Calling All Wannabe Engineers: Stagecoach Manchester Wants Apprentices

Stagecoach uses National Apprenticeship Week to launch apprenticeships for 2018 intake

Meet Lucy Clarke: Lucy is a Second Year Apprentice with Stagecoach Manchester. She prefers ‘on-the-job’ training to classroom based learning. In future years, Ms. Clarke could follow in the footsteps of Elisabeth Tasker, Stagecoach Manchester’s present Managing Director.

For 2018’s National Apprenticeship Week (5th – 9th March), Stagecoach Manchester is calling for budding engineers to apply for a place on this year’s apprenticeship scheme. The company is offering places on its Engineering Apprenticeship programme at each of its six Manchester depots in Middleton, Ashton, Hyde Road, Stockport, Sharston and Wigan.

The course begins in September each year and applications are now being accepted up until the 30 March 2018.

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Littleborough Training Band: Sunday Lunchtime Brass at Boarshurst Band Club

Budding players’ band inspire in lively concert

The last Sunday in October saw the arrival of two Lancastrian bands to the Boarshurst Band Club. Prior to the evening concert with Stacksteads Band, Littleborough Training Band were the first of the two bands from the red rose county. Four miles north east of Rochdale, Littleborough is noted for Hollingworth Lake and Blackstone Edge.

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Føerre Musikkorps: Sunday Lunchtime Brass at Boarshurst Band Club

Boarshurst Band Club’s role in boosting Anglo-Norwegian relations

Our fellows in Westminster could have learned a thing or three about Anglo-Norwegian relations from Boarshurst Band Club. Instead of trying to engineer a post-Brexit trade deal with another non-EU country, our fellows invited one of Norway’s finest youth bands to the Greenbridge Lane venue.

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Elland Silver Youth: Sunday Lunchtime Brass at Boarshurst Band Club

The Real Madrid of Youth Bands kicks off a new series of lunchtime concerts

For the first of many lunchtime concerts featuring youth brass bands, Boarshurst Band Club couldn’t have chosen a better one. Making their way to Boarshurst Band Club on Sunday dinnertime was Elland Silver Youth Band. A band who are The Real Madrid of Youth Bands.

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Micklehurst-Based Band’s Junior Kick-Start

Incredible Plastic Street Band commences crowdsourcing campaign

The Incredible Plastic Street Band
Whit Friday, 2016: The Incredible Plastic Street Band seen on Manchester Road, Bottom Mossley, during their first Whit Walk – and first ever public performance. Should funding initiatives be successful, this could be the first of many Whit Walks. Who knows? Like Hattersley Brass, they could consider the Whit Friday Band Contest circuit.

The Vale is one of Mossley’s treasures. Situated in Micklehurst, it is a multipurpose arts venue which plays host to local groups and a community cinema. Among the groups that use the former woollen mill is The Incredible Plastic Street Band.
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Stagecoach Manchester’s February Fare Offer

Half price Day Riders for passengers aged 16 to 19

Enviro400 Stagecoach Manchester, MX08 GNU, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
For passengers aged 16 – 19 years of age, Stagecoach’s half price Dayrider will offer substantial savings on a short return trip from Dukinfield to Ashton! The present fare is £2.30 – a saving of £2.60 on both legs. A trip from Dukinfield to The Trafford Centre on Stagecoach Manchester buses alone (330 or 346; 216/219/231; and X50 or 250) would see the single fare on each bus akin to prices last seen in the Greater Manchester Transport era – back when the 16 to 19 Pass was advertised on Piccadilly Radio!

30 years after Greater Manchester Transport rebranded the Teen Travel Club weekly tickets as the 16 – 19 Bus Pass, comes a special offer from Stagecoach Manchester. Thousands of young people across Greater Manchester are set to benefit from a new offer by Stagecoach Manchester which will help cut the cost of travel. Continue reading “Stagecoach Manchester’s February Fare Offer”

In Pictures: Rail Road 2014, Astley Sports College, Dukinfield

Highlights of this year’s model railway and transport show organised by the Tame Valley Scout Council

A Guy double decker in Ashton-under-Lyne Corporation's 1940s - 1950s livery.

In the last decade or so, I have tried and failed to visit my most local model railway exhibition. By local I mean anything less than two bus journeys in this context. Like on foot from Chez Vall or a single bus journey. After a 25 year hiatus, I decided to visit the Tame Valley Scout Council’s Rail Road 2014 exhibition, at Astley Sports College. The last time I went, it was on at the Jubilee Hall – a fantastic though alas, priced out of the reach of our fellows – venue. Continue reading “In Pictures: Rail Road 2014, Astley Sports College, Dukinfield”

If Youth Changed Anything, They’d Abolish It

So far, the ConDems are doing a fine job of that thanks to targeting its most regressive cutbacks on persons 16 to 35 years of age.

I don’t claim to be an anthropologist nor a social historian. Perhaps you could call this a rant. Strictly speaking it is, but it’s no typical shouty one. Rather a muted one about the way Britain’s young people are being treated. Which is, at this very moment, very badly. Continue reading “If Youth Changed Anything, They’d Abolish It”