Category Archives: Social events

Short break in Windermere – Thursday 27th to Saturday 29th November 2014

windermere centre 07We are planning a trip to Windermere on Thursday 27th to Saturday 29th November 2014.

We aim to leave Manchester during Thursday afternoon, arrive at The Windermere Centre in time for dinner, settle into our rooms and have a quiet social evening at the Centre – perhaps with a game or two to help us relax together.

windermere_lakesideOn Friday, after breakfast, we hope to have a walk down to the lakeside in Bowness and then, after lunch, visit the lovely village of Cartmel.  We plan to watch a video together after dinner.

On Saturday we plan to visit the scenic town of Grange-over-Sands on the northern shores of Morecambe Bay, then in the afternoon we hope to visit the ruins of an ancient Abbey in Furness before making our way back to Manchester by early evening.

Dining-Room-ready-1030x772The trip is being organised, primarily, as a short break in the beauty of the Lake District for the asylum seekers who attend our First Wednesday support and social group, but we’re opening it up to anyone else who wants to come along, subject to availability of space at the Centre.  It is essential to book a place through Andy for anyone who wishes to come.

We suggest that the unsubsidised donation to The Windermere Centre should be in the region of £130 for the two nights’ dinner-bed-and-breakfast accommodation.  The rooms are all en suite, the food is wonderful, the staff are really looking forward to welcoming us, and the house is very cosy and comfortable – especially in the chill of a November night in South Lakeland.

Supporting the project

We’ve received a couple of donations to assist with the cost of the trip for the asylum seekers for which we’re very grateful.  We still need to cover costs for the visit to Furness Abbey, the minibus and diesel, and it would be nice to give some money to the Windermere Centre as a thank you for their generosity towards us.

If you can help to defray these costs please let Andy or Walt know ( or

‘First Wednesday’ Group – Trip to Llandudno – 7th August 2013

The next event for our LGBT asylum seekers group is on Wednesday, 7th August – meeting at 10.30am in the short-stay car park at Piccadilly Railway Station, in readiness for a day out to Llandudno and Conwy in North Wales.

To find the short-stay car park, from the main concourse with the trains in front of you:

  • turn right,
  • go down the escalators, turn right and down the next set of escalators,
  • and head outside towards the taxi rank.
  • Andy will be parked up, in a minibus, in the car park to the left of the taxis!.

5611000698_81716e0986_zWe will drive over to Llandudno on the North Wales coast – it’s about 2 hours away.  In Llandudno we can enjoy great views of the sea from the elegant promenade, have some lunch, walk down the pier (it’s a mile or so long and stretches out into the sea), and have a drive around the Great Orme (a huge headland which juts out into the sea).

7564867562_0247072324_nWe will then visit the ancient town of Conwy which has a castle and, if we like, we can walk around the walls of this historic place.

We will bring a packed lunch.

If you want to come please let Andy know – he needs to book a minibus!  Obviously there won’t be a meeting in church on that day!

Fund-raiser for Lesbian Immigration Support Group on 10th March to celebrate International Women’s Day 2012

Lesbian Immigration Support GroupThe Lesbian Immigration Support Group (LISG) is a Manchester-based group of lesbian and bisexual refugees and asylum-seeking women and their supporters, offering both practical and social support.

LISG will hold a fundraising event on March 10th at the Nip and Tipple Bar  in Whalley Range (197 Upper Chorlton Road, M16 0BH), between 3pm and 7pm, to celebrate International Women’s Day.

They are inviting all friends, supporters and people who are interested in the group, in women’s issues, LGBT and queer issues, migration, asylum, (no) border,  human rights and social justice issues to join them for this celebration.

The event will have live music bands, poetry, performance acts, good company, and many other surprises!

Raising money for the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit – Lancashire Loop Cycle Challenge

Would you like to have ‘fun day’ and raise money for a good cause? Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit (GMIAU) provides legal immigration advice and support. Many of the people it represents have come to this country seeking asylum, people who have had to leave their home countries because they have faced violence or oppression; often their lives have been in danger.

As part of its fund raising programme for the current year, GMIAU would like to enter 10 cyclists in a sponsored cycle ride (the Lancashire Loop Cycle Challenge) taking place around the village of Cockerham, north Lancashire, on Sunday 27 September 2009.

This is being organised by the children’s charity ‘MedEquip4Kids. Would you like to take part and help raise money for the GMIAU?  Apart from being a good cause, it should be a lot of fun as well in what is a very nice part of Lancashire. There are 3 possible routes to choose from  – 18, ’50’ and ‘100’ mile’ – depending on your fitness, experience and enthusiasm.

If you would like to take part then please contact Duncan Poulton:

Social Event for the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit, 17th April 2009

ladyjustice_greenandgold1Duncan writes: The Unit is holding a fund raising concert and disco on Friday 17 April at the Chorlton Irish Association Club, 17 High Lane, Chorlton, M21 9DJ. It starts at 8pm and runs till 1am.

We have held these concerts before and they have always been very well received, so it promises to be really enjoyable evening. There will a performances of Salsa dancing, music from Gambi), Poetry and Stories, Chinese Songs and Sword of Chinese Martial Art, African Jazz, Salsa dancing and disco. Snacks will be provided during the evening.

The performers are giving their services free and the Irish Club are not charging for our use of the room. Therefore, all the takings (except for the cost of food) will go towards supporting the GMIAU. The cost of admission is £6, with concessions at £5, inclusive of food so it is excellent value. This is payable at the door (though I hope to have tickets available beforehand).

We need two things please. Firstly, we need people to attend and bring all their friends, loved ones, relatives and anybody else they happen to bump into, so as to create a really good atmosphere and raise ticket money. Secondly, we need raffle prizes so would be very grateful for anything donated.

Social event supporting the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit – Friday 16th November

On Friday some of us are off to a social at the Irish Club in Chorlton in aid of our friends at the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit.  It costs £5 to get in, there will be food, a chance to get to know each other better and dancing!  Let Andy know if you want to come and we will send you details of where the club is.