Scruffs Dog Show

Scruffs Dog Show will be held on Greenbank playing field, Barlow Road on Sunday 26th April, starting at 12.00.

There are 7 categories:

  • handsomest dog;
  • prettiest bitch;
  • best rescue;
  • best veteran;
  • waggiest tail;
  • fancy dress; and
  • dog the judge would most like to take home.

Registration from 12 noon, £1 per category, proceeds to Manchester and Cheshire dogs home. Judging from 1 pm.

Refreshments and tombola as well.

  

Stockport Road Resurfacing and Redesign

£2 million funding has been secured to resurface Stockport Road from the Appollo to McVities.

The stretch of Stockport Road running through Levenshulme in particular is in a dire state of repair and has been in desperate need of attention for some time so this is great news.

We understand the project will include new cycle provision and redesign of the road to improve access and usability. Residents’ groups and businesses will be included in consultation about the exact design.

The project is scheduled to start this summer (2015). Further details will be reported when available.

2015 Elections: Paul Magrs at the Hustings 

The marvellous Paul Magrs did a painting of the Levenshulme hustings organised by the LCA at the Klondyke. Have fun seeing who you can identify in the crowd.

  

2015 Elections: Levenshulme Ward Hustings

The LCA hosted a packed hustings for Levenshulme Ward on Tuesday 21st April. The event was chaired by Jean Bernard who ably kept everything in order with the assistance of LCA Core Group members. All candidates attended apart from the Conservative and the Klondyke was packed to capacity. The commitment and engagement of Levenshulme residents is a wonderful thing!

Thanks to the Klondyke for hosting the event.

Photographs courtesy of Jeremy Hoad.

   
  

  

  

  

  

  

  

    

  

  

  

   


  

 

 

   

Elections 2015: Hustings start tomorrow

The hustings for the 2015 elections start tomorrow. Everyone is welcome.

Hustings for the local and national elections in May 2015 are planned as follows:

Levenshulme Local Election
Tuesday 21st April, 19.30 at the Klondyke, 1 Burnage Range

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


Aviva Community Fund

Insurance company Aviva have a Community Fund:

“The Aviva Community Fund offers you the chance to secure funding for an important cause in your community.

Open to everyone – Aviva customers, employees, insurance brokers or financial advisers (whether associated with Aviva or not) and the general public – we want you to submit a project for your community organisation and tell us what difference these much-needed funds could make.

Secure enough votes from friends, family and supporters in your community and you could be entered into the Finals, where a judging panel will award the funds.

The Aviva Community Fund offers support and funding to the causes close to your heart. Put forward a project for a local cause, and you could win it funding of up to £25,000.”

Further information is available HERE

People’s Health Trust Community Funding Available Now

Levenshulme qualifies for funding under the People’s Health Trust scheme as outlined by the organisation below:

“Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years.

It’s for projects seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. We’re looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, we mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or villages. 

We’re also looking for great ideas from communities of interest. By this we mean a group of people who have things in common and wish to come together to address something that is important to them. These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood, or cover a wider area. 

We run a two stage application process over a six week period that begins with a short online form. There’s step by step guidance to help you along the way but if you need any support, please call us on 020 7697 4021 or email us.”

Further information including an online application form is available HERE

Parliamentary Hustings 29/04/15

Levenshulme Interfaith Forum are hosting hustings for the parliamentary election on Wednesday 29th April, 19.30-21.30 at the Jain Centre on Stockport Road.  

How To Register To Vote

Registering to vote is easy. You can do it online HERE

If you want to vote in any of the elections next month – local or national – you must have registered before 20th April 2015.


Easter Open Day At Shores Fold Community Farm

 Shores Fold Community Farm (Cringle Road, Levenshulme, M19 2WD) are holding an Easter Open Day on Monday 6th April, 11.00-16.00.

£3 Adults, £2 Children

All money raised will be invested in improving the Farm for our community.

  

Easter and Spring at Levenshulme Market

Easter and Spring activities at Levenshulme Market on 4th and 11th April. Prizes, special offers and free fun for kids.

