The Bee Hive Summer Fair will happen in Cringle Park on Sunday 10th July, 11am to 2pm.
A message from the new Manchester Library of Things at Levenshulme Old Library.
We need a bigger team of volunteers! If you have some free time and want to help us open Manchester’s first Library of Things, please come to our next online meeting on 27th July at 7.30pm.
Drop us a message or email email@example.com for the link, or to find out more.
Coming soon to #Levenshulme…MCR’s first Library of Things!
MCRLoT is your community shed: full of things you need, but don’t want to buy. You can borrow everything from power tools + pizza ovens to carpet cleaners + jet washers.
Manchester City Council is holding a consultation on its “Integrated Communities Strategy”.
The council wants views on:
- How [the council can] strengthen the ways Mancunians could get along even better.
- Your experiences of how different communities interact where you live.
Summary information is below or you can see more detailed information and respond to the consultation HERE
The consultation closes on Friday 15th July 2022.
Manchester Integrated Communities Strategy Consultation
Getting along with each other is key to making Manchester the best it can be for everyone who wants to call our city home.
The Council is currently running a consultation so that residents can tell us about how we strengthen the ways Mancunians could get along even better, and their experiences of how different communities interact where they live.
These views will be used to create the city’s first Integrated Communities Strategy. This strategy will support communities and relationships within them to become stronger – it’s about improving everyone’s chances of a good life.
There is a yard sale at The Klondyke on Saturday 16th July, 11.00-16.00.
- daytime tunes
- serving wood-fired pizza
- offer on Aperol Spritz
- various stalls including clothing, decorative items, baby clothes, toys, household items …
An endless array of products offer a more sustainable way to consume based on recycling and saving money. If you are searching for originality at a low price then don’t miss it. Someone’s junk is someone else’s treasure!
Manchester City Council is making additional £150 payments to people via a council tax rebate.
This is a further payment from the government that Manchester City Council has decided how to allocate from the government’s £1,626,150 discretionary fund allocation to Manchester.
Manchester City Council says:
“We’ve made discretionary Council Tax Energy Rebate payments of £150 to some of our residents most in need. For some families and residents aged 80 or over, this is a second payment of £150. If you pay your council tax by Direct Debit, we’ve paid the £150 directly into your bank account and sent you a letter. If you don’t pay by Direct Debit, or have no council tax to pay, we’ve sent you a Post Office Voucher.”Manchester City Council
People who qualify for these payments should receive them by 11 July 2022.
Further details are available HERE
St Marys RC Primary School have been working with a group of 8 Year 5 children for this project, based in our local nature reserve, Highfield Country Park, alongside the Friends of Highfield Country Park.
The children have been making woodland crafts, and Martin Maudsley has told the group nature stories over the 4 seasons and been filmed there.
The whole project will be at The Whitworth Art Gallery for the day on Saturday 2nd July. The children will have stalls to tell visitors about the woodland crafts (foraging, whittling, coppicing, charcoal making, willow bark weaving, wreath making and clay), and Martin is telling stories.
Listen to the stories HERE
The £2.6m Greater Manchester Green Spaces Fund supports community-led projects that increase the amount and quality of accessible, nature-rich green space in the city region, particularly in the areas where people need it most.
The first round of applications will close at 9am on August 22nd, 2022.
Further information is available HERE
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
Information from Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester.
Three days of strike action across the country’s railway networks are due to take place this week on Tuesday 21, Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 June, resulting in very few services running.
Disruption is expected to spill over into non- strike days and services that do run are expected to be extremely busy. Local rail operators Northern and Transpeninne Express are encouraging passengers not to travel with them.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is working with operators to provide enhanced services across the bus and tram network, where possible.
Additional double trams will be running across Metrolink on strike days and will be prioritised in areas of greatest demand to help passengers get around, with thousands of free park and ride spaces available at dozens of sites across Greater Manchester.
