Category Archives: Pub & Shop Watch
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!
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.