Major Levenshulme Housing Development Approved

A major housing development has been approved for the former Atlas Engineering site off Chapel Street.

The development will provide:

  • Erection of 64 no. dwellings comprising of:
  • 28 x two bedroom apartments with associated 28 space car park and communal bin storage area;
  • 22 x three bedroom houses;
  • 6 x four bedroom houses;
  • 8 x four bedroom houses with garages;
  • boundary treatments (including walls, railings gates and fences), formation of new access road linking Elbow Street and Stanhope Street and landscaping following demolition of existing buildings.

This will be a significant improvement as this site has been derelict land for many years. Developers Mulbury will start work in Spring 2017.

David Wroe, head of Mulbury Living, said:

“This site provides an excellent opportunity to increase the supply of high-quality, sustainable family homes in Levenshulme. By regenerating a site that has fallen into disrepair, these homes will also have a significant positive impact on the local area, including a new street layout and landscaping.

The development has been designed with respect for the existing homes in the area. They will be of a modern appearance with the use of red-facing brick and rendered gables, while the apartment block will acknowledge the architecture of the former Atlas Mill.”

View the planning application HERE

View the article from Place North West HERE

News article from Mulbury HERE

See the plan superimposed on an aerial photograph HERE (Thanks to Tim Blackwell)


Suspect Arrested In Rape Case

Boy arrested following rape of 12-year-old girl
Published on 13/1/2017 18:39:12 by Greater Manchester Police

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested following the rape of a 12-year-old girl in Levenshulme.

On Friday 30 December 2016, the girl disclosed to police that she had been raped while walking on Chapel Street, close to the Horseshoe pub on 22 November 2016.

She had been walking on the road sometime between 5pm and 5:30pm, when she was grabbed from behind by a male who dragged her into the alleyway which runs behind Cardus Street and raped her.

He then ran away from the scene in the direction of Stockport Road.

Today, Friday 13 January 2017, a 16-year-old boy from Longsight has been arrested.

Detective Inspector Dave Moores of GMP’s serious Sexual Offenses Unit said: “This week we released an e-fit of a person we wished to speak to regarding this attack. I would like to thank the public for the response we have had.

“We have now arrested a 16-year-old boy. He is currently in custody being questioned.

“Our investigation is still ongoing however, so anyone who may have witnessed the incident or may have seen anything suspicious is asked to get in touch.

“There will still be an increased police presence in the community whilst the investigation continues to encourage those who have information to come and speak to us and reassure anyone with any concerns.”

If you have any concerns or want to speak to someone to pass on information, or report a sexual offence, you can contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Link to Greater Manchester Police Report HERE

Read the Manchester Evening News report HERE

Friends of Levenshulme Station Meeting

The first meeting of Friends of Levenshulme Station in 2017 will take place on Wednesday 18 January at 6:30 p.m. in the New Arcadia on Stockport Road.
Agenda:

Apologies

Minutes and Matters Arising

Station plan for 2017 (see below)

Any other business

Next Meeting

Media Coverage Following Reported Rape

Levenshulme Community Association has organised a Community Forum on policing, crime, safety and securty for Wednesday 11th January, 19.00 at the Klondyke (1 Burnage Range) following a reported rape of a 12 year old girl.

The meeting is public and an opportunity to hear from Greater Manchester Police and councillors. There will also be the chance to raise any questions or concerns directly on crime and policing in the area.

This is understandably receiving considerable media coverage.

Manchester Evening News

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/how-community-fighting-back-following-12444905

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/levenshulme-klondyke-police-meeting-rape-12441332

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/police-reassure-residents-levenshulme-following-12413427

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/police-keeping-open-mind-whether-12397808

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/girl-12-dragged-alleyway-raped-12396731

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/levenshulme-girl-raped-chapel-street-12406847

ITV

https://vimeo.com/198166215

http://www.itv.com/news/granada/2017-01-03/police-appeal-after-12-year-old-girl-raped/

http://www.itv.com/news/granada/2017-01-04/police-have-open-mind-as-they-investigate-two-rapes-on-schoolgirls/

BBC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-38495606

Levenshulme Old Library Group Meeting

MEETING OF LEVENSHULME OLD LIBRARY GROUP AT THE BLUEBELL INN
THURSDAY 12TH JANUARY 7.30pm

As we hit 2017 the work to transform Levenshulme’s historic library building continues but we need help.

