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  • Join us: MLSC

     

    The Trust welcomes members old and new to the Maternity Services Liaison Committee which takes place every month at the hospital.

     

    We have a new Head of Midwifery, Dr Tracey Cooper and we have some exciting changes ahead which we would like you to be a part of.

     The next meeting is due to take place at 11.00am on Monday 20th February 2017 in the Croft Wing Conference Room.

     If you would like further information please contact Louise Simpson, Consultant Midwife either via e mail louise.simpson2@whh.nhs.uk or via telephone on 01925 662394

  • Improved Car Parking

    Patients and visitors will experience improved car parking arrangements at both Warrington and Halton Hospitals as the Trust introduces a range of measures from 1st February 2017 designed to make car parking easier and more affordable.

    Bucking the national trend, the Trust has reduced its most-used short stay rate by 16%, introduced a sliding scale of charges replacing the existing 5-hour flat rate and introduced an increased number of concessions and saver passes designed for those having courses of treatment and their visitors.  Unpaid carers that hold a carer’s card and are requested to support patients on the wards will receive free parking.

    Change machines have also been installed at both sites and are located at key entrances.  The machines are designed to accept all denominations of coinage and the new £5 notes.

    Better signage and patient information will also help patients and visitors to park using the ‘Easy as 1,2,3’ concept where drivers find a space, go to their appointment or visit and then pay at any of the machines on the way out paying only for the time they have been on site.  There is no need to pay and display, payment by phone is also available.

    Significant work has been done on improving bay markings and a further 58 staff spaces have been leased offsite at Warrington to free up all-important visitor slots.

    Commenting on the new arrangements, Chief Operating Office Sharon Gilligan said “We know how stressful a visit to hospital is without the added complication of parking.  While the Warrington site in particular is congested we are confident that having listened to patients and visitors that we have done everything within our power to improve the situation – within the limitations of the site footprint.

    “There has been historic abuse of the car parking system which has seen valuable patient spaces blocked or misused.  Under the new arrangements we hope that we can reduce congestion by discouraging these thoughtless or repeat offenders from the site.

    Ms Gilligan advised that the Trust had moved to a managed service relationship with Highview Parking so that it was able to exercise greater control over its own car parks as well as the levying of penalty charge notices.  “If a driver does receive a PCN following a visit to either of our sites then they must have left without paying for parking, parked in a disabled bay without a permit or parked causing an obstruction to other users.”

    The new sliding scale of charges is as follows:

    • First 30mins – free
    • Up to 2hours - £2.50
    • Up to 4hours £3.50
    • Up to 6hours £5.00
    • Up to 24hours £6.00
    • Over 24 hours – saver passes available from Cash Office

    The range of available concessions has also been extended to offer weekly saver passes for visitors for £10, monthly passes for £30 and free parking to validated unpaid carers.  There is also a new concession for families/visitors of those receiving end of life care and concessions already in place for cancer and renal patients remain in place and unchanged.  Patients attending the Halton Hospital Urgent Care Centre will continue to enjoy free parking.

    More information about parking at the hospitals is available here: Carparking information.

  • Theatres give ORMIS thumbs up

    A year after deployment, a reflection on the benefits realised from Theatre Management (ORMIS) system at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust by staff from theatres, waiting list and IT. Click here to find out more.

  • Governor Results 2016

    Here the results for the Governor Elections for 2016 with the winning candidate announced for each vacancy:

    Appleton, Farnworth, Hough Green, Halton View, Birchfield - Colin McKenzie

    Birchwood, Rixton, Woolston - Anne M Robinson

    Culcheth, Glazebury, Croft, Poulton North - Keith Bland

    Norton South, Halton Brook, Halton Lea - Heather Greaves

     

    Staff Governor Results

    Clinical Scientist and Allied Health Professionals - Louise Spence

    Medical and Dental - Dr Helen Bowers

    Nursing and Midwifery - Jo Meek

  • A year on from Lorenzo

    A year on from Lorenzo – All smiles at Warrington and Halton

    One year on following the introduction of the Lorenzo electronic patient record (EPR) at Warrington and Halton the Oral & Maxillofacial and Orthodontics department staff have produced a case study working collaboratively with NHS Digital. The case study is a review of the benefits and challenges that Lorenzo has brought to the department following its implementation, with benefits being identified for patients, staff and the trust. Moving forwards the department recognises that there are further beneficial opportunities through increased utilisation of Lorenzo and are actively exploring them.

    Click here to read the case study on our Oral/Maxillofacial and Orthodontics Team

    We have also done a video upload on the team, which can be watched here.

  • Freemasons Teddy Bears

    The Warrington Group of Freemasons continue to bring Christmas joy to the Neonatal unit at Warrington Hospital again this year, after kindly donating Mothercare soft teddy bears. The annual soft toy giving is always well received on the unit.

    The cuddly toys will be used as gifts for the babies who are not ready to go home for Christmas Day.

    Deborah Weaver, neonatal unit manager commented,

    “We would like to thank The Warrington Group of Freemasons for their generous donation of the Mothercare soft toys; they will make a lovely gift for the babies in the unit on Christmas Day. The Freemasons surpass themselves every year and we are indebted to them for their generosity.”

    The neonatal unit cares for more than 400 babies every year and is equipped with three intensive care cots and a total of 18 spaces for a mix of high dependency and special care babies. There is also a breastfeeding room just off the unit to allow mothers quiet time to feed their babies. There is also a dedicated rest room for parents to spend time away from the unit; visiting time is unrestricted for parents allowing them to spend valuable time bonding with their newborns.

    Chris Todd the Group’s Charity Steward commented,

    “Christmas is that time of special giving and what more special could we do than give our teddy gifts to those very special babies in the Unit. All the members of the group join Chris Gleave and I in wishing all the babies, mums and dads; not forgetting the dedicated staff  hearty  season’s greetings and  all the best for 2017.”

  • Pharmacy Opening Times

    Warrington CCG have provided a full list of Pharmacies open this festive period by time and location. Download here.

    Halton CCG have provided a full list of Pharmacies for their area via their website here.

