Levy Litter Pick Saturday 9th August

There will be a litter pick on Saturday 9th August, 11:00-13.00

Meet and start at the Crayfield Road entrance to the Fallowfield Loop cycle path, ending at the tip or secret lake.

All welcome, children must be supervised.

St Mark’s Church Summer Fair

The St Mark’s Summer Fair is on this Saturday, 19th July, 11.00-14.00.

If anyone could let them have use of a marquee because of the threatened rain let us know. They’re looking for something to cover approximately 30ft x 30ft. (Contact Debs Anderson if you can help on 07961 061 001)

Levenshulme Community Forum Public Meeting

The Levenshulme Community Forum public meeting will take place on Friday 25th July, 19.00 at the Klondyke Club (1 Burnage Range, Levenshulme).

The meeting is about the future of our current library after the library moves to the new Arcadia building in 2015.

Other issues can be raised as well. The focus is on ideas for the library as a community facility but this is an open public meeting for all residents of Levenshulme so bring your ideas and issues along.

Levenshulme Labour Councillors Release Statement On Ward Coordination Changes

Levenshulme Labour Councillors have today released the following statement on the changes to Ward Coordination Meetings:

Ward Co-ordination Meetings in Levenshulme

The current ward co-ordination meetings, which are held quarterly during working hours and are attended by the Levenshulme councillors and council officers, will now be closed to resident groups.

In order for there to be more accessibility and interaction between all groups and associations within the Levenshulme ward, it is proposed to hold a Levenshulme Neighbourhood Networking Forum in January, May and September of each year. Each association or group, or residents within Levenshulme, will be welcome to attend this.

This forum will be chaired by a Levenshulme councillor. Council officers and an Executive Member of the Council will also be invited to attend each forum.

This Forum will be held on Saturday mornings, and the first one will be held in September 2014.

If you have any questions regarding this change, please feel free to contact Nasrin, Dzidra or Aftab to discuss.”

No contact details were provided with the post but you can find these on the LCA website HERE

Levenshulme Councillors Ban Residents And Community Groups From Ward Coordination Meetings

For the past few years there has been a quarterly meeting called ‘The Ward Coordination meeting’ where Council officers, ward Councillors, residents’ representatives and other Levenshulme organisations such as the Traders’ Association have come together to discuss matters of common concern.

These meetings have been the only regular opportunity for the LCA to put Levenshulme residents’ point of view before relevant Council officers.

At the end of the most recent meeting in June, the Councillors announced that future meetings would be ‘closed’ – meaning that it would just be officers and Councillors. Residents and all other organisations will now be excluded.

This announcement came out of the blue – there was no prior consultation and no sensible explanation as to why they have made this decision! It was just a very autocratic “We’ve decided. That’s it!”

Given that none of our current Councillors actually live in Levenshulme, the LCA is most concerned that residents have lost a very valuable voice and that there is no satisfactory alternative being proposed.

As an alternative, Councillors say they will be organising forums twice a year at which residents will be able to raise issues concerning Levenshulme which they will then take to the Ward Coordination meetings.

We’d very much like to hear what people living in Levenshulme think of this development.

Peter Naughton

LCA Chair

LCA Community Forum

The LCA is holding a Community Forum meeting on Friday 25th July. This is a public meeting to discuss the future of our current library building after the library moves to the new Arcadia facilities next year.

A new community space for Levenshulme?

A real Community Centre and a home for community groups in Levenshulme?

An inclusive space for young and old, of all backgrounds and interests?

Could this happen?
How do we make this happen?
Do we want to make this happen?

Everyone welcome.

19.00, Friday 25th July @ the Klondyke Club, 1 Burnage Range, Levenshulme.

Public Meeting to discuss the future of our current library

Levenshulme Community Association are organising a public meeting to discuss the future of the current Levenshulme Library building.

Councillors have given commitments to retain the building in public ownership with access and use for residents. But how could this be done?

Could this become the Community Centre / space for community use that Levenshulme so desperately needs and that we are promised when the last Community Centre was demolished?

This LCA Community Forum meeting will also provide the opportunity to discuss other issues and raise concerns.

Meeting now confirmed for Friday 25th July, 19.00 at the Klondyke Club, 1 Burnage Range, Levenshulme.

New Arcadia Planning Application

The planning application for the new Arcadia building (swimming pools, library, gym and fitness/community space) has been submitted by Manchester City Council.

