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  • WHH Governor Elections

    WHH Governor Elections – Notice of Poll


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


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



    Public – Birchwood, Rixton, Woolston





    Staff - Clinical Scientist and Allied Health Professionals






  • WHH Appoints New Chief Nurse

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

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

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

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

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

  • STP information

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

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

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

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

    Cheshire and Merseyside Sustainability and Transformation Plan


  • #bornatWHH

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

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

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

    Download our poster template and get scribbling here.

  • Patient Choice Award

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

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

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

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

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

    Patient Choice Award

    Communications dept, Kendrick Wing

    Warrington andHalton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    Lovely Lane, Warrington, WA5 1QG

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

  • Maxillofacial Open Day

    Free mouth cancer screening is being offered at Warrington Hospital on Wednesday 16th November, as part of our continued support of Mouth Cancer Action Month.

    Mouth Cancer Action Month is an initiative run by the Oral Health Foundation, which takes place in November each year, and has done since 2009. It aims to raise awareness of the issues surrounding the condition and also the symptoms that people should look for.

    For our part, WHH's dedicated Maxillofacial Team will be offering free mouth cancer screening on Wednesday 16th November for our local community. No appoiintment is neccessary; you just simply need to present yourself at the department, located in the Appleton Wing of Warrington Hospital, to make use of this free service. It will run from 9am - 12pm and 1pm - 4pm.

    We are also pleased to offer free parking to anyone wishing to attend the drop-in clinic. Simply hand in your car registration number to a member of the Maxillofacial team and they will do the rest.

    The importance of this initiative cannot be understated. Latest figures, from 2011, showed that there were 6,767 people diagnosed with mouth cancer in the UK. That is 18 people per day, with one person diagnosed every 77 minutes. Cases of the disease have increased by a third in the last decade and mouth cancer is one of the few cancers where instances are expected to continue to increase in the coming years.

    It is important that people play their part in combating this disease by recognising the signs and symptoms of the condition. Risk factors for mouth cancer include smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. Another is HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) which is transmitted by oral sex. It is crucially important that people make regular visits to their dentist, who, as part of their examinations will screen people for mouth cancer.

    Hospital Practitioner Maxillofacial Surgery, Stephen Porter, said, "We would encourage patients to not be frightened or worried about seeking advice and are happy to see anybody who may have any concerns. Symptoms to look out for are ulcers that do not heal within a couple of weeks, or unusual lumps or swellings, or any red or white patches that do not look normal."

  • NED opportunity arisen

    An excellent opportunity has arisen at WHH for a non-executive director to join our Board.

    As Governors for the Trust, we’re seeking to appoint a new Non-Executive Director who shares our values and ambitions, is passionate about building on our success and who can bring leadership, strategic vision, experience of transformational change and a deep understanding of governance to our Foundation Trust Board. The successful candidate will evidence strong commercial awareness gained in either the public, private or third sector and will offer challenge and support to the Executive team in delivering our ambitious agenda which includes developing local, regional and national policy changes so that the Trust continues to have an established and progressive future in serving the people of Cheshire and Merseyside.

    The information in this pack will give you a flavour of our organisation, our priorities and how we work and would encourage you to contact our retained consultant Diane Charnock on 07988 653669 or email for an informal conversation about the role.

    For more information please read the pack here.

  • Governor role vacancies

    NHS champions needed for important governor roles

    Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is looking for local people to be NHS champions by becoming public governors – nominations are now open!

    The Foundation Trust, which comprises Warrington Hospital, Halton General Hospital and the Cheshire and Merseyside Treatment Centre has 16 public governors who ensure that decisions made about the hospitals are in patients’ best interests as well as being a vital ambassador for our local communities.

    Governors also help patients and members of the public by joining Governor Groups that look specifically at Quality in Care and Communications and Engagement.

    There are six public governor positions up for election this autumn as existing terms of office come to an end or where there are vacant constituencies without a local ambassador. To be eligible to stand as a governor the individual must be at least 16 years old, live in one of the areas that are up for election and be a foundation trust member. Membership is free and involves completing a simple form, the Trust currently has around 12K local people that are already members.

    The areas in Halton up for election are:

    • Norton South, Halton Brook, Halton Lea
    • Appleton, Farnworth, Hough Green, Halton View, Birchfield

    The areas in Warrington up for election are:

    • Culcheth, Glazebury, Croft, Poulton North
    • Birchwood, Rixton and Woolston

    One other constituency is up for election:

    • Rest of England and Wales

    Steve McGuirk CBE, chairman of Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:

    There has never been a more important time to step forward for your local NHS. We are working to continually improve and develop our services, focusing on the way we deliver care and recruit, train and grow our wonderful and dedicated WHH workforce. At the same time we face significant challenges both financially and operationally.

    "We really value our Council of Governors and the individuals who give up their time to hold our non-executive directors to account, help us define our strategic direction and provide that critical voice for the local populations that we serve.

    "If you are passionate about the NHS and your local hospitals then becoming a Governor is a fantastic opportunity to develop your skills and experience as well as being our patient and public ambassadors ensuring that their interest remain front and centre of all we do.”

