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Welcome to the new look Community Index Hello and welcome to your new look Community Index! In addition to the much needed facelift we are keen to bring you an improved magazine to keep you up to date with what’s happening in the local area over the coming months. So, if you’re organising a community event in October, let us know and we’ll do our best to include it. With the holidays behind us, what does September hold for you? If it’s back to school, why not visit Chorlton’s Shareen Fashions on Wilbraham Road? They’ve been in Chorlton since 1974 and provide a fantastic friendly service with an extensive range of uniforms and school wear. Fancy learning something new? How about Spanish? Instituto Cervantes (page 31) offer courses at all levels of ability starting on 23rd September. Or join Ruth Lazarus on her popular basic sewing course (page 9) held at Pottery Corner, Beech Road, which starts on 24th September. As the weather turns a little cooler, it’s time to stock up your wood pile and sweep your chimneys so you’re ready for the first cold snap. Give Tree Station a call – they offer free local delivery (page 20) and John from Acorn will ensure your flues are free from blockages, so you can sit back and enjoy your fire (page 9).

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Cover Images Carol Thompson Contributors Andrew Simpson Nola Chesworth Chorlton Bookshop Katherine Watson Geoff Garnett Deadline for next edition 15th September 2013

Contents Chorlton Traders Book Reviews Jocktoberfest The Story of Chorlton-Cum-Hardy Southern Cemetery September In Your Garden Manchester Road Village Dry Cleaners Local News Community Index Green Food Trail Local Sport Business Index

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Established in 2012, initially to raise money for Christmas lights, Chorlton Traders has had a busy year. 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. In the Spring, Chorlton Traders, in partnership with Green Chorlton, successfully applied for part funding from Manchester City council for planters along Wilbraham Road and at Chorlton crossroads. We hope you’ll agree that they’ve proved a colourful improvement. Traders have been looking after the planters, watering and weeding them and clearing any litter. Please help us to keep them looking good over the autumn and winter by keeping them tidy. You might also have noticed the thriving planters at Chorlton library, planted up by Chorlton Traders, Chorlton Plant Swap and Green Chorlton and regularly watered by Chorlton Library staff. Please do harvest the edibles when they are ready – there are tomatoes, alpine strawberries, nasturtium flowers and leaves and plenty of tasty fresh herbs.

Plastic milk bottle tops Chorlton Traders are collecting milk bottle tops to help raise money for a much-needed wheelchair. Please take your (washed) milk bottle tops (red, green or blue) to Elliotts in Chorlton precinct and put them in the giant milk bottle. A big thank you to Barbakan, Tea Hive,


Simon Dunn, On the Corner and Battery Park for regular ongoing donations.

Events coming up… Chorlton Plant Swap on Saturday 21st September will be at Chorlton Market. Bring along any surplus plants and seeds to swap. Or pick up surplus plants for a small donation.

Chorlton Book Festival is an annual community event which takes place every November and Chorlton Traders are looking for sponsors and partners for it. If your business is interested, please contact us at chorlton@chorltontraders. and if you’d like to donate a children’s book (from the Chorlton Book Award shortlist) for distribution by the Barlow Moor Community Association to widen participation in the Book Award, please ask for details in Chorlton Bookshop.

Can you help? Green Chorlton have some funding available to install a much needed bike rack on Beech Road. They are now looking for a local business or individual to design and install it. Please get in touch via Chorlton Traders if you can help.

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Next Traders Meeting If you run a businesses in Chorlton and would like to join the traders, please do get in touch (email chorlton@chorltontraders. Membership fees are £75 for larger businesses, £25 for independents and £15 for small businesses operating from home. Or come along to our next meeting on Friday 13th September at 12-1pm at the meeting room in Chorlton Library.

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Book Reviews by Chorlton Bookshop that somebody in the South Manchester area hasn’t read it I think it deserves a bit more attention. Within the first 20 pages we have a car crash, a breakdown, a murder and a divorce. There certainly can’t be any complaints about pace.

May We Be Forgiven A.M.Homes The winner of the recent ‘Women’s prize for fiction’ this really doesn’t need any further recognition. On the off chance though

The story begins on Thanksgiving at a house in the upmarket suburb of Westchester, not far north of Manhattan. Harry is visiting his younger but much more successful brother, George. George runs a TV network and has serious anger issues. Harry is an academic who can only afford to live in Manhattan thanks to his successful but unemotional wife. Following the meal, George’s wife kisses Harry and Harry likes it. This is which is beautifully written. Published in Italian in 1993 it was translated into English two years later.

