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  3. I believe it was Benjamin Franklin who said, that the only two certainties in life are death and taxes, I would like to add another to that statement. I can virtually guarantee that if you go to someone's house for what ever reason, you will see a pint pot or a glass that has been nicked from a pub, c'mon admit it, we have all a Stella, Carling, Heineken, Boddingtons or Holts glass lurking in the cupboard... This story from the pages of the Salford City Reporter, September 1921, tells of what happened to a Mrs Catherine Walker who was found to be in possession of drinking glasses from a local pub, be warned. She appeared at Salford Magistrates Court charged with stealing (or receiving, well knowing them to have been stolen) five drinking glasses from The Cattle Market Hotel, Cross Lane, Salford and a further charge of being in unlawful possession of 44 more glasses. Superintendent Clark told the Court that a few days ago from something that came to the knowledge of Groves and Whitnall brewery who owned the pub and was passed onto him, concerning a number of drinking glasses in a house on West High Street, Salford, a search warrant was applied for and granted. The next evening, Detectives Coates and MacDonald visited the house and asked Mrs Walker if she had any drinking glasses that didn't belong to her, bearing the name of the Cattle Market Hotel, to which she replied, "No". One of the Detectives went into the living room and saw two glasses with the Imperial measure stamp on them, on the table, in a nearby locked cupboard was found a further 44 glasses, five of which were stamped, Cattle Market Hotel. She told them that the five glasses had been in her house for a number of years, and then added that she ran a boarding house which catered for artists performing at the nearby Salford Hippodrome and thought that, "theatricals had bought them in at various times" as for the other glasses they belonged to her. The manager of the Cattle Market was asked if there was any marks on the five engraved glasses which would indicate if they had been taken within the past two years, he said that in the case of two of them, that particular glass was not made two years ago. For the defence, Mr A. Gilman Jones said that with regard to the first case there was no evidence of theft, and as a matter of fact Mrs Walker had only been in the Cattle Market pub once during the past, three or four years, and that her husband had died, two years ago. He then tried to switch the blame onto the Artistes who had stayed at her house who he described as being, "happy go lucky people and travelling on a Sunday they brought food with them including, glasses, knives and forks, and they must have visited the Cattle Market pub and brought them out of the pub and back to her lodging house" Seems plausible enough to me. Mrs Walker then told the court that she had seen some of the glasses stamped, Cattle Market Hotel, and it was simply neglect on her part, not to return them, and since her husband had died there had been no new additions to the glasses collection, is she blaming him, now? The Stipendiary Magistrate ruled that she was guilty of receiving the five stamped glasses and fined her £5 or 28 days in prison, the second charge against her of unlawful possession of the other glasses was dropped. A strange case to say the least, I wonder who tipped the brewery off about her glasses collection, a disgruntled lodger perhaps? and also was she allowed to keep the remaining other glasses? So the next time your in Wetherspoons or some such pub, think about Mrs Walker afore slipping a glass into your pocket or bag....
  4. My mother Ethel Armstrong lived on Marple street with her family most all her sisters and brothers stayed in Salford living in the Hanky park area My mother joined the land Army and moved away to Shropshire for five years, before that she was working in Salford town hall sealing the barrage balloon the room at the top was used to do this work. She said that the had a pot of glue and would climb inside sealing the seams and they had a radio on which they sang too.
  5. I would love to know where the work of hanky park area ended up?
  6. I have been trawling through the pages of the local newspapers for many, many years now, mainly for research material which would be used in my local history books, also I would select stories from 100 years ago to illustrate articles for SalfordOnline. The stories selected are often humorous, sometimes hearting breaking, yet they all give an insight into what life was like in our great City of Salford, however I kept coming across one man's name, which would crop up fairly regularly, and always at The Magistrates Court, his name was Joshua Batty. Batty aged 40, who lived in Birley Street, Pendleton, wasn't one of the regular drunks or brawlers who so often featured, his appearances were always politically motivated, his "offences" included, chalking messages on walls and pavements, in which he would insult the local authorities, the police, councillors, clergy and the Government, he was once arrested for going into the pulpit at Salford Cathedral when there was a Mass in progress and began denouncing the church and it's wealth. The following story is about, yet another of his appearances at Salford Magistrates Court in August 1921 where he appeared charged with begging outside the War Pensions Committee's premises on Strawberry Road, Pendleton. Detective Sergeant McNee told the court that following "complaints" and having cautioned, Batty the previous day, he and Detective Squires kept observation on him for 20 minutes, during this time they saw Batty approach men leaving the building and ask them for money, some gave and others refused, McNee then told the court that after speaking to a disabled ex-serviceman and what he told him, (which was not disclosed in court) they arrested him on a charge of begging and he was taken to Pendleton police station. When searched they