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inside may - june 2018


Issue 62

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 Time flies, as they say, and the older we get the faster it rushes by! If you have school-age children you’ll know the feeling - they go back to school after the Easter holidays and before you know it, it’s half term! My life isn’t ruled by school-term dates any longer, but I’m always working on magazines dated two months ahead. It’s alarming the speed at which annual events come rolling round again, year after year. As I’ve become more aware of the passage of time, I’m also becoming more mindful of using it wisely. It’s amazing how much time you can waste idly checking Facebook or catching up on emails on your phone. That’s not to say I want to have a jam-packed diary every single day; it’s important to make space for quiet time too, reading, walking or simply doing whatever you find relaxing. But I don’t want to look back on a day, or week and think I’ve wasted it. Two thoughts to finish with. Once time has passed you can never get it back and even though time does fly, remember, you are the pilot!

What’s INSIDE this month 4 simply books book club choice 6 Diary of a Geeky Knitter 8 Bollington Community Centre 11 travel by design 15 IN Touch 19 geraniums 20 find a garden to visit 24 The Walk 26 the problem with plastic 29 Elizabeth Gaskell House 33 Just 4 Kids 34 Children’s Activities 36 35 Puzzles 36 avro heritage museum 39 pea & mint soup recipe 40 INSIDE Guide 44 Puzzle Solutions 45 Useful Numbers 46 Classified Index



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simply books

book club choice

My first choice this month is COSTA Novel of the Year Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor. It’s midwinter in a village somewhere in the Peak District. A teenage girl on holiday with her parents has gone missing. The villagers are called up to join the search, fanning out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks and news reporters descend on the villagers’ previously quiet home. Meanwhile, ‘ordinary’ life must go on – cows milked, fences repaired, sermons written, a pantomime rehearsed. The search goes on, but so does everyday life. The seasons unfold – there are births and deaths, secrets kept and revealed, small kindnesses and unexpected betrayals – and still the mystery of the girl’s disappearance hangs over the village. Meanwhile, in parallel, the natural world follows its own seasonal cycle of birth, death and renewal. This is an extraordinary novel – beautifully written and with a cumulative power which held me in its grip. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid is set in an unnamed city (possibly Damascus or another hotspot in the Middle East) where bombs and assassinations shatter the peace of everyday life. Somewhere in this city, two young people meet and in time fall in love. As the violence that surrounds them escalates and escape seems ever more necessary, they hear rumours of mysterious black doors appearing across the city which provide a portal to a new life – perhaps in Greece, in London, in California… This is a very timely book which stretches the boundaries of ‘reality’ just enough to make a point about the experience of immigrants and refugees fleeing to ‘the West’. What does it mean to leave your only home behind? How do we create a sense of belonging? A spare and carefully crafted novel Exit West sometimes has the feel of a fable but it remains sufficiently grounded in reality to convey some important messages about the way we understand and react to ‘the refugee crisis’ – a story with as much hope for the future as despair about the present. And for children Fantastically Great Women Who Made History by Kate Pankhurst (published to coincide with the centenary of the first time women gained the vote in this country) is a fabulously illustrated celebration of some of the extraordinary women from around the world who have made their mark on history.


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

Diary of a geeky knitter Hello lovely readers, I hope this month finds you well and that the more cheerful weather (finally!) is having a positive effect on you - I certainly know that it is for me! It makes going out for evening jogs much more fun. I’m sure most everyone is in the same boat as me, but it’s been such a busy, busy 2018 so far, and I can’t quite believe that we are in May already! The sunshine took its time catching up, but with any luck we have finally waved goodbye to the snow. It’s around this time that I would normally give you an update on my yarny exploits, but I’ve been so preoccupied with my new role at work, and then with wedding planning when I get home, that I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t updated my blog since November - shocking, I know! I have been working hard still, knitting a shawl for the wedding and also sewing my wedding dress (what was I thinking?!) but I need to keep these a secret for a few months yet, so instead I didn’t think you would mind if I wrote to you this month about something a little different.

some dark aspects of humanity and war but approaches them through songs and dialogue that are delicate, funny and emotional in equal measure. Think The Sound of Music, but with a more explicit approach to difficult themes. By the end of the show, I was really moved, and I would really recommend it! The show is on at the Palace until 12 May, so you might just miss it while it’s in town, but it’s touring the UK so if you were interested I would really recommend visiting

Don’t forget to get in touch

To the theatre Last month, I headed to the Palace Theatre in Manchester with my sister to watch Miss Saigon. If you don’t know the show, it is a musical set towards the end, and in the aftermath, of the Vietnam War, and is a wonderful and beautiful show. The story deals with

I’m not looking to move into a professional line of theatre reviewing, so don’t forget to get in touch with me at if you are keen to read about certain topics! Knitting questions, crochet queries, or even pattern requests, are always read with interest and really help me decide what to write to you lovely readers! Until next time, happy knitting and I hope you get to go out and enjoy the sunshine!


at the heart of the community BOLLINGTON COMMUNITY CENTRE Located at the end of Ovenhouse Lane, Bollington Cross, the Community Centre is available to hire, at very reasonable rates, for community activities and business meetings. It is already used as a venue for a variety of regular activities including Luncheon Club, Bingo, Yoga classes, Flower Club, Civic Society, Horticultural Society and Samba Band. It’s also available for parties, seminars, courses etc. on some weekdays, evenings and weekends.

MAIN HALL This refurbished space can be used as an open area or set out with furniture. The main hall, well-equipped catering kitchen, toilets and heating have all been recently updated with grants from the NHS, WREN, Cheshire East Council and generous contributions from the local community. Following the interior refurbishment, work was also completed on securing the weather envelope of the building with the renewal of the flat roof areas, replacement of windows, gutters, barge boards and soffits etc. with additional funding from Bollington Town Council. Hire charges are currently (2018) £12.50 per hour for the hall. Call 01625 575557 for details and bookings.

