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  • Join us: MLSC


    The Trust welcomes members old and new to the Maternity Services Liaison Committee which takes place every month at the hospital.


    We have a new Head of Midwifery, Dr Tracey Cooper and we have some exciting changes ahead which we would like you to be a part of.

     The next meeting is due to take place at 11.00am on Monday 20th February 2017 in the Croft Wing Conference Room.

     If you would like further information please contact Louise Simpson, Consultant Midwife either via e mail or via telephone on 01925 662394

  • Improved Car Parking

    Patients and visitors will experience improved car parking arrangements at both Warrington and Halton Hospitals as the Trust introduces a range of measures from 1st February 2017 designed to make car parking easier and more affordable.

    Bucking the national trend, the Trust has reduced its most-used short stay rate by 16%, introduced a sliding scale of charges replacing the existing 5-hour flat rate and introduced an increased number of concessions and saver passes designed for those having courses of treatment and their visitors.  Unpaid carers that hold a carer’s card and are requested to support patients on the wards will receive free parking.

    Change machines have also been installed at both sites and are located at key entrances.  The machines are designed to accept all denominations of coinage and the new £5 notes.

    Better signage and patient information will also help patients and visitors to park using the ‘Easy as 1,2,3’ concept where drivers find a space, go to their appointment or visit and then pay at any of the machines on the way out paying only for the time they have been on site.  There is no need to pay and display, payment by phone is also available.

    Significant work has been done on improving bay markings and a further 58 staff spaces have been leased offsite at Warrington to free up all-important visitor slots.

    Commenting on the new arrangements, Chief Operating Office Sharon Gilligan said “We know how stressful a visit to hospital is without the added complication of parking.  While the Warrington site in particular is congested we are confident that having listened to patients and visitors that we have done everything within our power to improve the situation – within the limitations of the site footprint.

    “There has been historic abuse of the car parking system which has seen valuable patient spaces blocked or misused.  Under the new arrangements we hope that we can reduce congestion by discouraging these thoughtless or repeat offenders from the site.

    Ms Gilligan advised that the Trust had moved to a managed service relationship with Highview Parking so that it was able to exercise greater control over its own car parks as well as the levying of penalty charge notices.  “If a driver does receive a PCN following a visit to either of our sites then they must have left without paying for parking, parked in a disabled bay without a permit or parked causing an obstruction to other users.”

    The new sliding scale of charges is as follows:

    • First 30mins – free
    • Up to 2hours - £2.50
    • Up to 4hours £3.50
    • Up to 6hours £5.00
    • Up to 24hours £6.00
    • Over 24 hours – saver passes available from Cash Office

    The range of available concessions has also been extended to offer weekly saver passes for visitors for £10, monthly passes for £30 and free parking to validated unpaid carers.  There is also a new concession for families/visitors of those receiving end of life care and concessions already in place for cancer and renal patients remain in place and unchanged.  Patients attending the Halton Hospital Urgent Care Centre will continue to enjoy free parking.

    More information about parking at the hospitals is available here: Carparking information.

  • Theatres give ORMIS thumbs up

    A year after deployment, a reflection on the benefits realised from Theatre Management (ORMIS) system at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust by staff from theatres, waiting list and IT. Click here to find out more.

  • Governor Results 2016

    Here the results for the Governor Elections for 2016 with the winning candidate announced for each vacancy:

    Appleton, Farnworth, Hough Green, Halton View, Birchfield - Colin McKenzie

    Birchwood, Rixton, Woolston - Anne M Robinson

    Culcheth, Glazebury, Croft, Poulton North - Keith Bland

    Norton South, Halton Brook, Halton Lea - Heather Greaves


    Staff Governor Results

    Clinical Scientist and Allied Health Professionals - Louise Spence

    Medical and Dental - Dr Helen Bowers

    Nursing and Midwifery - Jo Meek

  • A year on from Lorenzo

    A year on from Lorenzo – All smiles at Warrington and Halton

    One year on following the introduction of the Lorenzo electronic patient record (EPR) at Warrington and Halton the Oral & Maxillofacial and Orthodontics department staff have produced a case study working collaboratively with NHS Digital. The case study is a review of the benefits and challenges that Lorenzo has brought to the department following its implementation, with benefits being identified for patients, staff and the trust. Moving forwards the department recognises that there are further beneficial opportunities through increased utilisation of Lorenzo and are actively exploring them.

    Click here to read the case study on our Oral/Maxillofacial and Orthodontics Team

    We have also done a video upload on the team, which can be watched here.

  • Freemasons Teddy Bears

    The Warrington Group of Freemasons continue to bring Christmas joy to the Neonatal unit at Warrington Hospital again this year, after kindly donating Mothercare soft teddy bears. The annual soft toy giving is always well received on the unit.

    The cuddly toys will be used as gifts for the babies who are not ready to go home for Christmas Day.

    Deborah Weaver, neonatal unit manager commented,

    “We would like to thank The Warrington Group of Freemasons for their generous donation of the Mothercare soft toys; they will make a lovely gift for the babies in the unit on Christmas Day. The Freemasons surpass themselves every year and we are indebted to them for their generosity.”

    The neonatal unit cares for more than 400 babies every year and is equipped with three intensive care cots and a total of 18 spaces for a mix of high dependency and special care babies. There is also a breastfeeding room just off the unit to allow mothers quiet time to feed their babies. There is also a dedicated rest room for parents to spend time away from the unit; visiting time is unrestricted for parents allowing them to spend valuable time bonding with their newborns.

    Chris Todd the Group’s Charity Steward commented,

    “Christmas is that time of special giving and what more special could we do than give our teddy gifts to those very special babies in the Unit. All the members of the group join Chris Gleave and I in wishing all the babies, mums and dads; not forgetting the dedicated staff  hearty  season’s greetings and  all the best for 2017.”

  • Pharmacy Opening Times

    Warrington CCG have provided a full list of Pharmacies open this festive period by time and location. Download here.

    Halton CCG have provided a full list of Pharmacies for their area via their website here.

    Here are the list of Pharmacies in the St Helens areas open over the festive period. Download here.

  • WHH Governor Elections

    WHH Governor Elections – Notice of Poll

    Foundation Trust Members in the following constituencies will be balloted to elect a governor over the coming days. Please complete the ballot pack as instructed and return to the Returning Officer as advised no later than 22nd December 2016. Details of the candidates can be found here - Notice to Poll.

    Public – Appleton, Farnworth, Hough Green, Halton View, Birchfield



    Public – Birchwood, Rixton, Woolston





    Staff - Clinical Scientist and Allied Health Professionals



  • WHH Appoints New Chief Nurse

    Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Kimberley Salmon-Jamieson as its new Chief Nurse.

