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Our mosaic piece of Public Art has finally been installed to Lodge Building in Debdale Park !!!!, its sits directly facing Hyde Road, and the sun to… light it up!!!!
The originally fund received from the Tesco’s “Bags for Help Fund “was not enough to complete this work, so we have managed to match fund this project from a Waitrose Community Fund plea and self-generated group funds, a BIG shout to all the group members and especially our group volunteer Janice Bonner who secured the Waitrose funding.
The work visually features some elements of Gorton’s rich heritage – Belle Vue, The Aces Speedway Team, Gorton’s Morris men and the well missed “Rush Cart festival “Brookfield’s Church, Beyer Peacock, St Marks, West Gorton’s 1890 Football Club, and Gorton Monastery.
Our present project “Gorton Mill” will produce another Public Art piece for the other lodge window to be installed in 2019.


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“Fantastic Day “spent at All Saints Primary School today!!!!!
Great opportunity for us to outreach and share the “Gorton Mill” Project with the young people of today.
A BIG shout to Local Historian Frank Rhodes who came along to help talk about this important part of Gorton’s Heritage, his input during this project has been so valuable.
Well after the discussion about the Gorton Mills working conditions, location and past events we gave out the paints and brushes!!!!!
Each of Year 3’s young people were given a A3 photocopy of 2 composition layouts to colour in using colours of their choice. The layouts were designed by two of our group members, Rose Harris and Rita Oakley.
Oh, what joy !!!! paint, paint and more paint, the result !!! a selection of very different artwork for all the class staff and group members to vote for ….one vote each, and the selections were made.
The two-coloured designs will now be taken back to the groups studio for full production to generate a donated piece of Artwork for the school.
Many Thanks to Teacher Sean McRae, all Year 3, Frank Rhodes , Group Volunteer Janice Bonner and all the group members .


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“Gorton Mill ” Project
Well for the last 3 weeks {as well as enjoying Fish and Chips in the nearby Dolphin Chippy!!!!}, the group have been working on the overall layout designs for the pieces of work we will donate to 2 local primary schools. After gathering them all together, the group have voted on the designs.
With the two designs now selected we will be outreaching this project to the young people of Gorton this coming Monday at All Saints Primary School and on the following Monday at Abbey Hey Primary School.
Armed with paints, research material and copies of the selected designs, we will begin with a social history talk about the Grimshaw Brothers, Gorton House and the Gorton Mills with the help from local historian Frank Rhodes, before asking the young people to select the colours for the finished Artwork.
Can’t wait!!!!






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Our stall during the Manchester Histories Festival on Sunday the 10th June was a huge success!!!
Lots of chat and interest in everything we do.
Our small display including an element of our delivered “Beer Mats and Log Ends “project which visually tells the story of the once many pubs dotted along Hyde Road, Gorton, but the main focus of interest was the displayed plaster cask items of our “Chaos “project which is a present-day example of items found left on the floor after a forced division of a large number of people by the authorities. This project was outreached to local primary schools as an educational resource related to the Peterloo Massacre here in Manchester in 1819.
Images kindly provided by Drew Forsyth



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Here we go!!!! ……. again!!!!
After celebrating securing Heritage Lottery Funding, today we started the delivery of this project.
The project will work closely with local Historian Frank Rhodes, Abbey Hey and All Saints Primary Schools.
Our objective is to produce a visually stimulating educational resource for young people and all residents of Gorton and beyond!!!!
The project tells the story of the introduction of the Power Loom, the non-conformist Grimshaw brothers in 1790, to the Gorton Mills built in Abbey Hey on Bread Street in 1843.


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