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inside m a r p l e Issue 50

july-august 2019

including compstall, marple bridge & mellor

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inside m a r p l e

including compstall, marple bridge & mellor

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

What’s INSIDE this month 4 Mellor Country House Award 7 A Man for All Seas 8 recipe 11 child rights at Quarry Bank 15 friends of our valley 16 NGS Gardens galore 19 Puzzles 20 simply books book club choice 24 Diary of a Geeky Knitter 26 The Walk 28 In Touch 36 not so humble umbels 40 just 4 kids 43 Children’s Activities 44 INSIDE Guide 49 Useful Numbers 48 Puzzle Solutions 50 Classified Index 15



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QUEEN’S AWARD FOR MELLOR COUNTRY HOUSE Mellor Country House has received a well-deserved Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This award recognises best practice in volunteering work and is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK, the equivalent of getting an MBE. Mellor Country House hosts approximately 650 people a year and up to half are children. Anyone on low income and in desperate need of a break who would otherwise not be able to afford one, is welcome to book at the house which can accommodate up to 26 people in 11 bedrooms at any one time. People can stay up to seven nights for as little as £12 per night for adults and £6.50 for children on a self-catering basis.

Chair of the charity, Margaret Powell and house manager, Sharon Adamson, were invited to Buckingham Place to a royal garden party to celebrate their organisation’s achievement. Completely self-funding and with only one paid member of staff, the charity is run by an army of more than 40 volunteers. On receiving the award Margaret Powell said: “We’re really proud to receive this award and it’s fantastic recognition for all the time our volunteers give us to ensure this house is so welcoming for our guests. As Lord Hallam Tennyson, eldest son of the renowned poet, said at the opening of the house in 1907, he hoped “a blessing would fall on this house of rest which would invigorate not only the flagging


pulse but send the light of day into a darkened heart”. In all this time the charity has not changed its ethos and it’s down to the hard work of Sharon and her team of volunteers, this wish still rings true today.” Sharon Adamson, who has been Mellor Country House’s house manager for more than 20 years added: “Mellor Country House is a very special place and it’s our shared passion for it which drives us, as we can really make a huge difference to people’s lives. There’s an increasing number of people in Greater Manchester who cannot afford to put food on the table let alone have a holiday. We provide a restful, relaxing and recreational retreat for some of the region’s most vulnerable people. The historic home offers a safe, secure and uplifting environment in a stunning location. The holidays promote health and well-being and can have a lasting impact on people’s lives. While children play, parents interact and share their experiences, knowledge and sometimes even their food. This helps them to solve problems, gives them respite from often a chaotic, unstable and stressful life at home and prepares them to cope better with any difficulties that lie ahead.” The house was purpose-built in 1907 to provide relaxing and restful breaks in the beautiful countryside of Mellor for those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to get away anywhere. Funds were raised by mill owners’ wives and originally intended for mill workers. The holiday home has continuously offered accommodation for the poor and vulnerable in the wider community for more than 110 years. On 28 August, volunteers from Mellor Country House will collect an engraved, commemorative crystal trophy and a certificate signed by Her Majesty the Queen at a special ceremony at Gorton Monastery in Manchester.

