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Happy Festival Bury

Our Bury reporter Gill spent a day out at the Happy Festival, an uplifting celebration inspired by comedian Victoria Wood. “Where is Victoria Wood’s statue?”...

Freedom – a celebration of stories told by the LGBTQ+ community

Our reporter Pauline Smith has been featured in a special Freedom Exhibition in Manchester, which is showcasing stories of local LGBTQ+ people. Here she...

Free monthly social group for LGBT people over 50

Led by the interests of its own members, Rainbow Flourish is a new free monthly social group run by Pride in Ageing at LGBT...

Advice and guidance: 40 per cent of those eligible do not claim Pension Credit

Last year in 2020, over £3.5 billion pounds of pension credit and housing benefit was unclaimed by older people. As many as 4 out...

News in your area

A tour around Oldham for the town’s local History Festival

Our reporter Jean got the chance to explore the history of Oldham in-depth at the local history festival and shares her findings from her...

Advice and guidance: 40 per cent of those eligible do not claim Pension Credit

Last year in 2020, over £3.5 billion pounds of pension credit and housing benefit was unclaimed by older people. As many as 4 out...

Greater Manchester residents encouraged to share what gives them hope to help prevent suicides

This Friday, (September 10) marked World Suicide Prevention Day and the start of Greater Manchester’s Month of Hope, which runs until World Mental Health...

Manchester has been named the ‘Third Best City In The World’

Manchester has been named as the third best city in the world - just behind San Francisco and Amsterdam. In a poll of 27,000 city...

What the F: Suspension of triple lock pension pledge

Our brand new What the F(inance) series is a space for older people to share their views on money news that matters to them. The...

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Art & Culture

Take a walk through beautiful Entwistle

Sit back and relax while our reporter Jean Friend takes you on a journey around a beautiful nature spot in Bolton.  We are blessed in...

Happy Festival Bury

Our Bury reporter Gill spent a day out at the Happy Festival, an uplifting celebration inspired by comedian Victoria Wood. “Where is Victoria Wood’s statue?”...

Are tech advances of online purchasing excluding people from society?

Our Salford reporter Chris explains his struggles and frustrations around everyday task and purchaseswhich now require technology, with little way around them - for instance,...

A tour around Oldham for the town’s local History Festival

Our reporter Jean got the chance to explore the history of Oldham in-depth at the local history festival and shares her findings from her...

Free monthly social group for LGBT people over 50

Led by the interests of its own members, Rainbow Flourish is a new free monthly social group run by Pride in Ageing at LGBT...

Getting back to volunteering in Manchester and how you can get involved

Our reporter Christine explains how she got involved with volunteering projects around the city and why, as well as explaining how you can go...

Podcasts

A Cuppa with Carole: Forager Colin Unsworth

A Cuppa with Carole is a new series for the Changing The Record podcast, where our Talking About My Generation reporter Carole Ogden sits...

A Cuppa with Carole: Boom Radio – David Lloyd

A Cuppa with Carole is a new series for the Changing The Record podcast, where our Talking About My Generation reporter Carole Ogden sits...

A Cuppa with Carole: Life After Lockdown

A Cuppa with Carole is the first in a new series for the Changing The Record podcast, where our Talking About My Generation reporter...

Mind Yer ‘Ed: a Winter Warmer podcast episode

With the dark nights drawing in and the Winter frost starting to bite, it can get a bit, well, jading. And that’s without even...

Mind Yer ‘Ed: How to Keep Calm and Carry On

Our latest podcast episode is a little different from our usual chat - this episode features an interview and a guided session with hypnotherapist...

Mind Yer ‘ed

Check out our latest podcast: Mind Yer 'ed How have we kept our heads during lockdown? Well, we've had our up and down days -...

Keeping Moving

In this episode, Jean, Bob, and Pauline talk about how, despite the restrictions of lockdown- we've managed to keep moving - from rediscovering local...

Life In Lockdown

Our reporters - Bob from Tameside and Jean from Chadderton - caught up with each other this week to present to you a very...

Volunteering

Bob, Christine and Tony tell us why they volunteering, how they got into volunteering and how it has changed their lives. Not one to...

