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  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • STP information

    The Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for Cheshire and Merseyside, sets out how the health and care system can remain fit for the future and respond successfully to the growing demands that are being placed on it, alongside ambitious ideas to improve the health of people living and working in the region.

    The document sets out a shared core purpose to ensure that the people of Merseyside and Cheshire become healthier than they are now and can continue to have access to safe, good quality and sustainable services.

    The plan represents the thoughts and ambitions of more than 30 different organisations serving a population of over 2.5 million people. The next stage will refine the ideas further, through engagement with local communities, the NHS workforce and other stakeholders such as local councils and the voluntary sector.

    Follow our social channels for further updates and look out for information about opportunities to find out more and get involved.

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    Workforce Summary

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  • Patient Choice Award

    Has a member of our staff made a real, positive difference to you? Did they go above and beyond when providing you, or one of your loved ones, care?

    If yes, then we want to hear about it. This year, as part of our annual Staff Thank You Awards, we are introducing a new category. Aptly named the People's Choice Award, it enables members of our local community to nominate the member of staff, ward or department that has made a real, positive difference to them.

    Our Staff Thank You Awards provide our yearly opportunity to pay tribute to our tremendous staff, who try their absolute best to ensure that our community received the best care possible. They do this despite facing hugely challenging circumstances on a daily basis. This year's event will be held on Friday 3rd March 2017 at the Parr Hall in Warrington.

    Making a nomination is easy and straightforward. You can e-mail your nomination to putting PATIENT CHOICE AWARD in the title. Alternatively, you can submit your nomination through our website, simply go to and click on "Work at WHH" then click "Thank You - Team and Employee of the Month"

    Finally, you can also make your nomination in writing at:

    Patient Choice Award

    Communications dept, Kendrick Wing

    Warrington andHalton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    Lovely Lane, Warrington, WA5 1QG

    Please do not forget to include your own contact details when making your nomination. The closing date for nomination submissions is Thursday 1 December 2016.

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  • So we are on way way out of The European Union

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Founded: November 1, 1993, Maastricht, Netherlands
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    Unemployment rate: 9.6% (Apr 2015) Eurostat
    Government debt: 87.4% of GDP (2013) Eurostat
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    Founders: France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Netherlands, Germany

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  • So we are on way way out of The European Union

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

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

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

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

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

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

    For Info
    The European Union is a politico-economic union of 28 member states. It has an area of 4,324,782 km², and an estimated population of over 508 million, and operates through a hybrid system of supranational ... Wikipedia
    Area: 4.325 million km²
    Founded: November 1, 1993, Maastricht, Netherlands
    Headquarters: City of Brussels, Belgium
    Unemployment rate: 9.6% (Apr 2015) Eurostat
    Government debt: 87.4% of GDP (2013) Eurostat
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  • James Ward known as Mark James T/A as Car Care Automotive Great Yarmouth Guilty of Handling Stolen Car Parts

