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Contents 4. Shop Local, Past & Present 6. The Healing Power of Nature 9. Chorlton Arts Festival 10. Want to Shed those Winter Pounds? 13. Book Reviews 14. Green Walk Open House 15. GLAD TO BE IN CHORLTON 16. For All You Wannabees 18. Sherlock Homes 21. April in your Garden 22. Food and Drink Index 27. Hitting the Hotspot 28. Community Index PUBLISHER

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Shop Local , Past & Present Now I have mixed feelings about supermarkets. Historically they were an important development in the way we shop and the food that is available to us. But of course the impact of huge out of town outlets on local communities, and the demise of the independents raise big questions. All of which made me reflect on the retail experiences that were available here in the township during the 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1850 there were just a handful of shops, most in or near the village. But fifty years later almost all the buildings from Wilton down to the green were in place. In 1911 of these 23 shops, 13 were engaged in selling food. And there were more around the green and lots more just the short walk up to and along Barlow Moor Road. Now in an age before refrigerators this shouldn’t surprise us. People shopped daily because they had to, and if they didn’t make the journey themselves then a servant would or equally likely the shop delivered. Look at any old photograph of Chorlton and somewhere on the road there will be one or more delivery vans, pulled by horses. Now it is an interesting thought and a challenging one that just possibly this was not such a good thing. Read any account of food

outlets in the 19th century and it is to be confronted by stories of adulterated food, tainted meat and underweight produce. The weights and measures man may have been a dreaded figure but if shop keepers could get away with selling their food after it’s sell by date and underweight then some at least would. Nor I think should we mourn the passing of the loose biscuit or of the meat hung out in the open. It was for all these very reasons that the co-operative movement was started and took such a strong hold in working class areas, and even before the Rochdale Pioneers were setting out their stall the Chartists had set up a co-operative shop in Hulme and other experiments had been floated around the country. And it is easy to be seduced by the image of the rural shop. Many here in the township had a short life in the years before 1850. Some I guess were short term expedients to supplement the family income and were terminated when other more gainful means of making money became available. You read of some who one year described himself as a farmer and another as beer seller before reverting to the land. Others like the Brundrett’s up by Lane End where High Lane and what is now Sandy Lane meet were well established as was the Whittaker family who were selling groceries from the bottom of Beech Road from the mid 19th century and were still there a hundred years later. But even the Brundrett’s grocery store appears to have had a break in trading at one point. Nor is it necessarily the case that all our food shops sourced

Andrew Simpson locally. Much of the food grown here was produced by market gardeners whose markets were in Manchester and they made the 4½ mile journey almost daily, either delivering the food to Stretford where it was taken by water along the Duke’s Canal or increasingly by wagon. And it was intensive farming. The diversity of the produce was important where cash crops followed the seasons and were geared to the needs of nearby Manchester. It was reckoned that farmers who sowed the white Lisbon onions in autumn to send to the Manchester markets in spring would have the land cleared in sufficient time to plant potatoes and other vegetables. Many would also have a second crop of onions which would be ready in the summer and might earn £150 per acre. Moreover farmers like the Higginbotham’s on the green were more likely to sell their surplus milk and dairy products direct rather than to a shop. So there are still questions to ask about our shops before 1900 and even about the service they delivered in the century that followed. I can remember our own little grocery store which offered one basic cheese, ham that had long ago left the land for some abattoir in the more dingy outskirts of the city and a range of red sugary stuff which the jar described as jam. As ever history is messy. Andrew Simpson’s book Chorlton-cum-Hardy A Community Transformed will be published in the autumn. Image: Beech Rd c.1932 from the Lloyd collection



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Recently researchers have begun to realise what many humans have known on an instinctive level for millennia: that the natural landscape can be a very effective healing tool. Healers have long utilised a therapeutic connection with nature in order to treat a wide variety of mental and physical conditions. This ancient practice has now been rediscovered and given the name 'Ecotherapy.' Ecotherapy is a collective term for numerous nature-based therapies which utilise an experiential connection with nature. It's a relatively new field, but one which has many ancient roots, drawing its ideas from both modern and ancient practices, including psychotherapy, nature-awareness, mindfulness, meditation, bushcraft, and shamanism. Our ancestors would have seen little or no separation between themselves and the natural world; using nature to sustain and heal, physically, mentally and spiritually. By contrast, Western society has become increasingly industrialised

