Levenshulme Writer Paul Magrs Wins National Award

Levenshulme writer Paul Magrs has won the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association award for best crime short story of the year 2022.

The awards were announced at a dinner in London last night. Congratulations, Paul. The judges said of the winning story:

“Paul Magrs’ story, ‘Flesh of a Fancy Woman’ is a wonderfully evocative mix of the Dickensian and the Ealing black and white films. The sparkling dialogue of Lily Mahon slowly unveils the dark, and sometimes comedic experiences of Lily’s bizarre marriage to her husband, Patrick.”

Flesh of a Fancy Woman is one of 14 stories published in the collection Criminal Pursuits: Crime Through Time in support of the charity PoHWER.

  • Flesh of a Fancy Woman by Paul Magrs
  • From: Criminal Pursuits: Crime Through Time
  • Edited by: Samantha Lee Howe
  • Published by: Telos Publishing
  • Available: HERE
Crime Writers’ Association Dagger Award
Crime Writers’ Association Dagger Award dinner

A Portrait of Levenshulme

Reminder that this exhibition is on today at Levenshulme Old Library until 3pm. Thanks to Ciara Leeming and Laura Deane.

Alphabet Trail on Fallowfield Loop

There’s a new Alphabet Trail on the Fallowfield Loop. This is an interactive street-art trail by Oskar with a K and Will Albin-Clark.

Spend a day cycling or walking along the Fallowfield Loop, collecting letters and watching them come to life by using the Artivive App!

Full information and the Apps are available HERE

Station South Opening

Station South will be open soon.

The self-described “destination cycle café, bar and urban garden” has undergone a comprehensive renovation over the past several years.

We understand Station South will open to the public on 1 April with a soft launch leading up to the full opening.

Illustration from Station South website

Levy Walkers Community Walk

Community walk

Saturday 11th September 1pm

A stroll starting from the quadrant on Crayfield Road through Highfield Country Park along Fallowfield Brook (Houldsworth Golf Course) and back along the Loop

4.0km (estimated time 1hr – but we do love to pause and chat along the way!)

You can see the route and enlarge the map HERE

Covid Infection Rates & How To Protect Our Community

Covid infection rates

Our local rates (as of 1 July 2021):

  • 650 (Levenshulme Central)
  • 442 (Levenshulme South & Burnage North)
  • 498 (Levenshulme North)

and within a kilometre the rate is 962.

The rate for Manchester as a whole is now 544. On 17 May the rate was 43.

Levenshulme was designated a High Risk Area on 20 May and the Director of Public Health said action was needed to avoid rates getting to 300 as they were in Bolton at that point. There was a two to three week window of opportunity with it being a “race against time” to prevent a rise in infection rates.

Since then the government also designated Greater Manchester and much of the North West of England an Enhanced Response Area on 8 June with people told to get tested twice a week. An update on ERA status is available HERE.

As of 1 July 61.2% of adults have had one vaccination and 39.4% have had two vaccinations in Manchester.

Rules removed

You can read the full government announcement from 5 July 2021 HERE

Manchester will be the same as all of England on 19 July with pretty much all restrictions and rules used to protect people removed.

Protect Yourself and others

Please get vaccinated for your own protection and for the protection of our community.

Protective measures such as face masks and social distancing may not be compulsory from 19 July but it is advisable to remain cautious during this third wave of infections.

Check the Manchester City Council website for updates including pop-up vaccination centres HERE

The closest pop-up vaccination centre is currently at Belle Vue with a free shuttle bus running through Levenshulme with a pick up point on Matthews Lane.