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inside june - july 2018


Issue 69


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inside b r a m h a l l 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.

What’s INSIDE this month 4 simply books book club choice 7 an incredible day out 11 stone love... times two! 12 Diary of a Geeky Knitter 15 summer garden visits 19 Geraniums 20 Wildfowl & nutrition


23 Travel the world by train

As I’ve become more aware of the passage of time, I’ve also become mindful of using it wisely. It’s so easy to waste time, idly checking Facebook, or catching up on emails on your phone. I don’t need to have a jampacked 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.

27 In Touch

A sobering thought to finish with. Once time has passed you can never get it back - so, make the most of every minute!

49 INSIDE Guide

31 Lucy’s Travel Tips 32 The Walk 37 Puzzles 39 Anson Engine Museum


42 Recipe 45 Children’s Activities 46 Just 4 Kids 56 Inside People 58 Puzzle Solutions 61 Useful Numbers 62 Classified Index


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simply books

book club choice

Colm Toibin is one of my favourite Irish authors. I particularly enjoyed two of his earlier novels Brooklyn and Nora Webster which caught the feel of life in a small Irish town in the late fifties and early sixties – Brooklyn went on to be a successful film (which we also enjoyed showing at Simply Cinema!). His new book House of Names is a very different venture – a re-telling of the classical Greek story of the Oresteia. On the eve of a great battle a father (Agamemnon) sacrifices his own daughter (Iphigenia) to save his army. Three years later, he returns home victorious in battle and his murderous action has set the entire family – mother, brother, sister – on a path of intimate and barbarous revenge. This is a story told in plain and compelling language, the moments of unthinkable violence expressed with brutal simplicity. And it’s a page-turner too. These classic taIes retain such power – it’s quite remarkable that a family drama, first recounted over 2000 years, ago can be re-worked to jump off the page and feel so fresh. Stay With Me is a debut novel by Nigerian author, Ayobami Adebayo. The novel’s central character Yejide is hoping for a miracle – for a child. It’s all her husband wants of her, all her mother-in-law expects, and she has tried everything. But when the family insist on installing a ‘second’ wife to provide a child it’s all too much for Yejide to bear. Told against the backdrop of the social and political turbulence of 1980’s Nigeria, this is a moving story about the nature of married love and the all-consuming bonds of motherhood. There are some truly heart-breaking moments, but it is also a story about hope and redemption. And for the children…Judith Kerr is most famous for her classic picture books The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog The Forgetful Cat – firm favourites with generations of children. Now, at the age of 95, Judith has a new book Katinka’s Tail, a delightful story about an ordinary cat with an extraordinary (and rather magical!) tail. Katinka’s Tail has been shortlisted for this year’s Simply Books Book Factor Competition and recently Sue had the privilege to visit Judith in her London home, accompanied by two of our Junior Book Reviewers, to film an interview for our Book Factor Presentation. They even met Katinka – who is every bit as mischievous in real life as she is in the book!


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

an incredible day out Eureka – The National Children’s Museum

All About Me

Amazing, fantastic, fun-packed, educational and inspirational are just a few of the superlatives that I find myself uttering after a day at this great family destination. Two grandparents, one mum and two young lads descended on Eureka in early April and had a fabulous time. As day trips go, Eureka, in Halifax, has got to be one of the best days out that I have experienced for a very long time.

In this zone, you can meet a friendly robot, test what the body can do and enjoy role-plays in the health centre. You will learn what’s inside the human body, how intricate and fascinating the brain is and how the digestive system breaks down food.

An educational charity, Eureka is the only hands-on museum just for children and has brought smiles to the faces of more than 7.5 million visitors since 1992. We’re not talking here about your average museum, where you gaze at numerous objects in glass cabinets, and a mass of accompanying information that you’re almost certain to forget. Eureka is a million miles away from that kind of experience. It’s a fun-packed, tactile, interactive and totally absorbing experience and is especially intriguing for children aged 0-11. But believe me, there’s something for all the family. Whatever your age, it will unlock the child within you and teach you something that you didn’t know before. There are six unique zones to discover, filled with hundreds of interactive exhibits, designed to inspire enquiring minds to find out about themselves and the world around them. by Garth Aspinall

SoundSpace Here you can create a cacophony of noises, mix your own music, direct a stage show, or visit Orby’s spaceship. You will learn about the properties of sound, about music and celebrations from around the world and discover how sound can affect our emotions.

SoundGarden (Under 5s) This zone provides a colourful multi-sensory experience. Here you can paint a butterfly’s wings then watch it fly away, listen to lullabies from around the world, or dress up like a woodland creature. You will learn about cause and effect, all about the life of bees and the differences between night and day.

Living and Working Together Here you can explore a child-sized town, tell Baku all about your dreams, withdraw (and spend) your own Eureka currency, take over a garage and visit M&S. You will learn about the world of work, what lies under our roads and pavements and where our food comes from. Continued over


Desert Discovery (Under 5s) Here you can make friends with a coyote, share a story in the story-time tent, plan and build a construction. You will learn that what goes up must come down, learn about simple fossils and yet again, the differences between day and night.

Spark Gallery The Spark Gallery hosts exciting new temporary exhibitions that change regularly and features pop-up activities and workshops. From May to November 2018, the theme is Adventures in Digital Art. Experience some of the most exciting interactive digital tech from around the world. Navigate your way through 14 mind-blowing exhibits from The Lumen prize for digital art. Explore virtual worlds, code your own animated creature and interact with a huge digital waterfall.

Come Rain or Shine – Eureka is a great place to visit It takes about an hour and a half to reach Halifax, so it’s good to know that whatever the weather there is pretty much guaranteed enjoyment when you get there. All the above activities are indoors, not to mention the creative gift shop and the café which offers a wide-ranging menu at very reasonable prices. If the weather is fine, so much the better. You can picnic in the grounds of the museum, or even in Eureka’s own railway carriage.

