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  • Croft Wing Floor Maintenance

    Starting on Monday 31st October, essential maintenance works are to take place concerning the flooring of Croft Wing at Warrington General Hospital. They are expected to last for 5 days and will take place between the hours of 9pm (after visiting times) and 6am the following day. This has been decided to ensure minimal disruption.

    During this time, diversions will be in place in the affected part of the hospital. Appropriate signage will be in place to advise of the diversions. Affected areas will be C20, C21 and C22 which include our Labour Wards.

    Should you need to access this area of the hospital during the time mentioned above, please be advised that the diversion entrance to the area will be the entrance at Burtonwood Wing - the entrance is between Children's Outpatients and the Ambulatory Care portacabin, which is on your right as you follow the one-way system round past Croft Wing entrance. Parking is available in Car Park F.

    Here, there are wheelchairs, flip-up beam seating for patients to rest/sit on and also an internal telephone system to call for assistance. There is also a lift to the right as you come into the building just after the entrance to children's wards B10 and B11.



  • Important Mersey Gateway info

    Important information: Mersey Gateway - closure of the Daresbury Expressway slip road from Sunday 23rd October for 4 months.

    We have been notified of a road closure which may affect the hospital shuttle bus and patients coming from the Warrington direction to Halton Hospital.

    The slip road from Daresbury Expressway westbound to Central Expressway southbound (towards Halton Brow) will close on Sunday 23 October for approximately 4 months. The Daresbury / Bridgewater Expressway westbound (towards the Silver Jubilee Bridge) through Bridgewater Junction will reopen and will be part of the diversion .

    The official diversion route is fairly long and takes drivers along the Weston Point Expressway so we would encourage drivers to allow extra time for their journeys.

  • Falls Prevention Day

    On Thursday 29 September, Warrington General Hospital will be hosting a Falls Prevention and Awareness Day stand in the main entrance of the hospital.

    The stand will available from 9am – 3.30pm, with a whole range of WHH staff taking turns to man the stall, eager to offer information about Falls Prevention and measures that are taking place to ensure safe care for our patients. Staff will include; a WHH Patient Manual Handling Coordinator, Advanced Physiotherapist and an Orthoptist, among others.

    A whole host of information will be available to visitors to the stand. This will include informative leaflets that detail the importance of, and the procedure followed, to prevent serious falls in our hospitals. Fall alarms will be available for you to see, so that you can see the type of equipment that is used to alert staff that there has been a fall.

    In addition, the Falls Pathway will be available to view, which details the Protocol of Essential Care followed after a patient fall. Also available will be a number of the signs that are placed on wards and badges that are used in our falls prevention efforts.

    The stand will also contain information about Warrington Borough Council’s Slipper Exchange programme.

    WHH’s promotion of Falls Prevention and Awareness forms part of the work of our dedicated Falls Prevention Group. Two of the group’s primary objectives are to safeguard our patients against the risk of falls and also to monitor the effectiveness of the Trust’s slips, trips and falls strategies. The group is made up of specialists from across the Trust and also ward managers and matrons.


  • Vote in The Butterfly Awards

    Warrington and Halton Hospital’s bereavement service for families who experience loss during pregnancy, birth and neonatal has been nominated in this year’s national Butterfly Awards. The awards celebrate survivors and champions of baby loss and is now in its fourth year.

    The Warrington Hospital bereavement service was recognised with a special recognition award in 2014’s awards and we were truly honoured by it. The service offered is down to the hard work of the staff involved and continues to develop around our families that experience it.

    Bereavement support coordinator Debbie Yates (pictured), who works within the bereavement service, has also received individual nominations by families for her work and supports that she gives. This is her fourth year that she been nominated for her dedication to the families she supports.

    The service has been nominated for the support that it provides to families experiencing bereavement, which comprises of home visits, texts and email, whichever suits the families, as their needs are unique and work with those needs in mind. The team, strive to develop and improve the service by putting the families at the heart of everything they do.

    Debbie Yates commented,

    “I am truly touched that the Trust and I have been nominated every year of the awards to date by our families. There are so many unsung heroes within our trust that work to support and care for families and staff during this emotional journey and it is humbling to be nominated for that.

    “The Butterfly Awards are an important step in raising awareness to the care and support available to families sadly experiencing baby bereavement.”

    This year local charities that we work closely Life after Loss and Warrington Sands have all received nominations in the UK Support Organisation and local women Kate Tinker and Rebecca Searle in the Inspirational Mother category. While local father Nicky Bloor has been nominated in Inspirational Father category and Rachel Aitken, from Knox &Son Funeral directors has been nominated in the Bereavement Worker category.

    To find out more about the service and Debbie and how to vote for them:

  • Annual Members' Meeting

    Our Annual Members Meeting is on Thursday 22nd September 2016, it is an opportuntiy to learn a bit more about your hospitals and find out how we have performed over the last 12 months.

    You can come along and hear about how your hospitals performed last year from the management team and get updates from your hospitals’ public governors. This will take place in the lecture theatre in the education centre and will include a brief question and answers session. Light refreshments will also be provided before the meeting for those attending, which will be available from 3.30pm.

    You can view our latest annual report published in July 2016 which looks at the 2015-2016 financial year on our website or by clicking this link Corporate publications and statutory information

    If you are planning to attend the meeting we would be grateful if you could email us to let us know at, as it will give us an idea of the numbers we can expect on the day.

  • Stoptober: Help is available

    Each year thousands quit smoking for 28 days with Stoptober starting on 1st October. This year the Livewire Stop Smoking Team in partnership with WHH will be here to support you to stop smoking. By signing up you can access a range of free support including packs, emails, texts and an app - all providing information, advice and daily tips to help you through the month.

    Everyone quits together, supported by employers, communities, charities and other partners, as well as encouraging each other via the Stoptober Facebook page. By making it to 28 days smoke free, you are five times more likely to quit for good.

    So far nearly a million people have signed up to the national campaign.If you’re thinking about quitting smoking now or want more information about support when you're ready to quit, there is plenty of advice and expert help available on the Smokefree website.

    or ... Come and visit us on Tuesday 20th September outside the  WHH Charity hub in the main foyer from 10.00 till 3.00pm for help and advice to access free stop smoking support in the hospital for Staff, patients and families.There will also be a stand at the Halton Hospital site on Wednesday 21st September 2016.

    We will have lots of Stoptober freebies and giveaways on the day, and there will be a special appearance from BIG CIG!!

  • Pulmonary Fibrosis Week

    Come and meet our Warrington Respiratory Team on Friday 23 September, 9:00am - 3:00pm in the main entrance of Warrington Hospital. The team will be on hand to talk all things Respiratory, with a particular focus on Pulmonary Fibrosis. The team will also be demonstrating O2 therapy.

    So who are the Warrington Respiratory Team and when would you encounter them?

    The Warrington Respiratory Team offer expert respiratory care to patients with Pulmonary Fibrosis, COPD, Bronchiectasis and Asthma. The Respiratory team includes Specialist Nurses, Physiotherapy Specialists and Team Assistances who work together with our integrated Respiratory Consultant Dr. S. Church.

