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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 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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  • 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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  • 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
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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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  • Virtual Tour of Widnes Community Fire Station
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    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.
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    Following the successful prosecution of a Widnes businessman we are urging landlords to ensure their properties have adequate fire risk assessments in place.
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  • 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.
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  • Greenside Girls’ Team Conquer Cup Tournament
    <p>GREENSIDE (Droylsden) Primary School girls have won the regional section of the Danone Under-11s&#39; seven-a-side Schools&#39; Cup for Girls to become the best school team in the North of England.</p> <p>Every year around 3,000 primary schools compete in the U11 national tournaments which culminate with the Danone Nations Cup England final.&nbsp; The ultimate winning team represents England at the Danone Nations Cup World Final, an international football tournament involving 2.5 million children from 32 countries around the world. The tournament aims to bring Danone&rsquo;s health mission to life by encouraging kids to enjoy an active lifestyle.</p> <p>The Greenside girls&rsquo; travelled to St George&rsquo;s Park in Sheffield on 17 March for the day-long tournament, facing several other primary schools from the north of England. They played a gruelling four matches in group stages before powering through to the semi-final and final rounds.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;On the day, the girls dominated possession of the ball throughout. The team collected more and more goals as they went along. A 1-0 win against Upton Primary and a massive 4-0 win against Greenhill Primary from South Yorkshire gave way to some intense final rounds. Greenside refused to bow to pressure during the penalty shootout in the final, and won 4-3.&rdquo;</p> <p>Just under two years ago, Greenside Primary School in Droylsden was approached by a coach at Droylsden Juniors Football Club with the hope of gathering enough players to set up a girls&rsquo; team. What the school and coaches from Droylsden didn&rsquo;t know was that they would later represent the school and become regional winners for the north of England.</p> <p>&ldquo;The pupils at Greenside were encouraged to join in at Droylsden Juniors to see if they enjoyed playing the game. Since then the girls have shown excellent commitment towards the sport, training at school on a Thursday and Friday with coaches from Stockport County Community Foundation as well as weekly training sessions and matches for Droylsden Juniors.&nbsp;&nbsp; They have also taken part in numerous other football competitions, occasionally coming up against all boys&rsquo; teams.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;With support and encouragement from parents, from the staff at Greenside Primary School, coaches at Droylsden Juniors and Stockport County Community Foundation, the girls have gone from strength to strength.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Greenside girls will be off to compete with the rest of the country&rsquo;s best in the National Final at Stoke City FC Stadium on 20 May.</p> <p>#ProudTameside</p> <p>The full results of the day:</p> <p>Greenside 1-1 Malvern Primary, Merseyside</p> <p>Greenside 0-0 St. Patrick&rsquo;s, West Yorkshire</p> <p>Greenside 1-0 Upton Primary, Cheshire</p> <p>Greenside 4-0 Greenhill Primary, South Yorkshire</p> <p>Greenside 2-1 Easington Colliery, Durham</p> <p>Greenside 0-0 Ponteland Community, Northumberland (Greenside won 4-3 on penalties)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Tameside Bites Back At Loan Sharks
    <p>A SERIES of events is taking place across Tameside as part of a week of action to combat loan sharks.</p> <p>The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) is working in partnership with Cash Box Credit Union and Tameside Council to deliver community-based events to raise awareness of the dangers of getting involved with a loan shark and to signpost residents to the legal alternatives available to them to borrow money.</p> <p>These events have been funded by IMLT using proceeds of crime money, confiscated from convicted loan sharks.</p> <p>On Wednesday, 19 April, partner agencies will gather at the Church of Nazarene on Stamford Street, Ashton, for the grand unveiling of the Stop Loan Sharks community sofa. The artwork has been designed by community groups and residents, with help from freelance artist, Jacqui Symons.</p> <p>The purpose of the sofa will be to attract the attention of the public and to get across the message - in a fun and collaborative way - that loan sharks must be avoided.</p> <p>During the event, guests will have the opportunity to speak to staff from Cash Box Credit Union about the benefits of opening a savings account. The first 50 people to join Cash Box and make three consecutive payments into their account over a three-month period; will receive a &pound;25 savings boost.</p> <p>Cllr Frank Travis, chair of Cash Box Credit Union, commented: &ldquo;We at Cash Box Credit Union are really pleased to support the IMLT campaign against loan sharks. They are maintaining momentum through the continuation of this popular incentive scheme which we are targeting at communities in Tameside.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think the creativity around this, with permanent artwork created by young people and performances, really does draw attention to the campaign as well as giving the participants insight into the problem and how to avoid getting involved with a loan shark.