Levenshulme Library News & Public Meeting

An article from the Manchester Evening News on the future of Levenshulme Library and the work of the Stakeholders Group set up to explore options is available HERE

It is a little unfortunate the article advertises the fundraiser on Friday 29th in an article published on Saturday 30th but any coverage is very welcome.

Note also that there are a couple of factual errors in the article:

1 The new baths and library facility is scheduled to open in Spring 2016, not Autumn 2015.

2 Levenshulme High School never took over the building. The school simply rented the space to use for part of the week. Local campaigning was essential to ensure the library stayed open as a library until the new facilities open.

A public meeting is also scheduled for Tuesday 16th June, 19.00-21.00 at Levenshulme Inspire on Stockport Road. Further information and discussion is also available on a Facebook group at:


Photo courtesy of Manchester Evening News

Levenshulme Library Fundraiser

The fundraising party for Levenshulme Library is on right now at the Klondyke (1 Burnage Range of Albert Road).

Come join the fun!


Royal Bank of Scotland to close in Levenshulme

Following announcements of branch closures recently the Royal Bank of Scotland has confirmed that its Levenshulme branch will close this year.

Manchester Evening News article available HERE

Hard Rain Poetry Night

Hard Rain Poetry will be meeting on Monday 24th May at Thairish Cafe (910 Stockport Road).

Special guest Okey Nzelu.

18.00 Workshop

20.00 Open Mic 

Friends of Levenshulme Station AGM

The Friends of Levenshulme Station Annual General Meeting will take place at 18.30 on Wednesday 20th May 2015 at Levenshulme Library.

Ageing Without Children

This isn’t Levenshulme specific but here’s a report from a conference earlier this year. With an ageing population and social and health care increasingly reliant on family support the issues confronting people who do not have children as they get older can be daunting.

The conference, the first of its kind, aimed at people over 50 without children, aimed to:

  • Raise awareness of the numbers of people ageing without children
  • Consider how this will impact both society and social services
  • Explore the facts and figures behind the headlines
  • Examine some of the common myths about people ageing without children
  • Come together to think of creative and workable solutions as a society

View the report HERE

Support and information for older people in Manchester is available via Age Friendly Manchester HERE

Free Kids Planting Session at Levenshulme Market

Grab your parents and head to Levy Market this Saturday 23rd May, 12.00-14.00 for a free, fun kids decorating and planting session. You’ll find our planting tent in the midst of the action, where we’ll be decorating plant pots and planting climbing beans for you to take home and look after.

It’s the perfect way to start summer, with your very own climbing bean plant to grow – and it’ll give the grown-ups a quick 5 minutes to dash round the market. When your Levy beans start to grow, you can send us a pic – and the best ones might even make it onto our website!

All equipment is provided – just bring your enthusiasm and those green fingers!

Check it out on the Levy Market website HERE

Photo courtesy of Levenhulme Market website

Levenshulme Food and Drink Festival 2015

The wonderful Levenshulme Food and Drink Festival is almost here. Running from 12th – 21st June and now in in third year Levy Fadfest is a highlight of the year.

Organised by folk who love, live, work and revel in Levenshulme. Fadfest is a celebration of all things delicious and tasty from field to fork/glass!

Local residents, businesses, organisations, groups come together to create an exciting programme of events held at different venues around the area.

Focusing on local produce with international flavours – in 2015 we celebrate good food good health.

View or download the full brochure HERE

New Neighbourhood Planning Forum Event

A new Neighbourhood Planning Forum is being proposed for Levenshulme. This is a community group that develops a Neighbourhood Plan for our area that would identify our priorities and key concerns regarding planning and development in our area.

It is hoped that as many people as possible get involved in the Levenshulme Neighbourhood Forum. To help achieve this aim an Information Evening will be held as follows:

19.00 on Thursday 21st May 2015
(The event will last no more than two hours)

The Inspire Centre, 747 Stockport Road, Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 3AR

Anyone who lives or works in Levenshulme is welcome to come along. There will be experts from Locality who will make a short presentation outlining the process but the bulk of the evening will be for people to ask questions and find out what this is about and how Levenshulme can benefit.


An information leaflet and feedback form (see below) is being distributed that provides initial information and asks for your views. If you haven’t received one yet they are available at Inspire on Stockport Road and Levenshulme Library on Cromwell Grove.

You can download a PDF version of the leaflet HERE

Further information

More information is available on a new website (new and under development) HERE



Levenshulme Library Building Fundraiser

Levy Library Building Information Update

There will be a fundraiser to raise money and interest in the campaign to have Levenshulme Library converted into a community centre once the library service moves out next year.

Friday 29th May at the Klondyke club.
Klondyke Club, Burnage range, Levenshulme (off Albert Road)
£5 entry… all proceeds to the campaign

There will also be a planning meeting to prepare on Wednesday 20th May at 7pm, also at the Klondyke…

Please come along, meet nice people who care about our community, have a good time and show your support.

Keep up to date on facebook:

Share the fundraising event with your friends and spread the word:


Elections 2015: Levenshulme in the Press

Mancunian Matters seems to have been impressed with Levenshulme’s councillors with mentions of both Basat Sheikh and Peter Cookson. It reported:

‘Basking in success over his first time win, Basat Mahmood Sheikh for Levenshulme said to one of his colleagues while the counts were being verified: “I have certainly proved myself”.’

