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ManyHands Café

Seasonal Recipe

Book & DVD Reviews

Make a Christmas Chandelier

A Simpler Christmas


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December 2009

CONTENTS

1

Welcome to the December

edition.

Carol Mowl from Rubbish

Revamped has been busy

again this month making

some lovely simple Christmas

decorations from old copies of

Community Index.

Local Business woman

Laura Gaither reflects on

the possibility of creating

a simpler, more meaningful

Christmas.

ManyHands Café outline their

plans to create a community

arts café in Chorlton. Could

you be the first Poet in

Residence

A big thank you to Gilly

Kingham for her DVD reviews

this month.

Thanks also to Monica

McCusker for another lovely

seasonal recipe and a very

warm welcome to the team

here at Community Index as

our new Advertising Sales

Manager.

I’d like to thank all our

readers, contributors and

advertisers for your support

over the last year and wish

you all a very happy and

peaceful Christmas.

Lesley

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ManyHands Café

Chorlton community arts venture

Brussel Sprouts

Seasonal recipe

Book Reviews

Chorlton Bookshop’s

Christmas choice

Christmas Chandelier

Rubbish Revamped upcycle

another Community Index

DVD Reviews

by Gilly Kingham

A Simpler Christmas

Reflections from Laura Gaither

Deadline for the Next Edition:

10th December

Front cover image by Carol Mowl

Community Index is printed on Forest Stewardship Council

approved paper using vegetable based inks.

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Editor: Lesley Swann

lesley@communityindex.co.uk

Technical Editor: Sam Paechter

www.communityindex.co.uk

Advertising Sales Manager: Monica McCusker 0787 589 5604


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Community Arts Café

You may have seen them recently protesting against the Hardy

Farm redevelopment, or serving you cakes at the Beech Road

Festival, but who are ManyHands Café, and what are they all

about

We established an informal

co-op back in the spring and

have been working towards

acquiring a permanent venue

for the café since then. The

idea is to establish a friendly

space in the heart of Chorlton

to act as a hub for all the

amazing things that happen

here. Artistic activities,

workshops, complementary

therapies, music, community

initiatives, it’s all going on,

and we just want to help tie

it all together and provide a

space for local residents to try

something new, or share their

skills. One of the problems

with so many things going on

is that it’s easy to miss stuff,

so we thought we needed a

place where everyone could

meet, talk, and practice

their crafts and skills whilst

enjoying a nice cup of tea

and a tasty vegan chocolate

truffle or two.

We had a busy stall at Beech

Road Festival, where the

gluten-free, sugar-free and

vegan cakes went down a

treat! We also sold artwork by

local residents, and greetings

cards we’d made, talked to a

lot of people about what they

might want from a community

arts café and added a whole

load of people to our mailing

list.

please get in touch.

Since then we’ve hosted a

poetry and music evening

at St Clement’s Church with

local poets Copland Smith and

Linda Chase, and performers

from the café group itself.

We served vegan canapés,

with Bloody Mary soup,

and homegrown beetroot

and cashew paté. It was all

snaffled pretty sharpish!

Thanks to all those

Chorltonites who voted for

us at the ‘U Decide’ event,

we’ve been given a Council

cash grant to establish a

local group of the Get Into

Reading scheme that’s proved

so popular and effective in

Liverpool. It’s a ‘therapy

through literature’ programme

helping promote health and

happiness through a weekly

group where a novel, short

story, or poetry is read aloud

and acts as a conversational

cue. It’s non-academic (no

literary quizzes here!), there’s

no required reading outside

of the group, and it’s a great

way to talk about aspects of

life that may otherwise be

difficult to address. We’ve

nearly raised enough money

to train a group facilitator

and will be setting it up in the

New Year; if you’re interested

We’ll be inviting interested

parties to invest in loanstock

soon too, so look out for our

brochure and application

forms on the website, or

send us an email. Then we’ll

be handing out paint rollers

to everyone, sprucing up a

place and installing an army

of volunteers to man the

café and run lots of exciting

projects and workshops. We’ll

also rent out studio space for

artists and therapists, most

likely in part-exchange for

workshops and events.

Right now we’re inviting

entries for our poetry

competition, with a reading

taking place in the New Year,

and a plan to have a café Poet

in Residence, and maybe an

anthology of local writing. If

you’d like to be involved and

are as excited as us about

supporting the plethora of

weird and wonderful activities

Chorlton has on offer then

check out the website for

more details and sign up to

our mailing list. We’d love to

hear from you!

!

Leigh Matthews

www.manyhandscafe.co.uk


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Brussel Sprouts

The dark nights are drawing

in and winter is upon us.

