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  • 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.

  • Open Day: Warrington

    Warrington Hospital is opening its doors to the public with its sixth Hospital Family Open Day and first combined Careers Fair on Saturday 2nd July 2016.

    The event will be opened by new Mayor of Warrington Cllr. Faisal Rashid at 11am and this is a chance for the people of Warrington to learn about the work of the hospital, find out how to improve their health, gain advice on how to make the most out of hospital services and perhaps even find a job!

    Hosting a Careers Fair for the first time at Open Day the employment and staff engagement teams will be on hand to provide more information on the hundreds of different NHS opportunities beyond nursing and medical - with exciting new apprenticeships for those interested in getting into Warrington’s biggest employer

    There will be a series of tours throughout the day including the ever-popular operating theatres, maternity and cardiology units.  For the first time the ‘Forget Me Not’ dementia unit will take a single tour at 1.00pm specifically for those with special interest in dementia. The main event will see WHH’s Trauma Team work alongside Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service in an exciting demonstration  rescuing a driver from the result of a road traffic accident.

    A wide range of health information stands include: stroke awareness, WHH Charity the Paediatric team and the Resus challenge. Warrington and Halton Carers Centres and the Red Cross will join many local traders and LIVERWIRE will lead the fitness and health offering with the opportunity to hop on the smoothie bike and make a healthy drink.

    Entertainment throughout the day includes the beautiful voices of St Alban’s Catholic Primary School and bluegrass band; TheGrasshoppers. Open day starts at 11am through to 3pm on 2nd July in and around the main entrance, Kendrick Wing and the education centre at the hospital. Onsite parking is free throughout the event and limited places on the tour of the ‘Forget me Not’ unit can be pre-booked via

    Mel Pickup, chief executiveof Warrington and Halton Hospitals, said:

    “We are opening our doors to our local population to learn a bit more about their hospital, their health and their opportunities at Warrington’s biggest employer.

    ” We are really proud of all that we do and of our fantastic WHH staff who go above and beyond every day to keep our patients safe and well.  This is the chance to see a little bit more and have a peak behind the scenes.  More than 400 attended our open day at Halton last year and we look forward to seeing many, many more this year!”

  • George Lloyd Restaurant

    The catering facilities at Halton Hospital have had a £80,000 makeover, which was made possible by a generous legacy left by a former patient George Lloyd, who wanted the Halton site to benefit from his estate. George passed away in hospital in May 2013.

    The George Lloyd Restaurant opened at the beginning of May to patients, visitors and staff to enjoy a range of hot food and refreshments throughout the day.

    The makeover included new lighting, flooring, and decoration, the creation of feature walls and new furniture; which included sofas, stools, round tables and a mixture of chairs suitable for all. The colour scheme, which has given the whole area a fresh new look is an eye catching raspberry and orange. A coffee lounge has been created in one corner of the restaurant to provide a vending area for refreshments and light snacks outside of opening hours. The refurbishment project took two months to complete and was carried out largely by our own Estates Team with design input from our Halton Catering Team.

    Lee Bushell, Acting Head of Capital Projects - Estates talks us through the design changes and the benefits of the new dining room,

    “The existing environment was dark, dull and un-inviting despite the great quality and value of the food. The lighting was poor and the finishes had not seen any investment since the building was designed, built and opened in 1985. We wanted to create a modern environment which was light, colourful and inviting to all. We also wanted to create different seating types and spaces to suit the modern society and the various needs of the customers.

    “The problem with the space previously is that due to restricted opening times, after 1:30pm, patients, staff and visitors had nowhere to go to be able to sit down in comfort and have a drink or something to eat. We therefore created a segregated ‘coffee lounge’ area which is still very much a part of the restaurant space. This allows patients, staff and visitors to visit the area for some quiet time away from the wards. A relaxing space to enjoy a hot or cold drink and a snack even when the restaurant is closed.

    “We are so pleased to be able to provide such a rejuvenated facility and are extremely grateful to George Lloyd for his amazing legacy donation.”

    This very kind gift has also provided so many other benefits to the patient experience, Helen Higginson, Charity Fundraising Manager said ‘Not only has George’s wonderful gift to Halton Hospitals been able to refurb our dining area but it has also provided so many other benefits to the patient experience whilst within our care, it really has made a huge difference.

    By leaving a gift in your Will you will be helping WHH Charity continue to provide additional comforts, care or experiences for the direct benefit of patients and their families for many years to come - every penny will be gratefully accepted and wisely spent.

    You can make a Will, or add a gift to your existing Will, by talking to a solicitor. (please ask your solicitor to let WHH Charity team know in advance about any gift that you add to your Will – we would love to thank you for your generosity). Alternatively if you wish to talk to us about leaving a gift please ring Fundraising on 01925 662666 – weekdays 9-5 or email WHHCharity@WHH.NHS.UK – we would be delighted to hear from you.

    The George Lloyd Restaurant was officially opened on Thursday 2nd June by the Mayor of Halton, Ged Philbin.

    For opening times click here.

  • National Audit of Dementia


    We are participating in the National Audit of Dementia along with 200 hospitals in England & Wales, for more info click here

  • 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 in Scotland and has travelled all over the UK, the campaign will come to an end on 26th September 2016 in Harrogate.

    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 Summer 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 Summer 2016 edition includes:

    • The latest about our WHH family open day that will be taking place at the beginning of July.
    • All about our hospital governors, meet your local governors and 'see' what they can do for you along with the governor elections 2016.
    • All about our diabetes consultant receiving the royal seal of approval for top nurse award.
    • 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.
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  • So we are on way way out of The European Union

