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  1. 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?
  2. 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
  3. A male and female from Eccles have appeared at court accused of possessing a shotgun after being charged by detectives from GMP Salford's dedicated operation to tackle organised crime in the city - Operation Naseby. Kie Connor (02/03/2002), of Thorp Street, and Aimee Paterson (02/12/1997), of Fir Street, were held in custody to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court earlier today (Tuesday 10 August) before being further remanded for a hearing at Manchester Crown Court on Tuesday 14 September 2021. Connor has been charged with the following 10 offences: possession of cannabis, possession of codeine, possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, dangerous driving, possession of an offensive weapon, handling stolen goods, driving with no license, driving with no insurance, and possession of a shotgun without a certificate. Paterson is accused of possession of a shotgun without a certificate. On Sunday 8 August, a police patrol pursued a suspicious vehicle and brought it to a stop before a police car was damaged and a machete was allegedly discovered at the scene. Connor was arrested on suspicion of driving offences and in connection with a warrant in July 2021 at an address in the Eccles area of Salford where a quantity of suspected drugs, ammunition and a firearm was recovered by officers from Operation Naseby. A suspected shotgun was subsequently recovered at a second address in Eccles on the morning of Monday 9 August for which Connor was further arrested for, as well as Paterson.
  4. A girl aged just 7-years-old was hit by a car on Lewis Street in Patricroft at around 9:45pm last night (Saturday 3rd July). Fortunately upon examination by attending paramedics it was determined that her injuries were minor, requiring no hospital treatment. The driver assisted the police with their enquiries and no arrest was made.
  5. A third person has been charged with murder following the death of a man in Salford. Police were called to an address on Cook Street, Eccles, at 7.26am on Tuesday 22 June 2021 to a report of a concern for the welfare of a man. Emergency services attended and discovered the body of a 48-year-old man later named as Leigh Smith. A 17-year-old male has been charged with murder and remanded into custody to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court tomorrow (5 July 2021). Two other males, both aged 17, have already been charged with murder, while a fourth 17-year-old male has been released on bail pending further enquiries. A fundraising page has been set up in his name to cover the costs of his funeral, it can be found on the following link: Crowdfunding to Help Leroys Family with the funeral costs on JustGiving The page states: Police are still appealing for information about the incident - contact police via LiveChat on the GMP website at www.gmp.police.uk or call 0161 856 5194 quoting incident number 519 of 22/06/21. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
  6. Police investigating the death of a man in his home on Cook Street in Eccles have arrested two teenagers on suspicion of his murder. Police were called to an address on Cook Street, Eccles, at 7.26am on Tuesday 22 June 2021 to a report of a concern for the welfare of a man. An area along Cook Street was cordoned off by police. Emergency services attended and discovered the body of a 48-year old man later named as Leigh Smith. Two males, both aged 17, are in custody for questioning. Detective Inspector Gareth Davies, of GMP's Major Incident Team, said: Anyone with information, to contact police via LiveChat, on their website www.gmp.police.uk or call 0161 856 4711 quoting incident number 519 of the 22/06/21. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
  7. A man who was sadly found dead at a premises in Eccles earlier this week has been named as Leigh Smith this evening. Police say that his death was an isolated incident and there is no risk to the wider public. Officers were called to an address on Cook Street, Eccles, Salford, at 7.26am on Tuesday morning (22 June 2021) following a report of a concern for the welfare of a man. Sadly, the body of Leigh Smith was discovered and he was pronounced dead at the scene. A murder investigation was launched and a number of detectives are continuing to follow up lines of enquiry and are asking anyone who may have been in the area from around 7pm that evening to get in touch. Detective Inspector Gareth Davies, of GMP's Major Incident Team, said: As always our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.
  8. Police were called to an address on Cook Street in Salford at 7.26am this morning (Tuesday 22 June, 2021) to a report of a concern for the welfare of a man. Emergency Services attended, and sadly discovered the body of a 48 year old man. Police quickly cordoned off an area on Cook Street and Madeira Place, whilst forensics officers carried out searches of the area. A murder investigation has now been launched into the circumstances surrounding his death. Patrols have been stepped up in the area. Detective Chief Inspector Ben Cottam, from GMP's Major Incident Team said:
  9. Police have cordoned of an area around an address on Cook Street in Eccles after reports of a concern for welfare from a member of the public this morning (22nd June). Unfortunately the body of a man was found at the premises. The cordon covers parts of Cook Street and Madeira Place with members of the public asked to avoid the area. As yet the circumstances surrounding the death have not been released, crime scene investigators are currently on scene. A spokesperson for GMP: We will update this article as further information comes to light.
