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inside m a r p l e Issue 51

september - october 2019

including compstall, marple bridge & mellor

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We’re already more than halfway through 2019! Where does the time go? It’s an exciting year for me – one daughter is getting married in September so there’s lots of shopping, planning and general anticipation in the air. Meanwhile, other daughter graduated in July and has moved to London to start her teaching career. So, we are now officially empty nesters, contemplating a house move and deciding what to do with the next phase of our lives! I can be as guilty as the next person of drifting along without much focus, but, as my youngest said recently – YOLO (you only live once!) So true and a handy reminder to make the most of every minute, seize every opportunity you can and make things happen! Don’t miss the chance to get a road-side view of the Tour of Britain Cycle event on Saturday 14 September, see page 14. And don’t forget, if you want to get on your bike yourself, Sunday 15 September is the HSBC UK Let’s Ride Manchester event. It’s free, fun and the perfect activity for the whole family. Find out more at:

What’s INSIDE this month 4 Harvest time 7 Diary of a Geeky Knitter 8 Recipe 11 simply books book club choice 12 In Touch 19 some like it hot 8 23 NGS Gardens 24 The Walk 26 Puzzles 29 caribbean inspiration 33 Rembrandt at chatsworth house 4 34 Just 4 Kids 37 Children’s Activities 38 INSIDE Guide 44 Puzzle Solutions 45 Useful Numbers 46 Classified Index


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harvest time Go along to a modern harvest festival and you’ll no doubt see many ‘urban’ offerings of pre-packed cakes and tins of sweet corn. It’s so easy to pop down to the supermarket these days we forget that until relatively recently in this country, people’s lives depended upon the success or failure of their crops.

The story of John Barleycorn You may never have heard of him, but John Barleycorn is a character in a medieval folksong. He represents barley, the most important cereal crop of the harvest, as well as the alcoholic beverages, beer and whisky, which were made from it. In the song, John Barleycorn suffers attacks, indignities and death which correspond to the various stages of the harvest such as reaping and malting. It begins…

There was three kings into the east, Three kings both great and high, And they hae sworn a solemn oath, John Barleycorn should die. They took a plough and plouh’d him down, Put clods upon his head, And they hae sworn a solemn oath, John Barleycorn was dead. Harvest festivals were a way to say thank you for a good harvest whilst trying to guarantee the fortune of the next one. Saxon farmers offered the first cut sheaf of corn to the gods of fertility in order to please them and ensure they were kind the following year. The last sheaf was used to make a Kern baby; a doll, dressed in white and trimmed with coloured ribbons to represent spring. Most peasants were tenant farmers who farmed for a landowner. Harvest time meant weeks of back-breaking work, so it became a tradition for the landowner to host a harvest supper as a thank you to the whole community once the harvest was brought home safely. There was no set date, but the celebrations generally took place around the time of the full moon, known as the Harvest Moon. Harvest festivals are closely associated with the church, but actually date back to Pagan times. It was 1843 before the Church became involved. The Reverend Robert Hawker invited members of his parish to a service of harvest thanksgiving at his Cornish church. The practice spread rapidly and led to the custom of decorating churches with harvest produce.


by Sarah Davey

The song has many verses and poor old John Barleycorn suffers dreadfully throughout, particularly when he’s ground between the milling stones! But the story has a neat twist as our hero, who’s finally turned to alcohol, wreaks his revenge on everyone who drank him so merrily, and they suffer for their sins the following morning with gargantuan hangovers! It is a mark of how important the harvest was that there are more versions of this song than any other in the English language!

Diary of a geeky knitter It’s been quite a busy few months for me since I last wrote to you, and not all craft related for once - which I am in two minds about if I am honest. I miss the winter hours knitting and avoiding the cold, but alas with this lovely (albeit intermittent) sunshine we’ve been having, summer plans, and buying my first house, I’ve really not had the time I would have liked to have with a pair of knitting needles in my hand. At the beginning of July, my husband (it still feels a little strange to call him that, even after almost a year married) and I completed the purchase on our first house together. I can’t quite believe it, that we found a house that we fell in love with and were able to get within only a couple of months of putting our offer in - we are so delighted! It needs some TLC before we can move in, but it is a lot of fun to have a big project to be working on together outside of our careers. To be completely honest though, I rather hope it’s the last house I ever buy! As exciting as everything was with the prospect of our own space, towards the end of it all, solicitors, estate agents, vendors, and countless forms really started to take their toll on my sanity. Of course, as soon as we opened the door with our own keys that first night, the feeling of accomplishment was all worth it, but one I am happy not to repeat. I am by no means qualified to offer advice on buying a house, but if I could pass three things on to first time buyers that I wish I knew myself, they would be: do not let the estate agent know how much you have to spend on a house, only allude to a vague sum; if you like (love) a house, try not to show the vendor or estate agent how much you want this house and ask someone you know to recommend a conveyancer to you. Since then, I headed up to Newcastle in early August to attend three, yes THREE, weddings in the space of three days! Admittedly, they were for the same couple, and incorporated the three cultures they and their families share. First, we had a Hindu ceremony

on a Thursday which included a lot of food, drink, dancing, and breath-taking clothes and ceremonies. Following this on the Saturday, the morning was taken up with a traditional Chinese tea ceremony and lion dance, with the afternoon devoted to an English civil ceremony, wedding breakfast, and reception. I was honoured to be one of the bridesmaids in the party, and seeing my best friend marry her now-husband was such a magical, wonderful way to spend a weekend, and so much fun to have three outfits myself (the bride had six in all). Weddings are really one of the most wonderful events I think you can attend, and it all made me long to repeat my own from last year - how soon after a wedding can you excuse a weddingvow-renewal-party? Before you worry that I got no crafting done in this time, as I know you are, the nerdier crafters out there will be pleased to know that I did finally finish crocheting a blanket in the shape of a Star Wars X-Wing fighter. Because what else would a working woman in her late twenties want more in her new home?


