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CHORLTON KNITS Knit one purl one with Natalia NEWS FROM CHORLTON GOOD NEIGHBOURS Helen Hibberd HAPPY PAWS SERVICES Its pawtastic! BOOK REVIEWS Chorlton Bookshop TAGPASSITON Save more, buy better, shop local IN YOUR GARDEN Katherine Watson COMPOST LOCAL Ian Trippier from Fairfield Compost LOCAL ARTS ROUNDUP Theatre, film & poetry

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Helen Hibberd, Chorlton Bookshop Carol Thompson, Natalia Fedoruk Katherine Watson, Ian Trippier Jon Clarke




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Chorlton Knits

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equipment, and I was pleasantly I recently heard about a knitting surprised at the number of group that meets at Battery Park. people who offered me wool Although not a knitter myself, I if I could find a spare pair was intrigued to see what it was of needles. Everybody was all about; knitting, it seems, is willing to help me learn, and back.04"*$$-"44&48*5) in fashion. their enthusiasm towards me 53"$&:$"35-&%(&*/$)03-50/ Chorlton Knits meets on the first as a novice was inspiring. Alas Thursday of every month at 6pm. 'PMMPXPOQSPKFDUTXJMMCFBSSBOHFE 5IJTJTBSFMBYFEHSPVQ this time there were no spare POBOJOEJWJEVBMCBTJTXJUIMPUT I wasn’t sure what to expect NFFUJOHUPFODPVSBHFBOE PGPQUJPOTUPDIPPTFGSPNHBSEFO needles, so it is definitely worth JOTQJSFFBDIPUIFS TVQQPSUFE when I walked through the door PSOBNFOUT IPVTFOVNCFSTJHOT  CZUIFHVJEBODFPGMPDBMBSUJTU QMBOUQPUTWBTFT UBCMFUPQT  bringing your own if you have and 5SBDFZ$BSUMFEHF although it was fairly quiet, CBUISPPNLJUDIFOTQMBTICBDLTFUD  them. GPSXIJDIUIFSFXJMMCFFYUSBNBUFSJBMT there was a relaxed atmosphere. 1BSUJDJQBOUTXJMMXPSLBUUIFJSPXO SFRVJSFEUIBUQBSUJDJQBOUTDBOTVQQMZ PSQVSDIBTFBUUIFDMBTTFT


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like Chorlton Knits have helped to make a potentially isolated craft into a very creative, sociable one. Knitting isn’t just for creating granny jumpers – some of the beautiful yet practical creations I witnessed being made have definitely left me wanting to learn the craft myself. Chorlton has always been a hub for arts and crafts, and alongside a strong community feel, for many there is a sense of self-sufficiency. The more I think about it, the more it seems that knitting represents many of the things that make Chorlton, Chorlton. So, maybe I’ll see you down there at the next meeting‌







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News from Chorlton Good Neighbours Free “Be Well, Age Well” Course for local older residents One of the most successful and useful ventures recently has been the joint working between Chorlton Good Neighbours Care Group and mental health professionals from Older Adult Psychological services in South Manchester. A free six week course, backed and supported by Manchester City Council, called “Be Well, Age Well” was designed and offered to the Care Group’s members aged 55+ and focused on coping with worries and stress, and improving resilience and emotional wellbeing. Five courses have run so far with up to 10 participants in each. Transport via the Group’s volunteers has been provided for those with mobility difficulties and ages ranged from

55-90 years. One course member commented, “We have been given so many ideas that will help us - not only now but in the future”. Another course is due to start in May 2011, so you are an older adult and feel you might benefit from joining in, then please do get in touch.

Could you be our next volunteer treasurer? Chorlton Good Neighbours is asking anyone from the local community who has some book keeping skills and a bit of spare time if they could take on the role of volunteer treasurer for the Group. The current treasurer has been doing the job for over

17 years and wishes to step down so a replacement does need to be found fairly soon. If you feel you could offer something to the organisation, and would like be part of a caring, proactive and well organised team of volunteers and workers then please, please get in touch.

