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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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    Founded: November 1, 1993, Maastricht, Netherlands
    Headquarters: City of Brussels, Belgium
    Unemployment rate: 9.6% (Apr 2015) Eurostat
    Government debt: 87.4% of GDP (2013) Eurostat
    Largest city: London
    Founders: France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Netherlands, Germany

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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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    Government debt: 87.4% of GDP (2013) Eurostat
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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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  • Students See Construction At First Hand
    <p>TAMESIDE College students are eagerly taking advantage of a chance to visit the new joint public service centre that is being built in Ashton.</p> <p>Carillion, who are in charge of construction, have organised a series of &ldquo;hard-hat and hi-vis&rdquo; tours which allow young people to enhance their studies by getting a close-up look at the cutting-edge methods being used on the project.</p> <p>So far this month, almost 100 level-one students in painting and decorating, carpentry, bricklaying, plumbing and construction have been to the site and met industry professionals face to face.</p> <p>Cllr Jim Fitzpatrick, Tameside Council&rsquo;s first deputy, said: &ldquo;This scheme perfectly demonstrates Tameside Council&rsquo;s desire to use local developments to create opportunities for our residents in terms of work experience, job placements, apprenticeships and training.&rdquo;</p> <p>Gail Clifford, central support and enrichment manager at Tameside College, added: &ldquo;Feedback from tutors and students is all positive. The students have been energised by their experience at Carillion.&rdquo;</p> <p>The joint service centre is part of Vision Tameside, an ambitious development strategy partnership between Tameside Council and Tameside College to transform learning and skills in the borough to generate greater economic&nbsp;prosperity.</p> <p>Phase one involved Clarendon College, which was completed in 2015, and the new advanced technologies centre at Tameside College&rsquo;s Beaufort Road, Ashton, campus which opened its doors a year later.</p> <p>The joint public service centre, which will be shared by the council and college, forms part of phase two. It incorporates the latest energy-saving innovations, and from a council perspective will provide a more customer-friendly and cost-effective building that provides better services for residents. It&rsquo;s estimated it will save almost &pound;55 million over the next 30 years.</p> <p>Phase three will see Tameside College redevelop Beaufort Road to ensure it offers learners outstanding facilities. Students will have access to the very best engineering workshops, construction and the built environment, motor vehicle, sport and public services, and health and social care provision.</p>
  • Residents Invited To Find Out More About Ashton Station Closure
    <p>TAMESIDE residents can find out more about the three-week closure of Ashton Station at a public drop-in session next Monday (July 3).</p> <p>Ashton Station is closing between Saturday, July&nbsp;8 and 31 while engineering work takes place to enable better journeys between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge.</p> <p>The work is part of the Great North Rail Project which will see&nbsp;more than&nbsp;&pound;1 billion invested in the railway across the north as part of the national Railway Upgrade Plan.</p> <p>Network Rail engineers will be working round-the-clock over the three-week closure to rebuild the railway bridge over Turner Lane and replace and realign&nbsp;more than&nbsp;two miles of track. Turner Lane will be closed and an alternative&nbsp;pedestrian route will be clearly signposted.</p> <p>Northern services will be replaced by buses between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge. Trains will continue to run between Stalybridge and Manchester Piccadilly.</p> <p>The event will take place at the Prince of Orange Pub, 109 Warrington Street, Ashton, OL6 6DW, between 4 and 7pm<strong>,</strong> where members of Network Rail&rsquo;s project team will be on hand to answer questions about this work.</p> <p>Nick Brown, Network Rail&rsquo;s project manager, said: &ldquo;The railway corridor on which Ashton station sits is currently narrow with many curves which restrict the speed that trains can travel. Replacing the bridge deck and realigning the track will result in smoother and straighter track meaning trains will be able to travel faster which, in the long run, means more frequent services on the route.</p> <p>&ldquo;I would like to thank passengers for their patience while we improve the railway in their area.&rdquo;</p> <p>Liam Sumpter, regional director for Northern, said: &ldquo;Fantastic improvements are coming for our customers in the North West, including those travelling through Ashton, with quicker journeys, new and refurbished trains and more frequent services. Before we can deliver that, essential large scale engineering work has to take place and we thank our customers for their patience while this happens.&rdquo;</p> <p>This is part of a wider scheme on the line which will not only enable better journey times between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge, but also allow the increase of services from May, 2018.</p> <p>To find out more information visit <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Technology To The Rescue
