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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
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    Unemployment rate: 9.6% (Apr 2015) Eurostat
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    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
    Unemployment rate: 9.6% (Apr 2015) Eurostat
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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.. Now moved using different name
    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. (now moved)
    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 Name was Care Care Automotive at Yarmouth and should not be confused with any other business with a similar name.

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  • Retained Recruitment at Birchwood Fire Station
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  • 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.
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    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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  • Tameside Council Executive Leader, Cllr Kieran Quinn, Statement On Suspected Terrorist Incident In Manchester
    <p>The suspected terrorist incident at Manchester Arena is a truly shocking and horrific attack on innocent people.</p> <p>Our thoughts are with all the victims and their families.&nbsp; The community of Greater Manchester stands shoulder to shoulder with them at their time of grief and distress.</p> <p>It is in these horrific times where we also see the true kindness of human nature, of people coming together and supporting each other. Manchester has already previously shown, along with London and other great cities that you can come through these atrocities stronger. We will do the same again.</p> <p>I also want to pay tribute to the emergency services. As they always do, they have shown they are the very best of us. At such terrible and challenging&nbsp;times like this we always know they are putting others first and themselves last.</p>
  • Council Meeting
    <p>The meeting of full Council in Tameside tonight will take place. The meeting will be much shorter than usual (around 10 minutes) to enable all Councillors and Senior Officers from the Council to attend the Manchester Vigil taking place in the City Centre.</p> <p>The Council will observe a minute&rsquo;s silence at the Council meeting.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • A Song In The Park
    <p><strong><em>Photo/broadcast opportunity</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>You are invited to Stamford Park (next to the Pavilion) at 2.15pm on &nbsp;Tuesday 23 May when 200 Tameside school children will be linking up with pupils across Greater Manchester in a live singing event.</em></strong></p> <p>STAMFORD Park will be alive with the sound of music tomorrow (Tuesday 23 May) when 200 Tameside school children will take part in a singing challenge.</p> <p>Pupils from Dowson and Millbrook primary schools will gather at the flagship Stalybridge park at &nbsp;2.15pm to perform &lsquo;Go to the Park&rsquo; live.</p> <p>They will be uniting in song with schools from around Greater Manchester in a song written by Out of the Ark Music which celebrate parks and open spaces.&nbsp; The song encourages children to think about all the different fun activities they can participate in at the park, as well as reminding them of the changing seasons and of the wildlife they may see there.</p> <p>The event is being supported by Tameside Music Service, which provides a range of music opportunities for children and young people in educational settings.</p> <p>Lead Vocal Tutor Caroline Ratcliff said: &ldquo;We are proud to be a part of an annual event which champions the health benefits of singing as well as a strong sense of community. We are looking forward to lifting the spirits and hearts of everyone within earshot of the park &ndash; it will also be an amazing experience for the children involved.&rdquo;</p> <p>This Singing Challenge which has been established as an annual event by the Greater Manchester Music Hub (GM Hub). The partnership aims to enable all children, including the most vulnerable, to enjoy high quality music making which promotes self-confidence, ambition and achievement.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Busy Month Of Fun Activities
    <p>WALKS of witness and band contests traditionally dominate the Whit break, but Tameside Council has lots more lined up to entertain and absorb you over the next month.</p> <p>On Bank Holiday Monday (May 29) you can make as much noise as you like when &ldquo;Those Marvellous Men and their Musical Machines&rdquo; turn up at Portland Basin, Ashton. It&rsquo;s a free, fun day out for all the family (11am to 3pm).</p> <p>Scallywags Theatre Company will be bringing the museum&rsquo;s industrial machines to life and helping you make your own funky musical instrument so that you can join in with a performance led by the musical conductor.</p> <p>On Wednesday, May 31, Playful Nature gives you the chance to get outdoors at Sunnybank Vale, Droylsden. Make wooden spinners, play nature noughts and crosses and enjoy other woodland games (1 to 3pm).</p> <p>Then on Thursday, June 8, it&rsquo;s Damsels and Dragons in Haughton Dale. Join us on a nature day looking for dragonflies, going on a bug hunt and pond-dip, and creating your own dragonfly to take home (1 to 3pm).</p> <p>Two days later, the Reel Kids Film Club will be showing &ldquo;The Goonies&rdquo; at 12.45pm at the Astley Cheetham Gallery, Trinity Street, Stalybridge. It&rsquo;s only &pound;2 per child. Book your place by ringing 0161 342 4144. </p> <p>Do you have a much-loved teddy bear? Perhaps a raggedy one you grew up with or one that belonged to your children? Then why not proudly show him off to the world at our &ldquo;If You Go Down to the Woods Today&rdquo; exhibition at Portland Basin?</p> <p>If you can bear to be separated from your teddy for a few months, or you&rsquo;d like his picture to feature, call 0161 343 2878 or e-mail <a href=""></a></p> <p>An exhibition that&rsquo;s already up and running is &ldquo;Calm During the Storm&rdquo;. Organised by the Embroiderers&rsquo; Guild it examines needlework as a calming influence in troubled times. You can see it at Tameside Central Art Gallery, Old Street, Ashton.</p> <p>The popular &ldquo;Goal!&rdquo; football exhibition continues at Portland Basin until July 9.</p> <p>As well as all this you can enjoy the regular Portland Basin Museum holiday favourites Meet Tommy Atkins &ndash; a First World War Soldier and Make, Do and Play.</p> <p>For more information visit</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • A New Generation Follows A Tameside Tradition
