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28 Aug


Sorry we’ve been pretty quiet over the past few weeks, we’ve all been very busy but hopefully back on track now. There will be a proper blog post later on this week but for now we just wanted to mention our happiness in hearing that the Grey Horse now has free Wi-fi.
You might remember our post about the lack of wi-fi in the Reddish area and so we hope that this will help people get online, and also encourage a few more drinkers down to the pub. We’ve been down a few times and were impressed by the prices and comfortable surroundings. There is even a nice garden at the back, one to remember next time we have a sunny day.
We’d be interested to hear about your favourite pubs in Reddish. Where should we go to get the best pint and the best atmosphere?

Reddfest weekend special

7 Jun


Are you Reddy?

It’s that time of year again for the annual Reddfest celebration. Organised by Reddish Business Forum ( if you run a local business and aren’t part of this organisation, you really should join) this promises to be a half day of arts & crafts, music and a load of community based stalls.

So, what do you need to know?

Well, it’s held in Houldsworth Square, it’s on Saturday 9th June and it’s on from 11am-4pm. Most importantly though, it looks like the weather will be acceptable (15 and cloudy) so no need to bring the brolly.

St. Mary’s primary school are doing some African drumming at 11:30 and followed by the Reddish Prize Band at 12. Did you know Reddish had a brass band? I didn’t.  They’ve been about for 115 years so you’ve got to think that they’ll be awesome after all that rehearsing.

There is an art gallery and competition being judged based on local schools’ submissions. Above all that though, there’ll be the announcement of the Classic Cakes competition winner!

Some of the stalls look fantastic, I love the work that Youthspace do and they’ll not only have a stall throughout the day but also a workshop at Reddish WMC from 4pm. Other stalls include ARC, Friends of Reddish Vale and The Kindling Trust, all of whom we’re planning future articles on.

We’ll be down there, we might even have some flyers to hand out so please say hi.

For more info, check out Reddfest or follow them on Twitter.


Farmer’s Market at The Mill

We’ve heard lots of rumours that there’s a farmer’s market on its wat to the car park at Broadstone Mill on Sunday from 10am. I think this would be a great addition to the local community and would be fantastic. However, we’ve tried and failed to get any more information on it. If I find out any more then I’ll update this and let everyone know. The last information I had was that it was from 10am, there will be stalls as well as shops and a bouncy castle for the kids. If anyone knows anything more about this then please tell us!

Messy Church

If you’re at a loose end on Sunday and have a child (or children) aged 5-11 then Messy Church could be the place for you. Reddish Life Centre on Sykes Street is offering an arts and crafts session from 4-6pm. The cost is £1 for adults and 50p for children, but this includes sandwiches and drinks.

Competition Winner

As I was overwhelmed with responses to last week’s competition to name a person who came from Reddish, I am pleased to announce that the winner of the £1 towards a cake is Amanda Green of ‘Creations 4 Occasions’ at Broadstone Mill. She feels that we should be known as Reddishians. A gold coloured coin will be winging itself towards you shortly.

Thanks as always for reading, we’re nearly up to 1500 views and 150 followers on twitter so please help to spread the word. See you at Reddfest!

By Jez Myers

My week in Reddish

31 May

I thought that, as I have that Thursday feeling, and I’m waiting for various articles to turn up that I’d post about a few things that had crossed my path this week. This is what I love about Reddish, scratch away at the surface and you find some excellent stuff.

Reddish North End

I met John from the club at the Reddish Business Forum event and was completely bowled over by his enthusiasm for the club despite him not being a football fan. In my mind, the kind of person that Reddish should be proud to have as part of their community.

The club operates 22 youth teams and has big expansion plans afoot.  I can’t wait to write a full article on what they do and what they’re planning.

This week they’re running a football camp and, upon my visit to see him, I was roped into having a quick game. The attitude of the staff, the kids and the coaches was exemplary. Just a shame that it was throwing it down and the rain soaked into my jeans. Next time I’ll go prepared. Whilst it’s a bit late to get onto this week’s camp, they’re running a 3 day one from Weds-Fri next week at a cost of £15 total and runs from 9:30-3:30. A total bargain. More info can be found here.

They are also running a golf day at Houldsworth Golf Club on Friday 16th June. £40 will get you a round of golf, a bacon sarnie and tea/coffee on arrival and a 2 course dinner.

