Blackley School Praised by Ofsted

Following two previous inspections deeming the school as inadequate, the leadership teams at Our Lady’s High School in Higher Blackey have completely transformed the failing to school to become a school that is rated “Good” in all areas. The latest Ofsted report has praised the efforts of the staff to turn the school around.

Headteacher Lee Ormsby took over at the helm of the school in 2015 and has been working relentlessly with senioe leadership, staff, parents and pupils with a mission to develop all students to their full potential.

Many of our tenants have children who attend this school, and like us they are proud of the huge feat achieved by the team at Our Lady’s RC High. With Blackley becoming an ever more popular choice with renters, especially those with young families, this result by Ofsted has cemented Blackley as an up and coming area for property investment and this school one to watch for the future.

Well done to Our Lady’s RC High


Manchester Dogs Home Opens Today

Manchester Dogs Home Opens today in Harpurhey


Following a devastating fire almost 18 months ago, Manchester Dogs Home  will be opening its doors to the public once again today. The first part of the home will open today, after  MEN readers donated £1.4million within a matter of days to help rebuild the home. Over the coming 12 months, more blocks of the Harpurhey facility will re-open and at Brentwood Lettings we are very proud of the home and of the Manchester community for making this happen.


The new facility has given Manchester Dogs home the ability to improve on the old offering with each kennel having modern glass windows and doors, and the adoption centre having its own grooming room. We at Brentwood lettings, will be looking forward to taking a trip to Harpurhey to visit the newly opened Manchester Dogs Home and hopefully one of us will find a new forever friend to take home with us.

Thanks for All The Fish!

Openshaw houses UK’s Biggest Inland Fish Market

What comes to mind when thinking about Openshaw? Factories? Colliery? Handy for Trams? How about… Fish?

openshaw fish market

Just before Christmas a brand new Fish Market now operated out of New Smithfield Market supplting both the public and Manchester’s top restaurants.

Smith Sagar is the biggest inland fresh fish market in the UK, supplying products to Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Wales.

Some of the fish on sale includes Scottish cod, sea bass from Turkey, Greece and Spain, shellfish, turbot from Norway as well as frozen fish.

There are also lobster tanks and a range of exotic fish from Mediterranean countries, Asian and Africa.

The market is mainly used by restaurants, fish mongers and chip shops, but members of the public can also pay a visit.


“Some of our customers in Manchester include Iberica , Neighbourhood, Hawksmoor , Bridgewater Hall, and the Manchester Arena.” boasts the owner.

The market also supplies fish to restaurants in Manchester’s Chinatown plus Michelin-starred restaurant Northcote in Blackburn.


Smith Sagar is open from 2.30am to 9am to both wholesale customers and members of the public. Whats great about Openshaw is that its SO accessible from everywhere else in the city and has many little hidden gems like these.


Half Term fun in Failsworth

Stuck for Something to do in Failsworth this Half Term?


ST John’s Church’s table top sale takes place on Saturday from 10am-noon.

Tables cost £5 and refreshments will be available. Call 07974 831467 to book a table.

ENJOY a sing along at Beulah Church this Saturday in memory of Brenda George, a much-loved member of the fellowship. The “Bring the Sunshine” event, from 2.30pm at the Withins Road Church, is in support of the Stroke Association. There will also be a bring and buy stall. Entry is by donation. For more information call Betty Meredith on 0161 624 7660.

OLDHAM Coliseum’s Young Rep Theatre will be acting out “The Tale of Percy Verance at Limehurst Library this Thursday from 2.30pm. Join Percy and his friends as they tackle telling the time, tying their laces, learning a language and solving problems.

*THE production will be re-enacted at Failsworth Library on the following day at the same time.

THERE will be lots of fun and games at the kids club session from 6.15-7.15pm at Limeside Methodist Church next Monday (22).

CLASSIC fairytales will be read at the next session of the Failsworth Baby Book Club. The group meets at Failsworth Children’s Centre from 2pm at Failsworth Children’s Centre in Props Hall Drive.

UNLEASH your creative side at an arts and crafts session taking place from 1-3pm at The Avenues and Hollins Community Hall in First Avenue. There will also be a free lunch.

The Bee’s of Manchester

Not to be confused with our Chorlton friends the Bee Gees, we have been lucky this month to get to know some of our local real life bees.

