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Mike Kane MP backs breathing space for families in problem debt Local MP, Mike Kane has backed calls for a new scheme to help thousands of families regain control of their finances as data from the Bank of England shows unsecured household debt rising at its fastest rate since the financial crisis. Debt often strikes when people experience sudden changes in circumstances such as job loss or ill health. Aggressive action from creditors and pressure to repay debts at an unaffordable rate can lead families to cut back on everyday essentials like food, take out other, expensive loans or fall further behind on essential bills.

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The rise in personal borrowing has led to mounting concern that households who get into debt need safer ways to manage financial difficulties.

In Wythenshawe & Sale East alone, an estimated 4,920 families with 8,518 children are living with problem debt. Analysis from The Children’s Society shows that children in low-income families with multiple debts are more likely to suffer from mental health problems than equivalent families with fewer debts. Mike Kane MP has joined calls in parliament to introduce a ‘Breathing Space’ scheme – supported by The Children’s Society and

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StepChange Debt Charity - that would offer people seeking debt advice a 12-month legal protection from mounting interest, charges and enforcement action. It would build on protections offered under the Debt Arrangement Scheme in Scotland, which has made sure that families sticking to an affordable repayment plan agreed with their creditors are not harried or hassled for the duration of that plan.

Mike said: “It is just not right that children's mental health and happiness is suffering as a result of creditors unfairly escalating people’s debt problems. “Families in problem debt need time and space to get back on their feet. By providing a period free from additional interest, charges and enforcement action, a new Breathing Space scheme would help families recover their financial situation and put in place a plan to affordably repay their debts. “I’m pleased that the Breathing Space proposal has widespread cross-party support. The Government now needs to act by putting a comprehensive Breathing Space scheme in place.”

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Wythenshawe travel agent bags Mini from Manchester Airport Lucky Travel Agent, Nicola Irving from Wythenshawe, has beaten thousands of other people and won a MINI courtesy of Manchester Airport’s MAGnificent trade incentive. The incentive has been live for the last year where agents across the country have been entering simply by booking a holiday or flight out of Manchester Airport. One booking equalled one entry. Nicola was then picked out of more than 14,000 other entries to claim the star prize. Nicola works for ATPI based in Wythenshawe, and during the incentive booked 28 flights out of Manchester Airport. Her name was picked by the airport’s co-ordinating Chaplain George Lane, who officiated over the prize giving. Nicola said: “I am absolutely delighted to have won the car and thank everyone at Manchester Airport for my amazing prize.” George Lane said: “I am so pleased for Nicola and I am sure she will enjoy her prize. We’d like to thank her for her commitment to Manchester Airport and all of the trips she has booked from the UK’s third largest airport.”

Try Manchester Reading Ahead Reduce stress, boost feelings of wellbeing and connect with people by joining the Manchester Reading Ahead challenge and get involved in completing 6 reads for pleasure between April and September 2017. Read anything you like; poems, magazines, books with your children…Record what you’ve read in a challenge diary to earn a certificate when you complete the challenge (and get entered into a prize draw!) It's a great way to share your favourite reads, best children's books, recipe books...whatever you're reading. We have a web site to publicise people’s ideas and recommendations. Visit at readingahead We're looking to get thousands of people in the city to complete the challenge and also for 'Reading Champions' to help promote reading and the campaign to residents and businesses of Manchester. If you're interested in getting involved please get in touch with Michael Gallon at

Quarry Bank welcomes Spring visitors Head down to Quarry Bank this spring holiday to unravel your creativity and get creative with textiles in the historic cotton mill. The mill, just 15 minutes’ drive from Wythenshawe, dates back to the late eighteenth century and still rumbles and roars with the sound of working machinery. During the spring holidays families can have a go at weaving a paper basket, braiding a friendship bracelet or helping to create a rag rug as we explore all things textiles. Join us on the Easter weekend, from 14 – 17 April, to try out the Cadbury’s Egg Hunt. Follow the trail around Quarry Bank to collect your tasty chocolate reward (£2 per trail). Out in the garden you can get a taste of springtime with flowers coming into bloom. Pop into the garden café for a light lunch or an ice cream, and explore the newly restored glasshouse and back sheds which tell the stories of the gardeners who worked at Quarry Bank in the past. Admission charges apply for all activities (free for National Trust members). Early arrival is advised as there’s lots to see and do on your visit. To reach Quarry Bank by public transport, take the number 200 bus from Manchester Airport.


Local MP pledge to help end the ‘cold homes crisis’ in Wythenshawe & Sale Mike Kane MP is supporting charity National Energy Action’s Fuel Poverty Awareness campaign by pledging to do more to tackle cold homes. Fuel Poverty Awareness Day is a national campaign to highlight the problem of fuel poverty, which currently sees over four million households unable to afford the energy they need to stay warm and healthy in their homes. It is a particular problem for those in low incomes living in energy inefficient homes that are difficult and expensive to heat. Mike said: “Living in a cold damp home can lead to extremely poor health, especially in those who are vulnerable such as older people, young children, and those with long term sickness and disabilities. “Not only will it be causing misery for millions of people this winter, but also placing a huge strain on our already stretched health services. In Wythenshawe & Sale East alone 5519 households are believed to be in fuel poverty.” “More needs to be done nationally, however I know that there is excellent work going on in my constituency and across the UK to tackle this issue, and I look forward to working alongside others in the community to help raise awareness of the problem and the solutions available.” Jenny Saunders OBE, Chief Executive of National Energy Action, said: “Fuel poverty is a serious problem and one that we cannot tackle alone. I am delighted that Mike Kane MP is supporting the campaign and helping to ensure that his constituents can live warm, healthy and happy lives.”

Wythenshawe Town FC ready to step up with vital community help Thanks to local business support, Wythenshawe Town FC is on course to complete FA-approved ground improvement work, ready for the step up to semi-professional football. From hard-standing areas, disabled access, a pitch perimeter barrier, floodlights and emergency vehicle access, all such works come at a substantial cost for a community football club. “Local businesses have been fantastic,” said Chairman, Kenny Hope.


