Free Circus Workshops from the Circus House

Roll up! Roll up! Fantastic free circus workshops in Levenshulme provided by The Circus House.

Klondyke Club, 19th March, 13.30-15.30

Chapel Street Park, 6th April, 13.00-15.00

Chapel Street Park, 13th April, 13.00-15.00

Juggling / partner balances / spinning plates / hula hoops / arial acrobatics / floor acrobatics.

All welcome.

Levy Jumble Trail

With just over 2 weeks to go, I hope you have this fantastic event in your diaries? Come and bag yourself some bargains whilst taking a lovely stroll around Levenshulme!

Would you like your own stall? If so, join this FB group and read the pinned post for details – the more the merrier! 🙂

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

Levenshulme Celebrates Manchester Irish Festival

Happy St Patrick’s Week from Levenshulme. There’s lots going on.

See www.manchesteririshfestival.co.uk for full details.

Friends Of Levenshulme Station Meeting 15 March

The next meeting of Frinds of Levenshulme Station is Wednesday (15 March) at the Inspire cafe from 6.30pm till 7.30pm. All welcome!

Please note this is a change from our usual Community Room in Arcadia Leisure Centre. It’s a one-off meeting at Inspire due to a double booking of the Arcadia community room.

Agenda

  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes and matters arising
  3. Street with No Names Plans – 22nd April
  4. Pocket Garden and Artwork Progress
  5. AoB

One Manchester Presentation On Chapel Street Development 

Judy Noah, Head of Development at One Manchester will be at the Levenshulme Community Assoiciation AGM this afternoon to provide information and answer questions on the Chapel Street housing development.

The meeting starts at 14.30, Saturday 11th March, in the Community Studio in the Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre.

Everyone is welcome.

Nutsford Vale Litterpick Today

Nutsford Vale – Litterpick10.30 Today

Cloudy with no rain.

Meet at Bickerdike Avenue entrance.

Please come and help.

Friends Of Fallowfield Loop Meeting

The next meeting of the Friends of Fallowfield Loop will be on Monday 20th March at the Union chapel Wellington Road Fallowfield at 7.30pm. New members welcome.Subsequent meetings will be held bi-monthly on the 3rd Monday of odd months.

Urban Groove Hits Levenshulme

Levenshulme Youth Project is  running music making and DJ-ing workshops at Inspire on Monday 13th, 20th and 27th March, 18.00-20.00.

“I, Daniel Blake” Screening At The Klondyke

The Klondyke in association with Greater Manchester Unite Community Branch are proud to present a pay as you feel showing of “I Daniel Blake” on Wednesday 22nd March 2017.

Ken Loach`s powerful 2016 film “I Daniel Blake” has been a huge box office success and has won many prestigous awards for its realistic and moving portrayal of the failings of the benifit system and the impact this has on people`s lives in 21st century Britain.

Unite Community campaign against benifit sanctions, welfare cuts and zero hour contracts and provide support to people experiencing difficulties with benifits in Manchester. We will be offering some free tickets for the film to people that Unite meet and help at local jobcentres, who havent yet been able to afford to see the film which depicts their daily experiences with the DWP. Other tickets will be availabe on a pay as you feel basis. all profits will be split equally to help local food banks, the unemployed worker`s centre.

A vegan curry with rice will be available for all after the film, followed by an optional open disscusiion and questions and answers with a well selected panel.

Sweets, popcorn and other refreshements availble PLEASE NOTE …. The Klondyke have kindly offered the room for free so any beverages alcholic or soft must be purchased from the bar.

There is a raffle on the night and also an online raffle both with a large ammount of prizes all donated by local people and businesses.

Please remember when at the payment stage on the booking site when it says a donation the suggested amounts are: £3.50 minium / £5.50 / £8.50 generous

Book HERE

Sir Gerald Kaufman Dies

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Sir Gerald Kaufman.

Sir Gerald’s Manchester Gorton constituency included Levenshulme and he was Honorary President of Levenshulme Community Association. He was a dedicated MP who was proud to champion his constituency and respond diligently to constituents’ correspondence and issues. He had served at Cabinet level and was Father of the House.

