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Time flies, as they say, and the older we get the faster it rushes by! If you have school-age children you’ll know the feeling - they go back to school after the Easter holidays and before you know it, it’s half term! My life isn’t ruled by school-term dates any longer, but I’m always working on magazines dated two months ahead. It’s alarming the speed at which annual events come rolling round again, year after year. As I’ve become more aware of the passage of time, I’m also becoming more mindful of using it wisely. It’s amazing how much time you can waste idly checking Facebook or catching up on emails on your phone. That’s not to say I want to have a jam-packed diary every single day; it’s important to make space for quiet time too, reading, walking or simply doing whatever you find relaxing. But I don’t want to look back on a day, or week and think I’ve wasted it. Two thoughts to finish with. Once time has passed you can never get it back and even though time does fly, remember, you are the pilot!
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Remembering Frank Bradshaw-Isherwood
describes how the Volunteer sergeants felt that, as an officer, he was ‘likely to be (the) most popular’ amongst the men, and who the recruits often felt ‘said something (after drill) which made their bosoms swell.’ A modest man, he wrote: ‘I can’t imagine myself doing this at all!’
Those folks interested in local history will be aware that the writer Christopher Isherwood came from round these parts. He was born at Wyberslegh Hall in High Lane in 1904 and was christened at St Mary’s Church in Disley. Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood’s parents were called Kathleen and Frank, and that is the title of what I, being interested in local history, consider to be his most interesting book (though, admittedly, I’ve not read them all). Francis Edmund BradshawIsherwood was born in 1869 and his family lived at Marple Hall. Frank was a military man and 9 May sees the 103rd anniversary of his death, which allows us the perfect opportunity for a timely look back at his career in the army.
A decade later, in the summer of 1914, Frank was serving with the Regiment’s 2nd Battalion on garrison duty in Limerick in Ireland. When war broke out the Battalion was ordered to return to England to assemble with other units and was sent across the Channel to the front-line in mid-September. He took command of the 1st Battalion on 29 April 1915.
I’m no military historian but Frank Bradshaw-Isherwood must surely go down as one of the area’s most decorated soldiers. He was educated at Sandhurst and joined his father’s old regiment, the York and Lancaster Regiment as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1892, aged 23. He left for the Boer War in December 1899, caught typhoid, recovered and served on a second tour. He was mentioned in despatches for his service and promoted to Captain in 1901. He was also a recipient of the Queen’s and King’s medals with seven clasps. In 1902, Frank got engaged to Kathleen Machell-Smith, of Stow in Suffolk. In order to set up home locally, he left his regiment and became adjutant to the Fourth Volunteer Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment, based at the Armoury building in Stockport, where Greek Street meets Shaw Heath. The couple were married in March 1903 and the following year their son Christopher was born. During this period, Frank often used to ride his bike into work in Stockport and then back home to High Lane in the evening – quite an achievement in those days, I would say, when roads were cobbled, and bicycles were heavy-duty. Frank may well have been officer class, but that’s not to say he was aloof from his men. On the contrary, in a letter to his wife dated 19 October, Frank
The 1st Battalion was involved in heavy fighting at the second Battle of Ypres; shockingly, the Battalion was reduced from over 700 men to just 83. For weeks after the attack there was confusion about Frank’s whereabouts. The first reports stated that he had been shot in the arm by a sniper and was recovering in a hospital in France. By 11 June, however, it was clear that Frank was missing, and by the end of June, conclusive proof of Frank’s death was reported. Although his body was never found, Frank’s identification discs were returned to his wife Kathleen after being found on a German prisoner-of-war. Thanks to Kathleen’s efforts, Frank is remembered on the Menin Gate at Ypres, as well as on a smaller memorial at Ploegsteert. He is listed as being killed in action on 9 May 1915. Frank’s and Kathleen’s relationship is chronicled superbly in Christopher’s fascinating book about his parents, ‘Kathleen and Frank’ (published in 1971). Isherwood relates their story through the couple’s extensive correspondence, which his mother had archived. For anyone interested in Frank’s story, or indeed that of the Bradshaw-Isherwood family history, I strongly recommend it. The moment when Frank’s letters to his wife from the frontline suddenly cease, is genuinely chilling, so wrapped up are we in their story.
by Stuart Bolton
inside people alan haughton the sole man
Alan Haughton was born in Blackburn in 1956 under the star sign cancer. After attending Beeches primary and Norris Road secondary schools in Sale, Alan left at 16 and worked for his uncle as a general builder. After a brief spell as a fruit and vegetable manager in Tesco, he began working for Timpson’s as a shoe repairer. This was to become his lifetime profession. Alan was a cobbler for Timpson’s in Altrincham for 15 years and then in London, in the 1980s, for six years. Returning north, he was based in Yorkshire for a time before moving back to the north west to work, repairing shoes in the Mr Minute Group. In 1987, he decided to branch out on his own and set up a cobbler and key cutting business in a kiosk in Hazel Grove. It proved to be popular and successful and he moved in 2002 into a shop on the A6, where he remained for a further 15 years until his recent retirement. Alan has three children, Andrew, Charlotte and Emily from previous marriages and in July will marry Jayne. Alan is known to everyone as “The Sole Man”, not just because he was a cobbler, but because he has always loved Motown and Northern Soul music. His disc jockey career began in 1972 in the Blue Rooms in Sale, where he was a part time, unpaid DJ for some six years. He then moved to the Manchester club scene playing venues like the Embassy Rooms, Tramps and Placemate. He also performed at weddings, 21st birthdays and anniversary events. Alan took a break from his DJ work as the efforts of carrying large amplifiers and heavy equipment, as well as the long and late hours on top of his day job, were proving difficult.
