days out

ZEST Heathfield Hall, Heathfield Street, Newton Heath, M40 1LF

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Heathfield Hall, Heathfield Street, Newton Heath, M40 1LF is the home of ZEST an organisation that offers a varied selection of activities for over 50’s.

just one is detailed below:

Front Row

1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month

12 – 3pm

Social activity aimed at reducing isolation.

Latest release DVD’s in a local area, no

need to go to town. Light lunch provided.

Cost £1.50 towards refreshments. This is

a large group but there is room for more

members, currently around 20 people

meet each fortnight to enjoy films.

Contact: Laura Cassidy on 234 3724 or email

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Age Friendly Manchester’s BIG DAY OUT

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The Harpurhey, Moston and New Moston AF Network are embarking upon a very ambitious project which supports one of the Networks key objectives, to reduce loneliness and isolation amongst older people. The project currently has a working title of the Big Day Out or as I sometimes call it The “Real” Grand Day Out.

The project involves the organisation of “mass days out”, involving older people from across north Manchester. We anticipate being able to fill 3 – 5 coaches for our first outing and aim to sustain numbers as the group attracts new members. We used the Winter Warm events to test the idea and over 80 people have already signed up – many reporting that they couldn’t remember the last time they went on an organised trip out. Some remembered Sheltered Scheme Managers organising trips but this now happens on fewer occasions. Those not living in supported accommodation appear to be missing entirely, especially if they are not engaged in social groups. We envisage the first outing taking place in Spring and have already had an offer from the Lord Mayor of Manchester to wave off the coaches. We are also hopeful that for the launch outing we can set off with police out-riders and a tooting fire engine. 

Contact either myself, on, or Tracy Annette on  if your interested in a great day out with us, and we’ll get in touch with details.

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These coaches may bring back memories. But our trips will probably use bright new ones



Now thats different !

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When it was built, Concorde changed the face of aviation forever. No longer would passengers have to travel slowly – you could be in New York in around three hours, travelling faster than the speed of sound, and in perfect comfort.

On November 29, 1952, all that became possible when an agreement was signed in London between the UK and France.

Julian Amery, Minister of Supply, and Geoffroy de Courcel, the French Ambassador to Britain, put pen to paper on a treaty which detailed the decision by the two countries to build Concorde.CONCORDE TAKE OFF

the Concorde fleet was, at its height, 18  Supersonic aeroplanes.  flown by Air France  and British Airways.  first commercial flights were, I think in 1976. the fleet was decommissioned in 2003, after a crash in Paris added to the commercial viability problems following  9/11/2001 reduced passengers on all trans Atlantic flights dramatically.   However there are still 8n aircraft still in first class condition around the world, and we have one here in Manchester.  I took a tour around the plane on my birthday a couple of weeks ago. for me it was nostalgia, as I flew Concorde in 1978 to and from Bahrain, and in the 90’s to and from New York, both Air France from Paris and B.A. from London. seeing those airspeed signs  going up to and passing Mach2 was indeed a special feeling. travelling at twice the speed of sound, faster than a bullet  was  quite amazing, as not a tremor or  shake to advise you of the speed, just the read- out at the cabin front.  I remember the captain announcing that ” there are other planes that fly at this speed, but the R.A.F. don’t serve caviar and champagne at 1,350 miles an hour ! enjoy! ”

But, back to Manchester, I have a ttached a couple of photos showing the millions of dials the pilots had to contend with.

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