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    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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  • Community Clean-up Is Huge Success
    <p>ALLEYWAYS were cleared, 80 contaminated bins emptied, and fly-tipping removed during a community clean-up organised by Tameside Council on Thursday, July 28.</p> <p>The authority&rsquo;s neighbourhood and environmental services brought together residents, mosque-members, councillors and volunteers from McDonald&rsquo;s, Regenda, Holy Trinity Community Centre, New Charter Housing and Greenscape to blitz the area around Layard Street, Kenyon Street and Uxbridge Street, Ashton.</p> <p>Council bin wagons and Greenscape lorries were used to take away almost five tons of waste, and street-sweeping vehicles and volunteers with litter-pickers removed any remaining debris.</p> <p>Cllr John Taylor, Tameside Council&rsquo;s deputy leader, who took part in the operation with St Peter&rsquo;s ward councillors Joyce Bowerman, Warren Bray and David McNally, said: &ldquo;It was very pleasing to see so many people &ndash; especially residents and members of the local mosque &ndash; giving up their time to clean the streets and alleyways.</p> <p>&ldquo;Tameside Council has cleared this district many times in the past but sadly a small minority of people have been prepared to continue dumping rubbish.</p> <p>&ldquo;This time a follow-up operation is planned to explain the need to dispose of waste properly, how to recycle, and how to use bins properly.</p> <p>&ldquo;Hopefully the place will stay clean because that&rsquo;s what the vast majority of residents want. If it doesn&rsquo;t, and there is no improvement, then we would very reluctantly have to begin issuing fixed penalty notices but that would be a last resort.&rdquo;</p> <p>Neighbourhood North project officer Sue Moorcroft added: &ldquo;The clean-up took a great deal of organising but it was worth it because the day went really well. The residents were pleased and quite a few people asked about setting up similar events. We were approached by a lot of young parents too.</p> <p>&ldquo;The council is now going start some intense recycling education so that people understand the need to recycle properly and not to contaminate bins.&rdquo;</p> <p>Anyone can organise a community clean-up. If you would like to find out how, e-mail <a href=""></a></p>
  • Tackling Loneliness Through Opera
    <p>A CREATIVE opera project has helped to give older people who may be suffering from isolation and loneliness a voice.</p> <p>&nbsp;Manchester Camerata was commissioned by Tameside Council&rsquo;s public health team to work with communities to develop and create an opera.</p> <p>The project aimed to tackle and reduce loneliness and challenge perceptions of older people while giving them an opportunity to join a social activity, express and share views and get involved in creative performance.</p> <p>The opera &quot;Mr Romeo and Mrs Juliet&quot; was performed at Dukinfield Town Hall and the Grafton Centre in Hyde.</p> <p>It was the culmination of four months&rsquo; work where a Camerata composer, dramatist and musicians worked with groups in different community locations in Tameside. Participants also worked with a film-maker to produce their own documentary about the project, as well as working with local artist Tony Husband to produce set design/production pieces.</p> <p>The project follows the success of the council&rsquo;s previously commissioned opera from Manchester Camerata &quot;Our Lives: Identity, Belonging, Community&quot; last year. It forms part of the ongoing campaign to end loneliness.</p> <p>Tameside Council executive member for adult social care and wellbeing, Cllr Brenda Warrington, said: &ldquo;This project has once again been extremely successful in involving older people, providing them with a platform to share their creativity and views with others and helping them to develop a sense of community and self-worth.</p> <p>&ldquo;I had the pleasure of watching one of their performances and was overwhelmed by their sense of joy and achievement. It was very inspiring.&rdquo;</p>
  • Poem Hunt Leads To First Prize
    <p>When Corrie Primary School went on a poem hunt&hellip;they never dreamed they would catch a big one.</p> <p>But out of 85 schools, their entry to Z-arts&rsquo; &lsquo;We&rsquo;re going on a poem hunt&rsquo; competition - inspired by Michael Rosen&rsquo;s well-loved book &lsquo;We&rsquo;re going on a bear hunt&rsquo; &ndash; came first.</p> <p>Class 2E&rsquo;s poem &lsquo;We&rsquo;re going on an Ogre hunt&rsquo; won first place, with the other classes from the Ashton school coming runners up.</p> <p>The winning class will attend the VIP launch of Z-arts&rsquo;s Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things exhibition with their teacher Andrea Ethell, travelling to Z-arts on a Bear Bus before taking part in a creative workshop and meeting author Michael Rosen.</p> <p>Their poem will also be made into a book for the school to keep.</p> <p>The school&rsquo;s arts coordinator Sharon Palfreyman said: &ldquo;This is amazing for the children, they are really delighted and proud of their achievement.&rdquo;</p> <p>She told how the school had got involved in the competition as part of the Arts Award work, supported by Tameside Council.</p> <p>&ldquo;Arts Award enables schools to get involved about all sorts of cultural opportunities and we felt the poem hunt was a great way to engage children across the curriculum &ndash; from literacy and science to history and maths. We&rsquo;ve had bee hunts, number hunts, peace hunts and so much more.</p> <p>&ldquo;Classes have shared their ideas and language together to write the poems and take part in related activities. We held a special assembly to celebrate their work and achievements and the children performed their poetry &ndash; it was very much enjoyed by all.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="">Z Arts</a> is a registered charity which promotes creative learning in young people.</p> <p>#ProudTameside</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Silver Lining For Silver Springs
    <p>THE Silver Springs story now has a silver lining. Tameside Council has added &pound;20,000 to a &pound;23,000 grant from SITA Trust to create a core network of surfaced paths in the green space adjacent to Stamford Park boating lake.</p> <p>For more than a year, the park has hosted a weekly 5k run which goes through the area. However, the paths have suffered badly over a succession of very wet winters. The repair work will make Silver Springs more accessible not only to runners, but to Tameside Hospital and the general public.</p> <p>Surfaced paths and improved signage will make Silver Springs accessible all year round and help the area cope with increased usage. An interpretation of its rich wildlife and history will be provided, and schools and bodies such as the National Citizens&rsquo; Service are building a nature trail.</p> <p>The project is being undertaken by a combination of partners including volunteers, Brother and the Department of Health as well as the local authority.</p> <p>Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council&rsquo;s executive member with responsibility for parks, said: &ldquo;I am so pleased to hear about SITA Trust&rsquo;s grant, and that we have been able to help as an authority.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Silver Springs scheme fits in with several Tameside Council objectives, such as partnership work, volunteering and health, and with three of the 16 for 2016 pledges: Healthy Lives, Do More Together and Mind your Health.&rdquo;</p> <p>Marianne Ivin of SITA Trust added: &ldquo;This project was funded through our Accessing Nature programme and will see a great improvement to the path network at this very popular outdoor space.&rdquo;</p> <p>Park runs take place every Saturday at 9am. They are free to enter, and open to all ages and abilities. For more information visit <a href=""></a></p>
  • Primary School Makes Impressive Comeback
