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DIDSBURY VILLAGE BOOKSHOP THOUSANDS OF DESIRABLE SECOND-HAND BOOKS Quality Books Purchased

GUITAR/SONGWRITING LESSONS • Ideal as a Christmas present (gift cards available)

• Learn songs, styles or grades • Fun and informal • I travel to you • Lessons start from £11 • 5 years+ teaching adults and children

Tel: 0161 438 0211 47 Barlow Moor Rd, Didsbury, Manchester M20 6TW didsburyvillagebookshop@hotmail.co.uk www.didsburyvillagebookshop.co.uk

• Fully CRB checked

Call: 07906 203388 domkearne@gmail.com www.dominickearne.com


Contents 5.

South Manchester Santa Dash!

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Didsbury Traders

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Tag - new members & offers

10. Dog & Puppy Playgroup 13. Healthy Spirit 18. Christmas Peacock 20. Didsbury Calendar 21. Didsbury Publications 22. Didsbury Events 23. Didsbury Carols & Lights 25. Didsbury Dinners Recipe 26. November in your Garden 29. The Div/sion of Power

Community

I NDEX PUBLISHER

Community Index

EDITOR/ADVERTISING Lesley Swann

SUB-EDITOR/WEBSITE Sam Paechter

CONTRIBUTIONS

Christine Hession, Clare Henderson, Jenny Gradwell, Carol Thompson, Katherine Watson, Didsbury Dinners, Jayne Crawshaw, Danielle Lowy, Healthy Spirit

COVER PHOTOGRAPH

GT Blagg by Carol Thompson

CONTACT US Tel: 0787 589 5604 lesley@communityindex.co.uk www.communityindex.co.uk 34 Manchester Road, Chorlton, M21 9PH

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It’s the Countdown to Christmas!! So come and see what’s new in your local toy shop. • Le Toy Van dolls houses, castles, garages and pirate ships; • Great Lego and Playmobil sets; • Djeco arts and crafts; • Science kits, Mystyle designer jewellery;

• Toys that are a bit different; • Stocking fillers; and • 10% off all orders over £20 with your TAG Pass it on card For a great range of toys to suit both kids and pocket come into the shop or go online at www.giddygoattoys.co.uk. Our toys are for life and not just for Christmas!

2 Albert Hill Street . Didsbury . Manchester . M20 6RF Telephone: 0161 445 1097 @giddygoat toys

/giddygoattoys

TOYS · BO OKS · GAMES · GI FTS

• Board games and books for toddlers to teens.


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South Manchester Santa Dash Give Rudolf a rest and enjoy a festive run for the whole family. Kick off your Christmas celebrations and raise money for the Red Cross at the first ever South Manchester Santa Dash, at Fog Lane Park in Didsbury. Don't worry if eating too many mince pies has left you a bit out of shape - you can take this challenge at your own pace.

What's it like? Hundreds of runners will be given

MORE INFORMATION

Santa suits before pulling on a white moustache and beard and running, walking, toddling or crawling for two laps of Fog Lane Park.

DATE:

2nd December 2012

Fundraisers will be rewarded with a medal for finishing the race. Youngsters at the event can even get a present from Santa! You will receive: • A comprehensive fundraising pack • support for your sponsorship drive from our expert fundraisers • friendly support and guidance about the event, by telephone or email • a Santa suit to run in on the day • a medal to prove you completed the challenge • a present from Santa (for runners and spectators aged 11 and under).

TIME:

registration from 11.30am

REGISTRATION FEE: £10 for adults, £5 for children aged 11 and under

DISTANCE:

Twice around Fog Lane Park (Approx 1 mile)

SUGESTED SPONSORSHIP TARGET: £50 ADDRESS:

Fog Lane Park, Didsbury, Manchester M20 6ED

CONTACT:

Clare Henderson Tel: 01565 682309

chenderson@redcross.org.uk

Register online at www.redcross.org.uk/santadash

Acorn

CHIMNEY SWEEPING SERVICES

Call John 0161 445 3650

NACS member

open fires, boilers Agas, multi-fuel stoves, birds nests removed www.acornchimneysweepingservices.co.uk


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Didsbury Traders & Business Association Are you a Didsbury business?

Would you like to join us ? The reformed Traders next meeting is on Thursday 15th November at the Fletcher Moss pub from 6-7.30pm. We aim to provide a framework enabling local traders and businesses of all sizes to work

together, to engage with our local community and local organisations as a group and to provide a bigger ‘voice’ at a local and national level. Meetings provide an opportunity to raise issues, discuss opportunities, develop strategies, policies and ideas, share information and get to know each other.

independents (less than 10 branches) and £75 for large companies and businesses with more than 10 branches.

Interested? Please contact

Carol by sending an email to info@didsburytraders.co.uk or just come along to our meeting.