  10. Today I called in at the Ilirian a new Greek cafe/bistro on Church Street, Eccles located in the old NatWest building for a chat with the owner Ervis, who kindly told me about the new venue and the delights on offer. I have to admit, first impressions are important and I was well impressed with the cafe, it's both spotless and well laid out with seating for some 24 people, additionally it features an access ramp which has been installed for customers with disability problems, and it all comes with friendly customer service. Most importantly, the array of food was mouth watering with traditional Greek pies and pastries which are all hand made, daily on the premises by family members on display at the counter. Indulge yourself on Spanakopita a Greek savoury spinach pie, Bougatas with Mizithra Feta cheese, Mykonian, sausage pie, Traditional Twirled pie with chicken and four cheeses or Creek County Pie with Chicken Graviera and Red Pepper all for the bargain price of £2 a slice. For those with a sweet tooth, Ervis recommends the Portokalopita Orange Pie with Vanilla Cream, or may I suggest, the Galaktoboureko Custard Pie? The Ilirain which is named after after, Ervis's son is a breath of culinary fresh air, and is just what Eccles needed, a more cosmopolitan vibe and a break from the traditional café fare which prevails in the area. Also I am told that permission has been given for outside seating for 10 people, in the summer so you can enjoy a delicious slice of Greece on a plate and watch the world go by, sounds idyllic and I for one will be a regular customer. Call in, I can guarantee you will not be disappointed , trust me! It is open, Monday to Friday 7am - 7pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am - 7pm Unit 1, 49 Church Street, Eccles, M30 0AF For further info visit their website Ilirian Greek Taste Eccles - Cafe or phone on 0161 787 992
  11. A disability-friendly fashion brand picked up an exciting accolade last night at The Small Awards, an initiative run by Small Business Britain to celebrate businesses often overlooked by other awards. Kintsugi Clothing, founded in 2018, describes itself as an ‘inclusive’ company, which designs with disability in mind. Its collection includes subtle design features intended to make each piece more accessible. Zips are placed on the side seams of trousers, for example, to remove the pressure point of a typical front button and zip combination and to give wearers with ostomy bags an efficient means of accessing them, when needed. Kintsugi’s founder, Emma McClelland, a 33-year-old from Eccles, said of the award: The awards ceremony was held virtually, via Zoom, but in a surprise twist, roving ‘reporters’ arrived at the winners’ homes to hand them their award in person and broadcast their reaction live! For Emma, this meant seeing a familiar face in fellow entrepreneur Dee Mapasure, whose company K’s Wors has had its products – Boerewors sausages – retailed at Ocado and Costco. The ‘Digital Star’ award category celebrates businesses that operate only online and make strong use of digital channels to engage and grow their customer base. Kintsugi was up against Badass Mother Runners, Delivered Social, ShopAppy.com and Martha Brook. The Small Awards, launched in 2017 and run by Small Business Britain, targets the whole small business sector focusing on businesses often overlooked by other awards. With 5.8 million small businesses in the UK, there are huge numbers of small businesses doing great things that may not be recognised by awards due to geography, scale or even awareness of the benefits such awards can bring. The Small Awards changes that by reaching out to a massive small business base that its management team have built up over many years working in the sector.
  12. The results for the Elections held on Thursday 6th May 2021 for the Eccles Ward are as follows: Sharmina August Labour Party 2132 - 3YR David Simon Cawdrey Conservative Party 819 Karl Craig Conservative Party 754 Sally Griffiths Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 173 Clive Peter Hamilton Green Party 799 Donna-Maree Louise Humphery Women's Equality Party 342 Alima Husain Conservative Party 507 Mike McCusker Labour Party 1834 - 2YR John Howard McLellan Liberal Democrats 379 Nathaniel Djangmah Tetteh Labour Party 1451 - 1YR Labour take all three seats in Eccles Unused Votes: 1688 Rejected: 34 Turnout: 33.16%
  13. I called in at Morrisons Store in Eccles today for a chat with Sue Marsh, The Community Champion for the store. My visit was to discuss a possible book signing for the History of Eccles Pubs book, and the use of a table and chairs in a suitable Covid free, socially distanced environment. no doubt close to the recycling bins where our office is situated, All monies raised will be split between The Mustard Tree Foodbank in Eccles, and Broughton House, The Armed Forces Rest Home, and who knows perhaps Morrisons may purchase a copy or make a donation to the two nominated charities? My plea for help seems to have worked as the matter is being handed to the store supervisors, so fingers crossed for a week on Saturday between 12-m and 2pm depending on how many people turn up or we slope off to the pub with the takings Sue asked if we would kindly mention that Morrisons are giving away, free of charge, packets of sunflower seeds, at the tills with no purchase needed. as part of the Seeds of Hope campaign. The reason being is that they want to help celebrate the growing sense of national optimism with the decline in Covid cases by planting these sunflowers across the UK, representing the brighter and lighter times of hope ahead. Seems fair enough to me, I love Sunflower plants and had two growing at Alma Towers, last year bright and cheerful they are. I have been given quite a few packs, so just think, a free packet of sunflower seeds with every book purchased!
