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March 2024 First Sunday

Dear friends and fellow loiterers

I hope you have found something delightful this leap year day. I’ve been enjoying the first Spring flowers which bring joy and comfort; all things shall pass

It’s First Sunday, This Sunday and of course that means its time for us to gather for a communal wander. I missed loitering together last month, huge thanks to Peter for helping out as I was called away.

This month we are in for a treat as Matthew is facilitating an exploration starting at the wonderful William Mitchell totems which were discussed a couple of months ago.

The themes guiding us will include (amongst other things) some questions that have haunted our perambulations for many years:
what’s in a name?
what is “authentic” (and does it matter?)
what is worth unknowing, saving, discarding or treasuring in the landscape?
and how does the rational mingle with the unknowable on our streets?

Of course we may go off on tangents that mean these mysteries remain unvoiced, let alone discussed or (whisper it) resolved.

Please join us 2pm this Sunday 2nd March at the sculptures outside the Allerton Building, Frederick Street, Salford M6 6PU.

It is appreciated if you can be on time as the route is largely unplanned and I cant promise you will find us if you are late. As ever the pace and direction will be decided collectively but I strongly suspect we may derive unusally for us venturing both inside and underground at some points. We will probably finish at The New Oxford around 4pm.

All welcome and as ever its free for all and we all look out for each other as we walk.

If you need more information or have any questions or feel a bit unsure and want to meet beforehand please do get in touch:

Comment on the facebook group “the loiterers resistance movement”
X / twitter @thelrm
email mlrose@thelrm.org
text/ whatsapp 07974929589

With love and golden apples

Morag x

February update

Hello everyone

Its First Sunday, This Sunday and time to wander together again.

I’m sorry to be late getting the details out this month but this has been a tumultuous week and I wasn’t sure what to do. The answer, of course, is to keep going and seek new directions….

Lets gather at one of The LRMs favourite spots, beneath the tiled map in Victoria Station 2pm on Sunday February 4th

Here’s the plan;

Let your heart or soul or instinct or what-ever-you-call-it guide you, if you need an extra nudge head towards a light.

As you go collect words from signs, names, litter, whatever you find

Use them to write a poem of the streets, it can be on paper, in pictures or just in your footsteps.

Share it if you like or just let it glow inside you, both are fine

I won’t be there in Manchester this Sunday, but I know others will be and as ever all are welcome. As ever the only rule is: take care of yourself, each other and the streets. And don’t be an arse

If you would like to connect remotely from wherever you are I’ll be on whatsapp so feel free to share with me on 07974929589

Any questions or comments please share on facebook “the loiterers resistance movement” twitter @thelrm email morangopop@gmail.com or text/whatsapp 07974929589

Thank you to all loiterers for the curiosity, care and fabulousness you bring to the streets.

With love and golden apples

Morag xx

PS next month we will be at exploring the magic of mitchells totems in Salford as discussed last time xx

February 2024 First Sunday

Dear friends and lovers of loitering

It's First Sunday, This Sunday and so we shall be wandering, but I am afraid circumstances beyond my control mean I cant share details quite yet. Tech stuff also means I may not be able to update the website in time so if you want to know what we are doing and this message is all you can see please get in touch for updates through one of these means:

facebook "the loiterers resistance movement"
twitter @thelrm
sms/ text / whatsapp 07974929589

This makes it all sound a bit more mysterious and glamorous than it is, but dont worry - nothing will stop us loitering xx

January 2024 First First Sunday

 Dear friends in loitering

It’s First Sunday, this Sunday and so time for a wander to welcome in 2024 together. We’ll be meeting 2pm Sunday January 7th at Stevenson Square – we’ll be near the disused toilets on the traffic island near Fred Aldous. The direction and speed will be divined by us collectively following some new year inspired prompts. After 90-120 minutes we will find somewhere for a drink and a blether.  As ever our drifts are free and open to all who wish to explore with us. The only rules as ever are: don’t be arse and take care of yourself, each other and the places we bimble through.

If you need anymore information, or have questions, comments or ideas for future events please don’t hesitate to get in touch: email mlrose@thelrm.org twitter @thelrm facebook “the loiterers resistance movement” or text/whatsapp 07974929589

With love and golden apples

Morag x

PS thank you so much to everyone who made our 2023 loiters so inspiring, it is very much appreciated x

December 2023 A Wander with Words from Phil Smith

Dear friends and beloved loiterers

It’s First Sunday, this Sunday, and our final communal drift of 2023. To see the year out in style we will be guided by the words of the Loiterers friend and inspiration Phil Smith. Phil is an exemplary mythogeographer, writer, artist and occasional crabman: https://www.mythogeography.com/more-about-the-author.html

Phil has kindly sent us his latest book “The Silversnake Project.” It’s an eco-gothic exploration which seeks to “give voice to some of the growing fears and deepest feelings we have about an environment…. An eeriness that is often hiding from us in plain sight” We will use the toolkit contained in its covers to guide our walk together. Afterward we will weave together our findings and share back with Phil.