&rdquo;</p> <p>Following the grand unveiling, guests will watch an hour-long production by Shontal Theatre Group entitled &ldquo;It&rsquo;s Only a Few Quid&rdquo;. The free perceptive drama will look at the story of Gill, and how her life is turned upside down by the loss of her job. The production will show members of the audience Gill&rsquo;s experience of being involved with a loan shark and how she gained help and support by calling the IMLT on their 24-hour hotline. As a result of Gill&rsquo;s courage to contact the team, the loan shark was later prosecuted.</p> <p>On 12 April, a permanent Stop Loan Sharks mosaic was unveiled by at Hattersley Tesco Extra by the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Philip Fitzpatrick. It was designed by Hattersley residents and community groups African Women&rsquo;s Group, Hattersley Community Garden, Mancunian Reunion and Zest.</p> <p>Sue Moorcroft, Neighbourhood North project officer for Tameside Council added: &ldquo;We branded our loan sharking awareness in the community as &lsquo;check before you borrow&rsquo; which enabled us to talk about how people manage their money incorporating debt, saving alternative lending and the dangers of loan sharking.</p> <p>&ldquo;The workshops were well received and the practical art sessions reinforced the message as well as building trust and confidence.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are all excited about seeing the artwork on the sofa which will be displayed for the wider community to see and helps facilitate engagement with the public.&rdquo;</p> <p>There will also be various information stands set up throughout the week, where people will be able to gain advice and information about illegal money lending. Staff from Tameside Council will be available at:</p> <p>Thursday, 20 April (10.30am to 3pm): Ashton Market Hall.</p> <p>Friday, 21 April (10:30am to 3pm): Asda, Ashton.</p> <p>Tony Quigley, head of service for the National Illegal Money Lending Team said: &ldquo;These events demonstrate how loan sharks&rsquo; cash is being put to excellent use to educate and inform the community of the dangers of getting involved with a loan shark.</p> <p>&ldquo;We will continue to work with local authorities and partner agencies to combat loan sharks. They can cause untold misery to the most disadvantaged in our communities. We would urge anyone with information about loan sharking or victims of loan sharks to contact the team on 0300 555 2222.&rdquo;</p> <p>Nationally, Illegal Money Lending Teams have secured more than 370 prosecutions for illegal money lending and related activity, leading to nearly 318 years&rsquo; worth of custodial sentences. They have written off &pound;71.9 million worth of illegal debt and helped more than 26,500 people.</p> <p>To report a loan shark:</p> <p>Call the 24/7 confidential hotline 0300 555 2222</p> <p>Text a report to 078600 22116</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>E-mail <a href=""></a></p> <p>Private message us on <a href=""></a></p>
  • First Firm Welcomed To Ashton Old Baths
    <p>TAMESIDE&rsquo;S new digital era is here. On April 12, Tameside Council officially handed over the keys for Ashton Old Baths to appointed operator, Oxford Innovation.&nbsp; They have already been hard at work, securing 50 per cent of the available space at the digital hub with companies from the design, events, media and technology sectors.</p> <p>John McIlroy and Nick Hilditch of events concern zestme are one of those businesses and are hugely excited about moving into the Victorian former swimming pool. In a joint statement they said: &ldquo;As a creative events management company we didn&rsquo;t just want any office to grow our business - we wanted an innovative, truly iconic space with a creative community to work in.</p> <p>&ldquo;When we discovered Ashton Old Baths we were instantly excited about the prospect of being here alongside so many other creative businesses. It&rsquo;s a place where we see our ideas flourishing and, coupled with the access to expert business support, we envisage good things will happen.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are currently based at home so we&rsquo;re really excited about moving in, bringing our clients here, and getting to know the other customers in this beautiful historic building.&rdquo;</p> <p>Ashton Old Baths, which is in Henry Square on Stamford Street West, was built in 1870 in the Italianate style. It functioned as a pool until 1975 and then lay derelict until 2013 when Tameside Council and Place First secured funding from the European Regional Development Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund to restore and renovate the building.</p> <p>The entire centre is connected to dark fibre wi-fi which provides the fastest broadband speeds available in the UK.</p> <p>Cllr Jim Fitzpatrick, Tameside Council&rsquo;s first deputy who chaired the project board to renovate the building, said: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s wonderful to witness the culmination of this innovative project and I look forward to welcoming John and Nick from zestme to the borough in the coming months.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m very proud of the way Tameside Council has worked with its partners to rescue and regenerate Ashton Old Baths. This landmark building from the past is now the gateway to an exciting future.&rdquo;</p> <p>Jo Willett, director for Oxford Innovation, the company finding firms for the high-tech business incubator, added: &ldquo;We are delighted to have been appointed to manage Ashton Old Baths and to have this opportunity to assist local businesses to succeed.</p> <p>&ldquo;To grow an innovative company, you need a certain kind of space and support, and we believe that if you&rsquo;re a budding start-up or SME (small/medium-size enterprise) in the creative and digital arena then this truly diverse and modern space would be an ideal home for your business.</p> <p>&ldquo;It has been a fantastic project from inception through to delivery, and it has been an absolute pleasure to work with Tameside Council to bring their vision to life. We look forward to the centre becoming a flagship for enterprise and business growth in the area.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Tameside's Backing The Tour De Manc