Many of us a starting to think

about Christmas presents

and plans for the Christmas

meal. One vegetable which

is always linked to Christmas

dinner is the Brussel sprout.

The exact origin of Brussel

sprouts is unknown, but the

first mention is traced back

to the late 16th century. They

are believed to be native to

Belgium, being a local crop

in this area until their use

spread across Europe during

World War I. Brussel sprouts

are now cultivated throughout

Europe and the United States.

Good quality Brussels sprouts

are firm, compact and vivid

green and grow in bunches

of 20 to 40 on the stem of

a plant that grows two to

three feet tall. When buying

them ensure they are free

of yellowed or wilted leaves

and are not puffy or soft in

texture. If Brussel sprouts are

sold individually, try to choose

those of equal size to ensure

that they will cook evenly.

It's no surprise that Brussel

sprouts look like perfect

miniature versions of cabbage

since they are closely related;

both belong to the Brassica

family of vegetables.

Health benefits of Brussel

sprouts

Brussel sprouts are an

excellent source of vitamin C.

They are also a good source

of dietary fibre and potassium

and supply iron as well as a

selection of other minerals

and vitamins.

Brussels sprouts can help

protect against cancer

Human population as well as

animal studies consistently

show that diets high in

cruciferous vegetables,

such as Brussel sprouts,

broccoli, kale, cabbage and

cauliflower, are associated

with lower incidence of

certain cancers, including

lung, colon, breast and

ovarian cancer. Now, research

published in the International

Journal of Cancer (Zhao H,

Lin J) suggests that bladder

cancer can join the list. It is

the glucosinolates in these

vegetables that increase the

detoxification action of the

liver, helping us eliminate

toxins from the body.

For healthy skin and

immune function, think

Brussel sprouts!

Brussel sprouts are a great

source of vitamin C, the

body's primary water-soluble

antioxidant. Vitamin C

supports immune function,

giving us protection from

bacterial and viral infections;

crucial over these coming

winter months. Our bodies

also use vitamin C to make

collagen, a protein that forms

the basis of body structures

including the skin, connective

tissue, cartilage, and tendons.

A large study

conducted

on nearly

20,000 men

and women in

England found

that people with the highest

vitamin C levels had half

the risk of dying from heart

disease, stroke or cancer. Risk

of dying from heart disease

was reduced by 71% in men

and 59% for women in the

group with the highest vitamin

C levels.

In addition, a cup of Brussel

sprouts contains a whopping

1122 IU of vitamin A plus 669

IU of beta-carotene, both of

which play important roles in

defending the body against

infection and promoting

supple, glowing skin.

Fibre-rich Brussel sprouts

support a healthier colon

Add Brussel sprouts to your

diet, and you'll increase your

fibre intake. A cup of Brussel

sprouts contains more than

4 grams of fibre. Fibre not

only fills you up, satisfying

your hunger, but nourishes

the cells lining the walls of

the colon, promoting colon

health and helping to prevent

diseases such as diverticulosis

and colon cancer. In addition,

fibre aids elimination helping

keep us regular and removing

toxins daily.

!

Monica McCusker 07740 680 401 www.manchesternutrition.co.uk


Brussel Sprouts and Chestnuts

Too often Brussel sprouts are over-boiled and

end up grey and mushy. As an alternative this

year lightly steam or boil them until green

and crisp and prepare with roasted chestnuts

(another traditional Christmas food). They

make a tasty contrast with the softer and

sweeter chestnuts. Glaze with a little broth

and a small amount of butter, and hopefully

your memories of grey soggy Brussel sprouts

will fade.

3/4 pound chestnuts

1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts

2 tbsp vegetable or chicken broth

1 tbsp butter

Ground black pepper to taste

Method

1. Preheat oven to 220 degrees C, gas mark 7.

2. Cut chestnuts with an X on flat side and

place them on a baking sheet; roast for 25-30

minutes, until tender. While still hot, remove

shells and skin.

3. Trim Brussel sprouts and cut an X on the

underside. Steam or boil for about 8 minutes

or until just tender.

4. Drain. Return to heat, add broth, butter

and peeled chestnuts; cook for 1 minute and

toss to coat.

Season with freshly ground black pepper.

Serves 4-6 as a side dish.

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Christmas Book Reviews

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The Enemy

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Hetty Feather

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Christmas Chandelier

Get crafty with your old copy of Community Index!

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You will need:

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DVD Reviews by Gilly Kingham

The Reader

There is always going to be

a whiff of jackboot erotica

about a story of post-war

German guilt in which a

Nazi atrocity is displaced

into a scene of transgressive

sex. Here, a fleeting affair

between thirty-something

Hanna (Kate Winslett) and

fifteen-year-old Michael

(David Kross) is dressed

up artfully with gauze and

lighting.