A few years later, while attending a soul concert at the Guild Hall in Stockport, he was struck by the urge to perform again, and he has remained a DJ ever since. He was a resident DJ at that venue for six years and then began to freelance. Alan now operates across the Stockport area, particularly in High Lane and Hazel Grove and has built up a regular following of Motown and Northern Soul fans. He also performs to raise funds for charity; recent concerts have raised £1100 for Cancer Research, £950 for the Alzheimer’s Society and his target is to make £1200 at his next event for Breast Cancer research. Alan enjoys any and every kind of food, except fish and is very fond of cake, especially cream cakes. He dislikes ill-mannered people and loves music - soul music of course. He regrets that, although he was a successful self-employed businessman, he didn’t have a better education when he was young. Holidays are a great pleasure, especially holidays in the sun and he has visited Florida, Crete, Cyprus, Italy, Portugal and Tenerife - anywhere for the sun! Alan never relaxes and prefers always to be doing things. He will occasionally sit down to watch television but prefers to be active. Having now retired from his business, he is developing his DJ role and is working as a volunteer in a charity shop and at a food bank.
Last Word from Alan I don’t really have any regrets. I’ve enjoyed my life as it was. I take things as they come. I like people. I’m a social being. by Ed Blundell
book club choice
My first choice this month is COSTA Novel of the Year Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor. It’s midwinter in a village somewhere in the Peak District. A teenage girl on holiday with her parents has gone missing. The villagers are called up to join the search, fanning out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks and news reporters descend on the villagers’ previously quiet home. Meanwhile, ‘ordinary’ life must go on – cows milked, fences repaired, sermons written, a pantomime rehearsed. The search goes on, but so does everyday life. The seasons unfold – there are births and deaths, secrets kept and revealed, small kindnesses and unexpected betrayals – and still the mystery of the girl’s disappearance hangs over the village. Meanwhile, in parallel, the natural world follows its own seasonal cycle of birth, death and renewal. This is an extraordinary novel – beautifully written and with a cumulative power which held me in its grip. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid is set in an unnamed city (possibly Damascus or another hotspot in the Middle East) where bombs and assassinations shatter the peace of everyday life. Somewhere in this city, two young people meet and in time fall in love. As the violence that surrounds them escalates and escape seems ever more necessary, they hear rumours of mysterious black doors appearing across the city which provide a portal to a new life – perhaps in Greece, in London, in California… This is a very timely book which stretches the boundaries of ‘reality’ just enough to make a point about the experience of immigrants and refugees fleeing to ‘the West’. What does it mean to leave your only home behind? How do we create a sense of belonging? A spare and carefully crafted novel Exit West sometimes has the feel of a fable but it remains sufficiently grounded in reality to convey some important messages about the way we understand and react to ‘the refugee crisis’ – a story with as much hope for the future as despair about the present. And for children Fantastically Great Women Who Made History by Kate Pankhurst (published to coincide with the centenary of the first time women gained the vote in this country) is a fabulously illustrated celebration of some of the extraordinary women from around the world who have made their mark on history.
Simply Books 228 Moss Lane, Bramhall, Cheshire SK7 1BD 0161 439 1436 Open Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 5.30pm Andrew Cant www.simplybooks.info
WE’VE GOT A HOUSE …it certainly is a beauty… I must try and make the house give as much pleasure to others as I can wrote Elizabeth Gaskell, in a letter to her friend Eliza Fox in 1850. Visitors to Manchester never cease to be excited by the rich social, political and industrial history of this famous city. Unfortunately, many of us who live on its doorstep, are prone to forget, or to be unaware of, its many historical treasures. Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, at 84 Plymouth Grove, Longsight, is just one such treasure. Thanks to a major £2.5m project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and others, this restored House is now fully open to the public.
I’ve visited the house a few times during the last couple of years, in part because I’m an admirer of Elizabeth Gaskell the author, but also because a little time spent in its quiet and elegant space takes you back to a bygone age, shedding much light on Manchester life as it was in her day. The house is not large but for this very reason it has a special, intimate appeal – perhaps the same welcoming feel that would have been encountered in 1860 by its many visitors including fellow writers Charlotte Brontë, Beatrix Potter and Charles Dickens.
