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.

LCA meeting today

Levenshulme Community Association meeting this afternoon – 14.15 at Levenshulme Library.

A bit of Christmas art this weekend at Bankley Studios

Bankley Studios Christmas Pop-Up

Happening HERE


Ceremony for the New Sports and Leisure Facilities in Levenshulme


Issue Date: 28 November 2014
Work starts on brand new library and leisure centre in Levenshulme

What: Ceremony to mark the start of work on the new neighbourhood library
and leisure centre in Levenshulme.

Who: Manchester City Council executive member for culture and leisure
Councillor Rosa Battle, representatives from local community groups and
members of the project team.

When: 10.30am, Tuesday 2 December 2015.

Where: The Arcadia site, Yew Tree Lane, Levenshulme, Manchester. M19 3PH

Members of Manchester City Council, project leaders, partners and local
politicians will come together in Levenshulme to mark the start of work on
a brand new library and leisure centre on Tuesday 2 December at 10.30am.

The centre will be built on the Arcadia site on Yew Tree Lane, Levenshulme
and is expected to be complete in early 2016.

The new centre will bring state-of-the-art facilities into the heart of the
local community within Levenshulme District Centre. It will feature a four
lane swimming pool, health and fitness gym, sauna and steam room,
neighbourhood library and community studio (a flexible space that will host
various meetings, classes and events).

The Arcadia Centre adds to a plan to bring modern leisure facilities to the
city – that has also seen a new leisure centre opened in Beswick and
construction started on a new leisure complex at Hough End – due to be
completed in June 2015.

Local construction and engineering specialists Laing O’Rourke are
delivering the project via the North West Construction Hub.

Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council executive member for
culture and leisure, said: “An incredible amount of hard work has gone into
this project so it’s fantastic to see the plans begin to become a reality
with the start of work on the new Arcadia library and leisure centre.

“Manchester is renowned as a world class sporting city and this new
resource will sit along side our elite facilities bringing a top class
leisure centre to residents that I’m sure will be cherished and well used
for years to come.

“In what is undoubtedly a tough economic climate I am proud that we are not
only able to create the Arcadia leisure centre and neighbourhood library in
Levenshulme but also provide brand new facilities at both Hough End and in

The existing Levenshulme baths will stay open until the new building is

More information with plans for the new centre are available HERE

Incredible Edible Levenshulme Market Area Clean and Green Project

Incredible Edible Levenshulme have been awarded funding from the Council’s Clean and Green fund for various initiatives at Levy Market. The first stage was the installation of a green roof on to the storage container, which is now in place and growing well.

Work will be undertaken in stages to transform some of the land at the market site, and the first session is scheduled for Sunday 7th December to begin creating a woodland area.

Please come along and lend a hand if you’re free, everyone is very welcome.

Levy Market Woodland Planting
Date: Sunday 7th December
Time: 10am
Venue: Levy Market, near the container

Christmas night market and lights switch on festivities today

The special Christmas night market will take place on the train station car park in Levenshulme TODAY from 4.00pm – 9.00pm

Get your winter woollies on and come for a wander round the market and catch the festivities at the Christmas Tree lights switch on and party with special guests and free presents for kids.

Levenshulme does Christmas in style. Come join the fun!

More info on the Christmas market HERE

Find out about the Christmas Lights Switch on and party HERE

Levenshulme Christmas Tree Lights Switch On 2014

The Christmas Tree Lights Switch On will take place on Friday 28th November

Levenshulme Community Association is pleased to support this event.

The fun begins at 4.30pm with Father Christmas arriving as usual on the 192 bus to give away presents to local children. There will be entertainment for all the family in an action packed schedule, including Fred the Red, Joe Keegan from The BBC Voice and a local children’s choir.

Meet Father Christmas from 4.30pm with FREE Present for the first 300 children

The switch on itself will be held promptly at 5.30pm with the special guest of honour, the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr. Sue Cooley. Our local Member of Parliament, local Councillors and Officials from Manchester City Council will also join in the switch on.

There will be some road closures on Chapel Street at the corner of Stockport Road in the afternoon and during the event itself as well as some noise distribution during the event.

Special thanks must go out to traders who have already donated towards the Christmas tree light switch on to ensure every child gets a free present once again despite these tough economic times.

