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  • Hand Hygiene Torch Tour

    Our Infection Control Team are taking part in a Hand Hygiene Torch Tour to raise awareness of the importance of hand hygiene among the general public and promote the Infection Prevention Society nationally and internationally. The Torch Tour was launched on 5th May with the campaign coming to a finish on 26th September.

    It is estimated that 8 out of 10 infectious diseases are spread by touch, hand washing can reduce the risk of respiratory infections by 16%.

    The team will be taking the torch around 10 wards at Halton Hospital on 26th May. You can follow the torch via our twitter page @WHHNHS.

  • National Smile Month

    The trust’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Orthodontic department are supporting National Smile Month (16 May – 16 June) and are encouraging the public to learn a little more about their oral health and find out just why it is so important in their overall well-being.

    National Smile Month is the UK’s largest and longest –running oral health campaign and is celebrating its 40th year! This year to celebrate this big birthday National Smile Month are running a chance for you to win tickets to your local comedy club. All you have to do is to upload a selfie with one of our Smileys! So pop along to our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery department  and take a selfie and upload it to twitter, facebook or instagram using #mysmileyselfie…but if you tag us in @whhmouthcancer you could be in with a chance of winning  an oral health goody bag.

    So back to the important bits about keeping your smile, it is simple and effective with three key messages:


    • Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day using fluoride toothpaste.
    • Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
    • Visit the dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

    Gum disease and tooth decay are the two biggest reasons to keep up good oral health. In fact, around a third of adults and children still have tooth decay in the UK. Both are entirely preventable, but they’re also very common. Gum disease is the largest cause of tooth loss in adults, and it’s something you’re likely to get at some point in your life.

    So how do you keep your mouth healthy?

    Here are just a few tips as chosen by our team:

    • Brush your teeth just before you go to bed and one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste and spit but don’t rinse.
    • Clean in between your teeth using interdental brushes or floss. This will help to clean a higher portion of the tooth and prevent the build-up of plaque
    • Parents should supervise their children’s tooth brushing until they are about 7 years old and use only a pea-sized smear of fluoride toothpaste
    • A diet is rich in vitamins, minerals, and fresh fruit and vegetables can help to prevent gum disease A glass of water is the best drink to give your child after eating sugary foods
    • Visit your dentist or hygienist for regular advice and cleaning tips
    •   Introduce your child to the sights and sounds of the dental practice at an early age to allay any dental phobia that might develop. Take them with you when you go for a check-up
    • Wean your baby off the bottle early to avoid them developing dental problems
    • Quitting smoking will help you reduce the chances of developing a whole host of oral health problems, including gum disease, tooth decay, yellow teeth and mouth cancer


    Steve Porter, Hospital Practitioner at the trust explains the importance of oral hygiene,

    “National Smile Month is an important reminder about taking care of your oral health. It is important that you brush at least twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, floss every day to clean your teeth and gums, reduce your intake of sugary foods and drinks and visit your dentist regularly. This month is a good time to review your oral health routine and make sure you’re not putting your smile at risk by booking in with your dentist if you are due your check up or have any concerns.”


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  • Stroke Awareness Event

    We are delighted to announce that The Stroke Association based at Warrington Hospital will be running a Your Health event on 18th May, 6-7pm with our lead stroke consultant Dr Michelle Kidd.

    Dr Michelle Kidd and Jane Guy, the family and carer support coordinator will be covering the following topics:

    ·        The impact of stroke in the UK

    ·        What is a stroke?

    ·        What we can do to reduce our risk?

    ·        The Stroke Association


    There will be an opportunity to have your blood pressure checked as well.


    To book on call Helen on 01925 664222 or drop an email to

  • Your Hospitals newspaper

    You can find out the latest news and information about the trust in our new Your Hospitals newspaper. The Spring 2016 edition is out now.

    Your Hospitals is our hospital newspaper that is now sent out four times a year with the Warrington Midweek Guardian and the Runcorn and Widnes World newspapers across the majority of our borough.

    We aim to provide a mix of informative news, health promotion topics and membership related information so you know what's happening at Warrington and Halton hospitals.

    The Spring 2016 edition includes:

    • The latest about our maternity services and how we're delivering a new style midwife led service for local women and their families
    • All about A&E, how we're working to reduce waiting times and the Urgent Care Centre services in Halton that we have in place as well
    • Latest on some of our pioneering initiatives like our red cast pressure ulcer reduction scheme and award winning hip and knee replacement surgery
    • The WHH charity and our Making Waves campaign that is set to transform our children's ward play area with your help!

    We previously sent Your Hospitals directly to our members but working with our local newspapers means we can reach an even bigger audience without the need for expensive postage costs. The publication dates for 2016 are 23/24 March, 22/23 June, 21/22 Sept and 21/22 Dec so do look out for the free newspapers or pick one up at your local supermarket.

    If you want a hard copy of the latest edition, have any feedback, questions or have ideas for future editions then please contact us via

    • You can access all of our previous editions of Your Hospitals here.
  • Nominate your Health Star!

    Has a member of our WHH staff or one of our fabulous volunteers made a difference to you or a member of your family? Can you spare two minutes to nominate them in the GMB Health Star Awards? Then please click here and have your say.

    The details are:
    Good Morning Britain's Health Star awards recognise the best of British healthcare, and if you know someone who has gone above and beyond to help someone we want to hear about it. The Good Morning Britain judging panel will decide the winner in each category, and the winners, their nominees and a guest will all be invited to a special awards ceremony in London on 15 April 2016 - hosted by Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan!
    To nominate someone for an award you must be 18 years old or over and the person you are nominating must be 10 years old or over. The nominee needs to be a current resident of the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man. For the Hospital Health Star award, the nominee must be working or volunteering in a hospital as of January 2016. The person you are nominating must have helped you personally or a member of your family or friend within the last five years.
    Deadline: Midday Friday 11th March 2016, so don’t delay.
  • Red cast idea stops ulcers

    Staff at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have eliminated hospital pressure ulcers caused by devices like plaster casts this year with the help of a simple red stripe.

    Pressure ulcers can be caused by plaster casts, splints and other devices when they rub against the skin or when a patient can’t be mobile whilst wearing the device for a prolonged period of time.

    In 2014-2015 the trust saw six cases of severe device-related pressure ulcers so a group of staff got together to design some actions that they felt could eliminate all cases in the future.

    One of the key actions has been the addition of a simple red band around all plaster casts worn by patients at greater risk of developing a pressure ulcer.

    The simple idea is a visual highlight to staff that extra care needs to be taken with the patient and encourages staff to frequently change the patient’s position, encourage them to be mobile and relieve pressure on the cast.

    The red banded cast has been backed up by extra training and awareness for staff. The results of the work have meant that there hasn’t been a single device related pressure ulcer amongst hospital patients since it was introduced at Warrington Hospital and Halton General Hospital in June last year.

    The scheme has also been showcased by senior NHS opinion formers as an idea worth sharing across the health service. It could potentially save hundreds of patients from developing pressure ulcers across the NHS each year.

    “We’re committed to reducing pressure ulcers across our hospitals, “ explained Rachael Browning, associate director of nursing for scheduled care at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, “We identified that there was an increased risk caused by plaster of paris and other splints and supports that we use in the hospitals. Whilst those devices are needed to treat fractures and other injuries, it was creating problems for some less mobile patients by causing potential harm through pressure ulcers.

