Reports show that there was a 700% increase in calls to the domestic abuse helpline, Refuge, in a single day at the start of the lockdown.
Overall, the National Domestic Abuse helpline (0808 2000 247) has seen a 25% increase in calls since the lockdown and visits to the UK-wide National Domestic Abuse website are 150% higher than the last week of February before the lockdown began.
The Counting Dead Women project recorded 16 killings of women and children within the first three weeks of lockdown. This number is usually around five.
This weekend we’re bringing a live theatre performance to our Facebook channel with one woman’s tale of relationship abuse, tinged with heart-warming humanity and humour, in order to raise money for two charities.
The show will be in collaboration with Made It Theatre Company, Producer Simon Naylor, ShowBuzz MCR and Manchester’s Finest.
‘Green Door’ is a theatre production that follows Ann Brown’s story of a troubled and traumatic past. We hope in sharing this story, we can raise awareness of the issues lockdown is having on the number of cases of domestic abuse.
Since 2010 Ann has been a motivational speaker, and she’s been touring her one-woman show for many years now.
In the current climate, Ann has felt even more passionate about sharing her story. She says:“Domestic abuse is hidden and, right now, some people are being asked to lock themselves away with those that might abuse them.
My story will prompt conversations and those conversations will save lives. I can’t just sit on my arse and wait until the world ‘unlocks’ again. Women are dying whilst I’m doing that.”
Donations are being raised throughout the performance, which will take place on Proper Manchester’s Facebook page on Saturday May 16th at 7:30pm. They will be split equally between The Emily Davison Centre in Accrington and EdShift in Halifax.
To donate please visit here.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, you can call the 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
Inside the Wigan home ‘frozen in the 1970s’ that’s on the market for the first time ever
This is ICONIC!
If you love the ’70s you’ll love this house that is going on the market for the first time, which will transport you to the decade of platforms, flares and shag pile carpet.
The family home in Wigan is thought to be going on the market for the first time ever, but inside is a ’70s lover’s dream.
Throughout the entire house is décor from the decade, including a retro orange sofa, plenty of frosted glass and shag carpets of course.
It’s three bedroom and is tucked away in Parbold on Croasdale Drive.
Estate Agent Regan and Hallworth say that ‘despite requiring extensive modernisation’ the house ‘has an undeniably timeless appeal’.
You’ll also find teak wood storage units in just about every room, and plenty of earth-toned accessories throughout.
There’s a huge copper fire place in the living room complimented by dark brown walls and a patterned ceiling.
The kitchen is covered with white cabinets with a wood trim, an unusual corner sink situation, plus a fitted microwave on the lower half of the cabinets.
The bathroom is covered in dark marble tiles and a frosted window above the bath, complimented by gold furnishing and trims on both the toilet and sink – plus a gold shower!
For all the quirky features the house is actually surprisingly minimalist, it’s bright and has a big open plan living room.
It’s also been designed with an upside-down layout meaning the bedrooms are on the ground floor while the living room is on the second floor, taking advantage of the views over the trees.
The house is located on a leafy lane and features a glass-front, extensive driveway space with a double garage and plenty of greenery to enjoy from your orange sofa.
Regan and Hallworth add: “We don’t believe that ‘Beech Hill’ has ever been on the open market before and offers an incredibly rare opportunity for a wide range of buyers to purchase a home of true distinction with tons of potential without having to pay the huge premium you normally expect to pay to live in one of West Lancashire’s most sought after locations.
“Available with the added benefit of no upward chain, early viewing is highly recommended.”
Offers are in excess of £400,000. Find out more info here.
A look back at Manchester’s greatest nightclubs and venues
How many have you been to?
Over the years numerous iconic nightclubs, bars and pubs have disappeared from Manchester. Some of these venues have been legendary, others, well, were just a bit dodgy.
Either way, if you visited one it will have left a lasting impression – whether this is positive or negative is another question entirely.
With that in mind, what better time to take a little trip down memory lane and remember some of the forgotten clubs of our city. Enjoy…
Piccadilly 21s was a ‘90s party paradise located in Piccadilly Gardens. It had a reputation for being very loud, very messy and very sticky, with cheap drinks to boot – there were even chandeliers in the bogs.
Unfortunately it also had a reputation for being rough as owt, after it managed to attract gang members and other unsavoury clientele in the late ‘80s and 90s, and it eventually shut down in 2004.
These days it’s a Premier Inn and a Nando’s – so the floors are probably just as sticky to be fair.
Besides having a name which would prove a branding nightmare for modern PR-led venues, Rotters boasted some of the best parties in the city, after it took over the site from Romanoff’s.
Located at the top of Oxford Road, in the ‘70s and ‘80s Rotters was a hugely popular nightclub, especi
It was housed inside the old Gaumont Cinema, and sadly the whole building was demolished in 1990 and replaced by an NCP car park.
Pips, located behind the cathedral, was a popular nightclub in the ‘70s, and was frequented by local musical celebs like Joy Division, Ian Brown, Morrissey and Johnny Marr.
It boasted four different rooms playing a variety of music, including a Punk room, Soul room and the infamous Roxy room with a huge Brian Ferry painting on the wall.
Pips closed in the early ‘80s before becoming a club called Konspiracy – which closed not long after.
The Plaza was one of the city’s most popular venues to dance to the likes of Sinatra and Elvis in the ‘60s, and was located on Oxford Street.
Owned by Jimmy Savile, the disgraced DJ pioneered lunchtime disco sessions for the city’s young workers, where you could grab a quick lunch and soft drink while having a dance.
It later turned into Tiffany’s in the ‘70s, complete with fake palm trees and loads of disco balls, before finally becoming Tropicana, which closed in the late ‘80s. It’s now a Pizza Express.
We couldn’t do a list of iconic Mancunian nightclubs and not include what is arguably one of the most famous venues in the world.
Founded by Tony Wilson in 1982, the Hacienda managed to define a whole era in the city, putting ‘Madchester’ on the map. Acid House and rave culture was born here – as were New Order and the Happy Mondays.
The club closed in 1997 and was demolished 18 months later, with a block of nondescript red brick flats now on the site – called The Hacienda Apartments.
Jilly’s was a Manchester institution. Originally called Fagin’s, it opened in 1970 on Oxford Road before being renamed Jilly’s in 1983, eventually adding Rockworld to the end.
The alternative club was always packed full with a cross section of people with a passion for guitar music, including punks, skaters, goths, metalheads, and indie kids.
Underneath was another club called the Musicbox – previously Rafters – but sadly both venues shut their doors back in 2010.
There’s a hidden tranquil waterfall located in the hills above Rochdale
This looks so peaceful!
If you’re after some tranquillity in your life (let’s face it – we all are), this is the perfect escape and it’s not too far away from Manchester.
Tucked away in the hills above Norden in Rochdale is a beautiful waterfall surrounded by luscious woodland, and its the perfect weekend walk.
Naden Valley is home to four huge reservoirs Naden Higher, Naden Middle, Naden Lower and Greenbooth, which all offer perfect exploring options and ample walking opportunities.
From the top of the valley you’ll find stunning views of Manchester city centre’s skyline towering over the hills in the distance.
The trickling waterfall is in the southwestern corner of Greenbooth reservoir, and is actually heading towards the United Utilities-owned reservoir after running through a housing estate.
There are clear circular footpaths around each reservoir that are perfect for a gentle stroll and are mostly accessible.
There are several flights of stairs to reach the waterfall which is slightly off path and requires a bit of careful exploring.
If waterfalls are your thing, you could also head to Rivington Pike’s forgotten Japanese Gardens just outside of Chorley.