List of Community Groups and Social Support Contacts in Chorlton and Whalley Range

List of Community and Social Support Contacts  for older people in Chorlton & Whalley Range

This list has been drawn from a list of such groups in South Manchester circulated bythe Chorlton Dementia Support Group, As with all such lists it soon becomes out of date as some groups and services close and others emerge. Let me know if you have any updated information or details of other groups that should be included

Chorlton

Age UK Manchester Day Centre – Crossacres: £30 to attend privately and Social Services can ‘spot purchase’ a place from us for £37.74. If the family wish to involve social services they can make a referral via the contact centre, or Michelle can do it on their behalf. That will then mean that they are assessed by a social worker and if they meet the criteria they will receive a funded place(s). Transport available throughout South Manchester including Chorlton. One restriction would be behavioural problems that impact upon others e.g. aggressive. Clients must be able to transfer from a wheelchair to the toilet with 2:1 support. The centre provides excellent respite for full time carers. T. 0161 437 0717 or 0161 498 8266

Barlow Moor Community Association: Over 60’s group at 23 Merseybank Avenue, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 7NT. Contact Elaine Metz T: 0161 446 4805 on Tues, Wed & Thurs at 9.30am elaine@barlowmoorca.co.uk

  • Tuesday 10am-4pm – 10am breakfast and craft, 12pm lunch, 1-4pm social activities (personal choice).
  • Wednesday 10am-4pm – 10am mature movers chair based exercise classes, 11am tea/coffee cake and catch up (information), 12pm lunch, 1pm card making, 1.30pm bingo, 2.30pm social activities.
  • Thursday 10am-4pm – 10am breakfast, 11am craft, 12pm lunch, 1pm social activities.
    Lunches are delivered to those who live in the immediate area and are unable to get to the community centre. There are at least 5 trips planned throughout the year at a small cost, and one annual holiday.

Chorlton Good Neighbours:
We are a Neighbourhood Care Group looking after and engaging older people in our community which consists of Chorlton, Chorlton Park and Whalley Range. We offer practical services and social and personal support from both fellow members, volunteers of all ages and our 3 workers.
Befriending visits are provided for older people who have restricted mobility. Telephone referrals only,  Main contact Helen Hibberd 0161 881 2925. Best to call Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri between 9.30 – 12.30. helen@chorltongoodneighbours.org

CGN Meetings and activities take place at Wilbraham St Ninian’s United Reformed Church, Egerton Road South Chorlton Manchester M21 0XJ. Members are mostly 65+.

  • Exercise class Mon pm, Wed pm and Fri at 1.30 – 2.30pm.
  • Tues 1pm-3pm Snooker, darts, bowls and cards afternoon at a local cricket club in Chorlton for older men
  • Crafts group Wed pm.
  • Thurs 10am-11.30am Coffee and Craft Session (Transport available if you have limited mobility)
  • Thurs 11.30am –12.45pm Melodics Singing Group at Wilbraham, St Ninians Church
  • Thurs 1.30pm-3pm History Talks £1.50 plus coffee and tea. For Older Men (1st Thurs of the month at St NiniansChurch Hall, Egerton Road South).
  • Fri 10am – 1pm Gardening Club at the plot of land at the back of CGN
  • General care and support includes prescription collection and one off shopping, wheelchair pushing, dog walking. Transport to and from hospitals and GP’s etc. Handyman service / help with small practical tasks and DIY.

Chorlton Library

Grand day out – Informal IT drop in and social group. Over 55s.  People can take their own tablets, laptops etc. People can learn computer skills e.g. using social media and organising photos. Also arrange trips out too. Contact Dale: T: 0161 227 3700 or 07717788559 Fridays – 14:00 – 16:00. No need to book just turn up.
Chorlton Library:Regular Events:

  • Benefits surgery (Help and advice about Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit) on Thursday 10am – 4.30pm (Please phone the Revenues and Benefits Unit on 0161 234 3695 for an appointment)
  • Coffee Morning on last Friday of the month 10am – 12pm
  • Silver Surfers 55+ ICT group every Friday at 2pm – 4pm

