Southside Issue 10 April 2018

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ISSN 2514-0280

ISSUE 10 : SPRING 2018



13 – 30 June 2018

How the Alex Timpson Trust helps children to thrive Founded in 1865, Timpson opened its first store selling shoes at 298 Oldham Road, Manchester. Today they are the UK and Ireland’s leading service provider of shoe repairs, key cutting, watch repairs, dry cleaning, engraving and assisted photo ID, with their head office and warehouse located in Wythenshawe, Manchester.

Sir John Timpson CBE, Chairman and Owner of the Timpson Group, and his wife Alex Timpson MBE, became foster carers in 1983. Over a period of 30 years they fostered 90 children and young people, continuing to provide love and sanctuary to many in their Cheshire home long after they had left the care system. Alex died in January 2016 and in tribute to the huge contribution she made to championing the rights of looked after children, the Timpson family established a new charity in her honour – the Alex Timpson Trust.

into any of our stores and pick up a copy for anyone who you think will benefit from learning more about attachment. Free Holidays The Trustees of the Alex Timpson Trust know all about the importance of quality family time and provide free holidays for foster families, application forms are available from any Timpson, Max Spielmann or Johnsons the Cleaners store. Research The Trustees have pledged £750,000 from the Trust to support important research project over the next five years. These monies will fund further initiatives that will inform and influence the content of teacher training courses in general. Sir John Timpson said: “Alex was an inspiration to me, she always wanted to give something back in life. The charity we have created is Alex’s legacy to all looked after children.”

The Alex Timpson Trust – Helping Children to Shine! The main aim of the charity is to help schools better respond to the emotional needs of looked after (fostered and adopted) children. Free books Sir John Timpson CBE, has written three useful books on attachment, which aim to enlighten foster carers, inform educators and engage the wider public about attachment using simple, jargon-free language and pictures. You are welcome to pop


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If you are a foster family and would like to be considered for a free holiday home for 2019, you are welcome to apply between 1st July - 31st August, 2018, application forms are available at any branch of Timpson, Max Spielmann and Johnsons the cleaners.

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Manchester Airport Jobs Fair

Manchester Airport is yet again holding one of its popular job fairs as employers across the site look to take on additional staff ahead of the busy summer period. Taking place on Thursday 26th April 2018 at The Point, Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground. Job seekers will be able to speak to more than a dozen companies who are looking to recruit for a variety of roles. These include Alpha LSG, Thomas Cook Airlines,, Brodericks and Swissport. The jobs fair runs from 10am to 4pm and you must pre-register to attend; this is to prevent overcrowding and ensure everyone has a chance to be seen. Choose a time slot of your choice on web page:

New partnership for employment and skills at the Forum Facilities at the Forum have grown further with the relocation of the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to the building. Job Centre Plus (JCP) is located on the ground floor. The new zone, called Forum Opportunities, is shared with Manchester Adult Education (MAE), which will work in partnership with the job centre. Chief Executive of Wythenshawe Forum Trust, Eddie Flanagan, is enthusiastic about the changes: “We are delighted to welcome JCP to the Forum. Working in partnership with MAE, one of our valued existing stakeholders, the Trust is looking forward to building a unique training and employment service that will be of considerable benefit to local people.” MAE already delivers a wide range of courses at the Forum which help residents to prepare for, and progress into employment, and to develop the skills to take a more active role in their communities through, for example, volunteering. Julie Rushton, head of MAE said: “In research carried out last year, 99% of learners said that MAE courses make their lives better. MAE is looking forward to developing its existing partnership with Wythenshawe Job centre and Wythenshawe Forum Trust, to provide an improved education and employment service for residents and employers.” Lisa Jones, Customer Service Lead DWP Trafford Cluster, said: “We are proud to be part of this collaboration and see our move into the Forum as our golden opportunity to become a real hub for the community, offering opportunities for our Wythenshawe customers.” Sue Boyer is the Job Centre Manager and is equally pleased with the relocation: “This is a fantastic opportunity to build on existing partnerships with Wythenshawe Forum Trust, MAE and the library, to support our jobseekers on their customer journeys under the ‘Forum Opportunities’ umbrella.” Forum Opportunities will be launched formally at a business breakfast and jobs fair on 25 May. Customers and residents will have the opportunity to meet partners, providers and employers, including disability confident employers.


Cardinal Maritime unveils new logistics facility in Wythenshawe creating local jobs Wythenshawe-based logistics company Cardinal Maritime recently unveiled a new 40,000 sq ft logistics facility on Sharston Road, Wythenshawe. The additional new site is less than a kilometre from the company’s head office on Leestone Road. Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East was on hand to officially cut the ribbon, opening the new building. The new site will create around 30 new jobs for the area and will see around 20 existing employees move from the company’s nearby head office. The new facility, designed by architects HBL Associates, will provide much needed further warehouse and office space for the growing business. It will be used by the business as a storage for its Cardinal Plus ‘3PL’ clients, who range from importers of Toys, Fashionwear, Furniture, Home Appliances and many other consumer focused items, most of which are sold on-line. The construction was led by ACS Construction. The ground was broken back in May 2017 with build taking just under nine months, right on schedule. The Wythenshawe based company is in need of the increase in space as it continues with its impressive growth. The company ended 2017 on a high with turnover at £85m, up £20m from 2016. 2018 turnover is currently predicted at around £115m. 2017 saw the company open four new offices in South East Asia bringing in 60 new colleagues. The new offices are in Shanghai, Ningbo,

L-r - Gordon Dean, Cardinal Maritime, Mike Kane MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, Brian Hay, CEO Cardinal Maritime.

Qingdao and Hong Kong. The technology-led supply-chain logistics experts are perceived to be the U.K.’s fastest growing business in its sector. In Wythenshawe, Cardinal Maritime is committed to developing talent from within the local area, with more than 30% of its current workforce living within five miles of its head office (+200 people in total). Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East said: “Cardinal Maritime is a true local success story for Wythenshawe. It is not purely about the business and jobs that it brings to the area, it is also about the commitment that CEO Brian Hay and his team give the local community. “They are passionate about inspiring the next generation and developing local talent. I am delighted that they are expanding further in Wythenshawe.” Brian Hay, CEO Cardinal Maritime, said: “2018 looks set to be another good year for Cardinal Maritime. In addition to opening this new facility in Wythenshawe, we have expanded overseas and are actively looking for more opportunities to develop more sites for logistics facilities, as our customer base continues to grow.

New Cardinal Maritime building on Sharston Road, Wythenshawe.

“Growing up in Wythenshawe, I am delighted that we can bring more jobs to the community. I am passionate about inspiring the younger generation in the area. Our Cardinal Maritime Academy currently has a number of apprentices and we work with local schools and colleges by providing mentors from within the business, including myself.”

Support for Mortgage Interest Scheme (SMI) ended on 6 April 2018 If you receive the Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) benefit and have not already received a letter from the Government informing you that the SMI benefit is changing to an SMI Loan, you need to contact the DWP immediately. Call 0800 731 0469 if you are over the state pension age, or 0800 169 0310 if you are of working age. If the loans forms sent to you are not signed and returned, in most cases your SMI benefit will be stopped on 7 May 2018, potentially leaving you unable to pay your mortgage and putting your home at risk of repossession. The loan currently has a low interest rate of below 2%. You repay the loan if you sell your home, or you transfer ownership or if you die. To discuss your options you can call SERCO, a company working on behalf of the DWP. Telephone 0800 046 8333.


