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.

Levenshulme Old Library Public Meeting

Levenshulme Old Library group (LOL) has an open meeting on Tuesday 26th July at 7pm at Inspire (in the cafe) to update people on the good progress made recently. 

Shakespeare In Levenshulme

30 July 2016 – 4:00pm to 6:00pmSustrans Fallowfield Loop cycle route, Crayfield Road entrance, Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 3NX

Bicycle-riding theatre company The Handlebards will bring their brilliant all-female version of Romeo and Juliet to our very own Fallowfield Loop cycle route in Manchester as part of a tour to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

The Handlebards ‘4 for 400’ season includes four plays each performed by four actors in over 70 venues over the summer. The troupes carry all their costumes, props and sets by bicycle, travelling across the National Cycle Network to reach their shows.

Cycle or walk to the open-air show at Levenshulme along our linear traffic-free path, which runs between Chorlton to Gorton, and bring a picnic and a blanket or portable chair.

There will be three led rides to the event at Levenshulme – from Chorlton at one end of the Fallowfield Loop, Debdale Park at the other end, and Heaton Moor.

Further information available HERE

Levenshulme Youth Project AGM

Levenshulme Youth Project will hold its AGM on Thursday 21st July 2016 at the Inspire Centre on Stockport Road starting at 18.00.

Agenda for the AGM 

1. Apologies for absence​​​​​Chair

2. Minutes of previous AGM ​​​​Chair

3. Annual report ​​​​​​Secretary

4. Financial report ​​​​​​Treasurer

5. Presentation ​​​​​​Youth Forum

6. Election of committee ​​​​​All

7. Any other business​​​​​All

 

The LYP Facebook page is HERE

 

 

Free French At Our Fabulous Levenshulme Library

As part of the French literature week, Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre will be running a one off special story time and performance session for 0-5 year olds in French, that’s right in French.

The session will take place on Monday 11th July at 10:30-11:15

This is a free event and due to space limitation we advise you book in advance.

To reserve your place, please contact 0161 227 3707.

Learning a new language can be fun whatever your age!

EU Referendum Consequences

Michael Dougan, Professor of European Law at the University ofLiverpool, spoke at the Levenshulme Community Association EU Debate on 15th June. We had a great debate – informative, reasoned and respectful. Professor Dougan references the LCA debate in this video which is his analysis of the result and the consequences of the EU Referendum.

Watch the video HERE

A note on the LCA EU Debate with praise from participants and a video of Professor Dougan’s pre-referendum analysis that reflect his talk in Levenshulme are available HERE

Levenshulme Hope Not Hate Vigil

Everyone is welcome to the Levenshulme Hope not Hate Vigil on Sunday 26th June at 11.00am on the Village Green.

This is to mark the horrific events of the Orlando massacre and the brutal murder of Jo Cox MP but it is also to show we stand together as a community against violence on our streets whether that be personal abuse, muggings, stabbings and shootings. We have had enough and stand together in a show of defiance against the violence and hatred.
Levenshulme stands against hatred, intolerance and violence.

There will be short talks at 11.30

This is an event for everyone in Levenshulme. This is an event for everyone regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, faith, political view or any other characteristic. It is a celebration of the tolerance, inclusivity, diversity and love shown by the people of Levenshulme.

Levenshulme Community Association has come together with Levenshulme Inspire Church to organise this public show of solidarity against hatred but it is an event for all the community groups, organisations, people and religions of our great community.

Come along, celebrate Levenshulme and show your support for love and hope, not hate.

Council Consultation On Takeaways

Manchester City Council are consulting on new powers to control Hot Food Takeaways. 

The consultation is available HERE

All comments must be received by the Council by 5pm on 20th September 2016

The announcement from the council follows:

“Manchester City Council Draft Hot Food Takeaway Supplementary Planning Document 

The Council would like to inform you that it is beginning a consultation on the draft Hot Food Takeaway Supplementary Planning Document and would welcome any comments you may have on this issue.   

