Awards evening on Saturday 7th December. Call 0161 850 5717 for more info.
Inspire Christmas Craft Fair
Looking to shop for some fantastic home-craft presents this year? Inspire craft fair with a Christmas theme on Saturday 14th December from 11am – 3pm!
Learning & Employability
Inspire Work & CV Club - Every Monday 10am – 12noon. Here to help Inspire you back into work! As well as the normal help with C.V’s, interview skills and online applications, we offer 1-2-1 support and really listen to your hopes and make the most of your skills.
Every Tuesday 6.30pm – 8.30pm Corinne will be at Inspire with her Sewing classes starting from September 10th, classes are £10 per session
Every Friday 1.00pm – 2pm Learn how to relax with your baby with this fantastic course in massage. Contact 0161 850 5717 for more info
Thai Boxing Class
Every Tuesday 7.15pm – 8.30pm No experience necessary. £4 per person.
Saturday 30th November from 6pm Till Late. Andy and the gang host an evening of Music, fun and Laughter! Café will be open to serve drinks and more. Meet local people with the same vision to join together and make a difference by encouraging one voice.
I have been asked by the police to let people know that there are a lot of burglaries taking place in the area at the moment.
Asian families in particular are being targeted for women’s jewellery with gangs of up to five men breaking down doors and ripping necklaces off. This is obviously very frightening and intimidating. It is not only Asian families that are suffering but that is a particular target at the moment.
(Jeremy Hoad, Levenshulme Community Association Secretary)
* Keep your doors and windows locked even when you are at home.
* Use your alarm if you have one.
* Don’t leave valuables on show
* Make valuable items traceable and take photographs.
Thanks to everyone involved for keeping the festival alive and vibrant in these challenging times and in particular to Lawrence Hennigan (President of the Festival) for his continued leadership and inspiration.
The new programme of support will be put in place after Arts Council England approved a joint bid by Greater Manchester’s ten authorities for £45,000 of funding.
Under the Start Up Engines project, which will be managed by Manchester City Council, enterprising residents will be able to access a wide range of information through a virtual ‘Flatpack’, which will offer all the help a prospective businessperson could need to turn their ideas into reality – including how-to guides, strategy ideas, free web tools and apps.
Residents will also be offered the chance to use their libraries to meet up and exchange ideas, either by using available meeting spaces or virtually, through the creation of online enterprise communities.
A programme of 50 events is planned, which will bring top business brains to Greater Manchester to act as role models for the next generation, as well as offering practical help on the nuts and bolts of getting your business off the ground.
Fancy joining us on a walk around Levy to seed bomb a few vacant patches of land? With a bit of luck they’ll be blooming with herbs and flowers next year. Guerilla gardening is all about turning unloved places into beautiful growing spaces, a perfect fit with our Incredible Edible aims! By growing flowers, particularly wildflowers, we’ll create much needed food for bees and do our bit to help stop the decline in bee populations.
Generously donated by Bud Garden Centre, we have Wild Thyme and Poppy kabloom seedboms to detonate and watch our targets bloom into bee friendly, flower-filled spaces.
We’d love as many people as possible to nominate an unloved patch of ground for a seed bomb. Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) back a suggestion for a target or add your suggestion on the facebook page. We don’t need access to sites as seed bombs can be thrown over fences!
In March 2011 a small group of people met up to think about how we could add some green dimension to the rather drab high street and plant stuff so that we could brighten things up and show how important it is to have access to local food. Continue reading →
Lara Moore and the lovelevy group have been successful their application to enter the MEN wish campaign for this year.
The competition allows the group to apply for a portion of £25,000 to help towards the funding of a woodland play area on the quadrants. The Quadrants is the new area around the entrance to the Fallowfield Loop by the old Levenshulme railway station where the community orchard is located.
The competition works by collecting tokens everyday in the MEN from Oct 2nd to November 30th. The more tokens collected, the more money the love levy project gets. There will be a collection box at the Inspire centre to drop off your tokens.
So get collecting. More tokens = more money for Levenshulme.
Manchester City Council’s Be Proud Awards are a great way to recognise anyone who has worked hard to change things in your area, helped improve the lives of others or shown outstanding spirit. If you know someone who goes the extra mile to make a difference, why not nominate them now?
Helen Power is interviewed about Levenshulme Market which has been going from strength to strength since being taken over by local Levy people from the council…
“The words ‘Levy Market’ have been floating around my peripheral social media vision for the past few months now. Good friends, those who I know to have particularly high standards where markets are involved (well-seasoned and with particularly good taste of course), have been reporting their Levy Market finds when they’ve visited. These range from vintage goodies to seriously good cake and are always accompanied with serious enthusiasm for the place. So with the next market happening this saturday I thought it was time to hooked up with one of Levy Market’s organisers Helen Power to find out more.”
