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Labour Councillor for Hyde Werneth.

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Earlier today I had the honour of opening a Vintage Wedding Fayre and Family Fun Day at The Joshua Bradley, Gee Cross. 
This brilliant event is all about promoting local businesses from Hyde, Tameside and across the border in Cheshire - businesses which are run by local people and offer services or products to local people predominantly. The very type of business I want to encourage the growth of and many more of.
In Hyde there are many local businesses, from those who bake amazing wedding cakes, to florists and local restaurants - plus all of the market traders we have. In recent years though we (as a society) have become accustomed to the supermarket and online shopping mentality of “everything in one place”, and whilst convenience does of course have its place it is my belief that we need to do more to encourage local people to buy from local businesses. 
A few years ago I recall that TMBC were ‘bashed’ for investing in a redesign of Hyde Market Square. This design was created together with the market traders and was designed to meet their needs. The redesign meant that Hyde could gain a new civic space, a Market Square which can be used for events - events like family fun day, charity events and seasonal events. This year there are a great number of events scheduled for the square, many of them family orientated, the aim simply to bring families into Hyde to enjoy the fun but also with the hope they buy from local businesses. And it works, the events and square are a success.
Between Hyde Town Team, Local Businesses, Tameside Council and the Local Community, I believe that our area can and will support more local businesses. But thanks to our modern ways of shopping online these will probably be businesses you don’t see trading on a market or in a shop – these are people who are private music tutors and singers, professional therapeutic massage practices, arts and craft businesses, those who sell vintage clothing through online stores, accountants who are self-employed etc. These are still businesses we need to support, just as much as those who are more visible in the town centre.
In order to grow Hyde and the surrounding areas, we need to promote these businesses more in general, we need more business fayres coupled with family fun days (like today’s wedding fayre) and we need to continue our efforts to bring more families and communities into the centre of our great town of Hyde.
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If you are looking for advice on Starting a Business in Tameside, visit the Tameside.gov.uk website today.

Earlier today I had the honour of opening a Vintage Wedding Fayre and Family Fun Day at The Joshua Bradley, Gee Cross. 

This brilliant event is all about promoting local businesses from Hyde, Tameside and across the border in Cheshire - businesses which are run by local people and offer services or products to local people predominantly. The very type of business I want to encourage the growth of and many more of.

In Hyde there are many local businesses, from those who bake amazing wedding cakes, to florists and local restaurants - plus all of the market traders we have. In recent years though we (as a society) have become accustomed to the supermarket and online shopping mentality of “everything in one place”, and whilst convenience does of course have its place it is my belief that we need to do more to encourage local people to buy from local businesses. 

A few years ago I recall that TMBC were ‘bashed’ for investing in a redesign of Hyde Market Square. This design was created together with the market traders and was designed to meet their needs. The redesign meant that Hyde could gain a new civic space, a Market Square which can be used for events - events like family fun day, charity events and seasonal events. This year there are a great number of events scheduled for the square, many of them family orientated, the aim simply to bring families into Hyde to enjoy the fun but also with the hope they buy from local businesses. And it works, the events and square are a success.

Between Hyde Town Team, Local Businesses, Tameside Council and the Local Community, I believe that our area can and will support more local businesses. But thanks to our modern ways of shopping online these will probably be businesses you don’t see trading on a market or in a shop – these are people who are private music tutors and singers, professional therapeutic massage practices, arts and craft businesses, those who sell vintage clothing through online stores, accountants who are self-employed etc. These are still businesses we need to support, just as much as those who are more visible in the town centre.

In order to grow Hyde and the surrounding areas, we need to promote these businesses more in general, we need more business fayres coupled with family fun days (like today’s wedding fayre) and we need to continue our efforts to bring more families and communities into the centre of our great town of Hyde.

If you are looking for advice on Starting a Business in Tameside, visit the Tameside.gov.uk website today.

I went COMPLETELY bald for Macmillan Cancer Support, raising awareness and funds for them.
Above is a picture of the end result, if you’d like to see some more pictures take a look at my Twitter feed @andykinsey or see lots more over on facebook.
So far, as of this moment (7am 24/7/14), we have managed to raise £650! this is absolutely amazing thank you. 
You can still donate for a while at https://www.shaveorstyle.org.uk/shavers/andy-kinsey/ and justgiving.com/shavemebald

I went COMPLETELY bald for Macmillan Cancer Support, raising awareness and funds for them.

Above is a picture of the end result, if you’d like to see some more pictures take a look at my Twitter feed @andykinsey or see lots more over on facebook.

So far, as of this moment (7am 24/7/14), we have managed to raise £650! this is absolutely amazing thank you. 