found a list of names and the amount of money given, written next to it, the amount came to, three shillings and three pence, and Batty had only three shillings on him, when asked where the missing threepence was, he told them he had bought himself a packet of Woodbine cigarettes, he was then charged with begging to which he replied, "Fair enough". By keeping a list of names of the people who had given him money doesn't strike me as being the actions of a street beggar, was he collecting for something else? and the fact the bought himself a packet of cigarettes is hardly a crime, was it mentioned in court as an attempt to discredit, Batty? Batty who was no stranger to the courts, took to the stand and asked Detective Sergeant McNee, if it was true that he had spoken to him the previous day but not for begging, but for obstructing the pavement, to which he agreed. Then Batty asked him if he would read out to the court an appeal he held in his hand which referred to a local public official, strangely enough, the Stipendiary Magistrate. Mr. Atkin read the appeal and wouldn't make the contents public, was it too inflammatory or possibly down right libellous? McNee then read out to the court, a list of Batty's previous convictions which started out with by saying, "Batty appears to have discovered the secret of of living without working" Batty's convictions dated back to 1906 and included, 12 months in Strangeways for smashing the windows at Lewis's store, Manchester, incitement to riot, chalking on pavements, obstructing the footpath and in 1916 he was Court Martialled from the army for, "Conduct prejudicial to military discipline" The with a final blow he said to the Magistrate, "I appeal to your worship to assist us in controlling this man who has got to the end of his tether" The case was adjourned for the day and Batty was granted bail. The next day the attacks on Batty continued, with Superintendent Clarke by saying that Batty had a bank account and that the bank manager a Mr Bracewell had been summoned to give evidence about the amount of money he had in the account, Bracewell said that Batty did have a joint bank account but there was little money in it. Batty, quite rightly got to his feet and objected to this evidence saying that he was being charged with begging and this evidence had nothing to do with this case. Possibly exasperated with the court case, The Stipendiary Magistrate. Mr. Atkin asked Batty if he would stop begging for money outside the War Pensions Committee's offices and demanded a straight answer. Batty replied that there was no reason why he should not, but gave his word and said he would keep to it. The case was dismissed and Batty walked free from the courtroom. In my opinion it does seem that Batty was a thorn in the side of the authorities, and looking at his criminal offences, he would appear to be a political activist of some degree, perhaps his days in the British Army had affected him in more ways than one, I can only guess. I fully intend to do more research into this chap's life as I find him to be a fascinating character, and if you have any anecdotes about Joshua Batty, please contact me on here.
  7. You may have heard the expression, "Forbidden Fruit" and this rather sad story from August 1921, helps illustrate the meaning behind it. Henry Simmonds aged 53, who lived at North George Street, Salford and James Pollitt aged 23, who resided at Water Street, Manchester appeared at Salford Magistrates Court with stealing gooseberries otherwise receiving them knowing them to have been stolen...yes that's correct, gooseberries. Simmonds have been employed by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company for several years as a loader, whilst Pollitt was employed by a wholesale butcher. In response to to repeated cases of fruit pilfering, the company had gone as far, as to use two of their detectives to to hide in the goods yard and keep observations on the workforce. They saw Simmonds on several occasions bend down and take fruit from a barrel which he was unloading off a train and eat them, as if this wasn't bad enough, Pollitt was then seen to climb onto a railway waggon and also eat some fruit, however he was seen by the keen eyed detectives to put something into his jacket, followed by Simmons who did the same. As Pollitt was leaving the goods yard, Detective Bolas sprang into action and asked him what he had in his pockets, Pollitt admitted having some gooseberries and said that the other men unloading the fruit were also eating them. Simmons was also stopped and searched, rather comically he was seen swallowing the evidence and five squashed gooseberries were found in his pocket, this was all the evidence the detectives needed for the men to be arrested. They were taken to a nearby police station and charged with theft, Simmons pleaded not guilty, whilst Pollitt who had been caught red handed, pleaded guilty to this heinous offence. In the Magistrates Court, Mr Howard Flint who was defending Simmonds put forward the rather half hearted excuse that the fruit was loose in the barrels and could have, in transit accidentally fallen into his clients pockets.... Furthermore his client had unloaded 36 baskets of fruit that day and he could have filled his pockets with gooseberries, yet instead he had, only taken four or five, which were squashed. Predictably the Magistrate, Alderman Hughes, dismissed the notions of fruit accidentally landing in pockets etc and showed that he had no sense of humour by finding both men guilty, and they were fined £1 each but were warned if the fine wasn't paid in seven days they would go to prison for 14 days! Talk about petty, the sad thing is that, Simmons who had no previous convictions would not only get a criminal record but he would lose his job at the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company, this at a time of economic gloom for the whole country, obviously they shouldn't have nicked a few gooseberries but it was hardly a major crime was it?
