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Hair or Scalp Problems? FREE CONSULTATION (worth £125.00). The Hair and Scalp Clinic are offering free consultations and assessments on the following dates.

Sandra's Super Silly Summer Sale is taking place at Sewendipity, Melbourne Street, Stalybridge while stocks last:


TAMESIDE’S construction sector is building a big reputation. Work to transform Ashton town centre through the demolition of the former council offices and the redevelopment of the market square, has been rewarded with two Considerate Constructors Scheme gold awards.

NATURE is at the heart of the latest exhibition at the Astley Cheetham Art Gallery, Stalybridge. There are more than 30 works on display – all of them exploring how nature has inspired art through the centuries. 

DUKINFIELD played host to World and European 800m medallist Jenny Meadows at the recent official opening of iTRAIN. 
iTRAIN is a state-of-the-art gym and the latest facility to be launched as a result of Tameside Council and Active Tameside’s £20 million investment in leisure centres. In addition to the 150 station gym, accessible 24/7 thanks to high-tech fingerprint recognition technology, the former Active Dukinfield site also hosts a health food café and coffee bar, members’ lounge with free wi-fi, community meeting space and soft play centre iPLAY which will soon be complemented by a crèche facility.
The ground floor gym area includes a 60 metre indoor running track which provides an alternative to the treadmill. The special running track surface is easier on joints and better simulates running outdoors for those training for a competitive race. Champion athlete Jenny led the first training session, dubbed iRUN, on the new track with a number of willing participants from the special guests.
Tameside Council’s executive member for healthy and working, Cllr Ged Cooney, said, “We have invested this money in this and other leisure facilities because the council is determined to drive up participation in physical activity among Tameside residents.

FOREST schools isn’t just for kids – Tameside’s Wild Ways group is proving how getting out and about in  great outdoors can benefit all ages.

FAMILIES in Tameside are invited to ‘Be Food Smart’ with the help of a Change4Life roadshow.
The roadshow, which will be at Clarendon Square, Hyde, on Wednesday 1 and Tuesday 2 March, will provide live demonstrations of the new Be Food Smart app that highlights just how much sugar, saturated fat and salt can be found in everyday food and drink that children consume.
There will also be free Be Food Smart information packs available, making it easier to make the healthier choices at home.
Recent reports show that childhood obesity in England has reached alarming rates. Currently, 10% of 4 to 5-year-olds in Tameside are overweight or obese - increasing to 20% in 10 to 11-year-olds.
Public Health Endland’s Change4Life campaign urges parents to ‘Be Food Smart’ and take more control of their children’s diets.
The free Food Smart app helps and encourages families to choose healthier options and works by scanning the barcode of products allowing parents to compare brands, and features food detective activities for children and mini missions the whole family can enjoy.
The campaign also helps parents identify the health harms of children eating and drinking too much sugar, saturated fat and salt, including becoming overweight or obese and developing tooth decay.
Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Ged Cooney, who is responsible for health said: “We all want to make the best choices for our children’s health and Change4Lifes Be Food Smart campaign aims to make this easy and fun for the whole family to get involved in. It will also help children to make healthier food choices for themselves.”