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Local Sale-based commercial building contractors AT Nolan have been long-term sponsors of the club, likewise contract lighting manufacturers, Lighting Motions.


“Quite simply, we wouldn’t have been able to achieve the ground grading work without them. The demands set on football clubs far outweigh available resources, so local business backing is vital.”

Local family business Craven Scaffolding supplied the club with the metal poles to build the pitch perimeter barrier railing and Hanson UK have donated much-needed concrete to complete the hard-standing and ambulance access areas.

Wythenshawe Hall begins rising from the ashes It’s close to one year since the devastating fire at Wythenshawe Hall and much has been done since then to protect the Hall and to prepare the building for a long period of drying out. Richard Jackson, said: “We are just about to instigate phase one to make the whole building water tight and secure. Later, phase two will involve the complete renovation of all the interior and we hope then that we will have a Hall to be proud of, and which will be sound and secure for many years to come. “It is not possible at the moment to estimate when all this will be completed. The Friends of Wythenshawe Hall are very happy that progress is now being made and we are having to adjust to the fact that as a group we are homeless. But we will be in action around the Hall planning our future for when Wythenshawe Hall opens again.”

A huge scaffolding construction was erected so that a tent could be placed over the roof to protect against the elements. While inside, the building work has continued to clear debris, support ceilings and remove all wall panels and many floorboards to aid in drying. As well as significant fire damage, the water put on the fire also created problems. Now, almost 12 months after the blaze, the house is dry and is ready for major work to begin. A complete new roof is to be built and many windows to be renovated and repaired. All this is a long and careful process governed by the rules which apply to listed buildings. Historic England is overseeing the repairs along with the architects, and many experts have worked on the building to look at wood, glass and ceilings so that the correct repairs can be carried out.

Save the date 24 June 2017, 11.15am Rededication of the Northenden Cenotaph The Royal British Legion are organising an Armed Forces Day Fun Day event on Saturday, 24 June, starting at 12 noon, behind the Northenden Social Club, immediately after the rededication of the Northenden Cenotaph which takes place at 11.15am at the cenotaph. All are welcome

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Apprentices across Greater Manchester can now get free bus and Metrolink tickets to travel to work. The pilot scheme has been jointly developed and funded by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and the Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Hub on behalf of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) in response to feedback from apprentices and their training providers. Eligible apprentices, who often struggle with transport costs as they are not entitled to discounted travel, can now apply for a free 28-day travel pass valid on bus or Metrolink services across the region. People who are interested in cycling to work can join the ‘Apprentice Bike to Work’ scheme, which offers apprentices access to free recycled bikes, cycle training and bike maintenance courses provided by TfGM. The bikes also come with cycling accessories and safety equipment such as lights and helmets.


“Giving people recycled bikes and cycle training can set them up with a particularly healthy, low cost and practical way of getting to work – especially where shifts or location rule public transport out. “We hope that both these schemes, which are part of a wider Travel Choices package aimed at getting people to work in a sustainable way that’s good for the economy and the environment, will make it easier for apprentices to travel to work.” Cllr Sean Anstee, GMCA’s Vice Chair and Lead Member for Skills, Employment and Worklessness, welcomed the launch: “Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to develop skills, earn a wage and achieve a qualification while working. Around 30,000 people across Greater Manchester take up an apprenticeship each year, but we recognise that apprenticeship wages are sometimes quite low in the early days. This scheme will help to balance out travel costs and that’s why we’re delighted to be working with TfGM on the pilot.

Apprentices from around 30 training providers across Greater Manchester have been invited to take part in the scheme, which will initially run until the end of March 2018. If the pilot is successful, TfGM and GMCA plan to roll out a longer-term travel offer for Greater Manchester apprentices.

“We want to do all we can to support Greater Manchester residents of all ages who want to take up an apprenticeship as part of their career development. We’re looking at what we can do to tackle barriers in the longer-term, but in the meantime this pilot offers a welcome helping hand.”

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “The cost of travel can make it difficult for apprentices, particularly young people, to get to work as they are not entitled to the same discounted travel full-time students receive.

All applications should be made through training providers to find out if apprentices are eligible. For more information about the scheme contact the TfGM Travel Choices team at

Looking to the Future at Saint Paul’s Year 7 students at Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe recently had a day at school focusing on their future; the focus was on their dream job and what they would need to do to achieve their dream. Whilst Year 8s and Year 11s were attending their Consultation Day, Year 7 students took time out from their studies to consider what they would like to achieve in the future and the career to which they aspire. They looked at which career they would like and discussed the various options with their teachers; they then examined the study path that would enable them to attain their goal. The students looked at the GCSE options they would need, the A levels necessary to gain a place on a university course, the university and college courses available and the CVs, application forms and Personal Statements they would need to submit at each stage. They also learned about job descriptions and personal specifications and researched the personal skills and attributes necessary for those roles.

“This was a fantastic day; we all enjoyed discussing with the students the many and varied exciting opportunities available to them,” explained Mrs Sarah Williams, Deputy Headteacher. “The focused day enabled the students to gain an understanding of the many career opportunities available, also it examined the skills and attitudes needed for their particular dream job and a successful future.” “An opportunity like this allows the students to make a more informed choice about what career route is best for them,” said Executive Headteacher, Mr Tony Billings. “Starting early with the Year 7s allows them time to consider what they’d like to achieve and think about the pathway to achieve this. They can start talking to family and acquaintances about their careers and the hard work and dedication needed to achieve those goals.”

