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FRIEDRICH ENGELS COMES HOME TO SALFORD

Star date: 30th June 2012

FRED ENGELS PLAY STAGED IN SALFORD 

The Condition of the Working Class in England
Salford Arts Theatre
Thurs and Fri 5th and 6th July £5
Nexus Art Café, Manchester 7th and 8th July £5

A new play based on Fred Engels' epic anti-poverty book The Condition of the Working Class in England is to be performed at Salford Arts Theatre, just down the road from where his Victoria Mill was housed way back in the 1800s. The play, performed by volunteers, aims to update the Engels classic with scenes, songs and poetry.

Full details here…

added Saturday, June 30, 2012  

 
 

KNICKER FESTIVAL FOR SALFORD

Star date: 30th June 2012

KNICKERBOKAGLORY FESTIVAL AT WATERSIDE IN MONTON

Knickerbokaglory Festival
Saturday 7th July 4-7pm £5/£2.50
Crompton's at Waterside Bar and Restaurant, Monton

Celebs from Coronation Street, Hollyoaks and Waterloo Road will be at the Waterside Bar and Restaurant in Monton next Saturday to support the Knickerbokaglory Festival raising money for the British Heart Foundation.

Highlight of the day, will be the unveiling of a giant `knickerbokaglory' mural by local artist Fanny Gogh, which features knickers donated by celebrities like Sara Cox and Salford's Catherine Tyldsley

Full details here…

added Saturday, June 30, 2012  

 
 

PEEL HOLDINGS TAKES ON ENVIRONMENT AGENCY OVER SALFORD FLOOD ZONES

Star date: 29th June 2012

SALFORD FLOOD POLICY ATTACKED BY PEEL

Peel Holdings cost tax payers ten of thousands of pounds last week when it won a High Court ruling to re-classify its land at the side of the Manchester Ship Canal as within a lower ranking flood zone.

Peel won the case against the Environment Agency over its categorisation of `sluice gates', but the implications for Salford's flood zone are huge – it means that the multi £billion company will find it easier to build new developments along the sides of its canal.

See Part 2 of the Peel Deal here…

added Friday, June 29, 2012  

 
 

PEEL HOLDINGS TAKES ON TRAFFORD COUNCIL IN INCINERATOR DISGRACE

Star date: 29th June 2012

SALFORD CLEAN AIR AND FLOOD POLICY ATTACKED BY PEEL

"It is outrageous that Peel Energy has ignored the Council's decision and ultimately the wishes of the people in Trafford" Councillor Kevin Procter

Peel Holdings has been at it again, using its legal teams to try to overturn flood policy and incinerator opposition in its unnerving quest for profit.

Last week, Peel took the Environment Agency to the High Court to re-classify its land on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal. And the other night Trafford Council passed a motion against Peel Energy, `deploring' its actions to try and overturn the Council's decision to refuse planning permission for an incinerator which would have profound effects on Salford. 

See Part 1 of the Peel Deal here…

added Friday, June 29, 2012  

 
 

UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD STAFF STRIKE

Star date: 26th June 2012

SALFORD UNIVERSITY STAFF STRIKE TO STOP COMPULSORY REDUNDANCIES
PICKETS NOT EJECTED FROM MEDIACITYUK CAMPUS!
UNIVERSITY PLACES MANAGEMENT ON PICKET LINES!

"It seems to be about 20 jobs going for every £1million the University spends on new buildings" Phillipa Whittaker UCU

Staff from across the University of Salford went on strike today in protest at the latest round of job cuts, including compulsory redundancies.

UCU pickets were out in force across the University and even those outside the controversial MediaCityUK campus were not ejected by Peel Holdings' security. But the University did place its own management reps next to the picket lines. What were they doing?

Full story and photos from around the picket lines here…

added Tuesday, June 26, 2012  

 
 

SALFORD MAYOR TRANSPARENCY PROMISE IN FLAMES

Star date: 26th June 2012

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE MAYOR'S TRANSPARENCY PROMISE?

"We as a Council must be more open and transparent with the public. I will seek to generate that openness and transparency in future…" Ian Stewart

Almost two months after Ian Stewart promised a more "open and transparent" Council on becoming Mayor of Salford, things seem to be going backwards as virtually none of his 13 Assistant Mayors have produced public reports or forums on what they are actually getting up to all day.

Meanwhile Ian Stewart himself has held just two City Mayor's Briefings with no items on the agenda open to the public. Transparency score so far? 0 out of 10!

Full shocking story here…

added Tuesday, June 26, 2012  

 
 

THE FUTURE OF SALFORD MIDDLEWOOD LOCKS

Star date: 25th June 2012

MIDDLEWOOD LOCKS CONSULTATION

Middlewood Locks, that £multi-million embarrassment of space on the Salford side of the border with Manchester city centre, could be developed in the near future by the Scarborough Development Group.