    For all our respiratory patients and those with Pulmonary Fibrosis, we provide a tailored multi-spoke service which incorporates a seamless approach to the patients care and overall journey including a triage referral access 7 days a week.  This enables a single point of access into the many different interventions that the team provides. This centralised telephone contact line is held by a respiratory specialist nurse / physiotherapist on a daily basis. GP’s, other healthcare professionals, and patients’ are able to speak directly to an expert clinician for advice and support. The respiratory team also provide early supported discharge, in-patient assessment, prevention of hospital admissions, specialist clinics.

    As patient empowerment and self-referral is encouraged relationships based on mutual trust and respect are established and can then be collaboratively used to aid decision making. This rapid access enables clinician review of the patient within 24 hours as well as verbal advice on current symptom management and treatment initiation.

     Specialist service and initiatives

     Let it be stressed that our team focus encompasses all respiratory disease including Pulmonary Fibrosis and our team has embraced the ethos that all respiratory conditions warrant our care and support. It is probable that our pulmonary fibrosis patients may require oxygen as their disease progresses; this is assessed by our service below:

    •  Home Oxygen assessment and monitoring service, specialist nurse led
    • Ambulatory Oxygen assessment and review clinic specialist physiotherapy led


     What is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)

     Is a progressive condition, which makes the lungs thick and hard making the lungs less efficient.  These symptoms gradually get worse over several years, some deteriorate faster than others.  Unfortunately there is no cure and sadly approximately 50% of patients diagnosed with IPF may only live for 2-3 years after diagnosis.


    Shortness of breath is the most common symptom, regular cough and fatigue.  Clubbing is also a sign of IPF, which is when your nail beds can change shape, become soft and tips of your fingers and toes can bulge.


     Confirmation of IPF diagnosis can be found by CT scan, Chest X-ray, Bronchoscopy, breathing tests.


    Unfortunately, there is no cure for IPF. However, through the respiratory team, we can help our patients by improving quality of life by prescribing oxygen if appropriate; medics can prescribe some medications to assist with IPF symptoms and to reduce inflammation.

    Further help and advice can be found on the internet, these are a few links for more information:




  • HSJ Awards 2016 Shortlist

    Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted in the prestigious national HSJ Awards, beating hundreds of submissions to make the final cut.


    Creating a Social Movement - Dementia Care’ has been shortlisted in the Compassionate Patient Care category and is the only North West submission to make the shortlist. Charting WHH’s Dementia journey which began in 2013 by focussing on hospital-led care for patients living with dementia; it describes the creation and opening of the nationally acclaimed Forget me Not Unit and - among others - the creation of the humble ‘Twiddle muff’ knitting pattern which has come to symbolise WHH’s work to improve dementia care.


    ‘Learning from when things go wrong - Maternity Services’ has been shortlisted in the Patient Safety category and describes the complete turnaround in our maternity service over the past two years. The turnaround was driven entirely by the work with the women and families who chose to deliver their babies at Warrington Hospital and the valuable learnings along the way. The Unit is now held in very high regard as safe, effective and offering an excellent patient experience delivered by enthused staff that are highly skilled, well-led and developed.

    The next stage requires the teams to present their entries to the judging panel in a 30 minute slot. The Dementia team go first on Weds 12th October and then Maternity Services on Mon 17th October.

    Chief Executive Mel Pickup said: “It is an absolute honour to be finalists in the prestigious HSJ Awards – these awards are now in their 35th year and are probably the most sought-after accolade in British healthcare. They are a true national benchmark which recognises and celebrates only the very best achievements. Whatever the outcome the fact is our two teams have pitted their work against hundreds of other submissions and made it through to the shortlist in two categories. This alone is a real testament to the high quality, compassionate and simply excellent care that our staff deliver 365 days a year.”

    The full shortlist for each category is as follows:

    Compassionate Patient Care – shortlist

    1. Basildon and Thurrock Trust
    2. Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust
    3. Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation Trust
    4. NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group
    5. NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group
    6. North East Ambulance Service Foundation Trust
    7. North Tees and Hartlepool Foundation Trust
    8. Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Foundation Trust
    9. Oakley and Overton Surgery
    10. Poole Hospital Foundation Trust
    11. Warrington and Halton Foundation Trust​

    Patient Safety Category - shortlist

    1. Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals
    2. County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust
    3. Inclusion, South Staffordshire and Shropshire Health Care Foundation Trust
    4. Liverpool Women’s Hospital Trust
    5. Nottingham CityCare Partnership
    6. Portsmouth Hospital Trust
    7. The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust
    8. Warrington and Halton Foundation Trust
    9. Wirral University Teaching Hospital
    10. Wrightington Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust
  • Pre-op moves to Halton

    From Tuesday 6th September 2016, Warrington and Halton Surgical Pre-op Assessments are amalgamating and moving from their current locations at Warrington and Halton to one Pre-op Unit, located on Ward B2, Halton Hospital.

    All patients attending pre-operative from the 6th September, will have received the notifcation of the change of venue in their letter. If you need to contact the unit the telephone number remains the same - 01928 753282.

  • Your Health Event - Eyes

    Take a closer look at Ophthalmology –Wednesday 14th September 2016, 1 – 2pm Committee Room, Education Centre, Warrington Hospital.

    Head of Oprometry, Mr Graham Freeman and Deputy Head Orthoptist Sonia MacDiarmid will be hosting the talk on the fantastic vision services we provide – from visual tests through to surgery and treatment for cataracts and age related macular degeneration. If you have questions about vision, this is the talk for you.


    Your Health is our series of events for public members of the hospitals. The idea is to give you more information about the services we provide and some of the key illnesses and conditions we treat – direct from the doctors and nurses themselves. Parking is free to attend Your Health events!To book please email: or call 01925 664 222.

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

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  • Retained Recruitment at Birchwood Fire Station
    Do you live in Birchwood? We are currently recruiting for part-time (retained) firefighters in the Birchwood area
  • Virtual Tour of Widnes Community Fire Station
    A new video has been added to YouTube, providing a virtual tour of Widnes Fire Station. Let us show you around our fire station.
  • Text alerts for the D/deaf community
    People who are deaf or hard or hearing can now receive FREE text messages from us about major incidents or events in your area of Cheshire.
  • Text Alerts for Local Businesses
    Business owners can now receive text alerts (free of charge) about major incidents occurring near their business premises, along with information on procedures and prosecutions .
  • Businesses Urged To Check Fire Risk Assessments
    Following the successful prosecution of a Widnes businessman we are urging landlords to ensure their properties have adequate fire risk assessments in place.
  • 5-mins to save lives
    Listen out for our '5 minutes' radio campaign, which will be on-air in February. The radio advert promotes our new 'Home Safety Direct' application (on this website) where you can carry out your own home fire safety check ONLINE. It takes just 5 minutes to complete, time spent that could help save lives and possessions.
  • New Zealand - Rescue
    The Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service ISAR Team are now back in the UK after a 15-day operation in Christchurch. During their time in New Zealand the team searched and cleared three complete city blocks and also carried out searches on specific buildings.
  • Japan - Rescue
    Cheshire Firefighter Steve Buckley and Border collie search dog Bryn have returned home after being deployed to Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami.
  • Home Safety Direct
    Home Safety Direct is an interactive application that offers residents the chance to carry out their own home fire safety check for their home online. 5 minutes that could save your families lives.
  • IRMP 2011/12
    Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to the consultation on the draft IRMP for 2011/12. The consultation report, considered by Cheshire Fire Authority on March 16th, is now available to view, together with the IRMP, that members approved at the meeting.

