What’s Your Vision For Levenshulme?

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.

Everybody welcome.

  

Levenshulme’s Hidden Gems Family Cycle Tour

Join Sustrans volunteers for a Go explore with Sustrans led ride from Chorlton to Levenshulme discovering the hidden gems of Levenshulme and how to get there via the Loopline.

DATE

Saturday 2 April 2016, 9.45am

VENUE

Meet opposite Morrisons on Wilbraham Road next to The Bar at 9.45am.
DETAILS

The ride will visit Levenshulme’s Model Village, Antiques Village and Cafe, Highfield Country Park, Shore Community Farm, the Secret Lake and Sivori’s Ice cream factory.

Entrance to the Community Farm costs £2 per adult, £1 per child (optional).

Free refreshments provided at the Antiques Village Cafe.

The ride is approximately 5 miles to Levenshulme and 9 miles return to Chorlton.

The ride will return along the Fallowfield Loop and end at Levenshulme Market, Stockport Road at 2pm.

Please wear suitable clothing for the weather, bring sun protection, waterproofs and something to drink. All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. 

Places on the ride are limited. Reserve your place using the link available HERE

  

Image courtesy of Sustrans

Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre User Forum Meeting

The first meeting of the Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre User Forum has been confirmed. The invitation is provided below:
Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre User Forum

The first User Group meeting for Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre will take place in the Community Studio at Arcadia on Tuesday 8th March from 6pm to 8pm.

If you are interested in getting involved please contact reception and come along on the night. You can leave you details with one of our team, email arcadia@gll.org or call us on 0161 641 9911

We look forward to meeting you.

Andrew Smith

Partnership Manager – Manchester

  

Arcadia Library And Leisure Centre Is Now Open

After years of campaigns, consultations, marches, plans, occupations, letters, meetings, talking and even quite a bit of dancing the people of Levenshulme can now celebrate as our new Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre throws open its doors.

Here are a few photographs of the new Arcadia. These are the third set in the series of photographs recording the old Levensulme Baths, the original Levenshulme Library and now the new Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre.

Arcadia is a brand new £9.3m facility. It is managed and operated by Greenwich Leisure Limited under the Better brand through a contract with Manchester City Council. GLL are experts in managing leisure facilities. The facilities were built by Laing O’Rourke both on time and on budget. The quality and attention to detail is very impressive. Arcadia includes:

  • Community Library of 300 square metres including dedicated children’s library 
  • Over 20 free computers
  • Free wifi throughout the centre
  • Two swimming pools
  • Flexible changing rooms that can provide dedicated access to one pool for use by specific groups or for private hire 
  • Multipurpose Community Studio for exercise classes or community activities or meetings
  • 60 station gym with additional free weights
  • Sauna – up to 12 people
  • Steam room – up to 12 people
  • Disabled access throughout with a large lift and easy access for the pools
  • A buggy store

Arcadia stands as a wonderful facility and proof of what can be achieved when there is a genuine cooperative, positive collaboration between residents, our community, councillors, council officers, designers and developers.

This is our facility.

(All photographs copyright Jeremy Hoad)

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    

   

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

Levenshulme Good Neighbours Lunch and Karaoke at St. Mary’s

Levenshulme Good Neighbours & St Mary’s Active Retirement Groupinvites you to… An Afternoon of Lunch and Karaoke

Thursday 11th February 2016 from 12noon until 2pm

at St Mary Social Club, St. Mary’s Parish Centre,

Elbow Street, Levenshulme, Manchester M19 3PY

This event is for people aged over 50.

Transport can be provided with prior arrangement,

please call Levenshulme Good Neighbours on 0161 850 1066.

  

Fred’s Ale House First Birthday Celebration 

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

  

Hard Rain Poetry Evening

Monday
25th January 2016“The Monkey’s Mask”

Hard Rain Poetry 

Thairish (Isis) Café, 910 Stockport Road, Levenshulme, M19 (near Albert Road)

 

6pm- 8pm: Poetry/ creative writing workshop

The workshop is a chance to write poems and tell stories. A safe space to share ideas and creativity. No writing experience necessary. The workshop will be led by Shamshad Khan using extracts from the mystery verse novel “The Monkey’s Mask” by the provocative Australian writer Dorothy Porter.

 

8pm -10pm: Poetry sharing and Open mic*

Start the new year with a mood of bravery and sharing. Come and listen to local talent and share your own poems or read out extracts from your favourite authors.

