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New Highway Code Rules for 2022

The Highway Code has received a refresh, with a new set of rules coming into force from 29th January 2022.  As well as some 49 existing laws having been updated, new rules will be introduced.  The changes are extensive and further information is available on the website link located at the bottom of this article.  However, the key areas are summarised below. Hierarchy of Road UsersPreviously The Highway Code stated all road users should be considerate towards each other, applying this principle to pedestrians and drivers equally.  It meant that equal responsibility was originally placed on all road users for assuring the safety of others.   The new hierarchy places responsibility on road users who could do greatest harm to others, and it is with them that the greatest obligation to protect the most vulnerable on the road now lies.  Top of the hierarchy are lorry drivers, cars, vans buses and motorcycles.  But it should be noted that cyclists, horse riders and horse-drawn carriage drivers have a greater responsibility to reduce the danger posed to pedestrians. Pedestrian Priorities at JunctionsPrior to the rule change, road users would have given way to pedestrians who have started to cross the road into which they are turning. Under the new rules priority must be given to pedestrians who are waiting to cross the road, which means that if you are about to turn into a road and a pedestrian is waiting to cross, you should give way.   New Rule for Drivers and Motorcyclists at JunctionsThe new rule states that when turning into or out of a junction, drivers should not cut across the path of any other road user, including cyclists, horse riders or horse-drawn vehicles, if doing so would cause the other road-user to slow down, stop or swerve. Safe Passing Distances An amendment to existing Rule 163 sets out safe passing distances for drivers when overtaking cyclists, motorcyclists, horse riders and those in horse-drawn carriages.   Drivers must give at least a 1.5 metre space when overtaking a cyclist at speeds of up to 30mph.  More space should be allowed when overtaking at speeds of more than 30mph.  Rule 72 establishes the right for cyclists to ride in the centre of their lane, to ensure that they remain visible. When passing a pedestrian who is walking in the road, drivers should allow at least two metres of space and maintain a low speed.   Rule 213 has also changed and now states that on narrow sections of roads, horse riders may ride in the centre of the lane and drivers should allow them to do so for their own safety, to ensure they can see and be seen.  Drivers should pass a horse at least 2 metres distance and at a slow speed. In all cases, drivers will now have to wait behind a motorcyclist, cyclist, horse rider, horse-drawn vehicle or pedestrian and not overtake if it is unsafe or not possible to meet these clearances.  Extra care should be taken in poor weather, including high winds. For a more in-depth look at the new rules, visit: 

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Free entry to RHS Garden Bridgewater for Salford residents extended to May 2023