Pereira Maintains Antonio Tabbuchi Although not a new book this is a novella we were recently introduced to at our bookshop book group. A thought provoking read


Set in Lisbon 1938, it’s best described as historical/political fiction. The Pereira of the title is a local journalist by the name of Dr Pereira. He’s a lonely and depressed man not really noticing the world around him. He edits the culture page on a government controlled newspaper. This is how he comes to meet the mysterious Monterio Rossi who he believes will write insightful and beautiful obituaries for cultural figures of importance. Although clearly no journalist, Rossi helps bring Pereira back into the real world in the most shocking way

the beginning of a whole chain of events which will end with George under psychiatric care in a secure unit. At every turn dark humour seeps in to show the ludicrous way bureaucracy is used and abused. The events in the story become almost farcical but the author manages to stop it becoming out and out farce by regularly injecting doses of reality. So much happens in the story there really isn’t a dull moment. It’s hard to believe it’s not double the length. This book has moments of absolute comedy gold however it’s not one for sensitive types. If you fancy a good satirical look at American family life and American society then this is a must read for you. possible. Along the way we see, with comic results, Pereira’s attempts to lose weight at the fashionable spas of the day. Through these trips he does meet some very interesting people and begins to notice the dark clouds of fascism gathering around him. Almost every sentence begins “Pereira maintains”. This could become repetitive and dull but adds an almost poetic style to the writing. It also leaves the reader with the question why is he constantly using the term ‘Maintain’? This is an unusual little gem of a book which went down really well at our book group. It’s a real treat which will take little more than an afternoon to read.


The Jocktoberfest Weekend International Festival 28th - 29th September 2013 The weekend of the 28th September will see Chorlton Green and the Jockey host a weekend festival of live music, kids entertainment, cider bar, stocks of international beers and a bustling farmers’ market. Exciting plans are forming for this year’s Joktoberfest at the Horse and Jockey. Sponsored by Black Jack Beers, Conwy Brewery, Black Edge Brewery, Little Valley Brewery & Three B’s Brewery, Joktoberfest is a play on the traditional German Oktoberfest, a 16-day Bavarian festival. Originally an agricultural celebration its focus

transformed from agriculture to beer, and currently attracts over six million visitors a year. The Joktoberfest will coincide with the monthly farmers’ market that holds over 25 stalls teeming with artisan and local produce. Set to incorporate children’s rides and activities, both on the Green and in the pub, the festival will entice families and drinkers for a fun weekend. The music line-up boasts some of Manchester’s finest bands; such as Dr. Butler’s Hatstand Medicine Band, Becca Williams from Becca and the Broken Biscuits, James Kelly and

Tom Edney. Saturday’s full day of musical entertainment will climax with the haunting sound of Canter Semper. The entertainment continues into Sunday with the Brasswürst Bavarian Beer Band and the outstanding bluegrass band Bo Weaval. The Horse and Jockey invites you to come down for this funfree-for-all festival for a chance to get stuck into to some good beer, music and food. Looking forward to seeing you down there.

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The Story Of Chorlton-Cum-Hardy A house in Chorlton and a subject of the Ottoman Empire by Andrew Simpson Now, as stories go it is a short one and as yet has no ending but it says something of what Chorlton was like at the beginning of the 20th century. It began with a request to find out what I could about a house and very quickly became a fascinating piece of research which linked the township with Damascus. The house was one of those big semi detached properties which was built sometime between 1893 and 1901. It was surrounded by gardens on three sides and had ten rooms spread over three floors with cellars. On the ground floor there were four large rooms and the kitchen, while on the first floor there were four large bedrooms, a dressing room and bathroom and three more double bedrooms on the second floor. This was a tall solid property of the sort much sought after by the wealthy business and professional classes. Chorlton was still on the edge of much open countryside and yet the train from the station could whisk commuters into the heart of the city in just over ten minutes and within a few years of our house being built the Corporation extended the tram service along Barlow Moor Road and by 1913 this had been joined by another route that ran down Wilbraham Road and onto Withington. Like most of these houses it had its own name carved onto the stone gate post. Such names are a common enough feature in the township but Damascus House was a little out of the ordinary and was Buy Andrew interestingly Simpson’s book different to “The Story of warrant a Chorlton-Cumbit of search Hardy” or visit which him online at led me to chorltonhistory. Abdallah Kabbaz


