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Chorlton & Whalley Range



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Contents 6 10 18 21

Christmas In Chorlton

December In Your Garden


Andrew Simpson is dreaming of a white Chorlton

Guerrillas In Our Midst We look at ‘guerrilla cinema’

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Make Your Own...


Armadillo! Or tie yourself up in knots trying

Book Reviews Curl up by the fire with a good book

Meet the team

Our gardening expert on winter berries

The Edge of Glory Chorlton’s very own theatre and arts centre

The Community Index Your guide to getting involved - go on, you’ll enjoy it!

Festive Gift Giving Struggling to find original gifts this Christmas? Maybe we can help...

Chorlton Traders News

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Lesley Swann

Andrew Simpson, Carol Thompson, Chorlton Bookshop, Danielle Lowy, Katherine Watson, Chorlton Traders, Leon Horton

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The launch of Christmas campaign with Metrolink - taken at Chorlton Tram stop.


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A Very Chorlton Christmas Well it is that time of year when my thoughts turn to snow and so I thought I would feature some pictures which showed the township in the grip of winter.

The first was taken where the Brook twists away from what is now Brookburn Road. Today the view across to the church and the barn of Hannah Cheshire at Ivy Farm is hidden by the modern Bowling Green Hotel and the row of houses that follow the line of the brook into Chorltonville. The postcard was sent in the November of 1908 but the image is likely to be much older. To the right beyond the barn is the Queen and Pasley Laundry with is distinctive tall chimney which dates the photograph to after 1893 when the laundry was opened. But there is much in the picture which could take us back to the middle decades of the 19th century. The old Bowling Green Hotel which stood slightly to the side of the parish church was built in the

1780s, while the cottage on the left behind the hut had been built by 1818 and may be older. So with a little imagination and a will to wipe out most of the buildings to the east of Hannah Cheshire’s barns we could be staring at the village from the meadows at anytime during the 19th century. And it doesn’t take much to think yourself back to this equally wintering scene sometime in the late 19th or early 20th century. We are on the meadows and this particular image crops up regularly on postcards. In this case the publishers seized the opportunity and chose to reissue it with *“Best Wishes for a happy Xmas and a prosperous New Year.”* Looking through the collection there are other examples of the same thing going on which shouldn’t surprise us. Commercial photographers regularly toured the township taking pictures and often went along snapping the newly built houses which were then sold to the householders. And this was the age of the postcard helped by the fact

that there were a number of collections and deliveries each day, making it possible to send a card in the morning to arrange a meeting in the early afternoon. But I want to finish with a photograph that crops up in all of the books of Chorlton and perfectly reflects what we associate with a late December day. The weather had been cold enough for the thin layer of water on this meadow field for it to freeze over and so provide an opportunity of people to practice their skating. Now we did have a skating rink which was situated on the corner of Longford and Oswald Roads run by Chorltoncum-Hardy Ice Skating Company but it lasted just a short time, leaving only this frozen Turn to page 21 expanse of for a review of water as “The Story of Chorlton-Cuma place to Hardy” play.

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Guerrillas in our Midst Love film, but hate paying through the nose for popcorn? A trip to the flicks can be an impersonal and expensive treat these days - not least at the refreshment counters - with multiplexes dominating the landscape, and suburban cinemas all but extinct (did you know Chorlton used to have not one but three independent cinemas in its day?). But it doesn’t have to be that way. Chorlton Film Institute is a ‘guerrilla cinema’ group, a notfor-profit venture, whose aim is to make independent art house films more accessible within the community. Showing films

Fans of Guerrilla Cinema may also be interested in...

Manchester Film Co-operative organises regular noncommercial screenings of films that challenge current economic, social and political arrangements and offer progressive alternatives. Owned and run by its members, the focus is on independent films that are not available in mainstream cinema.

on the third Thursday of every month at St Clements Church on Edge Lane, the price of a ticket (a very reasonable £5) covers the cost of hiring the film; whilst tea, coffee, wine and tasty treats are available for a small donation. Last month I attended their showing of Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, an unusual story in that it addresses a section of society so often overlooked by cinema: namely, the elderly. With a stellar British cast, including Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith - along with Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie and Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev

Patel - the film follows the lives of seven senior citizens who decide to spend the remainder of their days at the hotel of the title, a shabby hostelry in India. What follows touches upon racism, poverty, secrets, lies - and, ultimately, belated life lessons. To find out more about forthcoming movies at St Clements Church, check out their website at http:// chorltonfi. or visit them on Facebook. Leon Horton

Screenings are followed by informal discussions led, where possible, by activists and experts. It aims to inform, educate and inspire as many people as possible through film and discussion. Next screening is on Tuesday 11th December

at 7.30pm. 97% Owned, a new documentary that reveals how money is at the root of our current social and economic crisis. Entry is £3 for waged, £2 for unwaged, low waged, OAPs and students. Venue Kraak Gallery, Stevenson Square Manchester.