Walnut-Stuffed Baked Apples Method Serves: 4 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 30-40 minutes

Ingredients ■■ 100g brown sugar ■■ 75g walnuts ■■ 50g golden raisins ■■ 60g unsalted butter, cut into small cubes ■■ 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon ■■ 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger ■■ 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg ■■ 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves ■■ 4 large eating apples (Gala work well) ■■ 120ml fresh orange juice


1. Preheat oven to 190C / Gas mark 5. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, walnuts, raisins, butter, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. 2. Slice about 1cm off the top of each apple. Use a corer or a sharp knife to remove the core and seeds from inside of each apple but take care not to go all the way through. Arrange the apples, cavity side up, in a ceramic baking dish. Fill each cavity with 2 tablespoons of the brown sugarwalnut mixture. Sprinkle remaining brown sugarwalnut mixture on top of apples. Pour the orange juice around apples. 3. Bake the apples for 30 to 40 minutes or until they are tender. Rotate the baking dish halfway through the cooking time. Spoon the juices in the dish over apples and serve warm with ice cream or creme fraiche.

simply books book club choice We’re often asked in the shop to recommend ‘something funny’ – it’s a really tricky request. Humour, and what makes each of us raise a smile, is a very personal thing. For me, however, Jonathan Coe is a very funny author and his latest book Middle England is truly a comedy for our times – a compelling state of the nation novel written with a masterfully satirical touch. Set against the backdrop of the last ten years or so Middle England takes in all kinds of seemingly unconnected moments from our recent history, culminating in that Referendum of June 2016 and the fall out (and falling out!) which has come to epitomise BREXIT. This is a brilliant comic critique of a divided country – told through the lives of a compelling cast of characters, combining top-class soap-opera storytelling and some very telling insights into what it means to be English. Don’t miss it! Our favourite summer read this year is Sweet Sorrow by One Day author David Nicholls. Set over the course of one life-changing summer this is a bittersweet tragicomedy about the rocky road to adulthood and the searing explosion of first love. The novel is told in the voice of 38-year-old Charlie Lewis looking back at his 16-year-old self and the summer when he meets Fran Fisher and is smitten by the overpowering (and entirely unexpected) experience of love at first sight. Much against his better judgement Charlie discovers that the only way he can hope to win Fran over is by getting embroiled in an amdram production of Romeo and Juliet – in which Fran is to play the eponymous lead. This is a lovely book – lots of comic touches, but tender and sad too. David Nicholls joined us at Simply Books for a pre-publication launch of Sweet Sorrow, so we have a few signed copies of the book available. Oh, and if you haven’t read David’s earlier novels One Day and Us, they are both such a treat too! And for the children… Ten Fat Sausages written by Michelle Robinson and illustrated by Tor Freeman is great fun. Ten Fat Sausages sizzling in the pan, decide to escape… if they can. Meet the brave bangers who refuse to be someone’s dinner, coming soon to a kitchen near you!

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


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THE LAST POST Limited edition print A fantastic opportunity for you to own a copy of this numbered limited edition print of the very moving ‘Last Post’ created by renowned local artist Kate Millward. The actual post box is situated near to Mellor Church and the text additions are predominantly extracts from letters sent home by local serving soldiers during the first World War and one from King George. The Last Post collection time refers to 11am, the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, in a very poignant tribute to Remembrance Day. The post box is guarded by two ‘Silent Soldiers’ The prints are available in two different sizes. Large (nominal frame size 50 x 40cms) supplied mounted and framed. Small (nominal frame size 30 x 21cms) supplied framed. Both will be much sought after, so please order early to avoid any disappointment. They are very reasonably priced at only £50 (large) and £25 (small) and all profits go directly to the Marple Poppy Appeal.

If you would like to reserve a copy, or see one before you buy, please contact: Kevin Murray (Poppy Appeal Organiser) via email at or Tel: 07954 388782

INTERESTED IN NATURAL HISTORY? Are you interested in the countryside, flowers, birds, butterflies, mammals, amphibians or any aspect of natural history? If the answer is yes, then Wilmslow Guild Natural History Society is for you. Come and join a friendly group of enthusiasts who enjoy monthly meetings from September to April. This is a programme of talks by expert speakers covering interesting and varied natural history topics of both national and international relevance. Throughout spring and summer there is also a programme of excursions, both local and further afield, to locations providing a good range of specialist and general interest for everyone. No expert knowledge is needed, so come along and learn, contribute and enjoy the company! For more information please contact Steve Osborne on 01625 879087. Meetings are monthly on Thursday evening from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Wilmslow Guild, I Bourne St, Wilmslow. Continued over


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DID SOMEBODY MENTION CHRISTMAS ALREADY?! Advance notice to those of you who enjoy taking part in the annual Santa Dash, organised by Romiley & Marple Lions. This year’s event will take place on Sunday 1 December and as usual will support Kidneys for Life. The 2018 event was so popular that the organisers struggled to cope with all the last-minute entries. Please help out by registering in plenty of time beforehand. All the information you need will be in the Nov-Dec issue of INSIDE Marple. In the meantime, any queries please call Terry on 0161 330 9494

TWENTY YEARS OF MARPLE T’AI CHI This month, Marple T’ai Chi is 20 years old. We have been meeting continuously in Marple for two decades, and there are still three class members who were there at the very first meeting! The classes are currently held at Hawk Green Reading Room, but we have come via several other locations including Marple Library, Marple Evangelical Church and Marple Methodist Church. Nowadays, we have been settled in Hawk Green Reading Room for quite a while and see no reason to move as it is a very pleasant space, is fully accessible, and has a handy kitchen if we want a cup of tea. We meet during the daytime, so there is always some parking available on adjacent streets, and there is a bus-stop close by. Every September we welcome new participants into the beginners’ class on Tuesday afternoons. This year we will be recommencing on 24 September, so if you are interested in this health-promoting practice, please contact visit the community pages at or just come along!

TIME TO DANCE Time To Dance is a fun, fitness group for older adults. Creative movement for all abilities, inspired by different dance styles using a variety of props. Top to toe exercises. Move every muscle! Lift your spirits and have some fun. Increase your strength and stamina. All abilities welcome. Fridays at Marple Methodist Church, Church Lane, Marple 11am to 12.30pm. Thursdays at the United Reformed Church, Short Street, Hazel Grove 1.30pm to 3pm. £4 per session including refreshments. Come and join us, have fun and make friends.

