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April 2014

Chorlton & Whalley Range

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Welcome to the April edition of Community Index

Dear Readers, Welcome to another bumper issue of Community Index. Spring has finally come to South Manchester and we’ve a whole host of reasons why you should get out there and explore. This month we find out more about pop-up shopping with Alice, founder of Chorlton Art Market; we get a sneak preview of next month’s Chorlton Arts Festival and we get on our bikes in the Longford Park sunshine. Over in the garden, Katherine Watson celebrates the green shoots of recovery, while local wordsmith and semi-professional man of leisure Leon Horton looks back on his eventful first year as a community gardener. We also check out M21’s best places to drink great coffee, recommend reads to enjoy with your brew and feature a whole list of events, activities, clubs and societies on your doorstep. We love local: sport, history, open gardens, walks and markets there’s so much going on!

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Lesley Swann

Linsey Parkinson

Sam Paechter


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Contents Chorlton Traders 4 Stitched Up April Events 5 Markets & events at the Post Box Cafe 8 The Story of Chorlton-Cum-Hardy 10 Book Reviews 15 Green Walk Arts & Crafts Weekend 16 Perfect rice the low-energy way 17 For Cafe Lovers 20-21 Simply Cycling 23 Meet Alice DeVille: Founder of Chorlton Art Market 24 Didsbury Open Gardens 26 April In Your Garden 27 Community Index 28-29 Southern Cemetery 30 Chorlton Youth Project 31 Growing Pains 32 Chorlton Arts Festival 35 Sport In Chorlton 36 Business Index 38 Cover Images

Green Walk Open House, Chorlton Traders and our own home cooked rice!

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Chorlton Contributors Sam Paechter

Katherine Watson

Andrew Simpson

Nola Chesworth

Linsey Parkinson Leon Horton

Chorlton Bookshop

Geoff Garnett

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. Spring is most definitely in the air, so it’s a great time to get out and about and explore Chorlton. Smell the flowers, support your local shops and cafes, treat yourself to a special weekend lunch or have a stroll through our lively markets. Pick up a TAG! Thank You card and enjoy a few exclusive Chorlton discounts too.

The Constant Gardeners

Volunteers from Chorlton Traders and Green Chorlton rolled their sleeves up and revamped the community planters at the Cross and outside the library last month. Now they have their lovely spring bedding, they will need a little ongoing maintenance, so if you’re a passing gardener, a little bit of skilled deadheading and neatening up would be appreciated and will keep the flowers blooming for everyone. Chorlton Traders would like to thank Severine from Grass Roots Gardening for supplying plants and giving up Sunday to share her expertise. Thanks too to the green-fingered volunteers: Jane (Green Chorlton), Carol (TagPassiton), Danielle (Rubbish Revamped and Chorlton Plant

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On the Market

We love our markets. They’re fantastic places to find individual gifts that you certainly won’t find in High Street chains. You can also pick up the very freshest food and chat to the person who made or grew it. In our book, buying from people who care about what they’re selling makes all the difference. Chorlton Street Market - great street food and more - there’s not many better places for a sunny Saturday lunch. Outside the Library, Manchester Road Saturday 19th April.

Chorlton Art Market - an eclectic collection of the creative, the quirky and the handcrafted, with a focus on textiles this month. Outside the Post Box Cafe, Wilbraham Road Saturday 26th April.

Farmers’ Market - artisan food producers, music and fun.

Horse & Jockey, Chorlton Green Saturday 26th April.

Chorlton Arts Festival Arts & Craft Fair is back on 17th May. More on that next issue.

Can you help?

Chorlton Youth Project (Registered Charity No 1095132) has been working with children and young people to offer opportunities, advice, guidance and adventures for over thirty years. They’re holding a fundraising event on 4th April. If you can help out by providing raffle prizes, please contact Irvine on 0161 860 6238, or tweet @chorltonyouth Find out more about Chorlton Youth Project on p31

Chorlton Traders

Take a look at chorltontraders. for information about our next meeting.

