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HUGE WEEK OF ACTION PLANNED AGAINST TORY PARTY MANCHESTER CONFERENCE

Star date: 31st July 2017

NO MORE AUSTERITY...SCRAP THE PAY CAP...TORIES OUT

The People's Assembly is currently planning a huge week of protest, demonstrations, cultural events, rallies, comedy, music and public meetings when the Conservative Party holds its conference in Manchester, beginning with a national demonstration on Sunday 1st October.

Full details here...

added Monday, July 31, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD RED DEVILS MISS OUT ON WEMBLEY

Star date: 31st July 2017

WIGAN WARRIORS 27 SALFORD RED DEVILS 14

Salford Red Devils missed the chance to get to the Challenge Cup Final for the first time in over forty years yesterday when Wigan overcame a half time deficit to take the game. Here the day is reflected in Gareth Lyon's ace photos.

Full details here...

added Monday, July 31, 2017  

 
 

GOOD DEEDS IN SALFORD BOOK SHOWS POSITIVE SIDE TO CITY

Star date: 30th July 2017

SALFORD SEES POSTIVE RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS 

A new short book, Good Deeds in Salford, launched this week, covering the array of random acts of kindness going off in neighbourhoods throughout the city, particularly Lower Kersal. 

From walking neighbours' dogs, to big charity fundraising deeds, to putting on free festivals and even buying a pub for the community, the book shows all the positive things that happen in Salford every day. 

Full details here... 

added Sunday, July 30, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD ARMS JAM NIGHT WELCOMES PERFORMERS

Star date: 30th July 2017

EX STOLEN HAVEN FRONTMAN STARTS SALFORD ACOUSTIC NIGHT

Ex Stolen Haven frontman, Andrew Brides, has started Salford's newest acoustic night, every Thursday, at The Salford Arms which welcomes musicians, poets and singers, with a free drink for all performers, and a good time for the audience, as Ian Leslie discovers.

Full details here...

added Sunday, July 30, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD TOWER BLOCK RESIDENTS EXPRESS FEAR AND ANGER

Star date: 29th July 2017

THORN COURT RESIDENTS SPEAK OUT ON CLADDING SCANDAL

"I don't think anybody feels safe in this tower block" Dawn

Despite 'reassurances' on fire safety from Salford City Council and Pendleton Together, residents of Thorn Court - one of the nine blocks that have again failed Government safety tests - have spoken out about the 'fear' and 'anger' they feel.

The Salford Star has been sent comments from tenants posted on the Thorn and Pendleton Blog News - and they tell a different story from that being propagated by the Council, PT and Salford City Mayor.

Full details here...

added Saturday, July 29, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL COULD BE IN HUGE FINANCIAL CLADDING TROUBLE

Star date: 28th July 2017

GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO PAY FOR CLADDING CHAOS

Salford City Council could find itself in huge financial trouble as the Government today confirmed that it wouldn't be paying for the millions of pounds worth of mess caused by the cladding scandal.

"The Government expects that building owners will fund measures designed to make a building fire safe, and will draw on their existing resources to do so" it stated.

Full details here…

added Friday, July 28, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD TOWER BLOCKS FAIL NEW GOVERNMENT CLADDING TESTS

Star date:28th July 2017

NINE SALFORD CITY COUNCIL PENDLETON BLOCKS LATEST FIRE SAFETY FAIL

Salford Council's nine Pendleton blocks are thought to be the only publicly owned residential buildings in the country to fail the latest Government fire safety tests on cladding and insulation systems.

While the Govenment won't identify the sixty buildings that have failed, last night the Council issued a statement confirming "that the cladding and insulation system used at the nine Pendleton blocks has failed their latest tests."

Full details here...

added Friday, July 28, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD CENTRE WELCOMES SUPREME COURT RULING ON ILLEGAL TRIBUNAL FEES

Star date: 27th July 2017

GOVERNMENT ACTED ILLEGALLY ON FEES FOR EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNALS

Since 2013, workers have had to pay over £1,200 to have claims for sex discrimination or unfair dismissal heard. But yesterday, after a challenge by UNISON, the Supreme Court ruled that the fees introduced by the ConDem Government were illegal.

"This is a great victory for UNISON and the working class people" said Alec McFadden, manager of Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre, who added that 70% of clients could not afford to bring cases once fees were introduced.

