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What We Love Today…

December 10, 2015

…the perfect festive combination of chocolate & “sprouts”. Available from Cocoa-Cabana, West Didsbury’s fabulous chocolatier…

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If chocolatey-sprouts (or sprouty-chocolates) don’t do it for you, how about a tin or two of Cocoa Cabana’s own hot chocolate from the recently launched range in a choice of the following flavours – Special, Classic, Aztec, White Berry or Mayan?

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What We Love Today…

December 9, 2015

We love our willow star, handmade by the very talented Juliette Hamilton, who runs willow weaving workshops and is often a presence at many of our local South Manchester arts & crafts markets.

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In fact, we loved our star so much, we made a slightly larger purchase last Christmas. He’ll be appearing on a future blog, very soon…



Christmas Gifts For The Person With Everything…

December 9, 2015

You know how it is. There’s always one person who either has everything or who is notoriously difficult to buy for, and you spend ages trying to find *that* present, every Christmas/birthday.

Well, hopefully no longer, because down at Withington Baths, we may just have come up with the perfect present!

From just £25.00, you can make a donation and name one of the original Edwardian tiles in the entrance way. (Don’t worry, we’re not etching the tiles – names are printed onto transparent tiles and placed over the originals). The tiles measure 15cm x 7.5cm so space is limited, but people have so far opted for first & surnames, family names, children’s names, in memoriam messages – and some donors have opted to remain anonymous. Perfect if the recipient of your present doesn’t want to go public 🙂

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Donations can be made at Reception, where your details and tile information will be taken. Alternatively, you can donate online via our website – as soon as we receive notification that you have donated, we will contact you for information regarding your tile.

Alternatively, you could go for some of our new Withington Baths merchandise, available now from Reception. (Mugs are in stock, water bottles/swimbags are made to order, but with a very quick turnaround). We will also have LWB gift vouchers available from Reception, from 12/12/15.

So there you have it – Christmas sorted at Love Withington Baths…



The Manchester Cookbook

December 8, 2015

The recently launched Manchester Cookbook is packed full with recipes for you try at home, from some of Manchester’s finest eateries.

We were most excited to receive a copy through the post – there really is nothing better than an old fashioned postal delivery – to find recipes from Didsbury favourites including The Rose Garden, The Metropolitan, And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon, Bisous Bisous and newcomer, The George Charles. As lovely as the book is, anyone who knows me, will know that I am much more likely to leave the cooking to the experts, but many of out there will like to experiment, so how about entering our competition to win yourself a copy?

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LightsFest 15…

December 8, 2015

…the switch on that nearly wasn’t.

Gale force winds meant the cancellation of the annual switch of the West Didsbury lights around the Christmas Tree on Burton Road, on Saturday 5th December. BUT, the council still turned out to flick the switch so that West Didsbury was lit up and the Stretford Brass Band relocated to The Metropolitan.

Our independent businesses lit up their stars, which had been donated by The Metropolitan, from their recent Community Award, showing a real sense of community festive spirit.

On Saturday evening, which was very blustery, I did try to get all windows photographed but some weren’t possible on the evening – some restaurants had people dining in window seats, interiors were in darkness etc, so will keep adding festive images as I can get them. Apologies if any businesses are not included on montages below – am sure they will totally understand & not bat an eyelid. But just in case anyone does feel left out, will be rectified as soon as I can.

Happy Christmas!






A Spring Fayre for Didsbury…

May 24, 2015

The Makers’ Market is now a firm favourite on the West Didsbury calendar – last Sunday of the month, 11am-4pm on the grounds of Withington Hospital. It’s becoming more & popular and perfectly complements our fab independents, introducing visitors to what we are lucky enough to have on our doorsteps. But Didsbury Village has missed out, since the demise of the council run market some years ago.

However, that changed today (Sun 24th May), when the Spring Fayre, organised by the Makers’ Market and supported by a number of Didsbury businesses, rolled into town. The weather was mixed, but that didn’t stop people visiting. And, with some familiar faces, together with new stalls, music & food offerings a-plenty, we definitely think a good day was had by all.

West Didsbury Market – next one is Sunday 31st May, and here’s our regular monthly competition to win £50 worth of vouchers.

Love Withington Baths…

May 23, 2015

You can’t have missed us banging on about the group we’re involved with, Love Withington Baths. Our community group will be taking over the running & development of the facility, once GLL (the current operators), take over at Hough End. We are at a very critical stage in the long take-over process, as we finalise the legal documentation, staffing, classes, repairs & maintenance schedules etc, but most importantly, make sure we have members to help us to realise our dream/vision of a community focused health & fitness/heritage centre.

If you would like to be a member, and be a part of a very exciting future, please register your interest here. We will be contacting all members asap re classes, prices & packages. If you are a current member, and you register before 31st May 2015, we guarantee to price match your current package.