You can still donate for a while at https://www.shaveorstyle.org.uk/shavers/andy-kinsey/ and justgiving.com/shavemebald

UPDATE: 18/7/17 - ITS TODAY!
Getting nervous now as its shave day, pictures later.
A week today at 12.30 I will be “going bald” to raise awareness (and funds) for Macmillan Cancer Support.
We are all affected by cancer at some point in our lives, whether it is ourselves who suffers or we simply know (and love) someone who has it. Regardless of how you are affected by cancer, Macmillan are always there to help - they are simply amazing people.
I wuld like your help to support this great organisation, so you can either DONATE (yes, please) or you can spread the word by copying and pasting the below to twitter!
"I am supporting @andykinsey & @macmillancancer you can too http://j.mp/shavemebald #shavemebald”
You can also come along to the redstar office on Firday 18th july @ 12.30 to see my hair getting taken off! 
Only you have the power to increase the ammount that gets shave off - here are the targets…
£100 – Hair & Beard£150 – Hair, Beard & Legs£200 – Hair, Beard, Legs & Arms£300 – As above & LEFT Eyebrow£350 – As above & BOTH Eyebrow£500 – As above & Back£600 – As above & Chest£1000 – As above but for 2 Weeks (not just one!)£1500 – As above but with wax!

UPDATE: 18/7/17 - ITS TODAY!

Getting nervous now as its shave day, pictures later.

A week today at 12.30 I will be “going bald” to raise awareness (and funds) for Macmillan Cancer Support.

We are all affected by cancer at some point in our lives, whether it is ourselves who suffers or we simply know (and love) someone who has it. Regardless of how you are affected by cancer, Macmillan are always there to help - they are simply amazing people.

I wuld like your help to support this great organisation, so you can either DONATE (yes, please) or you can spread the word by copying and pasting the below to twitter!

"I am supporting @andykinsey & @macmillancancer you can too http://j.mp/shavemebald #shavemebald”

You can also come along to the redstar office on Firday 18th july @ 12.30 to see my hair getting taken off! 

Only you have the power to increase the ammount that gets shave off - here are the targets…

£100 – Hair & Beard
£150 – Hair, Beard & Legs
£200 – Hair, Beard, Legs & Arms
£300 – As above & LEFT Eyebrow
£350 – As above & BOTH Eyebrow
£500 – As above & Back
£600 – As above & Chest
£1000 – As above but for 2 Weeks (not just one!)
£1500 – As above but with wax!

Finding Forever Homes! - it’s what Tameside Animal Shelter do!
Yesterday, I visited TAS again - nothing abnormal really except this time I was taking Tellulah (a cat I fostered) back so that she can hopefully find her Forever Home. She had had interest from what sounds like the perfect home for her, so fingers crossed!
But whilst there I was visiting all of the current stayers (in terms of cats) and giving them some love and attention. And I got to thinking about what great work TAS do, and that they are practically unknown. TAS are a Non-profit making organisation, set up in 2001 they’ve been helping the needy animals of Tameside every day since. The staff and volunteers that keep TAS afloat are amazing and need to be applauded for looking after these animals.
Each day, in addition to giving food, love and care etc, the TAS team also help animals find a forever home. The team ensuer that everyhome they allow an animal to go to is both safe and friendly for that animal, and that they will get only the best care possible. Sometimes this can take months and (for example) a cat which comes in friendly can end up hissy and scared - a bit like Tellulah did - these then need extra attention before they can be rehomed, and the volunteers help with this no end. In helping these animals to find a forever home, TAS do us all a great service, they keep animals off the street (which could be dangerous) and they ensure that that animal is kept safe and well for a long time to come. 
To ensure TAS can continue their great work they are in need of constant help, both in terms of funding - but also in terms of helping when there is a shortage of goods (such as kitty litter, cat food or dog food). Indeed, they are so often short on this because of demands made on their service that they can always do with help from the public to keep the shelter going. If you can help by donating food or litter (or even some funds) get in touch with the team via the facebook page or call the numer on the graphic above.
https://www.facebook.com/tamesideanimalshelter

Finding Forever Homes! - it’s what Tameside Animal Shelter do!

Yesterday, I visited TAS again - nothing abnormal really except this time I was taking Tellulah (a cat I fostered) back so that she can hopefully find her Forever Home. She had had interest from what sounds like the perfect home for her, so fingers crossed!

But whilst there I was visiting all of the current stayers (in terms of cats) and giving them some love and attention. And I got to thinking about what great work TAS do, and that they are practically unknown. TAS are a Non-profit making organisation, set up in 2001 they’ve been helping the needy animals of Tameside every day since. The staff and volunteers that keep TAS afloat are amazing and need to be applauded for looking after these animals.

