Good Neighbours at the Manchester Food & Drink Festival

‘Octogenarian Cooks’ event

On Wed Oct 5th there was an ‘Octogenarian Cooks’ event at the Manchester Food & Drink Festival:-

“Shopping and cooking can be a challenge in older age. Not only due to health issues and affordability but also because many older people live alone. Yet older people often have great cooking skills and tasty recipes to share. Cooking and eating together can also have a positive impact on your well-being.

The event brings together the University of Manchester, Cracking Good Food, the leading chef Maz Linford and older people from across Manchester to cook and share food using recipes old and new.”

The event was reported by Radio Manchester and you can listen to a recording of that item, here

Some of Good Neighbours regulars went down to this event and here are pictures of them

50th Anniversary Pebble Border in place

One of the activities we did to commemorate 50 years of Chorlton Good Neighbours was to commission two local artists Nicola and Lara to design a pebble border in front of the Good Neighbours office. Lots and lots of members, users, volunteers and children from local schools painted pebbles of their own design (see

Well, finally the two borders of pebbles are now in place

Here is Nicola and helper preparing the border

And here is the pebble border, with Helen our coordinator

See if you can spot your pebble in these photos:

Good Neighbours 50th Anniversary Party

Good Neighbours 50th Anniversary Party

110 people enjoyed a fantastic party at Houghend Police social club on Sunday September 3 to celebrate Chorlton Good Neighbours reaching its 50th birthday.

As well as a 3 course meal, attendees had a chance to win prizes galore through questions about what was happening 50 years ago and recognising photos of some of the volunteers and older people as young children.

Special  guest speakers included Edith Lundy one of the original founders of the Group and the first Co Ordinator , Paul McGarry from Age Friendly Manchester, City Council,  and Local councillor Mary Watson .

Volunteer Ray Woods led the toast, David Balderstone was DJ and Mary O’Mahoney read a poem about Friendship which her mother Rowena had written. A 3 tiered cake was made by Sarah, worker Moira’s daughter and volunteer Marc Grundy took plenty of photos.

The guest appearance of Mickie Mouse ensured a great time was had by all , and  everyone went home with a goody bag, and “buzzing “ from such a huge event. Thanks very much to all who contributed and supported such a milestone birthday

Helen Hibberd
Co ordinator

Finishing of the Garden shelter

Today was a good day to finish of the garden shelter at Good Neighbours. So here is the final shelter, which should enable us to use the garden through out the year (well, most of it). It was just Michael and me today, and here are pictures of the finished shelter and Michael standing in front of his creation. Many thanks also to Michael’s friend Ian who helped so much on Friday too


Building the Garden Shelter

Building the Garden Shelter

Michael and Ian, with the assistance of Paul & myself (Bernard) constructed a shelter for the Good Neighbours garden yesterday (18-08-17). The weather didn’t make it easy, but by dodging the showers we nearly got it done. Finally it got just too wet to finish, but we will be back on Sunday to complete the job. Then we will be able to be out in the garden in all weathers!

Before we got started on the shelter, I thought it would be a good idea to give the table a coat of timbercare paint

About to get started. We were interrupted several times by rain

Marking out the size of the shelter

Paul lending support

Michael (who is the Good Neighbours treasurer) in action


Michael worked out a nifty way of making sure the shelter was fixed by drilling a amll hole and putting a screw in the base of each post which fitted the hole

Here comes the rain….


This is how we left it at the end of day one

Day Trip to Clevelys

Day Trip to Clevelys

Chorlton Good Neighbours July trip to Clevelys was a great success. A wonderful opportunity for us to enjoy some sunshine, fish and chips and good company.

After lunch in some of Clevelys finest cafes we were able to sit in the sunshine on the sea front, or enjoy some shopping.

Volunteers came along on the day to support those who needed assistance.
We were blessed with uninterrupted sunshine throughout the day and this combined with good company and much laughter, gave everyone a positive boost for the week.

Thank you to all who came along and made the trip so enjoyable. Special thanks to the volunteers and volunteer drivers who gave their time and made it all run so smoothly.

Films celebrating 50 years of Chorlton Good Neighbours

Films celebrating 50 years of Chorlton Good Neighbours can be seen at:

Impact Film


Volunteering Film


Sustainability Film

All films have been funded through a Celebrate Lottery Grant , and been produced by Hannah Powell from MACC community reporters, with input and support from volunteers and members of Chorlton Good Neighbours, and staff and pupils of Chorlton High School.

Helen Hibberd, Co ordinator
0161 881 2925

June 2017

June 13th Trip to Southport

On June 13th Chorlton Good Neighbours had a summer coach trip to Southport. We visited the Royal Clifton Hotel for a delicious two course meal. People then had the choice of staying and relaxing at the hotel or walking into town. Luckily the sun was shining and it was a perfect day for the trip.

Volunteers supported those people who needed assistance by pushing wheelchairs and offering general help and support. Everyone felt better for getting out of city, fresh air and good company.