The events main sponsors are Manchester City Council, Stagecoach Manchester, the Levenshulme Pub Company, the Horseshoe Pub, Sanderson James Estate Agent, Mustafa Solicitors, Great Places Housing Association, Nawaab Restaurant and Intime Taxis. Contributions have also been made from other local traders and organizations in the area.

Fancy a part time job at Levenshulme Market?

Levenshulme Market is looking for a Marketing and Trader Liaison Co-ordinator (Part Time).

Full details are available HERE

Manchester Council Budget Public Consultation

Richard Paver, Manchester City Council Treasurer, explains in this video the process for the further government cuts to services in Manchester and the public consultation starting on 26th November 2014.

Cuts of £59 million pounds will be imposed for 2015-16 with a further £30 million expected to be cut in 2016-17. This comes on top of the £250 million already cut from Manchester’s budget since 2010 by the current Conservative and Libdem coalition government.

The funding available to Manchester City Council has been cut by 40% since 2010.

With almost £100 million of cuts coming in the next couple of years the prospects for our city look bleak. The public consultation will enable input and views from residents to inform the decisions of the council.

View the video HERE

The council website with further information is available HERE

Man arrested following assault near Levenshulme Station

Police hunting a man who sexually assaulted a woman in Levenshulme have made an arrest.

On 30 October 2014, the 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and he remains in police custody for questioning.

The sexual assault took place on The Street With No Name off Albert Road in Levenshulme at about 7.15pm on 5 October 2014.

Read the GMP update HERE

Cringle Park Superhero Stroll Sunday 5th October

Don your cape and get set for the most fun fundraiser around!

Sponsored fancy dress walk for the benefit of St John Ambulance – how many 1km laps of Cringle Park can you and your family complete in 2 hours? What about dressed up as your favourite superhero? Find out Sunday 5th October at the Cringle Park Superhero Stroll! (12.00-14.00)

The idea of the Superhero Stroll is to dress up as your favourite superhero and walk around the park to raise money for St John Ambulance who have their Gtr Mcr HQ on Crossley Rd.. Don’t worry if you can’t reveal your alter ego (you’ll be in good company…Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent, Peter Parker are all forced to lead double lives!) you’ll still be able to take part and if you haven’t time to raise sponsorship then you can make a donation.

Enjoy a great day out with the whole family – the park will open at 10am and visitors can enjoy a funfair with rides and amusements to keep everyone entertained, as well as a variety of stalls offering hair braiding, refreshments & food, and handcrafted cards to name just a few. The emergency services are joining us too and will be giving some dramatic rescue demonstrations and you can also pick up some life saving tips at our first aid demonstrations.

The event is free for everyone to enjoy, but to help us raise vital funds for our life saving work, we are kindly asking strollers to raise a minimum sponsorship amount of 5 pounds (3 for under 16s), or donate the amount upon entering the stroll if you don’t fancy getting sponsored.

An Awards Ceremony will take place at 3pm and the community cohesion event will draw to a close at 4pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!

To pick up your fundraising pack and sponsorship forms, please contact – alternatively, feel free to just turn up on the day!

While the sponsored walk is the focus, there are plenty of other things organised for Sunday in Cringle Park:

– Funfair
– Vintage cars and buses
– Climbing Wall
– Fire engine
– Various stalls
– Matt Holker from The Manchester Ecology Unit will be talking about the wildlife, plants and trees in the park


10.00-12.00 Stroll Sign-up session
11.30 ‘Mr Motivator’ style warm-up session
12.00 – 14.00 Sponsored Stroll event
15.00 Awards ceremony (best dressed – most laps)

Boys’ Brigade Jumble Sale, 11 October

The 5th Manchester Boys’ Brigade is holding their next Jumble Sale & Auction at 14.30 on Saturday, 11 October in the church hall on Parrs Wood Road at the corner of Fog Lane, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6EE. (Map)

More details are available HERE

Levenshulme Halloween Spooktacular 2014

Friday 31st October, from 18.00, Highfield Country Park



Manchester City Council Residents’ Survey

Manchester City Council is conducting its summer/autumn 2014 residents’ survey to understand your views about the Council and your local area.