MEETING ROOMS Two superior meeting rooms are available upstairs, following extensive refurbishment of the former living quarters on the first floor. The larger of these rooms accommodates up to 20, the smaller up to 12 people. The rooms are fully carpeted and furnished. These rooms are ideal for training courses, business meetings, break out rooms from larger groups using the main hall, or for small social gatherings. A small kitchenette is also available upstairs for making tea and coffee.


The meeting rooms are available day and evening. Hire charges are currently (2018) £6.50 per hour. Call 01625 575557 for details and bookings.

COMMUNITY LUNCHEON CLUB This is enjoyed every Wednesday. Coffee is served from 10.30am and a two-course lunch is served at 12 noon, all for £5. If you are interested in coming each week, please give Pat Haddleton a call (01625 575557) for more information. A team of volunteers help cook the meals and serve up. Why not become a volunteer yourself for this very worthwhile club; you don’t have to be a gourmet cook and we work in teams of two. Just give Pat a call if you would like to become a volunteer. Ovenhouse Lane, Bollington Cross, Macclesfield SK10 5EY Details, bookings and any other information call 01625 575557 or email communitycentre bollington-community-centre Facebook: bollingtoncommunitycentre/




A is for… America


The USA has long been a top destination for UK holidaymakers, offering fabulous holiday experiences from cities to beaches, golf and sailing to shopping and theme parks and from remote National Parks to full on vibrant Las Vegas. But how to narrow it down? As we all know, it’s a big country and it’s a big mistake to try and do too much. New England, and in particular the Bay State of Massachusetts, on the eastern seaboard of the USA, could be just the place for a summer holiday. With soft sand beaches, rugged rocky coastlines and quaint fishing villages sitting alongside rolling green hills, grape laden vineyards, and the energetic city of Boston.

Plantation, a recreation of a 1627 Pilgrim village, just a little further on. Sports are a major part of Boston’s culture, with famous teams like the Boston Red Sox (baseball); Boston Celtics (basketball); Boston Bruins (ice hockey) and the New England Patriots (American football) all calling it home.

B is for… Boston

C is for… Cape Cod

Boston, the State capital with so much to be proud of. It is a walking city, filled with green areas and parks, its most iconic being Boston Common in the heart of downtown. It is a welcoming city, with a friendly attitude towards all who visit this modern metropolis. Rich in history and culture and home to some of the best restaurants, hotels, nightlife and attractions in New England, it’s no surprise that Boston is one of the most loved cities in the USA.

What is it about Cape Cod that keeps visitors coming back? That’s not a tricky question once you’ve visited for yourself. Cape Cod is captivating. The big draw, of course, are the beaches, some of the best in the world. Choose from the northern waters of Cape Cod Bay or the majestic Atlantic where surfing, fishing, swimming and boating are just a few of the summer pastimes. Visit the Cape Cod National Seashore for dramatic sand dunes, towering cliffs and almost infinite stretches of beaches. This Eastern Seaboard state has been named by the WWF as one of the world’s top 10 whalewatching spots, with a variety of species found within 25 miles of its coast. Whale-watching cruises operate

Downtown, you’ll find historic sites around almost every corner, many linked by The Freedom Trail. Plymouth Rock, landing point of the first settlers all those years ago, is less than an hour away with Plimoth

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from April to October and are, unsurprisingly, the top attraction on the Cape. Another reason for Cape Cod’s popularity may be attributed to the unique character of each town. Quilted together to make this special peninsula, each town has something different to offer and the ability to appeal to people of many interests. To get a feel for Cape Cod’s geography, drive along Route 6A to the tip of Provincetown and see for yourself the distinct differences in the Upper, Mid, Lower and Outer Cape. When visiting the Cape, whether for a day or a month, it is important to get beyond the main roads and do a little digging. Discover the nooks and crannies that you can call your own, whether it’s a pond, beach, bike trail, gallery or restaurant, there are plenty to choose from. Where can you tour a battleship in the morning, walk in the steps of the early pilgrims in the afternoon and catch the excitement of a ball game in the evening? Find yourself watching whales breach in the gentle waters one moment and admiring spectacular pieces of priceless art the next? If this combination of attractions beckons you to visit, why not spend your holiday in Massachusetts – it’s all here! So now you have the ABC, you just need the TBD - phone 01625 584195 or visit Travel by Design in Alderley Edge, and we will book your summer holiday to Massachusetts.


by Kristina Hulme

in touch your local community noticeboard may - june 2018

BOLLINGTON ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION Early June always brings the unfailingly excellent Bollington Annual Art Exhibition, with the attendant delights of scrumptious home-made cakes and pastries, served on dainty china crockery, in our pop-up tea shop. The standard of work improves year on year, as regular attendees well know, but the purchase prices of the vast range of pictures exhibited remains refreshingly affordable. Whether your preference is watercolour or pastel, acrylic or charcoal, there is bound to be something to suit your taste. Come along and enjoy the welcoming ambience of Bollington Civic Hall with the friendly Bollington Art Group members on hand for a chat, and the bonus of an Artist in Residence. Entrance is of course free and there is also free parking behind the Civic Hall.

Open Friday 8 and Saturday 9 June, 10am to 6pm. Sunday 10 June, 10am to 4pm Bollington Civic Hall, Palmerston Street, SK 10 5JX

BOLLINGTON OPEN GARDENS WEEKEND A variety of gardens, large and small, in Bollington will be open to the public from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June. Enjoy a walk through the village and visit just a few in an afternoon or all of them over the weekend. You will be assured of a warm welcome from every householder. Refreshments will be available on the Green on High Street from 10am to 4pm on both days. Tickets and maps of the locations of the gardens on display, will be available from various places in Bollington, or on the day.

More information will be available nearer the time via the Bollington Facebook page. Tickets are £5 per person per day from local businesses in Bollington. All proceeds in aid of Bollington Festival 2019.

