Meeting for tenants of private landlords

tenants of private landlords event poster

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August People’s Kitchen

August PK poster

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TARA Monthly Meeting Minutes April, May, June 2014

Apologies these are late getting posted up (apart from the June minutes).

APRIL TARA MINUTES

MAY TARA MINUTES

JUNE TARA MINUTES

Regards,

Aidan (Secretary, TARA)

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Fun packed weekend on #theredbricks

This weekend (& every first full weekend of the month) brings you:

Sewcialise!   a chance to use sewing machines and various useful bits and pieces to mend your clothes, make curtains…anything you can imagine.  This month the times are more limited than usual, 2-4pm Saturday and Sunday, in the TARA office, 26a Humberstone, behind the bike shed.

the Bentley Bike Club has more volunteers helping you fix your bike or just tune up your brakes, just in time for the Tour de France coming nearby!  It happens on Sunday, again shorter hours this month, 1-3pm, in the northern (nearer Hulme St) walk through between Humberstone and Letsbe (the wooded area) Avenues

and the Bentley Exchange  our very own bring and take table(s) – bring things you don’t want, take things you do.  It happens from Saturday noon, till Sunday at 4:30, in the other walk-through between Humberstone and Letsbe.  Best to bring stuff out on Saturday so it doesn’t get put in the landfill, and only working quality things please.

A surprise extra is a gardening day on Leaf Street, on Sunday 2-6pm, so come out to help clear weeds and eat berries!

Contact details for all these groups if you want to help out is here

 

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People’s Picnic & Leaf Street Gardening

Sunday 22nd June from 2PM

Sunday 22nd June from 2PM

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Bike storage update

bike_treeIt’s been a while since we’ve given an update on bike storage.  We’ve been busy, and things can move slowly in this world of Redbrickers and housing associations – but there has been some movement!

The Hunmanby bike cage has been launched; everyone on the evens side of Hunmanby has got a letter from City South on applying for a key.  Like the Humberstone bike shed, which is now overflowing, initial uptake has been slow.  Unfortunately this has meant that the CSM funding for a second cage – dependent on high demand being there – is no longer available.  So, do encourage residents near there to get using it, so we can get more!

The Humberstone bike shed is over-flowing and other residents are asking for space in it.  So please, if you’ve a bike in there that you don’t use much, move it to somewhere else.  Until there’s some movement here, CSM won’t consider putting in more provision on Humberstone.

On Rockdove there’s more space in blocks and there doesn’t seem at the moment to be extra demand beyond the Sheffield stands we’ve got put in.  At the ends of blocks, on Hulme and Clarendon Streets, there’s little space for bike stands and heads have been scratched but not got much further to a solution – ideas welcome.

We’re still waiting on the Sheffield stands to be adjusted by CSM’s contractors, so that they aren’t right up against the wall to give more space for more bikes to be attached, and then further secured.

If you’ve got bicycles locked up in your bin-sheds or on railings that are long past being used, or have been abandoned, get in touch with the Bentley Bike Club so they can use them for parts.  CSM’s cleaning team are happy to make sure it gets passed on.  The bin sheds are now needed for, erm, bins, so please lock your bikes up in your block or the nearest shed/cage.  bike-club@redbricks.org

And do of course get in touch if you want to help out securing more bike storage or similar pro-bike measures on the estate – bike-storage@redbricks.org

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Spring celebration 21 April

Hat decorating 11.30am Tenants Office, treasure hunt and games from 12.30 Letsby Avenue, People’s Kitchen 5pm Hulme Street (Proctors if bad weather).

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TARA March Monthly Meeting Minutes

For March TARA minutes please click HERE

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share, fix, mend, give or get free stuff – activities this weekend on The Redbricks

The Bentley Exchange is ready, from noon Saturday, to take the good stuff you no longer want, so other people can treasure it in their flats. You can find it on the cut-through between Humberstone and Letsbe Avenues (Clarendon end). Contact them on bentley-exchange AT redbricks.org

If you have a bicycle that needs fixing and want to learn, or you have spare parts to donate, get on down to the Humberstone/Letsbe cut-through (nearest to Hulme Street) and the Bentley Bike Club folk will be there on Sunday to help you. Get in touch at bike-club AT redbricks.org

And Sewcialise is there for all your clothes and fabric sewing, repairing and recycling needs: 2-6pm Saturday and Sunday, in the TARA office; just follow the path by the bike shed on Humberstone Avenue. Drop them a line on sewcialise AT redbricks.org

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Tree Stump Carving

City South Manchester have recently given the go-ahead for local artist Karl Macauley of Elegant Chainsaw Carvings to work with local residents on designing and carving artworks from tree stumps around the estate, following the recently completed tree works. Whilst we were sorry to see these mature trees come down, some of which were unfortunately diseased, we think that transforming these stumps into artworks will add a great feature to the estate.

Stump 1 on Leaf St.

Stump 1 on Leaf St.

Stumps 2 & 3, on Hulme St. at the end of Leaf St./Hunmanby Ave.

Stumps 2 & 3, on Hulme St. at the end of Leaf St./Hunmanby Ave.

There are a total of 6 tree stumps marked for carving: 1 on Leaf Street, 2 on Hulme Street and 3 on Letsby Avenue. The stumps are quite narrow, which will restrict the possibilities somewhat, but Karl has sent us some initial design ideas based on what the natural forms of the stumps suggest, such the crocodile drawing below.

Crocodile design for stump 2, by Karl Mcauley

Crocodile design for stump 2, by Karl Macauley

Hulme St Leaning Stump

Stump 2

We’re keen for residents to make design suggestions, and a number of people have already expressed the idea that they would like to see things in keeping with the local wildlife such as squirrels, frogs, birds and bats. Others would like to see foxes, owls, giant mushrooms, Easter Island heads and totem poles.

If you have any design suggestions for particular tree stumps on the estate, please get in touch directly with Karl at k.makosa@gmx.com, copying in Gemma Angel on gemmellibean@gmail.com, and tara@redbricks.org.

Letsby Zone 2 Stump

Stump 4, Lestby Avenue Zone 2

Letsby Zone 3 Stumps

Stumps 5 & 6, Letsby Avenue Zone 3

 

 

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