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


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