The day we (almost) met the Queen…

Diamond Jubilee Garden Party Montage

Snapshots from the Lord Mayor's Garden Party

Did you see the coverage of the Queen’s visit to Manchester last week? And did you know that members of the Group and local community were there to join in at one of the biggest receptions to celebrate the event?

Richard Miller, who has chaired and been the secretary for the group for the last couple of years received the special invitation to represent the Group at the Lord Mayor of Manchester’s Garden Party, arranged for HM The Queen’s visit to the city as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour.

The event was saw a thousand community volunteers like Richard treated to an afternoon’s hospitality and entertainment in Manchester Central (formerly Gmex) which had been converted into a massive indoor garden, with ‘lawns’, moving statues, flowerpot-men and a bandstand featuring a range of orchestras, bands and choirs.

Guests of honour, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh walked about and chatted before settling down to a display of dance, cheerleading, sea-cadet drill and tai-kwondo provided by schools and community groups.

Accompanying Richard as his guest was Maria Morrison. Maria has live on the Arrowfield Road estate for the last 20 years, was badly attacked as she waited for a bus near her home at Christmas. She is thankfully making a fast and full recovery. The incident provoked shock in the local area, but has served as a catalyst for a lot of good will and neighbourliness. Maria’s attitude to her ordeal symbolises the positive spirit to be found in our neighbourhood, so the community group felt she was particularly deserving of the invitation.

Although we were’t supposed to, we managed to take some snaps of the day and there are more details about the event and the Queen’s visit on the M.E.N. website.

It was a great celebration of the communities of Manchester, and we were very proud to go along and represent our part of Chorlton and the Arrowfield and Hough End Community Action Group.

The Group is planning an event specifically to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in the summer. We’ll be making an announcement at our Easter Sunday event, or stay tuned for more information here.


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Roll up! Roll up! It’s Easter time again!

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Once again, this Easter Sunday you ware welcome to our third annual Easter Extravaganza.

We have a range of fun activities planned, aimed at children and young people, which included an Easter egg hunt, bonnet-decorating and card-making competitions, along with a FREE Easter egg for all the youngsters who come along.*

There’ll be free tea, coffee and easter goodies for all to enjoy too.

It all takes place at Buckthorn House on Nell Lane, between 11 am and 1pm on Easter Sunday, 8th April.

Words and pictures showing how much fun our previous Easter events have been can be found here for 2010 and here for 2011.

See you there. We’re egg-specting you!

*Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult to take part in activities and receive free egg.

If you would like to come along and help out on the day, please email

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More Cracking Good Food

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Following the success of last year’s sessions at Buckthorn House, the Arrowfield & Hough End Community Action Group is pleased to announce another two fantastic cooking courses brought to you by Cracking Good Food in conjunction with Manchester City Council and Southway Housing.

Over each 5-session course, you’ll learn how to make fabulous food on a sensible budget, including pasta dishes, spicy Thai dishes, one-pot wonders, fishcakes, burgers potato wedges and much, much more and each course culminates in a celebration event* so you can bring along your family and friends and show them what you can do.

Even better than that, at each session there’ll be child care for the under 12s with a kids’ cinema club… and it’s all for FREE!

Each course runs for 5 weeks and takes place at Buckthorn House on Tuesday evenings between 6 and 8pm.

Course 1 dates : February 21st / 28th / March 13th / 20th / 27th*

Course 2 dates : April 17th / 24th / May 8th / 15th / 22nd*

Places are limited to 12 per course, and only those who have pre-booked will be able to take part. To book your place on course 1 or course 2 and to arrange childcare if necessary, or for more information, text Sarah on 07930 898935, email her at or visit the Cracking Good Food website

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What’s so good about Chorlton? Your opinion counts!

The Group has been contacted by Dawn Cole, a PhD student at Manchester University, to see if any local residents can help out with some research she is undertaking. The aim of her study is to improve understanding of how individuals and households make decisions about where to live. It will look how people form an overall impression of a local area, at the qualities which are attractive in a neighbourhood and how trade-offs are made between competing qualities. The project will also investigate how different people within a household come to agree on a place to live, looking at, for example who takes the lead in making the decision and at any compromises that are made.

Dawn would like to make contact with a cross-section of Chorlton residents, present, past and those looking to move into the area.

It only takes an hour of your time. Dawn interviews you in a very relaxed, conversational style to find out what your views are of the local area and records it for her study. No pressure. No right or wrong answers. Just your story, circumstances and opinions.

