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SALFORD TO SHOW SOLIDARITY WITH GREECE AND FINGER TO GEORGE OSBORNE

Star date: 7th July 2015

BEWARE TORY GEEKS BEARING AUSTERITY

Budget Day Protest
Wednesday 8th July 12noon
Salford Civic Centre

Tomorrow, as George Osborne announces his first Tory Government budget, Salford Against The Cuts has announced an `OXI' rally outside Salford Civic Centre at noon, to protest at more austerity in the UK and to show solidarity with Greece which has said `No.'

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL BACKS DOWN IN UNISON TRADE UNION ATTACK

Star date: 6th July 2015

VICTORY FOR UNISON AGAINST SALFORD LABOUR COUNCIL

"Attacks on trade unionists are part of a growing trend towards shutting down dissent" Maxine Peake

Salford Council has backed down in its attack on staff trade union, Salford City UNISON, after trying to stop democratically elected officer, Ameen Hadi, from representing his members.

Back in May, the city's Labour Council was universally condemned for its actions but has since quietly retracted and has now issued a joint turgid statement with UNISON, basically caving in before the dispute escalated.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD LADS TO LEAD MARCH FOR THE HOMELESS

Star date: 5th July 2015

SECOND HOMELESS MARCH THROUGH MANCHESTER

March For The Homeless
Saturday 11th July 12noon
Piccadilly Gardens

"I want to show my support for all the people struggling out there" Kyle Wells

Salford lads Kyle Wells and Tommie Rose are to lead the second big March For The Homeless through Manchester next weekend. The first march, back in April, led to the founding of the various Homeless Camps that have sprung up around Manchester city centre.

Full details here...

 
 
VOLUNTARY SECTOR AND WORKFARE EVENT MANCHESTER

Star date: 5th July 2015

SALFORD VOLUNTARY SECTOR NEEDS TO ATTEND THIS EVENT

The Perils of Participation
Voluntary Groups, 'Workfare' and Benefits Sanctions
Tuesday 14th July 1pm-4pm free
Manchester Metropolitan University

An event to discuss the Government's `Help To Work' programme is to take place on 14th July at Manchester Met University, after widespread concern about the voluntary sector's involvement in the scheme. Perils of Participation has been organised by groups including Keep Volunteering Voluntary and the Unemployed Workers Centre.

Full details here...

 
 
BUDGET DAY PROTEST FOR SALFORD AND MANCHESTER

Star date: 5th July 2015

PEOPLE'S ASSEMBLY TO ANNOUNCE BUDGET FOR THE PEOPLE

Budget Day Protest
Wednesday 8th July
Market Street 5pm

The People's Assembly has called a protest on Wednesday in the wake of George Osborne's budget announcement that is expected to see another cruel £12billion worth of cuts. Outside Boots on Market Street in Manchester, the People's Assembly will be announcing its own alternative `budget for the people'.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COMMUNITY PROTESTS AT VIMTO GARDENS CONTINUE

Star date: 4th July 2015

ENGLISH CITIES FUND COMPROMISE OFFER TO MO'S SHOP

Community protests continued on Chapel Street today over the English Cities Fund (ECf) pricing out local shop, Shalimar, from the new Vimto Gardens development, which was financially supported by over £11million of public money.

However the Salford Star understands that the ECf is negotiating a compromise that might see Mo, who has run the convenience store for over thirty years, installed in one of the retail units underneath the 97 unaffordable new houses and apartments.

Full details here...

 
 
NEVER MIND THE POLLOCKS COMES TO SALFORD KINGS ARMS

Star date: 4th July 2015

COMEDY AND POETRY WITH A PUNK TWIST AT GM FRINGE

Never Mind The Pollocks
Thursday 9th July 9:30pm
Kings Arms £5/£3

Jim Higo and Miki Higgins bring their `genre busting' comedy show to the Kings Arms on Thursday as part of the Greater Manchester Fringe festival where they will be deconstructing arts, culture and Mrs Brown's Boys. Here, Simon Williams has a word with Jim Higo on every day inspiration, Salford poets and getting punched.

Full details here...

