Help Retain Levenshulme Library As A Community Centre – Public Campaign Meeting

There will be a meeting for the campaign to have Levenshulme Library converted into a community centre (once the library service moves out next year. )

Wednesday 8th July at 6pm at Levenshulme Library

Following the public meeting on the 16th June at Inspire, it was agreed to form a constituted community organisation, that in time could develop into a management organmisation for the library building.

Initially it will be a simple ‘un-incorporated association’ that can open a bank account to hold funds, form a wide membership of local people and elect people to help the community govern the association. Based on a charitable constitution, that can be developed further as plans evolve.

If you wish to support this exciting development and back the campaign please come along to the meeting above. We will be adopting our first constitution.

At the last meeting a number of other proposals were made:

  • To visit other buildings to find out what works, what doesn’t, what’s involved … whatever we can learn from them.
  • Undertake a survey of skills in our community that can contribute to the campaign.
  • Research the history of the Carnegie endowment, that provided the community with the building in the first place.
  • Network and connect with as many individuals, community groups, facilities, and interests in the community as we possibly can.
  • Invite Manchester City Council to meet with us, and offer whatever support they can to the campaign.
  • Find a good name and brand for the new facility… any designers, publicists, marketeers or PR people out there… your community needs you!!

Please come along. Everyone is welcome. “Meet nice people who care about our community, have your say and show your support.”

Keep up to date on facebook:

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

(Message posted on behalf of Levenshulme Library Stakeholders Group)

Levenshulme Neighbourbood Planning Forum Meeting

The next meeting of Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum will take place on Thursday 16th July 2015, 19.00 at the Inspire Centre on Stockport Road.

The meeting will consider and agree the area defined for the Forum, constituting the Forum as a group and electing the first committee members to help take the idea further and make the Forum a reality.

Exciting steps to move forward and formally establish a Forum so that the people of Levenshulme can have a direct influence over what happens in our area.

Everyone is welcome.

   
 

Levenshulme Wants A McVities Drive-Thru

Levenshulme often smells of warm biscuits thanks to the McVities factory on Stockport Road. That satisfies most people’s biscuity cravings. But it wasn’t enough for Josie Stripe who wrote to McVities proposing a drive-thru.

After presenting a strong case Ms Stripe concludes by saying:

“A McVities drive-thru would fill both the market and my stomach, and I would dearly love to see it succeed.”

The whole of Levenshulme, if not Manchester, is behind you, Josie.

  

Levenshulme Youth Project AGM

The Levenshulme Youth Project AGM will take place at 18.00 on Thursday 25th June 2015 at the Inspire Centre on Stockport Road.

Drop in to find out more about their summer programme and if you are interested in volunteering.

Levenshulme Writer Paul Magrs Wins Gold Award In New York

Levenshulme writer and artist Paul Magrs wins acclaim for the best Audio Book (Fiction) in the world 2015.

At a glitzy ceremony in Manhattan, New York last night Paul Magrs’ Audio Book Bat Out Of Hull, part of the Brenda and Effie Mysteries won a gold award.

Considered the “Oscars” of radio and audio, the New York Festivals Radio Programming Awards recognise the world’s best work in radio broadcasting, radio stations and independent producers from around the globe.

The Brenda and Effie Mysteries​ by Paul Magrs​ are absolutely splendid. This is a richly deserved award for Paul and Bafflegab Productions brought to life by the wonderful Anne Reid and cast in a hugely entertaining, hilariously funny and spookily atmospheric production.

Bafflegab producer and director Simon Barnard said:

“It’s wonderful to get this award from an international jury of respected radio peers, particularly since we’ve just been making it up as we go along. The award really belongs to two people: to our narrator, and national treasure, Anne Reid, who told the story so beautifully; and to our author Paul Magrs, who really should be a national treasure and who wrote it so beautifully.”