 

*Open mic: this is an opportunity to share your own poems. Poems and stories by your favourite writers (dead or alive) are also very welcome.

 

Offers to be guest poet and help with setting up, delivery and clearing up would be appreciated.

 

Everyone welcome, no writing experience necessary

Musicians very welcome

A FREE event

Sessions run on the last Monday of every month (except December)

Hard Rain Poetry is a voluntary community project which encourages local creative expression.

 

“…the ‘deepest’ poetry workshop and readings I’ve been at for ages. Such an extraordinary group of characters, and so much wisdom, kindness, wildness and fine writing and reading. Very caring, open atmosphere.” Adam Strickson (guest poet)

 

“It really is a friendly and stimulating atmosphere… a diverse range of poets/writers from different cultures…. a welcoming and patient approach to all learners/poets and makes them feel comfortable to express themselves freely..” Sabbi (artist, participant/audience)

Supported by The Thairish Café (formerly ISIS café)

Twitter: HERE (the tweet will take you to the Tumblr:) 

Tumblr HERE

For more information on how to get involved contact shamshad on shamshadkhan27@gmail.com or call on 07786816173

Arcadia Library And Leisure Centre Opening Date

We are pleased to confirm that the new £9.3m Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre situated in the heart of Levenshulme on the A6 will open on Saturday 20th February 2016.

This will be the culmination of a long and hard fought campaign by the LCA and Levenshulme residents and groups to keep our existing baths and library open and then to replace them with new facilities.

This is an amazing success story in hard times. It is a story of a community coming together to fight for its facilities. It is a story of Manchester City Council working positively and productively with our community. It is a story of responsive and engaging council officers. It is a story of political differences and collective action. Above all, it is a success story that the people of Levenshulme should be proud of.

We hope to see as many people as possible celebrate the opening of Arcadia with us. Further details will be made available as soon as they are confirmed.

Here are a few photographs from December. This was during a tour after the LCA Community Forum Meeting. 

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
  
    
    
    
    
    
   
Oh, and here is Jean Bernard and Jeremy Hoad. We could resist a trip in the lift.

  

Levy-Tea Christmas Social

The Levy-Tea Christmas social will be held on Wednesday 30th December, 15.00-17.00 at Levenshulme Library.

The Facebook page is HERE

  

Levenshulme Lights Switch On

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’s Spontaneous Demonstration Of Solidarity With Paris.

A spontaneous vigil for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris was held in Levenshulme tonight (Saturday 14th November 2015).

The sentiment of solidarity was clear with the people of Paris. Levenshulme people are determined to defend our diverse and strong community against any attacks on an open, multicultural inclusive community with a successful spirit of tolerance and respect for all.

Organised via the local Levy Massive Facebook group the event was a touching reminder of the solidarity of ordinary people with the victims of terrorism and extremism. Small gestures demonstrate that people of all backgrounds, beliefs, people who are religious or not, share a common revulsion for intolerance, hatred, extremism and violence.

Ce soir, nous sommes français.

Égalité, Fraternité, Liberté.

 (Photos courtesy of Jeremy Hoad.)

  
  



 

  

 

  

  

  

  
  

  

  

 
 

 

Day Of The Dead Ofrenda

Day of the Dead Ofrenda at Bankley Mill Studios

Saturday 7th November 2015, 16.00-20.00

  

Levenshulme Artists In Art Auction

Levenshulme artists Paul Magrs and Daniel Pitts both have paintings in the Freedom from Torture North West Art Auction 2015.
The auction takes place on Thursday, 12 November, 2015, 18:00 to 22.00 at Z-Arts, 335 Stretford Rd, Hulme, Manchester M15 5Z

Further information is available HERE

  
“Lexy” by Paul Magrs

  
“Children & The Lamp Post” by Daniel Pitts

Lovely Levy Colouring Book Launch

The Lovely Levy Colouring Book by Paul Magrs will be launched at Fred’s Ale House on Stockport Road this Saturday, 7th November, 12.00-16.00.

Paul will be in Fred’s on Saturday afternoon with copies of the Lovely Levy Colouring Book available for £9 each or two for £15.

  

Happy Birthday Levenshulme Inspire Centre

Happy birthday to the Levenshulme Inspire Centre. Five years old today!