Retirement Talk

In this episode of Changing The Record, our reporters discuss their varying experiences of a massive life change that faces us all - retirement.

Features

Are tech advances of online purchasing excluding people from society?

Our Salford reporter Chris explains his struggles and frustrations around everyday task and purchaseswhich now require technology, with little way around them - for instance,...

What the F: Suspension of triple lock pension pledge

Our brand new What the F(inance) series is a space for older people to share their views on money news that matters to them. The...

Meet the NHS volunteers on the frontline

Bury reporter, Lesley Downing, introduces us to fellow Fairfield Hospital volunteers in celebration of Volunteers' Week (1-7th June) I have been volunteering on the main...

Coming out of Lockdown: Looking after our Mental Health

How will you feel as you start to live the kind of life you lived before March 2020? Will you want to mingle with...

Blooming garden sale success for Dementia Awareness Week

The week (commencing May 17, 2021) was Dementia Awareness Week. As a carer for wife Liz, who suffers from this terrible disease, Paul Muldoon...

Iconic TV shows and films shot in Greater Manchester

There's nothing more exciting than spotting your hometown in your favourite TV show or film, and it's even more impressive when you spot a...

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Letters

Thoughts on a new report which identifies experiences of older people during the pandemic

A new report based on research conducted by Manchester Urban Ageing Research Group has identified experiences of older people living in areas of multiple...

Seeing the positives after a Year in Lockdown

Dear Editor, Sat here reflecting on the one-year anniversary of lockdown in England during Covid-19 one cannot help but be saddened by the enormity of...

Who remembers Bob a Job week?

Dear Editor, As Easter is around the corner, it got me thinking about Bob a Job week. It was around Easter time when it happened so...

Letter: “Bah Humbug on Covid Christmas”

Bury reporter Lesley Downing shares her views on Christmas...what do you think? Share your views by emailing [email protected] We’ve been having a think about Christmas. ...

Memories of Oldham: 52 years later I’m still in the house I was born in

In reply to a Letter from our Editor: Is it an age thing? PART 2 - June 9, 2020 Dear Editor, I think the editor Bob...

Nostalgia

Roller boots, coloured sands and John Lennon’s doppelgänger: holidays at Southsea with my grandmother

Did you use to visit the seaside when you were younger? Here, Gill from Bury remembers visiting Southsea with her grandmother, meeting some interesting...

The history of the Lancaster Bomber accident in Salford and the local everlasting respects still paid

Here, our community reporter, Paul Sherlock from Salford, explains some of the history behind the Lancaster Bomber incident during the Second World War and...

The myths we all believed as kids

Some old wives' tails and little fibs stick around for generations... did you get told these when you were younger? Sitting too close to the...

History uncovered: Bowton’s Yard, Samuel Laycock, and Stalybridge

Pictures and poems! Here, our community reporter and editor Bob reveals his special charity shop discovery and the history he has uncovered behind it.  Since...

Kaleidoscope: Toys, games and sweet treats from my childhood

Judith Barrie from SWit’CH writers, based in Swinton at Critchley Community Hub has recalled her memories of toys, games and sweets when she was...

Sport

Women’s Walking Football Festival in Wythenshawe a taste of what’s to come

Our reporter Chris popped down to watch a special Walking Football festival for women in Wythenshawe. In the same way that women’s professional football is...

Walking Football club kicks off in Stockport

Love football, want to get involved, but think you'd prefer a slightly more relaxed version of the game? Stockport Walking Football Club, organised by...

Memories and memorabilia from the 1966 Football World Cup

One of our very own reporters, Chris Vickers from Salford, took part in a Sky News special feature looking back on the 1966 Football...

New English Football Hall of Fame exhibition in Manchester

The National Football Museum has re-opened its doors after 200 days of closures with a brand new exhibition dedicated to 50 of the game’s...

New walking football sessions for women kicking off in April

New walking football sessions for women are kicking off in Radcliffe from Sunday, April 11, between 11am and 12noon at Radcliffe FC's ground. One of the...

Salford Community walking football back in action with first tournament

Salford sports reporter (and football player) Chris Vickers reports on his team's first tournament since the pandemic. "We were fortunate enough to resume playing walking...
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