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  • Well Done Stoptober Quitters
    <p>TAMESIDE people who have joined the Stoptober challenge are being encouraged to keep enjoying the benefits.</p> <p>Everyone who has met the 28-day smoke free challenge will already be improving their health and saving money.</p> <p>Research shows that stopping smoking for 28 days can extend your life by up to one week if you remain smokefree.</p> <p>And the average smoker &ndash; who has 13 cigarettes a day &ndash; will have saved &pound;141 over four weeks and, if they remain smokefree, they could save &pound;1,696 in a year.</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Ged Cooney, responsible for health, said: &ldquo;Well done to everyone who has successfully taken part in Stoptober this year. As an ex smoker myself, I know it can be hard but the benefits are mopre than worth it.</p> <p>&ldquo;If you missed Stoptober or found it difficult to stay smokefree in October, it&rsquo;s never too late to start your own 28 day quit attempt. There is still a wide range of support available. Research shows that by using local stop smoking services you are four times more likely to quit than going it alone, so please get in touch for support.&rdquo;</p> <p>Andrea Crossfield, Chief Executive of Healthier Futures, a social enterprise that helps people in Tameside to live longer, healthier, happier lives said: &ldquo;Well done to everyone who has successfully stopped smoking this Stoptober. As well as saving money, everyone that managed to stay smokefree will already be experiencing significant physical improvements including a better sense of smell and taste and more energy. Longer term, these quitters will reduce their risk of heart disease and lung cancer as well as protecting others from their secondhand smoke.</p> <p>&ldquo;Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for your health today. You&rsquo;ve successfully managed to stay smokefree for 28 days, keep going for a healthier and wealthier future for you and your family.&rdquo;</p> <p>It is not too late to start your own 28-day challenge &ndash; contact <a href="">Be Well Tameside</a> for free support and advice on 0161 716 200 email: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • A True Winter Warmer!
    <p>EXHIBITION</p> <p>&quot;In the Bleak Midwinter&quot; - snowy scenes from the Astley Cheetham art collection</p> <p>November 19, 2016 to March 4, 2017</p> <p>CHRISTINA Rossetti&#39;s 1872 poem &quot;In the Bleak Midwinter&quot; is the inspiration for this festive gem of an exhibition.</p> <p>Take a walk in John MacDiarmid&rsquo;s chilly winter landscape, warm up by Hawthorne&rsquo;s Fireplace, and help to feed the geese in Stanley Royle&rsquo;s &quot;Wintertime&quot;.</p> <p>The winter scenes are all part of the Astley Cheetham art collection, bequeathed to Stalybridge by the Victorian industrialist John Cheetham.</p> <p>Astley Cheetham Art Gallery, Trinity Street, Stalybridge, SK15 2BN, 0161 338 6767</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>Gallery open: First and third Saturdays of the month. 10am &ndash; 3pm</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information please contact:</p> <h5>Marie Holland, Tameside Cultural Services</h5> <p>0161 342 4144, <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Let’s Help These Children Find Their Forever Homes
    <p>FROM young sibling groups to children with physical disabilities &ndash; there are currently children in Tameside looking for their forever homes.</p> <p>As part of National Adoption Week (17-23 October), Tameside Council is supporting Adopt North West in highlighting the statistics on the children who usually end up waiting longer for adoption.</p> <p>At the beginning of September, as children around the North West went back to school, 139 children were waiting to be adopted. Of these, 42% have waited for longer than 6 months and 20% have waited for longer than a year. 68% of the children who have had to wait over a year are aged three or over, 24% of the boys awaiting adoption have waited over a year compared to only 16% of the girls, 21% of the children from black and ethnic minority backgrounds awaiting adoption have waited over a year compared to only 18% of the White British children waiting.</p> <p>Only two families out of 408 registered in the North West are willing to accept three or more children. On average sibling groups of two or three children wait longer than a single child to be chosen for adoption.</p> <p>There are currently six children in Tameside waiting for their forever families, including a brother and a sister aged five and four, a sibling group aged seven, two and six months and a young child with additional complex needs.</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Member for Children and Families Cllr Peter Robinson said: &ldquo;With many adopters looking for younger children and babies, when a child reaches the age of three they are more likely to be waiting over a year and once they&rsquo;ve reached seven their chances of finding an adoptive family fall dramatically. Boys can wait longer than girls to be adopted as can children from mixed backgrounds and ethnic minorities and sibling groups.</p> <p>&ldquo;Clearly we want to help all children waiting for adoption to find their forever families as soon as possible. We are keen to hear from a diverse range of potential adopters &ndash; anyone interested in starting or expanding their family should get in touch. No-one should be put off enquiring because they&rsquo;re single, cohabiting, living in rented accommodation, working full time or in a same sex relationship.&rdquo;</p> <p>You can show your support for National Adoption week on social media using #supportadoption and visit <a href=""></a> to find out more about children waiting for adoption in the North West as well as enquire about becoming an adoptive parent.</p> <p>Adopt North West is a collaborative regional adoption recruitment project that is funded by 22 local authorities and two voluntary adoption agencies in the North West.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p>
  • Christmas Bauble Workshop
    <p>CHRISTMAS decorations are already stacking up on the supermarket shelves, but what could look better on your tree than a colourful bauble made with your very own hands?</p> <p>&ldquo;Ceramic Christmas bauble-making and decoration&rdquo; is the first of a series of adult &ldquo;I made it!&rdquo; masterclasses organised by Tameside Museums and Galleries.</p> <p>In this workshop, which is led by Clay Studio of Manchester, you&rsquo;ll be introduced to slip casting.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll learn the process of using liquid clay and moulds to make baubles for Christmas. Afterwards there will be a range of decorating techniques including coloured slips to finish off your festive creation.</p> <p>Once baubles are decorated, they will be taken for firing at the Clay Studio and returned to Portland Basin Museum within two weeks for collection.</p> <p>Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council&rsquo;s assistant executive member for culture, said: &ldquo;What could look better on your tree than a decoration you made yourself? What better way to make one than to attend this masterclass?&rdquo;</p> <p>The session takes place at the Astley Cheetham Gallery, Trinity Street, Stalybridge, on Saturday, November 19, 10am to 2.30pm. Places cost &pound;30 per person (&pound;25 concessions). To book, call 0161 343 2878.</p>
  • Vote For Tameside In The Great British High Street Awards