Details (reference 106143/VO/2014/N2) can be viewed HERE

Letters are being sent to nearby residents and community groups. These will advise residents and groups of the proposed development and give them the opportunity to comment, if they wish to do so.

You can see the plans and announcement from the council HERE

Photographs of the plans and site are available HERE

Levenshulme Market container mural

The shipping container provide by the council for Levenshulme Market to store equipment has now been painted with a mural.

This is part of ongoing investment to tidy up the main Levenshulme car park, around the railway station and part of the A6 funded by a £25,000 Clean and Green award to Incredible Edible Levenshulme.

It is great to see investment by Manchester City Council in Levenshulme supporting local groups with businesses such as Levenshulme Market and community groups working together to improve Levenshulme.

A lot more work is planned including a green roof on the container, new planters, bike racks and landscaping around the car park. Further information is available HERE

(Thanks to Jamie Whittaker for the photo)

market container mural

Police activity on Buckhurst Road

There was noticeable police activity on Buckhurst Road recently and the police have released the following statement:

“On Friday 13th June, Police executed a search warrant on Buckhurst Road, Levenshulme. A large amount of cash was seized and two men were arrested on suspicion of money laundering”.

Levenshulme Graphic Designer helps illustrate New Book

“Lancashire Folk Tales” is a new book published by the History Press in June 2014.

These lively and entertaining folk tales from one of Britain’s most diverse counties are vividly retold by writer, storyteller and poet Jennie Bailey and storyteller, writer, psychotherapist and shamanic guide David England. Take a fantasy journey around Lancashire, the Phantom Voice at Southport, the Leprechauns of Liverpool and the famous hanging of Pendle Witches at Lancaster, to the infamous Miss Whiplash at Clitheroe. Enjoy a rich feast of local tales, a vibrant and unique mythology, where pesky boggarts, devouring dragons, villainous knights, venomous beasts and even the Devil himself stalk the land.

Included in the book is the tale of the Levenshulme Boggart. A long, long time ago there was a helpful supernatural being – a boggart – who assisted Old Farmer Dannel in his Levenshulme field. Unfortunately, boggarts are testy creatures, and after Old Dannel thanked the beast for its help it turned upon him!

The book is beautifully illustrated by Levenshulme-based graphic designer Jo Lowes and Manchester-based Transylvanian artist Adelina Pintea who bring to life the landscape of the county’s narrow valleys, medieval forests and treacherous sands.

For more information, and for some cheeky tales that didn’t manage to sneak into the book, check out the website: www.lancsfolktales.org.uk

Thanks to Levenshulmelife.com for this text.

New Library and Baths Exhibition

The new Levenshulme Library and Baths development on Stockport Road is now ready for public exhibition.

Plans for the proposed centre design will be on display in the cafe at Levenshulme Inspire from Saturday 14th June to Thursday 26th June, where there will be a chance for you to comment on the proposals.  Members of the project team will also be there for you to discuss the plans, on:

  • Tuesday 17 June, 16.00-20.00
  • Friday 20 June, 13.00-16.00
  • Monday 23 June, 09.00-13.00

There is a dedicated page on Manchester City Council’s website HERE.

Plans for the new development will be available HERE from 14th June.

This is an exciting stage in the development and close attention has been paid to ensuring that the new facilities meet all of the requirements and specifications worked out through lengthy and detailed consultation with Levenshulme residents over the past year or more. The new facilities will include:

  • two pools (one that can be accessed and used in private)
  • a 60 station gym
  • a multipurpose fitness / community room
  • 12 person sauna
  • 12 person steam room
  • a staffed library
  • reception area with seating, pool viewing, public computers and wifi

Manchester City Council will be investing over £8,000,000 in these new facilities that will dramatically improve services in Levenshulme and serve a wide area of south Manchester.

Relocation of users of the Arcadia roller skate rink will happen in tandem with development of the new facilities. A £250,000 investment is being made separately by the Council to enhance, extend and improve facilities for Arcadia users at Ardwick.

This commitment to public services in Levenshulme by Manchester City Council at a time of austerity and struggle for many people is hugely welcome. This is also a result of the massive local campaign to save Levenshulme’s existing Baths and Library from closure which was a huge success for the people of Levenshulme. The creativity, dynamism, imagination, persistence and dedication of Levenshulme residents and careful collaboration with local councillors and the council is really showing dividends now.

