Home Is In The North Reviewed

The cream of northern independent interiors come to Ancoats


Over 500 style conscious home lovers popped down to the beautiful Hallé St Peter’s in Ancoats last Saturday for the inaugural Home Is In The North event.

The event promised to bring together the best independent interiors talent in the north, and it certainly delivered.


Home Is In The North


There was a fantastic mix of upholstery, lighting, ceramics, textiles, illustrations, gardening, woodwork, paper craft, embroidery, mosaics and lots more.

All were unique and none can be found on the high street. Organiser Rachael Adams from The Social Butterfly put together an edgy and talented group of designer / makers who really are at the top of their game.


Home is in the north


Lomas & Lomas


Ink Inc


Blooming Balconies


In addition to plenty of shopping opportunities, there were a succession of well attended workshops and interactive demonstrations taking place throughout the day.

Sian Astley from Moregeous Design Studio discovered the wonders of Annie Sloan chalk paint, interior design blogger Kimberly Hughes (Swoon Worthy) led a ‘create your own art’ workshop, while Hannah Wells, the Chorlton Sewing Bee from My Craftea Day ran ‘create your own cushion cover’ workshops.


Home is in the north


Home is in the north


Home is in the North


The buzz and the feedback from visitors was amazing – I should know, I was rushed off my feet helping to man the reception desk. As people emerged with bags and clutching their new purchases, they enquired about the next Home Is In The North event, which I believe is planned for Hallé St Peter’s in Ancoats for Saturday 15th November 2014. Pop the date in your diary – perfect timing for a spot of Christmas shopping!


Grey Moose Designs


If you love looking at lovely interiors and homeware products, have a nosy through the slide show below – there are quite a few photos so get yourself a cuppa and a Hob Nob, settle in and enjoy.




Exhibitor list



For more information about Home Is In The North:

Website: eventsbythesocialbutterfly.com/home-north

Facebook: facebook.com/HomeIsEvent

Twitter: @HomeIsEvent


Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)


Photographs: Garry Lomas Photography








Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust

Katy’s story and fundraising fashion event


We’ve got Katy joining us on the blog today, with her story of cervical cancer, how she used exercise to help her recovery and a special friendship which has been the catalyst for a fantastic fundraising event.


Over to you Katy ……

I was 12 weeks post hysterectomy when, at the start of the year, I had my first personal training session.


Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust


Last August I was diagnosed with stage 1b1 cervical cancer.

After an MRI scan and meeting with the doctors, they offered me an operation to remove my cervix but leave my womb. It means you can still conceive but cannot naturally give birth – I was so relieved and positive. They also needed to remove all my pelvic lymph nodes to check if the cancer had spread.

Two weeks after my operation, I received my results.

All my lymph nodes were clear but the operation had been unsuccessful and there was a possibility that there were cancer cells remaining. I was devastated.

The next step for me was a radical hysterectomy. My final results were clear and I am now cancer free.

After 10 weeks off work and 4 months with no exercise I decided I needed to get back into the swing of things but I had no idea what I could do or how I should be doing it.


Katy & Esther


I chose Esther from Transform after reading on her website that she specialised in post natal exercise, which I thought was probably a similar situation to the one I was in. It hasn’t been easy but I quickly learnt my limits and Esther pushed just enough to get the results and progress I wanted.

One day before my session, Esther told me she was going to organise a fashion show and that she wanted to donate all the money raised to Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, I was truly touched.


Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust


Jo’s Trust are the only UK charity dedicated to supporting women, their friends and family affected by cervical abnormalities and cervical cancer.

I relied a lot on Jo’s Trust throughout my diagnosis and treatment, they have a website full of information including an online forum where you can ask questions and share experiences with other members.

I’ve also joined a local Jo’s Trust support group where I can meet up with other ladies in a similar position for a cup of coffee and a chat. We meet at The Alexandra Hospital every month. Jo’s Trust are constantly working towards a future where cervical cancer is a thing of the past which means a lot to everyone affected by this awful disease.


The Fashion Show


The fashion show in aid of Jo’s Trust will take place at 7pm on Thursday 15th May at The Moor Suite, Heaton Moor. We will be holding a raffle with some amazing prizes and there will be goody bags for everyone attending.

We’ve some gorgeous clothes from Eternal Envy and Modiste, all of which will be modelled by Transform Personal Training clients. We are aiming to sell 200 tickets and have no costs associated with the event so every penny made will go directly to the charity.


Jo's Trust Fashion Event.

For tickets to the fashion show please contact Katy – 07812 119 642 or Esther – 07703 569 645. Tickets also available from Ryan Jake in Bramhall.

For more information on Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust see: www.jostrust.org.uk


Katy x


Photographs: Katy Rawlinson





Manchester Fashion Week Review

Emerging talent and established brands put Manchester on the fashion map


#MCRFW once again graced the catwalk with a plethora of exciting fashion brands. We sent personal stylist and fashion expert Susan Baxter (Susan Styles You) to sit on the front row (days 1 and 2) and report back on the fabulous style coming from our Cottonopolis.


Over to you Susan ……

I was delighted to be invited by 4Manchester Women to be their roving reporter for Manchester Fashion Week 2014 #MCRFW.The venue was the beautiful Hallé St Peter’s building in Ancoats which, I’m ashamed to say, I had never heard of before. Such a picturesque building and a stunning backdrop for the show.

