Levenshulme Community Choir

Monday 22nd July, 20.00-21.30, at the Connexions dance studio

All welcome, no experience necessary….just for fun!

The studio is part of Inspire up the stairs to the right of the main Inspire building – ask at reception if you can’t find it.


An amazing future for libraries and learning in Levenshulme

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.

Baths, Library and Arcadia redevelopment community meeting

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.


Summer Holiday Fun in Levenshulme

Wondering what to do  in Levenshulme during the school holidays?

The Arcadia Sports Centre will be open every day from 12.00 – 16.00 for the kids throughout the summer holidays.

There will be football, roller skating, roller hockey, roller derby & martial arts.

Full details and a programme will be posted when they are available or keep an eye on the Arcadia website HERE.


Caring for vulnerable people in the heat

If you know any older residents on your street, please call and see they are ok in the heat.

HERE (pdf download) is some guidance – from Western Australia – for looking after older people in a heat wave (it will help little ones keep cool as well!).

HERE is the advice from NHS Choices.

(Thanks to Levenshulme Good Neighbours)

Levenshulme High School to ‘Educate & Celebrate’ LGBT staff and pupils

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.

Play that funky music, DJ!

Levenshulme Youth Project & ALL FM have come together to offer MC, presenting and DJ experience.

Are you 13 – 17 years old? Or do you have a teenager in your house with a whole summer looming and not much to do?

Come to ALLFM. Learn to MC, Present your own radio show or even lay down some original tracks.

Join us from Monday 29th of July to Friday 2nd of August from 11am – 4pm every day.

It’s free and it will be an amazing experience.

There are only 12 places so it’s first come first served.

Call Christine at ALL FM on 07813612569 or 0161 248 6888

Swimming the Channel Levenshulme style

Lucy Lloyd-Roach who teaches swimming at Levenshulme Baths has just swum the channel to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. Congratulations, Lucy!

You can still make a donation on Lucy’s Just Giving page HERE


Beehive Play Centre Saved!

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!

Beehive funday july 2013

Levenshulme loves its Market

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!!

Levenshulme and Wimbledon

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.

Read the full article HERE

Levenshulme Facilities

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:

  1. Levenshulme Facilities CURRENT v01
  2. Levenshulme Facilities PROPOSED v01
  3. Levenshulme Facilities COMBINED v01

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Food and Drink Festival 2013 Elizabeth Kurtis photos

Some lovely photographs from the Levenshulme Food and Drink Festival 2013 by photographer Elizabeth Kurtis.

LFADFEST 2013 photos by Elizabeth Kurtis

Find out a bit more about Elizabeth HEREHer website is HERE or visit her BLOG.


Levenshulme Singers Music Hall Evening

A marvellous Music Hall evening performed by the Levenshulme Singers on 8th June 2013 at the Levenshulme Klondyke Club.

Watch the video HERE

Highfield Country Park Party

Highfield Country Park
Sunday 7th July 2013
Opening of the new Bowler Street entrance by Sir Gerald Kaufman MP

  • birds of prey display
  • willow weaving
  • crafts stall
  • raffle
  • circus skills workshop
  • music
  • face painting
  • plant stall

A Friends of Highfield Country Park event