SCHOOL children and community groups are contributing to a striking new piece of art proposed for the new Tameside Interchange in Ashton-under-Lyne.
The tree-like polished steel sculpture – commissioned using external funding as part of the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) interchange project – is based on public transport maps, with branches and interlinking lines tying in with the heritage theme.
It will feature coloured glass designs that reflect local lives, stories and social history.
Artist Michael Condron has been working with TfGM and Tameside Council’s Cultural Services team to involve local schools, community groups and residents in the project. He has been gathering personal stories, memories, drawings and photos to generate ideas for the glass inserts.
The following groups have been involved: Millbrook Primary School; Corrie Primary School;  Broadbentfold Primary School; Stitch in Time group and Knit & Natter group. Additionally Michael talked to visitors to Portland Basin as well as shoppers at Ashton Market.
All the school pupils who have taken part have achieved  Arts Award Discover accreditation, achieving 100 Arts Awards.
Tameside Council Executive member Cllr Peter Robinson, who sits of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: “This is a brilliant project, involving all age groups in what promises to be an amazing piece of art that can be enjoyed by all and which I’m sure will be a local focal point in front of the new interchange. It will also have a lasting impact on all the children who have explored the borough’s roots and their family’s stories as well as learning new art techniques and skills.”
Once completed, the new interchange will have improved facilities including a covered concourse and seated waiting area, a ticket and information outlet, retail facilities and a café.
Chair of the TfGM Committee Cllr Andrew Fender said: “State-of-the-art facilities at the new interchange will encourage more local people to use public transport and Michael’s artwork will be a great addition to it – it will be there for everyone to enjoy.”
Planning permission for the interchange was granted earlier this year and work is due to start this year. Delivered by TfGM, funding for Tameside Interchange (Ashton-under-Lyne) is being supported by central government through the Greater Manchester Local Growth Deal Programme with additional support from Heritage Lottery funding.
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THE first weekend of Tameside Christmas Market has been a merry-go-round of festive fun.

The Tigers came away with a point in a hard fought game at Brighouse's St.Giles Road.

Two old faces returned to the Tameside stadium for this fixture, Sam Walker returned to Curzon on loan from Stockport County and Nick Haughton who left Curzon to join Fleetwood returned with the visitors Chorley on a season long loan.


The Bloods chalked up a 7- 0 victory at Radcliffe in the Evostick North Division One in their Saturday before Christmas fixture.

Mossley were narrowly defeated in the Boxing Day clash with Glossop North End at their Surrey Street ground.

Jamie Stott one of two new recent signings after Curzon's home game against Southport
It was a quiet start from both sides during the early part of the game with both sides just trying to get a foothold. On the 9th minute Curzon did just that when after a hopeful ball from James Baillie  into the Southport’s box Striker Ben Wharton stuck his foot out, bringing the ball down then cleverly turning his marker before slotting past keeper Mark Halstead.
The lead lasted all of nine minutes when the returning Jamie Stott to Curzon gave a silly ball away to Southport’s Jordan Hallam, Hallam quickly made his way into the Curzon box before Chris Rowney rashly took him out with a flying tackle giving referee Paul Brown no choice but to award the penalty.  Captain Steven Schumacher took the responsibility of the spot kick and hit it straight down the middle to draw Southport level.
With only twenty four minutes on the clock Southport after being a goal down took the lead in this game, again it came from another mistake and Rowney again was the culprit for not dealing with the ball properly, allowing Jordan Hallam to nick the ball go past the out coming keeper Cameron Mason to slot home from a very tight angle.
Curzon although throwing away the lead did have two penalty claims themselves as both Niall Cummins and Wharton were upended inside the Southport box and on both occasions referee Brown waving away the claims. 
An excellent save from Halstead in added time denied Curzon, a deep cross from Stott found Cummins at the far post who volleyed the ball straight back and somehow Halstead managed to block the shot and steer the ball over the crossbar for a Curzon corner.
GOAL: If Cummins was denied at the far post he wasn’t going to be denied at the near post, from the corner which was played short between Stott  and Baillie with the latter delivering the ball to the near post for Cummins to meet and head home with 45+4 showing on the clock.
In the second half it was Curzon who threaten first on 48 minutes when Joe Guest was released down the left, his cross was only headed away to the edge of the box to Rowney but his half effort was blocked and cleared.
Baillie was the next to deliver a cross but this time from the right on 52 minutes, just dropping the wrong side of the crossbar and hitting the net stanchion.
Apart from a run by Southport Hallam on 58 minutes which saw him run across the front of the box before being halted it was all Curzon creating the chances, with Cummins involved in most of the action, after holding the ball up well on the edge of the box and playing in Guest who hit his effort high he hit a great shot which just went wide of Halstead goal.
Both sides made changes in hope to change their fortunes and on 78 minutes Stott had a great chance to make amends for his mistake in the 1st half as he rose to meet a corner from the right but his timing was well out as he missed the header completely even though he was unmarked.
With three minutes remaining Cummins again fails to hit the target as he shoots from the edge of the box, Curzon just cannot make their second half dominance pay.
Southport who rarely got into the Curzon final third had a chance on the 88th minutes but Bradley Jackson angled shot was well saved by Cameron Mason. 
The second half not as exciting as the first half when it came to goals, Curzon as the home team did pushing everything forward to grab a winner but lacked composure and quality in the final third, as for Southport they battled hard and will be pleased with the point away from home. The 2 - 2 scoreline was probably a fair result.