    <p>THE Great British High Street Competition celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify Britain&rsquo;s town centres. It&rsquo;s one of a number of initiatives championing high streets as the cornerstones of the community.</p> <p>Council markets manager Nicola Martin has been shortlisted for the Market Champion category for work across the borough, but for Nicola and her hard-working team to win they need the support of Tameside residents as a public vote makes up half of the final decision. The other 50 per cent comes from competition judges who will be visiting the borough some time over the next few weeks.</p> <p>Markets have been an important feature of life in Tameside for centuries, and are a key element in the drive to revive high-street shopping in the borough, especially in Ashton and Hyde.</p> <p>Ashton has one of the most popular markets in the country and among a long list of awards in recent years it has twice been voted Britain&rsquo;s Favourite Market. It is a regular destination for coach parties from across the country.</p> <p>Monthly speciality markets are also proving popular. Ashton hosts a farmers&rsquo; market selling the very best of local food produce, and Stalybridge and Hyde have artisan markets which have become a major draw for each town. The Hyde one, which was only launched in the summer for a trial period, was far better received than anyone expected and has quickly become a regular fixture on the calendar.</p> <p>Cllr John Taylor, Tameside Council&rsquo;s deputy leader, said: &ldquo;Our markets have a long history, but the fact that they continue to be popular is down to the dedication and creativity of Nicola and her team who are always looking for new ways of getting people into our town centres.</p> <p>&ldquo;They fully deserve the recognition a Great British High Streets Award would give them and I hope the people of Tameside &ndash; and visitors &ndash; will show their support by voting.&rdquo;</p> <p>Voting is easy. Just visit <a href=""></a> and complete the very simple form. Voting is open until mid-November.</p> <p>High Streets Minister Andrew Percy added: &ldquo;Our high streets are the life and soul of towns, villages and cities across the country. The record number of competition entries, this year is proof of their continued importance to local life.</p> <p>&ldquo;From North London to Northumberland, great work is under way to adapt the high street to the needs of modern life.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href=""></a></p>
  • Tameside Domestic Abuse Victim Urges Others To Get Help
    <p>A Tameside woman has told how she suffered years of emotional and physical abuse at the hands of her &ldquo;Jekyll and Hyde&rdquo; husband.</p> <p>The 53-year-old, who has asked for her identity to be protected, described how her husband &ndash; now her ex - was charming in public but cruel and violent behind closed doors.</p> <p>She has spoken of her ordeal to help raise awareness of domestic abuse and encourage other victims to seek help as part of the Greater Manchester wide &lsquo;Sitting Right With You&rsquo; campaign, being supported by Tameside Council.</p> <p>&ldquo;You never know what goes on in private &ndash; relationships can seem perfectly normal to everyone else,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;My husband was very nice in front of other people but he had a very different side - he was like Jekyll and Hyde.&rdquo;</p> <p>She told how his darker character first came to light early in their marriage, after she got pregnant with their first child.&nbsp; His behaviour deteriorated even further once the baby was born.</p> <p>&ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t feel like he welcomed the baby, he didn&rsquo;t want to talk about it, he got moody and started to demean me and call me names, saying I was stupid and fat.</p> <p>&ldquo;The first time he was physically violent was when the baby was just a few weeks old. I was proudly telling a friend that he had stopped smoking and, when she had left, he threw a bag of frozen peas at me in his rage. I had no idea what I had done wrong.&rdquo;</p> <p>The violence and emotional cruelty escalated and she tried leaving him two times, packing her bags and taking her children with her to live at her parents. But both times he talked her into returning home.</p> <p>&ldquo;He would be so remorseful and promised me he would change. He would be all lovely at the start and buy me gifts but each time it didn&rsquo;t take long for him to go back to his old ways.&rdquo;</p> <p>The tipping point came when he returned from a 14-hour drinking binge one night, held a knife to her throat and raped her twice.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was terrified and waited until he eventually fell asleep before creeping out in the middle of the night with the children.&rdquo;</p> <p>She escaped to a friends&rsquo; house where she called the police and finally started to get the help she needed to break away from the abuse and make the first steps towards&nbsp; a new life. She is supported by the Bridges Service, which offers support and refuge for victims of domestic abuse in Tameside.</p> <p>&ldquo;All that time in an abusive marriage very nearly destroyed me and I&rsquo;m quite sure it had a long-lasting impact on my children too. I still suffer from stress and anxiety issues but I&rsquo;m determined to be strong for the future.</p> <p>&ldquo;I just wish I had got out years earlier and would strongly urge anyone in the same situation not to sit tight but to get help as soon as possible. You worry about money, your home, breaking up the family, your children&rsquo;s security but I can&rsquo;t stress enough that you have to get help.&rdquo;</p> <p>One in three women and one in six men experience some form of domestic abuse in their lives and the new Sitting Right With You campaign aims to get people talking about the issue and take steps to get help &ndash; be it for themselves or a friend or family member.</p> <p>Follow the conversation at #SittingRightWithYou or visit <a href=""></a> to find out more.</p> <p><em>If you or someone you care about has been affected by domestic abuse, contact the Greater Manchester domestic abuse helpline on 0161 636 7525.</em></p> <p><strong><em>For further information on the <a href=""><strong>Bridges Service</strong></a> in Tameside, who help with all levels of domestic abuse, call 0161 331 2552 (9am-5pm) or 0800 328 0967.</em></strong></p> <p><em>In an emergency you should always call 999 - the Police take domestic abuse very seriously. </em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Hands On Help With Online Safety
    <p>PARENTS and carers are being offered free hands-on help to keep their children safe online.</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 of new online safety sessions funded by Greater Manchester Police &amp; Crime Commissioner&rsquo;s Office. The sessions will also focus on cyber bullying, online shopping, radicalisation, eating disorders and protecting personal information and images.</p> <p>Parents, carers and youth workers will be able to bring their children&rsquo;s mobile phones, tablets and laptops to the sessions for hands on help in setting up appropriate security and privacy settings&nbsp; to help keep their children safe.</p> <p>The sessions, delivered by MadLab, are running in a number of libraries across the borough from November to February, with the first one at Dukinfield Library on Tuesday 1 November 1.30-2.30pm .&nbsp; 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>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. While the internet has many social and educational benefits and can be exciting and fun for children, 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. 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>
  • Huge Haul Of Half-term Fun
    <p>THE October half-term holidays are just around the corner and Tameside Cultural Services are gearing up for a busy week with lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy and many of them for free.</p> <p>You can make a day of it in Ashton. Be inspired by our <strong>exhibitions &ldquo;Reach for the Stars&rdquo; and &ldquo;</strong>Towards the Edge&rdquo;, a collection of paintings of the Peak District by Simon Parkin<strong> at</strong> Tameside Central Art Gallery, Old Street, where there will be a free craft activity.</p> <p>Oldham Coliseum&rsquo;s award-winning Young Reps Company will be putting on their latest production, &ldquo;A Visitor from Space&rdquo; at the gallery on Friday, October 28. This fun, family show is free with performances at 12.30 and 2pm. For tickets, call 0161 342 2029.</p> <p>At Portland Basin Museum there will be lots to get involved with, including on &ldquo;The Butterfly&rsquo;s Adventure&rdquo; on Saturday, October 22.</p> <p>Scallywags Theatre Company&rsquo;s fun musical production is ideal for children aged four and over. It uses puppets to tell the story of Martin, a fuzzy colourful caterpillar who has trouble finding his wings to turn into a butterfly.</p> <p>There are free performances at 10.30am, 12.15 and 2pm. To book, or for more information, call 0161 342 4144.</p> <p>Portland Basin is also the place for Jolly Holidays workshops (Tuesday and Thursday 11am to 3pm). These cost &pound;1 and are suitable for all ages.</p> <p>If you prefer living history, you can meet Tommy Atkins, a First World War Soldier, on Wednesday, October 26, 11am to 3pm and find out first-hand about the conditions British troops encountered on the Western Front.