This month’s window on the shop windows

Paul's Tool Emporium
Paul’s Tool Emporium: a Stalybridge Legend. Image by Matthew Wilkinson, 22 November 2014. (Creative Commons License – Attribution-No Derivatives)
  • Stalybridge Sci-Fi shenanigans;
  • Denton’s forthcoming micro pub;
  • Plus the usual changes in the Tameside retail world.

This month’s digest has neatly coincided with a moderately early Easter break. One that has seen sci-fi characters trying to climb into restored Jaguars (just jesting).

Boldly going forward… to 1968

Easter Saturday saw the arrival of sci-fi characters on the streets of Stalybridge. This included a science fiction fair in Stalybridge Civic Hall. They were also joined by the Tame Valley Vintage Classic Car Club’s collection on Armentieres Square.

If you took a rail replacement TARDIS, you could have boarded the 6 to Droylsden for the town’s Easter Market. Two buses away from Stalybridge, Droylsden’s Easter Market took place on Villemomble Square, and was covered on Tameside Radio’s Out and About outside broadcast.

If last week’s collection of restored vehicles had you asking for more, this weekend sees the return of Tame Valley Scouts’ Railroad event at Astley Sports College, on Yew Tree Lane. As usual, there will be a collection of restored vehicles outside the school but its main feature – as always – is the plethora of model railway displays.

Tickets are £4.00 for adults, and £2.00 for concessions. Light bites and soft drinks are also available. The 389 bus from Ashton to Hyde, via Stalybridge, (half hourly on Saturdays, hourly on Sundays) stops outside Astley Sports College. The 340 (the new Sunday and evening variation of the 343 service, not the former Dukinfield circular route), 343 and 346 stop nearby, a short walk from Yew Tree Lane.

Stalybridge retail changes

The last month has seen more changes to the town’s retail scene. Firstly, the former Chicken Barbecue unit on Melbourne Street has become The Horse and Hound. Which, as the title suggests, specialises in the sale of horse riding equipment.

Stalybridge’s other two new arrivals wont only add variety to the town’s retail offerings. They are set to add something completely different to Tameside as a whole. Opposite Greggs will be Pampers Paradise. Open this Saturday, it is a new party venue for ‘little princesses’, open seven days a week.

If you prefer something less pink (or too old to be a little princess), the same Saturday sees the arrival of Oily Bikers. Situated on 14 Portland Place, everything from exhaust systems to repairs will attract a 20% discount this weekend. You wait ages, then three shops come at once; this can only happen in Stalybridge and, yes, all three of these businesses will value your support.

Forthcoming Planning Applications

Polite Note: for reasons of brevity, any pub and club applications come under the Pub and Club Update section. Merci Beaucoup…

  • New signage is set to be added to the Ashton Moss branch of Marks and Spencer. This includes targeted signage for the M&S Foodhall.
  • Planning permission has been sought by The Royal Bank of Scotland, as it continues their roll-out of the Williams and Glyn brand. This time, it’s the turn of their Denton branch on Manchester Road.
  • The Nawabi Balti restaurant, on Market Street, Hyde, will see a change of use from restaurant to a restaurant with takeaway facilities.
  • A Bank of Ireland free ATM is set to be added to Dukinfield Post Office. This will be placed on the left hand side of its entrance on King Street.
  • There will also be new signage and window graphics for the Hyde branch of ASDA. The latter will be used to advertise its revamped café.

Pub and club update

Denton is set to have its own Micro Pub. The Crown Point Tavern will see a wide range of cask ales, plus bottled beers from Greater Manchester and further afield. As soon as we find out, expect to see a lengthier entry on East of the M60.

The former Robbies pub, The Waggon on 175 Broadbottom Road, Mottram-in-Longdendale, could be converted to a six bedroom family house.

New signage is being added to the former The Chapman Arms in Hattersley, now the Kiddie Kare [sic] day nursery.

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Next Month:

What will the start of the new financial year give us? All will be revealed on this site, same bat time, same channel.

S.V., 02 April 2016.

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