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SALFORD AID WORKER ALAN HENNING HORROR

Star date: 15th September 2014

ECCLES AID WORKER IN UNISLAMIC STATE HORROR

People from Salford and throughout the world were horrified at the weekend when news showed the brutal execution of aid worker David Haines, followed by the parading of Alan Henning, an ex-cabbie and aid worker from Eccles, as the next potential victim of (Un)Islamic State. 

"A lot of people knew him and it's so sad and unbelievable when it's so close to home" said a Salford Star reader.

More details here...

 
 
GREATER MANCHESTER PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH AND LOBBY OF LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE

Star date: 14th September 2014

GREATER MANCHESTER MOVEMENT JOINS WORLD IN DEMANDING BETTER PLANET

People's Climate March and Lobby of Labour Party Conference
Sunday 21st September
Piccadilly Gardens 11am

21st September is both the eve of the United Nations summit on Climate Change in New York and the day the Labour Party is in Manchester for its Annual Conference. A huge People's Climate Change march around Manchester is happening from Piccadilly Gardens, followed by a massive lobby of the Labour Party Conference demanding that it bans fracking and commits to create one million new `climate jobs'.

Full details here...

 
 
FLOW SALFORD NEW LIVE FESTIVAL FOR CITY

Star date: 14th September 2014

THEATRE, ART, COMEDY AND A KIDS SHOW FLOW THROUGH SALFORD

Flow Salford
19th - 21st September tickets free - £10
Salford Arts Theatre, Eagle Inn, The Lowry, WCML, The King's Arms, Peel Park

A new festival called Flow Salford hits the city this week with live acts and art hitting six venues highlighting top local creative groups. Events range from dance based on video games at The King's Arms, to an `immersive journey' through the Peel Park Asylum, to a night of Evidently Salford local poetry at the Eagle Inn; plus performance for kids at Salford Arts Theatre, Salford Snippets at the Lowry, and The Quiet Bath installation at the Working Class Movement Library...

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014

Star date: 13th September 2014

SALFORD SET TO ROCK WITH 180 BANDS IN 18 VENUES ACROSS CITY

Salford Music Festival
25th-28th September

The Salford Music Festival hits its fifth year with 180 bands from 28 different cities and towns playing 18 venues across Salford at the end of September. Headlining are The Fall playing two dates at Lower Kersal Social Club, and, from Monton Village to Langworthy, from Eccles to Greengate, there's a whole battery of bands, singers, MCs and rappers performing, 99% for free.

Full details here...

 
 
HANKY PARK NEW ALBUM IS THE SOUND OF SALFORD

Star date: 13th September 2014

SHINNY'S SECRETS REVEALED

HANKy PARK
SHINNy'S SECRETs

"I'm just hoping that Salford people will get behind the album" Shinny

Top Salford band Hanky Park release Shinny's Secrets today, a new twenty track album with wall-to-wall quality tunes that feature the piano used in Bohemian Rhapsody, Salfordian opera singer Jon Christos and a cover of Johnny Cash classic, Hurt.

Steven Speed catches up with Shinny as he launches the album and prepares for a headline gig at the Salford Music Festival.

Full details here…

 
 
CREATIVE REBELLION AT THE KINGS ARMS SALFORD

Star date: 13th September 2014

REBELLION HITS THE KINGS ARMS THIS SUNDAY!

Creative Rebellion
Sunday 14th September from 7:30pm
The King's Arms £5

Tomorrow night, ace North Manchester music and arts co-op, Creative Rebellion, is promoting a top event featuring ska, reggae, punk fusionists Jeramiah Ferrari launching their new album, people's satirist Thomas Sheridan and socially aware poet Sean Maguire. And while all this going down, the Rebellion's artist Jackie Stewart will be creating an interactive community banner. Too good to miss?

More details here...

 
 
PENDLETON TOGETHER PFI PAYS RESIDENTS JUST £1 FOR LOSS OF BATH IN SALFORD

Star date: 12th September 2014

FOLLOWING PENDLETON RESIDENTS COMPLAINTS, KEEPMOAT OFFERS £1 FOR LOSS OF BATH 

Pendleton residents at Whitebeam Court have been offered just £1 per day for being left without washing facilities and £2 per day for being left without cooking facilities during the major PFI refurbishment of their homes.

