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Andrew Simpson looks back on the great burial scandal of 1881

and snails 11 Shrubs and old wives tales

OPEN GARDENS June IN YOUR GARDEN 12 RETURNS TO CHORLTON

Leon Horton revels in his new-found fondness for gardening

Fat Grass Gardens give us some more seasonal gardening tips

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THE HISTORY OF CHORLTON

BOOK

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REVIEWS 24 Chorlton Book Shop tell us what’s on their bookshelf this month

CONTRIBUTIONS

Mr Scruff headlines Chorlton’s newest mini festival

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She continues to die and be reborn. With a slight tweak each time, her life continues through the First World War and then through the Second. Ursula experiences strange feelings of Déjà vu at every stage of her life but doesn’t know why. There’s something magical about this novel although very wants to do is have space to think. Brian, her clever but uncaring husband takes it all very personally and feels very hard done by. It’s all Eva’s fault and nothing to do with him. Eva’s “Bed-in” becomes bigger than her need for peace with comic and often moving consequences. Many parts of this story made me laugh out loud. However the genius of Sue

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The story of

CHORLTON-CUM-HARDY THE GREAT BURIAL SCANDAL

who reported the difficulty in finding space to place a coffin and the ever present danger of unearthing past burials. William Caldwell described how he regularly “disturbed human remains in digging” and once before he “could get down to any depth I smashed into another grave, and I was flooded by liquor and human remains.”

he Great Burial Scandal is little known these days but T back in 1881 it caused quite a stir; so much so that the Home Office sent an Inspector up to Chorlton to hold an enquiry. It is a story that Ida Bradshaw first told me about. And it is a pretty gruesome one which is difficult to comprehend as you walk through the old parish graveyard on a warm spring day. But back in 1881 it was, according to some, so full that “it is now difficult to tell where there is any land left for new graves, [and because] so many internments have taken place, there is not 2ft of earth between the coffin and the

surface.”* There were also lurid tales of existing gravestones being broken up and thrown into the midden of the Bowling Green Hotel to allow new ones to be erected and, worse still, of bones and skulls appearing and being transported away in wheelbarrows. Much more was revealed at the official Government inquiry opened by the Home Office in the November of 1881. One witness spoke of “human bones .... knocking about the highway. Only that morning a jawbone with teeth in had been picked up.” There were also past sextons

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Now given that the first parish church had been opened in 1512 it should perhaps not be surprising that the place teemed with the dead. As the Reverend Booth admitted, while the burial records only dated back to 1753 he had come across a headstone from 1660, and confirmed “that the burial ground had been enlarged three times.” Moreover “the interior of the church was filled with graves and the worshippers, Sunday by Sunday, knelt in the dust of their fathers.” Medical opinion increasingly turned on the heath issue which was compounded by the rapid

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growth in the population of the township. But the real scandal seemed to be that the local church authorities had continued to bury the dead in the church, with the present sexton denying that there was a problem and the Reverend Booth being critical of the evidence of previous sextons, despite plenty of evidence that for a decade or more finding new spaces was difficult.

those with family plots there was a real link with wanting also to be buried in the parish church.

discovery of some body parts during the archaeological dig in the late 1970s and early 80s but that is another story.

But the Home Office Inspector was “satisfied that the churchyard is exceedingly full and that you want an order for the closing of the churchyard and the only thing to talk about is the exceptions.”

Pictures from the collection of Andrew Simpson 2008, and the Lloyd collection circa 1860

Of course we should temper our shock and disgust a little and remember the practice of removing old burials to accommodate new was traditional.

The following year this was carried out with the proviso that where families had an existing grave an internment could go ahead providing that the graves could be opened to a depth of five feet without exposing coffins or disturbing human remains.

