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June 2014

Chorlton & Whalley Range

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Knitwear made in Manchester Chorlton businessman, Naeem from Sweaterbox talks to us about his knitwear that’s helping to revive the British manufacturing industry yarn by yarn

A gentle stroll Catch Dyson introduces a series of walks around the Chorlton area

A Chorlton knees-up Chorlton Beer and Cider festival is back again with another round of summertime drinking festivities

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Community Focus Crafting for canines RPSCA hold ‘Craft for your Local Shelter’ day

What’s cooking at Unicorn? Noticing that something’s definitely going on, Community Index bobbed in to see Kellie and Debbie from Unicorn and find out what. We like to think of it as healthy curiosity.

“We’re getting the upstairs done,” says Kellie, “a new roof, refurbishment for our back office, building improvements and, best of all, a new kitchen. Up to now, we’ve invested in improving the shop and buying land for growing food: now it’s time to fix the leaky roof and invest in our on-site food production. Unicorn’s range of soups, salads and curries has always been popular, but their talented cooks weren’t able to meet demand working from their tiny, cramped kitchen. “We love being able to turn our fresh produce into wholesome, affordable meals. It just doesn’t make sense to transport chilled items from elsewhere when we can make them on-site. Our new kitchen will enable us not only to cook more, but also to ensure a consistent supply and develop new products,” says Debbie.

Nifty with needles, proficient with plant pots or clever at crafting? The local RSPCA branch needs you! This is a charity event with a difference; the local Manchester and Salford RSPCA branch, which is an independent charity, is holding a ‘Craft for Your Local Shelter’ day on Saturday 26th July at St Werburgh’s Church hall. They’re trying to build up supplies for the animals waiting to be re-homed; anything from cat toys or blankets through to pet-friendly flowers for the pooches to sniff! They are inviting the people of Manchester to craft items and bring them along on the day. Entry to the event is free, and they’ll be some talented helpers on hand so you can have a go at making a catnip mouse on the day. There will also be plenty of tea, coffee and cake!

Unicorn is using local architects co-operative Loop Systems who recently worked on the designs for the refurbishment of the Rochdale Pioneers Museum. Find out more about the developments by calling into the shop, which is open as usual throughout the building work.

A big thank you from Chorlton Arts Festival Chorlton Arts Festival would like to thank of all of the volunteers, artists and attendees that made this year’s event a huge success. We saw crowds from far and wide congregate in our leafy suburb to celebrate the diverse range of cultural treasures that make Chorlton such a great place for the art lover. From comedy to crafts there really was something for everyone and we couldn’t have done it without you!


Chorlton Youth Project Quiz night and AGM

The rivalry was intense when eight teams battled it out at CYP’s fundraising quiz and AGM at Chorlton Central Church on 4th April. Testing knowledge of music, Manchester, literature and local history really sorted out the participants.

Congratulations to Team Erudite who won the wonderful hamper from Unicorn Grocery. £364 was raised on the night, with matched funding from Pearson Vue in Salford taking the total to £728. Many thanks to Pearson Vue and all local businesses who donated prizes, including Barbakan, Croma, Lush Brownies, Ludo, Unicorn, Pottery Corner, The Lloyds, Proof, Frost’s Butchers, Post Box Cafe and Kingbee Records. Chorlton Youth Project runs a range of activities based at Chorlton Central Church and at the new Barlow Moor Community Centre on Merseybank Avenue, as well as in and around Chorlton Park and the Nell Lane estate. If you are interested in volunteering or want to find out more, contact, call 0161 860 6238 or follow CYP on twitter @ChorltonYouth.