    “We put a range of actions in place that would help stop these pressure ulcers developing. The red band on the casts has been a major part of this. It’s a simple idea that is making a real difference. By clearly highlighting the patients at high risk we have seen this fantastic reduction in cast related pressure ulcers. We have seen a really positive result from this initiative in the hospital and we are hoping to cascade the learning and the red striped cast into the community. That’s great for patients and staff alike.”

    The initiative has not only made a difference to the quality of care that patients receive, it has also been completely cost neutral for the hospitals. Staff are now sharing their success and ideas with other NHS organisations to spread the best practice developed at Warrington and Halton Hospitals.

    It’s been part of a programme of work around reducing all pressure ulcers that the hospitals have been prioritising over the last few years. Overall cases of pressure ulcers fell by around 40% last year at the hospitals.

    Photo caption– Warrington and Halton Hospitals nurses Rachael Browning, Grace Delaney-Segar, Heather Aston and Xiurong Deng with a red banded plaster cast.

  • Norovirus visitor restrictions

    Restricted visiting at Warrington Hospital to help beat Norovirus

    There has been an increase in the number of patients experiencing diarrhoea and vomiting (D&V) on some of the wards at Warrington Hospital prompting us to bring in the following temporary restrictions to visiting arrangements:

    1. School aged children should not be brought into the hospital
    2. Always observe hand hygiene procedures – liberal use of hand sanitising gel prior to entering wards and use of warm water & soap for hand washing before leaving patient areas
    3. Do not sit on a patient’s bed or chair please use the visitors’ chairs provided
    4. Do not be afraid to ask staff if they have washed or cleaned their hands too
    5. DO NOT come to the Emergency Department with D&V, we cannot treat this in A&E and you risk spreading further infection to already sick patients.

    You should never come to the hospital to visit a patient if you are experiencing any signs of D&V or had any symptoms in the past 72 hours. If you've had symtoms, please use alternative methods of contact to speak to your relative or friend if they are in hospital, such as the hospital’s bedside telephone system. If you really can’t postpone your visit please contact the ward for advice prior to coming to the hospital. Only two visitors per bed will be permitted.

    Some information on common D&V bugs including Norovirus.

    Each year up to one million people across the country are affected by Norovirus. It is the most common cause of infectious gastroenteritis in England and Wales and can affect people of any age. It is very contagious, is spread from person-to-person and through food

    Symptoms such as sickness and diarrhoeacan be best treated by staying at home, drinking plenty of fluids and getting some rest. Advice is available from your local high-street pharmacist, on line from NHS Choices and from the 111 phone service.

    Whilst Norovirus (sometimes called “winter vomiting virus”) is an unpleasant experience, the infection tends to only last between 12 and 60 hours and most healthy people will just need to drink plenty of fluids and rest. However, the illness can have a worse effect on patients in hospital by making them weak and dehydrated and interfering with the effectiveness of the medicines they are taking.

    Please help us to keep patients in your hospital safe!

  • Protecting you from flu

    Staff at Warrington and Halton Hospitals have been praised for helping protect patients from the flu this winter after being named as the second best performing NHS hospital in the country for staff having flu jabs.

    National figures released last week have shown that 81.4% of the hospital’s clinical staff have had their flu jabs this year – a total of 2,071 individual staff.

    Hospital staff across the country are actively encouraged to have a flu jab each year to help prevent transmission of influenza. Flu jabs are not compulsory but are seen as an important part of patient care, preventing flu from spreading to colleagues, family members and, importantly, to patients.

    The best protection against flu is from vaccination. In nine out of the last ten seasons the vaccine has provided good to moderate protection against the circulating strains of flu that can cause severe illness and deaths each year.

    2,071 out of a total of 2,544 clinical staff had their jabs by the end of December at Warrington and Halton Hospitals in the figures released by NHS Employers. It mean the trust was second in the national rankings of trusts. Only East Lancashire Hospitals had a higher rate at 83.9%.

    The trust aimed to get over 75% of staff vaccinated this year so beat their target. Jabs are provided by the trust’s Staff Health and Wellbeing Team who visited wards and departments to administer them. This year they also provided drop in jab sessions in for staff at the main entrances to the hospitals..

    Sister Caroline Eardley, acting occupational health manager at the hospitals said:

    “We’ve had an excellent take up of the jab across our hospitals this year which has been fantastic to see. The vaccine remains the best protection against flu so we’re delighted that so many staff took the opportunity to get their jab this year. It helps protect themselves, their families and, perhaps most importantly, their patients from the risk of flu. We’ve also been encouraging all members of the public who are eligible to get their flu jab – it’s quick, pretty much painless and helps save lives.”

    Flu vaccination by injection, commonly known as the flu jab is available every year on the NHS to protect adults (and some children) at risk of flu and its complications. Flu can be very unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.

    However, flu can be more severe in certain people, including those aged 65 and over, pregnant women, children and adults with an underlying health condition (particularly long-term heart or respiratory disease) and children and adults with weakened immune systems.

    Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as the lung infection pneumonia, so it's recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to protect them.

    The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS as an annual injection to adults over the age of 18 at risk of flu (including everyone aged 65 and over) and children aged six months to two years at risk of flu.

  • Junior doctors action 10/02/16

    Patients are advised that if they have not heard from us then they should present as normal for their appointment or procedure.

    The Trust is working to keep disruption to an absolute minimum but patients/members of the public are advised NOT to use A&E unless it is an absolute emergency. The hospital has activated its Full Capacity Protocol and therefore adult patients presenting at A&E with minor conditions or injuries will be transported by the Red Cross to our Urgent Care Centre at Halton General Hospital. Options for minor injuries or ailments are as follows:

    · See your local pharmacist

    · Call your GP

    · Call NHS111

    · Travel to Urgent Care Centres at Halton General Hospital WA7 2DA or Widnes Oaks Place WA8 7GD

  • We say Thank You!

    Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said thank you to its dedicated team of staff on Friday (5th Feb) at its 7th annual Thank You awards.

    The awards celebrate the work of teams and departments from across the hospitals. Over 150 nominations were received this year from patients, relatives, colleagues and teams across our hospitals.

    Over 250 staff were present for the awards which wouldn’t be possible without the fantastic support of our sponsors NHS Professionals, Carpe Diem, Hill Dickinson, Culture Warrington, Weightmans and CSC.

    The top three nominees in each category went through to the awards and the winners were announced on the night.The winners were:

    • Excellence in patient care - The Programmed Investigation Unit, Halton

    The Programmed Investigation Unit at Halton General provide a wide range of procedures and regular assessment for patients that includes haematology, cancer and other long term care needs. Many of their patients are regular visitors to the unit for their care. They received a host of nominations this year from people who use their services. Many of the nominations said that the team made it a pleasure to come to hospital – and that they looked forward to their visits to us. As one patient put they are P – Perfect. I – Individuals and U – united in their cause to care for their patients.

    • Supporting excellence in patient care – The Mortuary Team, Warrington

    The mortuary team are a perfect example of supporting excellence in care behind the scenes. They were nominated by Jane Scott, matron for children’s services. She wanted to thank them for the care and compassion they showed following the sad death of a nine-year-old patient who was well known to the paediatric department. The team went out of their way to support the family. Mum requested that he remained in his own blanket and his face was not covered and nothing was too much trouble. They made sure he had his toys with him and staff came in over the weekend to allow mum to spend time with her little boy over both days. Jane wanted to commend the team for their efforts in making it possible for mum to spend time with her loved one – as well as for supporting the nursing staff as well who were upset by the loss.

