Chorlton Blinds

Liz Purcell of Chorlton Blinds knows her windows. “We have every kind here in Chorlton: from giant Victorian bays (where right angles are a rarity) to high-tech eco new-builds. Choosing the right treatment is about much more than architecture, though: it’s also about lifestyle needs and finding a look that complements your interiors as a whole. “There’s so much choice …

Chorlton vs. Homelessness

We’ve seen an increase in homelessness and street begging in Chorlton. Can we work together as a community to tackle the issues? We all agree that seeing people begging on our streets is distressing: it’s criminal that a modern society can seem to be leaving so many people behind. A recent study by housing …

Pretty Boys

These handsome green visitors are now permanent residents in South Manchester. Linsey talks to local ornithologist Tony O’Mahony. “It’s always that distinctive squawk you hear first: they don’t sound like any other wild birds in Manchester.” Tony’s talking about the Ring-necked Parakeet (Psitticula krameri), Britain’s only naturalised parrot. There are …

Backstage at Barbakan

Every Chorltoner knows that if you’re on Manchester Road at a certain time of day, you breathe in the aroma and smile. The bread’s in the oven at Barbakan and all’s well with the world. It’s no exaggeration to say that this family business is a Chorlton institution. Originally established …

Don’t suffer in silence

One in six people is affected by a degree of hearing loss, which can range from mild impairment to profound deafness. It becomes all too easy for hearing impaired people to stay indoors when communication is difficult, which can lead to isolation and depression. Lipreading helps maintain a vital connection with …