Affordable new homes for Wythenshawe

Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG) continues to build new homes as part of its £100m development programme, creating 836 new homes by 2021.

The £500,000 Woodhouse View development in Woodhouse Park was part funded by Homes England and comprises three, two-bedroomed houses and two, two-bedroomed bungalows for affordable rent; completion took place in April 2018.

Woodhouse View creates a quiet cul-de-sac, is close to local shops, schools, the Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre, and is set alongside superb transport links.

These new affordable, quality homes leave a sustainable legacy for the Wythenshawe community.

New tenant at Woodhouse View, Tomiqua Munro said: “I’m delighted to move into my new home. It’s a really great size and in a very convenient location. Thank you to WCHG for all their help in making the process very easy and straightforward.”

Group chief executive of WCHG Nigel Wilson said: “I’m delighted that tenants have now moved into the Woodhouse View development as these homes have created much needed affordable housing in the Wythenshawe community. WCHG will continue to explore every opportunity to keep building new homes and help play our part in addressing the housing crisis across the UK.”





MEA students prepared for success

Amazon’s drive to encourage Manchester pupils to embrace a future career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) continued when the local fulfilment centre made a donation to Manchester Enterprise Academy to support British Science Week.

The Amazon Manchester team made a special visit to the school to donate £1,000 which will be used to fund new science equipment and a trip to the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham. To celebrate British Science Week, local Wythenshawe-based Haveley Hey primary school pupils also joined Manchester Enterprise Academy for their day of science enrichment.  

Speaking on the donation, Amazon’s Manchester site lead, Neil Travis said:

“British Science Week is a fantastic initiative and we are delighted to continue supporting schools across the UK. At Amazon, we know first-hand how important it is to encourage young people to be involved in STEM.

“Such skills open up a new world of future career possibilities, including many at Amazon where our engineers, IT specialists and other team members use the latest technology to provide innovative customer solutions.”

The Manchester site is also fitted out with advanced Amazon robotics technology. The robots slide under a tower of shelves where products are stowed, lift it and move it through the fulfilment centre. Laura McLean, head of science at Manchester Enterprise Academy added:

“As technology continues to advance and play a critical role in today’s society, we must ensure our students have the STEM skill set to succeed in the careers of tomorrow. We are very grateful to Amazon for their support and had a wonderful two days celebrating science with Amazon staff, Manchester Enterprise Academy students and Haveley Hey primary school.”

Manchester Enterprise Academy welcomed the donation during British Science Week as part of the company’s ‘Amazon in the Community’ programme, whereby the company supports communities where it operates.

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Community asset provides new home for local theatre

Northenden Players Theatre Club has been part of Northenden village for 75 years. In this anniversary season, they are celebrating getting their own permanent home for the first time.

Originally formed and performing in church rooms on the site of Tesco, they moved to the Boat House on Boat lane, behind The Tatton where they flourished for 50 years. As that building was sold, they were unceremoniously moved on and found another home in the Methodist Church Hall on Victoria Road.

Over the last 12 months, they have been negotiating with the Community Asset Transfer team at Manchester City Council, and with the support of the local councillors, have secured a lease for their own theatre in the old library building. The building has been closed for a number of years but Northenden Players have the energy and enthusiasm to bring it back to life with a new purpose.

Seating around 60 audience members, it could be described as, “cosy” but those who were familiar with the Boat Lane site will know that doesn’t hold back their ambitions. There’s plenty of work to do to convert the building to a facility that the whole community can enjoy but they hope to be up and running for the Christmas play.

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Wythenshawe footballer impresses at World Cup

Manchester Health Academy is celebrating former participant, Marcus Rashford playing for England in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Manchester United and England star, Marcus Rashford, attended the Manchester United Foundation Street Reds programme, held at the school’s community sports facility, from the age of 12 until he made his first-team debut for the Reds at the age of 18. The Wythenshawe-born striker is an inspiration to his former players and pupils.