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Book Reviews from Chorlton Bookshop

become radicalised by a member of his Koran study group. Using these characters in particular, Faulks reveals a lot about the current emotional and financial state of Britain.

risking far more than losing their social position. Although a work of fiction, there’s no doubt that much of this book is based on fact. The author herself was raised in Mississippi by “The Help”. Serious issues are dealt with in this book in a thoroughly engrossing way. It’s definitely not all doom and gloom, especially the tale of Minny and her pie!

A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks As the title suggests, the story in this book unfolds over the course of a particular week in December. The story begins with a well connected society hostess planning a dinner party. The compiling of her guest list introduces us to some of the main characters. The sheer number of characters and sub plots can be hard to keep up with, but is well worth the effort. Faulks has faced some criticism, that by using so many characters he’s not able to make them believable. I wasn’t thinking about believable characterisation when I couldn’t put this book down! Faulks has chosen to deal with extremely topical and difficult issues. The character of Veals is a ruthless banker who only thinks about money and really has no redeeming features. Hassan has

The Big Bad Wolf and Me The Help By Kathryn Stockett This is one of those rare books that actually live up to expectations. The story is told through the eyes of Aibileen, Minny and Miss Skeeter. Set in 1960’s Mississippi, Aibileen and Minny are employed by bigoted white ladies far too busy arranging social events to look after their children or homes. Although part of this group, Miss Skeeter often finds herself unable to conform to their social expectations. In their own subtle way all 3 begin to take revenge on those who have belittled them for so long. In order to get their revenge Minny and Aibileen are

by Delphine Perret Translated from a French original, this takes the form of a comic strip in which a little boy meets the eponymous wolf of legend - except the wolf doesn’t feel remotely big or bad these days. So the boy gives him refuge in his bedroom, and trains him back up to full operational scariness. Actually it’s a sweet, leisurely tale of unlikely (and even imaginary) friendship, reminiscent of the innocent playground wisdom of Charles Schultz’s Peanuts, all simple line drawings and whip-crack dialogue. It even reveals the wolf’s real name..


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save more, buy better, shop local Tagpassiton is a new, bright, exciting and rapidly evolving network of Community Loyalty Schemes linked by one card, with independent traders at their core. The Chorlton independents, listed on page 14, have generously created their own special loyalty offers for the scheme and merged them together for all cardholders to enjoy; the Didsbury and Levenshulme Tagpassiton schemes were created in exactly the same way. This means that Tagpassiton cardholders can use this ever expanding, innovative network of independent businesses to access a huge and growing range of exclusive discounts and special offers locally and further afield. Currently, there are Tagpassiton schemes running in Chorlton, Didsbury, Levenshulme, The Heatons, Levenshulme, Cheadle and even in Durham in the North East. And the scheme is growing ever wider! More and more businesses are joining

Tagpassiton, as awareness of the scheme is spreading and the network grows.

Community Loyalty Scheme Tagpassiton has been designed so that local charities and community groups such as Parent Teacher’s Associations, churches, social movements and clubs can benefit. Every £5 card bought from a charity or community group raises £2.50 for their cause. We are looking for lots of different groups to get involved and tell their members and supporters about the scheme and raise funds this way. If you are interested in being involved, please contact us.

Why? No matter what you are trying to buy there will be an independent business providing it, often with more bang for less buck. Let’s act with our wallets and purses and use the Tagpassiton network as a way to increase our awareness of independents and support them. It’s a small step to a vibrant, better High Street.

Each of our independent businesses offers something unique and together they offer an antidote to the ‘McHigh Street’. With local independents there is more knowledge, interest and passion. There will be someone interesting there to discuss ‘where and how’ products are sourced. Generally, they are transparent and careful in choosing suppliers to source goods locally, and fair with their own local suppliers when negotiating a good deal for customers. This all helps to sustain a thriving local community.