    <p>THANKS to what headteacher Simon Wright describes as phenomenally hard work, St Paul&rsquo;s C of E Primary School, Stalybridge, has received a &ldquo;good&rdquo; rating in its latest Ofsted report.</p> <p>It is a remarkable achievement as less than 18 months ago the Huddersfield Road school was put into special measures.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve achieved this turnaround by focusing on what we needed to do. We can&rsquo;t put it down to one thing as there has been progress across all areas and a real team effort,&rdquo; said Mr Wright.</p> <p>&ldquo;St Paul&rsquo;s has worked with Tameside Council, with the Diocese of Chester, and with partners and other schools. Parents have been very supportive and there has been some phenomenally hard work from staff and pupils.</p> <p>&ldquo;I must also mention the governors, who have been very strong and dedicated.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Ofsted report compliments the school&rsquo;s leaders, managers and governors for showing a strong and relentless determination to improve.</p> <p>It notes pupils are now making good progress because of good teaching, and that their achievement has steadily improved in all subjects. Senior leaders and staff are praised for working tirelessly to raise expectations across the school which is described as safe and friendly.</p> <p>Children are complimented on their good behaviour and on their desire to learn and show positive attitudes.</p> <p>The report also suggests St Paul&rsquo;s could be rated as outstanding once the changes outlined in last year&rsquo;s inspection are fully embedded.</p> <p>Cllr Lynn Travis, Tameside Council&rsquo;s executive member for lifelong learning, commented: &ldquo;I would like to congratulate everybody involved with St Paul&rsquo;s, Stalybridge, on an exceptional achievement.</p> <p>&ldquo;As the headteacher, Mr Wright, says, they have worked extremely hard to implement the necessary changes. I&rsquo;m sure the school will get even better as time passes.&rdquo;</p>
  • School’s Out Alcohol Reminder For Shopkeepers
    <p><span>SHOPKEEPERS are being urged to stay vigilant this summer to keep schoolchildren safe from alcohol harm.<u5:p></u5:p></span><o:p></o:p></p> <p><span>Tameside Trading standards officers have been visiting shops across the borough as schools break up for the holidays.<u5:p></u5:p></span><o:p></o:p></p> <p><span>The advice visits and test purchases form part of a northwest exercise, involving 19 local authorities, to remind traders of their obligations and asked them to be particularly vigilant during the school summer break.<u5:p></u5:p></span><o:p></o:p></p> <p><span>It is illegal for retailers to sell alcohol to under-18s and persistent offenders are liable to a maximum fine of &pound;20,000. Buying alcohol on behalf of under 18s can also result in a fixed penalty notice of &pound;90.<u5:p></u5:p></span><o:p></o:p></p> <p><span>Trading standards and licensing officers, acting on information from the public and police about suspected illegal sales or in areas where there are alcohol problem hot spots, visited eight shops in Tameside as part of joint multi-agency operations.<u5:p></u5:p></span><o:p></o:p></p> <p><span>Six of the shops visited were found to be compliant with procedures. All the shops received advice while there were also two arrests of illegal immigrant and counterfeit goods seized.<u5:p></u5:p></span><o:p></o:p></p> <p><span>Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Allison Gwynne, who is responsible for consumer protection, said: &ldquo;Under-age drinking can cause serious health and social problems. We&rsquo;re working with traders to remind them to stay alert over the holidays and make sure all staff are aware of the law and procedures for obtaining proof of age.&rdquo;<u5:p></u5:p></span><o:p></o:p></p> <p><span>Kate Pike, Co-ordinator of Trading Standards North West, said: &ldquo;Traders should always ask young people for age identification if in doubt and should refuse to serve and report adults to their local trading standards team or the police if they suspect they are buying alcohol to give to underage children.<u5:p></u5:p></span><o:p></o:p></p> <p><span>&ldquo;We have been running a number of test purchase exercises and were pleased to find that the vast majority of shopkeepers were not selling alcohol illegally. Sadly a number were and officers will now consider what action to take.&rdquo;<u5:p></u5:p></span><o:p></o:p></p> <p><span>Results from the NW Trading Standards 2015 survey:<u5:p></u5:p></span><o:p></o:p></p> <p><span>Nearly half of young people who completed the survey (46%) say they have never drunk alcohol up 14% since the last survey in 2013.<u5:p></u5:p></span><o:p></o:p></p> <p><span>The percentage of young people claiming to drink alcohol at least once a week has fallen from 17% to 12% in the last two years, and the average number of units of alcohol they consume per week has fallen from 17 to 12. That&rsquo;s well below the guidelines on how many units per week adults should consume.<u5:p></u5:p></span><o:p></o:p></p> <p><span>The percentage of young people who say they drink just to get drunk is down to 26% from 55% in 2007 and those who say they drink because there is nothing else to do has more than halved (11% in 2015 compared to 28% in 2007.)<u5:p></u5:p></span><o:p></o:p></p> <p><span>&nbsp;<u5:p></u5:p></span><o:p></o:p></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Tameside Hackathon
    <p>THINK&nbsp;you can create the next must have digital app like Pokemon Go? Are you aged 13 to 18? Looking for something to do in the school holidays?</p> <p>If so, you&rsquo;re just the person needed for Tameside&rsquo;s first hackathon (youth hack) which takes place in the digital incubator at Ashton Old Baths on Tuesday, August &nbsp;9, and Wednesday, August 10 (10am to 4.30pm).</p> <p>Local digital businesses such as Purple and Banter are supporting the event meaning you could be spotted for your coding talents and everyone taking part will get the chance to attend a Greater Manchester-wide hack at the Sharp Project creative media hub in Newton Heath.</p> <p>The free two-day hackathon, which has been organised as part of Tameside Council&rsquo;s 16 for 2016 Every Child a Coder pledge, is a fun competition to test and challenge digital skills and creativity. There are lots of prizes on offer including Amazon vouchers and Raspberry PIs, so participants need to make sure they come prepared to have fun and be creative with their ideas.</p> <p>Iain Jewitt from Purple said: &ldquo;As a Tameside digital business we are looking forward to meeting young people who want to use their digital skills in a creative way, this event is a fantastic opportunity to put coding skills to practice in a fun, learning and competitive environment.&rdquo;</p> <p>You can register to come by yourself or with a team of up to four people. If you don&rsquo;t come as part of&nbsp;a team&nbsp;they&rsquo;ll be put together at the start of day one &ndash; and then it&rsquo;s a case of picking a challenge and developing and presenting a working digital product or solution. Challenges and prizes have been announced on our webpage <a href=""></a></p> <p>Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council&rsquo;s executive member with responsibility for employment and skills, said: &ldquo;This is a great way for young people to have fun and meet others who are interested in coding. There are lots of prizes and the hackathon takes place in our prestigious digital incubator at Ashton Old Baths.</p> <p>&ldquo;I would like to thank all the companies who have supported us in organising the two-day event.&rdquo;</p> <p>Taking part is easy. Simply register at <a href=""></a></p> <p>Tameside Council is working closely with the borough&rsquo;s schools such as West Hill, Stalybridge, who have already entered a team. We welcome individuals to register and be part of this creative digital event.</p> <p>If you want to attend but have problems with travel we might be able to help. Call us on 0161 342 5138.</p> <p>The event is sponsored by Tameside Reporter, Glossop Chronicle, O2 Ashton, Banter, Purple, Arcadis, Bradley&rsquo;s Bakery, Active Tameside and Tameside and Glossop Care Together.</p>
  • Etherow Lodge Park Named As One Of Best In Britain
    <p>MORE parks and green spaces than ever will be flying the Green Flag award this year &ndash; in excess of 1,600 across the UK.</p> <p>Etherow Lodge Park in Hollingworth is one of the very best in the UK &ndash; and that&rsquo;s official. It is among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces that have received a prestigious Green Flag Community Award &ndash; the mark of a quality park or green space.</p> <p>The award, now celebrating its 20th year, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag Community Award flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent commitment and involvement from the community.</p> <p>Etherow Lodge Park is a well-loved space frequented by families, dog-walkers and people wanting to enjoy its natural beauty. It is owned and managed by Tameside Council but the Friends of Etherow Park look after its maintenance. They have attracted many grants which have been used to encourage more people to get involved and improve the quality of the space.</p> <p>Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council&rsquo;s executive member with responsibility for parks, said: &ldquo;We are absolutely delighted that the Friends of Etherow Lodge have received a Green Flag Community Award for the fourth time from Keep Britain Tidy.</p> <p>&ldquo;This award recognises and highlights that people in Hollingworth are benefiting from a green space of the very highest quality.</p> <p>&ldquo;Tameside Council and the friends group have co-operated over recent years to make Etherow Lodge Park a welcoming natural green space for the whole community. It&rsquo;s a great example of how the council and the community can work together.