Each day, in addition to giving food, love and care etc, the TAS team also help animals find a forever home. The team ensuer that everyhome they allow an animal to go to is both safe and friendly for that animal, and that they will get only the best care possible. Sometimes this can take months and (for example) a cat which comes in friendly can end up hissy and scared - a bit like Tellulah did - these then need extra attention before they can be rehomed, and the volunteers help with this no end. In helping these animals to find a forever home, TAS do us all a great service, they keep animals off the street (which could be dangerous) and they ensure that that animal is kept safe and well for a long time to come. 

To ensure TAS can continue their great work they are in need of constant help, both in terms of funding - but also in terms of helping when there is a shortage of goods (such as kitty litter, cat food or dog food). Indeed, they are so often short on this because of demands made on their service that they can always do with help from the public to keep the shelter going. If you can help by donating food or litter (or even some funds) get in touch with the team via the facebook page or call the numer on the graphic above.

https://www.facebook.com/tamesideanimalshelter

An event to change the world forever, 100 years ago today.

On 28 June 1914, in Sarajevo, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated. It was a murder which led to the ourbreak of war five weeks later, the First World War. 

Today, 100 years later from the outbreak of WW1, on this Armed Forces Day, we must commemorate those who have fallen in our names and show our gratitude to our armed forces who are today serving this country.

Unlike Remembrance Sunday, which is a time for reflection and solemnity, Armed Forces Day is a day of celebration - recognising and explaining the work which today’s Armed Forces do in some of the most dangerous situations possible to keep everyone in this country safe.

So it is with this, and the memory of the thousands of Tameside men and women who have served this country, that today we will celebrate Armed Forces Day 2014. There will be events at Victoria Park, Denton, beginning with a short service of remembrance at the war memorial at 11, with a huge variety of free family-friendly activities and stalls around the band stand from 1pm - there will also be live music. Today’s events have been organised by the Ministry of Defence and Tameside Council.

Finally, There will also be a chance to see Joey, from the National Theatre’s production of “War Horse”, who will oversee the awarding of the Veterans Badge to WO2 Andrew Headen (103 Regiment, Royal Artillery) who has been in the army for 22 years.

Image via Tameside.gov.uk

Gee Cross Fete 2014 - A Brilliant Family Day.
On Sunday (15th June) the annual Gee Cross Fete took place at Sam Redfern Green. The event was very well attended by both locals and visitors from across Tameside and Glossop areas. 
Two of the attendees were the Mayor and Mayoress of Tameside MBC, Cllr’s Dawson Lane and Jackie Lane. As you can see the Mayor was the life of the party enjoying every moment and engaging with everyone he came into contact with and saw. 
Overall, the day was a fantastic community event and shows what great team work can produce for a community. Cllr Miah and I would like to congratulate the team behind the Fete this year for all of their hardwork which clearly paid off handsomely. 
You can view more photos here on Facebook.

Gee Cross Fete 2014 - A Brilliant Family Day.

On Sunday (15th June) the annual Gee Cross Fete took place at Sam Redfern Green. The event was very well attended by both locals and visitors from across Tameside and Glossop areas. 

Two of the attendees were the Mayor and Mayoress of Tameside MBC, Cllr’s Dawson Lane and Jackie Lane. As you can see the Mayor was the life of the party enjoying every moment and engaging with everyone he came into contact with and saw. 

Overall, the day was a fantastic community event and shows what great team work can produce for a community. Cllr Miah and I would like to congratulate the team behind the Fete this year for all of their hardwork which clearly paid off handsomely. 

You can view more photos here on Facebook.

Can You Help A Local Sports Team? Hyde FC Need Your Help!
Hyde Football Club would like your help in ensuring a bright future for the club and the surrounding community. Hyde FC want to raise £10,000 through crowd funding to give the social club a very much needed refurb.
At the bottom of this post is a video of the club and an explanation of the works. However, I want to just highlight how the club is very much a hub for many of the local community - it brings together factions of society that don’t always see eye to eye (even political allegiances get left to one side in love for the club). Through ensuring the social club gets a revamp we can ensure that the football club itself can continue to run over the years to come and ensure it’s rightful place in the Tameside Community.
I ask that you dig deep, or even just a little, and donate to help the club - little or large everything helps.
http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/Tigers-Club-Make-Over

Can You Help A Local Sports Team? Hyde FC Need Your Help!

Hyde Football Club would like your help in ensuring a bright future for the club and the surrounding community. Hyde FC want to raise £10,000 through crowd funding to give the social club a very much needed refurb.

