Melodics Christmas Singalong

In the lead up to Christmas 2014, the Melodics singing group led a singalong of carols and Christmas songs at a Good Neighbours coffee morning.

At the same event, we said farewell to Margaret Banks, our Art tutor and in addition, Justine Entezari one of our volunteers who works for NJL consulting, a Manchester based design company, presented a cheque for £1000 which the company donated to CGN

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 Justine Entezari one of our volunteers who works for NJL consulting, a design company, presents a cheque for £1000 to Arthur Brandreth which the company donated to CGN, watched by HelenHibberd, CGN coordinator

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lHelen says farewell to Margaret Banks who for many years has been the art group tutor at Thursday morning coffee mornings

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Good Neighbours Open Day

Good Neighbours Open Day, May 31st 2014

Wilbraham St Ninian’s Church and Chorlton Good Neighbours held an open day on May 31st. . The Good Neighbours Garden was open and looking good.cgn garden 30 May

Paul was looking very fine in his outfit for the dancing that was taking place in the Church Hall later

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Meanwhile Tony was reading the Memories booklet as we waited for visitors

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In the Cburch Hall, Good Neighbours had a stall which Kate, Pam and others looked after

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Margaret Banks who runs the Art Class on Thursday coffee mornings is here showing examples of the paintings that the art group have completed recently

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The Folk dancing demonstration proved very popular and included many Good Neighbours regulars such as Phillip Lloyd, Paul Slater and Mary O’Mahoney who you can see having a good time in the pictures below

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Also this week Ian Hobbs, one of our long-standing volunteers was 60 on June 2nd. As you can see from his photo he keeps on rocking!Ian Hobbs 60!


Christmas Party , Dec 1st 2013

Good Neighbours Christmas Party

The annual Good Neighbours Christmas Party was held on Sunday Dec1st 2013. It was a full house for the meal, raffle and entertainment provided by  the Leetones – daughter Lisa and father Tony. This was a great start to the Christmas period with both users and volunteers having a a great time.

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Winter Warmer event at Trafalgar House

Winter Warmer event at Trafalgar Court

Good Neighbours had a stall at the “Winter Warmer” event at Trafalgar Court, an Anchor Housing scheme in Whalley Range on Thursday Nov 14th 2013. Carolyn O’Hanlon organised the stall ans was helped by Peter Flynn and Bernard Leach

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Dave Taylor providing the music, ably supported by Peter

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Sunday Tea with the Leetones

Sunday Tea with the Leetones

After Christmas it was back to normal for the Good Neighbour’s Sunday Teas which take place the first Sunday of each month. At this tea, members were entertained by the Tony and Lisa of the Lee Tones  who sang such songs as Mary Wells’s  “My Guy”, Connie Francis’s  “Who’s Sorry Now”, Carole Kings’s  “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B Goode” which still sounds as fresh today as when it came out 55 years ago

Helen also talks to Charlene a new volunteer who gives her impression of a first visit to our Sunday Tea event

The life and times of Mr George Formby

Brian Hallworth gave a great talk on – “Still leaning on a lamppost” the life and times of Mr George Formby, at Chorlton Good Neighbour’s History Group meeting on Sep 6th 2012, attended by over 30 people. Here are some clips of his illustrated talk which gives a flavour of the talk and of the music of the great George Formby 

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Lights, Camera, Drizzle

Chris Lee, a film and culture historian, gave a talk to the Chorlton History Group on 2nd August 2012, entitled “Lights, Camera, Drizzle: Manchester, England and Film”. Nearly 40 people attended and enjoyed finding out about Manchester’s film history and seeing a series of clips particularly of films made at the the Mancunian Film Studios on Dickenson Road 
 The audience enjoying Chris’s presentation
 Chris and his wife Pam having a cup of tea before the talk
Hurray for Jollywood!

