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VANESSA DIXON charts the changing face of Tameside through a series of vibrant paintings in her new exhibition entitled “Ashton Places and Tameside Landmarks”. 

OUTDOOR summer theatre is back, and its bigger and better than ever. This year, each show will stay in a single park for both morning and afternoon performances, allowing for a much higher production quality.

IF you go down to Portland Basin soon, you’ll be in for a big surprise. The Ashton museum has been taken over by teddy bears - big and small, old and new – and each one has a special story to tell.

 

 
Looking for a new, creative craft? Why not try glass painting? It is much simpler than stained glass, yet glass painting creates an equally beautiful piece of artwork. Watching paint dry has never been so relaxing, joyous and perfect for the soul!

 

 
On Bank Holiday Monday (May 29) you can make as much noise as you like when “Those Marvellous Men and their Musical Machines” turn up at Portland Basin, Ashton. It’s a free, fun day out for all the family (11am to 3pm).

The Whit Friday band contests have been part of the cultural fabric of Tameside for over 100 years, and there are still bands across the borough dedicated to keeping the tradition alive with the younger generation.

TAMESIDE Council is rewriting the book when it comes to library opening hours. Over the next few months it will be unveiling Open+ - a change that will result in much greater access to libraries.

Pupils on the Sitting Right With You sofa with Greater Manchester Police & Crime commissioner Tony Lloyd and Cllr Peter Robinson to discuss what they have learned about domestic abuse.
 
SCHOOL pupils are being encouraged to get comfortable talking about domestic abuse as part of a Greater Manchester wide awareness campaign.
The Sitting Right With You campaign, run by the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office in partnership with local councils, features a yellow sofa with challenging messages to get people thinking differently about what domestic abuse is and encouraging victims to seek help.
One of the key audiences for the campaign is children and young people. Last year (2015/16) 3,152 (57%) of reported domestic abuse incidents in Tameside involved children. Across Greater Manchester during the same period,  31820 (52%) of reported domestic abuse incidents involved children.
To help young people understand what domestic abuse is and how they can seek help, a Respectful Relationships programme is being  piloted with over 3000 children - aged between 5 and 18 - in 13 of Tameside’s schools. Resources are also being made available for other schools to take up the programme, which is delivered in partnership with Better Futures and led by Groundwork.
 
Pupils have been learning that domestic abuse it isn’t only physical violence – it can also be controlling what someone wears, their money, where they go and who they talk to. The programme, also dispels other common myths – showing domestic abuse doesn’t just affect people who drink, perpetrators are not just men and that it does affect children.
To highlight this pioneering work, West Hill School in Stalybridge hosted the Sitting Right With You campaign’s yellow sofa at a pupil and parents’ event on Thursday 16 March, attended by Greater Manchester Police & Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd. This is the first time the Sitting Right With You sofa has been taken into a school.
Greater Manchester Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said: "Tameside is leading the way by bringing our ground-breaking campaign into schools. By educating our children and young people about what domestic abuse is, talking to them about healthy relationships, and encouraging them to get comfortable talking about these difficult issues we can break the cycle of abuse."
 
Tameside Council Executive Member for Children and Families Cllr Peter Robinson, who will be in attendance, said: “This is a great opportunity for pupils to share with their parents what they have been learning and to get families to feel comfortable talking about domestic abuse, which all too often is still considered a taboo subject. Living in a home where there’s domestic abuse is harmful and can have a serious impact on a child's behaviour and wellbeing. The effects can last into adulthood, but with the right help and support, most children are able to move on from the effects of witnessing domestic abuse.”
West Hill Assistant Headteacher Paul Butterworth said: “As part of our PSHE curriculum, all pupils are taught about respect in relationships and the many forms that domestic abuse can take.  The programme also ensures that all pupils know where they and their families can access support.”
A Year 10 pupil said: “Taking part in the workshop in this stage of school is important because this is the age where some people begin to form relationships.”
If you or someone you care about has been affected by domestic abuse, contact the Greater Manchester domestic abuse helpline on 0161 636 7525. If you live in Tameside you can contact Bridges – 16+ Tel: 0161 331 2552 (9-5) 0800 328 0967 (24 HR).
 
For more information on spotting the signs of children affected by domestic abuse see: www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-abuse-and-neglect/domestic-abuse/signs-symptoms-effects/
 
 
 

FUN Palaces: they’re a right royal way to unite the community in a celebration of the arts and sciences – a university of the streets with no entrance exam.

TAMESIDE Council’s libraries and cultural services have combined to put together a programme of half-term activities that leave absolutely no room for holiday boredom.

AN inspiring Tameside school is ending the year on yet another high note after winning a second award for its work to provide pupils with an excellent all round education.

 
As we are approaching Halloween and Half Term our sister site www.youroldham.com paid a visit to The Fairy Sanctuary in Delph.

