Levenshulme Library Opens Again

Levenshulme Library on the ground floor of the Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre on Stockport Road will open again tomorrow (Monday 14 September).

Opening Times and Contact Details:

  • Monday, Wednesday 10am to 3pm
  • Saturdays 11am to 3pm
  • Library available for use by over 60s from 10am to 11am
  • Phone:  0161 227 3725

Changes to using the library

When visiting the library, you will be asked to give your name and a contact number. All libraries have been asked by Government to collect the following information, to assist with the control of the Covid-19 pandemic. This information will be shared with NHS Test and Trace where requested, to identify people who may have been exposed to the virus.

Residents can have up to 30 minutes to browse for books, or can select and reserve up to six books for collection from their chosen library.

Computers are also available for public use. Due to limited availability, residents wishing to use a computer are encouraged to call their library in advance to book a slot.

Books which were borrowed before libraries were forced to close in March have been renewed until 22 September, so residents will not have incurred fines during this period.

To help ensure social distancing, the numbers of users allowed inside each library at one time will be limited, so it may be necessary to queue outside the library at busy times. Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent, carer or older sibling.

Library users can reserve books to be picked up, using the online libraries catalogue or using one of the following options:

  • Ring and Read – get help to find books which you might enjoy by calling one of the libraries that are opening
  • Click and Collect, using www.manchester.gov.uk/libraries

“Our Future Manchester” Council Survey

Manchester City Council is half way through its ten year strategy for the city. It is now doing a survey about priorities at the half way point. You can go direct to the survey (deadline 23rd September 2020) HERE.

The questions in the survey are weighted towards prioritising issues that have already been determined but there is also opportunity to comment.

The Council’s description / introduction to the survey is below for reference or can be viewed HERE.

The current version of the “Manchester Strategy” is available HERE. The existing priorities state that the city needs to be:

  • Thriving — creating great jobs and healthy businesses that our people benefit from. 
  • Filled with talent – homegrown in all our local communities as well as the world’s best. 
  • Fair — with equal chances for all to unlock their potential, no matter where in our city they were born, or where they live. 
  • A great place to live — with loads to do, leading the way to a low-carbon future that creates new opportunities for our residents
  • Buzzing with connections — world-class transport and brilliant broadband that put all Mancunians in touch with chances to get ahead. 

The Council says:

“The challenge to now include everyone in this successful future is bigger than ever. But Manchester is determined to do it. We’ve seen, through the COVID spring of 2020, what coming together in new ways, and doing things differently, can achieve.

Help to reset Manchester’s ambition to be the place where everyone can be everything they want to be. Take the survey, tell us your priorities, share your ideas and let us know how you can play your part in moving Our Manchester on.”

Manchester City Council Strategy Survey
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Levy Lockdown Portraits

What did you do during lockdown? Well, Ciara Leeming did a photography project documenting the people in our community. Levy Lockdown Portraits is a record of lockdown through photographs of people in their windows.

“It started with my street. A few weeks into lockdown, in mid-April 2020, I asked if any of my neighbours would let me photograph them as a way of documenting this odd period of history. These inaugural window portraits went down well – they were surreal and interesting and I needed something creative to do. So I kept going.

I approached friends in Levenshulme, Manchester, and, when I shared the work on social media, potential participants began finding me. I approached people on the street and knocked on doors when plant displays, window decorations or chalk slogans caught my eye.

I photographed households from many local communities, captured the socially-distanced VE Day and Eid celebrations, and met loads of interesting people along the way.

By the time lockdown restrictions began being eased at the end of May, I’d made 260 portraits, over 38 days of shooting. Every portrait was made within cycling distance of my home, often with my two young sons in tow.