Membership fees are £25 for

ADVERTISING IN COMMUNITY INDEX 1/8 page £39

1/4 page £49

Call now to book your space

www.communityindex.co.uk

1/2 page £75

Full page £120

Tel: 0787 589 5604 lesley@communityindex.co.uk


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Lady Bountiful Plus Size Fashion

Size 18-32

Continental Designer Clothing • Casual • Evening Wear

605a Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton, M21 9AN

0161 861 9721

www.ladybountiful.co.uk

hair salon

58 School Lane, Didsbury M20 6RT Tuesday

10am - 4pm

Wednesday

10am - 5pm

Thursday & Friday

10am - 8pm

Saturday

10am - 5pm

Sunday & Monday

Closed

0161 446 1119 info@urbanangelsdidsbury.com

www.urbanangelsdidsbury.com

Harriet & Dee www.harrietanddee.co.uk

Warburton Street • Didsbury • M20 6WA


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TAG - New Members & Great Offers! New TAG! cards are valid until 2014 AND are on sale now for only £5. The sooner you get one the more you save when supporting local independent shops and businesses in Didsbury. Just flash your TAG! card to get your discount and show your support.

Urban Angels - Fiona and the girls at Urban Angels are the newest members of the TAG scheme. Everyone is welcome - a real family hairdresser with a very generous offer of 10% off on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Giddy Goat Toys - Amanda and the girls have

Alpine Tea Room - Louis along with Janine and

E.J Morten Bookseller - A hidden gem on Warburton Street just along from Harriet and Dee, Didsbury has it’s very own independent new, secondhand and antiquarian booksellers and publishers. Indulge in a little ‘slow shopping’ and lose yourself in another world, right on your doorstep. With 10% off here and 10% off spends over £20 at Harriet & Dee there are lots of reasons to celebrate an independent Christmas in Didsbury.

Kane, runs the Alpine Tea Room in Fletcher Moss Park. A lovely place to pop in for tea (40 varieties now) and cake (guiness and chocolate at the weekend is my favourite). Hearty soup is always on offer too. The Alpine Tea Room is a longstanding member of the TAG! scheme and offers 10% discount for cardholders. All the profit on cards bought at the Tea Room is generously donated to Francis House Children’s Hospice.

filled the new Giddy Goat toys to the brim with an amazing selection of toys, books, games, cards and pocket money gifts. Giddy Goat offers 10% discount on purchases over £20. A great offer for some early Christmas shopping!

You can buy your TAG! cards online at www.tagpassiton.com or at any of the Didsbury businesses we have featured. A warm welcome awaits at the TAG! Pass It On Didsbury Community scheme.


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New Dog & Puppy Playgroup The Didsbury & South Manchester Dog & Puppy Playgroup is a free and informal get together of puppies, dogs and their owners in South Manchester. The group provides an opportunity to let your dog or puppy socialise, play and exercise, and for you to meet other dog owners, have some tea

and cake and a chat! We are hoping to plan more play sessions, group walks, and hopefully find a bigger venue for indoor play during the Winter. If your dog loves to play or would benefit from meeting other dogs, join us for a session! See http:// didsburydogs.wordpress.com or email Jenny on jennyg2207@ gmail.com

Please let us know if you are aware of any community spaces for hire in South Manchester that would allow dogs - obviously we would leave the space spotless! We would also love to hear about any enclosed parks or spaces for off lead play safe from roads.

Jenny Gradwell

Dazzle Dog Groomers

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Tel: 07568 562 924

we drive to you

park outside your house

& groom your dog in our

custom built van www.dazzledoggroomers.co.uk


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14 Did you know there is a new print shop in Chorlton?

Cash in the Loft?

Come and meet Lesley, David & Ben the shop dog (woof woof)

When you replaced all your old records with CDs all those years ago, did you put them up in the loft? Now could be the time to dig them out... We pay good prices for the right kind of records in the right condition.

For All things Print Xmas Cards Calendars Flyers Leaflets Postcards Letterheads Business Cards and lots, lots more...

Proud members of

We’re interested in: Rock n Roll Indie

&

34 Manchester Road, Chorlton M21 9PH T: 0161 222 6264 E: info@bezingaprint.com

Now an official store of

www.bezingaprint.com

60s (especially Beatles)

70s Rock & Progressive

Punk Not those kind of Prints Ben!!!

60s & 70s Jazz & Soul

Blues

Folk

Reggae

Northern Soul

We can also help with valuations.