The Essential Details It’s a really good idea to visit the Eureka website to discover all the latest news, to find out about opening times (term-time and holiday opening hours are different) and certainly to book your tickets. The National Children’s Museum, Discovery Road, Halifax HX1 2NE Tel 01422 330069 Admission/Annual Pass: Under 1s free 1 to 2 years £5.25 3+ years £12.95 You pay for your first visit and get a free Annual Pass, giving you unlimited free visits for 12 months.


Adventures in Digital Art uses large scale multi-media, motion-capture sensors and projections of light and colour to change the way you think about technology.

Parking: 4 hours: £4 12 hours: £6

In addition to the above main zones, there is also Creative Space for under-fives, a Theatre that features special events during school holidays and an Imagination Space. Ask at the information desk to find out what activities are planned in the Theatre and in Imagination Space! If you need guidance at any time during your visit, there is a talented team of Enablers that are on hand throughout the museum to help you get the most out of your visit.

Nearby attraction (10 minutes’ walk) Piece Hall – well worth a visit if you have time and your children have patience. Travel - By car or by train (Manchester Victoria to Halifax station which is located right next to Eureka)

Stone Love…day Times an incredible out Two! There is nothing quite like the beauty of stone surfaces to add that extra quality to your kitchen, bathroom or indeed any other room of your house... and at The Granite & Marble Shop they offer an amazing array of literally hundreds of colours and styles to suit all tastes. Additionally, should you fancy a beautiful stone dining table, coffee table or any other kind of table, then their ‘sister company’ All In Stone have a fantastic selection of all sizes and types to choose from. The two companies are owned and run by Gary Rogers and his wife Rita, supported ably by their sons Craig & Scott, together with their very loyal local employees. The Granite & Marble Shop has been established over 10 years and has grown steadily, built on recommendations and focus on giving excellent customer service. Until now the business has operated from one site in Reddish, Stockport. At 33,000sq foot it can showcase a large display of stone (many of them full slabs) and has a large factory where all kitchens and tables are manufactured. The business has been described many times by customers as ‘the best kept secret in Stockport’ due to it being tucked away off the main road. However, the Rogers family are now delighted to have opened a

1500sq foot showroom on the A6 in Great Moor, Stockport. This further showcases both the beautiful stone worktops and the large selection of tables at very low prices; and if you don’t see the table you like, they will make it to your specification! So, if you are looking to add some WOW factor to your new kitchen or looking to buy a stunning new table of any kind, then this local business would be delighted to help. Just call in to either site and see for yourself how beautiful stone can be. Opening hours are: 8am - 6pm Mon to Fri and 10am - 4pm on Saturdays.

Visit either of our showrooms

Factory Showroom (Reddish) 0161 480 4676 Reddish Factory/Showroom Roland Road, Reddish, Stockport SK5 6TJ

Showroom (Great Moor) 0161 960 0098 319 Buxton Road, Great Moor, Stockport SK2 7NL

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!


National Garden Scheme Enjoy the summer with a garden visit! The NGS has more great gardens ready to open in the next two months. Here are brief details of a few of them. Don’t forget that as well as the characteristic yellow booklets and the larger national ‘Gardens to Visit’ handbook, there is also an NGS app and the NGS website (,uk) which all have fuller description, directions, prices and everything you need to know. 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 Bridgwater 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 3DE) 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.

15 Park Crescent

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.

Bluebell Cottage

by John Hinde

On Sunday 1 July, Bollin House (SK9 2BW) and Well House (SK9 2BU) at Wilmslow both open on one ticket. The former hasn’t opened before to the general public, but only to private groups so it’s a chance to Continued over


enjoy their wonderful wild flower meadows. Parking is difficult at the former garden especially but see the NGS booklet/book/website/app under ‘Bollin House’ entry for helpful tips. 10 Statham Ave, Lymm, (WA19 9NH) is a beautifully structured and planted suburban garden, whilst 218 Marple Road, Offerton (SK2 5HE) is large and densely planted with lots of innovative features guaranteed to amuse the visitor. On both 7 and 8 July, Brooke Cottage, Handforth (SK9 3LT), the garden of sometime contributor to this magazine, Barry Davy and his wife, will be opening after a major revamp: exciting! On the same two days Rowley House (CW4 8DX) at Kermincham (near Jodrell Bank) opens, with its modern, formal areas around the cottage, drifting into large areas of wildflower meadows, natural ponds, with plantings of unusual tree varieties. On the 8 July, the wonderful gardens at Cogshall Grange, Antrobus, (CW9 6BJ) designed by one of the world’s top designers, Tom Stuart Smith, opens once again. But be warned: as the estate is up for sale, if it was bought, it may disappear from public view. Grab the chance this year!

West Drive

4JJ) are rightly famed for their February snowdrop display, but also put on a great summer show on Sunday 15 July. Returning to the Scheme after a break, on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July, is 17 Poplar Grove, Sale, (M33 3AX) the innovative garden of potter Gordon Cooke. Also returning after a break from the scheme of some years in the stunning garden of wedding venue of Hilltop, Prestbury (SK10 4ED). To finish off the July openings, Winterbottom House, Mere (WA16 0QQ) opens on Sunday 29, to show off its classic charms. Remember that many gardens also offer private visits to groups from clubs. The booklet, website etc will give you details of how to arrange those. 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.

Cogshall Grange

If you are free midweek, 5 Cobbs Lane, Hough (CW2 5JN) opens on Wednesday 11 July (also again on Saturday 14). David and his wife Linda, have lots of unusual perennials growing really well. Also, on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15, 8a Warwick Drive, Hale (WA15 9EA) returns to the NGS after a year off; small but beautifully formed, with a stunning herbaceous border. The two gardens at West Drive, Gateley (SK8


5 Cobb’s Lane


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.