and urbanised. People in industrialised nations now spend more than 90% of their lives indoors. Sadly, modern society has become more and more disconnected from nature. For millennia we existed in a close relationship with the natural world, and were intrinsically connected to the rhythms of our natural environment, so much so that our need for a relationship with nature must reside in our very genes. It would seem that, despite technological advancements, we are still genetically hard-wired to need to be close to nature and living things. Most people are already aware of the beneficial psychological effects of simply being on a beach, paddling in a stream, or walking in forests or mountains. This may be why we are often drawn to areas of natural beauty when taking our holidays. Mankind's use of nature to enhance physical, mental and spiritual well-being has been around probably as long as

humans have existed. Many researchers now believe that conflicts can arise due to our disconnection from the natural world. Our in-built need for a relationship with nature has become disrupted, leaving us unbalanced and open to a variety of mental and emotional problems. It would appear that there is a strong need for us to re-integrate nature back into our lives to redress the balance. Research has shown that just being in green spaces can have significant benefits on mental well-being. This can be as simple as spending time gardening, sitting in a local park, or walking in the countryside. Ecotherapy takes the concept further by actively deepening and utilising this instinctive connection. Compared to many traditional talking therapies, ecotherapy is often focused on experiential learning. Participants learn through engagement and immersing themselves in the environment and activities, as well as by talking about and sharing their insights and experiences, thus change can

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more acts are yet to be confirmed, but so far the line-up includes: Treetop Flyers, Tiny Ruins, Big Deal, Blind Atlas, plus Pablo’s Finest Hour gig night and Scruff of the Neck gig night. In addition to this year’s extraordinary live music line-up, Chorlton Arts Festival continues to develop its community focus, with many of the performers in the festival coming from the local area. This year a group of young people will work to bring digital arts to the streets as part of the festival’s outreach programme. There were a record number of submissions and the diverse events reflect this, with an exciting comedy night featuring some of the best talent in the region, an extensive visual arts programme, craft fairs, a writing competition and spoken word events, and performance theatre. Over half the events at this year’s festival will be free entry and tickets for paid gigs and passes for chorlton weekender are now on sale. Festival director Philip Hannaway says: “Chorlton Arts Festival continues to go from strength to strength, and there have been more applications to be part of the festival this year than ever before. The music line-up is one of the best you will find at any festival and helps us pay for all the free stuff. We’re really excited!”

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Want to Shed those Winter Pounds? It is at this time of year that we begin to look forward to those lazy, hazy, summer days just around the corner. The springtime air is rich with the promise of picnics in the park, woodland walks, and maybe a fortnight's worth of basking on a beach somewhere, topping up the tan on a well-earned summer break. Unfortunately, if you're like me, you might also be wondering whether the lycra on that gorgeous swimsuit will be able to stretch just a little bit further after a winter's worth of comfort eating. But before signing up (once again) at the slimming club, I thought I'd have a chat with Rob Hardy, a clinical hypnotist at Chorlton-based Manchester Hypnosis Clinic, to see if hypnotherapy might be an option for me. There are, Rob told me, real problems with some of the traditional approaches to weight loss. Yo-yo dieting can become a vicious cycle of weight-loss/ weight-gain (usually gaining more that you lose) that plays havoc with your metabolism and can even increase harmful cholesterol. All forms of dieting can, for some people at least, create or reinforce an obsession with food (or an obsession with weight loss). The safest and most sensible way to lose weight is, of course, to have a well balanced diet and to take daily exercise, and this is where hypnosis comes in. According to Rob, using hypnosis to help people lose weight has been around for a long time, but it's profile has recently been

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Tiny Sunbirds Far Away Christie Watson Winner of the debut novel category in the 2011 Costa prize, this book is certainly a deserving winner. This is one of those clever books which breaks your heart and keeps you laughing out loud at the same time. Blessing has a comfortable life in Lagos, Nigeria. She sees poverty around her but is untouched by it until her beloved Daddy is caught with another woman. This leads to her mother losing their apartment and being forced to move in with her parents miles away in the Niger Delta. This is a land controlled and polluted by the rich oil companies. The land is also divided by in-fighting between local thugs and militia, with innocent locals often caught in the middle. In amongst all of this we meet some wonderfully described characters. This is essentially a novel about a young girl coming of age surrounded by her family in extremely trying circumstances.