We will remember him as a gentle, principled and dedicated public servant who was passionate about the work he did for his constituents and engaged with and supportive of the work of Levenshulme Community Association.

A Manchester City Council book of condolence available in the Town Hall and online HERE

Both the Inspire Centre and the Arcadia Leisure Centre in Levenshulme also have books of condolence available.

BBC report available HERE

Guardian report HERE

Levenshulme Community Association AGM 2017

Levenshulme Community Association AGM

14.30 Saturday 11 March 2017, Community Studio, Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre

If you’re involved in a community group or activity in Levenshulme come along and talk to others. Help set priorities for the coming year. All welcome.

Clean Up Levenshulme Event

Pauline Johnson who runs the LoveLevenshulme website has teamed up with Levenshulme Market for a one day litter picking event.

“Love Levenshulme have teamed up with the Levenshulme Market crew at the relaunch of their 2017 season (YES!). On Saturday 4th of March at 10am we’re doing a big community litter pick, a proactive approach and hoping to tackle attitudes towards flytipping in the area with a community stall/info point and posters dotted about the district centre in advance. We need to rally the cleaning troops!”

Full details are available HERE

Arcadia 1st Birthday Celebrations

Arcadia’s 1st Birthday Celebration Event

We’re having a Fun Day on Saturday 18th February from 12 noon with exciting and unusual activities and sessions to try out….

  • 12-00-13.00 Circus Skills
  • 12.00-16.00 The Library have some craft activities, badge making, and green screen activities available
  • 12.00-16.00 Cross Fit Challenge
  • 13.00-14.00 Bhangra Fit
  • 13.00-15.00 Splash Mat session
  • 14.00-16.00 Levenshulme Youth project will be here putting on activities for the younger members and customers

There will also be refreshments available, a cake stall, a charity tombola, face painting, plus a fruit bar for the more health conscious.

The event will be opened at 12 noon by Councillor Rahman, cutting a cake and joining in the activities.

Come along and join in the fun!



Consultation: Funding for Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations in Manchester

Manchester City Council is consulting on future funding arrangements for voluntary and community organisations.

“We fund many voluntary and community sector organisations. They’re an important part of the city providing care, support and help to Manchester people.

We want to make sure we get the best value for money, and provide that money in a way that helps organisations to do good work.

Over the past few months we have been working with a ‘co-design group’ made up of people from the council, voluntary and community sector organisations and the NHS, to come up with some new options for funding the voluntary sector in Manchester. We’ve based these proposals on the Our Manchester Strategy.”

See full information and respond HERE

Read the “Our Manchester” strategy HERE

Woman Asda Put Everthing Back

“An autistic woman who struggled with the self-service checkout at Asda [in Levenshulme] was persuaded by staff to put all her shopping back on the shelves.”

Read the full story in the Manchester Evening News HERE


Photo courtesy MEN

Police Update On Reported Chapel Street Rape

Chapel Street rape case closed.

As agreed at the Levenshulme Community Forum Meeting Greater Manchester Police have shared this update on the reported rape of a 12 year old girl on Chapel Street. The case has been closed with no further action being taken after the girl disclosed that the report was not genuine.

The LCA continues to work with GMP to ensure improve communication with the community. We are planning a drop in session at Inspire on Stockport Road to provide information and advice on safety. The LCA is also working with Inspire who are organising a series of personal safety training sessions with the support of local councillors. Details on both these activities are currently being confirmed and will be advertised separately.

GMP Press Release

“The investigation into the rape of a 12-year-old girl has concluded.

On Friday 30 December 2016, the girl disclosed to police that she had been raped while walking on Chapel Street, close to the Horseshoe Pub on 22 November 2016.

Officers launched an investigation and a 16-year-old boy was arrested and bailed pending further enquiries.

At the end of January 2017, the girl disclosed to officers that the original report was not genuine.

