Shubar to Close Whilst Bargain Buys Bounces Back: Ashton Review of Shops Extra

A closer look at this month’s window on the shop windows

Just under a week ago, we hoped the next month ahead would have brought us some cheerful retail news. Sadly, not the case.

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

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Crawshaw Group administration sees closure of Ashton-under-Lyne and Hyde stores;
  • Magpie’s Nest scoops Tameside Retailer of the Year award;
  • Ex-Mettricks employee takes over Stalybridge butcher’s shop;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements, as you would expect.
Remembrance Day, Sunday 11 November 2018: in just over a week’s time, the people of Tameside will be paying their respects to the fallen. As usual, parades will take place at most parts of the borough. Image of Hurst Cemetery memorial by Ian Roberts, 2008 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Share Alike).

Crawshaw Group enters administration

In the last week we have heard about the Crawshaw Group going into administration. The butchery chain, which has branches in Northern England and the Midlands, recently expanded by adding Gabbot’s Farm to its portfolio. This September they agreed a deal with wholesale grocers Blakemore, adding Crawshaws products to Spar shops across the UK.

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In Pictures: A Stagecoach Spruce Up for Davyhulme Park

Partnership with local school and community group

How does your garden grow?

A couple of years back, Stagecoach Manchester teamed up with local community groups for the refurbishment of Hullard Park. Two years on, with a little help from Davyhulme Primary School and One Trafford Partnership, Davyhulme Park was given a fresh look.

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St. John’s Mossley Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (October 2018)

A memorable night for St. John’s – and a glorious début as MD for Paul Towle

If Carlsberg did emergency planning for brass band concerts, they would have hired the services of Boarshurst Silver Band’s concert secretary. For the second time this year, Boarshurst Band Club have drafted in a fantastic replacement band at short notice. This time, in place of Stalybridge Old Band, St. John’s Mossley Band.

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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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Besses O’Th’ Barn Brass Band: Sunday Night at the Boarshurst Band Club, October 2018

Besses O’Th’ Barn Brass Band’s Boarshurst date closes September in style

In many cases, a brass band in its centenary year is a real milestone. Add another 50 years, similarly phenomenal. To reach its bicentenary is remarkable. Besses O’Th’ Barn Brass Band have reached this milestone this year; only Stalybridge Old Band has been established longer (formed in 1809).

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Milnrow Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 16 September 2018

Mark Bentham and Co deliver another great night of brass band music

In life, only death and taxation are certainties. If you live in Greater Manchester, particularly in the Rochdale, Oldham or Tameside boroughs, there is another one to the list. That Milnrow Band would always deliver a concert which is high on entertainment value and remarkably different to any of their previous ones.

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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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