Broadcaster joins Manchester Midnight Walk A BBC Radio Manchester broadcaster will be joining people from across Greater Manchester as they take on a special challenge for charity. The event has pulled in the crowds every year since it began, creating a unique late-night party atmosphere and raising over £2m for the hospice in that time.

Former breakfast show presenter Phil Trow, who moved to present the drive time show in March, is supporting the Manchester Midnight Walk by hosting the main event stage. He will also be taking part in the event to raise money for St Ann’s Hospice.

This year’s theme is ‘Cheesy Disco’ and the crowd will be treated to a warm up by band ‘Throb Love Lace and the Pitts’ and duet Laura and Amanda. There will also be a few surprises to get the crowd in the mood and ready for the challenge ahead.

The 10km moonlit stroll takes place on Friday 27th April, with fun kicking off at the iconic Manchester Cathedral at 9pm before the walk begins at midnight. Phil said: “As a former breakfast presenter I was usually well tucked up in bed by midnight, but I’ve had such fun at the Manchester Midnight Walk in the past that I couldn’t resist being part of it again.

Many walkers take part in memory of lost loved ones, whilst others join in simply for a night of fun and fundraising. The 10km route covers landmarks such as St Ann’s Square and Spinningfields and interested walkers can sign up to take part now, by visiting the website or calling 0161 498 3631.

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“It’s a great event and the atmosphere is amazing. I know that hospices do an incredible job in caring for people when they most need support, and St Ann’s has a special place in the hearts of so many Mancunians. I hope we can raise a huge amount of money, and would encourage as many people as possible to sign up and join us on the night.”

A Standard Adult Fee of £20 applies for those aged 18 and over. The Youth Fee for walkers aged 11-17 years (walkers must be aged 11 or over) is £10, with Previous Walkers at £15, and Groups (5 people or more) fee of £15 per person.

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New Maths and English Building Takes Shape A new state-of-the-art teaching building is taking shape at the Manchester Health Academy. Passers-by will have seen cranes lifting the steel work into place for the three-story block during the autumn, and now floors and stairways have been installed. Academy Principal, Mr Green, recently visited the site - along with two students and the Academy’s Finance Director, Mrs Staunton. The tour enabled them to get a feel for how the building will look ahead of opening in September.

When Mike Kane MP officially broke the ground for the building last year, he said: “This is a wonderful school and the brand new block and state-of-the-art facilities will support many more local children in developing skills and in securing their futures.” The Academy was selected by Manchester City Council to expand its student population so that more of the city’s children can attend a good school. More students will mean more staff, a broader curriculum and more investment in buildings and sports facilities, making the Academy bigger and better for everyone in the community. The £10m transformation programme of the Academy’s estate has already seen the addition of a new dining room extension, multi-use games area and an FA standard all weather pitch for students and the community to enjoy. The new building is due to open for use in September, in time for the next academic year.

Following their visit student James Phoenix, said: “I can see from this preview that the new building is going to be very special – a modern jewel in Wythenshawe’s crown”, while student Ali Mohammed, said: “It is going to be an amazing addition to the Academy. It was a privilege to see the construction at this stage; it will look completely different when it is finished.” Supporting the Academy’s commitment to improve standards in Maths and Literacy, the building has been designed primarily for maths and English teaching, with classrooms incorporating state-of-the-art “teaching walls”. The new building will house a new reception, providing a welcoming entrance for parents, carers and visitors. Inside, there will be a full-height atrium that will offer a flexible focal space for events.

MEA joins Urban Debate League Manchester Enterprise Academy set up a Debating Team at the start of this academic year and it has been extremely popular with students across a range of year groups. The team attend an after-school club once a week run by Debate Mate, an organisation where volunteer mentors from the University of Manchester work with the students to develop their debating and critical thinking skills. In February, the team took part in their first debating competition of the Urban Debate League and performed brilliantly, winning two of their debates. The competition was held in MEA’s new Durie Building and more than 100 visitors from other Manchester schools took part. Some of the schools had been debating for a number of years, and MEA Year 7s even had to go head to head with Year 9s and 10s, making their two wins even more fantastic. Mr Jones, MEA Maths Teacher, and Ms Gleeson, MEA History Teacher, are really enjoying working with the students and the Debate Mate volunteers and Ms Gleeson commented: “The students are learning so much and have developed some amazing skills. “Our next challenge is the Debate Mate Cup at the University, providing another brilliant opportunity to put their skills to the test against teams from other schools. ‘Whatever the outcome, we are extremely proud of our debating ambassadors and are so pleased at how much they have all progressed.”


Princess Parkway 30mph speed limit to be made permanent Manchester City Council has given approval for the speed limit on Princess Road and Princess Parkway to be permanently reduced to 30mph. The 30mph traffic order, which has been in place on a temporary basis since April 2017, will take permanent effect by summer 2018. The scheme began after a petition launched by local residents requesting the change attracted more than 1,000 signatures, in the wake of collisions which had caused two fatalities. Analysis carried out in February 2016 found that 84 collisions had happened on the road in the previous three years. A public consultation undertaken in autumn 2016 recorded strong local support for speed reduction along the entirety of the route, to help improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists and reduce the number of collisions. Princess Road passes through areas of residential housing in Hulme, Moss Side and Whalley Range and the Southern Cemetery, plus a number of schools, including William Hulme Grammar School and Whalley Range High School. Since the start of the scheme, motorists have been given clear

information about the reduced speed limit, with 30mph signs placed at key locations along the route. The new permanent order will be advertised from Tuesday 6 March. Executive Member for the Environment and Skills, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, said: “We are taking this action after listening carefully to residents, who raised serious concerns about road safety in their neighbourhoods. Having reviewed the effects of the temporary scheme over the past year and with local people's safety as our number one priority, we’re now adopting the lower speed limit permanently. “Princess Road runs past homes, schools, shops and amenities and so taking this measure is a common-sense step to help ensure the safety of residents and all road users, while also keeping traffic moving on one of the city’s key roads.”

Saint Paul’s celebrate students’ success Students at Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, were given an advanced taste of what their GCSEs would be like when the school set them a series of Pre Public Examinations (PPEs). All students in Year 11 sat the internal examinations (traditionally, these exams have been referred to as “mocks”). These exams, as well as providing excellent preparation for public examinations, also give students and teachers valuable information about current levels of performance, students’ strengths and those areas that they still need to develop in order to fulfil their potential in the summer. Mrs Joanne Walters, Assistant Headteacher at Saint Paul’s, said: “The students collected their results in a sealed envelope, the same way that they will receive their results in August. It was an exciting day for them. They are now undertaking follow up work to identify their strengths and areas to develop ready for the exams in the summer.” “The exams were designed to give our students as real an experience as possible of their GCSE examinations,” explained Headteacher, Mr Alex Hren. “We are determined to do all we can to improve the life chances for our students and we believe that many opportunities can come from having good qualifications. The students were exemplary during the formal examination week. We encouraged our students to approach their PPEs with the same level of determination they would for their final GCSE examinations. Adopting this attitude was extremely useful in helping them to achieve their best and truly benefit from the experience.”

