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september - october 2019

bollington, prestbury & t y t h e r i n g to n

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bollington, prestbury & t y t h e r i n g to n We’re already more than halfway through 2019! Where does the time go? It’s an exciting year for me – one daughter is getting married in September so there’s lots of shopping, planning and general anticipation in the air. Meanwhile, other daughter graduated in July and has moved to London to start her teaching career. So, we are now officially empty nesters, contemplating a house move and deciding what to do with the next phase of our lives!

What’s INSIDE this month 4 art fair cheshire 7 bollington walking festival 8 Diary of a Geeky Knitter 11 some like it hot 12 NGS Gardens

I can be as guilty as the next person of drifting along without much focus, but, as my youngest said recently – YOLO (you only live once!) So true and a handy reminder to make the most of every minute, seize every opportunity you can and make things happen!

15 simply books book club choice

Don’t miss the chance to take part in the 10th Bollington Walking Festival from 21 to 28 September. Read all about it on page 7, visit the website or pick up a leaflet to find out more. Central to the success of the festival is the Bridgend Centre which, together with the Bollington Walking Festival Committee, has planned a great selection of walks for your enjoyment.

25 In Touch


16 Recipe 20 The Walk 22 caribbean inspiration


29 Children’s Activities 30 Puzzles 33 INSIDE Guide

36 Puzzle Solutions

37 Useful Numbers 38 Classified Index


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Art Fair Cheshire 20th Birthday Event Art Fair Cheshire, the volunteer-run art fair that raises funds exclusively for East Cheshire Hospice, is back – and will once again be at Macclesfield Town Hall in September 2019. 20 years after its first exhibition, the Art Fair will be showcasing work from over 80 artists and craftspeople with each of them donating at least 40% of every sale to support the Hospice. Funds raised help to allow the hospice to fund their Art Psychotherapist, one of only four hospices in the country to offer this service to patients and their families.

Steven commented, “I’m always happy to support the Art Fair in aid of ECH which, as I’ve seen first-hand, does incredible work whilst being funded from donations and fund raising. The Art Fair is great for the Macclesfield area, which has a huge interest in the creative arts, as it showcases the work of so many artists working in a multitude of styles and media.” With her work featured on the front cover of the very first Art Fair catalogue, Lou said “It’s amazing to think it’s been 20 years since I started out as a young Cheshire artist. I can’t imagine how many miles I have stitched on my sewing machine and how many people I have converted to the art of stitch. I feel more passionately about this medium and its infinite possibilities than ever and you can see that my work has metamorphosed from quaint figurative scenes to large embroidered and dynamic artworks. My role as an artist is to promote creativity and evoke emotion so it’s great to be back at Macclesfield Town Hall to support such a great cause and reflect a little on my career.” As well as many returning artists, there will be lots of new exhibitors to this year’s Art Fair. With everything from greetings cards to large paintings, there is something to suit every pocket. Entry to the Art Fair is FREE and the event will be open every day from 10am to 4.30pm. For full details see

Open from 26 September until 3 October, the Art Fair will be featuring, among many others, three artists who have supported the event from the very beginning; Steven Bewsher, Iola Spafford and embroidery artist Lou Gardiner.


East Cheshire Hospice is a warm and welcoming space for adults facing life limiting illness. It serves the communities of Macclesfield, Buxton, Congleton, High Legh, High Peak, Knutsford, Poynton, Wilmslow and the surrounding areas. Providing care, comfort and compassionate support to patients and their loved ones is its number one priority.

Bollington Walking Festival 2019 The Bollington Walking Festival is back for its tenth year, from 21 to 29 September. In this special year for festivals in Bollington, the Cheshire town of festivals, we have already had the Bollington Arts Festival in May, encompassing a wide range of artistic activities, and this year with an added 150th anniversary of the railway theme; the annual Boat and Folk Festival in June; the annual welldressing, this year with a child-friendly nursery-rhyme theme; and the Beer Festival in July, to name but four. Our tenth Walking Festival will build on these themes for both those who want more and those who missed the other events. With this in mind, we have arranged around 40 walks of all lengths from half a mile to 20 miles, many of them themed. In the artistic area, we have ‘Boggy Doodles’ and En Plein Air art walks. We have a climbing-themed film, Free Solo; and on Friday 27 September a special folk evening to celebrate our tenth anniversary, courtesy of the Bollington Arts Centre and organised by Pete Wood of Bollington Folk Club and Boat and Folk fame. This evening will feature local talent and special guests, at a discounted price of £5 thanks to very generous funding from the South West Peak Landscape Partnership. This is in addition to our long-term funding partners, Bollington Town Council, who generously pay for our publicity. We are reflecting the railway theme with a couple of walks and a display at the Discovery Centre, running our own boat trip with Bollington Wharf Ltd and coach trips to Buxton, Disley and the Roaches – all of which involve walks! For food and drink lovers, we are