who lived there with his wife and two siblings from 1901 to sometime around 1911. Mr Kabbaz had been born in Damascus in Syria and on the census return added that he was “a subject of the Ottoman Empire.” At one time the Ottoman Empire had been a major power controlling much of southeast Europe, Western Asia and North Africa. It was a multinational, multilingual empire but one which by the 19th century was in decline.

At one time the Ottoman Empire had been a major power controlling much of southeast Europe, Western Asia and North Africa. During the 18th century it was challenged by Russia and through the following century by the emerging nationalism in various parts of its territories. Mr Abbaz had been born in 1866, just over a


decade after Britain and France had fought the Crimean War in an effort to halt Russian expansion into the Ottoman Empire. Even before that war the Greeks had won their independence from the empire and during the 1860s and 70s parts of the Balkans moved towards semi independence. So by the time he had arrived here the empire was struggling but it still controlled 28 million people, of whom 15.5 million were in modern-day Turkey, 4.5 million in Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan, and 2.5 million in Iraq. Another 5.5 million people were under nominal Ottoman rule in the Arabian peninsula. Now I don’t know yet when he arrived but by the April of 1901 he was settled in Damascus House and had installed a telephone. Now this was not as unusual as you might think and a quick glance down the telephone directory shows that on either side of Mr Kabbaz were several others listed with phones. It may have been connected with his business which he described as “Agent, Shipping Goods employer” and he and his brother had offices at 21 Cooper Street in Manchester.

Street up to Booth Street, but the southern end disappeared under Central Ref and the Town Hall extension and number 21 which was on the northern stretch has long vanished. Nor were the Kabbaz family the only residents from the Empire. Just a little further away on High Lane was Mr Mouradian who had been born in Constantinople and was also in engaged in shipping, while just a few doors down from Damascus House lived Krikor Topalian also in shipping and also from Turkey. Now there is nothing particularly unusual about all of this but I wonder how much of this would have been revealed if the name of the house had not survived on the gate post. But there is much more that has yet to be revealed. The Kabbaz family had moved by 1911 and so far there is no trace. The house was occupied by a Mark E. Houldsworth in 1911, but he has proved a little elusive and in the census of that year this fine ten roomed house has but two servants listed in the property. So Damascus House has much yet to tell us. Picture; Three women from Damascus, by Pascal Sebah, 1873

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Step inside the Cemetery Gates you not only step into one of Manchester’s finest nature reserves; you walk into the peaceful grounds, which are now home to some of Manchester’s finest historical figures. The cemetery office offers a list of ‘Notable Graves’ so you can find your way to the resting places of many Mancunians whose names are known much further away than Lancashire. In this new regular feature Nola Chesworth introduces us to some of those characters. John Cassidy, born in Ireland in 1860, moved to Manchester in his twenties where he studied sculpture at the Manchester School of Art; his works were exhibited on numerous occasions around Manchester between 1888 and 1935.

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September In Your Garden by Katherine Watson September is the time when summer fades and the garden is settling into a slower pace. It is also a good time to plant as the earth is still warm, and will remain so for a while yet, allowing the establishment of root systems. It is a particularly good time to think about the structure of your garden and the positioning of hard working evergreen or winter flowering shrubs to form the backdrop to the shorter lived perennial borders. Shrubs that have the added bonus of scented flowers in winter and spring are definitely worth considering. When I lived in a flat off Corkland road fifteen years ago and long before I had any notion of doing anything horticultural, I remember being entranced by the most intoxicating smell I had ever experienced on my early spring walk to the bus stop. I had no idea what the plant was but vowed to have one in my garden as soon as I had something more than a car park. That shrub turned out to be a Viburnum x burkwoodii flowering from winter to late spring and producing a scent you’ll never be without again. The problem with many shrubs is size and aspect

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Manchester Road by Lesley Swann

I’ve been lucky to live in and around Chorlton for the last 24 years and for much of this time my habitual route into the centre of Chorlton has taken me along Manchester Road. Of course, for years I thought it was Barlow Moor Road. It’s not. Let’s be clear. The crossroads in the centre of Chorlton is where Barlow Moor Road meets Wilbraham Road. But if you head towards the Library, you’ll very soon find yourself on Manchester Road. Just as soon, in fact, as you pass the Beagle on your right and the pigeon tree on your left.