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News Bulletin

As a team, it’s easy for us to be enthusiastic about the benefits Chorlton and Whalley Range have to offer and the arrival of the Metrolink service is proving to be an added bonus. Not only are you able to enjoy the parks and green spaces, good schooling, lively and vibrant atmosphere generated by the individual shops, bars, cafés and restaurants – just a quick tram ride enables easy access into the City Centre and Media City. Chorlton village provides a lively and vibrant atmosphere and includes street cafes, bars and restaurants. There are a variety of local shops catering for day to day requirements including the popular and award winning Barbakan delicatessen and Unicorn Grocery. The hugely popular Chorlton Green/Beech Road area provides individual boutiques and an array of bars including the Lead Station, Horse & Jockey, Parlour and restaurants catering for all tastes.

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Now how about revamping your friends’ and family’s socks into presents for them? You’ll find the Rubbish Revamped e-book, How to Make Monsters & Monkeys, available to download for just £3.00 on the website at www.rubbishrevamped. (psst, you can also do this with any naff socks you get for Christmas).


Not a fan of Armadillo’s or don’t want to cut up your new issue of Community Index? You can find other templates in Daneille’s book (see our page on local Chorlton gifts) or be creative and make your own design using this template as a size estimate.


Make yourself an Armadillo Tie Brooch


Danielle Lowy from Rubbish Revamped shows you how to rustle up an original gift for someone who has everything … except for an armadillo brooch! It’s the perfect project for a tie that’s become too worn or stained on the front but might have some nice memories. Now where’s that old school tie? You will need • • • • • • •

45cm long skinny piece of tie Stiff felt, about 10x10cm Ruler Two or three small buttons One brooch backing Needle & thread Scissors

3. Stitch down the pointy piece of the tie.

1. Cut a 45cm length from the thin end of a tie. Starting with the cut end, wind the tie in a spiral and sew it together along one side as you wind it.

2. After about three winds, pull the tie into a bit of a cone shape to make a snout. Continue sewing until you reach the tip.

4. Cut out your ears from the template - or make up your own version. Trace them on the felt and cut out the felt. 5. Sew the brooch backing onto the felt, near the top of the head.

6. Stuff some felt off-cuts into the back of the tie to fill the hole, then sew the felt head to the tie.

7. Sew on buttons for eyes. Add one to the snout too if you like.

Invent your own tie creature. Can you get any crazier than Turkey Lurkey? Send your photos in to for us to share.

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Book Reviews The Story of Chorlton-cum Hardy Andrew Simpson

Despite some stiff competition from the world of fiction, this has been one of our bestselling books of 2012. And no wonder: anyone who’s ever taken a stroll around Chorlton must have been struck by the age of some of the buildings, and wondered how they came about. This is just the book to explain how. It’s really the tale of how circumstances transformed a small 19th century farming community into a vibrant and popular modern South Manchester suburb (but then, we are biased). It’s a handsome volume, heavily illustrated and tastefully designed. The text itself, the result of extensive research by local historian Simpson, is absolutely packed with detail and information. But it remains an accessible and highly satisfying read, confident, evocative and at points even rather lyrical in tone. We’ll be sure to sell a stack of these in the run-up to Christmas, and indeed over many years to come.


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Is It Just Me? Miranda Hart

If you’re not a fan of Miranda Hart then read no further, this book is not for you. If however like me you have been glued to her various TV appearances then buy this book or convince someone to buy it for you for Christmas! Written as a letter to her younger self this hysterical look at life will make you cry with laughter. As with her eponymous TV show she address the chapters direct

to the reader and also to this 16 year old Miranda. As well as being fall off your sofa funny it’s also quite poignant to read what 16 year old Miranda believes about her future. I don’t think she was that different to most 16 year olds who believe that once you’re an adult life just sorts itself out and social events are no longer awkward. Future Miranda hasn’t the heart to tell her that things don’t get much easier. However future Miranda seems to be getting along fine not living the life she planned at 16! Having read this it’s such a relief to still believe that this crazy slightly neurotic woman would be great fun to go out with. There’s nothing worse than read a celebrity biography and discovering the subject is nothing but a misery. As TV Miranda’s Mother would say, “Such fun!”