  8. I came across this entertaining story from the pages of The Salford City Reporter from August 1921 which tells of the mishaps that befell Acting Sergeant Groves, one night on Regent Road, Salford and a crowbar wielding rescuer. The full story came out at Salford Magistrates Court in Bexley Square when Samuel Royle aged 19 from West Union Street and Gilbert Saunders aged 20 from Gledhill Street, appeared charged with being drunk and disorderly and assaulting Acting Sergeant Groves. A/S Groves who took the stand sporting a black eye and limping heavily gave his account of the fateful night, he said that he saw Royle. singing and shouting, and acting in a drunken manner, and asked him to be quiet and move along. To which Royle, replied, "Who are you spoofing?",then punched him in the face at which point all hell broke loose as A/S Groves was punched from behind and kicked to the ground by several people. Royle broke free and ran some fifty yards along Regent Road before being rugby tackled to the ground by the .plucky A/S Groves again a group of men joined in kicking and punching him in an attempt to release Royle. Help came from an unlikely source as a passing tram driven, driven by a Mr Connell came to a halt, he grabbed a cast iron, points iron and waded into the mob attacking the policeman, hitting anyone in his way and as he told the Court, "I used the points iron to some good effect" which was met with laughter from the public gallery. Mr Connell then helped the injured onto his tram and took him to the nearby, Salford Royal Hospital for treatment to his injuries which included, black eyes, bruised legs, knees and arms, these resulted in him being off work for several days. P.C. Wood took the stand and told the Court that he heard a police whistle and went to his comrades aid, there he saw, Royle rolling about on the floor with, A/S Groves, he manged to restrain him and took him to Regent Road Police Station where he continued to act like a "mad man" Saunders then went into the witness box and said that he had heard, screams and shouts and saw his pal, Royle on the floor when somebody hit him on the head knocking him out, and he woke up in the cells, possibly our crowbar wielding hero had claimed another victim? The Stipendary Magistrate, Mr F.W. Atkin, clearly didn't believe a word that Royle and Saunders had said and took the side of the police. Both men were fined, £1 for being drunk and disorderly and a further punishment of one months hard labour in Strangeways Gaol for assaulting A/S Groves was added. Seems a lively night on Regent Road and Mr Connell wasn't a man to be taken lightly by all accounts, as they say, The Good Old Days!
  9. Following sold out West End runs Major UK announced for Death Drop, Heading to The Lowry this October. Starring RuPaul's Drag Race USA Superstars Willam & Ra'Jah O'Hara & Drag Race UK Star Vinegar Strokes. Reprising her West End star turn Holly Stars. Following rave reviews at London's Garrick Theatre, the fabulous killer comedy and smash hit sold-out sensation Death Drop will be sashaying across the UK on tour this autumn. Kicking off in October the tour will visit The Lowry from Tuesday 12 - Saturday 16 October 2021. Tickets are on sale now. Described by Attitude as a “killer show” and ”rollicking good fun” by The Guardian, the UK tour will star Ru-Paul USA drag legends Willam and Ra’Jah O’Hara and Drag Race UK star Vinegar Strokes who reprises her originating West End role, together with Holly Stars and a full cast of leading drag performers. Written by Holly Stars, this "dazzling and delightfully camp comedy" is "jam-packed with hilarious one lin-ers" and guaranteed to provide laugh-out-loud comedy that we all need right now. This show is like nothing you’ve seen on tour in the UK ever before! Willam said: Vinegar Strokes said: Holly Stars said: TuckShop Creative Director and Producer Christopher D. Clegg said: It’s 1991 and a gaggle of guests gather on Tuck Island for a soirée like no other. The tension rises as the outrageous guests reveal their suspicious and sordid pasts, and one by one they sashay away, until at the last, nerve-shredding, side-splitting moment the surviving guests find out who-dunnit! This rampant, raucous, ridiculous romp of a murder mystery serves up all the drama, comedy, twists and turns you’ll ever need! Website: www.deathdropplay.com Twitter: @deathdropplay Instagram: @deathdropplay Facebook: Facebook.com/deathdropplay
  10. Bolton-based retail giant will be Sharks’ new principal partner The club and retailer announce ‘Are you AO-K?’, a game changing mental health programme for schools across the North West Sale Sharks has signed up to a new long-term partnership with online electricals store, AO, which will see the Bolton-based retailer take over as the club’s principal front of shirt sponsor. AO will also work closely with the Sharks Community Trust, the club’s charitable arm, to create and launch ‘Are you AO-K?’, a life-changing mental health programme in schools across the North West. And the South Stand at Sharks’ AJ Bell Stadium will also be re-named and branded as the AO Stand, as part of the multi-year deal. Sharks CEO Sid Sutton said: Sharks fans won’t have long to wait to see the famous AO smile on the new 2021/22 kit, and work on the stadium re-branding will start straight away ahead of the new season. And the AO influence on the supporter matchday experience won’t stop there - ahead of the new season the team are working on special giveaways, half-time activations on the pitch and promotions outside the stadium before after fixtures. Vicky Monk, director of customer and brand at AO said: Sale sharks are currently believed to be in talks with regards a joint purchase of the AJ Bell from its current owners as part of a stadium sharing deal with Salford FC.