 
WILLOW weaving will be the first in a series of new adult masterclasses organised by Tameside Council Museum and Galleries.

IT was fun all the way at Tameside Libraries Fun Palaces day which lived up to its publicity as a fun-packed festival of arts, culture and science provided by the community for the community.

 
SCHOOLS have celebrated taking part in a new scheme to help them support the health and wellbeing of pupils.

HIGH-TECH fun drew high numbers at Portland Basin Museum on Saturday.
 
 
Almost 700 people visited the Ashton site for the Make Stuff activities day – a range of free, hands-on activities which showed how technology can be creative and exciting.
 
 
Workshops included a 3D printer demonstration, Build a Bug, playing the laser harp, Arduino coding, and learning to programme and play in the world of Web Blocks - a fun, building game inspired by Minecraft.
 
 
Cultural Services education manager Tracy Webster said: “We were absolutely delighted with the number of people who attended. Almost 700 was great for a Saturday, especially when it was so close to the start of a new term.
 
 
“We were thrilled to have MadLab approach our service to see if we could be a host venue for Make Stuff. It was super to see so many young people engage with technology in such creative and imaginative ways.”
 
 
MadLab – Manchester Digital Laboratory – is a grassroots innovation organisation. It supports a diverse range of communities and activities – from monthly meet-ups and courses through to public experimentation with new and emerging technologies – and collaborates with others to deliver new, interesting and exciting projects.
 

TAMESIDE has a wealth of buildings related to its rich history, and every 12 months many of them are opened to the public as part of Heritage Weekend which this year takes place from Thursday, September 8, to Sunday, September 11.
 
 
 
All the borough’s towns will be involved, offering a chance to celebrate Tameside’s architectural heritage and to visit areas not usually accessible. For example (weather permitting) you can climb the 139ft tower at Ashton Parish Church.
 
 
 
There will be an opportunity to take a guided tour of medieval Newton Hall in Hyde, to see the ruins of Old Hall Chapel, Dukinfield, and to look at Ryecroft Hall, Audenshaw, once the home of Austin Hopkinson MP and a military hospital in the First World War.
 
 
This year the focus of Heritage Weekend is water, and the part it has played as a life force for the church, industry and leisure. Accordingly, lots of water-related activities have been organised.
 
 
There are nine walks and talks based on the Huddersfield Narrow, Ashton and Peak Forest canals and the River Tame, as well as the numerous reservoirs which served the mills. Children can even enjoy a canoeing session on the Ashton Canal at Fairfield Locks on the Sunday.
 
 
On Saturday, at Portland Basin Museum, there is a Heritage Weekend special with walks, boat trips, a photography exhibition and stalls. You can also take a look at the Wooden Canal Boat Society’s six boats, all of which are more than 100 years old.
 
 
Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council’s assistant executive member with responsibility for heritage and tourism, commented: “I think we have all have walked past buildings and wondered what’s inside. Heritage Open Days give us a chance to take a look, and not just at the main parts but behind the scenes too – and all for free.
 
 
 
“I have to add that the event wouldn’t be possible without the help of the many organisers, guides and property custodians. I’d also like to thank Tameside Local History Forum.”
 
 
For full details of the four-day programme visit www.tameside.gov.uk/heritage/opendays
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TAMESIDE Council’s libraries service is about to double the number of e-magazines it offers for free.
 
 
Thanks to a Greater Manchester-wide deal, it will soon stock 100 titles rather than the current 44.
 
 
Among the new magazines are ones which will appeal to children, such as Horrible Histories, Storytime and Raspberry for kid, and many game-related titles including Pokémon Go and Minecraft.
 
 
Another new addition to the collection is the BBC’s Match of the Day, which is Britain’s best-selling football magazine.
 
 
Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council’s executive member with responsibility for libraries, said: “The move to digital magazines comes in response to the increasing number of inquiries. Users are now able to download and read even more titles, many of which are expensive to buy.
 
 
“The service can also be useful for members who find it difficult to visit a library. Visually-impaired readers will like them too as they are able to increase font sizes, greatly expanding their reading choices.”
 
 
For access to the expanded range, customers need to register on the new Greater Manchester Libraries Zinio website www.rbdigital.com/greatermanchester. After that they will be able to download all the latest editions. e-Magazines can be viewed on smartphones, tablets or desktop computers and kept indefinitely. Back issues can also be accessed.
 
 
Tameside’s free e-magazines service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to all members. For further information visit www.tameside.gov.uk/libraries/emagazines
 
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TAMESIDE secondary schools have seen their third consecutive year of improvement in the GCSE results published yesterday. Provisional figures indicate a 2% increase in the proportion of Tameside pupils achieving five good GCSEs (grades A*-C) including English and Maths compared to the 2015 results.

Families across Tameside have been enjoying free summer events in the countryside and local parks.

