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SCROOGE SALFORD COUNCIL TRIES TO KICK OUT MENTAL HEALTH DROP-IN SESSIONS

Star date: 20th December 2014

`UNDERHAND' CHRISTMAS PRESENT TO SALFORD PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

"This would have been disastrous over Christmas..." service user

As people with mental health issues were celebrating at their Christmas party last week, Salford Council had a secret Santa surprise for them it was kicking them out of Gladstone Road Community Centre where they held their drop-in sessions.

"People were shocked and dismayed, and this could have had disastrous consequences over Christmas when they really need supporting" said one service user. After furious emails, the situation has been resolved temporarily.

Full details here...

 
 
PEEL HOLDINGS WINS SALFORD STAR FEED THE RICH AWARD

Star date: 19th December 2014

SALFORD STAR MARY BURNS AWARDS 2014 

PEEL GRABS FEED THE RICH AWARD AGAIN

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the eighth annual Salford Star Mary Burns Awards, which are given out to honour the most deserving individuals and organisations in the city for their stupid statements, dodgy dealings and iffy activities over the past twelve months.

Peel Holdings, triumphant in these awards since the inaugural year, has scooped yet another gong for its sterling work in relieving the public purse of its contents, particularly on Salford Quays. So ladies and gentlemen, whip your wallets and fondle your food banks for the winners of the Salford Star Mary Burns Feed The Rich With 6million Award (Part 1)...Peel Holdings!

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD STROKE VICTIM CARE CUT HORROR

Star date: 18th December 2014

ONE HOUR TO DO WEEKLY SHOPPING AS SALFORD COUNCIL PROPOSES TO CUT CARE IN HALF

"It's awful I used to enjoy life now I'm crying..." Shelagh

Shelagh McAdam had a severe stroke which left her with only the use of one arm but, with the help of carers, she went out shopping, enjoyed her garden and was still full of life. Now Salford Council is proposing to cut her care hours in half, the carers have left and she spends most of her time bed ridden.

Ask Shelagh what her Christmas wish is and she says "I want a life, I want carers to look after me. What have I got now? I've got nothing..."

Full details here...

 
 
IGAS ENERGY WINS SALFORD STAR DOWNHILL SLALOM GOLD MEDAL

Star date: 17th December 2014

SALFORD STAR MARY BURNS AWARDS 2014 

IGAS SCOOPS DOWNHILL SLALOM GOLD FOR FRACKING SHARE COLLAPSE

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the eighth annual Salford Star Mary Burns Awards, which are given out to honour the most deserving individuals and organisations in the city for their stupid statements, dodgy dealings and iffy activities over the past twelve months.

We are pleased to announce another new award this year the Downhill Slalom Gold Medal For Collapsing Fracking Share Prices. And this is a collapse of avalanche proportions. So ladies and gentlemen don your skis and whizz down, down, down for the winner, IGas Energy.

Full details here...

 
 

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SALFORD CITY MAYOR SCOOPS BRIDGE AWARD

Star date: 16th December 2014

SALFORD STAR MARY BURNS AWARDS 2014 

SALFORD MAYOR WINS TROUBLED WATER AWARD

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the eighth annual Salford Star Mary Burns Awards, which are given out to honour the most deserving individuals and organisations in the city for their stupid statements, dodgy dealings and iffy activities over the past twelve months.

This year we have a new category The Bridge Over Troubled Water Award in honour of those who want to, er, build bridges over troubled water. So ladies and gentlemen stroke yer Garfunkels and beach yer hopes for this year's winner, Salford City Mayor, Ian Stewart!

Full details here...

 
 
UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD STAFF HORROR

Star date: 15th December 2014

SALFORD UNIVERSITY STAFF FORCED OUT BY SECURITY AS PROF MARTIN HALL'S LEGACY HITS HOME

Horrified and stunned University of Salford staff have threatened industrial action as two members of staff were physically forced out of their workplace last week in what bosses called `a redundancy matter'.

The workers, from the University's marketing department, hadn't done anything wrong but they were ordered to clear their desks and leave immediately, escorted by security. This is yet another appalling legacy of retiring Vice Chancellor Martin Hall.

Full details here...

 
 
BEZ OPENS ABBOTT LODGE CHRISTMAS PARTY IN SALFORD

Star date: 14th December 2014

SANTA, SINGERS, CAKES AND BEZ MAKE TOP CHRISTMAS PARTY

Bez popped in to open the ace Theatrical Christmas party at the Salvation Army Housing Association's Abbott Lodge this afternoon which featured a kids' fairground, Christmas crafts, singers, cakes, a Punch and Judy Show and Santa.

