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North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Annual Members' Meeting

    Our Annual Members Meeting is on Thursday 22nd September 2016, it is an opportuntiy to learn a bit more about your hospitals and find out how we have performed over the last 12 months.

    You can come along and hear about how your hospitals performed last year from the management team and get updates from your hospitals’ public governors. This will take place in the lecture theatre in the education centre and will include a brief question and answers session. Light refreshments will also be provided before the meeting for those attending, which will be available from 3.30pm.

    You can view our latest annual report published in July 2016 which looks at the 2015-2016 financial year on our website or by clicking this link Corporate publications and statutory information

    If you are planning to attend the meeting we would be grateful if you could email us to let us know at, as it will give us an idea of the numbers we can expect on the day.

  • Stoptober: Help is available

    Each year thousands quit smoking for 28 days with Stoptober starting on 1st October. This year the Livewire Stop Smoking Team in partnership with WHH will be here to support you to stop smoking. By signing up you can access a range of free support including packs, emails, texts and an app - all providing information, advice and daily tips to help you through the month.

    Everyone quits together, supported by employers, communities, charities and other partners, as well as encouraging each other via the Stoptober Facebook page. By making it to 28 days smoke free, you are five times more likely to quit for good.

    So far nearly a million people have signed up to the national campaign.If you’re thinking about quitting smoking now or want more information about support when you're ready to quit, there is plenty of advice and expert help available on the Smokefree website.

    or ... Come and visit us on Tuesday 20th September outside the  WHH Charity hub in the main foyer from 10.00 till 3.00pm for help and advice to access free stop smoking support in the hospital for Staff, patients and families.There will also be a stand at the Halton Hospital site on Wednesday 21st September 2016.

    We will have lots of Stoptober freebies and giveaways on the day, and there will be a special appearance from BIG CIG!!

  • Pulmonary Fibrosis Week

    Come and meet our Warrington Respiratory Team on Friday 23 September, 9:00am - 3:00pm in the main entrance of Warrington Hospital. The team will be on hand to talk all things Respiratory, with a particular focus on Pulmonary Fibrosis. The team will also be demonstrating O2 therapy.

    So who are the Warrington Respiratory Team and when would you encounter them?

    The Warrington Respiratory Team offer expert respiratory care to patients with Pulmonary Fibrosis, COPD, Bronchiectasis and Asthma. The Respiratory team includes Specialist Nurses, Physiotherapy Specialists and Team Assistances who work together with our integrated Respiratory Consultant Dr. S. Church.

    For all our respiratory patients and those with Pulmonary Fibrosis, we provide a tailored multi-spoke service which incorporates a seamless approach to the patients care and overall journey including a triage referral access 7 days a week.  This enables a single point of access into the many different interventions that the team provides. This centralised telephone contact line is held by a respiratory specialist nurse / physiotherapist on a daily basis. GP’s, other healthcare professionals, and patients’ are able to speak directly to an expert clinician for advice and support. The respiratory team also provide early supported discharge, in-patient assessment, prevention of hospital admissions, specialist clinics.

    As patient empowerment and self-referral is encouraged relationships based on mutual trust and respect are established and can then be collaboratively used to aid decision making. This rapid access enables clinician review of the patient within 24 hours as well as verbal advice on current symptom management and treatment initiation.

     Specialist service and initiatives

     Let it be stressed that our team focus encompasses all respiratory disease including Pulmonary Fibrosis and our team has embraced the ethos that all respiratory conditions warrant our care and support. It is probable that our pulmonary fibrosis patients may require oxygen as their disease progresses; this is assessed by our service below:

    •  Home Oxygen assessment and monitoring service, specialist nurse led
    • Ambulatory Oxygen assessment and review clinic specialist physiotherapy led


     What is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)

     Is a progressive condition, which makes the lungs thick and hard making the lungs less efficient.  These symptoms gradually get worse over several years, some deteriorate faster than others.  Unfortunately there is no cure and sadly approximately 50% of patients diagnosed with IPF may only live for 2-3 years after diagnosis.


    Shortness of breath is the most common symptom, regular cough and fatigue.  Clubbing is also a sign of IPF, which is when your nail beds can change shape, become soft and tips of your fingers and toes can bulge.


     Confirmation of IPF diagnosis can be found by CT scan, Chest X-ray, Bronchoscopy, breathing tests.


    Unfortunately, there is no cure for IPF. However, through the respiratory team, we can help our patients by improving quality of life by prescribing oxygen if appropriate; medics can prescribe some medications to assist with IPF symptoms and to reduce inflammation.

    Further help and advice can be found on the internet, these are a few links for more information:




  • HSJ Awards 2016 Shortlist

    Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted in the prestigious national HSJ Awards, beating hundreds of submissions to make the final cut.


    Creating a Social Movement - Dementia Care’ has been shortlisted in the Compassionate Patient Care category and is the only North West submission to make the shortlist. Charting WHH’s Dementia journey which began in 2013 by focussing on hospital-led care for patients living with dementia; it describes the creation and opening of the nationally acclaimed Forget me Not Unit and - among others - the creation of the humble ‘Twiddle muff’ knitting pattern which has come to symbolise WHH’s work to improve dementia care.


    ‘Learning from when things go wrong - Maternity Services’ has been shortlisted in the Patient Safety category and describes the complete turnaround in our maternity service over the past two years. The turnaround was driven entirely by the work with the women and families who chose to deliver their babies at Warrington Hospital and the valuable learnings along the way. The Unit is now held in very high regard as safe, effective and offering an excellent patient experience delivered by enthused staff that are highly skilled, well-led and developed.

    The next stage requires the teams to present their entries to the judging panel in a 30 minute slot. The Dementia team go first on Weds 12th October and then Maternity Services on Mon 17th October.

    Chief Executive Mel Pickup said: “It is an absolute honour to be finalists in the prestigious HSJ Awards – these awards are now in their 35th year and are probably the most sought-after accolade in British healthcare. They are a true national benchmark which recognises and celebrates only the very best achievements. Whatever the outcome the fact is our two teams have pitted their work against hundreds of other submissions and made it through to the shortlist in two categories. This alone is a real testament to the high quality, compassionate and simply excellent care that our staff deliver 365 days a year.”

    The full shortlist for each category is as follows:

    Compassionate Patient Care – shortlist

    1. Basildon and Thurrock Trust
    2. Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust
    3. Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation Trust
    4. NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group
    5. NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group
    6. North East Ambulance Service Foundation Trust
    7. North Tees and Hartlepool Foundation Trust
    8. Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Foundation Trust
    9. Oakley and Overton Surgery
    10. Poole Hospital Foundation Trust
    11. Warrington and Halton Foundation Trust​

    Patient Safety Category - shortlist

    1. Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals
    2. County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust
    3. Inclusion, South Staffordshire and Shropshire Health Care Foundation Trust
    4. Liverpool Women’s Hospital Trust
    5. Nottingham CityCare Partnership
    6. Portsmouth Hospital Trust
    7. The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust
    8. Warrington and Halton Foundation Trust
    9. Wirral University Teaching Hospital
    10. Wrightington Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust
  • Pre-op moves to Halton

    From Tuesday 6th September 2016, Warrington and Halton Surgical Pre-op Assessments are amalgamating and moving from their current locations at Warrington and Halton to one Pre-op Unit, located on Ward B2, Halton Hospital.