Chorlton Green & Beech Road Family Fun Day Sunday 6th July, 12-5pm

It wouldn’t be summer without a party on Beech Road and Chorlton Green. This year it’s all about children and families, with Unity Arts circus skills, mini rides from Gary Gore, Zumba with Charlotte Searle, have-a-go hula hooping and loads more. Entertainment comes courtesy of Mazazik Arabic Dancers and Open Voice Choir. There’ll be a typically eclectic range of stalls in the park and on the green, plus fabulous street food from the cafés and restaurants in between. This is the 17th year of Beech Road summer celebration, which officially makes it a tradition. Eat well, have fun and support your local community look out for the raffle too, which runs through June. Fancy a stall? Talk to Mary on 07966 785 511 or

Through Chorlton Traders, businesses large and small have worked together to raise funds for local good causes, improve the appearance of Chorlton, establish and develop relationships with other local community groups and meet up regularly to share ideas, concerns and information.

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Mumsnet Meeting

Ten poets in ten-minute slots, hosted by Sarah L Dixon, the quiet compere. Enjoy.

Come along to our monthly meeting. Discover your inner author/poet and enjoy an evening having fun with words. Sarah L Dixon’s at the helm.

Get together with other mums in a child-friendly environment and hear about local family-friendly events and activities. Pram parking provided.Meetings held on the last Monday of every month.

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Cake Club

Wednesday June 11th & Tuesday June 25th, 7-9pm Our fortnightly Cake Club is on the rise. This month’s first session features perfect mini-bakes for your summer party; and the second is all about Brownie Mania with Lush Brownies as our guest chef. £3 (first session free)

Chorlton Cinema Project Friday June 13th, 7pm

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History Talk

Thursday June 19th, 7.30pm Acclaimed author Andrew Davies talks about his new book: City of Gangs: Glasgow and the Rise of the British Gangster. See advert below for details.

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Thursday June 26th, 6-9pm

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Friday June 27th, 7pm The hilarious comedy First Date makes a welcome return after last month’s sell-out performance. See advert below for details.

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Chorlton People by Linsey Parkinson

Naeem Riaz

Naeem Riaz says he knows pretty much everything there is to know about knitwear, perhaps more than anyone else in the UK. He’s passionate about ethical trading and buying British. His company has been making 100% Pure British Wool Aran sweaters, blankets and accessories here in Manchester since 1981. A certain high-end Italian fashion house (yes, that one) has recently been on the phone from Milan too...

So why buy British?

It’s been fashionable for department stores to put Union Flags in their windows and trumpet their British credentials, but in my experience, they’re much more about profit margins than supporting local economies. If they can pay less for acrylic knitwear from China, then that’s what they’ll do: High Street retailers just want to pile high and sell cheap. Clothes are pretty much disposable now and it’s just not sustainable for me to try competing with Chinese sweatshops. I believe we should pay a little more for ethically sourced clothes which are made to last.

What could be more British than a lovely cable-knit sweater?

I agree, it’s a traditional product, but there are very few quality manufacturers left in the UK now. When I buy my yarn, it’s all certified by the British Wool Marketing Board and every sweater has a traceable serial number. I know exactly where it comes from and know I’m supporting British farmers, spinners, dyers and associated workers. All these trades are a part of our heritage and I’m proud to manufacture in Manchester. We need to keep


these traditions alive. Life is hard enough for hill farmers without losing local markets for their wool or being paid a pittance for fleeces. Fair Trade is every bit as relevant here as it is overseas.

And when you’re not knitting?

I got involved with the British Muslim Heritage Centre (on College Road in Whalley Range) after a serious sports injury. I’m on the management committee and help organise activities for young people - kickboxing, classes and other activities. We’ve a new scout group starting and we’re launching a community radio station. It’s a fantastic community centre that welcomes everyone, irrespective of their faith.

So why do you love Chorlton?

It’s Manchester’s sweet spot, isn’t it? You’re in town, yet you’re out of town. There’s tons going on and there’s a real community feel.

I love the easy access to green spaces too: you can really hear the birds sing in Chorlton.

Tell me something I didn’t know about woolly jumpers.

We work with organic wool that’s undergone minimal processing. When we steam the finished sweaters, Japanese buyers ask us to seal them up while they’re still hot. That way, when you open the bag on the other side of the world, you get the smell of a northern farmyard. You don’t get that with Chinese acrylic!

