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inside march - april 2018


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Screens of one kind or another are hard to avoid these days. There’s an app to do just about everything, and many of us spend hours glued to mobiles, tablets and other screens. This digital addiction, as well as taking up far too much of our precious time, could be ruining our concentration and ability to sustain long periods of reading. So… forget spa weekends and yoga retreats – it seems the next big thing in relaxation could be the reading retreat! On one level it sounds ridiculous – why would you pay to go away and do something that you can, literally, do just about anywhere and anytime you choose? On another level, how wonderful – three days away in a cosy house, fully catered, where you don’t have to do anything except get lost in a book. According to someone I heard being interviewed, it’s about being given permission to prioritise reading over everything else. If you’re out of the reading habit, do yourself a favour. Switch off the screens, check out our book reviews and rediscover the simple pleasure that reading a good book can bring.

What’s INSIDE this month 4 7 8 12 15 19 20 23 24 26 30 33 35 37 42 45 46

Helping Hedgehogs Magic of the Musicals Copper Lounge crossword & sudoku In Touch 8 a flavour of geums Pub Quizzing done right simply books book club choice The Walk Diary of a Geeky Knitter inside people think japan in 2018 Children’s Activities INSIDE Guide Puzzle Solutions Useful Numbers Classified Index 4


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Helping Hedgehogs The hedgehog native to Britain is the European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) usually found in hedgerows, farmland, woodland and urban environments. Usually around 250mm long with a long snout, an adult hedgehog can have up to 7000 spines that are hollow modified hairs; a single spine can support the total weight of the animal. If a hedgehog feels threatened, the spines become erect and if danger remains, the hedgehog will roll up into a ball. During the year hedgehogs are active for approximately eight months between April and November, and they hibernate during the colder winter months. With global warming, this pattern of hibernation is changing a little, so it’s a good idea to leave food and water if you see any activity during the winter. If the temperature falls below 1°C, hedgehogs can get frostbite or even freeze solid it is thought that these periods of arousal may help to prevent them from freezing to death. Hedgehogs will eat virtually anything in the wild but insects, particularly earthworms and beetles, make up most of their diet. They also eat slugs and snails, so are known as the ‘gardener’s friend.’ These nocturnal mammals can consume up to 20% of their body weight in a single night, covering anything up to a couple of miles, a long way for little legs! The European hedgehog is now endangered in the United Kingdom and an increase in the publicity of their plight has led to an increase in complementary feeding by the general public. It’s great that people want to help, but feeding inappropriate foodstuffs can lead to serious problems. Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD), obesity with associated cardiovascular disorders, and fatty liver disease are nutritional disorders that have been reported in hedgehogs fed improper diets. It is therefore important


not to feed them with high phosphorous foods such as mealworms, sunflower hearts and peanuts that can all contribute to crippling MBD with bone deformities and easily fractured bones. Added sugar and dried fruit should also be avoided too as these could lead to obesity, cardiovascular issues, and dental issues just as in humans! Foods with a high fat content can lead to fatty liver disease, which can quickly become fatal to the hedgehog. The safest way is to feed them a reputable commercial hedgehog food, such as Brambles Crunchy Hedgehog food and Brambles Meaty Hedgehog Food. To help hedgehogs in the garden, encourage a safe passage to and from your garden and your neighbours by creating a small hole of around 13cm at the base of fences and borders. Leave a quiet area of your garden uncultivated so hedgehogs can have a safe haven and avoid using chemicals such as slug pellets and pesticides. Always check the borders of your garden before using a strimmer to ensure no hedgehogs are resting there and if you have a pond in your garden, make sure there is a way out for any hedgehogs that inadvertently fall in. A few partially submerged rocks around the edges of the pond will help. If you find a sick, injured or orphaned hedgehog visit or the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) for advice. For further information see our Brambles Pet and Wildlife website and Facebook page BramblesPAW/

By Gail Tracey, Director of Brambles Pet and Wildlife. Email:

Magic of the Musicals NK Theatre Arts They’ve only gone and done it again. I challenge you to find me an amateur dramatics/ musical theatre group stronger than NK Theatre Arts, based at Romiley Forum. Having taken part in plenty of shows myself, and watched more than I can count, I like to think I’ve got a pretty keen critical eye when it comes to shows; NK Theatre Arts just hit the jackpot again and again. At the end of January I went to watch ‘Magic of the Musicals’, an evening celebrating 30 years since the group began. I should probably start with a slight disclaimer: I’m usually a bit wary of performances like this. Often, showcase style performances can get a bit samey, or there’s such a huge range of ability that it’s potentially only enjoyable if you have a friend or family member in the cast. Neither of those worries needed to be a concern when it came to this show! The evening was made up of songs taken from all of the musicals performed by NK Theatre Arts over the last 30 years, from Avenue Q to My Fair Lady, Rent to Annie and Footloose to Quadrophenia. There was a huge cast, and a great mix of solos, duets and huge group numbers. I enjoyed the little announcements before each song, which nicely traced the thread of the group’s history and made it clear just how much success the group has enjoyed. The audience was seated cabaret-style, around about 10 to 12 long tables, which added a nice atmosphere, and I was lucky enough to be pretty much right in the centre, with a perfect view of the stage. As there weren’t names attached to the list of songs in the programme, I’ll stick with song names in this little

round-up of my stand-outs of the night, rather than naming some people and not others. I’ve tried to select my top three group numbers and top three solos, but it was HARD!

Group Let’s Hear it For the Boy - the lead vocals were stunning, and the choreography was brilliant and so well executed by every single person. Comfortably Numb - unbelievable harmonies and four extremely strong vocalists. Seasons of Love - one of my all-time favourite songs so my standards are high, but it was beautiful.

Solo Anthem - absolutely stunning vocals, emotional and well-controlled. These Are My Children - the sound was outstanding, but the emotion sealed this one as a stand-out moment - my mum kept trying to sing it when we got home! Love Reign O’er Me - very impressive vocals and control when moving between the raspy, rock-style notes of the huge choruses and the smoother sound of the verses. I think it goes to show just how brilliant the night was that it was so hard to choose only three from each of those categories. What amazes me at NK Theatre Arts is the fact that every time you think you’ve heard the best vocals, or seen the slickest dancer, yet another performer enters the stage who could equally take the same title! It was a well-planned, well-rehearsed night of brilliant performances. I’m looking forward to seeing how their next 30 years will see the company grow more and more.