The draft Hot Food Takeaway SPD builds on existing policies in the Core Strategy relating to health and the night time economy, including policies SP1, C1, C2, C10 and DM1. The intention of the SPD is to provide further detail on these policies in relation to hot food takeaways. A copy of the Core Strategy can be found on the City Council’s website http://www.manchester.gov.uk/downloads/download/4964/core_strategy_development_plan.   

The SPD is accompanied by a Consultation Statement and a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Screening. The Consultation Statement provides details related to the previous consultation in the Summer 2015 and how this stage informed the preparation of the draft document. The SEA Screening confirms that there is no need to complete a full SEA. 

The draft hot food takeaway SPD is the next stage following the Issues and Evidence gathering stage, which was completed last Summer. This stage seeks comments on the draft document and there are a number of ways to do this: 

 Through our consultation portal –

http://consult.manchester.gov.uk/portal/planning/supplementary_planning_documents/reports/hot_food_takeaway_spd/draft_hot_food_takeaway_supplementary_planning_document

By email to planningstrategy@manchester.gov.uk 

By Post to Planning Strategy Team 

                City Policy 

                Manchester City Council 

                Level 5, Town Hall Extension 

                PO Box 532 

                Manchester 

                M60 2LA 

All comments must be received by the Council by 5pm on 20th September 2016. 

Following the consultation the Council will consider all the comments and possibly make modifications before adopting the final version of the SPD, at which point it will inform the Council’s decision making process.   

If you require any further information on this consultation please do not hesitate to contact Rebecca Friday on 0161 234 4561.”

Cringle Park Meeting

CRINGLE PARK OPEN MEETING – WED 22 JUNE 

7.15pm at THE ENERGY BOX 

Come and find out what’s going on in the park including latest MCC update, current issues and future plans. Everybody welcome.

Praise For Levenshulme

High praise for Levenshulme.

Our speaker at the EU Refefendum Debate organised by Levenshulme Community Association on Wednesday 15 June had this to say about Levenshulme:

“Thanks very much for this very kind email. But in fact, it is me who should thank you and your fellow citizens in Manchester for raising my spirits enormously. I was thoroughly impressed by the sense of community and interest and concern and solidarity that I encountered last night. You have a rare and valuable thing in Levenshulme.” 

Michael Dougan, Professor of European Law, University of Liverpool.

You can read a report of the debate, read feedback and see a video of Professor Dougan HERE

Levenshulme EU Referendum Debate Comments And Video

We saw the very best of Levenshulme last night at the LCA Debate on the EU Referendum held at the Klondyke – engaged people discussing a crucial issue that affects their lives in a thoughtful and respectful manner, posing really probing questions and debating a topic with care and attention. The debate was chaired and moderated by Jeremy Hoad, LCA Secretary.

The starting point for the evening was not, however, the EU, but a statement of solidarity with LGBT people as a mark of respect following the horrific massacre in Orlando this week. Levenshulme is a diverse and inclusive community that does not shy away from expressing support and solidarity with marginalised groups and the victims of hate either locally or across the world.

The focus of the debate was the EU Refefendum. LCA exists to give a voice to the groups and the people of Levenshulme. Even if Vote Leave had been able to send a speaker the evening would have still concentrated on that – a debate for us, informed by the speakers, not a debate between the speakers. As it was we had the privelege of hearing from Michael Dougan, Professor of European Law at the University of Liverpool. Thanks to Britain Stronger In Europe for connecting Professor Dougan with the LCA for our debate. Although the debate was not recorded Professor Dougan kindly provided a link to a talk he recently gave on the EU.

You can watch the video HERE.

The success of the evening can be measured by some of the feedback below. Levenshulme is just the most wonderful place. Nowhere else in Manchester does this as well as we do.

Thank you to everyone involved in making this event such a success in particular to our speaker but also to the people of Levenshulme.

Comments on the Levenshulme Community Association EU Debate

“Tonight’s busy meeting at the Klondyke was the best thing ever in Levenshulme. Michael Dougan was not after votes, was not in Remain, but simply answered questions with hard facts about what the EU can do – and can’t do, along with possibilities based on evidence Myths were dispelled without a party political agenda. The audience was mint: loads of good questions – people happy to be challenged – and very respectful to each other. We all learned a lot! Everyone agreed that if Professor Dougan was on national TV it would change the shape of this debate. Thanks to the LCA: thanks Jeremy Hoad for one of the most uplifting, respectful and useful meetings ever.”

