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A quick update for the week

4 Sep

Here at Reddish News, we like to keep you in the loop about what’s going on locally. After all, that is the idea behind the site!

 

Willow Grove Cemetery Walk

Are you interested in Reddish and want to learn more about the social history connected with the area?

If so, why not join the accompanied walks around the cemetery’s heritage trail and listen to some interesting and sad stories of the people buried there?

This weekend, Saturday 8th September at 11.00am and 2.00pm the Friends of Stockport Cemeteries will be holding guided tours.

A free booklet of the History of Willow Grove will be given to all those who join the walk.
If you’re interested then simply meet the guide at the main gates.
Contact number for further information 0161 439 5963 or visit the web site Willow Grove Cemetery,
Central Drive
Reddish
Stockport
SK5 7QJ
This looks great to the point where we’ll be attending and reporting back on it next week.
 
Andrew Gwynne MP Advice Bureaux

Need advice and think that your local MP is the person to turn to? Well, you’re in luck. Andrew has designed a new poster telling you exactly how to contact him.

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If you feel that you need to talk about a more pressing local issue then our local councillors also hold drop in sessions.

All Reddish Councillors hold regular advice surgeries where you can drop in without an appointment to discuss any issues that are worrying you about where you live.

North Reddish Councillors

Kate, Paul and Dave do their main surgery on Wednesday evenings each week on a rota at Reddish Library on Gorton Road from 7pm to 7:45pm.

They are also available on the second Thursday of each month as part of the Poet’s Corner Action Group meeting for residents at the Mike Doyle Centre on Browning Street. There is a private area available here for anyone who needs a confidential chat.

South Reddish Councillors 

Andy, Tom and Walter run a weekly advice bureau every Friday at the Triangle Church on Sandy Lane from 6pm to 7pm. Again, you don’t need an appointment.
 

Jobs at Simon Antony

Based in Broadstone Mill, Simon Antony is a Digital Design company that is currently recruiting. If you’re a Dotnet or front end developer, then this could be just what you are looking for.

“Simon Antony are a team of passionate experts and we love working with like minded people. Through continual research and innovation we seek to offer best practice in everything we offer clients so obviously we look for the best people to work with us!

Our recruitment process is not the norm, primarily we recruit based upon the personality over technical skills as in our environment, capability thrives and is well rewarded. We’re also a team, that shares and supports each other: there’s no room for individual heros, you will be a part of a growing family (and yes you will meet the kids as well)

If this is the culture & environment in which you thrive then we’d like to hear from you.”

Their careers page can be found here

 
Finally, if you have anything you would like us to cover/attend/review, then please drop a line to news@reddishnews.co.uk

By Jez Myers

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Reddish: The Five Year Plan. Part One: Communication

30 Jul communication

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Today at Reddish News we’ve decided to start what we hope will become a series of five articles about what we hope Reddish will become, or overcome in the coming years.

Today we’re going to be starting with arguably the biggest element of them all: Communication.

Reddish, as a small community, has many things going for it. The fact that there are so many independent, local tradesmen and women, and stores in the area attest to that. But the way in which the ideas and ambitions that these businesses and individuals is expressed is at best crude and disparate to say the least.

Communication can play a very important role in this. Yes, we know that we have a Reddish Business Forum that provides a focal point for local businesses to come together to try and make Reddish a better place to trade for them. But are we as residents welcome to contribute to this process?

We think it’s in everybody’s interest to have a thriving hub of independent businesses where people can live, work, play and enjoy their time in. We’re not there yet.

So, as well as serving businesses in the local area and supporting them all that we can as individuals, what else can be done to attract new businesses to the area? What can be done to open Reddish up to the world, and encourage people to come to Reddish for shopping and living – that place where they can get the best coffee in the Stockport Area, where they can come and get their clothes altered, keys cut and shoes re-heeled with enough time to do a bit of shopping and grab a bite to eat?

