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‘A small start to a New Year’

Posted in CHRISTMAS, DESIGN, period drama, THE STAR INN - THE RESCUE OF OUR LOCAL PUB, WATCHED with tags , , on January 2, 2010 by echostains

I'll be sorry to say goodbye to 165 Eaton Place

A New Year and a new start.  What a fabulous time we had at last nights party…and what a hangover.  The Star Inn was completely packed out and everyone was in the party mood.  But now it’s time to get down to some normality: business as usual.  To be truthful, I’ll be glad to get back into some sort of routine,that does not  include spending money. Already I’ve cut back on the rich food and immediately feel a whole lot better.  Went out for my usual walk which I haven’t done for a few days.  It was freezing cold and at one point  the sun was shining and whilst it was trying to snow!  I just hope it’s not icy tomorrow as that could really scupper my plans.  I’m still ploughing through my ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ DVDs (the 5th series) and really savouring them.  As usual I want to watch them one after the other in a mammoth session, but not only is this impractical (about 800 minutes!) the situation is made all the more poignant because once this series has been viewed  –  I will have seen  every episode.  It’s been quite a journey from the television series to videos to DVDs – all episodes seen at different stages.  All except the elusive 5th series……..
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The Star Inn Reopens -Oh What an Atmosphere!

Posted in OUT AND ABOUT MANCHESTER, THE STAR INN - THE RESCUE OF OUR LOCAL PUB with tags , , on December 21, 2009 by echostains

Where are the people? inside. Where are the cameras? inside

A very quick one tonight, but I will do a more in-depth one tomorrow.  The Star Inn opened it’s doors yesterday – or should I say ‘reopend’ it’s doors.  What a fantastic day it was, and a lovely turn out.  As you can see the bar looks fab doesn’t it and very contemporary.  The atmosphere, as usual was open and friendly.  Even strangers called in – and stayed.

the new look bar

 

The evening, I believe was packed out, although I couldn’t be there as I was working.  When this pub is full, the atmosphere cannot be bettered.  I defy anyone to visit for the first time and NOT make friends. I will do some more on this story soon, including more pictures.

Rounding up: Loose ends

Posted in ART, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS, OUT AND ABOUT MANCHESTER, THE STAR INN - THE RESCUE OF OUR LOCAL PUB with tags , , , , , on November 29, 2009 by echostains

 This post is one  in a special week of  celebrating Echostains I year Birthday blog

An indoor ladies toilet pleaseand disabled facilities

The last couple of days have been a bit hectic.  I’ve not even twittered!   The concert last night  for the toilets at The Star Inn  went down really well.  Did we achieve the money we needed for BOG AID? click HERE and find out…..

Julie Hesmondhalgh

Didn’t take many pics last night, just couldn’t get my mode right on the camera!  Really kicking myself about that.  None of them are really anything to write home about at all, mostly blurred.  You need a steady hand for this and getting there at 6.30pm….well, that doesn’t help lol!  Guest of honour Julie Hesmondhalgh (Hayley from Corronation St) made the auction go with great humour!  She was very entertaining, and a lovely down to earth person with a sharp wit!  The folk bands we had were also very good indeed and everyone just mucked in and had a great time!

More of my posts about The Star Inn HERE

We love art!

Seems ages since I put a proper post on here, everything is a bit up and down at the moment.  But will try to get back to normal soon and write about ART.  Well that’s the first year gone on my blog.  I have to say, I’m really enjoying doing it AND talking to some lovely people whom I would never have met otherwise!  Communication (the echo and the stain).

The Star Inn: We got Friends, We had Ale, But we need a Toilet Quickly!

Posted in HOME, THE STAR INN - THE RESCUE OF OUR LOCAL PUB with tags , , , on November 13, 2009 by echostains

The walls are stripped, ready for plastering

What a great meeting it was last night at the Star Inn, Back Hope Street, Salford.  A very good turn out indeed: wall to wall people!  There have been many developments since the locals bought the pub.  As you can see from the picture, the black gloss mock Tudor beams have gone.  There are a few that still mourn them, but the majority ruled and down they came. 