BOLLINGTON WELL DRESSING 2018 Please join us on Saturday 30 June for the opening, by the Mayor elect, of the 2018 Bollington Well Dressing at 1130am by the Greg Fountain on Flash Lane, opposite the Cock and Pheasant Pub. After a short opening ceremony, we are pleased to announce that Bollington Cross Primary School, whose board is positioned outside Clarence Mill, will entertain you. The theme this year is “100 Years Since,” and if you want to get involved with making the displays, then old and new friends are very welcome to join us, at Bollington Cricket Club, any time on Wed 27/Thu 28 June between 9am and 8pm until we are finished on Friday 29 June. Refreshments will be available. Even if you have never done it before do join us, it’s great fun! Continued over


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MY FAIR LADY COMES TO THE BOLLINGTON STAGE The classic and timeless musical, My Fair Lady, is being brought to the stage in Bollington from 15 to 19 May. It tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a flower seller and daughter of a London dustman who Henry Higgins, an arrogant professor, boasts he could transform to make her the toast of Edwardian London society. The relationship between Eliza and Higgins, sometimes touching, sometimes fiery, leads to iconic numbers such as I Could Have Danced All Night, and I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face. As Eliza fits into her new life, she attracts an admirer, Freddy, who has his own show-stopper number The Street Where You Live. Meanwhile Eliza’s father, Alfred, is teased by his cockney friends who all revel in the show’s best-known number, I’m Getting Married in the Morning. Emily Bancroft and Richard Comish take the show’s central characters, with Mike Raymond and Michael Scott taking the roles of Alfred and Freddy. Supporting them are Paul Yandell as Colonel Pickering an admirer of Higgins, Diana Gordon as Higgins’ outraged mother, with Craig Harris, Diane McIntyre and Carol Pratt in cameo roles as Zoltan Karpathy, Mrs Pearce, Higgins’ housekeeper, and Freddy’s mother, Mrs Eynsford-Hill, respectively. BLOG’s renowned chorus make their own contribution to the show. The show is directed by Denise Holian, and the musical director is Sheila Kent with accompanist Ian Jones. Stephanie Evans is choreographer.

Tickets available from 01625 431038 or email

PLANT HUNTERS’ FAIRS On Sunday 13 May, Plant Hunters’ Fairs return to Adlington Hall for what has become one of the best loved garden events in the area, with a winning line up of the best nurseries around, a most charming and beautiful garden and a truly relaxing and inviting atmosphere. With so much to see, why not take one of the free guided tours of the gardens with the Head Gardener Anthony O’Grady or simply relax, take in the beautiful gardens and enjoy traditional teas and cakes. The nurseries will of course come loaded with a really great mix of plants and specialities to delight plant lovers of every level of experience, and will be more than happy to give you the benefit of their experience in planting and caring for the plants you buy, so you can get the best from them. This event runs from 10am to 4pm. Free parking and half-price entry to the gardens and plant fair of just £3.

More information at


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A BUSY YEAR AHEAD! Macclesfield Male Voice Choir is looking forward to a truly exciting year in 2018. In March we held our first concert in Macclesfield, under the direction of our newly appointed Musical Director, Robert Owens. Robert is in his early twenties and so reduces the average age of the choir a little! By the time you read this, our Annual Gala Concert will either be imminent or just over! It’s scheduled to take place on Saturday 28 April at the United Reformed Church in Macclesfield. All the above is exciting enough in its own right. However, imagine the growing anticipation in the choir in response to the news that we will be competing in the most prestigious choral contest in the world, on Saturday 7 July in Llangollen! The Eisteddfod is a magnet for choirs from all over the world and this year Macclesfield will be represented. Here’s hoping!

The choir is always on the lookout for new members – anyone who would like to find out more, please contact David Collins by email


Easy plants for difficult places Hardy geraniums are well-loved plants: they’re easy to grow, give great value in the garden and there are varieties that do well in the most difficult spots. Commonly called Cranesbills (due to the shape of their seed pods) they are completely different to the half-hardy Pelargoniums commonly mistakenly called Geraniums. Cranesbills come in many shapes and sizes from tiny alpines to large bushy plants. Most Geraniums are well-behaved and easy to care for but beware there are invasive types. Here are some of my favourites for different locations. For dry, sunny spots you can’t do better than the Bloodroot Geraniums (G. sanguineum) with their ground-hugging stems. The flowers are large in relation to the height of plants and come in many shades of pink as well as white. One of the best is Elke with very large silveredged pink flowers. I’d also recommend Striatum (veined pinked flowers), Glenluce (lavender pink) and Album (pure white). You can cut these plants hard back after the first flowering (May – July) and they will respond with more flowers in August or September. For shady, but not too dry, spots the Mourning Widow (Geranium phaeum) flowers from April through to July. The wild type has dark maroon flowers, however there are more showy varieties to choose from. My favourite is Geranium phaeum Album with pure white flowers to brighten up a dark spot.

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For really shady, dry places Geranium Czakor will provide ground covering, aromatic leaves and brilliant magenta flowering in early summer. This really is a tough customer, succeeding where most plants would fail. My favourite for more open sunny borders is the lovely Meadow Cranesbill – Geranium pratense. These flower in mid-summer and often repeat in autumn. The best of these is Mrs. Kendall Clark who has pearly-blue flowers and grows to 2ft 6in – 3ft tall. The superstar of blue Geraniums must be Rozanne; voted plant of Centenary by The Royal Horticultural Society for very good reason. Her large white-centred blue flowers smother the trailing stems of the plant from June to October and she grows well in partial shade. Geraniums can all be cut back after flowering and some will re-bloom, but all will grow fresh, attractive leaves. It’s worth dividing them every few years after flowering to keep them vigorous. They will benefit from your normal garden feeding programme – I feed with Growmore in spring and blood, fish and bone in summer. Janet and I run Special Perennials, our website is full of colour photos and growing tips. We sell by mail order and at Plant Hunters’ Fairs only throughout the season. Please see Locally we will be at the Plant Hunters’ Fair at Adlington Hall, Macclesfield SK10 4LF on Sunday 13 May and at Henbury Hall, Macclesfield SK11 9PJ on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July. We are happy to bring orders to plant fairs for you to collect.


