Southside 09 nov 17

Page 1

ISSN 2514-0280



❅ ❅

❅ ❅❅ ❅

❅ ❅❅

❅❅ ❅ ❅

❅ ❅

Five ways to stay healthy this winter It may be cold outside, but winter needn't be the unhealthiest time of year for you and your family. Here are five ways to make sure that, even when your body is telling you to hibernate, you can keep healthy and fit, no matter what the weather's like.

Banish winter tiredness Many people feel tired and sluggish during winter. This is due to the lack of sunlight, which disrupts our sleep and waking cycles. Try these tips: • get outdoors in natural daylight as much as possible • get a good night's sleep – go to bed and wake up at the same time every day • destress with exercise or meditation – stress has been shown to make you feel tired

Eat more fruit and veg When it's cold and dark outside, it can be tempting to fill up on unhealthy comfort food. However, it's important to ensure you still have a healthy diet and include five portions of fruit and veg a day. If you find yourself craving a sugary treat, try a juicy clementine or satsuma instead.

Winter vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, swede and turnips can be roasted, mashed or made into soup for a comforting winter meal for the whole family. Explore varieties of fruit and veg that you may not normally eat.

Drink more milk You are more likely to get a cold in winter, so make sure your immune system is in tip-top condition. Milk and dairy products such as cheese, yoghurt and fromage frais are great sources of: • protein • vitamins A and B12 • calcium, which helps keep our bones strong Choose semi-skimmed, 1% or skimmed milk – rather than full-fat – and low-fat plain yoghurts.

Try new activities for the whole family Don't use the cold winter months as an excuse to stay in and lounge around. Instead, get out with the whole family to try out a

new activity –maybe ice skating, or taking a bracing winter walk on the beach or through the park. Regular exercise helps control your weight, boost your immune system, and is a good way to break the tension that can build if the family is constantly cooped up inside the house.

Have a hearty breakfast Winter is the perfect season for porridge. Eating a warm bowlful on a cold morning isn't just a delicious way to start your day, it also helps boost your intake of starchy foods and fibre. These foods give you energy and help you feel fuller for longer, stopping the temptation to snack mid-morning. Oats also contain lots of vital vitamins and minerals. Make your porridge with semi-skimmed, 1% or skimmed milk, or water, and don't add sugar or salt. Add a sliced banana, berries or other fruit for extra flavour and to help you hit your 5 A Day target.

WINNER Elf The Smash Hit Musical Congratulations to John Derbyshire who has won the family ticket to Elf The Smash Hit Musical at the Lowry Theatre. We hope you enjoy the show. Kendall White and Dawn Bowman, two of our Southside readers from Wythenshawe, picked out the winner. Elf The Smash Hit Musical runs from 24 November 2017 to 14 January 2018, you can book tickets to see Elf at:


News, Press Releases, Editorial Editor: Ed Vaughan Editorial Assistant: Ben Haynes

0161 945 6015 E:

Community Photographer Natasha Everson-Williams: Photographs ©Southside by Natasha Everson-Williams

Advertising Sales/Recruitment Advertising Margaret Graham E: General Enquiries Heather Stanley


Southside Publications Ltd

Southside Community Magazine South Court, Sharston Road, Sharston, Manchester M22 4SN Southside Community Magazine is an quarterly magazine published by Trafford Media & Communications Limited. No part of this publication may be reproduced or used in any form without the express permission of the Editor. The publication of advertisements does not imply any endorsements. The publisher cannot be held responsible for breach of copyright from artwork supplied. It is the advertiser’s responsibility to ensure conformity with the Trades Description Act 1975. Business Advertisement Disclosure Act 1977 and the Consumer Credit Act 1974. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is strictly prohibited. Whilst the publisher takes great care to be accurate, no liability will be accepted under any circumstances should any of the content of this publication be incorrect. Articles supplied, if accepted, may be edited and shortened at the Editor’s discretion and may be used on the Southside Community Magazine website and social media feeds. Southside Community Magazine provides the Wythenshawe community (M22 and M23) with news and information about their area. Southside Community Magazine has been audited by DBC Online Partnership; our door-to-door distribution is undertaken by Mailbox Distribution, part of The Leaflet Company, and our own drivers deliver to schools, colleges and businesses in M22, M23 and M90.

Printed copies available £3 per copy, including postage and packaging.


follow us




2018r a e y w a ne ! u o y w e an

What can you do for yourself, to make your life better, happier, healthier, which in turn positively affects those around you?

Wythenshawe is full of opportunities for everyone, no matter what your age or ability, virtually everything is there within the town and waiting for you. So where do you go to change your life? Wythenshawe has many community centres offering all kinds of social activities and clubs. Slimming clubs to give you support with people who have the same goal as you. Craft clubs, churches and community centres are waiting to welcome you to their coffee mornings and activity clubs. The WOW Centre has an abundance of classes and events – and all geared towards welcoming you to what they have to offer. The variety of Wythenshawe sports is amazing, from the award winning Jimmy Egan’s Boxing Club which also offers a training gym, if you are interested in getting fit. Then there is netball, gymnastics, swimming, cycling, running, street dance, football, cricket martial arts, brownies, guides, scouts, you name it, Wythenshawe has it. If you have a disability there are lots of opportunities for you too. Perhaps you would like to join a drama or singing group, there are plenty of these looking for beginners, or perhaps use the many facilities and clubs at Wythenshawe Park including the farm, bee keeping, cycling, running, tennis, childrens’ play area and of course Wythenshawe Hall (when it opens), café and gardens. A great day out. If you are looking to retrain for work, would like a new career or perhaps are fed up of commuting and would like to work locally, there are so many opportunities in Wythenshawe to get a new job. What a start to the New Year. The Airport Academy based at Manchester Airport offers short training courses in customer services where more than 75% of people who complete the course, secure a job either within the airport or elsewhere. UHSM have a range of vacancies you may not even associate with the hospital, from nurses, admin, engineers to support services and apprenticeships. Right on your doorstep. WCHG also has opportunities. The Motiv8 programme can offer you support to get back into work, especially if you are experiencing issues with health, alcohol, drugs, domestic violence, debt, homelessness or other challenges. They also run other programmes to get you into a job you will really enjoy, these include: Wythenshawe Futures, Real Opportunities, internships, trade apprenticeships, employers recruitment services, a tailored service to employers looking to recruit Wythenshawe residents, and work experience for young people, giving them the confidence to get that dream job. With JobCentre Plus opening in the Forum in February, there will be more help and advice about how you can make a better future for yourself and your family, there will also be help with information about Universal Credit and understanding the implications of the latest government roll-out. Look out for the 2018 Jobs Fair at Manchester Airport offering opportunities to work locally. Perhaps you would like to help others? There are numerous organisations crying out for your help at your local community centres and groups, churches, charities, and the hospital. Do you fancy being a volunteer dog walker, or supporting someone at home, fundraising and marketing or organising events, a reading helper, radio support, volunteer driver or helping out at Wythenshawe Park Run or Wythenshawe Games? In Wythenshawe there is something for everyone.

For more information visit the following websites - your one stop shop for information about Wythenshawe

The Southside team would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy 2018. We are here to help you interact with your community, to inform, to involve and to keep you up-to-date on what is happening in your town. And, if you have an event or occasion you’d like to share, tell us and we’ll tell the rest of Wythenshawe – and beyond.


Council Tax: Students must act now to avoid unwelcome charges Students are being encouraged to claim their exemption from council tax. Manchester City Council and its partners are working to raise awareness in students of their need to register with the council if they wish to claim an exemption from paying council tax. Council tax is a local tax on domestic property that is collected by the council.

Magistrates’ court for a Liability Order which is a demand to pay the outstanding balance plus £82 costs. If this demand is also ignored an enforcement agency will be employed to recover the outstanding balance and further costs will be incurred. Students who neglect to claim the exemption from the council promptly will be able to claim their student exemption at a later date but will have to pay any court costs and enforcement charges incurred.