  11. Today (Wednesday 1 September 2021) three of the men have been sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court: Sabir Abdulkhadir (01/02/2000) Rawcliffe Street, Manchester was sentenced to 14 years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to affray and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. Ismail Abdullahi (01/01/1999) Chetwood Drive, Bolton was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison after pleading guilty to affray and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. Abdul Malik Said (01/01/2000) of no fixed abode was sentenced to six years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to affray and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. He was previously sentenced to three years imprisonment on 8 June 2021 after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin. John Robinson (01/01/2000) of no fixed abode was previously sentenced to two years imprisonment on 11 December 2020 after pleading guilty to affray and two counts of possession of an offensive weapon. On Saturday 7 November 2020, Abdullahi, Abdulkadir and Said, drove to Bolton in a BMW to go meet with Robinson at Fernhurst Grove. Abdulkadir was wielding a shot gun and Abdullahi was in possession of a knife as they approached Robinson who was wielding both a knife and hammer. Following an altercation between the three men and Robinson, a shot was fired by Abdulkadir which missed Robinson. Robinson then proceeded to smash the windows of the BMW before walking away. As Robinson walked away, Abdulkadir fired the shot gun into his back before the three men - Abdullahi, Abdulkadir and Said - made off on foot. Officers who attended the scene recovered the BMW as well as two shot gun cartridges and a knife for forensic examination. Inside the car the police discovered a quantity of class A drugs. Arrest warrants were carried out, and at the time of Said's arrest, he was found to be in possession of a large quantity of class A drugs. Detective Constable Ella Winters, of GMP's Operation Challenger, said: Detective Sergeant Paul Quinn, of Operation Challenger, said
  12. This story comes from the pages of the Eccles and Patricroft Journal, August 1921 tells of the sad deaths of two American sailors in Eccles, and with a Coroners verdict that is slightly puzzling. The S.S. Hartford was an American registered ship which moored at Irwell Wharf on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal, Eccles in late July 1921 and the crew headed off out for a night in Eccles to enjoy the local pubs, and with an added relish because at this time, America was a dry country due to the controversial Prohibition Act of the same year. After an evening drinking the crew made their way back to their boat at about 10.30pm, a fight broke out between several men on the deck of the boat, resulting in the death of two crew members, Irvin Siers and William Fentress, and John Munden being taken to Green Lane police station and charged with the murder of Irvin Siers. An Inquest was held at The Grapes Hotel, Peel Green by the Manchester Coroner, Mr G. S. Lereche to determine their causes of death, also in attendance was the American Consul to Manchester, Mr Holliday watching on in the interest of the accused, John Munden, an American citizen. The Coroner told the Jury of nine men that many of the crew had been drinking in Eccles before returning to the ship, a drunken row broke out in which Siers was involved, a cry of "man overboard" was heard, a sailor by the name of William Fentress jumped overboard to help save Siers, lifeboats were thrown down to them, however Siers continued to struggle and was dragging his rescuer, Fentress down with him. Edward Darling another crew member clambered overboard on a rope and urged the men to grab his legs, sadly the men were too exhausted and sank into the murky water, their bodies were recovered the next day by the police using grappling irons. Mr Lereche then said that several witnesses would be called who had said, that they seen, John Munden strike Siers in the fight and then drop him overboard, and it would be for the Jury to decide how Siers and Fentress had met their deaths adding that there would be three alternative verdicts. The First would be a deliberate killing by Munden, Second, that without intending to kill he committed an act resulting in Siers death, which would mean, Manslaughter, the Third alternative being that the man got into the waters accidentally, the verdict on Fentress would be accidental death. Lee Galvin the Chief Officer told the inquest that he was informed there were men fighting on the deck, and found a number of men brawling, when he heard the cry of, "man overboard" and saw Fentress enter the water. David Blackwell the Second Cook said that he saw two men fighting and that Munden picked up Siers and dropped him over the side of the boat, he added that both men had been drinking and he didn't think that Munden intended to throw the man into the water. The Inquest was adjourned for the day. Fred Gentry, an engine wiper, took the stand and said that he saw both men fighting, when Siers was held back, he demanded to be released so he could carry on fighting Munden, he then described Munden as looking, "half crazed" as he picked Siers up and dropped him overboard, although Munden did help lower a lifeboat to aid the rescue of the two men in the water. Edward Darling a friend