YOU CAN STILL HAVE FUN ON THE HOME FRONT THIS HALF TERM
Salford community groups have pulled together to help local families have a safe and happy half term, Halloween, Bonfire Night and Diwali.
With new Tier 3 restrictions on households mixing to combat rising coronavirus infection rates and the cancellation of organised firework displays, Salford City Council has created a ‘Celebrate Safely’ section on its website at www.salfordgov.uk/celebratesafely .
It features videos ranging from how to make salt dough, hold a poetry race or make a shadow puppet to gruesome Halloween recipes and even tips on how to make sure wildlife benefits from your left-over pumpkin.
Local crafter Lexi Jones has created a step by step tutorial on how to paint a rock for Halloween that can then be hidden for others to find as part of the Salford Rocks Facebook group challenge.
The page also has safety information around fireworks and a video signposting people to advice on how to help pets cope with Bonfire Night. The council is also sharing fun ideas every day on its Twitter and Facebook feeds.
Deputy City Mayor Councillor John Merry said:
“We have to celebrate differently this year because of the pandemic but that doesn’t mean people can’t still have fun.
“We know it’s hard to come up with ideas to entertain the children, especially if the weather isn’t great, so we asked local community groups for their ideas. They have created amazing videos and I hope everyone enjoys them.”
The groups which contributed are:
Art with Heart
The Lighthouse Church
Kids Club Screen Stars
Salford Community Leisure
Oasis MediaCityUK Community Hub
And Lifecentre Salford which co-ordinated the project with support from Salford CVS.
Salford Community Leisure also has a range of events including a half term football coaching camp, spooky afternoon teas, pumpkin painting and a scarecrow trail at Ordsall Hall, a day time trail or an after dark virtual tour of Lark Hill Place and a ‘spooktacular’ Halloween swim at the Helly Hansen watersports centre.
For more details and bookings please see https://salfordcommunityleisure.co.uk/whats-on/
Full listing for Salford Community Leisure events:
October Half Term Football Camp – SCL & Foundation 92 at Salford Sports Village
Monday 26 to Friday 30 October, from 10am to1pm.
£10 per day, £42 for the full week, suitable for ages 7 – 12 years.
A brand-new football camp, operated in partnership between Salford Community Leisure and Foundation 92. Offering children aged 7-12 the chance to get active and out on the pitch for some quality coaching from qualified instructors.
There are also fun prizes up for grabs throughout the week, including SCFC shirts. Kids will have a great time and parents will have peace of mind, with qualified coaches, state of the art facilities and COVID-19 procedures in place.
Family Halloween events
Children’s Halloween Afternoon Tea at Salford Museum & Art Gallery
Saturday 17 October to Sunday 1 November 2020, 1pm to 3pm
£8.95 per person. Book required.
Bring your little ghouls for an afternoon tea treat at Salford Museum & Art Gallery this Halloween. The spooky selection includes sandwiches, a choice of soft drink, gingerbread skeleton, ghostly traybake and a slice of toffee apple cake.
Halloween Scarecrow Trail at Ordsall Hall
Sunday 18 October to Sunday 1 November, various times. £2 per children
Join the hunt for a rag-taggle gang of mischievous scarecrows who have gathered in the gardens at Ordsall Hall this October for their annual meet up. Book a 30 minute slot to find 10 scarecrows hidden in the gardens and draw each scarecrow.
Pumpkin Painting at Ordsall Hall
Sunday 25 October 2020, 11.30am and 2pm
£10 per child, suitable for ages 7 and above.
Get into the Halloween spirit with our annual Pumpkin Painting workshop in the spooky surroundings of Ordsall Hall. Paint a real pumpkin with acrylic paints in a variety of designs, ready to pop outside your house for autumn pumpkin trails.
Spooky Afternoon Tea in Ordsall Hall’s Great Hall
Sunday 25 October and Sunday 1 November 11.30am and 2pm.
Adults £15.00 | Children £7.00 | Deposit £15.00
A frightfully delicious Spooky Afternoon Tea in the Haunted Surroundings of Ordsall Hall, home to most famous resident ghost, Margaret Radclyffe aka The White Lady.
Enjoy sandwiches, Halloween themed cakes and hot pot of tea or coffee for each booker. We also are offering a “Little Terrors” option for children, which will consist of a smaller portion of cakes and sandwiches and a horrifying slime green soft drink.
A Halloween Half Term Visit at Salford Museum & Art Gallery
Tuesday 27 October to Sunday 1 November 2020, 11:30am – 3 pm
FREE, donations welcome | £2 for a spooky trail | Booking required
Explore the Victorian street, Lark Hill Place all decorated for Halloween, with lots of spooky things to spot! Have a go at our trail – Find Famine! to spot tiny copies of one of our best-loved paintings ‘Famine’.