Team Egan’s punch their way to success Another successful Friday Fight night at Wythenshawe’s Forum saw Team Egan’s punch their way to success. The young amateur boxers put on an epic night showcasing their skills, fitness, determination and winning spirit. Jimmy Egan’s Boxing Academy established in 1980 based on Roundthorn Road in Wythenshawe caters for complete beginners to the next world contenders and everyone in between. Boxersize is also available for women to get help get fit. Mon wed Fri boxers only 6pm-8.30pm Tues Thurs 6pm-7.30pm Beginners & keep fit Tues & Thurs 8pm – 9pm Women’s Boxersize Contact: Facebook: Jimmy Egans Boxing Academy Twitter: @EgansJimmy


Sweet dreams as bed maker raises £5000 for children’s hospital Wythenshawe-based Kids Funtime Beds has raised more than £5,000 for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and celebrated by providing one of its patients with a bed of her own. Since 2015, the company has donated £4 for every picture, video or letter received from its customers. The total amount raised has now topped £4,500 and business owner Tony Smith has pledged to renew his commitment to fundraising for the hospital by making a further donation bringing the donation up to £5,000. Tony has also donated a bed to one of the hospital’s patients, 8-year-old Tia Taggart. Tia has been treated on-and-off on Ward 84, the oncology and haematology ward at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for the past two years. Tia is battling an aggressive form of cancer called Ewing Sarcoma and undergoes chemotherapy for tumours in her pelvis and legs as well as rounds of radiotherapy to treat her bone and lung cancers.

Our delivery team gives them a goody bag which includes toys, sweets and a letter introducing the child to the people who made their bed and telling them to be good, work hard and have sweet dreams. “We’ve always had a great connection with our customers and it’s a real vote of confidence when mum and dad choose to show us how happy the children are with their bed. Those photos and videos makes it really worthwhile and it is nice to be able to pass something back to other children who are having a tough time.” Joel Oxberry, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity: added: “We’re incredibly grateful to all the team at Kids Funtime Beds for supporting our Children’s Hospital.

Despite everything Tia has been through she is determined to help others, and is a loyal fundraiser for the hospital’s charity. Commenting on the fundraising initiative, Tony, said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to make this donation and to provide a bed to Tia. “As we make fun beds for kids they are our ultimate customer and we want to know that they are happy with the bed when it arrives.

“The money raised will make a big difference to the children treated at our hospital. We’d also like to thank Tony for the very kind gesture of donating a bed to Tia who is an inspirational little girl who always thinks of others first and so is very deserving of this treat.”

Anchors Away celebrates nine years in Wythenshawe by giving away a children's party For parents, families and those caring for children in and around Wythenshawe, Anchor’s Away has been a welcome addition to the town for nine years. Arriving in 2009, Anchor's Away brought a fun-filled soft play place full of stimulation for babies through to toddlers and children up to 11 years’ old. It has remained hugely popular with thousands of families choosing it as their preferred place for soft play and entertainment. The centre is celebrating by giving local families the chance to win a FREE birthday party with food and entertainment for up to 12 children. *(See below for details and T&C’s) Gill Mahony leads the team of nine and has been at Anchor’s Away since day one. Gill said: “In my time here I have seen thousands of children come through the doors, it’s great to see them grow and develop. I have created strong friendships with both team members and customers. “I think Anchor’s Away is different from the larger soft play centres as it may be has a warmer personality. As a small team we can take time to get to know our customers.


“The food on offer is also key. Our dedicated chef creates home-made food on the premises. We serve pizzas from our very own pizza oven, healthy salads and breakfast all day.”

When it comes to what is the most popular choices for food at Anchor’s Away, jam sandwiches remain a firm favourite, with the centre selling hundreds each month. Cups of tea for parents and carers run into the thousands. Specially created homemade meals for children including chicken goujons and pizza bites priced at £3.95 are a popular choice, as parents know they are made on site. Gill added: “I thoroughly enjoy my work here as every day is different. We could be hosting a toddler and mum’s group in the morning, then after school a large birthday party for energetic eight year olds. Some weeks we can host up to 12 parties. We offer a fun haven for both children and parents. It doesn’t feel like nine years at all!”




T&C’s: Party will be for up to 12 children maximum (any additional children will cost £11.95 per child). Time slots can be selected from: Saturday or Sundays 10.00 till 12.00/12.30 till 2.30/3.00 till 5.00 or weekdays after school during term times - 3.45pm till 5.45pm Party prize must be claimed and used before 30 November 2018.



Be Proud Awards – Wythenshawe winners The Grand Day Out group which meets each week at the Forum Centre, has won Volunteer of the Year for an Outstanding Group, in Manchester’s annual Be Proud Awards. The social community group is run by volunteers from Wythenshawe’s Real Neighbours, and aims to reduce isolation for people aged over 55. Its motto is, ‘Come as a stranger, leave as a friend’.

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Maggie Karwat, Community and Partnership Manager for Wythenshawe Forum Trust explained a little more about the programme, saying: “The group offers a number of activities each week including crafts, board games, gentle exercise, and a tea dance, but none of these are compulsory and members of the group can join in with as little or as much as they want. They come and go between 10am to 3pm each Wednesday and can simply enjoy the chance to socialise and read the papers.” The group’s framework allows the volunteers the freedom to share their ideas for new activities and future plans, developing their own skills in the process. Grand day out co-ordinator, Nicola Hamilton, said: “The fact that many of the volunteers have been involved since the very start is testament to what a positive experience it is for them, and for the attendees. “Our Real Neighbours volunteers, who are supported with training from Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, feel proud to have won this award and we are pleased that their commitment has been recognised.”


22 May commemoration plans outlined Emerging proposals to commemorate one year since the 22 May 2017 terror attack have been revealed. The attack at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena, which claimed the lives of 22 people, shocked the world and saw the city and wellwishers around the world come together in a display of solidarity and a refusal to bow to those intent on spreading hatred. In this spirit, outline plans are based around two themes: Remembrance; Reflection and Celebration of Life – recognising each of the 22 people who lost their lives in the attack, those who were injured and first responders - and Manchester Together, embracing the solidarity shown by the city. In all cases plans are still being developed and more details will be announced nearer to the time.

Before the anniversary A Trees of Hope Trail through the city centre will begin the weekend before the anniversary. People will be able to leave personal messages of hope, and support for those affected, on trees placed at key locations around the city centre including St Ann’s Square. A one-minute silence will also be held during the Great Manchester Run which takes place on Sunday 20 May, with further commemorative

elements during the Games including fundraising for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

On the 22 May Civic Memorial Service

A non-denominational civic memorial service will be held at Manchester Cathedral during the afternoon, with bereaved families and first responders among those invited to attend to reflect on the events of that terrible day and remember loved ones. Invitations will be extended to senior national figures.