The only time businesses and the community have come together in recent months to communicate with the world at large has been to oppose a mosque being built on the site of the old Bull’s Head pub. And, if we’re all honest with ourselves, was it really a positive campaign? As a community, do we want to be known as one that welcomes new groups and individuals (potentially new shoppers, generating income for local businesses), or do we want to be known as an insular, self-serving community, that doesn’t welcome fresh perspectives and new ideas. Which one would you rather be seen as?

Like it or not, some of our communication with the neighboring boroughs, towns and cities will be coloured by some of the language that we’ve seen firsthand via social media channels regarding the mosque’s planning application. And it’s not a case of ‘like it or lump it’ when it comes to setting up business in an area such as ours.

If we want to bring a more rounded selection of new and exciting businesses and people to Reddish, we have to learn to communicate what’s GREAT about our area. What makes it better to trade in than Levenshulme, Heaton Moor or Gorton? Or, for instance, what makes it a more attractive place to unwind than one of the four Heatons (hint – we’ve got a massive, beautiful country park)?

We’ve spent so much time as a community shouting about what we don’t want – how about we all get together and talk about what we do want for a change? Our hopes for the community, for industry, for business?

We already have a community centre. Maybe we should use it to do just that? Young and old, in an environment that is open to everybody, regardless of their age and their choice of watering hole.

What would you, as a Reddishian, like to communicate to the world around us? What do you think would attract people to the area? How would you like to be seen by the rest of Manchester and Stockport? How would you like to see the area grow?

These are all big questions – ones that can only be answered by communicating with everybody in a clearer, more concise way, without making sweeping generalisations about what our community is, and what it should be.

Jubilee Partee

28 May

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Yes, after half an hour of staring at a blank screen, that was actually the best title I could come up with for this article.

That aside, you might be thinking what can I do this weekend to celebrate Her Majesty’s reign for the last six decades? Well, for those of us that didn’t get the invite to the party at the palace and still don’t know who Lang Lang* is, Reddish isn’t without its parties.

Sunday 3rd June

As we’ve previously mentioned, there’s a party over on the second floor of Houldsworth Mill. They’re having an indoor street party from 10-4pm with traditional games, a re-enactment of the Queen’s coronation and all the shops will be open for you to peruse.

If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, then there’s also a big jubilee lunch on at St. Elizabeth’s Church from 1-4pm. There’s a lunch (but please bring some savoury food along and contribute), brass band, children’s games and even a royal quiz.  They’re encouraging people to dress up as a member of the Royal family, red white and blue or in a 50’s outfit. That’ll be my Dad attending in his normal clothing then.

Sunday 4th June

Reddish Conservative club are holding a big party. From 2pm until the evening, non-members are welcome. There’s a children’s entertainer from 3pm, George and Peppa Pig and Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Activities include a lucky dip, tombola and a cake stall. At 6:30pm there’s live entertainment followed by an adult disco.

Houldsworth Working Men’s Club will be holding a disco from 6pm. This will feature live music and karaoke disco with music from the 50’s-90’s

If you know of anything else going on, please let us know. If you’re having a BBQ and want the Reddish News team to attend, eat your food and drink your beer, we’ll be there!

*Lang Lang is apparently a Chinese pianist.

by Jez Myers

Kingfisher Health Club

24 May

I’m not a natural gym goer. In fact I kind of hate the gym with a deep, heartlfelt passion. But the thing is, I love McDonalds with that same passion and something had to give. So, after living in Reddish for about four months with 3 McDonalds in a 2 mile radius, I reluctantly looked for a gym to join to work off the excess fat that was beginning to clog up my arteries.

Cue the Kingfisher Health Club. After a quick Google I came across the KHC and was excited at just how close to my house it was. Bonus. So I headed down after work and was shown around by a nice sporty looking guy who was friendly and informative and didn’t make me feel like the intruder I was. The KHC is based in Houldsworth Mill so it’s all high ceilings and big industrial steel things. It feels luxurious, calm, clean and almost like you’re going to give yourself a treat, which is ideal for someone like me who needs to be tricked into going.