Before the meeting and before we cleared up

 We have electric, we have heating, applications are underway for a manager and Bazen’s Brewery have come up with a specially brewed ale for us.  It’s called ‘Wandering Star’ and is a bitter.  A  questionnaire went round to see what the locals thought of it (it will be re adjusted if need be), but everyone I talked to thought it was great.  I had a sip or two (was drinking vodka last night, trying to lose weight) and I thought it tasted lovely.  In fact I might drink this instead of lager when we’re up and running.

Derek pulling the Star's own 'Wandering Star'

Great plans are afoot.  The curiously called  BOGAID will kick off with a concert with a local live band, maybe a fire-eater, raffles, and a few celebrities (one from Coronation Street……)  The tickets will be very reasonably priced at around 5.00 each.  Several fund-raising ideas were aired last night (details coming soon when confirmed).  I am beginning to put a lot of information on my Facebook ‘Friends of the Star’ group. which is also showcasing pictures of before and after as well as the locals.

Earlier on

Camera’s were there from BBC 1  last night.  They have been following this interesting story and this documentary should be shown in the New Year in a slot called ‘Inside Out’ usually shown on a Monday 7.30.  I can’t wait to see the finished documentary!  I actually went into the cellar last night….. the stairs are very steep: easier going up than down.  The cellar is bigger than you would think and is stuck in a time warp, want’s clearing and sprucing up a bit.

a corner of the cellar

Well, that’s the gist of what has happened at the last meeting.  If you would like to follow this story from the beginning ;

The Auction

What Happened

Star Inn a Cliff Hanger

The resurgence of this 1867 building is already starting.  If you can offer help in any way at all, please get in touch with Margaret;

STAR
E-mail Address(es):
 
StarOnTheCliff@live.co.uk

If you would like to become a friend of the Star Inn on Facebook, catch up with meetings, see old friends and track our progress click HERE

 

The Star Inn: Resurgence!

Posted in HOME, THE STAR INN - THE RESCUE OF OUR LOCAL PUB with tags , , , on November 7, 2009 by echostains

The Star Inn, a new start

The weather may have been windy, wild and blustering: the rain pelting down, but what an exciting day it was for The Star Inn!  Today another door opened on a new  exciting chapter in the pubs history!  They thought it was all over – but it wasn’t!  In truth, it’s only just starting!   The people entered the forsaken pub and claimed it as their own!  Unbelievably, a few short weeks ago, the Star Inn had a very uncertain future and was up for auction.  The brewery may have  abandoned it, but instead of fuming helplessly and looking for a new local, the people rallied round and saved it by putting their money where their mouths were!

open house

Filming continued today. Despite the rain, and the bar being dry, spirits were high and everyone is so full of hope for the future.  Hard work will ensue as the pub opens its doors at 10 a.m. tomorrow and the practical jobs are distributed and sorted out.  There are exciting plans in store for the peoples pub: including an indoor Ladies lavatory.  Lots of social events and possibly even its own   micro brewery are planned!  What an exciting and heartwarming story this truly is.  People are not only putting their money into their local, they are also putting their hearts, services and their time.  The letters that spell out its name may have been taken back, but nothing can stop the Star from going forward: it’s bright light shining onwards as it has done for the best part of  140 years!  Cheers!

a new beginning

The resurgence of this 1867 building is already starting.  If you can help in any way at all, please get in touch with Margaret;

STAR
E-mail Address(es):
  StarOnTheCliff@live.co.uk

Follow this story from the beginning;

The Auction

What Happened

Star Inn a Cliff Hanger

UPDATE: The Star Inn now has it’s own website http://www.staronthecliff.co.uk/index.html

If you would like to become a friend of the Star Inn on Facebook, catch up with meetings, see old friends and track our progress click HERE

The Star Inn: A Cliff Hanger…

Posted in HOME, OUT AND ABOUT MANCHESTER, THE STAR INN - THE RESCUE OF OUR LOCAL PUB with tags , , on October 22, 2009 by echostains

Follow that Star......

