Levenshulme Contemporary Art Centre Summer Programme 

The Levenshulme Contemporary Art Centre Summer Programme has been published. A packed series of events, readings and activities spread over seventeen days to coincide with Manchester International Festival.

The Fringe comes to Levenshulme courtesy of our own artists, philosophers and academics and enabled by a grant of £2,210 from the Levenshulme Market Fund 2015.

Highlights are listed below and a full interactive programme is available HERE

LCAC are also raising money for the Wood Street Mission by undertaking a  live reading of all three volumes of Karl Marx’s Capital on Levenshulme Village Green.
LCAC Programme 

Friday 10 July 2015 | Housing

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • Use Value and Exchange Value 
  • (Time tbc) Chris Hamer – Bankley opening  
  • (Time tbc) Opening Party at Fred’s  

Saturday 11 July 2015 | What is Money?

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • The Social Value of Labour and its Representations by Money 
  • 2pm – 4pm Children’s Games from Communist Poland 
  • Sunday 12 July 2015 | Private Property
  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • Private Property and the Capitalist State 
  • (Time tbc) Discussion: Modern Slavery in Manchester 
  • (Time tbc) Philosophy for Kids 

Monday 13 July 2015 | Us and the Banks

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • Private Appropriation and the Common Wealth 
  • Tuesday 14 July 2015 | Money and Work
  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • Capital and Labour 
  • (Time tbc) Art Art Labour  

Wednesday 15 July 2015 | What Does Money Do?

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • Capital as Process or Thing? 

Thursday 16 July 2015 | Making and Selling

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • The Contradictary Unity of Production and Realisation 
  • (Time tbc) Zine Workshop with The Edge of the Universe Printing Press 

Friday 17 July 2015 | Work and Technology

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • Technology, Work and Human Disposability 
  • (Time tbc) Old Projectors  
  • 9pm Film Screening on the Village Green  

Saturday 18 July 2015 | Who Does What Job?

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • Divisions of Labour 
  • 11am – 12pm Failed Journeys 
  • 2pm – 4pm Discussion: What is Home? 
  • 5:30pm – 7pm Exhibition Talk and Walking Tour  
  • 9pm Film Screening at Bankley Studios  

Sunday 19 July 2015 | Competition

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • Monopoly and Competition: Centralisation and Decentralisation 
  • (Time tbc) Orçamento Participativo: Stockie Road to Rio… and back… 
  • 2pm – 4pm Philosophy for Kids 
  • 6pm – 8pm Performance: Case Studies in Joint Action 

Monday 20 July 2015 | Town Planning

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • Uneven Geographical Developments and the Production of Space 

Tuesday 21 July 2015 | The Rich and the Poor

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • Disparities of Income and Wealth 
  • (Time tbc) Talk: Homelessness  

Wednesday 22 July 2015 | Family Life

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • Social Reproduction 
  • (Time tbc) Pregnant then Screwed  

Thursday 23 July 2015 | What is Freedom?

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • Freedom and Domination 
  • (Time tbc) Philosophy for Kids 

Friday 24 July 2015 | Endless Growth

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • Endless Compound Growth 
  • (Time tbc) Round Table Discussion 
  • (Time tbc) Portfolio Review: Is Debt Worth It?  
  • 9pm Film Screening on the Village Green (TBC)  

Saturday 25 July 2015 | Destroying the Planet

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • Capital’s Relation to Nature 
  • 2pm – 4pm Children’s Games from Communist Poland 
  • 4pm – 5pm Owl Project: iLog Talk and Demo  

Sunday 26 July 2015 | How Will It End?

  • 12pm + 8pm Reading Group: Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (David Harvey)
  • The Revolt of Human Nature: Universal Alienations 
  • (Time tbc) Painting Levenshulme’s Rubbish 

 LCAC Market Fund 2015 Bid Summary

Levenshulme Contemporary Art Centre
LCAC Shop
Bidding for: £2210.00
FULLY FUNDED
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.
(Information from Levenshulme Market)

  
 Photos courtesy LCAC / Gautam Narayanan

Levenshulme Community Association Meeting

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.

Friends of Levenshulme Station Meeting

The next meeting of Friends of Levenshulme Station is 6:30pm Wednesday 22nd July in Levenshulme Library Community Room.

Help Retain Levenshulme Library As A Community Centre – Public Campaign Meeting

There will be a meeting for the campaign to have Levenshulme Library converted into a community centre (once the library service moves out next year. )

Wednesday 8th July at 6pm at Levenshulme Library

Following the public meeting on the 16th June at Inspire, it was agreed to form a constituted community organisation, that in time could develop into a management organmisation for the library building.