walking with Bollington Real Ale Ramblers to the Old Hall Beer Festival (with a bus back, obviously), rambling to Shrigley Hall for tea and cake and taking our usual Bollington food stroll to local cafés including No. 74 Deli, Farm Made Tearooms and Café Waterside. For children, the library will be organising their legendary Bear Hunt – 30 years after the book’s publication – always our best-attended walk, and the Bridgend Centre will be running a new ‘Hunt for Clues’ children’s walk. Nature and history always play a part in our Festival; East Cheshire Rangers will be running a nature walk and, for the first time, the Canal and River Trust will be combining both themes. We will be visiting the Blackden Trust, Alan Garner’s historic Medicine House, and launching a new self-guided Bollington Heritage Walk with the help of Walkers Are Welcome. Health and wellbeing have an extended emphasis this year – in addition to the usual short health walks, including one in partnership with the Medical Centre, Nordic Walking for beginners and the experienced, we have a Sensory Walk run by East Cheshire Eye Society and, for the first time, a Pilates walk. In addition, the Bridgend Centre is offering a beginners’ navigation walk/course. In all this innovation, we are not neglecting our core mission to offer walks of varying lengths every day for people who just like to walk, and we are again grateful to local and national walking groups for organising these, including East Cheshire Ramblers, East Cheshire Outdoor Group (ECOG), Manchester and District (MAD) Walkers, Footprints Walking Club and the Long Distance Walkers’ Association (LDWA). As ever, central to the success of the Festival is the Bridgend Centre, which as well as providing a range of walks, refreshments and items for sale, organises the Festival as a whole. In this year of festivals, in the town of festivals, we are hoping that the tenth Walking Festival will be the ‘festival of festivals’. For further information and to join us go to, pick up one of our widely available leaflets or contact the Bridgend Centre on 01625 576311. Bollington Walking Festival Committee Photo by Terry Heathcote


Diary of a geeky knitter It’s been quite a busy few months for me since I last wrote to you, and not all craft related for once - which I am in two minds about if I am honest. I miss the winter hours knitting and avoiding the cold, but alas with this lovely (albeit intermittent) sunshine we’ve been having, summer plans, and buying my first house, I’ve really not had the time I would have liked to have with a pair of knitting needles in my hand. At the beginning of July, my husband (it still feels a little strange to call him that, even after almost a year married) and I completed the purchase on our first house together. I can’t quite believe it, that we found a house that we fell in love with and were able to get within only a couple of months of putting our offer in - we are so delighted! It needs some TLC before we can move in, but it is a lot of fun to have a big project to be working on together outside of our careers. To be completely honest though, I rather hope it’s the last house I ever buy! As exciting as everything was with the prospect of our own space, towards the end of it all, solicitors, estate agents, vendors, and countless forms really started to take their toll on my sanity. Of course, as soon as we opened the door with our own keys that first night, the feeling of accomplishment was all worth it, but one I am happy not to repeat. I am by no means qualified to offer advice on buying a house, but if I could pass three things on to first time buyers that I wish I knew myself, they would be: do not let the estate agent know how much you have to spend on a house, only allude to a vague sum; if you like (love) a house, try not to show the vendor or estate agent how much you want this house and ask someone you know to recommend a conveyancer to you. Since then, I headed up to Newcastle in early August to attend three, yes THREE, weddings in the space of three days! Admittedly, they were for the same couple, and incorporated the three cultures they and their families share. First, we had a Hindu ceremony

on a Thursday which included a lot of food, drink, dancing, and breath-taking clothes and ceremonies. Following this on the Saturday, the morning was taken up with a traditional Chinese tea ceremony and lion dance, with the afternoon devoted to an English civil ceremony, wedding breakfast, and reception. I was honoured to be one of the bridesmaids in the party, and seeing my best friend marry her now-husband was such a magical, wonderful way to spend a weekend, and so much fun to have three outfits myself (the bride had six in all). Weddings are really one of the most wonderful events I think you can attend, and it all made me long to repeat my own from last year - how soon after a wedding can you excuse a weddingvow-renewal-party? Before you worry that I got no crafting done in this time, as I know you are, the nerdier crafters out there will be pleased to know that I did finally finish crocheting a blanket in the shape of a Star Wars X-Wing fighter. Because what else would a working woman in her late twenties want more in her new home?


Some Like it Hot This month Martin Blow of SpecialPerennials gets all heated up about growing Red Hot Pokers. We all remember the old-fashioned Red-Hot Poker plants with their tall, impressive heads of flower, red at the top and yellow at the bottom and great mounds of leaves, flowering away in a neglected spot in the garden. Eyecatching they certainly are, and they have come a long way from these gaudy giants with lots of colours and sizes now available for every type of garden.

Bee Lemon

Other common names for this plant such as Torch Lily and Rocket Flower are equally as apt.

and yellow) for plants that are not much more than 1ft / 30cm tall.

Kniphofia, as they are properly called come from Southern Africa. The ones we grow in the garden largely grow on high mountains and plateaux meaning they are cold hardy although you may find plants or seeds of sub-tropical species that will need protection in winter. As a rule of thumb those with very narrow, almost chive-like leaves are less hardy.

Slightly taller is the lovely “Drummore Apricot” with bronze stems to set off the flowers in July and August. “Tawny King” is perhaps the most striking variety with very large caramel and cream flowers on 3ft / 90cm stems from June to August.

