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  • 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.

  • Weekend shuttle bus

    Following several issues with local youths at the weekend, the shuttle bus from the 3rd September will no longer be dropping off and collecting from the Main Entrance at Halton Hospital (phase 1). The bus stop will be moved to the Urgent Care entrance downstairs at the back of the hospital (phase 2). The timetable will stay the same. Please note that this new bus stop will only be in operation on Saturdays and Sundays.

    For more information on the shuttle bus click here.

  • Caring for You campaign

    RCM campaign for healthy workplaces delivering high quality care

    Warrington Hospital’s Maternity Unit has signed up to the Royal College of Midwives’ Caring for You Campaign; which aims to improve RCM members’ health, safety and wellbeing at work so they are able to provide high quality maternity care for women and their families. The Trust’s commitment is to improve our midwives’; student midwives’; and maternity support workers’ health safety and wellbeing at work so they are able to give even better care for women and their families.

    What is the Caring for you Campaign?

    The campaign was launched because maternity units are overworked and understaffed and many midwives and maternity support workers are feeling under intense pressure to be able to meet the demands of the service. RCM members have never felt so challenged in their ability to provide high quality care to women and their families. The increased pressure and demands are having a significant effect on the health, safety and wellbeing of midwives and maternity support workers. RCM members are reporting that they are feeling stressed, burn out and unable to give high quality care to women and their families.

    Supportive and open workplaces benefit both staff and service users. People perform better when they are confident and motivated and good health, safety and wellbeing underpins this. By positively supporting employees’ health, safety and wellbeing, employers can make sure that staff perform to the best of their ability. The strong relationship between levels of staff wellbeing and clinical outcomes is well known. Research shows that when staff wellbeing is supported, employee involvement increases, motivation and performance levels increase and outcomes for women improve. Investment in staff is an investment in care for women and their families.

