Bulb planting: Sunday 8th November 11am onwards, Rockdove Avenue

This Sunday 8th November from 11am onwards will be spring flower bulb planting on Rockdove, starting at the Mancunian Way end and focusing on the grassy areas that need a bit of livening up! We have daffodils, narcissi, crocuses, snowdrops, tulips and bluebells…

Please come along if you can, even if for just half an hour. There will be tools and gloves provided.


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planting #wildflowers in #Hulme Park, 27th September


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Office space available for Not for Profit, Community based activities!

The TARA office is available to use by any Redbricks resident so long as it’s not for business use but for fun activities/events that will benefit the local community and respect your neighbours.

It is well equipped, has internet access, tea/coffee facilities, toilet and is fully accessible, photo below.
If you want to use it, send your date/time requests to tara@redbricks.org, pending approval, we’ll host the dates on http://www.redbricks.org/events/ and organise your key collection.


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IWW Manchester Workers’ Rights Drop-In

iww logoProblems at work or with your boss? Low pay, unpaid wages or being harassed? Manchester IWW is here to help! We’re a union for all workers, focused on winning fights that other unions would avoid.

We’ll be hosting workers’ rights drop-ins at the TARA office, 26a Humberstone Ave, Hulme, on Sunday 16th August, 20th September, 18th October from 3 to 6pm.

If you can’t make that, then contact us at manchester (at) iww.org.uk, or ring us on 08009989149.

Who is the IWW for?

We are for ALL workers who do not have the power to hire or fire. This also includes workers who are retired, students, unemployed, part-time, temporary or those working at home. Workers who are members of other unions are also welcome.

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Cycle route feedback ASAP

Medlock-StreetHi folks,

we’ve a chance to input into plans for a cycle route that would connect The Redbricks across the crossing (currently being slowly converted to a Toucan crossing) and then along Medlock Street towards the town centre.

Please click on the image (to see a good quality drawing) and send any comments straight back to greening AT redbricks.org

The detail is:

“mandatory cycle lane within the carriageway for cyclists which have travelled from Princess Road within the carriageway and negotiated the Medlock Street/Princess Road.  A segregated facility is also proposed for cyclists travelling southbound which intend to use the controlled crossing across the Mancunian Way slip roads.

The radius on the south west side of the Medlock Street adjacent to River Street is modified to reduce the crossing width of River Street which is one-way for all traffic in a westerly direction.


  1. section of segregated footway/cycletrack on the west side of Medlock Street between Mancunian Way and River Street
  2. 2m wide on-carriageway mandatory cycle lane within the northbound carriageway,
  3. revised radius to reduce crossing width.

The short notice is because we’ve been given a late chance to input so need to send our thoughts to the council straight away.

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People’s Kitchen Summer Update

Summer is here and lots of people leave the estate for festivals, holidays etc so we’re not going to be holding People’s Kitchen in July. There aren’t enough volunteers to run the event and this is likely to be the same in August too.

However, it’d be great to have a big community event mid September when people are back to work/school/routines to celebrate life on the Redbricks.

Do you have any ideas about fun things we can do? Are you an artist or performer who would like to be involved? Get in touch asap via: peoples-kitchen@redbricks.org

There is a rota for people who want to be involved here:

People’s Kitchen Rota

The proposed dates for the rest of the year are:

September – Sunday 27th

October – Sunday 25th (Halloween?)

November – Sunday 29th

December – Winter Feast at Hulme Hall, traditionally

This was all discussed at a meeting back in May, check out these notes for more of an explanation on the job roles and how you can help out.

Peoples Kitchen Meeting

See you at a People’s Kitchen event soon!

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People’s Kitchen – a bit of background and a ‘how to’ guide

pk logo smallPeople’s Kitchens (article from Ethical Consumer; the author a former Redbricker & co-founder of The Redbricks’ People’s Kitchen in 1999)

A People’s Kitchen (PK) is very different to a conventional restaurant in a number of ways. They are run by volunteers, usually to raise money for other small-scale progressive projects, and often on a ‘pay-as-you-feel’ or ‘suggested donation’ basis. They are also usually vegan, and often make use of food that would otherwise have gone to waste, making for some interesting and unique dishes.