    All patients attending pre-operative from the 6th September, will have received the notifcation of the change of venue in their letter. If you need to contact the unit the telephone number remains the same - 01928 753282.

  • Your Health Event - Eyes

    Take a closer look at Ophthalmology –Wednesday 14th September 2016, 1 – 2pm Committee Room, Education Centre, Warrington Hospital.

    Head of Oprometry, Mr Graham Freeman and Deputy Head Orthoptist Sonia MacDiarmid will be hosting the talk on the fantastic vision services we provide – from visual tests through to surgery and treatment for cataracts and age related macular degeneration. If you have questions about vision, this is the talk for you.


    Your Health is our series of events for public members of the hospitals. The idea is to give you more information about the services we provide and some of the key illnesses and conditions we treat – direct from the doctors and nurses themselves. Parking is free to attend Your Health events!To book please email: or call 01925 664 222.

  • Weekend shuttle bus

    Following several issues with local youths at the weekend, the shuttle bus from the 3rd September will no longer be dropping off and collecting from the Main Entrance at Halton Hospital (phase 1). The bus stop will be moved to the Urgent Care entrance downstairs at the back of the hospital (phase 2). The timetable will stay the same. Please note that this new bus stop will only be in operation on Saturdays and Sundays.

    For more information on the shuttle bus click here.

  • Caring for You campaign

    RCM campaign for healthy workplaces delivering high quality care

    Warrington Hospital’s Maternity Unit has signed up to the Royal College of Midwives’ Caring for You Campaign; which aims to improve RCM members’ health, safety and wellbeing at work so they are able to provide high quality maternity care for women and their families. The Trust’s commitment is to improve our midwives’; student midwives’; and maternity support workers’ health safety and wellbeing at work so they are able to give even better care for women and their families.

    What is the Caring for you Campaign?

    The campaign was launched because maternity units are overworked and understaffed and many midwives and maternity support workers are feeling under intense pressure to be able to meet the demands of the service. RCM members have never felt so challenged in their ability to provide high quality care to women and their families. The increased pressure and demands are having a significant effect on the health, safety and wellbeing of midwives and maternity support workers. RCM members are reporting that they are feeling stressed, burn out and unable to give high quality care to women and their families.

    Supportive and open workplaces benefit both staff and service users. People perform better when they are confident and motivated and good health, safety and wellbeing underpins this. By positively supporting employees’ health, safety and wellbeing, employers can make sure that staff perform to the best of their ability. The strong relationship between levels of staff wellbeing and clinical outcomes is well known. Research shows that when staff wellbeing is supported, employee involvement increases, motivation and performance levels increase and outcomes for women improve. Investment in staff is an investment in care for women and their families.

    Rachael Browning, Associate Director of Nursing, Surgery and Women’s & Children’s Health and Head of Midwifery explained the Trust’s reason for signing up to the Caring for You campaign, “We are proud of our staff in Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and we are pleased to sign up to and work collaboratively with the RCM on its “Caring for you Campaign”.  This campaign enables to the Maternity Unit to demonstrate the Trusts commitment to support improvements in the health and wellbeing of our staff, building on the strong relationship we already have with our RCM colleagues. We know that when staff feel supported and valued, it makes a difference to not only their working lives, but can also make a difference to the care we provide for our women and their families”

  • Relocation of GP Out of Hours

    From 6 June 2016 until 29 July 2016 NHS Warrington CCG is holding an 8 week public consultation on proposed changes to the location of the GP Out of Hours service in Warrington.

    What will change?
    The proposed change will see GP Out of Hours relocate from Warrington Hospital to Bath Street Health and Wellbeing Centre.

    What will the change mean for patients?
    Bath Street Health and Wellbeing Centre is an NHS facility located in Warrington town centre. It will provide modern state of the art accommodation for the service and the local population. The town centre location is easily accessible, serviced by Warrington’s main bus routes and has free parking and disabled bays on site. 

    We’d like to hear from you
    NHS Warrington CCG would like to hear your views about the proposed change. Your opinions matters to us and you could make a difference to the decision-making process.

    To share your views and comments about how the change will affect you and your family in accessing the service please email: or complete a short survey by clicking here


  • Breastfeeding Week

    At a national level the aim is to raise awareness of the health and wellbeing benefits of breastfeeding for mothers, their infants and the long term public health for everyone.

    This year National Breastfeeding Celebration Week is concentrating on how ‘everyone in local communities can support mothers to breastfeed, whenever and wherever they are’. The week provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase all the good work that is going on around England, to share ideas, inspire others and promote the support available to women and their families.

    We held two events , a coffee am at Ikea on Tuesday where 16 mums and one dad came to, and our toddlewalk on Wednesday am with about 14 ladies attending, as well as holding our groups across the town all week. The idea of the this week is to celebrate breastfeeding and support our mothers to feed out and about.

    To find out more about our breastfeeding support groups click 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.

    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
    Government debt: 87.4% of GDP (2013) Eurostat
    Largest city: London
    Founders: France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Netherlands, Germany

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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.
  • Japan - Rescue
    Cheshire Firefighter Steve Buckley and Border collie search dog Bryn have returned home after being deployed to Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami.
  • Home Safety Direct
    Home Safety Direct is an interactive application that offers residents the chance to carry out their own home fire safety check for their home online. 5 minutes that could save your families lives.
  • IRMP 2011/12
    Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to the consultation on the draft IRMP for 2011/12. The consultation report, considered by Cheshire Fire Authority on March 16th, is now available to view, together with the IRMP, that members approved at the meeting.