Levenshulme Community Association will continue to consult with residents and work with the council to ensure the best possible outcome for the people of Levenshulme.

A press release from Manchester City Council is expected tomorrow (Friday 7th June 2014) and will be added here when available.

Levenshulme artist paints Coronation Street stars

Daniel Pitts, from Levenshulme, has reproduced images of some of the show’s most beloved characters including Hilda and Stan Ogden, Albert Tatlock and Betty Turpin, Dennis and Elsie Tanner.

Daniel also regularly captures typical street scenes in Manchester and Levenshulme as well as well-known pubs and shops. He said: “The more mundane the better. I like to capture people going about their everyday lives.”

Some of Daniel’s prints and original paintings are available to purchase online HERE

Read the full Manchester Evening News article HERE

Next Left: poetry and song at the Klondyke

A riotous evening of poetry and song with Longfella and Quiet Loner.

The Klondyke, Thursday 10th July
Tickets £5 advance / £7 on the door
Online HERE

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Levenshulme Local Magazine launched

Levenshulme Local – A free brochure to promote the shopping experience in Levenshulme, Manchester.

Featuring the world’s oldest cobblers, local resident Carl Nunnerley talks food and Masterchef, Danny Pitts – our local High Street artist, five reasons to shop local plus a guide to our traders and much more.

The magazine is available online HERE

Produced by the Levenshulme Trader’s Association Team.

Police Surgeries on Wednesday 4th June

GMP invites you to attend surgeries at Tesco Metro on Stockport Road on Wednesday 4th June, 14.00-16.00.

At the surgeries you can meet your local officers and raise concerns about crime and anti-social behaviour.

You can also tell officers how you feel your community is being policed and receive crime prevention advice on a range of issues.

If you are unable to attend and wish to speak to an officer you can contact the Levenshulme Neighbourhood Policing Team:
T: 0161 856 4423
E: E2.inpt@gmp.police.uk

Fun day at Madina Masjad Barlow Road

Fun day at Madina Masjad Barlow Road levensulme
saturday 30th may 11-4

many stalls mehndi, clothes, scarves, jewellery, food, cakes, bouncy castle, face painting and many more items for sale

fun day for kids to enjoy

all money raised will go to Masjad funds

this is for everyone .x

(Forwarded from Katrina Maan)

2014 Local Election Results

Congratulations to Dzidra Noor (Labour, Levenshulme) and Julie Reid (Labour, Gorton South) for being elected as councillors.

Levenshulme is split between two Wards – Levenshulme and Gorton South. Election results for Levenshulme local elections 2014 are as follows.

Levenshulme Ward

Turnout: 38.4%

Surname Other Names Description (if any) Votes
HENNIGAN James Liberal Democrats 1551
JARADAT Shaden The Conservative Party Candidate 147
NOOR Dzidra Labour Party Candidate 1885
VENES Dick Greeen Party 718

 

Gorton South Ward

Turnout: 31.74%

Surname Other Names Description (if any) Votes
BURKE Martin Green Party 369
CATTERALL Bob UK Independence Party 787
GLOVER Charles Leslie Liberal Democrat Focus Team 375
OPESAN Tmo Conservative and Unionist Party 137
REID Julie Labour Party Candidate 2548

Full results for Manchester City Council are available HERE

 

 

Clean-up grants of up to £200

Manchester City Council are offering grants of up to £200 to local residents’ groups to help make a difference in their area.

The grants can be used to clean up your area or take steps to make your area greener.

Further information is available HERE

How to get in touch with the LCA

LCA communications and media are listed below. Everyone is welcome. Bookmark us. Post stuff. Send us things to advertise.

The LCA has no political affiliation and aims to represent and involve all residents and groups across Levenshulme to help make our area a better place.