The 16-year-old boy has since been released without charge and no further action will be taken.

Chief Inspector John-Paul Ruffle of GMP’s City of Manchester Team, said: “We take all reports of sexual offences extremely seriously and the welfare of the victim is our priority.

“As soon as a report is made, the victim is supported by specially trained officers and we trust that each report is genuine.

“We have carried out extensive enquiries and there were increased patrols in the area to reassure members of the community and encourage people who were understandably concerned to approach us.

“As part of the investigation, we have concluded that it is not appropriate for us to pursue a prosecution in this instance due to a number of vulnerabilities that have been identified.

“The girl is now being fully supported by specially trained officers and partner agencies.

“Help and support is always there for people who report sexual offences. If you want to make a report of a sexual offence, you will be taken seriously.”

To report a sexual offence you can contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Greater Manchester is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims.

– If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police, or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.

– You can call Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515, whether or not you want make a police report.

– St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them via Greater Manchester Police, or as a self-referral.

– Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential support service run by women for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused. Confidential helpline: 0161 273 4500. Black and Minority Ethnic helpline: 0161 273 4514.

– Survivors Manchester offers support and counselling for adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape, regardless of when the event happened. Contact 07919 246 267.

Read the GMP report HERE

Levenshulme Market Seeks Two Directors

Levenshulme Market is looking for two Directors with specific knowledge and expertise in:

  • Community and trader liaison
  • Finance and HR

“Levenshulme Market is looking for two new amazing people to step up and become part of our board of directors. You won’t get rich (the role is unpaid, with a few notable exceptions) and you will have to commit around 10 hours a month but in return you will have an amazing experience, contributing to the work of a fun, sociable social enterprise that is at the heart of a vibrant and exciting community. You’ll get to learn more than you ever knew about the goings on behind the scenes at the Market (and in Levenshulme – we know ALL the gossip), be able to use it to build your professional skills and network AND it will look great on your CV.”

Full information is available HERE


(Photograph courtesy Levensulme Market website)

Why Not Visit A Mosque This Sunday?

No walls. No Visas. All welcome to Visit My Mosque day this Sunday, 5 February.

Find your nearest mosque HERE

Directors Sought For Beehive

A message from the Beehive in Cringle Park.

We are looking to recruit Directors to form a Community Interest Company.

Here is The Beehive’s mission statement:

We plan to create a community hub environment for the people of Levenshulme where many of the community needs can be met, supported and developed. The intention is to provide a centre for information, education, support, activity and creativity. We hope to bridge the gap between the old and the young, across all cultures by providing a vibrant and welcoming community hub.

Levenshulme Gin Festival

Yes, that’s right. Levenshulme is having its very own gin festival. Not just for Mothers either.

Friday 17th February, 19.00-00.00 at The Klondyke.

Levenshulme Old Library Group Fundraiser

‘Supper Club’ fundraiser for the Levenshulme Old Library Group – 11th February 2017, 7pm till late at St Mary’s Church Hall, Elbow Street, M19 3PY.

Expect a 3 course feast (vegetarian options), with a complimentary glass of wine, live music from the Jazz Biscuits, dancing and entertainment. 

To get your tickets for what promises to be a simply fabulous evening click HERE

Or get in touch via our Facebook page – Levenshulme Old Library Group (LOL)

No entry without a ticket. 

Levenshulme WI Meeting

Major Levenshulme Housing Development Approved

A major housing development has been approved for the former Atlas Engineering site off Chapel Street.

The development will provide:

  • Erection of 64 no. dwellings comprising of:
  • 28 x two bedroom apartments with associated 28 space car park and communal bin storage area;
  • 22 x three bedroom houses;
  • 6 x four bedroom houses;
  • 8 x four bedroom houses with garages;
  • boundary treatments (including walls, railings gates and fences), formation of new access road linking Elbow Street and Stanhope Street and landscaping following demolition of existing buildings.

This will be a significant improvement as this site has been derelict land for many years. Developers Mulbury will start work in Spring 2017.