Firbank on fine form at Council awards The Firbank Pub and Kitchen has been crowned the champion of champions at the Manchester City Council’s annual ‘Be Proud’ awards at Manchester town hall. Landlord Simon Delaney and wife Rachael were ecstatic when The Firbank took the top prize, having won the Business in the Community Award earlier in the night. The Firbank was also named Best Community Pub at the glitzy Great British Pub Awards. Simon, who has run the Newall Green venue for 21 years, said the latest award proved he and his staff would continue to fight for Simon said: “We’re a thriving business, we the community having faced a earn a living. But it’s not about that. It’s tough year. about Wythenshawe - about the The Firbank was also community. No matter what’s happened to commended as ‘the hub of us, we’ll keep fighting for our own. I can’t the local community’. believe we’re the Pride of Manchester. It’s incredible.” It is part of the age-friendly Manchester scheme and provides communal meals where people can meet and socialise over lunch. Its customers fundraise for local and national charities and they provide opportunities for young staff to gain work experience and on-the-job training.


Premier League works with City in the Community City in the Community - Manchester City Football Club’s foundation has been using the power of football to create opportunities, build futures, and touch lives in a unique way for 30 years. By placing the game at the heart of its plans, the Club’s Foundation continues to make a considerable difference to not only local employment, crime prevention and social inclusion, but also to the health and wellbeing of fans, friends and neighbours. City in the Community create opportunities through football to engage with the local community and work to motivate and inspire people to achieve. The PL Works programme is aimed at young people aged between 18 – 24 years who are currently not in employment, education or training and we are currently recruiting participants to start the programme in April 2017. The programme is designed to provide opportunities and upskill participants whilst enhancing the CV and using the power of football to motivate people towards making positive steps in obtaining employment. The programme will run for two days a week for an initial 13 week period (120 hours) (every Wednesday & Thursday commencing on 26th April 2017) and will also include a monthly jobs club (first Friday of the month), regular catch ups and follow up over the subsequent 12 months.

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This year, The Printworks will be celebrating the end of Lent with the egg-citing return of its 14th annual Vintage Swing Festival, which promises to bring vintage cars, stalls, plenty of family fun, and of course… a whole lot of chocolate! The fourteenth consecutive Easter Vintage Swing festival will be making its return on Sunday 16 April from 12pm-5pm with performances from Blues musician Jackson Sloan, free dance lessons courtesy of Katz Korner swing dance company and the Lindy-Hop and Swing group, and a host of vintage stalls and cars for a day of swinging, singing and dancing back in time! Children can also join in on the fun with a children’s face painter and a special Easter egg hunt within the scheme - all you have to do is find a picture of an egg to get it swapped for a chocolate one! For some additional family fun, Hard Rock Cafe is inviting families to Hop into Spring for its ever-popular Breakfast with Bunny experience.

From 10am until 11:30am guests can start their Sunday with some special Easter fun - a full English breakfast fit for a rockstar, with cereal, tea, coffee, and a selection of juices, as well as face painting, balloon modelling, and magic tricks to entertain the children. Guests can also expect a special appearance from the Easter bunny… you’d be hopping mad to miss it! With various dining venues within The Printworks, there are even more options to enjoy a family meal. Kids-friendly Frankie & Benny’s The Printworks provides a super kids pack for each child filled with activities, as well as complimentary balloons, whilst Chiquito’s boasts a family fun pack, Kids’ menu and Young Adults menu. Other family-friendly venues available includes Harvester, Peachy Keens, and Busaba, providing parents with plenty of choice for a fun Easter Day out.

Hundreds of Vodafone jobs heading to Wythenshawe Telecoms giant Vodafone is to create 800 jobs in Wythenshawe under its biggest employment expansion for years. The company says it's growing its customer services hub in Wythenshawe, and have described the investment as a boost to the "Northern Powerhouse" vision. Nick Jeffery, Vodafone UK chief executive, said: ”These new, skilled roles will make a real difference to our customers and a real difference to the communities that are the focus of our customer services investment. “Our ambition is to give our customers the best experience possible, providing an outstanding level of service and support as we continue to invest in building the biggest and best network in Britain.


Award-winning boxing academy seeks support to move forward One of Wythenshawe’s most iconic community success stories, Jimmy Egan's Boxing Academy, is currently fundraising in a bid to keep the good work it provides to the town moving forward. To quote Jimmy Egan’s ethos: “It’s not about the sport, it’s about the community”.

part in fundraisers for MS and Wythenshawe Hospital Breast Cancer Programme.

The club, which provides stability and friendship, as well as sport and exercise giving members pride in themselves and respect for others, is ideally looking to businesses and organisation for sponsorship support to enhance its future efforts.

“We have also worked closely with Greater Manchester Police and were very successful in becoming mediators at the request of the then local MP Paul Goggins to assist at a time of social unrest amongst youths in the Wythenshawe area.

Jimmy Egan’s Boxing Academy was established in 1980, with the late British heavyweight Henry Cooper OBE as guest of honour. The club’s founder, the late Jimmy Egan, died 12 years ago and in the last 11 years, his sons Steve and Shaun Egan have carried on his legacy.

“Recently, due to our work within Wythenshawe, we have won the Community Force Award at the 2016 Manchester City Council ‘Be Proud’ awards.”

The club has helped produce and bring on 24 national champions, some of whom have gone on to turn professional. These include the heavyweight Tyson Fury, British Light Heavyweight Champion Hosea Burton, Light Middleweight Challenger Jimmy Kelly, and top-ranked British prospects, Kofi Yates and Macauley McGowan. Steve Egan, said: Jimmy Egan actively took part in fundraising for St Ann’s Hospice and in the past year we have helped local community charities such as Diabetes UK. We have also taken

Any funds the club has been able to raise thus far, has been through putting on amateur boxing shows throughout the year in a bid to raise much-needed revenue for a community facility that keeps kids off the streets, with a view to shaping them into focused, driven, employable young men and women. Steve, added: What we are now asking for is that with your help, we are able to become more self sufficient and deliver to the community the support and availability of a boxing gym that has helped so many young men and women thrive and develop to their full potential.”