Revenue collected through council tax is vital as it helps to pay for council services. In addition it also contributes to other public services including the police and fire service. Some people, including full-time students can claim an exemption so they do not have to pay council tax. Those eligible for a student exemption from council tax include full time students, postgraduate students, students under 20 and undertaking a qualifying course, foreign language assistants, visiting academics, or a spouse or dependent of a student. Many students mistakenly believe that they do not have to claim an exemption from council tax. But ignoring letters from the council tax service could lead to them having to pay unwelcome charges. The council is obliged to collect council tax unless proof of an exemption is provided to them.

Councillor John Flanagan, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Finance and Human Resources, said: “I’d urge students not to delay in claiming their exemption from council tax, it’s quick, easy and can all be done online.” “We’re pleased to welcome thousands of students to Manchester each year and know there are many exciting distractions in our city but if you ignore letters from the council tax service you may face some unwelcome charges.” Further Information about council tax, including how update your details and claim exemptions, can be found online at:

If a notice to pay council tax is ignored, the council will ask the

Open an MCU Christmas Club Account and be quids in Have you struggled to pay for Christmas this year? Why not open an MCU Christmas Club account now so you won’t be in the same boat next year? The account will operate as follows: Accounts can be opened at any time. Savings must be made on a regular basis, either weekly, fortnightly or monthly. You must save for a least 26 weeks out of 52. Savings cannot be touched until the first week in November – any withdrawals during the year will invalidate the account.

Every member who meets the above criteria will be entered into a prize draw for a Christmas Hamper worth £200! For further information go to or call into our Wythenshawe branch. Email: Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @CUManchester


Food for Thought Delivery – a local success story Starting with a mere ÂŁ300, former private hire driver David McCullough has turned his dream of running his own successful business into a reality. Working on a business plan David and his sister put together, they got in touch with The Enterprise Centre – which aims to encourage small businesses in the town - and arranged a meeting to see if what he wanted to do was achievable and, whether there were any business help and financial opportunities available. David, explained: “I hit upon the idea of delivering takeaway meals to people’s homes and needed some advice on how to market and sell the idea to local people and to fast food restaurants and outlets. “Nathan from The Enterprise Centre looked over the business plan and was able to recommend several courses of action on how I could turn my dream into reality and I’ve not looked back. Having arranged a bank account, I’ve been operating the business for 18 months now, employ three drivers and have a turnover in excess of ÂŁ70,000 and rising. I pay myself a modest weekly wage and every other penny is ploughed back into the business. “We have great website apps on apple and android, a driver’s app for giving work out and tracking orders and my customer base has 3100 registered users and 3500 followers on Facebook, so the future is looking good.â€? For information and advice on how to take your business idea forward, contact Wythenshawe Enterprise Centre on: 0161 946 1056 or visit the website, at:

Wythenshawe Wizards look forward to 2018 indoor cricket Wythenshawe Wizards’ U9/10s cricket squad, have been playing through the summer – every fortnight in rotation - with some success in the Bramhall Indoor Sixes Cricket League. It’s been a great way to maintain skills learned in the summer and to encourage team morale and maintain friendships.



Indoor cricket nets and training for all junior players will begin in January 2018, with the venue yet to be confirmed.


South Manchester Credit Union – bogus lenders warning South Manchester Credit Union – a local loans and savings provider – is warning people of the dangers of rip-off lenders in the run up to Christmas. The festive season sees an increase in expenditure for families, so the organisation wants to make sure this does not lead to a cycle of problem debt. South Manchester Credit Union wants to show people there is an ethical, local alternative that could save borrowers hundreds of pounds – when compared with expensive credit cards, pay day and doorstep lenders. Sheenagh Young, Chief Executive of South Manchester Credit Union, said: “Too many people are turning to pay day lenders, expensive credit cards and doorstep lenders to help get them through each month or when in a financial crisis. “But this can mean they end up in a cycle of problem debt that is not easy to break. We want to help combat this problem, which can become even more of an issue in the lead up to Christmas, as more and more people need extra funds to get through the festive season with parties, present buying and food. “These are all nice things that a lot of people take for granted will happen but for others it can be a struggle, which is when they take drastic measures – like turning to a pay day lender to help. We want to put an end to this and make sure if someone wants to borrow that they will be supported to do it in an affordable way.”

South Manchester Credit Union is easy to join with the benefit of an online, phone, and email service, as well as a central branch. For more information go to:

Joan celebrates 80 years with the Royal Oak The Royal Oak Community Centre recently held an 80th birthday party and the guest of honour was a volunteer from the Centre’s inaugural meeting in 1937. Miss Joan Lawrence, now a sprightly 90 years’ young, was an original member from 1937. To mark the occasion, Joan was presented with a certificate endowing her as Life President of Royal Oak Community Centre,

Miss Joan Lawrence with Eric Smith and Gina Hall.


Eric Smith, said: “Joan is regarded very highly by all members past and present for the hard work and commitment she has shown over the years.”

Get involved in the Wythenshawe Woodland Futures project Staff and volunteers at City of Trees are very excited to be working in Wythenshawe – an area with lots of trees in the form of the woodlands that are a part of every neighbourhood. Indeed, the name Wythenshawe comes from Anglo-Saxon Withigensceaga, meaning a small wood of withy (willow) trees so woodland and trees are an important part of Wythenshawe’s history. The three woodlands at the heart of the Woodland Futures project are Sandilands Wood, The Brundrit and Ash Wood. We would like to provide some TLC to these woods by working with local communities to preserve areas that are vital for the wellbeing of both wildlife and the people living nearby. We also want to make sure that the beautiful trees of Wythenshawe are around for the benefit of future generations.

Would you be interested in joining us? We have a community morning coming up and would love to hear about what you think is important about your local woodland. You can come for a chat or help us to tidy up – hot drinks, tools and gloves all provided and no experience is necessary. Our community mornings is running on: Wednesday 13 December from 10 – 12noon Meet at The Brundrit (corner of Rodger’s Park) Firbank road, M23 2YP Contact Miranda on 0161 872 1660 or or just turn up!


Open doors for your child with Manchester Libraries card at birth Manchester children are being gifted their own library card at birth, to ensure they get the earliest possible head-start in learning. Every child born in Manchester is being gifted a library card and welcome leaflet at their birth registration. The free cards will also be distributed at local SureStart centres from later this year. Babies respond to hearing stories, just as they do to songs, music and rhythm and so early visits to a library could kick start a love of words and speech - which will strongly benefit children when they go to school and onwards into their adult life. The free resources available at libraries for new mums and dads include baby board books with sound and textures, picture books and CDs of stories, rhymes and song – plus regular, free tiny tots and toddler group sessions, with stories and fun activities for children aged under five. For parents, libraries offer a relaxing, welcoming place to bring their child and a free meeting place to socialise with other parents, grandparents and carers. Free Wi-Fi and internet - plus books, e-books, e-magazines, information and events relating to childcare, nutrition and exercise - are all available at Manchester Libraries. Most Manchester libraries offer baby-changing space, while staff are ready to offer a special welcome for grown-ups with a child. Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure, Councillor Luthfur Rahman, said: “We want to make sure that children in Manchester get ahead when it comes to learning, which is why we are gifting all new babies their own library card. “Reading together is great for bonding and building a strong, loving relationship with your child. Children who are read to from an early age do better when they get to school, so enjoying stories with their parents will help to give them a flying start in life. “Children are never too young to benefit from learning at their local library, while for parents, they are the perfect place to get free access to important information - and make new friends.”

Peppa Pig waits to greet children at the end of 1km walk Hundreds of children and families from across Greater Manchester gathered to take part in two special afternoons of fundraising for a local charity. The two Parade in the Park events, which were held in Wythenshawe Park and Parr Fold Park in Walkden, saw children of all ages come together to enjoy a 1km sponsored walk route in aid of St Ann’s Hospice. Fran Wilson, Event Organiser from the hospice, explained: “We were thrilled to see so many people turn out to help us raise money for the local patients we care for. Many of the children who took part in the parades were walking to remember someone special, and it was amazing to see everyone joining together for such a positive reason. “We had a dedicated memory area on each of the walks where those taking part could tie a ribbon with a message to a loved one if they chose to do so, and it was extremely moving to see these all set out on the day.” Participants enjoyed a range of activities, and were visited by a host of children’s characters, with many walkers also choosing to wear fancy dress for the parade. Fran, added: “Though these were primarily walks to remember loved ones, they were also really fun events with lots of laughter and energy. We can’t wait to see how much has been raised so would ask any walkers to send in their sponsorship money as soon as possible so we can find out the grand total.”


