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Victoria Square book launch

The story of the square (December 2008)
"Victoria Square - The Dwellings" is packed with photos, anecdotes, facts and stories about life in the Square throughout its history.

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Honours for real-life heroes (December 2008)
Real-life heroes have been recognised at Manchester City Councilís Community Awards 2008.

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Your home your sanctuary (December 2008)
Domestic abuse sufferers can stay safer at home - good news at this time of year.


Hot tips for cold snaps (December 2008)
Winter weather can burst your pipes. Follow our hot tips to keep the warmth in and the plumber out!


Reach for the stars (December 2008)
The government watchdog - the Audit Commission has finished its two week inspection of Northwards services.

Northwards natter (Winter 2008 edition)

Northwards in print (December 2008)
See online versions of the latest 'Natter' newsletter and next year's colourful calendar.

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Game for a laugh (November 2008)
Northwards tenants at Apprentice Court, Harpurhey are celebrating. They've used a cash grant to buy a state-of-the-art home video game console. They're tapping into the latest technology to get fit - and have fun too!

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Local team nets sponsorship (November 2008)
Harpurhey United are looking forward to a bright new future after netting a great sponsorship deal.

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Northwards on Facebook (November 2008)
We have launched our own page on Facebook - the free, social networking website. It's a great new way to keep in touch.


Reach for the stars (November 2008)
We're aiming for a top rating from an intensive two-week inspection by government watchdog the Audit Commission. Last time we got two stars; now we're going for the maximum of three!

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Xtra factor, extra prizes (November 2008)
Lots of lucky tenants picked up top prizes in our first 'Northwards Xtra' draw. Are you in with a chance of a big win too?

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Got a dog? Get a great deal (November 2008)
Get £150 of vet's treatment for just £10! Hurry, offer ends Friday 28 November.

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Young people and rehousing (November 2008)
Aged 16 to 25, and need somewhere to live? Get expert advice about your housing choices, and help to get your own place.

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Ready for Switch on (November 2008)
Digital TV is coming here by the end of 2009. We've got our own 'digital champion' to advise you; and have been recognised nationally for our efforts.


100 million, and counting (October 2008)
We're really cracking on with the massive home improvement programme. We've now put in £100m of gleaming bathrooms, kitchens, windows and more.


Hot tips for cold snaps (October 2008)
Winter weather can burst your pipes. Follow our hot tips to keep the warmth in and the plumber out!


Knockout voices (October 2008)
Local people speak out! Listen to interviews from the recent It's a Northwards Knockout event.


Special people, special event (October 2008)
Local people who make a real difference to the quality of life in their communities were recognised at our special 'NorthAwards' event at Heaton Park on Thursday 2 October 2008.

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Charlestown on ice (October 2008)
Dam Head Residents Association got their skates on with a synthetic ice rink for local people; part of their healthy lifestyle campaign.

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Your area, your say (October 2008)
Want to find out how local people like you can have a say in making decisions and improving Northwards services? Come along to the annual general meeting of your local area panel.

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What a Knockout (September 2008)
Hundreds of local people enjoyed a fantastic family fun day at Boggart Hole Clough on Saturday 13 September. It was a day full of music and performance - all for free. Even the sun smiled on us!


Got the Xtra Factor? You could win £1,000! (September 2008)
Want a crack at winning a cool £1,000 every three months - and a chance of lots of other cash prizes? Our new prize scheme - Northwards Xtra - is right up your street!


Let's get digital! (September 2008)
Between now and 2012, the nation is switching to digital TV. It's coming to us here in north Manchester between October and December of 2009.

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Cash for your community (September 2008)
Apply here for up to £500 for an activity, event or project to benefit your community.

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It's a Knockout! (September 2008)
FREE fun day Saturday 13 September. It's a Knockout - and much more!


Open 'til late (September 2008)
We're introducing late night Thursdays to our Cheetham Hill office. Drop in from 9am to 8pm. Our housing offices at Monsall Street and White Moss Road are still open 9am - 4pm Monday to Friday.


Operation Jolly (August 2008)
We're on a mission - to clean up the Jolly Miller Estate!


Calling young footie fanatics (August 2008)
The new season is here, and we're kicking off in style with our popular annual 5-a-side footie festival. Just register your team, get your kit, lace your boots - and go for glory!