The next boxing event will take place at Wythenshawe Forum on Friday 19 May 2017 from 7.30pm

Tony needs sponsors to take on the Thames Path Challenge 100km walk Tony Flanagan, of Manchester Sports Massage, is limbering up for a walk that will see him cover 100km in aid of the Christie Hospital. Completing the event would be a massive achievement for anyone but more so for Tony, who is registered blind. Tony, said: “It was 25 years ago when my first real experience with cancer was when it took my dad, Joe, at 66. Since then this horrible disease has decimated my family, taking my two sisters-in-law, my sister and worst of all for me, my teenage daughter. “So many people are affected by cancer that this year I am doing the 100km Thames Path Challenge, from Putney Bridge to Henley, overnight (9th-10th September), to raise money for The Christie Hospital for the Louise Flanagan fund set up by my brother. “The event draws a lot of publicity and is covered across the media so any businesses or individuals willing to sponsor me would receive a lot of publicity, which is what I am looking for.”


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Age UK Manchester Crowned Worthy Winner in Region-wide Competition Age UK Manchester has been crowned the winner of a region-wide competition to receive a canteen kit out as part of Holland’s Pies’ Hunger Busters campaign. Following research* that revealed that only 38% of North West residents take a regular lunch break due to lack of time and facilities, the North’s favourite baker, Holland’s, launched the Hunger Busters competition offering worthy causes across the North West the opportunity to update their canteen and fill it with a stash of Holland’s Pies’ new Micro 2 Go® slices. Age UK Manchester delivers numerous impactful services from its Crossacres Community Resource Centre, including day care, home care, clubs and a Community Café. The charity was shortlisted alongside three other groups in a public vote. Age UK Manchester’s entry really showcased its great work to provide support for the elderly, making it more than worthy of a place on the Hunger Busters shortlist, and the ultimate winners of the competition. Age UK Manchester will now be the proud recipients of a brand new fridge, microwave and a stash of Holland’s brand new Micro 2 Go® slices after receiving over 500 votes through the company’s Facebook page.

Offering a place to store and cook food, and with Holland’s slices taking just 90 seconds to heat, the prize will ensure that the team at Age UK Manchester enjoy the new additions to its café with the added bonus of having tasty treats to hand for its service users. Kim Hyde from Age UK Manchester, said: “We’re delighted that so many people voted for us – it was a privilege to have been shortlisted, particularly alongside so many other worthy causes. “We can’t wait to receive our new canteen kit out and the delicious slices which our service users will enjoy hugely. Thank you.” Leanne Holcroft, Brand Manager at Holland’s Pies, said: “We’re thrilled to be giving this prize to such a worthy cause – the number of votes Age UK Manchester received through our Facebook page is just testament to the fantastic work that they do in their community and how deserving they are. “We can’t wait to see their new kit out in situ! We also want to thank the other fantastic shortlisted entries and commend them for all the hard work they put into their Hunger Busters applications.”


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NGHS team wins the Manchester University Youth Hack Challenge.



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Regular opportunities to do something for someone else. The next event will be Red Nose Day!

Inspiring ex-students such as Damon Atkinson who recently spoke to Year 9 about the Household Cavalry, working for the Queen and life in the police.

Regular performing arts performances build character as more and more students take to the stage.

The latest NGHS sporting stars are Jade M’Bam in Year 10 who represents England at basketball, and Year 11 student Courtney McCarthy who is boxing for England.

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Hospice charity runners bring ad Local charity, St Ann’s Hospice, recently brought a kaleidoscope of colour to Manchester with its latest fundraising event.


ded colour to Wythenshawe Park Around 2,000 people from across the city joined together to take part in a special fun run with a difference, whilst raising essential funds to care for local patients from St Ann’s Hospice. Participants in the 5km sponsored ObstaColour Run event were showered with multi-coloured powder – a safe, environmentally friendly corn starch - as they walked, ran or jogged the route through Wythenshawe Park. They also took on a series of inflatable obstacles throughout the untimed race. Runners were also encouraged to write the name of someone who means something to them on a special ribbon and wear it round their wrist on the day. These were then hung on a Tree of Dedication at the end of the run, just after participants had crossed the finish line.

Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive of St Ann’s Hospice, said: “Last year’s Colour Run was hugely popular, and we knew that our supporters would love the addition of inflatable obstacles to keep them on their toes this year. We’ve been overwhelmed with the number of people who have taken part this weekend, and hope they had a fun – and messy – day. “As a charity we need to raise around £16,000 every day to keep our services running so we’re dependent on the kind generosity of local people who join us for events like the ObstaColour Run. “We simply couldn’t carry on caring for our patients and their families without them, and we’re looking

forward to collecting the sponsorship money from participants so we can see how much has been raised.” Last year’s St Ann’s Colour Run attracted almost 1700 people from across the city, raising £79,518.81 for the local charity. St Ann’s Hospice, which operates from three sites in Little Hulton, Heald Green and the Neil Cliffe Centre in Wythenshawe Hospital, looks after thousands of patients every year with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses – managing their symptoms, providing support, caring for people at the hospice or at home, and providing end of life care. *For more information on other St Ann’s Hospice events, please visit or call 0161 498 3663.

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Benefits for families The National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) The National Living Wage (NLW) and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) are set to increase from April 2017, so if you’re over 25, on the NLW and working full time you could see an additional £585 per year in your pay (based on 37.5 hours per week at an increase of 30p per hour).

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Your Personal Allowance is increasing In April 2017 the personal allowance will rise to £11,500 – giving you an extra £500 tax-free – with a commitment from the government to increase this to £12,500 by 2020-21. The point at which you pay the higher rate of income tax will increase – from £43,000 this year to £45,000 in 2017-18 – with a commitment to increase the threshold to £50,000 by 2020-21.