    Kimberley brings a wealth of experience spanning a 20 year nursing career in a number of specialties including medicine, community services, surgery, orthopaedics and women's and children's services. She joins the Trust from Pennine Acute NHS Trust where she was Acting Chief Nurse and Deputy Chief Nurse from 2013. Prior to this, she was Deputy Chief Nurse at the University Hospital of South Manchester and held senior nursing and managerial roles at Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

    Passionate about patients, she has developed specific interests in patient safety and experience, staff leadership, people development, service improvement and education.

    Kimberley undertook her nurse training at Lakeland College of Nursing and Midwifery continuing her education at Lancaster University here she acquired her first degree in healthcare before going on to achieve an MSc in Clinical Nursing from Liverpool University. She has spoken nationally and internationally at conferences.

    Kimberley replaces Karen Dawber, Director of Nursing and Quality, who left the Trust in August to take up the Chief Nurse role at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

  • #bornatWHH

    The Trust is celebrating all those born at Warrington Hospital or within the community aided by our midwives. The launch of the social media campaign simply #bornatWHH, comes on the back of recent award nominations of the maternity service in the HSJ awards and the Royal College of Midwives annual awards. Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust recently launched a campaign #IlovemyHV and the maternity unit wanted to extend that and ask the local public to share pictures of those born at Warrington Hospital or within the community and give a shout out to the midwives involved in their care from antenatal through to postnatal with the hashtag #bornatWHH.

    How far can we go back? Pictures do not have to be of new arrivals, we are celebrating our history, our present and future, of which the people of Warrington are very much part of. We would love to see generations of families born at Warrington.

    So get snapping and don’t forget to use our hashtag #bornatWHH, upload to our facebook page Warrington Hospital Maternity or to our twitter @WHHNHS.

    Download our poster template and get scribbling here.

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  • So we are on way way out of The European Union

    The option to Vote has now driven us out of The Union.

    We now have to take the advantage and not carry on blaming ourselves or others.It was a shock the way it went BUT GET OVER IT.

    The European Union is an organisation that tries to represent Europe.
    It is now nervous that a country has dared to take control of themselves.

    It will not be easy to deal with them because they want us to fail.
    We will not fail and maybe others will split away.That is their biggest fear.

    Northern Ireland now needs to be used as a trade Area to negotiate with Europeans direct.Taking advantage of its doorstep location with Southern Ireland. The UK needs to lower corporation rates to be the same as Ireland.This will be an advantage for all business.

    We need to create a small coordinating and marketing organisation and use CBI and Group Trading organisations to promote Great Britain.The commonwealth needs to be a bigger part of our trade. Our main objective must be to trade globally.
    The social legislation and general laws need to be rewritten and but back into British Law. Maybe a 5 year project.There is going to be lots to sort. In the meantime we can still use Modified European Law and call it that.

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  • So we are on way way out of The European Union

    The option to Vote has now driven us out of The Union.

    We now have to take the advantage and not carry on blaming ourselves or others.It was a shock the way it went BUT GET OVER IT.

    The European Union is an organisation that tries to represent Europe.
    It is now nervous that a country has dared to take control of themselves.

    It will not be easy to deal with them because they want us to fail.
    We will not fail and maybe others will split away.That is their biggest fear.

    Northern Ireland now needs to be used as a trade Area to negotiate with Europeans direct.Taking advantage of its doorstep location with Southern Ireland. The UK needs to lower corporation rates to be the same as Ireland.This will be an advantage for all business.

    We need to create a small coordinating and marketing organisation and use CBI and Group Trading organisations to promote Great Britain.The commonwealth needs to be a bigger part of our trade. Our main objective must be to trade globally.
    The social legislation and general laws need to be rewritten and but back into British Law. Maybe a 5 year project.There is going to be lots to sort. In the meantime we can still use Modified European Law and call it that.

    For Info
    The European Union is a politico-economic union of 28 member states. It has an area of 4,324,782 km², and an estimated population of over 508 million, and operates through a hybrid system of supranational ... Wikipedia
    Area: 4.325 million km²
    Founded: November 1, 1993, Maastricht, Netherlands
    Headquarters: City of Brussels, Belgium
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  • James Ward known as Mark James T/A as Car Care Automotive Great Yarmouth Guilty of Handling Stolen Car Parts