Call Moira on 01663 732582 for further information or just come along on the day. Email:


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NORTHERN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA NEW SEASON The Northern Chamber Orchestra has announced details of its stunning 2019-20 season, including concerts celebrating the 250th birthday of Beethoven as well as the UK premiere of Weinberg’s Cello Concertino, played by Raphael Wallfisch. The season features a host of international classical music stars, including pianist and 2014 BBC Young Musician of the Year winner Martin James Bartlett, percussionist Colin Currie, and superb violinist Anthony Marwood, who plays Beethoven’s Olympian Violin Concerto in the year of Beethoven’s 250th birthday. A further celebration of Beethoven’s birthday takes place in April, with the NCO Soloists performing his String Quartet op 130, played in the original version with the massive and imposing Grosse Fuge as finale, alongside the Septet, one of his most popular works. In November, the NCO’s President, cellist Raphael Wallfisch, gives the UK premiere of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Cello Concertino. Another premiere comes in May, this time a newly commissioned piece by the NCO’s composer in residence, James Manson. Percussionist Colin Currie plays a work by contemporary Austrian composer Kurt Schwertsik, and as an exclusive in Manchester he also performs a piece composed by Stephen Barlow, former Artistic Director of Buxton International Festival; his Nocturne for solo clarinet, marimba and strings, with the NCO’s principal clarinet Elizabeth Jordan.

Tickets for the new season are now sale from or 0161 247 2220


Some Like it Hot This month Martin Blow of SpecialPerennials gets all heated up about growing Red Hot Pokers. We all remember the old-fashioned Red-Hot Poker plants with their tall, impressive heads of flower, red at the top and yellow at the bottom and great mounds of leaves, flowering away in a neglected spot in the garden. Eyecatching they certainly are, and they have come a long way from these gaudy giants with lots of colours and sizes now available for every type of garden.

Bee Lemon

In the past gardeners have planted Pokers in the driest, sunniest part of the garden and then left them to get on with it, this comes from the misconception that they are desert plants. They will survive this but not thrive. The best treatment is plenty of sun and a rich, fertile soil with plenty of summer moisture. Here they will have more and larger flowers. By careful selection of varieties and species it is possible to have a poker in flower from May to December, but for most gardens a few good varieties will cover the summer and autumn months. Here are a few of my favourites. “Timothy” is very different from the standard poker with his salmony orange flowers on 2ft / 60cm stems in midsummer he is more suitable for a small garden. Likewise, the cool, icy lemon and white flowers of “Percy’s Pride” are short and compact and create a zing in the border from July through August. The deep smouldering colour of “Nancy’s Red” heats up in August and September and again she is quite compact. There are even smaller ones available – watch out for “Brimstone” (Yellow), “Little Maid” (cream) and “Bressingham Comet” (Red, orange and yellow) for plants that are not much more than 1ft / 30cm tall.

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Fiery Fred

Other common names for this plant such as Torch Lily and Rocket Flower are equally as apt. Kniphofia, as they are properly called come from Southern Africa. The ones we grow in the garden largely grow on high mountains and plateaux meaning they are cold hardy although you may find plants or seeds of sub-tropical species that will need protection in winter. As a rule of thumb those with very narrow, almost chive-like leaves are less hardy. by Martin Blow >

Twany King


white flowers. “Fiery Fred” is tall, slender and burning with heat through July and August and a must for the hot-coloured garden. One of my favourites are the fatter flower heads of Bee’s Lemon who has yellow flowers that are greenish at first.

Kniphofia Nancy’s Red

Slightly taller is the lovely “Drummore Apricot” with bronze stems to set off the flowers in July and August. “Tawny King” is perhaps the most striking variety with very large caramel and cream flowers on 3ft / 90cm stems from June to August. Some pokers are long and slender adding a gracefulness to the flowers. “Jenny Bloom” is one such with softly coloured peaches and cream coloured flowers. “ToffeeNosed” is similar but has more distinctly caramel and

Pokers can be propagating by division after flowering or in late spring from late flowering ones. Seed will be variable but does produce good plants – the colours may be a surprise! Sow on the surface of moist seed compost – do not bury the seed just press it lightly onto the surface – in late winter in warmth such as a heated propagator and transplant as soon as they are big enough to handle and then wait for the fireworks when they flower! Janet and I run Special Perennials, our website is full of colour photos and growing tips. We sell at Plant Hunters’ Fairs throughout the season. Please see for the full calendar of dates and venues.

late summer openings As the open gardens season draws to a close, we have just a few recommendations for you in the Cheshire & Wirral region. On 7 & 8 September, Lane End Cottage, (conveniently just off the M6 motorway junction) has its second opening of the year. And the spectacular gardens of Mount Pleasant near Kelsall open again over the same weekend. See both the extensive gardens and the spectacular wildflower meadows, on a hill side looking over towards Wales. Briarfield, at Burton on the Wirral, may be a bit farther west than readers normally travel, but it is one of Cheshire’s most spectacular gardens. This year, for the first time, it is opening on 13 September, and with some really interesting trees and shrubs, should be well worth the trek across. Lots of plants for sale. To close our Cheshire season, on 6 October, the Quinta Lovell Arboretum opens again, with its nationally

recognised collection of trees. And it’s right next to a lovely pub for lunch or coffee!

Mount Pleasant

Please note that two gardens due to open during this period and listed in our publications, Sycamore Cottage at Carrington and Trafford Hall near Chester, will NOT be opening due to unforeseen circumstances. Every year, full details are available in the wellestablished yellow booklet available in garden centres, libraries etc or via or the NGS app. If you are interested in opening your garden next year to help us raise money for our charities, (we will be donating about £3 million), please contact We will be happy to talk to you and if suitable, provide every help and support.

cown edge rocks Walk description: The gentle climb from Rowarth to the Cown Rocks plateau opens up splendid and extensive views of the Dark Peak, the Southern Pennines, the Manchester skyscape and the Cheshire Plain. This 5 mile walk is a gem and it is right on the doorstep. Ascent: 560 ft over 3 miles. Distance: 5 miles over varied terrain with easy climbs and descent. Maps: OS Explorer OL1 Dark Peak. New Mills Parish Paths published by New Mills Town Council. Map by Alan Browning Start: Rowarth car park (SK011892) Refreshments nearby: The Little Mill Inn, Hollinsmoor Road , Rowarth, High Peak SK22 1EB Tel: 01663 743178 Exit right out of the car park and walk towards the idyllic hamlet of Rowarth. It is very hard to imagine that this tiny hamlet was a hive of activity in the 1700’s at


the start of the industrial revolution. It boasted six mills powered by the water extracted from the stream that runs through the hamlet. Walk past the workers cottages, note the date plaque “Drinkwater Buildings - 1812”. Pass to the left of Anderson House (SK012892) and yes it does look like a mill owner’s house should look. Continue to the concrete roadway. Turn right and follow the road down to the ford. If the water is not too deep cross the ford or alternatively take the stile on the left, cross the bridge over the stream and then the stile to rejoin the roadway. Continue up the hill passing to the left of Lower Harthill Farm. Look out for the rare breed pigs in the pens up to the left. Pass the Peak and Northern Footpath Society # 55 green footpath sign giving directions to Rowarth and Hayfield. Continue in front Higher Harthill Farm (SK018894) and then to a stile. Cross the stile and follow the right hand margin of the meadow to another stile. Cross the stile and follow the path over the moorland keeping the wall to the left. Pass through a gap in the wall and then over two more stiles onto the drive of Bullshaw Farm (SK024890).