    The time commitments required of governors has been refined over the last year and we now ask for attendance at four Council of Governor meetings per year as well as choosing one of the Governor groups which meet six times per year. There are some less formal events such as meeting patients and helping out with our Annual Members Day but these are optional. The role is voluntary, travel expenses are reimbursed and free Governor parking permits are provided.

    Individuals that wish to put themselves forward must first enrol as a Foundation Trust member here before 14th November 2016.

    Nomination forms will be issued to all members from the end of October to complete if they wish to stand. The postal ballot of members to elect the nominees in each area then takes place in December.

    For more information click here for Member information on Becoming a Governor 2016

    For more information on Wanted champions for your hospitals click here.

  • 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.

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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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    The European Union is a politico-economic union of 28 member states. It has an area of 4,324,782 km², and an estimated population of over 508 million, and operates through a hybrid system of supranational ... Wikipedia
    Area: 4.325 million km²
    Founded: November 1, 1993, Maastricht, Netherlands
    Headquarters: City of Brussels, Belgium
    Unemployment rate: 9.6% (Apr 2015) Eurostat
    Government debt: 87.4% of GDP (2013) Eurostat
    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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  • Inspirational School Grows Further Success
    <p>AN inspiring Tameside school is ending the year on yet another high note after winning a second award for its work to provide pupils with an excellent all round education.</p> <p>St Damian&rsquo;s RC School has been named the Most Inspirational Secondary School of Year in the Educate Awards 2016. This follows the Ashton school being named Secondary School of the Year in the Manchester Evening News Awards in July as well as achieving record pupil outcomes.</p> <p>In 2015 the school achieved 79% A*-C grades at GCSE and this year this year it came top in Tameside in terms of the progress of disadvantaged pupils -&nbsp; this focus on inclusion was reflected in the school achieving an &lsquo;Inclusion Quality Mark&rsquo; in July 2016.</p> <p>The awards recognise this work to overcome barriers to learning and the school attributes much of its success to its exceptional pastoral care, focused leadership and clear vision to be outstanding.</p> <p>It also offers great enrichment opportunities and was shortlisted for Eco School Project of the Year in the Educate Awards 2016 for its work to give pupils hands-on experience of environmental issues and understanding of food provenance.</p> <p>The <em>&lsquo;Sow, Grow, Eco&rsquo;</em> project involved pupils planting and growing a range of fruits, vegetables and herbs to be used in Cooking and Nutrition lessons as well as using leftovers to make compost for further growing.</p> <p>They have also used the area to create a wild flower garden to bring wildlife such as bees and dragon flies into the school environment &ndash; a resource that has also been used by the geography and science faculties to enhance pupils&rsquo; learning.</p> <p>Chair of Governors Mrs Elizabeth Jones said: <em>&ldquo;This latest award is a true recognition of what our school is all about. We aim to be inspirational for all our pupils and this is a just award for all connected to our school - including governors, staff, parents and of course our great pupils.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Headteacher Sheldon Logue said: &ldquo;<em>This award is a culmination of a true community working together to ensure we fulfil our motto, &lsquo;Believe to Achieve&rsquo;.&nbsp; My staff are truly great and this is a tribute to their perseverance, commitment and dedication. Without them, this award would simply be impossible. </em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;</em>This has been a massive boost for everyone in school and is testament to everyone working together in a caring and safe environment.&rdquo;</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Member for Lifelong Learning Cllr Lynn Travis said: &ldquo;What a wonderful year and achievement for St Damian&rsquo;s and a shining endorsement of the hard work and commitment of the full school community to give pupils a great all round education. Congratulations to everyone involved.&rdquo;</p> <p>#ProudTameside</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Get Addicted To Spoon Carving
    <p>I made it! Adult Masterclass: Introduction to Spoon carving</p> <p>SPOON carving &ndash; it&rsquo;s surprisingly addictive, and you can find out why at our next &ldquo;I Made It!&rdquo; adult masterclass at Portland Basin Museum on Saturday, January 21 (10am to 3.30pm).</p> <p>Under the guidance of professional artist Nadine Grundy, you&rsquo;ll get a great introduction into green woodwork and a craft that can provide a life-time&rsquo;s enjoyment.&nbsp; Spoon carving can be done anywhere, with few tools and very little space.</p> <p>On this masterclass you&rsquo;ll use three tools - an axe, a carving knife and a spoon knife - to carve a wooden spoon that you can use in your home. All tools and wood will be provided but participants are welcome to bring their own if they wish.</p> <p>The workshop is for beginners and the atmosphere will be very relaxed. Nadine, the artist, will work with people on a one-to-one basis as well as with the group as a whole. No previous experience is required.</p> <p>To book your place, telephone 0161 343 2878. The cost is &pound;30 per person or &pound;25 concessions.</p>