At the bottom of this post is a video of the club and an explanation of the works. However, I want to just highlight how the club is very much a hub for many of the local community - it brings together factions of society that don’t always see eye to eye (even political allegiances get left to one side in love for the club). Through ensuring the social club gets a revamp we can ensure that the football club itself can continue to run over the years to come and ensure it’s rightful place in the Tameside Community.

I ask that you dig deep, or even just a little, and donate to help the club - little or large everything helps.

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/Tigers-Club-Make-Over

Entry Granted to Tameside’s Secret Garden

Today saw the official opening of a new entrance footpath at Pole Bank Park on Stockport Road. The path will mean that users of the park will no longer need to walk along the road entry to the park, which can be dangerous at any time of the day, instead they can take the path shown here (to the left of the road entrance). 

For myself this is a great investment and will ensure that the park, which is underused, can be used safely by all visitors. It will also, hopefully, mean that more and more residents of the local area will visit the park over the coming years.

Cllr Raja Miah said:
Pole Bank Park is an underused green space within Hyde and Tameside. The opening of this new path signifies our want to increase the use of green space within Tameside by local residents.

Green space is vital in my view not only for recreation but also for learning. Hopefully local schools will visit the park to see the flora and fauna the park has to over.

Tameside Animal Shelter summer Fair 2014 #TAS14
Today I spent the day with the great team at Tameside Animal Shelter, a charity I often sing the praises of, though which doesn’t get anywhere near enough funding. 
The summer fair helps to raise vital funds for the charity and the great work they do every single day of the year. Today’s fair was very busy and shows how much the community of Tameside love the shelter. 
If you missed the fair but want to donate funds you can visit http://www.tamesideanimalshelter.co.uk/donate.html alternatively to donate goods simply drop them at the shelter any time or of course for either of the above visit the TAS charity shop (just off Market Street, Hyde). 
Finally, don’t forget to follow TAS on facebook @ facebook.com/tamesideanimalshelter

Tameside Animal Shelter summer Fair 2014 #TAS14

Today I spent the day with the great team at Tameside Animal Shelter, a charity I often sing the praises of, though which doesn’t get anywhere near enough funding. 

The summer fair helps to raise vital funds for the charity and the great work they do every single day of the year. Today’s fair was very busy and shows how much the community of Tameside love the shelter. 

If you missed the fair but want to donate funds you can visit http://www.tamesideanimalshelter.co.uk/donate.html alternatively to donate goods simply drop them at the shelter any time or of course for either of the above visit the TAS charity shop (just off Market Street, Hyde). 

Finally, don’t forget to follow TAS on facebook @ facebook.com/tamesideanimalshelter

Andy Kinsey, Elected as a Tameside Labour Councillor for the ward of Hyde Werneth - a Thank You.

I wanted to just quickly put into words a special message of thanks to everyone in Hyde Werneth who voted for myself on Thursday 22 May 2014. I am truly honoured to have been elected by the residents, and the hard work truly begins today to ensure that Hyde Werneth can flourish and prosper in the coming years.

I also want to give special thanks to the campaign team who helped ensure that I have been elected. In particular a huge thanks goes to those in the above photo (the core campaign team): Iqbal, Sarah, Stuart and Cllr Raja Miah. I would also like to thank everyone involved in the campaign, there have been literally hundreds of them but I won’t name them all here. But to name just a few: Kieran, Jim, Jason, Lee, Jonathan, Sarah, Allison, Andrew, Claire, Adam and Jan.

Finally, a massive thanks goes to my campaign agent and good friend, Cllr Raja Miah. Working together we’ve already achieved so much, not least of which is my election, and together we are aiming to achieve so much more for Hyde Werneth.

Andy Kinsey, Elected as a Tameside Labour Councillor for the ward of Hyde Werneth - a Thank You.

I wanted to just quickly put into words a special message of thanks to everyone in Hyde Werneth who voted for myself on Thursday 22 May 2014. I am truly honoured to have been elected by the residents, and the hard work truly begins today to ensure that Hyde Werneth can flourish and prosper in the coming years.

I also want to give special thanks to the campaign team who helped ensure that I have been elected. In particular a huge thanks goes to those in the above photo (the core campaign team): Iqbal, Sarah, Stuart and Cllr Raja Miah. I would also like to thank everyone involved in the campaign, there have been literally hundreds of them but I won’t name them all here. But to name just a few: Kieran, Jim, Jason, Lee, Jonathan, Sarah, Allison, Andrew, Claire, Adam and Jan.

Finally, a massive thanks goes to my campaign agent and good friend, Cllr Raja Miah. Working together we’ve already achieved so much, not least of which is my election, and together we are aiming to achieve so much more for Hyde Werneth.