All money raised from the two sponsored walks will go to St Ann’s to help them to continue providing care to the thousands of local patients they support.

*For more information on paying in sponsorship or future St Ann’s events, please visit, email or call the team on 0161 498 3631.

Exciting times ahead for prospective sports students at The Cheadle College. The Cheadle College is embarking upon an exciting new level three sports curriculum from September 2018. For those students interested in pursuing a career in sport and football, the College has entered in to a partnership agreement with Manchester City Football Club’s foundation, City in the Community(CITC), to deliver and coach the rising stars of the future. innovative BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport programme. This is a fantastic opportunity for 16-18 year olds within the local area to continue their education after leaving school whilst taking part in an excellent football curriculum. We look forward to welcoming new students to The Cheadle College in the very near future’. For those students interested in pursuing a career in Personal Training and Sports Coaching, students will have the opportunity to be taught by one of the leading experts in this field, Sam Bradbury. Sam has a MSC in Sports Nutrition and combines his teaching role alongside training some of the leading stars of the Boxing and Martial Arts world. Sam has not only worked with Luke Blackledge (super middle weight) Commonwealth Boxing Champion and Hughie Fury; he is also currently working with Jack Flatley British title challenger (Light Middle Weight) and Paul Douglas professional Mixed Martial Arts Fighter. L-R: Dale Wood, MCFC, Ian Harvey, BTEC Sport, Jenny Singleton, College Principal, Lisa McKay, MCFC Education Manager.

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport will not only give students the opportunity to be coached by CITC’s professionals, but also provide a variety of enhanced opportunities including, the chance to take part in a volunteering programme at the Etihad, an overseas tour, and access to guest speakers from the club. Lisa McKay, City in the Community Education Manager said: ‘We are delighted to be partnering with The Cheadle College to offer an

The Principal and CEO of The Cheadle and Marple College Network, Jenny Singleton, said: 'I am delighted that prospective sports students from across Stockport and Greater Manchester will have access to a newly designed outstanding sports provision at the College, where industry professionals actively work alongside our sports stars of the future’. For further information please visit our website or contact The Cheadle College Admissions office on 0161 486 4602.


0161 486 4602 WWW.CMCNET.AC.UK


Real Food bags £4000 from carrier bag charge fund Real Food Wythenshawe‘s Pineapple Co-operative has bagged £4,000 from a Tesco funding scheme. Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its ‘Bags of Help’ funding initiative, which sees grants - raised from the 5p bag levy being awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Millions of shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. And it can now be revealed Wythenshawe’s Community Housing Group’s Real Food Team has been awarded £4,000. The Pineapple Co-operative will work to bring the walled garden in Wythenshawe Park back to its former glory, working alongside local groups and stakeholders. The Project is led by Real Food Wythenshawe, who will support groups and offer advice and resources to help restore the historic walled garden back into food production. Group Chief Executive, Nigel Wilson, said; “This is fantastic news for the Real Food Team, who do such an amazing job in Wythenshawe and beyond.” Lindsey Crompton, Tesco’s Head of Community, said; “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success. The great thing about Bags of Help is that local people are invited to decide how the money will be spent in their community.” Voting ran in stores throughout May and June with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out.

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online.

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded more than £33m across more than 6,300 local projects.

To find out more visit

Tesco customers will get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

If you would like to know more about how to get involved, please contact The Real Food Growing Co-ordinator at

Krankies don't need hankies! Comedy duo back serious message around flu jab They're the ultimate Eighties comeback kids - known by many of a certain age for their 'Fan Dabi Dozi' catchline, cheeky banter and thumbs up poses. And, now, the Krankies are not only back on stage in Manchester for Dick Whittington - but they are the ultimate example of how the 'show must go on' after having their flu vaccinations and urging others in the city and Greater Manchester to take the same precaution in this short message The comedy couple are the latest people to get on board with a dedicated campaign - that includes cabs turned out with flu messages - in a bid to drive more people in Greater Manchester to beat some of the winter blues with a single vaccination.

people with a body mass index (BMI) of over 40 and carers. Specifically, the Greater Manchester flu element of the campaign will focus on two particular audiences – parents of 2-8 year-olds and people in the clinical at risk groups, in addition to those over the age of 65. A nasal flu vaccination is also offered to children free of charge. Parents of toddlers aged 2 or 3 can get them vaccinated at their GP surgery. School children from reception up to year 4 receive their vaccination at school, which parents give their consent for.

' i z o D i b 'Fan Da

The multi-media flu campaign is being supported by all ten Greater Manchester boroughs and the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and is part of a planned approach to keeping people well and helping to take the pressure off the urgent care system ahead of predictions about this year’s virus strain and effects.

In total there are one million free flu vaccinations available to people most at risk of flu this year across Manchester and the Greater Manchester region.


These people in the ‘at risk’ groups – people aged over 65, people with long-term health conditions like asthma and diabetes, pregnant women,

Lord Peter Smith, Chair of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and Portfolio Lead for Health and Social Care at Greater Manchester Combined Authority, said: “Flu season typically starts now, which is why we want to raise awareness now of how people can get a simple flu vaccination through GP surgeries, pharmacies and through schools. “Last year only just over half of people eligible for a free jab took it up. These are figures we have to change because flu is an extremely serious condition – and in some cases people can die, or be hospitalised with it.”

Free tickets to Manchester Town Hall open day up for grabs A special Manchester Town Hall Open Day - giving people a last chance to explore the iconic building before its temporary closure - has been announced for Sunday 14 January 2018. too. The day will end with Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor Eddy Newman formally handing the building over to the care of the project team. Attendance is free but will be on a ticketed basis to manage numbers and help visitors have the best experience. Visit to book. Councillor Bernard Priest, Deputy leader of Manchester City Council, said: “The Town Hall is a symbol of Mancunian pride and one of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in the land. “We’ve had phenomenal interest in tours of the building and this open day, offering a last chance for quite a while to experience its heritage, promises to be a memorable occasion. I’d encourage anyone who is interested to snap up a free ticket as soon as possible.

From Monday 15 January the building will close to the public to enable the Our Town Hall project to safeguard, repair and partially restore the building, which while structurally sound is more than 140 years old and seriously showing its age with many elements reaching the end of their natural lifespans, to take place.

“When the Town Hall re-opens were are determined to ensure it is more of a visitor destination and that its civic treasures, items which help tell the story of Manchester, are more accessible. This open day should give a flavour of that approach.”

But before then Manchester people and visitors are being invited to book a free place on the open day which will include the opportunity to explore the Town Hall’s magnificent state rooms including the famous Great Hall and Bees mosaic. Experts will be on hand to answer questions about its history and there will be a few surprises in store

Work to the building will also include improvements to neighbouring Albert Square to enhance its role as a popular events space. The project will also ensure that the Town Hall meets modern access and safety standards and is more energy efficient when it re-opens in 2024.



Apprentice Office Administrator Chevron Technical Services is currently recruiting for an Apprentice Office Administrator/Receptionist to ensure the smooth running of reception and assist with facilities to ensure the building is maintained. As part of the apprenticeship scheme you will gain knowledge in all areas of the business and receive on the job training with ongoing support.

Responsibilities ●

● ● ● ● ●

Meet and greet visitors to the office in a prompt, warm, welcoming and professional manner directing them to the correct person or department also providing refreshments for meetings as appropriate Answer all incoming calls in a timely professional manner, directing calls as necessary and/or taking messages and directing as necessary Maintain upkeep of meeting rooms and reception area ensuring always kept clean and tidy Dealing with incoming and outgoing post and deliveries Handling meeting room booking requests Signing visitors in / out effectively Answering enquiries in person, by phone and email Arrange travel, car rentals and accommodation for staff within the organisation, and coordinate arrangements with the relevant staff members

● ●

Issue and record Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for new and existing staff along with any temporary requirements for visitors Ordering stationery and maintaining filing systems General administrative duties and assisting in other departments at busy times as and when required

Person Specification ● ● ●

● ●

Excellent IT skills Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal A professional and friendly attitude, and a customer focused personality Proactive, confident, self-starter Effective interpersonal skills, adaptable to all levels of the organisation Ability to work independently and use own initiative

To apply for this position please send your up to date CV to or please contact Nick/Siobhan on 0161 945 6999. Closing date for applications is 31st January 2018. The listing may be closed as soon as sufficient applicants have been received.