  14. Detectives are continuing to investigate following the death of a man in Eccles on Monday. Officers were called just before 11.10am on Monday 12 April to Liverpool Road, Eccles to a report of a disturbance. Emergency services attended and enquiries established a 41-year-old man had been stabbed inside a property. Despite the best efforts of medical staff, he was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. Two men, both aged 34, were arrested on suspicion of murder. One man has been released on bail. The second man has been released with no further action. Enquiries are ongoing. Detective Inspector Vicky Wade of GMP's Major Incident Team said: Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 3400 quoting log 992 of 12/04/21. Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  15. A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a man in Eccles. Officers were called just before 11.10am today (Monday 12 April) to Liverpool Road, Eccles to a report of a disturbance. Emergency services attended and enquiries established a 41-year-old man had been stabbed inside a property. Despite the best efforts of medical staff, he was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. Two men, both aged 34, have been arrested on suspicion of murder. They remain in custody for questioning. A scene remains in place and enquiries are ongoing. Detective Chief Inspector Rick Thompson of GMP's Salford district, said: Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 3400 quoting log 992 of 12/04/21. Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  16. We have received unconfirmed reports of a possible stabbing incident on Liverpool Road in Eccles The incident seems to be focused around the former 'Inkspirations Tattoo Studio' which was recently converted into a residential 'home of multiple occupancy' or HMO. Both paramedics from NWAS and the Air Ambulance were called to the scene. Police forensics officers are currently carrying out investigations on the property which is located next to the Premier Shop. We are being told that at least one person has been injured and that there has been a possible fatality. The Air Ambulance was seen to land close-by. The road has been cordoned off by police and traffic is currently being diverted along Cromwell Road in both directions. Drivers are advised to avoid the area or make alternative travel plans if possible. We have asked GMP for comment and will update this article accordingly.
  17. What do you expect to find when you visit your local allotments, people growing, potatoes, fruit, vegetables, herbs, the occasional chicken coop or even a bee hive? Today we visited Mark Howard in Eccles to have a look at his highly unusual garden shed, unusual in it is some sixty foot long, and three feet deep and entered by going down, several stone steps, a six foot man or woman can easily stand upright and walk about in it. Mark has had the allotment for over three years and has taken it over from his Father in Law who had previously had it for over 30 years or more. I think it has been in a previous life an Anderson air raid shelter from World War Two looking at the brick construction, it could easily have seated 40 people in there, and after the war the underground base has been kept, the corrugated iron roof removed and built up with glass panels and surrounds. Eccles was bombed in the war and close to the allotments and on Peel Green Road a house was hit and the occupants were killed, also Trafford Park is minutes away from here, so I think it's a strong possibility. Meanwhile Mark, who grows strawberries, potatoes, garlic, onions etc, see's the shed as the perfect bolt hole from life, with a stove and comfy chairs in there, he can relax and watch the world go by. If anybody has maps of the area from the 1930s we would love to see them and find out how long the allotments have been there and was this a communal air raid shelter, or hear your memories of the allotments. As a footnote there is a small replica Anderson shelter on the allotments built by one of the allotments holder, and it is a really good replica with a corrugated roof, piled high with soil and grass growing on it, and decorated with military slogans, well done that man.