Writer Paul Magrs added:

“I was actually in Whitby yesterday, exactly ten years since I started to write the first novel about Brenda and Effie. To write a script about these characters I love, and then win a a prestigious award like this is just wonderful. Thank you! Bafflegab and Simon Barnard and the cast are geniuses and I love their brand of spooky mayhem. I’m proud of the work we’ve done together.”

See the New York Festivals Radio Award listing HERE

You can buy a copy of the audio and others in the series HERE

  
Photo courtesy of Bafflegab Productions.

  

Photo: Jeremy Hoad

Levstock raises £300

Levenshulme’s celebration of the summer solstice, Levstock, has raised £300.

In a fun packed evening with food, bands, entertainment and fireworks Levenshulme celebrated at the Klondyke.

Here is the list of local good causes that have benefited from Levstock this year. Thanks to all the great people who put loads of free time and energy into making this donation possible.

£50 each was raised for these charities:
(First 3 suggested by attendees)

Peoplewithpetsinpoverty

New Levenshulme based project supporting homeless people, especially recovering from alcohol, mental health or drug issues, especially through supporting their ability to keep pets. “folk need company and support of animal companions perhaps even more when they’re not well-off materially – animals are so accepting of people, they don’t care what their status is.”

National Association for People Abused in Childhood

“They do a brilliant job, on a shoestring, of campaigning, informing and leading courses. They have recently extended their national telephone service for survivors – much needed since many more adults abused as children are starting to seek help with their trauma since the huge increase in media reporting of such abuse – opening a northern office in Stockport.”

Breakfast in Bed Streetlife Project

Volunteers providing a regular breakfast for homeless people. “They feed the homeless of Manchester city centre breakfast twice a week (soon to be 3 times.) Run off donations from the public & small local businesses. Also do a pop up event each month offering a different service. This month Shine are opening up & giving hair cuts & washing hair. Need food donations: sausages, bacon, cereal bars, individually wrapped choc biscuits, tin foil, all donations can be dropped off at the antiques village cafe in Levenshulme.”

Levenshulme Good Neighbours

Local volunteering project that are supporting older people in their home through offering company, advice, transport to medical appointments and social events and running small errands.

Macmillan Cancer Care (Northmoor Rd Project)

Support project for carers looking after people living with cancer at home. In association with Northmoor Community Association and Great Places Housing. “Here at Northmoor Community Centre we have a fantastic project – group of dedicated volunteers who go out into the communities of Gorton, Longsight and Levenshulme and support people affected by cancer.”

Manchester Friends of the Earth

Providing information and volunteering opportunities on environmental issues (energy, cycling, climate change, locally grown healthy food etc) and campaigning for a more sustainable world. They provided the Bicycle Smoothie Maker at Levstock.

Council Kills CASH Grants – Say Hello To NIFs

Manchester City Council has killed off its CASH Grant scheme for council wards and replaced it with a new Neighbourhood Investment Fund (NIF) worth £10,000 less per ward.

CASH Grants of £30,000 per year were previously available to each Ward with local councillors deciding on where and how the money was spent. These have now been abolished and replaced withthe NIF that provides up to £20,000 per ward each year.

The new scheme comes into effect immediately from today (Monday 22nd June 2015). Information from Manchester City Council states:

“Local people and community groups can have a huge impact in their community and Manchester City Council remains committed to supporting activity that improves neighbourhoods and enhances peoples lives.”

Application Criteria

The fund is open to established groups, voluntary groups and other community groups, as well as groups of residents working together for the first time. School Parent Teacher Associations can also apply if they have the support of local residents and parents and the project benefits the wider community as well as the school.

Your group must have a bank account in order to receive any approved funding, or have permission from another group to receive the funding for you as a referee. Payment can not be made to personal bank accounts.

NIF funding is available for projects that fall in to the following categories:

Work & Skills
Projects that help people in a community to get back in to work by offering additional learning and opportunities to improve skills. It could also help fund any activities relating to coaching, mentoring or volunteering.