    Here are the list of Pharmacies in the St Helens areas open over the festive period. Download here.

  • WHH Governor Elections

    WHH Governor Elections – Notice of Poll

    Foundation Trust Members in the following constituencies will be balloted to elect a governor over the coming days. Please complete the ballot pack as instructed and return to the Returning Officer as advised no later than 22nd December 2016. Details of the candidates can be found here - Notice to Poll.

    Public – Appleton, Farnworth, Hough Green, Halton View, Birchfield

     

     

    Public – Birchwood, Rixton, Woolston

     

     

     

     

    Staff - Clinical Scientist and Allied Health Professionals

     

     

         
  • WHH Appoints New Chief Nurse

    Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Kimberley Salmon-Jamieson as its new Chief Nurse.

    Kimberley brings a wealth of experience spanning a 20 year nursing career in a number of specialties including medicine, community services, surgery, orthopaedics and women's and children's services. She joins the Trust from Pennine Acute NHS Trust where she was Acting Chief Nurse and Deputy Chief Nurse from 2013. Prior to this, she was Deputy Chief Nurse at the University Hospital of South Manchester and held senior nursing and managerial roles at Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

    Passionate about patients, she has developed specific interests in patient safety and experience, staff leadership, people development, service improvement and education.

    Kimberley undertook her nurse training at Lakeland College of Nursing and Midwifery continuing her education at Lancaster University here she acquired her first degree in healthcare before going on to achieve an MSc in Clinical Nursing from Liverpool University. She has spoken nationally and internationally at conferences.

    Kimberley replaces Karen Dawber, Director of Nursing and Quality, who left the Trust in August to take up the Chief Nurse role at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

  • #bornatWHH

    The Trust is celebrating all those born at Warrington Hospital or within the community aided by our midwives. The launch of the social media campaign simply #bornatWHH, comes on the back of recent award nominations of the maternity service in the HSJ awards and the Royal College of Midwives annual awards. Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust recently launched a campaign #IlovemyHV and the maternity unit wanted to extend that and ask the local public to share pictures of those born at Warrington Hospital or within the community and give a shout out to the midwives involved in their care from antenatal through to postnatal with the hashtag #bornatWHH.

    How far can we go back? Pictures do not have to be of new arrivals, we are celebrating our history, our present and future, of which the people of Warrington are very much part of. We would love to see generations of families born at Warrington.

    So get snapping and don’t forget to use our hashtag #bornatWHH, upload to our facebook page Warrington Hospital Maternity or to our twitter @WHHNHS.

    Download our poster template and get scribbling here.