   
 

Planning Forum Public Events

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

09.30-16.30

Levenshulme Library (Cromwell Grove)
Thursday 5th November

15.00-19.00

Inspire Centre (Stockport Road)
Saturday 7th November

10.00-16.00

Levenshulme Market (Station Car Park)

  

Levenshulme Festival has started!

Levenshulme Festival runs from Friday 23rd October to Sunday 8th November.

Get all information on LevFest on the website HERE

The online version of the full programme is available HERE

  

Levenshulme Taste Festival

The Taste festival is on at the Klondyke in Levenshulme today.

  

Arts And Crafts Help Sought For Levenshulme Good Neighbours

Are you a ‘crafty’ person? Levenshulme GoodNeighbours are looking for an arts and crafts session worker to run a session for National Older People Day on the 1st October. 

This would be for a drop-in activity, and we would really like people to be able to take something away with them. It needs to be easy to join in for people of all skills levels / physical abilities and not take a long time to achieve (we were thinking origami or something else paper based – but are open to suggestions). There is funding to pay for your time and equipment.   

You must:

  • Provide examples of the work you plan to do with people attending the day
  • Be free to work in Levenshulme on the 1st October between 10.30am and 3pm
  • Provide all the required supplies
  • Provide a taxpayer reference number to show you are self-employed and are able to be paid freelance

Please send Levenshulme Good Neighbours a private message on Facebook, email levenshlmegn@gmail.com or call 0161 850 1066.

Levy Soup – Crowdfunding for Levenshulme

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

Email: careybamber@live.com
Call: Carey 07968 031085
Find us on Facebook HERE
Twitter @LevySoup

  

Children’s Sponsored Walk For Refugees In Crisis 27th September

Young children want to raise money for those who have lost everything and seeking refuge for safety.

On Saturday evening my husband and I spoke to our children (aged 8, 5 and 3) about the Syrian conflict in a sensitive way that children their age would understand. We wanted them to be aware so that we could donate items and they would understand why.

My eight year old daughter suggested a sponsored walk to raise money to help and we burst with pride. I explained to the boys what a sponsored walk was and they giddily agreed.

We are going to walk the Fallowfield loop on 27th September at 1pm starting at the entrance at Slade Lane and will walk to Gorton. They will then have to do the journey back again.

Other families have said they will join us so I have created this event page so that people can invite other families or sponsor those walking or toddling.

There will be children of different ages and stages so I propose parents/carers wanting to get involved to set your own targets for your child’s individual needs. that way everybody who would like to participate and raise money can be included. Also id say bike riding, scooting, running are allowed as they are children after all.

For those attending please bring appropriate clothing for the weather and water.

Some families may even want to bring a picnic, the loop has some lovely spots to sit and we will also pass the secret lake.

If you cant join us, please sponsor the children.

Thank you.

Louise Looms

The Facebook event page is HERE

There is a Justgiving page for donations HERE

  

World Record Conga Today

It’s not every day a world record attempt happens in Levenshulme.

A world record attempt at the longest distance conga will set off from Manchester Piccadilly at 11.00 heading for Stockport Train Station, going through Levenshulme past our lovely Market around midday.

  

St Mary’s Country and Irish Music Festival

St Mary’s Parish Centre will be holding a country and Irish music festival on Saturday 5th September 2015.

Contact Brenda Harkin for more details – 0774 679 8609

  

Seventeen Days of Art, Philosophy and Action in Levenshulme

Levenshulme Contemporary Art Centre (LCAC) activities start today with an exhibition at Bankley Mill (19.00) and a launch party at Fred’s Ale House (21.00). Even before that readings on the Village Green happen at 12.00 and 20.00.

Details are available HERE

There are loads of events and activities on over the next seventeen days from imaginary bike rides to a marathon reading of Das Kapital Karl Marx, discussions about regeneration, home and the urban environment, readings and discussions of work by Marxist geographer David Harvey, Communist era children’s games from Poland and a public intervention to highlight access to public services at the railway station: “To show our desire to use the station we will form a queue to fail to get up the stairs.”

Far from failing LCAC are showing what can be achieved with £2,210 funding from Levenshulme Market Fund to produce a packed programme of events by Levenshulme artists, philosophers and residents to revitalise our High Street and attract people to our community.

This is genuine local direct action and imagination at work and what fringe events should be all about during the Manchester International Festival. An explosion of creativity emerging organically from a vibrant, diverse, challenging and exciting community like Levenshulme.