Full details here...

added Thursday, July 27, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD CENTRAL TRAIN STATION EXHIBITION SHOWS GROWING INEQUALITY IN CITY

Star date: 26th July 2017

CHAPEL STREET WEALTH DIVIDE HIGHLIGHTED IN MIND THE GAP PHOTOS

'This is an exhibition by people from Salford who see inequality every day of their lives in their communities...'

At Salford Central Train Station dozens of photos have gone up on the glass windows showing the screaming inequality that is growing around the city. The exhibition by St Philips Camera Club is poignantly called Mind the Gap! and runs until 4th August.

Full review and loads of photos here...

added Wednesday, July 26, 2017  

 
 

‘UNJUST’ LEASEHOLDS TO BE BANNED BY GOVERNMENT BUT IS IT TOO LATE FOR SALFORD?

Star date: 25th July 2017

SALFORD CAUGHT UP IN LEASEHOLD SCANDAL

Today, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has set out plans to ban new build houses being sold as leasehold which he says are "exploiting home buyers with unfair agreements and spiraling ground rents."

This might be too late for many thousands of people caught up in the leasehold scandal, including at Barratt Homes' Scholars Green development on the site of the former Walkden High School.

Full details here...

added Tuesday, July 25, 2017  

 
 

PUBLIC TO BE LOCKED OUT OF ‘PUBLIC’ SALFORD COUNCIL TOWER BLOCK FIRE SAFETY SCRUTINY MEETING

Star date: 24th July 2017

FIRE SAFETY 'PUBLIC' SCRUTINY MEETING CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

A panel meeting which is supposed to publicly scrutinise Salford Council's dealings over fire safety in the city's tower blocks is to be held behind closed doors tonight.

The whole point of these 'scrutiny' committee meetings is to be an open and transparent process of councillors, in public, holding the Council and the Mayor to account. But tonight the meeting is to be held in secret. Why?

Full details here...

added Monday, July 24, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD BAND THE SANDELLS LAUNCH DARING DEBUT ALBUM

Star date: 23rd July 2017

FORWARDS WITH THE SANDELLS

The Sandells Album Launch
Saturday 29th July 7:30pm £5
Gullivers, Manchester

Salford alt psychedelic rock band, The Sandells, launch their debut album, Forwards! at Gullivers in Manchester next Saturday... "This album is the best thing I've heard from Salford since the Happy Mondays" says John Pickford of Red Rec Records.

Full details here...

added Sunday, July 23, 2017  

 
 

WILLOWS MEMORIES SHOWCASE FEATURES SALFORD REDS AND VARIETY CLUB

Star date: 23rd July 2017

110 YEARS AT THE WILLOWS CELEBRATED WITH LIVE SHOW AND FILM

Willows Memories Showcase
Sunday 30th July 7:30pm
The Lowry £20/£5

After Salford Red Devils take on Wigan in the Challenge Cup semi-final next Sunday, the past glories of Salford Reds and its adjoining Willows Variety Club are celebrated at The Lowry.

There's a screening of a film full of memories of The Willows, plus a fab 70s-style live Variety Club show starring The Matchstalk Men, comedian Austin Knight and Drifters tribute band, Under The Boardwalk.

Full details here...

added Sunday, July 23, 2017  

 
 

TALK RADIO’S IAIN LEE AND KATHERINE BOYLE IN THE RABBIT HOLE SALFORD

Star date: 22nd July 2017

BROADCASTING FROM THE KINGS ARMS...

The Rabbit Hole
Saturday 29th July 1pm
The Kings Arms £10

Talk Radio presenters Iain Lee and Katherine Boyle invite you to participate in their live phone-in podcast, The Rabbit Hole, happening at The Kings Arms next Saturday as part of the GM Fringe. Anything can happen, as Ian Leslie discovers.

Full details here...

added Saturday, July 22, 2017  

 
 

CLOWN FEST HITS MANCHESTER FOR WACKY WEEKEND

Star date: 22nd July 2017

FROM WAGGLEDANCING BEES TO CYRIL THE SQUIRREL TO THE BESTEST CABARET

Clown Fest
Friday 28th and Saturday 29th July
The Omnitorium, Exchange Square, Mcr

Clown Fest arrives in Manchester this week, complete with mad, surreal performances, a pop up 100 seat 'Omnitorium' and family shows that cost whatever you can afford. And there's virtually no scary faced traditional clowns, just clowning at its finest.

