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inside june - july 2019


Issue 75


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inside b r a m h a l l Hello everyone, and welcome to our latest little magazine, lovingly crafted by this Claire, ‘the other Clare’ and Bob, our graphic designer who just happens to live on the Wirral. The wonders of technology now mean we can work from pretty much anywhere! My main message this month is to say a big thank you to you, the readers, the editorial contributors and, importantly, the many businesses that advertise with us. The support of local businesses means we can get many thousands of magazines printed and delivered every month at no charge to the reader, as we have been doing for 14 years now. INSIDE Magazines is a truly local and independent business and we are proud to say we have become a well-read and well-respected source of local information, with a loyal community following. We work hard to offer a variety of articles to engage our readers alongside lots of useful dates and information, so readers keep their magazines for longer. If you’re looking to make your business a household name, please get in touch to discuss your marketing needs. Enjoy the sunshine!

What’s INSIDE this month 4 simply books book club choice 6 Crookilley expands 9 Diary of a Geeky Knitter 10 recipe - vegetable curry 13 exploring child rights at quarry bank 17 ngs gardens galore 20 not so humble umbels 23 In Touch 28 eat the rainbow 31 Mighty Cathedrals 32 The Walk 34 Charlie Chaplin in stockport 38 Puzzles 41 adventure holidays 32 44 real life motoring 47 Children’s Activities 48 Just 4 Kids 50 INSIDE Guide 56 wilmslow Wells for Africa 58 Puzzle Solutions 61 Useful Numbers 62 Classified Index



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simply books book club choice My first choice is All Among The Barley by Melissa Harrison. This is a beautifully observed story set deep in the English countryside during the inter-war years. The Great War casts a long shadow over both those who went to fight and those who stayed at home – the novel also foreshadows what is yet to come and the irreversible changes which are underway in a traditional farming community. The story is told through the eyes of Edie Mather, looking back at her younger 14-year-old self as she was in the Autumn of 1933. When charismatic and outspoken Constance FitzAllen arrives from London to write abut fading rural traditions, she shows an interest in Edie, showing her kindness she has never known before. But is this (unsettling) older woman quite what she seems? This is an absorbing portrait of a lost way of life with wonderfully detailed descriptions of the land and nature woven into a gripping plot which also tackles some of the great themes of English life – class division, patriarchy, folklore and the rise of an insidious kind of fascism. I am a huge fan of Kate Atkinson and our readers have all enjoyed her previous two novels Life After Life and A God In Ruins – both of which include storylines which explore the impact of the Second World War on those who experienced and survived it. Kate’s new book Transcription is also a period novel – on this occasion a story of wartime espionage. It’s 1940 and 18-year-old Juliet Armstrong is recruited to work for MI5 and tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathisers. With the war over, Juliet presumes the events of those years are relegated to history. Ten years later, now a producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past and she feels herself once more under threat. This is an intricate and compelling story with the thrill of espionage and the twists and turns of a mystery and all told with the wit, pace and verve which makes a new Kate Atkinson book such a treat! And for the children…it’s 30 years since the first Percy The Park Keeper book was published and in celebration of this anniversary author/ illustrator Nick Butterworth has created a delightful new Percy story: One Springy Day. Percy and his animal friends are playing hideand-seek in the park. The fox has found a great hiding place in Percy’s workshop but, when he falls into a pot of Very Strong Glue, he finds himself in a very sticky situation! Is there anything his friends can do to help? This is a beautifully illustrated story told with Nick’s customary charm and humour.


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

Crookilley Expands In the heart of Bramhall are two unique businesses Crookilley Crafts Emporium and, three doors along, Crookilley Toys Emporium. To many of their loyal customers they are each known as ‘Aladdin’s Caves’, full of a wide range of stock with something for everyone. On 6 July, Crookilley Crafts Emporium is celebrating five years in Bramhall Village Square. They are marking the anniversary with an official launch event, following the recent move of the Crafts shop to larger premises and the opening of the Toy Shop. The Crookilley shops are a family business with Maggie in Crookilley Crafts Emporium and husband Phil and daughter Olivia in Crookilley Toys Emporium. Son Sean assists remotely with IT/graphic design for their online Etsy Shop Sales. Maggie’s lifetime hobby of crafting became an occupation less than ten years ago. After attending everything from school fairs to larger events, she opened her shop in February 2014, before moving to Bramhall Village Square in July 2014. This included Maggie’s own handmade products, as well as those of other local crafters.


Over time, the business has evolved and is now the only independent shop in south Stockport to stock wool, haberdashery and trimmings, fabrics and craft stock. The shop holds an extensive range of wool and patterns from Sirdar, Stylecraft, Rico and DMC as well as accessories from KnitPro, Clover and Pony. If you are looking for ribbons, thread to sew on a button, large eye needles, elastic or Velcro, then Crookilley should be your first stop. They host a weekly ‘Yarn and Yatter’ each Thursday evening where several ladies have been taught how to knit or crochet by fellow attendees over much laughter in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. Crookilley has exclusive products, including many licensed fabrics of TV, film, cartoons etc. brands include Star Wars, Marvel, Disney Princess and all the other Disney brands. New stock are Warner Brothers fabrics, including Harry Potter and DC Comics featuring Batman and Justice League. They also have lots of other traditional fabrics, such as Tilda and other florals for those who love the vintage look. Of course it’s no surprise that there is also a range from Alexander Henry

and the amazing Skull and Roses designs, as Maggie is a huge Adam Ant and punk rock fan. In December 2018, Crookilley Crafts moved three doors along in the square, to a larger shop unit that had become available, allowing the creation of Crookilley Toys Emporium in the existing premises. This new dedicated toy shop, managed by husband Phil and daughter Olivia, is the only Toy Shop in Bramhall and the surrounding area. Crookiley Toys offer a diverse range of quality traditional toys, from familiar retro toys to modern games to test those who are looking for something different. There are toys, games and puzzles to suit everyone from newborn to adult. These include a wide selection of cuddly toys of all sizes, including toys with rattles, and collectable animal ranges. If you want to inspire children to have fun but learn at the same time, there are educational and scientific toys, such as building a robot gecko that climbs up windows, early engineering kits, and anatomy models. With themed jigsaws from early years, to near impossible jigsaws for the more patient, they have one to suit you.

If you are looking for pocket money toys, or party bag toys they have those too. If you are stuck for gift ideas then just ask and they will help you find something appropriate. With new stock arriving all the time, including seasonal, we will also do our best to fulfil suggestions and requests. At our 5th Anniversary Celebration, on Saturday 6 July, we will officially launch the two shops, with fun activities from 10am to 5pm.

Diary of a geeky knitter I’ve written before about the intrinsic link between knitting and mental health, and I am sure you have all read, heard, and come across that this has started to be made known in the ‘mainstream’ too (used in quotation marks here, because of course there is nothing to say that knitters aren’t already mainstream!). But I wanted to bring that topic back to these pages again, because it’s always good to check-in with your own mental health and wellbeing, particularly given the busy dayto-day lives we all lead.

Mental wellbeing has been playing on my mind heavily in recent months. Although the move into spring always lifts my winter mindset (you know the one, where it’s all too easy to be a little lethargic, unmotivated, and just a little down), every year I seem to get busier and busier. Whether it be with work, social outings, checking in with friends and family, or the unknowns that life throws at us, it’s all too easy to feel overwhelmed, and suddenly wake up one day and realise something isn’t right inside you. It’s important to remember that if (or when) this happens to us; it is completely natural and much more common that you might think. You’re doing nothing wrong, and accepting that and working on it, even if it’s just voicing to a close friend that you feel ‘off’ or down is the first step to feeling better! I may

have stepped further into the realms of seriousness here than I would normally on my page, but this is something that is important, not just to me, but to everyone who wants to take care of themselves and feel just a little better than they did the day before.