So far a small band of dedicated residents have sent a business plan to the council, spoken to potential stakeholders and raised money. It is now time for the community of Levenshulme to get involved and take this project to the next level.

If you would like to get involved please come to the meeting at the Bluebell, Cromwell Grove at 7.30pm to see how you can help.

With new energy and skills at the disposal of the group we will be able to create something new and exciting for Levenshulme. The library building deserves to be preserved and cherished by the community.

So, if you have something to offer or just want to see how the campaign is going please come down the Bluebell.

(Message from Levenshulme Old Library Group)

Levenshulme Community Forum, Wednesday 11th January 2017

Levenshulme Community Forum:Policing, Crime, Safety and Security

Wednesday 11th January
19.00
The Klondyke, 1 Burnage Range (off Albert Road)

This is an open, public meeting organised by Levenshulme Community Association.

Senior staff from Greater Manchester Police will attend to answer questions and provide information following the reported rape on Chapel Street and also discuss general issues of policing, crime, safety and security in the area.

Friends of Highfield Country Park Meeting

The next meeting of the Friends of Highfield Country Park is at 7pm on Tuesday 10th January at the Baptist Church Elmsworth Ave (opposite the Sidings pub).

Malcolm Cowen

Malcolm Cowen has died. Our condolences and sympathy go to his wife Beryl and his family.

Malcolm had been Levenshulme Community Association Treasurer for some years and was well known through his other community activities, in particular his talents as an actor and dramatist working with Levenshulme Players and AllFM. Malcolm was a knowledgable man with a quick mind and a wonderful sense of humour. He was well travelled and always interested in other people, cultures and histories. His warmth and wit were always evident.

Levenshulme has lost a dedicated, principled, talented gentleman.

Jeremy Hoad
Secretary, Levenshulme Community Association

Community Action To Help The Homeless

This is a post from the Facebook page of Shebby Gujjar Khan at Zeeshan & Co. Certified Accountants in Levenshulme. The tags haven’t transferred from Facebook but the message is still clear.

“Following the recent deaths and media news on the deaths in the city centre, i decided to make what little change i could myself.

I set about posting on facebook if people wanted to donate good quality clothing or accessories to help keep the homeless warm in these freezing cold weathers. The fact that i am within a 5 mile radius, was not sitting well with me.

I am a young british muslim, born and bred in Manchester. As a Muslim first and foremost, giving welfare to the poor and needy is one of our five pillars of Islam. The main stream media don’t show you the work and contribution of muslims throughout the U.K, so i will therefore use my own facebook platform to spread peace, love and togetherness.

No matter what race or religion a person is, it is our duty for the sake of mankind to help one another, when in need.

We set up 3 drop off points in Levenshulme, Zeeshan & Co Certified Accountants, GFones; Hamza Newton and Tyreworx Amer Ak Imran Akhtar, where people dropped off clothes or we went to collect.

We went out into Manchester City Centre on Saturday night, to distribute warm items of clothing and blankets and hot food courtesy of Al Latif. An inspirational brother who is doing a great job, feeding the homeless at nights. Another brother who has been a great inspiration is Bax Martin as well as my father Rasib Khan Accountants, a leader and the best of role models.

Great job by Hassan Sohail, Jibby Hussain, Adam Murtaza who were a great support with distributing the clothes. Natalie Sadik did a great collection of clothes. Thank you Nattie Lewin.

Life is all about trying to do good and inspire others around you.

We take so much for granted in this life in the luxuries of our own homes.

#feedingthehomeless #homeless #keepingthehomelesswarm #helpingthehomeless #britishmuslim #manchester #humanity #community #makingachange”

Police Request For Help In Rape Inquiry

Officers are keen to speak to two men pictured on CCTV in connection with a rape in Levnshulme.

Shortly before 12pm on Monday, 14 November 2016, a 31-year-old woman was raped in Cringle Park, on Clare Road, whilst out walking.

An investigation was launched and following substantial enquiries by detectives they have now released CCTV images of two men they wish to speak to.

Through working closely with the victim a detailed description of the offender has also been obtained.

He is described as white with a slight tanned complexion, in his mid 30s, average weight, with broad shoulders. He is believed to have a long oval face, dark thick eyebrows with dark lines under his brown eyes. He had yellowing teeth and a large pointed nose with pimples on it.