Initially it will be a simple ‘un-incorporated association’ that can open a bank account to hold funds, form a wide membership of local people and elect people to help the community govern the association. Based on a charitable constitution, that can be developed further as plans evolve.

If you wish to support this exciting development and back the campaign please come along to the meeting above. We will be adopting our first constitution.

At the last meeting a number of other proposals were made:

  • To visit other buildings to find out what works, what doesn’t, what’s involved … whatever we can learn from them.
  • Undertake a survey of skills in our community that can contribute to the campaign.
  • Research the history of the Carnegie endowment, that provided the community with the building in the first place.
  • Network and connect with as many individuals, community groups, facilities, and interests in the community as we possibly can.
  • Invite Manchester City Council to meet with us, and offer whatever support they can to the campaign.
  • Find a good name and brand for the new facility… any designers, publicists, marketeers or PR people out there… your community needs you!!

Please come along. Everyone is welcome. “Meet nice people who care about our community, have your say and show your support.”

Keep up to date on facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/LLBSG/ 

(Message posted on behalf of Levenshulme Library Stakeholders Group)

Levenshulme Neighbourbood Planning Forum Meeting

The next meeting of Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum will take place on Thursday 16th July 2015, 19.00 at the Inspire Centre on Stockport Road.

The meeting will consider and agree the area defined for the Forum, constituting the Forum as a group and electing the first committee members to help take the idea further and make the Forum a reality.

Exciting steps to move forward and formally establish a Forum so that the people of Levenshulme can have a direct influence over what happens in our area.

Everyone is welcome.

   
 

Levenshulme Wants A McVities Drive-Thru

Levenshulme often smells of warm biscuits thanks to the McVities factory on Stockport Road. That satisfies most people’s biscuity cravings. But it wasn’t enough for Josie Stripe who wrote to McVities proposing a drive-thru.

After presenting a strong case Ms Stripe concludes by saying:

“A McVities drive-thru would fill both the market and my stomach, and I would dearly love to see it succeed.”

The whole of Levenshulme, if not Manchester, is behind you, Josie.

  

Levenshulme Youth Project AGM

The Levenshulme Youth Project AGM will take place at 18.00 on Thursday 25th June 2015 at the Inspire Centre on Stockport Road.

Drop in to find out more about their summer programme and if you are interested in volunteering.

Levenshulme Writer Paul Magrs Wins Gold Award In New York

Levenshulme writer and artist Paul Magrs wins acclaim for the best Audio Book (Fiction) in the world 2015.

At a glitzy ceremony in Manhattan, New York last night Paul Magrs’ Audio Book Bat Out Of Hull, part of the Brenda and Effie Mysteries won a gold award.

Considered the “Oscars” of radio and audio, the New York Festivals Radio Programming Awards recognise the world’s best work in radio broadcasting, radio stations and independent producers from around the globe.

The Brenda and Effie Mysteries​ by Paul Magrs​ are absolutely splendid. This is a richly deserved award for Paul and Bafflegab Productions brought to life by the wonderful Anne Reid and cast in a hugely entertaining, hilariously funny and spookily atmospheric production.

Bafflegab producer and director Simon Barnard said:

“It’s wonderful to get this award from an international jury of respected radio peers, particularly since we’ve just been making it up as we go along. The award really belongs to two people: to our narrator, and national treasure, Anne Reid, who told the story so beautifully; and to our author Paul Magrs, who really should be a national treasure and who wrote it so beautifully.”

Writer Paul Magrs added:

“I was actually in Whitby yesterday, exactly ten years since I started to write the first novel about Brenda and Effie. To write a script about these characters I love, and then win a a prestigious award like this is just wonderful. Thank you! Bafflegab and Simon Barnard and the cast are geniuses and I love their brand of spooky mayhem. I’m proud of the work we’ve done together.”

See the New York Festivals Radio Award listing HERE

You can buy a copy of the audio and others in the series HERE

  
Photo courtesy of Bafflegab Productions.

  

Photo: Jeremy Hoad

Levstock raises £300

Levenshulme’s celebration of the summer solstice, Levstock, has raised £300.

In a fun packed evening with food, bands, entertainment and fireworks Levenshulme celebrated at the Klondyke.

Here is the list of local good causes that have benefited from Levstock this year. Thanks to all the great people who put loads of free time and energy into making this donation possible.

£50 each was raised for these charities:
(First 3 suggested by attendees)

Peoplewithpetsinpoverty

New Levenshulme based project supporting homeless people, especially recovering from alcohol, mental health or drug issues, especially through supporting their ability to keep pets. “folk need company and support of animal companions perhaps even more when they’re not well-off materially – animals are so accepting of people, they don’t care what their status is.”