Finally, on the third Saturday of the month Manchester Markets sets up outside the library with stalls selling edible delights, handmade gifts and this month Chorlton Plant Swap will have a stall too. Please bring along your surplus plants and seeds to swap. See you there!

Manchester Road is home to two Grade II listed buildings; the Sedge Lynn and now Chorlton Library. Councillor Victor Chamberlain has succeeded in his application to have it listed, meaning developers cannot radically alter its look and feel without special permission. Of course Manchester Road has changed a lot over the years. Unicorn and Barbakan have continued to develop and thrive, serving not only local residents, but attracting shoppers from much further afield. I think they’ve also played a significant role in attracting quirky and independent businesses to the road. Pad arrived in 2007; they’re offering 15% off until the end of October [that’s Christmas shopping sorted, Ed.]. Despite the recent very sad closure of Monkey Puzzle Toys there are new businesses opening up like Adams Chippy and relative newcomer Tea Hive is expanding upstairs – great news for cake lovers! Their themed evenings have proved very popular; this month it’s ‘A Taste of Provence’ on 27th September.


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The Village Dry Cleaners A Family Affair Chorlton’s Village Dry cleaners was set up by husband and wife team Masoud and Nooshin back in the autumn of 1982. Their background had been in clothing manufacture and in tailoring respectively so when it came to fabrics they had a wealth of experience. From the outset, they worked hard to build up the reputation of the business, gaining a name for themselves for outstanding cleaning with friendly customer service. When their children were old enough to help out, their son and daughter used to come in on Saturdays and school holidays but it was their son Amir who took a real interest in the business. Learning his trade at his father’s side, Amir spent over 25 years working alongside Masoud. In 2008 Masoud decided it was time to retire and Amir took over the reins. Since taking over, Amir decided that The Village Dry Cleaners of Chorlton would be the best cleaners in Manchester. He has invested heavily in the latest machinery and technology which not only offers superb cleaning but is also more environmentally friendly. He did not stop there; he has modernised the whole shop, with glass frontage making a clean and airy space, and new interior décor which gives a more boutique look. Outside there is customer parking and

a new ramp giving easy access for wheelchairs and parents with pushchairs. He further modernised the business by adding late night opening hours on a Thursday and by creating a very sleek and extensive website which is well worth checking out. Amir is always looking for new ways to improve the business and stay ahead of the times whilst keeping that family feel and the friendly service that they are famous for. So what is new at the Village? Recently Amir has invested in one of the newest innovations in dry cleaning technology in the form of an Ozone machine. This can kill bacteria and eliminate odours without the use of potentially damaging chemicals. It’s particularly useful for getting rid of mould or the smell of clothes that may have been in storage for a long time and is proving to be very good at freshening up the Man Utd mascot Fred the Red! Another new addition is the hydrocarbon machine which can clean the most delicate of fabrics and all clothes which require F cleaning. The Village Dry Cleaners’ reputation for quality and professionalism has led it to become the first choice in cleaning for many of Manchester’s finest Bridal Boutiques so with so many delicate and ornate (not to mention expensive) dresses needing to be cleaned it is


essential that they have not only the best cleaning methods but also the safest. Word has spread about the high standards employed and, particularly for bridal and vintage wear, people are travelling from far and wide to use their services. Amir can not only clean wedding dresses but also veils and shoes and can place them in a beautiful handmade preservation box to keep forever. Another new line is the handbag cleaning and handbag care products. If you have an old beloved bag that has seen better days then take it in and see what they can do. So what’s happening next? A new computerised till which will make the dropping off and collecting of clothes a simpler process and which will notify customers via email when their clothes are ready for collection. And finally a new loyalty card scheme which offers customers up to 20% discount off their cleaning bill and which replaces the old 3 for 2 offer, so no need to wait until you have 3 dirty suits to clean just come in and pick up your free customer card and loyalty bag and start saving straight away!


