Welcome to Salford Now’s Live Blog!

Sophie Hodgetts is curating our live feed today and will be updating you throughout the day on news relating to the ongoing fuel and food crisis, how Covid and Brexit are affecting business in the area and ramifications for Salford from the report into the government’s handling of the Covid crisis.

Plus developments for the city’s sports teams, weather and live updates from the emergency services.


ParkRun organiser says – “Everyone is welcome” to weekly run at Peel Park

Runners Robin (Left) and Mark (Right) (Credit: Oscar Butler)

The organiser of a community fun run in Salford says everyone is welcome to get involved.

Parkrun, which has recently been brought to Peel Park, is a free weekly event that sees runners complete a non competitive 5k run.

To read the full story, click here.


Salford based MMA standout Muhammad Mokaev to represent Great Britain at the 2021 World Wrestling Championships

A Salford-based MMA fighter is set to represent Great Britain at the Under-23 World Wrestling Championships in Serbia later this year.

Training at the City of Manchester Wrestling Club, Muhammed Mokaev is confident in his wrestling ability as he aims for gold at the tournament.

More information can be found here.


“We’re helping raise money to help the families really” – The importance of Macmillan this October

Salfordians are fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support with Go Sober UK this month.

Michelle Gray has raised over £300 by committing to no alcohol for the whole of October.

To find out more, click here.


“It is a human delusion that you can only be religious or LGBT+” – Salford Church host monthly Open Table nights to encourage LGBT+ people back to Christianity

Sacred Trinity Church rector Andy Salmon on their LGBT+ inclusive services. Photo: taken by me
Sacred Trinity Church rector Andy Salmon on their LGBT+ inclusive services. Photo: taken by me

A church in Salford is hosting monthly Open Table evening services, with a focus on encouraging LGBT+ members of the Christian faith to return to church.

Sacred Trinity Church on Chapel Street, hopes that by demonstrating clearly that LGBT+ people are welcome in their congregation by hosting a specific night inviting them, more people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or of any sexuality or gender identity, will feel welcome at all of their services.

More on this can be found here.


“It’s great to be back!”- Brand new exhibition opens at Eccles community art gallery

Audrey Pollitt’s art (Copyright: Audrey Pollitt)

Eccles Community Art Gallery is now showcasing a new exhibition.

Salford creatives’ fresh artwork and craftwork is available for the public to view and purchase every Saturday.

To read the full story, click here.


“Discussions are at an advanced stage” – Update given on potential Salford stadium swap

Plans which would see three of the major sports clubs in Salford participate in a stadium swap are progressing well.

The potential sale of the AJ Bell Stadium to Salford City FC and Sale Sharks would see both teams based at the ground, with current tenants Salford Red Devils being relocated to City’s current home the Peninsula Stadium.

More information can be found here.


“It’s like a little treasure hunt and that brings so much happiness to my days” – ‘City Found It’ collaborative art project comes to Salford this week

City Found It
Emily (left), Victoria (centre), Heather (right). Image credit: Emmie Norton

Art has been hidden around MediaCity for Salfordians to find this week.

The ‘City Found It’ project, which was started in lockdown, is designed to cheer the public up as they find its founders’ creations.

To find out more, click here.


The City of Salford Edition of Monopoly has launched

Salford Lads Club, Peel Park and MediaCity are now on a Monopoly board – how cool is that?!

More on this to come from Salford Now.


Salford Now Radio Bulletin – 18/10/2021 – 14:00

Did you know Salford Now broadcasts radio bulletins?

In case you missed it, here‘s the news from earlier this afternoon.


“We can come together to achieve this goal” – Swinton’s Co-Op Academy prepares for strike action

Tomorrow will see the start of a three-day strike by teachers at the Co-op Academy in Swinton.

The action, which was announced today, comes after a dispute between the academy’s staff and governors.

More information can be found here.


“People save the people” – Salford Soul Sisters aims to offer emotional support for women across the city

Salford Soul Sisters is hosting weekly drop-in sessions to provide local women with emotional support.

Taking place at Little Hulton Pavilion every Wednesday, the group offers a safe and non-judgmental space for women to discuss the issues they are facing.

To find out more, click here.


Van Gogh Alive UK is coming to MediaCity this week

Exciting times at MediaCity!

Stay tuned for more about this from Salford Now.


Salford Now Radio Bulletin – 18/10/2021 – 13:00

Did you hear our first radio bulletin of the day?

If you did, great! If you missed it, don’t worry!

You can catch up on the most up-to-date news from all over Salford here.


Salford man jailed for three years over £100k burglary

A Salford man has been jailed following a series of burglaries involving stolen goods worth over £100,000.

After pleading guilty to three counts of burglary at Manchester Crown Court earlier this month, Robert Matthews was sentenced to three years and four months in prison.

More on this can be found here.


“They are damaging the community” – Salford Church vandalised in a series of attacks

Salford Church
Church members outside St.John’s Church Mosley Common (Copyright credit: Nick Hardman)

A member of the parish council for St. John’s Church, Mosley Common says burglars who have repeatedly targeted the church are damaging the whole community.

The church has been severely damaged, following a series of break-ins, with a number of windows broken.

To read the full story, click here.


The Kings Arms presents play- “A love letter to Moss side”

‘Remembering the Way’ is now on stage at The Kings Arms in Salford.

Starring Curtis Cole, Sarah Groarke and Trevor Dwyer-Lynch, the play is ‘a love letter to the history of Moss Side’.

More information can be found here.


“We want to help people achieve their dreams” – Salford Credit Union takes part in first ever Credit Union Awareness Month with the #howsyourbalance challenge

Salford Credit Union
Salford Credit Union team (permission for use granted by SCU Chief Exacutive Officer Sheila Murtagh)

Our first article of the day is live on Salford Now!

Salford Credit Union has joined forces with a number of credit unions in Greater Manchester to mark Credit Union Awareness Month.

In celebration of their work, the team are challenging social media users to photograph themselves balancing objects on their person as part of the #howsyourbalance challenge.

To find out more, click here.

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