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OLIVERS YOUTH CLUB SALFORD TO SHUT AFTER 11 YEARS

Star date: 26th September 2016

YOUTH LEGACY FROM £53MILLION NDC PROJECT FORCED TO CLOSE

Oliver's Youth Club on Whit Lane, which is one of the few positive legacies from the hopelessly failed £53million Charlestown and Lower Kersal New Deal for Communities scheme, is to close.

At last week's East Salford Community Committee, youth worker Graham Cooper announced the closure of the eleven year old project saying "Oliver's Youth Club is being forced out...there is another loss of another facility in this area".

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD LADS CLUB PLAYS HOST TO AN EVENING WITH PETER HOOK

Star date: 25th September 2016

HOOKY COMES BACK TO ORDSALL

Substance: An Evening with Peter Hook
Saturday 15th October 8pm
Salford Lads' Club £10

Salford Lads' Club is to play host to Hooky who will be in-conversation talking about his early life with Joy Division and New Order, the recent Hacienda Classical nights and his much awaited third book, Substance: Inside New Order.

Full details here...

 
 
JOURNALISTS HIT THE BIG SCREEN VIA SALFORD AND MANCHESTER NUJ

Star date: 25th September 2016

HACKS AND FACTS AND FILMS

Four Pound Film Club
Three Minute Theatre, Affleck's Palace
Dates vary £4

The Manchester and Salford NUJ is trying to demystify the media industry via its Four Pound Film Club, which screens popular films followed by an open discussion. The next movie in its series is the classic comedy The Front Page, with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, showing this Thursday 29th September, 7:30pm at the Three Minute Theatre in Affleck's Palace. Non-NUJ members are welcome.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016 SEES THREE FREE NIGHTS OF SHOWS

Star date: 25th September 2016

FROM THE SALFORD ARMS TO WANGIES BANDS PLAY FREE

7th Salford Music Festival
Thursday 29th September - Saturday 1st October
Various venues free

The 7th Salford Music Festival returns this week with over six dozen bands and DJs playing free in ten venues all over the city. Here, Ian Leslie picks out some highlights, from Shinny filming his Christmas single at the Salford Arms, to Death To The Strange at The Crescent, and Blaney plus guests at the Sacred Trinity Church.

Full details here...

 
 
STUDIO SALFORD DEVELOPMENT WEEK SEES FREE PLAYS AND CREATIVE HELP

Star date: 25th September 2016

Studio Salford Development Week
26th September - 2nd October

Salford's burgeoning arts scene celebrates with 'a buzzy week of new writing and workshops', starting tomorrow, 26th September. Over the course of a week, 25 pieces of new writing will be given a world premiere, plus an insight into script writing will be available for aspiring writers. Most events are free, as Ian Leslie reports.

Full details here...

 
 
MANCHESTER MARCH FOR ELEPHANTS AND RHINOS GIVES OUT THE LAST CHANCE MESSAGE

Star date: 24th September 2016

96 ELEPHANTS AND FOUR RHINOS A DAY BEING SLAUGHTERED FOR CRUEL TRADE

This afternoon, campaigners marched through Manchester city centre as part of a Global March to put pressure on delegates at this week's United Nations conference to finally stop the trade in ivory and horns which is seeing the mass slaughter of elephants and rhinos.

"If it doesn't happen now...it will be too late and the populations will have decreased so much that we won't be able to make a difference any more" said organiser Tiffani Lewsley, who works at Salford Media City.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD ICONS APPEAR AT DISSENTING ACADEMY STREET ART EXHIBITION

Star date: 24th September 2016

STREET ARTIST STEWY AT FUTURE ARTISTS STUDIOS CHAPEL STREET

Dissenting Academy
27th September-October 9th
Future Artists Studios free

Life sized stencil portraits of Salford icons Tony Wilson, John Cooper Clarke and Hooky will be appearing amongst other `eccentrics, misfits and forward thinkers' at a new exhibition by street artist, Stewy, starting on Tuesday 27th September at Future Artists Studios in Chapel Street. It's a chance to see the works, which normally pop up on public urban walls, all under one roof.