The Novel in the Viola Natasha Solomons The story begins in 1938 Vienna. Elise is the adored but somewhat plain youngest child in a musical and literary family. Her mother is an international Opera Singer and beauty; neither of these qualities has been passed onto Elise. Despite the fame and success of her family they are soon to become enemies of the state for being Jewish. Elise is about to leave her life of ease and luxury to become a lowly maid in a large English Country House. War is declared and the attacks on Jewish families increase in volume and intensity. Her parents had hoped to escape to America but this is no longer possible. Elise is torn. Just as she is finding stability and happiness her parents are trapped and alone in a country that was once their home. What will become of the once famous Landau’s, now separated by a vicious and brutal war? This is a complete page turner of a book. It’s an enjoyable, easy read, impossible to put down! Rather poignantly, the author mentions at the back of the book that the character of Elise was loosely based on her Aunt.

13 A Year Without Autumn Liz Kessler Kessler is well established as author of the mermaid-tastic Emily Windsnap series, but with this book she leads older readers into rather deeper waters. It centres on the friendship between two young girls, sensible Jenni and bohemian Autumn. Jenni and her family go to visit Autumn once a year, but this time something goes awry. Jenni enters the lift up to Autumn’s apartment, and comes out a year into the future. In the meantime tiny events have had major consequences, and Autumn’s life is now in total disarray. But as Jenny uncovers the truth about her unexpected timehop, she realises she has the opportunity to set things right. Though it hinges on a sci-fi concept, this is anchored in present-day reality and sympathetic threedimensional characters, told in the first person from poor Jenni’s perspective. Kessler (a former Chorltonite) even delivers some harder-edged subject matter about family troubles with a fine lightness of touch. It’s now in the running for this year’s Blue Peter Book award, and for very good reason. Suitable reading age: 9-12 years.

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Competition at Chorlton Big Green Festival GLAD TO BE IN CHORLTON Past and Present is an exciting exhibition staged by local artist Peter Topping and historian Andrew Simpson as part of this year’s Big Green Festival. The exhibition explores the changing nature of Beech Road over the last 170 years and compliments the debate on what we want of the area in the future. Come along to the festival on 31st March at St Clements Church

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For all you Wannabees It seems you can’t watch the TV, listen to the radio or read a paper without the mention somewhere of bees and their plight. We are encouraged to plant bee friendly plants in our gardens, put up homes for bumble bees, buy local honey, watch what chemicals we use around the home and in the garden and even take up beekeeping. What is all the fuss about?... Or is it just another trend?

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running Bee Open Days where there will be information displays and demonstrations about bees and beekeeping. There will be beekeepers there to talk to about all aspects of beekeeping and honey production, as well as information on gardening with bees in mind, light refreshments and a raffle for a 1lb jar of local honey. As well as the Open Days, we will be running practical taster workshops on beekeeping for those who want to learn a bit more about the subject through theory and practical activities, including working with the bees. The world of bees is fascinating and important to us all. So come and find out for yourself.

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modern office. Another unique feature is that they are the only estate agent with an office in the hugely popular Beech Road area, well known for its café culture, fashionable boutiques and art galleries. The relaunched Sherlock Homes is working ever more closely with the local community on a variety of projects to make Chorlton an even better place. Sherlock Homes are sponsoring an event at Chorlton’s Big Green Festival and will soon launch the 'Glad to live in Chorlton' community campaign. They feel it’s important to make sure Chorlton continues to appeal to prospective incomers and longstanding residents alike. They want to highlight the wealth of good things Chorlton has to offer to people who choose to live here. On the newly launched Sherlock Homes website they are showcasing local artist Peter Topping and photographer Rachael Magowan’s work featuring Chorlton landmarks. Both have worked tirelessly to document events and places