    <p>WHEN Margaret Handley&rsquo;s friend Dorothy was taken ill, she expected a lengthy wait before help arrived</p> <p>Although Margaret was confident Tameside Council&rsquo;s community response team would react swiftly to the emergency call made using her alarm pendant, past experience told her it might be hours before a doctor got to the Ashton sheltered housing complex where she lives.</p> <p>Fortunately, times have changed. New technology meant Dorothy was able to get the necessary help very quickly.</p> <p>Since April, Tameside&rsquo;s mobile wardens have been issued with iPads. These allow them to use Skype to get one-to-one advice from Tameside Hospital&rsquo;s digital health care centre. This means they are often able to deal with incidents without having to summon an ambulance or GP &ndash; helping to reduce pressure on vital services &ndash; and so it proved with Dorothy.</p> <p>Margaret, who is 86, said: &ldquo;I thought the new Skype service was brilliant. It was incredible how quickly Dorothy got the care she needed.</p> <p>&ldquo;With the old way of doing things we would have had to wait until they could get hold of the doctor, and that&rsquo;s not always easy to do. Skype was also better than dialling 111. That&rsquo;s because you can see people on Skype, it&rsquo;s not just somebody talking on the end of a phone and the messages being relayed.</p> <p>&ldquo;I really was very impressed with the new service. I can&rsquo;t praise it enough.&rdquo;</p> <p>Skype allows Tameside Council to save the National Health Service a significant amount of money. It costs around &pound;500 to dispatch an ambulance, yet since the new scheme was introduced only five out of 15 call-outs required hospital attendance.</p> <p>In these cases the hospital was fully briefed and medical records were accessed. That meant the patient could be fast-tracked with the necessary medical team waiting. There was no need to go through triage or endure a long stay in Accident and Emergency.</p> <p>Currently, the iPads are being trialled from 8am to 6pm but the plan is to make them available 24 hours a day.</p> <p>Additionally, the community response team has its own lifting equipment. Its use has meant that out of the 1,200 falls dealt with in the last six months, only 93 needed an ambulance. This equates to a saving of around &pound;500,000.</p> <p>Sandra Whitehead, Tameside Council&#39;s assistant executive director for adult services, said: &ldquo;We&rsquo;re delighted to say the new digital healthcare system has been enthusiastically received not only by wardens and medical staff but also by residents, who are our most important consideration.</p> <p>&ldquo;Tameside is the only authority using digital healthcare in an integrated way, and the many benefits of our joined-up approach &ndash; including cost savings &ndash; are already plain to see.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Online Safety Sessions Back By Popular Demand
    <p>FURTHER sessions are to be offered in Tameside libraries to help more parents and carers keep their children safe online.</p> <p>Previous sessions have been well attended, with parents feeding back that it has helped them feel more in control, informed and able to talk to their children about staying safe.</p> <p>The sessions, delivered by MadLab, are running at Tameside Central Library and Hyde Library from July to October, with the first one at Hyde Library on Monday 3 July at 1.30pm.</p> <p>There are two separate one hour sessions that parents, carers and youth workers can book onto. The first is an introduction to the dangers of being online and offers practical advice about online safety, while the second workshop will provide practical hands-on help with updating devices &ndash; such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops - with security settings.</p> <p>Tameside Phoenix, the multi-agency team for tackling child sexual exploitation (CSE), has reported that approximately 85% of CSE cases being investigated in the borough involve online activity.<br /> <br /> The library online safety sessions were funded by the former Greater Manchester Police &amp; Crime Commissioner&rsquo;s Office as part of wider ongoing work to tackle the issue. The sessions will also focus on cyber bullying, online shopping, radicalisation, eating disorders and protecting personal information and images.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s some feedback from people who attended from previous sessions:</p> <ul> <li>&ldquo;The course contained a lot of fantastic information and all parents should attend&rdquo;</li> <li>&ldquo;I feel I can be more in control in the future&rdquo;</li> <li>&ldquo;Very enlightening and worth an hour of your time&rdquo;</li> <li>&ldquo;Really good informative course with info to take away to consolidate what I have learnt&rdquo;</li> </ul> <p>For more information call Tameside Libraries Information Service on 0161 342 2031&nbsp;or see <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Apprentice Tops-out New Service Centre
    <p>A BUILDING that is set to become a Tameside landmark has already reached a landmark in its own brief history.</p> <p>The joint public service centre, which is being built on the site of the old TAC complex on Wellington Road, Ashton, was topped-out on June 21 with the final piece of steel being fixed into place by Kyle Gallagher.</p> <p>Kyle, who comes from Droylsden, is an apprentice joiner employed by Carillion Training Services and is completing a placement on the scheme.</p> <p>The ceremony was attended by Cllr Kieran Quinn, the executive leader of Tameside Council and Jackie Moores, principal of Tameside College.</p> <p>Cllr Quinn said: &ldquo;The topping-out ceremony marks a major landmark in the Vision Tameside project which is now approaching the end of its second phase.</p> <p>&ldquo;The joint public services centre will provide a much more customer-friendly environment that provides better services for residents. By incorporating the latest energy saving innovations it will allow us to make dramatic cost savings.</p> <p>&ldquo;Of course Tameside Council will only occupy part of the centre. We will be sharing it with our partners from Tameside College. The advanced skills centre will be a fine addition to Clarendon College and the Beaufort Road advanced technologies centre which have already opened.</p> <p>&ldquo;I also look forward to renewing our partnership with Wilko, who will have a store as part of the complex.</p> <p>Tameside College principal Jackie Moores added: &ldquo;This is a very exciting time for Tameside College. The new campus will accommodate our service courses such as hospitality, travel and tourism, bakery, hair and beauty.