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Wythenshawe teenager is young equestrian leader

Darren Todd has become the first volunteer at Wythenshawe Park Riding Stables to achieve the prestigious Young Equestrian Leaders Bronze Award.

Eighteen-year-old Darren has been volunteering at the Centre for a year where he has developed leadership skills and extended his knowledge and experience of working with horses.

Darren said, “I am very pleased to have achieved this and am looking forward to beginning the work for my Silver Award.”

Centre Proprietor, Fiona Jackson, commented that the YELA examiners had noted the excellence of Darren’s responses to their questions.

Fiona said, “We are delighted with Darren’s achievement and we look forward to helping other volunteers achieve this award in the future.”  Darren is pictured with his certificate, Inky, one of the Centre’s horses and Centre Proprietor Fiona Jackson

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Manchester College crimpers spring birthday treat on Elsie, 97

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Shereen Wilkinson-Rennicks (second left), Michaela Cole (fourth left) and colleagues from the Hair and Beauty Team at The Manchester College with Elsie Oates and her daughter Margaret Figueroa (second right).

The hair and beauty team from Manchester College in Wythenshawe treated their most loyal client to a surprise celebration to mark her 97th birthday.

Elsie Oates, from Baguley, has enjoyed a cut and colour at the college salon for almost 50 years, helping countless students over the years gain their hairdressing qualifications.

The much loved grandmother-of-three still travels by public transport to the Northenden campus every few weeks for her regular hair appointment. Read More…

Youngsters fly the flag for Wythenshawe in dancing championships

dsc_0716.jpgEight youngsters are flying the flag for Wythenshawe this week as they compete in the World Irish Dancing Championships.

The eight girls known as the Pink Ladies are members of the O’Reilly Academy of Irish Dancing and are in Glasgow for the prestgious contest.

They will be competing against dancers from across the world.

Sinead O’Reilly took to Facebook to wish her girls good luck and to rally support to get Wythenshawe behind them.

She said: “To our Ceili Team we are so very proud of your passion, commitment and never ending dedication. An incredible bunch of young people to be around and that just adore what they. Good luck to our fellow dance friends all over the world.”

O’Reilly’s Academy of Irish Dancing, teach a range of classes for boys and girls from aged four upwards.

They meet at St Anthony’s Parish Centre on Portway on Tuesdays and at St Andrew’s Methodist Church Hall, Brownley Road on Fridays at 6pm.

 

 

 

Manchester College names new building after much-loved former student, Kirsty Howard

DSC_0201The Manchester College  named their Wythenshawe site Howard House in an official VIP naming ceremony earlier today (23 March), in honour of former student and prolific fundraiser Kirsty Howard.

 Kirsty’s family were VIP guests at the ceremony and unveiled the plaque announcing the new name of the recently-refurbished site to guests from the community, staff and local MP Mike Kane.

 At the ceremony, Francis House Children’s Hospice was named the Group’s charity partner of the year in honour of Kirsty and was presented with a cheque for £5,000 to kick-start their fundraising efforts.

 

Phil Taylor, Director of the Kirsty Club and speaking on behalf of Francis House, said: “Thank you to the LTE Group for its very generous donation which will have a huge impact on the charity. Naming the building Howard House and fund-raising for Kirsty’s charity of choice is a wonderful tribute to her memory.”

 The LTE Group has recently invested over £1.5m in upgrading the facilities at Howard House, which first opened in 2010, to house over 160 staff from the Finance, Health and Safety, HR, IT Services and Marketing and External Relations teams. The move has helped to consolidate group operations teams and promote closer collaborative working.

 Wythenshawe and Sale East MP Mike Kane attended and spoke with the family, staff and students. The Labour Shadow Schools Minister said: “I’m delighted to have been invited here today. LTE Group’s investment in Howard House, and the surrounding site occupied by The Manchester College, represents a significant investment in Wythenshawe.

 Today has also been an opportunity to remember and celebrate the life of Kirsty Howard. Speaking to Kirsty’s mum and dad I know they are very proud of their daughter’s achievements, not only as an unbelievable charity fundraiser but as a student at The Manchester College. Naming this building ‘Howard House’ will serve as a fitting and long-lasting tribute to Kirsty.”

 The investment forms a key part of the Group’s estates strategy and its vision to transform the way it delivers leading post-16 education, training and skills.

 John Thornhill, Chief Executive of the LTE Group said: “The Manchester College is incredibly proud to have supported Kirsty in her studies and we’re honoured to name the building Howard House, to reflect her connection to us and the local area.

 “We will also be using the occasion – and other events throughout the year – to raise money for Francis House in her memory, including entering a team of LTE group runners in this year’s 10k Great Manchester Run on Sunday 20 May.

 “Kirsty was, and continues to be, an inspiration to many in Manchester and she remains a fantastic example of the values which we encourage in our colleagues, students and learners.”

 To learn more about LTE Group and The Manchester College, visit their respective websites:www.ltegroup.co.ukwww.tmc.ac.uk.

This Vibrant Thing festival comes to Wythenshawe Library

8GOLD RINGS_1A free festival featuring musicians, hip-hop artists and spoken word performers in coming to Wythenshawe Library tomorrow (Saturday March 17).

The This Vibrant Thing festival is taking place at two other libraries across Manchester – Longsight and North City in Harpurhey as well as Wythenshawe.

Bringing some of the UK’s most vital rising talents,  artists including hip-hop collective, 8 Gold Rings, critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter, Mica Miller and acclaimed hip-hop explorer, Abnormal Sleepz will perform.

Staged as part of Creative Spaces, a cultural initiative of Manchester Libraries, in partnership with creative change makers, Platform Mcr, THIS VIBRANT THING will see libraries transformed through music, poetry, spoken word, installations, visual art and more, featuring a line-up of rising stars, renowned artists and local talent.

Hands-on experiences, including yoga and art workshops, will give audiences the chance to test both their physical and creative flexibility.

 

 

 

 

 

Wythenshawe cancer charity set to help more families after centre’s £338m facelift

Macmillan Cancer Research Centre in Wythenshawe is undergoing a major extension to support more people whose lives are blighted by the disease.

The centre is based in the grounds of Wythenshawe Hospital and is a vital service to individuals and their families who are living with cancer.

The new-look centre in the grounds of Wythenshawe Hospital  will provide a much larger activity space and an additional therapy/meeting room, when the £338million refurbishment is complete.

The Macmillan team will be able to offer more counselling, complementary therapies, cancer survivorship programmes and benefits and financial advice sessions.

Debbie Smith, Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre Manager at Wythenshawe Hospital, said:” This investment is a fantastic opportunity to expand the centre and, more importantly, help us enhance the service we provide to meet the needs, not just physical and clinical, but also financial, emotional and psychological, of even more people affected by cancer in South Manchester.”

In 2017 the centre supported nearly 27,000 people in various ways from supplying leaflets, CDs, books, activity support groups and counselling.  They also provided over 800 grants totaling to £178K, helping with heating and travel costs, clothing, new appliances for people living with cancer.

The charity urgently need schools, community groups and businesses to organise a fundraising event to help support this vital service for local people living with cancer.

For more information and fundraising ideas or to make a donation please contact cjenkinson@macmillan.org.uk. 

And anyone requiring  support from the centre can call the team on 0161 291 4876.

Horrors of the Holocaust shared with Wythenshawe pupils

IMG_7069 - CopyA group of students from Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester took part in a special event at the Home in Manchester to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Holocaust Memorial Day is the international day of remembrance for the victims and the survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides. Each year there is a national theme, set by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, which provides a focus to the event; this year’s theme is the power of words.  Read More…

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