Hello and welcome to the breaking news blog for Tuesday February 13, 2018.
We will be bringing you regular updates throughout the day of breaking news and sport in Salford.
We have pictures, video and tweets covering the latest Salford-based traffic, weather forecasts, crime and council news.
I’m Matt Roberts and I’ll be keeping you updated on what’s going on across the Salford area.
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Second anniversary for Dancing with Dementia
Over 60 people joined in celebrating Dancing with Dementia’s second anniversary at Swinton Grand Palais on Monday.
Founder Lesley Fisher said: “I wanted to create something that was local. We had this fabulous venue, I love dancing, and music and dancing are brilliant for people with dementia so it was an ideal scenario.”
Salford NHS in national campaign over nursing and staff shortages
NHS trusts around the country have found themselves suffering from nursing and staff shortages.
Salford is one of the centres of a national campaign to get to grips with the campaign.
Potholes in Salford are a big problem for drivers, but what's actually being done?
Potholes have become a big issue for drivers in Salford and the damage they are causing to cars.
But what is actually being done?
Emmanuel Church run a calligraphy workshop for dementia sufferers
Emmanuel Church has started Flippin’ Calligraphy every Friday to help people with dementia, offering a support and social space as well as challenging opinions about the disease.
Emmanuel Church voluntary center manager Pat Wilson said: “There was a lot of laughter, a lot of talking”
Cheerleaders encourage boys to join
Firestorm Cheerleaders have put out a call to the male population of Salford.
The group has had male cheerleaders in the past, and is now looking to add a new generation of male cheerleaders back into their currently all-female ranks.
Turnout at women's self-defence class at Salford Uni 'massively improved'
According to instructors at a women’s self-defence course being held at Salford University, turnout as been ‘massively improved’ this year.
The course is taught on a Tuesday evening 6:30pm- 7:30pm at University House at Salford University campus.
Oxfam Haiti scandal has not deterred Salford residents
Members of the Salford community have said they will continue to visit and support Oxfam despite the recent Haiti scandal.
Controversy had arisen after it emerged Oxfam had concealed reports of staff members hiring prostitutes in Haiti in 2010, whilst they were there offering disaster relief aid following the earthquake.
UK's first guide horse coming to Salford
The UK’s first guide horse – named ‘Digby’ – has been given to BBC Northwest Tonight journalist Mohammed Salim Patel.
Mr Patel has a phobia of dogs, and so Digby will assist him in his daily and working life – including here at MediaCityUK.
Keep your eyes out for Digby out and about assisting Mr Patel in doing his work.
Drive-in cinema coming to Salford for Valentine's Day
Salford are set for a drive-in cinema showcasing a variety classic, romantic movies for Valentine’s Day.
The films are to be played will be played on the world’s largest mobile LED screen at the AJ Bell Stadium in Eccles.
Murray Metals renew Salford Red Devils player sponsorship
Murray Metals are to continue being the player sponsor for Salford Red Devils player Gareth O’Brien into 2018.
The Warrington-born scrum-half, fullback and stand-off has represented the Red Devils 40 times since joining in 2016.
🤝 Murray Metals will continue their sponsorship with Salford Red Devils into 2018 as Gareth O’Brien’s player sponsor.
👇 Here they are collecting @GazOBrien22‘s 2017 playing shirt.
— Salford Red Devils (@SalfordDevils) February 13, 2018
Salford's Pancake Day celebrations!
It’s Pancake Day (you know, just in case you’ve been under a rock for the past few hours!) and we’ve collated where in Salford are offering deals and dishes to fill one’s stomach.
Check out the article and let us know what your plans for Pancake Day are – @QuaysNews
Delays on Eccles trams
Bit of traffic news now, as Metrolink are suggesting up to 12 minute delays on the Eccles line.
If you spot any other traffic news while out and about in Salford, tweet us at @QuaysNews
Due to operational requirements there is currently a 12 minute delay on the Eccles line. We apologise for the inconvenience.
— Manchester Metrolink (@MCRMetrolink) February 13, 2018
Could you manage the Nutri Bar 12 pancake challenge?
Nutri Bar in Salford has issues a challenge to its customers – could you manage 12 pancakes in one sitting?