10% discount for INSIDE readers throughout 2018 By Sophie Hawker


Read All About It! As you can read in the Copper Lounge Times, this restaurant began when three friends, one from Mumbai, one from Goa and one from Delhi decided to combine their specialist knowledge of food from their own place of birth to develop a menu based around the flavours, methods and the spices used in their cooking. The third starter was Silver Belly Fry, homemade spicy citrus fish goujons, and was probably my favourite of the three; it blended well with its accompanying sauce. Then came our main courses, Andhra Lamb for me and Mulvani Prawn for my partner. Again, we ended up sharing both, and we each claimed that ours was the tastiest. The Pulao rice and the garlic naan went down well too, all nicely washed down with a dash of Cobra and some red wine.

This was my second visit to The Copper Lounge and as soon as we walked in I was wondering why there had been such a long gap between the two meals here. The location itself may have something to do with this. It’s not exactly in the thick of the action, it’s more central small parade than heart of the city. But once you’ve eaten here you’ll realise that the food quality, choice, service and surroundings would not be out of place in the middle of Manchester. The menu is extensive, and our final selections took quite some time to make. We wanted to try the mix of styles of food on offer and we were keen to sample vegetarian, as well as meat dishes. We read on the menu that India has the biggest number of vegetarians, so we decided that the chefs probably know their onions. Cone-shaped poppadoms with home-made accompaniments were followed by a collection of three starters for us to share. My choice was the Chilli Chicken, which was suitably spicy and tasty enough for my fellow guest to try and grab a little more than I’d had in mind. Their choice of Beetroot Tikki, a peppery vegan pan-fried beetroot patice, was equally delicious, but I managed to restrict myself to our agreed ration.


The dishes I’ve described may sound like the type of food you eat at your local Indian, but please don’t be fooled, this is Indian food with a twist, and of the highest quality and authenticity. The surroundings are lovely too, and the staff knowledgeable and attentive. This was a very busy evening, with people queuing for a table in the lounge bar as we left at the end. Oh, and there are quirky elements as well. Fresh water is delivered to your table from ornate copper jugs and you drink this from small copper goblets to enhance the experience. And the quirky ‘Copper Times’ menu showcases the street food menu perfectly – select one or two as a starter or choose several to make up your own street feast. The three friends have been working together for three years now and the restaurant is clearly building up a fine reputation. Its Thali offering on a Sunday is particularly popular and we plan to try this out very soon. If you like Indian food, then you’ll love this place. And you’re allowed to go with high expectations, this is food to savour, these food combinations are gorgeous. I’ve made a pact with my partner that we won’t leave it as long as we did this time before we revisit The Copper Lounge. Come to think of it, this coming Sunday definitely has possibilities! By Barrie Hawker

Park House Recommends

Enjoy a special day in Ilkley This picturesque former spa town is only a 30 minute drive from Park House. You could try Bettys Café and Tea Rooms and enjoy their amazing Swiss-inspired delicacies. Start with Bacon and Raclette Rostis, followed by Rhubarb Frangipane, Lemon Meringue Eclairs and little pots of China Rose Petal Tea – sublime. Later in the afternoon you could wander along to Ilkley’s beautiful independent cinema which seats just 56 guests on lovely comfy sofas with little side tables if you want to order coffee or wine during the film.

Esse Factory Café In Barnoldswick – 5 miles from Park House Just recently opened, and perfectly situated by the scenic Leeds/Liverpool Canal, this lovely café created within the Esse Log Burner Showrooms, is a real winter treat (with invariably two or three roaring log burners to keep you cosy). Great coffee, excellent home-made cakes and lots of local savouries.


quick crossword Across 7. Medicine Man (6) 8. Let Go (6) 9. Rally (4) 10. Borrow (8) 11. Pursuit(7) 13. Explorer (5) 15. Brewing (5) 16. Honest (7) 18. Paltry (8) 19. Urban Area (4) 21. Brogue (6) 22. Dried Fruit (6)

down 1. Sneaker (4) 2. Eloquent (6-7) 3. Slope (7) 4. Anthropoid (5) 5. Bathroom Divider (6,7) 6. Perpetual (8) 12. Out Of Doors (8) 14. The Big Apple (3,4) 17. Effervescence (5) 20. Impulse (4)

sudoku How to play Sudoku Fill in the grid so that each row, column and 3x3 box, contains the numbers 1 through to 9 with no repetition. You don’t need to be a genius. These puzzles use logic alone. Watch out! Sudoku is highly addictive.


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in touch your local community noticeboard march - april 2018

SPRING IS IN THE AIR AT BRAMALL HALL On Sunday 22 April, Bramall Hall will be hosting a great plant fair bringing you some of the country’s most highly respected specialist nurseries including RHS medallists, each with a brilliant range of plants. The Plant Fair is a fund-raising event for special projects at the hall and has proved hugely popular, rapidly gaining a reputation as the best specialist plant fair in the area offering a dazzling array of plants all for just £2 entry to the fair. The nurseries will be more than happy to give you the benefit of their experience in how to plant and care for the plants you buy so you can get the best from them.

There is free entry to the 70-acre parkland. The plant fair runs from 11am-4pm For full details of nurseries attending please see

OVER 60’s MEN’S KEEP FIT IN HAZEL GROVE We are a group of men organising our own Keep Fit Session, between 8pm and 9pm in the gym at Hazel Grove High School, on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Our exercises and games are moderate, the pace is fairly gentle and most importantly very enjoyable.

Interested? For Monday session call John on 01625 877549, for Wednesday session call Graham on 0161 483 7631 or just come along and check us out.

Poynton G & S Annual Concert Poynton Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s annual spring concert will again be held at the Poynton Legion, on George’s Road West, on Friday and Saturday, April 21st and 22nd at 7-30 pm each evening. This year’s concert “Sing into Spring’’ will be a mixture of music consisting of mostly American and British folk songs, together with a medley of songs from the popular musical ‘’Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’’. In addition, there will be an “Abba” sing-a-long. Tickets booked in advance are £8 for adults and £5 for ages 16 and under by e-mailing: or by telephone: 01625 876394. Tickets purchased on the door are £10 and £5 respectively. In keeping with the tradition of the spring concert, there will be a selection of songs from the Society’s annual fully costumed Gilbert & Sullivan stage show which again will be held at the Civic Hall, from October 2nd- 6th, and this year it will be ‘’Princess Ida’’. Since its 1884 premiere at London’s Savoy Theatre, this comic opera has satirised controversial topics in Victorian England which still ring true today with a combination of romance, humour, political satire, and the memorable musical numbers that made Gilbert and Sullivan household names. Continued over


in touch - your local community noticeboard

CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM CAMPAIGN A local chimney sweep is supporting calls for mandatory carbon monoxide alarms in rented properties with gas appliances. David Sudworth, of Mr Soot Chimney Sweep, a member of The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps, welcomed the Housing Minister’s pledge to look at extending the need for alarms. “The law is inconsistent as carbon monoxide alarms are mandatory for homes with open fires, stoves and woodburners but not for gas. This is a nonsense because any appliance is capable of producing carbon monoxide. Even those which have been properly installed can, over time, develop faults which cause the deadly gas to spill out and enter your home.

