45 young people are rehearsing in the concert hall this week for a production of IF I CAN DREAM which is being premiered at the Lowry on 2nd August and 3rd August. The group are working with the TWIST Project, part of the Salford Foundation. All the young people involved in the production are from different parts of inner city Salford.
Salford University cheerleading squad, the Salford Sirens were in the gym recently, rehearsing for the national finals at Loughborough where they came 2nd with their cheer routine. The team practise every week at Salford University and also run community classes sponsored by the Manchester United Foundation and Salford City Council.
Looking through the club archives we found a picture of the Lads’ Club gymnastic squad performing their routine at the 1930 Salford Pageant at Buile Hill Park.
A party of young club members and volunteers set off today for the 101st Salford Lads’ club camp at Aberystwyth, Mid Wales. A group of volunteers had already travelled down on Wednesday to set up the campsite. The party is made up of more than 50 including senior volunteer Eric Salthouse who first attended camp in 1948.
The club is used as a polling station during elections and today the city voted
for its first elected Mayor .To celebrate the occasion we invited the BBC Philharmonic
to perform in the concert hall as part of their community tour. The nine musicians
performed music by Handel, Corelli, Mozart and Rossini.
Alex Scott won the under 16 Greater Manchester Pool competition last night to become our 3rd finalist this season. Alex beat Connor Scudder of Droylsden Youth Centre in the final.
We now have the under 12, under 14, and under 16 winners at the club, and all of them will go forward to the northern finals in Preston in 2012.
As part of our Heritage Lottery Funded project to celebrate the 100th Camp we are creating a series of Digital tales by former campers.
We are holding 2 open days on the 10th and 11th September to show films of the camps and to collect more stories,so if you were a former camper please come along and record your 2 minute tale.
Goldsmiths College, London are working with us to make the digital tales and later workshops will involve linking the audio stories to still photographs and film.
Alan Sloan (R) & Dennis Lewtas (L) have been involved with the club since the 1961 camp. Listen to their stories:
Alan Sloan: [audio:https://slgc1903.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/alan-sloan-final-2.mp3|titles=Alan Sloan FINAL 2]
Dennis Lewtas: [audio:https://slgc1903.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/dennis-lewtas-final.mp3|titles=Dennis Lewtas Final]
The Salford Foundation young people’s performing arts group are back with us for the next two weeks for their final rehearsals of West Side Wiva Story. The show opens at the Willows Variety Centre in Salford on 17th August.
To find out more about the group
and the new show go to west side wiva story
Jim Houghton, one of the senior volunteers at the club, died suddenly last week. Jim had a long association with the club, joining as a 12 year old in 1946. He attended 5 annual camps between1949 –1954 and was an outstanding cricket player for the club.
A party of 44 young people and adult volunteers set off for the 99th annual camp today. It was raining in Salford, but sunny in Wales where the advance party had already set up camp.
Veteran volunteer Eric said “Blimey 99, I remember my first camp in 1946, how time fly’s” First timer Dylan aged 10 said “I’ve never been camping before, I’m really looking forward to playing football against a team from Aberystwyth”
Club president Anthony Groves will be dropping in to meet the party, 106 years after his Great Great Grandfather, James Grimble Groves attended the first camp in 1904.