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MONDAY Newall Green Baptist Church, Tuffley Road, Newall Green, Manchester, M23 2SW 5pm and 7pm Ring Fran: 07734 760714

THURSDAYS St Michael's Parish Community Hall, Orton Road,Northern Moor, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M23 0PX 5pm and 7pm Ring Alyson: 07855 477532

TUESDAYS Northenden, Wythenshawe Cricket club, Longley Lane M22 4JF 9.30am , 5pm and 7pm Ring Jennie: 07802 217333

Lifestyle Centre, Portway, Woodhouse Park,Manchester, M22 1QW 5pm and 7pm Ring Sandra 07717 444086

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 5DR9.15am, 9.15am, 11.15am 5pm and 7pm Ring Jodie: 07545 567840


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

Albert Square, the scene of an emotional vigil last year the day after the attack, will play host to a free public event in the early evening giving people the chance to once again come together, stand in solidarity and show the world that they are united.

Memorial Manchester is committed to having a permanent memorial, or memorials, to commemorate 22 May 2017 but getting this right and ensuring a lasting and appropriate memorial requires a careful process. An advisory group of civic and business leaders was established last summer to advise on memorial matters. Initial consultation has taken place with bereaved families around both the outline proposals to mark one year on and considerations around a permanent memorial. Further updates on this process are not anticipated until later this year. Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “The horrific events of 22 May shocked not just this city but the world. Those who lost loved ones, and those who were left physically or mentally injured, will always have a place in our thoughts and we will never forget the 22 people, including children, whose lives were taken away. “The aftermath of the attack also saw a remarkable display of solidarity and love in and for Manchester, a refusal to let those who would divide us to get their twisted way. Even as we grieved, we were proud to stand resiliently together. “The first anniversary of the attack will be an intensely emotional time for a great many people. Everyone touched by those events has a unique personal experience and we have tried to be mindful of this in planning a range of events."

Northenden RBL to Remember ANZAC Day During The First World War, Greater Manchester was the home of the largest Field Hospital created during the conflict - The 2nd Western General Hospital, Manchester. Over one million casualties passed through the many tents and huts pitched in places like Heaton Hall, Victoria Park, Rusholme, with its HQ in The Central High School for Boys on Whitworth Street. ANZAC Day was chosen to mark the day when The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landed in Gallipoli, Turkey. The site where they landed is now officially known as ANZAC Cove. The day now commemorates all Australian and New Zealand casualties killed since that day. The Service will be held close to the graves of a number of ANZAC casualties buried here in Manchester thousands of miles from home.


Stephen Morrison, Secretary, Northenden Branch RBL, said: We ask people to muster for 10:35 at The Commonwealth War Memorial near to the entrance to The Cemetery off Barlow Moor Road, M21 7GL. The Service will start at 10:50. !


Southside readers are welcome to come along, especially those with family or friends in Australia and New Zealand, and an especially warm welcome is extended to any Australian or New Zealand citizens currently living or visiting Greater Manchester. After the Service, the congregation is invited to join with Northenden RBL for light refreshments at The Northenden Social Club, 412 Palatine Road, Northenden M22 4JT.


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At Quarry Bank, ay 23 — Sunda ay 24 June Saturda Sadly, numerous casualties died of their wounds or from the illness they contracted and in the cemeteries of Greater Manchester many casualties are buried. The Southern Cemetery has 1265 graves commemorated by The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). Many are private graves but some are looked after by Manchester City Council on behalf of The CWGC. Within that number are a number from the Commonwealth. With the large number of Commonwealth casualties buried in The Southern Cemetery, many miles from home, The Royal British Legion ensures these are not forgotten. On Sunday, April 29th, The Northenden Branch of The Royal British Legion (RBL), will hold a short Service to commemorate ANZAC Day. The Day itself will be marked in Australia and New Zealand on Wednesday, April 25th, with the first Service traditionally held at dawn, the same time as the landing happened in 1915.

Meet your ffaavourite children’s authors and illustrators at the National Trust Children’s Book Festival. Book your tickets for Axel Scheffler Scheffler, Alex T. Smith, Lydia Monks, Ed Vere and many more, and join in with a day of story themed activities and games. @QuarryBankNT @Quarr ryBankNT ⁄ #kidsbook #kidsbookfest fest Festival illustration; © Jo Empson, Helen Oxenbur 5lY` GW\YżYf 5`Yl H" Ga


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Investment in social value is vital to the enduring appeal of business destinations Lynda Shillaw Chief Executive Officer, MAG Property. More and more, employees and consumers of today are looking beyond pound signs when deciding who to work for, buy from and invest with. Increasingly they are aligning themselves with those companies which are proactively making a positive impact beyond their bottom line. Many businesses are developing a strategic focus on being socially responsible as well as commercially driven, but doing so in a genuine and effective way requires a strong vision and unfaltering commitment. The most effective organisations harness their people, capital, processes and know-how to contribute to wider social development and drive added value outside of a business.


Larry Fink’s recent clarion call, in the shape of his annual letter to Chief Executives entitled A Sense of Purpose, was clear. The BlackRock Chairman and Chief Executive challenged the leaders of the companies in which his firm invests to think hard about corporate responsibility, asking what they were doing to address the impact their activity has on important issues including community, the environment, workplace diversity, technological change and human space in a world of increasing automation. Taking such an approach helps strengthen a brand, especially where the positive influence of social purpose begins to permeate the DNA of a company. Delivering products,

services, values and a mission that result in not just a great bottom line but a greater good connects business to the widest possible stakeholder groups, knitting them into the fabric of the communities that they serve and exist within.

Importance of social purpose Increasingly, occupiers of all sizes are looking to locate in buildings and places that not only suit the functional aspects of their businesses, but also match their own aspirations as brands in making a positive impact on their staff and the wider world. As such, developers and landlords need to acknowledge that decision-makers’ wish lists

aking have changed dramatically from traditional priorities of location, size and price to include variables like sustainability, sense of place and community.

local community. Our aspiration is to create 16,000 new career opportunities during the next 10 to 15 years, building on the 3,000 jobs that have already been created.

A key shift within the property industry today is the focus on health and wellbeing, as landlords and developers look to enable and promote a happier and healthier workforce. This is manifesting itself across a number of areas, from building design, air quality and green space, to amenity provision, access and sustainable modes of transport.

Investing in social and community fabric

To attract young professional talent, social purpose is no longer a luxury: it’s a key decision factor. Millennials are increasingly attracted by modern workplace essentials such as flexible working, social value and a sense of purpose in their work life. There is a growing body of evidence that suggests people are willing to accept a lower remuneration if these conditions can be met to a high standard.

It’s essential that job creation opportunities like this are delivered alongside investment in the social and community fabric of a place. While this can be realised across a number of areas, all must have the purpose of creating positive opportunities across the broad stakeholder group connected to the development. Drawing inspiration and input from local neighbours and key stakeholders across the

region, our vision for Airport City will see the activation and delivery of a diverse programme of initiatives and commitments. These range from sustainable transport, green space and high-performance buildings to global apprenticeships, community food projects and wellbeing activities. In doing so, it’s possible to attract like-minded businesses that are driven not only by commercial endeavour but also a corporate purpose and the opportunity to translate their ambition into realised local impact; businesses that understand the potential within the local community and workforce and see positive engagement with those communities as key to corporate success.