</p> <p>On the same day, you can also take part in our annual Big Draw event. This year&rsquo;s theme is &ldquo;Out of Africa&rdquo;. You&rsquo;ll have the chance to draw, make your own African tribal mask, handle real African artefacts, join in a drumming session and have a go at Adinkra symbol inking. The event is free and runs from 11am to 3pm.</p> <p>If you prefer the outdoors, our &ldquo;Woods, Wands and Wizards&rdquo; event on the Tuesday lets you join us to work on making a wand, brush up your brooms, and create a creepy creature. Meet at 1pm at Lower Higham Visitor Centre, Gee Cross, Hyde, for this two-hour activity.</p> <p>Grown-ups aren&rsquo;t left out. They can sign up for our Introduction to Willow Weaving &ndash; a one-day adult masterclass at Portland Basin Museum led by professional artist Juliette Hamilton.</p> <p>The workshop is open to all with no previous experience required. It runs from 10am to 4pm and all materials, equipment and tools will be provided on the day. This masterclass will take place at Portland Basin Museum and the cost is &pound;30 per participant (&pound;25 concessions). Call the museum on 0161 342 4144 to book a place.</p> <p>Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council&rsquo;s assistant executive member for culture, said: &ldquo;With such a wide range of activities on offer, and so many of them for free, everyone can look forward to a fun-filled half-term with lots to do.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • More Children To Be Offered Free Flu Vaccination
    <p>SCHOOL pupils in year 3 are now to be included in this year&rsquo;s flu vaccination programme as part of the Stay Well This Winter campaign.</p> <p>The school vaccination programme is underway, with parents of children in years 1, 2 and 3 being asked permission for their child to get the free nasal spray vaccination at school. Children aged 2, 3 and 4 can get the vaccination from their GP.</p> <p>As well as offering protection to these children aged 2 to 7 years, the programme will help reduce the spread of this infection to the most vulnerable in the community, particularly younger children, the elderly and those with long-term conditions.</p> <p>It is estimated that several million people get flu each winter, leading to more than 2,000 NHS intensive care admissions across the UK last year. Reducing transmission by children can potentially help cut the number of GP appointments and unplanned admissions for children and adults, reducing winter pressures on the NHS.</p> <p>The programme will be extended gradually to older age groups in primary school in future years.</p> <p>Flu can be particularly dangerous for those with long-term health conditions, for example: chronic respiratory disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bronchitis or emphysema; heart, kidney or liver disease; chronic neurological diseases, like multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy; and diabetes.</p> <p>People with these conditions are eligible for vaccination because if they get flu, it is more likely to develop into a serious illness, which could result in admission to hospital.</p> <p>The campaign is also encouraging pregnant women to get vaccinated against flu. Pregnancy naturally weakens the body&rsquo;s immune system, and so flu can cause serious complications for the mother and her baby.</p> <p>The free vaccine is also offered to other groups at particular risk of infection and complications, or liable to spread it to those at risk: anyone aged 65 and over; residents of long-stay care homes; and carers as well as the NHS and social car workforce.</p> <p>Those eligible should contact their GP, pharmacist or midwife, as appropriate, to arrange vaccination.</p> <p>Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, said: &ldquo;Flu can be much more dangerous for children than many parents realise, and when children get flu, they tend to spread it around the whole family. Every year, thousands of children have flu and it is not uncommon for them to be admitted to hospital.</p> <p>&ldquo;The single best way to help protect your children, and the rest of the family, is to get them vaccinated. For most, it is just a quick, easy and painless nasal spray.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;You can find out more about the Stay Well this Winter campaign and what we are doing locally by visiting&nbsp;<a href=""><strong>Tameside and Glossop CCG&#39;s Stay Well pages</strong></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Tameside Remembrance Ceremonies
    <p>Remembrance Ceremonies</p> <p>FROM November 11 to 13, the communities making up Tameside will be again be holding services and ceremonies to mark Remembrance Sunday.</p> <p>Cllr Philip Fitzpatrick, the Civic Mayor of Tameside, said: &ldquo;Today, with our forces still serving around the world, remembrance events are as important as ever and I urge residents to attend the special ceremonies across our borough and to pay their respects to our brave servicemen and women past and present.&rdquo;</p> <p>November 11</p> <p><em><strong>Ashton&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Act of remembrance at the family statue on Market Street/Fletcher Street&nbsp;10.50am. Ceremony will include two-minute silence at 11am.</p> <p><strong><em>Hyde</em></strong><br /> Godley&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Godley Hill Road memorial, 10.50am.</p> <p>November 12</p> <p><em><strong>Audenshaw</strong></em><br /> Service&nbsp; at&nbsp;Ryecroft Hall&nbsp;memorial stone 10.30am.</p> <p><strong><em>Droylsden</em></strong><br /> Littlemoss<br /> Service in memorial gardens 2.30pm.</p> <p>November 13</p> <p><strong><em>Ashton</em></strong><br /> Central<br /> Parade assembles at Ashton Market Hall 9am and proceeds to Ashton Parish Church for 9.45am service. Afterwards, parade moves to war memorial in St Michael&rsquo;s Square .</p> <p>Cockbrook<br /> Service in St Gabriel&rsquo;s Church, Stamford Street, at 10.55am. Wreath-laying 12.30pm.</p> <p>Hurst<br /> Service in St John&rsquo;s Church, Kings Road, 9.30am, followed by procession to Hurst Cemetery memorial for wreath-laying at 11am.</p> <p>Park Bridge<br /> Service at Park Bridge Institute memorial 10.45am.</p> <p>Waterloo<br /> Parade&nbsp;leaves Canon Burrows School, Oldham Road, 2pm&nbsp;for war-memorial service 2.30pm.</p> <p><strong><em>Audenshaw</em></strong><br /> Service at&nbsp;Audenshaw Cemetery&nbsp;memorial 3pm.</p> <p><em><strong>Denton</strong></em></p> <p>Central<br /> Parade&nbsp;leaves Denton West End WMC, Grosvenor Street, 10.10am. Stop at remembrance garden before continuing to Denton Town Hall. Parade reassembles there at 10.20am and proceeds to Victoria Park memorial for service at 10.45am.</p> <p>Haughton Green<br /> Service in St Mary&rsquo;s Church at 10.30am.</p> <p>Denton West<br /> Wreath-laying at Thornley Park memorial 1.30pm.</p> <p><em><strong>Droylsden</strong></em><br /> Parade&nbsp;leaves Church Street 10am for Droylsden War Memorial where service starts10.45am.</p> <p><em><strong>Dukinfield</strong></em><br /> Parade&nbsp;leaves town hall at 2.45pm for Chapel Hill war memorial where service&nbsp;starts 3pm.</p> <p>Park Road<br /> Tame Valley memorial, Dukinfield Cemetery, at 10.45am. Ceremony led by St John&rsquo;s Scouts and Cubs.</p> <p><em><strong>Hyde</strong></em></p> <p>Central<br /> Parade&nbsp;leaves Greenfield Street 2pm and heads to Hyde Central Methodist Church, Norfolk Street, for 2.20pm service. Then to town hall for wreath-laying at 3.30pm. After this wreaths laid at the Falklands Tree, Stockport Road.</p> <p>Newton<br /> Parade leaves Rosemount Methodists, Bennett Street, 10am, for&nbsp;George and Dragon memorial, Bennett Street, for service at 10.15am.</p> <p>Werneth Low<br /> Parade leaves Lower Higham Visitor Centre, Higham Lane, at 11.45am for Werneth Low memorial where service takes place at noon (vehicular access available).</p> <p><em><strong>Longdendale</strong></em></p> <p>Broadbottom<br /> Parade leaves Broadbottom Community Centre, Lower Market Street, 10.30am&nbsp;for war memorial where act of remembrance 10.45am.</p> <p>Hollingworth<br /> Service at Hollingworth Methodist Church, Water Lane, at 10am followed by parade to Mottram Moore war memorial for wreath-laying at 10.50am.</p> <p>Mottram<br /> Service in Mottram Parish Church 10.30am.</p> <p><em><strong>Mossley</strong></em><br /> Service&nbsp;at 10.50am at war memorial at former Mossley Town Hall, Mossley Park. Followed by procession to the George Lawton Hall.</p> <p><em><strong>Stalybridge</strong></em><br /> Parade&nbsp;leaves Armentieres Square at 10.35am for Trinity Street war memorial where service begins 10.55am.</p> <p><a href=""></a></p>