Ciara Leming

Given the historic nature of this time – and the local appreciation for the project ­– the obvious next step was to turn the series into a physical book. This will now definitely happen as the original fundraising target for Levy Lockdown Portraits has been reached. The stretched target ends on Saturday 1st August. You can see options and contribute and secure copies of the book HERE

Ciara Leeming is a print journalist and documentary photographer who has lived in Levenshulme, Manchester, since 2004. Read an article about Ciara and her project in the Manchester Evening News HERE

Station South Project Update

The marvellous Station South project has confirmed it has secured £100,000 funding from Railway Heritage Trust for further works:

“Good news to report that Railway Heritage Trust has committed to match fund to the tune of £100,000 in the next phase of building works to bring the railway building and structure back to everyday use, one of their key aims. We’re going to get one of those cool railway heritage plaques as well when it’s all done.”

This big project continues to progress with the help and support of people across Levenshulme and beyond.

You may also have noticed the Station South Community Collage on the advertising hoarding beside the building:

“We were feeling the need to do something creative in the midst of all of the Covid-19 unknowns. We decided to ask that the talents of the neighbourhood help us out and create a little visual booster for passers by on our Advertising Board.”

See the full update on Station South on their website HERE

Pride for All

Jeremy Hoad, Levenshulme Pride Organiser and Chair of Friends of Manchester’s Gay Village is a panellist on one of the Pink News Pride for All videochats at 13.00 today.

01:00 pm BST Safe Spaces after COVID-19

How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we think about safe spaces? Joining PinkNews on this panel to discuss this are Asifa Lahore, Switchboard’s Natasha Walker, and Levenshulme Pride organiser Jeremy Hoad.

Follow this link to see what else is happening and view the videochat:

https://www.pinknews.co.uk/pride-for-all/

Queen’s Awards Triple Win

We are delighted that three groups connected with Levenshulme have won Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. 

Congratulations to AllFM, Burnage Library and Manchester Parents Group for their invaluable and inspirational activities.

AllFM

All FM announced the award on their Facebook page with the simple statement:

“We’re delighted to have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Hurrah!!!!!”

ALL FM 96.9 uses radio to improve the lives of the people and communities of Greater Manchester. Broadcasting live, 16 hours per day, 7 days per week, it provides a positive medium of expression for those in our communities whose voices are least heard, as well as an opportunity to highlight events, issues and the voice of the Manchester communities. Plus some of the finest music to be heard anywhere on the radio.

Burnage Library

Announcing the award on their Facebook page, Burnage Library says:

“Our little Library has some big news to share! Our fantastic volunteer team has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Theyare an amazing bunch and really go the extra mile to welcome everyone. Big shout out to the power behind our Community Powered Library!”

Burnage Library, Activity and Information Hub is run by Friends of Burnage Library, in partnership with with Southway Housing Trust and Manchester City Council. Located in the centre of Burnage, it runs activities and educational events for community groups, children and adults. The Hub is also the base for a outreach library service delivered by Manchester City Council. The programme of activities and events encourage community involvement, helping people make new friends and learn new skills. Burnage Library, Activity and Information Hub is run by a dedicated team of volunteers committed to providing a much needed, and much loved resource for the community.

Manchester Parents Group

Manchester Parents Group’s Chair, Barbara Spence says:

“We are delighted that this culmination of many years’ work has been recognised, we would particularly like to pay tribute to Catherine Johnson, the late Joyce Leyland and the late Brenda Oakes all of who led Manchester Parents Group from its inception. We would also like to thank the group of volunteers for their commitment, over the years, in supporting the work of the group.”

Manchester Parents Group is a voluntary organisation which supports families and friends of lesbians, gays and bisexuals. Volunteers are all parents of lesbian, gay and bisexual sons and daughters and understand the confusion and questions people may have when they first find out their child is gay.

MPG volunteers have accepted their children’s sexuality and want to help other parents and family members to do the same. MPG works to help people understand gay and lesbian children in various ways.

  • We meet each month in central Manchester as an informal support group.
  • We run telephone help lines and offer a friendly listening ear.
  • We campaign for acceptance, justice and equality for all our children.
  • We educate other organisations and work with the media on issues surrounding homosexuality.