Knitting yourself together It wouldn’t be the diary of ‘the geeky knitter’ if I didn’t keep it at least somewhat on brand, now would it? So today, instead of just writing that knitting is good for your mental health, I’ve looked up some exercises so that you can incorporate meditative, mindful exercises into your knitting (or sewing, crocheting, baking, gardening, and more) which will just give you a chance to check-in with your mind and body, and calm you if you feel stress, give you energy if you feel lethargic, or just lift you slightly if you feel down. •

Create a space for your knitting - sit comfortably in your own space, perhaps with headphones on and quiet music so you can be with yourself for 10 minutes or more

Take a deep breath, and at your own pace, breath in and out in time with your knitting for me, it is about 4 knit stitches to breath in, 4 stitches to breath out

Take a moment to feel the knitting in your hands - be aware of how the weight of it feels and the yarn between your fingers

Try counting your stitches as you work, encouraging your mind to forget thoughts of other things and instead become totally focused on your craft

If after 5 minutes, you want to stop, then do! Try to do a few minutes when you can of complete ‘you time’, meditating on your breathing while you move the needles and knit the stitches


vegetable curry

This is a simple vegetable curry – feel free to change up the ingredients according to what you need to use up and to increase the quantities to feed more people. It’s a great way to clear out the vegetable drawer in your fridge! Preparation time: 20 mins Cooking time: 20 to 30 mins Serves: 3

Ingredients ■■ 2 medium potatoes, or sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2cm chunks ■■ 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced diagonally ■■ ½ cauliflower cut into small florets and halved ■■ Olive oil ■■ 1 large onion, coarsely grated or very finely chopped ■■ 1 tbsp medium or hot curry powder ■■ 1 x 227g tin chopped tomatoes ■■ 300ml vegetable or chicken stock ■■ 100g frozen peas or two large handfuls young spinach leaves, or a mixture ■■ Plain yoghurt, to serve ■■ Mango chutney, to serve


Method 1. Half-fill a saucepan with cold water and add the potatoes and carrots. Bring to the boil and cook gently for 8 minutes. Add the cauliflower florets and cook for a further 2 minutes. Drain everything in a colander and set aside. 2. Heat the oil in a large, non-stick frying pan or wide-based saucepan. Add the onion, and cook over a medium heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring regularly until well softened and lightly golden. Add the curry powder and cook for 30 seconds, stirring all the time. 3. Add the tomatoes to the onions and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the stock and bring to a gentle simmer. Add the partially cooked vegetables and peas and simmer gently for 5-10 minutes until everything is tender. If the sauce thickens too much, add a splash of water. 4. Serve immediately with yoghurt, mango chutney, and rice or naan.

Exploring Child Rights at Quarry Bank A brand-new exhibition at Quarry Bank, Rights of the Child, will explore the experiences of hundreds of children who worked at Quarry Bank, tracing the evolution of children’s rights from the 19th century to today. Visitors can see archive material from Quarry Bank and Dunham Massey, including letters, newspaper articles and indentures, which capture the stories of working-class people and the evolving right for fair and appropriate treatment of children. Their calls for representation, rights and equality, which were once silenced, can now be heard. Visitors can uncover their stories as they feel the thundering of the mill machinery beneath their feet, giving some sense of the working conditions experienced by the children at Quarry Bank. An imposing banner, depicting the significance of the 1833 Factory Act, will also be hung in the exhibition. Designed in 2015, this is the first time this powerful

At Quarry Bank, child workers lived in the Apprentice House where they were given food and board in exchange for their labour. © All images copyright National Trust Images.

banner will have been displayed outside of its original home in Westminster Hall. As well as looking back to the historic experiences of hundreds of children who grew up in a world without rights to protect their health and wellbeing, the exhibition also looks forward and asks ‘what rights would you stand up for today? How much work is there still left to be done?’ Featuring new protest banners created by trade union banner maker Ed Hall, with help from Styal Primary School and Newall Green High School pupils, the exhibition explores what rights are important to young people today. Alongside other campaign materials created by the students, including posters and sashes, these brand-new protest banners consider the significance of the right to health care, the right to a safe environment and the right of association - allowing people the opportunity to join clubs and support causes important to them. A short film on young carer’s rights has also been produced, which aims to inspire visitors to think about the rights people have today and what they what they would stand up and campaign for. Suzanne Kellett, Programming Manager at Quarry Bank says, ‘This year we’re exploring the stories of the child workers from Quarry Bank against a backdrop of political unrest in the 19th century and the fight for children’s rights. It’s a poignant time to be talking about these important themes with 2019 marking the 30th anniversary of the UN Rights of the Child Act and the Continued over


the Apprentice House at Quarry Bank. As many as 90 children lived together at any one time, working long and gruelling hours in the mill under dangerous conditions, in exchange for food, clothes and board. Their work shaped the industrial revolution in Manchester and helped Quarry Bank to become one of the largest cotton manufacturing businesses in the world. As part of one of the first ever industrial communities, these children were on the frontline of a new and emerging relationship between workers and the powerful elite, between rights and responsibilities. Their story is that of the early Industrial Revolution, when society stood at a turning point.

Apprentice Indenture signed by a child worker at Quarry Bank in 1794. The apprentice was required to 12 hours a day, six days a week. © Copyright National Trust Images.

200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre. Both of these moments in history have dramatically impacted the rights we hold today, and we hope visitors to Rights of the Child will be encouraged to reflect on our rights and significant issues, sparking discussion and debate.’ Visitors can uncover Quarry Bank’s connection to these events and discover how mill owners Samuel Greg and Robert Hyde Greg witnessed the massacre and spoke out against the atrocities. Nevertheless, the Greg family were part of a manufacturing class who would often put profit before people, silencing calls for improved working conditions and blocking appeals to reduce working hours to 10 hours per day. When the mill at Quarry Bank first opened in 1784, children made up over 50% of the workforce at Quarry Bank, forming a vital part of the mill’s operation. Children as young as 8 years old were employed for cheap labour, brought from the workhouses or their family homes to


Inside Quarry Bank mill today - The child workers would have scavenged for waste cotton underneath this full length spinning mule. © Copyright National Trust Images, Ian Shaw.

Through the Rights of the Child exhibition, visitors can discover how children’s rights have changed over time at Quarry Bank with the introduction of Factory Acts, Working Hours Bills and Education Acts. The exhibition will uncover the stories of Quarry Bank’s child workers, asking ‘what are the rights and freedoms we can expect today, and how did we secure them?’ Whilst at Quarry Bank visitors can also join a guided tour of the Apprentice House, to see where the child workers lived, ate and slept under the strict watch of the Apprentice House superintendents. Rights of the Child runs to 29 September. For further information visit

National Garden Scheme

Gardens Galore!

June and July are always the most popular months for the opening and visiting of gardens, so we can only give readers a taster of what is opening during these months and encourage them to look at the NGS booklets, book, website and app for more details. On 8 and 9 June, Drake Carr, Higher Disley joins us for the first time, presenting its delightful cottage garden style to visitors. Also, on 9 June, Lane End Garden and small associated nursery at Lymm open again and I am sure will repeat the hit they had on visitors last year. The two West Drive Gardens open for a second time on 9 June too, having already shown off their snowdrops in February.

The Homestead

Not far from Winterbottom House lies The Homestead, opening on 23 June. A true plantswoman’s garden belonging to Cheshire’s NGS County Organiser. A masterclass in planting with no lawns to cut! On Saturday 29 June, Beechwood Cottage and 10 Statham Ave (both Lymm) will see lots of visitors.

Lane End Garden

On Sunday 30 June, another new garden, Ashton Grange, at Ashton Heyes will be opening showing off extensive gardens. The owners continue to make extensive restorations to the gardens, and we know many visitors like to see how these ‘work in progress’ projects go about it. Continued over

18 Highfield Road, Bollington, opens on 22 and 23 June. Small but beautifully formed, it shows what can be done with careful structure, a difficult sloping small site and a good knowledge of plants and where to put them. Ashmead, at Macclesfield is another garden where a whole gallon is squeezed into a pint pot! Just see how the garden spills out onto the verge! Open on 15 and 16 June. Winterbottom House, near Mere, is a beautifully created gem with ponds and quiet green spaces. Open on 16 June only. by John Hinde

Beechwood Cottage


Rowley House

Rowley House near Kermincham, Holmes Chapel, open on 7 July, always proves popular, with its beautifully designed stable yard and contrasting wild flower meadows and unusual mature trees. Totally new this year to the NGS is the MacIntyre New Routes Orchard and Garden, a charity-run community garden that will offer a different garden visiting experience. You will enjoy it when it opens on 13 July. 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. Cheshire and Wirral have nearly 80 gardens and it’s only possible to give a sample here. Apologies if we haven’t mentioned your favourite garden. Full details are available in the well-established yellow booklet available in garden centres, libraries etc or, in case of difficulty from, via the website ( , via the NGS app, or usually by simply putting the garden name into Google (other search engines are available!) followed by ‘NGS’. If you are interested in opening your garden to help us raise money for our charities, (we will be donating about £3 million to our charities (based upon money raised in 2018), please contact us (you can use the email address above) and we will be happy to talk to you and if suitable, provide every help and support.