National Association for People Abused in Childhood

“They do a brilliant job, on a shoestring, of campaigning, informing and leading courses. They have recently extended their national telephone service for survivors – much needed since many more adults abused as children are starting to seek help with their trauma since the huge increase in media reporting of such abuse – opening a northern office in Stockport.”

Breakfast in Bed Streetlife Project

Volunteers providing a regular breakfast for homeless people. “They feed the homeless of Manchester city centre breakfast twice a week (soon to be 3 times.) Run off donations from the public & small local businesses. Also do a pop up event each month offering a different service. This month Shine are opening up & giving hair cuts & washing hair. Need food donations: sausages, bacon, cereal bars, individually wrapped choc biscuits, tin foil, all donations can be dropped off at the antiques village cafe in Levenshulme.”

Levenshulme Good Neighbours

Local volunteering project that are supporting older people in their home through offering company, advice, transport to medical appointments and social events and running small errands.

Macmillan Cancer Care (Northmoor Rd Project)

Support project for carers looking after people living with cancer at home. In association with Northmoor Community Association and Great Places Housing. “Here at Northmoor Community Centre we have a fantastic project – group of dedicated volunteers who go out into the communities of Gorton, Longsight and Levenshulme and support people affected by cancer.”

Manchester Friends of the Earth

Providing information and volunteering opportunities on environmental issues (energy, cycling, climate change, locally grown healthy food etc) and campaigning for a more sustainable world. They provided the Bicycle Smoothie Maker at Levstock.

Council Kills CASH Grants – Say Hello To NIFs

Manchester City Council has killed off its CASH Grant scheme for council wards and replaced it with a new Neighbourhood Investment Fund (NIF) worth £10,000 less per ward.

CASH Grants of £30,000 per year were previously available to each Ward with local councillors deciding on where and how the money was spent. These have now been abolished and replaced withthe NIF that provides up to £20,000 per ward each year.

The new scheme comes into effect immediately from today (Monday 22nd June 2015). Information from Manchester City Council states:

“Local people and community groups can have a huge impact in their community and Manchester City Council remains committed to supporting activity that improves neighbourhoods and enhances peoples lives.”

Application Criteria

The fund is open to established groups, voluntary groups and other community groups, as well as groups of residents working together for the first time. School Parent Teacher Associations can also apply if they have the support of local residents and parents and the project benefits the wider community as well as the school.

Your group must have a bank account in order to receive any approved funding, or have permission from another group to receive the funding for you as a referee. Payment can not be made to personal bank accounts.

NIF funding is available for projects that fall in to the following categories:

Work & Skills
Projects that help people in a community to get back in to work by offering additional learning and opportunities to improve skills. It could also help fund any activities relating to coaching, mentoring or volunteering.

Community Groups
New groups can bid for initial seed funding to get an idea off the ground, become more recognised in the local neighbourhood and actively engage the community with activities. Established groups could also receive one off funding to help support smaller groups and deliver local projects.

Improving the Environment and Increase Recycling
Groups looking to organise community clean ups or planting projects can bid – with special encouragement for ideas focussed on increased recycling and waste reduction in a community.

Other Activities and Events
Applications will be considered for events that benefit the community and support the ward priorities of the local area. Any ideas should be discussed with your local Regeneration Ward Officer before applying.

What you can’t get funding for

Some projects, activities, events or schemes do not fall within the criteria for a neighbourhood investment funds, therefore applications will not be considered for the following:

  • Projects that do not directly benefit Manchester residents;
  • Traffic-calming schemes or CCTV;
  • Projects that simply replace existing facilities with no significant improvement;
  • Projects that improve or benefit privately owned land to which the public have no access and un-adopted roads and footpaths;
  • Projects that have already been completed or will have been by the time the grant is issued;
  • Ongoing revenue funding of staff wages, salaries or expenses or overheads such as rent, leases or utility costs;
  • Projects that only benefit individuals (e.g. qualifications, counselling sessions, professional legal advice etc.);
  • Groups cannot directly benefit financially from their own application (they cannot be a fiscal beneficiary);
  • Purchase of alcohol and gambling activities;
  • Activities of a religious or political nature; or
  • Activities that are contrary to Manchester City Council’s equal opportunities policy.

Assessment

Applications are reviewed by a panel to decide where funds should be allocated. Your Regeneration Ward Officer will keep you updated through the process – each application should not exceed £10,000.