WILDFOWL AND NUTRITION Wildfowl, or waterfowl, is a general term for birds that live near aquatic environments such as lakes, ponds, rivers and streams, swamps and marshes. They include ducks, swans, and geese that generally feed on aquatic plants, worms, crustaceans and snails, small fish and fish eggs, insects, berries, and small amphibians such as frogs and newts. For generations, the feeding of waterfowl with bread has been a wonderful pastime enjoyed by many, but it can cause problems for the birds. Bread offers little-to-no nutritional benefit, but the birds will readily eat it when it is offered. The problem occurs as the calorific bread fills up the stomach so much, that the bird will not forage for their normal natural diet that will give them all the vitamins and minerals they require. In particular, in young birds, a reliance on human-supplied bread, and other junk food, discourages them to learn to forage for the natural foods they need to be healthy. In both cases this can lead to malnourishment and, in severe cases in young birds, to a condition called Angel Wing where the wing is deformed, and the bird cannot fly. The condition can be reversed with proper feeding in young birds, but once the bird is an adult it cannot be reversed. Although Angel Wing is not life threatening to the bird in a sheltered environment, it would be unlikely to survive in the wild.


There can also be problems with bread that is left uneaten, as this can attract predators that may be harmful to waterfowl. It can also, if left for long enough, grow mould that can make the birds very ill. Uneaten bread also adds to nutrient build up in the water, especially in closed water such as lakes and ponds. This excess of nutrients in the water can then lead to excess algae growth such as cyanobacteria (blue green algae) and harmful algal blooms that in severe cases depletes oxygen levels to the extent that aquatic plants and animals die out. This process of eutrophication is usually caused by the use of fertilisers and soil run off into water (and human sewage) that leads to high nitrogen and phosphorous levels in the water, but there is an argument that bread may also contribute to this. Using reputable commercial foods such as Brambles Swan and Duck Food will allow families to carry on the pastime of feeding waterfowl knowing that they are benefitting the birds they are feeding. Brambles Pet and Wildlife Limited is a family owned company and the team have been involved in developing products for animal welfare since 1990. The Managing Director has a scientific background in Biological Sciences and we have combined our experience and expertise to formulate foods that are nutritionally beneficial to wild animals and ensure that they do not contain any added sugar, colours, or artificial flavours. Our Swan and Duck food conforms to recommended guidelines for nutritional requirements, and is also suitable for geese, moorhens and coots, and, as it floats, you can easily see when the birds have had sufficient!

By Gail Tracey, Director of Brambles Pet and Wildlife

Travel the World… by train What better way to travel across continents than by rail? Air travel has of course brought the big wide world closer and we can get to our destinations, however far flung, in a remarkably short space of time, but for many people, nothing beats travelling by rail. A slower journey, with an ever-changing view from the window with all the romantic notions of times past, travel by rail has great appeal. Enjoying something of a renaissance at the moment, thanks chiefly to Michael Portillo and his TV programmes exploring the UK, Europe, America and most recently, India.

Rail to Shimla: The Shivalik Express, known as the ‘toy train’ being on a 2ft 6” gauge railway in the foothills of the Himalayas also has UNESCO World Heritage. Stunning scenery and Shimla was the jewel in the crown of the British Raj, using it as their summer headquarters due to the lovely temperate climate.

Rail holidays can be booked as part of an organised escorted tour, with all details taken care of by your guide, or you can travel independently, where we can design a personal itinerary, with private car transfers between points – when not on a train of course!

Our top ten rail journeys: Switzerland: The Glacier Express, Bernina Express and the Jungfrau Railway – Switzerland is known for its very efficient rail service; these three trains are famous for their scenery, and the Bernina Express has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status. The Rocky Mountaineer: experience the stunning scenery of British Columbia and Alberta, following historic train routes constructed over 100 years ago. Sit back and relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of forests, deep canyons, winding rivers, majestic mountain ranges and glacier fed lakes.

The Orient Express: what better way to celebrate a birthday or anniversary than with a trip on the Venice Simplon-Orient Express. From the moment you board, you take a step back in time to the bygone, golden age of rail travel, with the highest levels of personal service, with outstanding cuisine served in a stylish dining car and a civilised bar carriage. The Blue Train and Rovos Rail: South Africa is blessed with outstanding natural beauty and the most comfortable way to discover the scenery is aboard two Continued over


sumptuous trains that traverse the country. Again, we can build a wider itinerary taking in Cape Town, the Garden Route and a safari to encompass this amazing destination. The Indian Pacific and the Ghan: From North to South or East to West, you can cross Australia by train. The Indian Pacific is a three-day journey between Perth and Sydney and the Ghan travels between Darwin and Adelaide, stopping at Alice Springs – gateway to the ‘Red Centre’ of Australia and Uluru. The Tranzalpine in New Zealand: Another supremely scenic journey through the Southern Alps of South Island New Zealand from Christchurch on the east coast to Greymouth on the west coast. From here you can explore the Glaciers, Queenstown, and the other highlights of New Zealand. Amtrak – anywhere in the States! If you have followed Michael Portillo on his recent trips around America, you will know that the rail system in the USA gives a vast choice of options and itineraries. The Hiram Bingham in Peru: what better way to arrive at Machu Picchu than on this beautiful deluxe train? Sink into an armchair in the 1920s-style carriages, where polished wood and brass catch the light. Make your way to the Observation Car to watch the sun rise or give way to starry skies. Your Peruvian adventure has begun. The Polar Express: When travelling in Norway, the Polar Express will take you from Oslo to Trondheim and Bodo, great for viewing the Northern Lights. In summer, travel from Oslo to Bergen and on to Balestand and the beautiful Sognofjord, taking a trip on the tiny Flam Railway too! …and many more, so if you would like to travel the world by train, phone us on 01625 584195 or make an appointment and visit us at Travel by Design in Alderley Edge.


by Kristina Hulme

in touch your local community noticeboard june - july 2018

BROOKDALE CLUB PRESIDENT’S CHARITY 2018 This year, the President’s Charity is supporting local charity, Independent Options. Since 1977, Independent Options have been working to empower people with disabilities, enabling them to take control of their lives and enjoy life to the full. They provide a range of personalised support services for children and adults with a range of disabilities including: learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries and mental health needs. The charity’s services enable people with disabilities to get the life they want and also ease pressure on families. This year’s President, Barry Bryan, is hoping to raise enough money to enable refurbishment of the toilet facilities at the charity’s centre, based on Chester Road, Hazel Grove. A variety of events will be taking place at the club, over several weeks in June, to raise funds for the charity, including an afternoon concert with the Brookdale Choir, Andante, a Charity Photography Competition, Charity Whist Drive, Strawberry Cream Tea afternoon, an evening at Brookdale featuring a Michael Buble tribute act, a Charity Tea Dance and a Charity Fair. For further details on any of the events ring 0161 302 2302. The fair is on Saturday 23 June from 10am to 12.30pm with the usual variety of stalls and a Charity Luncheon (pre-booking required). Please come along and support this very worthwhile local charity, admission is free and there is plenty of free parking.