David Sudworth of Mr Soot Chimney Sweep.

“I firmly believe that all homes where there are combustion appliances fitted should, by law, have carbon monoxide alarms. Take time to read up about the dangers and spot the warning signs. You could be suffering CO poison now without even realising it. And most importantly of all, please get a Carbon Monoxide Alarm – it could save your life.”

GLOSSOP SAILING CLUB Now that spring is here why not get outdoors and try something new? Glossop Sailing Club is situated on the shores of the beautiful Torside Reservoir on the outskirts of Glossop. We welcome people of all ages and run a variety of beginners courses throughout the year. As well as sailing you can try windsurfing, canoe and kayaking or stand up paddle boarding.

For more information and how to contact us then please go to: or look us up on Facebook

HAZEL GROVE ORCHESTRA We always have vacancies for experienced and enthusiastic musicians, in particular experienced string players. So, if you enjoy playing music in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, come and join us. You will be warmly welcomed!

We rehearse every Thursday evening from 7.45pm to 10pm at the Methodist Sunday School, Wesley Street, Hazel Grove and we perform three concerts every year.


A Flavour of Geums The name Geum comes from ancient Greek meaning to add flavour; and long after we’ve ceased to add them to food or drinks they are still invaluable for adding flavour to our spring and early summer borders. Geums are members of the rose family and a look at the centres of flowers with all those stamens confirms this – just like a dog rose. Not that Geum grow like roses! There are low growing ones that spread to form a mat of leaves and there are taller ones creating an arching leafed clump about 30cm tall. And of course, as Geums are promiscuous, there are crosses between the two resulting in plants somewhere between the two! Geums will set seed and some wild types can become a nuisance in damp gardens. On the whole the cultivated varieties are less plentiful of seed and seedlings. Their ability to cross and set seed means there is always the chance of spotting a good new form in your garden if you grow plenty of different types, but this also means that some won’t come true from seed. It seems there is a never-ending supply of new types coming onto the market every year. Not every new variety in the catalogues is actual that different or that good so I have selected some of my favourite new and old varieties for you. I’ll start with the bushier types and these are also some of the oldest varieties around. The best known and loved is the single or semi-double scarlet flowered “Mrs. J. Bradshaw” who grows to about 1ft tall with longer arching flower stems. The apricot yellow “Lady Stratheden” is almost as famous, as is the orange “Dolly North”. Also, worth trying is the semi- or fully double “Blazing Sunset” although the flowers are a little variable in fullness. This type flowers in late spring through to mid-summer and sometime beyond and the flowers are large and showy for a Geum. The low growing varieties ideally these want a moist soil, but they seem to do fine in my dry sandy soil By Martin Blow

provided I water from time to time in summer. These plants tend to have flowers that are small nodding bells on short stems in spring and sometimes again in autumn. “Barbra Lawton” is an improved form of the wild plant with far more of the peachy-pink nodding flowers. “Lemon Drops” is a very pale yellow which popped up as a chance seedling in Beth Chatto’s famous garden. “Album” is wild variation with greenish-white bells, but better still is “Snowflake” with larger, pure white flowers. “Farmer John Cross” has larger, and sometimes semi-double, primrose yellow flowers. Of the new varieties coming along the Cocktail Series has some intoxicating colours. “Mai Tai” is pale peach and large-flowered, “Cosmopolitan” is a slightly deeper shade, “Tequila Sunrise” is red and yellow and “Banana Daquiri” is a lovely pale yellow. If promptly dead headed these Geums will bloom again later in the season, provided they have not been left too dry through the summer. Geums are pretty tough customers with very few problems, and none likely to be fatal. Mildew (white powder on the leaves) is possible if your soil is really dry. I just cut off all the old leaves and give them a feed and good watering. I hope this has given you a flavour of the variety of geums available and a taste for these lovely flowering is your garden. Janet and I run Special Perennials, selling by mail order and at Plant Hunters’ Fairs only throughout the season. We will be at the Plant Hunters’ Fair at Bramall Hall, Stockport on Sunday 22 April and Adlington Hall on Sunday 13 May 2018


Pub Quizzing Done Right Let me get this out there right away. There are two sorts of people in this world: those who think that all’s fair in love, war and pub quizzes; and those who feel sick to their stomach whenever they see someone Googling answers on their mobile. If you’re in the latter camp, we’re already pals – read on warmed by the glow of your high moral standards. If you’re an unrepentant Googler (or ‘cheat’ to some), this article will probably seem like too much hard work anyway.

mental hinterland where you are left groping desperately for an answer that is right on the edge of your memory. They range from the clever “How much did the Daimler Conquest cost when it was produced in 1953?” (£1066), to the fiendish: “Monk’s House in East Sussex was the country retreat of which novelist?” (Virginia Woolf), to the borderline impossible: “Which TV detective drives a vehicle with the registration number P392 SUM?” (DCI Vera Stanhope). A catalogue of past questions is stored on the League’s very wellmaintained website if you are feeling brave. Just bear in mind that there are six people on a team or your ego may never recover.