    James Ward known as Mark James was found guilty last week for handling stolen car parts from his business called Car Care Automotive. Unit 6 Suffolk Rd Great Yarmouth.. Phone number 01493 717767
    A Subaru Impreza was stolen from High Wycombe, an area where Ward lived at the time of the theft. The car was broken up for parts by Ward. He has also set up a new business that deals with Subaru’s. The business is in Great Yarmouth, Car Care Automotive. Unit 6 Suffolk Rd. Phone number 01493 717767.
    Thames Valley Police raided Car Care Automotive on the 24/2/15 and found a few parts left from the stolen Subaru. Ward was bailed until April. On the 20/4/15 Thames Valley Police charged Ward with handling and selling stolen goods. Ward has even put parts from the stolen car onto other cars.
    On the 6/5/15 Ward pleaded guilty to breaking the Subaru, knowing it was stolen and selling it for parts.
    Anyone with a Subaru are advised to be careful dealing with the business known as Car Care Automotive at Great Yarmouth. The Court Order was made against James Mark Ward at High Wycombe Court. The Case number is 431500197216/1 6th May 2015. This article is printed in good faith from verified data and is in the interest of public awareness.The business Care Care Automotive at Yarmouth
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  • 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.
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  • 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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  • Successful Learning Is Child's Play
    <p>PUPILS at a Tameside school have four new friends to help them get the best out of learning.</p> <p>Stalyhill Infant School, Stalybridge, uses puppet characters &ndash; Thinking Theo, Keep Going Kate, Teamwork Tina and Reflective Ravi &ndash; in class to embody the skills and qualities children need to be successful learners.</p> <p>The strategy has proven so effective that it has won recognition from Ofsted.</p> <p>Inspectors, who recently rated the school as good, recognised the puppets were helping the pupils to be &ldquo;super-learners&rdquo; and develop &ldquo;an excellent attitude to learning&rdquo;.</p> <p>Headteacher Lisa Lockett said: &ldquo;The puppets have been a really effective and child-friendly way of introducing the qualities of a successful learner to the pupils. Because they are &lsquo;people&rsquo; the children have been able to identify with them and then spot those skills and qualities in themselves.&rdquo;</p> <p>Oftsed Inspectors also praised the school for its strong and transparent leadership, consistently good-quality teaching and learning and for providing pupils with a memorable educational experience.</p> <p>The <a href="">report</a> told how parents appreciated the school&rsquo;s warm and welcoming approach and had commented that &ldquo;pupils bounced out of bed&rdquo; to come to school in the morning.</p> <p>Lisa said: &ldquo;We have worked extremely hard in the last 12 months to drive learning forward at Stalyhill Infants, not only to be a school that nurtures and cares for our children but one that develops them as independent and resilient learners, giving them skills that will benefit them throughout their lives.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are extremely aspirational for our children and it is that aspiration that drives us to provide the best opportunities, the highest quality teaching and the widest experiences that we can offer.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Ofsted report is a fantastic endorsement for the whole community - &nbsp;staff, parents, governors and our feeder junior school - and shows how well all stakeholders have worked together and continue to work together to bring about the very best educational experiences for the children of Stalyhill. I am very proud to be part of such an excellent team.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • String Art - I Made It! Adult Masterclass.
    <p>PUT down that pencil and use thread instead. Learn the basics of string art on a relaxed one-day course where you won&rsquo;t get tied up in knots.</p> <p>Led by professional artist Alison McIntyre, this workshop will show you how to create beautiful geometric shapes using a contemporary approach to traditional sewing techniques.</p> <p>Make Spirograph-style patterns by sewing into card rather than fabric, and using thread rather than the pencil. Once you&rsquo;ve learned the basics you can use the technique to make larger works of art.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll be working in a relaxed atmosphere, where the artist teaches people on a one-to-one basis as well as dealing with the group. Its open to all and no previous experience is required. Beginners are more than welcome. All materials, equipment and tools will be provided.</p> <p>Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council&rsquo;s assistant executive member with responsibility for culture, said: &ldquo;This course will give you the basic skills to carry on creating, which can provide a lifetime of enjoyment.&rdquo;</p> <p>The workshop takes place at Portland Basin Museum, Ashton, on Sunday, February 25 (10am to 3.30pm). The cost is &pound;30 or &pound;25 for concessions. For more information or to book a place call 0161 343 2878.</p>
  • Boiler And Insulation Scheme Extended
    <p>TAMESIDE residents are being urged to take advantage of a money-saving boiler and insulation offer - which has now been extended until 31 March 2017.</p> <p>The Greater Manchester Energy Heroes scheme offers qualifying households free or discounted new boilers and home insulation that could save hundreds of pounds from fuel bills.</p> <p>The ten Greater Manchester local authorities have joined forces with E.ON to run the scheme, which it is estimated could help more than 30,000 homes in Greater Manchester which are struggling to keep warm and pay their fuel bills this winter. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and the NHS are supporting the scheme.</p> <p>Residents &ndash; both home owners and private tenants &ndash; who are on a low income are encouraged to call Freephone 0800 508 8008 to book a free home survey to see if they qualify for free or subsidised works. It is recommended they call by 3 February 2017 to see if they are eligible to have a new efficient boiler installed by the end of March 2017.</p> <p>It is estimated households can save &pound;350 a year by having a new boiler fitted, &pound;70 by insulating their loft and &pound;290 through cavity wall insulation. So far over 500 people have requested help through the scheme.</p> <p>Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are supporting the scheme by raising awareness of the offer during Safe and Well visits, as well as including information in the thousands of letters sent by our Contact Centre every week to help reduce fire risk and improve health outcomes.</p> <p>Tameside Council Carbon and Waste Reduction Panel Chair Cllr Barrie Holland said: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s great news that this offer &ndash; which is designed to help the most vulnerable households - has been extended but people must act quickly to take advantage of it. Home insulation and an energy efficient boiler can help to reduce fuel bills while also having a positive impact on health.&rdquo;</p> <p>For more information visit:</p> <p><strong>Notes to editor:</strong></p> <p>Source: <strong>Sub-regional breakdown: </strong><a href=""></a></p> <p>Savings information is from the Energy Saving Trust and are based on estimates.</p> <p>The scheme is subject to survey and availability.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • New Sculpture Celebrates Tameside’s Roots
    <p>SCHOOL children and community groups are contributing to a striking new piece of art&nbsp;proposed&nbsp;for the new Tameside Interchange (Ashton-under-Lyne).</p> <p>The tree-like polished steel sculpture &ndash; commissioned using external funding as part of the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) interchange project &ndash; is based on public transport maps, with branches and interlinking lines tying in with the heritage theme.</p> <p>It will feature coloured glass designs that reflect local lives, stories and social history.</p> <p>Artist Michael Condron has been working with TfGM and Tameside Council&rsquo;s Cultural Services team to involve local schools, community groups and residents in the project. He has been gathering personal stories, memories, drawings and photos to generate ideas for the glass inserts.</p> <p>The following groups have been involved: Millbrook Primary School; Corrie Primary School; &nbsp;Broadbentfold Primary School; Stitch in Time group and Knit &amp; Natter group. Additionally Michael talked to visitors to Portland Basin as well as shoppers at Ashton Market.</p> <p>All the school pupils who have taken part have achieved &nbsp;Arts Award Discover accreditation, achieving 100 Arts Awards.</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive member Cllr Peter Robinson, who sits of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: &ldquo;This is a brilliant project, involving all age groups in what promises to be an amazing piece of art that can be enjoyed by all and which I&rsquo;m sure will be a local focal point in front of the new interchange. It will also have a lasting impact on all the children who have explored the borough&rsquo;s roots and their family&rsquo;s stories as well as learning new art techniques and skills.&rdquo;</p> <p>Once completed, the new interchange will have improved facilities including a covered concourse and seated waiting area, a ticket and information outlet, retail facilities and a caf&eacute;.</p> <p>Chair of the TfGM Committee Cllr Andrew Fender said: &ldquo;State-of-the-art facilities at the new interchange will encourage more local people to use public transport and Michael&rsquo;s artwork will be a great addition to it &ndash; it will be there for everyone to enjoy.&rdquo;</p> <p>Planning permission for the interchange was granted earlier this year and work is due to start this year. Delivered by TfGM, funding for Tameside Interchange (Ashton-under-Lyne) is being supported by central government through the Greater Manchester Local Growth Deal Programme with additional support from Heritage Lottery funding.</p> <p>If you want to get involved in future events and engagement regarding the art work and local heritage, email <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Ready For A New You?