</p> <p>&ldquo;By having a high-street location in the town centre our students will benefit from direct contact with the public. It will also house some of our advanced vocational academic courses such as childcare and health and social care.</p> <p>&ldquo;The new building follows the recent opening of the advanced technologies centre and Clarendon Sixth Form College, providing some of the best education facilities in the North West.&rdquo;</p> <p>For Wilko, Steve Parkin commented: &ldquo;We were delighted to come down to celebrate this phase of construction at the&nbsp;joint public service centre and advanced skills centre.</p> <p>&ldquo;Work is well&nbsp;under way on&nbsp;our new Wilko store,&nbsp;which is set to move from The Arcades&nbsp;in 2018. We are excited to move into our new home once work is complete, and look forward to welcoming both new and existing customers.&rdquo;</p> <p>Vision Tameside, which was launched three years ago, is an ambitious development strategy partnership between Tameside Council and Tameside College to transform learning and skills in the borough with the aim of generating greater economic&nbsp;prosperity.</p> <p>Demolition of the worn-out Tameside Administrative complex began in 2015 and construction of its replacement, the joint public services centre, started last autumn. The new building should be in use by the end of next year.</p> <p>Phase three of Vision Tameside will see Tameside College redevelop its Beaufort Road, Ashton, campus to ensure it offers learners outstanding facilities in subjects such as engineering, construction and the built environment, motor-vehicle maintenance, sport and public services, and health and social care provision.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Patient Participation Awareness Week
    <p>THIS week, Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) from Tameside and Glossop will take part in the national patient participation awareness week.On Tuesday, 20 June, members of Ashton Patient Neighbourhood Group will have a stand in Ashton Market and on Saturday, 24 June, members of Hyde Patient Neighbourhood Group will be in Hyde Market. Pop along to see them between 10am and 4pm and find out more about Patient Participation Groups and how you can get involved.</p> <p>Working in partnership with GPs and practice teams, Patient Participation Groups in Tameside and Glossop ensure the patients perspective is at the heart of local provision so that services are of high quality and continuously improve. Groups also provide practical support in the surgery, foster improved communication between the practice and its patients and help patients to take more responsibility for their health.</p> <p>Patient Participation Group awareness week is organised by the National Association for Patient Participation, (N.A.P.P) a national charity, formed in 1978. Uniquely placed as the only umbrella body for patient-led groups in primary care, N.A.P.P has almost 40 years&rsquo; experience in promoting, supporting and developing Patient Participation Groups (PPGs). There are now&nbsp;more than&nbsp;1,300 groups affiliated to N.A.P.P, representing at least ten million patients across the UK.</p> <p>Patient Participation Week aims to highlight the importance of patient participation to achieve excellence in care for all patients.</p> <p>Find out more about Patient Participation groups in Tameside and Glossop at: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Teaming Up To Tackle Child Sexual Exploitation
    <p><strong>**STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00:01 ON MONDAY 19 JUNE 2017**</strong></p> <p><strong>TAMESIDE MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:</strong></p> <p><strong>Saturday 17 June &amp; Sunday 18 June</strong></p> <p>It&rsquo;s Not Okay Information stands at the Tour of Tameside athlete villages as well as multi-agency &nbsp;It&rsquo;s Not Okay runners taking part in the events.</p> <p>Saturday: Padfield Main Road, Padfield 9.30am</p> <p>Sunday: Market St, Hyde 9.30am</p> <p><strong>Monday 19 June</strong></p> <p>It&rsquo;s Not Okay roadshow with children and parents at Tameside Cycling Stadium, Richmond St, Ashton. 4pm</p> <p>&nbsp;*<strong>For information on other photo/interview opportunities in Tameside for the week of action please contact Claire Chambers 0161 342 2182</strong>*</p> <p>SPORTS clubs and coaches across Tameside are teaming up with the council, police and health to take a stand against child sexual exploitation.</p> <p>Throughout the multi-agency It&rsquo;s Not Okay in Sport week of action from 19-25 June there will be events, training and awareness raising across the borough to help ensure everyone who works and volunteers with children in sport know how to spot the signs of child sexual exploitation and how to report it and get help.</p> <p>Sports clubs will also be encouraged to sign and display an &lsquo;It&rsquo;s Not Okay&rsquo; charter, reinforcing their commitment to tackling and preventing child sexual exploitation from happening on their watch.</p> <p>Child sexual exploitation is child abuse. Abusers manipulate their victims into taking part in sexual activity in different ways &ndash; grooming their victims with attention or gifts, or by using coercive, controlling behaviour, and sometimes force.</p> <p>The Greater Manchester It&rsquo;s Not Okay campaign to tackle child sexual exploitation is highlighting sport for the week of action as an ideal way to reach young people and raise awareness across the wider community.</p> <p>In Tameside, sports clubs, coaches, volunteers and parents have been invited to a children&rsquo;s safeguarding event at Curzon Ashton on Wednesday 21 June. The It&rsquo;s Not Okay Tameside team will also be taking part in the Tour of Tameside running event as well as visiting schools, clubs, Active Tameside centres and sports festivals to spread safety messages.