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the UK’s gardening charity, have extended free Tuesday entry for Salford residents to RHS Garden Bridgewater for a further year to May 2023. Since opening on 18th May 2021, over 270,000 people have visited the garden, and more than 20,000 Salford residents have already visited the 154-acre garden for free on Tuesdays. Head of Site Richard Green said: “The support of Salford residents has played a big part in the success of our first six months of opening, and we’re delighted to be able to provide an additional full year of free entry as a way of saying thank you. We hope many more members of the local community will visit and experience the positive benefits of gardens and gardening. “One of the things we’re most excited about at RHS Garden Bridgewater is our spaces and activities dedicated to supporting health and wellbeing, skills development and life-long learning for the people of Salford. Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers and staff, and the support of Salford City Council, The Peel Group and our donors, we’ve already seen some really positive results from these programmes.” Between June and November, almost 3,000 young people from the region’s nurseries, schools and youth groups have visited the Peel Learning Garden for free interactive education workshops. In Community Wellbeing, free weekly wellbeing sessions for local organisations are delivering sessions to groups including dementia patients, NHS workers, carers, Age UK, women’s refugee groups and high dependency residential home residents, along with Wellbeing Walks delivered in partnership with Salford Community Leisure. Nine local groups including Salford Loaves and Fishes, Recreate-U, Social adVentures, Salford Foundation Womens Centre and Coop Academy Walkden have also received growing spaces, tools, seeds and advice in the Community Grow Garden. Already, the garden is delivering tangible benefits to the local economy, creating over 130 new jobs with almost half of those employed living with five miles of the garden. Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “We’re delighted that this pioneering scheme of free weekly access to the garden for Salford residents, agreed between the RHS and Salford City Council, has been such a success. This was the first time the RHS has given free access to the community around one of its gardens so Salford continues to make its mark by doing things differently. It’s fantastic that so many residents and visitors from outside the city have already enjoyed this spectacular attraction. Our vision is for the garden to be an international, national and community asset, creating a real public amenity and oasis for everyone, in amongst the city’s existing green assets. We hope as many local people and community groups as possible continue to benefit from it. It’s even easier for Salford residents to visit the garden now that the first phase of RHS Greenway is open. This new traffic-free walking and cycling route runs along the north of the Bridgewater Canal linking Worsley and Boothstown to RHS Garden Bridgewater, enabling cyclists and walkers to enter the garden direct from the canal towpath. The final phase of the RHS Greenway is due for completion in March 2022. This will create improved walking and cycling links to RHS Garden Bridgewater as well as other local facilities including Walkden train station, Parr Fold Park and Boothstown Marina.” Kate Holland, Head of Charity & Social Initiatives at The Peel Group said: “We’re extremely proud to be the founding partners of RHS Garden Bridgewater in addition to supporting the Peel Learning Garden and Education programme which sparks enthusiasm for gardening and the outdoors for the next generation. It’s testament to the team at RHS Garden Bridgewater that they’ve already attracted so many visitors and school groups from the region to the garden and it’s fantastic that Salford residents will continue to be able to enjoy free access to this world-class attraction right on their doorsteps.” RHS Garden Bridgewater is made possible by Salford City Council and The Peel Group. Salford City Council invested £19 million into the project which will bring substantial economic and tourism benefits to the city, its communities and the north west region. The Peel Group are custodians of the former Worsley New Hall estate where the garden has been created. Photos by Mark Waugh     

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The first phase of RHS Greenway, a new traffic-free walking and cycling route is now open.

Worsley's Model Railway

The most expensive model railway in the world!

The Power of Customer Reviews and Testimonials

Marketing and advertising have come a long way in a short space of time. As a business owner, your brand reputation is no longer entirely in your hands. Like it or not, people are no longer in the habit of only taking your word for it when considering buying your product or service. 82% of people look at online reviews before making a purchase (rising to 93% in the 35 to 54 age group) and they read an average of 10 online reviews for each purchase [source:]. Statistics  for 2020 aren’t available yet, but the word is that with the surge in demand for online shopping driven by the pandemic, those numbers will climb even higher. This means that customer testimonials are a powerful marketing tool in an increasingly crowded marketplace. Real positive feedback, stories about user experience, and emotional reactions to using your products create confidence in a purchase decision. This is sometimes referred to as “social proof” and it should be a vital part of your marketing strategy. Where to Publish Customer Reviews?Once the sole province of Amazon, there are nowplenty of free platforms where you can encourage your customers to write reviews independently of your own marketing channels. By using these platforms, you can give your customers the confidence that their words won’t be edited, abridged or otherwise modified by you in any way. • Google My BusinessIf you haven’t already you should claim your free Google My Business listing. It provides a shortcut to a review page with a link you can share with customers. • TrustpilotAnyone can use Trustpilot to give feedback on any business, so if your business has been reviewed here then you can add the average star rating to your marketing channels via a link • FacebookIf you have a Facebook business page then you can add “Facebook Recommendations” to your profile. Rather than leave a star rating, your customers can simply answer “Yes” or “No” to the question “Do you recommend (business name)?” and then add tags, photos and text. • TripAdvisorIf you’re in the hospitality or travel business then (like Trustpilot) anyone can use TripAdvisor to give feedback on any business. Also you can request to be listed on the platform directly.  Getting your Customers to Leave Feedback - Some Do’s and Don’ts! DO ask them – and don’t be shy!Add a request forfeedback as part of your after sales process and letthem know how important it is and how much you value their views. DO make it easyWe’ve seen a lot of commentaryon social media from consumers being overwhelmed with feedback requests, so the less painful you can make the process the more your customers will be encouraged to respond. Provide a link to your chosen platform, or a use dedicated reply email address. DO reply to all feedback, positive and negative(All the above platforms will allow you to do this). It lets your customers know that you have seen the review and appreciate it. DON’T offer a discount or a refund for a good reviewIt’s OK to incentivise people to give feedback but if you only do it for a favourable response then it becomes unethical. DON’T suggest what they should sayAsk specificquestions by all means but don’t put pressure on them to answer only positively. Trust is a key factor in business these days, and thedisplay of an average star rating is often the first thing your potential customers will notice. So make sure you’re using a feedback process in all of your customer interactions. Written by Helen Say ( Writer and Blogger​