Website:

http://levenshulmecommunity.org.uk/

Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/levenshulmecommunityassociation

Facebook Group:

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

Twitter feed:
@levenshulmeuk

Email (LCA Core Group members):

Peter Naughton (Chair)
chair@levenshulmecommunity.org.uk
peternaughton@levenshulmecommunity.org.uk

Beth Marshall (Secretary)
secretary@levenshulmecommunity.org.uk
bethmarshall@levenshulmecommunity.org.uk

Malcolm Cowen (Treasurer)
treasurer@levenshulmecommunity.org.uk
malcolmcowen@levenshulmecommunity.org.uk

Stuart Fear
stuartfear@levenshulmecommunity.org.uk

Lawrence Hennigan
lawrencehennigan@levenshulmecommunity.org.uk

Jeremy Hoad
jeremyhoad@levenshulmecommunity.org.uk

Aiden Lawler
aidenlawler@levenshulmecommunity.org.uk

The LCA Core Group is new this year as part of our new constitution developed last year. We wanted to create more opportunities for people to get involved (only the Chair, Treasurer and Secretary were elected before) and give the LCA more capacity to do more. I hope all these new and improved means of communication help us reach out to people and reflect Levenshulme’s diversity and vibrancy.

LCDC workshop facilities now available

LCDC (Levenshulme Craft and Design Collective) workshop facilities are now available on Albert Road. Details in the attached flyer.

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Has Levenshulme made progress in the last five years?

We are half way through the council’s ten year Action Plan for Levenshulme. How do you think it’s going so far?

Download the Action Plan HERE

Scruffs Dog Show today

The wonderful Scruffs Dog Show is today at Green Bank Fields.

Registration from 12.00, judging from 13.00.

Get along for some doggy fun in the sun.

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Zumbathon at The Energy Box today!

Places are still available at the Zumbathon for women being held at The Energy Box on Crossley Road (beside Levenshulme High School for Girls).

14.00-17.00, Saturday 26th April, only £10

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How to make evaluation work for you training workshop

How to make evaluation work for you
Tuesday 27th May 2014
13.00-16.30
The Inspire Centre, 747 Stockport Road, Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 3AR
(Free for not for profit organisations)

For social enterprises thinking of doing evaluation, and all ‘not for profits’ that want to know how to go about evaluating their work.

Covering techniques used by successful social enterprises in an understandable and relevant way. Practical and high quality training, to help understand the culture and practice of programme evaluation.

This half day introduction to the topic will help you to:
• Assess the impact of your work
• Develop new projects
• Prepare applications for funding, tenders or commissioning.

As money gets tighter the limits of what is accepted as ‘evaluation’ also becomes tighter. In some cases it’s become so restricted it’s easy to miss the point of the exercise! The session will cover ‘what is evaluation’, ‘how it can be done’ and ‘why it’s important to plan evaluation into the delivery of a project.’

Delivered by Dr. Cheryl Simmill-Binning of ASSURE, and Jez Hall of Shared Future CIC. Cheryl brings her experience of assessing projects for government programmes and the voluntary sector, and Jez has supported social enterprises and not for profits for over 10 years.

Due to funding we are able to deliver this course at no cost.
A £25 non-attendance fee will be charged in the event of a booking being missed.

For bookings and more information contact
Email: jez.hall@sharedfuturecic.org.uk
Tel: 07963 706106.
Website: www.sharedfuturecic.org.uk

For information about the venue contact Inspire on 0161 850 5717 or the Inspire website HERE

We would like to thank FASS at Lancaster University and the ASSURE programme for making this session possible.

 

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Levenshulme Election Hustings Thursday 8th May

Levenshulme Community Association is pleased to announce an election hustings meeting on Thursday 8th May at 19.30 at St Peter’s Church, Stockport Road, Levenshulme.

This is an open public meeting and everyone is welcome.

Murder Mystery at Inspire 10 May 2014

It’s 1962 and it’s a lovely wedding of the famous writer and his bride. Pity about the dead body on the floor.

Levenshulme Players and Inspire present Writer’s Block, a Murder Mystery evening. Enjoy a three course meal while you help solve the murder. Question the suspects and be ready for shocking revelations as you decide who is guilty.

And there are prizes for the best answers, giving name, motivation and method for the crime. If you can come dressed in 60s gear then there’s a prize for the best costume as well.

The ticket price includes the 3 course meal. £20 for those in work and £15 for unwaged and pensioners. Please contact Beryl on 225 4674 for tickets or go to Inspire cafe.

Please note, for the catering, Inspire need final numbers and money by May 5th.