In the past gardeners have planted Pokers in the driest, sunniest part of the garden and then left them to get on with it, this comes from the misconception that they are desert plants. They will survive this but not thrive. The best treatment is plenty of sun and a rich, fertile soil with plenty of summer moisture. Here they will have more and larger flowers. By careful selection of varieties and species it is possible to have a poker in flower from May to December, but for most gardens a few good varieties will cover the summer and autumn months. Here are a few of my favourites. “Timothy” is very different from the standard poker with his salmony orange flowers on 2ft / 60cm stems in midsummer he is more suitable for a small garden. Likewise, the cool, icy lemon and white flowers of “Percy’s Pride” are short and compact and create a zing in the border from July through August. The deep smouldering colour of “Nancy’s Red” heats up in August and September and again she is quite compact. There are even smaller ones available – watch out for “Brimstone” (Yellow), “Little Maid” (cream) and “Bressingham Comet” (Red, orange

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Some pokers are long and slender adding a gracefulness to the flowers. “Jenny Bloom” is one such with softly coloured peaches and cream coloured flowers. “ToffeeNosed” is similar but has more distinctly caramel and white flowers. “Fiery Fred” is tall, slender and burning with heat through July and August and a must for the hot-coloured garden. One of my favourites are the fatter flower heads of Bee’s Lemon who has yellow flowers that are greenish at first. Pokers can be propagating by division after flowering or in late spring from late flowering ones. Seed will be variable but does produce good plants – the colours may be a surprise! Sow on the surface of moist seed compost – do not bury the seed just press it lightly onto the surface – in late winter in warmth such as a heated propagator and transplant as soon as they are big enough to handle and then wait for the fireworks when they flower! Janet and I run Special Perennials, our website is full of colour photos and growing tips. We sell at Plant Hunters’ Fairs throughout the season. Please see for the full calendar of dates and venues.


late summer openings As the open gardens season draws to a close, we have just a few recommendations for you in the Cheshire & Wirral region. On 7 & 8 September, Lane End Cottage, (conveniently just off the M6 motorway junction) has its second opening of the year. And the spectacular gardens of Mount Pleasant near Kelsall open again over the same weekend. See both the extensive gardens and the spectacular wildflower meadows, on a hill side looking over towards Wales. Briarfield, at Burton on the Wirral, may be a bit farther west than readers normally travel, but it is one of Cheshire’s most spectacular gardens. This year, for the first time, it is opening on 13 September, and with some really interesting trees and shrubs, should be well worth the trek across. Lots of plants for sale. To close our Cheshire season, on 6 October, the Quinta Lovell Arboretum opens again, with its nationally

recognised collection of trees. And it’s right next to a lovely pub for lunch or coffee!

Mount Pleasant

Please note that two gardens due to open during this period and listed in our publications, Sycamore Cottage at Carrington and Trafford Hall near Chester, will NOT be opening due to unforeseen circumstances. Every year, full details are available in the wellestablished yellow booklet available in garden centres, libraries etc or via or the NGS app. If you are interested in opening your garden next year to help us raise money for our charities, (we will be donating about £3 million), please contact We will be happy to talk to you and if suitable, provide every help and support.

simply books book club choice We’re often asked in the shop to recommend ‘something funny’ – it’s a really tricky request. Humour, and what makes each of us raise a smile, is a very personal thing. For me, however, Jonathan Coe is a very funny author and his latest book Middle England is truly a comedy for our times – a compelling state of the nation novel written with a masterfully satirical touch. Set against the backdrop of the last ten years or so Middle England takes in all kinds of seemingly unconnected moments from our recent history, culminating in that Referendum of June 2016 and the fall out (and falling out!) which has come to epitomise BREXIT. This is a brilliant comic critique of a divided country – told through the lives of a compelling cast of characters, combining top-class soap-opera storytelling and some very telling insights into what it means to be English. Don’t miss it! Our favourite summer read this year is Sweet Sorrow by One Day author David Nicholls. Set over the course of one life-changing summer this is a bittersweet tragicomedy about the rocky road to adulthood and the searing explosion of first love. The novel is told in the voice of 38-year-old Charlie Lewis looking back at his 16-year-old self and the summer when he meets Fran Fisher and is smitten by the overpowering (and entirely unexpected) experience of love at first sight. Much against his better judgement Charlie discovers that the only way he can hope to win Fran over is by getting embroiled in an amdram production of Romeo and Juliet – in which Fran is to play the eponymous lead. This is a lovely book – lots of comic touches, but tender and sad too. David Nicholls joined us at Simply Books for a pre-publication launch of Sweet Sorrow, so we have a few signed copies of the book available. Oh, and if you haven’t read David’s earlier novels One Day and Us, they are both such a treat too! And for the children… Ten Fat Sausages written by Michelle Robinson and illustrated by Tor Freeman is great fun. Ten Fat Sausages sizzling in the pan, decide to escape… if they can. Meet the brave bangers who refuse to be someone’s dinner, coming soon to a kitchen near you!