William Barber Upjohn - Head Gardener to the Earl of Ellesmere

Learn about the Head Gardener of what is now RHS Bridgewater

Bathroom Design: Top Six Things to Consider When Designing Your Bathroom

Designing your new bathroom isn’t just about the obvious stuff, such as the colour of the bathroom suite. Here are 6 key elements you need to consider to help you to create the perfect bathroom design. 1. SpaceFully utilise your available space. Even with limited room, make the most of the space you have; this iswhere good design is essential. Positioning is important – where will your fixtures go, and how much leeway is there to move them and once fitted, can you still move around the bathroom comfortably?Also, consider storage and how much you actually need, often ‘less is more’! There are plenty of inventiveways to maximise your bathroom storage whilst not taking up too much space, can you build storage intocavities in the wall for example? 2. SizeIt’s essential to get the balance right between good use of the space available and the design of the room. A good balance between design and functionality is the key to creating a room that will see the test of time. Always design with function in mind. 3. LightYour bathroom lighting shouldn’t be an afterthought. It’s hugely important in bathroom design and is one of the golden three things you should pay attention to. These are Lights, Tiles and Mirrors. Get one of these wrong and you will not get the most from the bathroom. You don’t have to settle for just one type of lighting. Other than the functional ‘spotlights’, consider more subtle mood lighting to enhance yourbathroom as a place to relax​. 4. ColourColour is one of the key decisions you will have to make and the choice can be daunting. Do you wantto go bright and airy or do you fancy dark and moody? Also, when choosing your colour and finishes, consider the amount of natural light available and how you can best use this. With good design, you caneven make a darker bathroom into a design statement which you will be proud of. The key to bathroom colour design is Tiles. Bathroom tiles are versatile and come in a broad range of finishes, sizes and colours. Chosen correctly, it is the tiles that will add that extra wow factor to your bathroom space. 5. BudgetA great looking bathroom doesn’t have to cost the earth. The important thing is to make your budgetwork for you and to spend it wisely. An appropriate budget is essential to start your project off but makingsure you don’t use it inappropriately is essential! You’d be surprised at what an experienced, innovative bathroom designer can achieve to help with this. 6. Who will design your bathroom? Choosing a bathroom designer should perhaps be top of the list. You must feel confident that they are acting in your best interests, offering design solutions to fit the space and size of your bathroom and are happy to work within your budget and timescale. Most importantly, you should have good rapport with them; they should be approachable and trustworthy, making the process as stress free as possible. This article was written by Alfred Fraser Bathrooms & Tiles who are located on Moorside Road in Swinton. They can provide an end-to-end bespoke design and installation service, taking the stress out of a major home improvement project and giving you the bathroom of your dreams. Tel: 0161 794 0771 | |

