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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Performers to celebrate the sproing of spring

Greetings, Redbricks Lovelies!

As you may already know, the bid to get funding for a number of events this year to celebrate our estate’s 70th anniversary was successful. Hurrah!

The programme has been called Celebrate and the first big occasion will be a spring do starting at 1pm on Easter Sunday (16th April). It will include the customary Egg Hunt, but with extra bells and whistles on to make it one for us all to remember! Which is where a bunch of daring, delicious and mildly maverick neighbours would come in handy…

To lead the hunters on a merry dance around our streets, we’ll need a team of performers to guide, riddle, and serenade them along their way. If you’d like to be involved, we’ll be having two devising/rehearsing sessions at MMU on Monday 10th and Thursday 13th April (ideally, you can attend both), at a time to best suit the group.

Anyone can get involved and no previous experience is necessary. If you have any musical, dance, performance, circus, poetry or writing skills, feel free to bring them along!

What you can expect if you take part:

  • Learn new performance and devising skills
  • Enjoy working together with a diverse group of friends and neighbours
  • Contribute to our community Celebrate spring event
  • Build personal confidence
  • Have a great dollop of fun.

As a wise old woman once (possibly) said: “A community that plays together stays together!”

Posters advertising the Celebrate events will soon be circulated but please pass this info on to any Redbrickers that you think might be up for getting involved but aren’t on Shout.

Thanks, Carrie.

Let me know at street-theatre@redbricks.org if you’d like to join us in sproinging the spring


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Redbricks film project: interviewing past & present residents from different generations & communities

Current and former Bentley House residents from different generations and communities are invited to be part of a film about what The Redbricks means to them, and to film this year’s 70th birthday celebrations.

Want to get involved, learn skills, share your talents or be interviewed?

Please spread the word

Come along to meet the REELmcr team who will be leading the project.  Full training available: Wednesday 19th April 5:30-8pm in room G.17 in the Birley Manchester Metropolitan University main building.

Contact jacqui@reelmcr.co.uk for further info.

Download the flyer to share.


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Outdoor Cinema Screening

As part of Celebrate 70 years of the Redbricks, Rockdove Rising are putting on an outdoor cinema screening with food.

Screening times: 12pm – 4pm
Food served: 1pm – 3pm

The screening will be of film footage of Hulme and surrounding area from as early as 1946, provided by Northwest film archive.

The event will be held in a marquee near the climbing frame area on Leaf Street.

At the moment, the sun is set to shine but please keep your eye on this event page for any weather contingency plans nearer the day.

Email celebrate@redbricks.org for more information!

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