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A visit to the Greater Manchester Police Museum

Lord Mayor Eddy Newman with the Easter Bunny Geraldine IPP Facilitator.

A day in the life of a facilitator at Inspire is never the same twice, although we timetable the week the same with, Happy Mondays 2-4pm on a yes, you guessed it, a Monday, and Exercise & Eat on a Tuesday 11am-2pm with Computer Buddies on a Thursday 12- 3pm maybe Craig David could write a song about our week?
There seems to be a ‘theme of chains’ running already this April though and it begins last week with an extra special guest for our Tuesday Exercise & Eat Luncheon Club Councillor Eddy Newman The Lord Mayor of Manchester (we are such a Metropolitan City -that yes, we have TWO Mayors – Andy Burnham is the first ever elected Mayor – May 2017 – of The Greater Manchester Combined Authority)

We were enthralled by his company and he had a good workout as he joined in the one-hour chair-based exercise. We were all rewarded well though with a delicious 2 course Lunch provided by our outstanding Café team and we sincerely thank the Lord Mayor & his office and staff for honouring us with his precious time and delightful presence.

The Lord Mayor with members of Inspired People Project


Exercise & Eat Group enjoying lunch with their special guest.




It was quieter at Computer Buddies on Thursday due to the Easter School Holidays I suspect, with a lot of over 50’s honouring their family & neighbourly commitments, that by 2:30pm only the stalwart few remained, a great and lively bunch nonetheless.

Maybe the sunniest and hottest day of the year so far accounted for the low numbers too!


The Three Wise Monkees From L-R Chris, Donald & Gloria











Photo courtesy of GMP of an original Police Box on Oldham Street Manchester. ( all rights reserved)

On Monday this week some of the Happy Mondays group stayed at the Inspire Centre and enjoyed a craft workshop with our wonderful Volunteer Amanda.
The Levy Livelys’ group of day trippers stepped out – via taxi, car and bus to the Greater Manchester Police Museum and felt the strong arm of the law, by way of the jovial & knowledgeable volunteer John, who expertly guided us through the magnificent history of the Greater Manchester Police and gave us a very special and private tour of the museum.
We even picked up a day-tripper from Derby on the doorstep also called John who had been to many Museums in the city only to find them closed (many are on a Monday, so check before you travel, or as we say in C.B.s -Google it!) We were happy to include John on our tour so disappointment was defeated – Hurrah!
I’ve often passed the museum on Newton Street and it really is fascinating and without wanting to spoil it for you too much…………

Did you know that all police boxes just like the blue one used on Dr Who as the tardis used to be a different colour? Do you know why?


Cabinet containing some historical helmets.


John the Derby day- tripper is looking upward! Can you spot who the wrong ‘uns are?

The first Policemans’ helmet was a Gentlemans’ Top Hat made from bamboo and leather but do you know why?

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Thank you to John and all the staff at Greater Manchester Police Museum we may not have caused a riot but we certainly had a hoot!
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If you would like to become a member of IPP (The Inspired People Project) or would like more information on activities for over 50’s please contact Kate or Geraldine on 0161 850 4044, we look forward to seeing you.

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