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

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Parking peeves put paid to takings and footfall in Ashton;
  • Tameside’s Christmas countdown;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements, with a holly leaf on top

Stamford Street’s state-of-the-art parking peeves

Dominating the local headlines over the last month is Tameside MBC’s state-of-the-art parking system in Ashton-under-Lyne. Since the start of this month, drivers wishing to park on Stamford Street Central have been compelled to pay for their parking by telephone. Drivers may pay for their parking space by SMS text message, telephone, or a smartphone app.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Metrolink Zonal Fares

How Transport for Greater Manchester’s zonal fares for Metrolink trams will work

Travelling by rail-based transport in and around Greater Manchester can be a pain in the you know whats at times. On Network Rail metals, walk-on fares, advance purchase fares, and peak hour restrictions add to the confusion. If you take a Metrolink tram, another set of fares again but help is at hand, thanks to changes to its fare structure.

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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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Tameside Bus Service Changes, Winter 2018

More tinkering around at the edges

  • Retimed 206, 347 and 350 routes;
  • Revised route on 341 service.

In the Tameside area for once, very few changes to report with the biggest changes affecting the 341 service.

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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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Stalybridge Old Band: Your Band Needs You!

World’s oldest brass band could face extinction due to shortfall of players

  • Present brass band down to just fourteen players;
  • Open rehearsals to be held every Monday.
St Peters Catholic Church with Stalybridge Old Band, Armentieres Square, Stalybridge
Your Local Brass Band Needs You: Stalybridge Old Band, apart from playing numerous concerts, Whit Walks, and Whit Friday Brass Band Contests, performed during the Peterloo Massacre. Cuts in music education and the Tories’ penchant for non-creative subjects could jeopardise the band’s future. Here is Stalybridge Old Band, taking part in the 2014 Whit Walks in Armentieres Square.

Stalybridge Old Band are the World’s Oldest Brass Band. They have performed in the Peterloo Massacre, survived local government reorganisations, Thatcherism, and Michael Gove’s tenure as Education Secretary. From 1814 onwards, the band played on: even Adolf couldn’t stop the ‘Bridge Old Band from performing.

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