Universal Credit requirements for parents to look for work Parents with a youngest child aged 3, including lone parents, are expected to look for work if they want to claim Universal Credit. For more information visit:

Bereavement Support Payment

This is good news if you take childcare vouchers and your salary is between these amounts, as you’ll be able to increase your childcare voucher allowance from £124 per month (the higher rate allowance) to £243 per month (the basic rate allowance) without a change to your salary.

The current bereavement benefits (Bereavement Allowance, Bereavement Payment, Widowed Parent's Allowance) will be replaced with the new Bereavement Support Payment (BSP). This will be introduced for new claims from April 2017.

Tax Free Childcare

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The introduction of a new scheme called 'tax-free childcare' is to be implemented during 2017. The new scheme aims to help working parents with the cost of childcare, This will replace the current system of employersupported childcare (ESC) which is offered by less than 5% of employers and used by around 450,000 families. Parents will be able to open an online voucher account with a voucher provider and have their payments topped up by the government. For every 80 pence that families pay in, the government will put in 20 pence, up to the annual limit on costs for each child of £2,000 (£4,000 for disabled children). Parents will then be able to use the vouchers for any Ofsted-regulated childcare in England and the equivalent bodies in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

An easy guide to the new 2017 Road Tax Any new car registered from the April 1 onwards will be subject to new Vehicle Excise Duty commonly known as road tax to you and I.

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Married Couple's Allowance Marriage Allowance lets you transfer £1,100 of your Personal Allowance to your husband, wife or civil partner - if they earn more than you. This reduces their tax by up to £220 in the tax year (6 April to 5 April 2018. To benefit as a couple, you (as the lower earner) must have an income of £11,000 or less. For more information visit:

Tax Credits and Universal Credit two child limit In the summer budget 2015, the government proposed that support for children through Tax Credits and Universal Credit will be limited to two children from April 2017. For Child Tax Credit, elements will not be included for a third (or more) child born on or after 6 April 2017 unless an exception applies. Elements will continue to be included for all children born before 6 April 2017. For Universal Credit, elements will not be included for the third (or more) child who joins the family on or after 6 April 2017 unless an exception applies. For more information visit:

Tax Credit Family Element removed People starting a family after April 2017 will no longer be eligible for the Family Element in tax credits. The equivalent in Universal Credit, known as the First Child Element, will also not be available for new claims from April 2017. For more information visit:


If you’re in the early stages of looking for a new car in 2017 it will be worth a read to find out how much you will have pay in duty. WHAT’S THE NEW 2017 ROAD TAX SYSTEM? The new rate of Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) is divided up into 13 bands and still worked out on CO2 emissions per kilometre like the old system but only cars with zero emissions and a list price below £40,000 will pay nothing in tax. CO2 emissions (g/km) 0 1 – 50 51 – 75 76 – 90 91 – 100 101 – 110 111 – 130 131 – 150 151 – 170 171 – 190 191 – 225 226 – 255 Over 255

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*Cars with a list price of over £40,000 when new pay an additional rate of £310 per year on top of the standard rate, for five years then £140 after that.

WCHG welcomes new apprentices for 2017 Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG) has welcomed six new Apprentices to the Group for 2017. Chair of the WCHG Board the Bishop of Manchester, The Right Reverend, Dr David Walker, said: "Apprenticeships are part of WCHG’s commitment to the future of Wythenshawe. “It’s hugely important we continue to do what we can to equip young people with the right skills and qualifications to gain permanent jobs at the end of their employment contracts." WCHG Group Chief Executive, Nigel Wilson, said: “Apprenticeships for local people are a key objective for WCHG and this year has seen some real success stories of our employment initiative.

The Group had close to 60 applicants apply for the positions, which started with an intensive assessment process in October 2016.

“Jude joins us through the Evolution Project and Daniel was previously part of the Seasonal Ground Maintenance Team. We will continue to develop and nurture apprentices here in Wythenshawe to ensure local people have the opportunity to build a brighter future.”

The six successful candidates all started in January 2017, and take the current number of construction apprentices at WCHG to 18.

Apprentice Jude Cronshaw, said, “I first got involved with WCHG through the Evolution project, it showed me I was going down the wrong path for myself and my family.

This year’s apprentices are: Jude Cronshaw – Electrician, Terrance Norman – Gas, Jay Singh – Roofing, Kaine Ruddy – Roofing, Jake Doherty – Joinery, Daniel Browne – Plastering

“Through this, I found out about the Apprenticeships at WCHG and thought this would be a great opportunity for me, I’m delighted to now be working for WCHG and I am looking forward to the future.”

Each apprentice has a dedicated mentor within the Wythenshawe Works department and as part of their training will all be attending ‘The Manchester Skills Centre’.

For more information on WCHG Apprenticeships contact Abby Watson on email


Former City shot stopper inspires Northenden pupils To help prepare pupils for life in modern day Britain and to encourage and promote the importance of anti-racism and celebrate diversity, St Wilfrid's CE Primary School in Northenden recently welcomed Alex Williams MBE, to the school. Alex was a goalkeeper for Manchester City during the Eighties and is now a ‘City in the Community’ Ambassador. The aim of City in the Community is to use the football club to change lives and to make a positive impact on local Manchester people. Helena Miller, Head of School, said: “Alex led a question and answer session in the hall for the children, highlighting the importance of showing racism the red card. “This was a fantastic opportunity for all the children to listen about his experiences as a footballer, and the impact his work is having on children across our city, educating youngsters against hate.” Comments from the children, included: 'What an inspiration - he was mesmerising to listen to.' And. 'It was great to hear about what it was like to be a footballer, knowing that if I believe in myself, I can achieve too'.