Susan Mcpherson

“Even as an out voter this was a fantastic night (the bit I saw). Not at all like I was expecting, quite balanced and the people I spoke to said it had really helped answer their questions. Really well done!”

Robert Fleming

“It was good to hear the legal aspects of membership/non-membership. My decision on my vote was mainly based on how I feel about things. After last night I have a clearer idea of how the EU interacts with the UK. It was good to get some facts rather than propaganda. Thanks for holding the meeting.”

Eleanor Tierney

“A very interesting evening, thanks to Jeremy for organising… this is the sort of factual information we need that isn’t available through the media.”

Katy Billington

“So proud of Jeremy Hoad, organising and chairing the EU referendum debate in Levenshulme tonight. Brilliant stuff – I know I’m biased [Paul Magrs is Jeremy Hoad’s partner], but really, I learned such a lot, and I think most everyone else did too. I wish the media had presented us with more of this demystifying kind of stuff. [Michael Dougan] was just excellent, and I think everyone appreciated his matter of fact approach. You’d have to be crazy to want out of the EU, basically – and he patiently explained the lies being told on all sides, and the kind of chaos that will greet us if we leave.

Anyhow – it was fantastic. Can’t we have more of this knd of thing locally? A kind of local Question Time, with people who you can actually engage with and want to listen to..?”

Paul Magrs

“Excellent talk, fair debate and I came away so much more informed about the EU… Knowledge is power, and all that! Thanks For organising this Jeremy. If only there were more actual experts like this in the mainstream media.”

Emily Jones


Levenshulme Good Neighbours Call For Volunteers

Levenshulme Good Neighbours are a local charity that supports older people by offering befriending. Our volunteers are visiting older people in Levenshulme everyday offering help, support and most of all friendship. We make a real difference to the Levenshulme community. 

We also need volunteers to help us to run our organisation. These volunteers are vital to our success. We are looking for two new members to join our friendly Management Committee. Please take a look at the flyer (below), share it with your networks and if you know anyone who may be interested in joining us – please do not hesitate to get in touch. 

Levenshulme Good Neighbours, call 0161850 1066 or email levenshulmegn@gmail.com

Levenshulme EU Debate Stronger In Europe Speaker

We are pleased to announce that Britain Stronger in Europe has confirmed the following speaker for the Levenshulme EU Referendum Debate tomorrow.

Michael Dougan

Professor of European Law, Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law, School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool

EU Referendum Voter Registration Still Open

You can still register to vote until midnight on Thursday 9th June.

The website has been kept open because it crashed yesterday due to unprecedented demand.

If you were unable to register or still need to register you can do so HERE

The Levenshulme EU Referendum Debate

OK, people of Levenshulme, the debate is on!

  • The Levenshulme EU Debate
  • Wednesday 15th June 2016, 19.00
  • The Klondyke, 1 Burnage Range, Levenshulme, M19 2HQ (off Albert Road)

Levenshulme Community Association is delighted to announce the big EU debate.

This is an open, public meeting. Your chance to discuss and debate the EU referendum. Speakers from both Stronger In Europe and Vote Leave are being confirmed.


Should the UK remain part of the European Union or should it leave? You decide.

Levenshulme Community Association is not a political organisation and does not take a position on the EU Referendum.

http://levenshulmecommunity.org.uk/2016/06/levenshulme-eu-referendum-debate/

Want To Vote? You Must Be Registered By 7th June

If you haven’t registered to vote by tomorrow (7th June) you will not get a vote in the EU referendum.

If you were registered to vote in the local elections last month and you are still living at the same address you don’t have to do anything, you are already registered.

Register to vote HERE

Levstock 2016

Welcome to Levstock, the magical summer nights picnic on June 24th.