Call us now on: 0161 860 4762 519 Wilbraham Rd Chorlton M21 0UF

www.kingbeerecords.co.uk

Basement Conversions home office • gym • playroom • wine cellar • bathroom • wetroom

Roy Nesbitt 07921 710 563 Mob: 07921 710 563 Tel: 0161 300 0530

northwest

best ce ars basement conversions

www.bestcellarsnw.co.uk Best Cellars North West • Unit 128 • 792 Wilmslow Rd • Didsbury • Manchester • M20 6UG


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Village Physio & Sports Injury Clinic • • • • • •

Physiotherapy Sports Massage

Therapy Rooms Available

Massage in Pregnancy Core Strengthening Podiatry Ergonomic Assessments

3 Warburton Street, Didsbury Village, Manchester M20 6WA

Central Chorlton warm, spacious, relaxed & welcoming space

0161 448 7844 didsburyphysio@btinternet.com www.didsburyphysio.co.uk

Freewheeling!

contact: 0161 862 9456 email: bob@mcpt.co.uk

Alexander Technique individual sessions, groups courses and workshops

Sue Fleming MSTAT www.alexanderteaching.co.uk ☎ 861 8848 mob 07796470163 The Burton Road Clinic Didsbury and Chequers Road Chorlton Free adult cycle safety skills sessions www.bikeright.co.uk/ freewheeling or call 0161 230 7007 See website for terms and conditions

Pauline Leng

MSTAT

www.alexandertechniquemanchester.net

☎ 445 8530  mob 07821470349 The Didsbury Holistic Centre and Lidgate Grove Didsbury   


HealthySpirit

More than a Health Food Shop

HealthySpirit, Didsbury’s independent health food shop, is currently owned by nutritionist Sarah Casey and has been trading for over 30 years serving the health and nutritional needs of the community of Didsbury. It was nine years ago this autumn that Sarah took over what was then called Natures Grace and re-named it HealthySpirit, selling a full range of wholefoods, herbs, vitamins and minerals and homeopathic remedies. In addition to this HealthySpirit offers a good choice of meditation CDs, relaxing music, crystals, books, flower essences, incense and much more. “It is the philosophy of HealthySpirit that we are more than just a physical body and for healing to occur we need to also nurture the spiritual, emotional and mental bodies” says Sarah.

HealthySpirit also offer over twenty five different holistic therapies ranging from Body Massage to Reiki to Acupuncture and Kinesiology from a team of qualified therapists who are all dedicated to helping people heal themselves. HealthySpirit is such a hub of activity with all sorts of classes, courses and workshops taking place offering regular meditation classes throughout the week, Chi Kung, and Kundalini Yoga to name but a few with some of the classes being made available to the community free of charge with the teacher leading the class accepting donations from participants. Call in to HealthySpirit to pick up a newsletter with all the current therapies and classes or go onto the Healthyspirit website at www.healthy-spirit.com.

Free events at HealthySpirit Laughing Yoga

Saturday 10th November 11am-12noon

Angelic Meditation

Saturday 3rd November 11am-12noon

Toning and Mantra Chanting

Saturday 24th November & Saturday 15th December 11am-12noon

Craniosacral Clinic

Saturday 1st December appointments available throughout the day

Cancer Support Group

Wednesday 28th November 12noon-1pm

Circle Dance

Saturday 24th November 1pm-2pm

Meditation Group

Every Monday 1pm-2pm Every Tuesday 11am-12noon Every Wednesday 7.30pm-9.30pm

SERVING BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT SERVING BODY, MIND AND SERVING BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT SPIRIT Healthyspirit is a health and spiritual shop Healthyspirit is health and shop Healthyspirit is a ahealing health centre. and spiritual spiritual shop with a holistic We offer: with a holistic healing centre. We offer:

DIETARY Wholefoods DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS dietary supplements SUPPLEMENTS FLOWER ESSENCES FLOWER flowerESSENCES essences FLOWER ESSENCES HOMOEOPATHIC REMEDIES HOMOEOPATHIC REMEDIES homoeopathic remedies HOMOEOPATHIC REMEDIES BOOKS BOOKS books BOOKS CDS (MEDITATION AND AND MUSIC) MUSIC) CDS (MEDITATION cds(MEDITATION (meditation & MUSIC) CRYSTALS & GIFTSAND CDS CRYSTALS music) & GIFTS WORKSHOPS CRYSTALS & GIFTS WORKSHOPS crystals & gifts WORKSHOPS

HOLISTIC TREATMENTS HOLISTIC TREATMENTS holistic treatments TREATMENTS MEDITATION CLASSES MEDITATION CLASSES meditation classes MEDITATION CLASSES SPIRITUAL SPIRITUAL HEALING HEALING spiritual healing & & GUIDANCE SPIRITUAL HEALING guidance & GUIDANCE DRU YOGA YOGA DRU KUNDALINI YOGA DEEKSHA BLESSING DRU YOGABLESSING DEEKSHA CHI KUNG ATTUNEMENTS DEEKSHA BLESSING ATTUNEMENTS attunements ATTUNEMENTS workshops HOLISTIC