Manchester Parents Group has been a partner and participant in Levenshulme Pride since it was founded in 2017. See the post on the Levenshulme Pride website HERE

Paul Magrs Reading Stardust & Snow

Paul Magrs will be reading his wonderful story Stardust and Snow tonight at 7pm on Facebook Live.

Click HERE to go to his Facebook page.

Vandal Decapitates Bee

The head of the “Bee Unique” sculpture in Crowcroft Park has been sawn off. The vandalism was discovered on Easter Sunday.

Read the MEN report HERE

Image: Lee Panther

Station South Community Collage

A call for contributions for a Community Collage on the advertising board beside Station South on the A6.

Here’s an idea! We’d like to do something to keep us all entertained in these crazy times! 

We’re giving the advertising board over to you for a big #COMMUNITYCOLLAGE challenge.

To help lift people’s spirits and get creative at home we’re setting you an arty challenge over the next few days…we’ll prompt your efforts with themes!

A daily ‘call to action’ to submit your photos/artwork/words coming out of these trying times which represent the #positives and spread #hope and #happiness during this time. 

We’ll put the best ones into the #communitycollage and showcase on the advertising board on the A6/Stockport Road where we hope it will cheer up key workers and the like. 

Theme’s for inspiration so far are  #simplepleasures #workingfromhome#naturelovers  #foodforthought

Post your images/words/art on the Station South Facebook page HERE
Or email them to hello@stationsouth.co.uk – let us know if you’d like a credit x

Spread the word and GO! x

Storyswap from Levy Little Theatre

Levy Little Theatre is organising Storyswap, an online sharing of your stories during isolation.

  • Write and / or perform your own 2-4 minute script, poem or sketch.
  • Send to Levy Little Theatre by 1st May 2020.
  • Professional actors will be invited to perform your piece.
  • Your piece will be curated into an online film.

Find out more information including the full brief, writing tips, terms and conditions and how to submit an entry below or click HERE

Free Newspapers and Magazines via Manchester Libraries

PressReader

If you are a member of Manchester Libraries, you can access the website or app PressReader. There are over 5000 newspaper and magazine titles from more than 100 countries, in over 60 languages for free!

All the UK newspapers are there, including the Independent, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and The Guardian.

To sign up you just need your library card and pin number. You can access PressReader on your PC or download the app from the Apple Store or Google Play.

Just click here for all the info.

Newsbank

Newsbank is another website available for free offering a digital range of regional and international English language newspapers, including The Manchester Evening News , The Guardian , The Times , The Daily Mirror , The Daily Mail , and The Daily Express . 

Includes international newspapers such as The New York Times , The South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), The Times of India , The Nation (Islamabad), and The Irish Times . 

All you have to do is go to the website and type in your library card number. 

If you don’t have a Manchester Libraries card but still want to access the site, you can now sign up for a temporary library card and the wonderful people at Newsbank will give you full access! 

Register for a temporary library card here.

Levenshulme Philosophy Cafe Online Discussion

The Levenshulme Philosophy Cafe will be hosting its first online discussion on Thursday, 2nd April from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, using the videolink provided by Zoom.

The topic is: ‘What is this pandemic teaching humanity?’

We can consider such questions as how this situation is affecting our attitude to life; what is the best attitude or mindset to adopt; the role of philosophy at this time; whether a better world can emerge from this or any other issues that you feel are important.

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/647652013…

The meeting is open to anyone who is a member of the Levenshulme Philosophy Cafe – though you don’t have to be from Levy to be a member.

Look forward to hearing your thoughts at this turning point in history. Stay safe.

You can join the Levenshulme Philosophy Cafe Facebook Group HERE

MIF Paid Opportunities for Creatives

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PAID OPPORTUNITIES FOR GM CREATIVES

We know these are difficult times for artists and communities in Greater Manchester and that lives and livelihoods are being impacted daily. We want to support artists and creative practitioners to continue to experiment, dream and to support and influence society.

We are repurposing some of our artist development funds to support this and offering the following opportunities to GM-based artists and creatives. Alongside this we’re continuing to reach out nationally and internationally to support artists and projects impacted by these times. We are very open to proposals that would be delivered through online international collaborations in response to this call out, and we will be developing our ideas further in the coming weeks.

