Saturday, December 15, 2018
Town Events

The Pride of Hyde initiative,conceived by members of the local Hyde Past & Present Facebook Group, is a wonderful program designed to recognize Hydonians who have gone the extra mile to make Hyde a better place.

The awards themselves, this site which have been nominated by the people of Hyde, will be given to those who the sponsors feel have ‘gone that extra mile’ to make Hyde a better place, and in recognition of their selflessness, commemorative plaques will be presented at an open-air ceremony, held within the Easter Artisan Market, to 25 deserving members of our community who have been proposed by members of our community.

With 22 of the 25 nominations already filled, individuals, businesses or groups can still nominate somebody who they feel has acted in a selfless way to help others achieve their goals. Alternatively, you might like to nominate a group of people whose actions have made a positive contribution to life and happiness in Hyde.

Andrew Richardson, who hosts The Hyde Past & Present Facebook Group, explained, “ If a nomination is approved, both the nominee and nominator(s) will be invited to the presentation which will be held on the civic square, at approximately 1.00pm, during Hyde’s ever popular Artisan Market, on Saturday May 6th where specially produced plaques, inscribed with the name of the winning individual or group, and the nominator, will be announced.                                                                                                                                                                                        Each plate will cost £10 to produce, so that cost will be required to be paid prior to presentation by the nominators. So, if you know a person, group, team, business or other organisation that make great things happen in Hyde, nominate them. It only takes a minute to make a nomination.

It could be someone undertaking charity work or fundraising, someone who helps care for other people or animals, or who looks after facilities or buildings. Or it could go to someone whose actions make life easier or more pleasant for those around them.”

Please hand any nominations, with the name of the nominator and a contact number, along with the £10 payment, to either, Paper Tulips, Luxury Linens, Mahas, Annette Set, or Tea at no.77.

Closing date for nominations – end of March 2017.

It is envisaged that these awards will become an annual event not only designed to celebrate Hyde’s community spirit, but to say a big thank you to those people who make a real difference in our town by showing a sense of civic pride.

The Pride of Hyde nominees and their sponsors will be invited to receive their awards at a prestigious reception hosted by the Stalybridge & Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds.


It was in 1967 that Hyde Little Theatre was first established when a number of members from the long-established Hyde Light Opera Company broke away because they wanted to perform ‘non-musical’ plays. This year this much loved theatre group is proud to be celebrating its Golden Jubilee

The very first play that the society staged back in 1967 was Billy Liar so it seems perfectly fitting that to mark this half century of achievement the opening production in the Hyde Little Theatre 2017 programme is a re-staging of that first play.

This year’s version of Billy Liar will be staged at The Hyde Festival Theatre on Corporation Street, Hyde from Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th February. Performances commence at 7.45pm and anyone who would like to enjoy this historic production can simply secure their seats by calling into the theatre box office on the evening of any performance.

In the early years after its formation the group had no base to call their own but in the early 1980’s they purchased the old Miles Redfern social club at the top of Market Street and following several years of hard work by the members they finally moved into the newly named ‘Studio 9’ in 1986.

Today Studio 9 is still at the centre of all the Society’s activities. Beautifully renovated it now boasts its own rehearsal room, social room and bar, plus workshops and storage space for the vast amount of props and scenery gathered over the years.

Every year Hyde Little Theatre puts on three plays at the Festival Theatre that vary from out and out comedies and farces; to serious, classic stage plays by leading playwrights and authors, and of course every year there is the much anticipated and immensely popular Christmas pantomime that is staged at the beginning of December. As well as senior members Hyde Little Theatre also has a thriving youth theatre and over recent years these talented young players have been hugely successful, scooping a number of major awards at art festivals and drama competitions.

The next production is Vicar of Dibley

April’s production is the amazingly funny play – Vicar of Dibley, a spin-off from the hugely popular television series that will be staged at Hyde Festival Theatre from Wednesday 19th to Saturday 22nd April. There is no doubt that this production will be a ‘sell-out’ and already many seats have been booked.