Schemes such as King’s Cross and Regent’s Place in London and Barangaroo in Sydney are testament to this approach, creating destinations that appeal to occupiers which don’t simply want space, but want to be part of a place that draws in the surrounding community and reflects their brand. History has proved that developments like these succeed not just by creating great-looking buildings, but because of the positive impact they have beyond the architecture. Our ambition for Airport City Manchester is no different; the vision to create a world-class destination in a rapidly changing and highly connected world goes hand in hand with delivering a positive and lasting impact to the


Affordable homes for people with learning disabilities start on site Some 70 specialist homes over four sites across Manchester will be created to help support people with learning disabilities live more independently. More than £3m in grant funding has been provided by Homes England under their Shared Ownership and Affordable Housing Programme, along with investment through three partner housing providers – Great Places, Mosscare St Vincent’s and Wythenshawe Community Housing Group – to deliver the £12m development programme, which includes £3m capital investment by Manchester City Council. The registered providers will also manage the four schemes.

and an absolute priority for us to deliver and will provide the right type of living space adapted to the needs of the individual.

The project will provide 70 one-bed, self-contained apartments along with communal areas, sensory rooms, sensory gardens and a seven day-a-week on-site support team, and will be available to Manchester residents who have assessed support needs.

Matt Harrison, Chief Executive of Great Places, said: “Great Places Housing Group are thrilled to be part of a pioneering scheme working in partnership with two other Manchester based RP’s to provide much needed purpose built accommodation for adults with support needs across Manchester. We are extremely pleased to have reached this pinnacle point of starting the construction of the schemes, which has demonstrated excellent partnership working between the RPs and the Council with the support of Homes England.”

The high-quality developments will be wheelchair accessible and the accommodation will be easily adapted to meet a wide range of needs that may change over time. This includes ‘knock through’ panels so hoists can be easily installed, wet rooms and assistive technology throughout, which can be easily changed depending on the needs of the resident. For example, this could include epilepsy sensors to trigger an alarm if a resident is fitting, or sensors to stop water if a shower or tap is left running. Two of the sites (Northfield Road and Scout Drive) will provide replacement accommodation for a number of existing Council-owned learning disability properties, allowing people to move from their current shared housing – which doesn’t always meet their needs – to the new independent living homes, with 24 hour support. The first apartments will be available by summer 2019. Cllr Bernard Priest, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “This is another success in our bids to access as much affordable homes funding from Homes England as possible, and will provide much-needed specialist accommodation that people with learning disabilities can access easily and afford. “Government funding can be scarce for such properties but these new homes will make a real difference to people’s lives. “ Cllr Bev Craig, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Adult Health and Wellbeing, said: “Too often people with learning disability needs find it difficult to access support accommodation – with the support they need on-site – close to their close family and friendship groups.


“This new accommodation offer is much needed additional capacity

“Spreading this new accommodation across the city will give people the opportunity to not only live more independently, safe in the knowledge that their support needs can be met close-by should they need help, but also close to their personal support networks – their family and friends.”

Wythenshawe Community Housing Groups, Group Chief Executive Nigel Wilson, said, “This is a great opportunity to address the gap in providing specialist accommodation for those most in need which as a result might become one of the hardest to reach groups due to lack of provision. “These new bespoke built homes will provide much needed tailored accommodation for people with learning disabilities providing the first steps towards independence and enabling them to stay connected to family networks. We are delighted to be working alongside and in partnership with Manchester City Council, Great Places and Mosscare St Vincent’s, in our common goal to provide affordable accessible housing working towards ending the housing crisis.” Mosscare St Vincent’s Chief Executive, Charlie Norman, said: “This type of development is exactly what is needed to overcome the lack of suitable homes for people with learning disabilities. “It means people can live independently in high quality accommodation with the support they need. I’m very happy Mosscare St Vincent’s is involved in this partnership with Manchester City Council, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group and Great Places; we all share similar values and ambitions; to serve our communities and deliver modern solutions to tackle housing shortages head-on.”

Greater Manchester women are being encouraged to channel their pedal power with the launch of a new campaign. #RideWithUsGM is a series of female-specific events designed to help redress the region’s cycling gender imbalance, which sees women make up just 33% of cyclists across the region.* The events have been designed to help women of all ages, abilities and experiences to tackle some common barriers to making more journeys by bike. Whether it’s time to improve skills, learn something new or take the opportunity to get women and girls together and ride a new route, there’s something for everyone. And not all events are women-only, so there are also plenty of opportunities for men to get involved. New starters or those low on practice can take part in a training session with instructors, who will lead you on an off-road route around the trails of Philips Park. Off-road leisure cyclists might be tempted by the led commuter rides, running on four routes and continuing over the next few weeks. The project even covers night-time rides, where participants benefit from a group environment in getting experience of riding on dark evenings. There’s also the chance to learn some basic cycle maintenance by attending a 'puncture party'. The Transport for Greater Manchester Committee’s Cycling and Walking Champion, Councillor Chris Paul, said: “The #RideWithUsGM series of events is all about inspiring more women to get out and enjoy all the benefits cycling has to offer,

from keeping fit and making new friends to saving money on your daily commute. “Female cycling is on the up, but men still account for two thirds of the region’s cyclists so we want to do everything we can to encourage as many women as possible to get out on their bikes. “We’d love to see your pics and hear your stories so please share them on social media using #RideWithUsGM.” Chris Boardman, Greater Manchester’s Cycling and Walking Commissioner, said: “We know from the Greater Manchester BikeLife reports in 2015 and 2017 that, along with a significant section of the general population, many women don't regard our roads as easy, attractive and safe enough to cycle on. “We're working hard to improve those roads as we know that, in places where cycling or walking are the obvious choice for any short journey, men and women are far more equally represented. “While we work on a brilliant new cycling network, there are plenty of off-road and quieter routes which are healthy and can be faster than other means of transport, especially when we count the parking faff. Cycling also saves you money and can be great fun, especially in a group of like-minded women learning together and supporting each other.” The full schedule of events and activities is available at through a calendar that can be filtered by district or category.

Local football team is looking for recruits Baguley Athletic is looking for players and managers for two new teams for next season as a new open age ladies’ team and a Saturday afternoon team are to be established. The club’s Saturday team will be competing at a high level and is currently looking for players with a high level of footballing experience. Meanwhile the ladies’ team is looking for a new management set-up and players of all abilities from the age of 16-plus. Volunteers are also required for the positions of Club Treasurer and Registration & Membership Secretary. The Treasurer role will ensure the clubs finances are up to date and the club’s annual budgets are set. The Registration and Membership Secretary will ensure all members of the club are up to date with their payments. For more information, please contact the club at or call Paul (chairman) on 07746 714315.


AMAZON DONATION PREPARES MANCHESTER PUPILS FOR STEM SUCCESS Amazon’s drive to encourage Manchester pupils to embrace a future career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) continued when the local fulfilment centre made a donation to Manchester Enterprise Academy to support British Science Week. The Amazon Manchester team made a special visit to the school to donate £1,000, which will be used to fund new science equipment and a trip to the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham. To celebrate British Science Week, local Wythenshawe-based Haveley Hey Primary School pupils also joined Manchester Enterprise Academy for their day of science enrichment. Speaking on the donation, Amazon’s Manchester Site Lead, Neil Travis said: “British Science Week is a fantastic initiative and we are delighted to continue supporting schools across the UK. At Amazon, we know first-hand how important it is to encourage young people to be involved in STEM. “Such skills open up a new world of future career possibilities, including many at Amazon where our engineers, IT specialists and other team members use the latest technology to provide innovative customer solutions.” The Manchester site is also fitted out with advanced Amazon Robotics technology. The robots slide under a tower of shelves where products are stowed, lift it and move it through the fulfilment centre. Find out more about Amazon Robotics here.