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  • Sports Stars Shine Brightly
    <p><strong>WITH winners aged from 11 to 75, The Pride of Tameside Sports Awards this year proved you can never be too young or old to shine in sport.</strong></p> <p>Ashes winning England cricket captain Michael Vaughan OBE was guest speaker at the glittering event held at Dukinfield Town Hall on Friday 23 September, which recognised sporting achievements from around the borough.<br /> <br /> There were more nominations than ever before this year and they were of such a high quality that the judges had their work cut out deciding winners for the seven categories.</p> <p>The finalists represented a wide range of sports and ages &ndash; the youngstest winner being Sports Achiever of the Year Eve Loughman, a world champion kickboxer and the oldest being Unsung Hero of the Year Peter Brocklehurst, who has devoted over 60 years to pioneering cycling in the borough.</p> <p>The full list of award winners were as follows:</p> <p><strong>Alex Williams Volunteer of the Year</strong></p> <p>1<sup>st</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mark Clough</p> <p>2<sup>nd</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; John Ward</p> <p>3<sup>rd</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sasha Smith</p> <p><strong>Changing Lifestyle Recognition Award</strong></p> <p>1<sup>st</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Linda Denidni</p> <p>2<sup>nd</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Kayliegh Graham</p> <p>3<sup>rd</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Chris Bradley</p> <p><strong>Coach of the Year</strong></p> <p>1<sup>st</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jason Craven</p> <p>2<sup>nd</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Nicola Lawton</p> <p>3<sup>rd</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Delphine Wright</p> <p><strong>Unsung Hero of the Year</strong></p> <p>1<sup>st</sup> place &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Peter Brocklehurst</p> <p>2<sup>nd</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Allan Acton</p> <p>3<sup>rd</sup> place &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Gerard Redman</p> <p><strong>Sports Achiever of the Year</strong></p> <p>1<sup>st</sup> place &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Eve Loughman</p> <p>2<sup>nd</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mike Coogan</p> <p>3<sup>rd</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Karen Elly</p> <p><strong>Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year</strong></p> <p>1<sup>st</sup> Place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jordan Williams</p> <p>2<sup>nd</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jamie Tregaskiss</p> <p>3<sup>rd</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Chloe Knight</p> <p><strong>Club of the Year</strong></p> <p>1<sup>st</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Curzon Ashton FC</p> <p>2<sup>nd</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; West End AFC Denton</p> <p>3<sup>rd</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Stalybridge Celtic FC Community Development&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The evening, hosted by Tameside Radio&rsquo;s award-winning breakfast presenter Louise Croombs, raised &pound;615 for the Believe and Achieve Trust.</p> <p>Civic Mayor of Tameside Cllr Philip Fitzpatrick, who opened the event, said: &ldquo;The winners are just a snapshot of the many committed men, women and children who dedicate so much of their lives to sport in Tameside &ndash; be it individually, as part of a team or to helping others get involved and achieve their best. They make a huge contribution to their local community as well as raising the profile of the borough and keeping active and healthy. Congratulations to all the winners - they richly deserve this recognition.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The night was sponsored by New Charter Housing Trust Group, Tameside Council, Manchester Airport, Myson Pages, Hilly Clothing, Sportmax, Obson and Co, O2 Ashton-under-Lyne, Davies Sport, Delicious and Belle Vue Coaches.<br /> <br /> Winners will go on to the Greater Manchester Sports Awards.</p> <p>#POTSA16 #ProudTameside</p>
  • Good Luck To Our Sports Heroes!
    <p>A&nbsp;NATIONAL hero will be celebrating local stars at the Pride of Tameside Sports Awards this Friday (23 September).</p> <p>Ashes winning England cricket captain Michael Vaughan OBE will be the guest speaker at the prestigious event at Dukinfield Town Hall, which recognises sporting achievements from around the borough.</p> <p>There were more nominations than ever before this year and they were of such a high quality that the judges had their work cut out choosing winners in the seven categories: Alex Williams Volunteer of the Year, Changing Lifestyle Recognition Award, Unsung Hero of the Year, Sports Achiever of the Year, Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year, Coach of the Year and Club of the Year.</p> <p>The host for the evening is Tameside Radio&rsquo;s award-winning breakfast presenter Louise Croombs who has worked with Sports Tours International as PA on a variety of events including this year&rsquo;s Salford 10k and the Tour of Tameside.</p> <p>Civic Mayor of Tameside Cllr Philip Fitzpatrick, who will be opening the event, said: &ldquo;The finalists are just a snapshot of the many committed men, women and children who dedicate so much of their lives to sport in Tameside &ndash; be it individually, as part of a team or to helping others get involved and achieve their best. They make a huge contribution to their local community as well as raising the profile of the borough and keeping active and healthy. They richly deserve this recognition.&rdquo;</p> <p>The night is sponsored by New Charter Housing Trust Group, Tameside Council, Manchester Airport, Myson Pages, Hilly Clothing, Sportmax, Obson and Co, O2 Ashton-under-Lyne, Davies Sport, Delicious and Belle Vue Coaches.</p> <p>Winners will go on to the Greater Manchester Sports Awards.</p> <p>Keep track of the awards evening on social media by following Active Tameside on Facebook or on Twitter @active_tameside #POTSA16.</p> <p>#ProudTameside</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Hospital Market Wins Innovation Award
    <p>TAMESIDE&rsquo;S popular hospital market which promotes healthy eating and shopping habits has won a national award.</p> <p>NABMA (National &nbsp;Association of British Market Authorites) awarded Tameside Council&rsquo;s markets team the &lsquo;Market Innovation of the Year&rsquo; title for their successful collaborative project with Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust on the popular monthly market at Tameside Hospital.</p> <p>The market was set up in June 2015 and held on the last Tuesday of every month from 9am to 2pm for an initial three month trial. It proved so successful that is has become a permanent seasonal market from March to September with a Christmas market too.</p> <p>Patients, staff and visitors at Tameside Hospital have warmly welcomed and benefitted from the sale of fresh, locally grown produce. Traders were handpicked to set up stall outside the main entrance to supply home grown fruit, vegetables, bread, cheeses, olives and preserves along with flowers, plants and gifts and regularly sell out, claiming it is their &ldquo;best market&rdquo;.</p> <p>Other local authority market teams have made enquiries with a view to launching their own hospital markets in light of its success.</p> <p>The recognition is the latest in a string of plaudits for the Tameside Markets team. In May market manager Nicola Martin was named Market Manager of the Year and the market has twice been named Britain&rsquo;s Favourite Market as well as winning coach friendly and eco awards.</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Deputy Leader Cllr John Taylor said: &ldquo;The joint project with the hospital has been all round success &ndash; it has enabled us to work together to promote both healthy eating and local shopping habits to patients, visitors and staff while also helping us to continue to support local traders.</p> <p>&ldquo;This latest accolade for our multi-award winning markets teams if further recognition of their drive, commitment, creativity and enthusiasm for continuing to move with the times and improve our offer to shoppers and local traders. Well done to all involved and thanks to local shoppers for your continued support.&rdquo;</p> <p>Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT Chief Executive Karen James said: &ldquo;I am delighted to see that our market is getting the recognition it deserves. Our patients enjoy it, the staff enjoy it and anyone that comes to the hospital on market day enjoys it too. It&rsquo;s a fantastic way of bringing local people and local producers together &ndash; and, as most people live busy lives, it means people can stock up on essentials on buy little treats right outside the hospital doors.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;#ProudTameside</p>