A Man for All Seas I am sure that people who attend local organisations and guilds in Hazel Grove, Offerton, Marple, Poynton, High Lane, and New Mills areas, will recognise my name. For I have had the pleasure of being a guest speaker to many of them from time to time, even being invited back again sometimes! In some ways this is a continuation of my working life before retiring some 15 years ago, when I ran the UK and European training centre for a large engineering firm. In between times I had also been a diving instructor and commercial diver, enabling me to travel widely abroad, teaching diving and instructing. In spite of logging many thousands of dives, across the planet, I am often asked where in the world was my best dive. My answer is a place called Hand Deeps, some 12 miles out from Plymouth. It’s a pinnacle of rock covered in jewel anemones of every iridescent colour, where large shoals of fish swim past as you watch, a captivating spot, sometimes hard to get to, but worth the effort. People have a fascination with sharks, and again I am asked, have I met any? ‘Only above water,’ is my standard reply, but yes, I have often dived with them. As a creature that is almost unchanged after 40 million years, they are pretty special. Some do need care, but most are quite harmless. Having said that I was bitten by a Nurse shark once which was entirely my own fault. Camera in hand I needed the shark to move so I grabbed it by the tail, which in hindsight was not a very clever move. It reacted naturally and turned to grab my upper arm in its mouth. To have a shark some three inches in front of your nose with your arm in its mouth does tend to concentrate the mind; I jerked my arm away and let go of its tail. It was last seen with a piece of my wet suit, and I was left with some strange teeth marks, puzzling that the shark had obviously not read the same books as I had, which said Nurse sharks are not dangerous. I have noticed that these days there are more holiday dive centres advertising shark feeding sessions (sometimes in a cage, for the more aggressive types,

to get a shark ‘selfie’), which I deplore. Many species from sharks, shoals of fish, moray eels, etc. are being educated to realise that divers represent food. Consequently their natural feeding habits are changing. When a diver is attacked, why are they so surprised when the shark only sees them as a pre-wrapped ready meal? In the Red Sea a number of large Trigger fish were found dead because holiday divers fed them boiled eggs, which their stomachs could not digest. The sea is under enough of a threat from global warming without unthinking tourists making the situation worse. Many of the places I was privileged to visit were off the tourist trail, often staying with local people, so I was able to sample local food and customs in Africa, the Middle and Far East, the Pacific, The Med, The Caribbean, the list goes on. I started diving in 1952 – it has changed out of all recognition from that 12 year old boy nailing his school plimsolls to a piece of thin plywood to make a pair of fins, to modern mixed gas deep diving, to eye watering depths that back then we could only dream about, but the pleasure never wains. If you fancy learning to dive check out your local British Sub-Aqua Club branch, there are some excellent clubs locally.

by Gordon Longworth


vegetable curry

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

FRIENDS OF OUR VALLEY Friends of Our Valley exists to improve and promote the access, ecology, heritage and leisure opportunities within our valley for the benefit of residents, the local community and visitors to our unique area. If you’d like to join us and support the many activities we do, visit It is just £1 to join and we have over 400 members.

of migratory fish but is now circumnavigated by the opening of the adjacent sluice gates. The project was completed and funded by the Mersey Rivers Trust, Friends of Our Valley, the Environment Agency, the Roman Lakes Leisure Park and local angling groups. The fencing was funded by the Environment Agency and Friends of Our Valley.

Last year we planted over 3000 spring and autumn flowering bulbs between the entrance gates of the Roman Lakes and the weir beneath the adjacent viaduct. Look out for snowdrops, miniature daffodils and autumn flowering crocus in the spring and autumn months.

Local group the Rural Cultural Foundation organised the installation and fundraising of a public access defibrillator. The project was generously funded by contributions from the British Heart Foundation, Friends of Our Valley and the Roman Lakes Leisure Park. The defibrillator is located just outside the entrance gates to the Roman Lakes Leisure Park, Lakes Road, SK6 7HB. British Heart Foundation Heartstart CPR training and defibrillator awareness courses are being run free of charge by volunteers at the Roman Lakes Tea Rooms, call Rachel for details on 0161 427 2039

Friends of Our Valley commissioned the creation of a hand carved gateway to commemorate the Royal Jubilee in 2012. The gateway was funded by the Macnair Trust and made with oak from within the valley area cut down from the railway embankment when Network Rail were doing routine maintenance. Volunteers from the friends group planted saplings to make a hedge alongside the Jubilee Walkway including saplings donated by the Woodland Trust from the Queen’s estates. In February 2019 volunteers from Friends of Our Valley completed some improvements to the steps along the footpath. The Fish Pass project was a collaborative project to aid the free passage of migratory fish along the River Goyt. The historic weir (just beyond the entrance gates to the Roman Lakes) once blocked the free passage

Regular monthly Tea Dances are held within the Roman Lakes Tea Rooms with a raffle for the Friends of Our Valley community group. Tickets are £15 each and include live musical entertainment and a two-course meal. The Tea Dances reflect the musical heritage of our valley - there were Tea Dances held at the Roman Lakes site throughout the 1920s, 30s and 40s with a full orchestra and dance floor. Upcoming Tea Dance Schedule can be found on the website of the Roman Lakes: Booking is essential: telephone Rachel on 0161 427 2039


National Garden Scheme

Gardens Galore!