  

Levenshulme Contemporary Art Centre Summer Programme 

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.
LCAC Programme 

Friday 10 July 2015 | Housing

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • Use Value and Exchange Value 
  • (Time tbc) Chris Hamer – Bankley opening  
  • (Time tbc) Opening Party at Fred’s  

Saturday 11 July 2015 | What is Money?

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • The Social Value of Labour and its Representations by Money 
  • 2pm – 4pm Children’s Games from Communist Poland 
  • Sunday 12 July 2015 | Private Property
  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • Private Property and the Capitalist State 
  • (Time tbc) Discussion: Modern Slavery in Manchester 
  • (Time tbc) Philosophy for Kids 

Monday 13 July 2015 | Us and the Banks

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • Private Appropriation and the Common Wealth 
  • Tuesday 14 July 2015 | Money and Work
  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • Capital and Labour 
  • (Time tbc) Art Art Labour  

Wednesday 15 July 2015 | What Does Money Do?

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • Capital as Process or Thing? 

Thursday 16 July 2015 | Making and Selling

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • The Contradictary Unity of Production and Realisation 
  • (Time tbc) Zine Workshop with The Edge of the Universe Printing Press 

Friday 17 July 2015 | Work and Technology

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • Technology, Work and Human Disposability 
  • (Time tbc) Old Projectors  
  • 9pm Film Screening on the Village Green  

Saturday 18 July 2015 | Who Does What Job?

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • Divisions of Labour 
  • 11am – 12pm Failed Journeys 
  • 2pm – 4pm Discussion: What is Home? 
  • 5:30pm – 7pm Exhibition Talk and Walking Tour  
  • 9pm Film Screening at Bankley Studios  

Sunday 19 July 2015 | Competition

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • Monopoly and Competition: Centralisation and Decentralisation 
  • (Time tbc) Orçamento Participativo: Stockie Road to Rio… and back… 
  • 2pm – 4pm Philosophy for Kids 
  • 6pm – 8pm Performance: Case Studies in Joint Action 

Monday 20 July 2015 | Town Planning

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • Uneven Geographical Developments and the Production of Space 

Tuesday 21 July 2015 | The Rich and the Poor

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • Disparities of Income and Wealth 
  • (Time tbc) Talk: Homelessness  

Wednesday 22 July 2015 | Family Life

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • Social Reproduction 
  • (Time tbc) Pregnant then Screwed  

Thursday 23 July 2015 | What is Freedom?

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • Freedom and Domination 
  • (Time tbc) Philosophy for Kids 

Friday 24 July 2015 | Endless Growth

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • Endless Compound Growth 
  • (Time tbc) Round Table Discussion 
  • (Time tbc) Portfolio Review: Is Debt Worth It?  
  • 9pm Film Screening on the Village Green (TBC)  

Saturday 25 July 2015 | Destroying the Planet

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • Capital’s Relation to Nature 
  • 2pm – 4pm Children’s Games from Communist Poland 
  • 4pm – 5pm Owl Project: iLog Talk and Demo  

Sunday 26 July 2015 | How Will It End?

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • The Revolt of Human Nature: Universal Alienations 
  • (Time tbc) Painting Levenshulme’s Rubbish 

 LCAC Market Fund 2015 Bid Summary

Levenshulme Contemporary Art Centre
LCAC Shop
Bidding for: £2210.00
FULLY FUNDED
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)

  
 Photos courtesy LCAC / Gautam Narayanan

Levstock raises £300

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

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

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

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

Peoplewithpetsinpoverty

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

National Association for People Abused in Childhood

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

Breakfast in Bed Streetlife Project

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

Levenshulme Good Neighbours

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

Macmillan Cancer Care (Northmoor Rd Project)

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

Manchester Friends of the Earth

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

The Northern Powerhouse – From The Horse’s Mouth

Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society Lecture 2015

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

Free event hosted by the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society.

WHEN
Wednesday 1st July 2015, 19.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Levenshulme Global Picnic

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

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

Come and get a taste of the world in Levenshulme.

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

   
 

Preparations are well underway…

   
 

Photos courtesy Stuart Fear.

Levy-Tea – Chat, Games, Tea and Cake

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

 

Levenshulme Contemporary Art Centre Summer 2015

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

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

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

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

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

(Levenshulme Market Fund bid information)

Plans for LCAC

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


Further Information

LCAC Website: HERE

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

LCAC Works

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

LCAC Work No.1
View the YouTube video  HERE

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

What is LCAC?

