FOAM participated in the Big Tidy Up 2015.

March 2015

MCC Be Proud Awards 2014

The Friends of Angel Meadow (FOAM) were nominated for the Blossoming Communities Award. Award Ceremony

Nov 2014

Angel Meadow Residents' Forum held and attended by Local Councillor Ollie Manco, GMP Officers, MCC Neighbourhood manager and ADS Drug Councillors.

The proposal is that a regular Community Forum should be held for local residents and businesses to engage with each other.

Minutes of the meeting can be viewed here.

Oct 2014

MEN Environment Awards 2014

The Friends of Angel Meadow (FOAM) were nominated for the inaugural AJ Bell Community Project Award. Well done everyone involved!

Oct 2014


The Ragged Project: The Ragged Schools of Angel Meadow

FOAM presented a talk at the Castle Hotel for the Ragged University Project. The research can be found here.

October 2014

The inaugural 2014 HOME: Library Theatre & Cornerhouse season included a site-specific production entitled Angel Meadow.

The "secret location" was revealed to be the old Edinburgh Castle Pub in Ancoats and the performances gained wide appreciation and highly acclaimed reviews.

June 2014

The People's History Museum: 150 Years of the Co-operative.

The Friends of Angel Meadow were included as part of a public vote to receive a Community Funding Grant of £500.

May 2014

Thanks to those who attended our Spring Gardening Day including National Trust Gardener-in-Residence for Manchester City Centre, Sean Harkin.

Thanks also to LanesLandscapes for helping source the plants.

April 2014


Manchester Histories Festival 2014: Angel Meadow: Slums &Squalor Illustrated Talk at Manchester Art Gallery by Elizabeth Sibbering.


The Demons (and Other Histories) of Angel Meadow Walk with Morag Rose (Loiterer's Resistant Movement) and Dr Steve Millington (MMU).

March 2014

The Loiterers Resitance Movement present: In Memoriam: Pauper's Graves walk through Angel Meadow.

November 2013

Angel Meadow Community Day- many thanks to all those who attended and supported us.

Notable mentions must go to the Co-operative for the food & drink (especially Alison), John from Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society, Elizabeth "Sibby" Sibbering from Manchester Guides, our Friends of Clayton Vale, Pop-up Cycles, Sharon from Dogz & Togz (133 Collyhurst Rd), Maxine, Ian and Jenni from MCC, John & Karl (Music), HangingDitch Wine Merchants, St. Michael (for the weather on his own Saint's day!), Brodie and David (for sibling tolerance ALL day and sterling work on the tombola!) and finally our little "angel in the meadow" Sky for all the lovely bunting.

Together with our UsualSuspects, you all helped make it such a special event.

see photos of the day.

September 2013


Following the Dig the City Urban Gardening Festival held around Exchange Square, King Street & the Cathedral in August we acquired some plants for the park. Thanks to those who volunteered for the event and helped install them in their new home.

August 2013

Regular tours & talks about Angel Meadow organised by Manchester Tour Guides held throughout the year.

Aug 2013


On 16th May, a group of artists turned Angel Meadow and surrounding locations into a miniature, one day festival/carnival.

A celebration of the intriguing, dark and unknown history of Angel Meadow and the surrounding area. Using ART, LIVE MUSIC, LIVE PERFORMANCES, LOADSA FREE BEER AND CAKE and plenty more. 

May 2013




Many thanks to those who joined in the FOAM Gardening Days (held in April, June and November) as well as the Summer Evening sessions. We await the Spring when the Daffodils and Bluebells start to come through.

New Angel St/Ringroad alongside the Angel Meadow park now open. Landscaping work to follow.


St. Michael's Flags and Angel Meadow retains its Green Flag Status.

Oct 2012

The BBC The Great British Story: A People's History programme, presented by the historian Michael Wood, used scenes of the area as well as interviews with FOAM members. The programme was broadcast on Friday 30th July 2012.

Coinciding with this event, Oxford Archaeology excavated several carparks surrounding Angel Meadow, revealing the cellars of many lost buildings in the area. Youtube clips can be viewed here.

 July 2012

Urban Gardening Event  held around Exchange Square and the Cathedral.

FOAM members volunteered for this event and were rewarded with several trays of flowers that were subsequently planted in Angel Meadow. 

July 2012







Thanks to Farrow & Ball Decorating Co. for the new bird boxes in the park, installed as part of National Nestbox Week- from their aptly named "Pigeon" and "Dovetail" Exterior Eggshell range apparently!  

 April 2012

The Planning Application for re-routing the ringroad along Angel St was passed by MCC on 15th September 2011. Construction began in March 2012. It can be viewed here.

 March 2012

The restructuring of MCC Parks and Neighbourhoods department has now been completed. FOAM has continued working with MCC and BAM Construction within the park. Many thanks to them, and in particularly Emma for this.

As part of the Co-op/NOMA development there should also be funding to realise the next phase of the park regeneration as well as create a new landscaped edge to the ring road.

We will aim to ensure that FOAM is fully engaged in how that design is realised.

November 2011