Wythenshawe welcomes new place of worship Residents of Wythenshawe are being welcomed to the new church community of King's Church that will be launching in April 2017. King's Church, Wythenshawe services will be held every Sunday in the community facilities of Manchester Health Academy School (next to Moor Road Tram stop) at 10.15am. James Baguley, said: “As a church, our desire is to demonstrate the love of God, through involvement in various areas of community life within Wythenshawe, to add to the great work the various churches in the area are already doing. “We are passionate about people experiencing the powerful love of God, coming to understand that God has a purpose for each of our lives and experiencing community in a vibrant church. We are a welcoming community and want to reach out to those in need within the Wythenshawe area. “It is so exciting to see the developments made in Wythenshawe in the last 10 years and, as a church, we believe and are praying for further prosperity and blessing in Wythenshawe over the years ahead.” To find out more, either attend the services or visit the website ( to learn what the community at King’s Church are all about.


The Church will also be running a special family service on Easter Sunday (with family fun and some chocolate Easter treats) so why not go along and try out something new this Easter. #mif17 0843 208 1840

We are currently recruiting for Compassionate, Aspirational, Respectful and Engaged people to work in our residential care services. 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 ● Activity Lifestyle Co-ordinator ● 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. ● ●

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 0161 475 0149.

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Local MP breaks new ground Mike Kane MP recently honoured Manchester Health Academy (MHA) when he officially broke ground for their new building work. The Academy is investing £10m to transform its estate; including a new dedicated English and maths block, new dining room extension and state of the art sporting facilities with new changing rooms, multi-use games area and FA standard all weather pitch for students and the community to enjoy. Mike, said: “It is a pleasure to officially break the ground for Manchester Health Academy’s extension. 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. “One of the Academy’s key priorities is to provide leadership opportunities to all, which really resonates with me – when I was a teacher my belief was that the primary purpose of leadership is to create more leaders. “I wish the students and staff of the Academy every success in educating our leaders of the future.” The new block will be a three-story building on the Altrincham Road side of the site, attached to the current building. MHA currently educates approximately 700 students, and will see this rise to just fewer than 1100 students by 2022. Damian Owen, Principal of the MHA, said: “I am looking forward to seeing our expansion plans come to fruition in tandem with our ongoing work to drive up standards of teaching and learning.

“I am passionate about providing children with the best education possible, and this new teaching space will extend our excellent school facilities for a new generation of students.”

Local primary school pupils celebrate World Book Day 2017 St Anthony's Catholic Primary School in Wythenshawe, recently celebrated World Book Day in stripes and bobble hats, marking the 30 year anniversary of the Where's Wally series. Pupils joined in the Great Big Where's Wally Hunt and collected prizes and certificates when they spotted miniature Wallys exploring the school grounds. Some classes decorated gingerbread Wallys, some put Wally's face on wanted posters and some even created their own Where's Wally scenes. Maggie Groarke, Deputy Head Teacher of St Anthony’s, said: “Both the staff and the pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day and it was clear a great deal of effort had gone into their costumes. It was a fantastic celebration of books and reading.”







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In Our Community REAL FOOD WYTHENSHAWE Real Food Wythenshawe has several opportunities to help Wythenshawe become greener, prettier and full of veg! Would you like to join us? 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 1-4pm 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 m our Facebook page Real Food Wythenshawe or Twitter @realfoodteam.

NEW DAWN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION BUTTON LANE, NORTHERN MOOR M23 0ND Local Councillors Surgery, 1st & 3rd Monday of each month 7-8pm BROWNIES Monday 6.30-7.30pm Girls aged 7-11 Tel Rona 0161 998 7203 RANGERS Monday 7.30-8.30pm Girls aged 12-16 Tel 0161 998 4262 RAINBOWS Tuesday 6.30-7.30pm Tel 0161 946 1393 YOUNG AT HEART 55+ Monday 1.30-3.30pm Lots of actitivities and events Tel Sue 07821 373833 KARATE CLASSES Monday 6.30-9.30pm / Wednesday & Thursday 6.30-8.30pm All ages welcome PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICE Tel Praveen for an appointment 07890 685087 RUMMAGE SALE First Saturday of each month 11am CHAIR BASED EXERCISES Thursday 10.30-11.30am Tel Barbara on 0161 998 4262 ART CLASSES Friday 12-2pm Tel Charles on 0161 969 4440 KNITTING & CROCHET CLUB Monday 4-6pm Tel Ann 0161 613 0026 / 07504 667442

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.

ROLLERS CLUB Rollers Club is now at the Forum each Friday from 7.15 to 8.45pm. Open to all ages from 5 years old and upwards with skates to hire from small 9 to adult 11. Entry is £4 and £1 to hire skates. Let’s get Wythenshawe rolling again. To prebook skate hire or if you have any queries contact Korby on 07904 341348.

MANCHESTER MARVELS Inclusive Multisports Session – open to all abilities for 8-19 year olds. Every Saturday 1-3pm at Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre M22 1QW £4 per session. For more info please call 07856 268933.

BROWNIES & GUIDES St Michael's, Lawton Moor Brownies: 6.30pm - 8pm Fridays during term time Wythenshawe Safespots Centre have a training opportunity available to staff members on the impact of domestic violence and children proceedings, this course will be delivered by WTB solicitors and is available to all. If this is something you feel your staff or colleagues would benefit from then please share the invite. The training will run from 10.30 - 12 on 24th April at the Wythenshawe Safespots Centre, Alderman Downward House, Wythenshawe Town Centre. The course is free to all staff attending. Places are limited on the course so please book early to avoid disappointment. If you have any questions please contact Lisa Clover on 07873 889637. To confirm your place RSVP to

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

MANCHESTER GAMES – WHATS ON! Tuesday 4-6pm at Newall Green High School - Football, for 1319 years (FREE) Tuesday 6-8pm at Wythenshawe Sports Club, Cricket, table tennis, football for 13-19 years (Free) Thursday 7-9pm at Norbrook Youth Centre, WCHG youth club and sports session for 13-19 years (Free) Saturday 5-8pm at Wythenshawe Forum, Gym, swim & football for 11-19 years (Free) Saturday 4-5pm at Wythenshawe Forum, Girls only Basketball for 13-19 years (Free) For further information please email