Not so Humble Umbels Brilliant white cow parsley lining our roadsides in late spring is totally evocative of the British countryside. If you look closely at the flower heads you will see they are shaped like umbrellas and this is where the name for this type of plant comes from: Umbels. Radiating from each head are numerous spokes each ending in a cluster of tiny flowers, building up the impressive, yet light and airy, heads of bloom. Cow parsley and its relatives may be common wild flowers but there are many varieties cultivated for garden, herbal and kitchen use and white isn’t the only colour! Even the humble cow parsley (Anthriscus) has garden worthy varieties like the bronze-leaved “Ravenswing” or the golden “Going for Gold”. More choice than these is the dainty Pimpinella, also known as Queen Anne’s Lace because of the appearance of the heads of white flowers. The variety Rosea has pale pink flowers and is low growing.

Umbels tend to be quite tough and hardy and generally have a long tap root (like a carrot or parsnip, which are also umbels) and so do best planted in the ground and in reasonably deep soil. Umbels are best grown from seed rather than trying to divide the plants. For all umbels the seed must be fresh, and it won’t store from year to year. Some require a winter’s cold before they will germinate.


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I often refer to one umbel as the noisiest flower in the garden and this is the Himalayan Milk Parsley (Selinum wallichianum) because of the intense “buzz” of insects visiting the flowers in September, especially bees and hoverflies. The very large heads of white flowers erupting from the top of 3ft red stems are irresistible to insects. The native Angelica archangelica is a giant reaching 6-8ft tall and this sets copious seed which can become a nuisance unless you hoe it off promptly after it germinates. Other angelicas are less of a pest and have more attractive flowers. The beetroot red Spanish Angelica (Angelica gigas) is only 4ft tall and produces only a few seedlings in our sandy soil. Angelica Vicar’s Mead has gentle pale pink flowers and pale purple leaves and stems as well. After flowering and setting seed Angelicas will die. Some umbels do this and are known as Monocarpic (literally “single flowering”). Good job they produce plenty of seed. Another umbel used as a herb is fennel, which is soundly perennial. The feathery leaves topped with heads of yellow flowers are a delight in the flower garden as well. Bronze fennel is even better with its colourful foliage.

Not all umbels are immediately obvious as such on first look. Astrantias (Masterwort) and Eryngiums (Sea Holly) are two such where the ribs of the umbrellas are very short and the flowerheads form a tight, coneshaped flower looking quite like a thistle. Much of the showiness and colour comes from elongated bracts below the flowers that do the job of petals.

and ruby red and often include a touch of green in the flower as well. They prefer a moist soil in slight shade and here they will bloom through the summer. In dry soils they will stop flowering in mid-summer and will need to be cut back hard to encourage more flowers in late summer. Seedlings will vary in colour but often produce very nice plants.

On Sea Hollies the bracts are usually hard and spiky and very often silver or blue taking on a metallic sheen. Of varieties like Planum even the flower stems become metallic blue.

Umbels are dramatic, architectural plants that will grace any garden, there’s nothing humble about umbels!

Astrantias likewise have large bracts acting like petals but on these they are papery, almost like everlasting flowers. Astrantias come in all shades of white, pink

Janetand 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 We will be at the Plant Hunters’ Fair at Norton Priory, Runcorn WA7 1BD on Sunday 9 June (free entry to plant fair) and at Henbury Hall Gardens, Macclesfield on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 June (£3 for garden & fair entry). We are happy to bring orders to plant fairs for you to collect.


in touch your local community noticeboard june - july 2019

ECO WARRIOR RECRUITS CHILDREN FOR GREENER PLANET Former National Eco School of the Year, Greenbank Preparatory School, welcomed parent and NHS Public Health Consultant Darryl Quantz, to discuss the issues as part of the school’s eco-week. Normally Darryl works at a corporate level and is responsible for developing public health strategy but was delighted to tell Greenbank’s eco warriors, “The young generation is going to provide the leadership needed to help make the change needed for a better city and world. You’re going to be the agents of change.” He discussed the causes of climate change and its effects on a global and local level, showing the children what they can do Pictured with NHS Public Health consultant are some of Greenbank’s eco warriors Hafsa Ghafoor, Jasper Graham, Sam Burden and Isabelle Stubbins right now to do to enable Britain to become a world leader in changing course. He used a series of props, pictured being held by the children, to show “almost everything in our lives has a carbon footprint, even day-to-day items which we all need or want such as, pets, holidays and food.” He added: “Solutions come from using less energy, using renewable energy and creating a city in which we can bike, walk and scoot safely. “Most importantly, kids can make a difference and are already showing leadership on environmental issues. At school, they can look at measuring and reducing their carbon footprint and make sure the school encourages parents and carers who are driving to not idle their vehicles around the school during pick up and drop off times.” Using his advice as a touchstone, Greenbank implemented an energy free day, children walked to school or came by bike or scooter. The school ensured there were waste free lunches, held a series of half-day outdoor classroom lessons for all classes and had the children contribute a line for a school eco poem and code. Greenbank Headmistress Janet Lowe said: “Darryl is working to ensure the threats from climate change are seen as a health issue and his participation at the school reminds us that it is the youngest members of society who will feel the impacts of climate change. As such, we need to educate them to take action and accelerate the necessary change.”

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in touch - your local community noticeboard

POYNTON’S PARTY IN THE PARK This year’s charity musical extravaganza will take place on Saturday 15 June in Poynton Park, offering more than six hours of entertainment and sensational live music for all tastes. The fun starts at 4pm with a showcase of young talent from Poynton, whilst you enjoy your food and drink hampers. This is followed by Poynton’s award-winning Vernon Brass Band, who have been with us every year since the event started in 2004. Next, Paul Grant Reason will perform an amazing tribute to George Michael. Back again by popular demand are Monkey Harris, who will have everybody on their feet dancing, then an hour later Paul Grant Reason transforms and loses his bristles in order to perform an incredible award-winning tribute act to Robbie Williams. Top of the bill this year are an incredible tribute band called Waterloo. The clue is in the name – they are considered the best ABBA tribute band. Last, but definitely not least, is our very own Leroy Lurve who will compere the whole show. Tickets can be purchased online at, from MATES DIY shop at 2 Park Lane, Poynton or at the entrance to Party in the Park on the day. All details about the event, the acts, new entrances to the park and all T&Cs can be found on the website link.

Party In The Park is a ‘not for profit event’ so the good news is that all surplus/profits from the event will go to charities and worthy community causes supported by Poynton and District Rotary Club.

ADDENDUM TO THE CIRCULAR WALK FROM MELLOR The car park at Mellor Church, the starting point for the walk that featured in the April-May 2019 edition of the magazine, is principally for use by the church and the Parish Centre. Walkers are asked to check in advance with the Parish Office concerning parking (email: or phone 0161 484 5079). Also, the start of the walk should go through the churchyard, not to the right of it, then down a path across a field to the farm. Turn right alongside the barn to rejoin the original route description, avoiding the private lane and rickety stile.