of Siers said that they had both been drinking in Eccles, and had drank about seven or eight glasses of beer before returning to their ship, he too heard the fighting but did not see Munden, and to his credit Darling did overboard on a rope in an attempt to save his pals life. P.C. Duggan of the Ship Canal Police told the Jury that he was on duty at Irwell Wharf when he heard the commotion, he questioned and detained Munden, who told him that he was drunk and had been beaten up in a fight, he was taken into custody and removed to Green Lane police station for further questioning. Finally, a John Crowe a night watchman said that he saw Siers pushing and shoving Munden despite being told by several people to calm down, and when questioned by Munden's Solicitor, Mr Hockin gave some evidence that would prove crucial. He said that the S.S. Hartford had a list to the starboard and that the ships handrails were only three foot six inches high, and that, "anyone capering about or carrying on might easily go overboard, if under the influence of drink" After hearing all the evidence, the Coroner told the Jury that in the case of Fentress his cause of death was accidental and as for Munden it would be mere assumption that he deliberately pushed Siers overboard and that it was possible that he dropped him overboard to, "cool him down"... The Jury retired to consider their verdict and came back with the verdict that Siers met his death through accidentally falling over the hand rails whilst staggering about on deck, and Accidental Death verdicts were delivered on both men. Munden appeared at Eccles Magistrates Court and was told by the Chairman, Mr C, Fenton that to a great extent he was responsible for the deaths of both men, owing to him being drunk and fighting, and that has had come from a dry country it was pity he wasn't dry whilst in this country and was then free to leave the Court. Words fail me, surely the witness statements about him dropping Siers overboard was enough evidence to give a verdict of Manslaughter?, could it have been that with Munden being American the authorities didn't want to ruffle any diplomatic feathers? A strange story with no consolation for Irvin Siers. Photos: S.S. Hartford
  13. A relatively expensive but "game-changing" anti-cholesterol drug could soon be offered to hundreds of thousands of people in England and Wales on the NHS. NHS England says inclisiran, given as a twice-a-year injection, could save about 30,000 lives within a decade. It normally costs nearly £2,000 per dose but Novartis, which makes it, has agreed an undisclosed discount. It can lower bad fat in the blood when other cheaper drugs, like statins, have not done enough, says draft advice. The health watchdog NICE is recommending it as an option for people who have already had a stroke or heart attack and are not responding to other cholesterol-lowering treatments. Experts hope it will help to cut their risk of further life-threatening cardiovascular events. The drug works by silencing (turning off) a gene known as PCSK9, which is a key factor in the absorption of LDL cholesterol from the blood in the liver before breaking it down. It can be used on its own or alongside statins. Today’s decision follows agreement on a population-level commercial deal between NHS England and NHS Improvement and Novartis which will make inclisiran available with a discount to its list price. Inclisiran can be given in primary care settings as a twice-yearly injection to people with high cholesterol who have already had a previous cardiovascular event to reduce the chances of them having another. It can be used on its own or alongside statins or other cholesterol lowering drugs. Inclisiran works in a new way. It is the first of a new type of cholesterol-lowering treatment which uses RNA interference (RNAi) to boost the liver’s ability to remove harmful cholesterol from the blood. People with primary hypercholesterolaemia and people who have abnormally high levels of fats in their blood called mixed dyslipidaemia are at increased risk of cardiovascular events. Current standard treatment includes dietary changes, statins and other cholesterol lowering drugs, alone or in combination. Clinical trial evidence shows that inclisiran may help lower cholesterol levels when other treatments have not reduced them enough. However, there is no data directly comparing inclisiran with the other treatments, ezetimibe, alirocumab or evolocumab. There is also no long term evidence yet on inclisiran’s effect on cardiovascular outcomes. Despite these uncertainties, inclisiran is still considered cost-effective in people who have previously had a cardiovascular event and whose cholesterol levels remain high after they have had the maximum tolerated lipid‑lowering therapy. In people who have never had a cardiovascular event, the cost-effectiveness estimates were very uncertain and likely to be above what NICE considers an acceptable use of NHS resources. But a clinical trial is planned that will look at whether inclisiran reduces cardiovascular events in this population. So in this population, inclisiran is recommended for use in research trials. The roll out of the highly effective drug is touted as being a game changer and eventually result in a saving of money for the NHS due to less people requiring treatment for cholesterol related diseases which cause premature deaths from heart attack and liver failure.
