This month’s window on the shop windows
- Tameside remembers the fallen;
- Bonmarché enters into administration;
- Plus all the usual retail movements from The Rising Sun to The Fletchers Arms.
With winter on its way, our town centres should be preparing for the Christmas rush. In the next month, we shall be awaiting the Lantern Parade in Stalybridge and, across the borough on the 10 November, Remembrance Day parades. Over in Stalybridge…
Tameside Remembers The Fallen
Remembrance Parades and Services
Saturday 09 November 2019
Audenshaw (Ryecroft Hall memorial stone): short service and wreath laying ceremony in the grounds of Ryecroft Hall, 10.30am.
Audenshaw (Stamford Road): short service and wreath laying ceremony in Audenshaw Memorial Garden 12 noon.
Droylsden (Lumb Lane, Littlemoss): short service in the memorial garden at 2.30pm, led by St. John’s (Castle) Band.
Sunday 10 November 2019
For full details of Remembrance Day parades, visit the Tameside MBC website. Please note that if you are travelling by bus, expect some delays to your journey.
- Ashton-under-Lyne (town centre): 9.00am to 11.30am, via Ashton Parish Church and the Ashton War Memorial;
- Audenshaw (Cemetery): 3.00pm (Remembrance Service and wreath laying);
- Broadbottom: 10.30am to 11.30am (Parade, Broadbottom Community Centre), 10.45am (Act of Remembrance at war memorial);
- Cockbrook: 10.55am (Remembrance Service, St. Gabriel’s Church), 12.30pm (wreath laying ceremony);
- Denton (town centre): 10.00am to 12.30pm (Parade from Denton West End WMC), 10.45am (Remembrance Service, Victoria Park);
- Denton West End: 1.30pm (wreath laying ceremony, Thornley Park);
- Droylsden (town centre): 10.00am to 12.00pm (Parade from Church Street), 10.45 (Remembrance Service and wreath laying ceremony, Droylsden War Memorial);
- Dukinfield (town centre): 2.30pm to 4.00pm (Parade from Dukinfield Town Hall), 3.00pm (wreath laying ceremony and service, Dukinfield War Memorial);
- Haughton Green: 10.30am (Remembrance Service, St. Mary’s Church);
- Hollingworth: 10.00am (Remembrance Service, St. Mary’s Church), 10.50am (wreath laying ceremony and rededication of the war memorial);
- Hurst: 9.30am (Remembrance Service, St. John’s Church), 11.00am (wreath laying ceremony);
- Hyde (town centre): 2.00pm to 4.00pm (Parade from Greenfield Street), 2.30pm (Remembrance Service), 3.30pm (wreath laying ceremony);
- Mossley (town centre): 10.45am (Remembrance Service and wreath laying ceremony, Mossley Park), then parade;
- Mottram-in-Longdendale: Remembrance Sunday service, Mottram Parish Church (10.30am);
- Newton: 9.45am to 11.00am (Parade, Rosemount Methodist Church, Flowery Field), 10.00am (Service and wreath laying ceremony, George and Dragon war memorial);
- Park Bridge: 10.45am (Remembrance Service, Park Bridge Institute grounds);
- Stalybridge (town centre): 10.25am to 12 noon (Parade, Armentieres Square), 10.55am (Remembrance Service and wreath laying ceremony, at Stalybridge War Memorial).
- Waterloo: 2.00pm (Parade, Canon Burrows Primary School), 2.30pm (Remembrance Service, Oldham Road war memorial);
- Werneth Low: 11.45am to 1.00pm (Parade from Lower Higham Visitor Centre), 12.00pm (Remembrance Service and wreath laying ceremony).
Monday 11 November 2019
At 11am, there will be a two-minute silence at most of our borough’s retail premises, public buildings, and on the pedestrianised area outside Tameside One. There will also be a service of remembrance and a wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial on Godley Hill Road (10.50am).
Giving our borough a bit of unwanted publicity was a health and safety issue over plastic poppies on lampposts. It was claimed by Tameside MBC that the 20g poppies would have added unnecessary weight to the lamppost. Instead of using lampposts, they suggested placing them on tree trunks.
Stalybridge shopkeepers have applied for permission to add poppies onto the lampposts last year without further issues. The council regarded 2018 as an exceptional case due to it being the centenary of the end of the First World War.
Strictly speaking, 20g is about the same weight as a multipack bag of crisps. In the last 45 years, heavier structures like road signs and bus stop flags have been added to Tameside’s lampposts without such issues. After Tameside’s decision made the local and national press (and BBC’s North West Today), there was a change of heart. Thanks to being shown up by the Daily Mail and a few vox-pop interviews, the giant lightweight poppies are back on the lampposts.
Thomas Cook branches saved…
In the last month, we have learned that Hays Travel has taken on Thomas Cook’s travel shops. So far, the chain has reopened 350 former Thomas Cook shops across the UK, as stated on their website. The Ashton branch isn’t on the list, as Hays Travel opened their Mercian Way shop months before Thomas Cook’s demise.
…but Bonmarché falls into administration
In the last month, Bonmarché fell into administration, affecting our local branches in Hyde and Ashton-under-Lyne. In the Retail Gazette, it is claimed that lower disposable income, Brexit-related uncertainty and rising business rates have affected the business. Other commentators claim the retailer’s present designs have been underwhelming.
Founded in 1982, Bonmarché carved out a niche in selling affordable yet trendy clothing for mature women. In 1985, the company opened their first shop in Doncaster. Oldham’s branch opened in 1988, with Hyde’s branch opening in 1991, in the then newly refurbished Clarendon Mall. Ashton’s opened in 1998.