A full walk description, with the revised start, can be found on the News page at

1st WOODFORD BROWNIES 90th BIRTHDAY Were you once a Brownie or Guider at 1st Woodford Brownies? Did you complete your Golden Ladder and Golden Hand, or journey along the Brownie Footpath, Road and Highway? Or perhaps more recently you took part in the Brownie Adventure? 1st Woodford Brownies will be 90 years old in October this year. We would like to invite former Brownies and their Leaders to celebrate this fantastic milestone with the current pack and Leaders at a special tea party. We’d love to hear from as many former members as possible, so please let us know if you would like to share in our celebrations by emailing as soon as possible. Brown Owl and Tawny Owl


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BROOKDALE CLUB PRESIDENT’S CHARiTY 2019 This year, Brookdale President’s Charity is supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK. 850,000 people in the UK are currently diagnosed with dementia. The charity firmly believes in the power of research to create a world free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia. They fund pioneering research that will make a real difference to people’s lives – now and in the future. Most of their research projects rely on voluntary public support and donations. A variety of events will be taking place at the Brookdale Club on Bridge Lane, Bramhall, over several weeks in June, to raise funds for the charity. These include an afternoon concert with the Brookdale Choir, “Andante” and Keyboard duo Whinge & Racket on Sunday 2 June at 3pm, followed by a Bar Quiz on the same day at 8pm. Charity Day fair is on Saturday 15 June, from 10am to 12.30pm and offers an array of stalls, including grand raffle, tombola, cakes, books, cards and art sale, plants, produce and pirate treasure hunt as well as others. Please come along and support this very worthwhile charity. Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking. There will be a Charity Tea Dance on Sunday 16 June at 2.30pm. The final event will be a Summer Charity Ball, on Saturday 22 June from 7pm, featuring Steve King from “The Drifters”. Pre booking is required for both these events.

Further details of any of these events from Tel: 0161 302 2302

ART GROUP AT BRAMHALL METHODIST CHURCH About three months ago we invited crafters to join us and the Art Group for an afternoon get together. This has proved quite popular and several ‘new’ crafters have joined us, one doing lace making, two doing felting and others continuing with quilling classes. The Art Group have also welcomed new painters. So, it’s got really friendly and active. You might like to come and join us, either to paint or bring a craft to work on.

We meet on Monday afternoons from 2pm - we look forward to welcoming you.

SINGING TO A HOME AUDIENCE! Every year Poynton’s acclaimed choir, the St George’s Singers, go on tour performing in cathedrals, concert halls, castles and colleges across Britain and Europe and as far afield as Costa Rica. Their tour concert programmes include a varied and ever-increasing selection of delightful shorter pieces of music, both sacred and secular and ranging from Renaissance to contemporary. They have decided to share this year’s “The Well Conducted Tour” with their home audience in Poynton. The music includes pieces by Byrd, Monteverdi, Handel, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Elgar, Rachmaninov, Finzi and more. In a lighter vein, there are arrangements of some well-known traditional songs such as The Gift to be Simple and Steal Away. From Messiah to Teddy Bear’s picnic there is something for everyone In this concert! The Well Conducted Tour comes to St George’s Church, Poynton on Saturday 8 June at 7.30pm. Tickets £12, £10 concessions, £5 students and children, group discounts by arrangement from the ticket secretary, phone 01663 764012, email

Online booking and secure payment are available at


eat the rainbow Many people are becoming vegetarian thanks to an abundance of scientific research that demonstrates both the health and environmental benefits of a plant-based diet. Others are just reducing their intake of red meat. Either way, the net effect is a healthy one as it leaves more room on your plate to fill up with an array of delicious vegetables and fruits; and the more colourful your plate of food, the more nutrients you will be consuming.

Vegetarians often seem to have loads of energy! Whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables are high in complex carbohydrates, so they supply the body with plenty of energising fuel. These, along with all those delicious pulses, are also jam-packed with fibre. They fill you up, so you are less likely to over-eat and you are unlikely to become constipated as the combination of lots of fibre and plenty of water should keep everything moving nicely!

An estimated 70 percent of all diseases, including onethird of all cancers, are related to diet. A vegetarian diet can reduce the risk for chronic degenerative diseases such as obesity, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Then there’s the environment to consider. A plant-based diet is environmentally friendly. Much of the grain we grow is fed to animals raised for slaughter. As a rough guide it takes 2,500 gallons of water, 5.5kg of grain, nearly 16kg of topsoil and the energy equivalent of a gallon of petrol, to produce one pound of beef! A vegetarian diet can sustain many more people, so is a more efficient use of resources.

At the same time, it can increase bone strength; if your bloodstream lacks calcium, your body can leach it from existing bone, resulting in your skeleton gradually becoming porous and losing strength. Although you can take supplements, it’s better to obtain calcium from your diet because food also supplies other nutrients such as phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin D, that are necessary for the body to be able to absorb and make use of calcium. Even if you have to, or prefer to avoid dairy, beans, tofu, plant-based milks like soy, oat, rice or almond, and dark green vegetables such as broccoli, and kale are all rich in calcium. For anyone going through the menopause, you can really help to stave off the symptoms by upping your intake of vegetables and fruits, many of which are rich in phytoestrogens, the plant-based chemical compounds that mimic the behaviour of oestrogen. Soy is a very abundant natural source of phytoestrogens, but they are also found in apples, beets, cherries, dates, garlic, olives, plums, raspberries, squash and sweet potatoes.


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Finally, a vegetarian diet is cheaper. Eating vegetables, grains and fruits in place of beef, chicken and fish could cut individual food bills by an average of £500 per year. If you are thinking about incorporating more vegetarian meals into your diet, there’s no need to rush out and buy cookbooks (although there are lots of fabulous ones available) or scratch your head wondering what to make every day. For simple ways to include more plants-based foods into your diet, it’s really easy to get inspiration from online recipes and blogs - my current ‘food heroes’ are Dale Pinnock and Dr Rupy Aujla You don’t have to go 100% vegetarian overnight, but just by cutting back on the number of meat portions you eat in a week or month, and introducing a wide variety of delicious vegetables, you could be on the way to a healthier, happier you!

Mighty Cathedrals

Poynton residents, Val and Paul Hindmarsh, talk to Jenny Cooke about their English Cathedral tour 2013 - 2018 ‘We began with Coventry. It took us a full five years to see all 43 English cathedrals and every visit was enjoyable and valuable in different ways. ‘People frequently ask, ‘What’s been your favourite?’ A hard one to call: Coventry perhaps, for its fabulous collection of sculpture and art. Maybe Durham: its size is truly awe inspiring and Tom Denny’s 2009 ‘Transfiguration Window’, is a great asset; Gloucester for its spaciousness; Wakefield due to its tasteful refurbishment; Blackburn for its open and light worship space; Chester because it’s ours and Salisbury for its magnificent font. Each cathedral has its own distinctive atmosphere. ‘Whilst Paul, my husband, was seeking the perfect photograph of the nave or ecclesiastical artefact, my priorities were different. How were we welcomed, were there spaces for silent prayer, and was there a cathedral bookshop? We discovered that Durham and York do wonderfully well here. Cathedrals are finely balanced between serving the interests of tourism and retaining the sense of the spiritual for which task they by Jenny Cooke

were originally conceived. They generally do a brilliant job, many of them deliberately encouraging a minute of stillness on the hour for prayer. And ‘activity guides’ are often supplied for small children. ‘Why did we visit? That’s easy; like mountains, cathedrals are there, and the majority are free, though naturally enough they encourage contributions! They’re part of our national and Christian heritage. As veryexpensive-to-maintain examples of the world’s finest architectural achievements, they need our support and interest. They’re great for exploring the Christian faith and for giving substance to history eg Leicester and King Richard 111; Canterbury and Thomas à Becket. They are repositories of art of all kinds and these days are often hosts to wonderful travelling exhibitions. Birmingham Cathedral provided people with a chance to create their own ‘Soul Boat’ for Jake Lever’s stunning installation which subsequently hung in the cathedral for most of 2016. ‘Where we could, we attended mid-week Evensong or Sunday morning services, admiring the choirs that sing the offices daily with such skill and enthusiasm. On an Easter Sunday morning in Liverpool, the large congregation was boosted by over 100 Iranian Christians – truly a cause for celebration! ‘We are consistently reading in the press that cathedral visitor numbers are rising. Great! If people, especially young people, can find in cathedrals a stimulus to spiritual thought, a helpful silence, space for contemplation and freedom to consider the big questions of life, this must be a good thing. All of us too, if we can travel, benefit from such experiences of the tremendous and the numinous, alongside the warmth of the welcome of strangers. It can lift us out of the ordinariness of daily life and renew us in ways we can only guess. Take time out as we approach the great festivals of Easter, Pentecost or Christmas and go visit a cathedral. In the North West, there are several only a short train ride away, but check their websites first. They can be busy places.