David Wroe, head of Mulbury Living, said:

“This site provides an excellent opportunity to increase the supply of high-quality, sustainable family homes in Levenshulme. By regenerating a site that has fallen into disrepair, these homes will also have a significant positive impact on the local area, including a new street layout and landscaping.

The development has been designed with respect for the existing homes in the area. They will be of a modern appearance with the use of red-facing brick and rendered gables, while the apartment block will acknowledge the architecture of the former Atlas Mill.”

View the planning application HERE

View the article from Place North West HERE

News article from Mulbury HERE

See the plan superimposed on an aerial photograph HERE (Thanks to Tim Blackwell)


Suspect Arrested In Rape Case

Boy arrested following rape of 12-year-old girl
Published on 13/1/2017 18:39:12 by Greater Manchester Police

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested following the rape of a 12-year-old girl in Levenshulme.

On Friday 30 December 2016, the girl disclosed to police that she had been raped while walking on Chapel Street, close to the Horseshoe pub on 22 November 2016.

She had been walking on the road sometime between 5pm and 5:30pm, when she was grabbed from behind by a male who dragged her into the alleyway which runs behind Cardus Street and raped her.

He then ran away from the scene in the direction of Stockport Road.

Today, Friday 13 January 2017, a 16-year-old boy from Longsight has been arrested.

Detective Inspector Dave Moores of GMP’s serious Sexual Offenses Unit said: “This week we released an e-fit of a person we wished to speak to regarding this attack. I would like to thank the public for the response we have had.

“We have now arrested a 16-year-old boy. He is currently in custody being questioned.

“Our investigation is still ongoing however, so anyone who may have witnessed the incident or may have seen anything suspicious is asked to get in touch.

“There will still be an increased police presence in the community whilst the investigation continues to encourage those who have information to come and speak to us and reassure anyone with any concerns.”

If you have any concerns or want to speak to someone to pass on information, or report a sexual offence, you can contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Link to Greater Manchester Police Report HERE

Read the Manchester Evening News report HERE

Friends of Levenshulme Station Meeting

The first meeting of Friends of Levenshulme Station in 2017 will take place on Wednesday 18 January at 6:30 p.m. in the New Arcadia on Stockport Road.
Agenda:

Apologies

Minutes and Matters Arising

Station plan for 2017 (see below)

Any other business

Next Meeting

Media Coverage Following Reported Rape

Levenshulme Community Association has organised a Community Forum on policing, crime, safety and securty for Wednesday 11th January, 19.00 at the Klondyke (1 Burnage Range) following a reported rape of a 12 year old girl.

The meeting is public and an opportunity to hear from Greater Manchester Police and councillors. There will also be the chance to raise any questions or concerns directly on crime and policing in the area.

This is understandably receiving considerable media coverage.

Manchester Evening News

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/how-community-fighting-back-following-12444905

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/levenshulme-klondyke-police-meeting-rape-12441332

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/police-reassure-residents-levenshulme-following-12413427

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/police-keeping-open-mind-whether-12397808

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/girl-12-dragged-alleyway-raped-12396731

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/levenshulme-girl-raped-chapel-street-12406847

ITV

https://vimeo.com/198166215

http://www.itv.com/news/granada/2017-01-03/police-appeal-after-12-year-old-girl-raped/

http://www.itv.com/news/granada/2017-01-04/police-have-open-mind-as-they-investigate-two-rapes-on-schoolgirls/

BBC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-38495606

Levenshulme Old Library Group Meeting

MEETING OF LEVENSHULME OLD LIBRARY GROUP AT THE BLUEBELL INN
THURSDAY 12TH JANUARY 7.30pm

As we hit 2017 the work to transform Levenshulme’s historic library building continues but we need help.

So far a small band of dedicated residents have sent a business plan to the council, spoken to potential stakeholders and raised money. It is now time for the community of Levenshulme to get involved and take this project to the next level.

If you would like to get involved please come to the meeting at the Bluebell, Cromwell Grove at 7.30pm to see how you can help.