Full details here...

 
 
ENGELS BEARD `CYNICAL HIPSTER JOKE’ SCULPTURE UNVEILED AT SALFORD UNIVERSITY

Star date: 23rd September 2016

FRIEDRICH ENGELS DESERVES BETTER THAN `KITSCH JOKE'

Yesterday, Salford University unveiled its Engels' Beard sculpture outside the £55million New Adelphi arts campus. The five metre high sculpture is also a climbing wall, in what its creators explain is a `homage to Engels' legacy'

But Engels' Beard has been slammed as a `kitsch, ironic hipster beard joke that's gone too far', and an insult to the memory of the communist revolutionary who was the first to really document absolute poverty in Salford and Manchester.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD FLOOD MEETING FAILS TO IMPRESS RESIDENTS

Star date: 23rd September 2016

SIRENS AND ACTION PLANS BUT LITTLE PROGRESS

At another stormy community meeting of Lower Broughton residents last night, flood victims heard of action plans, evacuation packs and river modelling that are all going to be put in place. But, nine months on from the Boxing Day flood, they were unimpressed by the complete lack of progress so far.

Meanwhile, Salford Council appears to be on collision course with the Environment Agency over a basic siren for the area which the Agency stated it won't pay for, maintain or manage.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD SHOPPING CITY TOWERBLOCK AN `EYESORE’ SAYS MAYOR

Star date: 22nd September 2016

BRIAR HILL COURT AN `EYESORE' AND A `BLOT ON THE LANDSCAPE'

Briar Hill Court, the towerblock that looms out of Salford Precinct with the words `Salford Shopping City' and a big red arrow down its side, has been branded an `eyesore' and `a blot on Salford's landscape' by Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett.

Is it an `eyesore' - or the only thing in the city with the word `Salford' actually left on it?

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL TO OPPOSE GRAMMAR SCHOOLS `AT ANY COST’

Star date: 22nd September 2016

PUTTING GRAMMAR SCHOOLS BACK IN SALFORD `DISGRACE'

As Theresa May tries to restore the grammar school education system to the UK, councillors were yesterday re-assured that Salford City Council would fight the Prime Minister.

Speaking at the full meeting of Salford City Council, City Mayor, Paul Dennett said that the grammar system "provides opportunities...for the well off in society...we oppose them at any cost within this city".

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CENTRAL FOODBANK IN CRISIS AS DEMAND OUTSTRIPS SUPPLY

Star date: 21st September 2016

CONCERNS THAT SALFORD FOODBANK RUNNING LOW ON SUPPLIES

Salford Central Foodbank, which has centres at Mocha Parade and at the Sanctuary near Dallas Court, is running out of supplies as demand for food parcels for the city's poor outstrips supply.

The Salford Foodbank is not getting as much food in as it's giving out due to massive demand over the past few weeks and manager, Mark Whittington, is urging Salford people to help out, adding "Our shelves have never looked emptier"...

Full details here...

 
 
AS 10,000 SIGN PETITION SALFORD COUNCIL TO MULL THREE WEEK BIN COLLECTIONS

Star date: 20th September 2016

SALFORD COUNCIL CABINET TO `CONSIDER' BIN PETITION

Over 10,000 people have signed a petition to `Stop the black bins from being collected every 3 weeks!', and now the Salford City Council Cabinet is set to `consider' it just three months into the pilot scheme, which began in six areas of the city in July.

The petition's creator is to be invited to next week's Cabinet meeting to `make representations'.

Full details here...

 
 
EVERY FIREFIGHTER IN GREATER MANCHESTER TO BE SACKED

Star date: 19th September 2016

FIRE BRIGADES UNION `ASTONISHED' AT MASS SACKINGS

Fire and Rescue Service managers have announced plans to sack every frontline firefighter in the area, totalling 1250, states the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) – and only those who agree to new imposed conditions of service will get their jobs back.