Don’t be disappointed book your tickets now

You can book seats by calling Christine Hamer on 0161 368 8771. But don’t leave it too late or you could be disappointed.

Why not join Hyde Little Theatre?

The Society is always open to new members, not only those people wanting to perform on stage, but also anyone who would like to become involved with a friendly, go-ahead group of people who enjoy amateur theatre.

In addition to on-stage activities every play or pantomime involves scores of back-stage requirements from set building, props, lighting and sound; to costumes, make-up, programmes, publicity and front of house duties.

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.


A group of Scouts and their leaders who showed their support by giving a helping hand to Hyde Rotary Club during Decembers ‘Father Christmas Charity Neighbourhood Collection’ event, received a cheque for £250.00.

Kevin Maddox, Hyde Rotary Club President, presented the cheque to the 3rd Gee Cross Scouts, in recognition of the valuable help the troop gave to Father Christmas and his helpers, when they toured the streets of Godley on Tuesday 6th December; – which turned out to be the worst night of weather encountered throughout the ‘Jolly Old Mans’ visit.

Kevin, who gave the troop a short overview of the annual Christmas charity event, told us, “The scouts help was invaluable, it made a huge difference to our other helpers who make this annual event such a success!”

He also mentioned how the lads braved the driving rain on the night and emphasised that the troop certainly earned the funding that the Rotary Club donated.

Speaking after the presentation, Kevin said, “This is a tremendous organisation for young men and it was a pleasure to help fund vital equipment and summer camps that will help these lads prosper later on in life.”

This Friday between 9am and 3pm, the Macmillan Cancer Information Bus will be in Hyde Market, Market St and Clarendon St. It is an ideal opportunity for people with cancer or families who are supporting those with cancer to talk about issues that affect you and matter to you. 

Anyone is welcome, whether they have a cancer diagnosis, are visiting on behalf of a friend or relative, or are worried about cancer in any way at all. They have a team of highly skilled Information Specialists who can help with a wide range of clinical, financial, emotional and practical aspects of living with and beyond cancer, including:

  • Screening and what to look out for (i.e. signs and symptoms)
  • Different cancers, their treatments and side effects
  • How cancer affects your life, for example finances or employment
  • Talking about your cancer or talking to someone with cancer
  • Being there for someone with cancer, or support available locally
  • Survivorship and recurrence

More and more people are now living with cancer which is a great tribute to the wonderful work the NHS does. 50% of people diagnosed with cancer now live 10 years or more which is great news. Of course this varies for each person and also the type of cancer you may have. Diagnosing cancer as early as possible gives you the best chance of getting early treatment and perhaps even a cure. That’s why learning about your body and what is normal for you is important. Screening is an ideal way of identifying cancer before you even start with any symptoms – learn more about breast cancer screeningcervical cancer screening and bowel cancer screening too. If you notice something different that you cannot quite explain such as losing weight, bleeding from somewhere where you shouldn’t, a change in bowel habit, coughing up blood, an ulcer that just does not seem to be healing or a lump that is getting bigger or remaining persistent may be a sign. Ask to speak to a doctor so that we can alleviate any fears you may have, arrange further tests and investigations or refer you on to the hospital.

We are here to help you.

The first Saturday in March, sees the return of Hyde’s vibrant Artisan Market.

Among the many Artisans and quirky Crafters you will find a very talented lady, who despite battling a serious illness which has restricted her mobility, has discovered a talent for creative needle-crafting.

Emma Jones of Emmalena Crafts told me, that having trying a number of different crafts in the past to relive the boredom of convalescing; once she’d discovered needle-crafting she was well and truly ‘hooked’!

“Over the last couple of years I’ve really developed the things I make and last year, on seeing my work, it was suggested I try getting a stall on Hyde’s newly opened Artisan Market. And on meeting and showing Karen Dorney from Paper Tulips my work, a stall was arranged and since then, I’ve never looked back!”