Levstock are going for a mellow and laid back atmosphere this year, and using it as a fundraiser for a new Arts and Culture Centre for Levenshulme at the Levenshulme old library.

No fireworks this year, and less amplified music. But still lots of surprising things to see and do, and stalls, and good beer. Bring your own picnic*, and be prepared to share it with friends and neighbours. Its a community thing!

Entry to Levstock includes free entry to the LeveNights disco (normally £3) from 10pm. 

Levstock will take place at the Klondyke, 1 Burnage Range, Levenshulme (off Albert Road).


Tickets

You can reserve Levstock tickets online.

You will pay for your reservation when you arrive. This will ensure you have a ticket on the door until 7.30pm. After 7.30pm they may be released depending on demand.

Book tickets HERE

Tickets will also be available on the night at the gate.

LCA General Meeting

The next LCA General Meeting will be on Saturday 11th June, 14.15 in the Community Studio at Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre.

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.

Friends Of Levenshulme Station Access Petition

Friends of Levenshulme Station (FoLS) have organised a petition for better access at Levenshulme station.

The summary is below and you can go to the petition HERE

Levenshulme Train Station Needs Accessibility For All

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the Equality Act 2010 makes it illegal to discriminate against users in respect of disabled access to transport, such as buses and trains.

Currently Levenshulme train station does not meet these requirements at all. Access onto the station and station platforms is not possible for anyone who is disabled or has limited mobility, parents with young children in prams and passengers with bikes.

Friends of Levenshulme Station have made numerous attempts to communicate with Network Rail and Northern Rail to understand the timescale for accessibility improvements to Levenshulme station. We have been assured that it is indeed a priority station, but are no clearer as to what that means for access improvements.

The only offered solution at present is calling Northern Rail customer service 24 hour in advance for a taxi to be booked and paid for, but even this is only offered to passengers with a registered mobility disability.

This is not reasonable and is not in line with 21st century public transport travelling aspirations. The growing population of Levenshulme deserve more!

Let’s persuade Network and Northern Rail to make our train station ACCESSIBLE FOR ALL. Let’s encourage them into the 21st century!

Thanks for helping the Friends of Levenshulme Station. Spread the word!

Arcadia Library And Leisure Centre Consultation

Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre wants your views on how the Centre can develop to best meet the needs of our community and make best use of the fantastic facilities available in Levenshulme. So there’s a consultation. Do get involved.

This is what they say:
“As you will be aware, the centre opened in February and as a result of consultation carried out during the two years prior, the leisure programme from Levenshulme was transferred under the ‘lift and shift’ principle In the weeks since opening, we’ve received a small number of challenges regarding the existing leisure programmes.

In addition, leisure usage at Better, Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre is considerably higher than at Levenshulme, so over capacity of some sessions is being experienced.

We’d appreciate it if you would take a few moments to answer some questions about the centre, and your usage of it, in order for us to see whether there any changes required that could help improve the service and facilities that we currently deliver.”

If you use Arcadia please click HERE

If you haven’t used Arcadia yet please click HERE

You can also collect a survey form from the Arcadia reception.

The closing date for surveys to be returned to Arcadia or completed online is Sunday 3rd July 2016.

Green Bins Now Collected Weekly

Food and garden waste will be collected from Manchester households weekly for the whole summer and into autumn.

The green bin collection service, fortnightly during the winter months, has stepped up and will be carried out on a weekly basis until November.
Find out more HERE

Alma Park School Summer Fair

This Saturday, 21st May, Alma Park School Summer Fair! 2-4pm.
Come along and enjoy. There will be all the usual things: various stalls, Cakes, Toys, Bri-a-brac, all kinds of games of skill and chance, hook a duck etc, Bouncy castle, Facepaint stall, Mendi, Food and snack stalls, etc etc etc. Fun afternoon. Alma Park School, Errwood Rd, Levenshulme.

Separate Tables At The Klondyke By Levenshulme Players 

Levenshulme Players are performing Separate Tables at the Klondyke tonight and tomorrow at 19.30.

Our resident theatrical troup always put on a wonderful show so do try and catch one of the performances.

Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre User Group Meeting

Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre User Group
The next User Group meeting will take place at 6pm on Tuesday 17th May at 6pm.
All welcome!

2016 Local Election Results

Congratulations to Nasrin Ali (Levenshulme) and Bernard Stone (Gorton South) for their re-elections as councillors.

Levenshulme
Turnout: 35.2%

ALI Liaqat (LibDem) 285
ALI Nasrin Bibi (Labour) 2066
BREEZE Mark (Independent) 470
DAVIES Calum Tudur James (Conservative) 164
MCARDLE Joe (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) 40
VENES Dick (Green) 764

Gorton South
Turnout: 31.28%

BROWN Sarah Louise (LibDem) 246
BURKE Martin 80
CATTERALL Bob (UKIP) 481
NEWTON Melvyn (Green) 239
OPESAN Tmo (Conservative) 141
STONE Bernard Eric (Labour) 2792

Singalong At Inspire

Levenshulme Good Neighbours and Happy Monday’s
Over 50 Group invite you to pantomime sing along“One Fine Day” by the North East Producers. 

If you are over 50 and live in Levenshulme – please, come along and join us!

Monday 9th May 2 – 3pm at The Inspire Centre, 747 Stockport Road, M19 3AR

Levenshulme Market Community Shindig

Come along to Levenshulme Market on Friday 29th April for stalls, fun, food, music and information on local community groups.

Levenshulme Old Library Fundraiser

Levenshulme Old Library Group are holding a fundraising event at the Klondyke (1 Burange Range) on Saturday 30th April 2016. Come along and support their work to save the old library and turn it into a valuable community resource.

Levenshulme and Gorton South Election Hustings 2016

Once again Levenshulme Community Association is organising hustings for the local elections. All candidates have been invited. Everyone is welcome. These are open, public meetings and an opportunity for anyone to ask questions of any candidates in the May local elections.

Levenshulme Ward

Wednesday 27th April

19.30 start

Klondyke

1 Burnage Range, Levenshulme, M19 2HQ

Gorton South Ward

Thursday 28th April

Inspire

747 Stockport Road, Levenshulme, M19 3AR

Transport Card On Hold After Failure by TfGM And Atos

A single transport card for Manchester is on hold following a complete failure of the Atos company to deliver the system for Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM).

The scheme – similar to the Oyster Card system in London – is being rethought after it became clear Atos was completely incapable of delivering the system. The MEN reports that according to TfGM all costs incurred (£15m) have been refunded by Atos and TfGM will now explore how to get the failed project moving again.

There does not appear to be any comment from Tony Lloyd, Greater Manchester Mayor, who is responsible for transport across Greater Manchester.

Read the MEN report HERE

What’s Your Vision For Levenshulme?

Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum would love to hear your ideas for how you want Levenshulme to develop. What’s your vision for our community?

14.00 today in the Community Studio at Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre.

This isn’t just bout dull planning matters, this is bout what we want our community to be and to look like.

Everybody welcome.

  

Levenshulme Players To Perform Separate Tables in May

This May the Levenshulme Players will be performing a 20th century classic – Separate Tables by Terrance Rattigan.

It will be performed at the Klondyke Club, Levenshulme on May 13th and May 14th at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available on the door or via the Levenshulme Players website HERE
  

Levenshulme Dominates Manchester Supper Clubs

With five out of nine slots for great supper clubs going to Levenshulme the foodie reputation of Levenshulme is riding high right now.

The Manchester Evening News says:

“So you think you’ve tasted some of the best cooking in Manchester?

“Oh yeah – I’ve been to *insert fancy restaurant name here* and ate pine smoked summat off a slate, and this other place you probs won’t have heard of *insert lesser known but featured recently in the Observer name here.*” …I hear your shout.


All right, show-off. How about places that aren’t on the high street?


For the truly intrepid foodie, it’s time to look past the restaurants and try some of Manchester’s stellar supper clubs.


The supper club isn’t just amateur hour in the kitchen, accomplished cooks are serving up some of the best food in Manchester from homes and pop-up locations across the city.”