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Didsbury Open Gardens 8th June Most of us are naturally nosey, especially where other people’s houses and gardens are involved. Does this explain why Open Garden events are such a big attraction? Perhaps it’s the love of an English garden, good design and the wonderful perfume of summer blooms? Or could it be the tea and cakes?

Whatever the reason, this summer, gardeners across the UK will open their gates to visitors who will show up in their thousands. The icing on the cake - and perhaps the best reason of all - will be the money the events raise for good causes. On Sunday 8th June, Didsbury Open Gardens will celebrate its sixth anniversary with 30 private and public gardens opening their gates – that’s a record number. St Ann’s Hospice will be the main charitable beneficiary, as well as local charities chosen by the garden hosts. Maria Stripling who started the event says: “We’ve raised over £35,000 to date and we’re hoping that visitors old and new will join us this year, come rain or shine. There are gardens to suit all interests, with new ones alongside the old favourites, which include a church garden and guided allotment tours. Artist Juliette Hamilton will be showing her willow sculptures and there’ll be a chance to win a wooden owl made by local wood sculptor, Andy Burgess (recently seen in May’s Community Index, as well as on TV with Alan Titchmarsh). And look out for a spitting elephant too!” The day isn’t just about plants, however. For the first time in Manchester, there will be a pop-up Pestaurant, where you can sample the delights of insects, either

Image by Deborah Conibear deep-fried or dipped in chocolate. A falcon will fly across the lawn at Broomcroft Hall and some gardens will be hosting live music. It’s a really friendly and fun event - don’t miss out!

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Book Reviews From Chorlton Bookshop


Rosie Garland This is the second novel from local author Rosie Garland in which she creates a world every bit as original and mysterious as in her first: The Palace of Curiosities.

Vixen is set in a Devon village during the fourteenth century: a world of saints, sinners, relics and superstition. Villagers cling to anything they believe will protect them from the Black Death. They have saintly bones in their village shrine and believe that they will be

saved, but when a curious stranger arrives in their midst they believe it’s an omen sent from the devil. What follows is a story of love and redemption. This is a fantastic mixture of historical fiction and magical realism. The multi-talented Rosie Garland (author, poet and rock star) has frequently been compared to Angela Carter. I think we need to come up with a new category, ‘Garlandistic’.

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden Jonas Jonasson

If you enjoyed Jonasson’s first novel The Hundred Year old Man who Climbed out the Window then this is a definite must read. If you haven’t read it yet then you’ve got two real treats to look forward to. This is a quirky and witty story about one woman’s attempt to change her life. A series of bizarre consequences during her life and have led Nombeko into her current situation. Born in a run-down Soweto shack in 1961 she was not expected to survive an almost fatal car crash. Survive she did and used whatever small advantages she received to make the most of things. Nombeko Mayeki now finds herself on the

run from the world’s deadliest secret service. On her journey she is not alone, also with her are three Chinese sisters, twins who are officially one person and of course an elderly potato farmer. Not to put too much pressure on Nombeko’s shoulders, but the fate of the Swedish king and indeed the world depends on her. This is a funny, poignant but also incredibly well written book. It has it all. Very much based in reality by referring to real historical characters it also veers off into the farcical elements that were so brilliant in The Hundred Year Old man who Climbed Out the Window.

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Chorlton Beer & Cider Festival Chorlton’s well known for its bars, but once a year, it’s a pop-up pub that takes centre-stage for lovers of top quality beer and cider. It’s now ten years since St Clement’s Church teamed up with the Trafford & Hulme Branch of CAMRA for the inaugural Chorlton Beer & Cider Festival. The plan was to raise money for badly needed church repairs. The Festival has grown steadily ever since, with 4,000 people drinking over 12,000 pints last year.

Because 2014’s a special birthday, the festival will run for three days instead of its usual two. There will be more cask ales, ciders, perries and world beers than ever before, with up to 170 (or more!) varieties to choose from. There’ll be live music from That Manchester Sound on the Friday evening and The Fuss on Saturday, playing some of Manchester’s greatest hits. Saturday afternoon is for all the family, with children’s activities and plenty of ice cream.

