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.
Levenshulme Community Association AGM
14.30, Saturday 10th March 2018
Community Studio, Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre
Elections for 2018-19 will be held, the Annual Report will be given and we will discuss and hopefully approve the new Levenshulme Community Manifesto along with the usual updates on community activity and issues.
Levenshulme Community Association
Saturday 9th December
Community Studio, Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre
Everyone is welcome to share information about what is going on in Levenshulme and propose new ideas. We will also be discussing progress on the Levenshulme Community Manifesto.
Levenshulme Community Association
Saturday 9th September
Community Studio, Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre
Eight people ready for your questions TONIGHT.
19.00 at the Jain Centre, 667-9 Stockport Road, M12 4QE.
The list of candidates for the Manchester Gorton parliamentary by-election has been confirmed.
The hustings for candidates organised by Levenshulme Community Association takes place on Saturday 22nd April at the Jain Community Centre, 667/669 Stockport Road, Manchester, M12 4QE, starting at 19.00.
Judy Noah, Head of Development at One Manchester will be at the Levenshulme Community Assoiciation AGM this afternoon to provide information and answer questions on the Chapel Street housing development.
The meeting starts at 14.30, Saturday 11th March, in the Community Studio in the Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre.
Everyone is welcome.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Sir Gerald Kaufman.
Sir Gerald’s Manchester Gorton constituency included Levenshulme and he was Honorary President of Levenshulme Community Association. He was a dedicated MP who was proud to champion his constituency and respond diligently to constituents’ correspondence and issues. He had served at Cabinet level and was Father of the House.
We will remember him as a gentle, principled and dedicated public servant who was passionate about the work he did for his constituents and engaged with and supportive of the work of Levenshulme Community Association.
A Manchester City Council book of condolence available in the Town Hall and online HERE
Both the Inspire Centre and the Arcadia Leisure Centre in Levenshulme also have books of condolence available.
BBC report available HERE
Guardian report HERE
Levenshulme Community Association AGM
14.30 Saturday 11 March 2017, Community Studio, Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre
If you’re involved in a community group or activity in Levenshulme come along and talk to others. Help set priorities for the coming year. All welcome.
Malcolm Cowen has died. Our condolences and sympathy go to his wife Beryl and his family.
Malcolm had been Levenshulme Community Association Treasurer for some years and was well known through his other community activities, in particular his talents as an actor and dramatist working with Levenshulme Players and AllFM. Malcolm was a knowledgable man with a quick mind and a wonderful sense of humour. He was well travelled and always interested in other people, cultures and histories. His warmth and wit were always evident.
Levenshulme has lost a dedicated, principled, talented gentleman.
Secretary, Levenshulme Community Association
An article honouring Malcolm in the Manchester Evening News is available HERE.
Friday 27th Jan 2017
2pm at Levenshulme Baptist Church, Elmsworth Avenue, Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 3NS. There will be tea and coffee served after the service for people not going onto the crematorium.
3:30pm at Stockport Crematorium, Buxton Road, Heaviley, Stockport SK2 6LS
Celebration Buffet and Open Mike
4pm till 8 pm at St Marys Church Hall, Elbow Street Levenshulme, Manchester M19 3PY. Drinks can be purchased during the evening
At this event there will be an open mike opportunity to talk about your memories of Malcolm (funny as well as serious) and there will also be some entertainment as requsted by Malcolm. There will also be a group of our African friends dancing for him. It wll be the send off he wanted so lets make it a day to remember so NO SADNESS, NO BLACK CLOTHES, NO TIES, NO SUITS (although scruffy jumpers are a must – especially with a pen hanging from the neck) and if you have sandals wear them and we will drink his health in tea. ( a bar is also available ).
The roads are not great for parking in Levenshulme and we need to ensure there is room for the Family and the hearse (a big white camper van) to park so please do not park at the Baptist church.
The best place to park is at St Marys Church which has its own car park; you will then have to walk to the service at the church. (You can try the side streets around the church but you have been warned).
If you are only coming for the funeral service then you can park across the road at the Sidings pub, Broom Lane, Manchester M19 2UB.
The next LCA General Meeting will be on Saturday 10th December, 14.15 in the Community Studio at Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre on Stockport Road.
Come and get in the festive mood on Friday 2nd December at the Levenshulme Christmas Tree Lights Switch On and Party on the Village Green.
One of the highlights of the year with entertainment, celebrity guests and free presents for the first 300 children.
Star entertainers include the award-winning, Levenshulme based – ‘The Thomas Cliff School of Dancing’.
The event starts at 16.30 with the lights switch on at 17.30.
The event is organised by Levenshulme Traders’ Association in collaboration with Levenshulme Community Association and supported by local businesses, groups and Manchester City Council.
The next LCA General Meeting will be on Saturday 10th September, 14.15 in the Community Studio at Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre on Stockport Road.
As agreed at the last meeting this meeting will consider minor constitutional amendments as requested by an external funding body. As such this would technically make the meeting an Extraordinary General Meeting. The constitutional amendments are primarily to specify the quorum for meetings more explicitly.