Meet us 2pm on Sunday 3rd December at the glacial erratic on Ardwick Green. This is one of Manchester’s psychogeographical foci and I am excited to return after so long. As ever the direction, pace and conversation depends on the group. We follow the loiterers lore: All are welcome because the streets belong to everyone. Take care of yourself, each other, the environment and don’t be an arse.

If you would like to learn more or have any questions or comments please do get in touch
email mlrose@thelrm.org
x @thelrm
facebook “the loiterers resistance movement”
text / whatsapp 07974929589

with love and golden apples

Morag xx        

PS Another break with tradition sending information out early – usually we share locations on the Thursday before a wander – if you prefer more notice please let us know

November 2023 A Wander with GM Right to Roam

Dear friends, lovers and loiterers

It’s First Sunday, This Sunday so time for a communal wander.

This time I am delighted that we will be walking with our friends and comrades from GM Right To Roam. We’ll be going to explore the domain of more excellent folk, The Friends of Ryebank Fields.

As many loiterers know this is a much loved green space that remains under threat.

Full details of the history of fields, why it’s so special, and the ongoing fight to defend it can be found here: https://www.saveryebankfields.co.uk/ but here’s a brief version. Ryebank Fields is a 4.6 hectare patch of open green space on the border of Chorlton and Stretford in South Manchester. It was gifted by Manchester City Council to Manchester Polytechnic (now Manchester Metropolitan University) for use as playing fields. The University abandoned the fields in 1996, since when the land has re-wilded itself into a mosaic of natural habitats. It is a fantastic green area accessible to all and a well used and loved Community asset. The fields are home to over 1400 trees and countless birds, bats, mammals and insects, as well as providing invaluable food and shelter for pollinators. They also act as a carbon sink and natural floodplain and combat air pollution in this densely populated urban area which is bordered by a local school. Currently Ryebank Fields is under threat of development from Manchester Metropolitan University who are in the process of selling the fields to property developers. A development framework was adopted by Manchester City Council with proposals for 120 houses. Subsequently, MMU commissioned a number of reports as part of the process of selling the site to a developer

You can meet us either outside Chorlton Library at 1.45 or at the Longford Road entrance at 2pm this Sunday 5th November.

Find out more about Right to Roam here https://www.righttoroam.org.uk/ or join their Land Rights workshop at the always brilliant Anarchist Bookfair on Saturday 4th November at Peoples History Museum https://bookfair.org.uk/

As ever our wanders are free and open to everyone with the only rules being look after yourself, each other and wherever we are. And don’t be an arse. The speed and direction are decided collectively and no-one goes anywhere they don’t feel comfortable. After around 90 minutes / 2 hours we will find somewhere for a drink and a blether.

If you have any questions or need more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Email mlrose@thelrm.org see @thelrm on x, “the loiterers resistance movement” on facebook or text/whatsapp 07974929589

I hope to see you on the streets soon

With love and golden apples

Morag x

PS If you are interested in access issues and nature in the city please also come along to the Our Irwell meeting on Thursday 9th November. Building on their success saving the towpath at Ralli Quays Our Irwell are entering a new phase. There will be a public meeting on Thursday 9th November, 6.30-8pm at Sacred Trinity Church, Chapel Street Salford. Our Irwell will be launching as a community organisation dedicated to protecting, progressing and promoting access to the River Irwell and surrounding areas. For information on the meeting please see http://thelrm.org/our-irwell

October 2023 First Sunday Slight Detour - its on a Wednesday

Dear friends, lovers and loiterers


It’s First Sunday, this Sunday, and so time for another wonderful wander together… except not quite.


Occasionally we do indulge in a little time slippage, and a few folk have been asking for an evening derive or a weeknight drift and so we will be meeting on Wednesday 4th October 6pm outside The Britons Protection on Great Bridgwater Street.


I hope you can join us for a deviation from our usual practice because we never want to become too predictable. This also avoids the issue of the Tory invasion during their conference and the reappearance of the deeply horrible ring of steel. Loiterers I have spoken to have been split between wanting to be involved with protests or provocations “inspired” by their presence, and those who want to keep as far away from them as possible. First Sunday will be back on First Sunday in November
As ever our explorations are free and open to anyone who wants to join us. The direction and pace of the walk will be guided by the collective, and we will stop for a drink and chat after around 2 hours. 


