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ALMOST EVERY SCHOOL IN SALFORD TO LOSE FUNDING UNDER TORY EDUCATION POLICY

Star date: 28th March 2017

SALFORD SCHOOLS TO BE £11MILLION WORSE OFF...

Almost every school in Salford will have huge funding cuts under new policy drawn up by the Tory Government, states the National Union of Teachers. The union adds that the city's schools will be £11,105,976 worse off by 2019/20 than they were in 2015/16.

"Parents in Salford should be deeply concerned by these damaging cuts that hit almost every school" says Salford NUT Secretary Judith Elderkin. The union has an interactive map showing how each school will be cut.

Full details here...

 
 
25,000 COMMENTS ON CONTROVERSIAL GREATER MANCHESTER GREEN BELT STRATEGY

Star date: 27th March 2017

SAVE GM GREEN BELT GROUPS TO CONVERGE ON MANCHESTER 1ST APRIL

As almost two dozen groups trying to save the region's Green Belt are set to converge on Manchester for a protest this Saturday, it has been revealed that controversial plans proposed by Greater Manchester Combined Authority drew around 25,000 comments, 93% of which were relating to site allocations.

Darren Goulden, of Salford group Planning For Our Future In Irlam and Cadishead, says it will be "a massive show of solidarity against the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework and the Salford Local Plan".

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD POVERTY INCREASE SEES MUSTARD TREE FOOD BANK RUNNING LOW ON SUPPLIES

Star date: 27th March 2017

LITTLE HULTON AND ECCLES FOOD BANK PUTS OUT URGENT APPEAL FOR SUPPLIES

The Mustard Tree charity, which runs food operations in Little Hulton and Eccles, has put out an urgent appeal for supplies...

"With annual increases in homelessness and poverty in Salford, we are finding a growing need for our food provision services and our food store is running low" says its Salford Operations Manager "We need your help so that we can continue providing this vital service..."

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD POLITICAL STALWART REG HOWARD PASSES AWAY

Star date: 27th March 2017

FROM HELPING CITY'S KIDS TO FIGHTING FOR ELDERLY RIGHTS

Swinton's Reg Howard passed away last night after a brave battle against cancer. Reg was well known in the city's political circles for airing his opinions, standing as an Independent candidate for Pendlebury in 2010, and in community circles for his generosity towards youth groups.

Latterly, Reg was a keen supporter of Salford's Death Cafe which helped him come to terms with his illness... "He was a real trooper, a great friend and a great loss to Salford" says former city councillor Joe O'Neill.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD WRITER RELEASES VIEWS FROM A HIDDEN EYE

Star date: 26th March 2017

POEMS AND SHORT STORIES BY MICHAEL D SKEFFINGTON

A debut book of short stories and poems by Lower Kersal's Michael Skeffington has been published. Within Views From A Hidden Eye, there's forty pieces of writing by Mike, previously more known for his musical exploits, and subjects range from folk tales to pit workers, to bus riders, to verses penned and "inspired by loss and life experiences".

Full review here...

 
 
ARTHUR SCARGILL AND RICKY TOMLINSON TO SPEAK ON SOCIALISM IN MANCHESTER

Star date: 26th March 2017

LEGENDS SCARGILL AND TOMLINSON JOIN UP FOR PUBLIC MEETING

Socialism or Repression?
Thursday 6th April 7:30pm free
Mechanics Institute, Manchester

"They keep saying 'What can we do about the NHS?' I'll tell you what we can do, we can finance it!" Arthur Scargill

Arthur Scargill and Ricky Tomlinson are to speak at a public meeting titled Socialism or Repression? at the Mechanics Institute in Manchester on 6th April organised by the Socialist Labour Party. Last May Day, Arthur Scargill spoke at the same venue and the place was packed to the rafters as he received a standing ovation.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD SWIMATHON TO TAKE PLACE AT WORSLEY LEISURE CENTRE

