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We all need a bit of love in our lives, especially at this time of year. Whatever your relationship status, it’s time to love where you live – because it will love you back.

Money spent locally stays local. It supports lively high streets and district centres. It improves consumer choice and provides local jobs and training. Local prosperity means better house prices, good schools and increased inward investment.

Buy everything from chains and supermarkets and your money most likely clears off to drink cocktails in some sort of off-shore non-dom tax haven. It won’t even send you a postcard, let alone come back and visit.

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Happy New Year, Chorlton

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A huge thank you to everyone who kept it Chorlton this Christmas, buying bags and gift vouchers, shopping on our high streets and supporting our local economy all year.

That said, Chorlton is for life, not just for Christmas. Chorlton Gift Vouchers are still on sale and valid all year. You may not need birthday presents, bedding plants and ice cream right now, but when the time comes, the vouchers will still be there for you. Buy from: Celebration Party Shop, Elliotts, Epicerie Ludo, Love Lucy Boutique, The Make It Shop, McQueen Independent and Unicorn.

Another must-have for all seasons is the TAG! PassItOn Card, which gives exclusive local offers. It’s good for the everyday practical things, as well as a free treat now and then. Find out more at www.tagpassiton.co.uk, buy a card from shops displaying the TAG! logo or buy online

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September update

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We know where you live

The Chorlton Map is here! Pick one up in pretty much any shop, bar, cafe or library. You may think you don’t need it because you live here, but think again. The map’s a great reminder of all the wonderful and tasty things on offer here in M21: you may find something you never knew about, or feel encouraged to try something different. You can also see which traders offer exclusive deals and discounts to TAG! card holders and save yourself a Chorlton pound or two. 30,000 maps have been printed, some are for Chorltonians; others will make their way out to other parts of town and beyond; promoting our area as a great place to shop, play and visit. We’ll also be putting large maps at key points around the centre as a handy guide for visitors.

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June’s update

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Our update from the June edition of Community Index.

June’s a big month for us – let’s hope for some lovely South Manchester sunshine!

Fanfare please….

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We’ve joined forces with Beech Road Traders and Community Index to create Chorlton Events a new calendar listing what’s happening in this place we call home. We want it to be an indispensable guide on what to do in Chorlton – from major cultural events to hidden-gem attractions on wet Wednesdays.  Members of the two Traders Associations can email their events for inclusion We’ll promote the site through our members, through the magazine and through our wider marketing channels. You’ll find the calendar – a work in progress, but filling up fast – at www.communityindex.co.uk.

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May’s update

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Chorlton’s big party 

There’s always something creative happening in Chorlton, but it’s in May that the party really gets started with Chorlton Arts Festival. We’re proud to be an official Festival Partner and that so many of our members help make it happen through staging events, supplying a venue and so much more. We love the way the festival brings visitors into Chorlton, as well as being a celebration of, and for, everyone who lives and works here. We’d like to say a huge thank you to festival director Ella and her team of volunteers, to the performers and the contributors – you all do us proud.

Want to get the most out of Chorlton? 

You’ll need a map… 

As we speak, the new Chorlton Map is shaping up beautifully. More than 75 local businesses are featured, alongside community organisations, churches and other landmarks. Chorlton artist Anna Violet has been creating bespoke illustrations of selected members, some of which you can see here. The map is designed to attract visitors and promote Chorlton as a destination for shopping, nightlife and culture. It’s also designed to help residents discover things they may not have even known about. The map should find its way into shops, libraries, cafes and all sorts of other places from June.

…and the local currency 

While we don’t have a Chorlton Pound (yet), we do have the TAG Pass It On scheme – the card which rewards your loyalty. For just five (ordinary British) pounds, you’ll get deals and discounts with loads of local traders. Whether you’ve got dresses, diamonds or daffodils on your shopping list, TAG gets you some cheeky discounts and even a freebie here and there. It’s all designed to encourage you to shop local and keep Chorlton interesting, which benefits everyone. New TAG members offering exclusive discounts include the Bosu Body Bar, Love Lucy, Bike Barn and Grays Larder.

Pick up a card in shops displaying the TAG logo. It’s valid for the whole of 2015 and if you shop local, it pays for itself in no time at all. We have absolutely no idea why anyone would want to go into town….

April’s update

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It’s a busy time for Chorlton Traders. W’ve been working to help clean up, green up and generally tidy up Chorlton, in partnership with the City Council. The map is moving along nicely too. We’ve an independent business sector every part of Manchester would be proud of and we want to show it off !

Time to flash that TAG!

New deals for the extra-fabulous on TAG! this month. Your local loyalty card will save you a sparkling 10% on pre-made diamond jewellery at Wilbrahams of Chorlton. Budget a little smaller? Enjoy 10% off all spends over £10 at Love Lucy, Beech Road’s new boutique. Pick up your TAG! card in any shop with a sticker in the window. It’s just £5 and pays for itself in no time – especially if you’re buying diamonds, darlings.

Hit the Beech 

No Chorlton summer is complete without Beech Road’s Family Fun Day, which takes place on Sunday 5 July 2015.

The event will feature the usual quirky and eclectic blend of dancing, circus skills, great food and laid-back picnic options. Money raised goes towards making Beech Road Park a nicer place for everyone.If you’d like to sell your wares or services in the park on the day, you can rent a pitch from just £40 for 3m x 3m. If you’re a performer who could donate your talents, our very good friends at Beech Road Traders would also love to hear from you – Contact Beech Road Traders

On the Market 

Don’t forget Chorlton’s lovely markets in April.