    Rachael Browning, Associate Director of Nursing, Surgery and Women’s & Children’s Health and Head of Midwifery explained the Trust’s reason for signing up to the Caring for You campaign, “We are proud of our staff in Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and we are pleased to sign up to and work collaboratively with the RCM on its “Caring for you Campaign”.  This campaign enables to the Maternity Unit to demonstrate the Trusts commitment to support improvements in the health and wellbeing of our staff, building on the strong relationship we already have with our RCM colleagues. We know that when staff feel supported and valued, it makes a difference to not only their working lives, but can also make a difference to the care we provide for our women and their families”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Founded: November 1, 1993, Maastricht, Netherlands
    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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  • New Health Kick For Schools
    <p>SCHOOLS have celebrated taking part in a new scheme to help them support the health and wellbeing of pupils.</p> <p>Approximately half of Tameside schools have now completed the School Online Health Check &ndash; a web-based self evaluation tool to assess schools&rsquo; needs on areas such as</p> <p>physical activity, healthy eating, sex and relationships, drugs and alcohol and emotional and mental health.</p> <p>At the end of the process, schools identify two areas for improvement and are supported in developing and delivering an action plan.</p> <p>All the schools involved in the scheme were invited to a School Health and Wellbeing fair at Dukinfield Town Hall, on 28 September, to receive awards to celebrate their achievement and share success stories.</p> <p>Examples of the steps schools have taken following the health checks include: introducing new policies and lesson plans, working more with charities and local community organisations, communicating more with parents and also addressing staff wellbeing.</p> <p>The fair &ndash; which was open to all schools &nbsp;- aimed to provide school staff with information on local services to support health and wellbeing, as well as help them to share good practice and develop contacts and further partnership working</p> <p>Both the health check and the fair were organised by Tameside Children and Young People&rsquo;s Partnership Forum, which represents a diverse range of organisations from the public, private, voluntary and community sectors. The aim of the forum is to give children, young people and their families the means to access a healthier and happier future for themselves.</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Member for Healthy and Working Cllr Ged Cooney, who helped to present the awards, said: &ldquo;Huge congratulations and thanks to all the schools who have got involved in the health checks and embraced this opportunity to further improve what they are doing to support the health and wellbeing of pupils and staff. I know how much hard work has been put into this from school staff and from the forum and it is great to hear that it is already achieving positive results.&rdquo;</p>
  • Tameside Christmas Market Promises Free Family Fun
    <p>FREE children&rsquo;s rides and activities promise to make Tameside Christmas Market a family favourite this year.</p> <p>The Christmas Market will take place in the Market Street area of Ashton (behind Ashton Market Hall) over the first three weekends of December (2-4 Dec, 9-11 Dec and 16-18 Dec) opening Friday and Saturday 11am&ndash;9pm and Sunday 10am&ndash;4pm.</p> <p>It will offer a selection of free rides and craft activities over the three weekends including donkey rides, a ferris wheel, swing boats, land train, a carousel and gingerbread man and bauble decorating &ndash; all of it free for everyone!</p> <p>There will also be over 20 traditional cabin stalls selling handmade crafts and gifts as well as delicious festive food and drinks including mulled wine, craft ales, hog roast, waffles and crepes and other winter warmers.</p> <p>Santa&rsquo;s Grotto will be another highlight - with all proceeds going to the Mayor&rsquo;s Charity supporting a number of local good causes.</p> <p>While street entertainers, reindeer, elves and other favourite characters will be welcoming visitors to the market and Ashton town centre &ndash; so don&rsquo;t forget to bring your camera!</p> <p>For tired legs and those wishing to relax, there will be a covered refreshments and seating area where shoppers and diners can enjoy music and dance performances while little ones get stuck into the free Christmas crafts.</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Deputy leader Cllr John Taylor, who is responsible for Markets, said: &ldquo;The Christmas market will complement the many vibrant shops and market stalls already on offer, helping to promote Tameside, support traders and boost business. This year we have gone for a really traditional, family feel with lots of free fun as well as festive shopping &ndash; there&rsquo;ll be something for everyone and it will be a great opportunity to enjoy the lovely atmosphere of a Christmas market without facing huge costs or even bigger crowds. Get it in your diary now!&rdquo;</p> <p>Tameside Council is working with town teams and partners and to support Christmas light switch ons and other festive events across the borough &ndash; look out for further details coming soon.</p> <p>Keep updated on latest news and entertainment information on Tameside Christmas Market by following on @TamesideMarkets on Twitter.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Health - It's Our Own Responsibility
    <p>SELF-CARE &ndash; the key to better confidence, living well and improving quality of life.</p> <p>Who is the best person to look after our health?&nbsp; A GP?&nbsp; A doctor at the hospital?&nbsp; Maybe a district nurse? Actually, the best person to look after our health first and foremost, is us.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s public health annual report is all about self-care, how we can look after ourselves and others so we can enjoy and get more out of our lives. We might not realise it, but most of our health is in our hands, and we can choose and support each other to live a longer, healthier life.</p> <p>By taking responsibility for our own well-being we can drastically reduce our need for hospital visits and expensive medical services. That&rsquo;s better for us, as it means we lead healthier more fulfilling lives, and better for the National Health Service which can then focus its resources on people with unavoidable conditions.</p> <p>There are four main types of self-care:</p> <ul> <li>Basic things such as making sure we eat a healthy diet, don&rsquo;t smoke and drink alcohol responsibly.</li> <li>Taking steps to stop health problems before they happen. This can be something simple like brushing our teeth to prevent decay or exercising regularly to build strength and fitness.</li> <li>Doing things for ourselves when we&rsquo;re ill rather than heading straight to the GP&rsquo;s surgery. This could be buying an over-the-counter remedy from the chemist or visiting NHS Choices <a href=""></a> for information.</li> <li>Following your doctor&rsquo;s advice when you do have an illness. This might mean taking medication according to instructions and making sure you finish the course.</li> </ul> <p>Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council&rsquo;s executive member for health, said: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a sad fact that too many people in Tameside become ill early in life and die younger than they should. We want to change that.</p> <p>&ldquo;The more people who take charge of their health early, the fewer will need critical help later in life. Self-care means more money can be spent on vital treatment for people with unavoidable diseases.</p> <p>&ldquo;By doing little things for ourselves we can stop them becoming big health problems.&rdquo;</p> <p>Fortunately, now is a great time to start self-care. In Tameside and Glossop, health and social care are being integrated under Care Together, a new programme which is making self-care much easier.</p> <p>Care Together&rsquo;s mission is to make a trip to the doctor something people rarely have to do, and a stay in hospital even rarer. Work is already under way and the director of public health&rsquo;s annual report describes some great examples. To see a copy visit <a href=""></a></p> <p>Angela Hardman, director of public health for Tameside, added: &ldquo;My hope is that by focusing on self-care we can help to increase people&rsquo;s confidence to live well and improve the quality of their life. The report shares examples of the great work already in place to support people to be the best they can and shows where real opportunities exist to embed self-care into all that we do.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Supporting You Through Stoptober