Also, I do have some sympathy with the argument made out by Reverend Booth and some correspondents to the Manchester Guardian that for

Finally in 1930 the remains were exhumed and reburied in Southern Cemetery, which I suppose should have closed the story, were it not for the

*from the Chorlton Ratepayer Association to the Withington Local Board of Health January 12th 1881 References from the Manchester Guardian 188186, Manchester City Council Town Clerks’ Papers Re Closed Burial Grounds 1930, reports in the dig by Angus Bate

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t took almost forty-five years, fourteen different homes and God only knows how many failed attempts at finding a hobby, but I’ve finally done it: I’ve bought my very first spade and started gardening. Me, a man who once fell off a podium dancing in the Hacienda, now prefers hardy perennials to partying hard, would sooner opt for a sundry hanging basket to a Sunday hangover. And don’t get me started on trips to garden centres. I’m not sure how it happened (like my waistline it crept up on me) but it all started last summer when I attended a meeting with my housing association and suggested they make improvements to the communal gardens. The reaction was very positive and - social housing being what it is - within the blink of a year I received a letter informing me of the go-ahead to rally my fellow tenants for a photo opportunity on the commencement of our community project. Huh? What? I don’t recall signing up for that. Cometh the hour, cometh the van; loaded with tools, planters, trellis, fruit trees, hardy perennials, and fifty quid to spend on shrubs and bedding plants. And you know what? It was amazing how many of my previously keen neighbours suddenly developed bad backs on the same day. There must have been something in the water, because I found myself alone out there – hacking at stony ground with a pickaxe. But I’m not complaining, because what felt like hard

labour at the time - what was meant to be a community project (if only in the landlords’ eyes) - has subsequently become my pet project. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve had nothing but support from the badbacks, some financially, others with a word of encouragement, and I’m only too happy to have the final say. A month down the line, and I’ve been lugging stone to build a rockery; installed a wooden border; potted, plotted and envisaged a colourful summer ahead... All being well. There are no guarantees in this game. When I intimated to my friend that I was nearly finished, he smiled and said “Can I let you into a secret? A garden is never finished.” He’s right, of course. And whilst I’ve no doubt Katherine Watson’s informative articles in this very magazine are going to be invaluable over the coming months and years, I’m quickly discovering that nature herself doesn’t always play ball. Cats are a case in point. How do you keep cats from viewing your freshly-composted planters as luxury litter

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trays? “Buy a catapult,” my cat-loathing friend opines, but I can’t do that – far too expensive. “Orange peel,” a neighbour tells me, “they don’t like citrus.” Lion pooh, suggests a website, they really hate the stuff. Lion pooh? I guess it’s possible, but old wives’ tales abound when it comes to this gardening lark. And what do I do about slugs and snails? If last year’s gastropod invasion in the damp of that long, wet summer is anything to go by I might be in for a head-on battle. So what’s the answer? Slug pellets? I’m told they’re harmful to birds that eat the slugs and snails and I certainly don’t want that. My sister swears by beer traps. I’ve fallen into a few of those myself over the years so I know they work. Well, we’ll see. So here I am, with another rod for my already aching back. I wanted a little piece of England and wandered into a minefield, albeit willingly. And if you can find me, if any of you out there knows what I’m letting myself in for, please, please, keep it to yourselves.

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JUNE in your Garden

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une in many respects reveals the height of the perennial flowering season with colours spilling in waves across the early summer borders. Plants still sport a spring freshness before the high summer sets to blanching and blending foliage which adds a certain vibrancy to beds and borders this month. There are numerous colour schemes to play with in terms of perennial planting - here are just a few to try out if you fancy a revamp. Bronze is a colour too little seen in urban gardens except perhaps in the odd Heuchera here and there. For a really interesting foxglove try Digitalis parviflora an exotic looking compact variety with orange bronze flowers. Team it with Dryopteris wallichiana, a robust fern with black stems, for a shady border or with bronze

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You will have noticed a few new planters in Chorlton. Would you like to help us raise money for some more?

There’ll also be guest spots from Green Chorlton and Unicorn/Coffee Cranks Co-op.

How about getting involved in a bit of recycling for the day? We’re giving away coffee grounds and some bright ideas on what to do with them. Coffee soap anyone?

There will be samples of our new range of Green Chorlton drinks (tasty, healthy and raising funds for Green Chorlton). Those amazing baker girls at Tea Hive have promised a delicious Green Chorlton cake for us all to share...

The planters have been paid for by Green Chorlton, Chorlton Traders and Manchester City Council. Every ‘Green Chorlton’ drink or cake ordered and sold to you by local independent businesses who support the initiative will have a donation made to a fund for Greening Chorlton.