The pub quiz took off in the 1970s, readily embraced by landlords looking to reverse a decline in custom. Yet long before people had access to the sum of human knowledge on their smartphones, a semi-pro offshoot developed whereby the best brains at one pub could take on their rivals at another. The Pub Quiz League had arrived. I recently took part in a Stockport League match. Of the 80 questions posed, I knew the answer to just a few and quicker minds than mine beat me to them all. Consequently, I was struggling to justify my inclusion as a reserve for the Tiviot Dale team one Thursday evening in December. Then came my moment in the sun: “What does the file format ‘CSV’ stand for?” I doubt whether anyone has ever written down the words ‘Comma Separated Values’ with more satisfaction. I have spent a lot of time on public transport but never have I felt more of a passenger than I did that night in the pub. And yet it was a great experience for a number of reasons. Firstly, this was a proper, well run quiz. No furtive fumbling with a mobile beneath the table or mass outbreaks of cystitis just before the answers are handed in. Two teams go head to head with a question master giving each side 30 seconds to deliberate. All answers are arrived at by committee but only the team captain can be the spokesperson. Secondly, the questions were meticulously researched, suitably challenging and frequently exploited that


The venue is another major plus. Mental sparring like this would be pretty grim in a church hall or a community centre. A pub setting elevates it to a clash of the titans. For some reason, the ready availability of real ale also seems to make thinking easier. Lastly, and probably most importantly, the company was great. Everybody tries hard to win but they have a laugh along the way and it is clear that there are friendships here that have outlived even The Bill (2,400 episodes, 1984 – 2010). You can’t lose touch with people when you see them every week for nine months a year. Incredibly, the Grove is not represented in the Stockport League. That cannot be down to a lack of talent. So, to my final question: how about joining me in forming a new team this September? We will be hosted at a pub with real ale if that helps….

By James Pettecrew > >

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My first pick this month is Cousins – a new novel by Salley Vickers. Her first novel, Miss Garnet’s Angel, became an international word-of-mouth bestseller and a favourite amongst book clubs – indeed it was one of the first books we read here at Simply Books with our original reading group (nearly 15 years ago!). In Cousins the author gives us a spellbinding account of a family in distress – exposing the inner workings of one family (possibly every family!) with disconcerting clarity. Will Tye and his cousin Cele are kindred spirits who have grown up together. But their very closeness keeps them at a troubled distance until one night of reckless misadventure – the consequences of which engulf three generations, laying bare secrets that stretch as far back as the Second World War. A serious, mature book that is also compellingly enjoyable. Salley Vickers will be talking about Cousins – and her other writing – when she visits us at Simply Books on Thursday 1 March. If you would like to come and meet her, please get in touch – or you can book tickets online at My other book this month is a debut novel by Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – a story about the worst and the very best that people are capable of, by turns funny, brave and thought-provoking. Eleanor leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, perhaps, everything. But one single act of kindness is set to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself… This is an unusual, quirky book – a book to make you laugh and cry; a life-affirming story about loneliness and the transformative power of even the smallest acts of kindness - and a worthy winner of this year’s COSTA First Novel of The Year Award. And for the children…The Pirates of Scurvy Sands is a new pirate adventure from author/illustrator Jonny Duddle following the hilarious voyages of the Jolley-Rogers, the most intrepid pirates to sail the Seven Seas.

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


A STROLL AROUND RAINOW This walk is quite short, just under 5 miles, with no steep hills and quite well-defined paths. Use the White Peak map, Ordnance Survey outdoor leisure 24, or Explorer 268. Map Ref. SJ 952762 The walk starts from Smithy Lane, adjacent to the Robin Hood Pub. Rainow is an old parish and straddles the road from Macclesfield for some distance. Originally in Anglo Saxon times it was called Ravenho (the hill of the Ravens.) We walked down Hope Lane, just past the Robin Hood Inn, turning right into Sugar Lane, then passing a fairly new but small housing development and soon left the metalled road to go right past the footpath sign, along an ancient flagged path behind a row of terraced cottages. We passed through a narrow squeeze stile and crossed a small stream running through an area called Hayle’s Clough. On our left could be seen a garden, originally laid out by a wealthy mill owner called James Mellor, sometime in the mid nineteenth century beside his house, still called Hough Hole House. Not only was he a successful business man but also a devout follower of the popular but small Swedenborgian Christian sect, it flourished up to the early 1970’s. The gardens were laid out to follow the


story of ‘A Pilgrim’s Progress,’ written by John Bunyan. These gardens used to be opened to the public once a year, but this practice seems to have been unfortunately discontinued, at the time the gardens were a delight. Parts of the garden can be seen on the left-hand side of the path, as well as a small reservoir with rowing boat visible through the bushes. Passing through a metal gate the path then goes across fields laid with stone slabs where the mill workers from Rainow would pass to work at the Waulkmill cotton mill just past Waulkmill Wood. As one walks on the path, the distinctive cone of White Nancy can be seen, on the left at the top end of Kerridge Ridge. After emerging from the wood, a distinctive old mill road is reached and there is a plaque on the wall of a house on the right with the inscription ‘Waulkmill Farm.’ To the left is a man-made waterfall which presumably fed a waterwheel to power the mill. Nothing remains of the mill workings except the rather silted up ponds of the

water supply above the waterfall. The path then widens slightly and goes along Ingersley Vale, alongside a small stream. This area obviously was planned for redevelopment, there is a decaying stone mill building, was once Ingersley Mill, which covers a very extensive area. Work on this large, presumably housing, project had started but was abandoned for some reason a few years ago, this would have been what is known as a ‘brown site development,’ but it is still awaiting development.

After this the path swings to the right past a wooden single storey building, going slightly uphill and it can be rather muddy in places. When it levels out after a short distance a distinctive sign with the inscription ‘Savio House’ on it can be seen on the right. This is now a catholic religious retreat but originally was called Ingersley Hall, the home of the Gaskell Family from the late 1600s to 1933 when the estate was broken up. It was the Gaskell family who built White Nancy as a summerhouse situated at the end of Kerridge Ridge. The family members must have been either very fit, or had help from their servants to get there, as the summerhouse was some distance away and up a steep track. It is doubtful if the author Elisabeth Gaskell was related to this family. On the left can be found the Poachers Inn, a popular start point for walks around Bollington and the surrounding areas. Ignoring murmurs of protest from some of the group who wished to visit it, we instead crossed the road and walked uphill along Smithy Brow. At the top we turned left and went downhill along Spuley lane until a narrow road appeared on the right, which we took.

The Walk

This is known as ‘the hedgerow,’ and is a pleasant path through woodland. Just after the turning we passed a building called ‘Cheshire Hunt Cottages.’ Originally this was a popular pub called ‘The Cheshire Hunt,’ but before then it was believed to have been called ‘The Cat and Fiddle.’ The pub closed some 12 years ago, and was converted to holiday cottages.