Come and find out what’s happening in Chorlton, meet other traders and have your say. Nonmembers are welcome to a first meeting free of charge.

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£15 for those working from home £25 for independents

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Chorlton Traders community content is kindly funded by a cash grant from Manchester City Council

Stitched Up

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Markets & Events

Manchester’s political fictions Thursday 24th 7.30pm | £6 per

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Talk: from Disraeli to Christopher Ecclestone by Steven Fielding

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Fresh from Fleetwood, Fish Dinner Friday 18th

Chorlton’s own Sarah L Dixon presents poetry in ten minute slots with guest poets. Special menu available throughout.

A three course dinner event created with fish caught fresh that morning from our local coast line.

Chorlton Cake Club Wednesday 9th and 23rd 7pm

Chorlton History Walk 20th (Easter Sunday) 3.00pm

Featuring guest chefs. For bakers of all experience. Every fortnight, first session is free.

Community Market Saturday 12th 10 – 4pm

Now in its second month, this unique market is capturing the hearts and minds of the local community.


£10 including a drink for the walk and soup or cake after. Hot drink in hand, head out and explore Chorlton’s History on a guided walk lead by Andrew Simpson, finishing back at ThePostBox cafe for soup or cake.

Gourmet Burger Night Friday 25h tables from 7pm | £15

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Chorlton Arts Market Saturday 26th 10-4pm

Focus on Textiles. Come and explore this unique monthly market, whilst enjoying live music, the PostBox BBQ & bar.

Fabric Craft Club Monday 28th 7.00pm | £3 | Monthly

Chorlton Book Club Tuesday 28th 7.00pm | £3 | Monthly


Where children are cherished

One of the main reasons why parents choose St James for their child is the school’s commitment to excellence. Running against the current trend of large schools, often with increasing class sizes, St. James’ commitment to excellence means class sizes are kept deliberately low. The average class size, currently below eight, gives pupil-to-teacher ratios which are amongst the best in the region. This has helped them to achieve results which are amongst the very best. This all takes place in an atmosphere of calmness, order and peace: words not often associated with schools. One parent recently referred to the school as “an oasis of calm, where my child is not so much valued, as cherished”. Don’t take our parents’ word for it: come and see St James’ focus on excellence for yourself.

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The Story of Chorlton-Cum Hardy by Andrew Simpson

1934 and inside the Independent College in Whalley Range We are in the grounds of the Independent College in Whalley Range and the year is 1934.

Our picture is a postcard which ‘R’ says ‘is a new view of the college which I thought you might like to see. It gives rather a good view of the grounds I think.’

He was writing to Mr and Mrs Nelson of Garston Old Road in Liverpool and he went on to say that he had ‘managed a good spot of work,’ and was looking forward to ‘seeing something of a friend of mine who is preaching at Ormskirk on Sunday.’ There is nothing more to help us with the identity of ‘R’ but given that the college had been built ‘educate young men of decided piety and competent talents for the Christian ministry,’* I think we can be fairly confident he was destined for a religious career. Buy Andrew Simpson’s book “The Story of Chorlton-CumHardy” or visit him online at chorltonhistory.


By the time ‘R’ was doing his spot of work the college had been open for 92 years and had continued ‘the preparation of young men for the ministry of the Independent church’** carrying on the work of the Blackburn Independent Academy which had opened in 1816.

Such independent establishments had been necessary by the ban on dissenters from attending universities. So here, along with the study of theology students ‘will have the opportunity of gaining philosophical and scientific knowledge, in addition

to the classics and mathematics.’

There were to be two resident professors and about fifty-two students, the cost was to be met by public subscription and the hope was that this would, in time, be met by endowments. The original design was for a Gothic style building with a tall tower and a principal front 261 feet in length including two professors’ houses at either end, with cloisters in between, serving as an arcade in which the students can take exercise in wet weather. There were to be three storeys, surmounted by


battlements about 40 feet high.