  • Santa To Welcome Shoppers To Christmas Market Launch
    <p>Photocall</p> <p>You are invited to send a reporter/photographer to Tameside Christmas Market at 1pm on Friday 2 Dec when Father Christmas and Cllr John Taylor will cut a ribbon to officially launch the event.</p> <p>SOMEONE special is arriving in Ashton this Friday for the opening of Tameside Christmas Market.</p> <p>Father Christmas will join Deputy Executive Council Leader Cllr John Taylor to officially launch the event, which will run in Market Street over the first three weekends of December, at 1pm.</p> <p>Tameside Christmas Market promises to be real family favourite this year, offering a selection of free rides and craft activities over the three weekends including donkey rides, a ferris wheel, swing boats, a carousel, land train and children&rsquo;s crafts &ndash; all of it free for everyone!</p> <p>There will also be over 20 traditional cabin stalls with local traders 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>Street entertainers, reindeer, elves and other favourite characters will be welcoming visitors to the market and Ashton town centre &ndash; a great opportunity for photos!</p> <p>For those wishing to relax, there will be a covered refreshments and seating area where shoppers and diners can enjoy music and dance.</p> <p>Students from Tameside College have constructed the wooden cabins for the speciality stalls and working on the electrics while Benchmark Builders have provided the materials.</p> <p>The Christmas market will run on 2-4 Dec, 9-11 Dec and 16-18 Dec opening Friday and Saturday 11am&ndash;9pm and Sunday 10am&ndash;4pm.</p> <p>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. Come and join the fun while supporting local traders.&rdquo;</p> <p>Tameside Council is working with town teams and community partners and to support Christmas celebrations and activities across the borough &ndash; for further details see the Christmas What&rsquo;s On in Tameside 2016 guide at <a href=""></a></p> <p>Keep updated on latest news and entertainment information on Tameside Christmas Market at <a href=""></a> and by following on @TamesideMarkets on Twitter.</p>
  • Mathematics Masters
    <p>THINGS are certainly adding up for Arlies Primary on the maths front. The Stalybridge school is one of only two in the North West to be taking part in an exciting and innovative exchange with China.</p> <p>The Shanghai Approach is accepted as a world leader in improving standards in mathematics. Denise Heaton, assistant head and Year 6 teacher at Arlies, is among 70 expert maths staff involved in the exchange as part of the Maths Hubs programme.</p> <p>She has been to the Far East to see the Shanghai Approach at first hand, and over the next two weeks will be helping to host two Chinese teachers. They were welcomed at Arlies on Monday morning (November 28) at a reception attended by the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Philip Fitzpatrick; Cllr Kieran Quinn, the executive leader of Tameside Council; Cllr Lynn Travis, executive member for lifelong learning; and ward member Cllr Jan Jackson.</p> <p>Cllr Quinn said: &ldquo;The work being done at Arlies is only one of the exciting developments taking place in their curriculum.</p> <p>&ldquo;Maths is a key subject, and vital to learning the skills needed to succeed in the 21st century economy. However, it&rsquo;s also a subject many people find difficult, so anything that helps youngsters to do well at maths has to be applauded.&rdquo;</p> <p>There are 75 Maths Hubs across England, each led by a school such as Arlies which has a record of high achievement in the subject, and of supporting improvements in teaching and learning in neighbouring schools.</p> <p>Denise&rsquo;s job is to further develop the understanding and implementation of mastery approaches to teaching maths at Arlies and partner schools.</p> <p>The exchange is part of the Teaching for Mastery Programme, run by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM). The teachers, all of whom completed the Mastery Specialists programme last year, visited China in the first half of November.</p> <p>Denise said: &ldquo;During the time the Shanghai party are with us, we&rsquo;ll be putting on two showcases which school professionals and dignitaries will attend. They&rsquo;ll effectively be lessons taught by the Chinese teachers which will be followed by a research group to discuss key elements.</p> <p>&ldquo;At the end of the visit, during which the Shanghai party will be teaching at 35 schools, there will be a reception at the House of Commons hosted by Schools Standards Minister Nick Gibb.&rdquo;</p>
  • Council Leader Supports Tree-planting Drive
    <p>CLLR Kieran Quinn, Tameside Council&rsquo;s executive leader, branched out from his office duties on November 24 to help plant trees in Stamford Park.</p> <p>The council wants to manage its land in a more sustainable manner, so at the start of autumn it began a rolling programme of planting across the borough. It is looking to reduce the amount of grass-cutting it undertakes which would allow it to use of fuel and machinery while encouraging wildlife and biodiversity.</p> <p>Additionally, tree planting is known to be beneficial for the environment. Trees clean the air by absorbing pollutants and carbon.</p> <p>Cllr Quinn said: &ldquo;Planting more trees was one of the 16 for 2016 pledges I announced 12 months ago. They improve the appearance of the borough and provide quality green spaces which our residents can enjoy to improve their physical and mental health.&rdquo;</p> <p>The trees are all native species. The whips (slender unbranched shoots) have been provided by the conservation volunteers and Ovo Energy while the larger ones have been funded from contributions by developers. Planting is being carried out by council staff and volunteers.</p> <p>If you would like to get involved visit <a href=""></a></p> <p>Tree planting also aids flood reduction as the roots anchor soil and soak up water: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Christmas At Portland Basin