Simply Books 228 Moss Lane, Bramhall, Cheshire SK7 1BD 0161 439 1436 Open Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 5.30pm Andrew Cant


Walnut-Stuffed Baked Apples Method Serves: 4 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 30-40 minutes

Ingredients ■■ 100g brown sugar ■■ 75g walnuts ■■ 50g golden raisins ■■ 60g unsalted butter, cut into small cubes ■■ 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon ■■ 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger ■■ 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg ■■ 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves ■■ 4 large eating apples (Gala work well) ■■ 120ml fresh orange juice


1. Preheat oven to 190C / Gas mark 5. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, walnuts, raisins, butter, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. 2. Slice about 1cm off the top of each apple. Use a corer or a sharp knife to remove the core and seeds from inside of each apple but take care not to go all the way through. Arrange the apples, cavity side up, in a ceramic baking dish. Fill each cavity with 2 tablespoons of the brown sugarwalnut mixture. Sprinkle remaining brown sugarwalnut mixture on top of apples. Pour the orange juice around apples. 3. Bake the apples for 30 to 40 minutes or until they are tender. Rotate the baking dish halfway through the cooking time. Spoon the juices in the dish over apples and serve warm with ice cream or creme fraiche.

cown edge rocks Walk description: The gentle climb from Rowarth to the Cown Rocks plateau opens up splendid and extensive views of the Dark Peak, the Southern Pennines, the Manchester skyscape and the Cheshire Plain. This 5 mile walk is a gem and it is right on the doorstep. Ascent: 560 ft over 3 miles. Distance: 5 miles over varied terrain with easy climbs and descent. Maps: OS Explorer OL1 Dark Peak. New Mills Parish Paths published by New Mills Town Council. Map by Alan Browning Start: Rowarth car park (SK011892) Refreshments nearby: The Little Mill Inn, Hollinsmoor Road , Rowarth, High Peak SK22 1EB Tel: 01663 743178 Exit right out of the car park and walk towards the idyllic hamlet of Rowarth. It is very hard to imagine that this tiny hamlet was a hive of activity in the 1700’s at


the start of the industrial revolution. It boasted six mills powered by the water extracted from the stream that runs through the hamlet. Walk past the workers cottages, note the date plaque “Drinkwater Buildings - 1812”. Pass to the left of Anderson House (SK012892) and yes it does look like a mill owner’s house should look. Continue to the concrete roadway. Turn right and follow the road down to the ford. If the water is not too deep cross the ford or alternatively take the stile on the left, cross the bridge over the stream and then the stile to rejoin the roadway. Continue up the hill passing to the left of Lower Harthill Farm. Look out for the rare breed pigs in the pens up to the left. Pass the Peak and Northern Footpath Society # 55 green footpath sign giving directions to Rowarth and Hayfield. Continue in front Higher Harthill Farm (SK018894) and then to a stile. Cross the stile and follow the right hand margin of the meadow to another stile. Cross the stile and follow the path over the moorland keeping the wall to the left. Pass through a gap in the wall and then over two more stiles onto the drive of Bullshaw Farm (SK024890).

The Walk

towards a fence. The view has changed completely. The Manchester skyscape is before us, not just the city centre with its Beetham Tower and CIS Building but all of the Southern Pennine towns. - Bolton, Rochdale, Oldham and Ashton – and on a good day the transmitter on Winter Hill can be seen. Pass through a gap in the wall and about 20 metres to the left of a line of trees pick up a faint path across the plateau of Cown Edge Rocks to a stile (SK017915). Note the pair of dragons guarding a fine gateway. Turn left and left again onto the bridleway. Continue along the bridleway bearing left at Matley Moor Farm (SK024895). Pass through two gates. Immediately after the second gate take the gate on the right (SK021900). Walk over Matley Moor, go through the gate and turn right down the road (Pennine Bridleway). At the T junction take the stile directly opposite. Climb the path to stile at the junction with Monk’s Road and the Higher Plainstead Farm drive (SK023912). Turn left down the drive keeping to the right of Higher Plainstead Farm. Walk on to Rocks Farm (SK019914). Ignore a footpath sign to right. Continue into the farm yard and then take the signed path on the right. Go up the steps and then over the stile and climb diagonally up the hillside. Take your time on this ascent to take in the magnificent Dark Peak panorama. There are not many places where you can view the Dark Peak in its entirety: Saddlewoth Moor, Black Hill, Bleaklow; Harry Hut and Lantern Pike in the foreground, the Kinder Plateau behind, South Head, Mount Famine, Chinley Churn Eccles Pike and distant hills further south. On reaching the quarry (SK020917) the summit of the walk has been achieved. It is a little more than half way into the walk and is an excellent coffee, lunch stop or just an excuse to spend more time to take in the view. Follow the path round to the left into a raised field. Climb the bank and walk diagonally across the field