Community Groups
New groups can bid for initial seed funding to get an idea off the ground, become more recognised in the local neighbourhood and actively engage the community with activities. Established groups could also receive one off funding to help support smaller groups and deliver local projects.

Improving the Environment and Increase Recycling
Groups looking to organise community clean ups or planting projects can bid – with special encouragement for ideas focussed on increased recycling and waste reduction in a community.

Other Activities and Events
Applications will be considered for events that benefit the community and support the ward priorities of the local area. Any ideas should be discussed with your local Regeneration Ward Officer before applying.

What you can’t get funding for

Some projects, activities, events or schemes do not fall within the criteria for a neighbourhood investment funds, therefore applications will not be considered for the following:

  • Projects that do not directly benefit Manchester residents;
  • Traffic-calming schemes or CCTV;
  • Projects that simply replace existing facilities with no significant improvement;
  • Projects that improve or benefit privately owned land to which the public have no access and un-adopted roads and footpaths;
  • Projects that have already been completed or will have been by the time the grant is issued;
  • Ongoing revenue funding of staff wages, salaries or expenses or overheads such as rent, leases or utility costs;
  • Projects that only benefit individuals (e.g. qualifications, counselling sessions, professional legal advice etc.);
  • Groups cannot directly benefit financially from their own application (they cannot be a fiscal beneficiary);
  • Purchase of alcohol and gambling activities;
  • Activities of a religious or political nature; or
  • Activities that are contrary to Manchester City Council’s equal opportunities policy.

Assessment

Applications are reviewed by a panel to decide where funds should be allocated. Your Regeneration Ward Officer will keep you updated through the process – each application should not exceed £10,000.

More information on NIF and access to the on-line application is available HERE 

The Northern Powerhouse – From The Horse’s Mouth

Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society Lecture 2015

A lecture from Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive of Manchester City Council on the development of the “Northern Powerhouse”. 

Free event hosted by the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society.

WHEN
Wednesday 1st July 2015, 19.00

WHERE
Manchester Conference Centre (Sackville Street)
BOOKING
Register a place HERE
SUMMARY

“We are delighted to welcome the Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, Sir Howard Bernstein to address the Society on the hot topic of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’.

The term ‘Northern Powerhouse’ may have come into common currency recently, but the underlying concept is one which our great northern cities – with Manchester very much in the vanguard – have been advocating for many years.

Put simply, it’s about recognising the need to rebalance the nation’s economy with major northern cities, both collectively and individually, being backed to unlock their potential. This means complementing, not competing with London and the South East. But it also means recognising and investing in the distinctive strengths of cities such as Manchester – whether it’s in culture or cutting edge research.

It’s no exaggeration to say that Manchester is fundamental to this vision – and that unless Manchester can realise its full potential no such rebalancing of the national economy will be possible.

This means investing in excellence, whether it’s improving transport infrastructure – for example the £15bn One North proposals to radically improve east-west transport connections between northern cities and complement HS2, supporting cultural facilities such as the £78m new Factory Manchester Arts Centre or supporting pioneering research into advanced materials such as graphene.

But also integral to the Northern Powerhouse concept is the recognition that city regions such as Greater Manchester – places with their acts together and clear strategic visions – need to be freed from stifling over-centralisation. Greater Manchester is in the forefront of the devolution agenda which recognises that instead of having ‘one size fits all’ national policies imposed centrally, we are better placed to create the conditions for growth and improving people’s lives by investing in local needs and priorities. This will enable us to use the available funding in a much smarter way.”


Levenshulme Global Picnic

Levenshulme Global Picnic takes place today at Cringle Park from 12.00-16.00.

  • Free food
  • Family fun
  • Craft stalls
  • First Aid demonstrations
  • Music
  • To bola
  • Karate
  • Zumba
  • Sew Levy! Massive tablecloth
  • Army inflatable and assault course
  • Vintage vehicles
  • Face painting and children’s games

Come and get a taste of the world in Levenshulme.