The Group has the first of three consultations still happening online and Salford people are being asked to come up with ideas for the space, which sucked in over £4million of public money, before the previous developers went bust.

Full story here…

added Monday, June 25, 2012  

 
 

LANGWORTHY CORNERSTONE TENTH BIRTHDAY

Star date: 24th June 2012

SALFORD COMMUNITY CENTRE CELEBRATES TEN YEARS

Music, stalls and flowery hats took centre stage as the Langworthy Cornerstone celebrated its tenth birthday yesterday. On stage in the foyer were singers Albert Thompson and Mark Daynes, while upstairs the mysterious Secret Garden thrilled families.

Full story and photos here…

added Sunday, June 24, 2012  

 
 

SALFORD DOES COMMUNITY CULTURAL CELEBRATION

Star date: 24th June 2012 

CULTURAL CELEBRATION DAY ON ISLINGTON WAY ESTATE

Last week, the Islington Estate had a Cultural Celebration aimed at bringing the area's minorities together for a day of fun, music and chat. Jimmy Coyne went along to view the acts and the atmosphere and came away feeling inspired.

Full review and photos here…

added Sunday, June 24, 2012  

 
 

MORE SALFORD SCHOOLS TO BECOME ACADEMIES SAYS ASSISTANT MAYOR

Star date: 22nd June 2012

D-DAY FOR ALBION, DUKESGATE AND MARLBOROUGH ROAD AS ASSISTANT MAYOR SAYS MORE SALFORD SCHOOLS IN DANGER

Today, Friday, 22nd June is the final day that Salford people can have their say on plans to convert Albion High School, Dukesgate Primary and Marlborough Road Primary schools into academies run by the Salford Academy Trust. 

Here, the Salford Star interviews John Merry, now Assistant Mayor with responsibility for Children and Young People, about the criticisms surrounding the privatisation of Salford education, as he reveals that more schools are in danger of conversion. And we reveal that Salford College, lead partner in the Salford Academy Trust, was discussing the takeover of Salford schools back in 2009.

Full story and links to online consultation forms here…

added Friday, June 22, 2012  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL BRANDED A DISGRACE AND A JOKE OVER ACADEMIES BETRAYAL

Star date: 20th June 2012

SALFORD COUNCIL BETRAYED STAFF AND MOST VULNERABLE PUPILS ON SCHOOLS PRIVATISATION SAY PARENTS AND UNIONS

`Salford Council is falling over like a row of dominoes, trying to get rid of its schools'

Salford Council was branded `a joke' and `a disgrace' tonight as parents and staff met to discuss the Council's determination to push Albion High School and Marlborough Primary School down the path to academy status via Salford Academy Trust.

Speakers at the meeting called for a public debate on the biggest change to Salford education for more than a generation, slating the Council's secrecy, its `jobs for the boys' approach, the speed of privatisation and its possible effects on some of the city's most vulnerable pupils.

Full story here…

added Wednesday, June 20, 2012  

 
 

ROBIN HOOD DOES SALFORD BANK JOB

Star date: 20th June 2012

THE WORLD'S BIGGEST BANK JOB STARTS IN SALFORD  

Robin Hood Tax Training Event
Saturday 23rd June 1-4pm free
Central Methodist Centre

Everyone in Salford is being asked to become Robin Hood and force a new tax on the banks to solve the world's problems – from Swinton to Sydney. The Robin Hood Tax started as an idea, and is now a huge global movement. This Saturday the Robin Hood Tax campaign arrives in Manchester for a training event on how to change the world…

Full details here…

added Wednesday, June 20, 2012  

 
 

SALFORD SEEKS JUSTICE FOR ANTHONY GRAINGER

Star date: 18th June 2012

HUNDREDS ATTEND FATHERS DAY JUSTICE PROTEST AS ANTHONY GRAINGER'S MUM CALLS FOR ANSWERS OVER POLICE `EXECUTION'

"I want this officer charged with murder" Marina Schofield

Hundreds of people attended a Fathers Day protest in Piccadilly Gardens yesterday called by the Justice4Grainger campaign to remember those killed during contact with the police.

The crowd heard Anthony Grainger's mother emotionally calling for answers after her son's "execution" by Greater Manchester Police, while Janet Alder, sister of Chris Alder who was unlawfully killed by the police 14 years ago, said she was still waiting for answers. The most poignant moment of the day came when scores of names of those killed while in contact with the police were held up, featuring everyone from Blair Peach to Smiley Culture, as well as Anthony Grainger.