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;The Friends of Etherow Lodge Park added: &ldquo;We are delighted to receive the Green Flag Community Award. It&rsquo;s a great reward for all the hard work volunteers have put in over the years.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have more exciting plans for the park in the future and are always looking for more people. If you would like to get involved contact us through our website <em></em>&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd commented: &ldquo;We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, especially as we celebrate our 20th anniversary.</p> <p>&ldquo;All the flags flying this year are testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;Notes to Editors</p> <p>The Green Flag Awards Scheme (<a href=""></a>) is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Department of Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and the National Housing Federation.</p> <p>Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity. It inspires people to be litter-free, to waste less and to live more. It runs programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green&nbsp;Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag Seaside&nbsp;Awards for beaches. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy visit <a href="" title="blocked::"></a>.</p> <p>Any green space that is accessible to the public is eligible to enter for a Green Flag Award.&nbsp; Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their status. A Green Flag Community Award recognises quality sites managed by voluntary and community groups. Green Heritage Site accreditation is judged on the treatment of the site&rsquo;s historic features and the standard of conservation.</p> <p>Contact the Keep Britain Tidy press office:</p> <p>Louise Rice 01942 612 659 <a href=""></a></p> <p>Helen Bingham 01942 612617 <a href=""></a></p> <p>Keep Britain Tidy Mobile: 07768 880016</p> <p>Keep Britain Tidy has ISDN radio facilities for interviews</p> <p>ISDN: 01942 322178</p> <p>Please contact the press office in advance to make arrangements</p>
  • Travel Firm Sentenced For Causing Religious Pilgrims To Lose Thousands Of Pounds
    <p><strong>Travel firm sentenced for causing religious pilgrims to lose thousands of pounds</strong></p> <p>A TRAVEL agent that specialised in arranging religious pilgrimages has been sentenced for causing customers to lose hundreds of thousands of pounds.</p> <p>Tameside Council Trading standards took action against Ashton Hajj and Umra Ltd &ndash; which traded as Ashton Travel &ndash; after receiving over 40 complaints about the firm, based in Oldham Road, Ashton Under Lyne.</p> <p>Customers &ndash; many using their life savings &ndash; had paid thousands of pounds to travel on a Hajj Pilgrimage, only to be told days before they were due to depart that they had not been allocated a Visa and they were unable to travel. Over 230 people are known to have been affected although more victims could yet come forward.</p> <p>Ashton Hajj and Umra Limited pleaded guilty today (20 July) at Minshull Street Crown Court to trading with a lack of professional diligence.</p> <p>The court fined the company &pound;6700 with &pound;5000 costs and ordered it to pay &pound;34300 in compensation.</p> <p>Pilgrims were not told by the company that there was a possibility that they may not be able to obtain Visas.</p> <p>It is estimated that the pilgrims involved in this case lost in excess of &pound;600000 - although this figure may increase, depending if there are more victims yet to come forward. All of the victims had paid cash which had been forwarded to airlines and hotels in Saudi Arabia.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>In sentencing, his Honour Judge Lever said &ldquo;an aggravating feature of the offence was that the defendants had been issued with a written warning in 2012 and so were on formal notice as to the catastrophe and loss caused to the general public by not putting customers in the picture.&rdquo;</p> <p>The convictions follow a complex and comprehensive two-year investigation by Tameside Business Compliance Trading Standards.</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Allison Gwynne, who is responsible for public protection, said: &ldquo;The financial and emotional consequences for Pilgrims were huge as all Muslims are required to make this trip once in their lifetime. Many of the victims had used their life savings to cover the costs. They had put their faith in the company to act professionally and make all the necessary arrangements &ndash; only to be told days before they were due to go that they could not travel.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our officers worked hard to investigate the company and take robust action against its unfair trading practices so that victims could seek recompense. Anybody who feels that they have been the victim of an unfair trading practice by a Hajj Travel Agent should contact the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06 or their local Trading Standards Department.&rdquo;</p> <p>Tameside Tading Standards has issued the following advice to anyone wishing to travel on a Hajj Pilgrimage:</p> <ul> <li>Check the travel agent is authorised by the Ministry of Hajj. Such agents have to conform to strict criteria set by the Saudi Arabian Government and are allocated Visas for pilgrims to travel</li> <li>Make sure the travel agent is ATOL (Air Travel Organisers&rsquo; Licensing) and that the trip is protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).&nbsp;Any UK travel business selling air packages, which includes Hajj pilgrimages, must have ATOL protection.&nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;ATOL is the Government backed financial protection scheme, which gives air travellers the peace of mind they won&rsquo;t lose their money and will get home safely - even if the travel business they book with goes out of business.</li> <li>If possible pay by a credit card to obtain further protection against unfair trading practices</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Job Seekers Given Extra Help To Find Work
    <p>Job seekers in Tameside are being given the power to instantly search over one million jobs across the country.</p> <p>Tameside Libraries have subscribed to an online tool called <em>MyWorkSearch</em>, which constantly scans the UK job market and can help to create the best CVs to land the right job.</p> <p><em>MyWorkSearch </em>not only includes local jobs but also scans all the major online employment websites such as Monster and Totaljobs, as well as thousands of employer websites for vacancies too.</p> <p>The service is available to all Tameside residents, users are required to sign up at their local library. Once signed up they will be able to access their account from anywhere.</p> <p><em>MyWorkSearch </em>is:</p> <ul> <li>An easy-to-use and friendly online service that can be used at any time and at your own speed.</li> <li>A way to find out the specific skills you have and to create the best possible CV.</li> <li>A service that offers 24/7 support, alongside all the tools and expertise you need to land the right job fast.</li> </ul> <p>Tameside Executive Member for Healthy &amp; Working Cllr Ged Cooney &ldquo;Supporting local people into is important to us and we are pleased to be able to offer MyWorkSearch as an additional tool for job seekers to find the work they want.&rdquo;</p> <p>To get started on this free tool or to find out more please contact your <a href="">local library</a> or visit Tameside Libraries <a href="">dedicated webpage</a> with guidance on now to use the system. (<a href=""></a>)</p> <p>Richard Alberg, Chief Executive of MyWorkSearch, said:&nbsp; &ldquo;MyWorkSearch can make a real difference to those looking for work in what are still challenging times, supercharging their job search. It is especially helpful to people claiming benefits who need to have a Government Universal Job Match account, as MyWorkSearch can optionally link in and automatically keep your Jobcentre Plus advisor informed about job search activity.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • More Opportunities For Early Learning