Manchester Fashion Week


Day 1, Good Friday turned into Great Friday with emerging designers, while Day 2 featured independent brands and online stores. The atmosphere really was electric surrounded by fellow bloggers and press.

Local presenter JSky made an excellent job of presenting and even gave us a few songs on Day 2. What a smooth operator.

So, what of the fashion?


My favourites on Day 1 (emerging designers)


Sophie Ho showed us futuristic, knitted pieces that were a real work of art – very sculptural. She takes inspiration from her own photographs of dissected plants.


sophie ho


Nina Burton showed us some beautiful orange and green prints that were very ‘peasanty’.


Nina Burton


I loved Leah Jones use of colour and mixtures of texture, incorporating lots of shiny discs.


Leah Jones


Emily Shaw was the most outlandish and made us all smile with her oversized knitwear and giant bobble headed balaclava.


Emily Shaw


I loved Lucy Cowan‘s cute and playful collection.

I thought the stuffed pigeon being used as a handbag stole the show and really reminded us we were in Manchester (sadly I don’t have a photo to share of the pigeon).


Lucy Cowan



My favourites on Day 2 (indi bands & online stores)


So on to day 2 – the place was rammed to the rafters and even more electric than the night before, if that is at all possible.

I arrived a little early to get my seat on the front row for a show which was a  fun blend of high street mixed with indie, vintage, showgirl and even fetish on the catwalk!


My faves here were:

Sofia Dourvari’s collection of evening wear was just stunning.


Sophia Dourvari


Florina brought us back to nature with their beautiful clothes made of moss and plants.




The vintage collection from Gin & Tonic (my fave tipple) was made up of eclectic, retro pieces with some gorgeous 1920s outfits – they are an online store based in the Northern Quarter.


Gin & Tonic Vintage @ #MCRFW 14 Photographer credit Charles Davis @ Professional Photographer


Part 1 ended with some show stopping show girl outfits from Central St Martins graduate, Clare Baxter (no relation unfortunately) – very Kylie-esque. Beautiful embellished costumes, feathers, ridiculously killer heels – fabulous darling!


clare baxter


Part 2 opened with Eustratia in latex! Wowsers – don’t think strict dominatrix – this was pretty, feminine, girly and gorgeous!




Lily Lulu was young fresh and fashionable – a great independent retailer based in Manchester.

Another favourite was Aftershock – very elegant and decadent!

We finished with a flourish with Cheshire based SVE and some truly amazing monochromatic couture evening dresses.




Phew! So that’s my round up of #mcrfw 2014. The models were amazing, how they managed to get changed so quickly is a mystery!

It was an outstanding event – thanks to the sponsors 5fashion.co.uk – and thanks to 4Manchester Women for a fantastic opportunity.

Highlights of Day 1 (#MCRFW website).

Highlights of Day 2 (#MCRFW website)

Highlights of Day 3 (#MCRFW website)

Finalé (#MCRFW website)


Susan x


Photographs: Manchester Fashion Week, Charles Davis at Professional Photography, Susan Baxter



Altrincham Market

We visited this thriving local market


There’s been a lot of buzz about the re-energized Altrincham Market, so we sent Alice from Alice’s Vintage Pantry along with her family to give it the once over.


Over to you Alice ……

Alice's Vintage Pantry


Shopping isn’t normally an activity I would choose to do on a Sunday afternoon – especially not with a bunch of little ones tagging along.

But Altrincham Market has a fantastic reputation for catering for all ages and having not been for a while I decided to give it a go.


The market on the 3rd Sunday of the month is ‘Vintage Fashion and Vintage Furniture’- so right up my street.

Hoping to feed and entertain the kids, and pick up a few bits and pieces for my vintage china collection off I went.

And disappointed I was not.


Vintage crockery


A recent revamp and refurbishment, has completely transformed the market and what it has on offer for families. It’s now as much a venue as a place to shop.

Home to all the regular traders, and lots more independent talented stall holders too. It offers food, drink, shopping, live music and kids entertainment.


Bakery products


The traders offer unique products you can’t pick up at a supermarket chain, the atmosphere is much more than a shopping centre could offer.

Big result for Altrincham and all the surrounding communities.



Altrincham Market


Our own family visit started off with food for the kids – all went for Cumberland Sausage Sarnies from Savin Hill Farm and Butchery - very tasty good quality meat. They were a big success with our little ones. And they were big enough sausages that I could sneak in a bit of shopping whilst they sat and munched their way through them.

There were plenty of tables and benches around for them to sit on too, very important when you have little ones with hot food.

I went for sourdough wood fired pizza from Honest Crust Pizza, something I had heard lots about and was particularly excited about trying.

Just yummy!


Honest Crust Pizza


There were lots more food options on offer, from pies to paella, breads, meats etc. We bought delicious sausage rolls to take home from Pudding and Pie Café, and could have bought much more.

Food done we sat and listened to live music whilst drinking a cheeky Sunday afternoon beer (where else can we do that with little kids?!).

An Easter Egg Hunt (free to enter) kept the kids entertained a good while longer and resulted in our 5-year old winning herself an ice-cream from Gingers Comfort Emporium – one happy little lady.

Now a good hour and a half in to our trip (much longer than shopping with kids has ever lasted before) we found the craft corner where for a tiny price the little ones sat and created these gorgeous sock dogs.