For more information about the charity visit

HAPPY PLANT HUNTING AT HENBURY HALL On Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July, Plant Hunters’ Fairs will return to the wonderful Henbury Hall Gardens with a brilliant line-up of top nurseries. It’s the right time to pick up summer flowering plants to give your garden a boost and we know that the nurseries will have just the right plant to set your summer garden ablaze with colour and add a sparkle to a shady spot, plus lots of expert knowledge on hand to help you choose the best for your particular and unique garden. The special event also offers the chance to visit these wonderful gardens for only £2.50 and this includes the Plant Hunters’ Fair as well! The Garden opens at 10am and closes at 5pm both days. Refreshments will be served in the old courtyard. Henbury Hall is two miles west of Macclesfield just off the A537 on School Lane.

For full details please see

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in touch - your local community noticeboard

SINGING SUCCESS FOR LOCAL CHORUS The ladies of Wilmslow-based chorus, Cheshire A Cappella, are basking in the success of a recent performance at the prestigious Alderley Edge Festival. Placing second in the choral class, only just behind a rather fabulous mixed choir, the adjudicator commented on ‘phrasing so musical, adding another layer to your musicality’ and ‘great ensemble, great singing, great performance.’ It isn’t long since the ladies were basking in the sunshine, as they also spent a weekend at SABS en Armonia, in Benalmadena, Spain, in April. The competition was somewhat tougher there, but it was an amazing event and they had probably the most fun weekend in their 9-year history! The chorus is currently made up of 34 ladies - several have belonged since its inception in 2009, but people come and go for all sorts of reasons, so they are always on the lookout for new members. Some singing experience is preferred, but not essential – if it’s something you’ve wondered about why not give them a call on 07521 101409, send a message via Facebook (Cheshire A Cappella chorus) or email

You’d be hard-pressed to find a friendlier, more welcoming group of ladies – they would love to hear from you!

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IN MEMORY OF RACHEL Use the Dark Peak Explorer map OL1 Ref SK 002 871 Allow about 3 hours This is a short walk, about 5 miles, with one fairly short and undemanding hill and some delightful views towards the Kinder area. It’s well within the capabilities of those who prefer a less strenuous walk. As the reader will see, some of it is rather poignant too. The walk starts from the Packhorse Inn, on the left of the minor road from New Mills to Marple. It is advisable to park on the higher car parks so as to allow room for other visitors to the pub. It makes for an excellent start point for walking, and the Inn is geared for walkers as well as having overnight accommodation. It also has an extensive and appetising lunch menu. Walk a short distance back down the road towards New Mills until a footpath sign is reached on the right-hand side of the road. This footpath goes up the hill towards some houses visible in the distance. Make sure you turn around for a brief rest on the climb and admire the views on the other side of the valley. In the distance you can see the heather-covered hills with the streams running off the peaks and the distinct downfall of Kinder can be seen by those with keen eyesight. When we were there, traces of snow could be seen in the many gullies of the high peaks, probably trapped by the prevailing wind.


by Peter Jaques

Carrying on to the top of the hill, the footpath skirts a large house called Woodhouse Home and a narrow road is then reached, called Castle Edge Road where you turn right. A short distance on the left is a set of stables which also seem to be used for dog walking. Just after this we took an old quarry road on the left, this is just before a wooded area is reached on the right, which is marked on the Ordnance Survey as a bird sanctuary. Follow this track for about a mile until another farm track is reached on the left which is the route to take. This has many potholes which in wet weather soon fill up with water. The track rises slowly for about a mile until a small metal gate is reached on the left which is passed through. This is a footpath regularly used by cyclists as the tyres leave deep ruts in the path needing care; it was also very muddy when we were there. Soon a trig point was reached and the path veers right through a disused quarry. It is believed that this area was a burial ground in prehistoric times, although no sign of it exists today. After following the path, there appears a large wooden cross which dominates the area being on top of the hill, this is known as Mellor Cross. Unfortunately the top has collapsed, possibly through vandalism, and we were told that there is no money for its repair. There is a narrow, rather rough road beneath the cross and we turned left along it, passing Higher Copston Farm and then Three Chimneys Cattery, until soon the

road ended, and it became a footpath again. A short distance along this path we passed another footpath sign on the right pointing downwards, which we ignored and carried straight on. A few yards after this, a stone ‘squeeze stile’ appears, on the top of the right-hand stone is carved the shape of a cat, whilst on the inside of the other gritstone pillar there is a metal plaque with a poem inscribed on it, the words of the poet, Rachel Lowe, aged ten. On the other side of the stile is a stone bench with the inscription ‘In loving memory of Rachel Jane Lowe 1987 – 2003. We all felt that if someone could pen this poem at the tender age of ten, she must have had a lot of talent; so sad that she succumbed to her fatal illness, believed to have been a blood disorder. Her stone bench was in a very muddy area, so we decided to have a coffee break on a concrete bench against a stone wall, slightly higher up on the left. This one was in memory of a lady farmer who presumably farmed the area for most of her life.