    <p>The Whit Friday band contests have been part of the cultural fabric of Tameside for over 100 years, and there are still bands across the borough dedicated to keeping the tradition alive with the younger generation.</p> <p><br /> Taking part in this year&rsquo;s Whit Walks are the Incredible Plastic Street Band. Some of their members are just four and five years old, and while they might have to play miniature trombones they&rsquo;re definitely not short on talent. The band compose all their own music and act as a feeder group for other Tameside brass bands including St Paul&rsquo;s in Stalybridge and St John&rsquo;s Mossley.</p> <p><br /> Beren Airstone of St John&rsquo;s Band said &ldquo;Whit Friday is the biggest day of the year and the older children who come on the march down to the contest find it really exciting, even though it is a long night.</p> <p><br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s inspiring for them seeing some of the best brass bands in the world, including Black Dyke and Foden&rsquo;s Band, but the best thing about Whit Friday is that everyone in the band all work together for a common goal.</p> <p><br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s fantastic keeping the tradition going, just five years ago the average age in the group was 65 and the band had nearly collapsed. Now even our learner band has 20 members and all of them get involved with Whit Friday in one way or another.&rdquo;</p> <p><br /> Hattersley Brass Band is made up of pupils from nine different schools across the borough and will be taking part in the Whit Friday contest for the third time.</p> <p><br /> Mrs Anne Marie Kinder from St James Primary School, who is the band leader, said &ldquo;Whit Friday is a great day. Not only do the children get the chance to walk in the shoes of the greats, being in Hattersley Brass gives them the opportunity to make real friendships with other children they wouldn&rsquo;t usually meet.&rdquo;</p> <p><br /> &ldquo;Some of the children have even continued their friendships after they leave primary school into secondary school and beyond.&rdquo;</p> <p><br /> Mossley Hollins High School&rsquo;s brass band have had some great successes over the years, including performing at the Royal Albert Hall. But for Mr Stephen Beardmore, head of music at the school and band leader for 25 years, one of the proudest moments came at last year&rsquo;s Whit Friday contest where they were the highest placed junior at Aldwinians in Audenshaw, and won Best Youth Band in Droylsden. However, allegiances run strong and the band&rsquo;s favourite place to play has to be their hometown of Mossley.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> He said &ldquo;The Whit Friday contests gives the children a real experience of the contest circuit and we always finish our evening in Mossley to crowds of hundreds who give us a fantastic reception. It&rsquo;s great to carry on the tradition &ndash; and the rivalry with neighbouring Oldham.&rdquo;</p> <p>This year there is over &pound;1,800 in prize money to be won by junior bands, including a monetary prize for every youth band attending the Dukinfield Tame Valley Hotel contest. The full list of prizes is below:</p> <p><br /> Overall Tameside Youth Prizes: 1st place &pound;200, 2nd place &pound;100 (bands must play at least 6 Tameside Venues to qualify)<br /> Audenshaw - Aldwinians: Junior/Youth 1st &pound;100<br /> Ashton - The Broad Oak (Held at Ashton Rugby Club): Junior/Youth 1st &pound;50, 2nd &pound;30<br /> Ashton Hurst Village (Held at Ashton Utd FC): Junior/Youth 1st &pound;50, 2nd &pound;25<br /> Denton Cricket Club: Junior/Youth 1st &pound;60, 2nd &pound;25<br /> Droylsden - The Bush: Junior/Youth 1st &pound;100, 2nd &pound;75<br /> Dukinfield - Tame Valley Hotel: Junior/Youth 1st &pound;100, 2nd &pound;50. Every youth band attending will also receive a monetary prize.<br /> Dukinfield - The Albion: Junior/Youth 1st &pound;100, 2nd &pound;50<br /> Stalybridge Carrbrook: Junior/Youth
  • Love Your Local Markets
    <p><span>IT&rsquo;S Love your Local Market fortnight from May 17, and to mark the national event Tameside Council is launching an addition to its popular and successful range of specialist markets.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span>As well as Ashton Farmers&rsquo; Market, Tameside Hospital Healthy Eating Market, and the artisan markets in Hyde and Stalybridge, there will now be a cake and craft market in Ashton on the third Saturday of every month.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span>A Tameside Council spokesman said: &ldquo;Once the cake and craft market is up and running there will be a specialist market in Tameside almost every weekend.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;A key theme of this year&rsquo;s campaign is making markets relevant for the next generation of traders and consumers, which is exactly what we are doing in Tameside.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span>Nearly 400 markets have signed up to take part Love Your Local Market fortnight from May 17 to 31.</span><span> </span><span>During this period, Tameside Council we will be offering new traders free trading at Ashton and Hyde markets.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span>A spokesperson for the campaign added: &ldquo;Markets are a vital part of our nation&rsquo;s high streets and town centres offering so much more than just a shopping experience. Love Your Local Market celebrates the uniqueness of markets, not just in May but year-round and we are encouraging market operators, traders and members of the public to join us.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><a href=""><font color="#0000ff"><span></span><span>y</span><span></span><span>j</span><span>oin-us</span></font></a><span><o:p></o:p></span></p>