Cross into open moorland. The view has changed yet again. The Cheshire plain opens up: Alderley Edge, Frodsham and the Welsh Hills. Some say that with the sun shining it is possible to pick out Liverpool Cathedral. Continue to a double stile across a track (SK014910). Follow the way marker across the field and go over stile and immediately through a squeeze stile (SK013909). Start the descent heading straight on to a stile by a gateway (SK012905). Continue straight on following the pathway. Although this pathway is not marked on the map it descends down the spine of the spur. Eventually the path bears to the left to stile (SK012901). Cross the stile and take downhill path in the gulley to a footpath sign (SK013896). The hamlet of Rowarth and the car park now come into view. Take the stile to the right and continue downhill, pass to the right of the bungalow and onto the road (SK013893). Turn right and return to the car park. In memory of John Parker (1923 – 2010) – long standing club member who pioneered mid-week walks and was mentor to many who came to the pleasures of walking at a late stage in their lives. Marple District Rambling Club organises up to nine walks each week on Thursdays and Sundays. For more information, either ring our Chairman, Sue Gilmore on 07775 620398, or our Membership Secretary, Claude Prime on 0161 483 8596. Alternatively, you could visit our website on to learn more about our Club’s programme of walks, socials and walking holidays.

By Michael Bradbury and Gordon Harris



The period between September to Christmas always seems a long one and can be a bit depressing as the nights draw in. That’s why it’s a brilliant time to plan a getaway! Take yourself off to a tropical paradise, somewhere vibrant, somewhere magical. Somewhere like the Caribbean. The crystal blue seas, the white sand and the wonderful hospitality make this an irresistible part of the world. Only certain islands are connected by direct flights from Manchester* but there is always the fantastic option of a cruise too and then you can visit several islands in the same trip.

Cancun, Mexico Attracting a slightly younger crowd, Cancun has a fantastic choice of nightlife. In fact, apart from the gorgeous beaches, it’s the main reason people go. The Hotel Zone is ‘party central’ with glamorous pool parties, an abundance of bars and giant nightclubs open til dawn! If you’re after some ‘down time’, you could enjoy the best of both worlds and stay a little further south in Playa del Carmen where you will find several beautiful all-inclusive resorts.

It’s a tough task deciding where to go, but at Not Just Travel we can help find the right island for you.

FOR PARTY PEOPLE Jamaica Jamaica has long had a reputation for colours and music and there are lots of nightlife hot spots to check out whilst you’re there. Rick’s Cafe in Negril for example is legendary. The perfect place to watch the sunset, this lively bar is particularly renowned for its high diving shows and live music. There are lots of great festivals on the islands too like the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival or Reggae Sumfest, not forgetting Bob Marley’s Birthday Bash (dates vary).


FOR FAMILIES Dominican Republic The Dominican Republic has a lot more on offer than you might realise; stunning national parks, vibrant cities (Santo Domingo is the oldest city in the New World)

and a wide choice of brilliant activities like zip lining and swimming with dolphins. It is also one of the more budget friendly islands so if you want to go long haul but not break the bank, it’s definitely worth considering. Jamaica You might be surprised to know that Jamaica is considered the most ‘family friendly’ destination in the Caribbean. The developed infrastructure on the island makes travelling around Jamaica easy, ideal with kids in tow. There is a great choice of all-inclusive hotels that cater well for families. Beaches for example, the family arm of luxury resorts, Sandals, have two properties on the island both offering fantastic facilities for youngsters.

FOR ROMANCE St Lucia St Lucia has something of a mystical feel to it. One of the most picturesque islands in the Caribbean with its iconic Piton mountains, waterfalls and gorgeous palm fringed beaches. You will find an excellent choice of couples-only resorts on the island and lots of luxury activities such as helicopter rides and sunset sailing trips.

Antigua Antigua was voted the ‘Caribbean’s most romantic destination’ at the recent World Travel Awards, so how can you argue with that? This stunning island is understandably the leader in the weddings and honeymoon market, and I’ve had several clients stay there for their honeymoons. With miles of beautiful beaches, plus award winning spas and restaurants, Antigua offers everything you might need for a magical escape. *From Manchester you can fly direct to Antigua, Barbados, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Cancun, St Lucia and Tobago. Lucy Allen Personal Travel Consultant Notjusttravel/waitingworld w: e: p: 07512 784700

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NORTHERN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA NEW SEASON The Northern Chamber Orchestra has announced details of its stunning 2019-20 season, including concerts celebrating the 250th birthday of Beethoven as well as the UK premiere of Weinberg’s Cello Concertino, played by Raphael Wallfisch. The season features a host of international classical music stars, including pianist and 2014 BBC Young Musician of the Year winner Martin James Bartlett, percussionist Colin Currie, and superb violinist Anthony Marwood, who plays Beethoven’s Olympian Violin Concerto in the year of Beethoven’s 250th birthday. A further celebration of Beethoven’s birthday takes place in April, with the NCO Soloists performing his String Quartet op 130, played in the original version with the massive and imposing Grosse Fuge as finale, alongside the Septet, one of his most popular works. In November, the NCO’s President, cellist Raphael Wallfisch, gives the UK premiere of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Cello Concertino. Another premiere comes in May, this time a newly commissioned piece by the NCO’s composer in residence, James Manson. Percussionist Colin Currie plays a work by contemporary Austrian composer Kurt Schwertsik, and as an exclusive in Manchester he also performs a piece composed by Stephen Barlow, former Artistic Director of Buxton International Festival; his Nocturne for solo clarinet, marimba and strings, with the NCO’s principal clarinet Elizabeth Jordan.