For over 150 years, the house, built between 1835 and 1841, has been associated with one famous resident, the novelist, Elizabeth Gaskell, who lived there from 1850 to 1865 with her husband William, and her four daughters. She was one of the most important and best-loved Victorian writers. Her novels and letters reveal a warmhearted woman who was a shrewd judge of character, inquisitive, witty and profoundly concerned with social justice. During the time Elizabeth lived here she wrote nearly all her famous novels, including Cranford, Ruth, North and South and Wives and Daughters. It was here that she wrote the biography of her friend Charlotte Brontë, plus many lively letters. by Garth Aspinall
This place will not tax your energy levels. You won’t be bombarded with numerous facts that you will never remember. Instead, you will encounter incredibly enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers who can enlighten you as you wander round. You can discover a great deal about Elizabeth and William’s work and about the lives of their daughters and servants. Explore the historic period rooms – the Drawing Room, the Morning Room, the Dining Room and the Study. Browse the books in William Gaskell’s study and sit where Elizabeth sat to write, overlooking her beloved garden. Only a few of the displayed furnishings belonged to the Gaskells, but the furniture has been well chosen to provide an authentic period setting. The chintz for the curtains and loose covers have been printed from an 1850s design, and the carpets have been specially woven, using Victorian patterns preserved by a mill in Halifax. The fireplaces, sourced locally, date from around 1840 when the House was built, and the light fittings have all been converted from gas to electricity. Further research identified the original paint colours and the styles of the wallpapers. Continued over
Outside, the garden has been planted to show the sort of garden that the Gaskells enjoyed, the choice of plants having been informed by references in Elizabeth’s letters and novels, as well as by Victorian garden history. The layout is based on a detailed map of Manchester in 1850 which shows the paths and planting areas. The garden is intended to give as much enjoyment today as it did in Elizabeth’s time. Elizabeth’s novels, besides telling a good story, often reflect the social and political tensions of the day. But if you visit the house, you will discover that her husband, William, is an equally fascinating figure who contributed much to the society in which they lived.
The Gaskells lived at a time of great change and were active in Manchester’s social, cultural and religious life. In 1750, Manchester was a town of less than 20,000 people, but by 1850, when the Gaskells moved to Plymouth Grove, it had become Britain’s third largest city, with a population of some 250,000. Workers attracted by the jobs in mills and factories suffered the effects of rapid industrialisation: long hours, low wages, poor housing and sanitation, and the fear of unemployment and destitution. The conditions endured by many of those living less than a mile from Plymouth Grove were well known to William and Elizabeth, both of whom were active in practical initiatives to provide poor relief and education. However, alongside the mills and the slums, the Gaskells’ Manchester was also a city of libraries, concert halls, theatres, shops and exhibitions and William took a leading role in shaping many of the educational and cultural institutions that still flourish today: Cross St Chapel, where William was Assistant Minister for many years; The Portico Library in Mosley Street, where William was Committee Chairman; The Free Trade Hall which
opened in 1856 on St Peter’s Fields, the site of the Peterloo Massacre of 1819; The Manchester Literary and Philosophy Society (known as the Lit and Phil) which was founded in 1781 for the advancement of education and the appreciation of literature, science, the arts and public affairs, and The Manchester Mechanics Institute, which was established in 1824 by a group of mill owners and manufacturers, to provide part-time education in science and technology for the working men of Manchester. There is plenty to do in the house. Located in what was originally the kitchen and servant’s hall is a very pleasant café where you can enjoy tea, coffee and delicious cakes all served in style on vintage china. Children can enjoy activity baskets or dressing up in the Servants’ Hall. Visit the website for information about children’s activities in the school holidays and about the varied ongoing programme of special events for adults. There are also regularly occurring fixtures that include the Victorian Book Group, Plymouth Grove Writing Group, The Gaskell Sewing Bee and their highly-rated second-hand book sale. If you would like to discover more about Manchester’s history, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House could be a great place to start. The Portico Library, John Rylands Library, The Victoria Baths and The Pankhurst Centre (both 10 minutes’ walk from the house) are just a few of the many places you could plan to visit in Manchester during 2018. Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove, M13 9LW. Open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays – 11am to 4.30pm Tickets cost £5 (adults), £4 (under 16 – but free when accompanied by an adult). Tel. 0161 273 2215 www.elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk
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‘Not schizophrenic, I’m more quadrophenic’ This is one of the standout lines from Quadrophenia, a rock musical staged by NK Theatre Arts in Romiley, which I had the privilege of seeing recently. It was quite some musical and it did indeed stand out. I’m always mightily impressed by the talent on show at NK productions. The performers are all local and they are all amateur, something I had to keep reminding myself of last night when the singing was so brilliant, the choreography so mesmeric, the band so amazing and the acting first class. Can you tell I enjoyed it? Well I say enjoyed, perhaps a better word might be experienced, because an experience is exactly what it was. When Jimmy, superbly played by Jake Ridgeway, was standing a few yards from me, singing ‘Is it me, for a moment’, I felt totally immersed in Jimmy’s world and moved to a stray tear as a result. Quadrophenia began life as an album by The Who in the midseventies. A film grew out of this and it was just five years ago that NK Theatre Arts gained the permission of Pete Townshend to bring their interpretation of the album to life on stage as a rock musical. In NK’s 30th year the time was right to revisit the show. The story itself is not for the faint-hearted – Jimmy, the main character, is having a tough time, a really tough time. As Jimmy’s life follows a downward spiral towards destruction, his head doesn’t help him much either. Inside there he is haunted by three alter egos; one a little crazy, one somewhat violent and one erring more towards the romantic and hopeful. He uses alcohol and pills to try and take the edge off things, but this way more darkness lies, and real answers prove hard to come by. To say the show was intense would be something of an understatement. And to say the players were passionate would be damning with faint praise. Jimmy’s journey is full on, and the way it was played out on stage was, at times quite literally, in your face. Then, of course, there was the band. And what a band it was, not least when performing My Generation at the end of the show, when I swear it was Keith Moon on those drums. Whilst it’s all too easy to pick out key performers in leading roles, I must emphasise that this was clearly a team effort from start to finish. And this goes for the staging, the lighting, the sound, the set, the full working scooters to boot. As with many a top show, the whole was greater than the sum of its parts. During the many emotionally charged scenes in the show, you could pick out any cast member and see the passion in their eyes and the utter conviction in their performance. I guess the director deserves a wee mention here too – I believe much of this was her idea in the first place five years ago! Well hats off to you Kerry Day, this show was utterly brilliant.
Remember, INSIDE readers can get 10% off any NK Theatre Arts performance during 2018 – I really do urge you to look them up and book some tickets now! Continued over
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STOCKPORT LADIES SPEAKERS We are members of the Association of Speakers Clubs and our aim is to encourage and help women who dread the idea of having to speak, but need to conquer their fear, whether it be for job presentations or social occasions. We meet fortnightly on a Wednesday - our group has a diverse membership, including students, young professionals, mums and business owners. There is no pressure to speak until you are ready to do so.
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SPEAK OUT! The Rotary Club of New Mills, Marple and District have held the first of what is hoped will become an annual event, a Public Speaking Competition for local schools. The competition was split into three categories – Juniors, Intermediates and Seniors. Schools could enter several teams for each category and held eliminating rounds at their own school. The winners from each school went through to a final which was held at Chapelen-le-frith Golf Club. Parents, teachers, friends and Rotarians were in the audience to field questions to the teams at the end of each topic. Each team was judged by Edwina Currie and Mike Travis on how well the Team’s chairman introduced the team, the content and delivery of the topic and the vote of thanks. Trophies and certificates were presented to the winners.
Congratulations to everyone who took part.
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Ingredients ■■ 1 cupful of chopped spring onions ■■ 1 medium potato, peeled and chopped ■■ 1 crushed clove of garlic ■■ 850ml vegetable stock ■■ 250g fresh peas ■■ 4tbsp fresh mint, chopped ■■ Large pinch of sugar ■■ 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice ■■ 150ml soured cream
1. Place the spring onions into a large pan together with the potatoes, garlic and stock. Bring to the boil, turn down the heat and allow to simmer for 15 minutes or until the potato is soft. 2. Set aside a few tbsp. of peas for the garnish. Add the remaining peas into the pan and simmer for 5 minutes only. 3. Blanch the remaining peas in boiled water for 2-3 minutes. Drain them and then put to one side in a bowl of cold water. 4. Into the main pan add the mint, sugar, lemon and allow to cool slightly. 5. Pour into a blender and mix to the desired consistency. 6. Stir in half the cream and season with salt and pepper to taste. 7. Garnish with the remaining cream and drained peas to serve.
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 www.miss-saigon.com.
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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
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Ladybower and Win Hill Walk description: A circular walk starting close to the reservoir dam and taking an early steep ascent of Win Hill up through the wooded eastern approach to its summit. From there it progresses northwest across the ridge as far as Hope Cross, at which point it drops down through the wood to meet the track close to the river Ashop. It then follows the track alongside the western branch of the Ladybower back to the dam. There are spectacular views throughout. Distance: Approximately 8.5 miles; a walk which has few turning points and offers good underfoot conditions for most of the way. Maps: OS Explorer OL1 Dark Peak. Start: Heatherdene car park which has pay and display with toilets (SK202860) there are also a few marked parking bays on the road (A6013) close to the entrance to the car park. Refreshments: Yorkshire Bridge Inn on the A6013 close to the reservoir dam.
Leave the car park at the south end, passing the rather impressive toilets (any decent book on great buildings of the world will include the Taj Mahal and the toilets at Heatherdene) and proceed through the gates onto a path running above and parallel to the road. At a point level with the dam, the path drops to the right down some steps onto the road where there is a monument marking the opening of the reservoir.