Full details here...

added Saturday, July 22, 2017  

 
 

SCHIZOPHRENIC TEENAGE GIRL TRIBULATIONS AT KINGS ARMS SALFORD

Star date: 22nd July 2017

FRANK, FUNNY AND MOVING...

The Little Creepers
Tuesday 25th - Wednesday 26th July
The Kings Arms £8/£5

Manic Arts Theatre Company brings a play about a teenage schizophrenic who worries about sex and boys...and the beast inside...to The Kings Arms this week, as part of the GM Fringe. It's frank, funny and moving, as Ian Leslie discovers.

Full details here...

added Saturday, July 22, 2017  

 
 

SHIRLEY BAKER EXHIBITION HUGE SUCCESS AT MANCHESTER AT GALLERY

Star date: 21st July 2017

PEOPLE INVITED TO SHARE EXPERIENCES OF BAKER'S PHOTOS THIS WEEKEND

The Shirley Baker Exhibition, currently running at Manchester Art Gallery, has already been a huge success, with over seven thousand people alone 'engaging' with the audio guide, never mind actually just looking at the brilliant photos of Salford and Manchester.

This weekend, 22nd and 23rd July, between 10:30am and 4:30pm, visitors are being asked select an image and make a three minute audio recording, sharing whatever the photo triggers, which could end up in the official audio guide to the exhibition.

Full details here...

added Friday, July 21, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL TO BUILD PRIVATE SALE AND RENT HOUSES

Star date: 21st July 2017

SALFORD MAYOR UNVEILS PLAN TO BUILD FOR PROFIT HOUSING 

Yesterday, Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, further revealed plans for Salford Council to build council houses for sale and private rent, with the profits from these subsidising desperately needed social rent properties.

This was part of his new 'vision' for housing across Greater Manchester, unveiled at  Salford Lads Club. While homelessness also took centre stage at the Conference, people who actually work with the street homeless were denied entry.

Full details here...

added Friday, July 21, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD TOWER BLOCK CLADDING CRISIS WILL COST MILLIONS OF POUNDS AND COULD TAKE YEARS TO SOLVE

Star date: 20th July 2017

RESIDENTS COULD 'VOTE WITH THEIR FEET' AND LEAVE ADMITS COUNCIL LEAD MEMBER

The Salford tower block cladding crisis could take years to sort out and will cost millions of pounds that the Council doesn't have, civic leaders told a full meeting of Salford City Council yesterday as they criticised the Tory Government's response post-Grenfell.

Meanwhile, as concrete boards are starting to be installed over exposed insulation on the blocks, Lead Member, Bill Hinds, said residents could start "voting with their feet" and leave their homes.

Full details here...

added Thursday, July 20, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD CITY MAYOR TO FACE PROTESTS FROM HOMELESS AT HOUSING CONFERENCE

Star date: 19th July 2017

SALFORD LADS CLUB AFFORDABLE HOUSING CONFERENCE TO FACE PROTESTS

Tomorrow, 20th July, Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, is to be the keynote speaker at a 'housing crisis' conference, hosted by the National Housing Federation and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation at Salford Lads Club.

Dennett will be setting out a new 'affordable housing vision' for Greater Manchester – but homeless campaigners will be protesting and holding a procession from the Lads Club to a squat at Hulme Hippodrome. Salford City Council has been bulldozing affordable housing for the last decade and allowing developers to evade contributing to new affordable housing.

Full details here...

added Wednesday, July 19, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD BATTLE WITH PEEL HOLDINGS BEGINS AGAIN

Star date: 18th July 2017

PEEL PROPOSES 165 HOUSES IN WORSLEY GREENWAY – AS PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO BROADOAK PREPARES TO COMMENCE

Salford's battle with Peel Holdings kicks off again this week when the company's planning application to build 165 houses at Broadoak South, in the Worsley Greenway, gets considered by councillors – with a recommendation to refuse permission.

Anticipating this, Peel has tried to include an appeal for the 165 houses within a Public Inquiry into its whole Broadoak scheme which starts on 3rd October.

Full details here...

added Tuesday, July 18, 2017  

 
 

POLICE INVOLVED AS TURF WAR BREAKS OUT IN QUIET WORSLEY SUBURB

Star date: 17th July 2017

MASKED PHANTOM FENCE AVENGER HITS LEAFY WORSLEY

In a quiet suburb of Worsley, at the back of the White Horse pub, all hell has broken loose over a little footpath through a very small wood that a new owner had blocked off.