Above: Back L-R: Gary London, year 6 teacher, Laura McLean, Head of Science at MEA , Hannah Moody, Simon Cleere, Neil Travis and Leanne Wilkinson with pupils L-R Connor Campbell-Roe, Grace McGlone, Nyle Carson, Tili Millington, Tye Rana and Bailey Whelan.

days celebrating science with Amazon staff, Manchester Enterprise Academy students and Haveley Hey Primary School.”

Laura McLean, Head of Science at Manchester Enterprise Academy added: “As technology continues to advance and play a critical role in today’s society, we must ensure our students have the STEM skillset to succeed in the careers of tomorrow. We are very grateful to Amazon for their support and had a wonderful two

Manchester Enterprise Academy welcomed the donation during British Science Week as part of the company’s “Amazon in the Community” programme, whereby the company supports communities in and around where it operates in the UK.

Council sets up £50k fund to help schools provide children with food and clothing Manchester City Council has set up a brand new £50,000 welfare fund for schools to help them provide children in need in their schools with food and clothing. support those children who are experiencing the impact of extreme poverty. All schools will be allocated a lump sum of at least £200 in April with some schools getting more than this depending on the number of pupils they have who are eligible for free schools meals.

The new fund has been set up in direct response to discussions with schools who have told the council how they regularly provide children in their schools with food and clothing.

Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure, Manchester City Council, said: “We’ve been increasingly concerned to hear from schools how they are having to support their poorest pupils and families, who are really struggling to make ends meet as a result of recent welfare reforms.

Schools say they are concerned about the impact national changes in welfare reforms appear to be having on the families of their pupils, and say these changes mean they find themselves having to dip into school funds to provide their pupils with the basics more and more frequently since the changes came in.

“We’re very clear that the job of schools is to teach children and help them achieve their full potential, and not to feed and clothe them. But at the same time however there is no way a child is going to learn or achieve if they’re going hungry or can’t afford a pair of new shoes.

As a result of the discussions with schools the Council’s Executive has made the decision to allocate £50,000 into a special welfare fund for schools to offset these costs.

“We recognise that too often our schools are going above and beyond what should be expected of them in this and wanted to do what we can to help them, as they help some of the most vulnerable children and young people in the city at their schools who are suffering the effects of extreme poverty.”

A share of the funding will be made available to every school in the city, so that schools can use the funding at their discretion to


Village 135 receives further recognition ‘Village 135’ is a development for the Over 55s that takes extra care to the next level. This state of the art facility opened in June 2017, offers 135 luxury apartments for the Wythenshawe community with fantastic onsite facilities including a Bistro, Spa, Hair Salon and extensive landscaped sensory gardens. Village 135 is a flagship development that has been recognised on a national level as a market leader in the extra care industry. In 2017, this prestigious development won ‘Best Large Development’ at the National Housing Awards, was recently presented a ‘Pinder’ award for ‘Best Independent Living Scheme’ and is shortlisted for a ‘RICS’ award in two categories, best ‘Community Benefit’ and ‘Residential’, soon to be announced in April 2018. Group Chief Executive Nigel Wilson said: “This is fantastic for WCHG and a fitting recognition for all the hard work in getting this great scheme that is Village135 built and making it work so well in practice! A huge thank-you to everyone involved.” Chair of the WCHG Board, The Bishop of Manchester, The Right Rvd Dr David Walker said: “To be recognised at these awards is an outstanding achievement and we are all very proud of the work being done at Village 135 and delighted it has been recognised on a national level.”

Tesco offers community groups donations Tesco Baguley are offering charities and community groups that offer food or meals to support their daily activities the opportunity to join the Community Food Connection and receive donations of food on a regular basis. The FareShare Go service gives access to free surplus food for your charity or community group. You will have the opportunity to collect it from a local supermarket. It’s all good quality, in-date. For more information visit: Tesco are also looking for local community groups to apply for grants of up to £4000. Bags of Help funds local projects that benefit their community. Have a look at the website, they will also help you complete the application form if you need help. Kieran Jones, Community Lead, Tesco Stores Ltd, 07872 472679


Freemasons donate to St Ann’s Hospice A local hospice is sharing in nearly £15,000 being donated to hospices by Cheshire Freemasons. St Ann’s Hospice will receive £3,430 - the latest in £12m given to hospices so far by the Freemasons nationally. Cheshire Freemasons will make a real difference in helping us to open up hospice care to even more local people. “Hospice care has evolved so much in recent years, and is no longer confined to a single building. We offer specialist support to people with life-limiting illnesses right from the point of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond, and from multiple locations, be that one of our three hospice sites or via our outreach and community services. “We can only do that thanks to the generosity of local people and organisations, so huge thanks to Cheshire Freemasons on behalf of all of our patients and their families.”

St Anns Hospice - Freemason Simon Palfreyman, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Sister Kelly Foster and St Ann’s Chief Executive Eamonn O’Neal.

The leader of Cheshire Freemasons, Stephen Blank, from Altrincham, said: “I’m very pleased we’ve been able to assist St Ann’s Hospice. They do an outstanding job helping people with life-limiting illnesses, as well as supporting their families through very difficult times.

The grant comes through their national Masonic Charitable Foundation, and will be used to ensure that those who most need hospice support in the area can access it.

“These grants from our central charity, the MCF, are in addition to grants that will be made to some of these and other hospices across Cheshire by the independent Cheshire Freemasons’ Charity, as well as individual lodges and Freemasons.”

St Ann’s Chief Executive, Eamonn O’Neal, said: “We’re a charity that has been providing care to local people for almost half a century and we simply couldn’t do so without the support of our generous donors. This latest donation from

This latest donation is one of 245 grants to hospices around the country from Freemasons, including nine across Cheshire. In total £600,000 will be donated to hospices all over England and Wales this year.

Keep Britain Tidy and Manchester City Council launch ‘Keep Manchester Tidy’ campaign Manchester City Council and Keep Britain Tidy are joining forces with the aim of making Manchester the country’s first ‘Tidy City’ by 2020. The “Keep Manchester Tidy” campaign is the first formal partnership between a UK city and the national charity and is a potential trailblazer for a national network of ‘Tidy Cities’ in the future. The shared ambition of Keep Britain Tidy and the council is for a cleaner city, with better parks, green spaces and waterways, which recycles more and plays its part in limiting the impacts of climate change. It will involve public sector organisations, businesses, schools and residents’ groups working together to tackle littering in all its forms, with the initial focus for activities being on reducing littering, dog-fouling and fly-tipping. To support the campaign, an independent taskforce will be formed, with local organisations and businesses invited to get involved to make their contribution to keeping Manchester tidy.