It’s a Con

Marie has sent me through a list of events going on at the Reddish Conservative Club throughout June. These are open to both members and non-members. I’ll be popping in to their Jubilee party and I’m informed that Abbey Roadz is particularly good. Sadly, it seems that the Lee Martin performing isn’t the scorer of the 1990 FA cup winning goal v Crystal Palace.

The Grey Horse

Now, I’ve only ever been in once but my pint was £2.21 and that’s not to be sniffed at. However, did you know that they have poker every Thursday from 8pm? Did you know that they have a disco and karaoke every Friday and that you get a free shot if you perform? There are 30 shots in a bottle of vodka, Take That have had 30 singles. I’ll be performing all of them, chronologically, one terribly drunken night in the future.

They’re also looking for ladies to join their darts team. Apparently they play on a log end board. No, me either.

Competition Time

So, I’ve been thinking, what is someone from Reddish actually known as?  I’m really hopeful that it’s not a Reddishite but I’ve really no idea. Therefore, I thought I’d run a little competition. The person who mails us here with the best and most inventive name wins a cake of their choice from Classic Cakes (up to the value of £1 – this is coming from my own pocket!)

The competition will close by the time the post next Thursday goes out and the winner will be announced then.

Good luck and have a fantastic Jubilee weekend.

By Jez Myers

Reddish Business Forum – The Reddfest Launch Event

7 May

When we set up Reddish news, one of the main aims was to let people know about what was going on in the community. That’s not just for the general public but also for local businesses too. I’ve attended several of these events and they’re great for looking at how businesses can interact with each other.

The event is being held at

Reddish Conservative Club
1 Westbourne Grove

it’s on

Wednesday, 9 May 2012 from 17:30 to 19:30

There will be a an opportunity to meet ReddFest stakeholders, discover what the festival organisers have planned for this year and discuss ways the business community can make the most of the event.

It will also be attended by the new Mayor of Stockport and there will be a buffet and wine or soft drinks available. Yes, wine!!!!

If you want to attend,  you can get a free e-ticket from here RBFevent

For more information on Reddish Business Forum, you can follow them on twitter here or visit their website here


By Jez Myers

Labour hold Reddish

4 May

The country is waking up to a shift in the political landscape and I’m sure that over the coming days we will hear numerous expert opinions and excuses over why some seats were won and why some were lost. Most importantly what has happened in Reddish and what does this mean for us?

In Reddish North, Labour candidate Kate Butler received 2027 votes, took 69% of the vote and was declared the winner. Meanwhile, in Reddish South, some scarily similar results were seen as Labour candidate Andy Verdeille won with 2028 votes, 70% of the vote.

In total Labour took 8 out of the 21 available seats on Stockport council. The Lib Dems did not escape the national backlash and although they managed to win 10 seats they suffered the loss of council leader Dave Goddard, who lost by just 45 votes, whilst two other members scraped through with majorities in double figures. The Tories won just 2 seats.

What happens to the council leadership is unclear at this point, but we understand that Labour will not go into a coalition with the Lib Dems.

Congratulations Kate and Andy, we look forward to seeing what you achieve in Reddish over the next few years!

Jubilee Fun Times!

3 May

Make sure you keep a space in your diary for the Houldsworth Mill – Shopping Village  Indoor (wise – we live in Manchester) Street Party on the Sunday 3rd of June!

Sykes – For sale but going nowhere!

2 May

The lovely people at Sykes have replied to our earlier post about it being for sale ( to reassure us of the future of Sykes;

“Hi,Just to let everyone in Reddish know Sykes Coffee Bar is NOT Closing down :0) The business is up for sale because we just don’t have the time to run it as we have other business commitments. We however want some to buy it and keep it as Sykes Coffee Bar as everyone keeps telling us they don’t want us to go. We are hoping the right person will come along and will be able to open 7 days a week and also make use of our alcohol license. So if you know anyone who fits the bill let them know but in the mean time were staying put and will be open 5 days a week Tuesday – Saturday 8.45am-4.30pm :0)
Many Thanks Sykes
You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.Sorry our blog is no longer in action.”

As you might have seen from our original post, we really like Sykes. Yes, we think it would be great to rename it Psyche’s after the PJ and Duncan album and turn it into a 90’s themed cafe but that is a little unlikely.