National Garden Scheme

Get out and find a garden to visit!

For most people, with the days becoming longer and the weather warmer (well, we live in hope!), April marks the start of the garden visiting season when Spring bulbs, magnolias, camellias and vibrant fresh green foliage are the big attractions, In May they give way to rhododendrons and azaleas, whilst June brings visitors the early summer flowering shrubs and perennials and all the luscious scents. As you would expect, the National Garden Scheme has lots to offer visitors, who want to get out to gardens, whilst giving to the charities that benefit. Those mentioned below are just a selection. For full details of these and all our gardens, pick up a booklet, visit or download the App. On 12 May, two new gardens will open for the first time. 64 Carr Wood, Hale Barns (WA15 0EP), originally laid out professionally in the 1950s, but now having undergone a very significant transformation, will be open whilst Lane End Cottage Gardens on the outskirts of Lymm (WA13 0TA) will also open, both on the Saturday and Sunday. For those who fancy a trip west towards the lovely Cheshire town of Malpas, a stunning new garden joins the NGS for its first opening. Stretton Old Hall (SY14 7JA) is a modern, beautifully executed, large garden, with something for everyone, formality, wild flower meadows etc. Opening on 20 May and a further date in July. Until a few years ago, an Alderley Edge garden, called simply 34 Congleton Road, opened very successfully for the NGS. But then the owners moved away, and new owners transformed parts of the garden, whilst retaining the best features of the old – one of which, incidentally was the most stunning tree shaped wisteria you are likely to see anywhere! The garden has now reverted to its original name of Cheriton (SK9 7AB). The gates will be open on the weekend of 26 and 27 May.


by John Hinde

Also opening on Sunday 27 May, is Rowley House (CW6 9EH) at Kermincham, close to Jodrell Bank. This garden of a retired professional horticulturalist, has long offered lots of natural interest to visitors, via extensive wild flower meadows, unusual trees and a variety of natural ponds and meres. In the last few years its attractions have been enhanced with a beautifully designed courtyard garden close to the house, built using existing cobbles and other materials.

15 Park Crescent

For anyone who likes to forward plan, June, is always the busiest month by far for garden openings. In particular, on the Garden Festival weekend of 2 and 3 June, there are around a dozen gardens opening for the NGS in Cheshire alone! 10, Statham Avenue (WA13 9NH) at Lymm is always worth a visit, abundantly planted and beautifully structured as it rises up to the Bridgewater Canal at the end of the garden. Make sure you catch the woodstore and potting shed, carefully crafted by the owner! If you want to see something different, go ‘off piste’, so far as the usual gardening trail is concerned and take a drive to Carrington, where you will find the delightful cottage and associated gardens of Sycamore Cottage (M31 4AY).

On Saturday 16 June, two gardens in Macclesfield open their gates: both 61 Birtles Rd (SK10 3JG) and 60 Kennedy Ave (SK10 3£DE) show what can be achieved with imagination and creativity in the gardens of the sort of houses most of us have. Yet they are both very different. A new garden, 15 Park Crescent, (WA4 5JJ) at Appleton, Warrington is opening for the first time on the same date as above, in combination with nearby Thorncar (WA4 5JN). A single ticket gains entry to both here. Both owners are complete plantaholics and plants will be for sale at Thorncar. On Sunday 17 June, 34 Stanley Mount (M33 4AE) at Sale opens for the first time for the NGS. Well, in truth the owner did a ‘pop-up’ opening last year at short notice for us, which was very successful. We offer popup opening to some gardens which are clearly ‘ready to go’ but have approached us too late for inclusion in the publicity booklet. Finally, to round off the month, the wonderful gardens at Bluebell Cottage Gardens (WA4 4HP) open, improving (if that is possible) each year. Whilst you are visiting, you can fill your boots (of your cars!) with a selection of their choice perennials. Remember that many gardens also offer private visits to groups from clubs. Finally, the NGS is always interested to hear from people who might wish to open for us and raise money for our mainly nursing charities. In the first instance, contact or 0151 353 0032, or any member of our volunteer team listed in the booklet or on the website.

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Ladybower and Win Hill Walk description: A circular walk starting close to the reservoir dam and taking an early steep ascent of Win Hill up through the wooded eastern approach to its summit. From there it progresses northwest across the ridge as far as Hope Cross, at which point it drops down through the wood to meet the track close to the river Ashop. It then follows the track alongside the western branch of the Ladybower back to the dam. There are spectacular views throughout. Distance: Approximately 8.5 miles; a walk which has few turning points and offers good underfoot conditions for most of the way. Maps: OS Explorer OL1 Dark Peak. Start: Heatherdene car park which has pay and display with toilets (SK202860) there are also a few marked parking bays on the road (A6013) close to the entrance to the car park. Refreshments: Yorkshire Bridge Inn on the A6013 close to the reservoir dam.


Leave the car park at the south end, passing the rather impressive toilets (any decent book on great buildings of the world will include the Taj Mahal and the toilets at Heatherdene) and proceed through the gates onto a path running above and parallel to the road. At a point level with the dam, the path drops to the right down some steps onto the road where there is a monument marking the opening of the reservoir.