  • Explore New Cycle Route Into The City
    <p><strong><em>Photo: Commuters/cyclists - including Tameside Council Chief Executive Steven Pleasant, Executive Member Cllr Peter Robinson and &nbsp;TfGM Project Manager for Cycling </em></strong><strong><em>Andy Howard</em></strong> - e<strong><em>xploring the Ashton Canal Cycleway at Portland Basin, Ashton.</em></strong></p> <p>COMMUTERS and families are being encouraged to get on their bikes and explore a new cycle link between Ashton and Manchester City Centre.</p> <p>The &nbsp;Ashton Canal Cycleway is a 10km traffic-free route linking in with Portland Basin and passing Guide Bride Station, Droylsden Academy, the National Cycling Centre and The Etihad Stadium - &nbsp;making an ideal alternative to Ashton New Road and Manchester Road.</p> <p>It forms part of the first phase of Transport for Greater Manchester&rsquo;s (TfGM&rsquo;s) ambitious &pound;42 million Cycle City investment programme, funded by the Department for Transport, which has created six new cycleways designed to be attractive and convenient ways to travel by bike, linking communities with town and city centres and areas of employment, education and training.</p> <p>The Ashton Canal Cycleway includes newly resurfaced canal towpaths and incorporates new solar powered stud lighting. It also links into the route along the Peak Forest Canal from Portland Basin to Hyde.</p> <p>TfGM has produced a new leaflet, to promote the route, which can be downloaded at <a href=""></a>. The leaflet will also be delivered to Tameside homes near the route.</p> <p>TfGM also provides <a href="">cycle hubs</a> &ndash; including one in Ashton next to Active Ashton in Water Street &ndash; which are ideal and secure places to park bikes with confidence.</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Peter Robinson, who sits on the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: &ldquo;This fantastic cycleway is a convenient, traffic-free - and in parts very picturesque route - in and out of the city centre and makes a great alternative to what is typically a very busy traffic corridor.</p> <p>&ldquo;Promoting cycling and sustainable travel is a priority for us and this kind of investment and project really helps to improve travel options for work, education and leisure. I really hope it inspires more people to get out on their bikes and explore.&rdquo;</p> <p>Councillor Chris Paul, Transport for Greater Manchester Committee Cycling Champion, said: &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got big ambitions for cycling in Greater Manchester and we&rsquo;re already beginning to see more and more people getting around by bike.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our aim is to put Greater Manchester on the map as a great place to cycle, whatever your ability and wherever you&rsquo;re looking to travel. The Ashton Canal Cycleway is just one of the ways we&rsquo;re looking to encourage more people to consider cycling for both work and leisure.</p> <p>&ldquo;Now that the first phase of the Cycle City programme is complete, we&rsquo;re on the way to meeting our target of 10% of journeys in Greater Manchester being made by bike by 2025.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • New 24/7 Gym To Boost Tameside’s Fitness
    <p>A state-of-the-art gym offering around the clock access is the latest in a package of exciting new facilities to step up Tameside&rsquo;s fitness.</p> <p>Active Tameside&rsquo;s iTrain, opening in Dukinfield in the new year, will boast an array of features including over 150 pieces of equipment, a functional training zone, indoor running track a functional rig and a members&rsquo; lounge as well as free parking.</p> <p>The centre will also have a finger print entry system, three exercise studios, a subterranean black box cycle studio, changing facilities and a DJ booth. A large soft play area and caf&eacute; will also be on site.</p> <p>The centre is part of the &pound;20m investment from Tameside Council and Active Tameside to help residents exercise more and improve health and wellbeing.</p> <p>Other new facilities include Total Adrenaline trampoline and laser quest centre, due to open in Longdendale this autumn, and SkyHigh Adventure climbing and activity centre which opened in Droylsden last year.</p> <p>Also included in the investment is a new 25m pool at Hyde, due to open next year, and Tameside&rsquo;s new Wellness Centre based in Denton and aiming to open in 2018. The Wellness Centre will include a ten-pin bowling&nbsp;alley, a swimming pool&nbsp;with spectator area as well as a learners&rsquo; pool, a 60 station gym suite, exercise studios, soft play, a multi-sensory suite, a caf&eacute;, consulting rooms and space for partners and community groups.</p> <p>There is also a programme of repairs replacing synthetic pitch surfaces, repairing drainage and upgrading AstroTurf panels at Active Copley and replacing the roof at Active Medlock and the wave machine at Active Hyde.</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Member for Healthy and Working Cllr Ged Cooney said: &ldquo;The new iTrain gym will offer everything you would expect from a modern, state-of-the-art fitness facility and will be a fantastic new addition to the borough&rsquo;s leisure offer.</p> <p>&ldquo;We want to support local people and families in keeping as active and healthy as possible and this will bring even more exciting activities and options to help them.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Let The Fun Times Roll
    <p><em>Tameside Libraries Fun Palaces 2016: Saturday, October 1, 10am to 3pm at Tameside Central Library, Old Street, Ashton.</em></p> <p>FUN Palaces is an international initiative for engagement and lifelong learning, and Tameside Libraries is about to take part for the first time.</p> <p>Saturday, October 1, promises to be a fun-packed day of arts, culture and science provided by the community for the community, and all for free. Activities include a climbing wall, archery, science-busking, brass band instruments, circus activities, balloon modelling, magnetic slime, pinhole cameras, shoe-box projector and much more.</p> <p>The event is part of Fun Palaces 2016, a free, nationwide celebration of community, bringing people together through the arts and sciences. Tameside Libraries Fun Palaces is a partnership event led by Tameside Libraries and Tameside Cultural Services in conjunction with the Tameside Armed Services Community and funded by GAMON and New Charter Housing.</p> <p>Based on an idea from theatre director Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price, the first Fun Palaces took place in 2014, when 138 venues, locations, communities and groups created their own events.</p> <p>More than 3,000 people took part in organising these events, many of them as volunteers, and around 40,000 participated in person, while tens of thousands more engaged online. Last year the number of palaces rose to 142, with 50,000 people participating.</p> <p>Fun Palaces create events that bring together arts and sciences &ndash; but above all people &ndash; to work together, create together, have fun, and in so doing build communities from the grassroots up.</p> <p>Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council&rsquo;s assistant executive member for culture, said: &ldquo;This project links the arts elements of creativity and fun with the fascinating sphere of applied science in a worldwide project that we in Tameside are very pleased to be part of."</p>
  • Wave Of Support For Water-themed Open Days