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We are also collecting milk bottle tops. Bring yours along or take them to Elliotts in the precinct. There’ll be a raffle with coffee inspired prizes from Lush Brownies, a local favourite at Chorlton Market and fairtrade goodies from Unicorn. Hope you can join us!

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Mr Scruff to headline mini music festival in Chorlton – in support of the region’s best unsigned talent other “weird and wonderful happenings”.

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Also performing are Manchester’s soulful four-piece Black Lights, Salford’s comedic feel-good band Thingumabob & the Thingumajigs, psychedelic pop group The Chanteuse & the Crippled Claw, Irish songstress Shauna Mackin, urban/rock outfit Coldside and rising teen star Krisshan Jade.

and in backstage production. The organisers say they will be bringing an eclectic festival vibe to a beautiful pub location, with the event featuring an outdoor stage, a music marquee, art installations, barbecue and

Promoter Kris Sparrow said: “RAW FEST is all about bringing together like-minded people and community stakeholders to provide a platform for breakthrough talent. Last year’s début was a roaring success and this year we’ve stepped things up. It will be one of the best days out in Manchester this summer!”

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Community Clubs, Societies & Groups Chorlton Aikido Club Wednesdays 7.30-9.30pm St Ninians, Wilbraham Rd www.lancashireaikikai.org 861 8456 Community Allotment & Apiary Scott Avenue Allotment 07973139068 07521500223 uk.groups.yahoo.com/ group/grow_for_it/ Chorlton Bridge Club Christine Blackburn Tel: 225 8854 www.bridge webs.com/chorlton Chorlton Civic Society Next meeting Tuesday 9th July 7.30pm Chorlton Library meeting room. Chair - Jenny Slee 0757 0879 091 www. chorltoncivicsociety. org.uk Chorlton Evening Townswomens Guild Meet every 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month at 7.30pm Chorlton Library. 0161 881 6354 Chorlton Good Neighbours 881 2925 goodneighbours@ btconnect.com Chorlton History Group meets on the 1st Thursday of the month at 1.30pm - 3pm at Chorlton Good Neighbours St Nininians Church, Egerton Rd South Chorlton Knits 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at Oddest Bar Chorlton Philosophy Group Meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm, upstairs at the Lloyds pub. All welcome http:// chorltonphilosophygroup. wordpress.com/

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Chorlton Reading Group Once a month in the meeting room behind Chorlton library 7.30pm All welcome 881 1813 chorltonreadersgroup@ gmail.com Coffee and Craft Mornings at Chorlton Good Neighbours. Meet friends and have a coffee, with arts and crafts group. Thursday’s 10-11.30am Wilbraham St Ninian’s Church 881 2925 www.cgncg.org.uk Co-op members’ group Meet every 2nd Wed of the month at 7.30 p.m. Room above the Hardy Lane Co-op.Talks, trips, events. All welcome Call Brenda on 0752 507 1672 or email brenda.copnall@ ntlworld.com Intergen Volunteer opportunities for Chorlton residents 55+ to work with local primary school children. Estelle Longmore 881 7693 or 07946761785 www.intergen.org.uk Friends of Alexandra Park 226 7525 www.friends ofalexandrapark.org.uk Friends of Chorlton Meadows 881 6276 www.friendsofchorlton meadows.blogspot.com Friends of Longford Park info@folp.co.uk friendsoflongfordpark. org.uk Manchester Flower Lovers’ Guild St Werburghs Church Hall, Chorlton Anne 881 6591 flowersnorthwest.net Shakespeare House Community Centre Whalley Range M16 8NR, 823205 admin@r-squared.org.uk

Simply Cycling Longford Park, Athletics Stadium Mon & Fri 9.30 - Noon, Sun 1-3pm. All abilties and ages welcome Contact Sue 07753428937 Helen 07871621778 www.simply-cycling.org St. Clements Fellowship Contact Barbara Burns on 0161 881 5912 or Ida Bradshaw on 0161 861 7158 for information Whalley Range Cricket & Lawn Tennis Club every Friday indoor cricket nets :Years 5 & 6: 6.30-7.30; Years 7-10: 5.30-6.60: Seniors (16+): 7.30-8.30. £4 Springbridge Road, William Hulme Grammar School Whalley Range Forum JN8 Youth & Community Centre, 82 Cromwell Ave, M16 0BG 881 3744 info@ whalleyrange.org www. whalleyrange.org Whalley Range 4 Wildlife wr4wildlife@yahoo.co.uk www.wr4wildlife. wordpress.com