    <p>THE Tour de Manc is coming back bigger, better, and more inclusive - and Tameside Council are sponsoring and supporting the event.</p> <p>This year, in addition to the main sportive, there will be a separate event for 250 disabled and para-cyclists which will be hosted at our Richmond Street cycling track in Ashton. Riders will be able to work as teams to cover an accumulated distance of 100 miles - the same as in the following day&rsquo;s able-bodied race.</p> <p>Steven Pleasant, chief executive of Tameside Council, said: &ldquo;Here at Tameside Council we fully recognise the part cycling can play in making people fitter and healthier. We were very keen to take part in an event that made such an impression on its launch last year.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was great for staff to join European champion track cyclist Tim Lawson and the Tour de Manc team on their&nbsp;recce of the route which takes in the stunning views from Werneth Low in Hyde as it passes through Tameside.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Tour takes place on the weekend of June 3 and 4, with the Tour de Manc Tameside disability ride on the Saturday. The following day&rsquo;s Tour de Manc sportive (named the Chas Collins Memorial Edition, in memory of a lifelong cyclist and Tour supporter who died of leukaemia last year) is open to 550 riders.</p> <p>It leaves the Lancashire Health and Rackets Club in Middleton and takes a tougher but more scenic tour of all the Greater Manchester boroughs including Tameside. As with last year, there is a less challenging 100km route for those who feel 100 miles (161km) is too much.</p> <p>Tony Rubins, who created the Tour de Manc with school friend Danny Franks, said: &ldquo;Both routes are tough but if you&rsquo;re fairly fit and can ride a bike, the 100km route should be possible and we certainly encourage people to sign up and have fun training.</p> <p>&ldquo;The idea is to grow the Tour over the next few years and we want thousands to be riding, improving their health and raising vital funds for local charities. If you enter you could support one of our charities, a charity of your own, or ride without any fund-raising.&rdquo;</p> <p>This year, as well as supporting HaTS (Haematology and Transplant Support) and Forever Manchester (which aids community causes), the Tour is helping many other charities. Full details are available at <a href=""></a> which is also the place to register to take part. If you would like to volunteer at either of the events, e-mail your interest to <a href=""></a></p>
  • Help Us To Create An Unforgettable Message
    <p>KNITTERS and crafters are being asked to help create an unforgettable display to promote Tameside as a dementia friendly borough.</p> <p>Tameside Council&rsquo;s public health team and partners are planning to decorate local landmarks and community meeting points with both hand-made and home-grown forget-me-not flowers &ndash; the Dementia Friends logo &ndash; as part of activities to highlight Dementia Awareness Week from 14 &ndash; 21 May 2017.</p> <p>Schools and community groups across the borough are already busy making and growing forget-me-nots but more people are needed to get involved to help create the displays.</p> <p>Anyone who wants to knit or crochet a forget me not can download the pattern at&nbsp; <a href=""></a> and drop their work off at one of following venues:</p> <ul> <li>Dukinfield Town Hall</li> <li>Any Tameside libraries</li> <li>Hattersley Hub</li> <li>Portland Basin Museum</li> </ul> <p>Tameside Council is also supporting The Alzheimer&rsquo;s Society&rsquo;s Dementia Friends campaign, which aims to make life a little easier for people living with dementia, by encouraging as many people as possible to become dementia friends and help create a more dementia-friendly society. &nbsp;Becoming a Dementia Friend does not involve raising money for charity or donating your time on a regular basis. It simply asks that Dementia Friends remember what they have learned and put it into practice when they meet someone who might need their help, whether this is through their work or in their day-to-day life.</p> <p>You can become a Dementia Friend in one of three ways:</p> <p><strong>1.</strong> Watching a video &ndash; There is a range of films available, designed to address the needs of different staff roles.&nbsp; This takes 10 minutes.</p> <p><strong>2.</strong> Reading a booklet</p> <p><strong>3.</strong> Attending a face-to-face information session led by a Dementia Friends Champion. This takes around an hour. Dementia Champions will be delivering Dementia Friends Sessions in venues across Tameside.&nbsp; Please visit <a href=""></a> to book onto a session near you.</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Member responsible for Health Cllr Cooney said: &ldquo;Whether you can make forget me nots to help raise awareness or become a dementia friend - this is a great opportunity to show your support and help us make Tameside more dementia friendly. Last year all Tameside elected members were invited to take part in a dementia friends session and everyone found it a really valuable.</p> <p>&ldquo;I, like many other people, have a personal experience of dementia within my family. With more and more people being affected by different types of dementia, it&rsquo;s important that we all find out more about the condition and how we can help.&rdquo;</p> <p>For further information contact Public Health Programme Officer Angela Wild on 0161 342 3477.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Checking The Welfare Of Child Workers