The brainchild of head of PE, Stewart Brown, students enjoyed a week of celebration using the World Cup as a starting point for their lessons.  Mr Brown said: “The World Cup offered a fantastic opportunity for the whole school to get involved.  All students in Years 7-9 attended their timetabled lessons and participated in a cross-curricular week based around the World Cup, for example, writing match reports in English, using match data in maths, and looking at forces and trajectory of the ball in science.  While Rashford does his thing in Russia, we’ll be learning here in Manchester!”

Marcus Rashford was born in 1997 in Wythenshawe and was a pupil at Button Lane Primary School.  He played for Fletcher Moss Rangers as a child, a youth team with a reputation for producing top players.  From the age of 12, Marcus took part in Manchester United Foundation’s Street Reds programme at Manchester Health Academy’s Community Sports facility.  The programme offers free football sessions and alternative activities to young people aged 8 to 18.  Marcus went on to break George Best’s record as the youngest player to score in Europe for Manchester United.


Championing local food and drink producers

Real Lives Wythenshawe is showcasing local businesses involved in the food and drink industry through a publicity campaign entitled Wythenshawe Hamper.

The campaign aims to increase awareness of the variety of businesses that are based in Wythenshawe, and the opportunities available for retail, distribution and manufacturing companies that may be considering a base in the area.

Thirteen companies have already lent their support, from well-established larger businesses, to sole traders. Duerr’s, the oldest family-owned jam maker in England, has been making preserves for 135 years and is one of the businesses supporting the initiative.

The jam maker’s latest product innovation is half sugar jam, which contains 50 per cent less sugar than the standard products, aims to reflect modern healthy lifestyles. Three flavours are available initially – strawberry, raspberry, and blackcurrant.

Growing business Zymurgorium, the UK's first craft meadery, recognised the renewed passion for all things gin and now produces the popular Original Manchester Gin. Demand for interesting gins, and people wanting to buy from small producers, has driven a near-20% rise in the total amount of the juniper-flavoured spirit sold in the UK.

Domestic gin sales, reported by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, hit £1.2 billion in 12 months (to Sept 2017), with Brits buying the equivalent of over 47 million bottles of gin. This is up 7 million bottles compared to the same period the previous year. 

A YouGov poll recently found gin is now the most popular spirit with 29% of drinkers voting it their favourite.

The association also reported that sales of artisan brands are up 167%, compared with a 30% rise in mass-produced brands. Zymurgorium director, Aaron Darke, said:

 “The demand for quality, craft gin is showing no sign of slowing – we have a huge demand and have introduced new processes to enable even more efficient production. We’re happy to be part of the Wythenshawe Hamper; it’s about time the spotlight was shone on local businesses that are producing some outstanding products.”

Having commenced operation in Wythenshawe, Zymurgorium has moved recently into new manufacturing premises in Irlam, providing 10,000 square feet of production, distribution and office space.

The Real Food Wythenshawe project has inspired many local people to try their hand at growing their own produce. Darren McKinlay started growing chilli plants in his back garden in Northern Moor as a hobby and agrees that initiatives such as Real Food make a big difference to a community: “It encourages use of fresh, local produce and gives people the confidence to grow their own.”

Darren now produces seven different flavours of chilli jams, two fruit sauces and a tomato chilli sauce, under the brand name of Dude & Dudettes Chilli Jam. He gained his first retail experience at Northenden Hive, a pop-up shop project supported by Northenden Neighbourhood Forum, designed to encourage growing businesses to take their first steps into a high street retail environment.

Organisations involved so far:

  • Duerr's
  • The Flava People
  • Himalayas Tea
  • The Authentic Food Co.
  • Minara Foods
  • Northern Grind
  • Zymurgorium
  • Dude & Dudettes 
  • Real Food Wythenshawe
  • Fozz Bee/Wythenshawe Park Beekeepers
  • Baby Bonnet Co.
  • Juiceworks
  • Healthy Food Brands

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