Lark Hill Halloween: The Darkness and Dangers Virtual Tour
Saturday 31 October 2020, 6:30pm – 7:30pm. £5 per person
Close the curtains, lower the lights and log on for a virtual tour through to the darker side of Lark Hill Place. Delve into the terrors of yore in this humorous and macabre walk down the street decorated with Halloween objects from within the museum’s collections. With a Museum tour guide to show all the sights and sounds from the comfort of your own home, it’s the perfect socially distanced solution for those looking for some history with their scares.
Spooktacular Halloween Swim at the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre Thursday 29 October £20
Spooktacular Open Water Swim in the dark at Salford Quays. 300m and 500m course. Price includes Spooky Halloween Swim Cap, glow stick, hot drink, hot soup/roll. A safety team will be keeping you safe in the water.
Salford was once a place of forests of tree’s, tranquil village lanes and rolling fields. It boasted wildlife in abundances which we will most likely never see again.
Sadly, things change and the cost of what we humans call progress is often paid by the environment and wildlife which inhabits it. Every day, more of that greenery is lost to development and the price is paid by our native species who increasingly come under pressure.
In the past, our City has seen some of the worst pollution in the country due to its industrial heritage and as our population has grown we have expanded our human domain further into natures territory.
As a result our greenbelt land has become increasingly under even more pressure at a time in which we are constantly told that we need to do all we can to prevent an impending natural disaster from global warming.
In more recent years we have seen Salford Council make a huge push to create a healthier, cleaner, greener environment and as part of that push we have been lucky enough to see the creation of an amazing dual function wetlands in Kersal which not only acts as a much needed flood defence system but also as a home to countless numbers and species of water-fowl.
Just recently City Mayor, Paul Dennett took to Twitter with great delight to show a photo of an Otter happily taking a dip in the once heavily polluted River Irwell. It shows just how far our once Dirty Old Town has come and how things have changed. That change has come via the hard work and efforts of many people.
Things have changed because the attitude of both council and people has changed.
We now have a dedicated local wildlife champion in Cadishead Councillor, Lewis Nelson, who over the years has relentlessly fought to protect the greenbelt of Salford, even when it has put him at odds at times with members of his own party members.
More recently, Eccles Councillors along with MP for Salford and Eccles, Rebecca Long-Bailey, were instrumental in stopping plans for a septic tank on a patch of land at the three sister’s nature reserve in Elsmere Park.
Salford Council and the R.A.I.D. group led by Councillor Karen Garrido, were successful in fighting Peel Land and Property through the courts, finally putting an end their plans to build homes on fields in the area which would have brought huge impacts to the local roads and schools, not to mention even more destruction of the green spaces which we love so much.
There is always far more to do but when you look back at where we have come from, the difference is staggering.
Our rivers teem with fish, our marshland plays host to both native bird species as well as those from across Europe and beyond, our local woodland home to huge populations of squirrels, rabbits and all manner of other woodland creatures.
A far cry from the dirty smoke-filled days of our industrial past.
Without a doubt, Salford is a much cleaner place to live and during the dark months of the Covid-19 pandemic they have played an equally vital role as being a place where local people can visit whilst maintaining their social distance, which has gone a long way to help maintain the mental health of many a Salford resident.
So it is understandable that when it was recently revealed that the RHS Bridgewater has undertaken the culling of a number of Salford’s much coveted local deer population to limit potential damage to the plants, shrubs and tree’s on their 156 Acre site in Worsley, the local community was not too pleased to hear the news.
It is understood that Councillor Lewis Nelson and Darren Ward confronted the RHS, raising concerns over the situation, which forced their hand in making a statement about it on their social media groups.
In a release on their Facebook page, the RHS state that they could not herd, net or relocate them due to Covid-19 pandemic and the large number of people required to undertake the operation, so instead, the only other viable option was to ‘humanely’ cull what they claim to be a very small number of the animals which occupied the space outside of the deer enclosure.
The statement in full is as follows:
The statement was met with unprecedented condemnation by commenters to their Facebook page, with many pledging never to visit the RHS site when it opens its doors in 2021, others calling for protests with banners outside when they open.
Within half an hour, a petition was set up which has already gained over 2100 signatures at the time of writing.
Petition · Salford City Council, RHS, RSPCA, : Stop the RHS Bridgewater from further culling of roe deer at their site · Change.org
Local councillors joined in by venting their own anger at what had happened.
Walkden South Councillor, Richard Critchley posted:
Whilst branch secretary of Salford Unison, Stephen North said:
The cities Conservative councillors also waded in on the issue with a scathing press release condemning the culling of which they say they had no notification was to take place.
Salford Mayor and our Wildlife Champion Lewis Nelson, jointly issued a statement this morning.