Ladybower is the lowest (and latest) of three reservoirs, the two higher ones being the Derwent and Howden respectively, and was built by the Derwent Valley Water Board to supplement the capacity of the other two to meet the needs of the East Midlands. Construction was completed in 1943 but it was not opened until 1945 since it took the intervening two years to fill. In the process of flooding the lower part of the valley, the villages of Derwent and Ashopton were removed/ submerged which in turn necessitated the exhumation of bodies from Derwent church graveyard for re-burial at nearby Bamford. Cross the road from the monument and take the path along the top of the dam. There are good views to both right, across the surface of the reservoir towards the road bridges, and left, down the embankment to see the water outflows into the river Derwent. It is also worth noting the characteristic bellmouth overflows (often called plugholes) at each end of the dam. These are about 80 ft in diameter at the surface. At the far end of the dam, turn right onto the track and proceed for about 250 yards where there is a finger post signed New Barn, and a narrow path leading up into the wood (SK197856) Take this path which rises steadily up to a gate accessing another path from right to left. Once through the gate, turn left and follow the path, slightly climbing across the face of the hill, via another gate/stile, eventually reaching a point where a path veers up to the right. Ignore this turn and proceed a few yards onwards
and slightly downhill to the next junction, with a narrow path from the left and to the right up some stony steps (SK194851) Turn right up the steps and follow a steep rocky climb up to a gate and junction with another path at right angles. Once through the gate, turn right for one or two yards and then left to continue the climb up the hill. (Before climbing further, note that this is a convenient point for a coffee stop as there are several stones/walls to sit on and it offers a welcome break in the climb.) The path soon leaves the cover of the trees and breaks out into the open, veering slightly left then straight up eventually through a gap in a wall, revealing the final stony ascent of Winhill Pike, sometimes referred to as ‘the pimple’. There is a rocky outcrop at the summit and if you didn’t take a coffee stop earlier then this is an ideal place for one since the views are excellent in all directions. Both branches of the reservoir are visible to the north and there is a good view across Hope Valley and Mam Tor to the south and west. In early August, there is the additional bonus of a purple carpet of flowering heather on the hillside around you. If you look ahead across the ridge you will see that the track will eventually veer steadily to the right to meet, and run alongside, the wood on the north side of the ridge.
other side of the Noe valley and, further on beyond Lose Hill, the Edale Valley comes into view. It is recommended that a lunch stop is taken somewhere along the ridge since there are excellent views over much of the Peak District. Continue along the track, by Wooler Knoll (SK172863) which eventually passes between the wood boundary fence on the right and a wall on the left, until you reach Hope Cross (SK162874) – a seven foot high stone pillar with a square capstone bearing the names of the four local places Edale, Glossop, Hope and ‘Shefield’ (note just one ‘f’?). The Cross, bearing a date of 1737, is sited at the crossing of old packhorse routes through the Peak District. Several years ago, the capstone was removed by vandals, but it was later found near Bradwell in Hope Valley and restored on the pillar.
Proceed through the gate to the right of the Cross and climb over the stile in the fence taking the path down into the wood. The path soon enters a dark stretch due to the density of the evergreen trees which present a tunnel effect, at the end of which daylight returns showing two paths to the right. Take the left one of these two and proceed downhill again keeping left at the next fork. The path is steep and rocky in parts, so care is needed on the descent. The path then winds right, then left, and eventually meets an established cart track at the bottom (SK164878) At this point you are close to the river Ashop which flows into the western branch of the Ladybower. Turn right onto the track and follow this all the way as it undulates along the side of the reservoir eventually returning you to the dam. Proceed back across the dam, over the road, up the steps and back along the path to the car park. Presented on behalf of Marple District Rambling Club; with over 350 members, the Club organises up to 5 graded walks every Thursday and three every Sunday.
Take care descending the short stony path off the Pike to pick up the path at a slightly lower level and to the left as you look across the ridge (SK187851) Follow this track (ignoring any branches off to left or right) eventually through a gate/stile combination and onwards towards the edge of the wood to the right. At this point, on your left, you will see Win Hill’s counterpart, Lose Hill, on the
For further information contact the Chairman, Sue Gilmore on 07775 620398, or the Membership Secretary, Claude Prime, on 0161 483 8596 or visit www.marple-uk/community/ rambling to see the Walks Programme
By Claude Prime – Marple District Rambling Club
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 planthuntersfairs.co.uk Locally we will be at the Plant Hunters’ Fair at Adlington Hall, Macclesfield SK10 4LF on Sunday 13 May and at Henbury Hall, Macclesfield SK11 9PJ on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July. We are happy to bring orders to plant fairs for you to collect.
National Garden Scheme
Get out and find a garden to visit!