    <p>EDUCATION welfare officers will be visiting Tameside businesses over the next few weeks to check the arrangements for any children they employ.</p> <p>While many young people of compulsory school age can benefit from working part-time, there are legal requirements in place to ensure young people are properly registered and are not being exploited or undertaking work that could damage their health, place them in physical danger or have an adverse effect on their education.</p> <p>Children and young people can only work in a limited type of job and for a limited number of hours, until they reach the minimum school leaving date. The official date for leaving school is the last Friday in June in the school year in which the pupil is 16. Before this date young people between the ages of 13 and 16 must have a work permit if they wish to do part time work.</p> <p>An application form must be completed and signed by the parents and the employer before being submitted to the Education Welfare Service for approval. If the type of work is suitable and the hours to be worked are within the stipulated limits, a work permit will be issued.</p> <p>Any employer who allows a child of school age to work, without first obtaining a work permit, is breaking the law and could be prosecuted. There is also a risk the employer won&rsquo;t be insured against any accidents involving the child.</p> <p>Tameside Council has issued approximately 400 licences for children to be employed over the past four years.&nbsp; However, the amount of licence applications have dropped over the past 12 months, despite the knowledge that children are still working.</p> <p>During Child Employment Fortnight (17 &ndash; 30 April) Tameside education welfare officers will visit local businesses to raise awareness and stress the importance of children having an employment permit.&nbsp; They will also be working closely with market staff as many children work both before and after school and at weekends on markets.</p> <p>A spokesperson for Tameside Education Welfare Service said: &ldquo;We recognise the benefits and experience which young people gain whilst working but we want to ensure they are working safely and legally and we need the collaboration of young people, employers and parents to achieve this.&rdquo;</p> <p>More information can be found at <a href=""></a>. You can contact the Education Welfare Service on 0161 342 3258/4094 or email <a href=""></a></p> <p>If you think that children are working without a permit, please contact the Education Welfare Team as soon as possible.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Meadow Lane Plan Views Sought
    <p>TAMESIDE Council is seeking the views of residents and businesses about a draft supplementary planning document (SPD) it has prepared for the area of Haughton Green around Meadow Lane.</p> <p>Policies contained in the draft will assist developers and residents to design high-quality schemes, and will help the council make consistent decisions when assessing planning applications.</p> <p>Cllr John Taylor, who leads on planning matters for Tameside Council, said: &ldquo;We need people&rsquo;s views because the SPD once adopted will help to guide future development for the area.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our intention is to create a better place to live and work. We need to be sure the planning guidance we take forward respects and enhances the character of the area covered by the draft SPD around Meadow Lane and helps to sustain an attractive and vibrant community.&rdquo;</p> <p>Comments on the draft SPD and its supporting material should be made during the six-week consultation period running to Monday, May 8.</p> <p>&nbsp;All the relevant documents can be found at <a href=""></a></p> <p>In addition, copies of the draft SPD and its supporting material are available at libraries, and the customer service centre and planning department at Clarence Arcade, Stamford Street, Ashton.</p> <p>Comments should be made in writing, including the name and address of the respondent, and e-mailed to <a href=""></a> or posted to Planning Policy, Tameside Council, Clarence Arcade, Stamford Street, Ashton.</p> <p>All comments will be held by the council and will be available to view publicly. They cannot be treated as confidential. Your personal information such as your postal and e-mail address will not be published, but your name and organisation (if relevant) will.</p> <p>Tameside Council maintains a database of consultees who wish to be kept informed about the local plan. In responding to this consultation your contact details will automatically be added to the consultation database (if not already held). If you do not want to be contacted about future local plan consultations please state this in your response.</p> <p>Anybody wishing to discuss any issues, or requiring further information, should contact the planning policy team on 0161 342 3346 or e-mail: <a href=""></a></p>
  • Council's Tree-mendous Success
    <p>TREE-MENDOUS! Tameside Council has not only fulfilled its pledge to plant trees but has done four times better.</p> <p>Last year&rsquo;s Woodland for Wildlife pledge set out the aim of planting 2,016 trees. The actual number is in excess of 8,000.</p> <p>Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council&rsquo;s executive member for the environment, commented: &ldquo;This is a splendid achievement and far exceeds our hopes when the pledge was announced.</p> <p>&ldquo;Trees not only store carbon, they provide havens for wildlife, and provide a more diverse and attractive environment. They are a real asset for the borough&rsquo;s environment.</p> <p>&ldquo;The planting has been carried out by the Operations and Greenspace team and volunteers. It&rsquo;s been a very positive partnership approach and one that has demonstrated the Tameside community&rsquo;s commitment to improving the landscape by getting actively involved.&rdquo;</p> <p>Most of the trees have been native species. The larger standard ones were funded through developer contributions and the small whips (slender unbranched shoots) were donated by Ovo energy in a partnership with The Countryside Volunteers (part of the I Dig Trees scheme).</p> <p>The tree planting will also help Tameside support the City of Trees ambition. City of Trees an innovative and exciting movement which has set out to reinvigorate Greater Manchester&rsquo;s landscape by transforming underused, unloved woodland and by planting a tree for every man, woman and child in the region, within a generation.</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p>
