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Didsbury People ommunity champion, Maria Stripling, is a human C dynamo whose boundless energy and passion for life and the arts are truly infectious. Didsbury Open Gardens,
set up by Maria five years ago, has so far raised more than £30,000 for local causes. A recipient of the 2011 Manchester City Council Be Proud Awards, Maria is also founder and Director of Didsbury Arts Festival, now in its fifth year and running from 22-30 June.
How and why did you get started on DAF?
Through Open Gardens I met a lot of people who were also interested in the arts. Up until then I’d no idea that there was such a huge wealth of artistic talent in Didsbury. So many people wanted to do something about it, but they lacked a vehicle. Having spent the last ten years organising projects and events for KPMG, I’ve gained the confidence to know that, given the right support and the right team, there is always a way to make what you want happen!
Tell us what you have planned for this year’s Festival.
A new fringe programme will give artists and venues the freedom to create their own events alongside the main programme. Festival highlights include contributions from the poet Simon Armitage and jazz musician, Matthew Halsall. Pianist Kathryn Stott and violinist Giovanni Guzzo are starring in a concert in aid
of Francis House. Both festival weekends will feature exciting outdoor events for children and families, including crafts, live music and puppets. We even have a giant pig!
Which is your favourite Didsbury place?
The Parsonage gardens are beautiful and have provided a magical setting for a number of DAF events, including our moonlight Lantern Parade. The Old Parsonage, itself, has a fascinating history and wonderful atmosphere. It is, reportedly, haunted so it’s very appropriate that the house and gardens will provide the setting for a staging of Henry James’s ghost story, The Turn of the Screw, during DAF 2013!
Who, or what, is your greatest inspiration?
The American poet Linda Chase, who sadly died in April 2011, lived in Didsbury for more than 30 years and was responsible for bringing to Manchester the Poetry School and Poets & Players. Linda did so much valuable work in
the local community and was full of energy and excitement at the idea of new projects. She was a great friend and supporter of Didsbury Arts Festival and a huge inspiration to all of us who knew her.
How do you like to relax?
Working in the garden – there’s always a lot to do! Going for walks with my husband Robert and Midge, our labradoodle; cooking and chatting with friends.
Which single artistic gift would you most like to have? To be a world-class opera singer!
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Book Reviews Wilkie Collins No Name
ritten between his better known books ‘The Woman in White’ and ‘The Moonstone’, the little known ‘No Name’ will appeal no less to Wilkie Collins fans or to newcomers. It is also interesting because it highlights differences in Victorian and modern sensibilities. What will attract the modern reader the most is what appalled the Victorians, namely the principal character, the spirited Magdalen Vanstone, who will stop at nothing to claim for herself and her sister the legacy
that the law and her cruel relatives unfairly deprive them of. Drawn with remarkable psychological insight, she is a world away from Dickens’s weak and willing heroines. The novel also benefits from a
Kate Atkinson Life After Life
hat if we had a chance to do it again and again until we finally did get it right? Wouldn’t that be wonderful? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby girl is born and dies before she can draw her first breath… During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale … Kate Atkinson’s intriguing, new novel follows the fate – or fates – of Ursula Todd, destined to relive her life over
and over again. We see her first in a German café, about to change the course of modern history and save the world from catastrophe. In the next chapter we are present, twenty years earlier, at the moment of her birth and almost simultaneous death, a helpless little heart, beating wildly. A page later, the same scene is re-played,
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in the book says: ‘It’s like a scene in a novelit’s like nothing in real life’. It is, however, exactly due to these devices that once you start this book you won’t be able to put it down for long.
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ounded 42 years ago, the William Byrd Singers are an excellent, wellestablished and friendly Chamber Choir, directed for many years by the composer, Stephen Wilkinson MBE.
Following February’s triumphant performance of Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem” with piano duet at the RNCM, the Byrds’ final programme of the season is being performed twice: in their regular venue, Christ Church, Darley Avenue, West Didsbury M20 2ZD on Saturday 11th May at 7.30 pm; and in the spectacular surroundings of St Agnes Church, Buckingham Avenue, Toxteth Park, Liverpool L17 3BA on Saturday 8th June, also at 7.30 pm. The concert, conducted by the singers’ current Musical Director, Keith Orrell, is entitled “Something like a Star”, and is based around themes of water, sleep and dreams. The programme includes some familiar settings by English composers, including Vaughan Williams’ “Three Shakespeare Songs”; and English madrigals by Morley, Wilbye and Weelkes.