    <p>PARENTS have more options than ever when it comes to choosing childcare providers in Tameside and getting their littles ones ready for starting school.</p> <p>The Council&rsquo;s latest <a href="">childcare sufficiency assessment</a>, published this week, highlights the range of local childcare on offer to families and shows that the number of child care places across the borough has increased from 8019 in 2010 to 9006 in 20015.</p> <p>Executive Member for Lifelong Learning Cllr Lynn Travis said: &ldquo;This annual assessment is really important as it allows the Council to identify any gaps in our provision and make plans for the future. I&rsquo;m pleased to see that, from the information available, there aren&rsquo;t any gaps in provision in Tameside &ndash; this is really important because it means parents have the opportunity to access high quality nursery education so that their children are ready to start school and get the best start to their learning.</p> <p>&ldquo;Opportunities for children to access early years education will be improved even further from September 2017 when the new extended entitlement to 30 hours free childcare for all three and four year olds commences. This will be another great step forward in giving children a great start to their school lives.&rdquo;</p> <p>Parents can find out more about local providers and free entitlement &ndash; which includes free childcare and education places for two year olds for low income families and those in certain special circumstances - by calling the Families Information Service on 0161 342 4260.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p>
  • Summer Holiday Adventures
    <p>FROM meeting birds of prey and den-building to children&rsquo;s theatre in parks - the school summer holidays in Tameside promise to be full of adventures.</p> <p>Council Cultural Services have organised&nbsp;a busy diary of activities and events in the borough&#39;s parks, countryside, museums and galleries from 25 July to 2 September.</p> <p><strong>Countryside</strong></p> <p>The countryside team has planned some wonderful outdoor escapades, starting with &lsquo;Wild and Wonderful Woods&rsquo; drop in event with Cheshire Wildlife Trust on Tuesday 2 August. There&rsquo;ll be all sorts of forest school activities including den building. The drop in activity is from 1-3pm at the Orchard area, Cheetham Park, Acres Lane, Stalybridge. SK15 2JR.</p> <p>While on Thursday 11 August, families can meet birds of prey and watch a&nbsp; flying display at the &lsquo;Hoot, Screech and Tweet&rsquo; event at Hyde Park. The activity, from 12-3pm, also includes a bird trail and getting crafty with feathers.</p> <p>Children will be &lsquo;Going Native&rsquo; on Tuesday 16 August, putting on war paint and making bows and arrows, feathery headdresses and dreamcatchers. Activities will be from 12-3pm in Lymefield Broad Mills, off Lower Market Street, Broadbottom. SK14 6AG.</p> <p>They can also &lsquo;Go Wild Outdoors&rsquo; on Wednesday 24 August with stream dipping, den building and a nature scavenger hunt. Meet at 1-3pm at the car park, bottom of Meadow Lane, Haughton Green, Denton. M34 7QA for this 2 hour activity.</p> <p>The holidays are also a good time to get involved with the monthly KITE (Kids in the Environment) group, which runs all year round and is based on forest school skills and discovering and exploring the countryside. The group, suitable for children aged 7-12 years, will meet at Park Bridge Heritage Centre on Sunday 3 August 10am-12pm.</p> <p>There are also a variety of walks and nature counts through out the summer holidays, please visit for further details.</p> <p><strong>Outdoor theatre</strong></p> <p>For theatre lovers, there will be free outdoor performances of four of the world&rsquo;s best-loved children&rsquo;s stories staged in Tameside&rsquo;s parks on Thursdays during August.</p> <p>The &ldquo;smoke-free&rdquo; events, supported by Tobacco Free Futures and Tameside&rsquo;s Tobacco Alliance, are part of a campaign o increase the number of healthy, outdoor smoke-free child and family friendly events. This means smokers are politely asked to not smoke at the performances.</p> <p>Pendle Productions present their first show on 4 August in Hyde Park (11am) and Mossley Park (2.30pm), where Alice will travel Through the Looking Glass in this mesmerizing adaptation of CS Lewis&rsquo;s classic children&rsquo;s tale.</p> <p>On 11 August, The Medlock Centre, Droylsden (11am) and Dukinfield Park (2.30pm) host a new musical adaptation of Mark Twain&rsquo;s The Adventures of Tom Sayer. On 18 August, &ldquo;The Water Babies&rdquo; Charles Kingley&rsquo;s fascinating sub aqua fable will be performed in Cheetham&rsquo;s Park, Stalybridge, (11am) and Ryecroft Park, Audenshaw, (2.30pm).</p> <p>The programme closes on 25 August with a stunning adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson&rsquo;s Treasure Island. This classic tale of buccaneers and buried gold will be performed in Victoria Park, Denton, (11am) and King George V Playing Fields, Ashton, (2.30pm).</p> <p><strong>Museums and Galleries</strong></p> <p>Portland Basin Museum, Portland Place, Ashton, will be hosting its ever popular Bank Holiday Monday Family Friendly event&nbsp; on 29 August with lots of free, fun activities. The event runs from 11am to 3pm, everyone is welcome and activities are suitable for all ages.</p> <p>Visitors can also take part in Jolly Holidays workshops on Tuesdays from 11am to 3pm (July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) and on Thursdays (July 28, August 4, 11, 18, 25 and 1 September).</
  • Join The Road To Rio
    <p>PEOPLE&nbsp;are being encouraged to get in the Olympic spirit while helping to&nbsp;raise money for local charities and Macmillan&rsquo;s Tameside Unit.</p> <p>From 22 July to 5<sup> </sup>August, Active Tameside is inviting&nbsp;people to run, cycle, swim, and walk the 5818 miles to Rio - raising money for some great local causes along the way.</p> <p>All funds raised from the Road to Rio challenge will be given to The Believe and Achieve Trust, Tameside 4 Good, Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind and Macmillan&rsquo;s Tameside Cancer Unit.</p> <p>Whether&nbsp; in the gym, outdoors or at home -&nbsp;people can help by recording&nbsp;their miles. They can either drop into one of&nbsp;Axctive Tameside&#39;s&nbsp;centres, tweet them to @active_tameside or email them to <a href=""></a></p> <p>Bikes will also be making their way around local businesses who will be helping to count up the miles and getting into the Olympic spirit.</p> <p>People can donate in centre, at&nbsp;the Road to Rio Just Giving page or by texting ROAD02 followed by the amount&nbsp;they want to donate (e.g. &pound;2) to 70070.</p> <p>Find out more at <a href="http://www.activetameside.comm/roadtorio">www.activetameside.comm/roadtorio</a></p> <p><strong>ENDS </strong></p> <p>For further information, contact Anna Fletcher Communications Lead on 0161 393 2208.</p> <p>Active Tameside is the brand name of Tameside Sports Trust, a not-for-profit organisation that runs health and leisure facilities across the borough of Tameside. It partners with a wide range of local agencies and organisations to make health and fitness facilities accessible for all.</p> <p><strong>Website:</strong> <strong>Twitter:</strong> @active_tameside <strong>Facebook:</strong> Active Tameside</p> <p><strong>Website:</strong> <a href=""></a> <strong>Twitter:</strong> @LWTameside <strong>Facebook:</strong> Live Well Tameside</p>
  • Free Outdoor Theatre In Tameside Parks
    <p>THE curtain is up on a magical programme of free outdoor theatre performances to be staged in Tameside parks this summer.</p> <p>Families are encouraged to come along with their picnic blankets and enjoy the shows, which are based on four of the world&rsquo;s best loved children&rsquo;s stories and will be held every Thursday throughout August.</p> <p>The entire series, organised by Tameside Council Cultural Services with the support of Greater Manchester Arts and the Association of Greater Manchester Authrories (AGMA), has been branded &ldquo;smoke-free&rdquo;.</p> <p>Building upon last year&rsquo;s successful&nbsp; smoke-free trial at Hyde Park, the campaign aims to increase the number of healthy, outdoor smoke-free child and family friendly events. The initiative - supported by Tameside&rsquo;s public health team, social enterprise Tobacco Free Futures and Tameside&rsquo;s Tobacco Alliance - means smokers are politely asked to not smoke at the performances.</p> <p>Pendle Productions present their first show on August 4 in Hyde Park (11am) and Mossley Park (2.30pm), where Alice will travel Through the Looking Glass in this mesmerizing adaptation of CS Lewis&rsquo;s classic children&rsquo;s tale.</p> <p>On August 11, The Medlock Centre, Droylsden(11am)&nbsp; and Dukinfield Park (2.30pm) host a new musical adaptation of Mark Twain&rsquo;s The Adventures of Tom Sayer. On August 18, &ldquo;The Water Babies&rdquo; Charles Kingley&rsquo;s fascinating sub aqua fable will be performed in Cheetham&rsquo;s Park, Stalybridge, (11am) and Ryecroft Park, Audenshaw, (2.30pm).</p> <p>The programme closes on August 25 with a stunning adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson&rsquo;s Treasure Island. This classic tale of buccaneers and buried gold will be performed in Victoria Park, Denton, (11am) and King George V Playing Fields, Ashton, (2.30pm).</p> <p>Cllr Jackie Lane, Tameside Council&rsquo;s assistant executive member for culture, said: &ldquo;I&rsquo;m sure that children - and their parents and carers - will love these performances. What better way to spend a summer&rsquo;s afternoon than in the park watching a free play based on a much-loved book?&rdquo;</p> <p><a href=""></a></p>