</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Member for Children &amp; Families Cllr Peter Robinson said: &ldquo;So many children and young people and their families are regularly involved in sport in Tameside so this is a fantastic opportunity to reach them with safety messages while also working with the sporting community to ensure they know how to spot the signs of child sexual exploitation and how to report it and support children.&rdquo;</p> <p>Detective Superintendent Joanne Rawlinson from Greater Manchester Police said: &ldquo;Greater Manchester is a fantastic place for sport and we want to celebrate this while ensuring it is a safe space for children and young people.</p> <p>&ldquo;Allegations of historical child sex abuse within sport has recently been highlighted nationally and it is important that people feel able to come forward regardless of whether the abuse happened 10 years ago or 10 days ago.</p> <p>&ldquo;Children and young people may choose to confide in their coach and it is vital that staff know how to respond to a child who may turn to them for help.&rdquo;</p> <p>To report child sexual exploitation, call police on 101 or 999 if a child is in immediate danger. Alternatively, visit <a href=""></a> to find contact details for local &lsquo;It&rsquo;s Not Okay&rsquo; team.</p> <p>Sports organisations can download a charter from <a href=""></a>.&nbsp; Join in the conversation online using the hashtag #ItsNotOkayInSport</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Our Happy House Share
    <p>LESLEY Smith and Ros Harding are happy housemates - with a difference.</p> <p>Lesley is Ros&rsquo; carer and shares her home with her through Tameside Council&rsquo;s Shared Lives scheme, which is being highlighted as part of National Shared Lives Week 17- 25 June 2017.</p> <p>The scheme, formerly known as Adult Placement, currently supports over 130 service users &ndash; from older people to adults with mental health illness or a physical or learning disability.</p> <p>Carers and service users are matched, based on requirements and compatibility, and arrangements are made for support &ndash; be in long term accommodation, respite care or support in getting out during the day and taking part in activities. </p> <p>Lesley, 53, from Denton, became a carer on the scheme four years ago after taking early retirement.</p> <p>She initially offered day support and respite care to service users including Ros, who has Down&rsquo;s Syndrome. The pair got on so well that when Ros was looking for a new long term placement two years ago, Lesley felt she was in the ideal position to help.</p> <p>Lesley said: &ldquo;Both my children had left home to go to university and so I knew I had the room and the time to make a real difference. To share your house is to give someone the opportunity of as homelife that they may never otherwise experience. They become an extension of your family.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s exceptionally rewarding. It can be challenging too but I have an incredibly good support network including friends who are also carers on the scheme so we can chat through things together and you also get good training and back-up from social workers.</p> <p>&ldquo;Ros is like part of the family and is involved in family life.&nbsp; She is also independent in many ways and has her own interests - it&rsquo;s important that we both have our own time as well as doing things together.&rdquo;</p> <p>Ros, 36, volunteers at a local nursery two days a week, visits MENCAP&rsquo;s day centre and is involved in numerous activities including a drama group, horseriding and a drumming workshop. She particularly enjoys spending time with the family pet &ndash; a dog called Bentley.</p> <p>She said: &ldquo;I like being here, I like being independent and it&rsquo;s also nice to feel at home - Lesley feels like a sister to me. I also love Bentley and taking him on walks.&rdquo;</p> <p>Carers on the Shared Life scheme receive an excellent allowance as well as full training and support.</p> <p>Lesley said: &ldquo;Anyone thinking about it should just try it &ndash; shadow someone who already does it and experience what we do. It can really enjoyable with the right support, it&rsquo;s more than a job - it&rsquo;s life-enhancing for all involved.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is also very flexible &ndash; it can fit around your existing family life and you can also do it even if you already work.&rdquo;</p> <p>For further information see <a href=""></a> or call 0161 342 5151.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Manchester Day March Will Be Magical
    <p>TAMESIDE will be well and truly on parade on Manchester Day. Putting their best forward for the borough will be 40 Cubs as part of Colonel Hathi&rsquo;s Magical March.</p> <p>Hathi, an elephant, is the leader of a military troop in &ldquo;Jungle Book&rdquo; &ndash; the collection of Rudyard Kipling stories from which the Cubs draw their leaders&rsquo; colourful names such as Akela, Bagheera and Baloo.</p> <p>In the Disney film version, Col Hathi commands the Dawn Patrol who set out every morning singing their own jaunty song.</p> <p>Tameside&rsquo;s march is magical because the theme for Manchester Day is Abracadabra.</p> <p>To recognise that fact, the Cubs will be escorting a huge blue and gold wizard&rsquo;s hat through the city-centre streets while wearing brightly coloured capes. The hat was made by Explorer Scouts and the capes by members of the Tameside Armed Services Community.</p> <p>The Cubs, who have been training with a magician, will be joined by two 6ft white rabbits, and just to increase the sense of suspense and hocus-pocus there will be a mystery centrepiece proclaiming Manchester&rsquo;s strength. It has been several months in the making and will be revealed on the day.</p> <p>Tameside&rsquo;s float will feature 400 stars &ndash; one for every Cub in the borough&rsquo;s four Scout districts &ndash; and it will be accompanied by a soundscape written by Scouts and veterans in collaboration with Audioface music and video specialists of Hyde.</p> <p>A Tameside Council spokesman said: &ldquo;Last year&rsquo;s Manchester Day, which had a space theme, was incredible. More than 100,000 people were on the streets cheering us on.</p> <p>&ldquo;However, this year has an extra dimension. In light of what happened at the Arena in May, we want to show our love for Manchester as a vibrant, inclusive city that cannot and will not be intimidated.&rdquo;</p> <p>Manchester Day takes place on Sunday, June 18. The parade leaves the junction of Liverpool Road off Deansgate at 1pm and goes via Albert Square to Exchange Square where it should arrive by 2.20pm.</p> <p>Throughout the day, from noon to 6pm, there will be entertainment and food stalls throughout the city centre.</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Abuse Can Affect Older People Too