Director 1

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

Director 2

We had a sign, we had an audience.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Director 1

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

Director 2

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

Director 1

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

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

   
  

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

Levenshulme Food and Drink Festival Hits the News

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

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

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

Read the full article HERE
Visit the Fadfest website HERE

Levenshulme Inspire Fun Day

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

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

…and much, much more.

This event is FREE.

  

Get Ready For Lev-Stock 2015

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

Activities and entertainments include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Thank You To Everyone Who Came To The Hustings

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

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

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

Friends of Levenshulme Station Visit

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

Levenshulme Library News & Public Meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  
  
Photo courtesy of Manchester Evening News

Levenshulme Library Fundraiser

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

Come join the fun!

  

Hard Rain Poetry Night

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

Special guest Okey Nzelu.

18.00 Workshop

20.00 Open Mic 

New Neighbourhood Planning Forum Event

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

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

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

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

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

Leaflets

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

You can download a PDF version of the leaflet HERE

Further information

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

   

 

Scruffs Dog Show

Scruffs Dog Show will be held on Greenbank playing field, Barlow Road on Sunday 26th April, starting at 12.00.

There are 7 categories:

  • handsomest dog;
  • prettiest bitch;
  • best rescue;
  • best veteran;
  • waggiest tail;
  • fancy dress; and
  • dog the judge would most like to take home.

Registration from 12 noon, £1 per category, proceeds to Manchester and Cheshire dogs home. Judging from 1 pm.

Refreshments and tombola as well.

  

2015 Elections: Paul Magrs at the Hustings 

The marvellous Paul Magrs did a painting of the Levenshulme hustings organised by the LCA at the Klondyke. Have fun seeing who you can identify in the crowd.

  

Elections 2015: Hustings start tomorrow

The hustings for the 2015 elections start tomorrow. Everyone is welcome.

Hustings for the local and national elections in May 2015 are planned as follows:

Levenshulme Local Election
Tuesday 21st April, 19.30 at the Klondyke, 1 Burnage Range

Organised by Levenshulme Community Association

Gorton South Local Election
Thursday 23rd April
19.30 at St. Peter’s Church, Stockport Road

Organised by Levenshulme Community Association

Manchester Gorton Parliamentary Election
Wednesday 29th April
19.30 at the Jain Centre, Stockport Road

Organised by Levenshulme Interfaith Group


Candidates are listed HERE


Parliamentary Hustings 29/04/15

Levenshulme Interfaith Forum are hosting hustings for the parliamentary election on Wednesday 29th April, 19.30-21.30 at the Jain Centre on Stockport Road.  

Easter Open Day At Shores Fold Community Farm

 Shores Fold Community Farm (Cringle Road, Levenshulme, M19 2WD) are holding an Easter Open Day on Monday 6th April, 11.00-16.00.

£3 Adults, £2 Children

All money raised will be invested in improving the Farm for our community.

  

Poetry Night at Al Waalis – Mushaira Tour 2015

Al Waalis Restaurant (at the end of  the station car park) is hosting comic poets Anwar Masood and Khalid Masood in a charity dinner on Saturday 11th April from 18.00.

The event is part of the Mushaira Tour 2015 organised by the UK Islamic Mission charity to raise money to promote education in rural Pakistan.

Tickets (£10, children under 5 free) can be booked HERE

  

LCA Election Results and 2015-16 Priorities

The LCA AGM this afternoon included elections with the following results:

Officers

  • Peter Naughton (Chair)
  • Jeremy Hoad (Secretary)
  • Malcolm Cowen (Treasurer)

Core Group Members

  • Matthew Ball
  • Karen Broady
  • Lawrence Hennigan
  • Mark Lake
  • John Roby Brown

Sir Gerald Kaufman MP (LCA Honorary President) was generous in his praise of Levenshulme’s diversity, initiative and identity as a fantastic place to live and work. He was particularly impressed with the strength of the LCA and the many other community groups across Levenshulme. He stressed the importance of having active and engaged residents that form the basis of a cohesive and mutually supportive community.

The meeting identified key areas for the work of the LCA over the coming year including:

  • finding a future for the Levenshulme Library building;
  • increasing community engagement;
  • ensuring active community involvement in the development of the new Arcadia Leisure Centre;
  • sharing information both online and through distributed means to reach as many people as possible;
  • building on the larger LCA membership of the past year;
  • providing more events such as the very successful LCA Community Forum meetings;
  • providing information on community funding opportunities and sources;
  • enabling and supporting greater involvement in the LCA from currently less represented groups in line with LCA key aims of inclusiveness;
  • exploring how to improve access at Levenshulme Station;
  • strengthening, developing and promoting Levenshulme as a great place to live, work and play.

