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Councillor Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council

Archive for July 2019

Celebrating Tameside's Sporting and Community Pride

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

It’s that time of year again. The 2019 Pride of Tameside Sport and Physical Activity Award nominations are officially open, with the final presentation evening scheduled for 27th September at Dukinfield Town Hall.

As with previous years, we’re looking for people and organisations that have made a real difference to sport in Tameside; be they the high achievers, the coaches, the clubs or the volunteers. The Awards provide the opportunity for us all to say thank you and well done to those that, one way or another, have gone the extra mile. Previous winners include Laurus Ryecroft Year 7 student Max Charlett, who won the Sports Achiever of the Year award last year for his dedication to fencing, and Dom Doyle F.C., which took away the Club of the Year award for their efforts to keep alive the memory of Dominic Doyle, a Denton resident who was stabbed to death on a night out and to raise awareness of the dangers of knife crime. Other winners of the awards over the years range from sports as diverse as archery, athletics, ten pin bowling, cricket, boxing and cycling.

As always, the awards will be presided over by a well-renowned figure from the world of sports. Last year, it was the turn of Hyde-raised professional boxer Stacey Copeland to take up the mantle, joining cricketer Michael Vaughan and swimmer Mark Foster in the ranks of sporting legends to grace the event.


Entering is easy, and anybody can nominate a person or organisation that they believe deserves recognition. There are nine different categories up for grabs in 2019; Changing Lifestyle Award, Club of the Year, Young Sports Achiever of the Year, Unsung Hero, Alex Williams Volunteer of the Year, School Commitment to PE and Sport Award, Disabled Physical Activity Champion, Workforce Advocate Award and Community Initiative Award. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Active Tameside website here and e-mailed to or posted to: Andy Dwyer, Active Tameside, Active Ken Ward, Hattersley Road East, Hattersley, Hyde, Cheshire, SKL14 3NL before the nomination closing date on 4th August. Nominees should only be entered into one award each, and all of Tameside’s winners will be invited to represent the borough in the Greater Manchester Sports Awards at the end of the year.

The Pride of Tameside Sport and Physical Activity Awards are just one of the ways in which Active Tameside is working to raise awareness to improve the levels of health and uptake of sport in our local communities. In September, they will lead the way for other leisure providers in the borough by becoming the first to be completely smoke-free. That means that all smoking, including vaping, will no longer be permitted at any Active Tameside premises. That covers both the inside of Active Tameside buildings and outside areas such as pitches, courts, side-lines, cars, car parks and all other areas within each site’s perimeter. They’ll also be teaming up with Be Well Tameside, our local health and wellbeing service, to provide interested staff and customers with support and advice on how to quit smoking for good. Smoking is the biggest cause of health inequalities in Tameside, and over 460 residents every year die of a smoking related disease. The more people we can get to quit and the earlier we can get them to quit, the better.

These two pieces of news encapsulate neatly our approach to promoting healthy living in Tameside; making it easier for our local residents to make the right choices when it comes to activity and lifestyle, and celebrating those in our community who provide an example for others to follow. So don’t forget to make your nominations for the Pride of Tameside Sport and Physical Activity Awards, and remember that the power to make a difference to your life is always in your hands.


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Taking Pride in our Communities this Summer

Thursday, 04 July 2019

One of my favourite things about summer in Tameside is that it heralds the arrival of some of the biggest offerings on our cultural calendar. Even at this early point in the season we’ve already celebrated a number of events; from musical contests to sporting spectacles, with a great deal more still to come.

The month of June marked the 2019 edition of the iconic Tour of Tameside, a festival of running for people of all abilities. With four events ranging from 10k’s through country parks to half marathons along former Victorian railway lines, the Tour showcased the fantastic natural beauty and scenery of our borough. On the same weekend we also held the Whit Friday Brass Band contest. Dating back to Stalybridge in the 1870s, the brass band contest is an indelible part of Tameside’s history, providing a link back to our shared industrial past. Well over 150 years later, the Whit Friday fixture remains as popular and vibrant as ever, with bands from all over the country and beyond descending upon 11 venues across the borough. Neither of these events would have been possible without the expertise and assistance of a small army of local volunteers and the council’s cultural service. Thanks to them and to everybody else that took part or turned up to either, or both, events.

But these events, important and spectacular as they are, were only the beginning. On Saturday we once again showed our thanks to those brave men and women who defend us at home and abroad, past and present, as we came together to celebrate Armed Forces Day. Following a traditional luncheon attended by the Civic Mayor and other local dignitaries, the focus of the celebrations moved to Victoria Park in Denton. Live entertainment was provided throughout the day by the Dave Egerton Band, the Denton Brass Band and talented local singer Jo Farrow, while the children enjoyed a range of free and family-friendly activities, including arts and crafts, a climbing wall, archery, face-painting and balloon modelling. A number of armed service organisations were also in attendance, and it was inspirational and humbling to hear the stories and experiences of many of our veterans from conflicts across the globe, from Iraq, to Northern Ireland, to the Balkans and even further afield. I’ve always said that while I appreciate the importance of Armed Forces Day, we need to be there for our veterans for the other 364 days of the year as well. That’s why our celebrations also showcased the support we offer to help our veterans integrate back into civilian life, including the Tameside Armed Services Covenant and our new Greater Manchester Moving Forces partnership.

All these events have been running for quite a while, but we’ve got a few brand new ones lined up for this year as well, including the biggest-ever Tameside Pride on Saturday 6th July. Thanks to the dedication and fundraising efforts of our residents, we’ve been able to organise a free-to-all day out at Cheetham’s Park in Stalybridge with stalls from a range of LGBT+ supportive organisations, a big stage with acts throughout the afternoon, a playground and food/refreshment area. The theme of the day will be mental health within the LGBT+ Community, and as such we’ve collaborated closely with MIND and The Anthony Seddon Fund to make sure we showcase the support and therapies available in the borough.

The diversity of our communities, and the way they come together to celebrate and to support each other, has always been one of Tameside’s great strengths. These events, and the many more that we put on throughout the year, do more than give our residents a good day out. They strengthen those bonds of community and citizenship. If that’s something that you want to be a part of, you can see what other events are being held in Tameside this summer on our website here.


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