Celebrate! 70 Years of the Redbricks! Launch Event

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Celebrate 70 years of the Redbricks. Some details of activities & events #communityaction #bigcelebration

What a good year to honour the Redbricks’ rich history of diversity, solidarity and bridge-building, across generations and cultures, the stories that make this place a truly special neighbourhood, warts and all. 2017 marks the 70th birthday of this unique social housing estate in the corner of Hulme, Manchester.

We’ve got two seasons of events and activities already in the planning, and we’re pretty excited by the offers so far, that keep us busy organising behind the scenes. We’re stoked to have received funding from the Big Lottery that will allow us to celebrate in style. And there could be more… That’s where you come in….

Before the big summer celebration (music and more), there’s a range of activities and projects starting in March. Already scheduled are:

  • an evening show-casing films about past community activities,
  • gardening sessions to learn new skills and spruce up Leaf Street community garden and other green spaces,
  • making celebratory Redbricks’ birthday décor using the sewing machines that are on the estate, plus designing a flag that represents this community,
  • a chance to eat together with neighbours at community meals, and
  • street theatre workshops building up to a performance at a spring event.

An exciting project throughout the year will be pulling together a team to film events and activities, get trained up in all the necessary skills, and to make a second film interviewing past and present residents to unearth and bring together the life experiences of a huge diversity of people and community achievements.

After a summer break, the second season starts in September. In the planning are:

  • up-cycling workshops learning to turn old into new clothes and more,
  • a World Meal celebrating the cultures and cuisines of residents,
  • an autumn event including a Halloween children’s walk,
  • another cinema evening, and
  • a fireworks finale towards the end of November.


In addition to what’s already happening, what else would you like to see? What would you like to organise together with other people? Which of these ideas would you like to get involved in?

On 12th February we’re having a launch event. Come along at 3 to eat together and chat informally.

At 4, you’ll get to hear more about what’s planned, be able to ask questions and get involved in any of the exciting events and activities. There’ll then be a chance to offer other activities and workshops, and find people to help organise it with you.

We welcome anything that will bring together different generations, communities and cultures on the Redbricks, and activities and workshops that will be useful to residents. We know that out of all this there’ll be a legacy, whether it’s just a memory of meeting new friends and old, or an ongoing group aiming to improve our lives, here, in this special corner of Hulme.

3-5:30pm, Sunday 12th February 2017, Proctors Youth Centre, Hulme Street

(The food will be healthy, cheap, and halal/kosher/vegan. The venue is fully accessible and alcohol-free)

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Bentley Exchange: your monthly #zerowaste #austerity-busting bring and take stall

Hi all,

Coming up is our monthly Bentley Exchange ‘bring and take’ table, in the walk-through between Humberstone Avenue & Letsbe Avenue (the one furthest from the Mancunian Way). Starts on Saturday 12 midday and ends on Sunday at 4pm.

Bring things you don’t need & take what you need!

Please try to bring things on Saturday so people have a chance to take it, and there’s less for the landfill on Sunday. Also, try not to be too noisy as it disturbs the neighbours.

For it to work, it needs your help…you can just give it a quick tidy when you’re there, think about what you’re putting out or taking away, or volunteer to help set it up or sort it all out at the end. If you would like to help just turn up at midday on Saturday and chat to the folks setting it up and/or come on Sunday to help pack away.

Or contact us on bentley-exchange@redbricks.org

Please don’t bring:

Anything before Saturday at noon – thinking about the neighbours and volunteers

Broken things – if you think someone could fix it, then leave a note on it saying what doesn’t work

Recycling or rubbish – if it’s ready for the bin, you know where (else) to put it!

Bulky items – advertise this on the ‘shout’ email list or contact the nearby Wesley Community Furniture Project for a free pick up; if broken, contact the council. If you leave it here and no-one wants it, it makes it hard for the volunteers at the end. We had to drive a fridge to the tip last time which was a bit leaky!