    <p>TAMESIDE residents are being encouraged to make 2017 the year they make a positive change to improve their chances of staying healthy as they get older.</p> <p>Public Health England&rsquo;s One You Campaign, supported by Tameside Council, aims to highlight how small changes now can make a big difference to health &ndash; both right away and in later years.</p> <p>Without knowing it, by the time people reach their 40s and 50s many will have dramatically increased their chances of becoming ill later in life.</p> <p>Whether they are eating the wrong things, drinking more alcohol than they should, smoking, or just not being active enough,- all of these things add up. They increase the risk of developing conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease.</p> <p>However it&rsquo;s never too late to start to turn things around and there&rsquo;s support available to help people make changes to improve their health right away and double their chances of staying healthy as they get older.</p> <p>A good way for people to decide which lifestyle changes to make is to take the free online <a href="">How Are You health quiz</a>. It provides personalised recommendations based on individual results.</p> <p><a href="">Be Well Tameside</a> also offers free personalised help and support with eating well, moving more, drinking less and quitting smoking as well advising people on&nbsp; how they can reduce their stress levels and sleep better. They can be contacted on 0161 716 2000.</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Ged Cooney, who is responsible for health, said: &ldquo;Whether it&rsquo;s stopping smoking, exercising more or getting more sleep, it&rsquo;s never too late to start to make a positive difference to your health and the new year &ndash; after the indulgences of the festive season &ndash; is a great time to start.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s also important that everyone knows they don&rsquo;t have to go it alone -&nbsp; there&rsquo;s free help and support available to make any changes easier to achieve. Take the quiz, contact Be Well Tameside and start looking forward to a healthier you.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Get Help With Your New Year’s Resolution To Stop Smoking
    <p>TAMESIDE smokers are being urged to get help with their new year&rsquo;s resolution to quit smoking, feel healthier and save money.</p> <p>Be Well Tameside, a free specialist NHS service, is calling on the 38,700 people in Tameside who smoke to get support to improve their chances of quitting for good.</p> <p>New data from Public Health England reveals that 45 people a day die of cardiovascular disease (CVD) caused by smoking - over 16,500 a year in England.</p> <p>CVD includes all diseases of the heart and circulation - including heart attacks and strokes. The disease is one of the main causes of death and disability in the country and quitting has been identified as the single best thing a smoker can do to protect their heart.</p> <p>CVD is usually associated with the build up of fatty deposits clogging up the arteries, known as atherosclerosis, that can block the flow of blood to vital organs and eventually cause fatal heart attacks and strokes. Smoking increases the risk of heart disease by a quarter (24%) and doubles the risk of heart attack or stroke.</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Ged Cooney, responsible for health, said: &ldquo;As an ex-smoker myself, I can say from personal experience that the benefits are many when you stop. It&rsquo;s not easy - but the support that&rsquo;s available really helps. You should never give up on trying to stop.&rdquo;</p> <p>Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator for Be Well Tameside Happe Hoque said: &ldquo;If you currently smoke, quitting is the single best thing you can do for your health, and with all the extra free support there has never been a better time to take the next step on your quitting journey.</p> <p>&ldquo;Research shows that two thirds of smokers want to quit and our local service can help you to achieve this. We have a friendly service who offer free support and advice all year round to help you lead a healthier life. It doesn&rsquo;t matter if you have tried before and it didn&rsquo;t quite work out, you can access support as many times as you need.</p> <p>&ldquo;Don&rsquo;t go through your quit journey alone. Join together with friends, family and colleagues to support each other through your quit attempt.&rdquo;</p> <p>Be Well Tameside are available for free help and support to help people to become smokefree. You can access Be Well Tameside by calling 0161 716 2000, emailing; or by visiting Be Well Tameside on Facebook.</p> <p>Andrea Crossfield, Chief Executive of North West social enterprise Healthier Futures said: &ldquo;New Year is a great opportunity to make a change and stop smoking for good. Quitting this January will immediately result in better health, including an improved sense of smell, taste and more energy. Longer term, ex-smokers reduce their risk of stroke, heart disease and lung cancer, as well as protecting others from secondhand smoke.</p> <p>&ldquo;You are four times more likely to successfully stop with the help of your local stop smoking service which can offer you free support and advice. If you are thinking of making a change don&rsquo;t delay, contact your local service and make 2017 the year that you make a change and put your health first.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Free Online Safety Sessions For Parents
    <p>DID your child receive a new phone, tablet or laptop for Christmas?</p> <p>Tameside Libraries are running further sessions to help parents and carers keep their children safe online. And, as part of the workshops, parents can bring in their children&rsquo;s phone, tablets and laptops for hands-on help in updating security and privacy settings.</p> <p>Tameside Phoenix, the multi-agency team for tackling child sexual exploitation (CSE), has reported that approximately 85% of current CSE cases being investigated in the borough involve online activity.</p> <p>As part of wider ongoing work to tackle the issue, Tameside Libraries are leading on a series online safety sessions funded by Greater Manchester Police &amp; Crime Commissioner&rsquo;s Office.</p> <p>The sessions, delivered by MadLab, also focus on cyber bullying, online shopping, radicalisation, eating disorders and protecting personal information and images.</p> <p>There are two separate one-hour sessions that parents, carers and youth workers can book onto. The first is an introduction to the dangers of being online, and offers practical advice about online safety, and the second workshop will provide practical help with updating devices with security settings.</p> <p>The upcoming sessions will run as follows:</p> <ul> <li>Thursday 12 January<strong>, </strong>1pm - 2pm, at <a href="">Droylsden Library</a></li> <li>Tuesday 31 January, 6.30pm &ndash; 7.30pm at <a href="">Central Library Ashton</a></li> <li>Wednesday 8 February, 6.30pm - 7.30pm at <a href="">Hyde Town Hall</a></li> <li>Thursday 16 February 2017, 1.30pm - 2.30pm at <a href="">Central Library Ashton</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;Similar session held in the autumn were well received by parents, here&rsquo;s some examples of their feedback:</p> <ul> <li>&ldquo;I really appreciated having time to ask questions, and the tutor was great.&rdquo;</li> <li>&ldquo;I feel I can be more in control in the future.&rdquo;</li> <li>&ldquo;The course contained a lot of fantastic information and all parents should attend.&rdquo;</li> <li>&ldquo;I learnt a lot of things I didn&rsquo;t know.&rdquo;</li> </ul> <p>Tameside Council Deputy Executive Leader Cllr John Taylor, responsible for community safety, said: &ldquo;In Tameside &ndash; as in most places &ndash; we are seeing a significant link between online activity and child sexual exploitation. Being online is a part of everyday life, and is a valuable and important tool for children to use in learning and communication. However, I cannot stress enough the importance of parents and carers keeping updated and informed and taking some simple steps to help keep their children safe online.</p> <p>&ldquo;The library online safety courses have been designed to make this as simple, easy and convenient as possible.&rdquo;</p> <p>For further information and details on how to book onto a session see <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Pump-priming Health And Social Care Integration