Find out where the MEN love in Levenshulme HERE

Arcadia Recruitment Fair on Tuesday 5th April 2016

Better / GLL are holding a Recruitment Fair on Tuesday 5th April for jobs available at Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre.

We’re looking for local people to come and join the team at the new Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre.

We have vacancies for Full/Part-Time/Casual Lifeguards, Fitness Instructors and Customer Service Advisors

If you’re interested we’re holding a recruitment fair on Tuesday 5th April where you can come along and find out more.

  • 5:45pm – 6pm 
  • Arrival/ Registration in the Community Studio
  • 6pm – 6:30pm
  • A short presentation about what each position entails 
  • 6:30pm – 7pm 
  • For those interested in the Lifeguard positions, we’ll carry out a short swim competency test in the pool. A female assessor will be available. Don’t forget to bring your swimming kit! 

For those interested in the Customer Service Advisor or Fitness Instructor positions, our team will be on hand for an informal job chat. 

Application forms will be available at the end of the evening and we’ll let you know when interviews will be held. 

Bring your CV along if you have one and if you have any industry qualifications we’d love to see those too. Don’t worry if you don’t have either, if you’re interested in working with us we’d love to meet you.”

  

Fred’s Ale House Is CAMRA Pub Of The Month 

Congratulations to Fred’s Ale House on Stockport Road, CAMRA Pub of the Month for April 2016.

  

Levenshulme Accountants Celebrates Pakistan Day

Zeeshan & Co. Certified Accountants celebrated Pakistan Day yesterday at their office on 1074 Stockport Road. The firm celebrated the day and reported that:

“Pakistan Day (23rd March 1940) is celebrated in memory of the draft political resolution at the Minar-e-Pakistan that called for establishing a independent state. 

The All India Muslim League played a vital role in the creation of Pakistan. This was the vision of the great Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal and the great leader of the muslims, Mohammed Ali Jinnah and by the time had become the lining symbol of Muslim unity and muslim politics.

Helium Balloons were released in mark of the celebration and a one minute silence was also held for the great tragedy in Belgium.”

   
    
    
   

Levenshulme’s Hidden Gems Family Cycle Tour

Join Sustrans volunteers for a Go explore with Sustrans led ride from Chorlton to Levenshulme discovering the hidden gems of Levenshulme and how to get there via the Loopline.

DATE

Saturday 2 April 2016, 9.45am

VENUE

Meet opposite Morrisons on Wilbraham Road next to The Bar at 9.45am.
DETAILS

The ride will visit Levenshulme’s Model Village, Antiques Village and Cafe, Highfield Country Park, Shore Community Farm, the Secret Lake and Sivori’s Ice cream factory.

Entrance to the Community Farm costs £2 per adult, £1 per child (optional).

Free refreshments provided at the Antiques Village Cafe.

The ride is approximately 5 miles to Levenshulme and 9 miles return to Chorlton.

The ride will return along the Fallowfield Loop and end at Levenshulme Market, Stockport Road at 2pm.

Please wear suitable clothing for the weather, bring sun protection, waterproofs and something to drink. All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. 

Places on the ride are limited. Reserve your place using the link available HERE

  

Image courtesy of Sustrans

Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum Meeting 

The Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum will be holding a meeting on Saturday 19th March 2016 at 14.00 in the Community Studio in the Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre.

Come along and say how you want Levenshulme to develop.

  

Happy International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day to the women of Levenshulme from around the world or just around the corner.
Thanks for being here and making Levenshulme a better place.

  

Levenshulme Good Neighbours Volunteers

Can you spare a few hours a month to be a Good Neighbour?
Levenshulme Good Neighbours are looking for a befriending volunteer to accompany a disabled women from Levenshulme to a range of cultural events and activities a couple of times a month. The woman is very independent and good company with a wide range of interests. We are looking for a female volunteer who has access to a car and some availability in the evenings or weekends (to go to the theatre for example). Your expenses would be covered and you would receive the ongoing support of Levenshulme Good Neighbours.