How do I recognise Tagpassiton traders? All the independent businesses taking part in the Tagpassiton scheme will display our distinctive, colourful hand logo. You will see it on their shop windows, their websites and promotional materials. In many places there is also a Tagpassiton poster on display clearly stating their particular offer to you. Some offers may change frequently to provide you with greater variety, especially food outlets. Look out for the ‘This week’s Special Offer to Tag Cardholders’ posters. All of the participating traders and their particular offers can be found at

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Simply buy your card from community groups (such as

Chorlton Arts Radio) scheme businesses kindly helping to promote the scheme (Jean Genie is donating profits from card sales to Beechwood Cancer Care) or from us online. To then claim your discounts and offers, simply show your card before payment. No data trail of your spending habits is created. Take the time to register your card and we can keep you up to date with new additions and special offers. As a bonus registered cardholders have the opportunity to earn money extending the scheme and are entered into regular prize draws. See for details. We are always on the lookout for new ideas and links to help further our scheme. If you like what we are trying to do and want to help, please spread the word to help us sell cards and, if you are interested, please get in touch as we are hoping to form teams of volunteer ambassadors to help with scheme initiatives.

Chorlton Arts Radio We are very excited to announce that we are the 2011 sponsor of Chorlton Arts Radio which is also dedicated to giving community groups artists and musicians a voice and we will be helping them raise funds to support this aim. You can also help Chorlton Arts Radio to raise funds by buying your Tagpassiton cards from them, just see their website for

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details. In the spirit of the wider independent community why not take your card for a spin and discover what Levenshulme has to offer too. If you go in March, from the 10th, you will be able to pick up a Treasure Hunt entry form from local shops and discover hidden independent gems during your quest, ranging from the wonderful historic Antique Market to the ultra modern and dynamic Inspire Community Centre. During ‘Levenshulme Means Business Week’ from 21st -25th March there will also be some very special offers to cardholders. Just see the Levenshulme part

of our website for details and posters in participating outlets. South Manchester has a vibrant independent business community; friendly, creative, inter-generational, hard working and fun. They are working together to encourage us to consider the community balance when we spend and giving us the opportunity to save a huge amount of money. Having set the ball rolling the independent community invites you to join in.

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In Your Garden Although the thought of getting the wellies on for actual gardening might seem bit premature in the (not-verybright) light of still cold and damp days, March is the time to really start thinking about the small things you could do to make a difference in your garden come summer. You can get your early potatoes in or try sowing parsnips again this month if you like, but for most of us with 24 years left on the allotment waiting list and a very modest patch of something resembling green out back there are some easy things we could do add that bit of oomph to our borders. Or you might just want to read about it here and come over all Vita Sackville-West for five minutes.


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One flowering perennial (which means it’s supposed to come back every year) that can be sown this month and which is worth its weight in gold in my opinion, is Verbena bonariensis - a lovely purple flowering, willowy plant that Christopher Lloyd referred to as an essential ‘connecting thread’ in planting design and remains one of Great Dixters signature plants (a brilliant garden to visit if you’re going to Sussex BTW). I recommend it not only because it is easy, but it has come back in my main border for the last four years or so without any coaxing, nestling in with some stately varieties of Miscanthus sinensis (a ‘good-doer’ grass), providing a fantastic display well into the autumn. My sunny

border (this plant likes the sun) sits next to a gravel path and in late spring, I’ve already got 20 or so little verbena seedlings popping up – which might seem like a nightmare to neat-freaklow-maintenance gardeners, but if you’ve got a spare hour one weekend, you can literally pull these seedlings up, plant them in those purple pots you’ve got hanging around from last years B&Q trips, and you’ll have loads of new plants for your borders. Or to pass on to friends (the original concept of re-use and recycle). Either way, Verbena bonariensis is a belting, butterfly and bee attracting plant that will mix well in practically any colour scheme. Katherine Watson, Fat Grass Garden Designs

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An interview with Ian Trippier, Fairfield Compost What is Fairfield Compost? We’re a social enterprise based at the New Smithfield Market in Openshaw. We turn fruit and vegetable waste from the market and green waste from local parks and gardens into good quality compost for people’s gardens and allotments. What is the difference between Fairfield compost and multipurpose compost from garden centres and diy stores? At Fairfield we produce ‘pure’ compost, without the chemical fertilisers, animal by-products and peat that you often find in multi-purpose compost from garden centres and diy stores. Ours is most useful as a soil improver as it is rich in organic matter and nutrients, whereas multi-purpose compost is useful for potting plants or even seed sowing. Of course, you should

always prefer a peat free, organic multi-purpose compost when you buy one. What about my own home made compost, is that not good enough? It’s important that gardeners make the most of their waste, and we encourage people to make their own compost. However, Fairfield can help by offering bulk quantities, often needed on allotments and large gardens. Our compost is also free of diseases and weeds, as we process large quantities, raised to high temperatures around 80. Because our compost is weed free, it can be used as a mulch to suppress weeds on beds. Why is a local compost important? A lot of compost from garden centres and diy stores has travelled a fair bit, sometimes