  • My Foster Carers Made Me Who I Am Today
    <p>CARE leaver Chester Reid has told how loving and supportive foster carers helped to turn his life around.</p> <p>The 17-year-old, from Ashton, is helping Tameside Council support the regional You Can Foster campaign as part of Foster Care Fortnight 8- 21 May, which this year is highlighting how fostering transforms lives.</p> <p>Chester said: &ldquo;Foster carers are amazing &ndash; every single foster carer I have been with has helped to make me who I am today.</p> <p>&ldquo;Being in foster care can have it&rsquo;s up and downs but I am a better person than I would have been without the support of my carers &ndash; I don&rsquo;t know what I would have done without them.&rdquo;</p> <p>Chester went into care at the age of eight and has been in placements with several foster families &ndash; all of whom have made a positive contribution to his upbringing. But there are some particular foster carers that stand out to Chester for making the biggest difference.</p> <p>He said: &ldquo;When I was ten I moved to a placement with a couple who I will always feel grateful to for making me feel part of a normal family.</p> <p>&ldquo;Straight away it felt like the perfect match and in my eyes it was everything that a normal family should feel like.&nbsp; It was simple things likes routines, rules that were not too strict but not too lenient either and family meals around the table.</p> <p>&ldquo;They also gave me some really memorable experiences like my first holiday abroad and really boosted my self esteem, making me want to be my best &ndash; I remember I wanted to start dressing smarter like their sons who were older and had left home, they were really positive role models for me.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&nbsp; felt like I finally had the kind of family that my friends had &ndash; something that I had thought would never happen for me.&rdquo;</p> <p>After taking his GCSEs at 16, Chester wanted to start working and he moved out of foster care into a bedsit on the care leaver programme.</p> <p>He said: &ldquo;It felt a little bit daunting but I was also ready to be independent. You still get lots of support and help with things like paying bills, money etc.</p> <p>&ldquo;I still keep in touch with my foster carers and go round for meals. Whenever I see any of my former foster cares it&rsquo;s great &ndash; we give eachother a hug and they are pleased to see that I&rsquo;m doing well in my life.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m also in touch with my mum and am very close to my little sister still &ndash; I get on well with her foster carers and so I can see her lots.&rdquo;</p> <p>Chester is now working for Active Tameside running a programme for adults with learning disabilities.</p> <p>He said: &ldquo;I absolutely love it &ndash; you really get to know them and their different personalities and it&rsquo;s good to feel you are contributing something positive to their day.</p> <p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know what my long term future holds but I find that exciting &ndash; I have learned over the years not to look too far ahead and make the most of all opportunities.</p> <p>&ldquo;Anyone considering fostering should go for it &ndash; you could really make a difference for a young person, like my foster carers did for me.&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>. There will also be a fostering drop in event at Dukinfield Town Hall on Tuesday 16 May 5-7.30pm where anyone interested in fostering will have an informal opportunity to chat to social workers and foster carers to find out more. You don&rsquo;t have to book &ndash; just come along.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • A Message You Won’t Forget
    <p>TAMESIDE is in full bloom to make a memorable display for Dementia Awareness Week 14-21 May 2017.</p> <p>Schools, community groups, knitters and crafters have worked with Tameside Council&rsquo;s public health and greenspace teams to create and plant hand-made and home-grown forget-me-nots flowers - the Dementia Friends logo &ndash; to decorate local landmarks and meeting points to promote the campaign.</p> <p>Their efforts were celebrated at a launch event at Stamford Park on 9 May attended by Tameside Civic Mayor Cllr Philip Fitzpatrick, volunteers and staff involved in the Dementia Friends work.</p> <p>Around 1829 Tameside people have been diagnosed with dementia and these figures are expected to increase in the future.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Alzheimer&rsquo;s &nbsp;Dementia Friends project aims to make life a little easier for people living with dementia by encouraging as many people as possible to become dementia friends and help create a more dementia-friendly society.</p> <p>Becoming a Dementia Friend does not involve raising money for charity or donating your time on a regular basis. It simply asks that Dementia Friends remember what they have learned and put it into practice when they meet someone who might need their help, whether this is through their work or in their day-to-day life.</p> <p>You can become a Dementia Friend in one of three ways:</p> <p>1. Watching a video &ndash; There is a range of films available, designed to address the needs of different staff roles.&nbsp; This takes 10 minutes.</p> <p>2. Reading a booklet</p> <p>3. Attending a face-to-face information session led by a Dementia Friends Champion. This takes around an hour. Dementia Champions will be delivering Dementia Friends Sessions in venues across Tameside.&nbsp; Please visit <a href=""></a> to book onto a session near you.</p> <p>For further information contact Public Health Programme Officer Angela Wild on <strong>0161 342 3477</strong>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Calling All Sports Coaches And Volunteers!