‘The arrangements in the interior of the College, forming a communication with different suites of rooms, are well designed and exceedingly simple, consisting of corridors running the extreme length of the front and of either wing. The lower storey of the building which is sufficiently high above the ground to ensure dryness is intended entirely for servants, and the corridor which connects the different offices runs along the main building.

Entering the College by the broad flight of steps in the basement of the tower we come to the entrance hall on the second or main floor which is a lofty room about 36 feet by 32 and open to the roof.’*** And I suppose this description would have been recognised by

‘R’ as well as the countless other students who continued to study there until its closure in 1980.

Picture; of the college in 1934 from the Lloyd Collection The Assembly Hall and grounds from The Lancashire Independent College, 1843-93

* resolution of the committee held in the vestry of the Mosley Street Chapel, Manchester February 1816, and quoted by Thompson, Joseph, in The Lancashire Independent College, 1843-93, Manchester 1893 Memorial Volume, p18 ** The Manchester Guardian 1842 *** The Manchester Guardian 1842

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The Horse & Jockey Chorlton Pub donate staff-hours to help develop local school Horse and Jockey Pub are donating staff-hours to help transform a patch of neglected woodlands into a play area for Brookburn Primary School.

about events in Chorlton. Such as their infamous fireworks display and Solstice celebrations. The money also ensures that their events are free for all to attend.

Already a community-lead pub, the Jockey invests £25,000 a year into their community events programme. The investment results in some of the most talked

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By pledging to donate staff hours over the length of the eight week project, the Horse and Jockey are taking an active role in helping to build their local community. A role which they hope to uphold in the future by getting involved in further community projects.

The Horse and Jockey’s next main event will be their re-launch party on Saturday 29th March as they re-launch the pub with a completely new menu, concept and interior design. As usual the event will be free to enter and we suggest joining the mailing list for further details.


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Chorlton’s landmark pub gets a new lease of life & opens it’s doors after a £750,000 refurbishment. Come try the seasonal menu along side our new deluxe deli counter & extended Bootleg Craft Beer.



Book Reviews

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Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Recently published in paperback, this novel has been deservedly long-listed for the Baileys fiction prize for women.

At the heart of the book is a love story between Ifemelu and Obinze, teenagers attending a Nigerian university who have to leave the country because of university strikes. Ifemelu moves to the States, where she attends an American university and starts a blog dealing with race issues in America, while Obinze moves to England and ends up becoming an illegal immigrant. The novel examines the issues of race and immigration, particularly in the USA, and the idea of being forced to change and reinvent yourself in order to be accepted in a new country or situation.

Adichie is such a skilled writer, she manages to convey complex issues without us being aware of it. As with her previous book Half of A Yellow Sun she creates characters who are so real we really care about their fates. One issue I think she highlights well is Africa as a developed continent. In the West we are so used to charity appeals and wars, we forget that many African societies are not in need of our charity.

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Jonny Duddle’s fast becoming a star in the world of picture books. He has a knack for breathing new life into classic small boys’ obsessions: pirates (The Pirate Cruncher, The Pirates Next Door) and space adventures (The King of Space). This time he does the same trick with dinosaurs. In fact it’s an all-dinosaur cast, as an assortment of small ones out for a walk try to avoid the eponymous, marauding big one. It’s gentle fun and daft laughs all the way. Duddle’s illustrations are just beautiful, chock-full of detail, character and colour. This hardback edition even comes with a dust-jacket that doubles as a fold-out poster. And there’s a terrific bit of design at the moment when the Gigantosaurus makes his grand entrance...



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Perfect rice the low-energy way By Sam Paechter Lots of people are baffled by cooking rice and there’s conflicting advice out there. I learned this method in a Northern commune in the early 1980s. Not only is it low-energy, it also makes the best rice! It works for white and brown rice alike, and it’s stood me in good stead ever since.