Visit our website for more Information or buy online:

Visit our website for more Information or buy online: Visit our website for more Information or buy online: WWW.HEALTHY-SPIRIT.COM

WWW.HEALTHY-SPIRIT.COM FREE POST AND PACKAGING WITH FIRST ORDER WWW.HEALTHY-SPIRIT.COM AND RECEIVE A £5 VOUCHER TO BE USED ON FREE POST AND PACKAGING WITH FIRST ORDER NEXT PURCHASE OVER FREE AND WITH FIRST ORDER ANDPOST RECEIVE APACKAGING £5 VOUCHER TO£25.00 BE USED ON AND RECEIVE A £5 VOUCHER TO£25.00 BE USED ON NEXT OVER OR CALL IN ANDPURCHASE CHAT WITH OUR FRIENDLY STAFF AT: PURCHASE OVERDIDSBURY, £25.00 37NEXT BARLOW MOOR ROAD,

MANCHESTER M20 6TW. TEL:FRIENDLY 0161 434 6784 OR CALL IN AND CHAT WITH OUR STAFF AT: OROPEN CALL37 INBARLOW AND CHAT WITHROAD, OUR STAFF AT: MONDAY-SATURDAY fromFRIENDLY 09.30am-5.00pm MOOR DIDSBURY, 37 BARLOWM20 MOOR ROAD, MANCHESTER 6TW. TEL: DIDSBURY, 0161 434 6784 MANCHESTER M20 6TW. TEL: 0161 434 6784 OPEN MONDAY-SATURDAY from 09.30am-5.00pm OPEN MONDAY-SATURDAY from 09.30am-5.00pm


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TheGentryGroomingCo

Half Price Cut & Blow Dry when booked with High Lights Only valid Monday to Thursday in November

20% Discount * Monday - Friday

with your copy of Community Index

* offer expires 30th November 2012

Salon Opening Times:

Salon M20 723 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 6WF

Telephone 0161 445 6161

Mon:  9am Tues: 9am Wed: 9am Thurs: 9am

-

6pm 6pm 6pm 8pm

Fri: 9am - 8pm Sat: 9am - 6pm Sun: CLOSED

Tel: 0161 445 9111

675 Wilmslow Rd Didsbury M20 6RA

www.gentrygrooming.com


Community Clubs, Societies & Groups Acting For Fun Central Didsbury 431 4794 Didsbury Amateur Dramatics www.celestaplayers.co.uk Didsbury Civic Society www.didsburycivicsociety. org.uk Didsbury Cricket Club www.didsburyccsports. co.uk Didsbury Dinners http://didsburydinners. wordpress.com For general enquiries/ Community growing group: didsburydinners@ yahoo.co.uk Community cooking group: community. cooking@yahoo.co.uk Didsbury Good Neighbours Every Tuesday, 1011.45am coffee morning. Didsbury Sure Start Centre, Didsbury Park 07749 504298 www.didsburygood neighbours.com Didsbury Village East Residents Association www.dvera.co.uk Didsbury Village Women’s Institute www.didsburyvillagewi. co.uk Manchester Flower Lovers’ Guild First Monday of the month for flower demonstrations. Refreshments at 7.15 for 7.30 start. Visitors welcome £5 St Werburghs Church Hall, Chorlton M21 0TJ Anne 881 6591, collierann@btintnet.com flowersnorthwest.net

Friends of Didsbury Park www.friendsofdidsbury park.co.uk Friends of Fletcher Moss Park Alan Hill 215 0971 awhill@globalnet.co.uk Friends of Marie Louise Gardens www.marielouisegardens. org.uk South Manchester Camera Club www.smcc.org.uk Didsbury Over 50s Group 247 2323 South Manchester U3A Meet on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 2pm, Emmanuel Church. Contact Edna 434 2509 South Manchester Dance School 107 Clyde Road West Didsbury, 445 5308 West Didsbury Bookgroup Meets every four weeks at 7.30pm. Lively mixed group of all ages. Call 445 4483 leaving your name, address & landline West Didsbury Residents Association Pam Siddons 445 5406 www.westdidsbury.org.uk

Arts & Crafts The Classroom on School Lane Learn new a new craft 24 School Lane www.classroomschool lane.com Wendy Levy Art Gallery 17 Warburton Street Didsbury, 446 4880

Music & Entertainment Didsbury Comedy Club 7pm Show 7:45pm Admission £6/£5 Didsbury Cricket Club, Wilmslow Rd, East Didsbury, M20 2ZY Jazz Tuesdays at 8.45pm at the Slug and Lettuce, 651 Wilmslow Rd, Didsbury. creativespaceinfo. blogspot.com Pub Quiz Dog and Partridge Every Monday 9.30 Cash Jackpot 667 Wilmslow Road Tel: 0871 951 1000 Stax of Soul Wednesdays 9.30pm-12 Thursdays DJ Pip Rolfe Weekend warm up till 1am One Lounge Bar 1 Lapwing lane www.oneloungebar.co.uk 448 0101 Therapy at Sanctuary Bar Thursday night DJ 7–midnight every week. 653 Wilmslow Road

