Seniors’ Cinema – An Oscar-Winning Performance

Thursday 3rd November saw the Arrowfield and Hough End Community Action Group stage the first ‘Seniors’ Cinema’ event, specifically aimed at the older members of our community.

This was kindly hosted by Chorlton High School at the Blue Box Theatre, with funding provided by Southway Housing. Around 20 cinema-goers enjoyed a special screening of the Bafta and Academy Award-winning “The King’s Speech” starring Colin Firth as King George VI and Geoffrey Rush as the therapist who helps him overcome his debilitating speech impediment.

The screening was preceded by a buffet meal of soup, sandwiches, cakes, tea and coffee, all served up by Chorlton High School student Anna Markman.

We would hopefully like to make this a regular event, so if there’s film you’d like to see on the big screen, then get in touch with your suggestions.

The group would like to extend special thanks to the staff and students of Chorlton High School, especially Diane Clavin for helping make this event such a success.

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Free Film Afternoon For Older People

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The Arrowfield and Hough End Community Action Group is organising an afternoon of entertainment and food for the area’s older people.

We’re putting on a special screening of this year’s award-winning film ‘The King’s Speech’ and providing hot and cold refreshments. This all takes place at the Blue Box Theatre at Chorlton High School on Nell Lane on Thursday 3rd November.

It all starts at 4pm and should be through by around 6.30pm, and it’s all FREE!

So if you are over 60 or have a friend or relative, and resident in the Group’s catchment area, let us know and we’d love to see you there. Places are limited and are available on a first-come-first-served basis, so if you are interested, please let us know as soon as possible. If required, we are arranging transport to the event too.

To book a place or for more information, telephone Tina on 0161 448 4228 or email

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Community Fun Day – We Know How To Have A Good Time – Whatever The Weather!

It was a mixed day of sunshine and showers, but the weather just added to the character of the fantastic day which was the Arrowfield and Hough End Community Action Group’s Fun Day this Saturday.

Well over a hundred local residents had a great time on the Arrowfield Estate enjoying a range of attractions, activities and stalls in blazing sunshine and torrential showers.

The big attraction was the 20 ft climbing wall which saw plenty of action thanks to the area’s youngsters who had a head for heights. There was a bouncy castle and face painting, the Cadbury’s Spots vs Stripes sports activities and a host of prizes and surprises on various stalls provided by Wates and Bramalls.

Residents could find out more about planned improvements to the area courtesy of information stands presented by Metrolink and Southways/Urban Vision… and one of the most popular stands was Elaine’s healthy and economical cooking demonstrations. She can perform miracles with a wok and a few simple ingredients – a modern take on the feeding of the 5000!

For the most part, the sun shone on proceedings, but a couple of downpours saw the crowds diving for cover under the gazebos without dampening the good mood.

This is the second such Fun Day the Group has staged, and this one was even bigger and better than the last. Who knows what 2012’s will be like. See you there…?


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Community Fun Day 2011

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On Saturday 17th September, the Arrowfield and Hough End Community Action Group is holding a Community Fun Day to help bring the neighbourhoods together to enjoy a range of activities and attractions and to try and make the summer last that little bit longer.

So far we have confirmed a climbing wall, bouncy castle, face painting and sports activities courtesy of Cadbury’s Spots V Stripes. There’ll be refreshments and cooking events and the change to get information from a range of local agencies and organisations and lots more.

It all takes place on Saturday September 17th, between 10am and 2pm on the field just off Plover Terrace on the Arrowfield Road Estate, Nell Lane.

More attractions are being added, so check back in here or follow us on Twitter @ArrowHough for all the latest news.


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Committee Meeting 30th August

The next Committee Meeting of the Arrowfield & Hough End Community Action Group is taking place on Tuesday 30th August at Buckthorn House on Nell Lane.It starts at 7.15pm and will last about an hour. We are planning the next few events which we have lined up for September.

If you have been to one f our events before and feel you might be able to contribute to the continued success of the group in any way, we’d love to see you there. We are looking to swell the ranks of the Committee so we have more people to help out at events, a greater wealth of skills and experience to draw from and to get more people from the local community involved.

So if you are interested, please come along on Tuesday. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Community Message from Greater Manchester Police

The Group is happy to distribute this message from Greater Manchester Police in relation to the terrible events occurring in Manchester and Salford this week.

GMP will not tolerate the copy cat criminality that has been witnessed elsewhere in the country

GMP would urge individuals to respect their communities and not take advantage of the national situation by taking part in criminal activity

GMP will safeguard communities and businesses against sporadic disorder across Greater Manchester

A police operation is already in place to tackle any disturbances and we are determined to react quickly and robustly to any disturbances to prevent escalation of disorder

Crime is most effectively prevented when the police work hand in hand with partner organisations and communities across Greater Manchester

GMP is working closely with all communities to ensure their safety and security at all times

Communities can support the police operation by avoiding any areas where there are disturbances and reporting any criminal activity to the Police

Members of the community can email information to or call 0161 872 5050. In an emergency, where there is threat to life or a crime in progress, call 999.


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Currying favour with the neighbours

Thursday 2nd June saw the Arrowfield and Hough End Community Action Group staging its second annual Curry Night to celebrate Manchester Neighbours Day.

Around 60 people from the local area converged on Buckthorn House to enjoy a range of curries and Indian snacks  supplied by Premier Massala on Barlow Moor Road.

The evening was a great success and provided the chance to meet the neighbours and enjoy a tasty supper, and it was attended by local councillors and Withington MP John Leech.

Here are some snaps of the snacks taken on the night…

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Enjoy a free curry with your neighbours

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Local residents are invited to join Arrowfield and Hough End Community Action Group’s second annual celebration of Manchester Neighbours’ Day at the FREE ‘Curry Night’ taking place on Thursday 2nd June 2011 in Buckthorn House on Nell Lane.

For all those who enjoyed it last time around, there’ll again be a variety of delicious dishes and tasty snacks to sample, with all kinds of Indian food to suit all tastes – all provided by Premier Massala on Barlow Moor Road.

Here’s a reminder of the great time we had at 2010’s event.

It all starts at 7pm, so don’t miss out as it’s ‘first come, first served’!

If possible, please indicate you’d like to come by using the ‘Leave a Reply’ box below.


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Easter Sunday Fun!

Easter Sunday saw the Group’s second annual ‘Easter Extravaganza’ take place in Chorlton. Families from all over the area converged on Buckthorn House for lunchtime fun which included craft tables for youngsters to make Easter cards and Easter bonnets, for which prizes were awarded by Councillor Norman Lewis.

There was an outdoor Easter egg hunt, face painting and great excitement and action when the piñatas were brought out.

Easter eggs and prizes were kindly donated by Southway Housing, Manchester Working, Waites and Bramalls. In all, around 60 people attended the event and also tucked in to a range of Easter cakes, goodies and hot and cold drinks – all provided free.

The Committee would like to thank all those who came and to those who helped out on the day to make this year’s event such a success once again. Same time, same place next year for more Easter fun?

Here are some photos of what we got up to…




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Easter Extravaganza – Date Confirmation

Unfortunately there was an error on the posters and leaflets promoting the Easter Extravaganza. Just to confirm, the event takes place on EASTER SUNDAY which is the 24th April, not 22nd, as stated on the publicity.

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