    <p>&nbsp;SENIOR health and political leaders from Tameside and Glossop came together with representatives of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) to sign an historic &pound;23 million deal to bring hospitals, social care and community healthcare closer together to improve services for patients.</p> <p>Bringing commissioners who plan which services are needed locally, together with health and social care providers, will help to deliver better health and social care outcomes through more personalised care closer to home in the neighbourhoods where people live.</p> <p>Care Together, a partnership of NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (T&amp;G CCG), Tameside Council (TMBC), and Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (T&amp;G IC FT), working closely with general practices and the third sector, has put forward an ambitious five-year plan for the area which has been agreed by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.</p> <p>Tameside and Glossop is the third area of Greater Manchester to benefit from a share of the &pound;450 million Transformation Fund, awarded to the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) via NHS England.</p> <p>Speaking about these aspirations, Jon Rouse, chief officer of GMHSCP said: &ldquo;The transformation funding is enabling us in Greater Manchester to go further and faster to realise the potential within our communities and think differently about how we provide services in order to secure the best for all our residents.</p> <p>&ldquo;This investment should improve the prospects of those living in Tameside and Glossop to experience a better start in life, have more opportunities in adulthood, manage their health better into their older age and die in a dignified manner in a place of their choosing.&rdquo;</p> <p>The majority of funding will be spent on improving&nbsp;primary and community care across&nbsp;Tameside and Glossop. &nbsp;The effects of this new way of&nbsp;delivering care will also&nbsp;shape the future direction&nbsp;of the integrated care organisation.</p> <p>Dr Alan Dow, chair of T&amp;G CCG, said:&nbsp;&ldquo;There have been health issues within Tameside and Glossop for a long time and we truly believe a more integrated approach to the way we plan and deliver care to our residents is the best way to improve overall health for the area.&nbsp;GP practices will be able to work more closely together and with other health providers on effective patient care.</p> <p>&ldquo;Self-care is priority for us in Tameside and Glossop and the &pound;23 million transformation funding will allow the development of new projects to encourage healthier lifestyles, enable greater patient understanding of how to manage their own condition, and so reduce the number of avoidable hospital admissions.&rdquo;</p> <p>Steven Pleasant, chief executive of Tameside Council and accountable officer of T&amp;G CCG said: &ldquo;This investment money, which will be spread over four years, will be used to turn our Care Together plans into reality on the ground.</p> <p>"Care Together takes a place-based approach, founded on successful and healthy neighbourhoods. People will be supported to stay well, be independent and in control of their own health and the services they receive. Those services and care will be of a higher standard and provided closer to home in the community, and often directly in the home.</p> <p>"Neighbourhood-based projects will be key to achieving our ambitions. We know good health and work opportunities go hand in hand, so projects like Healthy Hattersley &ndash; which brings together GPs, Peak Valley Housing and the Homes and Communities Agency &ndash; that help support people into employment are the way forward.&rdquo;</p> <p>Karen James, chief executive of T&amp;G IC FT, said: &ldquo;Since starting our transformation to an integrated care organisation in September we have already started to see the benefits greater joined-up care. The additional funding will help us bring a lot of out plans to reality and provide services for our community&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Christmas Market Success
    <p>TAMESIDE Christmas Market proved to be more popular than ever this year with thousands of visitors enjoying the three weekends of festive fun.</p> <p>The event, which this year was organised by Tameside Council&rsquo;s award-winning markets team, had a real family-friendly feel with free funfair and donkey rides, children&rsquo;s crafts and walkabout characters as well as visits from real reindeer.</p> <p>Santa&rsquo;s Grotto proved particularly popular with 1000 visitors helping to raise nearly &pound;2,800 for the Civic Mayor&rsquo;s Appeal Fund which supports local good causes.</p> <p>The Christmas market also boasted over 20 traditional cabin stalls &ndash; built by Tameside College students &ndash; selling a range of speciality gifts, crafts, food and drink from local traders.</p> <p>While visitors enjoyed fantastic entertainment from local brass bands, choirs, singers and dance groups over the three weekends.</p> <p>Traders gave great feedback during the event, reporting that they had made their rent money back within a few hours of opening and complimenting on the work of litter pickers, market staff and security staff.</p> <p>Ashton Market Hall traders also benefited, with footfall counters showing a 20% increase shoppers over the three weekends.</p> <p>One indoor market stall holder reported their busiest Saturday of trading for seven years and other traders commented that had seen many new faces and shoppers.</p> <p>Visitors were also happy, with lots positive feedback on social media. One visitor said: &ldquo;Myself and my family loved the Christmas market, the children really enjoyed the different rides every weekend.&rdquo;</p> <p>Another said: &ldquo;My little boy had a great time! He loves his teddy from Santa and adored the donkey ride. Thank you.&rdquo;</p> <p>The final day of the Christmas market tied in with the last Ashton Farmers Market of the year, which was busier than ever with shoppers enjoying both events.</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Deputy Leader Cllr John Taylor, who is responsible for markets, said: &ldquo;We achieved what we set out to do - providing &nbsp;a lovely, traditional event which was family focussed while helping to promote local traders and boost business.</p> <p>&ldquo;The atmosphere at the Christmas market was brilliant - the amazing entertainment from the brass bands and performers was very well received and the largely dry and fine weather was also a bonus. A&nbsp; big thank you to everyone who came along to this and other town centre events in the run up to Christmas to support local traders.&rdquo;</p> <p>You can follow @TamesideMarkets on twitter to find out about more events and offer throughout the year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • While You Were Sleeping
    <p>FROM car crashes to giant sleeping teletubbies- Mark Bennett has seen it all.</p> <p>The road sweeper driver has worked the night shift for 19 years, cleaning streets while the rest of Tameside sleeps.</p> <p>Dad-of-two Mark, 49, was following the footsteps of both his father and his grandfather when he started working for the Council aged 30. His father, Phil Scragg &ndash; more latterly known as Phil Sheridan &ndash; was a cleansing supervisor and his grandfather Alf Title worked at the former depot in Ashton.</p> <p>Mark said: &ldquo;Dad was my boss when I first started but I rarely saw him as he worked days I worked nights.</p> <p>&ldquo;I like the night the shift &ndash; not just because I escape babysitting duties at home but because you see the borough with different eyes.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s always really busy, you can be dealing with anything while street sweeping from cleaning up after road traffic accidents to reporting anything of concern - I once saw a giant teletubbie fast asleep in the middle of a pavement!</p> <p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s also a good team spirit and bond with my colleagues and the emergency control team. We&rsquo;re the eyes and ears of the Council while everyone else is at home.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mark was one of the members of staff who worked through the night to help out following the November floods and was among the staff invited to the Mayor&rsquo;s parlour this week to thank them for their role in the clean-up.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was really busy, my phone never stopped&nbsp; - I had never seen flooding like that in Tameside in 19 years,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>Mark told how his grandfather, Alf, was particularly proud that he had carried on the family tradition of working for the Council.</p> <p>&ldquo;When he was still alive, he used to like me telling him what was going on at work. I feel proud that I&rsquo;m doing something positive that my grandad would have been proud of.&rdquo;</p> <p>Head of Environmental Operations Nick Sayers said: &ldquo;Mark&rsquo;s role is so important and yet it is invisible to many &ndash; while everyone is at home asleep he and his nightshift cleansing colleagues are out there making sure we wake up to a clean and tidy borough. They do a great job and Mark rightly made his grandfather proud.&rdquo;</p> <p>#ProudTameside</p> <p>PHOTO CAPTION: Tameside Chief Executive Steven Pleasant (left) and Assistant Executive Director of Environmental Services Ian Saxon (right)thank Mark (centre) for his hard work</p>
  • Tameside Smokers Urged To Give The Gift Of Quitting This Christmas
