Come along and find out about the new Levenshulme Community Manifesto on Wednesday 28th February at The Klondyke. Developed by and for our community it is a statement of what our community wants for the future of Levenshulme.
Come along and find out about the new Levenshulme Community Manifesto on Wednesday 28th February at The Klondyke. Developed by and for our community it is a statement of what our community wants for the future of Levenshulme.
Everyone is welcome to a meeting to discuss the future of Levenshulme at 7.30pm on Wednesday 27th September at The Klondyke (1Burnage Range).
This will be the first of a series on public meetings and consultations where we can all suggest ideas and priorities for how we want Levenshulme to develop over the next few years.
There is no set agenda as this is something driven by us all but discussion will be guided and notes kept so all views are valued. This is an initiative by our community for our community.
Eight people ready for your questions TONIGHT.
19.00 at the Jain Centre, 667-9 Stockport Road, M12 4QE.
Levenshulme Market is looking for two Directors with specific knowledge and expertise in:
“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
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.
A major housing development has been approved for the former Atlas Engineering site off Chapel Street.
The development will provide:
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)
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”
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.
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:
An initial vision for the future of the library building can be downloaded here:
Why not nominate an individual or group for a Manchester Be Proud Award?
Nominations close on 30 September 2016.
There are ten categories this year. Three of these will be dual awards, this means that there will be an award for both an individual, and a group (two or more people). This is because of the popularity and number of nominations we usually receive for these categories.
The categories are:
Blossoming Communities – celebrating people or groups whose gardening achievements have brought about a positive change to the surroundings and the lives of people.
Business in the Community – focusing on the businesses that invest resources, staff, time or money in their local community outside their core activity, and making a really positive impact.
Community Force – acknowledging a person or group that has worked hard to create a safer neighbourhood and helped to make a community where people are proud to live.
Community Project of the Year (dual award) – recognising fresh thinking in local projects that really get people involved, and help to build happy communities people are proud of.
Creativity in the Community – championing community arts and creative projects, big or small, from individuals or groups. The winner will prove how creative activities can benefit individuals and strengthen communities.
Clean City – this award could be for a project, an exceptional individual, or a group that has worked with their community to tackle local environmental problems, helping to create a cleaner, greener city for now and the future.
Neighbour of the Year – a perfect opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to a neighbour whose kindness, practical help and support have made a real difference to you or your community.
Unsung Hero (dual award) – honouring those who make a big difference but whose help often goes unnoticed. Whether it’s ongoing work or a big one-off, this person’s efforts deserve a moment in the spotlight.
Volunteer of the Year (dual award) – highlighting the exceptional contribution made by volunteers, who give their time to improve the lives and environment of others.
Young Achiever of the Year (under 18 years) – whatever their achievement, and whoever they have helped, this young individual or group will show pride and passion for and commitment to their community.
Apply online or download a nomination form HERE
The Levenshulme beer, gin and food festival is a three day event over the August bank holiday.
Held at the Klondyke Club (1 Burnage Range) the festival will be combined with the famous Levenshulme Market on the Saturday (held in the station car park) and promises fun for all the family.
More Levenshulme loveliness in the summer. A not to be missed event!
In case it’s not already in your diaries…. Garden Cafe at Bud Garden Centre, Grangethorpe Drive, Bank Holiday Monday.
Fairtrade teas and coffee, botanically themed cakes, produce, houseplants, live music. All in aid of local refugee support charities Freedom from Torture and Boaz Trust.
The resurfacing of Stockport Road will start on Saturday 13th August. This will take place in three stages as outlined in the letter from Manchester City Council below.
This will be a major improvement to Levenshulme. Thanks to all councillors and council officers involved in securing the funding to enable this work to be completed.
FROM: Manchester City Council
Road Resurfacing on Stockport Road, A6
Dear Sir / Madam,
I am writing to inform you of resurfacing works to Stockport Road.
Due to securing additional funding for Local Highway Maintenance Manchester City Council will be undertaking significant road resurfacing works on key routes into the City.
Large sections of Stockport Road are to be resurfaced with initial works being carried out between Broom Lane and Matthews Lane.
As a resident or business in the area you will no doubt be aware of how busy Stockport Road is throughout the day. To avoid causing severe delays our works are planned to be done during off peak periods including weekends and nights.
The works have been planned in three sections to minimise disruption.