For most people, with the days becoming longer and the weather warmer (well, we live in hope!), April marks the start of the garden visiting season when Spring bulbs, magnolias, camellias and vibrant fresh green foliage are the big attractions, In May they give way to rhododendrons and azaleas, whilst June brings visitors the early summer flowering shrubs and perennials and all the luscious scents. As you would expect, the National Garden Scheme has lots to offer visitors, who want to get out to gardens, whilst giving to the charities that benefit. Those mentioned below are just a selection. For full details of these and all our gardens, pick up a booklet, visit www.ngs.org.uk or download the App. On 12 May, two new gardens will open for the first time. 64 Carr Wood, Hale Barns (WA15 0EP), originally laid out professionally in the 1950s, but now having undergone a very significant transformation, will be open whilst Lane End Cottage Gardens on the outskirts of Lymm (WA13 0TA) will also open, both on the Saturday and Sunday. For those who fancy a trip west towards the lovely Cheshire town of Malpas, a stunning new garden joins the NGS for its first opening. Stretton Old Hall (SY14 7JA) is a modern, beautifully executed, large garden, with something for everyone, formality, wild flower meadows etc. Opening on 20 May and a further date in July. Until a few years ago, an Alderley Edge garden, called simply 34 Congleton Road, opened very successfully for the NGS. But then the owners moved away, and new owners transformed parts of the garden, whilst retaining the best features of the old – one of which, incidentally was the most stunning tree shaped wisteria you are likely to see anywhere! The garden has now reverted to its original name of Cheriton (SK9 7AB). The gates will be open on the weekend of 26 and 27 May.
by John Hinde www.ngs.org.uk
Also opening on Sunday 27 May, is Rowley House (CW6 9EH) at Kermincham, close to Jodrell Bank. This garden of a retired professional horticulturalist, has long offered lots of natural interest to visitors, via extensive wild flower meadows, unusual trees and a variety of natural ponds and meres. In the last few years its attractions have been enhanced with a beautifully designed courtyard garden close to the house, built using existing cobbles and other materials.
15 Park Crescent
For anyone who likes to forward plan, June, is always the busiest month by far for garden openings. In particular, on the Garden Festival weekend of 2 and 3 June, there are around a dozen gardens opening for the NGS in Cheshire alone! 10, Statham Avenue (WA13 9NH) at Lymm is always worth a visit, abundantly planted and beautifully structured as it rises up to the Bridgewater Canal at the end of the garden. Make sure you catch the woodstore and potting shed, carefully crafted by the owner! If you want to see something different, go ‘off piste’, so far as the usual gardening trail is concerned and take a drive to Carrington, where you will find the delightful cottage and associated gardens of Sycamore Cottage (M31 4AY).
On Saturday 16 June, two gardens in Macclesfield open their gates: both 61 Birtles Rd (SK10 3JG) and 60 Kennedy Ave (SK10 3£DE) show what can be achieved with imagination and creativity in the gardens of the sort of houses most of us have. Yet they are both very different. A new garden, 15 Park Crescent, (WA4 5JJ) at Appleton, Warrington is opening for the first time on the same date as above, in combination with nearby Thorncar (WA4 5JN). A single ticket gains entry to both here. Both owners are complete plantaholics and plants will be for sale at Thorncar. On Sunday 17 June, 34 Stanley Mount (M33 4AE) at Sale opens for the first time for the NGS. Well, in truth the owner did a ‘pop-up’ opening last year at short notice for us, which was very successful. We offer popup opening to some gardens which are clearly ‘ready to go’ but have approached us too late for inclusion in the publicity booklet. Finally, to round off the month, the wonderful gardens at Bluebell Cottage Gardens (WA4 4HP) open, improving (if that is possible) each year. Whilst you are visiting, you can fill your boots (of your cars!) with a selection of their choice perennials. Remember that many gardens also offer private visits to groups from clubs. Finally, the NGS is always interested to hear from people who might wish to open for us and raise money for our mainly nursing charities. In the first instance, contact email@example.com or 0151 353 0032, or any member of our volunteer team listed in the booklet or on the website.