    <p>SMOKERS in Tameside are being urged to give their family an extra gift this Christmas by giving up smoking.</p> <p>Staff from NHS support service Be Well Tameside are&nbsp;on hand to help&nbsp;people take the first steps to improve their health and save money.</p> <p>People who stop smoking can expect to feel the health benefits immediately with breathing becoming easier and energy levels increasing after just 72 hours.</p> <p>On average, a pack a day smoker will save around &pound;250 each month and can save up to &pound;3,000 a year by going smoke free. Savings could pay for an extra special Christmas in 2017, or simply to help your budget stretch further each week.</p> <p>Be Well Tameside offers free face-to-face support, with research showing that smokers are four times more likely to stop with specialist NHS support.</p> <p>Happe Hoque, Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator from Be Well Tameside, said: &ldquo;There has never been a better time to quit. Research shows that two thirds of smokers want to quit and our staff can support you to achieve this through friendly, expert advice and support. It doesn&rsquo;t matter if you have visited us before and it didn&rsquo;t quite work out, you can access support as many times as you need.</p> <p>&ldquo;You don&rsquo;t need to go through your quit journey alone. As well as our local support service, join together with friends, family and colleagues to support each other through your quit attempt.&rdquo;</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Ged Cooney, responsible for health, said: &ldquo;As an ex-smoker myself, I can say from personal experience that the benefits are many when you stop. It&rsquo;s not easy - but the support that&rsquo;s available really helps. You should never give up on trying to stop.&rdquo;</p> <p>Andrea Crossfield, Chief Executive of Healthier Futures, a local social enterprise working to help people in the North West live longer, healthier, happier lives said: &ldquo;Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for your health. If you stop smoking even a week before Christmas, by 25 December your blood oxygen and carbon monoxide levels will both have returned to normal. Breathing becomes easier and energy levels increase. And your ability to taste and smell is improved.</p> <p>&ldquo;It will also save money which could go towards a magical Christmas next year or enjoying more every day pleasures with your family throughout 2017.&rdquo;</p> <p>Be Well Tameside are a free NHS service that can support people to quit smoking, lose weight, cut down on drinking, be more active or improve their sleep.</p> <p>Find out more at <a href=""></a> or call 0161 716 2000. Alternatively you can follow @BeWellTameside on Twitter or search for Be Well Tameside on Facebook for more information.</p> <p><strong>ENDS</strong></p> <p><strong>Notes to editors: </strong></p> <p>Smoking costs</p> <p>People who smoke 15 cigarettes a day would save around:</p> <p>&bull; &pound;47 a week &ndash; which could pay for a Star Wars Remote Control BB-8 toy and a DVD.</p> <p>&bull; &pound;205 a month &ndash; the cost of a PlayStation4 games console.</p> <p>&bull; &pound;616 over three months &ndash; the equivalent of travel and a one-night stay for a family of four to London with a visit to the Harry Potter studio, plus an evening meal out.</p> <p>&bull; &pound;1,233 in six months &ndash; a four-night holiday for a family of four to Disneyland Paris next Christmas.</p> <p>&bull; &pound;2,467 in one year &ndash; which would cover the cost of a family day trip (2 adults and 2 children) to meet Santa Claus in Lapland plus a husky and reindeer ride for Christmas 2017.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Christmas Recycling And Waste Collections
    <p>HOUSEHOLDS are being urged to manage their waste over Christmas by checking when their bins are due to be collected and keeping up good recycling habits.</p> <p>There will be NO collections on Boxing Day (Monday 26 December). Residents due a green bin collection on this day are asked to put it out on Tuesday 27 December and those due a black or blue bin collection are asked to put it out on Wednesday 28 December.</p> <p>Additionally, there will be NO brown bin collections between Christmas and New Year (week beginning 26 December).</p> <p>All other bin collections will run as normal and normal collection scehdules will resume from Monday 2 January.</p> <p>Residents are being urged recycle as much waste as possible to help manage the extra waste created over Christmas.</p> <p>Here are some tips to keep waste to a minimum over the holidays:</p> <ul> <li>Recycle real Christmas trees by leaving out with the brown bin in the new year for free collection</li> <li>Use the brown bins for food waste</li> <li>Use the blue bins for all the extra paper, card and drinks cartons</li> <li>Use the black bin for all the extra glass, cans, tin foil and plastic bottles</li> <li>Leave additional cardboard/paper out with the blue bin on collection day. Please ensure loose paper is secured in a clear or labelled bag.</li> <li>Please park considerately so we can get a bin wagon down the street</li> <li>The household recycling centres at Bayley Street and Ash Road are open every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day 8am-6pm.</li> </ul> <p>For more information see <a href=""></a> or download our free app &ndash; search Apple Store or Google Play Store for &lsquo;Tameside Bins&rsquo;.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Markets Manager Recognised For Championing Local Traders
    <p>TAMESIDE Council&rsquo;s Markets team have added another title to their growing list of accolades. Manager Nicola Martin has been named Britain&rsquo;s best market champion in the Great British High Street Awards.</p> <p>The competition, which is organised by the Department for Communities and Local Government, celebrates the work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify Britain&rsquo;s town centres. It is one among many initiatives championing high streets as the cornerstones of the community.</p> <p>Nicola, who received her award from High Streets Minister Andrew Percy, commented: &ldquo;I&rsquo;m so honoured to have won, but the award&rsquo;s not just down to me, it&rsquo;s down to all the great staff and traders I have the honour of working with. I want to say a big thank-you to everyone who supported me.&rdquo;</p> <p>The awards website praises Nicola as the embodiment of today&rsquo;s modern market manager. It adds: &ldquo;She leads a number of thriving markets in Tameside &ndash; indoor and outdoor, farmers&rsquo; and artisan markets.</p> <p>&ldquo;Among her many achievements, this year Nicola has created an innovative and award-winning market at Tameside Hospital which sells fresh produce to meet the needs of patients and staff alike.</p> <p>&ldquo;Her social media skills and redevelopment of Ashton&rsquo;s new outdoor market make her a worthy winner.&rdquo;</p> <p>As part of her prize, Nicola will receive training from Google&rsquo;s digital taskforce for shops, bars and restaurants, and a trip to Twitter&rsquo;s UK headquarters in London.</p> <p>Cllr John Taylor, Tameside Council&rsquo;s deputy leader, said: &ldquo;Nicola and her team are always looking for new ways of attracting people into our town centres and they fully deserve the recognition that a Great British High Streets Award gives them.</p> <p>&ldquo;The fact that Tameside&rsquo;s markets continue to be popular is down to the dedication and creativity of Nicola and her team. I offer them my heartiest congratulations.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;High Streets Minister Andrew Percy added: &ldquo;Nicola deserves the very highest praise. She demonstrates how today&rsquo;s markets manager has to think. Nicola has put her innovative ideas to good use and that makes her a worthy winner.&rdquo;</p> <p>Minister Andrew Percy said:&ldquo;Nicola deserves the very highest praise for being a category winner in this year&rsquo;s Great British High Street Awards.</p> <p>&ldquo;She demonstrates how today&rsquo;s modern market manager has to think. Nicola has put her innovative ideas to good use as she leads a number of thriving markets in Tameside which makes her a worthy winner of this award.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Keeping In Touch Over Christmas
    <p>RESIDENTS are being advised on where to get help and information on local services over the Christmas period.</p> <p>The <a href="">Council website</a> is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for people to access council services and information</p> <p>Customer services centres, libraries and the call centre will close on Friday 23 December 2016 as normal and will re-open on Tuesday 3 January 2017 at the normal operating hours for each site.</p> <p>Portland Basin Museum and Central Art Gallery will close at 4pm on Friday 23 December 2016. Normal opening hours will resume from Tuesday 3 January 2017.</p> <p>To contact the Council in an emergency call 0161 342 2222. Please remember this number is for emergencies only.</p> <p>From a health point of view, anyone who starts to feel poorly - even with just a cough or a cold - can get help from a pharmacist. Pharmacists are skilled healthcare professionals and appointments aren&rsquo;t necessary. Here&rsquo;s a list of <a href="">Christmas and New Year opening times</a> for local pharmacies.</p> <p>If you do need quick medical help for a non-life threatening situation, or you&rsquo;re not sure of the best place to receive advice and treatment, you can call NHS 111 where an adviser will assess you and direct you to the best place. Please remember that A&amp;E is only for serious and life-threatening injuries and illnesses. In a life-threatening emergency, always call 999.</p> <p>In the event of a white Christmas, there&rsquo;s useful information and guidance on snow and adverse weather conditions on the following Council webpages: <a href="">Be prepared for Winter</a>,&nbsp;<a href="">Tameside Winter Pledge</a> and <a href="">Winter gritting</a>.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s wishing everyone a safe and happy Christmas and all the best for 2017!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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  • Temples share new track, 'Strange of Be Forgotten'