    • Star of the future - Sarah Ardern, human resources

    Sarah is a former apprentice in the employment services team at the trust who is now working with us full time in the staff engagement team. She was nominated by Head of Employment Services Carl Roberts for her work as an apprentice. He says that it is widely known that apprentices get out of their role what they put in and Sarah has proved that. Within months she was a trusted member of the team, managing her own workload and playing a pivotal role in helping the trust reduce recruitment time. She presented her work and the value of apprentices to the exec team and shows exactly what an apprentice can do at the trust. Carl says she embodies the idea of a rising star with her commitment, attitude and hard work.

    • Excellence in innovation, improvement & efficiency – The Warrington Respiratory Team

    The Warrington Respiratory Team provide a key service for the trust – helping prevent hospital admissions from a very vulnerable group of patients and providing the best possible care by making the transition between community and hospital care as easy as possible from the patient’s viewpoint. Back in 2012 the team received funding to review its service and has completely redesigned how they work. They have developed a service that is truly integrated and uses a true multi-disciplinary approach across services. GPs, health professionals and patients can speak directly to an expert clinician over the phone with self-referral encouraged to empower patients with any respiratory disease. The team’s success speaks for itself. They have reduced admissions to hospital and ensure the patient receives the right care in the right place at the right time.

    • Volunteer of the year – The PALS and Patient Experience Volunteers

    Sue Milling Kelly has nominated the PALS/Patient Experience Volunteers as the support of these volunteers has made a huge difference to the team. Based in the main entrance of Warrington hospital the team take calls and drop ins each day whilst being kind and respectful and try their best to put people at ease, their help and support provides the PALS Officer and Patient Experience Officers time to deal with more complex issues. They are keen to make a difference to the patient experience and always seek to go the extra mile. Every day the volunteers can speak to over 50 patients per day and are often able to provide information on appointments, clinics and waiting lists that probably avoids more formal concerns being raised.

    • Outstanding contribution award – The Lorenzo Electronic Patient Record Team

    The Lorenzo Team were nominated for the exceptional work in getting our new electronic patient record system ready for go-live and implemented this year. It wasn't only the software, but the the task of replacing hardware across the trust, getting training and smartcard ready for go-live, rolling out the system and everything else that made up this huge project for the trust.

    • Employee of the year – Stuart Dutton, senior physio, Cheshire & Merseyside Treatment and Centre

    Stuart is a physio in trauma and orthopaedics based at the Cheshire and Merseyside Treatment Centre who has developed a new way of supporting patients following total knee replacements. Stuart has set up an early discharge class that has meant that more of our patients can go home day 2 post op rather than the national average of 5 days. The class bridges the gap between leaving hospital and returning for physio and has saved around £520 per class attendee. Stuart’s work has been published nationally and he is continually auditing and developing the class. He was nominated by his job share partner Ailsa Keenan who says that his innovative idea is saving money but more importantly giving a valuable service to our patients – a true service development for the team and a win-win for the trust.

    • Team of the year – Helen Hazzard and Sophie Liu, staff nurses, Intensive Care Unit

    Helen and Sophie work on ICU and along with the rest of the team put a lot of dedication into their work. They were nominated by Dr Andy Higgs for their dedication of preparing and organising their annual event ‘The ICU Memorial Service.’ Each year they take on this entirely voluntary and unpaid role to allow patients to have a very unique and special chance to commemorate their loved ones’ lives with a special event at the hospital. Around 150 people attend this event which provides a wonderful opportunity for relatives of deceased patients who were cared for on the unit to achieve closure and an opportunity to ask staff any questions about their ICU care or wider hospital stay. Andy says this makes a real difference because the relatives see it as a very important step on their path to overcoming their often sudden loss, and Helen and Sophie help them take that step. This event that they organise is unique among units in the Northwest of England.

    We also celebrated with over 70 staff who had reached the milestones of 30, 35 or 40 years’ service with the hospitals in our dedication to service awards.

    Thank you everyone who nominated in the awards this year and thanks again to the sponsors for allowing such a great night for our deserving staff.