WBBA Spooky times, great costumes and fun galore at the brilliant Halloween Special at Wythenshawe Black Belt Academy with Sensei Eddie Bates.

REMEMBRANCE Northenden residents and community groups, Mike Kane MP, Councillors Mary Monaghan and Chris Webb, The Royal British Legion, GMP and Manchester Fire attended the Cenotaph ceremony on Remembrance Sunday.

PLATFORM Southside Photographer Natasha Everson-Williams with Steve Kay (Assistant to Mike Kane), John McHugh (MAG Property), Mike Kane MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East and Caitlin Callaghan (MAG Property).

FUN DAY Junior Miss Cheshire Abbie Potter leads the way at the charity leg wax to raise money for The Children’s Variety Charity.


EGAN'S FIGHT NIGHT Jimmy Egan’s Boxing Academy first show of the season saw the boxers and coaches’ winning mentality of hard work, strength, skill, endurance and power deliver fantastic results for the club.

Amazon Mike Kane MP visits Amazon.

Northenden Boat Race Presentation Northenden Boat Race Presentation evening on Friday 6 October amount raised upto this date £3324.50 for The Christie Charity.


Go Goodwins Manchester Storm score Tesco sponsorship Tesco stores in Baguley and Altrincham have sponsored Go Goodwins Manchester Storm Ice Hockey club for the 2017/18 EIHL season. Kieran Jones, Community Manager at Tesco Baguley Extra, said: “It is great to be able to show our support for Manchester Storm. They’re a local club who have had a great start to the season, we can’t wait to see what the upcoming matches hold.” Charlene Lysaght, Community Manager at Tesco Altrincham Extra, continued: “Hopefully this year they can reach the playoffs again and bring home some silverware. “We’re dedicated to supporting local charities and organisations. We wish the team the best of luck for the rest of the season.” Ryan Finnerty, Head Coach of Manchester Storm, said: “We are incredibly grateful for Tesco Baguley and Altrincham’s support of the team this season. It was great to have the store colleagues down at the ice and to be able to thank them in person. We’re hoping this season we’ll be able to make it into the playoffs and hopefully bring home some silverware.” Tickets are available on the Manchester Storm website and from the box office at the ice rink. You can also follow Manchester Storm on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with the latest club information and team news.

Seasonal fire safety tips from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Prevent a Fire Starting in your Home

Safety Tips Before going to Bed

• A smoke alarm is the single most important piece of safety equipment in any home - make sure you have a working smoke alarm and test it regularly

• Interior doors should always be closed when going to bed as they can dramatically reduce the spread of fire

• Never smoke in a chair if you think you may doze off, never smoke in bed.

• Switch off and unplug all electrical appliances except those that are meant to stay on, like a fridge

• Don't smoke if you have taken prescription drugs or have been drinking alcohol

• Rake out open fires and put a fire guard in place

• Do not leave a lit cigarette, pipe or candle unattended • Use deep ashtrays so that cigarettes can not roll out, and don't throw hot ash into a waste paper basket • Keep matches and lighters well out of the reach of children • Sit at least three feet away from heaters

• Make sure the cooker and heaters are turned off

• Empty ashtrays, making sure the contents are cold • Ensure you have access to a phone • Always turn underblankets off when you get into bed and never use an electric blanket and hot water bottle together • Have your electric blankets checked by an expert at least every three years

• Never put a heater near clothes or furnishings • Don't overload electrical sockets • Never leave a room where a candle is burning. Only use them in a suitable container, away from flammable surfaces and curtains and make sure they are completely extinguished when you put them out.


For more information on fire safety: _safety/winter_safety/

We are currently recruiting for individuals, at our Care Home in Gatley who are compassionate, aspirational, respectful and engaged and want to make a real difference. Do you share these values? If so, we would like to hear from you. Borough Care are a high quality care service situated in Stockport. We are a leading not for profit provider of residential care and are seeking to recruit new people who have the right values and behaviours to work in our homes. Working for Borough Care The duties are varied and no two days will be the same. Our residents are individuals and they all deserve to be treated as such. However, as a general guide, duties may include some support with personal care needs, as well as help to take part in a wide range of special interests and activities that support their health and wellbeing. We are currently recruiting for the following roles: Care Assistants Night Care Assistants ● Senior Care Assistants ● Senior Night Care Assistants ● Housekeeper ● Housekeeper Team Leader ● Casual/bank carers to provide individual person centred support for our residents and encourage them to achieve their potential and retain their individuality. We also recruiting volunteers so if you have time to spare we would like to hear from you and welcome your application. ● ●

MONDAY Newall Green Baptist Church, Tuffley Road, Newall Green, Manchester, M23 2SW 5pm and 7pm Ring Fran: 07734 760714 TUESDAYS Northenden, Wythenshawe Cricket club, Longley Lane M22 4JF 9.30am and 7pm *new 5pm session being added 9th January* Ring Jennie: 07802 217333 Wythenshawe Community Church, (Next to Conservative Club), Crossacres Road, Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, M22 5DR 7:00pm Ring Jodie: 07545 567840 WEDNESDAYS Wythenshawe Community Church, (Next to Conservative Club), Crossacres Road, Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, M22 5DR 9.15am, 11.15am 5pm and 7pm Ring Jodie: 07545 567840

THURSDAYS St Michael's Parish Community Hall, Orton Road,Northern Moor, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M23 0PX 5pm and 7pm Ring Alyson: 07855 477532 Thursdays 5pm & 7pm Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre, Portway, Woodhouse Park, M22 1QW Ring Sandra: 07717 444086 FRIDAYS St Michael's Parish Community Hall, Orton Road, Northern Moor, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M23 0PX 9.30am Ring: Alyson 07855 477532 SATURDAY Bideford Community Centre, 1 Bideford Drive (Bideford Estate), Manchester, Greater Manchester, M23 0QH 8am and 10am Ring Fran: 07734 760714

Benefits of working for Borough Care ● Excellent Learning and Development opportunities. ● Comprehensive Induction. ● 28 days holiday. ● Great work life balance – part times roles on offer. ● Ongoing support and training for various NVQ’s. ● Workplace pension. ● A day off for your birthday! ● Long service awards. ● Competitive rate of pay. ● Retirement gifts. ● Employee Assistance Programme ● Health Care Plan. We are also holding a number of recruitment open days in 2017 so you can see what it is like to work for Borough Care. For further information please visit our careers website at or telephone recruitment on 0161 475 0149.

The Printworks is a buzzing, entertainment complex located in the heart of Manchester. The City centre hotspot is alive with activity seven days a week be it with early morning gym classes or late night get toŐĞƚŚĞƌ͛ Ɛ ǁŝƚŚ ĨƌŝĞŶĚƐ͘ <ŶŽǁŶ ĂƐ ďĞŝŶŐ ŽŶĞ ŽĨ DĂŶĐŚĞƐƚĞƌ͛Ɛ most iconic venues, that has a rich history as a publishing house, The Printworks now houses a state-ofthe-art IMAX cinema, fully equipped gym complete with a 20m swimming pool and sixteen bars and restaurants.

The Printworks include eateries and bars to tickle your taste buds from every corner of the World. Go East to try wagamama or Wasabi Sushi or stick with the classics like family ĨĂǀŽƵƌŝƚĞ &ƌĂŶŬŝĞ ĂŶĚ ĞŶŶLJ͛Ɛ Žƌ ,ĂƌĚ Rock Cafe. The scheme also has late night spots like Walkabout and new Ibizan beach lounge, Lazy Lizard and Irish sports ďĂƌ͕ K͛EĞŝůůƐ͘ dŚĞ WƌŝŶƚǁŽƌŬƐ ŝƐ ůŽŽŬͲ ing forward to welcoming two new leisure sites Escape Rooms and Crazy golf. Make The Printworks your one-stop shop for entertainment in Manchester!


