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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...

 
 
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...

 
 
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...

 
 
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...

 
 
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...

 
 
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...

 
 
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...

 
 
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...

 
 
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...

 
 
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...

 
 
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...

 
 
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...

 
 
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...

 
 
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...

 
 
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...

 
 
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...

 
 
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...

 
 
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...

 
 
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...

 
 
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...

 
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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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So we now rely purely on donations and sales of t-shirts to get the magazine back into print, which we managed in May 2015. If you want to see the Salford Star survive please make a small donation, buy a t-shirt or a back copy of the mag. Every penny helps.

Salford is a huge city - it deserves its own independent magazine. It's about democracy, accountability and all those other things that were born in the city...

 



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