  

Poetry Night at Al Waalis – Mushaira Tour 2015

Al Waalis Restaurant (at the end of  the station car park) is hosting comic poets Anwar Masood and Khalid Masood in a charity dinner on Saturday 11th April from 18.00.

The event is part of the Mushaira Tour 2015 organised by the UK Islamic Mission charity to raise money to promote education in rural Pakistan.

Tickets (£10, children under 5 free) can be booked HERE

  

2015 Elections Candidates

These are the candidates standing in the 2015 local and national elections.

Both Levenshulme and Gorton South are listed for the local elections because Levenshulme is covered by both wards and the Levenshulme ward alone does not include all of Levenshulme.

Levenshulme Ward, Manchester City Council

John Commons (Liberal Democrat Party)

Fiona Higgins  (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)

Khawar Iqbal (Conservative Party)

Basat Sheikh ((Labour Party)

Dick Venes (Green Party)

View the official candidate list HERE

Gorton South Ward, Manchester City Council

Dick Brown (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)

Bob Catterall (UK Independence Party)

Peter Cookson (Labour Party)

Andrew Hickey (Lineral Democrat Party)

Melvyn Newton (Green Party)

Timo Opesan (Conservative Party)

View the official candidate list HERE

Manchester Gorton Parliamentary Constituency

Mohammed Afzal (Conservative Party)

Laura Bannister (Green Party)

Cristian Chesha (Pirate Party UK)

Phil Eckersley (UK Independence Party)

Simon Hickman (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)

Gerald Kaufman (Labour Party)

Dave Page (Liberal Democrat Party)


View the official candidate list HERE


NOTE

Levenshulme Community Association is an apolitical organisation. Any mention of candidates or elected representatives by the LCA is for information purposes and should not be taken to imply an endorsement of any individual or political party.

Levenshulme Market Finalist in BBC Food & Farming Awards 2015

Levenshulme Market is one of only three finalists in the prestigious BBC Food and Farming Awards 2015 market category.

The weekly market has been recognised for pioneering work as a social enterprise which helps to empower its community to take ownership of the high street in Levenshulme through its Market Fund, launched this year, as well as being providing a “diverse range of high quality traders, with a changing roster of 50 artisan traders, [including] a variety of fresh produce and street food” and developing the market into a quality destination for food and drink retailers that has changed the face of markets in Manchester.

Read the full story on the Levenshulme Market website HERE

The BBC press release announcing the 2015 finalists is available HERE



Photograph courtesy of Levenshulme Market

LCA Election Results and 2015-16 Priorities

The LCA AGM this afternoon included elections with the following results:

Officers

  • Peter Naughton (Chair)
  • Jeremy Hoad (Secretary)
  • Malcolm Cowen (Treasurer)

Core Group Members

  • Matthew Ball
  • Karen Broady
  • Lawrence Hennigan
  • Mark Lake
  • John Roby Brown

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:

  • finding a future for the Levenshulme Library building;
  • increasing community engagement;
  • ensuring active community involvement in the development of the new Arcadia Leisure Centre;
  • sharing information both online and through distributed means to reach as many people as possible;
  • building on the larger LCA membership of the past year;
  • providing more events such as the very successful LCA Community Forum meetings;
  • providing information on community funding opportunities and sources;
  • enabling and supporting greater involvement in the LCA from currently less represented groups in line with LCA key aims of inclusiveness;
  • exploring how to improve access at Levenshulme Station;
  • strengthening, developing and promoting Levenshulme as a great place to live, work and play.

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.


Manchester Communities Together Event

This year Manchester Communities Together will showcase the diversity of local opportunities and inspire you with new ways to get involved in your local neighbourhood.

Attendance is limited so please reserve your place for this interesting event by Thursday 19 March.

To register email:    community.engagement@manchester.gov.uk

with your name, telephone number, the details of friends coming with you, accessibility considerations and express your interest in one or more of our workshops.