July is one of the most popular months for the opening and visiting of gardens, so we can only give readers a taster of what is opening. There’s still plenty to see in August too so we encourage readers to look at the NGS booklets, book, website and app for more details.

Laskey Farm

Another plantswoman is the owner at 73 Hill Top Ave which opens on 4 August.

Rowley House

Rowley House near Kermincham, Holmes Chapel, opens on 7 July, and always proves popular, with its beautifully designed stable yard and contrasting wildflower meadows and unusual mature trees. Totally new this year to the NGS is the MacIntyre New Routes Orchard and Garden, a charity-run community garden that will offer a different garden visiting experience. You will enjoy it when it opens on 13 July. If you fancy a little trip in the direction of Nantwich, on 27 July, you will find a delightful garden, The Firs, at Barbridge, set uniquely alongside the canal, with the owners’ beautifully fitted narrow boat moored alongside. And at the bottom of the garden, you will stumble upon an astronomical observatory! On 3 and 4 August, 21 Scafell Close in Stockport opens again in a blaze of colours. And all created on a really difficult shaped site. Thorncar, at Appleton, is a real plantswoman’s garden and opens on 3 August. Plants for sale, too.


by John Hinde

Laskey Farm, near Thelwall, attracts large numbers, but is always worth a return visit because the skilled husband and wife owners are always adding extra things. A great garden, opening on 10 and 11 August. Please note that two gardens due to open during this period and listed in our publications, Sycamore Cottage at Carrington and Trafford Hall near Chester, will NOT be opening due to unforeseen circumstances. Cheshire and Wirral have nearly 80 gardens and it’s only possible to give a sample here. Apologies if we haven’t mentioned your favourite garden. Full details are available in the well-established yellow booklet available in garden centres, libraries etc or, in case of difficulty from, via the website (, via the NGS app, or usually by simply putting the garden name into Google (other search engines are available!) followed by ‘NGS’. If you are interested in opening your garden to help us raise money for our charities, (we will be donating about £3 million to our charities (based upon money raised in 2018), please contact us (you can use the email address above) and we will be happy to talk to you and if suitable, provide every help and support.

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


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Diary of a geeky knitter Just when I think I’ve been chugging along with all the crafts and hobbies that I could ever be content with, I stumble across something more! Or two more things even...but that is part of the beauty of knowing what you are interested in and being open to new and fun experiences. I can’t imagine I will ever be bored, if only I was at the age I could retire and enjoy them all fully right now! Earlier this month, I finally plucked up the courage to submit an article to an online hub for (nerdy) film, tv, and more entertainment, and I was delighted to have that article accepted! If you’re not a fan of Pokemon, or in fact even aware of what that is, don’t worry yourself with the content of the article. I can still brag a little! The fact is, it’s a website that I’ve admired for a long time and really fancied writing for. I’ve written before about making sure you step out of your comfort zone to push your boundaries and enjoy new experiences. Life’s too short to waste these chances and opportunities to enjoy your interests to new levels, so don’t be afraid to be selective in what you pursue - enjoy what you do every day, as much as you can. I’m writing this not long after having come home from the second pleasant surprise and creative experience I introduced at the top of this article. The Hat Works in Stockport ran a ‘Drinks & Drawing’ event in midJune, in which a life drawing class based around their extensive collection of fascinating hats was held; and

a bar that sold exceptionally good and well-priced wine was open. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, and something completely different to what I usually do in an evening (read ‘knit and watch tv’). I confess that I was a little disappointed to find out that the models were in fact fully dressed (I amused myself with the thought of traditional life drawing models in naught but an historical head piece) but it was fun to challenge myself with a new craft. Even if my talent steadily deteriorated the more wine I consumed, it seemed like that was half the fun! What are hobbies, if not a bit of fun and escape from the everyday? If you want to take a look at the website I now write for, check out - fans of Disney and Marvel, I promise you this will be your new favourite website! And keep an eye out on for future events that could broaden your horizons too.