But the centrepiece of the programme is contrasting pieces by contemporary American composers. Randall Thompson’s setting of Robert Frost’s “Choose Something like a Star” gives the programme its title, while his delightful “Alleluia” may be better known to English audiences. The core of the programme features four contrasting settings by the current century’s best-known composer of choral music, the Californian Eric Whitacre. The singers will perform his settings of “Alleluia” and “Sleep”, alongside his now-famous “Water Night”. The programme will conclude with his “Her Sacred Spirit Soars”. The Byrds also run an annual “Sing Joyfully!” workshop at the United Reformed church, Montague Road, Sale M33 3BU. Join them on Saturday 6th July to explore Handel’s thrilling and challenging “Dixit Dominus”. There will be cake! If you like what you hear and
are interested in joining the choir, please contact them to arrange an audition. The Byrds’ extensive library of choral music is available for hire to other choral groups. It reflects the wide-ranging repertoire of the choir, and includes many compositions and arrangements not available elsewhere: such as Byrds’ commissions and Stephen Wilkinson’s arrangements. The choir also have three CDs available, including recordings of Scarlatti’s “Stabat Mater”; Bach’s “The St John’s Passion”; and a varied collection entitled “The Best of the Byrds”. For further information, please visit The Byrd Table at any event for a chat, or visit the website http://www. williambyrdsingers.org.uk/ They are a special choir with a long-standing reputation; so as part of the choir or part of the audience, please join them!
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eth Stokes is the Director of Employee Matters, which specialises in providing HR advice to both individuals and businesses.
I met with Beth at the Beech Road Cafe and over a coffee or two we talked about her new business and living and working in Chorlton.
What’s your background?
I worked for over 15 years in Human Resources both in the public and private sectors. I left a position as HR Director at a global property company to start a family and set up Employee Matters in January this year.
What services do you provide?
Clients include both individuals and businesses. Employment Law is complex and we provide
simple and honest advice. For individuals facing a difficult and challenging situation at work such as redundancy or dealing with discrimination, it is important to know what your rights are. We offer personal, hands on and cost effective support and advice to help you get the best possible outcome. For businesses we provide professional HR services tailored to the needs of the business. We appreciate that businesses need a flexible approach to determine the level of commitment and service required so if you simply require ad hoc advice we can offer a ‘pay as you go’ service – we are here for you as and when you need us and charged by the hour.
Are you enjoying working from home?
When I had my little boy in 2010, I soon realised that the type of position I held meant that it would have been a really difficult to juggle my family and work so I decided to take some time away from the corporate world and think about my future. Having spoken to a number of friends who were in the same position many of them had ‘taken the plunge’ and started their own business and I began to think that it would be the perfect solution for me - still doing what I loved but at the same time being able to work around my family’s needs. Admittedly, it has been a challenge starting up my own company and working from home but now I couldn’t see myself doing anything else!
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Community Health & Wellbeing Oneness Deeksha Meditation Saturdays 11am-12 at The Didsbury Parsonage, Stenner Lane Didsbury M20 2RQ. Donation £2. Enquiries to Christine 07734 072040. Weekly Meditation Classes Held in Didsbury meditateinmanchester. org 0161 861 7012
Societies & Groups Acting For Fun Central Didsbury 431 4794 Didsbury Amateur Dramatics www.celestaplayers.co.uk Didsbury Arts Festival Big Night Out & Fundraiser Sat 18 May, 7pm until late at The Northern Tennis Club, Palatine Road, West Didsbury. Banish the winter blues with a night of food, wine, music and dancing. For tickets (£15) email: info@ didsburyartsfestival.org www.didsburyartsfestival. org Didsbury Civic Society www.didsburycivicsociety. org.uk Didsbury Cricket Club www.didsburyccsports. co.uk Didsbury Dinners http://didsburydinners. wordpress.com For general enquiries/ Community growing group: didsburydinners@ yahoo.co.uk Community cooking group: community. email@example.com
Didsbury Good Neighbours Every Tues 10-11.45am coffee morning. Didsbury Sure Start Centre, Didsbury Park 07749 504298 www. didsburygoodneighbours. com Didsbury Ladies Probis Club Meets on alternate Monday afternoons in East Didsbury. Please call Joan Woodall 0161 434 2532 for more information Didsbury Village East Residents Association www.dvera.co.uk Didsbury Village Women’s Institute www.didsburyvillagewi. co.uk Manchester Flower Lovers’ Guild First Monday of the month for flower demonstrations. Refreshments at 7.15 for 7.30 start. Visitors welcome £5 St Werburghs Church Hall, Chorlton M21 0TJ Anne 881 6591, firstname.lastname@example.org flowersnorthwest.net Friends of Didsbury Park www.friendsofdidsbury park.co.uk Friends of Fletcher Moss Park Alan Hill 215 0971 email@example.com Friends of Marie Louise Gardens www.marielouisegardens. org.uk South Manchester Camera Club www.smcc.org.uk Didsbury Over 50s Group 247 2323 South Manchester U3A