More information on NIF and access to the on-line application is available HERE 

The Northern Powerhouse – From The Horse’s Mouth

Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society Lecture 2015

A lecture from Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive of Manchester City Council on the development of the “Northern Powerhouse”. 

Free event hosted by the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society.

WHEN
Wednesday 1st July 2015, 19.00

WHERE
Manchester Conference Centre (Sackville Street)
BOOKING
Register a place HERE
SUMMARY

“We are delighted to welcome the Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, Sir Howard Bernstein to address the Society on the hot topic of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’.

The term ‘Northern Powerhouse’ may have come into common currency recently, but the underlying concept is one which our great northern cities – with Manchester very much in the vanguard – have been advocating for many years.

Put simply, it’s about recognising the need to rebalance the nation’s economy with major northern cities, both collectively and individually, being backed to unlock their potential. This means complementing, not competing with London and the South East. But it also means recognising and investing in the distinctive strengths of cities such as Manchester – whether it’s in culture or cutting edge research.

It’s no exaggeration to say that Manchester is fundamental to this vision – and that unless Manchester can realise its full potential no such rebalancing of the national economy will be possible.

This means investing in excellence, whether it’s improving transport infrastructure – for example the £15bn One North proposals to radically improve east-west transport connections between northern cities and complement HS2, supporting cultural facilities such as the £78m new Factory Manchester Arts Centre or supporting pioneering research into advanced materials such as graphene.

But also integral to the Northern Powerhouse concept is the recognition that city regions such as Greater Manchester – places with their acts together and clear strategic visions – need to be freed from stifling over-centralisation. Greater Manchester is in the forefront of the devolution agenda which recognises that instead of having ‘one size fits all’ national policies imposed centrally, we are better placed to create the conditions for growth and improving people’s lives by investing in local needs and priorities. This will enable us to use the available funding in a much smarter way.”


Levenshulme Global Picnic

Levenshulme Global Picnic takes place today at Cringle Park from 12.00-16.00.

  • Free food
  • Family fun
  • Craft stalls
  • First Aid demonstrations
  • Music
  • To bola
  • Karate
  • Zumba
  • Sew Levy! Massive tablecloth
  • Army inflatable and assault course
  • Vintage vehicles
  • Face painting and children’s games

Come and get a taste of the world in Levenshulme.

The Global Picnic is part of Levenshulme Food and Drink Festival.

   
 

Preparations are well underway…

   
 

Photos courtesy Stuart Fear.

Levy-Tea – Chat, Games, Tea and Cake

Levy-Tea: Saturday afternoon, 14.30-16.30 at Levenshulme Library on Cromwell Grove.

 

Levenshulme Contemporary Art Centre Summer 2015

Levenshulme Contemporary Art Centre (LCAC) will be holding a series of events and discussions this summer made possible by a £2,210 grant from the Levenshulme Market Fund. LCAC explain their aims as:

Levenshulme Contemporary Arts Centre is an incomplete gallery that questions land use and relations of power within suburban Manchester. We are interested in expanding conventions of artistic display beyond the architectural limits of the gallery.”

This summer we will be opening the LCAC shop. It will be a temporary high street hub of radical thinking, hosting meetings, discussions and a series of coordinated arts events that will work with different sectors of the local community to address the relationship between land use, constructions of community, accessibility to the arts and the possibility of an urban commons.”

The Levenshulme Market Fund grant will enable activities in a shop from 2nd-19th July 2015.

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.

(Levenshulme Market Fund bid information)

Plans for LCAC

  • A daily reading group pulling apart a work by urban geographer David Harvey
  • A theatrical enactment of what it means to act together
  • A chance to play some children’s games from Communist Poland
  • An exhibition of abstract paintings exploring urban degeneration and regeneration
  • Creative writing workshops
  • Improvised music
  • Zine-making
  • An artists’ residency
  • A round-table discussion with leading Manchester academics
  • An informal discussion about home, belonging, nostalgia and collective memories
  • Swedish artists sharing their experiences as migrants through images and text


Further Information

LCAC Website: HERE

LCAC Facebook: HERE
LCAC YouTube Channel HERE
Email: info@lcac.org.uk

LCAC Works

To get an idea of what LCAC does please see below for a link to LCAC Work No.1 (video) and extracts from LCAC Work No.2 (interview text).

LCAC Work No.1
View the YouTube video  HERE

LCAC Work No. 2
(extracts)
Dr Joseph Kisolo-Ssonko

What is LCAC?

