Author: JosephBrayne

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Explainer: Boris Johnson, Partygate and the importance of cheese and wine

The term ‘Partygate’ has been ever-present in the UK political dialogue over the past year, but what is it and why is it important? Simply put – Partygate refers to the political scandal over a series of gatherings (or parties) that were held by government staff during the COVID-19 lockdown between 2020-2021. The highest level […]

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Trafford Council accredited as Real Living Wage employer during Cost of Living Crisis

Trafford Council has been accredited by the Living Wage Foundation in a bid to pay its staff a wage reflective of real living expenses. Since January 2023, the council adopted the Real Living Wage rate of £10.90 per hour for 320 school and authority staff. Yesterday, the council revealed that it had been officially accredited […]

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Greater Manchester Football Wrap (March 25-27): Rochdale, Salford City, Bolton Wanderers, Wigan Athletic, Stockport County, Altrincham)

By Joseph Brayne, Matthew Holmes, Steven Narloch, Isaac Stronge, Callum Sutherland and Jacob Findell Where to start with this weekend’s Greater Manchester Football Wrap? Rochdale continue to leave Matthew speechless, Stockport and Salford eek back towards play-off spots, and Altrincham steady the ship in their first season as a professional club. Fear not Wigan and […]

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Eating at TripAdvisor’s worst-reviewed restaurant in Timperley: A pleasant surprise

Dobbies Altrincham, Green Lane, Altrincham, WA15 8QP. Dobbies Altrincham, not to be confused with the house-elf of Harry Potter fame, is the café restaurant attached to the garden centre chain. To set the record straight, Dobbies does not (and has never) sold itself as an institute of fine dining. Rather, Dobbies acts a catch-all for […]

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Mastermind behind Minehead Metalheads opens workshop to aspiring craftspeople across Somerset

The genius behind Minehead’s ‘Metalheads Trail’ has opened his workshop doors to support and train prospective metalworkers in Somerset. Steven Heard, a self-taught welder who began creating metal figures out of his back garden over the COVID lockdown, is now offering a four-day course during which participants can create their own Metalhead. The ex-carpenter is […]

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Greater Manchester Football Wrap (March 11th): Rochdale AFC, Salford City, Wigan Athletic, Stockport County, Bolton Wanderers, Altrincham FC

By Matthew Holmes, Jacob Findell, Callum Sutherland, Steven Narloch, Joe Brayne and Isaac Stronge The Greater Manchester Wrap at a glance: Salford slumbering towards play-offs, Wigan searching for a goal under Shaun Maloney, Bolton welcome play-off rivals, Stockport provide a cure to insomnia, Altrincham build towards 2023-24 and Rochdale continue to toy with Matthew Holmes’ […]

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Former Salford champion boxer Jade Taylor eyes titles after recovering from injury crisis

Former Central Area boxing champion Jade Taylor has set her sights on titles as she looks to return to the ring later this year. The 29-year-old made history when she became the first Female Central Area champion in April 2022 after beating Linzi Buczynskyj over ten rounds at the Oldham Leisure Centre. Taylor was sidelined […]

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Behind the Stats: Bolton’s impressive League One title charge

Ahead of Bolton Wanderers’ second season in League One, bookies listed the North-West outfit amongst the top-five teams to earn promotion. A remarkable achievement in itself after The Trotters reached the precipice of non-League football after a terrifying spiral from the Championship across 2018-2020. The fourth-placed Wanderers currently find themselves at a crunch point in […]

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“It’s not like going to a hardcore clinic” – Meet the men who help each other at Andy’s Man Club

Man up. Boys don’t cry. Be a man. The stigmatisation of male mental health is often best reflected by the most common phrases they hear when reaching out for help. Enter Altrincham’s Andy’s Man Club (AMC), a beacon seeking to promote healthy male attitudes and combat a culture that mocks the hint of any cracks in […]

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Altrincham Town Hall’s future uncertain ahead of Trafford Council proposals

An ePetition signed by more than 1700 people has divided the Altrincham community over the future of their historic Town Hall.

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