A dedicated travel information page has been set up to help people plan their journey HERE
Three Community Worker roles are available for August to support a Holiday Activities and Food programme.
Information and advice on the Household Support Fund.
You can download all information as a single PDF here:
Carol Cook is hoping to identify people in this wedding photo taken in Levenshulme.
This was in the 1950s, probably before 1955. The best man was Ronnie Johnston.
If you have any information drop us a line at the LCA and we’ll pass it on to Carol or put you in touch with her if you can help.
Jeremy Hoad (LCA Secretary)
The Bee Sanctuary has got together an amazing group of people with specialist knowledge to help them make as comprehensive as possible record of the wildlife on the Bee Sanctuary and Highfield Country Park in ONE DAY.
Birdwatchers, Bug hunters, Bee botherers, Slug lovers and all nature watchers welcome.
12 June starting 10am
Manchester Library of Things Ground Clearance Day
Volunteers needed! We need all hands on deck at Levenshulme Old Library on Saturday 11th June 10.00-14.00 to help us get the grounds ready for our shipping container.
This is where we’ll keep all of the lovely Things for MCRLOT, and planning permission has now gone in – woohoo!
While we wait to hear back, we’ll be clearing and levelling the ground, and tidying up the library garden while we’re at it. We’d love as many people as possible to help us, so please come along and share this event!
What is the Manchester Library of Things?
Coming soon to Levenshulme… Manchester’s very first Library of Things!
MCRLoT is your community shed: bursting with things you need, but don’t want to buy. It works just like a normal library, you can borrow whatever you like – from power tools and pizza ovens to carpet cleaners and camping equipment.
Together, we can have more, save money and protect the planet.
Check out our new website here: www.mcrlot.com
There will be a School Street Event followed by lots of family activities in the park, supported by MCC Parks, Friends of Chapel Street, Bluebell Gardens, Bee Sanctuary Movement and Grounded MCR CIC.
- Thursday 16 June
- 14.30-16.00 Chapel Street
- 15.00-17.00 Chapel Street Park
Reminder that this exhibition is on today at Levenshulme Old Library until 3pm. Thanks to Ciara Leeming and Laura Deane.
Venice comes to St Mark’s!
Come and join the Vivaldi Ensemble at 7pm on Sunday 26th June in a concert of light classical music at St Mark’s Church, Levenshulme.
This is a family friendly event so all are welcome. Admission is free, and all donations will go to UNICEF to support children in areas of war.
See you there! 7pm, Sun 26th June, at Mark’s Church, Broom Lane, Levenshulme, M19
Gardening sessions at Bluebell Green in Chapel Street Park
Just a reminder if you have green fingers or would like to learn more about gardening, we’re open at these times through the growing season.
Monday and Wednesday are for adult gardening but children welcome to come and play in the kids area while grown ups garden.
Saturdays are our regular community and volunteer sessions. Come down to play, garden, volunteer or just sit and enjoy the space.
The new Lidl supermarket on Fallowfield Retail Park has been approved by the council.
All buildings on the right side of the retail park will be demolished to make way for the new store with the exception of the Doctor’s Surgery that will remain.
The range of shops will be dramatically reduced which is unfortunate when the aim is to have people travel less and stay local. For example after losing Gay Lyfe a few years ago the area has now lost Jollye’s Pet Store.
It also seems likely this development will generate more traffic in the area at a location known for its congestion.
Further information is available on the Place North West website HERE.
A message from the lovely people at Grounded MCR.
The BARK HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR in aid of Manchester and Cheshire Dogs Home, is coming up fast on 3rd June, 12.00-17.00.
Please follow THIS LINK to enter your dog. All proceeds from the dog show go to the Dogs Home.
And it ain’t just Cringle Crufts. We also have:
- free kids activities – giant games and arts and crafts
@mcrlot Manchester Library of Things which we are reet excited about
- @manchesterlibrarytrail with their amazing book selection
- halal bbq
- amazing vegan & veggie hummus and toppings from @musmushummus
- @thedogcakeco with their delish creations
- dancing, merriment and sun, cos we’re hard at work manifesting that!