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  • Proving that her music speaks to fans of every age, Gwen Stefani brought one audience to their knees as the 'Sweet Escape' star invited a young fan on stage when she learned that he had been bullied. Watch footage of the incident below. 

    Currently on the road for her latest album, This Is What The Truth Feels Like, the No Doubt turned solo sensation was performing in West Palm Beach this week when she saw a poster in the crowd from a mother saying that her son had been bullied "from first to fifth grade" but that the singer's music cheered him up.

    "He would come home every day upset, but he'd go to his room, listen to your music, and smile," said Stefani, reading the sign aloud. "Get up here right now!" she said, beckoning the young boy to the stage - to the rapture of the audience. 


    About 3 years ago when things were hard in my life I prayed to God everyday that I could get a chance to use my gift that God gave me and make a difference in some way in this world - last night this little guy was the answer to my prayers 🙏🏻 #zerotoleranceforbullies #onelove #thisiswhatthetruthfeelslike Gx

    A video posted by Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) on


    #cuteness Gx

    A photo posted by Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) on

    Taking to Instagram, Stefani wrote: "About 3 years ago when things were hard in my life I prayed to God everyday that I could get a chance to use my gift that God gave me and make a difference in some way in this world. "

    Last night this little guy was the answer to my prayers #zerotoleranceforbullies #onelove #thisiswhatthetruthfeelslike."

    Stefani's new album largely deals with recovering from the heartache of her divorce from Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, and her relationship with current boyfriend Blake Shelton. 

    The remaining members of No Doubt have since formed a new band with AFI frontman Davey Havok

  • Bring Me The Horizon have announced details of the support act for their upcoming UK arena tour. Full dates are below and tickets are available here

    The band are set for some of the biggest UK headline dates of their career, as they complete one last victory lap for their huge 2015 album That's The Spirit. 

    Joining them at these shows will be fellow Brit-rockers Don Broco. 

