Sunday Brass Goes To The Movies: Boarshurst Silver Band’s Blockbuster

Music from Stage and Screen concert the hottest ticket in Saddleworth

Forget the dismal Grease special shown the previous night to the concert. The Boarshurst faithful spent a summer night at the most august of institutions (where else but the Boarshurst Band Club?). The cause? Boarshurst Silver Band’s trip to Cheltenham for the National Finals on the second Saturday in September. A worthy one indeed.

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Cuts Scene Investigation: Changes to Tameside’s Libraries

Cuts Scene Investigation: Tameside’s Libraries (Part Three)

Longer hours, less staff, but all eight libraries saved by technological developments

Dukinfield Library, Concord Way, Dukinfield
Dukinfield Library, Concord Way, Dukinfield, as photographed in 2012 with a Zenit TTL 35mm SLR camera.

Almost four years have passed since we did our previous Cuts Scene Investigation on the future of Tameside’s libraries. A lot has happened since then with libraries moving to smaller premises in more convenient locations. It has meant reduced opening hours and the retention of West End and Haughton Green libraries – as community-run facilities.
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Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, Summer 2016

The old station’s not for turning 

First Greater Manchester Alexander Dennis ALX400, YJ51 RCX, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
At the Sharp End: Summer 2016’s raft of service changes have gravely affected the people of Oldham. The 409 service will see fewer evening journeys on weekdays and Saturdays.

In an ironic twist of fate, the severance of Diggle Old Station Turning was announced at around the same time as Theresa May’s appointment as Britain’s second female Prime Minister. Whilst the MP for Maidenhead took her cue from Thatcher, the only thing that hasn’t been for turning was First Greater Manchester’s cuts to the 184 service in Diggle.
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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, Summer 2016

Summertime timetables and subtle service reviews

Enviro400 MMC SN16 OUC, Stagecoach Manchester, Ashton-under-Lyne Bus Station
The New Order: one of Stagecoach Manchester’s latest additions to the fleet.

Unless you travel from anywhere in Tameside to Diggle, or use the 409 service after 6pm, this summer’s set of changes are fairly minimal. Most of them are the usual Summer Timetable changes, that take advantage of the lack of the schools traffic.
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Milnrow Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Another great night, with a little help from Count Basie, Herb Alpert and Duke Ellington

Regular readers would be wondering why Count Basie and Duke Ellington would be featuring anywhere near this week’s Sunday Brass review. Unlike most concerts at the Boarshurst Band Club, our fellows a short distance from Rochdale turned to jazz and swing influences for last night’s [17 July] programme. In front of an excellent turnout at the Boarshurst Band Club, Milnrow Band took an experimental approach – and succeeded.
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Antiques Bus Trip: Day Seven, Ramsbottom

The final instalment of our bus trip through from Glossop to Ramsbottom

East of the M60’s series of seven posts for Catch The Bus Week 2016

Ramsbottom Bridge Street
Day Seven: Bridge Street, Ramsbottom. A familiar sight to anyone who has been on the East Lancashire Railway. Image by Nicholas Smale, 2011. (Creative Commons License, Some Rights Reserved).

We are near the end of our seven-day long tour ’round Greater Manchester’s antiques and collectables shops. In our trip, we have seen retro clothing, screw mount Leica cameras, 1970s radio and cassette recorders, and we’ve been through a ginnel to look at collectable items. For our final day, we take two buses towards the River Irwell town of Ramsbottom.
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Antiques Bus Trip: Day Six, Manchester City Centre

Antiques and collectables shops from Glossop to Ramsbottom

The sixth part of East of the M60’s series of seven posts for Catch The Bus Week 2016

Northern Quarter
Day Six: Manchester’s Northern Quarter has a good number of secondhand and vintage shops. If you’ve alighted or boarded a 192 or 219 bus more often than is considered healthy, you may be familiar with this place. Image by ReflectedSerendipity, 2015 (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).

There was no prizes for how we got to central Manchester. Well, you could be absolutely blunt and say “bus”. We might have caught one of Europe’s most frequent bus routes.
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Antiques Bus Trip: Day Five, Stockport

The fifth instalment of our bus trip through from Glossop to Ramsbottom

East of the M60’s series of seven posts for Catch The Bus Week 2016

Indoor market #Stockport
Day Five, Stockport: the Victorian splendour that is the glass and ironwork of Stockport’s indoor market hall. Image by Peter Black, 2013. (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).

After a joyous trip to Houldsworth Mill, our next journey is a doddle. As for buses, just the one, yet two services to choose from.
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Antiques Bus Trip: Day Four, Reddish

Antiques and collectables shops from Glossop to Ramsbottom

The fourth part of East of the M60’s series of seven posts for Catch The Bus Week 2016

Reddish Mill 1.jpg
Day Four: Houldsworth Mill, Reddish. Home to a cornucopia of uses including office space, a creche, and speciality shopping. Image by Mr Stephen, 2006. Creative Commons License: Share Alike

After a trip to the charming Vintage 55 in the centre of Oldham, we mark the halfway point of our Antiques Bus Trip by heading south to Reddish. Yes, it’s another two bus job.
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Antiques Bus Trip: Day Three, Oldham

Antiques and collectables shops from Glossop to Ramsbottom

The third part of East of the M60’s series of seven posts for Catch The Bus Week 2016

Lyceum Theatre, 95 Union Street, Oldham
Day Three: either the 340, 343 or the 350 takes us to Oldham. Seen here are three icons of Oldham. Under wraps is the old town hall, in the midst of conversion to an ODEON multiplex cinema with restaurants. Dominating the scene is The Lyceum theatre and the modern-day icon of a Metrolink tram. Image by Dronsfield Autospares (www.dronsfields.com), 2014. Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved.

After our sojourn in Mossley, our next leg is considerably easier. We have the choice of the quick way via Lees (340 or 343), or the scenic route via Saddleworth (the 350 via Greenfield, Uppermill, Dobcross, and Delph). Continue reading Antiques Bus Trip: Day Three, Oldham