New Hough End Leisure Centre

Message from Manchester City Council regarding the new Leisure Centre on Hough End Playing Fields:

Manchester City Council is investing in a new leisure facility at Hough End.  Residents will have the opportunity to see the new plans and meet with members of the Project team to ask any questions they may have.   Full details of the consultation process are available on-line at where residents can also submit their comments.

We want as many people to have a look at the plans for the new leisure centre before a full planning application is submitted.  In view of that, I would be very grateful if you could circulate this information to members of your group and anyone else you think might be interested.

The Council will discussing the proposals with residents until Saturday 14th December and so it would be really helpful if you could circulate the information as soon as you get the opportunity.

(If you can please also retweet from our @MCCChorlton account:
Take a look at plans for the new Hough End Leisure Centre or drop in and have a chat with the project team )

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Drop-in Coffee Morning

The Group is hosting what we hope will be the first in a regular series of ‘Drop-in Coffee Mornings’, this coming Wednesday – 10th April – between 12 noon and 2pm at Buckthorn House.

There will be a range of information and advice available from and about Southway Housing, Greater Manchester Police, Fire Brigade, local credit union, recent welfare reforms, recycling and environmental issues.

Most importantly, it’s a chance to socialise with neighbours and find out more about the Arrowfield and Hough End Community Action Group, what activities and improvements you’d like to see in the area, and how you can work with the group to help bring them about.

There’ll be free refreshments – so we hope to see you there!


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It’s almost Christmas – It must be time for the Christmas Coffee Morning!






This year we’re doing things a little bit differently…

This year’s Christmas Coffee Morning is doubling up as the group’s Annual General Meeting. This follows the disappointing turn out at the scheduled AGM which was to have taken place back in November. The low numbers meant that we weren’t able to proceed with the electing of officers onto the main committee, nor bring new people on board.

So we’ve decided to run a mini-AGM alongside the Christmas Coffee Morning, meaning that as well as the usual mince pies and merriment, you’ll be able to find out what the group has planned for the coming year and have the chance of getting involved in helping run our events by joining the group, either on the committee or even in the role of Chairperson, Secretary or Treasurer.

The highlight of the morning will be a raffle, in which we’ll be giving away some fantastic prizes. The raffle will be free to those who stay and participate in the vote.

So please come along and take part in the fun and games, and the meeting. This is really important to the continued success of the group. We need the support and participation of the local community to be able to put on the events we do.

We look forward to seeing you there – Saturday 8th December, 10.30am–12.30pm at Buckthorn House.

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AGM 2012

The Group’s AGM will take place on Tuesday 13th November and will take place at Chorlton High School, commencing at 7.00pm.

We have invited a number of speakers, so you can hear updates from local councillors, police representatives, Southway Housing and find out more about how the local environmental improvements are progressing.

You’ll be able to raise your views and opinions and let us know what’s important to you and your community.

It’s also your chance to find out more about the Group and get involved on the Committee, and we’ll be holding the annual election of officers to the Group.

So please come along and get involved. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Chorlton High School – Winter Fayre

Last year, Chorlton High School held a very successful Winter Fayre. All the proceeds that the school raised were donated to our linked school in Chisila, Africa. We made an impressive £3,455.00 which the small community school in Zambia used to train 5 local volunteers to become trained teachers and set some money aside to buy much needed resources for pupils.

We are holding another Winter Fayre this year on Saturday 1st December 11-1pm. The cost of a stall is £10.00 for two tables (tables are provided).

Last year we had a vast array of stalls such as cakes, jams, honey, handmade wrapping paper, toys, sweets, gifts, jewellery, plants, cards, etc.
To enable us to have the success we had last year we would be grateful for your support if you were to book a table.

If you are interested and would like to book a stall or know more about the event, please call 0161 882 1150 or email

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The Great British Diamond Jubilee Fish and Chip Feast. Here is the news.