The Global Picnic is part of Levenshulme Food and Drink Festival.

   
 

Preparations are well underway…

   
 

Photos courtesy Stuart Fear.

Levy-Tea – Chat, Games, Tea and Cake

Levy-Tea: Saturday afternoon, 14.30-16.30 at Levenshulme Library on Cromwell Grove.

 

Levenshulme Contemporary Art Centre Summer 2015

Levenshulme Contemporary Art Centre (LCAC) will be holding a series of events and discussions this summer made possible by a £2,210 grant from the Levenshulme Market Fund. LCAC explain their aims as:

Levenshulme Contemporary Arts Centre is an incomplete gallery that questions land use and relations of power within suburban Manchester. We are interested in expanding conventions of artistic display beyond the architectural limits of the gallery.”

This summer we will be opening the LCAC shop. It will be a temporary high street hub of radical thinking, hosting meetings, discussions and a series of coordinated arts events that will work with different sectors of the local community to address the relationship between land use, constructions of community, accessibility to the arts and the possibility of an urban commons.”

The Levenshulme Market Fund grant will enable activities in a shop from 2nd-19th July 2015.

The LCAC Shop will be a temporary, non-profit making hub of radical thinking for the Levenshulme community. It will open for two weeks during the Manchester International Festival (2nd-19th July 2015), with the aim of helping to seed the development of a future independent fringe festival. The Shop will function as an open social space, the aim of which is to create the possibility of imagining a new locality. It will serve coffee, sell radical texts and work/prints by local artists, and host free public talks, including connecting participants with other radically-minded individuals across the world via video-conferencing. It will be open to the public at varied times, including late nights for post-work discussions. The group are bidding for funds to run the shop, including rental and fittings, marketing and promotion of the space and paying/reimbursing visiting speakers and artists.

(Levenshulme Market Fund bid information)

Plans for LCAC

  • A daily reading group pulling apart a work by urban geographer David Harvey
  • A theatrical enactment of what it means to act together
  • A chance to play some children’s games from Communist Poland
  • An exhibition of abstract paintings exploring urban degeneration and regeneration
  • Creative writing workshops
  • Improvised music
  • Zine-making
  • An artists’ residency
  • A round-table discussion with leading Manchester academics
  • An informal discussion about home, belonging, nostalgia and collective memories
  • Swedish artists sharing their experiences as migrants through images and text


Further Information

LCAC Website: HERE

LCAC Facebook: HERE
LCAC YouTube Channel HERE
Email: info@lcac.org.uk

LCAC Works

To get an idea of what LCAC does please see below for a link to LCAC Work No.1 (video) and extracts from LCAC Work No.2 (interview text).

LCAC Work No.1
View the YouTube video  HERE

LCAC Work No. 2
(extracts)
Dr Joseph Kisolo-Ssonko

What is LCAC?

Director 1

Levenshulme Contemporary Art Centre is a gallery in Levenshulme, South Manchester, a suburb with a mixed population. It’s a gallery without walls and without anything much else other than the idea of an institution itself. We opened the gallery in a green space that had temporarily become a used car showroom in Levenshulme.

Director 2

We had a sign, we had an audience.

The sign started as an art object exhibited alongside paintings and other sculptures in an exhibition called A6 in Bankley Art Gallery.

It also had an attachment on the back of it which made it adaptable to become a sign. Then we took it for a walk down the A6, along with the audience from the exhibition, to a predetermined site on the corner of Pennington St – a patch of wasteland that was being informally used as a used-car and drugs salesroom.

Where this site met the A6 there was also an empty post. We erected the sign on this and invited people to walk from the pavement on to the wasteland.

Dr Joseph Kisolo-Ssonko
Did the wasteland itself become the artwork?