Other services: Books in a wide variety of languages, newspapers and magazines, talking books, cds, dvds and videos for loan, health information point. Open Monday and Friday: 9am to 5pm: Tuesday and Thursday: 9am to 8pm: Saturday: 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. At Manchester Road, Chorlton, M21 9PN. Phone 0161 227 3700 Email chorltonlibrary@manchester.gov.uk

Chorlton Park Adult Learning Centre:
Mauldeth Road West, Chorlton, M21 7HH. Computer and internet courses. course run at least 3 times a year in main centres. You can join after a course has started if there is space. Phone 0161 254 7421 for more information.

Chorlton Nutty Knitters:
They meet on Fridays 1pm – 3pm at Arden Court off Cundiff Rd, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 8EW. Entry is £1 including a hot drink and biscuits and there’s an optional 50p raffle. All welcome from beginner to expert! For more info contact Brenda on 0161 860 0061 or brenmaylett@hotmail.co.uk

Crafternoon:
For the 50+ The drop-in sessions run every Wednesday between 12-4pm, it’s completely FREE! Takes place at Stitched Up, 527B Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, Manchester M21 0UF, opposite the North Star Deli on Wilbraham Road. Go down the short lane by the side of Maple Kitchens & Bathrooms. It’s right opposite a bus stop and 50 yards from the tram. Phone 0161 881 7141 for more info or email hello@stitchedup.coop

Chorlton Alternative Art Class:
Includes still life drawing, theatrical drawing, performance drawing, photography and more! Wednesday evenings 7.30 – 9.30pm at the Edge Theatre and Arts Centre, Manchester Road, M21 9JG. This is a peer-led drawing group with occasional guest tutors, specialising in life drawing, theatrical drawing, performance drawing and more. The group was founded in 2010. They aim to provide a drop-in art class for South Manchester and all levels of ability. Costs £6 per class. Contact Chris Bartram for more information on 07900 436 466 or email chrisbartram@gmail.com

Pottery Corner:
Paint your own pottery studio. They will then professionally glaze and fire your items within a week. You pay a £5.00 fee plus the price of the ceramic items you wish to paint, which start from £3.00 per item. Open Tues – Sat: 10am – 6pm (Late night opening Thurs till 8pm) Sun: 11am – 5pm. Venue: Beech Road, Chorlton,
M21 9EL. For more info phone 0161 882 0010.

St. Barnabas Church,
Hurstville Road, Chorlton, M21 8DH: Coffee Morning – Takes place every Friday from 10.30am. Contact Phil Gay on 0161 881 1871.

Counselling – Face to Face:
An independent organisation run by volunteers. One-to-one personal counselling for adults (i.e. over 18) and a weekly 2 hour therapy group. The adult service is exclusively for people on low income who cannot afford to pay private rates. Open 7 days a week 9am – 8pm. Venue: St Clements Church, St Clements Road, Chorlton, M21 9AE. For more info phone 0161 881 1535 or email info@facetofacecounselling.org.uk

Chorlton Anxiety Group – Support Group:
For sufferers of all anxiety disorders, including panic attacks, OCD, social phobia etc. Meets every Tuesday 7-9pm. Contact: Andrea Phone: 0161 226 3871 The service is free and works on a drop in basis. Email: communityservices@selfhelpservices.org.uk Website: www.selfhelpservices.org.uk Address: Chorlton Methodist Church, Manchester Road, Chorlton, M21 9JG.

Chorlton Allotment Project / The Lost Plot: Gardening group
based at Southern allotments off Nell Lane, Wintermans Rd, Chorlton, Manchester, M21. Takes place every Sunday from 1pm onwards. Free attendance. Each member may take home some produce for themselves. Phone or email before attending to check its going ahead. Contact Clare Walker on 07595 873 221 clare.walker@afsl.org.uk or Sarah 07930 898 935.

Grow For It: Gardening group and drop in at Scott Avenue Community Plot weekly sessions at Sat at 11am (2 hrs), Sun at 2pm (2 hrs), Wed at 6pm (1.5 hrs) (British Summer Time only for this last slot). Phone Lucas 07973 139 068 or 07521 500 223.