    James Ward known as Mark James was found guilty last week for handling stolen car parts from his business called Car Care Automotive. Unit 6 Suffolk Rd Great Yarmouth.. Phone number 01493 717767
    A Subaru Impreza was stolen from High Wycombe, an area where Ward lived at the time of the theft. The car was broken up for parts by Ward. He has also set up a new business that deals with Subaru’s. The business is in Great Yarmouth, Car Care Automotive. Unit 6 Suffolk Rd. Phone number 01493 717767.
    Thames Valley Police raided Car Care Automotive on the 24/2/15 and found a few parts left from the stolen Subaru. Ward was bailed until April. On the 20/4/15 Thames Valley Police charged Ward with handling and selling stolen goods. Ward has even put parts from the stolen car onto other cars.
    On the 6/5/15 Ward pleaded guilty to breaking the Subaru, knowing it was stolen and selling it for parts.
    Anyone with a Subaru are advised to be careful dealing with the business known as Car Care Automotive at Great Yarmouth. The Court Order was made against James Mark Ward at High Wycombe Court. The Case number is 431500197216/1 6th May 2015. This article is printed in good faith from verified data and is in the interest of public awareness.The business Care Care Automotive at Yarmouth
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  • Retained Recruitment at Birchwood Fire Station
    Do you live in Birchwood? We are currently recruiting for part-time (retained) firefighters in the Birchwood area
  • Virtual Tour of Widnes Community Fire Station
    A new video has been added to YouTube, providing a virtual tour of Widnes Fire Station. Let us show you around our fire station.
  • Text alerts for the D/deaf community
    People who are deaf or hard or hearing can now receive FREE text messages from us about major incidents or events in your area of Cheshire.
  • Text Alerts for Local Businesses
    Business owners can now receive text alerts (free of charge) about major incidents occurring near their business premises, along with information on procedures and prosecutions .
  • Businesses Urged To Check Fire Risk Assessments
    Following the successful prosecution of a Widnes businessman we are urging landlords to ensure their properties have adequate fire risk assessments in place.
  • 5-mins to save lives
    Listen out for our '5 minutes' radio campaign, which will be on-air in February. The radio advert promotes our new 'Home Safety Direct' application (on this website) where you can carry out your own home fire safety check ONLINE. It takes just 5 minutes to complete, time spent that could help save lives and possessions.
  • New Zealand - Rescue
    The Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service ISAR Team are now back in the UK after a 15-day operation in Christchurch. During their time in New Zealand the team searched and cleared three complete city blocks and also carried out searches on specific buildings.
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    Cheshire Firefighter Steve Buckley and Border collie search dog Bryn have returned home after being deployed to Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami.
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  • Tameide Strikes Double Gold
    <p>TAMESIDE&rsquo;S construction sector is building a big reputation. Work to transform Ashton town centre through the demolition of the former council offices and the redevelopment of the market square, has been rewarded with two Considerate Constructors Scheme gold awards.</p> <p>They recognise the extraordinary commitment that sites like Ashton have made to improve the image of building projects.</p> <p>Tameside Council&rsquo;s environmental services team, which was in charge of the market square scheme, received the award for projecting an impeccable image. It was high-profile work and exposure to the public could not have been greater.</p> <p>Additionally, the award recognised the excellent work to strengthen links with the community and to promote careers in the industry to school and college-leavers.</p> <p>Carillion Construction also picked up a gold award, in their case demolishing the old Tameside Administrative Complex adjacent to Ashton Market.</p> <p>Cllr John Taylor, deputy leader of Tameside Council, said: &ldquo;This recognition is testimony to the hard work of both teams in ensuring that Ashton town centre has stayed open for business throughout this major work, and for keeping disruption to a minimum.</p> <p>&ldquo;Winning these Considerate Constructors gold awards is an exceptional achievement and should invoke a sense of pride in everyone involved.&rdquo;</p>
  • Top Crime Writers Coming To Tameside
    <p>SURVEYS regularly show that crime is Britain&rsquo;s favourite book genre. Detective novels are always in high demand at libraries up and down the country. It seems few people can resist the lure of a good whodunit.</p> <p>For that reason, and as a salute to World Book Night, Tameside Libraries has invited two of Britain&rsquo;s best crime novelists to Denton Library &ndash; Rachel Abbott and Daniel Cole.</p> <p>Rachel, a writer of psychological thrillers, was born near Manchester. Her first three books combined to sell more than a million copies and she is among the top 15 best-selling authors on Kindle.</p> <p>Her fourth work, &ldquo;Stranger Child&rdquo;,&nbsp;was the 11th bestselling novel in the first half of 2015 and the most borrowed book during that period.</p> <p>Daniel Cole is already the Sunday Times&rsquo; best-selling debut author after publishing his first novel, &ldquo;Ragdoll&rdquo;, last month. It centres on a controversial detective called Nathan Wolfe and has been described as fast, funny, brilliantly unpredictable and scarily horrific.</p> <p>Rachel and Daniel will be sharing the secrets behind their career, and explaining how they create heart-stopping storylines and their almost unbearably tense plots. Books will be on sale and both authors are happy to sign.</p> <p>Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council&rsquo;s executive member with responsibility for libraries, said: &ldquo;Crime novels are very popular and I&rsquo;m sure this meet-the-authors event will be very popular too.</p> <p>&ldquo;It offers a rare chance to find out what makes crime-writers tick and what gives them their inspiration.</p> <p>The 90-minute event, supported by Thackeray&rsquo;s Book Shop of Market Street, Denton, starts at noon on Thursday, April 27, at Denton Library in Denton Town Hall. Booking is essential. Reserve your place at <a href=""></a></p> <p>For more information call 0161 342 2031.</p>
  • New Libraries Project Promises To Be A Real Page-turner
    <p>STORYTIME in Tameside libraries has just got even more exciting with families having the opportunity to create their own published books.</p> <p>Tameside Council has successfully bid for &pound;60k funding from the Arts Council England Libraries Opportunities for Everyone Innovation Fund for the prestigious project, aimed at encouraging children and families to embrace reading and develop literacy skills.</p> <p>Creative workshops and activities &ndash; open to all families - will be delivered across all the borough&rsquo;s eight libraries over the next 12 months, in partnership with local leading creative industries organisation Stone Soup, The Lowry and the Halle Orchestra.</p> <p>Participating families will be supported in creating a series of published books for family audiences. Once the books are published and printed, there will also be an accompanying resource pack that supports creative activities that can be led both by Library staff and families themselves.</p> <p>Tameside is the only individual local authority across Greater Manchester to be awarded money from the fund. However separate funding will also go to a Greater Manchester Combined Authority project to provide business surgeries, workshops and training in libraries in all 10 boroughs.</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Ged Cooney, who is responsible for Culture, said: &ldquo;We are delighted to have been awarded funding from the Arts Council Libraries Innovation Fund. This project will be exciting and engaging for families with young children across the Borough within our library settings - encouraging the enjoyment of books and reading is vital to children&rsquo;s development, firing imaginations, developing a further interest in learning and sharing quality family time.&rdquo;</p> <p>Look out for further details on the project in your local library, on the libraries webpages and on the Council&rsquo;s Facebook and Twitter pages.</p> <p><strong>Notes to editors</strong></p> <p><strong>Arts Council England</strong> champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people&rsquo;s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries &ndash; from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2015 and 2018, we plan to invest &pound;1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated &pound;700 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. <a href="" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p>As the national development agency for libraries in England, the Arts Council has invested over &pound;15 million in supporting libraries since 2012.&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p> <p>We announced last year that we would be integrating libraries into our&nbsp;<a href="">National Portfolio</a>&nbsp;from 2018 onwards to deliver arts and museum activity. This reflects the Arts Council&rsquo;s determination to lead an integrated approach across arts, museums and libraries to achieving great art and culture for everyone.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Vets Ready For Magical Day Out