Perhaps surprisingly, there’s no need to simmer rice for ages or rinse it in boiling water. Once boiled, rice can cook by simply soaking up the water it’s in, so all you have to do is put enough energy in at the beginning of the process, then keep it warm for long enough for the magic to happen. You’ll need rice, water and a heavy pan or microwavable container (whichever you use must have a close fitting lid) and a blanket or thick towel. For beginners, the pan method is easier (and probably the most energy efficient), but the

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5. Place on the heat or in the microwave and bring to the boil. It needs to be thoroughly boiling, but doesn’t need to boil for any length of time. In the microwave

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this is a bit tricky. Once nearly boiling, I tend to heat it on full power for a minute at a time, stirring briefly with a wooden spoon between bursts until I’m satisfied all the water is boiling.

6. Take your pan or container off the heat, wrap it tightly in the blanket or towel and leave it somewhere warm (or at least not in a cold draught!). Putting it in bed works very well and will make your bed all toasty for later.

7. White rice is cooked and ready to serve in 30 minutes. Brown rice takes an hour and depending on the quality of your insulation, might need a small additional burst of heat after about 40 minutes.

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Everyone at Community Index (except Sam, who just doesn’t get it Chorlton we are lucky to have so many to chose from. Over the yea most of them and spoken to nearly all of the owners. We love them socialising, laptop working and of course for great coffee and cake They all do coffee and tea to take away.

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4. Battery Park

5. Sugar Cube

Central location, spacious and bright interior specialising in sweet and savoury filled pancakes. Another late night opening cafe.

6. The Chorlton Eatery

Straightforward cafe with attentive waitress service. Good all day breakfasts.



3. Costa Coffee

Chorlton’s cosiest cafe with a homely atmosphere. Specialising in freshly squeezed juices, smoothies and shakes. Uses local suppliers, including Unicorn and Barbakan for bread. A great free community noticeboard and book exchange.


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Lovely owners, bright new decor and delicious homebaked chocolate brownies!


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7. Post Box Cafe

Hosts a range of community events, including history talks by Andrew Simpson and is now the new home to the Chorlton Art Market (next date Saturday 26th April). Opens early doors at 8am.

8. North Star Delicatessen

High quality food and drink in a deli setting with an open kitchen. Light and airy with a range of freshly prepared main dishes, salads and sweet treats. Superb coffee!

9. TeaHive

Extensive range of speciality teas and coffee served in vintage mismatched crockery in a beautiful setting. Fantastic array of delicious home baked cakes which changes daily. Regular themed monthly supper club.


10. Barbakan

Celebrating 50 years in Chorlton this year. This award winning bakery and delicatessen also serves great tea and coffee. Sausage pan Saturday not to be missed.

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Specialist ice-cream parlour open midday to midnight. Friendly service and more delicious flavours than you can shake a stick at.


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Fresh salads, paninis, traditional cooked breakfast and good coffee. All served by friendly staff in comfortable surroundings. Good sized outside seating area to watch the world go by.




13. On the Corner

Vegetarian, vegan and raw food cafe and juice bar. Also sells vinyl and vintage clothing. Takes part in the ‘Suspended Coffee’ scheme - buy an extra coffee which will be held for someone who needs food and drink but cannot afford it.

14. Serendipitea

Specialist tea shop producing it’s own tea blends. Delightful setting with a great selection of home baked cakes.

15. Beech Road Cafe Well established cafe with friendly service and a lovely atmosphere. Delicious cakes. Good outside seating area for Beech Road people watching!

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Get tyred out at Longford Park! Simply Cycling is a good way to get a bit fitter, make new friends and have some fun. We operate three times a week at Longford Park Athletic Stadium; Monday and Friday mornings and Sunday afternoon. We are also at Wythenshawe Park and Boggart Hole Clough on different days. It’s a project run so that absolutely anyone can join in - all abilities, experience and ages.