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    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.
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  • Virtual Tour of Widnes Community Fire Station
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  • Statement: Progress Of Playground Works At Russell Scott Primary
    <p>In April this year, the Executive Leader of Tameside Council, Councillor Kieran Quinn, announced an agreement to resolve the concerns raised by parents at Russell Scott Primary School regarding the school playing grounds. The plan agreed by all parties, including the school governors, Tameside Council and Carillion plc, was to see the school playing field improved and a significant extension to the all-weather play area. As per the initial plan, preparatory works were carried out over the Easter school holidays and have been ongoing with significant progress in soil and drainage surveys, the planning and design and the identification of suppliers. &nbsp;Work will continue on site into the autumn and until complete. Priority will be given to extending the all-weather playground facility by the end of the summer &nbsp;so that as intended, the pupils at Russell Scott will have more space to play during the winter months. We will continue as planned to work with the school and carry out the work on the playing field throughout the Autumn with work due to be complete next Spring. Once completed, the facilities will be beyond anything previously considered and we look forward to a resolution to long-standing concerns.</p>
  • Don’t Delay – Apply Now For Extra Free Child Care Hours
    <p>TAMESIDE parents are being urged to apply now if they want to take up the Government&rsquo;s offer of 30 hours free child care for three and four years olds.</p> <p>Currently all 3 and 4-year-olds in England can get 570 hours &ndash; or 15 hours a week for 38 weeks - of free early education or childcare.<br /> <br /> From September 2017, working families of 3 and 4-year-olds may be able to double this to the equivalent of 30 hours a week for 38 weeks.</p> <p>Tameside Council is encouraging parents to apply as soon as possible if they want their additional funding to start ready for the new term in September.</p> <p>To find out more and make an application please visit:&nbsp; <a href="https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/">https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/</a></p> <p>The scheme, designed to help working families and those wishing to return to work, is available to parents who earn on average at least &pound;120 a week each - equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage.</p> <p>People who are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave - or are unable to work because they are disabled or have caring responsibilities - may still be eligible.&nbsp;Anyone who expects to earn &pound;100,000 or more won&rsquo;t be entitled to the funding.</p> <p>Parents can apply to use the hours - 1,140 hours in total - flexibly at participating nurseries, playgroups, childminders and Sure Start Children&rsquo;s Centres.</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Member for Lifelong Learning Cllr Lynn Travis said: &ldquo;There is flexibility about how families use the extra hours of free child care and it will hopefully be a huge helping hand to those parents who work.</p> <p>&ldquo;In many cases it will also give children the benefit of additional time in an early educational setting, helping to give them the best start in getting school ready.&rdquo;</p> <p>For further information about general childcare please contact Tameside Family Information Service on <strong>0161 342 4260</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Portland Basin Wins The Hearts Of Visitors
    <p>PORTLAND Basin Museum continues to be a firm favourite with visitors.</p> <p>The Tameside attraction has been awarded a Trip Advisor &lsquo;Certificate of Excellence&rsquo; for the sixth year in a row.</p> <p>Visitors to the museum, in Ashton, especially love the canal-side setting and hands-on displays - with reviews such as &ldquo;Brilliant museum, kids will love it&rdquo; and &rdquo;A good day out for a family at very little cost&rdquo;.</p> <p>Visitor numbers at the museum also remain high, with 112,000 people having visited in the past 12 months.</p> <p>Portland Basin Museum, Astley Cheetham Art Gallery in Stalybridge and Central Art Gallery in Ashton have also been assessed by a mystery shopper from Visit England, who gave all the sites their seal of approval.</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Ged Cooney, responsible for leisure and culture, said: &ldquo;Portland Basin is a wonderful museum with so much to offer all ages and we&rsquo;re delighted that it continues to be such a hit with visitors.</p> <p>&ldquo;Whether you&rsquo;ve never been before or visited many time &ndash; there&rsquo;s always something new to see and opportunities for learning and having fun.&rdquo;</p> <p>There are lots of activities over the summer holidays at Portland basin to keep families entertained. Don&rsquo;t miss the <strong>If You Go Down to the Woods Today</strong> teddy bear exhibition &ndash; you can take your own teddies along for the adventure.</p> <p>While First World War soldier <strong>Tommy Atkins </strong>will also be at the museum on Wednesdays 11am-3pm and there are <strong>Make Do and Play </strong>artist led craft activities on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the small charge of &pound;1 per child. And on Monday 28 August there will be bank holiday fun with the <strong>Let&rsquo;s Play </strong>event to include games, discos, trails, arts and crafts from 11am-3pm.</p> <p>For further information and opening times see <a href="http://www.tameside.gov.uk/museumsgalleries/portland">http://www.tameside.gov.uk/museumsgalleries/portland</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Heritage Weekend 2017
    <p>&ldquo;BEHIND Closed Doors&rdquo; is an apt theme for this year&rsquo;s heritage weekend because every year &ndash; for three days &ndash; people get to see inside buildings they might not normally enter, or which open up specially for the occasion.</p> <p>A prime example is Newton Hall off Dukinfield Road, Hyde. It&rsquo;s a 14th century cruck-framed manor house not usually open to the public. As well as guided tours, the findings of the latest archaeological dig will be available.</p> <p>Newton Hall is only one of many fascinating buildings related to Tameside&rsquo;s rich history that will be throwing open their doors on Heritage Weekend which this year takes place from Thursday, September 7, to Sunday, September 10.<br /> <br /> All the borough&rsquo;s towns will be involved, offering a chance to celebrate Tameside&rsquo;s architectural heritage and to visit areas not usually accessible.</p> <p>Weather permitting you can climb the 139ft tower at Ashton Parish Church. There will be an opportunity to see the ruins of Old Hall Chapel, Dukinfield, and to look at Ryecroft Hall, Audenshaw, which was built as a mill-owner&rsquo;s residence before becoming a military hospital in the First World War and then the seat of the old Audenshaw Urban District Council.</p> <p>Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council&rsquo;s assistant executive member with responsibility for heritage and tourism, commented: &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve all have walked past buildings and wondered what might be behind their doors. Heritage Open Days offer us a rare chance to take a look.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I have to add that the event wouldn&rsquo;t be possible without the help of the many organisers, guides and property custodians. I&rsquo;d also like to thank Tameside Local History Forum.&rdquo;</p> <p>For details of the Tameside buildings taking part in Heritage Weekend visit <a href="http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/">www.heritageopendays.org.uk</a></p>
  • Children’s Home Praised For Using Facebook To Involve Young People
