This month’s window on the shop windows
- Christmas preview and Small Business Saturday;
- Hattersley McDonalds waiter service trial goes nationwide;
- New clothing shops in Ashton and Stalybridge;
- ‘Spoons extension in Stalybridge.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in our portion of Greater Manchester, but spending cuts have made for more modest displays of Christmas lights. Apart from that, it has been a busy old month.
Stalybridge Christmas Lights Switch On
Though the 28 November 2015 also saw The Mighty Stalybridge Celtic frozen out of the F.A. Trophy by Sutton Coldfield Town, the centre of Stalybridge was bedecked with excited children. Some of which, after seeing Elsa and Olaf in Stalybridge Town Cinema (their showing of Frozen), would see them again outside The Society Rooms.
From the Stalybridge Town website and Facebook page, the switch-on at Grosvenor Square was well attended. On the Thursday before [26 November], there was a good turnout for Dukinfield’s switch-on outside the town hall.
In the next week, there’s set to be oodles more Christmas cheer in Stalybridge. Firstly, Stalybridge Old Band will be hosting their Christmas Concert at Stalybridge Civic Hall (7.30pm, 12 December). This coming Sunday [13 December] will see a Christmas Craft Market (9am to 2pm). As well as the crafty type stalls, a chance for young children to see Father Christmas.
About 10 minutes up the road from Armentieres Square, West Hill School will be hosting a brass band concert. This will start at 4pm. Plus, if you’d like to see some more brass band action, the Boarshurst Band Club is a 350 bus or train ride away in Greenfield from Ashton (bus is best of the two modes). Starting at 8pm – the usual time for their Sunday night concerts – is their concert with Glossop Old Band (well worth seeing with tickets at most affordable prices).
Small Business Saturday
In spite of road works affecting two important weekends up to Christmas, the people of Stalybridge showed their support for Small Business Saturday. In the three days up to that date was a window dressing competition. In spite of inclement weather, Ashton-under-Lyne’s market continued as normal. On Penny Meadow is Gremlins, a new unisex outfitter close to Hobsons and Giovanni’s salons.
Tameside eateries update
Over the last month, Freshers on Penny Meadow has had a slight setback with its opening delayed. Next door, the newly opened Saltish is offering another fried chicken option for our Lancashire town. As well the long-serving Chinese chippy, there’s no way you could go hungry after a few in The Bowling Green.
Over the last quarter, Tameside pioneered another development – the introduction of waiter service in McDonalds. Their branch at the end of the M67 motorway in Hattersley saw a successful trial. It is now being rolled out nationwide. Heck, they’ll be introducing plates and proper cups next a la Wimpy (how we miss the Ashton branch on Staveleigh Way).
Forthcoming Planning Applications
Polite Note: for reasons of brevity, any pub and club applications come under the Pub and Club Update section.
- A decision on Domino’s Pizza’s future Hyde base is set to be made by the 14 January 2016. Just to recap, this will be the former Halifax Building Society unit that later became a bathroom showrooms.
- The Hollywood Bowl bowling alley on Ashton Moss could be getting new signage.
- Plans for Ashton’s new bus station are now up. Some pretty detailed reading!
- Gremlins has settled in to their unit on Penny Meadow.
- Santander’s Warrington Street branch (formerly Bradford and Bingley) has been closed for refurbishment. A cash machine is also being installed outside.
Pub and club update
In last month’s Ashton Review of Shops, we have learned of delays to Ashton ‘Spoons’ development. This month, plans are under way for the extension of Stalybridge’s ‘Spoons’, The Society Rooms. The former craft shop – Ethel Austin, Kwik Save and F.W. Woolworth before then – is where it could be extended towards. The bulk of which will include a new smoker-friendly external area and a refurbished gents’ toilets. We shall find out by February 2016.
At the opposite end, The Alexander Pub on 1 Dean Street, Ashton-under-Lyne is set to move to smaller premises. The present building is set to become a restaurant with a takeaway. The takeaway will use the present entrance. on Oldham Road with part of the parapet offering access to the proposed restaurant.
In lieu of its relocation would be a new public house for The Alexander. This will take over Gatefield House, only a short distance from the proposed restaurant.
From the same people who run The Bowling Green, Ashton-under-Lyne’s oldest pub, 31 Old Street could become a Micro Pub. The future premises could be next door but one (Toddlin unit) to Paws and Claws pet shop and adjacent to the long-closed Ye Olde Vaults.
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Before we close, Ashton-under-Lyne’s Christmas lights will be officially switched on this Friday [11 December]. This will coincide with the opening of Tameside Christmas Market where stalls will be open from 5.30 to 8.30pm.
As this is the final Ashton Review of Shops for 2015, we wish all our regular readers a Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year. Here’s to a most exciting 2016!
S.V., 07 December 2015.