Explore Salford’s Green spaces

Did you know that Salford has 74 parks - 8 with Green Flag status?  Whilst in lockdown, now is the perfect time to go and discover new parks you've not yet explored, or to revisit your favourites. Why not pack a hot flask and sandwiches and make a day of it? Here are a few suggestions to start you off... Peel ParkFeatured in the main image, this includes Salford Museum and Art Gallery and is the oldest park in Salford. It opened in 1846 and was the first truly public park in England. From 2016 to 2017, it underwent major redevelopment and was  restored to its former Victorian glory. The park is also part of the 33 mile long Irwell Sculpture Trail, from Salford Quays to Bury. Find full details of the trail at Kersal WetlandsLocated off Littleton Road, is a stunning new outdoor space to enjoy, created as part of a £10 million flood protection scheme. It is a haven for birds and wildlife. The views includes the skyline of Manchester, the woodlands of Kersal Dale and the shimmering River Irwell. There are cycle paths and wonderful dog walks as well as ten hectares of wildflower habitat to explore.  Clifton Country ParkFurther up the Irwell river valley,  Clifton has 48 hectares of open space as well as the remains of the Wet Earth Colliery, sunk in 1740. Here you can explore acres of open woodland andmeadows, enjoy lakeside walks, bring a picnic, go fishing or discover the hidden remnants of the city's industrial past. Bring children to play and enjoy refreshments from the new visitor centre café. Blackleach Country ParkJust half a mile from Walkden town centre, this is also a haven for birds and other wildlife and a peaceful picnic spot. Explore the reservoir, meadows and woodlands.  Dukes DriveLocated next to the historic Bridgewater Canal and situated in the centre of Monton. This green oasis has excellent links to surrounding areas and is linked by canal tow paths and cycle routes (66) to Worsley and further afield. Walk along the adjacent former railway lines ( ‘the looplines’) to Worsley Woods and back down the Bridgewater Canal, then reward yourself a takeaway brunch or coffee and cake in Monton Village! Worsley WoodsA very popular place for families, dog lovers and runners, it covers 30 hectares of woodland, brook and wetland habitats with Old Warke Dam at the southern end of the site (featured image). The Dam was built originally as a private boating and fishing lake for the first Earl of Ellesmere and much of the woodland was planted to create a game reserve. Now there’s a new jetty for great views over the Dam, new footpaths and seating. There’s a brand new adventure play area off Sefton Drive and a spring Wildflower Trail.  With the addition of RHS Garden Bridgewater, which is set to open in May 2021, Salford will be an even greener and more beautiful place to live in and to visit. You can watch a series of short films demonstrating Salford’s green credentials, plus a video on RHS Bridgewater, on the Visit Manchester website: For more parks go to​

Why now is the perfect time to advertise locally

Why NOW is the Perfect Time to Advertise Locally Recent studies have shown that people are shopping locally more now than ever before. Over the last year, the way we live and shop has dramatically changed. Working from home and home-schooling has kept us, and our spending, local. We’ve become more community focussed and are keen to support our local independent businesses through these challenging times.  At the end of 2020, Visa released key findings from its study carried out in partnership with Cebr (Centre for Economic & Business Research). They found 3 in 5 shoppers were worried independent businesses would not survive, 4 in 5 said they were shopping local as much as, or more than before the pandemic. • 54% of Brits surveyed said it’s important to them to shop locally because they know how much their custom means.• 43% said they get a boost of happiness when they support local shopkeepers. • 49% of consumers believe that local businesses contribute to their community by employing local people, making the area into a nicer place to live (39%) and keeping it vibrant and buzzing (38%). Similarly, Mastercard found 66% of shoppers in the UK are now more likely to shop in their local communities than they were a year ago. They have a new found appreciation of their communities and local shops since of Covid-19. 49% of those surveyed said their increased love for shopping local is to help local communities bounce back. If you are a local business owner, it has never been more important to advertise locally, with more people opting to buy local, restrictions on how far we can travel and having a ‘captive’ audience. Promote your business to your local community online, via social media, with leaflet drops or in magazines such as On Our Doorstep. Maximise the opportunity and goodwill of the local residents to support you.   The value of Door Drops during Lockdown During these uncertain times, businesses, charities, local authorities and the NHS need to be able to communicate with the public. Magazines and leaflet drops remain reliable and safe mediums for organisations to display important messages, updates and even provide reassurance to people during this period of lockdown and social isolation. For businesses who are still trading, door drops can help them communicate with households who may not have access to online services, as well as older and more vulnerable people who are less comfortable with technology. These mediums can also help contribute to a sense of normality for people, finding out what’s going on in the local community, to stay informed and in touch.(source DMA: Data and Marketing Association) Here at On Our Doorstep, we have managed to keep publishing over the pandemic, helping businesses to promote their services and stay in the minds of the local residents, plus sharing community news with our readers. With more people at home, readership has definitely increased.  If you are a local business, organisation, charity or a community group that would like to be part of our next issue, please get in touch:Susie:   

