Eight 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.
This must surely be the show of the season at the Palace Theatre in Manchester.
The lavish sets and a breathtaking staging matched by pitch perfect performances by a magnificent cast makes for a truly stunning production.
It is not just the iconic helicopter scene in Miss Saigon, when the Americans make their humiliating retreat from the devastated South Vietnam city, that makes this show linger in the memory.
In true Cameron Mackintosh style, there is nothing out of place. Every cast member makes a vital contribution and is on point.
And the dominant themes in the story of power, love and loss are hammered home in every line and every note.
In a retelling of the opera, Madama Butterfly, the musical tells the story of young Kim, a 17-year-old girl who flees her burning village to Saigon where she takes a job in a bar and brothel, ran by the infamous Engineer – a schemer with his eyes set on a new life in the USA.
Kim meets Chris, a US Marine. They fall in love but their happiness is short-lived, and when Chris returns to America. There follows Kim’s quest to be reunited with her love, who unbeknown to him, fathered her son, Tam.
Red Concepcion is faultless as the slippery Engineer, with a performance that evokes both revulsion and sympathy. His rendition of The American Dream is real show stopper.
Sooha Kim also excels as Kim with a skillful performance delivering a beautiful interplay with Ashley Gilmour’s Chris, matched by in incredible vocal range.
Runs till May 12
The 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.”
Voters who are not registered to vote are being urged to do so as the countdown begins to Manchester City Council local elections, on Thursday May 3.
New ward boundaries will come into effect at the elections, following an electoral review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England. As a result, electors will have the opportunity to vote for three candidates in each of the five Wythenshawe wards – Woodhouse Park, Sharston, Baguley, Brooklands and Northenden.
To take part, people must be registered to vote. Anyone not already registered must do it before Tuesday April 17 2018, buy visiting http://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Anyone who is registered to vote can also choose to vote by post, or by proxy. Applications for a postal vote must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 18 April 2018. The deadline for the receipt of proxy vote applications is 5pm on Wednesday 25 April 2018.
Electors will receive poll cards, which will confirm their voting arrangements, from Friday 23 March 2018 onwards. An online polling station checker is also available at http://www.manchester.gov.uk/pollingstations.
A full list of candidates will be published at 4pm on Monday 9 April 2018. The count and declaration for the local election results will take place on Friday 4 May 2018.
Joanne Roney OBE, Returning Officer for Manchester, said: “This election gives Manchester residents the opportunity to elect the councillors who will represent them locally.
“It’s vital that nobody loses out on their right to vote, so please make sure that you are registered to have your say by Tuesday 17 April.”
To find out more about the ward boundary changes and the Local Government Boundary Commission for England’s Electoral Review of Manchester, visit http://www.lgbce.org.uk.
Police are appealing for witnesses to a crash in Wythenshawe which left a man seriously injured.
The crash happened at 12.20pm on Thursday 15, when a silver Skoda Rapide and a silver Honda NES scooter were in collision on Walney Road at the junction with Woodhouse Lane.
The Honda scooter was travelling along Nearbrook Road as the Skoda Rapide travelled along Woodhouse lane before they collided at the crossroads.
The 29-year-old man riding the Honda scooter was taken to hospital where he is currently being treated for a facial fractures and other serious injuries.
The driver of the Skoda remained at the scene to speak with officers.
No arrests have been made.
Police Constable Philip Shaw of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “My thoughts are with the man as he receives treatment in hospital and I would urge anyone who witnessed this collision to please get in touch.
“Road closures were in place for over five hours while investigation work was carried out and our enquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding the collision remain ongoing.
Anyone with information or dashcam footage should contact GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 quoting reference number 813 of 15/02/18 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
A 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.