Category: community news

‘overdrawn’ pop up event at volta

Head down for this free interactive art event by @OverDrawnManc at Volta on Burton Road, West Didsbury taking place on 7th February in the upstairs bar from 7pm.

There will be artists such as ‘Crozilla’ who’ll be doing some of his cool doodling live, and @jessicaonpaper doing her fabulous ‘pound portraits’ – amazing quality portraits for a bargain price and its a chance to explore your own creativity by drawing on the tables (actively encouraged!).

All materials are provided so join us and several local artists for an incredible art for sale and Illustration Showdown hosted by Pete Obsolete.



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‘eddie fontana fundraiser’ – play at saison, west didsbury

Ares Productions are performing their first full length play ‘An evening with Eddie Fontana – Fundraiser’ at Saison, West Didsbury on 9th February at 7pm.

Eddie’s got one more shot at the big time with his extravaganza in March (hurray!). But Eddie is flat broke (shocker). So he’s throwing a party to raise some money to get some half-decent guests in, and he wants you to come!

We’re talking drinking, dancing, drinking, party games, stuff to win, drinking, maybe some doughnuts, alcohol, and more drinking! It’s going to be sensational (or, knowing Eddie, a total mess)!

Advance tickets purchased before the 9th February 2018 are £5.50 and include entry into the ‘Door Draw’ where you could land yourself a £30 bar tab to use on the night (not available to Eddie, much to his dismay).

Tickets purchased on the door are £6.50

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head of steam opening – 1st feb

The long awaited opening of the Head of Steam in Didsbury village is now on the horizon with things kicking off from 5pm on Thursday 1st February.

This is the 16th bar to open of this well established company, with other bars spread throughout the North of England, specialising in serving craft beers and ciders on tap, cask ales, bottles and cans from around the world, and a great selection of cocktails, spirits and soft drinks.

They’re also offering a ‘world food’ menu, including Brunch and will have live music in the bar every week.

Its great to see another new arrival in Didsbury village and the filling of an empty space on our high street, and we wish them every success at this exciting time.  Follow them on Twitter for the latest info…


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christingle services 24th december

Celebrate Advent with the whole family at Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road on 24th December.

Christingle celebrations are named after the Christingles that are lit during the service. Christingles are made from an orange decorated with red tape, sweets and a candle.  Each piece of the Christingle holds special symbolism to help children understand the importance of Jesus and the Gospel, and its relevance at Christmas time.

The orange represents the world The red ribbon symbolises the love and blood of Christ, the sweets and dried fruit represent all of God’s creations, the lit candle represents Jesus’s light in the world, bringing hope to people living in darkness.  There will be a Collection for the Children’s Society, helping disadvantaged children.

Services: 2.00pm, 3.15pm and 4.30pm

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charity christmas eve at the met

Enjoy a wonderful festive celebration as Father Christmas comes to West Didsbury. The Metropolitan’s roaring fires, oak beams and charming original features, together with seasonal decorations and large Christmas trees, make it the perfect place for a great Christmas Eve.

Between 4-6pm at the heated outside bar ,there will be Christmas Carols along with some classic sing-a-long Christmas songs and Father Christmas will be making an appearance.

Winter Warmer specials of mulled wine and warm cider, carol singing and good cheer. All in aid of The Christie.

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club zero’s ‘almost new year’ event

Club Zero are bringing their bi-monthly event to St. Catherines Social club on School Lane on the 29th December.  For those of you not familiar with these great events, they bring famous Guest DJ’s to the suburbs along with Resident DJ’s and different warm up DJ’s too.

Club Zero is simply all about good music, dancing and having a laugh! Dress to impress or distress ~  it really doesn’t matter!  This months installment will line up as follows. Hilary Hodgson will warm for Chris Yianni (Soul Shop), Guest DJ is Clint Boon and then Resident DJ Martin Holland will wrap up proceedings bringing you sounds from Disco, Soul, Funk, Indie, House, Hip Hop, Pop, Punk and much more


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carols and lights

Yep – its fast approaching and we can’t hold off much longer!

Christmas starts here!

Join us for the big lights switch-on! You know the place – outside the library, in the heart of the village.  As per tradition, Santa arrives in Didsbury in style – no boring old sleigh for him here! There’ll be carol-singing led by local children around the tree, plus brass ensemble and a harmony singing group from Parrs Wood High.

Drinks and nibbles, kindly provided by local traders – including La Cantina, Cau, Croma, the Dog & Partridge, Expo Lounge, Gusto, Little Pigs Butchers, the Stoker’s Arms – will add to the seasonal cheer.

Outside Didsbury Library, Wilmslow Road, 30 November, 7pm

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Mission Christmas – Cash for Kids with Key 103

There are 4 million children who live in poverty across the UK, and for these families buying Christmas presents is a luxury they can’t afford. That’s why Key 103 has joined up with Cash for Kids and launched Mission Christmas. We are delighted to announce that Julian Wadden are taking part in Key 103’s Cash for Kids 2017. All 5 of our offices at Stockport Exchange, Didsbury, The Heatons, Reddish and Marple will be used as drop off points over the coming weeks.

In 2016 over 2.9m was raised through cash and presents, making Christmas special for 60,800 local children, and they are aiming to achieve more this year!

All we need are any presents – new and unwrapped. Gifts suitable for children aged between 0-18. The addresses for all 5 branches are as follows:

Julian Wadden Didsbury: 764b Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, M20 2DR
Julian Wadden Heatons: 14 Moorside Road, Heaton Moor, SK4 4DT
Julian Wadden Marple: 2 The Hollins, Marple, SK6 6AY
Julian Wadden Reddish: 16 – 18 Gorton Road, Reddish, SK5 6AE
Julian Wadden Stockport: 81-83 Wellington Road South, Stockport, SK1 3SL

If you want to find out more and get involved then you can do so by clicking here

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the new look sangam indian restaurant re-opens today

We’re regularly treated to delicious smells wafting down from the excellent Sangam restaurant situated above our Didsbury branch, and we’re delighted to announce that after a comprehensive refurbishment, the new look Sangam re-opens this Friday 20th October.

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cavendish pta bonfire and fireworks night 2017

We’re delighted to see that the annual, community family fundraiser will be back with a bang this year. Celebrating its 11th year lighting up the skies of West Didsbury, Manchester.

The Cavendish PTA Bonfire & Fireworks Night will take place on Friday the 3rd November in conjunction with Chorlton Fireworks and we hope that both new and familiar faces will join in for a fun filled, family night.

Gates will open at 17.00. Adults £3, children £2 and 2s and under free. Cash only. Correct money will be greatly received on the night! All children have to be accompanied by an adult (18+). Please use Cavendish Community Primary School’s car park entrance to access the event.

Bonfire to be lit at 17.30 and the fireworks display will start at 18.30.

For more details click here.

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