If you know someone who may be interested in this rewarding volunteering opportunity, please email Levenshulme Good Neighbours:

levenshulmegn@gmail.com

Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre User Forum Meeting

The first meeting of the Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre User Forum has been confirmed. The invitation is provided below:
Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre User Forum

The first User Group meeting for Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre will take place in the Community Studio at Arcadia on Tuesday 8th March from 6pm to 8pm.

If you are interested in getting involved please contact reception and come along on the night. You can leave you details with one of our team, email arcadia@gll.org or call us on 0161 641 9911

We look forward to meeting you.

Andrew Smith

Partnership Manager – Manchester

  

LCA Annual General Meeting

The Levenshulme Community Association AGM will be held at 14.30 on Saturday 12th March 2016 in the Community Studio at the Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre.

Old Membership Rate Offer Extended to 26th February at Arcadia

Statement from Greenwich Leisure Limited / Better today after councillors have asked for clarification of pricing structure for Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre:

“It has always been our intention to honour the membership benefits of those customers who have historically enjoyed using the facilities at Levenshulme Pools. Unfortunately during the migration period from Levenshulme to the new Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre there has been miscommunication in relation to the extended availability of the £18 membership previously available at Levenshulme.

As a gesture of goodwill, until the end of day on Friday 26th February, we will be happy to honour this rate to any of our customers who can demonstrate previous use of Levenshulme Pools.

Customers who believe that they are entitled to take up this offer yet are unable to prove their past use of Levenshulme will be looked at on a case by case basis. All applications should be made in person at Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre.

From Saturday 27th February only the new membership pricing structure for Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre will be available. This is in line with all the other comparable/ new leisure centres across Manchester including the Manchester Aquatics Centre”.

UPDATE:

The Manchester Evening News has published an article on the availability of the old membership rates at Arcadia, available HERE.

Artist Residency At Bankley Studios

Levenshulme’s Bankley Studios is offering a residency for a local artist from Greater Manchester.


Residency opportunity for an artist based in Greater Manchester

Bankley Studios would like to offer the opportunity of a two-month residency in Bankley’s project space ‘Studio20’ to an artist based in the Greater Manchester area. We are particularly interested in hearing from artists who may not be able to participate in intensive creative practice away from home due to various other commitments. We welcome applications from artists working in all types of contemporary visual art, including two- and three-dimensional practices, installation, new media, moving image and performance.

Taking place during May and June 2016, the residency will offer the artist space and time to experiment and test ideas, and to produce a new body of work for an exhibition in our newly renovated Gallery Space. The Artist will be supported by the Project Space Team and receive one-on-one mentoring sessions with a curator in preparation for their show.

During the residency Bankley will be hosting talks and critical discussions with artists and arts professionals around the theme of ‘Process’. The artist in residence may wish to contribute towards this event, i.e. with an Artist Talk or Open studio event.

The residency includes:

  • 24h access to a free studio space at Bankley’s Project Space ‘Studio20’
  • £200 stipend towards materials
  • 2-week solo exhibition in the Gallery Space, either immediately following the residency or scheduled later in the year (to be agreed with the artist)
  • Mentoring by a curator who will work with the artist in the installation of the show

The artist will be encouraged to hold their own artist talk and/or or Open Studio event and to add to the Bankley blog whilst in residence

Application process:

Artists will be required to submit an application form (see below) alongside 5 images of current work (in .jpeg format, no larger than 1 MB each) and an Artist CV. Selected artists will then be invited for an interview with members of the Bankley committee before the final decision is made.

Deadline for applications: Friday 18th March 2016

Interviews will take place in April 2016.

Further information about Bankley Studios can be found HERE

  

Arcadia Library And Leisure Centre Is Now Open

After years of campaigns, consultations, marches, plans, occupations, letters, meetings, talking and even quite a bit of dancing the people of Levenshulme can now celebrate as our new Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre throws open its doors.

Here are a few photographs of the new Arcadia. These are the third set in the series of photographs recording the old Levensulme Baths, the original Levenshulme Library and now the new Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre.