Health & Fitness Pilates classes at Firswood Community Centre, Longford Park. Tues 8 - 9 pm, Wed 6.15 7.15 & 7.30 - 8.30 pm. Contact Danielle 07511 354 745 www. evolutionpilates.co.uk (Body Control Pilates trained). Alexander Technique One-to-one sessions in Chorlton & Didsbury, group daytime classes. Cycle Technique workshops May 4th and June 1st in Chorlton Contact: Sue Fleming on 861 8848, 07796470163

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www.alexandertechnique. co.uk The Yoga Rooms 483a Barlow Moor Rd, M21 8AG Full Programme at www. theyogarooms.co.uk Pilates Classes Sarah 07776196504 www. energyflowfitness.co.uk

Arts & Crafts Alex Jerman Photography Photography & Camera Training, one to ones, workshops www. alexjermanphotography. com Battyandgorgeous www.battyandgorgeous. com Beetlefelt Craft Workshops Carol Mowl Tel: 881 6309 www.beetlefelt.co.uk Chorlton Art Group Meets each Tuesday, 10.00 to 12.00 at St. Werbergh’s church hall, Chorlton. Come along for a chat, a cup of coffee or a quiet painting session. More details from Brenda at brensidebeck@aol.com Chorlton Sewing Club 1st Thursday of the month 7.30 - 9.30pm Chorlton Library chorltonsewing. wordpress.com Creative Recycling Gallery 40 Beech Rd M21 9EL craftscreativecourses. co.uk Drum & Percussion Group Playing Brazilian and Cuban rhythms. Thursday evenings 7-9pm St. Margarets Church, Whalley Range Sue 226 4311

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Community The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre Manchester Rd, Chorlton Tel: 282 9776 www.watersedgearts.com Making Miniatures Group 4th Monday of the month, 8pm Scout Hut, English Martyrs Church, Alexandra Rd South, M16 Contact Ann 07814 861 285 Ministry of Craft 07850 894 752 www. ministryofcraft.co.uk Rubbish Revamped www.rubbishrevamped. org.uk South Manchester Camera Club Monday nights at 8pm Didsbury Methodist Church M20 5LR www.smcc.org.uk Sewing Courses at Pottery Corner, Beech Rd Contact Ruth Tel: 881 9861 ruthlazarus227@ btinternet.com

Music & Entertainment

Manchester Sing Out Choir (Gospel Choir) If you enjoy singing - this is the place to be. Every Tuesday 7-9pm St Johns Centre, Old Trafford www. manchestersingoutchoir. org msochoir@live.co.uk

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Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy 454 Barlow Moor Rd, Chorlton, M21 0BQ 0161 862 9456 www.mcpt. co.uk New Family Social UK charity for LGBT adopters, foster carers and their children. Meets every month in south Manchester. newfamilysocial.org.uk Rainbow Families 07903 397 108 rainbowfamilies@ hotmail.com

Community Contacts

Chorlton Folk Club Thursdays 9pm Ellesmere Rd Cricket Club

Manchester City Council 234 5000

Guitar/Songwriting Lessons Dominic Kearne 07906 203388 www. dominickearne.com

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Chorlton Anxiety Group 226 3871

Chorlton Film Institute The Master Thursday 20th June 2013. Doors open 8.10 pm - Film starts 8.30 pm Entrance £5 St Clements Church

Folk Songs and Tunes at The Beech If you enjoy folk songs and tunes even older than the Beech. 1st & 3rd Wednesdays for Songs 2nd & 4th for Tunes. Beech Road, Chorlton, M21 9EG

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Chorlton Library 227 3700 Citizens Advice 0870 126 4094

Whalley Range ‘Celebrate’ Community Festival Saturday 22nd June 2013 12 – 6 p.m. St Margaret’s Social Centre, Brantingham Road, M21 0TT

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CHORLTON planters JP & Brimelow in Chorlton have raised ÂŁ500 for Green Chorlton by buying Tag cards to support spending at local independents. This kind donation and their fantastic purple planters have inspired Chorlton Traders and Green Chorlton to run with the idea of brightening up the high street. With funding from Manchester City Council and money raised by both the Traders and Green Chorlton, there are now four planters sitting on the railings at Chorlton crossroads along with six other planters along Wilbraham Road. On a sunny Sunday in May, armed with trowels and plants, Carol from Tagpassiton, Lesley from Community Index, Sam from Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers, Paul from Grow For It and Severine from Grassroots Gardening and Bud Garden Centre met up at Battery Park to fill the new planters.