Tanks to what headteacher Simon Wright describes as phenomenally hard work, St Paul’s C of E Primary School, Stalybridge, has received a “good” rating in its latest Ofsted report.
 
 
It is a remarkable achievement as less than 18 months ago the Huddersfield Road school was put into special measures.
 
 
“We’ve achieved this turnaround by focusing on what we needed to do. We can’t put it down to one thing as there has been progress across all areas and a real team effort,” said Mr Wright.
 
 
“St Paul’s has worked with Tameside Council, with the Diocese of Chester, and with partners and other schools. Parents have been very supportive and there has been some phenomenally hard work from staff and pupils.
 
 
“I must also mention the governors, who have been very strong and dedicated.”
 
 
The Ofsted report compliments the school’s leaders, managers and governors for showing a strong and relentless determination to improve.
 
 
It notes pupils are now making good progress because of good teaching, and that their achievement has steadily improved in all subjects. Senior leaders and staff are praised for working tirelessly to raise expectations across the school which is described as safe and friendly.
 
 
Children are complimented on their good behaviour and on their desire to learn and show positive attitudes.
 
 
The report also suggests St Paul’s could be rated as outstanding once the changes outlined in last year’s inspection are fully embedded.
 
 
Cllr Lynn Travis, Tameside Council’s executive member for lifelong learning, commented: “I would like to congratulate everybody involved with St Paul’s, Stalybridge, on an exceptional achievement.
 
 
“As the headteacher, Mr Wright, says, they have worked extremely hard to implement the necessary changes. I’m sure the school will get even better as time passes.”

The curtain is up on a magical programme of free outdoor theatre performances to be staged in Tameside parks this summer.

FROM forensics and electrics to digital design, Tameside Council’s Careers and Apprenticeship Exhibition gave pupils a hands on taster of the many opportunities open to them.

It’s big, it’s friendly and it’s coming to a library near you.

 
 
A Tameside school presented with a defibrillator is training its pupils in how to use the life saving device.
 
 
All Year 6 pupils at Dane Bank Primary School, Denton, as well as eight members of staff, have received the training - which can hugely increase someone’s chances of survival following a cardiac arrest.
 
 
The defibrillator was donated to the school by Tameside Magistrates Social Committee, while Friends of Dane Bank School raised money for the training.
 
 
Pastroral manager Lisa Fox said: “We were delighted to be presented with the defibrillator and thought it was a good opportunity for the wider school community – not just the staff – to learn how to use it and teach our year 6 pupils some valuable life skills.
 
 
“It has also given pupils a greater understanding of first aid and when defibrillators might be used – it’s not just middle aged people who are unfit who may collapse with cardiac arrest – it can happen to young people and football stars on the pitch.
 
 
“Although the defibrillator is very self-explanatory and easy to use, the training will hopefully give the pupils the confidence to actually use one in a real life or death situation.”
 
 
Pupil Jack Best said: “This is definitely a real change from what we normally do in lessons and it’s amazing to think that it might help us one day save someone’s life.”
 

You are invited to send a photographer to Cannon Burrows Primary School, Ashton, at 11am on Tuesday 17 May where pupils will show off their fancy footwear as part of Happy Shoesday.

MORE than 500 Tameside pupils enjoyed some ghoulish escapism during a visit from best-selling author, illustrator and film maker Curtis Jobling.

IF you’re seeking sophistication in an historic setting, enjoying music as the shadows lengthen and the daylight slowly fades away, Portland Basin is the place for you.

Families can take part in free crafts and exciting trails during a Bank Holiday fun day at Portland Basin Museum in Ashton on Monday 2 May 11am-3pm.

MORE than 500 Tameside schoolchildren enjoyed an interactive storytelling adventure with celebrated author and illustrator Lydia Monks.

 
Arrangements are being made for Cromwell High pupils to move to an alternative location for the rest of the summer term following a serious fire at the Dukinfield school last Friday (15 April).

Tameside Libraries will be holding eight free Bookstart Time for a Rhyme sessions during the school holidays. All will include the story “Rhyming Rabbit” by Julia Donaldson, rhymes and other activities.

Calling all budding space commanders, astronauts and star struck boys and girls

CLARENDON Sixth-form College, Ashton-under-Lyne, will be officially opened on Wednesday March 9th (2 to 4pm) by Coronation Street star Brooke Vincent.

GSCE results are more improved in Tameside than anywhere else in the North West recent figures have revealed.

Cinderella is one of the most well known stories around the world it appears in the folklore of many cultures, there are between 350 and 1500 different versions of this story in the world today.

Amanda Brooke, recommended on "Richard and Judy's Book Club, is coming to Tameside Central Library on Tuesday 26 January 6-7pm to talk about her new novel "The Child’s Secret".

A new exhibition at the Tameside Art Gallery celebrates the work of Mossley artist Chris Cyprus.