    <p>COMMUNICATING with teenagers can be challenging at the best of times - &nbsp;let alone when its vulnerable young people in care.</p> <p>But a Tameside Council children&rsquo;s home has won a national award for its &ldquo;innovative&rdquo; use of social media to keep up a positive and productive dialogue between young people and staff.</p> <p>Both children and staff at the home in Hyde have worked together to develop a private Facebook group where they can share news, conversations and feedback.</p> <p>It has proven so successful that it has now been rolled out across other children&rsquo;s homes in the borough and has contributed towards the home being recognised with a national Investing in Children Membership Award for good practice.</p> <p>Young people use the closed and moderated Facebook page and the associated Messenger app to communicate with staff informally, express wishes and feelings, post to the group, fill in surveys and comment on certain topics that are raised on the feed.</p> <p>While staff use the page to prompt general chat and discussion, post information, sign post to services, provide reminders about appointments and also praise and recognise young people&rsquo;s achievements. They also use messenger to keep in touch with young people who are out in town.</p> <p>Young people have fed back that they like the page and find it easy to use.</p> <p>Residential Practice Manager Paul Bradley said: &ldquo;Of course social media doesn&rsquo;t replace face to face contact but it is proving a very effective additional way of communicating. We work with a vulnerable, hard to reach group of young people who are in the care of the local authority and the Facebook group has helped us make some great progress in enabling the young people to get more involved in their care planning and shaping the service.&rdquo;</p> <p>Paul explained the approach has removed the feeling that he and his team are constantly bombarding the young people with information, rules and expectations.</p> <p>He said: &ldquo;The Facebook group is less confrontational and at those times when young don&rsquo;t really feel like talking, we can be sure when we see the &lsquo;thumbs up&rsquo; on the page the young people have read the information and can leave a comment if they wish.</p> <p>&ldquo;Social media does have its pitfalls but we have worked closely with the young people to talk through the downsides and dangers and establish a position of trust and using it safely and effectively.&rdquo;</p> <p>A 16-year-old boy who lives at the home said of the Facebook group: &ldquo;I &nbsp;think it&rsquo;s good and I use it a lot to find out what&rsquo;s going on. I like &lsquo;Paul&rsquo;s Positives&rsquo; where Paul posts every week to mention good things each of us have done.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Investing in Children Membership Award&trade; Scheme recognises and celebrates examples of&nbsp;imaginative and inclusive practice with children and young people. Organisations applying for the award have to demonstrate dialogue with young people which leads to change.&nbsp; However, children and young people have to provide the evidence for the organisation and endorse the membership report because it is a children&rsquo;s and young people&rsquo;s award.</p> <p>In their evaluation report, inspectors described the use of social media at the home as &ldquo;innovative&rdquo;, stating: &ldquo;By listening to, and working with their young residents, Paul and his team have adapted a medium young people are comfortable with to enable them to influence their own care and decision making within the home.&rdquo;</p> <p>#ProudTameside</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • New Exhibition Is People's Choice
    <p>PEOPLE&rsquo;S choices are at the heart of a special exhibition at the Astley Cheetham Art Gallery in Stalybridge.</p> <p>The paintings, which all come from the Tameside Council collection, are divided into five categories - Renaissance masterpieces, animal art, portraits, landscapes and still Life - and each includes a people&rsquo;s choice: a work selected by members of the public in an online survey.</p> <p>Many of the works on display could be termed hidden gems and are being exhibited for the first time in several years.</p> <p>The paintings include &ldquo;Goldfish and Horse&rdquo; by BR Swinnerton who was a member of the East London Group. This was a society of mainly working-class artists best known for their depictions of deserted East End streets. However, they also produced portraits and depictions of domestic interiors. Swinnerton worked in a piano factory and painted in his spare time.</p> <p>&ldquo;Goldfish and Horse&rdquo; was displayed at the group&rsquo;s first annual exhibition at London&rsquo;s Whitechapel Gallery in 1928.</p> <p>The portraits section features &ldquo;The Maid Servant&rdquo; by William Arthur Breakspeare (1881). In an interesting departure from Victorian convention, Breakspeare is showing that beauty is not bound by class.</p> <p>Breakspeare studied in Paris and was a founding member of the Birmingham Art Circle in 1879.</p> <p>&ldquo;Holy Family with St Anne and St John&rdquo;, attributed to Giulio Romano (1499-1546), is one of the Tameside collection&rsquo;s masterpieces. It was acquired by the Cheetham family on their overseas travels in the 19th century. &nbsp;Like their fellow Victorian entrepreneurs, the Cheethams collected artworks that could demonstrate their knowledge of history and culture.</p> <p>Romano was a painter and architect who studied under Raphael in the early 16th century. Another version of this painting hangs in the Louvre in Paris.</p> <p>Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council&rsquo;s executive member with responsibility for museums and galleries, said: &ldquo;The borough art collection contains some wonderful pieces of art. I&rsquo;m delighted that this exhibition offers the chance to see more of it &ndash; especially works chosen by the public.&rdquo;</p> <p>You can see the exhibition of more than 30 works until February.&nbsp;The Astley Cheetham Gallery can be found above Stalybridge Library, Trinity Street, and is open on the first and third Saturdays of each month (10am to 3pm) as well as every Saturday in August.</p> <p><a href="http://www.tameside.gov.uk/museumsgalleries/astleycheetham">www.tameside.gov.uk/museumsgalleries/astleycheetham</a></p>
  • Free Wi-fi Launches Across The Borough
    <p><span>STICKERS are visible all across the borough &ndash; but on Monday (August 7) Tameside&rsquo;s free town-centre SWIFT Wi-Fi service will officially launch.</span></p> <p><span>Cllr Kieran Quinn, the executive leader of Tameside Council, will be joined at Ashton Old Baths by Cllr Jim Fitzpatrick, Tameside&rsquo; Council&rsquo;s executive member with responsibility for information and communications technology; Dean Cookson from Purple Wi-Fi and Mark Maden, managing director of Network Correct</span></p> <p><span>The project, which fulfils the council&rsquo;s Get Connected promise &ndash; one of its 16 pledges for 2016 &ndash; puts Tameside at the forefront of digital roll-out in Greater Manchester and the North West.</span></p> <p><span>Cllr Quinn said: &ldquo;By making free Wi-Fi available to our residents and visitors, we are demonstrating our commitment to keeping our promises, and to creating an environment which make it possible for the borough to prosper in the 21st century.</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;The whole of Tameside will benefit from this. Free Wi-Fi won&rsquo;t simply attract people into our town centres, it will act as a catalyst to get them to stay longer. By doing so they will make more use of our shops and services, providing a fillip for the local economy</span><span>.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>SWIFT Wi-Fi is an open service with no limits on downloads or streaming. Access operates under the same policies as in Tameside&rsquo;s libraries and so it will be completely safe for young people to use.</span></p> <p><span>Each town centre will have at least three points relaying a Wi-Fi signal transmitted from council buildings. Ashton and Dukinfield will also benefit from dark fibre broadband, installed at Ashton Old Baths during its conversion to a digital media hub. Dark fibre offers the highest speeds and reliability in the UK.</span></p> <p><span>Access to the free town-centre Wi-Fi is fast and simple. Logging-in can be done via Twitter, Facebook or as a guest. Once completed people will be automatically connected as they move about the borough.</span></p>
  • It’s Not Too Late To Join In Summer Reading Fun