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    James Ward known as Mark James was found guilty last week for handling stolen car parts from his business called Car Care Automotive. Unit 6 Suffolk Rd Great Yarmouth.. Phone number 01493 717767
    A Subaru Impreza was stolen from High Wycombe, an area where Ward lived at the time of the theft. The car was broken up for parts by Ward. He has also set up a new business that deals with Subaru’s. The business is in Great Yarmouth, Car Care Automotive. Unit 6 Suffolk Rd. Phone number 01493 717767.
    Thames Valley Police raided Car Care Automotive on the 24/2/15 and found a few parts left from the stolen Subaru. Ward was bailed until April. On the 20/4/15 Thames Valley Police charged Ward with handling and selling stolen goods. Ward has even put parts from the stolen car onto other cars.
    On the 6/5/15 Ward pleaded guilty to breaking the Subaru, knowing it was stolen and selling it for parts.
    Anyone with a Subaru are advised to be careful dealing with the business known as Car Care Automotive at Great Yarmouth. The Court Order was made against James Mark Ward at High Wycombe Court. The Case number is 431500197216/1 6th May 2015. This article is printed in good faith from verified data and is in the interest of public awareness.The business Care Care Automotive at Yarmouth
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    <p>CELEBRATIONS to mark the Queen&rsquo;s 90<sup>th</sup> birthday promise to be a right royal occasion in Tameside.</p> <p>Tameside Council&rsquo;s Cultural Services will be hosting a Queen&rsquo;s 90<sup>th</sup> Birthday Picnic at Cheetham Park, Acres Lane, Stalybridge on Sunday 12 June from 11am to 3pm.</p> <p>There will be plenty for all to get involved in, from pop-up theatre and balloon modelling to arts and crafts and traditional dancing.</p> <p>The event is also being supported by Willow Wood Hospice, which will have a stall on the day selling cakes all in aid of their fantastic charity. Stalybridge Carnival Queens will be in attendance and visitors will also get the opportunity to view locally created community art.</p> <p>The Queen turned 90 years old on 21 April 2016, with national commemorations centering on her official birthday weekend in June. Nationally there will be street parties, services of thanksgiving and the traditional Trooping the Colour ceremony in London.</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Ged Cooney, who is responsible for culture and leisure, said: &ldquo;This promises to be a fantastic and memorable community celebration for the Queen&rsquo;s 90<sup>th</sup> birthday &nbsp;and everyone is welcome to come along and join in. Pack up a picnic, bring along your picnic blankets and enjoy a fantastic family day in one of Tameside&rsquo;s flagship parks.&rdquo;</p> <p>Everyone is welcome to attend this free event and the activities are suitable for all ages.</p> <p>For further details visit <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Pupils Receive Defibrillator Training
    <p><span>#ProudTameside<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span>A TAMESIDE school presented with a defibrillator is training its pupils in how to use the life saving device.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span>All Year 6 pupils at Dane Bank Primary School, Denton, as well as eight members of staff, have received the training - which can hugely increase someone&rsquo;s chances of survival following a cardiac arrest.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span>The defibrillator was donated to the school by Tameside Magistrates Social Committee, while Friends of Dane Bank School raised money for the training.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span>Pastroral manager Lisa Fox said: &ldquo;We were delighted to be presented with the defibrillator and thought it was a good opportunity for the wider school community &ndash; not just the staff &ndash; to learn how to use it and teach our year 6 pupils some valuable life skills. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;It has also given pupils a greater understanding of first aid and when defibrillators might be used &ndash; it&rsquo;s not just middle aged people who are unfit who may collapse with cardiac arrest &ndash; it can happen to young people and football stars on the pitch. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;Although the defibrillator is very self-explanatory and easy to use, the training will hopefully give the pupils the confidence to actually use one in a real life or death situation.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span>Pupil Jack Best said: &ldquo;This is definitely a real change from what we normally do in lessons and it&rsquo;s amazing to think that it might help us one day save someone&rsquo;s life.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p><span><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>
  • Tameside Strikes Gold!
    <p>TAMESIDE Council was represented at a Buckingham Palace gold awards presentation to mark the diamond jubilee of the Duke of Edinburgh&rsquo;s Award Scheme.</p> <p>Prince Philip and the Earl and Countess of Wessex hosted the garden event. As well as award winners it was attended by local authority organisers including Tameside Council assistant executive director Emma Varnam and awards manager Maurice Chadwick, who were given a commemorative plaque.</p> <p>In Tameside the award has been in operation for many years. It is administered through schools and outdoor centres and remains as popular as ever. Currently there are 1,078 young people taking the award at all three levels &ndash; bronze, silver and gold.</p> <p>Maurice said: &ldquo;The Buckingham Palace event was very well attended and the atmosphere was electric. Lots of hard-working people were present.</p> <p>&ldquo;Emma and I were lucky enough to meet the Countess of Wessex. She told us all about her plan to mark the award&rsquo;s diamond jubilee by cycling all the way from Edinburgh to London over a seven-day period in September - a distance of 445 miles.&rdquo;</p> <p>Cllr Peter Robinson, Tameside Council&rsquo;s executive member with responsibility for youth matters, added: &ldquo;The Duke of Edinburgh&rsquo;s Award is rightly described as the world&rsquo;s leading youth achievement award. It gives millions of 14 to 24-year-olds the opportunity to be the very best they can be.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am a long-standing supporter of&nbsp;this scheme and I am delighted it remains so popular in Tameside. Much of that is down to the organisers who work so hard.&rdquo;</p>
  • Little Aubrey Is Our Bin Crews’ Biggest Fan
    <p>WITHOUT fail toddler Aubrey Keeble excitedly waves to the bin men every Tuesday as they pass his home in Dukinfield.</p> <p>So the tot was especially delighted when his favourite crew presented him with a gift of toy wheelie bins in acknowledgement of his enthusiasm</p> <p>Mum Abigail, who wrote to Tameside Council to praise the crew, said: &ldquo;The bin men always wave at my giddy son, who shouts &#39;Bin men&rsquo; as they drive past &ndash; it was one of the first two-syllable words he learned! So he was thrilled when they beckoned us outside and gave him the coloured toy bins. He loves playing with them&nbsp; and even had to take them to show off to his grandparents. I think they will definitely feed his obsession!</p> <p>&ldquo;I think we&#39;re so lucky to have binmen that go the extra mile to wave, make a fuss and put a smile on the faces of, I should imagine, many children who wait at the window to wave at them and I would like to say a big thank you on behalf of Aubrey.&rdquo;</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Member Allison Gwynne, who is responsible for recycling, said: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s always lovely to hear stories of our staff making a positive difference. Well done to the crew for going that extra mile to promote good community relations while out working hard on their rounds.</p> <p>&ldquo;Thanks to Aubrey for showing such enthusiasm for their work and to his mum for taking the trouble to get in touch to praise the crew.&rdquo;</p> <p>#ProudTameside</p>
  • Band Contests Are A Blast
    <p>THOUSANDS&nbsp;of music lovers defied the weather to watch dozens of bands compete in the ever popular Whit Friday band contests.</p> <p>Ashton-under-Lyne Band excelled, finishing third in the open section. They were runners-up at Broadoak, Hurst Cross and Stalybridge Celtic, and third at Dukinfield and Heyrod.</p> <p>Mossley claimed the local championship, finishing ahead of Stalybridge Old Band and St John&rsquo;s, Mossley.</p> <p>The open title was once again taken by Foden&rsquo;s who have dominated Tameside Whit Fridays since the turn of the century, winning 15 championships. They were victorious at Audenshaw, Carrbrook, Hurst Cross, Stalybridge Celtic and Top Mossley.</p> <p>The <a href="">Band of the King&rsquo;s Division</a> enjoyed another successful evening - winning the deportment prize at Broadoak and Denton, and finishing fifth at Carrbrook.</p> <p>More than 70 bands took part in the 11 contests across the borough, including Leicester Ambassador and Jaguar Land Rover from Coventry.</p> <p>CllrJackie Lane, Tameside Council&rsquo;s assistant executive member for culture, said: &ldquo;The weather could have been kinder to us but the Whit Friday contests were once again a great success. The event fully lived up to its reputation as the greatest free show on earth.&rdquo;</p> <p>For a full round-up of results visit: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Summer Half Term Holiday Fun