Town-Hall-Bee-1-472x264As many of you will know, the bee is a symbol of Manchester. Back in the 19th century, Manchester was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution, and the city quickly became a hive of activity, populated by hard-working citizens working away in mills and factories to produce the goods which created the city’s wealth. Some mill owners took the metaphor to its logical conclusion, adding appropriately-named “beehive mills” to the skyline. Whilst the machinery which powers them has long since fallen silent, there is still a Beehive Mill in Ancoats, where Manchester’s industrial age started (built in 1824, the mill has been reinvented as, among other things, a rehearsal spaces for bands).

1b5894323ebf9842ca82ef4a201faff8Manchester’s coat of arms, swarming with bees, adorns many buildings. Unsurprisingly, it most often appears on those built during the industrial age, an architectural period ripe with ostentatious decoration. Manchester’s grandest monument to civic pride, Alfred Waterhouse’s magnificent neo-Gothic Manchester Town Hall, which was completed in 1877, is abuzz with bees, most notably larger-than-life versions laid into the intricate floor mosaics. Often, though, a bee appears alone. When The Gardens in St Ann’s Square (originally built for an insurance company in 1959; now housing a Links of London store) was reclad in 1986, single oversize bees mounted on medallions were added to exterior, looking down on busy shoppers to playful effect.



But What About Actual Bees?

The Baytrees Bee Project, located at the Cypress Street allotments, aims to create a green paradise in an inner-city area of north Manchester. Based in Harpurhey, six volunteers work on the project full time, but the whole community take part in the project and help produce jars of honey created entirely in Harpurhey.

The project aims to challenge the way Harpurhey is portrayed in the media as a deprived area, such as in the TV documentary People Like Us.

From Spring time until early October visitors can spend a day learning to be a bee keeper, with school trips organised to teach youngsters about urban bee keepers.

JS73443945Surrounding neighbours have also been planting particular flowers and plants to help create a habitat for the bees to produce pollen.

Volunteers record updates and make short films for a YouTube channel helping people keep up to date with the latest news from the bees.

Anybody who visits the project can purchase jars of honey created by the bees and entirely in Harpurhey.

Volunteer Richard Searle said 20,000 miles of travel between Harpurhey, Moston and Crumpsall goes into making the honey.

He said: “It is a quirky thing for Harpurhey and bee keeping has got a long and rich history in this country.

“I think we should be thinking about training our next generation of bee keepers.

“It is engaging the community, people end up talking to each other about it. It is one of those things that help people see the world differently.”

Camberwell Park School Completion Date Set

We have been excitedly watching the developments at the new site for Camberwell Park Specialist Support School, from our offices on Moston Lane.

Headteacher Mary Isherwood said pupils and staff were relishing the prospect of moving to their new home. She said: “Our whole school community is delighted to be having a new school building in Moston. Being in Moston will give our children lots of new opportunities including close links with the local schools and other community groups.The new school building and its grounds will also provide us with enhanced and new facilities to ensure we can continue to give our children the outstanding education they deserve.”

With completion due on the 18th December, the school anticipates to begin moving pupils in from January 2016. The schools twitter feed is posting regular updates on the latest developments at the site and their plans for relocation. Here are the latest photos courtesy of the Headteacher via twitter.

CR8I5OGWsAAiPIIAccording to the latest report from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), buyers will pay an average 8% premium on a home that is located within the catchment area of a so-called ‘good school’. The excellent brand new facilities at Camberwell Park School, along with its outstanding reputation make Camberwell Park School one of the most sought after provisions for SEN pupils.

Moston is increasingly becoming a more sought after area for both buyers and renters, and the addition of this school to the area will be a big boost in terms of the facilities Moston can offer to families.

All the staff at Brentwood Lettings would like to wish everyone at Camberwell Park School all the best with their move and we would like to welcome them to Moston as part of our lovely community.

We wish everyone the best of success and will always be available should anyone at the school need any assistance with any aspect of housing.


Romney Street, Moston, M40

£ 575 per Month

Cicero Street, Moston, M9

£ 650 per Month

Ashley Lane, Moston, M9

£ 650 per Month

Stovell Road, Moston, M40

£ 450 per Month
£ 600 per Month

Moston Lane, Moston, M40

£ 700 per Month

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