    <p>CHILDREN have been&nbsp;showing off&nbsp;top investigative skills in Tameside Libraries&rsquo; Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge activities.<o:p></o:p></p> <p>They have been taking part in treasure hunts, games and crafts and unravelling mysteries as part of the challenge, which is open to all Tameside children aged four to 11.<o:p></o:p></p> <p>The free fun activities, which are taking place in libraries throughout the summer holidays, have already got the thumbs up from local parents.<o:p></o:p></p> <p>Danielle Noble, from Audenshaw, said: &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve not done anything like this before but my two have really enjoyed it. They like the activities such as the treasure hunt &ndash; something to get them thinking and keep them active.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></p> <p>James Hood, from Godley, said: &ldquo;It helps get my son interested in libraries and makes them fun. It always kills a couple of hours in the holidays, which always helps.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></p> <p>Organised by the Reading Agency and the public libraries network, the Summer Reading Challenge is simple and fun. Children are encouraged to read six library books over the school holiday with a bookmark to encourage them, smelly stickers to collect along the way, and a keyring, certificate and medal for those who complete the process. There&rsquo;s a website and app to add to the fun, too.<o:p></o:p></p> <p>This year, every child who manages all six books will also be entered into a prize draw sponsored by Active Tameside for the chance to win an experience for eight people at Sky High Adventure, Total Adrenaline, Hyde Leisure Pool or iPlay Zone.<o:p></o:p></p> <p>For full details of all the activities see <a href="http://link.email.dynect.net/link.php?DynEngagement=true&amp;H=s8mq%2BFF8Y8J%2F7%2FXrLp5ygdcwMPrxjsUdQBMch4EEnHhpCCjF3%2FNlfEnG%2B2pQPHPY6%2FUgws7wZ%2BQsEsfOIa0DnDPbY%2FfbEuzu2aSaL0kDTkXp9PSvp%2FvQOLNgssF5vI0uvA1S2U%2B%2FF5Q%3D&amp;G=0&amp;R=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tameside.gov.uk%2Flibraries%2Fsrcactivities&amp;I=20170803102357.000000041907%40mail6-34-usnbn1&amp;X=MHwxMDQ2NzU4OjU5ODJmOWI0ZTM1NzBlMzVkYjk5YzhmNjs%3D&amp;S=3u-KIbc6KRvdjylYdOZ48byu_noJfEjm4BtRItPdWVI">www.tameside.gov.uk/libraries/srcactivities</a><o:p></o:p></p> <p>&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></p>
  • Sir Geoff Receives Freedom Of Tameside
    <p>IN the words of the England football team&rsquo;s number-one song, 1966 hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst was &ldquo;Back Home&rdquo; on Tuesday (July 25).</p> <p>He returned to receive the freedom of Tameside and to open the new &pound;600,000 antenatal unit at Tameside Hospital, Ashton, where he was born in 1941 in what was then known as the Lake Hospital.</p> <p>Sir Geoff also found time to watch some grassroots football at Hyde United where his father played in the 1930s.</p> <p>At the hospital, Sir Geoff was greeted by chief executive Karen James and NHS trust chairman Paul Connellan. After unveiling a plaque he met mums-to-be and staff. The unit offers care, guidance and support for expectant mothers and incorporates the most up-to-date equipment.</p> <p>On his visit to Hyde United, Sir Geoff saw a game of walking football and met the club&rsquo;s manager, Darren Kelly, and members of the Hyde United Academy. He was also able to see the state-of-the-art 3G synthetic pitch Tameside Council has installed at Ewen Fields to increase the ground&rsquo;s use as a community facility.</p> <p>The day ended with an extraordinary meeting of Tameside Council at which Sir Geoff was made a freeman of the borough &ndash; an honour conferred only 12 times since Tameside was created in 1974. He was presented with a framed scroll and a silver salver.</p> <p>In her remarks, the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Joyce Bowerman, not only recalled Sir Geoff&rsquo;s achievements when England won the World Cup, but highlighted his distinguished record of charity work. He is currently working with the Alzheimer&rsquo;s Society as three of the 1966 team have the disease.</p> <p>The Mayor commented: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a mark of Sir Geoff, as a footballer and as a man, that he has always been prepared to help others and has never forgotten the people with whom he played the game, especially in that glorious summer of 51 years ago.&rdquo;</p> <p>Responding, Sir Geoff said: &ldquo;I&rsquo;m very proud to be associated with this borough, where I was born. I&rsquo;m very proud of the area, of my father and grandfather who lived up here, and of my aunty. I recall many, many happy and enjoyable visits. Thank you very much for this award.&rdquo;</p> <p>Sir Geoff Hurst was born at Tameside Hospital&rsquo;s forerunner, the old Lake Hospital, Ashton, in 1941. He lived on Ruby Street and Cemetery Road, Denton, and attended St Lawrence&rsquo;s School, Stockport Road, until the family moved to Chelmsford in Essex when he was eight.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • School Praised By Ofsted For Growing Success
    <p>GOING to school at The Heys Primary is a real &lsquo;Famous Five&rsquo; adventure.</p> <p>Pupils get to keep chickens, build dens, grow food, make music and play sport as part of their daily learning.</p> <p>These &ldquo;captivating experiences&rdquo; have won recognition from Ofsted. &nbsp;The Ashton school, formerly rated as &lsquo;Requires Improvement&rsquo; has now been rated as &lsquo;Good&rsquo; with inspectors highlighting how the pupils thrive in &ldquo;happy and motivational atmosphere&rdquo;.</p> <p>They join the 96% of primary age children in Tameside who now attend a Good or better school.</p> <p>Inspectors described the leadership at The Heyes as &ldquo;inspirational&rdquo;. The report also highlighted how pupils enjoy &ldquo;exciting activities in lessons&rdquo; and &ldquo;enriching excursions&rdquo;. Academic standards are also improving.</p> <p>Headteacher Andy Card, who arrived in post four years ago, said: &ldquo;This has been a journey but I&rsquo;ve not done this, the staff have &ndash; they have all worked incredibly hard.</p> <p>&ldquo;The key thing for us is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum to ensure the children enjoy coming to school and are engaged in learning. &nbsp;Yes maths and English are important and the results are great but to achieve this the pupils have to be enthused.</p> <p>&ldquo;They look after chickens and learn that eggs come from hens, not the supermarket. They grow vegetables and take them home to eat. They build dens in Forest Schools and also learn to play the tenor horn. They enjoy learning, their behaviour is good and the results follow.&rdquo;</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Member for LifeLong Learning Cllr Lynn Travis said: &ldquo;This is what happy and successful childhoods should be about and it&rsquo;s fantastic the school as won &nbsp;recognition from Ofsted for providing a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum to help the children achieve their best. Well done to the pupils, teaching staff, parents and governors for all their hard work &ndash; I&rsquo;m proud to see so many Tameside children have the opportunity to attend a good or better primary school.&rdquo;</p>
  • Pupils Help Create Safe Space At Police Station