Live Well with Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a practice I engaged in unknowingly when I was younger through Indian Arts but when life events led me to learning it formally, I discovered a way of living that was highly empowering. It is a form of meditation where we practice bringing our attention to the present moment in a way that is deliberate and non-judgemental. It can be practised while sitting or when we’re on the go. Mindfulness is a form of strength training for the brain. Where we find ourselves worrying about unfinished work, something that was said, overwhelming tasks or how we fit in, we use this practice to enhance our awareness of the present moment. Some of the initial benefits of this practice are enhanced concentration, sensory clarity, and non-judgemental appreciation. A quick exercise for you try at homeHere’s a simple example you can try in the comfort of your own home. It only takes a couple of minutes. Make yourself a cup of tea and notice the following: • As you wait for your tea to cool down, notice the artwork on your mug. What colours do you see on it? Notice the little details. Perhaps the insides have a different colour. • If it’s not too hot to hold the mug in your palms, what does the temperature feel like? Does the temperature feel different on each finger? • Take a nice whiff of your drink. How strong is the scent? How do you feel when the steam touches your forehead and nose? • When you’re ready to sip, observe how you are naturally careful with the first sip.  • Slow down the process if you can, feel the liquid passing through lips, tongue, throat. Observe if your body naturally relaxes when it passes through any specific area. • Enjoy your tea and when you’ve finished, notice how engaged you felt with your present moment.  Through this practice, we actively step out of our autopilot and access a part of our brain that is more engaged, creative and able to solve problems. This is a part of our brain that is better aligned with our values. Practiced strategically, it can also be a catalyst towards much deeper transformation. We gain stability and greater self-insight. We find ourselves aligning more convincingly with what’s important to us. We strive less, trust ourselves, and navigate life fully embodying who we are, all colours included. Mindfulness, coupled with mind-body education, can be effectively used for anxiety and stress. This is something I offer at Radiant Roots and you’re welcome to get in touch. Wellbeing is genuinely a global necessity. Join me and let’s prioritise yourwellbeing. Sign up for our FREE guide: 30 Practical Suggestions for Stress & Anxiety and book a FREE consultation.Visit: & Instagram: @Radiant.Roots.Wellbeing​

Get Through Challenging Times

How has 2020 been for you? For most of us, it’s been a bit of a challenge to say the least and that’s led to a rise in common mental health problems such as anxiety, stress and depression. That’s no surprise. Our brains are hard-wired to fear change and uncertainty. When we’re going through challenging times, our fight/flight response is activated and our brains respond by creating:• Anxiety - so that we can run away from a threat• Depression - so we can hide from a threat, or • Anger - so we can fight back. These responses work great for short-term, immediate threats, but not longer-term pandemics! What can we do to make sure we get through challenging times without damaging our mental health?1) Focus on the PositivesMany people have enjoyed extra time with families this year, or the slower pace of life. If nothing else, going through tough times makes you more resilient! Writing down what we’re grateful for each day reduces that fight/flight response. 2) Take ActionIt’s easy to feel that we have no control over life’s events, but we do. If you’re missing friends, send a card or flowers. If you’re worried about getting ill, improve your health. If you’re worried about your job, re-write your C.V. Taking small steps forward will calm your anxiety. 3) Recognise the SignsYour body will tell you when you’re starting to struggle, and ignoring the signs always makes itworse. Maybe you get migraines, struggle to sleep or snap at others. Whatever it is, once you notice it,taking time out to get yourself back on track will stop it getting worse. 4) Look after YourselfThis means saying no sometimes, putting your needs first and asking for help. Give your body and mind what it needs. Don’t be surprised if you need more sleep or rest when times are tough. Know also that anxiety is a normal response, and you can take back control if you look after yourself. Any kind of movement releases endorphins and a walk in nature has double the benefit so try and get outside during the day. 5) Give your brain extra time to processIncreasing your sleep gives your brain chance to process your stresses; as do activities such asmeditation, deep breathing, mindfulness and guided hypnosis. They lower stress and increase your ability to cope. You can listen to guided relaxation sessions for free on my YouTube Channel Step Ahead Hypnotherapy. 6) JournalWriting down your concerns can help you to process them. It also means you can shut the book on them and go and do something you enjoy.  7) Have funWe need some form of release so watch things that make you laugh, plan a zoom quiz or any activity that makes you happy.  Here’s to a happy and healthy 2021! For more advice contact:Caroline SimmonsBSc, CNCH, AfSFH, NCH, NLPSolution Focused Hypnotherapist &   ​


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