  • Chorlton Market Saturday 18 April, 9am-4pm, outside the library on Manchester Road
  • The Market on the Green Saturday 25 April, 11am-5pm, Chorlton Green
  • Art Market Open every day, Chorlton Precinct.

Chorlton Map

We’re working with Beech Road Traders to create a free map that will list all the best and brightest Chorlton businesses. It will help residents, visitors and newcomers know the area better, find some hidden gems and understand just why we all love to call M21 home. The map will be not only be distributed in Chorlton, but also in the city centre and surrounding areas. The print run is 30,000.

If you’d like your business to be listed, there are a number of different options. If you’re a home-based business, or run a market stall, a limited number of contact listings are just £45, but you’ll need to be quick. If you have premises that need to be marked on the map, rates start at £70.  And because we want it to be a thing of beauty, the brilliant Anna Violet will be illustrating it. If you’d like to commission Anna to really put you on the map with a bespoke sketch of your premises, the rate is £200.

The traders associations have a very big job to do, so if you’d like to be included, get in touch by Tuesday 7 April. If you’re not already a member, you’ll need to join either Chorlton Traders, or Beech Road

 

March’s update

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Here’s a thing that doesn’t happen every day

We’re starting by talking about Didsbury…

Sometimes we need reminding of the reasons to be proud of where we live. So many of us hop on a tram into town when what we want is right under our noses.

Our sister organisation, Didsbury Traders has just produced a fantastic new map, which lists key attractions, features and local businesses. It’s been getting a big thumbs-up from residents, visitors and traders alike and was singled out for praise at a recent meeting of the City Council.

The free map is all about promoting our local economy and community. It’s about keeping money in – and bringing money into – our neighbourhood. Independent businesses need our custom to survive: that’s not about being charitable, it’s about getting great service with a personal touch from people who care. Our High Streets are what make our district centres distinctive and give that village feel that we’re so proud of in Chorlton.

The map helps promote a distinct and desirable area and a visitor destination. It conveys an attractive image, makes much of its transport links and is intended to bring in tourists and visitors from other parts of town, as well as helping residents discover things they didn’t know existed. So if it’s good enough for Didsbury….

We’re going to apply for a grant to get a similar map off the ground in Chorlton. Our plan is for local artist Anna Violet to illustrate local features and selected businesses.

This is a huge undertaking, but we believe it’s a worthwhile one: it won’t happen overnight and there’s a lot of work to be done. We’re going to be getting in touch with all our members to request a contribution towards costs at a choice of prices and levels. Don’t miss out: if you’re already a member, look out for updates. If you’re not a member, we’d love you to join us. If you’re a Chorlton resident, follow us on Twitter for updates or keep reading these pages.

WLTM green-fingered Chorltonians

Last month we mentioned the new community garden we’ll be creating between the library and the Sedge Lynn. We’re hoping handy Chorlton residents will be able to help us with painting, basic construction, planting and labour. We’re going to fill the garden with fruit and fragrant lovely things in time for the summer. If you can help, please do contact us.

Pub and Shop Watch

Our Pub and Shop Watch scheme is getting off the ground. By working together, traders and licensees can share intelligence about offenders and suspicious activity and make Chorlton safer for everyone. Greater Manchester Police are supporting the scheme – and it’s free. If you’re a member, get in touch with us if you’d like to join.

New(ish) Year, More New Stuff!

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New! Community Garden

We’ve had our eye on that mysterious gated-off space on Manchester Road for quite a while now.  You know the one – between the Sedge Lynn and the library. This spring, we’ll be unlocking the gates to create a community garden that’s perfect for reading, chatting and smelling the flowers.

The garden is just part of the work we’re doing with the Council and other partners to smarten up Manchester Road. The Christmas tree has made way for thousands of spring flowers and there’ll be new Veloplanters – where bike storage and bedding plants meet – from Velotrove. More safe places for folks to lock their bikes while they’re shopping means they’ll spend more time and money in Chorlton. It’s all connected.

We need a few volunteers to help with digging and planting, so if your heart is willing and/or your fingers are even a little bit green, please get in touch and help us make Chorlton lovelier.

New! Pub and Shop Watch

By working together, we traders can share intelligence about suspicious activity and improve security for all our members. The new Pub and Shop Watch scheme costs nothing and we know it’s working in other places: if you’re a member and you’re interested in being part of it, contact us to find out more.

New! Chorlton on the Map

Residents – and visitors – sometimes need a reminder about how much is on offer in Chorlton, and how easy it is to find great local products and services.  The Chorlton Map will list local businesses, shops and other independents, so you’ll never need to go anywhere else. Didsbury Traders have just finished their second, greatly expanded, map and it’s been a real success story. It’s definitely time that Chorlton had one too. Watch this space…

New! TAG! cards

The 2015 TAG! Pass It On cards are on sale widely now, offering exclusive discounts on local shopping – from artichokes to acupuncture, dinners to dry cleaning. Cards are valid until December and cost just £5, so they pay for themselves in no time.

More than fifty local businesses are part of the TAG! community loyalty scheme. If you’d like to join them and reward people who keep their money local, have a look at the TAG! website for ideas, inspiration and bit of promotional know-how. And if you want to buy a card for yourself (every home should have one), look for the logo in and around Chorlton.