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10 of the best things to see and do in Manchester this October..

Our pick of the best things happening in and around Manchester in October. Don’t hibernate indoors this month. October in Manchester means autumn is here and the city is full of fun things to do. There’s Halloween to look forward too, which means the rooftop monster invasion will be back and Screamfields over on Spinningfields will be hosting a […]

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Withington’s empty Public Hall Institute will be transformed into a pop-up pub..

Set up by a group of local, craft beer-loving dads, the pop-up only sells drinks made in Manchester. A group of local, craft beer-loving dads are transforming Withington’s empty Public Hall Institute into a pop-up pub this weekend. Neill Woodward, Casey Longden, Mark Brennan and Ed Wellard all became friends after their children started going […]

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Stretford Mall sold to Bruntwood Works in £50m regeneration scheme..

Trafford Council and Bruntwood Works have finalised a £50million property deal which the council is hoping will provide a huge boost to the borough’s economic regeneration. Trafford Council and Bruntwood Works have finalised a £50million property deal which the council is hoping will provide a huge boost to the borough’s economic regeneration. Contracts have been […]

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Chorlton is the Guardian-reading liberal heart of Manchester..

Chorlton is known for its organic delis, independent bars and restaurants, sustainable lifestyle stores, wholesome community spirit and Guardian readers. There’s a saying in Chorlton that pretty much sums the place up: “be different, just like everybody else.” This quirky south Manchester suburb is the heart of liberal, left-leaning Manchester and is mostly populated by […]

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EU brings in ‘right to repair’ rules for appliances..

Household appliances will become easier to repair thanks to new standards being adopted across the European Union. From 2021, firms will have to make appliances longer-lasting, and they will have to supply spare parts for machines for up to 10 years. The rules apply to lighting, washing machines, dishwashers and fridges. But campaigners for the […]

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House price growth slowest for seven years, says ONS..

UK house prices rose at a slower rate in the year to July than at any time since September 2012, up by 0.7%, official figures show. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said there had been general slowdown in UK property price growth in the last three years. This was driven by a slowing market […]

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Bank of England forecasts low interest rates for longer..

The Bank of England has signalled that prolonged Brexit uncertainty will keep interest rates lower for longer. Policymakers said the UK would avoid falling into recession this year, but warned that Brexit and trade worries were weighing on the economy. The Bank kept interest rates on hold at 0.75%. The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) that […]

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Smart meters: What is going on?..

Smart meters are promoted as technology to make householders’ lives easier and cheaper, as well as a gateway to a connected British energy network. But their introduction has proved controversial. Deadlines have shifted and the technology has been questioned. Ultimately, most homes in the country will eventually use smart meters. So how do they work […]

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When it comes to community, Stretford is bloody fantastic..

There’s more to Stretford than meets the eye. It’s mostly known as the big junction with the disused cinema on Chester Road or perhaps as the one-time home of Morrissey. But Stretford is far more than that. The name Stretford sadly doesn’t come from the nickname its residents give it – St Retford. Instead it’s […]

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West Didsbury is leafy, lively and got it going on..

Welcome to West Didsbury, one of Manchester’s most desirable neighbourhoods. Once a sort of no-man’s-land on the edge of Withington, Burton Road has slowly been swallowed up by neighbouring Didsbury and is now synonymous with what’s known as West Didsbury. In case you’re sceptical about this assertion, may we respectfully point out the location of […]