Come and take a closer look this Saturday !

Heard about the new alleys? want to take a closer look?

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On Saturday 5th Nov 11am-12pm LOVE OLD TRAFFORD  invites you to come and have a look round some of the new alleyways recently done with Groundworks (see their article about it here), chat to residents and get ideas for what you could do in your alleyway.

We will be serving Tea and Coffee (and maybe some cakes too) under the LOTS gazebo on Myrtle Street, by the Post Office on Ayres road between 11am and 12pm. You can start your tour from there too.

Come along!

Lots of gorgeous looking Alleys in OT

On Wednesday 5th October you may have noticed a lot of activity going on around Old Trafford. Lorries full of plants, piles of compost, water bottles and flowerpots, coach loads of volunteers….

This was the day that several alleys in Old Trafford were to be transformed from grot spots where people fly tipped to beautiful spaces where the community can use, enjoy and children play.

Love Old Trafford have worked with GROUNDWORKS and external funders to bring about this project and it is amazing to see the transformation!

The alleys have been cleaned, swept, drains mended, gates painted and filled with lots of wonderful plants,herbs, furniture, play equipment and lights.

The alleys between Ayres road, Lanshaw street, Worthington street, Pemberton street and Howarth street no longer look dirty and dumped in but are now beautiful spaces that Old Trafford can be proud of.

This is a fantastic result for lots of the residents on these streets who have worked so hard previously in combatting flytipping and creating nice spaces in these alleys and it will hopefully be an encouragement for those residents who may have contributed to the problems in the past to change their actions and enjoy these new community areas.

Check out #NOTINMYALLEY for more information about how we can keep our alleys clean and useable.

Alley parties have already been had this weekend to celebrate the work that has been done and it is wonderful to see the community coming together like this.

If you dont live on one of these streets but would like to come and see the transformed alleys for yourself we will be doing a tour of the alleys on SATURDAY 5th NOVEMBER 11am-12pm. Meet at Myrtle Street next to the Post office on Ayres road.

Come along! We will also be looking at ideas and projects in which we can continue this work around old Trafford and build on what has been started.

 

 

 

LOTS Allotment

This week it’s been very busy in the allotment in Seymour Park.  The sun has been shining and a group of 13 young people age 16-25yrs old have been digging, weeding, painting and more to make improvements.  The young people are undertaking their Princes Trust Volunteer programme led by Greater Manchester Fire Service.

To show your appreciation you can come and meet them on Friday at 2pm at their presentation event at the allotment (weather permitting).  They would be really pleased to meet some other LOTS people and local residents of the area.

The group leaders are always looking for projects their teams of young people can undertake.  They are also looking for work experience opportunities for them too.  If you can offer any of these you can come and speak to the group leaders on Friday.

If you can’t make Friday then come along on Saturday 11.30am-1pm to have a look around and find out about future plans.

“Are we amused yet?”

Ok, so a massive thank you to everyone who came out to pick up litter with a definite sense of attitude at our “We are not amused” event on the 5th March.  Did you spot the Queens on Ayres Road on Saturday?  We do hope that we raised a few smiles, and a few eyebrows.

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Ayres Road looked lovely once we had done our bit – there was an amazing amount of litter to pick up – cigarette butts being particularly difficult little blighters!  We hope that you noticed the difference over the weekend on your shopping expeditions and trips to the post office.

Vote for the best Her Royal Highness on the day goes to Malc – shame the only prize is a clean street – but then maybe that’s enough in life.

Look out for the next litter pick with attitude – it will be themed, and coming in fancy dress will help our efforts stand out even more (as well as raising a few smiles and eyebrows).

“We are not amused!”

“We are not amused!”, words first uttered by Queen Victoria in 1919 echo down the years as many residents in Old Trafford feel the same about the amount of rubbish and fly tipping in our neighbourhood – it just isn’t funny.

clean for the queenSat 5th March join the `Queens’ in a litter pick with attitude.  Dig out your twin set and pearl; your wellingtons and head scarves; your crown jewels and feather boa!  Come as a Queen (your choice as to what Queen!!) .  Help pick up litter – look out for HRH to find us – starting at the post office on Ayres Rd 1pm finishing around 2pm.

(Fancy dress is optional, but most definitely advisable, equipment provided and children welcome if accompanied by a parent/carer).

 

image by http://www.extranewspapers.co.uk/corby-local-news/lets-be-clean-for-the-queen/

“It’s a Crime!”

December 5th 2015 Love Old Trafford took to the streets as robbers – not to commit a crime but to prevent one! In the first of a series of comedy litter picks LOTs is attempting to make litter picking fun.  I know sounds impossible, but dressed as comedy robbers in all black or in stripey tops we litter picked for over the planned hour.  Even more entertaining was when Elaine managed to get her litter picker stuck in the clothes bin draw as a team of robbers attempted to un-block the bin of a cushion that was leaving clothes piled up on the street rather than disposed of properly.

robbers 1Keep looking out for the next comedy litter pick – and take the plunge to come along, dressed appropriately, and become part of the spectacle.  Help clean up Old Trafford and highlight the need for us all to take care in getting rid of our rubbish – “It’s a Crime!” for so much litter to be found around Old Trafford.   Be part of the solution.

Love Old Trafford meeting 9 Feb 2016

We would like to invite you to come to the next LOTS (Love Old Trafford) meeting to find out more about what we do, and to get involved.  We are meeting on Tuesday 9th Feb in St. John’s Centre at our new time of 7.30pm.  We plan to finish by 9.30pm.

You are welcome to come and find out about what we do and meet some of the people who are involved.  We are all local residents and are involved in our spare time, giving whatever time we feel we can give.  If you come to a meeting there is no expectation that you get involved in everything, or anything at all. People usually come with a passion for a particular issue – fly tipping in their alley; litter in the park; seeing an empty plot of land they think would make a good growing site.  Others just come because they want to support others in their community in making a better place to live.

If you do have a burning issue that you want to bring to the group we ask you to email us prior to the meeting to let us know.  As residents we know there is nothing more frustrating than having a problem to solve and not having the time to discuss it with others and find support.

Hope to see you at our next meeting.