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towards a fence. The view has changed completely. The Manchester skyscape is before us, not just the city centre with its Beetham Tower and CIS Building but all of the Southern Pennine towns. - Bolton, Rochdale, Oldham and Ashton – and on a good day the transmitter on Winter Hill can be seen. Pass through a gap in the wall and about 20 metres to the left of a line of trees pick up a faint path across the plateau of Cown Edge Rocks to a stile (SK017915). Note the pair of dragons guarding a fine gateway. Turn left and left again onto the bridleway. Continue along the bridleway bearing left at Matley Moor Farm (SK024895). Pass through two gates. Immediately after the second gate take the gate on the right (SK021900). Walk over Matley Moor, go through the gate and turn right down the road (Pennine Bridleway). At the T junction take the stile directly opposite. Climb the path to stile at the junction with Monk’s Road and the Higher Plainstead Farm drive (SK023912). Turn left down the drive keeping to the right of Higher Plainstead Farm. Walk on to Rocks Farm (SK019914). Ignore a footpath sign to right. Continue into the farm yard and then take the signed path on the right. Go up the steps and then over the stile and climb diagonally up the hillside. Take your time on this ascent to take in the magnificent Dark Peak panorama. There are not many places where you can view the Dark Peak in its entirety: Saddlewoth Moor, Black Hill, Bleaklow; Harry Hut and Lantern Pike in the foreground, the Kinder Plateau behind, South Head, Mount Famine, Chinley Churn Eccles Pike and distant hills further south. On reaching the quarry (SK020917) the summit of the walk has been achieved. It is a little more than half way into the walk and is an excellent coffee, lunch stop or just an excuse to spend more time to take in the view. Follow the path round to the left into a raised field. Climb the bank and walk diagonally across the field

Cross into open moorland. The view has changed yet again. The Cheshire plain opens up: Alderley Edge, Frodsham and the Welsh Hills. Some say that with the sun shining it is possible to pick out Liverpool Cathedral. Continue to a double stile across a track (SK014910). Follow the way marker across the field and go over stile and immediately through a squeeze stile (SK013909). Start the descent heading straight on to a stile by a gateway (SK012905). Continue straight on following the pathway. Although this pathway is not marked on the map it descends down the spine of the spur. Eventually the path bears to the left to stile (SK012901). Cross the stile and take downhill path in the gulley to a footpath sign (SK013896). The hamlet of Rowarth and the car park now come into view. Take the stile to the right and continue downhill, pass to the right of the bungalow and onto the road (SK013893). Turn right and return to the car park. In memory of John Parker (1923 – 2010) – long standing club member who pioneered mid-week walks and was mentor to many who came to the pleasures of walking at a late stage in their lives. Marple District Rambling Club organises up to nine walks each week on Thursdays and Sundays. For more information, either ring our Chairman, Sue Gilmore on 07775 620398, or our Membership Secretary, Claude Prime on 0161 483 8596. Alternatively, you could visit our website on to learn more about our Club’s programme of walks, socials and walking holidays.

By Michael Bradbury and Gordon Harris


quick crossword Across 1 Nightclub act (7) 4 Creepy (5) 7 Detection system (5) 9 Principled (7) 10 Paralysis, apathy (7) 11 Monarch (5) 12 Tyrant (6) 14 Chaplain (6) 18 Plenty (5) 20 Scrawny, wasted (7) 22 Pouch worn with a kilt (7) 23 Five shillings (5) 24 Access (5) 25 Spiny anteater (7)

down 1 Transported (7) 2 Insignia (5) 3 Tropical bird (6) 4 Mistake (5) 5 Uniform (7) 6 Go inside (5) 8 Proportion (5) 13 Assistance (7) 15 Reason (5) 16 Ornamental musical passage (7) 17 Likelihood (6) 18 Passageway (5) 19 Ahead of time (5) 21 Shun (5)

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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The period between September to Christmas always seems a long one and can be a bit depressing as the nights draw in. That’s why it’s a brilliant time to plan a getaway! Take yourself off to a tropical paradise, somewhere vibrant, somewhere magical. Somewhere like the Caribbean. The crystal blue seas, the white sand and the wonderful hospitality make this an irresistible part of the world. Only certain islands are connected by direct flights from Manchester* but there is always the fantastic option of a cruise too and then you can visit several islands in the same trip.

Cancun, Mexico Attracting a slightly younger crowd, Cancun has a fantastic choice of nightlife. In fact, apart from the gorgeous beaches, it’s the main reason people go. The Hotel Zone is ‘party central’ with glamorous pool parties, an abundance of bars and giant nightclubs open til dawn! If you’re after some ‘down time’, you could enjoy the best of both worlds and stay a little further south in Playa del Carmen where you will find several beautiful all-inclusive resorts.

It’s a tough task deciding where to go, but at Not Just Travel we can help find the right island for you.

FOR PARTY PEOPLE Jamaica Jamaica has long had a reputation for colours and music and there are lots of nightlife hot spots to check out whilst you’re there. Rick’s Cafe in Negril for example is legendary. The perfect place to watch the sunset, this lively bar is particularly renowned for its high diving shows and live music. There are lots of great festivals on the islands too like the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival or Reggae Sumfest, not forgetting Bob Marley’s Birthday Bash (dates vary).