    <p>FROM meeting insects to art and craft activities &ndash; there&rsquo;s lots to keep children busy over the summer half term holiday (Monday 30 May 2016 until Sunday 12 June 2016).</p> <p>The holidays start with free bank holiday family fun, including trails and art activities, at Portland Basin Museum on Monday 30 May 11am-3pm. Or visitors can take part in the &lsquo;Jolly Holidays&rsquo; workshops, which cost &pound;1 and are suitable for all ages, &nbsp;on Tuesdays (31 May and 7 June 2016) and Thursdays (2 and 9 June 2016).</p> <p>If visiting Portland Basin on a Wednesday, families can &lsquo;Meet Tommy Atkins: a First World War Soldier&rsquo; (1 and 8 June 2016). This is free to attend and runs from 11am until 3pm. There will also be a free self led craft activity available every day the museum is open during the two week break.</p> <p>Be inspired by &lsquo;The Tree, The Caterpillar and The Butterfly&rsquo; nature themed interactive exhibition at Central Art Gallery, Old Street, Ashton where there will also be a free self-led craft activity available over the two weeks. On Wednesday 1 June there will be an activity day linked to the exhibition where visitors can meet real insects and bugs with &lsquo;Safari Phil&rsquo; and make something crafty with an artist. This family friendly and free event will run from 11am to 3pm, everyone is welcome and the activity is suitable for all ages. There is no need to book &ndash; just drop in.</p> <p>Those wishing to enjoy the outdoors can &lsquo;GO WILD&rsquo; with &lsquo;Leafy Folk on the Low&rsquo; (Tuesday 31 May 2016) which is a fun afternoon in the countryside for all the family. Help celebrate all things green and leafy. Make a Green Man in the woods, a leafy headdress and search for life in the undergrowth. The group will meet at Werneth Low Country Park. Lower Higham Visitor Centre. Higham Lane, Hyde. SK14 5LR&nbsp;&nbsp;&ndash; meet at 1pm for a 2 hour activity.</p> <p>Families can also &lsquo;GO WILD&rsquo; with &lsquo;Bugs and Butterflies&rsquo; (Wednesday 8 June 2016) where they can get involved and enjoy a nature afternoon, dip the stream, hunt for butterflies and make a mask.</p> <p>Meeting at Oakgates car park, Hartley Street, off Huddersfield Road, Millbrook, Stalybridge. SK15 3EP - again it is free to attend and the group meet at 1pm (for 2 hour activity).</p> <p>Another event to look out for during these holidays will be &lsquo;The Queens 90<sup>th</sup> Birthday Picnic&rsquo; on Sunday 12 June 2016 being held at Cheetham&rsquo;s Park, Stalybridge. There will be plenty for all to get involved in, from pop-up theatre, and balloon modelling to arts and crafts and traditional dancing. This event is also being supported by &lsquo;Willow Wood&rsquo; who will be attending the day, selling cakes, all in aid of this fantastic local charity. Stalybridge Carnival Queens will be in attendance and visitors will also get the opportunity to view locally created community art. This family friendly activity will run from 11am to 3pm, everyone is welcome and the activity is suitable for all ages.</p> <p>For further details visit <a href=""></a></p> <p>For updates on exhibitions and events, follow @tmbc_culture on Twitter</p> <p><a href=""></a> and <a href=""></a></p>
  • Pubs Checked For Safety
    <p>FRIDAY the 13th proved to be an unlucky night for some licensees after Tameside Council environmental health officers made unannounced visits to around 50 pubs.</p> <p>Joined by the police, they called at licensed premises in Ashton, Stalybridge, Hyde and Denton to carry out licensing, food hygiene, environmental health and fire-safety checks.</p> <p>One pub was found to be in such poor condition that a licence review is being considered. A further eight had fire exits that were blocked or not easily accessible. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue service has been informed and follow-up action will take place.</p> <p>Poor hygiene was evident in one pub, which will now receive a full inspection and almost certainly a written warning.</p> <p>Most of the premises were given recycling information and those with licence conditions linked to the Challenge 21 and 25 scheme to stop under-age drinking were checked and advised.</p> <p>The police requested that all the pubs display anti-drugs posters.</p> <p>Cllr John Taylor, Tameside Council&rsquo;s executive member with responsibility for enforcement, said: &ldquo;The entire focus of the operation was to make sure people are safe when they go out for a drink. I&rsquo;m pleased to say that many of the establishments we visited were well run by their owners and managers.</p> <p>&ldquo;The establishments that fell short of the mark will be dealt with appropriately. Tameside Council takes its responsibilities very seriously in this field and we insist on the highest standards.&rdquo;</p>
  • You Could Help A Child Achieve Their Dreams
    <p>NEW foster carers are urgently needed to help provide loving and supportive homes for the 244 Tameside children currently in local authority care.</p> <p>As part of Foster Care Fortnight 16-29 May, Tameside Council has launched its new &lsquo;Best Job in the World&rsquo; foster carer recruitment campaign to highlight the many benefits of becoming a foster carer.</p> <p>It will be holding &nbsp;two informal drop in events for anyone interested in finding out more at The Denton Centre, Acre Street, Denton, on Wednesday 25 May 10am-12pm and 6-8pm, where social workers and existing foster carers will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.</p> <p>The borough currently has 159 fostering households providing both short term and long term placements. Some of the other children in care live with family members, stay in residential homes or are fostered through private agencies. However new foster carers are needed all the time to help give vulnerable youngsters of all ages the very best chance of a stable, happy and successful life.</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Member for Children &amp; Families Cllr Peter Robinson, who himself used to be a foster carer along with his wife Jill, said &ldquo;We went into fostering because we had room to spare and we wanted to help young people who needed help and a stable home life. We mainly fostered teenagers - helping young adults to independence is very rewarding and to be able to help two of our charges on to university was particularly a real pleasure for us.</p> <p>&ldquo;We only gave it up when our granddaughter was born so that we would be available to help out with childcare. I would urge anyone thinking about it to find out more &ndash; it is a wonderful career opportunity to support children and young people through the milestones of growing up and helping them to achieve their dreams.&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. To find out more call 0161 368 8865 or see <a href=""></a></p> <p>To find out more about a typical day in the life of a Tameside foster carer see <a href=""></a></p> <p>#FCF2016 #Bestjobintheworld</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Golf Day Success
    <div data-block="true" data-editor="b19gk" data-offset-key="bbmic-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="bbmic-0-0"><span data-offset-key="4o2gh-0-0"><span data-text="true">THE Civic Mayor of Tameside&rsquo;s charity golf day turned out to be glorious in every way. Played at Denton Golf Club on a beautiful spring day, it raised &pound;637.85 for the Mayor&rsquo;s charity appeal.</span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="b19gk" data-offset-key="kal6-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="kal6-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="b19gk" data-offset-key="cha3b-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="cha3b-0-0"><span data-offset-key="cha3b-0-0"><span data-text="true">First place was taken by the Dane Bank Hackers who included Tameside Council&rsquo;s head of environmental operations and greenspace, Nick Sayers. The Swingers came second, followed by New Charter Housing Trust.</span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="b19gk" data-offset-key="9v8d5-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="9v8d5-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="b19gk" data-offset-key="75o16-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="75o16-0-0"><span data-offset-key="75o16-0-0"><span data-text="true">Other teams included Q Bros (featuring the executive leader of Tameside Council, Cllr Kieran Quinn, and his brothers Patrick, Paul and Bernard); Royal Denton, who included the captain, president and lady captain from Denton Golf Club; and Denton Golf Club Junior All Stars who were sponsored by Tameside Council&rsquo;s project lead for sport, Cllr Dawson Lane.</span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="b19gk" data-offset-key="1n2h6-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="1n2h6-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="b19gk" data-offset-key="ej5et-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="ej5et-0-0"><span data-offset-key="ej5et-0-0"><span data-text="true">The Civic Mayor, Cllr Vincent Ricci, said: &ldquo;It was a wonderful day and really couldn&rsquo;t have gone better. The weather was wonderful.</span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="b19gk" data-offset-key="eco4a-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="eco4a-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="b19gk" data-offset-key="fdvku-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="fdvku-0-0"><span data-offset-key="fdvku-0-0"><span data-text="true">&ldquo;I would like to thank all the teams who took part and helped us to raise almost &pound;700, and Denton Golf Club for hosting the event.&rdquo;</span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="b19gk" data-offset-key="2pfpl-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="2pfpl-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="b19gk" data-offset-key="9jcgr-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="9jcgr-0-0"><span data-offset-key="9jcgr-0-0"><span data-text="true"></span></span></div> </div>