    <p>PEOPLE are being encouraged to look out for signs of adult abuse to help protect older members of the community.</p> <p>Over the last 12 months, the Tameside Adult Safeguarding Partnership Board (TASPB) has been alerted to 957 safeguarding adult concerns of adult abuse.</p> <p>However it&rsquo;s thought many more people could be suffering as domestic abuse in older people is generally under reported.</p> <p>TASPB &ndash; who work in partnership with the council, health care, police and independent health and social care providers to respond to concerns raised regarding Adult Abuse - are supporting World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on Thursday 15 June.</p> <p>The aim is to raise awareness of abuse in older people, help people to spot the signs and give them the confidence to report any concerns.</p> <p>The board has produced a <a href="http://YouTube link:">video</a> to share in the community and on social media to highlight how older people may be affected by abuse.</p> <p>Members of staff and the community are also being encouraged to wear purple on 15 June to help raise awareness.</p> <p>Domestic abuse occurs across all sectors of society, it can happen to all ages and races and men and women are both at risk. It doesn&rsquo;t just involve physical violence -controlling what someone wears, their money, where they go or who they talk to is just as damaging and is abuse</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Member for Adult Social Care &amp; Wellbeing Cllr Brenda Warrington said: &ldquo;One in three women and one in six men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime however we don&rsquo;t often think about it happening to older people even though they can be particularly vulnerable.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;We want people to be alert to the signs of adult abuse and have the confidence to report their concerns.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;For more information regarding Safeguarding Adults and who to contact visit Tameside website <a href=""></a> or contact Integrated Urgent Care Team 0161 342 4299.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Cycle Plan Is A Tour De Force
    <p>MOTORWAY madness will soon be a thing of the past for cyclists travelling around Hyde and Longdendale.</p> <p>Working in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester and Sustrans, Tameside Council has made a successful bid to Highways England for &pound;2 million to construct safe routes across the M67 and A57.</p> <p>The funding will pay for a network of bike-friendly connections linking Hyde with Mottram, Newton, Godley, Hollingworth, Hattersley, the Trans Pennine Trail and Derbyshire. The new routes will allow cyclists to avoid busy roads that carry high volumes of traffic and present a major hazard to people on two wheels.</p> <p>Steven Pleasant, Tameside Council&rsquo;s chief executive, said: &ldquo;As our record shows, cycling is very important to this authority.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are happy to work in partnership with anyone who shares our vision, and I would like to thank Transport for Greater Manchester and Sustrans for their invaluable help in lodging this bid. Our success was in no small part down to them.</p> <p>&ldquo;At Tameside Council we are committed to improving our cycling infrastructure. Every one of our road developments, such as the Park Parade bypass in Ashton, now takes cyclists into account - and with good reason. Getting on your bike cuts traffic congestion and pollution, and helps people of all ages stay fit and healthy.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m very proud that Tameside is one of the leading councils in the North West in terms of support for cycling. We have achieved a great deal over the last few years, but we have a lot more to do.&rdquo;</p> <p>A canalside cycleway already connects Ashton &ndash; and Guide Bridge Station &ndash; with central Manchester. Large parts of the towpath have been resurfaced and 6km (3.7 miles) are illuminated by solar-power stud lighting.</p> <p>Tameside is also looking at the possibility of creating a 28km (17.5-mile) Tame Valley mountain bike trail on a circular route running through Stalybridge, Mossley and part of Greenfield.</p> <p>At Richmond Street, Ashton, the Tameside Cycle Circuit allows adults and youngsters of all abilities to cycle in safety. On June 3 it hosted an event for 250 disabled and para-cyclists as part of the two-day Tour de Manc.</p> <p>A cycling hub near Ashton Swimming Pool provides facilities for cyclists can store their bikes and gear and move on to work by foot or on public transport. There are also bike lockers at Metrolink stops in Tameside.</p> <p>For more information on cycling in Tameside visit <a href=""></a></p> <p>Full details of the Ashton Canal Cycleway and its amenities are available at <a href=""></a></p> <p>For the cycle circuit visit <a href=""></a></p>
  • Armed Forces Day Is On The Way