    <p>KEEP the flight lanes clear to the North Pole &ndash; Father Christmas has confirmed that he&rsquo;ll be turning up at Portland Basin, Ashton-under-Lyne, on Sunday, December 4 (11am to 3pm).<br /> <br /> The jolly old gentleman will be in the Victorian Parlour when the museum holds its free festive fun day.<br /> <br /> Visitors can have a go at making decorations with natural materials, join in with a free artist-led craft activity, as well as getting involved with Christmas trails and other museum based activities.</p> <p>Tickets to see Father Christmas are &pound;4, and include a gift. They will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from 10.30am on the day.<br /> <br /> Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council&rsquo;s assistant executive member for heritage and tourism, said: &ldquo;I&rsquo;m sure children must already be drawing up their Christmas lists. The festive fun day at Portland Basin on December 4 is the ideal opportunity to hand them to the man himself so that he can get his elves working.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</p>
  • The Tameside Hack Is Back
    <p>AFTER the success of Tameside&rsquo;s first hack, held in August, the council is pleased to announce that the hack is back. Plans are under way to hold a second event which will be on February 21-22 during the half-term holiday.</p> <p>This time, the coding competition for 12 to 18-year-olds will take place at Tameside College&rsquo;s new advanced technologies centre on Stamford Street East,&nbsp;Ashton &ndash; part of the Beaufort Road campus. Each day lasts from 9.30am to 4.30pm.</p> <p>As with the summer event, the hack will cater for teams of four and the challenges &ndash; designed to test creativity and coding skills &ndash; will be set by local businesses and this year&rsquo;s sponsors including Arcadis UK and Purple who will also donate prizes.</p> <p>Details can be found at The challenges will also be announced through Twitter <a href="">@TamesideHack</a></p> <p>The Tameside Hack 2017 is a key element of Tameside Council&rsquo;s &ldquo;Every Child a Coder&rdquo; pledge and is led by the authority&rsquo;s employment and skills team. Schools, clubs and youth organisations are encouraged to enter, but hackers are free to take part with friends or to come as individuals and look for team-mates on the day. All levels of coding skill and experience are welcome.</p> <p>Booking a place is easy. Simply visit <a href=""></a></p> <p>Experts will be present throughout both days to support hackers and give advice. So if you&rsquo;re tech-savvy and want to volunteer as a mentor, or you&rsquo;re a business that would like to sponsor the hack or set a challenge, sign up now at <a href=""></a></p> <p>Cllr Lynn Travis, Tameside Council&rsquo;s executive member for lifelong learning and every child a coder champion, said: &ldquo;This is a great way for young people to have fun and meet others who are interested in coding.</p> <p>&ldquo;The August event at Ashton Old Baths was a huge success and I&rsquo;m sure this one will be even better. It&rsquo;s free to attend and is a great opportunity for our young people to take part in something exciting and new during the half-term holiday, and at another of the borough&rsquo;s prestige centres.&rdquo;</p> <p>Arcadis knowledge and performance manager Louise Shaw added: &ldquo;It is fantastic that Arcadis is returning to support this event, this time as a sponsor.</p> <p>&ldquo;After the success of the summer hack we are keen to identify how we can collaborate further, to advocate and encourage the talent of these young minds and how their innovative ideas could impact our projects and clients in the future.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s great to be a part of something that could not only influence and transform Arcadis internally but the wider communities and industries around us.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Christmas Giving
    <p>REDISCOVER&nbsp;the magic of Christmas by doing something special to help improve the lives of others.</p> <p>Whether it is spending time with an elderly neighbour or relative to volunteering or fundraising &ndash; there are lots of opportunities for residents and business to get involved in their community at this time of year.</p> <p>Tameside Council is supporting Tameside 4 Good&rsquo;s <a href="">Toy Appeal</a>, in partnership with the Tameside Reporter and Tameside Radio, and is encouraging local people - as well as council staff and members - to get involved.</p> <p>The Toy Appeal involves people donating new, unwrapped toys and gifts to benefit the 10,500 children and young people aged from newborn to 18 living in poverty in Tameside.</p> <p>Donations should be taken to <a href="">drop off points</a> across the borough &ndash; which include all Tameside Libraries - by Thursday 15 December 2016. Please note that second-hand or soft toys will not be accepted.</p> <p>If businesses would like to get involved in the Toy Appeal they can contact Amy Rowlands on 0161 339 2345 or <a href=""><strong></strong></a>.</p> <p>Tameside 4 Good is also asking local people to Dress up Silly for Santa as a fun and festive way of way of raising money for the local good causes. On Friday 16 December people can dress themselves or their pets in a silly or fun Christmas outfit and donate &pound;2. Text TAME44 &pound;2 to 70070. Pictures can be tweeted using #sillysanta.</p> <p>Christmas is a busy time for foodbanks, which support many vulnerable people and families in the borough. You can help by donating food items or volunteering your time. For more information on local foodbanks visit <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;Food donations can also be dropped off at local libraries in the run up to Christmas. Items needed include: longlife milk and orange juice, tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits and tins of food including corned beef, tuna, vegetable,&nbsp;fruit, custard and rice pudding.</p> <p>There are many other local opportunities to volunteer your time to help make a positive difference to people&rsquo;s lives across the borough and spread a little Christmas spirit. To find out more visit <a href=""></a> or contact Volunteer Centre Tameside on 0161 339 2345.</p> <p>To help spread the Christmas spirit - tell us about what you are doing to help others this Christmas by sending us a message on Twitter to @TamesideCouncil #ChristmasSpirit #ProudTameside</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • School Ranks In Top 1% Nationally For Maths
