Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Town Events

Held in the magnificent surroundings of Oakland’s Hall, Hyde Rotary Club celebrated their ‘Annual Charter Dinner’ and awards ceremony on Friday evening.

The Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Philip Fitzpatrick joined Hyde Rotary members and friends to celebrate the Hyde Rotary Club’s 80th anniversary at a special Charter Dinner to mark this significant milestone.

Assisted by local and national dignitaries, including Cllr Andy Kinsey, Cllr Maria Bailey, Rotary District Governor, Stan Bowes and Rotary Club members from Tameside and Stockport Lamplighters Rotary Clubs, Cllr Fitzpatrick toasted the octogenarian Club, paying a particular tribute to their 80 years of successful fundraising and fellowship.

The Hyde Rotary Club was founded in 1937 and raises thousands of pounds each year for a number of national and international charities.

However, over 80years, the Hyde Rotary has changed considerably since the club’s formation.

Although all the members are extremely proud of their heritage, the club is now made up of both men and women, who meet weekly and enjoy a very active social life, members work on behalf and within the community, and organise such events as the Gee Cross Fete; The Father Christmas Sleigh, and other charitable community events, where all profits from these activities are donated to local community projects every year.

The District Governor, Stan Bowes, presented President Kevin Maddox with an 80th Charter Certificate, which comes from RIBI in the states. states.

Speaking to us after the evening’s activities and fabulous celebratory dinner, Club President, Kevin said, “This is my second term as president of this wonderful club; especially one that is so steeped in history and tradition!

I am so proud to be President in this our 80th year, and tonight, it was my pleasure to welcome all our guest and friends and the unforgettable guest speaker ‘The Chester Town Crier’ Mr. David Mitchell, who certainly kept everybody royally entertained.”

And with that, he raised his glass for another 80 successful years for the Rotary Club’s success here in Hyde.

If you would like to find out more about Hyde Rotary, please email:


The ritual of Hyde Rotary’s homage to The Last Night of the Prom’s is now firmly established as a fantastic gala night where hundreds of Hyde’s Promenaders’ gather to celebrate something very British.

Once again this year, the Rotary Club of Hyde is proud to present their version of The Last Night at the Prom’s, which will again be held at the magnificent Oakland’s Hall, Hyde, on Saturday 22nd April @7.30pm.

This veritable feast of music promises something for everyone with the popular Denton Brass Band playing two sets and returning this year by popular demand, the audience will be entertained by celebrated soprano,    Ms Sarah Kinsey as part of what has become the most famous night in Hyde Rotary’s music calendar.

Tickets are priced at £10.00 (NO CONCESSIONS) and refreshments, proms hats and flags can be purchased on the night.

But you’ll have to hurry as tickets for this popular gala music event are going rapidly!

So don’t delay. Get your tickets today – from Oakland’s Hall on: 0161 367 7770, Paper Tulips in Hyde: 0161 627 5253 or from Alan Oldham: 07931 523273

All profits on the night will go to the Tameside Macmillan Unit


The popular social media site ‘Hyde Past & Present’ are asking budding photographers to submit their photographs that represent various aspects of our town.

Site administrator, Andrew Richardson, who has set up this competition, is asking people to be creative! To look around them and try to capture an image that records everyday life in and around Hyde.

Throughout the year Hyde celebrates and stage a wide variety of activities and events, so you can photograph almost anything you use or see in your daily life, from your friends and family and to architecture, sunsets, landscapes, townscapes, horticulture, festivals, theatre productions and vintage cars. The choice is yours!


As Andrew said, “We are looking for amateur photographers who are residents of Hyde to be imaginative and original with their photographs in capturing the theme that can then be used to decorate a group calendar.”

“The calendars will be limited editions that need to be pre-ordered and paid for upfront to ensure no waste. Cost will be kept to a minimum to make them affordable to as many as possible. If any profit does occur it will be given to a local charity, but that is not the aim!”

The twelve winning photographs will be chosen on 31st August 2017 by a judging panel comprising of myself and a representative of the sponsors

The comp is NOW open. Prizes are inclusion in and free copy of the calendar. Please limit yourself to 3 entries, which must be original photos by the person posting the entry. It will be taken that all entries are not copyrighted and if they are that copyright is waived for photos to be printed.