Tickets for the new season are now sale from or 0161 247 2220. Continued over


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INTERESTED IN NATURAL HISTORY? Are you interested in the countryside, flowers, birds, butterflies, mammals, amphibians or any aspect of natural history? If the answer is yes, then Wilmslow Guild Natural History Society is for you. Come and join a friendly group of enthusiasts who enjoy monthly meetings from September to April. This is a programme of talks by expert speakers covering interesting and varied natural history topics of both national and international relevance. Throughout spring and summer there is also a programme of excursions, both local and further afield, to locations providing a good range of specialist and general interest for everyone. No expert knowledge is needed, so come along and learn, contribute and enjoy the company! For more information please contact Steve Osborne on 01625 879087.

Meetings are monthly on Thursday evening from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Wilmslow Guild, 1 Bourne St, Wilmslow.

FESTIVAL PLAYERS PRESENT ‘BREAKING THE CODE’ Wilmslow man Alan Turing was unknown to the public when he performed a most valuable service to the country. During World War 2 he worked at the now famous Bletchley Park, Britain’s secret wartime codebreaking centre. He devised techniques to accelerate the cracking of enemy codes and in particular the complex codes of the Nazi Enigma machine. Some historians claim that Turing’s efforts shortened the war in Europe by two years and saved over 14 million lives. After the war he was instrumental in computer development at Manchester University. This is the gripping story of the Enigma that was Alan Turing, who still fascinates us all today. Recently he was voted the most important individual of the 20th Century in a nationwide BBC poll and appears on the new £50 note. ‘Breaking the Code’ gives us fascinating glimpses of his professional and personal life. It takes us through his struggles against two enemies: Nazi Germany and amazingly a blinkered and hostile British society. For security reasons his Bletchley Park achievements were sadly unknown until the late 1970’s, long after his death.

Explore Turing’s life, his genius and his frailties, culminating in his final battle against the establishment in this remarkable play from 16 to 19 October at Bollington Arts Centre, Wellington Road, Bollington SK10 5JR Tickets from


Children’s Activities

Things to do with pre-school kids


Trinity Tots at Holy Trinity Hurdsfield 9.30-11.00am Free play, craft activities and song time. Refreshments include tea, coffee, juice and toast. 197a Hurdsfield Road, Macclesfield. Contact 01625 424587 Open The Door... to Sensory Rhymes Time & Bubbles 10.30am The Hope Centre, Park Green, Macclesfield. Drop in £3. For more information contact Ruth 07553566070 or visit Rugbytots Make your child’s development more fun with Rugbytots. Sessions: 9.25am 2 – 3 ½ years, 10.05am 3 ½ -5 years at Bollington Civic Hall. Find out more at or contact Alick on 0345 313 6720 or Email Free tasters subject to availability.

Tuesday Praise & Play 9.30-11am Term time only. St Oswald’s Church, Bollington. Contact Beverley on 01625 500970 or Rugbytots Make your child’s development more fun with Rugbytots. 3.55pm Reception & Year 1, 4.50pm Reception & Year 1 at Macclesfield Leisure Centre. Find out more at or contact Alick on 0345 313 6720 or Email Free tasters subject to availability.

Open The Door ... to BabyTime 11.00am Tytherington Family Worship Church. More information Facebook Open The Door or Ruth 07553566070.

thursday Jolly Bollys 10-11.30am Bollington Community Centre, Ovenhouse Lane. Please call 01625 378 081 or email hurdsfieldchildrenscentreadmin@cheshireeast. for more information Stay & Play 1.30-3pm Hurdsfield Children’s Centre, Hulley Rd, Macc. For ages 0-5 with parents/carers. Please call 01625 378 081 or email for more information. Rugbytots Make your child’s development more fun with Rugbytots. 9.30am 2-3 ½ years, 10.10am 3 ½ -5 years, 11.05am 2-3 ½ years, 11.45am 3 ½ -5 years, 4.00pm Reception & Year 1 at Macclesfield Leisure Centre. Find out more at or contact Alick on 0345 313 6720 or Email Free tasters subject to availability.

Friday Rhyme Time 10-10.30am Bollington Library. Free but children must be accompanied by an adult. Tel 01625 378 266.



Open The Door... to PlayTime 9.30-11.00am Tytherington Family Worship Church. More information Facebook Open The Door or Ruth 07553566070

Dads’ Group 10-12noon Hurdsfield Children’s Centre, Hulley Rd, Macc. Drop-in play session for dads and male carers. Monthly meeting so please call the centre 01625 378 081 for dates and more information.

Rhyme Time 10-10.30am Bollington Library. Free but children must be accompanied by an adult. Telephone 01625 378 266

Rugbytots Make your child’s development more fun with Rugbytots.

NCT at Fun4all 10-12 noon Fun4all in Macclesfield. Under 1’s free, 1 and 2 year olds £1 and 3+ usual rates. Contact uk, telephone 0844 243 6115, and see our Facebook page ‘Friends of East Cheshire NCT’ for more information and other events.