So, all was set and last September, with the help of family and several friends, I had my first stall.”

“Since then, I became a regular each month and was amazed at the response I had. The feedback from customers was amazing and so positive.

“The crafters who sell on the Artisan Market are all so friendly and supportive. We have become like a little community ourselves brought together by our love of handmade items. We all recognise and appreciate the work, time, skills, talent and love that go into everything we make. But something else was to come that made us bond even more than we could have anticipated!”

“Karen Dorney had her madcap scheme of making a calendar featuring us all with our crafts – the catch was we’d be naked! The ice gets broken quite easily after you’ve been stood naked striking various poses for photographs! Moreover we knew it was for an amazing cause and we all felt quite proud of what we achieved.”

Before Christmas Emma was asked to run a workshop at Paper Tulips.

She told me, “We made needle felted robins, snowmen and gingerbread men. It was a real success and apparently several people have been asking at the shop when I’ll be taking another.”

In the New Year Emma’s name finally reached top of the list to have space in Paper Tulips for her work where she’s proud to currently occupy a space in the window.

The next step for Emma was to start her Facebook page, Emmalena Crafts so people can see what she makes. She said, “I created it at lunchtime and within just a couple of hours had more than 50 people following it. …And I was worried I wouldn’t make double figures!”

Emma makes make various fairies, angels, wizards, witches, gnomes and more and she’s also had sales Some of my work has been bought and sent to America.

You can see more of Emma’s quality crafted work on her Facebook page, Emmalena Crafts or

Why not visit Emma’s stall on the 4th March where she’ll be delighted to welcome you to her quirky creations on Hyde’s first Artisan Market of 2017

The colour red has many associations – heat, traffic signals, a sign of warning and the colour of a certain local football team…

But on Friday 3rd February, Hyde shoppers are being asked to wear red; not in support of the Old Trafford Club, but in recognition of the UK’s leading heart research charity launches its ‘Wear It Beat It’ campaign.

Volunteers from the British Heart Foundation shop in Hyde will be decked out in distinctive ‘red’ outfits who, together with Rory the Racing Car and the heart charity’s mascot, ‘Hearty’ will be on hand to encourage the town’s residents, shoppers and visitors to show their support and help them raise vital funds for critical lifesaving research.

The British Heart Foundation’s ‘Wear It Beat It’ campaign encourages people to wear red for the day with an aim to help create awareness and think about their own hearts and the hearts of those around them. That’s why volunteers from the nation’s number one heart charity will be encouraging people across Hyde to get involved and show their support by wearing something red, and help them raise vital funds for the charity’s life-saving work.

All money raised will go to the charity to help them fund research, support and care for those suffering with heart disease.

With the distinctive Father Christmas sleigh back in storage until next year, Hyde Rotary Club gathered the elves, local community groups and sponsors together at Oakland’s Hall in Godley last Thursday night to celebrate a record Christmas collection of £4377.00.

Over the festive period, the sleigh was on tour in Hyde over eight nights, and four days at retail outlets and the volunteers and organisations and retailers who came forward to lend a hand were treated to a hot pot supper.

During the evening, Hyde Rotary President, Kevin Maddox, presented a slide presentation that highlighted the pictures taken whilst out on the sleigh and some hilarious moments that ‘You’ve Been Framed’ could have broadcast! Following the evening entertainment and food, Kevin handed out cheques to community organisations in Hyde who gave up their time to lend a hand to Father Christmas, and announced that without the help from these people it would not be possible to make their Christmas Visits!

At the end of the evening Kevin said, “The planning for this activity starts in October and here I am still reminiscing about it at the end of January, this shows our commitment as a club because we know what it means to the children in Hyde at Christmas! Unfortunately, we can’t always cover the whole of Hyde, but we try to cover as much ground as time allows. Tonight it has been great meeting again with the sponsors and helpers who have helped to make this our best Christmas ever! It was a pleasure to present cheques to the local organisations who gave up their time to help Father Christmas.”