Another gutsy away performance saw Curzon come home with a creditable and well deserved point at high flying Brackley, as they proved once again that they can live with the best teams in the league.


DO you know anyone who deserves recognition for their contribution to local sport?


With summer holidays just around the corner, we are already taking bookings for our popular Summer Tennis Camps at Priory Tennis Club in Cheetham Park, Mottram Road, Stalybridge.


If you’re coming to the Stalybridge Carnival in Cheetham Park on 25 June don’t forget to visit our Open Day at the Priory Tennis Club.

A SALON is urging Tameside residents to follow its style in helping people with cancer.


THE Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Joyce Bowerman, is lending her wholehearted support to a drive to recruit more Marie Curie supporters in Tameside.
Marie Curie provides home care for people with any terminal illness as well as emotional support for their loved ones. Their aim is to help families get the most from the time they have left.
Cllr Bowerman explained: “I have personal experience of the wonderful work the Marie Curie nurses do. They cared for my father when he was dying from lung cancer and that’s why I have made them part of my charity appeal fund.
“It’s a very sad fact that someone in the UK dies every five minutes without getting all the care they could have. That’s why I want more fund-raisers in Tameside. Marie Curie believe everyone should be able to get the care they need at the end of their life.”
Marie Curie nurses work night and day and there is also a confidential helpline for anyone who has questions about any aspect of terminal illness, needs support, or just wants to talk. An online information hub has leaflets to download, films and other links.
The support groups are made up of ordinary people of all ages who are passionate about the charity and want to help it. They tend to meet on a monthly basis and organise collections and fund-raising events such as tea parties and quiz nights.
Tameside has two very successful groups – Hyde and Denton, and Ashton – but a combination of age, failing health and other commitments means that new members are needed if they are to continue their good work.
The Mayor added: “These amazing people have done, and continue to do, a really fantastic job. However, they aren’t as young as they used to be and can no longer commit themselves in the same way.
“They badly need new blood and I’m appealing to the people of Tameside to join them so that they can continue their fabulous and much-needed work.”
If you have the time and would like to join a Marie Curie support group, visit

Body Mind Therapy Centre are having an open day for Maggie's Centres on Thursday, 3rd August 2017. You can have 15, 30, 45 or 60 MIN MASSAGE in exchange for what you can afford donations. Their will also be a raffle draw with some amazing prizes


Tameside Sea Cadets are amongst the first in the UK to be presented with the National Citizenship Award.

THE countdown to the Olympics has inspired a lot of action to support local good causes including the new Macmillan Tameside Unit.
Tameside Council staff and members were among many organisations, business and groups to join Active Tameside’s Road to Rio challenge.
For two weeks from 22 July to 5 August teams and individuals have clocked up the miles from running, swimming, walking or cycling to collectively reach the 5818 miles to Rio.
The challenge has gone so well that Active Tameside reached the target within the first week and are currently clocking up the miles to head home again.
An exercise bike was installed in Dukinfield Town Hall on Tuesday 2 August and staff and councillors took turns in their breaks to clock up 100 miles towards the grand total, while also collecting donations towards the fundraising.
Tameside Council Leader Cllr Kieran Quinn said: “We really enjoyed taking part in the challenge, which - as well as supporting local good causes - also helped to raise the profile of the benefits of making time in your day to be active. I think everyone returned to their desks feeling more alert and energised after their stints on the bike!”
Money raised will be going to The Believe and Achieve Trust, Tameside 4 Good and Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind as well as Macmillan’s Tameside Unit.
You can donate in centre, at the Road to Rio Just Giving page or by texting ROAD02 followed by the amount you want to donate (e.g. £2) to 70070.