The communal area was turned into a magical grotto as kids made puppets, biscuits and decorations, while a reindeer and Christmas tree paraded around fizzing with festive spirit.

More details and loads of photos here...

 
 
CLASS ACTIONS HOOLIGAN SOUND OF SALFORD

Star date: 14th December 2014

PUNK, RAP, FUNK AND ATTITUDE FROM CLASS ACTIONS

"People either like it or they want to shoot us..." Aslan AK

Salford rap collective, Class Actions have released a second album, Hooligan Sounds, with 18 in yer face tracks guaranteed to annoy everyone who reads the Daily Mail and have imaginary love-ins with Nigel Farage and David Cameron.

This is angry urban music for malcontents with some sweet backing tracks and bitter words.

Full review here...

 
 
SALFORD STUDENTS LAUNCH FASHION PHOTO EXHIBITION AT ISLINGTON MILL

Star date: 13th December 2014

SURREAL AND SLICK FASHION PORTRAITS

Student Photography Show
Monday 15th Sunday 21st December
Islington Mill

Three University of Salford students are holding an exhibition of fashion photos at Islington Mill from Monday, ranging from portraits to surreal images to editorial work. The startling photographs are well worth a visit.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD STARTS FIVE TIN CHALLENGE FOR HOMELESS

Star date: 13th December 2014

COFFEE4CRAIG SET TO BENEFIT FROM FIVE TIN CHALLENGE

A unique twist to the Ice Bucket Challenge has been started in Salford, thanks to local radio presenter and author Simon Williams who has started the Five Tin Challenge that has now gone viral.

The idea is that you give five tins of food to the Coffee4Craig project in Salford, or to any local food bank, and then nominate three people to do the same. It's guaranteed to help those in poverty this Christmas.

Full details here...

 
 
CHILD OF SALFORD APPEAL BY ACTIONAID

Star date: 13th December 2014

ONE PERSON FROM SALFORD NEEDED TO SPONSOR `CHILD OF SALFORD'

Anti-poverty charity, ActionAid, is looking for one person in Salford to step forward and sponsor Hawa, age seven, from Gambia who will then become the Child of Salford this Christmas.

In The Gambia, children often grow up hungry and malnourished and families cannot afford to send them to school. Whoever sponsors Hawa will receive a unique insight into her life and have the opportunity to form a connection with her to see how the sponsorship is helping.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY COUNCIL WINS HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARD

Star date: 12th December 2014

SALFORD STAR MARY BURNS AWARDS 2014: 

SALFORD COUNCIL WINS BEN HUR AWARD FOR SERVICES TO HOLLYWOOD

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the eighth annual Salford Star Mary Burns Awards, which are given out to honour the most deserving individuals and organisations in the city for their stupid statements, dodgy dealings and iffy activities over the past twelve months.

This year, Salford City Council has won the inaugural Ben Hur Award For Services To Hollywood in recognition of its lavish filming of full council meetings, with a budget of 1,500 per livestream, which, er, didn't work. So ladies and gentlemen scoff your Arnold Schwarzenegger burger budget and sink the Titanic for our winner, Salford City Council...

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FAILINGS FALL-OUT

Star date: 11th December 2014

TEN DAY OLD BABY REMOVED FROM MOTHER WHO SUFFERED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OLDER SIBLINGS SPLIT UP AND PUT IN HOMES

"I think they failed me and my family dramatically in the past, and now I think they've just gone over the top..."

A Salford mother who suffered horrendous domestic violence, after Salford Council failed to help her, has now had her children removed by social services, including a ten day old baby. Meanwhile, in spite of the Children's Act which states siblings in local authority care should be kept together, two of the older children have been split up and put in homes.

The mother has been a victim of shocking domestic violence, and now, she believes, is a victim of Salford Council...

Full details click here...

 
 
SALFORD SEARCH COMMITTEE LAUNCHED TO TACKLE CUTS TO DISABLED AND ELDERLY SERVICES

Star date: 10th December 2014

AS SALFORD COUNCIL TRANSPORT CUTS FOR DISABLED HITS APPEAL COURT, PARENTS AND CARERS LAUNCH SEARCH

On the eve of the Royal Courts of Justice appeal against Salford Council cutting transport for disabled adults, over two dozen people met in Little Hulton to launch SEARCH - Seeking Empowerment Advocacy Rewards and CHallenges Salford Community Committee - aiming to challenge cuts to services for elderly and disabled people in the city.

