Chorlton’s Big Saturday
Saturday 6 December is a day for the diary in Chorlton. The festive fun kicks off in earnest with the Christmas Lights Switch On party and a visit from a certain jolly fellow dressed in red. CTA has organised a fundraising raffle so dig deep for a chance to win some festival sparkle and fabulous prizes donated by our members.
Saturday 6 December is also Small Business Saturday. You don’t need us to tell you about how great Chorlton’s indie business sector is – just make sure you vote with your feet and your cash. If you’ve got a TAG! loyalty card, you’ll already know about the year-round savings you can make when you shop local. If you haven’t, look out for the new 2015 cards in December or visit www.tagpassiton.com.
There are two types of people in Chorlton: those who love lovely things and those who make them. Both are catered for at the wonderful Chorlton Art Market pop-up in the Precinct. Get in touch with Alice if you’re a designer, artists or maker looking for a pitch; or wander by if you’re looking for an unusual or thoughtful gift – it doesn’t even have to be for someone else.
C’est si bon
Congratulations to Epicerie Ludo, who recently picked up the Best Food and Drink Retailer award at the 2014 Manchester Food and Drink Festival. Ludo has been a great addition to Beech Road and raised lots of money for charity through the TAG scheme (a magnifique 10% saving for cardholders too).
Honourable mention also goes to the Parlour, Food Pub of the Year finalist in a year that’s seen Chorlton somewhat under-represented in the finals. Those judges need to catch the tram out of town a bit more.
If you’re about to start filling up on festive food, spare a thought for those on the street now the weather’s turned cold. If you have food, drink and warm clothing you can spare, drop it into Elliott’s in the Precinct for the Mad Dogs Street Project. This is a charity run by and for Manchester people that cooks hot food for homeless people. It’s all done by volunteers, so your donations go right to where they matter: a pan of food costing just £7.00 can feed up to 30 people.