Debdale Eco Centre
Chorlton: (Whalley Range and Cheetham areas too). Gardening club based at Arden Court, 1 Oakhouse Drive, Chorlton, M21 8EW meeting every Monday at 2-4pm in the communal lounge, FREE to attend. Contact: Helen Dodd T: 0161 220 9199 / 07954 362 896 Email: Helen@debdale-ecocentre.org.uk

Hough End Leisure Centre: 480 Princess Rd Manchester M20 1HD tel: 0161 641 6300

  • Swimming for Manchester residents aged 60 and over, this is a free activity all year round during public swimming sessions.
  • Zumba classes for the over 60’s every Friday at 11.30am costs £1.50

Egerton Court Lunch Club:
Open to anyone 55+ and resident in Manchester. It’s a good way to get out of the house and spend time with other people having a chat and something good to eat. Venue: 35a Edge Lane, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9HF. Lunch is served at 12pm prompt every Friday and is followed by a game of bingo. Costs £3 for a meal, including dessert and a drink. Contact Frances Farley for more information on 0161 881 0894 or Email frances.farley@yourhoursinggroup.co.uk

Holland Court Sheltered Scheme:
383 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, M21 8BF. Contact Jabeen Qurashi on 0161 881 4046 or email j.qurashi@outhwayhousing.co.uk Free exercise class every Monday at 10.30am onwards. Yoga 10.30am every Wed. Coffee Morning every Wed 11.30am onwards. Hairdressing every Thurs 12pm onwards. Services are open to anyone aged 55+ you don’t have to be a resident.

Pakistani Resource Centre:
Drop in available at Ashville Medical Surgery, Chorlton on Fridays 9 – 12pm. Aims to empower South Asian Communities to confront some of the problems they may experience, includes Trafford South Asian Mental Health Project, Help the Aged Project, South Asian Offenders and families Project, Welfare Rights Project, Counselling and translation services. All workers speak Urdu and Punjabi. Based at 1 Great Marlborough Street Manchester M1 5NJ Tel: 0161 434 7800 Email: info@pakistani-resource.org.uk Other drop in’s available in Cheetham Hill and Longsight.

The Edge Theatre, Arts Centre and café:
At Chorlton, Manchester Road, M21 9JG. 70 seat theatre. For more information or to get a programme phone 0161 282 9776.

Ashiana – Middle Eastern, East African, Asian and Sub-continent meals service: Available 7 days. Meat, Vegetarian, Fish, Halal, Diabetic and low salt diets catered for. Meals delivered 9.00am to 3.00pm Groceries-To-Go – purchase of additional groceries, collecting prescriptions, checking up on clients recently home from hospital, small handiwork, hot and frozen meals. Covers Burnage, Didsbury, Withington, Chorlton. 262 Upper Chorlton Road Old Trafford Manchester M16 0BNTel: 0161 861 9829 or 07958 284 498 07944 405 332 E-mail: adilbukhari@rocketmail.com waqbukhari@yahoo.co.uk ashianameals@yahoomail.co.uk

Chorlton and Didsbury Food Bank:
Opening Times – Monday 11am to 1pm at Buckthorn House, Nell Lane, Chorlton, M21 7UG. Wednesday 11am to 1pm at Christ Church Hall, Darley Avenue, West Didsbury, M20 2ZD. Friday 11am to 1pm at St. Barnabas, Hardy Lane, Chorlton. M21 8DH. For enquiries please contact us on
07938 191 038 or email info@chorltondidsbury.foodbank.org.uk

Stroke Café
Barlow Moor Community Centre (2016): 23 Merseybank Avenue, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 7NT from 10am to 1pm on Tuesdays  5 January, 2 February, 1 March, 5 April,  3 May, 7 June, 5 July, 2 August, 6 September,  4 October, 1 November, 6 December. A two course lunch is available for a small charge. Tea and coffee are free. Phone Helen Gilbertson for more information: 0161 742 7482 or 07983343003. N.B if we’re signposting people to this then they should be referred to Helen Gilbertson from the Stroke Association so she is aware of the person’s background, needs etc. Helen.Gilbertson@stroke.org.uk