    The full run of shows for Bring Me The Horizon's winter tour is below. For tickets and more information, visit here

    Mon October 31 2016 - LONDON O2 Arena
    Tue November 01 2016 - BOURNEMOUTH BIC
    Wed November 02 2016 - NOTTINGHAM Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
    Fri November 04 2016 - BIRMINGHAM Barclaycard Arena
    Sat November 05 2016 - LONDON O2 Arena
    Sun November 06 2016 - SHEFFIELD Arena
    Tue November 08 2016 - MANCHESTER Arena
    Wed November 09 2016 - GLASGOW SSE Hydro

    Speaking to Gigwise last month about their plans for their next album, Don Broco's Rob Damiani said: "I think our sound is always changing from album to album, each one is a little bit different. I think the next album will rewrite what Don Broco means to us again."

    Meanwhile, Don Broco's own upcoming UK tour dates are below. For tickets and more information, visit here

    Sun July 24 2016 - MANCHESTER Gorilla
    Mon July 25 2016 - MANCHESTER Gorilla
    Tue July 26 2016 - GLASGOW Oran Mor
    Wed July 27 2016 - GLASGOW Oran Mor
    Thu July 28 2016 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Riverside
    Fri July 29 2016 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Riverside
    Sun July 31 2016 - BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute 2
    Mon August 01 2016 - BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute 2
    Wed August 03 2016 - LEEDS Key Club
    Thu August 04 2016 - LEEDS Key Club
    Fri August 05 2016 - BEDFORD Esquires
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  • SLØTFACE, FKA SLUTFACE, have laid further claim to the future of guitar music with their blistering new single 'Take Me Dancing'. Check it out below. 

    Another in a flawless run of pop-punk bangers, the latest cut from the rising Nordic sensation is another blast of pure youthful abandon, set apart by a socially conscious sideways glance at party culture and standing alone. 

    “Some people were sceptical of us releasing a song about dancing and getting drunk because they felt like it made us ‘less believable feminists’, but that is kind of the whole point of this song,” says singer Haley Shea. “The feminism we have faith in is all about individualism and being free to be yourself regardless of gender. Yes, we believe in equal rights for all genders, but we also like partying and drinking and sometimes we make mistakes, and that’s OK.”

    She adds: “All we are trying to say is that it’s OK to let loose and have fun from time to time.”

    MORE: SLØTFACE's ultimate punk heroes of all time

    The band were forced to change their name following online censorship on social media.

    They're currently hard at work on their debut album, which is hoped will drop in 2017. 

    MORE: SLØTFACE open up about sexuality, feminism, punk and yeah...their name

    Meanwhile, SLØTFACE's upcoming UK tour dates are below. 

    Wed, Sep 28 | The Lexington, London
    Thurs, Oct 27 | The Islington, London
    Fri, Oct 28 | The Finsbury, London
    Sat, Oct 29 | The Lock Tavern, London
    Tues, Nov 01 | The Victoria, London
    Thurs, Nov 03 | Broadcast, Glasgow
    Fri, Nov 04 | Fallow Café, Manchester  

    For more information, find then on:

  • Halsey has opened up about her ordeal after falling pregnant before suffering from a miscarriage whilst on tour. 

    The Badlands star and Justin Bieber collaborator was speaking to Rolling Stone when she revealed how she became pregant while out on the road last year, and the torment of the choices she faced at the time. 

    "What happens?" she asked herself. "Do I lose my record deal? Do I lose everything? Or do I keep [the pregnancy]? What are the fans going to think? What are the moms going to think? What is the Midwest going to think? What's fucking everyone going to think?"

    Then, things took a tragic turn for the worse when she lost her child in a hotel room - but continued to play live on stage that same night. She calls in what she calls 'the angriest performance that I've ever done in my life'. 

    "That was the moment of my life where I thought to myself, 'I don't feel like a fucking human being any more'," she admitted. "This thing, this music, Halsey, whatever it is that I'm doing, took precedence and priority over every decision that I made regarding this entire situation from the moment I found out until the moment it went wrong. I walked offstage and went into the parking lot and just started throwing up."

    She added that she 'beat herself up' over the 'lifestyle she was living'.

    "I wasn't drinking. I wasn't doing drugs," she said. "I was fucking overworked – in the hospital every couple of weeks because I was dehydrated, needing bags of IVs brought to my green room. I was anaemic, I was fainting. My body just broke the fuck down.

    "I had a choice. I want to be a mom more than I want to be a pop star. More than I want to be anything in the world."

    Halsey then took to Twitter to thank fans for their support, and add that she was 'looking forward to the possibilities the future will bring me in having my own family':

    Those of you who have tweeted me kind things, thank you for your support.

    — h (@halsey) July 28, 2016

    Those of you turning this into an opportunity to bully me: I'd say I hope you understand one day but I wouldn't wish this upon anyone.

    — h (@halsey) July 28, 2016

    It was a year ago and I am growing past it and I am looking forward to the possibilities the future will bring me in having my own family. 🌹

    — h (@halsey) July 28, 2016
  • Michael Jackson's nephews, who make up the boyband 3T, are suing Radar Online for linking them to the 'Thriller' star's alleged history of sexual abuse against children.

    Last month, Radar Online  shared police reports that images depicting nude children were discovered at his home in 2003, before he would face trial for child molestation charges in 2005. 

    The 'Thriller' pop icon denied all charges and would later be acquitted. 

     A "book depicting nude children" and images of "pre-teen or early teenage individuals" who were either "nude or semi-nude" were found among the items. It is also claimed that images of Jackson's nephews, Taj, TJ and Taryll Jackson of 3T , were used to "excite young boys". 

    Now, as THR reports, the trio are suing - claiming that "Radar has tried to profit by launching a vicious and unrelenting attack on [Jackson] based on claims that, years ago, he was guilty of sexual abuse, even though, at the time, he was found 'not guilty' of that very charge."

    They continue that the "plaintiffs knowingly allowed themselves to be photographed in salacious, lascivious poses and that they know or should have known that their photos would be, or at least could be used 'to excite young boys'".

    "Radar's stories were false and defamatory," their lawyer writes in the lawsuit. "As a direct and proximate result of the publication of Radar's libelous stories, each of [the Jackson nephews] has been damaged personally and professionally."

    Jackson's daughter Paris responded to the, saying: "I urge you all to ignore the trash & the parasites who make a career trying to slander my father. The most pure people are always torn down.. It will continue to be proven that my beloved dad has always been and forever will be innocent."

    Jackson faced similar accusations from 13-year-old Evan Chandler in 1993, who sued him for allegedly sexually abusing him, before they reached a financial settlement and a criminal investigation was dropped due to a 'lack of evidence'. 

    Michael Jackson died on 25 June, 2009 ahead of his final 'This Is It' run of farewell shows at The O2 arena in London. He died of a heart attack after taking propofol and benzodiazepine.