    <p>SCHOOL pupils have been involved in planning and naming a new room at Ashton Police Station to help children feel at ease.</p> <p>The Sapphire Room is a safe space for young people affected by child sexual exploitation to work with police officers and support workers.</p> <p>The room has been decorated and furnished to be welcoming and comfortable for children and young people and includes books, games and crafts to help them to relax.</p> <p>Pupils at Poplar St Primary School, Audenshaw, took part in a competition to name the room as part of a session run by the It&rsquo;s Not Okay team. The It&rsquo;s Not Okay campaign is a Greater Manchester wide project &ndash; involving Tameside Council, police, health, charities and other local authorities - to tackle child sexual exploitation.</p> <p>Y4 pupil Saffron Lawson came up with the winning name for the room and was visited at the school by the It&rsquo;s Not Okay team and the Police Mounted Unit on Thursday 20 July to be presented with a certificate and prize.</p> <p>PCSO Lesley Edwards, from the It&rsquo;s Not Okay Tameside team, said: &ldquo;We thought The Sapphire Room was a fantastic name &ndash; it feels bright and positive and has no negative connotations and it&rsquo;s great that the children have been involved in coming up with ideas.</p> <p>&ldquo;The room is already having a positive impact with the young people we work with and helping to break down barriers. Attending a Police Station can be a traumatic experience for any young person, it is important to us to make this experience as stress free as possible. Evidence from our support workers and detectives shows young people will disclose more information when in a comfortable environment.&rdquo;</p> <p>Here are some comments from young people who have already visited the Sapphire Room: &ldquo;Amazing&rdquo;&nbsp; &ldquo;Nice &amp; Comfortable&rdquo; &nbsp;&ldquo;Nice Vibe&rdquo; &ldquo;Better than a Youth centre or Interview room&rdquo;.</p> <p>The It&rsquo;s Not Okay team have received support from The High Sheriffs Trust and Embrace Child Victims of Crime among the many donations to help create the Sapphire Room.</p> <p>The Mounted Unit, who work with the team to help build relationships with young people, &nbsp;attended the presentation at Poplar St Primary and offered the school a chance to &ldquo;Adopt a Police Horse&rdquo;, which includes a welcome pack and regular updates about their horse.</p> <p>For further information, guidance and support on child sexual exploitation see <a href="http://www.itsnotokay.co.uk/">www.itsnotokay.co.uk</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Free Summer Holiday Fun
    <p>FROM circus skills and treasure hunts to wild art &ndash; there&rsquo;s plenty of free summer activities in Tameside for families to juggle this summer.</p> <p><strong>Theatre in the Parks</strong></p> <p>There will be <strong>outdoor summer theatre performances</strong> of favourite children&rsquo;s books &ndash; from James and the Giant Peach to Dogs Don&rsquo;t do Ballet &ndash; as well as Circus Sensible performances in parks across the borough throughout August. For further details see <a href="http://www.tameside.gov.uk/theatre">http://www.tameside.gov.uk/theatre</a></p> <p>Families are encouraged to come along with their picnic blankets and enjoy the shows.</p> <p><strong>Outdoor activities</strong></p> <p>From making music in the woods and creating wild art to discovering mini-beasts and den-building, get hands on with nature at local parks and country spaces with our countryside activities which run every week in August.</p> <p><strong>Sounds Natural</strong></p> <p>Thursday 3 August 1-2.30pm</p> <p>Lymefield Broadmills, Broadbottom</p> <p><strong>Wild Art</strong></p> <p>Thursday 10 August 12-3pm</p> <p>Cheetham Park, Stalybridge</p> <p><strong>Creating a buzzz</strong></p> <p>Wednesday 16 August 1-3pm</p> <p>Waterloo Park, Ashton</p> <p><strong>Go Native</strong></p> <p>Thursday 24 August 12-3pm</p> <p>Hyde Park</p> <p><strong>Go Wild Outdoors</strong></p> <p>Wednesday 30 August</p> <p>Castle Clough Car Park, Carrbrook</p> <p><strong>Museums activities</strong></p> <p>Don&rsquo;t miss the <strong>If You Go Down to the Woods Today</strong> teddy bear exhibition at Portland Basin Museum &ndash; you can take your own teddies along for the adventure. First World War soldier <strong>Tommy Atkins</strong> will also be at the museum on Wednesdays 11am-3pm while there are<strong> Make Do and Play</strong> artist led craft activities on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the small charge of &pound;1 per child.</p> <p>Portland Basin Museum will offer Bank Holiday fun on Monday 28 August with the <strong>Let&rsquo;s Play</strong> event &ndash; there&rsquo;ll be games, discos, trails, arts and crafts from 11am-3pm.</p> <p><strong>Summer Reading Challenge and activities in libraries</strong></p> <p>Children can join the <strong>A</strong><strong>n</strong><strong>imal Agents</strong> <a href="http://www.tameside.gov.uk/libraries/src">Summer Read Challenge</a> in all Tameside libraries with a chance to win an experience for eight people at Sky High Adventure, Total Adrenaline, Hyde Leisure Pool or iPlay Zone.</p> <p>There are also <strong>Animal Agents activities</strong> from treasure hunts to arts and crafts as well as well as <strong>Explore Learning</strong> sessions from fairytales and legends to Japanese poetry. Find out more at <a href="http://www.tameside.gov.uk/libraries/srcactivities">www.tameside.gov.uk/libraries/srcactivities</a>.</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t forget the regular <a href="http://www.tameside.gov.uk/libraries/timeforarhyme">Time for a Rhyme sessions</a> are still running every week as well.</p> <p><strong>For further details of summer cultural events and activities see our <a href="http://www.tameside.gov.uk/TamesideMBC/media/ArtsAndEvents/CulturalEventsBooklet17.pdf">Cultural Events Booklet</a>.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Business Rates Consultation
    <p>FOLLOWING the revaluation of Business Rates which took effect from 1 April, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, announced that a discretionary fund would be made available to local authorities to help them to administer relief that would target and support those business ratepayers who faced significant increases in their bills.</p> <p>This fund has been made available over a four-year period from 2017/2018 and billing authorities are expected to use their share to develop their own discretionary relief schemes.</p> <p>The funding is limited and councils must decide their own scheme on which to base allocation.</p> <p>Over the next four weeks Tameside Council will be running a consultation where we invite your opinion on who should be eligible to claim the new discretionary relief. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>We are committed to ensuring all our residents and business ratepayers have the opportunity to have their say on the proposals being considered for inclusion in the scheme.</p> <p>The consultation will run from Tuesday, 18 July, to Tuesday, 15 August, and can be found at <a href="http://www.tameside.gov.uk/business-rates-consultation">www.tameside.gov.uk/business-rates-consultation</a></p>
  • Free Children's Theatre In The Park
    <p>OUTDOOR summer theatre is back, and its bigger and better than ever. This year,&nbsp;each show will stay in a single park for both morning and afternoon performances, allowing for a much higher production quality.</p> <p>The series begins in Ryecroft Hall Park, Audenshaw, Friday, August 4, when Gambolling Arena present an adaptation of &ldquo;James and the Giant Peach&rdquo; which was initially written for Dahl 100, the events celebrating the centenary of author Roald Dahl&rsquo;s birth.<br /> <br /> On Wednesday, August 9, Stamford Park hosts Little Blue Monster Theatre&rsquo;s brilliant &ldquo;Dogs Don&rsquo;t Do Ballet&rdquo; based on the award-winning children&#39;s book by&nbsp;Anna Kemp&nbsp;and&nbsp;Sara Ogilvie. It&rsquo;s a fabulous feel-good show featuring music, songs, puppets and Biff, the ballet-dancing dog.</p> <p>Week three brings something a little different to Haughton Green Playing Fields on Thursday, August 17, when Circus Sensible display their unique blend of mayhem and madness to enthral and entertain.</p> <p>iDOLRiCH Theatre Rotto will be at Dukinfield Park on Tuesday, August 22, with their take on Lewis Carroll&rsquo;s timeless &ldquo;Walrus and the Carpenter&rdquo;. Come and join the hunt as they search for the perfect spot to hold their gourmet seafood picnic.<br /> <br /> The 2017 series closes on Thursday, August 31, in Hyde Park, when Fabularium tell their amazing tale &ldquo;Reynard the Fox&rdquo;. There&rsquo;s live music, mask work, puppetry, physical theatre and acrobatics with a medieval twist.</p> <p>Performances take place at 11.30am and 2.30pm and families are encouraged to come along with their picnic blankets and enjoy the shows.</p> <p>Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council&rsquo;s executive member for leisure and culture, said: &ldquo;Great stories, great locations, and all for free. What a great way to spend a couple of hours in the open air with your children during the summer holidays.&rdquo;</p> <p>The entire series, organised by Tameside Council Cultural Services with the support of Greater Manchester Arts, has been branded smoke-free, so parents and carers are politely asked to not smoke at any of the performances.</p> <p>For more information call 0161 342 4144 or visit <a href="http://www.tameside.gov.uk/culture">www.tameside.gov.uk/culture</a></p>