The meeting, at the Top Club, heard how care packages are being slashed, young adults with learning difficulties are being left in unsuitable day centres and how the axing of transport is affecting families' lives... "It's unbelievable the things they are doing" said one parent.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY MAYOR WINS CHINA IN YOUR EYES AWARD

Star date: 9th December 2014

SALFORD STAR MARY BURNS AWARDS 2014 

CHINA ON THE IRWELL FOR SALFORD MAYOR

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the eighth annual Salford Star Mary Burns Awards, which are given out to honour the most deserving individuals and organisations in the city for their stupid statements, dodgy dealings and iffy activities over the past twelve months.

There could be only one winner of the China In Your Eyes Award this year, presented for lack of accountability and going slightly hysterical at the merest whiff of democracy. Ladies and gentlemen, raise your Hong Kong umbrellas and slap down the media for Salford City Mayor, Ian Stewart...

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY COUNCIL WINS PANTO AWARD

Star date: 8th December 2014

SALFORD STAR MARY BURNS AWARDS 2014:

SALFORD COUNCIL WINS DAFT AS A BRUSH PANTO AWARD

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the eighth annual Salford Star Mary Burns Awards, which are given out to honour the most deserving individuals and organisations in the city for their stupid statements, dodgy dealings and iffy activities over the past twelve months.

This second award of the online ceremony, the coveted Daft As A Brush Panto Award, goes to Salford City Council for going beyond the call of financial duty and being sugar daddy to the Ugly Sisters. Oh no they didn't...Oh yes they did!

Full award details here...

 
 
SALFORD STAR NEW MUGS AND T-SHIRTS

Star date: 7th December 2014

ACE NEW SALFORD STAR T-SHIRTS AND MUGS IN STOCK

Just in time for Christmas Salford Star has got a supply of brand new t-shirts and mugs.

You can have any colour t-shirt you want, as long as it's black or white with a wonderful silver Salford Star and `with attitude and love' logo. The mugs come in any colour you want as long as it's white. The perfect presents for all Salfordians...

Full details click here...

 
 
SALFORD MUSICAL YOUTH

Star date: 7th December 2014

YOUNG PEOPLE LEARN INSTRUMENTS AND GET INTO BANDS

Every Wednesday night at The Naz in Broughton the community run Salford Musical Youth teaches young people to play instruments and to form bands if they want. Two of these bands went down a storm recently at the Alan Henning Talent Showcase.

Anyone age eight to 17 is welcome, even those who have never played an instrument before...

Full details here...

 
 
GREATER MANCHESTER TUC CALLS FOR DEVOLUTION REFERENDUM

Star date: 7th December 2014

CAMPAIGN BEGINS FOR REFERUNDUM ON GM DEVOLUTION

Greater Manchester People's Meeting
Tuesday 9th December 7pm
Central Methodist Hall, Manchester

A `people's meeting' has been called for Tuesday night to campaign for a referendum around central government's imposition of a Greater Manchester Elected Mayor and the implications of devolution. Including `the wholesale privatisation of council run services across the ten local authority areas of Greater Manchester'.

The devolution deal was signed by Salford City Mayor, Ian Stewart, and nine other leaders of Greater Manchester City Councils without any consultation with residents. There is already a petition stating `Ordinary people must surely have the basic democratic right to be consulted...'

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD ARTS THEATRE PANTO 2014

Star date: 6th December 2014  

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK  AT SALFORD ARTS THEATRE

Jack and the Beanstalk
Thursday 11th December-Saturday 3rd January
Salford Arts Theatre 7/6

This year's affordable panto at Salford Arts Theatre is Jack and the Beanstalk, and it promises to be a `fun filled extravaganza'. Sophie Sullivan checks out the magic beans...

Full details here...

 
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WHY SALFORD STAR IS ONLINE…

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.

We also set the Salford Star up to tell the truth, to be the voice of the community, untouched by vested interests. Unfortunately we didn’t realise that the reaction to those  

truths would be so brutal…Salford Council even re-wrote its own constitution for devolved money and ripped up our application for finance, while stuffing £175,000 into its `magazine’.  Advertisers have told us that they can’t be seen to support the Salford Star for fear of losing contracts…it goes on and on and on.

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