Budget 2017: Money For Brexit (and Changes to UC)

East of the M60‘s frank verdict on Philip Hammond’s 2017 Budget

  • Brexit department biggest winner of 2017 Budget;
  • Slight changes for Universal Credit claimants;
  • 16 – 25 Railcard extended to cover persons born from 1986 to 1991;
  • Stamp Duty scrapped for first time buyers.

More than anything, today’s budget was a disappointment. Firstly, we are no clearer as to whether the Trans-Pennine electrification work is going ahead in its unabridged form. Secondly, it seems as if the money for the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena has gone to the Department for Exiting the European Union. Thirdly, those good eggs have cut the waiting time for Universal Credit (but don’t all rush at once). Continue reading “Budget 2017: Money For Brexit (and Changes to UC)”


The Case for Stalybridge: Andy Burnham’s Vision for Six Forgotten Towns

Stalybridge as one of six ‘forgotten towns’ in Mayor of Greater Manchester’s revitalisation plan

The polycentric nature of Greater Manchester and each of its boroughs can be a blessing and curse. It is a blessing in the sense where each of the ten boroughs have a character of their own. For example, with my borough [Tameside], the virtually unbroken urban sprawl of Manchester ends in the western part of Stalybridge, Dukinfield, and Hyde. East of the said places, suburbia meets the Pennine foothills alongside charming small towns and villages (Mossley, Broadbottom, Mottram, and Hollingworth in our case). Continue reading “The Case for Stalybridge: Andy Burnham’s Vision for Six Forgotten Towns”

Diggle Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (Winter 2017)

A winter warmer from Saddleworth’s Championship section band 

After a scorching summer performance, Diggle Band returned to the Boarshurst Band Club with a real winter warmer. Once more, the Boarshurst audience was treated to a superb concert which warmed the cockles of our heart. For six of your finest British Pounds, a delightful night with some great solo pieces.

As for the programme, a lovely mix of brass banding classics and something new to engage the audience. This was not your microwaved pub lasagne with a perfunctory garnish. This was a Sunday dinner with freshly cooked vegetables, the finest beef, and a home made Yorkshire Pudding.
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S.V. Goes East of the Pennines

Genius behind East of the M60 crosses the Pennines

“This is Yorkshire Television, in colour…”

The creator of East of the M60 [Stuart Vallantine] now has another outlet for his writings. Whereas East of the M60 majors in blog posts east of the aforementioned motorway (from Rochdale to Stockport boroughs via Oldham and Tameside), some of its wit and wisdom has crossed the Pennines. Continue reading “S.V. Goes East of the Pennines”

Boarshurst Silver Band’s 2017 Remembrance Sunday Concert: Review

Boarshurst Silver Band remembers 

From Friezland to Denshaw, and Glossop to Buxton, the Remembrance Sunday concert is an established fixture in the brass bander’s calendar. As well as remembering our fallen comrades, it also means Christmas is on its way. As with last year’s concert, Boarshurst Silver Band, gave us all a fantastic night. Even with concerts taking place in Delph, Dobcross, and Diggle at the same time, there was a respectable turnout.

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Brinnington United Park The Bus With a Sponsorship Deal

Stagecoach Manchester unveils five new buses and sponsors Stockport District Sunday League side

Good old November, a pretty cold time of the year. Most importantly, it is close to the halfway point of the football season when things get exciting. Some teams prefer to climb the league table by playing free-flowing football. Others are happy with a “one-nil to the Arsenal…” mindset. They are the kind of teams who prefer to park the bus after getting a goal or two. Continue reading “Brinnington United Park The Bus With a Sponsorship Deal”

Stagecoach Reaches £21,900 Mark for Breast Cancer Charity

Stagecoach Manchester and Prevent Breast Cancer celebrate two years of fundraising efforts

Was it really been two years ago since Frozen and Elf was shown in Hazel Grove’s new fangled park and ride facility? Where did the time go? This week, Stagecoach Manchester has announced it has generated over £21,900 for its chosen charity, Prevent Breast Cancer. Continue reading “Stagecoach Reaches £21,900 Mark for Breast Cancer Charity”

Middleton Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (November 2017)

Gibbs’ Boarshurst debut makes for exciting concert

As the mercury moves into single figures, you can be sure of a warm reception at Boarshurst Band Club in the winter months. Without exception was the reception during Middleton Band’s concert. Last night, their newly appointed Musical Director Kevin Gibbs, broke his Boarshurst Band Club duck. For him, a concert to remember, and the first of many visits to Greenbridge Lane.
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Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, November 2017: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Further details of new micropubs in Tameside area;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements.

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