Theatre joy for Bob, 68

Originally published for Salford Advertiser on 1/5/2014

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First World War exhibition to launch in Salford

Originally published for Quays News on 2/4/2014. See link for examples of relevant online treatment.

A FREE exhibition exploring the experiences of people from the North West during the First World War will be launched in Salford this weekend.

Imperial War Museum North, in Salford Quays, will run ‘From Street to Trench: A World War That Shaped A Region’ from 5 April to 31 May.

It is the largest ever exhibition of its kind and marks 100 years on from the start of the war.


Imperial War Museum North will host a new WW1 exhibition

Rare manuscripts offering an insight into famous war poet Wilfred Owen’s time with the Manchester Regiment are on display, as well as a letter from the South Lancashire Regiment’s Clement Attlee, who would later go on to become Labour Prime Minister.

Director of Imperial War Museum North, Graham Boxer, said: “The objects we display highlight the poignancy and courage of people who shaped and were shaped by this first global conflict.

“Even a century later there are stories untold, experiences undiscovered and tales that will surprise.”

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Salford ‘sleep workshops’ probe link with good mental health

Originally published for SalfordOnline on 24/03/2014. Below is the original unsubbed copy, see link for subbed version:’sleep_workshops’_probe_link_with_good_mental_health.html

Community centres in Salford are promoting March being ‘National Bed Month,’ by running a series of workshops over the coming weeks to help highlight the importance of sleep to our mental and physical health.

Willow Tree Centre on Littleton Road and Energise Centre on Douglas Green will be running the activities, which include sleep workshops, an introduction to Chinese medicine and mindfulness sessions.

National Bed Month is the longest standing awareness campaign of The Sleep Council, and has been running every March since it’s launch in 1990. The Sleep Council’s Lisa Artis claims that the scheme’s aim is to remind everyone of the importance of getting a better night’s sleep, and the role a good bed plays in achieving that.

“It’s worth bearing in mind that just one bad night’s sleep can have an effect on our mood, concentration and alertness,” she said.

“Keep the room cool, dark and quiet and resist the urge to check emails or catch up on Facebook- have a nice warm bath or read a book instead.”

Events such as the ones taking place in Salford are a common occurrence across the country, with The Sleep Council also using the initiative to encourage people to invest in a good quality bed.

“An uncomfortable, unsupportive bed makes a huge difference to how well you sleep,” said Lisa.

“Our own research a few years back found that when replacing an uncomfortable bed, a new bed was associated with an increase of 42 minutes sleep.”

Salford’s Energise Centre will be hosting a sleep workshop on Thursday 27 March, before a session on sleep problems and Chinese medicine the following day. Willow Tree Centre brings an end to National Bed Month by hosting a mindfulness session Monday 31 March.

For more information on National Bed Month, visit The Sleep Council’s website;

To get involved with the activities in Salford this month, contact Energise Centre and Willow Tree Centre for more information;

Ordsall police appeal to community to cut crime

Originally published for Quays News on 20/03/2014

POLICE in Ordsall have been encouraging residents to take more responsibility for their community in a new campaign to cut crime.

SNAP, which stands for Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan, has seen warnings and warrants issued and vehicles seized in a bid to get the police and the community working together to improve the area.

The scheme, which is run by Greater Manchester Police and partnership organisations such as Salford City Council and the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, has been running for approximately five years, taking place in different wards in Salford around every six months.

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New Ordsall Neighbourhood Watch schemes launched

Originally published for SalfordOnline on 21/02/2014

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that new neighbourhood watch schemes have been set up in Ordsall, in a bid to allow residents to take responsibility in making the area a better, safer place to live.

Three separate schemes have been organised at Lowry Wharf, Robert Hall Street and Carmell Close, and the police are looking for those interested in the initiative to come forward and get involved.

Ordsall Police Community Support Officer Adam Marsh described the scheme as one that serves as an important point of contact between the police and residents, and one that gives “a real sense of community togetherness.”

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