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anyone just starting out. It meets every Monday evening at 8pm at the Didsbury Methodist Church. Guests are very welcome to come along and visit before deciding whether to become a member. Your £2 visitor charge includes tea, biscuits and lots of friendly advice. The club’s annual exhibition is at The Old Parsonage on Stenner Lane, Didsbury, 21st29th June. Entry is free, there’ll be an outstanding collection of photographic images on display and prints you can buy. 

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Make Your Own

Beetroot Salad This wonderful salad, alive with jewel colours and healthy antioxidants, is utterly delicious and almost indecently good for you. It’s also a great party dish that looks especially gorgeous under a blue sky. British-grown beetroot is in season during the summer, so buy it fresh and use it raw. If you remember the beetroot of your childhood – boiled to within an inch of its life, drowned in inky vinegar and indefinitely detained in huge, dark jars - then you’re in for a very pleasant surprise. Ingredients

A couple of large raw beetroots 4 carrots 1 apple A few good crispy lettuce leaves

A handful of seeds (sesame, sunflower, whatever you have) 2 tablespoons of extra Virgin olive oil Juice of one lemon Salt and pepper


1. Grate the carrots.

2. Top and tail, peel and grate the beetroot: you may want to wear rubber gloves to avoid staining your hands. 3. Roughly tear up your lettuce and dice the apple 4. Put all the prepared fruit and vegetables in your salad bowl. 5. In a small, dry frying pan, gently toast your seeds, taking care not to let them burn, then sprinkle them over the salad when cool. 6. In a separate, small bowl mix together the remaining ingredients: olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper to make the dressing. Pour it over the salad and mix well so everything’s coated.

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Beetroot Facts! • Beetroot contains beta cyanin, which speeds up detoxification in the liver. It also contains betaine, which relaxes the mind and is used in other forms to treat depression. • In many cultures the belief persists that if a man and a woman eat from the same beetroot, they will fall in love. • This sultry vegetable was often used as an aphrodisiac in Roman times. • With a little bit of skill and patience, beetroot can be made into a wine that tastes similar to port!

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Discover where you live By Cath Dyson We all love Chorlton: you can drink, dance, dine and do the downward facing dog within walking distance of the four banks. We not only get the benefits of living in a great suburb in a great city, but we also get countryside. It might not be the wide-open spaces or wilderness of the Peak District, but we are within walking, running, and cycling distance of some great green spaces of our own.

We’re all familiar with Sale and Chorlton Water Parks, the River Mersey and Chorlton Ees, but there’s more: Kickety Brook, Kenworthy Wood and Priory Gardens are all part of the Mersey Valley. You can pick up the Trans Pennine Trail, which follows the river east down to Fletcher Moss and southwest to Lymm. Take the Fallowfield Loop from the heart of Chorlton, through Levenshulme to go back to the 1700s at Fairfield’s beautiful Grade II listed Moravian Settlement. The Bridgewater Canal is a stone’s throw away: cycling just 10km along its banks will get you into countryside proper and Dunham Massey, or leave the canal in Sale and you can visit Walkden

Gardens, a hidden gem. Many of us stick to the same routes, but using a map shows the tracks, footpaths and bridleways, which help us to discover new places, or link familiar places using new routes. It’s a different perspective on where we live. I’ll be featuring a few of my favourite routes in future issues. There are lots of options, so get a map - Ordnance Survey Explorer 277 Manchester & Salford develop a sense of direction, turn right when you usually turn left and explore!



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June In Your Garden

By Katherine Watson, Fat Grass Garden Design

I’ve always been fascinated by the way our plant likes and dislikes can oscillate over the years. When I first started gardening and designing, there were certain plants that I really couldn’t abide – Astilbes and Asters were at the forefront of my disdain, both of which I have embraced in my own garden and in design more generally. Another perennial that has caused me grief over the years is the Heuchera in its many forms (and there are many forms). I think the root of my uncertainty has lain in the Heuchera’s ability to produce a frilly, showy, bordering on the dreaded bedding effect if not used carefully.