Manchester Community Spirit AGM 2014

You are cordially invited to come and celebrate with us at our 1st annual general meeting, held at Levenshulme Inspire, there will be live performances from young people, an opportunity for networking, refreshments available and lots of fun. Please RSVP in order for us to confirm numbers.
Nicola Witter
Director, Manchester Community Spirit
View the MCS website HERE
Tel: 0161-850-3111
 
Office address
Manchester Community Spirit
The Inspire Centre 
747 Stockport Road
Manchester
M19 3AR 
Registered charity : 1149938
Registered Company : 08126414
MCS AGM 2014

Levenshulme Youth Project Girls’ Night

14 years old or over?
Female?
Pop along to Levenshulme Youth Project, Wednesday evenings, 19.00-20.30 at All FM on Albert Road.

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Election Hustings coming soon

Levenshulme Community Association will be holding an election hustings in the next few weeks before the local and European elections. Your chance to quiz candidates and see what you think of them. The specific date will be announced soon.

Levy Tea on 14th April at Levenshulme Library

The next Levy Tea will be held at Levenshulme Library on Monday, 14th April, 15.30-16.45.

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A visionary future or a dangerous experiment for libraries?

With libraries under threat across the country new models are being tried to protect them for the future. But at what cost?

We fought hard to save Levenshulme library and secure a future for our public services without being forced down the insecure road of relying on volunteers running a radically reduced service. But could the proposals for a library integrated into a new building with sports facilities and swimming pools actually undermine the long term security of our library? Will we see the library space converted into a cafe in a few years as further budget cuts take hold?

Read about the “John Lewis” solution being adopted elsewhere HERE

Levenshulme Market goes weekly from Saturday 29th March

With Levenshulme Market about to start up again for 2014 here is a short film from Alex Hill to remind you what it’s all about.

View the film HERE

Better Together community funding

The deadline for the Better Together community funding is this Friday (21st March).

A shortlist will be agreed by a judging panel then there will be a public vote to allocate the funds. Nice to see direct involvement in decision making.

Manchester Evening News article HERE

Better Together website HERE

A New Future for the LCA

The Levenshulme Community Association now has a new constitution and completely new structure fit for our work and our community.

The LCA is now an organisation with groups as members and a clear focus for the future. I’m pleased Peter Naughton, Malcolm Cowen and myself managed to achieve this change with the support of the AGM on Saturday.

In the past year we have reached out with a new website and social media and radically reformed the Association.

The success of our plan to bring more people into being actively involved in the LCA and refocus the Association as a network to share ideas, experience and knowledge across all groups in Levenshulme as well as continuing to represent all Levenshulme residents is very pleasing.

This places the LCA in a much stronger, more outward looking and effective position than it has been in for many years.

I’m looking forward to continuing to work with Peter and Malcolm alongside Beth Marshall, Stuart Fear, Lawrence Hennigan and Aiden Lawler on the new Core Group (managing committee) this year.

The election results were as follows:

Officers

  • Chair – Peter Naughton
  • Treasurer – Malcolm Cowen
  • Secretary – Beth Marshall

Core Group

  • LCA Officers
  • Stuart Fear
  • Lawrence Hennigan
  • Jeremy Hoad
  • Aiden Lawler

Download the new LCA Constitution as a PDF document here: LCA constitution 2014

Jeremy Hoad
LCA Secretary 2013-14

 

 

 

Bud Garden Centre reopens on Saturday 1st March

For all you gardeners out there our local garden centre, Bud, reopens this Saturday. Hooray for Spring!

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Good Gobble! Levenshulme is a foodie destination.

Levenshulme resident and blogger Jules Morris praises Levenshulme for its burgeoning foodie scene and proliferation of supper clubs. You can read about her evening at Trove HERE.

Jules is one half of Bailey and Jules, a couple who live very happily in Manchester. Their blog says: “We love everything to do with food including eating, cooking, watching, discussing, reading, visiting… We decided to start this blog to help us remember all our eating adventures, but we’re delighted that you are reading it too!”

Check out their full blog and foodie adventures HERE.

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Craft Fair at Inspire

The first of Inspire’s Craft Fairs of 2014 is on Saturday 22nd February, 11.00-15.30. Come along and find some local Levy loveliness.

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Greater Manchester’s Better Energy Deals

What is this deal about?

Backed by all 10 Greater Manchester Councils, it’s about the people of Greater Manchester getting together as a large group to get a great cheap energy deal from the suppliers.

What happens?

1  It’s quick, simple and you won’t need a bill

2  We negotiate a great energy deal with the power of the group

3  From the 10th March we’ll notify you of how much you can save

4  If you choose to switch, we will organise everything for free

Register your interest online HERE.