The narrow road was followed for about two miles until it ended in a group of cottages and the road obviously was only used for access to the houses. A clearly marked stile on the right was crossed into a field and a faint path over the grass bearing right was followed until another small stile was crossed into the next field. Soon after a small gate was reached which we went through onto another farm track where we turned right and walked slightly uphill. This track passes Billinge Hill on the right and then the road known as Blaze Hill was reached which we crossed, after a short distance of about a mile, another rough farm track was reached by turning left then immediate right. We walked for about another half mile along the stony narrow road until yet another junction was reached where a well-situated seat had been positioned with views over the valley. Some of the group immediately took advantage of the seat to rest and admire the view over the valley and the Blaze Hill road. Some of them can be seen resting although there had not been any hills to tire them. At this point we ignored the sign to Rainowlow, which was directly ahead, instead turning left along Jumper Lane, which eventually became Smithy Lane. The road improved with a tarmaced surface suitable for cars, but luckily this was little used, and we soon arrived back at the Robin Hood. Details of the Rainow area from Rainow Parish Council are at This gives footpath maps and local information. Poynton Rambling Club has over 100 members with walks on Wednesdays and Sundays. It caters for walkers of all abilities and varies from easy to strenuous, with distances between 5 and 12 miles. For further details visit the website at www.poynton By Peter Jaques > Poynton Rambling Club


Diary of a geeky knitter Brrr, is it spring yet?! Here at home in Hazel Grove it can’t decide if it wants to snow, wants to freeze, or wants to blow us all away! I’m writing this on a chilly Monday evening in February, and though my toes are cold and I’m wishing for the chance to (finally) build a snowman soon, I am delighted because I walked to and from work in the daylight, and successfully managed to not spend all my daylight hours in the office! After all, it’s the little things that help to carry us out of the post -Christmas ‘winter funk.’

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My good mood is also undoubtedly helped by the giant slab of chocolate cake I am currently tucking into. Apologies to all you readers who are braver than me and have given up chocolate for Lent!

Acting the part Since I last spoke to you, it’s all been go in my working life, and it’s not just the walking home in the daylight novelty! I’ve gone and landed myself a new role – you are now reading the words of the Acting Editor of Crochet Now magazine! In fact, I will have put 2 or 3 issues to bed by now, and had one full issue on sale in the supermarkets for a full cycle. It’s exciting stuff if I do say so myself. Who’d have thought that within two years of leaving the capable and welcoming company of Claire and Garth here at INSIDE Magazines, that I would go on to edit my very own magazine?! It’s undoubtedly the wonderful teachers I had, and I am very grateful for the knowledge and experience they gave me. The jump to editing a magazine myself is a big one, and the pressures of looming deadlines is quite keen, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world and I’ve already learned so much. It just goes to show that if you pursue your hobby with care, patience, and a willingness to learn and adapt, you can set yourself on the path to making your leisurely pursuits into a paying career.

Hats off You might recall last time I told you all about the socks that I had published in Knit Now magazine? Well, it seems I can’t get enough of designing and writing patterns now, so I’ve gone ahead and written a crochet hat pattern too! This is my crochet magazine debut (both as editor, and designer!) and this hat, which I named ‘Bohemian Bonbon’, featured in issue 25 of Crochet Now. It’s a design that should be both suitable for beginners, and for those of you who know how to crochet, but are looking for a quick project to make in no time. But enough about me! Don’t forget you can get in touch with me at if you have questions about knitting, crochet, or if you have a subject that you think I should write about here in the magazine. Until next time, enjoy the snow/wind/ sun – whatever the weather is today!


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dawn walker

Dawn Walker was born in Easington, County Durham. The family moved to London where she attended primary school in Dartford, excelling in trampolining. She was trialled for the England junior squad but at that time the family moved again to Stockport where she attended Hazel Grove High School. On leaving school Dawn worked in several jobs. She was a hairdresser on a Youth Training scheme, worked in Debenhams where her interest in interior design was kindled, and she sold houses for a building company in Alderley. Her dream job was as a shop manager where her flair for interior design came into its own. Dawn is married to Nigel and they have two children, twins Imogen and Reece. After working from home with her mum, making curtains, when the children were young, Dawn became a classroom assistant for ten years at Norbury Primary School. Her long- term ambition had been to work for herself, so when a lifelong friend who owned a hairdressing salon near the Fiveways in Hazel Grove told her the shop next door was vacant, a dream was born. Although her initial thoughts had been to work in interior design, Dawn felt that the shop was the perfect place for a tea room. That was when Walker’s Retreat, the name is deliberately ambiguous, began. Apart from some evening work as a kitchen supervisor, Dawn had no catering experience. The shop became a family project. Empty and rundown, it was refurbished and renovated by her extremely hard-working mother, father and husband. Dawn developed a business plan, a marketing strategy, read building regulations and health and safety regulations. “I’d never done anything like it before. “Now it is a 32 cover tea room, open six days a week, employing five staff. Dawn makes her own food, soup, sandwiches, jacket potatoes and paninis. Already she is opening for special party events in the evenings.


The atmosphere that Dawn seeks to create is relaxed homeliness. Customers are welcomed as they enter, and staff are encouraged to talk with them and not leave people at tables on their own in silent loneliness. Much of the publicity has been word of mouth and the tea room has attracted many of her contacts from former jobs. To Dawn’s delight, an inspection by an Environmental Health food standards inspector resulted in a grade 5 award, the highest possible. It was a justification of all her efforts. Dawn is a self- confessed chocaholic, loves 80’s music and has no regrets in her life. She “lives on adrenaline” and rarely finds time to relax. “I prefer to be doing things,” she admits. Her ambition is to make a success of her tea room and make it a focal point for community activity. It will shortly be hosting a drop- in session for Health Champions. She dislikes unfairness and her phobias are “slugs, spiders and wriggling things.” Her heroines are Whitney Houston for her singing and coping with a difficult life and Princess Diana because she was “just an amazing woman.” Holidays have always been a big family occasion with trips to Florida when the children were young and later to Cyprus for the sun. Her regret is that currently the tea room occupies all their time and there has been no holiday this year. If she could have chosen a different career, Dawn would have been a midwife. “It must be so fulfilling to help a new life enter the world.” Last word from Dawn: I always try to see the good side of people. Sometimes my friends say that makes me gullible, but I’d rather be happy and gullible than a miserable cynic. by Ed Blundell

Think Japan… in 2018 Think Japan and images of Mount Fuji, The ‘Bullet Train’ sushi, sumo, beautiful gardens and geisha spring to mind. Whilst it is a modern country, embracing new technology, it embraces its history and culture and the two aspects make for an exciting holiday experience.

