Pantry in the park opens its doors

Ashton United is celebrating after opening a new Pantry Store in Hurst Cross.

Right from the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Ashton United Football Club has supported local efforts to help those most affected. 

From opening up the facilities at Hurst Cross, providing staff and volunteer resources, and raising funds through the first team squad and management, the club has put its own challenges to one side for the greater good.

During the summer lockdown, Ashton United opened its grounds to support local families and children in alleviating holiday hunger. 

This initial five-week programme is still going strong seven months later and a permanent Pantry Store opened on Tuesday, in nearby Cedar Park.

During the opening there were free helium balloons for children.

Supported by local volunteers, Ashton United In The Community, Smallshaw-Hurst Children’s Community and St John’s the Evangelist Church and Tameside Youth Service, they have guided local people to set up their own organisation, Smallshaw Hurst Community Action Group.

Steve Hobson, the vice chairman of Ashton United, said: “We are thrilled to have been the catalyst for community action. 

“Local people will now run the Pantry Store from Cedar Park and, whilst we will still offer guidance and practical help, hopefully we can safely return to our business of    competitive football once again.”

The weekly store has been set up to help the local community. 

There will be a wide range of products available, including chilled and frozen food.

The pantry is a member only store. To join a membership form needs to be completed. 

If you live in Hurst, Hurst Cross and Smallshaw then registering is free.

Members will need to pay a small fee of £3 each time they shop and in return can expect a basket of food products to the value of at least £12.

For further information and to request a membership form contact Andy Finnigan on 07523 919185 or email


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