Here, there's been police involvement and petitions as residents fight to keep their public right of way open, plus a masked phantom fence avenger who has struck three times in the dead of night...

Full details here...

added Monday, July 17, 2017  

 
 

MORE GREATER MANCHESTER FIRE SERVICE CUTS COULD BE ON THE WAY

Star date: 17th July 2017

AS INQUIRY INTO MANCHESTER ARENA BOMB ATTACK BEGINS, MORE FIRE CUTS COULD BE IMPOSED

With a formal 'debrief', or inquiry, into the response to the Manchester Arena bomb attack due to begin - and with communities worried about fire safety in the wake of Grenfell Tower - behind the scenes Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, and his team are looking at 'redesigning' the fire and rescue service - which inevitably means cuts and possible mergers with other blue light services.

"I think there clearly are some, er, sensitivities around that and we'll have to take those into account but yes that is on the agenda" Deputy GM Mayor Beverly Hughes said recently.

Full details here...

added Monday, July 17, 2017  

 
 

DAVE RANDALL TALK ON POLITICAL POWER OF MUSIC AT SALFORD WCML

Star date: 16th July 2017

NOT TO BE MISSED TALK ON MUSIC AND POLITICS

Dave Randall Talk On Political Power of Music
Wednesday 19th July 2pm free
Working Class Movement Library

Dave Randall, former guitarist with Faithless, Sinead O'Connor and others, has written the book Sound System: The Political Power of Music, which looks at everything from Rock Against Racism to Rave, to the Arab Spring, the US Civil Rights Movement and more. On Wednesday afternoon Dave is giving an illustrative talk on the subject at the Working Class Movement Library. Unmissable!

Full details here...

added Sunday, July 16, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD TRADE UNIONISTS WALK OUT OF ‘BOURGEOIS’ ENGELS STATUE UNVEILING

Star date: 16th July 2017

SALFORD TRADES COUNCIL LEADS WALK OUT OF ENGELS STATUE CEREMONY 'DISGRACE'

This evening, Salford Trades Council, which was supposed to be supporting the unveiling of the Friedrich Engels statue as part of the Manchester International Festival, walked out and boycotted the ceremony after being met by the 'anti-trade union' Showsec Security...

"Also the event was attended almost exclusively by the modern bourgeoisie" Paul Kelly, President of Salford Trades Council told the Salford Star, who added that it was a "travesty" and a "disgrace".

Full details here...

added Sunday, July 16, 2017  

 
 

MANCHESTER TO BLACKPOOL ANTI-FRACKING BIKE RIDE TO GO THROUGH SALFORD

Star date: 16th July 2017

ROLLING RESISTANCE TO FRACKING TO HIT BARTON MOSS

This Thursday, 20th July, there's to be a Manchester to Blackpool bike ride, ending at the Preston New Road anti-fracking camp.

The ride, organised by Reclaim The Power, will visit local sites of anti-fracking resistance including Barton Moss, and places are still available. All you need, state the organisers, is a bike, a sleeping bag and "a desire to change the world..."

Full details here...

added Sunday, July 16, 2017  

 
 

FRIEDRICH ENGELS BUZZING IN SALFORD AND MANCHESTER

Star date: 16th July 2017

ENGELS - SO OUT HE'S IN...

This evening there's a huge sold out event for the Manchester International Festival called 'Ceremony', where an old Soviet era statue of Friedrich Engels will be unveiled near HOME, together with events portraying the modern day 'conditions of the working class'.

A few years ago there was next to nothing to commemorate Engels in Salford or Manchester, despite him honing his work here for over twenty years. Now there's a sudden rush to get in on the Engels kitsch - what the hell is going on?

Full details here...

added Sunday, July 16, 2017  

 
 

MORRISSEY LOOMS LARGE IN THORN PLAY AT THE KINGS ARMS SALFORD

Star date: 15th July 2017

MORRISSEY, BOWIE AND GROWING UP IN THE SEVENTIES

Thorn by Tim Keogh
Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th July
Kings Arms 7:30pm £8/£10

A young Manc called 'Steven Patrick' struggles to come to terms with life in the Seventies in Tim Keogh's Thorn, a play the writer says "is based largely on my own experiences, the songs of The Smiths, and a dash of imagination...", as Ian Leslie discovers...