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


by FJA Smith, Poynton Rambling Club

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

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

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


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ART POSTS IN MARPLE The next time you take a walk by the canal in Marple, look out for ‘Art Posts’. These posts, or tactile roundels as they are officially called, were created as part of the Lottery-funded ‘Revealing Oldknow’s Legacy Project,’ with thanks for additional financial support from the Macnair Trust in Marple. Working with the project artist Natasha Lolljee, Year 6 pupils from All Saints Primary School and Mellor Primary School designed an image that showed the many buildings and activities that Samuel Oldknow developed in the Marple area in the 18th century. The children worked on paper and then translated their design onto clay, which was then cast in zinc, to produce a roundel with a raised surface. When a piece of paper is placed over the design and shaded with a pencil or wax crayon, an impression of the image should appear.

At the Lime Kilns

To find some of the Art Posts start your walk at the Marple Aqueduct, taking the opportunity to go down the new footpath to admire the structure from below and then return to look at the new railings on the offside of the aqueduct. These railings were designed to emulate the warp threads of a weaving loom. Follow the towpath up to the flight of locks and then to the Lime Kilns where you will find another Art Post and new information boards. Return to the tow Seat at Rimmiley end of the aqueduct path and head towards Brick Bridge, then down to Strines Road and across to the footpath that crosses the railway and emerges near to Oldknow’s Mellor Mill, finishing for refreshments at The Roman Lakes Tea Rooms. At this point you should have spotted 19 Art Posts!

The Oldknow Legacy and Mellor Archaeology Trust are in the process of producing a map to help people locate all the posts. If you would like to learn more about Mellor Mill and the various ways in which to volunteer with guiding, maintenance or helping with further excavation, please contact Continued over


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SUMMER THEATRE WORKSHOPS In the development of a child, it isn’t just education alone that plays its part. Most businesses want young people to be able to do more than add up a string of numbers or write a coherent sentence; problem solving, communicating ideas and being sensitive to the world around them is crucial. Performing Arts participation is one of the best ways to develop these skills. So much can be gained in terms of the life skills children will need, but also the positive experiences that Performing Arts provides, be that teamwork, empathy for others, inclusivity and striving to be the best is something that stays with children for the rest of their lives. As a Registered Charity, NK Theatre Arts provides these experiences week in and week out through workshops in Musical Theatre, Dance and Drama and via our Theatre Experience Days which includes everything behind the scenes - Stage Management and Technical development. A perfect introduction to the work of the company is taking place this summer, where for one full week we will be holding sessions full of dance, drama, stories, music, acting and performing! You name it we will do it. During this jam-packed week, theatre practitioners will explore with role-play and performance skills in an enjoyable, creative and stimulating environment. It is certainly going to be great fun, and a chance to create a piece of theatre for performance on the Friday night to finish the week. The sessions are taking place from Monday 5 to Friday 9 August from 10am to 3pm and are open to anyone aged from 5 to 17 years, regardless of their ability, disability, status or culture. The full cost of the session is £75 with discounts for siblings. So, whether this would be a first venture into the world of performing arts or whether your child already takes part in sessions, let them come and join the fun at The Forum Theatre in Romiley this summer with NK Theatre Arts.