Our city is heavily populated, and yes it is true that it still has its problems and there is much more to do, the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework has both councillors and public divided over its impact, but one thing is blatantly clear, in Salford we cherish what wildlife we have.
Our own Salford Online Facebook page is evident of that as each day our members help us to showcase it and in these times of pandemics and social distancing it has never been appreciated more.
From videos of friendly foxes playing with dogs in back gardens, to photos of Bartons now native colourful green Parakeets, to the bushy tailed Squirrels that live in the trees throughout our city.
Our group and countless others are filled with Salford’s much-loved nature, we surround ourselves with it whenever we can, and although some of us have gardens of our own, it is surrounded by nature and the wild things that we feel at our best.
For the RHS these deer shootings may have been seen as a solution but for many in Salford that solution was unpalatable.
Some on social media have stated that culling in this way is part of population control and the RHS itself states that it has been done to protect the plants and fauna, but it should be remembered that those deer have lived peacefully on the site they now occupy for centuries with the name of their species embedded in the name of the area of known as Roe Green.
Salford is an urban city and our local council and rangers have done an amazing job of helping to reinstate a little of that nature for us all to enjoy.
As one Facebook commenter said, "Why are they destroying our native wildlife and an established eco system to make way for a fabricated pay to view fake version of nature filled with none native plant species?"
Floods of similar comments filled social media condemning the actions, with countless commenters pledging to boycott the gardens before it ever opens its doors to the public.
These deer are a reminder that the true natural beauty of our City still clings on, a hark to its past and a symbol of its rise as a green and pleasant place to live once more.
And so, the reaction from a nature loving public was predictable, they felt like a shot had been fired at them too and they are now responding in that unique way that Salfordians do when they come under fire. They stand up, dust themselves off and fight back harder.
If the RHS learns one lesson from this it should be, never underestimate the collective power of the people of Salford, they can make you and just as easily break you should they feel the need.
As part of the opening of the RHS, salford.media was planning on running a series of features to welcome the RHS into Salford and to showcase the site, however, under the current circumstances we feel that in all good faith we can no longer do that.
Additionally we have removed any previous promotional materials and articles from our pages in protest.
Instead, we have decided that in the coming weeks we intend to run a series of short videos and articles to showcase the true natural beauty of our City, from its urban landscapes to its parks and woodlands.
A FREE gift of nature to us all to get out and explore.
The deer and other wildlife in Salford can not speak but whilst we can use our voices, we will speak for them.
Young people in Salford are looking to the future as the city celebrates National Youth Work week (November 2 to November 8.)
Salford City Council’s youth service, which works with more than 400 young people each week, will be running projects on the skills employers are looking for such as communication and team-work and staying positive and being hopeful as part of the week’s celebrations.
The team has had to move much of its work online because of the pandemic but has continued to work with more than 400 young people every week.
The work ranges from fun activities to help young people develop self-confidence and learn new skills, through art, music, sport and projects such as learning to refurbish bikes to supporting them with school attendance and behaviour difficulties or involvement in anti-social behaviour or crime.
Youth workers also support young mums and dads and young people who are LGBTQ and have helped young people give back to their communities during the pandemic by assisting food banks, delivering food parcels and promoting acts of kindness. They also support the Youth MP, Youth Mayor and Youth Council which campaign for action on issues which matter to young people.
Deputy City Mayor Councillor John Merry said:
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Poppies are being painted on the road in Salford to mark Remembrance Sunday.
The move comes after residents were asked to ‘make a sacrifice’ and commemorate Remembrance Sunday at home this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
This year the council will show a service of remembrance and a wreath laying ceremony over the internet from 11am on Remembrance Sunday, 8 November.
And two poppies have been painted on Chorley Road opposite the cenotaph where people would usually attend to mark the significant day.
The poppies were installed free of charge by KAYS Traffic Management Systems Limited after Highways officers approached them about doing something special to mark Remembrance Sunday.
Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said:
The council has two Armed Forces Champions, Councillor Margaret Morris and Councillor Barry Warner. They are asking people to consider donating to the Royal British Legion if they can to support the Poppy Appeal 2020 https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/.
Shaun Hargreaves, commercial director at KAYS said:
Salford City Council is also displaying memorial banners and a giant poppy on the Civic Centre and has posted ideas on its website under the banner Remember at Home for ways to pay tribute during the day.
The Ceremonial Mayor of Salford, Councillor Charlie McIntyre, said this year’s remembrance would be different but no less dignified or heartfelt.
KAYS, is a family-run road maintenance business based in Blackburn, working hard to support the North-West’s attempt to keep people safe and the country moving forward. Headed up by commercial director Shaun Hargreaves, KAYS has not only completed typical traffic management tasks with ardour, but the business was also one of the driving members behind the well-recognised series of ‘road rainbows’ and messages of thanks to the NHS - as loved and admired across North-West localities.