Together Dementia Support:
Carers drop in group on 3 out of 4 Tuesdays 7-9pm at Chorlton Central Church Barlow Moor Road M21 8BF. If you cannot leave the person with dementia at home our volunteers will chat with him or her and engage them in simple activities whilst you participate in the group. It’s best to phone head. Contact Sally Ferris on 07854 335 890 or sally@togetherdementiasupport.org

Buckthorne House Centre: 2-4 Buckthorne Close Chorlton, M21 7UG. Contact Diane Roege d.roege@southwayhousing.co.uk Community Centre closing March 2017

Intergen (Chorlton Cluster):
Volunteering which brings older people and children together in primary and secondary schools for their mutual benefit. Activities variable. Contact Estelle Longmore on 0161 264 0089 or 07798 707 795. The process involves: you or the potential volunteer contacting Estelle by phone or email. She would arrange to meet the volunteer either in their own home or in a coffee shop.  They would complete an application form; Estelle would interview them about what they hoped to get from volunteering as well as what Intergen might expect.  She would follow up 2 references and do a DBS (no cost involved). They would discuss which school they might like to help in and what they might do. When all that is done satisfactorily Estelle would introduce them to the school of their choice. The volunteer would meet the school co-ordinator and things would begin! (not sure this is still operating in Chorlton-BL)

St John’s Centre: St John’s Road, Old Trafford, M16 7GX. T: 0161 872 7795. Email: info@stjohnscentre.org

  • Trafford African Carribean over 50s club. Every Wednesday in the main hall from 12-4pm. For over 50’s with an African Caribbean heritage. There is an exercise group and dominoes before the serving of lunch.  This is followed by a popular game of bingo with cash prizes.
  • Lots of other permanent activities eg women-only Step Aerobics class; courses: Discover Manchester (ESOL) Computing (various levels) Chemistry (FREE) Photography, Gardening

Southway Housing Trust:
Manages and improves homes in Chorlton. Website has information on how to report repairs, paying your rent online, buying and renting a home. Phone 0161 448 4200 Fax: 0161 448 4334 Email connect2southway@southwayhousing.co.uk It has its own Age Friendly Team. It also has its a Time Banking scheme (sharing skills service) run by Ian Peppard, I.Peppard@southwayhousing.co.uk

Adastral House: (“Johnnie” Johnson Housing Trust Limited) A lively and friendly retirement scheme for those aged 60+. Each self contained property has its own kitchen, bathroom and front door. For more information phone 0845 604 1095.

Adactus Housing: Neighbourhood Development Officer on the Neighbourhood Team Natasha Lows 0161 203 2640.

South Manchester Men’s Shed  Whalley Range and Chorlton.38 Merseybank Parade, Chorlton Park, M21 7NN r Contact: Hywel T: 0161 861 8456 Email: hywel.nicholas@ntlworld.com  FB: www.facebook.com/smcrmis

 

Whalley Range

Angolan Community Centre:
(Deriving from the Republic of Angola in Southern Africa). Services include occasionally women’s discussion groups, basic advice and free interpretation services. 136 Withington Road Whalley Range M16 8FB 07940 076853

African and Caribbean Mental Health Services:
Includes casework, advocacy, drop-ins, counselling, self-help group, education and training and a carers group. Windrush Millennium Centre, 70 Alexandra Road, Manchester, M16 7WD. Tel: 0161 226 9562.

  • There’s also a Men only group every Thurs from 10am – 12pm, the group is introducing a voluntary £2 subs to contribute towards trips out etc.
  • There’s also a Women’s group every Tuesday from 1.30-3.30pm.
  • There’s also a music drop-in every Tuesday from 12.30pm – 5pm. Encourages people to express themselves through music and learn how to play an instrument. Contact Paul Roberts 0161 226-9562 for more information.