‘The other side of Gorton also had a triumphant success, victor Peter Cookson said it was a ‘record breaking result’ after finding out he had 4564 votes.

UKIP failed to provide competition for Mr Cookson, with an uninspiring 966 votes for second place.

At the end of his winner’s speech, he added: “It’s an unbelievable result in the history of this seat”.’

Read the full article HERE.

Friends of Highfield Park Meeting

The Friends of Highfield Country Park will be meeting at 19.00 on Tuesday 12th May at the Baptist Church on Elmsworth Avenue.

Anyone who uses the park is welcome. 

Time Out Magazine Loves Levenshulme

Don’t be put off by the headline – Time Out loves Levenshulme.

The “gritty” bit in th headline is actually a reference to the grit and determination of Levenshulme residents. Becci Johnson has certainly got that bit right.

Read the full article HERE

Madina Masjid & Community Centre Lunch Club

Great new initiative by Madina Masjid and Community Centre. Our community working together in tough times.

The Lunch Club is open to anyone who might be experiencing social isolation, food poverty and other economic challenges. Nutritionally balanced cooked meals will be provided daily. People from all backgrounds and of any faith or none are welcome.

The Lunch Club starts on Sunday 10th May 2015 at 14.00.


2 Barlow Road, Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 3JD
(Entrance at left side of building)
For further information contact:

Shujaat Hussain
T: 07974 136 116
Nasal Iqbal
T: 07763 313 864
or email MadinaMasjid@outlook.com


2015 Elections: Results

Here are the results for the 2015 elections in Levenshulme.

Local election results are given for both Levenshulme and Gorton South Wards as Levenshulme covers both wards.

Levenshulme falls in the national parliamentary constituency of Manchester Gorton.


Levenshulme Ward

Turnout: 60.7%

Surname Other Name(s) Description (if any) Votes
COMMONS John Patrick Bryans Liberal Democrat Focus Team 1298
HIGGINS Fiona Penelope Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 202
IQBAL Khawar Conservative Party 515
SHEIKH Basat Mahmood Labour Party 3194
VENES Dick Green Party 1290

Gorton South Ward

Turnout: 52.6%

Surname  Other Name(s) Description (if any) Votes
BROWN Dick Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 110
CATTERALL Bob UK Independence Party (UKIP) 966
COOKSON Peter David Labour Party 4564
HICKLEY Andrew Peter Liberal Democrats 328
NEWTON Melvyn Green Party 527
OPENSAN Tmo Conservative Party Candidate 397


Manchester Gorton Constituency

Electorate: 72,992 Turnout: 57.93% Spoilt: 275

Wards: Fallowfield, Gorton North, Gorton South, Levenshulme, Longsight, Rusholme, Whalley Range

Surname Other Name(s) Description (if any) Votes
AFZAL Mohammed Conservative Party 4063
BANNISTER Laura Alice Green Party 4108
CHESHA Cris Priate Party UK 181
ECKERSLEY Phil UK Independence Party (UKIP) 3434
HICKMAN Simon Paul Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 264
KAUFMAN Gerald Bernard Labour Party 28187
PAGE Dave Liberal Democrats 1782

2015 Elections: Polling Stations and Candidates

Voting is only one day away now. You can find out where to vote and see a map by entering your postcode HERE.


These are the candidates standing in the 2015 local and national elections.

Both Levenshulme and Gorton South are listed for the local elections because Levenshulme is covered by both wards and the Levenshulme ward alone does not include all of Levenshulme. You can find out which ward you are in for council elections HERE.

Levenshulme Ward, Manchester City Council

John Commons (Liberal Democrat Party)

Fiona Higgins  (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)

Khawar Iqbal (Conservative Party)

Basat Sheikh ((Labour Party)

Dick Venes (Green Party)

View the official candidate list HERE

Gorton South Ward, Manchester City Council

Dick Brown (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)

Bob Catterall (UK Independence Party)

Peter Cookson (Labour Party)

Andrew Hickey (Lineral Democrat Party)

Melvyn Newton (Green Party)

Timo Opesan (Conservative Party)

View the official candidate list HERE

Manchester Gorton Parliamentary Constituency

Mohammed Afzal (Conservative Party)

Laura Bannister (Green Party)

Cristian Chesha (Pirate Party UK)

Phil Eckersley (UK Independence Party)

Simon Hickman (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)

Gerald Kaufman (Labour Party)

Dave Page (Liberal Democrat Party)

View the official candidate list HERE


Levenshulme Community Association is an apolitical organisation. Any mention of candidates or elected representatives by the LCA is for information purposes and should not be taken to imply an endorsement of any individual or political party.

Burnage and Levenshulme Open Gardens 2015

The third Burnage and Levenshulme Open Gardens day will be on Sunday 7th June, 11.00-17.00.

  • 23 gardens
  • 2 allotments
  • 3 community gardens
  • 1 Cafe at Bud Garden Centre
  • Multiple opportunities for lovely gardening fun.

Programmes are £5 (free for under 16s accompanied by an adult) available from Bud Garden Centre, Inspire Cafe, Chorlton Bookshop.

Further information:

  • T: 07505 403422
  • E: mail@budgarden.co.uk
  • W: www.budgarden.co.uk
  • A: Bud Garden Centre, Omer Drive, Burnage, M19 2JN