    <p>STOPTOBER is back for its fifth year after a successful 2015 which saw over 1100 Tameside people sign up to quit smoking for good.</p> <p>The 28-day quitting challenge has made a big impact on the local community already, helping to lower smoking rates to 21.7% in the borough.</p> <p>Tameside Council has welcomed the return of the campaign and is encouraging local smokers to join the thousands of people making a change this October for a healthier and wealthier future. Smokers are five times more likely to quit if they can go 28 days without cigarettes</p> <p>This year, there is even more free motivational support available including the Stoptober app, a daily email service and Facebook Messenger - which can provide instant support when cravings strike.</p> <p>Local services and pharmacies are also on hand to provide free, expert face-to-face support and guidance. People who quit with the support of a stop smoking service adviser are four times more likely to successfully stop for good. You can contact Be Well Tameside for support on 0161 716 2000.</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Ged Cooney, responsible for health, said: &ldquo;Stoptober is a great opportunity for smokers across to quit together alongside friends, family and thousands of other people in our area.</p> <p>&ldquo;As an ex smoker myself, I can say from personal experience that the benefits are many when you stop. It&rsquo;s not easy - but the support that&rsquo;s available really helps. It doesn&rsquo;t matter how many times you have tried before &ndash; you should never give up on trying to stop.&rdquo;</p> <p>Andrea Crossfield, Chief Executive of Healthier Futures, which works with partners to break the cycle of addiction and exposure to tobacco in communities said: &ldquo;I encourage everyone who smokes to take on the Stoptober challenge this year for a healthier and wealthier future for you and your family.</p> <p>&ldquo;If you stop smoking for 28 days then you are five times more likely to stop for good, improving your health and putting more money into your pocket. Remember you&rsquo;re not alone, there are local stop smoking advisers here to support you to quit smoking throughout the year. If you stop with a local adviser you are even more likely to quit for good, so get in contact today for free help and advice. Find your local service at <a href=""></a> or drop into your local pharmacy for a chat.&rdquo;</p>
  • Make Stuff's Mad-crazy Day
    <p>HIGH-TECH fun drew high numbers at Portland Basin Museum on Saturday.</p> <p>Almost 700 people visited the Ashton site for the Make Stuff activities day &ndash; a range of free, hands-on activities which showed how technology can be creative and exciting.</p> <p>Workshops included a 3D printer demonstration, Build a Bug, playing the laser harp, Arduino coding, and learning to programme and play in the world of Web Blocks - a fun, building game inspired by Minecraft.</p> <p>Cultural Services education manager Tracy Webster said: &ldquo;We were absolutely delighted with the number of people who attended. Almost 700 was great for a Saturday, especially when it was so close to the start of a new term.</p> <p>&ldquo;We were thrilled to have MadLab approach our service to see if we could be a host venue for Make Stuff. It was super to see so many young people engage with technology in such creative and imaginative ways.&rdquo;</p> <p>MadLab &ndash; Manchester Digital Laboratory &ndash; is a grassroots innovation organisation. It supports&nbsp;a diverse range of communities and activities &ndash; from monthly <a href="" title="MadLab Events">meet-ups</a> and <a href="" title="MadLab Courses">courses</a> through to public experimentation with new and&nbsp;emerging technologies &ndash; and collaborates with others to deliver new, interesting and exciting&nbsp;<a href="" title="MadLab Projects">projects</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Sports Stars Shine Brightly
    <p><strong>WITH winners aged from 11 to 75, The Pride of Tameside Sports Awards this year proved you can never be too young or old to shine in sport.</strong></p> <p>Ashes winning England cricket captain Michael Vaughan OBE was guest speaker at the glittering event held at Dukinfield Town Hall on Friday 23 September, which recognised sporting achievements from around the borough.<br /> <br /> There were more nominations than ever before this year and they were of such a high quality that the judges had their work cut out deciding winners for the seven categories.</p> <p>The finalists represented a wide range of sports and ages &ndash; the youngstest winner being Sports Achiever of the Year Eve Loughman, a world champion kickboxer and the oldest being Unsung Hero of the Year Peter Brocklehurst, who has devoted over 60 years to pioneering cycling in the borough.</p> <p>The full list of award winners were as follows:</p> <p><strong>Alex Williams Volunteer of the Year</strong></p> <p>1<sup>st</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mark Clough</p> <p>2<sup>nd</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; John Ward</p> <p>3<sup>rd</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sasha Smith</p> <p><strong>Changing Lifestyle Recognition Award</strong></p> <p>1<sup>st</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Linda Denidni</p> <p>2<sup>nd</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Kayliegh Graham</p> <p>3<sup>rd</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Chris Bradley</p> <p><strong>Coach of the Year</strong></p> <p>1<sup>st</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jason Craven</p> <p>2<sup>nd</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Nicola Lawton</p> <p>3<sup>rd</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Delphine Wright</p> <p><strong>Unsung Hero of the Year</strong></p> <p>1<sup>st</sup> place &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Peter Brocklehurst</p> <p>2<sup>nd</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Allan Acton</p> <p>3<sup>rd</sup> place &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Gerard Redman</p> <p><strong>Sports Achiever of the Year</strong></p> <p>1<sup>st</sup> place &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Eve Loughman</p> <p>2<sup>nd</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mike Coogan</p> <p>3<sup>rd</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Karen Elly</p> <p><strong>Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year</strong></p> <p>1<sup>st</sup> Place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jordan Williams</p> <p>2<sup>nd</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jamie Tregaskiss</p> <p>3<sup>rd</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Chloe Knight</p> <p><strong>Club of the Year</strong></p> <p>1<sup>st</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Curzon Ashton FC</p> <p>2<sup>nd</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; West End AFC Denton</p> <p>3<sup>rd</sup> place&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Stalybridge Celtic FC Community Development&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The evening, hosted by Tameside Radio&rsquo;s award-winning breakfast presenter Louise Croombs, raised &pound;615 for the Believe and Achieve Trust.</p> <p>Civic Mayor of Tameside Cllr Philip Fitzpatrick, who opened the event, said: &ldquo;The winners are just a snapshot of the many committed men, women and children who dedicate so much of their lives to sport in Tameside &ndash; be it individually, as part of a team or to helping others get involved and achieve their best. They make a huge contribution to their local community as well as raising the profile of the borough and keeping active and healthy. Congratulations to all the winners - they richly deserve this recognition.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The night was sponsored by New Charter Housing Trust Group, Tameside Council, Manchester Airport, Myson Pages, Hilly Clothing, Sportmax, Obson and Co, O2 Ashton-under-Lyne, Davies Sport, Delicious and Belle Vue Coaches.<br /> <br /> Winners will go on to the Greater Manchester Sports Awards.</p> <p>#POTSA16 #ProudTameside</p>
  • Hospital Market Wins Innovation Award
    <p>TAMESIDE&rsquo;S popular hospital market which promotes healthy eating and shopping habits has won a national award.</p> <p>NABMA (National &nbsp;Association of British Market Authorites) awarded Tameside Council&rsquo;s markets team the &lsquo;Market Innovation of the Year&rsquo; title for their successful collaborative project with Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust on the popular monthly market at Tameside Hospital.</p> <p>The market was set up in June 2015 and held on the last Tuesday of every month from 9am to 2pm for an initial three month trial. It proved so successful that is has become a permanent seasonal market from March to September with a Christmas market too.</p> <p>Patients, staff and visitors at Tameside Hospital have warmly welcomed and benefitted from the sale of fresh, locally grown produce. Traders were handpicked to set up stall outside the main entrance to supply home grown fruit, vegetables, bread, cheeses, olives and preserves along with flowers, plants and gifts and regularly sell out, claiming it is their &ldquo;best market&rdquo;.</p> <p>Other local authority market teams have made enquiries with a view to launching their own hospital markets in light of its success.</p> <p>The recognition is the latest in a string of plaudits for the Tameside Markets team. In May market manager Nicola Martin was named Market Manager of the Year and the market has twice been named Britain&rsquo;s Favourite Market as well as winning coach friendly and eco awards.</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Deputy Leader Cllr John Taylor said: &ldquo;The joint project with the hospital has been all round success &ndash; it has enabled us to work together to promote both healthy eating and local shopping habits to patients, visitors and staff while also helping us to continue to support local traders.</p> <p>&ldquo;This latest accolade for our multi-award winning markets teams if further recognition of their drive, commitment, creativity and enthusiasm for continuing to move with the times and improve our offer to shoppers and local traders. Well done to all involved and thanks to local shoppers for your continued support.&rdquo;</p> <p>Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT Chief Executive Karen James said: &ldquo;I am delighted to see that our market is getting the recognition it deserves. Our patients enjoy it, the staff enjoy it and anyone that comes to the hospital on market day enjoys it too. It&rsquo;s a fantastic way of bringing local people and local producers together &ndash; and, as most people live busy lives, it means people can stock up on essentials on buy little treats right outside the hospital doors.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;#ProudTameside</p>