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December in your Garden Our local gardening expert reflects on winter berries...

December can be a contemplative month, inviting us to reflect on the year past and consider certain decisions for the near future. Whether we’ll be able to get to the Christmas markets on an early evening when a. we will miss the crowds and b. it’s not raining, may be one of them. Another more philosophical contemplation usually hinges around an observance of time – how quickly it passes - and on how nature exemplifies a sense of continual renewal that is both reliable and predictable. Once

the leaves have fallen and the winter garden takes on a sparser, skeletal frame, the things that stand out all the more are the usually bright and seasonally rich winter berries. There is something about winter berries that taps into a pseudo-christian mythological imagination (say that after three schooners of sweet sherry) – the stuff of Victorian Christmas cards and carols, and there is something in it. Religious or not, certain trees bearing winter berries have an ancient history of mythology attached to them. The yew tree (Taxus baccata) is perhaps the most prolific with olive-like, bright red seed cones, a tree associated with immortality, renewal and regeneration – which is ironic seeing as every part of the tree is poisonous. There are said to be yew trees dating back thousands of years, pre-dating Britain’s cemeteries and churchyards where they stand in number,

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revered by the Celts and worshipped by Druids.

We have veteran yew trees at Dunham Massey and in Wythenshawe park. One of the oldest at around 2,000 years, with a girth of 31feet, stands in the grounds of a ruined priory in Berkshire. The yew was also the original Christmas tree. Other winter berry-bearing shrubs that have graced British gardens, parks and roadsides for many years, but which are sometimes overlooked, are things like the common Spindle – Euonymous europaeus – with its vibrant pink and orange winged fruits and more unusually, the ‘Beauty Berry’ - Callicarpa bodinieri (var. giraldii ‘Profusion’ is recommended by horticulturalists) which has stand-out purple berries from October onwards. Perhaps the best known December berry and always worth having in the garden, is the holly – Ilex aquifolium – but remember the berries appear on the female variety and (unlike in the human variety) may need a male in close proximity to bear fruit.

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The Edge - Your Local Theatre & Arts Centre Did you know that Chorlton has its very own theatre and arts centre? It’s right on your doorstep and it’s called The Edge. The Edge is run by local registered charity, Waters Edge Arts, producers of high quality participatory and mainstream theatre. The Edge team continues to transform an old Victorian Sunday school into a bustling theatre & arts centre for the local community and beyond. The centre houses a 70 seat theatre and several studio spaces, for use by amateur, community and professional companies. It is based on Manchester Road, between Wilbraham Road and Edge Lane (see the treasure map). They are dedicated to producing new writing for mainstream and participatory theatre. For both of the past two years they’ve produced large scale, high quality community productions, as part of Chorlton Arts Festival. For the first, This is Chorlton Calling, older residents of Chorlton (the oldest being 102!) told stories, which were then acted,sung, and danced by a 50-strong cast of community actors. The second was a musical adaptation of Great Expectations with a cast of over 70 community actors. The Edge’s project called JUMP! runs every Thursday from 1pm-3.30pm. It was envisioned as a free space for people out of work to come and be creative and develop skills at any level. One of the main aims of the project is to guide participants and

encourage peer-led activities, enabling skill sharing and swapping. Participants come from all kinds of backgrounds. Since the end of October there have been weekly sessions led by a creative writing facilitator, learning new skills. The sessions will culminate in excerpts of participants’ work being read by professional actors in the New Year. The Edge plans to be a cultural hub for the area, and to expand JUMP!’s remit to providing free arts activities every day for people out of work.