    <p>HEY presto! Tameside Council has again been accepted to take part in the annual Manchester Day parade.</p> <p>It takes place in the city centre on Sunday, June 18, and this year it&rsquo;ll have a magic-inspired Abracadabra! theme.</p> <p>In 2016, the theme was Eureka! and Tameside&rsquo;s deputation of armed services veterans, Scouts and Guides carried a huge spaceman they had built under the banner &ldquo;Reach for the Stars&rdquo;.</p> <p>&nbsp;Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council&rsquo;s assistant executive member with responsibility for culture, said: &ldquo;I&rsquo;m delighted that we are going to be taking part in Manchester Day again. It&rsquo;s a fantastic event that really has the city centre rocking. I took part last year and loved every minute of the experience.&rdquo;</p> <p>Manchester Day was created in 2010 and has now become one of the North West&rsquo;s flagship events of the summer. Its purpose is to celebrate the creativity and diversity of Greater Manchester.</p> <p>More than 2,500 performers and artists from local communities bring the city centre to life in a fantastic display of colour, sound and movement. An audience in excess of 100,000 are wowed by the incredible day of amazing structures, vibrant costumes and pulsating music and dance.</p> <p>The creative process that makes Manchester Day such a spectacular event is curated by <a href="" target="_blank">Walk the Plank</a> &ndash; internationally&nbsp;renowned outdoor arts experts.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • "nature As Art" Exhibition Opens
    <p>NATURE is at the heart of the latest exhibition at the Astley Cheetham Art Gallery, Stalybridge. There are more than 30 works on display &ndash; all of them exploring how nature has inspired art through the centuries.</p> <p>The exhibition is split into five different themes: Inspiration, Atmosphere, Skill, Documentation and Narrative. It covers the 500 years from the 16th century to the 20th, but is not organised chronologically. Each section is mixed to reflect how artists&rsquo; concerns cut across time.</p> <p>&ldquo;Nature as a Skill&rdquo; investigates how nature can be used by artists to show off their skills for creating perspective and textures. Helen Coleman&rsquo;s depiction of &ldquo;Tom Tits&rdquo; showcases her ability to accurately paint the textures of the birds&rsquo; feathers. Stuart Lloyd&rsquo;s &ldquo;Cornwall&rdquo; is a lesson in perspective with diminishing boats and trees.</p> <p>The &ldquo;Nature as Documentation&rdquo; section looks at how nature and landscape paintings provide a travel log or topographical record of a specific scene. William Leighton Leith&rsquo;s small watercolour drawing &ldquo;Snowdon&rdquo; may have been used by him to create another finished piece. William Collingwood Smith&rsquo;s large-scale watercolour &ldquo;Venice&rdquo; would have made an excellent souvenir and record of a visit to the city.</p> <p>&ldquo;Daffodils&rdquo; by Mark Gertler was painted in 1914 just as the First World War was starting.&nbsp; Gertler was a pacifist and conscientious objector. It is likely he painted the daffodils for their symbolism of forgiveness, loyalty and compassion. He was bitterly opposed to conflict and committed suicide in 1939 as the Second World War loomed.</p> <p>Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council&rsquo;s assistant executive member with responsibility for culture, said: &ldquo; &lsquo;Nature in Art&rsquo; is an impressive and thought-provoking exhibition that takes in a broad sweep of time. I thoroughly recommend a visit.&rdquo;</p> <p>You can see the exhibition until Saturday, August 5.&nbsp; The Astley Cheetham Gallery above Stalybridge Library on Trinity Street, and is open on the first and third Saturdays of each month 10am to 3pm.</p> <p><a href=""></a></p>
  • Longer Library Opening Hours Are A Plus
    <p>TAMESIDE Council is rewriting the book when it comes to library opening hours. Over the next few months it will be unveiling Open+ - a change that will result in much greater access to libraries.</p> <p>Open+ is a self-service function that increases the hours people can use the borough&rsquo;s libraries. It has been designed after taking into account the hundreds of responses to the recent consultation process, and will affect all the borough&rsquo;s libraries except for Tameside Central Library in Ashton.</p> <p>Cllr Ged Cooney, executive member for healthy and working, explained: &ldquo;Open+ allows us to meet the needs of our residents while saving money. It also secures all our libraries - which was the chief demand in the consultation.</p> <p>&ldquo;Open+ will make our libraries cheaper to run, and the money saved can be spent on vital services such as social care. We are using technology to create a service fit to meet people&rsquo;s demands in the 21st century.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Open+ project means that weekly library opening hours will almost double, increasing from 276 to 495. This will give people greater choice in how and when they use the library service &ndash; they may prefer to visit during hours when staff are available or during the self-serve open+ hours for greater flexibility.</p> <p>During Open+ hours, members who have completed an induction course will be able to gain access by using a card-swipe system that has been successfully and safely utilised by other authorities.</p> <p>Security will be maintained through CCTV monitoring and an emergency phone and in the interests of our young people&rsquo;s safety there will be no unaccompanied under 16s during open+ hours.</p> <p>Cllr Cooney added: &ldquo;Longer opening times will make our libraries more inclusive as people who work unsocial hours will be able to use them more easily. There will be lots more time to get online, which will help with job hunting and accessing online services such as booking GP appointments.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our plans for an extended and improved library service have carefully considered staff numbers and will ensure that any member of staff wishing to stay at the council will be able to do so.&rdquo;</p>
  • Pupils Get Comfortable Talking About Domestic Abuse
    <p>SCHOOL pupils are being&nbsp;encouraged to get comfortable talking about domestic abuse as part of a Greater Manchester wide awareness campaign.</p> <p>The Sitting Right With You campaign, run by the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commisioner&rsquo;s Office in partnership with local councils, features a yellow sofa with challenging messages to get people thinking differently about what domestic abuse is and encouraging victims to seek help.</p> <p>One of the key audiences for the campaign is children and young people. Last year,&nbsp;31,820 (52%) of&nbsp;&nbsp;reported domestic abuse incidents in Greater Manchester&nbsp;involved children. &nbsp;In Tameside during the same period&nbsp; 3,152 (57%) of reported domestic abuse incidents involved children.</p> <p>To help young people understand what domestic abuse is and how they can seek help, a <a href="">Respectful Relationships</a> programme is being &nbsp;piloted with over 3000 children - aged between 5 and 18 - in 13 of Tameside&rsquo;s schools. Resources are also being made available for other schools to take up the programme, which is delivered in partnership with Better Futures.</p> <p>Pupils have been learning that domestic abuse it isn&rsquo;t only physical violence &ndash; it can also be controlling what someone wears, their money, where they go and who they talk to. The programme, also dispels other common myths &ndash; showing domestic abuse doesn&rsquo;t just affect people who drink, perpetrators are not just men and that it does affect children.</p> <p><strong>To highlight this pioneering work, West Hill School in Stalybridge hosted the Sitting Right With You campaign&rsquo;s yellow sofa at a pupil and parents&rsquo; event on Thursday 16 March, attended by Greater Manchester Police &amp; Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd. This is the first time the Sitting Right With You sofa has been taken into a school.</strong></p> <p>Greater Manchester Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said: &quot;Tameside is leading the way by bringing our ground-breaking campaign into schools. By educating our children and young people about what domestic abuse is, talking to them about healthy relationships, and encouraging them to get comfortable talking about these difficult issues we can break the cycle of abuse.&quot;</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Member for Children and Families Cllr Peter Robinson, who will be in attendance, said: &ldquo;This is a great opportunity for pupils to share with their parents what they have been learning and to get families to feel comfortable talking about domestic abuse, which all too often is still considered a taboo subject. Living in a home where there&rsquo;s domestic abuse is harmful and can have a serious impact on a child&#39;s behaviour and wellbeing. The effects can last into adulthood, but with the right help and support, most children are able to move on from the effects of witnessing domestic abuse.&rdquo;</p> <p>West Hill Assistant Headteacher Paul Butterworth said: &ldquo;As part of our PSHE curriculum, all pupils are taught about respect in relationships and the many forms that domestic abuse can take.&nbsp; The programme also ensures that all pupils know where they and their families can access support.&rdquo;</p> <p>A Year 10 pupil said: &ldquo;Taking part in the workshop in this stage of school is important because this is the age where some people begin to form relationships.&rdquo;</p> <p><em>If you or someone you care about has been affected by domestic abuse, contact the Greater Manchester domestic abuse helpline on 0161 636 7525. If you live in Tameside you can contact Bridges &ndash; 16+ Tel: 0161 331 2552 (9-5) 0800 328 0967 (24 HR).</em></p> <p><em>For more information on spotting the signs of children affected by domestic abuse see: <a href="