FOR FAMILIES Dominican Republic The Dominican Republic has a lot more on offer than you might realise; stunning national parks, vibrant cities Continued over


(Santo Domingo is the oldest city in the New World) and a wide choice of brilliant activities like zip lining and swimming with dolphins. It is also one of the more budget friendly islands so if you want to go long haul but not break the bank, it’s definitely worth considering. Jamaica You might be surprised to know that Jamaica is considered the most ‘family friendly’ destination in the Caribbean. The developed infrastructure on the island makes travelling around Jamaica easy, ideal with kids in tow. There is a great choice of all-inclusive hotels that cater well for families. Beaches for example, the family arm of luxury resorts, Sandals, have two properties on the island both offering fantastic facilities for youngsters.

FOR ROMANCE St Lucia St Lucia has something of a mystical feel to it. One of the most picturesque islands in the Caribbean with its iconic Piton mountains, waterfalls and gorgeous palm fringed beaches. You will find an excellent choice of couples-only resorts on the island and lots of luxury activities such as helicopter rides and sunset sailing trips. Antigua Antigua was voted the ‘Caribbean’s most romantic destination’ at the recent World Travel Awards, so how can you argue with that? This stunning island is understandably the leader in the weddings and honeymoon market, and I’ve had several clients stay there for their honeymoons. With miles of beautiful beaches, plus award winning spas and restaurants, Antigua offers everything you might need for a magical escape. *From Manchester you can fly direct to Antigua, Barbados, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Cancun, St Lucia and Tobago. Lucy Allen Personal Travel Consultant Notjusttravel/waitingworld w: e: p: 07512 784700


Rembrandt at Chatsworth House My girlfriend and I recently visited Chatsworth House. Whilst taking a tour around the house my attention was drawn in particular to the Rembrandt painting they have on show there. The 17th century portrait doesn’t have an authorised title as such but over the years it has become known to Rembrandt experts as ‘King Uzziah Stricken with Leprosy.’ King Uzziah is thought to have reigned in the Kingdom of Judah between the years of 783-742 BC. The story goes (from the Book of Chronicles) that the King was banished from Jehovah’s temple and struck down with leprosy for overreaching his position and presuming to burn incense at the altar, a privilege strictly reserved for priests. When painting such historical or biblical figures Rembrandt would often use members of the public and instruct them to dress in suitable attire and wear appropriate accessories – his studio housing an array of outfits and artefacts for such purposes. In fact, he sometimes used himself as a model and assumed the ‘role’ of a given subject. On this occasion the artist appears to have used a sickly old bearded man with a harsh skin condition; some art historians have even speculated that he may have been a local rabbi. The small chapel where the portrait is hung is one of the stately home’s darker interiors (of those rooms that the public is permitted to enter, that is) – a conscious effort evidently being made to protect some of the other light-sensitive artworks within the same space. As I squinted in front of the painting to try and get a better look, one of the guides there noticed my interest and shone a torch light onto the painting so that more of its fine detail became visible. How grateful I was. The rendering of the glistening jewellery and the sheen of the fabrics, along with the texture of the sitter’s pockmarked complexion – warts, scabs and all – were really something to behold (my, did his face look sore). Then the guide told me an insightful anecdote, which I am happy to share with you.

by Stuart Bolton

Apparently, when the Duke died – the guide didn’t say which Duke exactly but I presume she meant the 11th Duke of Devonshire, who passed away in 2004 – the Cavendish family had to pay death duties on their inheritance and the bill must have come to a fair sum of money. Rather than dip into the Estate’s family coffers, their legal representatives suggested to the Inland Revenue that they accept one of the family’s prized artworks as payment in lieu. That’s fine, replied the Revenue, as long as it’s one of your Rembrandt pieces – the Chatsworth Estate owning three Rembrandt artworks at the time (though the guide failed to mention if these were all paintings, or whether the other two were etchings, drawings or whatever). The Inland Revenue promptly sent their designated art expert along to view the three works with one eye on their respective values; with the specific intention of selecting one that would presumably meet the cost of the death duties. Whatever the figure was, the Revenue’s representative selected one of the other Chatsworth Rembrandts (not the Uzziah portrait) – one which they felt would recuperate roughly the equivalent of the outstanding sum. So, before long, everything was signed, sealed, delivered, and the death duties were subsequently written off. Everybody was happy. Well, when I say everybody… It turns out that, not long after, the Revenue’s newly-acquired Rembrandt was taken to one of the country’s foremost auction houses for a valuation and their experts found that the piece was not an original Rembrandt after all. Oops! The Cavendish family had, fortunately for them, managed to pay off the outstanding debt simply by parting with a work of art that the family themselves (and I’m not sure how many generations this goes back) had either been duped or ill-advised into purchasing in the first place. It goes without saying that there is no suggestion that the present-day family had any idea about the authenticity of the piece they parted company with. But one can only imagine the Inland Revenue art expert’s walk of shame into work the day after the news broke.



Children’s Activities

Things to do with pre-school kids



The Monday Make & Play at St. Sebastian’s 9.15-10.45am Term time only. St Sebastian’s Nursery, United Reformed Church, Hollins Lane. Games, toys, dressing up and singing time, plus a dedicated craft activity that is suitable for babies to children aged 5 and their parents. The cost is £2 per family, includes craft materials, coffee, tea and toast, children’s drinks and snacks. St Paul’s Toddler Group 1.15-2.45pm Term time only. St Paul’s Church, Compstall Brow. £1.30 for one child and adult, £1.50 for two children or more, with tea, juice and biscuits included. Contact Lisa on 0161 427 7829 for more information.

Tuesday Playtime Toddler Group 9.45-11.30am Term time only. ‘Connect’, Queen St, Marple. Lots of toys, singing, ‘thought for the day’ and refreshments for children and adults. £1.50 per adult. For information call 0161 427 2378. Toddler Group 9.30-11am Term time only. Marple Methodist Church, Church Lane. £2 per family, please contact Anne on 0161 449 9088. Little Stars 9.45-10.45am Term time only. Brabyns Preparatory School, Arkwright Rd. Just turn up on the day for an engaging and friendly environment for children from new born to 3½ years and parents. £1.50 per session. Call the school office on 0161 427 2395 or email for more info.

Toddler Group 10-11.30am Term time only. Mellor Parish Centre, Church Rd. Toys, sing-song and refreshments. £2 per adult. Contact the Parish Centre 0161 484 5079.