may - june 2018
selected events in your area
Wednesday 2 May
Friday 11 May
Norbury Bowling Club welcome new members for sociable bowling on Wednesday afternoons. £2 per session. For further details contact C. Clarke on 01625 873064 Norbury Bowling Club, behind Longmeade Avenue, Hazel Grove After 1pm
Piano Recital in aid of The Wellspring. Patrick Hemmerle, an Internationally known French Concert Pianist, will perform the following programme: Bach, Prelude and Fugue in E major from the Well-Tempered Clavier, book 11 Mendelssohn: Prelude and Fugue in E minor Franck: Prelude Choral et Fugue Chopin: 24 preludes opus 28. Tickets £12, students £8, available from Peter 0161 427 4700 The Hallam Hall, Stockport Grammar School, Buxton Rd, Stockport SK2 7AF 7.30pm
Thursday 3 May Would you like to meet new friends? Are you over 50 and single? Thursday Group is a friendship group for men and women, with several activities run by the members every week. These include walking, dancing, badminton, theatre and restaurant visits. For more info see www.thursdaygroup.co.uk 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 8 May
Friday 11 May Murder at the Forum - Are you ready to play detective? Join us for a night of Murder Mystery Fun at The Forum Theatre. Watch the action, quiz the characters and solve the murder! Cabaret seating, the perfect night out for a group of friends, work colleagues or family. All seats just £10. 24hr Box Office 0333 666 3366 www.theforumtheatre.co.uk The Forum Theatre, Romiley, Stockport SK6 4EA 7.30pm
Saturday 12 May
East Cheshire Association of the National Trust Lecture: French Connections with Gordon Bartley Brookdale Club, Bridge Lane, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 3AB 2pm
Messy Church A time of welcome, crafts, celebration and a meal together. For further information call Revd Canon Janet Parker on 01663 764519 or Ann Lambert on 01663 764521 St Thomas’ Church, High Lane 3.30pm to 5pm
Wednesday 9 May
Sunday 13 May
Disley & District Flower Club. A Floral Demonstration – Colour My World by Heather Hayes. Visitors welcome £5 High Lane Village Hall 7.30pm
Thursday 10 May Family History Society Bramhall Group Cheshire Inn Signs with Tony Bostock. Inn signs are one of our oldest cultural traditions and whenever a pub is renamed something like The Slug & Lettuce we lose a piece of our history. Admission £2 with refreshments, visitors always welcome. More information 0161 439 5021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Main Hall, United Reformed Church, Bramhall SK7 2PE 7.30pm
Thursday 10 May St Thomas’ High Lane Men’s Forum Arighi Bianchi - A History of the Company. St Thomas’ Church Hall, Buxton Road, High Lane 2.15pm
Maypole Event on Hawk Green organised by Hawk Green Residents Association with Maypole Dancing, Hawk Green Brass Band, activities for children, food. Stalls available £15 -to book please contact Pauline Harrison 0161 427 1218/07812 668 197 or email email@example.com Charity Stalls are FREE. Hawk Green 12 noon to 5pm
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Monday 21 May
Windlehurst Methodist Church Coffee Morning for Christian Aid. Including stalls, raffle etc Windlehurst Methodist Church, High Lane 10.30am
Hazel Grove Townswomen’s Guild Talk by Mr Brian Greene ‘I’ve got Gershwin’ For more details ring 0161 483 9559 Civic Hall, Hazel Grove 1.30pm
Friday 18 May Stockport Historical Society Annual General Meeting then Talks: ‘Airships on Anglesey’ by Mrs Vivian Bath and ‘The Stockport Riots’ by Mrs Ruth Faulkner. Further information from Tony Nightingale 0161 440 0570. Stockport Sunday School, Nangreave Road, SK2 6DQ (Next to Aquinas College) 7.45pm
Friday 18 and Saturday 19 May Join the NK Theatre Arts Studio 2 Dancers for a fantastic presentation of Song and Dance - also including the NK Musical Theatre Classes come and join this talented bunch of young people as they take us on a brilliant musical journey for the whole family! Featuring songs from previous Studio 2 Showcase Performances to celebrate our 30th Anniversary Ticket prices £8/£5 24hr Box Office 0333 666 3366 www.theforumtheatre.co.uk The Forum Theatre, Romiley, Stockport SK6 4EA 7.30pm
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May Annual Plant Sale Popular fundraising event. Mellor Country House, 10am to 4pm both days
Sunday 20 May Stockport Symphony Orchestra Spring matinee including Elgar Introduction and Allegro, Brahms Serenade no 2, and Mozart Symphony no 40. There will be tea and cakes with this special afternoon concert. For more information please see www.stockportsymphony.co.uk Stockport Town Hall 3pm
Monday 21 May Hazel Grove & District Gardening Club Gardeners’ Question Time Your questions answered by our local gardening experts. Further information 0161 483 6051 or www.hazelgrovegardeningclub.com St Peter’s Church (Parish Centre) 16 Green Lane, Hazel Grove, SK7 4EA 7.30pm
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 lunch time. Competition schedules and further details are available by contacting Bob on 07808 974753 Entry £3. Village Club, 2 Melbourne Road, Bramhall SK7 1LR 10.30am to 3.30pm
Thursday 7 June Would you like to meet new friends? Are you over 50 and single? Thursday Group is a friendship group for men and women, with several activities run by the members every week. These include walking, dancing, badminton, theatre and restaurant visits. For more info see www.thursdaygroup.co.uk 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 Continued over
Saturday 9 June
Monday 18 June
Toy, Book and Bric a Brac Sale. Admission is free and there is a free car park next to the church. Refreshments will be available. Short Street URC, Hazel Grove, SK7 4AD 10am to 12.30pm
Hazel Grove Townswomen’s Guild. Talk by Mrs Norma Walmsley ‘The King and I’. For more details ring 0161 483 9559 Civic Hall, Hazel Grove 1.30pm
Saturday 9 June Messy Church A time of welcome, crafts, celebration and a meal together. For further information call Revd Canon Janet Parker on 01663 764519 or Ann Lambert on 01663 764521 St Thomas’ Church, High Lane 3.30pm to 5pm
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 www.stockportsymphony.co.uk 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
Wednesday 13 June Disley & District Flower Club A Floral Demonstration – Through my Garden Gate by Debbie Davies. Visitors welcome £5 High Lane Village Hall 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 email@example.com Main Hall, United Reformed Church, Bramhall SK7 2PE 7.30pm
Thursday 14 June St Thomas’ High Lane Men’s Forum Walk or drive to pub for lunch Details from 0161 483 8318
Monday 18 June Hazel Grove & District Gardening Club. From Jungle to Paradise. Alan Clements of Cascades Gardens and Guest House talks about the development of his garden. Further information 0161 483 6051 or hazelgrovegardeningclub.com St Peter’s Church (Parish Centre) 16 Green Lane, Hazel Grove, SK7 4EA 7.30pm
Wednesday 20 to Saturday 23 June 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 www.theforumtheatre.co.uk 10% discount for INSIDE readers. The Forum Theatre, Romiley, Stockport SK6 4EA 7.30pm
Sunday 24 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
Friday 29 and Saturday 30 June Carver Juniors present Shakespeare A Midsummer Night’s Disaster and Kids in Tights. A play by Bill Sivitar. Tickets from www.carvertheatre.co.uk or from Hollins of Marple 0161 449 8363 (7 days) Carver Theatre, Chadwick Street, Marple, SK6 7AX Friday 7.30 pm, Saturday 2.30pm and 6.30pm
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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.