  14. This morning (1 September 2021) Terry Woods QPM officially took up his new post of Deputy Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police This morning (1 September 2021) Terry Woods QPM officially took up his new post of Deputy Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police after he was sworn in at an attestation ceremony held at the force's Headquarters in Newton Heath. In the presence of Magistrate Stephen Paine, Deputy Chief Constable Terry Woods swore his oath and signed the Memorandum of Appointment, which officially confirms his role as Deputy Chief Constable. DCC Terry Woods is no stranger to policing in the North West, having spent over 25 years working at Lancashire Constabulary. He joined the force in 1996 as a Police Constable in Burnley, before rising through the ranks to Deputy Chief Constable in 2019. He has worked in various locations across Lancashire and brings with him a wealth of experience having worked in numerous roles including Response, Road Policing and Motorway, Support Unit, Child Sexual Exploitation Teams, Neighbourhood Policing, Specialist Operations and Change Management. DCC Terry Woods played a leading role in his previous force's Covid-19 response and also leads nationally on Police Driving. In June 2021 he was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in recognition of his exemplary operational leadership. DCC Terry Woods said:
  15. Over the summer holidays, local charity Foundation 92 has been helping disadvantaged children across Greater Manchester to access inclusive exercise and activities, as well as providing healthy food for those who would normally receive free school meals. Working alongside Manchester City Council, Salford City Council and Trafford Council, Foundation 92 has successfully delivered free-to-access Holiday Activity Fund clubs at 11 different locations across the city, supporting up to 60 children per location who face adversity and inequality through no fault of their own. From Monday to Friday each week, children have taken part in multi-sport activities, arts, crafts and specialist youth work, as well as receiving a free, healthy meal. Foundation 92’s 5,000th activity of the summer was marked with a small celebration at the Aquarius Centre in Hulme. Throughout the summer, Foundation 92 has provided 5,000 free places to children, putting them at the forefront of Holiday Activity Fund delivery across Greater Manchester. The scheme has only been made possible through support and funding from the Department for Education and local authorities, as well as the campaigning of footballer Marcus Rashford MBE. Foundation 92 is the official charitable partner of Salford City FC, owned and founded by the celebrated Class of 92. The foundation works with communities across Greater Manchester to promote sports & physical activity; health & wellbeing; education & employability and inclusion. Tom Hutton, Head of Foundation 92, said: One of Foundation 92’s most popular summer camps delivered through the Holiday Activity Fund has been based at the Aquarius Centre in Hulme, with an average of 40 local children attending every day. In a further social value investment, free meals have been provided by local Community Interest Company 4CT Limited, who offer employment to ex-offenders. Manchester City Council’s Chief Executive, Joanne Roney, said:
  16. Manchester City Defender Benjamin Mendy has been denied bail this morning after the 27-year-old was charged with four counts of rape relating to three women. The French defender was additionally charged with one count of sexual assault. The charges relate to four complainants over the age of 16 and are alleged to have taken place between October 2020 and August 2021. Mr Mendy is currently being held at HMP Altcourse in Liverpool whilst he awaits his next appearance at Chester Crown Court on the 10th September. City has suspended the player indefinitely pending the outcome of the case against him. A spokesperson for the club said: Reports suggest that the French International was subject to a misunderstanding in which he believed he would be housed in a VIP area of the prison, apparently becoming confused over the acronyms VIP and VP, believing he was to be given special privilege when in fact he was destined for the 'vulnerable persons' wing of the Category-B prison, for his own safety.
  17. A missing woman was saved from certain death by drowning when hero GMP officers waded into freezing water to pull her to safety. At around midday on Monday 1 March 2021, police were called to Eagley Brook in Bolton, due to reports of a concern for welfare for a woman. Officers attended and found a woman, who had previously been reported missing a couple of days before, was submerged in water, stuck in deep mud. Two officers – PC Golding and PC Burrows immediately went to the woman’s rescue, negotiating a deep embankment in order to reach her. Two other officers at the scene – PC Rourke, PC Ashcroft and PC Atkinson, got into position at the edge of the embankment and helped lift the woman out of the cold water and onto the bank where she could receive first aid from North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) paramedics. Because of the remote location, colleagues from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue (GMFRS) helped paramedics to get the woman out of the woodland, where she was then taken to hospital to receive treatment. All of the officers involved recently received a divisional commander’s ‘good work minute’ for their handling of the incident. Superintendent Steph Parker, GMP’s divisional commander for Bolton, said:
  18. The two men will appear in court tomorrow (1 September) charged with a number of offences including both supplying drugs and money laundering. Dylan Whitehead (DoB 18/11/1996) of Regent Square, Salford, has been charged with possession with intent to supply cocaine and heroin, and money laundering. Joseph Minas (DoB 15/08/2001) of Verdun Road, Eccles, has been charged with possession with intent to supply a psychoactive substance, obstructing a police officer, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and money laundering. They have been remanded in custody to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 1 September. Both men were arrested on Eccles Old Road on Monday 30 August by officers from GMP's Transport Unit working in conjunction with officers from Operation Naseby. Operation Naseby is a dedicated GMP operation tackling organised crime in Salford.
  19. Delighted to report that the Pearson and Brown, bench takes a further step towards completion following our visit today, to G.E. Robinson's timber yard in Salford. We have to give a massive thank you, to the fragrant, Hilary Curran, who has family relatives who work there, she told them about our restoration project and they could not have been more helpful. We were met by the Foreman, Andy Smith who could not have been more helpful, we gave him the measurements of the timber we require, and within minutes we were wearing Hi-Viz jackets and taken around the sheds and work site, which is some six acres in total and shown various stacks of timber. Andy carefully checked our measurements and advised us accordingly as to the best timber, we could use, he then measured up various lengths of timber, even going as far as to get a stacker driver, to bring down, what he thought was the best quality for us. If this was not enough, Andy has told us that he will get the timber cut to the correct size and then have it chemically treated, free of charge! The treating process takes a week, and we have made plans to pick it up next Friday, when it will be ready for cutting to size and assembling. Karl and I can not thank, Hilary Curran, Andy Smith. Kevin Smith and Gary Smith who all gave up their valuable time to help us, we are humbled! If we see you boys in the pub and you, Hilary the drinks are on Karl, we owe you a big drink! seriously we can't thank you enough! Finally in the next few weeks we shall be making our heartfelt pleas to any local joiner/carpenter who can help assemble the bench, worth a try surely?