 
 
NEW NOVEL EXPLORES FRIEDRICH ENGELS AND THE BURNS SISTERS

Star date: 4th July 2015

MARY AND LIZZIE BURNS AT CENTRE OF NEW MRS ENGELS BOOK

Mrs Engels by Gavin McCrea
Scribe Publications £14.99

Revolutionary Victorian Salford superstars, Fred Engels and the Burns sisters, come in for the historical novel treatment in Gavin McCrea's new book that explores some wild relationships that cut across class and family. It stars Fred's lifelong partner, Mary Burns, and her sister Lizzie, who the Communist Manifesto co-author shacked up with after Mary's death.

Here Bernadette Hyland reviews the story of the Marxist ménage et trois...

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CHORAL SOCIETY OPERA GALA NIGHT

Star date: 4th July 2015

CLASSIC OPERA WITH A SALFORD TINGE

Opera Gala Night
Saturday 11th July 7:30pm £15/£10
Peel Hall

Salford Choral Society is presenting a night of classic opera choruses and arias as part of its Gala Night at Salford University's Peel Hall, starring soprano Jennifer Rust.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COMMUNITY POWER FORCES COUNTRYSIDE PROPERTIES TO CAVE IN

Star date: 3rd July 2015

BOOTHSTOWN KIDS SAFE AFTER PROTESTS

After months of protest that saw kids block the streets and a nervy police presence, Countryside Properties has caved in to community demands and kept its delivery vehicles off the roads of the Moorings Estate in Boothstown during school times.

"It is unfortunate that it has taken a huge effort by residents to get Countryside to recognise their responsibilities" says Bob Clarke from the Moorings Estate Residents Society.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD HOUSING REPORT SHOWS WORKING CLASS COMMUNITY BEING PRICED OUT OF REGENERATION AREA

Star date: 2nd July 2015 

BROUGHTON JOINS HALE BARNS AND BOWDON AS LEAST AFFORDABLE AREA IN GREATER MANCHESTER

Latest housing figures show regeneration area, Broughton, joining the likes of Hale Barns and Bowdon as one of the top five most unaffordable wards in Greater Manchester - and local people being priced out of buying one of the new houses that have been built in formerly affordable streets.

Meanwhile, the average price of a home in Salford generally is now £136,875, up 4.4%, while a new build terrace has an average price of £161,000. Renting a flat in Salford Quays averages out at well over £800 per month.

Full details here...

 
 
SWINTON GATEWAY TO OPEN 19 MONTHS LATE AND MORE THAN £1MILLION OVER BUDGET

Star date: 30th June 2015

SALFORD COUNCIL LIABLE FOR HUGE DELAY COSTS ON SWINTON GATEWAY

The Swinton Gateway is finally set to open its doors on July 20th, 19 months late and way over budget. The `community hub' was originally set to cost £5million, paid for by the Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, but huge delays meant the budget soaring to over £6million with the tab picked up by Salford City Council.

Unfortunately, even under the Freedom of Information Act, the Council won't reveal the true costs of the Swinton Gateway...

Full details here...

 
 
VIMTO GARDENS PROTEST AS SALFORD COMMUNITY REBELS AGAINST REGENERATION

Star date: 29th June 2015

FIGHT TO SAVE CHAPEL STREET COMMUNITY SHOP IS THE FRONT LINE TO DEFEND COMMUNITY

"Vimto Gardens? That's for the rich...they'll get rid of the community if they get their way" Islington Estate resident

Residents from the Islington Estate protested in Chapel Street this morning to defend Mo's shop, the convenience store that has been serving the community for thirty years. Mo is being priced out of getting a new retail unit in the flashy Vimto Gardens development next door, despite over £11million of public money supporting the scheme.