Full details here...

added Saturday, July 15, 2017  

 
 

MOSLEY COMMON VILLAGE SCARECROW FESTIVAL LOOKING FOR ENTRIES

Star date: 15th July 2017

SCARECROW BUILDERS WANTED FOR MOSLEY COMMON COMP

The second Mosley Common Scarecrow Festival is happening on 29th July and organisers are looking for people to enter the competition for the best fun and fab scarecrow. You don't have to live in the village to enter but hurry, the closing date is 19th July.

Full details here...

added Saturday, July 15, 2017  

 
 

WENDY RULE AND DOMINIC BERRY AT THE EAGLE INN SALFORD

Star date: 15th July 2017

A NIGHT OF MAGICAL MUSIC AND SPOKEN WORD

Wendy Rule and Dominic Berry
Friday 21st July 7:30pm
The Eagle Inn £10

Get set for a magical evening of music, storytelling, ritual and spoken word as Australia's Wendy Rule glides into the Eagle Inn on Friday, on a double bill with Glastonbury Poet In Residence, Dominic Berry. It's going to be a night out with a difference, as Ian Leslie discovers.

Full details here...

added Saturday, July 15, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD STAR ELEVEN YEARS OLD AND 4,000 ONLINE ARTICLES

Star date: 15th July 2017

THE SALFORD STAR – WITH ATTITUDE AND LOVE XXX

The Salford Star is now eleven years old, has produced ten print magazines, 4,000 online articles and an average of 45,000 readers per month on the website.

To celebrate, we're thinking of producing some new merchandise and are having a clear out of what little stock we have left – at knockdown prices.

Full details here...

added Saturday, July 15, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD TOWER BLOCK INSULATION LEFT OUT IN THE RAIN DESPITE GOVERNMENT ADVICE

Star date: 14th July 2017

'WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T LEAVE THE INSULATION OUT IN THE RAIN...'

Government advice issued yesterday stated that leaving exposed insulation out in the rain "could reduce fire performance".

On the instructions of Salford Council, most of the nine Pendleton Together blocks have exposed insulation that have indeed been left out in the rain, and outer cladding panels continue to be removed. It's a mess.

Full details here...

added Friday, July 14, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD UNISON BACKS CALL TO HALT FRACKING IN FYLDE

Star date: 14th July 2017

BIG DEMO AT FYLDE ANTI FRACKING CAMP AS TRADE UNIONS BACK PROTESTS

Today, to coincide with a big protest outside the Preston New Road site in Fylde where Cuadrilla is intent on fracking, North West trade unions and trade unionists, including the Salford City UNISON branch secretary, have backed a call to halt the practice.

"We stand in solidarity with the community...who are defending their environment and local democracy" they state "We stand firm that fracking should not be forced on our local communities."

Full details here...

added Friday, July 14, 2017  

 
 

SEVERELY DISABLED PEOPLE LOSING £MILLIONS IN BENEFITS AS SALFORD UCRC LAUNCHES CLAIM CAMPAIGN

Star date: 13th July 2017

SEVERE DISABILITY PREMIUM BENEFITS GOING UNCLAIMED AS DWP NOT MAKING PEOPLE AWARE OF RIGHTS

Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre states that there appears to be a 'systematic policy of under-payment of severely disabled people' by the DWP after it helped one man obtain over £6,000 of backdated benefits.

"This does appear that the DWP are not making people with disabilities aware of their right to Severe Disability Premium" says Alec McFadden of the Salford Centre, which has now launched a campaign to help people get the unclaimed benefits.

Full details here...

added Thursday, July 13, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD DEVELOPER PROPOSES ALUMINIUM COMPOSITE CLADDING TO SAVE MONEY

Star date: 13th July 2017

DEVELOPER SWAPS CONCRETE CLADDING FOR ALUMINIUM CLADDING AS IT'S CHEAPER

Euro Car Parks is proposing to swap the 'fair faced concrete cladding panels' that were originally destined for its huge block of apartments on Gore Street, for the controversial 'aluminium composite cladding' which is cheaper.

Salford City Council states that "Fire safety of proposed building materials is not a planning consideration".

Full details here...

added Thursday, July 13, 2017  

 
 

CHEEKY SALFORD DEVELOPER ASKS TO AVOID AGREED PLANNING FEES

Star date: 13th July 2017

DEVELOPER THAT HAS ALREADY AVOIDED £1MILLION PLANNING FEES COMES BACK FOR MORE EVASION

In March 2016, Euro Car Parks avoided over £1million in planning fees for three huge blocks of 364 apartments on the Gore Street car park but still had to cough up £800,000.