  • Good Luck To Our Sports Heroes!
    <p>A&nbsp;NATIONAL hero will be celebrating local stars at the Pride of Tameside Sports Awards this Friday (23 September).</p> <p>Ashes winning England cricket captain Michael Vaughan OBE will be the guest speaker at the prestigious event at Dukinfield Town Hall, which recognises sporting achievements from around the borough.</p> <p>There were more nominations than ever before this year and they were of such a high quality that the judges had their work cut out choosing winners in the seven categories: Alex Williams Volunteer of the Year, Changing Lifestyle Recognition Award, Unsung Hero of the Year, Sports Achiever of the Year, Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year, Coach of the Year and Club of the Year.</p> <p>The host for the evening is Tameside Radio&rsquo;s award-winning breakfast presenter Louise Croombs who has worked with Sports Tours International as PA on a variety of events including this year&rsquo;s Salford 10k and the Tour of Tameside.</p> <p>Civic Mayor of Tameside Cllr Philip Fitzpatrick, who will be opening the event, said: &ldquo;The finalists are just a snapshot of the many committed men, women and children who dedicate so much of their lives to sport in Tameside &ndash; be it individually, as part of a team or to helping others get involved and achieve their best. They make a huge contribution to their local community as well as raising the profile of the borough and keeping active and healthy. They richly deserve this recognition.&rdquo;</p> <p>The night is sponsored by New Charter Housing Trust Group, Tameside Council, Manchester Airport, Myson Pages, Hilly Clothing, Sportmax, Obson and Co, O2 Ashton-under-Lyne, Davies Sport, Delicious and Belle Vue Coaches.</p> <p>Winners will go on to the Greater Manchester Sports Awards.</p> <p>Keep track of the awards evening on social media by following Active Tameside on Facebook or on Twitter @active_tameside #POTSA16.</p> <p>#ProudTameside</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Explore New Cycle Route Into The City
    <p><strong><em>Photo: Commuters/cyclists - including Tameside Council Chief Executive Steven Pleasant, Executive Member Cllr Peter Robinson and &nbsp;TfGM Project Manager for Cycling </em></strong><strong><em>Andy Howard</em></strong> - e<strong><em>xploring the Ashton Canal Cycleway at Portland Basin, Ashton.</em></strong></p> <p>COMMUTERS and families are being encouraged to get on their bikes and explore a new cycle link between Ashton and Manchester City Centre.</p> <p>The &nbsp;Ashton Canal Cycleway is a 10km traffic-free route linking in with Portland Basin and passing Guide Bride Station, Droylsden Academy, the National Cycling Centre and The Etihad Stadium - &nbsp;making an ideal alternative to Ashton New Road and Manchester Road.</p> <p>It forms part of the first phase of Transport for Greater Manchester&rsquo;s (TfGM&rsquo;s) ambitious &pound;42 million Cycle City investment programme, funded by the Department for Transport, which has created six new cycleways designed to be attractive and convenient ways to travel by bike, linking communities with town and city centres and areas of employment, education and training.</p> <p>The Ashton Canal Cycleway includes newly resurfaced canal towpaths and incorporates new solar powered stud lighting. It also links into the route along the Peak Forest Canal from Portland Basin to Hyde.</p> <p>TfGM has produced a new leaflet, to promote the route, which can be downloaded at <a href=""></a>. The leaflet will also be delivered to Tameside homes near the route.</p> <p>TfGM also provides <a href="">cycle hubs</a> &ndash; including one in Ashton next to Active Ashton in Water Street &ndash; which are ideal and secure places to park bikes with confidence.</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Peter Robinson, who sits on the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: &ldquo;This fantastic cycleway is a convenient, traffic-free - and in parts very picturesque route - in and out of the city centre and makes a great alternative to what is typically a very busy traffic corridor.</p> <p>&ldquo;Promoting cycling and sustainable travel is a priority for us and this kind of investment and project really helps to improve travel options for work, education and leisure. I really hope it inspires more people to get out on their bikes and explore.&rdquo;</p> <p>Councillor Chris Paul, Transport for Greater Manchester Committee Cycling Champion, said: &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got big ambitions for cycling in Greater Manchester and we&rsquo;re already beginning to see more and more people getting around by bike.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our aim is to put Greater Manchester on the map as a great place to cycle, whatever your ability and wherever you&rsquo;re looking to travel. The Ashton Canal Cycleway is just one of the ways we&rsquo;re looking to encourage more people to consider cycling for both work and leisure.</p> <p>&ldquo;Now that the first phase of the Cycle City programme is complete, we&rsquo;re on the way to meeting our target of 10% of journeys in Greater Manchester being made by bike by 2025.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • New 24/7 Gym To Boost Tameside’s Fitness
    <p>A state-of-the-art gym offering around the clock access is the latest in a package of exciting new facilities to step up Tameside&rsquo;s fitness.</p> <p>Active Tameside&rsquo;s iTrain, opening in Dukinfield in the new year, will boast an array of features including over 150 pieces of equipment, a functional training zone, indoor running track a functional rig and a members&rsquo; lounge as well as free parking.</p> <p>The centre will also have a finger print entry system, three exercise studios, a subterranean black box cycle studio, changing facilities and a DJ booth. A large soft play area and caf&eacute; will also be on site.</p> <p>The centre is part of the &pound;20m investment from Tameside Council and Active Tameside to help residents exercise more and improve health and wellbeing.</p> <p>Other new facilities include Total Adrenaline trampoline and laser quest centre, due to open in Longdendale this autumn, and SkyHigh Adventure climbing and activity centre which opened in Droylsden last year.</p> <p>Also included in the investment is a new 25m pool at Hyde, due to open next year, and Tameside&rsquo;s new Wellness Centre based in Denton and aiming to open in 2018. The Wellness Centre will include a ten-pin bowling&nbsp;alley, a swimming pool&nbsp;with spectator area as well as a learners&rsquo; pool, a 60 station gym suite, exercise studios, soft play, a multi-sensory suite, a caf&eacute;, consulting rooms and space for partners and community groups.</p> <p>There is also a programme of repairs replacing synthetic pitch surfaces, repairing drainage and upgrading AstroTurf panels at Active Copley and replacing the roof at Active Medlock and the wave machine at Active Hyde.</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Member for Healthy and Working Cllr Ged Cooney said: &ldquo;The new iTrain gym will offer everything you would expect from a modern, state-of-the-art fitness facility and will be a fantastic new addition to the borough&rsquo;s leisure offer.</p> <p>&ldquo;We want to support local people and families in keeping as active and healthy as possible and this will bring even more exciting activities and options to help them.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Let The Fun Times Roll