Pleas and any reports or requests for agenda items (with supporting papers where possible) to Jeremy Hoad, LCA Secretary at email@example.com
BBC Radio Manchester reported on dangerous and nuisance bikes today. Reporter Emily Wolstencroft interviewed Levenshulme residents in Thairish café including LCA Secretary Jeremy Hoad.
You can hear the report on iPlayer (44 minutes into the programme, repeated at 2h12m).
Listen on iPlayer HERE
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.
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
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.
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 Library closed its doors today for the last time after 112 years serving our community.
The library was opened in 1904 as a Carnegie Library and has provided a place of learning, support, education, entertainment and community events and meetings for over a century.
The library was going to close several years ago under council plans but Levenshulme residents campaigned long and hard to keep the doors open. We had marathon readings, occupations of the building, demonstrations and die-ins on the street outside. Art work from children across our community adorned the failings of the library and discussions and meetings were held with the council to save Levenshulme Library. In the end we won and kept the library open with Levenshulme High School for Girls renting the building several days a week. We spoke, the council listened and the library stayed open.
With the imminent opening of the Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre on Stockport Road the old library has now reached the end of that chapter in its story. Hopefully the building will find a new role as a community centre and facility for all sorts of exciting things but for now the doors have closed and the lights have gone off. The Levenshulme Old Library group conitinue to work to try and find a future for the building but for now the old Levenshulme Library is in the past.
Jeremy Hoad, Secretary of Levenshulme Community Association took one last look round the library and recorded a few images before the doors closed.
Levenshulme Library, 1904-2016
(All photographs copyright Jeremy Hoad)
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 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.
The next meeting of the Levenshulme Community Association will be held on Saturday 12th September at Levenshulme Library starting at 14.15.
The meeting will include discussion of the current Levenshulme Library, development of the New Arcadia facilities, creation of the Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum, upgrading of the A6 and reports from LCA members.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
This is a reminder that there is an LCA meeting this afternoon, Saturday 4th July, at 14.15 at Levenshulme Library. As always, everyone is welcome.
The hustings for the 2015 elections start tomorrow. Everyone is welcome.
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
The LCA AGM this afternoon included elections with the following results:
Core Group Members
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:
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.
The Annual General Meeting of the Levenshulme Community Association will take place at 14.15 on Saturday 14th March at Levenshulme Library on Cromwell Grove.
The AGM will receive annual reports and hold elections to the posts of Chair, Secretary and Treasurer and the ordinary positions on the LCA Core Group.
There will also be time for discussion of regular business.
Further information will follow.
The next LCA Community Forum will be held at the Klondyke next Tuesday 17th February. Doors open at 7:15. Meeting starts at 7:30.
We expect to be joined by Gary Bridges who is the Site Manager for Laing O’Rourke at the new baths and library site on Stockport Road. He will be ready to answer everybody’s questions – so please come prepared.
There will also be time for people to raise concerns of their own about things in Levenshulme.
The LCA Community Forum is a new initiative introduced by the LCA last year. 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.
Levenshulme Community Association meeting this afternoon – 14.15 at Levenshulme Library.
The next General Meeting of the Levenshulme Community Association will take place on Saturday 13 September at Levenshulme Library starting at 14:15.
For information Beth Marshall has resigned from her position as Secretary of the Levenshulme Community Association. An election will be held for a new Secretary for the remainder of this year until the regular elections at the next LCA AGM in Spring 2015.
The Levenshulme Community Forum public meeting will take place on Friday 25th July, 19.00 at the Klondyke Club (1 Burnage Range, Levenshulme).
The meeting is about the future of our current library after the library moves to the new Arcadia building in 2015.
Other issues can be raised as well. The focus is on ideas for the library as a community facility but this is an open public meeting for all residents of Levenshulme so bring your ideas and issues along.
For the past few years there has been a quarterly meeting called ‘The Ward Coordination meeting’ where Council officers, ward Councillors, residents’ representatives and other Levenshulme organisations such as the Traders’ Association have come together to discuss matters of common concern.
These meetings have been the only regular opportunity for the LCA to put Levenshulme residents’ point of view before relevant Council officers.
At the end of the most recent meeting in June, the Councillors announced that future meetings would be ‘closed’ – meaning that it would just be officers and Councillors. Residents and all other organisations will now be excluded.
This announcement came out of the blue – there was no prior consultation and no sensible explanation as to why they have made this decision! It was just a very autocratic “We’ve decided. That’s it!”
Given that none of our current Councillors actually live in Levenshulme, the LCA is most concerned that residents have lost a very valuable voice and that there is no satisfactory alternative being proposed.
As an alternative, Councillors say they will be organising forums twice a year at which residents will be able to raise issues concerning Levenshulme which they will then take to the Ward Coordination meetings.
We’d very much like to hear what people living in Levenshulme think of this development.
The new Levenshulme Library and Baths development on Stockport Road is now ready for public exhibition.