You may have taken part in the survey a number of times last year and earlier this year, but please take part in this survey again to tell us what is important to you so we can track attitudes over time.

The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete.

This survey is being carried out independently on behalf on Manchester City Council by Enventure Research, a market research agency bound by the Market Research Society’s Code of Conduct. Your personal details and other information will only be used for the purposes of the survey and will not be disclosed to any third parties.

The information we collect will be used to inform the way the Council and its partners deliver its services and improve your local area.

If you have any questions about completing the questionnaire please call the survey helpline on 0844 522 0100 (local rate).

You can take part in the survey by clicking HERE

Friends of Highfield Country Park Meeting, 9th September @ 19.00

The Friends of Highfield Country Park Meeting
Tuesday 9th September, 19.00 @ Ellsworth Avenue Baptist Church

Anyone who uses the park is welcome to attend.

Greenbank Residents’ Association meeting 9th September

Greenbank Residents’ Association meeting
9th September, 19.00 at The Bluebell, Barlow Road

Anyone living in the streets around Greenbank Playing Fields and Park or who use them is welcome.

LCA Meeting Saturday 13th September 14.15

The next General Meeting of the Levenshulme Community Association will take place on Saturday 13 September at Levenshulme Library starting at 14:15.

Nelly Globe Charity

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Nelly Globe is a national charity based in Levenshulme. The charity was founded in 2010 by Levenshulme’s own Darren Nicoll.

Following a serious illness, Darren realised that coming to terms with the trauma he and his family had been through was, in many ways, as difficult as the illness itself. During this time he kept creative journal which helped him adapt to life after cancer.

From this experience Nelly Globe was born.

The charity funds creative projects for people affected by trauma. Much of the money is raised through Nelly Globe’s now famous art auctions. The very first Art Auction in 2011 was held at POD deli. It was a massive success. Since then there has been an annual Manchester Auction, held at The Klondyke Club. Further auctions have taken place in Birmingham, Leeds and London. Funds raised have enabled Nelly Globe to devise and fund Journal projects with Callplus (a cancer charity), The Teenage Cancer Trust, The Stroke Association and have worked with YASP here in Levenshulme. Further projects are in discussion with The Alzeimers Society and Styal Prison.

This year’s Manchester Auction is being held at Odd Bar in Manchester on November 25th but Nelly Globe will never forget that Levy is where it all started. There will be some very exciting local events coming soon.

Please like our facebook page (HERE) to make sure you get the latest information about upcoming events.

LCA Resignation & Election

For information Beth Marshall has resigned from her position as Secretary of the Levenshulme Community Association. An election will be held for a new Secretary for the remainder of this year until the regular elections at the next LCA AGM in Spring 2015.

Fun Day at Levenshulme Inspire

The Spirit of Manchester Community Fun Day will take place this Saturday at Levenshulme Inspire from 11.00-15.00.

Feel the Spirit of Manchester at Levenshulme Market

Levenshulme Market is collaborating with The Spirit of Manchester Festival in the last two weeks of September to host some very special Spirit of Manchester Markets.

The markets will take place on Saturday 20th and Saturday 27th September and we have arranged to have a number of FREE stalls at each market available for community groups, organisations working in the community and charities. The stalls will allow them to showcase their work in the community to new audiences in whatever way they choose – from handing out flyers on their work and ways to get involved to demonstrations of the skills they are building amongst their users.

We are now looking for community groups to join us in celebrating what they do and raising awareness for any support they may need. If you are a group working in Manchester, or you know of a group or organisation you think should be represented please get in touch with us by emailing Full support will be given in helping to develop your ideas and making sure that you get the word out about the work you are doing.

This is in addition to the single free stall that Levenshulme Market offers every week to community groups working in Levenshulme – so if you’re working in the area but aren’t able to make the dates above please do still get in touch with us to find out how you can promote your work to our shoppers.

The Spirit of Manchester Festival is taking place from the 19th-28th September and is being co-ordinated by Manchester Community Central (MACC) as a celebration of the fantastic on-going work of the volunteer and community sector across the city.

If you have any queries regarding the festival then please visit their website HERE.

Highfield Road Allotment Show

Come along for a fun day out, or get involved with the competition! Everyone is welcome to enter their home-grown fruit and veg or home-made cakes and crafts.