The Heuchera is a plant that’s been very widely bred, pushing the range of its colours into places it should have never gone – some of the peaches and flesh coloured specimens I can definitely live without, and I don’t think I’ll be changing my mind in any great hurry. I do think, however, that Heucheras, if used in certain

combinations can produce some fantastic effects. The very dark Heuchera ‘Obsidion’ works especially well with the fluffy foliage of Stipa tenuissima and the small red buttons of Sanguisorba ‘Tanna’ – a combination used by a designer friend of mine in many of her gardens. Some of the best uses of Heuchera, in my opinion, are in much more naturalistic schemes where subtler green varieties provide interesting texture and shape amongst similarly coloured foliage. I was particularly struck by Piet Oudolf’s planting of the High Line in New York when I visited a couple of years ago. A disused, elevated freight rail line turned into public park, the High Line showcases some wonderful naturalistic schemes including huge swathes of Heuchera villosa ‘Brownies’ coupled with Centranthus rubra, Sanguisorba and Aruncus. In this example, the humble Heuchera sings.

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The Story of Chorlton-Cum-Hardy A brief history of Chorlton Football By Andrew Simpson It began as a search for Chorlton Albion AFC, which was the team the young William Stevens played for in 1925 and as so often happens, it became much more.1

‘The early years of 20th Century saw the appearance of several football clubs in the suburbs, some short-lived. Chorlton Albion (1925), whose home pitch was on the corner of Hardy Lane and Barlow Moor Road, near where the Co-op is now’.2 Now Albion are more likely to have had their ground further along Hardy Lane, either sharing with Chorlton Cricket team, or close by. Young William played for them and we have some team pictures in which he features, along with newspaper reports which record his achievements and a series of postcards notifying him of away matches. The team played between 1922 and 1928, and during their last season played in ‘light blue shirts and white knickers.’ We have a list of the President, Vice Presidents, the three secretaries and some of the players. But they were not the only team in Chorlton. In 1907 Chorlton-cum-Hardy won the Lancashire Amateur Cup (after beating Whalley Range in the semi-finals) by scoring the only goal in the final against Manchester University, reckoned to be the favourites. Chorlton continued to play into the 1920s. Other local teams included Chorlton Road Congregational (1911-1914), Chorlton Amateurs, who are listed in 1921, Chorltonville in 1924 and Old Chorltonians which first registered in 1920 and lasted till 1927 when they disbanded to form

a Rugby Club. The following year another team bearing the name Old Chorltonians was established by former students of the local school and the club continues today although it dropped the ‘old’ in 2007. In that long history it saw off its rival team, East Chorlton FC, which became Wilbrahampton and had great successes in the 1930s. The club stopped playing in 1994. It is possible that William Stevens played for some of these other teams. He was born in 1905 and depending on what happened to Albion, could have joined East Chorlton and may well have dined out on the stories of Chorlton-cumHardy’s magnificent victory in the Lancashire Amateur Cup. But that I fear may have taken us into the realms of speculation. So in true football style I shall close with the final comments from the Manchester Guardian for April 8 1907: ‘The start saw University attack in great style, and Heap, before five minutes had passed tested Branston to this upmost. The ball appeared to be going into the top corner of the goal, but at the right moment the Chorlton custodian jumped up and turned it over the bar – a splendid save. Heap lost a grand opportunity soon afterwards. From a centre by Green, he, with a clear course, shot yards over the bar. The point that gave Chorlton their victory came close to the interval. After the ball had been hovering about the University goal it came out to Wedge. He took the ball on the bounce, with a terrific drive shot into the net, well out of the reach of Knott.’3 And despite some close pressure

on Chorlton during the second half the University could not score. There is more but that, I think, is enough. I shall return to trawling the papers for more on our teams and in particular Chorlton Albion. Image from the collection of Ann Love. References

1. Who now remembers Chorlton Albion? (http:// chorltonhistory.blogspot. html) 2. South Manchester Remembered, Graham Phythian 2012

3. Lancashire Amateur Cup, Manchester Guardian, 8th April 1907 Buy Andrew Simpson’s book ‘The Story of Chorlton-Cum-Hardy’ or visit him online at chorltonhistory.