 

Levenshulme to benefit from partnership with one of the country’s top schools

Whalley Range High School for Girls has been recognised as one the the top 100 schools in the country for sustained improvements in exam results.

In September 2014 Whalley Range High School for Girls will enter into partnership with Levenshulme High School for Girls as a new Academy Trust.

Parrs Wood High School and Chorlton High School were similarly recognised for their achievements in improving the examination success of their pupils.

See the full report from Manchester City Council HERE.

Large development site for sale around Atlas Works

A large site has been put up for sale around the Atlas Works near Elbow Street and Chapel Street in Levenshulme.

This site is part of the land that had previously been subject to a major redevelopment project and is being sold with planning permission. However, this site does not encompass all of the previous development site which may jeopardise the previous plans. The 1.8 acre site is being offered for sale at “around £750,000″.

The site advertisement is available HERE.

Police appeal for information on Levenshulme robberies

Police are appealing for information after a series of robberies in Levenshulme.

Since 10 January 2014 there have been several robberies where the offenders at first engage in casual conversation and ask for the time before stealing mobile phones.

In each incident the offenders are described as being of Eastern European appearance.

Detective Sergeant Scott Halsall from Didsbury Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “At this stage we are looking at the potential that a number of robberies are linked and have been carried out by the same group of men. We have extra patrols in the area but would ask the public to report anything suspicious to police.

“As the popularity of smart phones increase so too do the number of offences. We would urge the public to remain vigilant and keep mobile phones out of sight and don’t advertise them to would-be thieves.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 4423 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police are also urging residents to make a note of their IMEI number which they will now need to report a phone as stolen. To find this out, key *#06# into the phone’s keypad.

Further information on the in indents can be found HERE

South Levenshulme Post Office Upgrade

The South Levenshulme Post Office is being upgraded to the status of a main post office.

Sunil Chauhan, your local Postmaster, invites you to celebrate a new look for South Levenshulme Post Office at 14.00 on Friday 21st February. If you would like to contribute food or drinks for the party, please email <Sunica@yahoo.com>. The LCA is happy to support this expansion and improvement of services in Levenshulme. Together we can show a thriving neighbourhood, good shops and businesses! The new look post office will provide:

  • a newly refurbished modern branch
  • all the same products and services plus car tax
  • longer opening hours (Monday-Saturday 09.00-17.30)

The new post office will open on Friday 21st February at 13.00 and will need to close from Thursday 6th February at 17.30 for refurbishment. In the meantime the North Levenshulme and Burnage Post Offices will remain open as usual.

Levenshulme Community Association Annual General Meeting

The AGM of the LCA will be held on Saturday 8th March 2014 at 10.15 in Levenshulme Library.

Any items for the agenda should be submitted by Saturday 1st March. You can submit items using the form below to Jeremy Hoad, LCA Secretary.

Levenshulme Litter Action

Following a vibrant discussion online about the level of litter in Levenshulme a meeting has been arranged to discuss how people can work together to try and improve our environment and make Levenshulme look more lovely.

The meeting will be held at Inspire at 19.00 on Friday 31st January 2014.

Everyone is welcome.

You can report litter, dog fouling and graffiti to the council HERE

Levenshulme Market – public forum on changes

Levenshulme Market is changing!

Residents of Levenshulme will know that in 2014 there will be some big changes at the market, but do you know why?

We want local people to help us shape the impact we have on our high street and this Saturday we are holding a forum for you to find out more, share your ideas and ask those burning questions.

Saturday 25th January, 6pm-8pm at the Klondyke (1 Burnage Range, Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 2HQ).

More information on Levenshulme Market is available on the completely redesigned website HERE.

Community First Funding 2014

Levenshulme neighbourhood has been allocated nearly £34k for distribution to local groups over 4 years. The local Panel has already been able to distribute c£14,000 to local groups and have a further £8,489 this year to give to projects and groups who want to make a difference in our community.