We first meet middle-aged

Michael (played by Ralph

Fiennes) in 1995, a successful

lawyer, whose personal

life is, nonetheless, arid

and dysfunctional. By way

of explanation, a series of

flashbacks returns obsessively

to his sexual awakening

nearly forty years before and

its ramifications.

In the mid 1960s, Michael,

now a law student, comes

across Hanna again as a

defendant in a war crimes

trial where she is exposed

as a former SS guard and

accused of mass murder. The

film picks up interest at this

point raising questions about

law and justice and the lack

of education which leads

people of Hanna’s class to

follow orders blindly.

That Hanna is increasingly

seen as a victim has

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the German generation he

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In a story of embittered

loneliness and obsession,

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Barbara’s beady attention

is drawn to the new and

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Sheba Hart (Cate Blanchett).

Barbara, played with

pinched, socket-about-toblow

tension by Judi Dench

inveigles her way into Sheba’s

life under cover of offering

professional support. Later,

she discovers the scandalous

secret of Sheba’s affair with

a pupil (Andrew Simpson) - a

knowledge she uses with

ruthless determination

to force Sheba into a

grotesque version of love and

friendship.

In Zoe Heller’s novel from

which the film is adapted,

an unreliable narrator

allows the disjunction

between Barbara’s mask of

professional reserve and her

seething, delusional inner

world, to emerge first as

niggling suspicion, building

slowly to full and horrifying

revelation. Unreliable

narrators are notoriously

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employed here, particularly

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give a sense of the perverted

neediness which drives

Barbara’s manipulation of

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on your 1st visit with this advert

Anthony W Parker

Bespoke Carpentry & Joinery

Internal Doors, French Doors & Windows

Sliding Sash Window Refurbishments

Velux Roof Windows and Loft Access Kits

Stud Partitions, Timber Suspended Ceilings

Dry Lining & Plasterboarding

Solid & Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Custom Made Internal Fitments

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30 Yrs Experience, Advanced City & Guilds

Attentive, Clean, Conscientious, Reliable

For Free Quotation Call Anthony

0161 442 7478 0751 775 2228

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M Duffin

Property Repairs

Chimneys

Pointing

Roofs

Gutters

Free Estimates

0161 789 6640

07944 729 608

H P TILING

Complete Bathroom &

Kitchen Fitting Service

With Qualified Plumbers, Plasterers, etc

Painting & Decorating Service

Local Ceramic Tile Specialist

Call Helen

07932 007278

0161 283 0108

High Quality Work Guaranteed

Free Estimates • Competitive Prices

evolve joinery







windows & doors

decking

timber & laminate floors

kitchens

stairs, skirting & architraves

stud partition walls

Experienced, Reliable

Competitive prices

For a free quote phone

Pete on

Mob 07947 242 339

Tel 0161 718 2425

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Didsbury

Plastering

clean quality craftsmanship

specialists in re-skimming and

all aspects of renovation work

call Matt for a free quote

07759 655 078

0161 282 2497

local and independent

didsburyplastering@live.co.uk

Est 1995

CARPET & UPHOLSTERY

CLEANERS

• FAST DRYING SYSTEM

• FREE STAIN & ODOUR REMOVAL

• STAINGUARD PROTECTION

• 10% RETIRED PERSONS DISCOUNT

• ALL WORK IS FULLY INSURED

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We are a local company based in Chorlton

Fully trained to

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Ring or email for a FREE ESTIMATE

07742 369 231

or leave a message on 0161 881 4822

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Select

Plumbing & Heating

Central Heating Installation

Power Flushing

Servicing & Repairs

Gas Cooker & Fire Installations

Landlord Safety Certificates

All types of Plumbing Work

Fully Tiled Bathrooms

Contact Tony Goss

0161 865 6657

07973 908 592

Gas Safe

Registered No. 196842

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A Simpler Christmas

Hate it, love it. It’s that time of year again. According to Frank

Sinatra, it is “the most wonderful time of the year.” He certainly

wasn’t trying to buy gifts at the Arndale Centre!

It’s a funny thing. Back where

I’m from in America, this time

of year is often referred to

as the “Holiday Season,” a

politically correct expression

to include all religious

celebrations that occur at

this time. Hanukkah for Jews,

Kwanza for African Americans

and on very rare occasions,

even Eid for Muslims. The

British, of course, see nothing

of a “Holiday” at Christmas

time! No way. Christmas is

full of hard work: drudgery

at the shops, lots of rain,

little sunshine. dealing with

relatives, and kids. Kids who

have consumed sugar. Way

too much sugar. So hearing

an American speak of the

“holiday season” sounds

totally daft! There is nothing

holiday about it!