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8.10am 2-3 ½ years, 8.50am 5-7 years, 9.45am 3 ½ -5 years, 10.20am 2- 3 ½ years, 11.40am 3 ½ -5 years, 12.10pm 5-7 years, 1.05pm 3 ½ -5 years at Macclesfield Leisure Centre. Find out more at or contact Alick on 0345 313 6720 or Email Free tasters subject to availability.

If you run a local activity for young children and email would like to be included on this page please uk agazin nsidem c.blackie@i


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selected events in your area

Tuesday 3 September

Wednesday 18 September

Adlington WI Open Meeting. ‘Our Doris’ – a WI local author story with book signings – speaker Charles Heathcote. Pop in to see us and be sure of a warm welcome, good company, a drink and a slice of homemade cake! More info from Jackie Shaw 01625 266251 or email Tickets £3 including tea/coffee and cake! Adlington Village Hall, Mill Lane, Adlington SK10 4LF 7.30pm

Lunchtime Concerts. Irwell Baroque, Anna Rosa Mari / flute, Dewi Tudor Jones / violin, Peggy Nolan / cello, Pete Durrant / harpsichord. Light lunches available from 12 noon Concert performances commence at 1pm. Admission by Programme £6. Tel. 01625 586713 Tel. 01625 584410 Tel. 01625 584367 Alderley Edge Methodist Church, Chapel Road, Alderley Edge SK9 7DU

Wednesday 4 September Flix in the Stix - Pott Shrigley Community Cinema presents Fisherman’s Friends (12A) Ticket agents: Anthea Wilkinson (01625 573538 and St Oswald’s church, Bollington), Sue Ralston (01625 573210 and St Christopher’s church, Pott Shrigley), Peter M Boulton (01625 876646) E-mail Tickets in advance £4 or ‘chance it’ on the door £5 Pott Shrigley Village Hall, SK10 5RT Bar opens 6.30pm film starts 7.30pm

september - october 2019

Saturday 21 September Bollington Chamber Concerts, Heath Quartet. This is our first concert of the season. The Heath have a brilliant international reputation. Beethoven Quartet op 18 no. 1, Ravel Quartet F major, Tippet Quartet no 3. Tickets £19, £2 students and recipients of means tested benefits. Book online at or phone 01625 576402/574435 Bollington Arts Centre, 7.30pm

Thursday 5 September

Tuesday 24 September

Would you like to meet new friends? Thursday Group is a social group for unattached people of mature years, with several activities run by the members every week. These include walking, dancing, badminton, theatre and restaurant visits. For more info see or ring Bill on 07505 076838, or just come along to new members night on the first Thursday in each month where you will be met by group members. The Bulls Head Pub, 30 Wilmslow Road, Handforth, SK9 3EW 8.30pm

Artisan Route Open Day. Featuring a collection of Alpaca Knitwear, ‘Perfect Fit’ Pima Cotton Tops, and Silk Scarves – All by Artisan Route. Tuesday 10am to 1pm The Bridge Hotel (The Riverside Room), Prestbury

Tuesday 10 September East Cheshire Association of the National Trust. Lecture – The Liverpool Cow-Keepers, a Family History – Dave Joy, Brookdale Club, Bridge Lane, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 3AB 2pm

Saturday 14 September Prestbury Village Show. Entries in all classes welcomed. Schedules available from village shops. For more information contact Mary Hindle at or ring 01625827700 Prestbury Village Hall 2pm

Tuesday 24 September Adults FREE Lip-Reading Classes Do you, or a member of the family have a hearing loss? Do you feel isolated or missing out on conversation? Come along and join us, give it a try. Find out more by email lipreading. or phone/text Debra 077919 51577. Every Tuesday for the 8 weeks. St Georges Church Hall Poynton SK12 1NH 10.30am to 12.30pm

Tuesday 24 September Macclesfield Group of the Family History Society of Cheshire AGM & Display of WWII memorabilia with short talks by members. Meetings are open to the public and admission is £2 per meeting including refreshments For further details please contact; The Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6XD 7.30pm Continued over


Thursday 26 September

Saturday 5 October

Wilmslow Guild Natural History Society Uganda, the Pearl of Africa – illustrated talk by Mike Roberts. Visitors very welcome (£4) Details from Steve Osborne 01625 879087 or The Guild, 1 Bourne St, Wilmslow SK9 5HD 7.30pm

Northern Chamber Orchestra Elizabeth Jordan, clarinet Tickets from or 0161 247 2220. The Heritage Centre, Macclesfield

Saturday 28 September Steve Waterman and the Hootin’ Annie’s Big Band. The concert will be set out cabaret style with bar. Tickets are £10 adults and £5 children, available on 01625 433187/615298. Proceeds are for The Martyn Donaldson Music Trust. For more information about Steve Waterman visit Tytherington High School 7.30pm

Saturday 28 September Macclesfield Male Voice Choir. Joint concert with BackBeat A Cappella. Variety of numbers new, old and some favourites. Tickets £10 on the door of from Dave & Joan 01625 528190 United Reformed Church, Wilmslow 7.30pm