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Community Index Sport Pam gets a well-deserved honour at Chorlton am Draper (pictured) has done some terrific work at P Chorlton Golf Club, as well as being one of their top players since she joined in 1980.

Pam has also been a leading member of the Cheshire Ladies’ Golf Association.

The first was Olive Chesworth in 2004. Pam has a great playing record with a very handy current handicap of 14. Over the years she’s represented all of the club’s ladies’ and mixed teams as well as winning plenty of individual honours. She has served on the ladies’ committee for 27 years and was Lady Captain in 1996-7.

Her husband Tony has been Captain and President and now Pam has become President; only the second lady to do so in the club’s 111-year history.

Her other regular roles at Chorlton include the social committee and Centenary committee and she’s also their EWGA delegate. But apart from her busy times at Chorlton, since 2001

She was County Captain in 2006 - the same year as the Chorlton Centenary - and is the treasurer and county web administrator too! If you want a job doing well get a busy person to do it! Pam said: “I feel greatly honoured to be chosen as President and would like to thank all the Vice Presidents for considering me suitable. When I started my ambition was to be a single-figure golfer before I was 60 - a target I have never reached, but I have had fun trying - I have enjoyed the social aspect of the game rather than the practice!”

Whalley Range feels the force to thank all volunteers and the Nat West staff for their amazing efforts.”

Nat West regional director John Hesketh added: “A vast number of cricket clubs across the country survive only on small funds and the NatWest CricketForce is all about getting volunteers to come together as a community.”

halley Range Cricket Club members and friends W enjoyed the club’s exciting NatWest CricketForce event which brought their ground and club into pristine condition.

Club chairman Mike Hill stressed just how important the event was for the club: “Without the help of NatWest CricketForce, ECB clubs like

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ours would not be able to keep the facilities up to scratch. “We had a record turnout from all age groups and it was a great success. I would like

Work at the club is continuing throughout the season with a new electronic scoreboard now installed thanks to sponsorship from Emma Hatton Estate Agents.

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Park secure promotion

Whalley Range FC win their first trophy of the season

Broughton Park 32, Eccles 13

Whalley Range FC are now well over 100 years old and have played at their Kings Road ground in Chorlton for many years. They have been members of the prestigious Lancashire and Cheshire AFL for several years and picked up trophies at all levels. Their first trophy this season has been won by their third team who play in Division C. They took the vital points in a nervy win over Hooley Bridge Celtic.

big crowd at Hough A End enjoyed a fine promotion play-off game between Broughton Park and local rivals Eccles.

they retained for the rest of the game. Blake Mahovic added a second try just before the break to have Park leading 20-8.

After the visitors had dominated the early stages they were made to regret missed chances when Jonny Thomas put over a penalty. But this was soon lost when Eccles went over for the first try and they extended their lead to 8-3 with a penalty, before Thomas banged over his second.

Mahovic kept up the momentum with his second early in the second half and Warren Duffy (pictured) set up Titiloye for his second try. Thomas missed his only kick of the day but Park were in the comfort zone at 32-8 and rang the changes with Eccles scoring a late consolation try to complete the scoring.

Then the game came alight when Park’s top scorer Ade Titiloye (pictured) left a string of players in his wake. With Thomas adding the conversion, Park regained the lead which

The win was great after last season’s relegation and now Park can complete the double if they win the Lancashire Trophy final.

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Community Sport

Sports clubs are the lifeblood of the local community providing a huge range of opportunities for people of all ages . Our area is very rich in such clubs and they rely so much on voluntary efforts to run them. These sports articles try to provide an insight into the huge amount of work done by these volunteers on behalf of their local community. If you have any stories about sport by individuals or teams contact Geoff Garnett on 0161 881 7550 or ggggarnett@aol.com

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