  • Kanye West has stepped up his feud with Taylor Swift, after addressing the ongoing row when he stepped on stage to join Drake live in Chicago. Check out footage of the incident below. 

    Yeezy joined Drizzy to perform the track 'Famous'. The song from The Life Of Pablo caused controversy, not least because of the video that depicts Swift naked, but largely for the lyric: "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / I made that bitch famous" - referring to West interrupting her speech at the 2009 VMAs. 

    Things then escalated when Kim Kardashian shared a Snapchat video which shows Swift agreeing to the lyric - before Swift replied by accusing the couple of 'character assassination'

    Before West performed the track live as part of Drake's Summer Sixteen Tour, he said: “I am so glad my wife has Snapchat. Cause now y’all can know the truth - and nobody can talk shit about Ye no more."

    He also performed 'Father Stretch My Hands'.

    "Now ya'll can know the truth & can't nobody talk shit about YE no more" - Famous in Chicago #SummerSixteenTour

    — TeamKanyeDaily (@TeamKanyeDaily) July 28, 2016

    "Now ya'll can know the truth & can't nobody talk shit about YE no more" - Famous in Chicago #SummerSixteenTour

    — TeamKanyeDaily (@TeamKanyeDaily) July 28, 2016

    The moment Drake brought out Kanye in Chicago. #SummerSixteenTour

    — DistinctHype (@DistinctHype) July 28, 2016

    Taylor Swift's legal team recently got involved after graffiti appeared declaring that her career was dead.

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  • Broken Water Stop Tap Outside Nos 103 S/down Cres., 29th July
    A broken Water Stop Tap cover outside nos 103 Sandown Crescent big enough to catch your foot in ! There are several young children living within a close proximity of this cover and with the school holidays now in progress it is an accident waiting to happen !! Please forward this report to United Utilites whose own website do not appear to accept this kind of information being generated by the public.
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 93 Sandown Crescent, Cuddington
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  • Litter park entrance, 29th July
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  • Litter, 29th July
    Broken glass and litter on King Georges park. Very young children use this area.

    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 3 Birch Avenue, Winsford
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  • Parkgate Road CH1 4AJ area uneven road surfaces, 25th July
    Sunken road surfaces between cycle path bridge & Cheney Road junction in both directions. This was first reported to the Council in 2013 after gas pipes were laid leaving sunken ridges across the 'into town' side of the road & several bumpy patches on the 'out of' town side too. I was promised that this would be looked into but nothing has been done to this stretch of road, even though the other side of Parkgate Road past the Mercedes showroom & Countess Way have both been resurfaced in the last year. This problem has caused suspension damage to my car & if you travel by bus it is a very uncomfortable journey indeed - how much longer do we have to endure this?
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 63 Parkgate Road, Chester
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  • No waiting ignored, 25th July
    There are sign stating no stopping outside Chester station but this doesn't stop people and nothing is being done about it. Cars, buses, taxis, lorrys have all been spotted causing a blockage on this section of road, it forces traffic onto the wrong side of the road right after a bend. Can this be enforced a bit more often we have seen it in the past but not recently.
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  • Rubbish, 19th July
    Many sacks of rubbish dumped next to the footpath

    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Vale Royal Drive, Whitegate
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  • Old W reg. silver ford been rotting for over 12 months in prime parking area., 16th July
    Dumped for over 12 months and now drug dealing out of it late at night.
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 30 Bournemouth Close, Runcorn
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  • Overgrown lailandii trees and others, 14th July
    From Duddon Hook Lane to Waverton is a nightmare 8.00 am - 9.00 am. 5.00 pm - 6.00 pm especially avoiding those traffic lights at Stamford Bridge. traffic leaving Okells Garden centre and others on Burton Road trying to turn rt towards Chester CANNOT BE SEEN by traffic from Tarporley end. signs are overgrown and the road is now dark. pls come to look at the problem it is a dangerous cross roads and has been for 5 years. we are now in Tarvin parish and I will be contacting them also.
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Hook Lane, Duddon
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  • Dog fouling on pavement, 12th July
    Dog foul left on pavement down Elstree Avenue

    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 8 Elstree Avenue, Vicars Cross
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  • Sunken roadworks, 11th July
    Roadworks have sunk. May damage car wheels

    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Mill Lane, Little Budworth
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  • Pothole, 11th July
    Road repair has sunk. Might damage car wheels

    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Mill Lane, Little Budworth
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  • Hedges need cutting back, 11th July
    Access for pedestrians here is dangerous

    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Chester Road, Preston on the Hill
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  • Park bench graffiti, 10th July
    King Georges park . Bench and some climbing frame graffiti.

    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Crook Lane, Winsford
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  • Litter, 10th July
    Council land covered in weeds and litter. Birch Avenue.

    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Crook Lane, Winsford
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  • Overgrown pavement, 10th July
    The pavement along the rear of the car park on New Crane Street has become heavily overgrown by bushes and trees in the last few weeks. Can somebody please cut back the foliage, as the path is almost unusable in places. Thanks.
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): New Crane Street, Chester
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  • Drain gulleys blocked on Dalefords Lane from ATS at A556 - Sherrats Ruff Woods, 9th July
    All the drain gulleys on Dalefords Lane are blocked with whatever. Starting at the traffic lights on A556 right up to Sherratts Rough Woods resulting in ponding on surface of road which vehicles then drive through drenching pedestrians when walking to woods ect - gulleys on either side of the road are BLOCKED
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Dalefords Lane, Sandiway
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  • Manhole cover with road surface falling in, 5th July
    At the brow of the hill, just into the Kingsley turning at the crossroads, is a manhole cover with holes developing where the road surface is collapsing beside it.
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Meeting House Lane, Frodsham
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  • Footpath blocked, 1st July
    Overgrown shrubs and trees overhanging the footpath on Foxfield Lane. Totally over the path in some places.
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Foxfield Lane, Winsford
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  • Poor road surfaces,deep ruts spanning road., 28th June
    For months the road surface at Parkgate Road between the Countess Way roundabout and to where this road joins Liverpool Road further south has been in an extremely poor state. Residents appreciate that the Council has to give priority to repair options but I think this situation in Parkgate Road is moving beyond he 'critical' point. Can be addressed please and, within a reasonable time frame. thank you. RB.
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Upper Northgate Street, Chester
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  • This is accident blackspot with no adequate signage, barrier or kerb to help protect pedestrians, 28th June
    No proper kerb, no signs that indicate risks of accident and a armco barrier would provide a little more security for pedestrians and since last accident no street lights.
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