Director 1

Levenshulme Contemporary Art Centre is a gallery in Levenshulme, South Manchester, a suburb with a mixed population. It’s a gallery without walls and without anything much else other than the idea of an institution itself. We opened the gallery in a green space that had temporarily become a used car showroom in Levenshulme.

Director 2

We had a sign, we had an audience.

The sign started as an art object exhibited alongside paintings and other sculptures in an exhibition called A6 in Bankley Art Gallery.

It also had an attachment on the back of it which made it adaptable to become a sign. Then we took it for a walk down the A6, along with the audience from the exhibition, to a predetermined site on the corner of Pennington St – a patch of wasteland that was being informally used as a used-car and drugs salesroom.

Where this site met the A6 there was also an empty post. We erected the sign on this and invited people to walk from the pavement on to the wasteland.

Dr Joseph Kisolo-Ssonko
Did the wasteland itself become the artwork?

Director 2
We are interested the relationship between performance and actuality – the extent to which something is an x if you act as if it is an x and it is received as an x.

We explored the possibility of transformation that you describe through the strategic staging of an art opening on the site – champagne, speeches, gesturing at exhibits etc. In a sense it was a kind of social experiment.

Dr Joseph Kisolo-Ssonko
Was the idea that the space should be seen as empty of art that the found objects were themselves supposed to be seen as artworks?

Director 1

Actually when the launch happened we were surprised to find an exhibition ready made for us in a way. We had this idea of a marginal space and we were really excited about that but when we arrived there there were actually really interesting things to look at and – in a surprising way – I think that it did become a really rich visual experience. The burnt out caravan and discarded plush sofas were visually interesting.

Director 2

The site’s marginal but somehow multivalent functionality brought credibility to the suggestion that such things could be encountered as art. Playfulness seemed to have been in-built within materiality of the site by its recent history. We simply added one further mode of appropriation to the existing set of uses, the ‘as if’ that we have already spoken about.

Director 1

The site had a kind of awkwardness in this sense. We never found out who actually owned the space – it could have been quite a nice green space and but at the moment it was being used as a car lot as to sell drugs.

So, the space was replete in opportunity in the way that a predetermined gallery was not because it would have a predetermined function encoded within its architecture; a function that guides behaviour.

   
  

     All photos and text of LCAC Works courtesy of and copyright LCAC

New Levenshulme Based Charity To Help Homeless People And Their Pets

People with Pets in Poverty is a new charity to help homeless people and their pets.

Colin Alcock will launch People With Pets In Poverty later this month and aims to roll out a variety of schemes over the next five years. Colyn’s main aim is to help rough sleepers and the ‘hidden homeless’ which includes sofa surfers and people in overcrowded accommodation, hostels and night shelters.

Under the Home and Dry programme, PPP will provide safe accommodation for homeless people and their pets by paying the first month’s rent and deposit while providing a guarantee to landlords against damage caused by pets. In exchange service users must follow a recovery programme which could include counselling and a detox scheme.

Colyn has many ambitious plans for the charity, including pet food banks, an online homeless forum and even a charity single. By 2020 he hopes to have set up a community home for marginalised people with pets. He said: 

To a homeless person a pet is a guardian protector, a best friend and someone who will never judge them and always be pleased to be with them.

“I know what it’s like to sit on a street corner and beg. It’s soul destroying and isolating.”

“The next wave of homelessness is coming and it’s going to get worse. We’re looking at an all encompassing remedy.”

The first PPP meeting will be at Fred’s Ale House, Levenshulme, on Wednesday June 24, from 7.30pm. All are welcome.

For details or to volunteer call Colyn on: 07985 442 505
or email: peoplewithpetsinpoverty@outlook.com

Read the full MEN article HERE

  
Photo courtesy of Manchester Evening News

Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum Meeting 10th June

Following the recent information evening the Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum group are holding a meeting to talk about how to progress the Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum and look at how Northernden Neighbourhood Forum have established and run their Neighboruhood Forum.

Graham Pheby from Northernden Neighbourhood Forum will be attending to talk to us about their experience in setting up and running a Neighbourhood Forum.

Everyone is welcome.

When

Wednesday 10th June from 18.30-19.45
Where

Levenshulme Library Meeting Room.

Klondyke Community Allotment Takes Shape

Our community was out in the sunshine yesterday working on the new Community Allotment at the Klondyke.

Digging, constructing, filling, tipping, tidying and laughing.

   
    

Levenshulme Food and Drink Festival Hits the News

Manchester Evening News reported on the Levenshulme Food and Drink Festival.

There will be more than 75 events across the village between Friday, June 12 and Sunday, June 21.