Find out more HERE

2015 Election: Pirate Party Candidate Launch Meeting

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.

An Evening With Acclaimed Levenshulme Artist Daniel Pitts

Fred’s Ale House on Stockport Road will be hosting an evening with Daniel Pitts, acclaimed local artist, on Friday 20th March from 18.00-21.00.



Nelly Globe

Nelly Globe is a Levenshulme based charitable organisation that aims to develop creative projects and work in partnership with individuals and organisations on a local, national and international level. Nelly Globe has recently undertaken a project with the Stroke Association, described below.


Nelly Globe website HERE


Dave Hulston’s blog HERE and facebook page HERE


 

Salford stroke survivors tell their story through sculpture

 

Stroke survivors from Salford have created a unique piece of art to convey their individual experiences of stroke, after attending workshops organised by the Stroke Association and Nelly Globe.

 

The group of ten stroke survivors and carers took part in weekly workshops at St John’s Church Hall in Pendlebury for eight weeks, from Monday 12 January.Organised by the Stroke Association, the workshops were led by Nelly Globe, acharity which works with people in recovery from trauma, through art lead projects to encourage positive life changes.

 

Each week, the group explored different techniques, including word association, photography and art skills. They chose to transform a disused wheelchair into a piece of abstract art, to represent their individual lives and experience of stroke. The finished sculpture will be displayed in an exhibition at Salford Royal Hospital to celebrate Action on Stroke Month in May 2015.

 

Dave HulstonCreative Director at Nelly Globe, said: “The wheelchair is a metaphor for reinvention, to express how much a stroke can change lives in an instant. At the beginning of the sessions, people were a little apprehensive but as the weeks went on, we’ve seen the group really embrace the project and evolve together, alongside the sculpture. There has been a lot of emotion each week and we’re thrilled with the final results.

 

Wesley Boardman, 36 from Swintontook part in the projectHe was just 31 when he had a stroke in 2009 and was told he would never walk, talk or swallow again. After being fed through a PEG feeding tube for more than three years, with sheer determination Wesley is now able to eat meals again, cycles and attends the gym three times a week. However, the stroke has left him with difficulties with his balance, mobility, speech and hearing.

 

Wesley said: “I’ve always been interested in art in the more traditional sense, such as painting and drawing, but these workshops have helped me see things in a different way. When I had my stroke, I expected to be back to normal in a couple of weeks but it’s been a long road to recovery. Working alongside the group has helped us express the challenges we faced during our stroke journeys.”

 

Joanne Myers, Communication Support Coordinator at the Stroke Association said: “The group has not only given people the opportunity to learn new skills, it has also encouraged social interaction and helped to build confidence. We see sheer courage and determination many stroke survivors, like Wesley, show in coping with the loss of many things we take for granted, such as being able to say what we are feeling or walk on our own. This project has enabled the group members to express themselves in new and very powerful ways.”

 

The Stroke Association provides an Information, Advice and Support Service and Communication Support in Salford, in partnership with Salford City Council and Salford Clinical Commissioning Group.

 

The Stroke Association is the UK’s leading stroke charity which campaigns to improve stroke care; supports people to make the best recovery they can; and funds ground-breaking research to change the lives of people affected by stroke. For more information about stroke, ring the Helpline on 0303 30 33 100 or visit www.stroke.org.uk

 

Notes

• A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. There are around 152,000 strokes in the UK every year and it is the leading cause of severe adult disability. There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke. 
• Stroke Association is a charity. We believe in life after stroke and together we can conquer stroke. We work directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. We campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. We fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke. More information can be found at www.stroke.org.uk












Levenshulme Market Fund 2015 Results

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.

Manchester Irish Festival 2015 Launch

The Manchester Irish Festival 2015 launches at 20.00 at Fred’s Ale House on Stockport Road on Friday 6th March.

Further information is available HERE


Free Piano Available From Stockport FLAG

Stockport FLAG, an advice & guidance charity in Stockport, has been asked if they can re-home an upright piano.