WHEN TO VISIT Early spring in Japan with the opportunity to see the cherry blossom is the most popular time to visit, which makes it very sought after (and expensive), so we recommend booking early if this appeals; later in the spring beautiful irises are in bloom. However, don’t overlook a visit in autumn; the acers are in fantastic colour at that time of year and just as stunning as the cherry blossom. The summer months are often the best time to see right to the top of Mount Fuji, when you can climb to the summit, or take an overnight ascent timed to see the sun rise over the distant horizon.

CITIES The two most popular cities on a first-time itinerary are of course Tokyo and Kyoto. Flying into Tokyo, two or three nights is essential here to see both the historic side of the city in Asakusa, and modern Shinjuku with its soaring skyscrapers and bright neon lights. From Toyko it is easy to include a day trip to Nikko, home of the vast Toshogu complex of temples and shrines, built in the 1600s and with magnificent carvings including iconic “see-no-evil, hear-no-evil” monkeys. Kyoto,

Japan’s capital of history and culture, is home to a number of World Heritage Sites. Take a tour with expert guides, enjoy the company of a Geisha, and see the beautiful gardens and traditional arts of the city. A day trip to nearby Nara with its giant statue of Buddha and friendly sacred deer is also not to be missed.

THE ‘BULLET TRAIN’ … or Shinkansen as it is more properly known, is another highlight of a tour to Japan, and takes you around the country in record time, with speeds of up to 200km/hour. Not just between these two cities, many places can be accessed by rail, and a rail pass can be included in your tour price.

THE FOOD It’s not just raw fish and sushi, though these are a delicacy very much worth trying, there are plenty of Continued over


other options too. Noodles for instance, are very popular as is the delicious street food. Okonomiyaki is a kind of special omelette made with pan-fried cabbage, fried shrimp and different kinds of meats – and it’s absolutely wonderful. If you are still unsure, most of the major hotels will serve a western menu if you prefer.

SPECIAL PlaCES TO SEE AND STAY Most hotels are in the western style, but for a truly authentic experience, a stay in a ryokan is a must; experience traditional Japanese lifestyle and hospitality including futon beds, Japanese style baths and local cuisine. Beautiful gardens, almost an art form in Japan, walking, cycling and enjoying the ‘onsen’ – hot springs – are just a few of the delightful outdoor activities available, and sumo, geisha and contemporary arts unmissable attractions indoors. In Nagoya, it is even possible to arrange a visit to the Toyota factory, the biggest of Japan’s car factories – a must for all car fanatics.

JAPAN FOR FAMILIES Children will love the theme parks, from Universal Studios and Hello Kitty to the famous Japanese Anime creations as well as aquariums and monkey parks. Away from the cities, samurai castles, boat rides, cycle tours and cable cars will delight the whole family. Hands-on cultural activities such as taiko drumming, pottery and paper crafts, or dressing up in a kimono will see the children really getting under the skin of Japan. Clearly, Japan has something for everyone, whether a tailor-made tour, an escorted group, or a family holiday, we can arrange the perfect trip for you. Phone us on 01625 584195, or call in to Travel by Design, in Alderley Edge.


by Kristina Hulme

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

Monday High Lane Baby & Toddler Group 9.30-11.30am Term time only. High Lane Village Hall. Contact Sarah on 01625 268 301 for more information. Story Time 11-11.30am High Lane Library. Contact 0161 217 6009 for more information.

Story Time 2pm Great Moor Library, Gladstone Street. Stories, rhymes and songs followed by some colouring. Contact 0161 217 6009. St. Thomas’ Children’s Choir 5.45-6.30pm St. Thomas’ Church, High Lane. The choir is completely free and will help children to learn to sing and how to read music. We will sing a wide variety of music and songs; children’s music, pop songs, show songs and some sacred music.


For more information please contact

Parents & Tots 9 - 11.15am Term time only. St Thomas’ Church, High Lane. A chance for all parents/carers to meet other carers in a safe environment – lots to do and refreshments provided. £1 per adult and up to two children. Contact Rev. Janet Parker on 01663 764519


Story Time 11am Hazel Grove Library. Stories, rhymes and songs followed by some colouring. Contact 0161 217 6009. Playtime Toddler Group 1-2.30pm Term time only. Offerton Community Centre, Mallowdale Rd, Offerton. Lots of toys and room to play, song and snack time plus craft activities. Free of charge but donations welcome. Contact Sharon 07843094039.

Wednesday Baby & Toddler Group 9.15-11am Term time only. Brookside Primary School, High Lane. £2 for one adult and child, £1 per extra child, price includes a snack. Contact 01663 308 008 for more information. Sing & Sign Opportunity Group 9.30-11.30am Independent Options, 67 Chester Road. Especially for children with additional needs/learning disabilities, this session encourages children to start to use speech, or gives them signs if difficult. £4 per child. Book into the session on 0161 482 7933. Norbury Toddler Group 10 - 11.30am Term time only. Norbury Parish Church, Hazel Grove. Cost £2 (includes a drink and biscuits). Please phone before to ensure there are spaces. Contact Cath on 0161 487 2390 or email www.

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

Norbury Toddler Group 10 - 11.30am Term time only. Norbury Parish Church, Hazel Grove. Cost £2 (includes a drink and biscuits). Please phone before to ensure there are spaces. Contact Cath on 0161 487 2390 or email cath. www. Sensory Stories 9.30-11.30am Preschool group offering interactive story time for children with additional needs and their siblings.Independent Options, 67 Chester Road. £4 per session.To book on the session email Sam on or ring 0161 4566502.

Friday Toddler Group 9.30-11.30am Independent Options, 67 Chester Road. £2 for one child, £1 per additional child. Book into the session on 0161 482 7933. Wesley Street Stay & Play 9.45-11.30am Hazel Grove Methodist Church, Wesley Street. Contact Kelly Heath on 07530 460 087

saturday Messy Church 3.30pm-5pm 13 January & 10 February A time of welcome, crafts, celebration and meal together. St Thomas’ Church, High Lane. For further information call: Canon Janet Parker 01663 764519 or Ann Lambert 01663 764521.

Weekly Baby Splash Life Leisure Hazel Grove. Call 0161 439 5221 for lesson details.