Rev’d Dr Val Hindmarsh is Curate at Norbury Parish Church. This interview is adapted from the article which first appeared in the Norbury Parish Church magazine, Dec 2018.


CIRCULAR WALK FROM TADDINGTON VIA MONYASH Walk description: A 4 to 5-hour circular walk in the Derbyshire Peak District, through mainly farmland, taking in some attractive villages and the substantial ruins of a former 19th century lead mine. The walk has two shortish climbs and one fairly steep descent. The paths are clearly evident for the most part, with a lot of mainly stone stiles. Distance: 10.5 miles Map: White Peak OL24 Start: The village of Taddington, past Buxton, and a short distance off the A6. Near the church in Taddington (Grid Reference SK 142711) is a suitable place to park. There is more on road parking in the village, but please be considerate to residents. We set off downhill through the village as far as a fork in the road with a large signpost “Town End.” We took the right fork and continued to One Day Cottage. We followed the signpost on the immediate right and went along an overgrown path between walls. After 100 metres or so the main path bears left and starts to climb gently. The path is shaded by trees with a pleasant view of the countryside on the left. We came to a T Junction and turned to the left again but keeping in the same eastward direction. We finally reached yet another T Junction with a tarmac road, we turned right along it for a kilometre or so. There is no traffic as it is just a farm lane. We passed Over Wheal Farm on our left and the lane dips down


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under some trees where there is often a puddle. A hundred metres beyond is a farm gate on the left with a finger post. We went through it and headed south easterly. The path is unclear at this point but the Magpie Mine is visible and this is the next destination. The stile out of the field is near the far corner and the path goes down steeply into Deep Dale (the distinct path on the opposite slope is helpful for your direction). At the bottom, there is a stone stile and we began the sharp climb up the other side. At the top we passed over another stile and continued straight ahead to a farm gate. There are a series of gates, all in the same direction, until we arrived at Johnson lane - a proper road, where we turned left into Sheldon. Our objective was the Magpie Mine, from where lead was extracted in the 19th century. Once in Sheldon, we proceeded downhill, but before getting to the pub there are two paths on the right-hand side leading to the mine – either will do. We took the second, going over a close succession of three stiles before bearing half right. It is hard to miss the way to the mine, and the last two fields are crossed diagonally in a southerly direction. The last stile takes you into the rough ground around the mine buildings, and this is a good place to stop for a break. From the mine buildings we turned right (westwards) over a stile and across rough ground to another stile, working our way to the road. The path is clear, and we came out on the road. We turned right and went gently uphill (ignoring a road junction back to Sheldon). We crossed the road and found a signpost on the left-hand

side. We walked south westwards over a field towards a belt of trees, which we passed through over two consecutive stiles. We continued south west with the wall on our right-hand side for three fields. In the fourth field, the next stile is hidden in the long grass and we had to turn left slightly to find it. After three more fields, we turned half left again to come out on Horse Lane, where we turned right to Monyash. There is a grass verge to avoid any traffic. At Monyash, we arrived at a T junction and turned left uphill. After a few houses we found our path signposted on the right (just before Sheldon Cottage and House) and it has stone walls on either side. We kept on this path for 200 metres or so and turned right where another path crossed ours. The path is clear and goes over several stiles to join a stony track called Cross Lane, on which we turned right. We went past some farm buildings and kept in a north west direction until we came to an abandoned barn on the Limestone Way. It is a lovely quiet spot to have a break. We turned left (north westerly) along the Limestone Way making for the village of Flagg. The path is clear for the most part and goes over several stiles (only confusing where the grass had been closely mown in a camp site). The path eventually joins a farm lane that in turn joins a road. This took us into the village around a right-hand bend. We arrived at a crossroads, just by a chapel, a school and a bus shelter. Here we turned left

The Walk and walked gently uphill on the pavement. At the far end of the village, we took the leftward fork downhill to High Stool Farm. The road bends sharply here, and the stile is immediately to the right of the farm entrance. The path goes north westerly and is clear, crossing several stiles (some quite tumbled down) for about one kilometre. There is a dip and a small climb, but ahead of you is the road. Do not be tempted by the sheep path to the left, but head on diagonally and go over the stile onto the road, which can be busy. We turned left and took the second road on the right leading to Chelmorton. This is not signposted, but the road is quiet and runs downhill to the attractive village at the bottom. At the T junction in Chelmorton, we turned right uphill, past the pub and church. At the bridleway we turned half right and climbed up to the top. The ridge path runs north easterly to Taddington and has extensive views on all sides. The path goes over rough ground and we needed to bear gently rightwards to avoid going to Five Wells Farm on the left. When you cross the Pennine Bridleway, follow the signpost for the path that runs across the fields. After this the path runs straight to the white radio mast and reservoir at Sough Top, with a wall to your left. (Take care to keep a straight path - there is a private radio mast to the right, in a small woodland). There are a lot of stiles so progress can be slow. Pass just to the right of Sough Top reservoir, go around it and descend towards Taddington. The path is steep and crosses a road and a field to a narrow passage that brings you back into the village. For further information about our friendly and welcoming Club please visit our website and learn more about our programme of walks, social events and walking holidays.


Charlie Chaplin in Stockport Throughout the 1920s and early ‘30s there was nobody more famous than Charlie Chaplin, and his Little Tramp persona is still arguably the most iconic figure in the history of cinema. What’s not so well-known is the fact that he once trod the boards at Stockport’s Theatre Royal & Opera House on St Petersgate. The ‘once’ actually refers to one-week’s engagement and Chaplin’s performances took place during the week-commencing 16 November 1903. Chaplin was only 14-years-old at the time and he was appearing in Charles A. Frohman’s Northern Company’s touring production of Arthur Conan Doyle’s and William C. Gillette’s co-written stage play ‘Sherlock Holmes’ (subtitled ‘The Strange Case of Miss Faulkner’), with H A Saintsbury as the eponymous detective.

professionally a few years earlier as one of the Eight Lancashire Lads, a popular troupe of clog dancers, but this later role meant proper acting where he had to learn a script and work with established actors. During the tour Chaplin, as the youngest member of the company, was placed under the wing of Mr Tom Green, the stage carpenter, and his supposed wife, the wardrobe mistress, who the teenager would share digs with. The carpenter’s ‘wife’ was actually called Miss Edith Scales and years later, in 1931, she recounted the tale of how, on the Monday when they were appearing in Stockport – the week after the play was staged at another Theatre Royal in Ashton-under-Lyne – she and Chaplin were ordered to appear in court in Ashton following a fracas that took place the previous Tuesday. The story goes that while they were lodging with Mrs Emma Greenwood on Cavendish Street, a local chimney-sweep by the name of Robert Birkett, on his way home from the pub completely sozzled, tried to throttle Mrs Greenwood when she refused to pay him after he attempted to over-charge her for helping to put out a fire in her chimney. Miss Scales remembered how she was resting in her room when Chaplin rushed in and woke her up, explaining that they were being attacked by an irate chimney-sweep. When Edith ran downstairs, she found Mrs Greenwood trying to forcibly remove Birkett from her house, ably assisted by young Charlie who was threatening him with a poker.

Charlie played pageboy Billy in a notable supporting role that first brought his acting skills to the attention of the theatre-going public, and his scene-stealing performances won him a number of favourable reviews. Chaplin had previously performed on stage


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After the respective testimonies of Mrs Greenwood, Miss Scales and Chaplin (the news report of the case in the Ashton-under-Lyne Reporter had his name down erroneously as ‘Charles Chapman’), Mr Birkett was found guilty and sentenced to three months in jail, which was presumably enough time to sober up. Miss Scales later recalled, ‘Charlie first went into the witness box, but no one could understand his cockney accent. The sergeant kept touching him on the shoulder saying, “Will you speak a little more clearly please?” But Charlie was very excited and indignant about the man kicking the landlady. After a lot of fun, he [eventually] got his story out and the man was sent to prison.’