Plans for the proposed centre design will be on display in the cafe at Levenshulme Inspire from Saturday 14th June to Thursday 26th June, where there will be a chance for you to comment on the proposals. Members of the project team will also be there for you to discuss the plans, on:
There is a dedicated page on Manchester City Council’s website HERE.
Plans for the new development will be available HERE from 14th June.
This is an exciting stage in the development and close attention has been paid to ensuring that the new facilities meet all of the requirements and specifications worked out through lengthy and detailed consultation with Levenshulme residents over the past year or more. The new facilities will include:
Manchester City Council will be investing over £8,000,000 in these new facilities that will dramatically improve services in Levenshulme and serve a wide area of south Manchester.
Relocation of users of the Arcadia roller skate rink will happen in tandem with development of the new facilities. A £250,000 investment is being made separately by the Council to enhance, extend and improve facilities for Arcadia users at Ardwick.
This commitment to public services in Levenshulme by Manchester City Council at a time of austerity and struggle for many people is hugely welcome. This is also a result of the massive local campaign to save Levenshulme’s existing Baths and Library from closure which was a huge success for the people of Levenshulme. The creativity, dynamism, imagination, persistence and dedication of Levenshulme residents and careful collaboration with local councillors and the council is really showing dividends now.
Levenshulme Community Association will continue to consult with residents and work with the council to ensure the best possible outcome for the people of Levenshulme.
A press release from Manchester City Council is expected tomorrow (Friday 7th June 2014) and will be added here when available.
Levenshulme Community Association is pleased to announce an election hustings meeting on Thursday 8th May at 19.30 at St Peter’s Church, Stockport Road, Levenshulme.
This is an open public meeting and everyone is welcome.
The Levenshulme Community Association now has a new constitution and completely new structure fit for our work and our community.
The LCA is now an organisation with groups as members and a clear focus for the future. I’m pleased Peter Naughton, Malcolm Cowen and myself managed to achieve this change with the support of the AGM on Saturday.
In the past year we have reached out with a new website and social media and radically reformed the Association.
The success of our plan to bring more people into being actively involved in the LCA and refocus the Association as a network to share ideas, experience and knowledge across all groups in Levenshulme as well as continuing to represent all Levenshulme residents is very pleasing.
This places the LCA in a much stronger, more outward looking and effective position than it has been in for many years.
I’m looking forward to continuing to work with Peter and Malcolm alongside Beth Marshall, Stuart Fear, Lawrence Hennigan and Aiden Lawler on the new Core Group (managing committee) this year.
The election results were as follows:
Download the new LCA Constitution as a PDF document here: LCA constitution 2014
LCA Secretary 2013-14
The South Levenshulme Post Office is being upgraded to the status of a main post office.
Sunil Chauhan, your local Postmaster, invites you to celebrate a new look for South Levenshulme Post Office at 14.00 on Friday 21st February. If you would like to contribute food or drinks for the party, please email <Sunica@yahoo.com>. The LCA is happy to support this expansion and improvement of services in Levenshulme. Together we can show a thriving neighbourhood, good shops and businesses! The new look post office will provide:
The new post office will open on Friday 21st February at 13.00 and will need to close from Thursday 6th February at 17.30 for refurbishment. In the meantime the North Levenshulme and Burnage Post Offices will remain open as usual.
The AGM of the LCA will be held on Saturday 8th March 2014 at 10.15 in Levenshulme Library.
Any items for the agenda should be submitted by Saturday 1st March. You can submit items using the form below to Jeremy Hoad, LCA Secretary.
The next LCA meeting will take place as follows:
Saturday 7th December
We hope people from as many groups as possible across Levenshulme will come along to raise and discuss any issues and share information.
If you have an item for the agenda please notify Jeremy Hoad, LCA Secretary (you can use the contact form on this site). Any agenda items must be received by 17.00 on Thursday 5th December.
I have been asked by the police to let people know that there are a lot of burglaries taking place in the area at the moment.
Asian families in particular are being targeted for women’s jewellery with gangs of up to five men breaking down doors and ripping necklaces off. This is obviously very frightening and intimidating. It is not only Asian families that are suffering but that is a particular target at the moment.
(Jeremy Hoad, Levenshulme Community Association Secretary)
* Keep your doors and windows locked even when you are at home.
* Use your alarm if you have one.
* Don’t leave valuables on show
* Make valuable items traceable and take photographs.
* Register property at www.immobilise.com for free.
* Dial 101 to report any suspicious activity to the police (non emergency).
* Dial 999 in an emergency or if you see or suspect a crime in progress.
More crime prevention advice is available at www.gmp.police.uk
Sorry for the website being unavailable. We are back up and running now.
There will be a meeting of the Levenshulme Community Association as follows:
DATE: Saturday 21st September 2013
PLACE: Levenshulme Libary, Cromwell Grove, M19 3QE
NOTE: The meeting is earlier than usual because of the current opening hours of the library.