    <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="fohen-0-0">&nbsp;<span data-offset-key="1i8g5-0-0"><span data-text="true">WHEN Tameside&rsquo;s historical buildings opened their doors to the public over Heritage Weekend, there were lots of people waiting to come in.</span></span></div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="bgkc2-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="bgkc2-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="6er7b-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="6er7b-0-0"><span data-offset-key="6er7b-0-0"><span data-text="true">Tameside Local History Forum, who organised many of the events in partnership with the council, termed the whole four-day heritage festival a huge success.</span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="78s8s-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="78s8s-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="85obn-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="85obn-0-0"><span data-offset-key="85obn-0-0"><span data-text="true">This year&rsquo;s focus was water, and councillors and Ashton MP Angela Rayner were at Portland Basin on Saturday for the Heritage Weekend Special, a combination of canal walks, boat trips, exhibitions and stalls.</span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="8k9jk-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="8k9jk-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="3n3us-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="3n3us-0-0"><span data-offset-key="3n3us-0-0"><span data-text="true">Adding to the watery theme were talks, canalside walks, narrowboat trips and even a canoeing event for eight to 14-year-olds.</span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="bpsn0-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="bpsn0-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="82r17-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="82r17-0-0"><span data-offset-key="82r17-0-0"><span data-text="true">Sites across the borough reported good attendances. The history forum welcomed a record 80 visitors at Newton Hall, Hyde, on Sunday afternoon. Albion Church, Ashton, attracted 85 people, and there were 160 at Ashton Parish Church to look at the medieval stained glass and enjoy the spectacular views from the top of the 139ft tower.</span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="a3sle-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="a3sle-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="1dnhd-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="1dnhd-0-0"><span data-offset-key="1dnhd-0-0"><span data-text="true">Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council&rsquo;s assistant executive member for heritage, said: &ldquo;We say it every year but there really is a wealth of things to see in Tameside. We have so many buildings of note and Heritage Weekend offers a chance to see them.</span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="89evd-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="89evd-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="10ebv-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="10ebv-0-0"><span data-offset-key="10ebv-0-0"><span data-text="true">&ldquo;Of course the Heritage Open Days programme wouldn&rsquo;t be possible without the help of Tameside Local History Forum and the numerous volunteers, property owners and guides, and I would like to thank them for all their hard work.&rdquo;</span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="auob0-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="auob0-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="6spas-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="6spas-0-0"><span data-offset-key="6spas-0-0"><span data-text="true"></span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="292o9-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="292o9-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div>
  • Droylsden Library Code Club
    <p><strong>Monday 19 September, 6 &ndash; 7pm&nbsp;until Monday 24 October, 6 &ndash; 7pm</strong></p> <p>A free&nbsp;six week course introducing families to coding using Scratch! Code Club aims to help children to learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. To take part, children must be aged 7&mdash;11 and be accompanied by a parent or guardian to each session, so you can learn together. Please bring headphones to each session.</p> <p>The six sessions will be on these dates at 18:00 to 19:00: 19/9/16, 26/9/16, 3/10/16, 10/10/16, 17/10/16, 24/10/16.</p> <p><strong>Admission: </strong>Code Club is FREE but places are limited. Book online at:<br /> <a href=""></a> or call 0161 370 1282</p> <p><strong>Venue:</strong>&nbsp; Droylsden Library, Manchester Road, Droylsden, M43 2EP.</p> <p>#Pledges2016</p>
  • Get To Grips With Technology
    <p>PEOPLE of all ages are being encouraged to get creative with technology at a free &lsquo;Make Stuff&rsquo; event at Portland Basin Museum on Saturday 24 September 10am to 3.30pm.</p> <p>The session, hosted by Tameside Council Cultural Services, is one in a series of Madlab community events taking place across Greater Manchester featuring coding, crafting, building and making workshops and activities.</p> <p>Everyone is welcome to drop in and get involved in a range of fun, hands on activities which show how technology can be creative and exciting.</p> <p><strong>Workshops and Activities will include:</strong></p> <p><strong>3D Printer Demo</strong>&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;You&rsquo;ve heard all about them, now come and see one in action! Our 3D printer will be running all day, come watch and you can take home your own 3D printed mini mascot</p> <p><strong>Wearable Tech </strong>&ndash;&nbsp;Explore the future of fashion and technology and design your own tech tote bag</p> <p><strong>Pattern Craft</strong> &ndash; Drop in Programming &ndash; using mallets! Get hands-on and create your own art within Minecraft</p> <p><strong>Build a Bug</strong>&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;Come and make your very own bug! Construct it from laser cut wood and LED flashing eyes</p> <p><strong>Build a Badge </strong>&ndash;&nbsp;Learn how to solder, and make a circuit with flashing lights with our drop-in build a badge workshop.</p> <p><strong>Laser Harp</strong> &ndash; Come and play on the Laser Harp! An experimental musical instrument made using an Arduino</p> <p><strong>Arduino Coding</strong> &ndash; Learn to code and make your own interactive projects using an Arduino</p> <p><strong>Web Blocks</strong> &ndash; Learn to programme and play in the world of Web Blocks! A fun building game, inspired by Minecraft</p> <p><strong>CodeBug!</strong> &ndash; Learn how to code and create with a CodeBug! A cute, programmable and wearable bug like device</p> <p>Cultural Services Arts and Engagement Manager Marie Holland said:&nbsp;&ldquo;Technology can be very exciting and offers all sorts of opportunities for people to get creative. These sessions aim to make is easy for everyone to get involved, get to grips with technology and have fun while improving their tech skills&rsquo;&rsquo;.</p> <p>&ldquo;The event is for all ages and supports our Every Child&nbsp; Coder pledge where we aim to provide our young people with the most up to date skills for 21<sup>st</sup> century jobs.&rdquo;</p> <p>Manchester Digital Laboratory (MadLab) is a not-for-profit grassroots digital innovation organisation based in Manchester. They support public experimentation and deliver exciting projects in the realm of science, art, culture and emerging technologies.</p> <p>Sarah Unwin, Producer at MadLab said: &ldquo;MadLab are proud to be the driving force behind the MAKE STUFF programme, it&rsquo;s going to be an exciting event - it is free, family friendly and offers a taste to just how fun and accessible that tech, making and digital skills development can be.&rdquo;</p> <p>#pledges2016</p>
  • Shine Bright In Spectacular Lantern Parade
    <p>Families, individuals and community groups are being invited to help us light up the darker months ahead by getting involved in the spectacular Tameside lantern parade.</p> <p>Building on the success of the 2013 and 2014 parades, the popular Tameside Council Cultural Services event will be returning again this year with plans to be even bigger and better.</p> <p>New for the 2016 parade, the Council will be working with the internationally recognised and respected Handmade Parade to create a stunning and super-sized event on Saturday the 12 November.</p> <p>The aim is to bring Tameside&rsquo;s diverse communities together to showcase how &lsquo;We Shine Brighter Together&rsquo;.</p> <p>Cultural Services are looking to involve people right across the borough, representing all of Tameside&rsquo;s nine towns. There will be opportunities to work with professional artists to create large scale illuminated lantern sculptures and more traditional hand carried lanterns.</p> <p>All of the lantern making workshops will take place in September and October in readiness for the parade in November.</p> <p>If you or your group are interested in joining in with what promises to be breath-taking event please email <a href=""></a> or call directly on 0161 342 4144 to register your interest by 16 September.</p> <p>The parade also includes lots of music and community bands - any groups that interested in playing in the parade can email Tameside Cultural Services at the address provided above. Finally any groups that would like to walk in the parade - but not make lanterns or play in band &ndash; are also encouraged to take part but please register via the details above.</p>
  • Tameside Foster Mum Backs North West Recruitment Campaign