We yearn, I think, for an

idyllic Christmas: soft

candles, yummy smells,

carols, greenery. A dusting of

snow, perhaps Quality time

with friends and family. We

can almost just reach it….

if we just try to do more

things…but it often dissolves

like a mirage. The harder

we work – sending Christmas

cards, doing the shopping

(the endless shopping!) the

wrapping, the standing in

line, the “Where is the @*!#

packing tape” – the further

away this idealised Christmas

seems.

How can Christmas be

more simple

Let’s go back to the origins

of Christmas. As a child I was

taught that we exchanged

gifts (or more accurately,

received gifts from my

parents. Toys preferably!) to

symbolize the gifts the Wise

Men brought Jesus, and the

gift of Jesus to the world.

Scripture records:

“When they saw the star, they

were overjoyed. On coming

to the house, they saw the

child with his mother Mary,

and they bowed down and

worshiped Him. Then they

opened their treasures and

presented him with gifts of

gold, and of incense and of

myrrh.” Matt. 2:11.

Three gifts! Could Christmas

really occur with only three

gifts And what gifts, too.

They were expensive –fit for

a King- gold, frankincense,

myrrh. (What did Jesus’

family do with these gifts, I

wondered Store them in a

closet Sell them on eBay

Buy a house….) But more

seriously, Jesus is a gift

Himself: God’s gift to us as

a sacrifice for our sins. Yup,

that’s a biggie. So why am

I buying a scented bubble

bath for an officemate I don’t

particularly like… Has gift

giving, including the planning,

shopping, wrapping and

shipping become the most

important ritual during this

season

“But we always….”

Reflect on what kind of

Christmas celebration

you really want with your

family and friends. Does

your celebration focus on

the aspects of Christmas

that you feel are the most

important Perhaps it is

to share experiences and

activities with children.

Maybe it is to celebrate with

those less fortunate, or the

environment, in mind. Or

maybe developing a ritual

that helps you affirm your

spiritual beliefs Share

your thoughts with your

family. Their suggestions

and feedback are essential.

Remember: Simplifying

Christmas is not about

taking things away from the

celebration. It is about adding

more meaning.

I recommend starting

slow and making gradual

changes to entertaining and

gift-giving rituals. To be

honest, my husband and I

began simplifying Christmas

for financial reasons, not

spiritual ones. We began in

the smallest way. The first

Christmas we experimented

in just two simple ways:

firstly we painted our own

wrapping paper and secondly


we sent our cards out after

Christmas (Epiphany cards, we

called them). The following

year we began to examine

our budget and gift giving

practices and decided to

make some gifts. I knitted

mittens for my parents and

siblings. Another year we

made cookies. Slowly over

the years we have reshaped

our Christmas. After 8 years

of small changes, this August

my Mother-in-law suggested

that we not exchange gifts

this year, but do something

together instead. I couldn’t

believe it!

Perhaps consider:

1) What activities can you

scale back or reduce

2) What activities can you

celebrate next year, instead

of this year

3) Who can help you with the

remaining activities to make

them less stressful on you and

more fun for everybody

4) What activities do you

find enriching, worthy of

more time or worth more

exploration

5)What would you like to

receive as a meaningful gift

that you can’t buy on the high

street

Some Simple Gift Ideas:

1) Assemble a collection of

favourite recipes or songs.

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2) Record interviews of

parents, grandparents and

other family members on

audio or video tape; ask them

to discuss their memories of

your family’s history.

3) Buy a family membership to

a zoo, museum or health club

4) Offer to teach the recipient

a skill you have: gardening,

embroidery, cooking your

special spaghetti sauce, or

playing the harmonica.

These are just a few ideas.

May you be blessed with

the simple pleasures of the

Season.

!

Laura Gaither

www.planetvintagegirl.com

Alexander Technique

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ease of movement

stillness

strength in action

voice

!

individual lessons and groups

NEW 10 week basic courses

from mid-January

!

you can improve how you move,

perform, look and feel

!

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www.alexanderteaching.co.uk

0161 861 8848

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vintage & retro

furniture & accessories

07989 406 858

FREE DELIVERY M21 & M16

at: Insitu 252 Chester Rd Hulme M15 4EX

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What’s happening

Over the next few months TALKChorlton are inviting people

to help shape the future of Chorlton district centre.

You have from September 28th 2009 until 21st December

2009 to submit your views!

Get involved!

Visit the website

To find out more, view the

exhibition boards and

have your say online!