After our break we set off again, but this time the path becomes very indistinct and it was difficult to see the right direction to take. Although not essential, a compass is useful - we took the direction downhill, south west moving away from the stone wall and passed through a wooden gate in a wire fence (possibly electrified.) Ahead of us we could see a small coppice of trees, and we headed for the bottom right hand side of the trees and climbed over a rather decaying wooden stile. The route turns left here over rather another muddy field and across to yet another stile. The field here is rather overgrown and the route goes

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left to the last stile. After this, we followed the fence on the left until we passed a gate through into what appears to be a track leading to another small road. Here we turned right, back to Castle Edge Road and then left to the wooded bird sanctuary where the route turns right down a farm track to the New Mills/Marple road. This is a minor road, but it can be busy with fast moving traffic, turning right you pass Broadhurst Farm and finally arrive back at the Packhorse Inn, where most of the group enjoyed a well-cooked lunch. This walk was organised by Poynton Rambling Club.

THE MAGIC BOX I will put it in my box The trickling of the rain in the middle of a violent storm The winds of the almighty God The fiery sun of the summer day The magical silence of the darkest ocean I will put it in my box All the creatures of the Coral Sea The scary cackle of the mountain witch The sound of the moonlit wolf And the galaxies around the earth I will put it in my box An underwater roller coaster A giant candy tree And a castle of chocolate just for me I will put it in my box All the Caribbean islands on the earth The exciting future ahead of us And in my room a bed made of fluffy pink marshmallow My box is made of all the moons and glowing stars of the galaxy The hinges will be made of flowers and the inside will be a glowing whirlwind of colours In my box I will catch all the wonderful things that are created And live in a castle high in the clouds And I won’t rest until I have been everywhere and seen everyone. By Rachel Lowe, Age 10


SMALLER PLANTS In this article I would like to focus on smaller plants, Guzmania, Vriesa, Anthuriums, and Orchids. As the vast majority of orchids are sold in full flower, I will take my care tips from there. While the plants love sunlight, once the flowers have blossomed they can be taken away from direct sunlight into medium to good light. They will invariably have air roots, so can be placed in a high humidity area such as a shower or wet room for all their moisture requirements. If in any other room, keep dry overall, perhaps a third of a cup of water per week but no more. Generally, orchids will stay in flower for many weeks, even months, but once they have shed their foliage, do not give up on the plant. Place in a very light area ie windowsill, south facing if possible, cut the stem that had the flowers just above the second node or notch from the base. This is the main route for the plant to eventually send out a new stem, usually after approx. 6 to 10 weeks. During that time, just continue to water it sparsely, and be patient! More often than not, you will be well rewarded! Bromeliads ie Guzmania and Vriesa, are from the most humid part of the rainforest and the plant produces the colourful main flower to attract insects and be pollinated. However, at the end of the flower’s life cycle, typically 2 to 4 months, it will fade in colour or go brown. Unfortunately there is no prevention for this, it is simply nature, so not your fault. Water the plant down the centre of the stem but keep fairly dry in medium to good light. Mist regularly. Anthuriums are genuine sun bathers – they love maximum light and will continuously produce new brightly-coloured flowers if they have it. Again, water lightly, approximately a third a cup of water every 7 to 10 days. Clean leaves of all plants regularly to encourage maximum photosynthesis. by Rick Simpson

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Anson Engineering Museum Today I took the opportunity of visiting the Anson Engine Museum in Poynton as I continue my exploration of the industrial heritage of the area I have recently moved to. You approach the museum along a beautiful wooded lane and enter a very informal looking parking area, which is free of charge. The entrance to the museum is possibly the loveliest entrance to any museum I have visited (and that includes museums in London, Amsterdam, Paris and Madrid!

Situated on the site of the old Anson Colliery, it is the result of Les Cawley and Geoff Challinor’s years of hard work collecting and restoring engines. The museum is a registered charity and does not receive government or public funding towards its running costs. To date most of the work has been carried out and funded by the volunteers and Friends of the museum. It was described by one of its visitors as ‘run on a shoestring and fuelled by enthusiasm’.

I entered the museum, paid my £5 entrance fee (exceptional value if I may say so), then I was then given a detailed briefing of the displays by one of the many volunteers, a printed guide to carry with me, and then off into the museum itself. As you enter, your nostrils are assailed by the smell of oil, and you quickly realise that this is a REAL museum and not some sanitised outpost, which many of today’s museums seem to be. Perhaps a little background would be helpful to the reader; this unusual and fascinating museum used to be one of the best-kept secrets among Cheshire’s many attractions. Over the past few years it has undergone some major changes and is now recognised as one of the Country’s leading specialist museums.

Despite this, the award-winning museum has flourished and now houses a unique collection of over 250 gas and oil engines, many maintained in running order. Engine enthusiasts from all over the world come to visit this fascinating museum.

by Terry Gregory Photographs © Kindadukish 2018

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My visit lasted about three hours and you really need that amount of time to take in everything. One minute you are looking at an engine that may be over 150 years old, and the next moment you are looking at a turbo engine of the Bentley Continental car, which generates 600bhp.

The volunteers are extremely friendly and knowledgeable, and are more than willing to explain things so that even “non techies” like me can understand the basics. Some of the engines have been displayed in such a way that they could almost be viewed as “art installations” and would make a mockery of many of Damien Hirst’s so called “creations.” It is also the little things that catch the eye, from displays of oilcans to old metal posters advertising various items or companies. The museum chronicles and displays some of the finest examples of our engineering industrial heritage and should be preserved and developed at all costs. I would recommend a visit just to see what a tremendous industrial heritage this country has, and indeed what we gave to the world. Finally, a word of thanks to all the volunteers who made us so welcome and spent time talking at length about the museum, its history and contents.