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.
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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 email@example.com www. norburychurch.org.uk
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Story Time 2pm Great Moor Library, Gladstone Street. Stories, rhymes and songs followed by some colouring. Contact 0161 217 6009.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org www. norburychurch.org.uk 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 email@example.com 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, 2nd Saturday of every month 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.
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A Proud Heritage BAe Systems factory, based at Woodford, has always been proud of its heritage. As early as 1992 we had a Heritage Centre, in an area of the factory called New Assembly, located on the other side of the site runway from our present building. When aircraft production ceased at Woodford in 2010, the siteâ€™s future entered a period of uncertainty and there was concern that we might lose the Centre. Fortunately, BAe were keen to maintain some record of the aircraft site, which had been producing aeroplanes since it was opened in 1924.
The decision had been taken to turn the site into a housing estate. When the builders moved in to demolish the aircraft hangars and other buildings, our centre was at the top of the hit list so we began looking around for new premises, finally opting for the site fire station, a large building located on green belt land within the site. After extensive renovation of the building, including a new roof, we were able to remove all our aircraft artifacts, from various places where they had been stored before the builders demolished the previous centre, and we began to set up our new museum. We finally completed the move, and opened our doors to the general public, in November 2015. More than a hundred years of aviation history has been brought to life in our main exhibition hall. The display takes the form of a timeline, beginning in 1877 when Alliot Verdon Roe, the company founder, was born, and ending when the Nimrod Mk 4 aircraft were scrapped in 2010. Below the timeline are numerous story boards and, for aviation boffins, more in-depth information is available on lectern mounted notes. Above the timeline, colourful
murals are spaced around the exhibition walls and several large aircraft models are hanging from the ceiling. Around the exhibition floor are display cabinets containing more models and historical items, and we also have three nose sections of aircraft built at Woodford; the Lancaster bomber, the Canberra and the Anson. Close to the main hall is located the nose section of Vulcan XM602, and within its fully equipped cockpit, visitors receive a comprehensive talk about the aircraft from one of our Vulcan experts. This is a firm favourite for visitors and they reach for their cameras as soon as they enter it. Next to XM602 is our well-stocked shop. We also have a flight simulator assembly where visitors can try to take-off, fly and land a large number of aeroplanes, from the early bi-planes to the latest Nimrod. Films are being shown in a separate room, and in addition we have separate ongoing activities for children. Outside stands our complete Vulcan, XM603, in all its glory. Various car clubs have parked their cars in a line alongside it for photographic opportunities. Also, outside are the nose sections of a VC10 and a Nimrod. Our cafe is on the second floor offering snacks and light lunches and affording panoramic views of 603 and the hills beyond. We are open on Tuesday and Thursday for groups of ten or more people who have booked in advance. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday we are open to groups, and to the general public, who do not need to pre-book. Ample car and coach parking is available. For more information about the museum and about events we are holding this year, please visit avroheritagemuseum.co.uk, call 01625 877534, or why not just pay us a visit? by Keith Wright - Photos by Mike Batty
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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
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
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BARBERS Famous Henrys
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BUILDERS 37 31
Hazel Grove Baptist Church
Pure Clean Drainage Solutions
SCZ Electrical Services
AVRO Air Fair Poynton’s Party in the Park
SOLICITORS STAIR RENOVATIONS 21
Slimming World 41
WILLS East Cheshire Wills
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LOFT LADDERS More Than Loft Ladders
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LOCKSMITHS City Lock & Safe
LOCAL GOVERNMENT William Wragg MP
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KITCHENS Matt Finish
Abstract Roofing Services
HEARING SERVICES Cheshire Hearing Centre
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