  • Busy Summer For Tameside's Markets
    <p>IT&rsquo;S going to be a busy summer for Tameside&rsquo;s markets. Not only is Love your Local Market Fortnight under way, but there are big changes in the pipeline in Ashton and Hyde.</p> <p>Following on from the success of Stalybridge Artisan Market, a similar monthly event is to be launched in Hydeon Saturday, July 2, with support from the Hyde Town Team and Paper Tulips, a gifts and crafts business on Market Street.</p> <p>In Ashton, the regeneration of the market ground is nearing completion and traders are already moving into the new kiosks.</p> <p>Lots of events are lined up for Love Your Local Market fortnight which last until the end of the month. There are cookery demonstrations in Ashton and Hyde, the About Tameside Celebrating Food and Drink Awards, and children have the chance to meet mascots Maggie the Market Magpie and Teddy Tameside.</p> <p>To top everything off, Tameside Council markets manager Nicola Martin has been named National Market Traders Federation Market Manager of the Year.</p> <p>Tameside Council&rsquo;s deputy leader, Cllr John Taylor, who has responsibility for markets, said: &ldquo;Markets are at the heart of our borough and have been for many, many years.</p> <p>&ldquo;As an authority we always want to encourage people to shop locally and support independent businesses.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our markets are popular because of the great traders who run the stalls and shops, and the highly dedicated management team who put in so much hard work.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href=""></a></p>
  • Happy Feet
    <p>TAMESIDE school children are planning some fancy footwork as part of the national Walk to School Week event from 16-20 May.</p> <p>Pupils at Canon Burrows Primary School, in Ashton, are among those taking part in &lsquo;Happy Shoesday&rsquo;, where children get to wear their most favourite and fun shoes in celebration of walking to school.</p> <p>The school has a strong commitment to Walk to School Week, an initiative promoted by the charity Living Streets as part of National Walking Month and supported by Tameside Council.</p> <p>All pupils are encouraged to walk to school at least once a week throughout the year &ndash; and more if possible. The regular walkers gain special badges each month.</p> <p>Canon Burrows teacher and eco coordinator Andy Clark said: &ldquo;The children all understand walking is the healthiest, safest and most sensible way to travel. They are also committed to doing all the good things they can to help our planet.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Happy Shoesday helps them to highlight and celebrate their commitment to walking &ndash; they enjoy taking part and wearing their fanciest shoes for the day.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;Schools across the borough are taking part in activities for Walk to School Week.</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Member for Lifelong Learning Lynn Travis said: &ldquo;A generation ago, 70% of us walked to school but now that figure has halved. Tameside schools are doing a fantastic job of turning this around and getting more children walking again. Walking benefits the health, wellbeing and education of pupils, who arrive in class feeling happy, alert and ready to learn. &nbsp;There are also wider benefits for public health, the economy, the environment and increased road safety. A recent study projected that for every &pound;1 invested in walking to school there is &pound;7.64 return in benefits to the wider community&rdquo;</p> <p>To find out more about Walk to School Week and National Walking Month visit: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Council Protects Taxi-users
    <div data-block="true" data-editor="fdp6u" data-offset-key="cb83m-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="cb83m-0-0"><span data-offset-key="dn55r-0-0"><span data-text="true">TAMESIDE Council&rsquo;s refusal to grant a taxi-driver&rsquo;s licence to a convicted drug dealer has been upheld by magistrates.</span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="fdp6u" data-offset-key="6dq8a-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="6dq8a-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="fdp6u" data-offset-key="b9t83-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="b9t83-0-0"><span data-offset-key="b9t83-0-0"><span data-text="true">Mohammed Arfan Zahid exercised his right of appeal after the authority&rsquo;s speaker&rsquo;s panel (licensing) rejected his application for the return of his private-hire and hackney carriage licences in January, deeming him not to be a fit and proper person.</span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="fdp6u" data-offset-key="3hfbc-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="3hfbc-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="fdp6u" data-offset-key="arr8f-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="arr8f-0-0"><span data-offset-key="arr8f-0-0"><span data-text="true">Originally, Zahid was granted a taxi-driver&rsquo;s licence by Tameside Council in 2005. However, in 2011 he was convicted of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs after a major police operation. He was found to have 15kg of cannabis in the boot of his car and was jailed for 15 months. Eight other men received sentences ranging from nine years to five years.</span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="fdp6u" data-offset-key="dqing-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="dqing-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="fdp6u" data-offset-key="4mv2v-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="4mv2v-0-0"><span data-offset-key="4mv2v-0-0"><span data-text="true">Tameside magistrates heard Zahid&rsquo;s case in Ashton on May 12. After being presented with detailed evidence of the offence, and of Zahid&rsquo;s history as a licensed driver, they upheld the speaker&rsquo;s panel&rsquo;s decision to refuse the licences and dismissed the appeal.</span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="fdp6u" data-offset-key="d3s65-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="d3s65-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="fdp6u" data-offset-key="el05p-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="el05p-0-0"><span data-offset-key="el05p-0-0"><span data-text="true">Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council&rsquo;s executive member with responsibility for licensing, said: &ldquo;I am pleased but not surprised that the magistrates upheld our decision not to reinstate Mr Zahid&rsquo;s licences.</span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="fdp6u" data-offset-key="djh0m-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="djh0m-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="fdp6u" data-offset-key="eppik-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="eppik-0-0"><span data-offset-key="eppik-0-0"><span data-text="true">&ldquo;Our key priority is to ensure the travelling public are protected at all times. Because of that, Tameside Council will never grant licences to people who are not deemed to be fit and proper.&rdquo;</span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="fdp6u" data-offset-key="7am7c-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="7am7c-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div>
  • Councillors Champion Dementia Friends
    <p>TAMESIDE councillors are leading the way in championing a scheme to raise awareness of how to help people with dementia.</p> <p>As part of <a href="">Dementia Awareness Week 15- 21 May</a> and in support of the council&rsquo;s <a href="">pledge</a> to make the borough more dementia friendly, Executive Leader Cllr Kieran Quinn and Executive Member Cllr Ged Cooney &ndash; who is responsible for health - have invited all the borough&rsquo;s elected members to attend a session to become Dementia Friends.</p> <p>They are also encouraging local people to book on to one of the many free <a href="">Dementia Friends sessions</a> being held across the borough.</p> <p>Alzheimer&rsquo;s Society&rsquo;s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people&rsquo;s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition. The Dementia Friends sessions, which usually last for one hour, aim to give people more insight into what it&rsquo;s like to live with dementia and the small things they can do to help.</p> <p>Cllr Quinn said: &ldquo;Over 1,800 Tameside people have been diagnosed with dementia and these figures are expected to increase, with more and more people coming into contact with those who have the condition. However some of us may possibly feel awkward or uncomfortable about talking to people with dementia because we don&rsquo;t know enough about the condition or how we can support them.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is where dementia friends comes in &ndash; for just one of hour of your time you can get some really valuable information and advice on how you can connect with and support people with dementia and make a positive difference.&rdquo;</p> <p>Cllr Cooney said: &ldquo;I, like many other people, have a personal experience of dementia within my family. With more and more people being affected by different types of dementia, it&rsquo;s important that we all find out more about the condition and how we can help.&rdquo;</p> <p>There will be a Dementia Friends Session on Tuesday 17 May 1-2pm at&nbsp;The Seraphina Centre &amp; Caf&eacute;, Stamford Street, Ashton, and Wednesday 18 May 10am-2pm at Stalybridge Fire Station, Rassbottom Street.</p> <p>For further information call Tameside Council Public Health Programme Officer Angela Wild on 0161 342 3477.</p>

