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

Co-op Local Community Fund

Co-op Local Community Fund – £2,750 raised for Good Neighbours

Since the ‘Back to being Co-op ‘membership relaunch in September 2016, 1% of everything local members spend on Co-op brand products has gone to local causes. The money is currently being shared between the three local causes  that were voted for by local Co-op members in Chorlton and Whalley Range – including Chorlton Good Neighbours (CGN). The other local groups selected were Women Asylum Seekers Together and The Woodcraft Folk.

The great news is  that  total fund for CGN is currently £2754.76 and local Co-op members are adding to it every time they buy selected Co-op brand products from our stores and funeral homesT

Our 6 months will end in 3 weeks time. However, There’s still more than £5780.71 in the local community fund that members are yet to pledge to a particular cause. The more members that choose us, the larger our share of the final total which will go towards such things as keeping our exercise classes for older people going and to do all the work in the local community that we have now been doing for 50 years

March news

March 2017 News

Fundraising :CGN Community worker, Moira Bowater raised £200 by knitting spring chickens, filled with a crème egg.

They all sold out in minutes of being taken down to the Thursday coffee morning

Many thanks to Moira for all her efforts

Moira Bowater

Pebble painting for the outside border to celebrate 50 years of CGN continues……

Artist Nicola Winter , supported by our Thursday coffee morning artist Susan Parry, had a very productive session at last week’s coffee morning, encouraging participants to design and create a pebble which reflects Chorlton and Chorlton Good Neighbours.

History talk by Wyllie Longmore

A big crowd of 46 people turned up to March’s history talk from local resident Wyllie who entertained with songs, poetry and stories of his life and background coming across from Jamaica in the 1960’s and forging his career as an actor

Designing and painting pebbles for the pebble border

Designing and painting pebbles for the pebble border

Lara and Nicola, two local artists are helping us in two art-based projects to celebrate Chorlton Good Neighbours 50th anniversary this year. One of these is the pebble border where we aim to have individually designed and hand painted pebbles to fill a borderat the side of the path outside the Good Neighbours office, The idea is that they should represent some aspect of what Good Neighbours means to people and more generally the theme of changing Chorlton

Today, 24th February we had our first workshop to design and draw some pebbles. Here are some photos of the event


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rosetta02This is my design based round the time that  Sister Rosetta Tharpe –  performed at a Blues and Gospel Train concert in Manchester on 7th May 1964. It was held at a station was called ‘Chorltonville’, to make it sound like a whistle stop station in the southern USA. However, it  was actually held at Alexandra Park Station – later Wilbraham Road Station, just where Alexandra Rd meets Mauldeth Rd. It includes ‘Didn’t it Rain’ performed as you would expect – in the rain!

I was 17 at the time and a huge blues  fan. I lived just around the corner from this one-off unique event but I never knew it was on…grrrr!

Bernard Leach

Trip out to Oswaldtwistle Mill

Oswaldtwistle Mill

The Good Neighbours Oswaldtwistle Mill trip on Tuesday saw 51 people enjoy a meal, entertainment, as well as an opportunity to do a bit of shopping.

Many thanks as always to the staff and volunteers who supported everyone during the day , especially as they experienced a major downpour as everyone was getting on the coach for the return trip home.

This morning at coffee morning many people  were talking about the day out and it was easy to see how much these trips mean to everyone, how much they enjoy doing something all together and how it can be such a boost to developing friendships .

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Photos taken by Susan Parry

Garden Update

Good Neighbours Garden Update

Over the last few weeks the harsh weather hasn’t stopped us from meeting up on Friday mornings for the Good Neighbours gardening group, Here Marianne and Geraldine are replanting some garlic for the coming spring. We’ve also moved a load of snowdrops to spread them round the garden. Finally the weather seems to be getting a little warmer and the days a little longercgn-garden-02

Some sprouts still left and Bill has a welcome cup of teacgn-garden-03 cgn-garden-04

This was a difficult job – digging up the redcurratn bushes to move then to one of the raised beds lower down in the gardencgn-garden-05

Always time for another cup of tea though!cgn-garden-06

Celebrating 50 years of Good Neighbours

Starting to celebrate 50 years of Chorlton Good Neighbours

Two projects are getting under way to celebrate the 50 years of Chorlton Good Neighbours. With support from a ‘Celebrate’ Lottery Grant

  • Hannah from MACC community reporters is interviewing people connected to the charity to make 3 short films about the volunteers, the impact of the charity in the locality and how CGN has adapted to the changing needs of older people

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  • Nicola Winter a local artist is overseeing two community art projects : a pebble border and a timeline board both to be sited outside the CGN office. Today she began measuring up for the pebble boarder and the first session for anyone to come and design a pebble will take place next Friday 24th February 10.30-12.30 with artist Lara.

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University Music Society comes to Good Neighbours

University Music Society at Good Neighbours

Students from the Music Society of Manchester University came to Thursday coffee morning today (16-02-17) . They sang a variety of songs mainly a cappella  including versions of songs from Adele , Beyonce and the Beatles. The audience thought they were fantastic and were even more delighted when the students spent some time afterwards going round the tables talking with them.

Both CGN and the students are keen to repeat the event again soon.

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Good Neighbours Christmas Meal 2016

Good Neighbours Christmas Meal 2016

The Chorlton Good Neighbours Christmas meal was held at the Hough End Centre on Dec 21st 2016. 93 people came to it. Everyone who needed a lift there got one. Members, helpers, volunteers, workers – all were there. Lots of food & drink, singing and dancing. Plus an entertainer, bingo, raffle and presents for all. A good time fo rall of us

Here is a video of some of the action and photos of the afternoon

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CGN garden settles in for autumn

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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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Chorlton Good Neighbours AGM

Chorlton Good Neighbours AGM  22 Sep 2016

There were 104 people at the AGM on the morning of 22nd September. The speaker was Amy Barron, an Msc student at Manchester University. She spoke about her project which was based around collating people’s memories of their neighbourhood through photographs and visiting key landmarks. She has been working with CGN’s users and volunteers on this project

The  Rev Ken Stokes has taken over from Acting Chair Sarah Mitchell  and is the new chair of the CGN committee. We are now seeking a new Treasurer snce Sue Cockerill has resigned. recently. We would like to thank her for all the hard work she has put in as our treasurer over the last few years


Click here for the full AGM report:    annual-report-2016

Here are some extracts from the report




Helen Hibberd was awarded the MBE for her work with Chorlton Good Neighbours

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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)