“The centre houses a 70 seat theatre and several studio spaces”

As well as their participatory work, they are also a producing house: this winter’s production is called ‘Dreaming Under a Different Moon’. It’s a warm and squishy tale full of laughter, comedy, music and romance, which will leave you with a spring in your step this season. Dreaming Under a Different Moon runs from 26th November – 22nd December. There are plenty of activities and classes for adults and young people and they will be programming more shows, especially

children’s theatre, throughout 2013. If you would like to know more, visit their website: www. Come and pay them a visit and get involved with your local theatre & arts centre. The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre, Manchester Road, Chorlton, M21 9JG Tel: 0161 282 9776



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Festivals, Markets & Events Chorlton Festive Lights Outside Chorlton Precinct Thursday 6th December 6.15pm Manchester Street Market 3rd Saturday of the month outside Chorlton Library

Clubs, Societies & Groups Chorlton Aikido Club Wednesdays 7.30-9.30pm St Ninians, Wilbraham Rd 861 8456 Community Allotment & Apiary Scott Avenue Allotment Sat 11am, Sun 2pm 07973139068 07521500223 group/grow_for_it/ Chorlton Bridge Club Christine Blackburn Tel: 225 8854 www.bridge Chorlton Civic Society Next meeting Tuesday 8th January 7.30pm Chorlton Library meeting room. Chair - Jenny Slee 0757 0879 091 www. chorltoncivicsociety. 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@ Chorlton History Group meets on the 1st Thursday of the month at 1.30pm - 3pm at Chorlton Good Neighbours

Community 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 chorltonphilosophygroup Chorlton Reading Group Once a month in the meeting room behind Chorlton library 7.30pm All welcome 881 1813 chorltonreadersgroup@ 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 Intergen Volunteer opportunities for Chorlton residents 55+ to work with local primary school children. Estelle Longmore 881 7693 or 07946761785 Friends of Alexandra Park 226 7525 www.friends Friends of Chorlton Meadows 881 6276 www.friendsofchorlton Friends of Longford Park friendsoflongfordpark. Manchester Flower Lovers’ Guild St Werburghs Church Hall, Chorlton M21 0TJ Anne 881 6591

Shakespeare House Community Centre Whalley Range M16 8NR, 823205 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@ www. Whalley Range 4 Wildlife www.wr4wildlife. 50+Social Group Arts/Walking/Holidays Lila, lilawaiz@tiscali. 2261214

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. (Body Control Pilates trained). Alexander Technique One-to-one sessions in Chorlton & Didsbury, group evening classes. Contact: Sue Fleming on 861 8848, 07796470163 www.alexandertechnique.


50+ Fitness Classes Every Tues morning 11am at Longfords Gym, Ryebank Rd Contact Earl 07725 199 940 www.50plus-fitness. 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 Sarah 07776196504 www.

Arts & Crafts May Wild Ceramics Gallery, Chorlton Exhibition ‘Manchester Made’ ceramics from 7 local Manchester ceramicists, affordable tableware & gifts to sculptural interior/ exterior design pieces Visitors welcome by appointment, please email: maywildceramics@ maywildceramics 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 Chorlton Sewing Club 1st Thursday of the month 7.30 - 9.30pm Chorlton Library

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Heaton Park Sports & Social Bar, Prestwich

Creative Recycling Gallery 40 Beech Rd M21 9EL craftscreativecourses.

Chorlton Film Institute The Angels’ Share Thurs 20th December. Doors Open 8.10pm Film starts 8.30pm Entrance £5 St Clements Church

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 Manchester Rd, Chorlton Tel: 282 9776 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. Rubbish Revamped www.rubbishrevamped. South Manchester Camera Club Club Meets Monday nights at 8pm Didsbury Methodist Church M20 5LR Sewing Courses at Pottery Corner, Beech Rd Basic Sewing Skills, Tues 7-9pm starts 14th Jan Contact Ruth Tel: 881 9861 ruthlazarus227@

Music & Entertainment Bop Local’s X-Mas Party Thursday 27th December 8.30pm-1am. Mike Joyce and Phil Beckett. Tickets £6 via

Chorlton Folk Club Thursdays 9pm Ellesmere Rd Cricket Club Chorlton Irish Club 17 High Lane, Chorlton M21 9DJ 0161 881 2898 www.chorltonirishclub. 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 Guitar/Songwriting Lessons Dominic Kearne 07906 203388 www. Home on the Range 28th December 9pm-1am £5 - A nearly new year party The Carlton Club, Whalley Range 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

Therapy & Support Groups Counselling or psychotherapy for individuals and couples. Appointments - Chorlton or Didsbury - daytime or evenings. Confidential professional therapy to assist you with difficulties or problems that are causing you stress or distress. Give yourself time and support to prepare for a more satisfying future.