Spread the word and see you there, Cringlers, dawgs and fwends.
Manchester Evening News has published ten photos of Levenshulme from the 1990s.
Are you in one of the photos? What memories do the photos bring back for you?
One of the photos is of the Community Centre on Chapel Street where Levenshulme Community Association used to be based.
View the photos HERE
Join the Friends of Highfield Country Park for their monthly walk around the park on Saturday 28th May!
They will be exploring different areas of the park and discovering the range of nature and wildlife that can be found. This will also be a chance to find out more about the Friends group and their future plans.
Everyone is welcome to join and the walk will be suitable for all ages and abilities. Meet by the Bowler Street entrance (postcode: M19 2UA) at 11am with the walk lasting until around 12.30pm.
Find out more about Highfield Country Park HERE
The Friends of Levenshulme Station will hold a meeting on Wednesday 18 May 2022, 18.30-19.30 at Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre.
Streets for People Levenshulme & Burnage
If you want to…
- Send a message to drivers and the council that pavement parking isn’t acceptable
- Meet fellow residents who share your concerns about pavement parking
- Find out how you can get involved in our campaign to end pavement parking
Come to our day of action this Saturday (30 April)! Meet outside Arcadia at 11am.
Find out more on the Streets for People website HERE
A new initiative from Levenshulme Market…
LEVENSHULME MARKET ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE
That’s right! With support from Arts Council England we’re proud announce Levenshulme Market is funding two local artists to work in the heart of Levenshulme’s local high street, creating an artistic project which connects with the community.
As regular customers know, each week Manchester’s artists can be found at the market, selling their incredible work directly to the warm and welcoming people of Levenshulme.
Now two of those artists, both of whom are Levenshulme locals, have been appointed as the market’s artists-in-residence.
This spring their joint project A Portrait of Levenshulme will see Laura Deane and Ciara Leeming popping up at a market stall offering FREE photographic portraits and drawing and collage workshops, and inviting participants to reflect on what makes this neighbourhood special.
This initiative has been made possible by Arts Council England’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund to mark the Queen’s 70 year reign. Similarly, this project aims to celebrate the resilience, longevity and diversity in Levenshulme.
You’ll find Laura and Ciara at the market 11am-3pm this Saturday (23 April) at Levenshulme train station car park.
What’s going on at Brickie Green? A grassroots community project.
Dates for the diary
3rd June – Garden party! in celebration of the queens jubilee
15th August – annual general meeting
If your able to donate material, time, or skills please get in touch! Facebook page HERE
Levenshulme Community Association was pleased to host the Burnage Ward hustings at St Peter’s Church this evening.
We are grateful to Greg Sammons who represented the Liberal Democrats (standing in for Bryn Coombes) and Sham Raja who represented the Conservative Party (standing in for Md Shahed Hossain). They are pictured here with Jeremy Hoad (LCA Secretary) who hosted the evening.
Unfortunately Dick Venes (Green Party) had to pull out due to illness. Murtaza Ranjha Iqbal (Labour Party) sent his apologies.
Thanks to Rev. George Reeves for providing St Peter’s Church as such a splendid venue.
We look forward to returning to St Peter’s for the Levenshulme Ward hustings at 15.00 on Saturday 23 April.
It’s election time again and we’re back with hustings for both Burnage Ward and Levenshulme Ward after being prevented from holding them because of the pandemic restrictions.
This is your opportunity to ask questions of local election candidates in person and see how they respond. All questions will be addressed to all candidates. These are the people standing to be your local councillor and representative on Manchester City Council.
Thank you to Rev. George Reeves, Rector of St Peter and St Mark’s Parish, for kindly hosting the hustings at St Peter’s Church.