We encourage proposals under the following headings:

– Festival In My House – an opportunity to re-imagine MIF’s Festival in My House programme for today’s unique times. We want people to host their own micro-international festival at home, exploring remote collaborations and audiences – up to £1000 budget for each event

– Get creative – opportunities to create and deliver activity that safely engages artists / community / wider society during the crisis. This could take the form of an online workshop, performance, talk, discussion or other creative idea of your choice – up to £350 per activity.

– Remote residencies – an opportunity to develop your practice and to develop new ideas and projects. This could include responding to the COVID-19 situation or other imaginative ways to support communities, artists or audiences during the coming months,  alternatively, this could be an opportunity to research and develop an idea you’ve always wanted to do. Residencies do not have to result in specific outcomes but need to take place at home – up to £1000 per residency.

Key notes: 

  • We’re open to ideas that are not digital in form provided they are compliant with current government guidelines – these might include the use of phones, radio or other ideas.
  • Budgets includes all fees, materials and other expenses
  • Whilst our teams will do our utmost to offer support and help remotely, we’re unable to offer our usual level of producing or technical support at the moment; please bear this in mind when submitting your proposal.
  • You are eligible to apply for this opportunity if you are over 18 years of age and resident in Greater Manchester.
  • We encourage proposals from people with specific access needs and are happy to work with you to help with both the application process and to realise your idea.

How to apply: 

We are accepting proposals from GM-based artists and creatives. Please send a maximum 500-word overview of your idea to creativeengagement@mif.co.uk; we will also accept video proposals (up to 2 minutes in length) or if you would like to apply in another way, get in touch.   If you are applying via video, please send us the URL via email.

You should include:

  • what you would like to do and which of the three strands it sits within
  • how you might do it
  • who it would benefit or engage
  • any support that you might need in delivery
  • how your budget is worked out
  • your postcode
  • links to your previous work or any reference points for the ideas you’re suggesting.

Selection: 

We aim to review all proposals quickly – we’ll be looking for:

  • interesting ideas with the ability to stimulate creativity and connection
  • ideas that consider the local and international
  • ideas that are deliverable on the levels of financial and practical support available
  • proposals that help artists to develop artistically, a space to dream, imagine, create and test new ideas
  • ideas that allow for audience participation and involvement, beyond simply broadcasting
  • proposals that represent the diversity of Greater Manchester.

We will be reviewing applications based on the ideas and the opportunities these will make for the applicants.

Timeline:

We’ll be accepting proposals on a rolling basis until the end of April, or until all available opportunities have been filled. We will be continuing to respond to the needs of our community during this time and will be looking at providing ongoing opportunities past April.

Questions or support:

If you have any questions or need any support in preparing your application please email: creativeengagement@mif.co.uk and a member of the team will respond. We can also arrange to call you if that is more convenient.

Further Links 

Resources For Artists and Freelancers – An evolving open document of resources for the freelance creative community who are looking for support and guidance.

MIF Drop in for Artists and Freelance Creatives – A forum for chat and support, every Tuesday and Thursday from 2pm.

MIF Drop in for Artists and Freelance Creatives – A place to share information, useful links and discussion.

Levenshulme Creatives Chat Space

Levenshulme is full of wonderful people. Creative people. People who care.

At this difficult time some of the people at LOL (Levenshulme Old Library) are wondering… what do we do now?… how does the Levenshulme creative community respond? We know that the Inspire Centre are doing great stuff supporting the covid-19 response, such as being a rallying point for the Levy Corona Helper mutual aid group.

I’m sure we are all feeling a bit lost still. So… if you are in any way connected to Levenshulme Old Library… or live in Levenshulme and want to think how we can be creative online and safely… Join us for this 1 hour initial webinar and chat.

Hosted by Jez Hall, treasurer at LOL, we will be using Zoom, kindly donated by Shared Future CIC (who have a paid account they have let us use)

If you sign up we can capture your email and that will help us stay together. 