Simply Cycling - Wythenshawe Park Have fun, make friends, get fit! A local charity is putting out an urgent appeal for volunteers to support staff in its shops across Greater Manchester. Come and join us at our friendly all ability cycling sessions in a social environment. Everyone is welcome! There’s no need to book – just turn up and we’ll find a suitable cycle to meet your needs – and only £2 for up to two hours (except Saturdays). Based at Wythenshawe Park Athletics Track on Wythenshawe Road Tuesdays:

9.30 – 3.00 pm

Wednesdays: 9.30 – 12 noon Fridays:

9.30 – 3.00 pm


1.00 – 3.00 pm

*subject to change in school holidays, see home page

Thursday 14 December: Santa Ride 10.30am – 2.30pm. Ride out for lunch and back. Booking required. Thursday 21 December: Christmas Party, The Cringlewood, Yew Tree Lane, Northern Moor. £5 per ticket. Friday 22 December LAST CHANCE TO CYCLE IN 2017: Wythenshawe Park

One Advice Group donates 25 computers to Tree of Life Local business the One Advice Group recently donated 25 computers to Wythenshawe-based charity the Tree of Life. This will be a real boost to the Tree of Life’s popular Job Club. Last year, nearly 2,900 people used the Tree of Life’s Job Club services. The Job Club aims to help people of all ages become more computer literate, improve their CVs, search for jobs and generally get work ready. Based in Sale, the One Advice Group includes Harrington Brooks, one of the UK’s leading debt solution providers. Harrington Brooks helps move towards a place of sustainable financial wellbeing by getting in control of their unsecured debts. By doing this, they can take charge of their spending and get a positive financial outcome. Recently, the One Advice Group upgraded all its computer systems, as

it’s now looking to recruit more than 65 extra colleagues. This meant they needed to upgrade to newer machines that would be able to deal with the extra workload. The new roles are largely contact centre jobs ranging from management and team leaders to advisors and the One Advice Group is keen to ensure they attract the right people. The One Advice Group has been working with the Tree of Life since 2014. Over that time, people from the One Advice Group have donated in excess of £1,000 of food to the Tree of Life to help support vulnerable families in Wythenshawe.

WRUFC wins top accolade Wythenshawe Rugby Union Football Club has recently won ‘Club of the Year; at the Manchester Sports Awards despite having only been in existence for two years. John Hibbert, said: “We are absolutely over the moon with the award and we intend to take this community club as far as we can. “Myself and fellow player Denisas Popkova have started the ball rolling regarding getting a free to use outdoor gym to try and encourage the whole community to get fitter and stronger. “We’ve also met with Wythenshawe Councillor Sarah judge, who backs us 100% and has given amazing advice already on fund raising, and is even putting in touch with Luthfer Rahman who is in charge of all the parks in Manchester to help us move forward with the idea – we’re really excited about all of this.


Local MP joins pupils at Benchill Primary School to unveil wood sculpture of its new school mascot The beginning of October saw a large wooden ant arrive at Benchill Primary School. Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East was on hand to unveil the ant, alongside competition winner Winston Tshuma to his fellow year six pupils. Residential construction specialists, Gustav Bonnier challenged pupils at Benchill Primary School to put their imaginations into top gear and create story and a mascot that would represent the school for years to come. The winner, year six pupil Winston Tshuma, was selected by the team at Gustav Bonnier. Winston aged 10 came up with The Benchill Ant. His inspiration came from how hard-working ants are and what they can achieve, in particular when they work as a team. Winston believes pupils at Benchill Primary should strive to be like the ant, work hard, be resilient and work together as a team. Tony Lanzbergin, Director of Gustav Bonnier and local estate agents Bergins, commissioned award-winning Cheshire based chainsaw sculptor, Andy Burgess to create the Benchill Ant from wood to sit within the school grounds. Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East said: “The sculpture looks fantastic in the grounds of the school and I hope Winston is really proud that the Benchill Ant will be there for years to come. It represents his inspirational story and I hope it will encourage his fellow pupils now and into the future to work hard as a team.”

©Southside Abigail Holt, Deputy Head, Winston Tshuma winner of the competition, Andy Burgess, Chainsaw Sculptor, The Benchill School Ant, Headmistress, Helen Eken, Deputy Head Fran Davies, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, Mike Kane and Tony Lanzbergin, Director of Gustav Bonnier.

Tony Lanzbergin, said: “Winston’s take on the work ethic of ants was great, as it encourages children to work hard. They may be small but don’t underestimate them. Same with our local children. We were delighted to commission Andy Burgess to recreate Winston’s idea.”

Rack House Primary School shares best practice alongside Prime Minister Theresa May in The Parliamentary Review Rack House Primary School appears alongside Prime Minister Theresa May in the 2016/17 Parliamentary Review. Established by Former Minister The Rt Hon David Curry in 2010, The Parliamentary Review’s September release is now a key fixture in the political calendar. Northern Moor–based Rack House Primary School features alongside the Prime Minister and a small number of outstanding schools in a document that looks back on the year in schools and Westminster. The main aim of the Review is to showcase best practice as a learning tool to the public and private sector.

The PM’s former cabinet colleague, Sir Eric Pickles, who was recently appointed Chairman of the Review, said ‘it has never been more important for government to hear the views of business and the public sector in a constructive forum. It is also a vital time to share best practice and progress.’ The Parliamentary Review’s Director Daniel Yossman concurred, saying ‘Rack House Primary School and other hardworking organisations from across the country have come together to make this year’s Review possible. Sharing knowledge and insight with both peers and government is essential work and I am delighted that this year’s Review will reach every corner of the British economy.

Across all policy areas, The Parliamentary Review is sent to over half a million leading policymakers. The articles in the Review act as both a blueprint for success and a template for reform.

It’s always a real joy to hear from policymakers who tell me that something they have read in the Review has had an effect on their thinking.

The Prime Minister commented that ‘this year’s Parliamentary Review follows a significant year in British politics’ and this is reflected in the articles from leading journalists and bestpractice representatives alike.

It is my belief that innovation is contagious, if only it is given the platform to spread. It is the Review’s purpose to provide this platform and I am confident we are fulfilling it.’


i n t i r g at Saint Paul’s w e v i t a e r C

A group of Year 10 students from Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, recently entered the Young Writers creative writing competition, part of the Manchester Literature Festival and the Read Manchester project and were lauded for their efforts. The Year 10s visited the Central Library in Manchester and their stories which they performed to a large audience were received fantastically. The students performed for twelve minutes (one minute each) about what it is like to be a young person growing up in Manchester. There were four other schools involved from the Manchester area in a showcase of creative writing based on life in Manchester. The work from this day is going to be compiled into a national anthology and we are hoping that several of the stories from Saint Paul’s will be included. The judges will be selecting using a range of criteria including imagination, perception, expression and creative use of language. Mr David Oakley, English Teacher at Saint Paul’s, said: “The students were absolutely fantastic. They performed with a passion and humour well beyond their years, which was mentioned to them by members of the audience. I am extremely proud of the way they represented themselves, the school and the community.” “Our students are very passionate about their creative writing and we hope that this competition will encourage them to further develop their writing skills,” explained Ms Andrea King, English Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “Writing short stories is a great skill which will help develop literacy skills and allows students the opportunity to express themselves.”

“Taking part in competitions such as this is important for our students to develop their interest in, and love of, English,” explained Head Teacher, Mr Alex Hren. “We are very proud of what they have achieved - we have unleashed some very vivid imaginations!”