The owner would like to donate it to a charity or other good cause rather than have it taken away to landfill. It’s in good condition, but requires tuning and will need collection from Heaton Moor (there are also some steps to negotiate).

If you know of an organisation or community group who could make good use of it, and are able to pick it up, just contact FLAG on 0161 474 1042 and they will put you in touch.

Hard Rain Poetry Evening

Another Hard Rain Poetry evening hits Levenshulme at Thairish on Stockport Road on Monday 30th March.

18.00-20.00 Poetry & creative writing workshop (Jolivia Gaston & Shamshad Khan)

20.00-22.00 Reading by Jolivia Gaston and open mic session

Hard Rain Poetry is a voluntary community project that encourages local creative expression. 

Meetings are FREE and open to everyone.

Levenshulme Players Present Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh

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.

£22m Boost For Cycling In Manchester

Manchester is one of eight cities to benefit from investment in cycling infrastructure from the government. The Department for a transport has confirmed Manchester has been awarded £22m from the total funding of £115m. This follows an investment of £20m in 2013.

Further details are available from Transport for Greater Manchester HERE

An article from the Manchester Evening News is available HERE

Information on the Greater Manchester Cycling Strategy is available HERE

Levenshulme Community Association AGM 14th March 2015

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.

Levenshulme Market Re-launch Weekend

Levenshulme Market kicks off again on Saturday 7th March closely followed by a voting event for the Market Fund 2015 on Sunday 8th March. See the poster below for information including the theme of each market through the year.



2015 Elections: Hustings

Hustings for the local and national elections in May 2015 are planned as follows:

Levenshulme Local Election

Tuesday 21st April

19.30 at the Klondyke, 1 Burnage Range

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

Fred’s Comedy Club Opening Night

Fred’s Comedy Club is opening in – wait for it – Fred’s Ale House in Levenshulme.

The opening night on Wednesday 11th March at 19.30 will include appearances by Jo Enright, Cokey Falkow and Andy Kind.

Fred’s Comedy Club will run monthly.

Further details and tickets are available HERE

Cooking Project for Young People in Levenshulme and Gorton

A new cooking project has started at Levenshulme Inspire. Cook Off! is open to young people between the ages of 12-17 in Levenshulme and Gorton.

Sessions run every Tuesday from 18.00-20.00 at Levenshulme Inspire. Free entry and free food!

2015 Summer Of Lev

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.

  • Live Bands
  • DJ Sets
  • Dance & Circus Acts
  • Games
  • Football Skills Session
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Yoga & Dance Workshops
  • Real Ale & Food Stands

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.

Tickets

  • £10 Adults
  • £5 Children    (under 5s Free)
  • £25 Family



Levenshulme Market Fund 2015 – Shortlist Announced

A message from Helen Power about the 2015 Levenshulme Market Fund:

Applications to the fund for 2015 have now closed. We have been inundated with excellent applications and, because we got roughly twice as many as we were expecting we have had to short list the candidates.

Thankfully, we have a trusty group of independent assessors who had agreed to act as supervisors for the applications and the voting and they have very kindly worked together to produce a short list from the applicants received. The short listed applicants/projects are as follows:

  1. Byrne the Cake Brewery
  2. Decourcey Designs
  3. Indulge Dessert Café – Expansion
  4. LCDC – Craft in the Community
  5. Levenshulme Contemporary Art Centre – LCAC Shop
  6. Lily and Daisy Flower Company
  7. Love Levenshulme
  8. Samosa Shack
  9. Thairish Café – Facelift
  10. Woolly Mammoth

Further information about the voting event and the voting process are on our website HERE

Levenshulme Market Fund Public Voting On Every Application

People power comes to Levenshulme!

Levenshulme Market is providing £15,000 business funding for the people of Levenshulme. Applications have now closed but residents of Levenshulme will be able to vote on which applications are awarded funding.

This is a fantastic opportunity for open, public participation in grant funding. All applications will be considered for a public vote.

So come along to the Klondyke (1 Burange Range) between 17.00 and 21.00 on Sunday 8th March to find out about all the applications and vote for your favourites.

