Celebrate the Redbricks summer event

Hello there lovely neighbours,

It’s planning time for the Celebrate the Redbricks summer event on our estate on Saturday 8th July, so this shout is to see if anyone or everyone would like to be involved?

There will be food, music and mucho merriment, but to make it in to the corker that it should be, your estate needs… YOU!!

The programme is set to run between 2pm – midnight and we’ll need a heap of hands with:

  • Setting up/de-rigging, from tent rigging to decor to the PA. Come to think of it, we’ll need those things to begin with, so if you can assist with lending things, it’d be greatly appreciated. If you have sound mixing experience, yippee! And if you love tidying up, you will be duly adored.
  • Workshops for big kids or small kids that people might want to run in the afternoon.
  • Performers – Bands, singers, musicians, poets, comics, walkabout or circus artists and DJs.

If you’d like to be involved, in any capacity, please send an email to:
Everyone is welcome. Let’s celebrate!

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Redbricks Flags Project: research trip to People’s History Museum

Join your neighbours in designing a set of six big flags to represent and celebrate our vibrant community here on the Redbricks! Once ready, the flags will be installed at the end of each street in time for our 70th Birthday Celebration in July.

We’re kicking off this exciting project with a research trip to the People’s History Museum to get some inspiration from their banner collection.

Everyone is welcome to come along.
Meet in the Museum reception at 2pm on Sunday 21st May.

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Skip Day!

One Manchester are providing two skips for residents to use.

Exact locations and times TBC but likely to be the Clarendon end of Rockdove and Humberstone and likely to be 9 – 5.

There will also be an estate walkabout on this day with One Manchester staff present. The aim of the walkabout is to highlight and discuss issues on the estate. Meet at 10am, outside the TARA office.

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wildflower sowing

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RIC meeting

Redbricks Intranet Collective (RIC) maintain the intranet that covers much of the estate and provides internet access.

RIC is a volunteer-run community group that meets regularly. RIC meetings tend to be on the second Thursday of the month at 7pm, but this may vary according to our work shifts.  They are pretty much every 4 weeks, so do please drop us a line if you want to come along to make sure we’ll be there.

We welcome your involvement – you don’t need to be technically-minded to have skills and enthusiasm that will help RIC thrive.

Contact us at:

ric@redbricks.org  or phone 07789-817088

or for more information, go to our website

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Spring celebration

Spring #BigCelebration on The Redbricks Sunday 16th April 1-5pm.

Feast, performance, + kid’s activities (circus skills & egg hunt).


Egg hunt with roving performances – meet at 1pm on the corner of Hulme Street and Letsby Avenue.

Community meal – 2pm at Proctor’s Youth Centre, Hulme Street

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Computer & internet skills for beginners

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Celebrate The Redbricks 70th – first season full listings


This year is the 70th birthday of the Bentley House housing estate, AKA The Redbricks, in Hulme, Manchester and residents are celebrating in big style.

There are two seasons of events and activities to which you are warmly invited.  The wide range of workshops and much more are a chance for people of all ages, and different communities and cultures to come together.  So whether you live here now or have done in the past, or feel linked in some way to the past, present and future community activism of residents on The Redbricks, we hope to see you here.

The first season from March-July has two big events:

  • the spring celebration on 16th April includes a community meal, street theatre performance, and children’s activities (games, circus skills and chocolate!)
  • a big summer celebration on 8th July including a feast and entertainment;

and is jam-packed with activities:

  • street theatre workshops (10 & 13th April) for you to bring along your musical, dance, performance, circus, poetry or writing skills
  • basic computer and internet skills (25th April, 16th May, 20th June)
  • gardening (19th & 23rd April, 17th & 21st May, 21st & 25th June)
  • sewing skills making bunting and more (7th May)
  • designing a flag for The Redbricks (4th June) & learning skills to make the flags (11th & 18th June)
  • nature awareness with bat spotting (20th June)
  • Tenants & Residents Assocation meetings (4th May, 1st June, 6th July) to find out about the hard work our committee is up to  and get involved
  • Bentley Exchange (6-7th May, 3-4 June, 1-2nd July) to bring things you don’t want and take treasures you do
  • a film skills workshop (19th April) which is part of
  • an exciting film project to both film events throughout the year and to interview past and present residents about what The Redbricks means to them.

More details are in the poster and map below. Plus look out for activity-specific posters in your stairwells, with more details to follow on twitter and redbricks.org or get in touch by email (celebrate AT redbricks.org).

The second season of activities and events, September-November 2017, includes:

  • a World Meal celebrating the different cuisines and cultures found on The Redbricks on 17th September,
  • an autumn celebration including an autumnal feast and children’s Hallowe’en activities on 31st October, and
  • a Finale on 18th November including Walk the Plank and Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, both with strong historical links to The Redbricks.

All events and activities are held in fully accessible venues, with the exception of the gardening on Leaf Street which is partially restricted due to the design of the community gardens.  The food is suitable for all whatever your usual diet – vegetarian/vegan-friendly, and is Halal & Kosher (if not officially certified).

Many thanks to the funders (the Big Lottery), to everyone making all these activities happen, mostly on a voluntary basis, and to you for coming along and participating, perhaps even getting involved in making this a neighbourhood with strong community spirit, where we can get to know each other, help each other out and make our lives better.

Drop us an email at: celebrate AT redbricks.org

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Family friendly crafts workshop this Sunday!

There’s another craft workshop today from 2-4pm, as part of Celebrate the Redbricks 70th Birthday

The theme is Clebrate Spring and we’ll be making flower crowns / badges, animal headbands and pom-pom critters.

All are welcome – looking forward to seeing you!
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This Sunday, 70th birthday decor-making workshop #TheRedbricks #BigCelebration

Hey everyone – this Sunday is the second of our three decor-making workshops – come and join us, Stitched Up, at the Tenant’s Office between 2-4pm to finish off our bunting and create a big banner ready for the summer party!

All are welcome, sewing skills or not. There will be cake and tea!

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