Saturday 6th September 2014

Admission to the show is FREE.

Highfield Road Allotments, at the entrance to Highfield Country Park (map available HERE).

08.30-11.00 open for entrants

12.00-16.00 entertainment food and stalls

14.30 exhibits open to the public

16.00 prize giving and raffle

16.30 auction of exhibits

Show info available HERE


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A New name for a New centre in Levenshulme

At the first Levenshulme Community Forum meeting organised by the LCA recently it was agreed that it would be a good idea to have a community consultation about a possible new name for the new Arcadia facilities. It was also agreed that the “Arcadia” name should be retained by the skating groups that have moved to Ardwick Sports Hall. After discussion and an offer by Lydia Meryll of the Levenshulme Youth Forum it was decided that that group would contact councillors to propose and organise this (the consultation isn’t being organised or managed by the LCA itself).

For information please find below a message posted by Beth Marshall to the Levy Massive Facebook group:

A New name for a New centre in Levenshulme

Cllr Rosa Battle has asked for suggestions for the name for the new Centre. Arcadia roller Hockey group has asked to retain that name as they are known internationally by that title and want to take it with them

Here are three proposals so far:
The Three-in-One Centre – from Levy Youth Project Forum
The Jeremiah O’Brien Centre – from Hard Rain Poets
The Sonny…… centre – as she was our woman who was first to swim the Channel

Dies anyone know how to make a doodle poll? If so, please can all proposals go to you?!

If not, Lydia is happy to receive proposals for names and to send them all out again for a “Vote” by the end of the week. – end of Friday 29th Aug

We have til 1st Serpt to come up with a short list.

Please send ideas to

Levenshulme Beer Festival is on this weekend

Levenshulme’s very own beer festival is on now. Yes, now!

Come and have, well, beer at The Klondyke (1, Burnage Range) all weekend.

£3 entry on the gate.

Win for Levenshulme in Towns Alive Awards

Towns Alive Awards 2014 West Zone Enterprise Category Winner: Levenshulme Market

A community-run street market has doubled its expectations for stallholder numbers, becoming “one of the most enjoyable and profitable markets to trade at in the North West” – and winning the West Zone Enterprise Category in the Towns Alive Awards.

Levenshulme Market – a community interest company which began trading in March 2013 after the failure of a short-lived predecessor – has developed from a monthly to a weekly market, and will distribute around £15,000 in Awards for residents to start market businesses and for market traders to grow their businesses into viable enterprises to operate on Levenshulme high street.

The market was established specifically to help regenerate the local high street retail environment – building skills, creating jobs and regenerating the economy. The business model is unique, say organisers: “we have a specific remit to empower the community to take ownership of their retail environment and build the skills, confidence and capacity of local people to create earning potential and increase the range of choice and opportunity.”

Judges’ comments:

“The disparity between a dying high street and an appetite for alternative shopping destinations is endemic in the UK. Levenshulme Market shows that there is a natural, profitable, community-led solution.”

See the Towns Alive website HERE


Levenshulme Market Community Stall – free publicity for your group

Did you know that Levenshulme Market has a free stall available every week for community groups?

Every week there is a space available at the popular Levenshulme Market for community groups to promote what they are doing in the area. You could use the space for anything – from a demonstration of the ball room dancing your group has been learning to handing out leaflets on your volunteering opportunities or ways that people can seek your support – the only thing that the stall can’t be used for is selling.

Stalls can be booked in advance by emailing the Market with your preferred dates and what you will be doing to and the organisers will come back to you to confirm all the details.


Make your own litter signs today

If you are free to help out come along to make litter signs at the Antiques Village cafe, 11.00-13.00 today.

Klondyke Family Fun Day

It’s Family Fun Day at the Klondyke Club this Sunday from 11.00-15.00.

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Small Business Grants for Superfast Connection

Manchester is one of ten super-connected cities that will benefit from faster and better broadband for small businesses, with a voucher scheme launched to contribute towards the costs of connections for those businesses.

In addition, almost all of the participating cities will deploy wireless coverage to city centres and inside public buildings with funding from Broadband Delivery UK.