Community Index Local groups and useful numbers Clubs, Societies & Groups

Chorlton Good Neighbours

Barlow International Folk Dance Group Tuesday evenings

Chorlton History Group

at St.Ninians, Wilbraham Road Mary O’Mahony 881 0955

Chorlton Afternoon Townswomen’s Guild 2nd &

3rd Tuesday of the month, 2pm, Chorlton Library. 881 2544

Chorlton Aikido Club

881 2925 goodneighbours@

Friends of Longford Park info@

Chorlton Kung Fu Wednesdays

Free computer taster sessions and a cup of tea, for the over 50’s in Chorlton Library, Fridays 2-4pm 227 3700

8pm, Albany Estate, behind Morrisons 07774 723839

Chorlton Philosophy Group Tuesdays 7.30pm,

upstairs at the Lloyds pub chorltonphilosophygroup.

Community Allotment & Apiary Scott Avenue Allotment

Once a month in the meeting room behind Chorlton library 7.30pm All welcome 881 1813

Chorlton and Friends Gardening Group 3rd Monday monthly, in Chorlton Library, 7.30 - 9pm. Admission £3.00

Chorlton Reading Group

Circolo Italiano Every Monday, 7-9pm at Union Chapel, Fallowfield. Intermediates and native speakers 881 8314 or

Chorlton Bookshop Book Group 3rd Tuesday of the month

Coffee and Craft Mornings at Chorlton Good Neighbours. Meet friends and have a coffee, with arts and crafts group. Thursdays 10-11.30am Wilbraham St Ninian’s Church 881 2925

Chorlton Bridge Club

Co-op members’ group

at The Horse and Jockey Pub 7.45pm Details from Chorlton Bookshop or call 881 6374

Christine Blackburn 225 8854

Chorlton Civic Society

Chorlton Library meeting room. Check website for date of next meeting Chair - Mary Crumpton 07751 696 055

Chorlton Evening Townswomens Guild Meet every 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month at 7.30pm Chorlton Library. 881 6354



Meets on the 1st Thursday of the month, 1.30 - 3pm at Chorlton Good Neighbours St Nininians Church, Egerton Rd South

Wednesdays 7.30-9.30pm St Ninians, Wilbraham Rd 861 8456

07973 139068 07521 500223 group/grow_for_it/

Friends of Chorlton Meadows 881 6276

Every 2nd Wed of the month at 7.30pm, room above the Hardy Lane Co-op.Talks, trips, events. Brenda 0752 507 1672

French Circle Tuesday afternoon or evening at St Werberghs Church Hall 881 8314 Friends of Alexandra Park 226 7525 friendsoflongfordpark.

Grand Day Out

Greater Manchester Humanist Choir Sundays 2.30-4.30pm,

Chorlton Unitarian Church @ GMHumanistChoir

Intergen Volunteer opportunities for Chorlton residents 55+ to work with local primary school children. Estelle Longmore 264 0089 or 07946761785 Manchester Flower Lovers’ Guild St Werburghs Church

Hall, Chorlton. Anne 881 6591

Shakespeare House Community Centre Whalley

Range M16 8NR, 823205

Simply Cycling Longford Park, Athletics Stadium Mon & Fri 9.30 - Noon, Sun 1-3pm. All abilties and ages welcome Sue 0775 342 8937 Helen 0787 162 1778 South Manchester Camera Club Mondays 8-10pm, Didsbury Methodist Church

St. Clements Fellowship

Barbara 881 5912 or Ida 0161 861 7158

Trafford Athletic Club, Longford Park. Mon & Thu 6 - 9 pm. Min age 9. Tonya 881 4488

Whalley Range Cricket & Lawn Tennis Club Indoor cricket nets

: Years 5 & 6: Fridays 6.30-7.30; Years 7-10: Friday 7-8.30: Seniors (16+): Tuesday and Thursday 6-9. £4 Kingsbrook Road,

Whalley Range Forum

JN8 Youth & Community Centre, 82 Cromwell Ave, M16 0BG 881 3744 communityforumwhalleyrange@

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Arts & Crafts Art Fusion Amateur artists

meet each Tuesday at 7.00 to 9.00 pm at St Clements church hall. Fiirst session free then £5 www.