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April in your Garden There is a great deal to say about April in the garden; it’s a time to divide and replant existing herbaceous perennials as well as a very good month to get new plants in the ground ready for the a summer show. But having just been out in my garden with a cup of tea before starting work I couldn’t help but be warmed by the sight of two Euphorbia characias wulfenii looking stately and slightly Jurassic in large pots against my sunny back wall. Euphorbia are among some of


by Katherine Watson

my favourite plants – a huge genus which has gone in and out of fashion over the last hundred years or so, but in most of the gardens you are likely to visit you will inevitably see one or a number of their variety and this is because they are great border plants. I remember first seeing a E.characias wulfenii in a quirky garden in the Cotswolds created by an equally quirky, stuff-and-nonsense woman who wore a trilby and charged a 50p entrance fee and turned a blind eye to picnics on her lawn. It was huge and positioned against the Edwardian house in a gravel bed with other cottage garden favourites and looked nostalgically magnificent. Euphorbias are a striking plant with slightly ‘alien’ characteristics (as in proper aliens not just strange) – in E.characias, lime green cylindrical bracts are held above bright grey/green leaf-littered stems. Among my

other favourites are E. palustris, a fresh lime green and slightly more delicate variety and E. griffithii ‘Fireglow’ or ‘Dixter’ bearing orange bracts – both of these need plenty of water and some staking to keep them from flopping onto other plants but they are striking border additions. Another variety I have in my garden is E. mellifera – the Honey Spurge, so called because of the strong smell of honey given off at flowering time. Another feature of this plant is that the seeds literally explode on sunny days – at first I thought I was being attacked by undercover squirrels throwing very small nuts (it’s possible?) before realising it was the facility developed to spread the seed beyond the canopy of the plant. Prone to frost but definitely worth a try. Katherine Watson, Fat Grass Garden Designs

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Cafe life 1 Battery Park 615a Wilbraham Road M21 9AN, 860 0754 2 Beech Road Cafe 52, Beech Road M21 9EG, 283 7751 3 The Chorlton Eatery 565 Barlow Moor Road, M21 8AE, 860 0200 4 Crema Cafe 111 Manchester Road, M21 9PG, 07931 864084 5 Jam Street Cafe 209 Upper Chorlton Road M16 0BH, 881 9944 6 On The Corner 93 Beech Road M21 9EQ, 881 4841 7 Sweet Tooth Cupcakery 9a Oswald Road M21 9LP, 07855 765355 8 Tea Hive

53 Manchester Road M21 9PW

Specialist 9 Barbakan Delicatessen 67-71 Manchester Rd M21 9PW, 881 7053 10 Bitter Sweet 103 Manchester Road 10a Chorlton Wholefoods 64 Beech Road, M21 9EG 11 Coffee N Chocolates 514 Wilbraham Road M21 9AW 12 Craftelicious 127 Oswald Road M21 9GE, 860 4814 13 Epicerie Ludo 46 Beech Road M21 9EG, 300 2582 14 Frost W H Butchers 12-14 The Square M21 9AQ, 881 8172 15 Hickson and Black’s 559A Barlow Moor Road M21 8AN, 881 2001