MEA hosts national Education Britain Summit The excitement at MEA was palpable in October when it hosted its first-ever national conference in the brand new Durie Building – The Education Britain Summit 2017. Not only was this a great coup for Wythenshawe and Manchester but it was a brilliant opportunity to celebrate the opening of MEA’s new, world-class educational campus, and in particular, its amazing new Theatre in The Durie Building. The summit was organised by The Education Foundation in partnership with MEA and colleagues from Greater Manchester Combined Authority. Representatives from the world of education, politics, employers and policymakers came together to celebrate all that is good about Education Britain, to share what works and be ambitious about the future. VIP guests included the Shadow Secretary of State for Education – Angela Rayner MP, Andy Burnham – Mayor of Greater Manchester, Drew Povey, Head of Harrop Fold School in Salford and star of #EducatingGreaterManchester, Lord O’Neill of Gatley – Former Chairman of Goldman Sachs & Commercial Secretary to the Treasury and Member of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership. MEA Principal, James Eldon, was also an introductory speaker at the conference discussing the theme of ‘Leadership in Complex Times’. Mr Eldon, said: “It was a truly wonderful and momentous day for MEA and all its guests. The feedback received was overwhelmingly positive, not only about the Summit itself, but also about our wonderful Academy and its students.” New MEA Head/Deputy Boys/Girls performed official duties on the day and were given the chance to mingle with the guests. Head Boy, Mohammad Kak, even met one of Manchester’s other Head Boys – Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester.


Andy Burnham - Mayor of Greater Manchester with Mohammad Kak, Head Boy.

A whole new ball game Legendary former Manchester United FC defender Denis Irwin was recently in Wythenshawe to officially open Manchester Health Academy’s new all-weather pitch. The new floodlit playing surface, which can be used all-year-round, compliments the school’s other football facilities. These include two full-size grass pitches; two 7v7 pitches; one 9v9 pitch and a small-sided AGP. The Academy worked in partnership with the Manchester FA to secure a £386,583 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation. Kevin Green, Principal of the Academy, said: “I wish to thank Denis Irwin for coming along and making this event so memorable for our students and the pupils who joined us from our Partnership Primary Schools. “This brilliant new facility will make a huge impact on grassroots sports locally, providing a top quality venue for more than a thousand local sports players each week.” A partner school of Manchester United Foundation, the Academy has a strong tradition of sports education. Currently, six of its students are signed to professional clubs’ academies, including Everton FC; Burnley FC; Oldham FC and Sheffield Wednesday FC. A Manchester United Foundation officer is based permanently in the Academy and will deliver a range of curriculum and community-focused sports activities from the new pitch. These include girls’ development, leadership courses and Street Reds evening football sessions, which aim to give young people opportunities within the game. Manchester United Foundation also rewards students who have been nominated by their teachers for good progress with free match tickets. More broadly, the charity works alongside the Academy’s lead sponsor, the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, to promote healthy lifestyles at the school. During the visit today Denis Irwin watched students playing on the pitch before taking part in a Q&A session and officially unveiling the new facility. The former defender, who won 20 major honours during his 12-year stay with United, said: “Unveiling this new pitch was a pleasure for me, especially seeing so many youngsters out enjoying their football. It’s a wonderful facility and will no doubt become a magnet for people to visit and enjoy playing sport at. “Having spent 12 great years with United, I am really pleased to see them involved so much at the school. Manchester United Foundation is doing great work to provide opportunities for students here, as

well as out in the community. Facilities like this are vital to help them reach people. It’s not necessarily about turning pro, it’s about making sure people stay fit and healthy, make new friends and start out on the right path in life. “Funding for this pitch has come from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which means money from the top of the game is being shared with the grassroots. Congratulations to everyone who made this possible. Enjoy the new pitch!” Manchester Health Academy worked alongside the Manchester FA and the Football Foundation to compile a five-year Football Development Plan, which is a vision of how sport will be played on site with an emphasis on increasing participation. The project will not only benefit the Academy’s 600 pupils, but will also have a number of other users. Partner organisations Wythenshawe Amateurs FC, Wythenshawe Town FC and South Manchester Girls League will all use the new 3G AGP to deliver training and fixtures, alongside local community clubs including: Altrincham Hale FC; Alderley FC; Brooklands Dragons FC and Timperley Villa FC. The number of teams using the site is expected to rise from 32 to 92. There is currently a lack of pitches in the area that are of a similar standard, so demand is high. Of the 60 new teams expected to be using the facility, it is predicted that 29 will be female sides. The school hopes to become a hub for women and girls’ football, as improving local female football participation is a key objective. A boost of 175% in female football participation across all ages is expected at the site as a result. Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, said: “This is a fantastic new facility, and I am honoured to have been asked to help unveil it. It is evident that the all-weather pitch will be hugely beneficial to the school’s pupils and the local community, offering a way to get active and have fun. It was also great to have Denis Irwin here, helping to inspire the students. “Thanks to funding from the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England, the Football Foundation is working to create state-of-the-art facilities for grassroots sport up and down the country. “I’d like to congratulate the school for securing this funding and support, resulting in an all-weather pitch that is going to improve the health and wellbeing of its many students.”

Wythenshawe Forum Make it a healthy, happy 2018

2018 Fitness Class Timetable now available at: £4 per session Save money - book 2 or more classes per week taking out a membership WILL be BETTER value for money. Booking Information Classes can be booked online at Or at reception: Wythenshawe Forum, Forum Square, Wythenshawe M22 5RX 0161 935 4020






Gas Emergency

0800 111 999

Electrical Emergency

0800 111 999

Water Emergency

0845 746 2200


0161 234 5004

British Transport Police

0800 405040


0800 555 111

Police – Non Emergency


Mike Kane MP Clinic 0161 499 7900 National Debt Line 0808 808 4000 RSPCA Cruelty Line 0300 1234 999 Manchester City Council 0161 234 5000 National Probation Service 0161 436 1919 Victim Support and Witness Service 0845 456 8800 Wythenshawe Community Housing Group 0800 633 5500 (free from a landline) 0300 111 0000 (local rate from a mobile)

Ads GENERAL MAGGIE’S PRETTY LITTLE THINGS Crossacres Emporium, 1 Peel Hall Road. Selling craft supplies and handmade gifts.

Come along and join us for Foodie Friday PLATFORM brings together a variety of pop up food stalls from specially picked traders and is in place to eat, drink and socialise from 12pm - 2pm. Lunch with a difference. Alongside the fantastic food offering, Platform will also be showcasing local talent and entertainment to get your weekend off to a flying start! The event will showcase global trends and cuisines from countries that Manchester Airport flies to, alongside the best of the Manchester Community.

Christmas Special 15 December 2017 26 January 2018 Chinese New Year Special 16 February 2018 30 March 2018 @acmplatform

Craft workshops on Tuesdays and Thursdays 11am-1pm. Card making, decoupage, paper cutting and crochet to name just a few!! Contact Maggie for further details on 07921 570553

£949 Affordable marketing and copywriting for small to medium businesses WEBSITE CONTENT BLOGS BROCHURES EMAILS NEWSLETTERS ADVERTS Ideas to help you promote your business! For a FREE Consultation Call 07791 891 435









Young Minds

POLICE DROP IN The Police are holding a regular drop in surgery, the last Wednesday of the month, in Subway, Palatine Road, Northenden. Starting on Wednesday 29 November between 6pm and 8pm. They hope to hold this on a more regular basis. All welcome.


Party for 60 guests Private Suite with own bar DJ Buffet Additional guests can be added Call for availability: 0161 927 7272 Events Team, Cresta Court Hotel, Altrincham, WA14 4DP Quote: Southside


Delivered quarterly to 32,000 homes, business and schools in M22, M23 and M90 To advertise call 0161 945 6015 or email:


Capture that special moment Everlasting memories, portraits, weddings, special days, family events and cherished moments. Your local professional photographer To avoid disappointment, always use a professional photographer Telephone. 0161 946 3554 Mobile. 07730 026844

In Our Community

WOODHOUSE PARK LIFESTYLE CENTRE JUNIOR YOUTH CLUB Mondays 6.30-8.30pm Children in Years 6, 7 and 8 – term time only SENIOR YOUTH CLUB


Wednesday & Fridays 6.30-9.00pm

Real Food Wythenshawe has several opportunities to help Wythenshawe become greener, prettier and full of veg! Would you like to join us?