Chorlton Alternative Art Class

Life drawing, all levels of ability welcome. £6 entry. Weds 7.30 - 9.30pm The Edge Theatre

Chorlton Art Group

Tuesdays, 10am to 12 noon at St. Werbergh’s church hall. Brenda at

Chorlton Knits 1st and 3rd

Dolls House and Miniatures Group 2nd Monday of each

month, 8-10pm, Whalley Range Venue. Ann 07814 861285

Manchester Sing Out Choir (Gospel Choir) Tuesdays 7-9pm

St Johns Centre, Old Trafford.

Stitched Up Textile

workshops 0161 881 7141

Entertainment Chorlton Film Institute

The Master - 20th June. Doors open 8.10 pm, film starts 8.30 pm Entrance £5 St Clements Church

Chorlton Folk Club

Thursday of the month at Lloyds

Thursdays 9pm Ellesmere Rd Cricket Club

Chorlton Sewing Club

Edge Theatre ‘Movie Moves’ and

1st Thursday of the month 7.30 - 9.30pm Chorlton Library

‘Tap Dancing For You’ courses starting in May The Edge M21 9JG

Drum & Percussion Group

Folk Songs and Tunes at The Beech 1st & 3rd Wednesdays

Playing Brazilian and Cuban rhythms. Thursdays 7-9pm St. Margarets Church, Whalley Range Sue 226 4311

for Songs, 2nd & 4th for Tunes. Beech Road, Chorlton, M21 9EG

Therapy & Support Groups Breast Cancer Care Walking Group Every other

Friday at Chorlton Water Park bestfootforward@

Chorlton Anxiety Group 226 3871

Manchester Diabetes Support Network: Details/ venues/

monthly dates etc Register interest with Mike 860 5688

New Family Social UK charity for LGBT adopters, foster carers and their children. Meets every month in south Manchester. Rainbow Families 07903 397 108 rainbowfamilies@

Local MP John Leech - MP 8 Gawsworth Avenue M20 5NF Tel: 434 3334

Are you part of a voluntary or community group? Drop Joe an email on


Learn Spanish with Instituto Cervantes

Now that our thoughts are turning to holidays, there’s a good chance that many of us will be reaching for the Spanish phrasebook. In 2013, over 14.3 million visitors to Spain – that’s one in every four tourists – came from the UK. Spain is most definitely our favourite holiday destination. Spanish is now the second most spoken language in the world. It’s the second language for international communication, the second language on Facebook and Twitter, and the third most used on the internet as a whole. More than 500 million people speak Spanish, not only in Spain, but also in America. The Instituto Cervantes on Deansgate is a corner of Spain


right in the heart of Manchester. A non-profit organisation, endorsed by the Spanish government, its mission is to promote the languages and culture of Spain and related countries. It currently operates in 86 cities around the world. Here in Manchester, you’ll find cultural events, workshops, film screenings, book clubs and kids’ clubs. There’s a wide range of options for learning Spanish with native speakers, no matter how much or how little you already know. There are also intensive classes, courses for children and teenagers and online learning with a tutor. You can even learn flamenco, tango or salsa: the centre buzzes with music and

activity all year round. If you’re heading to a Spanish speaking country for business or pleasure, or you just want to liven up your summer with a bit of Spanish sunshine, now’s the time to broaden your horizons. Try it for free! On Saturday 21st June, 12-5pm, the Instituto is throwing open its doors for a fiesta! There’ll be free language and dance taster classes, paella and sangria and a chance to win courses both here and in Spain. Enrol for a course on the day and you’ll get some exclusive discounts too.