If you can’t make it on the day… don’t fret… there will be other online chats.

No agenda. Nothing expected of you… just come together.
We’ll email a zoom link to you if you sign up

Follow the link to register HERE

A New Mural In Levenshulme

A new mural called Rebel Rebel has appeared in Levenshulme. A blend of David Bowie and Princess Leia it hasn’t been brought to us by artist Trafford Parsons for (and with the assistance of) Jo Lowes. May the force be with Jo!

See the BBC North West report HERE

Levy Fringe Arts Festival 2018

Levy Fringe arts festival runs from 23 June to 13 July at Levenshulme Old Library and at venues across Levenshulme. An amazing summer spectacular of splendid entertainment.

Levy Art Trail

Levy Art Trail will be part of Manchester Art Month.

19th April, 17.00-21.00

Fred’s Ale House, The Inspire Centre and Levenshulme Old Library

Further information is available HERE

Free Circus Skills Course

Learn Circus skills for free at the Circus House.

Hidden Herstories at Arcadia

Hidden Herstories at Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre for International Women’s Day.

18.30, Thursday 8th March 2018

Levenshulme Old Library Soft Launch

Levenshulme Old Library is having a soft launch on 23rd February, 16.00-18.00.

There will be music from the Jazz Biscuits and Afzal Khan MP will say a few words.

Read the Manchester Confidential article HERE

Community Takeover At Levenshulme Old Library

Three years ago the community of Levenshulme stood it’s ground and made clear that it was not willing to lose this fabulous community asset, the old library. They campaigned, organised, planned and worked together, as a community.

This morning at 1030hrs in the old library Levenshulme Old Library Charitable Incorporated Organisation signed an agreement with Manchester City Council and took over the library building.

To the many people in this community that have been involved, please accept a most sincere and very heartfelt thank you.

Levenshulme now has an art centre.

#MadeItHappen

If you’d like to have a say in the future of the old library by becoming a member, or become a volunteer, please click here:

Membership/Volunteer

Levenshulme Players Christmas Review

Levenshulme Players Christmas Review.

There will be sketches, songs, fun, games, magic and a man sitting mostly naked in a bath… PLUS a three course meal. All this for just £20!

Call 07970 885 684 or e-mail levplayers@gmail.com to book your place.

Fancy A Bit Of Acting? Get In Touch With Levenshulme Players.

All the world’s a stage………….

Ever fancied trying your hand at a bit of acting? Don’t know where to start?

Levenshulme Players, your local am-dram group, are actively recruiting for new members. We’ve put on a wide variety of performances for several years, murder mysteries, poetry readings, “classic” plays, modern theatre etc. Our upcoming plans include a murder mystery at the end of October, a Christmas revue in Levenshulme and a major play production next spring.

Bit apprehensive? Don’t worry! We all began with no experience at one time! We are a very friendly bunch (what we may lack in talent, we make up for in enthusiasm!) and you’d be made to feel very welcome.

All ages and abilities welcome. If you prefer, we always need extra folks for front of house, backstage and props/make-up, sound and lighting, scene shifting etc.

If you want to find out more, call Beryl on 0161 225 1464 or comment below and we’ll get in touch.

Levenshulme Players Present A Tomb With A View

The Levenshulme Players next production is the comedy thriller – A Tomb With a View.

It will be performed at the Baptist Church on Elmsworth Avenue, off Broom Lane on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th July at 7.00pm and on Saturday 29th at 2.00pm.

Tickets are available from www.levenshulmeplayers.co.uk and on the door.

Come down for some spooky fun!

Levstock at the Klondyke

Levenshulme’s summer festival season continues with Levstock at the Klondyke on Saturday 24th June starting at 18.00.

An Evening With Rosie Garland

Levenshulme WI is hosting an evening with Rosie Garland on Tuesday 23rd May at Inspire.

Levenshulme And Burnage Garden Festival

The very first Levenshulme and Burnage Garden Festival, including an Open Gardens weekender! 