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  • Premiere: Tom Hickox - 'Istanbul'

    Tom Hickox has revealed the video to the second track from his astounding second album, Monsters in the Deep. See it first on Gigwise below.

    The singer is fast emerging as an artist of some considerable note. His debut album, War, Peace And Diplomacy, was released in 2014, but his new album, Monsters In the Deep, truly displays an artist making huge stylistic leaps.

    Jaunty, bouncy and instantly catchy, ‘Istanbul’ occupies a pop hinterland that sits somewhere between the zest of primetime Paul McCartney and the songwriting maturity of John Grant. Tom Hickox is a major talent on the rise.

    For the video, we're treated to a colourful, dynamic series of frames where he switches into a number of strange disguises. It suits the rich, vividly imaginative lyrics.

    The opening shot feels like he's posing for a passport photograph - all suited and booted and a deadpan stare. The subsequent eccentricities see him keep a deadpan look but take on some flamboyant looks that could represent a pining for more dynamic existence outside of the repressed seriousness of the well groomed formal man.

    Tom hits the road next month and beyond and we recommend you go catch him. Tom Hickox plays:

    AUGUST
    Green Man 18 August

    SEPTEMBER
    13 - Belfast, Empire Music Hall
    14 - Galway, Roisin Dubh
    15 - Dublin, The Grand Social
    17 - Head For The Hills Festival
    22 - Hamburg, Reeperbahn Festival, DE
    26 - Bristol, Wardrobe Theatre
    27 - Birmingam, The Glee Club

    OCTOBER
    01 - Brighton, Latest Music Bar
    04 - Leeds. Hyde Park Book Club
    05 - Edinburgh, Voodoo Rooms
    06 - Newcastle, Tynemouth Surf Cafe
    08 - Sheffield, Sensoria Festival
    21 - Oxford,Ritual Union Festival

  • A new Elvis Presley exhibition will focus on his touring years

    A new exhibition focussing on Elvis Presley’s later, touring years will display more than 40 of the late singer’s iconic jumpsuits. Elvis On Tour opens at the O2 Arena in London on November 3 and will tell the story of Elvis between 1969 and his death on August 16, 1977, when he toured the US almost non-stop.

    This is also the period of time when Presley battled with depression, obesity and an addiction to prescription drugs.

    Speaking to the Guardian, his ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, said that those years where particularly hard on the couple. The separated in 1972 and divorced the following year.

    She said: “We all have demons. The press likes to just focus on things like that but we all have our demons, we all have our ups and downs and unfortunately for the people who are in the limelight, it is magnified so many times more.”

    Presley performed more than 1,100 in those later and Priscilla acknowledges that his work schedule put a strain on the couple’s relationship.

    She said: “Touring is not easy for any couple. We were there for each other, we cared for each other, we remained close, close friends. Elvis would talk to me about things which were going on his life.”

    Some of the jump suits exhibited will be shown for the very first time. Also on display will be the dry cleaning and repair bills for the legendary outfits, as well as guitars, microphones, posters, tour trunks and examples of the silk scarves that he used to throw out to eager members of his audience.

    Another feature of the exhibit will include a recreation of the interior of his tour plane.

    Graceland’s director of archives, Angie Marchese, said of the Elvis On Tour exhibition: “The UK loves Elvis and we know it. Elvis was never able to tour the UK so to bring this story to the UK and make it feel like Elvis is there, performing … that’s the excitement of it all.”

  • Elvis Presley named his horse after Star Trek

    It’s hard to imagine a star of Elvis Presley’s magnitude being a fan of anything but a new documentary on the late singer, The Seven Ages Of Elvis, reveals that he was such a huge of fan of sci-fi series Star Trek that he named his horse after the show.

    The documentary, which is to be broadcast of Sky Arts tonight (August 16) to mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley at the age of 42, also claims that he once recorded a staggering 35 tracks in just five nights.

    Speaking of Elvis’ fascination with the celebrated sci-fi show, The Mirror reports that Presley’s co-star in the 1968 musical comedy, Live A Little, Love A Little, and Star Trek actress Celeste Yarnall said: “Elvis was a Star Trek fan. He even had a horse named Star Trek.”

