Levenshulme Community Forum
19.30, 24 January 2019, The Klondyke (1 Burnage Range)
A public meeting open to everyone to discuss issues and priorities for our area.
The LCA is holding two Hustings meetings for the 2018 local elections.
19.30, Wednesday 18th April, The Klondyke, Burnage Range, Levenshulme
19.30, Wednesday 25th April, The Klondyke, Burnage Range, Levenshulme
These are open, public meetings where anyone can question candidates directly. The full list of candidates is provided below.
The local elections this year are “all out” elections with ALL councillors up for election – three positions in each Ward.
Ward boundaries have also been changed with Levenshulme Ward now expanded to included much of what was previously the Gorton South Ward which has been abolished. Burnage Ward has also expanded and now includes a big chunk of what was previously Levenshulme Ward running right up to Albert Road.
Please share and promote these Hustings. They are your opportunity to question candidates who will represent us on Manchester City Council.
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.
The Levenshulme Old Library group are holding a fundraising party to support the development of the library building as a community facility at The Klondyke 18 November in collaboration with Leve Nights.
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.
Join Multilingual Manchester for a free family-friendly day of activities to celebrate Manchester’s many languages and cultures!
The event will take place at The Klondyke Club, Arcadia Library and Levenshulme Market. Activities include language taster sessions, stalls, performances, crafts and games for children, world music, international food, and more.
For more information or to get involved, please contact <email@example.com>
Roll up! Roll up! Fantastic free circus workshops in Levenshulme provided by The Circus House.
Klondyke Club, 19th March, 13.30-15.30
Chapel Street Park, 6th April, 13.00-15.00
Chapel Street Park, 13th April, 13.00-15.00
Juggling / partner balances / spinning plates / hula hoops / arial acrobatics / floor acrobatics.
The Klondyke in association with Greater Manchester Unite Community Branch are proud to present a pay as you feel showing of “I Daniel Blake” on Wednesday 22nd March 2017.
Ken Loach`s powerful 2016 film “I Daniel Blake” has been a huge box office success and has won many prestigous awards for its realistic and moving portrayal of the failings of the benifit system and the impact this has on people`s lives in 21st century Britain.
Unite Community campaign against benifit sanctions, welfare cuts and zero hour contracts and provide support to people experiencing difficulties with benifits in Manchester. We will be offering some free tickets for the film to people that Unite meet and help at local jobcentres, who havent yet been able to afford to see the film which depicts their daily experiences with the DWP. Other tickets will be availabe on a pay as you feel basis. all profits will be split equally to help local food banks, the unemployed worker`s centre.
A vegan curry with rice will be available for all after the film, followed by an optional open disscusiion and questions and answers with a well selected panel.
Sweets, popcorn and other refreshements availble PLEASE NOTE …. The Klondyke have kindly offered the room for free so any beverages alcholic or soft must be purchased from the bar.
There is a raffle on the night and also an online raffle both with a large ammount of prizes all donated by local people and businesses.
Please remember when at the payment stage on the booking site when it says a donation the suggested amounts are: £3.50 minium / £5.50 / £8.50 generous
Levenshulme Community Forum:Policing, Crime, Safety and Security
Wednesday 11th January
The Klondyke, 1 Burnage Range (off Albert Road)
This is an open, public meeting organised by Levenshulme Community Association.
Senior staff from Greater Manchester Police will attend to answer questions and provide information following the reported rape on Chapel Street and also discuss general issues of policing, crime, safety and security in the area.
There will be a meeting of Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum on Wednesday 23rd November 2016, 19.30 at the Klondyke (1 Burnage Range, off Albert Road).
The meeting will be to agree a position on Manchester City Council’s proposals to our area. The council proposes a much reduced area for our Forum that would not cover Levenshulme.
Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum has been trying to reach a decision with the council since its application was submitted in October 2015. The delays have been frustrating but the group remains determined to find a solution that meets the needs and wishes of the residents and businesses of Levenshulme.
If you are interested in what happens in Levenshulme and how to have a voice to improve Levenshulme with a focus on planning issues then please come along.
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!
The next LCA Community Forum will be held at the Klondykeon Wednesday 27th July. Doors open at 7:15. Meeting starts at 7:30.
The agenda will include:
There will also be time for anyone to raise concerns of their own about life in Levenshulme.
The LCA Community Forum is an initiative of Levenshulme Community Association. These are open public meetings for everyone in Levenshulme – residents, businesses, landlords, community groups or anyone else – to find out what is going on and raise questions about our area.
Information and ideas are shared with the council and our local councillors to work in partnership for a better Levenshulme.
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
We saw the very best of Levenshulme last night at the LCA Debate on the EU Referendum held at the Klondyke – engaged people discussing a crucial issue that affects their lives in a thoughtful and respectful manner, posing really probing questions and debating a topic with care and attention. The debate was chaired and moderated by Jeremy Hoad, LCA Secretary.