Now the cheeky company is going back to the Council to get this amount reduced even more – and Salford council tax payers could end up paying out instead.

Full details here...

added Thursday, July 13, 2017  

 
 

SOCIAL CLASS STILL MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN SALFORD EDUCATION

Star date: 12th July 2017

SALFORD HIGH SCHOOL RESULTS CONTINUE TO BE BELOW STANDARDS

While education measures for Salford's primary school pupils continue to be around the national standard for the country, a new report being discussed by Salford City Council today shows that once pupils reach age 14-16, results in English and Maths are almost 10% below the national average

Meanwhile, only 7.5% of Salford learners achieve higher grades at A Level, compared to 22.1% nationally. The figures show that those on free school meals or who are 'looked after', do 11% worse than other pupils in the city.

Full details here...

added Wednesday, July 12, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD TOWER BLOCKS HAVE SAME INSULATION AS GRENFELL TOWER

Star date: 11th July 2017

CH4 NEWS REVEALS KINGSPAN KOOLTHERM INSULATION USED ON GRENFELL

Last night, Channel 4 News revealed for the first time that Kingspan Kooltherm K15 insulation was used as a component in the cladding system of Grenfell Tower. This is the same product that was used on all Pendleton Together blocks. 

Channel 4 News tested the material when put on its side and it caught fire "almost instantaneously". While the ACM panels have been partly removed on Salford blocks, so far there has been no intention by Salford Council to remove the insulation.

Full details here...

added Tuesday, July 11, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD COMPANY ACCUSED OF ECOCIDE AS WEASTE WATER OASIS DRAINED

Star date: 10th July 2017

FISH, FROGS, BATS AND DRAINAGE ENDANGERED AS WINTERBOTTOM'S RESERVOIR DRAINED

Last week, Action Properties began draining a pond in the middle of Weaste known as Winterbottom's Reservoir, believed to have been used by Friedrich Engels' old mill.

Residents are accusing the company of ecocide as they say that the pond was full of frogs and fish, and was used as a feeding ground for bats. The pond is also part of the local watercourse and drainage could lead to flooding. The company told the Salford Star that residents and 'furious' local councillors are 'misguided' and that its actions are 'responsible'.

Full details here...

added Monday, July 10, 2017  

 
 

THE SALFORD BELLES BRINGS THE KITCHEN SINK AND SEX TO GM FRINGE

Star date: 9th July 2017

GRITTY REALISM MEETS SALFORD WOMAN POWER

The Salford Belles
Monday 17th-Saturday 22nd July 7:30pm
Hope Mill Theatre £14

Gritty kitchen sink drama and dark humour punctuate The Salford Belles, an adult only tale of three Salford women who yearn for a change after a lifetime of cooking, cleaning, and caring in cobblestone land. It's like Sixties Coronation Street goes feral, as Ian Leslie discovers.

Full preview here...

added Sunday, July 9, 2017  

 
 

IRLAM FUN DAY TO RAISE MONEY FOR ANGELMAN SYNDROME CHARITY

Star date: 9th July 2017

SALFORD 12 YEAR OLD CUTS 13INCHES OFF HER HAIR FOR CHARITY

Family Fun Day
Sunday 16th July 1pm-5pm £1
Higher Irlam Social Club

Next Sunday, 12 year old Klariece O'Mahoney is having 13inches of her hair cut off for a wig to be made for a child undergoing cancer treatment.

It's all part of a Fun Day at Higher Irlam Social Club to also raise money for the Assert charity that supports people with Angelman Syndrome, a rare chromosome disorder which affects her brother Kaiden. The Fun Day features a bouncy castle, face painting, Budgie the magician, a raffle, tombola and lots more.

Full details here...

added Sunday, July 9, 2017  

 
 

STONES N ROSES PLAY SALFORD KINGS ARMS FOR GM FRINGE

Star date: 9th July 2017

THE STONE ROSES MEET GUNS N ROSES AND THE ROLLING STONES!

Stones n' Roses
Saturday 15th July
King's Arms

Stones n' Roses, from San Diego, describe themselves as "a blasphemous/genius combination of the Stone Roses, GnR and the Rolling Stones". They dress up as Guns n Roses, play Stone Roses covers and mash it all up with bits of Rolling Stones and GnR classics... 'Revolutionary and ridiculous', they play the King's Arms as part of the GM Fringe and their first ever tour.