With new energy and skills at the disposal of the group we will be able to create something new and exciting for Levenshulme. The library building deserves to be preserved and cherished by the community.

So, if you have something to offer or just want to see how the campaign is going please come down the Bluebell.

(Message from Levenshulme Old Library Group)

Levenshulme Community Forum, Wednesday 11th January 2017

Levenshulme Community Forum:Policing, Crime, Safety and Security

Wednesday 11th January
19.00
The Klondyke, 1 Burnage Range (off Albert Road)

This is an open, public meeting organised by Levenshulme Community Association.

Senior staff from Greater Manchester Police will attend to answer questions and provide information following the reported rape on Chapel Street and also discuss general issues of policing, crime, safety and security in the area.

Friends of Highfield Country Park Meeting

The next meeting of the Friends of Highfield Country Park is at 7pm on Tuesday 10th January at the Baptist Church Elmsworth Ave (opposite the Sidings pub).

Malcolm Cowen

Malcolm Cowen has died. Our condolences and sympathy go to his wife Beryl and his family.

Malcolm had been Levenshulme Community Association Treasurer for some years and was well known through his other community activities, in particular his talents as an actor and dramatist working with Levenshulme Players and AllFM. Malcolm was a knowledgable man with a quick mind and a wonderful sense of humour. He was well travelled and always interested in other people, cultures and histories. His warmth and wit were always evident.

Levenshulme has lost a dedicated, principled, talented gentleman.

Jeremy Hoad
Secretary, Levenshulme Community Association

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An article honouring Malcolm in the Manchester Evening News is available HERE.

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Funeral arrangements

Friday 27th Jan 2017

Funeral Service

2pm at Levenshulme Baptist Church, Elmsworth Avenue, Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 3NS. There will be tea and coffee served after the service for people not going onto the crematorium.

Crematorium Service

 3:30pm at Stockport Crematorium, Buxton Road, Heaviley, Stockport SK2 6LS

Celebration Buffet and Open Mike

4pm till 8 pm at St Marys Church Hall, Elbow Street Levenshulme, Manchester M19 3PY. Drinks can be purchased during the evening

At this event there will be an open mike opportunity to talk about your memories of Malcolm (funny as well as serious) and there will also be some entertainment as requsted by Malcolm. There will also be a group of our African friends dancing for him. It wll be the send off he wanted so lets make it a day to remember so NO SADNESS, NO BLACK CLOTHES, NO TIES, NO SUITS (although scruffy jumpers are a must – especially with a pen hanging from the neck) and if you have sandals wear them and we will drink his health in tea. ( a bar is also available ).

Parking

The roads are not great for parking in Levenshulme and we need to ensure there is room for the Family and the hearse (a big white camper van) to park so please do not park at the Baptist church.

The best place to park is at St Marys Church which has its own car park; you will then have to walk to the service at the church. (You can try the side streets around the church but you have been warned).

If you are only coming for the funeral service then you can park across the road at the Sidings pub, Broom Lane, Manchester M19 2UB.

Community Action To Help The Homeless

This is a post from the Facebook page of Shebby Gujjar Khan at Zeeshan & Co. Certified Accountants in Levenshulme. The tags haven’t transferred from Facebook but the message is still clear.

“Following the recent deaths and media news on the deaths in the city centre, i decided to make what little change i could myself.

I set about posting on facebook if people wanted to donate good quality clothing or accessories to help keep the homeless warm in these freezing cold weathers. The fact that i am within a 5 mile radius, was not sitting well with me.

I am a young british muslim, born and bred in Manchester. As a Muslim first and foremost, giving welfare to the poor and needy is one of our five pillars of Islam. The main stream media don’t show you the work and contribution of muslims throughout the U.K, so i will therefore use my own facebook platform to spread peace, love and togetherness.

No matter what race or religion a person is, it is our duty for the sake of mankind to help one another, when in need.

We set up 3 drop off points in Levenshulme, Zeeshan & Co Certified Accountants, GFones; Hamza Newton and Tyreworx Amer Ak Imran Akhtar, where people dropped off clothes or we went to collect.