For more info call 0161 436 0565 or email:

WYTHENSHAWE ‘EDIBLE INTERCHANGE’ – MEET AT THE TRAVEL SHOP IN THE FORUM Help look after the edible beds at the new Wythenshawe Bus and Tram Interchange. Tuesday 1.30pm Contact Kay – 07580 869747 WYTHENSHAWE PARK – MEET AT THE COMMUNITY FARM Are you interested in helping with growing fruit and veg for the park, or would you like to learn some key growing skills? Wednesday 1pm – 4pm Contact Kay – 07580 869747 GEODOME – THE MANCHESTER COLLEGE, BROWNLEY ROAD Are you interested in helping care for our Tilapia fish, growing and harvesting vegetables? We would welcome your help volunteering. Tuesday 10am – 1pm Contact Rachel – 07580 869754 UNIT-E FOOD DISTRIBUTION HUB, THE CIVIC CENTRE We are looking for people to help at the Unit-E Food distribution hub, the food storage warehouse for Wythenshawe Foodbank. We need help to take food deliveries, sort and date food; if you can help please contact Emma or Pam for more information. Monday 10am – 12 noon Contact Emma – 07858 498549 Contact Pam – 07580 869765 If you would like to donate food please contact Emma or Pam. If you would like to make a cash donation to Wythenshawe Food Bank – text AGVN29 to 70070 (this is a ‘Just Giving’ text account). For more information about our project please visit our website our Facebook page Real Food Wythenshawe or Twitter @realfoodteam.

Young People in Years 9, 10 and 11

TOTS OF FUN Wednesday 9.30-11.30 am (£1 per child) From birth to 4 years

LIFTED Lifted is a support group for Parent Carers who have a Child/Adult with learning difficulties, based in Alpha House, Rowlandsway, Wythenshawe, M225RG. (Opposite KFC in the building with Treadstone Law) Contact number is 0161 4980312 or find us on Facebook - Lifted. We offer 1-1 appointments with form filling, information around the SEND Local Offer and social events including craft club, drop ins, lunches and guest speakers.

DISABILITY YOUTH CLUB Young People 11-21 years with a variety of disabilities



Community lunch every Tuesday at Northenden Social Club 12.30 – 2pm

DANCE There is a variety of dancing activites at The Lifestyle Centre from Zumba, bellydancing, sequence dancing and wheelchair dancing to dancing classes for 50+ have a look on their website www.woodhouseparklifestyle ARTS AND CRAFTS

INCLUSIVE FAMILY ACTIVITY SESSIONS Wythenshawe Forum Sundays 1.00pm MCR GAMES FOOTBALL Newall Green High School Tuesday 4.00pm SIMPLY CIRCUITS CLASS Wythenshawe Forum Wednesday 1.00pm MULTI-SPORTS Norbrook Youth Centre Thursday 7.00pm GYM PROJECT

Tuesday 6.30-9.30pm

The Lifestyle centre runs a variety of sporting activities from football, netball to fitness classes, yoga and martial arts – have a look on their website www.woodhouseparklifestyle


Community lunch every Thursday at The Firbank Pub, Baguley 12.30 – 2pm. Contact Marie Greenhalgh on 0161 946 3558 or email: for further details.

Wythenshawe Forum Saturday 5.00pm For any of the above events please contact Natalie Taylor 07599 496840 WYTHENSHAWE PARK GREAT RUN LOCAL Wythenshawe Park Sunday 9.00am Please contact Chris Toyne 07718 394821

BAGULEY TENANTS AND RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION Hall Lane Resource Centre, 157 Hall Lane, Wythenshawe M23 1WD For help and information, all residents welcome The first Wednesday of every month commencing 5 July, 7pm

Arts & crafts, ESOL and lifelong learning classes open to all. www.woodhouseparklifestyle

BROWNIES & GUIDES ST MICHAEL’S LAWTON MOOR Brownies: Friday 6.30-8.00pm (term time only) ST MARTIN'S, BAGULEY Rainbows: Tuesday 5.30-6.30pm Brownies: Tuesday 6.15-7.30pm Guides: Tuesday 7.30- 9.00pm

SELF HELP - WYTHENSHAWE ANXIETY GROUP This drop-in group offers a sympathetic and non-judgemental space where you can meet others who also struggle with anxiety. Our groups care about your experiences and really understand. They offer help information and a place for people to share ideas. There is no need to self-refer or book, simply drop-in to a group on the day. However, if you would like someone to greet you upon arrival at the venue, you can give us a call or send us an email and we’ll make sure someone is available to meet you. Wythenshawe Forum Library, Civic Centre


Saturdays 10am - 12 noon 18+ Free T: 0161 226 3871

Rainbows: Tuesday 5.00-6.00pm (term time only)

Brownies: Tuesday 6.00-7.30pm (term time only)



This courses is for people experiencing issues with managing anger and frustration who would like to develop healthy coping strategies to manage symptoms and promote ongoing wellbeing. You will be guided through various tools and techniques to help improve day-to-day management of the symptoms of anger and frustration, including: relaxation techniques, challenging negative thoughts and assertive communication.


Wythenshawe Fire Station, Brownley Road

For details of all beavers, cubs, scouts and explorers meetings at 409 William Temple Scouts please visit their website:

Weekly 18+ Free T: 0161 226 3871

Guides: Tuesday 6.30-8.00pm (term time only)


OUT& ABOUT Fancy a day out with the kids – have a look at some of these...

WHAT’S ON UNTIL 29 JANUARY 2018 STRAWBERRY STUDIOS ‘I AM IN LOVE’ – WATERLOO ROAD, STOCKPORT Exploring Stawberry’s rich heritage and commemorating 50 years since the studio first opened. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm – Admission Free. 24 NOVEMBER 2017 – 7 JANUARY 2018 ELF THE MUSICAL – THE LOWRY SALFORD QUAYS Following a smash hit, sell out run in the West End, Elf the Musical spends Christmas 2017 at The Lowry. 4 DECEMBER 2017 – 23 DECEMBER 2017 CHRISTMAS SNOW GARDEN IN MERSEYWAY STOCKPORT A white Christmas is guaranteed with extra surprises in store at Magical Snow Garden open from 11am-4pm Monday to Saturday and upto 3pm on Sunday – late night opening until 7pm on Thursdays. Play in the snow, write letters to Santa and join in the workshops every Thursday. 9 DECEMBER 2017 CHRISTMAS FAIR – HALL LANE RESOURCE CENTRE 50p Entrance – children free – there will be tombola, raffles plus craft stalls, cakes, biscuits, clothes, jewellery etc plus many other items. Hot food and drinks are available. Come and meet Santa have your photo take and receive a gift (for a small fee). Hall resource Centre is a Community Hub Centre supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities and older people. Please support us. All monies raised are for the benefit of the people we support.


9 DECEMBER 2017 & 10 DECEMBER 2017 SANTAS MAGICAL WORKSHOP – THE FORUM HALL Forum leisure in conjunction with On Ya Bike Theatre Company. Adults £6 / Concession £4 / Family Ticket £18 For tickets T: 0161 935 4020

9 DECEMBER 2017 – 7 JANUARY 2018 DICK WHITTINGTON AT THE OPERA HOUSE MANCHESTER Join our hero Dick Whittington (and his faithful feline pal) as he seeks fame, fortune and happiness to become Lord Mayor of London. Guided by the magical Fairy Bow Bells on an adventure that sends him from London town to the High Seas headed for Morocco don’t miss the action-packed pantomime full of laughter, music and dance. 10 DECEMBER 2017 WYTHENSHAWE PARK SANTA DASH Ho Ho Ho, it's the SantaDash in WythenshawePark, don't miss it! Book your place here 10 DECEMBER 2017 – 16 DECEMBER 2017 ARSENIC AND OLD LACE – NORTHENDEN PLAYERS THEATRE GROUP Methodist Hall, Victoria Road, Northenden T: 0161 445 6868 13 DECEMBER 2017 EAST LANCASHIRE RAILWAY – BOLTON STREET BURY Don’t settle for a supermarket or shopping mall, browse a whole 12-mile line and get discounts as you shop in style on the East Lancashire Railway. Open 10:00 - 16:00 14 DECEMBER 2017 FIFTH SANTA RIDE WITH SIMPLY CYCLING For more details check out their website or follow them on Facebook Simply Cycling. ST LUKES BENCHILL CHOIR SERVICE AND CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS Starting at 5pm. Police choir, schools choir, Father Christmas, Christmas tree with lights switch on. Shops taking part, best dressed window competition. Manchester college providing mince pies. Food and drinks will be available.

