We had a brilliant time yesterday at our Community Christmas Lights Switch-on event. A lovely dry - if a bit chilly - afternoon and loads of people came to enjoy crafts, a walk-about quiz, refreshments (including much appreciated hot chocolate with marshmallows), goody-bags and other treats and fantastic singing from the Joyful Noise choir, some of which we were able to join in on from our words sheets. Then the big countdown to the switching on of the lights. It was great to have all 3 of our local councillors there too.
Big thanks to all the volunteers who worked so hard, Joyful Noise and sponsors and partners M13 Youth Project, Elizabeth Gaskell's House, Grove Village, Tesco Community Grants,, MossCare St Vincent Housing, Manchester City Council, Longsight Church of the Nazarene, Victoria Park Fellowship and Brunswick Church.
Our words sheet also has details of other Christmas and festive events happening locally in the run up to Christmas (including this pantomime). Download a copy here.
Once again the festive season is approaching and we will be switching on the lights on the tree in the corner of the park on Wednesday November 29 from 3:30pm. Gathering on Swinton Grove beside Elizabeth Gaskell's House for some community festive fun with crafts, singing and goodies.
The Ardwick Climate Change Roadshow in the park on Tuesday August 22 was a lot of fun for all who came. There were craft activities including decorating bird-boxes to go up in the park, making miniature gardens and herb pots, a eco banners and painting a re-cycling race with prizes and making delicious smoothies with a bicycle. Also free resources and information to help us all be more planet-friendly. And the rain held off for the whole time!
The event was run by Manchester City Council with support from the Friends of Swinton Grove Park, Ardwick Climate Action, M13 Youth Project, Biffa and more. Big thanks to all who came and helped.
Coming on Tuesday August 22, from 1-4pm, a free event in Swinton Grove Park for all the family. Lots of green and eco-friendly activities and crafts for children and parents, advice on how to save money by 'up-cycling' instead of throwing away. Free resources and information to help us all be more planet-friendly.
Run by Manchester City Council with support from the Friends of Swinton Grove Park, Ardwick Climate Action, M13 Youth Project and more.
We had an excellent time yesterday at our Community Switch-On event for the Christmas lights in Swinton Grove Park. Despite the cold, it was a lovely fresh and dry late afternoon and it was great to welcome families and children to have fun together. We had refreshments, a festive craft stall, treat bags and selection boxes for the children, and a special traditional Christmas activity: making a Christingle, or Christ light, a reminder of the original Christmas Story. We even attempted to sing some carols! And of course counted down from 10 to switch on the lights.
Big thanks to sponsors and partners M13 Youth Project, Elizabeth Gaskell's House, Grove Village, Forever Manchester, MossCare St Vincent Housing, Manchester City Council, Longsight Church of the Nazarene, Victoria Park Fellowship and Brunswick Church. The photos include some of the hard work beforehand getting ready for the event– thank you to all our voluneers. If you would like to help make this or other events happen in the future why not get in touch?
Everyone is invited to our official switch-on event for the Swinton Grove Park Christmas Lights on Wednesday December 14, 4-5pm. We will be gathering on Swinton Grove beside Elizabeth Gaskell's House for some community festive fun.
Here are some photos from the switch-on event of our Christmas lights in the park. We estimate over 100 people turned out (so many we struggled to have enough treats for the children). It was a fantastic evening with refreshments, music from children from St Chrysostom's school, carol singing, a craft stall, and of course the big switch on, proceeded by a very loud countdown. Big thanks to the Council for providing the lights and other resources, and to Elizabeth Gaskell's House, Moss Care St Vincent Housing, Grove Village and Longsight Church of the Nazarene for their help and support. Maybe we'll do it again next year...
Our free park Christmas lights switch-on event is just a week away on Wednesday November 24, from 4:30 to 5:30pm and we've just put banners up on the park to remind everyone.
For all the family, with light refreshments, treats for children, plus prizes for children who come in a party hat – especially home made – and traditional carol signing. Several local organisations are contributing, including Moss Care St Vincent Housing and Elizabeth Gaskell's House, which will also be open all day for free entry for M13 postcode residents. For more information download a poster here.
For the festive season this year, with help from the Council, we are having lights put on one of our trees in the park, making it a Christmas Tree! It has been another year of lockdowns and restrictions and, even though things are a lot freer now, the pandemic is far from over. So, as a reminder that hope and good news are still possible, and we have much still to be grateful for, Christmas lights will be shining in the park.
There will be a switch-on event in the park on Wednesday November 24, from 4:30 to 5:30pm. This will be for all the family, with refreshments, a children's party hat competition (and prizes), and traditional carol signing. Several local organisations are contributing, including Elizabeth Gaskell's House, which will also be open all day for free entry for M13 postcode residents. For more information download a poster here.
Monday 19th July is "Freedom Day" when the Government will make remaining restrictions, such as social distancing and mask-wearing, a matter of "individual responsibility". However, infection rates from the Delta variant remain high and many people are still more vulnerable than others: please bear them in mind when deciding whether or not to wear a mask, especially in shops etc, as mask-wearing is primarily for the protection of others.
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