  • 1 In 3 Adults In Tameside Have High Blood’s Yours?
    <p>ADULTS of all ages in Tameside are being encouraged to get their blood pressure checked to help them keep on top of their health.</p> <p>To date over 1000 residents have had their blood pressure checked as part of a borough-wide hypertension campaign. However, although it&rsquo;s estimated 1 in 3 adults in Tameside have high blood pressure, many people don&rsquo;t know they may have it.</p> <p>High blood pressure, also commonly known as hypertension, is one of the leading risk factors for premature death and long term illness and can also lead to strokes, heart attacks, chronic kidney disease and some types of dementia.</p> <p>Regular blood pressure checks enable people to take early steps to tackle hypertension and reduce the associated ill health risks. People can book a blood pressure check with their GP or contact Be Well Tameside on 0161 716 2000 to see where they are holding their free Community NHS Health Checks.</p> <p>Anyone whose blood pressure is found to be high, will be closely monitored until it is brought under control. &nbsp;Their doctor will usually suggest changes to lifestyle and, sometimes, medication to achieve this</p> <p>People can take steps to prevent high blood pressure by:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Losing weight if they need to</li> <li>Reducing the amount of salt they eat</li> <li>Exercising regularly</li> <li>Eating a healthy diet</li> <li>Cutting back if they drink too much alcohol</li> <li>Cutting down on caffeine</li> <li>Stopping smoking</li> </ul> <p>Be Well Tameside offers FREE support for all of the above as well as handy hints and tips. Contact them on 0161 716 2000 or email <a href=""></a> &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Member responsible for health Cllr Ged Cooney said: &ldquo;High blood pressure is not something to ignore - being forewarned is being forearmed and there&rsquo;s lots of things you can do bring it down and reduce the risk of any associated health risks. There&rsquo;s no need to do this alone either, Be Well Tameside offers fantastic individual support with any lifestyle changes you need to make to improve your health.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p>
  • Children Excel At Art In Start
    <p>StArt, the biannual exhibition of work by Tameside primary schools, has again filled the walls at Tameside Central Art Gallery with a vibrant celebration of creativity.</p> <p>Eight schools from across the borough have submitted works on a range of themes. The result is a riot of space rockets, painted animals, self-portraits and graffiti art.</p> <p>Some children have drawn inspiration from famous artists too, including Roy Lichtenstein and Kandinsky.</p> <p>Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council&rsquo;s assistant executive member for culture, said: &ldquo;This exhibition is a wonderful way of recognising and inspiring youngsters&rsquo; artistic abilities. We have been very impressed by the standard of work, which has come together as an appealing and colourful display for all to enjoy.&rdquo;</p> <p>Tameside Central Art Gallery is above Tameside Central Library on Old Street, Ashton.</p> <p>Open: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10am to 12.30pm and 1 to 4pm.</p> <p>Saturday: 10am to 1pm.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Closed: Sunday, Monday and Thursday.</p> <p><a href=""></a></p>
  • Fun Palaces Are Coming Back
    <p>FUN Palaces: they&rsquo;re a right royal way to unite the community in a celebration of the arts and sciences &ndash; a university of the streets with no entrance exam.</p> <p>On Saturday, October 7, Tameside will again be taking part in this international initiative. It promises to be a fun-packed day of arts, culture and science provided by the community for the community, and all for free.</p> <p>Last year&rsquo;s event was an outstanding success with almost 2,500 people attending in only five hours. The intention is to make 2017 bigger and better. So if you&rsquo;re a Tameside group interested in getting involved in activities for all ages, we would like to hear from you. Join us at Tameside Central Library, Old Street, Ashton, on Tuesday, 25 April, between 6 and 7pm. Let us know you&rsquo;re coming by e-mailing <a href=""></a></p> <p>If you need some inspiration, watch this video <a href=""></a></p> <p>We&rsquo;re looking for a wide range of activities. If your group can offer photography, music, visual arts, knitting, crochet, sign-language, conservation, local history, storytelling, digital or associated skills please get in touch.</p> <p>In 2016, 292 Fun Palaces were created in nine countries, mostly in libraries, and 125<strong>,000 people joined in. </strong>They were made by people in their own communities, all adhering to the Fun Palaces manifesto: &ldquo;We believe in the genius in everyone, in everyone an artist and everyone a scientist, and that creativity in community can change the world for the better.&nbsp; We believe we can do this together, locally, with radical fun &ndash; and that anyone, anywhere, can make a Fun Palace.&rdquo;</p> <p>Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council&rsquo;s lead on culture, said: &ldquo;This is a fabulous example of the idea of lifelong learning: crossing the arts and sciences in a mix involving quality cultural engagement with our communities. This project links the arts elements of creativity and fun with the fascinating sphere of applied science in a worldwide project which we, in Tameside, are very pleased and proud to be part.</p> <p>&ldquo;The introduction of the ex-services element is particularly appropriate as we are doing so much to develop our ex-services residents and their families as part of our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant. The work on this brings service and post-military skills to bear in another innovative way.&rdquo;</p> <p>Fun Palaces in Tameside is a partnership event led by Tameside Libraries and Tameside Cultural Services in conjunction with the Tameside Armed Services Community.</p> <p><a href=""></a></p>
  • New Life For Active Dukinfield
    <p>DUKINFIELD played host to World and European 800m medallist Jenny Meadows at the official opening of iTRAIN on Saturday.</p> <p>iTRAIN is a state-of-the-art gym and the latest facility to be launched as a result of Tameside Council and Active Tameside&rsquo;s &pound;20 million investment in leisure centres. In addition to the 150 station gym, accessible 24/7 thanks to high-tech fingerprint recognition technology, the former Active Dukinfield site also hosts a health food caf&eacute; and coffee bar, members&rsquo; lounge with free wi-fi, community meeting space and soft play centre iPLAY which will soon be complemented by a cr&egrave;che facility.</p> <p>The ground floor gym area includes a 60 metre indoor running track which provides an alternative to the treadmill. The special running track surface is easier on joints and better simulates running outdoors for those training for a competitive race. Champion athlete Jenny led the first training session, dubbed iRUN, on the new track with a number of willing participants from the special guests.</p> <p>Tameside Council&rsquo;s executive member for healthy and working, Cllr Ged Cooney, said, &ldquo;We have invested this money in this and other leisure facilities because the council is determined to drive up participation in physical activity among Tameside residents.</p> <p>&nbsp;&quot;All of the evidence suggests that being active can significantly reduce the risk of developing a range of health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and even cancer. Acting now could reduce the demand on health services in the long term and more importantly enable more local people to lead longer, healthier lives.&rdquo;</p> <p>The refurbishment of the Dukinfield centre cost &pound;2.3 million and took&nbsp;only six&nbsp;months. While the official opening was on Saturday the centre has been open since January and has already attracted in excess of 1,300 new members, bringing Active Tameside&rsquo;s total membership to more than 10,000.</p> <p>Mark Tweedie, chief executive of Active Tameside, which manages and operates the centre on behalf of the council, said: &ldquo;This has been a major project that has taken us six months to complete. I think everyone will agree that the results have been worth it and it demonstrates our commitment to investing in our centres for the community and the future.&rdquo;</p> <p>Jenny, who is a popular motivational speaker and event host following her retirement from competitive running, was one of a number of special guests at the launch of the state-of-the-art 24/7 fitness suite. Others in attendance included the executive leader of Tameside Council, Cllr&nbsp;Kieran Quinn; deputy leader and Active Tameside board member Cllr John Taylor; and&nbsp;the MP for Denton and Reddish,&nbsp;Andrew Gwynne.</p> <p>iTRAIN&rsquo;s opening comes after the launch of Total Adrenaline in Longdendale before Christmas, and will be followed by the opening of a new swimming pool in Hyde and ultimately the new Denton Wellness Centre.</p>