Compiled by Clare Blackie > email:


inside guide

march - april 2018

selected events in your area

Thursday 1 march

Saturday 10 March

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

Marple Choral Society Singing Day Mozart Coronation Mass, Lauridsen “Lux Aeterna” for full details and booking form e-mail Norbury Parish Church, Hazel Grove

Friday 2 March to Saturday 10 March Enlightenment, by Shelagh Stephenson A psychological thriller with tense relationships exposed as parents unravel the mystery disappearance of their son. Tickets from or from Hollins of Marple 0161 449 8363 (7 days) Carver Theatre, Chadwick Street, Marple, SK6 7AX Weekdays 7.45 pm, Saturday 3rd matinee 2.30 pm

Monday 5 March Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz Entry £6, enquiries 01663 763532 High Lane Conservative Club, Buxton Road, High Lane SK6 8DR. 8pm

Weds 7 to Sat 10 March 2018 Brookdale Amateur Theatre presents Dear Lupin by Roger Mortimer and Charlie Mortimer Box Office 0161 302 2302 Brookdale Theatre, Bridge Lane, Bramhall Curtain up at 7.45pm

Thursday 8 March Hazel Grove & District Probus - The Magistry by Una Hosey The Brookdale Club, Bridge Lane, Bramhall 2pm

Thursday 8 March St Thomas’ High Lane Men’s Forum Ray Broadhurst “A Visit to China.” St Thomas’ Church Hall, Buxton Road, High Lane 2.15pm.

Saturday 10 March Spring Fair Refreshments available, admission 50p, free car park. Stalls will include homemade cakes, toys, books, tombola, raffle, bric a brac. All are welcome. Short Street United Reformed Church, Hazel Grove 10am to 12.30pm

Saturday 10 March Disley & Lyme Horticultural Society Coffee Morning Coffee/Cakes/Plants High Lane Village Hall 10am to 12 noon

Saturday 10 March Messy Church A time of welcome, crafts, celebration and meal together. For further information call Ann Lambert on 01663 764521 St Thomas’ Church, High Lane 3.30pm to 5pm

Tuesday 13 March East Cheshire Association of the National Trust . Lecture – ‘A Walk along the Cleveland Way’ by Victor Crawford. Brookdale Club, Bridge Lane, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 3AB 2pm

Tuesday 13 March Big Night Special – Wildlife Photographer Paul Goldstein From the High Arctic to the Southern Oceans with the Masai Mara, Pantanal and Bandhavgarh in between, Paul will captivate our audience with tales and images in the way that only he can. Hosted by North Cheshire Photographic Society. Tickets £10 via online sales. No sales on the door, for more information visit Poynton Civic Centre 7.30 for 8pm start

Tues 13 to Sat 17 March Annie Get Your Gun. Performance by Romiley Operatic Society Tickets from ROS Hotline 0161 442 3669 or Plaza Box Office 0161 477 7779 The Plaza Theatre, Stockport Continued over


Wednesday 14 March

Weds 21 to Friday 23 March

Disley & District Flower Club. A Floral Demonstration – Something Special by Don Billington. Visitors welcome £5 High Lane Village Hall 7.30 pm

North Cheshire Photographic Society Annual Exhibition Weds 21 March evening: North Cheshire Challenge Interclub Print Competition Thurs 22 March: Exhibition open and North Cheshire Challenge Interclub Digital Knock out Competition. Fri 23 March: Exhibition open. Members only Exhibition Dinner and Awards Presentation in the evening. For more information visit Poynton Civic Centre, entry to the exhibition is free

Wednesday 14 March Stockport Walking and Outdoors Group A talk by award winning wildlife photographer Tom Way entitled ‘My Love of Africa’. Tickets £5, only available in advance from Chris on 0161 222 9895. No tickets will be available on the night. For details of all our events including Wednesday evening meetings, day walks and weekends please go to Hazel Grove Civic Hall 8pm

Friday 16 March Stockport Historical Society “Coal Mining in East Cheshire: Aspects of Social and Landscape History”. Visitors very welcome. Admission £2.50. Further information from Tony Nightingale 0161 440 0570 Stockport Sunday School, Nangreave Road, SK2 6DQ (Next to Aquinas College) 7.45pm

Monday 19 March Hazel Grove Townswomen’s Guild. Mr David Warner: Lyme Green to Lyme Hall, a nostalgic ramble. Enquiries Secretary Tel: 0161 483 9559 Hazel Grove Civic Hall, 1.30pm

Monday 19 March Hazel Grove & District Gardening Club ‘Camassia, Chris, Chelsea & Chaos’ Talk from RHS gold medal winner, Stella Exley, of Hare Spring Cottage Plants, National Collection holder of Camassia. Further information 0161 483 6051 or St Peter’s Church (Parish Centre) 16 Green Lane, Hazel Grove, SK7 4EA 7.30pm


Weds 21 to Sat 24 March NK Theatre Arts Presents The Who’s - ‘Quadrophenia’ *with special permission from Pete Townshend* WINNER of Best Actor, Best Musical Director & Best Musical at the 2013 Manchester Musical Awards NK Theatre Arts Rock Musical returns to The Forum Theatre! Ticket prices £15 (10% discount for INSIDE readers) 24 hr Box Office 0333 666 3366 The Forum Theatre Romiley Stockport SK6 4EA

Thursday 22 March Hazel Grove & District Probus A buffet lunch followed by our AGM The Brookdale Club, Bridge Lane, Bramhall 2pm

Thursday 22 March Wilmslow Guild Natural History Society Brockholes – the unreserved reserve by Brian Ashworth of the Lancashire Wildlife Trust. Visitors very welcome (£4) More information from David Warner 01625 874387 Wilmslow Guild, 1 Bourne St, Wilmslow SK9 5HD 7.30pm

Compiled by Claire Hawker > email:

Saturday 24 March

Monday 16 April

Hazel Grove Orchestra Concert Smetana - Vltava. Mahler - Songs of a Wayfarer Soloist: Michelle Robinson (Mezzo Soprano) Dvorják - Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World’ Admission £8, accompanied Children under 12 are FREE. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the night of the concert or from telephone 0161 449 7347, Hazel Grove Methodist Church, Wesley Street, Hazel Grove, SK7 4JQ 7.30pm

Hazel Grove Townswomen’s Guild. Ian and Chris Hamilton: The History of Stained Glass. Enquiries Secretary Tel: 0161 483 9559 Hazel Grove Civic Hall, 1.30pm

Saturday 24 March Stockport Symphony Orchestra plays Rachmaninov The Rock, Khachaturian Masquerade Suite and Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, featuring leader Helen Brackley-Jones as soloist. Conductor Matthew Wood. For more information please see Stockport Town Hall 7.30pm