I N D E X15 New Family Social UK charity for LGBT adopters, foster carers and their children. Meets every two months in south Manchester. newfamilysocial.co.uk email: nwdevelopment@ newfamilysocial.co.uk

Useful Numbers Didsbury Library 227 3755 Environment on Call 954 9000 Mersey Valley Countryside Warden Service 905 1100 Manchester City Council 234 5000

East Didsbury Councillors Andrew Simcock cllr.a.simcock@ manchester.gov.uk Andrew Taylor cllr.a.taylor@manchester. gov.uk Bridie Adams cllr.b.adams@manchester. gov.uk

Social & Support Groups

West Didsbury Councillors

Didsbury Social Group didsburysocial@live.co.uk www.didsburysocial. jigsy.com

Mark Clayton cllr.m.clayton@ manchester.gov.uk

Social Circle Social and activity group. Walks, meals, weekends away, quiz nights, live music, dancing, theatre, comedy Tel: 0161 434 0098, or 07767 686 177 www. social-circle.co.uk

Carl Ollerhead cllr.c.ollerhead@ manchester.gov.uk David Ellison cllr.d.ellison@manchester. gov.uk


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News Bulletin JP & Brimelow - Property Management Specialists JP & Brimelow has an enviable reputation accross south Manchester. With branches in Chorlton, Didsbury and Withington, the local knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm of the lettings and estate agency teams has helped thousands of tenants and landlords since the business began in 1998. JP & Brimelow has invested in both the latest technology and a high-calibre professional and friendly team, to offer a range of inclusive management packages to suit landlords with just one property or a whole portfolio. JP & Brimelow’s property management services are designed to take the hassle out of owning rental property. The team is available around the clock to handle maintenance emergencies giving you complete peace of mind. Utilising a network of skilled and approved contractors, JP & Brimelow take care of everything from

plumbing, gas works, sewage and drainage services to decorating, glazing and building works.

The Property Management Team at JP & Brimelow

Take the hassle out of owning rental property

Call the Team on: 0161 445 2300

Property Management Team If you’re looking for hassle free property management, JP & Brimelow offers three different levels of service: let only, rent collection and a full management service. Call in to see Hannah Walls, Maintenance Manager at the Didsbury office to talk you through the options. Call the Team on: 0161 445 2300 DIDSBURY LETTINGS 721 Wilmslow Rd Didsbury M20 6WF @jpandbrimelow

LETTINGS: 0161 445 2300 lettings@jpbrimelow.co.uk

Offices also in: Chorlton 0161 882 2244 Withington 0161 434 6169

chorltonlettings@jpbrimelow.co.uk withingtonlettings@jpbrimelow.co.uk

www.jpandbrimelow.co.uk


We’d just like to hammer it home that we do property maintenance. If you have a rental property that needs work, however big or small the job, choose JP & Brimelow Property Management Services.

DIDSBURY SALES 748a Wilmslow Rd Didsbury M20 2DW @jpandbrimelow

SALES: 0161 448 0622 Offices also in: didsbury@jpbrimelow.co.uk Chorlton 0161 882 2233 Withington 0161 445 9700

chorlton@jpbrimelow.co.uk withington@jpbrimelow.co.uk

www.jpandbrimelow.co.uk


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Make yourself a Christmas Peacock

D

anielle Lowy from Rubbish Revamped shows you how to make yourself some cheerful little peacocks from used card and paper. Use them as tree decorations or hang them in a window.

You will need • An A5 sheet of paper, for example junkmail or a magazine sheet

hole in the centre. Glue bird shapes together.

• Card, from a greetings card or food packaging • Scissors • Glue stick • Sticky tape • One of those pesky ribbons attached to clothes • Two googly eyes or tiny buttons • Scissors • Glitter (optional)

1. Make a concertina from the A5 paper with each fold about 1cm deep. Snip off the ends at an angle.

2. Trace two bird shapes onto the wrong side of the card, facing in opposite directions.

3. Cut out the birds and the

4. Feed the concertina paper through the hole. 5. Pull the bottom edges of the wings downwards until they form a semicircle, then glue or tape them together.

6. Now pull the top edges upwards to make a circle and glue or tape together. Make a hole in the top with a hole punch or cocktail stick and thread the ribbon through. Glue googly eyes or tiny buttons on both sides of the head.Decorate with glitter if you like.