    <p>Here&rsquo;s a school that can be counted on for teaching great maths skills.</p> <p>St Peter&rsquo;s CE Primary in Ashton has achieved provisional Key Stage 2 results which have placed it in the top 1% in the country for pupil progress in maths.</p> <p>And the school is not just nurturing great mathematicians &ndash;provisional results have also ranked it as one of the top 3% nationally for progress in reading.</p> <p>Headteacher John Wilson attributes the success to a lot of hard work and as well as a commitment to a wide and balanced curriculum.</p> <p>He said: &ldquo;We have a clear system of developing good basic skills right through the school and also a strong focus on good quality teaching. We include a lot of practical activity in the classroom, such as maths games, to engage the pupils and have a rigorous system of assessment so we can quickly pick up on anyone who is struggling and put in interventions to help them.</p> <p>&ldquo;Beyond this, we have a great pastoral team and provision such as breakfast club for the pupils as well as enrichment activities such as sport. Physical activity is a big part of our culture here, as well as making pupils more alert and engaged it also gives them a competitive edge. Finally we have a great relationship with parents and all we work as a team to help pupils achieve their best.&rdquo;</p> <p>Tameside council Executive Member for Lifelong Learning Cllr Lynn Travis said: &ldquo;Being placed as one of the top schools in the country for progress in both maths and reading is a fantastic achievement&nbsp; and a real testament to the hard work and commitment of pupils, teachers, governors and parents.&nbsp;The schools is clearly helping the pupils achieve their very best and is preparing them well for future success. Well done to all involved.&rdquo;</p> <p>#ProudTameside</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Total Adrenaline - Totally Amazing
    <p>TOTAL Adrenaline lived up to its name in every way possible last Saturday. Tameside&rsquo;s newest leisure attraction was quite literally jumping with mums, dads and children getting active and enjoying themselves through physical fun.</p> <p>Situated on Manley Grove, Mottram, the adventure centre features three exciting zones: Trampoline, Laser and iPlay. It also has a caf&eacute; run by Obson &amp; Co &ndash; an artisan catering company involved with nutrition for the GB swimming team at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.</p> <p>The launch event was attended by actress Samia Ghadie who plays hairdresser Maria Connor in &ldquo;Coronation Street&rdquo;, her daughter Freya, and her husband Sylvain Longchambon from &ldquo;Dancing on Ice&rdquo;.</p> <p>Among the others present were Cllr Kieran Quinn, the executive leader of Tameside Council, and the authority&rsquo;s chief executive, Steven Pleasant. They were welcomed by Mark Tweedie, chief executive of Active Tameside.</p> <p>Total Adrenaline is part of a &pound;20 million investment by Tameside Council and Active Tameside to get the borough&rsquo;s residents more active and consequently healthier. The programme will also see a 25-metre swimming pool added to Active Hyde, a 24/7 gym called iTrain in Dukinfield, and a new wellness centre in Denton.</p> <p>Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council&rsquo;s executive member with responsibility for health, said: &ldquo;As an authority we want to support residents and their families in keeping as active and healthy as possible. Total Adrenaline will add even more exciting activities and options to help them.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mark Tweedie added: &ldquo;We&rsquo;re very excited to open Total Adrenaline. With our three zones there really is something for everyone. It&rsquo;s a great addition to our other attractions, Sky High Adventure and Hyde Leisure Pool.&rdquo;</p> <p>Book your visit at <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Joint Effort On Flood Clean-up
    <p>IT&rsquo;S all hands on deck as Council staff work with partners and the community in response to flooding following unprecedented rainfall.</p> <p>Reports suggest a month&rsquo;s worth of rain fell in just a few hours &ndash; overwhelming the drains and grids which are routinely cleared and which had also been cleared yesterday morning in hot spot areas in preparation for the forecast heavy rain.</p> <p>Highways staff worked all night and are continuing today (Tuesday 22 November) to unblock grids and drains. Other Council staff also worked through the night, with emergency partners, to deal with priority areas.</p> <p>Today operational staff from several services &ndash; from street cleaning to countryside and road engineers &ndash; have been diverted from normal day to day tasks to specifically increase resilience and capacity to clear the significant amount of debris on roads caused by the floods and the trees shedding branches and leaves.</p> <p>Tameside Council Executive Member responsible for operations and highways Cllr Allison Gwynne said: &ldquo;We did everything possible to prepare for the adverse weather but we can&rsquo;t stop a month&rsquo;s worth of rain falling in just a few hours and unfortunately some areas were hit by localised flooding.</p> <p>&ldquo;Thanks to our staff and our emergency partners for their swift response and for working throughout the night to assist and thanks also to members of the community who have worked with us on the clean up to help get the affected areas back up and running again.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Counting Down To Tameside Christmas Market