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Ingredients ■■ 675g/1lb 8oz cod fillet, 3cm/1¼in thick ■■ 85g/3oz white breadcrumbs, soft or slightly stale ■■ 3 tbsp parsley, finely chopped ■■ 2 cloves garlic, crushed ■■ Finely grated zest ½ lemon ■■ 60g/2¼oz butter, melted ■■ Squeeze of lemon juice ■■ Salt and pepper ■■ Lemon wedges, to serve


Method 1. Season the cod well with salt and pepper to taste. 2. Mix the breadcrumbs with the parsley, garlic, lemon zest, salt and pepper, then add butter and lemon juice. Mix thoroughly with your fingers. 3. Place the cod in a shallow, ovenproof dish and press the buttered crumbs firmly onto the cod to make an even crust. 4. Bake at 220C/425F/Gas 7 for 20-25 minutes until the crust is browned and the fish just cooked through. Serve immediately with lemon wedges and green salad or steamed asparagus.

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



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

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

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 Tiny Thinkers 1.30pm - Term time only Tiny Thinkers provides stimulating and fun activities to help your child learn the basic skills required for starting school. St Michael’s church, Bramhall, SK7 2PG. 2½ -4years, adaptable activities. £6.50 per class (trial session free). Contact Karina Lemmon: Tel: 07969633654 Find us on Facebook - Story Time 2-2.30pm Cheadle Hulme Library. Telephone 0161 217 6009. WFA Little Strikers Pre-School Football 10-11am 18 months – 4 years Term time only. Brookdale Theatre, Bridge Lane, SK7 3AB. £6 per session, no pre-booking required. Contact Erik on 07792 791382.

Wednesday BMC Baby Chat 10.30-11.45am 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. Tiny Thinkers 10.00am - Term time only Term time only. Tiny Thinkers provides stimulating and fun activities to help your child learn the basic skills required for starting school. Let Loose, Hazel Grove, SK7 5DP. 2½-4years, adaptable activities. £6.50 per class (trial session free). Contact Karina Lemmon: Tel: 07969633654. Find us on Facebook -

Tiny Thinkers 1.30pm - Term time only Let Loose, Hazel Grove, SK7 5DP. 2½ -4years, adaptable activities. £6.50 per class (trial session free). Contact Karina Lemmon: Tel: 07969633654

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). Toddler Group 10-11.30am Cheadle Hulme United Reformed Church, Swann Lane. £1 per child including refreshments. Contact Alison Stevens 01625 877180. 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.

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june - july 2018

selected events in your area

Friday 1 June

Friday 8 to Sunday 10 June

Café y Conversacion at Simply Books 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

Bollington Art Exhibition Everybody welcome at this popular annual event. Bollington Civic Hall, Palmerston Street, SK 10 5JX 10am to 5pm

Saturday 2 June East Cheshire Alpine Garden Society Show A wide variety of beautiful alpine plants will be on show; specialist nurseries will be present selling plants. Tea/coffee and cake will be available and sandwiches at lunchtime. Competition schedules and further details available by contacting Bob on 07808 974753 Entry £3 Village Club, 2 Melbourne Road, Bramhall SK7 1LR 10.30am to 3.30pm

Saturday 2 June Fundraising concert Students from RNCM join musical members of the St Michael’s congregation to perform a varied programme of music. All money raised will be sent to St Michael’s link parish in Newala, Tanzania. The money goes towards worthwhile projects which support poor people in Newala, such as buying water harvesting tanks, buying grain to provide porridge breakfasts in schools, and sponsoring the medical centre. It will be a relaxed, enjoyable evening with a variety of classical music and something for everyone. Tickets £8 (adults) Under 16s free St Michael and All Angels Parish Church, St Michaels Avenue, Bramhall, SK7 2PG 7pm

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

Saturday 9 June The Robins Singers Garden Fayre (indoors if wet) and everyone is welcome. United Reformed Church, Bramhall 2pm to 4pm

Saturday 9 June Stockport Symphony Orchestra plays Stravinsky Pulcinella Suite , Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paginini and Shostakovich Symphony No. 9 Conductor Ewa Strusinska, Soloist Tom Hicks Further details Stockport Town Hall 7.30pm

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

Tuesday 12 June Simply Books presents A J PEARCE Join us for an evening with A J Pearce talking about Dear Mrs Bird - a love letter to the enduring power of friendship, told with all the warmth of The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society and one of the most talked about debuts of 2018. Tickets £8 (includes ‘themed refreshments’ and £3 towards purchase of the book). To book call 0161 439 1436 or book online at Simply Books, Bramhall 7.30pm

Wednesday 13 June Coffee and Conversation at Simply Books 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 so we’ll be meeting again on 4 July) Simply Books, Bramhall 11am

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Wednesday 20 to Saturday 23 June

Craft and Chatter A fortnightly (27 June, 11 July, 25 July) 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, and the opportunity to learn from each other. Contact Chrissie 0161 439 8262 for further details. £2 donation requested. Dean Row Chapel Hall, Adlington Road, SK9 2BX 2pm

NK Theatre Arts presents The Full Monty Based on the cult hit film of the same name, The Full Monty is a story full of heart. Right to the end, audiences will be wondering if these lovable misfits will really pull it off. With a raucous mix of razor-sharp humour and toe-tapping pizzazz, this heart-warming, upbeat comedy is a must see! Not suitable for children. Ticket prices £15/£12.50 24hr Box Office 0333 666 3366 10% discount for INSIDE readers The Forum Theatre, Romiley, Stockport SK6 4EA 7.30pm

Thursday 14 June Family History Society Bramhall Group Wagons West! With Ian Cameron. A Cheshire family’s epic migration to the fledgling USA and across the Great Plains by wagon train. Admission £2 with refreshments, visitors always welcome. More information 0161 439 5021 or email Main Hall, United Reformed Church, Bramhall SK7 2PE 7.30pm

Thursday 14 June LINK Women’s Fellowship Penultimate meeting of our programme we can’t do better than welcome Brian Hallworth with one of his professional, amusing and informative visual presentations. We’ve not decided on the subject yet, so it will be much like going on a mystery tour… so why not join us. We welcome any ladies to come and join us for an enjoyable afternoon with the opportunity to make new friends. Refreshments are served and all for only £2. Bramhall Methodist Church (Bramhall Village Centre) 2.30pm