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Local Arts Roundup Orwell’s nightmare set to storm Chorlton stage Chorlton Players drama group are currently preparing to perform one of the most challenging productions in their 40-year history – the theatre adaptation of George Orwell’s “1984”. The story of a forbidden love brutally torn apart in a terrifying imaginary totalitarian state will be performed each evening between 31st March - 2nd April at the Church Hall on St Werburgh’s Road in Chorlton. Working to a different script than the one staged by the Royal Exchange theatre in Manchester last year, Director Mick Bowden explains how the idea for the show came about: “Last summer whilst flicking through my old record collection, I came across David Bowie’s ‘Diamond Dogs’ album which was to be the soundtrack for a rock opera of 1984 that never emerged. I remembered the powerful torture scene from BBC radio adaptation and it occurred to me what a brilliant show it would be to perform. Funnily enough, I was unaware that there was another version on stage in town at roughly the same time.” Chorlton Players are well known

for the innovative approach they take to their productions. It has become almost a cliché to stage the play by creating a retro-vision of what the year 1948 (when Orwell wrote the book) might look like projected into the future. Bowden’s intentions are quite different: “We’ll be performing a show loaded with video and audio effects but which will also reflect Manchester’s post-industrial heritage. We freely admit to adapting some of the city’s recent cultural iconography into our stage designs.” “1984” will begin at 7.30pm each evening, the Hall opening at 7.10pm. Tickets are £6.00 (£4.00 concession) and will be available on the door or from: Local interest in the show is very high and advance booking is recommended.

Also this month… CHORLTON FILM INSTITUTE On Thursday 17th March, CFI will be showing The Secret in Their Eyes (2009), an Argentine crime thriller directed by Juan José Campanella. This film flits between 1970s Argentina and the present day as retired policeman, Esposito, attempts to write a novel based on an old unsolved crime in the hope for closure… Doors open at St. Clements Church at 8.10pm, film starts at 8.30pm. MANKY POETS The poetry group’s monthly gathering will be held on 18th March at Chorlton Library, hosted by Copland Smith. Everybody is welcome. This month, readers include Julia Deakin and a guest poet! Doors open 7.30pm - 9.30pm.

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Manchester City Council

234 5000

Gas Emergency

Environment on Call

954 9000

Chorlton Library

227 3700

Chorlton Leisure Centre

861 0790

Local Councillors Chorlton Paul Ankers

861 7035

Sheila Newman

881 9641

Victor Chamberlain

234 3002

Local Councillors Whalley Range Faraz Bhatti

861 0202

Mary Watson

860 5523

John Grant

Allotments Manager

Citizens Advice

07507 854784 226 3322

GMPTE Bus, Train & Tram Mersey Valley Countryside Warden Service Rail Enquiries NHS Direct

Chorlton Civic Society 0870 126 4094 0800 111 999 0870 6082 608 228 7811 905 1100 0845 7484 950 0845 4647

Police - non emergency

872 5050


236 8000

Community Organisations Action for Sustainable Living

277 0377

Chorlton Folk Club Thurs 9pm, Ellesmere Rd Cricket Club

Chorlton Good Neighbours

881 2925

Chorlton Reading Group

881 1813

Friends of Alexandra Park

226 7525

Friends of Chorlton Green

07092 898 721

Friends of Chorlton Meadows LGBT Parents Group

881 6276 636 7507 07970 298 559

Oxfam Chorlton Chorlton Aikido Club

861 8456

Chorlton Anxiety Group

226 3871

Rainbow Families

861 0108 07903 397 108

South Manchester Camera Club

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Community Index Chorlton March 2011  

Community Index Chorlton & Whalley Range, Manchester 2011

Community Index Chorlton March 2011  

Community Index Chorlton & Whalley Range, Manchester 2011