  • Council Seeks Views For Local Plan
    <p>HAVING consulted on the first stage of its work to draw up a new local plan, Tameside Council now needs to produce a document which will be used to assess the environmental, social and economic performance of the plan as it emerges, including considering impacts on health and equalities.</p> <p>The council is now asking for views on something called an integrated assessment scoping report. This will assess a range of background data and other strategies to identify the key issues affecting the borough which will need to be considered and inform the development of the local plan.</p> <p>It will help to make sure the plan is prepared in a sustainable way.</p> <p>Information is available at:</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;Reference copies of the document can also be found at all council libraries, and the customer service centre and planning offices at Clarence Arcade, Stamford Street, Ashton.</p> <p>Comments should be made in writing and submitted during the five-week consultation period running until Monday, 10 April.</p> <p>Cllr John Taylor, Tameside Council&rsquo;s deputy leader, said: &ldquo;The local plan is a very important document and the Integrated Assessment document is not only something that we are required to have, but it will help ensure the borough is a great place to live, work and invest and is properly equipped for the challenges of the future.</p> <p>&ldquo;We, as councillors, have our own views but we also need the opinions of&nbsp;residents and local businesses as they will be directly affected<em>.</em> So I would encourage people to get involved.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Please Help Us Find A Loving Foster Family
    <p><strong>Pictured: Two sisters in care have drawn pictures of themselves to highlight Tameside Council&rsquo;s search for foster parents</strong></p> <p>LIKE many little girls they love singing, dancing and music &ndash; with the pop group Little Mix being a particular favourite.</p> <p>But unlike most little girls &ndash; the two sisters are in care and are looking for a loving foster home where they can stay together and be happy.</p> <p>The sisters, aged nine and four, are among a number of children being highlighted by Tameside Council to help find suitable foster carers.</p> <p>There are currently 482 children in care in Tameside. In most cases, the best place for them to feel safe and flourish is in loving and supportive family environments with foster carers.</p> <p>The new anonymous &ldquo;pen-picture&rdquo; profiles, on the Council&rsquo;s website <a href="">fostering pages</a>, aim to provide a snap-shot of the personalities, likes and dislikes and needs of some of the children in care who are currently waiting for long-term foster placements</p> <p>Many of these are sibling groups, children with additional needs and teenagers &ndash; all whom can be harder to place than individual and younger children.</p> <p>The profiles for the two sisters describe the nine year old &ndash; who drew a picture of herself with her sister to help the Council launch the pen-pictures webpage - as being a &ldquo;chatty, sociable and polite&rdquo; girl. She &nbsp;has always cared for her little sister at home but needs support so she can continue loving her sister without taking on the full caring responsibilities. &nbsp;She mixes well with her peers and is doing well at school. She enjoys reading, swimming, playing on her tablet, theatre shows and going to restaurants.</p> <p>Her younger sisrer, who is almost five, is described as a happy and fun little girl but equally strong willed. She needs a lot of reassurance and cuddles. She is in reception at school and has adapted well, making lots of friends. She enjoys playing with her dolls and Shopkins figures and likes to spend her time drawing, colouring, helping around the house and dressing up. She has stated that for her birthday this year she wants to be Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive member for Children and Families Cllr Peter Robinson said: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s hoped the pen-pictures will give potential foster carers an insight into the children currently in need of foster care and encourage them to get in touch to find out more.</p> <p>&ldquo;I know that considering a career in foster care can feel like a huge step but, as a former foster carer myself, I can certainly say that the rewards are worth it. Helping a child to thrive and reach their full potential really is just what attracted my wife Jill and me to fostering 35 years ago. You&rsquo;ll&nbsp;receive excellent support every step of the way.&rdquo;</p> <p>Tameside Council foster carers receive excellent ongoing training and support as well as an attractive allowance. The fostering team want to hear from people of all ages and backgrounds who may be able to provide a stable and caring home.</p> <p>To find out more call 0161 368 8865 or see <a href=""></a>. You can also come along to the regular fostering drop-ins, which are held at the Denton Centre, Acre Street, Denton, on the first Tuesday of every month 12-3pm for an informal chat with the friendly foster care support team. The next ones are on Tuesday 7 March and Tuesday 4 April &ndash; you don&rsquo;t have to book, just drop in anytime between 12-3pm.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Having A Wild Time In The Woods
    <p>FOREST schools isn&rsquo;t just for kids &ndash; Tameside&rsquo;s Wild Ways group is proving how getting out and about in&nbsp; great outdoors can benefit all ages.</p> <p>The group, run by the Council&rsquo;s Cultural Services, is aimed at adults with additional needs and is based at the Etherow Centre in Broadbottom.</p> <p>Six adults, aged from 29 to 60, regularly attend outdoor activities from nature walks, willow-weaving and cooking on campfires to building bird boxes and bug hotels.</p> <p>At the end of every session they write journals about their activities, which they can then share with family and friends as well as each other, to keep a record of what they have been doing and what they have enjoyed.</p> <p>Outdoor Arts and Events Officer Lesley Bardsley, who has run the group for nearly four years, said: &ldquo;The group came about after an adult services review where service users were given more control over their own budgets and given choice about the activities they were interested in getting involved in.</p> <p>&ldquo;This group expressed an interest in doing things outdoors and it all developed from there.&rdquo;</p> <p>Group members cite &ldquo;friendship&rdquo;, &ldquo;learning new things&rdquo; and &ldquo;getting outdoors&rdquo; as being what they enjoy most about the group.</p> <p>Lesley said: &ldquo;Everyone is very supportive of eachother and has their own strengths and characters that they bring to the group.</p> <p>&ldquo;Every day they come up with ideas of what they would like to do and then we have a vote so everyone feels like they have been involved in making a decision &ndash; something adults with learning disabilities don&rsquo;t always feel they get to do.</p> <p>&ldquo;It always involves getting outside somewhere &ndash; sometimes we take a packed lunch and are out all day. The group enjoy recoding their steps on a pedometer and we often clock up over 10,000 steps during the course of our activities.&rdquo;</p> <p>The group is supported by regular volunteers , who bring their own skills and personalities to the Wild Ways &ldquo;family&rdquo;.</p> <p>Retired paramedic Alan Isherwoord said: &ldquo;Volunteering with the group gets me out and keeps me fit. I also like being with people and the enthusiasm of the others just rubs off on you.&rdquo;</p> <p>Another volunteer, Keith Pilling, said: &ldquo;I enjoy being with the group, we have a laugh &ndash; everyone has their own personality. You get much more out of it than what you put in.&rdquo;</p> <p>For more information on the group and opportunities to volunteer with Cultural services call 0161 342 4144. You can also see countryside volunteering opportunities at&nbsp; <a href=""></a></p> <p>#ProudTameside</p>