  • Does Domestic Abuse Sit Right With You?
    <p>TAMESIDE residents are being encouraged to get comfortable talking about domestic abuse with the launch of a ground-breaking campaign.</p> <p>The &lsquo;Sitting Right With You&rsquo; campaign features imagery of a yellow sofa accompanied by challenging messages to get people thinking differently about what domestic abuse is and encouraging victims to take that first step and ask for help.</p> <p>One in three women and one in six men experience some form of domestic abuse. It isn&rsquo;t only physical violence - controlling what someone wears, their money, where they go, who they talk to is just as damaging and is abuse.</p> <p>Messages including &lsquo;he checks my phone all the time&rsquo;, &lsquo;she has control over my bank accounts&rsquo;, and &lsquo;I can go out with friends when he says it&rsquo;s ok&rsquo;, encourage people to think and look differently about what makes a healthy relationship.</p> <p><strong>Greater Manchester Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said:</strong> &ldquo;Domestic abuse has a devastating impact on the lives of victims and their families &ndash;tragically sometimes taking a life. With this campaign we want to empower people to take a hard look at their own or a loved one&rsquo;s relationship and, if it doesn&rsquo;t sit right with you, make that first step to get advice and support.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Tameside Council Executive Deputy Leader Cllr John Taylor said:</strong> &ldquo;One in three women and one in six men experience some form of domestic abuse at some time in their lifetimes - this is the equivalent of one in three women or one in six men in your group of friends and illustrates that it&rsquo;s more prevalent than many of us realise. It&rsquo;s really important for everyone to start opening up conversations about domestic abuse while dispelling the myths and ensuring we reach everyone who needs help and support.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Assistant Chief Constable at GMP, Debbie Ford, said:&nbsp;</strong>&ldquo;We work hard all year round tackling domestic abuse and raising awareness of the help that people can access for themselves or someone that they know. By challenging people&rsquo;s perceptions of domestic abuse and encouraging people to talk about it, like this campaign does, we hope to end the fear of domestic abuse.</p> <p>&ldquo;Over the last month we have renewed our commitment to tackling domestic abuse with Operation Scratch - a month of action aimed at finding people wanted for domestic abuse offences, educating people on coercive and controlling behaviour and encouraging people to come forward. As a result of this we arrested over 700&nbsp;people over four weeks. This, along with the work that we do with partners, shows how seriously we take these horrific offences.&rdquo;</p> <p>The yellow sofa will be travelling around Greater Manchester over the next few weeks, encouraging local people to talk about domestic abuse and get help and support if they need it.</p> <p>Follow the conversation at #SittingRightWithYou or visit <a href=""></a> to find out more.</p> <p><em>If you or someone you care about has been affected by domestic abuse, contact the Greater Manchester domestic abuse helpline on 0161 636 7525.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Master The Art Of Willow Weaving
    <p>WILLOW weaving will be the first in a series of new adult masterclasses organised by Tameside Council Museum and Galleries.</p> <p>Those taking part in the one day session, with professional artist Juliette Hamilton, will&nbsp;learn all the skills required to make&nbsp;their own willow bird to take home.</p> <p>This workshop on Saturday 29 October 2016. 10am &ndash; 4pm is open to all adults and no previous experience is required. All materials, equipment and tools will be provided on the day.</p> <p>It&nbsp;will take place at Portland Basin Museum. Portland Place, Ashton-under-Lyne. OL7 0QA. 0161 343 2878. Please call the museum to book a place. Please note that spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Cost: &pound;30.00 per participant. &pound;25.00 concessions</p>
  • Crowds Flock To Festival Of Fun
    <p>IT was fun all the way at Tameside Libraries Fun Palaces day which lived up to its publicity as a fun-packed festival of arts, culture and science provided by the community for the community.</p> <p>Nearly 2,400 people attended on Saturday when the whole central library, art gallery, local studies centre, next-door Armoury and their car parks were given over to the free event which lived up to the pre-event publicity in every way.</p> <p>Afterwards many people took to social media to say what a good day it had been. One Facebook posting said &ldquo;Absolutely fantastic event. My three-year-old little boy loved it as did we. Well done to all involved.&rdquo;</p> <p>Tameside&rsquo;s Fun Palace was one of 283 across the world and 10 in Greater Manchester. A wide range of free activities included meeting crime author Kate Ellis, a climbing wall, archery, musical instruments, magnetic slime, pinhole cameras, bricklaying, henna and a spectacular workshop where rockets were being fired 200ft into the air.</p> <p>The event was a partnership led by Tameside Libraries and Cultural Services in conjunction with the Tameside Armed Services Community and funded by GAMON and New Charter Housing.</p> <p>Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council&rsquo;s executive member for culture, who attended the event said: &ldquo;Thank you to everyone who helped to make Fun Palaces such an outstanding success. It shows what Tameside can achieve when the community works together.&rdquo;</p> <p>Event manager Gary Howard from Complete Forensics added his thanks, saying: &ldquo;Without the community delivering activities for the betterment of Tameside this event could not have taken place.&rdquo;</p> <p>Tameside Libraries and Cultural Services want the help of the borough&rsquo;s communities in organising a bigger and better event for October 7, 2017. Anyone interested in getting involved should e-mail <a href=""></a> placing Fun Palaces in the subject line.</p>
  • Buy Safely - Buy With Confidence
    <p>IS your home ready to withstand another big freeze? Does your central-heating boiler need a service? Do your gutters need cleaning? Is your roof watertight?<br /> <br /> Whatever the job, you need to be sure it&#39;ll be done properly. No one wants to be part of the next cowboy trader story &ndash; and that&rsquo;s where Tameside Trading Standards&rsquo; Buy with Confidence scheme offers you peace of mind.<br /> <br /> BWC is a list of businesses you can trust. Members are only accepted after a thorough vetting process by Trading Standards which includes criminal records checks. You can contact any of the 200-plus firms safe in the knowledge that you will receive reliable, customer-friendly service.<br /> <br /> Alternatively, search for the service you want at<br /> <br /> Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council&rsquo;s executive member for environmental services, said: &ldquo;The reason the Buy with Confidence scheme has been so successful is that it&rsquo;s all about finding traders you can trust. That&rsquo;s important for everyone, but especially for old and vulnerable people as they are targeted most by cowboy traders.</p> <p>&ldquo;When you do business with a Buy with Confidence member you do so knowing they have been subjected to a long list of strict checks.&rdquo;</p> <p>Companies which sign up benefit in various areas:<br /> <br /> &bull; Independent recognition of business standards.<br /> &bull; Beneficial publicity.<br /> &bull; A place on the BWC website, including a link to the business&rsquo; own website.<br /> &bull; Certification.<br /> &bull; Use of the BWC logo.<br /> &bull; Company&rsquo;s name on a recommended list of council-approved firms.<br /> &bull; Training opportunities.<br /> &bull; A mediation service in the event of a consumer dispute.<br /> &bull; Regular updates with information about the scheme, new legislation and trade scams.<br /> <br /> Consumers can also rest assured that businesses put on the list have been fully vetted by the Criminal Records Bureau.</p>