How marvellous to have an open, public decision making process where every vote counts and the people of Levenshulme make the decisions without any panels or experts or short lists or screening getting in the way. The process has been developed in consultation with Jez Hall, an expert in participatory decision making and Levenshulme resident.

Well done to Levenshulme Market and thanks to Helen Power, Brenda Smith and Neil Buttery (Market Directors) for coming along to the LCA Community Forum on 17th February and for Helen presenting this idea.

Come along on 8th March and make people power count. It will be lovely to see all of the ideas submitted.

Find out more on the Levenshulme Market website HERE

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FURTHER INFORMATION

(from Helen Power, Levenshulme Market Director)

“A little update on where we’re up to with the fund:

We have been blown away by the responses we received – far more than we were expecting and all from residents of Levenshulme and/or businesses based in M19. Because we got roughly twice as many as we were expecting we will have to short list the candidates, otherwise we will have to ask the residents of Levenshulme to spend pretty much a whole day and night at the voting event on 8th March! 

Thankfully, we have a trusty group of independent assessors who had agreed to act as supervisors for the applications (making sure they met all the criteria of the awards) and the voting (making sure there’s no funny business!) and they have very kindly agreed to work together to produce a short list from the applicants received.

They will be meeting tomorrow and – all being well – we will notify short listed applicants not long afterwards. 

We’re very much hoping that the short listed peeps will use the tools that social media provide to canvas for support amongst the people of Levenshulme ahead of the big vote so expect to hear more from them soon!

In the mean time, we’d just like to thank our independent assessors who represent The Kindling Trust, UnLtd, Heaton Moor Market and the North Manchester Regeneration team of MCC. “

2015 Election: TUSC Parliamentary Candidate Launch Meeting

A launch meeting for Simon Hickman who is standing as a parliamentary candidate for Manchester Gorton will be held at 19.30 on Thursday 26th February at the Klondyke (1Burnage Range).

This is an opportunity to “meet Simon Hickman and help select candidates to stand in the council elections in May”.

Simon is standing as a candidate for the Trades Union and Socialist Coalition.

Further information is available 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.

What’s Going On Around The Station And Market?

If you wondered what was happening around the station and the market it is a clean up funded by the council’s Clean City fund.

This project is being led by Incredible Edible Levenshulme with Levenshulme Market Community Interest Company and other groups such as Levenshulme Youth Project. It is an interesting collaboration of groups and people across Levenshulme to improve our environment.

All sorts of things are part of the project from the mural on the container in the car park to tidying up trees and vegetation around the site, installing new planters on the A6, planting and improving the Village Green and installing trendy bike racks that double up as planters. This promises to make a big difference to the area and everyone is welcome to get involved.

A summary of the project is available on the council website HERE and a schedule of planned work has just been released (see below). A more detailed description of the project is available HERE one the Levenshulme Market website.

Bike racks to be installed on the station car park and planted with blueberry bushes.

Levenshulme Benefits From City Clean Up Funding

Levenshulme has been one of the first areas to benefit from a new fund created by Manchester City Council to deep clean the city and tidy up tatty looking areas. The new project will also include funding for community groups. The information released by the council is provided below.

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A fund of £5.5million is to be spent on a city-wide clean up programme.
The wide range of projects will improve district centres, parks and roads over the next few months, ensuring that benefits are seen as quickly as possible.

Parks and community spaces will receive £1.5million of the money, to fund works that have already been requested by friends groups and other organisations, such as cleaning war memorials, resurfacing children’s play areas, planting new flowers and low-maintenance shrubs, making improvements to existing allotments and creating new ones.

Another £1million will be spent on district centres, funding repairs to pedestrian crossings and railings, new lighting to improve visibility and deter crime as well as improvements to the appearance of run-down buildings. Parking issues will also be addressed, with updated signage, and there will also be improvements to grass verges and other open spaces.

As well as these practical projects, this funding will also help residents and businesses to organise their own community clean up campaigns, and will enable the setting up of business forums to support local traders who want to get involved too.