Ladybower is the lowest (and latest) of three reservoirs, the two higher ones being the Derwent and Howden respectively, and was built by the Derwent Valley Water Board to supplement the capacity of the other two to meet the needs of the East Midlands. Construction was completed in 1943 but it was not opened until 1945 since it took the intervening two years to fill. In the process of flooding the lower part of the valley, the villages of Derwent and Ashopton were removed/ submerged which in turn necessitated the exhumation of bodies from Derwent church graveyard for re-burial at nearby Bamford. Cross the road from the monument and take the path along the top of the dam. There are good views to both right, across the surface of the reservoir towards the road bridges, and left, down the embankment to see the water outflows into the river Derwent. It is also worth noting the characteristic bellmouth overflows (often called plugholes) at each end of the dam. These are about 80 ft in diameter at the surface. At the far end of the dam, turn right onto the track and proceed for about 250 yards where there is a finger post signed New Barn, and a narrow path leading up into the wood (SK197856) Take this path which rises steadily up to a gate accessing another path from right to left. Once through the gate, turn left and follow the path, slightly climbing across the face of the hill, via another gate/stile, eventually reaching a point where a path veers up to the right. Ignore this turn and proceed a few yards onwards

and slightly downhill to the next junction, with a narrow path from the left and to the right up some stony steps (SK194851) Turn right up the steps and follow a steep rocky climb up to a gate and junction with another path at right angles. Once through the gate, turn right for one or two yards and then left to continue the climb up the hill. (Before climbing further, note that this is a convenient point for a coffee stop as there are several stones/walls to sit on and it offers a welcome break in the climb.) The path soon leaves the cover of the trees and breaks out into the open, veering slightly left then straight up eventually through a gap in a wall, revealing the final stony ascent of Winhill Pike, sometimes referred to as ‘the pimple’. There is a rocky outcrop at the summit and if you didn’t take a coffee stop earlier then this is an ideal place for one since the views are excellent in all directions. Both branches of the reservoir are visible to the north and there is a good view across Hope Valley and Mam Tor to the south and west. In early August, there is the additional bonus of a purple carpet of flowering heather on the hillside around you. If you look ahead across the ridge you will see that the track will eventually veer steadily to the right to meet, and run alongside, the wood on the north side of the ridge.

The Walk

other side of the Noe valley and, further on beyond Lose Hill, the Edale Valley comes into view. It is recommended that a lunch stop is taken somewhere along the ridge since there are excellent views over much of the Peak District. Continue along the track, by Wooler Knoll (SK172863) which eventually passes between the wood boundary fence on the right and a wall on the left, until you reach Hope Cross (SK162874) – a seven foot high stone pillar with a square capstone bearing the names of the four local places Edale, Glossop, Hope and ‘Shefield’ (note just one ‘f’?). The Cross, bearing a date of 1737, is sited at the crossing of old packhorse routes through the Peak District. Several years ago, the capstone was removed by vandals, but it was later found near Bradwell in Hope Valley and restored on the pillar.

Proceed through the gate to the right of the Cross and climb over the stile in the fence taking the path down into the wood. The path soon enters a dark stretch due to the density of the evergreen trees which present a tunnel effect, at the end of which daylight returns showing two paths to the right. Take the left one of these two and proceed downhill again keeping left at the next fork. The path is steep and rocky in parts, so care is needed on the descent. The path then winds right, then left, and eventually meets an established cart track at the bottom (SK164878) At this point you are close to the river Ashop which flows into the western branch of the Ladybower. Turn right onto the track and follow this all the way as it undulates along the side of the reservoir eventually returning you to the dam. Proceed back across the dam, over the road, up the steps and back along the path to the car park. Presented on behalf of Marple District Rambling Club; with over 350 members, the Club organises up to 5 graded walks every Thursday and three every Sunday.

Take care descending the short stony path off the Pike to pick up the path at a slightly lower level and to the left as you look across the ridge (SK187851) Follow this track (ignoring any branches off to left or right) eventually through a gate/stile combination and onwards towards the edge of the wood to the right. At this point, on your left, you will see Win Hill’s counterpart, Lose Hill, on the

For further information contact the Chairman, Sue Gilmore on 07775 620398, or the Membership Secretary, Claude Prime, on 0161 483 8596 or visit www.marple-uk/community/rambling to see the Walks Programme

By Claude Prime – Marple District Rambling Club


THE PROBLEM WITH PLASTIC We all enjoyed watching Blue Planet 2 last year. As well as amazing photography of marine animals in their natural habitat, the programme drew attention to the state of our oceans and the plight of many fish and animals, caused in large part due to our excessive use of plastic. There are so many serious problems in the world now that we can end up feeling overwhelmed and unable to help. Not so with the plastic waste problem - this is something that every one of us can start to address. Plastic is overused in many ways, but we can all think about how to reduce our use of this undoubtedly flexible, but potentially wasteful and toxic, commodity. Single-use plastic in particular is largely unnecessary, and its overuse must be addressed if our children and grandchildren are to see the diverse wildlife we see in the oceans today. Here are a few simple ways you can start to make a difference. ■■ Get a refillable bottle for each member of your family instead of getting multipacks of so-called disposable plastic bottles. At present 38.5 million single-use bottles are used every day. ■■ Buy fruit juice in cardboard cartons not in plastic bottles. ■■ Get refillable hot drinks’ containers. Some coffee shops are encouraging use of these and often charge less. Of the 2.5 billion coffee cups used every day only 1% are recycled. ■■ Avoid plastic straws - they are only used for ten minutes but are then in the environment for hundreds of years. If you need to use a straw get one that isn’t made of plastic. They do exist, and many local businesses are changing to use them. ■■ Find out if a milkman delivers to your area and get milk in reusable glass bottles.


■■ If you provide packed lunches for your family, buy containers that can be used many times. ■■ If you have to eat regularly on the go, keep cutlery in your bag or car to avoid having to use the plastic cutlery provided. ■■ Supermarkets are proving slow to reduce plastic packaging. If they do sell loose broccoli, carrots, onions etc don’t use the bags they provide. I take unwrapped vegetables to the till and haven’t had any complaints so far. Even better, local greengrocers don’t use as much packaging and you can buy loose fruit and vegetables from them. It’s not just about food shopping and eating on the go - take a look round your home too. How can you cut down on plastic here? ■■ Change bottles of shower gel and liquid soap for bars of soap – preferably not wrapped in plastic! ■■ Buy razors that you can use again, not packets of disposable plastic ones. ■■ Buy containers to store food in. They may be made of plastic but will last for years and mean you can stop using cling film. ■■ Use soap powder that comes packaged in cardboard, not liquid soap in a plastic bottle. These are just a few suggestions to get us all thinking. Many people will have excellent ideas of their own to share. If you try just some of these ideas, you will be helping to solve a really serious problem. If everyone does a little, a huge amount will be achieved. This is one crisis we can all do something about. By Stella M. Thomas

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WE’VE GOT A HOUSE …it certainly is a beauty… I must try and make the house give as much pleasure to others as I can wrote Elizabeth Gaskell, in a letter to her friend Eliza Fox in 1850. Visitors to Manchester never cease to be excited by the rich social, political and industrial history of this famous city. Unfortunately, many of us who live on its doorstep, are prone to forget, or to be unaware of, its many historical treasures. Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, at 84 Plymouth Grove, Longsight, is just one such treasure. Thanks to a major £2.5m project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and others, this restored House is now fully open to the public.