    Temples have debuted a new track by the name of ‘Strange or Be Forgotten’, taken from their forthcoming album, Volcano, which is due for release on March 3rd via Heavenly Records. You can listen to the new track below.

    The song, self-produced and recorded in the band’s hometown of Kettering, is archetypal Temples and notably the closing track on the record. Beginning with a desert-y drum beat and a jangly guitar lick, Bagshaw’s voice flows angelically over the airy melodies of the track. With a catchy, repetitive chorus which is paired with spaced out synths, it immediately becomes another hit following the lead single ‘Certainty’, which the band issued towards the end of last year. Swaggering confidently towards its climax before it beautifully fades out, ‘Strange or Be Forgotten’ is a glimpse of a formidable record so near we can almost taste it.

    Last autumn the band played a series of intimate shows to test out new material since their last album, Sun Structures, which came out almost three years ago. Describing the making of the new album, bassist Thomas Walmsley comments, “we discovered a lot as we went along, and the excitement at having done so radiates.” Now following the release of their new album in March, the psychedelic rock band will embark on a full-length UK and European tour in support of Volcano, including one night at London’s Brixton Electric.

    The full tracklist for Volcano can be seen below:
    All Join In
    (I Wanna Be Your) Mirror
    Oh The Saviour
    Born Into The Sunset
    How Would You Like To Go
    Open Air
    In My Pocket
    Mystery Of Pop
    Roman God-Like Man
    Strange Or Be Forgotten