Residents of both Whitebeam Court and Spruce Court have been living for months in what is essentially a building site, with the Salford Star reporting recently that one 73 year old was left for weeks living on sandwiches after his cooker had been disconnected.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD PENDLETON PFI AT SPRUCE COURT MAKING PEOPLE ILL

Star date: 11th September 2014

THE MAN WITH NO DAYLIGHT FOR NINE MONTHS...THE MAN WITH SHOCKING `ECO' ELECTRIC BILL...THE HOLES IN THE WALLS...PENDLETON TOGETHER APOLOGISES YET AGAIN

"I have had no daylight for nine months...I've got both generators vibrating, going through my body from morning until night...It's making me ill...sending me crazy" says Anthony Cain, living through the refurbishment of Spruce Court, courtesy of Keepmoat and the Pendleton Together PFI scheme.

Ibrahim got a shock when he got an electric bill for £100 to run his new `environmental system' for a few weeks. He now uses a kettle to shower in his refurbished flat, while pondering the holes and cracks in the walls, amongst other things. And it goes on, as Pendleton Together apologises yet again...

Full details here...

 
 
JUDGE GIVES GO AHEAD FOR HIGH COURT REVIEW INTO SALFORD COUNCIL DISABILITY CUTS

Star date: 10th September 2014

JUDICIAL REVIEW INTO SALFORD COUNCIL CUTS TO DISABILITY TRANSPORT SET FOR OCTOBER

This afternoon a High Court judge granted permission for a judicial review into Salford Council's cuts to transport for people with disabilities. The case is being brought by law firm Irwin Mitchell, on behalf of Swinton's Michael Robson, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy and who attends day centres in Stockport and Salford for vital support. The judicial review is due to be held in October.

Meanwhile, those who have had transport cut already are supposed to have it reinstated, on appeal, until the hearing. The Star understands that this is not happening.

Full details here...

 
 
SHERIFF RIDES INTO SALFORD TO FORCE GMP CHIEF CONSTABLE TO STAND DOWN

Star date: 10th September 2014

A Salford Star Exclusive

SHERIFF OF NORTHWICH TO FORCE SIR PETER FAHY TO STAND DOWN

Yesterday the Sheriff of Northwich, Peter May, came to Salford to deputise Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd, who has his office at the Civic Centre in Swinton.

Lloyd was deputised with the intent that he serves a Stand Down Notice to Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Peter Fahy in relation to three criminal investigations, including breaches during the killing of Salford man Anthony Grainger.

See The Good, The Bad and the Fahy – click here...

 
 
SALFORD CAMPAIGN AGAINST COUNCIL HOUSING TRANSFER BEGINS TO GROW

Star date: 10th September 2014

MEETING HEARS THAT EVEN SALIX WORKERS ARE AGAINST COUNCIL HOUSING TRANSFER

Last night, a Defend Council Housing public meeting in East Salford heard Salford City UNISON branch secretary, Steven North, tell tenants that most of his members who are involved in persuading people to vote `Yes' to the transfer of council housing to Salix Homes, would vote `No' if they had a vote themselves.

Over fifty people who attended the meeting also heard Councillor Peter Wheeler speak against the transfer, and the controversy over Ground 8 – the power to evict.

Full report on the meeting here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL HOPELESSLY BIASED HOUSING STOCK TRANSFER FILM

Star date: 9th September 2014

DISGRACEFUL PROPAGANDA IN SALIX HOMES TRANSFER VOTE FILM ON COUNCIL WEBSITE

"It's all totally one sided" Maria, Salix tenant

Salford City Council website is currently hosting a horrendously biased seven minute film about the vote to transfer council housing stock to Salix Homes. It begins with a voiceover saying "We want you to make an informed choice about voting" and then features five interviews all telling Salix tenants to vote `Yes' to the transfer, with no-one putting the opposite view.

Full details here...

 
 
VOTE NO TO SALFORD HOUSING STOCK TRANSFER MEETING

Star date: 8th September 2014

WHY YOU SHOULD SAY `NO' TO TRANSFER OF COUNCIL HOUSING TO SALIX HOMES

Public Meeting
Tuesday 9th September 7pm
St George's Community Centre
Cromwell Road

Tomorrow night there's another public meeting encouraging tenants to vote `No' in the forthcoming ballot to transfer all Salford Council housing stock to Salix Homes.

More details here...

 
 
SALFORD MAYOR TO BACKDATE SALFORD RED DEVILS GIFT AS SCANDAL INQUIRY CALL LAUNCHED

Star date: 8th September 2014

A Salford Star Exclusive

SALFORD MAYOR TO BACKDATE £164,000 RED DEVILS SUBSIDY BY A YEAR!
PETITION LAUNCHED FOR INDEPENDENT INQUIRY INTO SALFORD REDS RUGBY SCANDAL...

Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart is set to backdate by a year the decision to gift Salford Red Devils £164,000 in match day costs at the AJ Bell Stadium, following the whitewash of the scandal by Salford Council's Audit Committee.

Now Salford Against The Cuts has called for an Independent Inquiry, led by Salford citizens, into all Council dealings with Salford Reds. It will be backed by a city-wide petition.

Full details here...

 
 
MAXINE PEAKE WINS WIGAN DIGGERS SPADE – AND SAYS IT MEANS MORE THAN AN OSCAR

Star date: 7th September 2014 

MAXINE WINS WIGAN'S OSCAR' FOR BEING `A JEWEL OF THE BRITISH LEFT'

Salford based Maxine Peake has received this year's Gerrard Winstanley Spade Award from the Wigan Diggers Festival for her "outstanding contribution to socialism". Maxine responded that "This award means more to me than any Oscar or BAFTA".

The Wigan Diggers Festival - which happens next Saturday – is a top free open air event featuring loads of stalls, children's entertainment, a beer tent and over a dozen musicians. It commemorates Wigan-born legend, Gerrard Winstanley, who led the 17th Century `Diggers' movement, described by Tony Benn as the "the first true socialists". The much coveted Spade is Wigan's `own version of an Oscar'

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD WORKING CLASS MOVEMENT LIBRARY EXAMINES POLITICAL THEATRE

Star date: 7th September 2014

CAN POLITICAL THEATRE BE RE-BORN?

What Happened To Political Theatre?
Wednesday 10th September 2pm free
Working Class Movement Library

In this free talk, scriptwriter and director Mike Harris gives his personal view on the demise of political theatre. Is the genre dead? Or do we need it now more than ConDem ever?

More details here...

 
 
SALFORD HERITAGE OPEN DAYS 2014

Star date: 7th September 2014

FROM PUBS TO CHURCHES, ORGANS TO HALLS – SALFORD HERITAGE OPENS UP

Heritage Open Days
Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th September free

This year's annual Heritage Open Days sees another great array of normally hidden Salford places welcome people with special events and exhibitions. There's tours of Peel Green's Theatre Organ Heritage Centre, Weaste Cemetery and the Working Class Movement Library, plus a stroll around Salford's old pubs and breweries.

Meanwhile the city's stunning old churches open up their pews and carved panels, and at Ordsall Hall you can wear the garb of rich Tudors or knight's armour. Everything is free and there's a selfie photo challenge at all venues.

Full details here...

 
 
UNISON THREATENS LABOUR PARTY AS ONE THOUSAND MARCH AGAINST AUSTERITY IN MANCHESTER

Star date: 6th September 2014

BIG ANTI AUSTERITY MARCH IN MANCHESTER DEMANDS CHANGE

"The union movement will not forget that it was New Labour that built the bridges that the Tories now walk over" Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary

After over one thousand people had marched through Manchester demanding an end to austerity, UNISON General secretary Dave Prentis threatened the Labour Party leadership with the "price" of its members' support... "if they want our people to vote, it won't be just because they don't like the Tories, they have got to have a vision of a better, fairer society".

Announcing a ballot of 350,000 UNISON health workers to take industrial action in October, Prentis added: "That is the start of our campaign which will run and run and run until this austerity agenda is kicked out into the gutter where it belongs..."

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD APPEAL FOR 94 FAMILIES WHO HAVE HAD SPECIAL TRANSPORT REMOVED

Star date: 5th September 2014

RACE IS ON TO FIND THE SALFORD 94!

Yesterday, at Manchester Civil Justice Centre, Salford Council refused to reveal the names of the 94 Salford families who are entitled to have their special needs transport reinstated while a legal challenge to its cuts is ongoing.

Now the race is on to find the 94 families, who have to appeal to the Council by next Thursday, September 11th, to receive their special transport.

Full details here...

 
 
VICTORY FOR SALFORD FAMILIES IN HIGH COURT OVER COUNCIL TRANSPORT CUTS

Star date: 4th September 2014

TRANSPORT FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES SAVED FOR TIME BEING – BUT NEED THE SALFORD 94 TO COME FORWARD

At a hearing at Manchester Civil Justice Centre today, families claimed a victory as Salford Council was forced to state in open court that it will retain transport services for adults with disabilities until the hearing for a judicial review into its cuts.

Now, 94 families who were recently receiving help with transport from the Council need to come forward and appeal by next week to get their service reinstated, as Salford Council wouldn't reveal their names and contact details. Meanwhile, the Ring and Ride service that Salford Council is urging families to use as an `alternative' is also about to be cut.

Full details here...

 
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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.

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