Calendar for 2012

19th Meeting with Heritage Lottery Fund. Alex Finlason & Linda Carver
18th Jill Woodward and William Ryan meet with Chief exec of MERCi Mill, Caroline Downey regarding our planned Art Exhibition. Our group are generously offered additional meeting space at MERCi
12th Meeting with National Trust. Alex Finlason & Linda Carver
16th 100 Days of Vigil Celebration – ‘Burger Night’
9th Fundraiser Event, Arts & Music Community Café, Moston
1st Structural survey carried out by Steve Wood (from David Narro)
OCTOBER 2012  
26th First meeting with Alex Finlason Conservation Architect, Howell Davies, Nick Bowles and Linda Carver
12th Jill Woodward meets with Whitworth Art Gallery curator, Helen Stalker to view original L.S. Lowry painting 'Ancoats Hospital Outpatients Hall' on behalf of our group
6th Campaign Meeting, Community Room, Central M/cr Fire Station. Structural Surveyor appointed from David Narro, Edinburgh
AUGUST 2012  
26th Carrying leaflets explaining about the campaign and the importance of  Ancoats Dispensary the group walked around the Ancoats area delivering these leaflets and using the public address system
18th  March from Ancoats Dispensary by the Group accompanied as far as Great Ancoats Street by Manchester City Police patrol, firstly Albert Square then onto St. Anne square Manchester with petitions and public address system. Shortly after this appointed Solicitor to assist
15th Attendance at Planning Department to obtain copies of planning application and documents relating to the Ancoats Dispensary. Requests for documents under the Freedom of information Act begins
13th Petition sent to both Secretary of State Eric Pickles and Jeremy Hunt. Calls for legal assistance
9th Vigil - Day #1
JULY 2012  
30th Meeting of people interested in saving Ancoats Dispensary held at The Mustard Tree, Bengal Street, Ancoats.  Fight to Save Ancoats Dispensary was formed.  Barbara Whillans suggested that given the imminent threat of demolition a presence should be put in place outside the Dispensary.  THE VIGIL was born. PETITIONS WERE PRINTED AND VENUES WERE CHOSEN TO GAIN SUPPORT.
25th Telephone call from M.P. with information that the decision had been approved by the Secretary of State and that demolition was taking place in 2 week’s time
23rd First public meeting held at Victoria Square Ancoats Community Room with invited guest M.P. Tony Lloyd This meeting marked the beginning of ‘Fight to Save Ancoats Dispensary’. Presentations given by Linda Carver and Nick Bowles
6th Handed Planning application documents to MPs office in Hulme
JUNE 2012  
27th Attended Planning Department and objected to the Planning Application as a resident of Ancoats
MAY 2012  
30th Attended Planning Department and objected to the Planning Application as a resident of Ancoats
APRIL 2012  
25th Meeting at Manchester Town Hall with Mike Carmody, Mark Watson and Linda Carver
2nd Attendance at Clayton Youth Centre to speak generally about the Dispensary with local Councillors
JANUARY 2012  
23rd Posters placed up in Victoria Square Ancoats about the Saving of Ancoats Dispensary
16th Meeting of Ancoats Residents’ Forum – it was suggested that the forum would be an arm’s length support with regard to the Ancoats Dispensary and that those who wished to become more ‘politically active’ in this matter should proceed as a separate entity but give relevant feedback to the Forum at future meetings