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What are the Top Ten Toys for Christmas 2011?

At this special time of year, children across the world will be asking Santa for their
favourite toy, but picking the right one can be a real struggle for parents.
Last year the UK toy market was worth about £2.7 billion a year, with almost two thirds of sales occurring over Christmas, yet each year nearly 20% of parents end up taking back 1-3 unwanted presents after Christmas. So if you’re joining the millions
of Brits shopping for toys this Christmas, how do you decide how to pick the
best toy?

Watch this short video for advice on how to choose toys for children and to find out the Top 10 Toys this Christmas as picked by the real experts – children!

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BEWARE THE CHRISTMAS LOAN SHARK

Christmas is an expensive time of year and no one wants to be left out of the fun so some people end up taking    out loans to fund their festivities – loans which some people can’t afford to pay back, according debt advice  service, Money Mentors.

                                                     

Julie Blairs, financial inclusion team leader for the  Manchester City Council-funded service, advises caution about taking out short-term loans at high interest rates with recognised lenders.

 

And she has warned local people to steer clear completely of dealing with so-called  ‘loan sharks’ – that is unauthorised and unregulated lenders who have a reputation for turning nasty if repayments are missed.  Manchester is one of Britain’s biggest hotspots for loan shark activity, according to Julie Blairs.

 

If you have a problem with debt, want advice about how to borrow safely, or any other money-related advice, you can go along, without an appointment, to speak to a member of the Money Mentors team at Benchill Community Centre between 1pm and 4pm every Tuesday.

 

You can phone Money Mentors on 0161 223 1155 or email them at moneymentors@manchester.gov.uk

 

To report ‘loan shark’ activity in confidence and anonymously, if you wish, you can phone the illegal money lending team on 0300 555 2222

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NEW POLICE NON-EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER 101

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 

 

Local people are being urged to use a new police phone number for non-emergency calls – 101.

101 is the number for people to phone for any concern where they don’t need a police vehicle to race their           house in the next five minutes, according to Diane Grandidge, who manages the call takers for Greater                  Manchester Police. The new number, launched in Manchester on

23 November, is set to be rolled out across the country in January 2012.

Now GMP has launched the easy-to-remember 101 number, which will be routed to an operator based in Manchester, it’s urging people to think before they dial, to use the emergency number for emergencies only, and to dial 101 for everything else

 

What you can report using 101

Call 101 to contact the police to report less urgent crime and disorder or to speak to your local officers.
For example, call 101:
  • if your car has been stolen
  • if your property has been damaged
  • if you suspect drug use or dealing in your local area
  • to report a minor traffic accident
  • to give the police information about crime in your area
  • to speak to the police about a general enquiry
  • vandalism and graffiti
  • noise nuisance
  • abandoned vehicles
  • dumping and fly tipping
  • broken street lighting


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NORTHENDEN HERON

Local children are voting to choose a name for a landmark attraction which has been dubbed Northenden’s Angel of the North.

 

Ballot papers have been sent to Northenden schools so youngsters can be involved in choosing a name for the popular heron sculpture which stands  alongside the children’s playground by the River Mersey in Mill Lane.

 

Gwyneth Lloyd, chairman of the Friends of Northenden Riverside Park believes everyone should come to see this local treasure for themselves.

 

She told WFM: ‘This is a beautiful sculpture of recycled metal of a beautiful heron and we were very sad that it didn’t have a name so we’ve asked the local children to fill in the forms and to give it a name and to state the reason why.

 

‘It’s our angel of the north. It’s visible from the motorway and from Palatine Road. It is made out of recycled metal on a very high plinth which was a tree that came down in one of the storms and its feet are pick axe handles.

Its legs, you will see, are from hoses, from showers, but its eye is a shopping trolley wheel; it’s got its eye on you and its very lovely. The rest is all reclaimed metal and its an absolutely stunning thing. Everybody should come and have a look at it.’

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NORTHENDEN TOILETS

 

 

 

 

 

It’s been difficult to spend a penny in Northenden of late – following the closure of public toilets in Mill Lane. A wave of Manchester City Council cuts this year has

also seen public toilets closed at Wythenshawe Civic Centre and Hollyhedge Road shops.

But now Northenden residents are looking forward to the prospect of opening up and running their toilets themselves after the Friends of Northenden Riverside Park group was given £7,912.

 

The cash was awarded by public vote at a U Decide meeting where residents themselves were able to allocate a pot of nearly £40,000 of funding to different community groups after hearing presentations from them.

The Friends of Northenden Riverside Park will now submit a business plan for approval before taking over the running of the toilet.