Portland Basin Museum are hosting an "introduction to landscapes" study day.

Junior ‘Bake Off’ competition winners recently enjoyed a free baking tutorial at Tameside College.

The author and Hyde historian Valerie Bowker will be signing copies of her new book “Events in the Life of William Calland, a Gunner in Wellington’s Army” at Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre, Cotton Street, Ashton, on Wednesday, November 25 (11am to 2pm).

There is a talk at Dukinfield Library on Wednesday 1tth November on the history of the Fairfield Morovian Settlement in Droylsden for the over 55's and visually impaired. 

Twenty horticulture students from Tameside college will be gaining practical experience by working with greenspace staff in local parks for one day a week.
 
They will be learning seasonal, year-round skills such as stripping out bedding, planting bulbs, clearing leaves, edging flower beds, and pruning they will also help with the maintenance of natural areas like meadows by helping to cut and rake them to ensure a vivid display of wildflowers will be guaranteed next year.
 
The experience will enable them to develop traditional skills which will have a relevance and which will help them to improve their chances of finding a job.
 
A spokesperson from Tameside College said “This course is unique in that it combines classroom theory lessons with working alongside highly-trained gardeners.
 
“Our partnership with Tameside council is beneficial to both organisations, but most of all it benefits our students. They get a broad education and this, of course, provides them with skills which are attractive to employers.”
 
The students all agreeded that were Working in the parks provides good experience and gives20 horticulture students from Tameside college will be gaining practical experience by working with greenspace staff in local parks for one day a week.
 
They will be learning seasonal, year-round skills such as stripping out bedding, planting bulbs, clearing leaves, edging flower beds, and pruning they will also help with the  maintenance of natural areas like meadows by helping to cut and rake them to ensure a vivid display of wildflowers will be guaranteed next year.
 
The experience will enable them to develop traditional skills which will have a relevance and which will help them to improve their chances of finding a job.”
 
A spokesperson from Tameside College said “This course is unique in that it combines classroom theory lessons with working alongside highly-trained gardeners.
 
“Our partnership with Tameside council is beneficial to both organisations, but most of all it benefits our students. They get a broad education and this, of course, provides them with skills which are attractive to employers.”
 
The students all agreeded that working in the parks provides good experience and gives them the opportunity to spend lots of time outside in the fresh air and to give something back to nature and the community.
them the opportunity to spend lots of time outside in the fresh air and to give something back to nature and the community.
 

World Mental Health Day was held on Saturday the 10th October 2015 hosted by the World Federation of Mental Health.

Indigo Moon Theatre Company return to Tameside in a performance of "Aladdin" at the Frstival Theatre in Hyde.

Join award-winning poet and experienced creative writing tutor Eleanor Rees to explore the world of poetry at the free Poetry Workshop and Reading at Dukinfield Library on Monday October 5th between 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

A new exhibition opening at Tameside Central Art Gallery celebrates church banners.

There is a new interactive exhibition “Musical Chairs” at the Tameside Central Art Gallery in Old Street Ashton-Under-Lyne.
 
Created for the Generation Tour, visitors can play seven chairs with the movements of their bodies. The physical connections they make with other players will trigger voices, rhythms, melodies and noises from nature. Every chair is different and every game is different.
 
The exhibition is one of four touring galleries throughout the North under the Generation brand. It is designed to encourage families to visit contemporary art galleries and the first two exhibitions, Generation AIR and Generation NOISE, were very successful.
 
Organisers  look forward to seeing lots of new visitors to the gallery.The launch event is on Saturday, October 3, 10.30am to 12.30pm, with Simon Sullivan – Simon the Storyteller from Portland Basin Museum’s popular Little Hands sessions - helping visitors to interact with the chairs.
 
Next April, another Generation exhibition will be in Ashton. “The Tree, the Caterpillar and the Butterfly” will invite families to interact with a high-tech nature garden.
 
Entry to “Musical Chairs” is free log onto www.generationtour.org.uk.for full details
 
 

During the last couple of months musicians from Manchester Camerata have been running music and drama sessions for older people in the community at Stalybridge Celtic's Bower fold ground.

Portland Basin Museum has had it's highest ever number of visitors this summer, 29,455 people visited in July and August.
 
There were many  family friendly exhibitions this year  such as “Where the Wild Things Are" which featured an interactive storytelling tent, a bug hunt and a mini zoo which was  themed around Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” book.
 
There was a Museums at Night initiative for the first time and many people took advantage of the evening visit, viewing the exhibits to musical accompaniment from the Abney Orchestra.
 
There was also a “Tameside’s War” exhibition which marked the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War which attracted many visitors
 
The increasing popularity of Portland Basin and other local museums and galleries in Tameside reflects the hard work of Tameside cultural services with people not just coming from Tameside, but from much further afield. 
 
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