07833628998 Café Spirit Meets 2nd Monday of the month at Copperfields Café in Chorlton 7.30pm Lesley 882 0848 Email:

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Chorlton Anxiety Group 226 3871


Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy 454 Barlow Moor Rd, Chorlton, M21 0BQ 0161 862 9456 www.mcpt.

New Family Social UK charity for LGBT adopters, foster carers and their children. Meets every 2 months in south Manchester. Rainbow Families 07903 397 108 rainbowfamilies@

Local Websites www.beechroadm21. www.chorltoncivic.

Useful Numbers Chorlton Library 227 3700 Citizens Advice 0870 126 4094 Manchester City Council 234 5000


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Festive Gift Giving

The Gift of Song Based in Chorlton, I’ve been teaching guitar and songwriting in Manchester, Stockport and Bolton for over 5 years. I initially began teaching when I was approached by people who’d seen me perform at gigs and because I don’t come from a classical or traditional background (I only have 3 fingers on my fretting hand and I’m self taught to a Grade 8 distinction on guitar) I tend to use more unorthodox methods to teach. I believe it’s important to recognise that everyone learns differently and for this reason I have a lot of success with people who might not otherwise think it was something they could do, or have had bad learning experiences with other

teachers. Many people I teach say they wish they’d begun lessons when they were younger but I actually believe it’s never too late, I teach as many retirees who want to bang out tunes and finger-pick without reading music as I do children learning grades and standard notation (to date my students have a 100% success rate in RGT and Rockschool examinations, all with merits or distinctions). Music is for everyone and there WILL be a method we can find to get you to make it. Although I teach a lot of people on a weekly basis I also do lessons intermittently for those wishing to refine their playing/writing without committing to a regular slot. For anyone interested in learning I travel to you and I offer new-starters 6 lessons for the price of 5 and, if you’re thinking of buying lessons for a loved one, I do gift cards for Christmas/Birthdays etc . I also do lessons on a pay as you go basis and the first lesson is half price. There are lots of testimonials on my website, please call me if you have any queries. Dominic Kearne

Finding a unique gift online or in high street stores can be nigh-on impossible and if you’re anything like us you’ll be struggling to find inspiration. Maybe some of these lovely gift ideas will be just the thing...

A Crafty Gift

Why not treat someone to the book of Festive Craft Projects with recycled materials? It’s full of innovative, easy and thrifty crafts to suit all ages and abilities. From turning junkmail into gift toppers to folding newspaper into bags and even rolling used wrapping paper into jewellery, this colourful 20 projects book takes you through each step with photographed tutorials. Only £5 Available from the website www.rubbishrevamped. Chorlton based Rubbish Revamped run recycled craft workshops for individuals and organisations. Contact Danielle at danielle@ or on 07910 270 789.

Sew here it is, Merry Christmas...

Christmas is coming, and the goose is getting... Well, we all know what the poor old goose is getting. Best not think about it. Think about this instead: we all know how commercial the festive period has become - not least in the act of gift giving - and despite the recession, our generosities continue unabated. But why not opt for something a little more personal this yuletide and give the gift of creativity? No, I’m not getting all Blue Peter and rushing out for double-sided sticky tape. I’m thinking arts and crafts. I’m thinking courses. I’m thinking, specifically, of sewing classes. Not only would you be giving

a unique gift for a friend or loved one, but you’d also be helping them develop new skills. Ruth Lazarus has been running sewing courses from the Pottery Corner on Beech Road for two years. Trained in Clothing, Design and Technology at Hollings College (now part of the Met University), Ruth offers basic sewing skill classes - with all equipment and materials provided - to help her students make their own clothes, cushions, gifts, etc, in a relaxed and informal setting. She also runs patchwork classes, and starting next


year will begin Stage II sewing courses. The basic sewing skills course costs £120 for five two-hour sessions and runs on Monday evenings. With only five people per class, affording students a lot of individual attention, you might want to book early. The next course starts on January 14th 2013. To book a place - either for yourself or as a Christmas present for a friend - you can contact Ruth on 0161 881 9861 or email her at ruthlazarus227@ Leon Horton