Newspaper reports today confirm the suspension of Amanda Thain (Head, Levenshulme High Schools for Girls) by the Governing Body of the school. This follows an Ofsted inspection earlier this year which resulted in the appointment of Patsy Kane (Head, Whalley Range High School) as Executive Head at the school.
There is concern at what impact this will have on plans for Levenshulme Library and LHS taking on the building, running the library and developing a school facility for pupils until the new library opens in 2015. To date no work has been undertaken regarding the conversion of the library for use by the school.
Assurances had been provided by Cllr Rosa Battle (Executive Member for Culture and Leisure) that the plans for Levenshulme Library were unaffected following the appointment of Patsy Kane as Executive Head at LHS after an Ofsted inspection and report in July.
Jeremy Hoad (Levenshulme Community Association Secretary and Chair of the Friends’ of Levenshulme Library) said: “It is not wise to jump to conclusions based on newspaper reports but it is wise to determine progress on the Library plans and ongoing commitment to these plans in light of the different circumstances at the school now. I am attempting to clarify the situation with Neil MacInness (Head of Libraries), Rosa Battle and Levenshulme and Gorton South Councillors.”
Further updates will be provided as the situation becomes clearer.
Manchester is a better place to live than London, Rome or New York, according to a new global survey. The city was hailed as having a ‘vibrant individual culture’ by the editor of the international league table.
We never had any doubts.
The Economist Intelligence Unit ranked Manchester 42nd on its list of global cities.
Councillor Mike Amesbury, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure (and a Levenshulme resident), said: “This is superb news and it validates our deliberate focus to use culture and sport as a vehicle for economic and social renaissance. It spells out the facts that we’re a world-class city, up there with the best.”
We are delighted to see that Trove has been shortlisted in the Manchester Food and Drink Awards 2013 in the “Cheap Eats” category.
The Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards provide a benchmark for excellence in the hospitality industries throughout Greater Manchester. This year sees a bumper list of new dining stars, and exciting talent across the board, following a year of significant development for Manchester’s national foodie reputation.
Support Trove and vote now. Good luck to Marcus and Katy.
Vote HERE (Voting closes Monday 1st October at 12pm)
Our first planting event is on Sunday 29th September, starting at 11.30am outside Antiques Village on Stockport Road. Please invite everyone you know who might like to come along. We will be planting herbs supplied by Bud Garden Centre in the planters outside Antiques Village and Trove. These herbs will be available for everyone to harvest next year, our first step in creating free locally grown food for Levenshulme!
Afterwards there will be food available on the community plot at Tonbridge Road allotments from 12.30, including delicious vegetarian Arepas from Arepa!Arepa!Arepa!, veggie chilli made from allotment veg, and vegan cakes. All available for a small charge. There will also be the opportunity to buy your own peat-free herbs and various seeds from Bud to grow your own at home.
Here are some of the local organisations, businesses and groups who’ve shown an interest and want to be involved in Incredible Edible Levenshulme: exciting ‘thymes’ ahead!
Bud Garden Centre
Carrill and Worsley Grove Residents Association
Delamere Neighbourhood Group
Levenshulme Community Allotment Project
Levenshulme Community Association
Manchester Environmental Education Network
The Council is introducing a 20 mph speed limit in more areas of the city including the Gorton South Ward which includes parts of Levenshulme. The intention is to reduce accidents and encourage more cycling and walking in residential areas and stop cars using our streets for short cuts.
Gorton South/Levenshulme has selected to pilot the scheme due to the high level of accidents recorded, high density and social deprivation. The areas are:
Area 1 – Gorton north and Gorton south;
Area 2 – Miles Platting, Newton Heath, Ancoats and Clayton;
Area 3 – Hulme (east side or A5103 Princess Road), Moss Side and Fallowfield.
The Bankley Open Call 2013 is the first annual open exhibition inviting contemporary artists of any age or experience living within the UK, and working in any 2D media, video, or sculpture, to participate and be in with a chance of winning our first prize of £500 and a solo show at Bankley Gallery next year. Second prize is £200 vouchers to spend at Fred Aldous, Manchester.
Full details on the competition are available HERE
You may wish to consider commenting on or objecting to this application as it could compromise the presence, impact, accessibility and wider benefits to Levenshulme of the new £6.5m pools, gym, library and community facilities that will be built on the area immediately behind this site.
We need to maximise the benefits and presence of our marvellous new facilities for the benefit of all Levenshulme residents and visitors.
The applicants who submitted the previous application for a supermarket on the site of the Church Inn (874 Stockport Road) which was not approved, have now submitted a new application which will be considered by Manchester Council’s Planning Committee this Thursday 15 August 2013.
The meeting will be held in Manchester Town Hall starting at 14.00.
The new application is for the construction of 4 shops units with storage space on the 1st floor.
The Planning Department considers that this application meets the Council’s planning requirements and are recommending that the application be approved. The meeting is open to members of the public to attend and it is usual for the Chair to call someone to speak for and against each application.