I agreed to an induction the following week, which was thorough (full-on health check with blood pressure and weigh-in – gulp). I was then shown how all of the equipment worked and was even given a little personalised workout plan. The gym is fully equipped with all the latest gear, including those Vibration Plate things, which scare me a bit. There is also a separate part of the gym with a huge screen which has sound and usually a football match going on. Safe to say this part is usually taken up with men on running machines but I thought it was a pretty cool touch if you wanted a break from listening to your iPod or lip-reading the TV screens.

There are a huge range of classes available at loads of different times of day, which is another plus point for me as I work from home and can join the nanas for a bit of aerobics at 11am, but my favourite part is the pool. It’s just lovely. Small enough to make you feel like an Olympic swimmer when you’ve done 10 lengths in record time, but big enough to accommodate during a busy period. I would say not to go on a Saturday afternoon though as KHC allows free swimming for members children (obviously is you have children this would be an ideal time to go). Alongside the swimming pool is a jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. Total relaxation.

Membership to the Kingfisher Health Club is £36.50 a month – this includes full use of the gym, pool and spa and all classes. Plus you are given two free swim passes so you can drag along someone else for the fun.

Kingfisher Health Club, Houldsworth Mill, Broadstone Road, Reddish, Stockport, SK5 6DD

Tel: 0161 975 5152

Twitter: @kingfisherhc

by Ana Hernandez

What’s happening in Reddish

21 May

The more I look, the more I seem to find and, with that in mind, here are some of the upcoming events over the next week in the Reddish area.

Police surgeries

Want to know about what’s going on? Want to get involved? Want to complain about the person who broke into my mate’s car and didn’t actually steal anything a couple of weeks ago? Well, the local officers are kind enough to allow you that opportunity. You can do so here;

North Reddish Library: –

Wednesday 23 May from 19:00-19:30

Reddish St. Mary’s Church: –

Thursday 24 May from 18:00-19:00

Reddish Triangle Church: –

Friday 25 May from 18:00-19:00

Mo’ money, Mo’ problems

Are you aged 16-19 and not in education, employment or training? Well, If you’d like to be in one of those three things then Stockport Council are holding an opportunities and jobs fair at Reddish Vale Young People’s Centre on Thursday 24th May, from 11.00am to 3.00pm.

There will be information and guidance on apprenticeships, college courses and current job vacancies. Local employers including Michael John and the Army, will be on hand to give advice to young people who are currently looking for employment.

Stockport colleges and apprenticeship providers will also advise on training opportunities and routes into employment through further education and training.

Reddish Vale Young People’s Centre is located on Dalkeith Road, SK5 7EY opposite Reddish Vale Technology College.

Yes, the army is a ‘local’ employer. Have you never heard of the battle of Lancashire Hill?

No Money, Mo’ Problems
If you’re a voluntary community group like ourselves then you’ll find that you don’t have a pot to …err.. you get the idea. However, if you’d like to try and raise some funding for your idea then there’s this
Stockport Council is urging community and voluntary groups to come along to a funding event.
The funding event is being held on Monday 28th May, from 1.00pm to 4.30pm at the Salvation Army on Short Street in Heaton Norris.

Community and voluntary groups will get the chance to meet funders and funding experts, take part in workshops on funding and fundraising, plus discuss their project ideas.

I know we’re Reddish News and this isn’t in Reddish but the local community groups could really benefit from getting some expert tuition on applying for funding or, like we were a month ago, just have a really awesome idea.

If you need more info, drop Elizabeth.madge@stockport.gov.uk a line.