WILLOW Wood Hopice is already close to the hearts of the Tameside community. But now it has also won the royal seal of approval after being recognised with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The accolade is the equivalent in status for voluntary groups as an MBE is for individuals and is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK .
It is fantastic recognition for the 500 plus volunteers who devote themselves to providing care for patients and their families and generating the £2.3m that is required each year to keep the hospice operational.
In recognition of the award and their continued efforts, a number of volunteers were invited by Tameside Mayor Cllr Philip Fitzpatrick to the Mayor's Parlour in Dukinfield Town Hall on Tuesday 21 June. The Council is also highlighting all the local Queen's Award winners as part of its ongoing Proud Tameside campaign, which aims to put the spotlight on people, services and places which help to improve the lives of local people.
Hospice Chairman Pat McCloskey said “Everyone at the Hospice is absolutely delighted to hear the news that our volunteers have been recognised in this way - it is a huge honour that reflects the significant contribution made by all of our volunteers.
“Our volunteers are a vital and essential link in the chain of care we provide at Willow Wood and without their unwavering support we simply would not be able to care for the thousands of local patients and their families who need our support.
“The generosity and commitment of our volunteers continues to astound me and they are truly remarkable people.”
Chief Executive, Karen Houlston said: “We are extremely proud of this recognition and enormously proud of our volunteers and we are delighted that they have been honoured with this award.
“Since we first opened our doors in1999 so many people have given their time to enable us to provide our vital services within the local community and our volunteers have been at the very heart of Willow Wood. This award is for those volunteers who are no longer with us as well as our current volunteers.”
Willow Wood has achieved many milestones since it opened 17 years ago and has played an active role at the forefront of many new and exciting developments in palliative (Hospice) care.
In the last 12 months the hospice has launched a dedicated Dementia service to those with palliative care needs and will be implementing a new end of life service for those with Diabetes in the near future. These new services, along with the Hydrotherapy / physiotherapy service, the Lymphodema clinic and dedicated Blood transfusion clinic all complement the traditional Day Hospice care and the Inpatients Unit.
The Out Patients clinic, for those living with cancer and non cancer diagnoses, including neurological conditions such as heart and lung failure, kidney disease, multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease, saw in excess of 230 patients alone in the last year.

THERE’S no planning for the Great British weather but Tameside showed plenty of Great British spirit during the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations.

A FOOTBALL club that for over 30 years has been teaching local children about much more than sport has won royal recognition for its “outstanding work” in the community.

Do you have what it takes to tackle the Tour of Tameside challenge? The four day event gives runners five choices that challenge varied abilities. Lace up your trainers and fundraise for Tameside 4 Good to improve lives in Tameside.

Tameside Council has confirmed the appointment of Brenda Warrington as the local authority’s first ever female leader.


The annual Christmas party offers employers the chance to thank members of staff for their hard work over the past year and is a chance for everyone to relax and enjoy the holiday season. However, with events of this nature, there is the potential for things to go wrong and careful planning is required to ensure their success.


IF you want to end the year with a new career, there’s no better place to start than the next Tameside Jobs Fair.

FOLLOWING the revaluation of Business Rates which took effect from 1 April, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, announced that a discretionary fund would be made available to local authorities to help them to administer relief that would target and support those business ratepayers who faced significant increases in their bills

Ian Wolstenhulme of pearson Legal looks at your options when things go awry on holiday.


In October 2016, the Prime Minister commissioned Matthew Taylor, a former policy chief to Tony Blair, to look at how employment practices need to change in order to keep pace with modern business needs.