Altrincham Market


Sock Dog



We finished our beers, took it in turns to wander the stalls and listen to the music.

Live music, great food, shopping and atmosphere. Suitable for families, foodies, lovers of independents and those who just want to do something a bit different on a Sunday afternoon.




Top marks from me!


1st Sunday of the Month
Home House and Garden Market – furnishing for home, furniture, plants, bulbs and flowers

2nd Sunday of the Month
Farmers, Producers and Makers Market – fresh and prepared food from the best of the north west regional farmers and producers

3rd Sunday of the Month
Vintage Fashion and Vintage Furniture Market – vintage, upcycled, recycled, reclaimed, re-covered, re-made, re-modelled

4th Sunday of the Month
Craft and Hand Made Market  - jewellery, craft, handmade objects to wear and for your home, cards, gifts, prints and art



Alice x


Photographs: Alice Bodley



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Manchester After Hours

Northern Quarter After Dark


Manchester After Hours (15th May 2014) is our city’s take on the annual Museums at Night celebrations. It’s a one night nocturnal festival of culture and creativity which will showcase the best of our creative city in unique and unexpected ways. You can read the full event programme here.


Manchester After Hours


Northern Quarter After Dark is part of the Manchester After Hours Festival.

“On this night the areas arts venues and galleries, shops and restaurants, pubs and bars will be mixing it up in one big cultural mash-up.

“Pick your way around the evocative streets taking in the outdoor art, unusual sights and sounds as you go, to venues like Manchester Craft and Design Centre, Matt & Phreds, The Bay Horse, Common, Twenty Twenty Two, Madlab and The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art for an exciting programme of late night events.” – Creative Tourist


Northern Quarter After-Dark – Events


Below is a list of some of the upcoming events for NQ After Dark, however more events are being announced all the time. So keep your eyes peeled on the sites below and make sure you SAVE THE DATE! *

*Please note this information is for the Northern Quarter activity only*

Twitter: @nqafterdark

Facebook: facebook.com/NQAfterdark

Website: nqafterdark.com


Photographic Grids @ Northern Quarter/Red Eye

Redeye is working with photographer Dave Allen to construct a photographic grid of the Northern Quarter. Map grid references will be laid over the Northern Quarter and on the night of Northern Quarter After Dark, members of the public will be invited to photograph the locations at these grid references.

The images will be submitted to Redeye on the night to be projected outdoors, in a public location of the Northern Quarter.

Times: 6pm-11pm

FREE Entry

For more information please visit:  redeye.org.uk


ONST:IG @ Hyper Island

Hyper Island, school in Digital Media, invites you to an open art night where we experiment with interactive and digital art. The participant artists will collaborate with Hyper Island Digital Media students on a theme, aiming at solve a problem related to Manchester, linking the physical world and the digital world together.

Time: 6-9pm

For more information visit: hyperisland.com


The Voice Currency – Make your Mark with Tash Willcocks

Watch the talented Tash Willcocks in a live demo of her interactive wall installation in the current exhibition called The Voice Currency at CFCCA.

Start time: 6pm

For more information visit:cfcca.org.uk


Constant Sleepless Night @ The Penthouse

The Penthouse is the place to get your heads and hands dirty with ideas and new beginnings which fly from our rooftops directly into the city around us and beyond.

Constant Sleepless Night is an evening exhibition and live soundtrack by artists Rosanne Robertson and Debbie Sharp.

Start time: 7pm

Admission - Suggested Donation £3

For more information visit: thepenthousenq.com


Tactile Illusions Vs Sonic Delusions @ MCDC

Ever wondered what happens when MCDC’s doors close to the public each day? Photographer Tristan Poyser spied on our exhibition ‘Tactile Illusions’ one evening, capturing exclusive animation footage of Elizabeth Jane Winstanley’s work at play.

This animation will be showcased exclusively for MCDC’s After Hours event.

MCDC will also be celebrating with an evening of experimental audiovisual performance with North West collective 0point3recurring, Tactile Illusions Vs Sonic Delusions; will explore the relationships between both physical objects and the spaces in which they inhabit.

Throughout the night they will turn the former Victorian fish market building into an innovative performance space, using the exhibitions sculptural items and artists descriptions to creating a unique live immersive composition.

Performance time: 8pm – 10pm

FREE Event

For more information visit: craftanddesign.com


Live Printing @ Fred Aldous

Fred Aldous will be holding an evening of live printing using our analogue Photobooths and Risograph printer. Enlarge, distort and experiment with your photobooth portrait and join our wall of Fred Aldous mug shots. From photobooth to risograph print in under 10 minutes!

Time: 6-8.30pm

FREE Event

For more information visit: fredaldous.co.uk


Matt Pyke @ The Football Museum

As part of this year’s Museums At Night, the National Football Museum will host media artist Matt Pyke for one evening only, whose digital agency Universal Everything are creating a giant sculptural projection that will react to the voices and sounds made by our visitors.

Visitors will be invited to speak, shout, sing or whisper into a microphone and the video sculpture will transform, recolour and react – the stronger the chant the bigger the reward. Groups of football fans are welcome to come along and see how their favourite terrace chants translate into visual art.

Time: 6-11pm

FREE Event

For more information: nationalfootballmuseum.com


Live Street Art & Live Brass Band @ Terrace

Manchester’s finest street artists will be battling it out, all accompanied by a hip-hop style brass band, from the RNCM, with Manchester’s infamous Bedos m.c-ing.