Thursday 5 april 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

Tuesday 10 April East Cheshire Association of the National Trust Lecture – ‘Building the Big Ditch’ – Judith Atkinson Brookdale Club, Bridge Lane, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 3AB 2pm

Thursday 12 April St Thomas’ High Lane Men’s Forum Stephen Mills - Alderley Edge Mines. St Thomas’ Church Hall, Buxton Road, High Lane 2.15pm

Saturday 14 April Messy Church A time of welcome, crafts, celebration and meal together. For further information call Ann Lambert on 01663 764521 St Thomas’ Church, High Lane 3.30pm to 5pm

Monday 16 April Hazel Grove & District Gardening Club ‘The Ray Davies Memorial Show’ Informal Spring Show, no entry fees or forms, bulbs and spring flowers grown by members provide a splash of colour. Come along and vote for your favourites. Further information 0161 483 6051 or St Peter’s Church (Parish Centre) 16 Green Lane, Hazel Grove, SK7 4EA 7.30pm

Wednesday 18 April Stockport Walking and Outdoors Group. An illustrated talk by David Bell entitled ‘A crazy look into the history and the wonderful world of our wee!’. All are welcome, admission £1. Hazel Grove Civic Hall 8pm

Friday 20 April Stockport Historical Society - “George Faulkner Armitage: Architect and Designer” Talk by Mrs Gillian Fitzpatrick. Visitors very welcome Admission £2.50 Further information from Tony Nightingale 0161 440 0570 Stockport Sunday School, Nangreave Road, SK2 6DQ. (Next to Aquinas College). 7.45pm

Fri 20 and Sat 21 April Society of Marple Artists 50th Annual Exhibition Free entry, disabled access. Friday 10am to 9pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm. Methodist Church Hall, Church Lane, Marple SK6 7AY

Saturday 21 April Disley & Lyme Horticultural Society Coffee Morning and Tomato Plant Sale Disley Community Centre 10am to 12 noon

Fri 21 to Sat 22 April Poynton Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s annual spring concert. Sing into Spring’ will be a mixture of music consisting of mostly American and British folk songs, together with a medley of songs from the popular musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. In addition, there will be an Abba sing-a-long. Advance tickets £8 for adults and £5 for ages 16 and under from or 01625 876394. Tickets purchased on the door are £10 and £5 respectively. Poynton Legion, George’s Road West, Poynton 7.30pm Continued over


Sunday 22 April Plant Hunters’ Fair. Fund Raising Event for special projects at the Hall: £2 entry to Plant Fair Bramall Hall, Bramhall Park, off Hall Road, Bramhall, Stockport SK7 3NX 11am to 4pm

Mon 23 to Sat 28 April Brookdale Amateur Theatre presents My Fair Lady Curtain up at 7.45pm. Saturday Matinee at 2.15pm Brookdale Theatre, Bridge Lane, Bramhall. Box Office 0161 3022302

Wednesday 25 April Stockport Walking and Outdoors Group An illustrated talk about Polar Explorers by Hazel Griffiths. All are welcome, admission £1. For details of all our events including Wednesday evening meetings, day walks and weekends please go to Hazel Grove Civic Hall 8pm

Thursday 26 April Wilmslow Guild Natural History Society. AGM, then Beekeeping by Brian Corfield. Visitors very welcome (£4). More information from David Warner 01625 874387 Wilmslow Guild, 1 Bourne St, Wilmslow SK9 5HD 7.30pm

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useful numbers Churches Norbury Parish Church Hazel Grove Methodist Church St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church Hazel Grove Baptist Church St George’s Parish Church, Stockport Short Street United Reformed Church Parish Church of St Thomas, High Lane Windlehurst Methodist Church

Schools 0161 483 6325 0161 483 0150 0161 483 3476 0161 487 3708 0161 480 2453 0161 285 5229 01663 764519 0161 483 3706

Hazel Grove High School Hazel Grove Primary & Infant School Norbury Hall Primary School Moorfield Junior & Infant School St Peters R.C Primary School Torkington Primary School St Simons Catholic Primary Brookside Primary School High Lane Primary School

0161 483 6222 0161 426 5250 0161 426 9292 0161 426 9777 01663 762222


Doctors Beech House Medical Practice Springfield Surgery Haider Medical Centre Dean Lane Medical High Lane Medical Centre

Hospitals Stepping Hill Hospital NHS Non-Emergency

0161 483 1010 111

Leisure Centre Hazel Grove Leisure Centre Life Leisure Hazel Grove

0161 456 3467 0161 439 5221

Libraries Hazel Grove Library High Lane Library

0161 217 6009 0161 217 6009

Local Government Stockport MBC

0161 480 4949

Non Emergency

0161 456 4888 0161 483 3699 0161 483 1786 0161 483 4521 0161 483 2431 0161 483 2188 0161 483 9696 01663 763943 01663 762378


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

105 0800 111 999 0345 672 3723 0345 988 1188

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

0800 917 7650 020 7403 0888 03444 111 444 0800 1111 0800 555111 118 500 0300 222 1122 0300 1234999 116 123 0161 477 6344

Travel Bus & Train Times National Rail Enquiries Manchester Airport

0871 200 2233 0345 748 4950 0808 169 7030

Post Offices Hazel Grove Post Office Fiveways Parade Post Office High Lane Post Office

0161 483 2332 0345 611 2970 01663 766877

pharmacies Peak Pharmacy, High Lane Scorah Chemists, Hazel Grove

01663 762235 01625 872267


classified index ADULT EDUCATION Aquinas College Practical Philosophy

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BARBERS Famous Henrys


Carrington Doors

Cheshire Hearing Centre




Blue Handymen

Park House


Graham Wallace

Matt Finish




Pure Clean Drainage Solutions

William Wragg MP




SCZ Electrical Services

City Lock & Safe


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More Than Loft Ladders


ROOFING Abstract Roofing Services

City Lock & Safe

Manners Pimblett




Inside Front Cover

The Stair Shop



Travel By Design



Swift Tree Services



Slimming World



East Cheshire Wills



The Window Repair Centre Cloudy2Clear


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Churches Together Hazel Grove Baptist Church

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Mr Soot

Uniquely Chic


Pure Clean Drainage Solutions


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BUILDERS Coppice Joinery & Building JS Services Whitehall Builders Ltd


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BOOK SHOPS Simply Books


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