16 North Star Delicatessen 418 Wilbraham Rd M21 0SD, 862 0133

31 Chorlton Irish Club 17 High Lane M21 9DJ, 881 2898

47 Nectar Bistro 404 Barlow Moor Road M21 8AD, 861 9300

17 Oasis Ice-Cream Parlour 109 Manchester Road M21 9GA

32 Coriander 279 Barlow Moor Road M21 7GH, 881 7750

48 The Nip and Tipple 197 Upper Chorlton Road M16 0BH, 860 7330

33 Croma 498-500 Wilbraham Road M21 9AP, 881 1117

49 Nook 535 Wilbraham Road M21 0UE, 882 0700

34 Dulcimer 567 Wilbraham Rd M21 0AE, 860 0044

50 Oddest 414-416 Wilbraham Road M21 0SD, 860 7515

35 Electrik 559, Wilbraham Rd M21 0AE, 8619558

51 Panicos 418 Barlow Moor Road M21 8AD, 861 0613

20 Asian Fusion 489-491 Barlow Moor Road, M21 8AG, 881 7200

36 Escape 370 Barlow Moor Road M21 8AZ, 8629911

52 Parlour 66 Beech Road M4 1LE, 881 4871

21 Azad Manzil 493-495 Barlow Moor Road, M21 8AG, 881 1021

37 Gallery 537-539 Wilbraham Road M21 9LD, 860 6660

53 Pi 99 Manchester Road M21 9GA, 882 0000

22 The Bar 533 Wilbraham Road M21 0UE, 861 7576

38 The Hillary Step 199 Upper Chorlton Road M16 0BH, 881 1978

54 Proof 30A Manchester Road M21 9PH, 862 9333

23 Bar 480 480 Wilbraham Road M21 9AS, 861 9558

39 Horse & Jockey 9 Chorlton Green M21 9HS

55 Saray 609 Wilbraham Rd M21 9AN, 881 8292

24 Bar San Juan 56 Beech Road M21 9EG

40 Hot Spot 372 Barlow Moor Road M21 8AZ, 881 6881

56 Sedge Lynn 21a Manchester Road M21 9PN, 860 0141

25 Beech 79 Beech Rd M21 9EQ, 881 4912

41 Juan Sanchez 366 Barlow Moor Road M21 8AZ, 862 0267

57 The Spread Eagle 526-528 Wilbraham Road M21 9LD, 861 0385

26 Beer House 57 Manchester Rd M21 9PW, 861 8378

42 Lead Station 99 Beech Road M21 9EQ, 881 5559

58 Thai Spice 66a Beech Road M21 9EG, 881 0400

27 Beggar’s Bush 48 Beech Road M21 9EQ, 861 7393

43 Lloyds Hotel 617 Wilbraham Road M21 9AN, 286 0693

59 Trevor Arms 133/5 Beech Road M21 9EQ

28 Bowling Green 1 Brookburn Road M21 9ES, 860 2800

44 Leo’s 356 Barlow Moor Road M21 8AZ, 861 9092

60 Turkish Delight Ltd 573 Barlow Moor Road M21 8AE, 881 0503

29 Charango 456-458 Barlow Moor Road, M21 0BQ 881 8596

45 Mezzaluna 1st Floor, 613 Wilbraham Rd M21 9AN, 861 8880

61 The Whalley 2 Withington Road M16 8AA, 232 7159

46 Mint 478 Wilbraham Road M21 9AS, 881 9130

62 Yakisoba 360 Barlow Moor Road M21 8AZ, 862 0888

18 Out of the Blue 484 Wilbraham Road M21 9AS, 881 8353 19 Unicorn Grocery 89 Albany Rd M21 0BN


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Hitting the Hotspot By Leon Horton

At last! Something a bit different for all us foodies. Situated opposite Chorlton bus station, Hotspot Ess Paradies offers “traditional German cuisine with an emphasis on authentic Bavarian and Hessian cooking.” A fresh, modern decor with booth-style seating welcomes you into a relaxed and familyfriendly atmosphere, where, thanks to the courtesy and philosophy of the management, you’ll quite rightly want to linger a while. The extensive menu, something of a surprise to this reviewer, offers a wide array of starters and mains, from bratwurst to bockwurst to fish and noodle dishes to numerous meals I couldn’t even begin to pronounce, whilst the children’s menu more than caters for the younger palette. And if you’re really hungry, check out the daily specials for such delights as Hackbraten (German meatloaf) and Rouladen nach Mutti’s Art; a classic roulade filled with pickle, mustard, bacon and onion. For a starter, my friend and I shared the Gemüsestreifen für Zwei (£4.00) - sticks of seasonal vegetables with homemade Tzatziki dip and a delicious chilli and pepper hummus. Perfect for getting the juices flowing in anticipation of what was to come.



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Simpler tastes in life are the best. Good quality food served in a relaxed and welcoming family atmosphere, Hotspot is no ordinary restaurant! We serve authentic German cuisine, with an emphasis on Hessian and Bavarian cooking.

For my main, I chose the Bayerische Bauern-pfanne or Bavarian Farmer’s Platter (£6.00); whilst my veggie friend, for once spoilt for choice, opted for the vegetarian schnitzel (£6.50). The platter (pan fried potatoes, with Nüberger sausage, peppers, onions, and peas, topped with scrambled eggs) was superbly presented, very tasty and a perfect choice for brunch. My friend described the schnitzel (an Austrian escalope made with couscous, courgette and carrots; breaded, pan fried, and served with seasonal vegetables or fries, with a rich gravy) as hearty, filling, and quite simply delicious.


Dessert was Fantakuchen (£3.50), a popular German cake made intriguingly with a dash of Fanta orange. Light and creamy, it proved a perfect palette cleanser and a fine finale to our lunch.