I’ve visited the house a few times during the last couple of years, in part because I’m an admirer of Elizabeth Gaskell the author, but also because a little time spent in its quiet and elegant space takes you back to a bygone age, shedding much light on Manchester life as it was in her day. The house is not large but for this very reason it has a special, intimate appeal – perhaps the same welcoming feel that would have been encountered in 1860 by its many visitors including fellow writers Charlotte Brontë, Beatrix Potter and Charles Dickens.

For over 150 years, the house, built between 1835 and 1841, has been associated with one famous resident, the novelist, Elizabeth Gaskell, who lived there from 1850 to 1865 with her husband William, and her four daughters. She was one of the most important and best-loved Victorian writers. Her novels and letters reveal a warmhearted woman who was a shrewd judge of character, inquisitive, witty and profoundly concerned with social justice. During the time Elizabeth lived here she wrote nearly all her famous novels, including Cranford, Ruth, North and South and Wives and Daughters. It was here that she wrote the biography of her friend Charlotte Brontë, plus many lively letters. by Garth Aspinall

This place will not tax your energy levels. You won’t be bombarded with numerous facts that you will never remember. Instead, you will encounter incredibly enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers who can enlighten you as you wander round. You can discover a great deal about Elizabeth and William’s work and about the lives of their daughters and servants. Explore the historic period rooms – the Drawing Room, the Morning Room, the Dining Room and the Study. Browse the books in William Gaskell’s study and sit where Elizabeth sat to write, overlooking her beloved garden. Only a few of the displayed furnishings belonged to the Gaskells, but the furniture has been well chosen to provide an authentic period setting. The chintz for the curtains and loose covers have been printed from an 1850s design, and the carpets have been specially woven, using Victorian patterns preserved by a mill in Halifax. The fireplaces, sourced locally, date from around 1840 when the House was built, and the light fittings have all been converted from gas to electricity. Further research identified the original paint colours and the styles of the wallpapers. Continued over


Outside, the garden has been planted to show the sort of garden that the Gaskells enjoyed, the choice of plants having been informed by references in Elizabeth’s letters and novels, as well as by Victorian garden history. The layout is based on a detailed map of Manchester in 1850 which shows the paths and planting areas. The garden is intended to give as much enjoyment today as it did in Elizabeth’s time. Elizabeth’s novels, besides telling a good story, often reflect the social and political tensions of the day. But if you visit the house, you will discover that her husband, William, is an equally fascinating figure who contributed much to the society in which they lived.

The Gaskells lived at a time of great change and were active in Manchester’s social, cultural and religious life. In 1750, Manchester was a town of less than 20,000 people, but by 1850, when the Gaskells moved to Plymouth Grove, it had become Britain’s third largest city, with a population of some 250,000. Workers attracted by the jobs in mills and factories suffered the effects of rapid industrialisation: long hours, low wages, poor housing and sanitation, and the fear of unemployment and destitution. The conditions endured by many of those living less than a mile from Plymouth Grove were well known to William and Elizabeth, both of whom were active in practical initiatives to provide poor relief and education. However, alongside the mills and the slums, the Gaskells’ Manchester was also a city of libraries, concert halls, theatres, shops and exhibitions and William took a leading role in shaping many of the educational and cultural institutions that still flourish today: Cross St Chapel, where William was Assistant Minister for many years; The Portico Library in Mosley Street, where William was Committee Chairman; The Free Trade Hall which


opened in 1856 on St Peter’s Fields, the site of the Peterloo Massacre of 1819; The Manchester Literary and Philosophy Society (known as the Lit and Phil) which was founded in 1781 for the advancement of education and the appreciation of literature, science, the arts and public affairs, and The Manchester Mechanics Institute, which was established in 1824 by a group of mill owners and manufacturers, to provide part-time education in science and technology for the working men of Manchester. There is plenty to do in the house. Located in what was originally the kitchen and servant’s hall is a very pleasant café where you can enjoy tea, coffee and delicious cakes all served in style on vintage china. Children can enjoy activity baskets or dressing up in the Servants’ Hall. Visit the website for information about children’s activities in the school holidays and about the varied ongoing programme of special events for adults. There are also regularly occurring fixtures that include the Victorian Book Group, Plymouth Grove Writing Group, The Gaskell Sewing Bee and their highly-rated second-hand book sale. If you would like to discover more about Manchester’s history, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House could be a great place to start. The Portico Library, John Rylands Library, The Victoria Baths and The Pankhurst Centre (both 10 minutes’ walk from the house) are just a few of the many places you could plan to visit in Manchester during 2018. Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove, M13 9LW. Open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays – 11am to 4.30pm Tickets cost £5 (adults), £4 (under 16 – but free when accompanied by an adult). Tel. 0161 273 2215


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Children’s Activities Things to do with pre-school kids

monday 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

Tuesday Praise & Play 9.30-11am Term time only. St Oswald’s Church, Bollington. Contact Beverley on 01625 500970 or Wacky Woods 10am -12pm Styperson Quarry Wood, Brookledge Lane, Adlington. Come and have fun in the woods with your pre-schooler in a guided session; even young babies can appreciate the joys of nature. £5 per child includes pancakes or crumpets on the campfire. Contact 01625 573086. Turtle Tots 10-11.30am Term time only. For babies and toddlers 3 months to 3 years. Learn how to swim with your baby above and below the water and teach your baby water confidence and key lifesaving skills, all in a friendly and sociable environment! Shrigley Hall, Pott Shrigley. For more details contact or (Classes also at DW Fitness, Macclesfield on Monday & Sunday – please contact Judith for more details)