Over £1million will help to improve local infrastructure, renewing unsightly or rusted railings, benches and other street furniture, and replacing old litter bins with new, larger models like those recently introduced in the city centre.

Almost £500,000 will be spent on getting rid of overgrown, vacant plots and clearing waste grounds of debris across the city. There will be intensive work to clear grot-spots, roads, alleyways, and pieces of waste land across the city, which residents have complained about and, finally, in response to other concerns raised by schools, we’ll also use this funding to repaint road markings outside schools where dangerous parking is a problem.

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See the Council page HERE

Levenshulme Local History Group Meeting 10th March

The next meeting of the Levenshulme Local History Group will take place on 10th March, 14.00 at Levenshulme Inspire.

The meeting is informal and everyone is welcome.

Levenshulme Neighbourhood Forum Meeting

NOTE: The meeting venue has been changed from the library to Levenshulme Inspire on Stockport Road.

The next meeting of the Levenshulme Neighbourhood Forum will take place on Wednesday 25th February from 18.00-19.45 at Levenshulme Inspire on Stockport Road.

All the best wishes and hope to see you on Wednesday,

Maria van Elk

Agenda

1.0 Area Designation
1.1 Do a knock on doors questionnaire?
1.2 The questionnaire and the information sheet
2.0 Constitution
2.1 Objective for constitution
2.2 Constitution development
2.3 Any other information needed for constitution
3.0 Publicity
3.1 Leaflet to the designated area
3.2 Which mediums to use for publicity?
4.0 Financial and milestone 1 support finishes end of March
5.0 Any other business
6.0 Next meeting

Incredible Edible Levenshulme Bike Racks and Planters

New planters and bike racks are coming soon to the car park by the railway station where Levenshulme Market is held courtesy of Incredible Edible Levenshulme and the council’s Clean and Green Manchester project.

New Community Funding From Laing O’Rourke

A message from Laing O’Rourke

We’re delighted to invite you the launch of the Laing O’Rourke Cash4Graft funding programme which is to take place from 18.00-20.00 on Tuesday 24th February 2015 at Laing O’Rourke offices at:
3 Archway, Birley Fields, Manchester, M15 5QJ

This exciting new fund focuses on supporting residents in the south Manchester area to come together to identify projects that will benefit their community and get together to deliver those projects. The programme will support grassroots community projects in and around the Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre development scheduled to be opened next year for sums from £50 to £250 which can kickstart great initiatives that make our neighbourhoods happier, healthier and safer places to live.

Laing commitment to engaging with local communities where it delivers projects is essential to their ethos and their corporate social responsibility strategy and the launch of this programme means that they can deliver real impact at a local level. – making a difference where you live!

This strength-based approach looks at what’s strong and not what’s wrong in communities – residents coming together to develop great ideas – and support existing groups that already deliver real impact in south Manchester neighbourhoods.

Please feel free to invite fellow community groups to what promises to be
an informal event where we can talk to you about the programme, how
you can get involved and how you can apply for funding from the programme. Forever Manchester is working in partnership with Laing O’Rourke to deliver this programme.

We’d be delighted to see you there and it would be great if you could e-mail me back to let me know that you can make it.

We look forward to meeting you.

Jean Mills
Head of Business Development

Email: jean@forevermanchester.com
Web: forevermanchester.com
Twitter: @JeanieFM

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(Google Maps link HERE)

Council Budget Cuts Last Chance To Comment

Today is the deadline for comments on the council’s proposed budget. This includes significant and severe cuts to services.

Comment via the council’s website HERE

Friends of Levenshulme Station Meeting

The next meeting of Friends of Levenshulme Station will be held on Wednesday 18th March 2015, 6:30pm at Levenshulme Library, Community Room, Cromwell Grove.

Stephen Forde (our excellent guest speaker last month) sent us information on Season Ticket prices from Levenshulme/Manchester City Centre which John Bridges has now kindly displayed on our FoLS notice boards.