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& &

Voted one of the

TOP TEN FISH & CHIP RESTAURANTS in the whole of the UK Use this as a template for your peacocks

Eat in and take out available 812 Wilmslow Rd Didsbury Village

0161 445 4430 @fostersfish

www.fostersfishandchips.com Fancy some more recycled crafting?

Cake Away

Join a Rubbish Revamped workshop or hire them for your own event. And if you’ve got the eco-thrifty-festive bug, you can enjoy a full day of crafting with

A Handmade Festive Extravaganza: Saturday 8th December St Ninian’s Church Hall.

EAT IN in our new seating area

There’ll be a carousel of activities including making unique and thrifty decorations, Christmas wrappings and personalised gifts.

FREE DESSERT SHOT with every Tea or Coffee purchased to eat in

£45 including lunch. Booking essential. Find out more at: www.rubbishrevamped.org.uk Danielle on 07910 270 789

delicious cakes & desserts delivered to your door! cookies•brownies•cheesecake cupcakes•shakes•cakes•desserts

Call us 0161 264 7264 228 Fog Lane • Didsbury • M20 6EL

www.cakeawaymanchester.co.uk


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Didsbury Calendar 2013 The theme of the 2013 Didsbury Calendar is ‘Old Didsbury’ and is on sale throughout Didsbury. All the photographs appearing in the calendar this year have been taken by members of the South Manchester Camera Club and were chosen by a panel of Didsbury residents. Money raised from the sale of the calendar goes towards good causes in Didsbury. Last year proceeds from calendar sales were used to give a donation to Friends of Fletcher Moss Park and Gardens for plants, the Guitar Trail, which is held annually in Fletcher Moss Park and

a donation was also made to the fund to help pay for bunting and flags to decorate the village for the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. The calendar is on sale at:

Didsbury Library Harriet & Dee A lovely Sew-in Christmas Gift! Inmans

years. Some of the local traders in Didsbury sponsor the calendar each year which enables us to donate more money to the community as the costs of producing the calendar are covered. Our thanks go to the traders for their generosity.

Global News Zayn News Gawsworth Stores The Cheese Hamlet The price has remained fixed at £5.00 for the last nine

Christine Hession www.didsburycivicsociety.org.uk

ZAYN NEWS PAPER DELIVERIES Lottery Tickets Traditional Sweets Stamps Bill Payments Mobile Top-ups Stationery/Greeting Cards & Friendly Service!

ury Didsb ar d n e Cal able l i a av ! here

Text your Delivery order to:

0772 554 6702

est. 11 years

Tel : 445 3182 ZAYN NEWS • 711 Wilmslow rD • Didsbury

Christmas Hampers Tel: 0161 434 4781 706 Wilmslow Road • Didsbury • M20 2DW www.cheesehamlet.com


Didsbury Publications

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With Christmas on the THE MIDLAND ROUTE FROM way, there are plenty MANCHESTER, PART 1 £16.00 (Scenes from the past: 16 Part One) of locally produced Central to New Mills via Didsbury, Stockport and Revised and Reprinted. 2009 Edition by E M publications which would Marple Johnson (106pp, colour cover, 100s of b/w photos, soft cover, make lovely gifts. 216x273 mm) DIDSBURY’S HERITAGE 1

(Green Book – 2009) £1.00

Self-guided family walking trail of some of ‘Old’ Didsbury’s historic places of interest compiled by Sue Good and Diana Leitch (16pp, black and white, 17photos, A5 soft cover)

DIDSBURY’S HERITAGE 2

(Cream Book – 2010) £1.00

Self-guided family walking trail of some of ‘New’ Didsbury’s historic places of interest compiled by Sue Good and Diana Leitch

DIDSBURY DINNERS - The Low-Carbon Community Cookbook £6.99 80-page A4 glossy paperback with local recipes and inspiring tips on how to lower your food carbon footprint. (See the recipe on page 25 from the Didsbury Civic Society, reproduced from the book with kind permission of the editor, Amanda Woodvine).

(18pp, b & w, 25 photos, A5 soft cover)

DIDSBURY’S HERITAGE 3 £1.00 A new self-guided walking trail which will cover East Didsbury.

CELEBRATING DIDSBURY Books

(1) & (2) £1.50

Stories and pictures of Didsbury compiled by Pauline Giles and Published by Didsbury Methodist Church (38pp, colour and b & w, 13 photos, A5 soft cover).

WEST DIDSBURY – A Walk on the West Side by Pam Siddons £2.00 Enjoy a walk around West Didsbury and learn some fascinating facts about a truly remarkable area (32pp. colour cover, b & w, spiral bound, 34 photos).

THE SOUP BOOK

£5.00

Produced by Bradley Fold Allotments. A delicious collection of soup recipes.