Life wasn’t always so eventful on the road for young Charlie though. Without having anyone of a similar age in the company to spend time with and worried about the health of his mother, who had earlier that year been admitted into a mental asylum back in London, Chaplin quickly became homesick and later recollected in his memoirs: ‘I began to grow melancholy. Arriving in northern towns on a Sunday night, hearing the doleful clanging of church bells as I walked the darkened main street, added little comfort to my loneliness.’ Reading this, one can easily imagine the lonely figure of the teenaged Chaplin strolling passed St. Peter’s Church – the town’s second oldest parish church, directly opposite the theatre, which still stands there today – with the church bells ringing in his ears. Despite these pensive recollections, as a big fan of the Little Tramp, as well as adopted Stopfordian, I find it pleasing to know that the great Charlie Chaplin performed on stage in the town all those years ago.

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ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS Yes, most people go on holiday to relax but for those of you who are a bit more adventurous, there are a great choice of activity breaks to consider. For lots of travellers, especially millennials it’s becoming less about where you are and more about what you do while you’re there. Of course, I think you can have both; a beautiful destination and lots of exciting stuff to do! At Not Just Travel, we work with lots of excellent suppliers who specialise in sporty trips, hiking adventures and offer a real opportunity to immerse yourself in the local landscapes and culture.

Cycling & Hiking We work with some awesome companies who specialise in cycling and hiking holidays. What an amazing way to explore a new destination. A lot of the tours are self-guided which means the accommodation along the route is arranged for you, you are given a map and off you go! (There’s a support car that takes your bags, bonus)!

Family Fun There are a many fantastic holiday resorts throughout Europe that cater specifically for active families. You could book into one of the beautiful holiday parks in the UK; Loch Lomond or the Lake District for example or head over to France or Italy. Interestingly, Slovenia has been making its mark in the last couple of years as a great destination for the ‘outdoorsy’. It’s beautiful, diverse and offers a great choice of extreme sports. The kids will never get bored at a resort with lots of activities and it’s a brilliant opportunity to try something new and spend quality time as a family.

Also, there are varying degrees of effort from easy to exhilarating, the choice is yours. Cycle through Tuscany, or the Italian Lakes, or visit the UNESCO sites in Croatia which is becoming a popular destination for cyclists.

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You’re not restricted to Europe though. I booked a trip recently for a couple who wanted to cycle through Vietnam. What an adventure!

Wine Tasting Ok, perhaps this isn’t considered an ‘activity’ in the traditional sense but come on, it’s tempting, right?! Vineyard tours and tastings now cater for all levels of interest so whether you’re an avid wine drinker or just a beginner, we can find a tour for you. As you’d expect a lot of vineyards are in beautiful, rural areas so it’s a wonderful opportunity to explore the local landscape. Also, you can go further afield to explore the wine regions of exciting places like California, South Africa and Australia! Of course, it’s advisable not to drink on an empty stomach so why not consider a ‘foodie’ break? You could

tie your wine tasting in with local cookery classes or culinary tours. Now that sounds like a holiday to me! Life should be full of experiences and I think travel is the perfect way to create hundreds of special memories. Don’t be overwhelmed at the prospect of organising an activity holiday. They are lots of brilliant suppliers who specialise in these trips and we work with a great variety of them. At Not Just Travel we can take care of all the logistics for you so you can just get on the plane and go and enjoy your adventure! Lucy Allen Personal Travel Consultant Notjusttravel/waitingworld e: p: 07512784700



Ford EcoSport 1.0 ST-LINE BLACK E/BOOST 5DR 125PS: Face The Crowd The Ford EcoSport is distinctive enough to provide something different in the compact SUV marketplace, especially with the ST-Line Edition. Perhaps the most distinctive area of the EcoSport ST-Line is that dominant, all black front grille which sets up the EcoSport beautifully, especially when combined with the Black headlight bezels, HID xenon headlights, cool daytime LEDs and front fogs. The EcoSport on test offers up what Ford say is a sports-inspired style. What this means is that you get unique ST-Line bumpers and side skirts, optional 18” 5-spoke black machined alloy wheels, ST-Line exterior branding plus contrasting roof, rear spoiler and door mirrors. Ford have created an SUV that gives a fantastic first impression. Settle into the ST-Line and the sporting theme continues with unmissable Front door threshold plates with the ST-Line logo, sports pedals and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. This is a great place to spend your time. Dominating the dashboard is the 8” touchscreen giving you Ford SYNC 3 which allows control of everything


by Martin Hall

from phone calls and text messaging to music and satellite navigation through simple voice commands. Continuing to impress, there’s also includes electronic automatic temperature control, blind spot information system, cruise control and a rear-view camera with parking distance sensors. Impressive stuff. The EcoSport sports (ahem) Ford’s 123bhp version of their excellent 3-cylinder turbocharged power plant with up to 148ft/lb torque meaning that you can leave the engine in fourth or fifth when in town, keeping the revs above 1500 or so and the Ford will potter along for as long as you need it to. A light clutch and steering and compact City Car dimensions add up to a vehicle that is incredibly easy to manoeuvre in town and that’s before you consider the benefit of a SUV driving position and associated improved site lines. On dual carriageway and motorways you set the simple to use cruise control to 70mph and begin to appreciate the build quality of the plastics, leather and switches around you and admire the stress free ride quality that the Sports Suspension setup of the ST-Line delivers whilst still giving hints of the fun to come once twisting country roads hove into view.

Out into the countryside and the EcoSport takes on a different flavour as the opportunity to stir the slick 6-speed gearbox through its ratios and enjoy the turbocharged three-cylinder engine under the bonnet presents itself. Slowing down for the bends gives the brakes a chance to shine whilst shifting up nearer the top of the rev range and stirring the ‘box shows what a fantastic job Ford’s engineers have once again completed with the engine and drivetrain. There’s also steering that offers up decent feel for the front end of

the car and means that this SUV will go where you point it safely and without any surprises. There’s room for five adults, a stylish exterior and technologically advanced interior. A superb yet economical engine, up to 356 litres of packing space when in five seat mode and loaded up to the parcel shelf and plenty of practical cubby holes and drink holders for driver and passengers there can be no doubt that Ford have given us exactly what they set out to do. It’s fun when you want it to be and sensible when you don’t and with a starting price of £17,850 for the ZETEC, that’s an excellent result. And did I mention you also get Ford’s brilliant Quickclear heated windscreen? Martin Hall writes a ‘real life’ motoring blog that focusses on the car itself rather than lap times, a blog to see if the car you want is good for shopping or commuting, a blog that recognises that ‘real life’ motoring should also be fun on the bends.

Children’s Activities

Things to do with pre-school kids Toddler Group 10-11.30am Cheadle Hulme United Reformed Church, Swann Lane. £1 per child including refreshments. Contact Alison Stevens 01625 877180.

Monday Story Time 11-11.30am Bramhall Library. Telephone 0161 217 6009

Tuesday Active Angels 10-11.30am - Term time only Free play and songs including puppets and musical instruments and parachute fun also. Healthy snacks and refreshments for children and hot and cold beverages for adults. St Michael & All Angels Parish Church, Bramhall. Contact Karina: 07969633654 or Story Time 2-2.30pm Cheadle Hulme Library. Telephone 0161 217 6009.

Wednesday BMC Baby Chat 10.00-11.15am Term-time only. Bramhall Methodist Church, Bramhall Lane South. Come and join us every Wednesday morning for a chat, tea/coffee and biscuits and the opportunity to meet other mums, grandparents and carers with young babies in the Bramhall area. There’s a small charge of £1 per adult. For further details please call 0161 439 1204.