    <p>TAMESIDE will once again salute service personnel past and present on Saturday, June 24, when the borough celebrates&nbsp;Armed Forces Day in and around&nbsp;Victoria Park, Denton, with support from the Ministry of Defence.</p> <p>At 11am there will be a short service of remembrance at Christ Church, Manchester Road. &nbsp;Then, from 1pm, the focus moves to the Victoria Park bandstand with live music from the Dave Egerton Band, singer Jo Lancaster and the SSAFA (Sailors, Soldiers and Air Force Association) Choir.<br /> <br /> There will be a wide range of free family-friendly activities, including a climbing wall, inflatable-assault course, face-painting, balloon modelling, arts and crafts. Many service support organisations will also be in attendance including the Tameside Armed Services Community, Royal British Legion (RBL)and many more. Refreshments will also be available from Victoria Park Community Centre.</p> <p>Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council&rsquo;s armed forces champion and chairman of Ashton RBL, said: &ldquo;Our armed forces are at work across the globe risking their lives for us on a daily basis.</p> <p>&ldquo;Tameside has a long, proud history with all our services and Armed Forces Day is a great opportunity for the people of the borough to show their support and appreciation of the sacrifices made on their behalf.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Try New Things During The Festival Of Learning
    <p>THE Festival of Learning is touching down in Tameside this month, with an open day at Tameside Adult Community Education (ACE) and free events at Tameside Central Library, Ashton.</p> <p>Celebrating and promoting adult learning opportunities, the Festival comes as Tameside ACE hold their open day on Tuesday, 13 June. Anyone can pop in between 9.30am and 7pm to have a look at what courses are on offer and sign up to any of the taster sessions taking place across the day. There will also be an afternoon tea from 1 to 3pm, giving the chance to chat informally with staff and students.</p> <p>Tameside ACE offers a wide range of courses with a focus on essential skills for life and work, from beginners to advanced. Their mission is to break down barriers to learning, provide opportunities that will enable learners to secure employment and achieve their full potential, and ultimately have a positive impact on the borough as a whole.</p> <p>This mission is clearly reflected in some of the things that are on offer on the day &ndash; Be Positive, Writing CVs and Covering Letters, Fun with Maths, and Creative Writing. The student services officer, tutors and National Careers Service will be on hand throughout the day to help.</p> <p>Also in celebration of the one-week festival, on Wednesday, 21 June, Tameside Central Library, is hosting a full day of taster sessions and activities, giving the chance to learn something new and be inspired to try new hobbies that are out of the ordinary.</p> <p>Those who book on to the free sessions will have the choice of a yoga session, still life drawing and creative sessions on how to make corsages and hanging baskets. Also on offer is a session to raise spirits with a Jar of Smiles, and finally you will have the chance to see non-fiction authors, David Hewitt and Mark Henderson, give a different perspective on the First World War.</p> <p>The festival is hoped to be a brilliant promotion of the positive role that adult learning plays, and will cater to all tastes.</p> <p>To find out more and book online for the sessions at Tameside Central Library, visit our website: <a href=""></a> and for more information on the Festival of Learning, visit <a href=""></a></p> <p>To find out more about the open day at Tameside ACE, visit: <a href=""></a> or pay them a visit at Tameside ACE, Stamford Chambers, 68 Old Street, Ashton.</p>
  • Skype Service Cuts Ambulance Call-outs
    <p>WHEN people call 999, cost is the last thing on their mind. They want emergency help and they want it quickly.</p> <p>Yet it actually costs around &pound;500 to send out an ambulance. Multiply that figure against the 1,200 calls made to Tameside Council&rsquo;s community response team over the last six months for elderly people who suffered a fall, and the result is a bill for &pound;600,000.</p> <p>Fortunately, through the Care Together programme, our new integrated health and social care system in Tameside and Glossop has provided an innovative remedy for this problem.</p> <p>Since April, mobile wardens have been issued with iPads. Now, whenever an accident occurs, they are able to use Skype to consult a registered healthcare professionals at Tameside Hospital&rsquo;s new digital health care centre.</p> <p>In many cases the one-to-one advice allows incidents to be dealt with without the need for an ambulance or a GP - helping reduce pressures on these vital services. However, if a hospital visit is required, the patient can be fast-tracked with the necessary medical team waiting. There is no need to go through triage or a long stay in Accident and Emergency.</p> <p>The Skype service also provides reassurance, and allows the person to stay in the comfort of their own home.</p> <p>A warden explained: &ldquo;I was called out to see a lady in Hattersley who was unable to walk because she hadn&rsquo;t taken her pills.</p> <p>&ldquo;She was very agitated but as soon as she saw the nurse on Skype the anxiety visibly left her face. It was incredible to see.</p> <p>&ldquo;It made her feel so much better just to see and hear the nurse. She was reassured because she felt like she was being looked-after.&rdquo;</p> <p>Since the iPads came into use, only five of 15 call-outs have resulted in hospital attendance. Currently, the tablet computers are being trialled from 8am to 6pm but the plan is to make them available 24 hours a day.</p> <p>In addition to this, the community response team has its own lifting equipment. Consequently, the 1,200 falls occurring in the last six months led to only 93 ambulance call-outs, which equates to a saving of around &pound;500,000.</p> <p>Sandra Whitehead, &nbsp;Tameside Council&#39;s assistant executive director for adult services, said: &ldquo;We&rsquo;re delighted to say the new digital healthcare system has been enthusiastically received not only by wardens and medical staff but also by residents, who are our most important consideration.</p> <p>&ldquo;Tameside is the only authority using digital healthcare in an integrated way, and the many benefits of our joined-up approach &ndash; including cost savings &ndash; are already plain to see.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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  • Ed Sheeran's been working on a secret album