Grants of up to £3,000 are available to small businesses to get superfast internet connections. This is part of the Superconnected Cities project by the government.

Details of how to apply in Manchester are available HERE

Levenshulme River of Flowers

On Thursday 7th August Levenshulme a incredible Edible have a session on planting wildflowers for pollinators with Marva from Debdale Eco centre. Everyone welcome, please come along at 18.30 to the quadrants on the Fallowfield Loop (next to Crayfield Road).

On Sunday 7th and Saturday 13th September we’ll be starting work to transform our section of the quadrants site – opposite the community orchard. Plans include a wildflower meadow, perennial herbs, a fruit bush foraging area and some raised beds for vegetable growing. If you’re free please join us from 10.30am. All help very welcome.

Finally, just a reminder that it’s the Tonbridge Road Allotment Show this Saturday 2nd August 14.00-17.00, at St. Mary’s church on Elbow Street.

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

If you’d like any more information please get in touch:

Facebook – IEL
Twitter – @IELevy
Email –

Arcadia’s Last Weekend in Levenshulme

Arcadia Roller Hockey and Derby end their time in Levenshulme this week. The teams will be packing up Mon-Wed as part of their move to their new home at Ardwick Sports Hall before the site is handed over for redevelopment as the new Levenshulme facilities (pools, gym, fitness/community room and library).

Open public skate sessions are taking place Saturday and Sunday from 14.00. This will be the last chance to skate at Arcadia in Levenshulme.

If you can help with the packing up then pop along Mon-Wed this week anytime from 10.30 to lend a hand (bring boxes if you have them).

Free Swimming at Levenshulme Baths

If you are 60+over or 16+under you can swim for free at Levenshulme Baths right now.

Full details are available HERE

Help the Arcadia teams move to their new home

The Roller Hockey and Roller Derby teams based at Arcadia are relocating to Ardwick Sports Hall in preparation for the redevelopment of the site for the new Levenshulme swimming pools, library, gym and community facilities. This means they need help clearing the current Arcadia building.

If you can help out then pop along to Arcadia anytime from 10.30, Monday 28th – Wednesday 30th July next week.

Levy Litter Pick Saturday 9th August

There will be a litter pick on Saturday 9th August, 11:00-13.00

Meet and start at the Crayfield Road entrance to the Fallowfield Loop cycle path, ending at the tip or secret lake.

All welcome, children must be supervised.

St Mark’s Church Summer Fair

The St Mark’s Summer Fair is on this Saturday, 19th July, 11.00-14.00.

If anyone could let them have use of a marquee because of the threatened rain let us know. They’re looking for something to cover approximately 30ft x 30ft. (Contact Debs Anderson if you can help on 07961 061 001)

Levenshulme Community Forum Public Meeting

The Levenshulme Community Forum public meeting will take place on Friday 25th July, 19.00 at the Klondyke Club (1 Burnage Range, Levenshulme).

The meeting is about the future of our current library after the library moves to the new Arcadia building in 2015.

Other issues can be raised as well. The focus is on ideas for the library as a community facility but this is an open public meeting for all residents of Levenshulme so bring your ideas and issues along.

Levenshulme Labour Councillors Release Statement On Ward Coordination Changes

Levenshulme Labour Councillors have today released the following statement on the changes to Ward Coordination Meetings:

Ward Co-ordination Meetings in Levenshulme

The current ward co-ordination meetings, which are held quarterly during working hours and are attended by the Levenshulme councillors and council officers, will now be closed to resident groups.

In order for there to be more accessibility and interaction between all groups and associations within the Levenshulme ward, it is proposed to hold a Levenshulme Neighbourhood Networking Forum in January, May and September of each year. Each association or group, or residents within Levenshulme, will be welcome to attend this.

This forum will be chaired by a Levenshulme councillor. Council officers and an Executive Member of the Council will also be invited to attend each forum.

This Forum will be held on Saturday mornings, and the first one will be held in September 2014.

If you have any questions regarding this change, please feel free to contact Nasrin, Dzidra or Aftab to discuss.”

No contact details were provided with the post but you can find these on the LCA website HERE

Levenshulme Councillors Ban Residents And Community Groups From Ward Coordination Meetings

For the past few years there has been a quarterly meeting called ‘The Ward Coordination meeting’ where Council officers, ward Councillors, residents’ representatives and other Levenshulme organisations such as the Traders’ Association have come together to discuss matters of common concern.