Fred’s Ale House owner and Levenshulme Pub Company director, Lawrence Hennigan, said: “It looks like another fantastic line up of events, the festivals organisers need to be commended on the huge variety of events they have managed to include in the celebration of the area’s diverse cultures.

Read the full article HERE
Visit the Fadfest website HERE

Levenshulme Inspire Fun Day

Levenshulme Inspire Fun Day happens on Saturday 6th June from 11.00-15.00.

  • BBQ
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Fancy Dress Competition
  • Ice cream factory
  • Face painting
  • Busking
  • Stalls
  • Teas

…and much, much more.

This event is FREE.

  

Get Ready For Lev-Stock 2015

Now in its second year Lev-Stock is a community run, family friendly festival based around the simple idea of sharing food, having a good time and celebrating the summer solstice. It all happens at the Klondyke (1 Burnage Range) on Saturday 20th June 2015.

Activities and entertainments include:

  • live music
  • fireworks (22.00)
  • henna tattoos
  • stalls
  • arts and crafts
  • beer
  • juggling
  • games

Come along anytime from 19.30. Bring a picnic. Activities start around 20.00.

Lev-Stock is a chilled out way to enjoy mid-summer brought to you by the LevStock Co-Production Team with fireworks provided by Polygon 69 Events.

A proportion of profits after costs are met will be donated to local charities.

Remember that as this is an outdoor event come prepared for the weather although last year that meant suntan lotion rather than wellies!  

Tickets are available at the Klondyke or at www.tinyurl.com/levstock

  • £10 family ticket
  • £4 adults
  • £2 for those aged 8-16
  • FREE for children under 8 years old

Lev-Stock is part of the Levenshulme Food and Drink Festival

 

Thank You To Everyone Who Came To The Hustings

A big thank you to everyone who came along to the Levenshulme and Gorton South hustings organised by the LCA this week. Both meetings were packed to capacity and showed again how enthusiastic and engaged the people of Levenshulme are with our area.

Thank you to Les James for allowing us to host the meeting at the Klondyke on Tuesday and to Revd. Caroline Throup who allowed us to use St. Peter’s Church on Thursday.

And a big thank you to everyone who donated money to help us with the costs of these events and the ongoing work of the LCA.

Friends of Levenshulme Station Visit

Friends of Levenshulme Station are having a visit to Levenshulme Station this Saturday 6th June 2015 at 11:30am (gathering just outside) followed by discussion over coffee nearby.
The visit and chat are to discuss issues of the station, get ideas and feedback.

GPhones Discount Hits the News

Levenshulme mobile phone shop GPhones has hit the news with its offer of a 10% discount on repairs. Not really news? It is when the discount is only for fans of Manchester United.

Read the MEN story HERE

   

 Photos copyright Manchester Evening News

Love Levenshulme website relaunch

The Love Levenshulme website has now been relaunched. The website was originally developed with funding from Manchester City Council but it has now had a major revamp and been relaunched with a grant of £5,000 from the Levenshulme Market Fund. The site has evolved from a listings site to a blog and now a magazine format.

The new website “…is a celebration of the things that make our community great; from the famous Levenshulme Market, our award winning Naawab banqueting hall, to the renowned Bankley Studios and Gallery.”

“As it takes these first tentative steps we hope you will join Love Levenshulme on its journey of adaptation. We are here to help deliver real change to the high street, solidify the vibrant community spirit and boulder the energies of the people who live and work here.

The project is coordinated by Pauline Johnson.

The Market Fund summary is provided here for reference:

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.

Have a look around the Love Levenshulme website HERE

  

Levenshulme Library News & Public Meeting

An article from the Manchester Evening News on the future of Levenshulme Library and the work of the Stakeholders Group set up to explore options is available HERE

It is a little unfortunate the article advertises the fundraiser on Friday 29th in an article published on Saturday 30th but any coverage is very welcome.

Note also that there are a couple of factual errors in the article:

1 The new baths and library facility is scheduled to open in Spring 2016, not Autumn 2015.

2 Levenshulme High School never took over the building. The school simply rented the space to use for part of the week. Local campaigning was essential to ensure the library stayed open as a library until the new facilities open.

A public meeting is also scheduled for Tuesday 16th June, 19.00-21.00 at Levenshulme Inspire on Stockport Road. Further information and discussion is also available on a Facebook group at:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/LLBSG/

  
  
Photo courtesy of Manchester Evening News

Levenshulme Library Fundraiser

The fundraising party for Levenshulme Library is on right now at the Klondyke (1 Burnage Range of Albert Road).

Come join the fun!