A NEW source of knowledge and networking for budding entrepreneurs and aspiring business-owners is arriving in Tameside.


A BUILDING that is set to become a Tameside landmark has already reached a landmark in its own brief history.
The joint public service centre, which is being built on the site of the old TAC complex on Wellington Road, Ashton, was topped-out on June 21 with the final piece of steel being fixed into place by Kyle Gallagher.
Kyle, who comes from Droylsden, is an apprentice joiner employed by Carillion Training Services and is completing a placement on the scheme.
The ceremony was attended by Cllr Kieran Quinn, the executive leader of Tameside Council and Jackie Moores, principal of Tameside College.
Cllr Quinn said: “The topping-out ceremony marks a major landmark in the Vision Tameside project which is now approaching the end of its second phase.
“The joint public services centre will provide a much more customer-friendly environment that provides better services for residents. By incorporating the latest energy saving innovations it will allow us to make dramatic cost savings.
“Of course Tameside Council will only occupy part of the centre. We will be sharing it with our partners from Tameside College. The advanced skills centre will be a fine addition to Clarendon College and the Beaufort Road advanced technologies centre which have already opened.
“I also look forward to renewing our partnership with Wilko, who will have a store as part of the complex.
Tameside College principal Jackie Moores added: “This is a very exciting time for Tameside College. The new campus will accommodate our service courses such as hospitality, travel and tourism, bakery, hair and beauty.
“By having a high-street location in the town centre our students will benefit from direct contact with the public. It will also house some of our advanced vocational academic courses such as childcare and health and social care.


TAMESIDE’S new digital era is here. On April 12, Tameside Council officially handed over the keys for Ashton Old Baths to appointed operator, Oxford Innovation.  They have already been hard at work, securing 50 per cent of the available space at the digital hub with companies from the design, events, media and technology sectors.

From 6 April 2017, the government will start to restrict basic rate, income tax relief for landlords' finance costs on residential properties.

Offers for Home Movers This Spring as Pearson Expand their Ashton Team

Property for Profit, a Pension or a Headache?

THERE can surely be few more traumatic experiences in life than to risk losing your home.
To make sure the situation occurs as little as possible in the borough’s social housing, Tameside Council has organised the Tameside Pre-eviction Protocol through its homelessness prevention strategy. The aim is to identify problems as quickly as possible so there is plenty of time to offer help and prevent eviction.
The protocol was launched at the offices of Tameside Housing Advice (THA) on Friday, September 2. The event was attended by Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council’s executive member with responsibility for housing; and representatives of nine housing associations including New Charter, Ashton Pioneer Homes, Peak Valley and Regenda.
Cllr Cooney said: “Through the protocol we want to make sure people have support when they need it. Usually, problems are caused by rent arrears. Over the last year, by taking early action, our debt advice team has been able to help three quarters of residents facing these issues to stay in their own homes.
“Tameside Council recognises that housing providers can’t allow rent arrears to spiral out of control, which is why our dealings with them are built on strong two-way communication.
“The pre-eviction protocol is a great example of partnership working. We have almost 20 organisations sharing information and working closely to do all they can to make sure people don’t get evicted.”
As well as debt problems, the protocol looks at matters such as anti-social behaviour. Initial referrals are made to Tameside Housing Advice, which makes a full assessment of the case before deciding on the appropriate course of action.
THA now shares the same building on Old Street, Ashton, with Tameside Debt Advice (TDA). This has vastly improved the working relationship and allows TDA to be brought in as soon as may be necessary.
Housing providers are kept fully informed throughout the process.

Householders  are being urged to check if they qualify for the latest offer to save money on their energy bills.

House prices in Greater Manchester are up to nine times higher than the average salary according to Official data released by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

One in ten private landlords has no formal tenancy agreement in place with their tenants, new research shows.

Landlords, estate agents and solicitors were in a last-minute rush to complete property deals ahead of a stamp duty rise that takes effect to today.

New research has revealed that a majority of property buyers are willing to pay more for an eco-friendly home.