For an application form or more information visit or call 0161 430 6570

CAP MONEY COURSES TO BOOST WELL-BEING Trained members of a local church are offering tips to help people live better on a budget. All Saints Church, Marple are running another CAP Money Course which promises to give people confidence when using money. The church has been resourced by the charity Christians Against Poverty which runs hundreds of such courses across the UK alongside debt help, job clubs, life skills and more. The CAP Money Course is a free course that teaches budgeting skills and a simple cash-based system. In just a few weeks, delegates can get to grips with their finances so they can budget, save and prevent debt. One of the Money Coaches from All Saints said: “We find that on these courses we laugh as much as we learn – it’s not like school used to be. We promise no exams! We have some really great conversations and find out some brilliant techniques that can give each of us a head-start when we’re dealing with life’s pressures, which we know can really affect people’s outlook on life and even the state of their mental health.” “It’s especially good for anyone who is on a tight budget and wants to make their money go further. Even better: the sessions are all free.” “Whether you feel pretty organised or whether it’s like a lucky dip every time you try to withdraw cash from your account, the CAP Money Course will help you take complete control of your finances.”

The next CAP Money Course at All Saints Church is a one day course and takes place on 6 July between 10am and 4pm. Book your place by calling 0161 427 2378 or emailing


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MESS CLIMATE CRISIS EVENT A local environmental group, MESS (Marple, Mellor and Marple Bridge Energy Saving Strategy) are holding an event on Sunday 29 September to highlight the climate crisis facing our community. Dr Chris Jones, a leading climate research scientist at the world-renowned Tyndall Centre, based at Manchester University, will explain in stark terms the science behind the climate emergency we now face. A series of workshop sessions will then explain, how our individual actions can reduce the impact of climate change. The decision to hold this event, was taken as a direct response to the growing concern that governments are doing far too little to address the urgent actions that the climate crisis requires. The consensus now amongst scientists, environmental activists and some enlightened politicians, is that grass roots action is probably the best way to secure the required scale of response from governments. Maureen Matthews, chair of MESS said, “Whilst hearing the scientific view of the situation can be a sobering experience, our aim is for people to leave the event with a positive view of the many ways in which simple lifestyle changes can help reduce our carbon emissions and safeguard the future of our planet.” Many local organisations who share concerns about climate change, have pledged their support. MESS are also organising a climate themed art competition for local school children. The event takes place on Sunday 29 September at Marple Sixth Form College starting at 2.30pm

More details at

MISS MARPLE’S TEA ROOM Thanks to reader Sue Cooper, who sent the attached photo from a visit to Miss Marple’s Tea Room in Sassafras, Victoria, Australia. “It was booked up for dining but we had a peep in to see photos of Agatha Christie everywhere. On our return to the UK, I took several photos of Marple Station, plus the Agatha Christie hoardings, and forwarded them on to the proprietor of the Tea Rooms. She seemed most pleased with my efforts and thanked me - she was going to get them framed. I will never know if she did unless another trip to Melbourne Oz is on the cards!


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

HALLE ORCHESTRA CONCERTS AT THE BRIDGEWATER HALL The new Hallé “Opus One” concert season starts on 19 September. As usual Marple Opus Group will be going to the nine Thursday evening concerts and would welcome enquiries from potential new members. The concerts are monthly from September through to May next year. We enjoy a long-standing relationship with a reliable private coach operator and travel in comfort to and from the Bridgewater Hall, picking up and setting down in Mellor, Marple Bridge, Marple and Rosehill. You choose where in the hall you wish to sit and how much you want to pay. Our group booking entitles you to a reduced season ticket price and you are guaranteed the same seat for each concert. If subsequently you find you cannot manage any of the concerts, you can obtain credit.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact Alan Noble: 0161 427 9311 Email:

80th BIRTHDAY CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations to Frank, who many of you will know as he’s delivered thousands of copies of INSIDE Marple over many years now. Frank turned 80 in April, his family sent us the attached photo of the cake they had made for his birthday celebrations!

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

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


by Martin Blow >

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 We will be at Abbeywood Gardens, Delamere CW8 2HS on Sunday 18tAugust (£3 for garden & fair entry) and at the Dorothy Clive Garden, TF9 4EU (4 miles south of Bridgemere) on Sunday 25 and Monday 26 August (£4 for garden & fair entry). We are happy to bring orders to plant fairs for you to collect.

