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FROM yoga to afternoon tea - volunteers at Ryecroft Hall in Audenshaw have been serving up an array of activities to the local community for over 35 years.

A piece of Audenshaw history returned home,  from Thursday, February 11, the districts grant of armorial bearings was again displayed in Ryecroft Hall.

Homeowners in Audenshaw are furious about plans to build a power plant with 40ft high chimneys less than 100 yards from their homes.

Move over Northern Quarter, Chorlton and West Didsbury, two Denton residents are hoping to redress the beer balance in Greater Manchester by opening the town’s first micropub.

Astronaut Tim peake may be orbiting the earth from inside the international space station, but he still took the time to compliment Denton schoolchildren on their homework.

The New Chapel Unitarian and Free Christian church in Denton has become the first in Britain to offer transgender baptisms.

A Droylsden man has quit his 20-a-day smoking habit thanks to the dedicated support from a local health and wellbeing service.
Delvin Stewart, 38, got in touch with Be Well Tameside, run by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, in order to quit in time for his wedding to Rebecca on 16 September 2016.
Delvin, who works as a HGV driver started smoking occasionally when he was 13 years old, but his habit progressed from there to more than 20-a-day.
At their peak, Delvin and his wife Rebecca would spend over £70 a week between them on cigarettes, with Delvin himself spending an estimated £43,800* on smoking over the years.
Delvin said: “There were the obvious health reasons, but both myself and Rebecca wanted to quit so we could save up some money for our wedding and a holiday.”
While trying to complete his stop smoking programme, Delvin was fortunate enough to win a £25,000 wedding through a competition in a local newspaper, which made him even more determined to kick the habit.
“With the newspaper photographers being there we wanted to look our best and we wanted to enjoy the day without going out for a cigarette all the time.”
Delvin said that he has tried to quit at least ten times in the past, using patches inhalers and e-cigarettes, but was never able to stop entirely.
So Delvin contacted Be Well Tameside for support, who offered him an appointment  to fit his work schedule and recommended varenicline to help him quit.
Delvin said: “The service looked at all my needs, like my home-life, stress and employment, to build a picture of my frame of mind and set me up with the best chance to be successful.
“Along with the treatment, the service is always available to check your progress, or help to stop you from relapsing, even long after you’re smoke-free.”
Lobna Begum-Haris, Specialist Stop Smoking Lead with Be Well Tameside, said: “We are delighted we could help Delvin to be smoke-free in time for his big day and we will continue to offer him support to help him remain smoke-free.
“As it’s Stoptober it’s a great opportunity for all smokers to make a commitment to quit, but remember that you’re more likely to succeed if you seek professional help - like that available from Be Well Tameside.”
Figures from Public Health England show that 2,965 people in Tameside were admitted to hospital with smoking related conditions between April 2014 and March 2015.
Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Ged Cooney, responsible for health, said: “Stoptober is a great opportunity for smokers across to quit together alongside friends, family and thousands of other people in our area.
“As an ex smoker myself, I can say from personal experience that the benefits are many when you stop. It’s not easy - but the support that’s available really helps. It doesn’t matter how many times you have tried before – you should never give up on trying to stop.”
For help with quitting or to find out more, contact the Be Well Tameside Team by calling 0161 716 2000 or emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
You can also follow the service on Twitter @BeWellTameside and like them on Facebook by searching ‘Be Well Tameside’.
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YOU don’t need alcohol to enjoy a night out – as My Recovery Tameside is determined to prove.
Tameside's drug and alcohol recovery service, run by Lifeline, is holding its very first ‘Dry Night’ – a new opportunity for residents who want to enjoy an evening out without alcohol.
The event, which is being is supported by and being held at ‘So-Bar’ – El-Sapo Perezoso, Market St, Droylsden on Wednesday 29  June 6pm-10pm, will provide non alcoholic drinks, food and entertainment.
It is being promoting to people who may be in recovery from alcohol, cutting back drinking or for those who just want to experience a night out in a sober environment - it is open to everyone.
Tickets are £2.50 available at My Recovery Tameside (Lifeline) and will include a free drink and Tapas Buffet.
My Recovery Tameside works with adults, young people, families and communities affected by substance misuse. The service focuses on prevention and early intervention and person centred services which are easy to access and have a long lasting impact. For further information call 0161 672 9420.

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TAMESIDE’S construction sector is building a big reputation. Work to transform Ashton town centre through the demolition of the former council offices and the redevelopment of the market square, has been rewarded with two Considerate Constructors Scheme gold awards.

SCHOOL children and community groups are contributing to a striking new piece of art proposed for the new Tameside Interchange in Ashton-under-Lyne.
The tree-like polished steel sculpture – commissioned using external funding as part of the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) interchange project – is based on public transport maps, with branches and interlinking lines tying in with the heritage theme.
It will feature coloured glass designs that reflect local lives, stories and social history.
Artist Michael Condron has been working with TfGM and Tameside Council’s Cultural Services team to involve local schools, community groups and residents in the project. He has been gathering personal stories, memories, drawings and photos to generate ideas for the glass inserts.
The following groups have been involved: Millbrook Primary School; Corrie Primary School;  Broadbentfold Primary School; Stitch in Time group and Knit & Natter group. Additionally Michael talked to visitors to Portland Basin as well as shoppers at Ashton Market.
All the school pupils who have taken part have achieved  Arts Award Discover accreditation, achieving 100 Arts Awards.
Tameside Council Executive member Cllr Peter Robinson, who sits of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: “This is a brilliant project, involving all age groups in what promises to be an amazing piece of art that can be enjoyed by all and which I’m sure will be a local focal point in front of the new interchange. It will also have a lasting impact on all the children who have explored the borough’s roots and their family’s stories as well as learning new art techniques and skills.”
Once completed, the new interchange will have improved facilities including a covered concourse and seated waiting area, a ticket and information outlet, retail facilities and a café.
Chair of the TfGM Committee Cllr Andrew Fender said: “State-of-the-art facilities at the new interchange will encourage more local people to use public transport and Michael’s artwork will be a great addition to it – it will be there for everyone to enjoy.”
Planning permission for the interchange was granted earlier this year and work is due to start this year. Delivered by TfGM, funding for Tameside Interchange (Ashton-under-Lyne) is being supported by central government through the Greater Manchester Local Growth Deal Programme with additional support from Heritage Lottery funding.
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