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
Geeky clown Emilion heads up Circus Funtasia’s fiery new show this Half Term
Instead of face-paint and big wigs, comic clown Emilion Delbosq prefers a smart shirt and geeky glasses when he performs in the ring. Enigmatic and energetic, Emilion is centre-stage at Circus Funtasia with their brand new 2018 show, which opens on February 16 in Wythenshawe Park.
“Last time I performed with Funtasia was back in 2016. I’m back this year with plenty of new surprises and laughs up my sleeve!” His unique blend of nerdy humour and seamless showmanship is a hit with all ages.
Emilion says, “Thrill-seekers will love this year’s cast which includes the whip-cracking, fire-breathing Antonio Candela. He’s a hot act to follow!”
Antonio’s act fuses real flames with dramatic tricks. Antonio also performs a comedy ladder act, guaranteed to make you laugh as he falls off and sets himself on fire.
Heading up the stunts inside a giant rotating ‘Wheel of Death’ are daredevil Duo Sifolinis. Watch as they alternate between spinning wheels in the air, complete with blindfold and skipping rope. Plus Circus Funtasia’s infamous Globe of Death motorcyclists are back with new riders and new routines taking the Wall of Death to a whole new dimension.
Lucy-Louise shows off her dazzling power in a dangerous routine high in the air. Dangling from the roof of the Big Top, Lucy swings and dances over the audience. Petite Felicia performs an aerial act known as Straps, which sees her twist and hold her body into impressive positions on a long elastic strap, requiring great strength and years of experience.
Strength is the key ingredient in Hungarian acrobat Atilla’s act. Once a painter and decorator, Atilla now puts himself in the spotlight with a dramatic hand-balancing act. Balancing on poles up to 2m high to Sam Smith’s ‘Only Human’, he certainly tests the limits of the human body.
“A hula hoop and tightrope act is performed by French artist Elodie. And our teenage Harley Quinn lookalike Nia will also be back on her Segway, making everyone envious of her incredible knife-juggling skills!” says Emilion.
You won’t find any animals at Circus Funtasia. Ringmistress Tracy Jones explained “with state of the art lighting and a modern soundtrack, we’re moving away from circuses of yesteryear. We love being a contemporary family show that everyone can enjoy.”
Circus Funtasia runs twice daily from Friday 16th until Sunday 25th February in Wythenshawe Park. Visit www.circusfuntasia.co.uk or call 07706168507 for more details and to book.
Thousands of people turned out for Wythenshawe Park’s firework display last night.
It was soggy underfoot, but the crowds took advantage of the dry and clear skies for the spectacular display and the lighting of the bonfire. Read More…
After the success of last year’s show, Circus Funtasia have returned to Wythenshawe Park. But expect to see plenty of new faces entertaining the crowds, as well as some old favourites.
“Our talented acrobats Duo Stefaneli are back, with two dramatic gravity-defying performances,” explained Tracy Jones, founder and ring mistress. “And we welcome Duo Peris, all the way from Spain, who will be wowing audiences with their incredible roller-skating act and aerial feats.” Read More…
Scores of pet pooches are taking part in a charity dog walk at Wythenshawe Park on Saturday, October 29.
The Paws Spooktacular – Sponsored Halloween Dog Walk is in aid of St Ann’s Hospice and there will be lots of fun activities owners and their canine friends.
At 10am and 1pm the Wilmslow wild dogs flyball team will be in action and you can let your dog have a go too.
The Altrincham and District Dog Training Society take part in the agility course and at 11.30am it’s competition time with titles in five categories up for grabs at £5 per dog per entry. The categories are: best dressed; best rescue; golden oldie (over 5yrs); best girl; and best boy.
The three km walk starts at 1pm and among the entrants will be some 40 dogs belonging to employees at Cheadle finance company Together.
The specialist lender has encouraged colleagues to get their dogs together to support organisers St Ann’s Hospice.
Kevin Fisher, HR director at Together, said: “We’ve done lots of fundraising for St Ann’s Hospice, most notably raising over £15,000 recently after a team of our colleagues took on the National Three Peaks challenge, but we haven’t taken part in an event like this before and we’re really looking forward to it.
“As part of our ‘Let’s Get Giving’ charity initiative we regularly fundraise for good causes, and with lots of dog owners within the company, getting involved in the sponsored dog walk is a great way to support a charity which does wonderful work in our community.”
Tickets are £10 per dog, with humans going free. Visit www.sah.org.uk/paws or call the hospice on 0161 498 3631.
Greater Manchester Police has said more information may be released once investigations have been concluded.
Police, wearing protective clothing were at the park last night.