The partnership was recently launched at an event at Manchester Art Gallery. Manchester residents’ groups and key partners including Metrolink, CityCo & Manchester BID, NCP, Manchester City Football Club, Manchester Metropolitan University and local housing associations all attended, to discuss how they can support the campaign and to celebrate the good work already being done across the city to combat littering. Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Councillor Nigel Murphy, said: “We know how passionately our residents feel about the fight against littering and how proud they are of their neighbourhoods. We’re committed to playing our part, by making sure our streets are cleaned and our bins are emptied. “By bringing everyone together, we know that we can make a real difference and not just make Manchester tidy, but Keep Manchester Tidy.” Allison Ogden-Newton, Chief Executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said: “We are very proud to be working with Manchester on its journey to becoming the country’s first ‘Tidy City’ and to see its commitment to creating a fantastic environment for those who work and live in the city, or visit it.”

AB Building & Electrical Continues Support for Wythenshawe Boxing Club WCHG contractor AB Building & Electrical have continued their support for an amateur boxing club in Royal Oak, Wythenshawe. AB Building & Electrical Company have recently supplied gym equipment to Wythenshawe Boxing Club, which is based at the Royal Oak Community Centre in Baguley. Since 2014, they have continued to support the club in many different ways from supplying t-shirts to sponsoring fights, even installing a branded sign at the centre to help demonstrate the partnership. Manager of the Royal Oak Centre Gina Hall, said: “The boxing club couldn’t exist without the help that we receive from all of our partners. So on behalf of everyone here at club, thank you to AB Building & Electrical for all their support over the last few years.� Director of AB Building & Electrical, Dave Batterton, said: “As a local contractor working in Wythenshawe it’s important for us to engage in positive schemes in the local community. It’s been great to be involved in the Royal Oak Boxing club since it launched in 2014, and it has been fantastic to see the club growing every year and becoming a really important part of the local community.� Director of Assets, Paul Butterworth, said: “It’s great to see a local contractor support the Wythenshawe community in this way, as this contributes to WCHG’s vision to create a community where people choose to live and work.� The boxing club offers training sessions for both juniors and seniors, four evenings a week and has been going from strength to strength since it launched in January 2012. All coaches hold current DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) and First Aid Certificates. For more information contact Gina: or ring 0161 998 2146


Crossacres Day Centre


We have been here at Crossacres for over 20 years and provide support and socially stimulating activities for older people in the south Manchester area. A typical day at the day centre; collection from home on our minibus, a warm welcome and tea and toast then a quiz or chat about the news / local affairs.


A hot two course meal is served at lunchtime and then we have a range of activities for the afternoon session; entertainers, games, arts and crafts to ensure everyone has a lovely time.


Our care staff are also there to provide for any care needs our customers may have. At around 3pm, we then take everyone home safely. The cost of day care is ÂŁ35.00 per day, for further information please contact Michelle McKinney 0161 437 0717




PLACEStoGO MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY Liverpool Road Manchester M3 4FP GMP MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES 57a Newton Street Manchester M1 1ET PEOPLES HISTORY MUSEUM New Ct St, Spinningfields Manchester M3 3ER

O’REILLY ACADEMY OF IRISH DANCING First Class Free – Classes for Boys and Girls from 4 years of age Tuesday 6pm to 8pm St Anthony’s Parish Centre, Portway, Wythenshawe M22 0NT Friday 6pm to 8pm St Andrews Methodist Church Hall Brownley Road, Wythenhawe M22 0DW Contact Collette – 07973 828968

MANCHESTER COMMUNITY WALKING FOOTBALL CLUB Aged 50+ sessions for all abilities Come along to one of our friendly and welcoming sessions and give it a go. Tuesday 8pm to 9pm Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre 206 Portway Wythenshawe M22 1QW £3 per session – Sessions start on 10 April 2018 Contact details 07788 627214 or email Manchester

The Pineapple Cooperative Working together to bring Wythenshawe Park walled garden back to its former glory!

THE FIRST WYTHENSHAWE COMIC CON Celebrating comic books and comic book culture – comes to the Forum Centre on Saturday 9 June, from 10am. Guest artists on the day will include comic artist and scriptwriter Lew Stringer, who contributes to Dr Who magazine, Aces Weekly, Beano and The Dandy amongst others. Whether a comic book collector or a fan of movies and superheroes, there will be a variety of stalls where visitors can browse comic books, graphic novels, or pick up the latest movie merchandise. Cosplayers are welcome and there will be ample opportunities for those wishing to dress up as their favourite character to pose for a photograph or try the green screen experience with a myriad of special effects. Photos can be added to a variety of items, such as mugs or mouse mats, while you wait. Try out some gruesome make-up in the hands of special effects and make-up artistry students from The Manchester College, or learn some scary voice techniques with WFM Radio. Advance tickets can be booked at leisure reception or on 0161 935 4020: Adults £6.50, Children £3.00, Family (2 adults +2 children) £15. Interested stallholders should contact

Wythenshawe Community Housing Group’s, Real Food team have developed an initiative called ‘The Pineapple Cooperative’. The aim is to bring the walled garden in Wythenshawe Park, just behind the Community Farm, back into food production. Working together with local community groups the aim is to improve access to fresh fruit and vegetables and to demonstrate the broader health benefits of growing food including exercise, social opportunity and enjoying nature.

Would you like to grow food in the walled garden? The Pineapple Cooperative is an opportunity to take on a small plot of land to grow fruit and vegetables. A little bit like a ‘trial allotment’ for anyone who fancies having a go but doesn’t want the commitment of a large growing space to maintain. We welcome contact from any local groups who would like the opportunity to grow their own. Some indoor growing space may be available at the refurbished glass houses in the horticultural centre (book through MCC staff). Walled garden plot sizes are negotiable depending on group size, experience and availability.

We have little experience of food growing, can we still join in? The Pineapple Cooperative aims to engage with and educate local people how to ‘grow their own’. This project will offer ongoing learning opportunities, providing individuals with valuable skills and knowledge. There will be a member of Real Food Team present in the walled garden throughout the week at agreed times to give advice, encouragement and provide access to tools and equipment. A ‘Tesco Bags of Help’ grant has provided a walled garden worker to advise and support groups to get the best out of their growing area. The Pineapple Cooperative will be a chance to make new friends and enjoy a healthier lifestyle. If you or your group would like to get involved and support this initiative, please contact: Kay Bamford, Real Food Growing Coordinator: 07580 869 747, The Real Food Wythenshawe project is led by Wythenshawe Community Housing Group and aims to reach people across the whole community, supporting them to lead healthier, lower carbon lifestyles through the food they grow, cook and eat.