Tuesday 8 October East Cheshire Association of the National Trust Lecture – AGM with Deborah Maxwell, National Trust as Guest Speaker Brookdale Club, Bridge Lane, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 3AB 2pm

Friday 11 October Poynton Male Voice Choir and The Gallery Choir, Stockport in concert Tickets, including refreshments, £8 adults, £5 children/students (on door or phone 0161 456 4266) Trinity Methodist Church, Massie Street, Cheadle 7.30pm

Tuesday 1 October

Wednesday 16 October

Adlington WI. The Best of Nepal with speaker Marian Bray. Pop in to see us and be sure of a warm welcome, good company, a drink and a slice of homemade cake! More info from Jackie Shaw 01625 266251 or email Adlington Village Hall, Mill Lane, Adlington SK10 4LF 1.30 to 3.30pm

Lunchtime Concerts Students from The Royal Northern College of Music Light lunches available from 12 noon. Concert performances commence at 1pm Admission by programme £6. Further Information: Tel. 01625 586713 Tel. 01625 584410 Tel. 01625 584367 Alderley Edge Methodist Church, Chapel Road, Alderley Edge SK9 7DU

Tuesday 1 to Saturday 5 October Poynton Gilbert & Sullivan Society are presenting their fully costumed annual stage performance, which this year is ‘THE SORCERER’ Tickets £12 for adults and £7 for 16 and under, and are available at MATES DIY shop on Park Lane, The Civic Hall or by telephone (01625 876 394) & e-mail tickets@ Also available on the door each evening. Poynton Civic Hall (off Park Lane, behind Waitrose), SK12 1RB 7.30pm

Wednesday 16 to Friday 19 October Bollington Festival Players present “Breaking the Code” Tickets from Bollington Arts Centre Wellington Road, Bollington SK10 5JR

Thursday 3 October

Tuesday 22 October

Would you like to meet new friends? Thursday Group is a social group for unattached people of mature years, with several activities run by the members every week. These include walking, dancing, badminton, theatre and restaurant visits. For more info see or ring Bill on 07505 076838, or just come along to new members night on the first Thursday in each month where you will be met by group members. The Bulls Head Pub, 30 Wilmslow Road, Handforth, SK9 3EW 8.30pm

Macclesfield Group of the Family History Society of Cheshire Not Forgotten a talk by Geoff Archer. How, why, for whom, and by whom, were local war memorials produced. Meetings are open to the public and admission is £2 per meeting including refreshments For further details please contact; The Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6XD 7.30pm

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useful numbers Churches Bollington United Reformed Church Bollington Christian Life Church Prestbury Methodist Church Quakers St Oswald’s Church St Gregory’s RC Church St Peters Church Prestbury Tytherington Family Worship

Schools 01625 613029 01625 578100 01625 424361 01625 562109 01625 422849 01625 572108 01625 827625 01625 615195

pharmacies I Rowlands & Co The Village Pharmacy, Prestbury

01625 574401 01625 829216

Dentists Bollington Dental Practice Prestbury Road Dental Practice

01625 574609 01625 432300

Doctors Bollington Medical Centre Hope Cottage Surgery, Prestbury

01625 462593 01625 827319

01625 421000 0161 483 1010 111

Leisure Centre Bollington Leisure Centre Macclesfield Leisure Centre

01625 574774 01625 383981

Libraries Bollington Library Prestbury Library Macclesfield Library

01625 378266 01625 827501 01625 374000

Police Non Emergency


Post Offices West Bollington Post Office Tytherington Post Office

01625 572025 01625 572138 01625 572021 01625 572037 01625 572767 01625 422192 01625 422192 01625 383000 01625 383033 01625 384071 01625 466414 01625 610220 01625 426138 01625 827898

Travel Bus & Train Times National Rail Enquiries Manchester Airport

0871 200 2233 0345 748 4950 0808 169 7030


Hospitals Macclesfield Hospital Stepping Hill Hospital NHS Non-Emergency

St John’s Primary School Bollington Cross Primary Rainow Primary School St Gregorys’ Catholic Primary Dean Valley Community Primary Beech Hall School Little Griffins Nursery Mottram St Andrew Primary Prestbury C of E Primary Bollinbrook Cof E Primary Marlborough Primary School Tytherington High School All Hallows Catholic High School Fallibroome High School

01625 572378 01625 869042

Electricity – Power Loss Gas – Emergency Water – Faults, United Utilities Environment Agency Floodline

105 0800 111 999 0345 672 3723 0345 988 1188

Helplines Alcoholics Anonymous Al-Anon Childline Citizens Advice Bureau Crimestoppers Directory Enquiries National Dementia Helpline RSPCA Samaritans

0800 917 7650 020 7403 0888 0800 1111 03444 111 444 0800 555111 118 500 0300 222 1122 0300 1234999 116 123

Other Bollington Town Hall Bridgend Centre Bollington Arts Centre Bollington Veterinary Centre

01625 572985 01625 576311 01625 573863 01625 572999


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INSIDE Bollington, Prestbury & Tytherington Issue 70  

Community magazine including local news and what's on

INSIDE Bollington, Prestbury & Tytherington Issue 70  

Community magazine including local news and what's on