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A massive new dog cafe with a beach is opening in Greater Manchester

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The huge dog cafe will be opening up in Greater Manchester and it even has a dog-friendly beach inside. 

Alfie’s Island Cafe will take up a 22-acre site in Timperley and will welcome dog owners or simply those who love dogs!

It’s a new site from the owners of the former Central Bark Cafe, who are hoping to transform Manor Farm into a community hub for both humans and their pooches.

It will be decorated similarly to the old site with a tropical-inspired theme, complete with deck chairs, parasols and even a dog-friendly beach.

Owners Tony and Tania Golden are also working with the Starlight Barking Trust which will bring stray dogs over from Greece to help them find their forever home here in the UK.

The site is named after their own golden retriever, Alfie, who was also rescued from Greece. 

The new site is much bigger than their original one and will provide 120 covers thanks to an outside dining area. They’ve also got a private room for special occasions!

The menu will have hot dogs, burgers and seafood, as well as American pancakes and a dedicated kids’ menu.

The focus for the couple is to create a stress-free space for dogs who are visiting and staying over as part of their day care offering. Dogs will stay over for a cage-free night to help them relax.

Tony said: “The dogs get a chance to play outside if they want to, they can play together and sleep together. We do really look at things from a scientific side – it’s not just about making a play area that looks pretty.

“A lot of dogs will freak out in a kind of warehouse setting, it can mess with their personality. They’re so much happier here.

“It’s a very big space with a lot of flexibility, and that’s what we love about it.”

Their aim is to open Alfie’s Island Cafe in mid-July, but they are currently waiting for clearer guidance from the government.

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Tony added: “The last thing we want it so to get things up and running and then have to close it down again. We’ve got a few loose ends to tie up but we’re pretty much ready to go. We’re really looking forward to it.

“A lot of people need this – they need that feel-good factor and to get away from all the torment in the world at the minute.”

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Woolworths returning to British highstreet next year

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Woolworths is making a comeback to the high street next year.

The chain posted on Twitter to explain that three new trial stores will be opened late next year. They wrote: “Here to save 2020! Woolworths is coming back to your high street, as a physical store!

“A couple of legal things to get sorted, but we’re full steam ahead at Woolworths HQ.

“We want to get this right, so we need your help. What do you want at your UK #YourWoolworths?”

They went onto explain that they want fans to tell them exactly what they want from their local Woolies to make sure they get the reopen right.

They added: “Throughout this week, we’ll have announcements and chances to win gift cards for Woolworths and gift cards for other retailers on your high street. Welcome back to Woolworths!”

In response one person wrote: “Apart from pick ‘n’ mix and the top 40 singles, cheap but good quality homeware like saucepans and picture frames and doormats and pillows. And sewing thread and needles. And shoe polish. And seeds and compost and plant pots. Everything Just what it was before, that’s all.”

Another said “I want pick n mix and lots of gift items”.

Another person added: “It’s got to be kid friendly. Easy access, wide aisles and full of stuff kids love. Comics, books, stationary, pic ‘n’ mix etc. Don’t try and stock a little bit of everything… Decide your market and stick to just that.”

Who’s excited??? 

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Scooters are now available in Salford for public use

Let’s hope this goes better than the Mobikes…

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Salford City Council and the University of Salford are said to be thrilled to be trialling the new project.

The Department for Transport has opened the doors for cities, including Salford, to trial new schemes for renting e-scooters.

Previously banned in the UK, the introduction of e-scooters is to discourage workers from using their cars in cities.

Lime, the company behind the e-scooter trial, is a US-based company that currently already operates in London, Milton Keynes, Europe and of course the USA.

With great success in other cities, we can’t wait to see the scooters take off in Salford.

Costing £1 to unlock then an additional 15p per minute whilst you’re out and about. Each scooter is also fitted with an alarm which will activate if someone tried to move it without unlocking.

It’s important you remember to obey traffic laws, to ride safely in the bike lane or street and to wear a helmet.

Will you be trialing the new scooters? Let us know! 

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Manchester United set to deliver 5,000 free meals for local kids over half-term

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Manchester United have announced they will be delivering 5,000 free meals to children over half-term.

Food provided by charity FareShare will be processed and packaged into individual meals at Old Trafford by United staff this week.

It will then be shipped out to local Manchester United Foundation partner schools. 

The six schools involved include Waterhead Academy, Dean Trust Rose Bridge, The East Manchester Academy, Manchester Enterprise Academy, Manchester Academy, Stretford High School. Other charities will also receive some of the meals as part of the scheme.

It comes as United Striker, Marcus Rashford, campaigned to extend free meal provision until Easter 2021. MP’s voted against the action last week but are now facing a lot of pressure to reverse their decision. 

A statement from the club reads: “Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, more and more families are dealing with food poverty,”

“The impact of the virus has exacerbated an existing problem and, with unemployment rising and the economic crisis biting hard, many are struggling with reduced income.

“As a result, many families and children simply do not have enough food and are going hungry. This initiative does not solve the issue locally, but will make a significant difference to the lives of hundreds of families across Greater Manchester.”

John Shiels, the chief executive of the Manchester United Foundation, added: “We’re incredibly proud and humbled to be working with FareShare over October half-term.

“This initiative will go a long way to ensuring that pupils from our partner schools and families using local food-banks have fresh meals to eat, during what we know is a difficult time for many.

“We’ve seen first-hand how children from socially challenged backgrounds can be even more vulnerable when they’re not in school, it’s therefore imperative to be present in their lives throughout the school holidays, showing that we care and the Foundation is always here to support.”

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