Community on Solid Ground:
Older men’s group (55+). Every Friday 2 – 4pm at Manley Park Play Centre, York Avenue, M16 0AS. Pool, board games, other activities and refreshments. It’s mainly Asian men attending however men from other ethnic backgrounds are also welcome to join the club. Contact: Mr Munir Afzal T: 07811348059 or Mr Hafiz Chohan T: 07758884146. Main office: 0161 881 4631.

Indian Senior Citizens Centre: Day centre for those aged 55+ offering advice and information, English language classes, advocacy service (the cost depends on the amount of work undertaken), library, respite care, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, chiropody and screening clinic. Social and recreational activities, including arts, handicrafts, sewing, exercise classes. Daily lunch club and hot meals costing £2.50. There are also occasional outings and coach trips. Transport is provided to and from the centre for £1.50. They cover Manchester, Stockport, Trafford, Salford and Bury. Based at 16-18 Whalley Road, Whalley Range, M16 8AB. Tel: 0161 232 7994 or 0161 232 0999. Email: iscc@talk21.com. Open Mon – Thu 9:30 – 16:30. Yearly membership £15:00.

Age Friendly Whalley Range – Chris Ricard, email: agefriendlywhalleyrange@gmail.com web: http://www.whalleyrange.org/category/agefriendly/ phone 0161 881 3744

  • Time to Change: Whalley Range self-help and wellbeing group. Every Friday from 13/11/15 at 6 – 8pm. Free and volunteer led offering pool, table tennis, Tai Chi, food and good company. Takes place at JNR8 Community Centre, Cromwell Avenue, 82 Cromwell Ave, Manchester M16 0BG. 0161 881 3744 or carol_packham@uk2.net
  • Cromwell Community Cuppa: Chat and a cup of tea. Every Wed between 14:00 – 15:00 at JNR8 Community Centre, Cromwell Avenue, 82 Cromwell Ave, Manchester M16 0BG. Contact Chris T: 0161 881 3744.
  • Whalley Range Taste Buds / Eat Well Stay Well this winter.
  • Tai Chi class at JNR8 during term time on Mondays at 1.30 – 2.30pm

Link Good Neighbours:
Fallowfield, Rusholme, Whalley Range, Hulme & Moss Side: 1-1 Befriending visits T. Referral by email including clients personal and contact details, social and basic health information or call through on 0161 225 1064 (Mon– Fri 9–5). Suzanne Cooper suzanne@trinityhousecrc.org.uk (LINK) Simon Bradley simon@trinityhousecrc.org.uk (LINK TWO) Brian Owen brian@trinityhousecrc.org.uk (LINK TWO) Lydia Anthony lydia@trinityhousecrc.org.uk (Trinity House CRC). Services – home visits, gardening for people who can’t manage it, taking wheelchair users out to the local park, reading letters and newspapers to people who are sight impaired, helping to do the shopping for people with mobility problems, helping people with mobility problems to get to medical or other appointments.

Whalley Range, Rusholme, Fallowfield, Hulme & Moss Side: Group activities which take place at Trinity House, Grove Close, Fallowfield, M14 5AA T. 0161 225 1064

  • Monthly coach trips out across the northwest phone for more info.
  • Coffee and computing, Arts & Crafts, quizzes and movies every Mon 2pm – 4pm at Tangmere Court, Dudley Road, Whalley Range, M16 8DF.
  • Arts & Crafts, quizzes and movies (no computing) every Wed 2pm – 4pm at Hibiscus Court, 16 Sedgeborough Rd, Manchester M16 7HU.
  • Arts & Crafts Group, every Wednesday at 1.30pm at Trinity House or, on the last Wed of each month, at the Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Platt Fields Park (just across Platt Lane from Trinity House). Costs 50p no need to book.
  • Coffee mornings every Friday from 10:30am including quizzes or art projects, and leading right through to lunch at midday. Lunch costs £3 per person and includes a main course and dessert.
  • Health walks, take a gentle stroll around Platt Fields Park, followed by refreshments. Phone for more info.
  • Easy Rhythms Circuit Class, Every Thurs at 12-1pm. A low impact circuits based exercise class suitable for older people or people new to exercise. Exercises can be adapted for chair based exercise and everybody is welcome. Sessions are £1 each.
  • Every Thursday at Will Griffiths Court, 3 Elwick Close, Whalley Range, M16 7LAfrom 10am to 1pm, join the local men’s group for tea/coffee, food, activities and use of the computers. £2 per session. Phone for more info.
  • Coffee and Computing sessions run to help local people get online and understand how to use the internet. Sessions are open to people of all abilities, whether you’ve used a computer before or not. If you know someone who’s like to get online for the first time, why not pass the message on. We have volunteers ready and willing to talk you through simple activities in basic computer use, email and social networking. All sessions are free of charge and there is no need to book, although the number of computers available is limited. Our Coffee and Computing Sessions run as follows:
  • Every Wednesday 2:00-4:00pm – Zion Community Resource Centre, 339 Stretford Road, Hulme, M15 4ZY
  • Every Friday 2:00-4:00pm – Trinity House Community Resource Centre, Grove Close, Rusholme, M14 5AA