    The full list of tour dates can be found below and general ticket information here. 

    26 – Newcastle, Riverside
    27 – Sheffield, Leadmill
    28 – Manchester, Academy 2
    30 – London, Brixton Electric
    31 – Brighton, Concorde 2
    1 – Derby, 2Q Festival
    2 – Birmingham, Institute 2

  • R.I.P. William Onyeabor, Nigerian funk pioneer, has died at 70

    Legendary funk musician from Nigeria, William Onyeabor, has tragically passed away this week on the 16th January, at age 70.

    A public statement from David Byrne’s record label, Luaka Bop, confirmed his death, stating “He [William] died peacefully in his sleep following a brief illness, at his home in Enugu, Nigeria. An extraordinary artist, businessman and visionary, Mr. Onyeabor composed and self-released 9 brilliant albums of groundbreaking electronic-funk from 1977-1985, which he recorded, pressed and printed at Wilfilms Limited—his personal pressing plant in southeast Nigeria...”

    In 1985, Onyeabor became a born-again Christian and retracted from the music scene, devoting all his time to religion and crediting his musical talent to God as a gift. Shying away from interviews and barring himself from making music again, his discography adopted a mystical permanence that has survived decades of musical paradigm shifts.

    In recent years, Onyeabor’s work took on a mesmerising revival with a new wave of fans drawn to his breath-taking career. Luaka Bop released a substantial compilation in 2013 of the artist’s stellar discography, naming it ‘Who is William Onyeabor?’ A year later, a critically-acclaimed documentary ‘Fantastic Man’ was also released, studying the artist’s rise to brilliance, alongside a string of live tribute shows, called ‘Atomic Bomb! Who is William Onyeabor?’, performed by Ghostpoet, Alexis Taylor and Blur/Gorillaz’s Damon Albarn to name a few.

    Over the course of his life, Onyeabor was awarded the West African Industrialist of the year award (1980) and honoured with the title ‘Justice of the Peace’. A decade later in 1990 he also became the president of his hometown’s musical union and chairman of the local football squad. In his home-town he is commonly known as ‘The Chief’ and widely considered a philanthropic visionary to many.

    Luaka Bop closed their tribute, “We would like to send our deepest condolences to his family and thank each and every one of you who has helped share the love for his music around the world.”

  • The 1975 reveal rescheduled European tour dates

    The 1975 have rescheduled their European tour dates which were cancelled yesterday due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’. Although there is still no clarification on what these circumstances were, fears that the band cancelled their tour because of the BRIT awards have been quelled.

    As promised, the dates have been rearranged within the 48-hour time period since their cancellation, with the band now embarking on their European tour in mid-June. Kicking off their tour in Aarhus, Denmark at the Northside Festival on 11 June and finishing in Milan, Italy at Fabrique on 29 June, the dates are fewer than the originally scheduled tour listing (which was due to begin in January) but the band’s label Dirty Hit have tweeted promising “original tickets will be honoured wherever possible”.

    Yesterday The 1975 were also announced alongside Craig David, Tinie Tempah and Paul Weller as guests to play an intimate charity gig for the charity War Child on 21 February. Playing to a small crowd of 500 people, the show will take place the night before the annual BRIT awards at London’s, The 02.