The £2 fee allows you to ride any of our bikes, trikes, hand-bikes, lowriders and many others, you can even ride around the park if you get a bit bored with the track. We’ve got plenty of baby seats so mums and dads can cycle with their bundles of joy. There’s no need to book; just turn up and get on a bike!

There’s a great atmosphere, particularly when we get bumper numbers of cyclists - our record was over 173 one Sunday in March. Tea and Coffee is available and even biscuits or cake, when donated by our regular members. Helen, 07871 621778 or just drop in. Absolutely everyone is welcome!

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Meet Alice De Ville

Founder of Chorlton Art Market Tell us about yourself, outside of your work in the markets

I am a mother of one with a passion for country music, Fred Astaire and goat’s cheese. I like to sew and paint whilst admiring my collection of vintage 80s Care Bears.

What inspired you to start an Art Market in Chorlton?

As someone who has sold at hundreds of markets and craft fairs over the years, it was always my dream to run an event of my own - but one where the organisers actually cared about the traders. I had sold at many events where it was clear that very little thought had been given to the people who were selling, and where the overall quality of the work varied hugely. I wanted to create events where the traders were the priority because, after all, it wouldn’t be much of a market without good, happy traders. After having a baby in 2011, I gave up my previous career in mental health to focus on this vision. I realised that Chorlton is packed with loads of fantastic artists and designers and I wanted to provide an opportunity for them to sell their work. There are a lot of talented people here, with great products and branding, and yet I know how hard it is to survive by just selling online.

Tell us about the upcoming community market

After a lot of hard work and two successful trial markets in Chorlton Precinct last year, Chorlton Art Market has now moved to its lovely new home at The PostBox on the fourth Saturday of each month. This has led to plans for another new market, The Chorlton Community Market which we hope will be a great opportunity for local charities and organisations to raise awareness and support for their causes. We would also like small online businesses to use the market to provide a ‘face’ for their customers. It will take place on the second Saturday of the month.

You’re an artist yourself, tell us about your own work My brand is Patchwork Papillon and I make personalised Scrabble pictures, as well as patchwork quilts and bags.

What are your plans for the future?

We’re planning some exciting themed events for the Art Market throughout the year, with a Textile special and a Home & Garden market coming up soon.

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Didsbury Open Gardens Sunday 8th June 11:30 – 5:30pm

More than twenty gardens across Didsbury will open to the public, in aid of charity, on Sunday 8th June. You can expect to see a broad range of gardens, and contemporary to traditional design and planting schemes.

The community event has raised over £35,000 over the last six years and the team look forward to breaking through the £40,000 mark this year. Maria Stripling, the founder and one of the organisers said, “The event attracts a lot of people of all ages, from Didsbury and across Manchester. There is so much to enjoy from the gardens themselves to meeting old friends as you wander around the village, listening to music in one or two gardens, or watching willow weaving. Of course, plenty of cups of tea and home made cakes are on offer to keep you going and it’s all for a good cause.”

The event attracts around 1,000 visitors and creates a great sense of community, with a number of community groups also getting involved at The Parsonage Trust, Friends of Fletcher Moss Gardens, and The Bradley Fold Allotments. It’s a real treat for all the family, so don’t miss it.

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April In Your Garden by Katherine Watson We had some mixed weather in March, some beautiful, hot spring days as well as the ubiquitous rain all of which will have stimulated the growth of April’s emerging foliage. There are some magnificent youngsters pushing their way through this month. Some are flushed with the bright colours of youth and with foliage that is soft and still fragile, whilst others are only just unfurling from a tight protective knot of leaves.