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  • Premiere: Bill Baird – 'Quicksilver Slip'

    San Francisco-based musician Bill Baird has revealed his new single ‘Quicksilver Slip’ exclusively via Gigwise. Check it out below.

    The experimental folk song centres around the warmth of Baird’s gentle voice and appregio picking. But ill-content to let traditional simplicity be all there is to grab onto, the soundscape is coloured with huge cymbal washes, and drone sounds that reflect this pioneering artists love of the avant garde.

    Of the below track, which has a video featuring the serene side of San Francisco Bay, Baird tells Gigwise: “This song came out pretty much fully formed with no editing involved, as fast as my pen was writing, that's how fast the song came out. I'd driven out to Alpine, Texas, way out west in Big Bend country to visit some family. A huge ice storm blew in and left us stranded in a beautiful frozen icescape.

    "The song's images and feeling came directly in from the view outside - frozen streams, steam rising from the ground, sunrise sparkling all around. Everything frozen in place. It felt like my brain - stuck in the same old cycles and patterns, the same old routines. And I thought, well, if my thoughts are frozen like this landscape, it is a beautiful thing, a beautiful moment. I should enjoy these thoughts, but it's all bound to melt away in due time. Don't get hung up - keep moving. And that's I'm doing.

    “I recorded the song completely live two days later, back in Austin with a few close friends. I did add a second vocal and organ but the bulk of what's heard is all done live. I wanted to keep the feeling completely intact.”

    If the song has won you over then you'll be glad to hear, there's plenty more where it came from. On 28 April Bill Baird will release albums, Baby Blue Abyss & Easy Machines. The unorthodox move of releasing two at once is happening because each album was written and recorded with a certain time of day in mind: Easy Machines being a ‘morning’ record and Baby Blue Abyss an ‘evening’ album.

    Baird's instinct for original artistic ideas was impressive on his last release, too. The online album, which he named Summer Is Gone, saw him create a live album experience, where he generated over 250 mixes of songs that meant every click on the site generated a unique album for a listener (which expired after an hour and wouldn't reiterate for over a billion years). Impressive stuff.

    Baird is one of the top purveyors of experimental music in the recording industry. He was an award winning scholar on the experimental music course at Mills College, San Francisco. Its alumni include Laurie Anderson, Joanna Newsome, Steve Reich and Terry Riley. Definitely worth seeing live, then.

    Sun 26 Mar Castle Hotel, Manchester, UK
    Mon 27 Mar Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
    Tue 28 Mar The Lexington, London, UK

  • Summer Series at Somerset House reveals 2017 line-up

    Summer Series at Somerset House will host some truly world-class acts from the UK, US, Jamaica, Mali and Lebanon this year, which is 

    Held 6-16 July in the heart of the capital, it's easily one of the most gorgeous settings to watch a gig in the world. Whether you're sitting out on the terrace overlooking the Thames, or in front of the stage, hemmed in by the neo-classical walls, it's a great place to be.

    The line-up is curated to emphasise the majesty this location with the chilled out jazz of Robert Glasper Experiment, and the mutant genre clusterfuck of brilliance that is Ninja Tune's Cinematic Orchestra.

    If you're after something more upbeat, Warpaint are slightly more urgent sounding than the stoner pop act they used to be. But the most energetic of the lot will surely be Damian "Jr Gong" Marley - his live sets are mind-blowing as he dishes out hits like 'Welcome To Jamrock.

    Meanwhile Beirut band Mashrou Leila sound like an enticing proposition, and even if they're one of the lesser known acts on this line-up, they do sound like one of the more interesting. The press release describes then as "stirring a musical rebellion in the Middle East with a blend of melancholic ballads and raucous anthems. Their potent mix of pop and politics is changing the tune of Arab music and gaining them new fans worldwide." Certainly one not to miss.

    Goldfrapp, Sonhoy Blues, Norah Jones, Tom Misch, Foster The People, and Birdy complete the line-up. Tickets will be available here from Friday 24 March.