    <p><em>Tameside Libraries Fun Palaces 2016: Saturday, October 1, 10am to 3pm at Tameside Central Library, Old Street, Ashton.</em></p> <p>FUN Palaces is an international initiative for engagement and lifelong learning, and Tameside Libraries is about to take part for the first time.</p> <p>Saturday, October 1, promises to be a fun-packed day of arts, culture and science provided by the community for the community, and all for free. Activities include a climbing wall, archery, science-busking, brass band instruments, circus activities, balloon modelling, magnetic slime, pinhole cameras, shoe-box projector and much more.</p> <p>The event is part of Fun Palaces 2016, a free, nationwide celebration of community, bringing people together through the arts and sciences. Tameside Libraries Fun Palaces is a partnership event led by Tameside Libraries and Tameside Cultural Services in conjunction with the Tameside Armed Services Community and funded by GAMON and New Charter Housing.</p> <p>Based on an idea from theatre director Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price, the first Fun Palaces took place in 2014, when 138 venues, locations, communities and groups created their own events.</p> <p>More than 3,000 people took part in organising these events, many of them as volunteers, and around 40,000 participated in person, while tens of thousands more engaged online. Last year the number of palaces rose to 142, with 50,000 people participating.</p> <p>Fun Palaces create events that bring together arts and sciences &ndash; but above all people &ndash; to work together, create together, have fun, and in so doing build communities from the grassroots up.</p> <p>Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council&rsquo;s assistant executive member for culture, said: &ldquo;This project links the arts elements of creativity and fun with the fascinating sphere of applied science in a worldwide project that we in Tameside are very pleased to be part of."</p>
  • Wave Of Support For Water-themed Open Days
    <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="fohen-0-0">&nbsp;<span data-offset-key="1i8g5-0-0"><span data-text="true">WHEN Tameside&rsquo;s historical buildings opened their doors to the public over Heritage Weekend, there were lots of people waiting to come in.</span></span></div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="bgkc2-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="bgkc2-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="6er7b-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="6er7b-0-0"><span data-offset-key="6er7b-0-0"><span data-text="true">Tameside Local History Forum, who organised many of the events in partnership with the council, termed the whole four-day heritage festival a huge success.</span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="78s8s-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="78s8s-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="85obn-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="85obn-0-0"><span data-offset-key="85obn-0-0"><span data-text="true">This year&rsquo;s focus was water, and councillors and Ashton MP Angela Rayner were at Portland Basin on Saturday for the Heritage Weekend Special, a combination of canal walks, boat trips, exhibitions and stalls.</span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="8k9jk-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="8k9jk-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="3n3us-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="3n3us-0-0"><span data-offset-key="3n3us-0-0"><span data-text="true">Adding to the watery theme were talks, canalside walks, narrowboat trips and even a canoeing event for eight to 14-year-olds.</span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="bpsn0-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="bpsn0-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="82r17-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="82r17-0-0"><span data-offset-key="82r17-0-0"><span data-text="true">Sites across the borough reported good attendances. The history forum welcomed a record 80 visitors at Newton Hall, Hyde, on Sunday afternoon. Albion Church, Ashton, attracted 85 people, and there were 160 at Ashton Parish Church to look at the medieval stained glass and enjoy the spectacular views from the top of the 139ft tower.</span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="a3sle-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="a3sle-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="1dnhd-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="1dnhd-0-0"><span data-offset-key="1dnhd-0-0"><span data-text="true">Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council&rsquo;s assistant executive member for heritage, said: &ldquo;We say it every year but there really is a wealth of things to see in Tameside. We have so many buildings of note and Heritage Weekend offers a chance to see them.</span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="89evd-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="89evd-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="10ebv-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="10ebv-0-0"><span data-offset-key="10ebv-0-0"><span data-text="true">&ldquo;Of course the Heritage Open Days programme wouldn&rsquo;t be possible without the help of Tameside Local History Forum and the numerous volunteers, property owners and guides, and I would like to thank them for all their hard work.&rdquo;</span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="auob0-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="auob0-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="6spas-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="6spas-0-0"><span data-offset-key="6spas-0-0"><span data-text="true"></span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="dpe8a" data-offset-key="292o9-0-0"> <div data-offset-key="292o9-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div>
  • Droylsden Library Code Club
    <p><strong>Monday 19 September, 6 &ndash; 7pm&nbsp;until Monday 24 October, 6 &ndash; 7pm</strong></p> <p>A free&nbsp;six week course introducing families to coding using Scratch! Code Club aims to help children to learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. To take part, children must be aged 7&mdash;11 and be accompanied by a parent or guardian to each session, so you can learn together. Please bring headphones to each session.</p> <p>The six sessions will be on these dates at 18:00 to 19:00: 19/9/16, 26/9/16, 3/10/16, 10/10/16, 17/10/16, 24/10/16.</p> <p><strong>Admission: </strong>Code Club is FREE but places are limited. Book online at:<br /> <a href=""></a> or call 0161 370 1282</p> <p><strong>Venue:</strong>&nbsp; Droylsden Library, Manchester Road, Droylsden, M43 2EP.</p> <p>#Pledges2016</p>
  • Get To Grips With Technology
    <p>PEOPLE of all ages are being encouraged to get creative with technology at a free &lsquo;Make Stuff&rsquo; event at Portland Basin Museum on Saturday 24 September 10am to 3.30pm.</p> <p>The session, hosted by Tameside Council Cultural Services, is one in a series of Madlab community events taking place across Greater Manchester featuring coding, crafting, building and making workshops and activities.</p> <p>Everyone is welcome to drop in and get involved in a range of fun, hands on activities which show how technology can be creative and exciting.</p> <p><strong>Workshops and Activities will include:</strong></p> <p><strong>3D Printer Demo</strong>&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;You&rsquo;ve heard all about them, now come and see one in action! Our 3D printer will be running all day, come watch and you can take home your own 3D printed mini mascot</p> <p><strong>Wearable Tech </strong>&ndash;&nbsp;Explore the future of fashion and technology and design your own tech tote bag</p> <p><strong>Pattern Craft</strong> &ndash; Drop in Programming &ndash; using mallets! Get hands-on and create your own art within Minecraft</p> <p><strong>Build a Bug</strong>&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;Come and make your very own bug! Construct it from laser cut wood and LED flashing eyes</p> <p><strong>Build a Badge </strong>&ndash;&nbsp;Learn how to solder, and make a circuit with flashing lights with our drop-in build a badge workshop.</p> <p><strong>Laser Harp</strong> &ndash; Come and play on the Laser Harp! An experimental musical instrument made using an Arduino</p> <p><strong>Arduino Coding</strong> &ndash; Learn to code and make your own interactive projects using an Arduino</p> <p><strong>Web Blocks</strong> &ndash; Learn to programme and play in the world of Web Blocks! A fun building game, inspired by Minecraft</p> <p><strong>CodeBug!</strong> &ndash; Learn how to code and create with a CodeBug! A cute, programmable and wearable bug like device</p> <p>Cultural Services Arts and Engagement Manager Marie Holland said:&nbsp;&ldquo;Technology can be very exciting and offers all sorts of opportunities for people to get creative. These sessions aim to make is easy for everyone to get involved, get to grips with technology and have fun while improving their tech skills&rsquo;&rsquo;.</p> <p>&ldquo;The event is for all ages and supports our Every Child&nbsp; Coder pledge where we aim to provide our young people with the most up to date skills for 21<sup>st</sup> century jobs.&rdquo;</p> <p>Manchester Digital Laboratory (MadLab) is a not-for-profit grassroots digital innovation organisation based in Manchester. They support public experimentation and deliver exciting projects in the realm of science, art, culture and emerging technologies.</p> <p>Sarah Unwin, Producer at MadLab said: &ldquo;MadLab are proud to be the driving force behind the MAKE STUFF programme, it&rsquo;s going to be an exciting event - it is free, family friendly and offers a taste to just how fun and accessible that tech, making and digital skills development can be.&rdquo;</p> <p>#pledges2016</p>