Friday Little Stars 9-10.30am Term time only. Brabyns Preparatory School, Arkwright Rd. Just turn up on the day for an engaging and friendly environment for children from new born to 3 ½ years and parents. £1.50 per session. Call the school office on 0161 427 2395 or email for more info. Treetots 9.30–10.45am Term time only. Mellor Primary School, Knowle Road, Mellor, Stockport. SK6 5PL. Come along to the beautiful woodland surrounding Mellor Primary School and join us for our brand new forest toddler group. Each week we have outdoor adventures such as story trails, den building, mud painting and toasting marshmallows around our fire pit. Hot and cold drinks and a snack are provided for all explorers. The sessions are led by our experienced forest school leader and take place outside in all weathers. Children should wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear for the time of year. Cost: £5 per child + £4 siblings/further children For more information contact Christine Skelly on 0161 4271052 or

Story Time 2-2.30pm Marple Library, Memorial Park. Contact 0161 217 6009.



Fun Sign Fun Time 9:30am (under 2’s) and 10:30am (all ages) Marple library. Drop in session, £4 main child, £1 for sibling.

Parent & Toddler Group 1.15-3pm Term time only. All Saints Church, Church Lane Marple. Friendly, welcoming environment for children and adults. Toys, craft table, sing-song and refreshments. £1.50 per adult. For more info email the church office at Just4dadsstchads 1-2.30pm Term time only. St Chads playgroup for dads, grandads and male carers. A very relaxed group with plenty of toys for the children to play with. £2 entrance. Guywoid Centre, Guywood Lane.

sunday Little Fishes 9.30-10am Ridge Methodist Church, Marple. Usually 2nd Sunday of the month. Bible stories,activities and songs, with juice and cake afterwards. Please contact 0161 427 2509.

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

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selected events in your area

Monday 2 September

Tuesday 10 September

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

East Cheshire Association of the National Trust. Lecture – The Liverpool Cow-Keepers, a Family History – Dave Joy, Brookdale Club, Bridge Lane, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 3AB 2pm

Thursday 5 September

Wednesday 11 September

Ludworth and Mellor Women’s Institute Monthly Meeting Come and join us at our September meeting when Janet Graves will give us a fascinating look behind the scenes of BBC Radio’s “Woman’s Hour” programme of which she is a producer. New members and visitors are always welcome Women’s Institute Hall, Lower Fold, Marple Bridge 2pm for a 2.15pm start

Thursday 5 September Would you like to meet new friends? Thursday Group is a social group for unattached people of mature years, with several activities run by the members every week. These include walking, dancing, badminton, theatre and restaurant visits. For more info see or ring Bill on 07505 076838, or just come along to new members night on the first Thursday in each month where you will be met by group members. The Bulls Head Pub, 30 Wilmslow Road, Handforth, SK9 3EW 8.30pm

Saturday 7 September St. Martin’s Heritage Trust has organised a visit to the free Ruskin Exhibition in Sheffield. Meet at 12 midday in the Parish Hall for an introductory talk on Ruskin by Anthony Burton, and then train to Sheffield from Marple Station. Do bring lunch sandwiches with you and drinks will be available. Any more information from Ann Sayer. Or 0161 427 2542

Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 September Mind Body Spirit Event 50+ exhibitors Including 30+ workshops/talk and demonstrations of mediumship - all included in the entrance fee of £3.50 concessions, £4 full, or weekend pass £6/7 in advance or £1 more on the door. Free parking, free magazine, free raffle entry. Masonic Guildhall, Stockport SK1 3UA


september - october 2019

Marple & District Probus Club Peter Mount: Africa! - can aid really help? (an illustrated talk) The talk lasts an hour, with a break part way through for coffee/tea, and then questions and any discussion at the end. We usually finish by 11.45am. Visitors and prospective members are always welcome. No charge for visitors. For further details call 0161 427 1348 Marple Senior Citizens Hall, Memorial Park SK6 6BE 10.15am

Thursday 12 September Marple Exploring The Arts The Quodlibet Winds quintet, with clarinettist Emma Tennant, will present a lively, entertaining programme of music featuring dance compositions, including those by Agay, Farkas, a polka by Shostakovich and dances from the ‘Roaring Twenties’. Visitors very welcome: £5 on the door including wine and nibbles. The United Reformed Church, Hibbert Lane, Marple 7.30pm

Friday 13 to Saturday 21 September Comedy Double Bill Two one act plays, involving mismatched relationships and complicated friendships bring the best out of a seasoned Carver cast. Sparrows by Charles Mander (already judged outstanding by GMDF Drama Festival) and Upstairs Cuckoo by Peter Horsler guarantee entertaining light relief. Bar, tea and ice cream available in the interval. Tickets £9 (£8 concessions) available from or Hollins of Marple, Tel 0161 449 8363 Carver Theatre, Chadwick Street, Marple SK6 7AX 7.45 pm and 2.30pm matinee Saturday

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Monday 16 September

Wednesday 25 September

High Peak RSPB Meetings Peter Holden on Birds: Their Hidden World Peter Holden was for many years the national leader of the RSPB’s Young Ornithologists Club and its successor, Wildlife Explorers. Peter talks about British birds and their amazing lives, the sort of information that most ‘bird books’ leave out! All welcome - group members free; non-members £2 donation (on the door). Children free. 0161 427 0881 Marple Senior Citizens Hall, Marple Memorial Park, SK6 6BA, 7.30pm

Marple French Group We meet on the last Wednesday of every month in an informal atmosphere for a drink and a chat. All levels are welcome and there’s no charge. À bientôt. Ring o’ Bells, Church Lane, Marple SK6 7AY 8pm to 9pm

THURSDAY 19 SEPTEMBER Moor End Women’s Institute: We would love to see you at our next monthly meeting when Susan Wildman will give a talk on “Pandas and Pagodas.” We are a small friendly group and look forward to meeting you. Phone Liz Kidston on 0161 427 7275 if you would like to know more. Parish Centre, Church Road, Mellor SK6 5BB 7.45pm

Thursday 26 September Wilmslow Guild Natural History Society Uganda, the Pearl of Africa – illustrated talk by Mike Roberts. Visitors very welcome (£4) Details from Steve Osborne 01625 879087 or The Guild, 1 Bourne St, Wilmslow SK9 5HD 7.30pm

Thursday 26 September

Stockport Historical Society “Bramhall on Old Postcards” by Ian Cameron Visitors very welcome Admission £3. Further information from Tony Nightingale 0161-440 0570. Stockport Sunday School, 96 Nangreave Road, SK2 6DQ (Next to Aquinas College) 7.45pm