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Welcome to Life in Chorlton The long, hot summer that often seems to drift lazily in to September and October is a great time to be moving home. It’s warmer, brighter, gardens are in full bloom and everyone tends to be more cheerful. This means other people’s homes are looking great too so it’s no time to be relaxing and I advise my clients to seize the opportunity by giving your home a lift with those few odd jobs and improvements whilst there are plenty of buyers out there. This month I look at ways in which local amenities in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy can help attract potential relocating buyers that are new to the area. When the sun comes out the desire is to spend more time outdoors therefore I have put together some ideas and local suggestions for the summer! Enjoy this bright and breezy issue and I look forward to assisting you in you next home.

What’s happening in Chorlton? 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 award winning Barbakan delicatessen and Unicorn. The highly popular Chorlton Green/Beech Road area provides individual boutiques and an array of bars including the Lead Station, Horse & Jockey, Parlour and plenty of restaurants catering for all tastes.

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by Veronica Voiels, Samatha Meditation Have you ever passed this sign on High Lane Chorlton and wondered what was going on inside the building next to it ? There are several meditation centres in Chorlton, but this is first and oldest. having occupied this place for 35 years. The meditation centre was once the hall of a Methodist church and the land has been converted into a pleasant garden where you might see people doing Tai Chi on a Saturday morning. We practise Theravada Buddhism, which will be familiar to anyone who has taken a

holiday in Sri Lanka or Thailand. Inside there is a shrine room centred on a large and beautiful Thai image of the Buddha. We offer ‘Samatha’ meditation, which means ‘calm’. Classes, starting on September 16th, are every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8pm, Mondays at 1.30pm and Saturdays at 11am. They’re open to all with the Tuesday evening session being particularly designed for under 25s. Although our meditation has strong roots in Buddhist traditions, it is not necessary to be a Buddhist to practise, and

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for Counselling and Psychotherapy The Manchester Gestalt Centre was founded in 1988 in a quiet and leafy part of Fallowfield and has been offering psychotherapy, counselling, supervision and training for over 25 years. The five experienced and qualified psychotherapists offer therapy and counselling to individuals, couples and groups. What is Gestalt Therapy? Gestalt is a creative and experiential therapy. It challenges and supports us to look at and expand our potential, through becoming more aware of how we get, or don’t get, our needs met. This

people of every faith and none have enjoyed it and found it beneficial. Also coming up are a 6-week mindfulness course starting on 2 September, and monthly public talks on topics related to the spiritual quest. or find us on Facebook and Bereavement, Coping with Change, Listening to our Dreams, and Being in a Long Term Relationship.

greater awareness leads to a more choiceful life.

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Gestalt has many different influences and strands and works with body, emotions and mind. It’s a counselling and psychotherapy approach which looks at living more effectively in the present moment and emphasises developing a better way of relating to ourselves, others and the wider environment. Courses for the Community

As well as offering courses for the general public, there’s a substantial CPD training programme for people interested in developing their interpersonal and therapeutic skills. Many courses are suitable for counsellors and other professionals, such as body work in therapy, working with shame and anger, mindfulness, attachment issues etc.

The Gestalt Centre offers short courses for the Manchester Community including: How to Be More Assertive, Destressing and Relaxation, Loss

The centre also runs an accredited psychotherapy programme, which can lead to becoming a fully qualified psychotherapist.



a local business with international reach Brigid Benson is looking tanned and relaxed following her holiday in the South of France. But now that she’s back, she’s raring to go. “Gaeia is celebrating its 20th Birthday with a series of events in September and October, including the launch of the Band on the Wall Foundation, so there’s a lot to get sorted” Brigid is well known in the world of ethical investment and is a pioneer, having set up Gaeia, her own ethical financial advice company, back in 1993. With a background in human rights campaigning and support for environmental causes, it would have come as no surprise to those who knew her. “People were beginning to think about where they didn’t want to put their money – negative

screening - but I wanted to adopt a more proactive approach. I wanted to look to projects where investing money would have a positive impact and make a real difference”.

in the heart of Manchester and the Gaeia advisory team is following in Brigid’s footsteps, championing ethical investment and sustainable living in their personal lives as well.

And Gaeia has come a long way since its humble home-based beginnings in Withington. A recent merger with Manchester investment managers Castlefield, a majority employee-owned company, has secured Gaeia’s future and given staff more opportunities.