The Exchange Volunteers =)

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Winter Feast Saturday 16th December

Calling all people living on the Redbricks – do please come to the Winter Feast Saturday 16th December 2017 5-10pm. Booking essential.

Hopefully you’ve seen the posters in the stairwell of each block or on the Bentley House Facebook group (as a glitch in this website stopped the details being published), otherwise it’s a short notice.

Feast on a three course meal with your neighbours.
£4 per adult / £2 per child
– booking essential: direct contact details on the posters (& local location), otherwise via tara_AT_redbricks.org

Open mic music, presents for children, and bring cash for drinks too.

Can you help? We need volunteers to: decorate, wash up and provide entertainment. See posters for contact.

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TARA Meeting – Tenants and Residents Association

For the first hour of the meeting people are welcome to come and “listen in” while we are doing “agenda business”. This from is 6.30 – 7.30pm.

Please don’t take “listen in” literally as your comments are very welcome indeed!

By “listen in” we’re referring to the need to sticking to the agenda. So, no new major issues shall be discussed in the first hour, that is the limit we ask to respect, we’re not asking for the people attending to be silent!

The second hour remains open and is for new issues to be raised as opposed to sticking to the agenda. This from is 7.30 – 8.30pm.

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TARA minutes for November 2016 meet, Agenda for December 1st

Hi all, November 2016 minutes and agenda for December meeting just published.

Next meeting December 1st at estate office 26a Humberstone Avenue,
6.30pm for around two hours, __all__residents__ are welcome and
encouraged to come to the meetings.

Please also read and give feedback on these:
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Thank you,
(co-secretary, Bentley House Tenants And Residents Association (TARA))

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trick or treat?!

Join us once again on the annual spooky Halloween Walk 31st October !

Dress to scare, prepare to make LOTS OF NOISE !

Where to meet and when … how to help (trickers and treaters required)  … who to contact … will there be food?

Here is the poster to answer all those questions, and more:

Annual Halloween Walk around the Redbricks

Have fun on the night! Boohuuuuuuuuuhu!

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Spidermoon Afternoon


Join us for a fun afternoon of gardening. As part of a big Autumn Tidy Up we will be:
– Taking Cuttings
– Spreading Bulbs
– Seed Collecting
– Path Clearing
– Checking the Bug Hotel
There will be some tasty, warm Autumnal food from the People’s Kitchen cooks.
ALL WELCOME! No Experience needed! All tools provided.

Redbricks’ 70th birthday celebrations

2017 is the 70th anniversary of the building of this estate.  Since the last TARA AGM in April, a small group has been developing the ideas you offered then, and has come up with some new ideas.

These ideas mostly come from what residents have expressed interest in during past consultations and surveys.  They are also from the rich history of projects and activities on the Redbricks, some of which are still going, some on pause – from the Redbricks Intranet Collective, Sewcialise!, Leaf Street community garden, the Bentley Exchange, People’s Kitchen, the Bentley Bike Club and others.

We’d like to hear what you think, so please come along and comment on the ideas generated so far – how could they be better?  Are there different and better ways of celebrating what we’ve achieved and the history of this estate and the people who live here?


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TARA – feedback on new pages and documents, please

Hi all,

Bentley House estate Tenants And Residents Association (TARA) have recently published several new documents on several new web pages, including on constitutional matters for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in about March 2017 … please take a look, and requesting your feedback, many thanks, your TARA.

Constitution, and proposed changes to it – for decision at AGM 2017

The Estate Office and its calendar.

Reporting and Complaining to our landlord CSM.

Update: Solicitor added to the links page (under Housing).

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TARA minutes for September 2016 meet, Agenda for October 6th

September minutes and October agenda for Bentley House TARA (Tenants And Residents Association) now available – thanks, your TARA.

p.s. print-out of agenda next to office door, print-out of minutes on fence behind phone box Clarendon/H’by (go on, walk on the grass :-) )

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