Here at Uniquely Chic Furniture we source and sell quality pine, oak, vintage and shabby chic furniture. We have a vast range of stock which changes constantly. New pieces arriving almost daily. We also paint furniture. Our painting team are experts at transforming our furniture, or yours, into hand painted, individual, unique pieces. If you have a favourite or inherited piece that fits your space why not have it upcycled and uplifted in our workroom? We occasionally buy your furniture or sometimes we even do part exchanges, so why not pop in and see us, or email us. As well as furniture, we also sell lighting, mirrors, shabby chic home accessories and gifts. New and returning customers always use the same two phrases when they visit...”Aladdin’s Cave” and “Treasure Trove”! We are open 6 days a week, including weekends. Come and visit us, you never know what you will find when you step through the door.

Canalside, Goyt Mill, Upper Hibbert Lane, Marple SK6 7HX Tel: 0161 484 5116 or 07785 794308 Email: Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10-5.30pm Sunday 11-4.30pm Closed Mondays @be_uniquelychic

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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

Compiled by Clare Blackie > email:


inside guide

july - august 2019

selected events in your area

Monday 1 July

Saturday 6 July

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

Carver Juniors present Porridge Fantasy fairy tale suitable for all the family starring Goldilocks and friends All tickets £4 from or Hollins of Marple 0161 449 8363 Carver Theatre, Chadwick Street, Marple 2.30pm and 6.30pm

Wednesday 3 July Marple Naturalists Summer Wildlife Walk Adult Membership £30, visitors welcome £4 for individual meetings, Children free. For further information call Jane Michael 07917434598 or Derek Clifford 0161 427 4611 or on Facebook – Marple Naturalists

Thursday 4 July Would you like to meet new friends? Thursday Group is a social group for unattached people of mature years, with several activities run by the members every week. These include walking, dancing, badminton, theatre and restaurant visits. For more info see or ring Bill on 07505 076838, or just come along to new members night on the first Thursday in each month where you will be met by group members. The Bulls Head Pub, 30 Wilmslow Road, Handforth, SK9 3EW 8.30pm

Thursday 4 July Ludworth and Mellor Women’s Institute Monthly Meeting Why not join us at our July meeting when Elaine Pratt will explain the history of the Garrick Theatre in Stockport, the oldest “little theatre” in the UK. New members and visitors are always welcome Women’s Institute Hall, Lower Fold, Marple Bridge 2pm for a 2.15pm start

Friday 5 July Carver Juniors present Porridge Fantasy fairy tale suitable for all the family starring Goldilocks and friends All tickets £4 from or Hollins of Marple 0161 449 8363 Carver Theatre, Chadwick Street, Marple 7.30pm

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

Wednesday 10 July Marple & District Probus Club Marion Bray - A Western woman in a Moslem world (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

Weds 10 to Fri 12 July NK Theatre Arts presents Aladdin Disney’s Aladdin JR. is based on the 1992 Academy-Award®winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show about the “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within. The story you know and love has been given the royal treatment! With expanded characters, new songs, and more thrills, this new adaptation of the beloved story will open up “a whole new world” for the audience members. Certainly not one to be missed! 24hr Box Office 0333 666 3366 Tickets: £12/£10 / Family of 4 £35 (Maximum of two adults) The Forum Theatre, Romiley, Stockport SK6 4EA 7.30pm Also Matinee Sat 13 July 2pm

Saturday 13 July Hazel Grove Carnival. Parade at 12 noon Field events 10am to 5pm


Saturday 13 July

Wednesday 24 July

Marple and District Allotment Association is holding its Centenary Open Day. Stroll around the plots and chat to the plot holders about their experiences of working on an allotment. There will be activities for children and a raffle. Light refreshments will be available and seasonal produce and plants will be on sale. Dogs are welcome on leads and the paths are laid to lawn and mostly flat so there are no steps to navigate. Admission is free. Rose Hill Allotments, Railway Road, Rose Hill, Marple from 10am to 2pm