Visit the exhibition

Throughout the consultation

period the exhibition boards

will be available to view at

Chorlton Library during normal

opening hours.

For more information, or to request a paper version of the

questionnaire please contact the TALKChorlton team:

0845 230 0139 (local rate) or talk@talkchorlton.co.uk


Business Index

Accountancy Services

O’Brien Accounting & Payroll 15

Services

Art & Craft

Creative Recycling Gallery 8

Basement Conversions

Best Cellars

inside front cover

Carpet Cleaning

Profresh 17

Cat Care

Top Cat Care

inside front cover

Children’s Clothing

Geminijoe.co.uk 13

Christmas Trees

Khawaja Brothers

back cover

Mini Market

Computer Repairs

Unitech Computers 17

Consultation

Talk Chorlton 20

Design & Print

Community Index Print 13

Dog Walking

Dog Walking

inside front cover

Estate Agents

JP & Brimelow 11

Finance

Credit-Medics 7

Furniture & Joinery

Anthony W Parker 15

Evolve Joinery 16

Gardening

Pete’s Plants &

7

Gardening Services

Health & Beauty

Funki Inc 6

Home Maintenance &

Renovation

Alex & Greg 10

Jewellery

Attique’s Collection 7

Painting & Decorating

Chorlton Trade Paints 10

Ella Speirs 15

HMC Painters & Decorators 10

Nina West 13

Pet Cremation Services

Pet Cremation Service inside front cover

Useful Numbers

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Piano Tuition

E G Durden 3

Plastering

Didsbury Plastering 17

Plumbers

Select Plumbing & Heating 17

Retro/Vintage

www.planetvintagegirl.com 19

Roofer

M Duffin 16

Therapy & Healing

Beijing Clinic 15

Manchester Accessible

5

Acupuncture

Manchester Nutrition 5

Sue Fleming, Alexander Technique 19

Tiling

H P Tiling 16

VersaTile 13

Toy Shop

Little Nut Tree Toys 3

Tuition

A Grade Achievements 3

Yoga

Yoga Manchester 5

Please note: Community Index accepts no responsibility

for transactions entered into or work undertaken

by any of the businesses advertising in the Index

or any loss, harm or damage arising from using any

of the products & services listed.

Council

Manchester City Council

www.manchester.gov.uk

234 5000

Environment on Call 954 9000

Chorlton Library 881 3179

Chorlton Leisure Centre 861 0790

Local Councillors Chorlton

Paul Ankers 861 7035

cllr.p.ankers@manchester.gov.uk

Sheila Newman 881 9641

cllr.s.newman.manchester.gov.uk

Val Stevens 881 3038

cllr.v.stevens@manchester.gov.uk

Local Councillors Whalley Range

Faraz Bhatti 861 0202

cllr.f.bhatti@manchester.gov.uk

Mary Watson 860 5523

cllr.m.watson@manchester.gov.uk

John Grant 881 9446

cllr.j.grant@manchester.gov.uk

Allotments Manager 226 3322

Services

Citizens Advice 0870 126 4094

Gas Emergency 0800 111 999

GMPTE

Bus, Train & Tram

0870 6082 608

228 7811

Mersey Valley Countryside 905 1100

Warden Service

Rail Enquiries 0845 7484 950

NHS Direct

0845 4647

www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk

Police - non emergency 872 5050

Samaritans

236 8000

www.samaritans.org

Community Organisations

Action for Sustainable 277 0377

Living

info@afsl.org.uk

www.chorlton.co.uk

Chorlton on the Web

Chorlton Aikido Club 861 8456

Chorlton Anxiety Group 232 7312

Chorlton Depression Group 232 7312

Chorlton Civic Society

www.chorltoncivicsociety.org

Chorlton Folk Club

Thurs 9pm, Ellesmere Rd Cricket Club

Chorlton Good Neighbours 881 2925

goodneighbours@btconnect.com

Chorlton Reading Group 881 1813

Friends of Alexandra Park 226 7525

www.friendsofalexandrapark.org.uk

Friends of Chorlton 07092 898 721

Green

http://friends.chorltongreen.org

Friends of Chorlton

881 6276

Meadows

LGBT

636 7507

Parents Group

07970 298 559

Oxfam Chorlton 861 0108

Rainbow Families 07903 397 108

South Manchester Camera Club

www.smcc.org.uk

www.whalleyrange.org

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Khawaja Brothers Mini Market

Christmas Trees

Free Local Delivery

SHOP LOCAL • SHOP INDEPENDENT

fresh fruit • vegetables • herbs

63-65 Manchester Rd • Chorlton • M21 9PW 0161 881 1818

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