Section 1 is from Broom Lane to Elbow Street, including the junction of Alma Road. This work is due to commence on Saturday 13th August 2016 and it is intended to progress as follows;
Saturday 13th August 08:30 to 19:30 removal of existing surface. This will be done using traffic signals maintaining a single lane of traffic past the works.
Sunday 14th August 09:30 to 19:30 replacing first layer of surfacing. Stockport Road will be completely closed between Broom Lane to Elbow St. Local diversions will be signed.
Monday to Friday 15th to 19th August 21:00 to 05:00 (nights) Replacing the final surface and new road markings. Stockport Road will be completely closed between Broom Lane to Elbow Street.
Section 2 is from Elbow Street to Barlow Road. This work is due to commence on Saturday 20th August 2016 and it is intended to progress as follows;
Saturday 20th August 08:30 to 19:30 removal of existing surface. This will done using traffic signals maintaining a single lane of traffic past the works
Sunday 21st August 09:30 to 19:30 replacing first layer of surfacing. Stockport Road will be completely closed between Elbow Street and Barlow Road. Local diversions will be signed.
Monday to Friday 22nd to 26th August 21:00 to 05:00 (nights) Replacing the final surface and new road markings. Stockport Road will be completely closed between Elbow Street and Barlow Road.
Section 3 is from Barlow Road to Matthews Lane. This work is due to commence on Saturday 27thth August 2016 and it is intended to progress as follows;
Saturday 27th August 08:30 to 19:30 removal of existing surface. This will done using traffic signals maintaining a single lane of traffic past the works
Sunday 28th August 09:30 to 19:30 replacing first layer of surfacing. Stockport Road will be completely closed between Barlow Road and Matthews Lane. Local diversions will be signed.
Monday to Friday 29th to 31st August 21:00 to 05:00 (nights) Replacing the final surface and new road markings. Stockport Road will be completely closed between Barlow Road and Matthews Lane.
Works may be suspended on the Bank Holiday 29th August depending on progress made.
Diversions will be locally managed with signage.
The dates given are approximate, weather and other factors can delay us but if we make good progress we may well finish early.
The noisiest operation is the removal of the existing road surface and removal of manholes and service boxes. We have planned our operations so that this work will be undertaken on Saturdays from 08:30 to 19:30. Noisy works at night have been minimised as far as possible but there may still be some disturbance. The removal of the existing surface and the laying of the new materials progress at a steady walking pace and although several passes of the machinery is required it is unlikely you will be disturbed for prolonged periods.
Pedestrian access will be maintained to all properties during working hours. However there will be no access for vehicles in the working areas during working hours. Vehicular access to areas adjoining streets and the sections of Stockport Rd outside of the working area will be maintained by Traffic Marshalls.
Please ensure all vehicles are removed from the working areas during the times and dates listed above. Any vehicles obstructing the works will be removed from site by Manchester City Council.
J. Hopkins (Surfacing) Ltd will be carrying out the works on behalf of Manchester City Council.
If you are experiencing any undue problems, please contact the Site Supervisor Tel No. 0771 0712 708 during the working shift.
I apologise for any inconvenience that you may encounter and seek your cooperation.
Should you require any further information, please email the planned maintenance team at Manchester City Council firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0161 234 1970
Once again Levenshulme Community Association is organising hustings for the local elections. All candidates have been invited. Everyone is welcome. These are open, public meetings and an opportunity for anyone to ask questions of any candidates in the May local elections.
Wednesday 27th April
1 Burnage Range, Levenshulme, M19 2HQ
Gorton South Ward
Thursday 28th April
747 Stockport Road, Levenshulme, M19 3AR
A single transport card for Manchester is on hold following a complete failure of the Atos company to deliver the system for Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM).
The scheme – similar to the Oyster Card system in London – is being rethought after it became clear Atos was completely incapable of delivering the system. The MEN reports that according to TfGM all costs incurred (£15m) have been refunded by Atos and TfGM will now explore how to get the failed project moving again.
There does not appear to be any comment from Tony Lloyd, Greater Manchester Mayor, who is responsible for transport across Greater Manchester.
Read the MEN report HERE
Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum would love to hear your ideas for how you want Levenshulme to develop. What’s your vision for our community?
14.00 today in the Community Studio at Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre.
This isn’t just bout dull planning matters, this is bout what we want our community to be and to look like.
Better / GLL are holding a Recruitment Fair on Tuesday 5th April for jobs available at Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre.
