Ashton-under-Lyne Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 07 October 2018

Chalk and Co’s deliver a concert to remember

There are two reasons why your favourite divine being gave us brass bands. One was to entertain the masses. Another one was to bring cultural enrichment to the masses. In other words, the joys of introducing classical music to the provinces. Whilst finding room for entertainment value.

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Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, October 2018: The Ashton Review of Shops

This October’s window on the shop windows

  • Have your say on the future of Stalybridge town centre;
  • Dukinfield’s Morrisons store refurbished and reopened;
  • Poundstretcher to take on Poundworld Plus unit;
  • All the usual comings and goings in the Tameside area.
Stalybridge Farmers' Market, Armentieres Square: the sweet stall
Are you happy with the Sunday farmers’ market, or do you wish to have an Altrincham-style food market in the Victoria Market Hall? Find out more during Saturday’s consultation event.

Whilst Brexit and dancing Prime Ministers have dominated the news agenda, it has been all go in the Tameside retail scene.

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Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, September 2018: The Ashton Review of Shops

This September’s window on the shop windows

  • Sound investment for Stalybridge music school;
  • End of an era for the former Roe Cross Inn;
  • All the usual comings and goings in the Tameside area.
Gay Pride Weekend, Ashton Market style.
Gay Pride Weekend, Ashton Market style: photographed the same weekend as Manchester’s Mardi Gras.

August is traditionally associated with holidays and exam results. For some people a quiet time, part of a lull before the run-up to Christmas. In the sunshine, it has been anything but quiet in the Tameside area.

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Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, Autumn 2018

School day times are back up town

Volvo B7TL X767 VUA, First Greater Manchester, Royton
Back to school: school days times will be reinstated on the 409 and other key routes in Oldham and Saddleworth.

For many Oldham and Saddleworth passengers, this autumn’s timetable changes affect seasonal timetables. Yes, as the nights get longer, the school day times are back on the agenda.
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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, Autumn 2018

Timetables revert to schoolday times

Stagecoach Manchester, Optare Solo PO56 RNY, Stalybridge
System Restore: timetables revert to pre-School Holiday times.

Throughout the borough, most of this autumn’s service changes entail the reversion of summer timetables to schooldays timetables. For once, a fairly quiet autumn.
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Farewell to Chris’s Café: The Ashton Review of Shops Extra

Chris and Costa leave Ashton-under-Lyne after nearly 40 years

After 39 years of trading, Chris’s Café closed its door on the 04 August 2018. Situated on Bow Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, the café was a popular haunt with many shoppers. Its position opposite the open market was good for passing trade.

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Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, August 2018: The Ashton Review of Shops

August’s window on the shop windows

  • Bridge Beers’ Summertime Success;
  • Poundworld’s demise confirmed;
  • All the usual comings and goings in the Tameside area.
The Commercial, Mossley
Changing Hands: The Commercial Hotel, Manchester Road, Mossley. Image by Mikey, 2012 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved).

What will the previous month be remembered for in future years? England reaching the Semi Finals of the World Cup? The moorland fires which affected half of Tameside’s residents? The warm weather? The first and third points may have brought riches to our publicans but a fair number of pubs are changing hands or disappearing.

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Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, Summer 2018

More summertime tweaks

  • Exactly what it says on the tin;
  • MCT Travel gains 418 from M Travel;
  • CityZap zapped.
Volvo B7TL X767 VUA, First Greater Manchester, Royton
The 409: one of a few First Greater Manchester services falling under the summertime timetables. This oldie, seen at Royton, was previously owned by First Bradford.

Once again the summertime changes are a quiet one for Oldham and Saddleworth bus passengers. Apart from the usual adjusted summer times, there has only been four notable service changes.
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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, Summer 2018

All the usual summertime tweaks

  • Waterton Lane link severed to improve reliability of 353 and 354 service;
  • Summertime bus times in operation on First Greater Manchester and Stagecoach Manchester routes;
  • Slight tweaks to some tendered services.
Stagecoach Manchester, Optare Solo PO56 RNY, Stalybridge
Retimed? the 340, alongside other Stagecoach journeys operated from Middleton depot, is down as retimed on the Stagecoach Manchester website. In fact, there are no differences to the timetable seen in TfGM’s Bus Guide on the 340 and 343 routes.

The summertime changes are usually quieter than the spring and autumn service changes. This summer’s no exception with the bulk of changes being the adoption of School Holiday Timetables.
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