Please share *a lot* folks, and help us to make it a roaring success! 

Many events are FREE, or cracking value, as we were awarded some cash from Manchester City Council’s Neighbourhood Investment Fund.

The first ‘event’ is is on 25th May at Levenshulme Market: Incredible Edible Levenshulme will be dishing out FREE herbs & wildflowers for tree pits and community alleys in Levenshulme and Burnage, 10am-2pm. If you’re a member of a residents’ group, have tree pits on your street, or have transformed your alley, you are eligible – FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED! 

On the same day, at 1pm, Andrea, AKA Little Italy Kitchen is hosting a Garden Feast in his beautiful garden. Details are on the poster (expand poster to full screen, left click ‘options’ in bottom right corner and click ‘download’. You should then be able to enlarge it to a legible size). 

Hard copies will be available at Bud, The Buttery and in and around Levenshulme and Burnage from Friday 5th May.

A New Arts Festival For Levenshulme

Announcing ‘the event with no name’ … a two week celebration of Arts, Creativity and Culture in Levenshulme and Gorton South. Between Saturday 24th June and Sunday 9th July 2017.

As a spin-out from the Old Library campaign we are asking for contributors to a festival of “Art, Creativity and Culture”.

If you are creative in any way, or have a venue, maybe planning an event anyway… please host or hold an activity that celebrates and shows off the creativity, diversity and energy of our community.

  • Exhibitions, workshops, performances.
  • Music, film, theatre, poetry, sculpture, 
  • crafts, comedy, and even food.
  • On and offline, 

Things you are passionate about, that make you happy, that express hope, that challenges us and brings us together, that inspires new ideas. Anything can be art if done with creativity.

We’ll collect a list of events together, create an online brochure and publicise it. Some events may be fundraisers, but mostly its about the residents of our lovely area expressing themselves. Celebrating our community. Sharing the love.

Thoughts welcome!. We’ve created an event page, and starting to gather ideas. If possible, some activities may happen in the Old Library… but mostly its about arts and creativity out in the community.

And if you can think of a better name… add it on the event page. We’ll make a poll of the best ideas and crowdsource the final name!

https://www.facebook.com/events/400172660369250/

You can register interest here:

http://tiny.cc/LevyArts

Levenshulme Pride Launch

Come and say hello on 5th May.

Levenshulme Pride is for everyone. We want your ideas. We need your help. Why not organise a Pride event with a group you are part of? Help make Levenshulme Pride yours.

A New Arts Festival For Levenshulme

Announcing ‘the event with no name’ … a two week celebration of Arts, Creativity and Culture in Levenshulme and Gorton South. Between Saturday 24th June and Sunday 9th July 2017.

As a spin-out from the Old Library campaign we are asking for contributors to a festival of “Art, Creativity and Culture”.

If you are creative in any way, or have a venue, maybe planning an event anyway… please host or hold an activity that celebrates and shows off the creativity, diversity and energy of our community.

  • Exhibitions, workshops, performances.
  • Music, film, theatre, poetry, sculpture, 
  • crafts, comedy, and even food.
  • On and offline.

Things you are passionate about, that make you happy, that express hope, that challenges us and brings us together, that inspires new ideas. Anything can be art if done with creativity.

We’ll collect a list of events together, create an online brochure and publicise it. Some events may be fundraisers, but mostly its about the residents of our lovely area expressing themselves. Celebrating our community. Sharing the love.

Thoughts welcome!. We’ve created an event page, and starting to gather ideas. If possible, some activities may happen in the Old Library… but mostly its about arts and creativity out in the community.

And if you can think of a better name… add it below or on the event page. We’ll make a poll of the best ideas and crowdsource the final name!

Event listing and information here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/400172660369250/

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.

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.

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

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!



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 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)

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…

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

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

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.

Bollywood Punch And Judy at Arcadia Library

Prof Patel presents Punjeet & Judy-Gee. Bollywood style Punch & Judy makes it ‘s way to Arcadia Library this Saturday!!