Detective Inspector Dave Moores, from GMP’s Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said: “We believe from our work so far these men were in the area at the time of the attack and we need to speak to them.

“I know the images are not very clear but if someone does know either of these men you should be able to recognise them.

“I would appeal directly to the men to contact police or anyone who recognises them to also get in touch.

“I would like to praise the victim for her courage throughout this investigation and specially trained officers continue to offer their support to her.

“We know this incident raised concerns in the community and we continue to carry out patrols in the area. 

“If you have any concerns or suspect something suspicious then please approach one of our officers or call police. We will always try and assist in any way they can.”

Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 1911, quoting incident number 824 of or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Greater Manchester is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims.

– If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police, or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.

– You can call Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515, whether or not you want make a police report.

– St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them via Greater Manchester Police, or as a self-referral.

– Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential support service run by women for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused. Confidential helpline: 0161 273 4500. Black and Minority Ethnic helpline: 0161 273 4514.

– Survivors Manchester offers support and counselling for adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape, regardless of when the event happened. Contact 07919 246267.

Community Carol Service At Inspire

This Sunday at Inspire! Community Carol Service & DIY Nativity! Come along 4pm (Kids come dressed as any nativity character)… Festive finger food will be available!

Winter Fair At The Beehive, Cringle Park

Its TODAY, the first Winter Fair at The Beehive set in Cringle Park, Levenshulme! 11am-3pm. 

Face painting, mulled wine, hot chocolate, christmas yummy things, beautiful Steiner children’s and adults books, wooden toys, handcrafted knitted items, raffle, delicious homemade lunches, Steinery arts and crafts resources, gorgeous smiling modelling beeswax for sale, children’s activities and making corner, women’s Weleda pampering gifts and more…

LCA General Meeting 10/12/16

The next LCA General Meeting will be on Saturday 10th December, 14.15 in the Community Studio at Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre on Stockport Road.

Levenshulme Writer Paul Magrs Shortlisted for BBC Audio Drama Award

Levenshulme writer Paul Magrs has just been shortlisted in the BBC 2017 Audio Drama Awards.

Best Online/non Broadcast

Baker’s End: The King of Cats, Bafflegab Productions

This was the first instalment of Baker’s End. The third instalment has recently been recorded and is in production now. The series stars Tom Baker with a supporting cast including Sue Jameson, Katy Manning and David Benson.

More success for the lovely, talented people of Levenshulme. We are our own creative hub.

You can order/download the first two episodes of Baker’s End on the Bafflebab website HERE

Find out more about the BBC Audio Drama Awards HERE

Levenshulme Christmas Lights Switch On

Come and get in the festive mood on Friday 2nd December at the Levenshulme Christmas Tree Lights Switch On and Party on the Village Green.

One of the highlights of the year with entertainment, celebrity guests and free presents for the first 300 children.

Star entertainers include the award-winning, Levenshulme based – ‘The Thomas Cliff School of Dancing’.

The event starts at 16.30 with the lights switch on at 17.30.

The event is organised by Levenshulme Traders’ Association in collaboration with Levenshulme Community Association and supported by local businesses, groups and Manchester City Council.

We’re also looking for stewards and other helpers who will need to be there for 4.15pm at the Village Green.

Bud Garden Centre Winter Warmer

Always a lovely day:

“An annual event at our litlle garden centre, where we raise money for charity from the sale of locally made mince pies and Fairtrade mulled wine. Money raised this year will be donated to Perennial, a charity which helps gardeners and horticulturalists who fall on hard times: www.perennial.org.uk

Levy Uke Up and Levy Chorus will provide entertinment, in addition to a brass ensemble from Stockport. Lovely to listen to whilst warming your hands at our giant fire bowl.

The garden centre will be open as usual (from 10am) selling Xmas trees, wreaths, ethical gardening gifts (Fairtrade/made in the UK) and plants, which make great presents!”


Levenshulme WI Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Levenshulme WI will take place at St Marys Church Hall Lounge, 7:30 pm on Tuesday 22nd November.

Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum Meeting

There will be a meeting of Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum on Wednesday 23rd November 2016, 19.30 at the Klondyke (1 Burnage Range, off Albert Road).

The meeting will be to agree a position on Manchester City Council’s proposals to our area. The council proposes a much reduced area for our Forum that would not cover Levenshulme.

Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum has been trying to reach a decision with the council since its application was submitted in October 2015. The delays have been frustrating but the group remains determined to find a solution that meets the needs and wishes of the residents and businesses of Levenshulme.

If you are interested in what happens in Levenshulme and how to have a voice to improve Levenshulme with a focus on planning issues then please come along.


Sparkle Transgender Day of Remembrance

Levenshulme and surrounding areas were well represented at a sensitive and moving event today as Sparkle marked the Transgender Day of Remembrance in Sackville Park.

Sparkle organises the Transgender Day of Remembrance event which takes place at the National Trans Memorial in Sackville Gardens each November. TDoR is the day when we remember all the Trans people who have been killed for being who they are over the preceding twelve months.

Manchester’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Carl Austin Behan (Burnage) took part with his Consort and husband Simon. Councillor Peter Cookson (Gorton South) also attended in his capacity as one of the LGBT leads on Manchester City Council.

As a strong and diverse community in Levenshulme we stand in solidarity with minority groups and those groups that are marginalised or discriminated against in society. The remembrance  event ended with participants reading out the names of the hundreds of transgender people who have been murdered in the past year around the world.

More information is available on the Sparkle website HERE

(Photos, Jeremy Hoad)

Cringle Park Walk Without Fear

The communities of Levenshulme and Burnage were out in strength in Cringle Park today to show solidarity against fear and violence following a reported rape.

The Lord Mayor, Carl Austin-Behan, who is also a Burnange councillor spoke of the need for solidarity and for people to not just use the park but speak to each other and make it a safe place for everyone. (pictured with his consort, Simon Austin-Behan).

There was also a police presence to reassure people and give advice.

We will not stand by and allow violence to happen unchallenged in our community. We will stand together. We will stand strong. We will stand against fear, violence and hatred.

The police report is available HERE

Anybody with information should contact police on 101, quoting incident number 824 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

UPDATE:

Read and view the ITV News report HERE

Read the Manchester Evening News report HERE

(photos, Jeremy Hoad)



HS2 Tunnel Under Levenshulme

The government has released an update to its preferred route for the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail route. Properties in Levenshulme should not be directly affected as the route from Manchester Airport to Manchester Piccadilly will be in a tunnel.

MEN article HERE

HS2 information HERE

Christmas Activities At St Peter’s And St Mark’s Parish Churches

Christmas activities at St Peter’s and St Mark’s.

Rape Reported In Cringle Park

A community walk in Cringle Park will happen at 11.00 on 20th November 2016 to show solidarity and sympathy with the victim.

This is the report from Greater Manchester Police:

“Officers investigating the rape of a woman in Levenshulme are appealing to three possible witnesses.

Shortly before 12pm on Monday, 14 November 2016, a 31-year-old woman was raped in Cringle Park, on Clare Road, whilst out walking.

An investigation was launched and a dedicated team of detectives have been carrying out further enquiries.

It is now believed there were three people in the park who may have witnessed something prior to the incident and officers are keen to speak to them.

These include a white man, in his 30s, who was wearing jeans and a khaki coat and was throwing a football for his dog.

A white woman, who is believed to be in her early 40s, with brown hair was also walking a dog which was white.

The third person is an older, white woman, who was pushing a black pram with a dog on a lead. She was wearing a black coat with the hood up and had brown hair. This woman briefly spoke to the victim before the attack.

The offender is described as wearing dark clothes with his hood up.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Mossop, from GMP’s City of Manchester division, said: “We have been carrying out extensive enquiries and want to speak to these people who were in the park around the time of the offence.

“I would like to stress you are not in any trouble but you could have key information which could help us with this case. Even if you think you didn’t see anything, please still get in touch with us as any information could be vital.

“We aware this incident has caused concerns in the community and I want to make it clear we are doing everything in our power to find the person responsible.

“No one should be scared to go about their daily business and we want to reassure local residents that we have increased patrols in the area. A police van is also currently parked near to the incident and we are also speaking with the local council.

“We are also aware of a community walk taking place in the park this Sunday (20 November 2016) and are currently liaising with the organisers to our offer our support.

“If you have any concerns please approach one of our officers and although we cannot go into the details of an on-going investigation we will try and help in any way we can.”

Anybody with information should contact police on 101, quoting incident number 824 of or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Greater Manchester is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims.

– If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police, or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.

– You can call Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515, whether or not you want make a police report.

– St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them via Greater Manchester Police, or as a self-referral.

– Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential support service run by women for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused. Confidential helpline: 0161 273 4500. Black and Minority Ethnic helpline: 0161 273 4514.

– Survivors Manchester offers support and counselling for adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape, regardless of when the event happened. Contact 07919 246267.”

Screening Of Award Winning Film “Namaste”

An award winning film by Levenshulme based director Gareth Taylor will be screened on 1st December at the University of Manchester.

Namaste: A Himalayan Journey

In the film, Dr Kate Yarrow, founder of Doctors for Nepal, goes on a life-changing, two-year adventure following some of the incredible journeys patients endure to reach healthcare in remote areas of Nepal. After the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal on 25th April 2015, Kate uncovers the challenges facing doctors and patients in rural areas, and reveals the extraordinary personal journeys of the people she meets along the way.

Here is what broadcaster and journalist Jon Snow has to say about the film:

“It’s a lovely piece and a very neat, acute and moving insight into the way things are post earthquake in remote Nepal . . . it’s a terrific film to put on for awareness raising . . . The journey alone is a terrific achievement, but the way you have made the film is too. Congratulations.” 

 Watch a trailer HERE

Clothing Swap Shop At The Klondyke

There’s a clothes Swap Shop on at the Klondyke (off Albert Road) right now!

Levenshulme Players: The Importance Of Being Earnest

Get yourselves down to Levenshulme Baptist Church this afternoon for the final performance of The Importance Of Being Earnest by Levenshulme Players.

Psychic At The Klondyke

Psychic readings at the Klondyke on October 26th.

(I guess you knew that already)

Psychic At The Klondyke

Psychic readings at the Klondyke on October 26th.

(I guess you knew that already)

Bollywood Punch And Judy at Arcadia Library

Prof Patel presents Punjeet & Judy-Gee. Bollywood style Punch & Judy makes it ‘s way to Arcadia Library this Saturday!!

Fun for everyone! Badge making activity follows the show.
Saturday 15 October

2.30pm, Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre

Oktoberfest At The Klondyke

Stuck for something to do this weekend?

15 ales 5 beers , 15 Gins & some lovely gin cocktails, live music, kids soft play area , kids dome, face painting, 3 street food stalls.

£3 adults free entry for kids.

Reggae band tonight & reggae dj

Fallowfield Loop Creative Event By A Pocketful Of Treasures

This Sunday 9th On Fallowfield Loop, Crayfield Rd entrance, A pocket full Of Treasures is Having a creative event.

More information is available HERE

Please do bring a little treasure, and Share in the Gallery Of Gilded Frames, Make a clay Treasure, have the back stories of your treasure turned into Poetry! 

Levenshulme Players… Handbags At Dawn

Next month the Levenshulme Players will be staging the Oscar Wilde classic The Importance of Being Earnest.

It will be on at Levenshulme Baptist Church on the 10th and 11th of November at 7PM with a Saturday matinee on the 12th at 2PM.

Watch out for Lady Bracknell… 

Tickets can be bought here:

http://www.levenshulmeplayers.co.uk/tickets-for-importance-of-being-earnest/

Levenshulme Old Library Group Meeting 11th October

Open meeting of the Levenshulme Old Library Group

Tuesday October 11th, 2016, 7.00-8.30pm

Klondyke Club, 1 Burnage Range, Manchester M19 2HQ

The Levenshulme Old Library Group is holding an open meeting on the 11th October, at 7pm, at the Klondyke (in the function room), to update the community, to celebrate what has been achieved and ask for your help to make this exciting but complex project happen.

We need your skills, your time and your support to help us move to the next level.

We look forward to seeing you on October 11th.

Levenshulme Old Library Group

Keep up to date on facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/LLBSG/ 

Website is
http://levenshulmeoldlibrary.org.uk/

An initial vision for the future of the library building can be downloaded here:

http://tinyurl.com/mpr8h6d 

Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum Meeting

Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum Meeting
Thursday 22nd September

19.30 @ Inspire, Stockport Road
Open, public meeting, everyone welcome.

  • Find out why our application to the council has been delayed for so long.
  • Hear about our meeting with Sir Richard Leese, Manchester City Council Leader.
  • Raise any issues you have on themes for the group to address in Levenshulme.