    <p>THE final finishing touches are being made to ensure Tameside Christmas Market 2016 gets off to a festive flying start.</p> <p>Students from Tameside College have been constructing the traditional wooden cabins for the speciality stalls and working on the electrics while Benchmark Builders have provided the materials.</p> <p>And Santa, elves and Hattersley Brass Band are waiting in the wings ready&nbsp;to welcome shoppers and celebrate the opening of the event on Friday 2 December.</p> <p>Tameside Christmas Market will take place in Market Street, 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 promises to be real family favourite this year, offering a selection of free rides and craft activities over the three weekends including donkey rides, a ferris wheel, swing boats, a carousel, land train and gingerbread man and bauble decorating &ndash; all of it free for everyone!</p> <p>There will also be over 20 stalls with local traders 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>Street entertainers, reindeer, elves and other favourite characters will be welcoming visitors to the market and Ashton town centre &ndash; a great opportunity for photos!</p> <p>For 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. Come and join the fun while supporting local traders.&rdquo;</p> <p>Tameside Council is working with town teams and community partners and to support Christmas celebrations and activities across the borough &ndash; for further details see the Christmas What&rsquo;s On in Tameside 2016 guide at <a href=""></a></p> <p>Keep updated on latest news and entertainment information on Tameside Christmas Market at <a href=""></a> and by following on @TamesideMarkets on Twitter.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Small Businesses But A Big Event
    <p>IF you want to give your local economy a boost, the answer&rsquo;s simple &ndash; shop small.</p> <p>For every &pound;1 spent at a small business, at least 50p circulates back into the local economy. That&rsquo;s why Tameside Council is backing Small Business Saturday (SBS) on December 3.</p> <p>SBS highlights the 4.9 million small and medium-sized companies around the country which provide a personalised alternative to the mass-produced offerings of anonymous national retailers.</p> <p>Shopping locally supports traders, their suppliers and the people on whom they depend to run their businesses. It helps the local economy by restoring confidence in the community, which in turn enables businesses to prosper and grow.</p> <p>The organisers are hoping this year&rsquo;s event &ndash; the fourth &ndash; will be the best yet. It has the enthusiastic backing of Tameside&rsquo;s six town teams, all of which are promoting it on their individual websites.</p> <p>To add a seasonal twist, the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Philip Fitzpatrick, will be criss-crossing the borough on December 3, visiting town-centre businesses accompanied by beautiful dogs from Tameside Huskies.</p> <p>In 2015, customers spent an incredible &pound;623 million at UK small businesses - an increase of almost &pound;120 million or 24 per cent on the previous year. <em>#SmallBizSatUK</em> trended number-one on Twitter throughout the day after more than 100,000 tweets were issued in support of the initiative. These reached at least 25 million people.</p> <p>Cllr Kieran Quinn, the executive leader of Tameside Council, said: &ldquo;Our borough has many, wonderful small businesses across its town centres and Small Business Saturday has the full support of Tameside Council.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have always encouraged residents to shop locally and to look out for the many bargains on offer - that&rsquo;s the whole point of our Tameside Loyalty Card scheme - but we especially ask them to do this on Saturday, December 3.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p>
  • Mayor's Charity Ball
    <p><span lang="EN">IF you love your partner and love helping others, why not combine the two by attending the Civic Mayor of Tameside&rsquo;s charity ball at Dukinfield Town Hall on Friday, February 10?<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span lang="EN">All proceeds will be donated to the Mayor&rsquo;s Charity Appeal Fund which is dedicated to helping good causes close to Cllr Philip Fitzpatrick&rsquo;s heart including Tameside 4 Good, Citizen Advice and Willow Wood Hospice.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span lang="EN">The evening will include a formal dinner and dancing to the highly acclaimed Debonaires swing band.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span lang="EN">Cllr Fitzpatrick said: &ldquo;This is a great opportunity &ndash; not just for a wonderful night out but also to raise funds for some very worthwhile local causes. The ball has always been a great night in the past and it&rsquo;s my intention to make this one extra special.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span lang="EN">Tables for eight people are available at a cost of &pound;320. Individual tickets are &pound;40 each. Dress is dinner jacket or lounge suit. To make your reservation or to obtain further details, call 0161 342 3087.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span lang="EN"><a href=""><font color="#0000ff">www.tameside.<span>g</span></font><font color="#0000ff"></font><span><font color="#0000ff">y</font></span><font color="#0000ff">or/events</font></a><o:p></o:p></span></p>