Full details here...

added Sunday, July 9, 2017  

 
 

WALKDEN SUMMER FESTIVAL SEES STALLS, SPORTS AND SHINNY

Star date: 9th July 2017

BANDS, DANCE, THEATRE AND KIDS EVENTS AT PARR FOLD PARK

Walkden Community holds its annual Summer Festival next Sunday, 16th July,  with loads of stalls and events, including sports activities, face painting, and performances from the Walkden and Farnworth Brass Band, AKTA theatre group and Shinny, who is already talking about his Christmas single, as Ian Leslie discovers...

Full details here...

added Sunday, July 9, 2017  

 
 

BRECHT WEDDING NIGHTMARE AT GREATER MANCHESTER FRINGE

Star date: 8th July 2017

BRECHT AND RORY BREMNER UNVEILED

A Respectable Wedding
Monday 10th July – Wednesday 12th July
53two Theatre, Manchester

Any Salford girls and lads about to be wed should definitely check out A Respectable Wedding, a comedy of bridal nightmares, as everything that could go iffy at the 'do', does.

A Respectable Wedding is written by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Rory Bremner and features Eccles actor, Steve Connolly, who tells the Salford Star "It's your worst idea of how a wedding breakfast could turn out..."

Full preview here...

added Saturday, July 8, 2017  

 
 

OLIVERS YOUTH CLUB IN SALFORD TO BLACKPOOL BIKE RIDE FOR THE CHRISTIE

Star date: 8th July 2017

WHIT LANE YOUNG PEOPLE CHARITY RIDE TO BLACKPOOL

Tomorrow, eight young people from the Whit Lane area are doing a bike ride to Blackpool to raise money for The Christie. This is a bike ride with a difference, as all the lads, who go to Oliver's Youth Club, have been accused of causing anti-social behaviour. This ride shows a different, positive, community spirited side to these young people.

Full details here...

added Saturday, July 8, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD UNEMPLOYED CENTRE TO HOLD CRISIS COLLECTION AT RED DEVILS MATCH

Star date: 8th July 2017

BUCKET COLLECTION TO HELP SAVE ECCLES CENTRE THAT HELPS NEEDY

Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre, based in Eccles, is to hold a bucket collection at tomorrow's Salford Red Devils match against Leeds Rhinos as part of its efforts to raise £48,000 to ensure its future.

Full details here...

added Saturday, July 8, 2017  

 
 

SALIX HOMES HALTS CLADDING REMOVAL ON SALFORD TOWER BLOCKS

Star date: 7th July 2017

NEW GOVERNMENT FIRE TESTS ON INSULATION HALTS CLADDING REMOVAL

Salix Homes is following City West in halting removal of aluminium panels on its tower blocks until it has "clearer guidance from the authorities on the best and safest solution to replace the affected cladding".

This comes as the Government announces tests to see how panels in combination with insulation behave in a fire. Some residents in Salford have taken the matter into their own hands and burnt some insulation. It didn't catch fire but gave off deadly gas fumes.

Full details here...

added Friday, July 7, 2017  

 
 

UNITED NATIONS SLAMS GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE PRACTICES AT SALFORD ANTI-FRACKING PROTESTS

Star date: 6th July 2017

UNITED NATIONS FINDS GMP PRACTICES AT BARTON MOSS ANTI FRACKING PROTESTS 'SHAMEFUL' AND 'UNACCEPTABLE'

A Salford Star Exclusive

The United Nations Special Rapporteur has slammed Greater Manchester Police practices at the Barton Moss anti-fracking protests as "shameful and totally unacceptable".

Citing physical, verbal and sexual harassment of peaceful protesters at Barton Moss during 2013 and 2014, the United Nations accuses GMP of 'excessive force'. Human rights solicitor, Simon Pook, who first made the UN aware of police tactics at the anti-fracking demonstrations, welcomed the report.

Full details here...

added Thursday, July 6, 2017  

 
 

30,000 SALFORD PEOPLE CAN’T SEND AN EMAIL OR BROWSE THE NET

Star date: 6th July 2017

20% OF SALFORD ADULTS DIGITALLY EXCLUDED

As Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, launches his Digital Summit at the Museum of Science and Industry today, Salford Council has revealed that an estimated 30,000 people in the city cannot send an email, browse the internet or search for jobs.

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