    <p>#youcanfoster</p><p>TAMESIDE foster carer Maxine Wilson has spoken of the &ldquo;magical moments&rdquo; of fostering as part of a regional recruitment campaign.</p><p>The #youcanfoster campaign, backed by Tameside Council and 22 other local authorities, launches today <em>(Monday September 12 2016) to </em>highlight the need for more than 700 new Local Authority fostering households across the north west and invite local people to <strong><em>do something incredible</em></strong>.</p><p>Tameside Council&rsquo;s fostering team is holding two drop in events at The Denton Centre, Acre Street, Denton, on Monday 26 September 2.30-5pm and Thursday 27 October 5.30-7.30pm for anyone wishing to informally speak to social workers and foster carers to find out more.</p><p>Maxine, 52, from Stalybridge, became a foster carer in 2012 after her children grew up and left home and she has since fostered five children.</p><p>She said: &ldquo;I had been thinking about fostering for years and when my children left home I felt I still had so much to give so I decided to finally apply.</p><p>&ldquo;It has been amazing. You share such magical moments &ndash; from taking the children to the seaside for the first time to them enjoying their first ever Sunday roast dinner around the family table.</p><p>&ldquo;Of course it&rsquo;s not all rosy all the time but the good bits far outweigh the bad. Providing nurturing and watching children grow in confidence and self esteem is like watching a flower open.</p><p>&ldquo;You start seeing positive changes in the children right away and the more you get to know them and their background, the more you get to understand their behaviour and are able to help them.</p><p>Maxine currently fosters two children: an eight-year-old girl who is in her long term care &ndash; so could potentially stay with her until after university and beyond &ndash; and a ten-year-old boy.</p><p>She said: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s so rewarding to know you are making a positive difference by giving them the love, support, skills and independence to make a good start in life.</p><p>&ldquo;I would recommend anyone thinking about it to go for it and if you have any qualms talk them through &ndash; I&rsquo;m sure you&rsquo;ll end up feeling reassured.&rdquo;</p><p>Maxine told how she initially started fostering for a private agency but she quickly switched to working with Tameside Council.</p><p>She explained: &ldquo;I had just searched &lsquo;Tameside fostering&rsquo; online and didn&rsquo;t even realise at first that it was private agency I was contacting &ndash; I thought it was the Council. I very quickly asked to switch to the Council &ndash; I didn&rsquo;t see the point of money going to a middle man when it could instead be spent on helping local children and improving local services.</p><p>&ldquo;The support and training you get from the Council is excellent and there are other benefits such as allowances for the children&rsquo;s birthdays, Christmas and holidays. I would highly recommend it.&rdquo;</p><p>Across England around 52,000 children and young people are in foster placements, 9,000 of them in the North West and 241 in Tameside.&nbsp; Around 3,400 families foster for their local authority.*</p><p>Securing a stable home environment for foster children is vital if they are to have the best chances in life and realise their ambitions.</p><p>Charlotte Ramsden, a Strategic Director of Children and Adults Services representing You Can Foster said: &ldquo;People have a lot of preconceived ideas about why they might be ruled out as foster carers but the only thing that matters is the support you can offer the child.&nbsp; Whether you are older, single or never had children, you can foster.&nbsp; Foster carers don&rsquo;t need superpowers, they just need to be able to provide a solid and reliable foundation for children and young people to find theirs.</p><p>She added: &ldquo;If you are interested in fostering then your Local Authority is the best place to find out more.&nbsp; More people turn to their Local Authorities than any other fostering provider. Foster carers across the North West are benefiting from the support and training they provide.&rdquo;</p><p>Tameside Council Executive Member for Children and Families Cllr Peter Robinson, himself a former foster carer, said: &ldquo;In Tameside we have hundreds of children who need foster care and we constantly need more carers to provide the support and stable homes that these young people need to really thrive. Speaking from personal experience, I can recommend fostering as a wonderful career opportunity to support children and young people through the milestones of growing up and helping them to achieve their best.&rdquo;</p><p>Tameside Council foster carers receive an excellent ongoing training and support package 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. They need foster homes for children of all ages, including young people in further education and also sibling groups.</p><p>For more information on fostering visit <a href=""></a></p>
  • Towards The Edge
    <p>Towards the Edge: Paintings of the Peak District by Simon Parkin</p> <p>THE latest exhibition at Tameside Central Art Gallery sees the return of popular Glossop-based artist Simon Parkin.</p> <p>Following on from his vibrant and colourful &ldquo;India&rdquo; series two years ago, his latest work takes inspiration from the landscapes of the Peak District.</p> <p>He explained: &ldquo;My painting derives from the need to connect to the environment. I strive to capture the feeling, atmosphere and essence of character of the location. When painting outside I become part of the landscape.</p> <p>&ldquo;There is a continual dialogue with the paintings as I feel my way through the layers of paint, capturing what I see, think and feel. I use the painting process to explore the landscape, the ever-changing colours and textures, the dramatic sense of light and space, as well as the wildlife that inhabits and helps form the landscape.&rdquo;</p> <p>Simon uses objects within his paintings such as bracken, heather, small pieces of gritstone and dried grasses which he collects from the areas he is depicting. These help to create a greater sense of place and bring another dimension to the work.</p> <p>Visitors are invited to mentally step inside the paintings and to lose themselves in their own thoughts and feelings.</p> <p>The exhibition opens on Saturday, October 15, (10am to 1pm) and exhibition continues until February 4. Entry to the gallery is free. Tameside Central Art Gallery is on Old Street, Ashton.</p> <p>Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council&rsquo;s assistant executive member for culture, said: &ldquo;Simon&rsquo;s works are original, imaginative and though-provoking. I thoroughly recommend his exhibition.&rdquo;</p>
  • Big Fun For Little Hands
    <p><strong>Little Hands at Portland Basin Museum</strong></p> <p>Calling all toddlers! Please join us at <strong>Portland Basin Museum</strong> for our weekly group for the under 5&rsquo;s called &lsquo;Little Hands&rsquo;.</p> <p>This group provides a great opportunity for children and for parents to meet in an informal atmosphere.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Simon the Storyteller&rdquo; will help your little ones in taking baby steps to explore the world around them through song, dance, stories and crafts.</p> <p>Come and listen, make sticky pictures, play and enjoy the fantastic museum and stimulating space.</p> <p><strong>&lsquo;Little Hands&rsquo; is every Thursday from 10am &ndash; 11am. Term time only.</strong></p> <p><strong>Please note that as of September 2016 we have introduced a charge of &pound;2 per child, with an additional &pound;1 per sibling. </strong></p> <p>To make an enquiry please contact Portland Basin Museum on 0161 343 2878.</p> <p>You can also find more information on our website <a href=""></a></p>
  • Tameside Dance Students Work With National Ballet Company
    <p>Two local dance schools are taking up the exciting opportunity through Tameside Cultural Services to get involved in a prestigious workshop with English National Ballet (ENB).<br /> Students from Kirsten&rsquo;s Dance Academy in Mossley and The Sarah England School of Dance in Stalybridge will take part in the session this Friday (9 Sept), which will involve exploring the ballet Giselle.<br /> The workshop is part of the &lsquo;Dialogues with Giselle&rsquo; community learning and engagement programme to c<span>elebrate the main ENB production of Giselle, which will premiere in Manchester on 27 September.<br /> The project forms part of the the Manchester International Festival. For further information please visit: ttp://<br /> Tameside Council Cultural Services Education Manager Tracy Webster said: &ldquo;This is an amazing opportunity for young dancers in Tameside to work with ENB professional dance and music artists and I hope they enjoy and are inspired by the workshop.&rdquo;<br /> <a data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;*N&quot;,&quot;type&quot;:104}" href=";story_id=10154411064593376"><span><span aria-label="hashtag">#</span><span>ProudTameside</span></span></a></span></p>