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  • The Strokes hint at progress with sixth album

    The Strokes have hinted that the release of their sixth studio album shouldn't be too far away, stating that the record could be ready to drop in 2017.

    Speaking to NME, guitarist Nick Valensi said "The Strokes are alive and well and living in New York City. We are working on music and we want to put out music hopefully next year".

    While this news is sure to excite fans of the NYC icons, Valensi admitted he doesn't want to add fuel to the fire in terms of hype and expectations that surrounds their return: "... people just get too excited and then there’s all this hype you’ve got to compete with and that’s not fun. If anything I’d rather just pull a Beyonce next year and just drop shit.” So mysterious.

    Currently  promoting a solo project  CRX - which has rock royalty Joshua Homme at the production helm - Valensi also updated Zane Lowe in a Beats1 interview: The five of us and all our issues are in the studio together - it's really awesome music we're working on." Listen to the full interview here. 

    Julian and co have already given a glimpse of their current sound with the release of their EP Future Present Past, released earlier this year - but we haven't had a full-length effort since 2013's Comedown Machine.

    While the five-piece keep us guessing by being as elusive as ever, you can almost hear the whispers of a Glastonbury 2017 appearance begin - we can only hope!

    CRX (formed by Nick Valensi) will release their debut album on October 28.

  • Glastonbury promises surprises to celebrate The Park's 10th Anniversary

    Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis has sparked more excitement for the 2017 event by announcing that special plans are in the works to mark The Park’s tenth year at Worthy Farm.

    Taking to her Instagram account, Eavis revealed that “exciting surprises” are in store as the area – which she curated back in 2007 - reaches its decade milestone. The news was posted as a caption to an image of her father and festival creator Michael Eavis opening the Park Stage.


    Next year will be ten years since we created The Park area so we are planning some exciting surprises to mark the anniversary. This pic is my dad opening the stage in 2007.

    A photo posted by Emily Eavis (@emily_eavis) on

    With its breathtaking hilltop views across the whole festival site, treetop café, sand sculptures and the now-iconic ribbon tower – The Park has found its own special place away from the hustle of the main stages and become a favourite spot for many festival goers.

    Although associated with smaller and alternative acts, the Park Stage has also played host to some impressive secret sets over the years - including Thom Yorke, Pulp, Radiohead and Biffy Clyro. Pulling out all the stops in terms of its late night entertainment, the area has seen the likes of Jarvis Cocker and Arcade Fire’s Win Butler play DJ sets in recent years. 

    We can’t wait to see what magic unfolds on this celebratory year – you won’t want to miss out!

    Meanwhile, Glastonbury have already announced Radiohead as the Friday night headliners, with the news breaking via a crop circle version of the band’s logo appearing in front of the Pyramid Stage last week. Lady Gaga has also added to the rumour mill by hinting at an appearance on the bill. 

    Tickets for next summer’s festival sold out in just 50 minutes earlier this month.

    Glastonbury Festival will take place at Worthy Farm from 21st-25th June. 

  • Premiere: WENNINK - 'Somebody Else'

    WENNINK make a beautiful connection between pop and avant-garde electronica on their newest track, ‘Somebody Else’. You can listen to it first on Gigwise below.

    Discordant loops and tones come together with dark and tortured vocals before the overdriven bass envelopes you .

    WENNINK first caught our attention when singer Oliver Wennink was supporting The Weeks in Brixton Windmill and despite sounding nothing like them - (he’s more like Thom Yorke circa The Eraser) we were impressed by his live show, and felt like he was sure to be recognised by a wide audience for his craft in a matter of months, and so he has.

    Operating as a duo with producer Matt Owen brought into the fold, the debut self-titled EP, which combines melancholic ambience with rushing surges of electronica, attracted Radio 1 who have been playing some of it. Moreover, the EP is in the Best Produced / Engineered Record category of the Unsigned Music Awards which is being held at The Troxy in London tomorrow. The final vote in this category was cast by Aamir Yaqub, a GRAMMY Award-winning producer/engineer for his work on Rihanna’s Unapologetic.

    This latest cut, which can be listened to above, pushes the electronic element to the forefront - it’s more unhinged and frenetic than anything WENNINK's released yet and hints at a possible allegiance with the likes of Sonar festival in the future. It shows WENNINK are ill-content to settle on whatever level they arrive at and continually push to new extraordinary sonic heights.

    Their next EP, Ruined, is set to be released on house producer and DJ John Monkman's new label Beesemyer early next year. Monkman has had his records released on the world's biggest and most cutting edge labels for over a decade including Kompakt, Get Physical, Anjunadeep, Suara and Rebellion and has now started his own record label.