Hyde Rotary’s next big event is at Oakland’s Hall in Godley, on Saturday 22nd April when they will be celebrating their own version of ‘The Last Night at the Prom’s’ with Denton Brass Band and guest soprano Sarah Kinsey.

All profits from this popular event will go to the Tameside Macmillan Unit.

Tickets go on sale in February, and they’re expected to sell out fast, as last year tickets sold out a month before the event!

Watch this site for more ticket information which will follow in due course.


After months of planning; on the Saturday prior to Christmas, therapist Hyde Town Centre played host to members of Hyde Fellowship of Churches, gynecologist who performed their first ever ‘Live Nativity’ on the civic square and in the streets of Hyde.

Beginning on the market square with a reading and a carol, the players then processed around the perimeter of the indoor market, stopping at various points to perform further readings and carols, finally arriving at the entrance to Hyde Methodist Church, where a large crowd who had been gathered on the way, followed the performer indoors for a short service followed by refreshments.

Organisers said, “It was lovely to see so many people turn up dressed as shepherds, sheep and angels, and our thanks go to everyone who took part in the event, and helped make it so successful.”

A special word of thanks also goes to our choir of angels from St George’s Primary School who also took part, and provided us with some wonderful seasonal items.



No matter how successful an organisation may be; its continued long term success rests on its ability to recruit and maintain a healthy membership of enthusiastic and service-minded individuals.

That’s why Hyde Rotary Club is delighted to announce that Karen and Brian Dorney have recently joined the club. Karen owner of Hyde’s premier Craft Emporium – Paper Tulips, has also been instrumental in the highly successful Hyde Artisan Market and her latest charitable initiative: The Crafty Girls of Hyde Calendar.

Hyde Rotary Club President, Kevin Maddox, said; “Karen and Brian are both inspirational self-motivated individuals who not only support our town, but have an enviable reputation of investing both time and effort into supporting local charitable causes.”

“Over many years, Hyde Rotary Club has a proven track record of success which is directly due to the calibre of its membership and perhaps fundamentally by retaining that solid membership. That’s why I take particular pleasure in welcoming Karen and Brian into our club. They are a couple who immediately identified with the Rotary Clubs aims and expressed a genuine interest in participating in the organization’s activities. In welcoming Karen and Brian, we look forward to many years of Rotary Club fellowship.”

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Rotarian, we would really like to hear from you. 

Please contact Colin Pike, on: 0161 368 3502 or visit our website 

or see our Facebook Page – Hyde Rotary Club

Looking ahead to the coming year in what is fast becoming the ‘beating heart’ of the boroughs towns; Hyde town team are excited about the town’s future, and have already been working hard behind the scenes on the planning and feasibility of a variety of staged community events and other potential projects, all designed to pull-in-the-shoppers and visitors, throughout 2017.

As many Hyde residents, town centre retailers, and thousands of visitors to Hyde have already discovered, the entire town benefits greatly from a vibrant calendar of town events. So, this year; on nearly every Saturday throughout the year, there will be something on offer on the Civic Square – from a humble Tombola to a full blown Artisan Craft Fair, from Morris Dancers, to Vintage Vehicle-festivals, Music, Dancing and Food extravaganzas, to other super showcase events from our talented schools and other locally gifted groups.

So no matter when you are planning to visit Hyde, it is more than likely that you will witness an entertaining event, which will give you a true flavour of what really energizes the heart of the town’s community spirit.

For those who do not know, since 2012, Hyde has had an active town team, made up entirely of local volunteers, who pool their collective strength and knowledge to build and drive the Hyde brand to the forefront in order to boost the town’s profile.

As in previous years, this self-sustainable group have again designed a well thought out 12-month programme of events covering a range of different themes in an effort to encourage people to visit, shop and spend time in our town.

A full line-up of the entire town team’s proposed ‘Programme of Events & Attractions’ will be issued by the Hyde town team on this site shortly and also on