If you could, or have, let us know – send us your successes & pics at @QuaysNews
Do you think you could eat 12 pancakes in one sitting? In celebration of Shrove Tuesday, Nutri Bar in Salford has challenged customers to take on this gauntlet, those who succeed get the pancakes for absolutely free… Losers must pay the price! @nutribarmcuk pic.twitter.com/qFkhHo1UEU
— Quays News (@QuaysNews) February 13, 2018
Five Salford nurseries face closure following Government cuts
After cuts to Salford City Council funding, five nurseries in the Salford area now face the fear of closure.
The nurseries affected are: Little Hulton Day Nursery, Barton Moss Day Nursery, Higher Broughton Day Nursery, Belvedere Day Nursery and Winton Day Nursery.
Nursery closure fightback petition achieves 2,000 signatures
A petition aiming to fight back over the closure of day nurseries in Salford has achieved over 2,000 signatures in the first 24 hours.
One nursery mum told the Salford star:
“It shows the passion people have for this. Salford has a long and proud history of protest…”
More to follow…
Teddy the Musical comes to The Lowry
The Lowry is getting ready for the opening night of Teddy the Musical tonight!
An award-winning, punchy new musical set in a damaged, post-war London after the Blitz, the performances are on until Saturday!
— The Lowry (@The_Lowry) February 13, 2018
Lunchtime weather update
Proposed 'Ask for Angela' scheme vows to tackle sexual harassment on dates
A new scheme has been proposed to the University of Salford Students Union aiming to help students who may have experienced sexual harassment during a date on campus.
“Ask for Angela” is designed to help anyone on a date who may be feeling uncomfortable by simply allowing them to go to the bar and ask for Angela, which is a play on words on the phrase “guardian angel”.
Salford Red Devils offering coaching masterclasses
Salford Red Devils are offering a series of coaching sessions for aspiring rugby league bosses.
They are doing this in conjunction with their foundation between now and July.
Some will be run by some of the Red Devils’ first team coaches, and you can find out more here.
Saving Salford money one flip at a time
Today, if you hadn’t already noticed, is Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday.
And Salford Credit Union are offering advice on the economic benefits of the delicacy for local people.
The origins of Shrove Tuesday can be traced back over 1000 years to the using up of such ingredients like eggs and butter before the beginning of Lent, when they were not allowed.
Pancakes are store-cupboard stars.
Most people have eggs, flour and milk in the house. They are a quick, easy and cheap snack that feel like a massive treat.
— Salford Credit Union (@CUSalford) February 13, 2018
Famous Salford tower block to get overhaul
An iconic Salford tower block is set to undergo a major renovation to bring it up to modern standards.
The eight-storey block at Canon Green Court, used in TV dramas like Channel 4’s ‘No Offence’, is being redeveloped by Salix Homes to create ‘modern, attractive, energy-efficient homes fit for the future.’
Residents will be hoping the block’s famous blue balconies are retained in the development that is expected to finish in 2020.
New vision announced for iconic Salford building – https://t.co/VqXmbsBXVf
— 24housing News (@24housing_news) February 13, 2018
MediaCityUK to host Manchester premier World Cup workers documentary
The University of Salford will be hosting the Manchester screening of a new film documenting the lives of migrant workers building infrastructure for the 2022 football World Cup.
Open to the public, it will be one of the only chances to catch the film on a big screen outside of London before its public release this Summer.
The Workers Cup will be shown on Tuesday, February 27, 18:30 – 21:00 GMT on the University of Salford MediaCityUK campus. The event is free but tickets must be booked from the Eventbrite page.
LGBT History Month Salford is set to celebrate LGBT history month
Salford University and the student’s union are hosting a range of events throughout February to help celebrate LGBT history month in Salford.
The month of events ends with a discussion called Love, Faith and Sexuality, hosted by Student Life and the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy, and is open to all.
Businesses Urged to Tackle Homelessness In Manchester
Companies Noisy Cricket and Hyper Island are combining forces to help tackle homelessness through a new appeal.
Hyper Island’s Tash Wilcocks called tackling homelessness “incredibly important” and believed that businesses can have a major impact on that.