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KNITTED TREE – CROSSACRES RESOURCE CENTRE

 

 

A multi-coloured tree has been amazing passersby in Crossacres for the last few weeks.

 

It’s all the work of an army of dedicated knitting and crochet fans who’ve joined an international craze called yarn bombing by decorating a tree from top to toe outside Crosscacres Resource Centre.

 

Kay Bamford, Age Concern Ageing Well Development Worker at the Centre, recently spoke to WFM about how the tree was decorated and extended an invitation to local people to join their thriving and friendly arts and crafts groups.

 

 

The knitting and crochet group meets at Crossacres Resource Centre, at the junction of Peel Hall Road and Crossacres Road, from 1pm – 3pm, every Monday, while a general craft group meets each Friday from 1pm -3pm, offering the over-50s the chance to socialise, make new friends and enjoy knitting, sewing, card-making, painting and drawing.

 

If anyone wants to donate sewing or knitting machines, wool, or any craft materials to Crossacres Resource Centre please phone 0161 437 0717.

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Wythenshawe Park play areas project.

Wythenshawe Park play areas project.

Wythenshawe Park Watch have made plans to improve and transform children’s play areas in the park, they have a business plan and a funding application have been made with Kevin Shackell, the play development officer for Manchester City Council’s neighbourhood cultural and community services department, opinions from local residents are needed to shape play in the park for the future.
To have your opinion on the play project please contact
Kevin Shackell on 0161 227 3390
Email: k. shackell@manchester.gov.uk

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c’est un triomphe for Wythenshawe FM

c’est un triomphe for Wythenshawe FM

Mike Dawson, Wythenshawe FM presenter, stand-up comic and playwright will be undertaking a huge charity bike ride between the 19th and 24th September 2011. Mike will be cycling a total of 284 miles from Westminster Bridge in London to the Arc De Triomphe in Paris and its all in aid of Wythenshawe FM. All funds are gratefully received for this extremely impressive challenge and you can donate on our JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/jason-kenyon
You can also sponsor me by texting GEJQ95 £1 to 70070. Thank you!

In Mike’s own words: “You might think it’s a long way to go and get a paper but phew, 284 miles is no laughing matter. Just to say that there are absolutely NO costs from any money donated as every single penny goes straight to WFM. At a time when most people are watching the pennies any small donation is welcome!”

“I probably don’t have to tell most people that WFM is a charity and much more than just a radio station, so you would be donating to something brilliant and local. If you don’t know about the station then you can find out at www.wfmradio.org

For more information you can contact Wythenshawe Fm on 0161 935 4086 or email jk@wfmradio.org

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Do you want to learn all about radio, in one day?

Do you want to learn all about radio, in one day?
Our radio in a day workshop is available to all and is completely free! We will teach you presenting tips and scripting ideas to help produce your own radio feature. You will also take part in either a pre-recorded or live radio show.
You can then stay with us for further training or join our team of volunteers!
Radio in a day is on the 24th August from 10am – 3pm, so if this sounds like something you want to do then contact Jason Kenyon on jk@wfmradio.org or call us on 0161 935 4086

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Rounders and a Picnic in Wythenshawe Park

A great day was had by all! when members of Wythenshawe FM got together to have a picnic and game of rounders in Wythenshawe Park!

The only problem was that each time the tennis ball was hit more than once, it broke. Lesson learnt!!! dont buy tennis balls from pound shop to play rounders.

It was a good job James brought his football!

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Recently my ex-wife sadly lost her brave fight against lung cancer!

Recently my ex-wife sadly lost her brave fight against lung cancer!

I want to help our children to honour their mum’s memory by helping to raise funds so that the scientists, doctor’s & nurses can continue their invaluable work to find a cure for this terrible disease!

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

So please dig deep and donate now.

Many thanks

Andy

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Wythenshawe people are invited to nominate local super women for a series of awards.

Wythenshawe people are invited to nominate local super women for a series of awards.

The organisers of Manchester City Council’s Women’s Awards 2011 are asking people to put forward the names of women, or women’s organisations, who they think deserve special recognition because they’ve excelled in their work or in their contribution to the community.

You can nominate super women from your area in a total of nine categories, including women who’ve made an outstanding contribution in business, sport, culture, art, science, environment and valuing older people.

Shortlisted women will be invited to an awards ceremony at Manchester Town Hall in October where the winners will be revealed.
The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Friday, 12th of August.
Nomination forms can be downloaded from the website: www.manchester.gov.uk/womensaward or contact Alex Keelan for an application form, telephone: 0161 234 4263, or email her at a.keelan@manchester.gov.uk