  • Fire Hit School Rising From The Ashes
    <p>WORK to rebuild fire-hit Cromwell High School is underway with plans for it to reopen in September.</p> <p>Pupils and staff at the Dukinfield school have been in temporary accommodation at Inspire Academy, Ashton, since the fire in April 2016, which caused extensive structural damage and destroyed two classrooms.</p> <p>The site has since been cleared and now work is underway to redevelop it, with approximately a third of the school being rebuilt and internal repairs and refurbishment &ndash; including a new internal layout and covered walkway - planned.</p> <p>Local firm Jamieson Contracting, based in Hyde, is contracted to do the work.</p> <p>Cromwell Head Teacher Andrew Foord said: &ldquo;We have settled in well to our temporary home at Inspire Academy and I would like to thank everyone who has supported us in this - including the school community at Inspire Academy who have all made us feel very welcome. However we&rsquo;re all excited at the prospect of returning to our normal site at the start of the new academic year in September and being able to make a fresh and positive start.</p> <p>&ldquo;There will be lots of support available for pupils as we prepare for and complete the move back to Dukinfield.&rdquo;</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Member for Lifelong Learning Cllr Lynn Travis said: &ldquo;This is fantastic news for Cromwell High School. The school community has shown admirable spirit and resilience since the devastating fire last spring and I&rsquo;m delighted they can now looking forward to returning to their home turf and newly rebuilt and refurbished school in September."</p>
  • Tameside Strikes Double Gold
    <p>TAMESIDE&rsquo;S construction sector is building a big reputation. Work to transform Ashton town centre through the demolition of the former council offices and the redevelopment of the market square, has been rewarded with two Considerate Constructors Scheme gold awards.</p> <p>They recognise the extraordinary commitment that sites like Ashton have made to improve the image of building projects.</p> <p>Tameside Council&rsquo;s environmental services team, which was in charge of the market square scheme, received the award for projecting an impeccable image. It was high-profile work and exposure to the public could not have been greater.</p> <p>Additionally, the award recognised the excellent work to strengthen links with the community and to promote careers in the industry to school and college-leavers.</p> <p>Carillion Construction also picked up a gold award, in their case demolishing the old Tameside Administrative Complex adjacent to Ashton Market.</p> <p>Cllr John Taylor, deputy leader of Tameside Council, said: &ldquo;This recognition is testimony to the hard work of both teams in ensuring that Ashton town centre has stayed open for business throughout this major work, and for keeping disruption to a minimum.</p> <p>&ldquo;Winning these Considerate Constructors gold awards is an exceptional achievement and should invoke a sense of pride in everyone involved.&rdquo;</p>
  • Top Crime Writers Coming To Tameside
    <p>SURVEYS regularly show that crime is Britain&rsquo;s favourite book genre. Detective novels are always in high demand at libraries up and down the country. It seems few people can resist the lure of a good whodunit.</p> <p>For that reason, and as a salute to World Book Night, Tameside Libraries has invited two of Britain&rsquo;s best crime novelists to Denton Library &ndash; Rachel Abbott and Daniel Cole.</p> <p>Rachel, a writer of psychological thrillers, was born near Manchester. Her first three books combined to sell more than a million copies and she is among the top 15 best-selling authors on Kindle.</p> <p>Her fourth work, &ldquo;Stranger Child&rdquo;,&nbsp;was the 11th bestselling novel in the first half of 2015 and the most borrowed book during that period.</p> <p>Daniel Cole is already the Sunday Times&rsquo; best-selling debut author after publishing his first novel, &ldquo;Ragdoll&rdquo;, last month. It centres on a controversial detective called Nathan Wolfe and has been described as fast, funny, brilliantly unpredictable and scarily horrific.</p> <p>Rachel and Daniel will be sharing the secrets behind their career, and explaining how they create heart-stopping storylines and their almost unbearably tense plots. Books will be on sale and both authors are happy to sign.</p> <p>Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council&rsquo;s executive member with responsibility for libraries, said: &ldquo;Crime novels are very popular and I&rsquo;m sure this meet-the-authors event will be very popular too.</p> <p>&ldquo;It offers a rare chance to find out what makes crime-writers tick and what gives them their inspiration.</p> <p>The 90-minute event, supported by Thackeray&rsquo;s Book Shop of Market Street, Denton, starts at noon on Thursday, April 27, at Denton Library in Denton Town Hall. Booking is essential. Reserve your place at <a href=""></a></p> <p>For more information call 0161 342 2031.</p>
  • Vets Ready For Magical Day Out
    <p>HEY presto! Tameside Council has again been accepted to take part in the annual Manchester Day parade.</p> <p>It takes place in the city centre on Sunday, June 18, and this year it&rsquo;ll have a magic-inspired Abracadabra! theme.</p> <p>In 2016, the theme was Eureka! and Tameside&rsquo;s deputation of armed services veterans, Scouts and Guides carried a huge spaceman they had built under the banner &ldquo;Reach for the Stars&rdquo;.</p> <p>&nbsp;Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council&rsquo;s assistant executive member with responsibility for culture, said: &ldquo;I&rsquo;m delighted that we are going to be taking part in Manchester Day again. It&rsquo;s a fantastic event that really has the city centre rocking. I took part last year and loved every minute of the experience.&rdquo;</p> <p>Manchester Day was created in 2010 and has now become one of the North West&rsquo;s flagship events of the summer. Its purpose is to celebrate the creativity and diversity of Greater Manchester.</p> <p>More than 2,500 performers and artists from local communities bring the city centre to life in a fantastic display of colour, sound and movement. An audience in excess of 100,000 are wowed by the incredible day of amazing structures, vibrant costumes and pulsating music and dance.</p> <p>The creative process that makes Manchester Day such a spectacular event is curated by <a href="" target="_blank">Walk the Plank</a> &ndash; internationally&nbsp;renowned outdoor arts experts.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • New Libraries Project Promises To Be A Real Page-turner