The hostas fall into this last category having sent up pointed fingers of purple through March, they are just about to come into their own. There are a huge variety of hostas from miniature (for example ‘Baby Bunting’) through to the truly giant leaved example, ‘Empress Wu’, via some medium to large, more saucily named varieties, ‘forbidden fruit’ and ‘climax’. A particularly lovely medium sized hosta is ‘Avocado’ with shiny dark green leaves shot through with a subtle yellow. These more leathery hostas are supposed to be less susceptible to slug attack although I have

the smaller hosta, ‘Devon Green’ in two large pots, with similarly thick leaves that eventually get chomped but perhaps not quite so quickly.

The shuttlecock fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris is also making an appearance unravelling from tight, furry whorls into upright lime green foliage. These ferns like the damp so you could try digging out a section of a shady border, lining it with a bin bag (perhaps one or two holes punched through) and back filling it with a mix of the old and some new compost before planting the ferns. Both the ferns and hostas

will thank you for a mulch and/or a feed in spring.

The furry, dissected leaves of the oriental poppy have been around for a while now with the perfect, round buds just forming. Varieties like ‘Patty’s Plum’ continue to be a favourite but I might try ‘Royal Wedding’ this year – a beautiful white version with a dark purple heart. We tend to think of June and July as the most thrilling in flower and foliage terms with perhaps September coming a close second for repeat flowering and late interest, but April’s promise is just as lovely- you just have to look at bit closer.

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Community Index Clubs, Societies & Groups

Barlow International Folk Dance Group Tuesday evenings at

St.Ninians, Wilbraham Road Mary O’Mahony 0161 881 0955

Chorlton Afternoon Townswomen’s Guild 2nd & 3rd Tuesday of the

month, 2pm, Chorlton Library. 0161 881 2544

Chorlton Aikido Club

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

Community Allotment & Apiary Scott

Avenue Allotment 07973 139068 07521 500223 group/grow_for_it/

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

Chorlton Bookshop Book Group 3rd Tuesday of the month at The Horse and Jockey Pub 7.45pm Details from Chorlton Bookshop or call 881 6374

Chorlton Kung Fu Wednesdays

8pm, Albany Estate, behind Morrisons 07774 723839

Chorlton Philosophy Group

Tuesdays 7.30pm, upstairs at the Lloyds pub chorltonphilosophygroup.

Chorlton Reading Group

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

Chorlton and District Rotary Club

Every Wednesday 6.45 pm Hough End Centre, Mauldeth Road West, rosie.

Circolo Italiano Every Monday, 7.00-9.00 pm at Union Chapel, Fallowfield. Intermediates and native or 881 8314 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 Co-op members’ group

Chorlton Bridge Club

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

Chorlton Civic Society

French Circle Led by enthusiastic

Christine Blackburn 225 8854 Chorlton Library meeting room. Tuesday 13th May 7.30pm. Chair - Jenny Slee 0757 0879 091

Chorlton Evening Townswomens Guild Meet every 2nd & 4th Thursday

of the month at 7.30pm Chorlton Library. 0161 881 6354

native speaker. Tuesday afternoon or evening at St Werberghs Church Hall 881 8314

Friends of Alexandra Park 226 7525

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881 6276 www.friendsofchorltonmeadows.

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

Chorlton Knits 1st and 3rd Thursday

Friends of Longford Park info@folp. Manchester Flower Lovers’ Guild

St Werburghs Church Hall, Chorlton. Anne 881 6591

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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 St. Clements Fellowship

Barbara 0161 881 5912 or Ida 0161 861 7158

Trafford Athletic Club, Longford Park. Mon & Thu 6 - 9 pm. Min age 9. Tonya 0161 881 4488

Whalley Range Cricket & Lawn Tennis Club

every Friday indoor cricket nets :Years 5 & 6: 6.30-7.30; Years 7-10: 5.30-6.30: Seniors (16+): 7.30-8.30. £4 Springbridge Road, William Hulme Grammar School