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  • Premiere: Watch the video to 'Grenades' by A. Dyjecinski

    Canadian songwriter A. Dyjecinski (EH-DEE-YEAH-CHIN-SKI) has unveiled the video to 'Grenades' taken from his album The Valley of Yessiree. You can watch it first on Gigwise below.

    Dyjecinski explains the tune:"We are separated from other living organisms by the firm belief that our imagined world is true. In keeping with the concepts of solitude, loneliness, and metamorphosis (all reoccurring themes in the videos as well as the LP) Grenades was written in the backdrop of winter and isolation and begins to introduce paranoia and depression as the guiding force in the narrative catching the moment solitude forms a prison drawing into question preconceptions of freedom, self, and memories as worthy companions. The mind deteriorates in the same way the wealthy become bankrupt, slowly at first, then all at once."

    Hearing the fragile vocals coupled with intense soundscapes that somehow mirror the stark landscape of an uninhabited remote place - nature is evidently a powerful influence throughout. In terms of conventional musical references it's similarly emotionally poignant and raw to Nick Cave. His voice is also reminiscent of New Zealand newcomer Marlon Williams. Except the sound effects that float over the top of the core will make him more of an appeal to fans of more experimental music.

    The video plays on a  theme of domestic loneliness as cameras portray a woman stuck in the house and in empty streets and in a bathtub filled, bizarely, with black water. It's not a happy scene but is an effective visual that heightens the impact of the song.