    <p>COACHES, parents and volunteers are invited to a free training event to help protect the welfare of children playing sport.</p> <p>The multi-agency It&rsquo;s Not Okay campaign, supported by the Council, is planning a week of action from 19 June to bring the sporting community of Greater Manchester together to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).</p> <p>As part of the week, a free &lsquo;Safeguarding &amp; CSE in Sport&rsquo; event will be held at Curzon Ashton FC, Richmond St, Ashton, OL7 9HG, on Wednesday 21 June 6-8pm with speakers, information stands and networking opportunities.</p> <p>The evening will focus on safeguarding policies, early intervention, DBS checks and fundamental safeguards that should be put in place by any organisation working with children in sport. There will also be guidance on how to spot the signs of Child Sexual Exploitation and how to report it.</p> <p>Anyone involved in supporting children to play sport &ndash; from clubs, managers and coaches to volunteers and parents &ndash; are strongly encouraged to attend the event. Places are limited so please email <a href=""></a> as soon as possible to register your interest.</p> <p>A five-a-side football tournament will be held before the event to celebrate local sport and the commitment of volunteers. If you would like to enter a team email <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Mayor's Charity Appeal Raises £10,000
    <p>THE charity appeal is a key feature of every Civic Mayor of Tameside&rsquo;s year of office. Events like the highly popular golf day and St Valentine&rsquo;s ball are used to raise money for good causes within the borough.</p> <p>With a few days of his term remaining, Cllr Philip Fitzpatrick has realised more than &pound;10,000. On Monday, 22 May, he will be entertaining representatives of three charities in the mayor&rsquo;s parlour at Dukinfield Town Hall to&nbsp;present them with their share.</p> <p>Tameside 4 Good, Citizens Advice Tameside, and Willow Wood Hospice will each get a cheque for &pound;3,546.20.</p> <p>The Mayor said: &ldquo;I&rsquo;m delighted I&rsquo;ve been able to help three such worthy causes. They all do a very important job within Tameside and I hope the money makes a difference to them. I know it will be put to good use.</p> <p>&ldquo;My year of office ends on May 23, so I would like to wish my successor, Cllr Joyce Bowerman, the very best with her charity appeal. I hope she manages to raise even more.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • New Whit Friday Band Contest Announced
    <p>TAMESIDE has a new Whit Friday band contest. The Albion pub in Dukinfield has joined the list of venues for what is often termed the greatest free show on earth, taking the total to 12.</p> <p>In another change, Ashton&rsquo;s Broadoak competition has moved from the Broadoak Hotel where landlord Robert Frost has retired after 40 years. It will now be staged at near-by Ashton Rugby Club.</p> <p>Whit Friday (June 9) is part of the borough&rsquo;s cultural fabric. It was traditionally the day on which Whitsuntide walks of witness were held, and band contests have taken place since 1884.</p> <p>In May and June, an exhibition about the history of the contests will be staged at Tameside Central Art Gallery, above Tameside Central Library on Old Street, Ashton.</p> <p>A Tameside Council spokesman said: &ldquo;Whether you&rsquo;re a regular or a first-timer, Whit Friday is an event to be savoured and enjoyed.</p> <p>&ldquo;Once again, with support from the Friends of Tameside Whit Friday Brass Band Committee, Tameside Council, Tameside Radio, local businesses and an army of volunteers, it promises to be a day to remember.</p> <p>&ldquo;The local challengers of Ashton, Mossley and Stalybridge Old, among others, will have an eye on the prizes in the local championship. Once again, any youth band that competes at six venues will be in contention for the Tameside Youth Championship which is again being generously sponsored by Premier Kia in Dukinfield.&rdquo;</p> <p>Bands and followers will be able to keep abreast of events throughout the evening via the Twitter handle @tmbc_culture and by using the hashtag #WhitBrass17. Tameside Radio will also giving regular updates.<br /> Venues</p> <p>Audenshaw: Aldwinians RUFC, Droylsden Road, Audenshaw, M34 5SN &ndash; 4 to 10.30pm.<br /> <br /> Broadoak: Ashton RUFC, St Albans Avenue, Gambrel Bank, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 8TU &ndash; 5 to 11pm.<br /> <br /> Carrbrook: Carr Rise, Carrbrook, Stalybridge, SK15 3NY &ndash; 4.30 to 10.30pm.<br /> <br /> Denton: Denton Cricket Club, Egerton Street, Denton, M34 3PB &ndash; 4.15 to 11.15pm.<br /> <br /> Droylsden: Bush Inn, Moorside Street, Droylsden, M43 7HL &ndash; 4.30 to 11pm.</p> <p>Dukinfield: Albion, 66 Jeffreys Drive, Dukinfield, SK16 4BZ &ndash; 4.30 to 11pm.<br /> <br /> Dukinfield (Tame Valley): Tame Valley Hotel, Park Road, Dukinfield, SK16 5LX &ndash; 4.30 to 11pm.<br /> <br /> Heyrod: John Street, Heyrod, Stalybridge, SK15 3BW &ndash; 4.30 to 10.30pm.<br /> <br /> Hurst Village: Ashton United, Surrey Street, Hurst Cross, OL6 8DY &ndash; 4.30 to 10.15pm.<br /> <br /> Stalybridge: Labour Club, Acres Lane, Stalybridge, SK15 2JR &ndash; 4.30 to 10.30pm.<br /> <br /> Stalybridge Celtic: Bower Fold, Mottram Road, Stalybridge, SK15 2RT &ndash; 4.30 to 11pm.</p> <p>Upper Mossley: Mountain Street, Mossley, OL5 0ES &ndash; 4.30 to 10pm.</p> <p><strong>Further details:</strong></p> <p><a href=""></a></p>
  • Sports Awards Nominations Now Open
