John Thomson, Pete from Cold Feet, and Chris Gascoyne, Pete from Coronation Street were on the concert hall stage last night telling some fascinating stories, with some of the audience taking photos on their phones. Looking back in our archives to 1904 the “interesting talk” was given by Baden Powell at the official opening of the club, and reported in drawings for “The Daily Dispatch” Here is our drawing of John and Chris, in the style of that original report.
We have another of our special fundraising evenings in the concert hall on Saturday February 23rd with actors John Thomson & Chris Gascoyne.
Tickets are £12 each online or £15 on the door.
Doors and bars will be open from 7pm. The event will start at 8pm.
tickets from https://evntm.uk/coldfeetmeetsthestreet
On Sunday we held our first vinyl record fair in the main gym while upstairs in the concert hall Bands FC put on their quirky exhibtion, if bands were football teams…. Our good friend Tim Burgess was here and Tim and Dutch Uncles did a stint of Djing from the concert hall stage. Thanks to everyone who came along, over 450 people dropped in between 10 – 6 We hope to hold a second event in 2019.
On Saturday night Peter Hook and Mani played to a packed house in the concert hall for ” Touching Bass” an in conversation event arranged by Alison Bell. This is the third of these popular fundraising events for the club and attracted music fans from as far afield as the USA and Argentina. The audience were treated to great stories by these 2 Manchester Music legends. They are both Manchester United fans and former United star Brian McClair was in the audience; City’s Paul Lake introduced the event to give a semblance of balance to this red affair!
We were thrilled to contribute to this year’s Sport Relief. We took part in a challenge with BBC North West tonight, where 3 charities funded by Comic Relief climbed Skafell Pike in The Lake district. Dennis Lewtas one of our senior volunteer team, took part and is pictured during the climb.
Dennis and Archie Swift were also on BBC 5Live yesterday morning interviewed by Adrian Childs. If you would like to make a donation please go to https://www.sportrelief.com/
During November we have been taking part in a pilot crowdfunding project with Comic Relief. The aim is to try out new forms of fundraising. Along with 15 other organisations supported by the Comic Relief Core Strength programme we have put together a campaign based around our amazing volunteer team. The campaign runs until 29th November.
7 young people from the club took part in a 10 day trip to New York recently. The group visited The Boys Club of New York , The Lower Eastside Girls Club , The Saturday Night Lights programme in East Harlem. They attended a first team training session at New York City FC, 25 miles upstate from Manhattan. The group also met coaches and boxers at the legendary Gleeson’s Boxing Gym in Brooklyn and went to Baseball and Ice Hockey games. The trip was funded through links with Manchester Music, Mike Joyce’s photo of Morrissey was used on a T shirt, and promoter Chris Blay has arranged a Manchester music Tribute event at the Castlefield Bowl on the Spring Bank holiday weekend.
A fashion show using discarded materials proved to be a great success for the audience in the senior games room last night. The project working with Ordsall Community Arts has been very popular with the group over the past few months. All the clothes have been created by the group, who collected the materials and made the garments. The event raised money for breast cancer awareness.
Our new fundraising t shirt features an orignal photo of Morrissey by Mike Joyce. Mike offered to help our fundraising and between us we have come up with this great new T shirt to raise funds for a second USA trip for young people at the club, and future activities for young people. The T shirt is in a classic 80s yellow, is available on our shop page. People can also buy them at the club from Saturday 22nd October. Aflecks in Manchester are also supporting our fundraising and the shirt will be available from our popup shop at their famous indie store on Oldham Street all next week. Thanks to Manc icons Chris Eccelston, Maxine Peak, John Thomson, Mark Radcliffe and Mike Joyce for being our “models” joining in the fun and supporting the club.
The volunteer team at the club have been awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2016. Between them they have have contributed over 600 years volunteering. Club president Anthony Groves great, great gandson of one of the original founders commented “The Queens Award for Voluntary Service formally recognises the team’s contributions at the very highest level. Their phenomenal work has ensured that the original vision of James and William Groves lives on today as one of the most successful and oldest, charitable youth establishments in the world”