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Manager Ramin and his team offer simple, honest and tasty food. So, if you’re looking for a hearty lunch or an informal evening meal, then Hotspot Ess Paradies is definitely the place for you. Hotspot indeed. It certainly hit mine. Hotspot 372 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, M21 8AZ Tel: 0161 881 6881


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Chorlton Big Green Festival St Clement’s Church, Saturday 31st March 11am till 6pm followed by Ceilidh 7.30pm till late.

group/grow_for_it/ Chorlton Bridge Club Christine Blackburn Tel: 225 8854 www.bridge Chorlton Good Neighbours 881 2925 goodneighbours@

Whacky Races Monday 9th April Annual eggstavaganza, Junk carts + boiled eggs = mayhem! Meet 1-3pm Chorlton Water Park car park, Maitland Ave. Wildflower Planting Sunday 22nd April. Meet 1pm Chorlton Water Park car park 881 5639

Manchester Flower Lovers’ Guild First Monday of the month for flower demonstations. Refreshmenst at 7.15 for 7.30 start. Visitors welcome £5 St Werburghs Church Hall, Chorlton M21 0TJ Anne 881 6591,

Farmers Market and Craft Fair Horse & Jockey, Chorlton Green. Last Saturday of every month 11–5pm www.horseandjockey

Friends of Alexandra Park 226 7525 www.friends

Manchester Street Market 3rd Saturday of the month outside Chorlton Library.

Function/Meeting Rooms Do you need a cheap local place for a meeting or gathering? Rooms available for up to 25 people. From £10/Hour Shakespeare House Community Centre Whalley Range M16 8NR, 823205

Pop-up Vintage Fair Vintage homeware, clothing & handmade crafts. Every Saturday 12-5pm at The Beech, 72 Beech Rd, Chorlton chorltonvintagefair@

Clubs, Societies & Groups Chorlton Aikido Club Wednesdays 7.30-9.30pm St Ninians, Wilbraham Rd Tel: 861 8456 Community Allotment and Apiary, Scott Avenue Allotment (alley entrance by the bridge near to Leisure Centre) Sat 11am, Sun 2pm 07973139068 07521500223

Friends of Chorlton Meadows 881 6276 www.friendsofchorlton

Transition Chorlton Ways to encourage a more sustainable future in Chorlton. 1st Thursday of each month at the Lloyds Hotel from 7.30pm Whalley Range Forum JN8 Youth & Community Centre, 82 Cromwell Ave, M16 0BG 881 3744 info@ www. whalleyrange.orgWhalley Range 4 Wildlife www.wr4wildlife.


50+Social Group Arts/Walking/Holidays 2261214

Seamless Felt Purse Carol Mowl Tel: 881 6309

Health & Fitness

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

Over 50 Walking Group Last Wednesday of the month 25th April meet at the car park of Chorlton Water Park at Maitland Rd entrance. Will Peters 226 2454 Capoeira – Cordao De Ouro Tuesdays 7-9 (All levels), Saturdays 11-12 (Kids) The Edge Theatre, M21 9JG, The Yoga Rooms Thursday 10-11.15am Drop-in Yoga (all levels) Friday 10-11am Drop-in Pilates (all levels) Full Programme at www. Pilates Classes drop in £6 Mon 5.30pm, 6.35pm, 7.40pm, Wed 1pm Thurs 9.35pm St Clements Church Tues 5.30pm, 6.45pm, 8pm St Johns School Beginners workshops Studio classes and 1-1 on the reformer, Cadillac & chair Sarah 07776196504 www.

Arts & Crafts Battyandgorgeous Creating Collage Saturday, 29th April 1-5pm £40/£35 www.batty Beetlefelt Craft Workshops Textile Club Tuesdays Weaving Workshop Wednesdays Sewing Surgery Thursdays other workshops inc. Mosaic Heart, Felt Table Mat,