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  • Mariel Loveland, the blogger and singer with pop punk band Candy Hearts, has taken online to write a powerful blog after her experience of allegedly being assaulted by a tour manager.

    The frontwoman claims that she was 'physically and emotionally assaulted' by the tour manager of the band Seaway - taking to Tumblr to write a long, emotional letter to open up about her ordeal, and to warn others.

    She has previously blogged about sexual discrimination and misogyny in the music industry, once writing: "I have to worry about walking to the car alone to grab my guitar; I have to worry about where we are staying and if the strangers who own the floor I’m sleeping on will assault me in the middle of the night, even though it’s unlikely. I can’t tell you how many nights I’ve clung to the side of my male bandmates when we’re sleeping, just to feel safe."

    Now, she has taken to her own Tumblr to speak out again - relating to Ke$ha and revealing how she 'felt so defeated': 

    "I was physically assaulted and emotionally abused by Seaway’s tour manager. And I’m so sick of keeping quiet and watching every band I love and adore be all chummy with him, including people who know what happened. As a TM for a pop punk band, he has access to leagues of young girls that aren’t safe around him. People should know."

    "It happened on tour in front of a line full of people at Seaway’s merch. He was screaming at me, like usual, calling me names and saying I wasn’t worth anything, like usual - that kind of stuff is awful and you should never allow someone to talk to you like that, but I did. For almost a year. I finally decided not to take it anymore. He was our tour manager too, and I was employing him (albeit not very much but he was the highest paid out of all of us) and he was still telling me horrible things every day. That’s when he got violent. He started throwing things at my head and pushed me, while screaming in my face. He winded me with the stuff he threw at my stomach and I screamed louder to draw attention to him, in the way you sort of are supposed to yell really loud to scare a bear that’s about to kill you. I tried to hit him back but he is massive. I pushed him and nothing happened. I spent the rest of the tour terrified.

    "I didn’t want to make a big deal about it after it happened. If I did, I knew he’d be removed from the tour and as much as I wanted him gone, I didn’t want seaway to have to go without someone running their merch in the middle of tour. I felt like everyone would blame me for his actions if I spoke up – oh Mariel you just know how to push people’s buttons – and some people did. Most of the very few people who knew what happened didn’t want to take sides - they said we’re both their friends. But the truth is when one friend tries to physically hurt another, smaller by 150+lbs friend, not taking sides means you’re saying abusing someone is ok. Not taking sides means you’ve taken a side and I continue to leave in fear and feel totally alone. People say if it’s true why didn’t I call the cops? I just wanted the whole thing to go away and I didn’t want to mess up things for seaway/other bands. It ruins a bands reputation to have conflict and I just wanted to tour and be able to continue to tour.

    "He still works for that band, and others - they know what he did, but others don’t, and I haven’t told more than a handful of people. I, however, haven’t worked much since and remain terrified to even attend certain shows or talk to certain people. I’ve been trying very hard to learn how to feel confident and safe again on stage, on tour, infront of other people. There’s nothing in the world that i’d rather do than play music and go on tour, and he took that safe, happy feeling I have on the road away from me.

    "Here’s the thing: It is never, ever, okay to lay a finger on another person, even if they’re a girl infiltrating your little circle of fun-loving bro-dudes at a pop punk show. I don’t care if no one believes me, but I can’t live with this weighing on my chest anymore. It’s been almost a year and it haunts me. Every single day I wake up and remember he told me no one is going to believe me, how I was just a crazy girl who’s band was terrible and he was going to make sure he ruined my career. Have fun on your last tour as a band, he said. So I kept quiet. I keep quiet because every day I see another band I love repping Seaway, and I’m afraid. I’m afraid and feel isolated.

    "I saw someone online claiming he was too rough to fans in the pit and I felt personally responsible for not warning anyone. I saw Ke$ha in the news go through the incredibly public and awful lawsuit with her abuser (admittedly, that is so horrific I can’t even imagine) and it made me more afraid but sort of hopeful that maybe someone would have my back. And most of all I felt like a sham, speaking up for women and encouraging them to share their stories and stand up for what they believe in, when I was terrified to do the same. I spoke to my best friend and she told me I need to tell someone. I need to put this out there. And I don’t think I could feel okay about myself if something happened because no one knew what he was like. Tons of young girls love seaway - and dudes too. No one is immune to assault.

    "I’ll probably delete this because I don’t know if im ready to have this out there. I haven’t spoken up earlier because I’m afraid - im afraid I won’t be able to tour in our scene, that no other band full of guys will want to take me out because they view me as a fussy, reckless person who’s more of a problem then she’s worth. Im afraid of everyone having my abuser’s back and not mine, which time has only proved is true. I feel very in it on my own, you know? I just want to tour and I just want to make records.

    "So here it is - maybe one day I’ll write more about it, but physical assault (and sexual assault though let me be clear, that is not something he did to me) can happen to anyone by anyone. It can happen with a dude you think is totally cool and nice and very charming, in fact it’s probably more likely. Abusers choose one or two people to abuse. They move from one the next where they think they can get away with it. Otherwise they’d be totally shunned by society if they were just abusive to everyone and a publicly crappy person. It is sneaky and slimy and from the outside often impossible to see unless, like in my case, he slips up and does it in public. This is why it looks like women lie, this is why the numbers of women who are assaulted look so shocking. You don’t think it could happen to you or someone you know by someone you call a friend. You always think it’d be a stranger trying to steal your purse in the street or a drunk guy at a bar who’s looking to start trouble. Not someone you trust.

    "Tell me, why does no one stand up for the girls in our scene and make it almost impossible to stand up for ourselves? I’m not saying he should be fired from his job or that I want his life ruined. I’m saying he needs to be held accountable. He needs to seek help and know how he affected people. In an industry where we don’t have HR, we’re responsible for keeping it safe." 

  • 'Rollin' stars Limp Bizkit have taken a stand against stage invaders, after guitarist Wes Borland shared a video of him taking out a fan who tried to take a selfie with him on stage. Watch the incident below. 

    After The Story So Far frontman Parker Cannon caused controversy for drop-kicking a girl from the stage after she took the time to take a selfie, Borland actually uploaded a video of an incident to Instagram himself - but as a clear warning to fans. 

    The difference here being that the Bizkit star seems to be suggesting that he didn't know the fan wanted a selfie, and then he was acting cautiously in the wake of events such as the Paris terror attacks - in which 89 people were killed at an Eagles Of Death Metal gig at the Bataclan

    "The moral of the story here is not to bum rush people on stage," wrote Borland. "So many bad things have gone down at shows and if you aren't invited up, we don't know what your intentions are or if you're intoxicated or violent or what... This guy wasn't hurt. I grabbed his shirt and stiff armed him away from my space. Don't do this. You respect our space and we will absolutely respect you." 


    Edit: the moral of the story here is not to bum rush people on stage. So many bad things have gone down at shows and if you aren't invited up, we don't know what your intentions are or if you're intoxicated or violent or what... This guy wasn't hurt. I grabbed his shirt and stiff armed him away from my space. Don't do this. You respect our space and we will absolutely respect you.

    A video posted by Wes Borland (@thewesborland) on

    He later released a longer statement following a backlash:


    A photo posted by Wes Borland (@thewesborland) on


  • Michael Jackson's children continue to honour in his memory, with his daughter Paris now sharing a beautiful new tattoo in his honour. 

    The 18-year-old daughter of the King Of Pop took to her Instagram to share the ink, replicating the cover of his huge 1991 album, Dangerous - showing his piercing gaze alongside animals and other items of MJ iconography. 