YOUTH CLUBS IN WYTHENSHAWE BIDEFORD Bideford Drive, Baguley Tuesday 6.30pm – 9.00pm 13-19 years NORBROOK Bordley Walk, Wythenshawe Thursday 6.30pm – 9.00pm 13-19 years WOODVILLE Sale Road, Northern Moor Friday 6.30pm – 9.00pm 13-19 years YOUTH HUB Benchill Road, Wythenshawe Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 6.30pm – 8.30pm 11-19 years LIFESTYLE CENTRE Portway, Woodhouse Park Monday, Wednesday & Friday – 7.00pm – 9.30pm / Senior Club 13-19 yrs Monday & Friday – 4.30pm – 6.30pm Junior Club 10-12 yrs Tuesday – 6.00pm – 8.00pm Disability Club 11-25 yrs

BROWNWOOD HALL CHURCH Woodhouse Lane Wythenshawe M22 9TF 0161 499 2777 Family Tea - 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month Drop-In Parents & Toddlers Mondays Explorers - Children of all ages welcome - Sundays


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WHAT’S ON 22 APRIL 2017 BEHIND THE SCENES – HAVE A GO – QUARRY BANK MILL Find out more about Hand Spinning and Weaving and try it our for yourself. For more details check out the website /events/ GATLEY’S FAMILY SPORTS DAY Family sports day on Scholes Fields – its free and fun For more information email or visit the website UNTIL 23 APRIL 2017 1966 WORLD CUP EXHIBITION – NATIONAL FOOTBALL MUSEUM Share in England’s famous 1966 World Cup win with friends and family this season with a visit to the 1966 World Cup Exhibition. 24 APRIL 2017 CHORLTON FUN RUN For those who want to keep on the move, there will be a 6km run from St Clement’s Church down through the nature reserve, along the River Mersey and back.There will also be a 1.5km route suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. stclementchurchchorlton/events/ funrun Book by 24 April for reduced rates of £5 adult, £3 children. Edge Lane, Chorlton, Manchester. M21 9JF 24 APRIL 2017 – 30 APRIL 2017 WONDERLAND – THE PALACE THEATRE MANCHESTER Hailed by the New York Times as 'inspirational', Wonderland is an enchanting musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, with a huge heart, a medley of magic and a whole lot of wonder. alacetheatre.htm


LOWRY OUTLET MAKERS MARKETS – SALFORD QUAYS Returning for the New Year, Lowry Outlet MediaCityUK's fabulous Makers Market is back in style, bringing an array of quality artisan foods, drinks and award-winning craftsmen to its open-air Plaza area. 29 APRIL 2017 – 10 SEPTEMBER 2017 THE WORST CHILDRENS JOBS IN HISTORY – QUARRY BANK MILL From catching rats to cleaning the loos (you really don't want to know what a gong scourer is, trust us), there were some pretty icky jobs during the industrial revolution. The event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue. UNTIL 1 MAY 2017 FASHION ON THE RATION – IWM NORTH From 'onesies' to wear in the air raid shelter to jewellery created from aeroplane parts, Fashion on the Ration looks at how fashion survived and even flourished under the strict rules of rationing in 1940s Britain, often in new and unexpected ways. 1 MAY 2017 – 31 MAY 2017 GREATER MANCHESTER WALKING FESITVAL 2017 The third Greater Manchester Walking Festival takes place this May with 300 free guided walks across the region. Co-ordinated by Transport for Greater Manchester there will be walks for all ages, abilities and interests taking in towns, cities, parks, canals and riversides, as well as hills and moors Facebook – Festival/

8 MAY 2017 IRON MAIDEN – MANCHESTER ARENA Rock legends Iron Maiden return to Manchester Arena next spring as part of The Book Of Souls world tour. Special guests on the Manchester date will be American arena headliners Shinedown. manchesterarena.htm 13 MAY 2017 – 14 MAY 2017 THE TATTON PARK COUNTRY SHOW – TATTON PARK Returning for the 4th year, this family Country Fair will have something for everyone with all day entertainment. For further information, please visit the website for full opening times and prices. 15 MAY 2017 – 20 MAY 2017 THE WEDDING SINGER - THE OPERA HOUSE MANCHESTER When his own fiancée dumps him at the altar a seriously bummed out Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. 18 MAY 2017 PELÉ: ART, LIFE, FOOTBALL EXHIBITION – NATIONAL FOOTBALL MUSEUM In May 2017, the National Football Museum will unveil its latest exhibition, centred around one of the beautiful game’s most renowned artists. Aptly titled ‘Pelé: Art, Life & Football’, the collection will present fresh and unique perspectives of the iconic samba star, exploring just what made Pelé ‘the King of Football’ through a series of thoughtful, striking and provocative artworks.The launch event will be held on the evening of Thursday 18 May as part of Museums After Hours, opening the exhibition with traditionally vibrant samba celebration. Admission free 18 MAY 2017 – 21 MAY 2017 GERMAN BIERFEST MANCHESTER Now when days get longer and the sun comes out again it’s time for the German Village Festival. Sit outside in the garden and get the together with friends or family and enjoy a bratwurst or maybe one of the 3 different special brewed Bavarian beers.