Debdale Eco Centre – Whalley Range: (Chorlton and Cheetham areas too). Gardening club based at Trafalgar Court, 199 Withington Road, Whalley Range, M16 8JW, meeting every Monday 10.30 – 12.30pm. Contact: Helen Dodd T: 0161 220 9199 / 07954 362 896 Email: Helen@debdale-ecocentre.org.uk

RSVP Freewalkers:
RSVP Freewalkers, usually on a Wed pm, organises easy-paced “health and discovery” walks exploring interesting routes in the local countryside, starting and ending at points serviced by public transport. The main aim is to help over-60 bus pass holders to enjoy active recreation at no money cost; other walkers over 50 are welcome to take part but, of course, have to fund their own fares. Address: 44 Brantingham Road, Whalley Range, Manchester, M16 8PP. Main contact Will Peters 0161 226 2454 willpetersburg@btinternet.com

Together Dementia Support:
Walk and Talk Group – Wednesdays 11 – 12.30pm Alexandra Park Whalley Range. They are a mix of people living with dementia, relatives and volunteers who will enjoy chatting with you. After the walk (taken at your pace) there are refreshments and nature-based activities in the café. It’s best to phone head. Contact Sally Ferris on 07854 335 890 or sally@togetherdementiasupport.org

Relate:
Relationship, family and sex therapy. Cornbrook 0300 003 2331 (appointments) 0161 872 1100 (admin). Sliding scale fees (minimum £20/session). Offers 10 free sessions of counselling for people with a diagnosis of prostate cancer.

Manchester South Central Food Bank:
Opening times – Wesley Centre, Royce Road, Manchester, M15 5BP on Sat 11am – 1pm or St Edmund’s, Alexandra Road South, Whalley Range, Greater Manchester, M16 8EZ on Wed 1pm – 3pm. Queries relating to agencies and issuing vouchers to vouchers@manchestersouthcentral.foodbank.org.uk or for general to info@manchestersouthcentral.foodbank.org.uk 0161 226 3413

St John’s Centre:
St John’s Road, Old Trafford, M16 7GX. T: 0161 872 7795. Email: info@stjohnscentre.org

  • Trafford African Carribean over 50s club. Every Wednesday in the main hall from 12-4pm. For over 50’s with an African Caribbean heritage. There is an exercise group and dominoes before the serving of lunch.  This is followed by a popular game of bingo with cash prizes.
  • Exploring art and architecture in Manchester. A 6 week course including 3 guided trips. From November 5th 2015 Thursdays 2-4pm. Course fee £21 (free if on means tested benefits).
  • Lots of other permanent activities available see flyer for full details.

Adactus Housing: Neighbourhood Development Officer on the Neighbourhood Team Natasha Lows 0161 203 2640.