So, happy snapping and post your entries on ‘Hyde Past & Present’ today.

The bustling atmosphere and the fact that the sun shone on the first of this year’s Artisan Markets, attracted an eclectic mix of stall holders, many of whom are both highly creative and extremely talented!

This diverse mix brought out the shoppers in droves, so much so, that some of the food stalls ran out of supplies and hand to be quickly replenished!

Fortunately for locals, as well as those visiting the Market for the fist time, they soon discovered that there were plenty of market stalls to choose from, and with all the live music, crafts, chocolate, lotions, art, clothing, and much more; all went home with bags full of locally crafted bargains, home cooked food items and locally produced cheeses, chutney’s and cakes.

Now with over 30 carefully selected artisans showcasing monthly, Hyde’s Artisan Market has quickly become one of the ‘must not miss’ events to be staged in the very heart of Tameside.

Organised in conjunction with the Hyde Town Team, Hyde Markets and forcefully driven forward by the tireless efforts of Karen Dorney, owner of Hyde’s Paper Tulips, Hyde’s firmly established Artisan Market offers visitors a revolving, ever changing selection of quirky arts and crafts, local food stuffs, drink, children’s clothing, hand-made toys, educational activities, live music and entertaining performances, from some very talented people!

So, put a big note in your diaries for the next Artisan Market extravaganza and come along and join in the fun, soak up that great Northern atmosphere and book in a visit to Hyde for a lovely day out for all the family.

Hyde’s Artisan Market is held on the Market Square on the first Saturday of the month.

‘Community Groups Together’ is the topic to be discussed at the first Hyde Town Council meeting.

In the Hyde and Hattersley area we are indeed fortunate to have a large number of community groups, social enterprises and non-profit organisations working for the betterment of our residents and the local area, it’s a fantastic achievement.

We at Hyde Community Matters are typical of a non for profit voluntary community group who have moved from a printed local community news magazine to a daily up-dated online local news source, whose prime objective is to be a news link between local communities and a place where residents and visitors refer to us to keep up with local events such as personal achievements, upcoming gatherings or sporting events. We also inform about activities and local successes. We cover subjects relating to education, health & wellbeing, charities, town events and sport. Businesses have also started using our online services to communicate with communities about their products and services as well as to share information about their businesses.

That said some groups; like ours, are small with just a few people and others have memberships of hundreds. A fact recognised by the Chair of Hyde Town Council, Cllr Andy Kinsey who said, “It’s clear that not all community groups have the same resources or expertise to do what they want or need for our community.”

“That’s why we have prioritised this subject for discussion at the first Hyde Town Council meeting where we will focus on this topic and how as a community of groups, with help from organisations such as the Town Council and Action Together, local groups can work together to achieve much more. The meeting has a focus on positive outcomes for all of our groups, through collaboration, up-skilling and networking.”

The meeting is open to all residents of Hyde and community groups local to Hyde.


Hyde Town Council: Community Groups Together takes place on Monday 6th March from 7.00pm until 8.30pm at the Grafton Centre in Hyde.


The Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Philip Fitzpatrick is delighted to announce the unveiling of a Community Defibrillator that will be installed outside the Well Pharmacy in Hyde’s Market Square.

The new defibrillator will be housed within a special secure metal case, accessed by a code, so that the equipment can be positioned outdoors and used in an emergency.

The defibrillation equipment and installation, which overall cost around £1,400, will be available for the local community to use in emergencies, was funded from the generosity of those who supported Hyde Rotary’s ‘Last Night of the Proms’ event held at Oaklands Hall in 2015.

Yousef Munif, Interim Regional Divisional Manager at Well Pharmacy, said: “The health and wellbeing of our community is the key focus for the team here at Well Hyde, and we’re proud to be supporting the Rotary Club’s installation of defibrillators in the town.

“Following the successful installation of the defibrillator outside Hyde Town Hall, we are keen to support The Rotary Club’s campaign to add a further device in area, located outside our store. The defibrillator will be easily accessible to all members of the local community for use in an emergency situation.