Instituto Cervantes 0161 661 4201

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Sport in Chorlton By Geoff Garnett

Cricket: Double dip for Range

Range first in action in the field against Wythenshawe Whalley Range first team were involved in two back-to-back defeats in the Saddleworth League.

They let a good position slip against local rivals Wythenshawe allowing them to score 100 in the last ten overs to post 216. Range faltered in the run chase falling for only 147; a disappointing defeat. Next day they visited Glodwick where Fasan Ahmad-Din scored a maiden century and was last out in a 183 total. The home team won by two wickets in the last over.

Martial Arts: Great treble for Pip Chorlton veterinary surgeon Pip Boydell (pictured) had a day to remember at the World Karate and Kickboxing Commission National Championships when he won three gold medals! Pip, who works at the Animal Medical Care Centre in Chorlton, is an instructor at NWCKD, running classes at the Albany Estate and at Parrs Wood High School.


The seconds faired better in their home match against Glodwick. Range recovered from 80-8 thanks to 42 from Azfar Zeeshan, with good support from Mo Sadiq and Sikander Rana. Tom Coughland then took five wickets and Glodwick were dismissed for 102. This followed a win against Wythenshawe as they overhauled a target of 149-9. Outstanding were skipper, Shib Das Gupta with three wickets and 38 runs and Junaid Fakir with an unbeaten 58.

Golf: Pat looks to enjoy his year in quick time Chorlton Golf Club’s 2014 Captain Pat Gilsenan (pictured) has had many outstanding memories since he joined 37 years ago.

His lowest handicap has been a hugely impressive two and he now plays off a very useful eight. He has had two holes-in-one, both on the tricky 17th (which is, not surprisingly, his favourite hole on the course) and he’s won numerous competitions. Pat said: “I am noted for my quick play and my favourite course, other than Chorlton, is Royal Birkdakle. I still play at least three times a week and I also love playing football with my grandchildren.” Pat’s charity for his Captain’s year is Cancer Relief.

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Draught Dodgers creating Manchester’s cosiest Victorian home By Eric Fewster and Ruth Shepherd The energy needs of a house, especially an old house, can be radically reduced if you know the right people. While it’s true that loft insulation and draught excluders will save a few pounds a year, Ruth Shepherd in Ladybarn opted for a more fundamental solution. Her home is now warmer and she’s using significantly less energy, but it’s the draughts which have been virtually eliminated that have contributed significantly to making it a more comfortable home, thanks to Passive House methodology and survey work by Eric Fewster from Coldproof. This is no quick fix. Whole-house energy efficiency improvements have to be seen as a major investment, because you’re looking at the thermal properties of the very bones of your building – its walls, floors and roof – to create a home that’s more energy efficient, airtight and definitely more comfortable.

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach because every house is different. After Eric’s survey and calculations, it became apparent that the biggest problems were air leakage and external-facing walls, which together accounted for around two-thirds of all heat loss. The survey calculated what could be achieved within the available budget and what the priorities for spending should be. The most pressing tasks were making the house more airtight, adding whole house Mechanical Ventilation with

Heat Recovery and wall insulation. Passive House surveyors can find leaks in the most hidden places: light fittings, unplastered brickwork (such as on walls in the floor void), and even electrical sockets – and that’s before you look at fireplaces and air vents. Membranes went in and were carefully sealed, all the while balancing the need for insulation with healthy ventilation. Ruth says: “This was a huge upheaval, like any building project, but worth it. My carbon emissions are much less than what they once were and my house is really cosy. Everyone notices the difference.” When the house was built in 1888, making it airtight wasn’t

an option. Given that houses were heated by open coal fires, ventilation was a much more important consideration. Now we have cleaner forms of domestic energy, we can drastically reduce heat loss and our dependence on fossil fuels, and we can still enjoy a warmer, healthier home. If you’re planning renovations and want the full story on the Ladybarn Passive House retrofit, contact Eric at or Ruth at ruth.m.shepherd@


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