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FREE KIDS CRAFT SESSIONS AT SALFORD SCRAPSTORE

Star date: 2nd May 2016

SUPER SATURDAYS CHILDREN'S ART SESSIONS

Super Saturdays
Saturday 7th May 10:30am-2pm free
Salford Scrapstore

Salford Scrapstore, which opened recently near Langley Road South, is running the first of its free children's sessions which include scrap modelling and fun messy crafts for ages 4-12 and parents.

Full details here...

 
 
MANCHESTER MAY DAY RALLY HEARS THE WORLD IS UPSIDE DOWN

Star date: 2nd May 2016

HUNDREDS ATTEND MAY DAY FESTIVAL – BUT WHERE WERE THE REST?

"Wealth and power is in the wrong hands, the world is upside down and our job is to get organised and turn it the right way up" Matt Wrack FBU.

Hundreds of people attended the excellent May Day Festival in Manchester on Saturday and heard rousing speeches at the closing rally, including the Fire Brigades Union General Secretary Matt Wrack insisting that the world was upside down. But while tens of thousands of people marched and celebrated Workers Day around Europe, Greater Manchester could merely muster a few hundred. What is going on?

Full report here...

 
 
ARTHUR SCARGILL TRIUMPHS AT MANCHESTER MAY DAY FESTIVAL

Star date: 1st May 2016

ARTHUR SCARGILL ON ORGREAVE, JUNIOR DOCTORS, FOOD BANKS, EUROPE AND JEREMY CORBYN'S BETRAYAL

"The miners' strike; what was the greatest victory? It was the struggle itself..."

As trade union legend and national treasure, Arthur Scargill, took to the stage at the Manchester May Day Festival yesterday, he was met with standing ovations, constant cheers and loads of laughter as he cracked jokes about himself, while tearing into austerity, Europe, the Tories, the police and the "ultimate betrayal" by Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn...

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD RED DEVILS BEAT HULL KR 44-26 TO HELP POINTS TALLY

Star date: 1st May 2016

SALFORD REGAIN TWO OF THE SIX POINT DEDUCTION WITH HULL KR VICTORY

"Salford fans will never be defeated or deflated by the old farts at the RFL"

Despite having six points deducted by the RFL this week for alleged salary cap violations, Salford Red Devils stormed back with a 44-26 victory over Hull KR, as Simon Williams reports...

Full match report here...

 
 
DODGY GM DEVOLUTION ELECTION ROADSHOW HITS SALFORD

Star date: 30th April 2016

GREATER MANCHESTER PRO-DEMOCRACY CAMPAIGN COMES TO SALFORD

Devo Manc‬ Dodgy Devolution Cuts and Privatisation Roadshow
Monday 2nd May 3pm
Eccles town centre

"Will you take urgent action to tackle GM councils' waiting list for housing with genuinely affordable homes...Or will you prioritise skyscrapers for international investors?"

To raise awareness of the role played by local council leaders in what it calls "the whole dodgy and completely undemocractic Devo Manc devolution deal", the Campaign for Democratic Devolution is bringing its Roadshow to Eccles town centre on Monday, pushing a number of pertinent questions residents can ask City Mayor candidates before they decide how to vote.

Full details here...

 
 
£29MILLION SET UP COSTS FOR NEW SALFORD INTEGRATED CARE ORGANISATION

Star date: 29th April 2016

SALFORD TOGETHER HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE TAKEOVER COSTING £29M – PLUS 2% CUTS EVERY YEAR

This week, Salford City Council gave the go-ahead for Salford Together, a new `integrated care organisation' run by Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, which will amalgamate the health and social care work of the Council, Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and the NHS Trust.

It's costing £29million to set up, with 2% cuts to its budget every year after that; with targets to reduce hospital and care home admissions by up to 26%. The idea is that "people take greater charge of, and responsibility for, their own health and wellbeing".

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL IGNORES FREE CONFERENCE AND TRAINING ON PREVENTION OF CHILD ABUSE

Star date: 28th April 2016

ENOUGH ABUSE WITHOUT SALFORD COUNCIL RUDENESS

Tomorrow sees a unique conference by the training charity, Enough Abuse UK, which covers subjects like `Child Sexual Exploitation in the UK' and `How to Identify Grooming and Radicalisation' but centres on behaviour and prevention.