    Be afraid – be very afraid. Ed Sheeran has reportedly been working on a secret album for the last six years. The Glastonbury headliner and dominator of charts the world over has been adding to the album’s tracklisting by writing one song per year for it while working on his other albums.

    "I've been working on this one since the same time as Plus. Every year I write a song that will go on it," he told The Sun. "So I have about six, seven at the moment. It's not necessarily experimental but I don't think there'll be any hot radio songs on it this time. It's a very acoustic record, very acoustic."

    The ubiquitous troubadour has advised fans not to hold their breath as it the record may not even be his next album: "It will potentially come later, because it's been about six years in the making and it might be another three or four. So I might put other stuff out before then, just to have something out.”

    A genuinely terrifying prospect is another collaboration with Justin Bieber. The pair worked together on Bieber’s 2015 single, ‘Love Yourself’.

    "I'm always, always up for working with Bieber," he said. "He's doing a lot of these features (collaborations with other artists) then he's touring. But when he wants to start making another album, I'd love to be involved. I've got some ideas. I think he's really talented. And his head's screwed on properly now."

    And if that wasn’t enough, working with hip-hop producer DJ Khaled is also being mooted.

    "Me and DJ Khaled were talking about doing a song but I haven't had any time to go in the studio, so I missed this album," he explained. "But hopefully next year. I'm keeping open."

    Bet you can’t wait, eh?

  • Kendall Calling resale tickets available this Friday

    Good news for anyone lamenting the super-fast sell-out of this year’s Kendall Calling Festival – a limited amount of tickets will be available for resale this Friday.

    Taking place in the Lowther Deer Park from July 27 - 30 in the incredibly scenic environs of the Lake District, this year’s lineup includes huge headline performances from – very deep breath here - Franz Ferdinand, Manic Street Preachers, Stereophonics, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Tinie Tempah and the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson alongside the likes of Editors, Jake Bugg, Slaves, Seasick Steve, Circa Waves, Lethal Bizzle, Loyle Carner, Frightened Rabbit, Example, Nothing But Thieves and many more.

    The limited amount of tickets go on sale this Friday, June 30, at 10am and will be available here. So be sure to set your alarm and head on over quick smart if you want to avoid being disappointed for a second time this year.

    Also on the bill is a combination of music, art, comedy, food and drink. In addition to the Main Stage, you can also expect to find the Calling Out Stage that’ll feature the likes of The Coral and Field Music.

    Elsewhere, the Glow Tent dedicated to the best in cutting edge dance music and will this year host Example + DJ Wire and Faithless among others. Tim Burgess’ Tim Peaks stage will see the Charlatans frontman take to the decks, as will Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite and Nik Void of Factory Floor. Fans of afrobeat, funk, hip hop, alternative, reggae, electronica, pyshchedelic, folk, brass, world music will be well served at the Chai Wallah tent.

    Sounds like a banger. Good luck with the tickets!

  • U2 bassist Adam Clayton pays tribute to bandmates

    U2 bassist Adam Clayton has publicly thanked his bandmates for their support while he was in recovery for alcohol dependency.

    Clayton made the declaration while receiving the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award from MusiCares, the charity arm of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences that helps musicians in times of financial, personal or medical crises, reports Billboard. The ceremony took place at the PlayStation Theatre in Times Square, New York. 

    The award was in recognition of his support of the MusiCares MAP Fund which offers musicians access to treatment for addiction recovery.

    "We have a pact with each other," said Clayton. "In our band, no one will be a casualty. We all come home, or none of us come home. No one will be left behind. Thank you for honouring that promise, and letting me be in your band.”

    Speaking of his alcoholism, Clayton said: "I'm an alcoholic, addict, but in some ways that devastating disease is what drove me towards this wonderful life I now have. It's just that I couldn't take my friend alcohol. At some point I had to leave it behind and claim my full potential."

    He added: "I didn't think you could be in a band and not drink. It is so much a part of our culture."

    He was fulsome in his praise of his bandmates: "I was lucky because I had three friends who could see what was going on and who loved me enough to take up the slack of my failing. Bono, The Edge, and Larry (Mullen) truly supported me before and after I entered recovery, and I am unreservedly grateful for their friendship, understanding and support."

    Clayton was introduced to the stage by former Island Records chief Chris Blackwell, who signed U2 in 1980.

    U2 are currently on tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of their celebrated fifth album, The Joshua Tree.