Car Booty

I love Houldsworth Shopping Village. There, I said it. I know that some of you will be reading this and thinking  “where’s that?”.  Well, you go past the main mill on Houldsworth Street and turn into the car park. Test your nerve by travelling up to the second floor in the lift and you’re presented with, well, just go and see it to believe it. I can’t think of any other place that could have a magician’s shop next to a taxidermist next to an upholsterers.

Either way, they’re now holding an indoor car boot sale every Saturday there. It’s free to visit and, for a limited time, free to run a table from. The car boot is on from 10-2 and if you’d like a table there then drop Colin a line on 07729 328496.

It’s also the place that’s holding the 3rd June Jubilee parade as mentioned here

Bake off

Despite upsetting us with the increase of 20p on the price of Rocky Roads, we’re huge fans of Classic Cakes.  We’ve briefly covered this before but now have the full details.

Two children can win their cake designed to be displayed at the shop in Reddish. PLUS, you win a £50 voucher towards your next birthday cake as a prize.

Base your design either on a 20cm round or square cake and make it age appropriate (4-7 or 8-11) and the closing date is on Saturday 2nd June.

Either give the entry to your school or drop it in at the shop. Please be sure to include your full name, age and the school you attend.

The winner will be announced at Reddfest on the 9th June.

Gonna Make You Sweat

We’re currently doing reviews of local gyms. We haven’t been yet, but have heard great things about Sweat Shed.

£40 will get you and a mate 4 weeks of punishment at their boot camp starting on the 4th June. They claim that recent customers have lost between 4 and 10 inches. If I do so, my panto career in Snow White is looking more and more likely.

We’ll be doing a full review of the place in the very near future.

go here for more info
By Jez Myers

Life Leisure

14 May

Having been an avid gym goer for many years, and leaving behind a family of gym buddies in Birmingham, finding a decent gym up north was very important to me. I spent a long time researching my options and seeing as it was unlikely that I could stay with my chain of club the search began for a replacement. After a bit of googleing and a quick phone call I went down to Life Leisure, Houldsworth village and after being tempted by a student friendly monthly fee I joined up.

For those that don’t know, Life Leisure is the face of Stockport Sports Trust and the facilities in Reddish seem to be very new and modern. For me there are a number of things I look for in a good gym: cleanliness, decent opening hours, good facilities and staff attitude. The last may seem a little odd but I find it really important to be in a positive, motivating environment. At Life Leisure the staff are friendly but some of the trainers and instructors seem fairly young and at the start of their fitness careers which can limit their knowledge and confidence.

The atmosphere can vary but is normally positive. A wide range of people are members and so working out is not intimidating in the slightest.  During classes there is normally a sense of team morale with members encouraging each other.

All of the facilities are cleaned to a very high standard and most of the equipment is top of the range with iPod docks and if you don’t want to listen to music you can watch one of the wall-mounted televisions. The gym itself is fairly small with limited equipment. They have everything you would expect as well as keeping up to date with the latest freestyle training trend offering ViPR and kettlebell classes; I would like to see more Freestyle equipment such as TRX or core bags but there is simply not the space. Unusually Life Leisure has two X-Dream bikes – exercise bikes that are more like videogames and take your mind off the exercise. Recently one of the indoor football pitches has been transformed into a basketball/badminton court which I am excited to try out.

If you don’t fancy hitting the gym there are a wide variety of classes to try out, although these often become very busy so booking ahead is a must. This can be very frustrating, especially when people do not turn up.

A class only membership is available, and a discounted full membership is also currently on offer at a very reasonable £17.99 per month. Pop into the club for more information and hopefully I’ll see you in there soon.

By Liz Edwards

At The Car Wash

10 May

If your car hasn’t seen the inside of a car wash in a while then get yourself down to St Mary’s Primary School this Saturday!

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£2.50? At that price it doesn’t even matter if it rains the next day! (Let’s face it, it will). 

Friends of St Mary’s Car Wash

St Mary’s Primary School, Broomfield Drive, Reddish, Stockport

Saturday 12th May, 10am – 1pm