Far from winding down, Brigid is always busy, committed to raising the profile of ethical investment. And the birthday celebrations on 26 September, combined with the launch of the Band on the Wall Foundation, epitomize Brigid’s commitment.

“It was a natural synergy” explains Brigid, “as both businesses share the same ethics and vision and an employee-owned business structure really appealed. I’ve recruited and trained local staff from Chorlton and Didsbury and we’ve worked together almost as a family these past 20 years, so I wanted to make sure they had a good home to go to.” Gaeia is now based alongside Castlefield at Piccadilly Gardens

“The Foundation, through the work of Brighter Sounds and others, will change the lives of many young people in the Greater Manchester area through music. It’s a great charitable cause, and one Gaiea is proud to be supporting” explains Brigid. • Band on the Wall Foundation launch and Gaeia 20th Birthday celebrations, Thursday 26 September 2013 from 6.30pm at Band on the Wall, Swan Street, M4 5JZ.

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Chorlton Aikido Club

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Chorlton Philosophy Group Tuesdays 7.30pm,

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

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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

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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

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opportunities for Chorlton residents 55+ to work with local primary school children. Estelle Longmore 881 7693 or 07946761785 www.

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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

Whalley Range Cricket & Lawn Tennis Club

Werburghs Church Hall, Chorlton. Anne 881 6591

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Chorlton Folk Club

Thursdays 9pm Ellesmere Rd Cricket Club

Folk Songs and Tunes at The Beech 1st & 3rd

Tuesdays 7-9pm St Johns Centre, Old Trafford.

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Arts & Crafts Chorlton Art Group

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Looper : Thurs 19th September. Doors open 8.10 pm, film starts 8.30 pm Entrance £5 St Clements Church

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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

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

Making Miniatures Group 4th Monday of the month, 8pm Scout Hut, English Martyrs Church, Alexandra

Manchester Sing Out Choir (Gospel Choir)

Therapy & Support Groups Chorlton Anxiety Group 226 3871

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Green Food Trail, 2013 A weekend long celebration of local, seasonal food, organised by Didsbury Dinners Saturday 7 September Unicorn Grocery, Chorlton 2-4pm, Free Apple juicing in-store to mark the start of the UK apple season.

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Local Sport in Chorlton by Geoff Garnett Great news for Range WHALLEY Range Cricket and Tennis Club has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund. Whalley Range Cricket and Lawn Tennis Club will receive £23,870 of National Lottery Funding to revamp the Men’s changing rooms, restore the Ladies changing room, install a disabled toilet and babychanging facilities, extend the clubhouse, provide ramps for disabled access, and provide secure housing for the groundsman’s machinery and equipment. The total cost of the project will be £38,000, additional funding being provided by Manchester city council, NatWest Community Trust and the club

Darts - Chorlton stay on top The Chorlton Super League team had three matches in one day to help them stay on top of the GMC Summer

itself. Sport England’s chair Nick Bitel, said: “A year on from the Olympics, this is helping us deliver a lasting legacy. “With investment now on offer until 2017, we look forward to supporting many more clubs, who play such a vital role in grassroots sport, in and around Manchester.” Club chairman, Mike Hill, added: “We’re improving our facilities every year, and growing our membership, but this allows a quantum leap in quality of the sporting experience. We feel we are at last going to be able to provide 21st century facilities for the Super League. Against Ashley they won all three singles, then against Little Hulton they had a clean sweep and finally against Little Hulton Boro they drew the pairs 1-1 but took the singles by 3-2. The South Manchester Log

local community.” The club is planning a celebratory open-day for midSeptember, when the summer holidays and Ramadan are over. Bids will be accepted for the next round of Inspired Facilities funding from 21 October 2013. You can find out more at: inspiredfacilities

End League has had a sad loss with the recent death of Clem Hargreaves of Albert Rusholme. Clem was the dad of Albert stars Alan and Steve and he was a great crib player as well as a lovely man. All of the league send their best wishes to his family.

Our area is very rich in community sports clubs and they rely so much on voluntary efforts. These sports articles try to provide an insight into the huge amount of work done by these volunteers on behalf of their local community. If you have any stories about sport in Didsbury contact Geoff on 0161 881 7550 or WWW.COMMUNITYINDEX.CO.UK


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