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  • The Stone Roses announce UK tour - ticket info

    The Stone Roses are going to play three UK shows in June next year. They'll play in Belfast, Manchester, and London.

    Tickets will go on sale on Friday 30 Septemeber at 9.30am. Be quick because if any band can sell out a stadium it's The Stone Roses who are simply mesmerising to see live.

    Fortunately the band have kept up momentum announcing shows so soon after playing to over 240,000 people across four sold out nights at Manchester Etihad stadium, as well as a sold out show at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

    This summer also saw them release new material, including the huge single 'Beautiful Thing', a sprawling seven-minute epic with a loose, easy and baggy flow - running very much an early 90s spirit. 'All For One' is more of a direct hit and gathered a mixed reaction line. These are tasters from their long-awaited third album.

    Hopefully by the time June arrives the album will be out and tens of thousands of people will raise their glasses to a new set of classics from one of the greatest bands to have ever walked this earth. But the band have kept very quiet about their progress behind the scenes.

    The 2017 dates are as follows:

    Tuesday, June 13 BELFAST, SSE ARENA
    Saturday, June 17 LONDON, WEMBLEY STADIUM connected by EE
    Saturday, June 24 GLASGOW, HAMPDEN PARK


  • Nirvana baby recreates Nevermind cover for 25th anniversary

    Nirvana’s Nevermind is now 25 years old.

    The iconic album cover features infant Spencer Elden underwater unable to breathe going after money on a fish hook.

    To commemorate the seminal rock album's anniversary, Elden recreated the image as his 25 year old self at Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasadena, California, with the photo taken by John Chapple. This follows recreations of the famous photo for Nevermind’s 10th anniversary in 2001, its 17th in 2008, and its 20th in 2011.

    "I said to the photographer, 'Let’s do it naked.' But he thought that would be weird, so I wore my swim shorts," Elden told the New York Post.

    He continued to tell the New York Post, "The anniversary means something to me. It’s strange that I did this for five minutes when I was four months old and it became this really iconic image," he said

    “My nickname is Nirvana Baby,” Elden told Vimeo in 2009. “That's because I'm the baby on the front of the Nirvana album. It's kind of a fun fact about me I guess – everyone in the world has seen my penis.”


    Spencer Elden, the baby on Nirvana's Nevermind, recreates album cover 25 years later.

    — Eric Alper (@ThatEricAlper) September 24, 2016

    Explaining how it came about, he added: “My parents were going to art school with a photographer Kirk Weddle so they kind of supported him.

    “He kind of got this portfolio together of underwater photography and his first big job was this Nirvana baby shoot.

    “He called up my dad and said 'I've got my first big shoot and they're paying me to take this baby underwater and I don't have a baby', well I was just born so they took me down to the local pool and threw me in.”

    Elden’s Dad explained his version of events to NPR: "[He] calls us up and was like, 'Hey Rick, wanna make 200 bucks and throw your kid in the drink?,'" Rick recounts. "I was like, 'What's up?' And he's like, 'Well, I'm shooting kids all this week, why don't you meet me at the Rose Bowl, throw your kid in the drink?' And we just had a big party at the pool, and no one had any idea what was going on!"

  • Watch Glenn Hughes and Chad Smith have it out in the studio on 'Heavy'

    Glenn Hughes has unveiled the video to 'Heavy' taken from his 12th album Resonate. It features a remarkably energetic performance from Red Hot Chilli Peppers' Chad Smith on drums.

    As well as Smith looking like he's having the time of his life rocking out on his stool to this catchy and ridiculously awesome rock 'n roll hit, the video shows Soren Andersen (guitars and co-producer), and newcomer to his band, Lachy Doley (keyboards) rocking their vintage equipment in the studio.

    It gives insight into the simple yet effective set up. It shows classic rock recorded with the best instruments in the best studio with the tightest musicians, who have a natural sense of melody and gel well together. There are very few groups at this level.

    'Heavy' is one of two tracks that Chad Smith plays on on the album. 'Long Time Gone' is the other. Drummer Pontus Enborg plays on the rest of the album.

    Speaking about his collaboration with Glenn Hughes, Smith said: “We know each other so well musically; obviously personally, but musically, and it’s always fun because playing with Glenn Hughes, (because) like any real artist, is always trying to grow and change and do new things.” Smith continues, “We have this musical telepathy that happens only when you play and know someone for many years, and that’s what a good creative collaboration is all about. I love Glenn Hughes and he’s an amazing human being.”

    From watching the video you can feel that he energy in the room between some of the worlds best rock musicians is explosive.

    Hughes has played with Trapeze, Deep Purple, Hughes/Thrall, his collaborations with Gary Moore, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi and most recently with Black Country Communion which featured Jason Bonham and Joe Bonamassa, and Derek Sherinian, and California Breed also with Jason Bonham - and Joey Castillo of Queens Of The Stone Age. As far as rock n roll CVs go that is pretty damn impressive.


    Glenn Hughes is set for European tour this winter. See details below.....

  • Iron Maiden announce first UK tour in six years

    Iron Maiden have announced the European leg of their Book Of Souls world tour which includes a strong run of UK arena dates.

    The mammouth world tour in support of the new album, which debuted at number one in more than 40 countries, began in February and will run in to summer next year.

