We’ve had a bit of time off – but not much! Before the summer sun has quite finished cracking the flags, we’re already turning our thoughts to the autumn and winter ahead. Spare a thought for those in need, dig deep to help light up the night and – most of all, keep it Chorlton.
Mary Paul (1932-2016)
Chorlton and Beech Road Traders are enormously sad to have lost the wonderful Mary Paul, who died suddenly in late July.
Mary’s ‘day job’ was the family business, Magic Balloons, but she was also Chair of Beech Road Traders and a tireless community campaigner, with boundless energy and a redoutable spirit. She made Chorlton a better place, connecting people and getting good things done.
Jenny Slee, from the Friends of Beech Road Park: “If anything good happened in Chorlton, you could safely assume Mary had been involved: from festivals to parades, Christmas switch-ons, fundraisers and more. She was an inspiration and will be very much missed”
Councillor John Hacking: “I, along with my Chorlton councillor colleagues, will greatly miss Mary’s help, generosity, kindness and support. We will also miss her determination, doggedness and campaigning energy.”
In October, a white hawthorn and a pink crab apple tree will be planted in Beech Road Park and dedicated to Mary’s memory. A very fitting tribute in a place that she loved. Everyone is welcome to come along.
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Keep it Chorlton
Remember that you can still buy and spend Chorlton Gift Vouchers – they’re a great way to keep money in the local economy. Give them as gifts to friends, family, even local charities. They’re valid until December 2017. Spend them with all our members listed on the Chorlton Map and buy them at:
Celebration, Barlow Moor Road
Elliotts, Chorlton Precinct
Epicerie Ludo, Beech Road
Head Over Heels, Albany Trading Estate
Love Lucy Boutique, Beech Road
McQueen Independent, Beech Road
The Make It Shop, Wilbraham Road
Unicorn Grocery, Albany Road
More information – and buy online at www.chorltonmap.co.uk .
Bring Your Pants!
Reach out to the Community is a local initiative, which offers support for local people struggling with the most basic of needs: food and shelter. Our members, Stephanie and Becky from Elliotts Fruit & Veg, began the project in the summer. Theirs is a very practical approach; working with a number of agencies, who refer those in need of help. This all about making a difference in Chorlton: donations help local rough sleepers and families in food poverty. Can you help?
The project needs:
Men’s underpants, socks and jogging bottoms. Second-hand are fine, but clean and in good condition, please;
Toiletries, including sanitary towels and tampons;
Food: tins, rice, dried pasta and other non-perishable items
Drop items off at Elliotts in the Precinct, where you can also donate cash or buy second-hand books in aid of the project.
Christmas is coming…
We’re not going to start flogging baubles just yet, but we are already looking ahead to the festive season. Civic subsidy for Christmas lights is likely to be greatly reduced, given other pressures, so we’re fundraising to reduce our dependence on it, both this year and in the future. We’re working on our plans as we speak and will all be doing our bit – you can too. If you see raffles or collecting tins in local shops, please do buy a ticket or spare a bit of change. We all need a bit of sparkle, especially at Christmas.
A community fund for Chorlton
We’re not going to get overly political here, but it’s fair to say that austerity has led to severe cuts in public services offered by the City Council.
While the pressure is on to maintain essential services with much smaller budgets, Chorlton can no longer count on grants and subsidies in the way it once did.
We need to make a decision as a community. If we want flower beds, community events and Christmases (including lights and a switch-on), we’ll need to find a way to fund them ourselves.
That’s the bad news.