DIDSBURY CALENDAR 2013 £5.00

This years theme is ‘Old Didsbury’, with photographs coming from members of South Manchester Camera Club. (Please see article opposite for locations where you can purchase a copy). Contact to order books: Christine Hession – telephone: 0161 445 7661 or e-mail: info@didsburyparsonagetrust.org.uk


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Didsbury Events

If you are putting on an event in Didsbury please let me know on christine.hession@btinternet.com or 0161 445 6382. The Community Index reaches 10,000 homes in Didsbury over a two month period. If you want people to attend your event, we need the information by the first two weeks of the month for it to be included in the magazine, so please notify us of events taking place in December by 15th November.

REGULAR EVENTS Saturdays 3rd & 17th Nov, 1st & 15th Dec

Coffee Concert at Emmanuel Church - starts at 11am

Wednesdays

Iyengar Yoga at the Parsonage 12.30 - 1.30pm

Wednesdays

Pilates 10am to 11am at the Parsonage

Wednesdays 14th & 28th Nov

Didsbury Friends Coffee Afternoon Emmanuel Parish Centre starting at 2.00 pm

Thursdays 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th Nov, 6th & 13th Dec

Didsbury Lace Maids Learn the fascinating craft of lacemaking at the Parsonage from 1pm to 3pm. Beginners are very welcome. £2 per session.

Thursdays

Artisan Market in the car park at The Didsbury from 4pm - 9pm

6th Nov

Free First Aid Course at the Parsonage on basic community awareness 10.30am to 12 noon.

10th Nov

11th Nov

DECEMBER 1st Dec

Manchester Beethoven Orchestra will be performing at Christ Church, West Didsbury. Starts at 7.30pm. No admission charge – there will be a collection.

2nd Dec

Didsbury Santa Dash in Fog Lane park at 12 noon. Details from www. redcross.org.uk/santadash Proceeds to Red Cross causes. Adults £10 children under 11 £5 (see article on page 5)

5th Dec

Carols and Lights. The switching on the Christmas lights and the Carol Service will take place outside the Library starting at 7pm. The carols will be led by children from Moor Allerton School this year.

6th Dec

Christmas lights switch on event in West Didsbury

8th Dec

Christmas Event at St James’ Church, Stenner Lane, from 11am to 5pm

8th Dec

Christ Church West Didsbury. Darley Avenue, M20 2ZD. Concert at 7.30 pm – William Byrd Singers

A Victorian Christmas Event with Christmas Food and Crafts will take place at the Parsonage. Running from 10am throughout the day.

9th Dec

Remembrance Service at the War Memorial outside the Library. Starts at 10.30 am. Followed by short morning service at Emmanuel Church.

Kundalini yoga workshop - falling in love wth you Self. 12 noon to 5pm. £25 for the day contact kymanchester@ gmail.com

15th Dec

16th - 25th Nov

The Div/sion of Power. An exhibition at the Parsonage by MMU art students, tutors and established artists using The Parsonage as their inspiration. Open daily.

A Christmas Concert at Christ Church, West Didsbury by the Manchester Chamber Choir. Performance starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 (Concessions £8/Students £5).

15th Dec

22nd Nov

The Greater Manchester Ambulance Service - free Heart Start Course at the Parsonage 7pm -9pm

Vintage Fair at the Parsonage, 10am to 4pm

23rd Dec

Nine Lessons and Carols at St James Church, starting at 6.30pm

24th Nov

Christmas Fair at Parrs Wood Environmental Centre M20 5PG 12-3pm

24th Dec

Christingle Service at 2.30pm and 4pm at Emmanuel Church

24th Nov

Christ Church West Didsbury is holding a Charity Concert by RNCM for Music in Hospitals and Call Plus Cancer Support.

30th Nov

Christmas Tree Lights switch on at Towers, Wilmslow Rd. 4-8pm

NOVEMBER


Didsbury Carols & Lights The Didsbury Village Carols and Lights switch on will be on Wednesday 5th December at 7.00 pm outside the Didsbury Library on Wilmslow Road, this will be our 5th year. Moor Allerton School are the Choir for this year and they will choose one child from the Choir to switch the lights on with Jean Bridson who is very active within Didsbury at the Rural Studies Centre at Parrs Wood and Didsbury charities. Jean is also secretary for the Didsbury Community Association (Didsbury Festival). Once the Carols and Lights have been switched on we will then go into the Emmanuel Church for Mulled Wine and biscuits (all free) Everyone is welcome.

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Funding for the lights in the village this year has been raised by Didsbury Community Association. Karen Bullen, Sylvia Hillier and Jean Bridson and myself work under the umbrella of In Bloom and the Didsbury Civic Society. We would like to say a big thank you to the Didsbury Blues for their donation towards the Lights this year, this was a very welcome & kind donation. We would also like to thank the Didsbury Civic Society, Manchester City Council and Manchester In Bloom for their support. Jayne Crawshaw, Didsbury Community Association.