Time: Exhibition open all day / Live art & music to commence from 6/7pm

FREE Event

For more information please visit: facebook.com/TERRACENQ


Comme Ca Art @ Matt & Phreds

CCA will be showcasing works by some of the artists they currently represent. This includes, painting, photography, sculpture and print making. Some of the artists will be present during the evening to talk about their work and the practice of being an artist. Artworks will be available to purchase.

Time: 6pm-9pm

FREE Event

For more information visit: commecaart.com


Manchester Spins @ The Bay Horse

The Bay Horse is a quirky local pub with an emphasis on music and art. We hold exhibitions regularly giving local artists the opportunity to showcase their work.

For Museums at Night there are two very exciting exhibitions; Manchester Spins featuring vinyl sleeve design by legendary graphic designer Trevor Johnson; and our veryown stylist Nicky Rybka Goldsmith with his photographic portfolio on show for the first time!

Prints are available to purchase at both exhibitions, with £5 from every sale going to our chosen charity Forever Manchester.

Times: 12-11pm

FREE Event

For more information visit: thebayhorsepub.co.uk


Stop Making Sense @ Common

Composition: A new installation exploring the relationship between sound and image by Aliyah Hussain and John Powell-Jones.

Yes Blythe uses cassette tapes and guitar pedals to create dark soundscapes; cavernous drones with underlying melodies.

Time: 9-11pm

FREE Event

For more information visit: aplacecalledcommon.co.uk


No Good Beatniks Live at Matt & Phreds @ Matt & Phreds

No Good Beatniks are a collective of like minded musicians who operate as a Jam Band with the focus on Dirty Grooves and Distorted Jazz. They play broken beats with a dance floor vintage/analogue equipment and classic instruments.

Time: Happy Hour 6-8pm / Gig starts 9-12pm

FREE Event

For more information visit: mattandphreds.com


Piercing Brightness screening @ Passion Academy

Passion studios will be presenting a screening of Piercing Brightness starring Sam Edwards. Piercing Brightness is a science fiction feature film directed by internationally acclaimed artist Shezad Dawood.

The film utilises science fiction to address issues of time, memory and belonging.

Time: 7pm

Free Event.For complimentary tickets email:sophie@passionstudios.co.uk

For more information please visit: passionacademy.co.uk 


Unit X Federation House

Manchester School of Art’s students have worked in partnership with staff and partner organisations to create a range of creative and exciting art installations, exhibitions, films, designs and projections in new and unusual locations.

Unit ‘X’ is an innovative way of teaching, bringing students from different disciplines together to work with museums, galleries, companies, public sector, communities and creative professionals.

Time: 6-9pm

For more information visit: art.mmu.ac.uk


Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)




Manchester Fashion Week

#MRCFW update


Manchester Fashion Week (18th – 21st April 2014, Hallé St Peter’s) is less than a week away. And as you can imagine, excitement is mounting.

Women’s online fashion brand 5Fashion have just confirmed their partnership with the event, the programme has been announced and press passes allocated (we’ve got ours).





Day One – Emerging Talents – 18th April


A day of the regions most notable New Designers


Sophie Ho Knitwear


  • Caiti Betterton
  • Sophie Ho
  • Annie Oaks
  • Lucy Cowan
  • Adam Jones
  • Catherine Hudson
  • Helen Colville
  • Abigail Wright
  • Nina Burton



Day Two – We Are Manchester – 19th April

The first day 15+ designers celebrating Manchester’s talent and fashion economy.


Sophia Dourvari



Day Three – We Are Manchester – 20th April

The second day of 15+ Designers celebrating Manchester’s talent and fashion economy.


AKA Clothing.


The day four finalé is still under wraps – but if you want more information or to book tickets then visit mcrfashionweek.com



Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)


Photographs: Textile 21 – Sophie Ho, Sophia Dourvari, AKA Clothing





From Street to Trench Exhibition

A war that shaped a region – first major exhibition at IWM North to commemorate the WWI centenary


100 years on from the start of the ‘war to end all wars’, The Imperial War Museum North has opened it’s doors to a touching new exhibition – From Street to Trench: A War That Shaped A Region.


From Street to Trench


What IWM North does so well in this exhibition is to take it back to people – local people and local stories. As you walk through a mock-up of terraced houses you start to engage with the individuals caught up in exceptional circumstances.

Artifacts from Siegfried Sassoon and future prime minister Clement Attlee sit alongside family keepsakes from ordinary lads from Haywood, Salford, Boothstown and Urmston.

Enter the exhibition and you’ll see a huge grainy photograph of Stockport Market – not too different from today, other than the big hats and Sunday best of a generation long consigned to history. Walk further and find a letter written by children pleading with the army not to take their pony away to war.


Don’t take alcoholic drinks on Mondays



WWI Posters


Patriotic posters line your way as you walk.

Stop at one of the many media points and listen to the recorded memories of old soldiers as they remember how ordinary people dealt with extraordinary and horrendous situations. They didn’t see themselves as heroes. They were just doing their best to survive – to serve their county and not to let down their pals.


The Northern Pals


In 1916 on the run up to the Battle of the Somme, numbers for the front line needed boosting. Here’s where the First World War really got it’s teeth into our region. Young men were encouraged to sign up to fight with their pals. Whole streets signed up together, primarily from the industrial north. Lads who’d worked together in factories, even whole football teams and their supporters signed up.

