Hills and Mills 2015: The Fifth New Mills Beer Festival

Chalkers’ Snooker Club, Newtown, New Mills, Derbyshire, 10 – 11 April 2014.

It’s that time of the year again. Now in to its fifth year is Hills and Mills, High Peak and North East Cheshire CAMRA’s beer festival. It has started to establish itself as a regular fixture in the real ale fanatic’s calendar.

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Hills and Mills 2014: The Fourth New Mills Beer Festival

Chalkers’ Snooker Club, Newtown, New Mills, Derbyshire, 04 – 05 April 2014.

It’s that time of the year again. Now in to its fourth year is Hills and Mills, High Peak and North East Cheshire CAMRA’s beer festival. It has started to establish itself as a regular fixture in the real ale fanatic’s calendar.

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Hills and Mills 2013: The Third New Mills Beer Festival

Chalkers’ Snooker Club, Newtown, New Mills, Derbyshire, 05 – 06 April 2013.

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Starting this Friday is North East Cheshire and High Peak CAMRA’s ‘Hills and Mills’ beer festival. With an excellent turnout on its first night in 2011, bettered only by last year’s, the local CAMRA branch covering Tameside, parts of Stockport and the High Peak have opted for a third one. Since its first festival, it has started to establish itself as a regular fixture in the real ale fanatic’s calendar.

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Inside the New Look Tameside Reporter and Glossop Chronicle

A review of the relaunched titles

Welcome Home! Front page covers of the first New Charter Housing Trust published Reporter and Chronicle newspapers.

The last time I was most excited about the relaunch of a printed publication was in 1992, when my favourite Commodore 64 magazine Zzap! 64 was about to be renamed Commodore Force. I was most excited about the fact it meant two cover mounted tapes and the obligatory Oliver Frey designed cover darkening Dentons’ shelves. As a paperboy, I never got to deliver any of the things, but I did on odd occasions, deliver the odd Stalybridge and Dukinfield Reporter. As the Tameside Reporter, my poetical endeavours have been detailed in 2003 and 2008. I have, since birth, had some part of my life affected in a nice way by the Reporter Group’s titles. Somewhere in the vaults of Chez Vall, is a Polaroid picture of me being sat by a December 1979 issue (in glorious broadsheet form!).

Almost a fortnight ago, I was happy to find out about the Reporter’s return to Tameside newsstands, and in future months, homes, albeit in freesheet form. This Thursday just gone, I tried to go to my nearest newsagent to see if he had any copies in: none in, probably not yet ordered. Luckily for me, there was a copy of the Glossop Chronicle in Chez Vall (my Dad went to Glossop that day). On Friday, along with my usual copy of the Oldham Evening Chronicle, I was happy to find the new Tameside Reporter on the newsstands at Hydes in Tommyfield Market, Oldham. Then I read it on an 83 bound for Manchester: Stalybridge Celtic on the back page; change of masthead; and a cleaner layout. Apart from the traffic on Oldham Way aboard the 83, normal service had resumed. Continue reading “Inside the New Look Tameside Reporter and Glossop Chronicle”

Tameside Bus Changes, September 2012: Dotting the ‘I’s and Crossing the ‘T’s

Plus: Ashton-under-Lyne Stand Changes

Enviro 400 MX06 XAD, Stagecoach Manchester (Diamond Jubilee livery), Ashton-under-Lyne Bus Station
Minor changes form the raft of this latest bulletin, but the most significant change involves Ashton bus station itself. From September, the 216 will call at Stand L on Sundays and evenings as well as daytime instead of using Stand G.

Summary:

  • 231 Sunday service upgrade;
  • Retiming and additional journeys on 7 and 346 routes;
  • Some 202 journeys retimed;
  • 62/62A service slashed.

It was thought that changes to the Fuel Tax Rebate would have a negative affect on Tameside’s bus routes. This year up to now, we have seen welcome upgrades to the 236, 237 and the 346 routes. Electric hybrid vehicles have been added to the 41, 219 and 419 routes, with some vehicles making cameo appearances on the 231 and 389. Continue reading “Tameside Bus Changes, September 2012: Dotting the ‘I’s and Crossing the ‘T’s”

Hills and Mills 2012: The Return of the New Mills Beer Festival

Chalkers’ Snooker Club, Newtown, New Mills, Derbyshire, 13 – 14 April 2011.

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Photograph by PlentyOfAnts, April 2008. (Creative Commons Attribution License)

Back by popular demand is the North East Cheshire and High Peak CAMRA’s ‘Hills and Mills’ beer festival. With an excellent turnout on its first night last year, the local CAMRA branch covering Tameside, parts of Stockport and the High Peak have opted for a second one this month.

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Go Cheapway… To New Mills

“No frills, handy for the hills…”

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A view from the Torrs Riverside Park. Photograph by Rachel D (Creative Commons Accreditation License).

Lyrical genius Nigel Blackwell immortalised the Derbyshire town in the Half Man Half Biscuit song ‘The Light at the End of the Tunnel (Is the Light of an Oncoming Train)’ with the above statement. For many people living in Greater Manchester, it is only a short distance away – and a bus ride from Stockport and Marple. By rail, you’ve got two stations from Manchester Piccadilly trains to choose from. Continue reading “Go Cheapway… To New Mills”

East of the M60’s Road to Wembley: Step Three Clubs Enter

Convincing wins for Ashton United and Buxton, but FC United are thwarted by last minute goal

As proven this weekend, the First Qualifying Round failed to disappoint with emphatic victories for Ashton United and Lancaster City, and a replay for Woodley Sports. For our clubs east of the M60 motorway, only the Robins, the Bucks and the Steelmen are in the hat for the Second Qualifying Round, along with Hyde, Stalybridge Celtic and Droylsden. Continue reading “East of the M60’s Road to Wembley: Step Three Clubs Enter”

High Peak Practice

Could Trent Barton’s future foray with Centrebus benefit Glossop and surrounding area?

A surprise move by Wellglade, owners of Trent Barton and TM Travel, could see a new company hit the streets of Glossop, Marple and New Mills possibly by the end of 2011. Uniting the undertakings of Trent Barton and Bowers Coaches, the new company will be known as ‘High Peak’. Operations will be ran from Trent Barton’s Dove Holes depot and Bowers’ depot in Chapel-en-le-Frith. As well as consolidating a network in the High Peak area, its other aim is improved job security between both depots. The new company will have 50 buses and around 100 employees. Continue reading “High Peak Practice”

Hills and Mills: The New Mills Beer Festival

Chalkers’ Snooker Club, Newtown, New Mills, Derbyshire, 8 – 9 April 2011.

Devotees of the real ale cause like myself will be interested to know of a beer festival in New Mills. Situated in Chalkers’ Snooker Club, Newtown, the festival begins at 1200 on Friday 08 April, running till 2300 hours with a similar time the following Saturday. The event has the full backing of the North East Cheshire and High Peak branch of CAMRA, which covers a fair number of pubs east of the M60 motorway. Continue reading “Hills and Mills: The New Mills Beer Festival”