Agenda

  1. Update from the forum and designation application
  2. Area of designation vs ward boundaries
  3. Next scrutiny committee meeting Tuesday 11th October at 14.00
  4. Current discussion issues
  5. Party
  6. Next annual general meeting will be in December

Arcadia User Group Meeting

The next Arcadia User Group meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday 11th October at 7.30pm in the Community Studio.

Friends Of Levenshulme Station Meeting

The Friends of Levenshulme Station have a meeting on Wednesday 21 September, 6.30-7.30pm at Arcadia Library Community Room.

Agenda

Apologies

Minutes and Matters Arising

News and Reports- Chair

– Secretary

– Treasurer

– Levenshulme Community Association

– Levenshulme Market

– Northern Rail

Petition

Leaflet

Reading and responding to our e-mail 

Artwork and plants for the station

Other business

Folk Trains

Manchester Be Proud Awards

Why not nominate an individual or group for a Manchester Be Proud Award?

Nominations close on 30 September 2016.

There are ten categories this year. Three of these will be dual awards, this means that there will be an award for both an individual, and a group (two or more people). This is because of the popularity and number of nominations we usually receive for these categories.

The categories are: 

Blossoming Communities – celebrating people or groups whose gardening achievements have brought about a positive change to the surroundings and the lives of people.

Business in the Community – focusing on the businesses that invest resources, staff, time or money in their local community outside their core activity, and making a really positive impact.

Community Force – acknowledging a person or group that has worked hard to create a safer neighbourhood and helped to make a community where people are proud to live.

Community Project of the Year (dual award) – recognising fresh thinking in local projects that really get people involved, and help to build happy communities people are proud of.

Creativity in the Community – championing community arts and creative projects, big or small, from individuals or groups. The winner will prove how creative activities can benefit individuals and strengthen communities.

Clean City – this award could be for a project, an exceptional individual, or a group that has worked with their community to tackle local environmental problems, helping to create a cleaner, greener city for now and the future.

Neighbour of the Year – a perfect opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to a neighbour whose kindness, practical help and support have made a real difference to you or your community.

Unsung Hero (dual award) – honouring those who make a big difference but whose help often goes unnoticed. Whether it’s ongoing work or a big one-off, this person’s efforts deserve a moment in the spotlight.

Volunteer of the Year (dual award) – highlighting the exceptional contribution made by volunteers, who give their time to improve the lives and environment of others.

Young Achiever of the Year (under 18 years) – whatever their achievement, and whoever they have helped, this young individual or group will show pride and passion for and commitment to their community.

Apply online or download a nomination form HERE

Levenshulme Jumble Trail 

Following the success of the first event in June the second Levenshulme Jumble Trail is on Sunday 18th September.

A map of stalls is available HERE 

What is a jumble trail?

A jumble trail is a collection of yard, garage or garden jumble sales happening from peoples’ homes, all on the same day in the same area (in this case, Levenshulme and nearby – you can see the area covered on the map).

Community, Sports and Activity Day

Community, Sports and Activity day Saturday 24th September.

The whole family is invited to Cringle Park to take part in fitness classes and taster sessions of local adult and junior sports clubs.
Organised by South Manchester Sports and Activity Forum.

Crowcroft Park Solidarity Walk Photos

A few photographs from the Crowcroft Park Solidarity Walk held tonight (Thursday 8th September 2016). People from Levenshulme and Longsight came together to calmly and peacefully express their horror at the reported rape of a 12 year old girl in the park.

Photos copyright Jeremy Hoad.

Crowcroft Park Solidarity and Strength Walk

21.00 on Thursday 8th September 2016

In light of the news of a tragic rape of a child in one of our local parks and the feeling of helplessness a community can sometimes feel in a situation like this, as a small gesture of solidarity, local people would like to ‘reclaim the night’ in Levenshulme and Longsight by way of a group walk.

All Levenshulme and Longsight residents are invited  to partake in a peaceful evening walk, (no placards, banners and no vocal protests in keeping with the spirit of unity and for the sake of our neighbours) meeting at 8:45pm at the main entrance of Crowcroft Park on Stockport Road. The walk will commeence at 9:00pm around the perimeter of the park before ending in a vigil. Groups can then walk home along Stockport Road.

It is hoped that a peaceful walk for all members of the community to participate in will help to unify the area and highlight the need for our local authorities, police and councillors to pay closer attention to the criminal activities on the rise in both Levenshulme and Longsight.