    She continued: “First day on set, Elvis gave me the biggest hug, and he said, ‘I just couldn’t wait to meet you. I knew you were coming. And I know you from Star Trek.’ We became very, very dear friends and very close very quickly.”

    Elsewhere in the documentary, Elvis’ former bassist Norbert Putnam recalls Elvis’ phenomenal work rate during a 1970 recording session when he recorded 35 tracks in just five days.

    Putnam said: "No-one had ever accomplished that much work ... and it couldn't have been done with any other artist. He would learn a song in two or three takes ... and Elvis would say, 'Let's do it. Come on, guys.'

    "It's almost like an athlete, like, 'Give me the ball, I'll score'. He's pumping, he's saying, 'Guys, we're going to nail this first take, come on.'... and (he'd nail it) first time through.

    "He's phenomenal, and he just heard this song for the first time 10 minutes ago.”

  • Elvis Presley and Ed Sheeran slug it out for top slot in UK Album Charts

    It’s the battle of the titans as Elvis Presley and Ed Sheeran slug it out for pole position in this week’s UK Album Charts. Exactly 40 years to the day since Elvis Presley’s untimely death at the age of just 42, his new compilation album, The 50 Greatest Hits, is racing up the UK Album Chart.

    According to the Official Chart Company, Elvis’ The 50 Greatest Hits is leading Ed Sheeran’s planet-shagging album, ÷, by less than 200 combined chart sales. The last time Elvis entered the UK Album Chart was in August 2016 when his album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Wonder Of You, topped the charts. If his current compilation makes it to the top, Elvis position as the solo singer with the most UK No.1 album will hit a total of 14. Way to go, The King!

    The late Glen Campbell’s album, Adios, is currently at No. 3 while Kesha’s Rainbow is one place behind at No. 4.

    The new compilation should certainly swell the coffers of the Presley estate. Business magazine Forbes had Elvis Presley come in at No.4 in the Forbes Kist Of Top-Earning Dead Celebrities last year after the late singer earned a whopping $27m. According to his record company, Elvis Presley has sold more than a billion records worldwide.

    It could well be that Elvis Presley does knock Ed Sheeran into the No. 2 slot. He’s always been incredibly popular in the UK and his albums have always charted higher here than in the US. And all that despite never having performed in the UK. Indeed, his only visit to this side of the Atlantic was when his plane from Germany stopped at Prestwick airport in Scotland in 1960 when he was flying home to be discharged from the US army.

    So… just 200 combined sales are separating Elvis and Ed. You know what to do…

  • Thousands of Elvis Presley fans hold candlelight vigil at Graceland

    Thousands of fans gathered at Graceland, the former Memphis home of Elvis Presley to mark the 40th anniversary of the singer’s death. His ex-wife, Priscilla, greeted fans before the event while his daughter, Lisa-Marie, lit candles for visitors.

    Once the candles were lit, the Daily Mail reports that visitors walked through the grounds of Graceland in a solemn procession.

    The legendary singer died at his Graceland mansion in the early hours of August 16, 1977, after suffering a massive heart attack. He was just 42-years-old. Widely regarded as the King of Rock’n’Roll, Presley’s impact on popular culture and his enduring legacy are simply colossal.

    Fans had travelled from across the world to pay tribute to Presley. Once the candles were lit, visitors walked through the grounds of Graceland and past the graves of Presley, his parents, Vernon and Gladys, and also his grandmother.

    Organisers of the vigil estimate that as many as 50,000 people attended the event. However, some fans were disgruntled to be charged $28.75 to take part in the event.

    A statement from Graceland said: “In order to keep everyone safe and ensure an enjoyable and meaningful event for all, we have worked closely with local, state and federal security authorities to establish new procedures that have been widely used across the U.S.”

    Long standing fan Fred Schwarz of Springfield, Illinois, had attended previous vigils and he wasn’t too thrilled about being charged this year.

    “I looked forward to going down there this year, and they come up with all this,' he said. 'I don't want to even go to Memphis anymore. The people running that are not Elvis fans. They are in business. Corporations, they want the bottom line.”

    Conversely, another fan, Joe Makowski of St Petersburg, Florida, said: “It goes along with the territory of the popularity of Elvis. There's a price for that as well, to accommodate all the people.”

  • Death From Above return with new album and video

    Canadian noise-rock duo Death From Above are back with a new album, Outrage! Is Now, and they’ve rather magnanimously shared a video for new track, ‘Never Swim Alone’, that you can watch below.

    Outrage! Is Now is the follow-up to 2014’s The Physical World and is released on September 8. The band – vocalist and drummer Sebastien Grainger and bassist Jesse F. Keeler – changed their name from Death From Above 1979 earlier this year.

    Speaking of the new album, Grainger said: “There’s an absolute chaos and confusion in the world and people who would otherwise agree on most things seem to be disagreeing on everything.

    “There’s a lot more space between the poles of opinion and views on the world. It seems like there's a barrier of disgust as we dehumanise one another based on a few slight differences of opinion.

    “The album title is an observation of this hyper-sensitivity, which we’re all a part of.”

    Keeler added: “I hope fans hear the progression. This record is very much the result of the environment and experiences of the last five years.

    “If we didn’t have struggle, life would be really fucking boring. These songs are a anti-boredom manifesto.”

    He’s not wrong about the anti-boredom. As evidenced by ‘Never Swim Alone’, Death From Above are going straight for the jugular with a righteous howl of yes, outrage, and also a huge dollop of sonic energy that emphatically proves that you don’t have to make tedious meat’n’potatoes rock if you’re a drum’n’bass rock duo. And the fact that’s over almost as soon as it starts simply adds to the urgency contained within its two minutes.

    The track listing for Outrage! Is Now is:

    01. Nomad
    02. Freeze Me
    03. Caught Up
    04. Outrage! Is Now
    05. Never Swim Alone
    06. Moonlight
    07. Statues
    08. All I C Is U & Me
    09. NVR 4EVR
    10. Holy Books

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