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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Feeling relaxed last night? This might be why.

Were you feeling particularly relaxed on Friday evening? It might be because a suspected cannabis farm in a house on Grange Avenue went up in flames. Nobody was hurt but there seemed to be a distinct lack of crisps, chocolate and other snacks in the shops on Saturday.

Manchester Evening News article available HERE

Fallowfield Loop Orchard Wassail

Dear All,

We are wassailing the Levenshulme community fruit orchard again in 2014, and we are pleased to invite you and your partners, children and friends to attend.

The Wassail will be held from 4pm on Sunday 5th January. The event will involve, in no particular order (yet):

Small bonfire
Wassail song(s)
Poem by the Wassail Queen
Procession round the orchard to decorate the trees with ribbons and cider soaked toast, and drive away evil spirits with noise.
Consumption of mulled cider (adults) and apple juice (children) and food delicacies.
Fireworks (in lieu of the traditional shotgun!)

FotFL will provide mulled cider and apple juice, toast and ribbons for tree decoration (and possibly roasted chestnuts).

However, please feel free to bring your own drinks, and cakes etc for sharing. You are also welcome to bring something noisy – pans and spoons are traditional. Head or hand held torches are also recommended.

Regards,

Friends of the Fallowfield Loop

Levenshulme celebrates immigration

A positive story about immigration in Levenshulme. Levenshulme welcomes people from all over the world, recognises their achievements and celebrates the positive contribution to our community made by them.

BBC News item HERE