    "The meaning of life is contained in every single expression of life. It is present in the infinity of forms and phenomena that exist in all of creation," wrote with the image. "Never forget your roots, and always be proud of where you came from." 


    "The meaning of life is contained in every single expression of life. It is present in the infinity of forms and phenomena that exist in all of creation." Never forget your roots, and always be proud of where you came from.

    A photo posted by Paris-Michael K. Jackson (@parisjackson) on

    This comes after she got another one some months ago that read 'Queen Of My Heart', written in his handwriting. 


    "Queen of My Heart" in his handwriting. To everyone else he was the King of Pop. To me, well, he was the king of my heart. Thank you @dermagraphink, you're a legend. [📸: @austinbrown]

    A photo posted by Paris-Michael K. Jackson (@parisjackson) on

    "To everyone else he was the King of Pop," she said. "To me, well, he was the king of my heart."

    Paris was aged just 11-years-old when Michael Jackson died aged 50 in 2009. 

    Meanwhile, Paul McCartney is set is set to buy back the rights to The Beatles' back catalogue from Michael Jackson's estate

  • "I love her, she's amazing," says Simple Minds guitarist Charlie Burchill of their friend and touring bandmate Catherine Anne Davies - aka, The Anchoress. "She's a consistently amazing singer, especially for such a small and petite person. She's astonishingly diligent and gives it everything. There's a great joy in her, and it comes through everything she does - sometimes it drives you nuts."

    A fitting seal of approval from leading masters of art-pop melodrama, but now The Anchoress is stepping out on her own terms with the resplendent and lush, Confessions Of A Romance Novelist - already one of the finest albums of the year. Now, as she takes the record out on the road, we're proud the premiere the beautiful Bowie-inspired video for album highlight 'Doesn't Kill You' - starring David Gilmour's son, Charlie. Check it out below. 

    "I was also pretty obsessed with David Bowie's Low around this time," she tells us of the song's origins. "It was written in the midst of a very difficult time in the album's making, when it looked like it might not get finished at all, it’s probably one of the most personal songs on the album that deviates somewhat from my original intention to have each song sung by a different character – what you might call a musical ghost writing of sorts…

    "Cenzo Townshend did a beautiful mix of this despite having to make sense of mix notes sent at 3am from sketchy hotel wifi while I was on tour in Europe. There’s lots of my vintage omnichord in there that I inherited as ‘asshole tax’ from my ex. The title? I promise you it has nothing to do with Kelly Clarkson… The song is about taking the chaos you find yourself in and channelling it into something more positive. 'You have to suffer…'

    She added: "The piano crash at the end was brought to you by a combination of red wine, codeine, and being forced to play through the pain of (what I didn't know at the time was) a detached ligament in my hand when it had all gone a bit Bobby Fischer…"

    Speaking of how the video came to be, she said: "Charlie Gilmour (son of David Gilmour) stars as my androgynous alter ego in this Bowie-inspired short film, which was styled by costume designer Natasha Lawes. Directed by Annick Wolfers (who has previously worked with Vivienne Westwood and Vogue Italia), it narrates what I have described as a “metaphorical battle between the super-ego and the id” but in reality was more about me not pushing Charlie around too hard as he's a mixed martial arts expert..."

    'Doesn't Kill You' is released on 17 June. Confessions Of A Romance Novelist is out now. 

    The Anchoress' upcoming UK tour dates are as follows. For tickets and more information, visit here

    29 May LIVERPOOL, Sound City (main stage)
    15 June LONDON, Bush Hall
    15 July LATITUDE FESTIVAL, Southwold
    5 August GLASGOW, CCA
    6 August EDINBURGH, Summerhall (Edinburgh Fringe with Kathryn Joseph)

  • Radiohead's setlist for their 2016 A Moon Shaped Pool tour continues to evolve and shake up each and every night, with their latest show in Paris featuring rare outings of not only 'No Surprises' and 'True Love Waits', but their much maligned hit 'Creep'. Check out footage from the show below. 

    Pretty much universally acclaimed by critics (especially us, we love it so much), Radiohead's new album A Moon Shaped Pool has proven to be one of the finest surprises of 2016 so far (hear it for yourself online for free here).

    But of course, they can't just leave it there - their tour itself was only ever going to be unpredictable. The first two nights of the tour saw the setlist shake up pretty dramatically from night to night, and they threw in a few more fan favourites and gems last night - including the rarely played 'Creep'. 

    "We sucked Satan’s cock," frontman Thom Yorke once said of writing 'Creep'. "It took a year-and-a-half to get back to the people we were… to cope with it emotionally."

    It's no wonder they've not played it since 2009.  

    Not only that, but the band also gave 'True Love Waits' its first full band performance since 2006 - after it was beautiful reworked and recorded for the new album... 

    And here they are playing OK Computer classic 'No Surprises' for the first time since 2009...

    Radiohead played:
    Burn the Witch
    Decks Dark
    Desert Island Disk
    Ful Stop
    Lotus Flower
    The National Anthem
    My Iron Lung
    No Surprises (First performance since 2009)
    Bloom (Happy Birthday sung to Phil)
    The Numbers
    The Gloaming
    Everything in Its Right Place
    True Love Waits (First full performance since 2006)
    Present Tense
    Paranoid Android
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief
    Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
    Encore 2:
    Creep (First performance since 2009)
    Pyramid Song

    Radiohead's remaining headline tour dates are below, with tickets available here


    Meanwhile, the band will also be playing the following festivals: 

    JUNE 3 PRIMAVERA SOUND, BARCELONA, SPAIN - tickets available here

    JUNE 17 SECRET SOLSTICE, REYJKAVIK, ICELAND - tickets available here

    JULY 2 OPENAIR ST GALLEN, SWITZERLAND - tickets available here

    JULY 8 NOS ALIVE FESTIVAL, LISBON, PORTUGAL - tickets available here


    AUGUST 20 -21 SUMMERSONIC FESTIVAL, OSAKA, JAPAN - tickets available here

    SEP 11 LOLLAPALOOZA FESTIVAL, BERLIN, GERMANY - tickets available here

  • Madonna and Stevie Wonder teamed up to deliver a beautiful tribute to Prince at the Billboard Awards last night - check it out below. 

    Introduced to the stage by The Roots' ?uestlove, who described the death of The Purple One as 'an earthquake', a short musical montage in memory of the 'Kiss' star rung out - before Madonna took to the stage in a very Prince-esque glittery purple suit with cravat and cane. 

    She then ran through a heartfelt rendition of 'Nothing Compares 2 U', before Stevie Wonder then joined in to duet on an epic cover of 'Purple Rain'.  



    Paying tribute to Prince at the time of his death, Madonna posted: 

    Madonna and Prince famously dated briefly in 1985, before a feud erupted between the two that lasted until 2011 when Madge attended one of his concerts. However, it wasn't to last long - as Prince would later call her out in an interview with Billboard in 2013 when he blamed her for his split with label Warner Bros. 

    "She was getting paid, but at the time, we were selling more records and selling out concerts on multiple nights," he said. "It wasn't about her. This was about business."  

    MORE: Prince - a tribute: why the party will last forever

    Prince's family this week revealed plans for his funeral and a public memorial. Speculation continues to surround Prince's death -  amid rumours that he had an addiction to painkillers and was due to see a doctor for it days before his death, while claims have also emerged that he was battling AIDS

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