LCA Officers and the Core Group will develop these ideas into firm proposals and practical priorities for 2015-16.

We are grateful to the support and hard work of the many groups that we collaborate with in Levenshulme and look forward to another positive and productive year for the benefit of all Levenshulme residents.


2015 Election: Pirate Party Candidate Launch Meeting

A launch meeting for Cristian Chesa who is standing as a parliamentary candidate for Manchester Gorton will be held at 18.00 on Monday 16th March at the Klondyke (1 Burnage Range).

Cristian is standing as a candidate for the Pirate Party UK.

This is an opportunity to meet Cristian, ask questions and take part in a policy workshop that will help decide “…what you would like to see go into the a Pirate Party crowd-sourced manifesto for 2015.”

Register for the policy workshop HERE

Find out about the Pirate Party HERE



NOTE: Levenshulme Community Association does not endorse or promote any political party or political organisation. Membership of the LCA is not available to any political parties or groups. Any information provided is for information only.

An Evening With Acclaimed Levenshulme Artist Daniel Pitts

Fred’s Ale House on Stockport Road will be hosting an evening with Daniel Pitts, acclaimed local artist, on Friday 20th March from 18.00-21.00.



Nelly Globe

Nelly Globe is a Levenshulme based charitable organisation that aims to develop creative projects and work in partnership with individuals and organisations on a local, national and international level. Nelly Globe has recently undertaken a project with the Stroke Association, described below.


Nelly Globe website HERE


Dave Hulston’s blog HERE and facebook page HERE


 

Salford stroke survivors tell their story through sculpture

 

Stroke survivors from Salford have created a unique piece of art to convey their individual experiences of stroke, after attending workshops organised by the Stroke Association and Nelly Globe.

 

The group of ten stroke survivors and carers took part in weekly workshops at St John’s Church Hall in Pendlebury for eight weeks, from Monday 12 January.Organised by the Stroke Association, the workshops were led by Nelly Globe, acharity which works with people in recovery from trauma, through art lead projects to encourage positive life changes.

 

Each week, the group explored different techniques, including word association, photography and art skills. They chose to transform a disused wheelchair into a piece of abstract art, to represent their individual lives and experience of stroke. The finished sculpture will be displayed in an exhibition at Salford Royal Hospital to celebrate Action on Stroke Month in May 2015.

 

Dave HulstonCreative Director at Nelly Globe, said: “The wheelchair is a metaphor for reinvention, to express how much a stroke can change lives in an instant. At the beginning of the sessions, people were a little apprehensive but as the weeks went on, we’ve seen the group really embrace the project and evolve together, alongside the sculpture. There has been a lot of emotion each week and we’re thrilled with the final results.

 

Wesley Boardman, 36 from Swintontook part in the projectHe was just 31 when he had a stroke in 2009 and was told he would never walk, talk or swallow again. After being fed through a PEG feeding tube for more than three years, with sheer determination Wesley is now able to eat meals again, cycles and attends the gym three times a week. However, the stroke has left him with difficulties with his balance, mobility, speech and hearing.

 

Wesley said: “I’ve always been interested in art in the more traditional sense, such as painting and drawing, but these workshops have helped me see things in a different way. When I had my stroke, I expected to be back to normal in a couple of weeks but it’s been a long road to recovery. Working alongside the group has helped us express the challenges we faced during our stroke journeys.”

 

Joanne Myers, Communication Support Coordinator at the Stroke Association said: “The group has not only given people the opportunity to learn new skills, it has also encouraged social interaction and helped to build confidence. We see sheer courage and determination many stroke survivors, like Wesley, show in coping with the loss of many things we take for granted, such as being able to say what we are feeling or walk on our own. This project has enabled the group members to express themselves in new and very powerful ways.”

 

The Stroke Association provides an Information, Advice and Support Service and Communication Support in Salford, in partnership with Salford City Council and Salford Clinical Commissioning Group.