Marple Exploring The Arts Manchester Art Gallery guide John Ward and Cheshire artist Rebecca Eastment’s illustrated talk will seek to show that The Pre-Raphaelite Movement begun amid the revolutionary atmosphere of 1848 not only links the early Renaissance with the 21st Century, but also the idealism behind it still drives much of our thinking about art today. Visitors very welcome: £5. on the door including refreshments. The United Reformed Church, Hibbert Lane, Marple at 7.30pm

Tuesday 24 September

Fri 27 September to Sat 28 September

Marple T’ai Chi We are starting our new term of weekly classes at Hawk Green Reading Room, from 2 to 4pm. Beginners and ongoing students are equally welcome to join our friendly group. More information at or from Hawk Green Reading Room, Upper Hibbert Lane, Hawk Green, SK6 7HQ 2pm to 4pm

Music from the Movies Join NK Theatre Arts as we celebrate some of the famous films with legendary Soundtracks as we bring to the stage some of the classical film numbers and some of those brand-new modern-day box office smashes. In a cabaret setting you can enjoy music from films such as The Greatest Showman, A Star is Born, Moulin Rouge, Aladdin, The Lion King and Mary Poppins Ticket Prices: £15/£12, 24hr Box Office 0333 666 3366 The Forum Theatre, Stockport, SK6 4EA 7.30pm

Friday 20 September

Wednesday 25 September Marple & District Probus Club Peter Stubbs: Admiral Collingwood (an illustrated talk) The talk lasts an hour, with a break part way through for coffee/tea, and then questions and any discussion at the end. We usually finish by 11.45am. Visitors and prospective members are always welcome. No charge for visitors. For further details call 0161 427 1348 Marple Senior Citizens Hall, Memorial Park SK6 6BE 10.15am

Sunday 29 September Marple, Mellor and Marple Bridge Energy Saving Strategy event to highlight the issues of Climate Change and what we can all do about it. Speaker - Dr Chris Jones from the Tyndall Climate Research Centre at Manchester University. There will be stalls, displays and an art competition for the youngsters. Marple Sixth Form College, Buxton Lane, Marple, SK6 7QV 2.30pm to 5.30pm

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Tuesday 1 to Saturday 5 October

Monday 7 October

Poynton Gilbert & Sullivan Society are presenting their fully costumed annual stage performance, which this year is ‘THE SORCERER’ Tickets £12 for adults and £7 for 16 and under, and are available at MATES DIY shop on Park Lane, The Civic Hall or by telephone (01625 876 394) & e-mail They are also available on the door each evening. Poynton Civic Hall (off Park Lane, behind Waitrose), SK12 1RB 7.30pm

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

Thursday 3 October Ludworth and Mellor Women’s Institute Monthly Meeting Why not join us at our October meeting when we will be staging a mock trial with the help of the Magistrates in the Community team. Members of the audience will be invited to play all the parts and, ultimately, be the judge! New members and visitors are always welcome Women’s Institute Hall, Lower Fold, Marple Bridge 2pm for a 2.15pm start

Thursday 3 October Would you like to meet new friends? Thursday Group is a social group for unattached people of mature years, with several activities run by the members every week. These include walking, dancing, badminton, theatre and restaurant visits. For more info see or ring Bill on 07505 076838, or just come along to new members night on the first Thursday in each month where you will be met by group members. The Bulls Head Pub, 30 Wilmslow Road, Handforth, SK9 3EW 8.30pm

Friday 4 & Sat 5 October Disley Arts Society Exhibition - Framed and unframed originals and cards. Raffle, cakes and refreshments. On site parking Disley Methodist Church, 70 Buxton Road, Disley SK12 2EY (Opposite White Lion Pub) Fri 3pm to 9pm, Sat 10am to 5pm

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Monday 7 October Marple Ladies Luncheon Club Speaker Victor Crawford who will be talking on “Amazing Women Pilots”. We are a friendly group of ladies from Marple and the surrounding area, who meet four times a year. If you are not a member but you would like to come and try one of our luncheons you would be made very welcome. The cost is £17.50 for guests for a delicious two-course meal. To book a guest place, please ring Mrs Ann Haden, our Meals Secretary on 0161 427 0242 by 23 September. Marple Golf Club 12 noon for 12.30 lunch

Tuesday 8 October East Cheshire Association of the National Trust Lecture – AGM with Deborah Maxwell, National Trust as Guest Speaker Brookdale Club, Bridge Lane, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 3AB 2pm

Wednesday 9 October Marple & District Probus Club Terry Fones: In the footsteps of Parry, the NW Passage (an illustrated talk) The talk lasts an hour, with a break part way through for coffee/tea, and then questions and any discussion at the end. We usually finish by 11.45am. Visitors and prospective members are always welcome. No charge for visitors. For further details call 0161 427 1348 Marple Senior Citizens Hall, Memorial Park SK6 6BE 10.15am

Thursday 10 October Marple Exploring The Arts Emma Marigliano, former Librarian of the Portico Gallery in Manchester, will present a talk entitled ‘Elizabeth Gaskill and Her Illustrators’. It was not until the last years of her life, that Elizabeth’s publisher thought to capitalize on the Victorian market for illustrated novels. George du Maurier was the first commissioned artist to take on the task. Emma’s talk will focus on the development of illustration in Elizabeth Gaskell’s novels from the 1860’s until the present day. Visitors very welcome: £5.00 on the door including refreshments. The United Reformed Church, Hibbert Lane, Marple 7.30pm Continued over


Friday 11 to Sunday 13 October

Friday 18 October

The Mellor Art Society. Art Exhibition Friday 1pm to 6pm and Saturday 10am to 5pm. Sunday 11am to 5pm. Free admission, cafe serving refreshments. St Martins Church Hall, Brabyns Brow, Marple

Stockport Historical Society “The heretic Pharaoh” by Gordon Longworth Visitors very welcome Admission £3. Further information from Tony Nightingale 0161-440 0570. Stockport Sunday School, 96 Nangreave Road, SK2 6DQ (Next to Aquinas College) 7.45pm

Saturday 12 October Stockport Symphony Orchestra invite you to the first concert of the season. Arnold: Peterloo Overture. Brahms: Double Concerto, soloists Charles Mutter violin, Nicholas Holland cello. Prokofiev: Symphony no 5. Conductor Rob Guy More information at Tickets available at the box office, online or on the door. £15 full price/£13 concessions/students £5/accompanied children under 16 free Stockport Town Hall 7.30pm