Saturday 16 June Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra ‘Last night of the Proms’ concert with an American theme, along with some well-known Prom favourites including: Leonard Bernstein - Candide Overture; Copland - Appalachian Spring; Henry Wood - Sea Songs; Vaughan Williams - English Folk Song Suite; Edward Elgar - Pomp and Circumstance no. 1; Parry – Jerusalem. Tickets £12, concessions £10, under 18 £2 from ticket secretary 01925 756144, Bang and Olufsen, Alderley Road, Wilmslow, Therapy, Bank Square, Wilmslow, via or at the door. Evans Hall at Wilmslow Leisure Centre 7.45pm

Wednesday 20 June


Chelford & North Cheshire Embroiderers’ Guild. Speaker: Rachel Nettles Visitors very welcome at £4 per meeting with tea/coffee and biscuits included. or contact 01625 858172 Chelford Village Hall, Knutsford Road, Chelford SK11 9AS 7.30pm

Saturday 23 June The Lindow Singers and Sale Gilbert & Sullivan Society are proud to present The Pirates of Penzance Tickets £12, Concession £10, Student £3 Available on the door, from choir members or ring 01625 611124 St Bartholomew’s Church Wilmslow SK9 1AA 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 Three Sisters. Tickets Tel: 01625 540933, or Wilmslow Green Room Theatre

Saturday 23 June Charity fair supporting local charity Independent Options With the usual variety of stalls and a Charity Luncheon (prebooking required). Please come along and support this very worthwhile local charity, admission is free and there is plenty of free parking. Brookdale Club, Bridge Lane, Bramhall 10am to 12.30pm

Saturday 23 June Ladybrook Singers 90th Anniversary Concert Join us in a celebratory concert to mark 90 years of making music with guests Flute Salad and Poynton Male Voice Choir. Our choir will perform a mix of secular and sacred music including pieces by Elgar, Rutter and Karl Jenkins. Refreshments available Tickets: £8 (£2 child) or pay on the door, Enquiries: 0161 485 6642 St Mary’s in the Marketplace, Churchgate, Stockport SK1 1YG 7.30pm Continued over

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Sunday 24 June

Saturday 30 June

The Lindow Singers and Sale Gilbert & Sullivan Society are proud to present The Pirates of Penzance Tickets £12, Concession £10, Student £3 Available on the door, from choir members or ring 01625 611124 Hazel Grove Methodist Church, Wesley St, Hazel Grove, Stockport SK7 4JQ 7.30pm

Cheshire Sinfonia – Beautiful Music in Bramhall Debussy: Prélude à “L’après-midi d’un faune” Bizet: L’Arlésienne Suite No. 1 Vaughan Williams: Overture ‘The Wasps’ Borodin: Symphony No. 2 in B minor Tickets: £12 (Full), £10 (concessions), £3 (students) Reserved tickets available in advance from 07967 852986 or at the door. St Michael’s Parish Church, Robins Lane, Bramhall 7.30 pm

Tuesday 26 June Caffe e Conversazione at Simply Books 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 26 June Simply Books presents Emma Healey Emma’s debut novel Elizabeth Is Missing won her a COSTA award, so we are delighted to welcome her for the launch of her new book Whistle In The Dark. Tickets £8 (includes refreshments and £3 towards purchase of Emma’s book). To book call 0161 439 1436 or book online at Simply Books, Bramhall 7.30pm

Thursday 28 June LINK Women’s Fellowship For our last meeting of our programme we look into Mrs Belton’s ‘Memory Box’. I wonder what we will find? It’s never too late to come and join us. We’re a friendly lot and I’m sure you will enjoy meeting up with us. We welcome any ladies whether a member of our church or not ... or any church for that matter. We round off our meeting with refreshments and there is plenty of time for a natter and all for only £2. Bramhall Methodist Church (Bramhall Village Centre) 2.30pm

Friday 29 June Simply Cinema presents Finding Your Feet (12) An hilarious and heart-warming comedy…for anyone who enjoyed The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel! Tickets £7 To book: call 0161 439 1436 email or book online at Centrepoint, Bramhall Methodist Church. Doors open 6.30pm Screening at 7pm

Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July Plant Hunters’ Fair Entry to fair, gardens and grounds only £2.50 Henbury Hall Gardens, Henbury, Macclesfield, SK11 9PJ 10am to 5pm

Thursday 5 July 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 6 July Hallé Comes To Bramhall. Sarah Ewins, (Associate Leader of the Hallé) brings The Oberon string ensemble to Bramhall. Programme to include Tchaikovsky’s exuberant Serenade for Strings, and Bach Double Violin Concerto. Tickets (available from 4th June) £11 and £9 (concession), includes refreshments. Tickets from Church Office (0161 439 1204), Thrift Shop, Simply Books (228 Moss Lane), and at the door. Under 18s free. Bramhall Methodist Church 7.30pm

Friday 6 to Saturday 7 July We Are Three Sisters by Blake Morrison. The play evokes the lives of the Brontë sisters, with a nod to Chekhov’s Three Sisters. Tickets for Quarry Bank Styal can be obtained from the National Trust, Styal. Search for upcoming events at: Enquiries: Quarry Bank, Styal

Sunday 8 July Higher Poynton Summerfest This popular annual event returns for its seventh year. Middlewood Way, opposite The Boars Head pub, Shrigley Road North 11.30am to 4.30pm


Tuesday 10 July

Saturday 14 July

East Cheshire National Trust Association Lecture – Bringing the Law to Life with Laughter with Sue Holden Brookdale Club, Bridge Lane, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 3AB 2pm

The Robins Singers Summer Concert. An evening of music with the choir and their guests. More information email United Reformed Church, Robins Lane, Bramhall, SK7 2PE 7.30pm

Wednesday 11 to Friday 13 July

Tuesday 17 July

NK Theatre Arts JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical will be presented by the NK Youth Theatre members who will be retelling the Biblical story of Joseph and the coat of many colours. This magical musical, the UK’s longest running, is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door To Me. Ticket prices £10/£8 / Group ticket £30 24hr Box Office 0333 666 3366 The Forum Theatre, Romiley, Stockport SK6 4EA Matinee Wednesday-Friday 7.30pm Saturday 2pm

Thursday 12 July The Family History Society of Cheshire, Bramhall Group. Behind the Scenes at Lyme – A trip out. If anyone is interested, please email bramhall@fhsc. for further details.