Meet on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 2pm, Emmanuel Church. Contact Edna 434 2509 South Manchester Dance School 107 Clyde Road West Didsbury, 445 5308 West Didsbury Bookgroup Meets every four weeks at 7.30pm. Lively mixed group of all ages. Call 445 4483 leaving your name, address & landline West Didsbury Residents Association Pam Siddons 445 5406 www.westdidsbury.org.uk
Arts & Crafts Wendy Levy Art Gallery 17 Warburton Street Didsbury, 446 4880
Music & Entertainment Jazz Tuesdays at 8.45pm at the Slug and Lettuce, 651 Wilmslow Rd, Didsbury. creativespaceinfo. blogspot.com Stax of Soul Wednesdays 9.30pm-12 Thursdays DJ Pip Rolfe Weekend warm up till 1am One Lounge Bar 1 Lapwing lane www.oneloungebar.co.uk 448 0101
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Useful Numbers Didsbury Library 227 3755 Environment on Call 954 9000 Mersey Valley Countryside Warden Service 905 1100 Manchester City Council 234 5000
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Where’s your favourite restaurant or café in Didsbury for a meal? There are so many to choose from but my ultimate favourite Didsbury restaurant would have to be The Great Kathmandu. I had my first meal there is 1989 and have been going ever since. What are your hobbies and interests out of the wonderful world of JP & Brimelow?
years. I also am a keen runner and recently completed a marathon, my knees held out…just! Travel is also an imperative to me, I always make sure I have a new trip on the horizon to look forward to. If you’d like to talk to David about letting your property in Didsbury, give him a ring on 0161 445 2300.
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Entries are now open for the Didsbury Arts Festival 2013 Open Photography Competition. The theme of this year’s competition is ‘Hidden’ and entries are welcome from both amateur and professional snappers. The winners will be selected in June by a panel of four judges headed by Manchester photographer and writer Len Grant. The top ten shortlisted entries will be
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YOUR CHARITY SHOP needs you! D
idsbury has a great selection of charity shops, yet many people don’t realise just how vital shop income is to small charities. The same applies to the RSPCA Manchester & Salford Branch – quite simply, we would not survive without our shop profits. Most people also don’t realise that we are an independent charity, entirely self-funding and separate to the National RSPCA. We have strong connections with the RSPCA inspectors, but we must raise our own funds to help our own rescued animals. This means that when our charity shops suffer a dip in sales, we don’t have the money we need to help more animals. It really is as brutal as that. Since opening, our Didsbury shop has become very much part of the community, but we need help now more than ever. The demand on resources is growing with increasing numbers of animals being rescued from cruelty in the Greater Manchester area. By giving us your donations you’ll be helping animals such as Bella (pictured). Bella is a Doberman who was badly neglected and repeatedly used as breeding stock. Thankfully, she was signed into our care so
we could give her the medical care and rehabilitation she needed. Without our shops providing steady income we simply couldn’t help animals like her. Bella costs us £8 per day in kennel fees, and her veterinary care will run into hundreds of pounds even before we get to the routine neutering, microchipping, and vaccinations which cost in excess of £200. When you look at the figures to rehabilitate just one dog you see how vital our charity shops really are.
animals like the rabbits Kihei and Gina (pictured) who were rescued separately by the branch, bonded together and are now living as a happy house bunny couple. Kihei was found straying near a busy road, and Gina was dumped in a box outside a local farm. After our five-star treatment, we were able to rehome them into a life that all domestic rabbits deserve. Help us help more animals by bringing your unwanted clothes, books, CDs, DVDs, bric a brac and furniture to us! The only items we can’t take off your hands are electricals – everything else is fair game. And if you are having a big spring clean we can arrange for large amounts to be collected if you live locally. Just call us on 0161 882 0680 or email rspcamcr_salford@btconnect. com. In the meantime, check out our website www. rspca-manchesterandsalford. org.uk, follow us on Twitter @rspcamcrsalford, and ‘Like’ us on Facebook www.facebook.com/ RSPCAManchesterandsalford
We have many great success stories and we have every faith that Bella will have her own happy ending. The successes keep us going. It is immensely rewarding to have helped
Focus on Cecile Elstein ecile Elstein is well-known for her work C as sculptor, printer and environmental artist. She is also co-founder of Didsbury Drawing, which started on September 11 2001.