If you are interested in helping out, please contact Dawn at

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Group visits Arrowfield knife attack victim

Between Christmas and New Year, one of our friends on the Arrowfield estate, a 74-year-old lady, was the victim of a brutal knife attack in broad daylight as she waited at the bus stop on Arrowfield Road. She was seriously injured and required a number of days’ hospital treatment. She’s now back at home and is recovering.

The perpetrator has been caught and has pleaded guilty to the attack, so that’s a relief for our friend and the community in general.

At the weekend, members of the group went round to visit the victim and presented her with a bunch of flowers and the best wishes of the Group and the neighbourhood. We are pleased to report that, despite her ordeal and injuries, she is in fantastic spirits and is well on the road to recovery.

We wish her all the best for a full and speedy recovery, and hope to see her at one of our forthcoming events.

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Happy Christmas from the Group


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The Group brought another successful year to a close with its annual Christmas Coffee morning. Those who came were treated to free mince pies and refreshments and there was a fantastic raffle with prizes donated by a range of local Chorlton businesses including Unicorn Whole Foods, Barbakan Deli, Monkey Puzzle Toys, Siemens as well as contributions from Bramhalls, Waites and the Group itself.

Action for Sustainable Living was there promoting their Energy Champions scheme, and information about environmental improvements to the area was presented by Urban Vision.

Thanks to all those who came along, contributed and helped out.

If you want to get involved, come along to our committee meetings. The first one of 2012 is on Tuesday 10th January, 7.15pm at Buckthorn House.

All that remains for 2011 is for the Group to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and we hope to see you at our events in 2012.




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Christmas Coffee Morning 2011

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This year’s Christmas Coffee Morning is taking place on Saturday 10th December at Buckthorn House, between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm at Buckthorn House on Nell Lane.

Expect plenty of festive fun and fayre with free mince pies, Christmas goodies and drinks and a raffle which will help raise funds for the Groups forthcoming activities.

So come along and get involved. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

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AGM 2011 – A Brief Report

Thursday 17th November saw the Group’s Annual General Meeting take place at Buckthorn House. Local residents were joined by a range of guests including members of Southway Housing’s team, local police officers, Action for Sustainable Living, councillors Ian Hyde, Norman Lewis and Bernie Ryan and MP John Leech.

A resumé of the year’s activities was presented by Chairman Richard Miller and a financial statement was provided by Treasurer Amina Kasar. Presentations were given by Southway’s Steve Fanning about proposed environmental improvements and by Simon Robinson of Action for Sustainable Living about the Energy Academy initiative they are launching in the area.

Attendees were given the opportunity to discuss local issues to the agency representatives present resulting in debates about improving aspects of the local environment, crime and security, parking and rubbish collection.

As part of the  Group’s constitution and this being the AGM, a new committee was formed and new officers elected. Voted into the key roles were Bob Stacey, who is the new Chairman; Richard Miller (who has been Chairman for the past 20 months) – Secretary; and Amina Kasar who resumes her role as Treasurer for the second consecutive year. We also welcome Samantha Thompson onto the committee, and offer an ongoing invitation to all local residents who may wish to join the committee and get more closely involved in helping out with the Group and its activities.

Our next scheduled committee meeting is on Tuesday 29th November, between 7.15 and 8.15pm at Buckthorn House.

Thank you to all who attended the AGM and for your continued support of the Group.

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Get Switched On – Become An Energy Champion

As part of the Group’s AGM,we are introducing the ‘Energy Academy’. This is an initiative led by Action For Sustainable Living aimed at raising awareness among residents about savings on energy bills.

Come along to the AGM and find out more about the Energy Academy and get involved. There’s a chance of winning some great prizes. To find out more, download the flyer here, text Hazel Graham on 07826 608 833 or email her on

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Annual General Meeting

The Arrowfield and Hough End Community Action Group would like to invite all residents in the area to its Annual General Meeting for 2011.

This is taking place on Thursday 17th November at Buckthorn House on Nell Lane between 7.30 and 8.30pm.

Please come along and find out what the Group has been up to for the last 12 months, what it has planned for the next 12, and how you can get involved.

Representatives from Southway Housing, local Council, GM Police will be there. Come and fine out what environmental improvements are being made to the area, and how you can contribute to this.

Also at the meeting, Action for Sustainable Living will be launching their new initiative in the area. You can become a Tenant Energy Champion, discover how to live ‘greener’, save energy and save money! Find out more here.

We’ll be electing a new Committee, so if you want to get involved in activities to help improve your community and neighbourhood, this is the perfect opportunity!

We hope to see you there! 




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