Residents reckon that Mo's shop is the front line in the fight to save their community.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD MUSICAL YOUTH AND GUESTS AT BROUGHTON RUGBY CLUB

Star date: 28th June 2015

KIDS FROM SALFORD MUSICAL YOUTH PLUS CLARICE HERRING, JAMES HERRING AND REVOLVER

Salford Musical Youth and Guests
Saturday 4th July from 7pm £1
Broughton Cricket and Rugby Club

Next Saturday there's a great night of music lined up at Broughton Rugby Club when the ever popular young people from the Salford Musical Youth project put on a showcase, joined by guest singers James Herring and Clarice Herring, plus the band Revolver. It's only a quid to get in too.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COMMUNITY THEATRE PROJECT DOES LOVE ON THE DOLE

Star date: 28th June 2015

SALFORD PEOPLE WANTED TO STAR IN LOVE ON THE DOLE STAGE PLAY

Salford Community Theatre Project is looking for anyone from the community to take part in a stage play of the Walter Greenwood classic Love On The Dole. Workshops are taking place through July at the Working Class Movement Library and everyone's invited to take part, either in acting or backstage. 

"Just come along and see what it's about" says Cat from the Project "No-one will be turned away..."

Full details here...

 
 
JB BARRINGTON AT SALFORD ARTS THEATRE FOR GM FRINGE

Star date: 28th June 2015

JB Barrington
Saturday 25th July 7:30pm
Salford Arts Theatre £10

Little Hulton poet, JB Barrington, returns to the Salford Arts Theatre for the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival, following a tour and growing critical acclaim, with a show called POETRY? What's that all about?. It will feature verse and mirth with subjects ranging from Salford dockers, to Saturday night turns and, of course, JB's mam...

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD SLEEPS OUT WITH COFFEE4CRAIG TO HIGHLIGHT HOMELESSNESS

Star date: 28th June 2015

HOMELESS SLEEP OUT RAISES CRISIS AWARENESS

Last night, over thirty people slept rough outside the AJ Bell Stadium to raise awareness of homelessness and give Coffe4Craig's supporters and volunteers a safe taste of what it's like having no place to sleep...

"There just isn't a routine, there's nothing, so I wanted to slightly allow people to experience that without the risk" said Coffee4Craig's Fie, who also announced a Lotto partnership with the Salford Red Devils Foundation.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD STAR POEM CREATES BROOKLYN FOUNDATION TUNE

Star date: 27th June 2015

SIMON WILLIAMS HOMELESS POEM INSPIRES BROOKLYN FOUNDATION

A poem written for the Salford Star by Salford author and radio presenter, Simon Williams, has been turned into a download single by electronic band The Brooklyn Foundation. The song, Homeless, is now on Spotify, Reverbnation and Soundcloud, while getting radio plays.

Full details here...

 
 
NOWT PART OF FESTIVAL HITS EAGLE INN SALFORD

Star date: 27th June 2015

NEW SMALL SCALE QUALITY DRAMA FOR UNDER A TENNER ON SUNDAY

Nowt Part Of Festival
Sunday 28th June from 3pm
Eagle Inn

The independent Nowt Part of Festival 2015 brings four new small cast quality theatre productions to the Eagle Inn on Collier Street this Sunday. Plays covers a weird range of subjects, from Pink Floyd founder, Syd Barrett, to a salesman trading in memories, to the inside of Broadmoor, to a comedy about a funeral. The shows start at 3pm and run until late.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COMMUNITY ANGER AT VIMTO GARDENS `SOCIAL CLEANSING’

Star date: 26th June 2015

CHAPEL STREET COMMUNITY RALLIES TO DEFEND LOCAL SHOP

"If we can save a school we can save our shop..." Sarah

Save Mo's Rally
Monday 29th June 9:30am
Vimto Gardens, Chapel Street

Over £11million of public money has been sunk into the Vimto Gardens development on Chapel Street by the Islington Estate for a return of no affordable housing and no joy for Mo's `Shalimar' convenience shop that has served the community for over thirty years.

Mo keeps getting priced out in his attempts to open a new shop in the Vimto development. Now the local community are rallying to his support and have organised a demonstration next Monday morning.

Full details here...

 
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When we began producing the Salford Star nearly three years ago the aim was always for it to be a magazine – a big, proud, free glossy magazine that would go to as many people in Salford as possible.  The reason for this was that, even according to Salford Council figures, only one person in five in the city had access to the internet.  Now that figure has possibly risen to around a third.  This is why Salford still needs its own accessible magazine.

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