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  • Kanye West says he would have voted for Donald Trump

    Kanye West has made yet another shocking statement to the absolute disbelief of absolutely nobody. 

    Whether West makes these bold statements to gain press, or is being genuine, is something that is anyone's guess, but his own. 

    But as West was playing on the Saint Pablo tour in San Jose, he relinquished himself of thoughts that he thought people should know. 

    This time, as Yeezy was mid-set, he told the crowd: “I told y’all I didn’t vote, right?” Proclaimed saint West. “But if I would have voted, I would have voted for Trump.”

    "I would have voted for Trump." - Kanye West

    — billy (@billycrossover) November 18, 2016

    What is certainly most disconcerting about this revelation, is that West is actually favourite to win the 2020 presidential campaign. Assuming of course, Ron Pearlman doesn't run. 

    Now this is a bit odd, because only recently, West's friend and collaborator, Jay Z, performed at a Hillary Clinton event. 

    Not only that, but Beyoncé was also quite vocal in support of Trump's adversary. 

    One fan, who was in the audience, said that West actually stopped to make several speeches on the subject. 

    Apparently West also claimed that celebrities are the new philosophers. Anyone else remember that top 10 hit Socrates had? It was great... 

    Kanye is now saying how he loved Trumps debate style. Kanye is glad Trump inspired racists to reveal themselves. "This is the beginning"

    — Raptor (@RaptorJesuss) November 18, 2016

    Kanye just said he thinks he'll have the experience in 2020 to run for office, I'm dead serious, Kanye just said he's preparing for 2020.

    — Raptor (@RaptorJesuss) November 18, 2016

    "Rappers are philosophers of our now, celebrities are the influencers of our now, just look at the president, he wasn't in politics & won"

    — Raptor (@RaptorJesuss) November 18, 2016

    Kanye now talking about how he wants people with principle and wants someone to bring light problems w/ education, housing & other elements.

    — Raptor (@RaptorJesuss) November 18, 2016

  • New Freddie Mercury documentary to air this weekend

    A new Freddie Mercury documentary is set to air this weekend under the title of Freddie Mercury: Who Wants To Live Forever.

    The documentary will show Mercury's life from Queen's performance at Live Aid in the summer of 1985, through to when he was diagnosed with AIDs in the spring of 1987.

    Freddie Mercury: Who Wants To Live Forever, has been described as a "behind-the-scenes" look at the Queen Singer.

    It is also said to unveil ‘the true story of his battle to keep his privacy against a prying tabloid press, to work despite crippling pain and to confound science and save his life.’

    Some key scenes that feature have been dramatised, whilst the documentary will also show some rare archive footage. 

    Not only that, but the documentary, which airs at 9pm on 20 November on Channel 5, has an exclusive interview with Mercury's bodyguard, Terry Giddings. 

    Meanwhile, the film about Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, recently revealed that the star of the show, Mr. Robot, Rami Malek, will play Mercury. 

    The film, which according to The Guardian been in production for eight years has also had some problems. 

    With both members of Queen, Roger Taylor and Brian May, working as the music producers, they feel that some of the film should be dedicated to Freddie Mercury. 

    This actually caused the original casting of Mercury, Sacha Baron Cohen to walk out on the film. 

    This was discovered when Baron Cohen, who was talking to radio host Howard Stern, explained the disagreement. 

    Recently, in honour of Mercury's 70th birthday, Richard Young held an exhibition at his gallery of unseen and archived photographs of Mercury. 




  • Radiohead have added more music to Spotify and Apple Music

    Much to the elation of Radiohead's cult following, the band have uploaded more music to both streaming services, Spotify and Apple Music.

    Upon the band's move from Parlophone, to XL, the band's internet footprint, shrunk down, in a supposed effort to streamline everything. 

    Away went a lot of the band's back catalogue, and instead stayed only a few albums, including their 2016 release, A Moon Shaped Pool. 

    Back in 2013, it was thought that the band's time with the likes of Spotify and Apple Music was over, after Yorke, and the band's producer had some very choice words to say regarding them.

    Yorke said of Spotify at the time, that it is "the last desperate fart of a dying corpse".

    Whilst A Moon Shaped Pool was released onto the streaming platforms, the band's albums In Rainbows, has only recently appeared on the services.

    Now, however, two tracks from 2009 have also reappeared. Both, 'Supercollider', and, 'The Butcher', are now available on the services for fans of the band.

    Since the release of Radiohead's latest album, A Moon Shaped Pool, the band have unsurprisingly been announced to headline every festival under the sun.

    Not forgetting, the nail biting, but slightly obvious rumours of the band headlining Glastonbury in 2017.

    The band have also been announced to headline Poland's Open'er festival, as well as, Best Kept Secret Festival.

    Amidst all of the festival announcements, Ed O'Brien, has announced that he will release a "Brazil inspired" solo album. 

    But it might be some time before we get to hear O'Brien's solo album, as Radiohead have just announced a fairly big tour for 2017. 