We went out into Manchester City Centre on Saturday night, to distribute warm items of clothing and blankets and hot food courtesy of Al Latif. An inspirational brother who is doing a great job, feeding the homeless at nights. Another brother who has been a great inspiration is Bax Martin as well as my father Rasib Khan Accountants, a leader and the best of role models.

Great job by Hassan Sohail, Jibby Hussain, Adam Murtaza who were a great support with distributing the clothes. Natalie Sadik did a great collection of clothes. Thank you Nattie Lewin.

Life is all about trying to do good and inspire others around you.

We take so much for granted in this life in the luxuries of our own homes.

#feedingthehomeless #homeless #keepingthehomelesswarm #helpingthehomeless #britishmuslim #manchester #humanity #community #makingachange”

Police Request For Help In Rape Inquiry

Officers are keen to speak to two men pictured on CCTV in connection with a rape in Levnshulme.

Shortly before 12pm on Monday, 14 November 2016, a 31-year-old woman was raped in Cringle Park, on Clare Road, whilst out walking.

An investigation was launched and following substantial enquiries by detectives they have now released CCTV images of two men they wish to speak to.

Through working closely with the victim a detailed description of the offender has also been obtained.

He is described as white with a slight tanned complexion, in his mid 30s, average weight, with broad shoulders. He is believed to have a long oval face, dark thick eyebrows with dark lines under his brown eyes. He had yellowing teeth and a large pointed nose with pimples on it.

Detective Inspector Dave Moores, from GMP’s Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said: “We believe from our work so far these men were in the area at the time of the attack and we need to speak to them.

“I know the images are not very clear but if someone does know either of these men you should be able to recognise them.

“I would appeal directly to the men to contact police or anyone who recognises them to also get in touch.

“I would like to praise the victim for her courage throughout this investigation and specially trained officers continue to offer their support to her.

“We know this incident raised concerns in the community and we continue to carry out patrols in the area. 

“If you have any concerns or suspect something suspicious then please approach one of our officers or call police. We will always try and assist in any way they can.”

Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 1911, quoting incident number 824 of or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Greater Manchester is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims.

– If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police, or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.

– You can call Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515, whether or not you want make a police report.

– St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them via Greater Manchester Police, or as a self-referral.

– Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential support service run by women for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused. Confidential helpline: 0161 273 4500. Black and Minority Ethnic helpline: 0161 273 4514.

– Survivors Manchester offers support and counselling for adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape, regardless of when the event happened. Contact 07919 246267.

Community Carol Service At Inspire

This Sunday at Inspire! Community Carol Service & DIY Nativity! Come along 4pm (Kids come dressed as any nativity character)… Festive finger food will be available!

Winter Fair At The Beehive, Cringle Park

Its TODAY, the first Winter Fair at The Beehive set in Cringle Park, Levenshulme! 11am-3pm. 

Face painting, mulled wine, hot chocolate, christmas yummy things, beautiful Steiner children’s and adults books, wooden toys, handcrafted knitted items, raffle, delicious homemade lunches, Steinery arts and crafts resources, gorgeous smiling modelling beeswax for sale, children’s activities and making corner, women’s Weleda pampering gifts and more…

LCA General Meeting 10/12/16

The next LCA General Meeting will be on Saturday 10th December, 14.15 in the Community Studio at Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre on Stockport Road.

Levenshulme Writer Paul Magrs Shortlisted for BBC Audio Drama Award

Levenshulme writer Paul Magrs has just been shortlisted in the BBC 2017 Audio Drama Awards.

Best Online/non Broadcast

Baker’s End: The King of Cats, Bafflegab Productions

This was the first instalment of Baker’s End. The third instalment has recently been recorded and is in production now. The series stars Tom Baker with a supporting cast including Sue Jameson, Katy Manning and David Benson.

More success for the lovely, talented people of Levenshulme. We are our own creative hub.