THURSDAY 17 October Moor End Women’s Institute are pleased to welcome back Professor John Derry, Emeritus Professor at the University of Newcastle where he taught for 28 years. He is well known for giving entertaining talks which focus on key episodes/people in history. He will be speaking about a Bohemian Corporal. Tea, coffee, biscuits and cake will be served. Further details from Liz Kidston, 0161 427 7275. We look forward to meeting you. Parish Centre, Church Road, Mellor SK6 5BB 7.45pm

Fri 18 October to Sat 19 October Studio 2 Halloween Showcase Join the Studio 2 and Musical Theatre members from NK Theatre Arts for a spooktacular evening of Halloween themed dance and singing! With cabaret tables and open bar, join us for a scary evening at The Forum Theatre. Ticket Prices: £10/£8. 24hr Box Office 0333 666 3366 The Forum Theatre, Stockport, SK6 4EA 7.30pm

Friday 18 October The Marple Band Autumn Concert & Vice Presidents’ Night Our most prestigious concert for the Autumn season. Come and see The Marple Band and enjoy an entertaining and balanced programme of music for all ages and tastes. A warm, comfortable venue with interval refreshments and good range of raffle prizes. Marple Methodist Church, Church Lane, Marple 8pm to 10.30pm

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Monday 21 October High Peak RSPB Meetings Ian Newton on Iceland- a land of fire, ice, waterfalls and midges. Talk includes images of most of the special birds for which Iceland is renowned. However, it is also the stunning scenery that really makes this such a popular destination. All welcome - group members free; non-members £2 donation (on the door). Children free. 0161 427 0881 Marple Senior Citizens Hall, Marple Memorial Park, SK6 6BA, 7.30pm

Wednesday 23 October Marple & District Probus Club Craig Wright: The Story of Rose Hill Station (an illustrated talk) The talk lasts an hour, with a break part way through for coffee/tea, and then questions and any discussion at the end. We usually finish by 11.45am. Visitors and prospective members are always welcome. No charge for visitors. For further details call 0161 427 1348 Marple Senior Citizens Hall, Memorial Park SK6 6BE 10.15am

Wednesday 23 October Wilmslow Guild Floral Design Club “Make Hay Whilst the Sun Shines” Jacqueline Owen, Cheshire Area. Meetings are usually held on the last Wednesday of each month. Tel: 01625 523903. Visitors fee: £7 (special events as advertised) Wilmslow Guild, Bourne Street, Wilmslow SK9 5HD 1.45pm

Thursday 24 October Marple Exploring The Arts George Eccleston will present a lecture entitled ‘Robert Burns: His Life and Loves’. He will look at aspects of the well-loved poet’s life through the eyes of the women with whom he was associated. Many of his greatest poems and love songs were inspired by women and short extracts of these will be illustrated in the talk. Visitors very welcome: £5 on the door including refreshments. The United Reformed Church, Hibbert Lane, Marple 7.30pm

Thursday 24 October

Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 October

Wilmslow Guild Natural History Society Shetland illustrated talk by David Tolliday. Visitors very welcome (£4) Details from Steve Osborne 01625 879087 or The Guild, 1 Bourne St, Wilmslow SK9 5HD 7.30pm

St. Martin’s Heritage Trust Arts and Community Exhibition. Many groups will be involved in recreating a design by Ann Hyde derived from one of the church’s William Morris stained glass windows. Church open Saturday 10.30am to 4pm, and Sunday 12.30pm to 4pm Contact Ann Sayer for more information on 0161 427 2542, or asayer@ or see our St. Martin’s Heritage Trust website.

Sat 26 October 2019 Fright Night at The Forum. With live band and open bar, join us for the Ultimate Halloween Party! This is the perfect night out for friends or work colleagues looking for a place to party this Halloween! It’s a Halloween Party that is sure to fright, so put on your best fancy dress and prepare for a spooky night. Come dance to Thriller and the Monster Mash. Crawl on over to our Halloween bash. Ghosts and witches and monsters too. They’re all invited and so are you! Please note this show is not suitable for children. Tickets £10 24hr Box Office 0333 666 3366 The Forum Theatre, Stockport, SK6 4EA 8pm doors open at 7pm

Monday 28 October Saturday 2 November Silk n Threads Annual Art Exhibition – The Magic of Silk Silk paintings, textile art, silk scarves, handmade cards and decorative items. All for Sale. Free Admission. Marple Library, Memorial Park Marple Stockport SK66 BA

Wednesday 30 October Marple French Group We meet on the last Wednesday of every month in an informal atmosphere for a drink and a chat. All levels are welcome and there’s no charge. À bientôt. Ring o’ Bells, Church Lane, Marple SK6 7AY 8pm to 9pm

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useful numbers Churches All Saints C of E , Marple Holy Spirit RC, Marple Jubilee Methodist Church Marple Methodist Church The Ridge Methodist Church St Pauls C of E, Strines St Mary’s RC Church, Marple Bridge Church of St Martin’s, Brabyns Brow St Pauls Church, Compstall St Thomas C of E, Mellor Marple, Marple Bridge & New Mills URC Marple Quaker Meeting

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COMMUNITY MEETING PLACE Marple Senior Citizen Association

0161 427 3632

Doctors Marple Bridge Surgery Marple Medical Practice Marple Cottage Surgery

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Hospitals Stepping Hill Hospital NHS Non-Emergency

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Libraries Marple Library

0161 217 6009

local government Stockport MBC

0161 480 4949

pharmacies Well Pharmacy, The Hollins, Marple Boots Pharmacy, Market Street

Marple Post Office Marple Bridge Post Office Marple Sorting Office

0845 722 3344 0161 427 2046 0843 903 3213

Schools All Saints Primary School, Marple Brabyns Preparatory School Cheadle & Marple 6th Form College Ludworth Primary School, Marple Bridge Marple Hall School Mellor Primary School Rose Hill Primary School St Mary’s Catholic Primary School

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Travel Bus & Train Times National Rail Enquiries Manchester Airport

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Utilities 0161 427 2049 0161 426 5375 0161 426 0011

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

Post Offices

0161 427 3336 0161 427 2033

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

105 0800 111 999 0345 672 3723 0345 988 1188

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INSIDE Marple Issue 51  

Community magazine including local news and what's on

INSIDE Marple Issue 51  

Community magazine including local news and what's on