Residents have the right to walk the local streets without fear and intimidation and we hope that this small gesture will inspire change from the top down, acknowledge solidarity with the victims of violent crime and sexual attacks and combat intimidation by a minority of society.

Please join us for this important occassion and show your support for the victims of rape, crime and the desire for safety in the area we live.

Pauline Johnston

Love Levenshulme

Further information available HERE

Highfield Road Allotments Show, 3rd September

Levenshulme allotments on Highfield Road are having an Allotment show on Saturday 3rd September.

Starting at 11am they’ll be bric a brac, a tombola, allotment grown veg stall, crafts, tea and cake stall, bicycle powered music and a bar. 

At 2.30pm the fantastic display of veg and fruit will have been judged and you can have a look. 

If that’s not enough fun, at 4.30 the prize winning veg will be auctioned off. C’mon guys, what’s there not to love?

LCA General Meeting 10/09/16

The next LCA General Meeting will be on Saturday 10th September, 14.15 in the Community Studio at Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre on Stockport Road.
As agreed at the last meeting this meeting will consider minor constitutional amendments as requested by an external funding body. As such this would technically make the meeting an Extraordinary General Meeting. The constitutional amendments are primarily to specify the quorum for meetings more explicitly.

Pleas and any reports or requests for agenda items (with supporting papers where possible) to Jeremy Hoad, LCA Secretary at secretary@levenshulmecommunity.org.uk

Levenshulme Beer, Gin and Food Festival

The Levenshulme beer, gin and food festival is a three day event over the August bank holiday.
Held at the Klondyke Club (1 Burnage Range) the festival will be combined with the famous Levenshulme Market on the Saturday (held in the station car park) and promises fun for all the family.

  • Over 20 ales, 20 gins, 3 lagers, & 2 ciders to try.
  • Various street food stalls.
  • Live music & dj sets.
  • Bouncy castle, face painting and field games for the children and families.

FREE ENTRY.

More Levenshulme loveliness in the summer. A not to be missed event!

  • Saturday 27th August, 12.00-late (market 12.00-18.00)
  • Sunday 28th August 12.00-late
  • Monday 29th August 12.00-late 

Music and Cakes at Bud Garden Centre

In case it’s not already in your diaries…. Garden Cafe at Bud Garden Centre, Grangethorpe Drive, Bank Holiday Monday.

Fairtrade teas and coffee, botanically themed cakes, produce, houseplants, live music. All in aid of local refugee support charities Freedom from Torture and Boaz Trust.

See you there!

BBC Radio Manchester Reports From Thairish On Dangerous Bikes

BBC Radio Manchester reported on dangerous and nuisance bikes today. Reporter Emily Wolstencroft interviewed Levenshulme residents in Thairish café including LCA Secretary Jeremy Hoad.

You can hear the report on iPlayer (44 minutes into the programme, repeated at 2h12m).

Listen on iPlayer HERE

Levenshulme Writer Paul Magrs’ Adventures With Tom Baker

Levenshulme writer and artist Paul Magrs wows the Edinburgh Evening News with his latest audio drama.

“Beautifully bizarre and laugh-out-loud funny, writer Paul Magrs’ wonderfully baroque dialogue suggests the star himself may have had some input… A riotous, fantastical, absurdist romp then… 82-year-old Tom has never sounded more at home than in Baker’s End.”


Baker’sEnd is released on 2nd September but is available to order now. The second instalment is in production now.

Read the full article HERE

Find out more and order Baker’s End from Bafflegab HERE

LCA Community Forum Wednesday 27th July

The next LCA Community Forum will be held at the Klondykeon Wednesday 27th July. Doors open at 7:15. Meeting starts at 7:30.

The agenda will include:

  • An update on the Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum
  • News on a new Linked Up Levenshulme Project 
  • Discussion of ideas for crime prevention and safety

There will also be time for anyone to raise concerns of their own about life in Levenshulme.

The LCA Community Forum is an initiative of Levenshulme Community Association. These are open public meetings for everyone in Levenshulme – residents, businesses, landlords, community groups or anyone else – to find out what is going on and raise questions about our area.

Information and ideas are shared with the council and our local councillors to work in partnership for a better Levenshulme.

Stockport Road Resurfacing

The resurfacing of Stockport Road will start on Saturday 13th August. This will take place in three stages as outlined in the letter from Manchester City Council below.

This will be a major improvement to Levenshulme. Thanks to all councillors and council officers involved in securing the funding to enable this work to be completed.