    <p>STORYTIME in Tameside libraries has just got even more exciting with families having the opportunity to create their own published books.</p> <p>Tameside Council has successfully bid for &pound;60k funding from the Arts Council England Libraries Opportunities for Everyone Innovation Fund for the prestigious project, aimed at encouraging children and families to embrace reading and develop literacy skills.</p> <p>Creative workshops and activities &ndash; open to all families - will be delivered across all the borough&rsquo;s eight libraries over the next 12 months, in partnership with local leading creative industries organisation Stone Soup, The Lowry and the Halle Orchestra.</p> <p>Participating families will be supported in creating a series of published books for family audiences. Once the books are published and printed, there will also be an accompanying resource pack that supports creative activities that can be led both by Library staff and families themselves.</p> <p>Tameside is the only individual local authority across Greater Manchester to be awarded money from the fund. However separate funding will also go to a Greater Manchester Combined Authority project to provide business surgeries, workshops and training in libraries in all 10 boroughs.</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Ged Cooney, who is responsible for Culture, said: &ldquo;We are delighted to have been awarded funding from the Arts Council Libraries Innovation Fund. This project will be exciting and engaging for families with young children across the Borough within our library settings - encouraging the enjoyment of books and reading is vital to children&rsquo;s development, firing imaginations, developing a further interest in learning and sharing quality family time.&rdquo;</p> <p>Look out for further details on the project in your local library, on the libraries webpages and on the Council&rsquo;s Facebook and Twitter pages.</p> <p><strong>Notes to editors</strong></p> <p><strong>Arts Council England</strong> champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people&rsquo;s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries &ndash; from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2015 and 2018, we plan to invest &pound;1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated &pound;700 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. <a href="" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p>As the national development agency for libraries in England, the Arts Council has invested over &pound;15 million in supporting libraries since 2012.&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p> <p>We announced last year that we would be integrating libraries into our&nbsp;<a href="">National Portfolio</a>&nbsp;from 2018 onwards to deliver arts and museum activity. This reflects the Arts Council&rsquo;s determination to lead an integrated approach across arts, museums and libraries to achieving great art and culture for everyone.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • "nature As Art" Exhibition Opens
    <p>NATURE is at the heart of the latest exhibition at the Astley Cheetham Art Gallery, Stalybridge. There are more than 30 works on display &ndash; all of them exploring how nature has inspired art through the centuries.</p> <p>The exhibition is split into five different themes: Inspiration, Atmosphere, Skill, Documentation and Narrative. It covers the 500 years from the 16th century to the 20th, but is not organised chronologically. Each section is mixed to reflect how artists&rsquo; concerns cut across time.</p> <p>&ldquo;Nature as a Skill&rdquo; investigates how nature can be used by artists to show off their skills for creating perspective and textures. Helen Coleman&rsquo;s depiction of &ldquo;Tom Tits&rdquo; showcases her ability to accurately paint the textures of the birds&rsquo; feathers. Stuart Lloyd&rsquo;s &ldquo;Cornwall&rdquo; is a lesson in perspective with diminishing boats and trees.</p> <p>The &ldquo;Nature as Documentation&rdquo; section looks at how nature and landscape paintings provide a travel log or topographical record of a specific scene. William Leighton Leith&rsquo;s small watercolour drawing &ldquo;Snowdon&rdquo; may have been used by him to create another finished piece. William Collingwood Smith&rsquo;s large-scale watercolour &ldquo;Venice&rdquo; would have made an excellent souvenir and record of a visit to the city.</p> <p>&ldquo;Daffodils&rdquo; by Mark Gertler was painted in 1914 just as the First World War was starting.&nbsp; Gertler was a pacifist and conscientious objector. It is likely he painted the daffodils for their symbolism of forgiveness, loyalty and compassion. He was bitterly opposed to conflict and committed suicide in 1939 as the Second World War loomed.</p> <p>Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council&rsquo;s assistant executive member with responsibility for culture, said: &ldquo; &lsquo;Nature in Art&rsquo; is an impressive and thought-provoking exhibition that takes in a broad sweep of time. I thoroughly recommend a visit.&rdquo;</p> <p>You can see the exhibition until Saturday, August 5.&nbsp; The Astley Cheetham Gallery above Stalybridge Library on Trinity Street, and is open on the first and third Saturdays of each month 10am to 3pm.</p> <p><a href=""></a></p>