  

Royal Bank of Scotland to close in Levenshulme

Following announcements of branch closures recently the Royal Bank of Scotland has confirmed that its Levenshulme branch will close this year.

Manchester Evening News article available HERE

Hard Rain Poetry Night

Hard Rain Poetry will be meeting on Monday 24th May at Thairish Cafe (910 Stockport Road).

Special guest Okey Nzelu.

18.00 Workshop

20.00 Open Mic 

Friends of Levenshulme Station AGM

The Friends of Levenshulme Station Annual General Meeting will take place at 18.30 on Wednesday 20th May 2015 at Levenshulme Library.

Ageing Without Children

This isn’t Levenshulme specific but here’s a report from a conference earlier this year. With an ageing population and social and health care increasingly reliant on family support the issues confronting people who do not have children as they get older can be daunting.

The conference, the first of its kind, aimed at people over 50 without children, aimed to:

  • Raise awareness of the numbers of people ageing without children
  • Consider how this will impact both society and social services
  • Explore the facts and figures behind the headlines
  • Examine some of the common myths about people ageing without children
  • Come together to think of creative and workable solutions as a society

View the report HERE

Support and information for older people in Manchester is available via Age Friendly Manchester HERE

Free Kids Planting Session at Levenshulme Market

Grab your parents and head to Levy Market this Saturday 23rd May, 12.00-14.00 for a free, fun kids decorating and planting session. You’ll find our planting tent in the midst of the action, where we’ll be decorating plant pots and planting climbing beans for you to take home and look after.

It’s the perfect way to start summer, with your very own climbing bean plant to grow – and it’ll give the grown-ups a quick 5 minutes to dash round the market. When your Levy beans start to grow, you can send us a pic – and the best ones might even make it onto our website!

All equipment is provided – just bring your enthusiasm and those green fingers!

Check it out on the Levy Market website HERE

  
Photo courtesy of Levenhulme Market website

Levenshulme Food and Drink Festival 2015

The wonderful Levenshulme Food and Drink Festival is almost here. Running from 12th – 21st June and now in in third year Levy Fadfest is a highlight of the year.

Organised by folk who love, live, work and revel in Levenshulme. Fadfest is a celebration of all things delicious and tasty from field to fork/glass!

Local residents, businesses, organisations, groups come together to create an exciting programme of events held at different venues around the area.

Focusing on local produce with international flavours – in 2015 we celebrate good food good health.

View or download the full brochure HERE

New Neighbourhood Planning Forum Event

A new Neighbourhood Planning Forum is being proposed for Levenshulme. This is a community group that develops a Neighbourhood Plan for our area that would identify our priorities and key concerns regarding planning and development in our area.

It is hoped that as many people as possible get involved in the Levenshulme Neighbourhood Forum. To help achieve this aim an Information Evening will be held as follows:

When
19.00 on Thursday 21st May 2015
(The event will last no more than two hours)

Where
The Inspire Centre, 747 Stockport Road, Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 3AR

Anyone who lives or works in Levenshulme is welcome to come along. There will be experts from Locality who will make a short presentation outlining the process but the bulk of the evening will be for people to ask questions and find out what this is about and how Levenshulme can benefit.

Leaflets

An information leaflet and feedback form (see below) is being distributed that provides initial information and asks for your views. If you haven’t received one yet they are available at Inspire on Stockport Road and Levenshulme Library on Cromwell Grove.

You can download a PDF version of the leaflet HERE

Further information

More information is available on a new website (new and under development) HERE

   

 

Levenshulme Library Building Fundraiser

Levy Library Building Information Update


There will be a fundraiser to raise money and interest in the campaign to have Levenshulme Library converted into a community centre once the library service moves out next year.

Friday 29th May at the Klondyke club.
7.30-12pm.
Klondyke Club, Burnage range, Levenshulme (off Albert Road)
£5 entry… all proceeds to the campaign

There will also be a planning meeting to prepare on Wednesday 20th May at 7pm, also at the Klondyke…

Please come along, meet nice people who care about our community, have a good time and show your support.

Keep up to date on facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/LLBSG/ 

Share the fundraising event with your friends and spread the word:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1578576752410405/

  

Elections 2015: Levenshulme in the Press

Mancunian Matters seems to have been impressed with Levenshulme’s councillors with mentions of both Basat Sheikh and Peter Cookson. It reported:

‘Basking in success over his first time win, Basat Mahmood Sheikh for Levenshulme said to one of his colleagues while the counts were being verified: “I have certainly proved myself”.’
and

‘The other side of Gorton also had a triumphant success, victor Peter Cookson said it was a ‘record breaking result’ after finding out he had 4564 votes.