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FROM: Manchester City Council

Date: 20.07.16

Road Resurfacing on Stockport Road, A6

 Dear Sir / Madam,  

I am writing to inform you of resurfacing works to Stockport Road.

Due to securing additional funding for Local Highway Maintenance Manchester City Council will be undertaking significant road resurfacing works on key routes into the City.

Large sections of Stockport Road are to be resurfaced with initial works being carried out between Broom Lane and Matthews Lane.

As a resident or business in the area you will no doubt be aware of how busy Stockport Road is throughout the day. To avoid causing severe delays our works are planned to be done during off peak periods including weekends and nights.

The works have been planned in three sections to minimise disruption.

Section 1 is from Broom Lane to Elbow Street, including the junction of Alma Road. This work is due to commence on Saturday 13th August 2016 and it is intended to progress as follows;

Saturday 13th August 08:30 to 19:30 removal of existing surface. This will be done using traffic signals maintaining a single lane of traffic past the works.    

Sunday 14th August 09:30 to 19:30 replacing first layer of surfacing. Stockport Road will be completely closed between Broom Lane to Elbow St. Local diversions will be signed.

Monday to Friday 15th to 19th August 21:00 to 05:00 (nights) Replacing the final surface and new road markings. Stockport Road will be completely closed between Broom Lane to Elbow Street.

Section 2 is from Elbow Street to Barlow Road. This work is due to commence on Saturday 20th August 2016 and it is intended to progress as follows;

Saturday 20th August 08:30 to 19:30 removal of existing surface. This will done using traffic signals maintaining a single lane of traffic past the works

Sunday 21st August 09:30 to 19:30 replacing first layer of surfacing. Stockport Road will be completely closed between Elbow Street and Barlow Road. Local diversions will be signed.

Monday to Friday 22nd to 26th August 21:00 to 05:00 (nights) Replacing the final surface and new road markings. Stockport Road will be completely closed between Elbow Street and Barlow Road. 

Section 3 is from Barlow Road to Matthews Lane. This work is due to commence on Saturday 27thth August 2016 and it is intended to progress as follows;

Saturday 27th August 08:30 to 19:30 removal of existing surface. This will done using traffic signals maintaining a single lane of traffic past the works

Sunday 28th August 09:30 to 19:30 replacing first layer of surfacing. Stockport Road will be completely closed between Barlow Road and Matthews Lane. Local diversions will be signed.

Monday to Friday 29th to 31st August 21:00 to 05:00 (nights) Replacing the final surface and new road markings. Stockport Road will be completely closed between Barlow Road and Matthews Lane.

Works may be suspended on the Bank Holiday 29th August depending on progress made.

 Diversions will be locally managed with signage.

The dates given are approximate, weather and other factors can delay us but if we make good progress we may well finish early.

The noisiest operation is the removal of the existing road surface and removal of manholes and service boxes. We have planned our operations so that this work will be undertaken on Saturdays from 08:30 to 19:30. Noisy works at night have been minimised as far as possible but there may still be some disturbance. The removal of the existing surface and the laying of the new materials progress at a steady walking pace and although several passes of the machinery is required it is unlikely you will be disturbed for prolonged periods.

Pedestrian access will be maintained to all properties during working hours. However there will be no access for vehicles in the working areas during working hours. Vehicular access to areas adjoining streets and the sections of Stockport Rd outside of the working area will be maintained by Traffic Marshalls.

Please ensure all vehicles are removed from the working areas during the times and dates listed above. Any vehicles obstructing the works will be removed from site by Manchester City Council.

J. Hopkins (Surfacing) Ltd will be carrying out the works on behalf of Manchester City Council.

If you are experiencing any undue problems, please contact the Site Supervisor Tel No. 0771 0712 708 during the working shift.

I apologise for any inconvenience that you may encounter and seek your cooperation.

Should you require any further information, please email the planned maintenance team at Manchester City Council plannedmaintenance@manchester.gov.uk or call on 0161 234 1970

Yours faithfully,

Paul Swann.

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Ping Pong In The Park

Friends of Greenbank are organising a ping pong evening in the park every first and third thursdayof the month at 7pm, weather permitted.

As the sun looks promising to stay around for a while we are very happy to host our first event tomorrow evening. Please come along and join us for a game of casual ping pong. We have some bats but bring your own if you have one already.