    <p>NOMINATIONS are open for the 2017 Pride of Tameside Sports Awards.</p> <p>The search is on to find the borough&rsquo;s top sports performers, teams, groups and individuals before nominations close on August 5.</p> <p>This year there are two new categories - School Commitment to PE and sport and the Believe and Achieve Award.</p> <p>The commitment award is open to all Tameside schools that have shown dedication to getting their pupils active and developed provision which covers the curriculum and after-school sports and PE. The Believe and Achieve winner will come from one of the charity&rsquo;s bursaries awarded over the past year</p> <p>Other categories are coach of the year, sports achiever of the year, disabled sports achiever of the year, Alex Williams volunteer of the year, unsung hero of the year, club of the year and the changing lifestyle special recognition award.</p> <p>Mark Tweedie, chief executive of Active Tameside, said: &ldquo;We are looking forward to a fantastic sports awards this year.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is always wonderful to see the community coming together to support what Tameside does in sport, health and wellbeing, and with our new categories it means we get to the opportunity to highlight even more of this great work.&rdquo;</p> <p>The sports awards presentation night takes place at Dukinfield Town Hall on Friday, September 22. The winners will represent Tameside at the Greater Manchester Sports Awards.</p> <p>For more information or to complete a nomination form visit <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Funding Boost For Libraries
    <p>TAMESIDE&rsquo;S libraries are to benefit from a &pound;250,000 boost. The money, given by the Libraries Opportunities for Everyone Innovation Fund, will be shared among the 10 local authorities making up Greater Manchester.</p> <p>Arts Council England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have provided the grant through the Big Ideas Generators project which supports innovation and enterprise in libraries.</p> <p>It will lead to a unique customer service delivered by a team working across the region, and will pay for personalised one-to-one business information surgeries, &ldquo;how-to&rdquo; sessions, workshops and informal networking opportunities, as well as specialist skills <a href="" target="_blank">training</a>.</p> <p>Participants will be given information and digital support, and there will be an emphasis on reaching women and black and minority ethnic groups. </p> <p>Tameside Libraries will host around three one-on-one sessions a month as well as small workshops and specialist events.&nbsp;To assist with this work it will be getting a 3D printer, a smart TV set, and five Arduino/Raspberry Pi kits for coding and Internet of Things workshops.</p> <p>Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council&rsquo;s executive member for libraries, said: &ldquo;Tameside, like the rest of Greater Manchester, is full of people with innovative and creative ideas. Thanks to the Big Ideas Generators project, our libraries will be able to help people get the skills they need to turn them into reality.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Mum Helps Highlight Support For Children Who Need Extra Help
    <p>A MOTHER whose daughter is profoundly deaf is backing a Council campaign to highlight the services available for children and young adults with additional needs.</p> <p>The Local Offer &ndash; which can be accessed on the Tameside Council website at <a href=""></a> - should be the first port of call for anyone who has concerns about their child&rsquo;s development.</p> <p>It is aimed at all families who feel their children may need some extra help because of additional needs &ndash; these could be emotional, physical, behavioural and/or medical and anything from difficulties learning to read to a profound disability.</p> <p>The Local Offer webpage signposts to all the services and support available for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families while also helping families and professionals make informed decisions. Parents and carers are encouraged to seek advice as soon as they identify any concerns so that children can receive all the support they may need from the earliest opportunity.</p> <p>Karen Burns, from Droylsden, told how accessing all the available support for her daughter Millie &ndash; who was diagnosed as being profoundly deaf at the age of one &ndash; has been invaluable to her development.</p> <p>She said: &ldquo;The earlier you can get the right support for your child, the better. Realising your child needs extra help can be an emotional, confusing and frightening journey but you don&rsquo;t have to go it alone - there is expert guidance available and people who will support you get the best for your child every step of the way.&rdquo;</p> <p>Karen told how a newborn screening test picked up that Millie was deaf in one ear and 12 months later it was established she had lost all of her hearing.</p> <p>&ldquo;Millie went from developing fairly normally and saying dada and mama to virtually stopping speaking by her first birthday. I also realised she would not turn if I called her name or walked into a room.</p> <p>&ldquo;Once she was diagnosed as being profoundly deaf in both ears as I was put in touch with specialist teachers for the deaf who have been a massive support right through Millie&rsquo;s journey. As well as teaching her to hear with her cochlear implant, they have helped us choose schools where she can be best supported, trained her teachers, provided equipment and supported us in getting an Education Health Care Plan so that she gets extra support in class.&rdquo;</p> <p>Millie is now ten and thriving in primary school while planning her move to secondary education &ndash; again with the support for the teachers of the deaf.</p> <p>&ldquo;They have been amazing and have made all the difference for Millie. It&rsquo;s really important that every child that needs support gets it and that families know where to go,&rdquo; said Karen.</p> <p>The Local Offer aims to signpost to services and support for everyone aged 0-25 years who has special educational needs and disabilities and inform them of exactly what they are entitled to. As well as linking to individual school and private and voluntary nursery offers, it covers other services and support such as SENDIASS (Tameside Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support &nbsp;Service), voluntary organisations and local activities.</p> <p>Tameside Council&nbsp;Assistant Executive Director for Learning Bob Berry&nbsp;said: &ldquo;The Local Offer isn&rsquo;t just about supporting school age children, it&rsquo;s also for families of under fives and a