Little Fishes Toddler Group for under 5’s - 10-11.30am Term-time only, Bramhall Methodist Church, Bramhall Lane South. For more information contact the church office on 0161 439 1204 or email NCT (National Childbirth Trust) 10-11.30am St Michael & All Angels Parish Church, Bramhall. Contact Tracy Howe on 0161 477 3252

saturday Who Let the Dads Out? 10-11.30am Every 3rd Saturday of the month, Bramhall Methodist Church. A play session for dads, grandads and male carers and their pre-school aged children. Messy play, games, a room full of toys, followed by bacon butties, tea and coffee for dads, and drinks and biscuits for the children. For further details and dates please contact

Sunday Messy Church. Second Sunday of every month 4-6pm Bramhall Methodist Church, Bramhall Lane South. See Inside Guide or call 0161 439 1204.

thursday Little Lambs Baby & Toddler Group 10-11.30am Term time only, Bramhall Baptist Church, Woodford Road. Toys, refreshments and song time. Suggested donation of £1.50 per family. Just turn up or for more information email

friday Baby Massage & Yoga – morning Bramhall Library Children’s Centre. Combined class run by The Baby Massage Company & Honeychild Baby Yoga. Email or call Kate on 07866 468245 for class times and to book (necessary).

If you run a local activity for young children and email would like to be included on this page please

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inside guide

june - july 2019

selected events in your area

Saturday 1 June

Friday 7 June

Movie Music & More. Poynton Gilbert & Sullivan Society Spring Concert. Tickets will be available from tickets@poyntongands. or 01625 876394. Also, from Mates DIY on Park Lane or on the door. £10 for adults and £5 for 16 and under. Poynton Legion, George’s Road West 7.30pm

A Recital in aid of The Wellspring by International Concert Pianist Patrick Hemmerle Programme: Bach/Petri: Sheep May Safely Graze. Schubert/ Liszt: 2 Lieder. Wagner/Liszt 7: Isolde’s Death. Mendelssohn/ Rachmaninoff: Scherzo from the Midsummer Night’s Dream. Prokofiev: Four Pieces from Romeo and Juliet. Etudes by: Lyapunov, Scriabin, Tchesnokov, Rachmaninoff and Kapustin. Tickets £12 students £10 available from Peter 0161 427 4700 The Hallam Hall, Stockport Grammar School, Buxton Road SK2 7AF 7.30pm

Tuesday 4 June Adlington WI. The Empowerment of Women through Education in Malawi with speaker Susan Flynn. 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 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Wednesday 5 June Craft and Chatter. A fortnightly get together for crafters of all kinds, card making, quilting, collage, embroidery, sewing and any other interests you might have. Bring your own project and enjoy good crafting company with a cuppa and cake, lots of friendly chatter and the opportunity to learn from each other. Contact Chrissie 0161 439 8262 for further details. £2 donation requested. Also meeting 19 June. Dean Row Chapel Hall, Adlington Road, SK9 2BX 2pm

Wednesday 5 June Coffee and Conversation Join Andrew for half-an-hour of lively conversation about books in the news. Hear what’s happening in the shop and pick up suggestions for a few ‘good reads’! Price: £2.50 (towards your coffee and homemade cake!) (Coffee and Conversation usually takes place on the FIRST Wednesday of each month but in July we’ll be meeting again on the SECOND Wednesday 10 July) Simply Books, Bramhall 11am

Thursday 6 June 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

Friday 7 June Café y Conversacion A conversation group for anyone interested in improving their Spanish! Join us for informal Spanish conversation over coffee and cake with local Spanish teacher Liz Wilson. £5 (includes refreshments) (Cafe y Conversacion meets at 11am on the first Friday of each month) Simply Books, Bramhall 11am

Saturday 8 June St George’s Singers’ Summer Concert The Well Conducted Tour. Tickets are £12, £10 concessions, with £2 students and children with reductions for group bookings, and can be booked by phone 01663 764012, email to or online at St George’s Church, Poynton

Saturday 8 June Werneth Concert Band presents a Summer concert of light music in aid of Epilepsy Action. Tickets are £8 and available online at or from “Interiors by Gainsborough” Compstall Road, Romiley. The Forum Theatre, Romiley 7.30pm

Saturday 8 June Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra The Thieving Magpie by Rossini and two First symphonies - Schumann’s and Shostakovich’s Once again a very varied evening of music with something for everyone! Tickets cost £12, concessions £10 and under 18 £2. They are available from: our ticket secretary 01925 756144, at the door or via Evans Hall at Wilmslow Leisure Centre 7.45pm Continued over

Thursday 13 June

Saturday 15 June

Link Women’s Fellowship “Where am I/Who am I?” I often feel like this, so maybe our speaker, Phil Maltby, will be able to enlighten me. Phil is a regular speaker at our church and is always much enjoyed so why not come along and see what goes - all ladies are welcome to come and join us. We meet at 2.30pm promptly and about 4pm have light refreshments and time for a natter and a ‘get to know you’ session when new friendships are often made. Bramhall Methodist Church 2.30pm

Poynton’s Party in the Park Top of the bill this year are an incredible Abba tribute band Waterloo. Licensed bar, hot food kiosks, free parking, bring your own picnic. All profits to charities supported by Poynton Rotary For tickets Poynton Park 4pm til late

Thursday 13 June The Family History Society of Cheshire, Bramhall Group Staircase House and Stockport Heritage Magazine by Steve Cliffe. The Editor recounts his thirty years in publishing and the fight to save one of Stockport’s most important buildings. Admission charge £2.00. For further details please email for further details. All visitors are most welcome. United Reformed Church Hall, Bramhall SK7 2PE (corner of Robins Lane and Bramhall Lane South) 7.30pm

Thursday 13 June Simply Books presents…Anne Griffin. We are delighted to welcome award-winning author Anne Griffin for one of our ‘Meet The Author’ events – an evening of conversation about her debut novel When All Is Said - hugely enjoyable and engrossing, and a big hit with Sue’s Women’s Book Club. Tickets £8 (free event for members of our Simply Books Book Clubs) To book: call 0161 439 1436 email or book online at Simply Books, Bramhall 7.30pm

Saturday 15 June Stockport Symphony Orchestra Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol, Shostakovich Piano Concerto no 2: Soloist Slava Sidorenko, Elgar Enigma Variations. Conductor Diego Costa. This final programme of the season just speaks for itself: beautiful music! More information from, tickets available at box office, online or on the door. Free car parking available 4pm to midnight Stockport Town Hall 7.30pm

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Wednesday 19 June Lunchtime Concert Students from the RNCM Admission is by programme £5, available at the door. Light lunches are served from 12 noon and the concerts start at 1pm, lasting approximately 45 minutes. Information available on or email Alderley Edge Methodist Church 1pm

Friday 21 June Simply Books presents…How To Write A Book In An Hour with prize-winning author ED DOCX. Do you have a story to tell…or just curious about how authors set about the task of creating a novel? Join us for an hour of insight, advice and practical tips from prize-winning author Ed Docx. Tickets £12 (includes a copy of Ed’s latest novel Let Go My Hand) To book: call 0161 439 1436 email or book online at Simply Books, Bramhall 7.30pm

Saturday 22 June Gifts, Crafts & Fashion Fair by “Mélange Markets” All enquiries to 07759883391 email: or United Reformed Church Hall, Robins Lane, Bramhall SK7 2EF 11am to 4pm

Saturday 22 to Saturday 29 June Wilmslow Green Room Theatre present Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense by P G Wodehouse, adapted by David & Robert Goodale An inventive, fast-paced comedy featuring P.G. Wodehouse’s iconic double act. To book tickets Tel: 01625 540933Web: Enquiries: Facebook: WilmslowGreenRoomTheatre

Saturday 22 June

Saturday 29 June

The Lindow Singers and Sale Gilbert & Sullivan Society are proud to present HMS Pinafore. Tickets £12, Concession £10, Student £3 available on the door, from choir members or ring 01625 611124. Alderley Edge Festival Hall, Talbot Rd, Alderley Edge SK9 7HR 7.30pm

Cheshire Sinfonia - Beautiful Music in Bramhall Borodin - In the Steppes of Central Asia; Mendelssohn - Symphony No 5 in D major Op. 107 (“Reformation”) Vaughan Williams - Job; A Masque for Dancing Tickets: £12 (Full), £10 (concessions), £3 (students) Reserved tickets available in advance from 07967 852986 or at the door. St Michael and All Angels Parish Church, Robins Lane, Bramhall 7.30pm

Sunday 23 June Prestbury Open Gardens Tickets £5 from the Village Hall on the day. 2pm to 5pm For further information or advance tickets call Mary Hindle Tel: 01625 827700.