Didsbury Carols and Lights Wednesday 5th December 2012 7 p.m.

Outside Didsbury Library Please join us to switch on the Christmas tree lights and sing carols with pupils from Moor Allerton School. Afterwards free mulled wine and biscuits available in Emmanuel Church.

Event organised by Didsbury Civic Society and Didsbury in Bloom

All Welcome

The lights switch on in West Didsbury will take place a day later on Thursday 6th December thanks to the West Didsbury Residents Association and the independent businesses in West Didsbury.

Stephen Hargreaves organ

Keith Orrell conductor

Duruߎ Requiem Poulenc Messe en sol majeur FaurŽ Cantique de Jean Racine Messiaen O Sacrum Convivium Saturday 10th November 2012, 7.30 pm Christ Church, Darley Avenue West Didsbury M20 2ZD Tickets £10.00 (£9.00 concessions, £5.00 students) at the door or from choir members www.williambyrdsingers.org.uk


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Home front potato pastry with savoury filling Didsbury Civic Society, www.didsburycivicsociety.org.uk

Potato pastry

Bake

225g/8oz plain flour

In a moderately hot oven (160–180°C/325–350°F/gas mark 3–4) for 20–30 minutes.

60g/2oz fat 110g/4oz mashed potatoes

Method Mix the flour and salt. Cream the fat and the potato. Add the flour and a little water if necessary, to form a rather stiff dough. Press into a pie tin.

Savoury filling Sautéed onion, garlic, and chopped leek 340g/¾lb mixed cooked seasonal vegetables (including cooked dried peas, beans or lentils) 1 tbsp parsley, coarsely chopped Salt, pepper and mustard 140ml/¼ pint white sauce Mix the ingredients together and turn into a pastry lined 7-inch flan or sandwich tin. Cover with pastry.

Serve hot with vegetables or cold with salad. Recipe reproduced from Didsbury Dinners: The Low-Carbon Community Cookbook, with kind permission from the editor Amanda Woodvine.

Didsbury Dinners is

an 80-page A4 glossy paperback packed full of recipes from local residents and groups. Buy your copy for just £6.99 from The Albert Club and Didsbury Civic Society. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go towards promoting local food sustainability.

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© Chava Eichner

½ tsp salt


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November in your Garden “No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds – November!” wrote the poet Thomas Hood in the mid eighteenth century when winters were winters and summers were… probably wet. Actually, there are plenty of flowering shrubs and perennials in November – Camellia, Viburnum tinus and some varieties of Mahonia all start to flower in November as does the cherry, Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’. Schizostylis, Aster and Liriope will probably still be showing on the perennial

scene and colchicum and cyclamen have been at it since September. But there is something about the true autumn leaf fall and inviting bare branches of November that makes us want to fish out our secateurs and get hacking. This is not necessarily a good idea so hold fire for just a minute. Some experts recommend pruning certain plants in November such as Corylus (Hazel), Philadelphus (Mock Orange). There is also advice in some quarters about pruning or renovating deciduous hedges with evergreens being better left until spring. Most agree that tall roses can be pruned now to prevent root rock. However there are also some things that should not be pruned now including anything potentially tender or @ Canstock Photo Inc/Morphart

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The Old Parsonage Stenner Lane, Didsbury Suitable for: • exhibitions • meetings • courses • workshops

Photo © David Leitch

Re-opened in September 2012, after extensive repairs and refurbishment, as a community hub, is now available for lettings. A variety of rooms are available for hire accommodating from 8 to 60 people. Didsbury Parsonage Trust

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The Div/ision of Power Didsbury Parsonage, is once more Support the Parsonage becoming available for public use and the Didsbury Parsonage Trust are keen for the community to enjoy the newly restored building. A key event is the recreation for one week of The Parsonage as an Art Gallery. A distinctive and exciting

exhibition will be presented for one week only, on the evening of Friday 16th November, continuing daily from Saturday 17th until Sunday 25th.

not be forgotten. Over twenty artists have viewed the building over the last months and this is their response to Manchester latest community art space.

This is a Contemporary Art presented in a new and unique way. A challenging way at looking at new art, that will

The opening evening on the 16th, will be accompanied by a performance by the city’s own Kathryn Edwards.

Are you looking for space? Are you part of a community group and struggling to find space for meetings, workshops and events? The Old Parsonage might be just the space for you. After extensive repairs and refurbishment, it is now available for hire. In the pipeline at the moment, there are, amongst

others : guitar classes, creative writing, art classes, zumba, photography, textile art & film-making. For further information contact: Christine Hession by telephone on 0161 445 7661 or by e-mail on info@didsburyparsonagetrust. org.uk

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