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  • Chris Cornell to be laid to rest on Friday

    The funeral of the late Chris Cornell will take place this Friday (May 26) at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Forever Cemetery in a private ceremony.

    The Soundgarden singer was found dead early last Thursday (May 18) in his hotel room at the MGM Grand in Detroit. Earlier that evening he’d played a gig with Soundgarden. He committed suicide by hanging himself.

    Kirk Pasich, the Cornell family attorney, said that the singer’s body was being flown from Detroit. He added that Cornell’s family was hoping to organize a public memorial that would allow fans to pay their respects.

    "The family is thinking about a (public) memorial for fans, but is coping now with their loss and the funeral service," a source close to the family told CNN. Pasich confirmed to Variety that plans for public memorials will be announced "when that’s been decided."

    Toxicology tests are underway to determine the levels of drugs in his system, specifically Ativan. Ativan is a brand name for lorazepam, a prescription drug used to treat anxiety. It is thought that Cornell may have accidentally double dosed before his death. It is understood that Ativan overdoses can cause suicidal thoughts.

    His widow, Vicky, said in statement: “When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different. When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him.

    “What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details. I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life."

    The Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the final resting place of a number of musicians including Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Kim Fowley and Nelson Riddle among others.

  • The 1975's Matt Healy makes impassioned speech over Manchester bombing

    The 1975’s Matt Healy stopped the band’s gig at the Fillmore in Detroit last night (May 22) to make an impassioned speech about the suicide bombing at Ariana Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena.

    Manchester-born Healy addressed the crowd and said that nationalism and religion were “over”. He was speaking hours after the explosion in Manchester. The death toll currently stands at 22 with a further 59 people injured.

    He said: “I’m bored of nationalism and I’m bored of racism. It’s over. Nationalism, religion, all these regressive things, they’re over. We can’t carry on in the way that we’re carrying on.

    “We’re from Manchester and where we used to hang out, the actual place that we used to hang out, someone put a bomb in there tonight and then killed a bunch of kids that were going to a fucking show in Manchester.

    “I don’t need to be educated on fucking anything to say that that’s bullshit.

    “I don’t know what it’s in the name of, so I apologise if it’s not in the name of religion, if it’s not in the name of nationalism, but these are things that keep happening and I’m fucking pissed off about it. And I’m sorry.”


    matt healy of manchester-based band the 1975 speaks on behalf of today's tragedy. music will always build bridges.