“We’re looking for local people to come and join the team at the new Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre.
We have vacancies for Full/Part-Time/Casual Lifeguards, Fitness Instructors and Customer Service Advisors.
If you’re interested we’re holding a recruitment fair on Tuesday 5th April where you can come along and find out more.
For those interested in the Customer Service Advisor or Fitness Instructor positions, our team will be on hand for an informal job chat.
Application forms will be available at the end of the evening and we’ll let you know when interviews will be held.
Bring your CV along if you have one and if you have any industry qualifications we’d love to see those too. Don’t worry if you don’t have either, if you’re interested in working with us we’d love to meet you.”
Congratulations to Fred’s Ale House on Stockport Road, CAMRA Pub of the Month for April 2016.
Zeeshan & Co. Certified Accountants celebrated Pakistan Day yesterday at their office on 1074 Stockport Road. The firm celebrated the day and reported that:
“Pakistan Day (23rd March 1940) is celebrated in memory of the draft political resolution at the Minar-e-Pakistan that called for establishing a independent state.
The All India Muslim League played a vital role in the creation of Pakistan. This was the vision of the great Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal and the great leader of the muslims, Mohammed Ali Jinnah and by the time had become the lining symbol of Muslim unity and muslim politics.
Helium Balloons were released in mark of the celebration and a one minute silence was also held for the great tragedy in Belgium.”
Why not join us for our 1st Birthday at Fred’s on Friday 29th January 2016 Real Ale Bar here in Levenshulme and help raise funds for a very deserving charity.
Cornerstone is a day centre providing services to adults facing a wide range of social issues including homelessness, poverty, social isolation, poor mental health, drug and alcohol addiction. They operate an open door policy, welcoming people from all backgrounds with the aim of being able to offer support to clients, improve their prospects and enhance their quality of life. It would be nice if everyone could share this with everyone to raise lots of funds.
Many Thanks, Lawrence Hennigan
Pod on Albert Road will be opening with a new look and new management on Tuesday 12th January. Neil Buttery and Brian Shields are leading the new venture.
A preview is available on the Love Levenshulme website run by Pauline Johnston HERE
There is a general meeting of the Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum this Thursday 3rd December at the Inspire Centre, 19.00-21.00.
We’ve now had three events to gather new ideas and thoughts for Levenshulme and there are 7 areas of interest. We will need to start developing groups that will start focussing on these items:
If you are interested in one of these areas and you would like to look in developing ideas in relation to the above items, please let us know. We will be discussing these areas at our meeting on Thursday and will start putting together groups that will investigate these areas further.
I know we are a little late in releasing the agenda for this Thursdays meeting, but we’ve been quite busy in the background.
There are not many items on the agenda, but I think the discussions around the workgroups will be taking most of the meeting.
I hope you will be able to attend and see you on Thursday.
Maria van Elk
Chair, Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum
The hugely popular Levenshulme Lights Switch On party is happening this Friday, 4th December.
Come along to The Village Green on Stockport Road to see our tree lit up, meet Santa, listen to music and have fun.
The first 300 children will receive a free present.
The event is organised by Levenshulme Traders’ Association and supported by businesses and groups across Levenshulme.
Levenshulme Community Association is pleased to support the event. We have also organised the lights alone the A6 to bring festive cheer to our community.
Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum (LNPF) public events.
Come along and find out about the LNPF and how our community can influence local planning issues.
What matters to you? Green spaces? Affordable housing? Improving our High Street? Supporting businesses for local jobs? Protecting buildings? Takeaways? Parking? Litter? Transport?
Everyone is welcome to get involved and help decide what the priorities and desires are for people who live and work in Levenshulme. This will become our plan for our community.
Saturday 31st October
Levenshulme Library (Cromwell Grove)
Thursday 5th November
Inspire Centre (Stockport Road)
Saturday 7th November
Levenshulme Market (Station Car Park)
Manchester City Council is consulting on planning guidance for hot food takeaways. This would be come part of the council’s Strategic Plan as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).
The consultation is available HERE
If you wish to comment you must register with the council’s consultation portal. You can do this by following the instruction on the link above.
The council’s introduction is provided below:
The City Council intend to prepare a Hot Food Takeaway Supplementary Planning Document and would welcome any comments you have on this issue.