Merryn Cook’s talk about Chorlton Open Gardens

Merryn Cook’s talk about Chorlton Open Gardens, Thurs Nov 17th

Marry Cook gave a talk about  Chorlton Open Gardens which this year was held on Sunday, 26th June. The first Chorlton Open Gardens event was held in June 2011 in aid of the charity ‘Freedom from Torture’. It has groen so now there are over 30 gardens to visit. Entry is by programme; each programme (@£5) admits one adult to all the open garden sites.Each year they have raised several thousands of pound for the charilty  ‘Freedom from Torture’

Net year is a fallow year, but Choirlton Open Gardens will be bavk in 2018

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There are more than plants to look at in some gardensmerryn04
gazebos were useful in case there was rain!merryn03

People attending Merryn’s talk at Chorlton Good Neighboursmerryn

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Merryn with Jane Jefferson, between them they organise the Open Garden’s event

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food is on offer at many of the gardensmerryn10 merryn08

Well prepared with map and bike to see as many of the gardens as possiblemerryn07

the view from a sedum roof of a shed merryn06

CGN garden settles in for autumn

November update on the Good Neighbours gardencgn-garden-nov-02

waiting for the baked potatoes to cook

The Good Neighbours garden is now getting much more sunshine now that the big willow tree has been pollarded. We have also started getting into have a small fire to cook baked potatoes, veggie sausages and the like at our Friday morning get togetherscollage-nov-2016 charlotte-at-cgn-03

Charlotte visisted the garden recently and is pictured here with one of the late flowering cosmos flowers that Tony had planted

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……and here is Tony admiring his work cgn-garden-nov-01

Welcome to new worker – Philip Barrett

Welcome to new worker – Philip Barrett

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From November 1st 2016 we have a new older men’s visiting and development worker, Phil Barrett, who will be taking over from Wayne Marr.

Phil will be visiting older men in their own homes and finding new local activities and interests for them.

Wayne has now retired but is continuing to oversee the Tuesday afternoon snooker, darts and bowling session for the men down at South West Manchester cricket club 1-3pm.

If you know any older man who might like a visit from Phil or to come and join us at the snooker session please get in touch.

 

Good Neighbours garden – October update

Good Neighbours garden – October update

For most of September and October the weather on the Friday mornings where we meet at the Good Neighbours Garden has been very good. By late September we had a profusion of tomatoes and beans, plus late salad crops we had only planted in early September

 

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Here is the greenhouse, still producing tomatoes (mostly the Sungold variety) in late September

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On Sep 30th the weather wasn’t so kind, yet it didn’t stop Marianne, whilst I took the photo from the safety of the greenhouse

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Picking some of the profussion of green beans. We would pick a load one week and then the nbext week find just as many on only 3 plants in an arch over the raised bedscgn-garden-6-oct-02

Tony always brings a selection of jokes along – usually a week’s load of ‘jokes of the day’ he sources from the Oxfam shop where he workscgn-garden-6-oct-03

and here is Tony’s attentive audience.
(who said the CGN garden was just for older men!)cgn-garden-6-oct-04

Tony admires the pink flowers whihc he had planted earlier in the seasoncgn-garden-6-oct-05  A week later the weather was better againcgn-garden-sep-02 Gearldine and Tony getting ready for some work cgn-garden-sep-04

Big event of the week – the tree surgeons from the Tree Station a social enterprise based in Gorton arrived on Thurs 13th October to pollard the big willow that threatening to shded large branches on our neighbour’s garage. Though it now looks a bit bare, the willow will  soon send out branches from the 5 nodes lefttree-felling-01 lorry and big chipper arrives at Good Neighbours

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Up in the tree securing branches so that when they are cut they won’t fall on the garagetree-felling-03

Having a well earned tea break after curring down the branchese safely. Now just the wood chipping and clearing up to dotree-felling-04 tree-felling-05

and here is the pollarded treetree-felling-06

Good Neighbours and Men in Sheds

A Men’s Shed in Chorlton?

Chorlton Good Neighbours is involved with Southways Housing and a group of older men in trying to establish a ‘Men’s Shed’ in Chorlton

What is a Men’s Shed?
• provides hands-on, practical activities for  men aged 50+ (but women and younger people will be welcome too)
• a space (bigger than just a shed!) equipped with a range of workshop tools where we can meet learn and share skills, have a good time and make and repair things
• idea will be to choose what you want to do – your own work or community projects  such as making, mending and renovating wooden items
• it will evolve to reflect what we want. Tool renovation? Upholstery? Metalworking? Bike  repair? Gardening? Aim to include lots of reclamation, reuse and restoration
• The UK now has over 100 Men’s Sheds – its a movement!