Burnage Ward Hustings
- Thursday 21 April
- St Peter’s Church, Stockport Road, M19 3BS
Levenshulme Ward Hustings
- Saturday 23 April
- St Peter’s Church, Stockport Road, M19 3BS
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
Everyone is welcome to the Unity Iftar at Madina Masjid on Saturday 16 April at 19.30.
You can book a place by scanning the QR code below or via the link HERE
Eggstatic to announce a party in Cringle Park 10-1pm on Friday. See ya there, egg fans.
Levenshulme Old Library has set up Levenshulme Community Hubs group, consisting of a range of community organisations in the area, and have been working behind the scenes to secure funding to improve volunteering in the area. They are currently conducting research into what is available in the area and what is needed, to support volunteer programmes.
As people working in and around the community, it would be really helpful to have your input in this survey, which should only take a couple of minutes to complete:
Go to the survey HERE
Please also share with anybody living and/or working in the Levenshulme area so that LOL can get a good picture of what they need to do!
Thanks so much for your help!
There’s a GB Spring Clean event on Mathews Lane on Weds 6th April (drop-in 11am to 2pm).
2023 Review of Parliamentary constituencies
The Boundary Commission for England has proposed changing the parliamentary constituency boundary that includes Levenshulme. It is also proposed that the constituency is renamed to Manchester Longsight. It is currently the Manchester Gorton constituency.
You can find out about the proposals HERE
The current consultation is live now and ends on 4 April 2022.
The existing (dark blue) and proposed new (bright red) constituency boundaries are shown below. You can switch between these views more easily on the Boundary Commission website via the link above.
There is a full time job advertised for a full time Lifeguard/ Leisure Assistant at Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre. Anyone interested please see details below to apply.
Details are also available on the GLL website HERE (scroll to the bottom of the page and do a search for jobs in Manchester).
Activities at Bluebell Green in Chapel St Park, March-June.
Friends of Highfield Country Park are looking for new committee members. Message below:
We are looking for two volunteer roles to fill in the committee and we would be extremely grateful if you could let us know if you are interested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
We would also be very grateful if you could send this opportunity to anyone in your networks who might be interested.
As treasurer, you have responsibility for looking after our group’s money. Your role will be to keep transparent accounts including receipts and report to the committee. This role will require approximately 4 hours per month and is ideally suited to someone with financial or accounting experience.
Social Media Volunteer
We are looking for a creative and technologically savvy individual to help the Friends of Highfield engage the local community with the park, including through our new website and social media. We think this will require approximately 4 hours per month.
If you are interested drop us a line and let us know why you would like volunteer for your local green space. Let us know by 19th April, and we look forward to meeting up for a walk around the park,
Alec, Jane, Vicki and Lillian
Committee of The Friends of Highfield Country Park
The government is providing a £150 rebate on council tax for select households.
If you pay by Direct Debit you should receive the rebate automatically in April.
If you do not pay by Direct Debit Manchester City Council should contact you to directly so you can claim the rebate.
The rebate is available to people living in council tax bands A to D – including 95% of rented properties.
Further information is available from the government HERE
Information from Manchester City Council is available HERE
The UK Government has introduced a Bill into Parliament, seeking the power to build and operate the next section of the HS2 railway between Crewe and Manchester, with a connection to the West Coast Main Line to serve stations in Scotland and the North West.
HS2 Ltd are holding a webinar on Thursday 17 March 2022, 18.00-19.00 to discuss the Crewe to Manchester section of the new railway.
During this webinar we will give a brief presentation on the Bill and point out some of the main features of the proposed new railway in Manchester. The majority of time, however, will be set aside for questions – giving you the chance to ask the team about the Bill and what it means for Manchester.
Register to attend the webinar HERE
Find out more about this route HERE
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.
A message from the fabulous Vicky Richardson at AllFM.