However, it does pose a more serious point. Sykes is the only coffee shop/cafe bar in the centre of Reddish. It has the potential to be a fantastic community hub that could appeal to both young mothers during the day and young professionals in the evening. Reddish needs something like this.

If you haven’t been, go and check it out. I’ll be popping in later today.

Facebook :

Twitter : @sykesbar

An interview with Lib Dem candidate for Reddish North, Louise Shaw

30 Apr
We were lucky enough to grab a quick interview with the Lib Dem candidate for Reddish North in the forthcoming elections this week. Below are her thoughts on Reddish. Hopefully we’ll have interviews up with the other candidates later in the week.
1. Who are you and what is your connection to Reddish?
I am Louise Shaw, I work full time in the software industry, I’m in my 30’s and I’ve lived in Reddish since Nov 2011. Tho a recent addition to the area, I’ve been impressed with the local shops and businesses  (like Retreat Beauty – my local salon) and the general impression of the town as being busy and full of life!
2. Why you should I vote for you?
– If elected I’ll play an active part in the Lib Dem team that has been successfully running the ‘excellent’ Stockport Council.
– In local elections, it’s about who you want to run the Town Hall.  Lib Dem councils have frozen Council Tax and closed no libraries.  You only have to look to Manchester City Council where Lab counsellors have slashed services but held £100m in its bank account.  Reddish residents deserve better than having their services used as a political plaything.
– Labour can’t be trusted.  See attached poster which is a bag of lies.  The government has NOT cut free prescriptions, bus passes, or TV licences.
3. Reddish currently has a political north and central/south divide but most residents seem to think the divide is more north/central and south. What are your thoughts on this?

Many council wards on many councils don’t make a lot of sense to those that live there, in fact some constituencies don’t either. This is because there are often restrictions on the the amount of people that can be in wards etc, and due to demographic changes and people moving this is often in flux – so sometimes they don’t chime with people’s perceptions of where the heart of the community is. I don’t see it as the biggest problem, it’s what you and your colleagues do for the community that counts, and cross-ward co-operation can help solve issues across wards – which means the boundary doesn’t really matter.

4. What do you like about Reddish?
Local businesses, being able to go to the salon/hairdresser on my doorstep instead of having to drive to Manchester/Stockport. Local pubs and restaurants (love Pad Thai!). Everything being able to be walked too, I don’t like getting in my car unless I have to.

5. What do you wish to change about Reddish? 

Very little! I think it would be good to have more visibility of what’s going on in Reddish so I think your blog is an excellent idea!

6.  Reddish has suffered from being the forgotten area within the M60, we’re trying very hard to change that. How would you work to promote Reddish as a locality and a place to visit?

Thoough I know what you mean about friends from further away not knowing where Reddish is – I don’t agree that Reddish is a forgotten place by Stockport Council anyway.  But having a hard working councillor promoting the Reddish community as a whole will make sure this is the case!
I think a good idea would be to establish what interesting things are happening in Reddish – local fairs, community events – even book clubs and family days – and promote them further afield. I get an update via RSS from the Stockport Council website of events in Stockport – I’d certainly work to get some more Reddish events on there, and use any PR time I got in the press to make the case for people to visit Reddish!

Family Fun Day at Life Leisure.

26 Apr

There’s a family fun day on at Life Leisure, next to Broadstone Mill this Saturday 28th April from 1pm-5pm



·       FREE FACE PAINTING & KIDS ACTIVITY CLUB 1-4pm (kids zumba, games, bootcamp, circuit, boxfit and much much more, age 5+)


·       TIMETABLE LAUNCH for May 2012




If you want to attend, call 0161 4434090 to book a place.

 That’s right, use the gym for FREE!


Inflation at Classic Cakes

24 Apr

Now, here at Reddish News we love Classic Cakes. Situated in Houldsworth Square, this business serves up a fantastic array of chocolate related goodness.

Sadly though, word has reached us that the price of the Rocky Road has increased by a whopping 21%. At £1.20, it still represents excellent value for money but it’s disheartening that it’s gone up. Is this the true meaning of Broken Britain?

Hopefully we’ll be reviewing a selection of their cakes in the near future. This is after the battle over which ‘reporter’ gets to sample the goodies.