If you have any access needs, questions or comments please do not hesitate to get in touch. We can also arrange remote participation if you can not be with us in person. Please contact The LRM via email mlrose@thelrm.org or x/twitter @thelrm or whatsapp/text 07974929589. You can also comment on the facebook group


May our paths cross soon, in the meantime take care 
Love and golden apples
Morag xx


PS news about Our Irwell soon, please keep Thursday November 9th free if you can 

 

September 2023 First Sunday

Dear friends

It’s First Sunday again this Sunday and we will be exploring the new landscape around The Factory / Aviva Studios. Meet us at the entrance on Water Street  M3 4JQ at 2pm this Sunday, 3rd September

Our wander will be guided collectively so I’m quite sure where we end up. Expect some convivial, critically engaged and curious conversations. As ever all welcome and free for all because these streets belong to everyone.

If you have any questions, comments or ideas for future please don’t hesitate to get in touch: email mlrose@thelrm.org tweet @thelrm or see our facebook group “the loiterers resistance movement”

Some other things you might find interesting…

Peaks and Beyond Right to Roam Group are having a public meeting Wednesday 6th September at the Working Class Movement Library – open to anyone interested in getting involved with their campaign

Nothing About Us Without Us: Disabled Peoples Activism Past, Present and Future is on at the People’s History Museum until 16th October and not far from our meeting point on Sunday. Highly recommended 

I hope to see you on the streets soon

Love and golden apples

Morag x
 

August 2023 First Sunday

Dear friends, lovers and loiterers

August greetings to all. It’s First Sunday again this Sunday and The LRM are continuing to visit spots suggested by each other. Last month we explored Debdale Park and a consensus emerged that this time folk wanted to return to Cheetham Hill. It’s long been a favourite environment for loiterers but its been a while since we visited together….

Let’s meet on the border, near Scotland. Find me outside the Park Inn by Radisson Manchester City Centre hotel on Cheetham Hill Road. Nearest train/tram station is Victoria and its on the 135 and 41 bus routes (amongst others). I’ll be there 2pm this Sunday 6th August.

Staying true to our psychogeographical routes we will drift together paying close attention to where, why and what we are. Our wander will be directed by some creative prompts and the desires of those who attend. As ever our rules are simple: take care of each other, yourself and our environment and don’t be an arse. Please be prompt as we don’t plan the route in advance so can’t promise where we will be. After around two hours we will find somewhere to rest, refresh ourselves and share travellers’ tales.

If you have any questions, comments or ideas for future walks please do get in touch. Email mlrose@thelrm.org tweet @thelrm or text/ whatsapp 07974929589. Please also let me know if there is anything we can do to enable access. If you would like to join remotely (via whatsapp or twitter) and we can try to find a way to make that happen.

I hope to see you on the streets soon

With love and golden apples

Morag xx

WalkCreate Creative Walking event in Liverpool July 27th

I hope this invitation is of interest to you. If you can not attend but would like to talk about how creative walking might be useful to your work, or you would like a copy of the WalkBook please don't hesitate to contact me as I would love to share with you. Please note this is NOT an LRM event but like many of us my different roles have a symbiotic relationship

Living Streets, The University of Liverpool and our WalkCreate partners invite you to a special walkshop to celebrate The Walkbook: Recipes for Walking and Wellbeing.

The WalkCreate project is using creativity and the arts to bring people together through walking. Join us in Liverpool for an engaging event exploring the power of walking to unite communities.

By attending this short day you will come away with tools to support you in:

How to work with local artists and community partners to lead creative walks

How to use creative ways of walking to work with our communities

All participants will receive a free copy of The Walkbook: Recipes for Walking and Wellbeing

All welcome to join us, whether you are part of an organisation or not. This includes Living Streets, universities, statutory bodies, community organisations and individuals whatever your role - staff, volunteer, artist, activist, researcher, new or experienced in these methods or just curious about what creative walking is.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

If you have any specific access requirements please get in touch and we will do our best to help. There is a small budget available to enable participation

We have limited places for this event so please book your free ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/walkcreate-using-creative-walking-to-bring-communities-together-liverpool-tickets-665161194037

About the organisers

WalkCreate has emerged from the AHRC funded project Walking Publics/Walking Arts: Walking, Wellbeing and Community During Covid-19. For more information please see here: Find out more about the project here: https://walkcreate.gla.ac.uk/

Living Streets is the UK charity for every day walking: https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/

For more information please contact Morag Rose mlrose@liverpool.ac.uk

 

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