These meetings have been the only regular opportunity for the LCA to put Levenshulme residents’ point of view before relevant Council officers.

At the end of the most recent meeting in June, the Councillors announced that future meetings would be ‘closed’ – meaning that it would just be officers and Councillors. Residents and all other organisations will now be excluded.

This announcement came out of the blue – there was no prior consultation and no sensible explanation as to why they have made this decision! It was just a very autocratic “We’ve decided. That’s it!”

Given that none of our current Councillors actually live in Levenshulme, the LCA is most concerned that residents have lost a very valuable voice and that there is no satisfactory alternative being proposed.

As an alternative, Councillors say they will be organising forums twice a year at which residents will be able to raise issues concerning Levenshulme which they will then take to the Ward Coordination meetings.

We’d very much like to hear what people living in Levenshulme think of this development.

Peter Naughton

LCA Chair

LCA Community Forum

The LCA is holding a Community Forum meeting on Friday 25th July. This is a public meeting to discuss the future of our current library building after the library moves to the new Arcadia facilities next year.

A new community space for Levenshulme?

A real Community Centre and a home for community groups in Levenshulme?

An inclusive space for young and old, of all backgrounds and interests?

Could this happen?
How do we make this happen?
Do we want to make this happen?

Everyone welcome.

19.00, Friday 25th July @ the Klondyke Club, 1 Burnage Range, Levenshulme.

Public Meeting to discuss the future of our current library

Levenshulme Community Association are organising a public meeting to discuss the future of the current Levenshulme Library building.

Councillors have given commitments to retain the building in public ownership with access and use for residents. But how could this be done?

Could this become the Community Centre / space for community use that Levenshulme so desperately needs and that we are promised when the last Community Centre was demolished?

This LCA Community Forum meeting will also provide the opportunity to discuss other issues and raise concerns.

Meeting now confirmed for Friday 25th July, 19.00 at the Klondyke Club, 1 Burnage Range, Levenshulme.

New Arcadia Planning Application

The planning application for the new Arcadia building (swimming pools, library, gym and fitness/community space) has been submitted by Manchester City Council.

Details (reference 106143/VO/2014/N2) can be viewed HERE

Letters are being sent to nearby residents and community groups. These will advise residents and groups of the proposed development and give them the opportunity to comment, if they wish to do so.

You can see the plans and announcement from the council HERE

Photographs of the plans and site are available HERE

Levenshulme Market container mural

The shipping container provide by the council for Levenshulme Market to store equipment has now been painted with a mural.

This is part of ongoing investment to tidy up the main Levenshulme car park, around the railway station and part of the A6 funded by a £25,000 Clean and Green award to Incredible Edible Levenshulme.

It is great to see investment by Manchester City Council in Levenshulme supporting local groups with businesses such as Levenshulme Market and community groups working together to improve Levenshulme.

A lot more work is planned including a green roof on the container, new planters, bike racks and landscaping around the car park. Further information is available HERE

(Thanks to Jamie Whittaker for the photo)

market container mural

Police activity on Buckhurst Road

There was noticeable police activity on Buckhurst Road recently and the police have released the following statement:

“On Friday 13th June, Police executed a search warrant on Buckhurst Road, Levenshulme. A large amount of cash was seized and two men were arrested on suspicion of money laundering”.

Levenshulme Graphic Designer helps illustrate New Book

“Lancashire Folk Tales” is a new book published by the History Press in June 2014.

These lively and entertaining folk tales from one of Britain’s most diverse counties are vividly retold by writer, storyteller and poet Jennie Bailey and storyteller, writer, psychotherapist and shamanic guide David England. Take a fantasy journey around Lancashire, the Phantom Voice at Southport, the Leprechauns of Liverpool and the famous hanging of Pendle Witches at Lancaster, to the infamous Miss Whiplash at Clitheroe. Enjoy a rich feast of local tales, a vibrant and unique mythology, where pesky boggarts, devouring dragons, villainous knights, venomous beasts and even the Devil himself stalk the land.