The day we began was the day of the Twin Towers terrorist atrocity. It was very strange, such a cataclysmic day in the history of the world and this very insignificant thing of starting a drawing group. All we wanted to do was to live and to celebrate living; what happened in New York that day was the very opposite of our aims. We gather together once a week at Emmanuel Church to draw from a model. We are a very unique group. There are no entrances, no exits and no teacher. Life drawing is the basis of all art and over the years we have attracted people from different areas of the visual arts - a theatre painter, fibre artists, sculptors, graphic designers. The one thing that draws us together is the observation of life. Because there is no teacher, there
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MAY in your Garden here is a great deal of folklore associated with the month T of May – such as never buy a broom or wash a blanket – and not surprisingly, as it heralds the start of rampant growth in gardens and signals finally the end of winter. Those of you following the recent ‘good life’ trend of having urban chickens will be pleased to learn that it is also International Respect for Chickens month (although coverage has been poultry). Jobs that need doing this month include
pruning of spring flowering shrubs including common specimens: Forsythia, Ribes, Spirea, winter flowering Jasmine, Pyracantha, Kerria and evergreen Ceonothus. If you are clipping back ivy this month particularly from trees, be careful to check for nesting birds. You can also prune some clematis - referred to as ‘group one’ in horticultural texts. The pruning of clematis seems to be a bit baffling so here are a few tips. Group one refers to all the varieties that flower early on shoots developed in the previous season. These include the popular C.alpina, C.cirrhosa and C.armandii – if you don’t know their names go with when they flower and in this case they
already have. Group two refers to the large flowered cultivars that flower May-June and should already have been pruned in late winter - February ideally (so do it next year if you’ve forgotten). C. florida are part of this group if you’ve still got the label. The final group are late summer flowering (e.g. C. viticella) and grow from the base each year so can be hard pruned again around February time. Clematis, like so many other species, can be prone to wilt so keep an eye out for badly browned leaves and stunted growth and remove all infected areas. You could also try some of the herbaceous types of clematis that tend to be resistant to the fungus. These look great in any border, are reliable and easy to prune in late winter. Some varieties to try are: C. recta ‘Purpurea’; C. integrifolia ‘Alba’; C. jackmanii; C. tubulosa ‘Wyevale’
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Community Index Sport TOUGH START FOR DIDSBURY CRICKET CLUB idsburyCricket Club begin another hectic season by D visiting one of the Cheshire ECB Premier League’s top teams in Hyde who play on the highest ground in Cheshire at the top of Werneth Low.
Pics – The anniversary But led by skipper Nick banner and the clubhouse Anderson, Didsbury Didsbury seconds visit Hyde on will be confident in the same day and their other having a good season to retain senior teams will also soon be their coveted top spot in the in action. area with their young team composed largely of local Didsbury are also in action in players brought through their the RedInsure T20 competition pro-active junior system. with group games against Urmston, Cheadle Hulme and
Stockport and will also feature in the Cheshire Cup during the season. The club are one of the oldest in the region being formed over 150 years ago and their trim and attractive ground on Wilmslow Road will see action for their four senior teams, a ladies’ team and several junior sides while a fifth team will play at Sale Moor until a new facility opens at Simon PF. As well as cricket Didsbury CC, has a busy social scene in their excellent clubhouse and is also the base for the Manchester Lacrosse Club and the high-flying Didsbury Greys ladies’ hockey team who had GB Olympic Captain Kate Walsh playing for them in her teens.
BEDIANS FACE THE DROP
edians FC, who play at the superb Old Bedians Sports B Club in East Didsbury are seeing their four teams having mixed results this season. The first team, who play in the prestigious Lancashire and Cheshire AFL Premier division, face a tricky end to the season going into their last four games urgently needing wins to escape relegation. They are locked in a five-team
battle to avoid the drop after enjoying several seasons with great success in the top flight. Bedians seconds also need points to stay in division three and the thirds are bottom of division B.
But the fourths are flying high in division F and will have the title in their hands if they win their remaining games. They are also through to the quarter finals of the Hellawell Shield.
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