Whalley Range Forum

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Arts & Crafts

Chorlton Art Group

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

Chorlton Sewing Club

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

Drum & Percussion Group Playing

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

Dolls House and Miniatures Group

2nd Monday of each month, 8-10pm, Whalley Range Venue. Ann 07814 861285

Peter Topping presents Chorlton: A Moment in Time 3 years of paintings

of Chorlton capturing the shops and people as they are now. 22nd April - 17th May The Arison gallery, 512 Wilbraham Road, M21 9AW

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Sunshine On Leith - 24th April. Doors open 8.10 pm, film starts 8.30 pm Entrance £5 St Clements Church

Chorlton Folk Club

Landscaping and raised beds

Thursdays 9pm Ellesmere Rd Cricket Club

Edge Theatre Warnings to the Curious: The Ghost Stories of M R James Fri 4th Apr 7.30pm. Tickets £10 / £7 The Edge M21 9JG Folk Songs and Tunes at The Beech 1st & 3rd Wednesdays for Songs 2nd & 4th for Tunes. Beech Road, Chorlton, M21 9EG

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

St Johns Centre, Old Trafford. msochoir@

Stagesquad Present ‘Downtown Flabby’ 11th and 12th April. Tickets £10 Hough End Leisure Complex, Chorlton

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Breast Cancer Care Walking Group

Every other Friday at Chorlton Water Park

Chorlton Anxiety Group 226 3871

Manchester Diabetes Support Network: Details/ venues/ monthly dates etc Register interest with Mike 860 5688

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Southern Cemetery by Nola Chesworth

Spring in the cemetery Southern Cemetery is seen by most as a place of peace, calm and rest, but it is also a thriving home to numerous species of animals; mammals, birds and insects. Springtime is when the cemetery really comes to life; daffodils and crocuses that have been planted around the graves are joined by wild flowers such as bluebells, common dog violet and cuckoo flower. All adding beautiful colour and delicate fragrance to the surroundings. During the day squirrels are a common sight;

scurrying around, going about their business, and when night falls they are joined by a whole host of other animals. Tawny Owls keep watch from old trees that cast shadows over the foxes who are patrolling the ground, while three different species of bat circle high above.

Efforts have been made to ensure Southern Cemetery remains an urban paradise for our wildlife; grass is no longer cut around some of the oldest graves, so that wild flowers can flourish and small mammals and insects can

make their homes; while The Meadow offers environmentally friendly burials in a site dedicated to attracting wildlife to the area. Southern Cemetery, first and foremost is the resting place for loved ones, but it is also a place full of life, colour and natural beauty; something which is never more apparent than at this time of year.

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Chorlton Youth Project Chorlton Youth Project (CYP) was established over thirty years ago. It is a charity dedicated to promoting opportunity and improving the lives of young people living in South Manchester.

The project runs a range of activities based at Chorlton Central Church and the new Barlow Moor Community Centre on Merseybank Avenue, as well as in and around Chorlton Park and the Nell Lane estate. It also runs a summer playscheme, and an after school club once a week in Burnage.

fundraising, youth support and other activities so if you can help, please get in touch.

“CYP is a great place to socialise and I feel very lucky to be a part of it.”

CYP is always looking for volunteers to help out with

To volunteer or find out more email Irvine on, As the fundraising climate gets call 0161 860 6238 or follow them tougher, CYP is increasingly reliant on twitter @ChorltonYouth on local support. Irvine Williams, The first event of 2014 is CYP’s Project Manager said “We want annual fundraising quiz at to increase awareness of the Chorlton Central Church on charity and the work we do within Friday 4th April 7– 9pm. Adults Chorlton and we’re grateful of the £3, Children £2. support from local businesses.”