  20. If you fancy a nice weekend of rugby union, live music, good locally sourced food, real and gin, look no further and travel no further than Eccles Rugby Union Club on Gorton Street, Peel Green, Eccles. We visited yesterday to a meet the brewers to see what delights there will be on offer, and had a chat with several people from the club and have a pint from the sponsors, The First Chop brewery who are based virtually on the clubs doorstep. Today (Saturday 21st) is Rugby Day with the doors opening at 12pm with an admission fee of £2 with teams playing for the prestigious, "Eccles Cup", no ordinary cup this, but a polished, stainless steel bucket, which will be paraded around the pitch perimeter, collecting money for charity, and as an incentive the winner of the tournament get to keep the bucket, sorry trophy and also the contents for their chosen charity, how good is that? The bar will be serving beers and ciders from eight local breweries also a fine selection of gin including Four Sisters flavoured gin, , Lime and Thyme anyone? If you are getting peckish, then fuel up on traditional Salford grub, pie and mushy peas or why not tickle your palate with a Bury black pudding? you know they taste great after a few pints. In the evening there is live music from Moonlight Rumours who will be covering all the hits which has made them one of Manchester's hottest party bands. The bar closes at 10.30pm so don't miss Last Orders! On Sunday (22nd) admission is free and it will be a Family Day with the doors opening at 12,30pm with family activities all day and yes the bar will be open until 17.30pm. So, please call along and help support local charities whilst sampling some of the finest beer available in the North West of England. Enjoy.
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    Bradford tickets on sale

    Tickets for Salford City vs Bradford City on Saturday 11th September go on sale at midday on Monday 30th August 2021! Adults £15, Concessions £10, U16s £5 Available online or from the ticket office during opening hours. North and South Stand (seated) tickets must be purchased in advance. West Stand (standing) tickets are available ahead of the game, and cash admission might be available at the turnstiles on the day (TBC). Tickets https://ecal.ai/f/95qkd/gLcx Match Centre https://ecal.ai/f/95qkf/gLcx Manage my ECAL https://support.ecal.com
  22. Salford City Council is looking for a development partner to provide a high quality, housing-led development in Greengate. The council has launched a selection process with the aim of appointing a partner by the end of the year. Greengate sits in the heart of city centre Salford and is experiencing a phase of development activity and growth. Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: Developers have until 27th September 2021 to apply for the opportunity. The successful developer partner will enter into a development agreement with Salford City Council and prepare a scheme in accordance with the Greengate Regeneration Strategy and SCC Planning Policy to secure planning permission for the sites, and support the council as it seeks to acquire the stalled sites within the area. The council will also continue to work with the successful applicant, so that the consented schemes may be completed to an agreed programme. Interested parties should login to the Chest to see further details of the opportunity, including instructions for applying and details of selection criteria. It is available at https://procontract.due-north.com/Advert?advertId=9299bb4f-94fa-eb11-810d-005056b64545&p=e0cc5631-4690-e511-80fb-000c29c9ba21
  23. I told you last week about the amazing collection of books that have been inherited by David Jones, from his late father, Alan and how David was looking for a good home for them, preferably to a University, College, History Group or a keen local historian. I am happy to announce that since the article was published I was contacted by, Dr Brian Hall a Lecturer in Military History at Salford University, and Graham Walker an ex-soldier and keen military historian. We met up at David's house and it if fair to say that both men were delighted at both the sheer number of books and the wide variety of subjects that were covered. Brian took away several suitcases and boxes of books, mainly about World War One, which he will split between his own personal collection and the rest going to Salford University's Library, He told me that he was very pleased with what he was able to take home and that it had, made his week and will be a great help with further research and he would like to thank both David and myself for contacting him Graham who you may know from his Billy Unsworth research, a Salford man who fought in the Boer War, but then re-joined the army only to be killed at Gallipoli in 1915, which Graham has turned into both a song and a possible book/film venture. He also took away several boxes of books mainly about the Gallipoli campaign and books relating to local regiments. with which he was delighted. There are still quite a few books left on the shelves, relating to both WW! and WW2, history's of regiments, autobiographies from men who served in the Armed Forces including the R.A.F. and Royal Navy, maps, brochures and a great deal more. If you wish to claim some of these books, free of charge, then please contact me on Facebook or via my email address, salfordreds1950@gmail.com and I will arrange a suitable time for to call at David's, but please, no book dealers, these books are for the use of people who are truly interested in military history and would be ideal for history societies, retirement homes etc. Please hurry as David will be selling the property shortly and needs to clear out the collection as soon as possible, so if you are interested in this once in a lifetime chance to obtain these books, please contact me.