    6 July NORAH JONES
    9 July GOLDFRAPP
    10 July WARPAINT
    12 July BIRDY
    15 July MASHROU’ LEILA

  • Mercury Rev announce live dates with Royal Northern Sinfonia

    Mercury Rev have announced details of three special gigs.

    The band will embark on a three-date UK tour accompanied by the Royal Northern Sinfonia in which their back catalogue will be dramatically enhanced within a sumptuous orchestral setting.

    Royal Northern Sinfonia has built a reputation as one of the UK’s most forward-thinking and versatile orchestras and has in recent years collaborated with artists as diverse as Pet Shop Boys, Joanna Newsom, John Grant and Spiritualized.

    Founded in 1958 by music director Michael Hall as the first permanent chamber orchestra in Britain, it gave its first concert on September 24, 1958, as the 'Sinfonia Orchestra', at the City Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne.

    The tour will visit Gateshead, Bristol and London, where it will form part of Bella Union’s 20th Anniversary celebrations.

    The independent label was founded and run by former Cocteau Twins bassist Simon Raymonde. The celebrated label has released music by Beach House, Explosions In The Sky, Fleet Foxes, The Acorn, PINS, John Grant, Laura Veirs, The Flaming Lips and many others.

    Mercury Rev and the Royal Northern Sinfonia play:

    July 12 – Sage Gateshead, Gateshead
    July 13 – Colston Hall, Bristol
    July 14 – Barbican, London

    Tickets are available now from the individual venues.

  • Chuck Berry's new album, Chuck, confirmed for release

    The late, great Chuck Berry announced on his 90th birthday (18 October 2016) that he would be releasing Chuck - his first record since 1979.

    Completely self-produced and written by him, it was made as a tribute to his 58-year-old wife Thelmetta, and done in recognition that it would be his last ever release.

    Sadly, Berry has passed away before being able to oversee its release, and this raised questions of whether the album would come out at all. Fortunately, plans are afoot to get it out there. The Chuck Berry family explain:

    "Since Chuck’s passing on Saturday, the Berry family has received many inquiries from friends, fans and media about the status of his forthcoming album CHUCK, which was originally announced on his 90th birthday, 18th October 2016.

    "Working to prepare the release of this record in recent months and in fact over the last several years brought Chuck a great sense of joy and satisfaction. While our hearts are very heavy at this time, we know that Chuck had no greater wish than to see this album released to the world, and we know of no better way to celebrate and remember his 90 years of life than through his music.

    "For months now plans have been in place, and preparations have been made with our friends at Dualtone Records, to reveal further details and music from the album this week. As a tribute to Chuck Berry, and with gratitude to his fans around the world, we will be following through on those plans in the coming days.

    "The Chuck Berry Family"

  • The Charlatans announce new album Different Days

    The Charlatans have announced the release of their 13th studio album, Different Days, which features contributions "from friends and heroes."

    This follow-up to their superb 2015 LP Modern Nature will be out 26 May through label BMG. The enticing new album was recorded at the band's own studio in Crewe, Cheshire, and the core quartet of vocalist Tim Burgess, bassist Martin Blunt, guitarist Mark Collins and keyboard player Tony Rogers invited some of literature and music's biggest names down for some sessions.

    Starting with music; drum takes were split between their touring drummer Pete Salisbury, formerly of The Verve, and New Order's Stephen Morris. The two legends are honouring the legacy of the late, great Jon Brookes (The Charlatans original drummer, who sadly passed away in 2013, rather than replacing him.

    Standout cuts, 'Not Forgotten' and 'Plastic Machinery' feature guitar legends Johnny Marr and Anton Newcombe. This is Marr's first contribution to a Charlatans album ever, and, Burgess told 6Music that it came about because he invited him around to the studio for a cup of tea and told him to bring his guitar, and in one session The Smiths legend ended up playing on three tunes.

    New Order fans will be chuffed to see husband and wife Gillian Gilbert and Stephen Morris play together on the song 'The Same House', and Paul Weller co-wrote the final song on the album.


    As for guests outside the music business, Ian Rankin has also been recorded on the album which hints at some exciting ideas being thrown around and actress Sharon Horgan sings BV's

    Different Days full tracklisting:

    Hey Sunrise (Drums Pete Salisbury, Programming Stephen Morris)
    Solutions (Drums Stephen Morris BV's Nik Void)
    Different Days (Guitar Johnny Marr, BV's Sharon Horgan)
    Future Tense (Spoken word intro Ian Rankin)
    Plastic Machinery (Guitar Johnny Marr & Anton Newcombe)
    The Forgotten One (Spoken word intro Kurt Wagner)
    Not Forgotten (Guitar Johnny Marr, Organ Anton Newcombe)
    There Will Be Chances (Drums Pete Salisbury)
    The Same House (Synthesiser Gillian Gilbert, Drums & Programming Stephen Morris)
    Over Again (Percussion Donald Johnson (A Certain Ratio) BV's Nik Void (Factory Floor)
    Lets Go Together (Drums Pete Salisbury)
    The Setting Sun - Instrumental
    Spinning Out (Co written by Weller. Piano and BV's Paul Weller)

    The Charlatans have confirmed the following summer shows with more to be announced in the coming weeks:


  • RIP - Chuck Berry has died, aged 90

    Chuck Berry, the godfather of rock and roll music has died, aged 90.

    The 'Johnny B Goode', 'Maybellene', and 'Roll Over Beethoven' star, who made rock music what it is, was pronounced dead at home today (18 March) at 13:26 (CDT), according to police in US state of Missouri.

    According to the St Charles County police statement, Parademics were called to a medical emergency at Chuck Berry's home and found him lifeless at 12:40. They began life saving techniques but nothing could be done and less than an hour later they confirmed his death.

    Berry, whose full name was Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., started out his career in 1955 and even had plans to put out a self-produced album - that's already recorded - this year.

    The legend, who influenced the likes of The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, wrote in a press release that the LP, which is titled Chuck, is dedicated to his 58-year-old wife Thelmetta. The album which will now, sadly will be a posthumous release, is the late star's first studio album since 1979's Rock It.


    Berry knew it was going to be his last, and he out in a statement: "My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!"

    It's remarkable to see how sharp he was right up until the very end of his life. What he's contributed to music will never be forgotten, his sound will remain a part of the fabric Western popular culture all over the globe forever.

    His epic live performances, which saw him become one of the most wanted performers in the world during his heyday, will never be forgotten neither will his distinctive sharp style.

    Berry was one of the first people to be inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame (1986) and he received a Grammy Lifetime achievement award in 1984. Tributes from the music world have stated pouring in on social media.

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