 

The Stroke Association is the UK’s leading stroke charity which campaigns to improve stroke care; supports people to make the best recovery they can; and funds ground-breaking research to change the lives of people affected by stroke. For more information about stroke, ring the Helpline on 0303 30 33 100 or visit www.stroke.org.uk

 

Notes

• A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. There are around 152,000 strokes in the UK every year and it is the leading cause of severe adult disability. There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke. 
• Stroke Association is a charity. We believe in life after stroke and together we can conquer stroke. We work directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. We campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. We fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke. More information can be found at www.stroke.org.uk












Levenshulme Market Fund 2015 Results

In a packed meeting at the Klondyke this evening voting took place for the Levenshulme Market Fund 2015. The following bids were funded to the amount shown. This means that everyone who bid for funding received funding as the LCDC bid was withdrawn. £15,000 was available for distribution.

Congratulations to all the successful bids and everyone who put in so much hard work for them. And well done to Levenshulme Market for their first fund reinvesting in Levenshulme.

Levenshulme Market is registered as a Community Interest Company. This is the first distribution of operating profits to community projects that are focussed on enabling local people to start up on the market or to existing local businesses to develop and revitalise Levenshulme High Street and its retail and business offer.

Levenshulme Market itself has gone from strength to strength over the past couple of years and went weekly from March to December last year. In 2015 Levenshulme Market Company will also start running markets at Manchester University and in the Northern Quarter.

Find out more about Levenshulme Market HERE

Winning proposals and amounts

Byrne the Cake Brewery – £610.56

David Foulger is a Levenshulme resident who has been perfecting his brewing in his home environment for six months and is now approaching the stage where he is ready to start trading on the market, thus launching Levenshulme’s own artisan brewery and helping gain more attention for Levenshulme’s independent traders and producers. David will use the money, if awarded, to buy equipment that will allow him to brew on a larger scale with a shorter time scale and less chance of spoilage.




Decourcey Designs – £760.00

Sharlene Decourcey is fourth generation Levenshulme and started her business trading in the Antiques Village a year ago. She would like to develop her skills, expand into market trading and build her business by undertaking further  training in upholstery, buying tools for her work and producing branded clothes, banners and business cards.



Indulge Dessert Café Expansion – £1400.00

Indulge is the only dessert cafe within the Levenshulme stretch of Stockport Road and they are keen to build their business by expanding their product range (to include pancakes, frozen yoghurt, slushies and professional coffees), increase their profile and visibility and make physical improvements to the shop. The funds they are applying for would be used to repaint the shop shutters and improve the signage, change the layout to improve service and maximise customer seating during busy periods, add customer toilet facilities, deliver a leaflet campaign in the area and purchase machines for making coffee, pancakes and frozen yoghurt.



Levenshulme Contemporary Art Centre – £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.



Lily and Daisy Flower Company – £890.00

The Lily and Daisy Flower Company will be based in Levenshulme as a market stall and local delivery service, operating by bike and selling only flowers sourced locally in season and from indoor growing operations in England and the Netherlands at other times, with the aim of being carbon neutral within two years of starting business. Melvyn Newton, who runs the Lily and Daisy Flower Company is bidding for funds for a bike trailer, a street trading licence, insurance and branding.



Love Levenshulme www.lovelevenshulme.org – £5000.00

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.



Samosa Shack – £1000.00

Samosa Shack is the brain child of Levenshulme resident Kamini Patel, who would like to develop an artisan food stall where he can sell Gujarati cuisine – particularly samosas, which will be made to order while customers wait.  He has applied for the fund to cover the costs of buying the equipment associated with setting up an outdoor hot food business as well as branding and design work to make his stall attractive to customers.



Thairish Café – Facelift – £2370.00

Levenshulme institution Thairish Café (previously Isis) are applying for funds to make their business an even more desirable destination on the high street and the interior will be a more welcoming and cleaner environment for customers. They would use the money, if awarded, to update the front of the cafe by cleaning and painting the outside area – meaning they will be more attractive to customers, particularly those coming to and from the market. They would also like to refurbish their customer toilet, making it a safer and cleaner environment, and to resurface the floor of the café.


Woolly Mammoth – £750.00

Woolly Mammoth is brings together locally sourced UK wool and vegetarian food with a focus on promoting positive mental health and well being.  The social enterprise, run by Levenshulme resident Charlotte Dillon and business partner Rachel Hall, will launch with a series of pop-up events at Levenshulme Market, with a view to eventually move to a shop space in Levenshulme. They will use the funds, if awarded, to cover the costs of buying equipment to cook their food, starter stock and branding.



All photographs courtesy of Jeremy Hoad.