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Source: City of Salford

Salford community groups have pulled together to help local families have a safe and happy half term, Halloween, Bonfire Night and Diwali.

With new Tier 3 restrictions on households mixing to combat rising coronavirus infection rates and the cancellation of organised firework displays, Salford City Council has created a ‘Celebrate Safely’ section on its website.

It features videos ranging from how to make salt dough, hold a poetry race or make a shadow puppet to gruesome Halloween recipes and even tips on how to make sure wildlife benefits from your left-over pumpkin.

Local crafter Lexi Jones has created a step by step tutorial on how to paint a rock for Halloween that can then be hidden for others to find as part of the Salford Rocks Facebook group challenge.

The page also has safety information around fireworks and a video signposting people to advice on how to help pets cope with Bonfire Night. The council is also sharing fun ideas every day on its Twitter and Facebook feeds.

Deputy City Mayor Councillor John Merry said: “We have to celebrate differently this year because of the pandemic but that doesn’t mean people can’t still have fun.

“We know it’s hard to come up with ideas to entertain the children, especially if the weather isn’t great, so we asked local community groups for their ideas. They have created amazing videos and I hope everyone enjoys them.”

The groups which contributed are:

  • Odd Arts
  • Art with Heart
  • Salford Scorpions
  • Salford CVS
  • WarmHut
  • The Lighthouse Church
  • Kids Club Screen Stars
  • Salford Community Leisure
  • Oasis MediaCityUK Community Hub
  • And Lifecentre Salford which co-ordinated the project with support from Salford CVS

Salford Community Leisure also has a range of events including a half term football coaching camp, spooky afternoon teas, pumpkin painting and a scarecrow trail at Ordsall Hall, a day time trail or an after dark virtual tour of Lark Hill Place and a ‘spooktacular’ Halloween swim at the Helly Hansen watersports centre.

For more details and bookings please see the Salford Community Leisure website.

Date published
Friday 23 October 2020

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