It was disastrous. They were cut to bits by the German guns and many of our northern towns lost a generation.



Lancashire Fusiliers in a flooded communication trench, showing wire. Opposite Messines, near Ploegsteert Wood. January 1917.



Personal stories


From Street to Trench acknowledges that everyone was affected. Whether you were a soldier in the trenches, a nurse caring for the injured, a young girl working in a munitions factory or a grieving mother receiving the dreaded telegram. A whole nation had their lives turned upside down.


Female workers tow a trolley of raw rubber from a warehouse at the factory of Charles Macintosh and Sons Ltd in Manchester in September 1918.


Take your time and read the stories and ponder artifacts donated by the families – a whistle, a pair of boots, a medal, a photograph.

Wilfred Walton from Urmston who was in the 2nd Salford Pals, injured near Thiepval on the first day of the Somme in 1916.

Victor Brooks from Gorton who emigrated to Canada, but came back to to Europe as part of the Canadian Cavalry Field Ambulance. He died rescuing injured men from a gas filled shell hole, for which he was awarded the Albert Medal and the George Cross.


After the war


The exhibition leaves you wondering how on earth people managed to return to normal lives post war. With no psychological support it must have been so hard.

This journey through war in it’s entirety completes with the war memorials that can be found in communities right across the country. It’s a beautiful and positive way to complete the exhibition.


We will remember them


One turn of the exhibition won’t be enough. I can guarantee that you’ll revisit and see different things and be drawn into different stories each time.

And as I took my time exploring I thought about my own personal connection with WWI. Of my Grandad who tried to join the Bradford Pals when he was only 14 years old, but was sent away to grow! Of a great aunt who lost her sweetheart in Flanders and never married. Of Mr Shepherd, Mr Robshaw and all the old people I remember from my childhood who we knew had fought in the First World War, but who never spoke about it.


A working party of the Manchester Regiment moving up to the trenches near Serre in France, January 1917.


From Street to Trench: A War That Shaped A Region is a fantastic way to remember them.

For more information visit iwm.org.uk/fromstreettotrenchaworldwarthatshapedaregion

To view the BBC report of the exhibition visit bbc.co.uk


Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)



Photographs: Don’t Take Alcoholic Drinks on Mondays poster Wikipedia Commons, To Dress Extravagantly poster Wikipedia Commons IWM photographic collection



Cake & Bake Show 2014

Release your inner cake-a-holic with our 5 must see highlights


Manchester Central has once again become Cake Central. We sent Verity from Ivy Bell Baking Kits along to check it out on our behalf. She left no bag of icing sugar unturned in her quest, meeting John Whaite, the winner of series three of the Great British Bake Off in the process.


Over to you Verity …..

The Cake and Bake show is on this weekend at Manchester Central with everything you need to make, bake and decorate the perfect cake. I am slightly biased as I confess I am a pastry chef myself, a certified bakeaholic.

I was invited by Neff, one of the event sponsors, who also have a stand running the hugely popular online bake it yourself campaign.


John Whaite Cake & Bake


We were lucky enough to get a private baking demo from John Whaite (GBB Winner 2012).

Actually, half way through Rosemary Schrader bellowed over “hello dear boy”, how very posh!

Afterwards John told me his favourite bake at the moment is scones, and that when he’s back in Manchester, The Northern Quarter is his place of choice and loves Teacup Kitchen.

Even on a day off he still likes to spend time in the kitchen!


There are so many wonderful things to do and see I thought I would give you my 5 must see highlights:


1. The Celebrity Chefs


There are lots of talks and demos every day, you really can’t have a dull moment. From Burlesque Baking to watching the rather handsome Simon Rimmer to the master of patisserie himself Eric Lanlard.

If it’s advanced sough dough, deeply filled pies or even just  making a cake rise, this is great for all bakers whatever your skill level.


2. Experts in cake decorating


Where to start? All the big companies like Dr Ortker and Culpitt are there, but my favourite was a company called Cake Lace – which uses a very clever and easy product to produce the most intricate lace detail.


Cake Lace


Honestly the effect was amazing. It’s a must for any cake decorating brides to be, and the fact you can paint it sparkly gold is even better!


3. The Food Producers


From delicious brownies to award winning sticky toffee puddings, make sure you skip breakfast. There is so much lovely food to try and buy you need to go on an empty stomach.

I particularly liked Tea Hive (Chorlton based tea shop). I spoke to the two owners Vicky and Michelle who had some amazing cakes for sale, including vegan and gluten free, plus their best seller the Salted Caramel cake – YUM!


Tea Hive


4. Tasters, special offers & competitions


For any money savvy shoppers, it is certainly a good place to find a bargain. From decorating equipment to bread making courses, there are loads of special offers that will tempt.

And while you’re tasting all the freebies (and if you take the kids this always keeps them happy!) enter some of the competitions. My favourite was to win a Bake and Slide Neff Oven – it’s the one used on The Great British Bake Off!


5. Welcome to the Jungle


I can’t finish without mentioning Cakebomb. Sixteen or so independent and very talented cake decorators have created this amazing display of edible art based on a Jungle theme.