    Director: Sofie Dodgson/Chris Snelson
    Producer: Sofie Dodgson
    Actor : Victoria Barrow-Williams
    Color: Ruth Wardell
    Edit : A. Dyjecinski

    Here's details of the huge UK tour 

    Oct 5 : The Continental : UK, Preston
    Oct 6 : Birnam Institute : UK Perth
    Oct 7 : The Old Firestation : UK, Carlisle
    Oct 8 : Old Cinema Launderette : UK, Durham
    Oct 9 : The Cluny : UK, Newcastle
    Oct 13 : Trades Club : UK, Hebden Bridge
    Oct 14 : Music Room : UK, Liverpool
    Oct 15 : House Concert : UK, York
    Oct 18 : Words & Music Festival : Nantwich
    Oct 19 : Sunflower Lounge : UK, Birmingham
    Oct 20 : Arlington Arts : UK, Newbury
    Oct 21 : Railway : UK, Winchester
    Oct 22 : Chapel Arts : UK, Bath
    Oct 25 : Rough Trade East : UK, London (tbc, if not roughy east then for sure west)
    Oct 26 : The Full Moon : UK, Cardiff
    Oct 27 : The Boilerroom : UK, Guildford
    Oct 28 : The Prince Albert : Stroud
    Oct 29 : The Bullingdon : UK, Oxford


  • Watch James Cordon perform with the Backstreet Boys

    James Cordon made the headlines for posing as the worlds biggest music stars in a recent Apple Music advert. And it seems he cannot resist posing as a pop star again. This time making an appearance with the actual Backstreet Boys as a satirical sixth member on his TV show. You can watch the clip below of them playing 'Everybody (Backstreet's Back)'.

    To Cordon's credit he doesn’t do a terrible job and gets some of the synchronised dance moves down. The band are much more Cordon than Bowie, who Cordon posed as and caused outrage.

    "I care about this more than maybe anything else on the planet: We are bringing back boy bands," Corden said to introduce them. "I'm talking proper boy bands. Five guys together: I'm talking about the cute one, the funny one, the nice one, the other one and the maverick who refused to play by the rules – all living together in some weird mansion in Orlando.

    "I'm aware that boy bands haven't gone away, right?" he continued. "But now, they just stand onstage wearing skinny jeans and Vans sneakers – and some of them even have the audacity to pick up instruments. That is not what I want in a boy band. I want matching outfits, synchronized dancing and way-over-budget music videos."

    He then unveiled Backstreet Boys, the "top-selling boy band of all-time," who appeared on a stage submerged by smoke. Cordon joined the group for their choreographed dance moves and even crooned the "Am I sexual?" lyric.


  • Peter Doherty says new album is first with '100% Doherty compositions’

    Peter Doherty has spoken out about the making of new album Hamburg Demonstration, which was recorded with Johan Scheerer, and explained the events that led to his most personal record to date.

    He told 6Music that he originally planned to do the sessions with Babyshambles guitarist and his songwriting partner Mick Whitnall but it didn’t happen: “Mick Whitnall, who by the way now is completely clean […] but at the time... we were shacked up at the Reeperbahn and Johan thought that you know... he called the police when he first saw Mick. If Mick came in the studio then the session was off. I told Mick ‘Look we’ve got to go’ and Mick said ‘You stay’ and he went off.”

    Doherty continued: “There were some songs that I had wanted to do with Mick, some big songs that I still haven’t done, they’re still there so I just had to fall back on pure solo stuff.

    “[…] Even Grace/Wasteland are mostly co-writes. He continued to explain The Libertines and Babyshambles too are mostly co-writes before adding: “There aren’t a lot of 100 percent Doherty compositions but this record is.”


    Meanwhile, Doherty also told 6music about his relationship with Hamburg and how the recording came about: “Hamburg was at a time where I didn’t really have anywhere permanent to live. I was mostly on a bus with Babyshambles so I think one time we finished doing a show in Berlin and we arranged to do one show in Hamburg to keep us ticking over. A fella called Johann Scheerer had a little studio he said I could stay in the flat if we could do a little bit of recording upstairs and maybe talk about putting it out on his label.”

    Listen to the full interview here.

    Meanwhile, Doherty heads out a French tour in November where he will be the first to play at Le Bataclan since the attacks.

    16th Paris - Le Bataclan SOLD OUT
    17th Paris - Le Bataclan
    18th Toulouse - Le Bikini
    19th Marseille - L’Usine, Isters
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    24th Caen - Le Cargo
    25th Nantes - Stereolux


  • Best of Bowie album named Bowie Legacy announced

    Another posthumous David Bowie album has been announced with greatest hits compilation, Legacy, set to come out on 11 November.

    This release will follow the Lazarus Cast Album, which features previously unheard Bowie recordings, that’s set for release 21 October.

    Legacy will be released via Parlophone and in addition to a selection of his most popular tracks and singles, there’s an unreleased version of the classic 1971 cut ‘Life On Mars?’, remixed by its original producer Ken Scott.

    The new album will be avilable as 1 CD and a Deluxe 2 CD. This will be followed by a double vinyl album version on 7 January.

    The announcement follows a series of teaser posted on the late star’s Facebook page. Read the full track listing for the CDs below.

    BOWIE - LEGACY 1 CD Track Listing

    1/ Let's Dance (single version)
    2/ Ashes To Ashes (single version)
    3/ Under Pressure – Queen & David Bowie
    4/ Life On Mars? (2016 mix)
    5/ Changes
    6/ Oh! You Pretty Things
    7/ The Man Who Sold The World
    8/ Space Oddity
    9/ Starman (original single mix)
    10/ Ziggy Stardust
    11/ The Jean Genie (original single mix)
    12/ Rebel Rebel
    13/ Golden Years (single version)
    14/ Dancing In The Street - David Bowie & Mick Jagger
    15/ China Girl (single version)
    16/ Fame
    17/ Sound And Vision
    18/ "Heroes" (single version)
    19/ Where Are We Now?
    20/ Lazarus (radio edit)

    BOWIE - LEGACY 2 CD Track Listing CD1

    1/ Space Oddity
    2/ The Man Who Sold The World
    3/ Changes
    4/ Oh! You Pretty Things
    5/ Life On Mars? (2016 mix)
    6/ Starman (original single mix)
    7/ Ziggy Stardust
    8/ Moonage Daydream
    9/ The Jean Genie (original single mix)
    10/ All The Young Dudes
    11/ Drive-In Saturday
    12/ Sorrow
    13/ Rebel Rebel
    14/ Young Americans (original single edit)
    15/ Fame
    16/ Golden Years (single version)
    17/ Sound And Vision
    18/ "Heroes" (single version)
    19/ Boys Keep Swinging
    20/ Ashes To Ashes (single version)
    21/ Fashion (single version)


