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Fishing and Food in Ancoats PDF Print E-mail

Fancy a spot of fishing this Sunday?

Why not join the Ancoats Canal Project  for is a fishing and picnic day?

This event is completely free and all ages and skill levels are welcome.

There will also be yummy food provided by Vivid Lounge and fishing gear & training by Taught n’ Caught.

So if you want to come along, get to the Ashton canal near Great Ancoats Street (near Vivid Lounge at M4 6DH) for 10am on Sunday 29 July.

Happy fishing!


Bright new bird boxes for the city centre PDF Print E-mail

Monday 23 July 2012

As part of Dig the City, you may notice some rather spiffy new bird boxes popping up in the city centre, which were provided by Mary and Joseph House.

Working in conjunction with the Council’s Environmental Strategy and Biodiversity team of Manchester City Council, residents of the ‘in house’ art group and gardening team from Mary and Joseph House have created these beautiful decorative bird boxes. Each box is unique and certainly provide a little bit of glamour for their intended new inhabitants!

Both art and gardening are an integral and very successful part of the therapeutic programme at Mary and Joseph House, with some outstanding work being produced. With a heritage going back over 40 years of helping men from all backgrounds with the complex needs associated with alcohol related mental health issues, Mary and Joseph House (now based in a purpose built unit in Ancoats) provides both a home, the means for recovery and hopefully a return to independent living for 41 residents.

The aim of both the art and gardening programmes is to develop new and dormant skills to promote both confidence and a sense of purpose. With this in mind, and building on the work already achieved, they are now developing links with outside organisations such as the council's environmental teams, to share skills and assist in projects such as creating decorations for the Queens visit and making environmental art for community events. This has greatly added to the sense of purpose felt by all those involved and is promoting a healthier lifestyle whilst giving something back to the community.

We hope that these bird boxes provide both a smile for all who see them and a little colour, on well let’s be honest probably a rainy day in Manchester!

More importantly of course, hopefully a new rather posh home for some city dwelling birds as well!

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