Director 2
We are interested the relationship between performance and actuality – the extent to which something is an x if you act as if it is an x and it is received as an x.

We explored the possibility of transformation that you describe through the strategic staging of an art opening on the site – champagne, speeches, gesturing at exhibits etc. In a sense it was a kind of social experiment.

Dr Joseph Kisolo-Ssonko
Was the idea that the space should be seen as empty of art that the found objects were themselves supposed to be seen as artworks?

Director 1

Actually when the launch happened we were surprised to find an exhibition ready made for us in a way. We had this idea of a marginal space and we were really excited about that but when we arrived there there were actually really interesting things to look at and – in a surprising way – I think that it did become a really rich visual experience. The burnt out caravan and discarded plush sofas were visually interesting.

Director 2

The site’s marginal but somehow multivalent functionality brought credibility to the suggestion that such things could be encountered as art. Playfulness seemed to have been in-built within materiality of the site by its recent history. We simply added one further mode of appropriation to the existing set of uses, the ‘as if’ that we have already spoken about.

Director 1

The site had a kind of awkwardness in this sense. We never found out who actually owned the space – it could have been quite a nice green space and but at the moment it was being used as a car lot as to sell drugs.

So, the space was replete in opportunity in the way that a predetermined gallery was not because it would have a predetermined function encoded within its architecture; a function that guides behaviour.

   
  

     All photos and text of LCAC Works courtesy of and copyright LCAC

New Levenshulme Based Charity To Help Homeless People And Their Pets

People with Pets in Poverty is a new charity to help homeless people and their pets.

Colin Alcock will launch People With Pets In Poverty later this month and aims to roll out a variety of schemes over the next five years. Colyn’s main aim is to help rough sleepers and the ‘hidden homeless’ which includes sofa surfers and people in overcrowded accommodation, hostels and night shelters.

Under the Home and Dry programme, PPP will provide safe accommodation for homeless people and their pets by paying the first month’s rent and deposit while providing a guarantee to landlords against damage caused by pets. In exchange service users must follow a recovery programme which could include counselling and a detox scheme.

Colyn has many ambitious plans for the charity, including pet food banks, an online homeless forum and even a charity single. By 2020 he hopes to have set up a community home for marginalised people with pets. He said: 

To a homeless person a pet is a guardian protector, a best friend and someone who will never judge them and always be pleased to be with them.

“I know what it’s like to sit on a street corner and beg. It’s soul destroying and isolating.”

“The next wave of homelessness is coming and it’s going to get worse. We’re looking at an all encompassing remedy.”

The first PPP meeting will be at Fred’s Ale House, Levenshulme, on Wednesday June 24, from 7.30pm. All are welcome.

For details or to volunteer call Colyn on: 07985 442 505
or email: peoplewithpetsinpoverty@outlook.com

Read the full MEN article HERE

  
Photo courtesy of Manchester Evening News

Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum Meeting 10th June

Following the recent information evening the Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum group are holding a meeting to talk about how to progress the Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum and look at how Northernden Neighbourhood Forum have established and run their Neighboruhood Forum.

Graham Pheby from Northernden Neighbourhood Forum will be attending to talk to us about their experience in setting up and running a Neighbourhood Forum.

Everyone is welcome.

When

Wednesday 10th June from 18.30-19.45
Where

Levenshulme Library Meeting Room.

Klondyke Community Allotment Takes Shape

Our community was out in the sunshine yesterday working on the new Community Allotment at the Klondyke.

Digging, constructing, filling, tipping, tidying and laughing.

   
    

Levenshulme Food and Drink Festival Hits the News

Manchester Evening News reported on the Levenshulme Food and Drink Festival.

There will be more than 75 events across the village between Friday, June 12 and Sunday, June 21.

Fred’s Ale House owner and Levenshulme Pub Company director, Lawrence Hennigan, said: “It looks like another fantastic line up of events, the festivals organisers need to be commended on the huge variety of events they have managed to include in the celebration of the area’s diverse cultures.