“Listen up to ALLFM on Tuesday March 8th. Its International Women’s Day and the ladies of ALLFM take over the airwaves from 7a.m-2a.m with interesting interviews, great guests brilliant banter and top tunes.
Check out the schedule and join me on the late shift at midnight for a special edition of NIGHT MOVES when I’ll be chatting to my friend the champion videographer documentary maker and soundtrack composer and musician JO GENDLE about her life and many careers. She will also be premiering her new compositions and bringing in her favourite tunes!”
Vicky’s own show, Night Moves, will be on air from midnight to 2am.
Photos courtesy Vicky Richardson/ AllFM
International Women’s Day activities at Bluebell Green in Chapel Street Park.
A message from Jamie Whittaker:
“Hello, Jen Savaris and I are flying out to Poland on the 8th of March to bring selected items from the refugee appeal list to Medyka bordering Ukraine where over 50,000 refugees are arriving every day. We are self-funding the trip and limited with what we can bring as we are flying over, we want to give directly to those in need and see what other assistance we can offer whilst there to the amazing volunteering groups already out there and build a relationship with the organisations so we can share that with the people in the UK who want to further support them.
We have an allowance of 160kg to fly out with and the items we need the most to take with us are:
- Sanitary pads
- Toothpaste and toothbrushes
- Miniature First aid kits
- Warm Hats
- Packaged soaps
We also have a fundraising page if anyone would like to financially support our efforts whilst out there, after emptying the luggage on Day 1 we will then go and refill a further 160kg each day we are there by purchasing things needed such as food, baby goods and anything else the charities request. Where we can, we are going to try and pass some of the stuff on to those still in the Ukraine and especially those being denied entry into the bordering countries.
The fundraising page is available HERE
BACS bank transfer: Jennifer Savaris, Sort Code: 09-01-28, Account number: 64195110
All donations will be made transparent, and we will be keeping all receipts as proof of where donations are going. If you can support our efforts, we would be extremely grateful. Thank you so much. Jamie & Jen (The Gherkin & Perry’s Pantry Foodbank).
Please drop off at The Gherkin. Let staff know it’s for Ukraine not the kindness kabinet.”
The MEN also has an article about Jen and Jamie’s trip HERE
Free food parcels for those in need.
Sunday 27th February, 14.00-15.30 at UKIM Madina Masjid & Community Centre, Madina Masjid, 2 Barlow Road.
Northern Rail Services Update & “Do Not Travel” Advice
Northern are advising customers NOT TO TRAVEL on Friday 18 February 2022 due to severe storms across the network
STORMS – DO NOT TRAVEL FRIDAY 18 FEB
Do not travel between 0900-2100 on Friday 18 February.
Storms Dudley (from Wednesday 16 to Thursday 17), followed by Eunice (on Friday 18, into the weekend) are expected to bring high winds and heavy rainfall to the Northern network.
The storms will cause significant disruption across the network. Customers should expect delays and cancellations and are strongly advised not to travel on Friday 18 and to check before you travel for the rest of the weekend.
Please check your trains as close to the time of your departure as possible and we urged you to consider whether your journey is necessary.
Northern tickets dated for Friday 18 February will be valid on Northern services on Thursday 17 and Saturday 19 February.
Other train operators are also affected by these disruptions. If travelling further or using other train companies, make sure you check the latest info before travelling.
Due to the projected extreme weather which is forecast for Friday 18 February in the form of Storm Eustice, we will be operating an amended timetable on a number of routes and have issued a ‘Do Not Travel’ notice.