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  • Roger Waters' anti-war anthem 'Smell The Roses' comes at a dark time in our history

    Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters has unveiled a stirring new single named 'Smell The Roses' taken from his first album in 25 years. Check it out on Gigwise below.

    The Pink Floyd legend couldn't write an anti-war anthem at a more appropriate time. His use of war imagery in his lyrics are a brutal reminder of how things aren't going too rosy right now. In addition to the catastrophic situation in Syria, a nuclear war with North Korea could be on the horizon as Trump is like a toddler with a stick poking a hornets nest.

    This isn't any fluffy skirting around the edges of the issue song that hope not to offend anyone. It gets to the heart of the matter and in its lyrics portrays how the global corporate elite live these greedy lives and inhumanely kill millions for the sake of profit.

    The second verse conveys this particularly well:

    This is the room where they make the explosives
    Where they put your name on the bomb
    Here's where they bury the buts and the ifs
    And scratch out words like right and wrong

    Hearing these harrowing words set against the timeless psych-rock that we all know Roger Waters makes them even more hard-hitting, and gives them potential to have an awakening effect across the globe when anti-war protests are needed more than ever before.

    Waters recently compared Trump to Hitler and Saddam Hussein.

    The track is taken his album Life We Really Want? out 2 June. Its 12 tracks were recorded with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Atoms For Peace drummer Joey Waronker, and Brooklyn indie pop band Lucius, among others. And, we're very much looking forward to hearing it.

    This is the tracklisting

    01. When We Were Young
    02. Déjà Vu
    03. The Last Refugee
    04. Picture That
    05. Broken Bones
    06. Is This the Life We Really Want?
    07. Bird in a Gale
    08. The Most Beautiful Girl
    09. Smell the Roses
    10. Wait for Her
    11. Oceans Apart
    12. Part of Me Died

  • Potishead's Geoff Barrow celebrates international 8-track day with release of Free Fire score

    With musical formats changing as quickly as British weather, we're always playing catch up and spending money on something that's outdated as soon as you've bought it.

    But what's surprising is that no matter how advanced and expensive a lot of the new technology apears, it seems that there's a certain warmth and character to the way things were with formats  in the 60's and 70's that consumers are realising that it's time to look back rather than play catch up.

    The vinyl revolution is the most obvious example of a retro revolution. But there's another old format that has become hardly known: the 8-track cartridge.

    To his credit, Geoff Barrow of Portishead and composer Ben Salisbury have taken it upon themselves to raise awareness and spread the love they have for the format.

    Barrow's label Invada Records are celebrating 'International 8-Track Day' by premiering a short film and announcing the release of an extremely limited amount of Free Fire 8-track cartridges, featuring music from Barrow & Salisbury’s score to Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire. The film is released tonight in North America.

    Watch the short film to see the 8-track cartridge in action and hear a preview of the score

    Free Fire sees Barrow and Salisbury take a huge directional curve away from their intense, synth-based Ivor Novello award winning score for Ex Machina, with the composers curating a prog-rock, free-jazz, psychedelic journey influenced by bands such as King Crimson, Camel and Magma and tips its hat to the Lalo Schifrin thriller genre scores of that era.

    You can get Free Fire on 8 track cartridge and other formats 


    1. Sledgehammer Cracks Nut
    2. First Shot
    3. The Phone Rings
    4. Crawl Chase
    5. Lead Lobotomy
    6. We Can't All Be Nice Girls
    7. Oh Fuck
    8. Justine's Theme

  • SHAME are Britain's most in-demand new rock band - watch their new video

    With so much new music out there thanks to the affordibility of high quality home recording and ease of online distribution, it can be easy to fall into a path where it takes quite a long time to discover a truly great band who are up there with the very best the 21st century has spawned.

    If you're listening to SHAME, though, you're on the right path. This band are one of the most exhilarating live bands - after their showcase gigs  at Eurosonic 2017 they got booked for more festivals than any other of the bands there, and we're talking about hundreds of bands who were being considered for coveted festival slots at the same time. Their shows are up there next to early Libertines gigs, Fat Whites' and Palma Violets'. SHAME will be one of those bands that people look back on in years to come when they're tracing what sounds defined youth culture in London in 2017. 

    The video above is for new single 'Tasteless' and it incorporates some original ideas into it. Singer and video director Charlie Steen explains in fairly impenetrable English that could be interpreted in numerous ways: "There always seems to be comfort in the collapsed, the constant pursuit for oblivion. What we portray is the detachment from what we have created ourselves, the willingness to destroy and demean it through stabbing, spray painting and eventually burning. All for one man's slight amusement. It is a comment on removing oneself from thought and reasoning and accepting how nothing is truly permanent, nothing is completely original and only by understanding this can progression be made. The only boundary being reality itself, something many tend to avoid."

    Elswhere, Steen and band have shown a very forthright straightforward resentment of the Tories. One of their recent uploads onto Youtube a song called 'Visa Vulture', which refers to May's policy on Brexit and they're using their burgeoning fame to campaign against Brexit. Good on them.