Have a friend made for you

If you’re looking for a present that’s a bit different, maybe even something personalised to show it’s not just been whipped off a shelf, you’d be hard put to find something more original than one of ‘Helen Makes’ crocheted Monster Friends. Helen crochets these to order working from just a couple of photos and a short description. No detail is too hard and she says, the weirder, the better! Posing for you here are two recently made Monster Friends, ordered by Danielle for her husband Bruce as an anniversary present. “As Bruce is a keen runner, I asked Helen

to dress him in running gear. He also got a medal and of course his football team scarf” said Danielle “I’m a bit jealous of his long legs in real life too, but very taken with my hair and purple glittery top!” There are more Monster Friends - and their owners - to look at on her website gallery at Monsters cost £50 for standard sized ones and £30 for smaller ones. To order your monster for a friend, family member or

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Chorlton Traders News Christmas Lights

We are delighted to announce that Chorlton Traders have succeeded in raising the £1,000 contribution requested by the Council towards the cost of Christmas lights. Chorlton Festive Lights switch on event is on Thursday 6th December and starts at 6.15pm. Local schools Oswald Road Primary and Chorlton High School will be performing and Chorlton Library will be hosting refreshments afterwards. It’s a bring and share event so please do bring along anything you have baked or bought to share. Chorlton’s very own Father Christmas will also be making an appearance! We are very grateful to Manchester City Council and all those businesses, organisations and individuals who have helped make this happen.

Christmas Toy Appeal Chorlton Traders have organised a Christmas Toy Appeal for local charity Barlow Moor Community Association. Please join in and buy and donate an

extra toy this year from local independents and TAG scheme members Busy Bee Toys or Monkey Puzzle Toys and use the special boxes provided in each shop.

Raffle at Barclays Chorlton Traders are delighted to be working with Barclays in Chorlton to raise money for Barlow Moor Community Association. Barclays very kindly held an event on Friday 30th November where Chrolton Traders, Chorlton Civic Society, TAG & Community Index raised funds selling raffle tickets for prizes donated by local businesses. First prize being a lovely painting of the Lychgate on Chorlton Green by Chorlton’s very own Peter Topping (Paintings from Pictures). Barclays staff baked cakes and served tea and coffee to customers for donations at the event and Barclays generously also matched funds raised on the day. If you’d to join Chorlton Traders or find out more Email:

A really big THANK YOU!


To the following businesses and organisations for their generous donations: 1847 Bistro Adams Barclays Chorlton Battery Park Betty & Butch Bezingaprint Bittersweet Bridge Garage Chips Chorlton Locksmiths Chorton Fireworks Community Index Conrads Counselling Rooms De Nada Development Securities Direct Vision Dixy Chicken Dulcimer Electrik

Elliotts Frosts Goodwins/Olympic Head over Heels Hickson & Blacks Khawaja Brothers Manchester City Council MCPT Modern Army Stores Nat West Chorlton Out of the Blue Pad Pennine Kennedy Paintings from Pictures Post Office (Napcom Ltd) Proof Rainbow RBS Chorlton Santander Chorlton Shareen Fashions Sher Akbar

South Manchester Flat Agency Star News Subway Teahive Unicorn Wood and Woolfstein Zam Zam

For more information, please email: chorlton@ Follow us on twitter @chorltontraders

Metrolink Promotion

Chorlton Traders, along with Chorlton Civic Society, Community Index and TAG! have also been working with Metrolink to encourage shoppers to use the Metrolink and come to Make the Chorlton to do their Christmas shopping. m with grea ost of Christmas Teaming up with TAG! businesses, t offers an discounts d further tram travellers can use their tickets to a thanks to cross Chorlton benefit from its exclusive TAG! ‘shop Metrolink local’ community scheme for FREE. Show your Metrolink ticket here receive gre to at between Sa TAG! cardholder disco turday 24th unts Sunday 9t h Decembe * November and r.

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From Saturday 24th November to Sunday 9th December a valid Metroticket will entitle holders to enjoy TAG! card discounts available in more than 60 independent businesses in Chorlton. For instance, 10% off at L’épicerie Ludo, 10% off on purchases over £10 at Tea Hive artisan tea shop and De Nada, 20% off at Close Male Grooming and 10% off on purchases over £25 at Busy Bee Toyshop and Monkey Puzzle Toys. Look out for the posters in stores across Chorlton, choose your purchases, head to the till and present a valid Metrolink tram ticket to benefit from the discount.


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