    CD 2:

    1/ Under Pressure – Queen & David Bowie
    2/ Let's Dance (single version)
    3/ China Girl (single version)
    4/ Modern Love (single version)
    5/ Blue Jean
    6/ This Is Not America - with The Pat Metheny Group
    7/ Dancing In The Street - David Bowie & Mick Jagger
    8/ Absolute Beginners (edit)
    9/ Jump They Say (radio edit)
    10/ Hallo Spaceboy (PSB Remix) - with The Pet Shop Boys
    11/ Little Wonder (edit)
    12/ I’m Afraid Of Americans (V1 edit)
    13/ Thursday’s Child (radio edit)
    14/ Slow Burn (radio edit)
    15/ Everyone Says ‘Hi’ (edit)
    16/ New Killer Star (radio edit)
    17/ Where Are We Now?
    18/ Lazarus (radio edit)
    19/ I Can’t Give Everything Away (radio edit)

    Pre order the deluxe edition below or visit Bowie's website for more options

    iTunes Deluxe

    iT Amazon Deluxe (2CD)

  • Adele's album 25 hits Diamond status

    Adele’s album 25 has has hit diamond status in less than a year.

    According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) The singer’s third album reached Diamond status Thursday last week after selling 10 million copies in America alone. It was only released in November 2015 meaning 25 reached diamond in little over 10 months.

    Adele received the 10X Platinum plaque on the final night of her six-show stint at Madison Square Garden.

    Her single ‘Hello’ has played a huge part in leveraging the album for success by going seven times platinum and hit singles 'Send My Love (To Your New Lover)' and 'When We Were Young,' were hugely influential.

    This is the second time the singer has gone Diamond as her 2011 album, 21, reached the same lofty height in 2012. That took nearly two years to reach the 10 million mark though.


    Congratulations to @Adele on her second @RIAA Diamond record (10 million US sales) for '25'!

    — British Embassy (@UKinUSA) September 27, 2016

    The singer joins Britney Spears, who achieved the same feat with 1999’s 'Baby One More Time and Oops I Did It Again in 2000, Mariah Carey, who also has two Diamond certified albums and Celine Dion. But considering the increased ways of getting music for free compared to the 90s and 00s, it makes it even more remarkable to have reached the figures she’s reached.

    Meanwhile, Adele is up for five awards at this years European Music Awards, held in Rotterdam in November.

    And her video to ‘Hello’ has reached 1.7 billion views. Just staggering.

  • Beyonce, Adele, and Justin Bieber dominate MTV European Music Award nominations

    Beyonce, Adele, and Justin Bieber are up for five nominations each at this years MTV European Music Awards.


    Coldplay are also up for four awards and Kanye West is up for two.

    The ceremony will take place in Ahoy in Rotterdam on 6 November with all of the biggest names in the world set to appear. This is the second time the annual ceremony takes place in Rotterdam with it last visiting the cit y in 1997


    It's not been announced who will be performing at the awards but with last year seeing Justin Bieber, James Bay and Pharell Williams take to the stage there should be a few exciting names on that list.

    The full list of nominations are as follows:

    Best Song

    Adele - 'Hello'
    Justin Bieber - 'Sorry'
    Lukas Graham - '7 Years'
    Mike Posner - 'I Took A Pill In Ibiza' (Seeb Remix)
    Rihanna ft. Drake - 'Work'

    Best Video

    Beyoncé - 'Formation'
    Coldplay - 'Up&Up'
    Kanye West - 'Famous'
    Tame Impala - 'The Less I Know the Better'
    The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk - 'Starboy'

    Best Female

    Lady Gaga

    Best Male

    Calvin Harris
    Justin Bieber
    Shawn Mendes
    The Weeknd

    Best Live

    Green Day
    twenty one pilots

    Best New

    Bebe Rexha
    Lukas Graham
    The Chainsmokers
    Zara Larsson

    Best Pop

    Ariana Grande
    Fifth Harmony
    Justin Bieber
    Selena Gomez
    Shawn Mendes


    Best Rock

    Green Day
    Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Best Alternative

    Kings Of Leon
    Tame Impala
    The 1975
    twenty one pilots

    Best Hip-Hop

    Kanye West
    Wiz Khalifa

    Best Electronic

    Calvin Harris
    David Guetta
    Major Lazer
    Martin Garrix

    Best Push

    Alessia Cara
    Bebe Rexha
    Charlie Puth
    Dua Lipa
    Elle King
    Jack Garratt
    Jonas Blue
    Lukas Graham

    Biggest Fans

    Ariana Grande
    Justin Bieber
    Lady Gaga
    Shawn Mendes

    Best World Stage

    Duran Duran - Piazza Del Duomo, Milan (2015)
    Ellie Goulding - Piazza Del Duomo, Milan (2015)
    Jess Glynne - Isle of MTV, Malta (2016)
    Martin Garrix - Isle of MTV, Malta (2015)
    One Republic - MTV Evolution, Philippines (2016)
    Tinie Tempah - MTV Crashes, Plymouth (2015)
    Tomorrowland - Belgium (2016)
    Wiz Khalifa - Isle of MTV, Malta (2016)

    Best Local Act

    Beyoncé (US)
    Adele (UK & Ireland)
    Coldplay (UK & Ireland)
    Justin Bieber (Canada)
    Shawn Mendes (Canada)
    Lukas Graham (Denmark)

    Best UK And Ireland Act


    Little Mix
    Years & Years


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