Full story and photos here…

added Monday, June 18, 2012  

 
 

FURY AS SALFORD COUNCIL APPROVES ASDA BURIAL SITE SUPERMARKET

Star date: 18th June 2012

ASDA TOLD `GO ROT IN HELL' AS SALFORD COUNCIL APPROVES CONTROVERSIAL SUPERMARKET

Campaigners against ASDA's controversial plans to build a supermarket on top of a Swinton burial ground have vowed to keep up the fight after Salford Council's planning panel approved the scheme last week.

Campaigners have alleged that during the panel meeting Labour Councillor Norbert Potter said that he didn't know what all the fuss was about concerning the ground (where 73 children are buried), it was just a `dogs' toilet'.

Full story here…

added Monday, June 18, 2012  

 
 

SALFORD LANGWORTHY CORNERSTONE IS TEN YEARS OLD

Star date: 18th June 2012

CORNERSTONE'S FLOWERY BIRTHDAY PARTY

Tentififth Day
Saturday June 23rd
11am-3pm free
Langworthy Cornerstone

One of the few successes of the Langworthy and Seedley regeneration, the Cornerstone is ten years old this week, while its Children's Centre is five years old. To celebrate, there's an all day party happening this Saturday, titled the `Tentififth Day', with stalls, music, food, competitions and entertainment.

Full details here…

added Sunday, June 17, 2012  

 
 

SALFORD GIRL HITS MISS TEEN GREAT BRITAIN SEMIS

Star date: 17th June 2012

SWINTON'S LURELLE GOES FOR BRITISH CROWN

Swinton's Lurelle Bancroft has reached the semi finals of Miss Teen Great Britain, beating loads of competitors from around the country. Miss Teen Great Britain isn't a beauty contest and has been set up `to celebrate teenagers and their achievements, and to ultimately find a great role-model' state the organisers. Lurelle says it will be her personality that wins over the judges.

Full story here…

added Sunday, June 17, 2012  

 
 

FATHERS DAY JUSTICE FOR GRAINGER VIGIL

Star date: 16th June 2012

JUSTICE FOR GRAINGER HITS MANCHESTER PICCADILLY

Fathers Day Vigil
Sunday June 17th Noon
Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester

Last March, Lower Broughton's Anthony Grainger was shot dead by police as he sat unarmed in a car in Culcheth, in what his partner, Gail Hadfield, says was a "pre-planned execution".

Tomorrow, at noon in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, hundreds of people are expected to take part in a peaceful Fathers Day vigil in support of families and friends of all those who have lost their lives while in contact with the police.

Full story here…

added Saturday, June 16, 2012  

 
 

SALFORD AGAINST CUTS CHALLENGE TO SALFORD MAYOR

Star date: 14th June 2012

WILL SALFORD MAYOR IAN STEWART ANSWER THESE TEN QUESTIONS?

The Salford Against The Cuts campaign has sent Salford Mayor, Ian Stewart, a list of ten questions on social housing, day centres, loans and grants to MediaCityUK and Salford City Reds, the welfare advice service, privatisation of services, youth services, academies and schools, health and Salford University.

Salford Against The Cuts states these are "key issues affecting many residents of Salford" and that there are "huge expectations" on the Mayor to sort them out. But will Ian Stewart give an undertaking to do this?

See the full letter here…

added Friday, June 15, 2012  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL CHALLENGED ON DUKESGATE ACADEMY SWITCH

Star date: 14th June 2012

A Salford Star Exclusive

LITTLE HULTON PRIMARY PARENTS AND STAFF CHALLENGE COUNCIL TO PUT DUKESGATE ACADEMY SWITCH TO THE VOTE AS ANOTHER 20 SALFORD SCHOOLS UNDER THREAT

Parents and staff from Dukesgate Primary School in Little Hulton called for the right to vote over the future of their school last night.

Parents questioned the speed of the switch to academy status and admitted confusion, while the NUT accused Salford Council of taking up to half a million pounds out of Salford schools' budgets for the running of its Academy Trust, without the majority of councillors even knowing what's been going on.

Parents and staff from Dukesgate voted unanimously to challenge Salford Council to put the academy change to a democratic vote.

Full story here…

added Thursday, June 14, 2012  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL AND GOVERNMENT WRECK SOCIAL HOUSING

Star Date: 12th June 2012

A Salford Star Exclusive

SALFORD COUNCIL HOUSING MESS AS RENTS SET TO INCREASE £20 A WEEK, DECENT HOMES FUNDING IN TATTERS AND SALIX HOMES SET FOR SELL OFF

Salford's social housing is set for its biggest ever crisis with rents to increase by an average of £20 a week by 2015, funding to bring homes up to a decent standard running dry and the Pendleton PFI draining the Council of resources. Salford Council's answer? An option to `transfer' or hive off its entire Salix Homes housing stock.

