets for Troops provide free tickets to members of the Armed Forces for a variety of sporting, musical and cultural events. The service offers serving personnel and those medically discharged from the forces since 2001, the well-deserved opportunity to enjoy an event of their choice with their friends and families.

Ten tickets will be available per game for current and ex-servicemen from the Army, RAF and Royal Navy.

To claim your ticket, you must book through

The site requires you to register prior to booking with personal details including Rank, Base, MOD number, Date entered service, etc, so make sure you have it all to hand.

Ex-Serviceman and Royal Signals WO2, Arthur Smith

Robert Lupton, Tickets for Troops – ‘Firstly, many thanks for the kind offer of tickets for our servicemen and women. The Evostick League looks to be a very exciting league this season. The North West has a large percentage of current and ex-service personnel, and we hope that Stalybridge Celtic FC can benefit from this kind gesture within you local community’.

Mike Smith, Community Development Officer, Stalybridge Celtic Foundation – ‘It’s great that we can make these tickets available for members of our armed services who work so hard to keep us all safe, we look forward to seeing some of them throughout the season and hope they all enjoy their visit to Bower Fold’.