Read the full article HERE
Visit the Fadfest website HERE

Levenshulme Inspire Fun Day

Levenshulme Inspire Fun Day happens on Saturday 6th June from 11.00-15.00.

  • BBQ
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Fancy Dress Competition
  • Ice cream factory
  • Face painting
  • Busking
  • Stalls
  • Teas

…and much, much more.

This event is FREE.

  

Get Ready For Lev-Stock 2015

Now in its second year Lev-Stock is a community run, family friendly festival based around the simple idea of sharing food, having a good time and celebrating the summer solstice. It all happens at the Klondyke (1 Burnage Range) on Saturday 20th June 2015.

Activities and entertainments include:

  • live music
  • fireworks (22.00)
  • henna tattoos
  • stalls
  • arts and crafts
  • beer
  • juggling
  • games

Come along anytime from 19.30. Bring a picnic. Activities start around 20.00.

Lev-Stock is a chilled out way to enjoy mid-summer brought to you by the LevStock Co-Production Team with fireworks provided by Polygon 69 Events.

A proportion of profits after costs are met will be donated to local charities.

Remember that as this is an outdoor event come prepared for the weather although last year that meant suntan lotion rather than wellies!  

Tickets are available at the Klondyke or at www.tinyurl.com/levstock

  • £10 family ticket
  • £4 adults
  • £2 for those aged 8-16
  • FREE for children under 8 years old

Lev-Stock is part of the Levenshulme Food and Drink Festival

 

Thank You To Everyone Who Came To The Hustings

A big thank you to everyone who came along to the Levenshulme and Gorton South hustings organised by the LCA this week. Both meetings were packed to capacity and showed again how enthusiastic and engaged the people of Levenshulme are with our area.

Thank you to Les James for allowing us to host the meeting at the Klondyke on Tuesday and to Revd. Caroline Throup who allowed us to use St. Peter’s Church on Thursday.

And a big thank you to everyone who donated money to help us with the costs of these events and the ongoing work of the LCA.

Friends of Levenshulme Station Visit

Friends of Levenshulme Station are having a visit to Levenshulme Station this Saturday 6th June 2015 at 11:30am (gathering just outside) followed by discussion over coffee nearby.
The visit and chat are to discuss issues of the station, get ideas and feedback.

GPhones Discount Hits the News

Levenshulme mobile phone shop GPhones has hit the news with its offer of a 10% discount on repairs. Not really news? It is when the discount is only for fans of Manchester United.

Read the MEN story HERE

   

 Photos copyright Manchester Evening News

Love Levenshulme website relaunch

The Love Levenshulme website has now been relaunched. The website was originally developed with funding from Manchester City Council but it has now had a major revamp and been relaunched with a grant of £5,000 from the Levenshulme Market Fund. The site has evolved from a listings site to a blog and now a magazine format.

The new website “…is a celebration of the things that make our community great; from the famous Levenshulme Market, our award winning Naawab banqueting hall, to the renowned Bankley Studios and Gallery.”

“As it takes these first tentative steps we hope you will join Love Levenshulme on its journey of adaptation. We are here to help deliver real change to the high street, solidify the vibrant community spirit and boulder the energies of the people who live and work here.

The project is coordinated by Pauline Johnson.

The Market Fund summary is provided here for reference:

Love Levenshulme is a digital and high street community asset. It was first created as an online map in 2014 and resident Pauline Johnson is seeking funds to develop it as a resource that will support local businesses, improve our trading environment, expand as a “live learning facility” and promote Levenshulme as a visitor destination. It’s a consumer facing, trader focused online resource and high street brand. The funds, if allocated, will be used to develop the site itself, to support engagement activity with traders and to launch a pop-up high street “hub” for the site, allowing business owners, residents and visitors to make their own contribution to its workings.

Have a look around the Love Levenshulme website HERE