  • 25 years ago today Nirvana played The Warfield, San Francisco - listen to the full set

    25 years ago today Nirvana played The Warfield in San Francisco to the most high-octane crowd you can imagine. Listen to the full set below to get a feel for the real raw energy that was spinning around the room.

    The set just goes to show what a great year 1991 was for the band. Nevermind had been out for just over a month and caused a cultural storm, it spoke to a people that became disillusioned with the likes of Simply Red, Dire Straits, and Phil Collins who had dominated the charts in the 80s. People were after something more subversive and daring and up stepped Nirvana who as well as possessing the perfect balance between being visceral and melodic, had something to say. Cobain was disgusted at how spineless the world was/still is toward "sexism, racism and all the other -isms that counterculture has been whining for for years." His attention to that ultimately helped foster more politically active people.

    The recording above gives a sense of just how energised the crowds were in response to Cobain, Novoselic and Grohl. People had begged and pleaded to be one of the 2,300 people to see them that night and, according to reporter Fred Andrick some paid up to ten times the $13 asking price.

    Underneath hearing the perfectly tight trio - in good quality - you can still hear the hysterical screams giving you a sense of what it would have liked to been there on the night. L7, Urge Overkill, and Sister Double Happiness opened for them.

    Hearing these recordings does give you an extra sense of their ability push their bodies to the limits, veering ever so slightly from the originals in incorporating feedback and more manic drum parts and even more expressive vocals than on record. What a performance.

    Nirvana played:
    Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam
    Drain You
    Floyd The Barber
    Smells Like Teen Spirit
    About A Girl
    Love Buzz
    On A Plain
    Negative Creep
    Rape Me
    Territorial Pissings

  • Yoko Ono curated exhibition includes a joke from The Simpsons brought to life

    To everyone's surprise, Yoko Ono has included a real-life version of a joke from the animated sitcom, The Simpsons, in an exhibition she has curated. 

    The exhibition, which is called, "Yoko Ono: One More Story...,", was hosted in the Reykjavik Art Museum, features work that spans her career, as well as, work from other artists. 

    One of the pieces on display, made by the artist, Ragnar Kjartansson, brought to life a joke The Simpsons made about Ono. 

    In the episode that originally aired in 1993, the character based on Ono orders a plum, floating in perfume in a mans hat, to which Moe rustles up rather quickly. 

    The art piece, is quite literally that: 

    yoko on simpsons art installation

    Oh, Yoko. 

  • Watch: Student finds music that is purfect for cats

    A student has taken the time out of what must not be a very busy schedule to test a theory out on cats. 

    After hearing that American cellist David Teie's plans to make an album scientifically proven to make cats happy, Alice Dryden decided to test it out. 

    Given the very evilness of most cats, it's surprising that the pieces of music are not entirely written in a minor key. 

    Yes, they are a bit scary, kind of similar to the music in Close Encounters of The Third Kind, it is always enjoyable watching any animal chill out. 

    Whilst this is good and all, you do have to wonder, where on earth do people find the time to do this sort of stuff? 

    What next? A concept album about your dog doing a poo and you having to pick it up? That would probably be loved by fans of The Cure the world over.  

    Suppose there is a lot to take away from this very experience, many bands will now be into making creepy cat friendly alien music. 

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    Pretty much every day an extremely inconsiderate dog owner allows their dog to foul outside of my house. I clean it up and bleach it but this is getting beyond a joke! (Sending on behalf of my elderly mother)

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  • The give way sign on Back Lane not facing the right direction, 22nd October
    The give way sign on Back Lane not facing the right direction and is partially blocked by foliage. I've witnessed someone going straight through this junction at night without stopping, presumably because they just didn't see the sign. I think it's quite dangerous at the moment. Cheers, Dave.
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    I was walking along the Walls footpath that runs parallel to Castle drive. The footpath then unexpectedly crosses a cycle path, and then castle drive. If you examine the Google maps link I was in the position of the two pedestrians, The man in the blue top and maroon trousers. We were walking along in the same direction. We nearly collided with a Cyclist who was traveling at High speed. There was no indication of the direction we traveled that we were crossing a National cycle route. Consideration needs to be given to adopting warning signage for Pedestrians to make them aware of the Danger. Https://,-2.8911961,3a,60y,97.37h,78.51t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sabeOlIvLRb43z4nc9uWuIw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!4m5!3m4!1s0x487add4c5264e8f9:0xb15819ede08133ab!8m2!3d53.200019!4d-2.897621?hl=en
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  • Large grid in A54 road at junction of Longstone lane, causing loud bangs when vehicles go over it. This is causing us to wake up and is affecting our quality of life living in a nearby property, 11th October
    This grid has caused us to lose sleep and our quality of life is being affected. See description above
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    Overhanging trees preventing buses from entering the bus stop.
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  • "No Right Turn" sign has been damaged., 7th October
    Sign and lamp are only hanging precariously by one strut - the other strut having sheared from the post.
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    Dog continuously barking for hours through the week causing much noise disturbance to surrounding neighbours especially in the rear gardens of houses in Main road cw9 8nu
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  • Low hanging branches in between the road junction, 4th October
    The low hanging branches in between the junction is catching both pedestians and traffic travelling towards Greenbank
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  • Gid, 30th September
    There is a sunken grid on glebe green drive outside bentley Grove. Its a small give but feel like a pothole
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  • Potholes in kerbs dangerous for bikes, 30th September
    The Kerb is breaking up and is a danger for bikes when the rain covers the holes in the road or someone walking and twisting their ankle on the hole.

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  • Hartford traffic, 28th September
    Incorrect tasking on traffic lights in Hartford from 17:30. Traffic on Chester Road not give priority. Also compounded by events at Grange School. Please investigate & resolve
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    Streetlamp on Geneva Road is not working
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  • Pavement parking., 25th September
    Mercedes-Benz from 6 Back Crossland Terrace parking in Marlborough Drive by bumping up kerb. They have chosen to do this to avoid their own parking restrictions.

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    A red Nissan micra has been left parked on the side of the road for at least a week. It has at least one flat tyre, and the tyres appear to be bald too.
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  • Huge pothole on the junction, traffic lights, where Grangeway and the bus way meet., 19th September
    I would like to report a huge pothole on the junction where Grangeway and the bus way meet (near St. Chads school). This pothole is long time there and nobody attempt to make it. We the halton lodge residents drive daily and we are damaging our vehicles because of that pothole. We pay council tax, we pay road tax and everything we have to pay but what the council is doing for their residents? We deserve the authorities to take this complaint seriously and do whatever they have to do and fix the problem. We are trying to avoid the pothole and we drive on the opposite lane, but this could cost us a lot, as if there is an oncoming traffic, we can end up hitting each other. Please do everything possible to fill this pothole as soon as possible. We are your residents and we deserve safe roads. Thanks.
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  • Over grown brambles and trees., 18th September
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