Star date: 26th March 2017

SALFORD SWIMMERS CAN RAISE FUNDS FOR MARIE CURIE CHARITY

This year, the national Swimathon celebrates its thirtieth anniversary and is looking to raise more money than ever for the Marie Curie charity. In Salford, swimmers are being asked to sign up for the challenge to swim 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k at Worsley Leisure Centre during the weekend of 7th-9th April.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD FAT OUT FEST EXPERIMENTS TO THE MAX

Star date: 25th March 2017

BLURRING THE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN MUSIC ART AND PARTY

Fat Out Fest
Friday 14th – Sunday 16th April
Islington Mill £25 per day or £65 for full fest

After three years, the Fat Out Fest is back at Islington Mill with a zillion performers 'that will blur the boundaries between music, art and partying in true Fat Out style'. Anyone looking for something completely, experimentally off its head with some top sounds should really get down there.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD RED DEVILS CRUSH WIDNES

Star date: 25th March 2017

WIDNES 10 SALFORD RED DEVILS 46

As coach Ian Watson signed a new three year deal to stay at Salford Red Devils, his team followed up last week's win over Castleford by taking Widnes Vikings to the cleaners with a 46-10 win at the Select Security Stadium.

Salford were stunning, as Simon Williams reports, with photos by Steve McCormick.

Full match report here...

 
 
FRED DONE TO GET ANOTHER £5.2M FOR SALFORD FLATS FROM GREATER MANCHESTER COMBINED AUTHORITY

Star date: 24th March 2017

NEW FRED DONE GM LOAN WILL TAKE TOTAL TO £22.5MILLION FOR BLACKFRIARS FLATS

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority is set to issue a new £5.2million loan of public money to Fred Done's company FICM Ltd, which is on top of £17.3million already granted; taking the total subsidy to £22.5million from the controversial GM Housing Investment Loan Fund.

The cheap loan is towards the construction of 380 unaffordable apartments on the corner of Blackfriars Road and Trinity Road.

Full details here...

 
 
CONTROVERSIAL SALFORD COUNCILLOR APPOINTED TO £50,000 CHESHIRE POLICE JOB

Star date: 23rd March 2017

SAREDA DIRIR CONFIRMED AS DEPUTY POLICE COMMISSIONER FOR CHESHIRE

Claremont Labour Party councillor, Sareda Dirir, has been confirmed as the controversial appointment to the £50,000 a year Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire.

Cheshire politicians had questioned both Councillor Dirir's qualifications for job and her family ties with the Police Commissioner, who she had known for twenty years. It is not known yet whether Sareda intends standing down from her council seat in light of the full time job.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD BECOMES FOCUS OF HOUSING CRISIS DURING GM MAYOR ELECTION

Star date: 22nd March 2017

GM MAYOR CANDIDATES TO DEBATE HOUSING CRISIS IN SALFORD

Candidates standing in the May election to be Greater Manchester Mayor will be grilled on the housing and homelessness crisis at a special event to be held in St Philip's Church in Salford on April 3rd.

"Over the last two years social housing stock has disappeared and the construction of new council properties is virtually non-existent" says Isaac Rose, of Greater Manchester Housing Action "The hustings will be an opportunity for ordinary individuals, groups and organisations to present questions directly to the candidates."

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD FAMILIES CHILDCARE COSTS COULD BE CUT BY UP TO £4,000 PER YEAR

Star date: 22nd March 2017

NEW GOVERNMENT CHILDCARE SCHEME TO START IN APRIL

Salford families could see the costs of childcare cut by up to £2,000 per child per year, or £4,000 for disabled children with the Government's Tax-Free Childcare scheme beginning on 28th April. From today, parents can pre-register for the scheme on a new Childcare Choices website.