  18. At around 11.10am on Tuesday 25 February 2020, police received a report of a firearm discharge that had occurred in the early hours of that morning on Coniston Avenue, Whitefield. Officers attended the scene and identified damage to a window and wall of a property that was consistent with that of a firearm discharge. Thankfully no injuries were reported and a full investigation was launched. Yesterday (Tuesday 30 March 2021) officers conducted a warrant at a property in the Eccles area and a 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. He remains in custody for questioning. Police say that approximately a quarter kilo of cocaine was also recovered during searches of his property. Detective Chief Inspector Joe Harrop of GMP's Serious and Organised Crime Group, said: Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 6482. Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  19. Continuing with our pledge to reward the unsung community heroes who have done so much for their local community and for no reward or recognition, we had no hesitation in awarding the highly prized and much valued (that enough Ed?) award to a Community Champion. Today we visited Eccles Precinct to present our latest salford.media Community Award to a lady who is a familiar figure there as she serves up drinks in all weathers to her dedicated customers. Yvonne McGarvey has run the Eccles Coffee Stall there for the past four years and has turned this corner of the Precinct into a meeting place, were her loyal customers come for a chat, a brew and talk their cares away. The Covid crisis has hit Yvonne as hard as anyone else but she rose to the occasion and as soon as restrictions were eased, it was normal service as usual and the customers I have spoken to, were delighted to see her back. Yvonne not only dispenses drinks with a smile for all her customers but has a real care for them, she can be seen organising Bingo sessions with prizes she donates herself and with the profits made she takes takes her many of her more elderly customers out for a day trip, four times a year to Southport, Blackpool and Morecambe where they get a free meal in a hotel and free transport there and back, for which she deserves a round of applause at least, a real unsung hero and a fitting recipient of the award. She has become a huge asset to Eccles Precinct and is beloved by her customers just as much as the hot beverages she serves. So if your in the Precinct why not take the weight off your feet, have a brew with Yvonne and watch the world go by.
  20. I came across this amusing story from the pages of The Eccles and Patricroft Journal for October 1970 and relates the story of a young lad who took the bottle at far too early an age. Ronald Dempsey Dixon lived at 23 Police Street, Patricroft and one evening he brought home half a bottle of whiskey for "medicinal purposes" and put it in a cupboard for safe keeping and told his three sons , Jeffrey (8), Alan (7) and Kenneth (4) that they must not touch it. You just know this isn't going to end well. On the Sunday morning two of the boys went downstairs, when Kenneth shouted up the stairs, "Dad, Alan's been at the bottle!" Jeffrey explained to his Dad that they had each had a sip, but did not like it, however Allan wasn't going to be off that easy and continued drinking... Ronald explained what happened next. "I checked the bottle and it was empty! Allan had drank the lot, I called him downstairs to explain what had happened. " He walked down the stairs quite naturally then was violently sick on the living room floor and then collapsed, so I ran to the nearby Police Station for help". On duty was Policewoman, Nancy Rushton , she raced to the house but Allan was unconscious and could not be revived, an ambulance was called for and Allan was taken to Eccles and Patricroft Hospital. He was given a stomach pump and the alcohol was washed out of him with Allan howling as he regained consciousness, he was then detained in hospital overnight for observations. He was released the next morning, with no doubt a splitting headache and returned home a sadder and wiser boy. He told the Eccles Journal that he got a stool and climbed up to the cupboard and added that it did burn his stomach but carried on drinking. The last word went to his mother who said, "Colds or no colds I don't want to see any more of that stuff in this house!" So did young Allan learn his lesson? Is he a Tee-Totaller, I think we should be told. If anybody knows Allan please let him know or us! Cheers!