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Illegal tenant evicted (August 2008)
We have evicted someone living illegally in a Northwards home. Lee Garside had been living at Norbet Walk, Harpurhey, illegally since March 2008. He was asked to leave the property but refused.

Take a seat on the board

Beat crime at holiday time (July 2008)
Follow great police tips to cut the risk of crime in the holiday season.

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Top tips for healthy life (July 2008)
Health trainer Steve Hoy helps people over 60 to be more active, healthier, sleep better, and socialise more.

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Get on the panel (July 2008)
Got something to say about your neighbourhood? Why not join your local area panel - just like Jim!

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Customer survey results (July 2008)
Residents are at the heart of everything we do. We listen to you and all our customers, and give you the opportunity to help shape and improve our service.

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Day in the life of a warden (June 2008)
We spent the day with Lee Roberts, to catch a glimpse of a day in the life of a neighbourhood warden.

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Teenage girl gets two year ASBO (June 2008)
A teenage girl has received a two-year ASBO after a catalogue of abuse and violence. It's a clear sign that we won't tolerate antisocial behaviour.


Win cash for green fingers! (June 2008)
Lots of prizes in the 2008 garden contest - win up to £750! Hurry entries close 30 June.


Let's get digital! (June 2008)
Between now and 2012, the nation is switching to digital TV. It's coming to us here in north Manchester between October and December of 2009. By then everyone will need digital to continue to view.


Making an IMPACT! (June 2008)
The group of building companies we use to improve every Northwards home has won a top award at a ceremony celebrating housing excellence.

Food festival

Food & dance festival (May 2008)
Food from round the world. Dancers from Bollywood to hip hop. Music from Broadway to gospel.

Whitemoss gardens event

Everybody needs good neighbours (May 2008)
Whitemoss Gardens are holding a "Good Neighbours Day" - 29 May 2008, 12-2pm.

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Rubbish tips (May 2008)
A special event revealed what Manchester people think about recycling - and we were there to put the Northwards angle.

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Tea Mobile for a better Moston (May 2008)
The best people to tell us how to upgrade a neighbourhood are the people who live there. People like you!

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Down your way (May 2008)
A decent environment means a better quality of life for local people. A well-cared-for estate gives residents a pride in their area and encourages new tenants to move there.

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Crime is down (April 2008)
Recent figures show a big drop in crime across Manchester. We've played our part in impressive results in the Northwards area.

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Pupils tune in to bus stop tips (April 2008)
GCSE students in north Manchester are being encouraged not to miss the bus when it comes to making the grade.

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Vera Salvatore (April 2008)
It is with deep sadness that we inform you that Vera Salvatore, member of our decision-making Board and Chair of our Riverways Panel, passed away on Saturday 5 April 2008 following a short illness.

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Monkey business! (April 2008)
A new play-space in Harpurhey opens for monkey business on Saturday 5 April.

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Take the bite out of sharks (April 2008)
Need a loan? Don't go to a shark. We've teamed up with a local credit union to help you sort out your cash.

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Retirement housing in Moston (March 2008)
Are you over 60? Looking for a home that gives you comfort, support and security? Have a look at Joseph Dean Court.

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Fresh air fun - for free! (March 2008)
Come on one of our free organised walks - see new places, meet new people. All at your own pace.

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Journey Northwards (March 2008)
Are you interested in the future of Manchester? Northwards certainly are. That's why we're proud to be a part of '2015 Manchester's Journey'.

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Ian cops top award (March 2008)
Police Community Support Officer Ian Chadwick, has picked up the impressive 'Chief Constable's Award'.

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Mum's the word (March 2008)
Local resident Marlene Garnett has been awarded the first Manchester Evening News 'Mum of the Year!' award.

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In loving memory of Ivy Graham (February 2008)
It is with sadness that we announce that Ivy Graham, highly-valued and much-loved member of countless community groups, has passed away.

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Is a chip pan worth risking your life for? (February 2008)
That's the question Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is asking at the start of National Chip Week (11 to 17 February).

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Come and have a go if you think you're old enough! (January 2008)
Residents in Dam Head, Blackley are proving you're never too old to play - with the country's first Older People's Play Area!

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Getting crafty! (January 2008)
Fancy starting a new hobby? The weekly craft sessions at Victoria Square, off Oldham Road in Ancoats, could be just the job!

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Fighting fit! (January 2008)
Aged between eight and 19 years old? Want to get fit and healthy? We've got just the thing for you!

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