Good Neighbours Radio Broadcast

The CGN Radio Programme for Chorlton FM was broadcast during the Chorlton Arts Festival in May 2012. There were interviews with the Good Neighbours Coordinator, Helen Hibberd,  with wheelchair support worker, Amanda and with volunteers such as Carolyn, Peter  and Yvonne. We also got the views of users such as Hilda, Arthur and Nancy. As well as the interviews there was music from  Carolyn O’Hanlon singing a song about her grandmother,  “Sweet Charlotte” and songs from the Spring Variety Concert – featuring:
  • The Loreto College drummers
  • Amanda singing “Breakfast at Tiffanys”
  • The Beech Band singing “the Manchester Rambler”
  • The Melodics singing  “Red River Valley”, and finally,
  • The Part Timers “Goodnight Sweetheart, goodnight”
The radio broadcast can be heard at the Community Reporter website by following this link

The Spring Fundraising Variety Concert

Chorlton Good Neighbours  Fundraising Variety Concert
28th April 2012
This musical event raised much needed funds for Chorlton Good Neighbours. Many thanks to all the singers and groups who gave their time and performances for free. Also thanks to all the volunteers who contributed to making this event such a great success. Here are clips from some of  the performances on the day

Loreto College Percussion Ensemble

The group was formed to showcase the talents of a number of drummers who have passed their Grade 8 examinations on the drum kit/percussion and as a vehicle to stretch and challenge them. They have performed at numerous events during this academic year, including opening the College Award Show at Manchester town Hall in December as well as entertaining the Chorlton Rotary Club at their annual Gala Evening back in October. They compose most of their material themselves and enjoy bringing a number of styles and influences into their music.

The Loreto College String Ensemble 
The Loreto College String Ensemble is a chamber group that forms part of Loreto College’s “Music Programme”. They meet on a weekly basis and their repertoire mainly consists of arrangements of Baroque or early Classical material.
The Sweet Cordials 
The Sweet Cordials are Carolyn and Jo. In this clip of them at Chorlton Good Neighbours’ fundraising concert on April 28th 2012, Carolyn sings “I will Survive and “Nine to Five”
and Jo sings and accompanies on the ukelele
The Beech Band 
Members of the famous Beech Band, led by Les Jones, played at Chorlton Good Neighbours Spring Concert. They finished with a rousing version of  Ewan MacColl’s “The Manchester Rambler” sung by Ken. This was very appropriate as this week saw the 80th anniversary of the mass trespass on Kinder (
Elaine Evans
Elaine Evans combines her solo career with membership of the Halle choir and bringing up her 2 young daughters with her husband David. Studying for a diploma in choral singing,  Elaine kindly came long to share her lovely voice with us all at Chorlton Good Neighbours.  In this clip she sings “I Could have Danced All Night” from West Side Story
Amanda Latham & Tony
Chorlton Good Neighbour’s very own Amanda Latham (Wheelchair Support Worker)  and her guitarist, Tony, perform at the Spring Concert. This clip is of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
The Melodics
Formed a couple of years ago, and led by Lea Cavanagh, the Melodics are Chorlton Good Neighbours very own singing group, practising a variety of songs each Thursday at 11:30 am in the big hall. In this clip they finish with their own version of the “Neighbours” theme tune, dedicated to coordinator, Helen Hibberd. The familiar song now becomes – “Chorlton (Good) Neighbours”
Catherine Tarpey
15 year old Catherine Tarpey, grand daughter of one of our members and a student at Loreto High plays the Cornet. Here is a clip of her playing “Maria” from West Side Story
The Part Timers Choir
The finale to end the Chorlton Good Neighbours concert was a performance of classical and other songs by a group of singers who rehearse in their free time at the Bridgewater Hall and who call themselves, the Part Timers. Their songs range from traditional motets to popular songs of the thirties. Their terrific final number was their version of “Goodnight Sweetheart”, originally recorded by the Ray Noble orchestra with singer Al Bowley in 1931