21 MAY 2017 PROFESSOR BRIAN COX – MANCHESTER ARENA Brian Cox is perhaps the world’s foremost communicator of all things scientific. His innate ability to make highly complex matters enormously entertaining and easy to contemplate has made his science television shows ground breaking in their audience reach and accessibility. manchesterarena.htm 27 MAY 2017 – 28 MAY 2017 LOWRY OUTLET MAKERS MARKETS – SALFORD QUAYS Returning for the New Year, Lowry Outlet MediaCityUK's fabulous Makers Market is back in style, bringing an array of quality artisan foods, drinks and award-winning craftsmen to its open-air Plaza area. 28 MAY 2017 DIDSBURY MAKERS MARKET 80 stalls carefully selected from North West Artisan producers to show the very best of local food, drink, vintage, art and modern craft that the region has to offer. 29 MAY 2017 KING OF POP – THE LEGEND CONTINUES – THE PALACE THEATRE MANCHESTER This incredible production stars the world’s leading MJ tribute artist Navi who is joined by Michael Jackson’s iconic guitarist – Jennifer Batten. palacetheatre.htm 30 MAY 2017 KISS LIVE 2017 – THE MANCHESTER ARENA KISS ANNOUNCE FIRST MANCHESTER SHOW IN OVER SEVEN YEARS. Heavy metal legends KISS will play Manchester Arena next spring – their only confirmed show in the north of the country for 2017. /manchesterarena.htm 2 JUNE 2017 – 3 JUNE 2017 ROBBIE WILLIAMS – ETIHAD STADIUM TRAFFORD Grab your chance to see the hugely successful Robbie Williams take to the stage at Manchester's Etihad Stadium on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd June.

3 JUNE 2017 – 4 JUNE 2017 THE TATTON PARK CLASSIC CAR SPECTACULAR – TATTON PARK The 31st anniversary event for one of Britain's best and most popular classic car shows. 7 JUNE 2017 – 11 JUNE 2017 GANGSTA GRANNY – THE OPERA HOUSE MANCHESTER It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be sooooooooo boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny! gsta-granny-2017/opera-housemanchester/ 9 JUNE 2017 KINGS OF LEON – THE MANCHESTER ARENA Kings of Leon return to Manchester for their first show in the city in over three years. manchesterarena.htm 10 JUNE 2017 GATLEY HISTORY TOURS – 2 TOURS 10am start and 2pm Start – meet at Gatley Carrs Car Park. £2 per person approximately 1 hr no need to book. Further information email

10 JUNE 2017 – 11 JUNE 2017 PARKLIFE FESTIVAL – HEATON PARK MANCHESTER Manchester's biggest music festival returns in 2017 on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June at Heaton Park. -on/parklife-festival-p329391 11 JUNE 2017 – 18 JUNE 2017 FESTA ITALIA Join the Societa’ Dante Alighieri (Dante Alighieri Society) for a series of events to celebrate Italian culture, cinema, food and more. Find the complete programme near to the time on 18 JUNE 2017 MANCHESTER DAY Manchester Day is back for 2017 with a theme based around the magic of science. 24 JUNE 2017 – 25 JUNE 2017 LOWRY OUTLET MAKERS MARKETS – SALFORD QUAYS Returning for the New Year, Lowry Outlet MediaCityUK's fabulous Makers Market is back in style, bringing an array of quality artisan foods, drinks and award-winning craftsmen to its open-air Plaza area.

25 JUNE 2017 DIDSBURY MAKERS MARKET 80 stalls carefully selected from North West Artisan producers to show the very best of local food, drink, vintage, art and modern craft that the region has to offer. UNTIL 25 JUNE 2017 WONDER MATERIALS: GRAPHENE AND BEYOND AT THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY What’s invisible to the human eye, thinner than a human hair and 200 times tougher than steel? Graphene. 29 JUNE 2017 – 16 JULY 2017 MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL Manchester International Festival (MIF) is an artist-led, commissioning festival presenting new works from across the spectrum of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture. It was launched in 2007 and takes place biennially. 1 JULY 2017 – 2 JULY 2017 TATTON PARK STARS AND STRIPES AMERICAN CAR SHOW – TATTON PARK The UK's premier event for lovers of all things American!

1 JULY 2017 – 31 JULY 2017 THE GREATER MANCHESTER FRINGE FESITVAL The Greater Manchester Fringe Festival is a multi-venue open access arts festival providing support for all art forms to show their work. 7 JULY 2017 – 9 JULY 2017 THE SPARKLE WEEKEND Sparkle – The National Transgender Charity presents the Sparkle Weekend 2017. The world's largest trans celebration is completely free to attend, and is hosted in Sackville Gardens in the heart of Manchester's Gay Village. Please visit our website, our Facebook page facebook. 8 JULY 2017 – 9 JULY 2017 RACE FOR LIFE – HEATON PARK MANCHESTER Race for Life brings millions of women together to support our life-saving research. Just by signing up you'll make a difference and whether you raise £10 or £200, every penny matters. Whichever event you choose and whether you do it in a tutu or just an old pink t-shirt, THIS IS BEATING CANCER. 14 JULY 2017 – 16 JULY 2017 FOODIES FESTIVAL – TATTON PARK The UK's biggest celebration of food and drink.


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“Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which takes place every June; to celebrate the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK”. Join Volunteer Centre Manchester and a host of Volunteer Involving Organisations this Volunteers' Week for a Volunteering Fair; explore a wide range of volunteering opportunities, access advice, guidance and information about volunteering and get involved!

Monday 5th June 2017, 11am – 2:30pm Performance Space, Central Library Manchester City Centre, M2 5PD For more information contact Volunteer Centre Manchester (0161 830 4770 or

ST ANN’S HOSPICE OFFERS SOME FABULOUS FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES Local charity, St Ann’s Hospice is gearing up for three fun-filled events aimed at raising much-needed funds. If you would like to participate and get involved, please get in touch.




Cost - Standard Adult Fee of £20 (for those aged 18 and over)

APRIL 15, 2017, 12:00PM - 3:00PM

MAY 11, 2017, 12:00PM

Youth Fee (11 – 17yrs) – £10

Wythenshawe Park (near the Courtyard Café)

Mottram Hall, Wilmslow Rd, Macclesfield SK10 4QT

Past Participant Adult Fee – £15

Cost - £3.50 per child

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Fun for all the family, follow the clues to find your prize plus stalls and craft activities.

Join our prestigious Golf Day at Mottram Hall in Cheshire to enjoy a fantastic afternoon of golf, networking and entertaining clients.

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