Thanking The Well Pharmacy Group, for agreeing to support this community vital health benefit by allowing the installation of the equipment, Kevin Maddox, Hyde Rotary President said,” Defibrillators can help save lives if someone collapses with sudden heart failure; and once we had decided that a defibrillator was needed to supplement the others positioned around We wanted to raise money not only for the life-saving equipment but for a metal case too, so that the defibrillator could be positioned in an easily accessible outside location, as those positioned indoors cannot be accessed by members of the public when premises are closed.” source funding for the Kevin explained, “The metal case is accessed by a code, which is given to a person calling 999 in the event of an emergency. During an incident, emergency services call handlers can also advise people on how to perform CPR and use the defibrillator.”

The official unveiling will take place on Saturday the 4th March at 1.30pm, during Hyde’s seasonal opening of the ever popular Artisan Market event, and in attendance will a team of first responders from the ambulance service who will be demonstrating this life saving device.”

Said to be one of the boroughs favourite monthly events, Hyde’s Artisan Market will celebrate to start of its second season this weekend (Saturday 4th March) when bargain hunters and regular shoppers will see more than 30 local and visiting crafters and artisans who’ll gather to showcase their handmade goods and original artwork on Hyde’s Civic Square.

This growing event has become a major launch pad of sales for local artisans, who present a diverse array of handcrafted and locally-produced goods to shoppers on a monthly cycle that has become Hyde town centre’s busiest weekends of the year.

“The first Artisan Market of the year is sure to be a bumper one with a great mix of new and returning artisans who will be presenting their handmade goods this year,” said Hyde’s Artisan Market organiser, Karen Dorney, who also added, “It’s wonderful to see so many returning crafters, artists and foodies, who have become favourites with many Hyde shoppers and have found tremendous value in connecting personally with their customers and with fellow artisans.”

Showing on the first market will be an eclectic mix of quirky artworks, and a vast assortment of artisan goods including ceramics, house wares, natural products, handmade jewellery, cards and paper goods, artwork, and clothing, as well as several artisan food vendors selling specialty Breads, Cakes, Cheeses and Chutneys.

Yellow fish Designs, Etcetera, Dianthus, Karen’s unique Gems and CD clocks North West will be returning for their second season, selling a variety of beautifully handmade products, whilst the market will welcome a number of newcomers which include some new and exciting quality crafted items like beautiful crystal glitter glasses from Lady of Kaos and top quality handmade baby blankets from Baby Bae and Art and Jewellery items from Natalie.

“We are lucky to have markets like this in Hyde where we can talk face to face in a relaxed yet creative environment to explain the thought process through to the actual creation, to people who show interest in buying our products,” says Emma Jones of Emmalena Crafts. “It’s an intimate selling experience that allows us to really connect with our customers.”

Adding fun and music to create the unique ambiance of Hyde’s Artisan Market event will be the fabulous ‘Biscuit Brothers’ who were one of the most requested to return musical acts from last season.

Also on the day, at approximately 1.30pm, the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr. Philip Fitzpatrick, will officially unveil a publicly accessible defibrillator, which is to be situated on the outside wall of The Well Pharmacy. The defibrillator which has been funded entirely by the generosity of the Hyde Rotary Club will be housed in a metal case which can only accessed by a code, in the event of an emergency.

In attendance will a team of first responders from the ambulance service, who will be demonstrating this life saving device.”

Please support your local town centre by visiting Hyde’s Artisan market, on 4th March 2017

Following December’s trials which saw the first craft beers being produced at the custom-built Four Kings Brewery in Hyde, Stalybridge & Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds dropped into the new micro brewery earlier today.

Officially opening the brewery, Mr. Reynolds said, he was delighted to visit the ‘Four Kings’ and even moredelighted to sample the excellent range of craft beers, saying: “It certainly is great news for Hyde and the whole region in general when we hear of new businesses starting up and with their substantial financial investment in this venture, where the owners have devoted a considerable amount of time to source and purchase the best equipment and raw materials to make great-tasting beers; it can only help drive our local economy upwards.”

“We have a wonderful diversity of industry going on right here in our community, from large businesses to very small start-ups, and I am so pleased to be able to celebrate today with Paul Ashworth and his team at the opening of The Four Kings micro-brewery here in Hyde.