(Please put our FoLS AGM date of Wed 20th May, 6:30pm in Levenshulme Library Community Room, Cromwell Grove, in your diary.)

Levenshulme Inspire Community Directors Wanted

WANTED: New Community Directors

Levenshulme Inspire is currently looking for three new community representatives to sit on its Board as Company Directors and Charity Trustees.

We are looking for people who:

* Visit Inspire on a regular basis as activity organisers or participants;

* Are passionate about our local area and have ideas about how Inspire can make it better;

* Are prepared to support Inspire’s vision and values and commit to the formal responsibilities of being a company director and charity trustee (information about these things is available on request).

If you would like to be considered then please complete this form (Downloadable Word Document) and submit it at Inspire by Friday 20th February 2015 or e-mail it to ed.cox@lev-inspire.org.uk.

View information on the Inspire website HERE

LCA Community Forum – Tuesday 17/2 @ the Klondyke

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 Market Fund 2015

Levenshulme Market is awarding £15,000 worth of grants to people who want to make a difference to Levenshulme high street or to start or develop their own retail businesses.

As a social enterprise, the team behind Levenshulme Market have always been loud proponents of the idea that bad high streets don’t happen to economically healthy retail environments and that putting a market into a high street with multiple problems is not going to solve those problems overnight.

That is why, for their first ever Market Fund, they will be awarding £15,000-worth of grants to people who want to make a difference to Levenshulme high street and residents who want to start or develop their own retail businesses. Not only that, but they are asking the community to choose what they should fund.

The team are now taking applications for their “high street innovation fund” which will take applications for grants up to £5000 and are open to anyone who has a retail or high street improvement project they would like to deliver in Levenshulme and for their “market innovation fund” which is designed for Levenshulme residents who want to start or improve their own business on the market and is taking applications up to £1000.

The Market is on hiatus through the winter months but will restart on Saturday 7th March 2015 and will operate every Saturday this year until December.

The the final decisions on who will be funded by the scheme will be made by Levenshulme residents at an event being held on Sunday 8th March 2015, 5.00pm – 9.00pm, at The Klondyke Club, Burnage Range, Levenshulme, M19 2HQ.

Further information about the awards, how to enter and how to attend the voting event is available HERE

For more information please contact Helen Power, Director, Levenshulme Market CIC:
T: 07853 266 598
E: info@levymarket.co.uk
W: www.levymarket.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/levymarket
Twitter: @levymarket

Incredible Edible Levenshulme Tidy Up & Litter Pick

Please join us on Sunday (15th Feb) to continue our work preparing the woodland area at Levenshulme Market. We’ll also be doing a litter pick.

Meet 10am on Sunday at the container in the train station car park. Please wear wellies and bring gardening tools.

Hope to see you there.

Incredible Edible Levenshulme
Growing a greener, cleaner, healthier Levenshulme!

Daniel Pitts Art Exhibition at Fred’s Ale House

You may remember Daniel Pitts from a post we did last year about his portraits of Corrie stars. Well we hear that you’ll be able to see Daniel’s art up close and personal at Fred’s Ale House in a future exhibition.

We’ll provide an update when we have further details but this is something to look forward to celebrating a talented Levenshulme artist.

Daniel’s website is HERE

How to report dumped rubbish and litter

You can report dumped rubbish or littering to Manchester City Council on this phone number:

0161 954 9000

Or via the council’s website HERE

Council Cuts Reduced by £9m with Airport Money

Manchester City Council have announced a revised budget for 2015-16.

This now includes £9m from the airport dividend that will reduce the total cuts from £59m to £50m.

The draft budget is still open for public consultation. Until February 1st 2015.

The announcement of the revised budget is available HERE

Full information on the draft 2015-16 budget is available HERE

Fred’s Ale House Taster Session This Friday

Fred’s Ale House , Coffee Bar and Art Gallery is having a taster session this Friday from 17.00-22.00 before opening full time in January.

Drop in and get a feel for Levenshulme’s latest high street venue and see how all the renovations have paid off.