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OUT&ABOUT TO 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. 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 pond-dipping 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. TO 13 MAY 2018 SOYUZ TMA-19M: TIM PEAKE’S SPACECRAFT – MANCHESTER SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY MUSEUM The spacecraft that brought Tim Peake safely back to earth along with his space suite on show at MOSI. Open from 10am to 5pm TO 13 APRIL 2018 BLUEBELLS AND BUTTERFLIES 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. TO 14 APRIL 2018 AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS – NORTHENDEN PLAYERS THEATRE GROUP Methodist Hall, Victoria Road, Northenden T: 0161 445 6868

13 APRIL 2018 11AM – 11.45AM MESSY MILLINERS – HAT WORKS STOCKPORT An exciting and innovative messy play session with a hatting theme. Suitable for babies and early walkers. Booking essential. 11am to 11.45am 14 APRIL 2018 BLACK TIE NIGHTS AT WYTHENSHAWE FORUM Black Tie Nights is ballroom, latin and popular sequence dancing. Live and recorded music, until 11pm. Contact Sandra Nixon on 07535 403003 or email: 14 APRIL 2018 EASTER EVENT – WYTHENSHAWE TOWN CENTRE 11am-4pm – face painting, stilt walkers, balloon modeller, find the chick and much more. 21 APRIL 2018 FAMILY SPORTS DAY – SCHOLES FIELDS GATLEY Fun Races, Petanque, Family Fun Run and Dodge ball, Netball, Obstacle course, Wellie Whanging, Tug of War, Stalls, GVP’s Famous Burgers and Artisan Ice cream. Come and have a go... no skill required! 1pm to 4pm 27 APRIL 10.30AM – 12 NOON EXPERITOTS: MAKE A NOISE Museum of Science and Industry Creative activity sessions for under-6s feature puppets and storytelling to introduce young people to the wonders of science. £3 for one child and one adult, £2 for additional child Limited place, booking recommended. 28 MAY 2018 MAY HALF TERM: SURVIVAL STORY – QUARRY BANK MILL Test our your survival skills as a runaway apprentice – other dates available – 11am – 4pm www.nationaltrust,

2 JUNE 2018 ENVIROLUTION FESTIVAL 2018 Community minded free family friendly festival run in Platt Fields. Open from 1pm to 7pm 2 JUNE 2018 TEDDY BEAR’S PICNIC AT DUNHAM MASSEY CHESHIRE If you go down to the garden today, youre sure of a big surprise from 12 noon – 4pm 9 JUNE 2018 – 10 JUNE 2018 PARKLIFE FESTIVAL – HEATON PARK Manchester biggest music festival. 17 JUNE 2018 MANCHESTER DAY 2018 As well as the parade there will be a dazzling array of performances, mouth watering food and much moor across the city centre. 23 JUNE 2018 WANNABE – THE SPICE GIRLS SHOW AT WYTHENSHAWE FORUM Spice Girls remain the biggest girl band of all time with 9 number 1 singles, 80 million record sales, World tours, movies & a musical to their name. Featuring your favourite Spice Girls hits, the Wannabe show recreates the era of Girl Power giving you a 90s night out to remember! From the chart stomping ‘Spice Up Your Life’ through to the hip shaking ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, they will take you on a Spice World journey that will make you Zig-A-Zig-Ahhhh. Starts at 8pm TICKETS: £18. Book on 0161 935 4020 or BOOK ONLINE (booking fee may apply). 30 JUNE 2018 – 1 JULY 2018 MANCHESTER AIRPORT AVIATION AND TRANSPORT FESTIVAL 2018 Celebrating Manchester Airports 80th Anniversary - Entrance £5 per person and under 3s free – free all day parking. 5 JULY 2018 – 8 JULY 2018 GRIMMFEST MANCHESTER FESTIVAL OF HORROR AND CULT FILMS

7 JULY 2018 – 8 JULY 2018 AIR FAIR 2018 AT AVRO MUSEUM WOODFORD Car show, planes and much more. 14 JULY 2018 THE ADVENTURUES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES AT DUNHAM MASSEY CHESHIRE Join Chapterhouse theatre company in what promised to be one of the must see productions of the summer – booking essential. 7pm – 9.30pm 18 JULY 2018 – 22 JULY 2018 RHS FLOWER SHOW – TATTON PARK CHESHIRE A brilliant day out for all the family showcasing some of the young and upcoming garden designers. 20 JULY 2018 – 28 JULY 2018 MANCHESTER JAZZ FESTIVAL An exciting, eclectic mix of events in a variety of venues across the City centre. 24 AUGUST 2018 – 27 AUGUST 2018 MANCHESTER PRIDE BIG WEEKEND The Manchester Pride parade on the streets of the city centre and much more. 1 SEPTEMBER 2018 AN EVENING OF CLAIRVOYANCE – Wythenshawe Forum Are you ready to believe? Join David Holt – Spirit Medium Age – 18 plus Ticket price £18 7.30pm to 9.30pm 27 SEPTEMBER 2018 – 8 OCTOBER 2018 MANCHESTER FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL A city takeover and surrounds for the 21st annual Mancunian eating and drinking bonanza. WYTHENSHAWE GAMES 25-29 JULY 2018 11AM TO 5PM EVERY DAY 5 DAYS OF FAMILY FUN IN THE PARK

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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.

JUNIORS WYTHENSHAWE JUNIOR NETBALL CLUB BRAND NEW JUNIOR SESSION ‘SAVE THE DATE’ First Junior Session - Monday 14 May 2018 Juniors aged 7-11 for boys and girls


All sessions are run by qualified P and experienced coaches

DISABILITY YOUTH CLUB Tuesday 6.30-9.30pm

Book Now Places are subject to availability

Young People 11-21 years with a variety of disabilities


Contact us


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

Facebook – Wythenshawe Junior Netball Club or call F 07429 955309

Community lunch every Thursday at The Firbank Pub, Baguley 12.30 – 2pm.

Newall Green High School, Greenbrow Road, Wythenshawe Manchester M23 2SX

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 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

Contact Marie Greenhalgh on 0161 946 3558 or email: for further details.

Mondays 6-7pm First session is FREE £4 per session

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 ST LUKE'S, BENCHILL Rainbows: Tuesday 5.00-6.00pm (term time only) Brownies: Tuesday 6.00-7.30pm (term time only) Guides: Tuesday 6.30-8.00pm (term time only)

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

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Would you like to make a difference in your Neighbourhood and help improve services that residents of Wythenshawe receive from your local Housing Provider? Then this opportunity is for you. Wythenshawe Community Housing Group is looking for volunteers to carry out a number of different roles from being a member of one of our Service Panels to Neighbourhood Walkabouts. We provide training and support for all of our volunteers. Get involved and improve your CV and employment opportunities. Interested contact our Co-ordinator on 0161 946 6315.






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)





July 2018 wedding offer


Tel: 0161 945 7226 Mob: 07523 470639

40 day guests & 70 evening guests Includes: day chair covers, 3 course wedding breakfast, Glass of wine, 70 evening guest buffet and DJ. Additional guests can be added. Limited availability. Cresta Court Hotel 0161 927 2612 Quote: Southside


FREE ESTIMATES Ivy Cottage Wythenshawe Road Brooklands Manchester M23 9DD


Sat. 7.30 - Sun. 6pm





Home Carers wanted Successful applicants will care for older people in their own homes as part of a care plan intended to help the clients achieve maximum independence. Wythenshawe and surrounding areas covered. Competitive rates of pay; enhanced rates for evening and weekends. ● Work in the area you live. ● Flexible hours. ● Evening and weekend work available. ●

E S O U T H SE ID £35

Previous experience preferable but not essential. ● Full training and support given. ● Due to the nature of the work an Enhanced DBS check will be required. ● Car driving not essential. ●








Please contact Michelle or Debbie on 0161 437 0717 for more information or an application pack.

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