The new Four King brand features three beers – GOLD BITTER, a hoppy beer with a malty aftertaste and light body. IPA, a classic fruity English IPA which is all about flavour and aroma, with extra hops for a more rounded flavour and PORTER, a creamy dark beer with English malt sweetness with caramel and chocolate flavours in the background.

Founder director, Paul Ashworth said, “Research told us that these days there has been a great boon in craft beers. People throughout the world like drinking interesting beer and there is obvious demand for real British ale in a bottle.

Jonathan Reynolds MP and Cllr Jim Fitzpatrick, with Paul Ashworth, Director, one of the Four Kings who have established their new micro-brewery in Hyde, Cheshire.

Paul went on to say that up until now they have focused their efforts on developing the products and promoting the brand locally – ideally to establish a solid customer base and to guarantee they can supply current demand. The site has plenty of capacity to accommodate our projected growth, meaning we are able to produce many times the volumes of ales we currently brew.

“We’ve been absolutely delighted with the comments we’ve had back from seasoned drinkers and beer-lovers, including several members of CAMRA. Our first brews sold out incredibly quickly and we’re now ready to make our beers more widely available in both bottle and cask. We are all really excited about the future and are now focused our marketing on increasing sales throughout the country and hopefully abroad.”

In forming the business, all the directors, Paul Ashworth, Toby Colbourne, Andy Booth, Dave Clarke and Paul Mallon all recognized and agreed that producing quality beer was the key, and as successful businessmen in their own right, focused their individual efforts on ensuring that optimum conditions, equipment and only the finest English ingredients were carefully combined to deliver a range of Four King great craft beers from their custom-built brewery.

Paul added, “Whilst the Four King bar isn’t ‘open’ to the general public in the traditional pub sense, we intend to hold a series of open days and private events, and we are always happy to welcome interested drinkers by arrangement.”

For further information, please contact Paul Ashworth on:



It is not often that we get to a new cleric moving into our town, so after The United Church welcomed the Reverend Marion Pengelly-Phillips as their new Minister towards the end of last year it seems an opportune moment to find out how she and her husband Bob have now settled into local life.

Before her ordainment Marion had led a remarkably rich life, having trained for classical ballet and appearing in a number of professional concerts. Her main occupation however was working in the library at Kew Gardens where she developed a love of plants and nature. However, it was following her marriage to Bob and whilst raising her young family that she realised the need to return to the Church, because, as she describes it, she felt that her faith had become more real!

Over the next few years she became more and more involved in Church work and often led services as a lay preacher, but it was not until she and Bob were relaxing over a coffee as they celebrated their Silver Wedding in Florence that she felt the calling to commit her whole life to the Church. It was after that experience that she began her training at Regents Park College in Oxford.

Having completed her training and having served as Minister in other places, early in 2016 Marion was looking for a new position and her name was given to The United Church in Hyde who were in the process of looking for a new Minister. Hyde was a place she had never heard of, but after reading the Church’s website and after speaking to some of the people involved, she and Bob drove up from their home in Malvern to meet them.

As Marion says, she was immediately impressed both with the Church and the people she and Bob met, including the congregation and the leaders, and after a series of meetings, during which she took Church services, she was offered the position.

Now, after working and living in Hyde for a few months Marion feels that she has settled in completely. She says that as soon as they moved into the Manse both she and Bob felt immediately at home.

“I like the town because Hyde is a friendly place where people go out of their way to welcome you, make you feel at home and are willing to give you a chance. I also like the people I have met and compared to a lot of other places where I have lived and worked there is a lot of laughter. The other thing I like about living here is that we are so close to wonderful countryside. Hyde is now our home and we both feel that we have become part of the community.”

The United Church is on Union Street, Hyde, close to its junction with Market Street. Sunday services commence at 11.00am. There is a free coffee morning every Wednesday between 10.00 and 12.00, a Toddler Group on Thursday mornings, a Saturday morning ‘Messy Church’ and Rainbows, Brownies and Guides meet every Wednesday evening.

Why not just drop in on any of these occasions, you’ll find a warm welcome from Hyde’s friendliest Church.



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.