Included in the book is the tale of the Levenshulme Boggart. A long, long time ago there was a helpful supernatural being – a boggart – who assisted Old Farmer Dannel in his Levenshulme field. Unfortunately, boggarts are testy creatures, and after Old Dannel thanked the beast for its help it turned upon him!

The book is beautifully illustrated by Levenshulme-based graphic designer Jo Lowes and Manchester-based Transylvanian artist Adelina Pintea who bring to life the landscape of the county’s narrow valleys, medieval forests and treacherous sands.

For more information, and for some cheeky tales that didn’t manage to sneak into the book, check out the website:

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New Library and Baths Exhibition

The new Levenshulme Library and Baths development on Stockport Road is now ready for public exhibition.

Plans for the proposed centre design will be on display in the cafe at Levenshulme Inspire from Saturday 14th June to Thursday 26th June, where there will be a chance for you to comment on the proposals.  Members of the project team will also be there for you to discuss the plans, on:

  • Tuesday 17 June, 16.00-20.00
  • Friday 20 June, 13.00-16.00
  • Monday 23 June, 09.00-13.00

There is a dedicated page on Manchester City Council’s website HERE.

Plans for the new development will be available HERE from 14th June.

This is an exciting stage in the development and close attention has been paid to ensuring that the new facilities meet all of the requirements and specifications worked out through lengthy and detailed consultation with Levenshulme residents over the past year or more. The new facilities will include:

  • two pools (one that can be accessed and used in private)
  • a 60 station gym
  • a multipurpose fitness / community room
  • 12 person sauna
  • 12 person steam room
  • a staffed library
  • reception area with seating, pool viewing, public computers and wifi

Manchester City Council will be investing over £8,000,000 in these new facilities that will dramatically improve services in Levenshulme and serve a wide area of south Manchester.

Relocation of users of the Arcadia roller skate rink will happen in tandem with development of the new facilities. A £250,000 investment is being made separately by the Council to enhance, extend and improve facilities for Arcadia users at Ardwick.

This commitment to public services in Levenshulme by Manchester City Council at a time of austerity and struggle for many people is hugely welcome. This is also a result of the massive local campaign to save Levenshulme’s existing Baths and Library from closure which was a huge success for the people of Levenshulme. The creativity, dynamism, imagination, persistence and dedication of Levenshulme residents and careful collaboration with local councillors and the council is really showing dividends now.

Levenshulme Community Association will continue to consult with residents and work with the council to ensure the best possible outcome for the people of Levenshulme.

A press release from Manchester City Council is expected tomorrow (Friday 7th June 2014) and will be added here when available.

Levenshulme artist paints Coronation Street stars

Daniel Pitts, from Levenshulme, has reproduced images of some of the show’s most beloved characters including Hilda and Stan Ogden, Albert Tatlock and Betty Turpin, Dennis and Elsie Tanner.

Daniel also regularly captures typical street scenes in Manchester and Levenshulme as well as well-known pubs and shops. He said: “The more mundane the better. I like to capture people going about their everyday lives.”

Some of Daniel’s prints and original paintings are available to purchase online HERE

Read the full Manchester Evening News article HERE

Next Left: poetry and song at the Klondyke

A riotous evening of poetry and song with Longfella and Quiet Loner.

The Klondyke, Thursday 10th July
Tickets £5 advance / £7 on the door
Online HERE


Levenshulme Local Magazine launched

Levenshulme Local – A free brochure to promote the shopping experience in Levenshulme, Manchester.

Featuring the world’s oldest cobblers, local resident Carl Nunnerley talks food and Masterchef, Danny Pitts – our local High Street artist, five reasons to shop local plus a guide to our traders and much more.

The magazine is available online HERE

Produced by the Levenshulme Trader’s Association Team.

Police Surgeries on Wednesday 4th June

GMP invites you to attend surgeries at Tesco Metro on Stockport Road on Wednesday 4th June, 14.00-16.00.

At the surgeries you can meet your local officers and raise concerns about crime and anti-social behaviour.

You can also tell officers how you feel your community is being policed and receive crime prevention advice on a range of issues.

If you are unable to attend and wish to speak to an officer you can contact the Levenshulme Neighbourhood Policing Team:
T: 0161 856 4423