The Panel met on 13th January and confirmed that our Ward priorites are:

  • Helping people to find paid work with local learning hubs
  • Improving communications across groups and projects in the Ward
  • Making the most of existing social and leisure facilities and activities
  • Encouraging environmental projects and biodiversity in the Ward
  • Involving young people  in positive local activities and contributing to the Youth Forum across South Manchester

Bids which contribute to these priorities and which are distinctive and creative, will be considered by the Panel in early March. Application forms and national information can be found on the CDF website under Community First/Manchester/Levenshulme. Bids for between £250 and £1,000 have to be in by 28th Feb and can be sent direct to the Panel (email:  info@levenshulmecommunityfirst.org.uk). All bids have to show that there is matched funding which can be in the form of volunteering hours, which the government says is worth £11.09 per hour

Groups funded last year:

  • Friends of Highfield Country Park – Young People’s Community Allotment and straw bale centre
  • Levenshulme Youth Dance. Professional coaching for Sport and dance activities organised by the young people themselves as part of the Youth Project Forum
  • Lovelevy Fallowfield Loop – the Quadrants project launch event
  • Gaelic Football
  • UKIM Womens Welfare Wing
  • ALLFM volunteers Group – refurb of basement activity room
  • Levenshulme Food Festival
  • Teenage Pregnancy Pilot Project on affordable and nutritious food
  • North Levy Community Group: Summer Fun Day and Apple Day events
  • Personal and Community History; displays and exhibitions and activities

Hate Crime Awareness Week

It is National Hate Crime Awareness Week. If you have been affected by a hate crime you can get advice and support through events across Manchester this week. More information is available HERE.

A great website and resource – True Vision – is also available HERE. This site provides straightforward advice and support, explaining:

“Have you or someone you know been a victim of a hate crime or hate incident?

Hate crimes and incidents come in many different forms. It can be because of hatred on the grounds of your race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability.

Hate crime in any form is wrong. That is why it is important that if hate crime happens to you or someone you know, that you report it.

True Vision is here to give you information about hate crime or incidents and how to report it.”

Stop hate crimes. Report hate crimes. Fight hatred and intolerance.

Small Grants available for projects for older people

Valuing Older People (VOP) Small Grants Fund

Age-friendly Manchester Small Grants Fund

A partnership between Valuing Older People and Trinity House Community Resource Centre, the Age-friendly Small Grants fund provides small grants of up to £300 for projects that benefit older people living in the City of Manchester. Priority is given to grant applications looking to provide sustainable support to community groups and projects in Manchester, and in particular, projects tackling social isolation and loneliness. We accept applications from voluntary organisations, community groups and charities.

Two rounds of grants applications will be held in 2014, deadlines for applications being:

  • Friday 31 January
  • Thursday 31 July

For more information, please download an application pack or contactRebecca Bromley, phone 0161 234 4049, emailr.bromley@manchester.gov.uk

Hard Rain Poetry Evening – “Deep Encounters”

Hard Rain Poetry – an evening of poems, stories and creative ideas

Monday January 27th 2014 at Isis Café, 910 Stockport Road, Levenshulme, M19

This is a FREE event supported by Isis cafe with everyone welcome, no writing experience necessary

Hard Rain Poetry is a voluntary community project which encourages local creative expression. Sessions run on the last Monday of every month (except December).

January 2014 event

6pm- 8pm poetry/ creative writing workshop
The workshop will be run by Adam Strickson our guest writer with support from Shamshad Khan. Poet and dramatist Adam Strickson will look at the work of American poet Tess Gallagher. Gallagher’s beautifully controlled open form allows us gently into the experience of deep encounters with people, while demonstrating intricacies of language and diction. We will use her poems to inspire us to write about people close to us or whom we admire, living or dead. The session is suitable for new writers as well as those who have been writing for ages. A friendly space to share poems, stories, ideas and creativity.

8pm -10pm poetry performance/reading with open mic
Guest writer – Adam Strickson

Adam is a theatre director, poet, script writer and librettist, and Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Leeds. His first collection, An Indian Rug Surprised by Snow, was published by Wrecking Ball Press in 2005. His second, Tear up the lace, came out with Graft Poetry in March 2011. He was lead artist for the imove Olympic cultural project Wingbeats, and a book of his poems and libretti for this project was published by Valley Press in December 2012. He specialises in intercultural community writing and theatre, especially in the towns and cities of Yorkshire and the North West.

Open mic: This is an opportunity to share- bring your own poems or your favourite poems by Tess Gallagher. Musicians also very welcome to perform.

hard rain poetry guidelines for participation (MS Word download)

hard rain poetry january 2014 (MS Word download)

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