The charity's Chief Executive Officer offered Salford Council and its Child Safeguarding Board a free invite to the Conference plus three free hours of training, "without even the courtesy of a reply" she says.

Full details here...

 
 
FINAL BARTON MOSS TRIAL ENDS WITH NOT GUILTY VERDICTS

Star date: 27th April 2016

CALLS FOR PUBLIC INQUIRY AS FINAL THREE BARTON MOSS CHARGES QUASHED

After hundreds of charges brought by the Crown in relation to the Barton Moss anti-fracking protests of 2013 and 2014, the final three cases were heard today at Manchester Magistrates Court where the judge delivered `not guilty' verdicts on charges of aggravated trespass.

Now, with the overwhelming number of charges either dropped or quashed, there's a growing call for a Public Inquiry into the policing and cost of the response to the Salford protests...

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD JUNIOR DOCTORS STRIKE DAY 2 BRINGS MORE DETERMINATION

Star date: 27th April 2016

SALFORD ROYAL HOSPITAL SECOND DAY OF JUNIOR DOCTORS' STRIKES

Junior doctors at Salford Royal Hospital today staged this week's second all out strike, with un-waning public support and more determination than ever to get the Tory Government to negotiate about the imposition of unfair, unsafe contracts... "If the only way to get the Government's attention is to keep striking then I guess that's what we'll have to do" said junior doctor Cavita Patel.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY MAYOR LABOUR PARTY CANDIDATE WON’T SPEAK TO THE SALFORD STAR

Star date: 27th April 2016

A Salford Star Exclusive

SALFORD STAR INTERVIEWS THE DONKEY WITH THE RED ROSETTE

As part of the Salford Star's City Mayor election coverage, we have interviewed all the candidates, except Labour Party candidate Paul Dennett, who has begun his quest for openness by refusing to speak to the Salford Star.

They say that if you put a red rosette on a donkey in Salford, people will vote for it. So, instead of Dennett, we have interviewed that donkey...

Full interview click here...

 
 
SALFORD JUNIOR DOCTORS STRIKE HAS HUGE PUBLIC SUPPORT

Star date: 26th April 2016

JUNIOR DOCTORS AT SALFORD ROYAL HOSPITAL EXPLAIN WHY THEY ARE ON STRIKE

Patients coming out of Salford Royal Hospital this morning applauded junior doctors standing on the picket lines, while hundreds of drivers beeped their horn in support as two days of all out strikes began, aimed at stopping the imposition of new unsafe and unfair working conditions.

Anyone still in doubt about the rights and wrongs of this dispute needs to listen to the doctors themselves... "I think that Britain is great because of its NHS and I want to try and protect that" said one junior doctor.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY MAYOR ELECTION CONSERVATIVE PARTY CANDIDATE ROBIN GARRIDO

Star date: 26th April 2016

SALFORD CITY MAYOR ELECTION 2016

This week, Salford Star attempts to grill the four candidates standing for Salford City Mayor. We start with Robin Garrido, the Conservative Party candidate, who says he will introduce transparency within the Council, cut out waste and run the city as "a very professional organisation"...

Are David Cameron and George Osborne a hindrance or an asset to Robin Garrido's campaign?

Full interview click here...

 
 
SALFORD LAD ETHAN EVANS RECOGNISED WITH BRITISH CITIZEN AWARD

Star date: 25th April 2016

SALFORD SUPER FUNDRAISER GETS BRITISH CITIZEN AWARD

Salford super fundraiser, Ethan Evans, has been recognised for "doing extraordinary things in the local community" with the British Citizen Award, given out for "determined, committed endeavour in improving the community". 14 year old Ethan has raised thousands of pounds for charity since he started out, aged just nine.

Full details here...

 
 
G-FESTIVAL MAY DAY MUSIC AND FUN DAY IN WORSLEY TO HELP CHILDREN IN SALFORD AND BEYOND

Star date: 24th April 2016

MAY DAY FESTIVAL WITH LOADS OF BANDS AND FAMILY FUN

G-Festival
Sunday 1st May from noon
Ellesmere Sports Club, Worsley

G-Festival, the massive music and family fun day set up to help raise funds for Georgia's Children of the World charity, hits its fifth year this Sunday, May 1st, with Mike Sweeney and sets from The Smiths Ltd, Kar-Pets and 16year old Jennifer Rice, who will be performing Carry Me Home, a song written especially for the charity.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD RED DEVILS INVADE CATALAN DRAGONS

Star date: 24th April 2016

SAINT GEORGE'S DAY REDS FAIL TO SLAUGHTER DRAGONS

Salford Red Devils took around 600 supporters to Perpignan hoping for a Saint George's Day slaughter of Catalan Dragons. But it wasn't to be as Catalans won 42-32. Here Saint George himself, aka Simon Williams, reports on the trip...

Match report click here...

 
 
NO SALFORD MAY DAY RALLY BUT ARTHUR SCARGILL TO SPEAK IN MANCHESTER

Star date: 24th April 2016

BEXLEY SQUARE MAY DAY RALLY AND MARCH CANCELLED BUT HUGE FESTIVAL IN MANCHESTER

Salford Trades Council has this year cancelled the now traditional May Day rally in Bexley Square which has seen hundreds of trade unionists gather for speeches before marching to join celebrations in Manchester.

Salfordians who want to celebrate workers day will now have to go direct to Manchester's event on Saturday April 30th, which begins with a rally at All Saints Park around noon, followed by a march to Sackville Gardens and the Mechanics Institute for a huge May Day Festival, where the legendary Arthur Scargill will be speaking.

Full details here...

 
 
INTERNATIONAL WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS BEGIN AT AGECROFT COLLIERY SALFORD

Star date: 23rd April 2016

SALFORD MINERS REMEMBERED FOR WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY

Today, there was a short commemoration at the Agecroft Colliery monument on Agecroft Road for those miners who died or were injured in the Irwell Valley pits. It was the first local event for International Workers Memorial Day, with a rally taking place this Thursday 28th April in Albert Square, Manchester between noon and 1pm.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD KINGS ARMS HOSTS RETRO TV COPS PARODY MURDER MYSTERY

Star date: 23rd April 2016

COLUMBO, HASSELHOFF AND KNIGHT RIDER JOIN MURDER HUNT

Murder She Writes
Wednesday 4th - 11th May
Kings Arms

Murder She Writes, a parody of 70s, 80s and 90s tv cop shows by Vertigo Theatre Productions, premieres at the Kings Arms in a few weeks and promises appearances by `Columbo, Baywatch star Mitch Buchannan Hasselhoff and Knight Rider' as they help super sleuth Jessica solve a killing... "We ain't doing high art..we are doing pure fun..." says director Craig Hepworth.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD KIDSCAN CHARITY SEEKS RUNNERS FOR GREATER MANCHESTER RUN

Star date: 23rd April 2016

CHILDREN'S CANCER CHARITY SEEKS SPONSORED RUNNERS

Salford based children's cancer research charity, Kidscan, is looking for people to take part in the 10km Greater Manchester Run on May 22nd on its behalf, with a number of free places on offer... "To take part is an amazing achievement, particularly as you'll be helping Kidscan fund groundbreaking research into childhood cancer" says Vicky from the charity.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD BOOKIE FRED DONE INCREASES WEALTH BY £300 MILLION

Star date: 22nd April 2016

FRED AND PETER DONE NOW FIFTH RICHEST IN NORTH WEST

According to the new Sunday Times Rich List, Salford's Fred and Peter Done increased their wealth by £300million last year, making them the fifth richest people in the North West, with a combined wealth of £1.3billion.

According to Salford Star research, the Dones have also avoided over £3million in planning fees to the city for their controversial apartment schemes, including the bulldozing of the Salford listed Black Horse pub.

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.

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. Neither does it respond to Salford Star's requests for quotes or comments. 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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