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Archive for October, 2013

Packed programme in lead-up to Christmas

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

No matter what your interests – the countryside, drama, local history or even classic Hollywood cinema – Tameside Council’s winter events programme will have something to interest you. 

Our cultural services team has put together a very varied programme for the period up to the end of April next year.  It really is something in which the whole family can get involved.  Just look at what’s on offer over the next month and I’m sure you’ll be convinced.

On Sunday, 13 October, Hyde Park is the venue for our scarecrow festival.  The following Saturday, 19 October, Tameside’s Big Draw takes place at Portland Basin, giving you the chance to create your own piece of art while accompanied by musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music. 

The month concludes with three events at the Festival Theatre, Hyde: Oldham Coliseum’s adaptation of the George Orwell’s classic novel “Animal Farm”, on Monday, 21 October; that most legendary of Hollywood blockbusters, “Gone with the Wind”, on Tuesday, October 22; and “Grandpa’s Railway”, a family play, on Tuesday, October 29. 

That’s only part of the programme for one month, so imagine what there is to see over six.  In November, Ballet Theatre UK returns with Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” and in December we have our ever-popular pantomime, once again in partnership with Pendle Productions. 

“Cinderella” will be staged at five venues around Tameside.  I’m sure it will be an extremely popular production so I would strongly encourage you to book your tickets as quickly as possible to avoid disappointment. 

Copies of the winter programme, with full details of all the walks, talks and other events, can be downloaded by visiting www.tameside.gov.uk/culturalservices 

Alternatively telephone 0161 342 4144.

Get on your bike

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

If you’ve ever considered using your bike to cycle to work or for other journeys, but have been put off by the practicalities, then you may now wish to give it a go.
A new cycle hub has opened in Ashton with the aim of making it easier for people to leave their car at home and instead use their bike for commuting and other trips – be it attending the gym, shopping or even catching the Metrolink!

The facility, developed by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) in partnership with Tameside Council, is located outside Ashton Pools on Water Street. It has 40 cycle parking spaces, as well as lockers for storing helmets and other accessories, and operates on a membership basis with secure smartcard access to open an automatic door. There is also the additional security of CCTV coverage. For the £10 a year membership, members will also receive access to the Bury cycle hub as well as other regional hubs that are planned to open at various locations including Ashton railway station, Rochdale, Trafford, Wigan, Oldham and Stockport.

The cycle hubs are a key part of TfGM’s Commuter Cycle Project, which is being supported by the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund. Addressing the needs of cyclists, as well as those of pedestrians and motorists, is of increasing importance as we encourage people to take up more sustainable means of transport. This new facility – which is ideally located for other transport connections as well as town centre shops and businesses – will make it easier, safer and more convenient for people to leave their cars at home.

I hope the new hub might help persuade people to dust off their bikes and give cycling into Ashton a try. The benefits are far-reaching, whether it’s from a health or environmental point of view – and it will save you money. To find out more www.tfgm.com/cycling or by call 0300 123 1675.

Rolling back the years!!

Monday, October 7th, 2013

A tram is set to roll into Ashton for the first time in nearly 80 years when it carries members of the public to Droylsden and beyond on Wednesday 9 October.

I’m too young to remember but I am reliably informed that the last ever tram into Ashton was the No12 tramcar that pulled up outside the Market Hall for the last time in 1936 to be replaced by double decker buses. How times have changed with both forms of public transport, along with the train station, now up and running next to each other.

Trams into Ashton will prove a major boost for the borough, making it easier for people to reach work and get to the popular Ashton Market. The market already enjoys the third highest footfall of any market in the northwest. This is set to improve even further once the trams pull into the town centre.

Four additional stops are at Audenshaw, Ashton Moss, Ashton West and Ashton Town Centre with generous free-to-Metrolink-users Park & Ride sites at Ashton Moss and Ashton West.

The fact the Ashton West stop is across the road from the Ashton Moss leisure park which includes a cinema and bowling alley as well as a wide variety of food outlets means visitors and commuters will have easy access to a key employment and leisure site.

There is of course the added bonus of the new line making it easier to reach both Old Trafford and the City of Manchester Stadium, a major plus for the borough’s football fans.

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