Tameside: Stand By for Whitsuntide 2017

East of the M60’s preview to this year’s Whit Friday Brass Band Contests in the Tameside area

Hard to believe we are three weeks away from either getting Strong and Stable Government®, or government for many and not the few.

Right, never mind that, it is also three weeks away to The World’s Greatest Free Show on Earth. Ladies and gentlemen, we at East of the M60 mean… Whit Friday. Hence our preview of the contests taking place in the Tameside area. Continue reading “Tameside: Stand By for Whitsuntide 2017”

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, May 2017: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

Brushes and Walkerwood Resrvoir
Walkerwood and Brushes Reservoir: an appropriate choice of picture given that the Greater Manchester Walking Festival is on this month. Image by Ian Roberts, 2008 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved)
  • More Ashton arrivals and departures;
  • Iconic café closes;
  • Updates on the Joint Service Centre;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements.

Over the last month, there has been more retail movements of existing stores moving to new sites.

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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, April 2017

Subtle changes but Stalybridge and Dukinfield passengers at sharpest end of two major changes

  • Minimal changes to First services, in spite of depot closure;
  • Cuts to evening journeys of 340 service;
  • 169 service curtailed on weekdays and Saturdays;
  • First and Stagecoach retimings.
Dennis Dart SLF, WA56 OAY, First Greater Manchester, Ashton-under-Lyne Bus Station,
First Greater Manchester’s journeys of the 346 service, unaffected by the latest service changes.

For passengers within the Tameside and Glossop area, the biggest story behind this month’s service changes is the closure of Dukinfield garage. It has been stated that any changes to First Greater Manchester routes would be negligible.
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Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, April 2017: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

Warrington Street, Ashton-under-Lyne

  • Ashton arrivals and departures;
  • ‘Spoons’ Stalybridge expansion;
  • NatWest to close Droylsden branch;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements.

A real contrast to last month, but some activity at the Arcades and Ladysmith shopping centres have set the agenda.

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Sidebottom Fold Set To Be The New Glastonbury

East of the M60 World Exclusive: BridgeFest 2017 about to be Stalybridge’s first music festival

Thousands of music lovers could be descending on Stalybridge in the middle of June for three solid days of live musical entertainment. Entitled BridgeFest, it aims to do to Sidebottom Fold what Michael Eavis did for Glastonbury. There will be four stages, a food court, some tribute acts as well as up and coming bands, plus a choice of first class and second class camping facilities. Food and drink will also be locally sourced with gluten free, wheat free, vegan, and dairy free options available. Continue reading “Sidebottom Fold Set To Be The New Glastonbury”

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, March 2017: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

Ashton Open Market (from Bow Street)
The Changing Face of Ashton Market: a view of the new look open market, taken with a cheapo (i.e. free of charge) disposable camera.
  • Co-op stores change hands in Dukinfield, Haughton Green and Newton;
  • First year of trading celebrated at Bridge Beers;
  • Stalybridge Celtic to consider a town centre move;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements.

It has been a fairly quiet month.

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Stalybridge Celtic’s 2020 Vision

A new social club at Bower Fold or a new home for the ‘Bridge?

Another Point of View, Stalybridge Celtic AFC

On Thursday (23 February), over a hundred people went to hear about Stalybridge Celtic’s vision for 2020 and beyond. In the packed social club at Bower Fold, Celtic chairman Rob Gorski outlined plans for the club’s future development. With some people having to stand up, the after effects of Storm Doris didn’t affect last night’s turnout. Continue reading “Stalybridge Celtic’s 2020 Vision”

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, February 2017: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

Daytrip to Mottram (79)
“He painted Salford’s smoky tops on cardboard boxes from the shops (and parts of Ancoats where I used to play)”. Image by Rept0n1x, 2014 (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).
  • Ashton busks for the homeless;
  • Dukinfield takes the iTrain;
  • Queues outside Denton’s new Wilko store.

January has been a fairly mixed bag in terms of retail movements on what is a quiet month. Livening up the streets of Ashton late last month was a few all-round good guys on Warrington Street.

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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, January 2017

Winter changes dominated by Stagecoach retimings

  • Cuts to night buses on 201 and 216 routes;
  • Reductions to some peak hour journeys;
  • First and Stagecoach retimings.
Stagecoach Manchester Enviro400, MX07 HLZ, outside Dukinfield Town Hall
The 330: one of a handful of Stagecoach routes being retimed.

True to form, the late January changes for 2017 are another lull before April’s storm. The bulk of this year’s first changes are retimings on Stagecoach Manchester’s part. Some of which entail the withdrawal of some journeys, mainly outside the peaks in the small hours or before the witching hour.
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