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Growing Pains by Leon Horton

Regular readers of this magazine may recall my article ‘Shrubs and Snails and Old Wives’ Tales’ last year, when I endeavoured - for the first time in my life, I might add - to take up gardening. It was a steep learning curve, with that long hot summer turning into a long hard slog of blood, sweat, shears and soil. But as anyone with green fingers will tell you: gardening, even at the best of times, can be a Churchillian task... It was never going to be easy. Nothing worth doing ever is. Mistakes were made and plants went out the window. But, one year on and my enthusiasm for my newfound hobby hasn’t waned. If anything, it’s increased tenfold (I’ll resist the urge to say ‘in spades’) as - buoyed by the encouragement, appreciation and financial assistance of my fellow tenants - our community garden is starting to look like... well, a community garden. Last summer when my little piece of England was in full

bloom, brimming with the trials and errors of my endeavours, I was hoping the other residents would be so impressed by the fruits of my labours they would grab a little piece of the gardens for themselves.

It isn’t easy to get people enthused, let alone involved (at this point I must say a big thanks to Lisa and her mum Eileen for all their encouragement and generosity), but as the herbaceous perennials and the bedding plants and the climbers all came into bloom, people started coming out of their flats and talking to me. People I’d passed on the stairs for years without ever exchanging a word. Some gave me donations, others a kindly word. We learnt each other’s names, likes and dislikes, discovered we’re not so very different. OK, so that’s a bit purple rose – sorry, prose – but the point is: I’ve got to know my neighbours, and they me, and hopefully we’re seeing the first shoots of a more green and pleasant land – one I intend to cultivate further

this year with some even grander plans. The philosopher Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626) once said of gardening “it is the purest of human pleasures.” As a man who’s had his fair share in the last year I can’t help but agree.

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Chorlton Arts Festival 2014

Chorlton Arts Festival is one of the largest multi-arts events in the North of England and this year is proud to present over 90 events, over 70% of which are free. The festival runs 16th - 25th May, in various venues around Chorlton; see the website and soon-to-bereleased print programme for full details.

CAF’s arts and craft market opens the festival on Saturday 17th at St Clements Church, with the now famous Chorlton Weekender 23rd - 25th May (this year showing John Smith, Liam Frost, Lisbee Stainton, Paper Aeroplanes and The Family Rain), and Dave Haslam’s legendary ‘In Conversation’, this time with Manchester music legend Vini Reilly. The first weekend features a

series of comedy nights held at SW Cricket Club with established and up-and-coming acts.

There’s also a range of workshops, talks, performances and visual arts, including a commissioned piece involving eight underground artists creating site-specific work, plus the Word on the Street project with poet Mike Garry. Also Bread Art Collective is working with school pupils from Chorlton High and Chorlton Park Primary. Festival Director Ella Byford says: “We’re incredibly excited to be presenting such a varied programme. We hope there’s something for everyone to enjoy and we are delighted to be able to offer the majority of events free of charge.”

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Sport in Chorlton by Geoff Garnett

South set for a strong finish

Dave enjoys the move Dave Mackinnon (pictured) enjoyed working as the assistant professional to Peter Barber at Didsbury Golf Club for the best part of a decade before he took the opportunity to join the team at Chorlton Golf Club.

Action against Mellor FC (South in red shirts)

South Manchester FC are one of the oldest clubs in Chorlton having been members of the prestigious Lancashire and Cheshire AFL for the past 100 years. Based at Chorlton Sports Club on Hardy Lane, South have enjoyed Premier Division status for many years and after a slow start to the season, hampered by serious injuries to key

players, they have begun to put together a good set of results to see them climb away from the relegation zone. Their best win came in the Rhodes Cup with a fine 4-2 extra-time derby win over Whalley Range to book a last eight slot against Old Ashtonians. They’re hoping to win the competition for the first time since 1959.



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There he works under club pro James Curtis and has been delighted with the opportunity to bring his teaching skills to the fore in the club’s two indoor teaching studios at the Manchester Golf Performance Centre. Dave said: “I had a great time at Didsbury where I made many good friends but I couldn’t miss the chance to develop my coaching with the state-of-the-art facilities on offer here. It has been a great move for me.”

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