The bad news: The sun didn’t shine.  The good news: It didn’t rain!  The great news: It didn’t matter one little bit! We all had a brilliant time anyway, at our Diamond Jubilee street party with a difference. The difference being that it was an off-road experience enjoyed by over 200 local residents on Jubilee bank holiday Tuesday.

We wanted to do something ‘typically British’ to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, so we hit upon the idea of a Fish & Chip Feast. Central to the day was the 150 portions of free fish and chips we provided for residents to enjoy – superbly catered for by Fish-a-licious on Maudleth Road West.

But it wasn’t just about the food. There was fun and fitness too. There was fun to be had at a range of stalls in the form of face painting, games and activities provided by Southway Housing, Henry Boot and Bramalls. And for the fitness freaks, there were two bouncy castles and a series of hilarious sack races, for the under 8s, over 8s, mums and dads.

Thanks to everyone who came and who helped out on the day, making this our biggest and most successful event yet, and we think everyone went away with some fantastic memories of an already memorable weekend.

Here are some photos of the day. See if you can spot yourself!

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Jubilee Tuesday is nearly here – Fingers crossed the weather stays good!

Thank you for the great response, all those who have been in touch to say they’re coming to the Great British Fish & Chip Feast this coming Tuesday.

It promises to be a great, fun day and it kicks off at 12.30pm. Star attraction will the fish & chips which are being provided by our friends at Fish’a’licious on Maudleth Road West.

Meals will be served between about 12.45 and 2.15. If you didn’t book a meal beforehand, then we’re afraid we can’t promise we’ll be able to provide you with one.

But please come along and feel free to bring your own picnic and join in the fun.

We’ve two bouncy castles, face painting and all kinds of games and attractions going on. We’re getting a large marquee just in case the great weather we’ve been having doesn’t hold out for the big day.

If you are coming, it might be an idea to bring a deckchair or picnic blanket to ensure you enjoy the day in comfort.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!

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Fish & Chips, Your Majesty?

Diamond Jubilee Fish & Chip FeastThe Group’s next big event planned for the summer is our fantastic Fish & Chip Feast in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which is taking place on Tuesday 5th June on Plover Terrace field, beginning at around lunchtime.

This is a FREE event, and those who wish to come along will be treated to a Great British Fish & Chip meal.

There’ll also be music, fun and games and activities for all the family, including face painting and a bouncy castle.

In order to help us provide the correct number of meals, you MUST pre-register your interest. There are 3 ways of doing this:

1. Contact us using the ‘Leave A Reply’ box below, stating your name, address, email address and how many in your family would like a meal.

2. Email us at with your name, address, how many in your family would like a meal, as well as your email address.

3. Telephone Tina Murphy on 0161 448 4228.

It is important you let us know by Friday 25th May.

(Your details won’t be published on this website, will be kept safe and not passed on to third parties.)

You will be provided with a token on the day to exchange for the number of free meals you have ordered. Only fish & chips, chips only, or fish only are being provided.

There will be other refreshments available on the day, and even if you don’t pre-order a main meal, you’re still welcome at the event, to join in the fun and celebrate with your neighbours.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Like us on Facebook

The Arrowfield and Hough End Community Action Group now has its own Facebook page which will be an additional source of information and updates about all our activities. Please visit and remember to ‘Like’ us while you’re there!

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It’s Easter. Who needs the sun to have fun?

The sun didn’t shine and it was a bit damp under foot, but the drizzly day didn’t stop the fun at our third annual Easter Extravaganza on Easter Sunday.

Buckthorn House was packed to the rafters as usual, with youngsters making the most of the craft activities provided, and earning themselves prizes for the most creative Easter card and Easter bonnet. There was a raffle which featured some fantastic prizes including luxury chocolates from Thorntons and £10 gift vouchers for Argos and Tesco.

And nobody minded a drop of the wet stuff as the youngsters piled outside in search of further treats in the Easter egg hunt. There were free refreshments and each child went home with at least one Easter egg.

Another cracking success. Thanks to everyone who came. Here’s some pictures of the day…


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