    You can see the dates below, and get more information, here

    JUNE 2017

    7th Spektrum, Oslo
    9th Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
    11th Northside Festival, Aarhus
    14th Visarno Arena, Parco delle Cascine, Florence
    16th I-Days Festival 2017, Parco di Monza, Milano
    18th Best Kept Secret Festival, Hilvarenbeek
    20th 3 Arena, Dublin
    23rd Glastonbury Festival, Pilton
    28th Open’er Festival, Gdynia
    30th Rock Werchter Festival, Werchter

    JULY 2017

    2nd Main Square Festival, Arras
    4th Manchester Arena, Manchester
    5th Manchester Arena, Manchester

  • Listen to two new tracks from The Weeknd's new album, Starboy

    It has been a tumultuous year for The Weeknd, he's found his fame in a matter months, and now his new album has everyone excited. 

    Ahead of the release of The Weeknd's much anticipated follow up to Beauty Behind The Madness, The Weeknd has now showcased some singles. 

    Starboy, looks, and sounds, as though this could be the singer's best work to date, and that has all been but confirmed by the release of two singles from the forthcoming album, 

    The Weeknd, has already released the lead single and title track of the album in, 'Starboy', which features Daft Punk, no less. 

    Now, the singer has released another pair of singles, in 'I Feel It Coming', and, 'Party Monster'. 

    'I Feel It Coming', sees a somewhat softer side to The Weeknd, as his lyricism strays away from his usually crass, and quite plainly, rude soundbites. This does sound like Michael Jackson meets Daft Punk. 

    The other new cut, 'Party Monster', sees The Weeknd return to his more established sound. A song about drinking, and girls, which to be fair to The Weeknd, has proved to be a winning formula on his last album. 

    This year has also saw the rapper be nominated for an Oscar alongide the likes of Lady Gaga, and Sam Smith. 

    Not only that, but late last year, The Weeknd has been brought into a legal dispute regarding his track, 'The Hills', which featured on Beauty Behind The Madness. 

    Even more interestingly, is that The Weeknd pulled out of supporting Rihanna on her Anti tour earlier this year.

    Ahead of Starboy, however, the Weeknd has announced a tour of his own. You can see the dates below, and get tickets, here

    March 5 Manchester, Arena
    March 7, 8 London, The O2
    March 10 Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
    March 11 Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
    March 13 Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena
    March 14 Leeds, First Direct Arena

  • A fan has bid £1m for a private Take That show

    A devout Take That fan has succesfully bid 1.1 million pounds in a Children In Need auction for a private Take That gig.

    The auction all took place on Chris Evans' breakfast show on Radio 2, the winner, Elaine Fairfax, got the gig after another bidder doubled her earlier offer of £500,000.

    Gary Barlow of Take That, simply said, "Oh my god", when he was told the news by Chris Evans live on his radio show.

    Fairfax, who is a businesswoman that made her money with her own pet insurance firm, will now be privvy to a private 45 minute set from the band.

    Barlow told Fairfax: "We'll come and sing to you, have a drink with you, have selfies, see your friends, meet your mum and dad". He continued: "Whatever you want us to do, we'll do it.

    "Try and get rid of us. You'll be pushing us out the door by the end of it".

    The very admirable donation will all go to Children In Need, which will have its annual telethon today (Friday 18 November). 

    Barlow informed both Fairfax and Evans that, "The last time we did something like this was in 1991 for Jackie magazine".

    Chris Evans orchestrated the whole auction after emailing Barlow only a couple of days ago. 

    Barlow, who has organised several charitible events told listeners: "This is a charity we all love".

    This won't be the first time that Gary Barlow has done something special for a fan, as earlier this year, he surprised one of the band's fans, by turning up to her 40th birthday unannounced. 

    More recently, Take That joined former bandmate, Robbie Williams on stage at his intimate gig in London's Troxy. 

    Unfortunately, it looks as though both Take That, and William's tour will clash, so any hope of a reunion in 2016, seems to be quashed. 


  • Metallica unveil video for 'Spit Out The Bone'

    Metallica have unveiled the video for new track 'Spit Out The Bone'. Watch below.

    Ahead of the release of new album Self-Destruct, which drops tomorrow, the metal icons have been releasing a video a day in the build-up to their first new record in eight years. Today sees the release of another clip - which unleashes flashing images of a dystopian imagery and sees epic carnage unfold. The video is directed by Phil Mucci, who has previously worked with Korn. 

    The track follows previously released cuts from the new record 'Atlas Rise' 'Moth Into Flame' and 'Hardwired'. Things are shaping up nicely.

    Metallica are also set to play an intimate London show tomorrow to mark the album's release. The band will take to the stage at House of Vans near Waterloo, in what is set to be an incredibly rare opportunity to see Lars Unrich and co - who are used to packing-out stadiums - in a tiny 850 capacity space. 

    The show is being held in support of charity The Railway Children, who assists children who live alone and at risk on the streets in the UK, India and East Africa.

    Today (November 17) the band will be at the HMV store on Oxford Street to meet fans and sign autographs at midnight. It will be the first time the band will have done an in store signing in the UK.

    Metallica haven't released a studio album since 2008's multi-platinum Death Magnetic. 

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