I spoke to two of them, Tracy and Amanda, who told me it’s taken months of hard work, but the display is stunning. It is so worth a visit, I dare you not to OOOH and AHHH.


Cake Bomb




The Cake & Bake Show is on until Sunday the 6th April 2014 at Manchester Central. For more information visit thecakeandbakeshow.co.uk.


Verity x


Photographs: Verity Gaughan


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Home Is in the North

A new interiors event set to launch in vibrant Ancoats


Home is in the North


Home Is In The North, an exciting new interiors shopping event is launching for the very first time at Hallé St. Peters located in up and coming Ancoats, Manchester.

Saturday 26th April 2014, 11am – 4pm.

Built in 1859 at the peak of Ancoats industrial boom, Hallé St. Peters and its historic location will provide the idyllic backdrop to host an eclectic mix of 30 independent designer-makers from across the North who specialise in modernising traditional crafts.


Halle St Peter's Ancoats


The Exhibitors


From intricate wirework, surface pattern design, lustre glazed ceramics, bespoke upcycled lighting, fine art illustration and ideas etched in glass, many of the talented exhibitors are united and inspired by the industrial North.

Taking inspiration from key Manchester landmarks, is surface pattern designer Annabel Perrin who used the contemporary architecture of Salford Quays to create her ‘Imperial’ geometric pattern used in her cushions, footstools and fabrics.

Annabel Perin cushions


Continuing the ‘Industrial Chic’ trend is bespoke lighting designer, Richard Linford of Greymoose Designs with his upcycled lighting collection that experiments with camera tripods, sturdy steel basins modernised with colourful braided lighting cords.


Grey Moose Designs Industrial Style spot lamp


For a full exhibitor list click here.


Future Design Showcase


Home Is in the North, will also be launching ‘The Future Design Showcase’ in partnership with Manchester Craft and Design Centre, Northern Quarter concept store Fig & Sparrow and online market place What I Always Wanted.

The area has been created as a support network to give emerging artists and makers the unique opportunity to meet potential stockists in person and seek advice and guidance about building their brand.


Interactive Workshops


There is a full schedule of complimentary interactive workshops, demos and seminars taking place throughout the day. Highlights include a ‘Create Your Own Art’ workshop with interiors blogger, Kimberley Hughes of Swoonworthy, who will also be sharing her trend predictions for 2014 during a 30 minute seminar.


Home Is …… Where?


An event which brings together a collective of unusual and creative designer / makers requires an innovative approach to marketing. Therefore, to support and promote the launch of Home Is in the North, founder and creator Rachael Adams has commissioned a unique and conceptual collection of images entitled ‘Home Is… Where? ‘

Drawing on interior themes such as:

  • Waterside View
  • Industrial Living
  • Rustic Woodlands
  • Opulent Luxury
  • Suburban Independence

Five pop-up rooms were installed in five various locations within Manchester city centre and Chorlton, to explore the concept of modern home.

Whether you live in a semi-detached house in the suburbs or a converted church, hospital, mill, canal boat or even tree house, there are lots of exciting new trends that can transform even the most generic blank canvas.


Waterside View at Castlefield Basin


Home is - industrial

Photography – Stella Photography.

Interior Credits – Lisa Watson Quilts, Anthony Hughes, Greymoose Designs, Ink Inc, Manchester Mosaics, Natalie Laura Ellen Designs, Annabel Perrin Textiles, Northern Letters, Eclectic Chair, Claire Murray Designs.



Industrial Living at Greengate Square


Home Is in the North Greengate Square

Photography – Stella Photography.

Interior Credits –  Lisa Watson Quilts, Anthony Hughes, Greymoose Designs, Ink Inc, Manchester Mosaics, Natalie Laura Ellen Designs, Annabel Perrin Textiles, Sarah Evelyn Marsh, Eclectic Chair.



Opulent Luxury at Hallé St. Peters


Home Is in the North, Halle St Peter's

Photography – Stella Photography.

Interior Credits – Lisa Watson Quilts, Anthony Hughes, Greymoose Designs, Ink Inc, Manchester Mosaics, Natalie Laura Ellen Designs, Annabel Perrin Textiles, Sarah Evelyn Marsh, Eclectic Chair, Oh Bother Design, Charlotte Nash Textiles, Northern Letters, Claire Murray Designs.



Rustic Woodlands at Chorlton Ees


Home Is in the North, Chorlton Ees, Gary Lomas

Photography – Garry Lomas.

Interior Credits – Lomas & Lomas, Manchester Mosaics, Natalie Laura Ellen Designs, Eclectic Chair, Oh Bother Design, Charlotte Nash Textiles, Northern Letters.



Suburban Independence on Beech Road in Chorlton


Home Is in the North, Beech Road, Chorlton

Photography – Garry Lomas.

Interior Credits – Lomas & Lomas, Eclectic Chair, Northern Letters, Natalie Laura Ellen Designs.


Whether you are looking to spruce up your home this Spring, take part in a DIY tutorial or get invaluable advice from our event partners, Home Is in the North will be by far one of the better ways to enjoy your Saturday!




Buy your tickets


For £3.00 advance tickets visit Eventbrite and Skiddle. Excludes booking fee.

Advance ticket holders will receive a free copy of our Home Is zine.

Tickets on the door. Adults £4.00. Children Under 15 Free.