  • Emily Eavis outlines vision for the Variety Bazaar

    Just in case you’ve not had enough of Glastonbury, festival organiser Emily Eavis has speaking of how plans are progressing for the sister event, Variety Bazaar – and fans of the all-night madness that is the Shangri-La field will be getting themselves into a state of excitement.

    As previously reported on Gigwise, the Eavises have been planning a brand new festival for 2021, an event that father Michael has described as “the last big gamble of his life.” Speaking with NME, Emily has told of the search for the location for the new event and what her vision for it is.

    “We’re looking at three different sites at the moment, I’m really excited about that,” she said. “Doing something at a different space is really quite appealing and exciting. There’s something amazing about the familiarity of here [Worthy Farm]. This is our home, this is where we live, we walk around these fields pretty much every day of the year. We know each hedgerow and each tree and the limits to what you can put in each field. Whereas looking at new sites with different landscapes is quite exciting. What we can put in those spaces and having some rolling installations and stuff.

    “We’re onto that, but that’s another thing for next year when we’ve got a bit more time?”

    Musing over the Variety Bazaar’s format, Emily continued: “It’ll be a bit more like Shangri-La, Block9 and the GreenFields. It will be the same team of people, so everybody will have a space. It just depends on where we do it really, as to how big it is – but that’s all stuff for next year.”

    The Glastonbury Festival is taking a year off and will return in 2019.


  • Master P tears into BET over Prodigy tribute

    The old maxim is that everybody loves you when you’re dead – but Master P isn’t having any it. The rapper and mogul has lashed out at the BET Awards for showing what he feels is fake love to Prodigy of Mobb Deep who passed away last week.

    In a video posted on Instagram, Master P tears into the television network for not showing the late rapper any respect when he was alive.

    “I’m at the BET Awards right now. I ain’t even going in. This shit ain’t even cool,” Master P said. “All of a sudden they celebrate Prodigy. Prodigy, last week, couldn’t even get in here. Couldn’t get backstage. Couldn’t get a pass. All of a sudden, when you die, you this big superstar. Why couldn’t we give the man his flowers while he here?”

    He continued: “Ain’t that sad? For real. I ain’t with it. I ain’t with none of it. That man couldn’t get a show last week, couldn’t get nothing. All of a sudden he the man. They changed their whole program to dedicate to this man. It’s embarrassing. They probably don’t even know who Mobb Deep is. Rest in peace homie, man. It’s sad. They did the same thing with Prince and Whitney Houston. C’mon, man. Give the people they flowers while they still here.”



    The Truth Hurts…BET Would Have Never Changed Their Show For Prodigy If He Was Still Alive!! It was a great thing acknowledging and celebrating the life of Prodigy and all of his accomplishments. But It’s a shame that none of these artists are told how great they are while they’re alive. Why can’t they get their flowers and tokens of appreciation while they’re still living? I know the truth hurts. I just have one serious question… Was Prodigy or Mobb Deep on BET’s radar last week… were they invited to the red carpet event, offered guest passes or an invite to perform at the awards show in the last 10 years? I’m willing to bet the answer is NO. I came to support my daughter today on the BET Experience stage but I decided that my family and I will not participate in the red carpet or awards events this year. I love my people and I support them but we really need to do better by each other. We lost a very talented brother, Prodigy. I send my condolences to his family. Hopefully, one day we can start appreciating the talented sisters and brothers while they are still alive. I know that what I am saying may ruffle a few feathers but the truth needed to be heard.

    A post shared by Master P (@masterp) on

    The video was shot outside of the awards ceremony where Beyonce scooped five awards, including Album Of The Year and Best Female R&B/Pop Artist.

    On a more positive note, Master P called for a celebration of artists while they’re still alive. Writing at the bottom of his Instagram posting, Master P said: "Hopefully, one day we can start appreciating the talented sisters and brothers while they are still alive. I know that what I am saying may ruffle a few feathers but the truth needed to be heard."

  • New rules to be implemented for the Official Singles Chart

    New rules surrounding the Official Singles Chart are being introduced in July in order to support new music. The move comes after the ubiquity of Ed Sheeran saw him occupy 16 places of the Top 20 with tracks from just one album.

    So how will it work? The most significant change is that artists will only be allowed to have their three most popular tracks based on sales and streams to be eligible for the Official Singles Chart Top 100.

    It’s hoped that the change will make it easier for new artists and music to appear in the charts by preventing multiple tracks from single artist taking over the chart. Tracks will no longer be double counted between the Official Singles and Album Charts. The move is expected to increase the number of chart hits by 10%.

    Also changing is the streams to sales ratio. It currently stands at 150 streams counting as a single sale but this will change to 300:1 when a song has been in the charts for a number of weeks but it’s popularity is on the wane.

    The move comes after a year that’s seen artists such as Little Mix, The Weeknd, Chainsmokers, Drake, Stormzy and Ed Sheeran have multiple tracks in the Top 40. The most notorious episode occurred in February when no less than 16 tracks from Ed Sheeran’s third album, ÷, took up residency in the Top 20 like squatters in an empty Mayfair property.

    The new rules have been put together by the Official Charts Company in consultation with record labels, retailers and digital music services.

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