    — Michelle (@follosopher) 23 May 2017

    Elsewhere, it has been reported that equal numbers of adult and child casualties admitted to the Manchester Royal Infirmary’s A&E department.

    It has also been reported that Ariana Grande has suspended her world tour in the wake of the bombing. She is scheduled to play at London’s O2 Arena on Thursday (May 25) and Friday (May 26).

    A statement on the O2 Arena’s website reads: “Along with everyone else, we are shocked and saddened by the terrible tragedy in Manchester. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected and their families. Ariana is due to perform at The O2 on Thursday and Friday and we will advise as soon as we can as to the status of those shows.”

  • Ariana Grande expresses her sorrow following Manchester attack

    Ariana Grande has expressed her sorrow following the suicide attack that left 22 people dead and dozens injured at the Manchester Arena last night (May 22).

    The attack occurred in the foyer of the Manchester Arena after the singer’s concert had ended. Ariana Grande was unhurt in the incident but has described herself as “broken”.

    Taking to social media, she tweeted: “Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I’m so sorry. I don’t have the words.”


    from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.

    — Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) 23 May 2017

    Her manager Scooter Braun made a longer statement. He said: “Tonight, out hearts are broken, Words cannot express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack.

    "We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly attack.We are thankful for the selfless service tonight of Manchester’s first responders who rushed towards danger to help save lives. We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers."

    Musicians from Manchester tweeted messages of support:


    In total shock and absolutely devastated about what's gone down in MANCHESTER sending Love and Light to all the family's involved LG x

    — Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) 23 May 2017


    Manchester stands together.

    — Johnny Marr (@Johnny_Marr) 23 May 2017


    A bleak and tragic day for music and for Manchester. Sending love to all the families affected. Love can hopefully overcome

    — The Charlatans (@thecharlatans) 23 May 2017


    Terrible, tragic night.

    Sending love and thoughts to all Families affected and to our emergency services who were so quick & brave.


    — Liam Fray (@What_Liam_Said) 23 May 2017


  • Death toll rises following Manchester suicide bombing

    Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that the death toll has risen to 22 following a suicide bomb attack at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena last night (May 22). 59 other people have been injured. The explosion happened in the foyer after the concert while fans were leaving the venue.

    Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “This has been the most horrific incident we have had to face in Greater Manchester and one that we all hoped we would never see.

    “Families and many young people were out to enjoy a concert at the Manchester Arena and have lost their lives. Our thoughts are with those 22 victims that we now know have died, the 59 people who have been injured and their loved ones. We continue to do all we can to support them. They are being treated at eight hospitals across Greater Manchester.

    “This is a fast-moving investigation and we have significant resources deployed to both the investigation and the visible patrols that people will see across Greater Manchester as they wake up to news of the events last night. This will include armed officers as people would expect. More than 400 officers have been involved in this operation during the night.”

    He continued: “We have been treating this as a terrorist incident and we believe, at this stage, the attack last night was conducted by one man. The priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network.

    “The attacker, I can confirm, died at the arena. We believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device which he detonated causing this atrocity.

    “We would ask people not to speculate on his details or to share names. There is a complex and wide ranging investigation underway.”

    Greater Manchester Police have also appealed for any images or footage that can assist them with their inquiries. Files can be uploaded at or

  • 22 dead, 59 injured following suicide bomb at Ariana Grande gig in Mancheter Arena

    22 people have been killed and around 59 injured following a bomb at Manchester Arena moments after Ariana Grande finished her gig.

    The explosion happened at 10.33pm in the foyer on Monday (22 May) at the 21,000 capacity venue, which is where people gather, buy merchandise and prepare to travel home.

    It was being treated as a "possible terrorist attack" by foreign affaris correspondent Daniel Sandford on the BBC and by the police who confirmed the numbers dead in a press release. Two U.S.officials have told Reuters that it is a suspected suicide bomber.

    According to NBC News, the US officials were briefed by British authorities that forensic evidence at the scene — including a body found at the blast site — indicated a suicide attack.

    Today (23 May) it has been revealed that Isis has claimed responsibility for the Manchester Arena attack, hailing the bomber as a "soldier of the caliphate". The terrorist group released a statement in Arabic through its central media body, The Independent reports. 

    Of the incident, Karen Ford, who spoke with the BBC, she heard one "very very loud" explosion and her husband heard a second when he was stood outside. Many panic striken gig goers understandably ran for their lives with some getting injured in the panicked crush. NBC also believes the stampede caused some deaths

    People are still emerging, shell shocked: a family from Pontefract say they saw a woman stagger out, on open wound exposed all down one leg

    — Helen Pidd (@helenpidd) May 22, 2017

    Those affected are largely young kids as Twitter has shown pictures of children and teenagers missing with friends crying out desperately for help.