If Bonmarché disappears from our High Streets, this could leave us with fewer sartorial options for the older shopper. For many shoppers, it is a place where you could get ordinary clothing at more ordinary (or rather, realistic) prices.
The 2019 Tameside Lantern Parade
As announced in a press release in late May, this year’s lantern parade is coming to Stalybridge. Taking place on the 16 November, the fun will last from 6pm to 8pm. There will also be music and ‘other surprises’ with a ‘Stalybridge twist’. This has been organised by Tameside MBC’s Cultural Services team and Global Grooves, a Mossley-based international carnival organisation.
Also due by the close of this month will be the borough’s Christmas tree switch-on events. So far, Audenshaw’s and Dukinfield’s will be taking place on Friday, 22 November. Denton’s, Droylsden’s and Mossley’s will follow suit on Saturday (23 November) with Ashton-under-Lyne’s, Hollingworth’s and Hyde’s falling on St. Andrew’s Day (Saturday, 30 November). Further details and times will appear on East of the M60 in due course.
In the last fortnight, Stand H of Ashton-under-Lyne Bus Station #3 has closed, with the 330s taking their position on Gas Street. So far, the chances of TfGM hitting their Spring 2020 target look good.
As part of the Tameside One complex, the top end of Warrington Street has been repaved. Between the staff entrance of the small WHSmith unit and Wilko, a raised floral bed is being added. Despite the extra colour from summer blooms, it would do little to improve an already grim entry into the town centre.
Forthcoming Planning Applications
Polite Note: for reasons of brevity, any pub and club applications come under the Pub and Club Update section. Luvvly Jubbly…
- The Poplars pay and display car park off Swan Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, could become a mixed-use development. 30 – 38 Old Street, which has previously been The Shubar’s home, could be part of a four storey building with two ground floor retail units. There could be 53 residential apartments and thirteen parking spaces. The development will seamlessly blend in with the rest of Old Street.
- Retrospective planning permission has been submitted by Notemachine UK Ltd for the installation of a cash machine and associated signage at Droylsden Post Office, and at Limehurst Post Office.
- The Nationwide Building Society on 2 Staveleigh Way, Ashton-under-Lyne could be getting some new signage.
- The long closed T.J. Cartwright shop on 49 Melbourne Street, Stalybridge could see the addition of stairs to a first floor one bedroom flat and a rear shop front (both accessed from Back Grosvenor Street).
- Further to recent plans for the demolition of Denton’s gasholders, the National Grid have submitted plans for the demolition of Ashton’s on Grosvenor Street. The proposed demolition works will also cover a toilet block, mast and a telemetry kiosk.
- The former Advanced Aerial and Satellite Systems shop on 354B Oldham Road could be converted into a self-contained flat.
Pretty fluid, though with more ‘comings’ instead of ‘goings’.
- Henos Fried Chicken on Stamford Road, Mossley has finally opened.
- Taking on the Willow Wood Hospice shop’s previous unit on Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne will be a new hairdressers: Sheriff Barber Shop.
- After more than three decades on Fletcher Street, The Tea Shoppe has closed its doors. Yours truly, the genius behind East of the M60 and (more specifically) The Ashton Review of Shops, first called in the café back in February 1990 with a school party. Till the end, it retained its olde worlde unpretentious air that himself and his peers from West Didsbury enjoyed 29 years ago.
- By the time you have read this, Stalybridge will have seen the arrival of three new businesses over the last month. First of the three to open is Hannah’s Pure Supplements on Armentieres Square. This shop offers health food supplements, plus vitamins and minerals, and free friendly advice. Her shop is a short stride away from the 343 bus stop for Oldham.
- The second one is Tameside Teepees on Melbourne Street. Billed as “a magical sleepover experience”, it is to all intents a party venue for young children. The shop opened its doors yesterday with cupcakes and (for much older children – i.e.: adults) Prosecco. You can hire Tameside Teepees for children’s parties, whether your child likes Frozen or Spiderman – or anything else for that matter. (The only limit is your imagination).
- The third business is the Re-New charity shop which is opening today (02 November). Situated on 3 Princes Place, next door to Hannah’s Pure Supplements. There will be a grand opening and an outside broadcast by Tameside Radio.
- In the last month (and as reported by one of our regular readers) we found that Paws and Claws has closed their Old Street shop in Ashton-under-Lyne. Its business has transferred to their existing stall in Ashton Market Hall.
- Killing two birds with stone, Tameside MBC has found another outlet for the borough’s art collection: Ashton Market Hall. Faced with finding suitable yet 100% accessible gallery space whilst trying to fill an empty unit, they have created The Market Gallery. The unit is adjacent to Redmans’ stall.
- Vape Shack, an e-cig shop, has opened in a kiosk outside Dukinfield’s branch of Morrisons, in the store’s eastern car park.
Pub and club update
In addition to its entry into the 2020 CAMRA Good Beer Guide, Ashton Tap House had another reason for celebration last month. At the Pride of Tameside awards in Dukinfield Town Hall, they picked up the New Business Award (Less Than Two Years Old). The popular micro bar in Ashton Market Hall was also shortlisted for Best Food and Drink Business. This was won by Four Kings Brewery in Newton.
Whilst we stay in Ashton, we found that Tapsters could grow from being a micro pub to being a standard-sized pub. The public house, owned by the same people as The Bowling Green could expand in its neighbouring unit.
Soon to open, The Jam Works, have submitted plans for the discharge of conditions 4 (kitchen extraction) and 6 (roller shutter details) of a previously approved application.
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Our next Ashton Review of Shops will be out on the 06 December 2019 at the usual time of 9am. Hopefully with some Christmas cheer, tinsel and more exciting retail developments along the way. Ta-ra for now.
S.V., 02 November 2019.