It’s Up the Poll! 2017: How the General Election Affects You

It’s Up the Poll! looks at how the parties will affect your lifestyle

Bargain Buys opening day, Ashton-under-Lyne: front entrance
Whether it’s our version of Brexit or domestic policies, the next five years could have ramifications for the people of Ashton-under-Lyne, a town that has been at the sharpest end of the DWP’s reforms.

As the General Election nears, we look at how the main parties’ policies will affect your lifestyle. Will your public services be properly funded? Is sealing the Brexit deal your biggest concern?

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It’s Up the Poll! 2017: Business and the General Election

It’s Up the Poll looks at how the parties fare on business issues

Tower Mill, Dukinfield
The reopening of Tower Mill has seen the return of cotton spinning to our area. Will its interests be considered in the next parliament?

Theresa May and Co have called this General Election on the grounds of sealing the Brexit deal. Is there more to this than our status outside the European Union? Will there be a good deal for small businesses as well?

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It’s Up the Poll! 2017: The Environment and the General Election

It’s Up the Poll looks at how the parties fare on environmental issues

Chew Valley Reservoir Panorama
Chew Reservoir, seen in July 2011.

Continuing where we left off last time, we are looking at the parties’ environmental policies, and how they affect our area East of the M60 motorway. As with our previous instalment on transport policy, we shall condensing some hundred or so words into Haiku form.

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Coming Soon: Boarshurst Silver Band’s July Fundraising Concert

How a programme of music from the big stage will aid their rise through the contest stage

Singin' In The Rain - Palace Theatre, London W1D 5AY
Curtain Up: Boarshurst Silver Band’s fundraising concert will include songs from West End and Broadway shows. Image of Palace Theatre, London by Mikey, 2013 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved)

In February’s North West Regional Championships at Winter Gardens, Blackpool, Boarshurst Silver Band finished fourth in the Second Section group, behind Delph Band. As the second placed band Cheshire Constabulary couldn’t take up their place in the National Finals at Cheltenham, the final third qualifying spot went to Boarshurst Silver Band. Continue reading “Coming Soon: Boarshurst Silver Band’s July Fundraising Concert”

Lindley Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Good conducting debut for James McCabe in an enjoyable concert

Whit Week at the Boarshurst Band Club begin in style with the arrival of Lindley Band on Whit Sunday. Making his début as Musical Director for one of the world’s oldest bands was James McCabe. Best known for his sterling cornet work (previous bands including Rothwell Temperance, CWS Carrickfergus, and Fairey Band), he was appointed Musical Director for Lindley Band in February 2017. He took up his post after the Yorkshire Regional Championships
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Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, June 2017: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

Manchester
Haughton Green, seen from Werneth Low. Image by Mike Serigrapher, 2007 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved)
  • Swish new premises for charity shop;
  • Updates on the Joint Service Centre and surrounding area;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements.

The last month hasn’t been that busy, apart from the fact that two shops have settled into their new units.

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Stagecoach Manchester’s Air Quality Call

Green Week campaign hits out at air pollution in Greater Manchester

In the last week, we have learned about the Paris Agreement which Donald Trump has refused to sign, on behalf of 200 million Americans. Closer to home, Stagecoach have called for tougher action in Greater Manchester, as part of the Green Week campaign. They have called for urgent action from local and central government. Continue reading “Stagecoach Manchester’s Air Quality Call”

It’s Up the Poll! 2017: Transport Policy and the General Election

It’s Up the Poll looks at how the parties fare on transport issues

Taking ad-Vantage of the sunshine in Leigh, Lancashire.

With a week to go till the polling stations open, East of the M60’s It’s Up The Poll is in full steam. In the 2015 General Election, we looked at each party’s manifesto over a single day. This time, we are going to do things differently. Using the same themes we came across in the Greater Manchester Mayoral Election, East of the M60 shall do the same with the 2017 General Election.

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The Joy of the Micro Pub: Top Beer

A look at the rising popularity of the micro pub

In George Orwell’s ideal pub, the Moon Under the Water, the author favoured a Victorian ambience. No pretence. Even the stale tobacco smoke, a sight that few people born after 1990 are able to remember in public houses. Lager had yet to make its presence known properly fifteen years after his article was published in the London Evening Standard.

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