To see a full list of exhibitors and more information visit eventsbythesocialbutterfly.com

Facebook: facebook.com/HomeIsEvent

Twitter: @HomeIsEvent



Competition Time



To celebrate the launch of Home Is in the North, we’ve got a beautiful lampshade from Home Is in the North exhibitor Lomas&Lomas.

I love these lampshades – I have two!


Sparrow Grey & Blue Lamps


The lampshade is handmade with a Sparrow design, created from a photograph of the humble Sparrow and inspired by 1960s wallpaper patterns. As the lampshades are printed in the Lomas&Lomas studio it means clients can pick any colour-way they wish to suit their interior. Colour shown Blue/Grey.


All we want to know is which is your favourite pop-up room from the photoshoot?

Me – I love Suburban Independence on Beech Road in Chorlton!

Pop it in the comments box below – but only one comment per person please.

Good luck!


Alison x (your 4Manchester Women Editor)


Photographs: Garry Lomas, Stella Photography, Annabel Perrin, Greymoose Designs


By taking part in this competition you are agreeing to 4Manchester Womens Terms & Conditions for competitions and prize draws.


Competition closing date: 9pm Monday 14th April 2014.

The winner must be present to collect their prize from Home Is in the North, Hallé St. Peter’s, Ancoats, Manchester (between 11am – 4pm Saturday 26th April 2014).

The winner will be the first name selected at random from all respondents. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative. The Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Closing date is 9pm Monday 14th April 2014. The winners will be notified immediately. Only one entry per person. UK entries only. No automated entries. Supporting ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions and loquax. If you are a lucky winner, your contact details will be forwarded to the providers of the prize, strictly for the purpose of fulfilling the prize and not for any other purpose.
Please note: Should you be notified as the winner, and you do not respond within 2 days of our notification, we reserve the right to re-draw the winner.


Previous competition winners (last 6 months)

The Independent Interiors Show – win a house hamper (3rd September 2013). Winner Nichola Gill.

Indulge Fragrance Boutique – win bottles of perfume (8th September 2013). Winners Gillian Shiels, Leanne Williams, Julie Ward.

Creamline Dairies / Getting Kids to Eat Breakfast – win a Saturday Cookshop course with a celebrity chef (18th September 2013). Winner Sara Perry.

The Lounge Gallery – win a Michelle Keeling necklace (22nd September 2013). Winner Alison Ferrara.

The Perfect Princess Party – win a Princess fancy dress outfit (14th October 2013). Winner Emma Wolski.

MINILAND Manchester – win a family day pass to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester (6th November 2013). Winner Andrea Lloyd.

New trends Christmas decorations – win a John Lewis Christmas 2013 teddy (11th November 2013). Winner Rachael Barratt.

Luxurious home products – win a throw from Linen Loft (15th November 2013). Winner Chris Fletcher.

Personalised Christmas Gifts – win a personalised mug from Photobox (18th November 2013). Winners Katrina Steward, Nicola McConnell.

Bathroom makeover – win a selection of pamper products (14th January 2014). Winner Georgina Jacobs.

Travelling with Kids – win Cryin Air travel packs (22nd January 2014). Winner Lily Bowers.

Farmhouse Breakfast Week – win a breakfast hamper (27th January 2014). Winner Janet Rumley.

Easy Valentine Heart Cookies – win heart shape cookie cutters (3rd February 2014). Winner Donna Lawton.

Black Dog branches into fashion – win a designer t-shirt (5th February 2014)

Interview with Rianna Phillips – win a designer mini pouch (11th February). Winner Laura Vitty.




Thank you so much to everyone who entered our competition. The winner is Beatrice Henderson.





International Women’s Day 2014

A guide to what’s happening in Manchester


International Women's Day 2014


As the home of the Suffragette movement, Manchester is once again embracing with gusto International Women’s Day (IWD) – Saturday 8th March 2014.

This year the international theme is Inspiring Change.


What’s happening for IWD in Manchester?


Well firstly replace ‘day’ with ‘month’ as there is lots going on the run up to and after the big day.

To help you plan you celebration of feminine fabulousness, we thought a round up of what’s on might be useful. Please do leave a comment in the box below if we’ve missed anything out.

Early women's rights movementWhatever you do and where ever you do it, don’t forget to remember the brave and strong women that have gone before us.

Those who paved our way and opened the door. Without them we wouldn’t have the opportunities we have today.

Remember too those women in other countries who are oppressed, stifled, terrorised and don’t have the opportunity to reach their full potential. And remember the women in our own country and our own city who are struggling.

Have a look at the events below, get involved, see how you can help and continue the tradition of awesome Manchester Women!


Manchester City Council


Manchester City Council hosts the IWD Steering Group. This year the Steering Group has agreed a theme of Women as Peacemakers.

IWD Events


With the 100th anniversary of the start of the 1st World war, IWD 2014 is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the role that women have played and continue to play in conflict resolution and peace building.

As part of the IWD celebrations, Manchester City Council will host the 2nd Manchester International Women’s Day Awards on Friday 7th March 2014.



This event recognises unsung women who make an important contribution in the city and provides role models for Manchester’s women and girls.

For a comprehensive list of community events and guided walks compiled by Manchester City Council – click here



We are Warp and Weft – Stature Exhibition


24th February – 9th March 2014

Ground Floor, Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square.

Of the 640 listed statues in the UK, only 15% are of women and most of those are statues of monarchs or mythological characters.