The starting point for the evening was not, however, the EU, but a statement of solidarity with LGBT people as a mark of respect following the horrific massacre in Orlando this week. Levenshulme is a diverse and inclusive community that does not shy away from expressing support and solidarity with marginalised groups and the victims of hate either locally or across the world.
The focus of the debate was the EU Refefendum. LCA exists to give a voice to the groups and the people of Levenshulme. Even if Vote Leave had been able to send a speaker the evening would have still concentrated on that – a debate for us, informed by the speakers, not a debate between the speakers. As it was we had the privelege of hearing from Michael Dougan, Professor of European Law at the University of Liverpool. Thanks to Britain Stronger In Europe for connecting Professor Dougan with the LCA for our debate. Although the debate was not recorded Professor Dougan kindly provided a link to a talk he recently gave on the EU.
You can watch the video HERE.
The success of the evening can be measured by some of the feedback below. Levenshulme is just the most wonderful place. Nowhere else in Manchester does this as well as we do.
Thank you to everyone involved in making this event such a success in particular to our speaker but also to the people of Levenshulme.
Comments on the Levenshulme Community Association EU Debate
“Tonight’s busy meeting at the Klondyke was the best thing ever in Levenshulme. Michael Dougan was not after votes, was not in Remain, but simply answered questions with hard facts about what the EU can do – and can’t do, along with possibilities based on evidence Myths were dispelled without a party political agenda. The audience was mint: loads of good questions – people happy to be challenged – and very respectful to each other. We all learned a lot! Everyone agreed that if Professor Dougan was on national TV it would change the shape of this debate. Thanks to the LCA: thanks Jeremy Hoad for one of the most uplifting, respectful and useful meetings ever.”
“Even as an out voter this was a fantastic night (the bit I saw). Not at all like I was expecting, quite balanced and the people I spoke to said it had really helped answer their questions. Really well done!”
“It was good to hear the legal aspects of membership/non-membership. My decision on my vote was mainly based on how I feel about things. After last night I have a clearer idea of how the EU interacts with the UK. It was good to get some facts rather than propaganda. Thanks for holding the meeting.”
“A very interesting evening, thanks to Jeremy for organising… this is the sort of factual information we need that isn’t available through the media.”
“So proud of Jeremy Hoad, organising and chairing the EU referendum debate in Levenshulme tonight. Brilliant stuff – I know I’m biased [Paul Magrs is Jeremy Hoad’s partner], but really, I learned such a lot, and I think most everyone else did too. I wish the media had presented us with more of this demystifying kind of stuff. [Michael Dougan] was just excellent, and I think everyone appreciated his matter of fact approach. You’d have to be crazy to want out of the EU, basically – and he patiently explained the lies being told on all sides, and the kind of chaos that will greet us if we leave.
Anyhow – it was fantastic. Can’t we have more of this knd of thing locally? A kind of local Question Time, with people who you can actually engage with and want to listen to..?”
“Excellent talk, fair debate and I came away so much more informed about the EU… Knowledge is power, and all that! Thanks For organising this Jeremy. If only there were more actual experts like this in the mainstream media.”
We are pleased to announce that Britain Stronger in Europe has confirmed the following speaker for the Levenshulme EU Referendum Debate tomorrow.
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.
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
This May the Levenshulme Players will be performing a 20th century classic – Separate Tables by Terrance Rattigan.
It will be performed at the Klondyke Club, Levenshulme on May 13th and May 14th at 7.30pm.
Tickets are available on the door or via the Levenshulme Players website HERE
There are plans to set up a Levenshulme branch of the Women’s Institute. If you are interestd then come along to the Klondyke on Tusday 17th November 2015 at 19.15 to find out about this ion and aims of the WI and see what interest there is locally. There is a suggested donation of £2 to cover costs and refreshments.
Find out more about the Women’s Institute HERE.
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)
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.”
“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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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:
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
Lev-Stock is part of the Levenshulme Food and Drink Festival
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.
There will be a fundraiser to raise money and interest in the campaign to have Levenshulme Library converted into a community centre once the library service moves out next year.
There will also be a planning meeting to prepare on Wednesday 20th May at 7pm, also at the Klondyke…
Please come along, meet nice people who care about our community, have a good time and show your support.
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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.
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.
Do you like Demis Roussos?
Levenshulme Players will be performing Abigail’s Party on 24th and 25th April at the Klondyke on Burnage Range.
Tickets are £3.50 – £5.50 available on the door or by phoning 0161 225 4674.
Yes, it is cold and wet right now but to brighten your day you can look forward to the 2015 Summer of Lev at the Klondyke on 8th August.
A full 13 hours of fun right here in Levenshulme from 12.00-01.00. Plenty of time to get those dancing shoes ready and look forward to some summer sunshine.