You can order/download the first two episodes of Baker’s End on the Bafflebab website HERE

Find out more about the BBC Audio Drama Awards HERE

Levenshulme Christmas Lights Switch On

Come and get in the festive mood on Friday 2nd December at the Levenshulme Christmas Tree Lights Switch On and Party on the Village Green.

One of the highlights of the year with entertainment, celebrity guests and free presents for the first 300 children.

Star entertainers include the award-winning, Levenshulme based – ‘The Thomas Cliff School of Dancing’.

The event starts at 16.30 with the lights switch on at 17.30.

The event is organised by Levenshulme Traders’ Association in collaboration with Levenshulme Community Association and supported by local businesses, groups and Manchester City Council.

We’re also looking for stewards and other helpers who will need to be there for 4.15pm at the Village Green.

Bud Garden Centre Winter Warmer

Always a lovely day:

“An annual event at our litlle garden centre, where we raise money for charity from the sale of locally made mince pies and Fairtrade mulled wine. Money raised this year will be donated to Perennial, a charity which helps gardeners and horticulturalists who fall on hard times: www.perennial.org.uk

Levy Uke Up and Levy Chorus will provide entertinment, in addition to a brass ensemble from Stockport. Lovely to listen to whilst warming your hands at our giant fire bowl.

The garden centre will be open as usual (from 10am) selling Xmas trees, wreaths, ethical gardening gifts (Fairtrade/made in the UK) and plants, which make great presents!”


Levenshulme WI Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Levenshulme WI will take place at St Marys Church Hall Lounge, 7:30 pm on Tuesday 22nd November.

Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum Meeting

There will be a meeting of Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum on Wednesday 23rd November 2016, 19.30 at the Klondyke (1 Burnage Range, off Albert Road).

The meeting will be to agree a position on Manchester City Council’s proposals to our area. The council proposes a much reduced area for our Forum that would not cover Levenshulme.

Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum has been trying to reach a decision with the council since its application was submitted in October 2015. The delays have been frustrating but the group remains determined to find a solution that meets the needs and wishes of the residents and businesses of Levenshulme.

If you are interested in what happens in Levenshulme and how to have a voice to improve Levenshulme with a focus on planning issues then please come along.


Sparkle Transgender Day of Remembrance

Levenshulme and surrounding areas were well represented at a sensitive and moving event today as Sparkle marked the Transgender Day of Remembrance in Sackville Park.

Sparkle organises the Transgender Day of Remembrance event which takes place at the National Trans Memorial in Sackville Gardens each November. TDoR is the day when we remember all the Trans people who have been killed for being who they are over the preceding twelve months.

Manchester’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Carl Austin Behan (Burnage) took part with his Consort and husband Simon. Councillor Peter Cookson (Gorton South) also attended in his capacity as one of the LGBT leads on Manchester City Council.

As a strong and diverse community in Levenshulme we stand in solidarity with minority groups and those groups that are marginalised or discriminated against in society. The remembrance  event ended with participants reading out the names of the hundreds of transgender people who have been murdered in the past year around the world.

More information is available on the Sparkle website HERE

(Photos, Jeremy Hoad)

Cringle Park Walk Without Fear

The communities of Levenshulme and Burnage were out in strength in Cringle Park today to show solidarity against fear and violence following a reported rape.

The Lord Mayor, Carl Austin-Behan, who is also a Burnange councillor spoke of the need for solidarity and for people to not just use the park but speak to each other and make it a safe place for everyone. (pictured with his consort, Simon Austin-Behan).

There was also a police presence to reassure people and give advice.

We will not stand by and allow violence to happen unchallenged in our community. We will stand together. We will stand strong. We will stand against fear, violence and hatred.

The police report is available HERE

Anybody with information should contact police on 101, quoting incident number 824 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

UPDATE:

Read and view the ITV News report HERE

Read the Manchester Evening News report HERE

(photos, Jeremy Hoad)



HS2 Tunnel Under Levenshulme

The government has released an update to its preferred route for the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail route. Properties in Levenshulme should not be directly affected as the route from Manchester Airport to Manchester Piccadilly will be in a tunnel.

