Wythenshawe eNews - Manchester Airport

Andy Blueman, of the Manchester Airfield Operations
Team (left), was on hand to marshal the first tram into
its platform at 0545 hrs on Monday 3rd November.
Representatives of Metrolink, members of the media,
teams from Transport for Greater Manchester, MPT, many of those involved in
the construction of the line; along with local stakeholders including Councillors,
airline representatives, attended a VIP celebration event later in the day
Services are initially running between Manchester Airport and Cornbrook,
every 12 minutes and will run through the city centre once the ‘Second City
Crossing’ is complete in 2017.
New artwork has brightened the Terminal 1 baggage reclaim
area and the Wythenshawe Art Walk at Manchester Airport.
The artwork is the result of another exciting collaboration
between Manchester Airports Group, Manchester Cathedral
and children from five Wythenshawe Primary Schools.
Children from Northenden, Ringway, St Elizabeth RC, St
Peters RC Primary School, & St Wilfred C of E Primary
Schools, visited Manchester Cathedral earlier this year with
artist Andy Leigh. After a guided tour the children made
sketches of the architecture, windows and carvings and on
return to School, worked with Andy Leigh, to make their own
stained glass and interpretations of what they had seen.
These fantastic pieces of artwork are displayed in the
cabinets of the Wythenshawe Art Walk located in Terminal 3.
The original Victorian stained glass of Manchester Cathedral
was destroyed during the Manchester Blitz of 1940. Since
then new colourful windows have been added each decade;
the last in 2004. The stained glass visible in the Cathedral
today is some of the finest in the country.
Community/professional artists Andy Leigh and Angela
Greenway have produced ceramic pieces that reflect the
vibrant colours of the Cathedral glass. These pieces are
displayed in the Terminal 1 Baggage reclaim area for our
passengers and colleagues to enjoy.
Andrew Cowan (Chief Operating Officer of Manchester
Airports Group), the Very Revd Rogers Govender (Dean of
Manchester Cathedral) joined artists Andy Leigh/Angela
Greenway (pictured below), members of the Manchester
stakeholders (including Wythenshawe Cllrs) to tour the
finished artwork. Andrew Cowan commented:
‘‘This project provided an
excellent link and shared
enjoyment of the creation
and visual display of art
for those using, living by
and working at Manchester
Woodhouse Park residents dined in style at the ‘Autumn
Leaves’ event at the Lifestyle Centre, Wythenshawe in early
November. Three hundred and fifteen guests aged 65 and
over, were invited by Manchester Airport over three days to
share an afternoon with friends and enjoy a three course
meal with drinks. Fifty-six Manchester Airport colleagues
were joined by volunteers from Manchester College and
Manchester Enterprise Academy (see photo below) to serve
our guests and ensure the event ran smoothly.
Schoolchildren from the Willows and Ringway Primary School
choirs and the Manchester Airport choir entertained guests
with their beautiful singing. Many lucky winners also won
fantastic prizes in the raffle and bingo. Guests had fun
dressing up in hats and scarves, posing for photographs (see
photos below) which they could take away with them as a
The Autumn Leaves event has been running for three years,
and all Woodhouse park residents over the age of 65 are
eligible to come along. The event was thoroughly enjoyed by
guests, many who previously worked at Manchester Airport.
One guest wrote to us after the event:
‘‘I would like to say many
thanks for the lovely lunch
and afternoon which we
spent. It’s a wonderful effort
on behalf of you all and we
very much appreciated the
Year 6 pupils from five Wythenshawe Primary Schools were invited to take part in a ‘Flying Start’ event in September. These
events took place at Manchester Airport and Manchester Enterprise Academy (MEA). The Flying Start programme is designed
to highlight the support the children will receive from its’ sponsors should they chose to continue their education at the MEA.
Pupils from Haveley Hey Community School, Ringway Primary, The Willows Primary, Peel Hall and Crossacres Primary
Schools spent their mornings at Manchester Airport, taking part in workshops and listening to guest speakers; who
introduced/explored various teamwork and communication skills. During the afternoon at MEA the children met the Principal
James Eldon; who talked to the children about what to expect from their future High School experience, should they choose to
study at MEA. The children rounded off the day practicing team work by designing T-shirts; which demonstrated what they had
learnt during the day and what they wished for from their future at High school.
Students commented about their Flying Start events;
“I really liked the lesson about security because I found out
things I never knew”.
“I liked that fantastic lesson about illusions. It was very
Positive feedback was also received from teachers;
“The children thoroughly enjoyed today and showed great
enthusiasm towards all of today’s activities”.
“They (the children) took away lots of values and ideas about
team work, the working world and the future ahead”.
The Numbers at Work project aims to provide school children
with a fun insight into the world of business and provide crucial
skills to young people looking to enter employment in the future.
The project is provided by the Business Working With
Wythenshawe (BW3) Group; that consists of organisations
based in/around the Wythenshawe area.
Pupils at Manchester Enterprise Academy celebrated the
European Day of Languages in September by icing biscuits
with European flags. European day of languages celebrates
the diversity of the European population and the 800 million
Europeans living in the European Unions 47 member
states. The day is designed to encourage learning
languages, at any age, in and out of school.
Pupils at St Elizabeth’s Primary were the latest School to
participate in this successful on-going project. Manchester
Airport, Manchester City Football Club, Wythenshawe Housing
Trust, Microsoft and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue took
part in this particular event.
Children from St Elizabeth’s Primary enjoyed participating in
mathematical problem solving activities faced in everyday work
situations. Pupils were able to budget plan and analyse data
as they took part in fun activities such as sending cargo to
Singapore (with Manchester Airport), designing and marketing a
new fruit juice cocktail (with
Microsoft), calculating building
evacuation/response times (with
Greater Manchester Fire and
Rescue) and using iPads to
design and calculate the cost of
Wythenshawe Housing Trust).
The morning concluded with an
awards ceremony, where each
participating pupil received a certificate for their hard work.
Year 7 Spanish students at MEA learnt
about the significance of the event and
an Airport colleague spoke to them
about the importance of languages in
the workplace -particularly the Airport.
The icing on the cake (or biscuit) was
eating their creations!
Manchester Enterprise Academy welcomed some very
special guests from China during October. Year 8 and 9
Students travelled from Wuhan Cuiwei Junior Middle school
in China to visit pupils at the Manchester Enterprise
Academy. As Chinese youth ambassadors promoting
cultural exchange; these students spent a very lovely time
with local communities, visiting Manchester Enterprise
Academy in Wythenshawe, sampling British food and
playing football (for the first time!). Although this is their first
visit to the UK, the students said that there is no barrier
between them and local students and that they would love
to come back in the near future.
During the October Trust Fund meeting a total of £41,405 was allocated to local non-profit charitable
organisations in Manchester, Cheshire East/West, Trafford, Tameside and Stockport. Successful
organisations in the Wythenshawe area included;
 The WOW Zone Learning Centre -received £2,576 towards the purchase of seven iPads to be used
at their learning centre/after School club.
 ‘Wythenshawe in Bloom’ -awarded £1,000 towards planting bulbs across all green sites in
Do you know of a non-profit making charity in your local area who would benefit from a grant? Details of the criteria and how to
apply for a grant from the Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund can be found at:
manchesterairport.co.uk/CommunityTrustFund or call the Community Trust Fund administrator on 0161 489 5218.
The maximum grant available to each organisation is £3,000, and the closing date for the next Trust Fund applications
will be the 6th March 2015, with the meeting taking place on the 13th April 2015. If you would like to apply to the
Community Trust Fund, please call 0161 489 5281 or visit: manchesterairport.co.uk/CommunityTrustFund