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Our latest Newsletter

Hello everyone

As you know, we have been working on our new website for some time now, in readiness for its official launch this coming Easter weekend. One of the things we wanted to do is offer you, our subscribers, a way of viewing the latest newsletters online – or perhaps download a copy for offline viewing… very handy if you happen to misplace your printed copy, I’m sure you’ll agree. Well, we’re pleased to say you can now do both!  You can read  the latest newsletter via the link below – or download your own copy via the website.

The April 2016 newsletter contains information on some NEW classes starting soon and other important dates for your diary. So what are you waiting for – go take a look! There’s also a website promotional Prize Draw feature – the chance for one of you lucky subscribers to win a Morrisons voucher worth £25.00.  As an existing subscriber you will automatically be entered into the Draw which will take place on Saturday 16th July 2016.

Sunday 28th June 2015 – Matinee Film Club & Afternoon Tea!

Come along and watch ‘Still Life’ – the long-awaited and multi award-winning film from Uberto Pasolini, producer of the beloved worldwide smash-hit The Full Monty.

 ‘Still Life’ is a poignant and inspirational drama about a quiet, optimistic and selfless man who finds joy in helping everyone but himself.

For over 22 years, life for the unassuming John May (an indelible performance from the extraordinary Eddie Marsan) has been his work for the local council in South London, finding the next of kin for those in his community who have passed away alone. But in this age of ‘efficiency’, John’s meticulousness and care is no longer deemed necessary, and he is abruptly made redundant. John is left with one assignment: a search for the relatives of an elderly neighbour, Billy Stoke.

As he journeys beyond London to piece together Billy’s past, John uncovers a life of mischief, misadventure, love and regret, most of all for an abandoned daughter, Kelly (the radiant Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey) whom John manages to locate. These two insular people are naturally drawn to each other, and as friendship blossoms, John’s outlook opens imperceptibly to life’s possibilities…

Beautifully observed and profoundly affecting, ‘Still Life’ is a gem — a resonant and universal celebration of dignity, community values and human connection, and ultimately, all that life is worth living for.


Doors open: 1.30 pm

Film starts at 2.00pm

Film followed by a delicious Afternoon Tea

Suggested donation is just £2.00


E-Reader Support Group

Are you thinking about buying an E-Reader? Maybe you already have one but need to get to grips with it? If so, then our E-Reader support group is for you.

  • We can show you how to search online for electronic books, newspapers and magazines and then to download and install them on your device.
  • We can show you how to change the text and to adjust the lighting on your e-books to make them easier to read.
  • We can guide to as to the best web-sites to visit to access and download electronic books.
  • We can help you access your local library e-book and audiobook services and transfer materials to your device.
  • Within the class we also run a book club, where we choose a novel and discuss it on a regular basis.

So if you own a Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iPad or other E-Reader, but don’t know how to use it, we can give you the know-how to get you feeling better about your device.

Alternatively, if you don’t own a device, but would like to know more about e-readers, we have a number available for you to borrow.

The class runs every Monday morning 10am – 12 noon.  No appointment is necessary, simply drop in and take part!

Further information:

Tel: 0161 637 6788 or 07889 258685

You can also contact the group’s leader, Joanne, directly via the button below

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Table Top Sale

On Saturday 21 March 2015 NEPHRA Good Neighbours are hosting a Table Top Sale. Come along to NEPHRA HQ and leave with a bargain!

Highlights include Gifts, Books, Bric-a-Brac, a selection of hand crafted items and a Raffle.

Refreshments and Home Made Cakes available too!,

Time: 1.00 – 3.00 pm

Where: NGN HQ, 27 Parkfield Road North, New Moston, Manchester


10th Birthday Celebration Event!

Date: Sunday 27th July 2014

Time: 11.00 am – 2.00 pm

Place: NEPHRA’s Allotment on Northfield Road, New Moston.

This is a FREE community consultation event and everyone is welcome!

Come along, view the plans for a new drop-in centre to be built on NEPHRA’s Allotment, have some fun and help to shape our future!

Enjoy lots of FREE FUN for all the family – Donkey Rides, Bouncy Castle, Punch Balloons, Hook-a-Prize, Hit the target and MUCH, MUCH MORE!

BBQ & Refreshments available for a small charge.

All children must be accompanied by an adult



Machine Knitting at NEPHRA!

Hello everyone

Just to let you know that NEPHRA are teaming up with Sheffield born artist and videosmith, Sam Meech, to explore machine knitting.

Sam and your regular community ICT tutor and machine knitter, Iris Cooper – will be running 10 x 3 hour sessions starting Thursday 10th October 2.00pm to 5.00pm. Anyone with an interest in machine knitting is invited to come along. Perhaps you are thinking of returning to machine knitting after a long absence, or maybe you would simply like to have a go on a knitting machine? If so, the sessions are open to all ages and aim not only to cover the basics but give you the confidence to move forward with the craft.

They’ll also be looking at ways in which machine knitted fabrics can be used. Bringing machine knitting into the 21st century, Sam and Iris will demonstrate how they have breathed new life into an old electronic knitting machine, enabling it to ‘talk’ to a modern computer and produce knitted digital images like the ones below:

Original digital image
Original digital image
Pixels converted to stitches
Converting pixels into stitches
Transfer the image to the machine
Transferring the image to the machine
Knitting the image
Knitting the digital image
The finished portrait
The finished portrait
The portrait in detail
The portrait in detail

For those without machines there will be a small selection set up for use during the sessions, but if you wish to bring your own, please call Bren on 07745 502 526 to reserve your space. Sessions will take place at NEPHRA HQ, 27 Parkfield Road North, New Moston, Manchester, M40 3TB.

Next Week is Blood Donation Week!

Love Manchester is working with the NHS to increase the number of people in Manchester giving potentially lifesaving blood. Hospitals across England and North Wales need around 7,000 units of blood every day to help people with cancer, in A&E and in maternity units. If you’re in generally good health, Blood Donation Week is an ideal time to make a date to donate.
Go to the external site website) or call 0300 123 23 23.
Centres are at Norfolk House in the city centre and Plymouth Grove, Longsight. 

Scam Alert!

Click the link below to read an alert issued by Andy Orpin, a Police Community Support Officer, which was posted over on The People’s Voice Media blog.

Telephone Scam

Sadly, scams like this are becoming more common.  Please be wary of such callers and let your friends and family know about this particular scam!