Creative Corner Café inclusiveartsresources 14 Milton Grove, Whalley Range, M16 0BP 07745 855399 Drum & Percussion Group Playing Brazilian and Cuban rhythms. Thursday evenings 7-9pm St. Margarets Church, Whalley Range Sue 226 4311 The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre The Edge Youth Theatre Dance — ages 11-16 Saturdays 11–12pm £5 Theatre Club 5-8 year olds — Mondays 4-5pm £5 Out On The Edge (LGBT Theatre) Theatre group for LGBT 16 to 25 year olds. Mondays 7-9pm £5 Manchester Rd, Chorlton Tel: 282 9776 Ministry of Craft Cup Cake Decorating Sat 17th April Travel Phototography Sat 14th April Clothing Alterations Sat 21st April 07850 894 752, www. Mosaic Therapy Thurs 7.15-8.45pm Chorlton Central Church Mosaic Yourself Potty Hulme Community Garden Centre Mosaic flowerpot June Roman Mosaics for

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Community Community Noticeboard IN D E X Beginners Victoria Baths Manchester July Mosaic Masterpieces at Norton Priory Museum & Gardens May & June Tracey 860 0387 www. Rubbish Revamped Stress Release Sock Bunny 5th April 7-9pm Sort your life out with Rubbish Revamped 19th April 7-9.30pm www.rubbishrevamped. South Manchester Camera Club Club Meets Monday nights at 8pm Didsbury Methodist Church M20 5LR Pottery Corner 34 Beech Road M21 9EL 882 0010

Music & Entertainment Charango DJS Every Friday and Saturday night 10pm-late. 456-458 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton 881 8596 Chorlton Film Institute We Need To Talk About Kevin Thurs 19th April Doors Open 8.10pm Film starts 8.30pm Entrance £5 St Clements Church

Chorlton Folk Club Thursdays 9pm Ellesmere Rd Cricket Club Dulcimer DJs every Friday & Saturday and live acts from around the world every week www. 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 Home on the Range Everything from punk, funk to classic house. last Friday of every Month The Carlton Club, Whalley Range Horse & Jockey Quiz Night Every Sunday (except Bank Holidays), from 8pm. 9 Chorlton Green M21 9HS www.horseandjockey Oddest Bar 414-416 Wilbraham Road Chorlton. Mooch down to Oddest every Friday & Saturday to find our fab DJs sifting through the vinyl 11pm-1.30am 860 7515 www.oddbar.

Social & Support Groups

Local Websites

Café Spirit Meets 2nd Monday of the month at Copperfields Café in Chorlton 7.30pm Lesley 882 0848 Email:

www.beechroadm21. www.chorltoncivic.

Chorlton Anxiety Group 226 3871


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

LGBT Parents Group 636 7507, 07970 298 559 New Family Social UK charity for LGBT adopters, foster carers and their children. Meets every 2 months in south Manchester.

Useful Numbers Allotments Manager 226 3322 Bus, Train & Tram 228 7811 Chorlton Library 227 3700 Citizens Advice 0870 126 4094 Environment on Call 954 9000 Gas Emergency 0800 111 999 Manchester City Council 234 5000 National Rail Enquiries 08457 48 49 50

Rainbow Families 07903 397 108 rainbowfamilies@ St. Clements Fellowship Contact Barbara Burns on 0161 881 5912 or Ida Bradshaw on 0161 861 7158 for information.

Police – non emergency 872 5050 Samaritans 236 8000 Mersey Valley Countryside Warden Service 905 1100

The Chorlton Handyman City & Guilds multi skilled Tradesman

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Best Cellars Joseph Durkin

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Acorn Gardening Fat Grass Green Designs

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JP & Brimelow Sherlock Homes

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Handyman/woman Music Lessons Dominic Kearne, Guitar/Songwriting

Painting & Decorating

Carol Smith Georgina Cullen HMC Painters & Decorators Nina West

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Established in 1982, a family run business where you can trust us when handling your garments... • Curtain Cleaning • Duvet Cleaning: Single £10 Double £15 • Ironing Services • Repairs & Alterations • Stain Removal • Same Day Service • Evening Dress & Wedding Dress Specialist

“What can I say about Village Dry Cleaners? Just excellent! Amir, who owns the business, goes above and beyond what is expected and I can whole heartedly recommend his services. I run a vintage inspired bridal boutique in the heart of West Didsbury. As we stock highend dresses with sometimes challenging silks and fabrics to clean, we’re always amazed at how Amir manages to spruce up our dresses. I recommend his services to all our brides. He’s truly excellent at what he does and is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to fabric – the best dry cleaners in the north, without a doubt!” Nikki Graeme Owner, The White Closet, Didsbury


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