    — kaley / today (@xqueengrandeo) May 23, 2017

    Some of those injured have been very severely hurt as Guardian journalist Helen Pidd is at the hospital that has signs outside indicating the overwhelming and shocking impact. Staff have told her that small children are among the injured and she spoke to a 17 year old girl whose grandfather was in the MRI after being hit by falling glass in the tunnel by the merch stand underneath the seats.

    Another Pidd spoke to in the early hours of Tuesday (23 May) was a 17-year-old girl going from hospital to hospital to try to find her mum, not seen since the blast at Manchester arena.


    Major incident declared at Manchester Royal Infirmary - relatives arriving, looking for loved ones

    — Helen Pidd (@helenpidd) May 23, 2017

    Shortly after the bomb at the arena, a controlled explosion happened in Cathedral Gardens - just down the road - to destroy a suspect device. It occurred as the BBC were broadcasting a report. The suspected material has ended up being loose clothing and the explosion was a precautionary measure.

    The whole incident initially sparked confusion with many - rather optimistically - hoping early reports of loud bangs were stage apparatus problem or some of the balloons next to microphones. But the explosion was severe and one eyewitness spoke to the BBC about getting thrown 30 feet to the BBC.

    Ariana Grande herself wasn't near the blast and is safe. However, sources close to TMZ ahve said she is inconsolable and "in hysterics." Her upcoming concert at the 02 Arena in London is understandably up in the air.


    Broken hearted for the families tonight. Broken hearted for Ari. Broken hearted for the state of this world. 😔

    — KATY PERRY (@katyperry) May 23, 2017


    No words can describe how I feel about what happened in Manchester. I don't wanna believe that the world we live in could be so cruel.

    — Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) May 23, 2017

    Two more ambulances have just pulled into children's A&E at Manchester Royal Infirmary, followed by a van carrying blood supplies

    — Helen Pidd (@helenpidd) May 23, 2017

    This page has been published on 22 May but updated throughout the 23 May as official sources confirmed the sequence of events.

  • Grime's support for Corbyn creates surge in young voter registration

    The grime world rallying support for Jeremy Corbyn has helped cause a surge in young voter registration.

    Since the week commencing 15 May, people aged 18 - 24 years have leaped from 38,000 new registered voters to a massive 207,000 - with 90,100 people - in typical student fashion - leaving it to the very last day.

    The success in engaging young people politically owes a lot to the grime scene. As grime fans are among the most active on social media out of any genre followers any tweet or mention in favour of Corbyn from the big stars like Stormzy, JME, AJ Tracey, and Novelist has had a viral response.

    JME even met with Jeremy Corbyn for an interview last week which has been heavily influential. Corbyn Snapchatted it helping to communicate with young people in the most effective way possible. 

    This support for Corbyn is the first time in Grime's history - a genre that usually detests politicans and understands voter apathy - has voiced its support for one party.

    Dizzee Rascal rapped “I'm a problem for Anthony Blair” in 2003, and Lethal Bizzle's wrote an article in The Guardian called 'David Cameron is a donut' in 2006. Whilst Novelist sampled David Cameron in the track 'Street Politician' to protest.

    But these musicians are seeing something in Corbyn that they've never seen in a past Prime Minister candidate and see him as someone who'll empower people.

    Rapper Akala wrote a string of tweets about why he would be voting for the first time in his life because of Jeremy Corbyn, calling him “asane and decent human… He has consistently voted/spoken against UK foreign aggression ... anti-austerity, pro-NHS and at least being openly ideologically opposed to UK empire is as good as we are ever likely to get. Homie @jeremycorbyn was anti-apartheid back when the Tories had Mandela down as a terrorist. Safe.”

    This shift in perspective and unprecedented surge in young voter registration that will have Theresa May - who is still ahead in the polls - worried. This is less of an obvious Tory victory than was first anticipated when the electrion was called.

    One other particular ingenious way the grime scene has helped cause the surge is the Grime4Corbyn website that's encouraged people to use the hashtag #grime4corbyn.

    The people behind the website have created a page that links people to the official vote registration page via a page that offers them a chance to win tickets to a secret rave on its site. A simple but effective initiative and another sign of engaging previously apolitical people: thousands of people have signed up to the rave.

    One Grime4Corbyn organiser said in a press release: "We think it's important for young people to vote in every election - because when we don't vote, it is too easy for politicians to ignore us. This is clearly seen when you think about the Conservatives’ shameless decision to take away housing benefit for the under-25s.

    "It is even more important that young people vote in this election because all the research has shown that if it were only the under-40s who were voting, Corbyn would win. This is the first election in our lifetime when we have been given a genuine choice, and this election must not be decided without the involvement of young people.”

    Voter registration closes 23:59 22 May.

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