Marple & District Probus Club Gary Burdett - Australian Aborigines (an illustrated talk with musical accompaniment) 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 18 July

Wednesday 31 July

Moor End Women’s Institute, Mellor are a small friendly group who meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month. We would very much like to invite you to our next meeting when the speaker will be Geoffrey Scargill; John Barbirolli, Miracle in Manchester. If you would like more information, please phone Liz Kidston on 0161 427 7275. We look forward to seeing you. Mellor Parish Centre, Church Road, Mellor, SK6 5LX 7.45pm

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

Wednesday 24 July Marple Cottage Surgery Patients’ Forum There will be a talk by Gina Evans, Joint Commissioning Lead (Mental Health and Learning Disability NHS CCG) Patients from Marple Cottage, Marple Medical, Marple Bridge, High Lane, Beech House (Hazel Grove) and Doningfield (Hazel Grove) are all welcome. Methodist Church, Church Lane, Marple 7.30pm

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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. We hope to see you. Ring o’ Bells, Church Lane, Marple SK6 7AY 8pm to 9pm

Monday 5 August Manchester Jazz £7 entry, enquiries 01663 763532 High Lane Conservative Club, Buxton Road, High Lane SK6 8DR 8pm

Wednesday 7 August Marple Naturalists Summer Wildlife Walk Adult Membership £30, visitors welcome £4 for individual meetings, Children free. For further information call Jane Michael 07917 434598 or Derek Clifford 0161 427 4611 or on Facebook – Marple Naturalists

Thursday 8 August 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 Compiled by Claire Hawker email: Continued over


Wednesday 14 August

Sat 7 & Sun 8 September

Marple & District Probus Club Paul Vickers - Fraud Prevention (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

Mind Body Spirit Event 50 + Exhibitors Including 30 + Workshops, Talks & Demonstrations of Mediumship - all included in the entrance fee of £3.50 concs £4 full or weekend pass £6/7 in advance or £1 more on the Door. FREE PARKING, FREE MAGAZINE, FREE RAFFLE ENTRY, Stockport - Masonic Guildhall SK1 3UA

Thursday 15 August Moor End Women’s Institute, Mellor are a small friendly group who meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month. We would like to invite you to our next meeting which will be our summer social evening with games and a raffle. For more formation contact Liz Kidston on 0161 427 7275 Mellor Parish Centre, Church Road, Mellor, SK6 5LX 7.45pm

Saturday 17 August 112th Disley & Lyme Horticultural Society Annual Show. General class listing are available on our website take a look and give it a go! Specialist demonstrations by East Cheshire Cactus Society, Stockport Bee Keepers, The Cottage Gardens Society and The Clematis Society. Music from Basin Street Jazz Band, Field Stalls and of course THE DOG SHOW! Disley Amalgamated Sports Club, Jacksons Edge Road, Disley12 noon to 5pm

Wednesday 28 August 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. We hope to see you. Ring o’ Bells, Church Lane, Marple SK6 7AY 8pm to 9pm

Wednesday 28 August Marple & District Probus Club. David Tomlinson - Warburtons Bakery (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

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

Post Offices

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

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CLUBS & ENTERTAINMENT Forum Theatre Girl Guiding North West England Hawk Green Cricket Club Romiley Operatic Society

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Martin Quinn Bluewater Plumbers

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RETIREMENT PROPERTY Adlington Retirement Living


Abstract Roofing Services Marple Bridge Roofing

Adlington Memorial Park 5 Brian Sharples & Son Inside Back Cover Malcom Shaw & Son 17




Carrington Doors

Cheshire Hearing Centres




Uniquely Chic



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SCZ Electrical Services TBG Inspection Services

Brilliant Fires

CHILDCARE St Sebastian’s Nursery

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Inside Marple Issue 50  

Community magazine including local news and what's on

Inside Marple Issue 50  

Community magazine including local news and what's on