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Youngsters get a chance to shine at Genetik Academy in Sharston

For young people who want to learn some skills for getting on Britain’s Got Talent, or just have some fun getting active with their mates – check out Genetik Sessions & Workshops in Wythenshawe and Bowdon.

From world-class breakers to professional vocal coaches, the sessions tutors bring true excellence to teenagers in a friendly workshop environment.

Tuesdays: Genetik Academy (Sharston)

4.15–5pm: Beginners Breakdance

Age 7-10 | £4.50 each

Genetik Academy (behind The Message Trust), Harper Road, Sharston, Manchester, M22 4RG

Wednesdays: Bowdon Street Academy (Bowdon)

4.30–5.30pm: Music Production | Pop Vocals | Drumming | Electric Guitar | Street Dance

Age 11-18+ | £6 each

Come straight from school to hang out with free snacks.

Bowdon Parish Centre, Stamford Road, Bowdon, WA14 2TR

Wednesdays: Genetik Academy (Sharston)

6.15–7.15pm: Breakdance – Juggernaut Beginners | Drums
7.15–7.45pm: Youth Club
7.45–8.45pm: Breakdance – Juggernaut Intermediate | Pop Vocals | Street Dance | Drums | Music Production | Acoustic and Electric Guitar

Age 11-18+ | £6 each

Genetik Academy (behind The Message Trust), Harper Road, Sharston, Manchester, M22 4RG

All sessions are taught by top professionals with industry experience including Tim Owen (The Tribe), Joel Whitewood (BrightLine) and more.

This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to develop new skills in their chosen area and also builds up teamwork, personal confidence and self-esteem.

Damning report reveals scandal of more than a third of children living in poverty in Wythenshawe

ECPMore than a third of children in Wythenshawe are living in poverty according to a report published by a leading charity this week.

Figures revealed by the End Child Poverty coalition  shows that in the five local authority wards in Wythenshawe around 34 per  cent of youngsters are in poverty after housing costs are taken into account.

The campaign blames the shockingly high levels of poverty in the most deprived areas of the country on  benefits policy and price rises and is calling on the public to lobby MPs to urge the government to lift the freeze on benefits for children – currently in place until the end of the decade – so that families no longer see living standards squeezed as prices rise.

In Wythenshawe, 6.728 children are in poverty – defined as in families living on less than the median household income – with the highest concentration, 36 per cent in Woodhouse Park where 1,333 youngsters are below the breadline. The largest number of children in poverty in the town is in Sharston, 1,604, representing 35 per cent.


wp-1478947269179.jpegWythenshawe’s MP, Mike Kane has called on the Government to take immediate action to tackle poverty. He told the Reporter:  “Statistics published by the End Child Poverty Coalition this week on the levels of children living in poverty are a scandal.

“They are the result of this Conservative Government’s flawed policy of cuts and changes to the welfare system. My advice surgery is regularly attended by families who are struggling to make ends meet. It is a disgrace that in 2018 we have a growing need for food bank provision in Wythenshawe.

 “As Wythenshawe’s MP I have called for a pause and rethink from the Government on the roll out of Universal Credit which is causing unnecessary suffering and hardship.  It is becoming increasing clear that progress on tackling poverty has begun to unravel with falling state support and increasing in-work poverty. I believe this is completely unacceptable and the Government needs to act now.”

The research was carried out on behalf of End Child Poverty by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University, led by Professor Donald Hirsch, and paints an even bleaker picture for other parts of Greater Manchester, with 62% of children in Coldhurst ward in Oldham living in poverty.

In Manchester’s Gorton and Central constituencies nearly half of the children there, 48 per cent, are below the poverty, with the figures for Rusholme and Moss Side both at 56 per cent. In Withington there are 34 per cent of children in poverty with the highest concentration in the Old Moat ward.

Since the introduction of the benefit freeze, the coalition of charities, faith groups and unions has warned that as prices rise, low income families would find it increasingly hard to pay for the same basic essentials.

‘It is scandalous that a child born in some parts of the UK now has a greater chance of growing up in poverty, than being in a family above the breadline’, said Sam Royston, Chair of End Child Poverty and Director of Policy and Research at the Children’s Society. ‘There can be little doubt that the Government’s policy of maintaining the benefits freeze despite rising prices is a major contributor to the emerging child poverty crisis.’

The coalition is also concerned that the impact of poverty may be exacerbated by a poverty premium – which means that low income families can face paying as much as £1700 per year more than better off families, to buy the same essential goods and services. A major contributor to this is the high cost of credit for low income families, and the coalition wants to see the Government address this by providing better access to interest free credit.

Sam Royston said ‘No family in modern Britain should be struggling to put food on the table, heat their homes and clothe their children.  End Child Poverty is calling on the Chancellor to end the freeze on children’s benefits, and to invest in interest free credit for low income families, to ensure that poverty doesn’t result in spiralling debt.’

A Government spokesman said: “The best route out of poverty is through employment, and since 2010 an extra three million more people are now in work and 600,000 fewer children are living in workless households.

“But we recognise that budgets are tight, and that’s why we’re helping families keep more of what they earn. We’ve doubled free childcare – worth £5,000 per child each year – while our £2.5 billion pupil premium programme is supporting two million disadvantaged schoolchildren across the country.”


Wythenshawe man jailed for supplying guns and ammunition kept at his Sharston home

Stuart MannersA man has been jailed for 12 years after police found guns and ammunition in his Sharston home.

Stuart Manners, aged 46, of Bronington Close, Sharston, Wythenshawe pleaded guilty conspiracy to supply firearms and ammunition and was sentenced, together with two other men at Manchester Crown Court.

Police raided Manners’ home in Bronington Close, Sharston where they found a Taurus Millennium self-loading Pistol containing one 9mm round along with a mini torch which was converted into a firearm, one round of ammunition, a number of shooting targets, 79 rounds of 9mm ammunition, a mobile phone ‘stun gun’, knuckle duster, carbon knives and two empty firearm magazines. When Manners’ car was searched a second torch which had been converted into a firearm was also recovered.

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Wythenshawe councillor, Joyce Keller made OBE in honours list

kellerWythenshawe councillor, Joyce Keller has been given an OBE in  the New Year’s honours list.

Cllr Keller who represents the Sharston ward has been given the honour for services to the local community and to politics.

She has been honoured in a year when for the first time women have made up the majority of titles on the list.

Wythenshawe man in court after weapons haul

Torch-gun among weapons seized by police

A  Wythenshawe man is due to appear in court today after police swooped on a house in Sharston, uncovering  an arsenal of weapons.

Stuart Manners, aged 44, of Bronington Close in Sharston, Wythenshawe, is due to appear before Manchester magistrates today, Sept 6 2013, charged with conspiracy to possess a prohibited weapon, conspiracy to possess ammunition, conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life, conspiracy to possess firearms which are disguised as other objects and conspiracy to possess any weapon designed or adapted for the discharge of any noxious liquid or gas.

Torches modified to fire bullets were among the weapons recovered by police.

Detectives from Titan –  the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit – also uncovered a cache of weapons including a self-loading pistol, stun gun and knives plus almost 100 rounds of ammunition.

A 37-year-old woman from Wythenshawe who was arrested yesterday has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Two 44-year-old men from Liverpool – Darren Marcell Alcock, of Livingston Drive, Aigburth and Paul Estridge of Sandon Street, Toxteth have also been charged with firearms offences following raids on Merseyside as part of the same operation.