Wednesday Rhyme Time 10-10.30am Bollington Library. Free but children must be accompanied by an adult. Telephone 01625 378 266 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. Tiny Talk baby signing classes 11.15am-12.15pm & 12.30-1.30pm United Reformed Church, Macclesfield. For more information or to book a place contact Claire 07941 904033


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Turtle Tots 3-4.30pm Mottram Hall, Prestbury. For more details contact judith.rucklidge@ or

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. Turtle Tots 3-4pm Mottram Hall, Prestbury. For more details contact judith.rucklidge@ or

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

Saturday Footloose Dance Academy 9-9.55am Civic Hall, Bollington. Introduction to dance for 3-4 year olds, including Ballet, Tap, and Freestyle dance. Children will use their imagination, practise simple steps and learn co-ordination – whilst having fun! For more information visit and to register please contact Sarah on 07951 054 547. Turtle Tots 9-10am Mottram Hall, Prestbury. For more details contact judith.rucklidge@ or Dad’s 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.

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A Proud Heritage BAe Systems factory, based at Woodford, has always been proud of its heritage. As early as 1992 we had a Heritage Centre, in an area of the factory called New Assembly, located on the other side of the site runway from our present building. When aircraft production ceased at Woodford in 2010, the site’s future entered a period of uncertainty and there was concern that we might lose the Centre. Fortunately, BAe were keen to maintain some record of the aircraft site, which had been producing aeroplanes since it was opened in 1924.

Vulcan XM603

The decision had been taken to turn the site into a housing estate. When the builders moved in to demolish the aircraft hangars and other buildings, our centre was at the top of the hit list so we began looking around for new premises, finally opting for the site fire station, a large building located on green belt land within the site. After extensive renovation of the building, including a new roof, we were able to remove all our aircraft artifacts, from various places where they had been stored before the builders demolished the previous centre, and we began to set up our new museum. We finally completed the move, and opened our doors to the general public, in November 2015. More than a hundred years of aviation history has been brought to life in our main exhibition hall. The display takes the form of a timeline, beginning in 1877 when Alliot Verdon Roe, the company founder, was born, and ending when the Nimrod Mk 4 aircraft were scrapped in 2010. Below the timeline are numerous story boards and, for aviation boffins, more in-depth information is available on lectern mounted notes. Above the timeline, colourful


murals are spaced around the exhibition walls and several large aircraft models are hanging from the ceiling. Around the exhibition floor are display cabinets containing more models and historical items, and we also have three nose sections of aircraft built at Woodford; the Lancaster bomber, the Canberra and the Anson. Close to the main hall is located the nose section of Vulcan XM602, and within its fully equipped cockpit, visitors receive a comprehensive talk about the aircraft from one of our Vulcan experts. This is a firm favourite for visitors and they reach for their cameras as soon as they enter it. Next to XM602 is our well-stocked shop. We also have a flight simulator assembly where visitors can try to take-off, fly and land a large number of aeroplanes, from the early bi-planes to the latest Nimrod. Films are being shown in a separate room, and in addition we have separate ongoing activities for children. Outside stands our complete Vulcan, XM603, in all its glory. Various car clubs have parked their cars in a line alongside it for photographic opportunities. Also, outside are the nose sections of a VC10 and a Nimrod. Our cafe is on the second floor offering snacks and light lunches and affording panoramic views of 603 and the hills beyond. We are open on Tuesday and Thursday for groups of ten or more people who have booked in advance. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday we are open to groups, and to the general public, who do not need to pre-book. Ample car and coach parking is available. For more information about the museum and about events we are holding this year, please visit, call 01625 877534, or why not just pay us a visit? by Keith Wright - Photos by Mike Batty

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Ingredients ■■ 1 cupful of chopped spring onions ■■ 1 medium potato, peeled and chopped ■■ 1 crushed clove of garlic ■■ 850ml vegetable stock ■■ 250g fresh peas ■■ 4tbsp fresh mint, chopped ■■ Large pinch of sugar ■■ 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice ■■ 150ml soured cream

1. Place the spring onions into a large pan together with the potatoes, garlic and stock. Bring to the boil, turn down the heat and allow to simmer for 15 minutes or until the potato is soft. 2. Set aside a few tbsp. of peas for the garnish. Add the remaining peas into the pan and simmer for 5 minutes only. 3. Blanch the remaining peas in boiled water for 2-3 minutes. Drain them and then put to one side in a bowl of cold water. 4. Into the main pan add the mint, sugar, lemon and allow to cool slightly. 5. Pour into a blender and mix to the desired consistency. 6. Stir in half the cream and season with salt and pepper to taste. 7. Garnish with the remaining cream and drained peas to serve.


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Thursday 3 May

Sunday 13 May

Would you like to meet new friends? Are you over 50 and single? Thursday Group is a friendship group for men and women, with several activities run by the members every week. These include walking, dancing, badminton, theatre and restaurant visits. For more info see or ring Mike on 07860 396286, 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

Plant Hunters’ Fair Half price entry to the Gardens & Plant Fair £3 Adlington Hall, Mill Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 4LF 10am to 4pm

Saturday 5 May

Tuesday 15 to Saturday 19 May

Alderley Edge May Fair Dance With the Swing Commanders and GI Jive. Dancing includes jive, ballroom and some fun dances (barn dance, Virginia reel, etc.). Licensed Bar. Admission by ticket only £15 (to include light bites). Tel. 01625 585600 or 01625 582345. The Festival Hall, Talbot Road, Sk9 7HR 7.30pm to midnight

Bollington Light Opera Group. My Fair Lady, the classic and timeless musical. Tickets can be acquired by ring 01625 431038, or emailing Bollington Civic Hall 7.30pm