  21. Greater Manchester Police's Traffic Unit have made an arrest after they spotted a silver Mercedes vehicle being driven erratically in on Liverpool Road in Eccles. The occupant was asked to pull over after police from E-Relief became concerned over the persons manner of driving and the general condition of the vehicle. The passenger side front tyre of the vehicle was flat and badly damaged. Upon pulling over the occupant was asked to undertake a roadside drug wipe test which indicated positive for Cannabis. An arrest was made for the offence and the person was taken into police custody, police say that charges relating to driving an unroadworthy vehicle are likely also. Last year pockets of the country saw a significant rise in drug driving offences, despite traffic reductions of up to 80% due to the coronavirus pandemic and the effects of lockdown. Photo: GMP
  22. Residents at RMBI Care Co. Home Ecclesholme, in Eccles, Manchester were delighted to be able to meet their loved ones in person for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Thanks to lateral flow testing, the Home has now been able to open its doors to family visits, following new guidance from the government, which allows each care home resident to receive visits from one family member or loved one. One of the first residents to be reunited with her daughter in person was 101 year old Bella Dooley. Bella was extremely happy to see her daughter again and to tell her how much she loves her in person and even got the chance to sing their favourite song together. Face to face meetings have really made a difference. Bella’s daughter, Beverley, said: To ensure the health and safety of residents and staff at the care home, each visitor must undertake a lateral flow test before entering the Home and receive a negative result for Covid-19, before meeting their loved one in person. They must also wear suitable personal protective equipment (PPE), which includes gloves, apron and a mask. Ecclesholme acted quickly to protect its elderly residents and staff by closing its doors to all but essential visitors before the first national lockdown last year. However, families have still been able to visit using the Home’s pioneering Covid-secure visitor pod, which opened last summer. Staff have worked tirelessly to try and ensure residents have continued regular contact with their families by phone or video calls. However, this is the first time residents have been able to meet in the same room as their loved one without a physical partition since this time last year. Home Manager, Beverley Niland, said:
  23. On Tuesday we did a story on a true local hero, Fred Tewson, who some will know better as the chap which many of have you seen walking around the Barton and Peel Green areas in all weathers from 8am - 11am every day picking up discarded litter from the streets, hedges and parks and disposing of them responsibly. Earlier in the week we gave him a salford.media Community Champions Award which he fully deserved as he represents what our award is all about. Fred does not seek publicity or notoriety for his good deeds, he does it because he truly loves the local community he lives in and he is proud to do his bit. Many have attempted to get Fred to accept an award in the past and we are immensely proud that he accepted our small token of appreciation for what he does, and appreciation is the key word there as we really do admire him not only for keeping his area clean and tidy but also for the reasons he does it. Just a few moments in Fred's presence and you become fully aware of the kind of man he is, no nonsense, down to earth and very proud of the area he lives in, and so he should be as he is a huge part of its success. The story triggered massive amounts of comments from our readers and and every one was complimentary about him, here are just a few: Alyson Mellor "Fred passes our house daily come rain, shine or snow thank you Fred you do an amazing job x" Doreen Martin "Really pleased Fred accepted this award "He is such a lovey man. xx" Kellie Baker "I love this guy. When real life is occurring I see him most days and always wish him a good morning. Brings a smile to my face. Really appreciate all his hard work." Vania Burnell-Pack "A great guy. At long last he has accepted an award. Congratulations Fred" Liz Miller "So deserved. "Every community needs a Fred in it Congratulations Fred." We were then contacted by Councillor Sharmina August on behalf of Salford City Council who wished to show their gratitude by sending a bouquet of flowers to Fred's beloved wife, Marjorie, which I thought was a really nice gesture. This evening I received a message from Fred's niece, Debbie Nickisson, which said, So, do you know somebody who deserves one of our much coveted Community Champions Awards, an unsung hero who gets on with helping out without seeking praise or a reward? If so contact us with their details at tony@salford.media
  24. After a Review which took place earlier in the year, the Trustees Savings Bank (TSB) at Moorfield Parade in Irlam is set to close on the 25th of May. The move comes as the TSB revealed that 67% of all its customers are now using mobile, online or telephone banking, and in some branches they see an average of just 20 customers regularly visiting each week. Staff are now urging its customers to use the Branch in Eccles in the future should they require counter services as the bank moves more towards online banking as a way to provide its services. The move is part of a larger set of closures of which the TSB hopes will bring them savings of £100m by 2020. However, not all customers are happy at the prospect of having to travel an extra 4.5miles to visit a branch of their bank. Elderly customers are expected to be impacted upon the most due to the changes, with many unable to access or use computers, mobile phones or the internet. Full details on the move can be found below.
  25. Salford and Eccles MP Rebecca Long-Bailey has told Parliament the harrowing story of one poor woman so desperate that she felt that she had no choice but to give up and rehome her beloved dogs as she could not afford to feed them any more, as a matter of fact she was so desperate for food herself she had to resort to eating dog food as it is all she had left in her cupboards. The story is just one of hundreds of truly horrific stories of people in Salford and across the whole country that have struggled to get access to the most basic necessities during the pandemic. There are huge sections of society who were unable to be furloughed or qualified for business support, many of whom have lost their homes and livelihoods. These are tales not only from those who have previously fallen through societies gaps but from those who pre pandemic had successful careers and liveable incomes. Mrs Long-Bailey called for more help and support from the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to help the estimated 3 million people who do not qualify for the Governments financial aid and support during the pandemic.
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