People’s Kitchen Summer Update

Summer is here and lots of people leave the estate for festivals, holidays etc so we’re not going to be holding People’s Kitchen in July. There aren’t enough volunteers to run the event and this is likely to be the same in August too.

However, it’d be great to have a big community event mid September when people are back to work/school/routines to celebrate life on the Redbricks.

Do you have any ideas about fun things we can do? Are you an artist or performer who would like to be involved? Get in touch asap via:

There is a rota for people who want to be involved here:

People’s Kitchen Rota

The proposed dates for the rest of the year are:

September – Sunday 27th

October – Sunday 25th (Halloween?)

November – Sunday 29th

December – Winter Feast at Hulme Hall, traditionally

This was all discussed at a meeting back in May, check out these notes for more of an explanation on the job roles and how you can help out.

Peoples Kitchen Meeting

See you at a People’s Kitchen event soon!

Wildflowers in Hulme – seed-sowing on Sunday 29th March


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Almost 20,000 people voted for A Tale of Two Cities and secured our win!

We want as many of you who voted, plus lots of others, to get involved to make this Grow Wild England a true Landmark Project.

We hope many of you will come along to events and activities in Manchester, or suggest  your own that we can link to and support. There is no substitute for doing something practical for nature with other people in a local space.  Meeting like minded people, being involved in a creative nature activity and making a local place special with wildflowers is about as good as it gets..  Oh, and a brew and something tasty to eat is good too!  We’ll try to do that as well.

Phase 1 work in Manchester will include:

Princess Parkway central reservation and environs ( from Asda to the subway)
Subway Roundabout Greenspaces
Southway Homes Verges.

We are having a public seed sowing event on Sunday 29th March 2015. This will take place at the subway greenspace area (Gaythorne roundabout) at the bottom of Princess parkway, and will run 2-4pm. This will follow an event at Everton Park in Liverpool in the  morning. Spread the word of if you can, and come along if possible!

This will signify the start of phase 1 prep and sowing, so important times ahead!

You’re welcome to come to a community meal organised by residents of The Redbricks – it will run 5-7pm at Proctor’s Youth Centre on Hulme Street; People’s Kitchen (contact peoples-kitchen AT for info).

More info to follow in a few days, plus here and Grow Wild A3 phase 1 info march2015 revised

Fun packed weekend on #theredbricks

This weekend (& every first full weekend of the month) brings you:

Sewcialise!   a chance to use sewing machines and various useful bits and pieces to mend your clothes, make curtains…anything you can imagine.  This month the times are more limited than usual, 2-4pm Saturday and Sunday, in the TARA office, 26a Humberstone, behind the bike shed.

the Bentley Bike Club has more volunteers helping you fix your bike or just tune up your brakes, just in time for the Tour de France coming nearby!  It happens on Sunday, again shorter hours this month, 1-3pm, in the northern (nearer Hulme St) walk through between Humberstone and Letsbe (the wooded area) Avenues

and the Bentley Exchange  our very own bring and take table(s) – bring things you don’t want, take things you do.  It happens from Saturday noon, till Sunday at 4:30, in the other walk-through between Humberstone and Letsbe.  Best to bring stuff out on Saturday so it doesn’t get put in the landfill, and only working quality things please.

A surprise extra is a gardening day on Leaf Street, on Sunday 2-6pm, so come out to help clear weeds and eat berries!

Contact details for all these groups if you want to help out is here



Bike storage update

bike_treeIt’s been a while since we’ve given an update on bike storage.  We’ve been busy, and things can move slowly in this world of Redbrickers and housing associations – but there has been some movement!

The Hunmanby bike cage has been launched; everyone on the evens side of Hunmanby has got a letter from City South on applying for a key.  Like the Humberstone bike shed, which is now overflowing, initial uptake has been slow.  Unfortunately this has meant that the CSM funding for a second cage – dependent on high demand being there – is no longer available.  So, do encourage residents near there to get using it, so we can get more!

The Humberstone bike shed is over-flowing and other residents are asking for space in it.  So please, if you’ve a bike in there that you don’t use much, move it to somewhere else.  Until there’s some movement here, CSM won’t consider putting in more provision on Humberstone.

On Rockdove there’s more space in blocks and there doesn’t seem at the moment to be extra demand beyond the Sheffield stands we’ve got put in.  At the ends of blocks, on Hulme and Clarendon Streets, there’s little space for bike stands and heads have been scratched but not got much further to a solution – ideas welcome.

We’re still waiting on the Sheffield stands to be adjusted by CSM’s contractors, so that they aren’t right up against the wall to give more space for more bikes to be attached, and then further secured.

If you’ve got bicycles locked up in your bin-sheds or on railings that are long past being used, or have been abandoned, get in touch with the Bentley Bike Club so they can use them for parts.  CSM’s cleaning team are happy to make sure it gets passed on.  The bin sheds are now needed for, erm, bins, so please lock your bikes up in your block or the nearest shed/cage.

And do of course get in touch if you want to help out securing more bike storage or similar pro-bike measures on the estate –