It's a monumental mess created by both Salford City Council and ConDem Coalition Government…

Full housing horror story here…

added Tuesday, June 12, 2012  

 
 

UNLOCK DEMOCRACY IN GREATER MANCHESTER

Star date: 12th June 2012

TIME FOR BIG BUSINESS TO DECLARE ITS INFLUENCE IN SALFORD AND BEYOND

Open Up Lobbying
Friday 15th June 7-9pm free
Friends Meeting House, Manchester

That big business and the rich have way too much influence on the political process is well hidden but bloody obvious, as the Rupert Murdoch scandal is currently highlighting.

With calls for transparency in corporate lobbying reaching a crescendo, there's a timely debate coming to Greater Manchester this Friday, starring MPs, Spinwatch and Unlock Democracy. Here the Salford Star calls on Mr Ian Stewart Mayor to introduce more transparency in Salford…

Full story here…

added Tuesday, June 12, 2012  

 
 

SALFORD FILMS FIESTA WITH THE WHITE BUS TASTE OF HONEY CHARLIE BUBBLES AND MORE

Star date: 10th June 2012

DELANEY TRIBUTE, ALBERT FINNEY, SISTAS OF SALFORD AND APOCALYPSE GIRL STAR AT THE BLACK LION

Wed 13th June Secret Talents of Salford 7:30pm
Sunday 17th June Tribute To Shelagh Delaney 2pm/5:30pm/6:45pm

As part of this week's Secret Gardens Festival, Kino Film is putting on some top films in the cinema upstairs at the Black Lion pub in Chapel Street. The first night, Secret Talents of Salford, sees an array of short films with a Salford connection, while the Tribute to Shalagh Delaney sees rare screenings of Taste of Honey, The White Bus and Charlie Bubbles with a chance to see the Ken Russell 1960 doc, Shelagh Delaney's Salford, at the BBC.

Full details on the films and the Festival click here…

added Sunday, June 10, 2012  

 
 

KERSAL MOOR CELEBRATION SALFORD

Star date: 9th June 2012

BEACON AND CHARTIST MOOR MAGIC

Hundreds of people came to a double celebration on Kersal Moor on Jubilee day as, during the afternoon, a new plaque was unveiled to commemorate the world changing Chartist rallies, while in the evening a beacon was lit on its highest point to highlight the national holiday.

Full details here…

added Saturday, June 9, 2012  

 
 

SALFORD JUBILEE EVENTS AND DEMOCRACY AT KERSAL MOOR

Star date: 3rd June 2012

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT KERSAL MOOR AND IN EAST SALFORD  

Monday 4th June
Kersal Moor: 4:30pm Chartist plaque celebration
8-10pm Jubilee Celebration and Beacon lighting
St Boniface Family Fun Day 12noon til late; Sports Village Family Day
Tuesday 5th June: Family Fun Day St Sebastian's

There's something for everyone at Kersal Moor on Monday, as the afternoon sees a celebration of the Chartist Commemorative Stone Plaque on the edge of the Moor, while in the evening there's a traditional Kersal Moor beacon lighting to celebrate the Jubilee. There's also lots of other family events in the area. So many, that you might need the ubiquitous Diamond Jubilee sick bag.

Full details here...

added Sunday, June 3, 2012  

 
 

SALFORD JUBILEE AVOIDANCE AT KINGS ARMS HAC BLACK LION EUROCULTURED FEST

Star date: 2nd June 2012

Salford Alternative Jubilee Part 5

MUSIC TO AVOID THE JUBILEE IN SALFORD 

Dance away the Queen and co with some proper Salford music coming this holiday with Jubilee Live at the Kings Arms (Sun June 3rd), two Hooky inspired Hacienda parties (Sat 2nd and Mon 4th June), the Eurocultured Street Festival  starring top Salford rappers Broke n £nglish and co (Sun 3rd and Mon 4th June), and Salford's very own `I'm Brian and So's My Wife' open mic night at The Black Lion (Mon 4th June) presented as ever by the No Turn Unstoned team.

For full details of all events click here…

added Saturday, June 2, 2012  

 
 

SALFORD URBAN SPLASH BEACH TRIP TO AVOID THE JUBILEE

Star date: 1st June 2012

SALFORD ALERNATIVE JUBILEE: Part 4

GET AWAY FROM IT ALL AT SALFORD BEACH – BEFORE THE URBAN SPLASH SUPERMARKET ARRIVES!

What better way to get away from the Queen's Diamond Jubilee than to take a trip to the lovely unspoilt Salford Beach, down Springfield Lane, Trinity. The well hidden, glorious dark sanded Costa Del Salford on the bank of the River Irwell is the one place where the Queen and co won't be parading.

But hurry! There are plans afoot from Urban Splash and Si-Si Developments to plonk a great big supermarket right next door…

Full story here…

added Friday, June 1, 2012  

 
 

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