We spoke to Miles who helps run both Derby and Wirksworth people’s kitchens, who said that people at both events “typically give an average of £3.75 a head”, for a three course meal. He has resisted calls for fixed-fee meals, saying “I like it that even if someone has no money they can still come to eat. We also get a fair few activists and others doing lots of voluntary stuff, and I like it that these people can pay what they can afford”.

Derby and Wirksworth both usually have 30-40 people turn up, and run a monthly event but being fairly close, some people go to both which makes it a fortnightly option. Other PK’s such as the one at the Passing Clouds venue in Dalston, and Brixton PK, happen every other week. The PK in Hulme, Manchester, started out as a weekly event in a local pub in 1999 with up to 80 people attending, and now runs monthly, whereas Nottingham’s is every Saturday.

Most of the UK’s People’s Kitchens were inspired by experience of a similar project in another country, a ‘Comida Popular’ in Barcelona, a ‘Volxkuche’ in Berlin and Leipzig, or the ‘Food not Bombs’ model in the US.

In many European cities there is a more visible and established social centre movement than in the UK, with empty buildings being occupied as living space and also hosting a range of activities including these cheap communal meals. Food Not Bombs give food away free, but emphasise that it is a ‘meal with a message’, to get people thinking about solutions to ‘the political, economic and environmental crises threatening our future’.

When asked what he thinks is most important about the PK, Miles said,
“I like it that there’s a fairly diverse group of strangers who get together to eat, and stop being strangers.
I like it that money is denied some meaning; there are so few places you can go where having money is irrelevant: being human is enough…
I like it that there are no roles or structure or hierarchy… things just get done, like ants building a hill.
I like it best when there have been loads of different people involved, some chop veg for a bit, someone wanders in and washes pots after the first course, someone different washes up for the next… not because they were asked, or obliged, but because they just felt like joining in.
I love hearing the clamour of voices from a room full of people having a good time. Maybe that’s the most important thing.
Good times, new friends, making ideals into reality, creating a community of sorts, supporting good causes and good people… and a hundred other things… what’s not to love!?”

Is there a PK near you? Why not visit one and be inspired to start your own! See Ronny’s guide from Glossop PK.

Get involved in The Redbricks’ People’s Kitchen – whether to help cook, organise, publicise or wash-up, your skills and enthusiasm are needed.  At the moment it takes place monthly in Hulme, get in touch via email on peoples-kitchen AT redbricks.org

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People’s Kitchen #communitymeal this Sunday #Hulme

Hello everyone.  Hope you’ve been enjoying the fine weather.

We’re excited to announce the menu* for this Sunday’s community meal, the People’s Kitchen.  Just before it turns way too summer-y for such food, or to steel us for the coming change in weather (we do live in Manchester after all!) due on Sunday….


4-6pm at Proctor’s Youth Centre on Hulme Street, for only a pound!  No need to book, just turn up for a friendly welcome.

See the event on our calendar for a map.

* please note: there will be a version with wine, and one without wine.

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Treasurer’s Report from TARA AGM

Treasurer’s Report for 2014

I can’t upload the accounts spreadsheets that I gave out and went through at the AGM showing our financial activity over the last year, so if you want copies please email the TARA Treasurer, Jenny Barnard haysusmog@yahoo.co.uk

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Mancunian Way crossing consultation – deadline Tuesday 7th!

Please see the attached consultation, just recently received by a resident on the Redbricks.  Despite the deadline in the letter, the council can receive comments on the proposals, or send support, by Tuesday 7th April 2015.

Please do respond if you can, even if briefly.  Since August 2013 when someone was killed crossing – by a speeding car – cars still regularly speed past, often through red lights, sometimes crashing into the barriers, and there’s been some other near misses.


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