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 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
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
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
Lara looks on as Pam and Margo desing their pebble Paulette looks for inspiration
Tony keep his hat on to help come up with some hot designs
Pam using the hair dryer to make sure the paint dries before putting on another layer Bill in deep contemplation some of the final designs
This 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!
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 .
Photos taken by Susan Parry
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 longer
Some sprouts still left and Bill has a welcome cup of tea
This was a difficult job – digging up the redcurratn bushes to move then to one of the raised beds lower down in the garden
Always time for another cup of tea though!
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
- 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.
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.
November update on the Good Neighbours garden
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 togethers
Charlotte visisted the garden recently and is pictured here with one of the late flowering cosmos flowers that Tony had planted
……and here is Tony admiring his work
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
Bernard & Tony in the CGN garden
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 door
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
tomatoes doing well in the greenhouse
some cucumbers on this side of the greenhouse
the small raised beds
Tony looking out
Geraldine admires this week’s produce
redcurrants, cauliflower, garlic, rhubar, corgettes, baby carrots in this weeks haul
JOB VACANCY Community Support Worker
Part-time, 25 hours per week Actual Salary : £11,050 ( subject to review )
Chorlton Good Neighbours Care Group is seeking to appoint a flexible, committed and enthusiastic person, who has experience of working with older people, to join our existing team of workers and volunteers, in order to support the excellent work of this well-established Neighbourhood Care Group.
The role will include supporting vulnerable older adults with wheelchairs in the Chorlton/Whalley Range area to enable them to access the local shops & other community facilities.
The post is until 31 March 2017, but with potential to continue.
All Applicants must be car drivers and have a clean licence.
Closing date for applications : 12 noon on Friday 6th May
For further information & application forms contact
The Revd. Jennifer King 0161 861 0898
Last session of the year at Good Neighbours Garden
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!
We meet again in the new year starting on Friday 22nd January from 10.30am onwards