    It has now been revealed that as part of their European jaunt the band will play their first UK and Ireland tour in six years. They play eight in England, two in Scotland and one each in Ireland and Wales.

    Bassist Steve Harris said in a statement: "As it's been so long since our last full UK arena tour, we really wanted to get to our fans in as many cities as possible. We're really looking forward to it, especially visiting places we haven’t been to for a very long time like Leeds where we haven't played since 2005 and Liverpool where we haven't played since 1990."

    He continued: "The whole band is really enjoying this tour and although we love playing festivals and stadiums, it is terrific to return to the intimacy and atmosphere of arenas. The songs from 'The Book Of Souls' album and the new Maya-themed Eddies and stage sets have gone down really well and fan reaction has been amazing. And of course we know our fans appreciate us playing a lot of the older songs too, which we will continue to do."

    Shinedown will be main support. Shinedown's Zach Myers says: “Iron Maiden are the kings of metal and one of the greatest live bands of all time. It's an honour to be touring with them in Europe and in their home country and to play in front of their fans. We can't wait to see you in 2017.”

    Iron Maiden released their 16th studio album, Book Of Souls in September last year.


    European tour dates. For ticket information check here

    22 Antwerp - Sportpalais
    24 Oberhausen - Konig Pilsner Arena
    28 Frankfurt - Festhalle

    2 Hamburg - Barclaycard Arena
    4 Nottingham - Motorpoint Arena
    8 Manchester - Arena
    10 Sheffield - Arena
    11 Leeds - First Direct Arena
    14 Newcastle - Metro Radio Arena
    16 Glasgow - SSE Hydro Arena
    16 Aberdeen - AECC GE Oil & Gas Arena
    20 Liverpool - Echo Arena
    21 Birmingham - Barclaycard Arena
    24 Cardiff - Motorpoint Arena
    27 London - O2 Arena


  • Album Review: Warpaint - Heads Up

    Muffled, immeasurable and occasionally tepid - Warpaint’s initial two records are beamed through a foggy cloud of hazed reverb. Particularly their self-titled offering, which transpired as a distorted soup of eerie harmony and languorous bass hums – like a more recumbent take on Tame Impala’s Lonerism.

    However the girls’ latest edition boasts a stronger sense of immediacy than anything before it. Barring the introductory track - which still has one foot in album two - the opening half of ‘Heads Up’ reveals a new-found pop prowess.

    ‘By Your Side’ proves this with its groovy beat beneath hauntingly flickering synths, which compliment an indecisive yet intricate bassline. Even more so does the ultra-lean ‘New Song’ – which is stripped of any sluggish, sagging fat holding back the commercial potential of previous album spearheads. It’s the sort of accessible-yet-sacrifice-free banger set to be spun at indie club-nights aplenty.

    A mammoth-wide breadth of ideas is tossed into the mixer, in what’s seemingly a free reign of creativity. Tracks range from the withheld and snaking grumbly basslines of ‘Don’t Wanna’ and ‘Dre’, to the more crisp and ‘au natural’ production of ‘Above Control’ and ‘Don’t Let Go’.

    Sandwiched between the album’s direct openings and its more wandering and experimental conclusions, ‘So Good’ encapsulates the four-piece’s mission statement. Its initial bars of thick basslines and crunching beats resonate Wild Beasts’ searing new venture, until a warped analogue solo carves open a descent through deep marshy psychedelia.

    This is ultimately brave and sprawling art-rock. But significantly - evidence of Warpaint’s rapid, progressive and most successful evolution yet.

  • Jon Bon Jovi on the 'terrifying' Trump, new album, + London gig announcement

    Jon Bon Jovi has spoken out about his distaste for Donald Trump stating that he's a liar, and he implies his policies recall a darker more fascist time in Western history.

    Speaking to Gigwise at a press conference earlier today following a playback of his incredible new album, the rock star who back Hillary Clinton in the election, said: "It's an unbelievable time in American politics and it scares the shit out of me. I pray he's not the next president of the United States. It's incredible that the man can lie to you. You tell him here's factually what you said that's incorrect and then he tells it the same [again]."   

    Gigwise argued that it's quite a pressing matter that extremely right wing politicians, including Farage in the UK and Trump in the US, who is celebrated by neo-nazi groups, are being given a shot at mainstream politics. The singer, taking the discussion seriously, ominously replied: "It's history repeating itself."

    We explain that Tim Commerford of Rage Against The Machine is genuinely worried that Trump will win. Bon Jovi is more optimistic: "Trump only has 10 million online followers," he said, playing down his influence and implying he's confident Clinton will win. He argued in a concerned, sincere manner that the media are playing a role in "blowing it out of proportion."

    But he paused for a a second and indicated there may be no room for complacency. "If Hillary Clinton has a bad debate next week then we could be in for trouble," he said.

    Before the political debate about the rise of fascism in the US, we heard five tracks from his new album, The House Is Not For Sale: 'Knockout', 'Labor of Love', 'God Bless This Mess', 'Scars On This Guitar', and the title track. All sounded incredible. They tracks came across anthemic, deeply cathartic, and there was enough diversity, and dynamic on there. More poignant introspective moments were contrasted with raw all guns blazing classic rock.

    The band are set to play the album in its entirety at The London Palladium on 10 October. Explaining why they chose this way to do the tour - which will also stop in at Toronto, and New Jersey - he told Jo Wiley: "This was the first time it crossed my mind to perform an album in its entirety - we've never done it before. And when you have a new record, chances are you'll play three four, five of those songs during the course of a tour. I rarely, if ever, get through the entirety of an album in the course of a tour so when you make that record sometimes it's the last time you've ever done that song. I've worked very hard on this collection of songs, that's presented as whole, and it's a record that takes you to who we are."

    The album is their first without guitarist Richie Sambora. Asked how that split went he said: "Being in rock band is not a life sentence, one day he chose to take a different path, no ill will, never fight, never money, none of that stuff. He just didn't show up to work."

    Bon Jovi brushed off the idea that Sambora's exit caused any difficulties in terms of songwriting. "Do You like my album?" he asks. We nod. "Me too. I wrote or co-wrote every song we ever did. I wrote great songs with him and I wrote big hits without him. I love him to death but I've had number one songs by myself and with him."

    The new album also deals a split from Mercury Records, with whom he had been for 32 years. The album deals with the pain that split caused but asked if it was directly related to Sambora's exit, he said: "It was just pile on you know. When it rains it pours. There wasn't any direct connection. It was just more of the same, it was wake up and get punched in the nose. The have band since re-signed to Universal, of which Mercury was a part.

    He also paid tribute to his wife who helped "guide him through" this rocky patch in the band's history and Bon Jovi's come out the other end with a brilliant new album that will be played live very soon.

    Go to their website to see how to win tickets.

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