UKIP failed to provide competition for Mr Cookson, with an uninspiring 966 votes for second place.

At the end of his winner’s speech, he added: “It’s an unbelievable result in the history of this seat”.’

Read the full article HERE.

Friends of Highfield Park Meeting

The Friends of Highfield Country Park will be meeting at 19.00 on Tuesday 12th May at the Baptist Church on Elmsworth Avenue.

Anyone who uses the park is welcome. 

Time Out Magazine Loves Levenshulme

Don’t be put off by the headline – Time Out loves Levenshulme.

The “gritty” bit in th headline is actually a reference to the grit and determination of Levenshulme residents. Becci Johnson has certainly got that bit right.

Read the full article HERE

Madina Masjid & Community Centre Lunch Club

Great new initiative by Madina Masjid and Community Centre. Our community working together in tough times.

The Lunch Club is open to anyone who might be experiencing social isolation, food poverty and other economic challenges. Nutritionally balanced cooked meals will be provided daily. People from all backgrounds and of any faith or none are welcome.

The Lunch Club starts on Sunday 10th May 2015 at 14.00.

Location:

2 Barlow Road, Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 3JD
(Entrance at left side of building)
For further information contact:

Shujaat Hussain
T: 07974 136 116
Nasal Iqbal
T: 07763 313 864
or email MadinaMasjid@outlook.com

  

2015 Elections: Results

Here are the results for the 2015 elections in Levenshulme.

Local election results are given for both Levenshulme and Gorton South Wards as Levenshulme covers both wards.

Levenshulme falls in the national parliamentary constituency of Manchester Gorton.

LOCAL ELECTIONS

Levenshulme Ward

Turnout: 60.7%

Surname Other Name(s) Description (if any) Votes
COMMONS John Patrick Bryans Liberal Democrat Focus Team 1298
HIGGINS Fiona Penelope Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 202
IQBAL Khawar Conservative Party 515
SHEIKH Basat Mahmood Labour Party 3194
VENES Dick Green Party 1290


Gorton South Ward

Turnout: 52.6%

Surname  Other Name(s) Description (if any) Votes
BROWN Dick Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 110
CATTERALL Bob UK Independence Party (UKIP) 966
COOKSON Peter David Labour Party 4564
HICKLEY Andrew Peter Liberal Democrats 328
NEWTON Melvyn Green Party 527
OPENSAN Tmo Conservative Party Candidate 397

NATIONAL ELECTIONS

Manchester Gorton Constituency

Electorate: 72,992 Turnout: 57.93% Spoilt: 275

Wards: Fallowfield, Gorton North, Gorton South, Levenshulme, Longsight, Rusholme, Whalley Range

Surname Other Name(s) Description (if any) Votes
AFZAL Mohammed Conservative Party 4063
BANNISTER Laura Alice Green Party 4108
CHESHA Cris Priate Party UK 181
ECKERSLEY Phil UK Independence Party (UKIP) 3434
HICKMAN Simon Paul Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 264
KAUFMAN Gerald Bernard Labour Party 28187
PAGE Dave Liberal Democrats 1782

2015 Elections: Polling Stations and Candidates

Voting is only one day away now. You can find out where to vote and see a map by entering your postcode HERE.

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. You can find out which ward you are in for council elections HERE.

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.

Burnage and Levenshulme Open Gardens 2015

The third Burnage and Levenshulme Open Gardens day will be on Sunday 7th June, 11.00-17.00.

  • 23 gardens
  • 2 allotments
  • 3 community gardens
  • 1 Cafe at Bud Garden Centre
  • Multiple opportunities for lovely gardening fun.

Programmes are £5 (free for under 16s accompanied by an adult) available from Bud Garden Centre, Inspire Cafe, Chorlton Bookshop.

Further information:

  • T: 07505 403422
  • E: mail@budgarden.co.uk
  • W: www.budgarden.co.uk
  • A: Bud Garden Centre, Omer Drive, Burnage, M19 2JN

 

Elections 2015: Hustings Thanks

A big thank you to everyone who came along to the Levenshulme and Gorton South hustings organised by the LCA last week.

Both meetings were packed to capacity and showed again how enthusiastic and engaged the people of Levenshulme are with our area. We had a full house of candidates except for the Conservative candidates and we are grateful to the candidates who came for putting themselves in front of the people of Levenshulme for questioning.

Thank you in particular to Les James at the Klondyke and to Revd. Caroline Throup at St. Peter’s Church for allowing us to use their lovely facilities.

And a big thank you to everyone who donated money to help us with the costs of these events and the ongoing work of the LCA.

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.