"To start the process for dismissing firefighters to then simply re-engage them on an un-negotiated contract is really appalling" says Greater Manchester brigade secretary Gary Keary.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD APARTMENT BOOM MEANS ORDSALL WARD COULD BE SPLIT

Star date: 19th September 2016

ORDSALL OUTGROWS ITSELF WITH YUPPIE TAKEOVER

A new report from Salford City Council reveals that the Ordsall ward, which includes MediaCityUK and hundreds of new apartments, has become too big for its electoral boots and could be split.

"It is...expected that the Local Government Boundary Commission will initiate an electoral review of the Ordsall ward" states the report "particularly since the electorate level in Ordsall will increase further over time given ongoing development."

Full details here...

 
 
GREATER MANCHESTER DEVOLUTION CONFERENCE FOR TRADE UNIONS AND ACTIVISTS

Star date: 18th September 2016

DEVO MANC – `OPPORTUNITY OR ELABORATE CON?'

Devolution Conference
Saturday September 24th 10:30am-5pm
Cross Street Unitarian Chapel, Manchester

Next Saturday there's a one day conference on Devolution, hosted by the Greater Manchester Association of Trades Union Councils, which aims to "develop, a united nationwide grassroots response to the roll out of 'devolution' in its current proposed form". Some of the questions raised will be `Is Devo Manc a great opportunity or an elaborate con? And `What's in it for ordinary people? '

Full details here plus the Salford Star quick guide to GM Devolution...

 
 
SALFORD TO LAUNCH AUTHENTIC NEW BRIDGEWATER CANAL BOAT

Star date: 18th September 2016

HAND BUILT 20FT `STARVATIONER' CANAL BOAT LAUNCHES THIS WEEK

This Friday sees the launch of a hand crafted canal boat inspired by the `starvationers' used in the mines and on the Bridgewater Canal back in 1761. The boat has been built by nine Salford men who have learnt traditional craft techniques to create it. To accompany the public launch there'll be singing, clog dancing and wood workshops.

Full details here...

 
 
GLOBAL MARCH FOR ELEPHANTS AND RHINOS HITS MANCHESTER

Star date: 18th September 2016

HERD OF ELEPHANTS TO MARCH THROUGH MANCHESTER

Global March for Elephants and Rhinos
Saturday 24th September
11.30am All Saints Park, through Manchester centre to rally at Cathedral Gardens

Next Saturday, 24th September, Manchester city centre will see a herd of elephants sweep through as campaigners attempt to highlight the ever-increasing plight of endangered animals.

"With so few numbers left, and such a slow rate of reproduction, both elephants and rhinos are rapidly heading for extinction, unless action is taken to save them" explains organiser, Tiffani Lewsley, who works at Salford MediaCityUK.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD RED DEVILS RELEGATION PERIL AS TEAM IGNORES FANS

Star date: 18th September 2016

DEVILS DISS SUPPORTERS AS BRONCOS BUCK UP

Salford Red Devils lost the last but one crucial qualifier, beaten 16-19 by London Broncos at the AJ Bell Stadium. While the crowd was well up on the previous week, supporters were annoyed that the team appeared to diss them at the end of the game.

"I have never seen the supporters not be acknowledged" said fan Carole "To be honest that hurts more than the scoreline".

Simon Williams checks the relegation fall-out here...

 
 
DOGS4US SALFORD TARGETED ON PUPPY FARM AWARENESS DAY

Star date: 17th September 2016 

MANCHESTER AND SALFORD PROTESTS AGAINST PUPPY FARMS

For International Puppy Farm Awareness Day, this afternoon two protests took place targeting Dogs4Us, which has a store on Agecroft Road. The first protest was in Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester, where Aran Mathai, of BoycottDogs4Us, accused the company of "contributing to some of the worst animal welfare conditions in this country".

Later in the afternoon the protest moved to outside the Dogs4Us Salford store where campaigners chanted `Puppy killers', `Close down Dogs4Us' and `Blood on your hands'...

Full details here...

 
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SALFORD STAR - A BIT OF HISTORY

When we began producing the Salford Star nearly ten years ago, in 2006, 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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