The good news is that Southways Housing have agreed to let us have a shop unit on the Merseybank Parade in Chorlton Park’s Merseybank estate. We aim to get started on this properly in September

In the meantime, here are some photos of Devon (from Southways Housing) and myself (Bernard) clearing a load of brambles from the back yard of the shop unit today (18-07-16) and then having a coffee at the wonderful cafe next doormerseybank brambles (1) merseybank brambles (8) merseybank brambles (12) merseybank brambles (14) merseybank brambles (16)

CGN Garden update

Garden has been doing well recently, but not enough sunshine (for us and the plants). Still, we are beginning to enjoy some produce including rhubarb, peas, beans, courgettes, cauliflower, garlic and red currants. Rain eventually stopped play today (15th July) but beginning to think about our plans for the future, including some additional raised beds

Chorlton Open Garden day

Chorlton Open Garden day Sunday 26th June 2016

We had about 150 visitors to the Good Neighbours community garden on Chorlton Oen Gardens. Very enjoyable it was too

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Here is Geraldine talking to visitors about what we are growing in the raised beads

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Philip and friend enjoying a nice cup of tea

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Bernard taking home the cauliflowers which we harvested at the end of the open day as they were in their prime and would bolt if we left then there any longer

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I Promised to take them home and cook a cauliflower cheese, so here it is. I freeze some then  bring  into next Friday’s garden club tp warm up and for all to have a tasteopen garden June 26 (1) open garden June 26 (2) open garden June 26 (3) open garden June 26 (4)

Last session of the year at Good Neighbours Garden

Last session of the year at Good Neighbours Garden 

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The Chorlton Good Neighbours garden group has met outdoors, come rain or shine, in our garden throughout the year.

Today (Dec 11th 2015) we met for the last time before our Christmas Break. As usual, told us his 7 ‘joke of the days’ he has saved up, plus a bonus 7 to take it to the end of the year. We then sat around the fire and had soup, baked potatoes and cake on a beautiful morning. We didn’t get much work done!

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We meet again in the new year starting on Friday 22nd January from 10.30am onwards

Good Neighbours Garden Spring & Summer 2015

Some photos from the Good Neighbours garden in Spring and Summer 2015

Bill in spring

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Paul’s kitten – one of the ones abandoned outside Morrisons

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Some early season plantingspring 01

Enjoying some of Tony’s jokes. He brings in the weekly collection to entertain usspring 02 spring 03

Planting a hanging basketspring 04

more seed sowingspring 05

tidying up the raised bedsspring 06 Bill takes a break

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Early summer and the raised beds begin to fill upsummer 02 summer 03

the first ripe tomatoes in the Greenhouse – Ferlines and Sungoldsummer 04 summer 05

Bill talks to Joan as they look at the vegetables that have been produced that weeksummer 06

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Tony gives us a wave

Making mosaics for the Good Neighbours Garden

In January 2015 we had two mosaic making workshops led by Nicola Winter. This time we branched out into making spherical mosaics on concrete mould made by Nicola. They were on the end of metal rods so that we could ‘plant’ the finished Alium style mosaics in the Chorlton Good Neighbours garden

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Some of the mosaic ‘aliums’. Put in the greenhouse to dry off before the final grouting session

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Bill Howe’s poem

“Manchester’s Traffic on a Warm Summer’s night”

Bill Howe comes along regularly to the Chorlton Good Neighbours gardening group held each Friday morning in the garden we have created at the back of St Ninian’s church. This Friday Bill read to us a recent poem he had written called “Manchester’s Traffic on a Warm Summer’s night”. Bill lives next to a noisy Princess Road. The noise is usually shut off by keeping the windows closed, but in the recent warm nights he had to keep the windows open. On one such night the noise kept him awake and he wrote this poem