On October 21, the Friends of Alexandra Park held a lovely “Big Light Switch-on” event at dusk, to celebrate the installation of two beautiful new clocks (back lit with LED lighting) in the ‘tower’ of Chorlton Lodge. This is the second ‘Legacy Project’ to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Park (although because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the original plans to mark this milestone during the year have inevitably had to be scaled back).
Councillor Aftab Razaq, who attended the event with Councillor Muqaddasah Bano, says “We are so lucky to have this group of dedicated volunteers and supporters who help to look after Alex Park all year round, improving facilities in and promoting the heritage of the ‘People’s Park’ at the heart of our ward. As always, they deserve great thanks from us all”.
The Friends welcome visitors to their Information Point in Chorlton Lodge (near the Claremont Road entrance to the Park) which is open every Wednesday and Friday beween 11am and 2pm, and on the first Sunday of the month between 12 noon and 2pm. They also have calendars, Christmas cards and other goodies on sale, perfect for stocking fillers. For more information, see their Facebook page.
The festival of Eid ul-Fitr, which marks the end of the Ramadan fast, is celebrated across the Muslim world and begins today. Our local Councillors have this message for all Whalley Range residents who are taking part in the festival:
Councillors Aftab Razaq, Angeliki Stogia and Muqaddasah Bano wish a very Happy Eid to everyone in our area who is joining the celebration today. Eid is a day to cheer and to laugh with all your heart. It’s a day to be grateful to Allah for all of his heavenly blessings on us. Wishing you a happy Eid ul-Fitr. We all deserve to celebrate it safely with our family and friends, so please:
Limit social gatherings
Maintain physical distance
Wear a mask
Wash your hands and use sanitiser
When you have the opportunity, get vaccinated!
And last but not least, remember the sick and needy around us in your thoughts and prayers
Following the election yesterday and the count today at Manchester Convention Centre which concluded at 6.30pm, Muqaddasah Bano has been declared the new councillor for Whalley Range. The final tally of votes on a turnout of 34.8% is as follows:
Bano says “I am really honoured to have been chosen by the residents of Whalley Range to represent them on the Council. Of course I have much to learn as a new councillor, but I will work really hard to repay the faith you have put in me. And of course thanks also to Mary Watson, who has served as councillor here for fifteen years and is so well respected in the community. I will do my best to follow in her footsteps”.
Tomorrow (Thursday) is polling day, and polling stations are open until 10pm. In Whalley Range you can vote for two Labour candidates – Muqaddasah Bano as ward councillor and Andy Burnham as Mayor of Greater Manchester.
You don’t need your polling card to vote – just go to your polling station and give them your name and address
Polls are open until 10pm
If you’ve got a postal vote but haven’t sent it back yet, you can complete the voting pack and take the sealed envelope to any polling station in the city before 10pm
There are ten days to go until the local elections on Thursday 6 May. Here in Whalley Range, the Labour candidate Muqaddasah Bano and her supporters have been busy calling on residents for the past seven weeks to talk about some of the issues and problems that people are facing locally. Here she sets out her main pledges if she is elected as Councillor for the ward. Bano says:
I promise to work with everyone in our ward to build a greener, safer and cleaner Whalley Range.
Battling the pandemic – I’ll support the work of the Council fighting Covid-19 and encouraging vaccine take-up
Healthier travel for all – I will back projects to create better cycling and walking routes and improve public transport
Tackling social problems – I’ll campaign against domestic violence and anti-social behaviour, and for age-friendly initiatives
Better, safer, cleaner roads – I want to get our roads up to scratch and tackle speeding cars and poor air quality near schools
Dealing with the rubbish – I will push to further improve recycling rates, and confront the nuisance of fly-tipping and litter