Full details of the application can be found at the Council’s website through the Public Access Planning System. Enter the reference number in the search box to access the application. The application reference number is:
If you register with the Planning System you can leave a comment on the application.
Levenshulme Gym has been given a marvellous makeover. Freshly painted with new flooring our spacious gym looks fab and provides a bright new place for you to get fit.
Memberships at Levenshulme Baths/Gym cost only £18.00 per month including unlimited gym, swimming and workout classes. No contract. No monthly Direct Debit. Simply pay at the centre each month. How easy is that?
Levy TimeBank is a brand new idea in Levenshulme to get local people involved in swapping an hour of their time for an hour of some one else’s.
Sign up to get involved and exchange your time and skills with others in Levenshulme. Everyone’s effort is valued equally – as time! Use our site to easily find others to swap with, and keep a record of your time credits.
Levenshulme people fought to save our library and we will have a new library in 2015 as well as a lifelong learning centre and support facility for pupils run by Levenshulme High School in the current building.
An amazing future for libraries and learning in Levenshulme.
Interesting article in The Guardian yesterday, “A library is not just about books: it’s also a place for the vulnerable”, available HERE.
The next community meeting to discuss the multi-million pound redevelopment of facilities in Levenshulme will take place on Friday 26th July at 19.00 in Inspire on Stockport Road.
This meeting will be preceded by a ‘planning challenge’ meeting (15.00-17.00 at Inspire) where users of the Arcadia Sports Hall will present their plans on how all facilities can be fitted onto the Stockport Road site.
The council’s proposal is to build a new combined facility containing two swimming pools, a gym, a multipurpose fitness and community room and a full library on the Stockport Road site. The council maintains that it is not possible to retain the old Arcadia building and fit the new facilities on the same site and has proposed that users of the Arcadia are relocated to the Mount Road Sports Hall currently used by the Gorton Boxing Club and the Grange School. The boxing club would be relocated to the new Belle Vue development and the building would be adapted based on the needs of existing Arcadia users using funding from the £6.5m allocated to the new Levenshulme facilities.
The meeting on the 26th July is an opportunity for Arcadia users to challenge the council’s proposals and present plans / proposals that they have developed.
From September 2013, Levenhulme High School will be working towards becoming the first school in Manchester to be ‘officially’ LGBT friendly!
The school will be working with Elly Barnes’ Educate and Celebrate programme. Elly has devoted her career to helping schools become environments in which LGBT students and teachers can thrive without fear of discrimination.
“We want as many schools as possible to tackle LGBT equality, we want every student to be proud of who they are. Educate and Celebrate is not just about fighting prejudice it’s about celebration” Yvette Cooper MP, Shadow Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities.
In yet another stunning success for Levenshulme the Beehive Play Centre in Cringle Fields Park has been saved from closure.
The Beehive Sure Start Play Centre will continue to operate through a partnership with the Friends of Cringle Fields Park. To celebrate this success a Fun Day is being held on Saturday 20th July from 12.00-15.00.
The Beehive is behind the tennis courts in the park. Come along, have fun and celebrate!
An update from the people at the lovely Levenshulme Market. This shows how much Levenshulme loves its Market.
With great stalls comes great responsibility…
For those who are interested (we accept that you may not find this quite as exciting as we do!) the market on 27th will see the debut of out VERY OWN STALLS – 25 of them to be precise which have been bought with our start up funding from Manchester City Council. Why 25? Well because that’s how many we thought we could sell when we set out our business plan – and we thought that that was optimistic! Little did we know how brilliant the community of stallholders in Levy and Manchester would be at embracing our idea and, since we now have 50 stalls (and loooooooong waiting lists) booked in for every market, Manchester Markets are kindly renting us the additional 25 – but that still costs! And any money that we spend on them gets taken away from the profits we can reinvest into the community. Sooooooo….yesterday we applied for funding from the National Lottery for 25 more stalls of our very own. We think we’ve got a good case so please cross your fingers for us (although these things take time, so apologies if you get cramp).
You may also have noticed at the last market that we had a camera man following us around…the lovely Alex Hill – resident, film maker and all round good guy was making some films about the market that will support our funding bids and also explain a bit more about what our social enterprise is all about and how YOU can benefit from it.
So it’s exciting times, here at Levy Market – keep your eyes peeled for more info soon!!
A lovely article by journalist and Levenshulme resident Ally Fogg in the Guardian about Andy Murray’s win at Wimbledon. (OK, a pretty tenuous link between Levenshulme and Wimbledon but who cares, it’s sunny and someone from the UK has won Wimbledon).
Andy Murray’s Wimbledon triumph has reclaimed Dunblane for its people
After living through the 1996 primary school massacre, Murray’s greatest achievement is giving his town back to its people.
Facilities lists related to the major redevelopment of sports, leisure and library provision that will take place in Levenshulme over the next two years are provided here. There are three documents, all provided as Microsoft Word document downloads: