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
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!
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:
Following the success of the first event in June the second Levenshulme Jumble Trail is on Sunday 18th September.
A map of stalls is available HERE
What is a jumble trail?
A jumble trail is a collection of yard, garage or garden jumble sales happening from peoples’ homes, all on the same day in the same area (in this case, Levenshulme and nearby – you can see the area covered on the map).
21.00 on Thursday 8th September 2016
In light of the news of a tragic rape of a child in one of our local parks and the feeling of helplessness a community can sometimes feel in a situation like this, as a small gesture of solidarity, local people would like to ‘reclaim the night’ in Levenshulme and Longsight by way of a group walk.
All Levenshulme and Longsight residents are invited to partake in a peaceful evening walk, (no placards, banners and no vocal protests in keeping with the spirit of unity and for the sake of our neighbours) meeting at 8:45pm at the main entrance of Crowcroft Park on Stockport Road. The walk will commeence at 9:00pm around the perimeter of the park before ending in a vigil. Groups can then walk home along Stockport Road.
It is hoped that a peaceful walk for all members of the community to participate in will help to unify the area and highlight the need for our local authorities, police and councillors to pay closer attention to the criminal activities on the rise in both Levenshulme and Longsight.
Residents have the right to walk the local streets without fear and intimidation and we hope that this small gesture will inspire change from the top down, acknowledge solidarity with the victims of violent crime and sexual attacks and combat intimidation by a minority of society.
Please join us for this important occassion and show your support for the victims of rape, crime and the desire for safety in the area we live.
Further information available HERE
Levenshulme allotments on Highfield Road are having an Allotment show on Saturday 3rd September.
Starting at 11am they’ll be bric a brac, a tombola, allotment grown veg stall, crafts, tea and cake stall, bicycle powered music and a bar.
At 2.30pm the fantastic display of veg and fruit will have been judged and you can have a look.
If that’s not enough fun, at 4.30 the prize winning veg will be auctioned off. C’mon guys, what’s there not to love?
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.
Friends of Greenbank are organising a ping pong evening in the park every first and third thursdayof the month at 7pm, weather permitted.
As the sun looks promising to stay around for a while we are very happy to host our first event tomorrow evening. Please come along and join us for a game of casual ping pong. We have some bats but bring your own if you have one already.
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
Michael Dougan, Professor of European Law at the University ofLiverpool, spoke at the Levenshulme Community Association EU Debate on 15th June. We had a great debate – informative, reasoned and respectful. Professor Dougan references the LCA debate in this video which is his analysis of the result and the consequences of the EU Referendum.
Watch the video HERE
A note on the LCA EU Debate with praise from participants and a video of Professor Dougan’s pre-referendum analysis that reflect his talk in Levenshulme are available HERE
Everyone is welcome to the Levenshulme Hope not Hate Vigil on Sunday 26th June at 11.00am on the Village Green.
This is to mark the horrific events of the Orlando massacre and the brutal murder of Jo Cox MP but it is also to show we stand together as a community against violence on our streets whether that be personal abuse, muggings, stabbings and shootings. We have had enough and stand together in a show of defiance against the violence and hatred.
Levenshulme stands against hatred, intolerance and violence.
There will be short talks at 11.30
This is an event for everyone in Levenshulme. This is an event for everyone regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, faith, political view or any other characteristic. It is a celebration of the tolerance, inclusivity, diversity and love shown by the people of Levenshulme.
Levenshulme Community Association has come together with Levenshulme Inspire Church to organise this public show of solidarity against hatred but it is an event for all the community groups, organisations, people and religions of our great community.
High praise for Levenshulme.
Our speaker at the EU Refefendum Debate organised by Levenshulme Community Association on Wednesday 15 June had this to say about Levenshulme:
“Thanks very much for this very kind email. But in fact, it is me who should thank you and your fellow citizens in Manchester for raising my spirits enormously. I was thoroughly impressed by the sense of community and interest and concern and solidarity that I encountered last night. You have a rare and valuable thing in Levenshulme.”
Michael Dougan, Professor of European Law, University of Liverpool.
You can read a report of the debate, read feedback and see a video of Professor Dougan HERE
INVITATION FOR COMMUNAL IFTAR (FAST BREAKING) DINNER
We hope that this message reaches you in the best of health & happiness.
You may or may not be aware that your fellow Muslim neighbours and friends are going through the month of Ramadan – where they fast from dawn till dusk. Ramadan is an auspicious time for Muslims; wherein one reflects and contemplates much on the relationship we have with God Almighty. However, due to the days now being longer, we have worshippers coming in late for night prayers and also in the early morning. This can indeed cause an inconvenience for our non-Muslim neighbours; for which we apologise.
We feel privileged, that as a pillar of the Levenshulme community, we provide a facility where we can accommodate and help open the fasts of the local Muslim populace. We would like to cordially invite you, our fellow neighbours from all walk of life, to share in this festive and wonderful experience by welcoming you to join us for the second annual Iftar Meal when we will be opening the fast.
We would be honoured if you would accept our invitation and break bread with us along with your family and friends and in essence ‘Share the spirit of Ramadan’ with us by partaking in a delicious and hearty meal cooked by our chefs at the Masjid on Saturday 18th June 2016.
We shall be grateful if you could kindly confirm your participation and arrive on site for 8:45pm so we can ensure you are seated and served in time for the breaking of the fast at approximately 9:45pm. Before the meal, there will be an opportunity for you to ask any questions, which will be answered by our scholars.
If you have any further queries please contact Mr Shujaat Hussain Mob: 07974 135 116 or Mr Tahir Ismail Mob: 07814 673 980 email: email@example.com.
Yours in good faith
Madina Masjid & Community Centre
OK, people of Levenshulme, the debate is on!
Levenshulme Community Association is delighted to announce the big EU debate.
Should the UK remain part of the European Union or should it leave? You decide.
Levenshulme Community Association is not a political organisation and does not take a position on the EU Referendum.
Welcome to Levstock, the magical summer nights picnic on June 24th.
Levstock are going for a mellow and laid back atmosphere this year, and using it as a fundraiser for a new Arts and Culture Centre for Levenshulme at the Levenshulme old library.
No fireworks this year, and less amplified music. But still lots of surprising things to see and do, and stalls, and good beer. Bring your own picnic*, and be prepared to share it with friends and neighbours. Its a community thing!
Entry to Levstock includes free entry to the LeveNights disco (normally £3) from 10pm.
Levstock will take place at the Klondyke, 1 Burnage Range, Levenshulme (off Albert Road).
You can reserve Levstock tickets online.
You will pay for your reservation when you arrive. This will ensure you have a ticket on the door until 7.30pm. After 7.30pm they may be released depending on demand.
Book tickets HERE
Tickets will also be available on the night at the gate.
This Saturday, 21st May, Alma Park School Summer Fair! 2-4pm.
Come along and enjoy. There will be all the usual things: various stalls, Cakes, Toys, Bri-a-brac, all kinds of games of skill and chance, hook a duck etc, Bouncy castle, Facepaint stall, Mendi, Food and snack stalls, etc etc etc. Fun afternoon. Alma Park School, Errwood Rd, Levenshulme.
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
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.
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.
Saturday 2 April 2016, 9.45am
Meet opposite Morrisons on Wilbraham Road next to The Bar at 9.45am.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0161 641 9911
We look forward to meeting you.
Partnership Manager – Manchester
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:
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 & 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.
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
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:)
For more information on how to get involved contact shamshad on email@example.com or call on 07786816173
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.
The Levy-Tea Christmas social will be held on Wednesday 30th December, 15.00-17.00 at Levenshulme Library.
The Facebook page is HERE
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.
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.)
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
Happy birthday to the Levenshulme Inspire Centre. Five years old today!
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)
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.
Please send Levenshulme Good Neighbours a private message on Facebook, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 850 1066.
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
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.
The Facebook event page is HERE
There is a Justgiving page for donations HERE
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.
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)