    Shame will play the following shows:

    22/04- Reading, GB - Oakford Social Club
    25/04 - Liverpool, GB - Magnet
    26/04 - Glasgow, GB - Broadcast
    27/04 - Middlesbrough, GB - Westgarth Social Club
    28/04 - Newcastle, GB - Hit The North Festival
    29/04 - Leicester, GB - Handmade Festival
    30/04 - Manchester, GB - Sounds From The Other City
    01/05 - Nottingham, GB - Bodega Social Club
    03/05 - Birmingham GB - Sunflower Lounge
    04/05 – Oxford, GB - The Cellar
    06/05 – Cardiff, GB - Clwb Ifor Bach
    07/05 – Exeter, GB - Exeter Pheonix
    08/05 – Bristol, GB - Crofters
    09/05 – Guildford, GB - The Boileroom
    10/05 – Southampton, GB - The Joiners Arms
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  • Watch Chris Cornell perform new song 'The Promise' on Jimmy Fallon

    Chris Cornell performed new song 'The Promise', which was written for the film of the same name that stars Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac, on Jimmy Fallon.

    The performance that aired earlier this week was the first ever televised live performance of it and it came just ahead of the film's release today (21/04). The film is a love triangle drama set against the Armenian genocide. 

    Cornell decided to reinterpret the acoustic guitar-y studio version of the song and allow grand piano, and a string quartet as the dominant lines of instrumentation. His voice as with anything he ever does grabs you entirely and is completely heartfelt.

    The passion he puts into this stems from Cornell's sensitivity and compassion towards the subject matter; the Armenian genocide. According to Blabbermouth having married into a Greek family he's been exposed for years to stories about similar treatment suffered by the Greeks at the hands of the Turkish-ruled Ottoman Empire.

    Cornell will donate his proceeds from the song to the International Rescue Committee. The International Rescue Committee responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic well-being, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster.

    Elsewhere, Soundgarden are heading out on tour with The Pretty Reckless and The Dillinger Escape Plan across the US, too. They start on 28 April in Tampa, before winding up on 27 May in Pryor. They play 18 shows in total.

    In other Soundgarden news, 10 March marked the release date for a remixed deluxe version of the band's 1988 full-length debut album, Ultramega OK. Check it out below:

  • The War On Drugs tease synth-oriented new music

    The War On Drugs, the band responsible for 2014's awesome Springsteen-esque rock album, Lost In A Dream, among other great albums, are back with new synth-y sounds.

    At the end of last year, in our list of comebacks to get excited about in 2017, we said it was just "wishful thinking" that they'd make a return. But it looks a firm reality that they're back properly. A short solely instrumental clip was posted on The War On Drugs Facebook page alongside black and white images of them in the studio surrounded by synths and guitars. It's a fairly large studio with some tasty looking equipment. It looks like whatever's been cooking in there will be a sonic treat. 

    For the last album, Lost In A Dream, singer Adam Granduciel told this writer that he isolated himself socially and removed himself from many relationships with the sole aim of getting the album out.

    Every part was written by him with musicians playing the parts based on demo's. The deditcation meant it was his best album and he broke through from trendy Pitchfork/Primavera vouched for newcomer and became a main stage Glastonbury/ widely-known rocker - the album was just too good for anyone to ignore, and it made a plethora of end of year lists. The band even got a new record deal, signing to Atlantic.

    It will be interesting to see if the new music is more collaborative and what impact all this success has had on the long-haired denim-loving rocker Adam Granduciel and band.

    Elsewhere, the band are releasing a track especially for Record Store Day this Saturday (22 April). They posted on Facebook: "Excited to be part of Record Store Day this year. New song 'Thinking Of A Place' will be available as a 12" on April 22 at indie retailers."

    The War On Drugs began in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2005. At that point Kurt Vile was also in the band. Vile went on to pursue a solo career that has done remarkably well.

    Granduciel's employed a rotating cast of musicians since it's beginning with the singer/guitarist being the main driving force. We look forward to the new album; if that's what this teaser is indicating is coming.

  • Blondie share new video and announce details of pop-up shop

    Blondie fans are set to be spoiled rotten with news of special pop-up shop setting up stall in Camden, a unique photography exhibition by the band’s co-founder and guitarist Chris Stein, and a brand new video that you can check out below. Oh, and an exclusive 7” single.

    The pop-up shop will appear in Camden Market and will be open for business from April 29 until May 3. Fans will have the first chance to get their hands on exclusive merchandise, including highly limited edition vinyls, vintage t-shirts as well clothing, bags and posters designed by artist Shepard Fairey.

    Exclusive items include 1000 copies only of a one-off 7" vinyl of previously unreleased and unheard track 'Tonight' co-written by Charlie XCX and recorded during the Magic Shop album sessions.

    And if that wasn’t enough, the shop will also host an exclusive photography exhibition by Chris Stein that will showcase a series of iconic photographs, providing a behind-the-scenes look on life in Blondie.

    But enough of that! Let’s have a butcher’s at the video for ‘Long Time’, the third track to be taken from their 11th studio album, Pollinator. Co-written with Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes, the video is directed by Dikayl Rimmasch who worked with Beyonce on her Lemonade album videos.

    As previously reported on Gigwise, Blondie play a sold-out gig at The Roundhouse in London on May 3.

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