Simply Books presents Dan Toombs aka ‘The Curry Guy’ Join us for a brilliant evening as ‘The Curry Guy’ shares the secrets of fuss-free curries and cooks a couple of delicious dishes from his mouth-watering new book ‘The Curry Guy EASY’ for us to sample! Tickets £8 (includes food tasting and £3 towards purchase of the book). To book call 0161 439 1436 or book online at Simply Books, Bramhall 7pm

Wednesday 18 July Chelford & North Cheshire Embroiderers’ Guild Speaker: Mark Beecroft, Senior lecturer, Textiles in Practice, Dept of Design at MMU. Working in 3D printed textiles informed by knitted structures. Visitors very welcome at £4 per meeting with tea/coffee and biscuits included or contact 01625 858172 Chelford Village Hall, Knutsford Road, Chelford SK11 9AS 7.30pm

inside people A new career at 78 for Eileen Kinsey! Eileen Kinsey was born in Stockport in April 1936. She attended St Mary’s Primary School Reddish, later becoming a boarder at Cheadle Hulme School. Initially very unhappy there - she cried every night for the first three weeks – she eventually enjoyed her time at the school and the firstclass education it provided. Leaving at 17, she intended to become a nurse, but as she suffered from allergies, was unable to do so. Eileen trained to be a teacher at Edge Hill College, then all female, where students had to be in their rooms before ten o’clock and where male visitors were only permitted at weekends, with parental approval and had to leave by six pm. Eileen left college in 1957 and, after being interviewed by a Town Hall panel of 13 people, she began teaching at Bridge Hall primary. In 1958 she married Arthur and they had two children, a son in 1965 and a daughter in 1971. After a brief spell doing home tuition and supply work, in 1973 Eileen helped establish a peripatetic support service for children with reading difficulties. Four years later she returned to classroom teaching at Queensgate. Eileen retired at 53 and retrained on an IT secretarial course, following which she assisted her son in his IT recruitment business. This she combined with grandmotherly duties for her six grandchildren. When she was 78, Eileen began a new career. Her daughter-in-law drew her attention to an advert for parts in a tv advertisement featuring elderly ladies knitting breakfast cereal. The required age band for applicants was 65 to 73. Eileen was too old. To her surprise however, she received an invitation to meet


Mark Potts, the head of the recruitment agency, who after an interview, arranged a photo shoot. Since then the work has never stopped. Eileen has featured as an extra and with walk-on parts in Coronation Street and Emmerdale, in advertisements for Iceland with Peter Andre, and was taken by taxi to Liverpool to take part in an advertisement for Nivea with a famous footballer which has been shown in Denmark, Holland and Ireland as well as the UK. In Coronation Street she was one of the four women who regularly attended funerals to steal food from the buffets. She was the lady in Emmerdale who assisted Ashley when he left hospital in his pyjamas. Eileen has also featured in Crimewatch, as the victim of a card theft and in a harrowing episode of a violent burglary. She is currently in car adverts as a nosy neighbour and the grandma getaway driver and appeared in eight episodes of 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown with Jimmy Carr. Eileen is a member of the Lindow singers who perform four concerts a year - their next production will be Pirates of Penzance. The choir combines with others to form a Festival Choir which has performed in Cyprus, Holland, Vienna, Bratislava and the Isle of Man. Eileen enjoys scampi and chips and her favourite music is Mozart and traditional jazz, especially Mart Rogers of Manchester Jazz. Her reading interests include Jeffrey Archer, Alan Bennett, Catherine Cookson, sci-fi and detective novels. Her pet hates are queue jumpers and injustice. Widely travelled, Eileen loves the US which she visited frequently. Her recent trips abroad to Dublin, Slovakia, Hungary and Italy have been to karate competitions with her grandchildren, two of whom are European champions in their age group. If she hadn’t been a teacher, Eileen would have liked to be a child psychologist or, after her recent new career experiences, an actress. Last word from Eileen There is always time to take up new opportunities. Keep busy and do things. It’s never too late to start something different. by Ed Blundell

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classified index BARBERS Famous Henrys



Mosley Jarman

Whitehall Builders



Abney Court



Alice Chilton In-Home Care


Carrington Doors

Hillbrook Grange




Mr Soot


CHIROPODY Suzanne Gaskell






Robinsons Garden Maintenance




Bramall Park Golf Club



Cheshire Hearing Centres


Pro Glass 4 Splashbacks

Gary O Reilly


The Granite & Marble Shop

Philip Unsworth





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DRAINAGE Pure Clean Drainage Solutions






BPF Plumbing & Heating

City Lock & Safe Ltd




PJ McEvoy


Poynton’s Party in the Park

The Cheshire Smokehouse

Pest in Peace

Creative Gardens & Driveways Back Cover

Bramhall Village Club



Pure Clean Drainage Solutions




Eco Dazzle






FURNITURE REMOVALS Robinsons Relocation


Station Road Opticians

PATIOS Inside Back Cover

Adlington Memorial Park 6




More Than Loft Ladders


SCZ Electrical Services

JS Services



Taylor Electrical



Vernon Building Society



BOOK SHOPS Simply Books

Greenbank Preparatory School




SOLICITORS / LEGAL SERVICES Mounteney Solicitors Slater & Gordon


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TREE SERVICES Swift Tree & Arboricultural Services 18

TRAVEL Lucy Allen


Travel by Design


TROPICAL PLANTS Tropical Plants 4 Gifts




The Window Repair Centre


Inside Bramhall Issue 69  

Community magazine including local news and what's on

Inside Bramhall Issue 69  

Community magazine including local news and what's on