Fun for everyone! Badge making activity follows the show.
Saturday 15 October

2.30pm, Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre

Fallowfield Loop Creative Event By A Pocketful Of Treasures

This Sunday 9th On Fallowfield Loop, Crayfield Rd entrance, A pocket full Of Treasures is Having a creative event.

More information is available HERE

Please do bring a little treasure, and Share in the Gallery Of Gilded Frames, Make a clay Treasure, have the back stories of your treasure turned into Poetry! 

Levenshulme Players… Handbags At Dawn

Next month the Levenshulme Players will be staging the Oscar Wilde classic The Importance of Being Earnest.

It will be on at Levenshulme Baptist Church on the 10th and 11th of November at 7PM with a Saturday matinee on the 12th at 2PM.

Watch out for Lady Bracknell… 

Tickets can be bought here:

http://www.levenshulmeplayers.co.uk/tickets-for-importance-of-being-earnest/

Levenshulme Old Library Group Meeting 11th October

Open meeting of the Levenshulme Old Library Group

Tuesday October 11th, 2016, 7.00-8.30pm

Klondyke Club, 1 Burnage Range, Manchester M19 2HQ

The Levenshulme Old Library Group is holding an open meeting on the 11th October, at 7pm, at the Klondyke (in the function room), to update the community, to celebrate what has been achieved and ask for your help to make this exciting but complex project happen.

We need your skills, your time and your support to help us move to the next level.

We look forward to seeing you on October 11th.

Levenshulme Old Library Group

Keep up to date on facebook:

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

Website is
http://levenshulmeoldlibrary.org.uk/

An initial vision for the future of the library building can be downloaded here:

http://tinyurl.com/mpr8h6d 

LCA General Meeting 10/09/16

The next LCA General Meeting will be on Saturday 10th September, 14.15 in the Community Studio at Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre on Stockport Road.
As agreed at the last meeting this meeting will consider minor constitutional amendments as requested by an external funding body. As such this would technically make the meeting an Extraordinary General Meeting. The constitutional amendments are primarily to specify the quorum for meetings more explicitly.

Pleas and any reports or requests for agenda items (with supporting papers where possible) to Jeremy Hoad, LCA Secretary at secretary@levenshulmecommunity.org.uk

Levenshulme Writer Paul Magrs’ Adventures With Tom Baker

Levenshulme writer and artist Paul Magrs wows the Edinburgh Evening News with his latest audio drama.

“Beautifully bizarre and laugh-out-loud funny, writer Paul Magrs’ wonderfully baroque dialogue suggests the star himself may have had some input… A riotous, fantastical, absurdist romp then… 82-year-old Tom has never sounded more at home than in Baker’s End.”


Baker’sEnd is released on 2nd September but is available to order now. The second instalment is in production now.

Read the full article HERE

Find out more and order Baker’s End from Bafflegab HERE

Levenshulme Old Library Public Meeting

Levenshulme Old Library group (LOL) has an open meeting on Tuesday 26th July at 7pm at Inspire (in the cafe) to update people on the good progress made recently. 

Shakespeare In Levenshulme

30 July 2016 – 4:00pm to 6:00pmSustrans Fallowfield Loop cycle route, Crayfield Road entrance, Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 3NX

Bicycle-riding theatre company The Handlebards will bring their brilliant all-female version of Romeo and Juliet to our very own Fallowfield Loop cycle route in Manchester as part of a tour to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

The Handlebards ‘4 for 400’ season includes four plays each performed by four actors in over 70 venues over the summer. The troupes carry all their costumes, props and sets by bicycle, travelling across the National Cycle Network to reach their shows.

Cycle or walk to the open-air show at Levenshulme along our linear traffic-free path, which runs between Chorlton to Gorton, and bring a picnic and a blanket or portable chair.

There will be three led rides to the event at Levenshulme – from Chorlton at one end of the Fallowfield Loop, Debdale Park at the other end, and Heaton Moor.

Further information available HERE