The Manchester Core Strategy includes a number of policies relevant to Hot Food Takeaways and the intention of the SPD is to provide further detail on these policies. A copy of the Core Strategy can be found on the City Council’s website HERE
We are particularly interested in how you think planning policy relating to hot food takeaways can support the most appropriate mix of uses within our District and Local Centres and promote healthy lifestyles, especially for young people.
We would like your views about the right planning policy for Hot Food Takeaways.
Levy Soup is …
A way of promoting community based activity through a creative “crowdfunding” event.
Come along and you’ll get to share a home-made Soup dinner with new and old friends. (Plus the chance to network and have a dance too). There is a paying bar at the venue.
Levy Soup has been set up to celebrate and support creative projects in Levenshulme that benefit the local community.
For a suggested donation of £5 attendees receive a bowl of veggie soup, some bread and a vote. During the evening you will hear pitches from people who want to do something in Levenshulme.
For the first “Soup” we have chosen the theme of food so if you have a food based idea or project that you would like to have funded then this is for you.
Each presenter has four minutes to pitch their idea and answer four questions from the audience.
At the event, people eat, talk, share ideas and then vote on the project they think benefits Levenshulme the most. At the end of the night the winner goes home with all of the money raised in the evening to carry out their project.
The first Levy Soup event will take place on October 8th, 19.00 at the Klondyke (1 Burnage Range).
Everyone is welcome to attend– no matter where you live you can share in this experience.
Information for Bidders:
You might be a group of friends, neighbours, an existing voluntary, community or resident group or an individual. (Aged 11 and over)
The application from can be downloaded HERE
What can I bid for?
It’s up to you!! Maybe a tea and tech group for older people; a Xmas party for young people leaving care, a community growing project, a raised bed for vegetable growing, a popcorn and film night for kids – these are only examples- the options are endless and we hope bidders will be really creative! The only rule is that the people who benefit should be in Levenshulme.
All you need at this stage is an idea – We’ve made the process as simple as possible and we’ll also be able to help you think about how to present your pitch. No PowerPoint presentations allowed!
Deadline for applications
The deadline for submissions for bidders for Soup 1 is Thursday 1st October 2015. Fill in the form and send it to us now!
Good luck and if you have any questions at all please contact us!
For more information
Call: Carey 07968 031085
Find us on Facebook HERE
A Levenshulme business is working with People with Pets in Poverty by donating a free phone for every phone they sell.
G Phones on Levenshulme High Street came up trumps by supporting the local organisation that helps homeless people find accommodation and support their needs including providing phones so they can stay in contact.
The Levenshulme Contemporary Art Centre Summer Programme has been published. A packed series of events, readings and activities spread over seventeen days to coincide with Manchester International Festival.
The Fringe comes to Levenshulme courtesy of our own artists, philosophers and academics and enabled by a grant of £2,210 from the Levenshulme Market Fund 2015.
Highlights are listed below and a full interactive programme is available HERE
LCAC are also raising money for the Wood Street Mission by undertaking a live reading of all three volumes of Karl Marx’s Capital on Levenshulme Village Green.
Friday 10 July 2015 | Housing
Saturday 11 July 2015 | What is Money?
Monday 13 July 2015 | Us and the Banks
Wednesday 15 July 2015 | What Does Money Do?
Thursday 16 July 2015 | Making and Selling
Friday 17 July 2015 | Work and Technology
Saturday 18 July 2015 | Who Does What Job?
Sunday 19 July 2015 | Competition
Monday 20 July 2015 | Town Planning
Tuesday 21 July 2015 | The Rich and the Poor
Wednesday 22 July 2015 | Family Life
Thursday 23 July 2015 | What is Freedom?
Friday 24 July 2015 | Endless Growth
Saturday 25 July 2015 | Destroying the Planet
Sunday 26 July 2015 | How Will It End?
LCAC Market Fund 2015 Bid Summary
Levenshulme Contemporary Art Centre
Bidding for: £2210.00
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.
(Information from Levenshulme Market)
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 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
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
Following announcements of branch closures recently the Royal Bank of Scotland has confirmed that its Levenshulme branch will close this year.
Manchester Evening News article available HERE
£2 million funding has been secured to resurface Stockport Road from the Appollo to McVities.
The stretch of Stockport Road running through Levenshulme in particular is in a dire state of repair and has been in desperate need of attention for some time so this is great news.
We understand the project will include new cycle provision and redesign of the road to improve access and usability. Residents’ groups and businesses will be included in consultation about the exact design.
The project is scheduled to start this summer (2015). Further details will be reported when available.