MEN article HERE

HS2 information HERE

Christmas Activities At St Peter’s And St Mark’s Parish Churches

Christmas activities at St Peter’s and St Mark’s.

Rape Reported In Cringle Park

A community walk in Cringle Park will happen at 11.00 on 20th November 2016 to show solidarity and sympathy with the victim.

This is the report from Greater Manchester Police:

“Officers investigating the rape of a woman in Levenshulme are appealing to three possible witnesses.

Shortly before 12pm on Monday, 14 November 2016, a 31-year-old woman was raped in Cringle Park, on Clare Road, whilst out walking.

An investigation was launched and a dedicated team of detectives have been carrying out further enquiries.

It is now believed there were three people in the park who may have witnessed something prior to the incident and officers are keen to speak to them.

These include a white man, in his 30s, who was wearing jeans and a khaki coat and was throwing a football for his dog.

A white woman, who is believed to be in her early 40s, with brown hair was also walking a dog which was white.

The third person is an older, white woman, who was pushing a black pram with a dog on a lead. She was wearing a black coat with the hood up and had brown hair. This woman briefly spoke to the victim before the attack.

The offender is described as wearing dark clothes with his hood up.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Mossop, from GMP’s City of Manchester division, said: “We have been carrying out extensive enquiries and want to speak to these people who were in the park around the time of the offence.

“I would like to stress you are not in any trouble but you could have key information which could help us with this case. Even if you think you didn’t see anything, please still get in touch with us as any information could be vital.

“We aware this incident has caused concerns in the community and I want to make it clear we are doing everything in our power to find the person responsible.

“No one should be scared to go about their daily business and we want to reassure local residents that we have increased patrols in the area. A police van is also currently parked near to the incident and we are also speaking with the local council.

“We are also aware of a community walk taking place in the park this Sunday (20 November 2016) and are currently liaising with the organisers to our offer our support.

“If you have any concerns please approach one of our officers and although we cannot go into the details of an on-going investigation we will try and help in any way we can.”

Anybody with information should contact police on 101, quoting incident number 824 of or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Greater Manchester is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims.

– If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police, or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.

– You can call Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515, whether or not you want make a police report.

– St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them via Greater Manchester Police, or as a self-referral.

– Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential support service run by women for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused. Confidential helpline: 0161 273 4500. Black and Minority Ethnic helpline: 0161 273 4514.

– Survivors Manchester offers support and counselling for adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape, regardless of when the event happened. Contact 07919 246267.”

Screening Of Award Winning Film “Namaste”

An award winning film by Levenshulme based director Gareth Taylor will be screened on 1st December at the University of Manchester.

Namaste: A Himalayan Journey

In the film, Dr Kate Yarrow, founder of Doctors for Nepal, goes on a life-changing, two-year adventure following some of the incredible journeys patients endure to reach healthcare in remote areas of Nepal. After the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal on 25th April 2015, Kate uncovers the challenges facing doctors and patients in rural areas, and reveals the extraordinary personal journeys of the people she meets along the way.

Here is what broadcaster and journalist Jon Snow has to say about the film:

“It’s a lovely piece and a very neat, acute and moving insight into the way things are post earthquake in remote Nepal . . . it’s a terrific film to put on for awareness raising . . . The journey alone is a terrific achievement, but the way you have made the film is too. Congratulations.” 

 Watch a trailer HERE

Clothing Swap Shop At The Klondyke

There’s a clothes Swap Shop on at the Klondyke (off Albert Road) right now!

Levenshulme Players: The Importance Of Being Earnest

Get yourselves down to Levenshulme Baptist Church this afternoon for the final performance of The Importance Of Being Earnest by Levenshulme Players.

Psychic At The Klondyke

Psychic readings at the Klondyke on October 26th.

(I guess you knew that already)

Psychic At The Klondyke

Psychic readings at the Klondyke on October 26th.

(I guess you knew that already)