Follow that Star......

 What a great meeting it was last night in the Friendship pub, Prestwich Manchester.  The Star committee were well organised.  There were five groups , ranging from Finance to Community.  The builder’s group, which were the largest was very busy: packed with men offering their ideas and services.  One of the proposals, and first on the agenda  is to  build  a Ladies toilet INSIDE!  Yes, unbelievable as it is, the Ladies toilet is, and always has been outside, despite protests throughout the years.  So this is quite a radical move eh!  and I suspect one of many, though they do hope the fabric and history of the place will still shine  through.  There’s no website yet, but if you would like to help, please get in touch with Margaret via  

STAR
E-mail Address(es):
  StarOnTheCliff@live.co.uk

The Star will shine on

The Star will shine on

Last night Nicola from BBC Four came around with her microphone to gather pieces of information regarding the plans for the pub.  She will join the Star people on their journey from beginning to hopefully happy end, and maybe a documentary will emerge!  It’s clear, from last night’s meeting that ideas and enthusiasm abound regarding to the re making of the pub.  A new start awaits ‘The Star’   and people are raring to go: ready to get stuck in, despite the hard work which lies ahead.  One thing is for sure, with all the good will, organisation and belief, this project will not fail for lack of trying!  The reopening is planned for December.  Can’t wait!!!

The Star on the cliff just slumbering at the moment

The Star on the cliff just slumbering at the moment

 Follow this story from the beginning;

The Auction

What Happened

Resurgence!

UPDATE: The Star Inn now has it’s own website http://www.staronthecliff.co.uk/index.html

If you would like to become a friend of the Star Inn on Facebook, catch up with meetings, see old friends and track our progress click HERE

The Star Inn Salford: It’s all Over………

Posted in HOME, OUT AND ABOUT MANCHESTER, THE STAR INN - THE RESCUE OF OUR LOCAL PUB with tags , , on October 17, 2009 by echostains

Yes, the proverbial Fat Lady has just sang, and it’s not last orders!  The regulars have only been and gone and done it….saved the Star from being flattend or converted or whatever unknown fate awaited it!  Regulars got together and bid at for their beloved local when it came up at auction.  They put their money where their mouths were and are now the very  proud owners of this 1860s built pub!

The Star Inn will shine again

The Star Inn will shine again

At a meeting last night at The Friendship Inn,  Prestwich, the new owners and supporters were out in force to celebrate and ruminate about their  plans for the future regarding their pub.   Yes their pub!  They have loads of ideas already about how to make the pub viable.  There’s building work to be done and a manager to be got, but these are mere details: the mood is positive.  The hard work shall begin as soon as possible, and they hope to be open for business in time for Christmas. 

just a few of the supporters of the Star Inn at the Friendship In Prestwich before it got packed out

just a few of the supporters of the Star Inn at the Friendship In Prestwich before it got packed out

 It was strange to see these jubilent regulars out of their environment and in The Friendship and the atmosphere was so uplifting!  It’s people who make a pub, not the building, as was evidenced last night,  I saw loads of  people I hadn’t seen in years – a great night was had by one and all.  There’s a meeting next Tuesday, same place same time and I’m really looking forward to it.  Surely, with pubs closing at the rate of between 27 and 52 per week, this must give hope for those who are likely to lose their locals?

Read my first  post about the Star Inn HERE

The latest  developments so far HERE

UPDATE: The Star Inn now has it’s own website http://www.staronthecliff.co.uk/index.html

If you would like to become a friend of the Star Inn on Facebook, catch up with meetings, see old friends and track our progress click HERE