Arcadia is a brand new £9.3m facility. It is managed and operated by Greenwich Leisure Limited under the Better brand through a contract with Manchester City Council. GLL are experts in managing leisure facilities. The facilities were built by Laing O’Rourke both on time and on budget. The quality and attention to detail is very impressive. Arcadia includes:

  • Community Library of 300 square metres including dedicated children’s library 
  • Over 20 free computers
  • Free wifi throughout the centre
  • Two swimming pools
  • Flexible changing rooms that can provide dedicated access to one pool for use by specific groups or for private hire 
  • Multipurpose Community Studio for exercise classes or community activities or meetings
  • 60 station gym with additional free weights
  • Sauna – up to 12 people
  • Steam room – up to 12 people
  • Disabled access throughout with a large lift and easy access for the pools
  • A buggy store

Arcadia stands as a wonderful facility and proof of what can be achieved when there is a genuine cooperative, positive collaboration between residents, our community, councillors, council officers, designers and developers.

This is our facility.

(All photographs copyright Jeremy Hoad)

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    

   

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

Council Budget Cuts Consultation Ends Today

Manchester City Council is consulting on budget cuts for 2016/17. The consultation closes today.

“We’re setting our budget for 2016/17 and want your views. You can read what we’re consulting about and the options we’re considering and have your say.

Today is your last chance to respond – the formal consultation closes midnight.”

Find out more and submit your views HERE.

Watch an explanatory video HERE.

Goodbye To Levenshulme Baths

Levenshulme Baths closed today (18th February 2016) for the last time. I asked if I could take some photographs to document the building that has meant so much to generations of Levenshulme residents. Pete Caveney, Duty Manager, kindly let me have the run of the place on its last day.

Levenshulme Public Baths and Washhouse has been serving Levenshulme for decades, for some time now as a leisure centre with a sauna, steam room and gym in addition to the two swimming pools but without the Washhouse. These photographs mark the building’s last day serving the people of Levenshulme before the new Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre opens on Saturday 20th February 2016 at midday. Goodbye to the old, hello to the new.

Jeremy Hoad
Secretary, Levenshulme Community Association
(All photographs copyright  Jeremy Hoad)

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

Save Money At The New Levenshulme Arcadia Library And Leisure Centre

Act now to save yourself money on membership at the new Arcadia Library Leisure Centre.

The old Leisure Centre closes on 18th February before the new one opens on 20th as the new Arcadia Centre. The pricing at the new Arcadia facilities has come as a surprise to people, particularly as we were assured pricing would be sensitive to the area and remain affordable.

But there is a way you can save a lot of money on membership…

If you join at the £18 a month rate at the existing Leisure Centre on Cromwell Grove this rate will continue at the new facilities. To keep this membership rate you MUST continue to renew your membership every month by cash or card in person. No direct debit option is available. If you miss a month you will be counted as having cancelled your membership and will have to renew at the £35 a month rate charged at the Arcadia Centre for use of all the facilities.

The £18 a month current membership includes:

  • swimming;
  • gym;
  • sauna;
  • steam room; and
  • classes.

Classes at Arcadia will be held in a dedicated multipurpose Community Room with a sprung floor and wall of mirrors.

Levenshulme Library which is also part of the new facilities is, of course free to use. There will also be access to free use of computers and free wifi at the new Arcadia.

Join now to save yourself over £200 a year on membership at the new Arcadia.


UPDATE 23/02/16

Statement from GLL today after councillors have asked for clarification of pricing structure for Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre:

“It has always been our intention to honour the membership benefits of those customers who have historically enjoyed using the facilities at Levenshulme Pools. Unfortunately during the migration period from Levenshulme to the new Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre there has been miscommunication in relation to the extended availability of the £18 membership previously available at Levenshulme.

As a gesture of goodwill, until the end of day on Friday 26th February, we will be happy to honour this rate to any of our customers who can demonstrate previous use of Levenshulme Pools.

Customers who believe that they are entitled to take up this offer yet are unable to prove their past use of Levenshulme will be looked at on a case by case basis. All applications should be made in person at Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre.

From Saturday 27th February only the new membership pricing structure for Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre will be available. This is in line with all the other comparable/ new leisure centres across Manchester including the Manchester Aquatics Centre”.