Meanwhile, from September, parents of three and four year old children will be able to apply for a new thirty hours free childcare offer, worth around £5,000 per child according to the Government.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD BREAST CANCER SCREENING 10% BELOW NATIONAL AVERAGE

Star date: 21st March 2017

BREAST CANCER SCREENING AND CERVICAL SCREENING IN SALFORD WELL BELOW AVERAGE

The Salford rate for breast cancer screening, at 65.2%, is ten percent below the national average and well below the Greater Manchester average. Cervical screening uptake rates are the second lowest in Greater Manchester, and bowel cancer screening is also below the national average. 

Meanwhile, a recent Salford City Council consultation on the future of pharmacies drew just four responses from people who live or work in the city.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD SCHOOL PUPILS GET TASTE OF BE FOOD SMART APP

Star date: 20th March 2017

NUTRITIONIST AMANDA URSELL VISITS LOWER KERSAL PRIMARY SCHOOL

"I eat better than my brother and my dad – at night he probably eats about three packets of crisps and then two chocolate bars..." pupil

Pupils at Lower Kersal Community Primary School tried out the new Be Food Smart app today, as they scanned packets of food together with celeb nutritionist, Amanda Ursell, to see how much sugar they contained.

It was all part of a campaign by Public Health England's Change4Life to help young people make healthier food and drink choices.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD POETRY FUNDRAISING BOOK FOR BROUGHTON RUFC

Star date: 20th March 2017

POETS GIVE WORDS TO HELP BROUGHTON RUGBY CLUB

Six poets have donated their words for a new limited edition £5 anthology to help raise funds for Broughton Rugby Union Club, one of the oldest clubs in the country which gives the people of Salford a chance to take part in the grass roots game.

The pamphlet of 13 poems covers all subjects, from The Willows to the Hotel Strangeways to a tribute to Alan Henning, and includes works by Mike Duff, Jeff Dawson, Marvin Cheeseman and Simon Williams who co-ordinated the project.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD’S PATCHWORK RATTLEBAG PLAY FUEL CAFE

Star date: 19th March 2017

LITTLE HULTON BAND NEW SINGLE AND GIGS

Patchwork Rattlebag, with The Twistettes and Mutabase
Friday 24th March 7:30pm
Fuel Cafe, Manchester £3

Little Hulton outfit, Patchwork Rattlebag, are back with a gig at Manchester's Fuel Cafe this Friday, plus a new single, On My Own. Here, Ian Leslie urges everyone to check out 'the greatest brain-pop, psychedelic, arty, vocal harmony, acoustic, electro dance act you're likely to hear'.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD RED DEVILS 13 CASTLEFORD TIGERS 12

Star date: 19th March 2017

SALFORD SEAL VICTORY WITH THREE MINUTES TO GO

Salford Red Devils left it late but squeezed a victory against high flying Castleford with a drop goal three minutes before the end of an enthralling match, as Simon Williams reports, with photos by Gareth Lyons.

Match report here...

 
 
THE HACIENDA BRINGS US DJS PLUS PICKERING AND DASILVA TO ALBERT HALL

Star date: 19th March 2017

HOUSE LEGENDS KERRI CHANDLER AND DERRICK CARTER IN MANC

FAC 51 The Hacienda
Friday 24th March 9pm-4am
Albert Hall, Manchester £28.50 + booking fee

The Hacienda is back at the Albert Hall, Manchester this Friday with yank DJs Kerri Chandler, Derrick Carter and Delano Smith spinning the tunes plus Mike Pickering and Jon Dasilva.

Full details here...

 
 
JOHN COOPER CLARKE ON THE LATE CHUCK BERRY

Star date: 19th March 2017

WHEN JOHNNY MET CHUCK...

"Who does he think I am, Ronnie Wood?' I'll be it!.."

It would seem the most mad collaboration but back in the early 2000s, Salford's John Cooper Clarke compered for Chuck Berry during his tour which included Manchester and Spain.

With the rock and roll legend's passing last night we thought we'd re-post a little anecdote told to the Salford Star by Johnny C back in 2007...

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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