Tuesday 25 June

Monday 1 July

Caffe e Conversazione Join us for informal Italian conversation over coffee and cake with local Italian teacher Giulia Shepherd. £5 (includes refreshments) (Caffe e Conversazione usually takes place on the last Tuesday of each month) Simply Books, Bramhall 11am

Tuesday 2 July

Thursday 27 June Link Women’s Fellowship This is the last meeting of our present programme - we start up again at the beginning of September. The meeting is about “Community Engagement Panel” We welcome any ladies who would like to come and join us for a pleasant afternoon starting at 2.30pm and rounding off with light refreshments at about 4pm with plenty of time to have a chat. We look forward to meeting up with you. Bramhall Methodist Church 2.30pm

Friday 28 June Simply Cinema presents…The Keeper (15) The extraordinary story of Bert Trautmann, a German soldier and prisoner of war who, despite strong anti-German protest and prejudice, joins Manchester City as goalkeeper and goes on to become a footballing legend. Tickets £8 To book: call 0161 439 1436 email or book online at Centrepoint, Bramhall Methodist Church. Doors open 6.30pm screening at 7pm

Friday 28 and Saturday 29 June Plant Hunters Fair Entry to the lovely 12-acre gardens & plant fair is only £3 Henbury Hall Gardens, Henbury, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9PJ 10am to 5pm

Manchester Jazz £7 entry, enquiries 01663 763532 High Lane Conservative Club, Buxton Road, High Lane SK6 8DR 8pm

Adlington WI The Mary Sunley with speaker Victor Crawford 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

Wednesday 3 July Craft and Chatter. A fortnightly get together for crafters of all kinds, card making, quilting, collage, embroidery, sewing and any other interests you might have. Bring your own project and enjoy good crafting company with a cuppa and cake, lots of friendly chatter and the opportunity to learn from each other. Contact Chrissie 0161 439 8262 for further details. £2 donation requested. Also meeting 17 & 31 July Dean Row Chapel Hall, Adlington Road, SK9 2BX 2pm

Thursday 4 July 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 Continued over

Saturday 5 July St George’s Singers by invitation from Chetham’s School of Music. Performing with their choir and amazing orchestra, Mahler’s huge Symphony of a Thousand. Tickets will be on sale from the Bridgewater Hall Box Office 0161 907 9000.

Weds 10 to Fri 12 July NK Theatre Arts presents Aladdin Disney’s Aladdin JR. is based on the 1992 Academy-Award®winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show about the “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within. The story you know and love has been given the royal treatment! With expanded characters, new songs, and more thrills, this new adaptation of the beloved story will open up “a whole new world” for the audience members. 24hr Box Office 0333 666 3366 Tickets: £12/£10 / Family of 4 £35 (Maximum of two adults) The Forum Theatre, Romiley, Stockport SK6 4EA 7.30pm Also Matinee Sat 13 July 2pm

Tuesday 23 July Simply Books presents…Richard Shepherd: the UK’s top forensic pathologist. Join Dr Richard Shepherd for a thoughtful, revealing and (at times) chilling evening as he shares with us a rare insight into the hidden world of forensic pathology. Tickets £10 (Richard’s best-selling book Unnatural Causes will we available on the night for the special price of £8) To book: call 0161 439 1436 email or book online at St Michael’s Church, Bramhall, SK7 2PG 7.30pm

Saturday 27 July Gifts, Crafts & Fashion Fair by “Mélange Markets” All enquiries to 07759883391 email: or United Reformed Church Hall, Robins Lane, Bramhall SK7 2EF 11am to 4pm

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Wilmslow Wells Gardens Day A great alternative to the Chelsea Flower Show! Who would think that the Chelsea Flower Show would have such competition locally in Wilmslow? Chelsea Flower Show has now been going 105 years but, equally astonishingly, Wilmslow Wells Gardens Day is celebrating its 27th year. Save yourself the cost and time of visiting London and make the most of this local event on Saturday 29 June, in Wilmslow, Alderley Edge and Handforth. “It’s marvellous that all these wonderful gardens are literally on our doorstep” says Gardens Day Chair, Shan Bristow. “We have people coming locally, lots of people walk and we even a group of regular lady cyclists, who come annually and cover more gardens than most. There are also people who have supported our wonderful charity for many years and come from Yorkshire, the Wirral and even London! What a tribute to the standard and variety.”

There are 11 show gardens at Chelsea, whereas Wilmslow Gardens boasts 19 gardens. Jenny Morris, a regular garden contributor says; “Planning to open our garden started one whole year in advance. I took photos of what would be in flower and where there were likely to be gaps. I also started dividing and potting up my plants ready for selling on the day. All this to ensure the garden looks at its best.” The range of gardens at Wilmslow Wells Gardens Day is enormous - from traditional, modern, organic, woodland to vegetable gardens. This year there is a new addition, The Temp, a Community Orchard and Garden on Gravel lane, with an emphasis on sustainability. There really is something for everyone.


Let’s not forget cost too. A day at Chelsea will set you back £67, whereas a day at the Gardens Day is £12.50 on the day to visit all the gardens, or in advance just £10 (tickets available from Chelsea Flowers on Chapel Lane or The Potting Shed in Alderley Edge.) All the proceeds of the Gardens Day go to supporting the ongoing fundraising of Wilmslow Wells, which continues to improve life in drought-stricken areas of Africa by providing wells, pumps, dams and water collection equipment. A staggering £15,000 was raised on the Gardens Day last year. We won’t be consuming 12,824 glasses of champagne like visitors to Chelsea do, but one of our gardens will be serving refreshing Pimm’s! And Eileen MacAulay, on Carrwood road, is opening her garden for the eleventh year; her famous morning bacon rolls will certainly be selling in numbers! Visitors range from the very keen gardening enthusiasts, to those who just want a nice wander on a Saturday afternoon, with a cup of tea and some cake in some of the gardens, or indeed a sit-down scrumptious lunch at St John’s church on Knutsford road. The gardens annual event is firmly in most people’s calendars; the bonus of helping people some 6,425 miles away AND having a wonderful time, makes for a perfect day. For more information please visit

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New Artwork to raise funds for East Cheshire Hospice International artist, and Wilmslow resident, Susie MacMurray, is creating an extraordinary new largescale artwork which will be on display in the Mansion at Tatton Park this summer. Working with a small team of volunteers from East Cheshire Hospice she is creating a new work, ‘Gathering’, which will be suspended from the rotunda in the Staircase Hall at Tatton. Made up of thousands of individual elements, ‘Gathering’ has been inspired by the work of the hospice as well as referencing the Costume Ball, which was held at Tatton in 1897 to celebrate William Egerton’s Earldom. The red velvet which makes up the elements of ‘Gathering’ is the colour of the silk velvet dress worn by the Countess at the ball. An additional exhibition, ‘The Tatton Ball’ will provide an insight into what the aristocrats wore, the music and the colour of high society entertaining.

a lucky contributor than a volunteer, who along with a wonderful team, is helping Susie create her Gathering vision. As we gather each week, the conversation flows and seems to absorb into the work. It’s a privilege to see the work developing over the weeks and months that we have been working on it. I hope that the elements will help to raise much needed funds for the hospice.” Each of the individually made elements that make up ‘Gathering’, will be for sale during its display and will be distributed to buyers once the installation has been taken down in October 2019. All proceeds from the sale of the elements will go to East Cheshire Hospice to help them provide their invaluable service to those with life limiting illness in our community.

The volunteers who have been working with MacMurray have come to the project through their involvement with East Cheshire Hospice – and have found the process of creating the artwork very rewarding. Lynne Tait, whose husband was cared for in the Hospice in 2016 said, “I really wanted to do something to support the Hospice when they had been so wonderful with my husband at the end of his life. I feel more like

Running from 28 June to 6 October 2019, ‘Gathering’ and ‘The Tatton Ball’ promise to provide two excellent reasons to visit Tatton Park this summer. Carole Hyde, Business Development Manager at Tatton said, “We’re delighted to have an artist of Susie MacMurray’s calibre creating an artwork specifically for the Mansion at Tatton. We hope that visitors will take the opportunity to see this unique work as well as experiencing The Tatton Ball exhibition and enjoying all that Tatton Park has to offer this summer.” Full details of this exhibition can be found at


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