Please be aware that the following service amendments will take place on these routes:
Blackpool – Manchester Airport via Bolton
All Blackpool – Manchester Airport via Bolton services will be suspended. The hourly service between Blackpool and Hazel Grove via Bolton will continue to operate
Liverpool – Manchester Airport via Warrington Central (Express)
Liverpool Lime Street – Crewe via Newton-le-Willows/Manchester and Liverpool Lime Street – Manchester Oxford Road via Warrington Central are planned to operate as normal. Liverpool – Warrington Bank Quay services will be suspended
Liverpool – Wigan North Western
All Liverpool Lime Street – Blackpool North services via Leyland will be suspended, Liverpool – Wigan North Western services are planned to operate as normal
Lancaster – Morecambe and Heysham Port
All services will be suspended
Lancaster – Leeds via Bentham
All services will be suspended
Manchester Piccadilly – New Mills Central will be reduced
Manchester Piccadilly – Sheffield via New Mills are planned to operate as normal. Manchester Piccadilly – New Mills Central services will be suspended
Manchester Piccadilly – Hadfield
A service is planned to operate on this route every 90 minutes
Southport – Wigan – Alderley Edge
No services will operate Southport – Alderley Edge. Southport – Stalybridge trains are planned to operate as normal
Kirkby – Blackburn via Manchester Victoria and Todmorden
Service will operate Kirkby – Wigan Wallgate only
Manchester Victoria – Leeds services will reduce to two trains per hour, one service from Chester via Bradford and the other Wigan – Leeds via Brighouse.
The amended services will appear in Journey Planners shortly. All other routes are timetabled to operate subject to weather conditions.
Advice from Manchester City Council
An amber warning has been issued for Manchester tomorrow as Storm Eunice is forecast to bring extremely strong winds.
Winds may reach 50-70mph between 10:00 and 16:00 tomorrow. Although still likely to be windy after 16:00 it is not expected to be disruptively so. The initial forecast impacts of snow are not thought to be likely across Manchester. Saturday is expected to be calmer but further heavy rain and high winds are expected Sunday into Monday with potential flooding but this will be closely monitored.
The key utilities providers and Emergency services have high levels of preparedness and resilience. Disruption to the rail network is expected to be high and they are asking people not to travel by rail tomorrow. Transport for Greater Manchester is asking people to consider if there journey is really necessary and only travel if required.
Key impacts as a result are likely to be damage to trees, buildings, particularly tall buildings and building sites with cranes/scaffolding, flying debris and disruption to travel.
With the unusually high speed of the winds please be aware about potential for damage on building sites, cranes, scaffolding etc.
St Andrew’s Primary School will be holding a School Street event next Thursday 17th February at pick-up time (between 2.30pm & 4pm).
Parents are encouraged to make active choices with their children about travel to school. Information will be provided to neighbours this week and parents (including Superkids) early next week.
Access to Broom Avenue will only be possible for residents and those with particular needs. For others who do need to use their cars, there are many places nearby within a 2 minute walk of Broom Avenue that are available to park and walk the final bit, including on the Loop to the back gate of school.
It is hoped that this could be an opportunity for those who are able to make a walking choice to do so.
Thanks to George Reeves for this information.
Levenshulme & Burnage proposed Tenants Union
Open meetings to find out the plans and to join up will be held:
Saturday 5th February 2:30pm – Sun in September Pub
Thursday 10th February 6pm – Levenshulme Inspire
Information from Manchester City Council
Financial support for your business
There are now three financial support schemes available to businesses through funding that was announced by the Government to help businesses in light of the Omicron variant.
COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) replaces the right to request a reduction in business rates from the Valuation Office Agency due to COVID-19 and allows us to pay successful businesses a relief of up to 100% of their 2021/22 business rates bill. The fund is limited and only available to businesses that have been adversely affected by COVID-19 and are ineligible for existing COVID related business rates reliefs.
Read more about CARF and how to apply.
Additional Restrictions Grant top up (ARG) is designed to support businesses that have been impacted by the latest Covid-19 variant but are not eligible for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG).
Find out more about the discretionary scheme and how to apply.
The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) Did you receive a Local Restriction Support Grant last year? If your business offers in-person services on the premises in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors you might be eligible for a one-off Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant payment of up to £6,000.
Check eligibility and apply online.