Tuesday 8 May East Cheshire Association of the National Trust Lecture: French Connections with Gordon Bartley Brookdale Club, Bridge Lane, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 3AB 2pm

Saturday 12 May The Cowbridge Welsh Male Voice Choir A concert in aid of Maria’s Care in Uganda (Providing support and hope for the underprivileged in Uganda). Tickets £10. Please contact Rhona Marshall 01625 618319 or 07968 168949 Tytherington Family Worship Church, Sandwich Drive, Macclesfield, SK10 2UZ 7.30pm

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Monday 14 May Tytherington “TREACLES” WI are looking for new members. We meet every second Monday of each month. Come as a visitor to see if you like it for £4. Hope to see you there! For further information email Marlborough Primary School 7.30pm

Thursday 17 May Bollington Horticultural Society Vegetable Inspirations. Sally Smith will advise on ways to grow organic vegetables in containers and beds. Members £1.50. Non-members £3 Bollington Community Centre 7.30pm

Saturday 19 May Alderley Edge orchestra concert. Tchaikovsky Symphony No 5, Vaughan Williams English Folk Song Suite, Bartok Romanian Dances, De Falla La Vida Breve, Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Tickets £10 adult; £1 under 18. From 01625 581321 or 07813 075119, from or at the door. Alderley Edge Methodist Church, Chapel Rd. SK9 7DU 7.30pm Continued over

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Tuesday 29 May

The Barnby Choir Light and Gold Programme to include Lux Arumque by Eric Whitacre, Locus Iste by Bruckner, Cantique de Jean Racine by Faure, Psalm 23 (The Vicar of Dibley) by Howard Goodall, and Psalm 23 by Schubert. Conducted by Lloyd Buck. Tickets £12, £10 (concessions), £5 (students) available on the door or in advance from Anne Macdonald on 07810 51746. Wilmslow United Reformed Church, Chapel Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 1PR 7.30pm

Macclesfield Museums holiday activities Anubis Mask - Make a mask of the Egyptian Jackal, or Dog-Headed God Anubis. £3 per person, drop-in West Park Museum, Prestbury Road, Macclesfield 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Monday 21 May Prestbury WI are very active and would welcome a wider membership. The monthly meetings are held on the last Monday of the month. Come along to find out more or call Jill Hine 01625 820309. Prestbury Village Hall 7.30pm

Tuesday 22 May Macclesfield Group of the Family History Society of Cheshire. Talk: Family History Top Tips with Jean Ingram. Meetings open to the public, £2 per meeting. For further details contact The Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6XD 7.30pm

Wednesday 23 May Wilmslow Guild Floral Design Club Anything Goes with Cynthia Preston-Jones. Visitors welcome but are limited to two visits per Guild year at £6 (special events extra). Contact, Ros Heywood on 01625 529467, see also our listing at NAFAS Cheshire Wilmslow Guild, Bourne Street, Wilmslow 1.45pm

Saturday 26 May Cheshire Chorale and Cheshire Sinfonia - Beautiful music in Bramhall. Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony Elgar: The Spirit of England Op. 80 Tickets: £12 (Full), £10 (concessions), £3 (students) Reserved tickets available in advance from 01969 667033 or at the door. St Michael’s Parish Church, Robins Lane, Bramhall 7.30pm


Wednesday 30 May Macclesfield Museums holiday activities Egyptian Scarabs and Amulets - Create an Egyptian scarab complete with your own secret inscription along with an amulet to protect you in the ‘afterlife.’ £3 per person, drop-in. The Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield 1.30 to 3.30pm

Thursday 31 May Macclesfield Museums holiday activities Wacky Machines. As part of our Jacquard Legacy project, make your own wacky machine combining some low-tech recycling with a little bit of technology. £5 per person, drop-in. The Silk Museum, Park Lane, Macclesfield 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Thursday 7 June Would you like to meet new friends? Are you over 50 and single? Thursday Group is a friendship group for men and women, with several activities run by the members every week. These include walking, dancing, badminton, theatre and restaurant visits. For more info see or ring Mike on 07860 396286, 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

Friday 8 to Sunday 10 June Bollington Art Exhibition See In Touch page 15 for details. Bollington Civic Hall, Palmerston Street, SK10 5JX 10am to 5pm

Monday 11 June East Cheshire National Trust Association Lecture – Hannah Gregg and Quarry Bank House with Amanda Lunt Brookdale Club, Bridge Lane, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 3AB 2pm

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Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June

Tuesday 26 June

Bollington Open Gardens Weekend More details on page 15.

Macclesfield Group of the Family History Society of Cheshire ‘Reminiscences of Parkside Hospital’ an illustrated talk by Dennis Whyte. Meetings open to the public, admission £2 per meeting including refreshments For further details please contact; The Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6XD 7.30pm

Saturday 23 to Saturday 30 June We Are Three Sisters by Blake Morrison. The play evokes the lives of the Brontë sisters, with a nod to Chekhov’s T hree Sisters. Tickets go on sale Monday 28 May. To book tickets, Tel: 01625 540933, Web: Enquiries: Wilmslow Green Room Theatre

Monday 25 June Prestbury WI are very active and would welcome a wider membership. The monthly meetings are held on the last Monday of the month. Come along to find out more or call Jill Hine 01625 820309 Prestbury Village Hall 7.30pm

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Wednesday 27 June Wilmslow Guild Floral Design Club - ‘Around the World’ with Louise Jones & Debbie Davies Visitors are most welcome but are limited to two visits per Guild year at £6 (special events extra) Contact, Ros Heywood on 01625 529467, see also our listing at NAFAS Cheshire Wilmslow Guild, Bourne Street, Wilmslow 1.45pm

Saturday 30 June Bollington Well Dressing After a short opening ceremony, we are pleased to announce that Bollington Cross Primary School, whose board is positioned outside Clarence Mill, will entertain you. By the Greg Fountain on Flash Lane, opposite the Cock and Pheasant Pub. 11.30am.

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Community magazine including local news and what's on

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