Apart from Queen Victoria’s statue, Manchester’s municipal statues still only celebrate the achievement of historical men.

Eight women from Greater Manchester with diverse backgrounds and achievements have been chosen – all of whom deserve recognition.


Stature Flyer


Check out the crocheted masks on the ground floor of Manchester Town Hall and learn about some amazing local women.

For more information visit wearewarpandweft.com



Imperial War Museum North


IWM North, Trafford Wharf Road, Trafford Park, M17 1TZ

A Closer Look: International Women’s Day

1st – 31st March, 3.30pm Daily

Discover the personal stories of inspirational women in a 20 minute walk and talk around IWM North. Explore the roles of women during times of conflict and peace keeping, from the Women’s International League in the First World War, to peaceful protesters at Greenham Common.


GP Lewis photograph from IWM archive. Women, Industry and WWI


Nancy’s Land Army Adventure 

Every Sunday in March, 1pm

Meet Nancy and hear her tales of life in the Land Army in the Second World War. Learn about her experiences away from home and making new friends. In this interactive family friendly session visitors can choose what happens, and so each story telling session will be different.


Open Studio: International Women’s Day

Saturday 8th March, 11am – 12.30pm and 2 – 3.30pm

Sunday 9th March, 11am – 12.30pm and 2 – 3.30pm

For more information visit iwm.org.uk



Manchester Guided Walking Tours


Woman who made Manchester guided walk

Friday 7th March 1pm – 3.30pm

People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, M3 3ER

Hear the stories of Manchester women whose influence past and present has make the city great.


Girl Power – Manchester Style

Saturday 8th March, 11.30am

Meet at the Manchester Visitor Information Centre

Manchester women have not always conformed to societies ideal!


For more information visit manchesterguidedtours.com



One Day After Peace – film screening and Q&A


Saturday 8th March, 7.30pm

Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, M2 1NL

Manchester’s first event screening of the multi-award winning documentary One Day After Peace – followed by a Q&A with the film’s lead, Robi Damelin.


One Day After Peace

For more information visit onedayafterpeace.com



Wonder Women – Radical Manchester

wonder women radical manchester


The list of arts events cited as part of the month long Wonder Women – Radical Manchester 2014 celebration is comprehensive to say the least.

From gender swapping, time travelling Orlando at the Royal Exchange to Joana Vasconcelos’ Time Machine Exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery and Vanishing for the Vote at The People’s History Museum (where women refused to be recorded in the 1911 census) the offering is massive.

Creative Tourist have produced a really good overview of events on throughout the month. Hat’s off to them for some serious collating!

For more information visit creativetourist.com/wonderwomen2014



Three Minute Theatre


As usual 3MT – the little theatre on the ground floor of Afflecks Palace, will be celebrating women in theatre with a jam packed week of performances.

Pulse Productions Presents: Wednesday 5th – Thursday 6th March

Pulse Productions Presents New 3, 6 and 9 minute plays by female writers.



For Books’ Sake – ‘Women of Peace’: Saturday 8th March 1pm – 4pm

Women of Peace will feature local women using fiction and non-fiction readings to extol women’s often ignored role as peacemakers.

Women In Performance – Saturday 8th March, 7.30pm


A festival celebrating women in the discipline of performance art.

For more information visit threeminutetheatre.co.uk


Manchester City Football Club


This year MCFC are sponsoring the Manchester International Women’s Day Awards at the Town Hall.

As part of this sponsorship, the Club are offering the chance for female footballers aged 16-18 to win a pair of tickets to attend the awards ceremony on Friday 7th March.

MCFC will also back a prize for ‘Women in Sport and Leisure’, which will be awarded to an individual who has excelled in the field of sports or sports promotion, community-based leisure or parks.

For more information visit mcfc.co.uk


Forever Manchester


Forever Manchester will be holding an International Women’s Day Dinner and Networking Event on Wednesday 12th March at Olive Restaurant. For more information visit forevermanchester.com


Manchester Craft and Design Centre


Tessellate is an event designed for International Women’s Day. The community group ArtAnon will be presenting an exciting origami display created by the public, at Manchester Craft and Design Centre on Saturday 8th March, 6pm – 9pm.

For more information visit craftanddesign.com


Red Flag Walks


Find out more about Manchester’s campaigning past with historical Red Flag Walks as part of the month long Wonder Woman Festival.


Red Flag History Walks


Manchester First in the Fight. Votes for Women 1866-1928

Sunday 16th March, 11am – meet at Friends Meeting House, Mount Street


There is no such city as Manchester. Manchester in Fiction

Saturday 22 March, 11am – meet at Friends Meeting House, Mount Street


Radical Salford

Sunday 23 March, 11am – meet outside Black Lion pub


Radical Ashton-under-Lyne

Sunday 30 March, 11am – meet at Town Hall steps, Market Square.


For more information visit redflagwalks.com/



What have we missed?


There will, without a shadow of a doubt be more events and celebrations going on in Manchester for International Women’s Day. If you’ve got an event you’d like to share, please leave a comment in the box below and tell us all about it.


I feel really lucky to be a woman in Manchester – March 8th 2014 is our time to celebrate!


Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)


Photographs: IWD, Manchester City Council, Warp & Weft, Alison Staples, One Day After Peace, Three Minute Theatre, Wonder Women – Radical Manchester, Red Flag Walks









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