15 DECEMBER 2017 PLATFORM CHRISTMAS SPECIAL – MANCHESTER AIRPORT TRAIN CONCOURSE Bringing together a variety of pop up food stalls from specially picked traders and is a place to eat, drink and socialise from 12pm-2pm – showcasing global trends and cuisines from countries that Manchester Airport flies to, alongside the best of Manchester community.

29 DECEMBER 2017 AN EVENING WITH 007 – THE HALLE BRIDGEWATER HALL MANCHESTER Join the Halle for an evening of music from the James Bond films conducted by Stephen Bell £15 including booking fee – starts at 7.30pm T: 0161 907 9000 / In person or by post at the Box Office, The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3WS

BAKE A CHRISTMAS BOOB – PREVENT BREAST CANCER In the comfort of your own home For more details see

6 JANUARY 2018 ARENACROSS 2018 – MANCHESTER ARENA Indoor Motocross Racing and Freestyle Motorcross returns to Manchester Arena. Start 7.30pm – for further details

CHRISTMAS BAG PACK AND CAKE SALE – PREVENT BREAST CANCER At Sainsburys in Altrincham 10am-4pm For more details see 20 DECEMBER 2017 EAST LANCASHIRE RAILWAY – BOLTON STREET BURY Don’t settle for a supermarket or shopping mall, browse a whole 12-mile line and get discounts as you shop in style on the East Lancashire Railway. Open 10am-4pm 21 DECEMBER 2017 CHRISTMAS PARTY WITH SIMPLY CYCLING For more details check out their website or follow them on Facebook Simply Cycling. 23 DECEMBER 2017 STABLEYARD CAROLS AT TATTON PARK KNUTSFORD Get into the spirit of the season and join in with the Christmas carol singing with the band and choir in the festive setting of Tatton Park Stableyard. 26 DECEMBER 2017 BOXING DAY 5KM RUN – 10AM START Stockport Harriers annual Boxing Day 5km fun run. Trophies are presented to both male and female and some age groups. Entry is free but a donation would be welcome to Beechwood Cancer Care (£6 for club runners/£8 for everyone else). Starts from Star & Garter 61 Higher Hillgate Stockport – Enter at

11 JANUARY 2018 RADICAL PRINT – PRINTING PRESS DEMONSTRATION The John Rylands Library Manchester Open 11.10 - 11.50am. Watch and learn about how the printing press became an instrument of defiance and rebellion during the time of the reformation. 16 JANUARY 2018 – 28 JANUARY 2018 SHREK THE MUSICAL AT THE PALACE THEATRE Based on the story and characters from the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animation film, this hilarious and spectacular production turns the world of fairytales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy. 24 JANUARY 2018 – 29 APRIL 2018 EXPLORE THE OUTDOORS AT QUARRY BANK Head outside and discover all the wonderful wildlife and amazing family adventures you can have in the gardens and woodland at Quarry Bank. Families can follow the spring nature trail and immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and smells of spring. You can try your hand at some of the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ and explore parts of Quarry Bank that you might never have been to before. All events are free, but normal admission prices apply.

26 JANUARY 2018 PLATFORM – MANCHESTER AIRPORT TRAIN CONCOURSE Bringing together a variety of pop up food stalls from specially picked traders and is a place to eat, drink and socialise from 12pm-2pm – showcasing global trends and cuisines from countries that Manchester Airport flies to, alongside the best of Manchester community. 26 JANUARY 2018 FOODIE FRIDAY – STOCKPORT MARKETS Street Food, Craft Ales, live music and hundreds of people 6pm-9pm. FROM THE FOURTH SATURDAY OF THE MONTH (EXCEPT JAN 2018) HAVE A GO: NATURE EXPLORERS AT QUARRY BANK Every month you can have a go at a spring-themed activity at Quarry Bank. From ponddipping to wild art, there’s always a new nature adventure to go on. Have a look at the Quarry Bank website for further details. All events are free, but normal admission prices apply. 11 FEBRUARY 2018 VINTAGE VILLAGE – STOCKPORT COVERED MARKET HALL Vintage clothing and accessories for men and women, vintage jewellery, homewares, decorative items and much more from 10am-4pm. 10 FEBRUARY 2018 – 17 FEBRUARY 2018 DADS ARMY – NORTHENDEN PLAYERS THEATRE GROUP Methodist Hall, Victoria Road, Northenden. T: 0161 445 6868 16 FEBRUARY 2018 PLATFORM CHINESE NEW YEAR SPECIAL – MANCHESTER AIRPORT TRAIN CONCOURSE Bringing together a variety of pop up food stalls from specially picked traders and is a place to eat, drink and socialise from 12pm-2pm – showcasing global trends and cuisines from countries that Manchester Airport flies to, alongside the best of Manchester community. 16 FEBRUARY 2018 – 18 FEBRUARY 2018 CHINESE NEW YEAR – MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE Come and see the brightest celebrations across the city, culminating in the spectacular Dragon Parade.

17 FEBRUARY 2018 BEER TASTING & MASTERCLASS – PREVENT BREAST CANCER Stubborn Mule Brewery in Altrincham 1pm. For more details see 19 FEBRUARY 2018 – 23 FEBRUARY 2018 HALF TERM – WELLY WALKS AT QUARRY BANK Get your wellies on and take a walk on the wild side this February half-term. Booking is essential – see the Quarry Bank website for further details – starts 11am-4pm. All events are free, but normal admission prices apply. 25 FEBRUARY 2018 THE CHRISTIE TOWER RUN – BEETHAM TOWER MANCHESTER Step up to the challenge and help the Christie get a step ahead of cancer. With 798 steps standing between you and the top of Beetham Tower – the only way is up. Once at the top you are invited to Cloud 23 where you can enjoy a glass of bubbly and the spectacular views of the city Starts 10am – 2pm see the website for further details

8 APRIL 2018 – 14 APRIL 2018 AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS – NORTHENDEN PLAYERS THEATRE GROUP Methodist Hall, Victoria Road, Northenden T: 0161 445 6868 SIMPLY CYCLING – based in Wythenshawe Park Athletics Facility is open four days a week (Tues, Weds, Fri and Sat) up until December 22nd and then from 3rd January 2018 onwards. Visit our website for more info: or follow us on Facebook: Simply Cycling

SHARSTON WARD COUNCILLORS SURGERY Village 135 Every Monday evening from 7-8pm. Except bank holidays and the month of August. NORTHENDEN WARD COUNCILLORS SURGERY Northenden Social Club Third Monday of each month 6-7pm.


3 MARCH 2018 THE 2018 PREVENT BREAST CANCER ZUMBATHON The Sugden Centre Manchester University 12 noon-3pm For more details see

18 November – 20 December (Albert Square market until 21 December)

31 MARCH 2018 PLATFORM – MANCHESTER AIRPORT TRAIN CONCOURSE Bringing together a variety of pop up food stalls from specially picked traders and is a place to eat, drink and socialise from 12pm-2pm – showcasing global trends and cuisines from countries that Manchester Airport flies to, alongside the best of Manchester community.

Albert Square | Brazennose Street | St Ann’s Square | Exchange Street | New Cathedral Street | The Corn Exchange | King Street | Market Street | Exchange Square | Cathedral Gardens |

3 APRIL 2018 – 13 APRIL 2018 BLUEBELLS AND BUTTERFIES AT QUARRY BANK During opening Times – can you spot the bluebells bursting into life? Or follow the butterflies flitting through the garden? Discover the signs of spring at Quarry Bank. All events are free but normal admission prices apply.

Time to head down to Manchester’s world famous Christmas Markets for a family day out. Located in 10 different spaces around the city, each with its own distinct character and atmosphere:

Opening times: Thursday to Tuesday 10am – 9pm Wednesday 10am – 6pm

A huge thank you to the Southside team who have worked so hard to deliver Southside in 2017. Natasha and Nic for all the photos, social media and marketing, and all our community volunteers including Dawn and Kendall. If you would like to join our team in 2018 or have anything you would like to share with the whole community, call Heather on 0161 945 6015 or email Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy 2018. Ed Editor Southside Community Magazine



Millions discover their favorite reads on issuu every month.

Give your content the digital home it deserves. Get it to any device in seconds.