    The pop-rock band have been nominated for the BRIT awards in two categories for Best British Album and Best British Group and with the accolades they accumulated in 2016 (a second number one album, a Mercury prize nomination and a philharmonic live lounge which won them a BBC Music Award) it would be a shock to not see them win.

    The complete list of the newly rescheduled European shows can be seen below. Check here for ticket information.

    11 June – Northside Festival – Aarhus, DK
    12 June – Groana Lund – Stockholm, SE
    14 June – Cable Factory – Helsinki, FI
    19 June – Afas Live – Amsterdam, NL
    20 June – Olympia – Paris, FR
    21 June - Palladium – Cologne, DE
    22 June – Merh! Theatre – Hamburg, DE
    24 June – Tonhalle – Munich, DE
    25 June – Stadthalle – Offenbach, DE
    26 June – Forum Karlin – Prague, CZ
    28 June – Samsung Hall – Zurich, CH
    29 June – Fabrique – Milan, IT

  • Shame put shame on Teresa May in new video

    Teresa May's firm stance on Brexit has riled young London band Shame and they've posted a song with accompanying visual to strike back. Check it out below.

    The band were one of the most well-celebrated at Eurosonic over the weekend are on the verge of becoming one of the country's biggest indie bands. To see someone in an influential position like that to stand up and speak out about what they see as injustice shows a turning of the tides - music is increasingly wearing its political colours.

    The song is the most chilled we've ever heard this usually quite manic parade. They play with jangly guitars and sing with sweet melancholic psychedelic pop tones and a peppering of sweet reverb. The chorus is quite simply: "Teresa May won't you let me stay," and suggests the sadness that a lot of Europeans currently settled in the UK are experiencing in not knowing what their future may entail and likewise what Brit's living in the EU are feeling.

    They incorporate a bit of Question Time's David Dimbleby says: "Teresa May is against gay adoption and against transexuals changing their gender."

    Another young band who are fast gaining pace are unafraid to speak out called Cabbage are resonating a lot more in their views than the politicians who's every speech is isolating the youth of today.

    Meanwhile, Audioslave have reformed in opposition to Trump. Green Day put out a video expressing their dismay. And ANOHNI and Coco Rosie released their protest song, 'Smoke Em Out.'

    It's a heavy week for a lot of people.

  • Audioslave are back for anti-Donald Trump inauguration ball

    Audioslave have reunited to perform their first gig in 12 years – in protest against Donald Trump at the Anti-Inaugural Ball.

    The wonderful supergroup featuring Chris Cornell and everyone from RATM apart from Zach couldn't have found a better excuse to get the show back on the road. Nothing aligns better to their politics than to protest against Trump - after all their bassist recently compared him to Hitler.

    Rage and all of their other bands are widely known to rile against the establishment with a focus on the subordinated individuals crushed by crippling economic policies and war. Their assessment of US politics remains a vital reminder of the tyranny occurring at the highest echelons of power.

    The show is called the Anti-Inaigural ball and will happen on the day Trump takes office (20 January). It's held at Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles and is hosted by Prophets of Rage, the supergroup of RATM, Public Enemy‘s Chuck D along with B-Real and DJ Lord.
    The gig’s slogan is ‘power to the people’

    Life as a Rage Against The Machine member, according to their bassist Commerford results in a heavy police following. Expect an army of security at this gig as they try to tame protests and feelings of disenchantment with the government.

    Audioslave broke up in 2007 after three albums – their acclaimed self-titled debut, Out Of Exile, and Revelations. The band made headlines by performing a huge gig in Cuba to over 70,000 people in 2005.

    They were one of the greatest touring bands of the noughties and their return has brought about a flurry of responses on the internet with fans absolutely thrilled to have them back. Hoeever, as politics has the tendency to do, fans have become divided and got at each others throats from the comfort of their arm chair.

    Check out some of the irate comments on their Facebook below from people who evidently do not know what RATM or Audioslave or any affiliate band are about or have nothing beter to do than ssay something provocative:

    Here's the people trying to remind the above that they may have missed the point

  • Former Suede member Bernard Butler to play exclusive London show

    Suede guitarist Bernard Butler will play an exclusive London show in March accompanying veteran San Francisco singer/songwriter Mark Eitzel.

    According to Mark Eitzel’s Facebook page, Butler will join be joining his band at the Bush Hall in Shepherds Bush, West London, on March 7. Although Eitzel’s band will be playing across the UK, Europe and America this Spring, the London show will be the only Uk date to feature Butler.

    The Suede guitarist and Eitzel, the former singer with US alt rock pioneers American Music Club, has been working closely together on the latter’s new album ‘Hey Mr Ferryman’. Butler co-wrote, produced and helped to record the album in London in the early part of 2016. Sources who have heard the album indicate that Bernard has added lush strings and sumptuous instrumentation to augment Eitzel’s trademark stripped down sound.

    The album is set for release on January 27 on the Decor label , and the pair recently shared one track from the session titled ‘No Answer’ via YouTube.

    Mark Eitzel plays:

    Friday February 10 – Kilkenny Cleeres
    Saturday February 11 - Cork Cyprus Ave
    Sunday February 12 – Dublin Whelans
    Saturday March 4 - Brighton Bleach
    Sunday March 5 - Bristo Fleece
    Tuesday March 7 - London Bush Hall (with Bernard Butler)
    Wednesday March 8 - Sheffield Greystones
    Thursday March 9 - Manchester Deaf Institute
    Friday March 10 - Newcastle Cluny
    Saturday March 11 - Hebden Bridge Trades Club
    Sunday March 12 - Glasgow Admiral

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