  24. I caught sight of this item and would love a month of searching the books. I'm down south so not likely to happen. My grandfather was Matthew Rathborne, for a while the General Manager of the Middleton Electric Traction Co. He celebrated the last day of peace at the Warrington Club having signed up 'At the outbreak'. He was soon an RSM. I have an open tree on Ancestry. He wrote a letter to a friend while in Flanders which was published in a local newspaper. It is well worth a read. He is in good spirits despite having the skin taken off his nose by a sniper while caught in moonlight between the two fronts. While I've found his grave, Whally Military Cemetery, I've still never seen a picture of the man. My mother saw little of him and to age 93, was never sure why. The story is on a pilot's forum, PPRuNe dot org. By the way, there was talk of developing this cemetery as it is privately owned. There are pictures on the link. I'll put a link so as not to burden this thread. I would love to hear from anyone that has links to the Rathborne or Bennett family. The latter was Lizzy Bennett the landlady of the Bowling Green on Manchester Rd. Denton. There's a glass plate photo of her and two daughters some posts down. Astonishing definition for its day. Rob Benham wrbenham@gmail.com
  25. The finalists for Salford’s annual Springboard Heroes Awards have been announced. For the past year, housing association Salix Homes has been awarding grants to groups and projects across Salford that are making a difference in communities. The landlord has donated more than £33,000 to dozens of local groups and initiatives across Salford as part of its Springboard community grant programme. From gardening groups to grassroots football teams; Springboard has provided much-needed cash injections to local projects that boost community spirit, promote health and wellbeing, reduce isolation and improve the environment. Now, Salix Homes has picked four fantastic projects from across its neighbourhoods as the Springboard Heroes finalists and it’s over to the public to vote for their favourite, with the winning project receiving a £1,000 cash boost. The finalists for the Springboard Heroes Awards are: Buile Hill Mansion Association – This determined group is on a mission to restore the historic Buile Hill Park Mansion and surrounding buildings and bring it back into public use. They’re hoping to use the Springboard Heroes prize money to continue with their restoration project of the site’s sensory garden. Salford Litter Heroes –This inspiring group of litter-bug busters tackle littering and fly-tipping across Salford. If they’re crowned Springboard Heroes, they’ll use the prize money to continue their mission to make Salford a litter-free city. Bridgewater Residents Association - This green-fingered group have bounced back from adversity after thieves raided their community garden on East Philip Street in Trinity, which has proved a lifeline for those struggling during the pandemic. If they win, they plan to create more opportunities for people to get involved in gardening. Salford Pride: Pink Picnic Digital – Determined not to be thwarted by the pandemic, Salford Pride hosted the first Pink Picnic Digital – an eight-hour online celebration which was enjoyed by more than 4,000 people. They’ll use the prize money to continue their fight for equality for all in Salford. Sian Grant, executive director of operations at Salix Homes, said: Voting opened on Monday, 9 August and closes on Monday, 6 September, after which the winners will be announced. You can watch a video of each of the finalists and cast your vote at www.salixhomes.co.uk
  26. Last week we payed a visit to see, David Jones in Eccles who contacted us with a query regarding a vast collection of books at his late Father's house, so we called in, and we were staggered at what we saw. Inside the house we were met with pile upon pile of books, on such diverse subjects as World War One, World War Two, coal mining, engineering, mills, canals, buses, and many books on the history of Eccles, Salford, Leigh, Worsley, Wigan, Bury, far too many to count. Our collective jaws dropped as we were invited to look at the collection in the back bedrooms, once again row upon row of books, mainly about World War One, but what a fantastic collection, Rolls of Honour, for Salford and Manchester soldiers who fell in the war, bound volumes of The Great War published by the Sunday Times from 1914 - 1918, bound volumes of, Source Records of the Great War, Illustrated War News, books on every major battle on land, sea and air, newspapers, medals, badges, an amazing collection. Not only books on militaria there are books on virtually anything you can think of, I could live in that room for a month just reading and reading. David told us, more about his Father and how the collection came about, This is where, salford.media step in to help David, I have contacted one or two local history groups who have shown a keen interest in acquiring some of the books, however we don't want individuals taking books and then selling them on Ebay or wherever, that is totally wrong. If you are a genuine historian or preferably a member of a Local History group in Greater Manchester, please contact me for a chat and I will see about putting you in touch with David, this is a once in a lifetime chance to acquire some, rare and unique books, pamphlets, badges, newspapers, maps etc. Contact me on either tony@salford.media or salfordreds1950@gmail.com
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