Wythenshawe Town come from behind to notch up another victory

untitledWythenshawe Town 3-1 Garswood United

Wythenshawe Town came from behind to win  3-1 against bottom of the league Garswood United at the weekend.

The hosts began the game the stronger team, but it was the visitors who could have taken the lead after just seven minutes when a corner taken by Martin Seddon and was met by Matthew Rochford but his header was cleared off the line by the Wythenshawe defence.

Just a minute later Wythenshawe won a penalty after Niall Rhodes was upended by Garswood goalkeeper Stanley Keane, after he latched onto a long ball from captain Richard Gresty. But Keane made up for his error as he saved Antonio Dinchin’s penalty low down to his right.  Read More…

Wythenshawe firm’s Jamfest rocks up £60,000 for brain charity

Peace, love and rock ‘n’ roll came together at The Mere Golf Resort & Spa for the Duerr’s Annual Charity Ball, this year raising a chart-topping £60,000 for Brainwave.

The Wythenshawe-based preserve and peanut butter producers are renowned for their annual themed knees-up, and with a stellar effort from all guests, this year’s ‘JamFest’ was no exception.

With wellies, wrist-bands and peace-signs galore, everyone from ‘Jimi Hendrix’ to ‘Janis Joplin’ made an appearance. Hall of fame musicians danced the night away alongside guests in Oktoberfest’s famous lederhosen and dirndls, in a festival free-for-all.

Party-goers were welcomed with a Bucks Fizz and feasted on a festival-inspired three course meal before rummaging in their bumbags to compete for auction prizes including backstage passes for Olly Murs, a money-can’t-buy trip to a Caribbean Island and VIP tickets to the X Factor final.

The money raised will go towards aiding Brainwave’s work supporting families with disabled children, providing therapy and exercise programmes to help develop children with physical and cognitive disabilities such as cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome and autism.

Mark Duerr, managing director of F.Duerr and Sons comments: “This year had everything a good festival should have, apart from the mud and toilet queues! The room was rocking, but even better than that we raised an astonishing amount of money for a brilliant cause.

“Once again, we’ve been blown away by the generosity of our guests who are true Jamfest legends.”

Carole Headley, Development Manager at Brainwave added: “What a fantastic event! I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Duerr’s for raising such an incredible amount of money.

“The work we do is very important to families across the UK, helping children to reach their full potential; but it is dependent on donations, which is why we’re so incredibly grateful to Duerr’s for their support.”

Wythenshawe Town title push continues after win against Crewe

untitledWythenshawe Town are in action at home again this weekend to Garswood United, hoping to follow up their recent victory against Crewe with another win to keep them in contention for the league championship.

A very competitive game saw Wythenshawe Town run out 1-0 winners over Crewe FC on a foggy afternoon at Ericstan Park last week.

The first chance of the game fell to the visitors after just seven minutes, when Captain Nathan Southern picked the ball up on the edge of the Wythenshawe area and spread the ball wide to Ian Carr who was in space just inside the area but he pulled his shot wide of Ben Daniels post in the Wythenshawe goal.

Wythenshawe’s first chance came after eleven minutes when Niall Rhodes picked the ball up 25 yards out but he fired wide of Wes Newton’s goal. The hosts kept the pressure on and after a good spell of possession the ball fell to fullback Vash Dixon 30 yards out but his effort went wide of the Crewe goal.

The best chance of the first half fell to Wythenshawe Town when David Moreno beat the right fullback Nick Farrington and his cross was met by Antonio Dinchin but his shot was saved by the legs of Wes Newton.

Crewe had a chance to take the lead on the stroke of half time when David Lowellette met a cross from Steve Parker but headed wide of Ben Daniels near post.

The hosts started the second half on the front foot and Ash McGrath picked the ball up and ran at the Crewe defence only to see his 25-yard effort go wide of the upright.

Just one minute later Crewe had a great chance to take the lead when they had a throw in deep in the Wythenshawe half and the ball fell to Nick Farrington who’s curling effort whistled just over Ben Daniels crossbar.

On the hour mark Wythenshawe Town took the lead when David Moreno played a through ball to Cyril Owalabi and he cut inside his marker and beat Crewe keeper Wes Newton at his near post from 15 yards. Just eight minutes later Wythenshawe had a chance to double there lead when a corner was defended by the Crewe defence, but the header fell to Niall Rhodes who fired wide from 8 yards.

On 70 minutes Crewe had their best chance of the half to equalise when they caught Wythenshawe on the counter attack and the ball fell to Danny Lowellette who managed to round the on coming keeper Ben Daniels but saw his shot cleared off the line by Vash Dixon.

Wythenshawe ended the game the stronger team and could of doubled their lead when Niall Rhodes twisted and turned his man but shot high and wide of the Crewe goal.

REVIEW: Billy Elliot @ The Palace, Manchester


Pic: Alastair Muir

The Palace Theatre, Manchester sees the long awaited arrival of the hit musical Billy Elliot for the festive season and brings dance, drama, tears, laughter and politics in abundance.


Anyone who loved the film will not be disappointed by the stage adaptation of the story of a boy, with dreams of becoming a ballet dancer, from a Durham mining village gripped by the bitter 1984-85 miners’ strike.

The show is in many ways better than the film, amplifying each glorious element. The dancing is more integral to the experience and Elton John’s music is both poignant and wonderfully entertaining. Read More…

REVIEW: Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing @ The Opera House, Manchester

lisa-dillon-leah-whitaker-paige-carter-rebecca-collingwood-in-rsc-cfts-loves-labours-lost-photo-manuel-harlan-40The Royal Shakespeare Company is in town with two productions of its highly acclaimed interpretations of two of the bard’s funniest plays.

And if you’re new to Shakespeare and are worried the whole thing will go over your head, you shouldn’t. This is Shakespearean comedy as it was intended – brash, entertaining and hilarious.

It is now generally accepted that Much Ado is the “missing” work referred to as Love’s Labour’s Won a romance linked to Love’s Labour’s Lost. Read More…

Wythenshawe Head girl Shannon is young person of the year

shannon-awardManchester Health Academy’s Head Girl, has been recognised as Young Person of the Year for her caring volunteering work.

GCSE student Shannon Stone was presented with the award this week at a glittering ceremony held by Wythenshawe Community Housing Group.

Despite a busy school schedule at Manchester Health Academy where she is Head Girl, Shannon finds time to volunteer almost every evening, helping to run sports, drama and youth clubs. She also regularly attends Youth Forum, a group that meets to discuss issues affecting local young people.

Shannon said: “I’d encourage more young people to volunteer – I’m never bored and I meet lots of interesting people. Next week I’m looking forward to interviewing the Lord Bishop of Manchester about homelessness for a documentary we are making.”

The housing group holds an awards ceremony each year to honour community members and organisations for their hard work to make Wythenshawe a great place to live.

Academy Principal, Mr Owen, said: “I am very proud of Shannon, she is a credit to the Academy. This award is a fitting acknowledgement of her caring, community-minded attitude and her personal ethos of hard work. Shannon is a fine example of how much positive difference a young person can make to their community with some dedication and a desire to make things happen.”

We want your views -how will HS2 affect you?

hs2Residents in Wythenshawe are receiving letters this week explaining how they will be affected by the high speed rail track which has been given the green light.

A tunnel from Manchester Piccadilly to the Airport station will run under homes in Wythenshawe and people living in properties affected by the new rail line will be able to claim compensation.

But according to the Manchester Evening News, many residents, including some living near to what will be the tunnel entrance were unaware of the plans. Read More…

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